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سخنی سنجیده و سگالنده با ایرانیان

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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پروندهٔ دو امام تازی. حسن و حسین

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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The Politics of Fear Ahead of Greek Referendum

Elite interests aim to keep Greece on the path of further austerity, say University of Greenwich's Ozlem Onaran and University of London's John Weeks - July 3, 2015

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Ozlem Onaran is Professor of Economics at the University of Greenwich in the U.K. She regularly publishes research studies on globalization, income distribution, and business investment in publications such as the Cambridge Journal of Economics and Labour. She recently co-authored a major study for the International Labour Organization on the relative importance of decent wages versus high profits as an engine of economic growth in several countries throughout the world.
John Weeks is a professor emeritus of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and author of Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy. His recent policy work includes a supplemental unemployment program for the European Union and advising the central banks of Argentina and Zambia.
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The Politics of Fear Ahead of Greek ReferendumJESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
The Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, says he'll resign if the Greek people vote yes on the national referendum set for July 5. The vote will decide whether the Greek people will accept the bailout terms offered by the Troika, which is made up of the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the European Commission.
Since the Greek prime minister called for the referendum vote, Greece defaulted on a $1.8 billion payment to the IMF. European leaders have threatened to force Greece out of the Eurozone, and the ECB is signaling that the current emergency funding that it's providing to Greek banks is dependent on the referendum, a point critics of international creditors have called a scare tactic to get Greece to vote for the deal.
Now joining us to discuss all of this are our two guests. We have Ozlem Onaran, who is a member of the Debt Truth Committee on Public Debt in Greece, and a professor of workforce and economic development policy at the University of Greenwich. Also joining us is John Weeks. John is a Professor Emeritus at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.
Thank you both for joining us.
JOHN WEEKS, UNIV. OF LONDON: Thank you, glad to be here.
OZLEM ONARAN, UNIV. OF GREENWICH: Thanks for having us.
DESVARIEUX: So Ozlem, let's start with you so we can get a better understanding of a Greek exit, a potential Greek exit from the Euro. We hear from European leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel that a no vote will mean Greece will be forced to leave the Euro.
First of all, can the members of the ECB force another member out, legally?
ONARAN: There is no legal mechanism for doing that, but obviously the European Central Bank saw that the financial [affair] already back in February by cutting direct funding of the Greek banks. What they will do about emergency liquidity assistance to the Greek banks now after a no vote will be the most important determining factor here.
But there is no direct mechanism. The Greek government doesn't want to leave the Eurozone. They will therefore try to negotiate for an alternative program. And this means the ball will be in the corner of the European government.
And the political contagion of the resistance to austerity in Greece will open so many other avenues for popular mobilization across European countries that it will be very difficult to further this financial coup. And I'm thinking the opportunities are all open in front of the Greek people, after a no vote on Sunday evening, it will [inaud.] the European people on Monday.
DESVARIEUX: Okay. So let's enter the realm of speculation, and let's say it's Monday morning and we have a vote, John, and the Greek people decide to vote no on this bailout deal. Would you be in favor of a future Greek exit from the Euro by Syriza?
WEEKS: Before I do that let me just point out to everyone that this is an extraordinary event. I mean, a government has gone to its people to ask their advice on a major issue of policy, rather than saying, well, circumstances have changed and we'll push it through parliament.
Okay. This is a major event. This is a shock to the European system. This is particularly a shock to the Troika, which is very nondemocratic, to say the least.
So what will happen. Will it go out. I think if there is a no vote, then the Troika, particularly the German government will be absolutely ruthless and relentless. And I'm sure that the Greek government is prepared for that. They're prepared, they're prepared for the Germans to be ruthless. What they do then, I think it probably is--it will be necessary for the Greek government to take steps that involve issuing IOUs. Which are common enough, which has happened often enough. The problem will come if there is a run on the banks. Which I don't think there will be, but we can discuss that.
DESVARIEUX: Okay. So when you say issuing IOUs, to whom?
WEEKS: Well, so for example, when you get your hefty paycheck from the Real News, they pay it into your bank account. But--.
DESVARIEUX: Hefty, that's funny.
WEEKS: The same thing when I get my hefty, you know, pension fund payment. They'll continue to do the same thing. And the way they will fund it is, I assume, that they will borrow from the domestic banks and they will borrow from the Greek Central bank. So for a while it will look like nothing is happening. But in fact, something will be happening.
DESVARIEUX: Okay. Ozlem, you just heard John kind of lay out what he predicts might happen. What about you? Do you think a potential no vote would mean that Greece would have to consider at the very least exiting the Euro?
ONARAN: The question that the Greek government will start with is an alternative program for recovering reconstruction, for social recovery in Greece. So that's an alternative to austerity. They can only implement this program if at the same time they have a major write off of their debt.
Now, we have provided a report to the Hellenic parliament after they had set up the Truth Committee on Public Debt, that the current public debt of Greece is neither legitimate nor legal, nor sustainable. It's not sustainable from an economic point of view, but it's also not sustainable from a humanitarian point of view. And the lenders, the creditors, who have signed these loan agreements very well knew that these loans were not going to be used in favor of the Greek people. These were meant to bail out the private banks of Germany and France. They've successfully done that. They also from the start knew that this would lead to a major depression in Greece.
Now, this makes the debt also odious. And this truth is out. The major, this is a major piece of empowerment for the Greek society and the Greek government to take unilateral action about the debt. So I would suggest that they refuse to pay any part of this debt until a major European conference is held, just as the one in 1953 in London, which wrote off more than half of the German debt at the time.
And of course, if this is [the same] the Greek government saves, the political contagion effect of that to the rest of Europe will be immense. And that requires however of course time. And I do believe after saying no to austerity, if the European Central Bank with the pressure coming from the German government, pulls the plug on funding the Greek private banks, the option that is available for the Greek government is first to nationalize the Greek banks. Because what will happen to the banks will be very important. And then use the IOUs to recapitalize the banks, under their control however, not the European Central Bank. Use the IOUs as a medium of exchange for a transitionary period. It will turn into a currency, but it will be denominated in Euros.
So the exit from the Euro, after a no vote, is not an immediate consequence. Time is all they need if they are to achieve the political popular support across Europe. So what I suggest is basically default on the debt, and tell the European government to send the bill to the private European banks of Germany, of France, of Belgium, and elsewhere.
DESVARIEUX: All right, Ozlem, thank you so much for those comments. But I want to just pause the conversation here because in part two I want to get more into the counterarguments being presented about why Greeks should vote yes on this referendum, and I'd like to get your responses.
So Ozlem and John, thank you both for joining us.
ONARAN: Thank you.
WEEKS: Thank you.
DESVARIEUX: And thank you for joining us on the Real News Network.
