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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! / Venezuela case as an emphatic example of why the mainstream media propaganda in the West was so successful in previous decades / 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 / The international usurers return to the crime scene called Greece!

16 August, 2017

The underground war between Venezuela and the US big oil cartel confirmed through WikiLeaks

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 document under the title VENEZUELA: AMERICAN OIL AND SERVICE COMPANIES ENGAGE AMBASSADOR, from July, 2009, depicts the agony of the US oil corporations to stay in Venezuela, as they had already lost control over country's rich reserves.

The summary is quite enlightening as gives the impression that the US companies were afraid that could be completely thrown out of the Venezuelan oil industry in the close future by then Chavez administration:

           Executives representing U.S. companies involved in Venezuela's oil sector briefed the Ambassador on the status of the industry, highlighting problems all face in securing payments from PDVSA[*]; difficulties maintaining positive relationships with PDVSA, the Ministry for Energy and Petroleum (MENPET), and the GBRV [Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela] in general; and the challenge of working in this environment. They extrapolated their experiences to all oil companies, including the politically expedient national oil companies, such as CNPC and PetroPars. All agreed that current working conditions in Venezuela, including the recent round of service company expropriations, would have a short to medium term impact on Venezuelan crude production. They also agreed that aside from current challenges, their long-term goal is to find a way to stay in Venezuela as the potential of its reserves outweighs short-term challenges.

There are also other interesting parts in the document, proving that the underground war between the Venezuelan government and the US big oil cartel, was reaching its highest levels. For example, it appears that the US corporations were acting also as 'strict inspectors' on the Venezuelan crude oil production and that the state-run oil company of Venezuela, was trying to escape from OPEC's tight scrutiny by trying to produce the quantities needed to relief the Venezuelan economy. As described characteristically, “industry participants have confirmed that PDVSA has quietly re-activated production from fields where production was curtailed.

Indeed, as described previously, the importance of Venezuela due to its oil reserves is also significant. When Maduro tried to approach Russia in order to strengthen the economic cooperation between the two countries, he must had set the alarm for the neocons in the US. Venezuela could find an alternative in Russia and BRICS, in order to breathe from the multiple economic war that was set off by the US. It is characteristic that the economic war against Russia by the US and the Saudis, by keeping the oil prices in historically low levels, had significant impact on the Venezuelan economy too.

Other key points from the document:

  • Carlos Tejera pointed out constitutional difficulties arising from the GBRV's oil service sector expropriations in May and June. He noted that in apparent contravention of the Venezuelan constitution and standing laws, the May 7 oil service sector law allows MENPET (1) to expropriate companies and assume control over operations prior to providing fair market compensation, (2) to pay for expropriated assets with instruments other than cash (e.g., PDVSA bonds/debt issuance), and (3) to pay book value rather than fair market value for seized assets. Finally, Tejera added that the May 7 law appears to be vague enough to be applicable to sectors other than hydrocarbons. Others, however, noted that the constitutionality of the law is irrelevant in the current Venezuelan legal environment. In fact, Halliburton,s Castenada added that he no longer believes Halliburton is too large for PDVSA to seize, but rather that some elements of its operations in Venezuela are now vulnerable.

  • The business representatives agreed that no one knows the real level of Venezuelan crude production but that it is not over 3 million barrels/day as claimed by the GBRV. PDVSA claims that it implemented fully the September 2008 and December 2009 OPEC quota cuts of over 300,000 barrels/day, but industry participants have confirmed that PDVSA has quietly re-activated production from fields where production was curtailed.

  • Chevron,s Ron Lubojacky added that PDVSA and MENPET need to understand that they are sending all the wrong messages to the private sector at a time when the GBRV is clearly trying to court new investment in the Carabobo heavy oil bid round. Tejera stated that the USG [United States Government] should not adopt a narrow strategy of defending particular companies in particular cases, because the GBRV cares little for the private sector. Rather, the USG should point out that the GBRV's actions have consequences and that its actions run counter to its stated goals. The representatives disagreed whether U.S. firms were specifically targeted, but agreed that other foreign oil companies (including politically expedient national oil companies, such as CNPC and PetroPars) confronted similar challenges. They also agreed that all companies in the sector are facing payments problems with PDVSA.

  • Chevron,s Ron Lubojacky added that PDVSA and MENPET need to understand that they are sending all the wrong messages to the private sector at a time when the GBRV is clearly trying to court new investment in the Carabobo heavy oil bid round. Tejera stated that the USG [United States Government] should not adopt a narrow strategy of defending particular companies in particular cases, because the GBRV cares little for the private sector. Rather, the USG should point out that the GBRV's actions have consequences and that its actions run counter to its stated goals. The representatives disagreed whether U.S. firms were specifically targeted, but agreed that other foreign oil companies (including politically expedient national oil companies, such as CNPC and PetroPars) confronted similar challenges. They also agreed that all companies in the sector are facing payments problems with PDVSA.

  • This was the first opportunity U.S. oil production and services companies have had to discuss the current situation since the Ambassador returned to post. They used this meeting to underscore the on-going difficulties of doing business in Venezuela and their long-term commitment to finding a business model that will permit them to stay to support Venezuela's exploitation of its abundant oil reserves. The companies understand that they need to align their economic interests with the stated political goals of the Chavez administration in order to survive here in the long-term. That said they hope the USG can convey to the GBRV that its actions will likely erode production levels and not just affect private sector profits. The GBRV's actions demonstrate its belief that the business community will continue to work in Venezuela under nearly any condition. The question remains how long companies will continue operating in this environment given on-going difficulties, all in the hope of future profits.

This is another evidence for the fact that the real target of current US threats and provocative actions against Venezuela, is to secure the oil fields for the US big oil cartel.

As already described:

The US real agenda concerning Venezuela is so obvious that there is no need for further investigation on the issue. But if you still want further proof that oil is the real game, here is another piece of evidence, provided by Miguel Tinker Salas, an expert on Latin America, who explained on RT why the US has held off on sanctioning crude oil:

           So far, the sanctions have been against refined Venezuelan oil products and against individuals in the Venezuelan government. They have not been for the importation of crude. And the fact that they are not including crude, speaks to that interdependence and the fact that US oil producers and exporters don't want to upend the market. And potentially, that 10% extraction of Venezuelan oil, could spike US gasoline prices as well.

