Aug 01

Fascism

History is Repeating – German Government Launches Investigation of Journalists for Treason (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 31, 2015):

If it were up to the Federal Attorney General and the President of the German Domestic Security Agency, two of our reporters would soon be in prison for at least two years. Today, we were officially informed about investigations against our Markus Beckedahl, Andre Meister and an unknown“ party. The accusation: Treason.

– From Netzpolitik.org:  Suspicion of Treason“: Federal Attorney General Announces Investigation Against Us In Addition To Our Sources

Widespread outrage across Germany is erupting following the revelation that the nation’s Attorney General has launched an investigation into treason charges for two journalists working for Netzpolitik.

The charge is treason. The crime is journalism.

We learn from the Guardian that: Continue reading »

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Aug 01

FYI.


Residents Wake up to Find Overnight, City Park Has Been Turned Into Migrant Camp For 2,000 (Breitbart, July 27, 2015)

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Jul 27

Quadriga

– Goodbye Troika: Germany Rides Into Its Greek Colony On The “Quadriga” (ZeroHedge, July 27, 2015):

With creditors’ motorcades having officially returned to the streets of Athens in the wake of Greek lawmakers’ approval of the second set of bailout prior actions last Wednesday, tensions are understandably high.

After all, these are the same “institutions” which Yanis Varoufakis famously booted from Greece after Syriza swept to power in January, and they’ve come to represent the oppression of the Greek people and are now a symbol of the country’s debt servitude.

Although an absurd attempt was made to rebrand the dreaded “troika” earlier this year, the new and rather amorphous moniker – “the institutions” – never really stuck and perhaps because everyone involved felt the need to put a new name to the group that Greeks regard as the scourge of the Aegean in order to make negotiators feel safer on their trips to Athens, creditors have now added the ESM to their collective and rebranded themselves “The Quadriga.” 

Apparently (and unfortunately), this is not a joke. Here’s MNI: Continue reading »

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Jul 21

Greek Prime Minister Asked Putin For $10 Billion To “Print Drachmas”, Greek Media Reports (ZeroHedge, July 21, 2015):

Back in January, when we reported what the very first official act of open European defiance by the then-brand new Greek prime minister Tsipras was (as a reminder it was his visit of a local rifle range where Nazis executed 200 Greeks on May 1, 1944) we noted that this was the start of a clear Greek pivot away from Europe and toward Russia.

We further commented on many of the things that have since come to pass:

Europe, for one, will be most displeased that Greece has decided to put its people first in the chain of priority over offshore bidders of Greek assets. Most displeased, especially since the liquidation sale of Greece is part of the Greek bailout agreement: an agreement which as the Troika has repeatedly stated, is not up for renegotiation Continue reading »

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Jul 18

Bilderberg-2011

Flashback:

Germany’s Former Chancellor And Bilderberg Member Helmut Kohl Admits: I Acted Like A Dictator To Bring In The Euro


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Little-Known History of the Euro: Crisis Was Baked In from the Start (Washington’s Blog, July 17, 2015):

You’ve heard that the Euro was created to provide two benefits for Europe:

1. Unite Germany, France and other countries in a peaceful political situation, to prevent repeats of World War I and II

2. Create a macro-zone to compete against the economic strength of the U.S.

So how did we get to this … austerity and meanness of spirit, as typified by the grim expressions sported by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in talks with Greece? Continue reading »

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Jul 17

FYI.

More smoke and mirrors …


Ex-IMF Chief: Germany Should Leave The Euro, Not Greece (ZeroHedge, July 17, 2015)

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Jul 14

FYI.

“The dramatic deterioration in debt sustainability points to the need for debt relief on a scale that would need to go well beyond what has been under consideration to date – and what has been proposed by the ESM. European countries would have to give Greece a 30-year grace period on servicing all its European debt, including new loans, and a very dramatic maturity extension, or else make explicit annual fiscal transfers to the Greek budget or accept ‘deep upfront haircuts’.”

Or, more simply: “Mark it zero.”


IMF Declares War On Germany: In “Secret” Report Lagarde Says Greece Will Need Massive Debt Relief (ZeroHedge, July 14, 2015):

Update: Europe now looks to be in damage control mode. Here’s Reuters:

  • EU SOURCE SAYS EURO ZONE LEADERS KNEW OF LATEST IMF DEBT ANALYSIS FOR GREECE BEOFRE AGREEING ON THIRD BAILOUT TERMS

A divide between the IMF and Europe (read: Germany), regarding writedowns on Greece’s debt to the EU has been brewing for quite some time and recently returned to the international spotlight when, a few months back, the Fund indicated debt relief was a precondition for its participation in any further aid for Athens. Continue reading »

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Jul 14

RIP-Democracy

Everything You Need to Know About the Greek Crisis and ECB Fascism in Two Paragraphs (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 13, 2015):

Yanis Varoufakis just sat down for his first interview since resigning as Finance Minister of Greece. He talked frankly with Harry Lambert of the New Statesman. Here are the two most important paragraphs from the transcript.

