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TRT World interview with L. Chrysanthopoulos and C. Copetas on IEO of IMF report .

Uploaded on Athenianvoice 3-8-2016


Published on 2 Aug 2016

If you ask Greeks they’ll say their lenders – including the IMF – have put them through hell over the past few years. And they’ll say it was mostly unnecessary. TRT World’s business programme looks at a recent report criticising the IMF for its Greece bailout. Matthew Moore presents ‘Money Talks’ from TRT World’s studios in Istanbul. From Wall Street to Main Street ‘Money Talks’ helps the 99% navigate their changing financial world.

 

Global Crisis: Proposals for Solution – Schiller Institute Conference – former Ambassador Leonidas Chrysantopoulos (EPAM, Greece)

“I totally agree with the Schiller Institute’s viewpoint that we need a renaissance of Classical culture, as we see measures being taken to prevent it from happening. Not only is the educational system in Greece doing everything possible to make Classical culture disappear,— it seems to be following steps taken in the United States and in other EU countries. It seems that Classical culture, which also encompasses humanism, philosophy, the sciences and art, creates fear among the ruling classes who do not want to see the people thinking again. We should resist any such tendencies.”

Leonidas Chrysantopoulos (EPAM)

Creating A Common Future For Mankind And A Renaissance Of Classical Culture

June 28, 2016 — The Schiller Institute’s international two-day conference gathered more than 300 guests from 24 nations and four continents for an intense and profound dialogue on how to stop the immediate danger of world war, by creating instead a new paradigm of global cooperation and development, based on a dialogue of civilizations and the unique creativity of mankind. Conference participants were extremely alerted about the escalation of western geopolitical confrontation against Russia and China and the danger of thermonuclear war and passed a resolution calling for an immediate end of sanctions against Russia and Syria. To end the war and to reconstruct war-torn Syria and the greater region of Southwest-Asia, was a key focus of the conference, during which Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Presidency of Syria, addressed the conference audience and engaged in a moving Q&A via live stream.

Global Crisis: Proposals for Solution

Published on 8 Jul 2016 – Source: Schiller Institute Conference Berlin 2016 June 25-26

Global Crisis: Proposals for Solution
Leonidas Chrysantopoulos EPAM, Greece – former Greek Ambassador to Poland, Canada and Armenia, former Secretary General of the Black Sea

Transcript:

“Allow me at the outset to congratulate the Schiller Institute and its Director, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, for trying to make the world better for humanity. I wish us all success in this important conference and hope that the outcome will be beneficial for us all.

The theme of our conference is very appropriate and comes at a moment when humanity is not only facing its worst economic crisis since the depression of 1928, but also the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, due to the aggressive policies of the United States in the last decade, that have destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. The EU is continuing to gradually collapse, as it destroys its member states, forcing some to consider leaving, while its democratic deficit is increasing and far-right parties are closing in on power.

The world economy cannot get out of a vicious circle that it has been in since the outset of the crisis in 2008. We are witnessing global demonstrations against austerity measures that enhance poverty instead of growth, and against greedy financial systems that lead to extreme social inequality. The demonstrations in France are a good example. Until now, nobody has been listening to the people. It is due time that decisions be taken on priorities beneficial to the interests of human beings. We should no longer ask the question of what the markets are saying, but what our people are saying.

The EU not only has become an incompetent organization, but is also in disarray as more and more is being heard every day about political parties with rightwing programs, and exiting the EU. The UK referendum of Thursday demonstrates the case.

In Greece the situation is deteriorating. After the legislation adopted by Parliament on May 22, Greece has ceased to exist as a state, having given the economic management of the country to the lenders and to the EU for the next 100 years. It is the first time in history that a country has dissolved itself. Parliament will no longer have any role to play in this area. In May 2010, the Greek government was forced to sign the Loan Agreement so that it could, through austerity measures, reduce the public debt which in 2009 was 129% of GNP or 299 billion euro in absolute numbers. After three memoranda and the mistaken policies of the EU, the IMF, and the Greek governments, not only was the public debt not reduced, but it has increased to 180% of GNP.

The Syriza government was elected on an anti-austerity program, yet betrayed the Greek people by doing exactly the opposite. It did not even take into account a referendum in which 62% of the people voted against the austerity measures. In spite of the fact that they had acknowledged their mistakes, the EU, the European Central Bank, and the IMF continue to insist on the implementation of the same ineffective policies that are destroying a member-state of the EU and its people. Unemployment is up to 25% from 9% in 2010, Greeks looking into garbage bins for food is a common sight, overtaxation has paralyzed the economy, and the health system has collapsed, while more than 5,000 people have committed suicide.

But it is not only that the measures are erroneous, they have also violated the Lisbon Treaty as well as the human rights of the Greek people, something that is also mentioned in the report dated February 29 of the UN independent expert, Juan Pablo Bohoslavski, to the UN Human Rights Council:

The US-provoked war in Syria with the participation of some EU states, has created the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Almost 5 million refugees have left Syria to ask asylum mainly in the EU. Germany has 484,000, Sweden 108.000 and more in other Member States. Turkey is currently hosting 2,748,000, Lebanon 1,500,000 and Jordan 1,265,000.The EU, once the champion of humanitarian assistance, was incapable of managing the refugee flow. Greece, a country that had no participation in the Syrian war, was inundated with an increased number of refugees while many of its Central European members refused to accept them. Though the movements into Greece were gradually reduced after the shaky EU-Turkey Agreement of March the EU has still to live up to its previous decisions, according to which 60,000 refugees from Greece and Italy would be resettled in EU member-states. Today, Greece has 56,000 refugees, all of whom want to depart North. It is, however a shame that the US has accepted only 4,000 refugees.

Another threat facing humanity is the U.S. animosity towards Russia, as if we were still in the cold war period. A missile system is being set up to encircle Russia and, of course, Moscow is preparing a defense shield to counter it. The EU embargo on Russia after the Ukrainian crisis is not at all helping the situation. Also, threats have been recently made by Obama against China with references to the need to restrict her economic power.

