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2013-06-01: Anti-Capitalist Protest: Blockupy Surrounds ECB in Frankfurt;
2013-06-02: A Hefty Bill: Guarding Assange in London;
2013-06-02: Geld, Krise, Umverteilung, Gesellschaft;
2013-06-03: Extreme capitalism of the Muslim Brothers;
2013-06-04: Quantitative Crisis: Bernanke’s Stimulus for the 1%;
2013-06-05: Merkel Maligned: IMF Board Attacks Euro Crisis Management;
2013-06-05: Pump, Euroschwindel, Sparen;
2013-06-06: The IRS scandal scanda;
2013-06-07: IMF admits mistakes made in Greece bailout;
2013-06-08: Money out of Thin Air?
2013-06-09: What about revolution?
2013-06-10: Boundless Informant: NSA’s complex tool for classifying global intelligence;
2013-06-10: de la politique;
2013-06-11: videos for your consideration;
2013-06-12: Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations;
2013-06-13: A Zone of Freedom: Youth Insurgency Challenges Erdogan, Part 1;
2013-06-13: Enfermée dans une bouteille depuis 53 ans …;
2013-06-14: The US as Superintendent of Global Capitalism: a Response;
2013-06-14: zum Hochfrequenzhandel;
2013-06-15: Turkey’s democracy discussed by European Parliament on;
2013-06-16: Fiscal implications of the ECB’s bond-buying programme;
2013-06-17: Austerity is the controlled demolition of the welfare state;
2013-06-18: The Chemical Weapons Hoax;
2013-06-19: Economic Predictions 2013-2014;
2013-06-20: Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?
2013-06-21: Mr. Sunshine: ‘Yes We Can’ Memories Flood Back on Feel-Good Trip;
2013-06-22: Disunited Kingdom: Crisis Leaves Britain Deeply Fractured, Part 1;
2013-06-23: Goodwill Legally Pays Disabled Workers As Low as 22 Cents an Hour;
2013-06-24: US-Taliban Talks in Doha: The West’s Capitulation in Afghanistan;
2013-06-25: Assemblies Emerging In Turkey: A Lesson In Democracy;
2013-06-25: Prof. Bernd Senf: Tiefere Ursachen der Schuldenkrisen;
2013-06-26: Iran to send 4,000 troops to aid President Assad forces in Syria;
2013-06-27: Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.: Insider Threats;
2013-06-28: Secret of the Seven Sisters: The Story of Oil;
2013-06-28: Hans Scharpf zum Geld;
2013-06-29: Ailing Infrastructure: Scrimping Threatens Germany’s Future, Part 1;
2013-06-30: Moderate Islamist regimes are effectively neoliberal regimes.

Moderate Islamist regimes are effectively neoliberal regimes

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Published on Russia Today RT, June 28, 2013.

Egyptians are calling for President Morsi’s removal from office because a year into his presidency, he has proved that moderate Islamist regimes are essentially neoliberal, journalist and Middle East expert Tariq Ali told RT.

Morsi opponents have called for mass demonstrations on Sunday, hoping to force the leader to step down on the first anniversary of his taking office. The days leading up to the protests have already left several people dead and more than 100 injured.   Continue Reading…

Ailing Infrastructure: Scrimping Threatens Germany’s Future, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by staff, June 27, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

From the outside, Germany appears to have a robust economy. But a new study by a leading economic institute reveals that the country is investing far too little in infrastructure and its future, effectively saving itself to death … //

… Germans save more money than most living in the industrialized world, but they invest very little in their future, making them much weaker economically than leading politicians realize. According to the study, Germany is saving itself to death.  Continue Reading…

Hans Scharpf zum Geld

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Video: Geldhahn zu, mit RA Hans Scharpf, 11.32 min, von am 5. April 2013 hochgeladen: Was ist der Überfall auf eine Bank gegen die Gründung einer Bank!” (B. Brecht, 1898 – 1956) – RAUS AUS DEM SCHULDENTURM.

Schuldnerstreik, auf Geldhahn Zu: Wirtschaftsanwalt Hans Scharpf bietet an, für jeden Kreditschuldner, vorzugsweise diejenigen der Commerzbank, der Frankfurter Sparkasse, der IngDiba und der DSL-Bank (früher BHW-Bank), eine Anpassung der Kreditverträge zu verhandeln und sich dabei bewährter, grundrechtlicher geschützter Formen des Verhandlungsdrucks zu bedienen (z.B. Schuldenwarnstreik) …;

Scharpf & Associates: /Startseite, /Team, /HANS SCHARPF, LL.M., /Schwerpunkte, /Kontakt.

