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Εγχειρίδιο χειρισμού κρίσεων λόγω πολιτικών ΔΝΤ από τη CIA! / Already confirmed: Civil liberties under attack! / Greece's creditors gone completely insane! / How the global financial mafia sucked Greece's blood / ECB's economic hitmen / Η Μέρκελ επιβεβαιώνει τα σχέδια των γραφειοφασιστών! /Greece: the low-noise collapse of an entire country/ How the neoliberal establishment tricked the masses again, this time in France / Ενώ η Γερμανία προετοιμάζεται για τα χειρότερα, η Ελλάδα επιμένει στο ευρώ! / Ένας παγκόσμιος "proxy" πόλεμος κατά της ελευθερίας έχει ξεκινήσει! / In reality, McCarthyism never ended in America / Ο επικεφαλής του "σκιώδους συμβουλίου" της ΕΚΤ επιβεβαιώνει ότι η ευρωζώνη είναι μια χρηματοπιστωτική δικτατορία! /With a rising Jeremy Corbyn and a declining Angela Merkel, Brexit has been upgraded to play a much more critical role / Δημοψήφισμα για Grexit: η τελευταία ευκαιρία να σωθεί η Ελλάδα και η τιμή της Αριστεράς / Populism as the new cliche of the elites to stigmatize anyone not aligned with the establishment / Δεν γίνεται έτσι "σύντροφοι" ... / Panama Papers: When mainstream information wears the anti-establishment mask / The Secret Bank Bailout / The head of the ECB “shadow council” confirms that eurozone is a financial dictatorship! / A documentary by Paul Mason about the financial coup in Greece / The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century / First cracks to the establishment by the American people / Clinton emails - The race of the Western neo-colonialist vultures over the Libyan corpse / Επιχείρηση Panama Papers: Το κατεστημένο θέλει το μονοπώλιο και στις διαρροές; / Operation "looting of Greece" reaches final stage / Varoufakis describes how Merkel sacrificed Greece to save the Franco-German banks / France officialy enters the neo-Feudal era! / The US establishment just gave its greatest performance so far ... / A significant revelation by WikiLeaks that the media almost ignored / It's official: the US is funding Middle-East jihadists! / Οι αδίστακτοι νεο-αποικιοκράτες του 21ου αιώνα / How to handle political unrest caused by IMF policies! / Πώς το νεοφιλελεύθερο κατεστημένο ξεγέλασε τις μάζες, αυτή τη φορά στη Γαλλία / Οι Γάλλοι νεοαποικιοκράτες επιστρέφουν στην Ελλάδα υπό 'ιδανικές' συνθήκες / Μεγαλώνει ο πανικός της Γουόλ Στριτ μπροστά στην προοπτική των κρυπτονομισμάτων

17 February, 2018

The US propaganda machine has just confirmed what establishment's worst nightmare would be: a great coalition of Bernie Sanders with the Greens


Another story of alleged 'Russian interference' in the 2016 US presidential election came on surface after Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities that assisted Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the election through an information warfare.

The report reveals the names of the alleged conspirators, but still, we should be very skeptical with any 'proof' about any case, coming from US agencies, as their capability to construct false evidence to promote certain agendas is recorded and well-known for decades.

But even if we accept these findings, the report actually clarifies three basic facts:

1st, that Russia did not actually 'hacked' the election, that is, did not altered the result through any kind of direct voting fraud, as previous 'Russiagate' stories were indirectly implied. These individuals were trying to reinforce support for certain candidates though information campaigns in social media and elsewhere. Well, the United States are doing much worse things in foreign countries when they want regime change. It's good that this has been clarified.

2nd, the report states that these campaigns were in favor of Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein, but there is absolutely no evidence that these individuals were connected with those candidates in any way.


3rd, after the election, the individuals were organizing both pro-Trump and anti-Trump events! For example, as described in a paragraph, “After the election of Donald Trump in or around November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used false U.S. personas to organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies in support of then president-elect Trump, while simultaneously using other false U.S. personas to organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies protesting the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. For example, in or around November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally in New York through one ORGANIZATION-controlled group designed to “show your support for President-Elect Donald Trump” held on or about November 12, 2016. At the same time, Defendants and their co-conspirators, through another ORGANIZATION-controlled group, organized a rally in New York called “Trump is NOT my President” held on or about November 12, 2016. Similarly, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitled “Charlotte Against Trump” in Charlotte, North Carolina, held on or about November 19, 2016.

