Collapse of Kiev Coalition Government, NATO Envisages Military Intervention in East Ukraine

Ukraine prime minister resigns as NATO, Australia prepare intervention in east

The far-right parliamentary coalition in Kiev collapsed yesterday, as the Western-backed regime met with visiting Dutch and Australian officials to prepare a foreign military intervention in war-torn east Ukraine, under cover of investigating the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Fatherland Party) announced his resignation after the withdrawal from the coalition of the fascist Svoboda Party and the UDAR (“Punch”) party of boxer Vitaly Klitshcko. Yatsenyuk will remain as prime minister until either a new coalition is formed or after elections sometime later this year.

Billionaire oligarch and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko supported the dissolution of the government, claiming it would permit a “full-scale reset” of the Ukrainian state that Ukrainian society desires. Porsoshenko, who assumed office last month, is hoping that new elections, which Poroshenko can call if a new coalition is not formed in 30 days, will be an opportunity to strengthen his own grip on power.

The collapse of the parliamentary coalition points to the weakness of the regime that emerged from the February 22 putsch. As it prepares to support a Western military intervention in the civil war it is waging in east Ukraine, posing the risk of an escalation into a clash between NATO and Russia, the Kiev regime is preparing austerity measures demanded by the EU that will have a devastating impact on broad sections of the population throughout the country.

Under these conditions, the government cannot tolerate any political opposition, even from such establishment forces as the Stalinist Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU). Explaining his party’s decision to leave the government, Svoboda Party leader Oleh Tyahnybok denounced the presence of pro-Russian forces (the KPU) in the Ukrainian legislature: “We believe that in the current situation, such a parliament which protects state criminals, Moscow agents, which refuses to strip immunity from those people who are working for the Kremlin, should not exist.”

These comments were apparently designed to increase pressure for a ban on the KPU. A party that supported the restoration of capitalism in the USSR, the KPU became an ally of the Party of the Regions of former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in February’s Western-backed, fascist-led putsch that brought the current regime to power.

For his part, Parliamentary speaker Oleksandr Turchynov pledged to destroy the KPU. “We only have to tolerate this party for another day,” he said.

These statements came a day after KPU leader Peter Symonenko accused Svoboda members fighting in east Ukraine of killing Ukrainians and harvesting their organs for the illegal organ trade. Significantly, Svoboda did not even attempt to answer Symonenko’s charges. Instead, it responded by beating KPU legislators and trying to throw Symonenko out of the parliament.

KPU officials from the Donetsk region reported yesterday that a KPU official in the nearby village of Glinky, Vyacheslav Kovshun, had been tortured to death at a Ukrainian National Guard checkpoint in the night of July 22-23. He was stopped at the checkpoint, beaten, and repeatedly shot to the legs and chest. He was found dead.

These events point to the utterly reactionary character of the regime installed by the February putsch, which was carried out in close collaboration with Washington, Berlin, and their European allies. After the putsch, Svoboda officials filmed themselves beating Ukrainian television executives. Forces like Svoboda and the Right Sector militia—both of which glorify Stepan Bandera, who collaborated with Nazi SS units that carried out the Holocaust in Ukraine during World War II—now lead the Kiev regime’s forces in east Ukraine.

In his resignation speech yesterday, Yatsenyuk warned that the dissolution of his government might slow the pace of Kiev’s unpopular social cuts against the Ukrainian people to fund the civil war. These include billions of dollars in cuts to energy subsidies, social programs, and government workers’ wages, while not touching the hundreds of billions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth held by the oligarchs.

“Who wants to go to elections and simultaneously vote for unpopular laws?” Yatsenyuk asked. “History will not forgive us. Our government now has no answer to the questions: how are we to pay wages, how are we tomorrow morning going to send fuel for armored vehicles, how will we pay those families who have lost soldiers, to look after the army?”

As the crisis of the Kiev regime mounts, the Western powers and their allies continue to push further to the right in their campaign against Moscow. While this campaign is led by the United States and Germany, all of Washington’s imperialist allies are moving aggressively against Russia—now spearheaded by the Australian and Dutch governments, which are cynically exploiting the large numbers of citizens they lost on the MH17 flight.

While Washington has been unable to substantiate any of its charges that Russia is responsible for the crash, and evidence increasingly points to involvement by the Kiev regime itself, Australia and the Netherlands are seizing on the crash to justify a provocative intervention in east Ukraine.

Yesterday, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Kiev to discuss a military deployment to east Ukraine, ostensibly to secure the MH17 crash site, which is in territory held by anti-Kiev regime forces.

The Netherlands announced they would send 40 unarmed military police to east Ukraine, while Australia is reportedly sending 50 police to London as a first stop on the way to Ukraine.

The Dutch government is reportedly waging an international diplomatic campaign to post hundreds of Dutch soldiers on the crash site—ostensibly to protect investigators from pro-Russian forces—with the support of the Dutch media.

In the Netherlands, Elsevier’s commentator Eric Vrijsen demanded that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte “threaten to send in these troops in order to up the pressure on the rebels and Russian President Vladimir Putin. And if he does this, he will probably have made up his mind to act on his threat …. The Dutch Special Forces (army commandos and the Marine Corps Marsofs) are internationally respected. Rutte doesn’t have these elite troops at his disposal for nothing.”

Such a deployment would be a reckless maneuver risking an escalation into a direct clash between NATO and pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine—that is, a NATO intervention in the Ukrainian civil war and the possible outbreak of war between NATO and Russia itself.

The threat of such a conflict erupting was underscored by rising border tensions between Ukraine and Russia. After Ukrainian forces shelled Russian border areas two weeks ago, killing one Russian civilian, Washington alleged yesterday that Russian forces are firing artillery from within Russia at Ukrainian military positions in east Ukraine.

Pressed again at a US State Department press briefing yesterday to provide some evidence for her claims, however, spokeswoman Marie Harf was unable to provide any. “This is just some pieces of info I’ve been able to get from our intelligence friends for you. I can’t tell you what it’s based on,” Harf said.

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The Soaring Profits of the Military – Industrial Complex And the Soaring Costs of Military Casualties

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Introduction: There are two major beneficiaries of the two major wars launched by the US government: one domestic and one foreign. The three major domestic arms manufacturers, Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOG) and Raytheon (RTN) have delivered record-shattering returns to their investors, CEOs and investment banks during the past decade and a half.

he Israeli regime is the overwhelming foreign beneficiary of the war, expanding its territory through its dispossession of Palestinians and positioning itself as the regional hegemon. Israel benefited from the US invasion which destroyed Iraq, a major ally of the Palestinians; the invasion provided cover for massive Israel’s settler expansion in the Occupied Palestinian territories. In the course of its invasion and occupation Washington systematically destroyed Iraq’s armed forces and civil infrastructure, shredding its complex modern society and state. By doing so, the US occupation removed one of Israel’s major regional rivals.

In terms of cost to the United States, hundreds of thousands of soldiers who had served in the war zones have sustained severe physical and mental injuries, while thousands have died directly or indirectly through an epidemic of soldier suicides. The invasion and occupation of Iraq has cost the United States trillions of dollars and counting. Despite the immense costs to the American people, the military-industrial complex and the pro-Israel power configuration continue to keep the US government on a wartime economy – undermining the domestic social safety net and standard of living of many millions.

No peaceful economic activity can match the immense profits enjoyed by the military-industrial complex in war. This powerful lobby continues to press for new wars to sustain the Pentagon’s huge budget. As for the pro-Israel power configuration, any substantive diplomatic peace negotiations in the Middle East would end their naked land grabs, reduce or curtail new weapons transfers and undermine pretexts to sanction or attack countries, like Iran, that stand in the way of Tel Aviv’s vision of “Greater Israel”, unrivaled in the region.

The costs of almost 15 years of warfare weigh heavily on the US Treasury and electorate. The wars have been dismal failures if not outright defeats. New sectarian conflicts have emerged in Syria, Iraq and, now, Ukraine – opportunities for the US arms industry and the pro-Israel lobbies to make even greater profits and gain more power.

The on-going horrendous costs of past and continuing wars make the launch of new military interventions more difficult for US and Israeli militarists. The US public expresses wide-spread discontent over the burden of the recent past wars and shows even less stomach for new wars to profit the military-industrial complex and further strengthen Israel.

 

War Profits

The power and influence of the military-industrial complex in promoting serial wars has resulted in extraordinary rates of profit. According to a recent study by Morgan Stanley (cited in Barron’s, 6/9/14, p. 19), shares in the major US arms manufacturers have risen 27,699% over the past fifty years versus 6,777% for the broader market. In the past three years alone, Raytheon has returned 124%, Northrup Grumman 114% and Lockheed Martin 149% to their investors.

The Obama regime makes a grand public show of reducing the military budget via the annual appropriation bill, and then, turns around and announces emergency supplemental funds to cover the costs of these wars. . .thereby actually increasing military spending, all the while waving the banner of ‘cost cutting’. Obama’s theatrics have fattened the profits for the US military-industrial complex.

War profits have soared with the series of military interventions in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The arms industry lobbyists pressure Congressional and Pentagon decision-makers to link up with the pro-Israel lobby as it promotes even deeper direct US military involvement in Syria, Iraq and Iran. The growing ties between Israeli and US military industries reinforce their political leverage in Washington by working with liberal interventionists and neo-conservatives. They attack Obama for not bombing Syria and for his withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. They now clamor for sending US troops back to Iraq and call for intervention in Ukraine. Obama has argued that proxy wars without direct US troop involvement do not require such heavy Pentagon expenditures as the arms industry demands. The Obama regime has presented the withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan as a necessary step to reduce US financial and military losses. This was in response to Wall Street’s pressure to cut the budget deficit. Obama’s attempt to meet the demands of the US financial sector has come at the price of cutting potential profit for the military industrial complex as well as infuriating Israel and its fanatical supporters in the US Congress.

The Fight over the Military Budget: Veterans versus the Complex and the Lobby

In the face of rising domestic pressure to reduce the budget deficit and cut military spending, the US military-industrial complex and its Zionist accomplices are fighting to retain their share by eliminating programs designed to serve the health needs of active and retired soldiers. Soaring disability costs related to the recent wars will continue for decades. Veteran health care costs are expected to double to 15% of the defense budget in the next five years. The huge public cost of caring for soldiers and veterans means “bad news for defense stocks” according to financial analysts (Barron’s, 6/9/14, p. 19).

This is reason why the arms industries promote the closure of scores of Veterans Administration hospitals and a reduction in retiree benefits, using the pretext of fighting fraud, incompetence and poor quality service compared with the ‘private sector’. The same corporate warlords and lobbyists who clamor to send US troops to back to Iraq and to new wars in Syria and Ukraine, where young lives, limbs and sanity are at great risk, are also in the forefront of a fight to slash funding for the veterans’ medical care. Economists have long noted that the more dollars spent on veterans’ and military retirees’ health care, the less allocated for war materials, ships and aircraft. Today it is estimated that over $900 billion dollars will have been spent on long-term VA medical and disability services for veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That number is clearly set to rise with each new intervention.

The corporate warlords are urging Congress to increase co-pays, enrollment fees and deductibles for veterans, retirees and active duty personnel enrolled in military health insurance plans, such as Tricare, as well as limiting access to the VA.

The fight over Pentagon expenditures is a struggle over war or social justice: health services for troops and veterans versus weapons programs that fatten corporate profits for the arms industry.

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About James Petras

He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.

His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).

He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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An Open Letter to the Graduates of West Point: Refuting President Obama’s Lies, Omissions and Distortions

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Introduction: On May 2014 President Obama delivered the commencement address to the graduates of United States Military Academy at West Point. Beyond the easy banter and eulogy to past and present war heroes, Obama outlined a vision of past military successes and present policies, based on a profoundly misleading diagnosis of the current global position of the United States

The most striking aspect of his presentation is the systematic falsification of the results of past wars and current military interventions. The speech is notable for the systematic omissions of the millions of civilian deaths inflicted by US military interventions. He glosses over the growth of NSA, the global police state apparatus. He presents a grossly inflated account of the US role in the world economy. Worse of all he outlines an extremely dangerous confrontational posture toward rising military and economic powers, in particular Russia and China.

Distorting the Past: Defeats and Retreats Converted into Victories

One of the most disturbing aspects of President Obama’s speech is his delusional account of US military engagements over the past decade. His claim that, “by most measures America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world”, defies belief. After 13 years of warfare, the US has failed to defeat the Taliban. Washington is in full retreat and leaves behind a fragile puppet regime which will likely collapse. In Iraq the US was forced to withdraw after killing several hundred thousand civilians and fueling a sectarian war which has propelled a pro-Iranian regime to power. In Libya, the NATO war devastated the country, destroyed the Gadhafi government,thus undermining reconciliation, and bringing to power bands of terrorist Islamic groups profoundly hostile to the United States.

Washington’s effort to broker an accord between Palestine and Israel was a dismal failure, largely because of the Obama regime’s spineless attitude toward Israel’s land grabs, and new “Jews only” settlements. The craven pandering to the Jewish power configuration in Washington hardly speaks for the world’s “greatest power” … by any measure.

Through your economic studies you are surely aware that the US has been displaced by China in major markets in Latin America, Asia and Africa. China poses a major economic challenge: it does not have overseas bases, Special Forces’ operations in seventy-five countries; it does not pursue military alliances and does not militarily intervene in countries. Obama’s expansion of the US military presence off China’s coast speaks to an escalation of bellicose behavior, contrary to his assertions of “winding down” overseas military operations.

Obama speaks of defending “our core interests” militarily.Yet he threatens China over disputed piles of rocks in the South China Sea, overlooking the “core interests” of the 500 biggest US corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars invested in the most dynamic economy in the world and the second biggest trading nation.

Obama spoke of the threat of “terrorism” yet his policies have encouraged and promoted terrorism. Washington armed and promoted the Islamic terrorists which overthrew Gadhafi; backs the Islamic terrorists invading Syria; provides 1.5 billion in military aid to the Egyptian military dictatorship which is terrorizing the political opposition, via assassinations and arrests of thousands of political dissidents. The US backed the violent overthrow of the elected regime in the Ukraine and is backing the client regime’s terror bombing of the pro-democracy Eastern regions. Obama’s “anti-terrorism”rhetoric is in fact a cover for state terrorism, which closes the door on peaceful resolution of overseas conflicts, and leads to the multiplication of violent opposition groups.

Obama speaks to “our success in promoting partnerships in Europe and in the world at large”. Yet his bellicose policies toward Russia has deeply divided the US from the leading countries in the European Union. Germany has multi-billion dollar trade agreements with Russia and objects to harsh sanctions as does Italy, Holland and Belgium. Latin America has relegated the US centered Organization of American States to the dust bin of history and moved toward regional organizations which exclude the US. Washington has no “partners” backing its hostile policies toward Venezuela and Cuba. In Asia, Washington’s efforts to forge an economic bloc excluding China, runs against the deep and comprehensive ties that link South Korea, Taiwan and Southeast Asia to China. Washington’s closest partners are the least dynamic and most repressive: Israel, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states in the Middle East; Egypt, Morocco and Algeria in North Africa; Colombia in Latin America ; and motley groups of sub-Sahara despots and Kleptocrats who squirrel billions of dollars into oversees bank accounts in New York and London far in excess of their countries’ health and educational budgets .

Obama’s diagnosis of the position of the US in the world is fundamentally flawed: he grossly understates the military losses, the decline of economic power,and the growing divisions between former regional allies .Above all he refuses to recognize the profound loss of faith by the majority of Americans in Washington’s foreign military and trade policies. The flawed diagnosis, the deliberate distortions of present global realities and the deep misreading of domestic public opinion cannot be overcome by new deceptions , bigger lies and the continuation and escalation of military interventions, in which you the newly minted officers will serve as cannon fodder.

Obama: Political Desperado in Search of an Imperial Legacy

Obama has marked a new phase in the escalation of a military centered foreign policy.He is presently engaged in a major military build-up of air and ground troops and military exercises in the Baltic States and Poland…all of which is pointing toward Russia and signaling that a possible ‘First Strike’ strategy is underway. Obama has been seized by a manic global military escalation..He is expanding naval forces off China’s coast. He has dispatched hundreds of Special Forces to Jordan to train and arm mercenaries invading Syria.He is intervening militarily in the Ukraine to bolster the Kiev regime.He has dispatched hundreds of military forces throughout Africa.He has allocated $1 billion for military expenditure along the European frontiers with Russia and $5 billion to boost the capacity of despotic regimes to repress popular insurgencies under the pretext of “fighting terrorism”.

Obama’s ‘vision’ of US foreign policy is clearly and unmistakably colored by a propensity to engage in highly dangerous military confrontations. His resort to multiple “Special Forces” operations, his increasing reliance on military proxies, is a reversion to 19th century colonial policies.Recruiting soldiers from one oppressed country to conquer another, is a throwback to old style empire building. When Obama speaks of “American leadership, as indispensable for world order” he deceives no one. The Washington centered world order is disintegrating. Disorder is the consequence of military intervention attempting to delay the inevitable.

The Obama Administration’s involvement in the violent coup in the Ukraine is a case in point: as a consequence of the rise to power of a junta headed by a billionaire “President”,power sharing with neo-fascists that country is disintegration, civil war rages and the economy is bankrupt. Obama’s war on Libya has led to a Hobbesian world in which warlords fight jihadists over shrinking oil sales. In Syria US backed ‘rebels’ have destroyed the economy and the social fabric of civil society.

No major country in South America follows US ‘leadership’. Even in the United States few American citizens back Obama’s hostile policies to Cuba and Venezuela.

Obama’s duplicitous rhetoric of talking peace and preparing wars has lost credibility. Obama is preparing to commit you, the newly commissioned officers of West Point, to new overseas wars opposed by the majority of Americans.

Obama will send you to war zones in which you will be pitted against popular insurgencies, in which you will be despised by the surrounding population. You will be asked to defend an Administration which has pillaged the Treasury to bail out the 15 biggest banks, who paid $78 billion dollars in fines between 2012 – 2013 for fraud and swindles and yet their CEO’s received double digit pay increases . You will be told to fight wars for Israel in the Middle East. You will be ordered to command bases in Poland and missles aimed at Russia.You will be sent to the Ukraine to advise neo-Nazis in the National Guard. You will be told to subvert Latin American military officials in hopes of inciting a military coup and converting independent progressive governments into neo-liberal client states.

Obama’s vision does not resonate with your hopes for an America committed to democracy, freedom and development. You face the choice of serving a political desperado intent on launching unjust wars at the behest of billionaire swindlers and armchair militarists or resigning your commission and joining the majority of American people who believe that America’s “leadership” should be directed at reducing the wealth and power of an unelected oligarchy in this country.

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About James Petras

He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.

His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).

He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Brazil: Workers Struggle Trumps Sports Spectacle

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Introduction: For decades social critics have bemoaned the influence of sports and entertainment spectacles in ‘distracting’ workers from struggling for their class interests. According to these analysts, ‘class consciousness’ was replaced by ‘mass’ consciousness.

They argued that atomized individuals, manipulated by the mass media, were converted into passive consumers who identified with millionaire sports heroes, soap opera protagonists and film celebrities.

The culmination of this ‘mystification’ – mass distraction –were the ‘world championships’ watched by billions around the world and sponsored and financed by billionaire corporations: the World Series (baseball), the World Cup (soccer/futbol), and the Super Bowl (American football).

Today, Brazil is the living refutation of this line of cultural-political analysis. Brazilians have been described as ‘football crazy’. Its teams have won the most number of World Cups. Its players are coveted by the owners of the most important teams in Europe. Its fans are said to “live and die with football” . . . Or so we are told.

Yet it is in Brazil where the biggest protests in the history of the World Cup have taken place. As early as a year before the Games, scheduled for June 2014, there have been mass demonstrations of up to a million Brazilians. In just the last few weeks, strikes by teachers, police, construction workers and municipal employees have proliferated. The myth of the mass media spectacles mesmerizing the masses has been refuted – at least in present-day Brazil.

To understand why the mass spectacle has been a propaganda bust it is essential to understand the political and economic context in which it was launched, as well as the costs and benefits and the tactical planning of popular movements.

The Political and Economic Context: The World Cup and the Olympics

In 2002, the Brazilian Workers Party candidate Lula DaSilva won the presidential elections. His two terms in office (2003 – 2010) were characterized by a warm embrace of free market capitalism together with populist poverty programs. Aided by large scale in-flows of speculative capital, attracted by high interest rates, and high commodity prices for its agro-mineral exports, Lula launched a massive poverty program providing about $60 a month to 40 million poor Brazilians, who formed part of Lula’s mass electoral base. The Workers Party reduced unemployment, increased wages and supported low-interest consumer loans, stimulating a ‘consumer boom’ that drove the economy forward.

To Lula and his advisers, Brazil was becoming a global power, attracting world-class investors and incorporating the poor into the domestic market.

Lula was hailed as a ‘pragmatic leftist’ by Wall Street and a ‘brilliant statesman’ by the Left!

In line with this grandiose vision (and in response to hoards of presidential flatterers North and South), Lula believed that Brazil’s rise to world prominence required it to ‘host’ the World Cup and the Olympics and he embarked on an aggressive campaign. . . Brazil was chosen.

Lula preened and pontificated: Brazil, as host, would achieve the symbolic recognition and material rewards a global power deserved.

The Rise and Fall of Grand Illusions

The ascent of Brazil was based on foreign flows of capital conditioned by differential (favorable) interest rates. And when rates shifted, the capital flowed out. Brazil’s dependence on high demand for its agro-mineral exports was based on sustained double-digit economic growth in Asia. When China’s economy slowed down, demand and prices fell, and so did Brazil’s export earnings.

The Workers Party’s ‘pragmatism’ meant accepting the existing political, administrative and regulatory structures inherited from the previous neo-liberal regimes. These institutions were permeated by corrupt officials linked to building contractors notorious for cost over-runs and long delays on state contracts.

Moreover, the Workers Party’s ‘pragmatic’ electoral machine was built on kick-backs and bribes. Vast sums were siphoned from public services into private pockets.

Puffed up on his own rhetoric, Lula believed Brazil’s economic emergence on the world stage was a ‘done deal’. He proclaimed that his pharaonic sports complexes – the billions of public money spent on dozens of stadiums and costly infrastructure – would “pay for themselves”.

The Deadly ‘Demonstration Effect’: Social Reality Defeats Global Grandeur

Brazil’s new president, Dilma Rousseff, Lula’ protégé, has allocated billions of reales to finance her predecessor’s massive building projects: stadiums, hotels, highways and airports to accommodate an anticipated flood of overseas soccer fans.

The contrast between the immediate availability of massive amounts of public funds for the World Cup and the perennial lack of money for deteriorating essential public services (transport, schools, hospitals and clinics) has been a huge shock to Brazilians and a provocation to mass action in the streets.

For decades, the majority of Brazilians, who depended on public services for transport, education and medical care, (the upper middle classes can afford private services), were told that “there were no funds”, that “budgets had to be balanced”, that a “budget surplus was needed to meet IMF agreements and to service the debt”.

For years public funds had been siphoned away by corrupt political appointees to pay for electoral campaigns, leading to filthy, overcrowded transport, frequently breaking down, and commuter delays in sweltering buses and long lines at the stations. For decades, schools were in shambles, teacher rushed from school to school to make-up for their miserable minimum-wage salaries leading to low quality education and neglect. Public hospitals were dirty, dangerous and crowded; under-paid doctors frequently took on private patients on the side, and essential medications were scarce in the public hospitals and overpriced in the pharmacies.

The public was outraged by the obscene contrast between the reality of dilapidated clinics with broken windows, overcrowded schools with leaking roofs and unreliable mass transport for the average Brazilian and the huge new stadiums, luxury hotels and airports for wealthy foreign sports fans and visitors.

The public was outraged by the obvious official lies: the claim that there were ‘no funds’ for teachers when billions of Reales were instantly available to construct luxury hotels and fancy stadium box seats for wealthy soccer fans.

The final detonator for mass street protest was the increase in bus and train fares to ‘cover losses’ – after public airports and highways had been sold cheaply to private investors who raised tolls and fees.

The protestors marching against the increased bus and train fares were joined by tens of thousands Brazilians broadly denouncing the Government’s priorities: Billions for the World Cup and crumbs for public health, education, housing and transport!

Oblivious to the popular demands, the government pushed ahead intent on finishing its ‘prestige projects’. Nevertheless, construction of stadiums fell behind schedule because of corruption, incompetence and mismanagement. Building contractors, who were pressured, lowered safety standards and pushed workers harder, leading to an increase in workplace deaths and injury. Construction workers walked out protesting the speed-ups and deterioration of work safety.

The Rousseff regime’s grandiose schemes have provoked a new chain of protests. The Homeless Peoples Movement occupied urban lots near a new World Cup stadium demanding ‘social housing’ for the people instead of new five-star hotels for affluent foreign sports aficionados.

Escalating costs for the sports complexes and increased government expenditures have ignited a wave of trade union strikes to demand higher wages beyond the regime’s targets. Teachers and health workers were joined by factory workers and salaried employees striking in strategic sectors, such as the transport and security services, capable of seriously disrupting the World Cup.

The PTs embrace of the grandiose sports spectacle, instead of highlighting Brazil’s ‘debut as a global power’, has spotlighted the vast contrast between the affluent and secure ten percent in their luxury condos in Brazil, Miami and Manhattan, with access to high quality private clinics and exclusive private and overseas schools for their offspring, with the mass of average Brazilians, stuck for hours sweating in overcrowded buses, in dingy emergency rooms waiting for mere aspirins from non-existent doctors and in wasting their children’s futures in dilapidated classrooms without adequate, full-time teachers.

Conclusion

The political elite, especially the entourage around the Lula-Rousseff Presidency have fallen victim to their own delusions of popular support. They believed that subsistence pay-offs (food baskets) to the very poor would allow them to spend billions of public money on sports spectacles to entertain and impress the global elite. They believed that the mass of workers would be so enthralled by the prestige of holding the World Cup in Brazil, that they would overlook the great disparity between government expenditures for elite grand spectacles and the absence of support to meet the everyday needs of Brazilian workers.

Even trade unions, seemingly tied to Lula, who bragged of his past leadership of the metal workers, broke ranks when they realized that the ‘money was out there’ – and that the regime, pressured by construction deadlines, could be pressured to raise wages to get the job done.

Make no mistake, Brazilians are sports minded. They avidly follow and cheer their national team. But they are also conscious of their needs. They are not content to passively accept the great social disparities exposed by the current mad scramble to stage the World Cup and Olympics in Brazil. The government’s vast expenditure on the Games has made it clear that Brazil is a rich country with a multitude of social inequalities. They have learned that vast sums are available to improve the basic services of everyday life. They realized that, despite its rhetoric, the ‘Workers Party’ was playing a wasteful prestige game to impress an international capitalist audience. They realized that they have strategic leverage to pressure the government and address some of the inequalities in housing and salaries through mass action. And they have struck. They realize they deserve to enjoy the World Cup in affordable, adequate public housing and travel to work (or to an occasional game) in decent buses and trains. Class consciousness, in the case of Brazil, has trumped the mass spectacle. ‘Bread and circuses’ have given way to mass protests.

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About James Petras

He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.

His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).

He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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The Rise of the European Right: Reaction to the Neoliberal Right

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Introduction: The European parliamentary elections witnessed a major breakthrough for the right-wing parties throughout the region. The rise of the Right runs from the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, the Baltic and Low countries, France, Central and Eastern Europe to the Mediterranean.

Most, if not all, of these emerging right-wing parties mark a sharp break with the ruling neo-liberal, Christian and Social Democratic parties who have presided over a decade of crisis.

The ‘new Right’ cannot be understood simply by attaching negative labels (‘fascist’, ‘racist’ and ‘anti-Semitic’). The rise of the Right has to be placed in the context of the decay of political, social and economic institutions, the general and persistent decline of living standards and the disintegration of community bonds and class solidarity. The entire existing political edifice constructed by the neo-liberal parties bears deep responsibility for the systemic crisis and decay of everyday life. Moreover, this is how it is understood by a growing mass of working people who vote for the Right.

The so-called ‘radical Left’, usually defined as the political parties to the left of the governing Social Democratic parties, with the exception of SYRIZA in Greece, have failed to capitalize on the decline of the neo-liberal parties. There are several reasons that account for the lack of a right-left polarization. Most of the ‘radical Left’, in the final account, gave ‘critical support’ to one or another of the Labor or Social Democratic parties and reduced their ‘distance’ from the political-economic disasters that have followed. Secondly, the ‘radical Left’s’ positions on some issues were irrelevant or offensive to many workers: namely, gay marriage and identity politics. Thirdly, the radical Left recruited prominent personalities from the discredited Labor and Social Democratic parties and thus raised suspicion that they are a ‘new version’ of past deceptions. Fourthly, the radical Left is strong on public demonstrations demanding ‘structural changes’ but lacks the ‘grass roots’ clientelistic organizations of the Right, which provide ‘services’, such as soup kitchens and clinics dealing with day-to-day problems.

While the Right pretends to be ‘outside’ the neo-liberal establishment challenging the assumption of broad powers by the Brussels elite, the Left is ambiguous: Its support for a ‘social Europe’ implies a commitment to reform a discredited and moribund structure. The Right proposes ‘national capitalism’ outside of Brussels; the Left proposes ‘socialism within the European Union’. The Left parties, the older Communist parties and more recent groupings, like Syriza in Greece, have had mixed results. The former have generally stagnated or lost support despite the systemic crisis. The latter, like Syriza, have made impressive gains but failed to break the 30% barrier. Both lack electoral allies. As a result, the immediate challenge to the neo-liberal status quo comes from the electoral new Right parties and on the left from the extra-parliamentary social movements and trade unions. In the immediate period, the crisis of the European Union is being played out between the neo-liberal establishment and the ‘new Right’.

The Nature of the New Right

The ‘new Right’ has gained support largely because it has denounced the four pillars of the neo-liberal establishment: globalization, foreign financial control, executive rule by fiat (the Brussels troika) and the unregulated influx of cheap immigrant labor.

Nationalism, as embraced by the new Right, is tied to national capitalism: Local producers, retailers and farmers are counterpoised to free traders, mergers and acquisitions by international bankers and the giant multinationals. The ‘new Right’ has its audience among the provincial and small town business elite as well as workers devastated by plant closures and relocations.

The ‘new Right’s’ nationalism is ‘protectionist’ – seeking tariff barriers and state regulations to protect industries and workers from ‘unfair’ competition from overseas conglomerates and low-wage immigrant labor.

The problem is that protectionism limits the imports of cheap consumer goods sold in many small retail shops and affordable to workers and the lower middle class. The Right ‘dreams’ of a corporatist model where national workers and industries bond to oppose liberal competitive capitalism and class struggle trade unions. As the class struggle declines, the ‘tri partite’ politics of the neo-liberal right is reconfigured by the New Right to include ‘national’ capital and a ‘paternalistic state’.

In sum, the nationalism of the Right evokes a mythical past of harmony where national capital and labor unite under a common communal identity to confront big foreign capital and cheap immigrant labor.

Political Strategy: Electoral and Extra-Parliamentary Politics

Currently, the new Right is primarily oriented to electoral politics, especially as it gains mass support. They have increased their share of the electorate by combining mass mobilization and community organizing with electoral politics, especially in depressed areas. They have attracted middle class voters from the neo-liberal right and working class voters from the old Left. While some sectors of the Right, like the Golden Dawn in Greece, openly flaunt fascist symbols – flags and uniforms – as well as provoking street brawls, others pressure the governing neo-liberal right to adopt some of their demands especially regarding immigration and the ‘deportation of illegals’. For the present, most of the new Right’s focus is on advancing its agenda and gaining supporters through aggressive appeals within the constitutional order and by keeping the more violent sectors under control. Moreover, the current political climate is not conducive to open extra-parliamentary ‘street fighting’ where the new Right would be easily crushed. Most right-wing strategists believe the current context is conducive to the accumulation of forces via peaceful methods.

Conditions Facilitating the Growth of the Right

There are several structural factors contributing to the growth of the new Right in Europe:

First and foremost, there is a clear decline of democratic power and institutions resulting from the centralization of executive – legislative power in the hands of a self-appointed elite in Brussels. The new Right argues effectively that the European Union has become a profoundly authoritarian political institution disenfranchising voters and imposing harsh austerity programs without a popular mandate.

Secondly, national interests have been subordinated to benefit the financial elite identified as responsible for the harsh policies that have undermined living standards and devastated local industries. The new Right counterpoises ‘the nation’ to the Brussels ‘Troika’ – the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission.

Thirdly, ‘liberalization’ has eroded local industries and undermined communities and protective labor legislation. The Right denounces liberal immigration policies, which permit the large-scale inflow of cheap workers at a time of depression level unemployment. The crisis of capitalism combined with the large force of cheap immigrant labor forms the material basis for right-wing appeals to workers, especially those in precarious jobs or unemployed.

Right: Contradictions and the Double Discourse

The Right, while criticizing the neo-liberal state for unemployment, focuses mainly on the immigrants competing with nationals in the labor market rather than on the capitalists whose investment decisions determine levels of employment and unemployment.

The Right attacks the authoritarian nature of the European Union, but its own structures, ideology and history pre-figure a repressive state.

The Right rightly proposes to end foreign elite control of the economy, but its own vision of a ‘national state’, especially one linked to NATO, multi-national corporations and imperial wars, will provide no basis for ‘rebuilding the national economy’.

The Right speaks to the needs of the dispossessed and the need to ‘end austerity’ but it eschews the only effective mechanism for countering inequalities – class organization and class struggle. Its vision of the ‘collaboration between productive capital and labor’ is contradicted by the aggressive capitalist offensive to cut wages, social services, pensions and working conditions. The new Right targets immigrants as the cause of unemployment while obscuring the role of the capitalists who hire and fire, invest abroad, relocate firms and introduce technology to replace labor.

They focus the workers’ anger ‘downward’ against immigrants, instead of ‘upward’ toward the owners of the means of production, finance and distribution who ultimately manipulate the labor market.

In the meantime the radical Left’s mindless defense of unlimited immigration in the name of an abstract notion of ‘international workers solidarity’ exposes their arrogant liberal bias, as though they had never consulted real workers who have to compete with immigrants for scarce jobs under increasingly unfavorable conditions.

The radical Left, under the banner of ‘international solidarity’, has ignored the historical fact that ‘internationalism’ must be built on the strong national foundation of organized, employed workers.

The Left has allowed the new Right to exploit and manipulate powerful righteous nationalist causes. The radical Left has counterpoised ‘nationalism’ to socialism, rather than seeing them as intertwined, especially in the present context of an imperialist-dominated European Union.

The fight for national independence, the break-up of the European Union, is essential to the struggle for democracy and the deepening of the class struggle for jobs and social welfare. The class struggle is more powerful and effective on the familiar national terrain – rather than confronting distant overseers in Brussels.

The notion among many radical Left leaders to ‘remake’ the EU into a ‘Social Europe’, the idea that the EU could be converted into a ‘European Union of Socialist States’ simply prolongs the suffering of the workers and the subordination of nations to the non-elected bankers who run the EU. No one seriously believes that buying stocks in Deutsch Bank and joining its annual stockholders meetings would allow workers to ‘transform’ it into a ‘People’s Bank’. Yet the ‘Bank of the Banks’, the ‘Troika’, made up of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF, set all major policies for each member state of the European Union. Un-rectified and remaining captive of the ‘Euro-metaphysic’, the Left has abdicated its role in advancing the class struggle through the rebirth of the national struggle against the EU oligarchs.

Results and Perspectives

The Right is advancing rapidly, even if unevenly across Europe. Its support is not ephemeral but stable and cumulative at least in the medium run. The causes are ‘structural’ and result from the new Right’s ability to exploit the socio-economic crisis of the neo-liberal right governments and to denounce authoritarian and anti-national policies of the unelected EU oligarchy.

The new Right’s strength is in ‘opposition’. Their protests resonate while they are distant from the command centers of the capitalist economy and state.

Are they capable of moving from protest to power? Shared power with the neo-liberals will obviously dilute and disaggregate their current social base.

The contradictions will deepen as the new Right moves from positions of ‘opposition’ to sharing power with the neo-liberal Right. The massive roundups and deportation of immigrant workers is not going to change capitalist employment policies or restore social services or improve living standards. Promoting ‘national’ capital over foreign through some corporatist union of capital and labor will not reduce class conflict. It is totally unrealistic to imagine ‘national’ capital rejecting its foreign partners in the interest of labor.

The divisions within the ‘nationalist Right’, between the overtly fascist and electoral corporatist sectors, will intensify. The accommodation with ‘national’ capital, democratic procedures and social inequalities will likely open the door to a new wave of class conflict which will expose the sham radicalism of the ‘nationalist’ right. A committed Left, embedded in the national terrain, proud of its national and class traditions, and capable of unifying workers across ethnic and religious ‘identities’ can regain supporters and re-emerge as the real alternative to the two faces of the Right – the neo-liberal and the ‘nationalist’ new Right. The prolonged economic crisis, declining living standards, unemployment and personal insecurity propelling rise of the nationalist Right can also lead to the emergence of a Left deeply linked to national, class and community realities. The neo-liberals have no solutions to offer for the disasters and problems of their own making; the nationalists of the new Right have the wrong -reactionary – answer. Does the Left have the solution? Only by overthrowing the despotic imperial rule of Brussels can they begin to address the national-class issues.

Post-script and final observations:

In the absence of a Left alternative, the working class voters have opted for two alternatives: Massive voter abstention and strikes. In the recent EU election, 60% of the French electorate abstained, with abstention approaching 80% in working class neighborhoods. This pattern was repeated or even exceeded throughout the EU – hardly a mandate for the EU or for the ‘new Right’. In the weeks and days before the vote, workers took to the streets. There were massive strikes of civil servants and shipyard workers, as well as workers from other sectors and mass demonstrations by the unemployed and popular classes opposing EU-imposed ‘austerity’ cuts in social services, health, education, pensions, factory closures and mass lay-offs. Widespread voter abstention and street demonstrations point to a huge proportion of the population rejecting both the neo-Liberal Right of the ‘Troika’ as well as the ‘new Right’.

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About James Petras

He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.

His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).

He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Capitalists, Technocrats and Fanatics: The Ascent of a New Power Bloc

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Introduction: The sweeping electoral victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India is the latest expression of the world-wide advance of a new power bloc which promises to impose a New World Order harnessing ethno-religious fanaticism and narrowly trained technocrats to capitalist absolutism.

The far-right is no longer at the margins of western political discourse. It is center-stage. It is no longer dependent on contributions by local militants; it receives financing from the biggest global corporations. It is no longer dismissed by the mass media. It receives feature coverage, highlighting its ‘dynamic and transformative’ leadership.

Today capitalists everywhere confront great uncertainty, as markets crash and endemic corruption at the highest levels erode competitive markets. Throughout the world, large majorities of the labor force question, challenge and resist the massive transfers of public wealth to an ever reduced oligarchy. Electoral politics no longer define the context for political opposition.

Capitalism, neither in theory nor practice, advances through reason and prosperity. It relies on executive fiats, media manipulation and arbitrary police state intrusions. It increasingly relies on death squads dubbed “Special Forces” and a ‘reserve army’ of para-military fanatics.

The new power bloc is the merger of big business, the wealthy professional classes, upwardly mobile, elite trained technocrats and cadres of ethno-religious fanatics who mobilize the masses.

Capitalism and imperialism advances by uprooting millions, destroying local communities and economies, undermining local trade and production, exploiting labor and repressing social solidarity. Everywhere it erodes community and class solidarity.

Ethno-Religious Fanatics and Elite Technocrats

Today capitalism depends on two seemingly disparate forces. The irrational appeal of ethno-religious supremacists and narrowly trained elite technocrats to advance the rule of capital. Ethno-religious fanatics seek to promote bonds between the corporate-warlord elite and the masses, by appealing to their ‘common’ religious ethnic identities.

The technocrats serve the elite by developing the information systems, formulating the images and messages deceiving and manipulating the masses and designing their economic programs.

The political leaders meet with the corporate elite and warlords to set the political-economic agenda, deciding when to rely on the technocrats and when to moderate or unleash the ethno-religious fanatics.

Imperialism operates via the marriage of science and ethno-religious fanaticism- and both are harnessed to capitalist domination and exploitation.

India: Billionaires, Hindu Fascists and IT “Savants”

The election of Narendra Modi, leader of the BJP and long-time member of the Hindu fascist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) para-military organization was based on three essential components:

(1) Multi-billion rupee funding from corporate India at home and abroad.

(2) Thousands of upwardly mobile IT technocrats mounting a massive propaganda campaign.

(3) Hundreds of thousands of RSS activists spreading the “Hindutva” racist doctrine among millions of villagers.

The Modi regime promises his capitalist backers that he will “open India”– namely end the land reserves of the tribes, convert farmland to industrial parks, deregulate labor and environmental controls.

To the Brahmin elite he promises to end compensatory quotas for lower castes, the untouchables, the minorities and Muslims. For the Hindu fascists he promises more temples. For foreign capitalists he promises entry into all formerly protected economic sectors. For the US, Modi promises closer working relations against China, Russia and Iran… The BJP’s ethno-religious Hindu fanaticism resonates with Israel’s notion of a “pure”Jewish state. Modi and Netanyahu have longstanding ties and promise close working relations based on similar ethno-racist doctrines.

Turkey: The Transition to Islamic-Capitalist Authoritarianism

Turkey under the rule of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party has moved decisively toward one-man rule: linking Islam to big capital and police state repression. Erdogan’s ‘triple alliance’ is intent on unleashing mega-capitalist projects, based on the privatization of public spaces and the dispossession of popular neighborhoods. He opened the door to unregulated privatization of mines, communications, banks – leading to exponential growth of profits and the decline of employment security and a rising toll of worker deaths. Erdogan has shed the mask of ‘moderate Islam’ and embraced the jihadist mercenaries invading Syria and legislation expanding religious prerogatives in secular life. Erdogan has launched massive purges of journalists, public officials, civil servants, judges and military officers. He has replaced them with ‘party loyalists’; Erdogan fanatics!

Erdogan has recruited a small army of technocrats who design his mega projects and provide the political infrastructure and programs for his electoral campaigns. Technocrats provide a development agenda that accommodates the foreign and domestic crony corporate elite.

The Anatolian Islamists, small and medium provincial business elite, form the mass base – mobilizing voters, by appealing to chauvinist and ethnocentric beliefs. Erdogan’s repressive, Islamist, capitalist regime’s embrace of the “free market” has been sharply challenged especially in light of the worst mining massacre in Turkish history: the killing of over 300 miners due to corporate negligence and regime complicity. Class polarization threatens the advance of Turkish fascism.

Israel and the “Jewish State”: Billionaires , Ethno-Religious Fanatics and Technocrats

Israel, according to its influential promoters in the US, is a ‘model democracy’. The public pronouncements and the actions of its leaders thoroughly refute that notion. The driving force of Israeli politics is the idea of dispossessing and expelling all Palestinians and converting Israel into a ‘pure’ Jewish state. For decades Israel, funded and colonized by the diaspora, have violently seized Palestinian lands, dispossessed millions and are in the process of Judaizing what remains of the remnant in the “Occupied Territories”.

The Israeli economy is dominated by billionaires. Its “society” is permeated by a highly militarized state. Its highly educated technocrats serve the military-industrial and ethno-religious elite. Big business shares power with both.

High tech Israeli’s apply their knowledge to furthering the high growth, military industrial complex. Medical specialists participate in testing the endurance of Palestinian prisoners undergoing torture (“interrogation”). Highly trained psychologists engage in psych-warfare to gain collaborators among vulnerable Palestinian families. Economists and political scientists, with advanced degrees from prestigious US and British universities (and ‘dual citizenship’) formulate policies furthering the land grabs of neo-fascist settlers. Israel’s best known novelist, Amos Oz condemned the neo-fascist settlers who defecate on the embers of burnt-out mosques.

Billionaire real estate moguls bid up house prices and rents “forcing” many “progressive” Israelies, who occasionally protest, to take the easy road of moving into apartments built on land illegally and violently seized from dispossessed Palestinians. ‘Progressives’ join neo-fascist vigilantes in common colonial settlements. Prestigious urbanologists further the goals of crude ethno-racist political leaders by designing new housing in Occupied Lands. Prominent social scientists trade on their US education to promote Mid-East wars designed by vulgar warlords. Building the Euro American Empire : Riff-Raff of the World Unite!

