Your browser does not support the HTML5 canvas tag.
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

31 October, 2014

Growing inequality is disastrous but not inevitable

311014 PUDI report - Regular reports on the growing Poverty, Unemployment, Debt and Inequality of the neo-capitalist world

globinfo freexchange

Highlights:

Many feel that some economic inequality is acceptable as long as those who study and work hard are able to succeed and become richer. This idea is deeply entrenched in popular narratives and reinforced through dozens of Hollywood films, whose rags-to-riches stories continue to feed the myth of the American Dream around the world.

Experimental research has shown just how important fairness is to most individuals, contrary to the prevailing assumption that people have an inherent tendency to pursue self-interest.*

Many believe that inequality is somehow inevitable, or is a necessary consequence of globalization and technological progress. But the experiences of different countries throughout history have shown that, in fact, deliberate political and economic choices can lead to greater inequality. There are two powerful economic and political drivers of inequality, which go a long way to explaining the extremes seen today: market fundamentalism and the capture of power by economic elites.**

... as economist Thomas Piketty demonstrated in Capital in the Twenty-First Century, without government intervention, the market economy tends to concentrate wealth in the hands of a small minority, causing inequality to rise. Despite this, in recent years economic thinking has been dominated by a ‘market fundamentalist’ approach, that insists that sustained economic growth only comes from reducing government interventions and leaving markets to their own devices. However, this undermines the regulation and taxation that are needed to keep inequality in check.

In the 1980s and 1990s, debt crises saw countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the former Eastern bloc subjected to a cold shower of deregulation, rapid reductions in public spending, privatization, financial and trade liberalization, generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, and a ‘race to the bottom’ to weaken labour rights. Inequality rose as a result. By 2000, inequality in Latin America had reached an all-time high, with most countries in the region registering an increase in income inequality over the previous two decades. It is estimated that half of the increase in poverty over this period was due to redistribution of wealth in favour of the richest. In Russia, income inequality almost doubled in the 20 years from 1991, after economic reforms focused on liberalization and deregulation.***

Despite the fact that market fundamentalism played a strong role in causing the recent global economic crisis, it remains the dominant ideological world view and continues to drive inequality. It has been central to the conditions imposed on indebted European countries, forcing them to deregulate, privatize and cut their welfare provision for the poorest, while reducing taxes on the rich. There will be no cure for inequality while countries are forced to swallow this medicine.

Despite the evidence that it increases inequality, rich-country governments and donor agencies, such as the UK, the USA and the World Bank, are pushing for greater private sector involvement in service delivery.

From Ghana to Germany, South Africa to Spain, the gap between rich and poor is rapidly increasing, and economic inequality has reached extreme levels. In South Africa, inequality is greater today than at the end of Apartheid.”

Today, hundreds of millions of people are living without access to clean drinking water and without enough food to feed their families; many are working themselves into the ground just to get by. We can only improve life for the majority if we tackle the extreme concentration of wealth and power in the hands of elites.”

Extreme economic inequality has exploded across the world in the last 30 years, making it one of the biggest economic, social and political challenges of our time. Age-old inequalities on the basis of gender, caste, race and religion – injustices in themselves – are exacerbated by the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots.”

Seven out of 10 people live in countries where the gap between rich and poor is greater than it was 30 years ago. In countries around the world, a wealthy minority are taking an ever-increasing share of their nation’s income.”

Today, there are 16 billionaires in sub-Saharan Africa, alongside the 358 million people living in extreme poverty. Absurd levels of wealth exist alongside desperate poverty around the world.”

If India stops inequality from rising, it could end extreme poverty for 90 million people by 2019. If it goes further and reduces inequality by 36 percent, it could virtually eliminate extreme poverty. [...] In a scenario where inequality is reduced, 463 million more people are lifted out of poverty compared with a scenario where inequality increases.”

Bangladesh and Nigeria, for instance, have similar average incomes. Nigeria is only slightly richer, but it is far less equal. The result is that a child born in Nigeria is three times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than a child born in Bangladesh.”

... in Zambia, GDP per capita growth averaged three percent every year between 2004 and 2013, pushing Zambia into the World Bank’s lower-middle income category. Despite this growth, the number of people living below the $1.25 poverty line grew from 65 percent in 2003 to 74 percent in 2010.”

... women make up the vast majority of the lowest-paid workers and those in the most precarious jobs. In Bangladesh, for instance, women account for almost 85 percent of workers in the garment industry. These jobs, while often better for women than subsistence farming, offer minimal job security or physical safety: most of those killed by the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in April 2013 were women.”

Studies show that in more economically unequal societies, fewer women complete higher education, fewer women are represented in the legislature, and the pay gap between women and men is wider.”

In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are disproportionately affected by poverty, unemployment, chronic illness and disability; they are more likely to die young and to spend time in prison.”

... the poorest people have the odds stacked against them in terms of education and life expectancy. The latest national Demographic and Health Surveys demonstrate how poverty interacts with economic and other inequalities to create ‘traps of disadvantage’ that push the poorest and most marginalized people to the bottom – and keep them there.”

Many feel that some economic inequality is acceptable as long as those who study and work hard are able to succeed and become richer. This idea is deeply entrenched in popular narratives and reinforced through dozens of Hollywood films, whose rags-to-riches stories continue to feed the myth of the American Dream around the world. However, in countries with extreme inequality, the reality is that the children of the rich will largely replace their parents in the economic hierarchy, as will the children of those living in poverty – regardless of their potential or how hard they work.”

If you are born poor in a highly unequal country you will most probably die poor, and your children and grandchildren will be poor too. In Pakistan, for instance, a boy born in a rural area to a father from the poorest 20 percent of the population has only a 1.9 percent chance of ever moving to the richest 20 percent. In the USA, nearly half of all children born to low-income parents will become low-income adults.”

Many of the most unequal countries are also affected by conflict or instability. Alongside a host of political factors, Syria’s hidden instability before 2011 was, in part, driven by rising inequality, as falling government subsidies and reduced public sector employment affected some groups more than others.”

Experimental research has shown just how important fairness is to most individuals, contrary to the prevailing assumption that people have an inherent tendency to pursue self-interest. A 2013 survey in six countries (Spain, Brazil, India, South Africa, the UK and the USA) showed that a majority of people believe the gap between the wealthiest people and the rest of society is too large. In the USA, 92 percent of people surveyed indicated a preference for greater economic equality, by choosing an ideal income distribution the same as Sweden’s and rejecting one that represented the reality in the USA.”

Across the world, religion, literature, folklore and philosophy show remarkable confluence in their concern that an extreme gap between rich and poor is inherently unfair and morally wrong. This concern is prevalent across different cultures and societies, suggesting a fundamental human preference for fairness and equality.”

