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Austerity Psychosis (Abbauwahn) Rules in Merkel’s Berlin; 90% of Loans to Greece Went to German and French Zombie Banks; Greek Debt Is Illegal – Vote No!

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
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July 3, 2015

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Economic Self-Defense and Development Program for Post-Austerity Greece

How to Thrive After the Memorandum and the Euro

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D., Tax Wall Street Party USA
TARPLEY.net
June 28, 2015

Greece has negotiated in good faith with the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank, and European Commission. But these institutions have sabotaged a negotiated solution. Because of the reckless and erratic bad-faith shown by figures like Merkel, Schaeuble, LaGarde, Juncker and Draghi, as well as by the Samaras opposition, Greece must now prepare other options. Remaining inside the eurozone on reasonable conditions would still be the best option. But, if the creditors refuse all reasonable solutions, Greece must be ready to defend herself economically. It is of great importance that the creditors be perceived in their actual role of aggressors, deserving of liability and opprobrium for expelling Greece from the euro. The creditors must be seen in the eyes of world and world public opinion as the fanatical guilty parties, and responsible for all damages. It is imperative that any further negotiations be conducted in this spirit. Countries outside of Europe must blame Merkel, Schaeuble, LaGarde, Juncker, and Draghi, and not Tsipras and Varoufakis, for any and all negative consequences for the world economy.

If expelled from the euro, the Greek government must declare a total state of emergency equivalent in every way to one that would be invoked in case of military attack by a hostile foreign power. The Greek government may be obliged to rule by decree. The option of dissolving parliament must be kept ready.

Acting under these emergency powers, the Greek government will reinstate the drachma as legal tender if expelled from the euro bloc.

If expelled from the euro, the Greek government must declare an immediate, unilateral, and comprehensive foreign debt moratorium, covering all principal and interest payments to international and supranational institutions like the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the European Commission, all foreign governments and multilateral entities, plus all foreign banks, hedge funds, financial institutions, and creditors of all types. Because of the complicity of these institutions in the multi-year rape of Greece, not one penny will be allotted either by the Greek government or by Greek financial entities until further notice. At the same time, the Greek government stands ready to negotiate in reciprocal good faith with foreign creditors on a case-by-case basis. This unilateral debt moratorium will be uniform, orderly, and total. In no case will the Greek government accept formulas based on paying creditors a certain percentage of export earnings for any variation on this theme. The international debt of Greece represents an odious burden, which for the moment can no longer be serviced. Payments on debts within Greece should continue normally.

If expelled from the euro, the Greek government will have no alternative but to declare a bank holiday to carry out the nationalization of all commercial banks in this country, without exceptions. These commercial banks will be subjected to immediate triage, with hopelessly bankrupt institutions wound up and shutdown, healthy institutions immediately reflated with credit from the new National Bank of Greece (see below), and salvageable banks subjected to a process of bankruptcy, reorganization. These commercial banks will operate under the direction of the Greek finance ministry, which will have the power to order with immediate effect hirings and firings among executives and boards of directors. In the course of the bankruptcy liquidation of hopelessly insolvent banks, over-the-counter derivatives, credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, and similar derivative instruments will be paid last. The banks will be operated for the general welfare, and for the broad recovery of the Greek economy, rather than for the interests of a minority of plutocrats.

At the same time, the Greek government will stabilize the banking system and restore confidence by immediately activating a system of deposit insurance, modeled on the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Greek government should issue a special proclamation that under no circumstances will it permit a Cyprus-style solution through legalized theft from bank accounts and safe deposit boxes.

Comprehensive capital controls and exchange controls must be enacted, by decree and without warning. Finance ministry officials will be stationed in the banks. Large withdrawals from bank accounts and sales or transfers of securities will have to be licensed through the finance ministry. Transfers of capital out of Greece will have to be licensed by the finance ministry and subjected to a special tax. Special measures against capital flight will be instituted, including sending additional special inspectors to prevent currency smuggling of by land, sea, and air. Transfers by wire, Internet, bitcoin, hawala and all other systems will be subject to finance ministry examination and approval. For Greece, the era of hot money will be over.