It other words, the US hypocrites attempt to suffocate Venezuela, but only as much as needed to overthrow Maduro, without risking a boomerang effect against US oil market. It seems that we have a carefully arranged wave of sanctions on behalf of the US empire that aim to bring a right-wing puppet in power, and therefore, the achievement of the final target: re-capturing Venezuela's oil resources by the US big oil cartel.

* At the start of the 21st century, Venezuela was the world's fifth largest exporter of crude oil, with oil accounting for 85.3% of the country's exports, therefore dominating the country's economy. Previous administrations had sought to privatise this industry, with U.S. corporations having a significant level of control, but the Chávez administration wished to curb this foreign control over the country's natural resources by nationalising much of it under the state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PdVSA). In 2001, the government introduced a new Hydrocarbons Law through which they sought to gain greater state control over the oil industry: they did this by raising royalty taxes on the oil companies and also by introducing the formation of "mixed companies", whereby the PdVSA could have joint control with private companies over industry. By 2006, all of the 32 operating agreements signed with private corporations during the 1990s had been converted from being primarily or solely corporate-run to being at least 51% controlled by PdVSA.

Former top US official: Pompeo needs to shut up and go back to his hole at Langley!


Criticizing statements by CIA's director, Mike Pompeo, concerning Venezuela, the former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State, Lawrence Wilkerson, appeared furious about the amateurism and audacity that characterizes many US officials under Trump administration.

Pompeo had stated:

           If, any time you have a country as large and with the economic capacity of a country like Venezuela, America has a deep interest in making sure it is stable and as democratic as possible. So we're working hard to do that. I'm always careful when we talk about South and Central America and the CIA. There's a lot of stories. I want to be careful what I say, but suffice it to say, we are very hopeful that there can be a transition in Venezuela. We, the CIA is doing its best to understand the dynamic there so that we can communicate to our State Department and to others. The Colombians, I was just down in Mexico City and in Bogota, week before last, talking about this very issue, trying to help them understand the things they might do, so that they can get a better outcome for their part of the world, and our part of the world.

Speaking to Aaron Mate and The Real News, Wilkerson responded:

           First thing Mr. Pompeo needs to know is it's Bogota, accent on the last syllable, not Bogota. The second thing he needs to know is CIA directors need to keep their traps shut, their mouths shut. They don't talk about policy. They don't even intimate about policy. They should not even be on camera. He needs to shut up and go back to his hole at Langley.

       The third thing is that the last thing we need is somebody from the Central Intelligence Agency talking about Venezuelan policy period, or any Latin American policy. This is a region where the United States ought to issue apologies, not threats. We have done so much to damage Latin America. If we're talking about a relationship, as Mr. Pompeo was just doing, the relationship has always been, and I would submit we want it to be again, a relationship between American business and American leaders and oligarchs.

         Oligarchs is whom we have liked and loved from Brazil to Santiago. From Argentina to Peru. That's whom we like and love because they're conducive to American commercial interests and ultimately conducive to American security interests. It's time we fell out of love with oligarchs and started liking others who represent the people and true and real democracy. That's what Mr. Pompeo ought to know, but of course like most of the Trump administration, he's ignorant as hell.

Συλλέγουν στοιχεία όσων επισκέπτονται ιστοσελίδες που ασκούν κριτική στον Τραμπ

Τα στοιχεία 1.3 εκατομμυρίου χρηστών του ίντερνετ, που επισκέφθηκαν ιστοσελίδα που ασκούσε κριτική στον Ντόναλντ Τραμπ, ζήτησε το υπουργείο Δικαιοσύνης από τον πάροχο φιλοξενίας.

Όπως ανακοίνωσε η εταιρεία DreamHost, το υπουργείο Δικαιοσύνης εξέδωσε ένταλμα με το οποίο ζητά όλα τα στοιχεία των διαχειριστών της ιστοσελίδας disruptj20.com αλλά και τις διευθύνσεις IP όσων χρηστών την επισκέφθηκαν.

Μέσω του site disruptj20.com οργανώνονταν οι διαδηλωτές την ημέρα της ορκωμοσίας του Ντόναλντ Τραμπ.

Το ένταλμα εντάσσεται στις ουργουελικού τύπου διώξεις και καταδίκες που έχουν ήδη επιβληθεί σε άτομα που συμμετείχαν στις διαδηλώσεις – μεταξύ άλλων και πολυετείς ποινές κάθειρξης.

Παρά το γεγονός ότι οι διευθύνσεις IP δεν αντιστοιχούν σε φυσικά πρόσωπα οι αμερικανικές διωκτικές αρχές έχουν τη δυνατότητα να συνδέσουν κάθε δικτυακή διεύθυνση με πραγματικές διευθύνσεις κατοικίας.

Ο Τραμπ ουσιαστικά χρησιμοποιεί νομικά εργαλεία τα οποία δημιουργήθηκαν από προηγούμενες κυβερνήσεις με πρόσχημα την πάταξη της πειρατείας και άλλων παράνομων ενεργειών στο ίντερνετ.

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Η Χρυσή Αυγή είναι το πρότυπό μας λένε οι ναζιστές στις ΗΠΑ

Την Χρυσή Αυγη παρουσιάζουν ως πρότυπο της επιχειρησιακής τους δράσης οι νεοναζιστικες οργανώσεις που συγκεντρώθηκαν τις τελευταίες ημέρες στο Σαρλοτσβιλ της Βιρτζίνιας.

Μιλώντας σε δημοσιογράφους του Vice σημείωσαν ότι ευρωπαϊκές οργανώσεις όπως η Χρυσή Αυγη βρίσκονται στην «πρωτοπορία» της δράσης σε διεθνές επίπεδο.

Στο μίνι ντοκιμαντέρ μέλη της οργάνωσης Alt-Right παρουσιάζουν τον οπλισμό και υπόσχονται να καθαρίσουν τις ΗΠΑ από αριστερούς και Εβραίους.