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Peter Schiff: The Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost

Published on Jul 3, 2015
On today's show, financial analyst and author Peter Schiff discusses the Greek collapse, Puerto Rico's faltering economy and how America's monetary policies may one day put us on the same path.

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Why BP's $18.7 Billion Gulf Spill Settlement Falls Short

Why BP's $18.7 Billion Gulf Spill Settlement Falls Short

Settlement fails to address health and lost livelihood damages while infrastructure for oil transport continues to be built, says Bridge the Gulf Project fellow Cherri Foytlin - July 2, 2015

Why BP's $18.7 Billion Gulf Spill Settlement Falls ShortJESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
BP has agreed to pay a record environmental fine of $18.7 billion to the U.S. and Gulf states over the fatal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. If you remember, the event killed 11 workers and resulted in millions of barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, becoming the biggest offshore environmental disaster in history.
Activists have never given up on the fight to try to find justice, and staged protests on the fifth anniversary of the spill in front of BP headquarters in April. One of those activists now joins us. Cherri Foytlin is a freelance journalist and photographer, and she's a fellow at the Bridge the Gulf project.
Thanks for joining us, Cherri.
CHERRI FOYTLIN, FELLOW, BRIDGE THE GULF PROJECT: Thank you for having me.
DESVARIEUX: So Cherri, your home state of Louisiana where you reside, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas are all a part of the settlement. Louisiana is the state that was most affected by the spill, and will be recovering more than $10 [billion] from BP. Cherri, do we know what that actually means in practical terms for the people of the Gulf?
FOYTLIN: Well, it means that we'll be getting some money for restoration here in the state of Louisiana. So that's good. But I mean, we have a $15 billion price tag that comes along with that restoration, so really it's just kind of a drop in the bucket.
It means that the Clean Water Act fines will be taken care of. Natural resource damage assessment fines will be taken care of. But unfortunately what I'm worried about is how that translates down to people on the ground. And you know, we're still dealing with a lot of issues, for instance like the livelihood, fish catches and shrimping is still low, the price is extremely low right now. People are still concerned, the consumer, about eating the seafood. So there's that issue.
But also, we still have a lot of people that are still sick from the dispersants that they used out there. And that, this money is aside from that. It doesn't deal with anything that has to do with health. That's my biggest issue, is how that translates down to people on the ground.
We have some states, we're talking about five different states here, and five different amounts of damage. In Louisiana we have a problem with land loss. We have--it comes with a $50 billion price tag to even begin to approach that. Like I said, that's not going to be enough to take care of that. And the BP disaster really exacerbated those issues that we were having.
And in Mississippi they want to build a ballpark. In Alabama they're all excited about this convention center. And then in some parts, too, they're actually building infrastructure like roads and bridges and things like that. And what do you think's going to be going on those bridges. They're building that for the oil companies to have a way to get their product out and in to these ports.
DESVARIEUX: So if I'm understanding you correctly, so it's--some of these funds are going to be going back to the oil industry and helping them.
FOYTLIN: Exactly. It'll be going into projects that will support the continuation of the oil industry and their hold on this region itself.
DESVARIEUX: Can you be more specific? Which exact project are you talking about?
FOYTLIN: In Alabama there's a lot of concern about and a lot of money being thrown down to replace bridges that have been damaged. Canals and the widening of canals like in Mississippi and such. But all of that is to open these ports up bigger to let the oil industry get those tankers in. It all comes down to the money.
I would have been so much happier if they would have earmarked all of that money just for coastal restoration or just for the infrastructure for green energy and renewables. I mean, basically we're on the same track. We're just consistently running around the same track that relies on this archaic industry that we already--it's very much proven beside the BP disaster that they're not concerned about our health, or take care of the people that are, they're mostly affected by these disasters that happen.
I can say, running on that same track, there will be another disaster. They're drilling out there in that same spot right now.
DESVARIEUX: Oh, wow. And we should mention that BP's share price actually rose today in the news. So this is sort of a sigh of relief for investors, in a lot of ways.
I obviously know you don't think that this absolves BP at all. But what at the end of the day would you have liked to--you said coastal restoration. What specifically are we talking about? What would you have liked to see happen with the settlement?
FOYTLIN: Well, here in Louisiana we lose about a football field an hour of land. And part of it's because the oil industry has made these huge canals all across our wetlands that let the water in. And we tried, we tried--our levee authority here really tried to bring the oil industry, including BP, to task and to make them pay their fair share. But they haven't done that. They refused that. And in fact our government, Louisiana government, made it a law. Bobby Jindal in particular really went against that and tried to keep the oil companies from having to pay for the damages that they have brought against us. So what I would have liked to have seen or hear is that that money be earmarked only for restoration.
So the point is, their stocks rose today, right, because people are thinking that this absolves from their guilt. Right, that this washes the sins, BP's sins off of their hands. But unfortunately that's not the case. Because we're still dealing with lots of issues around health issues. I would really like to have seen some sort of medical training for our doctors to be able to deal with toxic issues. I think that would be important. I would like to have seen coastal restoration projects that are really going to support the coast and help to rebuild our land losses that we have, a football field every hour. We've lost over a million acres of land to date. And BP's disaster really exacerbated that.
And in states like Mississippi and Alabama, where this money's going to be going to frivolous things like ballparks and convention centers--not even green. Not even green, the convention centers. It really would have been nice--how many solar panels could we have bought with that much money. You know, how much infrastructure could we put into place that would have made a preventative measure so that this could not happen again. That's what needs to happen. We have to get off this track that we're running on where we're going to run into the exact same issues.
Now, here we are. It's hurricane season. There's still a Rhode Island-sized mat out there in the Gulf for BP's oil. What happens when the hurricanes come in and spread that all over the Gulf coast? BP doesn't have any skin in the game anymore, so that's all going to come back to the taxpayers. It's all going to come back to us. It's going to fall on the health of our people, like it already has, right.
There's no amount of money, no amount of money that can bring back life. And that's the issue here. This does not absolve BP of anything, because there are still 11 people dead. There are still countless sea life that has been damaged. There is still loss of livelihood, and there are still people desperately ill in the Gulf of Mexico.
DESVARIEUX: All right. Cherri Foytlin joining us from Louisiana, thank you so much for being with us.
FOYTLIN: Thank you.
DESVARIEUX: And thank you for joining us on the Real News Network.
