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Εγχειρίδιο χειρισμού κρίσεων λόγω πολιτικών ΔΝΤ από τη CIA! / Already confirmed: Civil liberties under attack! / Greece's creditors gone completely insane! / How the global financial mafia sucked Greece's blood / ECB's economic hitmen / Η Μέρκελ επιβεβαιώνει τα σχέδια των γραφειοφασιστών! /Greece: the low-noise collapse of an entire country/ How the neoliberal establishment tricked the masses again, this time in France / Ενώ η Γερμανία προετοιμάζεται για τα χειρότερα, η Ελλάδα επιμένει στο ευρώ! / Ένας παγκόσμιος "proxy" πόλεμος κατά της ελευθερίας έχει ξεκινήσει! / McCarthyism 2.0 against the independent information / Ο επικεφαλής του "σκιώδους συμβουλίου" της ΕΚΤ επιβεβαιώνει ότι η ευρωζώνη είναι μια χρηματοπιστωτική δικτατορία! / It has started: A global proxy war against freedom! / Βαρουφάκης: Το ΤΧΣ δεν ελέγχεται από το δημόσιο! / Δημοψήφισμα για Grexit: η τελευταία ευκαιρία να σωθεί η Ελλάδα και η τιμή της Αριστεράς / Europe crushed by the fascists, islamofascists, bureaufascists and their masters / Δεν γίνεται έτσι "σύντροφοι" ... / Panama Papers: When mainstream information wears the anti-establishment mask / The Secret Bank Bailout / The head of the ECB “shadow council” confirms that eurozone is a financial dictatorship! / A documentary by Paul Mason about the financial coup in Greece / The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century / First cracks to the establishment by the American people / Clinton emails - The race of the Western neo-colonialist vultures over the Libyan corpse / Επιχείρηση Panama Papers: Το κατεστημένο θέλει το μονοπώλιο και στις διαρροές; / Operation "looting of Greece" reaches final stage / Varoufakis describes how Merkel sacrificed Greece to save the Franco-German banks / France officialy enters the neo-Feudal era! / The US establishment just gave its greatest performance so far ... / A significant revelation by WikiLeaks that the media almost ignored / It's official: the US is funding Middle-East jihadists! / Οι αδίστακτοι νεο-αποικιοκράτες του 21ου αιώνα / How to handle political unrest caused by IMF policies! / Πώς το νεοφιλελεύθερο κατεστημένο ξεγέλασε τις μάζες, αυτή τη φορά στη Γαλλία / The establishment attacks Jeremy Corbyn in full force - imagine what would happen if he was truly radical

26 June, 2017

Alert: Trump regime tightens noose further around Whistleblowers

It was a matter of time. CIA director Mike Pompeo has just went further from his original position. Recall that early this year, Pompeo informed United States senators he would “aggressively seek to ensure we have the most effective programs for identifying insider threats.

As mintpressnews expained, “It was a pledge to pursue the same anti-leaks policies that discourage whistleblowing that President Barack Obama’s administration pursued. Since President Donald Trump has expressed his fervent support for torture, which is against the law, and a draft executive order has circulated suggesting the Trump administration will restore the CIA’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program, the prospect of Pompeo intensifying efforts to clampdown on leaks is all the more concerning.

Pompeo came back with fresh statements, showing that he is determined to hunt fiercely the Whistleblowers movement. From Independent:

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise, fuelled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden.

In some ways, I do think it's accelerated,” Mr Pompeo told MSNBC. “I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward Snowden, and those who steal American secrets for the purpose of self-aggrandisement or money or for whatever their motivation may be, does seem to be on the increase.

Mr Pompeo said the United States needs to redouble its efforts to stem leaks of classified information.


Mr Pompeo said the Trump administration is focused on stopping leaks of any kind from any agency and pursuing perpetrators.

I think we'll have some successes both on the deterrence side — that is stopping them from happening — as well as on punishing those who we catch who have done it,” Mr Pompeo said.

We all understand what a CIA head means by "pursuing perpetrators" and "punishing those who we catch". It means brutal interrogation and torture for anyone who will dare to expose the dirty secrets and endless crimes of the US empire.

So far, the 'anti-establishment' Donald Trump actually hired Goldman Sachs to run USA. The 'anti-establishment' Donald signed a bill to deregulate again Wall Street, so that the parasites of the financial mafia to be able to play their games at the expense of the majority, as happened so many times in the past, causing big financial crises. The 'anti-establishment' Donald quickly aligned with the neocon agenda and bombed Syria. In fact, the 'anti-establishment' Donald did even more than the puppet of the establishment, Barack Obama, by provoking dangerously war games in Asia-Pacific. The 'anti-establishment' Donald kept US forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, continued the US interference in Yemen and elsewhere. The 'anti-establishment' Donald pursued a totally unacceptable health care program that - in case it will pass - will push millions of Americans further to the cliff, without even a rudimentary social safety net.

Only one thing was left for Donald to preserve a little more the myth of the 'anti-establishment' candidate: pardon Whistleblowers. Well, guess what: all the people around the Trump regime and especially the CIA director are slipping fast towards the positions of the corporate Dems like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Recall that a year ago, Clinton strategist, Bob Beckel, called for WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to be assassinated, as WikiLeaks reported on twitter.

It is obvious that the Trump regime has quickly become another tool of the establishment to maintain its domination over the American people. Whistleblowers are in great danger, but not alone. They are supported by an increasingly large number of individuals worldwide who seek truth and justice. The battle for these values will be long and hard.

Assange criticizes ‘doomed’ Democratic Party for stirring Russia-Trump ‘hysteria’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the Democratic party is “doomed,” while warning its Trump-Russia collusion narrative is a “political dead end” that is consuming all its energy. Assange took to Twitter on Sunday to list six reasons he believes the party is sabotaging itself, why.

The Democratic establishment has vortexed the party’s narrative energy into hysteria about Russia,” he wrote, calling the rhetoric a “political dead end.

Despite vast resources, enormous incentives and a year of investigation, Democratic senators who have seen the classified intelligence at the CIA such as Senator Feinstein (as recently as March) are forced to admit that there is no evidence of collusion,” he wrote.

The WikiLeaks founder went on to address other issues he believes are leading to the party’s demise, including the collapse of the Democratic vote over the past eight years, which he says has occurred at all levels – city, state, congressional, and presidential.

This short-term tactic has led to the inevitable strategic catastrophe of the white and male super majorities responding by seeing themselves as an unserviced political identity group,” he wrote, noting that Trump received the votes of 63 percent of white men and 53 percent of white women.

Assange also listed the many shortcomings of the Trump administration, including “broken promises, inequality, economy, healthcare, militarization,” saying the Democrat party can’t really address those issues, either, because “all its energy and it is entangled with many of the same groups behind Trump’s policies.

The 45-year-old went on to say that the Democratic party has integrated itself with the “security sector and media barons,” which leads to the perception that Democrats “act on behalf of an entrenched power elite.

The Democratic base should move to start a new party since the party elite shows no signs that they will give up power,” he wrote.

Assange tweeted the six points from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been holed up for the past five years.

Although Sweden dropped an investigation into Assange’s sexual assault allegations last month, he has remained in the embassy to avoid being extradited to the United States. WikiLeaks published 391,832 classified documents relating to the war in Iraq in 2010, the biggest leak of its kind in military history.