Empire building is a dirty business. And while the political leaders directing it, feign respectability and are adept at rolling out the moral platitudes and high purposes, the ‘combatants’ they employ are a most unsavory lot of armed thugs, journalistic verbal assassins and highly respected international jurists who prey on victims and exonerate imperial criminals.

In recent years Euro-American warlords have employed “the scum of the slaughterhouse” to destroy political adversaries in Libya, Syria and the Ukraine.

In Libya lacking any semblance of a respectable middle-class democratic proxy, the Euro-American empire builders armed and financed murderous tribal bands, notorious jihadist terrorists, contrabandist groups, arms and drug smugglers. The Euro-Americans counted on a pocketful of educated stooges holed up in London to subdue the thugs, privatize Libya’s oil fields and convert the country into a recruiting ground and launch pad for exporting armed mercenaries for other imperial missions.

The Libyan riff-raff were not satisfied with a paycheck and facile dismissal: they murdered their US paymaster, chased the technocrats back to Europe and set-up rival fiefdoms. Gadhafi was murdered, but so went Libya as a modern viable state. The arranged marriage of Euro-American empire builders, western educated technocrats and the armed riff-raff was never consummated. In the end the entire imperial venture ended up as a petty squabble in the American Congress over who was responsible for the murder of the US Ambassador in Benghazi.

The Euro-American-Saudi proxy war against Syria follows the Libyan script. Thousands of Islamic fundamentalists are financed, armed, trained and transported from bases in Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Libya to violently overthrow the Bashar Assad government in Syria. The world’s most retrograde fundamentalists travel to the Euro-American training bases in Jordan and Turkey and then proceed to invade Syria, seizing towns, executing thousands of alleged ‘regime loyalists’ and planting car bombs in densely populated city centers.

The fundamentalist influx soon overwhelmed the London based liberals and their armed groups.

The jihadist terrorists fragmented into warring groups fighting over the Syrian oil fields. Hundreds were killed and thousands fled to Government controlled regions. Euro-US strategists, having lost their original liberal mercenaries, turned toward one or another fundamentalist groups. No longer in control of the ‘politics’ of the terrorists, Euro-US strategists sought to inflect the maximum destruction on Syrian society. Rejecting a negotiated settlement, the Euro-US strategists turned their backs on the internal political opposition challenging Assad via presidential elections.

In the Ukraine, the Euro-Americans backed a junta of servile neo-liberal technocrats, oligarchical kleptocrats and neo-Nazis, dubbed Svoboda and the Right Sector. The latter were the “shock troops” to overthrow the elected government, massacre the federalist democrats in Odessa and the eastern Ukraine, and back the junta appointed oligarchs serving as “governors”.

The entire western mass media white-washed the savage assaults carried out by the neo-Nazis in propping up the Kiev junta. The powerful presence of the neo-fascists in key ministries, their strategic role as front line fighters attacking eastern cities controlled by pro-democracy militants, establishes them as central actors in converting the Ukraine into a military outpost of NATO. Euro-America Empire Building and the Role of Riff-Raff

Everywhere the Euro-American imperialists choose to expand – they rely on the ‘scum of the earth’: tribal gangs in Libya, fundamentalist terrorists in Syria, neo-Nazis in the Ukraine.

Is it by choice or necessity? Clearly few consequential democrats would lend themselves to the predatory and destructive assaults on existing regimes which Euro-US strategists design. In the course of imperial wars, the local producers, workers, ordinary citizens would “self-destroy”, whatever the outcome. Hence the empire builders look toward ‘marginal groups’, those with no stake in society or economy. Those alienated from any primary or secondary groups. Footloose fundamentalists fit that bill – provided they are paid, armed and allowed to carry their own ideological baggage. Neo-Nazis hostile to democracy have no qualms about serving empire builders who share their ideological hostility to democrats, socialists, federalists and culturally ‘diverse’ societies and states. So they are targeted for recruitment by the empire builders.

The riff-raff consider themselves ‘strategic allies’ of the Euro-American empire builders. The latter, however, have no strategic allies – only strategic interests. Their tactical alliances with the riff-raff endure until they secure control over the state and eliminate their adversaries. Then the imperialist seek to demote, co-opt, marginalize or eliminate their ‘inconvenient’ riff-raff allies. The falling out comes about when the fundamentalists and neo-Nazis seek to restrict capital, especially foreign capital and impose restrictions on imperial control over resources and territory. At first the empire builders seek ‘opportunists’ among the riff-raff, those willing to sacrifice their ‘ideals’ for money and office. Those who refuse are relegated to secondary positions distant from strategic decision-making or to remote outposts. Those who resist are assassinated or jailed. The disposal of the riff-raff serves the empire on two counts. It provides the client regime with a fig leaf of respectability and disarms western critics targeting the extremist component of the junta.

The riff-raff, however, with arms, fighting experience and financing, in the course of struggle, gains confidence in its own power. They do not easily submit to Euro-US strategies. They also have ‘strategic plans’ of their own, in which they seek political power to further their ideological agenda and enrich their followers.

The riff-raff, want to ‘transition’ from shock troops of empire into rulers in their own right. Hence the assaults on the US embassy in Libya, the assassination of Euro-American proxies in Syria, Right Sector riots against the Kiev junta.

Conclusion

A new power bloc is emerging on a global scale. It is already flexing its muscles. It has come to power in India, Turkey, Ukraine and Israel. It brings together big business, technocrats and ethno-religious fascists. They promote unrestrained capitalist expansion in association with Euro-American imperialism.

Scientists, economists, and IT specialists design the programs and plans to realize the profits of local and foreign capitalists. The ethno-fascists mobilize the ‘masses’ to attack minorities and class organizations threatening high rates of returns.

The Euro-Americans contribute to this ‘new power bloc’ by promoting their own ‘troika’ made up of ‘neo-liberal clients’, fundamentalists and neo-Nazis to overthrow nationalist adversaries. The advance of imperialism and capitalism in the 21st century is based on the harnessing of the most advanced technology and up-to-date media outlets with the most retrograde political and social leaders and ideologies.

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About James Petras

He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.

His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).

He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Ε.ΠΑ.Μ. – ΕΥΡΩΕΚΛΟΓΕΣ 2014

Για να πετύχουμε τον στόχο των αγώνων των προγόνων μας το 1821, των παπούδων μας και των πατεράδων μας το 1940 – 1944, και των αδελφών μας το 1973, και για να μην μας ξαναβάλουν οι μεγάλες δυνάμεις με τους ντόπιους συνεργάτες τους στο δράμα ενούς νέου εμφυλιου πολέμου η κάτω από μια νέα φασιστική χούντα. Το ΕΠΑΜ είναι το μόνο κινημα στην Ελλάδα που είναι δημοκρατικό και πατριωτικό, και που θέλει να έχει ο ίδιος ο λαός την διακυβέρνηση της χώρας στα χέρια του και όχι να τον αντιπροσωπεύουν κλέφτες, προδότες και δοσίλογοι. Το ΕΠΑΜ είναι το μόνο κινημα στην Ελλάδα που δείνει τα κατάληλα και απαραίτητα αντίδοτα για τα πνευματικά, πολιτιστικά, συναισθηματικά, ψυχολογικά και διανοητικά δηλητήρια που μας πότιζαν για πάρα πολλά χρόνια. Ελα μαζί μας λοιπόν να σώσουμε την Ελλάδα και να απελευθερώσουμε τον λαό μας!

Συμπατριώτη αδελφέ μου, ήρθε η ώρα να δείξεις τη ποιότητα σου!

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Η εκδήλωση για την παρουσίαση των 42 υποψηφίων ευρωβουλευτών του ΕΠΑΜ τα είχε όλα… Κόσμο, παλμό και πολιτικά συνθήματα. Πρώτα απ’ όλα, όμως, έστελνε μήνυμα σε Ελλάδα και Ευρώπη.

“Τραγουδώντας και πολεμώντας, έλεγαν οι παλιοί, ότι πάνε στον πόλεμο”, ανέφερε ο Δημήτρης Καζάκης, σημειώνοντας πως “ο αγώνας είναι δύσκολος. Έχουμε μεγάλες απώλειες από το βάρος της καθημερινότητας, της ζωής, αλλά δεν το βάζουμε κάτω. Ο αγώνας είναι πολύ μεγάλος, όταν οι κυβερνώντες θέλουν να σε κάνουν δούλο”.

Η ομιλία και η συζήτηση με το κοινό του γ.γ. του ΕΠΑΜ Δημήτρη Καζάκη στην Θεσσαλονίκη (14 Μαΐου 2014, πλ. Ναυαρίνου), στην κεντρική προεκλογική συγκέντρωση του ΕΠΑΜ Θεσσαλονίκης για τις ευρωεκλογές.
Στην έναρξη της εκδήλωσης απηύθυναν χαιρετισμό οι υποψήφιοι ευρωβουλευτές του ΕΠΑΜ Αλεξάνδρα Γεροντάκη, Αντώνης Παπαντωνίου, Ζωγραφιά Δόγου και Δημήτρης Κυπριώτης.
πηγη βιντεο : ΕΠΑΜ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗΣ

Συζήτηση στο στούντιο της ΔΕΛΤΑ τηλεόρασης (Αλεξανδρούπολη) όπου φιλοξένησε το γ.γ. και υποψήφιο ευρωβουλευτή του Ε.ΠΑ.Μ. Δημήτρη Καζάκη στις 17 Μαΐου 2014.
Πηγή βίντεο: http://www.deltatv.gr/

Ε.Πα.Μ Επίσημη παρουσίαση των υποψηφίων ευρωβουλευτών Κρήτης με κεντρικό ομιλητή τον Γ.Γ Δημητρη Καζάκη

Oμιλία του γ.γ. του Ε.ΠΑ.Μ. και υποψήφιου ευρωβουλευτή Δημήτρη Καζάκη στο Εργατικό Κέντρο Χανίων στις 13/5/14 και παρουσίαση όλων των υποψήφιων ευρωβουλευτών του Ε.ΠΑ.Μ. της Κρήτης.
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Κεντρική προεκλογική εκδήλωση του ΕΠΑΜ Αιγίου, την Κυριακή 11 Μαΐου 2014. Συμμετείχαν οι υποψήφιοι ευρωβουλευτές Λεωνίδας Χρυσανθόπουλος, Αλεξάνδρα Λαδικού, Αντώνης Παπαντωνίου, Γιάννης Σιδέρης, Γιάννα Σιόβα και Γιάννης Αλεξανδρόπουλος.

Απόσπασμα από την κεντρική ομιλία των υποψηφίων ευρωβουλευτών του Ε.ΠΑ.Μ. στο εργατικό κέντρο Κορίνθου την Τετάρτη 7 Μαΐου 2014.

Εκδήλωση του ΕΠΑΜ στην πλ. Φλέμινγκ της Ηλιούπολης, ενόψει ευρωεκλόγων, στις 8 Μαΐου 2014
Ομιλητές :
Δημήτρης Καζάκης, γ.γ. ΕΠΑΜ και υποψήφιος ευρωβουλευτής
Γρηγόρης Πιερρουτσάκος, υποψήφιος ευρωβουλευτής
Καλλιρρόη Δραμιτίνου, υποψήφια ευρωβουλευτής
Δημήτρης Κυπριώτης, υποψήφιος ευρωβουλευτής
Γιάννης Αθανασιάδης
πηγη : ΕΠΑΜ Γλυφαδας-Ελληνικου

Παρουσίαση όλων των υποψήφιων ευρωβουλευτών του ΕΠΑΜ και επίσης όλα τα σχετικά βιντεάκια (210 βίντεο)

Δείτε αυτές τις δυο καταπληκτικές ταινίες ντοκιμαντέρ για το πως φτάσαμε ως εδώ και πως απελευθερωνόμαστε επιτέλους

“ΟΥΣΤ ΚΑΘΑΡΜΑΤΑ” και “ΟΥΣΤ – Η Κραυγή της Ελλάδας”

“Ως Έλληνας, δημοκράτης που σέβεται και τιμά τους αγώνες και τις θυσίες της οικογένειάς του και του λαού του, βλέπω αυτές τις δύο ταινίες σαν δύο απαραίτητα αντίδοτα για τα πνευματικά, πολιτιστικά, συναισθηματικά, ψυχολογικά και διανοητικά δηλητήρια που μας πότιζαν για πάρα πολλά χρόνια. Αυτές τις δύο ταινίες θα πρέπει να τις δουν σε κάθε ελληνικό σπίτι γιατί δεν ειναι μόνο πληροφόρηση, ενημέρωση και γνώση αλλά ειναι έμπνευση και κίνητρο για να σηκώσει ο Έλληνας επιτέλους το κεφάλι του και να απελευθερώσούμε την πατρίδα μας τόσο από της εγχώριες όσο και της ξένες ύαινες,.. μια για πάντα!”

Κοσμάς Λουμάκης

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Van Rompuy: If The Public Doesn’t Want EU Expansion, ‘We Do It Anyway’

In a crass and ill-timed intervention, the unelected president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy has warned Vladimir Putin that the EU intends ultimately to control every country on the western flank of Russia.

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by M.E. Synon 1 May 2014

In an interview with De Standaard newspaper, Van Rompuy speaks about his “dreams” that all the Balkan states will join the EU. He calls it an “inspiring thought” that in the long term “the whole of European territory outside Russia” will be tied in some way to the EU.

He admits he does not know if there is public support for such a move, “But we do it anyway.”

Van Rompuy’s comments, released in the midst of the tensions which have followed moves by Brussels to put Ukraine on the path to EU membership, give credence to Putin’s fears that ultimately the EU intends to put its tanks on Russia’s lawn.

Building a common EU defence is one of the strategic priorities for the Brussels elite who are trying to build “a country called Europe.”

Most people in Britain are unaware of it, but a commitment by Britain and the other member states to common foreign, security and defence policies was written into the Maastricht Treaty of 1992.

In recent years the EU has deepened the integration of the military forces of member states with the framing of the Common Security and Defence Policy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are the leading voices for a common defence force for the EU.

In 2008, a report by a respected Dutch think tank warned that the EU is pursuing a secretive “military space policy.” It accused the EU of using the cover of the European Space Agency to develop technologies such as the Galileo satellite system for use by military as well as civilian. authorities

Last July, Martin Schulz, the German socialist President of the European Parliament who is now one of the top candidates to be the next president of the European Commission, said: “We need a headquarters for civil and military missions in Brussels and deployable troops.”

At the same time the European Commission proposed that it should “own and operate” its own surveillance drones.

Last December at a European Council meeting, member states agreed to “deepen defence cooperation.” At a press conference afterwards, David Cameron insisted Britain would block EU institutions from owning and operating their own military assets.

However, the fact is there is nothing Britain can do to stop a group of EU member states from creating their own “intergovernmental” defence force and asking the EU to administer it.

Now in this latest interview, Van Rompuy has said Brussels intends in effect to create an EU national border from the Arctic Circle to the Turkish border with Iraq.

This could threaten Russia’s historic, trade and political ties with Eastern Europe, so it is unlikely Russians will believe Van Rompuy when he insists the EU does not intend to create a “geopolitical shift.”

As long ago as 2007, José Manuel Barroso, the Portuguese former Maoist who is the president of the European Commission, said he liked to compare the EU “to the organisation of an empire.” He said “We have the dimension of an empire. I believe it is a great construction.”

Van Rompuy’s interview makes it clear that the EU elite intend for the empire to go right to the edge of the Russian Motherland.

In reply to Van Rompuy’s interview, a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “Europe’s diversity means a one-size-fits-all Europe will not work. You cannot impose a federal, close-knit union on such a varied group of states. There is not the political will to do so.”

“Only 31 per cent of the people across the European Union have a positive view of the EU. Two-thirds believe their voice does not count in the EU. This is not the voice of people who think a ‘United States of Europe’ is the answer to their problems. You have to treat Europe like a network not like a bloc.”

UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall said Van Rompuy’s words “demonstrate the frightening expansionist mentality of federalist fanatics.” He said Van Rompuy “does show a rare glimpse of honesty when he admits that the EU’s desire to expand comes without any public approval.”

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Multiple Ways Kleptocrats and Militarists Fleece Americans

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Introduction: American living standards are plunging and it’s not simply because they are paid less, work longer (or shorter hours) under highly stressful workplace conditions and pay a higher percentage of their income for health and pension coverage.

The ‘workplace’ is only one of several locations where American working people are experiencing a sharp decline in living standards. The new oligarchical Kleptocrats and political elites have elaborated new ways to fleece Americans. These include:

(1) Increased costs and declining quality of internet, cable and other communication systems.

(2) Intensive pervasive and perpetual surveillance by punitive espionage agencies eroding personal freedoms and violating the confidentiality of personal, political and business decisions affecting everyday life.

(3) Large scale, repeated financial swindles by the most active and influential private and publicly trading investment companies resulting in the loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in pensions and savings for tens of millions of middle and working class investors.

(4) Increases in taxes and charges, including sales taxes, social security deductions, medical co-payments and reductions in social services … This is a result of the government’s commitment to finance US corporate investments and bail-outs. Big business hoards their cash holdings abroad to avoid taxes on overseas profits. To pay dividends they borrow. The growth of corporate debt, concentrated in a few large corporations, holds the US taxpayer liable for any present or future collapse of the financial markets. This corporate-induced ‘hoarding of capital’ compromises present and future living standards. It plays a major role in the deterioration of employment, wages, social services and public infrastructure.

(5) The astronomical growth of state spending on wars of conquest, financial giveaways propping up right-wing dictatorships and building a vast network of global military bases, proxy wars and other empire building measures reduce living standards of Americans. By militarizing everyday life, citizens are subject to mindless repetitive propaganda designed to lower their mental capacity. State terror-mongering propagandists in the mass media distract citizens from their declining living standards. Political elites bully citizens to continue ‘sacrificing’ basic living standards. Video games reproduce the worlds of war and terror, reflecting the real world policies of the ruling class.

Video games allow Americans who know they no longer have influence on political decisions and whose living standards are in decline, to vicariously exercise power and realize favorable outcomes on their mobiles. Purchasing mobiles, video games and other gadgets enrich billionaires’— so-called “high tech” capitalists – and convert citizens into impoverished consumers. They inhabit a bubble of illusions and passivity in the face of growing economic inequalities and political-cultural impoverishment.

The Political Bases of Declining Living Standards

The case of Comcast, the communication monopoly’s seizure of internet, is illustrative of how politics and plunder converge. Comcast TWC, the largest communications company, presently will control 40% of the US broadband and one-third of the US cable television market. By controlling the internet, Comcast will monopolize the principal means of communication of most Americans. The Federal Communications Commissions (FCC), which is supposed to regulate the industry and prevent price gouging monopolies, is “dominated by senior former industry officials” (Financial Times, (FT) 4/14/, pg. 9). Almost every elected national politician from Obama down has received substantial campaign funds from Comcast. During Senate hearings on Comcast’s bid to monopolize the internet through the take-over of Time Warner Cable, Comcast CEO David Cohen smirked and brushed off the Senators puff-questions. FCC complicity, Senatorial whitewashing of the private monopoly, is only part of the story. The internet was developed largely by public funds as was Google’s search engine: the public sector took the risk and the private monopolists , in this case Comcast, harvest the profits.

Comcast charges Americans several times greater then what it costs to use the internet in Sweden, South Korea, Singapore and elsewhere. Yet, US average internet speed is as little as a tenth as fast as that in Japan. In other words the hundreds of millions of US citizens who rely on the internet spend more money for less internet quality in their work day and everyday life. Their work life is intensified, their free time is reduced and their living standards are diminished. With greater concentration of ownership, come greater inequalities in power and income, and a greater disparity of living standards. All of which is obscured by the main beneficiaries – the communication barons and their political cronies.

Declining Living Standards in the Era of the Police State

‘Living’ in the deepest and most intimate sense of the term, means the ability to share ideas, feelings and experiences with individuals, families, friends and citizens without the intrusive and pervasive presence of a punitive state apparatus. When a state spy apparatus intercepts, collects, files, analyzes and makes a police evaluation of citizen’s communications, scientists refer to it as a police-state. The gigantic growth of a police state and its permeation of civil society has dramatically changed for the worse the fundamental bases of inter-personal life and communications. Police state rule, has sharply deteriorated cultural, social, political and economic living conditions. The ‘standards’ for living have been harshly reduced. The ‘legal’, but arbitrary, executive prerogatives of the state have been enhanced. The parameters of the basic rights of citizens have shrunk. As police state expenditures grow and the subjects of surveillance increase, so do budgets and taxes.

Kleptocracy: The Highest Stage of Capitalism

Marx and Marxists for the greater part of the 20th century, focused on capital’s exploitation of labor and the resources of overseas colonies and neo-colonies. In the 21st century a new more dynamic and totally parasitic form of economy has emerged based in the dominant financial sector. Kleptocrats engaged in large-scale, perpetual financial swindles and the pillage of the public treasury greatly impoverish small investors, and the pension funds of employees and workers.

For the better part of two decades, major financial institutions have been engaged in systematic large scale swindles, involving the sale of fraudulent financial packets (dubbed ironically “securities”), profiteering based on insider trading and other illicit activity which is prejudicial to productive activity, investors, tax payers, salary, and wage workers.

Every major investment banks in the US and Europe has been repeatedly investigated, fined and rarely prosecuted. They pay a relatively light fine and return to criminal activity. Looking only at the mega-swindles, involving hundreds of billions of dollars, we would include Enron, the Information Tech “bubble” of the 1990’s to 2000, the Home Mortgage fraud, the Barron, Lehman and Bear Sterns scam. In the run-up to the 2008-9 financial crash , Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Bank of America were part of the “pump and dump” of low grade home mortgage bonds and equities. The swindlers are recidivists and are so because of the complicity of top Government officials at every moment. State officials design the rules promoting Kleptocracy (deregulation), suspend safeguards, provide tax incentives, and eliminate risk via trillion dollar bailouts of the biggest investment kleptocrats when the swindlers cannibalize their assets and run out of new victims to swindle.

Under kleptocratic capitalism the apex of the system is occupied by the top fifty investment banks, hedge funds and speculators who ‘make markets’. They determine what ‘stocks or investment objects are targeted, to be pumped or dumped, at what rate and for what period of time. The entire activity of the kleptocratic elite has nothing to do with financing the ‘real economy’. Kleptocrats creates paper ‘values’ – paper assets at paper prices, for real victims and huge profits. The kleptocratic system operates like a chain. Kleptocratic speculators extract the savings and investments of a second tier of financial houses. They draw on real resources: savings, trust and pension funds. The second tier speculators are the ‘bag men’ for the dominant kleptocrats and they receive a minor share of the booty in exchange for conning the savings of producers. They write the prospectus to entice investment funds; they formulate the promise of lucrative returns. They send progress reports to clients in exchange for ‘commissions. They also ‘take the rap”, when the crises hits and bankruptcies, foreclosures and scams unfold.

The pension funds, the individual trusts and savings of workers and employees, resulting from decades of creating value in the real economy, forms the base of the pyramid. They have no influence on the political officials who promote, protect and bailout the kleptocrats. Under the kleptocratic elite ideology of “too big to fail”, the state eliminates all the risk for the klepto’s and imposes the losses on the second tier, who pass the losses on to the wage and salaried workers as taxpayers, via trillion dollar transfers from Treasury. Investors suffer via the loss of equity; workers via the loss of jobs, homes, income and social services. Given the vast chasm between the perpetual fraudulent transactions in the mega paper economy and the daily work routines at the bottom, there is great uncertainty, volatility, and insecurity in the work-life of the wage and salaried classes. The uncertainty and capriciousness of the ‘normal’ capitalist economic cycle, is vastly exacerbated by the turbulence caused by the mega-swindles, endless frauds and crooked trades, endemic to the kleptocratic stage of capital.

Kleptocrats and Militarists Together: They Shall Overcome

Just as kleptocrats rule the paper economy, political confidence men and women engage in imperial wars prejudicing the real economy. Imperial militarists extract wealth from the Treasury (the taxpayer) via perpetual political swindles. Imperial invasions and interventions of sovereign countries are ‘sold’ to the taxpayers as “wars on terror”; non-nuclear Iran is sold as a nuclear threat; the violent overthrow of the democratically elected Ukraine government by a pro Washington junta is sold as a “democratic transition”. Just as the kleptocracy’s “driving force” is repeated, large scale swindles, so the governing militarist elite’s “driving force” is the perpetual need to engage in warfare.

The ‘bridge’ between the kleptocrats and the militarists is the respectable financial press (Financial Times (FT), the Wall Street Journal(WSJ). They publicize and praise high level paper transactions (buy outs and mergers) and encourage imperial warfare everywhere and all the time. They editorialize in favor of wars which destroys lucrative trade and investment markets in the real economy because they are aligned with the kleptocrats linked to the paper economy. The Financial Times should change its name to the Military Times. The editors and columnists have supported wars destroying the Libyan, Iraq, Syrian and Ukrainian economies and back sanctions prejudicing trade with Iran. The financial press no longer promotes market relations of the real economy; it is embedded in the paper economy of the kleptos.

Kleptocratic activities have become ‘routinized’ and based on advanced technology and have created highly respected billionaires. Even as I write today (4/14/14) the FT reports that ‘insiders at some of the hottest private and publically traded web companies sold big personal stakes before the slump in stock companies’ (my emphasis) taking advantage of a bubble of their own creation (“pump”) to reap billions at the expense of small investors. Tell it to Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, and Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, who sold at the pre-slump peak, prior to the tech bubble bursting

Domestic Corporate Debt and Overseas Corporate Tax Havens

According to Standards and Poor (S and P), the rating agency, “the biggest US companies have added significantly to their debts during the past three years, at the same time as corporate cash piles have increased” (FT 4/14/14). The total cash holding of the 1,100 companies rated by S and P rose by $204 billion to 1.23 trillion between 2010-13. However, during the same time span their gross debts grew fivefold, rising from $748 billion to $4 trillion. Their net debt (gross debt minus cash holdings) rose 24 percent to $2.78 trillion. By holding cash overseas, US corporations avoid domestic taxes – increasing fiscal pressures, the tax burden on domestic producers and workers, heightening the regressive nature of the tax system Secondly, by loading up on domestic debt, the corporate elite crowds out local borrowers. Piling up debt increases corporate vulnerability to bankruptcy if and when interest rates rise. The corporate elite evading taxes via overseas cash piles include Apple, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Chevron, and Merck among others. All told the top 25 multi nationals account for 43 percent of the total debt (FT 4/14/14).

Hoarding profits overseas avoids taxes. High domestic indebtedness results from the need to pay dividends and inflate returns to big shareholders. In other words, corporate elites escape taxes and increase economic insecurity for domestic job holders, both of which contribute to a decline in the material and psychological dimensions of ‘living standards’.

Kleptocracy and Militarism: Declining Living Standards

The rise of a powerful kleptocratic economic elite which ‘interpenetrates’ and shares power with a militarist political elite have joined forces to pillage the productive economy and the US Treasury. Their powerful links are the main reason for heightening class inequalities, political and social insecurities. They have driven American society into a permanent state of crises and wars. Over the past quarter century, Americans have lived through two major economic crashes, prolonged periods of stagnation and declining income, three major wars and a multitude of overt and covert military operations – all of which have eroded living standards.

Military propaganda saturates the mass media and permeates all mass spectacles. Stock reports, dominate the economic news. Investment speculators and swindlers are presented as cultural heroes. The gap between elite opinion and interests and those of the majority of citizens widens.

This leads politicians to greater dependence on billionaire campaign funders. The electoral process is unabashedly and totally controlled by the economic oligarchy. The vast majority of Americans recognizes and publically admit their total lack of political influence on all public issues of interest including those privileging the kleptocrats and the warlords.

The deeply felt and pervasive malaise resulting from social impotence in vital spheres of life is the clearest expression of the decline of political living standards. The shrinking of public involvement, the narrow focus of isolated individuals manipulating computerized gadgets , the replacement of face to face public engagement by impersonal electronic communications, are an expression of the decline of social living standards. The rise of ethno-religious chauvinism among klepto-elites is matched by the political warlords’ reliance on systematic deception and espionage of American citizens. Warlords and kleptocrats are enclosed in privileged living enclaves, including the private appropriation of former public spaces, but their intrusion into private communications define the diminished world of everyday life for the most Americans. Life expectancy may have increased but human life has decreased, drastically, over the past quarter of a century.

Conclusion

Blood and gore does not drip off the Saville suited clever inside trader. They never see or hear their victims, nor do they have an interest in them, except to fleece them collectively and anonymously.

America is ruled by a division of labor. The financial speculators, corporate tax evaders, investment bankers – the kleptocratic ruling class– pillage the treasury and productive economy. Their political counterparts manipulate, distract and police their exploited victims – to ensure that they submit or are intimidated if they protest.

When they political elites come up short, there are the new “opiums of the people’ videos, painkillers, terror threats, entertainment and sports spectacles.

But citizens are restless– as living standards continue to decline. Nobody believes in bailing out speculators because they are ‘too big to fail”. Nobody trusts the political leaders who lied their way to twelve year wars, adding others along the way. No one follows media pundit extremists in defense of kleptocrats and warlords. Passive resistance is widespread because it is clear to most Americans that living standards are in a free fall. Time awaits a popular backlash. Will it happen in our lifetime?

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About James Petras

He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.

His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).

He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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A WARNING TO UKRAINE – Greece Confronts EU-Imposed Humanitarian Catastrophe

by Dean Andromidas

Why would anyone want to join the European Union? The only sane reason to join an association of nations would be to enjoy expanded economic benefits and democratic rights. Well, the EU offers neither. It is not only its moribund economy, with high unemployment, collapsing living standards, etc., but it is now implementing a policy of mass murder. The most obvious case is Greece, where the EU has turned a debt crisis into a humanitarian catastrophe. In 2010, Greece had a debt to gross domestic product ratio of 125%. The EU bureaucrats declared this to be unsustainable, and Greece was forced into a bailout. At the end of the third quarter 2013, that ratio had risen to 183%. The government’s gross debt stands at EU339.6 billion. At least EU270 billion is now held by foreigners. Between the first quarter of 2008, and the third quarter of 2013, it has paid EU67 billion in interest alone.

The over EU200 billion bailout has exclusively gone to pay off creditors, and in the process, created ever-expanding new debt. Despite the widely held belief that German taxpayers will foot the bill for the bailout, the fact is that the individual countries of the euro group issue a guarantee for the bonds that are floated by the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the bailout fund. The bonds are bought by banks and other institutions, and the Greek government pays off the bonds. Only if there is a default will the non-Greek taxpayers lose. For the banks, such as Deutsche Bank, the bonds are all but free, since once purchased, the bank goes to the European Central Bank (ECB) and receives new liquidity. This arrangement if great for the banks, but lethal for the people of Greece. Since signing the bailout agreement and implementing its memoranda, Greece has been put under the tutelage of the infamous Troika of experts, or more precisely debt collectors, from the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. Their policy has destroyed the economy, and is killing off the population by creating a humanitarian catastrophe. Some of the evidence:

• Official Greek unemployment has increased from an average of around 10% to 28%, but in reality, it is closer to 50%. Youth unemployment is an impossible 65%. Of the officially registered unemployed, only 16% are receiving any unemployment benefits. Nominal and real wages have been reduced respectively by 23% and 27.8%.

• One-third of the population lives below the poverty line. While no hard figures exist, the number of Greeks who have left the country seeking work is between 500,000 and 1 million. These are not the poor peasants of the 1950s and 1960s, but highly educated young people—doctors, engineers, academics, and scientists— the future of the country.

• The balance of trade has improved only because of a collapse of imports, while exports increased only marginally. In fact, there has been no real increase in exports since the nominal increase, given in euros, represents the petroleum products from the country’s refineries. There was no increase in the volume of petroleum exports, but only an increase in price. In point of fact, exports to the EU continue to decline. In the 1990s, 61% of Greek exports went to the EU; in 2012, the figure was 29.8%. The entire economy has shrunk by more than 25%, the official figure.

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The Troika-run Greek Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis is denying lifesaving medical care to cancer sufferers, and others. Here Georgiadis (left) is confronted by an angry Greek audience in London, March 16, 2014.

• There is virtually no liquidity in the country. Despite that fact that banks get liquidity from the ECB for virtually nothing, retail interest rates are a usurious 8.3%, the highest since Greece joined the Eurozone.

• Greek banks are loaded with non-performing debts, while companies, including those in the tourist industry are being starved of credit.

The EU Flu Massacre of 2014

Mass murder is occurring in Greece as you reads these words. It is being done very efficiently by taking down the health system, on orders of the Troika. Use of the term “mass murder” is not rhetorical, as the following examples show. Look at the death toll during this year’s flu season. As of this writing, at least 110 people have died of influenza just in the last several weeks. This is not only the highest rate in Europe, but the second-highest absolute number. The Athens Medical Association (ISA) revealed on March 26 that by contrast, 155 people had died of flu in Spain, whose population is 46 million, four times that of Greece’s 11 million. In France, which has a population six times larger, 52 people died from the virus; while in Romania, which has twice as many citizens as Greece, and is officially the poorest country in the EU, just four people succumbed to the flu. There were also only four deaths in Sweden, which has a comparable population to Greece. Britain reported no deaths from the virus.

untitledccccMedical workers from social clinics and the main state hospital in Athens protest against cuts to health care, Jan. 31, 2014. Eight thousand doctors have been cut from the public health system.

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Under “normal” conditions, Greece would have had perhaps 25 flu deaths. The balance of 85 deaths must be viewed as
murder, since it is admitted by the government that it did not purchase enough flu vaccine, and did not conduct an annual fluvaccination campaign for the most vulnerable, a fact that the ISA rightfully termed “criminal.” In a statement, the Medical Association charged that the cause of the flu deaths was the lack of vaccinations, and noted that pharmacists had reported a shortage of flu jabs and doses supplied to health centers of the state insurance fund, EOPYY. “It is tragic and criminal that people are dying for a vaccine that costs EU6 each,” the statement said.

EU Promotes Fascists

It is not surprising that the Greek Health Minister, Adonis Georgiadis, is a well-known ideological fascist who was recruited into the ruling New Democracy Party from the right-wing Laos party. He is a publisher and book dealer. Among his favorite authors, whose books he sells, is Konstaninos Plevris, the number-one fascist ideologue in Greece. His son, Thanos Plevris, is also in the ruling party, and serves as legal advisor to the Health Minister. Georgiadis, under orders of his Troika masters, is implementing a policy that kills. The British medical journal, Lancet has published a study in which it reports that the Greek government and the Troika are in a state of “denial” over the catastrophic consequences of their policy. It’s worse than “denial”—it is intentional: Georgiadis, asked by the Washington Post about the fact that the massive cuts in health care left an alarming number of cancer sufferers with having to pay for their own medications and even surgeries which they cannot afford, replied that, while there is a special fund (only EU17 million!) for emergency aid for those without insurance, “Illnesses like cancer are not considered urgent, unless you are in the final stages.” While the exact number of deaths from cancer is not available, it is widely known that hundreds, if not thousands, of cancer patients have no access to medical insurance. And, it is not just cancers; the same conditions apply to those suffering from most serious diseases, while the severely handicapped have seen their benefits cut dramatically.

Unprecedented death rates have been accomplished, according to Lancet, through savage cuts in funding of health care. The report showed how uninsured cancer patients are left to pay for their own lifesaving treatment as a result of losing their social security coverage due to long-term unemployment. It reports that the health-care budget has been cut by 25% since 2009, and the number of uninsured has increased from 500,000 in 2008, to at least 2.3 million today. Greece now spends less on health care than any of the pre-2004 EU members. For example, the public hospital budget was cut by 26% between 2009 and 2011; in the last two years it has been cut even more. The budget for medicines was slashed from EU4.7 billion in 2010, to EU2.88 billion in 2012, and then to EU2 billion for 2014. Doctors at the country’s hospitals have not been paid for six months, prompting strikes throughout the hospital system. Mental-health care has been savagely cut. Funding for the sector was cut 20% between 2010 and 2011, and by a further 55% between 2011 and 2012. Cases of depression have risen by 250%; suicides, by 45% between 2007 and 2011. Cuts in mosquito spraying have led to the resurgence of malaria, which was virtually wiped out 40 years ago. Thousands of pregnant women no longer have access to health care. The result is infanticide by decree of the Troika: Poor nutrition and lack of medical checkups have contributed to infant deaths, which had previously births, according to figures from the Greek National School of Public Health.

Under the guidelines established by the Troika, Georgiadis has shut down major sections of the national health-insurance program. Under the previous program, general practitioners worked for the national health insurance company, while maintaining their private practice. This gave the patient the choice of keeping the same primary doctor, which is the only way a competent general health system works. This system was closed down, essentially overnight, and all 8,000 doctors dismissed. The new system involves general clinics where doctors are hired on contract for as little as one month. Its implementation has been so slow that most of the country is left without access to general health care. Not surprisingly, Georgiadis has become a hated figure in Greece, and enters public places with caution. His reputation followed him recently to a public event in which he was the keynote speaker at Imperial College in London, where Greek students and academic staff had made it clear before the Minister’s appearance that they opposed his invitation to speak there. “The Minister has repeatedly bullied doctors and medical staff on national television, putting the blame on them for the existing problems, while advertising the need for budget cuts,” they said in a statement. They added, “The rise of Mr. Georgiadis in Greek politics is a symptom of the authoritarian, far-right turn of the Greek government.”

The EU’s Lawlessness

While the European Union ideologues never stop criticizing countries for not failing to adhere to the “rule of law,” the reality is that the EU itself is the biggest violator of the law, even its own treaties. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Member of the European Parliament representing the Free Democratic Party of Germany, but of Greek descent, charged that the cuts in the Greek health-care system have set the country back decades. Speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 5, Chatzimarkakis charged that what the EU allows the Troika to do in Greece goes against fundamental human rights. Slamming German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Chatzimarkakis said, “There are a lot of legal studies that tell us that the legal security of human rights, basic civil rights, are not given anymore. Mrs Merkel and Mr Barroso present to us another Greece, and not the real Greece.” The United People’s Front (EPAM), a new Greek political party calling for Greece to drop the euro and return to the drachma, detailed in its election program for the European Parliamentary elections how the Troika’s policies violate EU treaties. Am ong a long list of violations they include the following:

• Treaty on European Union: Article 2 on human dignity, freedom, democracy and human rights; Article 3 on peace and well-being; Articles 145-150 on employment and 151-166 on social policy.

• The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU: Article 1 on human dignity; Article 14 on the right to education; Article 17 on the right to property (people have had their property confiscated because they were unable to pay the dramatically higher taxes, especially the property tax); Article 26 on the rights of the elderly; Article 28 on the integrity of persons with disabilities; Article 34 on the right to social security and social assistance.

And of course, Article 35 on the right to health care. In addition to EPAM, the other opposition parties—Syriza, Independent Greeks, Drachma 5, and Plan B— are demanding the suspension of the Troika’s Memorandum, cancellation of the majority of the debt, a Glass-Steagall banking reform, and other emergency measures to deal with the humanitarian catastrophe. In addition, EPAM, Drachma 5, and Plan B are calling for returning to the drachma.

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Future Suspended – Το Μέλλον Ανεστάλη

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How does a global financial crisis permeate the spaces of the everyday in a city? Our final 35′ documentary film traces the multiple transformations of crisis-ridden Athenian public space and those who traverse it.

Future Suspended is divided in three sections. “Privatised” explores the legacy of mass privatisation projects that preceded the 2004 Olympics, placing them in the context of present day privatisation schemes. “Devalued” gazes at the ever-shrinking spaces of migrants in the city and the devaluation of their lives that comes as a result. “Militarised” shows how, in face of the crisis, this devaluation turns into a generalised condition.

Through its cinematic traversal of today’s Athens, “Future Suspended” traces the rise of the authoritarian-financial complex and how this shrinks public space in the city, fuelling social despair and anger in return.

Future Suspended is part of the research project at crisis-scape.net. The research team consists of Christos Filippidis, Antonis Vradis, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Ross Domoney and Jaya Klara Brekke. All music for Future Suspended was composed by Giorgos Triantafyllou.

This film is released under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

Details here: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.­­0/deed.en_GB

στα ελληνικα

Πώς διεισδύει η παγκόσμια οικονομική κρίση στους καθημερινούς χώρους της πόλης; Το τελικό μας ντοκυμαντέρ, διάρκειας 35 λεπτών, ιχνηλατεί τις πολλαπλές μεταμορφώσεις του Αθηναϊκού δημόσιου χώρου σήμερα.

Το ντοκυμαντέρ χωρίζεται σε τρία μέρη: το πρώτο μέρος, με τίτλο “Ιδιωτικοποίηση”, διερευνά τις συνδέσεις ανάμεσα στην ανάπτυξη που χαρακτήρισε την περίοδο της Ολυμπιάδας του 2004 και τα σύγχρονα προγράμματα ιδιωτικοποίησης που λαμβάνουν χώρα μέσα στο πλαίσιο της οικονομικής κρίσης. Το δεύτερο μέρος, με τίτλο “Υποτίμηση”, εξετάζει τους τρόπους με τους οποίους συρρικνώνονται, σήμερα, οι αστικοί χώροι για τους/τις μετανάστες/ριες, και την επακόλουθη υποτίμηση της ζωής τους. Το τελευταίο μέρος, με τίτλο “Στρατιωτικοποίηση”, καταδεικνύει πώς με αφετηρία την κρίση, η υποτίμηση μετατρέπεται σε μια γενικευμένη συνθήκη—πώς η άνοδος του οικονομικο-αυταρχικού συμπλέγματος συρρικνώνει το δημόσιο χώρο στην πόλη, τροφοδοτώντας ως αποτέλεσμα την κοινωνική απόγνωση και οργή.

Μέσω κινηματογραφική διάσχιση της σημερινής Αθήνας, “Το Μέλλον Ανεστάλη” παρακολουθεί την άνοδο του αυταρχικού-οικονομικό συγκρότηματος και πώς μεσο αυτό συρρικνώνεται ο δημόσιος χώρος στην πόλη, τροφοδοτώντας την κοινωνική απελπισία και θυμό σε αντάλλαγμα.

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Defeating Fascism before it’s too Late

03.23.2014 :: Latin America

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Introduction: Captain Jose Guillen Araque, of the Venezuelan National Guard, recently gave President Maduro a book on the rise of Nazism, warning that “fascism has to be defeated before it’s too late”! In retaliation for his prophetic warning, the patriotic young captain was shot by a US-backed assassin on the streets of Marcay in the state of Aragua on March 16, 2014.

This raised the number of Venezuelan soldiers and police killed since the fascist uprising to 6. The total killed is 33. The killing of a prominent, patriotic officer on a major street in a provincial capital is one more indication that the Venezuelan fascists are on the move, confident of their support from Washington and from a broad swath of the Venezuelan upper and middle class. They constitute a minority of the electorate and they have no illusions about taking power via constitutional and democratic means.

Captain Guillen Araque had stepped forward to remind President Maduro that the road to power for Nazi and fascist totalitarian groups has been littered with the corpses of well-meaning democrats and social democrats throughout contemporary history because of their failure to use their constitutional powers to crush the enemies of democracy.

The History of the rise of Fascism under Democracies

The term “fascist” in Venezuela is appropriately applied to the organized violent political groups currently engaged in mass terror in a campaign to destabilize and overthrow the democratically-elected Bolivarian government. Academic purist might argue that the Venezuelan fascists lack the racist and nationalist ideology of their German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese predecessors. While true, it is also irrelevant. The Venezuelan brand of fascism is highly dependent on, and acts as a proxy for, US imperialism and their Colombian warlord allies. In one sense however, Venezuelan fascism’s racism is directed against its multiracial African-Amerindian Venezuelan working and peasant classes – as demonstrated by their vitriolic racism against the deceased President Hugo Chavez. The essential connection with earlier fascist movements is found in its (1) profound class hostility to the popular majority; (2) its visceral hatred of the Chavista Socialist Party, winner of 18 of the last 19 elections; (3) its resort to the armed seizure of power by a minority acting on behalf of the domestic and US imperial ruling classes; (4) its intention to destroy the very democratic institutions and procedures which it exploits in order to gain political space; (5) its targeting of working class institutions – communal councils, neighborhood associations, public health and dental clinics, public schools, transport, subsidized food stores, political meeting places, public credit unions, trade union organizations and peasant co-operatives; (6) and its support of capitalist banks, huge commercial landed estates and manufacturing firms.

In Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Chile, fascist movements also began as small terrorist groups, who gained the financial backing of the capitalist elite because of their violence against working class organizations and democratic institutions and recruited primarily among middle class university students, elite professionals (especially doctors) and active and retired higher military officers – united in their hostility to the democratic order.

