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The Hunger Games Economy
Jeff Faux: Dreams of Wall St. and Military Industrial Complex are not compatible with dreams of American middle class
Jeff Faux is the Founder and now Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He is an activist, economist and writer, He has written extensively on issues from globalization to neighborhood development. His latest book is “The Servant Economy; Where America¹s Elite is Sending the Middle Class.”
PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore.
There's been some debate amongst the American governing elite about America's place in the world and its declining power. Barack Obama went to Australia not long ago and declared that America will continue to be an Asia-Pacific power. And the issue of the Brzezinskian grand chessboard is still very much on their mind. But what does this maintaining America's position in the world mean for ordinary Americans? Who's going to pay for all this? When it comes to competitiveness, it really means wages, although that word doesn't get talked about very much, not in the mainstream press or in the halls of Congress.
Well, it does get talked about in a piece written by Jeff Faux, and he's now joining us. Jeff is a founder and distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. He's an activist, economist, and writer. He's written extensively on issues from globalization to neighborhood development, and his latest book is The Servant Economy: Where America's Elite is Sending the Middle Class. Thanks very much for joining us, Jeff.
JEFF FAUX, AUTHOR: Oh, it's great to be here, Paul. Thank you.
JAY: So, I mean, clearly we are dealing with a different world. And it's not just that it's militarily different, in the sense that China's now somewhat of a power, so is Russia and—back somewhat of a power—I mean, nothing on the scale of the United States, but the geopolitics and chessboard has changed somewhat. But where it's changed a lot more is with this massive industrial capacity in areas of the world where 20, 30 years ago there was nothing like it—advanced technology, high-quality production, very low wages. And America wants to maintain its competitiveness in all of this. So talk a bit about that and what that might mean for ordinary Americans, and maybe what the word competitiveness means.
FAUX: Well, I think—start from what I think is the basic assumption, and that is the United States can no longer satisfy the three great dreams that have driven American politics over the last decades. The first dream is the dream of Wall Street and business for unregulated access to speculative profits. The second dream is the dream of the military and foreign-policy elite and the military-industrial complex for global hegemony. The third dream is the dream of ordinary Americans for a rising living standard.
Now, we can have one out of three, certainly. Two out of three, maybe. Three out of three? No way. So in effect the decision is being made right now—or has been made—by this country's elite.
There's a lot of talk in Washington, as you know, about the grand bargain between Republicans and Democrats over budgets and taxes. But the real deal has already been cut. The average American income in real wages is going to decline over the next 10 years, 15 years, as far into the future as we can see. Now, this has been coming for a long time. It's not just about the recession and it's not temporary. As you probably know, for the last 30 years we've had stagnant wages in America. After wages rise steadily since World War II, they flattened out after 1979 and essentially have been flat.
So the question is: if wages were flat, how come everything looked so good? That is, people went to shopping centers and bought cars and houses during those 30 years that ended in 2008. And the reason is two. One, family incomes kept up because we sent more members of the family to work, usually the wife. Now there are more women than men in the labor force so that that strategy for most people is exhausted. The second is debt. People weren't getting raises, but they were getting access to cheaper and accessible credit. That has evaporated with the collapse of the financial sector.
JAY: Jeff, before you continue, let me ask: so if this process more or less began in the '70s, why? What happened? Why? If you could—you know, to some extent one could say that third dream of ordinary Americans, you know, to own a house, send the kids to college, not to be terrified of losing their job, to some extent that's—dream was still possible, at least in the early '60s.
FAUX: Oh, yeah. And the reason—.
JAY: So what happens?
FAUX: Yeah. There are three things that happened since the end of the '70s. The data starts from 1979; the kink in the curve starts from 1979. One was globalization, and by that I mean, essentially, exposing American workers to a very brutal and competitive global labor market before they were prepared.
Second, the weakening of the bargaining position of the average American worker. A lot of that had to do with the decline of unions. But it affected union members and nonunion members. The second thing that happened was the weakening of the bargaining position of the average American worker. This was not just about weaker unions, but weaker unions played a key role, not just for union members, but for people who aren't union members. Because unions were strong—or certainly stronger than they are now—the threat of unionization kept the bosses and kept the employers from cutting wages too much, cutting pensions too much, even though they would have liked to. So weaker unions, weaker bargaining positions [crosstalk]
JAY: And is weaker unions and bargaining positions linked to number one, which is globalization and the threat of moving offshore?
FAUX: That's right, certainly linked to number one. And number three, later, was the shredding of the safety net, the real value of the minimum wage, and the kinds of New Deal protections for labor that have been frayed away over the last 10 or 15 years.
But on the first, on globalization, there's something very important here to remember, and that is it not only affected working people, but it changed the culture of the American elite. You know, if you go back to the early part of the 20th century, labor and capital were in fierce struggles. But both labor and capital knew that they needed each other and were stuck in the same country. So, you know, when Henry Ford raised the wages of his Ford employees to $5 a day, the Wall Street guys said, Henry, what are you doing here? I mean, you can't pay—you're spoiling these people, you're paying them too much. And Henry Ford, who was a SOB union buster, said, look, I've got to pay them enough to come in to make the cars, but I also need to pay them enough to buy the cars. So it was an economy in which, while there were labor and capital disputes, we were all in it together.
What happened—what's happened since the 1980s is that globalization, the deregulation of trade and investment, has allowed the American commercial and economic elite to roam the world in search of lower wages, in search of government subsidies by Third World countries, etc.
JAY: Yeah, so you now have a situation where they saved GM and Chrysler, but workers'—starting worker wages go from, what, $26 to $14 an hour, and you probably couldn't buy a new car at $14 an hour.
FAUX: Exactly. And unlike Henry Ford, the people who run the Ford Motor Company today, you know, have other people they can use to sell their cars to. And so high wages, which we sort of learned after the 1930s were good for the economy because it created consumer demand and consumers bought the goods that were being produced, high wages in America are no longer what they were. They're now a threat to multinational corporations who still produce and sell things. And that's been a critical change.
JAY: They also seem to no longer think they need an educated workforce. I used to—in the '50s and '60s, all this talk about, you know, America will compete because it's going to be the most educated working class and this and that, they don't seem to care anymore. The public school system can go to hell and they don't seem to care.
FAUX: They don't care. But that's sort of the last excuse of the political governing class. I mean, whether it's, you know, Barack Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton, they're all the so-called education presidents, and their answer to this decline in living standards and wages is not to worry, just go get an education. Barack Obama was in Florida about a year ago touring the country, saying the way we're going to compete in the world is to out-educate everyone.
Well, first what's obvious: that we're shrinking the schools, we're laying off teachers, kids can't go to college because it costs too much. But second, which is really important, we are not creating jobs for educated young people. You go into Apple, in the Apple Store, there is the future. And it's not the technology. It's in all those smart college-educated kids working as retail clerks for $10, $12 an hour. The Bureau of Labour Statistics—government agency—projects that between 2010-2020, the largest, fastest-growing occupations in this country, of the ten largest and fastest-growing, only one requires a college education.
JAY: Well, Jeff, we're going to pick this up in part two, and what I'll be asking in part two is it seems to me while this may make sense for Apple and it may make sense for a lot of individual companies to drive wages down and have more and more service jobs, as an economy somebody's got to be making money to buy all this stuff, and that seems to be where the rub is. So join us for part two of our series of interviews with Jeff Faux on The Real News Network.

