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Ukraine: Masks of the “Revolution” (French, Italian, Dutch)

The bitter truth on Ukraine and the “Revolution of Dignity”

The documentary is a good clue of what actually went on when the entire western media kept so quite about the real facts on Ukraine’s “revolution”. I chose to put the word revolution in quotes, because when a small fascist minority together with allied criminal gangs hijack a massive, democratic, uprising through ultra violence and overthrows the government to form a “government”, a regime, of its own liking, it’s called a coup d’etat. It is of course completely coincidental that exactly this development in Ukraine happened to serve US foreign policy and NATO geo-strategic goals extremely well.

An actual revolution, according to the historical, political, social and legal meaning, is when a large portion of the people from different sectors unite and organize, through a democratic resistance struggle and even armed resistance if necessary, in order to overthrow a tyrant regime. The right to self-determination by armed struggle against tyranny is permissible under the UN charter’s article 51, concerning self-defense. But it is very exact on the fact that it only defends democratic, popular uprisings and not coup d’etats. This documentary shines some good lights in the shadows where US’s and NATO’s plans for Russia are laid.

Kosmas Loumakis

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The hard-hitting documentary by Paul Moreira “Ukraine, les masques de la révolution” [Ukraine: Masks of the Revolution], released on Monday night by Canal+, created a turmoil both in Ukraine and France well before the premiere. On Sunday the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported in Facebook that their Ambassador in France had sent an outraged letter to Canal+ where he condemned  the documentary as a “a pamphlet at the height of the worst disinformation traditions” “using primitive methods of journalistic manipulation, including the handling of comments of respondents, distorted in translation and facts and purely fabricated images“. The same day Le Monde doubled the pressure on Canal+. Paul Moreira has calmly and respectfully responded to his critics by a detailed post translated into English here. To the credit of Canal Plus’ management, the documentary was screened in time:

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Please watch it attentively. And let’s try to understand why it has infuriated the official Kiev so much.

To be fair, the masterpiece did not reveal anything new. So far there were a lot of separate investigations by international organizations, NGOs, concerned individuals etc on different aspects of the “Revolution of Dignity“: who actually killed theheavenly hundred, what happened in Odessa in May 2014, what is going on in the zone of “anti-terrorist operation” in the South-East of Ukraine, where are the “Russian troops” and where are the Western mercenaries there… But most of them were successfully ignored by the mainstream Western media, stick to their comfortable myths about Euromaidan.

The principal danger of Paul Moreira heartbreaking 50-minutes long documentary is that it exposed all critically important lies and silenced facts about “Revolution of Dignity” and its agents in a concentrated form at the established French TV channel.

Paul Moreira did not do anything but showed a simple and honest truth – there was no dignity in that “revolution”. There is no “free civilizational choice” and “independent and legitimate authorities” in today’s Ukraine. There are gangsters licensed to kill and rob, psychopaths and criminals in the “democratic parliament”, parallel Nazi-inspired army, foreign officials who manipulate the political process in a sovereign country, media under total nationalist control etc. His argumentation and picture are so evident, eloquent and bright that there is no reasonable way to refute them. Here is the cause of hysteria and calls to ban (which paradoxically has triggered unprecedented public attention to the movie far beyond France) – they understand that an open and fair discussion would lead further undesirable revelations against the interim rulers in Kiev.

One more pleasant outcome of this story is that the rumors about clinical death of the independent journalism in the West are apparently somewhat exaggerated…


The filmmaker’s own words

By Paul Moreira, published in French on his blog on Mediapart.fr, Jan 30, 2016, translated to English by New Cold War.org

When I started this investigation on Ukraine, I was astonished to discover the degree to which the massacre in Odessa [May 2, 2014] had faded from memory. Forty five people were killed in a huge fire in the heart of a major European city in the middle of the 21stcentury. Everything was filmed by dozens of cameras and cell phones. Yet around me, no one remembered.

Ukraine - 'Les Masques de la Révolution'Forty five Ukrainians of Russian origin died in a fire inside a building [the Trades Union House in the city center of Odessa] caused by the Molotov cocktails of Ukrainian nationalist militias. After a quick investigation, I discovered that the event had not been censored. It had been addressed, discussed, but never investigated. As though too embarrassing to discuss.

Why no investigation? Probably because the victims were of Russian origin. These victims were reported as “persons” but without knowing who they were, who killed them and why they were dead. “Persons” who were nobodies.

In speaking of these deaths, our democracies should have expressed some sympathy, officially, solemnly. There should have been strong reactions by chancelleries. Press releases by ministries of foreign affairs. [However], following the Russian invasion of Crimea, Russian-speaking populations in the conflict were assigned the roles of villains.

What happened on that May 2, 2014, in Odessa? I discovered the answer after viewing hours of video shootings, interviewing dozens of witnesses, finding victims and aggressors and comparing the stories until I pieced together facts that make sense of this fury. Important fact: I interviewed and have broadcast only direct witnesses of events–the people I saw on videos– in order to filter to some extent the exaggerations and lies that arise in such a circumstance, on the side of the attackers as well as victims. The result of this painstaking work is at the heart of the film to be broadcast Monday evening [February 1] by Canal Plus [Canal +].

During my investigation into this massacre of little exposure, I saw the importance of Ukrainian nationalist militias. They were at the forefront of street fighting on Maidan Square (January-February 2014], and later formed battalions to fight Russian troops in the east of the country. But these battalions were merged into the army. They did not exercise the same discipline. They were able to serve as auxiliaries to the government; or become a parallel police. And, yes, in their ranks, the signs of neo-Nazi ideology were obvious.

My investigation went against the commonly accepted narrative. I knew I was going to meet strong opposition, that we would be accused of playing into the hands of Putin, to voice elements of Russian propaganda. I did not expect to meet with such huge denial, bordering on hysteria at times. On a Ukrainian website, I am called a “terrorist” in the pay of the Russian secret service. The site calls for a ban on the film. Even the Ukrainian ambassador to France pressured Canal Plus [not to screen the film]. That is what surprises me the most. For it seems to me that Ukraine must ask itself about these paramilitary groups. They are, as stated in the film, the greatest threat to Ukrainian democracy. To renounce saying what one knows to be the truth because “it plays into Russian propaganda” is to become a propagandist oneself. One omits, not because we are liars but because we are full of good intentions. But never forget that from such omissions, the worst conspiracy theories are born.

In France, the accusations against the film have come mainly from two militant blogs and an unusually violent writing by the reporter in charge of Ukraine in Le Monde, Benoit Vitkine. In all three publications, the arguments are similar. It is said I did not nuance enough my perception of the extreme right, which ranges from dark brown neo-Nazism to light-beige nationalism. I exaggerated the importance of the paramilitary groups, armed with Kalashnikovs and sometimes with tanks. I have not stressed enough their heroic role in their fight against the Russians. I exaggerated the influence of Americans in the regime change [of February 2014].

And then certain factual errors are pinpointed. I’ll try to answer them here.

To question the rigor of my documentary, Benoit Vitkine cites one, sole example. He accuses me of having created out of my imagination the manufacture of a new generation of tanks by the nationalist battalion Azov (for which he seems to feel a fond indulgence). But it’s the truth. Andriy Biletsky, the head of the battalion, sang to me its praises [manufactured tank] with much pride. 1.2 meters of armored shield in the front and steering video cameras used to steer it. The technical details of this new beast of war can be found here.

Benoit Vitkine is well aware that Andriy Biletsky comes from the most radical extreme right. His electoral standing is low (although he is a Rada deputy), but his standing in steel and in battle-hardened men is strong.

Then Benoit Vitkine insinuates, without citing anything in support, that my purpose is to highlight “the installation of a new fascism in Ukraine”. Vitkine must be very angry to write such things. I never said that fascism had settled in Ukraine. The key phrase of my documentary is: “The Ukrainian revolution has created a monster that will soon turn against its creator.” And then I tell how far-right groups attacked the parliament and killed three policemen in August 2015. I have never suggested that the attackers were in power. Even if those who are in power were able to use them.

The only “good point” which Benoit Vitkine wants to award me is that I worked on the massacre of Odessa, a “frequently overlooked episode”. You said it yourself, dear colleague…

Anna Colin Lebedev writes a blog on Mediapart.fr. She, on the other hand, reproaches me precisely for my treatment of the “drama” of Odessa. She is careful to never write the word “massacre” or “butchery”, to never precisely name the savagery of the murders. Anna Colin Lebedev affirms that this “drama” is not at all ignored. The only proof she offers are papers published … a year after the fact. Those of Le Monde (Benoit Vitkine) and The Economist. A blogger, Olivier Berruyer, conducted an analysis of article headings in the days immediately following the massacre. This analysis is available on his website. It is most eloquent.

Anna Colin Lebedev accuses me of creating a story “centered on the tears of victims”. That’s true, I gave voice to a mother who lost her 17 year old son, Vadim Papura. She spoke reluctantly, she was certain that I would not use her statements, that the West does not care about their fate. I also give voice to Ukrainian nationalists, some of whom even voice remorse. I interviewed eyewitnesses from all sides. According to Anna, everything is the fault of the police, who were not sufficiently effective [in stopping the violence that day]. This is what the film should have focused on, she says. Not on militiamen who threw Molotov cocktails on the trade union building or who finished off the wounded lying on the ground [after jumping from windows to escape the burning building]. Not on the fact that none of the killers has been imprisoned and that the Ukrainian government has sabotaged any judicial inquiry, as recalled in the article in The Economist [May 8, 2014] which she kindly quotes as reference but which she probably has not taken the time to read.

That’s it for the specific criticisms. From there, we descend into tiny details.

Thus, Anna Colin Lebedev tells me that I mention the presence of the symbol of Azov on Maidan while the battalion had yet to be created. It will be formed three months later. Sure, but for me, it was just a name change: the symbol was everywhere on Maidan, it is the same symbol as the group ‘Patriots of Ukraine’, who have the same leader, Biletsky, the same men and who will go on to form a military battalion to fight in Mariupol [Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine].

So for clarity, I made the editorial decision not to go into such levels of detail. The fact that this famous [Azov] symbol is borrowed from an SS division, Das Reich, does not seem to move my critics.

Igor Moysichuk, according to Anna Colin-Lebedev, was not the spokesman for Pravy Sektor [Right Sector] however he was introduced as such in this televised debate. Igor Moysichuk is a member of nationalist splinter groups that sailed between Azov and Pravy Sektor but he was mostly a crook playing for his personal account. He joined the Radical party of Oleg Lyashko and he was arrested, in front of our camera, after extorting 100,000 Hryvnia from some guy from his party.