Many believe that inequality is somehow inevitable, or is a necessary consequence of globalization and technological progress. But the experiences of different countries throughout history have shown that, in fact, deliberate political and economic choices can lead to greater inequality. There are two powerful economic and political drivers of inequality, which go a long way to explaining the extremes seen today: market fundamentalism and the capture of power by economic elites.”

... as economist Thomas Piketty demonstrated in Capital in the Twenty-First Century, without government intervention, the market economy tends to concentrate wealth in the hands of a small minority, causing inequality to rise. Despite this, in recent years economic thinking has been dominated by a ‘market fundamentalist’ approach, that insists that sustained economic growth only comes from reducing government interventions and leaving markets to their own devices. However, this undermines the regulation and taxation that are needed to keep inequality in check.”

In the 1980s and 1990s, debt crises saw countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the former Eastern bloc subjected to a cold shower of deregulation, rapid reductions in public spending, privatization, financial and trade liberalization, generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, and a ‘race to the bottom’ to weaken labour rights. Inequality rose as a result. By 2000, inequality in Latin America had reached an all-time high, with most countries in the region registering an increase in income inequality over the previous two decades. It is estimated that half of the increase in poverty over this period was due to redistribution of wealth in favour of the richest. In Russia, income inequality almost doubled in the 20 years from 1991, after economic reforms focused on liberalization and deregulation.”

Despite the fact that market fundamentalism played a strong role in causing the recent global economic crisis, it remains the dominant ideological world view and continues to drive inequality. It has been central to the conditions imposed on indebted European countries, forcing them to deregulate, privatize and cut their welfare provision for the poorest, while reducing taxes on the rich. There will be no cure for inequality while countries are forced to swallow this medicine.”

Elites, in rich and poor countries alike, use their heightened political influence to curry government favours – including tax exemptions, sweetheart contracts, land concessions and subsidies – while blocking policies that strengthen the rights of the many. In Pakistan, the average net-worth of parliamentarians is $900,000, yet few of them pay any taxes. This undermines investment in sectors, such as education, healthcare and small-scale agriculture, which can play a vital role in reducing inequality and poverty.”

The massive lobbying power of rich corporations to bend the rules in their favour has increased the concentration of power and money in the hands of the few. Financial institutions spend more than €120m per year on armies of lobbyists to influence EU policies in their interests.”

Many of the richest people made their fortunes thanks to the exclusive government concessions and privatization that come with market fundamentalism. Privatization in Russia and Ukraine after the fall of communism turned political insiders into billionaires overnight. Carlos Slim made his many billions by securing exclusive rights over Mexico’s telecom sector when it was privatized in the 1990s.”

Market fundamentalism and political capture have worsened economic inequality, and undermined the rules and regulations that give the poorest, the most marginalized and women and girls, a fair chance.”

The domination of special interests and bad policy choices – especially user fees for healthcare and education, and the privatization of public services – can increase inequality. Unfortunately, too many countries are suffering as a result of these ‘low road’ policies.”

Despite the evidence that it increases inequality, rich-country governments and donor agencies, such as the UK, the USA and the World Bank, are pushing for greater private sector involvement in service delivery.”

Full Report:



* ... John Nash believed that, every man is occupied by a distrust feeling against the others and continuously plans strategic moves against them in order to benefit himself. He designed some games based on this philosophy, one of which was called "fuck your buddy", (later published as "so long sucker"), according to which, the only way someone to beat his opponent was to betray him. The game would be proved consistent under a logical basis if every player was behaving the same way. But when some analysts from the strategic analysis company RAND, tried to test it using their secretaries, the later chosen to cooperate instead of betraying each other. However, this was not enough for analysts to conclude that the philosophy of this game was wrong and thought that the secretaries were simply unsuitable people for this experiment.

Another example is that of the famous psychiatrist Ronald David Laing who used the game theory to build a certain model for human behaviour. He concluded that people are inherently selfish and spontaneously planning various strategies during their everyday transactions. All these theories enhanced the beliefs of some economists like F. A. Hayek, whose economic models were totally excluding altruism and were totally dependent on personal interest. Another economist, James M. Buchanan, disputes the concept of "public interest" and supports that organizations should be managed by people whose motive is money. Concepts like "feeling of personal fulfilment" or "sense of duty", are not included in their theories.


** Many still believe in the myth of the free market. They have an ideal situation in mind where everyone will be free from the state suppression and the free market will drive societies and individuals to balance and prosperity. It's just an illusion because in reality the game is more rigged than ever. We are not talking about capitalism, not even neoliberalism. We are talking about the new global, brutal feudalism!


Spyware sold by private companies

... there are already methods to bypass encryption, thanks to off-the-shelf digital implants readily available to the smallest national agencies and the largest city police forces — easy-to-use software that takes over and monitors digital devices in real time, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.”

We’re publishing in full, for the first time, manuals explaining the prominent commercial implant software 'Remote Control System,' manufactured by the Italian company Hacking Team. Despite FBI director James Comey’s dire warnings about the impact of widespread data scrambling — 'criminals and terrorists would like nothing more,' he declared — Hacking Team explicitly promises on its website that its software can 'defeat encryption.'”

The manuals describe Hacking Team’s software for government technicians and analysts, showing how it can activate cameras, exfiltrate emails, record Skype calls, log typing, and collect passwords on targeted devices. They also catalog a range of pre-bottled techniques for infecting those devices using wifi networks, USB sticks, streaming video, and email attachments to deliver viral installers. With a few clicks of a mouse, even a lightly trained technician can build a software agent that can infect and monitor a device, then upload captured data at unobtrusive times using a stealthy network of proxy servers, all without leaving a trace.”

The company has made at least some sales to American entities, according to comments its outspoken co-founder and CEO David Vincenzetti made in l’Espresso in 2011. 'We sell Remote Control System to institutions in more than 40 countries on five continents,' he told the Italian newsmagazine. 'All of Europe, but also the Middle East, Asia, United States of America.'”

Turnkey solutions like RCS effectively multiply the online threats faced by activists, dissidents, lawyers, businessmen, journalists, and any number of other computer users.”

What is clear is that large nations with well-funded intelligence establishments have long been capable of the kind of surveillance Hacking Team offers.”

Hacking Team and the German firm FinFisher have taken over another niche, as the most prominent purveyors of user-friendly, off-the-shelf spyware for less moneyed customers, says Ben Wagner, director of the Center for Internet and Human Rights at the European University Viadrina. A recent leak of FinFisher data showed customer service communications between the company and Bahrain, Pakistan, Estonia, and a regional police department in Australia, among other clients.”

Activists in Bahrain and Ethiopia have found FinFisher spyware on their computers.”

More:

Everyone in the streets of Brussels during the European Council Summit, Friday 19 December 2014!

