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Εγχειρίδιο χειρισμού κρίσεων λόγω πολιτικών ΔΝΤ από τη CIA! / Already confirmed: Civil liberties under attack! / Greece's creditors gone completely insane! / How the global financial mafia sucked Greece's blood / ECB's economic hitmen / Η Μέρκελ επιβεβαιώνει τα σχέδια των γραφειοφασιστών! /Greece: the low-noise collapse of an entire country/ How the neoliberal establishment tricked the masses again, this time in France / Ενώ η Γερμανία προετοιμάζεται για τα χειρότερα, η Ελλάδα επιμένει στο ευρώ! / Ένας παγκόσμιος "proxy" πόλεμος κατά της ελευθερίας έχει ξεκινήσει! / McCarthyism 2.0 against the independent information / Ο επικεφαλής του "σκιώδους συμβουλίου" της ΕΚΤ επιβεβαιώνει ότι η ευρωζώνη είναι μια χρηματοπιστωτική δικτατορία! / It has started: A global proxy war against freedom! / Βαρουφάκης: Το ΤΧΣ δεν ελέγχεται από το δημόσιο! / Δημοψήφισμα για Grexit: η τελευταία ευκαιρία να σωθεί η Ελλάδα και η τιμή της Αριστεράς / Europe crushed by the fascists, islamofascists, bureaufascists and their masters / Δεν γίνεται έτσι "σύντροφοι" ... / Panama Papers: When mainstream information wears the anti-establishment mask / The Secret Bank Bailout / The head of the ECB “shadow council” confirms that eurozone is a financial dictatorship! / A documentary by Paul Mason about the financial coup in Greece / The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century / First cracks to the establishment by the American people / Clinton emails - The race of the Western neo-colonialist vultures over the Libyan corpse / Επιχείρηση Panama Papers: Το κατεστημένο θέλει το μονοπώλιο και στις διαρροές; / Operation "looting of Greece" reaches final stage / Varoufakis describes how Merkel sacrificed Greece to save the Franco-German banks / France officialy enters the neo-Feudal era! / The US establishment just gave its greatest performance so far ... / A significant revelation by WikiLeaks that the media almost ignored / It's official: the US is funding Middle-East jihadists! / Οι αδίστακτοι νεο-αποικιοκράτες του 21ου αιώνα / How to handle political unrest caused by IMF policies! / Πώς το νεοφιλελεύθερο κατεστημένο ξεγέλασε τις μάζες, αυτή τη φορά στη Γαλλία / The establishment attacks Jeremy Corbyn in full force - imagine what would happen if he was truly radical

26 June, 2017

Alert: Trump regime tightens noose further around Whistleblowers

It was a matter of time. CIA director Mike Pompeo has just went further from his original position. Recall that early this year, Pompeo informed United States senators he would “aggressively seek to ensure we have the most effective programs for identifying insider threats.

As mintpressnews expained, “It was a pledge to pursue the same anti-leaks policies that discourage whistleblowing that President Barack Obama’s administration pursued. Since President Donald Trump has expressed his fervent support for torture, which is against the law, and a draft executive order has circulated suggesting the Trump administration will restore the CIA’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program, the prospect of Pompeo intensifying efforts to clampdown on leaks is all the more concerning.

Pompeo came back with fresh statements, showing that he is determined to hunt fiercely the Whistleblowers movement. From Independent:

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise, fuelled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden.

In some ways, I do think it's accelerated,” Mr Pompeo told MSNBC. “I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward Snowden, and those who steal American secrets for the purpose of self-aggrandisement or money or for whatever their motivation may be, does seem to be on the increase.

Mr Pompeo said the United States needs to redouble its efforts to stem leaks of classified information.

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Mr Pompeo said the Trump administration is focused on stopping leaks of any kind from any agency and pursuing perpetrators.

I think we'll have some successes both on the deterrence side — that is stopping them from happening — as well as on punishing those who we catch who have done it,” Mr Pompeo said.

We all understand what a CIA head means by "pursuing perpetrators" and "punishing those who we catch". It means brutal interrogation and torture for anyone who will dare to expose the dirty secrets and endless crimes of the US empire.

