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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:


Στις εθνικές των οδηγών με τα ρομπότ

Εκατομμύρια οδηγοί νταλίκας σε όλο τον κόσμο θεωρούνται το επόμενο «είδος προς εξαφάνιση» της εργατικής τάξης, καθώς αρκετοί προβλέπουν την αντικατάστασή τους από φορτηγά χωρίς οδηγούς. Ακόμη μια φορά, όμως, ο εχθρός δεν βρίσκεται στις μηχανές.

Σαράντα χρόνια συμπληρώνονται σε λίγους μήνες από την κυκλοφορία της ταινίας «Κονβόι» του Σαμ Πέκινπα – μία από τις ελάχιστες παραγωγές που μεταφέρουν στη μεγάλη οθόνη όχι το περιεχόμενο ενός βιβλίου αλλά ενός τραγουδιού. Το ομότιτλο «Convoy», του Bill Fries, διηγείται την «εξέγερση» μιας ομάδας οδηγών νταλίκας, οι οποίοι διασχίζουν τις ΗΠΑ, από τη Δυτική έως την Ανατολική Ακτή, χωρίς να σταματήσουν σε ελέγχους και μπλόκα της αστυνομίας και της εθνοφρουράς.

Παρά το γεγονός ότι το τραγούδι και η ταινία αποτελούν δυο εύπεπτα προϊόντα της νέας αμερικανικής κάντρι και της σχολής των αντι-ουέστερν, στην οποία ειδικεύεται ο Σαμ Πέκινπα, καταφέρνουν να αποτυπώσουν τις επιπτώσεις της πρώτης μεγάλης κρίσης του καπιταλιστικού συστήματος μετά τον Β’ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο.

Οι οδηγοί εξεγείρονται για το νέο όριο ταχύτητας των 55 μιλίων (περίπου 90 χιλιόμετρα), που έχει επιβληθεί μετά την πετρελαϊκή κρίση του 1973, όταν οι ΗΠΑ προσπαθούσαν να περιορίσουν την κατανάλωση καυσίμων.

Παράλληλα, όμως, οι νταλικέρηδες, προκειμένου να αυξήσουν λίγο το μεροκάματο, σκίζουν και τα λεγόμενα swindle sheets, τα ημερολόγια του φορτηγού, στα οποία ήταν υποχρεωμένοι να καταγράφουν τις ώρες οδήγησης, ώστε να μην υπερβαίνουν το ανώτατο όριο που είχε επιβάλει η ομοσπονδιακή κυβέρνηση. Το «Κονβόι», λοιπόν, ως τραγούδι και ως ταινία, συλλαμβάνει τα τελευταία ξεσπάσματα του ατίθασου αυθορμητισμού που χαρακτηρίζει τους Αμερικανούς οδηγούς νταλίκας, καθώς ο κλάδος τους βιώνει πρώτος την κρίση της δεκαετίας του 1970.

Παραδόξως ο μύθος του ατίθασου καουμπόι της ασφάλτου θα διατηρηθεί και τις επόμενες δεκαετίες (όπως βλέπουμε στην απαράδεκτη ταινία «Over the Top» με τον Σιλβέστερ Σταλόνε), παρά το γεγονός ότι οι οδηγοί χάνουν τη μία μετά την άλλη τις μάχες με την κυβέρνηση και κυρίως με τις μεγάλες εταιρείες μεταφορών.

Με την ανάπτυξη των υπολογιστών, οι εταιρείες αρχίζουν να καταγράφουν όχι μόνο τις ώρες οδήγησης και την ταχύτητα του οχήματος, αλλά ακόμη και το πόσο συχνά και με πόση ένταση φρενάρουν και επιταχύνουν. Τα φορτηγά και οι οδηγοί τους γίνονται γρανάζια μιας γιγαντιαίας βιομηχανίας 700 δισεκατομμυρίων δολαρίων, που μεταφέρει το 70% των προϊόντων στο εσωτερικό των ΗΠΑ.