Our national and European leaders continue to subject the people to the will of shareholders and multinationals while austerity becomes increasingly brutal. Most national austerity programmes are implementing EU recommendations according to the Stability and Growth Pact that our states have already signed-off. The measures are sending us into a recessionary spiral, imposing social regression at magnitude. The secret free trade negotiations also reflect their desire to uphold the interests of multinationals and their profit logic at the expense of a social, ecological and democratic Europe.

We call on all organisations and individuals to make December 19, 2014 a day of action and convergence of struggles. Take to the streets to remind our leaders that the public interest is not that of multinationals and lobbyists, and that democracy does not work without us. Only a truly social and democratic Europe will meet the basic social needs of the population and ensure a prosperous future for everyone within the limits of nature. It is high time to stop these butchers’ summits!

Occupy the streets of Brussels on Friday, December 19. The D19-20 Alliance will be there. We call on all movements, organisations, platforms and groups to do the same, in order to build as large an action as possible!

30 October, 2014

Ένας μηχανισμός φαύλου κύκλου από την ΕΚΤ

του system failure

Η αυξανόμενη δύναμη της Ευρωπαϊκής Κεντρικής Τράπεζας (ΕΚΤ) και η συσσώρευση εξουσιών, αποδείχθηκε άλλη μια φορά. Eννέα Ιταλικές τράπεζες απέτυχαν να περάσουν τα τελευταία stress tests. Από το Bloomberg:

"Οι Ιταλικές τράπεζες παρουσίασαν την μεγαλύτερη κεφαλαιακή ανεπάρκεια συνολικά, σύμφωνα με την επιθεώρηση της Ευρωπαϊκής Κεντρικής Τράπεζας για τους δανειστές της περιοχής, καθώς η χώρα παλεύει να βγει από την τρίτη της ύφεση σε έξι χρόνια. [...] Από τις εννέα Ιταλικές τράπεζες που απέτυχαν στα stress tests, τέσσερις παρουσίασαν κενά μετά από μέτρα που πήραν κατά τη φετινή περίοδο, σύμφωνα με την αναφορά της ΕΚΤ." (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-26/italy-banks-emerge-as-biggest-losers-in-ecb-health-check.html)

Η ηγεμονία της ΕΚΤ άρχισε πριν από δύο χρόνια με την απόφαση Ντράγκι για την απεριόριστη αγορά κρατικών ομολόγων στην ευρωζώνη: "Η Ευρωπαϊκή Κεντρική Τράπεζα γίνεται ο απόλυτος κυρίαρχος, με την απεριόριστη αγορά κρατικών ομολόγων στην ευρωζώνη και οι τραπεζίτες της Φρανκφούρτης ετοιμάζονται για το μεγαλύτερο πάρτι τους. Όπως ήταν φυσικό, τα τραπεζοκρατούμενα ΜΜΕ, έσπευσαν - για άλλη μια φορά - να θριαμβολογήσουν." (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2012/09/blog-post_8431.html)

Η Ελλάδα έγινε ο "δούρειος ίππος" για την απόφαση αυτή, καθώς έδωσε την αφορμή για την υποτιθέμενη προστασία των προβληματικών χωρών που αποκλείονται από τις αγορές, αλλά φαίνεται ότι η Ευρωπαϊκή πλουτοκρατία σχεδίασε έναν τέλειο μηχανισμό προκειμένου να επεκτείνει το Ελληνικό πείραμα σε όλη την Ευρώπη.

Καθώς οι Ευρωπαϊκοί μηχανισμοί ελέγχονται πλήρως από τα τραπεζικά λόμπι και η ΕΚΤ από τις μεγαλύτερες υπερ-τράπεζες, ο μηχανισμός αυτός μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί για τον καλύτερο συντονισμό των επιθέσεων των "αόρατων" αγορών, "δείχνοντας" τους επόμενους στόχους. Η Ευρωπαϊκή πλουτοκρατία έχει ήδη δώσει το σύνθημα για την ευρωζώνη: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/10/blog-post_16.html

Φαίνεται, ωστόσο, ότι τα πανίσχυρα τραπεζικά καρτέλ κερδίζουν διπλά από τα "stress tests" της ΕΚΤ καθώς αυτά μπορούν να χρησιμοποιηθούν - υπό την απειλή μιας τραπεζικής κρίσης - για την εξαφάνιση των ανταγωνιστών και την διασφάλιση της κυριαρχίας των καρτέλ μέσω του απόλυτου ελέγχου της ροής χρήματος μέσα στην ευρωζώνη: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/10/stress-tests.html

Όπως και να 'χει, φαίνεται ότι ο μηχανισμός αυτός του φαύλου κύκλου γίνεται όλο και πιο ισχυρός, σε βαθμό που ακόμα και χωρίς την απειλή των αγορών και των οίκων αξιολόγησης, οι αδύναμοι πολιτικοί που έχουν εναποθέσει την διαχείριση των εθνικών οικονομιών σε πρώην τραπεζικά στελέχη, θα σπεύδουν να παίρνουν σκληρά μέτρα, παρόμοια με αυτά του Ελληνικού πειράματος και προς όφελος της πλουτοκρατίας, κάθε φορά που η ΕΚΤ θα "φταρνίζεται" και οι αγορές θα απειλούν να πατήσουν τη σκανδάλη. Η περίπτωση της Γαλλίας είναι χαρακτηριστική: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/01/blog-post_9638.html

Οι επαναστάσεις; του μέλλοντος

Γαλλική Επανάσταση: Μια προσφορά για εσάς από την αστική τάξη.

Ρωσική Επανάσταση: Μια προσφορά για εσάς από την εργατική τάξη.

Αν ποτέ υπάρξει επανάσταση στον 21ο αιώνα σύντομα, αυτή θα γίνει από εκείνους που κατέληξαν να είναι στατιστικά νούμερα καταγραφής της φτώχειας, της ανεργίας, της ανισότητας και του κοινωνικού αποκλεισμού από αυτό το ανελέητο σύστημα.

Άνθρωποι χωρίς ελπίδες και όνειρα, χωρίς να αναζητούν ένα καλύτερο μέλλον, χωρίς ταξική συνείδηση. Άνθρωποι που δεν έχουν τίποτα να χάσουν.

Θα είναι άσχημο, χαοτικό, ανεξέλεγκτο, απρόβλεπτο και μάλλον αμφίβολο αν θα μπορούσε να το αποκαλέσει κανείς "επανάσταση" ...

Revolutions? of the future

French Revolution: Brought to you by the urban class.

Russian Revolution: Brought to you by the working class.

If there will be any revolution in the 21st century soon, it will be done by those who became statistical figures of poverty, unemployment, inequality and social exclusion by this brutal system.

People with no hopes and dreams, no better future to seek, no class consciousness. People who have nothing to lose.

