Greece Post Referendum: What Now? Tahrir Approaches

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Tsipras is currently begging for another loan in the wake of the “NO” mandate given him by the brave people of Greece. Dutch prime minister says he will have to accept “deep reforms” (more brutal austerity) in order for that too happen. So much for “NO”

UPDATE: These sociopaths can’t take “NO” for an answer. They will rip success from the jaws of defeat. That is how important their ideology is to them. That is how deep their commitment to the system runs. “German Social Democrat and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said that by holding the referendum, Syriza had “torn down the last bridges across which Europe and Greece could move towards a compromise.” If Greece wanted to stay in the euro zone, he declared, it had to present proposals “that go beyond those presented so far. WSWS


The rock star is “officially” gone (but still lingering around making suggestions) and Tsipras is on his way to Brussels with yet another deal in his sticky little fingers to offer up to the masters of the universe at the Troika. That one supposedly requires a 30% haircut taken by the banksters on the odious debt that should be dismissed out of hand by anyone pretending to represent the Greek people. But that can’t be allowed.

Now that Syriza finally has it’s mandate from the people to end austerity, many are asking “what next?” What will they do with it.

I say, as I always have, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

It is being reported that Tsipras wants a 30% reduction on the 350+ billion dollar debt owed to the IMF and other international creditors. In exchange he will sign on for a new bailout and get an extension of the loan they already have, restructuring that odious debt to the tune of 20 years.

Do you know what happens when you restructure your home loan? The banksters get more money in profits, that’s what happens.

I read somewhere yesterday that the IMF has already made 2.5 billion in profits from the Greek loans taken by complicit corrupt Greek politicians in the past. And that is too say nothing of the billions made by the international oligarchs via the privatizations that have already helped to cripple Greece’s tax-base.

If you want to understand how these “loans” work to “help” the people of Greece, just take a look at this one simple graph of the unemployment rate in their country and compare it to the timeline of the two previous loans keeping in mind how Goldman Sachs deliberately sold toxic assets to the country via the credit default swaps and worthless sub-prime derivatives.

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Greece Referendum: Syriza Didn’t Get The Message [or] Varoufakis is escaping at just the right time

By Michael Nevradakis, 99GetSmart  (H/T elmysterio)

… Varoufakis is escaping at just the right time, as a few hours later on Monday, Tsipras was given the “green light” by the leaders of all of the political parties represented in the Greek parliament, sans the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), to come to an agreement with the “institutions.” Tsipras and other SYRIZA officials have, again, stated their repeated intention to keep Greece within the Eurozone. Tsipras and others, including Varoufakis, have never acknowledged the findings of their own government’s “debt truth commission,” which found that most of Greece’s public debt is illegal and odious and the repayment of which would be a violation of the Greek people’s human rights. Tsipras, instead, has stated his intention to follow the recommendations of the “good cop” (the IMF) in merely requesting a “debt haircut” of 30% and a 20-year “grace period.” Following Varoufakis’ resignation, Tsipras was said to be considering a broader cabinet shake-up which would include more “centrist” elements that would then continue negotiations with the creditors.

In case it is still unclear, the writing on the wall is as follows: Tsipras and his government are going hard for a new agreement that will not be popular, and which will not be much different from the proposals which Greek voters said “no” to. A new agreement perhaps not markedly different from the 47-page proposal submitted by SYRIZA prior to the referendum being called, which included the implementation of a primary budget surplus of almost 1% beginning this year (even though Greece is currently in deficit and would therefore need to cut its way back to a surplus), dozens of privatizations in a program that would continue well past 2020, making permanent many previously “temporary” taxes which SYRIZA had declared unconstitutional prior to the elections, and pledges to honor Greece’s debt commitments. And this time around, whatever the proposal is, either on the part of the government or the “institutions,” the Greek people won’t be given the option to say “yay” or “nay.” Notably, with the “vote of support” Tsipras received today, he has the backing of the same pro-austerity political forces—New Democracy, PASOK, To Potami, and the far-right Golden Dawn—which, until yesterday, were urging the Greek public to vote “yes.”

Varoufakis, in other words, is escaping the oncoming train wreck, and with good reason. But does that make him a hero? Anything but. Varoufakis is a master of rhetoric and doublespeak, a man who knows exactly how to tailor his message for the audience he is addressing, saying one thing to his “partners” in the IMF and in Brussels, and something different to the Greek people shaking his hand and patting him on the back on the street in Athens. Despite his carefully-crafted public image, however, there is much evidence which belies Varoufakis’ true intentions:

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Hillary Clinton’s Letter Repudiating the BDS Movement – Says Israel is a “Vibrant Democracy” not an Apartheid State

by Scott Creighton

UPDATED: Added page TWO that had not been included in my original source. Includes even worse language and her pledge to assist Zionists when she becomes president.