Tragically and all too often, democratic leaders, operating within a constitutional government, tended to regard fascists as “just another party”, refusing or unwilling to crush the armed thugs, who combined terror in the streets with elections to gain state power. Constitutionalist democrats have failed or were unwilling to see the political, civilian arm of the Nazis as part and parcel of one organic totalitarian enemy; so they negotiated and debated endlessly with elite fascists who meanwhile destroyed the economy while terrorists pounded away at the political and social foundations of the democratic state. The democrats refused to send out their multi-million mass supporters to face the fascist hordes. Worse, they even prided themselves on jailing their own supporters, police and soldiers, who had been accused of using ‘excessive force’ in their confrontation with fascist street thugs. Thus the fascists easily moved from the streets to state power. The elected democrats were so concerned about criticism from the international and capitalist media, elite critics and self-appointed ‘human rights’ organizations, that they facilitated the takeover by fascists. The people’s right to the armed defense of their democracy had been subordinated to the pretext of upholding ‘democratic norms’ – norms that any bourgeois state under assault would have rejected! Constitutional democrats failed to recognize how drastically politics had changed. They were no longer dealing with a parliamentary opposition preparing for the next election; they were confronted with armed terrorists and saboteurs committed to armed struggle and the seizure of political power by any means – including violent coups-d’états.

In the lexicon of fascism, democratic conciliation is a weakness, a vulnerability and an open invitation to escalate violence; ‘peace and love’ and ‘human rights’ slogans are to be exploited; calls for ‘negotiations’ are preambles for surrender; and ‘agreements’ preludes to capitulation.

To the terrorists, the democratic politicians who warn about a “threat of fascism” while acting as if they were engaged in ‘parliamentary skirmishes’, become an open target for violent attack.

This is how the fascists came to power, in Germany, Italy and Chile, while the constitutionalist democrats, to the last, refused to arm the millions of organized workers who could have throttled the fascists and saved democracy and preserved their own lives.

Fascism in Venezuela: A Mortal Threat Today

The martyred hero, Captain Guillen Araque’s warning of an imminent fascist danger in Venezuela has a powerful substantive basis. While the overt terrorist violence ebbs and flows, the underlying structural basis of fascism in the economy and society remains intact. The subterranean organizations, financing and organizing the flow of arms to fascists-in-waiting remain in place.

The political leaders of the opposition are playing a duplicitous game, constantly moving from legal forms of protest to sub-rosa complicity with the armed terrorists. There is no doubt that in any fascist putsch, the political oligarchs will emerge as the real rulers – and will share power with the leaders of the fascist organizations. In the meantime, their ‘respectability’ provides political cover; their ‘human rights’ campaigns to free incarcerated street thugs and arsonists earn ‘international media support’ while serving as ‘intermediaries’ between the open US funding agencies, and the clandestine terrorist underground.

In measuring the scope and depth of the fascist danger, it is a mistake to simply count the number of bombers, arsonists and snipers, without including the logistical, back-up and peripheral support groups and institutional backers who sustain the overt actors,

To ‘defeat fascism before it is too late’, the government must realistically assess the resources, organization and operational code of the fascist command and reject the overly sanguine and ‘upbeat’ pronouncements emanating from some ministers, advisers and legislators.

First, the fascists are not simply a small band confined to pounding on pots and attacking municipal workers in the upper-middle class neighborhoods of Caracas for the benefit of the international and corporate media. The fascists are organized on a national basis; their members are active throughout the country.

They target vital institutions and infrastructure in numerous strategic locations.

Their strategy is centrally-controlled, their operations are decentralized.

The fascists are an organized force; their financing, arming and actions are planned. Their demonstrations are not ‘spontaneous’, locally-organized actions, responding to government ‘repression’ as depicted in the bourgeois and imperial media.

The fascists bring together different cross currents of violent groups, frequently combining ideologically-driven right-wing professionals, large-scale smuggling gangs and drug traffickers (especially in border regions), paramilitary groups, mercenaries and known felons. These are the ‘frontline fascists’, financed by major currency speculators, protected by elected local officials, offered ‘sanctuary’ by real estate investors and high-level university bureaucrats.

The fascists are both ‘nationals’ and internationals: They include locally paid thugs and students from upper-middle class families; paramilitary Colombian soldiers, professional mercenaries of all sorts, ‘contract killers’ from US ‘security’ outfits and clandestine US Special Forces Operatives; and fascist ‘internationalists’ recruited from Miami, Central America, Latin America and Europe.

The organized terrorists have two strategic sanctuaries for launching their violent operations – Bogota and Miami, where prominent political leaders, like ex-President Alvaro Uribe and US Congressional leaders provide political support.

The convergence of highly lucrative criminal economic activity and political terrorism presents a formidable double threat to the stability of the Venezuelan economy and the security of the state . . . Criminals and terrorists find a common home under the US political tent, designed to overthrow Venezuela’s democratic government and crush the Bolivarian revolution of the Venezuelan people.

The backward and forward inter-linkages between criminals and terrorists inside and outside the country, between Washington senior policymakers, street drug pushers and contraband ‘camels’, provides the international elite mouthpieces and the muscle for street fighters and snipers.

Terrorist targets are not chosen at ‘random’; they are not products of an enraged citizenry protesting social and economic inequities. The carefully chosen targets of terrorism are the strategic programs which sustain the democratic administration; first and foremost the mass social institutions forming the base of the government. This explains why terrorists bomb health clinics for the poor, public schools and centers for adult education in the barrios, the state subsidized food stores and the public transport system. These are part of the vast, popular welfare system set up by the Bolivarian government. They are key building blocks in securing massive voter support in 18 out of the last 19 elections and popular power in the streets and communities. By destroying the social welfare infrastructure, the terrorists hope to break the social bonds between people and government.

Terrorists target the legitimate national security system: Namely, the police, National Guard, judges, public prosecutors and other authorities in charge of safeguarding citizens. The assassinations, violent attacks and threats against public officials, the fire-bombing of public buildings and public transport are designed to create a climate of fear and to demonstrate that the state is weak and incapable of protecting the everyday life of its citizens. The terrorists want to project an image of ‘dual power’ by seizing public spaces and blocking normal commerce… and by ‘governing the streets through the gun’. Above all the terrorists want to demobilize and curtail popular counter-demonstrations by blocking streets and sniping at activists engaged in political activity in contested neighborhoods. The terrorists know they can count on their ‘legal’ political opposition allies to provide them with a mass base via public demonstrations, which can serve as a shield for violent assaults and a pretext for greater sabotage.

Conclusion

Fascism, namely armed terrorism directed at violently overthrowing a democratic government, is a real and immediate threat in Venezuela. The day-to-day, ups and downs of street fighting and arson are not an adequate measure of the threat. As we have noted, the in-depth structural and organizational supports underlying the rise and growth of fascism are far more important. The challenge in Venezuela is to cut-off the economic and political basis of fascism. Unfortunately, up until recently the government has been overly sensitive to hostile criticism from overseas and domestic elites who rush to defend fascists – in the name of “democratic freedom”. The government of Venezuela has enormous resources at its disposal to root out the fascist threat. Even if firm action causes an outcry from overseas liberal friends, most pro-democracy advocates believe it is incumbent upon the government to act against those opposition officials who continue to incite armed rebellion.

Most recently, there have been clear signs that the Venezuelan government, with its powerful democratic and constitutional mandate, is moving with awareness of the fascist danger and will act with determination to stamp it out in the streets and in the suites.

The National Assembly has voted to strip Congresswoman Corina Machado of her immunity as a deputy in the National Assembly so she can be prosecuted for inciting violence. The President of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello has presented detailed documentary evidence of her role in organizing and promoting armed rebellion. Several opposition mayors, actively involved in promoting and protecting snipers, street thugs and arsonists, have been charged and arrested.

The majority of Venezuelans confronted by the rising tide of fascist violence support the punishment of these high officials engaged in or supporting sabotage. Without firm action, Venezuelan intelligence agencies as well as the average citizen agree that these ‘opposition’ politicos will continue to promote violence and provide sanctuary for paramilitary assassins.

The government has realized that they are engaged in a real war, planned by a centralized leadership and executed by decentralized operatives. Legislative leaders are coming to grips with the political psychology of fascism, which interprets Presidential offers of political conciliation and judicial leniency as weakness to be exploited by further violence.

The most significant advance toward stopping the fascist threat lies in the government’s recognition of the links between the parliamentary and business elite and the fascist terrorists: financial speculators, smugglers and big-time hoarders of food and other essential commodities are all part and parcel of the same fascist drive for power together with the terrorists who bomb public food markets and attack the trucks transporting food to the poor neighborhoods. One revolutionary worker said to me after a street skirmish: “Por la razon y la fuerza no pasaran!”(Through reason and force they will be defeated)…

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Violence and Terror: The Ukrainian and Colombian Road to Empire Building

03.20.2014 :: Latin America – Analysis

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Introduction: The two paths to 21st century empire-building-via-proxies are illustrated through the violent seizure of power in the Ukraine by a US-backed junta and the electoral gains of the US-backed Colombian war lord, Alvaro Uribe.

We will describe the ‘mechanics’ of US intervention in the domestic politics of these two countries and their profound external effects – that is how they enhance imperial power on a continent-wide basis.

Political Intervention and Proxy Regimes: Ukraine

The conversion of the Ukraine into a US-EU vassal state has been a prolonged process which involved large scale, long term financing, indoctrination and recruitment of cadres, organization and training of politicos and street fighters and, above all, a capacity to combine direct action with electoral politics.

Seizing power is a high stakes game for empire: (1) Ukraine, in the hands of clients, provides a NATO with a military springboard into the heart of the Russian Federation; (2) Ukraine’s industrial and agricultural resources provide a source of enormous wealth for Western investors and (3) Ukraine is a strategic region for penetrating the Caucuses and beyond.

Washington invested over $5 billion dollars in client-building, mostly in ‘Western Ukraine’, especially in and around Kiev, focusing on ‘civil society groups’ and malleable political parties and leaders. By 2004, the initial US political ‘investment’ in regime change culminated in the so-called ‘Orange Revolution’ which installed a short-lived pro-US-EU regime. This, however, quickly degenerated amidst major corruption scandals, mismanagement and oligarchical pillage of the national treasury and public resources leading to the conviction of the former-Vice President and the demise of the regime. New elections produced a new regime, which attempted to secure ties with both the EU and Russia via economic agreements, while retaining many of the odious features (gross endemic corruption) of the previous regime. The US and EU, having lost thru democratic elections, relaunched their ‘direct action organizations’ with a new radical agenda. Neo-fascists seized power and established a dictatorial junta through violent demonstrations, vandalism, armed assaults and mob action. The composition of the new post-coup junta reflected two sides of the US-backed political organizations: (1) neo-liberal politicos for managing economic policy and forging closer ties with NATO, (2) and neo-fascists/violent nationalists to impose order by force and fist, and crush pro-Russian Crimean ‘autonomists’ and ethnic Russians and other minorities, especially in the industrialized south and east.

Whatever else may ensue, the coup and the resultant junta is fully subordinated to and dependent on the will of Washington: claims of Ukrainian ‘independence’ notwithstanding. The junta proceeded to purge the elected and appointed government officials affiliated with the political parties of the previous democratic regime and to persecute its supporters. Their purpose is to ensure that subsequent managed elections will provide a pretense of legitimacy, and elections will be limited to two sets of imperial clients: the neo-liberals, (self-styled “moderates”) and the neo-fascists dubbed as “nationalists”.

Ukraine’s road to imperialist power via a collaborator regime illustrates the various instruments of empire building: (1) the use of imperial state funds, channeled through NGOs, to political front groups and the build-up of a ‘mass base’ in civil society; (2) the financing of mass direct action leading to a coup (‘regime change’); (3) the imposition of neo-liberal policies by the client regime; (4) imperial financing of the re-organization and regroupment of mass direct action groups after the demise of the first client regime; (5) the transition from protest to violent direct action as the major backdrop to the extremist sectors (neo-fascists) organizing the seizure of power and purge of the opposition; (6) organizing an ‘international media campaign’ to prop up the new junta while demonizing domestic and international opposition (Russia) and (7) political power centralized in the hands of the junta, convoking “managed elections” limited to the victory of one or the other pro-imperial pro-junta candidates.

In summary, empire-builders operate on several/levels: violent and electoral; social and political; and with selected incumbents and rivals committed to one strategic aim: the seizure of state power and the conversion of the ruling elite into willing vassals of empire.

Columbia’s Deathsquad Democracy: Centerpiece of the Imperial Advance in Latin America

In the face of a continent-wide decline of US influence in Latin America, Colombia stands out as a constant bulwark of US imperial interests: (1) Colombia signed a free trade agreement with the US; (2) provided seven military bases and invited thousands of US counter-insurgency operatives; and (3) collaborated in building large-scale paramilitary death squads prepared for cross border raids against Washington’s arch enemy Venezuela.

Colombia’s ruling oligarchy and military have been able to resist the wave of massive democratic, national and popular social upheavals and electoral victories that gave rise to the post-neo-liberal states in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.

While Latin America has moved toward ‘regional organizations’ excluding the US, Colombia strengthened its ties to the US through bilateral agreements. While Latin America reduced its dependence on US markets, Colombia expanded its commercial ties. While Latin America reduced their military ties to the Pentagon, Colombia tightened them. While Latin America moved toward greater social inclusion by increasing taxes on foreign multinational corporations, Colombia lowered corporate taxes. While Latin America expanded land settlements for its landless rural populations, Colombia displaced over 4 million peasants as part of the US-designed ‘scorched earth’ counter-insurgency policy.

Colombia’s “exceptional” unwavering submission to US imperial interests is rooted in several large-scale, long-term programs developed in Washington. In 2000, President ‘Bill’ Clinton committed the US to a $6 billion dollar counter-insurgency program (Plan Colombia) which greatly increased the brutal repressive capacity of the Colombian elite to confront the popular grass roots movements of peasants and workers. Along with arms and training, US Special Forces and ideologues entered Colombia to develop military and paramilitary terror operations – aimed primarily at penetrating and decimating political opposition and civil society social movements and assassinating activists and leaders. The US-backed Alvaro Uribe, notorious narco-trafficker and the very personification of a ruthless imperial vassal, became president over a ‘Death-Squad Democracy’.

President Uribe further militarized Colombian society, savaged civil society movements and crushed any possibility of a popular democratic revival, such as were occurring throughout the rest of Latin America. Thousands of activists, trade unionists, human rights workers and peasants were murdered, tortured and jailed.

The ‘Colombian System’ combined the systematic use of para-militarism (death squads) to smash local and regional trade union and peasant opposition and the technification and massification of the military (over 300,000 soldiers) in fighting the popular insurgency and ‘emptying the countryside’ of rebel sympathizers. Large-scale multi-billion dollar drug trafficking and money laundering formed the ‘financial glue’ to cement a tight relationship among oligarchs, politicos, bankers and US counter-insurgency advisers – creating a terrifying high-tech police state bordering Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil – countries with substantial popular mass movements.

The same state terror machinery, which decimated the pro-democracy social movements, has protected, promoted and participated in ‘stage-managed elections’, the hallmark of Colombia as a “death squad democracy”.

Elections are held under a vast overlapping network of military bases, where death squads and drug traffickers occupied towns and villages intimidating, terrorizing and ‘corrupting’ the electorate. The only ‘safe’ protest in this repressive atmosphere has been voter abstention. Electoral outcomes are pre-ordained: oligarchs never lose in deathsquad democracies, they are the empire’s most trusted vassals.

The cumulative effects of the decade and a half-long bloody purge of Colombian civil society by Presidents Uribe and his successor, Santos, have been to eliminate any consequential electoral opposition. Washington has achieved its ideal: a stable vassal state; a large-scale and obedient military; an oligarchy tied to US corporate elites; and a tightly-controlled ‘electoral’ system that never permits the election of a genuine opponent.

The March 2014 Colombian elections brilliantly illustrate the success of US strategic intervention in collaboration with the oligarchy: The vast majority of the electorate, over two-thirds, abstained, demonstrating the absence of any real legitimacy among the eligible voters. Among those who ‘voted’, ten percent submitted ‘spoiled’ or blank ballots. Voter abstention and ballot-spoilage was especially high in the rural regions and working class areas which had been subject to state terror.

Given the intense state repression, the mass of voters decided that no authentic pro-democracy party would have any chance and so refused to legitimize the process. The 30% who actually voted were largely urban middle and upper class Colombians and residents in some rural areas completely controlled by narco-terrorists and the military where ‘voting’ may have been ‘compulsory’. Of a total of 32 million eligible voters in Colombia, 18 million abstained and another 2.3 million submitted spoiled ballots. The two dominant oligarchical coalitions led by President Santos and ex-President Uribe received only 2.2 million and 2.05 million votes respectively, a fraction of the number who abstained (14 million). In this widely scorned electoral farce, the center-left and left parties made a miserable showing. Colombia’s electoral system puts a propaganda veneer on dangerous, highly-militarized vassal state primed to play a strategic role in US plans to “reconquer” Latin America.

Two decades of systematic terror, financed by a six-billion dollar militarization program, has guaranteed that Washington will not encounter any substantial opposition in the legislature or presidential palace in Bogota. This is the ‘acrid, gunpowder-tinged smell of success’ for US policymakers: violence is the midwife of the vassal state. Colombia has been turned into the springboard for developing an US-centered trade bloc and a military alliance to undermine Venezuela’s Bolivarian regional alliances, such as ALBA and Petro Caribe as well as Venezuela’s national security. Bogota will try to influence neighboring right and center-left regimes pushing them to embrace of the US Empire against Venezuela.

Conclusion

Large-scale, long-term subversion and organization in Ukraine and Colombia, as well as the funding of paramilitary and civil society organizations (NGO) has enabled Washington to: (1) construct strategic allies, (2) build ties to oligarchs, malleable politicians and paramilitary thugs and (3) apply political terrorism for their seizure of state power. The imperial planners have thus created “model states” – devoid of consequential opponents and ‘open’ to sham elections among rival vassal politicians.

Coups and juntas, orchestrated by longstanding political proxies, and highly militarized states run by ‘Death Squad Executives’ are all legitimized by electoral systems designed to expand and strengthen imperial power.

By rendering democratic processes and peaceful popular reforms impossible and by overthrowing independent, democratically elected governments, Washington is making wars and violent upheavals inevitable.

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Financial Times : Schäuble revives push for Eurozone integration

Germany is pushing for changes to EU treaties “as soon as possible” after the May European elections, in an overhaul to fuse eurozone economic governance behind a budget chief and euro area parliament.

In interviews, speeches and articles, Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, has given urgency and political impetus to Berlin’s longstanding ideas for a refashioned and more centralised eurozone.

Asked when he envisaged agreeing the treaties, he said “today is better than tomorrow” and called for negotiations to start straight after the European parliament elections in May.

These reforms to integrate the eurozone, he added, must be paired with measures to ensure those countries outside are not “systematically disadvantaged” – an approach that will be welcomed by Britain.

downloadIn a joint Financial Times article with George Osborne, the UK chancellor, he wrote that future treaty change “must include reform of the governance framework to put euro area integration on a sound legal basis, and guarantee fairness for those EU countries inside the single market but outside the single currency”.

Mr Schäuble’s intervention to restart the reform debate highlights Berlin’s determination that the EU should build on the eurozone’s fragile economic recovery from the financial crisis by creating institutions strong enough to withstand future turmoil.

The veteran finance minister’s pledge to fight for reform comes after the joint declaration in January from German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande, pledging to work for closer economic and monetary union.

But the German government has now gone a step further, arguing in the FT that treaty change must also address one of key negotiating demands of Mr Cameron, the UK prime minister, before his planned 2017 referendum: the protection of the interests of euro “outs”.

Mr Schäuble, a long-term advocate of reform, wants to establish an institutional architecture for a common fiscal and economic policy, with a parliament, finance minister and budget to support countries in crisis and encourage reform.

He said it was “nonsense” to suggest the power for a eurozone commissioner to reject national budgets would impinge on sovereignty. “To stick to the rules is not a violation of budget sovereignty . . . of national sovereignty. We have moved sovereignty to the European level,” he said.

Germany’s renewed appetite for treaty reform will rattle some eurozone member states, which fear the centralisation of budget power would potentially trigger national plebiscites that could not be won.

Big gains for more radical, eurosceptic parties in the May elections could undermine efforts by mainstream parties such as Ms Merkel’s CDU to build a political consensus for strengthening the eurozone.

Acknowledging the populist threat in an interview with Handelsblatt, the business daily, Mr Schäuble said that the performance of France’s National Front in the recent local elections and the growth of eurosceptic parties elsewhere was “not a good development”.

But he took comfort from hopes that the Ukraine crisis could boost voter support for European integration, saying: “Europe always advances in a crisis . . . the crisis in Ukraine will make people in Europe more confidence about the value of European integration again, and motivate them to vote. Then the turnout would rise, and the eurosceptic forces would likely perform worse than many fear today.”

The finance minister forecast that the effect of the crisis for the German economy would be “manageable”. As for sanctions, German industry had made clear that if they were imposed it would be ready. “You have to convince Russia with diplomacy and economic pressure. Compliance with the rules and principles is not only in the interests of the west but also Russia.”

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Media ‘staged’ Syria chem attack

BBC’s ‘total fabrication from beginning to end’ of Syria ‘atrocity'; call to revoke visas for intel agents posing as reporters in NATO targets; CIA caught infiltrating CNN, and Operation Mockingbird is back.

Seek truth from facts with UK Member of Parliament George Galloway, Illinois University Professor of International Law Francis Boyle, investigative reporter John Helmer, ordinary Syrians and Ukraine covergirl – ‘Julia’.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

RT: “Stunning fakery” in alleged chemical weapons attack according to a former UK ambassador. Coming up…
Announcer: The British Broadcasting Corporation is accused of staging chemical weapons attack.
The CIA admits planting CNN reporters.
And international lawyers call for journalists inciting violence to be expelled.

RT: August 2013 – NATO leaders can’t get the public on side for the imminent bombing of Syria. Suddenly the BBC says it was filming a small rural hospital and a game-changing atrocity happened right there, the moment they were filming.

BBC report: We were filming the doctors working at this hospital when victims of an incendiary bomb attack on a school playground started pouring in.
BBC interview: Absolute chaos and carnage here. It must be some sort of napalm.

RT: But a highly sceptical public stayed hostile to military intervention. Exactly one month later the leaders are trying to pin a chemical weapons attack on Syria without success.

The BBC airs exactly the same footage, but digitally alters the word “napalm” for “chemical weapons”, hoping no one will notice.
BBC interview: Absolute chaos and carnage here. It must be some sort of chemical weapon.

RT: Not only did folks notice but it unleashed a massive public investigation which made some extremely disturbing findings.

Robert Stuart: This is the total fabrication, from beginning to end, of an atrocity, with BBC “reporter” Ian Pannell standing amidst a tableau of very bad actors. This is completely beyond the pale.

RT: This audio analysis by media investigator Robin Upton shows both versions are identical and from the same speech. The BBC then digitally altered the words from “napalm” to “chemical weapon”, the exact justification NATO was finding difficult to prove.

That game-changing allegation was made by two doctors that had travelled with the BBC, who claimed the number of sudden casualties is “overwhelming”.

What kind of doctor, notes media investigator Robert Stuart, gives interviews when she is surrounded by supposedly seriously burned and dying teenagers?
Nurse: Get anyone who isn’t a patient out of here.

RT: When a nurse does finally start to help, her order to “get anyone who isn’t a patient out of here” doesn’t apply to the cameramen. Even worse, notes Stuart, is the bizarre acting, which starts when the man in the centre gives the sign.

RT: Doctor Rola, on whose sole claim the BBC sends the napalm/chemical weapons allegations round the world, is actually the daughter of Syrian rebel Mousa Al-Kurdi.

The parallel to the Gulf War and “Nurse Nayirah” is stunning. Congressmen said the nurse’s tearful testimony that Iraqis were killing children swung their vote in favour of war.

“Nurse Nayirah” testimony: They took the incubators and left the children to die on the cold floor. (weeps).
RT: “Nurse Nayirah” became the mainstream’s darling, but once the vote had safely passed, she admitted inventing the whole thing, and was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to Washington, lying to get the public to back war.

UK Member of Parliament George Galloway joins us, thank you very much for coming on. Why do we get almost identical claims before each war, which then prove lies?

George Galloway, UK Member of Parliament: Well, the Bush and Blair Corporation, as it became in the run-up to the Iraq war, has almost entirely lost its reputation for journalistic integrity.

A full inquiry must be launched into why the BBC used a piece of material which was not just wrong but was falsified, and falsified with the purpose of propelling our country into war. That’s not what the British public pays its BBC licence fee for, so that it can be tricked into a war.

RT: In a statement, the British Broadcasting Corporation says it stands by its report. The Syrian opposition denies the allegations. Investigators such as Robert Stuart note their many questions sent officially to the corporation remain unanswered. There are also numerous such precedents both in this war and previous invasions.

“Brilliant” is how a top Western official called tricking the public through routine faking of atrocities and commonly aired on mainstream bulletins. Nightly News show just a few cases of what happened next after mainstream cameras ended their reports.

Nightly News: It shows people putting on fake wounds, it shows some guys there, look there’s their head wounds “Peace everybody!You know we’re doing the right thing, we’re creating fake propaganda!” I mean it’s not even real atrocities.So there they’re lined up. There’s another video that shows some guy kicking his leg, with a fake blood wound.

Here’s a guy who wakes up from his funeral! Watch this. Oh, wait there, he’s awake, he’s not even really dead! So I mean this is just crazy what goes on. There was another video that was shot of a supposed massacre and you don’t see the whole thing.When you go to the Al Jazeera footage it shows real quick clips of a guy kicking his leg and he’s got blood coming out. It turned out to be fake blood.

RT: The so-called “activists” behind the fakes are by far the most popular source, despite them never being verified, and regularly disproved as fabrications to justify more NATO arms. The term “activist” may sound like a well-meaning Western campaigner or charity, but the Foreign Policy Journal notes it’s just Newspeak for “insurgents”.

The “official” source on Syria casualties, or what mainstream claims is “official”, is impressive-sounding organization The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Reuters exposed the fact three years ago it was not an organization at all, or even working in Syria. It’s a single pro-insurgent supporter living in Coventry – England.

Here pictured at the Foreign Office, after instructions from Britain’s Foreign Minister himself.

In leaked footage, ordinary Syrians told the BBC they’re tired of its lies and the insurgents they’re cheerleading are a tiny minority led by foreign gangs.

BBC reporter: You don’t like the BBC?

Syrian citizen: BBC? No. Tell her. Tell her.
BBC reporter:Huh? Why?

Syrian: Because you’re talking very bad about Syria. Everybody when they hear BBC Arabic they can hear the lies about Syria – also Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya.

BBC: But what? But maybe Syria is like any country, some people support and some people don’t support?

Syrian: No-no, everybody support.

BBC reporter: So Syria is different?

Syrian: Very little people, maybe 10,000 like that but most people, 22 million, 23 million, support Bashar al-Assad. And we have not “demonstrations” – we have armed gangs.

RT: Pro-war media’s forced to resort to colossal lies since intelligence chiefs revealed to America’s top investigative reporter Sy Hersh that“Obama’s cronies are making it up”. All the evidence actually points to the jihadis staging the chemical attacks.

Sy Hersh, author, Whose Sarin?: The attack ‘was not the result of the current regime’, the high-level intelligence officer wrote in an email to a colleague. ‘The guys are throwing their hands in the air and saying, “How can we help this guy” – Obama – when he and his cronies in the White House make up the intelligence as they go along?’, said a former senior intelligence official. The distortion, he said, reminded him of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

Wag The Dog movie: – The president wants a white one.

- He wants a white one? The white? Let me talk to him.

- He’s mobilizing the sixth fleet.

RT: The thought a US president would start a horrific foreign war by staging a pretty female front as a victim made people laugh.

Wag The Dog: The young Albanian national fleeing in this video is attempting to escape terrorist reprisals in her village.

RT: Meet Julia, if that’s her real name, the celebrated face mass media call the “creator” of a viral video asking the US to help Ukraine. It was actually created by the State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy, to mask the fact Washington joined Ukraine’s thugs and murdered their way to power.

A leaked phone call with EU Foreign Minister Ashton revealed the opposition planned and executed the infamous sniper violence of Kiev, shooting both the police, and their own supporters in the back.

Studies found a total of 250 mainstream sources lied that the snipers belonged to Yanukovich. Only seven of the entire mass media even mentioned the bombshell leak and those that did framed the report to suggest it couldn’t possibly be true.

Former Wall Street Journal Editor Paul Craig Roberts calls the coverage of Ukraine a new low in the history of the mainstream, which is now simply what he describes as a “Ministry” of lies. Investigative reporter John Helmer’s uncovered the mainstream staging demonstrations, and attempts to provoke disorder.

He joins us, great to speak to you. One US scholar notes the coverage has now become “Orwellian”, what’s going on?

John Helmer, investigative reporter: So the weaker your government the more interested the leader might be in threatening Russia to look strong at home when it’s obvious he’s not strong at home, and couldn’t get re-elected. That’s particularly true of, let’s say, the French president or the prime minister Cameron at the moment, and arguably President Obama is not only a lame duck, but having great difficulty in putting together a winning coalition for the Democratic Party’s next candidate for president.

When you’ve got weak political leaders you need to look stronger than you are in public opinion in the media, so there’s this process of misleading and disinforming.

RT: A Senate Committee inquiry revealed CIA running mainstream media in the vast operation known as Mockingbird. More than 400 journalists and media chiefs claiming to watchdog the government were the exact opposite joining to mask US government crime at home and abroad.

The operation continues despite agency denials, Counterpunch discovered CIA imposing agents on firms like CNN. Former CIA exec Michael Scheuer notes British media are even closer to intel targets.

BBC report: Big pieces of wood, metal to use as barricades.

RT: Scheuer adds the BBC now takes the lead in regime change operations that cause “anarchy and violence”.

Let’s speak to Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law at Illinois University, great to talk to you. How can nations stop war media that now perform the CIA’s covert operations?

Francis Boyle, Illinois University Professor of International Law: Certainly have their visas revoked and sent packing home, because I really don’t understand why some of these countries keep European journalists, certainly the United States,why they let them into the countries, because they’re just using their coverage to provoke war and military intervention.

In addition, the Bush Jr. administration lifted what was supposed to be the previous prohibition that intelligence agents were not supposed to infiltrate the media. You know, you have to be very careful certainly dealing with US reporters whether or not they’re intelligence agents.

RT: Banning active units of the military, also known as “warstream media”, shows how serious the situation now is. Their policies aren’t popular with their own viewers, mainstream audiences are in freefall. CNN and MSNBC have shed half their entire viewership in the last year alone. The question is how many more coups will they stage or help before they lose the public’s trust altogether. Seek truth from facts. This is The Truthseeker.

 

They’ve Done It Before – They Try It Again Today!

President Obama, Wake Up America!

Full Page Open Letter As Published In The New York Times on Monday, November 1, 2010

They’ve Done It Before – They Try It Again Today!

The goal of the special corporate interests – namely the Oil and Drug Cartel – in the US today is to transform democratic society into a corporate dictatorship, thus enabling multi-trillion dollar corporate interests to exert direct control over the political executive and the country.

Towards this end they are instigating the radicalization of society and financing the election campaigns of their political stakeholders. This strategy is an exact copy of the Oil and Drug Cartel’s takeover of Germany in 1933 – a strategy executed with the help of the Cartel’s political and military stakeholders, the Nazis.

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America at the Crossroads

Over the past two years, the social and political life in America has been radicalized and polarized in an unprecedented way. What appears as a’grass-root’ movement articulating anger towards the current government is, in fact, a strategically implemented campaign by special interests, namely the Oil and Drug Cartel, to regain control over the White House and the country.

Worse, fighting a battle for survival of its outdated technologies, these special interests can no longer survive in a democracy and must seek dictatorial powers. In this historic situation, the only way to protect democracy is to expose the historic record of the Cartel.

n Open Letters on July 16 and September 13, 2010, I have exposed in this newspaper the historical parallels between the political escalation in Germany in the 1930’s and that of the US today. Then and now, the Cartel financed the political destabilization of democracy, with the goal of replacing it with a corporate dictatorship.

In Germany, then, the Cartel succeeded in seizing power and launching WWII because people and politicians around the world ignored the early warning signs. In the USA, today, the Cartel has launched an all-out psychological war. Organizations like the ‘Tea Party’ are radicalizing society. The only way to derail their plan of destroying democracy is to expose the criminal history and the motives of these special interests.

Global Dimension of this Threat

New technologies in the area of energy and health threaten the multi-trillion dollar global monopolies of the Oil and Drug Cartel. The Cartel’s giant markets of outdated technologies are no longer compatible with democracy and can only be maintained in a glo­bal dictatorship of corporate interests.

A first step in the direction of establishing such a global corporate dictatorship has already been taken. The recently founded so-called ‘European Union’ in Brussels (the ‘Brussels EU’) is not a democratically elected or legitimized body. The so-called ‘EU-Commission’ – 27 technocrats appointed by Cartel interests – preside over the lives and fates of 500 million people across Europe by means of dictatorial ‘directives’ and ‘regulations’.

Largely unbeknown to the rest of the world, the so-called ‘European Parliament’ has no independent right of legal initiative and serves merely as a fig-leaf for this ‘Cartel Commission’.

Even more appalling is the fact that the entire ‘Brussels EU’ structure is the implementation of plans conceived before and during WWII by the Oil and Drug Cartel and their Nazi stakeholders. The goal then and now was to cement their economic rule by means of a ‘Central Cartel Office’ that determines essentially every aspect of life in Europe and, eventually, the rest of the world.

The historical facts and documents are available online at www.Nazi-Roots-Of-Brussels-EU.org.

The Strategic Role of the USA

The key country in the Cartel’s ‘survival strategy’ is the USA. Not only is the US the home base of most Oil and Drug corporations, it is also the strongest military power to defend these special interests.

A major setback for the Cartel was the fact that in 2008 the American people elected a President on a platform of ending the ‘tyranny of oil’ and of reforming health care, including a focus on prevention.

In order to reverse this vote, the Cartel must not only regain control of the US government but must try to fundamentally ‘reprogram’ the American people by financing the dissemination of doubt and deception. Towards this end, the Cartel has been mobilizing an army of stakeholders in the media and politics.

Lessons of History: From 1933 to 2010

The blueprint for this strategy of radicalizing society in preparation for war was pre-WWII Germany. The unobstructed implementation of this strategy in 1933 led to the overthrow of democracy, the installation of a dictatorship on behalf of the Oil and Drug Cartel and, eventually, to a military attempt to expand its global markets during WWII.

The records of the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal and of the US Congress unequivocally document that WWII was launched in the interest – and with the financial as well as technical support – of the German-based Oil and Drug Cartel (Bayer, BASF, Hoechst). Its goal was to seize control of the multi-trillion dollar global markets of oil, patented chemicals and drugs.

The psychological preparation of German society for this military conquest was the launch of a ‘racial war’ against Jewish and other non-Aryan people and the elimination of any political opposition. The key vehicle to execute this plan was the Nazi/Cartel-financed ‘grassroots’ movement – the ‘brownshirts’.

The systematic instigation of hatred, aggression, racism and other forms of psychological terror by the ‘brownshirts’ in pre-war Germany was the pre­condition for the next stage: the mass murder across the globe by the SS and German Wehrmacht in the Cartel’s attempt to control the world.

After WWII, the German Oil and Drug Cartel was dismantled and its shares transferred to US- and UK-based multinational oil and drug corporations. The Cartel’s criminal past was deliberately hidden from the public for one main reason: not to endanger its future attempts at world control.

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1933 and Today: The Cartel Manipulates Public Opinion

Germany 1933:

  • In the 1930s, the radicalization of German society and growing physical violence against religious minorities and political opponents of the Nazi regime strategically prepared the sei­zure of power by the Coalition of the Oil and Drug Cartel with the Nazis.
  • In WWII, the Cartel and their Nazi accomplices dressed millions of German soldiers in a uniform that carried the allegedly devine blessing for the Nazi/Cartel global conquest. Harnessed with a belt buckle showing the Swastika and the slogan ’God With Us’ (‘Gott mit uns’), the Nazi/Cartel Wehrmacht inflicted death on tens of millions of people.

USA Today:

  • Today, the political climate in the USA is strategically poisoned by the stakeholders of the same special interests, namely the Oil and Drug Cartel. Physical violence against political opponents is increasingly replacing the political and social dialogue.
  • Today, the stakeholders of the Oil and Drug Cartel in politics and media are trying to lure the American people with deceptive slogans like ‘restoring honor’ and under the pretext of acting in the name of God. In the course of history, no name has been more abused to mask the greed of special interests than the name of ‘God’.

President Obama, you have the responsibility to disseminate this historic parallel to the American people in order to enable them to actively defend freedom and democracy.

The Goals of this Publication

  1. This information alerts the people of America that the radicalization of society and the polarization of political life is organized and financed by the Oil and Drug Cartel – with the goal to regain control over the White House and the country.
  2. It exposes the ‘Tea Party’ and other so-called ‘grassroots’ movements as agents of the Oil and Drug Cartel.
  3. It reveals the strategic aim of these groups: destabilization of the democratically elected government via the instigation of civil unrest – under the pretext of defending constitutional rights and carrying out the will of God.
  4. It exposes the frenzied attacks against the Obama health care plan – that promotes preventive and community-based health – as a maneuver to protect the economic privileges of the Drug Cartel and its multi-trillion dollar health care monopoly based on patented pharmaceutical drugs.
  5. It exposes all these tricks and maneuvers as blatant copies of the Oil and Drug Cartel’s take-over of Germany in the 1930s – with the help of their political stakeholders, the Nazis.
  6. Sharing these historical parallels with the American people, will allow them to recognize the criminal historic record of the Oil and Drug Cartel, as well as the deceptive stragtegies it has used throughout history. The message: ‘They’ve done it before!’
  7. With this knowledge, the American people have a clear choice for the coming elections.
  8. It gives the Republican party a choice too: stay committed to democracy – or go into oblivion as political puppets of the Cartel’s corporate dictatorship plan.
  9. It allows the people and governments of the world to focus their resources on the development and construction of a modern world, based on affordable renewable energy and science-based natural health.
  10. The dissemination of this message is a precondition for protecting democracy in America and lasting peace!

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Dr. Matthias Rath

Dr. Rath has become a voice of conscience exposing the plans of the Oil and Drug Cartel behind recent global military conflicts and crises. Attacked by Cartel media the world over (www.wiki-rath.org), Dr. Rath and his Foundation have received prestigious awards for civil courage. The ‘Relay of Life’ Award (www.relay-of-life.org) from survivors of Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps was conferred with a clear mandate:

‘NEVER AGAIN!’

 

Neoliberalism as Social Necrophilia: The Case of Greece

By Panayota GounariTruthout | News Analysis

 

“You can use the 600 Euros that you will find on me to pay our health insurance. I paid the rent yesterday. I am sorry, my daughter, I could 2014_0321-4not take more suffering just to put a warm plate on the table – a bloody plate. Make sure that our daughter goes to college and never leave her alone. She should get the house that we have in the village.”

This is the suicide note of a 50-year-old woman to her husband. She jumped off a high wall in Crete, Greece, last week and is hospitalized in critical condition. She is one more victim of the deepening financial crisis that is trying the limits of Greek people since 2008. According to the Greek Census Bureau, there has been a 43 percent increase in suicides in austerity-chained Greece since the beginning of the crisis. Unofficial accounts bring the number to 4,000 deaths so far.

Greece is the most recent and historically unprecedented neoliberal experiment on a global scale. The neoliberal offensive is moving head on in the country and, if Chile “was the laboratory for the early phases, Greece has become the laboratory for an even more fierce implementation.” What we have in place right now in Greece can be best described as the “downsizing of a country” that brings profound changes in its social and economic fabric. Greece’s economy has shrunk by nearly one-third since 2007, and the debt has become unmanageable. Through cut-throat austerity measures, massive privatizations and cuts in the most sensitive sectors of public education and public health, the constant process of de-industrialization and the loss of sovereignty, it looks like “Greece will emerge as a poorer country, with a diminished productive base, with reduced sovereignty, [and] with a political class accustomed to almost neo-colonial forms of supervision.”

I glance through snapshots in the news: grim faces, desperate eyes, angry gazes, frustration, and, most of all, fear. The city of Athens is slowly turning into a cemetery for the living. The transformation of the city, both as a physical and as a symbolic space, is shocking to the eye; as a public space and a habitat for its people, it now gets fragmented into deserted stores “for rent,” broken façades and abandonment apartment windows and balcony doors tightly locked behind iron bars for “extra safety,” carton beds and, along them, homeless people’s possessions: an old dirty blanket, oversized worn out sneakers, plastic flowers, empty water bottles, stale bread. Different parts of the city palpably illustrate a degenerating social fabric, as more Greeks are now joining the ranks of what Zygmunt Bauman has called “human waste”: unemployed, working poor, immigrants, all the outcasts, victims of “economic progress,” preys of rampant neoliberal policies, “casualties,” real victims to what the Greek prime minister has recently called a “success story” on the road to privatization and the wholesale of Greece’s national assets and sovereignty.

Greece is radically and violently transformed into the land field of “wasted lives” in the giant trashcan of global capitalism. Witnessing as I do this novel form of social necrophilia that eats alive every inch of human life, workspace and public space, I cringe at the sound of the words “sacrifice,” “rescue” and making Greece, according to the claims of Greek PM Antonis Samaras, a “success story.” Whose sacrifice and whose rescue? Who succeeds and who loses? Numbers are telling.

Unemployment rates are currently climbing to 30 percent, the same percentage Greece had in 1961. As a point of comparison, unemployment in the United States in 1929 was 25 percent, and in Argentina in 2001, it was 30 percent. More than 70 percent of the unemployed have been out of work for more than a year, leaving most to rely on charity after losing monthly benefit payments and health insurance. This percentage does not include young people seeking a job for the first time, employees without insurance and part-timers. Unemployment is up 41 percent from 2011, and for those 15-24, it has reached 51.1 percent, doubling in only three years  and setting a negative record for a Eurozone country.

The IMF/European Central Bank recipe is generating wealth in the global financial casino, while 31 percent of Greeks live at risk of poverty, according to Eurostat (2012). These statistics put Greece in seventh place in poverty percentages among the 27 EU countries. More specifically, in Greece: 28.7 percent of children up to 17 years old; 27.7 percent of the population between ages 27-64; and 26.7 percent of Greeks older than 65 live in the poverty threshold.

By social necrophilia, I mean,.. economic policies and austerity measures that result in the physical, material, social and financial destruction of human beings…

There is an 11.8 percent increase in child poverty, raising the number of poor children to 465,000 in 2011. The Greek social and welfare state has been collapsing through draconian cuts in wages and pensions, massive layoffs and the violation of vested rights, of labor laws and of collective bargaining rights. All collective bargaining expired on May 14, 2013, and it has been replaced by individual contracts where workers become hostages of their employers. Base salary went tumbling down to 500 Euros monthly (400 for young people) – not to mention a retroactive salary cut of 22 percent (32 percent for youth) in February 2012.

In March 2013, the government announced additional pension cuts of up to 20 percent. According to the Labor Institute of the National Confederation of Greek Workers (2012), new measures dictated by the Troika (the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund) will lead to at least a 35 percent deterioration of salaried employees’ and pensioners’ lives. As an example, since the beginning of 2011, 113,268 people have disconnected their telephone landlines to decrease expenses. With a 19 percent increase in the cost of electricity, 350,000 people now live without electricity in Athens. Additional taxes on property have ravaged the middle class that is now “paying rent” in their own houses through new taxes and fines imposed. Quality of life is radically deteriorating for Greek people.

This neoliberal experiment, as currently implemented in Greece, breeds destructiveness and death and resonates with forms of “social necrophilia.” By social necrophilia, I mean the blunt organized effort on the part of the domestic political system and foreign neoliberal centers to implement economic policies and austerity measures that result in the physical, material, social and financial destruction of human beings: policies that promote death, whether physical or symbolic. The goal of the ongoing capitalist offensive in the form of a neoliberal doctrine is to destroy symbolically and physically the most vulnerable strata of the population, to put the entire society in a moribund state to impose the most unprecedented austerity measures that generate profit for the most privileged classes internationally.