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Gay Marriage Victory Is Not About Equality

Gay Marriage Victory Is Not About Equality
Queer activist Yasmin Nair says that the fight for gay marriage was driven by an elitist, conservative movement - June 26, 2015

Bio
Dr. Yasmin Nair is a freelance writer, activist, academic, and commentator based in Chicago. She is the co-founder of the editorial collective Against Equality and a member of Gender JUST, a radical queer grassroots organization based in Chicago. The bastard child of queer theory and deconstruction, Nair has numerous critical essays, book reviews, investigative journalism, op-eds, and photography to her credit. She has appeared in publications like In These Times, Monthly Review, The Awl, The Chicago Reader, GLQ, The Progressive, make/shift, Time Out Chicago, The Bilerico Project, Windy City Times, Bitch, Maximum Rock'n'Roll, and No More Potlucks.
Transcript
Gay Marriage Victory Is Not About EqualityDHARNA NOOR, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Dharna Noor joining you from Baltimore.
In breaking news, the Supreme Court has made the historic ruling that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. Just hours after the decision came down, same-sex couples across the country began joining together in wedlock.
In 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that all spouses, same-sex or otherwise, must be granted the same federal benefits. Today the court went even further, ruling gay marriage a Constitutional right. This comes just in time for the weekend's festivities. Gay pride parades will take place this weekend in cities like San Francisco and New York.
But is it all rainbows from here for the queer community in America? Now joining us from Chicago to unpack this is Yasmin Nair. Yasmin's a writer, an academic, and an activist. She's a member of Gender Just, a radical queer grassroots organization, and a co-founder of the editorial collective Against Equality.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Yasmin.
YASMIN NAIR, CO-FOUNDER, AGAINST EQUALITY: Thank you. It's a pleasure to be here.
NOOR: So Against Equality, huh. Do you think that it's right for institutions like marriage to be exclusionary?
NAIR: No. I mean, what we're saying is that the equality movement [exactly] the way it's configured has nothing at all to do with any kind of social justice, any kind of equality under any law. It has everything to do with excluding people from life saving benefits such as--even now such as healthcare, immigration status, any number of benefits you could name.
The word equality has been vastly misused by the gay marriage movement. And what we wanted to do by naming ourselves as Against Equality was to first of course get people interested in our group, and also for us to be able to say, you know, you need to really question what the word equality means. For whom equality, for whom, who [disperses] equality, under what conditions, most importantly.
NOOR: So today gay marriage passed by a margin of one vote. There were five yeas and four nays. And among those who voted in favor was a Republican appointee, Justice Anthony Kennedy. Is it shocking that somebody who's sided with conservatives on things like affirmative action and campaign finance reform would support this?
NAIR: It's not shocking at all. It's actually inevitable, because in fact that is gay marriage, as I have argued elsewhere, is a fundamentally conservative movement. I'm actually surprised that it took, you know, it only squeaked by by such a narrow majority. But gay marriage is a fundamentally conservative institution, and conservatives love it.
Conservatives, liberals, even leftists love it, because what it does it to shore up a system whereby, a neoliberal system whereby benefits accrue to those with the most private resources. And that's what conservatism is all about, right, it's all about everyone for himself or herself. The state takes absolutely no responsibility for one's welfare. Every man and woman for himself or herself. That's, that, you know, fundamentally is one of the tenets of conservatism.
It's an economically--marriage, not just gay marriage, but marriage is, is an economically sound institution for many conservatives. They have wanted it. You know, they always propound its benefits. So it makes perfect sense that this would be, this is how it all goes down.
NOOR: So you've also noted in your writing that pro-gay marriage organizations have used all these images of black civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King in their branding. So why is it that when people think of the gay rights movement they so often think of the faces of moneyed white men like Dan Savage, the creator of the It Gets Better project?
NAIR: Right, right. And Dan Savage isn't even--to be clear, you know, Dan Savage is not even one of the wealthiest gay men who are behind the movement. The gay marriage movement is actually fundamentally--yeah, someone has, people have always accused me and Against Equality of acting like the gay marriage movement is run by a cabal of white men. What we're finding out is that that is in fact quite true.
The gay marriage movement has been funded by millionaires and multi-millionaires. If you look at someone, something like Jo Becker's book Forcing the Spring about the gay marriage movement, we find out--when you look at that book you find out that a lot of the funding actually came from extremely wealthy people. It's not a grassroots movement at all. It has been funded fundamentally from the start by wealthy white gay men and women.
What the gay marriage movement has done to counteract that particular appearance which keeps coming to the surface is to exploit and use the faces and actions of civil rights leaders and heroes like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. At the same time, the gay rights movement has also been fundamentally--and it is fundamentally at its core, it's a racist movement. It is all so often said, they use slogans like gay is the new black. Gays are very fond of saying that gay people are the last oppressed minority in the country.
Anyone who's been following the news in the last few months, including about events like Charleston, anywhere in this country. I live in Chicago, I live in Hyde Park, I live in the South Side. Anyone who actually knows what reality is about knows that is simply not true. But the gay rights movement has always enjoyed using the metaphors and lives of black civil rights leaders in a sense really not--in order to do nothing but just appropriate, and to cover up the fact that it is fundamentally at heart a movement led and financed by wealthy gay white men.
NOOR: And you know, even some that would agree with you on some of the problematic ideals that are within the current gay rights movement, would say that now that we've checked gay rights off the--or gay marriage off the list, we can move on to further radicalizing the movement. What's your response to that?
NAIR: My response is that this isn't--gay rights is an economic movement. It is a movement by and about--it is fundamentally about the economic--it's about accruing economic benefits for the privileged few. It is fundamentally neoliberal. It is about creating a system whereby people can only access resources through privatized means like marriage, right. So that--economic systems don't work in any other way but to dismantle current systems and then to move on and create even more oppressive systems.
Gay marriage is not a social function, it's an economic function. Right? So what you already see--this is, it's never going to happen. What's never going to happen is that gay marriage will now lead to some further radicalizing of causes, or that we can now take a breather and say well, now let's get to queer youth homelessness or HIV/AIDS. Because what's happened in the last 20 or 30 years is that gay marriage has sucked away a lot of resources from both straight and gay people. Is that organizations that deal with HIV/AIDS, organizations that deal with queer youth homelessness and so on, have actually shut down.
Again, there is no moving beyond gay marriage simply because gay marriage has already ravaged the economic landscape of queer organizing. There is no more money to be had, and it's very unlikely that the wealthy gay white people in particular for whom gay marriage was such a big issue are going to turn around and say yes, now let's work on all the other things that actually matter. They don't have to care about it. Remember again that wealthy gay white men in particular never had to care about HIV/AIDS really, because they could always afford the medications. So it's all, it, it's just--that's just not how economic structures work.
And we have to think about gay marriage not as a social [problem], not as a social issue, but as an economic problem. And neoliberalism does not work to stop and look back to see whom it has left behind. It just plows on.
NOOR: Sure. And we've seen a steady rise in support for gay marriage in the U.S. in recent years. So I guess you're saying this isn't just because people are becoming more accepting, more accepting of people, more accepting of love.
