Unbeknownst to the general public, their elected politicians do not create the policy that binds their national destiny domestically or within the arena of geopolitics. Instead, corporate-financier funded think tanks do – teams of unelected policymakers which transcend…
NEW YORK -- The United States may benefit if Greece defaults when its latest loan payment is due on Tuesday, as this may set the stage for a permanent solution to the country’s debt crisis, some
Enrique Ferro's insight:
“If they vote yes, it just postpones the day of reckoning,” Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the nonprofit Center for Economic and Policy Research, told HuffPost. “The debt is unsustainable and the austerity is making the debt burden worse by pushing the Greek economy back into recession.”
The US government and corporate media have been hiding the massive genocidal slaughter of millions in the US wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, writes Vietnam War combat vet and journalist Jack Balkwill in ThisCantBeHappening!
Many white Southerners are getting their backs up again over demands that the Confederate flag and other symbols of slavery be removed. But the core problem is that the South never admitted that slavery and then segregation were wrong, instead offering endless excuses, writes Robert Parry.
Trees of Life and Knowledge are identified with Scythian Aryans or Sumerian Anunnaki - the Dragon God-Kings- instrumental in establishing the Chakra system of Hindu and Buddhist Tantra and Hebrew, Arabic and Greek Cabala whose magical systems, as we all know, contain a glyph called the Tree of Life. The Cabalistic Tree of Life is a genealogical chart of the Gods.
As a society, we've become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and largely unwilling to be labeled intolerant, hateful, closed-minded or any of the other toxic labels that carry a badge of shame today. The result is a nation where no one says what they really think anymore, at least if it runs counter to the prevailing views. Intolerance is the new scarlet letter of our day.
Austerity is a coercive, non-cooperative "game" that makes both parties worse off (but aids the EU's worst politicians).
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Professor Marcus Miller, a UK economist (U. Warwick) wrote an article for the BBC premised on how Varoufakis would apply game theory to Greece's negotiations with the troika (the IMF, ECB, and the European Commission). Miller is a colleague of the great Robert Skidelsky and has co-authored with him an article explaining the economic illiteracy and self-destructive nature of the troika's (and UK's) infliction of austerity in response to the Great Recession.
The BBC, however, is such a great fan of austerity that one rarely reads why the vast majority of economists think that using austerity to respond to a Great Recession is akin to the quackery of bleeding a patient to make him healthier. Miller's article in the BBC about game theory has the wrong title (recall that the author often does not get to choose the title), the wrong game, the wrong concept, and the wrong payoffs. The title of the article is: "Can game theory explain the Greek debt crisis?" The article does address that issue. It is limited to the issue of the new Greek government's negotiations with the troika concerning a crisis that they inherited.
Retirees were unable to obtain their pension benefits as a weeklong bank holiday began amid warnings of fuel and medicine shortages.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Greece to vote “yes” in the referendum, claiming absurdly that the “Greek people are close to my heart.” In a country where 11,000 people have committed suicide over hardship imposed by EU austerity, Juncker argued against a “no” vote by saying, “I say to the Greeks, don’t commit suicide because you’re afraid of dying.”
Greece’s creditors hope that by unleashing chaos, they can bring the country to its knees ahead of Sunday's referendum. Greeks must not give in.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
The creditors have form. In November 2011, when the elected prime minister of Greece, a moderate social democrat, proposed a referendum on the EU-IMF loan program, eurozone authorities orchestrated his replacement by a more pliable, unelected technocrat. Whatever you think of Syriza and their leftist politics, another coup would be an affront to democracy.
No importa que el Consejo Nacional Electoral convocase a elecciones legislativas para el 6 de diciembre de este año. Hoy en día las formas para derrocar gobiernos constitucionales y democráticos es transformarlos en dictaduras. En la república bolivariana de Venezuela el itinerario ha sido transparente.
Commandos from the Shayetet 13 naval special forces unit boarded the Marianne of Gothenburg ship and began sailing it to the Israeli port of Ashdod early on Monday morning. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the sailors and commanders of the Navy for their "determined and efficient action in detaining the passengers on the ship that tried to reach the Gaza coast in contravention of the law," in a statement released after the takeover of the Marianne. "This flotilla is nothing bu
Drink Coke and die. That's the message of a just released study with a population of several hundred thousand, covering the period of 1980 - 2010. It's not just coke but any beverage with sugar added including fruit drinks and homemade delights (e.g., Sangria). Who has the most death and suffering from "sugary drinks"? Mexico followed closely by the United States. Read it and weep.
English conductor, John Eliot Gardiner goes in search of Bach the man and the musician. The famous portrait of Bach portrays a grumpy 62-year-old man in a wig and formal coat, yet his greatest works were composed 20 years earlier in an almost unrivaled blaze of creativity. Mr. Gardiner reveals a convivial family man at the same time a rebellious spirit struggling with the hierarchies of state and church...
Only eighteen of the EU's member countries use the Euro. Some of those that do not are among the healthiest. Why then are Europe's leaders so fearful of the repercussions of an eventual exit of Greece from the common currency? This article suggests the answer.
The article below gives a cogent overview of militarization in the US and some of its very grave implications. But many of the generalizations it presents would also fit Israel quite accurately. In addition, as part of the Middle East and as part of US policy in the Middle East, Israel is directly affected by US militarization. While this war policy, as noted in the editor's comments, has violently broken the middle eastern and north African countries it claimed to rescue, it has taken on another meaning in the case of Israel. It feeds the latter's war habit and keeps it dependent on the US pusher who ensures its steady supply of arms and enabling support.
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