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A new center of the resistance in Greece

Supporters of the ERT workers' occupation rally outside the headquarters in Athens (Panos Petrou)

Supporters of the ERT workers’ occupation rally outside the headquarters in Athens (Panos Petrou)

By Panos Petrou
Socialist Worker

The resistance to austerity and social crisis in Greece has united behind a workers’ occupation of the state TV and radio station ERT after the government — for the first time since Greece was ruled by a military junta–tried to shut down the broadcaster. For more than a week, thousands of people have gathered on the grounds of the ERT headquarters to defend the occupiers from an assault by riot police.

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One Million Protest in Brazil Last Night – Tropical Spring

brazil protest 6-20 xSemilla LuzBy Michael Collins
COTO Report

Sparked by a public transportation fare increase in Sao Paolo a week ago, an estimated one million people showed up in cities across Brazil expressing  discontent with the limited opportunities they face and an indifferent government.

“It’s not really about the price anymore,” said Camila Sena, an 18-year-old university student at a Wednesday protest in Rio de Janeiro’s sister city of Niteroi. “People are so disgusted with the system, so fed up that now we’re demanding change.”  USA Today, June 20, 2013

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There is a War on Ordinary People and Feminists are Needed at the Front

homeless car xNYTimesBy John Pilger
Global Research

As editor of the Daily Mail in 1970s and 80s, David English invented a newspaper for those urgently seeking membership of the English middle classes. Whether his readers ever achieved their ambitions was beside the point; their prejudices and illusions were reflected, often brilliantly. Women were central to his project. The Mail became “their” paper, boasting a new “media feminism” that subtly divided men and women into opposing camps and added a dash of moral panic.

This is now standard media practice. “Most weeks some lovely, caring berks tell me I am a man-hating witch,” wrote Suzanne Moore recently in the Guardian, “so let’s get it out there. Sometimes I am. The acceptable kind of suck-it-up feminism (I love men really!) is hard to sustain after yet more abuse stories… Do I think all men are rapists? No. Do I think all women can be raped. Yes?”

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United National Antiwar Coalition National Conference March 23-25

Say No to the NATO/G8 Wars & Poverty Agenda; A Conference to Challenge the Wars of the 1% Against the 99% at Home and Abroad

For $130 you can attend a three-day conference set for March 23-25, 2012 at the Stamford Hilton in Stamford, Connecticut, hosted by the National Peace Conference.

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Greece run by financial terrorists

By Max Keiser

Global stock markets have plunged over Greece’s shock announcement that it would hold a referendum on an EU bailout deal. The decision has raised fears that a rejection of the unpopular EU agreement will renew risks of a Greek default and might even force the country to leave the eurozone.

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Prime Aim of Obama’s Surveillance State Is to Quash Dissent


By Glenn Greenwald
Salon

Last year, Obama unveiled a plan to require all services that enable communications to enable back-door government access. This year, he demanded greater power to obtain Internet records without a court order.  DNC Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has sponsored a truly pernicious bill that would force Internet providers to keep logs of their customers’ activities for one year, writes Glenn Greenwald.

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Daylight Robbery, Meet Nighttime Robbery


By Naomi Klein
The Nation

I keep hearing comparisons between the London riots and riots in other European cities—window smashing in Athens, or car bonfires in Paris. And there are parallels, to be sure: a spark set by police violence, a generation that feels forgotten.

But those events were marked by mass destruction; the looting was minor. There have, however, been other mass lootings in recent years, and perhaps we should talk about them too. There was Baghdad in the aftermath of the US invasion—a frenzy of arson and looting that emptied libraries and museums. The factories got hit too. In 2004 I visited one that used to make refrigerators. Its workers had stripped it of everything valuable, then torched it so thoroughly that the warehouse was a sculpture of buckled sheet metal.

Back then the people on cable news thought looting was highly political. They said this is what happens when a regime has no legitimacy in the eyes of the people.

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Equal and Opposite Lunacy

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By Robert C. Koehler

As crashing economies and austerity measures slap ever more ferociously at the lives of the vulnerable and disenfranchised, the Western world, with all its hidden poverty and institutional racism, may continue to convulse.

The riots that broke out in London over the weekend and spread throughout Great Britain, triggered by the controversial police killing of a 29-year-old man, have sent shockwaves in all directions. Who knew things were so unstable, that Britain’s struggling neighborhoods were just one incident away from such destructive lunacy?

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Why London exploded last night (Plus videos)

How new media, old media and rampant unemployment combined to stoke the worst riots Britain has seen in years

BY Michael Goldfarb
Global Post

LONDON, United Kingdom — I knew we were in for a rough night here in Stoke Newington in the London Borough of Hackney when my wife called me at 5 p.m. from Sainsbury’s, our local supermarket, to say she was in a lock down. They were shuttering the place and the police were telling her trouble had already started outside the Hackney Town Hall. The cops told her to go home and stay off the streets.

I took her call as I was walking into the local library to return a book. Inside, the librarians were watching a BBC live feed on their computers of action a mile and a half away. One of the librarians explained he lived over there.

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Class War in Israel: Police assault protestors with horses; arrest them

By The Real News Network

Tens of thousands of Israelis poured onto the streets in Tel Aviv to protest rising commodity and housing prices and stagnation in salaries.