In the blog Comité Ukraine [Ukraine Committee] by Renaud Rebardy, I am accused of not reporting that the Azov battalion had integrated into the regular army. Renaud Rebardy will have misheard and, especially, misunderstood the nature of relations between the Ukrainian government and Azov. Here is a verbatim commentary from the film when I talk to Azov: “Officially, this brigade obeys the Ukrainian national army. And yet, many of them remain masked.”

And this is what their leader Andriy Biletsky told me about their financial means: “Well, if we talk about finances, for acquiring armaments, it is provided by the state, as is part of our equipment. The rest comes from the work of activists among whom there are small and medium businessmen. They invest money and make all of this possible. ”

During the interview and in comments that I finally edited out, Biletsky utters a veiled threat against the government he deems too corrupt. The subtlety of Azov is that they are officially in the army but they retain a wide margin of autonomy.

Then Renaud Rebardy says that there have “never been talks” to remove Russian as an official language in 13 Ukrainian regions. The facts: the Ukrainian parliament proposed to do so on February 23, 2014, and the day after, the war started. Russian-speaking populations were worried about their future and Putin took advantage of that to launch military manoeuvres. On February 28, the [interim] Ukrainian president repealed the measure. But it was too late, the devil had escaped from the box.

The same Renaud Rebardy chides me for reporting that the new Ukrainian Minister of Finance is a former U.S. diplomat. Natalie Jaresko became a naturalized Ukrainian in December 2014 in order to join the government. Before that, she worked first as a diplomat at the State Department, specializing in Eastern European countries, from 1989 to 1995, and then she maintained a strong relationship with the U.S. government after taking over the presidency of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), an investment fund that invests money from a U.S. state agency (USAID) in the Ukrainian economy. She remained there (in addition to her position at the private investment fund she ran, Horizon Capital) until she took a job in the Ukrainian government [as finance minister]. These are not trivial matters, correct?

Benoit Vitkine accuses me of reporting that the new ministers of the economy are “pro-business”. Yet this is the politics from which they declare themselves “aggressively pro-business,” I have it in my video recordings. This explains, for example, the fourfold increase in natural gas prices. Among other things.

Rebardy also accuses me of being too harsh with Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of the Svoboda Party. I describe him: “Historically, he belongs to the neo-Nazi movement.” This man has many times said that he wants to rid the country of the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia”; he often uses the term “Yid”. He was also the founder of the Social National Party (does that name remind you of something?).

Another criticism came from the militant Euromaidan blog: I gave voice to Alexis Albu, a communist activist of Odessa whom they accuse of being homophobic and red-brown.

Why did I interview Albu? Not because of his opinions but because I discovered on amateur video his presence in the building of Odessa on the famous May 2, 2014. And let me remind you, my goal was to find people who are seen in videos and then gather their comments on what they saw. I try to establish the facts. What interested me in Albu is that we see him walking out of the union building intact and shortly thereafter, he is laying on the ground, gravely wounded in the head. What happened in between?

Finally Anna Colin Lebedev noted a sentence written in the presentation of the website ofPremières Lignes announcing my documentary: “No one has really asked who they (the Ukrainian nationalist paramilitaries) were.” This sentence is obviously factually false. But if she saw the movie and, most of all, listened to it, she knows that this sentence is not in there. It was written to “sell” the film on the website of the production house and can therefore be attributed to clumsy marketing.

All this said, if one sits at the level global public perception, it is clear that the general public knows nothing about the importance of Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups, nor the existence of the massacre of Odessa of May 2, 2014. That`s because this issue has been underreported (which is not to say not reported at all). We know from the Russian side, it is said that far-right nationalists went to fight in the Donbass. But we know less on the other side.

To conclude, I invite everyone to watch the film on Monday night on Canal Plus and make your own judgment. Because the people who insult me and threaten me on social networks are precisely those who have not seen the documentary. They imagined it. Faith is a powerful drug.

You can watch the February 1, 2016 broadcast of ‘Ukraine: The Masks of the Revolution’ on channel ‘Canal Plus’ here (in French, 54 minutes), or click on the screen below. English-language promo and other information on the film is here

Demokratins “muskler” må vara förtvinade, men den är inte död såvida inte vi låter bödlarna “vårda” den

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Demokratin kan aldrig bevaras eller försvaras av “företagkratin” för dess målsättningar kräver demokratins och de mänskliga rättigheternas död

De absolut bästa stunderna i samtalen i de sociala medierna för mig är när någon med huvudet på skaft, lyfter en fråga eller ställer en fråga med den upplystes insikt, som i sin tur lockar till eftertanke innan man svarar,.. om man har svar vill säga.

Min fb-vän Kjell-Erik Andersson, som är administratör för facebook-sidan Graasroot International lockade under ett “samtal” på sidan till följande svar, som jag vill dela med resten av er. Att EU håller på att braka ihop var huvudinlägget.

KL:EU har egentligen brakat ihop redan 2012, men hålls vid liv på konstgjord väg genom en påtvingad “ekonomisk respirator” (privatiseringar, åtstramningar och raserandet av civila och mänskliga rättigheter och internatiuonell rättvisa, “för att rädda” de mest kriminella “investerarna” och de mest omoraliska bankirerna)… Detta kommer att bli uppenbart så fort Draghi inte kommer att kunna trycka upp och sprida fler värdelösa papperslappar i form av skuld-Euro… Ju fortare “vi” (de Europeiska folken) stänger av “respiratorn” (aktiv dödshjälp) desto snabbare kan återhämtningen via VERKLIGA ekonomier börja för alla de Europeiska nationerna och folken…

K-E A: “Kanske helt rätt men känns väldigt jobbigt. Det kommer att krävas gigantiska nedskalningar i den reala ekonomin, alternativt mycket stora skuldavskrivningar. Med åtföljande sociala konflikter. Det kommer att ställas mycket höga krav på ledare, som vi inte har i dagsläget.”

KL: Skuldavskrivningarna och även ogiltigförklaringen av olagliga skulder har stöd i internationell rätt och det har FN’s Human Rights rådgivare redan påpekat sedan 2013 till de länder som skuldsatts oskäligt och olagligt (i synnerhet Grekland men också Spanien, Portugal o.s.v)… Däremot så har dessa länder precis som de flesta andra EU-länder försetts med neoliberalismens agenter – som regeringar – som gått storfinansens ärenden istället för att se till att fullfölja det uppdrag de fått av sina folk. Grekernas NEJ-röst som tolkades som ett JA av Tsipras låtsas-vänster är det mest groteska exemplet i Europa så här långt… Samaras så kallade success-story som hela Europa gick på, var en likadan storlögn som syftade till att kasta sand i ögonen på EU-medborgarna tills utförsäljningen fullföljts.

Och du har helt rätt att det ställs stora krav på ledarna, men de kraven skall ställas till verkliga ledare och inte på de ryggradslösa bank-tjänarna till ledare vi har idag (från vänster till höger i nyliberalismens tecken). Folken behöver ersätta dessa mediokra slapptaskar med riktiga ledare som förstår och respekterar demokratins fundamentala huvudprinciper, d.v.s. sådana som ser efter sitt folks bästa, försvarar folkrätten, de offentliga finanserna och landets produktion först och främst – och inte bankernas och de fiktiva marknadernas bästa… I annat fall spelar vi de mörkaste krafterna sedan Hitler rakt i händerna.

K-E A: Mycket bra och initierat skrivet! Frågan är då bara hur folkets nominering av sina rättmätiga ledare ska gå till. Förslag?

KL: “Upplysta och aktiva medborgare som har förmågan att se värdet i solidaritetsprincipen och det sociala tänkandet är det enda svaret för en demokrati med “stuns” och kraft nog att stå emot nykolonialism och fascism… Så länge vi lämnar över våra liv i händerna på ledare som bara ser oss som ekonomiska spelbrickor kommer vi också att förbli sådana tills vi inte ens är det, utan endast skuldslavar och tjänare utan rättigheter. Dagens ledare och dagens s.k. demokratiska regeringar vill uppenbarligen inte ha medborgare utan medbrottslingar och därför ägnar de sådan enorm energi på att förvrida våra uppfattningar om verkligheten och att marknadsföra den nya Europeiska imperialismens allra mest stötande doktriner som nödvändiga. Ledare som lämpar sig för en verklig demokrati d.v.s. ledare som verkligen regerar istället för att styra och administrera finanselitens önskemål, hittar man bland folk som vet hur det ”dagliga brödet” tjänas och som vet vad det innebär att arbeta för sina pengar. Folk som vet hur ett hushåll sköts och hur de grundläggande behoven säkras för ALLA.

Vi kommer aldrig att hitta sanna demokrater som tar sitt uppdrag på allvar bland proffspolitiker och partipolitiska broilers eller hos “experterna”. En tumregel är: Om man behöver experter för att leda en demokratisk stats angelägenheter är det ingen demokrati, utan en oligarki. En “bättre vetande”, oftast självutnämnd elit som leder ett helt folk i “koppel” via skräckpropaganda och komplicerat dravel skapar livegna och slavar. Om vi fortsätter att leta bland “experter” och proffspolitiker eller proffs-syndikalister, kommer vi att fortsätta hitta endast imperie-behjälpliga karriärister och ansvarslösa demagoger som inte har ryggrad nog att ta de rätta besluten. Vi kommer att fortsätta se förhandlingsbara samveten bedra oss efter varje val. Vi behöver vanliga, upplysta medborgare med integritet och ryggrad nog att stå emot frestelser och yttringar av själviskhet och girighet på det offentligas bekostnad.

Svaret finns i några av de sedan antiken ignorerade klassiska, demokratiska huvudprinciperna… I synnerhet de principer som “bekvämt glömts bort” av alla, sedan dess. Nämligen:

  • Principen om medborgarens rättigheter till ”anarkistiskt” motstånd (i bemärkelsen spontan självorganisering), civil olydnad och organisering av icke samarbets-, och solidaritets-åtgärder mot grymma monarkier, oligarkier, diktaturer och tyranni i allmänhet.
  • Principen om omedelbart återkallande av en förtroendevald om hans handlingar går emot det allmännas bästa och emot sina grundläggande skyldigheter gentemot folket
  • Principen om personligt ansvar inför en högsta domstol för alla förtroendevalda vid misstanke om olaglig, försumlig eller äventyrlig hantering av offentliga angelägenheter och statskassa – även retroaktivt, om misstanke om korruption, stöld eller förräderi uppstår. Även strävan till sådana aktiviteter skall behandlas enligt samma princip.