The Bank of Greece will be seized, nationalized, and reconstituted as the National Bank of Greece. Under normal conditions, the operations of the National Bank of Greece will be controlled by public laws openly debated and approved by parliament. For the duration of the post-euro economic emergency, however, the National Bank of Greece will operate under the immediate supervision of a special interministerial committee of the prime minister, the finance minister, and the economics minister. Also, for the duration of the emergency the National Bank of Greece will be tasked with full employment, the defending and improving the standard of living and general welfare of the people, with the most rapid possible technological modernization of Greek agriculture, industry, and transportation, and – strictly subordinated to these — price stability. The National Bank of Greece will no longer be a mere central bank responding to the demands of bankers, but rather a National Bank responsible for serving the needs of the national economy as a whole. A principal tool in the pursuit of this goal will be the issuance of cheap, subsidized lines of credit and the rediscounting of bonds at interest rates as low as 0% per year, and with maturities ranging up to 100 years (century bonds), as needed.

The National Bank of Greece will establish special windows with an initial capital of the drachma equivalents of 500 billion euros in a revolving fund subject to increments as needed:

  1. Infrastructure development, with emphasis on freight rail, modern highways, and the upgrading the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki, which should become the great entrepot ports of the Balkans and southeastern Europe.
  2. Promoting Greek shipping and shipbuilding to renew the merchant fleets and retain or improve Greece’s position as the number four merchant fleet in the world.
  3. The support of Greek agriculture.
  4. Meeting the needs of the Greek petrochemicals and energy production.
  5. Developing light industry.
  6. Enhancing tourism and recreation.
  7. Improving the health care system.
  8. Investing in human capital through education and training.
  9. Export financing and guarantees for all Greek products and services.
  10. Providing working capital and credit for all productive economic activity which generates a tangible physical product through commodity manufacturing. These categories will include industry, agriculture, mining, transportation, infrastructure, food services, maintenance and repairs, textile production and maintenance, electronics, and scientific research leading to productive technologies. No subsidized long-term credit by the National Bank of Greece should be allocated to financial services, financial engineering, etc.

These investments will be guided by an In-Country Resource Census. This census will be used first of all, to determine the magnitude of Greek national resources available for an ambitious and expedited program of quality modern housing for the Greek people. As a general rule, credit for housing construction should be allocated by the National Bank of Greece up to the point where no unemployed or discouraged workers remain in the construction sector, and all material resources are being fully utilized. The same thing goes for highway construction, and the creation of schools, hospitals, university buildings, government buildings, libraries, and the like.

The Greek government should also arrange a series of barter arrangements wholly outside the IMF-WTO system to guarantee adequate supplies of oil, coal, electricity, basic foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and other indispensable provisions for the welfare of the Greek people.

Financial support for Greece must be sought from all available sources from Beijing to Moscow to Washington, with no ideological preclusions whatsoever. At the same time, the assistance of friendly nations should be sought for the purposes of neutralizing such color revolutions, coups, destabilizations, and other disturbances as may materialize.

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With a Report from Michael Chiotinis in Athens

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
June 27, 2015

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“John” Schellnhuber, Merkel’s Holdren: Now a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Schellnhuber

Hans Joachim “John” Schellnhuber

Hans Joachim “John” Schellnhuber, radical environmentalist and global warming advisor to Chancellor Merkel of Germany. He was the star of the Vatican press conference presenting the new encyclical in support of the global warming theory. Schellnhuber has just been named as a member of the Papal Academy of Sciences in the Vatican, despite the fact that he is an atheist. Some observers class Schellnhuber as a scientific pantheist. He embraces the Gaia theory of James Lovelock, according to which the earth is a living thing, locked in an existential struggle with the destructive forces of Shiva. Schellnhuber also subscribes to the carrying capacity theory developed by the Venetian crank Giammaria Ortes in the late 18th century. According to Schellnhuber, earth’s carrying capacity is limited to 1 billion persons, far below the current level of 7.32 billion. “In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something –- namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people,” said Schellnhuber at a December 2009 global warming meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. (“Scientist: Warming Could Cut Population to 1 Billion,” New York Times, March 13, 2009, at http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/13/scientist-warming-could-cut-population-to-1-billion/?_r=0) At this meeting, Schellnhuber appeared to amend reports of his statement to say that global warming could soon reduce earth’s alleged carrying capacity to 1 billion. Schellnhuber heads the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU or Scientific Advisory Council of the German Federal Government for Global Environmental Changes), an aggressive neo-Malthusian propaganda organ, in addition to his post as founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Schellnhuber wants an Earth Constitution (replacing national constitutions and the UN Charter), a Global Council (no doubt of éminences vertes), and a Planetary Court. He has warned that “earth likely will be populated by at least 9 billion people by 2050…You have to imagine that these people will reach an average level of consumption that Portugal has, one of the poorer countries in Europe …When you imagine that if all these 9 billion people claim all these resources, then the earth will explode.” This is just the opposite of third world development. Schellnhuber’s global warming extremism thus appears analogous to the role of John Holdren, Obama’s White House science advisor. (Foto Hollin)