Σε αυτή την αλυσίδα, όμως, οι οδηγοί αποτελούν τον αδύναμο κρίκο. Οι μισθοί τους (μαζί με τους φορτοεκφορτωτές και άλλα βοηθητικά επαγγέλματα) ξεπερνούν το 75% του συνολικού κόστους των οδικών μεταφορών. Αν προσθέσει κανείς σε αυτό το «ελάττωμα» και το γεγονός ότι χρειάζεται να κάνουν στάσεις για να ξεκουράζονται και να κοιμούνται αλλά και ότι συχνά εμπλέκονται σε ατυχήματα που επιβαρύνουν την αμερικανική οικονομία με κόστος δισεκατομμυρίων δολαρίων, εύκολα καταλαβαίνει γιατί κάποιοι θα ήθελαν να τους αντικαταστήσουν με ένα ρομπότ το συντομότερο δυνατό.

Η πρώτη επιτυχημένη προσπάθεια έγινε ακριβώς πριν από έναν χρόνο, όταν ένα 18τροχο φορτηγό της εταιρείας OTTO, την οποία εξαγόρασε η UBER, μετέφερε 45.000 χιλιάδες τενεκεδάκια μπίρας Budweiser (προσοχή στον συμβολισμό) σε απόσταση 200 χιλιομέτρων. Την ίδια περίοδο ένα κονβόι φορτηγών χωρίς οδηγούς διέσχισε την Ευρώπη σε ένα πειραματικό πρόγραμμα που πραγματοποίησαν από κοινού η DAF, η Daimler, η Iveco και η MAN.

Η ανησυχία είναι έκδηλη σε αρκετά σωματεία επαγγελματιών οδηγών σε όλο τον κόσμο. Οι περίφημοι teamsters, το συνδικάτο των οδηγών στις ΗΠΑ, δίνει τώρα μάχη με τον χρόνο ώστε να μην περάσουν από το Κογκρέσο ρυθμίσεις που θα επιταχύνουν την καθιέρωση των οχημάτων χωρίς οδηγούς στα πολύ μεγάλα φορτηγά.

Μήπως η λύση θα ήταν μια πραγματική, αυτή τη φορά, εξέγερση των οδηγών; Μήπως ένα νέο κίνημα από Λουδίτες (βιομηχανικοί εργάτες που έσπαγαν τις μηχανές των εργοστασίων στις αρχές του 19ου αιώνα) βρίσκεται προ των πυλών; Ισως. Αρκεί οι οδηγοί, όπως και οι παρεξηγημένοι Λουδίτες, να γνωρίζουν ότι ο πραγματικός τους εχθρός δεν είναι τα ρομπότ και οι μηχανές. Οι Αμερικανοί νταλικέρηδες, έγραφε πρόσφατα ο «Guardian», κέρδιζαν 38.000 δολάρια το 1980. Προσαρμοσμένο στον πληθωρισμό, το ποσό αντιστοιχεί σήμερα σε 114.000 δολάρια, αλλά οι οδηγοί κερδίζουν μόλις 41.000 δολάρια. Αυτά τα χρήματα δεν τους τα στέρησε κανένα ρομπότ.

Το σπάσιμο των μηχανών, εξηγούσε παλαιότερα ο μαρξιστής ιστορικός Ερικ Χομπσμπάουμ, ήταν μια μορφή «συλλογικής διαπραγμάτευσης διά εξεγέρσεως». Και ήταν εξίσου αποτελεσματική με κάθε άλλη μορφή συλλογικής διαπραγμάτευσης. Ποτέ όμως ο εχθρός δεν ήταν τα μηχανήματα και η τεχνολογία.



50,000% return: Assange thanks US authorities who forced him to invest in Bitcoin

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange posted a sardonic ‘thank you’ note addressing US authorities who forced the whistleblowing website into investing in Bitcoin in 2010. The cryptocurrency has seen a 50,000 percent bump in value in the interim.

