“The referendum of 5 July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage.” Yanis Varoufakis, Finance Minister, Greece
Sixty percent of Greek voters rejected the financial bailout proposal offered by the European Union (EU) in Sunday’s referendum. The EU-IMF proposal relied heavily on austerity, which would have taken current financial hardships to nightmarish proportions for the vast majority of Greeks. (Image)
As it’s used in international finance, austerity is best understood as Robin Hood in reverse. The big banks and their stooges in government make bad deals all over the world to finance national (sovereign) debt, the deals fall apart, and then the banks insist that citizens of the debtor nation pay back the loans by sacrificing social services, public works, retirement programs, etc.
by Stephen Lendman
Iran promotes regional peace and stability. It threatens no other nation. Claims about it wanting Israel destroyed are manufactured Big Lies - repeated to demonize the Islamic Republic, maintain lawless sanctions and keep it isolated.
On Friday, presidential aspirant/unindicted war criminal Hillary Clinton addressed a hand-picked audience at a Dartmouth College campaign event. She lied calling Iran an "existential threat to Israel." She demonized Tehran further saying "I hope we are able to get a deal next week that puts a lid on (its) nuclear weapons program."
by Stephen Lendman
Both countries are polar opposites when it comes to respecting the rights of their people and others worldwide. They're constitutional worlds apart.
Venezuela enshrines human rights in its document - approved overwhelmingly in a December 1999 referendum.
It "establish(ed) a democratic, participatory and self-reliant, multiethnic and multicultural society in a just, federal and decentralized State that embodies the values of freedom, independence, peace, solidarity, the common good, the nation's territorial integrity, comity and the rule of law for this and future generations."
by Stephen Lendman
Nothing Israeli officials say is credible. Accusing Hamas of supporting ISIS terrorists battling Egyptian forces in Sinai flies in the face of its efforts to rid Gaza of their presence.
General Yoav Mordechai is Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. He lied saying "clear information (shows) Hamas is supporting the Wilayat Sinai, which belongs to Daesh (ISIS)."
He turned truth on its head saying it's supplying weapons, training, logistical support and treatment of its wounded in Gaza hospitals.
He claimed "proof" but revealed none. He accused two Hamas members of involvement - again, with nothing backing up his claims.
He ignored close Egyptian monitoring of Sinai/Gaza border areas to prevent free movement between the two areas except when allowed through the Rafah crossing.
Ein el Helwe Palestinian camp, Lebanon.
This is one of the questions ricocheting between Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon, posed also by ISIS (Da’ish) operatives, as the hot summer months and plummeting quality of existence raise tensions in the refugee camps and social gatherings.
With its resilience, on-the-ground “achievements”, adaptability, global franchising, copy-cat knock-offs, chameleon-like adaptations, combinations and permutations, and slick honing of medium and message, ISIS is offering oppressed and desperate populations in this region both hope and fantasy for escaping their deepening misery. The dream is to escape abject poverty and indignity by any means necessary, and joining ISIS or other like-minded cash-flush groups, which seem to appear out of thin air these days, is the most promising way to do it.
Democracy doesn’t apply when creditors are determined to make Greek citizens pay for the creditors’ mistakes with reduced pensions, health care, education, employment, and social services. In pursuit of short-term profits looting only way left Western financial system to make money, moved offshore industry, manufacturing, professional skills. What remains are highly leveraged derivative bets.
Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Sergey Naryshkin: BRICS association comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa a powerful factor deterring dictatorial ambitions in world, a model of equitable cooperation. Unlike our opponents, we do not impose our perceptions on anyone." "We invite all countries, while maintaining their traditions, respecting history, right to vision of their own destiny."
Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Department of Health and Human Services: Thousands of dentists implicated in questionable Medicaid bills for excessive, needless services to low-income children. Twenty-four services per day is average; two dentists averaged more than 500; one dentist provided 1,658 services in a single day. One dentist performed nineteen root canals—in addition to twenty-one other services on five year old child. Most children this age have twenty teeth.