Schellnhuber’s emphatic statements amount to rhetoric, not science. The global warming hypothesis is in grave crisis and could soon collapse, as we can see in a 2013 Der Spiegel interview with top German meteorologist Hans von Storch, who remains lucid despite his status as a global warming supporter:

Storch: “So far, no one has been able to provide a compelling answer to why climate change seems to be taking a break. We’re facing a puzzle. Recent CO2 emissions have actually risen even more steeply than we feared. As a result, according to most climate models, we should have seen temperatures rise by around 0.25 degrees Celsius (0.45 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past 10 years. That hasn’t happened. In fact, the increase over the last 15 years was just 0.06 degrees Celsius (0.11 degrees Fahrenheit) — a value very close to zero. This is a serious scientific problem that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will have to confront….If things continue as they have been, in five years, at the latest, [i.e. 2018] we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models. A 20-year pause in global warming does not occur in a single modeled scenario. But even today, we are finding it very difficult to reconcile actual temperature trends with our expectations….The other possibility is that, in our simulations, we have underestimated how much the climate fluctuates owing to natural causes.” (“Climate Expert Hans von Storch: Why Is Global Warming Stagnating?,” Spiegel Online International, June 20, 2013, at http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-hans-von-storch-on-problems-with-climate-change-models-a-906721.html) Obviously, natural causes cannot be anthropogenic, but could easily turn out to be a matter of solar activity.

The five year deadline after which the anthropogenic global warming theory may collapse could account for the great haste with which Merkel and other politicians have embraced the “decarbonization” of the world at the recent G-7 conference, now followed by the encyclical. All the more reason to avoid a flight forward at the Paris conference at the end of this year.

Was the Confederate States of America Based on Slavery, or Was Slavery an Incidental or Minor Issue?

Confederacy Based on Slavery: CSA Vice President Alexander Stephens

Alexander Stephens

CSA VP Alexander Stephens

Stephens was so weak and small that he risked being spoken to as a child, but his atrophy did not prevent him from arguing for white supremacy as the bedrock of the new Confederate slave empire.

Some hysterical libertarian idolaters of the Confederate battle flag have been shocked by the massive and long overdue repudiation of this symbol on the part of the American people to the point of asserting that slavery had little or nothing to do with secession and civil war. This is plainly absurd.

Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens was adamant in 1861 that slavery was the foundation of the entire Confederate enterprise. In his infamous Cornerstone Speech, delivered at Savannah, Georgia on March 21, 1861, Stephens rejected the American idea that all persons are created equal. Rather, he argued, “Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornerstone_Speech)

This could not be clearer, although it did not prevent Stephens from demoting slavery to an issue of scant importance in his postwar writings.

As for the Confederate Constitution of 1861, it was emphatically organized around slavery, prescribing that “No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.” — Article I Section 9(4)

Slavery would always follow the same Confederate flag being debated today:

The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several states; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form states to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory, the institution of negro slavery as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected by Congress, and by the territorial government: and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories, shall have the right to take to such territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the states or territories of the Confederate states.” — Article IV Section 3(3)

It was thus Confederacy and slavery, then and forever, one and inseparable.

As for the supposed anti-slavery feelings of the much-overrated tactician Robert E. Lee, it was the standard practice of his Army of Northern Virginia to kidnap and enslave any black people they captured, as for example during the Antietam campaign of 1862 and the Gettysburg campaign of 1863.

Sorry, Libertarians: Magna Carta of 1215 Let Feudal Oligarchs Wage Private Civil Wars; Post-1310 Modern State Under Visconti a Big Improvement

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
rense.com
June 16, 2015

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The Fraud of Magna Carta 2015: The Often-Suppressed Paragraph 61 Gave Twenty-Five Feudal Barons the Right to Wage Civil War Against the Crown, thus Sanctioning Endless Private Warfare, the Greatest Scourge of Europe Before the Coming of the Modern State

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net
June 16, 2015

Inclined to believe that the Magna Carta was really a charter of liberties for the English people? Guess again. The rights enumerated are mainly those of predatory feudal barons. These rights included the right to wage bloody civil war against the king, killing anybody and everybody except the sovereign, the queen, and their children. Check to see if the version you are reading includes the infamous paragraph 61, the civil war enabling clause, which is usually omitted from politically correct texts:

(61) SINCE WE HAVE GRANTED ALL THESE THINGS for God, for the better ordering of our kingdom, and to allay the discord that has arisen between us and our barons, and since we desire that they shall be enjoyed in their entirety, with lasting strength, for ever, we give and grant to the barons the following security: The barons shall elect twenty-five of their number to keep, and cause to be observed with all their might, the peace and liberties granted and confirmed to them by this charter. If we, our chief justice, our officials, or any of our servants offend in any respect against any man, or transgress any of the articles of the peace or of this security, and the offence is made known to four of the said twenty-five barons, they shall come to us – or in our absence from the kingdom to the chief justice – to declare it and claim immediate redress. If we, or in our absence abroad the chief justice, make no redress within forty days, reckoning from the day on which the offence was declared to us or to him, the four barons shall refer the matter to the rest of the twenty-five barons, who may distrain upon and assail us in every way possible, with the support of the whole community of the land, by seizing our castles, lands, possessions, or anything else saving only our own person and those of the queen and our children, until they have secured such redress as they have determined upon. Having secured the redress, they may then resume their normal obedience to us. Any man who so desires may take an oath to obey the commands of the twenty-five barons for the achievement of these ends, and to join with them in assailing us to the utmost of his power. We give public and free permission to take this oath to any man who so desires, and at no time will we prohibit any man from taking it. Indeed, we will compel any of our subjects who are unwilling to take it to swear it at our command. If one of the twenty-five barons dies or leaves the country, or is prevented in any other way from discharging his duties, the rest of them shall choose another baron in his place, at their discretion, who shall be duly sworn in as they were. In the event of disagreement among the twenty-five barons on any matter referred to them for decision, the verdict of the majority present shall have the same validity as a unanimous verdict of the whole twenty-five, whether these were all present or some of those summoned were unwilling or unable to appear. The twenty-five barons shall swear to obey all the above articles faithfully, and shall cause them to be obeyed by others to the best of their power. We will not seek to procure from anyone, either by our own efforts or those of a third party, anything by which any part of these concessions or liberties might be revoked or diminished. Should such a thing be procured, it shall be null and void and we will at no time make use of it, either ourselves or through a third party.

— From the “English Translation of Magna Carta of 2015”, British Museum Library, emphasis added

If we recall that the incessant private armed conflicts among the feudal nobility was the most destructive feature of medieval civilization, far worse than any royal abuse of power by weak feudal monarchs, we can see the vast fraud perpetrated on the modern world by the Magna Carta myth. Compared to feudal private warfare, the absolutism of Giangaleazzo Visconti, Louis XI, or Henry VII looked like a god-send.

Among the sanitizers of the Magna Carta who omit Paragraph 61 as revealed by a cursory check, we found the US National Archives and Records Administration (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/translation.html).

The Constitution Society has paragraph 61 (http://www.constitution.org/eng/magnacar.htm), as does Fordham University (http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/magnacarta.asp).

CNN, NPR, and countless media outlets omit any mention of the civil war enabling clause. In any case, the barons’ idea of liberty coincides with the ideas of Rand Paul, the Koch brothers, and so many neofeudal oligarchs.

Italy’s Top Judge Ferdinando Imposimato Demands Freedom for Rev. Pinkney, No Layoffs by Whirlpool in Italy; IMF and European Union Split Over Merkel’s Financial Brinksmansip vs Greece; Neo-Ottoman Erdogan Falls to Earth; NATO Holding Large Naval Drills in Baltic; Kiev Fascists Step Up Shelling of Donetsk; ISIS Czar Allen, Convicted Felon Petraeus Still Welcome at Sleazy Bilderberg Confab; House Vote Against Free Trade Swindle Shows Better Tone in US Politics; Lowdown on Sanders, Clinton, Santorum, Paul, Rubio, Walker

With Reports from Michael Chiotinis in Athens, Charlie Skelton in Telfs-Buchen, Austria, and Rev. Edward Pinkney in Coldwater, Michigan

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
June 14, 2015

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Rev. Edward Pinkney

Reverend Edward Pinkney

Judge Imposimato

Italy’s top judge, an admired anti-terrorism and anti-Mafia investigator, supports the campaign to free Rev. Edward Pinkney while at the same time preventing Whirlpool Corporation from carrying out massive layoffs at its plants in Italy: Judge Ferdinando Imposimato, who just a few months ago was a contender for the Presidency of the Italian Republic, is the first signatory of a call that includes these demands. In 1985, the French magazine Le Point saluted Imposimato as Mr. Justice Courage on its front page. In the January 2015 election of the President of the Italian Republic, Imposimato received the second largest number of votes.

