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Ο σαδισμός της ΕΝΟΑ

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Την ώρα που η ευρωζώνη πασχίζει να σταθεί στα πόδια της μετά την τελευταία παγκόσμια οικονομική κρίση, η Ευρωπαϊκή Νεοφιλελεύθερη Οικονομική Αυτοκρατορία (ΕΝΟΑ) επιμένει στην δημοσιονομική πειθαρχία! Τελευταίοι "στόχοι", η Γαλλία, η Ιταλία και το Βέλγιο:
Διορία ως το Μάρτιο του 2015 έδωσε η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή στη Γαλλία, την Ιταλία και το Βέλγιο προκειμένου να μειώσουν τα δημοσιονομικά τους ελλείμματα και να επιταχύνουν την εφαρμογή διαρθρωτικών μεταρρυθμίσεων. [...] 'Η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή δεν θα διστάσει να αναλάβει τις ευθύνες της' στις αρχές Μαρτίου και να επιβάλλει κυρώσεις στις χώρες αυτές, στο πλαίσιο της διαδικασίας περί υπερβολικού ελλείμματος, δήλωσε ο Επίτροπος Οικονομίας Πιερ Μοσκοβισί, σημειώνοντας πάντως ότι η Επιτροπή επέλεξε να δώσει χρόνο στις τρεις χώρες και να μην επιλέξει την επιβολή κυρώσεων αμέσως.” (http://news.in.gr/economy/article/?aid=1231367151)
Είναι εκπληκτικό το γεγονός ότι η ΕΝΟΑ απειλεί να επιβάλει κυρώσεις όχι μόνο κατ…

The ENEE sadism

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At the same time where eurozone is struggling to get back on its feet due to accumulated problems since the latest global financial crisis, the European Neoliberal Economic Empire (ENEE) insists on fiscal discipline! France, Italy and Belgium have been targeted this time:
The European Union has threatened to impose sanctions on France, Italy, and Belgium should they fail to bring their bloated budgets under the ceiling allowed by the EU. On Friday, the bloc gave the three an extra three months until March to fix their budgets. [...] Authorities in France, Italy and Belgium have promised to implement economic overhauls to shore up their public finances. So far, no country in the eurozone, which groups 18 countries, has come under sanction for failing to respect the EU's deficit target.”
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/28/387901/eu-threatens-3-countries-with-sanctions/
It is amazing that the ENEE is threatening to impose sanctions not only against Russia, but al…

Germany’s foreign intelligence accused of spying on own citizens abroad

BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service, used a loophole in the law to snoop on the country’s citizens living abroad from 2000 to 2005, the former agency’s lawyer told German MPs.”
Usually, there is law 'G10' which specifies high legal hurdles to cover before spying on German citizens, including when they live abroad. If these requirements aren’t met, then the data on them should be filtered from foreign communications received by BND. However, Dr. Stefan Burbaum told parliament about a loophole: a person was named 'office holder' if targeted.”
BND also breached 'G10' legislation regarding telecom traffic, retaining some content the service hadn’t been authorized to check. So the law was turned into a 'foot in the door' for some data they wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise, Burbaum said.”
The revelation comes shortly after the German government signed a 'no-spying contract' with Canadian smartphone company Blackberry. Under the a…

291114 PUDI report

Regular reports on the growing Poverty, Unemployment, Debt and Inequality of the neo-capitalist world
Italy:
Bad news from Italy... the country’s jobless rate has jumped to a new record high.”
The Italian jobless rate jumped to 13.2% last month, as its recession continues to wreck havoc in its economy. This is the first time it’s been over 13% since records began in 1977.
Statistics body Istat reports that the number of people in employment fell by 0.2% in October, to 22.374m. The unemployment total surged by 2.7%, to 3.410.”
And young people remained in the firing line -- the youth unemployment rate rose to 43.3%, from 42.5% last month.”
http://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2014/nov/28/oil-price-eurozone-deflation-black-friday-house-prices-live#block-54783bf4e4b0cee6fa5625f4
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Απαιτώντας περισσότερο αίμα από μια κατεστραμμένη χώρα