"We need not strengthen one at the expense of the other. We need to weaken both and prevent the aggression and arming of both", "the actions that we have seen from ISIS are nothing compared to the capabilities being built by the Iranian regime."
“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have called for a summit of the European Union following the rejection of another tough austerity package in return for fresh bailout loans by the majority of the Greeks.
Banks said they had a €1bn cash buffer to see them through the weekend – equal to €90 (£64) a head for the 11 million-strong population, require immediate help from the European Central Bank on Monday. only sectors in demand are food and fuel.”Food staples, such as sugar and flour running out.
BP agreed to pay record environmental fine of $18.7 billion to settle legal actions by the US and several states over 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. US justice department, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida, sued BP for damages not covered by earlier settlements, ends litigation between BP, and the government, allows the company to pay over 18 years.
Greek ministry of finance Yanis Varoufakis: examining options to take direct control of banking system rather than seizure of depositor savings. We have to restore stability to the system, with or without the help of the ECB. We have the capacity to print €20 notes."
For 20 years the New Manhattan Project have been saturating our atmosphere with chemtrail sprays found to consist of aluminum, barium and strontium. It is not normal jet engine exhaust.
A group of Russian lawmakers has drafted a bill broadening police powers and giving them the “presumption of trust.” Among other things, this would allow them to break into cars and homes without warrants and open gunfire at mass gatherings of people.
Nearly a year after legal pot shops opened their doors in Washington state, sales are at an all-time high of $1.4 million per day and tax revenue on cannabis has spiked to $70 million, exceeding expectations, prices for recreational marijuana coming down.
Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.
News outlets officially reporting ‘No’ side has won a decisive victory in Greece, rejecting a bailout offer from foreign creditors that would have imposed further austerity and economic hardship.
U.S. Department of Agriculture research agronomist Frank Forcella has been using an air compressor to spray gritty material like corncob bits on both sides of a crop to kill young weeds without harming corn or soybeans. His method utilizing the new technology is gaining attention from organic farmers who don’t use chemicals to control weeds in their fields.
Capitalism has become socially dysfunctional system focused on pillage, not growth of consumer income that sustains and grows markets for goods and services. Iceland rejected the debts, refused to pay them, now recovering. Irish brainwashed into accepting austerity, looting of Ireland continues.
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed into law Senate Bill 914, allows victims of wage theft to collect double amount due them. Ten states make an employer liable for triple damages.”60 percent of workers in low-wage industries suffer wage violations each week, few incentives for employer to not steal.
Tens of thousands of people took part in a demonstration Friday evening in Athens, Greece, in opposition to the austerity program of the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The WSWS spoke to demonstrators about the issues at stake in the referendum.
Foundation for Agricultural Development in Argentina (FADA): Argentinean government keeps 93.5 percent of profits generated by the agricultural industry. High taxes, inflation, drop in international commodity prices; soybeans, corn, and wheat, among reasons cited. Between 2009 and 2013, government took only 75 percent of the profits.
Greece is victim of a structure that makes it possible to unload losses of big countries’ failing financial systems onto the smaller. Eurozone made it possible for Merkel to save her domestic banks from losses by unloading them upon the Greeks, not have been possible had Greece not been a member of the eurozone.
Yanis Varoufakis, Greek finance minister: Greece has six months stocks of oil, four months of pharmaceuticals;" emergency funding to cover all the country's vitally-needed food imports. Businesses in the country are creating parallel private currencies to keep trade alive.
head of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergey Katyrin: BRICS Bank, Silk Road Economic Belt project should significantly influence global development of financial infrastructure will be more democratic, not be concentrated in hands of one country.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis: “There is a name for what they are doing to Greece: terrorism… Why did they force us to close banks? To strike fear into people. And when we are talking about inciting fear, this phenomenon is called terrorism.”
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu attacked UN Human Rights Council following a UNHRC report, which presented evidence of war crimes committed by Israel and Hamas in summer of 2014, urges implementation of report’s recommendations, calls for prosecution of Israeli officials responsible for alleged violations. Netanyahu: UN Human Rights Council is not really interested in human rights.”