Exploitation of children in propaganda war against Syria continues

Part 3 - Real Poster Children Brutally Beheaded, Sniped, Starved, Maimed

Effective war propaganda tugs at the heart strings, using many tactics, including adorable children in threatening situations, or dead, and comes hand in hand with condemnations for crimes committed, allegedly, by the villain(s) being caricatured. In the following instances, children being injured or murdered did occur, but the condemnations were muted or not at all.

A few weeks prior to the photo of Omran Daqneesh going viral as the poster child for suffering in Syria, terrorists of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki faction beheaded a boy said to be around 12 years old.

Although the decapitators filmed the entire savage act, posing for gleeful selfies as they tortured the boy prior to murdering him, leaders and media in the US took little notice of the horrific slaughter. Ten days after the questionable events which led to the light injury of Omran, two young boys in the Idlib villages of Foua and Kafraya were shot in their head and neck respectively by a sniper from Jaysh al-Fateh terrorists in the village of Binnish close by. The injuries were serious. They were rendered even more serious given that the villages had been completely surrounded and fully under siege by terrorists since March 2015.

In April 2017, a convoy of children, women, elderly and ill being evacuated from Foua were attacked by a terrorist explosion, with reports over 200 murdered, including 116 children. The attack included luring with potato chips and filming children in the convoy before later blowing them up and claiming to be rescuing them. Not only did these terrorists murder civilians and children, but they staged the scene to then look like heroes.

Indeed, in the West this massacre was called a “hiccup” and little denunciation was made about the vast numbers of dead, let alone the injured.

In October, 2016, Press TV was one of the few outlets to report on another adorable Aleppo boy, Mahmoud, “a six-year-old Syrian boy who was born without arms, and recently lost both of his legs after stepping on a mine planted by militants in Syria’s Aleppo.” The report includes scenes of Mahmoud showing his resilience, adjusting to life without any limbs. But for corporate media, Mahmoud’s were the wrong villains.

Terrorist bombings and snipings have killed children in schools and homes throughout Syria over the years, including the October 2014 terrorist car and suicide bombing of the Akrama Al-Makhzoumi School in Homs, killing at least 41 children by conservative estimates, or up to 48 children by other reports, along with women and other civilians, as well as attacks on Aleppo schools, as I detailed earlier.

In Aleppo and in Damascus, I have visited numerous hospitals and seen endless poster children of suffering in Syria. The differences between these children and those which Western and Gulf media present us, is that these children were murdered, rendered critically-injured, or maimed by the bombs, mortars and snipings of terrorists which the West presents as “moderate rebels”, so their stories will never be front page, much less heard.

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How Greece became a guinea pig for a cashless and controlled society

As Greece moves closer to becoming a cashless society, it is clear that the country’s attitude towards cash is reckless and dangerous. The supposed convenience of switching to a cash-free system comes with a great deal of risk, including needless overreach by the state.

by Michael Nevradakis

Part 3 - Global powers jumping on cashless bandwagon

Nevertheless, a host of other countries across Europe and worldwide have shunned Germany’s example, instead siding with the IMF and Stiglitz. India, one of the most cash-reliant countries on earth, recently eliminated 86 percent of its currency practically overnight, with the claimed goal, of course, of targeting terrorism and the “black market.” The real objective of this secretly planned measure, however, was to starve the economy of cash and to drive citizens to electronic payments by default.

Iceland, a country that stands as an admirable example of standing up to the IMF-global banking cartel in terms of its response to the country’s financial meltdown of 2008, nevertheless has long embraced cashlessness. Practically all transactions, even the most minute, are conducted electronically, while “progressive” tourists extol the benefits of not being inconvenienced by the many seconds it would take to withdraw funds from an ATM or exchange currency upon arrival. Oddly enough, Iceland was already largely cashless prior to its financial collapse in 2008—proving that this move towards “progress” did nothing to prevent an economic meltdown or to stop its perpetrators: the very same banks being entrusted with nearly all of the money supply.

Other examples of cashlessness abound in Europe. Cash transactions in Sweden represent just 3 percent of the national economy, and most banks no longer hold banknotes. Similarly, many Norwegian banks no longer issue cash, while the country’s largest bank, DNB, has called upon the public to cease using cash. Denmark has announced a goal of eliminating banknotes by 2030. Belgium has introduced a 3,000-euro limit on cash transactions and 93 percent of transactions are cashless. In France, the respective percentage is 92 percent, and cash transactions have been limited to 1,000 euros, just as in Spain. Outside of Europe, cash is being eliminated even in countries such as Somalia and Kenya, while South Korea—itself no stranger to IMF intervention in its economy—has, similarly to Greece, implemented preferential tax policies for consumers who make payments using cards.

Aside from policy changes, practical everyday examples also exist in abundance. Just try to purchase an airline ticket with cash, for instance. It remains possible—but is also said to raise red flags. In many cases, renting an automobile or booking a hotel room with cash is simply not possible. The aforementioned Department of Homeland Security manual considers any payment with cash to be “suspicious behavior”—as one clearly has something to hide if they do not wish to be tracked via electronic payment methods. Ownership of gold makes the list of suspicious activities as well.

Just as the irony of Germany being a largely cash-based society while pushing cashless policies in its Greek protectorate is lost on many Greeks, what is lost on seemingly almost everyone is this: something that is new doesn’t necessarily represent progress, nor does something different. Something that is seemingly easier, or more convenient, is not necessarily progress either. But for many, “technological progress,” just like “scientific innovation” in all its forms and without exception, has attained an aura of infallibility, revered with religious-like fervor.

Combating purported tax evasion is also treated with a religious-like fervor, even while ordinary citizens—such as the two aforementioned gentlemen in Greece—typically seek to minimize their outlays to the tax offices. Moreover, while such measures essentially enact a collective punishment regardless of guilt or innocence, corporations and oligarchs who utilize tax loopholes and offshore havens go unpunished and are wholly unaffected by a switch to a cashless economy in the supposed battle against tax evasion.

This is evident, for instance, in the case of “LuxLeaks,” which revealed the names of dozens of corporations benefiting from favorable tax rulings and tax avoidance schemes in Luxembourg, one of the original founding members of the EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, formerly the prime minister of Luxembourg, has faced repeated accusations of impeding EU investigations into corporate tax avoidance scandals during his 18-year term as prime minister. Juncker has defended Luxembourg’s tax arrangements as legal.

At the same time, Juncker has shown no qualms in criticizing Apple’s tax avoidance deal in Ireland as “illegal,” while having been accused himself of helping large multinationals such as Amazon and Pepsi avoid taxes. Moreover, he has openly claimed that Greece’s Ottoman roots are responsible for modern-day tax evasion in the country. He has not hesitated to unabashedly intervene in Greek electoral contests, calling on Greeks to avoid the “wrong outcome” in the January 2015 elections (where the supposedly anti-austerity SYRIZA, which has since proven to be boldly pro-austerity, were elected).

He also urged the Greek electorate to vote “yes” (in favor of more EU-proposed austerity) in the July 2015 referendum—where the overwhelming result in favor of “no” was itself overturned by SYRIZA within a matter of days. In the European Union today, if there’s something that can be counted on, it’s the blatant hypocrisy of its leaders. Nevertheless, proving that old habits of collaborationism die hard in Greece, the rector of the law school of the state-owned Aristotle University in Thessaloniki awarded Juncker with an honorary doctorate for his contribution to European political and legal values.