Γιατί επιμένουν και γιατί τώρα
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Οι τελευταίες διαπραγματεύσεις μεταξύ των αξιωματούχων της Ελληνικής κυβέρνησης και της τρόικας στο Παρίσι κατέληξαν, εν μέρει, σε αδιέξοδο, ή αυτή ήταν τουλάχιστον η εικόνα που ήθελαν να περάσουν τα συστημικά μίντια στην Ελλάδα.
Η σκληρή στάση της τρόικας απέναντι στην Ελλάδα, με το ΔΝΤ να παίζει πάλι το ρόλο του πιο σκληρού, έχει δύο βασικούς στόχους. Ο πρώτος στόχος είναι να βοηθήσει την κυβέρνηση να βγάλει την εικόνα προς τους ψηφοφόρους ότι δήθεν διαπραγματεύεται και ότι αντιστέκεται σε ορισμένες απαιτήσεις των δανειστών.
Άλλωστε, δεν είναι η πρώτη φορά που διεξάγονται παρόμοιες "επιχειρήσεις αποπροσανατολισμού": “Σκηνοθετημένες διαφωνίες μεταξύ κυβερνητικών αξιωματούχων και τροϊκανών. Χρησιμεύουν στο να πείσουν τους πολίτες ότι η κυβέρνηση αντιστέκεται και δεν λέει 'ναι σε όλα' απέναντι στην τρόϊκα. Καθώς τα μέτρα που θέλουν οι δανειστές έχουν ήδη αποφασιστεί και συμφωνηθεί, προβλέπεται ότι οι τροϊκανοί θα υποχωρήσ…

Demanding more blood from a devastated country

Why they persist and why now
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Latest negotiations between Greek officials and Troika lenders in Paris ended without final agreement for the moment, or at least this is the picture that the mainstream media wanted to pass.
The hard stance of Troika against Greece, with the IMF playing again the role of the toughest of all, has two main goals. The first goal is to allow the government officials to give the impression that they negotiate and resist against Troika's demands. Some statements are characteristic:
Greece’s international lenders have put the country under pressure to impose new austerity measures in a bid to resolve an ongoing budget disagreement, a Greek official says. Negotiator Christos Protopapas, a former union leader and Socialist labor minister, made the remarks on Thursday after attending two-day talks in the French capital, Paris, this week with representatives from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fu…

The oil-war on Russia

Russia’s national currency, the ruble, has hit a historic low following a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain its current oil output level of 30 million barrels per day.”
OPEC 'decided to maintain the production level of 30 million barrels per day,' which it has kept for three years, during its latest meeting, the oil exporter group said in a communiqué after the 166th ministerial meeting of the 12-nation organization. The announcement sent global oil prices dropping to fresh four-year lows. Crude prices have fallen by 35 percent since June.
OPEC was under pressure from some of its members, notably Venezuela and Ecuador, to cut output to reduce supplies and push prices back up. However, the call was rejected by some Persian Gulf members.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/27/387787/russian-currency-hits-historic-low/
After the official visit of the US President Barack Obama to Riyadh, there were rumors that the two c…

Further evidence of mistrust between "traditional allies"

Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. and British intelligence agencies on the European Union and a Belgian telecommunications company, according to security industry sources and technical analysis conducted by The Intercept.”
Regin was found on infected internal computer systems and email servers at Belgacom, a partly state-owned Belgian phone and internet provider, following reports last year that the company was targeted in a top-secret surveillance operation carried out by British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters, industry sources told The Intercept.”
The malware, which steals data from infected systems and disguises itself as legitimate Microsoft software, has also been identified on the same European Union computer systems that were targeted for surveillance by the National Security Agency.
The hacking operations against Belgacom and the European Union were first revealed last year th…