Det finns ett antal sådana grundläggande demokratiska principer som allmänt ignoreras i dag, av alla “demokratiska regeringar”. Principer, som vi vet ansågs så grundläggande i det antika demokratiska Aten, att de var tvungna att uttryckas som praktiserade medborgerliga rättigheter före alla andra. De som nämns här och många fler var tänkta att fungera som säkerhetslås för skyddandet av själva demokratin och för att överhuvudtaget kunna undvika korruption, infiltration och oligarki. Atenarna då visste något om den mänskliga naturens värsta ”avloppsbrunnar” och som vi sedan dess ignorerat till förmån för girighet, makt och megalomani hos våra ledare och finanselit. Istället för att ge bort ytterligare friheter och rättigheter bör vi kunna ta ett steg framåt och återerövra dem vi nyligen förlorat… (ursäkta för den långa texten).

 

Kosmas Loumakis

Stockholm 31-12-2015

 

En grundlig förklaring av de grundläggande demokratiska principerna, dess etik och det jag kort säger här finns (men tyvärr bara på engelska än så länge) i introduktionen och grundsynen till min blog, för den som är intresserad.

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There is no hope, unless we learn to mourn also the others’ innocent dead…

 

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About root causes and basic reasons to the refugee crisis and terrorism

Today the entire world is in mourning after the attacks in Paris – Today 60 million human beings are displaced by war and extreme poverty. When exactly does the continuous hypocrisy of the leading western governments become disgusting and extremely offensive? It has to be when their media, and not our ability to think for ourselves, decides what we should get shocked and outraged about and what we should ignore and look away from.

The governments in many European countries are responding to the refugee crisis and the terror attacks as their obvious values and principles suggests, with racist hysteria and policies backed by police and military aggressivity under martial law. The western public opinion must finally dare to dismiss and look beyond the monotonous,  hackneyed western tale about evil dictators and terrorists, their local conflicts and the benevolent, “good and helpful” western, democracy-fairies.

One could read in the Independent a month ago: “Refugees have been seeking safe haven in the West for years. Recently, however, something has changed. Thousands have become millions, as nation after nation succumbs to anarchy and fanaticism”.

The basic reasons to why they succumb to fanaticism is really never satisfactory explained, besides the western tale about the cruel, local dictators and fundamentalist terrorists that hates western freedom. Facts are left out of the mainstream reporting: the role of criminal wars, disastrous neoliberal economics, and why mass displacement is a permanent feature under this system. Things are never really explained because in accordance with the western, self-glorifying supremacy dogma, the leading western governments don’t need to explain or admit any real responsibilities to the nations their precursors and themselves have teared apart.

Root causes are hidden within the western supremacy policies

Enforced neoliberal, strategic and economic “development plans” that tie the shattered nations and their people’s  hands and feet to these same western governments, has clearly nothing to do with either refugees or global terrorism. Because when the neoliberal economists and ministers have concluded that “there is no alternative”, good people understand that, kneel, suffer and die quietly. Only bad, evil people doesn’t accept and even have the nerves to resist the genocidal conditions and the “necessary human costs” of the western, private bank and cartel labeled “development plans”.

So instead of taking the opportunity to announce real responsibilities, the western leaders talk about French, American and western noble values and principles. As if we are stupid and can’t see for ourselves which distorted and spineless kind of “nobleness” they mean. And how hideously, greedy, racist and hypocritical they practice their alleged values and principles.

History proves that practically ALL ethnic cleansings, genocides, civil wars and wars in the regions that refugees currently flee from, was caused, instigated, provoked and often actually organized by the main European colonial and postcolonial Powers. These western, imperialist geostrategic and geopolitical sentiments, policies and methods has been kept alive and nurtured through “life support” (conservatism, militarism) and in “greenhouses”(secret societies, fascist dictatorships) by old imperialists, royalists and various European and American nationalsocialist and fascist movements.

With the new century and the continuation of the monotonous, neoliberal policies, this has escalated into conditions that I believe we all had hoped to never again experience.

Why is this still happening, you might ask?

Because the warmongering Conservatives, Christian Right and Extreme Right, in the leading European nations, are longing for a “crusade” that they believe would re-establish their colonial control and power. But this time over the entire world. They have emerged through the two World Wars from the rivaling old European Empires & Kingdoms*1 and their financial, clergy and military elite. [*1 – Before 1918 they were named Austro-Hungarian Empire, German Empire, French Republic, Kingdom of Italy, British Empire, USA].

“The European basic values and principles are said to have been inspired and adopted from Greek culture, history, thinking and literature, but European history quite clearly proves that in practice it is the three German Reich’s that has shaped the actual basic values and principles of the European societies. From the ninth century and onward, no other culture has determined the entire continent’s fate as much as those three German dynasties.

Almost all the genocides, civil wars and wars in post-Roman, European history are direct results of the three dynasties that these men established.

  • Charlemagne or Charles the Great – 9th century – 1st Reich or the “the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation” lasted ca 800 years
  • Vilhelm I – 19th  century – 2nd Reich or “Hohenzollern Germany” lasted ca 50 years
  • Adolf Hitler – 20th century – 3rd Reich or “Nazi-Germany” lasted 13 years

These dynasties escorted and pushed the European folk-spirit into the darkest, most corrupt, perverted “caves” of human thinking and human emotional life. To such extent that its rulers with their cultural-ideological “offspring” could start the Crusades, the Catholic Inquisition, the Thirty Year’s War, The Balkan Wars and two World Wars. Two world wars that in their actual essence were triggered and launched to prevent any possibility of a feared European peoples rebellion against the Royals, the imperialists, their court’s and “Mammon’s” tyrannic dogmas and doctrines. This is highly relevant to what the current EU and US are triggering again and why.

These old colonial/neoliberal policies, strategies, tactics and methods of the western powers, must finally be fully exposed, debated and perceived by the independent media as the root causes and basic reasons for both terrorism and refugee crises.

Basic reasons

Ever since the term “War on Terror” (WoT) was first used by George W Bush September 20, 2001 we have seen increasing wars, civil wars, massacres, ethnic cleansings and hordes of refugees fleeing from the affected regions. We can all easily conclude that we find ourselves in a far more unstable and dangerous world now than before 9/11, 2001. A long and unsuccessful campaign, allegedly to destroy al-Qaeda and other militant Islamist organizations, has brought the world to the brink of WWIII.

Barack Obama, changed the interpretation and meaning of the term “War on Terror” in 2013 from a general war tactic to a specified and targeted one. He stated, “We must define our effort not as a boundless ‘Global War on Terror’, but rather as a series of persistent, targeted efforts to dismantle specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America”. After 12 years of general 12027814_933580300050658_1561304844569281106_nUS/NATO/mercenary-terror in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, Ukraine, Syria and Yemen, after the crude dehumanization and demonization of entire folk groups and social classes and after the attack on western human and civil rights, he doesn’t need to clarify WoT or specify targets. He and the western leaders need to answer humanity on these questions now:

  • WHO is going to take real responsibility for the dramatic “mistakes” and the clear deliberate crimes of 12 years of US-led, ghost-chasing campaigns, that has left millions of innocent, dead bodies around Asia, the Middle East and Africa?
  • WHO is going to take real responsibility, for the current ca 7 million refugees from these countries that are fleeing to the west and the 60 million that are displaced?
  • WHO is going to take real responsibility for the root causes and the basic reasons for terror attacks carried out in Middle Eastern and western cities?

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To nuance the self-righteous, western citizen’s exaggerated self-image as a democratic philanthropist a bit, I am pointing out, that the practically unchallenged, but very real, geopolitical and geostrategic goals of Bush’s WoT-campaign and Obama’s interpretation of the same are:

  • to deduct pipelines, control trade routes and take over the geographical regions between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea and the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea, because they are rich on natural resources and energy sources.
  • to clear the area from large populations of its inhabitants for the long planned geostrategic moves of USA, EU, Israel and NATO against Iran, Arab world, Russia and China. 
  • to destroy every labor law that the American and European democratic, solidarity-, liberty-, human rights- and labour-movements have achieved since the end of the nineteenth century. It is about tearing down the workers rights, minimum wages, health care, social insurances, pensions and instead encourage and establish a pure “peon and slave market” to replace the labor markets.
  • to destroy the last basic democratic principles, constitutions, human rights, international laws, treaties and conventions and instead gradually reform and legislate a totalitarian and ruthless control-state against the people, “to avoid chaos and protect us from terrorists”.

The average European and American citizen meanwhile, have just hovered around “in the blue”, day-dreaming of riches, never-ending pleasures and fame. He have been polishing on his narcissism, his megalomania, his supremacy tale and his racism, while his government is committing criminal act after criminal act against other nations and people’s.

There is no hope for any real positive change, unless the American and European citizens learn to mourn also the others’  innocent dead.

Most people around the world have come to the very logical conclusion, that the countries and governments that are so keen on causing all these problems, due to their neoliberal, geostrategic aims, should also take the main responsibility for the refugees and the root causes behind them. They see, even if they don’t dare to speak out, that USA/EU/NATO measures, policies and actions are state-sanctioned terror against other nations and against its own populations.

The known Wall Street-, White House-, Downing Street- and Brussels/Berlin-cooked, criminal strategies, tactics and methods that the western media defends, justifies, white-washes and cover up, over the last fifteen years are:

  • false flag operations (blame a spectacular terror act on other than the actual perpetrator, to provoke revolution, civil war or war – usually intelligence-engineered and organized)
  • financial terrorism (CIA-agents forces neo-colonial “treaties and agreements” on a nation. They offer  financial “help” through extortion, imposing debts to takeover physical wealth and natural resources of a nation)
  • “colour revolutions” (western intelligence services carries out grassroots-takeover actions with NGO-organized fake revolutions, known as colour revolutions, in order to distort and divide any democratic attempts and demads of the people in a nation (Libya, Ukraine and Syria are just few such examples)
  • covert, regime change operations in sovreign nations
  • arming and training of dictators, torturers and death squads that carries out mass arrests, interrogations by torture, political assassinations, mass killings and ethnic cleansings
  • provocating and causing “convenient” civil wars by US-mercenary led massacres (Libya, Syria, Kenya, Ukraine)
  • illegal wars (sanctions and invasions of nations based on lies – Iraq, Libya)
  • proxy wars (military aggression on commission – others than own army are fighting ones war)
  • soft coups (infiltration and corruption of a whole political elite in a nation, that can lead to democratic meltdown in that nation)
  • military coups (when geostrategic or geopolitical US policies are unpopular and resisted)

It is disgraceful, that these criminal strategies, tactics and methods, are not perceived as the main root causes and basic reasons behind the current refugee and terror situation. 

Now when crocodile tears are shed by our leaders for the refugees and TV-monkeys in reality are dishonoring the terror victims and their families’ mourning, we must dare to really honor both them, as well as any other innocent victims on this planet. We must therefore openly direct questions about the true Basic Reasons and Root Causes, and we must demand real responsibilities for their crimes from our governments.