With a collapsing EU and a United States looking for confrontation with Russia and China, a solution for humanity can be the BRICS’ initiative. This is an initiative of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa to pursue a policy of economic development for the benefit of humanity. They created their own Development Bank to invest in necessary development projects. China has also established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, joined by over 20 Asian nations as founding members, and has set up a Silk Road Development Fund. Within the BRICS, China has proposed the creation of a Free Trade Area of Asia and the Pacific. The Chinese proposal was quickly rejected by Obama, who created his own free trade organization. The incorporation of the Shanghai Cooperation Agreement to the BRICS could create a formidable power, which—if remaining out of the control of the bankers—could be decisive so that humanity reaches global peace and ends poverty through economic development.

From what was previously mentioned, we can see that there is a crisis of civilization that is impeding humanity’s progress. I totally agree with the Schiller Institute’s viewpoint that we need a renaissance of Classical culture, as we see measures being taken to prevent it from happening. Not only is the educational system in Greece doing everything possible to make Classical culture disappear,— it seems to be following steps taken in the United States and in other EU countries. It seems that Classical culture, which also encompasses humanism, philosophy, the sciences, and art, creates fear among the ruling classes who do not want to see the people thinking again. We should resist any such tendencies.

As for the dialogue of cultures,— yes by all means this should take place, and perhaps we could get on board the UN dialogue of civilizations and make it even better. Both dialogues are useful efforts to enhance efforts for a permanent global peace.

In conclusion, and after having criticized the EU and the United States, allow me to propose some solutions that would be beneficial for humanity.

Greece

For Greece it is imperative to denounce the Loan Facility Agreement of May 2010, on the basis of Articles 8-52 of the Vienna Convention concerning the Law of Treaties. These articles anticipate the invalidity of a treaty, if there was error, fraud, or coercion of a representative of a state. The cessation of payments with the denunciation of the Loan Agreement and the nationalization of the Bank of Greece, will allow Greece to repair the damage done and instigate true development. Adoption of a national currency will follow. The Unified Popular Front (EPAM), a political party not in parliament yet, supports such a policy.

The EU

There must be a transformation of the EU into an efficient organization, having as its sole priority the safeguarding of the interests of its people. A new charter is necessary, drafted by movements of citizens of member-states who will submit their proposals to a European Assembly composed of representatives of these movements. The existing EU must be dissolved.

The United States

It must stop its policy of destroying nations, and Obama must return to the Nobel Committee the Peace Prize that was awarded to him, since he did nothing to deserve it. The same applies to the EU, which also received the Peace Prize. The United States must adopt a more friendly policy towards Russia and the rest of the world, for the benefit of humanity.

Humanity

The deletion of the global debt, which is about $600 trillion, will allow humanity to restart on a new and healthy basis. In history, we have examples of debt deletion, from the ancient Greek Sisahthia to the Jubilee of ancient Hebrew communities, where every 50 years all debts were cancelled. Even during the 1970s, the developed countries of the West deleted the debt of the Non-Aligned Movement, thus allowing the economic boom of Yugoslavia. The BRICS’ movement can promote this while the decision must be taken by the G-8. Humanity as a whole will benefit, because it will be able to restart on sound and healthy principles.

In order to implement the previously mentioned proposals, it is necessary to have politicians with imagination, vision, and courage — politicians who care about the progress of humanity and who can control the greed of multinational companies by restricting their power. Such politicians do not exist today. So we have to create them.”

The Greek debt, a European tragedy (multi-sub) – Το ελληνικό χρέος, μια ευρωπαϊκή τραγωδία

Uploaded on Athenianvoice 22-7-2016


Français  /  english subs /  español /  ελληνικοί υπότιτλοι 

Published on 20 Jul 2016

Subtitles: English, Ελληνικά, Español, Deutsch, Srpskohrvatski jezik/ Српскохрватски језик

Speech bubble translation/traducíones de los textos:
13:31 :
En: Eric TOUSSAINT, scientific coordinator of Greece Truth Committee on Public Debt (quoting Keynes): “If you owe your bank a thousand euros, you have a problem. But if you owe a billion, it has.”

Es: Eric TOUSSAINT, coordinador científico del Comité para la Verdad sobre la Deuda Pública griega (citando Keynes): “Si debes mil euros a tu banco tienes un problema; si le debes mil milliones el problema lo tiene el banco.”

De: Eric TOUSSAINT, wissenschaftlichen Koordinators der Kommission für Wahrheit über griechischen Schulden: „Wenn Sie 1000€ ihrer Bank schulden, haben Sie ein Problem. Aber wenn Sie ihr eine Milliarde schulden, hat sie ein Problem!“

14:08 :
En: Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission: “There can be no democratic choice against the European treaties.”

Es: Jean-Claude Juncker, Presidente de la Comisión Europea: “No puede haber decisiones democráticas contra los tratados europeos.”

De: Jean-Claude Juncker, Präsident der Europäischen Kommission: „Es kann keine demokratischen Entscheidungen geben, die gegen den europäischen Verträge gehen“

14:11 :
En: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council: “Given what is happening in Greece, has appeared the illusion that it would now be possible to change the course of Europe. That we could build an alternative to the traditional view of Europe, to the discourse on austerity.”

Es: Donald Tusk, Presidente del Consejo Europeo: “Con lo que ha pasado en Grecia, ha aparecido la ilusión ideológica de que es posible cambiar el curso de Europa, que podemos construir una alternativa a la visión tradicional de Europa, al discurso sobre la austeridad.”

De: Donald Tusk, Präsident des Europäischen Rates: „All das, was in Griechenland geschehen ist, hat die ideologische Illusion erschafft, dass es nun möglich ist, den Lauf Europas zu ändern, dass man eine Alternative zur traditionellen Sicht Europas und zur Rede über die Sparpolitik bauen kann.“

14:19 :
En: Romaric Godin, journalist with ‘La Tribune’ newspaper: “Euro is the ECB currency which distributes it on critereas that take account of financial issues -poorly hiding politic purposes- rather than the peoples well-being.”