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Right-wing extremists condemned in Charlottesville, funded and armed In Ukraine and Syria

Having backed a right-wing coup in the Ukraine and right-wing terror groups disguised as “moderate rebels” in Syria, U.S. leaders now confront rising right-wing terror at home. They duly condemn it, but seem blind both to their own hypocrisy and to the domestic reverberations of their cynical foreign policies.

by Whitney Webb

Part 1

Though rising tensions between the Trump administration and North Korea had dominated headlines for much of the past week, the chaotic events in Charlottesville swiftly replaced concerns about imminent nuclear war with concerns about the white nationalist movement and other associated groups.

On Saturday, white nationalists and counter-protesters dramatically clashed within the Virginia city, prompting a state of emergency to be declared after a young woman was killed by a car that plowed into a group of pedestrians. Since Saturday’s tragic and alarming events, a chorus of U.S. politicians from both parties have expressed their outrage, labeling the hit-and-run crash an act of domestic terrorism and condemning white nationalists as unpatriotic and “enemies of freedom.”

Among those professing their disdain for Saturday’s events were numerous senators, including Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ).

They, along with a host of other congressmen and former presidents, condemned the white nationalists as un-American and against American values, with some specifically labeling the car crash a terror attack. Other notable political figures, such as former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, also condemned the attacks via social media.

While the chorus of condemnation against Charlottesville was near-unanimous, taken in a broader perspective, it seems that the outrage at and disgust with right-wing racism and religious extremism expressed by U.S. politicians is rather myopic, if not outright hypocritical. Indeed, many of the U.S. congressmen who spoke out against the activities of such groups in Charlottesville have supported – and in many cases still support – similar or even worse groups abroad, in countries such as Syria, Ukraine, and Venezuela, among others.

Apparently, such ideologies are condemnable only when they occur on U.S. soil.

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ExxonMobil, Kochs, Israel pushing Washington to partition Iraq and Syria

The currently stateless Kurds sit astride the Iraq-Syria border on land blessed/cursed with oil, other resources, and geopolitical significance. Is it any wonder that mega-corporations and their client states are looking to use the Kurds, stoke conflict, and exploit the situation?

by Whitney Webb

Part 2 - The geopolitical and economic motives for a partitioned Iraq

The corporatist, neoconservative dream of partitioning Iraq has been around for well over a decade, first materializing a year before the U.S.’ ill-fated 2003 invasion of that nation. The plan, drafted by former Vice President Dick Cheney and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, contemplated the division of Iraq into three autonomous, sectarian “statelets” for Iraqi Muslim Sunnis, Muslim Shi’as, and ethnic Kurds, who are also predominantly Muslim. This partition, it was believed, would allow the U.S. and its regional allies to more easily dominate Iraq and its important fossil fuel resources, along with conferring other “strategic advantages.”

As U.S.-based private intelligence firm Stratfor noted in 2002, the invasion and destruction of Iraq would pave the way for partition and thus greater U.S. control over Iraq and the entire Middle East:

After eliminating Iraq as a sovereign state, there would be no fear that one day an anti-American government would come to power in Baghdad, as the capital would be in Amman [Jordan].

Current and potential U.S. geopolitical foes Iran […] and Syria would be isolated from each other, with big chunks of land between them under control of the pro-U.S. forces.

Equally important, Washington would be able to justify its long-term and heavy military presence in the region as necessary for the defense of a young new state asking for U.S. protection – and to secure the stability of oil markets and supplies.

That, in turn, would help the United States gain direct control of Iraqi oil and replace Saudi oil in case of conflict with Riyadh.

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When Washington decides Democracy is dangerous: stoking opposition in Venezuela and Syria

by Ramiro S. Fúnez

Part 3 - Doing the dirty work of Washington and Wall Street

Contrary to popular belief, Venezuelan and Syrian opposition leaders are not impoverished, working-class activists who act on their own will. They are well-funded saboteurs armed and trained by bureaucrats in Washington and their wealthy handlers on Wall Street.

Let’s start with Venezuela.

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of State has allocated at least $49 million to the South American country’s right-wing opposition, according to publicly-available budget documents released by the State Department.

Washington has claimed the funds support “democracy practitioners” and help “efforts to preserve and expand democratic space through programs that strengthen and promote civil society, citizen participation, independent media, human rights organizations, and democratic political parties.

Yet almost all of those funds have gone directly to opposition parties like Primero Justicia (Justice First) and Voluntad Popular (Popular Will), both of which helped organized violent protests that resulted in the deaths of at least 43 people in 2014 and 124 people this year.

Now, Syria.

Four years ago, former U.S. President Barack Obama secretly began funding Wahhabi-linked Syrian opposition militants, whom he described as “moderate rebels.” The allocation of funds, which Obama claimed would be used to “degrade and destroy” the Daesh terrorist group (ISIS), didn’t become public until 2014, when the U.S. Congress gave final approval to train and arm the FSA.

According to Foreign Policy magazine, ironically one of many mainstream media publications that blindly supported the so-called Syrian “revolution,” the United States has spent over $500 million on financing the opposition since Obama took office in 2009.

WikiLeaks, however, reported that Washington has financed Syrian opposition members and institutions since 2006 under former President George W. Bush.

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15 August, 2017

Donald Trump has just ruined establishment common practices ... through Venezuela

Donald Trump is like a puppet which, from time to time, escapes and makes its own maneuvers, bringing pressure to its masters who run an already deeply discredited, to the eyes of the audiences, show.

by system failure

This may sound strange, but the recent open and direct threat of Donald Trump against Venezuela provides another evidence for the fact that he has been an option of necessity for the US neocon/neoliberal establishment against its favorite, Hillary Clinton.


The establishment usually promotes someone that will come straight from its 'factories', a person that fulfills some minimum standards. Someone who could 'elegantly' spread the US brutality under the noses of the manipulated, always with the help of the mainstream media propaganda, in order to maintain business as usual: complete and global domination of the US banking/corporate neofeudalism.

Someone so 'elegant', that could conduct proxy wars, ruin entire countries, run out of bombs, send drones to kill people around the globe, and yet, be already awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize! Does this remind you of someone?

