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Alexis, you can't trust the euro-hyenas!

A special message to Alexis Tsipras
by system failure
When a EU PM speaks with terms of battle about the negotiations with his “partners”, we do understand that there is something totally wrong in this “marvelous” union. Alexis Tsipras and his government know very well with whom they are dealing, but they should also understand that it is impossible to negotiate with good faith with these euro-hyenas.
Just take a look at the people who run the "empire" and you will understand. Mario Draghi, Jean-Claude Juncker, Merkel and Schäuble* are just an example of bankers, lobbyists, dirty games for grabbing the power.
Does anyone truly believe that these puppets in power, do care about the improvement of lives of millions of Europeans? I think we all know the answer. They don't. The only thing they care about is to protect the interests of their masters, maintain their own privileges.
The IMF banksters already threatened that they will not tolerate any extension for the repayment of t…

Tsipras fights back

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The Greek PM, Alexis Tsipras, announced the bills that will be passed next week, to deal we a series of problems as promised to the Greek people before the elections.
From enikos.gr:

A bill to combat the "humanitarian crisis" born of austerity. It will provide for free electricity and food to 300,000 housdeholds, subsidized housing to 30,000 and measures to limit evictions. A debt relief bill for individuals and corporations owing back taxes and social security contributions. It will include more lenient payment terms and no arrest or jailing for those owing less than €50,000. But it will also facilitate action on tax dodgers on the basis of Financial Police inspections and debt assessments that must become immediately collectible by local tax offices. A bill protecting main residences worth up to €300,000 from foreclosure and auctioning off. State TV ERT, shut down by the previous government in June 201…

Gysi: austerity measures was a "kamikaze" tactic

Insulting language by German conservatives against the Greek leadership
Germany's parliament has approved an extension of Greece's financial bailout for a further four months. The outcome of the vote was never in doubt, despite misgivings about recent comments by the Greek finance minister. Bundestag deputies approved the four-month extension of the Greek bailout on Friday, by a vote of 542 in favor, 32 against. There were 13 abstentions.”
The Left party's Gregor Gysi accused Chancellor Angela Merkel and Schäuble of making matters worse in Greece by insisting that the 'troika' of international creditors impose strict terms on Athens, which led the country's former conservative government to implement a raft of austerity measures. 'This was a kamikaze tactic,' Gysi said, which ensure that Greece would never be able to pay back its debt.”
A few members of the CDU-CSU bloc also said they would vote against the extension. 'Take a look at [Greek Prime…

Αλέξη, μην εμπιστεύεσαι τις ευρω-ύαινες!

Μήνυμα προς τον Αλέξη Τσίπρα
του system failure
Όταν ένας πρωθυπουργός της ΕΕ μιλάει με όρους μάχης για τις διαπραγματεύσεις με τους "εταίρους" του, καταλαβαίνει κανείς ότι κάτι δεν πάει καλά σ'αυτή τη "θαυμαστή" ένωση. Ο Αλέξης Τσίπρας και η κυβέρνησή του γνωρίζουν πολύ καλά με ποιους έχουν να κάνουν, αλλά θα έπρεπε επίσης να καταλάβουν ότι είναι αδύνατον να διαπραγματευτείς έστω με κάποιο ίχνος καλής πίστης όταν έχεις απέναντί σου αυτές τις ευρω-ύαινες.
Αρκεί να ρίξει κανείς μια ματιά σ'αυτούς που διοικούν την "αυτοκρατορία" και θα καταλάβει. Μάριο Ντράγκι, Ζαν-Κλοντ Γιούνγκερ, Μέρκελ-Σόιμπλε*, είναι μόνο μερικά αντιπροσωπευτικά δείγματα τραπεζιτών, λόμπι και βρόμικων παιχνιδιών αναρρίχησης στα ρετιρέ της εξουσίας.
Πιστεύει κανείς στ'αλήθεια ότι αυτές οι μαριονέτες της εξουσίας ενδιαφέρονται για τη βελτίωση των συνθηκών ζωής εκατομμυρίων Ευρωπαίων; Νομίζω πως όλοι ξέρουν την απάντηση. Δεν ενδιαφέρονται καθόλου. Το μόνο πράγμα που τους ενδιαφέρει…

