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30 September, 2016

CETA: the forerunner of the corporate neo-feudalism

This collection of short reports describes and analyses many of the most contentious aspects of the proposed Canada–EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Dozens of trade and investment experts in Canada and the EU have collaborated to provide a diversity of perspectives on the proposed agreement, but all agree that CETA, as it is written, threatens the public good on both sides of the Atlantic. In a wide variety of policy areas only loosely related to trade, CETA elevates the rights of corporations and foreign investors above the welfare of citizens and the broader public interest.



The latest CETA text pays lip service to public concerns about investor–state dispute settlement (ISDS) by replacing it with what the EU and Canada are calling an Investment Court System. While it improves some procedural aspects of ISDS—for example, by making arbitrators less prone to conflicts of interest—the protections afforded to investors in this new ‘court’ system are largely unchanged. Under CETA, foreign investors still receive extraordinary legal rights to sue governments for measures that may negatively affect their investments. These protections, which are not available to domestic investors or ordinary citizens, would expose taxpayers to huge financial liabilities and threaten to chill public policy. Although the text mentions a so-called right to regulate, the clause is a guideline and does not adequately protect public interest regulation.


By allowing more cross-border financial services and facilitating greater direct investment in the financial sector, CETA would encourage the financial industry to take greater risks—for example, by engaging in speculative investment—in order to survive in a more competitive international market. CETA would also limit the regulatory options available to governments to address financial instability by, among other measures, giving the financial industry an institutionalised voice in the regulatory process. Ignoring the lessons of the financial crisis, CETA would open the financial services sectors in the EU and Canada to greater competition and put downward pressure on prudential regulation in ways that make both Parties more vulnerable to financial shocks and contagion. Furthermore, key financial services provisions in CETA are enforceable through the ISDS mechanism, so governments could effectively be forced to pay banks for the privilege of regulating them.


CETA would restrict governments’ capacity to regulate the entry and activity of foreign service suppliers in the domestic market, even when such regulations do not discriminate based on the country of origin of firms. By ensuring market access and preferential treatment for foreign service suppliers, CETA threatens the viability of public services and local service suppliers. CETA includes exceptions to the services rules, but its ‘negative list’ approach means that all services are covered by default unless specifically excluded by negotiators. Moreover, through its ‘standstill’ and ‘ratchet’ mechanisms, CETA forces governments to make any future regulatory decisions in the direction of even greater liberalisation, including for many of the services that are on the list of exceptions.


While a limited number of public services are excluded from some of CETA’s liberalising provisions, key reservations are vaguely worded or flawed. The agreement’s investment protections would restrict the capacity of governments to expand public services or to create new ones in the future. CETA conflicts with the freedom of elected governments to bring privatised services back into the public sector. Once foreign investors are established in a privatised sector, efforts to restore public services can trigger claims for compensation, effectively locking in privatisation.


CETA would constrain policy flexibility in areas only loosely related to trade by mandating that licensing and qualification requirements—as well as any measure relating to those regulations—be ‘as simple as possible’. CETA interprets even non-discriminatory regulations as potential trade barriers. The scope of the domestic regulation provisions is broader than in other agreements and even trumps other areas in CETA. Regulations concerning not just services but also ‘all other economic activities’ are covered with only a narrow set of reservations.


CETA would create a set of institutions and processes for foreign governments (and their corporate lobbyists) to have a say in the creation of new domestic regulations, which could delay or halt the introduction of public interest legislation and undermine the precautionary principle. The range of regulatory areas covered by these rules is extensive, including not just goods and services, but also investment and other areas only loosely connected to trade. Any attempt to ‘harmonise’ regulations between the EU and Canada threatens to push standards down to the lowest common denominator. Moreover, business lobbyists could use this process to push for regulatory changes that are too controversial to be included in the text of CETA itself.


CETA would strengthen the position of patent holders relative to innovators and consumers, which would encourage the already destructive practice of patent trolling in software and other industries. Because intellectual property is covered by the investor–state dispute mechanism in CETA, patent holders may be able to sue governments for future regulations designed to reduce the power of patent trolls. CETA does not directly threaten Internet freedom, but by locking in the current system of industry-friendly intellectual property rules in Canada and the EU, CETA would prevent governments from returning to a more user-friendly intellectual property regime in the future.


The ratification of CETA would be a severe setback for efforts to encourage non-industrial farming practices and sustainable agriculture on both sides of the Atlantic. For example, by expanding duty-free import quotas (e.g. for milk and meat), CETA would expose Canadian and European farmers to considerable competitive pressure, which could encourage more profitable (for some) but less sustainable farming practices. Furthermore, CETA raises concerns around processing and production standards, particularly in Europe. Practices that are considered safe in Canada, such as the surface treatment of meat with acetic acid, the use of hormones in beef production, and the use of genetically modified organisms, are restricted in the EU on the basis of the precautionary principle. Under CETA, those precautions could be attacked on the basis of the ‘aftercare principle’ employed in Canada’s ‘science-based’ regulatory approach. CETA also undercuts the current system of geographical indications for European products. Of the 1,308 food items, 2,883 wines and 332 liquors protected in the EU, only 173 are protected in the CETA text.


CETA’s provisions for investment protection coupled with its weak protections for environmental and resource measures will undermine sustainable climate and energy policy in the future. Efforts to stop fossil fuel–based energy production and promote renewable energy will be threatened by CETA, which poses a grave danger to any measures put in place to reach the goals that the EU and Canada agreed to in the 2015 Paris Agreement. CETA lacks any provisions that clearly protect regulations and measures aimed at curbing climate change or promoting renewable energy from investor attacks. The agreement’s Trade and Sustainable Development chapter is thin and does not contain any concrete obligations for the Parties to develop future-oriented and climate-friendly policies.


Despite its positive rhetoric regarding the rights of workers, CETA fails to introduce the kind of binding and enforceable labour provisions that would protect and improve labour standards in the EU and Canada. Several EU member states as well as Canada have not ratified some of the International Labour Organisation’s core labour standards or priority governance conventions. The CETA text encourages but does not obligate them to do so. Tellingly, the labour chapter in CETA is exempt from the general dispute settlement provisions of the agreement. In the event of a dispute over a labour standards violation, CETA merely requires the Parties to engage in non-binding consultations.


Most concerns about CETA are shared by Europeans and Canadians, but a handful of CETA’s impacts would be felt more negatively in Canada. Under CETA, Canada would be forced to make unilateral changes to its intellectual property regime for pharmaceuticals that would increase drug costs. For the first time in a Canadian trade agreement, CETA would apply restrictive procurement rules to municipal and provincial governments, which could undermine local and regional development initiatives. CETA could also come into conflict with the rights of Indigenous peoples, whose traditional lands are often the target of foreign resource companies. Other areas of Canadian concern include the impact of CETA on supply-managed agricultural sectors, and how the chapter on the temporary entry of business persons will affect the domestic labour market.