Trump doesn't know how to be 'elegant'. He is a kind of 'cowboy' who express directly the neoliberal cynicism. His zeal to serve his plutocratic class is so obvious that has already done almost everything that satisfies its interests, contrary to his pre-electional rhetoric. As a consequence, his popularity already reached unprecedented lowest levels.

And if Trump's open threats against North Korea could be considered justifiable by the establishment apparatus, the open threat for military action against Venezuela has probably gone too far, even for the standards of the US deep state. The US most common intervention practice concerning Latin America, is civil wars, or, orchestrated coups. Direct invasion nowadays would be costly in many ways, and quite obvious. It could spark massive resistance, even inside the US by the tired-from-endless-wars American citizens. Barack Obama realized that, and that's why he decided to contact proxy wars against Syria and Libya.

So, we reach now a very interesting point where Trump, probably without realizing it, brings a lot of additional anxiety and embarrassment to the establishment apparatus. Because until now, the US warmongering circus was using its 'elegant' puppet, which was elected according to a carefully designed schedule, for the purpose of being able to conduct bloody wars and interventions, while maintaining a superficial progressiveness.

Barack Obama was a perfect puppet for that purpose, at least during his first term. And - as scheduled - Hillary Clinton would be perfect for that role too, if Bernie Sanders wouldn't have come from nowhere to ruin the original plans, forcing the establishment to turn to Donald Trump, as the choice of last minute.

Donald Trump is like a puppet which, from time to time, escapes and makes its own maneuvers, bringing pressure to its masters who run an already deeply discredited, to the eyes of the audiences, show.

So, one moment he decides to play the game and hire Goldman Sachs to run the country, deregulate Wall Street, and bomb Syria. The establishment apparatus praises him for becoming truly presidential. But then, he refuses to condemn directly the racist violence that caused the death of a woman recently in Charlottesville, forcing the White House to run behind him to fix things. After a lot of - we imagine - pressure, finally, Donald Trump was dragged to condemn racism, on the context of this horrible incident. And in the meantime, he expresses an exaggerating zeal to go after Venezuela and Nicolas Maduro, with a direct threat of invasion.

The embarrassment of the establishment concerning Venezuela was emphatic. The various mouthpieces didn't know what to do. Yes, they want Venezuela for the US big oil cartel, but Trump's statement was too sloppy. The mouthpieces couldn't condemn it - as their propaganda has painted Maduro as a 'dictator' - neither approve it. In fact, Trump didn't use the phrase 'military option' even against North Korea.

As things were going out of control, even Mike Pence was 'recruited' to restore previous status quo. It seems that the US Vice President has appeared with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in an attempt to calm the outrage that followed Donald Trump's surprising threat to use military force against neighboring Venezuela. As the TeleSur reported, "Santos, who's courted Washington's stance toward Venezuela, put on the brakes after Trump's threat of military intervention in a Latin American country. During the press appearance with Pence he said, 'We must do everything possible so that democracy is re-established in Venezuela.' However, he confessed, 'but as friends, we must tell each other the truth and I told Vice President Pence that the possibility of military intervention must not be contemplated.'

The elites see Trump as a necessity that terrifies them every time he opens his mouth to unleash another straight threat. For these snobbish plutocrats, who know very well how to screw the majority, Trump is the 'dirty cowboy' who hate, yet need at this moment. He is the expendable who came for four years to do the job for the elites and leave. It doesn't matter if his popularity eventually reach zero levels.

Yet, the anxiety of Donald Trump to satisfy his plutocratic class depicts establishment's anxiety to retain the neoliberal status quo. And as the mainstream media propaganda becomes increasingly ineffective, it seems that, the establishment representatives are not only running out of time. They are also running out of tricks and options ...

Venezuelans reject Trump threats with anti-imperialist march

Residents of Venezuela's capital of Caracas, as well as representatives from social movements, worker's unions and other organizations have mobilized to participate in the Anti-Imperialist March.

The mass demonstration is a rejection over U.S. President Donald Trump's recent statement that he was considering “many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary” to solve the nation's internal political affairs, according to AVN.

With the objective of protecting its economic interests the United States has historically spilled blood in the name of liberty and freedom," said Elisabeth Bellorin, a public worker. She encouraged viewers to question, “Up until now, which countries where they've stuck their noses is currently doing well? None. Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya are examples of death that the empire causes.

Also participating in the march was Claudia Echeverria of La Pastora parish. She said that Venezuelans “will not permit imperialism to put its claws on our country.

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China, others condemn belligerent US stance on Venezuela

The Chinese government has demanded “no interference in the internal affairs of states” after U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he was considering “many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.

Hua Chunying, China's Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry, stated that the government is cognizant of current affairs taking place throughout Latin America and said, "China maintains its principle: non-interference in the internal affairs of states. We believe that we must solve the problems based on respecting the sovereign equality of all states, not intervening in the internal affairs of nations."

Chinese officials also emphasized that in order for Venezuela to resolve its internal affairs, the government and opposition must proceed with peaceful dialogue to maintain stability in the country, according to EFE.

On July 30, the Bolivarian government held its National Constituent Assembly elections to do just that: foster a national dialogue to help quell four months of political unrest and modify the constitution with input from broad sectors of society. However, some sections of the opposition chose to boycott the process altogether.

The German government has also sharply criticized Washington's belligerent stance toward Venezuela in response to Trump's comments. Steffen Seibert, spokesperson for Germany's executive branch, stated that Chancellor Angela Merkel desires a “peaceful solution” to Venezuela's crisis “through diplomacy.”

Uruguay has decried the U.S. government's warmongering rhetoric. While speaking to the press, Uruguayan President Tabare Vasquez said that his government “emphatically and sharply” rejects Trump's opinion of a military intervention in Venezuela. “Venezuela's problems must be resolved by the Venezuelan people, without foreign intervention, therefore, we emphatically and sharply reject the U.S. President's opinions.

Faced with threats of military action by Trump, the Venezuelan government reiterated its position to maintain a healthy dialogue with the United States based on international law, mutual respect, peace, and security in the region on Saturday.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza made the case clear during a meeting with Lee McClenny, the U.S. Chargé d'affaires in Venezuela.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Arreaza stated that threats against Venezuela and the region are “deeply hostile, disrespectful, condemnable, abject.