Mission accomplished: The Russians put foot in the East Mediterranean

Russian navy ships will keep having access to stop off at Cyprus' ports in Mediterranean as the two countries have agreed to prolong the pre-existing deal on military cooperation.”
The agreement, which applies to Russian vessels involved in counter-terrorism and anti-piracy efforts, was signed by President Vladimir Putin and his Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, in Moscow. The signing came aimed heightened tensions and sanctions between Russia and the EU over the military conflict in Ukraine.”
During his press conference at Tass news agency’s headquarters, Anastasiades stressed that Moscow and Nicosia haven’t signed any new agreements, but only prolonged those that were in place before. [...] He called the prolongation of a military deal with Russia 'a sensitive issue,' adding that Vladimir Putin discussed this matter in a very delicate manner, not putting Cyprus in an uncomfortable position before its EU partners.”
Despite the permission to enter Cyprus port f…

Gemalto confirms probable NSA/GCHQ cyber attacks

The world's largest maker of mobile SIM cards, Gemalto, says a preliminary internal probe shows British and U.S. intelligence services 'probably' hacked into its office networks. But the Amsterdam-based company contends the attacks have not resulted in a massive privacy leak. Gemalto CEO Olivier Piou says their investigation shows the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, 'probably happened,' with two sophisticated attacks taking place in 2010 and 2011.”
The attacks first came to light last week through documents released by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden. The documents show the attacks potentially allowed the US and British intelligence to monitor the calls, texts and emails of billions of mobile users around the world.
... Gemalto contends the hack could not have resulted in a massive theft of SIM encryption keys, suggesting 3G and 4G mobile phones are immune to this sort of attack.”
http://www.china.org.cn/world/2015-02/26…

15,000 displaced by clashes in S. Philippines

"The Philippine military's all-out offensive against Muslim militants in southern region of Central Mindanao has displaced at least 3,000 families or 15,000 people, a senior government official said Thursday."
"Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said this was a report from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which has launched operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Liberation Front (BIFF), a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest Muslim rebel group in the country. He said the government has been doing everything to provide the necessary assistance to the displaced population."
"Central Mindanao is the stronghold of the MILF. The government considers the BIFF as a lawless group, which was allegedly involved in the tragic death of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano town, southern province of Maguindanao last month."
http://www.china.org.cn/world/2015-02/26/content_34897101.h…

Ζουν και βασιλεύουν οι «πειρατές των αγορών»

του Τάσου Τσακίρογλου
Θράσος, αλαζονεία, απληστία. Ισως αυτές οι τρεις «αρετές» των κορυφαίων αστέρων του χρηματοπιστωτικού συστήματος ήταν εκείνες που οδήγησαν στις ακρότητες και στην καταστροφή του 2008, τις οποίες συνεχίζουμε να πληρώνουμε και σήμερα.
Αυτοί οι κορυφαίοι έμειναν ατιμώρητοι όχι λόγω κάποιας αβλεψίας, αλλά μιας συνειδητής επιλογής που έκαναν οι κυβερνήσεις, αναγνωρίζοντας μ’ αυτόν τον τρόπο την αδυναμία τους να συγκρουστούν και, πολύ περισσότερο, να επιβληθούν σ’ ένα σύστημα που έγινε σταδιακά τις τελευταίες τρεις δεκαετίες απολύτως ανεξέλεγκτο, θέτοντας σε κίνδυνο την ίδια τη δημοκρατία.
Οι μεγαλοαπατεώνες της Γουόλ Στριτ συνεχίζουν την αρπακτική τους δράση από άλλα μετερίζια, έχοντας δημιουργήσει και διευθύνοντας νέες εταιρείες με άλλα ονόματα. Παράλληλα κάποιοι από τους συνεργάτες τους στο πολιτικό σύστημα, αφού έκαναν τη βρομοδουλειά αποχώρησαν, ενώ πολλοί απ’ αυτούς συνεχίζουν με το ίδιο θράσος, την ίδια αλαζονεία και την ίδια απληστία το καταστροφικό τους έργο.
Μερι…

Η κήρυξη του πολέμου εντός των τειχών και οι δύο μεγάλες δεσμεύσεις της κυβέρνησης Τσίπρα

του system failure
Πέρα από τις βολικές γενικότητες που περιέχει η λίστα Βαρουφάκη, υπάρχουν σημεία που δείχνουν ότι η κυβέρνηση δεσμεύεται για τουλάχιστον δύο από τις βασικές υποσχέσεις της, που είναι η αντιμετώπιση της ανθρωπιστικής κρίσης και ο πόλεμος ενάντια στα μεγάλα συμφέροντα που απομυζούν τη χώρα.
Για το πρώτο, το οποίο βέβαια απασχολεί πρωτίστως και άμεσα τους Έλληνες πολίτες, υπάρχει ειδική αναφορά στη λίστα Βαρουφάκη, όπως έχει ήδη αναφερθεί: “Η ελληνική κυβέρνηση επιβεβαιώνει το σχέδιο της να: Αντιμετωπίσει τις ανάγκες που προκύπτουν από την πρόσφατη αύξηση της απόλυτης φτώχειας (ανεπαρκή πρόσβαση σε τροφή, στέγη, υπηρεσίες υγείας και την παροχή ρεύματος) μέσω ιδιαίτερα στοχευμένων μη χρηματικών μέσων (π.χ. κουπόνια τροφίμων). Να το πράξει με τρόπο που θα είναι βοηθητικός για τη μεταρρύθμιση της δημόσιας διοίκησης και τη μάχη κατά της διαφθοράς και της γραφειοκρατίας (π.χ. με έκδοση μιας έξυπνης κάρτας πολίτη που μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί ως κάρτα ID στο σύστημα υγείας, αλλ…