Erich Fromm, Frankfurt School philosopher, social psychologist and psychoanalyst, provides both a metaphor from the realm of psychiatry, as well as the tools to make the case for a reified market society that is being forced to start loving death: its own. In his seminal work on the Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973), Fromm defines necrophilia as “the passionate attraction to all that is dead, decayed, putrid, sickly; it is the passion to transform that which is alive into something unalive; to destroy for the sake of destruction; the exclusive interest in all that is purely mechanical. It is the passion to tear apart living structures.”

In the case of the Greek neoliberal experiment, however, beyond destroying for the sake of destruction, there are real economic interests at stake. There are bets and speculations in casino capitalism, and the game is on in Greece for banks and other large financial organizations. Social necrophilia here can be understood as the state of decay, the material and social degeneration of society, and the destruction of social fabric, where illness and death loom for the poor as a result of an economy dying through specific political choices while profit goes to big banks and multinational corporations. Love of death or the politics of social necrophilia can be illustrated in Greece in a) the rise of fascism and b) the shocking increase in illness, suicide, addiction and spread of infectious diseases since the beginning of the crisis.

Fascism

In the Anatomy of Human Destructiveness Fromm makes the case that necrophilia is a product of fascist thought, as he discusses the example of Spanish Falangists who used to shout, “long live death.” Fascism finds expression both in government discourses and policies as well as in the rise of neo-Nazi Party Golden Dawn. Love of death is currently manifested in Greece in that rise of Golden Dawn.

In a necrophilous state of affairs, the system in charge operates with the conviction that the only way to solve a problem or a conflict is by force and violence, both symbolic and material, usually failing to see other options.

In the context of the Greek crisis, a new form of political domination has emerged, a renewed model of fascism, or another example of “proto-fascism. The elected Greek coalition government has been systematically violating the Greek Constitution and shaking the foundations of parliamentary democracy by establishing a “side system” of legislation. Using “urgent legislative decrees” indiscriminately and regularly, the coalition government is bypassing Greek legislation to facilitate privatizations and sellouts. In addition, there is an institutionalized instability: Laws keep changing, and many laws are voted in and implemented with retroactive effect.

Beyond the constant constitutional violations, the disappearing public space is a central feature of Greek proto-fascism. The landscape taking shape since 2009 is not too far from the kind of totalitarianism Hannah Arendt wrote about: a “totalitarian government does not just curtail liberties or abolish essential freedoms; . . . It destroys the one essential prerequisite of all freedom, which is simply the capacity of motion which cannot exist without space.”

Motion is not only inhibited and/or prohibited, as for example, in the case of prohibiting demonstrations in the center of Athens when Troika officials visit, a practice reminiscent of the curfews during the German occupation of the ’40s. Furthermore, what motion there is, is watched, with heightened surveillance and cameras installed throughout Athens. In a necrophilous state of affairs, the system in charge operates with the conviction that the only way to solve a problem or a conflict is by force and violence, both symbolic and material, usually failing to see other options. This also explains the increased exponential violence employed by the state the last five years as manifested in shutting down protests, criminalizing dissent and activism and torturing arrested protesters as well as pre-emptive arrests in every mobilization.

Alongside symbolic violence manifested in economic, political and discursive form, there is an intensified move toward militarization and authoritarianism. To this end, and while massive layoffs are taking place in the public sector, the Greek state spends more money on hiring and training law enforcement officers. More interestingly, there are close ties between the police and the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, whose members are nostalgic of Hitler and the 1967 Colonels’ Junta. Golden Dawn – now pronounced a criminal organization – is involved in running “paramilitary operations that systematically attacked migrants, leftists and gay people.” Eighteen of its MPs are already incarcerated, and a number of its members have been involved in violent attacks, gun possession and even murder as in the fatal brutal beating of Pakistani immigrant Shehzad Luqman and the cold-blooded murder of Pavlos Fyssas, a young leftist anti-fascist activist and rapper.

The “public” is being abolished in favor of the private, through a process of devaluation, vilification and degradation. A case in point is the ongoing demonization of public functionaries, public school teachers and university professors, and doctors working in the public system of health as lazy, incompetent, in need of constant evaluation and with the Damocles sword of investigation should they dare to disagree. Everything “public” is left to decay, by cutting off funding, staff and support and creating a fertile space for corruption and violent competition.

Malaria, a disease officially eliminated 40 years ago, also made a comeback in 2012.

Public schools lack books and other materials, and in many areas in the north of Greece, children stay at home on very cold days because schools cannot afford to heat the classrooms. Teachers are suffering terrible cuts in their salaries, and universities barely meet their minimum functional needs with cuts in laboratory and support staff that hinder the appropriate working of the departments.

The Decaying Body

“It’s simple. You get hungry, you get dizzy and you sleep it off,”  said the mother of an 11-year old boy who has been suffering hunger pains at school.

Necrophilia is further manifested in physical terms in the ways the human body is degenerating, ravaged by illness, malnutrition, drug abuse, HIV and suicide. People looking for food in the trash. There are homeless people in every corner; mini slum communities all over downtown Athens. Walking south, toward the center, thousands of people wait in line to be served food by soup kitchens that provide over 30,000 free meals a day. Plenty of people queue up for possibly the only meal of their day. Welcome to the “human waste” line.

The Greek governments that assumed the role of the executioners of IMF/EU directives since the beginning of the crisis in 2008 have demonstrated a particularly necrophilous character, and they have done so unapologetically. Αn increasing number of children have been passing out in schools because of malnutrition; there are embarrassing shortages in public hospitals, where patients often have to buy their own gauze and medication from an outside pharmacy while admitted. People without health insurance with severe illnesses do not have access to treatment. Malaria, a disease officially eliminated 40 years ago, also made a comeback in 2012, with cases being noted in eastern Attica and the Peloponnese.

There are increasing numbers of suicides (close to a 43 percent hike) that rank Greece number one worldwide in suicides the past five years. There are alarming new cases of depression and mental illnesses. A recent study conducted by the University of Ioannina found that one in five people facing financial problems presents psychopathological symptoms. There is also a 200 percent increase in HIV cases. At the same time, significant funding is cut from psychiatric hospitals, public drug rehabilitation centers and other social and welfare provisions while the system tries to “abort” vulnerable social groups such as HIV-positive women, drug users and people with mental illness.

With the 40 percent surcharge the government has slapped on heating oil, thousands of households have remained cold during the winter while people are returning to wood stoves, the out-of-control use of which has generated poisonous toxic smog over the city of Athens. Bodily decay goes hand in hand with environmental destruction: Greek soil is ravaged as mineral resources are overexploited in the name of profit. Large forest areas, such as the Skouries forest in Halkidiki, are turning into vast mining sites, where private companies exploit the natural wealth of the country, while poisoning the soil, the air and the water.

The more human qualities are attributed to the markets, the more real people are robbed of their own human substance.

It is a challenging and complicated task to try to explain Greek people’s lack of massive organized resistance the last five years given the radical deterioration of their living conditions. There is almost a reconciliation with death looming everywhere; people are slowly getting used to terror. The initial manifestations – gatherings in squares, protests and other acts of disobedience – did not acquire a more organized and consistent character, despite small local victories and the existence of a movement that daily struggles on many levels and sites. The power elites used the initial shock and paralysis to spread fear through what Naomi Klein has termed the “shock doctrine.” It is common practice for business interests and power elites to exploit shocks in the form of natural disasters, economic problems, or political turmoil, as an opportunity to aggressively restructure vulnerable countries’ economies. In this vein, popular resistance and dissent are squashed through symbolic and material fear and violence ranging from “catastrophic” discourses in the media to very real torture and repression.

Shock helps the system implement antisocial and harmful policies that citizens would normally object to. Being in a state of shock as a country, says Klein, means losing your narrative, being unable to understand where you are in space and time. The state of shock is easy to exploit because people become vulnerable and confused. They are robbed of their vital tools for understanding themselves and their position in the sociopolitical context. People become unalive things and the market becomes alive. While people are slowly losing their humanity, with the government abandoning its social and welfare functions, “markets” become the new referent people should care and worry about, as if they were something alive.

Although lifeless things, markets acquire a soul and a character in the neoliberal discourse. One can observe an interesting phenomenon in the official government discourse, loyally reproduced by mainstream media: a continuous attempt to ascribe human properties to markets. The “market” as a noun, subject or object, is projected as the overarching authority, above and beyond everybody, the entity that should be kept happy and satisfied – another manifestation of necrophilia as people have to die to keep the market alive. The anthropomorphism of the market is illustrated when “markets” are used in the mainstream media in sentences such as “the markets showed satisfaction today” or “the market is struggling,” and “we need to convince the markets,” “we should appease the markets,” or “let’s wait and see how the markets respond.” The invisible market’s “reactions” give legitimacy to the “human sacrifices,” as all “market feelings” depend on increasing antisocial austerity measures that relegate a large part of Greek productive population to the unemployment trashcan. The more human qualities are attributed to the markets, the more real people are robbed of their own human substance. It seems as if the system needs to dehumanize people to “humanize” the market and then, possibly re-humanize them in the new market society, as a new kind of people robbed of any sense of agency.

In the Greek people’s quest to find their lost narrative, to “renarrativise” themselves in a collective way, the ability to consciously disobey and to fill the concept of hope with a real, feasible political project are two very important imperatives. To paraphrase Fromm, at this point in Greek history “the capacity to doubt, to criticize and to disobey” may be all that stands between the future for this country and its end. In articulating a political project and a narrative against capitalist necrophilia, there is a need to put at the core critical and radical thought that, when blended with the love of life, may take the struggle to the next level. Instead of getting confined to reforming or amending the current situation, people need to strive to imagine that which is not, desire it and work hard to make it happen.

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* This article draws on my forthcoming book chapter “Neoliberalism as Social Necrophilia: Erich Fromm and The Politics of Hopelessness in Greece” to appear in Miri, S., Lake, R. & Kress, T. Reclaiming the Sane Society: Essays on Erich Fromm’s Thought. Boston: Sense Publishers.

1. Hall, S., Massey, D. & Rustin, M. (2013). After Neoliberalism: Analyzing the Present. In Hall, S., Massey, D. & Rustin, M. (Eds.) After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto; London, UK: Soundings, p. 12.

2. Sotiris, P. (2012). The Downsizing of a Country.

3. Ibid.

4. Bauman Z. (2004). Wasted Lives: Modernity and its Outcasts. Cambridge, UK: Polity, p. 4.

5.INE GSEE/ADEDY. (2012). Greek economy and employment: Yearly Report 2012. Athens, Greece.

6. Eurozone Unemployment Reaches New High (2013, January 8). BBC

7. Greek National Committee of UNICEF. (2003). State of Children in Greece 2013. Athens: Greece.

8. Fromm, E. (1973). The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness. New York: Henry Holt, p. 369.

9. Ibid

10. Giroux, 2008, p. 21-22). Giroux, H. (2008). Against the Terror of Neoliberalism Politics Beyond the Age of Greed. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

11. Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism (1973, p. 466)

12. The Guardian

13. Alderman, L. (2013, April 17). More Children in Greece are going Hungry. The New York Times.

14. Henley, J. (2013, May 15). Recessions can hurt but Austerity kills.

15. Klein: Klein, N. (2008). The Shock Doctrine. New York: Henry Holt.

16. Edmonds, L. (2013, April 26) “Is Greece in Shock?” Naomi Klein tells Enet how her bestseller The Shock Doctrine relates to Greece. Eleytherotypia Online.

17. Fromm, 1981

PANAYOTA GOUNARI

Panayota Gounari is associate professor of applied linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education/Cultural Studies in Education from Pennsylvania State University. She has earned a BA in classics with a concentration in historical and comparative linguistics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and an MA in Applied Linguistics from UMass Boston. Her research focus is on the role of language and discourse in education, in human agency and in social transformation, and the implications for critical pedagogy. She has co-authored “The Hegemony of English” (in 2003) and co-edited “The Globalization of Racism” (in 2005) with D. Macedo. Both books have been translated into many languages. More recently she has co-edited “Critical Pedagogy: A Reader” (in Greece with G. Grollios). She has published numerous articles and book chapters.

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Mankind’s serious condition has reached life-threatening levels

Within the human societies that have developed some form of civilization, ie any kind of forward thinking and development, a parasitic organism has become entrenched since long and has now put the host body (all of mankind) in mortal danger. The parasite needs to be treated just like a fatal parasite and not as a familiar “itch”…

A parasite is an uninvited guest, an organism that lives attached to another organism (a host animal,  a host plant, a host community) and it takes its nourishment from the host organism.. Mankind as a whole, if seen from a sociological view as one living organism, has also its uninvited guest,  an organism that lives attached to it and that sucks the life out of the host organism/humanity. The word comes from the Greek para, “by”, and sito, “food” or “feed”. The study of parasites is called parasitology. Among the ancient Greeks and today’s Greeks the term is used originally, partly on religious officials who were paid by the receipt of ‘full boarding’ and about the companions to senior officials who came along in official contexts. The word took on the meaning of a lower sense of sponger… TODAY  ONE  CAN WITHOUT PROBLEMS AND WITH  A PROPER SCIENTIFIC PRECISION IN SOCIAL SCIENCES, CALL THE ENTIRE EURO-AMERICAN BANKING-, BUSINESS-, AND POLITICAL-ELITE AND THE SO CALLED UPPER CLASS, PARASITES. However, to varying degree if one want to be fair in their assessment of humanity’s foremost health risk.

The host organism can survive and possibly survive the parasite, but can also succumb when it is not able to feed itself and the parasite.

In biology a distinction is made between some forms of parasites,.. a distinction also sociology can make, and parasites can then easily be identified whithin the host body, humanity, namely:

  • Animals that steal food from other organisms is called kleptoparasites. Kleptoparasites in the body of mankind is THE FINANCIAL ELITE, THE POLITICAL ELITE and THE UPPER CLASS
  • A parasite that lives entirely within its host is called endoparasit, if it lives partly outside its host it is called ektoparasite. Within the body of mankind they are both called  MONARCHIES, OLIGARCHIES, PLUTOCRACIES, PSEUDO-DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENTS and MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS

Parasites are harmful organisms, they are animals that cause humans damage by such as the spread of disease, or by damaging food, clothing, buildings, crops or other property. Mankind’s parasites, in order to feed themselves are damaging food, crops, homes communities and countries,… by spreading the mental toxins that damage the human intellect, the mental health, the community character and the psycho-social immune system to such a degree that melancholy, apathy and irrational, self-destructive tendencies occurs in the host organism/humanity.

The term harmful organisms can be seen as a classification of species/communities from a utilitarian paradigm which focuses on this animals/communities benefit for humans and mankind. Animals/communities that is hurting people are seen, from this perspective, as harmful organisms .

Most often it is enough to balance the pH level in the body to get rid of parasites and in human societies, it is about balancing the human-values level by a truly blind and functioning justice and real democratic and altruistic basis for all people’accessibility to life essentials and development opportunities.

A community which to its biggest part live and feed on other people’s creative power, ingenuity and inspiration.. on the work of others, others ‘sacrifices, the health of others, other people’s property, other people’s food, home, land, savings, are undoubtedly the monarchs’, the dukes’, the bankers’ and the multinational business leaders’ community. When these through extortion gain control of armies and weapons and the power to procure for themselves control of the courts, the political systems, governments and by that the human societies, the danger becomes fatal to the entire organism. This is just where we find ourselves today.

Those who actively, sober, thoughtful and above all, in a relevant and appropriate way resist and fight against this mankind’s most dangerous parasite rampage, are mankind’s only hope for recovery and survival. Everything else is, at this point, just useless ‘sugar pills’, ‘pacifiers’ and ‘baby blankets’ for the spineless…

Kosmas Loumakis

Athens 07-01-2014

 

in Swedish

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the text is an adaptation of Wikipedia’s description of the parasite

Mänsklighetens allvarliga sjukdomstillstånd har nått livshotande nivåer

Inom de mänskliga samhällen som har utvecklat någon form av civilisation, dvs någon form av framåtsträvande och utveckling, har en parasitorganism bitit sig fast  sedan länge och nu befinner sig värdkroppen (hela mänskligheten) i livsfara. Parasiten måste behandlas just som en livshotande parasit och inte som en bekant “klåda”…

En parasit är en objuden gäst, en organism som lever vidhäftad vid en annan organism (ett värddjur eller en värdväxt) och tar sin näring ifrån denna.. Mänskligheten som helhet, om den från en samhällsekonomisk synvinkel ses som en levande organism, har också en objuden gäst, en organism som lever vidhäftad på och som suger livet ur värdorganismen/mänskligheten. Ordet kommer från grekiskans para, “vid”, och sitos, “mat” eller “föda”. Studiet av parasiter kallas parasitologi. Hos forntidens och dagens greker användes och används uttrycket ursprungligen dels om religiösa tjänstemän som betalades genom att de uppbar ’helpension’, dels om medföljare till högre ämbetsmän som medbjöds i officiella sammanhang. Ordet fick med tiden en lägre mening av snyltgäst… IDAG KAN MAN UTAN PROBLEM OCH MED TILLBÖRLIG VETENSKAPLIG PRECISION INOM SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAPERNA KALLA DEN EURO-AMERIKANSKA BANK-, AFFÄRS-, OCH POLITISKA ELITEN FÖR PARASITER. Dock i olika grad om man vill vara rättvis i sin bedömning av mänsklighetens absolut främsta hälsorisk…

Värdorganismen kan fortleva och eventuellt överleva parasiten men kan också duka under när den inte förmår föda både sig själv och parasiten.

Inom biologin skiljer man på några former av parasiter, vilket också samhällsvetenskapen kan göra och då kan parasiterna med lätthet  identifieras inom värdkroppen, mänskligheten, nämligen:

  • Djur som stjäl föda ifrån andra organismer kallas för kleptoparasiter. Kleptoparasiter i den mänskliga samhällskroppen är FINANSELIT, POLITISK ELIT och s.k ÖVERKLASS
  • En parasit som lever helt inuti sin värd kallas här endoparasit, om den lever endast delvis inne i sin värd kallas den ektoparasit. Inom den mänskliga samhällskroppen kallas både endoparasiter och ektoparasiter MONARKIER, OLIGARKIER, PLUTOKRATIER, PSEUDO-DEMOKRATISKA REGERINGAR och MULTINATIONELLA FÖRETAG.

Parasiter är skadedjur, de är djur som vållar människan skada genom till exempel spridning av sjukdom eller genom att skada livsmedel, kläder, byggnader, grödor eller annan egendom. Mänsklighetens parasiter, för att kunna föda sig själva och skada livsmedel, grödor, hem och samhällen, sprider de mentala gifter som skadar det mänskliga intellektet, den mentala hälsan, samhällskaraktären och immunförsvaret till sådan grad att melankoli, apati och orationella, självdestruktiva tendenser uppstår hos värdorganismen/mänskligheten.

Begreppet “skadedjur” kan ses som klassificering av olika djurarter/samhällsgrupper från ett utilitaristiskt paradigm där man fokuserar på detta djurs/samhällsgrupps nytta för människor och mänskligheten. Djur/samhällsgrupper som därvidlag är till skada för människor ses, från detta perspektiv, som skadedjur.

Oftast räcker det med att balansera ph-värdet i kroppen för att göra sig av med parasiter och i de mänskliga samhällena handlar det om att balansera människo-värdet genom en i sanning blind och fungerande rättvisa och en verklig demokratisk och altruistisk grund för fördelning av människans livsnödvändigheter och utvecklingsmöjligheter.

En samhällsgrupp som till sin absolut största del lever och när sig på andras skapandekraft, uppfinningsrikedom och inspiration,.. på andras arbete, andras uppoffringar, andras hälsa, andras egendomar, andras föda, hem, mark och besparingar, är ju otvivelaktigt monarkernas, grevarnas, bankirernas och de multinationella företagsledarnas samhällsgrupp. När dessa genom utpressning får kontroll över armeer och vapensystem och makten att förskaffa sig kontroll över domstolar, politiska system, regeringar och därmed de mänskliga samhällena, är faran livshotande för hela organismen. Just där befinner vi oss idag.

De som aktivt, nyktert, genomtänkt och framförallt på ett relevant och adekvat sätt bekämpar denna mänsklighetens farligaste parasits framfart, är mänsklighetens enda hopp om tillfrisknande och överlevnad. Allt annat är numera tyvärr betydelselösa ‘sockerpiller’, ‘napp’ och ‘snuttefilt’ åt de ryggradslösa…

Kosmas Loumakis

Athen 07-01-2014

 

på Engelska

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texten är en bearbetning av Wikipedias beskrivning av parasiten

 

Opening and closing speech of Dimitris Kazakis – on EPAM’s INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE in Athens

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Opening speech and closing speech, further down, of Dimitris Kazakis on the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEBT, NATIONAL CURRENCY & DEMOCRACY in Keramikos – Athens, Saturday 30 November and 1 December 2013

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“Dear fellow fighters, friends and invitees…

I welcome you, on behalf of the political board, to the international conference hosted by the United People’s Front (EPAM) where we’ll discuss the subjects of debt, national currency and democracy.

This meeting, for all of us fighting against the ‘memorandum occupation’, the euro and the EU, is a very important event. Not only because we’ll have the opportunity to enrich our effort with the experience of other countries whose people face similar problems and situations but also because we get the chance to get to know each other and make relationships of fellowship and coordination in the common fight of all of eurozone’s and EU’s people and beyond, against the worst authoritarianism the world has known since the ancient regime that was brought down by the great French Revolution.

What’s happening in Greece is the living example of the way in which the eurozone and the EU are evolving into a new super-state embodiment, the European Federation, as called by Barroso himself at the ‘State of the Union’ in September 2012. What is being done in Greece created and continues to create the legal and political precedent for this transformation.

The first thing the eurozone looked into, after the crisis broke out in Greece, was to isolate the country on the one hand and on the other hand, impose a state of colonial occupation that is novel in the European historical timeline.

Greece was forced, from the first moment, to ‘irrevocably and unconditionally waive all immunity’, as mentioned verbatimin the loan agreements.* By doing this, the eurozone lenders were free to put the country under a state of liquidation and clearance. The average Greek citizen was officially turned into a debt slave. A peon. Forced to give up on essential rights on their work, its product and their own life in order to pay a debt that is impossible to pay off.

It’s the first time in history since the era of feudalism, that a people, a whole nation is officially turned into a peon and has a state of peony imposed, that is a debt serfdom. Not just as a result of actions, something the IMF has been doing for decades in Latin America, Africa and elsewhere, but officially, by signing colonial loan agreements on demand of the eurozone itself.
And all that thanks to the fact that Greece is in the eurozone and has given up its own essential means of fiscal, monetary and credit policy. The lenders, of course, looked to have loan agreements according to which peony, the debt serfdom, is presented as a voluntary request of Greece. The Greek people themselves.

In this crime, the lenders were aided by the furthermost assistance and ultimate support of a totally corrupt, sold-out and treasonous political system which didn’t hesitate to perform a coup and abolish every aspect of constitutional order of the country in order to serve the interests of the most rapacious circles of the euro and the money markets.

So, we think that as of the 6th of May, 2010 and up to this day, Greece is under occupation. Colonial occupation. One with an aim for the mass extinction of the Greek people and the plunder of the social and natural wealth of the country by its lenders. In a very short time, we had foreign commissioners arriving and occupying key positions of the state mechanism. In addition to the Troika. In this day, the state cannot proceed to any act without the prior suggestion or approval by the foreign commissioners. Even the judicial/legal system has been put under their wing. Even the military forces and the defense system of the country. In essence, the absolute being of the state has been abrogated.

With the assistance of the internal political system, of the contemporary collaborationists, the modern Quislings, in just three years, more than 400 laws were introduced on demand of the lenders and the Troika. More than 27 legislative acts that are of similar content to the old Royal Decrees, as well as dozens of other Cabinet acts under orders from above and beyond. For the Greek people, there is no vital sector that is crucial to them – in labor, society and politics – that hasn’t changed vastly on their expense, by abolishing their most essential of rights.

After all this, the Greek people have no sovereign ownership rights in their country. They can’t decide for themselves on anything that concerns them. Even the right in private ownership has been brutally bludgeoned. Everything in the country, the public and private wealth of the Greek citizens, is now available to the lenders and the euro-system. And the trade-off? The average Greek today, being even more indebted than when the Troika first came.

It’s not just that the public debt keeps rising… The country was forced to borrow again, mainly in order to keep funding the external debt, during the period of 2010-2013, more than 320 billion euros. That is more than what the public debt was before 31-12-2009 but even so, continues to owe more than 325 billion euros.

To the private debt of the Greeks – which exceeds the amount of 230 billion euros – another 45 billion were added in the last three years. It’s debt towards the Tax Office, with the sole purpose of confiscating real and mobile private property. At the same time, the average citizen saw 1 in 4 people losing their jobs. Every work right was abolished. They saw 1 in 3 losing even the possibility of insurance, while the base salary was reduced by at least 40%. Saw the regime of general poverty and unemployment going hand-in-hand with a regime of absolute immunity, where the worker is literally a derelict.

They watched as 3 out of 4 workers, who still have the “luxury” of having a job, either getting blackmailed and paid under even the base salary or facing delayed payments. Today, 3 out of 5 workers that have a job, face 5-month-old delayed payments. That is, they haven’t been paid for 5 months on average. The average Greek citizen saw the majority of self-employed workers getting destroyed with a single stroke. They make up 32% of the total employment figures. They saw half of small and medium-sized businesses shutting down, while the big ones have their earnings, suppliers and workers ravaged by their owners, so that they can flee Greece or vastly reduce their activities. They saw the volume of investment dropping extremely from 22% of GDP in 2009 to 12% today, turning Greece to the country with the biggest disinvestment worldwide. They also saw poverty and hardship double in two years. Rampaging immigration, notably of the younger generations, close to the levels of the ’60s – a time when the Greek society was faced with the biggest immigration wave it ever had. They saw – in a two year period, from 2011 to 2012 – the population decreasing by 80,000 in absolute figures, for the first time in the post-War period.

After all this, is the 98% of the Greek population, who according to measurements expect the worst, in the wrong? No. They’re absolutely right. If we keep following the same path, if we hold on to the euro – especially now, on the road to the European Federation, as declared by the prior Maoist Barroso – now that the right of composing and publishing the state budget, while the European Commission has officially obtained the status of a super-government, with the ECB having direct supervision and control of the banking system under its absolute jurisdiction, in the eurozone and the EU.

For us, the dilemma is clear: You either come in terms with the current situation and just seek ways of managing it better with increasingly worsening effects for the people or you overturn it. There is no middle ground. As long as we wait for a divine intervention, a miracle, we’ll keep experiencing absolute destruction. Not only us in Greece but all the peoples of the eurozone. A realistic approach is one that doesn’t leave the people open to today’s threats. One that doesn’t allow them to sink any more into anguish and despair, poverty and extinction. Our duty is majorly patriotic. Primarily nation-liberating against the worst continental regime that’s been imposed upon the people since Hitler.

Another Europe is indeed feasible. A Europe whose peoples will be free, sovereign and owners of their countries, where they will solely decide for their present and their future. Only such a Europe of independent, autonomous and sovereign peoples can turn into a continent of true peace, democracy and brotherhood.

Brotherhood cannot exist where peoples are slaves of the markets, the banking cartel and the supranational instruments of European integration. Suppression only brings wars. Wars of conquering and enslavement, which can only be responded to with an uprising of the entirety of the people.

One thing is certain: The Greek people won’t allow its extinction. And it’s that close, just that close, to the moment when it will take matters into its own hands. And be assured that it’s ready to assist all other peoples in their fight by any means. In the common fight of all of the peoples of Europe. And not just Europe…

The Greek people have done this before. They’ve set the example. They stood their ground, first winners against the Nazi hordes, for democracy, freedom and national sovereignity. Despite all the sacrifices they suffered. And they will set the example for all peoples again.

2014 will be the year of the Greek people. It will be a landmark year for democracy and freedom in all of Europe. Like it was then, on the 28th of October, 1940, when the Greek people were called to the fight against the fascist invader. First to the battle against the fascists and to defeat them. And now, against the new fascism, the fascism of the markets, against which they will score the first victory on behalf of all European peoples.

Thank you very much.”

* “The Borrower hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waives all immunity to which it is or may become entitled, in respect of itself or its assets, from legal proceedings in relation to this Amendment, including, without limitation, immunity from suit, judgement or other order, from attachment, arrest or injunction prior to judgement, and from execution and enforcement against its assets to the extent not prohibited by mandatory law.”

Excerpt from the “AMENDMENT TO THE EUR 80 000 000 000 LOAN FACILITY AGREEMENT” text

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A SPEECH FOR GREECE at the International Conference of the United People’s Front (EPAM)

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by JIM REYNOLDS, Vice Chairman, Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB)

Dear Friends,

My name is Jim Reynolds and I am a Vice Chairman representing the Campaign for an Independent Britain. On behalf of our organisation, I come to  Greece in full hearted  friendship for the Greek people and for our colleagues from all over Europe, who are fighting for the return of democratic self government to their countries and deliverance from their debt slavery , enforced by that imperial project, the Euro currency.  We in the Campaign for an Independent Britain are from all parties and none. We come from right, left and centre and all we want is our country back!

Our organisation was formed in 1969 under a different name as a cross-party coalition, opposed to “Common Market” entry in 1973. It is an umbrella group, supported by public donations, to which other Eurosceptic organisations are affiliated. We campaign for the restoration of full national sovereignty to the United Kingdom by its withdrawal from the obligations of the treaties of the European Union and the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 (as amended), so that Parliament may legislate freely and may co-operate with other nations as it sees fit. We are a “broad church” of political opinion but will not tolerate racists or extremists and reject any organisation known to be motivated by anti-democratic intentions.

Our country has been betrayed by certain Prime Ministers. Edward Heath in 1972 took us into what was then called a Common Market – on a narrow vote in Parliament of 309 to 301, whilst concealing from all MPs the terms of entry. Harold Wilson in 1975 claimed he had secured new terms of membership and, aided by a lavishly funded campaign, the full support of the BBC and almost all British newspapers, he secured a 67% vote by 65% of the electorate to stay in.

In 1983, the men who later became our Prime Ministers, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, gained their seats in Parliament for the first time by promising, if elected, to take us out of the European Union – but changed their minds when elected.

Over many years we have printed and distributed millions of factual leaflets on many subjects and organised public gatherings and films. We have a website  HYPERLINK “http://www.freebritain.org.uk/”www.freebritain.org.uk  . In 2010, after our most recent general election to Parliament, we supplied every member of the House of Commons and of the House of Lords with a booklet entitled “ A HOUSE DIVIDED: Can parliament serve Two Masters, the Nation and the European Union?”. I have brought a number of copies with me to make them available to you. It tells of the lies and deceits perpetrated in order to maintain public support for the EU  – and of the loss of our Parliamentary sovereignty.

Turning now to those countries of Europe which, with us have joined the EU -Something very strange has happened to the countries of Europe over the last fifty years through the deceit of our politicians – the leaders who should be serving the interests of their own  peoples who elect them. By  meeting together with politicians from other countries in the EU they have increasingly discovered that, as a class, they have more in common with each other and with the bankers than they do with the people they are supposed to serve. Little by little they have created a super – state structure to which they have given their loyalty and obedience  which  should  only be   to their own countries and peoples.

In any other age this would have been called treason and would have been punished as such. They are people who dress like us, look like us and talk like us but whose loyalty is elsewhere – to that strange anti-democratic structure in Brussels. What was presented to us as a free association of sovereign nations co-operating in trade always was intended to develop into  a super-state, a single despotism over all the peoples of Europe.

Britain was slowly enmeshed in this plot against its own people by  its political class – but not without a struggle. As a country, we had spent all of our money and much of our blood to free the countries of Europe from fascism and the natural goodwill of democrats towards their fellows in other European countries was gradually subverted to this evil project.

One man who saw this clearly in the Forties was the Labour Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin.

A man of the working class, he was intensely suspicious of the early moves towards European integration. He knew enough of Greek mythology to coin a keenly true but amusing mixed metaphor. He said of the European project.

“If you open that Pandora’s box, you don’t know how many Trojan horses will come flying out”.

Unfortunately for us and for Europe, Ernest Bevin was overruled by American pressure. Britain was bankrupt and the Americans controlled the flow of dollars. In fact, we have evidence that the CIA funded the European Movement from the beginning, just as the American government today puts diplomatic pressure on our country, telling us that we must stay in the EU.

Well, whilst the Trojan Horse was originally a Greek stratagem against the Trojans, there are now whole herds of them from Brussels within the walls  of  Greece today – and in every EU country.  Wherever you see that ring of stars announcing another project assisted by the EU, a little bit of your country has been shaped to suit the policy makers of Brussels.  Around all these projects – and the ones you don’t see or hear of – are the people who do well out of them. Some of them are gradually entrapped bit by bit, often unwittingly at the time, into giving their first loyalty to their Brussels paymasters.

The Commissioners in Brussels and the heads of government of other EU countries are far away and, whilst we can rage about what they do, there is little we can do to affect them. They are hermetically sealed in a world of privilege beyond our reach. It was our own, treacherous  politicians who delivered us into the hands of these people. In doing it they became more like them, as prophetically described by the poet G.K. Chesterton eighty years ago.

“They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords,

Lords without anger and honour who dare not carry their swords.

They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes.

They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies”

Brussels has not taken any power from our countries  which has not been handed over by our own politicians and officials. Sometimes in the mistaken belief that it was somehow for the peace and good of Europe – we have let them do it. Sometimes we were just too late to stop them. Now  is the time to insist that they take back the power – our power to rule ourselves –  and bring it home where it belongs – each in our own country.

And if they won’t do it, then throw the rogues out!

By meeting together,  co-ordinating our efforts and sharing information, we can each be much more effective in in our own countries where  the real fight is.

I mentioned  Ernest Bevin, the socialist politician of the Nineteen Forties, as one who understood the dangers of the European project. The last British politician to stand against the creation of the EU superstate was very different politically – Margaret Thatcher.  The President of the EU Commission, Jacques Delors, had proposed more or less what we have now – The EU Commission as the executive government of the EU, the so-called EU parliament as its token democratic assembly and the European Council of heads of government as its senate.

To each of these proposals in turn, Mrs Thatcher said “No!” “No!” “No!” and so was betrayed by the europhiles in her own party whose loyalty was to the EU and not to the most solemn oath they had sworn to their own sovereign and country.  That is the rottenness at the heart of every EU member state, not just Britain.

If we had been meeting just over a month ago on October 28th , we could have joined with our Greek friends in celebrating “No!” day, the anniversary of Greece’s short response to the ultimatum by the Italian dictator Mussolini. The admiration which Britain then felt for Greece standing up to a much bigger country is reflected today in our support for your campaign to restore your country’s honour and self government. It is a common struggle which we share, so I share the sentiment of Lord Byron

“The mountains look on Marathon -

And Marathon looks on the sea;

And musing there an hour alone,

I dreamed that Greece still might be free;

For standing on the Persians’ grave,

I could not deem myself a slave”

USURY Vs DEMOCRACY HOW CENTRAL BANKS USE DEBT TO DESTROY NATIONS

Synopsis:

Are we really free to choose and is the people’s power acknowledged? “Debt Management” is a short documentary on the illusion of freedom (the case of the “boiling frog”) and the illusion of choice (as in the example of “Plato’s cave”), from an economic perspective. The Greek crisis is just another round in the constant struggle between those who take decisions that determine the will of whole societies and the real power of the people. How can entire societies become powerless, from an economic point of view? By what means is that being achieved in modern Europe?

see the whole documentary here

Debt Management – Διαχείριση χρέους (Ελληνικοί υπότιτλοι, Greek subs)

without Greek subtitles

Participating:

Maria Delivani N., economist, former dean of the University of Macedonia.
Craig Wherlock, since 2008 “Journalist of the crisis.”
Didac S. – Costa, sociologist.
Albert Broomhead, economist and analyst.
Dimitris Kazakis, economist, author, columnist.
General co Kastrinakis P. Alexander.
In Charis.

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Συμμετέχουν:

Μαρία Δεληβάνη Ν., οικονομολόγος, πρώην πρύτανης του Πανεπιστημίου Μακεδονίας.
Craig Wherlock, από το 2008 «δημοσιογράφος της κρίσης».
Didac S.- Costa, κοινωνιολόγος.
Albert Broomhead, οικονομολόγος, αναλυτής.
Δημήτρης Καζάκης, οικονομολόγος, συγγραφέας, αρθρογράφος.
Γενική επιμέλεια Αλέξανδρος Καστρινάκης Π..
Στη Χαρούλα.

Money – The World’s Most Dominant Religion

1. Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve

This extraordinary documentary, made by the Mises Institute in 1996, is the clearest, most compelling explanation ever offered of the Fed. (42 mins)

2. Conspiracies – Iraq:

A 2006 Sky documentary revealing the only WMD Saddam Hussein had, was the Euros he charged for Iraqi oil. As this was a direct challenge to the US petrodollar, Hussein had to go. (46 mins)

3. Money As Debt:

A fast-paced and highly entertaining animated feature. It explains today’s banking system in terms that are easy to understand. (47 mins)

4. Woody Harrelson Presents – Ethos:

Presented by actor & activist Woody Harrelson, this powerful 2011 documentary blows the lid off our corrupt monetary and political system. (70 min)

5. The Money Fix – Monetary Reform:

This movie examines the human & the natural world. We learn how we can empower ourselves by redesigning the economy at the community level. (80 mins)

6. The Secret of Oz:

Governments should issue debt free money. This is the solution as revealed by L. Frank Baum in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (112 mins)

Hellenism is in danger, humanity is in danger

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A paradigm is a set of values and norms that is publicly accepted and acknowledged as the suitable ones, and can be said to be the basic values of a certain civilization

An anti-Hellenic lobby paved the way for the establishment of the Rothschild-Zionist dogma

Before the global elite can launch a long desired global paradigm shift an induced shift of the main and basic human values and norms, the old foundations, must first be accused, slandered and falsified and facts must be distorted. Various other cultures have had to endure this throughout history (North-South American Indians, Celts, Persians, Arabs, Africans, Polynesians and others). However now it’s not about the destruction of a culture but the destruction of the whole of the Hellenic foundations of the western civilization. The globalists, who themselves claim that they are *Zionists and this regardless of whether they are Jewish or not, now aim to replace the basic human values that is the base of western societies, by a very aggressive propaganda opposing the old values, freedom, justice, humanityHellenism is the cradle of the values Rothschild-Zionism detest.

Hellenism = Hellenistic (also called classic) schooling, education and upbringing, ie classical Greek literature-philosophy-science-arts-music-theater-athletics (martial arts) taught properly in balance and in adequate symbiosis with each other,.. plus a moral approach towards humans and humanity, has proved to offer the most essential safeguards against tyranny, despotism, monarchy and oligarchy – Hellenism, as a broader term, originates from the word ellinismos (describes the genetic, geographic, cultural and spiritual roots of the Hellenes/Greeks) and is NOT limited to only the classical period of ancient Greece and later Rome, as Wikipedia and many other encyclopedias suggest. The word describes the ENTIRE history of the Hellenes (the Ionian and the Doric tribes). Hellenism has throughout the recorded history been *Zionisms and its predecessors, the Pharisees, enemy No. 1. This of course, because it represents a direct threat to what later became the *Zionist worldview, the Zionist dogma. Hellenism highlights the importance of human freedom, it develops free thinking and offer the spiritual and intellectual tools, so that each individual can be able to develop  independent, free, critical thinking. *Zionism, in which the individual and free critical thinking is seen as a weakness for the collective and in which the individual is seen as merely a cog in a larger machinery, considered the Hellenic thoughts about the free human as nonsense and even dangerous for the community. This ‘attitude’ towards Hellenic teachings is also what is diligently spread in the schools and in the common encyclopedias today.

This is why today the concept of freedom is distorted and changed into freedom without responsibilities (capitalism, neo-liberalism)or even into, too much freedom is dangerous for the human societies (conservatism, totalitarianism, autocracy).

“when truth has been peeled out of history, all that is left of it, is a worthless story”

Polybios

Since about 70 years now an anti-Hellenic lobby has deliberately been spreading false teachings and pseudo-arguments among secondary school’s, college’s and universities, with the aim to undermine the classic, Hellenistic education. Anyone who is a bit familiar with the recorded facts in the history of mankind notice this without difficulties, primarily through the major lexicons and encyclopedias obvious omission and distortion of important knowledge and facts about the legacy of the Greeks. On closer examination you can very easy discover a deliberate manipulation of facts behind the history of the Hellenes’, their discoveries, their knowledge, their origin and their language.

Pure cultural persecution has been conducted against Hellenism from a Rothschild-Zionist lobby amongst academics, with the aim to minimize the possibilities for students to discover the genuine European heritage and the real western spiritual origin and instead replace it with a Rothschild-Zionist worldview. Tens of thousands of concerned academics worldwide, has been sounding the alarm about this over decades. A large number of professors from all over the world argue that there is a deliberate anti-Hellenic lobby within the academic world, that want to remove Greek education in general from the curriculum in the major universities. A climate thrives in these where Hellenism is considered to be “overrated” and as being based on an up-picking of achievements of neighboring cultures. All such claims can of course be rebutted quite thoroughly and without any difficulties, not least by the neighboring cultures own literature, but the damage is still done because the vast majority of the students never make an effort to search for the real facts on these issues. They tend to stick to the common approach to this heritage. An approach to knowledge which by itself actually proves the increasing dissociation from the Hellenic approach to knowledge  It seem fairly unnecessary to most people to question the established encyclopedias, popular science magazines and some of the top universities ways to convey the valuable heritage of the Greeks. It is even less believed that, in our “enlightened” time, they would deliberately distort the truths about our existence, our origins and our true history.

Brave professors, lecturers and academics as Mary Lefkowitz, Victor Hansen and Bruce S Thornton among many others have alarmed about this. Since it exists so much written in Greek, which through the ancient, original texts, proves that the ‘anti-Hellenic lobby’ is spreading sheer lies about Greek culture, the Latin replaced classical Greek a few decades ago as the language of literature, philosophy and science. Most major encyclopedias today (relatively undetected), therefore ignore the actual, original texts and refers only to them through, far too often, very shallow interpretations and pure guesses by translators who have tried to comprehend the thinking of the ancient Greeks. They could have let the Classic Greek remain and even teach it more in its talking form, so that every student himself/herself could read the original texts and interpret them himself/herself. After all more than 85% of the books and scrolls in the infamous Library of Alexandria was in Greek. Why must these books content be explained to the world today by a bunch of interpreters?

Short idea-historic retrospective on Zionism and Hellenism:

The Hebreo-Chaldean tribes praised the ‘importance of the collective’ and built their world view and their view on humans and humanity largely on religion, mythology, the natural conditions, ‘necessities’ for the survival of the tribes and pure superstition. ‘Science’, Philosophy and Religion in these cultures had to comply with eachother and the authority, the ‘king’, the ‘emperor’, the ‘demigod’, the ‘prophet’ who was considered to have direct contact with “God” and could therefore NOT be criticized openly. He was infallible and his word could not be questioned. Any ‘weakness’ of their authority was supposed to cause chaos and anarchy in a society. They were “theocentric”, ie with a god and a priesthood in the center of their societies. They felt in these tribes that they needed and that they wanted a ‘shepherd’, THEIR ‘shepherd’. From around 1 500 BC the elite of the Sanhedrin, ie the highest Jewish council of the synagogue of ancient times and today’s Rothschild-Zionism (not necessarily Jewish), has always seen Hellenism as its archenemyThis, because automatically, through its main characteristics, its literature and its ancient mystery traditions, Hellenism forms a constant threat to the Rothschild-Zionism’s worldview and its fundamental views on humanity. Precursors of Rothschild-Zionism is actually NOT the whole of Sanhedrin but only a specific group within the ancient Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish council in the synagogue, namely the Pharisees. If you look deeper in their key political, religious, Jewish currents as a common denominator, then the Rothschild-Zionists today are the heirs of the Pharisees. Phariséism was a Jewish, religious, political party who interpreted the Torah and the law of Moses literally, but also rigidly (it was dictated instead of inspired) so the actual ethos and the spirit of the law became rigid and stiff and thus an extremely favorable tool for elitism, racism and tyranny. Today’s fundamentalism, extremism and racism in any religion or ideology is based on this kind of a rigid ethos.

