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A single move by Bernie that could make banksters lose their sleep

by system failure On December 23, 1913, the then US President Woodrow Wilson puts the final signature for the so-called Federal Reserve Act. Big private banks take control of the US money supply. In 1971, Richard Nixon ended the direct convertibility of the US dollar to gold, and as dollar became the global reserve currency, the absolute dominance of the banksters became definite. Since then, the progress of the technology permitted the banking elite to strengthen its power through virtual circulation of huge amounts of capital at zero time. The paper/digital money is used now as a tool for dirty wars, buying governments, directing more and more money and power to the top. Just remember the cash that had been transferred by US army helicopters to Iraq. Or, observe how Greece is destroyed through the evil mechanism: for five years now, the economy has been destroyed by the IMF mafia policies, but the debt has risen enormously. The loans are coming to the countr

Western media ignores Putin’s progress in Syria

by Mike Whitney The UN-sponsored Syrian peace talks, which began on Friday in Geneva, will be boycotted by the main Syrian opposition group which has insisted that Russia stop bombing its positions while negotiations are conducted. To appreciate how ridiculous these demands are, one would have to imagine a similar scenario taking place in the United States. Let’s say, for example, that Ammon Bundy, the crackpot leader of the armed militia that seized the federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon, demanded that the FBI and all other federal agents vamoose while the UN convened negotiations between his representatives and the Obama administration for the establishment of a transitional government that would remove Obama from power after 18 months while rewriting the constitution so it better reflected the far-right political and religious convictions of Bundy and his gaggle of ne’er-do-well followers. Does that seem like a reasonable proposition to you? Th

Swedish fascists claim responsibility for anti-refugee mob

Swedish police have made at least four arrests after a mob stormed the country's capital Stockholm in a spree of anti-refugee violence. As many as 100 masked people marched through the city handing out fliers threatening to target “North African street children” and give them the “punishment they deserve,” according to local tabloid Aftonbladet. The fascist group Swedish Resistance Movement has claimed responsibility for the demonstration. According to RT, the group has issued a statement claiming it “cleaned up criminal immigrants from North Africa” in central Stockholm. The mob has been accused of attacking anyone on the street that didn't appear white. According to The Local, witnesses said at least three people were assaulted by the mob. More: Read also: Europe crushed by the fascists, islamofascists, bureaufascis

Draghi and ECB now even closer to lobbyists from megabanks

In 2015 the European Central Bank tightened its ethics rules in the wake of a major scandal over privileged information it gave to select financiers. In the future there will be more restrictions on the way the leadership associates with representatives of financial corporations. But the discoveries from the scandal seems to have no bearing on the way the ECB's top brass deals with the quasi-lobby Group of Thirty. In May 2015, a member of the powerful Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) gave confidential information about quantitative easing to a meeting of bankers and academics, with the former seemingly responding swiftly, securing an advantage over competitors. Only a few months later, the ECB adopted new rules on how and when to associate with financial lobbyists and representatives of financial corporations. It seems a new awareness was borne out of the scandal. Yet, at the same time the ECB involvement with the powerful financial in

Endless: More than 30 dead in another shipwreck in the Mediterranean sea grave

At least 33 people drowned and 75 others were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey's western coast, a local mayor and Turkish news agency Dogan reported on Saturday. The Turkish coast guard was continuing search and rescue efforts where the boat sank off the coast of Ayvacik, a town across from the Greek island of Lesvos. It was not immediately clear how many migrants had been on board. At least five of those who died were children, the Dogan news agency said, and rescued migrants were hospitalized with hypothermia symptoms. It said the migrants were of Syrian, Afghan and Myanmar origin. Source:

Η αρχή της αποβιομηχανοποίησης της Κίνας;

globinfo freexchange Νέα στοιχεία δείχνουν ότι η Κίνα αρχίζει να διολισθαίνει στο μονοπάτι του νεοφιλελεύθερου μοντέλου της οικονομίας της φούσκας και μάλιστα με συστηματικό, κεντρικό σχεδιασμό. Επίσημες ανακοινώσεις που περιέχουν φράσεις τύπου ΔΝΤ, όπως "δομικές μεταρρυθμίσεις" - που δυστυχώς η Ελλάδα και άλλες χώρες τις ένιωσαν καλά στο πετσί τους - όσον αφορά την οικονομία, αποτελούν ένδειξη ότι η πολιτική ελίτ τείνει προς την κατεύθυνση ισχυρότερης διασύνδεσης της Κινεζικής οικονομίας με το Δυτικό οικονομικό μπλοκ. Τα νέα είναι ενδεικτικά για μια πιθανή πρόθεση της Κινεζικής κεντρικής εξουσίας να οδηγήσει τη χώρα σε μια σταδιακή αποβιομηχανοποίηση, προκειμένου να ακολουθήσει το Δυτικό μοντέλο της επενδυτικής, νεοφιλελεύθερης οικονομίας της φούσκας. Όπως αναφέρει η ιστοσελίδα , ο Κινέζος πρωθυπουργός Li Keqiang, επεσήμανε την επιτακτική ανάγκη και την αποφασιστικότητα της κυβέρνησης να περικόψει την πλεονάζουσα παραγωγική ικανότητα των βιομηχα