Varoufakis' list: Significant for tactical reasons

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Most of the elements in Varoufakis' list approved by Greece's lenders (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2015/02/breaking-eurogroup-approves-varoufakis.html), are quite flexible for interpretation. They refer to the fight on tax fraud, especially for the big incomes, and commitment for the significant restriction of unnecessary costs in the public sector. These things were promised already by the current government before the elections.
Characteristic parts:
Broaden definition of tax fraud and evasion while disbanding tax immunity. [...] Resolutely enforce and improve legislation on transfer pricing. Work toward creating a new culture of tax compliance to ensure that all sections of society, and especially the well-off, contribute fairly to the financing of public policies.
and
Staff adequately, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the GSPR [General Secretariat of Public Revenues] and in particular the high wealth and large debtors units of the revenue…

Λίστα Βαρουφάκη: Σημαντική για λόγους τακτικής

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Τα περισσότερα από τα σημεία της λίστας Βαρουφάκη αφήνουν περιθώρια ελιγμών καθώς μπορούν να ερμηνευθούν κατά το δοκούν. Αφορούν την πάταξη της φοροδιαφυγής ειδικά για τα μεγάλα εισοδήματα και τον δραστικό περιορισμό στις άσκοπες σπατάλες στο δημόσιο, όπως άλλωστε είχε υποσχεθεί προεκλογικά η κυβέρνηση.
Χαρακτηριστικά αναφέρεται ότι:
Διεύρυνση του ορισμού της φορολογικής απάτης και της φοροδιαφυγής και 'διάλυση' (disbanding) της φορολογικής ασυλίας. [...] Θα εργασθούμε για τη δημιουργία μιας νέας κουλτούρας στο σκέλος της φορολογικής συμμόρφωσης ώστε να εξασφαλιστεί ότι όλα τα τμήματα της κοινωνίας, και ειδικά τα εύρωστα, θα συμβάλουν δίκαια στη χρηματοδότηση των δημόσιων πολιτικών.
και
Θα διασφαλίσει πως η ΓΓΔΕ [Γενική Γραμματεία Δημοσίων Εσόδων] διαθέτει επαρκές προσωπικό, τόσο ποσοτικά όσο και ποιοτικά, και ιδιαίτερα οι μονάδες για τους φορολογουμένους υψηλού πλούτου και τους μεγάλους οφειλέτες και θα διασφαλίσει ότι διαθέτει ισχυρές ανακριτικές εξουσί…

The scandal that helped Merkel become chancellor

Angela Merkel should be grateful to Karlheinz Schreiber. After 10 years, Canadian officials this week extradited the former arms lobbyist and he will soon face charges of tax evasion, fraud and bribery in Germany. Without him, she would not be where she is now: the Chancellor of Germany and, according to Forbes magazine, the most powerful woman in the world.”
One of the biggest scandals in German political party financing involved recently deceased German industrialist, Friedrich Karl Flick, one of the world’s richest men — and came to be known as the Flick Affair. After selling his interests in auto manufacturer Daimler-Benz to Deutsche Bank, Flick donated money to Kohl’s CDU as a form of tax dodge. Ostensibly the money was for a worthy task: the 'cultivation of the political landscape' conducive to business interests. That was permmissible under a law that allowed tax exemptions on investments considered of public, economic benefit. Later on, in 1981, tax inspectors disco…

Confirmed: US government dirty cooperation with the biggest arms smuggler

Declassified Documents Reveal More Information on Government's Opportunistic Relationship with World's Biggest Arms Smuggler, Sarkis Soghanalian. U.S. Cooperated with Arms Dealer Despite Record of Smuggling, Weapons Sales to Saddam Hussein, and Reported Ties to Armenian Terrorists. Soghanalian Tried to Link House Speaker Newt Gingrich to Bribery Scam in 1990s; and Assisted Ferdinand Marcos in Coup Attempt in 1980s.”
Sarkis Soghanalian was the Cold War's largest arms dealer, made over $12 million a year at his peak, and had his hand in seemingly every major conflict across the globe – with the U.S. government's tacit approval. His largest weapons deal was a $1.6 billion sale to the Saddam Hussein regime at the outset of the Iran-Iraq War that included U.S. helicopters and French artillery, and he sold arms to groups in Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, and Peru from the 1970s through the 2000s.”
Soghanalian was nicknamed the 'Merchant of Death' for arming so many …

