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Che Guevara

Yanis Varoufakis: 'The cartel running Europe's disintegrating economy is making it up as they go along'

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Varoufakis says EU policy 'has been like giving cortisone shots to a cancer patient'
Former Greek finance minister says Europe is disintegrating, run by a cartel and in dire need of reform.

Europe is sliding into "a modern 1930s" and authorities are "making it up as they go along", Yanis Varoufakis has warned as he launches a new movement which he says will "democratise" the continent.

Speaking to The Independent as he outlined his vision of the DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025) project, the self-described "erratic Marxist" says he wants to remove power from an unaccountable, authoritarian elite and distribute it fairly to the continent's citizens.

Seven months after resigning as Greek finance minister, Mr Varoufakis outlined the "terrible" similarities between Europe now and the continent 80 years ago as it hurtled towards war.

"We don't have Nazis doing Kristallnacht in Berlin. [But] We have Nazis in Greece doing something similar in a suburb of Greece, where they are attacking in the middle of the night the shops and houses of migrants."

"There are big differences, but from the perspective of an economist we have terrible similarities."

Comment: Fair play to him for trying to do what is right. The value of his work, however, is not in instituting actual reform in Greece, Europe or anywhere else; it's in his holding up a mirror to expose how the system really works. We highly recommend his book The Global Minotaur.

See also:

United States of Europe: New German Reich crushes Greece, part 1


Bullseye

For heaven's sake, please do not poison my mind with the US elections!

I am consecutively stuffing my ears with various airline earplugs, in order not to hear the news blasted on the radio.

I am closing my eyes when the topic appears on TV, even on RT or Press TV.

I skip newspaper headlines.

I beg my friends, comrades and relatives not to bring up the subject in front of me.

I don't want to know anything about the US Presidential elections!

It is not some sort of pose or "rebellion"; it is just an honest, powerful fear of having my brain damaged, my thoughts derailed from searching for alternative humanistic and political concepts.

I see no need to know who, from all those already pre-approved by the Regime and therefore allowed to "compete", is going to get nominated by his or her political gang, and who will be finally mounting the saddle of that static wooden horse which is as a rule galloping nowhere, inspires no one and only jumps around crushing with its heavy murderous horseshoes everything and everyone who dares to demand true freedom.

Comment: Hilarious. Horrific. True.


X

Setup for failure: The facade of the Geneva peace talks for Syria

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The talks on the Syrian settlement in Geneva have taken a turn that could have been easily predicted. After the start of negotiations under the authority of the UN, launched on February 4 under an extensive amount of pressure from Washington, they were suddenly disrupted. The official statement reads that the talks have been delayed for 3 weeks, but it makes little to no difference. The delegation representing the Syrian opposition announced that Russia's air strikes in Syria are undermining efforts by the international community aimed at finding a solution to the Syrian conflict. This was announced by the head of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) Salim al-Muslat, the committee which was formed in the Saudi capital. The talks that the United Nations special envoy for the Syria crisis Staffan de Mistura has been desperately trying to launch since February 1, gained no momentum whatsoever. Not a single step towards a compromise has been made so far.

Out of the two meetings that were scheduled within the framework of the negotiations, only a single one actually took place, and it was the meeting with the Syrian government representatives. The delegation of the HNC failed to arrive at the Palais des Nations. In turn, the current Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said that the announcement made by Staffan de Mistura at the start of negotiations was nothing but his "personal assessment", while all discussions are still in the preparatory stage. Bashar Jaafari told reporters that, just like two years ago, at the Geneva-2 negotiations which also failed, Damascus insists on the fundamental importance of the question regarding the fight against terrorism. He said that the opposition has not submitted the lists of its delegates yet.

In turn, the High Negotiations Committee representatives announced that the provisions of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 should be fulfilled before negotiations even start. First of all, the opposition demands to address three main issues - to provide access to besieged cities, to stop attacks on civilians and to release women and children from prisons. Moreover, Salim al-Muslat accused Russia of making attempts to disrupt the negotiations by carrying on its air assault operations in Syria. According to the head of the HNC, ever since February 1 there's been massive killings in Syria "but nobody does anything about it." He said that since last Monday Russian warplanes carried out more that 270 sorties in Syria that allegedly resulted in casualties among the civilian population. However, Moscow still has not confirmed these allegations.