However, Washington's record of finding peaceful solutions to political problems are anything but impressive. According to Global Research, the United States has been at war 93 percent of the time since 1776: 224 out of 241 years has been marked by some type of U.S. military combat.

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Argentina's Cristina Fernandez claims primary victory after slow count

Former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and President Mauricio Macri's candidate are virtually tied in Argentina’s congressional primaries leading up to the October election.

With 95.58 percent of votes in Buenos Aires province counted – home to nearly 40 percent of Argentina's electorate – the ruling party led by Macri's former Education Minister Esteban Bullrich had captured 34.19 percent while Fernandez was within a whisker with 34.11 percent.

Though there has been no official declaration, Fernandez took the stage at a rally around 4:00 a.m. to claim victory as well as criticize the pace of the vote count.

"I never imagined I would have to ask for forgiveness from all Argentines for this embarrassment," she said. "It's an offense to democracy."

There have been denunciations that the flow of information from the electoral authorities was manipulated, holding back results from poorer, pro-Fernandez areas. such as Santa Fe, home of Kichnerism.

Regardless of the final outcome, the candidates will now face each other in the congressional elections in October, when Argentines will elect one-third of the senate and half the chamber of deputies.

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Armed men in Colombia kill 8th FARC member, raising alarm

Jesus Adan Mazo, or “Molina,” has been killed after being attacked and shot by a group of armed men in the town of Ituango, near a FARC concentration zone.

Mazo — whose involvement in the peace process between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was pivotal to the signing of the peace agreement — was shot at 1:00 am Monday morning while residing in a house near the Santa Lucia school in Antioquia.

According to the neighbors, the armed men removed him from the house and shot him three times, enough to kill him. This is the second ex-combatant of the FARC that is assassinated in Ituango,” said a statement from the FARC zone in Ituango.

The death of Molina happens just a day before the end of the Transitional Standardization Zones and the beginning of the Territories of Training and Reincorporation, which makes the residents of the concentration zones fearful since they consider this 'a very clear and fatal message for the process'," the statement continued.

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Από το Καράκας στη Μοσούλη: Οι πρόοδοι του παγκόσμιου ολοκληρωτισμού

του Δημήτρη Κωνσταντακόπουλου

Δεν υπάρχει ούτε μία χώρα στον πλανήτη, που να έγινε στόχος τέτοιου πολέμου για την «δημοκρατία», που να μην καταστράφηκε ολοσχερώς, τα τελευταία 25 χρόνια!

Γνωρίζετε ασφαλώς για τους νεκρούς στη Βενεζουέλα, έστω και αν δεν είναι πάντα σαφές από αυτά που ακούτε, αν ανήκουν στην αντιπολίτευση ή στην κυβέρνηση.

Είναι αδύνατο να μην το γνωρίζετε, αν παρακολουθήσατε δύο-τρία δελτία ειδήσεων τους τελευταίους μήνες. Σας πληροφόρησαν ότι ένας, δύο ή πέντε άνθρωποι σκοτώθηκαν σε αυτή τη χώρα της Λατινικής Αμερικής.

Φυσικά δεν ξέρετε και είναι αδύνατο να μάθετε, όσα δελτία και αν παρακολουθήσετε, ότι πάνω από σαράντα χιλιάδες άμαχοι πολίτες σκοτώθηκαν κατά την επιχείρηση «απελευθέρωσης» της Μοσούλης από την «αντιτρομοκρατική συμμαχία» υπό την ηγεσία των ΗΠΑ – η συντριπτική πλειοψηφία των οποίων δεν σκοτώθηκε από το Ισλαμικό Κράτος αλλά από τη «Συμμαχία» που ήθελε να τους «απελευθερώσει».

Δεν ξέρετε ότι έλεγαν στους κατοίκους από το ραδιόφωνο να μην φύγουν από τα σπίτια τους και να κρεμάνε τα ρούχα τους στις ταράτσες για να καταλάβουν ότι είναι άμαχοι. Τους άκουσαν, τα κρέμασαν κι αυτοί τους βομβάρδισαν τα σπίτια και τους έθαψαν κάτω από τα ερείπια.

Δεν ξέρετε ότι έχουν ισοπεδώσει τη δεύτερη πόλη του Ιράκ και ένα ιστορικό μνημείο του αραβικού πολιτισμού, μεταβάλλοντάς την σε Κόλαση του Δάντη. Κι αν κάποιο σάιτ δημοσιεύσει, πολύ σπάνια μια τέτοια είδηση, αποδίδει την καταστροφή στο Ισλαμικό Κράτος και όχι σε αυτούς που τη διέπραξαν.

Αλλά και για τη Βενεζουέλα την ίδια και τη Λατινική Αμερική τι ξέρετε; Μόνο επιβαρυντικές κατηγορίες κατά του Μαδούρο και αρνητικές ειδήσεις γι’ αυτόν. Ουδέποτε οι τηλεοράσεις μας κάνουν μια αναφορά και στα θετικά του καθεστώτος, π.χ. στις θεαματικές επιτυχίες στην αντιμετώπιση του αναλφαβητισμού και της ακραίας φτώχιας, ή στην απόδοση στοιχειωδών δικαιωμάτων σε εκατομμύρια ιθαγενών.

Δεν χωρεί αμφιβολία ότι το καθεστώς στη Βενεζουέλα πλήττεται από σοβαρή εσωτερική κρίση, αποτέλεσμα και των επιλογών του, σε ένα διεθνές περιβάλλον πτώσης των τιμών του πετρελαίου. Αλλά δεν χωρεί επίσης αμφιβολία για το ότι έχει γίνει στόχος διεθνούς πολέμου, επίθεσης και απειλής, ούτε και για το τι θα συμβεί αν επικρατήσουν οι διεθνείς «υποστηρικτές της δημοκρατίας»!

Δεν υπάρχει ούτε μία χώρα στον πλανήτη, που να έγινε στόχος τέτοιου πολέμου για την «δημοκρατία», που να μην καταστράφηκε ολοσχερώς, τα τελευταία 25 χρόνια!