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America’s Largest Newspaper Launches a Nasty Attack on Grandma and Grandpa

By Joshua Holland
AlterNet

The conservative playbook isn’t difficult to decipher. They rely heavily on the politics of resentment – point to someone in our society, claim they’re a lucky-duck using unverifiable anecdotes or cherry-picked data, and then urge people to ask, “Why does that person have it so good when I’m busting my ass to make ends meet?”

It was apparent in Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” rhetoric, and also in the ubiquitous references to “young bucks” buying T-bone steaks with their food-stamps. Now the Right’s using the exact same play for those greedy public employees supposedly living large on their fat salaries.

This week, the Wall Street Journal featured an excellent example of the genre by John Cogan, a fellow at the corporate-backed Hoover Institution. The piece, titled, “The Millionaire Retirees Next Door,” is a shining testament to the dishonesty surrounding our discourse on “entitlements.”

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‘Global Economic Crisis’ exposes plans for a global military dictatorship

By Rady Ananda

Review of: The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century
Editors, Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall
Publisher: Global Research, 2010 (391 pp)

There’s a certain irony to my reading this book while waiting at the Food Stamp office. I’m part of an increasing number suffering under the New World Order’s systematic destruction of the planet’s middle classes so as to concentrate wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer families. While global uprisings now threaten global governance under a single currency, scheming rulers have long anticipated this reaction. In The Global Economic Crisis, we learn exactly how a planet-wide military dictatorship plans to enforce its feudal vision.

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Egyptian Labor Uprising Against Rubinites

By Matt Stoller
Naked Capitalism

Via Wikileaks, we learned that the son of the former President of Egypt, Gamal Mubarak, had an interesting conversation in 2009 with Senator Joe Lieberman on the banking crisis. Gamal is a key figure in the forces buffeting Egypt, global forces of labor arbitrage, torture, and financial corruption. Gamal believed that the bailouts of the banks weren’t big enough – “you need to inject even more money into the system than you have”. Gamal, a former investment banker trained at Bank of America, helped craft Egypt’s industrial policy earlier in the decade.
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Obama’s Corporate State of the Union


By Shamus Cooke
Global Research

Finally, Obama will be delivering real change. But not the kind envisaged by those who voted for him. Rather, Obama’s revolutionary change builds upon the foundations laid by Reagan, who drastically altered American society by promoting the corporate sector at the expense of working people.

Obama’s state of the union speech was the culmination of months of right-wing policies that began in earnest after the mid-term election, where his fake liberal garb was completely shed. Now, the naked, corporate President presides unhindered by any pretense to help working people.

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From Bush to Obama – America’s Fiscal Collapse

By Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research

The following is an excerpt from a chapter by Michel Chossudovsky in Global Research’s new book entitled: “The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century.” Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall, editors, Global Research, Montreal, 2010

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The Global Economic Crisis

What has been implemented under Obama is strong economic medicine with a “human face”. “Promise amid peril”. The stated priorities of the Obama economic package are health, education, renewable energy, investment in infrastructure and transporta­tion. “Quality education” is at the forefront. Obama has also promised to “make health care more affordable and accessible” for every American.

At first sight, the budget proposal had all the appearances of an expansionary program, a demand-oriented “Second New Deal” geared towards creating employment, rebuilding shattered social programs and reviving the real economy. The realities are otherwise.

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How to Lose Elections and Piss off Postal Workers


By Seismologik

It’s no secret that the country is broke, literally, and morally bankrupt, even. According to the Obama Administraton, the federal deficit hit a near record $1.3 trillion this past year, with many sources saying this figure is incorrect, and that the numbers are being grossly underreported. This means that the government had to borrow 37 cents out of every dollar it spent,  as tax revenues (on corporations and the rich) continued to lag, while spending on food stamps and unemployment benefits soared. Joblessness remains in the double digits.

Now the President has come up with a money saving and cost cutting solution that is not very progressive at all.

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Citizens of Europe Rage Against the Machine

Austerity measures drive 100,000 protesters to the streets of Ireland, another 100,000 in Italy as Europeans continue to rage against the international banking machine.

By Eric Blair
Activist Post

The international bankster machine seeking to colonize Western nations through debt is now meeting resistance from Greece, to France, to Ireland, to Italy, to Spain, to Portugal, and to the U.K.

These new protests in Ireland and Italy follow a crippling 2-week strike in France where citizens took over fuel refineries and other vital infrastructure, more strikes in Greece which took over the Acropolis, and a massive student protest in the UK that caused physical damage to government buildings. All of these protests were sparked by governments reducing benefits or increasing fees and taxes on a population that had little to do with the private gambling of banks.

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Class War: French Senate votes for austerity despite mass protests

French Senate votes pension cuts over mass opposition

"Radio, TV, Sarkozy Lie"

By Alex Lantier
WSWS

The French Senate voted 177-153 yesterday to approve President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension cuts in the face of overwhelming popular opposition and continuing strikes. The government at the same time stepped up the use of the police to smash strikes in the oil sector, which have caused severe fuel shortages, carrying out a massive police raid on an occupied refinery at Grandpuits, near Paris.

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Huge protests in France. Ports shut. Millions in the streets

By Al Jazeerah

Mass demonstrations against plans to raise retirement age are biggest so far against austerity measures.

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