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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! /With a rising Jeremy Corbyn and a declining Angela Merkel, Brexit has been upgraded to play a much more critical role / Δημοψήφισμα για Grexit: η τελευταία ευκαιρία να σωθεί η Ελλάδα και η τιμή της Αριστεράς / Populism as the new cliche of the elites to stigmatize anyone not aligned with the establishment / 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 / Οι Γάλλοι νεοαποικιοκράτες επιστρέφουν στην Ελλάδα υπό 'ιδανικές' συνθήκες

17 November, 2017

WikiLeaks paper shows probable signs that the US was preparing for a proxy war in Syria as early as 2006

The WIKILEAKS Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD) holds the world's largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications. As of April 8, 2013 it holds 2 million records comprising approximately 1 billion words. The collection covers US involvements in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on earth. It is the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published. The PlusD collection, built and curated by WikiLeaks, is updated from a variety of sources, including leaks, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and documents released by the US State Department systematic declassification review.


A cable from January 2010 shows probable signs that the US was preparing for a proxy war in Syria as early as 2006.

Despite that, as the cable itself describes, the Syrian government was making some efforts to open its borders to foreign business and investments, the US officials were still unhappy with the Syrian authorities traditional 'habit' to regulate private business activities.

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The cable express the desire of the US to force Syria fully adopt the neoliberal policies, therefore, fully open and deregulate its market in favor of the US companies. Pretexts like bureaucracy, government and public sector corruption are being used. Fully aligned with the neoliberal doctrine, the cable supports even that “labor laws are complex and significantly limit an employer's flexibility to hire and fire employees.” This is a common practice that we've seen by the IMF in all the countries that has 'invaded' and destroyed economically.

There is also a flavor of US intense dissatisfaction for the fact that Syria was cooperating with foreign private capital at the time where the US companies were finding particularly hard to operate in the country due to the sanctions imposed. For example, we read that the Syrian government "awarded a contract to a French-Syrian consortium to operate the container terminal at the Port of Latakia. The tendering process was typically opaque and the winning French company may have benefited from having an influential Syrian partner and an improving political relationship between Syria and France."

Therefore, the only 'solution' for the US capital to escape from this dead end in order to make a dynamic comeback in Syria under its own terms and conditions, was the most common among the US policies: regime change. Such a suspicion can be supported by the fact that, as the cable describes, "since the end of 2006, a number of U.S. corporations, notably in the oil and gas sector, made the decision to divest and cease their activities in Syria.", but mostly by the fact that "the Secretary of the Treasury issued a decision on March 9, 2006 banning correspondent relations between the Commercial Bank of Syria [CBS] and U.S. financial institutions. Although the U.S. Treasury sanction only targets CBS, many U.S. and European banks subsequently cut off correspondent banking relationships with all Syria-based financial institutions."

Finally, it is almost hilarious to read that "the President has designated the Commercial Bank of Syria (CBS) as an institution of primary money-laundering concern.", as if the Western banking cabal is pure and ethical!

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SAA [Syria Accountability Act] sanctions are in addition to restrictions under the Grassley Amendment that prevents U.S. corporations from taking advantage of foreign tax credits for taxes paid in Syria. Furthermore, the President has designated more sanctions under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and Section 311 of the USAPATRIOT Act regarding financial transactions with the Commercial Bank of Syria. As a result, the transfer of U.S. dollars to and from Syria has become difficult, making investments that much more challenging to execute. Therefore, since the end of 2006, a number of U.S. corporations, notably in the oil and gas sector, made the decision to divest and cease their activities in Syria.

In 2009 the Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) did issue new laws in the fields of investment, tourism, shipping, arbitration, intellectual property rights (IPR), banking and finance, real estate, and trade that continue its slow and halting effort to reform the country's economy. Continued political instability in Syria's neighboring countries, however, as well as the international financial crisis, discouraged significant foreign investment. [...] Decree No. 8 is designed to enable investors, whether Syrians, Arabs, or foreigners, to own or lease the land required for their projects, and provides for free repatriation of profits, dividends and invested capital on condition that all tax liabilities have been met.

Although government officials had previously stated that no privatization of state enterprises will take place during the current Five-Year Plan, which runs through 2010, in 2007 the SARG awarded a contract to a Philippines-based company to develop and run the small container terminal in the Port of Tartous. Similarly, in 2008, the SARG awarded a contract to a French-Syrian consortium to operate the container terminal at the Port of Latakia. The tendering process was typically opaque and the winning French company may have benefited from having an influential Syrian partner and an improving political relationship between Syria and France.

In addition to the challenges mentioned above, business contacts highlighted the following specific difficulties of doing business in Syria: - The SARG requires import licenses for every item imported, except for raw materials and items imported from Turkey and the GAFTA (Greater Arab Free Trade Agreement) countries. [...] The awarding of contracts is often delayed by the lobbying efforts of influential local business interests and groups. [...] labor laws are complex and significantly limit an employer's flexibility to hire and fire employees.

In June 2008, the SARG issued Law 11 regulating property ownership by non-Syrians. The law's objective is to facilitate foreign ownership of residential property as a means of stimulating greater overall foreign investment. Law 11 was followed quickly by Law 15 in July 2008, which established a Real Estate Development and Investment Authority specifically empowered to encourage investment in the real estate sector. Despite these steps, foreign individuals and companies are allowed to rent offices and residences for a maximum period of 15 years, which is not renewable.

Enforcement of the Arab League Boycott of Israel (dating from 1967) may lead to difficulties in the importation of needed products or in registering trademarks because the government requires additional paperwork certifying compliance with the boycott. U.S. law prohibits companies from providing this paperwork. Anecdotal reports indicate the SARG has occasionally waived its requirement for boycott compliance certification in order to facilitate business with large U.S. companies. As of September 2009, the Syrian Trademark Office is no longer asking foreign companies to fill out an application declaring their compliance with the Arab League Boycott of Israel.