The populist revolution: Bernie and beyond

by Ellen Brown The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by the Syriza Party in Greece and the Podemos Party in Spain, to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader in the UK, to Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the Republican polls, to Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly strong challenge to Hillary Clinton – contenders with their fingers on the popular pulse are surging ahead of their establishment rivals. Today’s populist revolt mimics an earlier one that reached its peak in the US in the 1890s. Then it was all about challenging Wall Street, reclaiming the government’s power to create money, curing rampant deflation with US Notes (Greenbacks) or silver coins (then considered the money of the people), nationalizing the banks, and establishing a central bank that actually responded to the will of the people. Over a century later, Occupy Wall Street revived the populist challenge, armed this time with the Internet and ma

Hillary’s corporate Democrats taking down Bernie Sanders

by Ralph Nader Before announcing for President in the Democratic Primaries, Bernie Sanders told the people he would not run as an Independent and be like Nader—invoking the politically-bigoted words “being a spoiler.” Well, the spoiled corporate Democrats in Congress and their consultants are mounting a “stop Bernie campaign.” They believe he’ll “spoil” their election prospects. Sorry Bernie, because anybody who challenges the positions of the corporatist, militaristic, Wall Street-funded Democrats, led by Hillary Clinton, in the House and Senate—is by their twisted definition, a “spoiler.” It doesn’t matter how many of Bernie’s positions are representative of what a majority of the American people want for their country. What comes around goes around. Despite running a clean campaign, funded by small donors averaging $27, with no scandals in his past and with consistency throughout his decades of standing up for the working and unemployed people of this

Η ορφανή ήττα

του Κώστα Λαπαβίτσα Είναι γνωστό ότι η νίκη έχει πολλούς πατεράδες, αλλά η ήττα κανέναν. Μια από τις πιο χαρακτηριστικές πλευρές της πανωλεθρίας του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ είναι ότι η ομάδα που χάραξε την πολιτική του γραμμή μετά το 2010, οδηγώντας τον αρχικά στον εκλογικό θρίαμβο και κατόπι στη διαπραγματευτική συντριβή, αγωνίζεται τώρα να βρει επιχειρήματα για να αποποιηθεί τις ευθύνες της. Το τι λέει ο καθένας εξαρτάται από τη θέση που είχε, ή έχει, στο κόμμα και την κυβέρνηση. Ο τωρινός στενός ηγετικός κύκλος, για παράδειγμα, μας λέει ότι δόθηκε μια ομηρική μάχη, αλλά ο εχθρός ήταν κατά πολύ υπέρτερος και ουκ ολίγον μπαμπέσης. Η δικιά μας πλευρά δεν είχε εκτιμήσει πόσο πολύ έχουν διαφθείρει την Ευρώπη οι δυνάμεις του σκότους. Δεχτήκαμε έναν κακό συμβιβασμό, αλλά θα βγάλουμε τη χώρα από την κρίση, με την κοινωνία όρθια. Η Αριστερά –και τα παλληκάρια– δεν εγκαταλείπουν τη μάχη. Από την άλλη, πρώην στελέχη του ηγετικού κύκλου που τώρα ψάχνουν καινούργιο ρόλο μας λένε ότ

The five lamest excuses for Hillary Clinton’s vote to invade Iraq

by Stephen Zunes Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported the invasion of Iraq. That war not only resulted in 4,500 American soldiers being killed and thousands more permanently disabled, but also hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, the destabilization of the region with the rise of the Islamic State and other extremists, and a dramatic increase in the federal deficit, resulting in major cutbacks to important social programs. Moreover, the primary reasons Clinton gave for supporting President George W. Bush’s request for authorizing that illegal and unnecessary war have long been proven false. As a result, many Democratic voters are questioning — despite her years of foreign policy experience — whether Clinton has the judgment and integrity to lead the United States on the world stage. It was just such concerns that resulted in her losing the 2008 nominati

Half-a-Million refugees who don’t exist: Ben Rawlence’s “City of Thorns”

by Charles R. Larson Unmarked on any official map, Dadaab—in eastern Kenya—is still today home to roughly 500,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia. You can follow it on Dadaab was formed in 1992 to hold what was anticipated to be 90,000 refugees from Somalia’s civil war. When the war did not end and famine in the Horn of Africa exacerbated conditions, it grew to half a million refugees, though some estimates add a couple hundred thousand more. Its residents are forbidden from leaving, from building permanent homes, and from working. Entire families have grown up in the camp, initially fleeing al-Shabaab fundamentalism in Somalia. The United States and other Western governments have supported the camp, the UN managed it, and the Kenyan forces policed it—all this until the Kenyan government officially closed it, in 2014. The existence of Dadaab (composed, actually, of several camps) has always been complicated. Kenya didn’t want the Somalis, who con