Judge Ferdinando Imposimato, Honorary President of Italy’s Supreme Court, Is First Signatory of Call to Support Italian Metal Workers Striking Whirlpool on June 12 to Keep Their Jobs and Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Fighting to Free a Whirlpool Company Town

From Varese, Italy to Benton Harbor, Michigan: The Same Struggle Against Whirlpool

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net
June 12, 2015

Ferdinando Imposimato

Having examined a summary of the legal action against Reverend Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan (USA), I feel the duty to express my gravest concern about abuses of civil and human rights against this of this minister of the gospel, who is at the same time the main leader of popular resistance against the anti-freedom regime imposed in that area by the multinational corporation Whirlpool, which has its world headquarters precisely in Benton Harbor.

Whirlpool represents the largest appliance company in the Western world. Pinkney was indicted with the accusation of having forged the dates of a few signatures on petitions circulated to recall Mayor Hightower, a Whirlpool ally, and force him to justify his behavior in office before the voters through the device of calling an early election. Pinkney was sentenced to up to 10 years’ imprisonment, despite the absolute absence of any proof against him. Normally, according to Michigan law, this entire matter would have been considered a misdemeanor, but in order to take down Pinkney, the head of the opposition in the city, this charge was inflated to the level of being an extremely serious felony. In addition, Pinkney’s trial was polluted by so many intrigues among the judge, the sheriff, the county officials, and a member of the jury who committed perjury, all of which makes Pinkney’s conviction invalid, and requires that it be struck down, in my opinion.

In recent days, I have seen the beginnings in Italy of that same process of urban degradation and economic impoverishment which has ruined the city of Benton Harbor. In recent years, Whirlpool has bought up large chunks of our splendid Italian appliance industry, including especially the appliance manufacturer Indesit. Now, Whirlpool executives have issued a proclamation from Benton Harbor announcing with absolute arrogance that they intend to wipe out about 2,000 jobs, which means more than a third of the current personnel of the Italian branch of Whirlpool. This mass firing would be a devastating blow for Varese, Caserta, Turin, Naples, Siena, and the other Italian cities which Whirlpool is targeting.

We have to ask ourselves if Whirlpool is trying to drive these Italian cities down to the same level of plantations of despair which we observe today in Benton Harbor. God forbid!

I therefore call on the Italian government to intervene to protect these jobs in our country. The Italian government should call in the American ambassador in Rome and demand explanations about the Pinkney case, emphatically reminding him that the United States, as signatories along with Italy of the Final Act of the Helsinki Treaty (1975) are required to respect human rights and civil rights, with voting rights at the top of the list — meaning exactly the right which Reverend Pinckney was attempting to exercise.

Ferdinando Imposimato, Honorary President of the Supreme Court of Italy, anti-terror and anti-Mafia investigator, former candidate for President of the Italian Republic

Da Varese a Benton Harbor, Michigan: Il Giudice Imposimato Primo Firmatario Dell’Appello per Appoggiare la Lotta dei Metalmeccanici e del Reverendo Pinkney Contro la Whirlpool

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Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net
12 Giugno 2015

Ferdinando Imposimato

Vista la sintesi del procedimento penale contro il Reverendo Edward Pinkney di Benton Harbor, Michigan (USA), sento il dovere di esprimere la mia più viva preoccupazione per gli abusi dei diritti civili e dei diritti umani di questo sacerdote, il quale rappresenta al contempo il principale dirigente della resistenza popolare contro il regime liberticida imposto nella zona dalla società multinazionale Whirlpool che ha il suo quartiere generale mondiale proprio a Benton Harbor. La Whirlpool costituisce la più grande impresa di elettrodomestici del mondo occidentale. Pinkney è stato incriminato con l’accusa di aver alterato la data di alcune firme sulle petizioni per porre fine al mandato del sindaco Hightower, uomo di fiducia della Whirlpool, e costringerlo a giustificare la sua condotta davanti agli elettori nella forma di elezioni anticipate. Pinkney è stato condannato a ben 10 anni di reclusione nonostante l’assoluta mancanza di prove a suo carico. Normalmente second le leggi del Michigan questo si sarebbe considerato come una trasgressione minore, ma per colpire Pinkney, capo dell-opposizione in città, è stato gonfiato fino al livello di un gravissimo reato. Inoltre, il processo era inquinato da tanti intrighi fra il giudice, lo sceriffo, funzionari della contea, e una componente della giuria colpevole di falsa testimonianza, rendendo la condanna di Pinkney non valida e da rovesciare, al parer mio.