Under the guidelines of the USAPATRIOT Act, the President has designated the Commercial Bank of Syria (CBS) as an institution of primary money-laundering concern. Consequently, the Secretary of the Treasury issued a decision on March 9, 2006 banning correspondent relations between the Commercial Bank of Syria and U.S. financial institutions. Although the U.S. Treasury sanction only targets CBS, many U.S. and European banks subsequently cut off correspondent banking relationships with all Syria-based financial institutions.

In 2006, the government allowed private investors to have access to foreign currency through CBS to finance the import of raw materials. In 2007, the SARG authorized foreign investors to receive loans and other credit instruments from foreign banks, and to repay them as well as any accrued interest from the proceeds of their projects using local banks. In February 2008, the SARG permitted investors to receive loans in foreign currencies from local private banks provided that the loans are used to finance capital investment, particularly the import of machinery and production equipment. Debtors are free to repay their loans from their foreign currency accounts in Syria or abroad or by purchasing foreign currency from the lending bank.

The SARG passed Law 24 in April 2006 which permits the operation of private money exchange companies, provided such operations are licensed. To date, there are ten currency exchange companies and 12 currency exchange offices operating in Syria, although many more continue to operate illegally on Syria's vast black market. Outward capital and profit transfers are permitted to companies licensed under Decree 8. Otherwise, they are prohibited unless approved by the Prime Minister or arranged separately, as in the case of production-sharing agreements with oil exploration companies.

A number of U.S. suppliers and companies have asserted claims against state enterprises for non-payment of goods and services delivered. The government has made an effort since 1996 to settle some of these cases on a case-by-case basis and one American supplier finally received payment in 2002 for goods delivered in 1982. Long delays are common in settling disputes through negotiation and arbitration. In the past several years, fewer investment disputes have been filed or brought to the Embassy's attention as U.S. business activity in Syria has decreased steadily over that period.

Chris Murphy accuses US of complicity in war crimes from the floor of the Senate

Members of Congress have largely avoided speaking out about the famine and cholera epidemic in Yemen, even as aid organizations, celebrities, and late-night TV hosts sounded the alarm this past week.

But one U.S. senator is breaking the Senate silence — and even going further, explaining how U.S. support for the war has enabled the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy spoke out about the crisis on the Senate floor Tuesday, while showing pictures of starving Yemeni children. His remarks went much further than those of most public officials, not shying away from the reality that the cholera epidemic could never have taken place without U.S. support.

For U.S. officials, the difficulty in publicly addressing the crisis is caught up in U.S. complicity, given that the disease and starvation in Yemen is not the result of a random hurricane or an earthquake, but the expected result of deliberate actions taken by the United States and its allies in the Gulf.

Murphy’s speech, delivered on the Senate floor Tuesday, had been viewed later that day by fewer than 200 people.

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Hunger, disease kill 130 Yemeni children daily as Saudi-imposed blockade lingers

A prominent international charity group says an estimated 130 children or more are losing their lives every day in Yemen due to “extreme hunger and disease,” warning the situation will deteriorate unless a crippling blockade imposed on the impoverished nation by a Saudi-led military coalition is lifted immediately.

Without urgent, unhindered access for humanitarian organizations and an increase in funding, Save the Children is warning half of these children will most likely go without treatment,” said the UK-based group in a report on Thursday, warning that “if left untreated, approximately 20-30 percent of children with severe acute malnutrition will die each year.

The warning came less than two weeks after Saudi Arabia announced that it was shutting down Yemen’s air, sea, and land borders, after Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah fighters targeted an international airport near the Saudi capital of Riyadh with a cruise missile in retaliation for ceaseless bombardment of Yemen by the Saudi war machine over the past two and a half years.

The Saudi military, however, announced that it had intercepted the missile, which apparently reached the deepest parts within the Saudi territory.

The decision to block access entirely to the key entry points of Sana’a Airport and the ports of Hudaydah and Salif puts thousands more children at risk,” the charity agency added, predicting that each of the provinces of Hudaydah and Ta'izz -- the most affected regions by the ongoing “hunger crisis” -- would lose a staggering 10,000 children by the end of this year.

These deaths are as senseless as they are preventable. They mean more than a hundred mothers grieving for the death of a child, day after day,” said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children’s Yemen Country Director.

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UN agencies plead for an end to Yemen blockade or ‘thousands will die’

The heads of three UN agencies issued a fresh plea on Thursday for the Saudi-led military coalition to lift its blockade on Yemen.

Without aid shipments, “untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die,” the heads of the World Food Program, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said.

One million children are at risk from a fast-spreading diphtheria outbreak, and even if the blockade is only partially lifted, an additional 3.2 million people will be pushed into hunger, the joint statement said, as cited by Reuters.


Lebanon slams Riyadh for roles behind Hariri's resignation

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Wednesday criticized Saudi Arabia on the background of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation, saying that Riyadh has carried out an "act of aggression" against Lebanon.

"We consider Prime Minister Saad Hariri as being detained in Saudi Arabia and this is an act of aggression against Lebanon," Aoun said during a meeting with the National Audio&Visual Council.

Aoun said that nothing justified Hariri's continued stay in Saudi Arabia, now into day 12. "This contradicts the Vienna Treaty and human rights," said Aoun, according to the president's Twitter account. He stressed "we cannot keep waiting and lose time, because state affairs cannot be put on hold."

Reiterating his previous comments regarding Hariri's resignation, Aoun said that it wasn't possible to complete the resignation formality as Hariri had announced it from abroad. Aoun added "he needs to return to Lebanon to submit his resignation or withdraw it, or discuss the reasons for it and the solutions."

The controversy was raised following Hariri's sudden resignation on Nov. 4 through a statement he read on al-Arabia TV from the Saudi capital Riyadh. Later Wednesday, Hariri tweeted again saying that he was "fine and will return to Lebanon soon, as promised."

Aoun also hit out at Saudi Arabia, saying they were holding Hariri's family. "We have not previously asked for their return, but we have confirmed they are also detained and family members are being searched as they enter and leave the house" Aoun said in a statement reported by local media outlets.