My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, Payal, AmEx, Mooneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against @WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin -- with > 50000% return,” Assange tweeted.

For context, Bitcoin reached highs of up to $5,746.51 this week in yet another unprecedented surge in value, The Coin Telegraph reports.

Following the release of sensitive documents regarding US interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, sanctions were imposed against WikiLeaks, which severely curtailed funding and forced the website to seek alternative methods of funding.

In his tweet, Assange called out current and former senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, respectively, for forcing him into seeking alternative sources of funding which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

At the time, Lieberman called for the Department of Justice to indict Assange under the 1917 Espionage Act and sought his extradition from the UK for leaking US Embassy cables.

"I think this is the most serious violation of the Espionage Act in our history," Lieberman said at the time, as cited by The Guardian. "It sure looks to me that Assange and WikiLeaks have violated the Espionage Act."

Assange has been exiled in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.

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US will stay in nuclear deal, doesn’t want Iran to turn out like North Korea – UN envoy Haley

The US will keep the nuclear deal with Iran but wants to weigh up a “proportionate” response, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Sunday.

I think right now, you’re going to see us stay in the deal,” she told NBC’s Meet the Press. “Because what our hope is that we can improve the situation. And that’s the goal.

Haley added that the Trump administration’s attitude to the Iran deal was being shaped by the ongoing situation on the Korean Peninsula, where North Korea claims to have successfully tested nuclear weapons, alarming Washington and its allies. “What we’re saying now with Iran is don’t let it become the next North Korea.

Death toll jumps to over 230 after twin bomb blasts in Somali capital

The death toll from two car bomb explosions in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has risen to 231, AP reports. The attack has become one of the deadliest in the recent history of the country beset by Islamist insurgency.

Medics are attempting to help hundreds of victims, many of whom have been burned beyond recognition, AP added.

The first blast happened near the Safari Hotel, close to Somalia’s Foreign Ministry. The blast area lies in the center of the city where government offices, hotels, restaurants, and shops are located, police said.

The second explosion took place in the city’s Madina district hours later, according to police.

The attacks happened just two days after the head of US Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. However, similar assaults in the country have been blamed on fighters from Islamic extremist rebel group Al-Shabaab.

The group controlled Mogadishu from 2006 until August 2011, when African Union (AU) and Somali forces pushed them out of the capital. The extremists have launched regular attacks on the city since 2011.

Al-Shabaab has repeatedly targeted army bases and communities across the southern and central parts of the country.

The deadliest incident in the recent decade until now was an attack on the Transitional Federal Government’s ministerial complex in Mogadishu in 2011, when a suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into the building, killing at least 100 people. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

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15 October, 2017

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

Part 7 - Democracy in the Workplace

In what was perhaps the most radical announcement in his speech, Corbyn called for the development of workplace and community democracy all over society, to take power out of the narrow corridors of Westminster.

This is vital. Corbyn’s programme will face constant opposition and sabotage from big business, the media, and crucially, many of his own MPs and the army of civil servants in Westminster.

The only force he can rely on to fight for its implementation is the millions of working class supporters he has in society. They must be democratically organised up and down the country, from workplace to workplace, to ensure that his policies are implemented.

Unfortunately, this part of Corbyn’s speech was also the most vague. Ultimately, the principle of workplace democracy lies in sharp contradiction with that of private ownership.

If Corbyn’s government attempts to implement his plans for investment in high quality and affordable housing, we can expect that the unionised construction workers who would build such housing would naturally be supportive. Hence, giving them some democratic control over the construction firms in which they are employed would help ensure this policy’s implementation.

But these are private firms. They must obey the law of the market - to make as big a profit as possible, or be outcompeted by others. Even workers’ cooperatives must do this, or risk going bankrupt or losing business share to competitors.

Hence, to make a success of real workplace democracy, the workplace must be owned by the public and incorporated into a national plan of production, so that the workers can exercise their democratic control to the end of the common good and not the profit of their company.