Οι τηλεοράσεις σας, που τόσο κόπτονται για τη Βενεζουέλα, δεν σας είπαν κουβέντα για την κατάσταση στην Αργεντινή και τη Βραζιλία, ούτε για την επιδημία πολιτικών δολοφονιών οικολόγων, δημοσιογράφων, ακτιβιστών για τα δικαιώματα των Ινδιάνων και των γυναικών, σε σειρά χωρών της Λατινικής Αμερικής.

Ξέρετε τα πάντα για τους αποκεφαλισμούς του ISIS, αλλά τίποτα για τους αποκεφαλισμούς της Σαουδικής Αραβίας.

Σας λένε ότι πρέπει να καταπολεμήσουμε την «τρομοκρατία», δεν εξηγούν όμως τη μαζική υποστήριξη των ίδιων των «αντιτρομοκρατικών» δυνάμεων στην δημιουργία και το γιγάντωμα του ISIS!

Πάνω από δέκα χώρες έχουν καταστραφεί και πολλά εκατομμύρια ανθρώπων έχουν χάσει τη ζωή τους, εδώ και 25 χρόνια, εξαιτίας δυτικών, άμεσων ή έμμεσων στρατιωτικών επεμβάσεων, που προετοιμάστηκαν με τέτοιες επικοινωνιακές επεμβάσεις, όπως αυτή που τώρα παρακολουθούμε κατά της Βενεζουέλας.

Ο σκοπός των επικοινωνιακών επιθέσεων, εν συνεχεία των κυρώσεων και, τελικά, των άμεσων ή έμμεσων στρατιωτικών επεμβάσεων, κρίνοντας εκ του αποτελέσματος, δεν ήταν η εμπέδωση της δημοκρατίας στον πλανήτη, αλλά η καταστροφή οποιουδήποτε κράτους και καθεστώτος, που διατηρεί κάποια ψήγματα ανεξαρτησίας και κυριαρχίας.

Και τι δεν ακούσαμε για τα εγκλήματα των Σέρβων, τα πυρηνικά του Σαντάμ, τις αγριότητες του Άσαντ, τους αποκεφαλισμούς του ISIS (όχι όμως της Σαουδικής Αραβίας), ακόμα και για μας τους «ανεπρόκοπους, διεφθαρμένους, τεμπέληδες, ανοργάνωτους Έλληνες», όπως ακούμε τώρα για τη Βενεζουέλα του Μαδούρο.

Ένα εκατομμύριο εξεγερμένοι Λίβυοι, μας είπαν οι τηλεοράσεις μας, απειλούνται από τον αιμοσταγή Καντάφι στη Βεγγάζη και πρέπει να γίνει επέμβαση για να σωθούν. Τώρα δεν υπάρχει Λιβύη και μόνο αν είστε καθημερινός αναγνώστης της βρετανικής Guardian γνωρίζετε ότι γίνονται δημοπρασίες σκλάβων στην κάποτε ευημερούσα αυτή αραβική χώρα. Φαίνεται ότι η αποκατάσταση της δουλοπαροικίας είναι τμήμα του αγώνα για την εμπέδωση της δημοκρατίας παγκοσμίως.

Όταν αύριο, εξ αιτίας και όσων έγιναν στη Μοσούλη, δούμε νέες στρατιές προσφύγων να θαλασσοπνίγονται στο Αιγαίο ή άλλους να βάζουν βόμβες σε δυτικές πόλεις, οι πολίτες δεν θα έχουν τη στοιχειώδη πληροφόρηση για να εγκαθιδρύουν μια σχέση αιτίου και αιτιατού για όσα τους συμβαίνουν.

Καλοπληρωμένοι κονδυλοφόροι θα ανατρέχουν στα κείμενα της μεσαιωνικής ισλαμικής θεολογίας για να αποδείξουν ότι το Ισλάμ είναι μια ολοκληρωτική θρησκεία εναντίον της οποίας πρέπει να κάνουμε ακόμα έναν πόλεμο για να αμυνθούμε. Δεν θα σας ενημερώσουν για το τι έχει συμβεί στο Ιράκ ή το Αφγανιστάν, δεν θα σας πουν τίποτα για τη χολέρα στην Υεμένη, θα παραλείψουν να πουν το παραμικρό για τους σκλάβους στη Λιβύη.

Όπως αποφάνθηκε πρόσφατα το ανώτατο δικαστήριο της Μεγάλης Βρετανίας, ο Τόνι Μπλερ δεν μπορεί να δικαστεί για το έγκλημα της εισβολής στο Ιράκ, διότι δεν υφίσταται έγκλημα καταστροφής χώρας.

Στη Βρετανία θεωρούν πολύ σοβαρό έγκλημα να σκοτώσεις έναν άνθρωπο, όχι όμως τρία εκατομμύρια, ιδίως αν είναι Άραβες, και να καταστρέψεις τη χώρα τους.

Η παραπλανητική «ενημέρωση» συνεπάγεται τη μετατροπή των δυτικών πολιτών σε μια άμορφη μάζα, χωρίς ταυτότητα, χωρίς προσωπικότητα, χωρίς κριτική ικανότητα, πειραματόζωα, ανίκανα να αντισταθούν στα οικονομικά, τεχνολογικά και στρατιωτικά «πειράματα» του ολοκληρωτισμού που εμπεδώνεται.

Όπως ο όχλος στον οποίο μετετράπησαν κάποια στιγμή οι πολίτες της Ρωμαϊκής Δημοκρατίας, που δεν ζητούσαν παρά άρτο και θεάματα και απολάμβαναν τις ανθρωποθυσίες, όπως απήλαυσε η Χίλλαρυ Κλίντον το δημόσιο, άγριο λυντσάρισμα του Μουαμάρ Καντάφι.

Οι καμπάνιες αυτές, εναντίον συγκεκριμένων χωρών κάθε φορά, με τη χρήση μισο-αληθειών, ψευδών, αποσιωπήσεων και διαστρεβλώσεων, προηγούνται συνήθως των βομβαρδισμών και τους προετοιμάζουν (όπως έγινε και το 2009-10 με την επίθεση, όχι με πυραύλους, αλλά με CDS και Δανειακές Συμβάσεις, κατά της Ελλάδας).