There is no hope for any real positive change, unless the American and European citizens learn to mourn also the others’ innocent dead, and to condemn also the terror acts of their own leaders.

 

Kosmas Loumakis

Stockholm 16-11-2015

Except intro-text, epilogue and translation to English, which I added to the original, this is a videoclip from the show on the Greek TV-channel Alfpha, Ελληνοφρένεια 16-11-15 

“This short video clip gives a human angle to the hysteria ‘enveloping’ the “Paris Attacks”, and urges the global, Public Opinion to THINK. It breathes decency, reverence and respect for also the others´ grief, pain and suffering. – This is “Ellinofreneia’s” very simple way to display things in its right perspectives – Perpectives that, as opposed to the the current genocidal, warmongering, ARE compatable with a Human Civilization.”

Most reasonable people around the world have come to the very rational and logical conclusion, that the nations and the Governments that are “so keen on” causing all this suffering and deaths – because of their geopolitical and geostrategic urges and goals – should exactly therefore take the main legal, moral, political, economic and social responsibility for the refugees and the ROOT CAUSES behind the phenomnons that create them.

There is truly no hope for any real PEACE, unless the European and American citizens learn to mourn also the others’ innocent dead,… and to be shocked and outraged also by the terror acts of THEIR OWN governments.

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

“Color revolutions” – and relevant Institutions and Brands

This post contains:

  • Brief information about color revolutions 
  • Relevant institution
  • Color revolutions brands
  • Other posts on this topic

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Color revolutions are, without a doubt, one of the main features of global political developments today. Should the reader wonder what a “color revolution” is, keep reading.

Let us first begin with the Wikipedia definition. That website introduces the concept by stating the following:

Color revolution(s) is a term used by the media to describe related [political] movements that developed in several societies in the CIS (former USSR) and Balkan states during the early 2000’s. Some observers have called the events a revolutionary wave.

“Participants in the color revolutions have mostly used nonviolent resistance, also called civil resistance. Such methods as demonstrations, strikes and interventions have been [used to] protest against governments seen as corrupt and/or authoritarian, and to advocate democracy; and they have also created strong pressure for change. These movements all adopted a specific color or flower as their symbol. The color revolutions are notable for the important role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and particularly student activists in organizing creative non-violent resistance.

“These movements have been successful in Serbia (especially the Bulldozer Revolution of 2000), in Georgia’s Rose Revolution (2003), in Ukraine’s Orange Revolution(2004), in Lebanon’s Cedar Revolution and (though more violent than the previous ones) in Kyrgyzstan’s Tulip Revolution (2005), in Kuwait’s Blue Revolution (2005), in Iraq’s Purple Revolution (2005), and in Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution (1989), but failed in Iran’s Green Revolution (2009–2010) . Each time massive street protests followed disputed elections or request of fair elections and led to the resignation or overthrow of leaders considered by their opponents to be authoritarian.”

“Color revolutions” are foreign funded psycho-social operations of deception

What the Wikipedia article fails to mention is the massive foreign funding (State Department, Private corporations and affiliated “NGO’s”), and at least a notion that color revolutions are clear psycho-social operations of deception.

It’s a fact that Western governments (especially the US government) and various non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) spend millions of dollars to co-opt and “channel” local populations of targeted countries against their own political leadership.

Empty democracy slogans and flashy colors aside, one can argue that color revolutions are good old-fashioned regime change operations: destabilization without the tanks.

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The secret ingredient is a sophisticated science used to manipulate emotions and circumvent critical thinking. History shows that, to much of the power elite, humanity is seen as a collection of nerve endings to be pushed and pulled one way or the other, sometimes made to tremble in fear, sometimes made to salivate like Pavlov’s dogs. These days the manipulation is so pervasive, so subtle, so effective, that even critical individuals at times must necessarily fail to recognize how often – or in what context – they have fallen prey.

Of course fear is the most obvious emotion played upon to effect massive social change. One need only to reflect upon the last fourteen years, since 9/11, to know that fear is a primary instrument used to initiate and justify dangerous shifts in public policy.

But as humanity has been physiologically equipped with a range of emotions, and is not merely arrested and controlled by fear alone, a strata of behavioral and political science also found it useful to master the flip-side of the emotional spectrum, and by that we mean desire. All that, drives groups of individuals to act, even in the face of fear, in pursuit of something worthwhile.

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Many are the professions that utilize this type of understanding, including (but not limited to) marketing, advertising, public relations, politics and law-making, radio, television, journalism and news, film, music, general business and salesmanship; each of them selling, branding, promoting, entertaining, sloganeering, framing, explaining, creating friends and enemies, arguing likes and dislikes, setting the boundaries of good and evil: in many cases using their talents to circumvent their audiences’ intellect, the real target being emotional, often times even subconscious.

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Looking beneath the facade of the color revolutionary movement we also find a desire-based behavioral structure, in particular one that has been built upon historical lessons offered by social movements and periods of political upheaval.

It then makes sense that the personnel of such operations include perception managers, PR firms, pollsters and opinion-makers in the social media. Through the operational infrastructure, these entities work in close coordination with intelligence agents, local and foreign activists, strategists and tacticians, tax-exempt foundations, governmental agencies, and a host of non- governmental organizations.

Collectively, their job is to make a palace coup (a situation in which a leader is removed from power by the people who have worked with him or her) seem like a social revolution; to help fill the streets with fearless demonstrators advocating on behalf of a government of their choosing, which then legitimizes the sham governments with the authenticity of popular democracy and revolutionary fervor.

Because the operatives perform much of their craft in the open, their effectiveness is heavily predicated upon their ability to veil the influence backing them, and the long-term intentions guiding their work.

Their effectiveness is predicated on their ability to deceive, targeting both local populations and foreign audiences with highly-misleading interpretations of the underlying causes provoking these events.

A color revolution is only an instrument of foreign policy – only a tool – the ultimate object being the geopolitical advantages gained by powerful financiers and the brain trust they employ. It follows that understanding geopolitical context (and motive) is necessary to understand the purpose of the color revolution.

The rest of this post highlights specific institutions of power

“Never utter these words: ‘I do not know this, therefore it is false.’ One must study to know; know to understand; understand to judge.” – Apothegm of Narada

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SCROLL DOWN FOR LINKS TO RELEVANT INSTITUTIONS AND FURTHER DOWN FOR COLOR REVOLUTION BRANDS

The following institutions are central to the topics addressed here. (click on image to visit their home sites):

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National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

International Republican Institute (IRI)

International Republican Institute (IRI)

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Solidarity Center of the AFL-CIO

Solidarity Center of the AFL-CIO

World Movement for Democracy

World Movement for Democracy

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Brookings Institution

Brookings Institution

American Enterprise Institute

American Enterprise Institute

The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Freedom House

Freedom House

International Crisis Group (ICG)

International Crisis Group (ICG)

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

International Coalition for Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

International Coalition for Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

The Arlington Institute

The Arlington Institute

RAND Corporation

RAND Corporation

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Eurasia Foundation

Eurasia Foundation

Open Society Institute

Open Society Institute

Internews

Internews

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders

Voice of America

Voice of America

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)

Albert Einstein Institution(AEI)

Albert Einstein Institution(AEI)

Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions Strategies (CANVAS)

Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions Strategies (CANVAS)

Movements.org

Movements.org

Color Revolution Brands:

OTPOR! (Serbia), 2000

OTPOR! (Serbia), 2000

ZUBR! (Belarus), ongoing

ZUBR! (Belarus), ongoing

KMARA! (Georgia), 2003

KMARA! (Georgia), 2003

PORA! (Ukraine), 2004

PORA! (Ukraine), 2004

Cedar Revolution (Lebanon), 2005

Cedar Revolution (Lebanon), 2005

KelKel (Kyrgyzstan), 2005

KelKel (Kyrgyzstan), 2005

Obama Campaign (United States), 2008

Obama Campaign (United States), 2008

Jasmine Revolution (Tunisia), 2011

Jasmine Revolution (Tunisia), 2011

April 6th Movement (Egypt), 2011

April 6th Movement (Egypt), 2011

National League for Democracy (Myanmar), ongoing

National League for Democracy (Myanmar), ongoing

Green Movement (Iran), ongoing

Green Movement (Iran), ongoing

Girifna (Sudan), Ongoing

Girifna (Sudan), Ongoing

Oborona (Russia), ongoing

Oborona (Russia), ongoing

Red Shirt Movement (Thailand), ongoing

Red Shirt Movement (Thailand), ongoing

Bersih (Malaysia), ongoing

Bersih (Malaysia), ongoing

Movement for Democratic Change (Zimbabwe), ongoing

Movement for Democratic Change (Zimbabwe), ongoing

Local Coordination Committees (Syria), ongoing

Local Coordination Committees (Syria), ongoing

MJAFT! (Albania), ongoing

MJAFT! (Albania), ongoing

White Ribbon Movement (Russia), ongoing

White Ribbon Movement (Russia), ongoing

Occupy Movement (United States), ongoing

Occupy Movement (United States), ongoing

Free Pussy Riot! (PR Stunt)

Free Pussy Riot! (PR Stunt)

«Η ΤΡΟΪΚΑ ΠΡΕΠΕΙ ΝΑ ΔΙΑΛΥΘΕΙ»

”Die Troika muss aufgelöst werden“

Οι μαζικές ιδιωτικοποιήσεις εθεωρούντο πανάκεια για την κρίση χρέους χωρών όπως η Πορτογαλία και η Ελλάδα. Τώρα ακόμα και Γερμανοί πολιτικοί κρίνουν αρνητικά τις ενέργειες της Τρόικας.

Στις χώρες της ΕΕ που πλήττονται απο την κρίση γίνονται μαζικές ιδιωτικοποιήσεις για να αποπληρωθούν τα πακέτα διάσωσης της Τρόικας. Ιδιαίτερα στην Πορτογαλία και την Ελλάδα πωλούνται επιχειρήσεις και ακίνητη περιουσία του Δημοσίου υπό καθεστώς μεγάλης πίεσης – πολλές φορές με αντίτιμο πολύ κατώτερο από την αξία τους. Ευρωπαίοι πολιτικοί και οικονομολόγοι ζητούν τώρα αλλαγές στην Τρόικα, η οποία αποτελείται απο εκπροσώπους της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, της Ευρωπαϊκής Κεντρικής Τράπεζας και του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου.

HEINZ-JOACHIM BARCHMANN, ΑΝΤΙΠΡΌΕΔΡΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΉΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΥΡΏΠΗ ΤΟΥ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝΔΙΑΚΟΎ ΚΟΙΝΟΒΟΥΛΊΟΥ ΤΗΣ ΓΕΡΜΑΝΊΑΣ.

