Posts Tagged ‘Government’

Corporation Nation

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 06 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree7 views

  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 04 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree9 views
  • 9:57 Added to queue Corporation Nation 03 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree14 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 01 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree36 views
  • 9:56 Added to queue Corporation Nation 02 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree13 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 07 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree6 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 08 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree7 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 09 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree2 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 10 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree6 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 11 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree4 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 12 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree9 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 13 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree6 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 14 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree5 views
  • 9:58 Added to queue Corporation Nation 15 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree10 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 16 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree2 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 17 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree3 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 18 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree3 views
  • 9:59 Added to queue Corporation Nation 19 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree4 views
  • 4:52 Added to queue Corporation Nation 20 of 20by MYAR15SaysImFree2 views All Common Law Rights are reserved explicitly without prejudice
    UCC “1-103,” “1-105,” “1-308.”

    This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

    Due to Presidential Executive Orders, the National Security Agency (NSA) and
    the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may read this email without
    warning, warrant, or notice. They may do this without any judicial or
    legislative oversight. We in this country have no recourse or protection.
    Everything we type may be used against us to detain us in a secret prison,
    where we will be held without right of habeas corpus or right to trial by

  • Submitted by A. Lindley

    BACK to


    US espionage in Oslo angers Norway

    November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

    Thu Nov 4, 2010 5:36PM

    The US embassy in Norway
    Relations between Norway and the US have strained after a TV report accused the US Embassy in Oslo of systematically spying on Norwegian citizens.

    According to Norway’s TV2 channel, the US Embassy has employed up to 20 Surveillance Detection Unit (SDU) agents, including police officers, to spy on Norwegians since 2000.

    The SDU agents are reported to have been tasked with monitoring Norwegian citizens whom the US Embassy accuses of being ‘suspicious’. The monitoring took place from the sixth floor Handelsbygningen building which is several hundred meters west of the embassy.

    According to TV2, the detailed and sensitive information about the so called ‘suspicious’ people would be handed to embassy staff who would then store it on the worldwide anti-terror Security Incident Management Analytics System database a.k.a. SIMAS.

    The Norwegian foreign ministry held a meeting with the US Embassy Wednesday to discuss what had happened, the Telegraph reported.

    The ministry spokeswoman, Marte Lerberg Kopstad, said in a statement that the ministry had asked for information on whether Norway had been aware of the espionage programmed and what it involved.

    The US Department of State spokesman, Philip J. Crowley, confirmed the operation had taken place, but also alleged that Norwegian authorities were aware of the situation and were cooperating with the embassy.

    “We cooperate with authorities in the host country to do everything we can to protect our embassies [from terrorist attacks], including Norway,” he says.


    BACK to

    Abandoned complex in Bulgaria

    November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

    This is a communist monument. Located almost in the center of Bulgaria, near the monument of Shipka. A huge flying saucer, which can be seen from afar. Nevertheless, it is part of bulgarian history, but simply abandoned after the fall of communism in the us … Sad.

    Bulgary_01 []

    Bulgary_02 []

    Bulgary_03 []

    Bulgary_04 []

    Bulgary_05 []

    Bulgary_06 []

    Bulgary_07 []

    Bulgary_08 []

    Bulgary_09 []

    Bulgary_10 []

    Bulgary_11 []

    Bulgary_13 []

    Bulgary_14 []

    Bulgary_15 []

    Bulgary_16 []

    BACK to


    October 31, 2010 1 comment

    Will the world experience a new economic crisis that will be even more serious that the one that we have just been through or enter a period of sustained economic growth?

    It is now becoming clear that the Anglo-Saxon and some European nations have not recovered from the recent economic crisis as was expected a year ago, and will slide back into a double-dip recession.   What has gone wrong? Why has not the economic stimulus packages worked?  Many economists had expected that by now that the USA would be in economic recovery, not facing high unemployment and a faltering economy.  Now, out of desperation the USA and UK are planning to print even more money in an effort to revive their faltering economies.

