Snowden Distraction: You WILL NOT Notice Massive World-wide Protests Against Global Capital

by Scott Creighton

While we, like simple little dupes, are focused on the unlikely teaming up of the likes of  Glenn Beck, World Can’t Wait, Lew Rockwell, Kim Dotcom (?) and Avaaz on the “Stand with Edward Snowden” non-disclosure “bombshells”, the world outside our castle walls is fighting for survival against the real enemy which is at the heart of all of this: neoliberal globalization.

Savage austerity, deregulation, unemployment and massive transfers of public wealth to the masters of the universe (the same masters who have created the non-disclosure distraction of Edward Snowden) are causing riots across the globe. Markets are falling, the dollar is dropping, and the Summer of our Discontent is upon us.

As the economic brick of neoliberal economics (Washington Consensus) is being slammed on every Westernized nation that still laughingly considers themselves a 1st World Nation, the people are moving in droves to oppose it. Our MSM is blind to it all. And what are we “alternative” journalists focused on? Coincidence?

When you stop to think for a moment, think about the fact that these people are protesting our neoliberal program created by the IMF and the World Bank and the financial sector of London and Wall Street, and then you remember that the NSA and CIA do nothing other than service to those very institutions, you start to understand part of what this distraction is all about.

(videos of some recent protests and clashes after the break)

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Greek journalist arrested over exposing politicians’ alleged tax evasion

from RT

Greek police have arrested one of the country’s top journalists, after his publication Hot Doc released the so-called ‘Lagarde list,’ containing the names of some 2,000 Greeks with funds hidden in Swiss bank accounts.

The police arrested Kostas Vaxevanis, the owner and editor of Hot Doc, during a live radio interview on Sunday. “They’re entering my house with the prosecutor right now. They are arresting me. Spread the word,” Vaxevanis tweeted.

He is due to appear in court on Monday to answer charges of privacy violations from publishing the list of names, which dates to 2007. “Instead of arresting the tax evaders and the ministers who had the list in their hands, they are trying to arrest the truth and free journalism,” Vaxevanis said in an interview.

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Spanish Townsfolk, Our Monster: Now What Are We Going to Do About It?

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE 3:The French, Spanish and Greek governments all announced multibillion-euro austerity plans yesterday in the face of massive popular opposition.”

UPDATE 2: Slavery in the UK. The unemployed are being forced to work for major British corporations, for free, just so they can continue to receive their unemployment benefits. This plan is the same as one attempted here in the states, one that still has a great deal of support in congress. Imagine the profits retailers could pocket if they got free seasonal workers during the holiday buying season.

UPDATE: In Dubai, one of our close economic allies, they call slave owners “sponsors” and fine their slaves if they attempt to take their own lives when the desperation of their true situation becomes too unbearable to live with.

I found myself thrown away and I thought of my poor family back home. I felt desperate and decided I should die,” she said. The National

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While Americans cheer for the return of  zebra striped officials to the NFL games today, the Spanish, the Greeks and many others across Europe are fighting for their very lives and the freedom to determine the quality of them on their own. Our apparent lack of concern is understandable when you consider that what they are desperately struggling against is in a large part, our creation. Not only is Dr. Frankenstein disinterested in the harm his creation inflicts on the people around him by choice, but the townsfolk themselves willingly turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the cries of their neighbors in nearby villages just so long as the monster feeds elsewhere.

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Austerity kills: Greek Martyrs and the Economic Hitmen in Michigan

by Scott Creighton

Sooner or later, we are all Dimitris Christoulas.

Dimitris Christoulas picked a tree in a park in central Athens by the nation’s parliament. It took him 77 years to get to that point, to pick that tree. He sat down next to it, sat in the shady side at 9am in the morning as people were bustling back and forth getting on with the business of starting their day. Dimitris pinned a note to himself, some say he shouted a comment, others say he said nothing.

In Detroit yesterday the city council voted 5-4 to enter into an agreement with the state of Michigan to radically change the city and the way it works due to pending financial hardships which were brought on by the deliberate controlled demolition of the economy of the United States by the banks and huge financial houses whom we have poured money into ever since.

There’s a connection and it’s not pretty.

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List of Dictatorships Aligned with Neoliberal “Free Trade” Economics

by Scott Creighton

Neoliberalism = Washington Consensus = IMF austerity measures = economic hitmen = Dictatorships

Below is a list of current (2011) dictatorships and authoritarian ruled nations as compiled by the Freedom House. The nation states in RED are openly free market/neoliberal and supported by the United States of America or other neoliberal nations.

Below is a list of countries classified as NOT FREE in 2011 (authoritarian regimes/dictatorships) by the Freedom House:

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Max Keiser on the Economic Terrorism that Toppled Greece

Protesters and police clash amid largest Greek strike

and read this article from the New York Times

Greece Moves Forward on New Austerity Bill

The Death of Democracy: Globalist Endgame Now in Play for All To See

by Scott Creighton

Economic governance: direct rule of the people (as opposed to the indirect rule by proxy which we currently have in America) by the unelected, unaccountable bankers, hedge fund managers, and financial institutions like the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the EU.

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Riot police battle austerity protesters in Greece

(The German commissioner of the EU suggested that Europe should send in the “Blue Helmets” (UN “peace keepers”) to collect the taxes and control the asset liquidations (wholesale privatization of public owned resources and assets). An occupying force to literally steal the wealth of the nation and enslave them to unfair taxes levied against the middle and working classes. This is what we have to look forward to.)

by Patrick Martin, WSWS

Riot police clashed with tens of thousands of demonstrators in Greece’s second-largest city Saturday night, as a huge protest took place against the austerity policies dictated by European banks and enforced by the social-democratic PASOK government.