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Νέες ενδοϊμπεριαλιστικές αντιθέσεις στη Μέση Ανατολή

Στον 21ο αιώνα στα «ευρασιατικά Βαλκάνια» (Λίβανος, Παλαιστίνη, Συρία, Ιράν, Ιράκ), στην περιοχή του Κόλπου και στην ευρύτερη Μέση Ανατολή, μια περιοχή-εθνοτικό μωσαϊκό, εμπλέκονται άμεσα δύο βασικοί άξονες: Από τη μία ο ευρωατλαντικός, με διακριτά συμφέροντα κυρίως μεταξύ ΗΠΑ και Βρετανίας και με διακριτά ενεργό συμμετοχή πρωτίστως της Γαλλίας αλλά και Γερμανίας. Από την άλλη, ο άξονας Ρωσίας-Κίνας-Συρίας-Λιβάνου-Ιράν, με υπαρκτές αντιθέσεις στο εσωτερικό του.

του Αλέκου Αναγνωστάκη

Μέρος 4ο – Το «αραβικό ΝΑΤΟ» με στόχο το Ιράν

Πίσω από τον πάντα υπολογίσιμο σιϊτισμό του Ιράν και πίσω από τον ισχυρό σουνιτισμό της Σαουδικής Αραβίας, βρίσκονται οι πραγματικές αντιθέσεις ανάμεσα στα διάφορα κέντρα του ιμπεριαλισμού. Η ίδια η εσωτερική κόντρα των Σαούντ με τους Αλ-Θάνι, που κρατά εδώ και είκοσι χρόνια, είναι η κόντρα ανάμεσα σε αναδυόμενες ιμπεριαλιστικές δυνάμεις του Ιράν και της Σαουδικής Αραβίας. Οι ενέργειες του Ριάντ, των ΗΑΕ και άλλων αποτελούν μέρος μιας συντονισμένης προσπάθειας όχι συντριβής, αλλά πίεσης στο Κατάρ, ώστε να ευθυγραμμιστεί με τις σαουδαραβικές θέσεις για τη Μουσουλμανική Αδελφότητα και το Ιράν. Αυτό ωφελεί και τις ΗΠΑ.

Αυτό εξάλλου αποκαλύπτει και επιβεβαιώνει και η επίθεση της Σαουδικής Αραβίας το 2013, μέσω ενός περιφερειακού σουνιτικού συνασπισμού, εναντίον των Αδελφών Μουσουλμάνων στην Αίγυπτο, υποστηρίζοντας το αιματηρό στρατιωτικό πραξικόπημα που προκάλεσε ντόμινο αλλαγών. Μετά από αυτό, οι Αδελφοί Μουσουλμάνοι υποχωρούν. Παραδίνουν στην Τυνησία την «αρχή» σε μια κοσμική κυβέρνηση, παρακμάζουν στην Ιορδανία, υποχωρούν στη Συρία με ενδυνάμωση των τζιχαντιστών, περιορίζονται στη Λιβύη στην κατοχή της πρωτεύουσας και της δυτικής μόνο χώρας, υφίστανται διώξεις στις μοναρχίες του Περσικού Κόλπου. Τώρα, με «αιχμή» τους Σαούντ, επιχειρείται η επανασυγκρότηση και επαναλειτουργία του λεγόμενου αραβικού ΝΑΤΟ από τις μοναρχίες του Κόλπου, στην αντιπαράθεσή τους με το Ιράν.

Παρ’ όλα αυτά, το Κατάρ συνεχίζει να τηρεί ευνοϊκή στάση απέναντι στους Αδελφούς Μουσουλμάνους και στο Ιράν. Το δε παγκόσμιας εμβέλειας τηλεοπτικό κανάλι Al Jazeera, με έδρα τη Ντόχα, συνεχίζει τα δημοσιεύματα εναντίον των γειτονικών μοναρχιών. Συνεχίζει να στηρίζει τον ηγέτη της Χαμάς Αλ-Μεσάλ και τον εξοστρακισμένο κληρικό της Σαουδικής Αραβίας Καράνταγι, τη συνένωση του παρακλαδιού της Αλ-Κάιντα στη Συρία με 4 τζιχαντιστικές οργανώσεις για την δημιουργία της «Επιτροπής Απελευθέρωσης της Λεβαντίνης».

Σε αυτές του τις πρωτοβουλίες, εκτός του Ιράν, συνεπικουρείται και από την Τουρκία του Ερντογάν, του έτερου υποστηρικτή των Αδελφών Μουσουλμάνων. Στην τρέχουσα κρίση, η Τουρκία πραγματοποιεί σαφές άνοιγμα προς το Κατάρ. Η βουλή της ενέκρινε συμβολικά την αποστολή Τούρκων στρατιωτών στο έδαφός του και ο πρόεδρος του τουρκικού εμπορικού επιμελητηρίου στέλνει αεροπλάνα με τρόφιμα.

Η κοινή κλωστή που συνδέει Κατάρ, Τουρκία, Ιράν είναι τα τεράστια υλικά συμφέροντα και ο ρόλος τους στην ευρύτερη περιοχή, είναι η ιδιοδιαχείρηση τους. Δεν είναι δηλαδή οι αιρέσεις του Ισλάμ που τις χρησιμοποιούν με τρόπο ανάλογο με αυτόν που χρησιμοποιούν την ορθοδοξία, τον καθολικισμό, τον προτεσταντισμό για την εξυπηρέτηση των συμφερόντων τους τα δυτικά ιμπεριαλιστικά κέντρα. Η συνολική κατάσταση έχει να κάνει με μια χωρίς προηγούμενο διάβρωση του κοινωνικού ιστού, παρουσία πολιτικών ηγετών οι οποίοι αντί να ενώνουν, να δίνουν όραμα, συμβάλλουν στην αποσύνθεση.

Η αίσθησή δε που αποκομίζει κανείς ακόμη και στην αντιμετώπιση (και από τη «Δύση») των ισλαμικών οργανώσεων ως φονταμενταλιστικές και τρομοκρατικές, είναι πως αυτό γίνεται αδίστακτα και τελείως οπορτουνιστικά. Αρκεί αυτό να οδηγεί στη συμμόρφωση των μαζών στη νεοφιλελεύθερη αντίληψη δυτικής η ισλαμικής χρειάς. Αρκεί αυτό να απομακρύνει από μια στάση ζωής που μπορεί να διεκδικεί τα αιτήματα ελευθερίας, ισότητας και αξιοπρέπειας, μακριά από κάθε υποκριτική και εργαλειακή χρήση της θρησκείας, του εθνικισμού ή όποιου άλλου καταφυγίου.

Αυτός ο φαύλος κύκλος είναι δυνατό να σπάσει τελικά είτε από μια αδύνατο να προβλεφθεί κοινωνική καταστροφή στην ευρύτερη περιοχή είτε από ένα σύγχρονο ανερχόμενο απελευθερωτικό εργατικό και λαϊκό ρεύμα, αραβικής προφανώς καταγωγής.



