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Brexit: US fears unraveling of neoliberal world order

The United States fears Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) is one more symptom of the neo-liberalism's terminal decline, says Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.
Etler, a professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday while commenting on recent statements of US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.
On Tuesday, Obama dismissed the global reaction to Brexit as hysteria. “I would not overstate it. There has been a little bit of hysteria, post-Brexit vote. As if somehow NATO is gone and the transatlantic alliance is dissolving and every country is rushing off to its own corner. That's not what's happening.
Hours later, Kerry has said that Brexit might never happen, calling the process of leaving the EU complicated. "This is a very complicated divorce," Kerry said on Tuesday, one day aft…

Clinton is the most war mongering of all US candidates

Many prominent Republican Party war hawks are publicly endorsing Hillary Clinton because she is the most war mongering of all the US presidential candidates, an American political analyst and activist says.
Myles Hoenig, a Green Party candidate for Congress, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday, following the release of the Quinnipiac University poll which shows Clinton has a slender national lead over Trump in the race for the White House.
Although polls can show trends, often they are more of a snapshot at the moment in how people feel. It’s not surprising that Clinton leads Trump at this point but that it’s by only 2 points is interesting. Trump has had a lousy week and Clinton, on the other hand, has not had a lot of Sanders’ attacks to diminish her in the eyes of the general public,” Hoenig said.
Recent reports are out that Trump never expected to win and that he was hoping for coming in second as a protest candidate. Many dignitaries in the Republica…

'Αν δεν αλλάξουν οι σημερινές πολιτικές, σύντομα θα κλαίμε στην κηδεία της Ευρωπαϊκης Ενωσης'

Την ανάγκη η Ευρώπη να εγκαταλείψει τις διαρκείς πολιτικές λιτότητας και να γίνει πιο θελκτική, υπογράμμισε ο υπουργός Περιβάλλοντος και Ενέργειας, Πάνος Σκουρλέτης μιλώντας στην «Πρωινή Ζώνη» της ΕΡΤ1.
«Το Βrexit δεν ήταν κεραυνός εν αιθρία. Αν δεν αλλάξουν οι σημερινές πολιτικές, σύντομα θα κλαίμε στην κηδεία της Ευρωπαϊκης Ενωσης» είπε ο υπουργός Περιβάλλοντος.
Ο κ. Σκουρλέτης επιτέθηκε στον Κυριάκο Μητσοτάκη, λέγοντας ότι δεν μπορεί να μιλά για ηθικό πλεονέκτημα και χαρακτήρισε προπέτασμα καπνού τα όσα αναφερονται για τη συμμετοχή κυπριακής εταιρείας στην εφημερίδα «Αυγή».
http://www.ert.gr/to-vrexit-den-itan-keravnos-en-ethria/


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Ο Ιγκλέσιας έκανε το ίδιο λάθος με τον Τσίπρα

Ισπανικές εκλογές - Γιατί οι Podemos δεν κατάφεραν να αυξήσουν δυνάμεις παρά τη συμμαχία με τις άλλες δυνάμεις της Αριστεράς
failed evolution
Τα αποτελέσματα των Ισπανικών εκλογών της Κυριακής δεν έφεραν κάτι καινούργιο. Παραδόξως, η Λαϊκή Δεξιά του Ραχόι κατάφερε να κερδίσει 14 έδρες επιπλέον (137 σύνολο) σε σχέση με τις προηγούμενες εκλογές, αλλά ακόμα πολύ μακριά από τις 176 έδρες που απαιτούνται για σχηματισμό κυβέρνησης.
Παρά το ότι οι Podemos κατάφεραν να σχηματίσουν συνασπισμό με την Ενωμένη Αριστερά και άλλες δυνάμεις, παρέμειναν στην τρίτη θέση με 71 έδρες. Δεν υπήρξε κάποια σημαντική μεταβολή σε σχέση με τις εκλογές του Δεκεμβρίου.
Θα ήταν απίθανο να περιμένουμε από τους ψηφοφόρους που ψήφισαν το πολιτικό κατεστημένο (Λαϊκή Δεξιά, Σοσιαλιστές), να αλλάξουν σε έξι μόλις μήνες και να ψηφίσουν τους Unidos Podemos. Ωστόσο, ο Πάμπλο Ιγκλέσιας έκανε το ίδιο λάθος με τον Τσίπρα. Ουσιαστικά αγνόησε τους πραγματικά απογοητευμένους Ισπανούς ψηφοφόρους που διάλεξαν αποχή και προσπάθησε να …

Iglesias made the same mistake as Tsipras

Spanish elections - Why Podemos didn't manage to increase power despite the coalition with the Leftist forces
political comment by failed evolution
The results of Sunday's elections in Spain didn't bring anything new. Unexpectedly, the People's Party of Mariano Rajoy gained 14 more seats (137) compared to previous elections, yet still far from the 176 seats required to form government.
Although Podemos managed to build a coalition with the United Left and other Leftist forces, forming Unidos Podemos, remained in third place with 71 seats. No much difference since the last elections in December 2015.
It would be unnatural to expect from the voters who voted for establishment (PP/PSOE) to change in only six months and go to Unidos Podemos. Yet, Iglesias made the same mistake as Tsipras in Greece. He actually ignored the truly disappointed Spanish voters who have chosen not to vote, and tried not to frighten the moderate pro-establishment voters in order to attract them.
As me…