The Ionian and Doric tribes ie the Hellenes (Greeks), praised the individuals importance and placed the Human Being in the center of their concern and they built their worldview and their view on Humanity on critical observations, science and knowledge of the human role in nature and in universe. They were “anthropocentric”, with the human being in the centre and they looked at the world and mankind from an investigative perspective based on their own observations and studies. They did not live particularly different from their neighbors, but THE WAY THEY LOOKED UPON HOW THEY LIVED constituted their uniqueness in comparison with ALL other cultures in the ancient world. They examined everything from a critical perspective and this critical, investigative approach they also turned towards their own functions, behavior, institutions, ideas and thinking. Where most other cultures saw more or less similar patterns the Greeks, through their perspective, distinguished details, differences and exceptions. They could place their focus of observation beyond nature, humans and even the gods and examine everything from a rational, investigative, scientific perspective. The Greeks had the ability to see life steadily and see it whole, rather than remain enslaved by custom, tradition, superstition, nature or by the brute force of the political and clerical elite. It sought to free itself from the ‘shackles’, the kind of existence that often dictate people’s lives through dogma, creeds, traditions, customs and practices and therefore breed non-examined, ingrained, ‘mechanical’, behavior patterns and routines. The Hellenes wanted to be fully ‘conscious’ in their perception and their behavior. To them it was therefore essential that Science, Philosophy and Religion were decoupled from each other, in order for free thinking to develop at all. This was something that was unthinkable in ALL the other cultures as this view was seen as dangerous and as a threat to the order, the monarchy and the clerical elite.

The biggest achievement, with this approach to life was the birth of the organized, critical thinking and thus the concept of freedom. Something that before the Greeks, only existed for kings and emperors with their courts. From that critical thinking, an organized idea that all human beings are born free and independent and therefore has the right to form and decide about their lives, was born,.. so therefore for instance slavery was seriously criticized and later abolished in ancient Athens around 300 BC (about 2000 years before anyone else). They showed by their celebration of the development of human qualities, that they did not want to be dependent on any ‘shepherd’, but that they themselves were capable of becoming the best ‘shepherds’ for their own lives, as long as they learned to understand the microcosmos and the macrocosmos and the natural principles that govern nature and universe.

The Hebrews were looking for “God” outside themselves and the Hellenes were looking for “God” in themselves…

It is really this ancient schizm between two contradicting idea-worlds and spiritual traditions,… this “schizophrenia” between Hellenism and Rothschild-Zionism, that the ruling classes have tried to crowd into ONE in the ‘modern Western civilization’. This paradox and this fundamental clash of ideas, is what really reflects the whole Western society in all its institutions, its culture its societies, its social character and its basic views on humans and Humanity.

  • We believe that we base our societies and ‘democratic’ states on noble values, but everywhere we structurally violate these values on a daily basis for the sake of financial profit, power and self-pleasure.
  • We believe that we are freer than others, but we captivate ourselves more than any other culture by the shackles of materialism and the devotion of only the physical, the flesh..
  • We say that we defend freedom and human rights, but its obvious that the western Governments and institutions doesn’t count in all of humanity in the same standard, only the lords and the elite of the western world.

We claim Hellenism in our thoughts and our writings but we are devoted to Zionism in our behavior and our practiced values, our institutions and our administrations. In our so called ‘democratic institutions’, a tremendous dehumanization of others is an accepted ingredient in our relations to others. In fact every bizarre paradox that we discover in the western societies can be traced back to this particular cultural and spiritual “schizophrenia” between Hellenism and Zionism.

Today Zionism is striving to bury Hellenism and go back to pre-Hellenic idea-worlds where:

  • the kings (today’s: royalties, financial elite, corporate leaders and bankers)
  • the emperors (today’s: leaders of superpowers and international nations-unions, international organizations, cartel’s and alliances)
  • the priests (today’s: pseudo-science, media, entertainment and show business)
  • the demigods (today’s: ruling elite and their celebrities and “gurus”)

again are telling humans and humanity what’s best for us.

We are again deceived to believe that we are unable to deal with our lives without the elite’s directions and laws. For that paradigm-shift to be fully implemented the pure and original Hellenic ingredients in human thinking has to first be ridiculed, humiliated and forgotten by humanity.

 

Kosmas Loumakis

Stockholm 2013-10-22

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*Zionism is normally considered to be Theodore Herzl’s organized Jewish movement for the achievement of a country for the Jewish people, the Jewish state of Israel (which in fact content elitism, racism and totalitarianism as structural policies)… In this article though when I refer to Zionism I describe Rothschild’s version of Zionism (identical with the ancient Phariseeism), which actually is more about the cultural “hijacking” of the true Jewish people, their religion and their traditions, in order to serve an oligarchic global family’s aims for global power, with the current state of Israel as its shield and its vehicle towards this goal and with the USA as its guard…  There are Christian Zionists and Muslim Zionists no matter how strange that can sound, simply because today’s Rothschild-Zionism has nothing to do with the real Jewish religion but only with the aims of those families and their plans with the state of Israel. They consider themselves as “kings” and “emperors” of humanity and they are using Israel and the Jews in order to fulfill that quest.

NATO’s Nazistversion av Frihet är Organiserad Ondska emot Mänskligheten

Idag är det bara de dåligt historiskt informerade, de djupt indoktrinerade eller de mentalt sjuka, som kan se nazisterna och dess gelikar som motståndare till globalisterna, den ekonomiska eliten, västvärldens kungafamiljer, “aristokraterna” och deras “hov” och “tjänstefolk”. Nazismen blev uttrycket för ideer som bildades för att skydda just dessa människor från Demokratin eller en ny Bastilj! Dess logik, metoder och taktik har antagits av NATO, IDF, EU och USA med ‘avkommor’ som Al-Qaida och deras senaste “missfoster”, Kievs NATO-ihopplockade Gladio-armé. Den som placerades där för att den skulle förbereda NATO’s invasion av Ukraina.

Denna artikel behandlar uppkomsten av nazismen, dess karaktär, dess förutsättningar, dess gelikar och dess arv och innehåller följande 5 punkter:

  • Bakgrund
  • Varför utmärker sig nazisterna som de värsta krigsförbrytarna i mänsklighetens historia?
  • Ondska är “Empati Erosion” och nazisterna gjorde den till samhällsnorm
  • Den förödande missuppfattningen av begreppet “Frihet” i västvärlden
  • Nazism och NATO

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Bakgrund

Den EU och USA stödda Kiev-regimen, med sina pöbelhopar av huliganer och sin NATO-värvade, ‘Gladio’ armé; har med Odessa massakern den 2:a Maj 2014 och de pågående massakrerna i östra Ukraina inlett en ny era av etniska rensningar i Europa. Odessa massakern var en noggrant iscensatt hemlig underrättelseoperation i syfte att signalera början på den nazistiska terrorn på den europeiska kontinenten.

Det var inget “spontant” eller “oavsiktligt”, som massmedia påstod, med denna djävulska aktion som inkluderade massmordet på 120+ människor inne i Fackföreningarnas Hus i Odessa. Byggnaden sattes mycket medvetet  i brand som en del av en noggrant planerad paramilitär operation, utförd av amerikanska psykopater ur CIA’s special ops.

Israels och USA: s “arméer” och deras underrättelsetjänster är direkta arvtagare till nazisterna och deras avhumaniserings-politik. Den nyligen om-stylade naziregimen i Ukraina är bara en naturlig följd av den 7 decennier långa CIA- och MI6-sponsrade Nazist-marknadsföringen och det är de CIA- och Mossad-stödda jihadisterna i arabvärlden också.

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Idag försöker EU-och USA-median att ihärdigt tona ner och förminska nazisternas brott under andra världskriget och deras utomordentligt misanthropiska (människo-hatande från grekiskans μίσος [hat], άνθρωπος [människa]) disposition och därigenom ge en annan bild av nazismen. Att slakta, ‘spetta’ , våldta och bränna obeväpnade kvinnor, barn och spädbarn var och är, som nazisterna själva deklarerat, en del av deras “krigföringstaktik”. Den exceptionellt grymma karaktären av massakern i Odessa, 2 maj 2014, och de pågående massakrerna i Lugansk har samma egenskaper som de tusentals tyska massakrerna som utfördes av Einsatzgruppen och Waffen SS under 2:a världskriget. Trots dessa tydliga likheter i både grymhet och taktik, blev massakern i Odessa rapporterad och “förklarad” av västmedia, med en “logik” som försökte vifta bort det iscensatta brottet som en beklaglig olycka.

De två viktigaste prototyperna för dessa typer av krigs provokationer och terrorisera civilbefolkningen till lydnad taktiker, som Kiev-regimen, Nato, IDF och EU ofta använder är två av de viktigaste av andra världskrigets nazistststrategier;

  • “Hemliga Militära eller Paramilitära Operationer Policyn” (falsk flagg operationer) såsom Gleiwitz incidenten, som “gav ursäkt” för invasionen av Polen. Eller ett mer relevant exempel som Stay-Behind-operationerna under namnet “Operation Gladio“. De bildades i slutet av andra världskriget av USA-räddade, och CIA-stödda nazister och fascister som de allierade hjälpte till omorganisering och de har varit aktiva i Europa ända in i våra dagar med Ukraina som sitt senaste framprovocerade NATO-konstruerade inbördeskrig.
  • “Kollektiv Bestraffnings Policyn (emot obeväpnade civila), såsom i Grekland, Polen, Serbien, Vitryssland och Ukraina. (mot obeväpnade civila). Eller mer aktuella exempel som Odessa massakern och de kontinuerliga massakrerna i Syrien och Gaza.

Nürnbergrättegångarna förklarade tydligt dessa ‘policies’ kriminella. Båda dessa policies anses vara Krigsförbrytelser enligt Den Fjärde Genèvekonventionen (GCIV) och terrorism enligt Genèvedeklarationen om Terrorism Artikel I, punkt 1 och 7. USA, NATO och IDF har fullständigt antagit dessa strategier och använder dem sedan 1946 frekvent som vanliga ‘krigföringsmetoder’  (IDF fanns inte förrän 1948, men det gjorde Haganah).

Det är av största vikt idag att vi kan förstå exakt vad Mänskligheten står inför och vad som skiljer nazisterna och deras gelikar, från alla andra massmördare i historien. Deras gelikar idag är naturligtvis USA, Israel och det tysk- ledda EU med NATO och den nya EUROGENDFOR (europeiska gendarmeristyrkan) som dagens Wehrmacht och Gestapo.

Varför utmärker sig nazisterna som de värsta krigsförbrytarna i mänsklighetens historia?

Nazisterna utmärker sig från resten av mänsklighetens krigsförbrytare i en klass för sig, med sin väl dokumenterade, oöverträffade grymhet och blodtörst och sin sadistiska, misantropiska disposition, speciellt när det handlar om obeväpnade civila kvinnor, äldre, barn och spädbarn.Vad är det som gör att de sticker ut, jämfört med alla andra krigsförbrytare i mänsklighetens historia? Svaret är ganska enkelt egentligen: Det är faktumet att de lyckades göra den ‘organiserade avhumaniseringen av människor’ till en ‘passande’ ideologi/kult, och de lyckades göra ‘empati erosion’ (förklaras längre ner), den vetenskapliga termen för ‘ondska’, en högt värderad “kvalitet” och en utbredd norm inom den sociala karaktären i det tyska samhället. Avsiktligt, mycket väl planerat och väl organiserat, närde de misantropiska känslor i det tyska samhället.

På grund av denna socialpsykologiska manipulering, konstruerade nazisterna en aldrig tidigare skådad industriell form av folkmord. De organiserade ordentliga slakthus enligt ‘Löpande Bands Principen‘, för massutrotning av människor – Experimenterande på Människor och Industriell Utrotning av människor som “lösningar” på kulturella, politiska, geopolitiska och social-ekonomiska problem, var och är kompatibla med den Nazistiska versionen av en Mänsklig Civilisation. Ingen annan krigsförbrytare, “slaktare” eller tyrann i den mänskliga historien, före nazisterna, gick så långt i sin “förädling” av sina misantropiska känslor och begär. Ingen före dem, återvann industriellt och använde huden, fettet och olika kroppsdelar och kroppsvävnad från de massmördade. 

Förutom Experimenterandet på Människor och den Industriella Utrotningen av över 15 miljoner människor, i de 23 största tyska förintelselägren och i de över 1 200 underlägren, var de särskilt grymma i sina ‘krigföringsmetoder‘ mot obeväpnade civila. Einsatzgruppen och Waffen-SS utförde tusentals massakrer på obeväpnade civila, särskilt i Vitryssland, Grekland, Frankrike, Litauen, Polen, Ryssland och Ukraina.

Ett exempel på detta faktum är från Grekland och är mycket grafiskt förklarat av Sture Linnér, den svenska chefen för Internationella Röda Korset i Grekland, när han beskrev den bistra verklighet han såg när han kom till den lilla staden Distomo:

“Asgamarna steg långsamt och trevandes på låg höjd från sidorna av vägen när de hörde oss komma. I hundratals meter längs med vägen, hängde människokroppar  från varje träd, genomborrade med bajonetter – några var fortfarande vid liv.

De var byborna, som bestraffades på detta sätt – de misstänktes för att ha givit hjälp till gerillan i regionen, som hade lagt sig i bakhåll för en SS-enhet.

Lukten var outhärdlig.

I byn brann fortfarandede sista resterna av husen. Hundratals döda kroppar av människor i alla åldrar, från äldre till nyfödda, var omkringströdda i gruset. Flera kvinnor var slaktade med bajonetter, deras sköten hade slitits sönder och deras bröst blivit avhuggna; andra låg strypta med sina egna inälvor lindade runt halsen.

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1779 byar brändes till spillror i Grekland och över 430 massakrer på obeväpnade civila ägde rum från juni 1941 till augusti 1944. Grekland förlorade lika många människor under andra världskriget som USA och England tillsammans… 13% av befolkningen.

Kanske en av de mest gripande aspekterna av detta kommer igen från Sture Linnér, som återvände till Distomo i slutet av kriget, två månader efter massakern:

När den tyska ockupationsmakten blev tvingade att lämna Grekland, gick det inte som planerat för dem. En tysk enhet var omringad av gerillan i exakt samma område, i Distomo. Jag tänkte att detta skulle kunna tas av grekerna som en möjlighet för en blodig hämnd, särskilt med tanke på att regionen under ett bra tag hade skurits av från transporter av alla livsmedel. Jag laddade några lastbilar med mat och nödvändigheter, jag telegraferade till Distomo ett ord om vår planerade ankomst, och vi befann oss återigen på samma väg, Cleo och jag.

När vi nådde utkanten av byn, möttes vi av en kommitté som leddes av den äldre prästen. Han var en gammaldags patriark, med ett långt, vågigt, vitt skägg. Bredvid honom stod gerillakaptenen, fullt beväpnad. Prästen talade först och tackade oss å allas vägnar för alla livsmedel. Sedan tillade han: “Vi är alla utsvultna här, både vi och de tyska fångarna. Men, även om vi är utsvultna, är vi i vårt land. Tyskarna har inte bara förlorat kriget; de är också långt ifrån sitt land. Ge dem den mat du har med dig, de har en lång väg framför sig.”

Vid denna fras vände Cleo sina ögon emot mig. Jag misstänkte vad hon ville säga mig med den där blicken, men jag kunde inte se klart längre. Jag bara stod där och grät …. “

“MÄNSKLIGHET. Det är något som nazisterna inte hade och något som det grekiska folket hade – och fortfarande har – i överflöd”.

Sture Linnér

De tusentals liknande exemplen från Grekland, Vitryssland, Frankrike, Litauen, Polen, Ryssland och Ukraina tillsammans med deras Experiment på Människor och deras Industriella Utrotningar, säger oss en viss sak om nazisterna. De lyckades organisera, göra till rutin och uttrycka den ultimata ondskan i sina ‘policies’, sina ‘krigföringsmetoder’ och genom sitt beteende mot människor i allmänhet. Metoder, taktiker, ‘logik’ och beteenden som tyvärr många andra har antagits sedan dess. Förutom den Industriella Utrotningen, använder NATO, USA, IDF och det tysk- styrda EU permanent samma ‘rutiner’ i sitt beteende mot alla ‘människor som de väljer att se som degenererade och t.o.m icke-mänskliga’. Experiment på Människor har på senare år utförts i Guantanamo Bay’s vårdinrättningar, i Abu Ghraib-fängelset, och i flera universitetssjukhus eller fängelser i USA, på den amerikanska arméns begäran, sedan 1947.

Ondska är ‘Empati Erosion’ och nazisterna gjorde den till en samhällsnorm

Dr Simon Barono-Cohen vid universitetet i Cambridge beskriver ‘Empati Erosion’ som:

“…när människor avhumaniserar andra människor, när de gör andra människor till objekt, och därför blir kapabla till illvilja och extrem mänsklig grymhet“.

Nazisterna förlitade sig mycket på sina skickligt skräddarsydda ideologiska, politiska, vetenskapliga och historiska propagandamyter, sina rituella massmöten, sitt SS-brödraskaps elitistiska, rasistiska indoktrinering, sitt paramilitära politiska våld och terror och sina ungdomsorganisationer. De utvecklade ett ‘utbildnings- och fostrings-system‘ för utvecklingen av de lämpliga normerna, trosuppfattningarna och förutsättningarna, så att den organiserade ‘avhumaniseringen av människor‘ skulle utvecklas i massiv skala, i det tyska samhället. Ledarna för de nazistiska organisationerna Hitlerjugend (60% av alla pojkar) och Bund Deutscher Mädel (50% av alla flickor) införde ‘empati eroderarande‘ fostringsmetoder och innanför dess ramar, var ett av syftena att indoktrinera ungdomar med ‘ras’ biologisk vulgär-vetenskap, en vriden moraluppfattning och nonsens-historiska sagor och myter presentertade som historiska fakta. Detta gjorde de  för att peka ut olika etniska och kulturella grupper eller ‘raser’ som icke-mänskliga och de fria tänkarna och dissidenterna som “degenererade” och därför mindre-mänskliga.

Civila från staden Ohrdruf fördes för att se kropparna från utrotningslägret och de synliga, mänskliga reaktionerna var mycket få.

Amerikanska soldater visar mänskliga lik funna i Buchenwald koncentrationsläger för de tyska civila i Weimar . En kvinna i nedre, högra delen av bilden, är den enda som verkar reagera på ett normalt, mänskligt sätt vid åsynen.

Nürnbergrättegångarna, fördömde likgiltigheten och passiviteten ifrån det Tyska folket som bodde nära de 23 förintelselägren, när massutrotningarna av människor ägde rum dagligen i väl över fyra år. Det var uppenbart att den över 20 år långa avhumaniserings-propagandan och nazist-partiets skräddarsydda ‘empati eroderande’ undervisning- och utbildning-metoder, i verkligen hade gjort en majoritet av tyskarna omänskligt toleranta och tillåtande av sådana grymheter. De hade matats med alla de, enligt nazismens ‘logik’, “godtagbara skälen” för sådana brott emot mänskligheten.

Även om metoderna skiljer sig en aning, var de i grund och botten inte särskilt annorlunda från “avhumanisering propagandan” vi tvångsmatas med idag, från USA’s och EU’s regeringar och deras media. Detta görs så att vi ska acceptera NATO-ledda massakrer och pogromer mot obeväpnade civila i bl.a Palestina, Irak, Libyen, Syrien och Ukraina och alla andra platser som USA, EU och NATO beslutar att “befria”. Taktiken strävar efter ett klart social-psykologiskt resultat – samma ‘empati eroderande’ sociala karaktär som i Nazi-Tyskland. Ett historiskt mycket bisarrt, men tyvärr väldigt tydligt, exempel på ett samhälle som har satts under en strikt ‘empati eroderande’, socialpsykologisk manipuleringspolicy, är det israeliska samhället.

Om israeliska krigsbrott skrev Chris Hedges i November 2013 i IOA (Israeliskt Ockupations Arkiv)

“Israel har förgiftats av det permanenta krigets psykos. Det har blivit moraliskt bankrutt genom att helgonförklara offerrollen, som det använder för att motivera en ockupation som rivaliserar med apartheid-Sydafrikas brutalitet och rasism. Dess demokrati – som alltid var enbart för judar – har kapats av extremister som driver landet mot fascism. Många av Israels mest upplysta och utbildade medborgare – 1 miljon av dem – har lämnat landet. Dess mest modiga människorättsaktivister, intellektuella och journalister – israeliska och palestinska – är föremål för ständig övervakning, godtyckliga arresteringar och statsanktionerade smutskastningskampanjer. Dess utbildningssystem, med början i grundskolan, har blivit en indoktrineringsapparat för militären.”

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Nu när de NATO ledda Nazi-massakrerna har inletts även i Europa och sanningen bakom dem fortfarande i mycket hög grad, möts med likgiltighet och apati från de västerländska samhällena, bör vi åtminstone hålla en sak i åtanke:  En dag, på order av en anständig och rättfärdig ‘Internationell Brottsmålsdomstol’ som förstår sin roll, kan de påstådda “civiliserade” västerlänningarna (inklusive israelerna), tvingas att gå igenom berg av hundratals döda kroppar, som USA-EU-NATO-IDF’s proxy-krig har lämnat efter sig. Vi kommer troligtvis att kollektivt dömas för den kollektivt visade likgiltigheten och den kollektivt visade apatin, när våra ledare under flera decennier har matat oss med lögner, rasist-propaganda, false flag operationer, proxy-krig, irrationella,påstådda ‘självförsvars-handlingar’ och andra ‘godtagbara skäl’ för massmord på oskyldiga, människor. Vi kommer sannolikt att fördömas och dömas för vår uppenbart rasistiska läggning, vilken tydligt framgår av de öppet avslöjade skillnaderna i hur vi värderar arabiska, asiatiska eller afrikanska liv och amerikanska, europeiska eller israeliska liv.

Det är där den ‘ultimata ondskan’ börjar i vår tid. Den börjar med sådana generaliserande, misantropiska känslor. Den börjar med dessa, på konstgjord väg, återupplivade lämningarna av det ‘empati-eroderande’ Nazist-arvet och dess ideologiska, andliga och kulturella grundvalar. Det är detta arv som starkt har bidragit till “barbariseringen” i stället för “civiliseringen” av västvärlden. Numera har detta Nazist-arv i de västerländska samhällena, blivit mycket tydligt genom Kievs nazist-regim, dess NATO-samlade Gladio-armé och NATO’s och IDF’s brott emot palestinierna och araberna. Många (inklusive jag själv) hävdar att detta arv har återuppväckts, framför allt genom USA’s och EU’s nyliberala, socialekonomiska IMF/Världsbanks/WTO-strategier med sina tydliga samhällsutmattande och folkmördande avsikter. Dessa åtgärder och strategier är predestinerade att leda fram till den önskade destabiliseringen av de europeiska samhällena och nedmonteringen av Demokratin och Rättvisan. Det är ju en nödvändighet för att de nyliberala “projekten” skall fungera och ett känt och beprövat recept från Latinamerika och Sydostasien, för att nazistiska och fascistiska ‘avhumaniserings-sentiment’ skall stiga och spridas. Detta är den ‘ultimata ondskan’ som breder ut sig igen i Europa.

tutufoundationusa.org gjordes följande kommentar om ‘Empati Erosion':

“I stället för att avfärda handlingar av ondska som rena vansinneshandlingar, kan det vara mycket värdefullt att undersöka vad som får människor att agera så destruktivt. Barono-Cohen, författare till boken The Science of Evil (Ondskans Vetenskap) tittar på empati i allmänhet och vad ett underskott på empati hos människor kan leda till.

Han menar att empati är fördelad i befolkningen enligt en klockformad kurva. Vissa har en enorm mängd empati medan andra, de som ofta klassas som psykopater eller med andra psykiatriska diagnoser, finns på lägre delen av den klockformade kurvan. Barono-Cohen förklarar att rötterna till empati kommer både från naturen och från fostran. De med liten eller ingen empati kan ha annorlunda hjärnstruktur och funktion eller kan ha lidit under miljöbetingade faktorer såsom vanvård eller övergrepp i barndomen.”

Den Beteendekognitiva Psykologin visar att majoriteten av personer med “liten eller ingen empati” har lidit under sociala miljöfaktorer så som vanvård eller övergrepp i barndomen. Det måste påpekas här att inom beteendevetenskaplig forskning så betraktas sociala fenomen så som fattigdom och undernäring under barndomen som miljöfaktorer av vanvård och övergrepp. Sociologisk och kriminologisk forskning visar att den typ av ‘empati-erosion’ som föder organiserade subkulturer av grymhet och ondska, härrör nästan uteslutande ur vanvård, misshandel och långvarig fattigdom och social misär i barndomen och i tonåren. Ändå behövs det ett par ‘ingredienser’ till, för att verkligen garantera uppkomsten av strukturerade onda subkulturer.

Utvecklingen av strukturerade onda subkulturer kan endast uppstå genom den medvetna organisationen av ‘vägledningen’ och ‘ledarskapet’ av dessa grupper. I ett mänskligt samhälle, sker detta bäst genom avsiktlig, fortlöpande propaganda, infiltrering, rädsla och upprepad indoktrinering. Dessa fakta är något som nazisterna förstod mycket väl. De hade mycket goda socialpsykologiska insikter, genom den rika tyska litteraturen i psykologi och psykoanalys, men framför allt genom en fransk socialpsykolog, sociolog och antropolog, Gustave Le Bon och hans bok, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. Den blev en högst användbar grupp-psykologisk guide då de skräddarsydde sina fostringsmetoder, för att skapa den önskade ‘empati-erosionen’ i stor skala. Det är oundvikligt nuförtiden att dessa ‘onda subkulturer’ främst uppstår i de västerländska samhällena, eftersom en hel del av nazisternas sociala manipuleringsprojekt och metoder fortfarande implementeras i dessa samhällen.

I våra dagar är tyvärr ‘empati-erosionen’ väl inbyggd i nästan alla aspekter av ett typiskt, västerländskt liv.

Den förödande missuppfattningen av begreppet Frihet i västvärlden

De västerländska samhällena har på grund av omfattande ‘empati erosion’ och en långvarig social-darwinistisk indoktrinering utvecklat en mycket omogen och mycket perverterad syn på begreppet frihet. Inte i ord förstås, men i beteende och handlingar. Den uttrycks vanligtvis som en mycket adolescent, självcentrerad, ensidig, fördomsfull och rasistisk slags frihet, på grund av en mycket hög grad av pågående och ökande avhumaniserings-policies i dessa samhällen. Detta är varifrån de värsta rasistiska ideologierna i mänsklighetens historia har vuxit fram, och det är där den kriminella logiken för etnisk rensning, folkmord, plundring och kolonisering på global nivå, är så uppenbart ursäktad.

Varför vi ser de flesta människor i väst i dag mer eller mindre, även om det kanske inte stöder den, åtminstone ‘accepterar’ uppkomsten av nazism, är därför att:

  1. De är likgiltiga, arroganta och okunniga och fullt upptagna med att tillfredsställa sin egoism och sin narcissism.
  2. De är bara mottagliga för ‘skräddarsydda sanningar’ som tillfredsställer deras antaganden, teorier och fördomar
  3. De är historiskt felinformerade och förlitar sig enbart på de kulturellt och socialt serverade, populära, ‘empati eroderande’ berättelserna.
  4. De förstår inte att det enda verkligt effektiva antifascist-åtgärden är att införa verklig demokrati och verklig rättvisa.
  5. De tror inte riktigt på demokrati och rättvisa för de har accepterat själviska begrepp av frihet i sina liv för länge.
  6. Det berör dem inte där det borde, eftersom deras emotionella liv är nedsmittat med mentalt och känslomässigt ‘giftigt avfall’.

En mogen och civiliserad tolkning av frihet, i ett verkligt civiliserat mänskligt samhälle, uttrycks INTE främst genom hur många moraliska principer man kan bryta. Fri att bryta varje moralisk och etisk gräns utan samvete eller något ansvar för sina handlingar, är den vanligaste versionen av praktiserad frihet i de västerländska samhällena idag. Enbart detta räcker som ett kristallklart tecken på att dessa samhällen faktiskt är socialt omogna och andligt sett efterblivna. På grund av dessa uppenbart oerkända, kollektiva, sociala sjukdomarna, blir sådana samhällen extremt accepterande av grymma diktaturer, samhällsvåld och krig. Onödigt att påpeka, är att dessa samhällen inte är särskilt hållbara och nästan säkert är, att de är dömda att gå under relativt fort. Det är okunnighet, själviskhet och faktiskt en mycket låg nivå av kritiskt tänkande, som håller de flesta medborgarna i dessa samhällen från det enade åtagandet att gemensamt bygga adekvata politiska och rättsliga ‘skyddsgrindar’ emot tyranni. Den verkliga  faran ligger i faktumet att dess medborgare, fortfarande är övertygade om att ‘denna typ av samhälle är det bästa, mänskliga samhället som existerar, även om det inte är perfekt’. Vad dessa medborgare är oförmögna att förstå, på grund av sina sociala skygglappar och sin vägran till någon adekvat självkritik, är att det som ‘inte är perfekt’, i själva verket är exakt den avsiktligt införda ‘empati eroderande’ policyn som tillåter att misantropi blir en högt accepterad social norm. Detta faktum placerar dessa samhällen väldigt, väldigt långt ifrån bedömningen “perfekt” och i stället skulle man kunna hävda att de faktiskt är ganska defekta, åtminstone ur ett utilitaristiskt mänskligts perspektiv.

Detta har hänt eftersom det i nästan varje praktiserad aspekt av ett typisk västerländskt liv idag, så är EGOISMEN högt aktad, vårdad och utvecklad och ALTRUISMEN ignorerad, förlöjligad och förlamad. Därför är den västerländska, perverterade men likväl allmänt praktiserade formen av frihet, uppenbarligen en följd av doktrinen: “gör som du vill – sök ständigt enbart fysisk och materiell tillfredsställelse  – ångra inget för den skada, det lidande, den misär och den olycka som du kan ha orsakat andra”. En mycket destruktiv doktrin som när den bildar den allmänna, sociala karaktären i ett samhälle, så orsakar den  bedrägliga relationer, misstro, konflikter, våld, uppror, krig och lidande, och det föder organiserade ‘subkulturer av ondska’. Vad som egentligen händer, när allt av den mänskliga sidan av människan ignoreras och förlöjligas och därmed bedövas, förhärdas och torkas ut, är att “det tomma skalet” av människan vänder sig till Mammon för ‘frälsning’ (som de misströstande judarna gjorde i Sinai). Det är därför som personlig vinst och personlig förmögenhet är det yttersta målet i ett västerländskt eller ‘västinfluerat’ liv, och det är därför ensamhet, hopplöshet, depressioner, emotionella kollapsar, sinnessjukdom, självmord och mord, är mycket vanligare i väst (eller västerländska typer av samhällen) än någon annanstans. “Starta ett företag – ta stora lån – se till att du har råd med några bolagsjurister och egna torpeder och börja misshandla och missbruka världen och människorna, för personlig vinst och tillfredsställelse”. Detta är det verkliga underliggande budskapet i det västerländska praktiserade frihets-begreppet, som bygger på “gör som du vill-doltrinen”

Västvärldens rättsliga myndigheters tydliga ovilja att föra de uppenbara topp-brottslingarna från de övre skikten av samhället inför rätta, är det som – med en obestridbar klarhet – visar att den ovanstående doktrinen, i själva verket är det underliggande budskapet i denna typ av brotts-dyrkande, västerländska formen av frihet.

Den vanliga uppfattningen om begreppet frihet i de västerländska samhällena är med andra ord inte alls baserad på någon särskilt omfattande social insikt, eller någon djupare förståelse av vad ett mänskligt samhälle eller människan egentligen är. Faktiskt, i motsats till det, är den baserad på klart omogna pseudovetenskapliga begrepp, mycket efterblivna sinnen och fula känsloliv. Tråkigt nog har detta utvecklats i de västerländska samhällena, trots tillgången till ett mycket rik klassisk arv, som förtydligar och förklarar båda mycket bra. Ett arv som också ger adekvata intellektuella, andliga och praktiska verktyg så att mänskligheten och de mänskliga samhällen skall utvecklas i enlighet med människans sanna natur och på så sätt lämna barbari och misantropiska sentiment bakom sig. Det arvet är högt aktat och vördati västvärlden, enbart i ord, men tyvärr ytterst sällan i individuella och sociala beteende och nästan aldrig i det konkreta uttrycket för utbildning, lag och rätt eller i regeringens arbete. Det påstås utgöra fundamentet till västerländskt tänkande, men varken i ord eller handlingar tycks väst vara kapabelt att verkligen förstå den nästan 3 000 år gamla vägen till verkligt fria, kritiskt tänkande människor, personligt och socialt civiliserat beteende och därmed en verkligt mänsklig civilisation. En mycket djup orsak till detta är att det finns en mycket gammal schism, mellan två helt motsatta idé-världar, till grund för västerländskt tänkande. En väldigt schizofren schism är dold bakom västerländskt tänkande, som även om många akademiker har slagit larm, så övervägs den aldrig på allvar av huvudfåran av tänkarna och forskarna. Åtminstone inte i dess rätta proportioner. En av dessa idé-världar är den verkliga vaggan för den västerländska civilisationen och den erbjuder befrielsen av människan och den andra är begravningen av den och den bringar förslavandet av människan.  En av dem gör tyrannier som nazismen och fascismen omöjliga och den andra föder dem och ger näring till dem.

“…Det är verkligen denna gamla schism mellan två helt och hållet motstridiga idé-världar och andliga traditioner,… denna “schizofreni” mellan Hellenismen och Rothschild-sionismen, som de härskande klasserna har försökt att tränga ihop inom ‘den moderna västerländska civilisationen’. Denna paradox och denna grundläggande konflikt mellan idéer, är det som verkligen speglar hela det västerländska samhället i alla dess institutioner, dess kultur och samhällen, dess sociala karaktär och dess grundläggande syn på människan och mänskligheten ” – från artikeln: Hellenism is in danger, humanity is in danger

Nazisterna och deras gelikar representerade och representerar fortfarande, på ett mycket tydligt sätt, den morbida diskrepansen mellan vad de påstår sig vara och vad de faktiskt är. Ett ständigt återkommande exempel på detta faktum, under åren av den tyska ockupationen i Grekland, var följande beteende från tyskarna: I Aten, gick nazisterna ofta upp till Akropolis för att beundra grekernas mästerverk, men när de gick ner därifrån, i Plaka, nedanför Akropolis, kunde samma officer gripa en lite utsvulten grekisk grabb, som hade sträckt sig efter en kringla, och bryta hans lilla arm över sitt knä. Från den uppenbara villfarelsen av att vara en kultiverad människa, till sin sanna odjurs-liknande karaktär på bara några få minuter. Vid sådana tillfällen, visade dessa låtsas-civiliserade tyskar på ett mycket tydligt sätt, att de bara förstod att beundra död marmor, men inte vad som hade inspirerat konsten som huggits ut ur den. De kunde verkligen inte förstå och än mindre beundra de moraliska och etiska begreppen, rikedomen i sinnet och mänskligheten hos dem som förde den grekiska kulturen till den punkt där de höjde dessa oöverträffade uttrycken av skönhet. Dessa inspirerade, medvetna uttryck för den fria, upplysta och medvetna mänskliga själen, och det verkligt ädla i den mänskliga anden.

Den oerhört korrupta formen av frihet i väst, väljer tydligen att värdera sig själv genom hur många av de lägre mänskliga drifterna och begären, (egenskaper som gör oss mer odjurs-liknande), dess medborgare kan uppfylla och tillfredsställa och inte hur många av de högre mänskliga drifterna och begären, (egenskaper som gör oss mer människolika) de kan uppfylla och tillgodose.

USA och EU är “leveranspojkar” av denna typ av pseudo-civiliserad social karaktär och dessa själs-korrumperande subkulturer, och de ser till att ‘amma’ dem båda, eftersom det gynnar deras bankirer och affärsmännens mål, men inte bara. Också NATO, de västerländska bankfamilj-dynastiernas kriminella, avhumaniserande krigsmaskin, vars rörelser de i verkligheten styr, gynnas oerhört mycket av att upprätthålla ett samhälle som producerar massor av unga människor i förtvivlan, ångest, ilska och vrede. En ungdom som kommer att vara djupt rasande och vilseledd och därmed benägen att välja att döda och dö, för vad de inte förstår bara är skamligt, rasistiska, högteknologiska, plundrar-horder som kallas en “armé”. En armé som i sjläva verket arbetar under en handfull företagslogotyper och några få bankfamilj-dynastier.

Nazism and NATO

Nazism är i själva verket inte en ideologi rotad i några särskilt djupare moralfilosofiska reflektioner. Eller snarare, den är baserad på en emotionellt störd tonårings tolkningar av en psykotikers moraliska reflektioner (Nietzsche), en suicid pessimists ångest (Schopenhauer) och en storhetsvansinnig mans beundran av ‘Lucifer’ förklädd till en arisk Kristus (Wagner). Nazismens misantropiska “lösningar” på politiska och socioekonomiska problem omfattar därför massutrotning av andra etniska, religiösa, sociala eller politiska folkgrupper och experiment på människor. Eftersom sådana “lösningar” utgör ett omedelbart hot mot hela mänskligheten är de oförenliga med en mänsklig civilisation. I stället för en verkligt mänsklig civilisation syftar Nazismen efter ett anti-mänskligt barbari klätt som en ideologi och den är mycket väl lämpad att fungera som ‘livvakt’ och ‘torped’ åt globalisterna, den finansiella eliten, västvärldens kungafamiljer och ‘aristokraterna’ och deras ‘hov’ och ‘tjänare’. Nazismen bildades i själva verket för att skydda just dessa människor från verklig demokrati eller en ny Bastilj.

President Woodrow Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act in 1913. Source: Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation, painting by Wilbur G. Kurtz Sr.

Woodrow Wilson undertecknar Federal Reserve Act 1913

Senator Nelson W. Aldrich en mycket god vän till JP Morgan kallade följande bankirer och affärsmän till mötet på Jekyll Island i November 22, 1910.

  • Paul Warburg – (Tysk, företräder Baron Alfred Rothschilds Kuhn, Loeb & Co)
  • Henry P Davidson (Senior partner till J.P Morgan Company)
  • Charles D Norton (Ordförande i Morgan First National Bank Of New York)
  • Abram Piatt Andrews (Biträdande Finansminister)
  • Frank Vanderlip (Ordförande i National City Bank of New York)
  • Benjamin Strong (Representerar J.P Morgan)

De anlände till Jekyll Island Club för att diskutera penningpolitiken och banksystemet, och detta ledde till skapandet av den nuvarande, privatägda Federal Reserve. De som deltog i mötet svor tystnadsplikt och tilltalade endast varandra med kodnamn. Användandet av efternamn förbjöds och gruppen refererar därför senare till sig själva som “The First Name Club”.

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Med födelsen av FED, 1913, startade i själva verket dessa bankirer ett 100 år långt “Finansiellt Pyramidspel”. Nathan Mayer Rothschild (vänster) och JD Rockefeller (höger) var de två verkligt ‘mäktiga’ bakom mötet på Jekyll Island, trots att ingen av dem var där. Dessa två familje dynastier var de som skulle koncentrera nästan all rikedom i världen till sig själva inom de närmaste 100 åren.

En bankirer son vid namn Heinrich Heine sa en gång “Pengar är guden av vår tid, och Rothschild är hans profet”

Nazismen bildades för att hålla dessa ’bankir-profeter’, deras “projekt” och deras allierade säkra från en ny Bastilj, och för att hålla befolkningarna som ville ha sann demokrati, terroriserade, förskräckta och delade, bekämpandes varandra, medan dessa bankirer successivt ’centraliserade makt och rikedom’ till sig själva. Nazismen har tjänat dessa bankirer väl, genom två världskrig, flera revolutioner, diktaturer, imperialistiska krig och depressioner. Varför skulle den inte tjäna dem nu under NATO’s kommando, under århundradenas ’skördetid’ och dess angrepp på ’stygga’ Ryssland?

Nazismen är en tillverkad pseudo-ideologi som utvecklades i ett par konferensrum i Basel, Zürich, Wien och München, i slutet av 1800-talet och som sattes samman av några nationalist-fanatiker från Kaisers armé, som förmodligen trodde på dess påstådda, antikapitalistiska förklädnad. Som politisk idé dök, fundamenten av det som nästan ett halvt sekel senare blev Nazismen, först upp i England och USA på 1870-talet. Den grundas på ras-hierarki och social-darwinism, vilket innebär att den försöker tillämpa biologiska begrepp som det naturliga urvalet och den starkes överlevnad på sociologin och politiken.

Fanatikerna från Kaisers armé insåg inte faktumet att en handfull av finansiärerna bakom Theodore Herzl’s sionistiska rörelse också hade planer för de anti-kapitalistiska, national-socialistiska strömningarna och stämningarna.  Historien har med noggrannhet visat att Nazismen är allt annat än anti-kapitalistisk. Oberoende av vad Hitler och hans mentorer visste eller inte visste om de skumma aktiviteterna i Basel, Wien, Zürich och München, så föddes Nazismen genom kapitalister, den stöddes av kapitalister och den var och är favoriserad och använd av kapitalister. Dessa kapitalister har använt och sammanlänkat nationalistiska pan-tyska sentiment med Rothschild-sionistiska mål från slutet av 1800-talet. Dessa samarbetande, informella sammanslutningar har sitt ursprung i de mindre kända verksamheterna från några medlemmar av Burschenschaft den tyska nationalistiska studentföreningen, borgmästaren i Wien, Karl Leuger, grundaren av det österrikiska, Kristligt Sociala Partiet, överste Albert Edward Williamson Goldsmid och Fredrik I, storhertigen av Baden.

Ι den absoluta filosofiska och andliga kärnan av Nazismen var naturligtvis Hitlers egna vridna tolkningar av Nietzsches redan vridna teorier om moral. Nietzsche, den tragiska filosofen, försökte i sin bok “Zur Genealogie der Moral” att vända alla värden ut och in för att “bevisa” att det som kallades gott faktiskt var ont och att det som kallades ont faktiskt var gott. Den unga, existentiellt sett mycket förvirrade Hitler, tolkade*1 vid 15 års ålder Nietzsches skrifter. Han var förtrollad av pessimisten Schopenhauer som sa att “gott och ont inte finns” (detta ger goda ‘moraliska’ ursäkter för barbari), och han var mycket inspirerad av Richard Wagner, som avgudade “Lucifer”, listigt förklädd till en arisk Kristus (den verkliga moraliska bilden av katolska kyrkan).

Dessa tre historiska gestalter uttryckte alla de filosofiska och andliga grunderna på vilka en ung Hitler baserade Nazismen,.. med hjälp av tre av Kaisers generaler.

*1Ur ett biologiskt-neurologiskt perspektiv, kan filosofiska och andliga texter inte förstås och tolkas i tillräcklig utsträckning av sinnen som neurologiskt och känslomässigt sett, fortfarande är under utveckling, som till exempel en 15-åring. I synnerhet inte av känslomässigt traumatiserade sinnen, som fortfarande är under utveckling. Det neurologiska systemet hos en människa är inte fullt utvecklat förrän vid 19 – 22 åldern.

Så denna surrogat-ideologi, som är mentalt baserad på rädsla, indoktrinering, storhetsvansinne, vidskepelse och ockultism, utvecklades med hjälp av tre fanatiska generaler och ockultister från Kaisers armé. Karl Haushoffer, Helmuth von Moltke och Konrad von Hötzendorf handplockade och de ’förberedde och initierade’ känslomässigt och andligt Adolf Hitler, som Nazismens messianska gestalt, några år efter första världskriget. De utvecklade Nazismens myter, riter och seder, med hjälp av gamla germanska legender, Thule-sällskapets ockulta läror och riter tillsammans med antijudiska socioekonomiska, geopolitiska och rasistiska idéer och de formade detta till en lämplig militariserad blods-kult, en hat-ideologi.

De antijudiska sentimenten passade Rothschild-sionisternas*2 mål perfekt, eftersom de skulle påskynda deras syften, då många av de ledande i Europa var skeptiska till det sionistiska “projektet” för en judisk stat. Generalerna visste inte på den tiden att en handfull av konspiratörerna från Basel, Zürich, Wien och München var kapitalister och sionister som ville ha ett “ideologiskt verktyg”, en anti-judisk, militant rörelse som skulle leda till accepterandet av en judisk stat. På 30-talet blev Nazismen ett perfekt verktyg för att krossa vilka verkligt demokratiska, verkligt frihets-längtande sentiment som helst, med extremt våld, terror och massakrer i stor skala, och detta är vad den har blivit idag igen. Inga andra -ismer hjälper faktiskt kapitalisterna att centralisera makt och rikedom och försvara sig emot demokrati eller en ny Bastilj så bra, som Nazismen och den nuvarande Nyliberalismen gör.