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called Friday for the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), after the body voted to condemn Israel's conduct during the 2014 war in Gaza. The U.S. was the only country to vote against the resolution put before the council Friday, with 41 voting in favor, and five countries abstaining. The resolution condemned Israel's targeting of innocent civilians during the conflict.
Goldseek.com, published a report on a Freedom of Information Act request they recently filed with US government seeking seven reports from federal audits of the gold at Fort Knox. The government’s response? They can’t find those reports even though they reference those reports as evidence of the gold stored at Fort Knox.
Gates Foundation-funded birth-control microchip implants. Wireless technology allows remotely controlled chip to turn a woman's ability to conceive off or on at will technology funded by eugenics depopulation fanatics.
Hollande of France wants a resolution for he fears a Frexit is gaining momentum. Obama wants a resolution, fearing Greece will be forced into the arms of Russia, breaking down NATO. Those in power refuse to solve the euro crisis only see their own self-interest, assume they can force their will upon all the people. The Troika is doing everything in their power to rig the Greek referendum.
1,000 Greek bank branches chanced a stampede in order to open their doors to the country’s retirees on Wednesday. The scene was somewhat chaotic as pensioners formed long lines and the country’s elderly attempted to squeeze through the doors in order to access pension payments.
Wisconsin Legislative Republicans unveiled sweeping changes to the state’s open records law that would dramatically curtail the kind of information available to the public about the work of lawmakers.
Proposal would block the public from reviewing nearly all records made by state lawmakers and their aides, including communications and the drafting files of legislation. Democratics “deeply concerned”fear the move will “breed corruption.”
Egyptian air force launched airstrikes at members of Islamist opposition groups in Sinai Peninsula 23 dead, Egyptian army troops conducted house-to-house raids in Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid,pilots flying US-made Apache helicopter gunships continued to pound targets in the town.
Dr. Bruce Hedendal DC Ph.D. found dead in his car no explanation how it happened. Dr. Jeff Bradstreet MD found in river, gunshot wound to chest, police say a suicide, family suspects foul play. Dr. Teresa Sievers murdered by unknown attacker in neighborhood that experiences little crime.
Depositors who have money in Greek subsidiaries in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia could seek to withdraw their deposits. Although well capitalised and liquid, Greek subsidiaries in the region may see difficulties providing enough cash if withdrawals are intense. European Central Bank to extend a backstop facility to Bulgaria, assist other nations in the region to ward off contagion from Greece.
Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras:the debt is not viable and the only way to make it sustainable "is to do a 30% haircut and provide a 20-year grace period before any repayments," urged Greeks on Friday to say "no" to international creditors’ ultimatums at a nationwide referendum scheduled for Sunday.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his country would not hesitate to launch a military intervention in Syria in case of what he referred to as a potential threat to Turkey’s “security.” Turkey has deployed additional forces and equipment along its border with Syria.
One of Europe's biggest supermarket chains, Lidl, handed $1 billion in funding from World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, effectively receiving government funding. Owned by Schwarz Group, Germany's richest private family-owned German retail group, turnover of $75 billion (€67.6 bn) in 2012/2013. 10,000 branches in 20 countries. Poor record on workers' rights.
American Medical Association are calling many MDs ‘quacks,’ suppressing natural alternatives and gagging doctors with stiff penalties.
The Greek government, to the surprise and consternation of every other European government, has called a referendum for the Greek people to decide the fate of Greece. For resorting to democracy, the Greek government has been universally denounced in the Western World.
Plans to sell 28,545 Detroit properties at auction including 10,000 occupied homes three or more years delinquent on taxes, record number. 40,000 owners agreed to payment plans. 80 percent facing foreclosures have a hardship in past year; medical problems, divorce, job loss, family death. Homes in Detroit often destroyed after becoming vacant. Demolishing them costs $15,000 per house.
Puerto Rico rationing water, closing schools, healthcare system collapse; 45% of its people living in poverty. Emigration to the mainland accelerated; 2003 to 2013 population swing of more than 1.5 million people. Most Puerto Ricans arriving in Florida, many cannot find jobs or even housing.