For the purposes of ratification in the EU, CETA has been presented as a ‘mixed’ agreement. This means that, following the decision of the Council of Ministers (expected autumn 2016) and the vote in the European Parliament (expected late 2016/early 2017), all 28 EU member states must ratify the treaty. Hower, the European Commission and many member states are pushing for ‘provisional implementation’ of CETA even before the national ratification processes. At all stages of the ratification process, CETA’s critics in Europe will have opportunities to organise against CETA’s implementation. Legal actions against the agreement have already started: CETA is being challenged before the European Court of Justice and, at the member state level, before the German Federal Constitutional Court. In Canada, CETA must be passed into law nationally before it comes into force, which will require the approval of both the elected federal Parliament and the appointed Senate. The current government is strongly in favour of CETA and will push for its ratification as early as autumn 2016, despite opposition from a variety of municipalities and public interest organisations.

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Journey to Aleppo: exposing the truth buried under NATO propaganda

The Syrian people are suffering under the ‘moderate rebels’ and ‘opposition forces’ backed by the US, NATO member states and their allies in the Gulf states and Israel. Yet their suffering is largely ignored in the mainstream media unless it furthers the agenda dictated by the State Department.

This article is the first in a two-part series of one Western journalist’s journey to Aleppo, a city ravaged by an insurgency supported by the United States, NATO member states, and their allies in the Gulf states and Israel. In Part I, Vanessa Beeley lays out the mainstream narrative on Syria, revealing a neoconservative agenda promoted by NATO-funded NGOs. These NGOs paint the destruction of the historic city as being caused by the Syrian government under Bashar Assad, not the violent armed insurgents which receive arms, funding and training from Western governments and their allies.

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Aleppo has become synonymous with destruction and “Syrian state-generated” violence among those whose perception of the situation in the war-torn nation is contained within the prism of mainstream media narratives.

The NATO-aligned media maintains a tight grip on information coming out of this beleaguered city, ensuring that whatever comes out is tailored to meet State Department requirements and advocacy for regime change. The propaganda mill churns out familiar tales of chemical weapons, siege, starvation and bombs targeting civilians–all of which are attributed to the Syrian government and military, with little variation on this theme.

The purpose of this photo essay and my journey to Aleppo on Aug. 14 was to discover for myself as a Western journalist the truth behind the major storylines in the U.S. and NATO narrative on Syria.

Traveling from Homs to Aleppo

Travelling with a fellow independent journalist, Eva Bartlett, a translator and a taxi driver, I entered Aleppo on Aug. 14 via Castello Road, which some mainstream media have taken to calling “Death Road.” To get there, we were given a security clearance which enabled us to travel via roads that, from the western city of Homs onward, snake through areas where various terrorist groups, including Daesh, are never far from the route or where the threat of kidnapping is to be taken into account. Entry into military areas once inside Aleppo could not be approved without SAA protection and accompaniment.

In Homs I witnessed what is a familiar sight throughout Syria: buildings scarred and battered by years of terrorist attacks. I was told that we were passing what was once known as 60th Street, but has since taken a new name, Street of Death (Shara al-Moot), as it came under terrorist attack from north, south, east and west. These attacks employed snipers, mortars and suicide bombers; it seems there were no restrictions on ways for terrorists to kill the Syrian people in Homs.

Traveling north on the road from Homs to Hama, we came to a major SAA checkpoint at a crossroads teeming with life. Waiting for the inevitable security check, I had the opportunity to lean out of the taxi window and observe. Photography, however, is forbidden at checkpoints.

These SAA checkpoints are common throughout Syria. Their main purpose is to check cars for explosives and weapons or extremist militants such as Daesh or the Nusra Front, who might be attempting to pass undetected from one governorate to another. Cars and other vehicles are used as suicide bombs in many areas, particularly in Homs’ al-Zahra’a neighborhood, which has been targeted many times, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries.

A steady stream of buses and livestock wagons came into this checkpoint from the directions of Hama and Homs. Many of the buses were carrying families clutching their belongings, possibly refugees, and vans were topped with assorted boxes and bags.

We got a wave from passing SAA soldiers, who, despite the severity of the fighting in Aleppo and the surrounding countryside, never displayed anything except courtesy and respect–something I found to be true throughout my four-week journey around Syria. One soldier sat cross-legged on top of a tank that was on a transporter parked at the crossroads, and he smiled in the already sweltering morning heat as he waited for his comrades to join him.

The SAA equipment was noticeably battle-weary. Their weapons bore the marks of war and had not been replaced for some time. And while public images of Daesh fighters usually feature weapons and other supplies that look like they’ve just been taken out of the box, many SAA soldiers were wearing boots and uniforms with heavy wear and tear.

The SAA is affected by the sanctions enforced by the United States and European Union, but the various terrorist brigades backed by the United States, NATO, their allies in the Gulf states and Israel are not. The latter’s supply chain is unbroken and unaffected, thanks to the Turkish gun and equipment running services via its porous borders with Syria.

U.S. and EU sanctions effectively prevent any supplies from entering Syria via legal channels, and we frequently saw the detrimental effects this has had on essential civilian infrastructure as well as military personnel and equipment.

However, illegal supply channels have not been affected, ensuring perpetual conflict by arming and equipping the many brigades of “moderate rebels” and “opposition forces.” Whether it’s Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates sustaining Daesh with arms flowing in through the Balkans, or the United States supplying its rotating cast of “moderate rebels” with weapons via Turkey, there is no turning off the logistics and armament tap to the “armed opposition.”

In April, for example, an IHS Jane’s report featured a packing list for a December 2015 U.S. arms shipment to “Syrian rebels” via the Syria-Turkey border. The report stated:

      “The cargo listed in the document included AK-47 rifles, PKM general-purpose machine guns, DShK heavy machine guns, RPG-7 rocket launchers, and 9K111M Faktoria anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems. The Faktoria is an improved version of the 9K111 Fagot ATGW, the primary difference being that its missile has a tandem warhead for defeating explosive reactive armour (ERA) fitted to some tanks.

It should be noted that this particular arms shipment to the “moderate rebels” was made during a ceasefire agreement that had been implemented across many Syrian governorates.

This 2014 video report from Deutsche Welle further explains the gun-running process from Turkey to Syria, a process that continues to this day. DW explains in the introduction to the video:

      “Every day, trucks laden with food, clothing, and other supplies cross the border from Turkey to Syria. It is unclear who is picking up the goods. The hauliers believe most of the cargo is going to the ‘Islamic State’ militia. Oil, weapons, and soldiers are also being smuggled over the border, and Kurdish volunteers are now patrolling the area in a bid to stem the supplies.

It is hard to disassemble the various factions of armed militants. Many times I asked for clarification on which armed group had carried out a specific attack and was told that most Syrians made no such differentiation. According to civilians, these groups are made up of criminals, mercenaries and terrorists, and their titles are irrelevant.

