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The Submarine Deals That Helped Sink Greece

The Submarine Deals That Helped Sink Greece | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
"How can you say to people we are buying more subs at the same time we want you to cut your salaries and pensions?" says Adm. Fenekos, in his first interview with a reporter. He was referring to the government's 5% cut in most pensions and even deeper slashes to public-sector wages enacted in response to the crisis. The Greek Navy, he says, cannot afford to maintain the additional submarines. It currently has eight subs.
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German 'hypocrisy' over Greek military spending has critics up in arms

German 'hypocrisy' over Greek military spending has critics up in arms | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
A few months before submarines became the talk of Athens, Yiannis Panagopoulos, who heads the Greek trade union confederation (GSEE), found himself sitting opposite Angela Merkel at a private meeting the German chancellor had called of European trade unionists in Berlin.

When it came to his turn to address the leader, he instinctively popped the question that many in Greece have wanted to ask. "After running through all the reasons why austerity wasn't working in my country I brought up the issue of defence expenditure. Was it right, I asked, that our government makes so many weapons purchases from Germany when it obviously couldn't afford such deals and was slashing wages and pensions?"
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6 #Bosnia|n natives charged with supporting ISIS from US

6 #Bosnia|n natives charged with supporting ISIS from US | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
Six Bosnian natives living in the US have been charged with providing money and equipment to foreign fighters joining Al-Qaeda, the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the US Justice Department says.
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Merkel-Hollande-Putin: What Will Be Ukraine's Fate? - Russia Insider

Merkel-Hollande-Putin: What Will Be Ukraine's Fate? - Russia Insider | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
The event could not have been more mysterious if orchestrated by Hollywood. For nearly four hours the three met behind closed doors in the Kremlin to try and mediate a Ukraine civil war.
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Syriza's 40 point plan for Greece

Syriza's 40 point plan for Greece | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
Here the 40 points of the Syriza program:
Audit of the public debt and renegotiation of interest due and suspension of payments until the economy has revived and growth and employment return.
Demand the European Union to change the role of the European Central Bank so that it finances States and programs of public investment.
Raise income tax to 75% for all incomes over 500,000 euros.
Change the election laws to a proportional system.
Increase taxes on big companies to that of the European average.
Adoption of a tax on financial transactions and a special tax on luxury goods.
Prohibition of speculative financial derivatives.
Abolition of financial privileges for the Church and shipbuilding industry.
Combat the banks’ secret [measures] and the flight of capital abroad.
Cut drastically military expenditures.
Raise minimum salary to the pre-cut level, 750 euros per month.
Use buildings of the government, banks and the Church for the homeless.
Open dining rooms in public schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to children.
Free health benefits to the unemployed, homeless and those with low salaries.
Subvention up to 30% of mortgage payments for poor families who cannot meet payments.
Increase of subsidies for the unemployed. Increase social protection for one-parent families, the aged, disabled, and families with no income.
Fiscal reductions for goods of primary necessity.
Nationalization of banks.
Nationalization of ex-public (service & utilities) companies in strategic sectors for the growth of the country (railroads, airports, mail, water).
Preference for renewable energy and defence of the environment.
Equal salaries for men and women.
Limitation of precarious hiring and support for contracts for indeterminate time.
Extension of the protection of labor and salaries of part-time workers.
Recovery of collective (labor) contracts.
Increase inspections of labor and requirements for companies making bids for public contracts.
Constitutional reforms to guarantee separation of Church and State and protection of the right to education, health care and the environment.
Referendums on treaties and other accords with Europe.
Abolition of privileges for parliamentary deputies. Removal of special juridical protection for ministers and permission for the courts to proceed against members of the government.
Demilitarization of the Coast Guard and anti-insurrectional special troops. Prohibition for police to wear masks or use fire arms during demonstrations. Change training courses for police so as to underline social themes such as immigration, drugs and social factors.
Guarantee human rights in immigrant detention centers.
Facilitate the reunion of immigrant families.
Depenalization of consumption of drugs in favor of battle against drug traffic. Increase funding for drug rehab centers.
Regulate the right of conscientious objection in draft laws.
Increase funding for public health up to the average European level.(The European average is 6% of GDP; in Greece 3%.)
Elimination of payments by citizens for national health services.
Nationalization of private hospitals. Elimination of private participation in the national health system.
Withdrawal of Greek troops from Afghanistan and the Balkans. No Greek soldiers beyond our own borders.
Abolition of military cooperation with Israel.  Support for creation of a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders.
Negotiation of a stable accord with Turkey.
Closure of all foreign bases in Greece and withdrawal from NATO.
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6000% Increase in Cancer Rates at Fukushima Site

6000% Increase in Cancer Rates at Fukushima Site | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
So why does Fukushima continue to be a see no evil, hear no evil event? You can watch an over hour-long report that goes into detail, but to sum it up, people can’t even turn on their gas-stoves near Fukushima because “it would be like burning radioactive fuel in their kitchens.” The contamination levels are too ridiculous to even comprehend.