So far, the 'anti-establishment' Donald Trump actually hired Goldman Sachs to run USA. The 'anti-establishment' Donald signed a bill to deregulate again Wall Street, so that the parasites of the financial mafia to be able to play their games at the expense of the majority, as happened so many times in the past, causing big financial crises. The 'anti-establishment' Donald quickly aligned with the neocon agenda and bombed Syria. In fact, the 'anti-establishment' Donald did even more than the puppet of the establishment, Barack Obama, by provoking dangerously war games in Asia-Pacific. The 'anti-establishment' Donald kept US forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, continued the US interference in Yemen and elsewhere. The 'anti-establishment' Donald pursued a totally unacceptable health care program that - in case it will pass - will push millions of Americans further to the cliff, without even a rudimentary social safety net.

Only one thing was left for Donald to preserve a little more the myth of the 'anti-establishment' candidate: pardon Whistleblowers. Well, guess what: all the people around the Trump regime and especially the CIA director are slipping fast towards the positions of the corporate Dems like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Recall that a year ago, Clinton strategist, Bob Beckel, called for WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to be assassinated, as WikiLeaks reported on twitter.

It is obvious that the Trump regime has quickly become another tool of the establishment to maintain its domination over the American people. Whistleblowers are in great danger, but not alone. They are supported by an increasingly large number of individuals worldwide who seek truth and justice. The battle for these values will be long and hard.

Assange criticizes ‘doomed’ Democratic Party for stirring Russia-Trump ‘hysteria’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the Democratic party is “doomed,” while warning its Trump-Russia collusion narrative is a “political dead end” that is consuming all its energy. Assange took to Twitter on Sunday to list six reasons he believes the party is sabotaging itself, why.

The Democratic establishment has vortexed the party’s narrative energy into hysteria about Russia,” he wrote, calling the rhetoric a “political dead end.

Despite vast resources, enormous incentives and a year of investigation, Democratic senators who have seen the classified intelligence at the CIA such as Senator Feinstein (as recently as March) are forced to admit that there is no evidence of collusion,” he wrote.

The WikiLeaks founder went on to address other issues he believes are leading to the party’s demise, including the collapse of the Democratic vote over the past eight years, which he says has occurred at all levels – city, state, congressional, and presidential.

This short-term tactic has led to the inevitable strategic catastrophe of the white and male super majorities responding by seeing themselves as an unserviced political identity group,” he wrote, noting that Trump received the votes of 63 percent of white men and 53 percent of white women.

Assange also listed the many shortcomings of the Trump administration, including “broken promises, inequality, economy, healthcare, militarization,” saying the Democrat party can’t really address those issues, either, because “all its energy and it is entangled with many of the same groups behind Trump’s policies.

The 45-year-old went on to say that the Democratic party has integrated itself with the “security sector and media barons,” which leads to the perception that Democrats “act on behalf of an entrenched power elite.

The Democratic base should move to start a new party since the party elite shows no signs that they will give up power,” he wrote.

Assange tweeted the six points from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been holed up for the past five years.

Although Sweden dropped an investigation into Assange’s sexual assault allegations last month, he has remained in the embassy to avoid being extradited to the United States. WikiLeaks published 391,832 classified documents relating to the war in Iraq in 2010, the biggest leak of its kind in military history.

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Exploitation of children in propaganda war against Syria continues

Part 3 - Real Poster Children Brutally Beheaded, Sniped, Starved, Maimed

Effective war propaganda tugs at the heart strings, using many tactics, including adorable children in threatening situations, or dead, and comes hand in hand with condemnations for crimes committed, allegedly, by the villain(s) being caricatured. In the following instances, children being injured or murdered did occur, but the condemnations were muted or not at all.

A few weeks prior to the photo of Omran Daqneesh going viral as the poster child for suffering in Syria, terrorists of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki faction beheaded a boy said to be around 12 years old.

Although the decapitators filmed the entire savage act, posing for gleeful selfies as they tortured the boy prior to murdering him, leaders and media in the US took little notice of the horrific slaughter. Ten days after the questionable events which led to the light injury of Omran, two young boys in the Idlib villages of Foua and Kafraya were shot in their head and neck respectively by a sniper from Jaysh al-Fateh terrorists in the village of Binnish close by. The injuries were serious. They were rendered even more serious given that the villages had been completely surrounded and fully under siege by terrorists since March 2015.

In April 2017, a convoy of children, women, elderly and ill being evacuated from Foua were attacked by a terrorist explosion, with reports over 200 murdered, including 116 children. The attack included luring with potato chips and filming children in the convoy before later blowing them up and claiming to be rescuing them. Not only did these terrorists murder civilians and children, but they staged the scene to then look like heroes.