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25 June, 2017

The neoliberal circus in absolute denial continues to pretend that everything is OK

Celebrations continued for the neoliberal establishment after the result of the latest parliamentary elections in France. The media focused on their 'darling' Macron, and this new victory for the most promoted puppet of the neoliberal circus became viral in the mainstream media.

The clowns gave another bad theatrical performance. It appears that the old-fashioned shows cannot impress anymore, as the French have chosen to abstain from the electoral process in record numbers.

The European political elites broke another record of hypocrisy. They declared that they are happy for Le Pen's defeat, while in reality, they are happy because they found the best partner in the second economy of the eurozone, in order to establish the new feudalism across the European continent.

The neoliberal circus in absolute denial, nearly ignored the millions who turned their back to another obsolete, bad-directed spectacle. The establishment pretends that everything is OK, hiding millions under the carpet. But this is a silent rage that could explode any minute.

Macron should remember the thousands in the streets of the French cities when his 'Socialist' buddy, Francois Hollande, dared to pass the anti-labor bill. The Socialists have been wiped out from the French political map, but Macron will face a new round of unprecedented popular uprise in the streets, once he will try to finish the job for the elites. And it will happen, despite the unprecedented repression under the pretext of terrorism.

ISIS terrorists arrested in Iran while planning attacks on religious centers

Iranian security services have detained a group of terrorists linked to Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) who were preparing a series of terrorist attacks in Iran specifically targeting Iranian religious centers, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said in a statement.

It also added that several explosive devices, including suicide vests, three Kalashnikov assault rifles, and one machine gun, were seized during the operation.

It appears that the time has come for the US empire to start the next proxy war, this time against Iran. Therefore, Saudis probably took the green light from Trump, after his latest visit which resulted in a massive arms deal, in order to begin another dirty war in the sequence of failed states, from Libya to Afghanistan, created mostly by the US imperialism.

More than 200,000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen

The U.N. health agency says there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in an outbreak in war-torn Yemen, many of them children.

UNICEF director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said in a statement Saturday, "we are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world,'' with an average of 5,000 new cases every day. The agencies say that more than 1,300 people have died one quarter of them children and the death toll is expected to rise.

The U.N. says collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the ability of the disease to spread.

In addition, an estimated 30,000 local health workers have not been paid for nearly 10 months.

24 June, 2017

CIA examined the possibility of assassination of the Iranian PM Mohammad Mosaddegh before the 1953 coup

On June 15th, the State Department released a long-awaited “retrospective” volume of declassified U.S. government documents on the 1953 coup in Iran. The volume includes fascinating details on Iranian, American and British planning and implementation of the covert operation, as well as information about U.S. contacts with key figures such as Ayatollah Abol-Ghasem Kashani, and insights into U.S. concerns about the growing influence of communist Tudeh Party. This Foreign Relations volume focuses on the use of covert operations by the Truman and Eisenhower administrations as an adjunct to their respective policies toward Iran, culminating in the overthrow of the Mosadeq government in August 1953. Moreover, the volume documents the involvement of the U.S. intelligence community in the policy formulation process and places it within the broader Cold War context. []

The volume contains a significant amount of new information related to the 1953 coup. A memorandum from the then Director of Central Intelligence, Allen Dulles, to President Eisenhower, on March 1st, 1953 (more than five months before the coup), shows that the US was monitoring closely the developments and the internal power balance in Iran.

Dulles examines the consequence of the "elimination of Mossadeq by assassination or otherwise", although it is not clear whether he refers to a possible operation that would be organized by the CIA.

He also monitors the power of Mossadeq's key opponent at that time, Mullah Kashani, and what would happen if Kashani would take power in case that "Mossadeq were to disappear".

He also describes the connections of the CIA and the British with Quasqai tribal leaders "with the view to eventual organization of resistance in southern Iran if the North should go Communist."

Some key points:

Ever since the assassination of General Razmara in March 1951, and the subsequent impasse and diplomatic break with Britain over the oil negotiations, the Iranian situation has been slowly disintegrating. The result has been a steady decrease in the power and influence of the Western democracies and the building up of a situation where a Communist takeover is becoming more and more of a possibility. However, even the present crisis is likely to be unsatisfactorily compromised without a Communist Tudeh victory. Of course, the elimination of Mossadeq by assassination or otherwise might precipitate decisive events except in the unlikely alternative that the Shah should regain courage and decisiveness.

The principal opposing forces are represented on the one hand by Prime Minister Mossadeq and, on the other, by Mullah Kashani, with the Shah apparently being used by Kashani.

Significant elements of the Army will probably remain loyal to the Shah, but whether or not they can be forged into an effective weapon in shaping political developments depends on the Shah’s determination to use them. So far this determination has not appeared. On the other hand, Mossadeq appears to retain control of the chain of command.

As between Mossadeq and Kashani, it appears that Mossadeq has still the greater strength although he has obviously lost some prestige in Parliament and among the people. Kashani’s following, however, is better consolidated in the capital through a well organized “street machine”, which Mossadeq does not possess.

If Mossadeq maintains control he will increase his efforts to remove or neutralize all opposition. His latent hostility toward the Shah is likely to increase. He might resent Henderson’s activities during the crisis. Mullah Kashani has been a key figure in promoting the pro-Shah street demonstrations. He has also led Parliament’s attack on Mossadeq. If Mossadeq were to disappear, Kashani would be a serious contender for his position. Although personally not acceptable to the Shah, the latter would be inclined to appoint him prime minister if recommended by Parliament.

CIA has been maintaining close contact with the Quasqai tribal leaders with the view to eventual organization of resistance in southern Iran if the North should go Communist. A considerable supply of small arms and ammunition has been assembled [less than 1 line not declassified] the nearest safe available base. A considerable amount of cash is available in Teheran. Both the arms and the cash could quickly be supplemented.

Although the British have steadfastly denied it, there have been persistent rumors that they have been organizing the southern Iranian tribes with a view to an uprising at an appropriate moment to preserve the southern portion of Iran from Communist control. British contact with these tribes in the past has been close, and this may constitute a contingent asset of some value to the West if the situation deteriorates further.

Mohammad Mosaddegh was an Iranian politician. He was the head of a democratically elected government, holding office as the Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 until 1953, when his government was overthrown in a coup d'état aided by the United States' Central Intelligence Agency and the United Kingdom's Secret Intelligence Service.

An author, administrator, lawyer, and prominent parliamentarian, his administration introduced a range of progressive social and political reforms such as social security and land reforms, including taxation of the rent on land. His government's most notable policy, however, was the nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, which had been under British control since 1913 through the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC/AIOC) (later British Petroleum and BP).

Many Iranians regard Mosaddegh as the leading champion of secular democracy and resistance to foreign domination in Iran's modern history. Mosaddegh was removed from power in a coup on 19 August 1953, organised and carried out by the CIA at the request of MI6, which chose Iranian General Fazlollah Zahedi to succeed Mosaddegh.

While the coup is commonly referred to in the West as Operation Ajax after its CIA cryptonym, in Iran it is referred to as the 28 Mordad 1332 coup, after its date on the Iranian calendar. Mosaddegh was imprisoned for three years, then put under house arrest until his death and was buried in his own home so as to prevent a political furor.