«Οι περικοπές και οι ιδιωτικοποιήσεις που επέβαλε η Τρόικα δεν επέφεραν καμία οικονομική ανάπτυξη, ούτε μείωσαν την ανεργία», λέει ο Heinz-Joachim Barchmann, Αντιπρόεδρος της Επιτροπής για την Ευρώπη του Ομοσπονδιακού Κοινοβουλίου της Γερμανίας. Μια έκθεση που υπεβλήθη τον Μάρτιο στο Ευρωκοινοβούλιο έδειξε σαφώς, ότι «οι διατάξεις της Τρόικας – μαζί με την αναντίρρητα κακή διαχείριση σε ορισμένες χώρες – συνέβαλαν σημαντικά στο να περιέλθουν σε δυσχερή θέση οι «χώρες του προγράμματος». Οι στόχοι δεν θα πρέπει να επιτευχθούν με «δια της βίας επιβαλλόμενα κύματα ιδιωτικοποιήσεων που δεν λαμβάνουν υπόψη τις μελλοντικές γενιές», προσθέτει ο Barchmann. Καί ζητάει να νομιμοποιηθεί δημοκρατικά η Τρόικα, η οποία μέχρι τώρα δεν δίνει κανένα λογαρισμό στο Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινοβούλιο. «Η οργανωμένη ανευθυνότητα της Τρόικας» πρέπει να τερματιστεί.

Sven Giegold, Grünen-Abgeordneter im EU-Parlament und Mitglied des Wirtschafts- und Währungsausschusses
SVEN GIEGOLD, ΕΥΡΩΒΟΥΛΕΥΤΉΣ ΤΩΝ ΠΡΆΣΙΝΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΜΈΛΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΉΣ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΚΉΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΟΜΙΣΜΑΤΙΚΉΣ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΉΣ – FOTO: PICTURE ALLIANCE / DPA

Ο Sven Giegold, ευρωβουλευτής των Πράσινων και μέλος της Επιτροπής Οικονομικής και Νομισματικής Πολιτικής της Ευρωβουλής, θεωρεί επίσης ότι το μεγαλύτερο πρόβλημα έγκειται στην έλλειψη δημοκρατικού ελέγχου επί της Τρόικας : «Δημόσια περιουσία ξεπουλιέται σε τιμές  σαβούρας», λέει. «Η Τρόικα βρίσκεται στο σημείο που οφείλει να υποστεί δημοκρατική μεταρρύθμιση, ώστε να χυθεί επιτέλους φως στη θολούρα των συστάσεών της και να μην γίνουν τα θεμελιώδη ευρωπαϊκά Δικαιώματα θύματα της λιτότητας και των μεταρρυθμίσεων».

Άλλοι έχουν πιο προωθημένα αιτήματα. Ο Rainer Wend, Πρόεδρος του Ευρωπαϊκού Κινήματος στη Γερμανία, μέλη του οποίου είναι και οργανώσεις όπως η παντοδύναμη Ομοσπονδία της Γερμανικής Βιομηχανίας (BDI), ζητεί «να διαλυθεί η Τρόικα το 2015 και να αναλάβουν το έργο της τα θεσμικά όργανα της ΕΕ». Το δε Διεθνές Νομισματικό Ταμείο στη συνέχεια να αποκλειστεί.

Το κόμμα «η Αριστερά» θέλει πλήρη κατάργηση των ιδιωτικοποιήσεων ως μέτρου κατά της κρίσης. Ο Fabio de Masi, επίσης μέλος της Οικονομικής Επιτροπής του Ευρωκοινοβουλίου, είναι υπέρ μεγαλύτερης χρηματοδότησης και προώθησης δημοσίων επενδύσεων στις χώρες που βρίσκονται σε κρίση, π.χ. από την Ευρωπαϊκή Τράπεζα Επενδύσεων.

Henrik Enderlein, Vize-Dekan der Hertie School of Governance
HENRIK ENDERLEIN, ΑΝΤΙΠΡΎΤΑΝΗΣ ΤΟΥ HERTIE SCHOOL OF GOVERNANCE – FOTO: PICTURE ALLIANCE / DPA

Όχι μόνο πολιτικοί, αλλά και οικονομολόγοι επικρίνουν τα αποτελέσματα των ιδιωτικοποιήσεων. «Πολλά πήγαν στραβά στις εσπευσμένες ιδιωτικοποιήσεις. Η κρατική περιουσία δεν πρέπει να ξεπουλιέται», λέει ο Henrik Enderlein, Αντιπρύτανης του Hertie School of Governance. Εντούτοις θεωρεί σωστά τα προγράμματα καθ΄εαυτά, καθώς και τις μεταρρυθμίσεις που ξεκίνησαν στις χώρες της ΕΕ που πλήττονται απο την κρίση. «Τι θα είχε συμβεί αν δεν υπήρχε η Τρόικα; Δεν θα γίνονταν ιδιωτικοποιήσεις, αλλά οι χώρες που πλήττονται απο την κρίση σίγουρα δεν θα βρίσκονταν σε καλύτερη κατάσταση».

Ο Manuel Sarrazin, βουλευτής στο Γερμανικό Ομοσπονδιακό Κοινοβούλιο και μέλος της Επιτροπής Ευρωπαϊκών Υποθέσεων του ίδιου, δεν θεωρεί μόνο την Τρόικα υπεύθυνη για τις αποτυχίες. «Δεν είναι η Τρόικα αυτή που παίρνει τις τελικές αποφάσεις. Οι Υπουργοί Οικονομικών των χωρών είναι αυτοί που αποφασίζουν για τα αποτελέσματα των διαπραγματεύσεων μεταξύ της Τρόικας και των εθνικών Κυβερνήσεων κι επομένως αυτοί είναι που πρέπει να αναλάβουν την πολιτική ευθύνη».

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Why don’t International Justice call for the arrests of the ‘tops’?

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”Peace will not come to Athens (Mankind) until those who are not injured becomes as outraged as those who are injured”

“The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.”

Thucydides

The two quotations above gives two very crucial, fundamental warnings, that are absolutely essential to take into account when trying to uphold a true Democracy. They are extracted from speeches on the Peloponnesian Wars by the fifth century BC Athenian, historian, philosopher and general, Thucydides.

The first points at the fatal danger of neglecting people who suffer under oppression and tyranny, and the second points out the crucial importance of a police and an army formed by the citizens themselves for the defense of democracy, the citizens and the good of all (instead of a professional police and army who will always be inclined to serve the elite).

Exactly the neglect of human suffering and the professional police forces and armies (that are directed by private interests) are currently provoking a toxic socio-political climate, in which democracy is receiving blow after blow from those who really benefit by its destruction. Justice is sadly to a dangerously high degree in the hands of the same. The Hydra of the biggest banking families and their subservient beneficiaries have come to own most major businesses over the two centuries during which they have secretly and increasingly organised themselves as controllers of governments worldwide and as arbiters of war and peace.

Unless we understand this we will be unable to understand the real reasons for the two world wars and the impending third world war, a war that is almost certain to begin as a consequence of the US attempt to seize and control Central Asia. The only way out is for the US to back off – something the people of the US and the world want, but the elite does not.

International Justice must be ‘forced’, by the western, united public opinion, to take action against the biggest banking families and their ‘bullies’. The west’s citizens need to produce precise, adequate and comprehensive lawsuits against them in both National and International Court’s. It is mainly the western pseudo-democratic governments that has laid International Justice aside for too long and has failed to actually ever implement real Democracy, due to their obligations to these banking families and their subservient beneficiaries. It is these highly treasonous obligations that has made most citizens in the world very angry and some very vindictive, because these obligations has been proven to mean enforced, neo-colonial treaties and agreements, against the good of their own people and countries.

Standing outside Bilderberg-meetings, parliaments, WTO- and G7-summits shouting slogans, informing them that we know who they are and what they are up to, doesn’t even bring sweat to their foreheads anymore. Why would it? They have the security police, the riot police, the national guard, the paramilitary security companies, the armies (private, national and international), mercenary armies and the loosely or fully allied criminal gangs and militias. The elected ‘politicians’, under the advice of their vulture advisers, also make sure to very quickly and basically unnoticed by the general public, vote through the new legislations that are defending the exaggerated use of repressive forces and excessive violence. They need to ensure that the violence they feel that they have to use against their own citizens becomes, ‘legally valid measures’.  For the public’s safety and to keep order in the society, they claim, while the country’s Constitution Committee and the Supreme Court ‘has gone fishing’! This, despite the fact that it is the public their “robocops” beat, kick, drag, spray with tear gas and water cannons, shoot rubber bullets on, mass arrest, torture and terrorize – and despite the fact that it is the society itself that has been attacked by its bankers and businessmen with their blessing and permission. This is done through undemocratically and unconstitutionally enforced legislations, sure,.. but sadly enough ‘legally valid’ in the eyes of Justice, until the peoples unite and in organised form invalidates these legislations.

As a matter of fact, the most effective form of organisation against Mammon’s tyranny is called DEMOCRACY, but not in its current crippled, blindfolded, mute, finance-dictated, extorted form. Not in its “vote-every-4-years-and-pay-your-taxes-and-leave-the-rest-to-us-because-we-know-better” form. This form is what brought us to this fragile position in the first place. We have to look for solutions in the very foundations of true Democracy, to understand how we can build the ‘defense lines’ against, plutocracy and tyranny with it. Its original form,.. that ancient pre-Roman, Athenian form, is still the only true foundation for a democratic ‘ordering and organisation of the affairs and the concerns of a state and a human society’. It is the only known form that can really provide collective freedom, individual and social self-determination and a consistent self-defense to a whole people or a nation, thus the only one that can really be called Democracy. THAT FORM IS WHAT TODAY’S PREDATORY, FINANCIAL ELITE DREAD MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS WORLD. They have encountered it a few times in history, and they didn’t like it at all.

It took them over a century and a lot of conspiracies, secrecy, manipulation and infiltration to really recover since the French slapped them in the face with it. And take into account that, that slap as well as the one the American revolution gave their colonizers, was just cuddles in comparison to what a true and mature Democracy really can do, to these self-proclaimed ‘kings’ and ’emperors’ of mankind. The French and the Americans as well as most others, who has raised a spirit of freedom against tyranny, has not sufficiently implemented the original and most important principles of Democracy, the ones Thucydides warned about. They managed to leave amazingly democratic constitutions to mankind, but failed to also leave the necessary practical safety locks in order to adequately defend its constitutions and its basic democratic principles. The safety locks that among others, Solon, Thucydides and Pericles, in ancient Athens already had identified as absolutely crucial for a true Democracy to be able to protect itself from, and survive, conspiracies of plutocratic, kleptocratic and oligarchic character, in other words tyranny!