It will be bad, chaotic, unpredictable and rather doubtful that someone could call it "revolution" ...

29 October, 2014

291014 PUDI report

Regular reports on the growing Poverty, Unemployment, Debt and Inequality of the neo-capitalist world

Global:

The number of children entering into poverty during the recession is 2.6 million higher than the number that have been able to escape from it since 2008 (6.6 million, as against 4 million). Around 76.5 million children live in poverty in the 41 most affluent countries.”

The United States and Australia have had the largest increases in the NEET [young people not in education, employment or training] rate across non-EU OECD countries.”

Beyond income and employment levels, the recession has affected a number of other important dimensions of people’s lives. From 2007 to 2013, feelings of insecurity and stress rose in 18 of the 41 countries, according to measurable self-perception indicators (including access to food and satisfaction with life). The recession’s impact on personal experiences and perceptions is not yet over, and many indicators have even worsened in the most recent years.”

Those countries most affected by the recession have seen a steady deterioration in the situation of families, mostly from job losses, underemployment and cuts to public services.”

The median income in households with children has decreased in almost half of the countries with available data. The number of families stating that their situation is ‘very difficult’ has risen in most countries. Having a child or children in a household increases the risk of ‘working poverty’ (working, but below the poverty line) from 7 per cent to 11 per cent.”

Inability to cope with unexpected financial expenses has increased by almost 60 per cent, on average, in households with children in the 12 most affected countries.”

Children by the millions were immediately and directly affected by the recession (more than other vulnerable groups, such as the elderly), and many will suffer the consequences for life. And the impact certainly has not been spread evenly across all children in all countries.”

Those worst affected are countries that were most exposed to the recession and young age groups (15–19 and 20–24). Such impacts magnify the disadvantages of persistent poverty and reduce educational and professional achievement potential. Failure to respond boldly may have long-term negative implications for societies.”

It may be years before many households get back to pre-recession levels of well-being. High unemployment and fiscal restraint will remain the norm for the foreseeable future in many countries.”

Europe:

The recession has hit young people extremely hard, with the NEET rate rising dramatically in many countries. In the EU, 7.5 million young people (almost the population of Switzerland) were NEET in 2013 – nearly a million more than in 2008.”

Since 2008, the percentage of households with children that are unable to afford meat, chicken or fish every second day has more than doubled in Estonia, Greece and Italy.”

Some 1.6 million more children were living in severe material deprivation in 2012 (11.1 million) than in 2008 (9.5 million) in 30 European countries. The longer these children remain trapped in the cycle of poverty, the harder it will be for them to escape.”

... years of potential progress have been lost in the recession. In Greece, families with children lost the equivalent of 14 years of income progress. Ireland, Luxembourg and Spain lost 10 years; Iceland lost 9, and Italy, Hungary and Portugal lost 8. The situation is probably worse for children in families at the lowest income levels.”

Spain:

The number of people living in poverty in Spain has risen by 4.4 million since the country was battered by an economic crisis to reach 11.7 million, or one in four, a leading Catholic charity said Tuesday.”

The proportion of people living in social exclusion stood at 25.1 percent in mid-2013, up from 16.3 percent in 2007, a year before a decade-long housing bubble collapsed sending the economy into a tailspin, Caritas said in a massive 700-page report.”

Of the 11.7 million people who live in social exclusion, 77.1 percent do not have a job and 61.7 percent struggle to keep a roof over their heads.”

Some half a million Spanish households have no source of income, according to Caritas. The charity said the economic downturn has hit immigrants, especially those from outside the European Union, especially hard. More than half of all foreigners from outside the European Union, 52.6 percent, lived in social exclusion in mid-2013 compared with 20.6 percent of all Spaniards.”

Sources:



27 October, 2014

ECB's vicious cycle mechanism

by system failure

The increasingly concentrated power of the European Central Bank is proven one more time. Latest stress tests showed nine Italian banks have failed to pass. From bloomberg:

Italian banks showed the largest combined capital shortfall in the European Central Bank’s review of the region’s lenders as the country struggles to emerge from its third recession in six years. [...] Of the nine Italian banks that failed a stress test, four still showed holes after measures they took this year, according to the ECB’s report.”


The ECB dominance started two years ago after Draghi's decision for unlimited purchase of government bonds: "The European Central Bank, ECB, becomes the absolute dominant, through the unlimited purchase of government bonds in eurozone, and the Frankfurt bankers are preparing for their biggest party so far. As expected, the bank-occupied media rushed – once again – to crow." (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2012/09/lea-jacta-est-by-emperor-draghi.html)

Greece was used as a "trojan horse" for this decision, as an excuse for the supposed "protection" of the problematic national economies that excluded from the markets, but is seems that the European plutocracy has designed a perfect mechanism to expand the Greek experiment throughout Europe.

As the European mechanisms fully controlled by bankster lobbyists, and ECB by the biggest super-banks, this mechanism can be used to coordinate more efficiently the attacks of the "invisible" markets, pointing the next targets. The European plutocracy already "rang the bell" for the eurozone: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/10/plutocrats-tighten-siege-around-europe.html

It seems, however, that the powerful banking cartels double-gaining by ECB's "stress tests" as these can be used, under the threat of a banking crisis, to eliminate competitors and secure permanently their dominance through absolute control of the money flow inside eurozone: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/10/a-test-for-next-banking-crisis-eurozone.html

Nevertheless, this mechanism of vicious cycle seems to becoming so powerful that even without markets' and rating agencies' attacks, helpless politicians who totally rely on former banking executives, will rush to take new cruel measures similar to the Greek experiment in favor of plutocracy, every time that the ECB "sneezes" and the markets will be ready to pull the trigger. The case of France is characteristic: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/02/france-next-target.html

"Stress tests" υπέρ των μεγάλων τραπεζών υπό την αιγίδα της ΕΚΤ!

globinfo freexchange

Σύμφωνα με πρόσφατες πληροφορίες, οι Αμερικανικές φορολογικές αρχές προχώρησαν, σε συνεργασία με εκπροσώπους της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, σε μια μυστική "άσκηση" για το πως θα μπορούσε να κλείσει ταχύτατα μια τράπεζα σε περίπτωση χρεοκοπίας. Υπήρξε μια αυξημένη νευρικότητα πριν από τα stress tests της Ευρωπαϊκής Κεντρικής Τράπεζας (ΕΚΤ) στα κράτη-μέλη. Προφανώς, πολλές τράπεζες δεν θα μπορούσαν να επιβιώσουν σύμφωνα με την ΕΚΤ και θα έπρεπε να "απορροφηθούν" γρήγορα από κάποιον ανταγωνιστή πριν από πιθανά και επικίνδυνα bank runs.