    Meanwhile many other economies have recovered strongly from the recent recession.  In Europe the Germany economy is recovering strongly, as have most of the Asian economies.  Why have the Anglo-Saxon and some European nations not been able to do likewise?

    The reasons are simple.  It does not require an economist with a PhD to figure out that if a country spends more than it earns year after year, eventually they will be in trouble.  While often economists disagree with one another on the causes and solutions, the fundamental problem why the English speaking nations are in the mess they are today is because for years they have lived beyond their means on borrowed money.  Sadly, nothing has been done to correct this, which was the cause of the recent recession; rather the current economic policies of the Anglo-Saxon nations are only made the situation worse.

    The reasons for the economic crisis were:

    1. Large trade deficits – the Anglo-Saxon nations have been importing far more than they export.

    2. To finance their imports they have borrowed money from creditor nations with trade surpluses, which they now need to repay along with the interest.

    3. Much of the GNP growth up to 2007 in these nations was in consummation of imported goods, housing and the service sector, while manufacturing declined.

    4. The cost of servicing this debt has escalated while government revenues have declined.

    5. Over generous welfare programs which have drained financial resources from the productive sectors of the economy.

    6. A break-down on the moral fabric of society and poor work ethics

    7. Costly wars and expensive defense budgets.

    In an effort to revive their economies from the recession governments have operated large deficits by creating stimulus packages with borrowed and printed money.  They have continued to borrow off their creditor nations, increasing their international debt which is making long-term recovery even more difficult.

    The UK and some European Governments have recently slashed Government expenditure, acknowledging they can no continue to borrow to finance their deficits.  The UK is now insolvent, struggling to pay the interest on their enormous national debt, while still incurring further debt.  The cut-backs have been so drastic that the UK economy will remain economically depressed for years.

    Rather than accept responsibility for the financial mess many countries are now in, politicians have blamed bankers and speculators, instead of admitting it was their own fiscal policies that created the crisis in the first place.  Bankers make their money by lending – if loose monetary policies create too much money in circulation then bankers will find new customers to lend money – the result being the prime-housing bubble and banking crisis.  Existing loose monetary policies have continued, putting more fuel on the flames, with this time the governments themselves taking the risk, not the bankers.

    Governments are like any business or household – if they spend more than earn they will eventually face bankruptcy. We now have a situation where some governments face the prospect of not being able to repay their debts, much in the same way many corporations failed during the recent recession.  To add to their woes, to prop up the failing banking systems, governments have printed money to either lend to these insolvent institutions, invested in them, or have provided loan guarantees.  As the US and UK economy continues to weaken, many of the institutions that their governments have propped up will fail, dragging down the governments themselves.

    The next economic crisis will be bought about when nations default on their loans, rather than a banking crisis as was bought about with the last crisis..  Governments around the world have recklessly borrowed excessively to prop up their collapsing financial institutions; transferring much of the debt from these failed institutions to governments own balance sheets.  While some of this debt has been financed by printing money, a considerable amount has also been financed through borrowing on international money markets.  Governments around the world now owe over 57 trillion dollars in debt, not including local government and pension debt.  Managing this debt will soon become unsustainable – governments will simply not have the money to repay the interest let alone repaying the loans.  There will be a chain-reaction of sovereign bankruptcy.

    Many nations outside the Eurozone have resorted to printing money to inflate their economies, injecting funds into propping up their banking systems and spending on infrastructure projects.  The USA, Japan and the UK have been among the countries less able to afford such increased spending because of the level of their national debt, but other nations have also resorted to the same practice, including India and China.  The consequence of this global printing of money will result in debasing the value of most currencies – we are already seeing a flight to gold by canny investors.