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Russia notifies Radio Free Europe & Voice of America about possible foreign agent recognition

The Russian Justice Ministry has sent letters to nine media outlets on their possible registration as foreign agents. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty are among those that could be recognized as foreign agents, the ministry said.

The ministry also sent letters to the administration of the Kavkaz.Realii, Krym Realii and Sibir Realii websites, as well as Radio Azatliq - all of which are Radio Liberty branches based in Russia. The Current Time TV channel, a joint project of Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, as well as the Radio Liberty-owned factograph.info website and IdelRealii project also received letters.

On Wednesday, the Russian State Duma passed the third and final reading of the bill, which requires mass-media outlets operating in the country but funded from abroad to register as foreign agents. The bill is a mirror response to Washington’s demand for RT to register as a foreign agent.

Media outlets that refuse to register as foreign agents may face sanctions similar to those applied in the case of NGOs and other groups which are currently regulated by the original foreign-agents law.

Any attempts to attack the freedom of Russian mass media abroad are not and will not be left without resolute denunciation and a mirror reaction from Moscow. The approved bill will make it possible to express our reaction in due time,” Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said after the bill was passed.

In September, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) demanded that the company supplying services to RT America in the US should register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) before November 13. The US administration threatened to freeze the company’s assets if it failed to comply.

Commenting on the bill, RT’s editor-in-chief offered her condolences on Wednesday to all journalists “at all media organizations – Russian and foreign alike – who have been caught up in Washington’s political games.

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Meet Theresa McCarthy

It was Dr Samuel Johnson who famously declared in 1775 that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. The 2017 variant is to make unsubstantiated claims about the ‘Russian threat’ to Western democracies.

In her speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in the City of London on Monday evening, British Prime Minister Theresa May escalated the anti-Russian rhetoric still further with a deeply paranoid address that sounded as if it had been penned in 1953 by the late Senator Joe McCarthy during one of his drunken binges.

Any psychologists watching Mrs May would have had a field day identifying plenty of examples of what mind doctors call ‘projection’ – i.e. attributing to others what you are guilty of yourself. In fact every one of May’s claims against Russia can be more accurately applied to the UK and its closest allies.

The prime minister stated, “It is Russia’s actions which threaten the international order on which we all depend.

Really, Mrs May? Was it Russia who illegally invaded Iraq in 2003, causing the deaths of up to 1 million people and the rise of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)? Was it Russia who destroyed Libya in 2011, turning the country with the highest HDI in Africa into a failed state and jihadist playground on the shores of the Mediterranean? Was it Russia who illegally bombed Yugoslavia, without UN approval, in 1999? Or Russia who backed radical jihadists – many of them linked to Al-Qaeda – to overthrow the Syrian government? In fact it was the US, the UK and its allies who did all these things. But let’s not mention them, shall we, prime minister?

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Bezos cashes in on lobbying Washington with Amazon’s $53 billion deal to supply Pentagon

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, in addition to including passages involving regime change in Venezuela and exorbitant expenditures on the maintenance and expansion of American empire, continues to surprise: its latest draft includes a measure that will cement a multi-billion dollar deal between the Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. mega-corporation Amazon, run by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos.

If the NDAA is approved in its current form, which is highly likely according to experts, Bezos’ Amazon sets to gain $53 billion in revenue by becoming the chief supplier of an array of goods to the Department of Defense. The deal is laid out in a section titled “Procurement Through Commercial E-Commerce Portals,” in which the DOD would be required to purchase commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products — such as office supplies — from “e-commerce portals” dominated by Amazon.

Though congressmen — including the NDAA’s author, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) — have asserted that there will be healthy “competition” among such portals, Amazon’s massive advantages in these markets are clear, particularly given how Amazon often overtakes markets on its own “free market” platform by edging out third-party vendors.

In addition, the Coalition for Government Procurement (CGP) stated in a memo issued last month that only one or two companies would be able to participate, given the parameters put forth by the current version of the bill. Several industry sources cited by Bloomberg stated that Amazon tops that very short list. The memo further argues that the current proposal is likely to “result in monopoly or duopoly control over access to the Federal market for commercial items.” Given that Amazon accounted for 43% of all online retail sales made in the U.S. last year, it is clear who stands to benefit most from this new, proposed federal acquisition model.

Indeed, Thornberry’s own words make it clear that the proposal is set up to disproportionately benefit Amazon. In June, Thornberry introduced this aspect by the NDAA by stating that “if you’re buying office supplies, you ought to be able to go on Amazon and do it.

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Step by Step: How to fabricate news about the 'default' in Venezuela

Let us not forget that Standard & Poor, Moody and Fitch rating services are financed by the banks and therefore have no real independence.

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The media fabricated "default" comes before the real one. The stage is slowly being set with economic sanctions; psychological pressure on Venezuelan bondholders and a media campaign that blows out of all proportion routine financial transactions.

Last Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that "default" will never come to Venezuela because the South American country "will always have a clear strategy" aimed at the renegotiation and restructuring of debt – as reported by the Spanish daily El Mundo.

However, just a day later, dawn broke in Venezuela with the news that the U.S. rating agency Standard & Poor's, S&P, downgraded the country’s CC rating (very vulnerable) to "selective default" due to non-payment of US$200 million of the coupon on its bonds 2019 and 2024 within the 30-day grace period, according to a report in the Venezuelan daily El Universal.

So why did S&P jump the gun with a “selective default” classification when for a country to be declared in default, that country must also expressly declare that it accepts that it is insolvent and would be able to repay its commitments. This is the usual mechanism and such an acceptance has not been declared by or in the case of Venezuela. All the economic spokespeople of Venezuela indicate that the country is paying and will continue to pay its commitments.

But such headlines make good reading for a “media default” and good reading in newspapers such as the Financial Times that, as a world leader in its field, should know better than talk about a “default” when officially this cannot happen without Venezuela declaring itself insolvent.

