Saturday, January 24, 2015

Greek Elections : On Verge of Victory, Europe’s Ascendant Left Declares “Subservience Is Over”

The beginning of the end for the EU fascist criminals, IMF, World Bank  

By John Queally

Greek opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras (L) and Spanish Podemos party Secretary General Pablo Iglesias wave to supporters following a campaign rally in central Athens January 22, 2015. Greek leftist leader Tsipras told thousands of people gathered in Athens that an end to “national humiliation” was near after opinion polls on Thursday showed his Syriza party pulling ahead three days before an election. (Photo: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis).

Greeks done with bogus "austerity," EU, IMF,
World Bank, NATO, bank criminals
‘History is knocking at our door,” declared Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftwing coalition party of Syriza in Greece, during a speech addressed to thousands of supporters in Athens on Thursday night as he stood next to his foreign compatriot Pablo Iglesias of the Spanish Podemos Party.

Syriza and Podemos have become the mouthpiece of the anti-austerity movement in southern Europe while Tsipras and Iglesias have emerged as key political leaders who emerged from the grassroots, street-level protest movements which rose in opposition to the severe economic policies imposted by elite forces following the financial crisis that began in 2008. In relatively short time, both Syriza and Podemos went from being non-existent political entities to standing on the doorstep of taking power.

With national elections in Greece just days away, and Syriza’s polling numbers only improving, Alexis Tsipras announced that his party is prepared to “overthrow” the status quo and vowed to implement swift changes to undo the austerity policies—imposed at the behest of foreign creditors and attached to a bailout package offered by the European Central Bank and the IMF—that have left the Greek economy in tatters. Standing before the large crowd, Tsipras announced that by Monday, “[Greece's] national humiliation will be over. We will finish with orders from abroad.”

Syriza’s answer to austerity, he continued, would be this: “The bailout is over. Blackmail is over. Subservience is over.”

According to reporting by the Irish Times, Tsipras “received one of his biggest cheers of the night when he said that he will press for the repayment of a forced war loan from Greece toGermany during the second World War.

Taking the podium to address the thousands gathered, Iglesias indicated the fate of the Greek and Spanish people—both crushed by unemployment and the gutting of the public sector—were intimately tied. But, Iglesias declared, “The wind of democratic change is blowing in Europe.” Less than one year since its inception, Podemos is now polling ahead of Spain’s ruling party. Though national elections in Spain could happen later this year, they have not yet been scheduled.

A sampling of voices taken from the crowd in Athens reveal that those supporting what Podemos and Syriza represent are ecstatic for the hope the parties are now offering.

“I am voting for Tsipras because even my parents, after 40 years of work, don’t have money to pay for heating,” Maria Labridou, a 55-year-old teacher at the rally, told Reuters. “He is our only hope, the only way out.”

Speaking with the Irish Times, a retiree named Babis, said, “We want change not only in Greece, but across Europe. The change will start from here, and then go through Spain,Portugal and Ireland. There has to be social justice.”

A continental view was not absent among the politicians on the stage either as Leonard Cohen’s famous protest song, ‘First We Take Manhattan,’ played from the loudspeakers and Iglesias at one point declared, “Then we take Berlin!”

Ahead of the Greek election on Sunday, the latest polling in the country shows Syriza has built on its previous lead over the ruling New Democracy party, now led by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

As Helena Smith reports for the Guardian on Friday:

Barely four weeks after the failure of parliament to elect a president, triggering the ballot, Greece’s fate now lies in the hands of 9.8 million voters. All the polls show, with growing conviction, that victory will go to Syriza. A poll released by GPO for Mega TV late on Thursday gave the far leftists a six-percentage-point lead over Samaras’s centre-right New Democracy, the dominant force in a coalition government that has held power since June 2012. A week earlier, GPO had the lead at four percentage points. [...]

Analysts maintain that Syriza’s ability to attain an outright majority will be difficult. With pressure mounting from the EU and IMF to “respect” the commitments made as the price of aid, speculation has been rife that the party might prefer to enter a coalition government that would enable it to forge ahead with the structural reforms and budget cuts demanded in exchange for the biggest financial assistance programme in global history.

But Tsipras put paid to that. The leftists, who have never held office in the near 200 years of the Modern Greek state – and who, after a bloody civil war, were hounded and imprisoned for decades – wanted to win an absolute majority that would allow them to govern unimpeded, he insisted.

“We are asking for a clear mandate, crystal clear, undiluted, indisputable,” he told the crowd. “The time of the left has come.”

Dr Eleni Panagiotarea, a research fellow at Greece’s leading thinktank Eliamep, said Syriza was on a roll.