In questi giorni, io vedo iniziarsi in Italia lo processo di degradazione civica e impoverimento economico che hanno rovinato Benton Harbor. Negli anni recenti, la Whirlpool ha acquisito grosse fette della nostra splendida industria italiana di elettrodomestici, in particolare della Indesit. Adesso, i dirigenti della Whirlpool di Benton Harbor annunciano con somma arroganza la loro intenzione di abolire circa 2,000 posti di lavoro, ossia più di un terzo dell’organico in Italia. Questo licenziamento di massa sarebbe un gravissimo colpo per Varese, Caserta, Torino, Napoli, Siena, Trento e le altre città italiane nel mirino della Whirlpool. Dobbiamo chiederci se la Whirlpool intenda ridurre questi centri allo stesso status di triste piantagioni che osserviamo oggi a Benton Harbor. Dio non voglia.

Intervenga dunque il governo per proteggere questi posti di lavoro. Il governo Italiano esiga spiegazioni sul caso Pinkney dall’ambasciatore Americano a Roma, facendo presente con grande enfasi che gli Stati Uniti in quanto firmatari assieme all’Italia dell’Atto finale del trattato di Helsinki (1975) hanno l’obbligo imperativo di tutelare i diritti umani e civili, fra cui spicca quel diritto di voto che il Reverendo Pinkney voleva esercitare.

— Ferdinando Imposimato

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Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
June 7, 2015

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June is becoming a decisive month in the struggle of the Greek people to roll back the killer austerity imposed over five years by the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Even though Athens had the money to pay a €300 million debt service payment on June 5, Tsipras and Varoufakis chose to exercise their option to delay that payment, and all payments due this month, until June 30. Unless some solution is found in the meantime, meaning in the next two weeks, the world economy will go to the brink at that time, which coincides with the transition from the second to the third quarters. Greece is far from being the only country on the brink. There is also for example Ukraine, which has been openly preparing for default for several months. The Rada in Kiev has passed a bill allowing for default which targets Russia. The carpetbagging Ukraine Finance Minister, an American woman named Natalie Jaresko, has been campaigning for Ukraine to get a debt write-down or haircut – exactly what Greece has been asking for, only to meet a stone wall from the Eurogarchs and Eurozombies. As for Argentina and Venezuela, the US has been doing everything possible to drive them into default. The world financial system is once again in grave peril, with political meddling playing a big part this time.

Tsipras

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Schäubele

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäubele

To make clear once again the willingness of the Greek government to bargain in good faith for the eminently reasonable rollback of failed austerity policies, we republish here Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ article in Paris’ Le Monde newspaper: “Europe at crossroads,” which appeared May 31 and has been translated by the Greek government web site:

On 25th of last January, the Greek people made a courageous decision. They dared to challenge the one-way street of the Memorandum’s tough austerity, and to seek a new agreement. A new agreement that will keep the country in the Euro, with a viable economic program, without the mistakes of the past.

The Greek people paid a high price for these mistakes; over the past five years the unemployment rate climbed to 28% (60% for young people), average income decreased by 40%, while according to Eurostat’s data, Greece became the EU country with the highest index of social inequality.

And the worst result: Despite badly damaging the social fabric, this Program failed to invigorate the competitiveness of the Greek economy. Public debt soared from 124% to 180% of GDP, and despite the heavy sacrifices of the people, the Greek economy remains trapped in continuous uncertainty caused by unattainable fiscal balance targets that further the vicious cycle of austerity and recession.

The new Greek government’s main goal during these last four months has been to put an end to this vicious cycle, an end to this uncertainty.

Doing so requires a mutually beneficial agreement that will set realistic goals regarding surpluses, while also reinstating an agenda of growth and investment. A final solution to the Greek problem is now more mature and more necessary than ever.

Such an agreement will also spell the end of the European economic crisis that began 7 years ago, by putting an end to the cycle of uncertainty in the Eurozone.

Today, Europe has the opportunity to make decisions that will trigger a rapid recovery of the Greek and European economy by ending Grexit scenarios, scenarios that prevent the long-term stabilization of the European economy and may, at any given time, weaken the confidence of both citizens and investors in our common currency.

Many, however, claim that the Greek side is not cooperating to reach an agreement because it comes to the negotiations intransigent and without proposals.

Is this really the case?

Because these times are critical, perhaps historic–not only for the future of Greece but also for the future of Europe–I would like to take this opportunity to present the truth, and to responsibly inform the world’s public opinion about the real intentions and positions of Greece.