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14 October, 2017

As G20 debt reaches record levels, the Global Financial Mafia is ready to orchestrate another big crisis

The lunacy of the current dominant system of financial capitalism couldn't have been depicted more clearly: the debt pile reaches a historic high of $135 trillion in the G20 wealthiest countries! It seems that control has been lost completely, yet, the key centers of the Global Financial Mafia (GFM) are ready to pull off the plug again, which means that we should expect another major crisis in global scale soon.

As UK's Workers Revolutionary Party reports:

This week, the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued another warning that the world capitalist financial system is on the verge of a gigantic crash of historic proportions as the debt pile reaches a historic high of $135 trillion in the G20 wealthiest countries.

The IMF warns that this colossal debt, run up by companies and consumers, will be impossible to service if there is any increase in interest rates or if central banks cut off the supply of cheap money.

Near zero-level interest rates and the policy of pumping trillions of paper money into the banking system after the banking crash of 2008 have had the effect of ‘breeding complacency and allowing a further build-up of financial excess’ as companies use cheap credit to ‘load up on debt’.

Financial investors are also loading up on cheap credit to speculate on ‘risky’ shares which, when they crash, will bring down the world’s stock markets. While these leading financial institutions of capitalism can see the crash coming they have no idea how to prevent it. The same IMF report while calling for central banks to rein in cheap credit and increase interest rates, also warns that in doing so they risk a worldwide debt default. It says: ‘Too quick an adjustment could cause unwanted turbulence and international spillovers.

While clearly warns about the consequences, IMF, one of the central GFM tools, gives the signal for another big meltdown.

A small-scale picture of what we will see in the close future can be identified in Greece. It is obvious that the European Central Bank (ECB), another central GFM tool, deliberately keeps Greece under debt slavery, not only through financial coups, like the one the country experienced in 2015, but also, by limiting the flow of money to the country. This was done by excluding Greece from the latest Quantitative Easing (QE) program, or even, by withholding profits made by the Greek debt crisis.

Indeed, as RT reports:

The European Central Bank (ECB) has profited handsomely from its holdings of Greek government debt, according to a document seen by the Financial Times.

A written response to a request from a Greek MEP showed the bank collected €7.8 billion in interest payments between 2012-2016 on Greek sovereign bonds acquired under its Securities and Markets bond-buying program (SMP).

Profits are usually redistributed among the 19 eurozone central banks.

In 2016, the ECB collected more than €1.1 billion in interest payments on the nearly €20 billion worth of Greek bonds it holds, according to German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung.

An analysis from the Jubilee Debt Campaign estimated Greece’s other creditor, the International Monetary Fund, had made €2.5 billion from its loans to the country.

According to Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm from Transparency International, the ECB’s participation in Greece’s bailout had led to a “conflict of interest.”

The ECB expects repayments on its Greek bonds with one hand while approving Greece’s reform progress with the other. The Bank is literally sitting on all sides of the table,” said Hoffmann-Axthelm.

So, the ECB is ready to reduce money supply inside a still-struggling-to-recover eurozone. Through another debt crisis, the ECB will be able to take complete control of most of the countries and, furthermore, will help the European banking cartel become more powerful by eliminating much more competitors.

The result: more cuts, more austerity, more privatizations, more destruction of the welfare state, more destructive neoliberal policies for all eurozone members, as it happened in the Greek experiment. So, maybe the imaginary dialogue between the “bosses” is not that imaginary after all.

Apart from Brexit and any possible consequences for the neoliberal globalists, there is probably another thing that the international banking cabal truly fears. That it may lose control of money supply monopoly through de-centralized and uncontrolled types of money like Bitcoin & other Cryptocurrencies. Because, first of all, it will lose progressively the ability to manufacture financial crises, as more and more people globally will choose to make transactions through these Cryptocurrencies.

This prospect could explain why Jamie Dimon recently declared war on Bitcoin, and why the banksters may be feeling quite uncomfortable right now by seeing its price recovering.