China may help Greece directly through its new financial instruments, director of the Quantitative Finance Department at China's Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics: First, within the framework of international aid through EU countries. Second, China could aid Greece directly; Silk Road Economic Belt and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China has this ability.
Wikileaks released another intercepted NSA communication between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her personal assistant, reveals that not only Merkel, but Finance Minister Wolfgang aware that even with a debt haircut Greek debt would be unsustainable.
World Health Organisation: Cuba first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan: "Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible, a major victory in fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, important step towards having an AIDS-free generation."
Over last 24 hours, political organizations have put up posters and banners in Athens to call for a “no” vote in Sunday's referendum on European Union austerity including the ruling Syriza (Coalition of Radical Left.) Situation in Athens is sharply polarized along class lines. Most workers say they intend to vote against EU austerity.
Palestinian factions have accused the UN of being a partner with Israeli in the attack on Freedom Flotilla III, which aimed to break the nine-year Israeli siege on Gaza, Anadolu agency has reported.
According to investigators Scotts had included two toxic pesticides banned for use in bird seed — Storcide II and Actellic 5E, in its products in order to save money while storing them, for a period of over two years, ending with a voluntary recall in March 2008. The chemicals were added to protect them from insects; to protect profits.
Under the law, interior ministry must collect DNA samples from all 1.3 million citizens, 2.9 million foreign residents. People who refuse to provide DNA samples face one year in jail, $33,000 fine; those who provide false samples can be jailed for seven years, cost $400 million in emergency funding.
Colorado police officer Mark Magness broke an innocent man's arm during an illegal fireworks investigation. Now a video has been released that shows officer Magness torturing a handcuffed man who was also tied to a chair in December 2014.
US scientists found a way to estimate time of the next eruption of the dormant volcano in Yellowstone National Park 10 months to 10 years beforehand, most recent happening nearly 70,000 years ago. They promise it won’t be cataclysmic, yet its lava and ash could cause a volcanic winter.
After measuring more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish between 1970 and 2010, WWF concluded the world’s wildlife populations, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, have dropped by more than half in the last 40 years, the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) said in its latest report.
Every time Israel embarks on a new round of wholesale slaughter in Gaza, polls show that more than 90% of Israelis support the butchery. For Israelis, mass-murdering children is a spectator sport. When the IDF starts dropping cluster bombs, white phosphorous, DIME munitions and other horrendous weapons on Gaza, crowds of Israelis pack the hilltops to barbecue meat, drink alcohol and cheer as they watch Palestinian children being blown to bits.
An Israeli publication has suggested that nuclear bombs should be launched at Iran and Germany—wiping out Tehran, Isfahan, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, and Dortmund. “Twenty to thirty bombs,” Jewish writer Ben-Eliyahu raves, “will get the job done.” Times of Israel. — Right-wing media outlet Israel National News published an opinion piece Tuesday calling on Israel to launch nuclear bombs at Iran and Germany, only days after the outlet came under fire for publishing a piece accusing a war widow of killing her husband over her pro-peace views.
Authored by NASA Senior Water Scientist Jay Famiglietti, originally posted Op-Ed at The LA Times, Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well. As our “wet” season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We're not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we're losing the creek too. Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir.
For all the freedoms that North Korea lacks, it has one that most Western countries don't: Apparently, you can legally buy and smoke marijuana, doesn't have restrictions, such as for medical use only. marijuana in North Korea is not very strong, bags full roughly £0.50 each. In North Korea, the drug is apparently enjoyed by the country's working class for its medicinal effects and is also seen as a way to unwind and relax. Richter writes about how, with the help of a North Korean intelligence officer, he was about to get into a food market, which locals shop at but visitors are not allowed to see.
Former assistant treasury secretary : We have two dangers ahead . One is reckless policy of federal reserve . That policy is reckless because they are creating money from nothing in order to support balance sheets of the banks that should fail . The other danger is inability of Washington to realize that is not uni power who can dominate the world . They have seen extraordinary failure of their policy in recent past and yet they continue with more of the same .
