Neoliberal News of the Day: March 2, 2013

Austerity Pushes EU Unemployment to Record Level @ 11.9%  –  “Even more dramatic is the rise in the level of youth unemployment for the eurozone to 24.2 percent, which raises the risk of removing a whole generation from the labor force. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said nearly 19 million people were unemployed in the eurozone following an increase of around 200,000 in January.”

Child Poverty Massively Increases through EU Austerity Programs – “More and more children in Europe’s crisis countries go to school hungry, Caritas declared for crisis countries like Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland. The study [1] by “Caritas Europe” analyzed the effects of the crisis in Europe on children and came to dramatic conclusions. Referring to data of the EU commission, the catholic relief organization notes that a third of all children in these countries on average live in poverty or at the edge of poverty

Spain’s jobless soars to 26%; 1.8 million households with no member employed – “Spain’s unemployment rate shot up to a record 26% in the fourth quarter of 2012, leaving almost six million people out of work, the National Statistics Institute said on Friday. The rate rose from 25% in the third quarter as the country’s recession deepened.”

Incomes in the U.S. dropped by the most in 20 years - “Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, climbed 0.2 percent after a 0.1 percent gain the prior month, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 76 economists called for a 0.2 percent advance. Incomes slumped 3.6 percent, sending the saving rate down to the lowest level since November 2007.”

Why Does the US Chamber of Commerce Want to Train or Replace Your Elected School Board? – “A key role in the elite drive to privatize public education is being played by privately owned school “accreditation” agencies, which are immune from public scrutiny, and under the absolute thrall of pro-privatization forces like the US Chamber of Commerce and the Broad Foundation.”

EU Austerity Measures are Tearing Greece Apart… as they were designed to do – “We do not have six months. If the EU is going to change something, they need to change it yesterday. We even have problems burying the dead because people cannot afford the funeral expenses.” Refrigerators in the morgue were filling up with bodies until the church said that it would offer free burial for some families. “We are heading down the road of destruction.”

UK Defense Sec. Philip Hammond: cut welfare not troops – MORE AUSTERITY and MORE BULLETS!!! – “The Defence Secretary today warns that the Armed Forces cannot sustain further cuts and demands that the welfare bill is reduced to reflect rising levels of employment instead.”

EU Said to be Ready to Lift Restrictions Allowing Countries to Send Weapons to Terrorists in Syria - “Walid Saffour told the Guardian on Friday that following the amendment, “there will be a breakthrough that will end the restrictions of the European countries” for supplying militants with weapons by the next meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria, slated to be held in Turkey in late spring or early summer.”

The U.S.’s 60 Million in Aid to the Terrorists in Syria isn’t Enough! They DEMAND Weapons! – “”We don’t want food and drink and we don’t want bandages. When we’re wounded, we want to die. The only thing we want is weapons,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.”

U.S. has been providing weapons and cash and training to the terrorists in Syria since 2007 – “US assistance, cash, weapons, and covert military support had been ongoing in Syria since 2007 – in other words – before the current conflict even began. And the US has been providing this support not for moderates, but specifically and intentionally for the ideological foundation of Al Qaeda itself, the sectarian extremist Muslim Brotherhood, since the Bush administration.”

FSA Bombs Nestle Plant in Syria Because it’s Owned by an Alawite – “As for the reason behind the burning, it’s quite simple, the owner of the commercial brand Sameer AlHassan is an Alawite. The fact that this factory was the only manufacturer of powdered milk “baby milk” didn’t stop FSA from burning it. Now Syrians had to turn to Iran to get baby milk.”

US Claims Cuba is a State Sponsor of Terrorism – “The claim of being a state sponsor of terrorism is a mere pretext, a blanket accusation Washington applies to any government it doesn’t like (and one that ignores America’s own history of supporting and carrying out international terrorism). A State Department report last year found that Cuba’s ties to so-called terrorist groups are tenuous at best.”

NYPD Lied Under Oath in Order to Prosecute Occupy Protester (wow. there’s a surprise) – “Nick Pinto of the Village Voice says he was nearby during the December 2011 rally and recalls watching Premo’s arrest from a distance. In his report from court this week, Pinto explains how the details provided by the NYPD in this trial have been fabricated to such a degree that the allegations presented by the cops turned out to be literally the opposite of what occurred”

The U.S. and the 21st Century Resource Grab in Africa: It’s Bigger Than You Think - “Most Americans do not realize the extent to which the U.S. is becoming involved militarily in the welter of conflicts throughout Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa (check out the chaos as mapped here). Although recent reports have tended to focus on the French effort to kick Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) out of Mali — an effort that may now be devolving into a far more complex guerrilla war, that French operation is just one operation in what may be shaping up to be a 21st Century version of the 19th Century Scramble for the resources of Africa.”

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4 Responses

  1. Globalists shift into overdrive!

  2. You might be interested in checking out this new evil ploy:

    Obama’s Orwellian NDAA Info-Inequity — Now It’s Overtly Censoring Your News. See:

    http://simplescorevoting.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/obamas-orwellian-ndaa-info-inequity-now-its-overtly-censoring-your-news/

    Maybe more comments at:

    http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/03/422180.shtml

  3. I’m using a website to promote simple score voting. It seems spammish to just give its link, but I don’t generally operate websites, so… Here is some of the “meat” of this latest fiasco:

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    NDAA bans Iran’s Press TV from U.S. airwaves — Fight Back News — News And Views From The People’s Struggle — March 2, 2013

    http://www.fightbacknews.org/2013/1/5/ndaa-bans-iran-s-press-tv-us-airwaves

    Chicago, IL – The massive 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Obama Jan. 2, contains sanctions that effectivly ban Iran’s popular station, Press TV [an Iranian TV news service], from U.S. airwaves or cable networks. Press TV is still available on the internet.

    [....]

    Iosbaker told Press TV, “In order for there to be an anti-war movement, there has to be alternative sources of information. And they’re afraid of the anti-war movement because even in just the recent history, the anti-war movement has had consequences for the rulers here.”

    [....]

    This is not the first such move by the U.S. The U.S. currently bans the popular and progressive Lebanese TV station Al-Manar. In 2008, a New York businessman was jailed for ‘material support for terrorism’ for including Al’Manar in satellite TV broadcast in the U.S.
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  4. Any defendant facing police witnesses against them should ask the police (and the prosecutor) to waive their protections (immunity to perjury) under Briscoe.

    “Police officers granted absolute immunity for perjury at criminal trial Briscoe v. Lahue, 103 S.Ct. 1108 (1983)” http://www.aele.org/law/Digests/civil60.html

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