Τέτοιες μυστικές "ασκήσεις" έγιναν από εκπροσώπους της ΕΕ σε συνεργασία με την Ομοσπονδιακή Αμερικανική υπηρεσία διασφάλισης καταθέσεων (FDIC). Οι υπηρεσίες των ΗΠΑ έχουν χειριστεί περισσότερες από 500 τράπεζες κατά τη διάρκεια της τελευταίας οικονομικής κρίσης.

Από τον Νοέμβριο, η ΕΚΤ θα αναλάβει τα ηνία της τραπεζικής επιτήρησης. Για το σκοπό αυτό έχει ιδρυθεί ένας ενοποιημένος μηχανισμός διαδικασιών που περιλαμβάνει και το κλείσιμο τραπεζών μέσα στην ευρωζώνη. Παρόλο που τα πρόσφατα stress tests ήταν μάλλον ήπια και δεν συμπεριλάμβαναν ειδικούς κινδύνους, 25 τράπεζες δεν κατάφεραν να πετύχουν την κεφαλαιακή επάρκεια που τέθηκε από την ΕΚΤ.

Πηγή:


Η τεχνογνωσία που παρείχαν οι Αμερικανικές υπηρεσίες δεν είναι τυχαία, καθώς έχουν ιδιαίτερα καλή "εμπειρία" στο να κλείνουν ανταγωνιστές και να ισχυροποιούν τις μεγαλύτερες τράπεζες - αυτές που θεωρούνται πολύ μεγάλες για να κλείσουν (Too Big To Fail - TBTF) - ακόμα πιο πολύ. Στα συμπεράσματα του κεφαλαίου 20 της έκθεσης της Αμερικανικής επιτροπής για τα αίτια της οικονομικής κρίσης, αναφέρεται μεταξύ άλλων ότι “Ως αποτέλεσμα των διασώσεων και της ενοποίησης χρηματοπιστωτικών ιδρυμάτων μέσα από αποτυχίες και συγχωνεύσεις κατά τη διάρκεια της κρίσης, ο Αμερικανικός χρηματοπιστωτικός τομέας είναι τώρα περισσότερο συγκεντρωμένος από ποτέ στα χέρια λίγων πολύ μεγάλων, συστημικά σημαντικών ιδρυμάτων.” (http://fcic-static.law.stanford.edu/cdn_media/fcic-reports/fcic_final_report_chapter20.pdf)

Οι υπερ-τράπεζες της κατηγορίας TBTF φαίνεται ότι εξασφαλίζουν την κυριαρχία τους μέσω της αυξανόμενης ισχύος της ΕΚΤ, που ξεκίνησε πριν από δύο χρόνια: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2012/09/blog-post_8431.html Επίσης, αποφάσεις όπως αυτές του Ecofin σχετικά με τα περίφημα πλέον bail-ins, θα μπορούσαν να γίνουν ένα χρήσιμο εργαλείο στα χέρια αυτών των τραπεζών με βάση διάφορα σενάρια: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2013/07/banksters-ecofin.html

Επιπλέον, οι "banksters" συνεχίζουν να προωθούν περισσότερη χρηματοπιστωτική απορρύθμιση και στις δύο πλευρές του Ατλαντικού, χρησιμοποιώντας και τη συμφωνία TTIP: “... η ΕΕ προτείνει μια σειρά μηχανισμών που θα περιορίσουν τις υπάρχουσες και θα αποτρέψουν μελλοντικές ρυθμίσεις που θα μπορούσαν να είναι αντίθετες με τα συμφέροντα των χρηματοπιστωτικών επιχειρήσεων και στις δύο πλευρές του Ατλαντικού. Η διαρροή του εγγράφου έρχεται μετά από πληροφορίες που δείχνουν ότι οι Ευρωπαίοι διαπραγματευτές έχουν εντείνει την πολιτική πίεση στις ΗΠΑ να αποδεχθούν τις διαπραγματεύσεις για την 'συνεργασία για τον χρηματοπιστωτικό κανονισμό', που οι Αμερικανοί έχουν έως τώρα αρνηθεί.” (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/07/banksters.html)

Προφανώς, οι υπερ-τράπεζες της κατηγορίας TBTF ισχυροποιούν ακόμα περισσότερο τη θέση τους μέσα στην ευρωζώνη και με τη βοήθεια της ΕΚΤ αυτή τη φορά. Αυτά τα "τεστ" φαίνεται ότι επικεντρώνονται στον τρόπο με τον οποίο θα μπορούσαν να εξοντώσουν τους ανταγωνιστές σε μια πιθανή γενική τραπεζική κρίση μέσα στην ευρωζώνη.

Drone slaughter

"Increasingly, this is how the United States chooses to fight its wars. Drones lead the way and dominate the fight against the several non-state actors we now engage — Al Qaeda, the Shabab in Somalia and now ISIS. Drones have their benefits: They enable us to fight ISIS without getting mired on the ground or suffering casualties, making them politically powerful and appealing."

In an interview in GQ Magazine with former drone pilot, Brandon Bryant, Bryant recalls, 'sitting in a control station on an Air Force base in Nevada. His three victims were walking on a dirt road in Afghanistan. After the Hellfire missile fired from the drone struck the three men, Bryant watched the aftermath on his infrared display. The smoke clears, and there's pieces of the two guys around the crater. And there's this guy over here, and he's missing his right leg above his knee. He's holding it, and he's rolling around, and the blood is squirting out of his leg, and it's hitting the ground, and it's hot. His blood is hot,' Bryant says. 'But when it hits the ground, it starts to cool off; the pool cools fast. It took him a long time to die. I just watched him. I watched him become the same color as the ground he was lying on.'”

But, won't the day of reckoning arrive? Aren't we engendering the wrath and indignation of more and more of the world's citizens by our unilateral, imperious behavior? 'Our violence spawns violence and never-ending configurations of enraged militants.' Chris Hedges, TruthDig. Stop drones. Stop perpetual war. Make space peaceful for all.”


We already see the test fields of the weapons of future˙ the drones in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. It's not accidental that the arms industries demonstrate new weapons designed to be used inside urban areas for suppression of potential riots. There will be no “outside enemy” in the future. The threat for the dominant system will come from the interior, the big urban centers.


The drone story

Conducting “remote-controlled” wars

25 October, 2014

A test for the next banking crisis: Eurozone TBTFs to eliminate competitors!

Do it like the USA!

globinfo freexchange

According to latest information, the US tax authorities have declared in a secret workshop of representatives of the EU, how to close a bank overnight, if it is broke. Before the announcement of the ECB stress tests, nervousness increases in the EU and the Member States: Apparently, several banks from the ECB's perspective will not be able to survive. If they can not be transferred quickly to a competitor, there will be threatening bank runs.

