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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! / Venezuela case as an emphatic example of why the mainstream media propaganda in the West was so successful in previous decades / Δημοψήφισμα για Grexit: η τελευταία ευκαιρία να σωθεί η Ελλάδα και η τιμή της Αριστεράς / Populism as the new cliche of the elites to stigmatize anyone not aligned with the establishment / 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 international usurers return to the crime scene called Greece!

19 August, 2017

A year after the coup against Dilma Rousseff, slavery returns officially in Brazil


Speaking to Tariq Ali, Alfredo Saad Filho, Professor of Political Economy, SOAS, describes the situation in Brazil nearly one year after the coup to remove former President Dilma Rousseff from office, revealing three key targets for which the neoliberal regime had staged this coup.

As he pointed out:

He [Michel Temer] is the most unpopular president in recorded history in Brazil. He has nothing to show for himself except survival, but for one thing. He has managed to implement the program of the coup. And the program of the coup was, first of all, change the oil exploration law to weaken Petrobras, the state oil company and allow transnational companies to exploit oil in Brazil.

They have also changed labor law. Labor law has been essentially abolished to the point that the ILO [International Labour Organization] and trade unions complain that currently, the law is essentially legalizes slavery. It is possible to have slaves in Brazil today in legal terms because the workers have been left bereft of almost any form of protection.

And the government has a third commitment, which is a change in social security law and pensions, to restrict pensions and cut the rights of workers.

This is what they wanted to achieve by removing Dilma Rousseff and the PT [Workers' Party] from office, and they are doing it.


Filho also said that Lula da Silva, the predecessor of Rousseff in the presidency and the PT party, is still the most popular politician in Brazil, despite the media attacks. He also claimed that the accusations against him were staged to get him out of the political game for good.

In July, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) reported that:

The decision by Brazil’s corruption-riddled parliament to eliminate a swathe of protections in the country’s labour laws will impoverish millions of people and leave workers completely at the mercy of employers who will have unilateral power to set wages, holiday entitlements, working hours and bonuses.

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Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said, “This unprecedented dismantling of labour law is a recipe for corporate greed, with a small group of powerful oligarchs who want to turn back the clock to Brazil’s feudal past set to reap huge profits at the expense of ordinary working families. These same industrialists were the cheerleaders for the illegitimate ouster of President Dilma. They are the main beneficiaries of expected cuts to pension entitlements and of the 20-year austerity law, which deprives Brazil’s poor of social security, health and decent education.

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Brazil’s most popular politician, former President Lula Da Silva, has meanwhile been given a 9½ year prison sentence by populist judge Sergio Moro, despite the lack of any real evidence to justify the judgement. Moro is a frequent guest on the Globo media conglomerate, which is owned by the Marinho family, one of the country’s richest families with combined wealth of over USD 10bn.

As described previously, the constitutional coup against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, as well as, the usual actions of the Right opposition in Venezuela against Nicolás Maduro with the help of the US finger, are far more obvious.

The special weight of these countries, together with Argentina, in Latin America, is extremely important for the US imperialism to regain ground in the global geopolitical arena. Especially the last ten to fifteen years, each of them developed increasingly autonomous policies away from the US close custody, under Leftist governments, and this was something that alarmed the US imperialism components.

Brazil appears to be the most important among the three, not only due to its size, but also as a member of the BRICS, the team of fast growing economies who threaten the US and generally the Western global dominance. The constitutional coup against Rousseff was rather a sloppy action and reveals the anxiety of the US establishment to regain control through puppet regimes. This is a well-known situation from the past through which the establishment attempts to secure absolute dominance in the US backyard.

It appears that after Greece, Brazil is becoming a champion in entering rapidly the neo-feudal era through the violent termination of Democracy by the neoliberal regime.

US-backed Kurdish YPG reveals: US military to stay in Syria ‘for decades’

The United States has been funding and supporting the group for months, due to “strategic interests” in the region, a spokesperson revealed.

U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria — who are among Washington's most important and powerful regional allies — told Reuters Thursday that the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria “for decades to come.”

A spokesman from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias headed by the Kurdish YPG, Talal Silo, told Reuters that the the United States has a "strategic interest" in the area, and that U.S. forces will be staying there long after the Islamic state group might be defeated.

"They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria) ... and the U.S. administration," Silo said.

The U.S. military has funded the SDF extensively, also supporting them with air strikes, artillery, and special forces on the ground. It was in March when the then-new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump began distributing arms to the YPG, ahead of their assault in Raqqa.

