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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! / McCarthyism 2.0 against the independent information / 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

17 October, 2017

People of Venezuela just proved again that common US sabotage operations are not effective anymore


Since Hugo Chavez era, the US empire has tried every dirty trick against the socialist governments in Venezuela. From continuous economic sabotage to funding provocative operations of the right-wing opposition, and of course, unlimited propaganda by the Western mainstream media.

After the constitutional coup against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, Nicolas Maduro is last barrier to be removed in the rοw of some key Latin America countries, so that the Empire will take back full control of its backyard.

The dirty war against Venezuela becomes wilder and wilder since Chavez decided to put back under state control the oil industry. Which means that the US big oil cartel is primarily behind the common sabotage operations (that we've seen so many times in past especially in Latin America) against Venezuelan government. It's not rocket science.

Recall that, a document under the title VENEZUELA: AMERICAN OIL AND SERVICE COMPANIES ENGAGE AMBASSADOR, from July, 2009, depicts the agony of the US oil corporations to stay in Venezuela, as they had already lost control over country's rich reserves. The summary is quite enlightening as gives the impression that the US companies were afraid that could be completely thrown out of the Venezuelan oil industry in the close future by then Chavez administration.



These operations, taken from CIA's textbooks, are aiming mainly to provoke public anger towards the ultimate goal, which is overthrowing socialist governments in order to be replaced by right-wing Washington's puppets.

As TeleSur reported:

Chavismo won another historic victory today in spite of the brutal U.S. war on the economy, the Washington-backed violence geared to the comprehensive and exhaustive media assault over the last few years, all aimed at overthrowing the government of President Nicolas Maduro. It hasn't worked - not with these people.

After all that the Venezuelan people have suffered, deprived of food and other essential products, violent attacks on their schools, hospitals and medical clinics, destruction of other public buildings, sabotage of their electrical grid, regular violent attacks by Colombian paramilitaries, having their elected leaders maligned, lied about and demonized, seeing their government resources diverted from production, services and development to defense, living with distress and fear in their daily lives and seeing their friends and love ones maimed and die simply because of their political views - despite all the suffering they have endured they supported their elected government today and sent the U.S.-backed right wing packing.

The result of regional elections that were held in Venezuela on 15 October 2017, showed again that these operations don't work. Because the majority of Venezuelans have chosen to support the socialist government. The United Socialist Party of Venezuela won at least 17 of the 23 governorships, also garnering 54 percent of the vote.

As expected, most of the mainstream media were shocked with the result and rushed to claim that the election was rigged.

It is obvious that the old style US sabotage methods start to become insufficient and this is probably one main reason why Donald Trump expressed openly his intention to 'take action' against Venezuela.

Στη Βενεζουέλα είχε εκλογές. Αλλά δεν το μάθατε…

Νίκη στις 17 από τις 22 επαρχίες της χώρας σημείωσε το κυβερνών κόμμα του Μαδούρο στις τοπικές εκλογές που πραγματοποιήθηκαν στη Βενεζουέλα.

Ο Μαδούρο δήλωσε ότι το κόμμα του συγκέντρωσε το 54% των ψήφων στην επικράτεια και πως οι εκλογές είχαν τη μεγαλύτερη συμμετοχή που έχει παρατηρηθεί τα τελευταία 15 χρόνια, με τουλάχιστον 10 εκατομμύρια ψηφοφόρους να προσέρχονται στις κάλπες.

Ο ίδιος κατήγγειλε ότι τα διεθνή μέσα ενημέρωσης επιχείρησαν να αποσιωπήσουν την εκλογική διαδικασία.

Από σήμερα το πρωί πάντως, αρκετά μέσα ενημέρωσης άρχισαν να παρουσιάζουν πληροφορίες, αναπαράγoντας απλώς τις καταγγελίες της αντιπολίτευσης που ζητά ανακαταμέτρηση των ψήφων.

Τη διαδικασία παρακολούθησαν περίπου 1300 παρατηρητές, 70 από τους οποίους προέρχονταν από το εξωτερικό.


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American liberals and neocons unite to push war in Ukraine

In the U.S. Russia-hating liberals are joining the neocons in seeking more war in Ukraine, as the prospects for a rational and peaceful resolution to the crisis continue to fade.

by James W. Carden

Part 1

Last January, Sen. John McCain led a delegation along with his longtime sidekick, Sen. Lindsey Graham, to a contingent of Ukrainian troops not far from the front line in eastern Ukraine. In the presence of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Graham told the soldiers: “Your fight is our fight … 2017 will be the year of offense. All of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against Russia.

McCain promised the assembled troops, “we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win.

When contemplating the long careers of the two Republican senators, it is hard to escape the conclusion that McGeorge Bundy’s quip about the famed Cold War columnist Joe Alsop – that he had “never known him to go to any area where blood could be spilled that he didn’t come back and say more blood” – applies equally to McCain and Graham.

Indeed, last month’s National Defense Authorization Act shows that – if nothing else – McCain and Graham are as good as their word: the recently passed defense appropriations bill provides for $500 million, including “defensive lethal assistance” to Kiev, as part of a $640 billion overall spending package.

The aid comes at a good time for the embattled Ukrainian President Poroshenko, whose approval rating hovers around 16 percent. In a bid to stave off the possibility of a far-right coup d’etat, Poroshenko is back to banging the war drums, promising, well, more blood.

In a little-covered speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Sept. 19, Poroshenko promised that “American weapons will help us liberate the Donbas and return Ukrainian territories.” He also noted that Ukraine spends roughly 6 percent of its GDP on defense, “a figure,” he observed, “much bigger than the obligation for the NATO members.