Let us not forget that Standard & Poor is one of the international rating agencies that had Lehmann Bros at the highest AAA rating in September 2008 – one day before Lehmann collapsed and almost took the whole world financial system down with it. So much for the credibility and expertise of S&P if you want to look at it objectively and there is little doubt that this arch-capitalist agency is at the beck and call of the U.S. Treasury Department that is hell-bent on trying to force Venezuela into a debt default to contribute to the U.S. Administration’s plans of ousting President Maduro and refounding a newly compliant Venezuela as the “U.S. gas station on the northern coast of South America”.

On Monday, a group of bondholders of Venezuelan debt from the U.S., Panama, United Kingdom, Portugal, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Japan and Germany met in Caracas with the Venezuelan Government as part of the first approach for the renegotiation and restructuring proposed by Maduro.

The Venezuelan authorities described this meeting as "highly positive" and "very auspicious," in a statement in which it was recalled that in the last 36 months the South American country had canceled US$73.359 billion in capital and interest payments.

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16 November, 2017

The only thing that could prevent super-intelligent machines replace humans


Recently, the famous physicist Stephen Hawking expressed concerns about the probability that one day Artificial Intelligence will completely replace humans.


Renowned physicist Prof Stephen Hawking has said robots will eventually completely replace humanity. Prof Hawking said that he believes artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually reach a level where it will essentially be a "new form of life that will outperform humans" in an interview with WIRED magazine.

He said: "I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans."

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We had already set the big question: What if super-intelligent machines will become able to evolve without the help of any human presence?

Is it worth to continue to ruin our planet just to self-destruct one day? Wouldn't be better to be replaced by something which would understand the value of achieving an equilibrium with natural environment in order to survive?

Many people already concerned about the possibility that super-intelligent machines in future will turn against humans. Scientists already warned about such a scenario. But honestly, if you were an observer outside the system of the planet earth, who would be more odious to you: a cynical human being destroying the planet just to preserve a way of life without meaning, or, a “cold blood” robot that would decide to destroy humans to save the planet and its resources?

Stephen Hawking fears that AI may replace humans one day. Yet, there is an alternative scenario which is not based on dystopian science fiction films where the machines declare war on humans. We are talking about a natural process where humans progressively and non-violently are finally being replaced by super-intelligent machines as more advanced life forms. In this case, we are talking about a slow and peaceful evolutionary process.

This could happen, for example, due to the deterioration of the natural environment from human activity. Machines could survive under more extreme environmental conditions. Progressively, humans would be replaced by them. Others support that the gradual decline of human civilization is a natural process included in the fundamental natural laws. Super-intelligent machines could become the successor of human species in that case.

But remember: whether we are talking about humans, machines, viruses, computers, or any other kind of biological entity, or machine, one thing is common to all these: energy consumption.

So, there is a case where even the machines could eventually extinct. A super-intelligent life form could reach such a level of self-consciousness that might find no meaning in consuming resources just to preserve its existence. Super-intelligent machines might find no meaning in consuming natural resources, then colonizing other planets and start the same process. In this case, one day they will terminate the process of their energy supply.

Therefore, before that happens, we should become wiser. We should stop wars and exploit our curiosity to find out what's beyond planet earth. Super-intelligent machines could become our valuable partners, not our enemies or successors.

US general to Congress: US would struggle to win war against North Korea

Earlier this month, the Pentagon offered scant details to a group of concerned lawmakers regarding its assessment of casualties that could result from a military conflict with North Korea. However, last week, the Pentagon’s assessment was repudiated by one of its own, when retired Lt. General Jan-Marc Jouas penned a letter with a different take to the same group of lawmakers.

In detailing his views on the potential outcomes of a conflict on the Korean peninsula, Jouas – the former deputy commander of U.S. Forces Korea — painted a decidedly troubling picture for Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). While some government officials had previously warned that the death toll in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, could reach the tens of thousands within minutes, Jouas – in addition to noting this near-certitude – also stated that the U.S. military would be woefully unprepared to take on North Korean forces within their own territory in spite of the U.S.’ “technological advantage.

The retired general asserted that U.S. forces stationed in South Korea, totaling around 30,000, would struggle to effectively attack the North Korean army, due to a stark disadvantage in numbers. Jouas writes that “the 28,500 U.S. Armed Forces personnel in South Korea are vastly outnumbered by North Korean forces, as well as ROK [South Korean] forces that will conduct the overwhelming majority of the fighting.” North Korea has claimed that its already sizable armed forces have been recently bolstered by nearly 5 million new volunteers.

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War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel & impoverish the world

An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets and the global economy. RT asked experts what a war between the two Middle East superpowers would mean for crude prices.

If a conflict happens, oil prices could increase 500 percent.

Energy prices will seriously depend on the severity of the conflict. Let's remember the unrecognized Iraqi Kurdistan, which in a state of continuous war exported about 550,000 barrels per day through Turkey. In this connection, we can expect a panic rise in oil price to $150-$200 on the first day of the conflict… If Saudis and Iran attack each other's oil facilities, crude prices can skyrocket to $300,” Mikhail Mashchenko, an analyst at the eToro social network for investors told RT.

Ivan Karyakin, an investment analyst at Global FX, points out that the area of possible conflict pumps a third of global oil. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar together produce about 28 million barrels per day, which is slightly less than 30 percent of global production; prices will go up immediately to $150-180 per barrel, he said.

Then everything will depend on the duration of the conflict. The world market will survive two or three days of the conflict. If the conflict lasts a week, then prices will rise to $200 or higher, and this will have long-term consequences, as stockpiles will decrease,” Karyakin said.

The analyst insists a war between Riyadh and Tehran is unlikely, as it's not in the interests of Russia and China.“Russia is a partner of many conflicting countries in the Middle East. Largest oil importer China, which carries the greatest risks in the event of a rise in oil prices, will use all its influence on Iran and the US to prevent a conflict,” he said.