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درست است که سیطره سبُعانه و سفاکانهٔ ستون پنجمی از سوسماران سمی ـ صحرائی تازیان، مُهر و سمبول متعفن و مستعجن فرهنگ مکاری ـ ملائی خود را بر پیکر ستبر و ستین ایرانیان، تبهکارانه و تازیانه، تاتو کرده است. واین هم درست است که سالهاست که غرور ملی جایش را به غروب ملی داده است تا جائیکه صلابت و صلاحیت دیرینهٔ پارسایانه اش بطور جدی و جلادانه لکه دار و لگد مال شده است ولی تجربهٔ تاریخی به کرات و مرات نشان داده است که اکر ملت ایرن مبداء و محرک مقصدش را وارستگی و وارهانندگی ملی بر پایه پلاتفرم استقلال به همراه استقامت و ایستادنی اُستادانه انتخاب کند، بدون هیچ گونه تردید و توهمی خواهد توانست یکبار برای همیشه به این مذلت و مسکنت مزدوری یعنی تمکین و تملق فرهنگی به مثابه طاعت و اطاعت در مقابل مناره متعفن و مظهر مناسک منحوس تازیان، چه در ضمیر و چه در زمین آریائیان خط قرمز بُطلان بکشد.

تاریخ اسپانیا در زدودن و زباله انداختن زبان و زیان فرهنگ مکاری ـ مسلمانی تازیان بهترین و بهین ترین گواه خدشه ناپذیر این مدعاست!

مطیح محض مشتی ملا و مفتی مخُلا و مرتج تازی التبار شدن در هیچ برهه ای از زمان در هیچ جائی از جهان نه تنها افتخار و احترامی به ارمغان نیآورده است بلکه مقام و مرتبهٔ آن ملت را رذیلانه توسط روضه خوانان و رجم گران یعنی رجاله گان دین به رهزنگاه و نیرنگاه رهسپار ساخته است.

بیائید دردخفاء و خلوت خود خردمندانه و خلاقانه نه خائنانه و خاسرانه یعنی مردانه و مزدیسانه، بجای کُرنش گری و کمر خم کنی، کُنش گر و کنکاش گری کمانگیر و کلنجار گر باشیم تا قلب این قبیلهٔ نوکران و نوچه های نعلین پوش تازیان را نشانه رویم تا بساط و بنیاد این تفکر بادیه نشینان و بربر زادگان را از بیق و بُن برآندازیم!

باردیگر چشم به انتظار مُنجی و مُعجزه گر یا میرغضبی همچون هلاکو خان مغول  نشستن تا ما ایرانیان را از شّر این شرطه های شرعی ـ عربی المعتصم بالله ئی یا المعتصم ملائی، نجات بدهد، سزنده و سزاوار سرزمین ستُرگ آریائیان نمی باشد.

سرانجام در واپسین واگویه فرجام شناسانه، البته با مدد و متد اسکاتا لوجیک منطقی یعنی به پشتوانهٔ پیشنه تاریخی و به پرتو پیمایش در پراتیک و تجربه، می توان اینچینین ادعا و استدلال کرد، تازمانیکه پوران و پورمندان،پهلوانان و پارتیزانان، فرهیختگان و فرزانگان ایرانی ـ آریائی، پارسایانه پوشنه و پوشش این پاشیدگی و پوسیدگی، پراگندگی و پریشان حالی فرهنگ تخدیر و تحقیر، گدائی و گمراهی، کرخت و گژهی، کلب و گور پرستی، گوسفندی و گردن خم کنی،نزر و نیاز، نماز و نوکری به دُژگاه یا دفن گاه های کعبه و کربلا، نهاوند و نجف را به همراه طواف طوطی وار طوایف طُلاب، عمامه و عراب را با رجعت به رنسانس و رستاخیزی رهاننده یعنی با بازگشت یا فراشکردی فرازمندانه به فرهنگ دیرینهٔ آریائی ـ آهورائی، این عاملان اصلی رذالت و رخوت ملی ـ میهنی را به کرانه و کناره زباله زمان، پرتاب نکنند یا بقول ولتر: مذهب خود را به بسان پول رایج کشورشان تحویل نگیرند تا ابدالدهر در چنبره وابستگی و واماندگی، اسارت و ایستائی با اتیکت عفریت عبودیت در زیر سلطهٔ سفاکانه و تسلط تبهکارنهٔ این ختنه شدگان خبیث تناسل و تفکر، تازی الاتبار باقی خواهند ماند.