The United States has played this fact to its own advantage, using the “intermingling” of “rebel” groups as an excuse to impede Russian and Syrian efforts to target officially designated terrorist groups, such as Daesh and the Nusra Front, in case U.S. operatives are among them. As such, U.S. operatives in groups they are supporting effectively become “human shields” for the terrorist groups that the U.S. is ostensibly waging war against, like Daesh.

In an April 28 press briefing, John Kirby, a spokesperson for the State Department, noted:

      “We know it’s a very fluid, dynamic environment, that there are – that there is intermingling between the groups. Some of that is by design because they want to be near one another and some of it is by happenstance. And it is why strikes in and around Aleppo become a more problematic issue, because it’s very difficult to separate some of these groups from one another geographically in order to – and then to be precise enough that only the group that you’re trying to go after is going to be hit.

Along our route into Aleppo, assorted vehicles were being used to transport SAA soldiers–ramshackle livestock trucks with open backs, old buses, brightly colored supply wagons–but the level of respect and admiration with which the soldiers were viewed by Syrian civilians was palpable.

After the checkpoint between Homs and Hama, there is a stretch of road which is notorious for vehicles of bandits forcing cars and buses off the road before kidnapping passengers. Despite the risks it held, the stretch of road was picturesque, lined with maize, olive groves, and sunflowers. The first signs of livestock–chicken, sheep, and cows–dotted the greening landscape.

Passing through the city of al-Salamiyah, we were told that Daesh was encamped about 10 kilometers east of the road. Looking out across the seemingly interminable desert stretching into the horizon, it was hard to imagine that we were visible to these terrorist entities.

As the road continued toward Aleppo, we reached an area where Daesh had drawn closer and we were told they were only 2 kilometers away. Trucks were passing us on their way from Homs to Aleppo carrying supplies for SAA soldiers, I presumed as reinforcements for the campaign against the terrorist enclaves in al-Ramouseh, a suburb in southeast Aleppo.

Eerie reminders of the war being imposed upon Syria rose up out of the desert, like the burned-out trucks and cars overturned and disintegrating slowly in the blazing heat. An apocalyptic vision of a country being torn apart by another NATO intervention, a dirty war being inflicted upon a sovereign nation, with the objective of “regime change” regardless of the bloodshed and devastating costs incurred by the Syrian people.

As we drew closer to the outskirts of Aleppo, it became apparent that the SAA had closed the usual western route for security reasons. We were diverted to the east of the city via Khanaser, a town in the al-Safira district, and finally the industrial city of Sheikh Najjar before the road doubled back in toward the northern entrance into western Aleppo via the Kurdish-held Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood.

We skirted some of Aleppo’s most densely terrorist-occupied areas in eastern Aleppo. Again, these terrorists might be Daesh, the Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, or Harakat al-Nour al-Zenki, among many others. This map clearly shows the areas held by various factions of armed insurgents. Black represents areas held by Daesh; green: “moderate rebel forces;” yellow: Kurds; red: the SAA; and olive: contested areas. This map is constantly changing as the SAA advances, particularly in al-Ramouseh.

At this point, the “sniper banks” became more noticeable, sand and rubble piled high on either side of the road, sometimes topped by car remnants and scrap metal or barrels used as a screen to protect travellers from sniper sights and fire.

Prior to reaching Castello Road we arrived at a T-junction, and our confused taxi driver hesitated before turning right.

Another vehicle tore after us within seconds, with SAA soldiers on board who yelled at us to turn left. Turning right would take us directly into a Daesh-held area, they warned.

Nearing the entrance to Aleppo, not far from the city’s northwestern industrial area of al-Layramoun, we passed a checkpoint where the soldiers urged us to maintain our distance from other vehicles. There was a high risk of terrorist mortar fire, they explained, and putting distance between vehicles meant reducing casualties if one vehicle was hit.

Following fierce clashes, SAA forces had recaptured al-Layramoun from the Nusra Front and the 16th Division of the Free Syrian Army in July. The area is strategically important, as it borders Castello Road, which had been a major artery for supplies and arms for the terrorists streaming in directly from Turkey. Once the SAA retook the area, however, it effectively cut terrorist entities off from the Turkish supply chain.

In the fields along the route were dozens of unexploded gas canisters, the “hell cannon”-fired bombs usually packed with explosives, glass, shrapnel, nails, and even chemicals. Those which had not hit their targets littered the countryside. These are the improvised missiles fired on a daily basis into the Syrian government-held areas of western Aleppo by the various armed insurgents occupying the eastern parts of Aleppo.

Current figures from the Aleppo Medical Association put the population of government-held western Aleppo at 1.5 million civilians. Another 200,000 to 220,000 people–a quarter of whom are terrorists and their families–are living in the eastern parts of the city controlled by various factions of armed insurgents backed by the United States, NATO and their allies, including Saudi Arabia and Israel.

However, according to On the Ground News, a media outlet known for harboring sympathies for the “rebel” forces, there are no civilians left in eastern Aleppo.


ΤτΕ: Δεν ελέγξαμε τα δάνεια της Attica Bank σε ΝΔ και ΠΑΣΟΚ

Στην ομολογία ότι τα δάνεια - ύψους 13 εκ. ευρώ - που δόθηκαν σε ΝΔ και ΠΑΣΟΚ από την Attica Bank το 2010 και το 2011 δεν ελέγχθηκαν προχώρησε ο Διευθυντής της Διεύθυνσης Επιθεώρησης Εποπτευόμενων Εταιρειών Τράπεζας της Ελλάδος, Γιώργος Πάσχας. Μιλώντας στην εξεταστική επιτροπή της Βουλής για τα δάνεια των κομμάτων αποκάλυψε επίσης ότι τα δυο κόμματα χρωστούν πάνω από 295 εκατομμύρια ευρώ αλλά και ότι η Τράπεζα της Ελλάδος δεν εξέδωσε πόρισμα για τα δάνεια σε ΜΜΕ και πολιτικά κόμματα την περίοδο 2011 – 2014.

Ο Γιώργος Πάσχας μιλώντας στην εξεταστική επιτροπή είπε ότι η Τράπεζα της Ελλάδος δεν συμπεριέλαβε στους ελέγχους που έκανε στην Attica Bank, την περίοδο 2011-2014, τα δάνεια της ΝΔ και του ΠΑΣΟΚ. Υποστήριξε δε, ότι δεν έστειλε στην Εξεταστική το πόρισμα της Attica Bank για την περίοδο αυτή διότι δεν περιλάμβανε δάνεια μέσων ενημέρωσης και κομμάτων.