How the EU pushed France to reforms of labour law

Corporate Europe Observatory
The current struggle in France over labour law reforms is not just between the Government and trade unions – a European battle is waged. The attacks on social rights stem in no small part from the web of EU-rules dubbed 'economic governance', invented to impose austerity policies on member states.
Strikes and actions across France against reforms of the country’s labour protections, known as the El Khomri Law, demonstrate the immense unpopularity of the measures proposed by the French Government. Chiefly among them, to give preference to local agreements on wages and working conditions, when the conditions in those agreements are less favourable than the national norm inscribed in national law. This is an open attempt to undermine collective bargaining and roll back the influence of trade unions.
Ultimately, the French Government has formal responsibility for the weakening of labour protection. But there is no denying that the European Union is playin…

The Brexit rejection of neoliberal tyranny

With the Brexit repudiation of the E.U. — in defiance of Establishment scare tactics — British voters stood up for common people who face marginalization in the neoliberal scheme of global economics, explains John Pilger.
by John Pilger
The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media.
This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralized by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the “remain” campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain. The last bastion of the historic reforms of 1945, the National Health Service, has been so subverted by Tory and Labour-supported privateers it is fighting for its life.
A forewarning came when the Treasurer, George Osborne, the embodiment of both Britain’s ancient regime a…

Why on earth would socialists support the neoliberal, undemocratic EU?

The EU is a deeply undemocratic institution enforcing austerity and privatisation on its member states. In what strange world is this a progressive institution?
by Paul Embery
The EU is now, more than ever, defined by its fanatical commitment to the rule of market forces, privatisation and the rolling back of the power of national governments. This ideology of neoliberalism explains the EU’s enthusiasm for the politics of austerity, which it has imposed throughout the continent as a response to the global financial crisis.
But, just as austerity has failed in the UK, it has failed throughout the EU. Twenty-three million are unemployed thanks to EU-driven austerity. Living standards have collapsed thanks to EU-driven austerity. Far-right groups have gained strength thanks to EU-driven austerity. Renewed tensions have emerged between nation states thanks to EU-driven austerity. Public services have been decimated thanks to EU-driven austerity.
When economies crashed, the EU’s answer was to …

Spanish elections

The establishment wins in Spain
At 95% of voters:
People's Party: 137 seats (32,93%) Spanish Socialist Workers' Party: 85 seats (22,79%) Unidos Podemos: 71 seats (21,14%) Ciudadanos: 32 seats (12,94%)
http://tvxs.gr/news/eyropi-eop/ispanikes-ekloges-sto-369-i-symmetoxi-stis-8-mm-exit-poll
The pro-establishment parties win again and Spain is expected to enter into another unstable political period. Resistance against the neoliberal EU is postponed.
LIVE:
No party came close to an overall majority; Pablo Iglesias admits results "not satisfactory".
https://www.thespainreport.com/articles/781-160626230535-pp-wins-2016-spain-general-election-podemos-does-not-overtake-psoe
People’s party wins largest share of vote but falls way short of majority, according to initial indications.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/26/spanish-elections-exit-polls-show-deadlock-likely-to-continue
Podemos wins in Catalonia and Basque Country.
Bipartidism of the old big parties (PP+PSOE) is at …

Αν ο Μαρξ και ο Κέινς στοιχημάτιζαν για το Brexit

του Άρη Χατζηστεφάνου
Για άλλη μια φορά οι μόνοι που προέβλεψαν το πραγματικό πολιτικό αποτέλεσμα της βρετανικής ψήφου για το Brexit ήταν τα μεγάλα γραφεία στοιχημάτων. Το πρόβλημα ήταν ότι δεν το κατάλαβαν.
Ο Τζον Μέιναρντ Κέινς είπε κάποτε ότι οι χρηματαγορές είναι μια διεστραμμένη μορφή των καλλιστείων: όσοι συμμετέχουν δεν επιλέγουν το πιο όμορφο μοντέλο αλλά αυτό που θεωρούν ότι θα αρέσει στους περισσότερους και συνεπώς θα κερδίσει.
Η εφημερίδα «Independent» πίστεψε ότι θα μπορούσε να εφαρμόσει τη διαπίστωση του Κέινς και για τα γραφεία στοιχημάτων. Στις δημοσκοπήσεις, έλεγε, οι πολίτες απαντούν ποιος θέλουν να κερδίσει, ενώ τα στοιχήματα αποτυπώνουν ποιος πιστεύουν ότι θα κερδίσει.
Φαινομενικά, τα γραφεία στοιχημάτων έπεσαν έξω στις «προβλέψεις» τους με πρωτοφανή τρόπο. Από την πρώτη ημέρα που ο Κάμερον εξήγγειλε το δημοψήφισμα έδιναν σταθερά τη νίκη στο Bremain, ακόμη και όταν το σύνολο των δημοσκοπήσεων έδινε άνετο προβάδισμα στο Brexit.
Φήμες μάλιστα έλεγαν ότι οι χρηματαγορές ακ…

End of Regime in Europe!

by Dimitris Konstantakopoulos
Fukuyama, an ex-official of the State Department, with very poor intellectual capacities, became world famous in 1990 with his idea that History has ended. Now History is back, in full steam.
One may agree or disagree with Brexit. But he has to admit that here we have to do with a clear anti-estabishment revolt of the British, a revolt with clearly national but also clear class characteristics. Look for instance the pattern of the vote. City voted overwhelmingly to remain in the Union, the popular, de-industrialized and agricultural regions of the country, the “lost of globalization”, very much for Brexit. (As has happened in many cases, during the collapse of the Soviet Union, nationalism was not the only direct reason of the quest for independence of the Republics, antagonisms for power and property were very much the reason, still it was the national idea which offered a ready basis of legitimacy for the break down).
The result represents also an enormous…