NATO (våra dagars Wehrmacht), visar öppet idag att det verkligen inte finns plats för empati, mänsklighet och mänsklig värdighet i västvärlden längre. Rättvisa, Rättfärdighet och det Fria Ordet har offrats och ‘Lydnad eller Utrotning’, i enlighet med den kriminella “Kollektiv Bestraffnings Policyn” och policyn om “Hemliga Militära eller Paramilitära Operationer“, har blivit grunden för deras nya doktrin – faktiskt inte alls väsensskild logiken i den katolska kyrkans “heliga inkvisitions-doktrin” under den mörka medeltiden. De europeiska kungarikena, imperierna och samhällena, som brukade aspirera till titeln “den västerländska civilisationen” sedan renässansen, kan nu bara kallas ett “imperium av människoförakt och död”.

Renässansen som var det kulturella och intellektuella uttrycket för återfödelsen av det antika grekiska arvet, var vägen ut ur den mörka medeltiden. Den, av NATO, IMF, USA och EU, aggressivt promotade ‘Nya Världsordningen‘, är vägen tillbaka in i den igen, men nu i form av en ny högteknologisk, vulgär-vetenskaplig, sinnes- och själs- förslavande och människoutrotande version. Detta var och är syftet med Nazismen, oavsett om deras “anhängare” förstår detta eller ej. Och det är därför den passar kungligheter och eliten så bra och det är därför en så katastrofal, massiv, social-psykologisk störning, fortfarande kallas en ideologi och kan fortsätta att infiltrera västerländska samhällen och deras sociala karaktär, med sina ’empati eroderande’ och ’avhumaniserande’ taktiker.

Nazismen, måste vi därför förstå, är INTE bara ännu en ’’ideologi’ och absolut inte ett svar emot kapitalismen. Den är en skickligt tillverkad ’ursäkt’ för den avsiktliga, organiserade ’empatierosionen’ och genom den massmördandet och utrotningen av människor. Etiketten ’Nazism’ eller ’nationalsocialism’ har visat sig vara endast ett politiskt och socioekonomiskt kamouflage, av ren sadism, blodtörst och människoförakt. Natos nazistiska version av frihet är i själva verket Organiserad Ondska emot mänskligheten. Så måste helheten av mänskligheten se den, och i grunden är det så Rättvisan och de Internationella Rättsliga Myndigheterna och Domstolarna måste behandla den.

 

Kosmas Loumakis

Stockholm 02-07-2014

 

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Rothschild-sionism*2

I den här artikeln, när jag hänvisar till sionismen beskriver jag Rothschilds version av sionism (identisk med antikens fariseism), vilken egentligen mer handlar om den kulturella ’kapningen’ av den sanna judiska religionen och dess traditioner, för att den skall tjäna en oligarkisk bank-familjs strävan efter global makt, med den nuvarande staten Israel som sin sköld och fordon mot detta mål och med USA och Storbritannien som dess vakter… Det finns kristna sionister och muslimska sionister oavsett hur konstigt det kan låta, helt enkelt därför att dagens Rothschilds-sionism har inte något avsevärt att göra med den verkliga judiska religionen  (Moses folks lag), utan endast med dessa familjers mål och deras planer med staten Israel (Mammon’s doktrin). De anser sig själva vara “kungar” och “kejsare” av mänskligheten och de använder Israel och judarna för att uppfylla sin strävan efter global dominans och att upprätta sina positioner som självutsedda halvgudar av mänskligheten.

NATO’s Nazi version of Freedom is Organized Evil against Humanity

Today, only the historically ill-informed, the deeply indoctrinated or the mentally ill, can see the Nazis and their alike as opponents to the globalists, the financial elite, the West’s ‘royal’ families, the ‘aristocrats’ and their “courts” and ‘servants’. Nazism became the expression of ideas that was formed to protect exactly these people from Democracy or a new Bastille! Its logic, methods and tactics are therefore adopted by NATO, IDF, EU and U.S with offspring’s as Al-Qaeda and their latest ‘freak’, Kiev’s NATO assembled Gladio-army. The one who was put in place to prepare NATO’s invasion of Ukraine.

This article deals with the rise of Nazism, its character, its prerequisites, its alike and its heritage and contains the following 5 paragraphs:

  • Background
  • Why does the Nazis stand out as the worst War Criminals in the History of Mankind?
  • Evil is ‘Empathy Erosion’ and the Nazis made it a social norm
  • The devastating misconception of the concept of ‘Freedom’ in the West
  • Nazism and NATO

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Background

The EU and U.S supported Kiev-regime, with its hooligan mobs and its NATO assembled, ‘Gladio’ army; have with the Odessa massacre in May 2, 2014 and the ongoing massacres in East Ukraine begun a new era of ethnic cleansings in Europe. The Odessa massacre was a carefully staged covert intelligence operation with the aim to signal the beginning of Nazi terror on the European continent.

There was nothing ‘spontaneous’ or ‘accidental’, as the media suggested, in this diabolical undertaking which included the mass murder of 120+ humans inside the House of Trade Unions in Odessa. The building was quite deliberately set on fire as part of a carefully planned paramilitary operation, executed by American psychopaths of CIA’s special ops.

Israel’s and USA’s “armies” and their Intelligence services are the direct heirs of the Nazis and their dehumanizing-policies. The recently re-styled Nazi-regime in Ukraine is just a natural result of a 7 decades long CIA and MI6 sponsored Nazi-promotion and so are the CIA and Mossad promoted Jihadists in the Arab world.

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Today EU- and U.S-media persistently tries to downplay and diminish the Nazi’s war crimes in WWII and their outstandingly misanthropic (human-hating from Greek μίσος [hate], άνθρωπος [human]) disposition and thereby give another image to Nazism. To slay, pole, rape and burn unarmed women, children and infants was and is, by the Nazis themselves declared to be a part of their ‘warfare tactics’. The exceptionally cruel character of the massacre in Odessa, May 2, 2014, and the ongoing massacres in Lugansk have the same characteristics as the thousands of the German WWII massacres, performed by the Einsatzgruppen and the Waffen SS. Despite this clear similarities in both cruelty and tactics, the massacre in Odessa was reported and ‘explained’ by the western media, with a ‘logic’ that tried to wave off the staged crime as an unfortunate accident.

The two main prototypes for the war provoking and terrorizing the civilians to obedience tactics, that the Kiev-regime, NATO, IDF and EU are frequently using are two of the major Nazi-policies in WWII: 

  • “Covert Military or Paramilitary Operations Policy(false-flag ops) like the Gleiwitz incident, which ‘gave the excuse’ for the invasion of Poland.  Or a more relevant example as the Stay-Behind operations under the name “Operation Gladio”. They were formed in the end of WWII by the U.S-saved, and CIA supported Nazis and Fascists that the allies helped to reorganize, and they have been active in Europe up to current days with Libya, Syria and Ukraine as its latest provoked NATO-engineered civil wars.
  • “Collective Punishment Policy(against unarmed civilians), like in Greece, Belarus, France, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine during WWII. Or more recent examples as the Odessa Massacre and the continuous Syria and Gaza massacres.

The Nuremberg trials clearly declared these policies to be criminal. Both these policies are considered War Crimes according to the Fourth Geneva Convention (GCIV) part III, Article 33 and as  terrorism according to The Geneva Declaration on Terrorism Article I, paragraph 1 and 7. U.S, NATO and the IDF has fully adopted these policies and are since 1946 frequently using them as ordinary ‘warfare methods’ (IDF didn’t exist until 1948, but Haganah did).

It is out of highest importance today that we can understand what exactly Humanity stand against and what separates the Nazis and their alike, from all other mass-murderers in history. Their alike today is of course USA, Israel and the German led EU with NATO and the new EUROGENDFOR (European Gendarmerie Force) as today’s Wehrmacht and Gestapo.

Why does the Nazis stand out as the worst War Criminals in the History of Mankind?

The Nazis stand out from all the rest of humanity’s war criminals in a league of their own, because of their well-documented, unsurpassed cruelty and bloodthirst and their sadistic, misanthropic disposition, especially when dealing with unarmed civilian women, elders, children and infants. What is it that makes them stand out, compared to all other war criminals in the human history? The answer is quite simple really? It is the fact that they managed to turn the organized dehumanization of humans into a suitable ideology/cult, and they managed to make ‘empathy erosion’, the scientific term for evil (explained further down), a highly valued ‘quality’ and a widespread norm in the social character of the German society.  Intentionally, very well planned and well-organized, they nurtured misanthropic sentiments in the German society.

Due to this socio-psychological engineering, the Nazis could construct an unprecedented industrial form of genocide. They organized proper slaughter houses after the Assembly Line Principle, for the mass extermination of human beings. Human Experimentation and Industrial Extermination of humans, as “solutions” to cultural, political, geopolitical and socio-economic problems, were and still are compatible with the Nazi-version of a Human Civilization. No other war criminals, ‘slayers’ or tyrants in the human history, before the Nazis, went that far in their ‘refinement’ of their misanthropic feelings and urges. No one before them, did industrially recycle and use the skin, the fat and different body parts and body tissue from the mass murdered. 

Besides the Human Experimentation’s and the Industrial Extermination of over 15 million human beings, in the 23 main German extermination camps and over 1 200 sub-camps, they were particularly savage in their ‘warfare methods‘ against unarmed civilians. The Einsatzgruppen and the Waffen-SS performed thousands of massacres on unarmed civilians, particularly in Belarus, Greece, France, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.

One example of this fact is from Greece and is very graphically explained by the late Sture Linnér, the Swedish head of the International Red Cross in Greece, when he described the grim reality he saw when he arrived in the little town of Distomo:

Vultures were rising slowly and hesitantly at a low height from the sides of the road when they heard us coming. On hundreds of yards along the road, human bodies were hanging from every tree, pierced with bayonets – some were still alive.

They were the villagers, who were punished this way – they were suspected of providing help to the guerillas of the region, who had ambushed an SS unit.

The odor was unbearable.

In the village the last remnants of the houses were still burning. Hundreds of dead bodies of people of all ages, from elderly to newborns, were strewn around on the dirt. Several women were slaughtered with bayonets, their wombs torn apart and their breasts severed; others were lying strangled with their own intestines wrapped around their necks.

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1779 villages were burnt to rubble in Greece and over 430 massacres of unarmed civilians took place from June 1941 to August 1944. Greece lost as many people in WWII as USA and England together… 13% of its population.

Perhaps one of the most moving aspects of this fact comes again from Sture Linnér, who returned to Distomo at the end of the war, two months after the massacre:

When the German occupation forces were forced to leave Greece, things did not go as planned for them. A German unit was surrounded by guerillas exactly in the same area, at Distomo. I thought that this might be taken by the Greeks as an opportunity for a bloody revenge, especially when considering that for quite a while the region had been cut off from any food supplies. I loaded a few lorries with food and necessities, I wired to Distomo a word about our planned arrival, and we found ourselves on the same road, once again, Cleo and I.

When we reached the outskirts of the village, we were met by a committee led by the elderly priest. He was an old fashioned patriarch, with a long, wavy, white beard. Next to him stood the guerilla captain, fully armed. The priest spoke first and thanked us on behalf of the survivors for the food supplies. Then he added: “We are all starving here, both us and the German prisoners. Now, even though we are famished, we are at least in our land. The Germans have not just lost the war; they are also far from their country. Give them the food you have with you, they have a long way ahead.”

At this phrase Cleo turned her eyes to me. I suspected what she wanted to tell me with that look, but I could not see clearly any more. I was just standing there weeping….

“HUMANITY. It’s something the Nazis didn’t have and something the Hellenic people had — and still have — in abundance”.

Sture Linnér

The many thousands of similar examples from Greece, Belarus, France, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, together with their Human Experiments and their Industrial Exterminations, are telling us one certain thing about the Nazis: They managed to organize, make into routine and express the ultimate evil in their ‘policies’, their ‘warfare methods’ and in their behavior against human beings in general. They developed methods, tactics, ‘logic’s’ and behavior that unfortunately many others have adopted since then. 

Apart from the advanced Industrial Exterminations, NATO, U.S,  IDF and the German governed EU are permanently using the same ‘routines’ in their behavior against any ‘humans they chose to see as degenerated or even as non-human’. Human Experiment’s have been performed in recent years in the Guantanamo Bay medical facilities, in Abu Ghraib prison, and in several University Hospitals or prisons in USA, on the US army’s requests, since 1947.

Evil is ‘Empathy Erosion’ and the Nazis made it a social norm

Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University describes ‘Empathy Erosion’ as:

“…when people dehumanize other humans, when they turn other people into objects, and can therefore become capable of malevolence and extreme human cruelty“.

The Nazis very much relied on their skillfully tailored ideological, political, scientific and historical propaganda myths, their ritualistic mass-meetings, their SS-brotherhoods elitist, racist indoctrination, their paramilitary political violence and terror, and their youth organizations. They developed a ‘system of education and nurturing‘ for the progress of the suitable norms, beliefs and preconditions, so that the organized ‘dehumanization of humans’ could develop on a mass scale in the German society. The leaders of the Nazi organization’s the Hitlerjugend (60% of all boys) and the Bund Deutscher Mädel (50% of all girls) imposed ‘empathy eroding‘ fostering methods and inside their framework, one of the purposes was to indoctrinate the youth with ‘race’-biological vulgar-science, twisted moralities and with nonsense-historical fairy-tales and myths, presented as historical facts. They did this to point out different ethnic and cultural groups or ‘races’ as non-human, and the progressive thinkers and the dissidents as ‘mentally ill’ or as ‘degenerates’ and therefore “ill” and less human.

Civilians from the town of Ohrdruf were taken to view the bodies from the extermination camp and the visible, ‘human’ reactions were very few

U.S. Army soldiers show, the German civilians of Weimar, corpses found in Buchenwald concentration camp. One woman in the lower right section of the photo is the only one who seem to react in a normal, human way to the sight.

The Nuremberg trials, condemned the indifference and the passivity of the German people living close to the 23 extermination camps, when the mass exterminations of humans took place on a daily basis for well over four years. It was evident that the over 20 years of dehumanization-propaganda and the Nazi-party’s tailored ‘empathy eroding’, education and training methods, in fact had made a majority of the Germans inhumanely tolerant and permissive of such atrocities. They had been fed with all the, according to the ‘logic’ of Nazism, “acceptable reasons” for such crimes against humanity.

Even if the methods differ a bit, they weren’t particularly different in essence, from the ‘dehumanization propaganda’ we are all force-fed with today, by the U.S and the EU governments and their media. This is done so that we shall accept the NATO led massacres and pogroms against unarmed civilians in Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and any other place that U.S, EU and NATO decide to “liberate”. This propaganda aim for a clear social-psychological result – the same ‘empathy eroding’ social character as in Nazi-Germany. A historically very bizarre, but unfortunately very obvious, example of a society that has been put under a strict ‘empathy eroding’, social-psychological engineering policy, is the Israeli society.

On Israels war crimes Chris Hedges wrote in Nov, 2013 in IOA (Israeli Occupation Archive):

“Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy — which was always exclusively for Jews — has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism. Many of Israel’s most enlightened and educated citizens — 1 million of them — have left the country. Its most courageous human rights campaigners, intellectuals and journalists — Israeli and Palestinian — are subject to constant state surveillance, arbitrary arrests and government-run smear campaigns. Its educational system, starting in primary school, has become an indoctrination machine for the military.”

Read the whole article here

Now when the NATO led Nazi-massacres has begun also in Europe and the truth behind them are still, to a very high degree, met with indifference and apathy from the western societies, we should at least hold one thing in mind: One day, on the order of a decent and righteous ‘International Criminal Court’ that understands its role, the alleged “civilized” westerners (including the Israelis), might also be forced to walk through hills of hundreds of dead bodies, that the U.S-EU-NATO-IDF proxy wars has left behind. Maybe, we will be collectively judged for the collectively shown indifference and the collectively shown apathy, when our leaders over several decades were feeding us with lies, racist-propaganda, false flag operations, proxy wars, irrational, alleged ‘self-defense’ actions and other ‘acceptable reasons’ for the mass killings of innocent, human beings. We will most likely be condemned for our obvious racist disposition, which is clearly shown in the openly revealed differences of how we value Arab, Asian or African lives and American, European or Israeli lives.

That’s where the ‘ultimate evil’ begins in our time. It begins with such generalizing, misanthropic sentiments. It begins with these artificially revived remnants of the ‘empathy-eroding’ Nazi-heritage and its ideological, spiritual and cultural foundations. It is this heritage that very strongly has contributed to the “barbarization” rather than the “civilization” of the West. Nowadays this Nazi-heritage of the western societies, has become very obvious through Kiev’s Nazi-regime, its NATO assembled Gladio-army and NATO’s and IDF’s crimes against the Palestinians and the Arabs. Many (including myself) argues that this heritage has been reawakened, most of all through the U.S’s and EU’s neo-liberal, socio-economic IMF/World Bank/WTO-policies with their clear society exhausting and genocidal intentions. Their criminal policies are predestined to increase and hasten the wished destabilization of the European societies and the dismantling of Democracy and Justice. It is a necessity for the neo-liberal “projects” to work, and a well-tried ‘recipe’ from Latin-America and Southeast-Asia, for Nazi and Fascist ‘dehumanization’ sentiments to rise and spread. This is the ‘ultimate evil’ unfolding again in Europe.

On TutuFoundationUSA.org the following comment was made on ‘erosion of empathy':

“Rather than dismissing the acts of evil as mere acts of insanity, it can be highly valuable to investigate what causes people to act so destructively. Dr Baron-Cohen, the author of the book The Science of Evil look at empathy in general and what a deficit of empathy in people can lead to.

He argues that empathy is distributed throughout the population as a bell curve. Some have a tremendous amount of empathy while others, those often labeled as psychopaths or with other psychiatric diagnoses, reside on the low end of the bell curve. Dr Baron-Cohen explains that the roots of empathy are derived from both nature and nurture. Those with little or no empathy may have different brain structure and functionality, or may have suffered environmental factors such as childhood neglect or abuse.”

Behavioral Cognitive Psychology shows that the absolute majority of individuals with ‘little or no empathy’ have suffered environmental factors as childhood neglect or abuse. It must be noted here that in behavioral research, social phenomenons as poverty and famine during childhood, are considered as environmental factors of childhood neglect and abuse. Sociological and criminological research shows that the type of  ‘empathy erosion’, which gives birth to organized subcultures of cruelty and evil, almost exclusively originates from childhood and adolescence neglect, abuse and long lasting poverty and social misery. Still, a few more ‘ingredients’ are needed in order to actually guarantee the appearance of structured, evil subcultures.

The development of structured, evil subcultures only emerge through the conscious organization of the ‘guidance’ and the ‘leadership’ of these groups. In a human society, this is best accomplished through intentional, continuous propaganda, infiltration, fear and repeated indoctrination. These facts are something that the Nazis understood very well. They had very good social-psychological insights, through the rich German literature on psychology and psychoanalysis, but in particular through a French social psychologist, sociologist and anthropologist, Gustave Le Bon’s and his book, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. It became a highly useful group-psychological guide when they customized their fostering methods, for the creation of the desired ‘erosion of empathy’ on mass scale. It is inevitable nowadays that these ‘evil subcultures’ primarily emerge in the western societies, since quite a few of the Nazis social engineering projects and methods are still implemented in these societies.

In our days unfortunately the ‘erosion of empathy’ is well inbuilt in almost all the aspects of a typical, western life.

The devastating misconception of the concept of Freedom in the West

The western societies has due to massive ‘empathy erosion’ and and a long lasting Social-Darwinist indoctrination developed a highly immature and very perverted perception of the concept of freedom. Not in words of course, but in behavior and actions. It is usually expressed as a very adolescent, self centered, one-sided, prejudiced and racist kind of freedom, due to a very high degree of ongoing and increasing dehumanization-policies in these societies. That’s from where the worst racist ideologies in the history of mankind has sprung forward, and that’s where the criminal logic of ethnic cleansing, genocide, plundering and colonizing on a global scale, are so blatantly excused.

Why we see most people in the west today more or less, even if maybe not supporting it, at least ‘accepting’ the rise of Nazism, is because:

  1. They are indifferent, arrogant and ignorant and fully preoccupied with satisfying their egoism and their narcissism.
  2. They are just susceptible to ‘tailored truths’ that will satisfy their presumptions, theories and prejudices.
  3. They are historically misinformed and rely only on the culturally and socially served, popular, ‘empathy eroding’ tales.
  4. They don’t understand that the only truly effective antifascist-action is to establish real democracy and true justice.
  5. They don’t really believe in democracy and justice because they have accepted selfish concepts of freedom in their lives for too long.
  6. It doesn’t touch them where it should, because their emotional lives are infected with mental and emotional ‘toxic waste’.

A mature and civilized understanding of freedom, in a truly developed and civilized human society, is NOT mainly expressed through how many natural moral principles one can break. Free to break every moral and ethical limits without any conscience or any responsibility for ones actions, is the most common version of practiced freedom in the western societies today. That alone is enough as a crystal clear evidence of that this societies in fact are socially immature and spiritually backward. Because of these blatantly unacknowledged, collective, social diseases, such societies become extremely accepting towards cruel tyrannies, communal violence and wars. Needless to say, these societies aren’t particularly sustainable and almost certain is, that they are doomed to perish repetitively quick. It is ignorance, selfishness and indeed a very poor level of critical thinking, that are keeping most citizens in these societies from the united commitment to build the adequate political and judicial ‘safety gates’ against tyranny. The real danger lies in the fact that its citizens, are still convinced that ‘this kind of society is the best, human society there is, even if its not perfect’. What these citizens are incapable to understand, because of their social blinkers and their refusal of any adequate self-criticism, is that what ‘is not perfect’, in fact is exactly the intentionally imposed ‘empathy eroding’ policy that allows misanthropy to become a highly accepted social norm. This fact put these societies very, very far away from the assessment “perfect” and instead one could argue that they are actually quite defect, at least from a utilitarian, human perspective.

This has happened because in almost every practiced aspect of a typical western life today, EGOISM is highly valued, cherished and developed and ALTRUISM is ignored, ridiculed and crippled. Therefore the western, perverted but nevertheless widely practiced form of freedom, is quite obviously a result of the doctrine:do as you like – seek only constant physical and material satisfaction  – have no regrets for damage, affliction, misery or misfortune you might have caused others. A very destructive doctrine which when it forms the general, social character in a society, it causes fraudulent relations, distrust, conflicts, violence, revolts, wars and suffering, and it gives birth to organized ‘subcultures of evil’. What actually happens, when everything of the human side of humans is ignored and ridiculed and therefore numbed, calloused and dried out, is that ‘the empty shell’ of the human turns to Mammon for ‘salvation’ (as the despairing Jews did in Sinai). That is why personal profit and personal wealth is the outermost aim in a western or ‘westernized’ life, and that is why loneliness, hopelessness, depressions, emotional collapses, insanity, suicides and homicides, is far more common in the West (or westernized societies) than anywhere else. Start a company – take big loans – make sure that you can afford a few corporate lawyers and your own bodyguards and hit-men and begin to abuse and misuse the world and the humans, for personal profit and satisfaction!  This is the actual underlying message of the western practiced concept of freedom, based on the “do as you like doctrine”.

West’s legal authorities clear unwillingness to bring the obvious top criminals from the top layers of the society to justice, is what – with an indisputable clarity – reveal that the above doctrine, in fact is the underlying message in this kind of crime worshiping, western form of freedom.

The common understanding of the concept of freedom in the western societies is in other words not at all based on any particularly wider social insight, or any deeper understanding of what a human society or a human being really is. Actually, contrary to that, it is based on clearly immature pseudo-scientific conceptions, very backward minds and ugly emotional lives. Sadly enough, this has evolved in the western societies despite the availability of a very rich classic heritage, that clarifies and explains both very well. A heritage that also offers the adequate intellectual, spiritual and practical tools to humanity and the human societies to evolve in accordance with the true nature of Man and thus leave barbarism and misanthropic sentiments behind. That heritage is in the West, highly esteemed and revered, in words only, but unfortunately extremely rarely in individual and social behavior and almost never in the practical expression of education, the law or in the governmental work. It is claimed to form the fundaments of western thinking, yet neither in words or actions, the West seems to be capable to really understand the almost 3 000 year old path to truly free, critically thinking humans, personally and socially civilized behavior and thus a real human civilization. One very deep reason to that is that it exist a very ancient schism between two completely opposite idea-worlds as the basis for Western thinking. A very schizophrenic schism is hidden behind western thinking, which even if many academics actually has alarmed about, it is never seriously considered, by the mainstream thinkers and scholars. At least not in its right proportions. One of these idea-worlds is the real cradle of western civilization and offers the liberation of the human being and the other is the burial of it and offers the enslavement of the human being. One of them makes Tyrannies as Nazism and Fascism impossible and the other gives birth to them and nourish them.

“…It is really this ancient schism between two contradicting idea-worlds and spiritual traditions,… this “schizophrenia” between Hellenism and Rothschild-Zionism, that the ruling classes have tried to crowd into ONE in the ‘modern Western civilization’. This paradox and this fundamental clash of ideas, is what really reflects the whole Western society in all its institutions, its culture its societies, its social character and its basic views on humans and Humanity.” - from the article: Hellenism is in danger, humanity is in danger

The Nazis and their alike represented and are still representing, in a very clear way, the morbid discrepancy between what they claim to be and what they actually are. A constantly repeated example of this fact, during the years of the German occupation in Greece, was the following behavior from the Germans: In Athens, the Nazis often went up to the Acropolis to admire the great works of the Greeks, but when walking down from there, in Plaka, underneath the Acropolis, the same officer could catch a little famished Greek kid, who had reached for a pretzel, and break his little arm over his knee. From the obvious delusion of being a cultivated human being, to one’s true beast-like character in just a few minutes. At such moments, these feign civilized Germans, showed in a very clear way that they only understood to admire dead marble, but not what had inspired the art that was carved out from it. They certainly could not understand and much less admire the moral and ethical concepts, the richness of the minds and the humanity of those that brought Greek culture to the point where they raised these, unsurpassed expressions of beauty. These inspired conscious expressions of the FREE, enlightened and conscious human soul, and the true nobility of the human spirit.

The immensely corrupt form of freedom in the west, apparently choose to value itself through how many of the lower human urges and desires, (characteristics that makes us more beast-like), its citizens can fulfill and satisfy and not how many of the higher human urges and desires, (characteristics that makes us more human-like) they can fulfill and satisfy.

U.S and EU are the “delivery boys” of this kind of pseudo-civilized social character and these soul-corrupting sub-cultures, and they make sure to ‘breastfeed’ them both, because it benefits their bankers and businessmen’s aims, but not only. Also NATO, the criminal, dehumanizing war machine, whose movements the western banking family-dynasties actually control, benefit tremendously by maintaining a society that produces lots of young people in despair, anxiety, anger and rage. A youth that will be deeply enraged and misled and therefore inclined to choose to kill and die, for what they don’t understand is just shameful, racist, high-tech, looting hordes called an “army”. An army that in fact works under a handful of company logos and a few banking family-dynasties.

Nazism and NATO

Nazism is in reality not an ideology rooted in any particularly deeper moral philosophical reflections. Or rather, it is based on an emotionally disturbed teenager’s interpretations of a psychotics moral reflections (Nietzsche), a suicidal pessimists agony (Schopenhauer) and a megalomaniacs admiration of  ‘Lucifer’ disguised as an Aryan Christ (Wagner). Nazisms misanthropic “solutions” to political and socio-economic problems therefore involve mass extermination of other ethnic, religious, social or political populations and experimentation on humans. Since such “solutions” poses an immediate threat to all of Humanity they are incompatible with a Human civilization. Instead of a truly human civilization Nazism aim for an anti-human barbarism dressed as an ideology and it is very well suited to function as the ‘bodyguard’ and the ‘hit man’ of the globalists, the financial elite, the West’s royal families and the ‘aristocrats’ and their “courts” and ‘servants’. Nazism was in fact formed in order to protect exactly these people from real Democracy or a new Bastille

President Woodrow Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act in 1913. Source: Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation, painting by Wilbur G. Kurtz Sr.

Woodrow Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act in 1913

Senator Nelson W. Aldrich a very good friend of J.P. Morgan called the following bankers and businessmen to the meeting on Jekyll Island in November 22, 1910.

  • Paul Warburg – (German representing Baron Alfred Rothschild’s Kuhn, Loeb & Co)
  • Henry P Davidson (Senior partner of J.P Morgan Company)
  • Charles D Norton (President of the Morgan First National Bank Of New York)
  • Abram Piatt Andrews (Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Dept)
  • Frank Vanderlip (President of the National City Bank Of New York)
  • Benjamin Strong (Representing J.P Morgan)

They arrived at the Jekyll Island Club to discuss monetary policy and the banking system, and this led to the creation of the current, privately owned Federal Reserve. Those who attended the meeting were sworn to secrecy and addressed each other only by code names. The use of last names was prohibited and the group therefore later referred to themselves as “The First Name Club”. 

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With the birth of the FED, in 1913, in fact these bankers started a 100 year long “Financial Pyramid Game”. Nathan Mayer Rothschild (left) and J.D. Rockefeller (right) was the real ‘powerful’ two, behind the meeting on Jekyll Island even though none of them were there. These two family dynasties were the ones who would concentrate almost all the wealth of the world to themselves within the next 100 years.

A bankers son by the name of Heinrich Heine once said “Money is the god of our time, and Rothschild is his prophet”

Nazism was formed to keep these ‘banker-prophets’, their ‘projects’ and their allies safe from a new Bastille, and to keep the populations that wanted true democracy, terrorized, horrified and divided, fighting eachother, while these bankers gradually ‘centralized power and wealth‘ to themselves. Nazism has served these bankers well, through two world wars, several revolutions, dictatorships, imperial wars and depressions. Why wouldn’t it serve them now under NATO’s command, during the ‘harvest times’ of the centuries and their attack on ‘naughty’ Russia?

Nazism is a manufactured pseudo-ideology that was developed in a few conference rooms in Basel, Zurich, Vienna and Munich, in the late 1800’s and put together by a few nationalist fanatics from Kaisers army, who probably believed in its alleged, anti-capitalist garb. As a political idea the fundamentals of what almost half a century later became Nazism, first emerged in England and USA in the 1870’s. It is based on racial hierarchy and social Darwinism, which means that it seek to apply biological concepts of natural selection and survival of the fittest to sociology and politics.

The fanatics from Kaisers army didn’t realize the fact that a handful of the promoter’s and financier’s behind Theodore Herzl’s Zionist movement also had plans for the anti-capitalistic, national-socialistic currents and sentiments. History have with accuracy proved that Nazism is anything but anti-capitalistic. Regardless of what Hitler and his mentors knew or didn’t know about the shadowy activities in Basel, Vienna, Zurich and Munich, Nazism was born through capitalists, supported by capitalists and it was and is favored and used by capitalists. These capitalists have used and interlinked nationalistic pan-German sentiments with the Rothschild-Zionist aims from the end of the 19th century. These cooperating, informal associations originate from the less known activities of some members of the Burschenschaft, the German nationalist student association, the Mayor of Vienna, Karl Leuger, the founder of the Austrian, Christian Social Party, Colonel Albert Edward Williamson Goldsmid and Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden.

Ιn the absolute philosophic and spiritual core of Nazism was, as mentioned before, of course Hitler’s own twisted interpretations of Nietzsche’s already twisted theories on morality. Nietzsche, the tragic philosopher, in his book “The Origins of Morality” attempts to turn all values inside out in order to “prove” that what was called good is actually evil and what was called evil is actually good. The adolescent, existentially very confused Hitler, at the age of 15, interpreted*1 the writings of Nietzsche. He was enchanted by the pessimist Schopenhauer who said that “good and evil doesn’t exist” (this provides good moral excuses for barbarism), and he was greatly inspired by Richard Wagner, who adored ‘Lucifer’, cunningly disguised to an Aryan Christ (the real moral image of the Catholic church).

These three historic figures expressed all the philosophical and spiritual grounds upon which a young Hitler based Nazism,.. with the help of three of Kaisers generals.

*From a biological-neurological perspective,philosophical and spiritual texts can’t be adequately understood or interpreted by neurologically and emotionally still developing minds, as for instance a 15-year old. Particularly not by emotionally traumatized, still developing minds. The neurological system of a Human being is not fully developed until the age of 19 – 22.

So this surrogate ideology, which is mentally based on fear, indoctrination, megalomania, superstitions and occultism, was developed with the help of three fanatic generals and occultists from Kaisers army. Karl Haushoffer, Helmuth von Moltke and Konrad von Hotzendorf, headhunted and emotionally and spiritually they ‘prepared and initiated’ Adolf Hitler as the Messianic figure of Nazism, a few years after WWI. They developed Nazisms myths, rites and customs, by using old Germanic legends, the Thule-society’s occult teachings and rituals together with anti-Jewish socio-economic, geopolitical and racial ideas and they molded this into a suitable militarized blood-cult, a hate ideology.

The anti-Jewish sentiments suited the Rothschild-Zionists*2 aims perfect, since this would accelerate their aims, when many of the leaders in Europe were skeptic to the Zionist “project” for a Jewish state. The generals at the time didn’t know that a handful of the conspirators from Basel, Zurich, Vienna and Munich was capitalists and Zionists who wanted an ‘ideological tool’, an anti-Jewish, militant movement that would bring about the acceptance of a Jewish state. In the 30’s Nazism became a perfect tool in order to crush any real democratic, real freedom longing sentiments with extreme violence, terror and massacres on a mass scale, and that’s what it has become today again. No other -isms are in fact helping the capitalists to centralize power and wealth and defend themselves against democracy or a new Bastille as good, as Nazism and the current Neo-liberalism do.

NATO (our days ‘Wehrmacht’), openly show today that there is truly no place for empathy, humanity and human dignity in the western world anymore. Justice, Righteousness and the Free Word have been sacrificed and ‘Obedience or Extermination’, in accordance with the criminal “Collective Punishment Policy” and the “Covert Military or Paramilitary Operations Policy“, has become the foundations for their new doctrine – actually not at all essentially different from the logic’s of the Catholic Church’s ‘Holy Inquisition doctrine’ during the dark Middle Ages. The European kingdoms, empires and societies, who used to aspire for the title ‘western civilization’ since the Renaissance, can now only be called an ‘empire of misanthropy & death’.

The Renaissance which was the cultural and intellectual expression of the rebirth of the ancient Greek heritage, was the way out of the dark Middle Ages. The, by NATO, IMF, USA and EU, aggressively pushed for ‘New World Order‘, is the way back into them again – but now in a new high-tech, vulgar-scientific, mind and soul enslaving and human exterminating version. This was and is the aim of Nazism, regardless whether their “devotees” understands it or not. And that’s why it suits the royals and the elite so well and that is why such a catastrophic, massive, ‘social-psychological disorder’, is still called an ideology and can continue to infiltrate the western societies and their social character, with its ‘empathy eroding’ and ‘dehumanizing’ tactics.

Nazism, we must therefore understand, is NOT just another ‘ideology’ and certainly not an answer against Capitalism. It is a skillfully manufactured ‘excuse’ for the intentional, organized ‘erosion of empathy’ and through that, the mass killings and the extermination of human beings. The label ‘Nazism’ or ‘National-socialism’ have turned out to be just a political and social-economic camouflage, of sheer sadism, bloodthirst and misanthropy. NATO’s Nazi version of freedom is in fact Organized Evil against humanity. That’s how the entirety of Mankind must see it, and essentially that’s how Justice and the International Legal Authorities and Courts must treat it.   

 

Kosmas Loumakis

Stockholm 30-07-2014

 

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Rothschild-Zionism*2

In this article, when I refer to Zionism I describe Rothschild’s version of Zionism (identical with ancient Phariseeism), which actually is more about the cultural “hijacking” of the true Jewish religion and its traditions, in order to serve an oligarchic banking-family’s aims for global power, with the current state of Israel as its shield and its vehicle towards this goal and with the USA and UK as its guards…  There are Christian Zionists and Muslim Zionists no matter how strange that can sound, simply because today’s Rothschild-Zionism has not anything particular to do with the real Jewish religion (Moses people’s law) but only with the aims of those families and their plans with the state of Israel (Mammon’s doctrine). They consider themselves as “kings” and “emperors” of humanity and they are using Israel and the Jews in order to fulfill their quest for global dominance and to establish their positions as self appointed demigods of mankind.

U.S. Holds the World Record of Killings of Innocent Civilians

 

Interview with Prof. John McMurtry

mcmurtryA world-renowned Canadian philosopher argues that the United States holds the world record of illegal killings of unarmed civilians and extrajudicial detention and torturing of prisoners who are detained without trial.

Prof. John McMurtry says that the U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine which earns profit through waging wars, and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also believes that the U.S. has become a police state, which treats its citizens in the most derogatory manner.

 “I have travelled alone with only backpack possession through the world, and have found no state in which police forces are more habituated to violent bullying, more likely to draw a gun, more discriminatory against the dispossessed, and more arbitrarily vicious in normal behavior,” said McMurtry. “The US now leads the globe in an underlying civil war of the rich against the poor.”

 “The US can … detain, kidnap and imprison without trial or indictment any US citizen or other citizen anywhere by designating them enemies to the US,” Prof. John McMurtry noted in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency.

 According to the Canadian intellectual, the United States statesmen have long supported dictatorial and tyrannical regimes and even funded and armed the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler in the period between 1939 and 1945.

 John McMurtry is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada. In 2001, Prof. McMurtry was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his outstanding contributions to the study of humanities and social sciences. His latest major works are his 15-year study, “The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure” and three monumental volumes commissioned by UNESCO for its Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems entitled “Philosophy and World Problems.” McMurtry’s articles and writings regularly appear on different newspapers and online magazines across the world.

 Prof. McMurtry took part in an in-depth interview with FNA and responded to some questions regarding the U.S. project of the War on Terror, its military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan and the September 11, 2001 attacks. The following is the text of the interview.

 Q: Prof. McMurtry; it was following the 9/11 attacks that the United States launched its project of War on Terror. The venture has so far cost the lives of thousands of innocent, unarmed civilians across the world, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya; however, the civilian cost of the Global War on Terror has been mostly ignored by the mainstream media and the politicians in the West. Why do you think they’ve overlooked the enormous rate of civilian casualties resulting from an endeavor which was purportedly aimed at exporting democracy and liberal values to the world?

A: In the US’s so-called War on Terror, by far the greatest and most systematic terrorization of civilians is in fact perpetrated by the US state itself. Unarmed citizens are murdered across the world as ‘collateral damage’, ‘illegal enemy combatants’ or other license of impunity. The US state conceives itself as above international law along with ally Israel, but this reality is taboo to report and so too all the killing and terrorization of civilians. One can truly say that “the historical record demonstrates the US is provably guilty of continual lawless mass murder of civilians across the world”, but the truth is unthinkable within the ruling ideological regime. Consider for example, the US-led deadly civil wars and coup d’etats in Venezuela and Ukraine as well as Libya and Syria. They mass terrorize and destroy societies into defenseless dependency so that their resources, lands and markets are “free” for transnational corporate exploitation. Yet the meaning is un-decoded. Ignorance is built into the syntax of acceptable thought. 

 Q: Many immigrants who seek refuge in United States from the four corners of the globe in search of a better and more prosperous life think of America as an absolutely free, democratic and open society with abundant opportunities for economic and social progress. However, you’ve argued, as many scholars did, that the United States is a police state. Would you please elaborate more on that? Do you believe that these immigrants and asylum-seekers are not told the whole truth about the United States or are somehow deceived?

A: Deception allies with ignorance. I define a police state as a society in which there is unlimited state power of armed force freely discharged without citizen right to stop it. While the men at the top always proclaim their devotion to the public good, an endless litany of crimes against human life is permitted by legally terrorist offices, central directives, and bureaucratic channels. Thus in “free and democratic America”, more citizens are caged than any country in the world, and over 80% have perpetrated no violence against [any] person. While the US accuses others of inhuman persecution and despotism, it holds the world records for caging non-violent people, for violent killings of civilians, for spy surveillance of everyone, and for mass murders of innocent people across international borders. Even kicking the tire of a VIP vehicle may be prosecuted as an act of “terrorism”. I have travelled alone with only backpack possession through the world, and have found no state in which police forces are more habituated to violent bullying, more likely to draw a gun, more discriminatory against the dispossessed, and more arbitrarily vicious in normal behavior.  The US now leads the globe in an underlying civil war of the rich against the poor.

Q: What’s your viewpoint on the recent laws and legislations that have stipulated limitations on the civil liberties of the U.S. citizens, including the PATRIOT Act of 2001, which was widely criticized and protested at? It’s seen as a discriminatory measure that violates the privacy of the American citizens and the foreign nationals traveling in the States. Isn’t it so?

A: The repression of civil rights by the US goes far deeper than violation of citizen privacy to which the media confine themselves. The Patriot Act together with other laws like the Military Commissions Act, the Defense Authorization Act, the Homeland Security Act and the Protect America Act, mutating to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, form a systematic curtailment of civil rights and freedoms. Spying on everyone across borders is the accompanying apparatus of the National Security Agency which has been recently exposed in its totalitarian global snooping and dirty tricks. Department analyst Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers summarizes the post-9/11 situation in the US as “a coup … a steady assault on every fundamental of our Constitution for executive government to rule by decree”.  What makes these new laws and licenses tyrannical is their selective suspension of established constitutional rights to habeas corpus, the right of the accused to see evidence against him/her, the right to one’s chosen legal defense, the right to trial without indefinite detention, and other rights of due process of law including to free speech and organization that can be construed as supporting “illegal enemies”. As to who these “illegal enemies” are, this is determined by the US president without legal criterion, proving evidence or verification required. The US can thus detain, kidnap and imprison without trial or indictment any US citizen or other citizen anywhere by designating them enemies to the US. This arbitrary power has most infamously instituted US presidential right to kill individuals and those around them at will by robot killer drones – all crimes against humanity and war crimes under international law, but again taboo to report in the mass media or question in international security meetings themselves.

Q: The U.S. government has traditionally supported the oppressive regimes that are widely considered as dictatorial and tyrannical. Some examples include the successive U.S. governments’ support for the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Israel. Isn’t such an approach contrary to the democratic principles which the U.S. Constitution is said to be oriented on?

A: Certainly the US has long supported dictatorial and tyrannical regimes. In fact US corporations and banks led the funding and arming of Hitler and the Nazis even during the 1939-45 War, and official US support of murderous dictatorships afterwards has been normalized since the CIA’s foundation in 1947. In the years since 9/11, US government has covertly directed funding and arming of the most destructive armed forces including jihadists, not only in the nations you mention, but in Syria and before that Libya, Iraq, Somalia, and Afghanistan and many much less known places like Mali. Ukraine has been similarly launched into civil war and escalated oppression by US-led destabilization, covert Special Forces, and local fascists.

Yet the US Constitution itself has no clear resource to prevent such international crimes, the founding US fathers themselves being mainly rich slave owners and leaders of the genocidal Western expansion against first peoples which England had forbidden in 1763. In fact, despite some stirring phrases without binding force, the ultimate concern of the US Constitution is the protection of private property and wealth at the top against the masses and democratic reversal. The ultimately governing value is profitable and unfettered private commerce, the “commerce clause” being the only way found to enforce the civil rights of Blacks. The opening slogans of “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” seem inspiring except that happiness cannot be pursued, life needs do not ever enter into consideration, and liberty without the means to exercise it is nonsense.

Bear in mind that Supreme Court decisions have further granted the constitutional freedom of private money hoards to control politicians, public speech and elections themselves. Transnational corporations which are the global vehicles of the world’s ruling money sequences have at the same time multiplying powers with no obligations, while other societies’ rights have been effectively erased by international trade treaties which recognize only corporate rights and strip societies of their economic sovereignty and public resources. Corporate rights to dominate public speech and elections have been twisted out of even the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment protecting the civil rights of ex-slaves. In short, a near total expropriation of rights by Big Money has shown how anti-democratic the US Constitution has been made. I think that only the rule of life-protective law with the force of international law can regulate this global money-power dictatorship back into coherence with life support requirements now violated at every level, with or without a revolutionary uprising.   

 Q: Over the course of 20th century, the United States has been involved in several covert foreign regime change actions, and as the Foreign Policy magazine notes, it has toppled seven governments in the last 100 years through masterminding and engineering coups across the world, including the 1953 coup d’etat against the popular government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh or the 1973 coup in Chile that brought down the government of President Salvador Allende. Is such sponsorship of coups and regime change actions the characteristic feature of a democratic, peace-loving government?