Indeed, in the West this massacre was called a “hiccup” and little denunciation was made about the vast numbers of dead, let alone the injured.

In October, 2016, Press TV was one of the few outlets to report on another adorable Aleppo boy, Mahmoud, “a six-year-old Syrian boy who was born without arms, and recently lost both of his legs after stepping on a mine planted by militants in Syria’s Aleppo.” The report includes scenes of Mahmoud showing his resilience, adjusting to life without any limbs. But for corporate media, Mahmoud’s were the wrong villains.

Terrorist bombings and snipings have killed children in schools and homes throughout Syria over the years, including the October 2014 terrorist car and suicide bombing of the Akrama Al-Makhzoumi School in Homs, killing at least 41 children by conservative estimates, or up to 48 children by other reports, along with women and other civilians, as well as attacks on Aleppo schools, as I detailed earlier.

In Aleppo and in Damascus, I have visited numerous hospitals and seen endless poster children of suffering in Syria. The differences between these children and those which Western and Gulf media present us, is that these children were murdered, rendered critically-injured, or maimed by the bombs, mortars and snipings of terrorists which the West presents as “moderate rebels”, so their stories will never be front page, much less heard.

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How Greece became a guinea pig for a cashless and controlled society

As Greece moves closer to becoming a cashless society, it is clear that the country’s attitude towards cash is reckless and dangerous. The supposed convenience of switching to a cash-free system comes with a great deal of risk, including needless overreach by the state.

by Michael Nevradakis

Part 3 - Global powers jumping on cashless bandwagon

Nevertheless, a host of other countries across Europe and worldwide have shunned Germany’s example, instead siding with the IMF and Stiglitz. India, one of the most cash-reliant countries on earth, recently eliminated 86 percent of its currency practically overnight, with the claimed goal, of course, of targeting terrorism and the “black market.” The real objective of this secretly planned measure, however, was to starve the economy of cash and to drive citizens to electronic payments by default.

Iceland, a country that stands as an admirable example of standing up to the IMF-global banking cartel in terms of its response to the country’s financial meltdown of 2008, nevertheless has long embraced cashlessness. Practically all transactions, even the most minute, are conducted electronically, while “progressive” tourists extol the benefits of not being inconvenienced by the many seconds it would take to withdraw funds from an ATM or exchange currency upon arrival. Oddly enough, Iceland was already largely cashless prior to its financial collapse in 2008—proving that this move towards “progress” did nothing to prevent an economic meltdown or to stop its perpetrators: the very same banks being entrusted with nearly all of the money supply.

Other examples of cashlessness abound in Europe. Cash transactions in Sweden represent just 3 percent of the national economy, and most banks no longer hold banknotes. Similarly, many Norwegian banks no longer issue cash, while the country’s largest bank, DNB, has called upon the public to cease using cash. Denmark has announced a goal of eliminating banknotes by 2030. Belgium has introduced a 3,000-euro limit on cash transactions and 93 percent of transactions are cashless. In France, the respective percentage is 92 percent, and cash transactions have been limited to 1,000 euros, just as in Spain. Outside of Europe, cash is being eliminated even in countries such as Somalia and Kenya, while South Korea—itself no stranger to IMF intervention in its economy—has, similarly to Greece, implemented preferential tax policies for consumers who make payments using cards.

Aside from policy changes, practical everyday examples also exist in abundance. Just try to purchase an airline ticket with cash, for instance. It remains possible—but is also said to raise red flags. In many cases, renting an automobile or booking a hotel room with cash is simply not possible. The aforementioned Department of Homeland Security manual considers any payment with cash to be “suspicious behavior”—as one clearly has something to hide if they do not wish to be tracked via electronic payment methods. Ownership of gold makes the list of suspicious activities as well.

Just as the irony of Germany being a largely cash-based society while pushing cashless policies in its Greek protectorate is lost on many Greeks, what is lost on seemingly almost everyone is this: something that is new doesn’t necessarily represent progress, nor does something different. Something that is seemingly easier, or more convenient, is not necessarily progress either. But for many, “technological progress,” just like “scientific innovation” in all its forms and without exception, has attained an aura of infallibility, revered with religious-like fervor.