When probed about their long-term strategy, Col. Ryan Dillon, another spokesman for the coalition, deferred Reuters to the U.S. Pentagon, adding that there is “still a lot of fighting to do, even after ISIS has been defeated in Raqqa".

Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, in turn, stated, “The Department of Defense does not discuss timelines for future operations. However we remain committed to the destruction of ISIS and preventing its return.

The head of the YPG revealed last month that the United States has established seven military bases in areas of northern Syria that are controlled by the YPG or SDF, including a major air base near Kobani, which borders Turkey.

In the beginning, American support was secret,” Alan Hassan, a Kurd in northeastern Syria's Qamishli, told The New York Times of the group’s affiliations back in May. “Now it is public. The relationship has changed from undeclared to declared.

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Regional demonstrations show support for Venezuela

Pro-Venezualan rallies have been held in Panama and Argentina during a tour by the U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence. Organizers wanted to show their opposition to the U.S. President Donald Trump's recent comments that he would not rule out the option of military intervention.















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Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly assumes legislative functions

The opposition-led National Assembly will not be dissolved, according to National Constituent Assembly authorities.

Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, ANC, has assumed by decree some of the functions of the country's National Assembly, as it continues to be in contempt.

The National Assembly, which is led by the right-wing opposition, hasn't been dissolved and its members can resume their activities, said ANC President Delcy Rodriguez. She added that opposition leaders ignored their call to attend the session to establish the powers of the ANC voted for by millions of Venezuelans in open and free elections. "The Legislative Power has not been dissolved, as they want to portray in national and international media," Rodriguez said.

ANC First Vice President Elvis Amoroso read the decree in which the assembly "assumes the powers to legislate on matters directly aimed at ensuring the preservation of peace, security, sovereignty, the socioeconomic and financial system, the means of the state and the rights of the Venezuelans."

"If it were dissolved, we would not be making a decree in which only certain functions are assumed," ANC member Diosdado Cabello said. "They can continue to meet and comment as the National Assembly. What we can't allow is that a National Assembly paralyzes the state."

Cabello recalled that the legislative body has been in contempt since swearing in lawmakers whose elections were under investigation for irregularities. The politician said he believes this action destroys the allegations made by the U.S. government that Venezuela is a "failed state."

The ANC said that the opposition had violated Article 349 of the Constitution, which states the authority of that institution.

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Οι λάθος αντιλήψεις του Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη

Δεν πρόκειται για άκριτη συστράτευση με τις αερολογίες που διαδίδουν τα μίντια (περί Βαρουφακιάδας κ.λ.π.), αλλά για πολύ συγκεκριμένη και στοχευμένη κριτική των επιλογών του Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη, με βάση αυτά που γράφει ο ίδιος. Ο Eric Toussaint, αναλύει τις λάθος αντιλήψεις του Βαρουφάκη, όταν του έγινε πρόταση να αναλάβει το υπουργείο οικονομικών. Έχει ενδιαφέρον να σταθούμε λίγο περισσότερο σε μια από τις προτάσεις Βαρουφάκη.

Όπως γράφει ο Toussaint:

Σημαντικές μειώσεις της φορολόγησης επιχειρήσεων.

Σχετικά με το μέτρο αυτό, ο Βαρουφάκης λέει: «Αυτό θα απαιτούσε σημαντικές μειώσεις του ΦΠΑ και της φορολογίας επιχειρήσεων, διότι έπρεπε να ξαναδώσουμε ενέργεια στον ιδιωτικό τομέα.»

Αναφέρει μια ερώτηση του Τσίπρα:

« - Γιατί θα’πρεπε οι επιχειρήσεις να πληρώσουν λιγότερο; ρώτησε ο Αλέξης.

Του εξήγησα: ο ιδιωτικός τομέας έπρεπε να πληρώσει περισσότερο όσον αφορά το συνολικό φορολογικό εισόδημα, αλλά ο μόνος τρόπος να αυξήσουμε την συνολική του συνεισφορά, ενώ οι πωλήσεις ήταν σε νεκρό σημείο κι οι τράπεζες είχαν πτωχεύσει, ανίκανες να παράσχουν πιστώσεις στις κερδοφόρες επιχειρήσεις, ήταν να μειώσουμε την φορολογία των επιχειρήσεων. Ο Δραγασάκης ήταν σύμφωνος, γεγονός που ηρέμησε τους Αλέξη και Παππά.»

