1. Syrian war of lies and hypocrisy / Robert Fisk →

    Syrian war of lies and hypocrisy

    The West’s real target here is not Assad’s brutal regime but his ally, Iran, and its chemical weapons

    Has there ever been a Middle Eastern war of such hypocrisy? A war of such cowardice and such mean morality, of such false rhetoric and such public humiliation? I’m not talking about the physical victims of the Syrian tragedy. I’m referring to the utter lies and mendacity of our masters and our own public opinion – eastern as well as western – in response to the slaughter, a vicious pantomime more worthy of Swiftian satire than Tolstoy or Shakespeare.

    While Qatar and Saudi Arabia arm and fund the rebels of Syria to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite/Shia-Baathist dictatorship, Washington mutters not a word of criticism against them. President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, say they want a democracy in Syria. But Qatar is an autocracy and Saudi Arabia is among the most pernicious of caliphate-kingly-dictatorships in the Arab world. Rulers of both states inherit power from their families – just as Bashar has done – and Saudi Arabia is an ally of the Salafist-Wahabi rebels in Syria, just as it was the most fervent supporter of the medieval Taliban during Afghanistan’s dark ages.

    (…)

    No, this is all about Iran and our desire to crush the Islamic Republic and its infernal nuclear plans – if they exist – and has nothing to do with human rights or the right to life or the death of Syrian babies. Quelle horreur!


    /via af

  2. wu lyf / dirt

  3. (…) os meninos antigamente sabiam mais que os doutores agora, e tal. Esta entronização da parolice é a moda da saison desde que o ministro Crato decidiu apresentar às criancinhas as virtudes da lavoura. Pouco importa que os jovens de 2012 saibam programar em PHP e JavaScript, que conheçam países sem entrarem neles a salto e dominem razoavelmente o inglês: para milhões de pategos lusitanos, muitos deles atarantados com os comandos da TV, a única educação que presta é a de Oliveira Salazar. (…)

    E isto seria apenas grave, se alguns não estivessem no Governo.

    — Luís M. Jorge em “Sabedoria popular.” - Delito de Opinião (via imtakingtwo)

  4. para acabar de vez com a cultura →

    Os subsídios à cultura têm três funções: desenvolvimento económico, defesa da liberdade de escolha e promoção da soberania cultural.

    "O sucesso das economias no século XXI não dependerá do sector financeiro, mas dos sectores criativos."

    (…) se deixarmos a cultura apenas ao mercado só teremos acesso ao que tenha retorno financeiro imediato.

    (…) se não houver uma política pública para garantir a diversidade ela morre.

    (…) o investimento público na cultura é a única forma, sobretudo num país da dimensão de Portugal, de garantir a liberdade de escolha.

    (…) desprezar os artistas e tratá-los como pedintes mimados rende muito aplauso fácil. Pagaremos cara tanta ignorância atrevida.


    /via 
    expresso

  5. predictions are made to fail →

    by sahba: 

    Today: Greece witnesses a large (larger than yesterday) bank run. Politicians make calls for tranquility.

    Tomorrow: as families come together over the weekend they discuss what is going on and decide they should make withdrawals of euros. Interim Greek PM makes a statement to the nation attempting to tranquillise the population, possibly claiming that there is no bank run, and no justification for one.

    Monday: as banks reopen the amounts withdrawn will skyrocket. Over the afternoon many ways to stop the bleeding will be floated around. The news will spread across Europe. EU politicians will cry out their “effective new measures” to remedy situation, tranquillising no one. The ECB will make injections into the Greek banks.

    Tuesday: Greece will try to avert setting withdrawal limits, which will only precipitate the impending collapse. The remaining PIIGS will experience increased withdrawals, albeit not in catastrophic levels. Bank shares and European stock markets will fall, and the Spanish Bankia will lead the pack with a 50% devaluation. The press will be too focused reporting on the dramatic events unfolding in Greece for there to be information bandwidth left for the national news.