Secret of the Seven Sisters: The Story of Oil

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first on AlJazeera English, here uploaded by Zubenelgenubiii, April 28, 2013:

… and these are the new Seven Sisters:   Continue Reading…

Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.: Insider Threats

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Published on McClatchy, by Danny Dougherty, and also by Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay, June 20, 2013.

WASHINGTON — Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions.   Continue Reading…

Iran to send 4,000 troops to aid President Assad forces in Syria

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World Exclusive: US urges UK and France to join in supplying arms to Syrian rebels as MPs fear that UK will be drawn into growing conflict – Published on The Independent, by Robert Fisk, June 16, 2013.

Washington’s decision to arm Syria’s Sunni Muslim rebels has plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East, entering a struggle that now dwarfs the Arab revolutions which overthrew dictatorships across the region.   Continue Reading…

Prof. Bernd Senf – Tiefere Ursachen der Schuldenkrisen

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Prof. Bernd Senf – Tiefere Ursachen der Schuldenkrisen, 177.00 min, von DieNeueErde am 25. Januar 2013 hochgeladen: “Der Nebel um das Gold – Fragwürdigkeiten zu deutschen und amerikanischen Goldreserven”, so beschreibt Prof. Bernd Senf den ersten Teil des Vortrages, den er so noch nie vorgetragen hat.   Continue Reading…

Assemblies Emerging In Turkey: A Lesson In Democracy

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The protesters are starting to counter-pose their own direct democracy to the sham of a democracy proposed by Erdogan’s authoritarian neoliberal state – Published on, by Jerome Roos, June 19, 2013.

… Interestingly, the members of the popular assemblies in Turkey use the same hand-signs as the indignados, indicating that some of the methods were directly inspired by the real democracy protests in Spain. This, in turn, seems to confirm the idea we raised very early on in the Turkish uprising, and a claim that many Turkish activists have been making from the very start: namely that this movement is not just a local or national protest, but part of a global struggle against the subverted nature of representative capitalist democracy and for real democracy and total liberation.   Continue Reading…

US-Taliban Talks in Doha: The West’s Capitulation in Afghanistan

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Published on Spiegel Online International, an analysis by Christoph Sydow, June 21, 2013 (Photo Gallery: Resigned to Afghan Corruption:  Afghanistan produces 80 percent of the opium consumed worldwide. US investigators have discovered that some of this has been transported to Central Asia via the airport in Kabul, the Afghan capital – see also a single photo: Human rights groups warn that US talks aimed at getting the Taliban involved in politics could further harm women’s rights in Afghanistan).

After 12 years of war and thousands of deaths on both sides, the US and the Taliban are finally ready to talk peace. While the West hopes to smooth its withdrawal, human rights organizations forecast the return of dark times for women and minorities.   Continue Reading…

Goodwill Legally Pays Disabled Workers As Low as 22 Cents an Hour

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Republican Congressman’s bill would phase out the exploitative practice – Published on AlterNet/Labor, by Steven Hsieh, June 21, 2013.

Goodwill Industries, a non-profit whose mission is to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families pays disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour, NBC reports.

Harry Smith’s report, which aired on Rock Center with Brian Williams, probes a loophole in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that allows employers to pay disabled workers far below the federal minimum wage. Section 14 (c) of FLSA grants certificates to certain employers, permitting them to pay adjusted wages to workers “whose earning or productive capacity is impaired by a physical or mental disability.” Qualified employers create “sheltered workshops,” “where employees typically perform manual tasks like hanging clothes” … // Continue Reading…

Disunited Kingdom: Crisis Leaves Britain Deeply Fractured, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Christoph Scheuermann, June 20, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

The economic crisis has caused the United Kingdom to drift apart, creating ever-widening rifts between rich and poor, native and immigrant, English and Scot. With the anti-Europe UKIP party on the rise, Great Britain stands at a crossroads … // Continue Reading…

Mr. Sunshine: ‘Yes We Can’ Memories Flood Back on Feel-Good Trip

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Published on Spiegel Online International, an Analysis By Florian Gathmann, Veit Medick and Philipp Wittrock, June 19, 2013 (34 Photo in the Gallery).