In France in the 18th century, the majority of the simple people was illiterate and therefore unaware of the existence of these ancient but still fundamental principles, so they couldn’t demand them from the revolution. This fact enticed even Robespierre himself to become a self proclaimed ‘headmaster’ of the French people and a power-drunk tyrant and his megalomania finally led to the loss of his head,.. literally. In America the revolution had the same problem, plus the fact that those who fought in the War of Independence came from many different backgrounds, culturally and ethnically, so they could be stilled and satisfied with just a few crumbs compared to what a truly informed and united people can achieve.

Today we are in a different situation altogether because today in the west, nearly nobody is illiterate (at least officially), so today we really can demand that all the fundamental principles of democracy shall be restored and protected in a way only the pre-Roman, Greek Democracy, has ever done. The Roman post-Greek form of Democracy on the other hand laid – through a rigid bureaucracy and far too many highly unnecessary and complex laws – the fundamentals for what still pass as Democracy in the world today. Rome, the vulgar, imperialist copycat of the Hellenic culture actually paved the way for plutocratic and kleptocratic conspiracies through the many ‘loop holes’ that Roman law had left open, without any regard of the fundamental Athenian principles and the original central citizens ethos that must be the basics of the Law in a Democracy.

Our worst enemy today, that keep us from uniting, is not illiteracy like in the end of the 18th century, it is the disinformation and the state sanctioned, deceptive propaganda.

To unite doesn’t at all mean that we have to agree on everything, or even that we have to like eachothers political views. It just mean that we have to identify and focus on the real and highly dangerous common threats to all of us and to our house (our individual and social freedom, our country, our natural resources and our constitutions). It means to use reason and logic before passion, to with united forces first eliminate that threat.  Because without our house being truly ours, it’s pretty pointless to argue about how to share it among ourselves, which house rules should be applied, or how we best use its resources.

If we await a simultaneous global uprising, we are not using reason and logic, but just silly and childish hope and that will just allow the Ukraine-effect and the Syria-effect to spread globally. To just hope for something in the current situation, really means that one already has given up and is just expecting help to come from somewhere else or someone else. The “help” that comes from “somewhere else” and from “someone else” is today gladly provided by the banking-families mercenary armies and their death-squads and militias, which are led by NATO. With the Ukraine-effect and the Syria-effect, I mean extremists and bloodthirsty, fanatic butchers who are unleashed by exactly these banking-families, to act as “revolutionaries defending their land”, in order to prevent the actual majority of the country’s population to unite and demand real Democracy. This is what awaits all of us unless all pull up their pants, roll up their sleeves and really unite in an adequate way against the tyrants. It is proof of great stupidity or great cowardice, or both, to expect tyrants to save mankind from tyrants. Especially when the only thing one have the balls to do as an alleged political reaction today, is to still participate in their ludicrous left-right charade. Today that is like choosing if one wants to be pushed off the cliff edge with the banking-families right hand or left hand.

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

Dr Martin Luther King Jr

So, the answer to the question in the title of this article is simply: Because, the still free people of the world, don’t unite, organise and demand it strongly enough!

Consequently, the most crucial act of resistance today is the united, determined and well-organised act that will force International Justice to react strongly against the global Hydra of Mammon’s looters, occupiers and war-lords,.. and finally hold them to account for their repeated and extremely serious crimes against humanity.

 

The puppeteers to prison!

The banking-families Hydra is flying high, far too high and its heads are playing gods using Icaros wings, and even now when these wings are scorched and they are constantly losing power (fewer and fewer believe in their fairy tales), they refuse to realize that the wings are only from wax and removable, and that they in fact can not actually fly without them. The Hydra has during long time learned to act as if it is beyond indictment and above the law but it forgets that the sun melts wax.

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Blinded by arrogance and pride, they can’t see their fall coming more than Icaros could, and that is the ultimate proof of not only their blindness but also their simplistic minds. Mankind need to, in its social character and its common approach to life, collectively find Daedalus* (Icaros fathers) balance between ‘flying too high and too low’. Balance between greed and need so to say. The balance can not be restored on the collective level, when the disturbances has become norms, if humanity and society itself doesn’t treat its imbalances with relevance and unity. Balance comes with truth, self-observation, knowledge of microcosmos and macrocosmos and the genuine will to respect the natural principles that upholds life. The beginning of such treatment of the imbalance is to accurately and effectively deal with the worst disturbances and its causes. It means to apply strict legal sanctions and to establish independent and constitutionally protected practical, legal safeguards that protects the fundamental democratic principles and the citizens from power abuse.

Humanity must, except demanding very high prison sentences also demand the annexation of all of their fortunes, in order to compensate at least parts of the unmeasurable damages they have caused mankind, as well as the deprivation of all their public functions, social-economic influence and civil rights (exactly as was done in the Athenian dawn of Democracy). They and all their alike, their ‘servants’, their ‘lapdogs’ and ‘hangarounds’ cannot be allowed anymore to have any influence on either the public or the private influential sectors. Humanity and its societies must once and for all mark and set an example by showing that one risk losing everything, just everything, except food, water and shelter, if one pleases to expose whole societies and humanity to a substantial and fatal danger. These penalties are fully in line with the original legal and practical aspects of democracy.

We must united, incessantly and very loudly and officially ask our legal authorities: Why aren’t the top banking families ‘heads of families’, the directors, the chairmen and boards, the executives, the ministers, the agents and the commanders of their corporations, organizations, and institutions, being brought to justice? It stands very clear today, through whole ‘libraries of evidence’, who in fact are putting the whole world and mankind in a very critical position once again.

In the collective conscience of mankind they are seriously accused:

  • to have achieved their power and created their wealth through frauds, theft, the manipulation of public wealth, elected officials, whole societies and through crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.
  • to intentionally and in a predetermined manner  have created very serious problems, waited for the carefully evoked reactions  and then presented their own desired solutions.
  • to have manipulated markets, governments, courts, nations, societies, police forces, armies and continents through covert military and paramilitary operations, propaganda, extortion, murder, threats and terror.
  • to through fraud, lies and deceit deliberately have caused economic crisis, geo-political crisis, wars, civil wars, revolutions, dictatorships and to always have financed both sides in big conflicts so that they wouldn’t end before the desired geo-strategic, political and socioeconomic goals has been achieved.

Over 100 million people died just in the 20th century in wars and armed conflicts, caused, provoked and triggered by them and their governments, corporations, organizations and institutions.

Something essential to keep in mind here is that the Law in a Democracy (the Greek form) is meant to express the common morality and ethos of the people, and not to defend the selfish desires and the crimes of a financial, political or clerical elite (the Roman form). We must therefore loudly ask: When is International Justice going to react in accordance with these, by mankind, widely supported accusations?

Of course this will not happen without a very strong pressure from the peoples. The absolute first thing the western citizens and the democratic forces need to organise around now, is the official demand to their national Supreme Courts, Constitutional Committees and the International Criminal Court, to hold the top criminals from these banking families and their organizations to account for high-treason, crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. What credibility does otherwise people’s democratic struggles really have? If the struggling people doesn’t show also in practice, that they consider these men and women as highly dangerous to human societies and to humanity, why should Justice bother, some might argue?

Apparently, the currently very tired and rather deaf International Justice and its judges and prosecutors must be reminded today what the actual purpose with it was in the first place. It must be ‘told to’ do what it was formed to do, and to not succumb to extortion and threats or expected class obligations. If they can’t resist or avoid such submission, they shouldn’t hold their positions for a minute more, they should step down and leave their places to more courageous and irrepressible “guardians of the law”. Humanity must very strongly demand this now from International Justice by, except the massive citizens law suits, also relocate the large protests outside their headquarters and courts instead of outside parliaments (that really don’t have any particular power today).

International Justice was established primarily to protect peoples, nations and humanity from oppression and tyranny by defending the basic human and civil rights and the peoples rights to resist tyranny and to defend national and international democracy and freedom. Well, it doesn’t! If it did, we would have seen it and felt it over the last four years when mankind in fact has shown more than ever before through massive protests against injustice, dictatorial political decisions and neo-colonial economic solutions, that it want true justice. It would have responded and reacted to the very justified massive reactions and protests against neo-liberal privatizations and the demolition of human and civil rights. Actually they did in fact, but I don’t mean a respond which is first of all police violence and repressive actions and policies against the victims, but a respond with the existing legal tools against the perpetrators.

To defend mankind now means to immediately and through existing International Law and adequate practical mechanisms (their arrests and prosecutions), in a clear and firm way show these banking families and their allies that peoples, nations, cultures cannot be extorted, threatened and terrorized by a few banking families without them being severely and relevantly punished for it. Does these judges and prosecutors exist at all, in any other form than as an endangered species, I wonder, and are we just expecting courage, righteousness and decency from where only cowardice, unrighteousness and indecency exists?

 

Kosmas Loumakis

Karlshamn 21-08-2014

 

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*Daedalos was a craftsman, considered the inventor of carpentry, who built the labyrinth for Minos, king of Crete. Minos imprisoned him and his son Icaros, but they escaped using wings that Daedalos made and fastened with wax. Icaros, however, flew too near the sun and was killed.

This ‘myth-historic’ (mix of mythology and history) story explain Man’s fall into the abyss of egoism and narcissism and Man’s ability to surmount these self-destructive characteristics through balance and moderation.

Varför kräver inte Internationell Rättvisa gripandet av ‘topparna’?

Uppladdad på Athenianvoice 29-08-2014

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“Fred kommer inte att komma till Aten (Mänskligheten) förren de som inte skadats blir lika upprörda som de som skadats.”

“Den nation som insisterar på att dra en bred skiljelinje mellan den stridande människan och den tänkande människan rikserar att finna att dess strider utkämpas av idioter och dess tänkande görs av fegisar.”

Thucydides

De två citaten ovan, ger två mycket viktiga, grundläggande varningar, som är absolut nödvändiga att ta hänsyn till för att kunna upprätthålla en sann demokrati. De är extraherade från tal om de peloponnesiska krigen av den Atenska, historikern, filosofen och generalen, Thucydides, från fyrahundratalet f.Kr.

Det första är om risken med att försumma människor som lider under förtryck och tyranni, och det andra om vikten av att poliskår och armé bildas av medborgarna själva för försvaret av demokratin, medborgarna och allas bästa (i stället för en professionell poliskår och en armé som alltid kommer att vara benägna att tjäna eliten).