“It’s now all about making a clean break with the past. The party has picked up on the fatigue that people feel with the country. It has become a voice for the disgruntled middle class, unemployed, socially vulnerable, all those who want change.”

Though Prime Minister Samaras has tried to counter the rise of Syriza by telling Greek voters that its leftwing policies will lead the nation to ruin, experts and economists argue that it has been the austerity policies imposed across Europe, though most severely imposed in nations like Greece and Spain, that have been the clearest culprits of economic ruin.

As Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy research, wrote earlier this week:

Greece continues to face a dismal future under the current European program, with more than 18 percent unemployment even in 2017. This is according to IMF projections, which have been consistently over-optimistic in the past. Mass unemployment will also be the norm for the eurozone, with more than 10 percent unemployment in 2017, even if it the eurozone authorities’ program is “successful.” Not to mention all the other sacrifices in living standards, including cuts in health care spending, public pensions, minimum wages and government services.

This prolonged punishment and regressive social engineering from the European authorities is only possible because the electorate has had little or no influence over the most important economic policy-making. The Greeks are trying to win some of that back; hence the intimidation from on high.

And Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, in a recent column, called the commitment to austerity by European elites—namely the IMF, the ECB, the European Commission, and the powerful German government—a very cruel form of “economic madness” that betrays sound reasoning.

Stiglitz wrote, “If Europe does not change its ways – if it does not reform the Eurozone and repeal austerity – a popular backlash will become inevitable.” Whatever happens in the Greek elections, he concluded, “this economic madness cannot continue forever. Democracy will not permit it. But how much more pain will Europe have to endure before reason is restored?”

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Islamism And The Exploitation Of Women

A slow and steady decent back into the dark ages  

By Matthew Crosston

The events in Paris are unfortunately all too familiar in the 21st century. I think in some corners it is still perhaps a bit shocking that events like the storming of Charlie Hebdo and the killing of civilians do not actually take place more often than they do. In my line of work, this is the foundational conundrum of secret success: intelligence communities around the world actually do a stellar job of ferreting out literally hundreds, if not thousands of ideas, intentions, and full-on strategic plans to wreak havoc and create terror on the streets of various cities every single week. Preventing them is their solemn duty. Crowing proudly about it is not. 

And so we are stuck in a world where any time something like this happens we all wring our hands and wonder what our world is coming to and why can we not protect our people better when in fact we already are. There is a price free society pays that no authoritarian or theocratic dictatorship usually ever has to worry about.

And that is an important issue: the price of freedom. 

It is uttered so often in the West it has almost become a cliché, which is a shame, for it hides a very important distinction between societies that honor and adore principles of freedom and more conservative societies that not only don’t trust their own people, the leaders clearly don’t trust themselves either. 

This beautiful young Serbian girl was raped and tortured (her breasts were cut off) – then she was beaten to death with a steel rod by the Albanian Islamist Nazi bandits in Kosovo. Her genitalia were mutilated beyond recognition. This happened after NATO Forces entered Kosovo

In this particular context, the adaptations and reinterpretations made by particular radical Islamist groups that feel emboldened to kill civilians, to take incredible leaps of logic from the Koran to everyday decisions in real life, and to feel justified in forcing their interpretation of what is right and just and proper on to all others regardless, is what so many in the West are having a hard time reconciling. 

On the one hand, the United States has spent over a generation trying to become more mindful of the ways in which it is still not an inclusive society and that its melting pot mythology may really be just that: mythology. The events surrounding and leading up to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri prove that quite readily. 

But there is something powerful and affirming and simply HOPEFUL about a society that can actually engage and rage, as I like to call it: no one with a thoughtful brain and erudite mind can ever sincerely call the United States a truly equal and truly fair society. But what it is is a place where people can vehemently and even violently disagree but never have that violence percolate to such a level that the very foundations of society collapse in on themselves from the weight of mutual ignorance, prejudice, hatred, resentment, and cynicism. I do not find American society perfect at all. But I find the possibility to engage and rage, without overt fear of random and arbitrary death and destruction because of it, to be a stellar quality commendable for all societies. But, alas, it is not found within all societies and that is truly the world’s problem.

And the simple fact is I am disgustingly tired of people with power taking their own personal weaknesses and fabricating flawed logic so as to tyrannize others who do not suffer from the same insecurities. For example, I am a great admirer of the general Islamic principle of physical modesty and not being wantonly or rudely sexual. It is easily arguable that modern Western society has indeed gone a bit overboard on this, with this world of instant communication where ‘chats’ turn into ‘selfies’ which turn into ‘nudies’ which turn ultimately into empty and fleeting exchanges of unimportant social interaction. It is one thing to be standing on the position of modesty, but quite another to terrorize women because you are not able to control your own urges or are worried about the baseness of your own gender. Which, no matter how ardently radical clerics debate it, is exactly how the world should see any command that compels women to shield themselves entirely from the eyes of men. 