NAIR: I'm sorry, I have to laugh at that. But no. No, love has nothing to do with it. I do think that a lot of the sort of liberal left support--the delusional, frankly, liberal left support for gay marriage has been because it has been, it has perceived the movement as being one about love. So all it sees are these sweet gay couples and their children and so on and so forth. The subterfuge has worked really well. I think the more and more people learn about gay marriage's economic ramifications and also who's really behind gay marriage, I think there's going to be much less support for the cause. Of course, now it's, it doesn't really matter because we're in it now.
But no, I think the support has been because again, because of the failure to recognize gay marriage as an economic matter.
NOOR: So what kind of policy solutions do you see as being effective, to truly support the American queer community, the gay population, trans population, et cetera?
NAIR: I think what we have to do is first of all--I do think that there is a, there's an enormous ideological and psychological component to all of this. The first thing we have to realize is that we're in a terrible spot, right. So as long as we keep thinking that gay marriage is one point in a long history of achievements, we are, we--we are, I'm trying to think of a word that's polite enough and that's not a four-letter word. We're just screwed.
As long as we think that we can move on, there is no--there is no healthy alternative for us. What we have to do moving here onward, here forwards, is to stop and first reevaluate how we think about what communities need. We also need to think about, I think the really big issue for the queer community is to start thinking about it as part of a larger community. As part of a larger fabric, as it were.
So as long as the queer community only thinks selfishly about itself as gay marriage is being the guiding, the guiding force, for instance, everybody is doomed. And I think moving forward we have to start realizing that matters like the intense racism, right, that exists in this country which is worse than--as bad or worse than plantation racism. That's what we are in right now. And 21st century America is suffused with plantation racism. We have to think about that. We have to think about the devastating economic and environmental policies that we have set in place. All of that is connected to people. It's not just about gay people and their particular gay issues.
So moving forward we have to think in those kinds of dare I say collaborative ways. But we also have to start thinking about how to get support to matters like, for instance, queer homelessness. Or an issue that I'm very concerned about with, I see it in a lot of my older friends, the questions around geriatric AIDS, for instance. For the first time in many generations we actually have a couple of generations of men and women who are actually living older, who are aging with AIDS, right. And [inaud.] gay men who are actually living to very, to quite a ripe old age, and we don't know what to do about them because we can't simply put them in the usual kinds of senior housing services, for instance.
Those are the issues we have to think about, and we also have to think about how do we fund and support those matters. How do we sustain those kinds of struggles without being focused only on the funding given to us by a few wealthy gay people. And that has been the fundamental problem with queer organizing for far too many years. And that, a lot of that is because nobody would fund us before. Nobody was funding AIDS research until we forced the government to do it.
So we're in a different time and place. And we have to start thinking, stop thinking about the gay patriarchy as being the only source of revenue or the only source of support. We also have to think collaboratively. What all of this means is actually in many ways it's going to be really difficult, is to dismantle and to sort of, and to kind of interrogate a gay nonprofit-industrial complex that has sprung up in the meantime. That's really hard work. I'm tempted to say it's impossible. I'm just going to say that it's hard work, simply because I know so many of my friends who are actually working within the bowels of that machine, right.
So it's a long and hard struggle, and I think it is delusional of any of us to say that now that we have finished with gay marriage we can move on. The work is much harder because there's much less money, there's much less political energy, and times are hard. Neoliberalism is flexing its--not just flexing its muscles, it's, it's taken over and ti's strangling us.
NOOR: Thank you so much for this very sobering conversation, and we look forward to hearing from you in the future.
NAIR: Thank you, it was a pleasure. Thank you for having me on.
NOOR: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.
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Those who look at the uncertainty in Turkey and Armenia with suspicion cannot be blamed.Added to the mix, pretending to be encircled by Russia and her allies, the Ukrainian government has ordered for a military buildup on its southwestern border with the tiny breakaway Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic or Transnistria, which declared its independence from Moldova in 1990. Reaching a new point after the November 2014 Moldovan parliamentary elections, tensions have been aggravated between Moldova and Transnistria with the gradual solidification of US and EU influence in Moldova and closer cooperation between Chisinau and NATO. Transnistrian officials now say that they fear an invasion by Ukraine and Moldova.Fearing the multi-polar Silk World Order, Washington is fast-tracking the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The US Congress has even given US President Barack Obama and his administration authority to speed secretive negotiations for establishing the two trade blocs that seek to exclude Russia and China. To do this the US is also doing its best to divide Moscow and Beijing respectively from their neighbours in Europe and Asia by using the fighting in Ukraine and the tensions in the South China Sea as pretexts.The threat of tensions igniting at different flashpoints is real. The Doomsday Clock, which represents a countdown to a world catastrophe, is closer to midnight than it was during much of the Cold War period. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the hands of their Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight or 11:57 P.M. in January 2015.NOTES[1] Quoted from the English translation of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China used by the by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China.[2] Ibid.[3] Mian Abrar, «Does China really ban fasting in Ramzan?» Pakistan Today, June 26, 2015.[4] Ibid.; Muslim teachers in Xinjiang have also been asked not to fast to facilitate the policy of discouraging school children not to fast.[5] Although the prohibition on fasting for Chinese civil servants is unofficial, there are signs in government buildings in Xinjiang reminding government employees that they should not fast. Again it has to be understood that these employees are members of the Communist Party of China that are not suppose to have a faith. The signs are put there, because of the possibility that government employees could be fasting due to local tradition or social pressure.[6] Dmitri Trenin, «From Greater Europe to Greater Asia? The Sino-Russian Entente,» Carnegie Moscow Center, April 9, 2015.[7] The official Kremlin version of the transcribed opening speech and panel discussion — titled «Plenary session of the 19th St Petersburg International Economic Forum» (June 19, 2015)—has been used in quoting Vladimir Putin.[8] Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, «From Energy War to Currency War: America’s Attack on the Russian Ruble,» Strategic Culture Foundation, December 26, 2014.This article was originally published by the Strategic Culture Foundation on July 3, 2015.
  • Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
    About 83,000 people aged 16 to 25 needed assistance for basic shelter By Jonathan Owen "http://www.independent.co.uk/news The true number of young people who are homeless far exceeds government figures, according to a major new study by housing experts at Cambridge University being released on Monday.Some 83,000 homeless young people have had to rely on councils and charities for a roof over their heads during the past year – more than three times the 26,852 young people recorded in homeless figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government. And there are about 35,000 young people in homeless accommodation at any one time across Britain.The “worryingly high” levels of young people using homelessness services across Britain is “a minimum estimate and it is likely that in reality more homeless young people access support across the UK”, the research said.The study, by Cambridge University’s Centre for Housing and Planning Research, was commissioned by the homeless charity Centrepoint and provides the most comprehensive picture of youth homelessness to date. It draws on official figures in conjunction with examinations of 40 local authorities and a national poll of more than 2,000 16- to 25-year-olds. The research looked at homelessness during the course of a year, including rough sleeping, staying in hostels and “sofa-surfing”.Government figures do not capture those who do not meet narrow criteria for being homeless which would force councils to help them. Many homeless people do not come into contact with their local authority, and those that do are often considered to be “intentionally homeless” or not in a “priority need” category such as being under 18 or pregnant, the study says.More than one in seven young people (17 per cent) have slept rough, including in places such as cars or squats, during the past year, according to a ComRes survey done for the study. “When the poll data was scaled up to reflect the wider population, an estimated 1.3 million young people aged 16 to 24 have slept rough during the past year,” said the research. Collecting “coherent national data on youth homelessness” is essential if the true scale of the problem is to be understood and funded accordingly so that young people receive the support they urgently need, the research concluded.“Successive governments have been making policy in the dark as they have failed to grasp the sheer scale of youth homelessness in the UK,” said Balbir Chatrik, policy director of Centrepoint. “We’re seeing the consequences of funding decisions based on this lack of knowledge which have placed extreme pressure on charities and local authorities, with the majority of hostels full or oversubscribed. According to a ComRes survey more than one in seven young people (17 per cent) have slept rough (Getty)“Young people typically find themselves facing homelessness through no fault of their own. As a society, we owe them a national safety net devised from more than just guesswork.”Responding to the findings, Campbell Robb, the chief executive of Shelter, said: “This research paints a grim picture of youth homelessness in the UK and demonstrates that the Government’s current plan to cut housing benefit for 18- to 21-year-olds could be nothing short of catastrophic – as it’s this which helps to pay for the hostel beds that keep young people off the streets.“If the Government really wants to help young people, its first priority should be to invest in the safe, secure and genuinely affordable homes that are so desperately needed, rather than stripping away the threadbare safety net they have at the moment.”This comes amid warnings in recent weeks that Britain is heading for a housing crisis, with the numbers of households in temporary accommodation at almost 65,000 – the highest since 2008.Communities Secretary Greg Clark, speaking at the Local Government Association’s annual conference on Friday, admitted that young people are being “exiled” from the places they come from to “find a home that they can afford”.In a statement, a government spokesman said: “Since 2010, we have increased spending to prevent homelessness, making over £500m available to local authorities and voluntary sector.” Mo Ibrahim came to Britain five years ago and in 2013 was thrown out of the family homeOther initiatives to help young homeless people include £14m to support 10,000 vulnerable individuals in privately rented homes, £15m to turn around the lives of 1,600 vulnerable homeless, and £40m shared among projects to support young people to work and study and hostel accommodation to get them off sleeping on the streets.Mo Ibrahim, 22, from London, came to Britain five years ago and in 2013 was thrown out of the family home.“I used to sleep at the back of my mum’s house in a park on a bench and it was really horrible. I was lucky that it was summer. I would go to the shelter to have something to eat. When I used to sleep over there I’d worry that someone would something to me.”After two weeks of sleeping rough, Mo managed to get a place at Centrepoint.“Everything changed when I went to the hostel, I started working and they would do anything they can to help you. When I started working I was talking to my mum again. She was asking how did I get a job and she was surprised about it. But now she knows that I’m in here and that I’m safe and I get on with her very well.”      
  • Possible Outcomes of Sunday's Greek Bailout Referendum
    By http://sputniknews.com/europe The Greek public will go to the polls Sunday to vote for or against the international creditors’ demands for spending cuts and tax hikes in exchange for financial support.MOSCOW (Sputnik) – With the polls projecting a ‘Yes’ vote ahead by a 1-percent margin, the outcome of Sunday’s referendum and the creditors’ subsequent actions are up for grabs. Compounding the problem are mixed messages coming out of the creditors and Greek government camps.The GoodWith the missed Tuesday deadline to repay the International Monetary Fund (IMF) $1.7 billion, European and IMF negotiators kept the door open for talks to continue. In the latest signal on Friday, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told local media new talks could take place “on a completely new basis and in a more challenging economic environment.”Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said negotiations were still continuing, going as far as to say the Hellenic republic “more or less” reached an agreement with its lenders.Also on Friday, Greece’s biggest creditor, the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), said it will not immediately call for a repayment of $160 billion from Athens in what it dubbed the “Reservation of Rights.”The Greek Bailout Fund crowd-funding campaign launched by a British shoe shop worker to help rescue the Greek economy passed the €1.68-million ($1.86-million) mark in six days. With four days left, the website’s goal is to collect a minimum of €3 from each of the European Union’s 503 million residents to collect the $1.7 billion Greece needed to repay the IMF.The BadUS President Barack Obama said at a press briefing Tuesday that a possible Greek default will unlikely impact global financial markets in a major systemic way, but will affect European and global growth.The Hellenic republic joined the short list of countries, including Sudan and Zimbabwe, to have effectively defaulted on the IMF after its latest round of negotiations with lenders broke down last weekend.The country’s finance ministry said Greek banks have sufficient liquidity to last until Tuesday, after the ECB instituted measures to keep the level of emergency liquidity assistance to Greek banks.Matteo Salvini, head of Italy’s right-wing Lega Nord political party, told Sputnik on Thursday that “Brussels’ house of cards will face serious repercussions” in case of a possible Greek exit from the Eurozone.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is banking on that assessment, hoping the damage to Europe that a Grexit would cause will give his side leverage with creditors.The UglyThe situation on the ground, however, turned bleak later on Friday when pro-‘no’ vote demonstrators clashed with police in central Athens.Earlier, a group of activists stormed a supermarket on the outskirts of Athens, taking food off the shelves and handing it out to people.Early RetirementChristoforos Vernardakis, secretary general on government work coordination, said Friday the Greek government will be forced to resign if a significant majority of Greeks vote in favour of foreign lenders’ demands.Vernardakis echoed Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ comments the previous day of a possible government resignation in the event of a ‘no’ vote on Sunday.Tsipras appeared vindicated by the latest IMF analysis assessing Greece’s $350-billion national debt unsustainable. He reiterated the need for a 30-percent write-off of the Greek debt and a 20-year grace period.Seed of DiscordWith Tsipras’ administration actively campaigning for a ‘no’ vote, European leaders warn that outcome would result in Greece losing an advantage in any upcoming talks with creditors.The signal that the referendum sends is another source of disagreement between Athens and Europe. Tsipras argues the plebiscite is not a vote on Greece’s membership in the 19-nation Eurozone, while European leaders warn the Greek public of the opposite.Varoufakis’ earlier claims of ongoing talks were also shut down by European leaders, with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem being the latest to bring home the point, saying Europe is strictly awaiting the results of Sunday’s vote.