The Greek government, on the basis of the Eurogroup’s decision on February 20th, has submitted a broad package of reform proposals, with the intent to reach an agreement that will combine respect for the mandate of the Greek people with respect for the rules and decisions governing the Eurozone.

One of the key aspects of our proposals is the commitment to lower – and hence make feasible – primary surpluses for 2015 and 2016, and to allow for higher primary surpluses for the following years, as we expect a proportional increase in the growth rates of the Greek economy.

Another equally fundamental aspect of our proposals is the commitment to increase public revenues through a redistribution of the burden from lower and middle classes to the higher ones that have effectively avoided paying their fair share to help tackle the crisis, since they were for all accounts protected by both the political elite and the Troika who turned “a blind eye”.

From the very start, our government has clearly demonstrated its intention and determination to address these matters by legislating a specific bill to deal with fraud caused by triangular transactions, and by intensifying customs and tax controls to reduce smuggling and tax evasion.

While, for the first time in years, we charged media owners for their outstanding debts owed to the Greek public sector.

These actions are changing things in Greece, as evidenced the speeding up of work in the courts to administer justice in cases of substantial tax evasion. In other words, the oligarchs who were used to being protected by the political system now have many reasons to lose sleep.

In addition to these overarching goals that define our proposals, we have also offered highly detailed and specific plans during the course of our discussions with the institutions that have bridged the distance between our respective positions that separated us a few months ago.

Specifically, the Greek side has accepted to implement a series of institutional reforms, such as strengthening the independence of the General Secretariat for Public Revenues and of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), interventions to accelerate the administration of justice, as well as interventions in the product markets to eliminate distortions and privileges.

Also, despite our clear opposition to the privatization model promoted by the institutions that neither creates growth perspectives nor transfers funds to the real economy and the unsustainable debt, we accepted to move forward, with some minor modifications, on privatizations to prove our intention of taking steps towards approaching the other side.

We also agreed to implement a major VAT reform by simplifying the system and reinforcing the redistributive dimension of the tax in order to achieve an increase in both collection and revenues.

We have submitted specific proposals concerning measures that will result in a further increase in revenues. These include a special contribution tax on very high profits, a tax on e-betting, the intensification of checks of bank account holders with large sums – tax evaders, measures for the collection of public sector arrears, a special luxury tax, and a tendering process for broadcasting and other licenses, which the Troika coincidentally forgot about for the past five years.

These measures will increase revenues, and will do so without having recessionary effects since they do not further reduce active demand or place more burdens on the low and middle social strata.

Furthermore, we agreed to implement a major reform of the social security system that entails integrating pension funds and repealing provisions that wrongly allow for early retirement, which increases the real retirement age.

These reforms will be put into place despite the fact that the losses endured by the pension funds, which have created the medium-term problem of their sustainability, are mainly due to political choices of both the previous Greek governments and especially the Troika, who share the responsibility for these losses: the pension funds’ reserves have been reduced by 25 billion through the PSI and from very high unemployment, which is almost exclusively due to the extreme austerity program that has been implemented in Greece since 2010.

Finally–and despite our commitment to the workforce to immediately restore European legitimacy to the labor market that has been fully dismantled during the last five years under the pretext of competitiveness–we have accepted to implement labor reforms after our consultation with the ILO, which has already expressed a positive opinion about the Greek government’s proposals.

Given the above, it is only reasonable to wonder why there is such insistence by Institutional officials that Greece is not submitting proposals.

What end is served by this prolonged liquidity moratorium towards the Greek economy? Especially in light of the fact that Greece has shown that it wants to meet its external obligations, having paid more than 17 billion in interest and amortizations (about 10% of its GDP) since August 2014 without any external funding.

And finally, what is the purpose of the coordinated leaks that claim that we are not close to an agreement that will put an end to the European and global economic and political uncertainty fueled by the Greek issue?

The informal response that some are making is that we are not close to an agreement because the Greek side insists on its positions to restore collective bargaining and refuses to implement a further reduction of pensions.

Here, too, I must make some clarifications:

Regarding the issue of collective bargaining, the position of the Greek side is that it is impossible for the legislation protecting employees in Greece to not meet European standards or, even worse, to flagrantly violate European labor legislation. What we are asking for is nothing more than what is common practice in all Eurozone countries. This is the reason why I recently made a joint declaration on the issue with President Juncker.

Concerning the issue on pensions, the position of the Greek government is completely substantiated and reasonable. In Greece, pensions have cumulatively declined from 20% to 48% during the Memorandum years; currently 44.5% of pensioners receive a pension under the fixed threshold of relative poverty while approximately 23.1% of pensioners, according to data from Eurostat, live in danger of poverty and social exclusion.