Exakt försummelsen av mänskligt lidande och de professionella polisenheterna och arméerna (dirigerade av privata intressen) provocerar idag fram ett klimat där demokratin tar emot slag efter slag från dem som gynnas av dess förstörelse. Rättvisan är till en farligt hög grad i händerna på desamma. Hydran av de största bankfamiljerna och deras underdåniga förmånstagare har kommit att äga de flesta största företagen under de två senaste århundradena, under vilka de i hemlighet och i allt högre grad organiserat sig själva som kontrollanter av regeringar världen över och som skiljedomare om krig och fred.

Om vi ​​inte förstår detta kommer vi att vara oförmögna att förstå de verkliga orsakerna till de två världskrigen och det förestående tredje världskriget, ett krig som med största säkerhet kommer att börja som en följd av USA’s försök att ta och kontrollera Centralasien. Den enda utvägen är att USA skall backa ur – något folket i USA och världen vill, men inte eliten.

Internationell Rättvisa måste, av den västerländska opinionen,”tvingas” att vidta åtgärder mot de största bankfamiljerna och deras “bråkstakar”. Västvärldens medborgare behöver producera precisa, adekvata och omfattande stämningar emot dem i både nationella och internationella domstolar. Det är ju främst västvärldens pseudo-demokratiska regeringar som har lagt rättvisa åt sidan alltför länge och som har misslyckats med att faktiskt någonsin tillämpa verklig demokrati, på grund av sina förpliktelser till dessa bankfamiljer och deras underdåniga förmånstagare. Det är dessa, de högst förrädiska förpliktelserna som har gjort de flesta medborgarna i världen mycket arga och några mycket hämndlystna därför att dessa förpliktelser har visat sig betyda nykoloniala avtal och överenskommelser, emot sitt eget folks och sina länders bästa.

Att stå utanför Bilderberg-möten, parlament, WTO-och G7-toppmöten skrikandes slagord och upplysa dem om att vi vet vilka de är och vad de håller på med, framkallar inte ens svett på deras pannor längre. De har säkerhetspolisen, kravallpolisen, nationalgardet, de paramilitära säkerhetsföretagen, arméerna (privata, nationella och internationella), lego-arméer och löst eller helt allierade kriminella gäng och miliser. De folkvalda “politikerna” på inrådan av sina blodsugar-rådgivare  ser också till att mycket snabbt och i princip obemärkt av allmänheten rösta igenom de nya lagstiftningarna, som försvarar den överdrivna användningen av repressiva krafter och övervåld. De måste se till att våldet mot sina egna medborgare blir, “juridiskt giltiga åtgärder”. För allmänhetens säkerhet och för att hålla ordning i samhället, hävdar man, samtidigt som landets konsitutionsutskott och högsta domstol har ‘åkt på fisketrur’! Detta trots att det är allmänheten de slår, sparkar, sliter i, sprayar med tårgas och vattenkanoner, skjuter gummikulor på, massarresterar, torterar och terroriserar – och trots att det är själva samhället som har blivit attackerat av sina bankirer och affärsmän med deras välsignelse och tillåtelse. Odemokratiskt och författningsstridigt påtvingade lagstiftningar javisst,.. men juridiskt giltiga tills folken förenas och i organiserad form ogiltigförklarar dessa lagstiftningar.

Faktum är att den mest effektiva formen av organisering emot Mammons tyranni kallas DEMOKRATI, men inte i dess nuvarande lamslagna, ögonbindelförsedda, stumma, finans-dikterade, utpressade form. Inte i sin “rösta-vart-fjärde-år-och-betala-dina-skatter-och-lämna-resten-till-oss-för-vi-vet-bättre” form. Den formen är den som fört oss till denna bräckliga position i första hand. Vi måste leta efter lösningar i grundvalarna för sann demokrati för att förstå hur vi kan bygga de lämpliga ‘försvarslinjerna’ mot, plutokrati och tyranni med den. Dess ursprungliga form,.. den gamla pre-romerska, atenska formen, är fortfarande den enda verkliga grunden för demokratiskt “iordningsställande och organisering av en stats och ett mänskligt samhälles affärer och angelägenheter”. Det är den enda kända formen som verkligen kan ge kollektiv frihet, individuellt och socialt självbestämmande och ett konsekvent självförsvar åt ett helt folk eller en nation, alltså den enda som verkligen kan kallas demokrati. DEN FORMEN ÄR VAD DAGENS ROVGIRIGA, FINANSIELLA ELIT FRUKTAR MER ÄN NÅGOT ANNAT I DENNA VÄRLD. De har stött på den några gånger i historien, och de tyckte inte om den alls.

Det tog dem över ett sekel och en hel del konspirationer, hemlighetsmakerier, manipulation och infiltration att verkligen återhämta sig sedan fransmännen slog dem i ansiktet med den. Och beakta att att det slaget samt det som amerikanska revolutionen gav sina kolonisatörer, var bara smekningar i jämförelse med vad en sann och mogen demokrati verkligen kan göra, emot dessa självutnämnda “kungar” och “kejsare” av mänskligheten. Fransmännen och amerikanerna liksom de flesta andra, som har höjt en anda av frihet mot tyranner, har inte i tillräcklig utsträckning implementerat de ursprungliga och viktigaste principerna för demokrati, dem som Thucydides varnade om. De lyckades lämna otroligt demokratiska konstitutioner efter sig till mänskligheten, men misslyckades med att också lämna efter sig de nödvändiga praktiska säkerhetsspärrarna för att på ett adekvat sätt kunna skydda sina konstitutioner och dess grundläggande demokratiska principer. Säkerhetsspärrarna som bl.a Solon, Thucydides och Perikles, i det antika Aten hade identifierat som absolut avgörande för att en sann demokrati skall kunna försvara sig emot, och överleva, konspirationer av plutokratisk, kleptokratisk och oligarkisk karaktär, d.v.s tyranni!

I Frankrike under 1700-talet, var de allra flesta av de enkla människorna analfabeter och därför omedvetna om dessa antika men fortfarande grundläggande principers existens, så de kunde inte kräva dem från revolutionen. Detta faktum lockade även Robespierre själv att bli en självutnämnd “rektor” åt det franska folket och en maktberusad tyrann och hans storhetsvansinne ledde slutligen också till förlusten av sitt huvud,.. bokstavligen. I Amerika hade revolutionen samma problem med analfabetismen, plus faktumet att de som kämpade i frihetskriget kom kulturellt och etniskt från många olika bakgrunder, så de kunde tystas och göras belåtna med endast några smulor i jämförelse med vad ett verkligt informerat och enat folk kan uppnå.

I dag är vi i en helt och hållet annan situation för i väst i dag, är nästan ingen analfabet (åtminstone officiellt), så idag kan vi verkligen kräva att alla de grundläggande principerna skall återställas och skyddas på ett sätt som bara den pre-romerska, grekiska demokratin, någonsin har gjort. Den romerska, post-grekiska, formen av demokrati å andra sidan lade – genom en rigid byråkrati och alldeles för många mycket onödiga och komplicerade lagar – grunderna för det som fortfarande passerar som demokrati i världen idag. Rom, den vulgära, imperialistiska imitatören av den Hellenska kulturen banade verkligen vägen för plutokratiska och kleptokratiska konspirationer genom de många “kryphål” som den romerska lagstiftningen hade lämnat öppna, utan hänsyn till de grundläggande atenska principerna och den ursprungliga centrala medborgargrundsynen som bör vara grunden för lagen i en demokrati.

Vår värsta fiende i dag, som hindrar oss från att förena oss, är inte analfabetismen som i slutet av 18-talet utan det är desinformationen och den statligt sanktionerade, vilseledande propagandan.

Att enas betyder inte alls att vi måste komma överens om allt, eller ens att vi måste tycka om varandras politiska åsikter. Det betyder bara att vi måste identifiera och fokusera på det verkliga och mycket farliga gemensamma hotet mot oss alla, och emot vårt hus (vår individuella och sociala frihet, vårt land, våra naturresurser och våra grundlagar). Det betyder att använda förnuft och logik före passion, för att tillsammans och med förenade krafter först eliminera detta hot. För utan att vårt hus verkligen är vårt, är det ganska meningslöst att argumentera om hur man delar upp det sinsemellan, vilka husregler som skall gälla eller hur vi bäst använder dess resurser.

Om vi väntar på ett samtidigt globalt uppror, använder vi inte logik eller förnuft, utan bara dumt och barnsligt hopp och det kommer bara att tillåta att Ukraina-effekten och Syrien-effekten sprider sig globalt. Att bara hoppas på något i den nuvarande situationen, betyder egentligen att man redan har givit upp och bara väntar på att hjälp skall komma från någon annanstans eller någon annan. “Hjälpen” som kommer från “någon annanstans” och från “någon annan” erbjuds idag gladeligen från bank-familjernas lego-arméer, dödspatruller och miliser, som leds av NATO. Med Ukraina-effekten och Syrien-effekten, menar jag extremister och blodtörstiga, fanatiska slaktare som släppts loss av just dessa bankfamiljer, för att de skall fungera som “revolutionärer som försvarar sitt land”, och förhindra att den verkliga majoriteten av landets befolkning förenar sig och kräver verklig demokrati. Detta är vad som väntar oss alla om inte alla drar upp byxorna, kavlar upp ärmarna och verkligen enas på ett adekvat sätt mot tyrannerna. Det är bevis på stor dumhet eller stor feghet, eller båda, att förvänta sig att tyranner skall rädda mänskligheten från tyranner. I synnerhet när det enda man har ‘kurage’ nog att göra, som en påstådd politisk reaktion, är att fortfarande endast delta i deras löjliga vänster-höger charad. I dag är det som att välja om man vill knuffas över klippkanten med bank-familjernas högra hand eller deras vänstra hand.

“Frihet ges  aldrig frivilligt av förtryckaren; den måste krävas av de förtryckta.”

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Så, svaret på frågan i rubriken till denna artikel är helt enkelt: Därför att de fortfarande fria människorna i världen, inte förenar sig, organiserar sig och kräver det starkt nog!

Följaktligen är den mest avgörande motståndshandlingen idag, den enade, bestämda och välorganiserade handlingen som kommer att tvinga internationell rättvisa att reagera starkt mot den globala Hydran av Mammons plundrare, ockupanter och krigsherrar, och äntligen ställa dem till svars för sina upprepade och ytterst grova brott mot mänskligheten.

 

Dockspelarna i fängelse!

Bankfamiljernas Hydra flyger högt, alldeles för högt och dess huvuden leker gudar med hjälp av Icaros vingar och till och med nu när dessa vingar är svedda och de ständigt tappar höjd (färre och färre tror på deras sagor), vägrar de inse att vingarna endast är av vax och löstagbara och att de, de facto INTE kan flyga utan dem. Hydran har under lång tid lärt sig att agera som om den befinner sig bortom åtal och ovanför lagen, men den glömmer bort att solen smälter vax.