  • Greece Faces New Kind of Coup
    By Vladimir NESTEROV | 04.07.2015 | 00:00 "http://www.strategic-culture.org" According to the Financial Times, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a letter to the three major money lenders saying he is ready to accept almost all the conditions proposed by the country’s international creditors at the weekend, marking the latest attempt to keep Greece in the eurozone. The Prime Minister said he would accept all of the terms proposed with just minor exceptions. He agreed to the changes in the country’s value added tax system but asked to keep a special 30 percent discount for the Greek islands untouched.A two-page letter was sent to the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) late on June 30 and obtained by a number of media outlets including the FT and Bloomberg on July 1. The talks on debt will be suspended until the results of the referendum to be held on July 5 are made public.New Democracy, the main centre-right political party and historic rival, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) had ruled the country since 1974 till the recent election that took place just a few months ago. They had become fully discredited to make SYRISA, a left-wing political party originally founded in 2004 as a coalition of left-wing and radical left parties, come to power. This is the first time left-wing forces came to power in Greece since the days of «Mountain Government». The Political Committee of National Liberation, commonly known as the «Mountain Government», was a Communist Party – dominated government established in Greece in 1944 in opposition to both the collaborationist German-controlled government at Athens and to the royal government-in-exile in Cairo.SYRISA is popular today. The three major money lenders are adamant in their desire to continue the same policy unchanged. Threats, blackmail and ultimatums – these are the instruments used to make Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras implement further austerity measures like his predecessors had done. The country is going through a period of economic woes with a quarter of GDP lost and unemployment rate rising to 27 % (over 50 % of people younger than 25 years old are unemployed). Tsipras got enough votes at the January 2015 parliamentary election to put an end to austerity measures, but the European Union insists that Greece should be «punished».The situation makes one remember the Chile of early 1970s when President Nixon endorsed the neutralization of Salvador Allende’s government so that nobody would dare implement independent policy in the US backyard. Nixon wanted the economy of Chile go down the wall and it did. As a result, General Pinochet led a military coup. The organizers of quite coup use more sophisticated weapons than tanks on the streets. They prefer rating agencies, banks and media…The Tsipras government has only two scenarios to follow: either it continues the implementation of its program to face a financial deadlock, or capitulates by submitting a resignation to lose the voters’ trust.The three money lenders are afraid of SYRISA’s influence spreading beyond the national boundaries. Before the Greek parliamentary election Mario Draghi, President of European Central Bank, announced that ECB would buy €60bn of private and public sector debt from March 2015 to September 2016 worth over €1 trillion. This policy could be applied to Greece only on certain terms – the needy would get the aid only if they complied with the instructions from Brussels. The people of Greece failed to get the message and voted for SYRISA. Eurogroup Chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said then that the people of Greece were to realize that the election did not mean the end of economic problems. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund, said there would be no exclusion from the rules. Everyone has to pay.Jeroen DijsselbloemSome time passed and Mario Draghi did his best make Greece face hard times. Without explanation he stopped providing funds for Greek banks, except the Emergency Liquidity Assistance, ELA. This is a very cumbersome program which must be prolonged weekly. The Greek government has to function under the Sword of Damocles. Even that funding lifeline can be taken away from Greece. On May 14 the head of Germany's Bundesbank ripped into the European Central Bank, saying emergency funding for Greek banks broke the taboo of financing governments and it was not up to central banks to decide who was or wasn't in the euro zone. Jens Weidmann also said it was questionable whether money printing by the ECB to boost the euro zone economy and halt deflation was necessary.Greek banks have been drawing emergency liquidity assistance from the country's central bank, a funding lifeline provided in exchange for collateral. They have used some of this emergency funding to buy Greek government debt, indirectly helping to keep the county afloat. Those days Moody’s predicted that the victory of SYRISA at election would negatively influence the economic growth. The main thing in focus for Tsipras are the terms the credits are granted on as stated in the ill-fated memorandums of 2010 that made Athens implement austerity measures and make people pay sky high taxes. Over 90% of sums paid to serve the debts return to money lenders, sometimes on the very next day.Nothing can be done under the circumstances to improve economy. A failure to come up with money for debt payments means bankruptcy. Money lenders got a useful instrument for blackmail. The steps offered by Athens were met by threats to stop providing funds, even though ELA.As far back as February, Eurogroup put forward an ultimatum, saying its either you do what your predecessors had done or look for funds elsewhere. Tsipras presented a reform plan to end a grueling four-month standoff and unlock the final 7.2-billion-euro ($8.0-billion) tranche of Greece's international rescue package. The Greek government was seeking the return to the Greek state of 1.2 billion euros from the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). The money, originally in the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF), was used for the recapitalization of Greek banks instead of EFSF bonds destined for this purpose. It was recently transferred to the EFSF in the form of bonds not used for bank recapitalization. Greece wanted the European Central Bank provide it with €1.9 billion received from the profits the Bank made as the Greek bonds holder, but in mid-March the ECB refused, no matter Tsipras made concessions by suggesting that Greece’s privatization program may go ahead and the reinstatement of the minimum wage may be postponed.Then creditors wanted Tsipras to deregulate the labor market and legalize mass public sector layoffs. The European Commission insists on further privatization. Germans are especially interested in the process as they expect equity prices to go down.Greece asked for an international conference to discuss its debt problem. It wanted to use Germany's 1953 debt restructuring as a precedent for its debtrelief demand. The relief made possible the German economic miracle. The proposal was put under the rug with threats and ultimatums to follow.Two months ago Euclid Tsakalotos, the deputy Foreign Minister, took over as Greece's new chief negotiator, instead of Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. He says the government faces a new kind of coup, one that is not carried out with tanks, as in 1967, but through banks.