    Already in Europe Portugal, Greece, Spain and Ireland their Governments face the possibility of defaulting.  Other EU countries are being forced to live within their incomes, creating depressed domestic economic conditions. The Eurozone countries have not been able to print money and have had to slash government expenditure in an effort to balance their budgets.  Such dramatic cut-backs in government expenditure has resulted in the contraction in their economies, rising unemployment, and the growing danger of political instability.

    What will now unfold?

    Many may not realise that the world is now awash with money.   The increase in the money supply as a part of the economic stimulus package has resulted a weakening of the US dollar and now threatening to destabilize global trade. Other nations are now printing money to buy dollars in an attempt to prevent their currencies rising against the dollar.  Eventually this will fail as printing money will not help in achieving sustainable economic growth, and will only cause a lack of confidence in the value of currencies, leading to inflation and financial collapse.  Those nations that have linked their currencies to the dollar, especially the Asian currencies, will see the dollar reserves wiped out, and massive devaluation of their own currencies.  This will create a new global economic crisis, much worse than what was experienced in 2008.

    The collapse of the US dollar will bring on a period of considerable political of social unrest around the world, with many governments collapsing. With the collapse of government there will be wide-spread political unrest, as people demand a return to prosperity, even if it means giving up individual freedoms.  People will look for a strong leader who can restore world peace and prosperity.  Already in Western Europe civil unrest is spreading, as their populations refuse to accept the reforms required to enable countries to restore their economies.

    The reshaping of Europe.

    The European Central Bank which has adopted a more conservative fiscal policy than other Central Banks, as a part of their mandate to maintain a stable Euro; requiring its member states in the Eurozone to live within their incomes.  This will eventually see the Euro replace the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency, because of sounder fiscal policies.  It is also being dominated by Germany, leading the Eurozone becoming the dominant monetary power to restore a new world economic order.

    The EU now consists of one group of European nations showing strong economic growth under-pinned by a re-emergent German economy, and another other group weighed down with debt, experiencing economic stagnation.   There is a growing unwillingness by those Eurozone countries that have recovered from the economic crisis to continue supporting those nations struggling with unsustainable debt levels.  Rather than the wealthier nations continuing to prop up those EU nations facing insolvency, the Eurozone is expected to restructure, with the German-led coalition dictating the monetary and political policies for the Eurozone, something that will be difficult under the existing structure. Those nations that cannot get their economies back into balance could be either forced out of the Eurozone, or have their economies controlled by the ECB or similar body, in return to being bailed out.

    There has been a shift of power in the EU towards Germany, which is the largest and strongest growing economy (3.5% growth) and the leading exporter.  The German economy has gone through several years of economic readjustment to where it is now one of the most competitive in the world, is the world’s second largest exporter, and has benefited from adopting more conservative fiscal policies than other nations.  Germany is experiencing a growing self-confidence and becoming much more assertive in reshaping Europe into a cohesive political and economic union.  With the support of France, Germany is pushing for further amendments to the EU constitution to bring this about a more cohesive European Union

    Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Greece are being forced to restructure their economies in effort to recover.  One option is to leave the Eurozone to allow their currencies to devalue and make the adjustments to their economies to enable them to recover.  Other heavily indebted Eurozone nations such as Italy, Netherlands and even France could be threatened with expulsion unless they can get their budget deficits in order.

    Even those Eurozone countries that have recovering economies have large national debts, which they need to reduce.  They are not in a position or willing to support those Eurozone member countries facing insolvency.

    Meanwhile a number of the EU countries outside the Eurozone are being forced to make painful adjustments to their economies.  In particular the UK and the Eastern European nations (with the exception of Poland) have to learn to live with falling taxation revenue, high unemployment, and stagnant economic growth. The UK is unlikely to recover.

    However it will not be till the collapse of the US dollar that the world will be thrown into the next economic crisis that will force the reshaping of the reshaping of a new economic and political landscape of the world.  The dollar is expected to weaken significantly next year as the increase in the US money supply will stimulate consumer spending, creating inflationary pressures and widen the current account deficit.  This will trigger off another global economic crisis.