Two prominent thinkers, the ultra-orthodox Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, and philosopher, jazz artist and ex-Jew Gilad Atzmon, met to discuss hard questions about Judaism, Jewish politics and the meaning of Jewishness. They shared the stage at Theatre 80 in New York City on May 6th, 2015. 2/2 Q&A - Judaism vs Jewish Identity Politics - Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro and Gilad Atzmon
Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments. His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Gilad writes on political matters, social issues, Jewish identity and culture. His papers are published on very many press outlets around the world. Gilad is a popular political analyst and is often guesting on Television and Radio stations around the world such as RT, Press TV, BBC and many more. Atzmon's novels 'Guide to the Perplexed' and 'My One and Only Love' have been translated into 24 languages. Gilad's latest book, The Wandering Who?, is a study of Jewish Identity politics. It was published in English in October 2011 and has since been translated into ten languages and has been a best seller. Gilad's web site: http://www.gilad.co.uk/
FOUR HORSEMEN is an award winning independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works.
As we will never return to 'business as usual' 23 international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men break their silence and explain how to establish a moral and just society.
FOUR HORSEMEN is free from mainstream media propaganda -- the film doesn't bash bankers, criticise politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. It ignites the debate about how to usher a new economic paradigm into the world which would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.
"It's Inside Job with bells on, and a frequently compelling thesis thanks to Ashcroft's crack team of talking heads -- economists, whistleblowers and Noam Chomsky, all talking with candour and clarity." - Total Film
"Four Horsemen is a breathtakingly composed jeremiad against the folly of Neo-classical economics and the threats it represents to all we should hold dear."
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"Even the cheap video camera picked up the proton bombardment from a neutron bomb, as seen in the scintillation after the initial fireball. We expect Mossad and ADL trolls to be driven crazy by this one. No one watching this video can have a second’s doubt that they are seeing an Israeli neutron bomb. Israel is the only nation that openly deploys neutron bombs, there is no one else. There is nothing that can be said here, any doubts about the nuclear attack on Yemen attributed to Israel, as evidenced in two Israeli F16s shot down and forensically identified, are now gone. Why are Russia and China silent? Why is Alex Jones silent? This is a great conspiracy, does someone tell him which things to report? Why is InfoWars bashing Putin this week? Is this what “mom” in Tel Aviv wants?" - Nuclear War has Begun in Yemen http://english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/29-05-2015/130785-nuclear-0/
Putting Charleston Killings in Context
by Stephen Lendman
Peace Negotiations or War Preparations? Colombia, Iran, China, Cuba, Ukraine, Yemen and Syria
Syriza: Plunder, Pillage and Prostration (How the ‘Hard Left’ embraces the policies of the Hard Right)
Harvard Trained Immunologist Demolishes California Legislation That Terminates Vaccine Exemptions
by State of the Nation
The Polio Vaccine: A Global Scourge Still Threatening Humanity
By Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null
"It's like a jail," An account of life in Lebanon's refugee camps as told by a Syrian-Palestinian refugee
Ukraine Threatens Total Blockade on Donbass
by Stephen Lendman
European Parliament Surrenders to Washington on Russia Policy
by Stephen Lendman
Confidential Document: Soros’s Plan for Ukraine
U.S. Pressures Nobel Committee to Declare Ukraine’s President a Peace Prize Nominee
In this most powerful expose yet on Zionist crimes in Palestine, Dr. David Duke exposes the horrific Zionist terror in Gaza and proves how Zionist influenced media around the world lies to us! Not only must we free Palestine, we must free the West and the whole world from Zionist Globalist tyranny! Contact Your Senators and ask them to stop supporting the mass murder of Palestinian men, women, and children by Israel.
In what the New York Times describes as “a net neutrality turnaround” the Obama administration’s new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing rules that will create an Internet for the wealthy. The new plan to create a pay to play Internet came to light in the Wall Street Journal. Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Now Wheeler is set to propose what the industry has wanted, an end to net neutrality, that will allow them to charge us more for service and create financial barriers that will prevent new services from challenging their domination of the Internet. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants. If you want an open Internet, We can stop this – but we must act now.
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