  • The pro-Islamic state (velayat-e faqih's Lobby) of Iran in the west "photos & video"
    By Nikpress The pro-Islamic state (velayat-e faqih's Lobby) of Iran in the west "photos & video" تریتا پارسی مشغول مصاحبه با رسانه ها در ژنو تریتا پارسی و هومن مجد در وین تریتا پارسی و دستیارش رضا مرعشی در کنار آن کوری خبرنگار آمریکائی که به کارزار رسانه ای رژیم کمک میکند از طرف دیگر، برای آنکه دلالان رژیم مثل پارسی و هومن مجد مورد توجه خبرنگاران قرار گیرند، با موافقت رژیم، عکس های آنان با تیم مذاکره کننده منتشر میشوند تا آنان را بعنوان کارشناسانی مرتبط با رژیم و صاحب اطلاعات ویژه جا بیندازند. بدین ترتیب عکس تریتا پارسی با تیم مذاکره کننده یا عکس هومن مجد با ظریف در بالکن هتل منتشر میشوند. هومن مجد در بالکن هتل ظریف تریتا پارسی و بیژن خواجه پور دلال نفتی رژیم و رئیس کمپانی آتیه در کنفرانس سی ام ژوئن در وین    Reference List: http://iraniansforum.com/index.php/washington-insight/681-2015-07-02-19-06-31.html          
  • Putin: We don’t expect any change in hostile policies toward Russia
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi) By http://rt.com/news Russia is not expecting a soon change in the hostile policies it’s subject to, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the country’s Security Council, adding that Moscow is not going to “trade its sovereignty.”“We cannot expect a change in the hostile policies of some of our geopolitical opponents in the immediate future,” Putin said, without elaborating on the countries he was referring to.“The reasons for pressuring Russia are clear: the country is conducting an independent policy and doesn’t trade its sovereignty. This is not to everyone’s liking, but it can’t be any other way,” he said. Putin pointed to what he called attempts to split Russian society “to find the weak link,” but maintained that they had not yielded the desired results. Those attempts came from those who introduced and continue to support “restrictive measures” against Russia, the president said.Russia should look into all challenges it now faces and define the strategy of the country’s national security, Putin said.“It is necessary to quickly analyze the entire spectrum of potential challenges and risks – political, economic and informational, and others, and on this basis to adjust the strategy of the national security.”Putin’s statement comes after the Pentagon unveiled its new military strategy where it said that Russia, North Korea and Iran are among its new challenges together with non-state groups – particularly the “violent extremist organizations” such as Islamic State and the Taliban.The document blamed Russia for violating “numerous agreements” with its “military actions.”The countries who initiated anti-Russian sanctions have provoked the Ukrainian crisis, Putin said, and now they don’t even try to analyze what is happening.“Those who are implementing these restrictive measures toward Russia, sanctions – they are, in fact, the culprits of all the events we are witnessing in the east of Ukraine.”
  • Dragon Rising: Is China Capable of Challenging US Global Dominance?
    By http://sputniknews.com A respected American bi-monthly international affairs magazine has come up with an analysis of what China’s military will look like in the next decade and put forward a number of reasons why it won’t be able to pose a substantial threat to US global dominance, but is it the full story?The National Interest magazine has come up with a benchmarking analysis of what China’s military will look like ten years from now, compared to the US, concluding that it won’t be pose a credible threat to the prevailing US global dominance.The evaluation starts by looking at the operational experience of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), its Navy (PLAN) and Air Force (PLAAF).“One area in which China remains dramatically behind the United States is in operational experience,” it stated. PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 6, 2013) Members of the Chinese community in Hawaii greet visiting sailors of the Chinese People's Liberation Army-Navy upon their arrival to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-HickamThe series of “wars on terror” have been positive for the US: they “have given its armed forces tremendous experience in the day-to-day execution of military force,” while Chinese Armed Forces “lack such hands on experience.”The magazine is convinced that in the coming decade Beijing will remain without experience, as “it’s not clear that China is planning to start an endless, pointless series of wars in order to acquire it.” Russia vs China: US Can Afford Only One to Top Its Terror Roll “In every war, the US armed services grow closer together, developing the procedures and communications techniques they need in order to perform as an effective team.”“In every peace, the US armed services grow farther apart, as each pursues internal, parochial goals at the expense of joint training, procurement, and planning.”The military conflicts the US is involved in, have contributed to this aspect as well.On the other hand, the outlet states, “as of yet, there’s not much indication that the land forces of the PLA, the Second Artillery, the PLAAF, and the PLAN have engaged in the work necessary to make them function as a coherent whole.”China has an additional disadvantage in its “depressing dependence on Russian technology and Russian suppliers.” The projections however are that in the next decade China will “shed much of its remaining dependence.” The Pentagon’s 2015 Military Strategy: Old Cold War Foes, New Hypocrisies “The next decade should see the final emergence of the Chinese military-industrial complex from the Russian shadow, along with the end of Chinese dependence on Russian supply and technology.”“An almost complete absence of allies” is yet another of China’s biggest problems “with respect to the military balance with the US.”“The next decade will almost certainly not see the development of a China-centric alliance system; indeed, the opposite (a China-phobic alliance) is far more likely.”Another prediction about the potential reach of the Chinese military simply concludes that although “the increase in firepower and presence means that the Chinese military has a greater effective reach than it has ever enjoyed,” over the next decade it will be greater than “any military in the world, other than the US.”The final conclusion provides comforting reading to the US audience: though the “Chinese military will continue to change and adapt. This adaptation has implications beyond the US-China relationship; it will affect how Beijing interacts with Russia, Japan, India, and the nations of Southeast Asia.”
  • The Naga insurgency and the ‘idea of India’
    By Kadayam Subramanian on July 1, 2015 in Asia Times News & Features, South Asia The Naga insurgency arose out of Naga nationalism which focused on the sovereignty and territoriality of the Naga people. Naga nationalism was suppressed brutally by independent India. The long and painful saga of the Naga struggle for independence is well recorded. In 1963, India granted statehood to the Naga people but the demand for independence did not vanish. Peace moves initiated by India during the 1950s and ‘60s had only limited impact.The Naga insurgency is the oldest and most powerful insurgency in India today. Bertil Lintner, in his perceptive book Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier, 2012, says that the Nagas were the first in independent India to challenge the ‘idea of India’ — a concept which preoccupies elite scholarship in India today.After a prolonged struggle, Naga insurgents are now divided into two main groups: the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (greater Nagaland) or NSCN-IM led by Isaac Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah and NSCN-K led by SS Khaplang who does not want to dilute the original demands, namely sovereignty and territoriality. The former group, now willing to function within the Constitution of India, is in secret peace talks with government of India. The latter is excluded from the talks ostensibly because Khaplang is not an Indian citizen but a domicile of Myanmar. Moreover, there is pressure too from the rival group as well to keep him out. The Khaplang too had signed a ceasefire agreement with the government of India in 2001 and would have liked to be part of the dialogue process but has now reneged from the agreement. His group seems to have become today the most powerful group among the Nagas of India and Myanmar. The impact of the exclusion of Khaplang from peace talks was seen in the June 4 devastating attack on the Indian army convoy in Manipur mounted by the NSCN (K) and two Manipuri groups of insurgents.The ‘surgical strike’ on June 9 by the Indian army on the Myanmar-based Naga and Manipuri militants has had a controversial and contradictory impact followed by warnings from sections of the Indian media and politics to those who nurture terrorist groups to attack India, which means Pakistan. On April 17, 2015, it set up in ‘eastern Nagaland’ (the Sagaing Division of Myanmar), a new and expanded group of militants with the support of the Paresh Baruah-led rebel Assamese group and the Naga and Manipuri insurgent groups christened United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA). The ill-conceived move to exclude the Khaplang group from the negotiating process, possibly on the advice of Indian intelligence agencies and the rival Naga militant group seems to have backfired politically with devastating consequences for the future of peace in Northeast India.