Clearly Washington’s condemnation of governments that wage war “against their own people” remains selective, contingent upon who is doing the killing and who is doing the dying. In this case, it would seem that Russian-speaking Ukrainians simply don’t rate.

In addition to promising a wider war in the Donbas, Poroshenko has repeatedly promised that he will seek NATO membership. In August, during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, Poroshenko declared: “Our Ukrainian caravan is on a roll and we have one road to travel upon — a wide Euro-Atlantic highway, leading to membership in the European Union and NATO.

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Britain: How do we make Corbyn's speech a reality?

Part 8 - Terrorism and Foreign Policy

Corbyn rightly pointed out that the plague of terrorism has been spread by imperialist interventions. He said Britain must “put our values of peace and cooperation into foreign policy”. He said a Labour government would oppose entirely the Saudi war against Yemen, and condemn Aung San Suu Kyi’s government’s ethnic cleansing of Rohingya muslims.

Again, this is all correct. But how do we successfully implement this?

Corbyn suggested appealing to the UN to organise conflict resolution. But the UN is completely impotent, depending as it does for all its power on the imperialist powers of the world. When the US wanted to invade Iraq, it ignored the UN and the UN could do nothing. And Saudi Arabia currently chairs the UN Human Rights Council, and in April of this year the UN elected Saudi Arabia to serve on the UN Commission on the Status of Women, a body “dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

It should be clear, therefore, that we cannot use the UN to spread peace and internationalism throughout the world.

Who would a Corbyn government be able to cooperate with to bring about peace and global justice? Who could it put its faith in? Only the international working class.

Just as in Britain, the only people Corbyn has been able to rely upon to elect him, to defend him and to fight for socialist ideas, have been the youth and the working class, so too internationally, the only organisations we can expect to fight for peace, for solidarity, and against racism, terrorism and exploitation, are the workers’ organisations and sister organisations of our trade unions. Workers’ solidarity is the basis of socialist internationalism.

With his speech to the 2017 Labour conference, Corbyn has transformed the political landscape once again.

All socialists must not only fight for this programme, but also extend and deepen it, so that we can transform society forever by ending the anarchy, poverty and injustice of capitalism.

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16 October, 2017

Dear truck drivers: capitalism is your real enemy, not robots!

Millions of truck drivers around the world are considered the next "species for extinction" from the working class, as many predict their replacement by trucks without drivers. Once again, however, the enemy is not among the machines.


Forty years will be passed in a few months since the release of "Convoy" by Sam Peckinpah - one of the few productions that had transferred to the big screen not the content of a book, but that of a song. Bill Fries' same title "Convoy", tells the story about a rebellion of a group of truck drivers crossing the US from the West to the East Coast without stopping at police and national guard controls.


Despite the fact that the song and the film are two digestible products of the new American Country and that of anti-Westerns school in which Sam Peckinpah had specialized, they manage to capture the effects of the first major crisis of the capitalist system after WWII .

Drivers revolt against the new 55-mile speed limit imposed after the 1973 oil crisis when the US was trying to limit fuel consumption.

At the same time, however, in order to increase their paycheck a little bit, the truck drivers start to tear the so-called swindle sheets, the logbooks of the truck in which they were obliged to record the driving hours so as not to exceed the limit imposed by the federal government. Therefore, "Convoy", as a song and as a movie, captures the latest outbursts of the unbridled spontaneity that characterizes American truck drivers as their sector is the first that experiences the crisis of the 1970s.

Paradoxically, the legend of the uncontrollable asphalt cowboy will be maintained over the next decades (as we see in the low quality movie "Over the Top" with Sylvester Stallone), despite the fact that drivers are losing continuous battles against the government, and above all, against the major transport companies.

With the development of computers, companies begin to record not only the driving hours and the speed of the vehicle, but even how often and how much the vehicles are braking and accelerating. Trucks and drivers become the sprockets of a giant 700 billion dollars industry, which transports 70% of the products within the US.

In this chain, however, drivers are the weak link. Their wages (together with the loaders and other supporting jobs around the industry) exceed 75% of the total cost of road transports. Adding to this "flaw" the fact that they need to make stops to rest and sleep, but also that they are often involved in accidents that cost US economy billions of dollars, and you can easily understand why some would want to replace them with robots as soon as possible.

The first successful attempt was made a year ago when an 18-wheel truck of the OTTO company, which has been bought by UBER, transported 45,000 thousand Budweiser beer cans (pay attention to the symbolism) in a distance of 200 kilometers. At the same time, a truck convoy without drivers crossed Europe in the context of an experimental project jointly conducted by DAF, Daimler, Iveco and MAN.

Concern is evident in several professional drivers' unions around the world. The famous 'teamsters', the union of drivers in the US, is now fighting against time to prevent Congress regulations that will speed up the introduction of unmanned vehicles for very large trucks.

Would the solution be a real, this time, rebellion of drivers? Is a new Luddites movement - industrial workers who were destroying machinery of the factories at the beginning of the 19th century - ready to take action? Perhaps. As long as drivers, like Luddites, understand that their real enemy is not robots and machines. The American truck drivers, recently the Guardian reported, were earning 38,000 dollars in 1980. Adjusted for inflation, the amount now stands at 114,000 dollars, but drivers earn today only 41,000 dollars. It's not robots that stolen all that money from them.

The destruction of the machines, as explained by the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, was a form of "collective negotiation through rebellion." And it was just as effective as any other form of collective negotiation. However, machines and technology were never the real enemies.

Article by Aris Chatzistefanou, translated from the original source:


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