    Wednesday: Greece will wake up to a withdrawal limit and mass convulsions, fuelled by the far right and far left’s cries against the European axis.

    Over the following ten days,

    a) European leaders will announce a dramatic new measure to ensure the euro’s integrity with all current member-states;

    b) said measure will fail and Greece will leave the Euro, as well as experience unprecedented uprisings;

    c) the panic across the remaining PIIGS will be contained naturally as part of the population will feel that the Greek earthquake may have alleviated the tensions temporarily;

    d) other European countries will witness a surprising increase in withdrawals, as the population is fed news of European banks’ exposure to the Greek mess. France will lead this pack;

    e) David Cameron will express sympathy and support, but we will all know he’s secretly laughing;

    f) Merkel will spin the situation to state that it was caused by Greek non-compliance; Hollande will capitalise politically against the Germans and will feel reinforced in his dangerously wrong views of Europe; talks of Greece’s exclusion from the single market, and perhaps the EU itself, will emerge;

    g) talks of transnational “Euro insurance”, aimed at tranquillising the remaining PIIGS, will be heard;

    h) Spain and Portugal will come together politically for matters of image;

    i) Ireland will try to demonstrate with its numbers that there is no reason for it to be in the “fear pack”;

    j) the people of Iceland will continue rewriting their Constitution on Facebook and pause and contemplate the change of fates that the last 5 years have brought with them;

    k) Napoli will witness new attacks;

    l) the Turkish European impetus will discretely but steadily fade;

    m) the world psyche will definitively start viewing Europe as the bastion of instability and insecurity that it is;

    n) capitalism will be further put into question by society;

    o) awesome infographics will emerge, explaining some of the more impressive and depressing European statistics;

    p) the European press will be flooded with articles revisiting past bank runs and currency collapses of the world;

    q) this set of predictions will start being circulated, while never becoming widespread;

    r) Timothy Geithner will produce annoying comments, with a fake sense of sympathy masking US satisfaction for not being Europe;

    s) Buffett will make a simple comment which will be both painful and accurate; Soros, Krugman, John Gray, and others will make statements which will get much attention;

    t) Russia will capitalise politically via increased relative political clout and prowess, in the face of Europe’s growing weakness;

    u) Barroso’s cries will ring hollow even to the most uneducated citizens;

    v) the ECB’s cluelessness will become particularly apparent as it backtracks some of its announced approaches (such as suspension of injection of liquidity into Greece);

    w) the societal movement questioning the current democratic model will gain impetus, fanned by the coincidence of being Greece the first to fall;

    x) marks the spot;

    y) Iceland’s path will be envied by many in Europe, following reports in the press;

    z) the world will continue in its unstoppable twin movements of integration and disintegration.

    /via sahbapasta

  6. A classe dominante nunca será capaz de resolver a crise. Ela é a crise! /Rob Riemen →

    (…)
    A actual classe dominante nunca será capaz de resolver a crise, porque ela é a crise! E não falo apenas da classe política, mas da educacional, da que controla os media, da financeira, etc. Não vão resolver a crise porque a sua mentalidade é extremamente limitada e controlada por uma única coisa: os seus interesses. Os políticos existem para servir os seus interesses, não o país. Na educação, a mesma coisa: quem controla as universidades está ali para favorecer empresas e o Estado. Se algo não é bom para a economia, porquê investir dinheiro?
    (…)
    No geral, os media já não são o espelho da sociedade nem informam de facto as pessoas do que se está a passar, existem sim para vender e vender e vender.
    (…)
    se as pessoas fossem um bocadinho mais espertas, não iriam para universidades estúpidas, nem veriam programas estúpidos na TV. Existe uma elite comercial e política interessada em manter as pessoas estúpidas. E isso é vendido como democracia, porque as pessoas são livres de escolher e blá blá.

    http://www.ionline.pt/mundo/rob-riemen-classe-dominante-nunca-sera-capaz-resolver-crise-ela-crise-1

  7. A policeman strikes AFP photojournalist Patricia Melo during the Portuguese general strike in Lisbon →

    A policeman strikes AFP photojournalist Patricia Melo during the Portuguese general strike in Lisbon March 22, 2012. Portugal faces a general strike by workers angered by austerity measures imposed as a condition of a 78-billion euro bailout last year but doubts remain as to whether Thursday’s stoppage will receive widespread support.