No matter if the accident was caused by a purposeful nuclear attack, an act of weather warfare (as some conspiracy analysts have suggested), or by the sheer greed of the nuclear industry who built it, it is essentially a massive nuclear weapon on fault lines. The Japanese government and TEPCO are guilty of crimes against humanity, and their neglect is compounded by a complete disregard, not only for human life, but for all life upon this planet.
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Ukrainian parliament passes law allowing army deserters to be shot

Ukrainian parliament passes law allowing army deserters to be shot | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law which authorizes commanding officers to use physical force against army defectors. It comes as the latest military draft has seen a lack of enthusiasm on the part of potential soldiers.
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Complicit in Corruption: How German Companies Bribed Their Way to Greek Deals - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Complicit in Corruption: How German Companies Bribed Their Way to Greek Deals - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
Miza, on the other hand, is the money that doesn't fit into a small envelope and requires something bigger, like a suitcase, or when the cash needs to be squirreled away in an account in one of the world's many tax havens. Without miza -- i.e., bribes -- virtually no foreign company could do business in Greece. Large government contracts are particularly prone to miza.
These deals often allow millions to flow via shell corporations around the world and back into the pockets of industrialists, civil servants, the military and politicians. Meanwhile, the payments are usually declared on the company's books as commissions for negotiating contracts. And German industry is one of the major players in the game of miza Monopoly.
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80% Of Central American Women, Girls Are Raped Crossing Into The U.S.

80% Of Central American Women, Girls Are Raped Crossing Into The U.S. | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
As the number of Central American women and girls crossing into the U.S. continues to spike, so is the staggering amount of sexual violence waged against these migrants who are in search of a better life.

According to a stunning Fusion investigati...
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‘I don’t trust US’: Fidel Castro breaks silence on Cuba-America reconciliation

‘I don’t trust US’: Fidel Castro breaks silence on Cuba-America reconciliation | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
‘I don’t trust US’: Fidel Castro breaks silence on Cuba-America reconciliation
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Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'

Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money' | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
The money is considered compensation under Islamic law, although it is only half the amount that would have been paid had Lama been a boy.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s famously strict legal system, Women to Drive say fathers cannot be executed for murdering their children in the country. Equally, husbands cannot be executed for murdering their wives.

Formal objections to the ruling have been raised by three Saudi activists, and the twitter hashtag #AnaLama (which translates as I Am Lama) has been set up.
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  Grandmaster Putin's Golden Trap     :  Information Clearing House - ICH

  Grandmaster Putin's Golden Trap     :  Information Clearing House - ICH | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it

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Ukraine’s Made-in-USA Finance Minister | Consortiumnews

Ukraine’s Made-in-USA Finance Minister | Consortiumnews | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it

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72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents | World Truth.TV

72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents | World Truth.TV | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner?  Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order?  Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a “potential terrorist” according to official U.S. government documents.  At one time, the term “terrorist” was used very narrowly. 
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Germany's Unpaid Debt to Greece: Economist Albrecht Ritschl on WWII Reparations That Never Were

Germany's Unpaid Debt to Greece: Economist Albrecht Ritschl on WWII Reparations That Never Were | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
The very basics of this are that Germany exacted a forced loan from the Bank of Greece during the occupation, and that forced loan was not paid back, and there was probably no intention to. What we had here was an attempt to disguise, to camouflage, so to speak, occupation costs as a forced loan - and this loan had several bad aspects. It fueled hyperinflation in Greece, which was already on the way due to the Italian occupation, and most importantly, it drained Greece of vital resources. It led to a catastrophic decline in economic activity; it probably did nothing to make the German occupation in any way less unpopular than it had been before. It stiffened the resolve of the Greek resistance; it did all sorts of very tragic and bad things.
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Munich conference: Russia ‘hate fest’ or split between Western allies?

Munich conference: Russia ‘hate fest’ or split between Western allies? | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
The Americans led the harsh anti-Russian rhetoric at the conference, and once again, they did not exclude the possibility of lethal arms deliveries to Ukraine in the future.

Speaking to reporters, NATO’s top commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said that although no troops would be sent to Ukraine, providing Kiev with lethal weapons and equipment was on the cards.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, British Conservative politician and former foreign secretary Malcom Rifkind, and US senator Lindsey Graham notably took a pronounced anti-Russian stance, blaming the Kremlin for the violence in Ukraine.
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Syriza and the new economic narrative #journo #journalism

Syriza and the new economic narrative #journo #journalism | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
The ever closer ties between journalists and NGOs

When journalists report on humanitarian crises, they are increasingly reliant on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on the ground. NGOs have access, resources and local knowledge which too often journalists parachuting into a crisis do not. One of the main factors is financial as news organisations continue to shrink their budgets, making it more and more difficult to do international stories justice.