Between representatives of the EU and the United States Deposit Insurance Fund, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are practiced secret bank closures overnight. The United States had handled more than 500 banks during the financial crisis. Close to an ailing bank is almost a 'cloak and dagger operation', because this must be done within a very short time.

From November, the ECB will take over the banking supervision. For this purpose, a unified processing mechanism is established, which includes a process for closure of banks in the euro zone.

In the stress test of the ECB, allegedly 25 banks have not been able to meet the capital requirements of the ECB. That's amazing: Because the stress test has been applied rather harmless and certain risks were not considered.

Source:


The technical "assistance" by the US authorities is not accidental, as they have good experience in closing competitors and make Too Big To Fail (TBTF) monsters ... even bigger! According to chapter 20 conclusions of the US Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission: “As a result of the rescues and consolidation of financial institutions through failures and mergers during the crisis, the U.S. financial sector is now more concentrated than ever in the hands of a few very large, systemically significant institutions.” (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2013/11/official-financial-crises-favor-banking.html)

TBTFs secure their dominance through ECB's increased power, started two years ago: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2012/09/lea-jacta-est-by-emperor-draghi.html But also, decisions like the one concerning “bail ins”, could be turned to a useful tool for TBTFs according to various scenarios: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2013/07/why-banksters-laugh-with-recent-ecofins.html

Furthermore, banksters promote additional financial deregulation on both sides of the Atlantic, using also TTIP agreement: "... the EU suggests a number of mechanisms that will both scale back existing regulation, and prevent future regulation that might contradict the interests of financial corporations from both sides of the Atlantic. The leak follows news that EU negotiators have increased political pressure on the US to accept negotiations on 'financial regulatory cooperation', which the US negotiators have so far refused.” (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/07/leaked-banksters-promote-further.html)

Obviously, the TBTF banks strengthen further their position inside the eurozone, also with the help of the ECB this time. These "tests" are clearly focused on how they could eliminate competitors in a potential general banking crisis inside the eurozone.

24 October, 2014

October 24, 1929: The start of the disaster

The black celebration of capitalism and the big opportunity for the banksters and speculators to gather wealth and power for the first time in such a degree

Bought the most productive industry at that time, eliminated thousands of competitors. Unemployment soared, WWII came soon.

On October 24 ('Black Thursday'), the market lost 11 percent of its value at the opening bell on very heavy trading. Several leading Wall Street bankers met to find a solution to the panic and chaos on the trading floor. The meeting included Thomas W. Lamont, acting head of Morgan Bank; Albert Wiggin, head of the Chase National Bank; and Charles E. Mitchell, president of the National City Bank of New York. They chose Richard Whitney, vice president of the Exchange, to act on their behalf. With the bankers' financial resources behind him, Whitney placed a bid to purchase a large block of shares in U.S. Steel at a price well above the current market.”


On December 23, 1913, the then US President Woodrow Wilson puts the final signature for the so-called Federal Reserve Act. Big private banks take control of the US money supply. Since then and for 100 years until now, we live in the bankster-domination era. The only "break" of real peace and prosperity for the West since then, is perhaps the period after the WWII until the early 70s, though conflicts, dictatorships and wars were not absent.

The first big test of the new conditions was the 1929 crash. Banksters reduced the money supply to the market, eliminating competitors and leading to poverty millions of Americans. The same happened, more or less in the 2007-2008 financial crisis.

Ukraine Crisis : 430,000 internally displaced, nearly 400,000 seeking for asylum

... the need for humanitarian aid was rising, particularly around the cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv, and in the Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzia regions. Ukraine's internally displaced population is estimated at 430,000 people, some 170,000 more than at the start of September.”

Some 95 per cent of the displaced are from eastern Ukraine and are concentrated in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kyiv and other cities. In all of these areas, UNHCR has been distributing aid among the most vulnerable.”

While the majority of the displaced people are staying in rented accommodation or with family and friends, at least 14,000 are currently living in collective centres.”

... in the Russian Federation, more than 207,000 Ukrainians have applied for refugee status or temporary asylum since the beginning of this year, according to the Federal Migration Service. In addition, some 180,000 Ukrainians have applied for other forms of legal stay in Russia, such as temporary or permanent residence permits. A larger number of Ukrainians are arriving in Russia under the visa-free regime between the two countries.”

As of the end of September, more than 6,600 Ukrainians had requested asylum in European Union (EU) countries, compared with 903 applications during the whole of 2013. The EU country receiving the largest number of Ukrainian asylum seekers has been Poland (1,632), followed by Sweden (841). In addition, 581 Ukrainians have sought asylum this year in Belarus.”

The “weapon of oil” that brings chaos

Used by the Saudi Arabia and the US against Syria,Iran and Russia

globinfo freexchange

You can ask any Western diplomat who knows the Middle East, what the term "weapon of oil" means, and he will answer that it's an attempt by the oil-production countries of the Gulf to affect the US-Israel relations by interfering on the international oil price - sometimes by blocking the flow of the "black gold", or, by supplying market with large quantities so that to bring prices down. At least this was the case since the big oil crisis of 1973, until a few years ago, when Saudi Arabia showed that is able to use the "weapon of oil", not against the United States, but in cooperation with them.

After the official visit of the US President Barack Obama to Riyadh, there were rumors that the two countries were planning to "drown" global market in oil, in order to reduce prices up to 12 dollars per barrel and hit Russia economically. The plan was mentioned even by George Soros, during a speech in Berlin, while Philip Verleger, former consultant under Ford and Carter administrations, estimated that in case that the United States alone would add in the market 500,000 barrels from their strategic deposits, the economic cost for Moscow would reach 40 billion dollars, or, 2% of the Russian economy. The economy of Iran would had receive a proportional hit.

The target of such an operation, at least according to the related scenario, would be to strike the two key pylons supporting the Syrian regime, that is Moscow and Tehran, and open the road for Assad's overthrow. Despite the fact that Iran, under the leadership of Rouhani who is friendly to the West, didn't support Syria as someone should expect, and Russia didn't rise tension for the same matter, the two countries remained the basic barriers for Saudi Arabia.

While Riyadh will support officially that reducing prices is not a political move but aims to open new markets, there are indications that oil price is used in the geopolitical field. According to some information, at the same time that Saudi Arabia reduces black gold's price, imposes a very aggressive policy to its customers forcing them to guarantee that they will buy all the quantity at a fixed price, therefore, tries to prevent profit losses.

It is certain that Riyadh proceeded in such moves, if not with Washington's cooperation, at least under its knowledge. Initially, Obama visited the area and most recently, John Kerry. The basic target of these visits was to restore relationships with Saudi Arabia as the United States postponed their plans for invasion in Syria. It is known that Riyadh was furious for this decision as well as for the approach between Washington and Tehran.