Moreover, in case that entire countries will choose to adopt a type of Cryptocurrency, it will be extremely difficult to be controlled through debt and artificial crises. Then, the international banking cabal will start seeing its final days.

European Central Bank made almost €8bn from Greece’s financial crisis

The European Central Bank (ECB) has profited handsomely from its holdings of Greek government debt, according to a document seen by the Financial Times.

A written response to a request from a Greek MEP showed the bank collected €7.8 billion in interest payments between 2012-2016 on Greek sovereign bonds acquired under its Securities and Markets bond-buying program (SMP).

Profits are usually redistributed among the 19 eurozone central banks.

In 2016, the ECB collected more than €1.1 billion in interest payments on the nearly €20 billion worth of Greek bonds it holds, according to German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung.

An analysis from the Jubilee Debt Campaign estimated Greece’s other creditor, the International Monetary Fund, had made €2.5 billion from its loans to the country.

According to Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm from Transparency International, the ECB’s participation in Greece’s bailout had led to a “conflict of interest.”

The ECB expects repayments on its Greek bonds with one hand while approving Greece’s reform progress with the other. The Bank is literally sitting on all sides of the table,” said Hoffmann-Axthelm.

The SMP program was started at a time of the eurozone’s debt crisis in 2009 was aimed at easing market pressure on the borrowing costs of member states. Later in 2015, the ECB started its quantitative easing (QE) program, but Athens was barred from it because it’s still under the terms of a third EU bailout.

Greece’s inclusion into QE could happen only when the central bank decides the country’s 180 percent debt to GDP is sustainable. Most of the country's near €300 billion government debt is in the hands of international rather than private sector creditors.

This is a matter of national competence and falls outside the remit of the ECB," said the central bank in a letter to FT signed by ECB President Mario Draghi.

Decisions about what to do with the earnings will be taken by national member states, the letter explained.

Any future decisions on the transfer to the Greek State of amounts equivalent to the National Central Bank’s (NCB) income do not fall within the remit of the ECB or the NCBs, but rather that of the national governments of the euro area member states,” it said.

Eurozone members initially agreed to hand any interest back to the Greek central bank as a point of EU solidarity. However, when the second bailout program started in 2015, the pay-back operation was halted, and the full interest was never paid back to Athens.


Despite JP Morgan crusade, Bitcoin price soars to new record high

Just a month after JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon slammed Bitcoin, calling the digital currency “a fraud,” the long-time cryptocurrency critic claims he won’t talk about it anymore, according to Bloomberg.

I wouldn’t put this high in the category of important things in the world, but I’m not going to talk about bitcoin anymore,” Dimon said Thursday as Bitcoin jumped to an all-time high. Dimon later remarked that his own company moves trillions of dollars a day, “effectively digitally,” adding that “It’s not cash.” It’s important to point out that JP Morgan Chase has reportedly tried to patent an alternative to Bitcoin and been rejected — 175 times.

The company has also jumped on the blockchain bandwagon, as Chief Financial Officer Marianne Lake confirmed in response to a question on a conference call with journalists Thursday. “We are very open-minded to the potential use cases in the future for digital currencies that are properly controlled and regulated,” Lake said. “We’re not going to not be part of that conversation. We’ll have to see, it’s quite nascent.

When Dimon called Bitcoin a “fraud” last month, he also threatened to fire any JP Morgan traders caught trading in the digital currency. “I’d fire them in a second. For two reasons: It’s against our rules, and they’re stupid. And both are dangerous,” Dimon said, spurring a wave of backlash from critics on social media at the time. Some even speculated that the Wall Street tycoon was intentionally trying to drive down the price of Bitcoin. Whether or not that’s true, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Dimon’s warnings against the cryptocurrency are typically followed by a significant spike in value, and this time is no different.

Bitcoin is currently at an all-time high of over $5300, and even Dimon himself thinks it could hit $100K.