Es: Romaric Godin, periodista por ‘La Tribune’: “El euro es la moneda del la BCE, que la distribuye en base a criterios que no tienen en cuenta el bien estar de población, sino en base a criterios financieros que disimulan mal los objetivos políticos.”

De: Romaric Godin, Journalist der Zeitung “La Tribune” : „Das Euro ist die Währung der EZB, die das Wohlstehen der Völker nicht berücksichtigt, wenn sie sie verteilt, aber die nach finanziellen Kriterien entscheidet, die fast gar nicht politische Ziele verbergen.“

Pour aller plus loin/ To go futher:
1:19 : http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/tabl…)

1:38 :
fr: http://www.cadtm.org/IMG/pdf/65QR-201… , question 12, p.55
en: http://www.cadtm.org/Debt-the-IMF-and…
es: http://www.cadtm.org/IMG/pdf/60Q_60R.pdf , pregunta 12, p.75

6:41 :
fr: Restructuration de 2012: lire http://cadtm.org/L-echec-de-la-restru…
en: 2012 restructuration: Read http://www.cadtm.org/The-lessons-that…
es: restructuración de 2012: http://www.cadtm.org/El-fracaso-de-la…

9:11 : http://jubileedebt.org.uk/news/imf-ma…

9:45 : http://gesd.free.fr/imfinter2010.pdf

10:03 : http://www.latribune.fr/economie/unio…

10:13 :
fr: légalité du 3eme memorandum: http://www.cadtm.org/Analyse-de-la-le…
en: Legal analysis of the 3rd memorandum http://www.cadtm.org/Illegitimacy-Ill…
es: legalidad del 3° memorandum: http://www.cadtm.org/Ilegitimidad-Ile…

13:00 : http://www.acrimed.org/Couverture-med…

13:40 :
fr: https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam…
en: https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam…
es: https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam…

Plus en français:
http://www.cadtm.org/Rapport-prelimin…
http://www.cadtm.org/Si-la-Grece-resp…
http://www.cadtm.org/Quelques-verites…
http://cadtm.org/Grece?lang=fr
http://greekdebttruthcommission.org/
http://cadtm.org/L-expert-des-Nations…
More in English:
http://www.cadtm.org/Preliminary-Repo…
http://www.cadtm.org/UN-expert-on-Gre…
Más en español:
http://www.cadtm.org/Informe-prelimin…
http://www.cadtm.org/El-experto-de-la…

L. CHRYSANTHOPOULOS ON ELECTIONS AND EPAM – 20.8.2015

Former Greek Diplomat Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos talks to RT International as Greek PM Tsipras announces his resignation to clear the way for Sept. 20th election.

Ο Πρέσβης ε.τ. και μέλος του Ε.ΠΑ.Μ., Λεωνίδας Χρυσανθόπουλος μιλά στο RT για τις εκλογές του Σεπτεμβρίου 2015 και το Ε.ΠΑ.Μ.

GERMANS GET DEBT RELIEF TWICE IN 20TH CENTURY, BUT DEMAND GREEKS PAY UP

 

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Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics of Nehru University, discusses the economic history of Germany’s debt relief in both 1930s and 1950s and why policies of growth rather than austerity led them to become an economic powerhouse

 

We Are All Greeks Now

By Chris Hedges / truthdig.com

The poor and the working class in the United States know what it is to be Greek. They know underemployment and unemployment. They know life without a pension. They know existence on a few dollars a day. They know gas and electricity being turned off because of unpaid bills. They know the crippling weight of debt. They know being sick and unable to afford medical care. They know the state seizing their meager assets, a process known in the United States as “civil asset forfeiture,” which has permitted American police agencies to confiscate more than $3 billion in cash and property. They know the profound despair and abandonment that come when schools, libraries, neighborhood health clinics, day care services, roads, bridges, public buildings and assistance programs are neglected or closed. They know the financial elites’ hijacking of democratic institutions to impose widespread misery in the name of austerity. They, like the Greeks, know what it is to be abandoned.

The Greeks and the U.S. working poor endure the same deprivations because they are being assaulted by the same system—corporate capitalism. There are no internal constraints on corporate capitalism. And the few external constraints that existed have been removed. Corporate capitalism, manipulating the world’s most powerful financial institutions, including the Eurogroup, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve, does what it is designed to do: It turns everything, including human beings and the natural world, into commodities to be exploited until exhaustion or collapse. In the extraction process, labor unions are broken, regulatory agencies are gutted, laws are written by corporate lobbyists to legalize fraud and empower global monopolies, and public utilities are privatized. Secret trade agreements—which even elected officials who view the documents are not allowed to speak about—empower corporate oligarchs to amass even greater power and accrue even greater profits at the expense of workers. To swell its profits, corporate capitalism plunders, represses and drives into bankruptcy individuals, cities, states and governments. It ultimately demolishes the structures and markets that make capitalism possible. But this is of little consolation for those who endure its evil. By the time it slays itself it will have left untold human misery in its wake.

The Greek government kneels before the bankers of Europe begging for mercy because it knows that if it leaves the eurozone, the international banking system will do to Greece what it did to the socialist government of Salvador Allende in 1973 in Chile; it will, as Richard Nixon promised to do in Chile, “make the economy scream.” The bankers will destroy Greece. If this means the Greeks can no longer get medicine—Greece owes European drug makers 1 billion euros—so be it. If this means food shortages—Greece imports thousands of tons of food from Europe a year—so be it. If this means oil and gas shortages—Greece imports 99 percent of its oil and gas—so be it. The bankers will carry out economic warfare until the current Greek government is ousted and corporate political puppets are back in control.