The occasion was the annual address on economic policy delivered by Prime Minister George Papandreou in Thessaloniki. A crowd estimated at 25,000 poured into the city’s streets, where they were attacked with tear gas and clubs.

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“When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty” – Jefferson

COMING SOON … TO A SQUARE NEAR YOU

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In North America The Right to Dissent is Being Rescinded

“one of the things we point out in the book is that this stuff starts by the police and the military (and intelligence ops) months if not years before the demonstration. It includes infiltrating ALL of the organizations or many of the key organizations who are organizing the demonstrations… they infiltrate people into those groups”   Ratner

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DEBTOCRACY (FULL – ENG Subs)

Neoliberalism is a crime, it’s a crime against humanity, and it is the now the established religion of the elite and political classes.

As is pointed out in this film, even if this odious debt we face here is in fact completely legitimate, which of course it is not, but even if it is, it is immoral and illegal to kill a nation’s own people in order to pay it off. And that’s exactly what they are doing when they attack the social safety net, the public education system, Social Security, and the health care policies of America.

“What they are in effect saying is that they are going to default in their obligations to the Greek people. And I don’t understand how a social democratic, socialist popularly elected government can turn to it’s own voters and say “we are going to default on you rather than defaulting on the financial institutions”

Watch the movie.

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Rockefeller’s Dream: National Auto-determination Begins and Ends in Greece

by Scott Creighton

The new IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde announced the IMF’s approval of a 3.2 billion euro ($4.6 billion) loan payment for Greece. This latest payment is part of a 12 billion euro bailout package which is being doled out bit by bit as Greece hammers her population with draconian austerity measures and record setting privatization plans. Lagarde said of the “progress” being made in Greece that they are “delivering important results”. Let’s take a look at some of those “important results” she’s referring to.

First of all, the $4.6 billion dollars is not going to the government of Greece to help them run the country or to make things better for the people of Greece. Oh no. That money, as was pointed out by Tyler Durden over at Zero Hedge, is going straight to hedge funds and the global financial institutions who caused this debt crisis in the first place. The people of Greece won’t actually see a dime of that money while they have to suffer with less wages, more taxes, and a government that is set on selling off their publicly owned assets for pennies on the dollar.

“Well, as explained a few weeks ago, in Greek Math: €12 Billion In, €18.2 Billion Out the entire amount will be promptly recycled by global financial institutions in the form of debt maturities and interest payments, which amount to €18.2 billion in the months of July and August. Simply said ECB, EU and IMF money in, money owed to bankers out.”  Zero Hedge

Keep in mind that this money, borrowed from various nations like ours ($780 million worth by Tyler’s accounting) by the IMF at a quarter point interest, is being LOANED, at gun point, to the people of Greece (who don’t want it), at 3% interest, creating a nifty little profit margin for the IMF and further enslaving the people of Greece to the banker’s favorite trick, the endless cycle of debt servitude. The people are on the hook for even more money and the bankers and their hedge fund manager drinking buddies get the cash.

Sweet deal, huh? Sweet deal for the bankers and the hedge fund managers. Sweet deal for the billionaires, shitty deal for the people of Greece. But Christine Lagarde seemed very pleased to make the announcement. She’s just her being true to her nature. You see, Christine Lagarde has been looking out for billionaires at the expense of the people for a very long time.

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The Case Against DSK is “Falling Apart” – As If We Didn’t See That Coming

by Scott Creighton

Literally the day after it’s announced that the Greek government is going to accept the harshest possible austerity package in exchange for another bailout to give to the international bankers, the news comes out that the case against the former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is “falling apart”

Yeah. Like we didn’t see that coming.

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Debt Contagion and the Global Economic Collapse

Banker Occupation of Greece

by Stephen Lendman, Another World is Possible

Economist Michael Hudson calls it “Replacing Economic Democracy with Financial Oligarchy” in a June 5 article by that title, saying:

After being debt entrapped, or perhaps acquiescing to entrapment, the Papandreou government needs bailout help to pay bankers that entrapped them. Doing so, however, requires “initiat(ing) a class war by raising its taxes (harming working households most), lowering its standard of living – and even private-sector pensions – and sell off public land, tourist sites, islands, ports, water and sewer facilities” – in fact, all the country’s crown jewels, lock, stock and barrel, strip-mining it of everything of worth at fire sale prices.

Why? Because the US-dominated IMF, EU and European Central Bank (ECB), the so-called “Troika,” demand it as the price for bailout help that wouldn’t be needed if Greece wasn’t trapped in the euro straightjacket. Membership means foregoing the right to devalue its currency to make exports more competitive, maintain sovereignty over its money to monetize its debt freely, and be able to legislate fiscal policies to stimulate growth.

Instead they’re entrapped by foreign banker diktats demanding tribute. They call it a “rescue.” In May 2010, the Papandreou government agreed to earlier austerity in return for loans. Now they’re at it again, demanding more or they’ll collapse the entire economy, or so they say. And the same scheme is replicated in Ireland and Portugal. Moreover, it’s heading for Spain, and potentially most of Europe and America as representative governments head closer to “financial oligarchy.”

[read the rest, here]

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