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SYRIZA bows to banks, capitalists take aim at democracy

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  • The extension of the Memorandum shows that within the confines of the European Union, and the capitalist system more broadly, fundamental change is impossible. This makes the activities of revolutionary forces around the world all the more crucial.
  • Financial Warfare and the EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

Walter Smolarek, Liberation News

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photo_verybig_166268.jpg Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem (left) and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (right) speak during a press conference following a meeting at the Finance Ministry in Athens, Greece, Jan. 30

Feb 22, 2015 | On Feb. 20, the new Greek government led by the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) signed an agreement with the Eurogroup, composed of the finance ministers of all the countries that use the Euro currency. Upon assuming control of the government after last month’s election, SYRIZA declared that the hated Memorandum—the agreement between heavily indebted Greece and its creditors trading money for bank bailouts in return for devastating austerity measures—was over. This has been proven false. The Feb. 20 agreement extends the Memorandum for four months and commits the new government to all of its basic features for the foreseeable future.

The agreement states, “The Greek authorities reiterate their unequivocal commitment to honor their financial obligations to all their creditors fully and timely.” SYRIZA intends to make sure the banks get their money.

Walter Smolarek is a reporter for Liberation News, the newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL).

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Financial Warfare and the EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid, Ellen Brown, Global Research

  • Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken. The Greeks have been threatened with a “Cyprus-Style prolonged bank holiday” if they “vote wrong.” But they have been bullied for too long and are saying “no more.”
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Russian armed forces returning to Latin America

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  • In response to belligerence of the USA in expanding NATO on Russia's borders, building an ABM system on Russia's borders, and moving US military forces and other weapons up to Russia's borders since the Cold War ended, Russia is exploring building military bases in Latin America.  
  • This is what the Empire has wanted, and what all the belligerence was about.  Now they have a new "justification" for the nuclear launch and delivery systems that may cost hundreds of billions of tax dollars.  That's the part of the old Cold War our ruling oligarchs missed most. 
  • Another Win by the Nuclear Mafia
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs, Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy 

Lyuba Lulko, Pravda / Liberty Underground 

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War-Peace%20Tree.jpg17.02.2015 | Vladimir Putin said that he would not allow the West to achieve military superiority over Russia. Russia will continue strengthening the nuclear potential, develop space forces, navy and long-range aviation. The Russian Navy plans to commission two new nuclear submarines. However, Russia lacks a developed system of bases that had been lost after the collapse of the USSR. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tried to fill the gap during his tour of Latin America on February 11-14.

Of course, the minister discussed issues of closer cooperation in other military areas, such as arms supplies, personnel training and conducting joint drills to repel possible aggression. Noteworthy, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are members of the leftist bloc ALBA that considers US imperialism the main threat to overthrow legitimate governments in their countries in order to establish pro-American regimes there. 

Lyuba Lulko is a writer for Pravda.

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Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs, Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy

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Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs

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Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy

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January 26, 2015 | Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

The New Chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, Andrew Lack, has declared the Russian news service, RT, which broadcasts in multiple languages, to be a terrorist organization equivalent to Boko Haram and the Islamic State, and Standard and Poor’s just downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk status.

Today RT International interviewed me about these insane developments.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate.

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Series | Haiti A Shaky Recovery, Part 3: Revival of Haiti’s withered coffee industry would boost rural livelihoods.

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Haiti’s storied coffee industry collapsed in the 1980s amid political instability and low prices. Now, it is once again seen as a promising avenue for development — but local farmers need to get reacquainted with the bean.

Ángel González, Seattle (WA) Times

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2025390690.jpgOgisna Journal, president of a coffee cooperative in Haiti, participates in Catholic Relief Services’ Mountains to Markets project. Journal was recently at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual meeting in Seattle.  Mike Siegel / the Seattle Times

Enoch Télémaque, a 47-year-old farmer, remembers when the misty mountains at Haiti’s southwestern tip were among the richest pillars of a booming coffee industry.

“Everything was covered with coffee,” he said, pointing to the hills surrounding the shack where the town’s tiny coffee cooperative shelters from the rain. When he was a child, said Télémaque, raindrops meant “Everybody put on their gear to go out and plant coffee.”

Haiti was once the world’s largest coffee producer, though deforestation and neglect erased that wealth decades ago.

Ángel GonzálezSeattle (WA) Times business reporter

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Part 2: Push to make Haiti an e-cash economy fell far short

In the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, few people have bank accounts. But cheap cellphones are ubiquitous, and for people like Johanna Joseph, they are the sole link with any form of banking.

Part 1: Five years after quake, emerging northern Haiti faces challenges

It’s been half a decade since a 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti, and a tiny northern fishing village has its first electricity, illuminating both the nation’s recovery and the obstacles slowing its progress.

Series | Haiti A Shaky Recovery, Part 2: Push to make Haiti an e-cash economy fell far short

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The Gates Foundation, Mercy Corps and others hoped ‘mobile wallets’ — cash disbursed via cellphones — would propel Haitians to new level of economic and financial security. Initial success gave way to failure, but now locals are reviving this effort to leapfrog into the future.