The Tudeh Party of Iran is an Iranian communist party. Formed in 1941, with Soleiman Mohsen Eskandari as its head, it had considerable influence in its early years and played an important role during Mohammad Mosaddegh's campaign to nationalize the Anglo-Persian Oil Company and his term as prime minister. The crackdown that followed the 1953 coup against Mosaddegh is said to have "destroyed" the party, although it continued. The party still exists, but is much weaker as a result of the banning of the party and mass arrests by the Islamic Republic in 1982 and the executions of political prisoners in 1988.

Allen Welsh Dulles was an American diplomat and lawyer who became the first civilian but third Director of Central Intelligence and its longest-serving director to date. As head of the Central Intelligence Agency during the early Cold War, he oversaw the 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état, Operation Ajax (the overthrow of Iran's elected government), the Lockheed U-2 aircraft program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission. Between his stints of government service, Dulles was a corporate lawyer and partner at Sullivan & Cromwell. His older brother, John Foster Dulles, was the Secretary of State during the Eisenhower Administration.

In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the “grill,” in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. Interrogating detainees who have been abused could violate international law, which prohibits complicity in torture.

The AP documented at least 18 clandestine lockups across southern Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates or by Yemeni forces created and trained by the Gulf nation, drawing on accounts from former detainees, families of prisoners, civil rights lawyers and Yemeni military officials. All are either hidden or off limits to Yemen’s government, which has been getting Emirati help in its civil war with rebels over the last two years.

The secret prisons are inside military bases, ports, an airport, private villas and even a nightclub. Some detainees have been flown to an Emirati base across the Red Sea in Eritrea, according to Yemen Interior Minister Hussein Arab and others.

Several U.S. defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the topic, told AP that American forces do participate in interrogations of detainees at locations in Yemen, provide questions for others to ask, and receive transcripts of interrogations from Emirati allies. They said U.S. senior military leaders were aware of allegations of torture at the prisons in Yemen, looked into them, but were satisfied that there had not been any abuse when U.S. forces were present.

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UN report reveals 3 nations producing most refugees were targets of US intervention

A United Nations report has shed light on the world’s burgeoning crisis of displaced peoples, finding that a record 65.6 million were forced to vacate their homes in 2016 alone. More than half of them were minors.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which drafted the report, put the figure into perspective, stating that increasing conflict and persecution worldwide have led to “one person being displaced every three seconds – less than the time it takes to read this sentence.

UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi called the figure “unacceptable” and called for “solidarity and a common purpose in preventing and resolving the crisis.

However, what the UN report failed to mention was the role of U.S. foreign intervention, indirect or direct, in fomenting the conflicts responsible for producing most of the world’s refugees.

According to the report, three of the nations producing the highest number of refugees are Syria (12 million refugees created in 2016), Afghanistan (4.7 million) and Iraq (4.2 million).

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are known to be the direct result of U.S. military invasions in the early 2000s, as well as the U.S.’ ongoing occupation of those nations. Decades after invading both countries, the U.S.’ destabilizing military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has continued to increase in recent years, with the Trump administration most recently announcing plans to send thousands of soldiers to Afghanistan in the coming months. It is worth noting that each U.S. soldier in Afghanistan costs U.S. taxpayers $2.1 million.

While the U.S. has yet to directly invade Syria, the U.S. role in the conflict is clear and Syria’s destabilization and the overthrow of its current regime have long been planned by the U.S. government. The U.S. and its allies, particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia, have consistently funded “rebel” groups that have not only perpetuated the Syrian conflict for six long years, but have also committed atrocity after atrocity targeting civilians in Syrian cities, towns, and communities – a major factor in convincing Syrians to leave their homes.


America’s “shadow war” in Somalia gets a fresh start under Trump

U.S. airstrikes in Somalia have killed over 400 people in the last eight years as part of a quiet war on “terrorism.” Parts of the country have been designated as “active war zones,” allowing for more strikes to take place with little to no oversight.

by Roqayah Chamseddine

Not long before Donald Trump took his presidential oath, the Obama administration was taking care of unfinished business in a part of the world that many Americans likely never think much about. In Somalia, a nation forced into a state of emergency thanks in part to an ongoing famine that is being fueled by a covert U.S. war on terrorism.

Obama made some of his final foreign policy impressions by expanding the so-called war on terrorism there, even as he reached the final days of his last term in office. But it should be noted that the U.S.’ interest in Somalia has little to do with actually stopping terrorism and more to do with strengthening its grip on the country’s oil reserves.

In the early 1990s, U.S. petroleum companies Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Phillips flocked to Somalia to exploit their natural resources for profit, just as many companies had done in Africa before them. With the expansion of U.S. bases across the continent, it’s no surprise that this exploitation has continued.

According to data from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, between January 2008 and January 2017, there were at least 38 confirmed U.S. airstrikes in Somalia, killing upwards of 409 people, including three children. These numbers are based on available data, so they could be much higher.

Somalia is only one target of a much larger drone campaign that swelled in size under the Obama administration. Now it looks like Trump may take this campaign even further, especially in light of statements accusing Obama of not doing enough to stop extremist factions in the country, specifically Al Shabaab.

After relaxing restrictions in March that made it harder for the Pentagon to carry out airstrikes in Somalia, Trump’s first fatal salvo in the Somalian shadow war took place on June 11, with AFRICOM claiming that eight members of Al Shabaab were killed. Now that measures have been put in place designating parts of southern Somalia as “active war zones,” less vetting will be required for U.S. military strikes, which will undoubtedly result in more casualties.

Trump, who previously attempted to cloak his partisan opposition to the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton in loose anti-war rhetoric, has since become an even more hardened pro-war politician. It’s likely that the U.S. military will expand its grip on the world under his command, with greater casualties not far behind.

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Ο «κρυφός πόλεμος» της Αμερικής στη Σομαλία παίρνει νέα ώθηση υπό τον Τραμπ

Όχι πολύ καιρό πριν από τον προεδρικό όρκο του Ντόναλντ Τραμπ, η κυβέρνηση Ομπάμα φρόντιζε να εξασφαλίσει τη συνέχιση των επιχειρήσεων σε μια γωνιά του πλανήτη, η οποία ενδεχομένως να μην περνούσε ποτέ από το μυαλό των Αμερικανών. Πρόκειται για τη Σομαλία, ένα έθνος σε κατάσταση έκτακτης ανάγκης, εν μέρει λόγω του συνεχιζόμενου λιμού που πυροδοτείται από τον μυστικό πόλεμο των ΗΠΑ κατά της τρομοκρατίας.

Ακόμα και επί των τελευταίων ημερών του στο Λευκό Οίκο, ο Ομπάμα συνέχισε να επεκτείνει τον αποκαλούμενο πόλεμο κατά της τρομοκρατίας στην περιοχή. Πρέπει όμως να σημειωθεί ότι το Αμερικανικό ενδιαφέρον για τη Σομαλία δεν έχει να κάνει στην πραγματικότητα με την πάταξη της τρομοκρατίας, αλλά με την προσπάθεια των ΗΠΑ να σφίξουν τον κλοιό γύρω από τα πετρελαϊκά αποθέματα της Σομαλίας.

Στις αρχές της δεκαετίας του 90, οι Αμερικανικές πετρελαϊκές εταιρίες Conoco, Amoco, Chevron και Phillips "εισέβαλαν" στη Σομαλία για να εκμεταλλευτούν τους φυσικούς πόρους, όπως άλλωστε έκαναν και πολλές άλλες εταιρίες στην Αφρικανική ήπειρο, πριν από αυτές. Με την επέκταση των Αμερικανικών βάσεων σε όλη την Αφρική, δεν αποτελεί έκπληξη ότι η εκμετάλλευση συνεχίστηκε.

