Lessons From A Defeat In Europe By Martin Hart-Landsberg

14 July 2015 — The Bullet • Socialist E-Bulletin #1142

The Troika are celebrating the end of negotiations with Greece, proclaiming that thanks to their tireless efforts the Eurozone remains whole. And why wouldn’t they celebrate. They have demonstrated their power to crush, at least for now, the Greek effort to end austerity and its associated devastating social consequences. Tragically, Syriza has not only surrendered, the nature of its defeat is likely to leave the country worse off, at least both economically and very likely politically as well.

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New at Black Agenda Report 15 July 2015: Obama's Prison Charade, Towards a Socialist South Africa, Privatizing Public Schools

15 July 2015 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Barack Obama attempts to create a phony legacy as the prison “reform” president by extending clemency to 46 non-violent drug offenders – not all that many, by presidential standards. Yet, he went to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep 5,000 non-violent crack-cocaine offenders locked up. Obama’s “sudden desire to look like the Great Emancipator is an ongoing publicity junket.”

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Greek parliament’s president: ‘No to ultimatums, No to the Memoranda of servitude’

15 July 2015 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

KonstantopoulouPresident of the parliament of Greece, Zoe Konstantopoulou. 

The following speech was delivered early in the morning of July 11, 2015, by Zoe Konstantopoulou, president of the Greek parliament, on the question of the government’s proposal to the creditor institutions. She voted “present”, in effect an abstention. Translated by Nicholas Evangelos Levis for Analyze Greece. First published in Greek on left.gr, July 12, 2015. Posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal.

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Majority of Syriza’s central committee members reject Brussel’s deal – Tsipras has lost control of the party

15 July 2015 — In Defence of Marxism

Written by Majority of the central committee of Syriza Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A statement by 109 out of the 201 members of Syriza CC rejects the Brussels deal which it describes as a coup and says it cannot be accepted by Syriza. Tsipras has lost control of the party. Below we bring the statement:

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The Third Time Is the Charm By S. Artesian

14 July 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

2010— The government of Greece is bankrupt and cannot service it’s sovereign debt.  The economy is near collapse.  First bailout memorandum, familiarly known as the Kick-The-Can-Down-the-Road Memorandum is agreed to.  Economy continues to contract.

2012— The government of Greece is bankrupt and cannot service it’s sovereign debt, most of which is owned by commercial and private financial institutions.  The economy is near collapse.  Second bailout memorandum, familiarly known as Eat-Shit-And-Die Memorandum is agreed to.  Commercial and private financial institutions balance sheets are rescued.  Economy is that much nearer to collapse.

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Statewatch News Online, 15 July 2015 (16/15): Statewatch coverage of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean

15 July 2015 — Statewatch — e-mail: office@statewatch.org

You can access as a pdf file athttp://www.statewatch.org/news/2015/jul/eu-med-crisis-15-jul.pdf

Statewatch coverage of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean

New key documents and Commentaries

1.    EU discussing common list of “safe countries of origin” and resettlement programmes
2.    Council of EU: Resettlement scheme & protection for Italy and Greece – Main outstanding issues 
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