Σοβαρές απειλές κατά Βαξεβάνη-Νοδάρου σε ηχητικά από επίσημες υποκλοπές

Ευθείες απειλές κατά της ζωής των δημοσιογράφων Κώστα Βαξεβάνη και Μάκη Νοδάρου εκτοξεύουν με μίσος μέσα από την φυλακή σε συνομιλίες με συνεργάτες τους τα μέλη της εγκληματικής οργάνωσης της Ηλείας που εξαρθρώθηκε μετά από την πολύμηνη έρευνα και τα ρεπορτάζ του περιοδικού HOT DOC.”
Μέσα από το ογκώδες υλικό της ανάλυσης ψηφιακών δεδομένων του συστήματος νόμιμων επισυνδέσεων της Διεύθυνσης Αντιμετώπισης Ειδικών Εγκλημάτων Βίας, αλλά και την ανάλυση στοιχείων από τον ηλεκτρονικό υπολογιστή του προφυλακισμένου εργολάβου, προκύπτουν σοβαρότατα στοιχεία που στοιχειοθετούν άμεση απειλή κατά της ζωής των δύο δημοσιογράφων. Το εντυπωσιακό είναι πως, παρότι οι δύο δημοσιογράφοι έχουν δεχθεί ήδη επιθέσεις, η ΕΛ.ΑΣ. δεν θεώρησε αναγκαίο να τους ενημερώσει για το περιεχόμενο των υποκλοπών και τις νέες απειλές. Ακόμη και την απειλή κατά της ζωής τους την έμαθαν κατά τη διάρκεια ρεπορτάζ, διαβάζοντας μια δικογραφία. Σοβαρές είναι οι ευθύνες των αστυνομικών αρχών, οι οποίες φρουρούν εκατοντάδες…

Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Orwellian Nightmares

The Struggle Against Dystopia
by Henry A. Giroux
(Part IΙI)
Democracy is not compatible with capitalism but is congruent with a version of democratic socialism in which the wealth, resources, and benefits of a social order are shared in an equitable and just manner. Democracy as a promise means that society can never be just enough and that the self-reflection and struggles that enable all members of the community to participate in the decisions and institutions that shape their lives must be continually debated, safeguarded, and preserved at all costs. The rebuilding of a radical democracy must be accompanied with placing a high priority on renewing the social contract, embracing the demands of the commons, encouraging social investments, and the regeneration of the social contract. These are only a few of the issues that should be a central goal for the development of a broad-based radical social movement. I want to emphasize that I am not suggesting that developing a new understanding…

Empower Women to End World Hunger

A new report from the Bread for the World Institute entitled 'When Women Flourish…We Can End Hunger,' states that women and girls are disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty because of discrimination practices against them.”
There are several ways in which discrimination against women is carried out. Discrimination is behind women farmers working with fewer productive resources than their male counterparts. It also explains why women in all sectors of the economy earn less than men, and why girls are taken out of school to work or to marry.”
Discrimination against women is a major cause of persistent hunger. In developing countries, most women work in subsistence farming; in spite of that, however, women farmers work with much fewer resources than men. According to World Bank statistics, if female farmers had the same access to productive resources as male farmers, agricultural output could increase by 2.5 to 4 percent.”
Policies and programs that empower women …

Angela's double message

On the same side with the lobbyists and eurocrats, on the opposite side of the European people
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Message to European people:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday warned that Europe could slide back into recession, German newspaper Frankfurt Allgemeine reported. 'If we do not want to be left behind by the growth markets, then Europe has to hurry up,' Merkel told a conference of European family entrepreneurs here. [...] Given the increasing weight of Asia in the global economy, 'Europe is no longer the measure of all things,' said Merkel.”
http://www.china.org.cn/world/2014-11/26/content_34152351.htm
Translation:
The Dutch finance minister and Eurogroup chairman, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, stated that Germany must do more to enhance its competitiveness, mentioned reforms implemented by Spain, Portugal and Ireland in recent years, adding that Berlin would be well-advised not to rest on its laurels. [...] Germany becomes now a key factor for…

Breaking: Opposition party in Greece claims MPs were offered bribes to vote for new president!