    A new economic order will replace the failed Anglo-Saxon capitalistic model.  A German-dominated Europe will install a new economic order upon the world, with the Euro becoming the world’s only reserve currency.  It is only from such crises will the Europeans be willing to accept a strong leader and provide the political support for such a leader to impose unity and reforms upon a politically fragmented EU.

    This new global economic order under a German-led EU will impose upon the world reforms to create a new regulated world economy to manage international trade, enforce social, environmental and religious standards upon the world under the pretense of maintaining world peace, protecting the environment, and maintaining prosperity.  Many individual freedoms will be suppressed for the sake of the State in bringing about a new world order.  Germany will be the one nation that can lead the world to economic recovery, but will only do so on its terms.

    Meanwhile the Anglo-Saxon nations will be forced to repay their debts, their assets sold off, and their people forced to live in poverty.  There will be little sympathy for the plight of the bankrupt English-speaking world from their creditors, who will have lost much of their wealth because of Anglo-Saxon extravagance. The people of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be enslaved to their creditor nations, and will enter a time of great suffering and hardship.

    History is unfolding right before our eyes, as a new economic order is forced upon the world to replace the old failed model.  It will be a regulated system in an attempt to avoid the distortions in the market that has happened over the last few years.  While this new economic system will bring in a period of global prosperity for a short time, it will also fail.  It will only be when a new world government is installed upon the earth based on the Law of God, under the rulership of Jesus Christ, that the world will experience peace and prosperity.

    Bruce Porteous

    31 October, 2010

    BACK to

    Workers face a struggle for power in France

    October 22, 2010 Leave a comment



    22 October 2010

    Police action to break strikes and blockades in the oil sector has not ended France’s fuel shortage or curtailed strikes and protests by workers and students against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s deeply unpopular pension cuts. The French strike wave is the most developed expression of growing working class resistance to the drive by European governments to impose austerity measures in the face of overwhelming popular opposition.

    The refusal of the unions to organize broader strikes or protests against the police attacks on oil blockades must be taken as a serious warning. These organizations will mount no struggle to defend workers from state violence. On the contrary, they are sending Sarkozy a signal that he can employ even greater police violence with their tacit support.

    The unions’ silence on government strike-breaking is the clearest expression of their hostility to the developing mass movement and their determination to work with Sarkozy to weaken and ultimately defeat it. In this, they are supported by the official “left” parties—the Socialist Party and the Communist Party—as well as the so-called “far left” parties, such as the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA), which provide political cover for the unions and insist that workers look to these agencies of the ruling elite and the state to defend them.

    The only major actions approved by the unions are two more one-day national protests, on October 28 and November 6. Such “days of action” are already widely seen by workers as ineffective. Indeed, the first is set to take place the day after the combined houses of Parliament agree on the final version of the pension “reform” bill, which the government is trying to force to a vote in the Senate today.

    Under conditions where police repression has failed to crush the strikes, Sarkozy is relying more directly than ever on the unions and the “left” parties to defuse and suppress the mass movement. Union spokesmen are already promoting the notion that opposition to the cuts is a hopeless cause. They are counting on mounting financial pressures on strikers and the impact of the unions’ deliberate isolation of strikes in the oil and transportation sectors to sow exhaustion and resignation.

    Buttressed by the middle-class pseudo-left organizations such as the NPA, they promote the absurd and dangerous illusion that the government can be pressured to drop or seriously modify its austerity policies. This despite Sarkozy’s repeated declarations that the cuts will be imposed no matter what, and his use of state violence against the workers.

    Protest alone will not shift the policies of the government, and those who argue otherwise are encouraging complacency and confusion. They ignore the context in which the austerity drive in France and every other major industrialized country is taking place—the deepest crisis of the world capitalist system since the 1930s.

    At the same time, they promote the lie that the Socialist Party—a tried and tested party of the French bourgeoisie which initiated the program of social cuts when it held power in the 1990s—represents a genuine alternative to Sarkozy and the Gaullists. The unions and their “left” allies are seeking to wind down the strike movement and channel popular discontent into the blind alley of support for the Socialist Party in the 2012 presidential election.