Barack Obama’s first official trip to Berlin was short on substance but rich in symbolism. For a few hours in the searing summer heat, his relaxed charm and eloquent idealism triggered memories of the heyday of “Yes we can,” before drone attacks, Prism and realpolitik.   Continue Reading…

Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?

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Published on The People’s Voice, by Ellen Brown, June 17, 2013.

On July 1, interest rates will double for millions of students – from 3.4% to 6.8% – unless Congress acts; and the legislative fixes on the table are largely just compromises. Only one proposal promises real relief – Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act.” This bill has been dismissed out of hand as “shameless populist demagoguery” and “a cheap political gimmick,” but is it? Or could Warren’s outside-the-box bill represent the sort of game-changing thinking sorely needed to turn the economy around?   Continue Reading…

Economic Predictions 2013-2014

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Published on ZNet, by Jack Rasmus, June 17, 2013 (also on author’s blog).

Annually for the past three years this writer has made leading edge predictions about the trajectory of the US and global economies for the 12-18 months to come. The last previous set of predictions appeared in the January 2012 issue of ‘Z’ magazine. Eighteen months later, it appears most have materialized. The following briefly summarizes those prior predictions, and makes further predictions for the next 18 months, through December 2014:

I. Review of January 2012 Predictions: … // Continue Reading…

The Chemical Weapons Hoax

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Published on the people’s voice, by Stephen Lendman, June 16, 2013.

(First my same comment as here: Rooted both deeply in the Turkish nation, none of the two parties is able to give up and Turkey has a real chance to become the next Syria. Now watch the line Iraq-Syria-Turkey and recognize: the Rainmakers/the owners of the Financial System no longer need Iran as tool to destabilise the world and reduce us to our daily Rice Bowl – and Iran suddenly may loose it’s smell of being the bad boy – Heidi).

Greater US intervention in Syria looms. Manufactured threats facilitate doing so. Replacing Assad with puppet leadership is planned. Independent governments aren’t tolerated. More on that below.

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for Middle East/North Africa/Central Asian wars. Resource control is prioritized. So is imperial dominance to Russian and Chinese borders.  Continue Reading…

Austerity is the controlled demolition of the welfare state

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Published on Socialist Unity, by SU Editorial Team, June 13, 2013.

The breadth and depth of cuts in public sector jobs, pay and frontline services might lead some to believe that austerity exists and public spending is being reduced. However, public spending is actually 4% higher today that in 2010. We are not experiencing short term disruption to balance the books, we are experiencing the controlled demolition of the welfare state – transferring the UK from a social democracy to a corporate state.    Continue Reading…

Fiscal implications of the ECB’s bond-buying programme

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Published on VOX, by Paul De Grauwe and Yuemei Ji, June 14, 2013.

… There is a lot of confusion about the fiscal implications of the government bond-buying programme – the OMT, or Outright Monetary Transactions – that the ECB announced last year.

  • This confusion arises mainly because the principles that guide the solvency of private companies (including banks) are applied to central banks.
  • The level of confusion is so high that the president of the Bundesbank turned to the German Constitutional Court arguing that the OMT programme of the ECB would make German citizens liable for paying taxes to cover potential losses made by the ECB.   Continue Reading…

Turkey’s democracy discussed by European Parliament on

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Video: EU ambivalence on Istanbul riots criticised by senior MEP, 109.23 min, published on BBC/Democracy Live, 12 June 2013, Last updated at 15:54.


zum Hochfrequenzhandel

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(about High frequency trading / concernant les Transactions à haute fréquence):

Dirk Müller zum Hochfrequenzhandel, 7.09 min, (im Bundestag am 16.01.2013), von basalIEDU am 17. Januar 20113 hochgeladen: Dirk Müller als Sachverständiger im Finanzausschuss des Deutschen Bundestag hat eine Stellungnahme zum Thema Hochfrequenzhandel gegeben.


The US as Superintendent of Global Capitalism: a Response

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Published on New Left, by Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, June 12, 2013.

We very much appreciate these generous, perceptive and comradely comments on our book and we hope our response will contribute to continued discussions and further research.

