Introduction to “Well, How Did We Get Here?”

3 October 2012 — Return of the Public

Where Are We Exactly?

The banks have ripped us off, screwed the economy, and taken tens of billions in the taxpayers’ name. They are not lending to the productive sector of the economy, they are still paying themselves huge bonuses, and there is barely a flicker of political protest. None of the three major parties are even thinking of doing anything serious to restrain or reform them. It’s not that the banks are too big to fail, to quote the title of one of the books about the events of 2007/8; they have already failed. Rather, they are perceived in this country to be too big to tackle. Continue reading

Suffocating Austerity: The West’s Folly in Greece Repeats Old Patterns By Evaggelos Vallianatos

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 15:05 By Evaggelos Vallianatos, Truthout | Op-Ed 

In 2012, the Greeks cannot pay back 245 billion euros they borrowed from European and American banks. But instead of extending a helping hand to member country Greece, the EU, and Germany in particular, act like taskmasters. The EU even invited the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to jointly deal with Greece. The IMF – whatever its putative mandate and formal structure – is an American institution designed to wreck economies that are interfering with capitalism’s business as usual – especially American business. Strictly speaking, the EU and IMF have been on a collision path with Greece in order to extract every penny the banks claim they lent that country.
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Parliament: the mother of all deceptions By William Bowles

30 June 2012

wm-morris“There — it sickens one to have to wade through this grimy sea of opportunism. What a spectacle of shuffling, lies, vacillation and imbecility does this Game Political offer to us? I cannot conclude without an earnest appeal to those Socialists, of whatever section, who may be drawn towards the vortex of Parliamentarism, to think better of it while there is yet time.

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The Greek affair: Symbol of the crisis of the European Union or paradigm of Europe’s salvation By Gaither Stewart

23 May 2012

It is an ironic twist of history that Greece, the cradle of Western culture, today, 2500 years after the acme of Hellenic glory, appears on the stage of history in the best of cases as victim, and in the worst, as the symbol of the threat to the collapse of the West European society.
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A different kind of Europe By Trevor Evans

22 March 2012 — Red Pepper

Trevor Evans outlines the basis for a progressive pan-European response to the euro crisis

The growth of private international financial institutions since the 1970s has seriously curtailed the ability of national governments to exercise democratic control over economic policy. This was vividly demonstrated early in the 1980s, when capital flight forced the French government to abandon its programme of progressive economic reforms. Since then, finance has become much stronger, and the constraints are especially severe for smaller countries.

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Greece in flames: Cassandra strikes again By Eric Walberg

14 February 2012 — Eric Walberg

Greek protesters defied the pleading of their prime minister in a televised address to the nation to accept austerity measures to allow a massive loan and “debt swap” plan by the IMF and EU to stave off bankruptcy. The measures approved by parliament involve slashing the minimum wage by up to one-third, deregulating the labour market to make it easier to lay off workers, and cutting pensions.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 27 January 2012: Michael Parenti: Free-Market Medicine: A Personal Account

27 January 2012Information Clearing House

Masked Gunmen Rule in Damascus: Video
By RT
In many parts of the county it is not clear who is actually in control. The situation is certainly very dangerous for civilians. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30365.htm

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Wikileaks Newslinks 23 December 2011

23 December 2011 — williambowles.info

WikiLeaks founder helped Army private get data, prosecutors say
Los Angeles Times
During closing arguments in the pretrial hearing of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, prosecutors flashed excerpts of chat logs to the courtroom that they alleged showed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coaching Manning on how to decode computer passwords to …
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-manning-hearing-20111223,0,3196435.story

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#OWS and the Young Trade Unionists by Mark Nowak

22 November 2011 — MRZine

Cory McCray and George Hendricks
Cory McCray, Founder of the Young Trade Unionists, and George Hendricks, Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) Rep and Vice President of the Young Trade Unionists (YTU)

If you head down to the IBEW Local 24 Union Hall Auditorium on W. Patapsco Avenue in Baltimore on the first Tuesday of any month, you’ll encounter a meeting of an energetic group of young union members from the Metro Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area.  The Young Trade Unionists (YTU) was founded in November 2009 by Cory McCray, a graduate of both the Baltimore City Public School System and the five-year apprenticeship program of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  Participants in the YTU include young workers from the IBEW, UFCW, teachers’ unions, building trades, public employees’ and other sectors.

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