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Στα 135 τρισ. το χρέος των G20: Το ΔΝΤ προβλέπει την καταστροφή

Το ενδιαφέρον στη χώρας μας για την ετήσια σύνοδο του ΔΝΤ και τις ανακοινώσεις αναλύσεων που γίνονται παράλληλα, είναι λογικό να στρέφεται γύρω από τα θέματα που μας ενδιαφέρουν άμεσα, αλλά αυτή τη φορά το Ταμείο προχωρά σε ορισμένες ανησυχητικές επισημάνσεις για την παγκόσμια οικονομία.

Σε έκθεσή του για τη διεθνή χρηματοπιστωτική σταθερότητα, ο διεθνής οργανισμός επισημαίνει ότι το σύνολο του χρέους (ιδιωτικό και κρατικό) των 20 πλέον ανεπτυγμένων χωρών έχει ξεπεράσει τα 135 τρισεκατομμύρια δολάρια και γίνεται όλο και πιο δύσκολο να εξυπηρετηθεί.

Για να απαντήσουν στην κρίση του 2008, οι μεγάλες κεντρικές τράπεζες του πλανήτη κράτησαν τα επιτόκια χαμηλά και ταυτόχρονα τροφοδότησαν τις οικονομίες με ρευστότητα, με το λεγόμενο “τύπωμα χρήματος”.

Το αποτέλεσμα είναι ότι οι οικονομίες ανέκαμψαν, αλλά λόγω των χαμηλών επιτοκίων ο παγκόσμιος δανεισμός αυξήθηκε και έχει φτάσει στα επίπεδα που προκαλούν ανησυχία στους οικονομολόγους του ΔΝΤ, ενώ την ίδια στιγμή η άφθονη ρευστότητα διοχετεύεται σε αγορές “χαρτιών” (μετοχές, ομόλογα) οι τιμές των οποίων έχουν ανέβει παντού δημιουργώντας μια νέα φούσκα.

Το Ταμείο επισημαίνει ότι παρόλο που η οικονομική δραστηριότητα διεθνώς βελτιώνεται, η κατάσταση μπορεί να αντιστραφεί και παρουσιάζει ένα σενάριο “καταστροφής”, σύμφωνα με το οποίο μετά το 2020 οι συνθήκες αντιστρέφονται, με τα επιτόκια να αυξάνονται και να δημιουργούν προβλήματα σε όσους χρωστάνε, αφού θα δυσκολεύονται να εξυπηρετήσουν τα χρέη τους.

Στο σενάριο αυτό το ΔΝΤ “βλέπει” μια νέα κρίση η ένταση της οποίας θα αντιστοιχεί στο ⅓ εκείνης που ζήσαμε το 2008, με τις αγορές μετοχών να πέφτουν κατά 15% τις τιμές ακινήτων κατά 7% και την παραγωγή παγκοσμίως θα μειωθεί κατά 1,7 % κατά μέσο όρο.

Το πρόβλημα είναι ότι υπάρχει διεθνώς ένας εφησυχασμός καθώς η κρίση του 2008 φαίνεται πλέον μακρινό παρελθόν, ιδιαίτερα καθώς οι χρηματιστηριακοί δείκτες σπάνε τα ρεκόρ το ένα μετά το άλλο και το κόστος χρήματος είναι ακόμα χαμηλό.

Ήδη όμως η κεντρική τράπεζα των ΗΠΑ ετοιμάζεται για νέα αύξηση των επιτοκίων στα τέλη του χρόνου, ενώ πυκνώνουν και οι συζητήσεις στην Ευρώπη για το πότε θα σταματήσει το “τύπωμα χρήματος” με τη λεγόμενη ποσοτική χαλάρωση.

Επομένως, ουδείς μπορεί να γνωρίζει με ασφάλεια τι τριγμούς θα προκαλέσει η σταδιακή επιστροφή των κεντρικών τραπεζών στην κανονικότητα, καθώς δηλαδή θα αρχίσουν να ανεβάζουν το κόστος χρήματος και να “μαζεύουν” τη ρευστότητα που έχουν διαθέσει στην αγορά.