The above practice resembles Vladislav Surkov's method of 'non-linear' war that was expanded in the political and economical field and was tested inside Russia, but adopted also by Western politicians to manipulate the masses in their countries, as you can see in the following short video by Adam Curtis:


In essence, the concept of non-linear war has been adopted long before Surkov by the US war machine after WWII. The ultimate goal was not to win any war, but to fulfill specific targets. Similar methods of public control and manipulation were adopted by the metropolitan centers of modern propaganda and neoliberalism: the United States and the United Kingdom.

Yet, the most interesting outcome of the story is the reaction by many of the big media, part of the US propaganda machine. They rushed to create big headlines putting – in many cases - Trump, Sanders and Stein together, giving the impression (again) that they directly colluded with Russia.

This is a classic tactic that have been analyzed in the blog, on the occasion of 2016 US elections. The establishment attempts to smear real progressives by equalizing them with Trump through false accusations, while at the same time completely erases their huge ideological and political differences. The ultimate goal: to lead voters back to the neoliberal political center, expressed by mainstream politicians like Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have been portrayed as the key 'victims' of this case.

Of course, beyond the impressive headlines, the big media didn't bother to mention that Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, even after the dirty war against him by the DNC, and that he fully and openly aligned with the 'Russiagate' establishment narratives, through various statements.

Yet, we should thank the US propaganda machine because through its anxiety to grab another chance to smear both Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein, confirmed what establishment's worst nightmare would be: a great coalition of Bernie with the Greens.

Οι τρεις Σημιτοφύλακες

Απ' όσα έχουμε ακούσει, με αφορμή το σκάνδαλο Novartis, το... "η σκανδαλολογία ποινικοποιεί την πολιτική ζωή του τόπου", είναι η πιο διαχρονική και επικίνδυνη "καραμέλα" τον δύο Διόσκουρων του μεταπολιτευτικού πολιτικού μας συστήματος.

του Κωνσταντίνου Ταχτσίδη

Πλάι του στέκονται επάξια το σημιτικό: "όποιος έχει στοιχεία να τα πάει στον εισαγγελέα" και το "Δεν προκύπτει κανένα στοιχείο πιθανής τέλεσης ποινικού αδικήματος από τους κυρίους Τσοχατζόπουλο και Παπαντωνίου […], που επί μήνες προσεβλήθησαν και διασύρθηκαν αδίκως", από το πόρισμα των Βενιζέλου - Λοβέρδου σχετικά με την υπόθεση των μιζών στα εξοπλιστικά, για την οποία ο Άκης Τσοχατζόπουλος καταδικάστηκε τελικά σε φυλάκιση.

Το "να μην ποινικοποιούμε την πολιτική ζωή του τόπου", δεν είναι απλά στρουθοκαμηλισμός, όπως θα έλεγε κάποιος αφελής, αλλά εντάσσεται στις ορολογίες της μαφίας, όπως η "ομερτά". Βασικά σημαίνει ακριβώς αυτό. Κάτι που η αντίδραση της ΝΔ στο σκάνδαλο Novartis και ο χαρακτηρισμός «κουκουλοφόροι» για τους προστατευόμενους μάρτυρες, απέδειξε περίτρανα.


Το σύστημα που άφησε προίκα ο Κώστας Σημίτης και το οποίο ζει παρασιτικά στη χώρα για πάνω από δύο δεκαετίες, αποτελείται από μετρ της κακοδιαχείρισης. Από αυτούς, ο Γιάννης Στουρνάρας είναι αυτός που «πρόκοψε» περισσότερο με αξιώματα και… πισίνες. Οι υπόλοιποι ή είναι απαξιωμένοι ή έχουν κατηγορηθεί για σκάνδαλα ή είναι στη φυλακή ή φοβούνται ότι θα μπουν.

Προχθές στη δίκη της Siemens, ο πρώην υπεύθυνος οικονομικών του ΠΑΣΟΚ, Σπύρος Αυγερινός, παραδέχθηκε αυτό που υποπτευόμασταν όλοι, ότι δηλαδή, τα χρήματα που πήρε ο Τσουκάτος -ο στενότερος συνεργάτης του Σημίτη- από την Siemens το 1999 κατέληξαν πράγματι στα ταμεία του ΠΑΣΟΚ.

