Statewatch News Online, 26 July 2013 (10/13)

25 July 2013 — http://www.statewatch.org/ – e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1.   USE OF DRONES: A new poll has found that the US policy of drone strikes remains unpopular around the world
2.   EU: FREEZING AND CONFISCATION OF ASSETS
3.   EU: ACCESS TO EU DOCUMENTS: Council’s public register of documents hits 2 million mark
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The Wolf Report 27 June 2013: The Lost Art…

26 June, 2013 — The Wolf Report nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1….of staring blankly into space

Everywhere.  And everyone.  Smartphones.  Everybody’s staring at his or her smartphone.  Some are staring at their smartphones, multi-multi-tasking I suppose.  Or just showing off, as if one flat screen can’t possibly make him or her available enough to all those out there dying to connect. Multiple smartphones.  On the first day of Christmas, the true love offers one Blackberry.  On the second day, two Samsung Galaxy 4s.  On the third, three Iphones.  But nobody’s giving anybody Nokias, that’s for sure.  There is no Christmas for Finland.

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JPMorgan calls for authoritarian regimes in Europe By Stefan Steinberg

17 June 2013 — WSWS

In a document released at the end of May, the American banking and investment giant JP Morgan Chase calls for the overturning of the bourgeois democratic constitutions established in a series of European countries after the Second World War and the installation of authoritarian regimes.

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Alter-Summit in Athens: A pseudo-left response to growing social opposition in Europe By Christoph Dreier

11 June 2013 — WSWS

Last weekend, approximately 200 European trade unions, political NGOs (non-governmental organizations), charity groups, and feminist, environmentalist and pseudo-left groupings organized a so-called Alter-Summit in Athens. The meeting endorsed the institutions of the European Union (EU), with which union bureaucracies have worked closely in negotiating and approving austerity policies since the outbreak of the European debt crisis.

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Greek Lessons From Below By Sofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones

4 June 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 833

Axmed, a Somalian refugee, has been stuck in Athens for over six years. This is common for most of his friends, as without papers they are stuck. Getting out by themselves requires money for false papers and travel that is beyond them. Axmed told us that he had a brother in Italy waiting for him. Most of his friends had families and friends waiting for them. But not in Greece. They were stuck.

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My Big Fat Greek Minister By Greg Palast

20 May 2013 — Vice Magazine

It wasn’t too difficult picking out the Fat Bastard in the crowd of Russian models, craven moochers and media mavens. Besides, Fat Bastard and I were both desperate for coffee and heading for the same empty urn.

(We’d both signed on for Kazakhstan’s annual Eurasia Media Forum, a kind of Burning Man festival for Eastern oilgarchs and their media camp followers.)

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Greece: A new “Marshall Plan” or a new and difficult road to socialism? By Panagiotis Sotiris

16 March 2013 — Lasting Future

In a recent speech in London Alexis Tsipras insisted on the need to put an end to the politics of austerity in the Eurozone. More specifically he suggested that it is necessary to have a new “Marshall Plan” in Europe and he proposed a big debt relief such as the one agreed upon for Germany in the 1953 London Conference.

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