Human life is of no concern to corporate capitalists. The suffering of the Greeks, like the suffering of ordinary Americans, is very good for the profit margins of financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs. It was, after all, Goldman Sachs—which shoved subprime mortgages down the throats of families it knew could never pay the loans back, sold the subprime mortgages as investments to pension funds and then bet against them—that orchestrated complex financial agreements with Greece, many of them secret. These agreements doubled the debt Greece owes under derivative deals and allowed the old Greek government to mask its real debt to keep borrowing. And when Greece imploded, Goldman Sachs headed out the door with suitcases full of cash.

The system of unfettered capitalism is designed to callously extract money from the most vulnerable and funnel it upward to the elites. This is seen in the mounting fines and fees used to cover shortfalls in city and state budgets. Corporate capitalism seeks to privatize all aspects of government service, from education to intelligence gathering. The U.S. Postal Service appears to be next. Parents already must pay hundreds of dollars for their public-school children to take school buses, go to music or art classes and participate in sports or other activities. Fire departments, ambulance services, the national parks system are all slated to become fodder for corporate profit. It is the death of the civil society.

Criminal justice is primarily about revenue streams for city and state governments in the United States rather than about justice or rehabilitation. The poor are arrested and fined for minor infractions in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere; for not mowing their lawns; for putting their feet on seats of New York City subway cars. If they cannot pay the fines, as many cannot, they go to jail. In jail they are often charged room and board. And if they can’t pay this new bill they go to jail again. It is a game of circular and never-ending extortion of the poor. Fines that are unpaid accrue interest and generate warrants for arrest. Poor people often end up owing thousands of dollars for parking or traffic violations.

Fascist and communist firing squads sometimes charged the victim’s family for the bullets used in the execution. In corporate capitalism, too, the abusers extract payment; often the money goes to private corporations that carry out probation services or prison and jail administration. The cost of being shot with a stun gun ($26) or of probation services ($35 to $100 a month) or of an electronic ankle bracelet ($11 a month) is vacuumed out of the pockets of the poor. And all this is happening in what will one day be seen as the good times. Wait until the financial house of cards collapses again—what is happening in China is not a good sign—and Wall Street runs for cover. Then America will become Greece on steroids.

“We are a nation that has turned its welfare system into a criminal system,” write Karen Dolan and Jodi L. Carr in an Institute for Policy Studies report titled “The Poor Get Prison.” “We criminalize life-sustaining activities of people too poor to afford shelter. We incarcerate more people than any other nation in the world. And we institute policies that virtually bar them for life from participating in society once they have done their time. We have allowed the resurgence of debtors’ prisons. We’ve created a second-tier public education system for poor children and black and Latino children that disproportionally criminalizes their behavior and sets them early onto the path of incarceration and lack of access to assistance and opportunity.”

The corporate dismantling of civil society is nearly complete in Greece. It is far advanced in the United States. We, like the Greeks, are undergoing a political war waged by the world’s oligarchs. No one elected them. They ignore public opinion. And, as in Greece, if a government defies the international banking community it is targeted for execution. The banks do not play by the rules of democracy.

Our politicians are corporate employees. And if you get dewy-eyed about the possibility of the U.S. having its first woman president, remember that it was Hillary Clinton’s husband who decimated manufacturing jobs with the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement and then went on to destroy welfare with the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which halted federal cash aid programs and imposed time-limited, restrictive state block grants. Under President Bill Clinton, most welfare recipients—and 70 percent of those recipients were children—were dropped from the rolls. The prison-industrial complex exploded in size as its private corporations swallowed up surplus, unemployed labor, making $40,000 or more a year from each person held in a cage. The population of federal and state prisons combined rose by 673,000 under Clinton. He, along with Ronald Reagan, set the foundations for the Greecification of the United States.

The destruction of Greece, like the destruction of America, by the big banks and financial firms is not, as the bankers claim, about austerity or imposing rational expenditures or balanced budgets. It is not about responsible or good government. It is a vicious form of class warfare. It is profoundly anti-democratic. It is about forming nations of impoverished, disempowered serfs and a rapacious elite of all-powerful corporate oligarchs, backed by the most sophisticated security and surveillance apparatus in human history and a militarized police that shoots unarmed citizens with reckless abandon. The laws and rules it imposes on the poor are, as Barbara Ehrenreich has written, little more than “organized sadism.”

Corporate profit is God. It does not matter who suffers. In Greece 40 percent of children live in poverty, there is a 25 percent unemployment rate and the unemployment figure for those between the ages of 15 and 24 is nearly 50 percent. And it will only get worse.

The economic and political ideology that convinced us that organized human behavior should be determined by the dictates of the global marketplace was a con game. We were the suckers. The promised prosperity from trickle-down economics and the free market instead concentrated wealth among a few and destroyed the working and the middle classes along with all vestiges of democracy. Corrupt governments, ignoring the common good and the consent of the governed, abetted this pillage. The fossil fuel industry was licensed to ravage the ecosystem, threatening the viability of the human species, while being handed lavish government subsidies. None of this makes sense.

The mandarins that maintain this system cannot respond rationally in our time of crisis. They are trained only to make the system of exploitation work. They are blinded by their insatiable greed and neoliberal ideology, which posits that controlling inflation, privatizing public assets and removing trade barriers are the sole economic priorities. They are steering us over a cliff.

We will not return to a rational economy or restore democracy until these global speculators are stripped of power. This will happen only if the streets of major cities in Europe and the United States are convulsed with mass protests. The tyranny of these financial elites knows no limits. They will impose ever greater suffering and repression until we submit or revolt. I prefer the latter. But we don’t have much time.

Tsipras är en riktig Judas och våra politiker och massmedia likaså!

Hela världen sitter i händerna på bankparasiterna som ersatt pengar med bankernas egna skulder som betalmedel. Bankerna ”lånar ut” sina egna skulder och kräver ränta på dessa påhitt – kan parasitismen bli värre? Bankerna ”lånar ut” mindre än ingenting – bankerna ”lånar ut” sina egna skulder till kundkonton.

