4 July 2013 — The Real News Network
President Silva’s austerity policies made Portugal a darling of the troika, but highly unpopular at home (inc. transcript)
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.
14 December 2012 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 745
A day before the right wing coalition government in Portugal was to vote through its 2013 budget, the German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble met his Portuguese counterpart Vitor Gaspar and proclaimed, “Portugal is on the right path and is, for all of us in the Eurozone, a brilliant example that the approach we have been following to stabilize the Euro is correct.” Continue reading
24 March 2012 — VTJP
Soldiers Attack Detainees, Conduct Forced DNA Tests
IMEMC – The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees reported Saturday that Palestinian political prisoners in Nafha, Majiddo, Galboa’, and Ramon Israeli prisons, returned their meals on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning, in protest to forced DNA tests conducted on them by, under gunpoint, the Israeli soldiers. …
14 March 2012 — Global Research
It isn’t over until it is over. Of course, we are referring to Europe and its version of 1984. We find it profound that the bankers, politicians and bureaucrats of Europe can do what they have done with a straight face. Investor had a haircut shoved down their throats and the ECB, the European Central Bank and the IMF were exempt.
On February 4 the UN Security Council (UNSC) held a new session devoted to Syria. This time the targets of the strike were Russia and China. It was done in an open and demonstrative way. The provocative skills become more and more honed. This time around the number of the draft resolution sponsors was not four (like in October 2011) but nineteen. Besides seven Security Council members (the USA, France, Great Britain, Togo, Portugal, Germany, Colombia) there were twelve more ‘co-authors’: Morocco (the official author of the draft), Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, and even Libya. An attempt was made to present the draft as ‘an all Arabs stance.’
23 November 2011 — MRZine
General strikes were common in Europe and in the U.S. towards the end of the nineteenth century and in the first decades of the twentieth century. They provoked great debates within the labor movement and within the revolutionary parties and movements (anarchist, communist, socialist).
19 October 2011 — GREVE GERAL
Against Exploitation and Impoverishment
FOR A DEVELOPED AND SOVEREIGN Portugal
Jobs, Salaries, Rights, Public Services
Following the agreement signed with the IMF/EU/ECB Troika, Portugal is confronted with a new and more severe austerity programme, unprecedented since the inauguration of democracy.
16 November 2011
“We are facing a programme of true aggression against the workers, people and country. The measures presented are a calamity. If implemented, they would plunge the country even deeper in economic recession (with the government admitting that it may be around 3% in 2012), which, instead of reducing it, will only increase the debt burden.
With a deeper recession, we will enter a destructive cycle of austerity policies, added recession and higher debt, repeating what is already happening, namely in Greece, with disastrous outcomes for the workers, people and country, which are very visible today.”
Read the “manifesto” of the strike in English here:
10 November 2011 — Stop NATO
10 September 2011 — Partido Comunista Português
[Apologies for the pretty bad translation. WB]
Translated ‘Avante!’ article by Luis Carapinha, member of the PCP Internaional Department
On the unfortunate war in Libya much has been written and talked about. Out from the dominant media channels many streams of lies and disinformation have spouted out, together with much folklore and shooting (many the time point-blank) at the same time. What atrociously stands out, within this very new corporative journalism embedded with imperialism, the assumed or agreed irrational non-will (times oblige one to do…) in reading and understanding reality.
19 September 2011 — The Bullet • Socialist Project E-Bulletin No. 545
A major European Conference Against Austerity is slated for London on 1 October, as part of building and coordinating a set of mobilizations across the fall in Europe. A key zone for the anti-austerity struggle is Portugal. The administration of José Sócrates, of the ‘Third Wayist’ Partido Socialista, was already moving toward sharp public sector austerity. It was replaced by a right-wing coalition of Partido Social Democrata, under the leadership of Prime Minister Pedro Coelho, and the Partido Popular. The Portuguse party, Bloco de Esquerda (Left Bloc), has been the fulcrum of opposition to austerity.
August 2011 — Red Pepper
A fairy with a broomstick is sweeping the Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s central square. In front of her, a handful of weather-beaten activists are dispensing information from what looks like an upturned ship, a semi-permanent legacy from the occupation that began here on 15 May (M15). Strip away some of the tourists, and this scene could have been plucked from anywhere in the decade-long back catalogue of alter-globalisation movements.
19 July 2011
Call for chapter submissions (edited book): and understanding the new wave of protest
Laurence Cox, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Co-chairs, European Social Movements research network (Council for European Studies)
19 June 2011 — Greanville Times
Rome: It’s an accumulative kind of thing, the demise of capitalism worldwide: at first the waning and the dwindling, now the rapid corkscrew-like downwards spiraling, of greedy, vicious, cannibalistic capitalism busily devouring itself. Today, one can only conclude the imminence of its just demise.
9 May 2011 — The Greanville Post
The Spreading Euro Crisis is Eloquent
When the current economic crisis hit Europe in 2008, small countries on the periphery were its first victims: Iceland, Ireland, and Latvia. Within a year it had spread to Greece and Portugal, though the GDP of both nations—respectively 11th and 12th in the European Union (EU)—are hardly central to the continent’s economic engine.
But now the contagion threatens to strike at the center of Europe. Spain, the fifth largest economy in the EU and 13th largest in the world, is staggering under a combination of debt and growth-killing austerity, and the balance books in Italy, the Union’s fourth largest economy, don’t look much better. Indeed, Italy’s national debt is higher than that of Greece, Ireland or Portugal, three countries that have been forced to apply for bailouts.
20 May 2011 — The Real News Network
EuroNews: A lack of jobs and the bite of austerity measures prompted thousands of people to take to the streets of Lisbon on Thursday