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Meanwhile, 4 teachers in one village in Israel who just happen to be Palestinian have been rounded up by Shin Bet and the ISA and accused of attending “secret meetings” where they sat around and discussed how to be better ISIS members and made plans to move to Syria (to fight Assad?). Authorities claim these Palestinian teachers were trying to brainwash Israeli students so they had to arrest and charge them with ‘terrorism’

CNN Gives Up Any Pretense of Being a News Organization with it’s New “Branded Content” Studio Called “Courageous”

by Scott Creighton

CNN has been fabricating news for decades. I don’t mean simply slanting it to serve the interests of the billionaire oligarchs of the world, I mean “making it up”, “fabricating it” and “producing news and stories like Steven King produces crappy horror books for profit”. We’re talking “Wag the Dog” levels of manufactured events over at CNN. It’s like they take pride in it. And every time they are caught doing it, they get all quiet and go away for a little while till something comes up they can lie about, and they are off to the races again. That’s CNN.

Well now they have a studio which offers that same service to various corporations for a price, right out there in the open. It’s called Courageous I guess because CNN is courageous enough to say “we don’t care if folks know what professional liars we are”. For a price CNN will now produce “news” stories that try to make vaccines look great for your kids or GMOs tasty for your mouth. It doesn’t matter. They’re whores. They’ll get in bed with anyone. And they apparently don’t care who knows it. Soros needs some help with keeping folks from knowing Ukraine is being run by real Nazis? He can go right to CNN and they’ll spin him something up.

My message to CNN?

“Corporate fucking shill, you’re another whore in the capitalist gang bang. There’s a price on your head. Everything you say is suspect.”

from WSJ

CNN is creating an in-house studio that will produce news-like content on behalf of advertisers, a move that reflects marketers’ growing desire for articles and videos that feel like editorial work.

About a dozen staffers (made up of journalists, filmmakers and designers) will help launch the new unit, called Courageous. The division will fashion and distribute “branded content” across CNN’s fleet of properties, from TV to the Web and newer platforms like Snapchat.

This isn’t the first foray into branded content for CNN, which is owned by Time Warner Inc.’s Turner Broadcasting. CNN’s recent push into more digital video yielded 18 original series last year, 17 of which are sponsored by a company.

But the idea now is to work more closely with companies to highlight things that may have news value, such as the building of a manufacturing plant or a philanthropic effort, according to Otto Bell, the lead of the studio and former creative director at OgilvyEntertainment.

Mr. Bell said that his team would be staffed with “folks who have journalistic instincts” who would go into a company and “find that newsworthy element and extract that.”

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Mass demonstrations in Greece follow vote against EU austerity

from the WSWS

Thousands gathered on Syntagma Square in Athens on Sunday evening, following a resounding rejection of the austerity proposals of the European Union and International Monetary Fund. More than 61 percent of the electorate voted “no.”

This followed Friday’s huge turnout in the square, including many thousands of young people, who declared their intention to vote “Oxi” (“No”) in the referendum.

Young people, having borne the brunt of some of the most brutal austerity measures ever carried out against a European population in peacetime, were critical to the success of the “no” vote, rejecting the proposals by two to one. After more than five years of austerity, 50 percent of Greece’s youth remain unemployed, with no prospect of a future.

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Greece — The One Biggest Lie You Are Being Told By The Media

from Truth and Satire

Every single mainstream media has the following narrative for the economic crisis in Greece: the government spent too much money and went broke; the generous banks gave them money, but Greece still can’t pay the bills because it mismanaged the money that was given. It sounds quite reasonable, right?

Except that it is a big fat lie … not only about Greece, but about other European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland who are all experiencing various degrees of austerity. It was also the same big, fat lie that was used by banks and corporations to exploit many Latin American, Asian and African countries for many decades.

Greece did not fail on its own. It was made to fail.

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“Rock Star” Yanis Varoufaki Resigns After Being Given a Clear “No to Austerity” Mandate

by Scott Creighton

He once stated that Syriza was never given a mandate to reject all austerity proposals and move Greece out of the Euro.

He also said if the referendum returned a ‘YES” decision by the people of Greece, he would facilitate the signing of the agreement and then resign.

Well, yesterday 60% of the voting population made their opinions known on the subject of austerity in Greece when only 40% was needed for the referendum to be valid. And 61% of them voted “NO” to austerity.

That is the mandate that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufaki claimed he never had.

So what does he do now that he got his “NO” vote and his mandate? He resigned.

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