It is useful to begin with the difficult question of how to define and date ‘global capitalism’.  As we tried to make clear in the opening pages of the book, we see capitalist globalization as a long historical process, the product of an intrinsic tendency within capitalism.   Continue Reading…

Enfermée dans une bouteille depuis 53 ans …

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…  et arrosée seulement en 1972, une plante a créé son propre éco-système – Publié dans NéoZone, par Arakiel, le 30 janvier 2013.

En 1960, par un beau dimanche de Pâque, David Latimer, un génie à la main verte, a planté un jardin dans une bouteille. Une plante qu’il a arrosée pour la dernière fois en 1972 avant de la sceller hermétiquement.   Continue Reading…

A Zone of Freedom: Youth Insurgency Challenges Erdogan, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Daniel Steinvorth in Istanbul, June 11, 2013 (16 Photos in the Gallery: Police Move to Clear Taksim Square):

(first my question: are the turkish elites and institutions solide and wise enough to solve this problem BEFORE all this becomes a second Syria? – as obviously none of the two parties will give up, and later alien muslim fighters will ‘help’ for Erdogan’s ‘Muslim’ state?? Syria worldwide?).

Turkish youth have had enough of Islamic conservatism and are rebelling against Recep Tayyip Erdogan, their authoritarian father figure of a prime minister. They want to decide for themselves how they should live their lives … // Continue Reading…

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

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The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadowsVideo interview with whistleblower Edward Snowden, 12.35 min, published on The Guardian (also on ZNet), by Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong, June 9, 2013 (linked with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says … and with Edward Snowden on The Real News Network and on YouTube).

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.   Continue Reading…

videos for your consideration

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IRELANDS fight against HOME EVICTIONS (TNS Radio Seeking Solution), 47.48 min, uploaded by FREEDOMTVtm, May 10, 2013: This fly-on-the-wall film looks at a week in the life of TNS Radio based in Eire. It looks at the bogus Children’s Referendum handing over the children of Eire to the state that has abused them for so long as well as ECB bail out consequences for the Irish people. The film centres around the multi-track work of web-based TNS Radio with “citizen journalists” and frontline activists highlighted with interviews, compilation clips and actual footage …;

Explosive Fracking Documentary, 50.20 min, (Starts at 1.15 min: spoken in English, subtitled in Dutch/NL), uploaded by OccupyNWO, April 25, 2013;   Continue Reading…

de la politique

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L’humanité en péril: sur le chemin du désastre (de Tom Dispatch), dans Le Grand Soir, par Noam Chomsky, le 5 juin 2013;

16 signes qui montrent que la France va se prendre le mur et que nous allons tous y perdre beaucoup, dans les moutons enragés, le 5 juin 2013;

Video: DSK, Hollande, etc, Documentaire [HD], 82.48 min, mise en ligne par Autour du Monde Diplomatique, le 17 mai 2013. Synospsis: Au printemps 2012, en pleine campagne des élections présidentielles, une équipe de choc s’invite chez les notables de la presse parisienne pour les interroger sur le traitement de faveur dont ils gratifient François Hollande depuis les premiers jours de sa candidature.

Boundless Informant: NSA’s complex tool for classifying global intelligence

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Published on Russia Today RT, June 9, 2013.

A new batch of classified NSA docs leaked to the media reveals the details of a comprehensive piece of software used by NSA to analyze and evaluate intelligence gathered across the globe as well as data extraction methods. The top-secret documents released by the Guardian shed light on the National Security Agency’s data-mining tool being used for counting and categorizing metadata gathered and stored in numerous databases around the world.   Continue Reading…

What about revolution?

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Revolutions are a time when history changes gear, indicating the best self and most powerful motivations of peoples – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Mohamed Hussein Abul-Ela, June 5, 2013.

By their very nature, revolutions are exceptional moments in people’s lives. They are moments of special value which far exceed the decades and perhaps centuries that are devoid of any heroic events. These decades and centuries only represent biological history — or history, in other words, that is not representative of the human being in all his aspirations, hopes, goals and objectives. Such decades and centuries do not allow people to enter through the gates of history, while the brilliance and pride of revolutions look more like the truth of history itself.    Continue Reading…

Money out of Thin Air?

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How Banks Create Money Out Of Thin Air, 7.06 min, uploaded by Kalinda Stevenson, Jan. 30, 2008; Money Creation seen as a positive act, by No Money


(for videos and texts, showing different views on the still running discussion how money is created out of thin air – shows mainly individual preferences):   Continue Reading…

IMF admits mistakes made in Greece bailout

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Fund says it lowered bar for Greece, which could reignite concerns about the lender’s impartiality – Published on AlJazeera, June 6, 2013.