A: There has been almost no coup or government overthrow since 1945 not led by the US. The examples you give of Mosaddegh and Allende are sea-changes of history in which elected, socially responsible and peaceful governments led by men of the very highest quality have been criminally usurped. This perpetual and increasing destabilization of other states and societies along with other gravely degenerate trends are systematically tracked in my 15-year study The Cancer Stage of Capitalism/ from crisis to cure. In the US itself, the three powers of supreme legislature, executive and court are now all controlled by the same money party selecting for the same full-spectrum predation of life and life support systems everywhere to multiply themselves. Yet still the long record of the US state and its oligarch allies destroying societies across the world is unspeakable in the mass media because they themselves are financed and advertised in by the same transnational corporations that demand the resources and territories of societies everywhere. The carcinogenic global causal mechanism is ever more evident and catastrophic, but not recognized.  

Q: More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, there are still several unanswered questions about the tragic event, including the origins and motives of the perpetrator, the role of foreign intelligence organizations in masterminding the attacks and the behind-the-scenes benefits of the attacks for the U.S. military-industrial complex. As you note in your writings, it was not Osama bin Laden who spearheaded the 9/11 attacks. Who is the real culprit? Did the 9/11 attacks play into the hands of the Bush administration to set in motion its lethal project of War on Terror and start invading different countries?

 A: My recent monograph on the Internet, “The Moral Decoding of 9-11: Beyond the U.S. Criminal State” is a definitive answer to these questions. The turning-point event is laid bare step by step as a mass-murderous construction whose scenario is anticipated and contrived by US geostrategic planners with the official investigation completely concealing the basic fact that fireproofed steel infrastructures collapsed at the speed of gravity into their own footprints against the laws of physics. Moreover the first question of forensic justice – cui bono, who benefits? – is ruled out from the start, although every subsequent policy, decision and new power served the interests of the Bush Jr. regime and the US military-oil complex against the welfare of the American public and the world, especially Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.

Unfortunately conspiracy theories miss the inner logic of the strategic event and the system disorder driving it. The official conspiracy theory is absurd, but every disbeliever in it is pilloried as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ – the reverse projection which is the signature operation of US propaganda. Always blame others for what the US does as the reason for attacking them. One might laugh at the same old propaganda psy-op and fabrications trotted out endlessly, but the terrible reality is the 9/11 construction has had effectively sabotaged international progress in solving the world’s gravest problems. It has dismantled the global peace movement that was reaching an historical peak in 2001 to stop US-led militarism after the Cold War. It has successfully suppressed world-wide uprisings against a US-led global corporate dictatorship despised and opposed by ever more citizens across America, Europe and the world. It has even formed the draconian laws and police practices needed to squash the world-wide environmental movement across the world at same time. 9/11 has, in short, vastly empowered the corporate money system devouring human and planetary life by falsifying opponents as “terrorists”. But who joins the dots of the Great Repression? 

Q: Since its inception 66 years ago, CIA has been involved in numerous covert sabotage, anti-sabotage, assassination, propaganda, destruction and subversion plans against other countries, and during the course of all these covert actions, it has violated different internationally recognized treaties and regulations as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of these nations. Are these actions and gambits legal or illegal? If they are illegal, then why doesn’t any international organization investigate the crimes and hold the U.S. government accountable? 

A: Yes this is a turning-point issue of the world. But the US record as a rogue state is unspeakable in the mass media because they are financed and advertised in by the same transnational corporations that demand the resources and territories of the world by threat of trade-investment embargo and the point of the gun of US and NATO forces. This is what the lawless but unnamed US reign of terror achieves – not only by war crimes and crimes against humanity, but by economic ruin for any society resisting transnational trade treaties and demands which recognize only foreign corporate rights to profit. If the underlying causal mechanism is taboo to recognize, unaccountability is the result. Blame is instead diverted to US-designated enemies – like Iran or Russia or Venezuela – and the society-destroying disorder rampages on.

In fact there are many life-protective international laws to hold the US accountable to, but every one of them is repudiated by the US so as not to apply to itself ; laws and conventions against nuclear weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, landmines, small arms, international ballistic missiles, torture, racism, sexism, child abuse, arbitrary seizure and imprisonment, crimes against humanity and war crimes, military weather distortions, biodiversity loss, and international climate destabilization. Yet this record remains taboo to track or publish even as the US demonizes others for “defying the laws and norms of the international community”.

The US and ally Israel thus violate the laws against armed aggression, occupation and crimes against humanity at will, but who even knows or cites the laws?  For example, when the US was about to perpetrate the supreme crime of invasion against Iraq in 2003 with no lawful grounds, no-one raised the issue at the Security Council, including the Iraqi diplomat there. As one who later debated on Canadian public television a leading US geostrategic analyst three days before the criminal bombing of Baghdad began, my statement  that he was “advocating war crime and should be arrested for doing so” was deleted from the live broadcast. The cornerstone of international law is thus silenced while the media go on calling opponents “unpatriotic” or “terrorists” – as in Nazi Germany. If law-abiding states do not stand and join for the rule of international life-protective law, there seems no end.  

 

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ΤΤΙΡ : Διατλαντική Εμπορική και Επενδυτική Εταιρική Σχέση

Άρθρο της Le monde diplomatique

1. Μη σεβασμός των θεμελιωδών εργασιακών δικαιωμάτων. Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες δεν έχουν επικυρώσει παρά δύο από τις οκτώ θεμελιώδεις συμβάσεις της Διεθνούς Οργάνωσης Εργασίας (ΔΟΕ), οι οποίες έχουν στόχο την προστασία των εργαζομένων. Από την πλευρά τους όλες οι χώρες-μέλη της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης έχουν υιοθετήσει τους κανονισμούς που προωθεί η ΔΟΕ, η οποία είναι οργάνωση των Ηνωμένων Εθνών. Η ιστορία δείχνει ότι η « εναρμόνιση », στην οποία οδηγούν οι συμφωνίες ελεύθερων συναλλαγών, τείνει να γίνεταιστη βάση το ;y ελάχιστου κοινού παρονομαστή. Επομένως, οι Ευρωπαίοι εργαζόμενοι έχουν λόγους να φοβούνται για τη διάβρωση των σημερινών δικαιωμάτων τους.

2. Υποβάθμιση των δικαιωμάτων συλλογικής εκπροσώπησης των εργαζομένων. Η TTIP φιλοδοξεί να εξαλείψει τα « εμπόδια » που δυσκολεύουν τη ροή των εμπορευμάτων μεταξύ των δύο ηπείρων. Στόχος ; Περισσότερες δυνατότητες να επιλέξουν οι επιχειρήσεις τούς τόπους παραγωγής των προϊόντων τους σε συνάρτηση με το « κόστος », ιδιαίτερα το κοινωνικό. Όμως, τα δικαιώματα συμμετοχής των εργαζομένων –όπως η ενημέρωση και η γνωμοδότηση των επιχειρησιακών επιτροπών- θα συνεχίσουν να σταματούν στα σύνορα. Επομένως, η διατλαντική προσεγγιση θα ισοδυναμεί με υποβάθμιση του σχετικού δικαιώματος των εργαζομένων, το οποίο, όμως, διασφαλίζεται με τη Χάρτα Θεμελιωδών Δικαιωμάτων της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης.

3. Χαλάρωση των τεχνικών προδιαγραφών. Στον συγκεκριμένο τομέα, η ευρωπαϊκή προσέγγιση για τις προϋποθέσεις εμπορικής διάθεσης ενός προϊόντος διαφέρει, σε μεγάλο βαθμό, από την προσέγγιση των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών. Στην Ευρώπη, εχει κατοχυρωθεί η « αρχή της προφύλαξης » : η εμπορική διάθεση ενός προϊόντος προϋποθέτει αξιολόγηση των κινδύνων που παρουσιάζει. Στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, συμβαίνει το αντίστροφο. Η αξιολόγηση γίνεται εκ των υστέρων και συνοδεύεται από την εγγύηση ανάληψης ευθύνης για τις συνέπειες οποιουδήποτε προβλήματος παρουσιαστεί μετά τη διάθεση του προϊόντος στην αγορά (δυνατότητα συλλογικών προσφυγών ή class action, χρηματικές αποζημιώσεις). Στην Ευρώπη, οι κίνδυνοι που λαμβάνονται υπόψη δεν αφορούν μόνο τους καταναλωτές. Περιλαμβάνουν και τις επιπτώσεις στις συνθήκες εργασίας, καθώς και στην υγεία και την επαγγελματική ασφάλεια, παρόλο που δεν τηρούνται πάντοτε. Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, από την πλευρά τους, αδιαφορούν χαρακτηριστικά για τις επιπτώσεις στα πεδία αυτά.

Η εναρμόνιση, που τόσο γοητεύει τις εργοδοτικές ομάδες πίεσης, συνεπάγεται αρκετούς κινδύνους : διάβρωση της « αρχής τής προφύλαξης » (χωρίς μεταγενέστερη ανάληψη ευθύνης), ενδεχόμενο εμφάνισης ενός διπλού συστήματος, με το οποίο οι επιχειρήσεις θα μπορούσαν να επιλέξουν τον έναν ή τον άλλο μηχανισμό συμμόρφωσης με τις προδιαγραφές, υποχώρηση της προστασίας των εργαζομένων στους χώρους εργασίας τους. Άρα, η προοπτική δημιουργίας ενός διατλαντικού « συμβουλίου ρυθμιστικής συνεργασίας », το οποίο ελάχιστα θα υπόκειται σε δημοκρατικό έλεγχο και σε παρακολούθηση από τα συνδικάτα, δεν είναι καθόλου καθησυχαστική.

4. Περιορισμός τής ελεύθερης μετακίνησης των προσώπων. Η μετακίνηση των προσώπων δεν προβλέπεται, παρά μόνο με τη μορφή παροχής υπηρεσιών τού λεγόμενου « τύπου 4 », δηλαδή « με την παρουσία φυσικών προσώπων μιας χώρας στο έδαφος μιας άλλης χώρας [1] ». Μηχανισμός που, επίσης, ονομάζεται « εργαζόμενοι σε διεθνή απόσπαση » και συμβάλλει στο κοινωνικό ντάμπινγκ στο εσωτερικό τής Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης [2].

Στις διαπραγματεύσεις που διεξάγονται, η κινητικότητα και η μετανάστευση δεν εξετάζονται παρά από τη σκοπιά τού οικονομικού συμφέροντος : το θεμελιώδες δικαίωμα της ελεύθερης μετακίνησης δεν εμφανίζεται πουθενά. Πάντως, θα μπορούσε να φανταστεί κανείς, ότι η εναρμόνιση του δικαίου και της εργασιακής νομοθεσίας στις δύο πλευρές του Ατλαντικού θα επέτρεπε στα πρόσωπα να απολαμβάνουν τις ίδιες ελευθερίες και εγγυήσεις με τα εμπορεύματα και τα κεφάλαια…

5. Έλλειψη κυρώσεων για καταχρηστικές πρακτικές. Οι συμφωνίες ελεύθερου εμπορίου παραδοσιακά περιέχουν ένα κεφάλαιο για την « αειφόρο ανάπτυξη », το οποίο περιλαμβάνει διατάξεις που αφορούν το κοινωνικό και το εργατικό δίκαιο, την οικολογία, την προστασία του κλίματος και των δικαιωμάτων των ζώων, καθώς και τον αγροτικό κόσμο. Σε αντίθεση με τα υπόλοιπα, τα κεφάλαια αυτά δεν προβλέπουν, γενικά, κανέναν μηχανισμό διευθέτησης διαφορών και καμία δυνατότητα κυρώσεων σε περιπτώσεις παραβίασης των διατάξεων. Ενώ τα άρθρα που αφορούν τον οικονομικό και τεχνικό τομέα χαρακτηρίζονται από πολύ ακριβείς νομικές προβλέψεις για τη δικαιοδοσία των αρμόδιων αρχών και τη δυνατότητα επιβολής κυρώσεων, οι διατάξεις που αφορούν το κοινωνικό δίκαιο παραμένουν αόριστες και οι κυρώσεις που προβλέπονται δεν προσφέρουν παρά λίγες πιθανότητες προσφυγής στις αρμόδιες αρχές.

6. Σταδιακή εξαφάνιση των δημόσιων υπηρεσιών. Οι διαπραγματεύσεις προσανατολίζονται στο άνοιγμα των δημοσίων υπηρεσιών στις ιδιωτικοποιήσεις, με την τεχνική τής λεγόμενης « αρνητικής λίστας ». Η τεχνική αυτή έγκειται στην καταγραφή τού συνόλου των δημόσιων υπηρεσιών που δεν θα ανοίξουν στις ιδιωτικοποιήσεις, υπονοώντας ότι όσες δημόσιες υπηρεσίες δεν περιλαμβάνονται στη λίστα, επιτρέπεται να ιδιωτικοποιηθούν. Και στο συγκεκριμένο σημείο, η εμπειρία δείχνει ότι τα προβλήματα ορισμού ή διατύπωσης ανοίγουν « παράθυρα » που διευκολύνουν τις ιδιωτικοποιήσεις πέρα από το αρχικά προβλεπόμενο πλαίσιο. Εξάλλου, κάθε είδος υπηρεσίας που θα εμφανίζεται για να καλύψει νέες ανάγκες, θα θεωρείται ότι εντάσσεται αυτόματα στον ιδιωτικό τομέα.

7. Αύξηση της ανεργίας. Στο πλαίσιο της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, οι μη ευρωπαϊκές επιχειρήσεις μπορούν να έχουν πρόσβαση στις δημόσιες προμήθειες. Κάτι τέτοιο ισχύει πολύ λιγότερο στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, όπου οι κανονισμοί που προσπαθούν να εγγυηθούν μια ελάχιστη « τοπική συμμετοχή » είναι πολύ διαδεδομένοι. Αποτέλεσμα ; Διεύρυνση των αγορών στις οποίες θα έχουν πρόσβαση οι αμερικανικές επιχειρήσεις, χωρίς ανταλλάγματα για τις ευρωπαϊκές εταιρείες, με καταστροφικές συνέπειες για την απασχόληση στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση.

8. Απώλεια του εμπιστευτικού χαρακτήρα των προσωπικών δεδομένων. Οι ευρωπαϊκοί λαοί επιθυμούν παραδοσιακά την προστασία των προσωπικών δεδομένων τους.  Οι αμερικανικοί κανονισμοί υποδηλώνουν μια λιγότερη ισχυρή επιθυμία των πολιτών στην άλλη πλευρά τού Ατλαντικού. Σε μια συγκυρία φιλελευθεροποίησης των υπηρεσιών, η διασφάλιση της προστασίας των προσωπικών δεδομένων γίνεται υποθετική : πώς να καθοριστεί ο χώρος αποθήκευσης και το εφαρμοστέο δίκαιο, όταν τα δεδομένα βρίσκονται στο « νέφος » ;

9. Υποταγή των κοινωνιών στην υπεράσπιση της πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας. Ό,τι αποτράπηκε κατά τη δημόσια συζήτηση της εμπορικής συμφωνίας για την πνευματική ιδιοκτησία (ACTA), χάρη σε συντονισμένες προσπάθειες των ευρωπαϊκών συνδικάτων και πολιτικών ή κοινωνικών οργανώσεων, κινδυνεύει να έρθει ξανά στο τραπέζι με τη Μεγάλη Διατλαντική Αγορά. Οι διατάξεις που θα προστατεύουν την πνευματική και βιομηχανική ιδιοκτησία αποτελούν, αυτήν την περίοδο, αντικείμενο διαπραγμάτευσης και θα μπορούσαν να απειλήσουν την ελευθερία στο Διαδίκτυο, να στερήσουν στους δημιουργούς την ελεύθερη επιλογή ως προς τη διάθεση των έργων τους, ακόμη και να δυσκολέψουν την πρόσβαση σε γενόσημα φάρμακα.

10. Και, φυσικά, υποταγή των κρατών σε ένα δίκαιο που θα εχει διαμορφωθεί ακριβώς στα μέτρα των πολυεθνικών.

Notes

[1] Δικτυακός τόπος της Γενικής Διεύθυνσης Εμπορίου, http://www.europarl.europa.eu.

[2] Βλ. Gilles Balbastre, « Travail détaché, travailleurs enchaînés », Le Monde diplomatique, Απρίλιος 2014.

EUROGENDFOR : EU CREATES LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR “MILITARY USE” AGAINST ITS CITIZENS

The “European Gendarmerie Force” Project: EU Creates Legal Framwork For “Military Use” against its Citizens

by Andrej Hunko

The EU creates a legal framework for Europe-wide deployment of police and military units. At the same time, the EU Commission is working intensively on the creation of a single EU police unit as well as an EU public prosecutor.

The use of the “European Gendarmerie Force” (EUROGENDFOR) is made possible by the “solidarity clause” as Heise reported. At the unit, headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, all EU Member States are involved, the Gendarmerien; police forces with military status are to be used.

The founding countries of the EUROGENDFOR include Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands. We provide our services to the police unit of the EU, NATO or the UN.

“The ‘solidarity clause’ is redundant, since the EU already has mechanisms for mutual assistance in case of disasters. Secondly, the clause amplifies the course to a militarization of domestic politics, since upon request the military can be used in another Member State.

“On Tuesday, the representatives of the EU Member States in the Council adopted a decision on the so-called ‘solidarity clause’. Were a disaster or a loosely defined crisis to occur, the organs of the European Union would be obliged to assist using all the instruments at their disposal. This includes military resources”, warned Member of the Bundestag Andrej Hunko.

The proposal on ‘arrangements for the implementation by the Union of the Solidarity Clause’ was jointly presented by the Commission and the EU High Representative in 2012. A country can invoke the “solidarity clause” if a crisis “overwhelms its response capacities”. Mention is made of operational, policy and financial instruments and structures.

Andrej Hunko continued:

“The adoption at the General Affairs Council took place in secret: the point was not mentioned on the agenda of the meeting. The press was not informed. Yet this is one of the most controversial clauses contained in the EU treaties. That is precisely the reason why agreement on the details of the solidarity clause was postponed to a later point at the time of the signature of the Lisbon Treaty.

The ‘solidarity clause’ boosts the role of the two intelligence-service-style EU situation centres. But it also creates the legal framework for deployment of the special police units of the ‘ATLAS network’ being developed by the Commission. From Germany, the GSG 9 is involved; last year this Federal Police Special Forces unit was able to head a large-scale ATLAS exercise encompassing several countries for the first time.

The ‘solidarity clause’ is superfluous, since the EU already has mechanisms for mutual assistance in disaster situations. At the same time, however, the clause strengthens the course towards militarisation of home-affairs policy, since military personnel can be sent to another Member State on request.

I am concerned that this is about the home-affairs version of the Article 5 clause on mutual defence: it would apply in situations which ‘may have an adverse impact on people, the environment or property’. Even politically motivated blockades in the areas of energy and transport and general strikes are covered.

The text explicitly refers to crises which originate outside the territory of the Member States.

The Left Party parliamentary group rejects this blurring of the lines between internal and external security. Instead of militarisation of home-affairs policy through the deployment of military forces inside other Member States, we need reinforcement of the civilian mechanisms of solidarity within the EU.”

Press release of 24 June 2014 by the General Affairs Council:

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/genaff/143353.pdf

http://www.911forum.org.uk/board/viewtopic.php?p=167496#167496

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John Pilger: Empire, Obama and America’s Last Taboo – Video and transcript

Speech given July 5, 2009
At Socialism 2009, San Francisco
Haymarket Books, International Socialist Review, Socialist Worker
“Building a New Left for a New Era”
Sponsored by Center for Economic Research and Social Change.

Transcribed by Rady Ananda (with subtitles, links and graphics added)

MC: So I’m going to turn it over to Mr. Pilger (applause).

John Pilger: Thank you. (applause) Great. Great. Thank you (laughs). It’s so good to be here. Thank you for the invitation to be here to speak and especially to my friend, Anthony Arnove. I’m delighted especially to be here on the Fourth of July, which is an appropriate day to talk about “Empire, Obama and America’s Last Taboo.” I’m sorry the title’s a bit wordy but I couldn’t get it down to something as it should be.

torch of freedom x marilyn slaterNow, two years ago, I spoke at Socialism in Chicago about an invisible government, which is a term used by Edward Bernays, one of the founders of modern propaganda. It was Bernays who, in the 1920s, invented public relations as a euphemism for propaganda. And it was Bernays, deploying the ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud, who campaigned on behalf of the tobacco industry for women to take up smoking as an act of feminist liberation, calling cigarettes “torches of freedom.” [Image at Torches of Freedom.]

At the same time, he was involved in the disinformation that was critical in overthrowing the Arbenz government in Guatemala. So you have the association of cigarettes and regime change.

The invisible government that Bernays had in mind brought together all media – PR, the press, broadcasting, advertising – and their power of branding and image-making, in other words, disinformation.

And I suppose I’d like to talk today about this invisible government’s most recent achievement: the rise of Barack Obama and the silencing of much of the Left.

~3:00 Americanism Then

But all of this has a history, of course, and I’d like to go back, take you back some 40 years to a sultry and a, for me, very memorable day in Vietnam. I was a young war correspondent who had just arrived in the village in the Central Highlands called Tweelong (sp). My assignment was to write about a unit of U.S. Marines who had been sent to the village to win hearts and minds.

“My orders,” said the Marine sergeant, “are to sell the American way of liberty as stated in the Pacification Handbook. This is designed to win the hearts and minds of folks as stated on page 86.”

Page 86 was headed in capital letters, “WHAM” – winning hearts and minds. The Marine unit was a combined action company “which,” explained the sergeant, meant, and I quote, “We attack these folks on Mondays and we win their hearts and minds on Tuesdays.”

He was joking, of course, but not quite. The sergeant who didn’t speak Vietnamese had arrived in the village, stood up in a jeep, and said thru a bullhorn, “Come on out, Everybody. We got rice and candies and toothbrushes to give you.”

This was greeted by silence.

“Now listen, either you gooks come on out or we’re gonna come right in there and get you.”

Now the people of Tweelong finally came out and they stood in line to receive packets of Uncle Ben’s miracle rice, Hershey bars, party balloons, and several thousand toothbrushes. Three portable, battery-operated, yellow, flush lavatories were held back for the arrival of the colonel. And when the colonel arrived that evening, the District Chief was summoned, and the yellow flush lavatories unveiled. The colonel cleared his throat and took out a hand-written speech.

“Mr. District Chief, and all you nice people,” said the colonel. “What these gifts represent is more than the sum of their parts. They carry the spirit of America.” (Audience laughs)

I’m, I promise you I’m quoting verbatim.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, there’s no place on Earth like America. It’s the land where miracles happen. It’s a guiding light for me and for you. In America, you see, we count ourselves as real lucky, as having the greatest democracy the world has ever known, and we want you nice people to share in our good fortune.”

Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, even John Winthrop’s “City Upon a Hill” got a mention. All that was missing was the Star Spangled Banner playing softly in the background. Of course, the villagers had no idea what the colonel was talking about. But when the Marines clapped, they clapped. And when the colonel waved, the children waved.

And when he departed, the colonel shook the sergeant’s hand and said, “We’ve got plenty of hearts and minds here. Carry on, Sergeant.”

“Yes, sir.”

In Vietnam, I witnessed many scenes like that. I’d grown up in faraway Australia on a cinematic diet of John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan. The American way of liberty they portrayed might well have been lifted from the WHAM Handbook.

I’d learned that the United States had won World War II on its own and now led the free world as the chosen society. It was only later when I read Walter Lippman’s book Public Opinion, a manual of the invisible government, that I began to understand the power of emotions attached to false ideas and bad histories on a grand scale.

~7:25 Americanism Now

Now historians call this exceptionalism: the notion that the United States has a divine right to bring what it calls liberty to the rest of humanity. Of course, this is a very old refrain. The French and British created and celebrated their own civilized missions while imposing colonial regimes that denied basic civil liberties.

However, the power of the American message was and remains different. Whereas the Europeans were proud imperialists, Americans are trained to deny their imperialism. As Mexico was conquered and the Marines sent to Nicaragua, American textbooks referred to an age of innocence. American motives were always well-meaning, moral, exceptional.

As the colonel said, “There was no ideology, they said.” And that’s still the case.

Americanism is an ideology that is unique, because its main feature is its denial that it is an ideology. It’s both conservative and it’s liberal. And it’s Right and it’s Left. And Barack Obama is its embodiment.

Since Obama was elected, leading liberals have talked about America returning to its true status as, and I quote:

“A nation of moral ideals.”

Those are the words of Paul Krugman, the liberal columnist of the New York Times. In the San Francisco Chronicle, columnist Mark Morford wrote, and I quote:

“Spiritually advanced people regard the new president as a lightworker who can help usher in a new way of being on the planet.”

Tell that to an Afghan child whose family has been blown away by a bomber’s bombs, or a Pakistani child whose house has been visited by one of Obama’s drones, or a Palestinian child surveying the carnage in Gaza caused by American smart weapons, which, disclosed Seymour Hersh, were resupplied to Israel for use in the slaughter, and I quote:

“… only after the Obama team let it be known it would not object.”

The man who stayed silent on Gaza is the man who now condemns Iran. In a sense, Obama is the myth that is America’s last taboo. His most consistent theme was never ‘change.’ It was power.

“The United States,” he said, and I quote, “leads the world in battling immediate evils and promoting the ultimate good. We must lead by building a 21st Century military to ensure the security of our people and advance the security of all people.”

And there is this remarkable statement, and I quote:

“At moments of great peril in the past century, our leaders ensured that America, by deed and by example, led and lifted the world, that we stood and fought for the freedoms sought by billions of people beyond our borders.”

Words like these remind me of the colonel in the village in Vietnam, as he spun much the same nonsense. Since 1945, by deed and by example, to use Obama’s words, America has overthrown 50 governments, including democracies, and crushed some 30 liberation movements, and bombed countless men, women and children to death.

I’m grateful to Bill Blum for his cataloging of that.

~11:30 Obama and Empire

And yet here is the 45th president of the United States, having stacked his government with warmongers and corporate fraudsters and polluters from the Bush and Clinton eras, promising not only more of the same, but a whole new war in Pakistan, justified by the clichés of Hillary Clinton – clichés like, “high value targets.”

Within three days of his inauguration, Obama was ordering the death of people in faraway countries: Pakistan and Afghanistan.

And, yet, the peace movement, it seems, is prepared to look the other way and believe that the cool Obama will restore, as Krugman wrote, “the nation of moral ideals.”

Not long ago, I visited the American Museum of History in the celebrated Smithsonian Institute in Washington. One of the most popular exhibitions was called, “The Price of Freedom: Americans at War.” It was holiday time and lines of happy people, including many children shuffled through a Santa’s Grotto of war and conquest. (laughter)

When messages about their nation’s great mission were lit up, these included tributes to the, and I quote, “exceptional Americans who saved a million lives” in Vietnam, where they were “determined to stop communist expansion.” In Iraq, other brave Americans, “employed air strikes of unprecedented precision.”

What was shocking was not so much the revisionism of two of the epic crimes of modern times, but the sheer scale of omission.

Like all U.S. presidents, Bush and Obama have very much in common. The wars of both presidents, and the wars of Clinton and Reagan, Carter and Ford, Nixon and Kennedy, are justified by the enduring myth of exceptional America – a myth the late Harold Pinter described as, and I quote:

“A brilliant, witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”

obama dazzles sm

~13:50 Obama is a corporate marketing creation

The clever young man who recently made it to the White House is a very fine hypnotist, partly because it is indeed extraordinary to see an African American at the pinnacle of power in the land of slavery.

However, this is the 21st Century, and race, together with gender and even class, can be very seductive tools of propaganda. For what is so often overlooked and what matters, I believe, above all, is the class one serves.

George Bush’s inner circle from the State Department to the Supreme Court was, perhaps, the most multiracial in presidential history. It was PC par excellence. Think Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell. It was also the most reactionary.

Obama’s very presence in the White House appears to reaffirm the moral nation. He’s a marketing dream. But like Calvin Klein or Benetton, he is a brand that promises something special, something exciting, almost risqué, as if he might be radical, as if he might enact change. He makes people feel good. He’s a post-modern man with no political baggage. And all that’s fake.

In his book, Dreams from My Father, Obama refers to the job he took after he graduated from Columbia in 1983. He describes his employer as, and I quote, “a consulting house to multinational corporations.” For some reason, he doesn’t say who his employer was or what he did there. The employer was Business International Corporation, which has a long history of providing cover for the CIA with covert action, and infiltrating unions on the Left. I know this because it was especially active in my own country, Australia. Obama doesn’t say what he did at Business International and there may be absolutely nothing sinister, but it seems worthy of inquiry, and debate, as a clue to, perhaps, who the man is.

During his brief period in the Senate, Obama voted to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He voted for the Patriot Act. He refused to support a bill for single payer healthcare. He supported the death penalty. As a presidential candidate, he received more corporate backing than John McCain. He promised to close Guantanamo as a priority, but instead he’s excused torture, reinstated military commissions, kept the Bush gulag intact, and opposed habeas corpus.

Daniel Ellsberg, the great whistleblower, was right, I believe, when he said that under Bush a military coup had taken place in the United States, giving the Pentagon unprecedented powers. These powers have been reinforced by the presence of Robert Gates, a Bush family crony and George W. Bush’s powerful Secretary of Defense, and by all the Bush Pentagon officials and generals who have kept their jobs under Obama.

In the middle of a recession with millions of Americans losing their jobs and homes, Obama has increased the military budget. In Colombia, he is planning to spend $46 million on a new military base that will support a regime backed by death squads and further the tragic history of Washington’s intervention in that region.

In a pseudo-event in Prague, Obama promised a world without nuclear weapons to a global audience mostly unaware that America is building new tactical nuclear weapons designed to blur the distinction between nuclear and conventional war. Like George Bush, he used the absurdity of Europe threatened by Iran to justify building a missile system aimed at Russia and China.

In another pseudo-event, at the Annapolis Naval Academy – decked with flags and uniforms – Obama lied that America had gone to Iraq to bring freedom to that country. He announced that the troops were coming home. This was another deception. The head of the army, General George Casey says, with some authority, that America will be in Iraq for up to a decade. Other generals say 15 years.

Chris Hedges, a very fine author of Empire of Illusion, puts it very well:

“President Obama,” he wrote, “does one thing and Brand Obama gets you to believe another. This is the essence of successful advertising. You buy or do what the advertiser wants because of how they make you feel.”

And so you are kept in a perpetual state of childishness. He calls this junk politics.

~19:14 The Left Is Crippled, Co-opted

But I think the real tragedy is that Obama the Brand appears to have crippled or absorbed much of the anti-war movement, the peace movement. Out of 256 Democrats in Congress, 30 – just 30 – are willing to stand up against Obama’s and Nancy Pelosi’s war party. On June the 16th, they voted for $106 billion for more war.

The Out of Iraq Caucus is out of action. Its members can’t even come up with a form of words of why they are silent. On March the 21st, the demonstration at the Pentagon by the once mighty United for Peace and Justice drew only a few thousand. The outgoing president of the UPJ, Lesley Kagen, says her people aren’t turning up because, and I quote,

“It’s enough for many of them that Obama has a plan to end the war and that things are moving in the right direction.”

And where is the mighty MoveOn these days? Where is its campaign against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what exactly was said when MoveOn’s executive director, Jason Ruben, met Barack Obama at the White House in February?

Yes, a lot of good people mobilized for Obama. But what did they demand of him?

Working to elect a Democratic Presidential candidate may seem like activism, but it isn’t. Activism doesn’t give up. Activism doesn’t fall silent. Activism doesn’t rely on the opiate of hope.

Woody Allen once said, “I felt a lot better when I gave up hope.” (laughter)

I like that.

Real activism has little time for identity politics, which, like exceptionalism, can be fake. These are distractions that confuse and sucker good people. And not only in the United States, I can assure you.

I write for the Italian socialist newspaper, Il Manefesto, or rather, I used to write for it. In February I sent the editor an article which raised questions about Obama as a progressive force. The article was rejected. “Why?” I asked.

“For the moment,” wrote the editor, “we prefer to maintain a more positive approach to the novelty presented by Obama. We will take on specific issues, but we would not like to say that he will make no difference.”

In other words, an American President drafted to promote the most rapacious system in history is ordained and depoliticized by important sections of the Left.

It’s a remarkable situation – remarkable because those on the so-called Radical Left have never been more aware, more conscious, of the iniquities of power. The Green Movement, for example, has raised the consciousness of millions, so that almost every child knows something about global warming. And yet, there seems to be a resistance within the Green Movement to the notion of power as a military force, a military project.

And, perhaps similar observations can also be made about sections of the feminist movement and the gay movement and, certainly, the union movement.

milan kunderaOne of my favorite quotations is from Milan Kundera:

“The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”

We should never forget that the primary goal of great power is to distract and limit our natural desire for social justice and equity and real democracy.

~ 23:38 Latin America, Africa and Israel

Long ago, Edward Bernays’ invisible government of propaganda elevated Big Business from its unpopular status as a kind of mafia to that of a patriotic driving force. The American Way of Life began as an advertising slogan. The modern image of Santa Claus was an invention of Coca Cola.

Today, we are presented with an extraordinary opportunity. Thanks to the crash of Wall Street and the revelation from many ordinary people that the “Free Market” has nothing to do with freedom, the opportunity within our grasp is to recognize that something is stirring in America that is unfamiliar, perhaps, to many of us on the Left, but is related to a great popular movement that’s growing all over the world.

Look down at Latin America. Less than twenty years ago, there was the usual despair, the usual divisions of poverty, and freedom, the usual thugs in uniform, uniforms running unspeakable regimes. Today, for the first time perhaps in 500 years, there’s a people’s movement based on the revival of indigenous cultures and language – a genuine populism.

The recent amazing achievements in Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, El Salvador, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay represent a struggle for community and political rights that is truly historic – with implications for all of us.

The successes in Latin America are expressed perversely in the recent overthrow of the government of Honduras, because the smaller the country, the greater is the threat of a good example that the disease of emancipation will spread.

Indeed, right across the world, social movements and grassroots organization have emerged to fight “Free Market” dogma. They’ve educated governments in the South that food for export is a problem rather than a solution to global poverty. They’ve politicized ordinary people to stand up for their rights as in the Philippines and South Africa.

Look at the remarkable boycott disinvestments and sanctions campaign – BDS for short – aimed at Israel that’s sweeping the world. Israeli ships are being turned away from South Africa and Western Australia. A French company is being forced to abandon plans to build a railway connecting Jerusalem with illegal Israeli settlements. (applause) Israeli sporting bodies find themselves isolated. Universities in the United Kingdom have begun to sever ties with Israel.

This is how apartheid South Africa was defeated. And this is how the great wind of the 1960s began to blow. And this is how every gain has been won: the end of slavery, universal suffrage, workers’ rights, civil rights, environmental protection … The list goes on and on.

~27:05 United States: A Wind Is Blowing

And that brings us back here to the United States, as I believe something isstirring in this country. Are we aware that in the last eight months, millions of angry emails sent by ordinary Americans have flooded Washington. And I mean millions. People are outright outraged that their lives are attacked.

They bear no resemblance to the passive mass presented by the media. Look at the polls. More than two-thirds of Americans say the government should care for those who cannot care for themselves. Sixty-four percent would pay higher taxes to guarantee healthcare for everyone. Sixty percent are favorable towards unions. Seventy percent want nuclear disarmament. Seventy-two percent want the US completely out of Iraq and so on and so on.

But where is much of the Left? Where is the social justice movement? Where is the peace movement? Where is the civil rights movement? Ordinary Americans for too long have been misrepresented by stereotypes that are contemptuous.

James Madison referred to his compatriots in the public as “ignorant and meddlesome outsiders” and this contempt is probably as strong today among the elite as it was back then. That’s why the progressive attitudes of the public are seldom reported in the media – because they’re not ignorant; they’re subversive. They’re informed and they’re even anti-American.

I once asked a friend, the great American war correspondent and humanitarian,Martha Gellhorn, to explain the term ‘anti-American’ to me.
martha-gellhorn ca 1940s

“I’ll tell you what anti-American is,” she said in her forceful way. “It’s what governments and their vested interests call those who honor America by objecting to war and the theft of resources, and believing in all of humanity.

“There are millions of these ‘anti-Americans’ in the United States. They are ordinary people. They are ordinary people who belong to no elite and who judge their government in moral terms, though they would call it ‘common decency.’ They are not vain. They are the people with a wakeful conscience, the best of America’s citizens. Sure, they disappear from view now and then but they are like seeds beneath the snow. I would say they are truly exceptional.”

Truly exceptional. I like that.

My own guess is that a populism is growing once again in America, evoking a powerful force beneath the surface which has a proud history. From such authentic grassroots Americanism came women’s suffrage, the eight-hour day, graduated income tax, public ownership of railways and communications, the breaking of the power of corporate lobbyists, and much more. In other words, real democracy.

The American populists were far from perfect, but they often spoke for ordinary people and they were betrayed by leaders who urged them to compromise and merge with the Democratic Party. That was long ago, but how familiar it sounds.

My guess is that something is coming again. The signs are there. Naom Chomsky is right when he says that mere sparks can ignite a popular movement that may seem dormant. No one predicted 1968. No one predicted the fall of apartheid, or the Berlin Wall, or the Civil Rights movement, or the great Latino rising of a few years ago.

I suggest that we take Woody Allen’s advice and give up on hope and listen, instead, to voices from below. What Obama and the bankers and the generals and the IMF and the CIA and CNN and BBC fear is ordinary people coming together and acting together. It’s a fear as old as democracy, a fear that suddenly people convert their anger to action as they’ve done so often throughout history.

“[In] a time of universal deceit,” wrote George Orwell, “telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Thank you.

John Pilger is an Australian-born journalist, documentarian, and author ofseveral books including The New Rulers of the World and Freedom Next Time.

This speech is a much-expanded version of Mourn on the Fourth of July which appeared in The New Statesman.

Ποια είναι η αποστολή της αντιπολίτευσης εκτός από το να εγγυάται την κυριαρχία των κυβερνώντων;

Λογότυπο ΕΠΑΜ

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Τελικά, πυροτέχνημα το ζήτημα του δημοψηφίσματος. Επτά προτάσεις δημοψηφίσματος κατατέθηκαν στο κοινοβούλιο. Οι κυβερνώντες με άνεση τις πέταξαν στο καλάθι των αχρήστων και όλοι έμειναν ικανοποιημένοι. Οι κυβερνώντες πέρασαν αυτά που ήθελαν χωρίς σοβαρή αντίσταση. Η αντιπολίτευση έκανε το κομμάτι της στο κοινοβούλιο και μαζί με τους γνωστούς συνδικαλιστές της ΓΕΝΟΠ τα μάζεψαν και λούφαξαν στη γωνιά τους. Βλέπετε πολλοί οι σκελετοί στα ντουλάπια και ακόμη περισσότερες οι σκοπιμότητες.

Να ένα ακόμη δείγμα για το πώς περνούν τόσο εύκολα οι πολιτικές του καθεστώτος. Οι κυβερνώντες επιτελούν το καταστροφικό τους έργο. Η αντιπολίτευση καμώνεται πώς κάνει αντιπολίτευση μακριά από την κοινωνία και τελικά χαμένος πάντα βγαίνει ο ελληνικός λαός. Κι όλοι μαζί κατόπιν τα ρίχνουν στον κόσμο. Δεν είναι ώριμος, δεν καταλαβαίνει και τα σχετικά.

Ούτε στο δημοψήφισμα δεν μπόρεσαν να τα βρουν.

Το εκνευριστικό όμως με την όλη υπόθεση του δημοψηφίσματος είναι που φάνηκε για μια ακόμη φορά η ιδιοτέλεια των κομματικών μηχανισμών. Η πρωτοβουλία για δημοψήφισμα ήταν από την αρχή μια χαμένη ιστορία. Μια μπαλοθιά με άσφαιρα. Όλοι το γνώριζαν αυτό. Όμως τι θα στοίχιζε στην ηγεσία του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ να συμφωνήσει με την πρόταση του ΚΚΕ;

Ή τι θα στοίχιζε στον Περισσό να τα βρει με τους υπόλοιπους για κοινή πρόταση δημοψηφίσματος; Για να υπάρξει έστω μια ενιαία πρόταση δημοψηφίσματος, που έτσι ή αλλιώς δεν θα περνούσε. Όχι για τίποτε άλλο, αλλά έτσι, για την τιμή των όπλων.

Ούτε αυτή τη στοιχειώδη συνενόηση δεν είναι σε θέση να πετύχουν για μια ενέργεια που όλοι ήξεραν εξαρχής ότι δεν έχει κανένα σοβαρό πολιτικό αντίκρυσμα. Ούτε καν προσπάθησαν και αμφιβάλλω σφόδρα αν είχαν καν την πρόθεση.

Οι ηγεσίες αυτών των κομμάτων απ’ ότι φαίνεται έχουν μια και μόνη αποστολή. Να κρατούν τον κόσμο διχασμένο, σκόρπιο, κατακερματισμένο απέναντι σ’ έναν αντίπαλο που ξέρει να ενώνεται ενάντια στον λαό. Να πείσουν δηλαδή τον λαό ότι είναι παντελώς αδύνατη η οποιαδήποτε συμπόρευση κι επομένως είναι άξιος της μοίρας του.

Είναι να απορεί κανείς. Δεν τους καίγεται καρφί για το γεγονός ότι η πατρίδα και ο λαός χάνεται;  Δεν ενδιαφέρονται στο ελάχιστο να αναχαιτίσουν έστω τον οδοστρωτήρα του γενικού ξεπουλήματος; Αν τους ένοιαζε έστω και στο παραμικρό θα φρόντιζαν να κάτσουν σε κοινό τραπέζι για να διευρευνύσουν τη δυνατότητα κοινής δράσης εναντίον του καθεστώτος και των επιλογών του.

Αντίθετα, δεν υπάρχει πρόφαση και ιδεοληψία που δεν έχουν επιστρατεύσει προκειμένου να κάνουν αδύνατη την από κοινού δράση μέσα στο λαό, στα μέτωπα πάλης της κοινωνίας. Κι ο εχθρός προχωρά ακάθεκτος. Άραγε τι περιμένουν; Να γίνουμε πρώτα Ουκρανία; Να έχουμε ξένους στρατούς στη υπό κατάλυση χώρα μας; Αν και όπως έχουν τα πράγματα, πολύ φοβάμαι, ακόμη και σ’ αυτή την περίπτωση ο Περισσός θα μιλά για καπιταλισμό γενικά, η Κουμουνδούρου για ευρωπαική προοπτική και οι υπόλοιποι θα βολοδέρνουν με ζητούμενο την παραμονή τους στο εικονικό κοινοβούλιο.

Μόνο με συμφωνία και κοινή δράση υπάρχει ελπίδα.

Μπορεί να υπάρξει έστω και η παραμικρή ελπίδα να γλυτώσει ο λαός και η πατρίδα από το μοιραίο, αν δεν υπάρξει η ευρύτερη δυνατή συνενόηση ανάμεσα στις πολιτικές δυνάμεις που υποτίθεται αντιτάσσονται στο επίσημο καθεστώς; Πώς αλλιώς μπορεί να δημιουργηθεί ένα ρωμαλέο πλειοψηφικό ρεύμα ανατροπής μέσα στην κοινωνία; Όχι του Αγίου Ποτέ, αλλά εδώ και τώρα. Πριν ολοκληρωθεί η καταστροφή.