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براینکه درک و داوری درستی از دژُنام گویان و دژُآگاهان، دغلکاران و دلقکان، دعانویسان و دروغ پردازان دین، یعنی پیروان پژوین و پشماگند تاریک بین و تازیک اندیش داشته باشیم. باید با سویج یا سُنبه و سُوندی سُنباننده به سودن و سُفتن در ترازوی تاریخ، بمثابهٔ ساینتیفیک هیستوری البته با مدد و متد سافیس تیکیت و فیلوسوفیک آنرا مورد کنُش و کنکاش قرار دهیم تا در غرقاب غبار غسل و غساله های غداره بند توضیح المسائل نویس ها و دعانویس های دیوان تفتیش عقاید شرطه های شرعی ـ عربی، غرق نشویم.

وقتی که ترکان قشری قزلباش به سرکردکی شاه اسماعیل صفوی یک شبه با دروغ و دغلکاری و با داخل کردن یا وارد کردن کاروانی از آخوند و انگل، اهریمن و اجنه، رجاله و روضه خوان، راهزن و رمه بان، رند و رمال، جاهل و جمل سوار، جادوگر و جنبل باف از جبل عامل لبنان تا عراق از شام تا یمن و بحرین، توانست یکبار دیگر همچون سلف خود سعدوقاص، مردم ایران را با زور و ذوالفقار قاریان قبح و قمه کشان قزلباس، مجبور و محکوم به پذیرش و گردن نهادن قلادهٔ غلامی قصابان جدیدی از تبار وحشیان تبهکار تازی، بنام شیعه اثناعشری ـ عربی را بجای تسنن ترکی ـ تازی وادار سازد. تا بدین وسیله شبهٔ شوم بساط سیطره تحجر و تعزیه گری، زنجیر زنی و قمه زنی، سینه زنی و سیه روزی،آشوبگری و آشوراسالاری،شیخ شنیع و شام غریبانی را به همراه کارخانهٔ مسخ و مهدیه گری را با جهولت و جلادی، تمام وکمال در سراسر آسمان ایران زمین بگستراند 

ـ برعکس ادعای آستان بوس ها و اختابوس های رجزخوان و رجاله های رذالت پیشهٔ روضه خوان و رجم گر آثناعشری ـ عربی حاکم بر ایران، بیائید دمی ، کمی هم به افادهٔ افاضات یا آراجیف ابتذال گونه، پژوین و پلشت ابا عبدالله یعنی امام الحسین علیه العرب تازی را از زبان ضریس بن عبدالملک بشنوید که می گوید: از ابا عبدالله امام الحسین علیه السلام بشنیدم که فریش و فرمایش می کرد که " ما همه از تبار قمه کشان قریشیم و پیروان عرب تازی و دُشمنان قسم خورده عجم هستیم، واضع و واعظ است که هر عرب تازی بهتر و بهین تر و بالاتر و برتر از هر عجم می باشد و هر عجم فرومایه تر و فرودست تر از هر عرب تازی می باشد. باز همو مرتکب فضیلت فخارانه می شود و در ادامه می فرماید که باید ایرانیان را به مدینه آورد و زنانشان را برای زفاف و ذکاة فروخت و مردانشان را به بردگی و بندگی عرب ها مجبور کرد" (1 ) نقل و قول این مطالب: سقیته البحار و مدینه الاحکام و آثار. تالیف حاج شیخ عباس قمی در کتاب شیعه گری نوشته مسعود انصاری صفحه 54

"حتی اسناد تاریخی تصدیق شده و تائید شده بسیاری گواه بر این مدعای مستند و موثق می باشد که برای ترور و تصرف طبرستان در زمان خلافت خاسر و خبیث، خناس و خدعه عثمان عرب، جنگ سختی به سرداری و سر جلادی سعیدبن عاص در آن منطقه درگرفت که در نتیجهٔ شهامت و رشادت مردم ناکام ماند، از جمله سرکردگان و سرگردن زنان این ساطور بدست عرب، حسن و حسین، فرزندان علی ابی طالب، قمه کش و قاتل قوم و قبیله بنی قریظه بودند "

(2) برای صحت و صحیح بودن صرافانه این ادعای گوینده مراجعه شود به تاریخ طبری جلد پنجم، صفحه 2116 ، فتوح البلدان صفحه 183 ، مختصرالبلدان صفحه 152

البته در بسیاری از کتب تاریخی عرب و اروپائی به وفور و  وثوق آمده است که از بدو تجاوز و تصرف ایران توسط تازیان تبهکار، همیشه تبعیض نژادی به همراه تعرض و  تعقیب، تهدید و تعزیر، یکی از شگردهای شقی و شیادانه، شیطان صفتانه و شعبده بازانهٔ شمشیرکشان شرعی بوده است که چه بطور مستقیم و چه غیر مستقیم توسط ستون پنجمی بنام شیاطین الفقها یا فقیه الشیاطین تازی تبار علیه ایرانیان اعمال می شد.

تا جائیکه تازیان مسلمان بری تحقیر و تمسخر، توهین و تکفیر ایرانیان، می گفتند که سه چیز در اسلام تازیان وجود دارد که نماز یعنی این نماد نوکری و نوچه گری به دُژگاه یا درگاه سوسمارزادگان سمی - صحرائی  قمه کشان قریشی را باطل می کند: یکی سگ و دومی اُلاغ و سومی ایرانی میباشد.