Αυτό ας πούμε όμως ότι αυτό το περιμέναμε, δεν προκάλεσε έκπληξη. Αυτό που θα μας φαινόταν αδιανόητο όμως μέχρι πριν από λίγα χρόνια είναι κάτι που ίσως δεν παρατήρησαν πολλοί. Η ΝΔ δεν έβγαλε ούτε μισή ανακοίνωση για το θέμα.

Παράλογο; Όχι. Λογικότατο. Το «σύστημα Σημίτη», που εν πολλοίς διοικεί ακόμα τη χώρα, έχει συμμαχήσει με τον Κυριάκο Μητσοτάκη. Τους ενώνει άλλωστε η Siemens, ο Χριστοφοράκος και η απόδοση ευθυνών για τη διαφθορά και τη χρεοκοπία στην κοινωνία, στον απλό κόσμο. Αυτό ακριβώς είχε πει ο Κώστας Σημίτης πριν από λίγο καιρό σε συνέντευξή του στο ΣΚΑΙ… με το αμίμητο: «η διαφθορά είναι κοινωνικό φαινόμενο». Πόσο σημαντικό να το ακούς αυτό από τον πρώην πρωθυπουργό, που στο τότε υπουργικό του συμβούλιο, ο καλύτερος έχει πουλήσει τη μάνα του… με υπερτιμολόγηση!

Δεν είναι τυχαίο πως οι επιθέσεις στη διακυβέρνηση Καραμανλή, αλλά και τον ίδιο τον πρώην πρωθυπουργό, εξαπολύονται συντεταγμένα από πρόσωπα του νεοφιλελεύθερου «μετώπου της λογικής» και δημοσιογράφους της «αυλής» Μητσοτάκη.

Επί των κυβερνήσεών Κώστα Σημίτη, η διαπλοκή γιγαντώθηκε. Υπερτιμολογήθηκε, εις βάρος του Έλληνα φορολογούμενου, ότι δημόσιο έργο υπήρχε και δεν υπήρχε. Κάναμε “αλλαξοκωλιές” (swap) με τη Goldman Sachs. Έγινε η μεγαλύτερη αναδιανομή εισοδήματος προς τα πάνω, με το σκάνδαλο του Χρηματιστηρίου. Φιλοξενήσαμε τους Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες (διαφθοράς & Siemens)… Οτσαλάν, Ίμια, εξοπλιστικά προγράμματα, πράσινα παιδιά παντού, ένταξη στην ΟΝΕ με αμφιλεγόμενα στοιχεία… και η λίστα δεν έχει τέλος.

Τώρα τη δουλειά του Κώστα Σημίτη -που έμεινε στη μέση- θέλουν να τελειώσουν οι Γιάννης Στουρνάρας και Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης με την ακροδεξιά χωρωδία του… τους ενώνει η κουτάλα.

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Regime change fails: is a military coup or invasion of Venezuela next?

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Part 2 - US Regime Change Tactics Have Failed In Venezuela

The US and oligarchs continue their efforts to reverse the Bolivarian Revolution. The US has a long history of regime change around the world and has tried all of its regime change tools in Venezuela. So far they have failed.

Economic War

Destroying the Venezuelan economy has been an ongoing campaign by the US and oligarchs. It is reminiscent of the US coup in Chile which ended the presidency of Salvador Allende. To create the environment for the Chilean coup, President Nixon ordered the CIA to “make the economy scream.

Henry Kissinger devised the coup noting a billion dollars of investment were at stake. He also feared the “the insidious model effect” of the example of Chile leading to other countries breaking from the United States and capitalism. Kissinger’s top deputy at the National Security Council, Viron Vaky, opposed the coup saying, “What we propose is patently a violation of our own principles and policy tenets .… If these principles have any meaning, we normally depart from them only to meet the gravest threat . . . our survival.

These objections hold true regarding recent US coups, including in Venezuela and Honduras, Ukraine and Brazil, among others. Allende died in the coup and wrote his last words to the people of Chile, especially the workers, “Long live the people! Long live the workers!” He was replaced by Augusto Pinochet, a brutal and violent dictator.

For decades the US has been fighting an economic war, “making the economy scream,” in Venezuela. Wealthy Venezuelans have been conducting economic sabotage aided by the US with sanctions and other tactics. This includes hoarding food, supplies and other necessities in warehouses or in Colombia while Venezuelan markets are bare. The scarcity is used to fuel protests, e.g. “The March of the Empty Pots,” a carbon copy of marches in Chile before the September 11, 1973 coup. Economic warfare has escalated through Obama and under Trump, with Tillerson now urging economic sanctions on oil.