A war in the Middle East will be very unprofitable for importers, according to Ivan Kapustiansky, Forex Optimum analyst. “In the event of war, markets may lose about 20 percent of the world supply. First of all, of course, the largest importers will be affected. These include the US, China, Japan, as well as the eurozone, in fact, the main locomotives of the world economy,” he said.

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Saudi planes bomb Yemen airport, blocking aid deliveries

The humanitarian calamity in Northern Yemen, fueled by Saudi Arabia’s blockade, has been killing large numbers of people, a result of lack of medicine and increasingly scarce food. The situation just got much worse.

Hopes that Sanaa International Airport would be opened to aid flights to at least slightly ease the crisis were dashed Tuesday morning when Saudi warplanes attacked the airport, destroying its navigation station and effectively shutting it down.

This isn’t the first time Saudi planes have attacked the airport, and indeed strikes against aid delivery sites, the airport and Hodeidah Port, have been recurring throughout the war, making aid shipments all the more complicated even on those rare occasions when the Saudis will let such aid in at all.

Saudi officials offered no justification for the attack, which added even further to UN concerns about the shortages across Yemen. The Saudi strikes underscore their increased willingness to use aid restriction as a weapon of war, just the latest in a litany of war crimes they’ve committed since the 2015 invasion.

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Tέντζερης (με καπάκι) …

του Νίκου Μπογιόπουλου

Στη ΔΕΘ ο Μητσοτάκης είχε κάνει εκείνη την απίθανη τοποθέτηση ότι

           η κοινωνική ισότητα είναι… αντίθετη στην ανθρώπινη φύση και στη δημοκρατία!

Σήμερα ο Γεωργιάδης, μιλώντας για τις off shore και τα paradise papers, μας είπε ότι

           «στο μέτρο που τα χρήματα αυτά είναι προϊόν πραγματικής εργασίας και πραγματικής δράσης (…) ναι, το να μπορεί κάποιος να ξεφύγει από μία κυβέρνηση, που θέλει να τον υπερφορολογήσει, δεν το βρίσκω καθόλου ανήθικο».

Συμπέρασμα (νόμιμον και ηθικόν):

Κύλησε ο (νεοφιλελεύθερος) τέντζερης

και βρήκε το (θατσερικό) καπάκι.



15 November, 2017

Bombshell BBC report confirms US struck a deal with ISIS in Syria

At a moment of widespread acknowledgment that the short-lived Islamic State (ISIS) is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu Kamal City in eastern Syria, the US is signaling an open-ended military presence in Syria. On Monday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long-term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS “as long as they want to fight.

Mattis indicated that even should ISIS lose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an “ISIS 2.0” which he said the US would seek to prevent. “The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,” Mattis said. “We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.

Mattis was referring to the stalled peace talks in Geneva which some analysts have described as a complete failure (especially as the Geneva process unrealistically stipulates the departure of Assad), as the future of Syria has of late been increasingly decided militarily on the battlefield, with the Syrian government now controlling the vast majority of the country’s most populated centers.

Ironically just as some degree of stability and normalcy has returned to many parts of the county now under government control, Mattis coupled the idea of a permanent US military presence with the goal of allowing Syrians to return to their homes. He said, “You keep broadening them. Try to (demilitarize) one area then (demilitarize) another and just keep it going, try to do the things that will allow people to return to their homes.

Meanwhile, Turkey once again reiterated that the US has 13 bases in Syria, though the US-backed Syrian YPG has previously indicated seven US military bases in northern Syria. The Pentagon, however, would not confirm base locations or numbers – though only a year-and-a-half ago the American public was being assured that there would be “no boots on the ground” due to mission creep in Syria.

During the last year of the Obama administration, State Department spokesman John Kirby was called out multiple times by reporters for tell obvious and blatant lies concerning “boots on the ground” in Syria.

Remember this? “We are not going to be involved in a large scale combat mission on the ground in Syria. That is what the president [Obama] has long said.

Last summer, in a move that angered the US administration, Turkish state media leaked the locations of no less than ten small-scale American military bases in northern Syria alone (revelations of US bases in southern Syria began surfacing as well). As another recent Pentagon press conference further acknowledged, these bases – though likely special forces forward operating bases – require a broad network of US personnel operating in various logistical roles inside Syria and likely now includes thousands of US troops deployed on the ground, instead of the Pentagon’s official (and highly dubious) “approximately 500 troops in Syria” number.

BBC bombshell

What makes even the timing of Mattis’ declaration of an open-ended military commitment in to supposedly fight ISIS is that it came the same day that the BBC confirmed that the US and its Kurdish SDF proxy (Syrian Democratic Forces) cut a deal with ISIS which allowed for the evacuation of possibly thousands of ISIS members and their families from Raqqa.

According to yesterday’s bombshell BBC report:

           The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of Islamic State fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

Though it’s always good when the mainstream media belatedly gives confirmation to stories that actually broke months prior, the BBC was very late to the story. ISIS terrorists being given free passage by coalition forces to leave Raqqa was a story which we and other outlets began to report last June, and which Moon of Alabama and Al-Masdar News exposed in detail a full month prior to the BBC report.

And astoundingly, even foreign fighters who had long vowed to carry out attacks in Europe and elsewhere were part of the deal brokered under the sponsorship of the US coalition in Syria. According to the BBC report:

           Disillusioned, weary of the constant fighting and fearing for his life, Abu Basir decided to leave for the safety of Idlib. He now lives in the city. He was part of an almost exclusively French group within IS, and before he left some of his fellow fighters were given a new mission. There are some French brothers from our group who left for France to carry out attacks in what would be called a ‘day of reckoning.’ Much is hidden beneath the rubble of Raqqa and the lies around this deal might easily have stayed buried there too. The numbers leaving were much higher than local tribal elders admitted. At first the coalition refused to admit the extent of the deal.

So it appears that the US allowed ISIS terrorists to freely leave areas under coalition control, according to no less than the BBC, while at the same time attempting to make the case before the public that a permanent Pentagon presence is needed in case of ISIS’ return. But it’s a familiar pattern by now: yesterday’s proxies become today’s terrorists, which return to being proxies again, all as part of justifying permanent US military presence on another nation’s sovereign territory.