The first "reward" the Riyadh received from Kerry's visit, was the right to continue training and arming extremist groups to fight Assad regime. It's the same process through which ISIS was created under the tolerance and general inspection of US agencies, like CIA. It is rather naive someone to assume that these two countries left out of the discussion the design of a common policy in the energy markets, which would be beneficial for the American interests in economic and mostly in geopolitical level, as they could bring increased pressure to Moscow.

In any possible cooperation with any country, Saudi Arabia now sets as top priority its commitment to work for the fastest possible overthrow of Assad regime at any cost. While previous attempts created a monster, like ISIS, no one can guarantee that this big mistake will not be repeated.

From the article Saudi Arabia declared petroleum war by Aris Chatzistefanou

23 October, 2014

Η Σαουδική Αραβία κήρυξε πετρελαϊκό πόλεμο

του Άρη Χατζηστεφάνου

Ρωτήστε οποιονδήποτε δυτικό διπλωμάτη, που ασχολείται με θέματα Μέσης Ανατολής, τι σημαίνει ο όρος «το όπλο του πετρελαίου» και θα σας απαντήσει ότι είναι η προσπάθεια των πετρελαιοπαραγωγών χωρών του Περσικού Κόλπου να επηρεάσουν τις σχέσεις των ΗΠΑ με το Ισραήλ παρεμβαίνοντας στις διεθνείς τιμές του πετρελαίου – άλλοτε, δηλαδή, μπλοκάροντας τη ροή του μαύρου χρυσού και άλλοτε τροφοδοτώντας την αγορά με μεγάλες ποσότητες προκειμένου να ρίξουν κατακόρυφα τις τιμές. Αυτό τουλάχιστον ίσχυε από την μεγάλη πετρελαϊκή κρίση του 1973 μέχρι πριν από μερικά χρόνια, όταν η Σαουδική Αραβία έδειξε ότι μπορεί να χρησιμοποιήσει το «όπλο του πετρελαίου» όχι εναντίον των ΗΠΑ αλλά σε συνεργασία μαζί της.

Όπως είχαμε εξηγήσει από τον περασμένο Μάρτιο, μετά την επίσημη επίσκεψη του Αμερικανού προέδρου Μπαράκ Ομπάμα στο Ριάντ, κυκλοφορούσαν έντονες φήμες ότι οι δυο χώρες σχεδίαζαν να «πνίξουν» την διεθνή αγορά ενέργειας στο πετρέλαιο προκειμένου να ρίξουν τις τιμές έως και κατά 12 δολάρια το βαρέλι και έτσι να πλήξουν οικονομικά τη Ρωσία. Στο συγκεκριμένο σχέδιο είχε αναφερθεί ακόμη και ο Τζορτζ Σόρος, κατά τη διάρκεια ομιλίας του στο Βερολίνο ενώ ο Φίλιπ Βέρλεγκερ, πρώην σύμβουλος των κυβερνήσεων Φόρντ και Κάρτερ υπολόγιζε ότι και μόνο οι ΗΠΑ να έριχναν ημερησίως στην αγορά 500.000 βαρέλια από τα στρατηγικά τους αποθέματα το οικονομικό κόστος για τη Μόσχα θα άγγιζε τα 40 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια ή το 2% της ρωσικής οικονομίας. Ανάλογο πλήγμα όμως θα δεχόταν και η οικονομία του Ιράν.

Στόχος μιας τέτοιας επιχείρησης, σύμφωνα τουλάχιστον με το σχετικό σενάριο, θα ήταν να χτυπηθούν οι δυο βασικοί πυλώνες που στήριζαν το καθεστώς της Συρίας, δηλαδή η Μόσχα και η Τεχεράνη και έτσι να ανοίξει ο δρόμος για την ανατροπή του Ασαντ. Παρά το γεγονός ότι το Ιράν, υπό την ηγεσία του φιλοδυτικού Ρουχανί, δεν προσέφερε στη Συρία την στήριξη που ανέμενε κανείς πριν από λίγα χρόνια και ενώ η Ρωσία δεν κλιμάκωσε την αντιπαράθεση για το ίδιο θέμα, οι δυο χώρες παρέμεναν το βασικότερο αγκάθι στα μάτια της Σαουδικής Αραβίας.

Το τουρκικό πρακτορείο Ανατολή όμως, υποστήριξε πριν από μερικές ημέρες ότι αυτό που αποτελούσε ένα υποθετικό σχέδιο επί χάρτου άρχισε να γίνεται πραγματικότητα. Μιλώντας στους Τούρκους δημοσιογράφους, ο Ρασίντ Ανμπάμι, πρόεδρος του σαουδαραβικού κέντρου «Πετρελαϊκής Πολιτικής και Στρατηγικών Μελετών» δήλωσε ότι το Ριάντ θα αρχίσει να πουλά πετρέλαιο σε τιμές 50 και 60 δολαρίων τα βαρέλι στις αγορές της Ασίας και της Βόρειας Αμερικής. Ο ίδιος υποστήριξε ότι ήταν η παρέμβαση της Σαουδικής Αραβίας που έριξε τις διεθνείς τιμές από τα 115 στα 92 δολάρια το βαρέλι σε διάστημα τριών μηνών. Με δεδομένο ότι η ρωσική κυβέρνηση είχε στηρίξει τον φετινό της προϋπολογισμό στην υπόθεση ότι η τιμή θα κυμαίνονταν στα 100 δολάρια το βαρέλι, η μείωση σημαίνει σημαντικές απώλειες εισοδήματος.

Αν και οι σχετικές εκτιμήσεις μένει να επιβεβαιωθούν (και ενώ το Ριάντ θα υποστηρίζει επισήμως ότι η μείωση της τιμής δεν γίνεται για πολιτικούς λόγους αλλά με στόχο την ανάπτυξη σε νέες αγορές) μια σειρά σχετικών ειδήσεων έρχονται να ενισχύσουν τα σχετικά σενάρια. Όπως ανέφερε προ ημερών η Wall Street Journal, την ίδια στιγμή που η Σαουδική Αραβία ρίχνει τις τιμές του μαύρου χρυσού επιβάλει στους πελάτες της μια πολύ επιθετική πολιτική αναγκάζοντάς τους να εγγυηθούν ότι θα αγοράσουν το σύνολο της ποσότητας στη συμφωνημένη τιμή. Στο παρελθόν το βασίλειο των Σαούντ προσέφερε στα διυλιστήρια ένα ποσοστό 10% διαπραγμάτευσης στην αρχικά συμφωνημένη τιμή. Βασικό θύμα της νέας πολιτικής, σύμφωνα με την αμερικανική εφημερίδα, θα είναι η αγορά της Ευρώπης στην οποία θα επιβληθούν οι νέοι όροι.