President Maduro recognized the economic hardship but also said sanctions open up the opportunity for a new era of independence and “begins the stage of post-domination by the United States, with Venezuela again at the center of this struggle for dignity and liberation.” The second-in-command of the Socialist Party, Diosdado Cabello, said, “[if they] apply sanctions, we will apply elections.

Opposition Protests

Another common US regime change tool is supporting opposition protests. The Trump administration renewed regime change operations in Venezuela and the anti-Maduro protests, which began under Obama, grew more violent. The opposition protests included barricades, snipers and murders as well as widespread injuries. When police arrested those using violence, the US claimed Venezuela opposed free speech and protests.

The opposition tried to use the crack down against violence to achieve the US tactic of dividing the military. The US and western media ignored opposition violence and blamed the Venezuelan government instead. Violence became so extreme it looked like the opposition was pushing Venezuela into a Syrian-type civil war. Instead, opposition violence backfired on them.

Violent protests are part of US regime change repertoire. This was demonstrated in the US coup in Ukraine, where the US spent $5 billion to organize government opposition including US and EU funding violent protesters. This tactic was used in early US coups like the 1953 Iran coup of Prime Minister Mossadegh. The US has admitted organizing this coup that ended Iran’s brief experience with democracy. Like Venezuela, a key reason for the Iran coup was control of the nation’s oil.

Funding Opposition

There has been massive US investment in creating opposition to the Venezuelan government. Tens of millions of dollars have been openly spent through USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy and other related US regime change agencies. It is unknown how much the CIA has spent from its secret budget, but the CIA has also been involved in Venezuela. Current CIA director, Mike Pompeo, said he is “hopeful there can be a transition in Venezuela.

The United States has also educated leaders of opposition movements, e.g. Leopoldo López was educated at private schools in the US, including the CIA-associated Kenyon College. He was groomed at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and made repeated visits to the regime change agency, the National Republican Institute.

Elections

While the US calls Venezuela a dictatorship, it is in fact a strong democracy with an excellent voting system. Election observers monitor every election.

In 2016, the economic crisis led to the opposition winning a majority in the National Assembly. One of their first acts was to pass an amnesty law. The law described 17 years of crimes including violent felonies and terrorism committed by the opposition. It was an admission of crimes back to the 2002 coup and through 2016. The law demonstrated violent treason against Venezuela. One month later, the Supreme Court of Venezuela ruled the amnesty law was unconstitutional. US media, regime change advocates and anti-Venezuela human rights groups attacked the Supreme Court decision, showing their alliance with the admitted criminals.

Years of violent protests and regime change attempts, and then admitting their crimes in an amnesty bill, have caused those opposed to the Bolivarian Revolution to lose power and become unpopular. In three recent elections Maduro’s party won regional, local and the Constituent Assembly elections.

The electoral commission announced the presidential election will be held on April 22. Maduro will run for re-election with the United Socialist Party. Opposition leaders such as Henry Ramos and Henri Falcon have expressed interest in running, but the opposition has not decided whether to participate. Henrique Capriles, who narrowly lost to Maduro in the last election, was banned from running for office because of irregularities in his campaign, including taking foreign donations. Capriles has been a leader of the violent protests. When his ban was announced he called for protests to remove Maduro from office. Also banned was Leopoldo Lopez, another leader of the violent protests who is under house arrest serving a thirteen year sentence for inciting violence.

Now, the United States says it will not recognize the presidential election and urges a military coup. For two years, the opposition demanded presidential elections, but now it is unclear whether they will participate. They know they are unpopular and Maduro is likely to be re-elected.

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16 February, 2018

US corporate invasion in Colombia assassinates unionists in record numbers

... and shows why the neighboring Venezuela should never surrender to the US bloody imperialism


Political killings in Colombia have increased behind the scenes. In 2017 alone, at least 133 social leaders and activists have been murdered. The victims of these killings are most frequently leaders and activists from indigenous rights, coca crop substitution, Afro-Colombian rights, LGBTQ equality, and labor rights.

Some have been killed by state forces, but the majority have been carried out by right-wing paramilitaries which have documented ties to corporations and the Colombian government.

The UN high commissioner for human rights reported than more than 60% of the killings occurred in areas which were once protected by the FARC, which withdrew its military presence under peace agreement.

