Syriza floats proposal for referendum to impose EU austerity in Greece

(Let me guess: electronic voting machines? Where is your rock star now Webster?)

by Kumaran Ira, WSWS

In an extensive prime-time TV interview on Monday that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday morning, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras made clear that his Syriza party would intensify austerity measures demanded by the troika—the European Union (EU), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Tsipras declared that his government is “very close” to striking a deal with the Troika by the end of next week, so that the EU would release bailout funds that it has refused to hand over to Greece and relax the ECB’s cut-off of credit to Greek banks. Speaking to Greece’s private Star TV channel, Tsipras said, “I think that by May 9, we will have an agreement that will allow release of some bailout funds.”

To reach an agreement with the EU, Syriza is preparing to enforce deep social cuts that blatantly violate Syriza’s campaign promises to end EU austerity. Tsipras indicated that Syriza would therefore consider organizing a referendum to try to obtain a veneer of democratic legitimacy for policies dictated by the EU that have been overwhelmingly rejected by the Greek people.

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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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The Global Rise of the Radical Left in Opposition to Fascist Globalization

by Scott Creighton

I see in the future a crisis approaching that fills me with anxiety. As a result of the war, corporations have become enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its rule by preying upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is concentrated in a few hands and the Republic destroyed. ~ Abraham Lincoln.

Savage capitalism of the neoliberal IMF/World Bank “free market economy” persuasion is failing across the globe. From one nation to another, people are sick and tired of Ayn Randian philosophy and Milton Friedman/ University of Chicago austerity packages otherwise known as the Washington Consensus. There is another name for it.

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism – ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt.

It is with good reason that Ayn Rand hated FDR and with good reason Milton Friedman loved her so. They were both fascists.

All across the world, neoliberal globalization, or “corporatization” as some call it, is being exposed and rejected by the people it was designed to enslave.

What is rising in it’s place is a redefined, conscience, left-leaning awakening, an attempt to bring consideration for humanity and social/economic justice back into the systems of governance that steadfastly reject such primitive notions. Systems usually installed and directed by the billionaires and banksters I like to call the “masters of the universe”

Three quick examples will show how this movement is unfolding at a rapid pace right before our eyes with almost zero coverage from the MSM.

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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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