Η Σαουδική Αραβία δηλαδή φαίνεται ότι επιχειρεί να διασφαλίσει την δική της απώλεια κερδών από την πτώση των τιμών επιβάλλοντας στους πελάτες τους την αγορά μεγαλύτερων ποσοτήτων και με πολύ αυστηρότερους όρους.

Θεωρείται δεδομένο ότι οι σχετικές κινήσεις του Ριάντ γίνονται αν όχι σε απόλυτη συνεργασία τουλάχιστον εν γνώσει των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών η οποία έστειλε στην περιοχή αρχικά τον πρόεδρο Ομπάμα και πολύ πιο πρόσφατα τον υπουργό Εξωτερικών Τζον Κέρι. Βασικος στόχος των επισκέψεων ήταν να γεφυρωθεί το χάσμα που είχε προκύψει όταν οι ΗΠΑ ανέβαλαν τα σχέδια εισβολής στη Συρία. Ως γνωστόν το Ριάντ δεν μπορούσε να κρύψει την οργή του για αυτή την απόφαση αλλά και για την διπλωματική «αντάντ» που έχει συνάψει η Ουάσιγκτον με την Τεχεράνη.

Το πρώτο «αντάλλαγμα» που φέρεται να έλαβε το Ριάντ από τις επαφές με τον Τζον Κέρι είναι το δικαίωμα να συνεχίζει να εκπαιδεύει και να εξοπλίζει ακραίες δυνάμεις που μάχονται το καθεστώς Ασαντ – πρόκειται για την ίδια διαδικασία μέσω της οποίας δημιουργήθηκε το κίνημα τζιχαντιστών του ISIS με την ανοχή και την γενικότερη εποπτεία αμερικανικών υπηρεσιών όπως η CIA. Σε αυτό το πλαίσιο είναι μάλλον απλουστευτικό να υποθέσει κανείς ότι οι δυο χώρες δεν συζήτησαν και την πολιτική τους στις αγορές ενέργειας η οποία ενισχύει τα αμερικανικά συμφέροντα και σε οικονομικό επίπεδο αλλά κυρίως σε πολιτικό λόγω των πιέσεων που ασκούνται στη Μόσχα.

Η Σαουδική Αραβία θέτει πλέον ως προτεραιότητα οποιασδήποτε συνεργασίας της με ξένες χώρες να δεσμευτούν για την ταχύτερη δυνατή ανατροπή του καθεστώτος Ασάντ με κάθε κόστος. Και αν οι προηγούμενες προσπάθειες είχαν σαν αποτέλεσμα τη δημιουργία ενός τέρατος, όπως το ISIS, κανένας δεν μπορεί αν εγγυηθεί ότι αυτό το λάθος δεν θα επαναληφθεί.

Πηγή:

22 October, 2014

The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’

"The Eurozone economy has never really recovered from the 2008-09 financial crash and recession. Austerity policies—that played a major role in preventing a sustained Eurozone economic recovery for the past five years—are now evolving into still newer forms. Events in the recent past in Spain, measures approved in just the past week by the newly formed Renzi government in Italy, and proposals being debated at this very moment by the Holland government in France all point the way to the new forms of austerity now taking shape in the Eurozone.”

No longer just cuts in government social programs and elimination of subsidies for the working poor, as before, the ‘New Model’ for Austerity emerging in the Eurozone consists of direct attacks on workers’ wages and incomes. The plan is to hold down wages in order to lower business costs and price of exports. Boosting exports in turn, it is hoped, will lead to more investment which has been steadily declining for years in the Eurozone. This scenario takes place under the cover of what is being called ‘structural economic reforms’ in general and, specifically, ‘labor market reform’ as the central element of general structural reforms.”

In Italy, 70% of all new hires have been temp workers. Temp means lower wages, fewer benefits, far less job security, and employer ‘rights’ to layoff and fire at will. The chronic high unemployment and the large number of low wage temp jobs translates into wage compression in general, with few exceptions, for the rest of the Eurozone working class.”

In addition to high unemployment and temp hiring, which will continue as a dual force already depressing wages, the new 3rd force of ‘labor market reform’ will extend wage cutting further, targeting the non-temp, permanent Eurozone working class in Italy, France, and elsewhere in particular.”

Another way must therefore be found in France, Italy, and the core northern economies now slipping into recession in order to generate an export-driven recovery. ‘Internal devaluation’ to reduce labor costs will have to take another form. That ‘other way’ is ‘labor market reform’—i.e. wage reduction by another name targeting the non-temp permanent employed workforce.”

With Italy well on its way to implementing ‘labor market reform’ as a new form of Austerity, France is close behind but has not yet launched a similar labor policy. Pressure by Eurozone capitalists and elites across the region—especially central bankers—is now growing and demanding that France speed up the process. Indicative of this pressure are recent public statements by Jyrki Katainen, who will assume the role of vice president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness on November 1 for the European Commission. Katainen last week praised Italy’s new labor market reforms, declaring 'it is a very good thing they are dong'. On the other hand, he criticized France, saying 'France should do more'. The IMF, Germany’s government, and central bankers throughout the Eurozone have all added their voice, in a growing drumbeat of demands that France more quickly introduce serious labor market reforms and other structural reforms.

At the same time, as in Italy and Spain, other prior forms of austerity apparently will continue, as France has indicated it will proceed with previously committed spending cuts of 50 billion Euros.

But boosting exports by labor market reform and wage compression raises the still deeper question of ‘who will they increase exports to? If the global economy—from China to Japan to Latin America, and even the USA in 2015 should it raise interest rates—continues to slow, as it clearly is now doing, who will buy the Eurozone’s exports?”

Full article:


The European neoliberal economic empire sent a message, to Berlin this time, and is ready to accelerate processes for a catholic implementation of the destructive policies tested in Greece, to secure big capital's interests.

With the biggest economy of the eurozone adopting such austerity measures, there will be no "good examples" for anyone to turn to, no excuses. The anti-austerity front will collapse and the European plutocracy will declare final victory.



Federalism means however, that the same policies will be applied totally, definately and very soon, also against German citizens and workers.



... we should expect a new attack quite soon against the spreads of Spain and Italy, forcing these countries to turn to ECB permanently as the exclusive source of funding, which means that they will adopt new austerity measures and further dismantling of the social state and labor rights, as required by the banks and multinational cartels and as it happens again and again in Greece.



We will start with Italy and Spain. We will order rating agencies to attack, exclude them from markets and throw them to the ECB trap. They will be forced to take similar measures, as Greece did, in order to receive liquidity. Then, we will attack France and Germany.



It is characteristic that, according to many articles, which were forgotten quite fast so that the public opinion to focus on Hollande's "extramarital" affair, the biggest amount of these cuts reaching 30 billion euros, concerns cuts in levies paid by firms on labor, which actually means new cuts against labor and for the benefit of the big corporations.