    The working class is objectively in a fight against the ruling class and its state. The government openly does the bidding of the banks and the financial aristocracy with utter contempt for the democratic will of the people.

    The workers’ opposition has immense support in the population as a whole, which overwhelmingly opposes the cuts and supports the strike movement. It is critical, however, that the struggle be consciously conducted as a political fight for power—to bring down the Sarkozy government and replace it with a workers’ government.

    The first prerequisite for victory is a break with the trade unions and the establishment of new, democratic organizations of working class struggle. The World Socialist Web Site urges workers in France to form committees of action, independent of the unions and the existing “left” parties, to broaden the strike movement, unite all sections of the working class—the employed and unemployed, native-born and immigrant, union and non-union, young and old—and mobilize behind the immense social power of the working class all of the oppressed layers of society.

    The committees will provide a means for French workers to reach out to workers across Europe and internationally who face the same attacks from the same source—the international capitalist class. The crisis can be solved only on a European-wide and worldwide basis, through the revolutionary unification of the international working class.

    The committees of action will fight for a general strike to bring down Sarkozy. As the mass movement develops, these committees can be broadened into workers’ councils, which will become the organs of working class political power.

    Only on this basis can revolutionary socialist policies be carried out to harness and expand the productive forces for the benefit of the people, and end their subordination to corporate profit and the personal enrichment of a tiny elite.

    The fight for workers’ power is deeply ingrained in the history of the French working class. One hundred and forty years ago next year, the besieged workers of Paris rebelled and formed the Commune. This was the first time in history that the working class took power into its own hands. The Commune was ultimately smashed by the bourgeois government of President Adolphe Thiers, which carried out savage repression.

    But the example of the Commune played a critical role in the Russian Revolution of October 1917 and continues to stand as a tribute to the revolutionary capacities of the working class. It is to such traditions of revolutionary struggle that workers in Europe and around the world will return in the coming period.

    Alex Lantier

    About the WSWS | Contact Us | Privacy Statement | Top of page

    Copyright © 1998-2010 World Socialist Web Site – All rights reserved

    BACK to

    Battered Sarkozy finds temporary refuge in world affairs

    October 21, 2010 1 comment

    Nicolas Sarkozy, a watermark was present that ...

    Nicolas Sarkozy, a watermark was present that said « Photo : Jean-Louis Aubert ».

    Published: 20 October 2010 | Updated: 21 October 2010

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy hosted a trilateral summit with Germany and Russia to prepare for his country’s G20 presidency, finding temporary refuge in world affairs as more than a million people took to the streets of France over planned reform of the pension system.


    France and Germany often hold meetings ahead of EU summits. EU leaders will meet in Brussels next week, on 28-29 October.

    This time, the Deauville summit was held in two formats – a bilateral one between France and Germany and a trilateral, with Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev.

    The main goal of the trilateral summit was to help prepare the NATO summit on 19-20 November in Lisbon, but also to advance EU-Russia relations, as well to coordinate positions ahead of the French Presidency of the G20, which starts in January 2011.

    Sarkozy‘s popularity ratings are dismal 18 months before a presidential election. Officially he has not made public his intention to run, but everyone expects him to seek a second mandate.

    The quiet atmosphere of the Deauville summit, which brought together German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Dmity Medvedev and the French president, contrasted sharply with TV footage from across the country, which showed mass protests, including violence in some suburban areas.

    Meanwhile, the country was gripped by strikes and unprecedented fuel shortages following blockades to refineries.

    More than three million people (according to trade unions) and 1.2 million (according to police) joined marches across the country against Sarkozy’s plans to raise the retirement age to 62. The retirement age is currently 60.

    One novelty of this week’s unrest is that the mass protests are being attended by students and young people from schools, who say they are not indifferent to plans to raise the retirement age.

