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Joseph Stiglitz: how I would vote in the Greek referendum

Joseph Stiglitz: how I would vote in the Greek referendum | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Neither alternative – approval or rejection of the troika’s terms – will be easy, and both carry huge risks
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PDF: Proposal for an EU initiative on restrictions on payments in cash

PDF: Proposal for an EU initiative on restrictions on payments in cash | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Payments in cash are widely used in the financing of terrorist activities… In this context, the relevance of potential upper limits to cash payments could also be explored. Several Member States have in place prohibitions for cash payments above a specific threshold."
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Cash allows us to remain anonymous during day-to-day transactions. In a constitutional democracy, that is a freedom that has to be defended. Policies like this one, under the cover of "security and safety" apply only to the average citizen. At the same time transactions of significant amounts of money are going on undisturbed and unchecked.
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The "Internet of Things" Will Transform Policymaking (and Democracy) | naked capitalism

The "Internet of Things" Will Transform Policymaking (and Democracy) | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things will change the political economy. New communication tools, strategies and narratives for policymakers are needed
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Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains, Arrest Owner - TorrentFreak

Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains, Arrest Owner - TorrentFreak | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Apple handed over personal details of Vaulin after the investigator cross-referenced an IP-address used for an iTunes transaction with an IP-address that was used to login to KAT’s Facebook account.

“Records provided by Apple showed that tirm@me.com conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 109.86.226.203 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook,” the complaint reads.
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US acting as universal police force. And for those who are still wondering about the respect of their privacy by Apple, Facebook and the likes: 

 "...Apple handed over personal details of Vaulin after the investigator cross-referenced an IP-address used for an iTunes transaction with an IP-address that was used to login to KAT’s Facebook account. “Records provided by Apple showed that tirm@me.com conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 109.86.226.203 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook”
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US acting as universal police force. And for those who are still wondering about the respect of their privacy by Apple, Facebook and the likes:

"...Apple handed over personal details of Vaulin after the investigator cross-referenced an IP-address used for an iTunes transaction with an IP-address that was used to login to KAT’s Facebook account. “Records provided by Apple showed that tirm@me.com conducted an iTunes transaction using IP Address 109.86.226.203 on or about July 31, 2015. The same IP Address was used on the same day to login into the KAT Facebook”
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How the Internet Subverts Cultural Transmission

How the Internet Subverts Cultural Transmission | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Modern mass media devalue the coin of local prestige, says Jerome H. Barkow. The implications for our culture may be enormous.
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The Power of Nightmares 1: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (BBC-2004) - Video Dailymotion

The Power of Nightmares, subtitled The Rise of the Politics of Fear, is a BBC documentary film series, written and produced by Adam Curtis. Its three one-hour parts consist mostly of a montage of archive footage with Curtis's narration. The series was first broadcast in the United Kingdom in late 2004 and has subsequently been broadcast in multiple countries and shown in several film festivals, including the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. The films compare the rise of the Neo-Conservative movement
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It’s not migrants who are the marauders and plunderers | Seumas Milne

It’s not migrants who are the marauders and plunderers | Seumas Milne | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Britain has no refugee crisis and Europe’s can be managed. But western wars have driven it
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#ThisIsACoup: Germany faces backlash over tough Greece bailout demands

#ThisIsACoup: Germany faces backlash over tough Greece bailout demands | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Deal offered to Greece including measures such as handing over €50bn in public assets is strongly criticised on social media
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Will the ECB Continue Its "Sherman's March to the Sea" with the Greek Economy? | naked capitalism

Will the ECB Continue Its "Sherman's March to the Sea" with the Greek Economy? | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it

As much as I’d like to be hopeful about the Greek vote, I’m deeply concerned that like the Arab Spring uprising, which in the end seems to have done little to help struggling people in the Middle East, and led to civil war in Syria, that what seemed like a promise of a better day for ordinary people will lead to even worse outcomes. As much as the Eurocrats have become unaccountable and causally malevolent in how they operate, Greece is too weak a vehicle to take up a successful, frontal revolt. Greece’s defiance may put forces into play that will accelerate the dissolution of the Eurozone, which is inevitable given Germany’s insistence on running trade surpluses and its refusal to finance its trade partners or more to greater fiscal integration that would do more or less the same thing. But the Greek people themselves are not likely to come out winners.

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"... As much as I’d like to be hopeful about the Greek vote, I’m deeply concerned that like the Arab Spring uprising, which in the end seems to have done little to help struggling people in the Middle East, and led to civil war in Syria, that what seemed like a promise of a better day for ordinary people will lead to even worse outcomes. As much as the Eurocrats have become unaccountable and causally malevolent in how they operate, Greece is too weak a vehicle to take up a successful, frontal revolt. Greece’s defiance may put forces into play that will accelerate the dissolution of the Eurozone, which is inevitable given Germany’s insistence on running trade surpluses and its refusal to finance its trade partners or more to greater fiscal integration that would do more or less the same thing. But the Greek people themselves are not likely to come out winners."