Υπολογίζεται για παράδειγμα ότι περίπου οι μισές μεγάλες τράπεζες παγκοσμίως έχουν δείκτη απόδοσης κεφαλαίων κάτω από 8%, που το ΔΝΤ θεωρεί όριο ασφαλείας, ενώ τράπεζες που έχουν δάνεια αξίας 17 τρισ. θα εμφανίσουν μη διατηρήσιμες αποδόσεις.

Το ερώτημα, λοιπόν, είναι ποιοι θα αντέξουν και ποιοι θα βρεθούν εκτεθειμένοι όταν οι συνθήκες θα δυσκολέψουν και οι φούσκες θα αρχίσουν να ξεφουσκώνουν.


13 October, 2017

US Realpolitik 2.0: the recruitment of evil Kissingerism against Russia and China under Donald Trump

The man that could easily be considered the personification of the ruthless US deep state is back. Henry Kissinger comes at the right time in White House to provide 'expertise' on how to provoke a major conflict, especially now that the Sino-Russian bloc threatens the US world domination.

As Mintpressnews reports:

           While most reporting gave some context to Trump’s most recent meeting with top defense officials on tensions with Pyongyang, hardly any mentioned that the meeting had been immediately preceded by another. This meeting, also on the topic of North Korea, was held between the president and former Secretary of State and unindicted war criminal Henry Kissinger. [...] Given Trump’s bellicose rhetoric and threats towards North Korea – as well as his rejection of diplomacy in resolving the crisis despite both Pyongyang’s and his own State Department’s apparent willingness to attempt it – Kissinger’s timely guidance to the President during “the calm before the storm” should give the American public considerable cause for concern.

Adam Curtis in his film The Trap: What Happened to our Dream of Freedom, gives a short background about Kissinger's Realpolitik:

           Ever since the Second World War, American governments had struggled to contain the spread of Communism, and the wave of Third World revolutions was the dangerous new face in this battle. To try and stop it, during the 60's and 70's, American governments adopted a ruthless strategy backing dictators and tyrants around the world who offered to contain these revolutionary forces. They did this, by repressing or killing thousands of their own people. The Main architect of this policy was Henry Kissinger, secretary of State under president Nixon. He used America's power to back dictators like general Pinochet in Chile, and Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. Kissinger knew that these dictators used torture and mass killing to stay in power, but in his theory, what he called Realpolitik, this was the price that had to be paid if Soviet tyranny was to be kept in check.

Where there's smoke there's fire, so when Kissinger comes, prepare for war.

Why 'dirty Henry' needed to come back at this moment? Most probable answer, to give useful advice and guide 'appropriately' Donald Trump.

So, the next question that comes in mind: would he be coming back under Hillary Clinton too? The seemingly surprisingly answer is 'No'! True, because Hillary doesn't need any guidance. She comes straight from the Kissingerian Realpolitik school, and therefore, she knows very well what to do to provoke Russia and China. She would have been devoted to that mission from her first day in the Oval Office.

There is evidence that Trump was receiving advice from the warmongering Kissinger quite long before his election. And that can be seen in the strategic approach against the Sino-Russian rival bloc. Both Donald Trump and Henry Kissinger appeared to be seeking a diplomatic approach with Russia, contrary to China. Behind this, there is a clear strategy to break the Sino-Russian alliance by concentrating pressure on the component that threatens the economic domination of the US, but has not yet the military strength to confront the US war machine.

And here comes North Korea. China is already encircled by the US naval forces in Asia Pacific. The next step would be the presence of US troops on the ground, right next to the Chinese borders in the Northeast. So, North Korea as the final barrier must be removed.