Låt det totala vansinnet i detta smälta in genom att upprepa det inom dig :

Bankerna ”lånar ut” mindre än ingenting – bankerna ”lånar ut” sina egna skulder till kundkonton.

Tänk dig att du ”lånar ut” din egen elräkning till en förståndshandikappad och kräver att stackarn ska betala ”tillbaka” med kronor och att du dessutom ska ha ränta för att du ”lånat ut” din egen skuld. Detta är precis vad bankerna gör! Vem fan skulle inte bli rik som ett troll om man kan få folk att tro att ens skulder är pengar?

Grekerna röstade mot denna idioti. De röstade mot bank och finansparasitismen. De trodde att demokratin levde och att de hade en röst mot finansdiktaturen. Men de blev lurade. Jag ska medge – jag blev lurad jag med -jag kände hopp.

Nu ska grekerna svältas för att betala av på de ”skulder” som de ”lånat” av finansdiktaturen. Öar, hamnar etc ska ges till finansparasiterna – samtidigt ska grekernas pensioner försämras osv.. Jag förstår grekernas ilska – mitt förakt för politikerna överträffas nog bara av politikernas förakt för folket.

Faktiskt skulle grekerna kunnat lösa det här t.om inom det rådande skuldslavsparadigmet. Som ekonomiprofessor Richard Werner påpekat skulle den grekiska staten helt enkelt bara skita i att ge ut statsobligationer.  Staten skulle kunna ”låna” bankskulder direkt av de grekiska  bankerna. Det är t.o.m förenligt med Maastricht artikel 104(1) (som förbjuder staten att skapa pengar – den lagen tvingar staten att ”låna” bankernas skulder).

Grekiska staten skulle dessutom kunna ”låna” bankskulder helt gratis om Grekland startade en statlig bank (typ SBAB i Sverige). Grekiska staten skulle då sätta sig i ”skuld” till sig själv – vilket givetvis inte är någon skuld (om du ”lånar” en 1000.lapp av dig själv så är det ju fånigt att säga att du har en skuld)

Richard Werner förklarar hur här:

Prof.Richard Werner:Solutions for Greece-other than default, euro exit or giving up national sovereignty

Istället lägger Tsipras sig platt för finansdiktaturen och svälter sitt eget land.

Visst, politikerna i Grekland är korrupta och köpta av finansdiktaturen. Demokratin i Grekland är rutten. Men de svenska politikerna och den svenska demokratin är såååå mycket bättre! I helvete heller! Våra politiker är lika djävla korrupta och köpta de med. Så medan jag ändå är på gång och är förbannad så låt oss se vilka äckel till politiker vi har i Sverige och hur de gör som de blir tillsagda av finansdiktaturen.

I Sverige är inte staten så skuldsatt ÄN av banksystemet  Men när bostadsbubblan spricker kommer vi bli ett nytt Spanien. I Spanien satt inte staten heller i så stor ”skuld” till banksystemet men blev det när staten räddade bankerna efter att den Spanska bostadsbubblan sprack.

Så låt oss studera hur den sk ”bostadsmarknaden” är uppbyggd – då den gjort att Sverige ”levt över sina tillgångar” (såsom Grekerna anklagats ha gjort) och det även kommer visa hur vi kommer bli ett nytt Spanien och Grekland.

Vid en husförsäljning har inte köparna pengarna utan ”lånar” av banken som inte heller har pengarna men kan skapa kontopåhitt från luften som de ”lånar ut”
Så här har vi tre deltagare på denna ”marknad”
1) en säljare (tillgångssidan)
2) potentiella köpare (efterfrågesidan)
och
3)mellanhanden banken som vill sälja så mycket som möjligt av sin ”produkt” – dvs skulder skapade från ingenting. Bankerna försöker trissa upp priserna så mycket som möjligt med dessa påhitt genom att hetsa ”köparna” mot varandra.

Det är ingen marknad, det är skuldslavsauktion där ”husägaren” får hyra huset av mellanhanden, parasiten=banken som sätter priset..

Och bankerna marknadsför bostadsinflationen, som är en följd av denna upptrissning, såsom ”värdeökningar” (samma skit med IT-bubblor, aktier, guld, etc). På så sätt får de människor att tro att alla kan bli rika bara de skuldsätter sig maximalt och går in i pyramidspelet och spekulerar. Sist ut blir svarte Petter.

Av ovan är det helt klart att bankerna inhäktar skuldslavar genom att ”låna ut” sina egna skulder till kundkonton. Och, som sagt, när den Svenska bobubblan spricker kommer staten hamna i samma potta som Spanien och Grekland. Staten kommer ta över alla skulder för att rädda banksystemet. Sedan kommer Trojkan komma in och kräva att allt statligt ska säljas ut för finansiera ”betalningen” av alla påhittade skulder. Välfärden kommer monteras ned än mer och Trojkan kommer, liksom i Grekland, kalla utsugningen för ”nödvändiga reformer”.  Bostads och bankkraschen på 90-talet kommer vara en västanfläkt i jämförelse och finansdiktaturen – som orsakat alltihop, – kommer med politikernas hjälp samla ihop alla tillgångar -precis såsom sker i Grekland nu (och Spanien där ovan redan skett då deras bobubbla, som sagt, redan ploppat – vill du se vad som väntar Sverige, kolla då in vad som redan skett i Spanien).

Politikerna vet om ovan och de har på alla möjliga sätt hjälpt bankerna att häkta i boskuldslavar. Ränteavdraget, rotavdraget,  etc har politikerna genomfört för att underlätta bankernas skuldslavsindrivning.

Som sagt – mitt förakt för politikerna är gränslöst men politikernas förakt för folket är än större.