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Förblindade av arrogans och stolthet kan de inte se sitt fall komma mer än Icaros kunde, och detta är det yttersta beviset på inte bara deras blindhet, utan även deras enkelspåriga sinne. Mänskligheten måste, i sin sociala karaktär och sin gemensamma inställning till livet, kollektivt  hitta Daedalus* (Icaros fars) balans mellan “att flyga för högt och för lågt”. Balans mellan girighet och behov så att säga. Balansen kan inte återställas på kollektiv nivå, när störningarna har blivit standard, om mänskligheten och samhället själva inte behandlar sina obalanser med relevans och enighet. Balans kommer med sanning, själviakttagelse, kunskap om mikrokosmos och makrokosmos och med den genuina viljan att respektera de naturliga principer som upprätthåller livet.  Början av en sådan behandling av obalansen är att noggrant och effektivt ta itu med de värsta störningarna och dess orsaker. Med det menas att applicera stränga rättsliga påföljder och att inrätta oberoende och konstitutionellt skyddade praktiska, rättsliga skyddsåtgärder som skyddar de fundamentala demokratiska principerna och medborgarna från maktmissbruk.

Mänskligheten måste, förutom att kräva mycket höga fängelsestraff också kräva annektering av deras förmögenheter, för att kompensera åtminstone delar av de omätbara skadorna som de har orsakat mänskligheten, samt berövandet av alla deras offentliga funktioner, sitt social-ekonomiska inflytande och sina medborgerliga rättigheter (precis som man gjorde i den atenska demokratins gryning). De och alla deras gelikar, deras ‘tjänare’ och deras ‘hangarounds’ kan inte längre tillåtas ha något inflytande på varken den offentliga eller den privata inflytelserika sektorn. Mänskligheten och de mänskliga samhällena måste en gång för alla markera och statuera exempel genom att visa att man riskerar starkt att förlora allt, precis allt, utom mat, vatten och husrum, om man behagar utsätta den för omfattande och livshotande fara. Dessa påföljder är helt i linje med de ursprungliga rättsliga och praktiska aspekterna av demokrati.

Vi måste förenade, oupphörligt och mycket högt och officiellt fråga våra rättsliga myndigheter: Varför ställs inte de mäktigaste bankfamiljernas ’överhuvuden’, direktörerna, ordförandena och styrelserna, cheferna, ministrarna, agenterna och befälhavarna för deras företag, organisationer och institutioner inför rätta? Det står ju klart genom hela “bibliotek av bevis “, vilka som i själva verket återigen sätter världen och mänskligheten i ett mycket kritiskt läge.

I mänsklighetens kollektiva samvete anklagas de allvarligt för att:

  • ha uppnått sin makt och skapat sina förmögenhet genom bedrägeri, stöld, manipulering av offentlig förmögenhet, förtroendevalda, hela samhällen och genom brott mot mänskligheten, krigsförbrytelser och folkmord.
  • avsiktligt och på ett förutbestämt sätt ha skapat mycket allvarliga problem, väntat på de noggrant framkallade reaktionerna och sedan presenterat sina egna önskade lösningar.
  • ha manipulerat marknader, regeringar, domstolar, nationer, samhällen, arméer och kontinenter genom hemliga militära och paramilitära operationer, propaganda, utpressning, mord, hot och terror.
  • genom bedrägeri, lögner och svek medvetet ha orsakat ekonomiska kriser, geopolitiska kriser, krig, inbördeskrig, revolutioner, diktaturer och att alltid ha finansierade båda sidor i stora konflikter så att de inte skulle avslutas innan den önskade geo-strategiska, politiska och socioekonomiska målen uppnåtts.

Över 100 miljoner människor dog bara under 1900-talet i krig och väpnade konflikter som framprovocerats, förorsakats och utlösts av dem och deras företag, organisationer och institutioner.

Något viktigt att tänka på här är att lagen i en demokrati (den grekiska formen) är tänkt att uttrycka den gemensamma moralen och den etiska grundsynen hos folket, och inte att försvara själviska begär och den finansiella, politiska och prästerliga elitens brott (den romerska formen). Vi måste därför högljutt fråga: När kommer internationell rättvisa att reagera i enlighet med dessa, av mänskligheten brett stödda anklagelserna?

Naturligtvis kommer detta inte att ske utan mycket kraftiga påtryckningar från folken. Det absolut första västvärldens medborgare och de demokratiska krafterna måste organisera sig runt nu, är det officiella kravet på sina nationella högsta domstolar, konstitutionella kommittéer och utskott och den Internationella brottmålsdomstolen, att föra brottslingarna från dessa bankfamiljer och deras organisationer inför rätta för hög förräderi, brott mot mänskligheten, krigsförbrytelser och folkmord. Vilken trovärdighet har annars människors demokratiska kamper egentligen? Om de kämpande människorna inte visar också i praktiken att de anser att dessa män och kvinnor är högst livsfarliga för mänskliga samhällen och för mänskligheten, varför skulle rättvisan bry sig, kan ju vissa hävda?

Uppenbarligen måste den för närvarande trötta och ganska döva Internationella Rättvisan och dess domare och åklagare idag bli påminda om vad själva syftet med den var. Den måste av de förenade folken bli ’tillsagd’ att göra vad den bildades för att göra, och att inte ge efter för utpressning och hot eller förväntade klassskyldigheter. Om de inte kan motstå eller undvika en sådan underkastelse, bör de inte hålla sådana positioner en minut längre. De bör avgå och lämna sina platser till mer modiga och okuvliga “väktare av lagen”. Mänskligheten måste mycket starkt nu kräva detta från internationell rättvisa genom att omplacera de stora och massiva  protesterna till högkvarteren och domstolarna i stället för utanför parlamenten (som inte har någon vidare makt att tala om idag).

Internationell Rättvisa grundades i första hand för att skydda folk, nationer och mänskligheten från förtryck och tyranni genom att försvara de grundläggande mänskliga och medborgerliga rättigheterna och folkens rättighet att motstå tyranni och försvara nationell och internationell demokrati och frihet. Nåväl, det gör den inte! Om den gjorde det, skulle vi ha sett det och känt av det under de senaste fyra åren, när mänskligheten faktiskt mer än någonsin tidigare, genom massiva protester mot orättvisor, diktatoriska politiska beslut och nykoloniala ekonomiska lösningar, har visat att den vill ha sann rättvisa. Den skulle ha svarat och reagerat på de mycket motiverade massiva reaktionerna och protesterna mot nyliberala privatiseringar och skrotningen av mänskliga och medborgerliga rättigheter. Egentligen gjorde de faktiskt det, men jag menar inte ett gensvar som först och främst är polisvåld och massiva, repressiva åtgärder och strategier mot offren, utan ett gensvar med de befintliga rättsliga verktygen emot förövarna.

Att försvara mänskligheten nu innebär att omedelbart och genom befintlig internationell folkrätt och de lämpliga praktiska mekanismerna (deras arresteringar och åtal), på ett tydligt och bestämt sätt visa dessa bankfamiljer och deras allierade att hela folk, nationer, kulturer och mänskliga samhällen inte kan utpressas, hotas och terroriseras av några bank familjer utan att de blir allvarligt och på ett relevant sätt straffade för det. Existerar dessa domare och åklagare över huvud taget i annan form än som en utrotningshotad art, undrar jag, och förväntar vi oss mod, rättfärdighet och anständighet varifrån endast feghet, orättfärdighet och oanständighet existerar?

 

Kosmas Loumakis

Karlshamn 21-08-2014

 

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*Daedalos var en hantverkare, anses vara uppfinnaren av snickeri-yrket, som byggde labyrinten åt Minos, kung av Kreta. Minos fängslade honom och hans son Icaros, men de flydde med hjälp av vingar som Daedalos gjort och fäst med vax. Icaros flög dock för nära solen och omkom.

Denna ‘myt-historiska’ (mix av mytologi och historia) story förklarar Människans fall ner i avgrunden av egoism och narcissism och Människans möjlighet att övervinna dessa självdestruktiva egenskaper genom balans och måttfullhet.

 

 

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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COMMON STATEMENT OF EPAM , IPU and UPR ON THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS (ελληνικά / français / español / italiano)

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The Independence Party ( IPU) (Finland), the Republican People’s Union (UPR) (France),  and the United People’s Front ( EPAM) (Greece) have announced their participation in the European elections to be held in May 2014. On this occasion they reaffirm their mutual support and their common positions:

-Exit from, the Eurozone & the European Union
-National Independency, Popular Sovereignty, Democracy & Social Progress

European Elections present a unique opportunity for our views and our proposals to be heard by a wider public. We should therefore take advantage of this opportunity to enhance our struggle for the restoration of democracy in our countries, which involves inevitably the exit from the EU and the eurozone.

The Peoples of Europe have to get emancipated as soon as possible from the European Union, which is an anti-democratic organisation at the service of the financial and economic oligarchy. The so-called ‘European construction’ is against the interests of the peoples of Europe in every sector.

This year’s vote is the most crucial one since the very foundation of the European Union. Major projects are to be implemented against the interests of Europe’s Peoples, namely the federation of Europe, the banking union, the fiscal pact, the Transatlantic Treaty, large scale privatizations, new austerity policies, event the confiscation of private property as well as confiscation of savings (remember Cyprus) . We must act NOW.

The presence of our three movements in the European Parliament is necessary because the existence of movements, regardless of their political ideology, which truly oppose the European Union, will no longer be ignored unlike other movements which only superficially oppose the EU, damaging the sense of sovereignty and independency with their extremist positions.

Criticism of the EU and the euro has to stop being a taboo, so that alternatives to the EU policies can be heard.

Pro-EU movements participate in national elections, destroying the sovereignty and the independence of their countries from inside. We participate in the European elections with the aim of bringing down the entire ‘’European construction’’ from inside and being the voice of all those who want to leave the EU and the eurozone.

The power of the European Parliament is very limited but it provides a useful platform and an international voice as the example of other. We shall use this platform to make our movements better known and to build further international support for our struggle against the EU and for the restoration of democracy across Europe.

This common statement proves our cooperation as well as our commitment as undertaken during the Athens Meeting in 30 November-01 December 2013.

Signed by:
◾IPU – Finland
◾UPR – France
◾EPAM – Greece

Express support:
◾Per il Bene Comune – Italy
◾Asociacion Democracia Real Ya – Spain
◾Alza il pugno , Eurotruffa – Italy
◾National Platform – Ireland
◾CIB – UK

EPAM – International relations

29 April 2014

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