Ο «Ειδησεογραφικός Στραβισμός» των κυρίαρχων ΜΜΕ, συνιστά το θεμέλιο του Ολοκληρωτισμού. Τα τελευταία 25 χρόνια, μετά ιδίως την κατάρρευση της ΕΣΣΔ, διαπιστώνεται σε σειρά περιπτώσεων, θεμελιώδης διαφορά ανάμεσα με την κατάσταση που επικρατούσε στη Δύση για τρεις ή τέσσερις δεκαετίες μετά τον 2ο Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο και την νίκη επί του Φασισμού. Το καταλαβαίνει κανείς αμέσως αν συγκρίνει τη σημερινή κατάσταση με εκείνη που επικρατούσε στη Δύση κατά τη διάρκεια των πολέμων στο Βιετνάμ και την Αλγερία.

Τότε, οι αποκαλύψεις του Σάιμουρ Χερς για τη σφαγή του Μάι Λάι στο Βιετνάμ, του εγκυρότερου ίσως δημοσιογράφου στις ΗΠΑ, σε ότι αφορά τις πολιτικές του Πενταγώνου και της CIA, έκαναν πάταγο στην Αμερική και διεθνώς.

Σήμερα, ο Χερς δεν μπορεί να βρει εφημερίδα στις ΗΠΑ και τη Βρετανία να δημοσιεύσει την έρευνά του για τα δήθεν χημικά του Ασαντ και χρειάστηκε να δημοσιεύσει στη γερμανική Welt.

Το καθεστώς σχετικής ελευθερίας της ενημέρωσης στη Δύση έχει καταργηθεί. Όχι μόνο δεν εξάγουμε δημοκρατία και ελευθερία στον πλανήτη, τις καταργούμε στο εσωτερικό της Δύσης, που μοιάζει να γνωρίζει τώρα την ίδια διαδικασία που γνώρισε η αρχαία Ρώμη.

Η επέκταση τότε του Imperium οδήγησε σε απαξίωση την ρωμαϊκή δημοκρατία και στον θάνατο τον αρχαίο πολιτισμό.

Υπάρχουν βέβαια και μερικές διαφορές. Τότε τη Ρώμη κυβέρνησαν ο Νέρων, ο Ηλιογάβαλος, ο Καλιγούλας, που ήθελε μάλιστα να στέψει Καίσαρα το άλογό του. Δεν κατάφερε όμως και να το κάνει!

Σήμερα εξάλλου, οι άρχοντες του κόσμου, οι απειροελάχιστες μειοψηφίες της δύναμης, του πλούτου, της γνώσης, που αναπτύσσονται ως καρκίνος στο σώμα της ανθρωπότητας, έχουν τα μέσα, αν δεν συναντήσουν μεγάλες αντιδράσεις και μεγάλες αντιστάσεις, όχι μόνο να προκαλέσουν την καταστροφή του σύγχρονου κόσμου, όπως προκάλεσαν την καταστροφή του Αρχαίου, αλλά και τον Άνθρωπο και τη Ζωή στον πλανήτη.

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ExxonMobil, Kochs, Israel pushing Washington to partition Iraq and Syria

The currently stateless Kurds sit astride the Iraq-Syria border on land blessed/cursed with oil, other resources, and geopolitical significance. Is it any wonder that mega-corporations and their client states are looking to use the Kurds, stoke conflict, and exploit the situation?

by Whitney Webb

Part 1

Years before the U.S. illegally invaded and then occupied Iraq, plans were circulating within the Pentagon to partition the country along “sectarian” lines, with the express purpose of allowing the U.S. and its regional allies to better control oil resource production and movement within the Middle East.

In Syria, the same narrative of partition has more recently been circulated as the “only” solution to the nation’s sectarian divisions, divisions which did not emerge until they were artificially created in 2011 when the current conflict began and later fomented by hostile foreign actors.

While the Bush and Obama administrations pushed for the partition of Iraq on several occasions, it was largely corporate actors during that time that took the most active steps towards creating an independent state within the Iraqi region controlled by the U.S.-allied Kurds, an area with sizeable energy reserves and other strategic resources.

The area of Syria controlled by the U.S.-backed Kurds conveniently connects directly with the Kurdish “statelet” in Iraq, making the possibility of a larger independent Kurdistan more feasible. This area also boasts the largest concentration of many of Syria’s most critical resources.

While past administrations avoided openly recognizing the partition of Iraq, the administration of President Donald Trump is striking a different tone, largely due to the influence within the administration of some of the biggest players who actively sidestepped Iraq’s government in favor of the Kurds years ago.

Chief among such players was ExxonMobil — whose CEO at the time, Rex Tillerson, is now Trump’s Secretary of State — along with other corporations whose financial and political support for the Trump administration is well-documented.

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When Washington decides Democracy is dangerous: stoking opposition in Venezuela and Syria

by Ramiro S. Fúnez

Part 2 - Syrian & Venezuelan opposition both blindly unquestioned by Western media

Not a day goes by when corporate news outlets don’t echo the indictments of Venezuelan and Syrian opposition members who claim their governments are “authoritarian regimes.”

Not only do these publications intentionally ignore the fact that the Venezuelan and Syrian governments were legitimately chosen to lead their nations in internationally recognized elections; they also unquestionably uphold the political positions of the opposition groups as the general sentiment of the entire country, failing to mention that a majority of citizens oppose their violence.

In Venezuela, for example, Maduro fairly defeated opposition leader Henrique Capriles during the 2013 presidential election, which U.S. election observer Daniel Kovalik described as “transparent, inherently reliable, well-run and thoroughly audited.” Almost 80 percent of the country’s population participated. Moreover, a May 2017 survey, conducted by Monitor Pais and published by polling firm Hinterlaces, revealed that almost two-thirds of Venezuelans reject opposition protest violence.

And in Syria, Assad resoundingly defeated presidential candidate Hassan al-Nouri during the 2014 presidential election, which several international observers also confirmed was transparent and legitimate. The Baathist leader received 88.7 percent of votes. Over 73 percent of the country’s population participated, along with millions of Syrian refugees around the world.