Let's guess what could be Kissinger's key advice to Donald Trump. Probably, to increase pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. Iran did it and now the clouds of war are gathering above it as the Donald wants to cancel the nuclear deal, find a pretext to invade. The US empire first imposes tough sanctions together with its faithful allies, then disarms the target, then invades.

Yet, the best part of the story may surprise you even further. Because the US warmongering establishment may be feeling more comfortable with Trump in power. Hillary Clinton would not be that easy to be 'manoeuvred' on this matter due to her excessive zeal to confront Russia. But Donald, despite his frequent shows where he presents himself as an unpredictable 'prima donna', is taken by the hand by the 'Darth Vader' of US foreign policy in order to make the right steps towards the destruction of the Sino-Russian alliance.

Brazil's Workers Party slams Temer's plan to privatize major bank

"This is a setback for Brazil, that we sell a bank like Caixa, which is the operator of many social programs and infrastructure credit," a Workers Party leader said.

The president of the Workers Party of Brazil denounced the government's attempt to privatize one of the largest banks in the country, Caixa Economica Federal.

In what would be a first step toward ultimately selling the bank to private interests, the government of Michel Temer seeks to change the status of the bank through an internal decision that would make its privatization legal, according to Senator Gleisi Hoffmann from the Worker's Party, or PT.

The workers of Caixa have also announced they will mobilize if the government doesn't assure the bank will remain 100 percent public.

"Caixa has been one of the most important assets for the people, for being the main supporter of social policies of the Brazilian government," Fabiana Uehara from the Financial Workers Union said. "It has helped mainly the poorest have access to credit, housing, education, health, and social security," she added.

Hoffman gave a press conference with the president of the Caixa Workers Union Jair Pedro Ferreira and the former president of the institution Pedro Eugênio.

"This is a setback for Brazil, that we sell a bank like Caixa, which is the operator of many social programs and also in the area of infrastructure credit," Hoffman said. "We are very concerned with this possibility."

Hoffman said the Senate had previously approved a law to protect Caixa from the privatization process. "We want to call for a mobilization with our senators and lawmakers in support of Caixa."

Temer has said 57 public companies and airport terminals will be privatized, with the objective of reducing the country's fiscal deficit which amounts to nearly US$500 billion.

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Palestine: Hamas, Fatah reach reconciliation agreement

Egyptian authorities praised both groups for their “positive attitude" and prioritizing of Palestine's national interest.

Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas have agreed to political reconciliation, according to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. “Fatah and Hamas reached an agreement at dawn today under generous Egyptian sponsorship," Haniyeh said in a public statement released on the group's website.

Azzam al-Ahmad, head of the Palestinian Authority delegation, said that part of the agreement requires that the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt will be administered by presidential guards operating under Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by Nov. 1.

"Security measures will be applied and adopted by the Palestinian Authority where the presidential guards will be spread all over the borders," al-Ahmad said, according to Al-Jazeera.

While the full extent of the agreement's details have not been officially reported, it's believed that it also covers issues related to administration and security.

The agreement comes after two days of negotiations in Cairo between the two Palestinian political groups. A source close to the Ahram journal also reported that both groups will meet within 30 days to organize presidential and legislative elections.

While Egyptian authorities praised both groups for their “positive attitude and prioritizing of national interest,” Egyptian state TV reported that Cairo will host subsequent talks starting on Nov. 21. On that date, Fatah and Hamas will reportedly hash out the details of an agreement that will unify their leadership into a single entity. The goal: to exercise a cohesive administration of Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

It added that the two groups have concorded to “empower the national unity government to perform its duties in the Gaza Strip as well as the West Bank by Dec. 1, 2017 at the latest."

Hamas and Fatah agreed in 2014 to form a national reconciliation administration but could not agree on the details.

Some opinion polls have shown that if parliamentary elections were to be held now, Hamas would win both in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the seat of Abbas’ Palestinian Authority.

Abbas is 12 years into what was meant to be a four-year term as president and opinion polls show him to be unpopular. He has no clear successor and no new presidential election appears imminent.