Ο εισηγητής του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ Σπύρος Λάππας του επεσήμανε ότι η ΝΔ και το ΠΑΣΟΚ πήραν 13 εκατ. ευρώ δάνειο εκείνη την περίοδο κι ενώ είχαν σχηματιστεί προβλέψεις ζημίας. «Δεν ελέγχουμε όλους τους πελάτες. Ελέγξαμε την πιστοδοτική τακτική παίρνοντας ένα δείγμα από τους μεγάλους πιστούχους. Μέσα στο πόρισμα και στο δείγμα που κάναμε δεν υπάρχει κόμμα» απάντησε ο Γιώργος Πάσχας.

Όσον αφορά τα δάνεια των κομμάτων ο Γιώργος Πάσχας είπε ότι στον τακτικό έλεγχο που έγινε το 2010 στην Αγροτική υπήρχαν δάνεια 205.620.006 ευρώ στη ΝΔ και το ΠΑΣΟΚ. «Το λογιστικό υπόλοιπο όλων των δανείων σήμερα είναι 295.227.000. Τα τελευταία δάνεια δόθηκαν το 2011, έκτοτε δεν δόθηκαν δάνεια. Τα υπόλοιπα είναι μη καταλογισμένοι τόκοι. Έχουν ληφθεί προβλέψεις για 263 εκατ. από το 2010 και το 2011», κατέθεσε και πρόσθεσε ότι σήμερα για το 90% των δανείων της ΝΔ και του ΠΑΣΟΚ έχει σχηματιστεί πρόβλεψη ζημίας». Ερωτηθείς για τα δάνεια του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και του ΚΚΕ υποστήριξε ότι είναι ομαλής είσπραξης και γι’ αυτά δεν έχουν σχηματιστεί προβλέψεις ζημίας.

Εντύπωση προκάλεσε ο ισχυρισμός του Γιώργου Πάσχα ότι, από το 1991 και μετά, δεν υπάρχει κανονιστικό πλαίσιο για τα δάνεια των κομμάτων, όπως και για κανένα δάνειο που χορηγείται από τις τράπεζες. Οι περιορισμοί που υπήρχαν, παλιότερα, άρθηκαν σταδιακά, από το 1991 και μετά. Στην ουσία, τον πρώτο λόγο για την τακτική των τραπεζών, όσο η οικονομία έμπαινε στη φάση του ενιαίου νομίσματος, είχε ο εκάστοτε διοικητής της Ευρωπαϊκής Τράπεζας.


US military is building a $100 million drone base in Africa

From high above, Agadez almost blends into the cocoa-colored wasteland that surrounds it. Only when you descend farther can you make out a city that curves around an airfield before fading into the desert. Once a nexus for camel caravans hauling tea and salt across the Sahara, Agadez is now a West African paradise for people smugglers and a way station for refugees and migrants intent on reaching Europe’s shores by any means necessary.

Africans fleeing unrest and poverty are not, however, the only foreigners making their way to this town in the center of Niger. U.S. military documents reveal new information about an American drone base under construction on the outskirts of the city. The long-planned project — considered the most important U.S. military construction effort in Africa, according to formerly secret files obtained by The Intercept through the Freedom of Information Act — is slated to cost $100 million, and is just one of a number of recent American military initiatives in the impoverished nation.

The base is the latest sign, experts say, of an ever-increasing emphasis on counterterror operations in the north and west of the continent. As the only country in the region willing to allow a U.S. base for MQ-9 Reapers — a newer, larger, and potentially more lethal model than the venerable Predator drone — Niger has positioned itself to be the key regional hub for U.S. military operations, with Agadez serving as the premier outpost for launching intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions against a plethora of terror groups.

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NO EURO International Forum

Die Koordination bringt politische Parteien und Volksbewegungen zusammen, die die Prinzipien der Freiheit, der sozialen Gleichheit und der Brüderlichkeit der Völker als nicht verhandelbar betrachten.

Deswegen stellen wir uns gegen die neoliberale Globalisierung, die sich auf Dogmen stützt, die diesen Prinzipien zuwider laufen: Ersetzung der Demokratie durch die Herrschaft einer oligarchischen Elite, Kult des wilden Wettbewerbs und der zunehmenden sozialen Ungleichheit, Schleifung der nationalen Souveränität zugunsten imperialer Regime.

Die Europäische Union, mit ihrer gemeinsamen Währung, repräsentiert den fortgeschrittensten und gefährlichsten Versuch, der durch diese oligarchische Elite bisher ins Werk gesetzt wurde.

Die irreversible Krise der EU treibt die herrschenden Klassen dazu, ihre gegen die Völker gerichteten Austeritätsprogramme zu verschärfen. Es gibt keinen Weg diese reaktionäre und imperialistische Union zu reformieren. Sie muss geschliffen werden, damit die Bewegungen der sozialen Emanzipation vorwärts kommen können.

Wir betrachten unseren Zusammenschluss als Ort der Diskussion möglicher Alternativen zur Globalisierung und zur Europäischen Union, sowie als Vehikel zur Aktion, um die volle Souveränität des Volkes wiederherzustellen.

29 September, 2016

How a Goldman Sachs puppet promoted another Goldman Sachs puppet as the PM of Greece

The agents of the global financial mafia are everywhere!

The creator of Debtocracy and Catastroika documentaries, Aris Chatzistefanou, presents an interview that was not included, finally, in his new documentary "This is not a coup", that actually exposes the authoritarian regime of the European Financial Dictatorship.

In this short piece, the former correspondent of the Financial Times in Italy, Alan Friedman, describes how the former president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, came up with the idea, back in 2011, that the then Greek PM George Papandreou could be replaced by the technocrat Lucas Papademos, as eventually happened, when Papandreou "dared" to think to hold a referendum on the acceptance of the terms of the eurozone bailout deal with Greece.

An interesting part from the interview:

George Papandreou, when he called the referendum at the end of 2011, got "beaten up" by everybody at the G20 in Cannes. Barroso and Zapatero, the former PM of Spain, who were eye witnesses of what happened to Papandreou in Cannes at the G20, told me of how violent the language became. At one point, there was even a fight between Sarkozy and Papandreou about the chair he was sitting on. So, it was really very hostile, very brutal.

Barroso, the former European Commission president, told me how he came up with the idea of Papademos, how he whispered it around to Greek officials. And actually Barroso and others in Brussels are quite proud of the fact that they came up with the idea of a good technocrat to take over from Papandreou.

When Papandreou got back on the plane to return to Athens from Cannes, it was clear to everyone, probably also to him, that he was finished. And when he was betrayed by his finance minister who stepped off the plane at 4:45 in the morning and said "there should be no referendum", that was the end for Papandreou and that was the influence of the European Commission, Germany and France, in pushing out Papandreou.

Well, guess what: Barroso has been hired recently by Goldman Sachs, without even keeping any pretexts. Even some French officials were annoyed by this action. But there is more: according to the Portuguese newspaper Publico, Barroso was in close contact with Goldman Sachs, already at the time when he was president of the European Commission. The bank was passing confidentially to Barroso team its proposals about changes in the European Union policies.