Comment: While the US has for months been pushing heavily for these 'peace talks', it's apparent from the immediate collapse of discussions that there was never a genuine desire to work towards a political resolution in Syria. This has been clear ever since the new 'Syrian' delegation was set up to be preposterously represented by terrorist financiers in Saudi Arabia. It's blatantly obvious that the real goal of the US and friends is to impede Russia's real war on terrorism.


Gold Seal

Migration as a weapon of war: 'Ethno-engineering' used by the elites to manipulate the masses

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Today, war refugees have become headlines onto themselves. Whether referred to as migrants or asylum seekers by a well-thinking media complex, the semantics of this new crisis nevertheless betrays a very globalist agenda - yet more engineering, yet more manipulation.

With war raging on in the Middle East, millions of people were forced to flee before the advances of terror. Trapped in a conflict which was not of their making, and hunted by armies which have sought only their enslavement and/or annihilation, communities have chosen exile over death, chased out of their lands by the brutality of war. In the face of such human tragedy, Europe opened its borders, inviting in, those who lost everything ... or so we were told.

It is this 'humanitarian' narrative EU officials have volunteered to both their constituents and the media - this idea that Western nations hold a duty of care and protection over the millions displaced by war.

Indeed, Western powers are responsible. Actually no ... their role far exceeds the responsibility since the Mid-East has burnt under their fire. Let us remember which powers in fact engineered and purposely exported destabilization to the MENA over the past decade. From Iraq, to Syria, Libya and Yemen, military pyres have lit up many skies, engulfing all in their wake.

Megaphone

Telling it like it is: Woman shouts 'it's you who created Daesh!' to Kerry at press conference in Italy

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks next to Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni during a news conference following a ministerial meeting of the so-called "anti-Islamic State coalition" in Rome, Italy, February 2, 2016.
US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, "it's you who created Daesh!"

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

"It's you who created Daesh!" she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

The woman was dragged away from the conference by the Carabinieri.

Quenelle - Golden

Kiev livid as documentary revealing ugly truth about Maidan 'revolution' aired on French TV - EN subs (VIDEO)

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This is the documentary shown on French TV which has the Kiev 'Maidan' regime throwing fits

The hard-hitting documentary by Paul Moreira 'Ukraine, les masques de la révolution' [Ukraine: Masks of the Revolution], was aired on Monday night by Canal+, causing a stir in both Ukraine and France. On Sunday, the Ukrainian foreign ministry reported on Facebook that their ambassador in France had sent an outraged letter to Canal+ where he condemned the documentary as "a pamphlet of the worst disinformation traditions, using primitive methods of journalistic manipulation, including the handling of comments of respondents, distortions in translation and facts, and purely fabricated images."

That same day Le Monde heaped pressure on Canal+ by attacking the film's creator. Moreira has calmly and respectfully responded to his critics with a detailed post, translated into English here. To the credit of Canal Plus' management, the documentary was aired at the scheduled time:


Quenelle

People power: Greek footballers stage sit-in protest over EU and Turkish 'brutal indifference' to refugee deaths

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In a touching tribute to thousands of refugees who lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey into the EU, two Greek football teams orchestrated a sit-in at the start of the match to protest against the policies of "brutal indifference."

All 22 players on the pitch sat calmly on the grass, refusing to play in honor of those who perished crossing the sea from Turkey into Greece, after the referee blew the whistle to start the football match between AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos on Friday. Coaches and medical staff of the two teams, who play in the second-tier Greek league, as well as the match officials, also sat on the ground to the applause of the fans.

An announcement over the stadium loud speakers said that the gesture was "in memory of the hundreds of children who continue to lose their lives every day in the Aegean due to the brutal indifference of the EU and Turkey."


