Supporters of the ERT workers’ occupation rally outside the headquarters in Athens (Panos Petrou)
By Panos Petrou
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.
By Michael Collins
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
By John Pilger
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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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.
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.
By Glenn Greenwald
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.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Constitution, Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, NWO, Obama and Company, Privacy, War and Peace
Tagged austerity, class war, dissent, domestic surveillance, obama, Privacy, Totalitarianism
By Naomi Klein
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.
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?
How new media, old media and rampant unemployment combined to stoke the worst riots Britain has seen in years
BY Michael Goldfarb
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.
Posted in Economy Economics, Neoliberalism, NWO, Resistance
Tagged austerity, banksters, class war, david cameron, economy, jobs, london riots, protest, Unemployment
By Matt Stoller
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.
Posted in Economy Economics, Housing, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Labor, Military, Neoliberalism, Obama and Company, Region: Africa, Region: Middle East, Resistance
Tagged arab revolution, austerity, Bob Rubin, class war, corruption, deregulation, egypt, gamal mubarak, globalization, goldman sachs, mubarak, Neoliberalism, privatization, Resistance
By Shamus Cooke
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.
Posted in Environment, Labor, Neoliberalism, Obama and Company
Tagged austerity, bailouts, big business, corporate presidency, corporate taxes, Environment, exports, Labor, obamanomics, profits, state of the union 2011, unions, wages
By Michel Chossudovsky
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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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.
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.
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
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.
French Senate votes pension cuts over mass opposition
"Radio, TV, Sarkozy Lie"
By Alex Lantier
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.
By Al Jazeerah
Mass demonstrations against plans to raise retirement age are biggest so far against austerity measures.