Σύμφωνα με στοιχεία του Γραφείου Ερευνητικής Δημοσιογραφίας, μεταξύ Ιανουαρίου 2008 και Ιανουαρίου 2017, υπήρξαν τουλάχιστον 38 επιβεβαιωμένες Αμερικανικές αεροπορικές επιδρομές στη Σομαλία, που είχαν ως αποτέλεσμα τον θάνατο περισσότερων από 409 ανθρώπων, μεταξύ τους και τρία παιδιά. Οι αριθμοί βασίζονται στα διαθέσιμα στοιχεία και θα μπορούσαν να είναι μεγαλύτεροι.

Η Σομαλία αποτελεί μόνο έναν από τους πολλούς στόχους μιας μεγάλης εκστρατείας επιχειρήσεων με μη επανδρωμένα αεροσκάφη (drones) που γιγαντώθηκε κατά τη διάρκεια της κυβέρνησης Ομπάμα. Τώρα φαίνεται ότι ο Τραμπ θα επιχειρήσει την επέκταση της εκστρατείας, μετά και τις δηλώσεις που έκανε κατηγορώντας τον Ομπάμα ότι δεν έκανε αρκετά για να σταματήσει τις εξτρεμιστικές ομάδες στη χώρα και ειδικότερα τους τζιχαντιστές της Al Shabaab που δραστηριοποιούνται στην Ανατολική Αφρική.

Μετά το χαλάρωμα των περιορισμών το Μάρτιο που δυσκόλευαν το Πεντάγωνο να πραγματοποιήσει αεροπορικές επιδρομές στη Σομαλία, το πρώτο θανατηφόρο σμήνος του Trump στον μυστικό πόλεμο της Σομαλίας έλαβε χώρα στις 11 Ιουνίου με την AFRICOM να ισχυρίζεται ότι σκοτώθηκαν οκτώ μέλη της Al Shabaab. Τώρα που έχουν τεθεί μέτρα σε εφαρμογή για τον ορισμό περιοχών της νότιας Σομαλίας ως «ενεργές ζώνες πολέμου», θα απαιτείται λιγότερο λεπτομερή εξέταση των στρατιωτικών επιθέσεων των ΗΠΑ, οι οποίες αναμφίβολα θα οδηγήσουν σε περισσότερα θύματα.

Ο Τραμπ, ο οποίος προεκλογικά χρησιμοποίησε αντιπολεμική ρητορική κατά της κυβέρνησης Ομπάμα και της Χίλαρι Κλίντον, έχει ήδη καταλήξει να είναι ένας ακόμα πιο σκληρός υπέρμαχος των πολεμικών επεμβάσεων. Είναι πιθανό ότι ο Αμερικανικός στρατός θα επεκτείνει τις επιχειρήσεις σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο υπό την ηγεσία του, οδηγώντας σε ακόμα μεγαλύτερο αριθμό ανθρώπινων απωλειών.


Exploitation of children in propaganda war against Syria continues

Part 2 - From Video to Twitter Hoaxes

In the propaganda war on Syria, there are convincing lies, and then there are the blindingly clear hoaxes. In the latter realm, the Bana al-Abed Twitter persona takes first prize. The child is being abused by her own family who have seemingly forced her to pretend she can speak English (she cannot).

We were meant to believe that sophisticated and nuanced tweets, often calling for Western intervention, are coming from an English-illiterate seven-year-old girl or her mother — whose husband was a militant in Aleppo.

In a detailed article, Barbara McKenzie looks at the campaign which uses the brand Bana for war propaganda. An excerpt includes: “Bana, the little girl supposedly tweeting from Aleppo, but actually the front for an account run from London, was selected to be the empathetic face of the campaign for a no-fly zone in Syria. Her account was tailored to create the impression of perpetual bombing, perpetual war crimes, on the part of Russia and the Syrian government.

Bana not only tweeted with impossible frequency from eastern Aleppo, defying any internet lapses those of us who have gone to Aleppo have experienced. Whatever the actual explanation for her alleged preciousness and high-tech abilities, the child was clearly exploited, and continues to be.

Her twitter account continues its advocacy for Western intervention in Syria. Not at all suspicious.

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How Greece became a guinea pig for a cashless and controlled society

As Greece moves closer to becoming a cashless society, it is clear that the country’s attitude towards cash is reckless and dangerous. The supposed convenience of switching to a cash-free system comes with a great deal of risk, including needless overreach by the state.

by Michael Nevradakis

Part 2 - The IMF’s Greek experiment in austerity

These suggestions, which of course the IMF does not necessarily officially agree with, have already begun to be implemented to a significant extent in the IMF debt colony known officially as Greece, where the IMF has been implementing “socially fair and just” austerity policies since 2010, which have resulted, during this period, in a GDP decline of over 25 percent, unemployment levels exceeding 28 percent, repeated cuts to what are now poverty-level salaries and pensions, and a “brain drain” of over 500,000 people—largely young and university-educated—migrating out of Greece.

Indeed, it could be said that Greece is being used as a guinea pig not just for a grand neoliberal experiment in both austerity, but de-cashing as well. The examples are many, and they have found fertile ground in a country whose populace remains shell-shocked by eight years of economic depression. A new law that came into effect on January 1 incentivizes going cashless by setting a minimum threshold of spending at least 10 percent of one’s income via credit, debit, or prepaid card in order to attain a somewhat higher tax-free threshold.

Beginning July 27, dozens of categories of businesses in Greece will be required to install aptly-acronymized “POS” (point-of-sale) card readers and to accept payments by card. Businesses are also required to post a notice, typically by the entrance or point of sale, stating whether card payments are accepted or not. Another new piece of legislation, in effect as of June 1, requires salaries to be paid via direct electronic transfers to bank accounts. Furthermore, cash transactions of over 500 euros have been outlawed.

In Greece, where in the eyes of the state citizens are guilty even if proven innocent, capital controls have been implemented preventing ATM cash withdrawals of over 840 euros every two weeks. These capital controls, in varying forms, have been in place for two years with no end in sight, choking small businesses that are already suffering.

Citizens have, at various times, been asked to collect every last receipt of their expenditures, in order to prove their income and expenses—otherwise, tax evasion is assumed, just as ownership of a car (even if purchased a decade or two ago) or an apartment (even if inherited) is considered proof of wealth and a “hidden income” that is not being declared. The “heroic” former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis had previously proposed a cap of cash transactions at 50 or 70 euros on Greek islands that are popular tourist destinations, while also putting forth an asinine plan to hire tourists to work as “tax snitches,” reporting businesses that “evade taxes” by not providing receipts even for the smallest transactions.

All of these measures, of course, are for the Greeks’ own good and are in the best interest of the country and its economy, combating supposedly rampant “tax evasion” (while letting the biggest tax evaders off the hook), fighting the “black market” (over selling cheese pies without issuing a receipt, apparently), and of course, nipping “terrorism” in the bud.

As with the previous discussion I observed about Amazon being a satisfactory replacement for the endangered brick-and-mortar business, one learns a lot from observing everyday conversations amongst ordinary citizens. A recent conversation I personally overheard while paying a bill at a public utility revealed just how successful the initial and largely uncontested steps enacted in Greece have been.