    France2, the publicly-funded TV channel, showed youngsters displaying banners reading ‘Sarkozy, you are screwed up, the youth is in the streets’. According to students’ unions, more than 1,000 schools were blocked.

    These were not the only images that brought to mind the notorious student protests of May 1968, which ignited a general strike. That strike was the only time in history that France has had to use its strategic fuel reserves.

    This time, the government has denied that it is about to resort to its strategic supplies, but many filling stations were ordered by local authorities to supply only the police and municipal services. Some 4,000 of the 12,000 filling stations across the country are experiencing fuel shortages.

    Russian agenda

    In spite of the international character of the Deauville summit, the press asked Sarkozy to comment on the internal developments.

    He appealed to demonstrators to show restraint and insisted that pension reform should proceed, as it had been delayed for too long in France.

    On the international side, Sarkozy secured Medvedev’s agreement to be present on the sidelines of a NATO summit on 19-20 November in Lisbon. On the controversial plans for a US missile shield in Europe, Medvedev said his country needed more information.

    “We are now evaluating the idea of this proposal, but I think that NATO itself needs to understand in what form it sees Russia joining this system, what it will bring, in what manner an agreement can be reached, and how to proceed further,” he said. “Only based on the evaluation of this proposal can we give an answer on how we will proceed with regard to the idea of European missile defence,” Medvedev was quoted as saying.

    Under pressure from Moscow to lift EU visa requirements for Russian citizens, Sarkozy apparently disappointed his guest, indicating that a solution could come in the long term.

    “From my point of view, in 10 to 15 years the vision that we should have is a common economic EU-Russia space, the end of visa requirements and a common security concept,” Sarkozy was quoted as saying.

    But Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the State Duma’s foreign relation committee, the lower chamber of parliament, said the visa problem would be solved much more quickly.

    According to Kosachev, the 10-15 year timeframe is for the establishment of full-scale economic and security cooperation between the two sides, while the visa issue could be resolved sooner.

    Appeasement over Roma case

    A Commission decision to drop a threat of legal action against France regarding the controversial expulsions of Roma provided some comfort to Sarkozy.

    Justice and Fundamental Rights Commissioner Viviane Reding said yesterday (19 October) in Strasbourg that France had met the Commission’s demands to modify its national legislation in order to better apply EU law on the free movement of EU citizens.

    The information on the plans to align French legislation with EU law was reportedly supplied by Paris one hour before a midnight deadline on 15 October.

    “I am very happy that reason has prevailed,” Sarkozy told reporters in Deauville.

    However, a Commission spokesperson explained that that the case with France had two dimensions. The first was the alignment of its legislation with EU law, on which Paris had until 15 October to make its intentions clear.

    The second dimension is whether the expulsion policy was targeted at the Roma minority, amounting to discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity.

    On this aspect, he said there was no deadline, meaning France is still under Commission scrutiny.

    A five-page Commission internal paper called “Transposition by France of Procedural Safeguards Related to EU Free Movement Rules” dated 19 October and seen by EurActiv says that the EU executive expects that the transposition will take effect in accordance with the timetable communicated by the French authorities, that is, in the spring of 2011.

    Some clarifications are however still required, the Commission writes.

    Also, the EU executive reserves itself the right to seek further information and says it will continue to monitor the situation in France, as well as in other member countries.


    Next Steps

    • 28-29 Oct.: EU summit, Bussels.
    • Nov. 19-20: NATO summit, Lisbon.
    • Nov. 2010: G20 meeting in Seoul (South Korea).
    • Jan. 2011: France takes over presidency of G20.

    BACK to


    October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

    This is a Bloomberg interview with Chris Whalen. It outlines serious problems for the banks as they are being asked to buy back fraudulent mortgages.

    Watch on youtube

    He says it will take two election cycles to get rid of the criminals in DC. He also says that state governors and state governments will stop foreclosures and ask people to continue paying their property taxes but not pay their mortgages.

    BACK to