20% of Germans want revolution, majority say democracy 'isn't real'

Twenty percent of Germans believe that their current living conditions won't be improved by reforms and only a revolution can reshape society. That's according to a study released by the Free University of Berlin. The study, titled 'Against the state and capital - to revolution' focused on opposition to capitalism, fascism and racism, and concluded that Germans are more left-wing in their attitudes than previously thought. The challenge for the researchers was to analyze the core structural similarities between right and left-wing extremism.”
Twenty percent of respondents said they saw the rise of neo-fascism in Germany as a real danger, while 48 percent said they believe a deep-rooted xenophobia currently exists in Germany. And a majority of Germans – 62 percent – said that German democracy isn't real democracy, because it's economy-driven.”
Another claim in the study, led by Professor Klaus Schroeder, was that there had been a clear spike in “left-wing vi…

Ukraine Crisis : Over one million internally displaced in Ukraine

Another 35,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were registered in Ukraine over the last week, amounting to a total of 1.421 million refugees in the country, UNHCR reported.”
Out of the above-mentioned number, 367,500 people are registered in Donetsk region and 129,500 – in Luhansk region, which are partially controlled by illegal armed formations. In addition, a considerable number of refugees are registered in neighboring Kharkiv (136,900 people), Dnipropetrovsk (68,500) and Zaporizhia (75,200) regions, as well as in Kyiv (76,800) and Kyiv region (33,800), according to the map of IDPs in Ukraine posted on the UN’s website on Saturday.”
A total of 2,900 refugees are registered in Volyn region, 3,100 – in Rivne region, 8,000 – in Zhytomyr region, 7,500 – in Chernihiv region, 12,900 – in Sumy region, 8,100 – both in Lviv and Kirovohrad regions, 2,300 – Ternopil region, 6,500 – in Khmelnytsky region, 10,300 – in Vinnytsia region, 11,200 – in Cherkasy region, 24,500 – in Poltava r…

CAR: Fresh violence displaces almost 50,000 people

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that an upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic has forced the displacement of almost 50,000 people since the start of the year. This includes an estimated 30,000 who have fled their homes and found refuge in other parts of the country and more than 19,200 people who have crossed into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo's Equateur province.”
... across the border, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNHCR had registered more than 19,200 refugees who had arrived in Bosobolo territory in the north of Equateur as a result of new violence since December in Central African Republic's Kouango district, in Ouaka prefecture.”
Some 2,400 refugees have crossed into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, using new entry points in the territories of Mobayi and Bosobolo since February 15. Most are children. They said that they had fled out of fear of violence by ex-Seleka fighters after a disarmament operation in B…

Μοναδική αγωνία, η πολιτική τους επιβίωση

του system failure
Μετά τις εκλογές και την έναρξη των πραγματικών διαπραγματεύσεων από την παρούσα κυβέρνηση, το μνημονιακό σύμπλεγμα ΝΔ-ΠΑΣΟΚ έκανε ακόμα πιο αισθητή την αγωνία του προκειμένου να επιβιώσει στην πολιτική σκηνή της χώρας.
Ένα από τα βασικά προεκλογικά επιχειρήματα της προηγούμενης μνημονιακής κυβέρνησης, ήταν ότι ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ επένδυε στην αντιπαράθεση με βάση την Τροίκα και το μνημόνιο. Όπως έλεγαν τότε, το μνημόνιο τελείωνε και άρα ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ δεν είχε λόγο ύπαρξης.
Να όμως που τώρα έρχονται σ'αυτή τη θέση και όχι για λόγους πολιτικής τακτικής, αλλά ουσίας. Καθώς φαίνεται ότι η διαπραγμάτευση που έκαναν δεν ήταν διαπραγμάτευση και ότι απλά έπαιρναν εντολές (email Χαρδούβελη κ.λ.π.), ότι το μνημόνιο θα συνεχίζονταν με νέα επώδυνα μέτρα, αφού υπήρχε συγκεκριμένο χρονοδιάγραμμα μέχρι την λήξη της κανονικής θητείας Σαμαρά το 2016, βρέθηκαν ξαφνικά χωρίς ρόλο στη θέση της αντιπολίτευσης.
Το μοναδικό τους επιχείρημα τώρα, προκειμένου να επιβιώσουν πολιτικά, είναι ότι η κυβέρνηση …

Will Butler from Arcade Fire writes a song inspired by the Greek government negotiations!