A poll conducted a year later by ORB International found that 47 percent of Syrians believed that Assad had a positive influence in Syria, compared to 35 percent for the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and 26 percent for the Syrian Opposition Coalition, according to analyst Stephen Gowans.

The FSA is a Syrian militant group that claims to be the “armed wing” of the country’s Western-backed opposition. It was formed in 2011 by renegade members of the Syrian Arab Army. The FSA has frequently been accused of supporting Daesh and other Wahhabi terrorist groups.

Yet Venezuelan and Syrian opposition claims that these elections and poll results were “rigged” are uncritically regurgitated by mainstream media, serving the interests of their imperialist overlords in the Global North who seek regime change.

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14 August, 2017

The US rejected recent North Korea initiative to end officially the Korean War


Democracy Now spoke with journalist Tim Shorrock, who recently returned from South Korea. Shorrock revealed that as recently as two years ago, North Korea actually made an effort to find common ground with the United States, offering to put a moratorium on its program if the Unites States would proceed in peace talks towards the official termination of the Korean War.

Here is what he said:

Why are we going to war, why are we threatening war, when we haven’t even attempted talks with North Korea?

I think, you talk to anybody who is an expert, who’s been around the region, who’s actually negotiated with North Koreans, there is plenty of room, plenty of flexibility, to talk to North Korea. And there are certainly, proposals, that North Korea itself has made, as recently as 2015, two years ago, when they said they would put a moratorium on their program if the United States would start opening talks about a peace treaty to end the Korean War, which is still an armistice.

The Korean War has never formally ended. That’s why people, reporters, are pushing back against the State Department, because, after all, here you have the top two national security leaders of the Trump administration have been stressing diplomacy, and suddenly they’re talking nuclear war.


So, why Donald Trump has chosen to escalate now the conflict with North Korea?

According to a relatively new theory, the US wants from North Korea the same thing it wants from Afghanistan: minerals worth trillions.

Yet, one of the most probable explanation could be connected with Trump's game to distract attention from the internal big problems and the fact that he faithfully serves the establishment on a series of key issues.

Consequently, Trump is trying to satisfy the appetite of the warmongering neocon/neoliberal establishment, which, however, hides its real target behind the dangerous game of provocative statements against North Korea. And the target is no other than China.

With a pro-US puppet regime in North Korea, the warmongering establishment will mark a great strategic victory, as it will put China definitely on the ropes through the US troops presence not only in Asia-Pacific bases around China, but also, right next to its east land borders.

The problem is that there are limited options concerning North Korea. Proxy wars and internal provocative operations appear almost impossible to be held. But also, an all-out war with a country that possesses nuclear weapons may be proved catastrophic, not only for the US.

Besides, China will not sit back and take its full encirclement so easily. According to Reuters, a Chinese state-run newspaper stated that “If North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States then China should stay neutral, but if the United States attacks first and tries to overthrow North Korea's government China will stop them ...

So, finally, the big question is: are Washington's sociopaths crazy enough to start WWIII through North Korea?

12 August, 2017

Portugal recovers by ignoring neoliberal priesthood's recipe of absolute disaster


It appears that the brave Portugal defied the recipe of austerity and sado-monetarism imposed by the Troika of destruction (IMF, ECB, European Commission) that ruined the Greek economy after seven years of savage implementation.


As the Economist reported on April:

           In 2016, according to figures released on March 24th, his government cut the budget deficit by more than half to just under 2.1% of GDP (see chart), the lowest since Portugal’s transition to democracy in 1974. His administration restored state pensions, wages and working hours to pre-bail-out levels, and also brought the deficit well under the 2.5% target set for it by the European Union. It is the first time that Portugal has complied with the euro zone’s fiscal rules.

Furthermore, the Portuguese government has just decided even to increase slightly the low pensions. As The Portugal News reports:

           An extraordinary increase in payments to retired people in Portugal with monthly pensions of less than €631.98 began to be implemented on Thursday, with those pensioners who saw no increase at all in their pensions between 2011 and 2015 to receive as much as €10 more from now on.

Antonio Costa and his government formed by the forces of the Left, have chosen to fight against Brussels/Berlin pressure to implement the neoliberal recipe that destroyed Greece.

But it seems that he managed also to put the Brussels bureaufascists and the German sado-monetarists in difficult position, as his administration managed to achieve the deficit target imposed by the European Financial Dictatorship, while restoring pensions and wages.

On the contrary, under Troika's pressure, the Leftist government in Greece has chosen to retreat further against absurd demands that include further cuts in pensions during the next two years, which Tsipras and his administration have committed to implement in advance. Implementing such measures for seven years, Greece has seen its economy ruined by the brutality of the neoliberal priesthood.

It is certain that the neoliberal sadists will be very upset right now, as Portugal can become an example inside the eurozone and, therefore, ruin their plans to expand the Greek experiment throughout the member-states.

Currently, Portugal is able to borrow money at low interest rate from money markets and, therefore, it is quite independent from the ECB liquidity, unlike Greece. We should not be surprised if we see a sudden crisis storming against the country, say the next few months. Portugal will be excluded from the markets. The ECB will come to provide liquidity under cruel conditions. Portugal will be forced to walk the hellish Greek path or face a sudden death through a financial coup by the ECB as happened in previous years with Ireland, Italy and Cyprus.

Recall that, the ECB finally forced to expose its real role through an open financial coup this time, against Greece, when the current PM, Alexis Tsipras, decided to conduct a referendum on the catastrophic measures imposed by the ECB, IMF and the European Commission, through which the Greek people clearly rejected these measures, despite the propaganda of terror inside and outside Greece. Due to the direct threat from Mario Draghi and the ECB, who actually threatened to cut liquidity sinking Greece into a financial chaos, Tsipras finally forced to retreat, signing another catastrophic memorandum.

So, will Portugal continue to resist bravely in case we see a similar scenario? It would be difficult to do it alone. Someone has to coordinate the efforts of the European south towards the resistance against the Brussels-Berlin axis. Then, Europe could change course, away from the neoliberal policies of destruction.