1 ـ نقل و قول این مطالب: سقیته البحار و مدینه الاحکام و آثار. تالیف حاج شیخ عباس قمی در کتاب شیعه گری نوشته مسعود انصاری صفحه

2ـ برای صحت و صحیح بودن صرافانه این ادعای گوینده مراجعه شود به تاریخ طبری جلد پنجم، صفحه 2116 ، فتوح البلدان صفحه 183 ، مختصرالبلدان صفحه 152

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Two boats, one carrying 50 passengers and another carrying around 400 people, were reported to have sunk off Libya.

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Protests continued in front of the government palace in Beirut, Saturday night, as the 'You Stink' demonstrations continued to grip the Lebanese capital. Protesters burned objects and tried to tear down the barbed wire separating them from the police cordons and the Grand Serail. Several demonstrators were left injured during clashes with police and police were seen charging at protesters who were attempting to make their way towards the government palace.

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ISIS terrorist strung up, burned alive and then sliced like a KEBAB by the 'Angel of Death'

ISIS terrorist strung up, burned alive and then sliced like a KEBAB by the 'Angel of Death'

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Footage released online shows fearsome Abu Azrael, one of ISIS' most feared enemies and a poster boy for Shi'a militias, committed the sickening act as a warning to his enemies


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Inside Story - Lebanon's deepening crisis

Inside Story - Lebanon's deepening crisis

Published on Aug 27, 2015
Hezbollah ministers and their Christian allies boycotted a weekly cabinet meeting, further paralysing Prime Minister Tammam Salam's unity government. They are reportedly in dispute with other members of the government over issues including decrees passed without their approval.This happened as the government is still grappling with the garbage collection problem.Waste has gone uncollected since the capital's main landfill was closed just over a month ago.The government has been unable to agree on a new site. That has led to angry protesters taking to the streets of Beirut, denouncing what they call political corruption.So, is Lebanon heading towards a renewed cycle of unrest? Presenter: Laura Kyle Guests: Kamel Wazne - political analyst and founder of Center of American Strategic Studies in Beirut. Alexandra Al Hajj - human rights activist. Rami Khouri - Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?

Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?

RootsAction.Org's Jeff Cohen says Bernie Sanders can not just denounce corporate power without denouncing militarism -   August 27, 2015

Jeff Cohen is the director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, and he was the founder of the media watchdog FAIR. He is the co-founder of RootsAction.org. He joins us from Ithaca, New York.
Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?JARED BALL, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome everyone, back to the Real News Network. I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. And welcome to another edition of As the Sanders Berns, where we here at the Real News continue to monitor and interpret the power of the nominally progressive campaign of Bernie Sanders. Just a few hours ago the influential political insiders' news source the Hill said Sanders is now in fact the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, overtaking Hillary Clinton largely due to his ability to rally large numbers in support of his campaign and Clinton's existing and potentially worsening email and server scandals.
Joining us to again look further into what Tom Hartman has called the political revolution of Bernie Sanders is Jeff Cohen. Jeff Cohen is media critic and lecturer, is founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he is an associate professor of journalism, and from where he joins us now. Welcome back to the Real News, Jeff Cohen.
JEFF COHEN: Great to be with you.
BALL: So tell us from your perspective what you think of Bernie Sanders' campaign as it stands right now and this recent claim from the Hill that he's in fact a frontrunner.
COHEN: Well, I'm thrilled. I've known Bernie since the early 1990s when he first went to Congress. He was one of the members of Congress that approached us at the media watchgroup fair to talk to us about how we could work together on combating corporate mainstream media bias. So he's a very unique member of Congress. The crowds are enormous. Compared to Donald Trump, who's running a, sort of an appeal to racism campaign, the mainstream media has pushed Bernie into the margins compared to Trump.
But even in the margins, Bernie Sanders is getting enough coverage, and certainly in independent media like Real News, he's getting enough coverage that people are learning about this guy who's the longest-serving independent member of Congress, whose background in the early '60s was civil rights. He organized a protest over racial discrimination in the educational system of Chicago, which is where Bernie went to college. He was in a sit-in about racist housing policies. He was putting up fliers around the city to protest police brutality in Chicago. So Bernie is a very unique individual to be running for president, and then to be getting these crowds and passing Hillary in New Hampshire, I think if you're a progressive you're pretty excited about it.