In the past 20 years, over 2,500 trade unionists have been murdered in Colombia. More than in every other country put together. Every year, more union workers will be assassinated here than in the whole world combined.

87% of trade unionist murders are never brought to justice. 99.9% of death threats against trade unionists are never going to be investigated by the authorities.

The government has played a more direct role beyond just turning a blind eye to murders. Most recently, ex-paramilitary commanders testified that under president Uribe, top officials in Colombia's intelligence agency, including Uribe's intelligence chief, supplied paramilitaries with a list of trade unionists who were then assassinated.

The killing of labor activists has a long history in Colombia. In 1928, the United Fruit company, the US, and the Colombian government colluded to massacre up to 3,000 striking banana plantation workers and dumped many of their bodies in the sea.

But the labor movement remained the strongest in Latin America. In 1988, nearly one out of ten workers had a union. But at the same time, right-wing paramilitary forces surged from the US dirty wars, and a campaign of terror took its toll. Today, only about 0.5% of Colombian workers are protected by a union contract.

The US government is a large part of this human rights catastrophe. The free-trade agreement signed between the US and Colombia in 2006, not only exacerbates repressive conditions for unions. It reveals how the US bares legal responsibility.

According to the American Federation of Labor, since the trade agreement was signed, workers attempting to exercise their rights have suffered at least 1,466 acts of violence, including 955 death threats and 99 assassinations between 2006 and 2016.

With this, the Federation had argued that the US should invoke provisions in US-Colombia trade deal. But they were rebuffed by the Obama administration in 2016. As the president of the AFL-CIO reported, "we were told by the [United States Trade Representative] general counsel that murdering a trade unionist doesn’t violate these standards, that perpetuating violence against a trade unionist doesn’t violate these agreements."


Have you heard anything about these crimes in Colombia from the hypocrites of the US government? No, they are just 'concerned' about the 'dictator' Maduro and human rights violations in the neighbouring Venezuela.

Well, their huge hypocrisy can be easily explained.

Now that they got rid of the armed-FARC 'headache', the US corporations are ready to loot freely Colombia with the aid of the new paramilitaries. Furthermore, they can focus entirely on their economic war against Venezuela through Colombia, as explained by Venezuela's Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez.

Colombia has now definitely fallen to the hands of the US imperialist hawks. Next target: Venezuela.

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Greece’s colossal cave in

by Robert Hunziker

Europe’s Left has finally renounced the Syriza Party (acronym for Coalition of the Radical Left), as Jean-Luc Mélenchon of France Insoumise or “Unsubmissive France” calls for Greece’s Syriza booted out of the Alliance of Leftists. Greece’s PM Tsipras of the Syriza Party faux Left is way too far Right!

In stark contrast to Syriza’s Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, Monsieur Mélenchon, a Member of the European Parliament (“MEP”), calls for (a) an end to “presidential monarchy in France,” (b) enhanced environmental protections, (c) increased labor rights, and in harmony with his hard left sympathies, lo and behold, (d) a 100% income tax on those earning over €360,000 a year.

As for Syriza, Mélenchon says it has become “impossible to rub shoulders” with Syriza and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras given attacks on working people. Unfortunately for hard working Greeks, that may be a gross understatement. It now appears they were sold a bill of goods by PM Alexis Tsipras representing the Left since January 2015, as he infamously serves to please, time and time again, whenever Wolfgang Schäuble (DE), the Eurozone’s notorious Hatch Man, frowns, oh so frequently!

According to SocialistWorker.org: “In January 2015, the Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, was swept into office on a huge tide of votes in national elections. There was immense hope that the new government led by a party that had remained uncompromising in its opposition to austerity would finally stand up to the European Union and defend working class living standards ravaged by the economic crisis and the punishing Memorandums demanded by the lenders. Yet by July of that year, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had capitulated, signing up to a new Memorandum. The attacks on workers, the poor and immigrants have continued unabated.”

After years of being screwed over, Greece is so bloody exhausted from hard right European Troika aka: European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF screwing that the country resembles a haggard dark-eyed nymphomaniac hard-core heroin addict at the first break of dawn, squinting into blinding brightness, too hacked to sit up in bed. Now, after years of raw naked brutality, Greece has morphed into a forlorn soulless zombie with nothing more to lose.