Also, as pointed on ibtimes: Lucas Papademos has been the head of the Bank of Greece, the head of the European Central Bank, and is now the prime minister of Greece. He worked with Goldman Sachs when Greece was trying to get its debts levels down so it could swap its currency from the drachma to the euro. It later transpired that that cross currency deals negotiated between Greece and Goldman had helped mask Greece’s true levels of debt and contributed to the current crisis in the eurozone.

To put all the pieces of the puzzle together, we should consider that Goldman Sachs' role was not restricted in cooking the Greek data. As described in previous article, “as long as Greece was playing the game of Goldman Sachs, giving economic benefits inside the Greek territory, there was no problem with lending. When the new government stopped giving such benefits, probably because no one knew where would lead in the future, international banksters-speculators mobilized every mean that they had (rating agencies, media etc.), in order to show who is the boss and that there is no way for the country to avoid default, except of playing with their rules.

More evidence that the agents of the global financial mafia have taken over entire countries and institutions. They are literally everywhere!

THIS IS NOT A COUP: Όταν ο Μπαρόζο «διόρισε» τον πρωθυπουργό της Ελλάδας

Με αφορμή την κυκλοφορία του ντοκιμαντέρ This is not a coup από την Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών, το Σάββατο 1η Οκτωβρίου, παρουσιάζουμε αποσπάσματα των συνεντεύξεων που δεν μπορέσαμε να συμπεριλάβουμε στην τελική έκδοση της ταινίας.

Στο πρώτο απόσπασμα ο πρώην ανταποκριτής των Financial Times στην Ιταλία, Άλαν Φρίντμαν, αποκαλύπτει στιχομυθία του με τον Μανουέλ Μπαρόζο, o οποίος του αποκάλυψε ότι αυτός επέλεξε τον Λουκά Παπαδήμο για πρωθυπουργό της Ελλάδας.

Ο Φρίντμαν μιλά για το “ξύλο” που έφαγε ο Γιώργος Παπανδρέου στη σύνοδο των G20 στις Κάνες και την τελική απομάκρυνσή του μετά τις παρεμβάσεις της Κομισιόν, της Γαλλίας και της Γερμανίας ενώ δεν παραλείπει να αναφερθεί στο σκοτεινό ρόλο του Ευάγγελου Βενιζέλου.

Dilma Rousseff says successor “confessed to the coup”

Coup in Brazil

In the first exclusive interview following her impeachment, former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff said that her unelected successor, installed president Michel Temer, has “confessed to the coup” against her.

Rousseff was referring to controversial public remarks delivered by Temer last week in which he explicitly stated that the impeachment process was initiated due to Rousseff’s refusal to accept his party’s neo-liberal economic plan, rather than the alleged budgetary manipulations which served as the stated justification for impeachment. Temer’s remarks were first reported by The Intercept Brasil last Thursday.

As Rousseff stated:

      “Also, there were those with their own plans who wanted something else: ‘We will implement a political program that was not approved by the ballot box, a different political plan’. And this is being confessed, there’s something curious about this coup, they confess the coup. Two days later. They’re confessing. Last confession came from the illegitimate and usurper president, currently in office, who said the following: ‘We came up with the impeachment to implement the program ‘Bridge to the Future’. Well, the program ‘Bridge to the Future’, that takes away labor rights, takes away social rights, privatizes, and sells lands to foreigners, this program was not approved by the ballot box. So, this is another reason behind the coup.”


Previously on Brazilian coup:

Apple logs your iMessage contacts — and may share them with police

Apple promises that your iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends. But according to a document obtained by The Intercept, your blue-bubbled texts do leave behind a log of which phone numbers you are poised to contact and shares this (and other potentially sensitive metadata) with law enforcement when compelled by court order.

Every time you type a number into your iPhone for a text conversation, the Messages app contacts Apple servers to determine whether to route a given message over the ubiquitous SMS system, represented in the app by those déclassé green text bubbles, or over Apple’s proprietary and more secure messaging network, represented by pleasant blue bubbles, according to the document. Apple records each query in which your phone calls home to see who’s in the iMessage system and who’s not.

This log also includes the date and time when you entered a number, along with your IP address — which could, contrary to a 2013 Apple claim that “we do not store data related to customers’ location,” identify a customer’s location. Apple is compelled to turn over such information via court orders for systems known as “pen registers” or “trap and trace devices,” orders that are not particularly onerous to obtain, requiring only that government lawyers represent they are “likely” to obtain information whose “use is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation.” Apple confirmed to The Intercept that it only retains these logs for a period of 30 days, though court orders of this kind can typically be extended in additional 30-day periods, meaning a series of monthlong log snapshots from Apple could be strung together by police to create a longer list of whose numbers someone has been entering.

Full report:

Vivienne Westwood on why the “Rotten Financial System is the Enemy”

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Journey to Aleppo: exposing the truth buried under NATO propaganda

The Syrian people are suffering under the ‘moderate rebels’ and ‘opposition forces’ backed by the US, NATO member states and their allies in the Gulf states and Israel. Yet their suffering is largely ignored in the mainstream media unless it furthers the agenda dictated by the State Department.

This article is the first in a two-part series of one Western journalist’s journey to Aleppo, a city ravaged by an insurgency supported by the United States, NATO member states, and their allies in the Gulf states and Israel. In Part I, Vanessa Beeley lays out the mainstream narrative on Syria, revealing a neoconservative agenda promoted by NATO-funded NGOs. These NGOs paint the destruction of the historic city as being caused by the Syrian government under Bashar Assad, not the violent armed insurgents which receive arms, funding and training from Western governments and their allies.

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Aleppo has become synonymous with destruction and “Syrian state-generated” violence among those whose perception of the situation in the war-torn nation is contained within the prism of mainstream media narratives.

The NATO-aligned media maintains a tight grip on information coming out of this beleaguered city, ensuring that whatever comes out is tailored to meet State Department requirements and advocacy for regime change. The propaganda mill churns out familiar tales of chemical weapons, siege, starvation and bombs targeting civilians–all of which are attributed to the Syrian government and military, with little variation on this theme.

The purpose of this photo essay and my journey to Aleppo on Aug. 14 was to discover for myself as a Western journalist the truth behind the major storylines in the U.S. and NATO narrative on Syria.

Humanitarian disaster and siege

In informing the Western world that the Syrian government under President Bashar Assad is responsible for the siege of Aleppo, the Western media is selling the public a humanitarian war. “Syria’s rebels unite to break Assad’s siege of Aleppo,” according to a headline in the Guardian on Aug. 6.

This particular article actually celebrates the use of suicide bombers in the “rebel” capture of the SAA military academy in southern Aleppo. It describes the area as “the heart of Aleppo,” but that’s a very misleading term which suggests “rebels” have broken into the depths of the government-held western Aleppo. It’s an untruth that becomes a truth in the minds of a public which relies upon a “respected” media outlet to provide them with insights into the Syrian conflict.