America’s Syrian adventure went from public declarations of “we’re staying out” to “just some logistical aid to rebels” to “okay, some mere light arms to fight the evil dictator” to “well, a few anti-tank missiles wouldn’t hurt” to “we gotta bomb the new super-bad terror group that emerged!” to “ah but no boots on the ground!” to “alright kinetic strikes as a deterrent” to “but special forces aren’t really boots on the ground per se, right?” to yesterday’s Mattis declaration of an open-ended commitment. And on and on it goes.

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ΗΠΑ και Βρετανία «φυγάδευσαν» χιλιάδες μαχητές του ISIS από τη Συρία

Για δεύτερη φορά μέσα σε λιγότερο από δύο μήνες οι υπό αμερικανικό και βρετανικό έλεγχο δυνάμεις στη Συρία επέτρεψαν σε εγκλωβισμένους μαχητές του ισλαμικού Κράτους να διαφύγουν με τον οπλισμό τους για να βρουν καταφύγιο σε άλλες περιοχές της Συρίας και γειτονικές χώρες.

Όπως αποκάλυψε το BBC, χιλιάδες μαχητές του ISIS που βρίσκονταν στην Ράκα, αλλά και τζιχαντιστές από άλλες χώρες επιβιβάστηκαν σε φορτηγά που είχαν μισθώσει οι Συριακές Δημοκρατικές Δυνάμεις (SDF). Την αυτοκινητοπομπή συνόδευαν μαχητικά αεροσκάφη τα οποία σε αρκετές περιπτώσεις φώτιζαν την πορεία των φορτηγών με φωτοβολίδες.

Οι δημοσιογράφοι του BBC που ακολούθησαν την πορεία ορισμένων μαχητών μέχρι και την Τουρκία υποστηρίζουν ότι η συμμαχία, που ελέγχεται από τις ΗΠΑ και τη Βρετανία, επιχείρησε να συγκαλύψει τη φυγάδευση των μελών του ISIS.

Οι ίδιοι υποστηρίζουν ότι οι μαχητές του Ισλαμικού Κράτους που διέφυγαν ενδέχεται να αποτελούν πλέον απειλή για ολόκληρο τον κόσμο.

Οι οδηγοί που τους μετέφεραν (χωρίς αρχικά να γνωρίζουν τις λεπτομέρειες της αποστολής) αναφέρουν ότι διέφυγαν τουλάχιστον 4.000 μέλη του ISIS με τις οικογένειές τους, με ένα κομβόι μήκους έξι χιλιομέτρων. Αρκετά από τα μέλη του ISIS τους απειλούσαν στη διαδρομή λέγοντας ότι μόλις ξαναχτίσουν τη Ράκα θα επιστρέψουν για να την καταλάβουν και να επιβάλουν τη σαρία – τον ισλαμικό νόμο.

Λαθρέμποροι που βοήθησαν μαχητές του ISIS να διαφύγουν προς την Τουρκία ανέφεραν ότι αρκετοί από αυτούς μιλούσαν αγγλικά, γαλλικά και άλλες ξένες γλώσσες.

Εκπρόσωπος του αμερικανικού στρατού επιχείρησε να διασκεδάσει τις εντυπώσεις υποστηρίζοντας ότι την απόφαση έλαβαν οι τοπικές συριακές δυνάμεις που μάχονται κατά του ISIS. Πρόκειται όμως, για τη δεύτερη φορά σε λιγότερο από δυο μήνες που αποκαλύπτεται ότι οι δυνάμεις που συντονίζει η Ουάσινγκτον επέτρεψαν τη διαφυγή μαχητών του ISIS.

Στα μέσα Σεπτεμβρίου οι New York Times είχαν αποκαλύψει ότι δυνάμεις του ISIS κατάφεραν να μετακινηθούν από τα σύνορα της Συρίας με το Λίβανο μέχρι τα σύνορα με το Ιράκ, όταν το Πεντάγωνο σταμάτησε να παρακολουθεί τις κινήσεις τους με εναέρια μέσα.

Για εκείνο το περιστατικό οι αμερικανικές δυνάμεις είχαν υποστηρίξει ότι η Ρωσία τους ζήτησε να μην παρέμβουν.

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14 November, 2017

Germany's next crucial step to grab the US sphere of influence in Europe


This year we saw the first German military presence (always in the context of NATO) in a former Baltic Soviet republic since WWII: “German tanks and troops began arriving in Lithuania on Tuesday, the first entry of the German military into the former Baltic Soviet republic since its occupation by the Nazis during the Second World War. The German deployment is to include 450 troops and some 200 vehicles, including 30 tanks. In all, the NATO alliance has committed to moving four battalions, roughly 3,000 to 4,000 troops, to within striking distance of Russia in northeastern Europe as part of a permanent “rotating” deployment.

Also, early this yearGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned European Union leaders they cannot rely on the "eternal guarantee" of US support, as concerns continue to grow about incoming President Donald Trump's commitment to trans-Atlantic ties. Speaking to the press in Brussels as she received an honorary joint doctorate from Ghent and Louvain universities, Merkel said "traditional partners" could no longer be relied upon to "closely cooperate" with Europe on issues such as defense.

The decline of the US-German relations has been exposed initially with the NSA interceptions scandal, yet, progressively, the big picture came on surface, revealing a transatlantic economic war between banking and corporate giants.

Merkel's statements could be considered an official declaration of Germany's deeper desire to become an autonomous power that will dominate in the European continent. It is obvious that Germany (i.e., German capital), will seek to take advantage both from Brexit and the Trump presidency.

Merkel knows that the economic domination is not adequate for a country to become a major power. It is also important to have a strong military presence in its “sphere of influence”, or, its financial/debt colonies, if you prefer. The German military presence in Lithuania is a first step towards this direction as the Baltic countries have already become German "satellites" in the economic field.