It is therefore obvious that these numbers, which are the result of Memorandum policy, cannot be tolerated–not simply in Greece but in any civilized country.

So, let’s be clear:

The lack of an agreement so far is not due to the supposed intransigent, uncompromising and incomprehensible Greek stance.

It is due to the insistence of certain institutional actors on submitting absurd proposals and displaying a total indifference to the recent democratic choice of the Greek people, despite the public admission of the three Institutions that necessary flexibility will be provided in order to respect the popular verdict.

What is driving this insistence?

An initial thought would be that this insistence is due to the desire of some to not admit their mistakes and instead, to reaffirm their choices by ignoring their failures.

Moreover, we must not forget the public admission made a few years ago by the IMF that they erred in calculating the depth of the recession that would be caused by the Memorandum.

I consider this, however, to be a shallow approach. I simply cannot believe that the future of Europe depends on the stubbornness or the insistence of some individuals.

My conclusion, therefore, is that the issue of Greece does not only concern Greece; rather, it is the very epicenter of conflict between two diametrically opposing strategies concerning the future of European unification.

The first strategy aims to deepen European unification in the context of equality and solidarity between its people and citizens.

The proponents of this strategy begin with the assumption that it is not possible to demand that the new Greek government follows the course of the previous one – which, we must not forget, failed miserably. This assumption is the starting point, because otherwise, elections would need to be abolished in those countries that are in a Program. Namely, we would have to accept that the institutions should appoint the Ministers and Prime Ministers, and that citizens should be deprived of the right to vote until the completion of the Program.

In other words, this means the complete abolition of democracy in Europe, the end of every pretext of democracy, and the beginning of disintegration and of an unacceptable division of United Europe.

This means the beginning of the creation of a technocratic monstrosity that will lead to a Europe entirely alien to its founding principles.

The second strategy seeks precisely this: The split and the division of the Eurozone, and consequently of the EU.

The first step to accomplishing this is to create a two-speed Eurozone where the “core” will set tough rules regarding austerity and adaptation and will appoint a “super” Finance Minister of the EZ with unlimited power, and with the ability to even reject budgets of sovereign states that are not aligned with the doctrines of extreme neoliberalism.

For those countries that refuse to bow to the new authority, the solution will be simple: Harsh punishment. Mandatory austerity. And even worse, more restrictions on the movement of capital, disciplinary sanctions, fines and even a parallel currency.

Judging from the present circumstances, it appears that this new European power is being constructed, with Greece being the first victim. To some, this represents a golden opportunity to make an example out of Greece for other countries that might be thinking of not following this new line of discipline.

What is not being taken into account is the high amount of risk and the enormous dangers involved in this second strategy. This strategy not only risks the beginning of the end for the European unification project by shifting the Eurozone from a monetary union to an exchange rate zone, but it also triggers economic and political uncertainty, which is likely to entirely transform the economic and political balances throughout the West.

Europe, therefore, is at a crossroads. Following the serious concessions made by the Greek government, the decision is now not in the hands of the institutions, which in any case – with the exception of the European Commission- are not elected and are not accountable to the people, but rather in the hands of Europe’s leaders.

Which strategy will prevail? The one that calls for a Europe of solidarity, equality and democracy, or the one that calls for rupture and division?

If some, however, think or want to believe that this decision concerns only Greece, they are making a grave mistake. I would suggest that they re-read Hemingway’s masterpiece, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. http://www.primeminister.gov.gr/english/2015/05/31/prime-minister-alexis-tsipras-article-at-le-monde-newspaper-europe-at-crossroads/

Actually, the source of this warning phrase is much older than Hemingway’s 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, set amidst the Spanish Civil War. It comes from John Donne’s Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, published in London on January 9, 1624. Here we read:

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

This is the original source of the phrase “For whom the bell tolls.” Donne was a member of the Paolo Sarpi networks, and he wrote this attempting to motivate England to intervene to save the Winter King Frederick of Bohemia from the Hapsburgs and their allies, who were about to topple him in 1620. For whatever reason, this phrase has come to the forefront on the eve of huge crises of civilization, since the Bohemian war of 1620 was the an early episode of the hugely destructive Thirty Years’ War, which destroyed between a third and a half of central Europe. The Spanish Civil War was the prelude to World War II in Europe. This time around, insane leaders like Merkel and Schäubele are pushing the world towards a new financial panic with their reckless and irresponsible anti-Greek austerity policies.

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