Μην αναρωτιέσται σε ποια βάση. Ο ίδιος ο κόσμος έχει δώσει την απάντηση. Τι τον πνίγει και δεν τον αφήνει ούτε καν να επιβιώσει; Δεν είναι η εφορία που τον έχει φέρει σε πλήρες αδιέξοδο; Μάλιστα τώρα στα τέλη του Ιούλη θα πρέπει να καταβάλει την πρώτη δόση από τους φόρους του 2014. Πόσοι θα μπορέσουν να το κάνουν; Δεν μπορούμε λοιπόν να απαιτήσουμε και να αγωνιστούμε από κοινού για την διαγραφή όλων των χρεών προς την εφορία που έχουν φορτωθεί τα λαϊκά νοικοκυριά και οι μικρομεσαίοι;

Το Σεπτέμβριο θα κατατεθεί ο νέος κώδικας ποινικής δικονομίας, που δημιούργησε ο Ράιχενμπαχ, ώστε να μπορούν να μας κατάσχουν τελεσίδικα σπίτια και περιουσίες μέσα σε τρεις μήνες. Ταυτόχρονα θα αυξηθούν για τον πολίτη ακόμη περισσότερο τα κόστη προσφυγής στη δικαιοσύνη. Τι θα γίνει; Δεν μπορούμε να συμφωνήσουμε από κοινού να θέσουμε τέλος στο καθεστώς αυθαιρεσίας με τους εκαντοτάδες μνημονιακούς νόμους που έχουν δημιουργήσει ένα παρασύνταγμα προς όφελος των δανειστών και των ολιγαρχών της χώρας;

Η Ελλάδα χάνει βαθμιαία την ίδια την υπόστασή της. Χωρίς τηλεπικοινωνίες, ενέργεια, μεταφορές, νερό και υποδομές που ξεπουλιούνται δεν μπορεί να σταθεί ανεξάρτητο κράτος. Χωρίς παράκτια ζώνη δεν μπορεί να υπάρξει χώρα. Και χωρίς αρχαιολογικούς χώρους δεν μπορεί να υπάρξει ελληνισμός. Όλα αυτά άπτονται του σκληρού πυρήνα των κυριαρχικών δικαιωμάτων της χώρας. Χωρίς αυτά δεν μπορεί να σταθεί η Ελλάδα ακόμη και με την μορφή που την ξέραμε.

Τόσο δύσκολο είναι να τα βρούμε από κοινού και να πούμε ότι όποιος επενδύσει στην διάλυση και την εκποίηση της χώρας, θα χάσει τα λεφτά του; Τόσο δύσκολο είναι να συμφωνήσουμε αριστεροί και δεξιοί να υπερασπιστούμε την εθνική αυτοδιάθεση του λαού μας, το δικαίωμά του να ζει σε ελεύθερη και ανεξάρτητη πατρίδα; Να έχει δικαίωμα στην ιστορία του και στην περιουσία του;

Γιατί δεν μπορούμε να ξεκινήσουμε από αυτά και ότι άλλο βρίσκεται στην πρώτη γραμμή της αγωνίας του λαού; Τι θα γίνει έτσι και τα βρούμε σ’ αυτά τα μέτωπα πάλης; Θα πέσει ο ουρανός να μας πλακώσει; Θα υποφέρει από το μίασμα ο Περισσός, ή η Κουμουνδούρου; Ή θα χάσουν τον αντικαπιταλιστικό προσανατολισμό τους οι εκτελεστές αποτυχημένων εκτρώσεων – όπως τους έλεγε πολύ εύστοχα ο Γκράμσι – που υπόκεινται ήδη στον ποινικό κώδικα της ιστορίας;

Βαδίζουμε χώρια, αλλά χτυπάμε μαζί…

Ας διατηρήσει ο καθένας από εμάς, η κάθε πολιτική δύναμη, την δική της ιδιαίτερη ταυτότητα, αλλά και τις θέσεις της, που θα έχει το δικαίωμα να τις ζυμώνει ελεύθερα στον από κοινού αγώνα. Τι φοβούνται όλοι τους; Αν η ηγεσία του ΚΚΕ θεωρεί ότι έχει δίκιο στο πρόγραμμά της, γιατί φοβάται να το ζυμώσει ελεύθερα μέσα στις πλατύτερες μάζες που θα συνεγείρει μια ενωτική προσπάθεια, δηλαδή η κοινή δράση όλων μαζί εναντίον του καθεστώτος; Τι φοβάται;

Όποιος δεν φοβάται για το δίκιο των θέσεών του και των επιχειρημάτων του, δεν τρέμει την ανοιχτή αντιπαράθεση, την ελεύθερη ζύμωση μέσα στα πλαίσια ενός κινήματος κοινής δράσης. Όποιος όμως βάζει τη δική του περιχαράκωση πάνω από την μοίρα του λαού, των εργαζομένων και της πατρίδας, τότε – το ξέρει, δεν το ξέρει – λειτουργεί ως πέμπτη φάλαγγα του καθεστώτος. Όσο αντικαπιταλιστής κι αν δηλώνει.

Βαδίζουμε χώρια, ο καθένας αυτοτελώς, αλλά οφείλουμε να χτυπάμε τον κοινό εχθρό μαζί. Πόσο δύσκολο είναι να το αντιληφθεί κανείς; Πόσο δύσκολο είναι να κατανοήσει κανείς ότι στο βαθμό που θα συμβεί κάτι τέτοιο, θα απελευθερώσει πρωτοφανείς δυναμικές μέσα στον λαό και τους εργαζόμενους. Πόσο δύσκολο είναι να κατανοήσει κανείς ότι όσο δεν υπάρχει αυτή η ενότητα στην κοινή δράση, ο εχθρός, το καθεστώς, οι κυβερνώντες θα κάνουν περίπατο με την πολιτική τους και οι εκατόμβες των θυμάτων θα πολλαπλασιάζονται ισοπεδώντας κυριολεκτικά την χώρα και τον λαό της.

Εμείς οφείλουμε να τους χαλάμε την σούπα.

Τι περιμένουμε λοιπόν; Η ηγεσία του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ αφού πέταξε στα σκουπίδια τον αγώνα για τη ΔΕΗ, καλεί για σήμερα ευρεία συνάντηση για τις παραλίες, κοκ. Ευρεία συνάντηση, αλλά με αυστηρό πρωτόκολλο. Δεν τους θέλει όλους. Καλεί μόνο εκείνες τις “συλλογικότητες” που θεωρεί ότι ελέγχει ο μηχανισμός της με κολαούζους κάποιους από την αριστερά, αλλά π.χ. αγνοεί το ΕΠΑΜ επιδεικτικά. Ο λόγος είναι απλός. Χαλάμε την σούπα.

Είναι ένα ακόμη δείγμα για το πώς εννοεί η Κουμουνδούρου τα ανοίγματα. Ανοίγματα μόνο στους “δικούς μας” και σε εκείνους που ξέρουμε εξαρχής ότι θα πούνε όχι. Όπως π.χ. το ΚΚΕ και η ΑΝΤΑΡΣΥΑ. Πώς αλλιώς θα προχωρήσει η συνεύρεση με την κεντροαριστερά; Πώς αλλιώς θα τα βρουν με τον Κουβέλη, ή με την Δημοκρατική Παράταξη που εγκυμονεί ο Βενιζέλος και η συμμορία του;

Εμείς πάντως σαν ΕΠΑΜ θα βρεθούμε εκεί. Δεν έχει καμιά σημασία που δεν μας κάλεσαν. Δεν έχει καμιά σημασία που ξέρουμε ότι θα κάνουν τα αδύνατα, δυνατά να πνίξουν την φωνή μας και να μας “ξεχάσουν” ακόμη κι ως αναφορά, όπως ήδη έκαναν σε προηγούμενες ανάλογες περιπτώσεις. Εμείς πάντως θα βρισκόμαστε πάντα εκεί και θα τους βάζουμε προ των ευθυνών τους.

Είμαστε ειδικοί στο να χαλάμε τις σούπες και τα στημένα παιχνίδια των κομματικών μηχανισμών. Όχι μόνο με τον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ, αλλά και με όλους τους αποκαλούμενους αντιμνημονιακούς. Εντός και εκτός Βουλής. Μην ανησυχείτε, η οργάνωσή μας είναι αρκετά ισχυρή και η πολιτική μας επιρροή αρκετά πλατιά, ώστε να μην μπορεί κανείς να μας κλείσει το στόμα με τη βία.

Όσο οι ηγεσίες αρνούνται να καθίσουμε όλοι μαζί σε κοινό τραπέζι  να τα βρούμε εναντίον του κοινού εχθρού, εμείς δεν θα τους αφήσουμε σε χλωρό κλαρί μέσα στην κοινωνία. Θα τους χαλάμε τις φιέστες των δήθεν ανοιγμάτων και θα θέτουμε το κεντρικό πρόβλημα που όλη η πάσχουσα κοιωνία πια συμμερίζεται. Και θα το κάνουμε μέχρις ότου κατανοήσει ακόμη και ο πιο ανόητος ότι χωρίς κοινή δράση δεν μπορεί να υπάρξει ούτε καν ελπίδα.

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ΚΑΖΑΚΗΣ ΣΕ ΝΙΚΟΛΟΠΟΥΛΟ:

Την περασμένη βδομάδα, ο Νίκος Νικολόπουλος μέσω ανοικτής επιστολής του, που δημοσιεύθηκε Στο ΧΩΝΙ, (ΒΛΕΠΕ ΠΑΡΑΚΑΤΩ) απευθύνθηκε στον Δημήτρη Καζάκη καλώντας τον να συνδράμει ενεργά στη σύνθεση του επιδιωκόμενου εκλογικού σχήματος. Σήμερα, ο Δημήτρης Καζάκης απαντά στον ανεξάρτητο βουλευτή. Θέτει τους προβληματισμούς του, ζητά να δει αποτελέσματα, διατυπώνει τις αγωνίες του. Και κυρίως, αποσαφηνίζει ότι οποιαδήποτε επίσημη πρόσκληση θα πρέπει να απευθυνθεί στα όργανα του κόμματος και όχι στον ίδιο προσωπικά. Ακολουθεί το κείμενο της απαντητικής επιστολής:

Αγαπητέ κ. Νικολόπουλε,

Η ανοιχτή επιστολή σας απευθύνεται σε εμένα προσωπικά, προφανώς αγνο¬ώντας ότι ανήκω σε συγκεκριμένο πο¬λιτικό σχηματισμό, το ΕΠΑΜ. Στο ΕΠΑΜ δεν είμαι εγώ που αποφασίζω, επειδή τυχαίνει να είμαι Γενικός Γραμματέας της Πολιτικής Γραμματείας του Μετώ¬που. Θεωρώ, δηλαδή, ότι στην επιστολή σας διαπράξατε ολίσθημα ανάλογο με του Θηβαίου κήρυκα στις Ικέτιδες του Ευριπίδη, ο οποίος απευθυνόμενος στο Θησέα τον ρώτησε «τίς γης τύραννος;» Κι ο Θησέας του απάντησε: «πρώτον μεν ήρξω του λόγου ψευδώς, ξένε, ζητών τύραννον ένθάδ’ • ού γαρ άρχε¬ται ενός προς ανδρός άλλ’ ελευθέρα πόλις. Δήμος δ’ άνάσσει διαδοχαΐσιν έν μέρει ένιαυσίαισιν…»

Στο ΕΠΑΜ υπάρχουν όργανα και συλλογικές διαδικασίες που εξασφαλί¬ζουν όχι μόνο τη συμμετοχή όλων των μελών του στις αποφάσεις του Μετώπου, αλλά και το γεγονός ότι η «γη» του Μετώπου ούτε «τύραννον» διαθέ¬τει ούτε «άρχεται ενός προς ανδρός». Η δική μου άποψη και θέσπ δεν δια¬φέρει από εκείνη των υπολοίπων με¬λών της Πολιτικής Γραμματείας του Μετώπου και δεν πρόκειται να διαφο¬ροποιηθεί από τη θέση που έχει πάρει ή θα πάρει στο μέλλον το ΕΠΑΜ.

Ωστόσο, μια και κάνατε τον κόπο να μου απευθυνθείτε προσωπικά, θα ήθε¬λα με τη σειρά μου να σας απευθύνω ορισμένες απορίες που μου γέννησε η επιστολή σας. Μιλάτε για την συγκρό¬τηση ενός «ευμεγέθους ανπμνημονιακού μετώπου, που θα συνεκροτείτο από το σύνολο των δημοκρατικών αντιμνημονιακών δυνάμεων, συσπειρώ¬νοντας και ενσωματώνοντας ευρύτερες κοινωνικές ομάδες, ως ισχυρή πολιτική απάντηση στις ημεδαπές και αλλοδαπές κατοχικές δυνάμεις». Συμφωνούμε α¬πόλυτα.

Μόνο μια ερώτηση: πώς αυτό το μέτωπο θα δημιουργηθεί; Με ποια δι¬αδικασία; Διότι αυτό που εγώ προσω¬πικά παρατηρώ είναι δηλώσεις στις κάμερες και τον Τύπο, αλλά από ουσία τίποτε. Έχουν περάσει πάνω από τέσ¬σερις εβδομάδες από τις δηλώσεις Κομ¬μένου Στο ΧΩΝΙ, στις οποίες αναφέρε¬στε κι εσείς. Το ΕΠΑΜ απάντησε ότι είναι ανοιχτό σε έναν τέτοιο διάλογο. Κι από τότε επικράτησε η σιωπή των αμνών.

Τόσο δύσκολο είναι να βρεθούν από κοινού όλες οι διαθέσιμες δυνάμεις για να συζητήσουν ανοιχτά και μπροστά στον κόσμο τις δυνατότητες μιας τέ¬τοιας συνεργασίας; Πώς θα γίνει ο πο¬λιτικός διάλογος, αν όχι πρόσωπο με πρόσωπο; Μήπως δια αλληλογραφίας; Ή δια του Τύπου; Μήπως τελικά το όλο ζήτημα είναι για τη δημιουργία εντυ¬πώσεων; Μήπως η πρόταση Καμμένου έγινε αποκλειστικά και μόνο για δική του εσωτερική κατανάλωση; Τουλάχι¬στον εμένα αυτή την εντύπωση μου έχει δώσει. Μακάρι να πέφτω έξω.

Το ξέρετε καλά ότι το ΕΠΑΜ δεν αρνήθηκε ποτέ να κάτσει στο τραπέζι του διαλόγου. Και, μάλιστα, χωρίς προ¬απαιτούμενα. Αρκεί να υπάρχει ισότι¬μη μεταχείριση όλων των πολιτικών σχημάτων, αμοιβαίος σεβασμός και ειλικρινής διάθεση να τα βρούμε ενα¬ντίον του κοινού εχθρού. Αυτό διατυ¬πώνει για μια ακόμη φορά και η από¬φαση της πολιτικής γραμματείας της 25ης Ιουνίου, στην οποία αναφέρεστε κι εσείς.

Τότε, γιατί δεν υπήρξε κανενός εί¬δους ανταπόκριση; Ούτε καν από τον κ. Καμμένο, στις προτάσεις του οποίου η πολιτική γραμματεία απαντούσε. Να τι είπε στην ανακοίνωση της:«Επίσης, τις τελευταίες ημέρες γίναμε μάρτυρες, μέσω δημοσιευμάτων, μιας πρωτοβου¬λίας που αναλαμβάνει ο πρόεδρος των ΑΝΕΛ κ. Π. Καμμένος, μέσω της εφη¬μερίδας Το ΧΩΝΙ. Δεν γνωρίζουμε κά¬τι πιο συγκεκριμένο, ούτε προς το παρόν έχουμε λάβει, την οποιαδήποτε πρό-σκληση, έστω ανεπίσημα. Εάν τέτοια πρόσκληση υπάρξει, είμαστε έτοιμοι να την αποδεχθούμε, αρκεί ο οποιοσδήπο¬τε διάλογος να γίνει δημόσια, χωρίς διαμεσολαβητές, αλλά απευθείας και ενώπιον του λαού».

Το ζήτημα είναι ότι ποτέ τέτοια πρό¬σκληση δεν ήρθε, αλλά και στη δική μας έκκληση δεν υπήρξε ακόμη καμιά ανταπόκριση. Με εξαίρεση τη δική σας επιστολή, η οποία, να μου επιτρέψετε να σας πω, δεν προσέθεσε τίποτε ου¬σιαστικό στον πολιτικό διάλογο. Εκτός βεβαίως, από τη δήλωση της δικής σας διαθεσιμότητας.

Λέτε ότι «τα μεμονωμένα τραπέζια διαλόγου, αναντίλεκτα δεν αφαιρούν αλλά και δεν προσθέτουν τα επιδιω¬κόμενα. Ο χώρος, έχει ανάγκη από ένα κεντρικό μεγάλο τραπέζι διαλόγου και συνεννόησης, που θα φιλοξενήσει το σύνολο των πατριωτικών δυνάμεων. Και σε αυτό το τραπέζι έχουμε την ιερά υποχρέωση να καθίσουμε όλοι. Χωρίς ιδεοληψίες, αυταρέσκειες και ηγεμο¬νισμούς». Ειλικρινά δεν ξέρω σε ποιους αναφέρεστε. Πάντως όχι στο ΕΠΑΜ. Διότι το ΕΠΑΜ δεν μίλησε ποτέ για «μεμονωμένα τραπέζια διαλόγου», αλ¬λά ανοιχτό δημόσιο διάλογο με ισότι¬μους όρους μπροστά σ’ ολόκληρο τον κόσμο που αγωνιά για το τι μέλλει γε-νέσθαι με την πατρίδα του. Πού δια¬φωνείτε μ’ αυτό;

Λέτε επίσης, ότι εσείς και ο κ. Κομ¬μένος τα βρήκατε στο πλαίσιο της πα¬τριωτικής συμμαχίας. Μπράβο σας. Μόνο που το τί βρήκατε, δηλαδή ποια είναι η βάση πάνω στην οποία πατά η όποια συμφωνία σας, μάς είναι παντε¬λώς άγνωστη. Πώς είναι δυνατόν να κρίνουμε τη συμφωνία της συνεργασί¬ας σας, όταν δεν ξέρουμε το περιεχόμε¬νο της; Πώς είναι δυνατόν να συμφω¬νήσουμε με κάτι που δεν γνωρίζουμε επί της ουσίας;

Προσωπικά, μου δημιουργεί αλγεινή εντύπωση το γεγονός ότι μιλάτε για συνεργασία και το μόνο που όλοι εμείς βλέπουμε δεν είναι παρά διαδικασίες κορυφής πίσω από κλειστές πόρτες. Οι αληθινές συνεργασίες μπορούν να οι¬κοδομηθούν με ειλικρίνεια και εμπι¬στοσύνη μόνο στο φως της ημέρας, δημόσια, ανοιχτά μπροστά στον κόσμο και μέσα στο λαό, όπου ο καθένας παίρ¬νει τις ευθύνες του. Διαφορετικά είναι αλισβερίσια με άλλες σκοπιμότητες. Αυτό λέει η πείρα.

Τέλος, θα ήθελα να θυμίσω τα λόγια της Π.Γ. του ΕΠΑΜ: «Το ΕΠΑΜ θα προ¬σέλθει και θα συμμετάσχει σε οποιοδή¬ποτε ειλικρινή διάλογο με σκοπό την ευρύτερη συνεργασία με κάθε συλλογι-κότητα και πολιτικό φορέα, χωρίς προ¬απαιτούμενα, παρά τις ξεκάθαρες θέσεις του. Προαπαιτούμενα, που θα μπορού¬σαν να θεωρηθούν, ως προσπάθεια τορ¬πιλισμού της όποιας σύγκλισης είναι δυνατόν να επιτευχθεί».

Το γιατί δεν υφίσταται ακόμη ένας τέτοιος διάλογος, που από την επιστο¬λή σας φαίνεται να επιθυμείτε κι εσείς, μην ζητάτε ευθύνες από το ΕΠΑΜ. Το ΕΠΑΜ είναι διαθέσιμο και θα τον επι¬διώξει με όποιον ανταποκριθεί. Αρκεί να υπάρξει ειλικρινής διάθεση ανοιχτού και δημόσιου διαλόγου. Αρκεί να μην χάνουμε το στόχο, που δεν μπορεί να είναι άλλος από την άμεση ανακούφιση του ελληνικού λαού και την ανατροπή αυτού του άθλιου καθεστώτος κατοχής, σφετερισμού και εσχάτης προδοσίας.

11/7/2014 Δημήτρης Καζάκης

ΑΠΑΝΤΗΣΗ ΤΟΥ Ν. ΝΙΚΟΛΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ: Ενημερώθηκα για την απαντητική επιστολή του Δ. Καζάκη και έχω να σχολιάσω τα εξής:
Τα πολλά λόγια είναι περιττά. Την Τρίτη 15 Ιουλίου στις 21:00 το βράδυ, θα είμαι στην Πολιτική Γραμματεία του Ε.ΠΑ.Μ. , για να τα οργανώσουμε όλα μαζί.

Η ΕΠΙΣΤΟΛΗ ΤΟΥ Ν. ΝΙΚΟΛΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ ΣΤΟΝ Δ. ΚΑΖΑΚΗ ΣΤΟ ΠΟΥ ΔΗΜΟΣΙΕΥΤΗΚΕ ΣΤΟ “ΧΩΝΙ” ΣΤΙΣ 06-07-2014
Την προηγούμενη βδομάδα,(06-06-2014) Το ΧΩΝΙ δημοσίευσε την έγγραφη ανακοίνωση του ΕΠΑΜ, αναφορικά με τις προσκλήσεις που έχει δεχθεί, προκειμένου να συμμετάσχει σε ένα ενωτικό μέτωπο ενό¬ψει των επερχόμενων εκλο¬γών. Τώρα, έρχεται να πάρει τη σκυτάλη ο ανεξάρτητος βουλευτής, και Πρόεδρος του Χριστιανοδημοκρατικού Κόμ¬ματος, Νίκος Νικολόπουλος, που με ανοικτή του επιστολή απευθύνεται προσωπικά στον Δημήτρη Καζάκη καλώντας τον να ενισχύσει την κοινή προσπάθεια. Ο διάλογος ξεκίνησε…

Ακολουθεί το κείμενο της επιστολής του Νίκου Νικολόπουλου προς τον Δημήτρη Καζάκη:
Αγαπητέ Δημήτρη,

αναγιγνώσκοντας, την από 26/6/2014 ανακοίνωση της πο¬λιτικής γραμματείας του ΕΠΑΜ, που δημοσιεύθηκε στο προη¬γούμενο φύλλο της εφημερίδας Το ΧΩΝΙ, ένιωσα την ανάγκη να τοποθετηθώ επί του κεντρικού της μηνύματος.

Το αποτέλεσμα των ευρωεκλογών ανέδειξε ένα παράδοξο: Καίτοι το 70% των εκλογέων ψήφισε αντικυβερνητικά,, ο κυ¬βερνητικός συνασπισμός δεν υπέστη τον αναγκαίο κλονισμό, που θα τον αποδομούσε πάραυτα. Η αντικειμε¬νική πολιτική και εκλογική ανάλυση ορίζει ως βασικό αίτιο αυτού του αι¬τιατού, τον κατακερματισμό των αντικυβερνητικών-αντιμνημονιακών δυνάμεων.

Από ιδρύσεως του, το ΧΡΙ.Κ.Α. διακήρυξε με παρρησία την ανάγκη για τη δημιουργία ενός ευμεγέθους αντιμνημονιακού μετώπου, που θα συνεκροτείτο από το σύνολο των δημοκρατικών αντιμνημονιακών δυνάμεων, συσπειρώνοντας και ενσωματώνοντας ευρύ¬τερες κοινωνικές ομάδες, ως ισχυρή πολιτική απάντηση στις ημεδαπές και αλλοδαπές κατοχικές δυνάμεις.

Οι «εύκολες» πολιτικές και προσωπικές περιχαρακώσεις, δυστυχώς, αποτέλεσαν το βασικό εμπόδιο στην υλοποίηση ενός τέτοιου εγχειρήματος, μέχρι και σήμερα, γιατί στην πραγματικό¬τητα, οι αρνήσεις και τα προσκόμματα ήταν πολιτικώς ατεκμη¬ρίωτα, δεδομένης της οικονομικής, κοινωνικής και πολιτικής συγκυρίας.

Σήμερα, μετά και από το ευανάγνωστο μήνυμα, που προσλάβαμε από το αποτέλεσμα των ευρωεκλογών, οφείλουμε όλες οι πολιτικές δυνάμεις, που αναμετρούμαστε με το κατοχικό-μνημονιακό κατεστημένο, να χαράξουμε με γενναιότητα και μεγα¬λοψυχία την οριοθέτηση του πολιτικού μας χώρου (αντικυβερνητικός-αντιμνημονικός).

Τα μεμονωμένα τραπέζια διαλόγου, αναντίλεκτα δεν αφαιρούν αλλά και δεν προσθέτουν τα επιδιωκόμενα. Ο χώρος, έχει ανάγκη από ένα κεντρικό μεγάλο τραπέζι διαλόγου και συνεννόησης, που θα φιλοξενήσει το σύνολο των πατριω¬τικών δυνάμεων. Και σε αυτό το τρα¬πέζι έχουμε την ιερά υποχρέωση να καθίσουμε όλοι. Χωρίς ιδεοληψίες, αυταρέσκειες και ηγεμονισμούς.

Το ΧΡΙ.Κ.Α., συνεπές με τη διακή¬ρυξη του, περί ενότητας του αντιμνημονικού πολιτικού χώρου, ανταποκρίθηκε στην πρόσκληση του Π. Καμμένου, που απηύθυνε μέσω της εφημερίδας Το ΧΩΝΙ -για τη διαμόρφωση μιας νέας πατριωτικής συμμαχίας-, αποφασίζοντας να συνεργαστεί πολιτικά και εκλο¬γικά με τους ANEA, διατηρώντας την πολιτική και οργανωτική του αυτονομία. Δεν θα ήταν πολιτικώς φρόνιμο και ορθόδοξο, εάν ισχυριζόμουν ότι το ΧΡΙ.Κ.Α. και οι ANEA έχουν κάτσει ήδη στο κεντρικό τραπέζι της αντιμνημονιακής συνεννόησης.

Πιστεύω όμως, ότι έγινε ένα πρώτο βήμα, για μια νέα μεγά¬λη πατριωτική συμμαχία. Και σε αυτήν την συμμαχία το ΕΠΑΜ πρέπει να είναι παρόν.

Νίκος I. Νικολόπουλος Πρόεδρος ΧΡΙ.Κ.Α.

Το Ε.Πα.Μ. για τον διάλογο περί συνεργασιών

ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ

Το τελευταίο διάστημα, αμέσως μετά τις πρόσφατες εκλογικές αναμετρήσεις και το συγκεχυμένο πολιτικό τοπίο, που δημιουργήθηκε εξ αιτίας των αποτελεσμάτων τους, πληθαίνουν οι δημόσιες εκκλήσεις, από διάφορες πλευρές, για τη δημιουργία συμμαχικών εκλογικών σχημάτων και συνεργασιών, απέναντι στις δυνάμεις που συγκροτούν το κατοχικό καθεστώς, εν όψει μάλιστα των πιθανολογούμενων εθνικών εκλογών το ερχόμενο φθινόπωρο.

Το Ενιαίο Παλλαϊκό Μέτωπο, ανεξάρτητα των σκοπιμοτήτων που μπορεί, να υποκρύπτει η οποιαδήποτε πρόταση συνεργασίας και ανεξάρτητα, επίσης, με το ότι πιθανώς, πηγάζει μέσα από την κοινωνία ένα τέτοιο αίτημα, να «τα βρουν», δηλαδή, οι πολιτικές δυνάμεις του λεγόμενου «αντιμνημονιακού» χώρου, καλωσορίζειτις όποιες ειλικρινείς προσπάθειες προς αυτήν την κατεύθυνση.

Είναι γνωστό, ότι το Ε.Πα.Μ., από την εποχή της ίδρυσής του κιόλας, το καλοκαίρι του 2011, εργάζεται αδιάλειπτα προς την κατεύθυνση της δημιουργίας ενός ευρύτατου δημοκρατικού μετώπου, που θα συσπειρώσει και θα προσφέρει αυτοπεποίθηση στον ελληνικό λαό, για να προχωρήσει μπροστά και να γίνει ο ίδιος ο ρυθμιστής των εξελίξεων στη χώρα και τελικά της ζωής του. Είναι γνωστές σε όλους οι πρωτοβουλίες μας, για τη συγκρότηση του μετώπου του «ΟΧΙ», ήδη από το φθινόπωρο του 2011, οι δημόσιες προσκλήσεις μας προς τα κοινοβουλευτικά κόμματα, οι πρωτοβουλίες που κατέληξαν στη μεγάλη συγκέντρωση δυνάμεων στο «ΜΑΧ» του Πολυτεχνείου τον περασμένο Νοέμβρη κτλ.. Δυστυχώς μικροπολιτικοί υπολογισμοί και σκοπιμότητες δεν έφεραν, μέχρι τώρα, το ποθητό αποτέλεσμα.

Φαίνεται, ότι το αποτέλεσμα των εκλογών βοήθησε πολλούς να επανεξετάσουν τη στάση «αυτάρκειάς» τους. Ωστόσο το Ε.Πα.Μ. δεν στέκεται σε αυτό και δηλώνει πάντοτε έτοιμο, να συμμετάσχει στον οποιοδήποτε ειλικρινή δημόσιο διάλογο, που θα μπορούσε να καταλήξει στη δημιουργία ενός αξιόπιστου συμμαχικού σχήματος, ικανού να αντιπαρατεθεί αποτελεσματικά και να αλλάξει, προς όφελος της μεγάλης πλειοψηφίας της κοινωνίας, τους όρους του «παιγνιδιού».

Στην πραγματικότητα, ουδέποτε το Ε.Πα.Μ. έπαψε να προσπαθεί να δημιουργήσει συνθήκες ενότητας στη βάση και στις δράσεις, σύμφωνα και με τις ομόφωνες αποφάσεις των δύο Συνεδρίων του, αλλά και να συμμετέχει σε πρωτοβουλίες διαλόγου με διάφορες συλλογικότητες και πολιτικά σχήματα. Πάντα όμως δημόσια, αρνούμενο να συμμετάσχει σε «υπόγειες» συνομιλίες «κορυφής» και σε τυχοδιωκτικές «συνευρέσεις».

Έτσι και σήμερα, αποδεχόμενο την πρόσκληση του κόμματος των «Πειρατών», θα προσέλθει με αντιπροσωπεία του, στο κάλεσμά τους, την Τρίτη 1η Ιουλίου, για συνάντηση και ανταλλαγή απόψεων πλέον των 16 συλλογικοτήτων και σχηματισμών. Προσερχόμαστε χωρίς προαπαιτούμενα και χωρίς δεσμεύσεις, με ειλικρίνεια και με μοναδικό σκοπό, πέραν της διερεύνησης των προθέσεων, την επιτυχία, με βάση την αξιοπιστία και την αποτελεσματικότητα, του εγχειρήματος.

Ταυτόχρονα, παρακολουθούμε με προσοχή τις διεργασίες στο κόμμα της αξιωματικής αντιπολίτευσηςκαι τη δημόσια έκκληση του Προέδρου του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ κ. Α. Τσίπρα, για συμπαράταξη όλων των δημοκρατικών δυνάμεων. Μολονότι, ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ, ουδέποτε απάντησε στις επανειλημμένες εκκλήσεις μας, αλλά και στα ερωτήματα που τίθενται, από τα πράγματα, σε κυριαρχικά ζητήματα, που αφορούν την απεμπλοκή μας από τα μνημόνια και τη ριζική αλλαγή πορείας που έχει ανάγκη η χώρα, δηλώνουμε ετοιμότητα κοινών δράσεων και αγώνων, που εξ άλλου ουδέποτε αρνηθήκαμε, αλλά πάντα βρισκόμαστε στην πρωτοπορία.

Επίσης, τις τελευταίες ημέρες, γίναμε μάρτυρες, μέσω δημοσιευμάτων, μιας πρωτοβουλίας που αναλαμβάνει ο Πρόεδρος των ΑΝΕΛ κ. Π. Καμμένος, μέσω της εφημερίδας το «ΧΩΝΙ». Δεν γνωρίζουμε κάτι πιο συγκεκριμένο, ούτε, προς το παρόν έχουμε λάβει, την οποιαδήποτε πρόσκληση, έστω ανεπίσημα. Εάν τέτοια πρόσκληση υπάρξει, είμαστε έτοιμοι να την αποδεχθούμε, αρκεί ο οποιοσδήποτε διάλογος να γίνει δημόσια, χωρίς διαμεσολαβητές, αλλά απ’ ευθείας και ενώπιον του λαού. Δηλαδή να είναι ανοικτός με δυνατότητα παρακολούθησης ελεύθερα από τον κόσμο, η δε εφημερίδα το «ΧΩΝΙ» θα μπορούσε να έχει την ευθύνη του καλέσματος κομμάτων, πολιτικών σχηματισμών κλπ, καθώς και την ευθύνη της διοργάνωσης σε ανάλογο χώρο και όχι απλά μέσω αντιπαράθεσης δημοσιευμάτων και άρθρων από τις στήλες μιας εφημερίδας.

Το Ε.Πα.Μ. θα προσέλθει και θα συμμετάσχει σε οποιοδήποτε ειλικρινά διάλογο με σκοπό την ευρύτερη συνεργασία με κάθε συλλογικότητα και πολιτικό φορέα, χωρίς προαπαιτούμενα, παρά τις ξεκάθαρες θέσεις του. Προαπαιτούμενα, που θα μπορούσαν, να θεωρηθούν, ως προσπάθεια τορπιλισμού της όποιας σύγκλισης είναι δυνατόν να επιτευχθεί. Όμως, αρνείται να συμμετάσχει σε οποιαδήποτε συζήτηση με όλους αυτούς τους καιροσκόπους και τους τυχάρπαστους γυρολόγους -που όλοι γνωρίζουμε- και που εδώ και τρία χρόνια δεν κάνουν τίποτε άλλο, από το να προσπαθούν, να διαλύσουν την οποιαδήποτε υγιή κοινή προσπάθεια. Καιροσκόπους και τυχοδιωκτικά στοιχεία, που αντιλήφθηκαν, ότι η συγκυρία τους ευνοεί τώρα, για να ξαναπιάσουν «δουλειά».

Επίσης, το Ε.Πα.Μ. δεν πρόκειται να συμμετάσχει στον οποιοδήποτε διάλογο τείνει να αναπτυχθεί, που δεν θα κατατείνει στην άμεση ανακούφιση του ελληνικού λαού από τη σκληρή μνημονιακή πολιτική των τελευταίων χρόνων και δεν θα στοχεύει στην αποκατάσταση της δημοκρατικής νομιμότητας και της δικαιοσύνης, που επλήγησαν βάναυσα από τα αλλεπάλληλα πραξικοπήματα του καθεστώτος, από το Μάιο του 2010 και μετά, με ταυτόχρονη παραπομπή στο φυσικό τους δικαστή και την τιμωρία, όλων των ενόχων, για την κατάσταση στην οποία έφεραν την πατρίδα και τον λαό μας, σύμφωνα με το Σύνταγμα και τους Νόμους του Ελληνικού Κράτους, όπως αυτοί ίσχυαν πριν (και, θεωρητικά μόνον, ισχύουν ακόμη). Διαφορετικά θα ήταν, γι’ εμάς, όπως κατά τη διάρκεια της επτάχρονης δικτατορίας, που ορισμένοι, καλοείδαν τη νομιμοποίηση της χούντας μέσω της «φιλελευθεροποίησης» του Μαρκεζίνη.

Αθήνα 25 Ιουνίου 2014
Η Πολιτική Γραμματεία του Ε.Πα.Μ.

Γιατί είναι τόσο δύσκολο να αντιληφθούμε το αυτονόητο;

Λογότυπο ΕΠΑΜ

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Άλλη μια παρωδία κοινοβουλευτισμού ζήσαμε χθες. Με 51 ψήφους υπέρ, έναντι 46 κατά και ένα «παρών» από τον Νικήτα Κακλαμάνη πέρασε χθες το απόγευμα το νομοσχέδιο για το 30% της ΔΕΗ. Απουσίαζαν οι βουλευτές της Χρυσής Αυγής, Ηλίας Παναγιώταρος και Ηλίας Κασιδιάρης, είχαν με πιο σοβαρά θέματα να ασχοληθούν.

Μετά την υπερψήφιση του νομοσχεδίου για τη ΔΕΗ, κατατέθηκαν οι πρώτες προτάσεις των κομμάτων της Αντιπολίτευσης για τη διεξαγωγή δημοψηφίσματος. Την πρόταση του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ υπογράφουν 71 βουλευτές, την προτάση των Ανεξάρτητων Ελλήνων 14, την πρόταση των Ανεξάρτητων Βουλευτών επίσης 14 και την πρόταση της ΧΑ 16 βουλευτές. Σήμερα κατατίθεται η πρόταση της ΔΗΜΑΡ ενώ την δική του πρόταση θα καταθέσει και το ΚΚΕ. Βάλτε τώρα που γυρίζει.

Τελικά, έξι προτάσεις δημοψηφίσματος θα κατατεθούν. Μαζί με της ΧΑ επτά. Κι όλοι αισθάνονται ικανοποιημένοι. Κάνανε το καθήκον τους. Η αντιπαράθεση με το ξεπούλημα της χώρας έχει αναχθεί σε κάποια εκδοχή δημοψηφίσματος.

Δεν έχει σημασία που καμιά από τις προτάσεις δεν έχει πραγματικό αντίκρυσμα. Θυμίζουμε εδώ ότι η πρωτοβουλία του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ για δημοψήφισμα βασίζεται στο άρθρο 116 του Κανονισμού της Βουλής. Πρέπει να προσυπογράψουν την πρόταση τα δύο πέμπτα των βουλευτών για να εισαχθεί προς συζήτηση και για να γίνει αποδεκτή απαιτούνται τα τρία πέμπτα. Δηλαδή φέξε μου και γλύστρησα.

Ποιο είναι το αίτημα;

Ποιο όμως είναι το επίδικο ζήτημα; Να μην πουληθεί η “μικρή ΔΕΗ”, ή να μην επιτραπεί ούτε στο ελάχιστο το άνοιγμα του δικτύου παραγωγής, μεταφοράς και διανομής ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας στις δυνάμεις αγοράς; Τα πράγματα είναι εξαιρετικά απλά. Η αγορά δεν μπορεί να εξασφαλίσει με κανένα τρόπο τις οικονομίες κλίμακας που απαιτεί μια ορθολογική ανάπτυξη ενός ενιαίου πανεθνικού δικτύου ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας, το οποίο μπορεί να εξασφαλίσει επάρκεια στη χώρα και φθηνές τιμές ειδικά για τα λαικά νοικοκυριά. Με όρους αγοράς αυτό είναι αδύνατο.

Αυτό μπορεί να γίνει μόνο από μια ενιαία και αδιαίρετη ΔΕΗ. Όχι μια ΔΕΗ Α.Ε., έρμαιο της χρηματιστικής κερδοσκοπίας και της ασυδοσίας των κυβερνώντων. Από μια ΔΕΗ που οφείλει να ανοίκει ολοκληρωτικά στο κράτος και να λειτουργεί με όρους πλήρους διαφάνειας, οικονομικής ιδιοσυντήρησης, ανεξαρτησίας από κάθε κυβέρνηση, χωρίς διορισμένες διοικήσεις και εκλεκτούς των κομματικών μηχανισμών και υπό καθεστώς άμεσου κοινωνικού και κοινοβουλευτικού ελέγχου.

Η επιλογή είναι καθαρή. Ας αναρωτηθούμε το εξής απλό. Μπορεί να υπάρξει ανεξάρτητο και κυρίαρχο κράτος χωρίς να έχει υπό τον έλεγχό του τουλάχιστον τις τηλεπικοινωνίες, την ενέργεια, το νερό και τις μεταφορές; Μπορεί να υπάρξει έστω εθνική άμυνα, χωρίς αυτούς τους κρίσιμους και στρατηγικούς τομείς υπό τον άμεσο έλεγχο του κράτους;

Τηλεποικιωνίες η Ελλάδα δεν διαθέτει από τότε που ο όμιλος ΟΤΕ ξεπουλήθηκε στην DeutscheTelecom. Η χώρα και ο πληθυσμός της έχουν μετατραπεί σε καταναλωτές τηλεποικιωνιών, αλλά το δίκτυο των τηλεπικοινωνιών δεν το ελέγχουν, δεν τους ανήκει καν. Έρμαιο των ξένων ιδιωτών που ελέγχουν το σύστημα είναι και οι ένοπλες δυνάμεις της χώρας. Είναι σαν να εξαρτούν τις τηλεπικοινωνίες τους από τούρκους παρόχους. Από άποψη ουσίας είναι το ίδιο.

Το ίδιο πάει να γίνει τώρα και με την ΔΕΗ.

Μόνο μια χώρα που θέλει να αυτοκαταλυθεί, που το κράτος της έχει μετατραπεί σε απλή βιτρίνα ιδιωτικών συμφερόντων, πρωτίστως ξένων, που η ίδια η εθνική της άμυνα δεν έχει κανένα μα κανένα νόημα, προχωρά στο ξεπούλημα αυτών των τόσο κρίσιμων και στρατηγικών τομέων. Μόνο ένας λαός που αναζητά τρόπους εθνικού και κοινωνικού αυτοχειριασμού, αποδέχεται τέτοιες επιλογές.

Όχι πώς ενδιαφέρει τους κυβερνώντες. Αυτοί έχουν κάνει τις επιλογές τους. Το ερώτημα είναι με όλους τους άλλους. Αλήθεια, τι περιμένουν άλλο να δουν; Ξεπουλιούνται τα πάντα. Η ενέργεια με την ΔΕΗ είναι μόνο η αρχή. Ήδη έχουν δρομολογηθεί για συγκεκριμένα ιδιωτικά συμφέροντα το 90% των παραλιών της Ελλάδας. Σειρά προς πώληση έχουν πάρει και οι αρχαιολογικοί χώροι. Τι θα απομείνει από τούτη την χώρα; Ο ραγιάς λαός της;

Γιατί δεν μπορούμε να τα βρούμε;

Χάνεται η πατρίδα! Τι άλλο θα πρέπει να γίνει για να το αντιληφθούν οι κομματικοί σχηματισμοί; Τι αλλο περιμένουν; Να ξεσπάσει πρώτα πόλεμος για να δούμε ολοι πόσο ανοχύρωτη χώρα μας έχουν καταντήσει; Να οδηγηθεί στη σφαγή ο λαός, όπως οδηγήθηκε στην Ουκρανία, ή όπως συμβαίνει σήμερα στη Μέση Ανατολή από μια “ανίερη συμμαχία” σιωνιστών και τζιχαδιστών;

Γιατί δεν κάνουμε το αυτονόητο; Γαιτί δεν συμμαχούμε όλοι όσοι αντιτασόμαστε σ’ αυτές τις πολιτικές, στη βάση ορισμένων πολύ άμεσων και ζωτικών αιτημάτων που μπορούν, αφενός, να αναχαιτήσουν το ξεπούλημα της χώρας. Και, αφετέρου, να ενώσουν όλο τον λαό πάνω σε πολύ συγκεκριμένα προβλήματα όπως τα χρέη προς την εφορία, τις τράπεζες, τα ασφαλιστικά ταμεία, τα εργασιακά και το συνταξιοδοτικό, κοκ.

Ας το σκεφτούμε λίγο. Τι είναι πιο αποτελεσματικό ενάντια στην κυβερνώσα συμμορία; Το κουβεντολόι για δημοψήφισμα, ή να διατρανώσουμε όλοι μαζί και από κοινού, μέσα στον λαό, ότι όποιος επενδύσει στο ξεπούλημα της χώρας, θα χάσει τα λεφτά του. Τόσο απλά.

Ας βάλουμε στην άκρη τις πολλές και εξαιρετικά σημαντικές διαφορές μας. Άλλωστε το ποιος έχει δίκιο θα αποδειχθεί αναπόφευκτα μέσα στην ίδια την πράξη. Ο αγώνας και η ελεύθερη ζύμωση θέσεων και απόψεων είναι εκείνη που τελικά κρίνει το αποτέλεσμα. Ας αναδείξουμε αυτό που μας ενώνει: η εδώ και τώρα σωτηρία του λαού και της πατρίδας. Τόσο δύσκολο είναι να τα βρούμε πάνω σ’ αυτά;

Πάντως το ΕΠΑΜ θα αναλάβει για μια ακόμη φορά την πρωτοβουλία να συναντηθεί με όλες τις δυνάμεις της λεγόμενης αντιμνημονιακής αντιπολίτευσης (ΚΚΕ, ΣΥΡΙΖΑ, ΑΝΕΛ, Ανεξάρτητοι), ώστε να διερευνηθεί η δυνατότητα κοινής δράσης και συμπαράταξης – παρά τις μεγάλες διαφορές μας – σε ορισένα πολύ κρίσιμα μέτωπα για την ίδια την επιβίωση του λαού και της πατρίδας. Το ίδιο ισχύει για τις δυνάμεις και τα κινήματα που δρουν εκτός κοινονουλίου. Για να δούμε. Πόσο δύσκολο είναι τελικά να αντιληφθούμε όλοι το αυτονόητο;

Αναρτήθηκε από ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΚΑΖΑΚΗΣ στις 10:15 π.μ.

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