Panos Kammenos the leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks party (ANEL) claimed that governing New Democracy attempted to bribe an MP of his party in order to secure her vote for the election of a new President of the Hellenic Republic.”
In a television interview Kammenos said that three months ago a member of new Democracy approached the MP offering three million euros to secure their vote.”
The Greek Parliament is set to vote for a new President of the Republic in March and the governing coalition is struggling to amass at least 180 votes needed to elect a president and avoid snap elections.”
More:
http://en.enikos.gr/politics/19909,Bombshell_in_Greek_politics:_Opposition_.html
The collapsing government in panic, tries to find ways to surpass the second biggest barrier in about four months for the election of the new President of Greece to replace Karolos Papoulias. Today, Samaras' coalition managed to collect marginally 155 votes, but according to the Greek …

Official: Ultimate goal the "fascistization" of power!

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When you hear the following words by a University deputy rector, there is no doubt, anymore, about where things go:
We who have positions in power should be 'fascistized'. I don't see how the Greeks can change otherwise. When you overreact, you should get a slap on the face and calm down, as it happens in Germany, Canada, Australia and all the serious countries of the world. We can't vote for laws and not follow them." (http://www.thepressproject.gr/article/69574/Antiprutanis-APTh-Prepei-na-fasistopoiithoume-Na-tros-mia-sfaliara-gia-na-summazeuesai)
The symbolism is very powerful. The traditional factor of resistance against authoritarianism, which is the student community and youth must be dealt through "preventive suppression" prior to the new extreme measures against the majority, according to the timeline of the Greek experiment.
There is no time, or reason, for someone to hide behind moderate expressions. The message must be clear…

Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Orwellian Nightmares

The Struggle Against Dystopia
by Henry A. Giroux
(Part IΙ)
Neoliberalism’s disimagination machines, extending from schools to print, audio, and screen cultures, are now used to serve the forces of ethical tranquilization as they produce and legitimate endless degrading and humiliating images of the poor, youthful protesters, and others considered disposable. The public pedagogy and market-driven values of neoliberalism constitute a war zone that suppresses any vestige of critical thought while creating the conditions and policies for expanding the boundaries of terminal exclusion. Viewed as unworthy of civic inclusion, immigrants, youth, protesters and others deemed alien or hostile to the mechanizations of privatization, consumption, and commodification are erased from any viable historical and political context. Such groups now fill the landscape of neoliberalism’s dream world. Vast numbers of the American public are now subject to repressive modes of power that criminalize their behav…

Hunger Games: Από τα σταφύλια της οργής στο παιχνίδι της πείνας

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Φοιτητικά κινήματα από την Ταϊλάνδη μέχρι το Λονδίνο αντιγράφουν τους ήρωες ταινιών του Χόλιγουντ, όπως το Hunger Games και το V for Vendetta. Θα ξεκινήσει η επόμενη επανάσταση σε κάποιο στούντιο της αμερικανικής βιομηχανίας του θεάματος;
«Για να δω τώρα ποιος άλλος θα διαμαρτυρηθεί», έλεγε γελώντας ο δικτάτορας-πρωθυπουργός της Ταϊλάνδης Πραγιούθ Τσανότσα ύστερα από το πογκρόμ που πραγματοποίησαν την περασμένη εβδομάδα οι αρχές ασφαλείας εναντίον φοιτητών. Το μόνο αδίκημα που είχαν διαπράξει τα «θρασίμια» της ταϊλανδέζικης χούντας ήταν ότι ύψωναν τα τρία δάχτυλα του δεξιού χεριού αντιγράφοντας τους ήρωες της ταινίας The Hunger Games.
Καθώς το «κίνημα των τριών δαχτύλων» άρχισε να εξαπλώνεται σε όλη τη χώρα, το καθεστώς ακύρωσε την προβολή της ταινίας, ενώ οι αρχές οδηγούσαν αρκετούς φοιτητές σε κρατητήρια της ασφάλειας για να υπογράψουν δηλώσεις πολιτικών φρονημάτων.
Τα δυτικά μέσα ενημέρωσης αντιμετώπισαν την είδηση με ισχυρές δόσεις οριενταλισμού και πινελιές από …