These articles often do not mention the humanitarian corridors established by the Syrian state and Russia, or the amnesty deals being offered to the “armed opposition” fighting in Aleppo. When these subjects are mentioned, though, it is in passing or with a negative slant that undermines the very real efforts toward reconciliation being made by the Syrian state. The ministry of national reconciliation is headed up by Dr. Ali Haider, a member of the genuine, nonviolent Syrian opposition, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.

On July 27, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported:

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces has been sending text messages calling on the militants in the eastern part of Aleppo city to lay down arms and seek a settlement of their legal status, and urging citizens to join national reconciliations and expel foreign militants from their localities.

Nor does the media mention that the United States and European Union are imposing crippling economic sanctions on Syria, while also actively pouring in thousands of weapons and millions of dollars in funding to the 360,000 foreign mercenaries committing human rights abuses throughout Syria.

Aleppo is, indeed, under siege, but that siege is being imposed by the “moderate opposition” groups on civilians in western Aleppo and those living under a terrorist occupation in eastern Aleppo. Humanitarian convoys heading into western Aleppo are forced to pass through high-risk areas occupied by the Nusra Front and the myriad other terrorist groups operating there.

In August 2015, I shared a report from a resident of Aleppo on my blog. It reads, in part:

I feel nothing but rage when I see these thugs and criminals on the other side of the city pouring thousands of litres of clean, fresh water into the disease infested river under the noses of the thirsty Syrians they are claiming to liberate. They are the terrorists, they are the monsters in this story and they are committing daily mass crimes against the citizens of Aleppo but this is never mentioned by the western media. Are we not Syrian? Does our plight mean nothing, does our story not count? This is Aleppo, the real Aleppo, not the western media fantasy, this is our sleeping, waking, perpetual nightmare of life under terrorist occupation.

As Dr. Bashar Al-Jaafari, Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, told the U.N. Security Council in January: “The true siege is on 23 million Syrians and it is being inflicted upon them by the U.S., U.K. and EU government sanctions.

Along with the U.S.-led coalition’s bombing raids that have targeted power plants and other essential infrastructure, these sanctions have decimated the civilian health and education sectors in Syria. If Syrians are starving or unable to receive treatment for severe injuries or chronic illnesses, it is because NATO is imposing a war upon them, introducing mercenary fighters who are paid to murder and drive Syrians from their homes, and blocking supplies and equipment from reaching hospitals and schools.

Of course, all of these topics are worthy of stand-alone articles. My trip to Aleppo was curtailed slightly due to the escalation in fighting between the SAA and various “moderate rebel” and mercenary groups headed up by the Nusra Front. I was, however, able to glean some very valuable information and statements that go a long way toward discrediting the NATO-aligned media narrative.

One Syrian man in Aleppo told me:

Almost everything they blame the government or the army for in the last five years was actually carried out by the terrorists, by NATO. They are targeting infrastructure, hospitals, kids, women. They are raping women. They are using chemicals, chlorine, mustard gas.

I’ve withheld his name out of respect for his safety–a common issue in a city that has been under a constantly evolving media and terrorist siege since the NATO intervention gathered momentum in Syria almost six years ago.

The information siege has been imposed upon Aleppo by American and European mainstream media, as well as various offshoot media funded by the Gulf states or Turkey that rely heavily on al-Qaida as sources. It has ensured that little real news has been able to escape the propaganda tent erected over a city that resisted all attempts to be drawn into the armed insurrection from the very beginning of the dirty war on Syria.

And this dirty war is one that had been incubating long before it officially began in December 2011, as demonstrated by State Department cables released by WikiLeaks, which show that plans to destabilize Syria and overthrow the government had been forming as early as 2006.

What often goes unreported is the punishment meted out to Aleppo’s civilian population by the multiple brigades of terrorists armed, funded and even trained by the United States, NATO members and their allies in the Gulf states and Israel. The mainstream media instead scrambles to further vilify the SAA and Assad government by any means available to them, including the dissemination of later debunked and discredited reports.


NO EURO Foro Internacional

La Coordinación reúne a los partidos políticos y movimientos populares que consideran que los principios de la libertad, la igualdad social y la fraternidad entre los pueblos no son negociables. Es por ello que nos oponemos a la globalización neoliberal, que se basa en dogmas que se encuentran en las antípodas: la sustitución de la democracia por el régimen despótico de la élite oligárquica, el culto de la competencia salvaje y el aumento de la injusticia social, la supresión de la soberanía nacional a favor de los regímenes imperiales.

La Unión Europea, con su moneda única, representa el intento más avanzado y peligroso puesto en práctica por la élite oligárquica. La crisis irreversible de la Unión Europea empuja a las clases dominantes a endurecer las políticas de austeridad y anti-populares. No hay manera de reformar esta Unión reaccionaria e imperialista. Hay que demolerla, apoyando todos los movimientos de emancipación social.

La coordinación es un lugar para discutir posibles alternativas a la globalización y la Unión Europea, y un vehículo de acción para devolver al pueblo su soberanía plena.

28 September, 2016

Hillary indirectly admits that the US invasion in Iraq was a disaster

A few points from Monday's presidential debate

As expected, Monday's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, didn't make us wiser. However, it would be useful to focus on a few moments, anyway.

Generally, the rhetoric of the two candidates was based on simple conclusions concerning various US internal problems, which anyone knows and actually experiencing to a much higher degree than themselves. This type of rhetoric, of course, is very usual for the establishment politicians around the globe in our days.

For example, you may notice that they frequently used the phrase "we have to ...", or, "we need to ..." deal with (put whatever issue you like in the dots), which actually only identifies the problem, does not provide a solution for it.

The debate was full of such generalities. Another example is the phrase of Hillary Clinton that “We just have a different view about what's best for growing the economy, how we make investments that will actually produce jobs and rising incomes.

Well, she didn't give a taste of how she will do all these things, but her "glorious past" tells us the opposite. She supported international trade agreements that actually bring further deregulation in favor of multinationals, which means that they can proceed in mass layoffs at will, sue entire nations demanding huge amounts in compensations, and generally, establish the new era of corporate feudalism.

At this point, we should mention an interesting fact from the debate. When Trump fiercely attacked Clinton about the NAFTA agreement, also accusing Bill Clinton for his role on it, Hillary defended herself by saying “I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out.

She didn't try to defend the agreement, as the corporate lobbyists would like. Instead, she tried to find an excuse for herself in the context of the "politics of lesser evil". This is another significant mark left by Bernie Sanders and his movement. Hillary continues to try to persuade for her relocation further to the Left of the political spectrum, in order to attract voters from the tank of Bernie Sanders mass movement.

Furthermore, it was quite impressive that Hillary tried persistently to identify herself as part of the US middle class, probably in order to highlight the fact that the billionaire Donald Trump, naturally, could never be part of it. It's still a joke, of course, because of the millions she received by some of those who are highly responsible for the dramatic decline of the US middle class today.