… In a report released on Wednesday that looked back at the bailout, the Fund for the first time said it lowered its bar for Greece, which could reignite concerns about the lender’s impartiality.

Notable failures:    Continue Reading…

The IRS scandal scanda

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How does the IRS doing its job become a made-up political outrage? – Published on Intrepid Report (first on Reader Supported News), by William Boardman, June 5, 2011.

Almost everything you hear and read in the media about the current IRS “scandal” is based on deliberate falsification of basic facts. Some might call it lying. Here’s a reasonably typical media-framing of the IRS lie, from the usually careful and accurate Economist, posted May 23: Even before this month’s revelation that conservative political groups applying for 501(c)(4) status were being singled out for special scrutiny . . .   Continue Reading…

Pump, Euroschwindel, Sparen

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Merkel Maligned: IMF Board Attacks Euro Crisis Management

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Markus Dettmer and Christian Reiermann, June 03, 2013 (Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

The EU’s bailout of Cyprus has elicited unusually frank and vehement criticism from the finance experts grouped in the IMF’s Executive Board. Their damning indictment at an IMF meeting in May reflects global skepticism, especially in emerging economies, about the euro zone’s crisis management. Paulo Nogueira Batista, 58, is a fan of classical music, a connoisseur of German literature and an advocate of straight talking. As executive director for his native Brazil and 10 smaller countries, he is a member of the Executve Board, the highest-ranking operational decision-making body of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) … // Continue Reading…

Quantitative Crisis: Bernanke’s Stimulus for the 1%

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Published on ZNet (first on Worker’s Action), by Mark Vorpahl, June 01, 2013.

When I heard that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress last week that it was too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs, I did a double take.
“What stimulus programs?” I thought. Where are the jobs programs? Where are the “extraordinary” social services that will enable those still suffering from the effects of the Great Recession to buy more and stimulate the economy?   Continue Reading…

Extreme capitalism of the Muslim Brothers

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The neoliberal policy of Egypt’s new president Mohamed Morsi looks very much like a continuation of that of Mubarak. It is increasing social tensions – Published on english.Le Monde Diplomatique, by Gilbert Achcar, June 2013.

The Muslim Brothers’ economic credo of free enterprise unhampered by state interference is more closely consonant with neoliberal doctrine than was the form of capitalism dominant under Mubarak. This holds in particular for the version of that credo articulated by Khairat al-Shatir, the Brotherhood’s very capitalist number two after the murshid (guide), and a representative of its most conservative wing, or by Hassan Malek, an extremely wealthy, eminent member of the Brotherhood, who, after making his debut in the business world in a partnership with Al-Shatir, today manages, with his son, a constellation of enterprises in textiles, furniture and trade, employing more than 400 people … // Continue Reading…

Geld, Krise, Umverteilung, Gesellschaft

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eon paar videos auf YouTube:

A Hefty Bill: Guarding Assange in London

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Binoy Kampmark, May 31, 2013.

… We live in an age of austerity, if we are to believe the scorched earth cult that has taken over most Western governments. Budgets are being slashed by economic irrationalists. Outlays are being trimmed. The nippers and snippers are doing their worst, and here, we have an astonishing statistic. The British government, through its police arm Scotland Yard, has spent somewhere in order of $5 million “guarding” Assange. The term is itself odd – guarding suggests that he might come to harm, that protection is required. The harm, of course, is purely down to the fact that the British government might just bag him and ensure his swift departure to a country that has not, as yet, laid formal charges.   Continue Reading…

Anti-Capitalist Protest: ‘Blockupy’ Surrounds ECB in Frankfurt

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Published on Spiegel Online International, May 31, 20113 (Photo Gallery).

Thousands of “Blockupy” protesters gathered in Frankfurt on Friday, surrounding the European Central Bank to air their concerns about euro-crisis policies. Both the banks and police were reportedly well-prepared for the anti-capitalist demonstration.

An estimated 2,500 supporters of the anti-capitalist group “Blockupy” demonstrated in the German financial capital of Frankfurt on Friday, blocking access to the European Central Bank (ECB) in protest of euro-crisis austerity policies …// Continue Reading…