In the line ahead of me, an elderly man announced that he was paying his water bill by debit card, “in order to build towards the tax-free threshold.” When it was suggested to him that the true purpose of encouraging cashless payments was to track every transaction, even for a stick of gum, and to transfer all money into the banking system, he and one other elderly gentleman threw a fit, claiming “there is no other way to combat tax evasion.”

The irony that they were paying by card to avoid taxation themselves was lost on them—as is the fact that the otherwise fiscally responsible Germany, whose government never misses an opportunity to lecture the “spendthrift” and “irresponsible” Greeks, has the largest black market in Europe (exceeding 100 billion euros annually), ranks first in Europe in financial fraud, is the eighth-largest tax haven worldwide, and one of the top tax-evading countries in Europe.

Also lost on these otherwise elderly gentlemen was a fact not included in the official propaganda campaign: Germans happen to love their cash, as evidenced by the fierce opposition that met a government plan to outlaw cash payments of 5,000 euros or more. In addition, about 80 percent of transactions in Germany are still conducted in cash. The German tabloid Bild went as far as to publish an op-ed titled “Hands off our cash” in response to the proposed measure.

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Νέες ενδοϊμπεριαλιστικές αντιθέσεις στη Μέση Ανατολή

Στον 21ο αιώνα στα «ευρασιατικά Βαλκάνια» (Λίβανος, Παλαιστίνη, Συρία, Ιράν, Ιράκ), στην περιοχή του Κόλπου και στην ευρύτερη Μέση Ανατολή, μια περιοχή-εθνοτικό μωσαϊκό, εμπλέκονται άμεσα δύο βασικοί άξονες: Από τη μία ο ευρωατλαντικός, με διακριτά συμφέροντα κυρίως μεταξύ ΗΠΑ και Βρετανίας και με διακριτά ενεργό συμμετοχή πρωτίστως της Γαλλίας αλλά και Γερμανίας. Από την άλλη, ο άξονας Ρωσίας-Κίνας-Συρίας-Λιβάνου-Ιράν, με υπαρκτές αντιθέσεις στο εσωτερικό του.

του Αλέκου Αναγνωστάκη

Μέρος 3ο – Η «κόντρα» Σαουδικής Αραβίας και Κατάρ. Οι Αδελφοί Μουσουλμάνοι και η «μύηση» στην ισλαμική εκδοχή του καπιταλισμού

Η δυναστεία των Αλ-Θάνι που κυβερνά το Κατάρ υποστήριξε, εάν δεν υποκίνησε ενίοτε, τις ειρηνικές λαϊκές εξεγέρσεις στην Μέση Ανατολή και τη Βόρεια Αφρική, ιδίως στην Τυνησία, Αίγυπτο και Λιβύη. Επιπλέον, αναλαμβάνει διεθνή διαμεσολαβητικό ρόλο, ανοίγει το 2013 ένα προξενείο των Ταλιμπάν στο πλαίσιο των ειρηνευτικών συνομιλιών με τις ΗΠΑ, προσκάλεσε τους ηγέτες του Σουδάν και του Νταρφούρ το 2011 για την υπογραφή της ειρήνης της Ντόχα.

Ως ο «πνευματικός ανάδοχος» της Αραβικής Άνοιξης, προέκρινε στις παραπάνω χώρες το «πνευματικό της τέκνο» τη Μουσουλμανική Αδελφότητα. Αλλά αυτή ζητά την απόσυρση των αμερικανικών δυνάμεων από το Ιράκ και το Αφγανιστάν, το δε ιρανικό υπουργείο Εξωτερικών συμπληρώνει πως «Οι ΗΠΑ δεν έχουν πια λόγο παρουσίας στον αραβικό κόσμο μετά το θάνατο του Μπιν Λάντεν".

Οι Αδελφοί Μουσουλμάνοι στην ουσία εκφράζουν, με ισλαμικούς όρους, δυνάμεις της αραβικής αστικής τάξης που επιδιώκουν το σπάσιμο της νεοαποικιοκρατίας του δυτικού κόσμου. Εξάλλου, ως αντίδραση στην αποικιοκρατία προέκυψαν.

Οι ιδρυτές τους προέρχονταν από τη δυναμική ανάπτυξη του χώρου των μεσαίων στρωμάτων που με μεγάλη ταχύτητα συνέρρεαν στις αραβικές πόλεις από τη φτωχοποιημένη ύπαιθρο και προσδοκούσαν την άνοδο και καθιέρωσή τους στην τάξη των νέων μορφωμένων και των εμπόρων. Γι’ αυτό, εξάλλου, και δεν επιθυμούν την επανίδρυση της κοινωνίας με όρους ισότητας αλλά με την αυστηρότερη φορολόγηση των πλουσίων προς ανακούφιση των φτωχών και τον μετασχηματισμό εντέλει της κοινωνίας υπό την ιδεοληψία της θρησκευτικότητας.

Η οργάνωση αυτή, αν και κατηγορείται και από Δυτικούς ως η ιδρυτική βάση των ισλαμιστικών τρομοκρατικών οργανώσεων, στην ουσία καλλιεργεί συστηματικά τη συμμόρφωση του ανερχόμενου μεσαίου χώρου στα νέα καπιταλιστικά δεδομένα υπό το πνεύμα της αυστηρής υπαγωγής του σε μια α λα Ισλάμ εκδοχή. Και είναι αυτή που, δια της κάλπης, κατέλαβε την «αρχή» σε Λιβύη, Αίγυπτο και Τυνησία και κυριάρχησε επί της (ένοπλης και μη) αντιπολίτευσης σε Συρία, Ιορδανία και τις μοναρχίες του Περσικού ως το 2013.


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23 June, 2017

What really happened in Venezuela

Today in the corporate media, Venezuela’s economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change. To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. They discuss shortages, oil dependency, the role of the US-backed opposition movement and more. The Empire Files joined him in Cojedes, Venezuela, where he was speaking to mass community meetings, organizing the population to fight against what he calls an economic war.

At the time where the 'civilized' West is dominated by the brutal neoliberalism with inequality reaching unprecedented levels, social state and labor rights systematically dismantled, Venezuela has chosen a different path.

In the following part of the interview, Ricardo Menéndez gives the numbers proving that Venezuela rejected neoliberalism and started to create a more fair society for its citizens. Chavez' heritage is still strong, despite the economic war conducted by the US empire with the help of the right-wing opposition:

The total socially-invested resources in relation to the total income was gone from 39% to 74%. This is a real fact. This is unobjectionable.

This explains why a good part of our population, for instance, from the working population, before the Revolution 900,000 had technical training and university training. Today, the number has surpassed four million (4,000,000). The number of people with college degrees quadrupled.

The number of students in primary education has increased from 500,000 to 2,800,000.

The number of pensioners. Many of the liberal commentators will probably say: 'Oh, this is an old person, this program is expensive, let's get rid of it.' They are human beings. This is why we have increased the number of pensions to over 3,200,000. That number went from 370,000 to 3,280,000, the total number of people with pensions.

We invite other nations to compare those numbers. And we turned these numbers midst the economic war.