This is not a command that preserves modesty, for modesty is most certainly achievable with other forms of reasonable dress. 

This is also not a command that sanctifies the proper relations between men and women who do not know each other, for proper social etiquette and communication should not have to mean a woman cannot be physically seen in public by a man. 

No, all of these so-called edicts and necessities to supposedly instill modesty and proper behavior is really just a diatribe about men, by men, in fear of men, while GLORIFYING THE DISGUSTINGNESS OF THE WORST MEN. 

These particular radical Islamists are, in essence, saying that since they themselves cannot be trusted with their own carnal instincts and urges, WOMAN must be compelled to save MAN from itself, and in so doing she saves herself from inevitable harassment, intimidation, and rape (because, apparently, the natural carnal instincts of men are to do these vile and heinous things to women, whether their conscious minds or moral hearts agree or not).

This is what I find so egregious and, quite frankly, pathetic. Society is never advanced when the rules institutionalized for said society pander to not just the lowest common denominator but the basest of human character. 

Instead of looking to your religion and faith to elevate you above your basic instincts and evil thoughts, these radical Islamists are surrendering to their own flaws, giving up the fight as it were, and demanding that the female part of the species take upon its shoulders all of the burden. In this small instance it means the voluntary elimination of social interaction and fashion freedom. 

This is not what Western society should wring its hands over, trying to ‘understand the other’ as so many try to do in the aftermath of such horrific crimes like Paris. I think instead sometimes it might be best to remind ourselves that in a world of freedom and liberty everyone is indeed entitled to hold their own opinions. 

Ghancha Gul, 7 bartered for goats, food items to 
35-year-old man
But not everyone is entitled to force those opinions onto others. Especially when those opinions are not just against freedom and common sense, they are in fact hindering the proper social and sexual evolution of men in general. Believe what you want. You have that right. But if what you believe is heinously and hellaciously stupid and uncivilized, based upon your own fears and insecurities, then no, my friends, no you are not allowed to mask those weaknesses under the false guise of flawed logic and mutated religious faith.

Dr. Matthew Crosston is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Security and Intelligence Studies program at Bellevue University, exclusively for the online magazine "New Eastern Outlook.

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"Not Acceptable" : Nabeel Rajab Slams U.S. Media Head For Listing RT With Terror Groups

Next up:  Listing Independent Media news bureaus that carry RT reports - look out 5th Estate  


Whether you agree with RT or not, it is “not acceptable” to equate the channel with terror groups, prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab said, referring to a statement by Andrew Lack, who has listed RT as a challenge along with ISIS and Boko Haram.

“I was really shocked to hear that,” Rajab told RT, while speaking about the statement that the newly-appointed chief of US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Andrew Lack, made on Wednesday.

Lack mentioned RT in an interview with The New York Times. “We are facing a number of challenges from entities like Russia Today which is out there pushing a point of view, the Islamic State in the Middle East and groups like Boko Haram,” he said.

“But I firmly believe that this agency has a role to play in facing those challenges.”

Everyone has the right to criticize “but after all we have to respect the people’s right to freedom of expression,” said Rajab. “Russia Today is a respected organization” whether you agree with all RT says or not, he added.

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Russia Today was one of the very few TV channels and organizations that had been monitoring all the violations and human rights abuses in this part of the world,” said Rajab referring to the Gulf States and Arab region.

“In our region most of the news channels and agencies belong to the repressive regime or are influenced by a repressive regime,” he said adding that “we have to admit that RT has moved the freedom of expression in the region much ahead.”

“A lot of American TV stations ignored our struggle” and “pled a double standard looking at their interests” said the Bahraini human rights activist criticizing the silence of Western media about the anti-government protests in the Gulf island country.

Rajab said that RT challenged Western media which is “frightened of competition”. Other experts and activists have voiced similar thoughts.

“As a broadcaster, RT does indeed present a challenge to US international broadcasting in terms of competing for viewership,” Director of Advocacy and Communications of the International Press Institute (IPI) Steven M. Ellis told RT.

In tune, editor of Ian Dunt said that RT is viewed this way “because there’s a terror in London and in Washington of new upstarts, of new information coming out and challenging the narratives that they have owned for the last 50 years or so.”

Ellis also urged Lack to phrase his comments more carefully adding that “RT obviously does not present the type of threat to journalists’ physical security that entities such as the Islamic State group or Boko Haram pose.”

RT is seeking clarification on the comment from BBG itself, the US State Department and the US Embassy in Russia.

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