There is no democracy in Europe. None.

Varoufakis said that Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister and the architect of the deals Greece signed in 2010 and 2012, was “consistent throughout”. “His view was ‘I’m not discussing the programme – this was accepted by the previous [Greek] government and we can’t possibly allow an election to change anything.

 “So at that point I said ‘Well perhaps we should simply not hold elections anymore for indebted countries’, and there was no answer. The only interpretation I can give [of their view] is, ‘Yes, that would be a good idea, but it would be difficult. So you either sign on the dotted line or you are out.’”

Any questions? Continue reading »

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Jul 13

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EU Exit Will Now Be “Threat To Those Who Don’t Behave The German Way,” BofA Says (ZeroHedge, July 13, 2015):

While the Greek “compromise” deal may have averted an outright economic collapse in Greece in the short-term (although one would be hard pressed to describe the current situation on the ground as anything other than a depression) and may for the time being allow EU officials to cling to the notion that the euro is “indissoluble,” the fraught negotiations that took place over the weekend in Brussels laid bare for all to see the unbridgeable gap between EMU nations.  Continue reading »

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Jul 13

Evil-Schaeuble

New Government Likely In Greece, Depositor Bail-In Still Possible, Deutsche Bank Says (ZeroHedge, July 13, 2015):

Over the weekend, the entire world looked on in horror as Alexis Tsipras – who just days earlier secured a crucial referendum victory which by all accounts empowered him to ride into Brussels a conquering hero – was eviscerated by German FinMin Wolfgang Schaeuble and several like-minded EU finance ministers who smelled blood last Thursday after Greece submitted a proposal that betrayed the Greek PM’s lack of conviction. Continue reading »

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Jul 12

Germany’s Most Noted Euroskeptic Is Now In Control (ZeroHedge, July 12, 2015):

This weekend’s events in Europe have clarified who is really running the show across the ‘union’. Hans-Werner Sinn, Chairman of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, vehemnt euroskeptic, and head of the so-called ‘five wise men’ advising the German government and specifically Angela Merkel, confirmed his call from 2012 for a “temporary grexit from the euro.” The right wing economist previously explained “Greece and Portugal have to become 30-40% less expensive to be competitive again. This is being attempted through excessive austerity measures within the euro zone, but it won’t work. It will drive these countries to the brink of civil war before it succeeds. Temporary exits would very quickly stabilize these countries, create new jobs and free the population from the yoke of the euro.” Anyone positioning for more centrist union-supporting rhetoric, hope is no longer a strategy as the hardest conservatives are now in charge.

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Jul 11

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Finland Echoes Germany, Wants Greece Out; Five Other Nations Back Grexit (ZeroHedge, July 11, 2015):

Initially it was just an unconfirmed report circulating in the German FAS media that the local FinMin had proposed a “temporary Grexit” option. Then it got some more traction when a ZDF journalist reported that it was much more than just speculation…

It now appears that this was not only not a rumor, but Schauble’s sentiment is contagious: moments ago Finnish broadcaster MTV reported that first Finland, and then the Eurozone’s smaller, if somewhat more solvent nations, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and even the Netherlands, support the German position on temporarily suspending Greece’ Euro membership. Continue reading »

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Jul 11

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German FinMin Blasts Greek Proposal: Debt Restructuring Impossible, “Everyone Knows They Can’t Be Believed” (ZeroHedge, July 11, 2015):

In the face of Latvia’s outgoing President’s comments, that debt writedowns for Greece will only come after the bankruptcy of the state…

“this [Greek] debt is so big that everyone understands that it won’t be repaid. Loans to Greece have just bought time so that those in power don’t have to take decisions. This is like a game: who can hold out longer by not  showing that this money has been lost?  This burden has become bigger and there obviously is no possibility to repay. The debt writedown of Greek debt will come after bankruptcy of state.”

German finance minister Schaeuble has once again gone on the offensive this morning saying that “we know from the Treaties that debt relief is not possible,” yet noting that “the need for help for Greece is obvious.” However, his concluding, seemingly ad hominem, remarks are the most troubling for those expecting smooth passage of Greek proposals and a renewed rally to record stock market highs… “Greeks won’t pay their bills… everyone knows they can’t be believed.” Continue reading »

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Jul 11

The Greek Job - Varoufakis-car

Varoufakis’ Stunning Accusation: Schauble Wants A Grexit “To Put The Fear Of God” Into The French (ZeroHedge, July 10, 2015):

Earlier we reported that Yanis Varoufakis, seemingly detained by “family reasons” would be unable to join his fellow parliamentarians and personally vote in what is likely the most important vote of Syriza’s administration: the one in which he and his party capitulate to the Troika and vote “Yes” to the proposal he and Tsipras urged everyone to reject just one week ago.