But when a journalist is "embedded" with an NGO, whose involvement could range from distributing information to providing accommodation and protection, there are ethical considerations to bear in mind. So, too, when NGOs begin to produce their own packaged reports to spare news outlets from having to send anyone at all.
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Rafah on the Border with Gaza: 3,300 Year Old City to be "Wiped Off the Map"

Rafah on the Border with Gaza: 3,300 Year Old City to be "Wiped Off the Map" | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
The city of Rafah has survived the invading armies of Assyria, Greece, and Rome, among others. It has outlasted Napoleon’s armies, the Mamluks, the British, and the Ottoman Empire, just to name a few.

Before this year is out, Rafah will cease to exist.

The city of Rafah, which has been a part of Egypt since the pharaonic period, is to be removed from the map; its residents relocated to the imaginatively named, yet-to-be-built city of New Rafah.

Rafah is located in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt’s northeast, straddling the border with the Gaza Strip. It is home to thousands of families, all of whom will be forcibly relocated under plans to create a “buffer zone” on the border.
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Greek FinMin statement on ECB decision (in English)

Greek FinMin statement on ECB decision (in English) | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it

Greek FinMin statement on ECB decision (in English)The government daily widens the circle of consultations with partners and institutions to which itbelongs, remains unwavering in its goal of  a social salvation program approved by the vote of the Greek people, and it consults with  view to draw up the European policy that will finally ends theself-reinforcing crisis of Greek social economy.”

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American Weapons to Ukraine: Beyond the Point of No Return - Russia Insider

American Weapons to Ukraine: Beyond the Point of No Return - Russia Insider | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
The crisis that is Ukraine has reached the boiling point, the point most sane people feared would arrive eventually.The crucible that that country has become, it’s once again torn into shreds by familiar enemies of peace. We’ve arrived; the world that is, at the crossroads that may end up in total war.
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German protestors rally at Finance Ministry in solidarity with Greece

German protestors rally at Finance Ministry in solidarity with Greece | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
Dozens of protestors rally outside the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin where the Finance Ministers of Greece and Germany, Yanis Varoufakis and Wolfgang Schäuble are gathered to discuss a possible renegotiation of the Greek debt.
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Greece says No to EU statement on Russia

Greece says No to EU statement on Russia | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it

The new far-left government in Greece dropped a bombshell on its first day in office by abjuring an EU statement on Russia.

It said in a press communique on Tuesday (27 January): “the aforementioned statement was released without the prescribed procedure to obtain consent by the member states and particularly without ensuring the consent of Greece”.

“In this context, it is underlined that Greece does not consent to this statement”.

It added that its new PM, Alexis Tsipras, expressed “discontent” in a phone call to EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini.

The EU statement on Russia, published on Tuesday morning, claimed all 28 leaders had agreed Russia bears “responsibility” for a rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which killed 30 people.

It also called on foreign ministers to “consider any appropriate action” - further sanctions on Russia.

It was drafted by the cabinet of EU Council chief Donald Tusk, a Russia-critical Pole, on Monday evening.

His people say he phoned Tsipras and that they contacted all the capitals' “sherpas” - senior officials dealing with EU issues in each leader's private office.

They also say no one on the Greek side voiced objections until Monday morning.

They then suggested adding a footnote to the statement, but “as Greece did not want such a footnote, it was clear to us that we could publish the statement as agreed in the evening”.

For its part, the Greek embassy to the EU is playing down the fiasco as confusion linked to the hand-over of power in Athens.

But one EU diplomat told this website Greece had tried to remove the line blaming Russia for the Mariupol killing.

He said Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia also tried, and failed, to “water down” the communique.

Meanwhile, an EU Council official said the situation - a retroactive abjuration of an EU line - has “never happened before”.

“I guess this means it’s now a statement of 27 EU heads of state or government instead of 28 and we will have to add the footnote”, he said.

“But it’s not a legally binding document anyway, so it doesn’t become invalid in that sense”.

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Syriza’s Challenge » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Syriza’s Challenge » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
Across Europe, and more specifically, the euro-zone, a spectre did not so much haunt as totally materialise in the form of Alex Tsipras and the Syriza party. Greece woke up to a new party that had never seen office, coming within a few seats of governing in its own right. Any European party would have salivated at such an outcome – coalitions tend to be a matter of course, and majorities normally associated with authoritarian types. In the Greek case, the order established during the post-junta period had been overturned – at least on electoral paper.
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‘If they can do it in Greece, we can do it here!’ British left stage Greek embassy demo

‘If they can do it in Greece, we can do it here!’ British left stage Greek embassy demo | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
Following Syriza’s Greek election triumph, left-wing campaigners from Britain’s Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) are set to hold a celebration and solidarity demonstration at the Greek embassy in London.

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“Millions of workers in other countries also suffering cuts in living standards and rising unemployment – whilst facing a rich elite which has successfully protected itself from recession – will ask ‘if they can do it in Greece, why can't we do it here?’” Nellist added.

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West made 'mistake' in #Libya in 2011 #Italy

West made 'mistake' in #Libya in 2011 #Italy | Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. | Scoop.it
The Italian foreign minister admits that Western countries’ intervention in Libya was a “mistake.”
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