BALL: Well, but despite the civil rights record that you cite, he also supported the three strikes rule of the first Clinton administration. And he supported No Child Left Behind, and correct me if I'm wrong, also Race to the Top, which are policies that horrifically and negatively impact black and poor communities in terms of education and of course incarceration. I'd be interested in your thoughts about...
COHEN: Yeah, I'm not aware of the three strikes. But you're right, he has been too--sometimes he has supported President Obama or President Clinton more than he should have. He's also polarized with those last two Democratic presidents on very important issues of class inequality and corporate power. So I mean, my point to you is this is a guy who, like Cornel West recently said, when this great African-American academic and activist Cornel West endorsed Bernie, and it was somewhat of a ringing endorsement, saying that even prophetic politicians like Bernie, who should be critically supported, they often have their faults and their blind spots.
The thing about a political revolution or a social movement and the huge crowds he's getting is that these activists that are supporting Bernie should demand things. Obviously Black Lives Matter has disrupted a couple events at which Bernie spoke. They were not Bernie Sanders events. And I think everyone agrees that the Bernie Sanders speech and the politics he's putting forward have been improved because of that.
Now there's some of us, like you know, I'm the co-founder of Roots Action, we want Bernie to start addressing some of the things that had been wrong with U.S. foreign policy and militarism under President Bush, President Obama. And that's what I think a social movement can do, is push a candidate like Bernie, who does come out of social activism and protest himself, I think he's easy to pressure, cajole, persuade, to take a more encompassing view. And therefore some of those blind spots that Cornel West refers to, maybe Bernie will improve on some of those areas.
BALL: Well, with all due respect to Dr. West, I mean, he also supported initially Barack Obama. And we see at least for some of us on the left where that has gotten us, or not gotten us. But that also was part of the question that I have here finally, just to wrap up this segment, is you've also in calling for Bernie Sanders to speak out on foreign policy you've encouraged a petition be signed that compares Bernie Sanders and what should be his foreign policy to Dr. King.
And so even going back to this question about Dr. West previously supporting Barack Obama and now wanting to support Bernie Sanders, with these comparisons or allusions at least to people like Dr. King, I mean, King's whole point was the Democratic party and the Republican party as institutions are incapable of producing the kind of social or political revolution that many are now attaching to Bernie Sanders, at least in terms of hopes, and previously to Barack Obama. So is there not a flaw in supporting the institutions for those on the left who want this kind of change? Can Bernie Sanders really within the institution of the Democratic party bring about the kind of change that you and others have attached now to Dr. King, and that Dr. West and others were hopeful for back with Obama and now again with Bernie Sanders?
COHEN: Yeah, I'm not sure Cornel West had as much hope about Obama as a social reformer that he does with Bernie. I mean, I think Cornel West has known Bernie, as many of us have, for decades. He's been a radical leftist, a socialist, his whole life. That's very different from Obama, who is always retreating from the socialist label. But you've raised some good questions.
If Bernie had decided not to run inside the first Iowa caucus, where voters will be able to decide between Hillary, Bernie, and the others, or in the New Hampshire primary, the Democratic primary, I don't think he'd have crowds of any kind of size. The mainstream media would have him as a mere footnote. So I think in terms of tactics, and to me it's just a tactic because Bernie is the longest-running independent who's served in Congress. No independent has ever been elected and re-elected like Bernie has as an independent outside of the two-party system. But tactically, choosing to run inside the Democratic party caucuses and primaries I think is why he's gotten the media attention that he has. It's not enough, but he's gotten some, and the crowds that he's getting.
But your final point, yes. There's a petition, anyone can sign it. Bernie Sanders is great on corporate power, he's great on inequality. But he's now talking more about racial discrimination and racism and criminal injustice. He doesn't talk about foreign policy and the militarism that Martin Luther King Jr. talked so much about in the last year of King's life. So there's a petition at RootsAction.org saying Bernie, speak up. You can't denounce corporate power without denouncing militarism. And we want to have Bernie explain how he differs from President Obama on these drone strikes and on these expanding wars. That's the key. I think that's a real blind spot. And if we have a big social movement we can push Bernie Sanders to be more comprehensive in the politics he's putting forward.
BALL: Jeff Cohen, thanks again for joining us here at the Real News.
COHEN: Thank you, Jared.
BALL: And thank you for joining us here at the Real News. For all involved, again, I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. And as always we say, as Fred Hampton used to say, to you we say peace, if you're willing to fight for it. So peace, everybody, and we'll catch you in the whirlwind.