The quantity of infrastructure of schools has been enormously multiplied from the point of view of the schools. At the moment we have more than four million children included in the School Food Program. That is to say they get all the calories they need at school. We went from 45% school enrollment rate to a 90% school enrollment rate midst the economic war we face today.

We have built 1,600,000 homes in the last four years. That growth, being this is an investment in the economy. These houses are not given for nothing, people pay for these houses, but they don't pay speculative prices. For us, housing is not a commodity, housing is a social need and this is why it needs to be satisfied.

We are building a sustainable economic model. We are simply fairly distributing among the population and making our economy more solid.

Ο Τσίπρας ουσιαστικά παραδέχεται ότι το Ελληνικό πείραμα δεν έχει τελειώσει

Ένας κουρασμένος και απογοητευμένος πρωθυπουργός μίλησε στο υπουργικό του συμβούλιο σχετικά με τις τελευταίες εξελίξεις από το πρόσφατο (άλλο ένα) eurogroup. Ο Αλέξης Τσίπρας περιορίστηκε στις συνήθεις γενικότητες, χωρίς να δώσει σαφές χρονοδιάγραμμα σχετικά με το ζήτημα του χρέους με βάση αυτά που υποτίθεται ότι του υποσχέθηκαν (για άλλη μια φορά) οι δανειστές. Η εξήγηση είναι απλή και κατά κάποιο τρόπο έχει καταντήσει ρουτίνα: για άλλη μια φορά δεν πήρε απολύτως τίποτα.

Παρά τη συνήθη ρητορική με τα γνωστά κλισέ περί ανάπτυξης, θέσεων εργασίας, επενδύσεων, πάταξη της διαφθοράς και της γραφειοκρατίας, κάποια στιγμή, ακόμα και οι πολιτικοί αποκαλύπτουν άμεσα ή έμμεσα, επίτηδες ή άθελά τους, ένα κομμάτι της πραγματικής εικόνας που κρύβεται πίσω από την κουρτίνα.

Έτσι, θα ήταν χρήσιμο να εστιάσουμε σε ένα-δυο σημεία της ομιλίας (ίσως ασήμαντα εκ πρώτης όψεως), από τα οποία μπορεί να φανεί ένα κομμάτι της πραγματικής εικόνας. Το πρώτο, εντοπίζεται στην αρχή της ομιλίας, όπου ο Τσίπρας στην ουσία παραδέχθηκε ότι ακόμα και μετά τις τελευταίες εξελίξεις, δεν θα πρέπει να περιμένουμε το τέλος της κρίσης, το οποίο μεταφράζεται ότι το βάρβαρο νεοφιλελεύθερο πείραμα πάνω στο ζόμπι που λέγεται Ελλάδα, δεν έχει τελειώσει ακόμα:

           Η απόφαση του eurogroup, δίνει για πρώτη φορά, μετά από εφτά χρόνια, έναν καθαρό ορίζοντα εξόδου από τα μνημόνια, από την ύφεση και από την κρίση της οικονομίας [...] δεν αποτελεί το τέλος της κρίσης ...

Το δεύτερο, έρχεται λίγο αργότερα, όταν ο απογοητευμένος Τσίπρας προσποιείται ότι η έξοδος της Ελλάδας στις αγορές δεν αποτελεί πρωτεύοντα στόχο:

           Και εκτιμώ ότι το επόμενο διάστημα, η περαιτέρω καθοδική πορεία των επιτοκίων θα συνεχιστεί, ώστε πολύ σύντομα να έχουμε τη δυνατότητα, με πολύ καλούς όρους, να κάνουμε την πρώτη δοκιμαστική έξοδο στις αγορές και μάλιστα όχι εκβιαστικά, όχι απόλυτα προστατευμένα και βεβιασμένα, όπως έγινε το 2014, αλλά ανοιχτά, με όρους βιώσιμους και διατηρήσιμους. Όμως, αν θέλετε αυτό αποτελεί έναν από τους βραχυπρόθεσμους στόχους μας και ίσως όχι τον κύριο στόχο μας, δεν είναι ο κύριος στόχος μας ...

Προφανώς, ο Τσίπρας κατάλαβε ότι το νεοφιλελεύθερο ιερατείο δεν θα επιτρέψει στην Ελλάδα την έξοδο στις αγορές με ένα βιώσιμο επιτόκιο, γιατί αυτό θα έδινε σημαντική ανεξαρτησία στη χώρα, προκειμένου να ξεφύγει από την αφόρητη επιτήρηση και να αρχίσει να διαμορφώνει τις δικές της πολιτικές.

Όπως έχει ήδη αναφερθεί, ορισμένοι αξιωματούχοι της κυβέρνησης εξέφρασαν πρόσφατα την αισιοδοξία τους ότι η Ελλάδα θα μπορούσε να επιστρέψει στις αγορές, ακόμα και κατά τη διάρκεια του καλοκαιριού, με ένα λογικό επιτόκιο. Η εκτίμηση μας είναι ότι δεν πρόκειται να συμβεί, γιατί πολύ απλά κάτι τέτοιο θα έδινε κάποιους βαθμούς ελευθερίας στην Ελλάδα, προκειμένου να απεξαρτηθεί από την ΕΚΤ και τις ενέσεις ρευστότητας του δικτάτορα Ντράγκι. Το νεοφιλελεύθερο ιερατείο γνωρίζει πολύ καλά ότι ακόμα υπάρχει ο κίνδυνος μιας απότομης διακοπής, ακόμα και ανατροπής, του Ελληνικού πειράματος, σε περίπτωση που δοθεί κάποιος χώρος στην κυβέρνηση Τσίπρα να ελιχθεί μακριά από την ασφυκτική επιτήρηση των δανειστών, προς την κατεύθυνση κοινωνικής πολιτικής και δημοσίων επενδύσεων. Σε μια τέτοια περίπτωση, θα υπήρχε ο κίνδυνος το νέο 'μοντέλο' που ονειρεύονται για ολόκληρη την ευρωζώνη, να τιναχτεί στον αέρα.

Ο Τσίπρας θα αναγκαστεί να πάρει νέα μέτρα κατά της Ελληνικής κοινωνίας υπό ασφυκτική επιτήρηση, όπως πάντα. Και αφού ο άξονας Βρυξελλών-Βερολίνου τον χρησιμοποιήσει ως εκεί που δεν πάει, θα τον πετάξει σαν στυμμένη λεμονόκουπα μαζί με την κουρελιασμένη τιμή της Αριστεράς, ελπίζοντας να τον αντικαταστήσει με μια πιο σίγουρη μαριονέτα, όπως για παράδειγμα, τον εντελώς δικό του άνθρωπο στο τιμόνι της ΝΔ που λέγεται Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης.

Μόνο μια λύση υπάρχει για την Ελλάδα προκειμένου να απελευθερωθεί από την Ευρωπαϊκή Χρηματοπιστωτική Δικτατορία και να επιστρέψει στο μονοπάτι της ελπίδας: επιστροφή σε εθνικό νόμισμα, ή Grexit, αν προτιμάτε. Ένα Grexit με τους όρους που θα θέσει αποκλειστικά η χώρα, προκειμένου να διασφαλίσει το συμφέροντά της και να επιβιώσει από έναν νέο γύρο άγριου οικονομικού πολέμου που θα εξαπολυθεί από την παγκόσμια χρηματοπιστωτική μαφία.

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