 Ángel González, Seattle (WA) Times

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2025376210.jpgJohanna Joseph, at a payment agent’s window, watches for $40 to appear on her cellphone’s “mobile wallet.’ Mike Siegel / the Seattle (WA) Times

In the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, few people have bank accounts. But cheap cellphones are ubiquitous, and for people like Johanna Joseph, they are the sole link with any form of banking.

While most Haitians store their wealth in the form of crumpled, grimy bills, Joseph gets a monthly stipend from the government deposited directly into an electronic cash account tied to her cellphone.

One afternoon last November, the 28-year-old mother of two used the system for the first time. She withdrew the equivalent of $40 in local currency at a poorly lit shop in Carrefour, a down-and-out suburb of Port-au-Prince that still bears the scars of the 2010 earthquake.

Ángel González: Seattle (WA) Times business reporter

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It’s been half a decade since a 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti, and a tiny northern fishing village has its first electricity, illuminating both the nation’s recovery and the obstacles slowing its progress.

2015: A Good Year To Remind Ourselves That We Are Part Of A Community of Nations.

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  • A new resource I highly recommend to those wishing to learn about the UN: Dr. Joseph Schwartzberg's 2013 book “Transforming the United Nations System, Designs for a Workable World”: Schwartzberg 2013001 (cover illustration below).
  • Series: Haiti A Shaky Recovery | Part 1: Five years after quake, emerging northern Haiti faces challenges

 

Dick Bernard, http://www.outsidethewalls.orghttp://www.outsidethewalls.org

 

 

Schwartzberg-book001-192x300.jpgJanuary 1st, 2015 | The United Nations turns 70 this year, less than two months after the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

 

WWII followed WWI by about 20 years.

 

The dreaded WWIII, which could easily destroy us, has not happened and I have to believe the very existence of the United Nations is a large part of the reason our human species has survived in spite of dire threats, and in fact will continue to survive as we cobble together ways to get along.

 

Dick Bernard is a moderate pragmatic Democrat who speaks from his heart in matters of family, justice and peace.

 

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Series: Haiti A Shaky Recovery | Part 1: Five years after quake, emerging northern Haiti faces challengesÁngel González, Seattle (WA) Times

It’s been half a decade since a 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti, and a tiny northern fishing village has its first electricity, illuminating both the nation’s recovery and the obstacles slowing its progress.

Series: Haiti A Shaky Recovery | Part 1: Five years after quake, emerging northern Haiti faces challenges

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It’s been half a decade since a 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti, and a tiny northern fishing village has its first electricity, illuminating both the nation’s recovery and the obstacles slowing its progress.

Ángel González, Seattle (WA) Times 

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ABPub/2014/12/29/2025341898.jpgA typical street scene in Cap-Haïtien illustrates the lack of infrastructure in Haiti’s second largest city, which was spared by the earthquake. Nonprofits and the U.S. government have been trying to make this region’s economy self-sustaining, with mixed results. Mike Siegel / the Seattle Times 

The village of Madras lies at the end of a dusty road in a forgotten corner of Haiti’s northeastern plains, not far from where Christopher Columbus is thought to have established the first European settlement in the “New World” in 1492.

Most of its inhabitants have long lived in a way Columbus would have found familiar: gathering salt and small fish to dry in the sun, and relying on oil lamps for light.

Last summer the town got its first electricity, thanks to an $18 million, U.S.-financed power plant built to feed the nearby Caracol Industrial Park — an ambitious and still-unfulfilled effort to turn Haiti’s impoverished north into a hub of industry.

Ángel González: Seattle Times business reporter

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Let's Not Be Fooled by Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders

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  • Let’s not be fooled by any politician appealing to high ideals when they are in the business of war and empire.
  • Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.
  • Part 1: Elizabeth Warren’s Israel Position Surprises All, Especially Liberals
  • Part 2: Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders

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Part 1: Elizabeth Warren’s Israel Position Surprises All, Especially Liberals 

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren

The Young Turks

Aug 29, 2014 | "The Israeli military has the right to attack Palestinian hospitals and schools in self defense if Hamas has put rocket launchers next to them, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said last week at a local town hall, according to the Cape Cod Times.

The Young Turks (TYT) is an online American liberal/progressive political and social commentary program hosted primarily by Cenk Uygur.

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Part 2: Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders 

Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.

Thomas Scott Tucker, Popular Resistance

August 17th, 2014 | Bernie Sanders ends his recent column “Let’s Stand Together” with this piece of advice: “Let’s not be fooled.”

Quite right. Let’s not be fooled by any politician appealing to high ideals when they are in the business of war and empire.

Sanders not only defends military contracts that benefit his constituents in Vermont, he also joined the 100 to 0 vote in the Senate to give unalloyed moral and political support to the state of Israel during its most recent bombing campaign against Gaza.

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