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Burning Man Bugs and The CIA

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Infowars News Director Rob Dew looks at the recent phenomenon of massive amounts of insects appearing in the middle of the desert at the site of this years Burning Man festival. Rob also looks at the theories floating around the internet and the history of CIA and our government using bugs as a bio weapon.

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Colleges Train for Work, Not Thought

Colleges Train for Work, Not Thought

Professor Larry Wilkerson discusses the latest in the high cost of college and the increasing role universities play in prepping a work force rather than an intellectual force -   August 18, 2015

Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making."
Jared A. Ball is a father and husband. After that he is a multimedia host, producer, journalist and educator. Ball is also a founder of "mixtape radio" and "mixtape journalism" about which he wrote I MiX What I Like: A MiXtape Manifesto (AK Press, 2011) and is co-editor of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X (Black Classic Press, 2012). Ball is an associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at IMIXWHATILIKE.ORG.
Colleges Train for Work, Not ThoughtJARED BALL, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome, everyone, back to the Real News Network. I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore.
While leading Democratic party politicians are now hawking new plans for a debt-free college experience, which of course sounds great to what are now the most indebted college graduates in world history, there are still some concerned about the kind of education even those not having to pay at all would receive. In a recent article for Harper's magazine William Deresiewicz describes a situation where, as he says, colleges have sold their soul to the market.
To discuss this is Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell and a professor at the College of William and Mary. We welcome back Col. Wilkerson to the Real News. Welcome back.
BALL: So tell us what you think about this article. It suggests that neoliberalism has taken hold, and the designs of the corporate world are all that most universities are being encouraged, at least, to be concerned about. What do you see is the problem here with this trend?
WILKERSON: This is an age-old problem, as you probably know. It goes way back in the life of universities, certainly argued majorly in or on campuses like Oxford University, Cambridge University in England, and other, older schools. It is typified by on the one side the humanists, the exponents of liberal arts, of teaching young men and young women how to think critically as opposed to skills enhancement and training, and those on the other side of the argument exemplified at that time by the Huxley brothers, scientists, by those who reflect what we're talking about today when we say STEM, science, technology, engineering and so forth.
And what is increasingly becoming the case, and I think is the real object of the article in Harper's and others who are talking about this in great detail today, and that is the predatory capitalist state, which is what we have become in addition to being a national security state. That predatory capitalist state wants, one, workers who are not going to question things. That is to say, they can't think critically. And it wants people who are more or less inured to what they produce, do, and mean in daily existence. That is to say, they want workers who are compliant with the structure that we've created in this country, the structure that works for minimum wages, that does things that need to be done for the corporate good, and so forth.
It's a meaner argument, if you will, today. I can give the Huxley brothers their due, as they argued for example with John Henry Cardinal Newman about whether a liberal arts education or a science-based education was the best. And like Plato and Aristotle I would probably argue that somewhere in between is probably the best kind of education. That is to say, you need scientists who can think critically too, and therefore be good voters and so forth, and you need humanists that know something, liberal arts people who know something about science, engineering, math, and so forth. That's the ideal world.
What you do not need is colleges and universities that are focused on getting jobs for people, and getting jobs in a society that is increasingly plutocratic, that is to say, the only people with the really good jobs are at the very top, and everybody else is a worker bee for those people. That's what these colleges and universities are tending towards now, and that's what the advertisements, that's what the brouhaha in U.S. news and [inaud.] report and other places like that is all about. Oh, you're spending $200,000 for Jane's education. Then Jane needs to get a job, and she doesn't need an education. What she needs is training and skills enhancement. Well, that's not the purpose of a university.
BALL: But this sounds like, to me at least, that this is an expansion, as you said, of a much longer existing problem. That is, that for many, that is for working whites, for poor working whites in this country and certainly for African-descended people and indigenous people, there has long been a history of teaching those communities only to be part of the workforce. That is, with Native American residential schools, with the industrial schools of the 19th century for African-Americans, for the establishment of a public school system in this country in general that was designed specifically to prepare white working people for their roles in society, that this has long been an issue.
So how is this discussion, other than upping it, so to speak, into the upper echelons of society, how is this a change in terms of the history of this country's education, generally speaking?
WILKERSON: It's not a change in the sense that you just expressed it, that it has all this complexity, all this nuance and all these different parts to it. For example, there is the part of minority education, the part of minorities being shorted for 400 years, still being shorted. I worked in the DC public school system, for example, for Colin Powell for ten years. It is for all intents and purposes I was segregated when I worked in it as it was in 1850, if it existed at that time. I mean this is no, nothing news to people who've worked in inner city schools, that minorities get short shrift when it comes to education.
But this is a bigger argument. It's a huge argument at the very top of what you might call the sophistication of education argument. And it is first of all, should everyone get a university education, well, I for one, I'm talking about. The answer to that question is no. no matter how egalitarian you may be, everyone in the world does not need to be a philosopher, does not need to be a Ph.D in nuclear physics, and so forth. They don't have the intellectual capacity, and frankly--and this is more important--they don't have the inclination.
There are plenty of people that ought to run automotive repair shops, ought to be tradesmen and craftsmen and so forth. And we've sort of lost that in this culture today because what we are is a finance giant. We service people, we finance things. We don't do any real making of anything anymore. But there is a niche, a huge niche in our society for artisans. For craftsmen. For people who by their own wishes don't want what I'm talking about when I say a university education. And in many cases, aren't intellectually equipped for it.
So that's the first division you have to make, and you do have to make that division. We've been very [inaud.] by allowing the market to make that division, which is why we get so many idiots who are billionaires, and so many bright people who are not making any money at all. It's a hypocritical stance in this country that we take on merit and education, and so forth.
But back to the argument, the university takes in people who are intellectually, mentally predisposed to and want to be critical thinkers. That's not everybody in society. I daresay if a study were done, and it were done over time, you'd probably find 30-40 percent of any given society that really ought to have a university education of the type I'm talking about. Other types of education that mostly community colleges can offer, that are in fact sort of a combination of what I mean by education and what I mean by skills enhancement that are aimed at particular niches in society for example, computer training being the latest example of that on a broad base, ought to be done also. But this is a sort of combination of the university and the artisan segments of society.
The Germans do this really well. They have trade schools and they have universities. And they know everyone's not going to university, by inclination or by capability. So they identify those people and send those people to university. Those who want trades and good jobs in trades, like working at Mercedes or BMW or whatever, they then send to trade school. Because they want to go to trade school, and because they have intellectual and other capacity to do that. This is the way education should be divided in this country. But hypocrites that we are, hypocrites that we've always been, we say everyone should have a $250,000 or more university education. That's pure poppycock.
BALL: Larry Wilkerson, thanks again for joining us here at the Real News.
WILKERSON: Thanks for having me on, Jared.
BALL: And thank you for joining us here at the Real News. For everyone involved, again, I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. And as always, as Fred Hampton used to say, to you we say peace if you're willing to fight for it. So peace everybody, and we'll catch you in the whirlwind.