Όπως σχολιάζει ο Toussaint:

           Το να υπόσχεσαι την μείωση της φορολογίας των επιχειρήσεων κατά τρόπο αδιαφοροποίητο είναι απόλυτα ασύμβατο με μιαν αριστερή πολιτική. Πρέπει να αυξηθεί το ποσοστό φορολόγησης των μεγάλων επιχειρήσεων και αυτό να τηρηθεί. Ταυτόχρονα, είναι απόλυτα δυνατόν να μειώσεις το ποσοστό φορολόγησης των μικρών επιχειρήσεων. Εξ άλλου, το να θεωρείς ότι η μείωση της φορολόγησης των επιχειρήσεων θα αυξήσει την συνεισφορά τους στο συνολικό φορολογικό εισόδημα δεν έχει διόλου αποδειχθεί και έχει περισσότερο να κάνει με κάποιο φιλελεύθερο ξόρκι παρά με τεκμηριωμένο συλλογισμό.


Ο Toussaint έχει απόλυτο δίκιο. Οι φοροαπαλλαγές δεν εφαρμόζονται οριζόντια. Έπρεπε να κατευθυνθούν αποκλειστικά προς τις μικρομεσαίες επιχειρήσεις προκειμένου αυτές να μπορέσουν να ανασάνουν, ενώ αντίθετα, θα έπρεπε να μπουν πρόσθετοι φόροι στις μεγάλες επιχειρήσεις και πολυεθνικές.

Η συγκεκριμένη αντίληψη Βαρουφάκη αποτελεί ένα από τα πιο κλασικά αφηγήματα της νεοφιλελεύθερης ιδεολογίας. Αποτελεί μέρος των περίφημων Reaganomics της κυβέρνησης Ρίγκαν στις αρχές της δεκαετίας του 80 και μάλιστα ήταν τόσο αποτυχημένη, που ακόμα και ο Ομπάμα παραδέχθηκε σε μήνυμα του ότι αυτή η αντίληψη πρέπει να αλλάξει.

Ο Ρίγκαν είχε δηλώσει ότι θα κόψει τους φόρους στις μεγάλες επιχειρήσεις ώστε αυτές να επενδύσουν και να δώσουν ώθηση στην οικονομία. Αυτή ήταν η 'ιδέα' σε γενικές γραμμές. Απέτυχε παταγωδώς. Η αντίληψη αυτή μεγάλωσε ακόμα περισσότερο τις ανισότητες και ουσιαστικά συνέβαλλε στη συρρίκνωση της μεσαίας τάξης στις ΗΠΑ, ενώ ταυτόχρονα το δημόσιο χρέος εκτοξεύθηκε. Είναι χαρακτηριστικό ότι ακόμα και κάποιοι 'αστέρες' της δημοσιογραφίας στα Αμερικανικά ΜΜΕ, είχαν επισημάνει ανοιχτά αυτή την αποτυχία, κατά τη διάρκεια της πρώτης θητείας Ομπάμα.

Αυτή η θέση Βαρουφάκη, αλλά και η φανερή άγνοια Τσίπρα, δηλώνουν με τον πιο εκκωφαντικό τρόπο την αδυναμία της Αριστεράς να τολμήσει να εφαρμόσει καθαρά προοδευτικές πολιτικές, ενάντια στις νεοφιλελεύθερες πολιτικές της καταστροφής, τη στιγμή που ακόμα και ένα κομμάτι του Αμερικανικού κατεστημένου έχει παραδεχθεί ανοιχτά ότι αυτές έχουν αποτύχει.

Αυτή τη στιγμή στην Αμερική υπάρχει ένας έντονος προβληματισμός, παρά την παρουσία Τραμπ, από μεγάλο κομμάτι της Αμερικανικής κοινωνίας και ειδικά της νεολαίας, προς αναζήτηση αλλαγής πολιτικών προς μια προοδευτική κατεύθυνση, ενάντια στον νεοφιλελευθερισμό.

Η Ελλάδα, δυστυχώς και με ευθύνη της άτολμης, ευνουχισμένης και παρωχημένης Αριστεράς, θα καθυστερήσει και πάλι να ακολουθήσει τις δραματικές αλλαγές που ενδεχομένως θα συμβούν στο άμεσο μέλλον, όπου ακόμα και οι μήτρες του παγκόσμιου νεοφιλελευθερισμού θα επιχειρήσουν να αλλάξουν το μίγμα της πολιτικής τους, προς μια καθαρά προοδευτική κατεύθυνση. Στην Ελλάδα, στην καλύτερη περίπτωση θα κυβερνάει ένας, υποταγμένος στη νεοφιλελεύθερη ιδεολογία, Τσίπρας. Στη χειρότερη, ο πιο πιστός οπαδός του καταστροφικού και ξεπερασμένου νεοφιλελευθερισμού, Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης.

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