Överkurs:

Enligt Basel3 kan banker ”låna ut” sina egna skulder till stat och kommun med riskvikten noll. Det betyder att bankerna inte behöver hålla ett skit i ”reserver” då de ”lånar ut” sina egna skulder till stat och kommuner. I Greklands fall skulle mao en statligt ägd bank kunna ”låna ut” hur mycket av sina egna skulder till stat och kommun som helst. Och, som sagt, om staten sätter sig i skuld till sig själv så är det givetvis ingen skuld (det är givetvis ingen skuld när privata banker ”lånar ut” sina egna skulder till konton heller – det är ett bedrägeri och inget annat – men då det är så spelet spelas skulle den Grekiska staten kunna, precis såsom Werner visar, kringgå parasiterna).

 

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Banksystemet ersätter de enda lagliga pengarna med bankernas egna skulder och skuldförslavar hela världen genom att införa en finansdiktatur

I förra inlägget skrev jag om hur den fd advokaten Henning Witte (utslängd från advokatsamfundet) troligen medvetet förlorar rättsfall för skapa prejudikat och hindra framtida rättsprövningar. Jag visade att det lätt skulle gå att bevisa att bankerna begår bedrägeri.

Jag tänkte jag skulle lyfta blicken lite i det här inlägget och visa att banksystemet systematiskt dödar den lilla demokrati som finns kvar, inte bara i Grekland utan i hela världen.  Banksystemet kan göra detta då de agerar som en enorm kartell som kontrollerar det globala betalsystemet. Om ett land, såsom Grekland senast, vill följa den demokratiska viljan hos folket stängs dörrarna både till det internationella och det nationella betalsystemet (bankomatköerna i Grekland är ett exempel på hur banksystemet kan strypa betalsystemet inom landet). Om ett land inte ger sina tillgångar till finansdiktaturen hotar finansdiktaturen med att svälta ihjäl landet.

Hur har då banksystemet fått denna enorma makt? Jo, genom att de unisont gradvis ersatt ländernas pengar (kronor, euro, pund etc) med bankernas egna skulder (dvs kunders kontoinnehav) som betalmedel. Utav penningmängden består endast 3% av pengar (kronor, euro,pund eller vad som är landets valuta) – resten av ”penning”mängden utgörs av bankernas skulder till kontoinnehavarna. Ett annat sätt att säga samma sak på är att säga att 97% av den sk ”penning”mängden inte är lagliga pengar då de enda lagligt skapade pengarna är de som den suveräna staten skapar (kronor, pund etc). Mao har staten har gett bort  97% sin suveränitet genom att låta bankerna ersätta lagliga pengar mot bankerna skulder (dvs ditt och mitt kontoinnehav).  97% av samhällets betalmedel är mao kontrollerade av finansdiktaturen medan bara 3% av penningmängden står under någon som helst demokratisk kontroll.

Faktum är att  användningen av de ynka 3% riktiga pengarna även är dikterat av finansdiktaturen. Enligt Maastricht artikel 101(4) FÅR INTE staten skapa pengar för att finansiera sig. Staten MÅSTE enligt denna lag ”låna” bankernas skulder genom att ha ”kund”konton på privatbankerna (och bankernas ”kund”konton kan, som sagt, endast innehålla bankernas skulder och inget annat). Centralbankerna får endast skapa riktiga pengar (kronor, euro, pund etc) som de ger till privatbankerna – centralbankerna får inte skapa riktiga pengar till staten som ska representera folket i en demokrati.

För att förstå att bankernas skulder (våra kontoinnehav hos bankerna) inte är pengar utan bara betalmedel måste vi förstå skillnaden mellan betalmedel och pengar. Låt oss ta ett exempel på hur enkelt bedrägeriet är uppbyggt som gett finansdiktaturen den enorma makt den har fått.

Säg att Nisse lånade 50 kronor av dig. Du kan då köpa en öl för Nisses skuld om  pubägaren går med på det. Du behöver bara fråga pubägaren:

-”Är det ok om Nisse betalar senare? Han är skyldig mig 50kr och jag har inga pengar”

Nisses skuld fungerar ovan som ett betalmedel men du kan omöjligt hävda att du betalat med pengar, dvs kronor.

Ovan fungerar bara om pubägaren litar på Nisse. ICA-handlaren kanske inte alls litar på Nisse då han tycker Nisse är en strulig fan – Nisses skuld skulle då inte duga som betalmedel i ICA-affären.

Säg att Nisse har satt sig i skuld med i princip hela samhället. Säg att Nisse även är polisen i samhället och är den enda som har vapen. Nisse blir till slut trött på alla som kräver tillbaka sina pengar och samlar alla innevånarna på torget och pekar med sin pistol och säger:

-”Ni ska från och med nu bara använda mina skulder som betalmedel – den som använder pengar kommer jag skjuta ihjäl. Den som vägrar acceptera mina skulder som betalning kommer jag också skjuta ihjäl”

Det Nisse gör ovan är precis vad banksystemet globalt samstämmigt gör. Det land som tillåter folket att använda landets egna valuta som betalmedel hotas att svältas ihjäl. För bankerna gör precis som Nisse ovan – tvingar oss under hot och utpressning att använda bankernas skulder som betalmedel istället för riktiga pengar..För när vi betalar varandra genom kontona betalar vi varandra med bankernas skulder då ”våra” konton inget annat kan innehålla än bankernas skulder.

Banksystemet är faktiskt snäppet värre än Nisse då bankerna påstår sig ”låna ut” bankernas egna skulder till konton och får oss att tro att bankernas skulder till kontoinnehavarna ÄR pengar som vi ”lånat”. Mao banksystemet har gjort alla till skuldslavar genom att ”låna ut” bankernas egna skulder till konton. Alla är skuldslavar, om inte annat så genom skatten då staterna får betala skatt till bankerna för att stater är tvungna  att ”låna” bankernas skulder (som sagt, Maastricht artikel 101(4) ).

