Syriza dumps Marx for Blair

from the BBC

In the reforms proposed by the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis to secure a four-month extension of its life-or-death bailout, vanished are the party’s seeming implacable hostility to privatisation, determination to re-hire sacked public-sector workers, and desire for rapid rises in minimum wages.

Or to put it another way, the platform on which Syriza won the recent general election has been significantly reconstructed.

In its place are what we might see as “New Syriza” measures: commitments to improve the efficiency of the public sector and eliminate waste, to promote competition with a strengthened competition commission, to reform labour markets, to streamline pension schemes, not to reverse privatisations and take a pragmatic approach to future sales of government assets.

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Greek Leader Seeks to Temper Expectations

(The Wall Street Journal says “yes, the voters got screwed” but, they claim, the general public doesn’t mind. In order to prove that, they interviewed some petty bourgeoisie business owners who seem just fine with the notion of keeping neoliberal austerity measures in place. There you have it. No worries.)

from the WSJ

As Greece’s new government races to deliver a promised list of reforms to its European creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been trying to prepare the Greek public for the likelihood he won’t deliver fully on his promises…

…[T]he interim deal has all but blocked Syriza’s ambitions to reverse Greece’s austerity program, leaving it with vague promises to fulfill its campaign agenda over the next several years…

Since the January elections, the government has subtly shifted its message to voters, while still maintaining its defiant tone. In a campaign of leaks, declarations and speeches, the government has made clear it was ready to climb down on its demands for a debt restructuring, implement its promises over years rather than months, and restore Greece’s precrisis minimum wage only gradually over the next two years rather than right away.

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SYRIZA-MEP Manolis Glezos sharply criticizes Greek gov’t for negotiations handling

Keep Talking Greece

“On my part, I APOLOGIZE to the Greek people because I have contributed to this illusion.” SYRIZA MEP Manolis Glezos

“I ask the Greek people to forgive me for contributing to this illusion.” With this phrase veteran left politician, WWII resistance fighter and SYRIZA MEP Manolis Glezos slammed the Greek government for handling the negotiations with the country’s lenders and so having changed the rhetoric of the party.

In an article uploaded on the website of his Movement for Active Citizens, the historic member of the Greek left expresses his deep disappointment about the way SYRIZA handles with the negotiations ans calls for party members to decide if they accept this situation. Manolis Glezos writes:

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How Do Barney Fife and Fidel Castro Factor Into the Biggest News Story of the Year?

by Scott Creighton

I wish to see if I can connect a few dots here, so bear with me.

Putting aside “ISIS™” for a moment and the “Big Story” about some talking head on MSNBC lying to folks (yeah, there’s some news for you) what are the biggest geopolitical trends in the news today? Is it the fact that Syriza, the new “Radical Left™” brand of 3rd Way centrist ideology (think “CHANGE™” circa 2008) seems to have forgotten what the term “odious debt” means?

In international law, odious debt, also known as illegitimate debt, is a legal theory that holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are, thus, considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion. Wiki

Is that the biggest story in the world today? Well, if you consider the fact that international debt has risen by 57 trillion dollars since the global economic terrorism of 2008, coupled with the fact that much if not ALL of that new additional debt may be declared odious were Greece to set the precedent, well, that could very well be the story of the year. The story of the decade or the millennium in fact.

But it isn’t, because they wont (“use us to implement the European programme” Varoufakis).

And the usually antagonistic ones, the Webster Tarpley’s of the “interwebs”, aren’t really calling for Syriza to live up to their campaign pledge and do that.

How about “ISIS™”? Now that the MTV music video director and their team made that “burning man” video, seems like all the world wants a piece of “ISIS™” butt.

We have senators and congressman lining up to get in front of anyone with a camera so they can pledge their undying devotion to autocratic, despotic regimes like those in Jordan, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar for the sole purpose of providing them weapons and training, all paid for with your tax dollars while they say they can’t afford to pay teachers here in the states.

No money for teachers or disabled folks but we got butt-loads of cash to heap on dictators from the Middle East to help bomb Syria into regime change. Funny how that works, ain’t it?

We have “progressive” TV personalities spending enormous amounts of their airtime proving what warmongering hawks they can be just like the neocons of yesteryear they pilloried for a decade.

We have the Obama administration, the President Peace Prize farce, presenting their own version, a hand-crafted document they expect to be passed without debate, authorizing war anywhere, anytime against anyone they say is supporting “ISIS™”. That new AUMF document, one usually crafted by congress, will be slapped on the desks of leading congressmen sometime today or tomorrow. It’s something this president has wanted since they created “ISIS™” now that the old one from 2001 is a bit sketchy considering the fact that it names al Qaeda as the enemy and we now call them “moderates” and are funding them in Syria.

And all of this is based on what? A ridiculous MTV-styled video custom made for the purpose of providing the pretext for what is happening right now and released on the very same day the King of Jordan was visiting Obama and congress looking for money to fight “ISIS™”. (I will write more about that video later this morning)

Are those the biggest stories in the world today?

No. Not in my opinion.

So what is? What is the one big story everyone knows about and no one is talking about and how does Barney Fife and Fidel Castro of all people fit into this? Have I gone crazy? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Trojan Hearse: Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony

By Greg Palast, Truthdig

Europe is stunned, and bankers aghast, that the new party of the Left, Syriza, won Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Greece.

Syriza won on the promise that it will cure Greece of leprosy.

Oddly, Syriza also promises that it will remain in the leper colony. That is, Syriza wants to rid Greece of the cruelty of austerity imposed by the European Central Bank but insists on staying in the euro zone.

The problem is, austerity run wild is merely a symptom of an illness. The underlying disease is the euro itself.

For the last five years, Greeks have been told that, if you cure your disease—that is, if you dump the euro—the sky will fall. I guess Greeks haven’t noticed, the sky has fallen already. With unemployment at 25 percent, with doctors and teachers eating out of garbage cans, there is no further to fall.

In 2010, when unemployment was a terrible 10 percent, a year into the crisis, the “Troika” (the European Central Bank, European Commission and the International Monetary Fund) told the Greeks that brutal austerity measures would restore their economy by 2013.

Ask yourself: Was the Troika right?

There is a saying in America: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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Russia and Turkey agree on new gas route which will end in Greece

from RT

Russia and Turkey have agreed on the route of the ‘Turkish Stream’ pipeline under the Black Sea. The first gas pipe with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters will be operational by December 2016.

Six hundred and sixty kilometers of the new Turkish Stream pipeline will go through the old South Stream corridor and a further 250 kilometers will head in the direction of the European part of Turkey…

“Our priority is analyzing the route options in Turkish territory, defining an exit point from the sea, the point of delivering gas to Turkish consumers and the point of crossing the border between Turkey and Greece,” said Gazprom in a press release.

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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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