Subsequently, it was made clear what these family reasons are: Continue reading »

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Jul 11

Over To You Merkel: Greek Govt Approves Bill The Greek People Soundly Rejected (ZeroHedge, July 10, 2015):

The Greek parliament has approved the proposal Alexis Tsipras submitted to creditors on Thursday. The ball is now in Europe’s court with a Eurogroup meeting scheduled for Saturday.

  • GREEK LAWMAKERS APPROVE GOVERNMENT’S BAILOUT PROPOSAL: TALLY

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As expected, Energy Minister and Left Platform leader Panagiotis Lafazanis voted against the proposal as did Parliament speaker Zoi Konstantopoulou and Deputy Minister of Social Security Dimitris Stratoulis.

If new FinMin Euclid Tsakalotos can secure the support of his EU counterparts tomorrow, the path will be cleared for Greece to remain in the EU under a new program.

  • GREEK PM TSIPRAS SAYS GOVT AVERTING A POLITICAL GREXIT
  • GREEK PM TSIPRAS SAYS PEOPLE DIDN’T GIVE GOVT RUPTURE MANDATE
  • TSIPRAS: AGREEMENT WITH CREDITORS ISN’T CERTAIN, JUST POSSIBLE
  • CREDITORS MAKE POSITIVE EVALUATION OF GREEK DEBT PROPOSALS: AP
  • TSIPRAS: GREECE WILL MANAGE TO STAY IN EU, AS EQUAL PARTNER
  • GREECE BAILOUT TO BE 74B EUROS BASED ON CREDITORS’ EVAL: AFP

It remains to be seen how Greeks will respond to the decision. Given the similarities between the “new” proposal and the proposal that 61% of Greeks voted against last Sunday, there may well be pushback from voters and a generalized sense of betrayal among Syriza’s core constituency. 

Underscoring the contentious nature of the vote is the following from Bloomberg:

Fifteen governing Syriza party lawmakers who voted “yes” in parliament vote on Greek govt’s bailout proposals to creditors say they oppose the plan, according to statement distributed to journalists.

Lawmakers say proposal shouldn’t have been approved by Greek parliament; they backed it only because they didn’t want the govt’s parliamentary majority to be put into question.

Lawmakers say their “yes” vote shouldn’t be interpreted as acceptance of implementation of austerity measures.

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Jul 10

Someone Pull The Plug Or This Will End In War (The Automatic Earth, July 10, 2015):

I was going to write up on the uselessness of Angela Merkel, given that she said on this week that “giving in to Greece could ‘blow apart’ the euro”, and it’s the 180º other way around; it’s the consistent refusal to allow any leniency towards the Greeks that is blowing the currency union to smithereens.

Merkel’s been such an abject failure, the fullblown lack of leadership, the addiction to her right wing backbenchers, no opinion that seems to be remotely her own. But I don’t think the topic by itself makes much sense anymore for an article. It’s high time to take a step back and oversee the entire failing euro and EU system.

Greece is stuck in Germany’s own internal squabbles, and that more than anything illustrates how broken the system is. It was never supposed to be like that. No European leader in their right mind would ever have signed up for that. Continue reading »

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Jul 09

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‘Hackers’ give orders to German missile battery (The Local, July 7, 2015):

The attack took place on anti-aircraft ‘Patriot’ missiles on the Syrian border. The American-made weapons had been stationed there by the Bundeswehr (German army) to protect Nato ally Turkey. Continue reading »

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Jul 06

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Russia Gloats: “Merkel’s Misery Over Broken Europe Dreams” (ZeroHedge, July 6, 2015):

Earlier today, as has become a symbolic custom, Tsipras spoke to Russia’s Putin by phone. Aside for the referendum, the topic of their conversation was unknown, but both sides rushed to note that financial aid was not among the topics of discussion, which assures it was. However, with the Greek negotiations still ongoing even if, as Germany has claimed, all bridges have been burned, there is no point for the Kremlin to step in at this moment and disclose itself as a Lender of Last Resort. It still has a few days. Continue reading »

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Jul 05

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Jul 02

There is NO alternative to breast milk!


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Greens warn: German breast milk unsafe after Glyphosate findings (Feed The World, June 27, 2015):

The Green Party warned on Friday about the health risks of breast-feeding after traces of a substance found in weed-killer were found in breast milk.

Source: www.thelocal.de

The Green party made their warning after testing the breast milk of 16 women from a variety of German regions.

Traces of glyphosate, a chemical used in weed-killers, amounting to between 0.210 and 0.432 nanograms per mililitre (PPB) were recorded.

For breast milk testing results for Glyphosate from the U.S. in 2014 click here

In drinking water a quantity of no more than 0.100 nanograms of the substance is allowed. Continue reading »

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