Grekland har visat att vi måste resa oss mot finansdiktaturens skuldslaveri. Vi måste resa oss mot tyranniet och kräva ett ärligt penningsystem där riktiga pengar skapas på ett ärligt demokratiskt sätt. Bankernas kontroll över konto och betalsystemet måste tas i från dem och riktiga pengar skapas demokratiskt . Parasitrovet som finansdiktaturen roffat åt sig ska tas ifrån dem och fördelas till den utsugna befolkningen. Om det ska ske genom ren konfiskation eller genom en extrem beskattning på den 1% som sitter på nästan alla tillgångar kan bli en demokratisk fråga.

Nobelpristagaren i kemi, Fredrick Soddy, studerade penningsystemet och hade helt rätt i att enda alternativet är att skapa ett ärligt penningsystem:
“There is nothing left now for us but to get ever deeper and deeper into debt to the banking system in order to provide the increasing amounts of money the nation requires for its expansion and growth.
An honest money system is the only alternative.”

Han skrev också:

”What is banking?…The most dangerous as it is the most ridiculous form of universal tyranny the World was ever called upon to destroy.”

 

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The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie. – by John Pilger

JohnsPhotoThe true nature of Syriza has been seldom examined and explained. To the foreign media it is no more than “leftist” or “far left” or “hardline” – the usual misleading spray. Some of Syriza’s international supporters have reached, at times, levels of cheer leading reminiscent of the rise of Barack Obama. Few have asked: Who are these “radicals”? What do they believe in?

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An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week’s landslide “No” vote and secretly agreed a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a “bailout” that means sinister foreign control and a warning to the world.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pushed through parliament a proposal to cut at least 13 billion euros from the public purse – 4 billion euros more than the “austerity” figure rejected overwhelmingly by the majority of the Greek population in a referendum on 5 July.

These reportedly include a 50 per cent increase in the cost of healthcare for pensioners, almost 40 per cent of whom live in poverty; deep cuts in public sector wages; the complete privatization of public facilities such as airports and ports; a rise in value added tax to 23 per cent, now applied to the Greek islands where people struggle to eke out a living. There is more to come.

“Anti-austerity party sweeps to stunning victory”, declared a Guardian headline on January 25. “Radical leftists” the paper called Tsipras and his impressively-educated comrades. They wore open neck shirts, and the finance minister rode a motorbike and was described as a “rock star of economics”. It was a façade. They were not radical in any sense of that cliched label, neither were they “anti austerity”.

For six months Tsipras and the recently discarded finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, shuttled between Athens and Brussels, Berlin and the other centres of European money power. Instead of social justice for Greece, they achieved a new indebtedness, a deeper impoverishment that would merely replace a systemic rottenness based on the theft of tax revenue by the Greek super-wealthy – in accordance with European “neo-liberal” values – and cheap, highly profitable loans from those now seeking Greece’s scalp.

Greece’s debt, reports an audit by the Greek parliament, “is illegal, illegitimate and odious”. Proportionally, it is less than 30 per cent that of the debit of Germany, its major creditor. It is less than the debt of European banks whose “bailout” in 2007-8 was barely controversial and unpunished.

For a small country such as Greece, the euro is a colonial currency: a tether to a capitalist ideology so extreme that even the Pope pronounces it “intolerable” and “the dung of the devil”. The euro is to Greece what the US dollar is to remote territories in the Pacific, whose poverty and servility is guaranteed by their dependency.

In their travels to the court of the mighty in Brussels and Berlin, Tsipras and Varoufakis presented themselves neither as radicals nor “leftists” nor even honest social democrats, but as two slightly upstart supplicants in their pleas and demands. Without underestimating the hostility they faced, it is fair to say they displayed no political courage. More than once, the Greek people found out about their “secret austerity plans” in leaks to the media: such as a 30 June letter published in the Financial Times, in which Tsipras promised the heads of the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF to accept their basic, most vicious demands – which he has now accepted.

When the Greek electorate voted “no” on 5 July to this very kind of rotten deal, Tsipras said, “Come Monday and the Greek government will be at the negotiating table after the referendum with better terms for the Greek people”. Greeks had not voted for “better terms”. They had voted for justice and for sovereignty, as they had done on January 25.

The day after the January election a truly democratic and, yes, radical government would have stopped every euro leaving the country, repudiated the “illegal and odious” debt – as Argentina did successfully – and expedited a plan to leave the crippling Eurozone. But there was no plan. There was only a willingness to be “at the table” seeking “better terms”.

The true nature of Syriza has been seldom examined and explained. To the foreign media it is no more than “leftist” or “far left” or “hardline” – the usual misleading spray. Some of Syriza’s international supporters have reached, at times, levels of cheer leading reminiscent of the rise of Barack Obama. Few have asked: Who are these “radicals”? What do they believe in?

In 2013, Yanis Varoufakis wrote: “Should we welcome this crisis of European capitalism as an opportunity to replace it with a better system? Or should we be so worried about it as to embark upon a campaign for stabilising capitalism? To me, the answer is clear. Europe’s crisis is far less likely to give birth to a better alternative to capitalism… I bow to the criticism that I have campaigned on an agenda founded on the assumption that the left was, and remains, squarely defeated… Yes, I would love to put forward [a] radical agenda. But, no, I am not prepared to commit the [error of the British Labour Party following Thatcher’s victory]… What good did we achieve in Britain in the early 1980s by promoting an agenda of socialist change that British society scorned while falling headlong into Thatcher’s neoliberal trip? Precisely none. What good will it do today to call for a dismantling of the Eurozone, of the European Union itself…?”

Varoufakis omits all mention of the Social Democratic Party that split the Labour vote and led to Blairism. In suggesting people in Britain “scorned socialist change” – when they were given no real opportunity to bring about that change – he echoes Blair.

The leaders of Syriza are revolutionaries of a kind – but their revolution is the perverse, familiar appropriation of social democratic and parliamentary movements by liberals groomed to comply with neo-liberal drivel and a social engineering whose authentic face is that of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany’s finance minister, an imperial thug. Like the Labour Party in Britain and its equivalents among former social democratic parties such as the Labor Party in Australia, still describing themselves as “liberal” or even “left”,  Syriza is the product of an affluent, highly privileged, educated middle class, “schooled in postmodernism”, as Alex Lantier wrote.