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IMF: austerity measures would still leave Greece with unsustainable debt

IMF: austerity measures would still leave Greece with unsustainable debt | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Secret documents show creditors’ baseline estimate puts debt at 118% of GDP in 2030, even if it signs up to all tax and spending reforms demanded by troika
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Do not inform the voters till after they have voted!

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My Big Fat Greek Bank Black Hole: No Deposit Insurance | naked capitalism

My Big Fat Greek Bank Black Hole: No Deposit Insurance | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
It's hard to find an official who is comporting himself well in the wake of the surprise announcement of a Greek referendum.
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The train has been derailed.

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Joseph Stiglitz: how I would vote in the Greek referendum

Joseph Stiglitz: how I would vote in the Greek referendum | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Neither alternative – approval or rejection of the troika’s terms – will be easy, and both carry huge risks
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Stopping the boats is about smashing social solidarity

Stopping the boats is about smashing social solidarity | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
It seems fairly certain now that Australian Customs and Navy personnel paid the captain and crew of an Indonesian ship carrying 65 asylum seekers,
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Disgusting policies of "keep them out of my yard and I do not care what happens to them". They are common in all the developed world. The same happens in Europe, Australia or US. Common sense and humanitarian principles are not so common any more. What is worst is that societies are considering such policies normal and do not care much.

 

Situation is getting way more complex if we consider that in most cases these people, seeking a better life, have been forced to leave their homeland as a result of unrest caused by rich-countries policies... like providing weapons to rebel movements etc.

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Hacking America's Antiquated Elections

Hacking America's Antiquated Elections | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Rob Richie of FairVote explains why he thinks ranked choice voting is better than the system that most of us now use.
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Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink | Stephen Hawking

Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink  | Stephen Hawking | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Money was a key factor in the outcome of the EU referendum. We will now have to learn to collaborate and to share
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Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit. We need a rethink
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Don Quijones: Barcelona Just Declared War on AirBnB (and Its Hosts) | naked capitalism

Don Quijones: Barcelona Just Declared War on AirBnB (and Its Hosts) | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it

Why Barcelona is taking a tough stand on AirBnB, and has strong support of its citizens.

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Why Barcelona is taking a tough stand on AirBnB, and has strong support of its citizens.
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Battles | Public Interface | nodegoat

Battles | Public Interface | nodegoat | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it

All the battles that happened in the last 3.000 years! 

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Pirate Bay Founder: ‘I Have Given Up’ | Motherboard

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There is nothing free and open without conditions. There is always a catch behind. Free internet = give up unimaginable amount of personal data. The question is: Who do we give personal data to? Use could be free to all, but data derived from the use are not available to all.

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Media Lens - 'Let's Bring In Our Pentagon Spokesman' - Bombing Syria

Media Lens - 'Let's Bring In Our Pentagon Spokesman' - Bombing Syria | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
News analysis and media criticism
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Brain washing media techniques exposed in this article. Next time be more critical with what you are being served.

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Death by Debt - My Response to The German Finance Ministry

Death by Debt - My Response to The German Finance Ministry | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Guest contribution by Jeffrey Sachs
Dr. Ludger Schuknecht, senior economist at the Germany Finance Ministry, explains his ministry’s viewpoint regarding Greece. This viewpoint essentially holds that...
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The Guardian view on Greece’s no vote: eight days that shook a continent | Editorial

The Guardian view on Greece’s no vote: eight days that shook a continent | Editorial | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Editorial: The last week has seen many extraordinary things, from stiff limits at cashpoints to cross-border meddling in national democracy. Europe has not handled it well. It urgently needs to do better in picking up the pieces
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Syriza can’t just cave in. Europe’s elites want regime change in Greece | Seumas Milne

Syriza can’t just cave in. Europe’s elites want regime change in Greece | Seumas Milne | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Greece’s confrontation with the euro overlords will shape resistance to austerity – and the future of the whole European Union
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Food for thought. I would add to this article that SYRIZA government failed to prepare and present a realistic alternative plan. They went on war and they did not take their rifles. They thought that they would win the war just because they did not approve it. How can this kind of leadership be successful?

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polyenios: Η λύση του Γόρδιου Δεσμού - The solution to the Gordian Knot

polyenios: Η λύση του Γόρδιου Δεσμού - The solution to the Gordian Knot | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
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I think this will be the last time that I am writing about this unfair referendum till Sunday. I will get back to my usual activities, simply watching the situation.

Νομίζω ότι με αυτό το κείμενο κλείνουν οι απόψεις μου για το άδικο δημοψήφισμα που μας επιβλήθηκε. Λέω να επιστρέψω στην καθημερινότητά μου, απλά παρατηρώντας. 

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What Greece needs, according to IMF research

What Greece needs, according to IMF research | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Ashoka Mody looks at what Greece needs using evidence from three recent IMF studies.
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