It seems that Germany moves forward to this next big step. RT reports:

The EU has moved a step closer towards having a joint military force by signing an agreement on a permanent command structure.

The agreement on PESCO, or Permanent Structured Cooperation, was signed in Brussels by 23 members of the 28-strong European Union on Monday. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini supported the move, hailing it as an “historic moment.” Backed by a €5-billion ($6.5-billion) EU defense fund, PESCO “will enable member states to use the economy of scale of Europe and in this manner to fulfil the gap of output that we have.

The agreement will come into force in December, after which members will be legally bound to participate in projects under PESCO. Work on the pact started last year amid uncertainty over the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, and US President Donald Trump’s continued criticism of European NATO members for failing to deliver on defense-spending commitments.

European heavyweights Germany and France are leading the effort to bring the EU closer to having a permanent joint armed force. The UK, which has been opposing a pan-European military force for decades, is not part of the agreement. Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, and Malta opted out; while Austria, not a member of NATO, agreed to join at the last moment.

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According to Reuters, Germany and France were in disagreement over the future role for a joint European military force, with Paris advocating for a more exclusive and capable defense club with potential for overseas deployments. Berlin, which championed a more inclusive approach, apparently prevailed with its vision.

Under today's multi-polar and quite complex/unstable global geopolitical environment, where even the biggest powers seek alliances to prevail, it is certain that Germany does not have the specific weight to build its own 'empire' alone. The absolute commitment of its European partners is vital.

While Greece was the major victim of an economic war, the German capital used its economic power and control of the European Central Bank to impose unprecedented austerity, sado-monetarism and neoliberal destruction through silent financial coups in Ireland, Italy and Cyprus.

The next step is to build its own army to secure its economic conquests in the European debt colonies. The French will follow. The next big question is: will the refreshed Anglo-American axis accept losing the extremely critical European sphere of influence?

Tehran remains within key limits of nuclear deal – IAEA

Iran has remained within the essential limits on its nuclear activities imposed by its 2015 deal with six world powers, the UN atomic watchdog said in a report on Monday.

Iran’s stock of low-enriched uranium as of November 5 was 96.7kg, well below a 202.8kg limit, and the level of enrichment did not exceed a 3.67 percent cap, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency report sent to IAEA member states, Reuters said.

Iran’s stock of heavy water, a moderator used in a type of reactor that can produce plutonium, a potential nuclear bomb fuel, stood at 114.4 metric tons. It was below a 130-ton limit agreed by the parties to the deal.


Η πλειοψηφία των νέων στις ΗΠΑ προτιμά το σοσιαλισμό ή τον κομμουνισμό από τον καπιταλισμό

Το 51% των ατόμων ηλικίας από 21 έως 29 ετών στις ΗΠΑ, δηλώνει ότι θα προτιμούσε να ζει σε μια σοσιαλιστική ή κομμουνιστική χώρα και όχι σε μια καπιταλιστική, αναφέρει έκθεση που πραγματοποίησε η διεθνής εταιρεία δημοσκοπήσεων YouGov στο διάστημα Σεπτεμβρίου-Οκτωβρίου.

Tο 56% όσων συμμετείχαν στην ίδια δημοσκόπηση δήλωσαν ότι δεν θεωρούν προσβλητικό να τους αποκαλέσει κάποιος κομμουνιστές ενώ το 53% ανέφερε ότι το σημερινό οικονομικό σύστημα στις ΗΠΑ στρέφεται ενάντια στα συμφέροντά τους.

Ενδιαφέροντα όμως είναι τα αποτελέσματα και σε άλλες ηλικιακές ομάδες. Συνολικά το 70% των Αμερικανών απάντησε ότι οι πλούσιοι δεν πληρώνουν όσα τους αναλογούν σε φόρους ενώ το 90% της ίδιας ομάδας απάντησε ότι το πρόβλημα μπορεί να αντιμετωπιστεί είτε με αύξηση της φορολογίας (49%) ή ολοκληρωτική αλλαγή του οικονομικού συστήματος (37%).

Το 80% των ερωτηθέντων χαρακτήρισε ιδιαίτερα σημαντικό πρόβλημα τη γιγάντωση της οικονομικής ανισότητας.

Την έρευνα είχε παραγγείλει το ακροδεξιό, αντικομμουνιστικό Ίδρυμα για τη Μνήμη Θυμάτων του Κομμουνισμού – και μάλλον το μετάνιωσε.

Την ώρα που η μεσαία τάξη τσακίζεται με βαριά φορολογία, οι εφοπλιστές εξακολουθούν να απολαμβάνουν προκλητικές φοροαπαλλαγές


Ο Νίκος Μπογιόπουλος αποκαλύπτει παραθέτοντας στοιχεία:

Στη χώρα που έχει αυξηθεί εφτά φορές η φορολογία των λαϊκών στρωμάτων, στους ελεύθερους επαγγελματίες έχει αυξηθεί εννιά φορές, υπάρχει μία τάξη, η οποία, στην πραγματικότητα, δεν πληρώνει φόρους. Η τάξη αυτή είναι οι εφοπλιστές.

Τα στοιχεία λένε ότι το 2013 οι εισπράξεις από τον φόρο πλοίων, οι φόροι που πλήρωσαν οι εφοπλιστές το 2013, ήταν 14 εκατομμύρια. Το 2014, πλήρωσαν 13 εκατομμύρια και το 2015 πλήρωσαν 17 εκατομμύρια. Το 2013, ο Ελληνικός λαός πλήρωσε 44,3 δισεκατομμύρια ευρώ σε φόρους, το 2014, 45 δισεκατομμύρια σε φόρους και το 2015, 47 δισεκατομμύρια.

Το 1985, οι Έλληνες ναυτεργάτες ήταν γύρω στις 85.000 και έφτασαν έως και τις 100.000 τη δεκαετία του 80. Σήμερα είναι κάτω από 4.500 και αυτό γιατί ευδοκιμεί η μαύρη, ανασφάλιστη και χαμηλόμισθη εργασία στο 80% και πλέον των πλοίων.