The two minute silence was an effort to "drive the authorities to mobilize all those who seem to have been desensitized to the heinous crimes that are being perpetrated in the Aegean," Friday's announcement added.

Comment: Ms. Schinas' comment is particularly rich, considering that the terrible state of the Greek economy is due to EU policy. Greece, itself reduced to abject poverty, has nevertheless welcomed those fleeing the Western-backed terrorists with what little it has. Schinas should be ashamed of herself, but she probably can't be. Her mindset is typical of those in power:

Greek Migration Minister: Belgium told us "Push migrants back to sea, we don't care if they drown"


Bizarro Earth

The really big one: The next full Cascadia rupture will spell the worst natural disaster in North American history

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The next full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone will spell the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent.
When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh. Earthquakes are common in Japan—that one was the third of the week—and the participants were, after all, at a seismology conference. Then everyone in the room checked the time.

Seismologists know that how long an earthquake lasts is a decent proxy for its magnitude. The 1989 earthquake in Loma Prieta, California, which killed sixty-three people and caused six billion dollars' worth of damage, lasted about fifteen seconds and had a magnitude of 6.9. A thirty-second earthquake generally has a magnitude in the mid-sevens. A minute-long quake is in the high sevens, a two-minute quake has entered the eights, and a three-minute quake is in the high eights. By four minutes, an earthquake has hit magnitude 9.0.

When Goldfinger looked at his watch, it was quarter to three. The conference was wrapping up for the day. He was thinking about sushi. The speaker at the lectern was wondering if he should carry on with his talk. The earthquake was not particularly strong. Then it ticked past the sixty-second mark, making it longer than the others that week. The shaking intensified. The seats in the conference room were small plastic desks with wheels. Goldfinger, who is tall and solidly built, thought, No way am I crouching under one of those for cover. At a minute and a half, everyone in the room got up and went outside.

Comment: There are signs all over the place that there is something "happening" in the Pacific Northwest that could lead to this disaster:


Smiley

Anonymous US official drops bombshell: Putin is an alien!


A worrying omen: Vladimir Putin’s face seen in a formation of birds over New York last year
Russian President Vladimir Putin is secretly an alien and does not possess any human qualities, a US official has warned.

"We've known for some time now that Mr. Putin is an extraterrestrial. We're convinced it explains his erratic behavior and reluctance to integrate himself and Russia into the international community," the unnamed official told the BBC's Panorama program.

The worrying warning is not the first of its kind. Putin has regularly been accused of hiding the truth about himself from the world, although this is the first time a US official has directly accused the Russian strongman of being an alien. The Panorama report also confirmed that when Putin disappeared for a week last year, he had in fact been visiting his home planet, RU-thless84.

Little information is known about the mysterious birthplace of the Russian president, but the official could confirm that the conditions — thought to be at least ten times colder than earth — would make it uninhabitable for regular humans. Although some Russians would probably manage, he said. Asked whether this could be where Putin hides his secret billions, the official said that US authorities have been looking into it and preliminary findings suggest the planet to be the most likely location for the president's money.

"Look, we haven't been able to confirm he has that €40 billion here on earth, but that doesn't mean anything. An uninhabitable planet would be the perfect hiding place."

Comment: For equally absurd 'revelations' from the US and the BBC, see:

Treasury official in most corrupt government on Earth accuses Putin of being corrupt on BBC program without providing any evidence


Eye 2

Greek Migration Minister: Belgium told us "Push migrants back to sea, we don't care if they drown"

Greek Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas claims Belgium told his country to "push" migrants "back in the sea".

He was speaking in an interview with BBC Newsnight's Evan Davis, discussing what will happen next to the Schengen Agreement - and what the European Union can do to help resolve the migrant crisis.

Watch the video of the interview below:

Comment: Amid the austerity crisis and now the refugee crisis, the European Union has shown its true face as the European Nightmare. It is a corporation with no conscience and no wish to implement the laws it pretends to espouse - whether in regards to its citizens or the refugees it helped create in the first place.

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