And, of course, we shouldn't expect something like "student debt cancellation" like Jill Stein or Bernie Sanders clearly state simple and straight, neither from Clinton nor from Trump.

Also, Hillary couldn't hide her anxiety to name the US "enemies", showing that she actually can't wait to lead Cold War 2.0. In the context of cyber-attacks, she clearly named Russia, China, Iran, despite the fact that there is no proof that the Russians hacked the DNC:

... we are seeing cyber attacks coming from states, organs of states. The most recent and troubling of these has been Russia. There's no doubt now that Russia has used cyber attacks against all kinds of organizations in our country, and I am deeply concerned about this. I know Donald's very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin, but Putin is playing a really tough, long game here. [...] We need to make it very clear — whether it’s Russia, China, Iran or anybody else — the United States has much greater capacity. And we are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information, our private-sector information or our public-sector information. And we're going to have to make it clear that we don't want to use the kinds of tools that we have. We don't want to engage in a different kind of warfare. But we will defend the citizens of this country. And the Russians need to understand that. I think they've been treating it as almost a probing, how far would we go, how much would we do.

At this point, Trump responded correctly, pointing Hillary's obsession with Russia:

I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t — maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?

Probably the most interesting part of the debate came when both actually tried to defend themselves concerning the chaos in the Middle East and Libya. Trump intensively repeated that he was against the invasion in Iraq. He also condemned fiercely the intervention in Libya. Yet, the most interesting here is that Hillary didn't try to defend this decision. Instead, she tried to "drag" Trump into the "club" that made these decisions, as if she wanted to present him equally responsible:

Donald supported the invasion of Iraq. [...] He actually advocated for the actions we took in Libya and urged that Gadhafi be taken out, after actually doing some business with him one time. But the larger point — and he says this constantly — is George W. Bush made the agreement about when American troops would leave Iraq, not Barack Obama.

This is actually an indirect admission by Hillary that the US invasion in Iraq was a disaster, as well as, the intervention in Libya.

Finally, Trump sent some signals to the neocons and the US deep state, showing that he won't hesitate to follow their agenda, which proves that he is only a reserve of the establishment against establishment's favorite Hillary Clinton. As he said characteristically “... you started the Iran deal, that’s another beauty where you have a country that was ready to fall, I mean, they were doing so badly. They were choking on the sanctions. And now they’re going to be actually probably a major power at some point pretty soon, the way they’re going.

Again, what we have here is the worst couple of presidential candidates, from the bipartisan establishment, for decades. Yet, the American people do have alternatives. It's up to them to beat the bipartisanism in the oncoming elections through a political earthquake that would create an unprecedented moment in the US history.

(Full debate transcript:

Κυριάκο, πες τη φράση «αμαρτωλή Siemens»

Αν σε κάτι έχει πλεόνασμα αυτή η χώρα είναι σε εργολάβους και στημένους διαγωνισμούς. Η μόνη μέριμνα που υπήρξε μετά τη μεταπολίτευση ήταν να έχουν να ασφαλτοστρώνουν οι εργολάβοι. Δρόμους σε πενταπλάσιες τιμές, αεροδρόμια σε διπλάσιες από τις πραγματικές και όλα αυτά σε διαγωνισμούς που είναι στημένοι.

του Κώστα Βαξεβάνη

Εγώ φταίω για τις τιμές”, έλεγε πριν μερικά χρόνια γνωστός εθνικός εργολάβος, “οι πολιτικοί φταίνε που απαιτούν μεγάλες μίζες”. Απλά πράγματα, ξεκάθαρες κουβέντες. Ακόμη και τον καιρό της κρίσης που σταμάτησαν τα πάντα στην Ελλάδα, δρόμοι και έργα συνέχισαν να γίνονται με επιχειρήματα που μπορείτε να βρείτε εύκολα στο διαδίκτυο ως δηλώσεις Χρυσοχοΐδη και άλλων εργοπατέρων. Πρόσφατα , αποκαλύφθηκε πως το καρτέλ των κατασκευαστικών, επί 27 χρόνια έστηνε διαγωνισμούς, ενώ το HOT DOC έχει αποκαλύψει πως 11,5 δισεκατομμύρια από τα 21 του συνόλου του ΕΣΠΑ της χώρας πήγαν σε τρεις μόνο κατασκευαστές.

Πάμε τώρα στο ερώτημα. Πότε έγινε από τη ΝΔ, πολιτικό θέμα για τους διαγωνισμούς και τους εργολάβους; Πότε καταγγέλθηκε ένας διαγωνισμός, η διασπάθιση του δημόσιου χρήματος, το καρτέλ που κατονομάστηκε πρόσφατα σε επίσημα πορίσματα; Πότε ζητήθηκε να ξαναγίνει διαγωνισμός, να καταπέσει διαγωνισμός, να αποπεμφθεί υπερθεματιστής, να γίνει εισαγγελική έρευνα, να αποφανθούν συνταγματολόγοι, νομολόγοι και Ειδικά δικαστήρια;

Μήπως έγινε από το ΠΑΣΟΚ και μου διαφεύγει; Θυμήθηκα τώρα μια υπόθεση με το τρένο που θα γινόταν στο Ρίο-Αντίρριο, για το οποίο πληρώσαμε 12 εκατομμύρια ευρώ. Φορτώθηκε ένα τρένο σε φορτηγά και πήγε στην ιδιαίτερη πατρίδα του ειδικού περί τα δημόσια έργα Υπουργού Χρήστου Βερελή, πριν τις εκλογές. Στρώσανε και μερικές γραμμές , μίλησε ο Υπουργός, ξαναφορτώθηκε το τρένο στα φορτηγά και επέστρεψε στην Αθήνα. Δώσαμε φυσικά τα εκατομμύρια αλλά το τρένο έχει γίνει ανέκδοτο ως «τρένο Βερελή» (κάτι σαν το «ζήσε Μάη μου να φας τριφύλλι»).

Το ΠΑΣΟΚ, υπήρξε το αποκούμπι των εργολάβων και το Σημιτικό ΠΑΣΟΚ η οικονομική τους μήτρα, που μοίραζε λεφτά, εκσυγχρονιστικά πάντα και σε πλήρη ανάπτυξη. Η ΝΔ, ανέλαβε την εργολαβία να μην διαταραχθεί πολιτικά η επιλογή ΠΑΣΟΚ και οι εργολαβίες. Ούτε στην εξωτερική πολιτική δεν είχαν ποτέ τέτοια ομοφωνία και συμπόρευση, μόνο στους εργολάβους και τους διαγωνισμούς που τους αναδείκνυαν.