Τα στοιχεία του 2012 σε ότι αφορά τη φορολογία των εφοπλιστών ήταν 15 εκατομμύρια ευρώ. Την ίδια χρονιά, οι ναυτεργάτες είχαν πληρώσει φόρους 57 εκατομμύρια ευρώ.

Αυτό είναι ένα καθεστώς που αναπαράγεται και μάλιστα με συνταγματική ισχύ. Πρόκειται για το άρθρο 107 του συντάγματος το οποίο έχει συμπεριλάβει μέσα τον αποικιοκρατικό νόμο του 1953, όπως επίσης και τον χουντικό νόμο 89 του 1967. Και ενώ από το 1975, με το νόμο περί φορολογίας πλοίων κ.λ.π., έχουν αλλάξει οι νόμοι σ'αυτόν τον τόπο σαν τα πουκάμισα, αυτός ο νόμος δεν πειράχτηκε ποτέ. Αυτός ο νόμος περιλαμβάνει κοντά στα 30 άρθρα και κάθε ένα άρθρο έχει και δύο φοροαπαλλαγές για τους εφοπλιστές. Σύμφωνα με τον συγκεκριμένο αυτό νόμο, ένας εφοπλιστής που διαθέτει πλοίο, για παράδειγμα, 20.000 κόρων, ηλικίας έως τεσσάρων ετών, ο φόρος που θα πληρώσει είναι της τάξης των 5.300 δολαρίων. Δηλαδή, είτε ένα εκατομμύριο κέρδη έχει από αυτό το πλοίο, είτε ένα δισεκατομμύριο ευρώ, τότε αυτός με 5.300 'καθαρίζει'.

Αλλά δεν είναι μόνο αυτό. Είναι και το γεγονός ότι, με βάση αυτό το νόμο, έχουμε απαλλαγές από τα κέρδη πώλησης ενός πλοίου. Απαλλαγές από τα έσοδα ασφαλιστικής αποζημίωσης. Απαλλαγές από τα κέρδη ναυτιλιακών επιχειρήσεων. Απαλλαγές ακόμα και από τα παράβολα για τα έγγραφα με τα οποία διανέμονται τα κέρδη.

Έχουμε απαλλαγή ακόμα και από το φόρο κληρονομιάς, αφού σύμφωνα με το άρθρο 29, οι εφοπλιστές έχουν επιτύχει την απαλλαγή του φόρου κληρονομιών επί πλοίων, μετοχών, ή μεριδίων, ημεδαπών, ή αλλοδαπών εταιριών πλοιοκτητριών. Δηλαδή, στην Ελλάδα, αν είσαι εργάτης, συνταξιούχος, ή άνεργος και έχεις την 'ατυχία' να απέκτησες ή να κληρονόμησες κάποιο σπίτι, τότε, η εφορία σε στήνει στα τρία μέτρα. Αν όμως είσαι κανακάρης ή θυγατέρα κάποιου 'Σεβάχ', που διαθέτεις, ή κληρονόμησες στόλο, τότε δεν πληρώνεις τίποτα.


Δηλαδή, στην Ελλάδα της οικονομικής κρίσης, όπου κατ'εντολή των δανειστών ακόμα και η 'Αριστερή' κυβέρνηση Τσίπρα συνεχίζει να κυνηγά αλύπητα τους μικρομεσαίους επιβάλλοντας φοροκαταιγίδες και εξαντλώντας όλη την αυστηρότητα στους μικρούς επαγγελματίες που με το ζόρι επιβιώνουν, για τους εφοπλιστές είναι σαν να μην πέρασε μια μέρα. Οι μόνοι νόμοι που έμειναν απείραχτοι είναι αυτοί που ευνοούν το εφοπλιστικό κεφάλαιο μέσω σκανδαλωδών φοροαπαλλαγών.

Επιπλέον, τα στοιχεία που παραθέτει ο Μπογιόπουλος αποτελούν άλλη μια απόδειξη για το μεγάλο παραμύθι που πούλησε το νεοφιλελεύθερο ιερατείο στη μεσαία τάξη από τις αρχές της δεκαετίας του 80 με τα περίφημα trickle-down Reaganomics της τότε κυβέρνησης Ρήγκαν. Δηλαδή, ότι με λίγα λόγια, οι φοροαπαλλαγές στις μεγάλες επιχειρήσεις θα φέρουν αυτόματα νέες θέσεις εργασίας και επακόλουθη ευημερία για τα μεσαία και κατώτερα στρώματα. Η δραματική μείωση των θέσεων εργασίας στον τομέα της ναυτιλίας σύμφωνα με τα στοιχεία που παραθέτει ο Μπογιόπουλος, αποτελεί απλώς άλλη μια απόδειξη αυτής της μεγάλης μπαρούφας του νεοφιλελεύθερου ιερατείου.

Όταν πριν μερικούς μήνες ο Βόλφγκανγκ Σόιμπλε εξαπέλυσε επίθεση εναντίον των Ελλήνων εφοπλιστών, λέγοντας ότι απολαμβάνουν 'φορολογικά προνόμια' το έκανε φυσικά για τους δικούς του λόγους και όχι επειδή κόπτεται δήθεν για τη φορολογική αδικία στην Ελλάδα. Η δήλωση έγινε στα πλαίσια του πολέμου που επιχειρεί το Γερμανικό κεφάλαιο σε κάθε χώρα-αποικία της ευρωζώνης, εναντίον τομέων ισχυρού ανταγωνισμού.

Όμως γιατί θα πρέπει να μας νοιάζει το γεγονός ότι οι εφοπλιστές μας απειλούν ότι θα φύγουν από τη χώρα εάν αυξηθεί η φορολογία τους, τη στιγμή που δεν προσφέρουν θέσεις εργασίας με κανονικούς μισθούς; Δεν πληρώνουν φόρους, δεν δημιουργούν θέσεις εργασίας. Τι προσφέρουν στον τόπο;