I’m rooting for Greece. I mean, broadly, who the hell isn’t rooting for Greece? Even if you’re super right wing, or super German, or super capitalist you probably don’t want Greece tumbling out of the Euro and defaulting on its debts.”
But beyond that, I like that they’re a young government. I like Yanis Varoufakis, the new finance minister. To a certain extent, I’ve bought into the media portrayal of him (from the Guardian and NPR and all over) as a straight shooting rapscallion who might – just might – be crazy enough to, um, responsibly manage the Greek financial situation?”
I was reading the Guardian’s live coverage of the forthcoming Greek proposals of how they’re going to pay off their debts, when a little blurb popped up explaining that the Greek markets were closed today because it was 'Clean Monday' – the Greek Orthodox equivalent of Ash Wednesday. It was an amazing/hilarious (well, maybe mildly amusing) coincidence to me that the Greek ministers were scrambling a…

Eurogroup approves Varoufakis' list

Eurogroup approved the list of reforms sent by the Greek government in Brussels.
Following formal ratification, the agreement on the four-month extension is expected to be approved by national parliaments.
In the six-page text sent by Athens to the European institutions and the IMF are recorded the directions on four policy areas. Specifically, the guidelines concerning the following areas: Structural fiscal policies, financial stability, policies for growth and addressing the humanitarian crisis.
http://tvxs.gr/news/eyropi-eop/egkrithike-apo-eurogroup-i-lista-baroyfaki
A tactical win for Greeks to prepare for the next battle:
The details of the new agreement between Greece and the lenders are rather of little importance. It seems that the four-month period will function mostly as a truce period rather than a period of substantial progress for the two sides to build a bridge between them. [...] The Greek Leftists in power know very well who are dealing with, so they will use this time t…

BRICS to create their own bank against IMF brutal monopoly

The Russian State Duma has ratified the $100 billion BRICS bank that’ll serve as a pool of money for infrastructure projects in Russia, Brazil, India, China and South Africa, and challenge the dominance of the Western-led World Bank and the IMF. The New Development Bank is expected to start fully functioning by the end of 2015, according to the Russian Finance Ministry. Russia has agreed to provide $2 billion dollars from the federal budget for the bank over the next seven years.”
The decision to establish the BRICS bank, along with a $100 billion reserve currency pool, was made in July 2014. Each of the five member countries is expected to allocate an equal share of the $50 billion startup capital that will be expanded to $100 billion. The bank will be headquartered in Shanghai, India will serve as the first five-year rotating president, and the first Chairman of the Board of Directors will come from Brazil.”
The group of BRICS emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, Ind…

Πορτογαλία: η νέα «αποικία» της Αγκόλας

του Άρη Χατζηστεφάνου
Τα μνημόνια και η τρόικα μετέτρεψαν την Πορτογαλία σε οικονομικό «προτεκτοράτο» μιας πρώην αποικίας της. Και ο Γερούν Ντάισελμπλουμ μαζί με τη Μέρκελ χειροκροτούν για το επίτευγμα της Ευρωπαϊκής Ενωσης.
Η Πορτογαλία αποδεικνύει πόσο γρήγορα μπορεί μια χώρα να ξανασταθεί στα πόδια της εάν δεσμευτεί στις μεταρρυθμίσεις
Γερούν Ντάισελμπλουμ
Τα ρολόγια όλων έδειχναν 20 λεπτά μετά τα μεσάνυχτα. Σε λίγες ώρες θα ξημέρωνε η 25η Απριλίου του 1974. Δεκάδες αξιωματικοί του πορτογαλικού στρατού στέκονταν ανυπόμονοι μπροστά σε ένα ραδιόφωνο που μετέδιδε το πρόγραμμα του Ρ/Σ Rádio Renascença. Ξαφνικά ο σταθμός άρχισε να παίζει το τραγούδι «Ε depois do adeus», που εκείνη τη χρονιά είχε εκπροσωπήσει τη χώρα στον διαγωνισμό τραγουδιού της Eurovision. Ηταν το συνθηματικό που όλοι περίμεναν. Οι αξιωματικοί φόρεσαν τα πηλήκιά τους και έδωσαν διαταγή στους στρατιώτες τους να καταλάβουν νευραλγικά σημεία στις μεγαλύτερες πόλεις της χώρας. Το Κίνημα των Ενόπλων Δυνάμεων, που θα πυροδοτ…