For them, class is the unmentionable, let alone an enduring struggle, regardless of the reality of the lives of most human beings. Syriza’s luminaries are well-groomed; they lead not the resistance that ordinary people crave, as the Greek electorate has so bravely demonstrated, but “better terms” of a venal status quo that corrals and punishes the poor. When merged with “identity politics” and its insidious distractions, the consequence is not resistance, but subservience. “Mainstream” political life in Britain exemplifies this.

This is not inevitable, a done deal, if we wake up from the long, postmodern coma and reject the myths and deceptions of those who claim to represent us, and fight.

 

John Pilger

Debt Fraud: Greece Actually Owes Nothing!

The Greek debt, as such, is mostly not Greek debt. The debt which Germany and other nations are demanding that they pay for, is money that the Greeks never got! So the Greeks don’t owe that money. This was a swindle, because the Greeks didn’t incur that debt.

Lyndon LaRouche, Feb. 17, 2015

What Americans need to know about Greece and “its debt,” is that the new Greek government is asking the European Union to shut down a huge Wall Street-London bank swindle and make economic growth possible again in Europe.

If that doesn’t happen, the worsening bankruptcy of the whole trans-Atlantic banking system will continue to generate desperate confrontations with major powers Russia and China, with the threat of world war.

The rest of Europe, so far, is refusing to shut that Wall Street swindle down, and today Obama’s Treasury Secretary Jack Lew backed up that refusal, including by a threatening phone call to the Greek finance minister.

What Obama, Merkel, et al. are demanding Greece do, instead of shutting down this Europe-wide swindle by the banks, is run a budget surplus of 4.5% of its annual economy, exclusively to pay the “Greek debt.” In U.S. terms? That would mean the United States running a government tax surplus of $750 billion a year, in order to pay down debt. You won’t hear Obama or Lew volunteering to try it; it is impossible.

The “Greek debt” swindle is the same one as the TARP bailout here, and the Federal Reserve’s printing of $4 trillion in new money to cover Wall Street’s debts; and its perpetrators are the same huge banks.

In the United States, the big banks took millions of subprime, unrepayable mortgages sold by their captive mortgage companies, and made them into toxic securities which blew up the financial system and the whole economy in 2008; the government bailed them out, while our living standards plunged.

In Europe, the banks bought the mortgage securities from the U.S. banks. At the same time they made millions of unrepayable subprime loans of their own — not only to homeowners, but also to governments without the means to repay them, like those of Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Hungary, and others. Big Wall Street banks were involved, particularly Goldman Sachs, which created “magic” derivatives: Take a bank loan to Greece, make it look like a mere “currency swap” rather than a debt — but turn it into a much bigger debt ten years later.

All this European subprime debt blew up on the big banks in 2009, a year after the U.S. subprime debt blew up on them. Then the European governments allsuperindebted themselves, to create a $1 trillion “European TARP” called by the initials EFSF. They bailed the megabanks out, with the IMF pitching in, using “only” about $600 billion to pay the unpayable “subprime government debt” part of it. $275 billion paid “Greek debt.”

This immense bank bailout got passed through the Greek, Irish, etc. governments, which passed it immediately on to the banks which had been their “subprime lenders.”

We have to spill this thing as a leading issue in the U.S. You can sink Wall Street on this one. If you sink the Greek swindle, you’re going to start a chain-reaction explosion of the international trans-Atlantic system, like the Wall Street system and similar things, the British andothers. They are the ones who owe the debt, not the Greeks.

— Lyndon LaRouche • Feb. 17, 2015

The Greek debt swindle was classic. In 2009 Greece’s debt was $300 billion. It then “got” two huge bailouts in 2010 and 2012, of about $140 billion each. Less than 10% of that $275 billion stayed in Greece and was spent by the Greek government; more than 90% went directly and immediately to Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, and their fellow sharks, with small amounts crumbling to the hedge funds swimming alongside. Former Greek Labor and Social Security Minister Louka Katseli has given documentation that the Greek government actually got to spend or invest just 3% of that $275 billion. The only banks which had to write off their “Greek debt” were Greek banks; all of Wall Street and the London-centered banks got their toxic debt “assets” guaranteed 100% by this European bailout swindle. This made the Greek banks so bankrupt that the Greek government then had to borrow more to bail them out with $50 billion — so Greece’s debt was increased when supposedly being reduced! A total swindle!

Then, between 2010 and today, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, etc. were ordered to pay the bill for this huge new Europe-wide bank bailout debt. They imposed a slashing domestic austerity until their people emigrated, death rates rose and birth rates fell, and clouds of wood smoke rose over modern cities whose inhabitants could no longer afford modern heat. After five years of this punishment, Greece’s $300 billion debt has become $350 billion or so — after $250 billion passed through to the banks!

And the other European countries are also on the hook for this phony debt, all of it. They guaranteed it; Greece and Ireland and the other austerity-crushed countries can’t pay it, so the rest of Europe must either agree to reorganize that debt and write it down, or their taxpayers will pay for the swindle.

This is why the new Greek government now demands that Europe shut down this global bank swindle: Write off the unpayable debt; invest in reviving economic productivity by building new economic infrastructure.

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In addition, the megabanks have to be put through a Glass-Steagall reorganization and broken up.

To which Lyndon LaRouche has added:

“This thing has to be put loud and clear on every doorstep in the United States. If you want to avoid World War III, that’s what you’ll do.”

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, after the forces of the fascist Kiev regime fled under fire today from encircled Debaltsevo, an actual ceasefire is now in effect, however fragile, and heavy weapons are being withdrawn from the front lines by both sides, as agreed by the leaders of the French, German, Ukrainian, and Russian governments at Minsk last week. To make it an enduring ceasefire, all we need do now, is immediately remove Nazi Victoria Nuland from the State Department.

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