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Troika for everyone, forever

By Steffen Stierle (ATTAC-Germany) and Kenneth Haar (Corporate Europe Observatory) Harsh loan conditions and a wave of EU-laws that prescribe neoliberal policies have triggered a major attack on welfare and democracy in Europe. Can it get any worse? A look at the proposals  for a fiscal union and deeper economic integration shows quite clearly that it can.

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Manufacturing Failed States

NB: Inmiddels is dit artikel vertaald en op verschenen by Edward S. Herman / September 1st, 2012 (bron) During the Vietnam War, a sign over one of the U.S. army bases read “Killing Is Our Business, and Business Is Good.”  Well, it was a very good business in Vietnam (and Cambodia,  Laos, and Korea as well), the number of civilian deaths running into the millions. And it has been quite respectable in the years after Vietnam. The killings have been carried out both directly and via proxies on every continent, as U.S. “national security” has required bases, garrisons, assassinations, invasions, bombing wars, and the sponsorship of  killer regimes, real terror networks, and programs everywhere in response to terrorist threats and challenges to the pitiful giant. Jan Knippers Black pointed out years ago in her great book United States Penetration of Brazil (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1977) that “national security” is a wonderfully elastic concept, expanding in accord with “what a nation, class or institution…thinks it should have,” with the result that it is those “whose wealth and power would appear to make them most secure who are, in fact, most paranoid, and who, by their frenetic attempts to ensure their security, bring on their own destruction.” (She was addressing the 1960s Brazilian threat of social democracy and its termination by a U.S.-supported counter-revolution and military dictatorship.) Add to this the search by the vested interests of the military-industrial-complex for missions to justify budget increases, and the mainstream media’s full cooperation in this search, and we have a frightening reality.

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Another World Social Forum is possible

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The Marikana Massacre: Award-winning Lonmin, assisted by World Bank,

Zin om te vertalen? neem even contact op met Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. document.getElementById('cloak592257662e39c7ab2e5484fdec4b60cc').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy592257662e39c7ab2e5484fdec4b60cc = 'info' + '@'; addy592257662e39c7ab2e5484fdec4b60cc = addy592257662e39c7ab2e5484fdec4b60cc + 'globalinfo' + '.' + 'nl'; var addy_text592257662e39c7ab2e5484fdec4b60cc = 'info' + '@' + 'globalinfo' + '.' + 'nl';document.getElementById('cloak592257662e39c7ab2e5484fdec4b60cc').innerHTML += ''+addy_text592257662e39c7ab2e5484fdec4b60cc+''; Thanks to Lonmin's exploitative practices (paying just $500/month for extremely dangerous rock-drilling), its cooptation of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and the African National Congress government's perpetual willingness to send in murderous forces of law and order to defend capital against labour, communities and environment, an estimated 34 of the men in the photo below are now dead and another 78 are injured. (Last week, ten other mineworkers, two police and two security guards were killed in circumstances that aren't yet clear.)

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A global democracy manifesto

"We want to be citizens of the world and not its mere inhabitants." A group of leading intellectuals has composed a document arguing that deeper and more extensive forms of democracy are essential to cope with the demands of globalisation and its associated transformations of governance. The document is being launched in a series of international events that begin at the London School of Economics (LSE) on 27 June 2012. It is published here, followed by a list of the fourteen author-signatories (eight of whom are also openDemocracy authors).

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@Boris and Frankieboy: We are on our way!

International Autonomous Committee:This call is no deep theoretical analysis, nor just a wish for another ruthless riot. In this call, we want to concentrate on the existential crisis of late capitalism, characterized by neoliberalism doctrine and the “no alternative” ideology – and what this can mean for the whole system, that we want to get rid of. We want to take a look at the reactions of this crisis-capitalism: how its supporters want to save it, how the fascist want (again) to benefit of it. Finally, we want to think about our past and present experiences, in order to formulate a radical answer for the liberated society we aim for.Download the german or english or french or greek version and come from the 16th May on to Frankfurt!

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Stop the neo-liberal crisis politics – dispossess the beneficiaries!

Stop the neo-liberal crisis politics – dispossess the beneficiaries! are experiencing the deepest crisis of capitalism since the great depression of the 30s – and the European governments continue to pour oil on the fires! From the very beginning, some governments have prevented a solidarity-based solution to the crisis in Europe and are significantly responsible for its exacerbation.

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International Antinationalism!

Stuk van shift! magazine over de eerste Europese internationale actiedag tegen kapitalisme en crisis. Mocht iemand zich geroepen voelen om te vertalen, zodat het in het Nederlands op (en vaak overgenomen door andere sites of bladen) dan graag! (Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. document.getElementById('cloak5d2a8b4ad9f41e8fa1930c493d39e082').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy5d2a8b4ad9f41e8fa1930c493d39e082 = 'info' + '@'; addy5d2a8b4ad9f41e8fa1930c493d39e082 = addy5d2a8b4ad9f41e8fa1930c493d39e082 + 'globalinfo' + '.' + 'nl'; var addy_text5d2a8b4ad9f41e8fa1930c493d39e082 = 'info' + '@' + 'globalinfo' + '.' + 'nl';document.getElementById('cloak5d2a8b4ad9f41e8fa1930c493d39e082').innerHTML += ''+addy_text5d2a8b4ad9f41e8fa1930c493d39e082+''; )

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