Combating purported tax evasion is also treated with a religious-like fervor, even while ordinary citizens—such as the two aforementioned gentlemen in Greece—typically seek to minimize their outlays to the tax offices. Moreover, while such measures essentially enact a collective punishment regardless of guilt or innocence, corporations and oligarchs who utilize tax loopholes and offshore havens go unpunished and are wholly unaffected by a switch to a cashless economy in the supposed battle against tax evasion.

This is evident, for instance, in the case of “LuxLeaks,” which revealed the names of dozens of corporations benefiting from favorable tax rulings and tax avoidance schemes in Luxembourg, one of the original founding members of the EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, formerly the prime minister of Luxembourg, has faced repeated accusations of impeding EU investigations into corporate tax avoidance scandals during his 18-year term as prime minister. Juncker has defended Luxembourg’s tax arrangements as legal.

At the same time, Juncker has shown no qualms in criticizing Apple’s tax avoidance deal in Ireland as “illegal,” while having been accused himself of helping large multinationals such as Amazon and Pepsi avoid taxes. Moreover, he has openly claimed that Greece’s Ottoman roots are responsible for modern-day tax evasion in the country. He has not hesitated to unabashedly intervene in Greek electoral contests, calling on Greeks to avoid the “wrong outcome” in the January 2015 elections (where the supposedly anti-austerity SYRIZA, which has since proven to be boldly pro-austerity, were elected).

He also urged the Greek electorate to vote “yes” (in favor of more EU-proposed austerity) in the July 2015 referendum—where the overwhelming result in favor of “no” was itself overturned by SYRIZA within a matter of days. In the European Union today, if there’s something that can be counted on, it’s the blatant hypocrisy of its leaders. Nevertheless, proving that old habits of collaborationism die hard in Greece, the rector of the law school of the state-owned Aristotle University in Thessaloniki awarded Juncker with an honorary doctorate for his contribution to European political and legal values.

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Νέες ενδοϊμπεριαλιστικές αντιθέσεις στη Μέση Ανατολή

Στον 21ο αιώνα στα «ευρασιατικά Βαλκάνια» (Λίβανος, Παλαιστίνη, Συρία, Ιράν, Ιράκ), στην περιοχή του Κόλπου και στην ευρύτερη Μέση Ανατολή, μια περιοχή-εθνοτικό μωσαϊκό, εμπλέκονται άμεσα δύο βασικοί άξονες: Από τη μία ο ευρωατλαντικός, με διακριτά συμφέροντα κυρίως μεταξύ ΗΠΑ και Βρετανίας και με διακριτά ενεργό συμμετοχή πρωτίστως της Γαλλίας αλλά και Γερμανίας. Από την άλλη, ο άξονας Ρωσίας-Κίνας-Συρίας-Λιβάνου-Ιράν, με υπαρκτές αντιθέσεις στο εσωτερικό του.

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Μέρος 4ο – Το «αραβικό ΝΑΤΟ» με στόχο το Ιράν

Πίσω από τον πάντα υπολογίσιμο σιϊτισμό του Ιράν και πίσω από τον ισχυρό σουνιτισμό της Σαουδικής Αραβίας, βρίσκονται οι πραγματικές αντιθέσεις ανάμεσα στα διάφορα κέντρα του ιμπεριαλισμού. Η ίδια η εσωτερική κόντρα των Σαούντ με τους Αλ-Θάνι, που κρατά εδώ και είκοσι χρόνια, είναι η κόντρα ανάμεσα σε αναδυόμενες ιμπεριαλιστικές δυνάμεις του Ιράν και της Σαουδικής Αραβίας. Οι ενέργειες του Ριάντ, των ΗΑΕ και άλλων αποτελούν μέρος μιας συντονισμένης προσπάθειας όχι συντριβής, αλλά πίεσης στο Κατάρ, ώστε να ευθυγραμμιστεί με τις σαουδαραβικές θέσεις για τη Μουσουλμανική Αδελφότητα και το Ιράν. Αυτό ωφελεί και τις ΗΠΑ.