In its latest installment of “Robbing Greece Blind,” big bad Troika has instituted (1) a new raft of privatizations and (2) benefit cuts, including cuts to child care, as well as disability benefits, (3) the sale of 14 additional public assets, and (4) stern measures to facilitate repossession and sale of properties of families who fall behind in payments. Oh yeah, also, (5) longer working hours for teachers; thus, providing some kind of arrangement for kids when their parents are evicted.

In order to approximate the impact of Troika’s version of Panzer Division-type-hybrid attacks, consider the following: Recently pensions were cut once again for the 17th successive pension reduction in seven years, which may be a new world record for enforcement of austerity measures to satisfy neoliberal spirits. Meantime, the Greek health system is crumbling under the weight of “one of the greatest economic and social catastrophes in the whole history of international capitalism.” (Source: Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, member Secretariat of Syriza, The European Left and the Greek Tragedy, Defend Democracy Press, May 22, 2017)

Not only, Greece’s GDP has fallen by 27% as a result of a makeover program that was strongly suggested, by Troika, to help the economy grow, not fall apart, down and out for the final count. Astonishingly, nowadays Greece mirrors the Great Depression of 1929-33, and it’s already embedded ten (10) years of continuous recession, which sets another record. Evidently, somebody at Troika forgot to push the “start button.”

Mysteriously, but maybe not so mysterious, this particular Greek Tragedy does not pass the sniff test. Something is rotten, somewhere. In order to get to the bottom of it, according to Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, member Secretariat of Syriza: “The Greek Reform Program was no mistake but was and remains the premeditated assassination, by economic and political means, of a European nation and its state, for reasons of much wider significance than the significance of the country itself,” Ibid.

Which prompts: Why so brutally horribly dehumanizing?

According to one analysis, Greece is the scapegoat for all European ills, thus it represents a looming threat to all other abusers of neoliberal dicta. The rationale: Other delinquent southern European countries were spared the hatchet only because, if Troika brutalized them as well, it risks alliances of like-minded protagonists and revolt all across half of Europe. Which would exceed the wherewithal of the grand neoliberal crusade and possibly blow its covert operations wide open for all to see. As it happens, Greece was/is low hanging fruit and a perfect whipping boy that hopefully knocks some sense into spendthrift Mediterranean lefties, or so the Troika likely assumes. Otherwise, why destroy Greece?

As it happened, Troika misrepresented good intentions, and in fact lied by publicly claiming Greece was receiving enormous amounts of financial support from its European partners, whereas 95% of those funds zip-zip right back to Deutsche Bank, PNB Paribas, and other U.S. and European banks, bypassing Greece’s banks and citizens as quickly as a finger click. But wait; of course, Greece keeps five percent.

In order to receive Troika’s financial bailout, Greece has undergone a massive transfer of public assets, all the best stuff, to privatization interests, part of the hardcore hypothesis behind neoliberalism, e.g., (1) 14 major regional airports sold to Germany’s Fraport, (2) the Port of Piraeus, one of the largest ports in Europe sold to China’s Cosco, (3) the Port of Thessaloniki, which is Greece’s second largest city, sold to a German consortium, and (4) privatization funds created, under Germany’s direction, for water utility transfers to private hands, prompting the president of the Greece water company trade union to forewarn that the for-profit model often times raises prices for consumers and sometimes service degrades. But then it’s too late to do much about it.

And, come to think of it, why should water be a for-profit enterprise in the first instance? And, why should ports, as old as the city of Athens, be for-profit private enterprises? By longevity alone, it is an iconic attachment to Greece, dating back centuries upon centuries. Maybe some precious things in life should escape the dictates of profit for the few in favor of the common interests of the many.

Regardless, financial colonization is ripping Greece to shreds same as 19th-century European colonization of Africa, in harmony with the Industrial Revolution, shredded natural resources. But, nowadays Industrial Revolution is passé as the Internet revolutionizes everything, other than the onslaught of neoliberalism’s transnational elite special forces.

Postscript: Close to chaos, because the market is not just, you’re far away from the country which was your cradle.

What was searched and found with one’s soul, is now considered to be as worthless as scrap metal…

Booze at last, drink! [European] Commissioners’ cheerleaders shout.

However, Socrates gives you back the [hemlock poison] cup full to the brim.

Curse you as a chorus, which is characteristic of you, will the gods, whose Mount Olympus you want to steal.

You’ll waste away mindlessly without the country, whose mind invented you, Europe. A Poem (portions of) by Günter Grass, 2012

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