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a bid to hasten the resolution to the Naga problem, has given a push to the negotiating process with the NSCN-IM group, which seems to be moving towards a solution. The June 4 attack on the Indian army convoy by the NSCN-K was a big blow to the negotiating process. The June 9 retaliatory “surgical strike” in Manipur and Nagaland by the Indian army against the Khaplang-led militants inside Myanmar has sent a wrong message to India’s neighbors, especially Pakistan. The jingoist jubilation by sections of the Indian public, media and government has not gone down well. The Myanmar government too has indicated its unhappiness diplomatically but in no uncertain manner.India seems to be waging a “war against itself” in its sensitive and strategic Northeastern region. The region, surrounded by China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, is also enmeshed in multinational systemic crime networks of espionage, terrorism, arms trafficking, drug trafficking and money laundering with explosive possibilities. To avert charges of human rights violation, the Indian army needs urgently to address concerns about the number of persons killed in its “surgical strikes” across the Myanmar border. Lack of clarity about the number of persons killed; the manner of disposal of the dead bodies; and the intimation if any of details of events to the state governments of Manipur and Nagaland where the actions took place is worrying. “Collateral damage” from army actions could further alienate the already alienated local population and derail implementation of developmental programs especially the government’s Act East policies and the ‘NER Vision 2020.’Speculation exists over whether China has had a hand in the formation the new militant political agency the UNLFWSEA masterminded by SS Khaplang. Journalist Rajeev Bhattacharyya, after a visit to the NSCN (K) camps in the Sagaing Division of Myanmar has provided in his book Rendezvous with Rebels, 2014 an accurate picture of the strength and activities of the group. His fascinating and frank discussions with the NSCN leader SS Khaplang are full of indispensable insights.Prime Minister Modi’s recent visit to China and his meeting with President Xi Jinping has failed to generate positive vibes on the settlement of the Sino-Indian border dispute. The developing strategic ties between India and the US are a matter of serious concern to China, which has duly responded by strengthening its own strategic ties with Pakistan.Indian intelligence agencies seem to have failed to assess adequately the importance the NSCN (K) and its leader for the resolution of the Naga problem in the Northeast. The government of India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, the nodal agency for the development of the Northeast and its Research and Policy Division had the responsibility to analyse and interpret security-related intelligence reports. The winding up of the Division some time ago has deprived the ministry of its crucial instrument for policy analysis independent of intelligence agencies. This has led to the failure of the ministry to develop an adequate policy response to the Naga problem. The ‘idea of India’ seems thus further diluted and weakened in India’s Northeast.Kadayam Subramaniam was Director General of Police in Northeast India. He is an author and writer and was Director of the Research and Policy Division of India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.(Copyright 2015 Asia Times Holdings Limited, a duly registered Hong Kong company. All rights reserved. Please contact us about sales, syndication and republishing.)
  • ISIS crazies murder 74 children
    By www.patriotstore.co.uk The blood-soaked executioners of ISIS have spared neither women nor children since the jihadist army established its caliphate a year ago, putting an estimated 74 kids and even more women to death for such offenses as practicing “magic” and refusing to fast during Ramadan.A total of 3,027 people have been executed by ISIS since it declared itself a state under strict Islamic law in Syria and Iraq last June, according to a new report by the UK-based group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights."Many of the charges against those executed are recorded as blasphemy and spying, but others include sorcery, sodomy, practicing as a Shia Muslim," the report states.Just this week, two children whose ages were not known were crucified in the Mayadin, Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria after ISIS accused them of not properly fasting during Ramadan. The children’s bodies, put on public display on crossbars, each bore a sign explaining their violation during the holy month for Muslims that runs June 17 to July 17. With each execution justified by ISIS' medieval interpretation of the Koran, the group is attempting to portray itself as the true practitioners of Islam, say experts.“Underlying all these executions is the apocalypse ideology of the final battle between the believers and the unbelievers,” said Jasmine Opperman, the director of Southern Africa Operations at the Terrorism, Research & Analysis Consortium. “ISIS is using executions to show its followers -- and would-be followers -- that the group is the only true representative of believers, not only in word, but action, which is why executions are featured so prominently.”“The violent Islamist group appears to demonstrate a particular interest in children, releasing videos of children fighting in cages and undertaking military training,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group said. “The report also details moves undertaken by the group to entice children to join, which include setting up offices called "cubs of the caliphate" that recruit children to fight for ISIS.”The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child released a report in February, documenting the many horrors ISIS has imposed on children who are Kurdish, Yazidi, Christian and even Muslim. Children – even those who are mentally challenged – are being tortured, crucified, buried alive, used as suicide bombers and sold as sex slaves, the report said.Women are not spared the cruel brutality of ISIS, eitherThe Syrian Observatory found that the terror group carried out more executions this week, murdering two married couples by beheading them publicly with a sword for “sorcery.”“The Islamic State group executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province, and this is the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner,” Rami Abdel Rahman, of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told the Daily Mail.Other citizens suspected of practicing black magic or sorcery also have been killed, the organization reports, including a magician beheaded in recent weeks in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin.“The practicing of anything that is not approved by Islamic State under their very strict interpretation of Islam is ‘Haram’ or forbidden,” said Veryan Khan, editorial director for the Florida-based Terrorism, Research & Analysis Consortium. “If the Islamic State thinks that sorcery is real, then black magic would be a threat to them and seen as a danger.”ISIS stepped up its killing spree this week as it celebrated both Ramadan and its one-year anniversary as a caliphate in Iraq and Syria with three straight days of ruthless public punishments and executions. On June 30, 11 workers from al-Miadin endured live crucifixion and were forced to wear signs saying "70 lashes and to be crucified for 1 day for breaking the fast in Ramadan."The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the most recent killing spree is less than a week, after ISIS released a video of 15 men executed in three terrible ways: Drowned in cages, having their head blown off with explosives and burning them alive in a car hit with a rocket launcher.Last Friday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the death of 38 people in Tunisia who were gunned down, and another 27 people who died after a bomb rocked a Shia mosque in Kuwait.“Islamic State executions are not merely retribution by the state for behavior seen as illegal,” said Khan, noting executions by the Islamic State include everything from burning alive victims, firing squads, beatings and beheadings, to drowning, explosions, and throwing people off of buildings. “The Islamic State uses executions to intimidate and dominate the local population, for diplomatic communiqués to world leaders, for recruitment purposes and to demonstrate the organization is in complete control.” People ARE waking up, but too many don't yet realise that ISIS isn't a problem for Syrians and a few unlucky tourists. 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