Τι έγινε λοιπόν ξαφνικά και στην Ελλάδα με τόσους στημένους διαγωνισμούς και εργολάβους, ο μόνος διαγωνισμός που πειράζει τη ΝΔ και το ΠΑΣΟΚ είναι αυτός για τις τηλεοπτικές άδειες; Με τόσα δισεκατομμύρια που σπαταλήθηκαν μέσα από «διαγωνισμούς» για έργα, τους πειράζει ένας διαγωνισμός που αποφέρει 250 εκατομμύρια, σε βαθμό που είναι έτοιμοι μάλιστα να τον ακυρώσουν και να επιστρέψουν και τα εκατομμύρια; Τι συμβαίνει και ο Κυριάκος ανέλαβε την εργολαβία υπέρ των χαμένων διαγωνιζόμενων, ψάχνοντας για καρτέλ μεταξύ βοσκοτοπιών και ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και υπόσχεται όχι την αναμόρφωση του κράτους αλλά των καναλιών και των καναλαρχών πρωτίστως;

Δίπλα από τον εργολάβο Κυριάκο, ο υπεργολάβος Σταύρος Θεοδωράκης είδε το φως του. Ανακάλυψε τον κακό Καλογρίτσα που διαπλέκεται με την κυβέρνηση στον μόνο κακό διαγωνισμό που είδε ο Σταύρος, αυτόν για τις άδειες. Για την ιστορία και μόνο, ο Σταύρος ανατράφηκε δημοσιογραφικά στα πόδια του Χρήστου Καλογρίτσα. Δούλεψε για πρώτη φορά ως δημοσιογράφος στην «Πρώτη» του Καλογρίτσα, όπου έγραφε και υπέγραφε μία στήλη με τον μάλλον προφητικό τίτλο «Αεριτζής». Στη συνέχεια δούλεψε στο περιοδικό «Επτάμισι» πάλι του Καλογρίτσα και αμέσως μετά έγινε διευθυντής στο ROCK FM, ναι του Καλογρίτσα αλλά και του Καραμπάτσου με τα επίμαχα βοσκοτόπια. Αυτά όλα πριν ο Καλογρίτσας γίνει κακός για το Σταύρο και την παρέα του.

Τι έχει λοιπόν αυτός ο διαγωνισμός για τις τηλεοπτικές άδειες και είναι ο μόνος που ενοχλεί τη ΝΔ, το ΠΑΣΟΚ και το Ποτάμι, ανάμεσα σε χιλιάδες άλλους, που αποδεδειγμένα ήταν στημένοι και παράνομοι; Είναι ο διαγωνισμός που εκθέτει και ακυρώνει τη σχέση και τη συναλλαγή τους με το μιντιακό σύστημα. Τη βάση δηλαδή της ύπαρξής τους που εδώ και δεκαετίες έχει αντικαταστήσει την πολιτική και την ηθική με μια επετηρίδα ανάδειξης των δικών τους παιδιών. Της διαπλοκής.

Υπό αυτό τον κίνδυνο είναι έτοιμοι να πουν και πως ο διαγωνισμός είναι παράνομος και πως η ελευθερία του λόγου πλήττεται και πως ο Καλογρίτσας έχει δολοφονήσει τον Κένεντυ και πως ο νέος υπερθεματιστής Σαββίδης (ναι έρχεται η σειρά του) τρώει παιδάκια. Αυτή και αν είναι εργολαβία.

ΥΓ: Ζω για τη στιγμή που ο Κυριάκος, στην πολιτική του καριέρα, θα εκφωνήσει τη φράση «η αμαρτωλή SIEMENS και οι στημένοι διαγωνισμοί της».


NO EURO Forum International

La coordination rassemble les partis politiques et les mouvements populaires qui considèrent non négociables les principes de la liberté, l’égalité sociale et la fraternité entre les peuples. Voilà pourquoi nous nous opposons à la mondialisation néo-libérale, qui est basée sur des dogmes qui sont aux antipodes: la confiscation de la démocratie par le régime despotique de l’élite oligarchique, le culte de la compétition sauvage et l’augmentation de l’injustice sociale, la suppression de la souveraineté nationale au profit des régimes impériaux.

L’Union européenne, avec sa monnaie unique représente le système le plus avancé et le plus dangereux jamais mis en place par les élites oligarchiques. La crise irréversible de l’Union européenne pousse les classes dominantes à durcir les politiques austéritaires contre les peuples anti-populaire. Il n’y a aucun moyen de réformer cette Union réactionnaire et impérialiste. Il faut en sortir en s’appuyant sur les mouvements d’émancipation sociale.

La coordination est un lieu espace pour discuter et proposer des alternatives possibles à la mondialisation et à l’Union européenne et un moyen d’action pour rendre aux peuples leur pleine souveraineté.

27 September, 2016

Temer actually admits that Rousseff was overthrown because she didn't support neoliberalism!

Coup in Brazil

During a recent appearance at a corporate think tank, Brazilian President Michel Temer admitted that his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached because she refused to implement a neoliberal reform plan published by Temer’s party.

Rousseff was formally removed from office on Aug. 31 after the Brazilian senate voted to impeach her for breaking budgetary laws. This allowed Temer to take office despite a court ruling barring him from running for election.

However, Rousseff and other critics of Temer have argued that her impeachment was actually a coup d’etat which set the stage for Temer to take power, backed by a government that’s more favorable to corporate investors.

Appearing Wednesday before an audience in New York at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, a corporate think tank founded in 1965 by the powerful banker David Rockefeller, Temer appeared to admit that the impeachment had more to do with Rousseff’s refusal to adopt a sweeping package of economic and legal changes proposed by Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party.

According to a subtitled video of his speech published by The Intercept Brasil, Temer said:

Many months ago, while I was still vice president, we released a document named ‘A Bridge to the Future’ because we knew it would be impossible for the government to continue on that course. We suggested that the government should adopt the theses presented in that document called ‘A Bridge to the Future.’ But, as that did not work out, the plan wasn’t adopted and a process was established which culminated with me being installed as president of the republic.

In a report published in Portuguese on Thursday and in English on Friday, The Intercept Brasil’s Ignacio Vieira explained that the “Bridge to the Future” plan included economic reforms typical of neoliberal policy, including “cuts to health and education spending, reduced welfare benefits, a raised retirement age, new private sector partnerships and decreased market regulations.



Dilma out: Brazilian plutocracy sets 54 million votes on fire

Rousseff: a coup is being orchestrated against all advances made in the last 13 years

Washington launches its attack against BRICS

The 'Dilma Rousseff' case: Smells like another Right-wing coup

The neoliberal "Taliban" rush to sell off Brazil

Brazil’s coup: Dilma proved innocent

'Fixing' Latin America for Hillary?

Corrupted politicians-elites fully exposed in Brazil -- This is definitely a coup against Rousseff

WikiLeaks reveal Brazil's new coup president is 'US informant'

Kill List: Smashing the ‘B’ in BRICS

Brazil: 'The coup-plotters have made their intentions clear'