Αυτό εξάλλου αποκαλύπτει και επιβεβαιώνει και η επίθεση της Σαουδικής Αραβίας το 2013, μέσω ενός περιφερειακού σουνιτικού συνασπισμού, εναντίον των Αδελφών Μουσουλμάνων στην Αίγυπτο, υποστηρίζοντας το αιματηρό στρατιωτικό πραξικόπημα που προκάλεσε ντόμινο αλλαγών. Μετά από αυτό, οι Αδελφοί Μουσουλμάνοι υποχωρούν. Παραδίνουν στην Τυνησία την «αρχή» σε μια κοσμική κυβέρνηση, παρακμάζουν στην Ιορδανία, υποχωρούν στη Συρία με ενδυνάμωση των τζιχαντιστών, περιορίζονται στη Λιβύη στην κατοχή της πρωτεύουσας και της δυτικής μόνο χώρας, υφίστανται διώξεις στις μοναρχίες του Περσικού Κόλπου. Τώρα, με «αιχμή» τους Σαούντ, επιχειρείται η επανασυγκρότηση και επαναλειτουργία του λεγόμενου αραβικού ΝΑΤΟ από τις μοναρχίες του Κόλπου, στην αντιπαράθεσή τους με το Ιράν.

Παρ’ όλα αυτά, το Κατάρ συνεχίζει να τηρεί ευνοϊκή στάση απέναντι στους Αδελφούς Μουσουλμάνους και στο Ιράν. Το δε παγκόσμιας εμβέλειας τηλεοπτικό κανάλι Al Jazeera, με έδρα τη Ντόχα, συνεχίζει τα δημοσιεύματα εναντίον των γειτονικών μοναρχιών. Συνεχίζει να στηρίζει τον ηγέτη της Χαμάς Αλ-Μεσάλ και τον εξοστρακισμένο κληρικό της Σαουδικής Αραβίας Καράνταγι, τη συνένωση του παρακλαδιού της Αλ-Κάιντα στη Συρία με 4 τζιχαντιστικές οργανώσεις για την δημιουργία της «Επιτροπής Απελευθέρωσης της Λεβαντίνης».

Σε αυτές του τις πρωτοβουλίες, εκτός του Ιράν, συνεπικουρείται και από την Τουρκία του Ερντογάν, του έτερου υποστηρικτή των Αδελφών Μουσουλμάνων. Στην τρέχουσα κρίση, η Τουρκία πραγματοποιεί σαφές άνοιγμα προς το Κατάρ. Η βουλή της ενέκρινε συμβολικά την αποστολή Τούρκων στρατιωτών στο έδαφός του και ο πρόεδρος του τουρκικού εμπορικού επιμελητηρίου στέλνει αεροπλάνα με τρόφιμα.

Η κοινή κλωστή που συνδέει Κατάρ, Τουρκία, Ιράν είναι τα τεράστια υλικά συμφέροντα και ο ρόλος τους στην ευρύτερη περιοχή, είναι η ιδιοδιαχείρηση τους. Δεν είναι δηλαδή οι αιρέσεις του Ισλάμ που τις χρησιμοποιούν με τρόπο ανάλογο με αυτόν που χρησιμοποιούν την ορθοδοξία, τον καθολικισμό, τον προτεσταντισμό για την εξυπηρέτηση των συμφερόντων τους τα δυτικά ιμπεριαλιστικά κέντρα. Η συνολική κατάσταση έχει να κάνει με μια χωρίς προηγούμενο διάβρωση του κοινωνικού ιστού, παρουσία πολιτικών ηγετών οι οποίοι αντί να ενώνουν, να δίνουν όραμα, συμβάλλουν στην αποσύνθεση.

Η αίσθησή δε που αποκομίζει κανείς ακόμη και στην αντιμετώπιση (και από τη «Δύση») των ισλαμικών οργανώσεων ως φονταμενταλιστικές και τρομοκρατικές, είναι πως αυτό γίνεται αδίστακτα και τελείως οπορτουνιστικά. Αρκεί αυτό να οδηγεί στη συμμόρφωση των μαζών στη νεοφιλελεύθερη αντίληψη δυτικής η ισλαμικής χρειάς. Αρκεί αυτό να απομακρύνει από μια στάση ζωής που μπορεί να διεκδικεί τα αιτήματα ελευθερίας, ισότητας και αξιοπρέπειας, μακριά από κάθε υποκριτική και εργαλειακή χρήση της θρησκείας, του εθνικισμού ή όποιου άλλου καταφυγίου.

Αυτός ο φαύλος κύκλος είναι δυνατό να σπάσει τελικά είτε από μια αδύνατο να προβλεφθεί κοινωνική καταστροφή στην ευρύτερη περιοχή είτε από ένα σύγχρονο ανερχόμενο απελευθερωτικό εργατικό και λαϊκό ρεύμα, αραβικής προφανώς καταγωγής.

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