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    By http://www.sputniknews.com A senior member of the European Central Bank (ECB) has warned that the monetary union of the Eurozone is "imperfect" and will face "repeated crises if we fail to address our economic and political differences". ECB Keeps Liquidity Assistance to Greek Banks Unchanged Speaking on Thursday during Ambassadors Week in Paris, Benoît Cœuré, a Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, said the current crisis in the Eurozone represents a fundamental test of the monetary union's ability to achieve the dual objective of economic and political commonality.He told the summit: "Our institutional framework is not yet sufficient to complete Economic and Monetary Union when it comes to economic, fiscal and financial matters. The ECB does not currently have a strong political counterpart in these areas."Thus, our monetary union will remain imperfect, will not be as prosperous as it could be and will face the risk of repeated crises if we fail to address our economic and political differences," he said.Central to the problem with the Euro is that member states have differing fiscal policies and taxation regimes, among many other financial indicators. For a currency to work, there needs to be harmonization of fiscal policies, which is inherently impossible in the current Eurozone, because of political differences.Fragility of Economic and Political UnionCœuré said: "The Euro has proved to be something of a paradox: confidence in the single currency remains very high, despite the fact that the euro area is struggling to emerge from the crisis and the fragilities of our economic and political union have threatened the integrity of the euro area on several occasions." Migration Crisis Threatens European No-Borders Policy He cited a spring 2015 Eurobarometer survey which found that 51 percent of respondents said that having the Euro had not mitigated the negative impact of the crisis.In a survey conducted by Opinium Research between 29 June and 10 July 2015, 63 percent of respondents in the Euro area (a sample of more than 6,000 people living in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Portugal) said they thought that the Greek debt crisis had been handled badly at European level.Referring to the Greek bailout crisis, he said: "It has been necessary to develop new instruments as a matter of urgency in the midst of the crisis. Some of those instruments, particularly the financial assistance programs, are governed by a decision-making mechanism which is not conducive to the development of shared responsibility for policies concerning the future of the euro area."This intergovernmental decision-making process involves endless negotiations, particularly when it comes to issues with redistributive implications, and highlights the differences between the positions of the various Member States," he said.Although he described the Eurozone as an "irreversible" project, he admitted that "maintaining this approach would condemn us to a future of low growth and repeated crises. At a time when global growth may be slowing down, it is our shared responsibility to avoid the same fate befalling the euro area."
  • CENTCOM reworked reports to make anti-ISIS campaign look successful
    By http://www.jihadwatch.org Obama’s defense apparatus has become a Ministry of Propaganda. As I asked several months ago, has Baghdad Bob become Secretary of Defense?“Pentagon watchdog probing whether anti-ISIS campaign analysis altered,” Fox News, August 26, 2015:The Defense Department’s inspector general is investigating whether intelligence reports about the progress of the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against ISIS in Iraq have been “skewed” to be more optimistic.The New York Times first reported that at least one civilian employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) told authorities that officials at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) were improperly reworking intelligence assessments prepared for policymakers, including President Obama.A senior military official confirmed to Fox News that an IG investigation has been initiated into the allegation.The Times report did not say when the assessments were allegedly altered, nor did it say who may have been responsible. Officials told the paper the investigation was focused on whether military officials had changed the conclusions of draft intelligence reports during a review before passing them on….However, earlier that month, retired Army Gen. John Allen, the White House’s top envoy to other nations in the anti-ISIS coalition, told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that ISIS had been “checked strategically, operationally, and by and large, tactically,” adding, more bluntly, “ISIS is losing.”
  • The Raping of America- Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism
    By John W Whitehead | http://www.boilingfrogspost.com Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.—Martin Luther King Jr. There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry.Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.Despite the recent outrage and protests, nothing has changed to restore us to our rightful role as having dominion over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans continue to be reminded that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials. Thus far, the courts have done little to preserve our Fourth Amendment rights, let alone what shreds of bodily integrity remain to us.Indeed, on a daily basis, Americans are being forced to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States.In other words, we are all guilty until proven innocent.Worst of all, it seems as if nothing will change as long as the American people remain distracted by politics, divided by their own prejudices, and brainwashed into believing that the Constitution still reigns supreme as the law of the land, when in fact, we have almost completed the shift into fascism.In other words, despite our occasional bursts of outrage over abusive police practices, sporadic calls for government reform, and periodic bouts of awareness that all is not what it seems; the police state continues to march steadily onward.Such is life in America today that individuals are being threatened with arrest and carted off to jail for the least hint of noncompliance, homes are being raided by police under the slightest pretext, and roadside police stops have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.Consider, for example, what happened to Charnesia Corley after allegedly being pulled over by Texas police for “rolling” through a stop sign. Claiming they smelled marijuana, police handcuffed Corley, placed her in the back of the police cruiser, and then searched her car for almost an hour. They found nothing in the car.As the Houston Chronicle reported:Returning to his car where Corley was held, the deputy again said he smelled marijuana and called in a female deputy to conduct a cavity search. When the female deputy arrived, she told Corley to pull her pants down, but Corley protested because she was cuffed and had no underwear on. The deputy ordered Corley to bend over, pulled down her pants and began to search her. Then…Corley stood up and protested, so the deputy threw her to the ground and restrained her while another female was called in to assist. When backup arrived, each deputy held one of Corley’s legs apart to conduct the probe.As shocking and disturbing as it seems, Corley’s roadside cavity search is becoming par for the course in an age in which police are taught to have no respect for the citizenry’s bodily integrity. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that you don’t even have to be suspected of possessing drugs to be subjected to a strip search.It must be remembered that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was intended to prevent government agents from searching an individual’s person or property without a warrant and probable cause (evidence that some kind of criminal activity was afoot). While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity.Unfortunately, the indignities being heaped upon us by the architects and agents of the American police state—whether or not we’ve done anything wrong—don’t end with roadside strip searches. They’re just a foretaste of what is to come.As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the government doesn’t need to strip you naked by the side of the road in order to render you helpless. It has other methods, less subtle perhaps but equally humiliating, devastating and mind-altering, of stripping you of your independence, robbing you of your dignity, and undermining your rights.With every court ruling that allows the government to operate above the rule of law, every piece of legislation that limits our freedoms, and every act of government wrongdoing that goes unpunished, we’re slowly being conditioned to a society in which we have little real control over our lives.Indeed, not only are we developing a new citizenry incapable of thinking for themselves, we’re also instilling in them a complete and utter reliance on the government and its corporate partners to do everything for them—tell them what to eat, what to wear, how to think, what to believe, how long to sleep, who to vote for, whom to associate with, and on and on.In this way, we have created a welfare state, a nanny state, a police state, a surveillance state, an electronic concentration camp—call it what you will, the meaning is the same: in our quest for less personal responsibility, a greater sense of security, and no burdensome obligations to each other or to future generations, we have created a society in which we have no true freedom.Government surveillance, police abuse, SWAT team raids, economic instability, asset forfeiture schemes, pork barrel legislation, militarized police, drones, endless wars, private prisons, involuntary detentions, biometrics databases, free speech zones, etc.: these are mile markers on the road to a fascist state where citizens are treated like cattle, to be branded and eventually led to the slaughterhouse.If there is any hope to be found it will be found in local, grassroots activism. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s time for “militant nonviolent resistance.”First, however, Americans must break free of the apathy-inducing turpor of politics, entertainment spectacles and manufactured news. Only once we are free of the chains that bind us—or to be more exact, the chains that “blind” us—can we become actively aware of the injustices taking place around us and demand freedom of our oppressors.# # # #John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is the president and spokesperson of the Rutherford Institute. Mr. Whitehead is the author of numerous books on a variety of legal and social issues, including A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.
  • Hungarian police use tear gas against migrants in city of Roszke
    Syrian migrants cross under a fence into Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, August 26, 2015. © Laszlo Balogh / Reuters http://www.rt.com/news Hungarian police used tear gas to break up a scuffle between some 200 refugees at a migrant reception center on Wednesday. The unrest broke out as migrants grew impatient due to registration delays, caused by an influx of arrivals from Serbia. Police rounded up 300-400 migrants at the border area of Roszke and addressed them through megaphones, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene.A police spokesman said that some 200 migrants at the reception center had refused to be fingerprinted.Dozens of migrants crossed over to Hungary on Wednesday, underneath a border fence set up by authorities to keep them out of the country, AP reported. "We raised the fence and crossed it now. We were here from yesterday. We are now without, we are very hungry, there's no food, there's no medicine for children, there's nothing. We are so tired, frankly," said Odei, a Syrian refugee from Daraa. The chief commissioner of Hungarian police, Karoly Papp, said on Wednesday that police were preparing six special border patrol units of an initial 2,106 officers to be deployed to the Serbian border from September 15. Helicopters, police dogs, and patrols on horseback will be taking part in the operation."The organization, equipment and great mobility of the border guard units...will decrease the security risks caused by the massive illegal migration,'' Papp said, adding that water cannons will also be sent to Szeged, the largest city in the Hungarian-Serbian border zone. Hungary also outlined plans on Wednesday to send the army, mounted police, and dogs to its southern border in an attempt to deal with the migrant crisis. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said parliament would debate next week whether to deploy the army."Hungary's government and national security cabinet...has discussed the question of how the army could be used to help protect Hungary's border and the EU's border," Kovacs said.A total of 1,302 migrants were detained on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, a record 2,533 migrants were caught while entering Hungary from Serbia on Tuesday - the highest number of the year.Hungary has requested more European Union funds as it struggles to deal with the surge of migrants pouring into the country. The prime minister's chief of staff told Magyar Hirlap newspaper on Tuesday hat more cash is needed – and claiming that what has already been doled out was done in a humiliating way. The country is erecting a 3.5-meter-high fence along its border with Serbia in an attempt to deter migrants from crossing onto its territory. It aims to complete the barrier by November.Budapest also plans to tighten penalties for illegal migration and trafficking.According to Hungarian authorities, more than 140,000 migrants have entered the country from Serbia this year. The numbers have soared in recent weeks, as Greece and Macedonia also struggle to control the influx of refugees.Hungary is seen as a gateway for the migrants, as it is part of the EU's borderless Schengen zone. From there, the refugees - most of whom hail from Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan - can travel to more affluent western and northern European countries.
  • 800 extremists back from Syria
    By www.britainfirst.org Hundreds of Islamist extremists are preparing to launch terror attacks in Europe after coming back from Syria and Iraq, it has been revealed.Counter terrorism officials in Spain warned that around 800 jihadists are preparing to launch attacks in Europe and Britain.Spanish counter-terrorism sources revealed that the al-Qaeda and Islamic State extremists are living in Europe waiting for the order to commit terrorist atrocities at the right moment. It is thought that 350 are Britons who have returned from Islamic State-controlled territories abroad.ll of their movements are being tracked by authorities but some of them have gone missing.A Spanish anti-terrorist official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed El Khazzani had lived in Spain until last year, moved to France then travelled to Turkey then Syria where he is believed to have trained with ISIS before returning to France.Britain’s terror threat level is currently severe, meaning an attack on the country is highly likely.It’s only a matter of time unfortunately.
  • Politician Wants Catalonia to Annex Parts of France and Spain
    http://www.sputniknews.com/europe Catalan Minister of Justice Germa Gordo has outraged Spanish and French authorities by saying that Catalonia may annex some of the territory of the two countries as soon as it is proclaimed an independent state.The shock came with realization that Gordo made his scandalous statement in France, as he was delivering a speech at a Catalan summer university in the town of Prades in Eastern Pyrenees, a department of France."Catalonia never forgot about other territories with a Catalan-speaking population," he said. Second Chance: Rallies for Catalan Independence Go Worldwide Gordo went on to explain that Great Catalonia includes Northern Catalonia (the historical counties of Roussillon and Cerdanya, currently located in Eastern Pyrenees), Valencian Country, Western Area (a part of Aragon on the border of Catalonia) and the Balearic Islands.The authorities of these regions were insulted by Gordo’s impudent claims and didn’t hesitate to condemn his “senseless and intolerable” statements, Spanish newspaper El Pais wrote."Aragon’s government and locals who believe they are Spanish and Aragonian were disturbed by those claims," said Aragon’s chief executive Javier Lamban.Valencian head of state Ximo Puig also bashed Gordo for the “flagrant disrespect” he had demonstrated."Pro-independence activists … are playing Russian roulette, and they've gotten all of Spanish society involved” the Valencian socialist party leader warned.There were calls from Socialists, the Popular Party and Nationals for explanations from Catalan head of state Artur Mas, who is considered one of the most avid separatists. Catalan Independence Only Way to Change Political Situation in Spain The deputy of Spain’s ruling Popular Party Jose Lopez Garrido on his Twitter account compared Gordo’s plans with those of the Nazi Germany, which turned Czech, Polish and Austrian people into “Germans” back in the 30s.Catalonia's Pro-independence parties and civil society groups created a common political platform in July, ahead of the regional elections in Catalonia on September 27.The pro-independence group intends to use the regional election as a semi-referendum.According to the separatist bloc’s pact, if the citizens of Catalonia choose a majority of parliamentarians who are in favor of independence, it will start the process of creating an independent state.