  8. Germany Fails To Meet Its Own Austerity Goals →

    European countries are expected to implement tough austerity measures amid the debt crisis. But Germany isn’t setting a very good example. SPIEGEL has learned that Berlin failed to reach its own austerity goals in 2011. And despite pressuring its neighbors to save, Germany is behind this year too.

    As she travels from one European Union summit to the next, Angela Merkel’s constant mantra in recent months has been austerity, austerity, austerity. But apparently the German chancellor hasn’t been quite as strict when it comes to her own country’s budget.

    SPIEGEL reports this week that the German government didn’t reach even half of its planned savings in the federal budget. Only 42 percent of the spending cuts named by Merkel’s coalition government, comprised of the conservative Christian Democrats and the business-friendly Free Democratic Party, were actually not implemented.

    Calculations made by the influential Cologne Institute for Economic Research indicate that only €4.7 billion ($6.16 billion) of the €11.2 billion in austerity measures stipulated by the savings package actually took shape in 2011.

    The government is also falling behind on its targets for this year. Of the originally planned €19.1 billion in savings, less than half has been implemented. For the coming year, the concrete measures that have been agreed on so far cover just one-third of the announced amount of savings. Merkel’s cabinet is hoping to agree to the basic foundations of the 2013 federal budget in March.

    Embarrassing Lapse

    This lapse is particularly embarrassing for the German government because the news comes just after 25 European Union member states agreed in early March to an international fiscal pact obliging them to adhere to greater fiscal discipline. The pact also calls for the creation of balanced budget initiatives modelled on Germany’s debt brake legislation that would be enforced by the EU’s court, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

    The aim of the pact is to make EU countries maintain binding austerity measures that leaders hope will contain the debt crisis and prevent countries like Greece from being able to pile up massive debts again. “It is a milestone in the history of the European Union,” Merkel said at the signing of the pact.

    Under Germany’s balanced budget legislation, the federal government and the German states have set upper ceilings for new borrowing. The fundamental goal is to eliminate all borrowing by 2020. The German states will be strictly forbidden from new borrowing starting that year, and the federal government will only be able to borrow up to 0.35 percent annual economic output a year, or about €9 billion.

    dsl/SPIEGEL 

  9. The worst defense of Zionism in history →

    An op-ed on Ynet, Israel’s most popular news site, explains how to address anti-Zionism:

    Zionism will only cease being demonized in the politically correct corners of the West once our schools and film industry cease to demonize colonialism. The politically correct depiction of the colonialist as a racist and covetous brute must give space to the majority of well-meaning administrators that helped build roads, schools, and hospitals for the natives.

    It must be shown that colonialists administered law and justice far more fairly than most pre-colonial chieftains or post-colonial despots.

  10. “[…] Manolis Glezos tem 89 anos e esteve ontem na primeira linha dos protestos contra a União Europeia e o Fundo Monetário Internacional, e o que milhares de gregos vêm como um ataque à soberania económica do país.
Este guerreiro de 89 anos só foi silenciado com gás lacrimogéneo. O polícia que o lançou ainda não tinha nascido e já Glezos fora condenado à morte por ousar desafiar a ditadura do Regime dos Coronéis, que governou o país até 1974. A sentença não foi executada devido à forte presão da opinião pública internacional.
A coragem de Glezos não deve espantar ninguém. A 30 de Maio de 1941, aos 18 anos, trepou ao monumento da Acropolis com um amigo da Resistência Grega, Apostolos Santas. Ali fizeram em pedaços a bandeira nazi que a Wehrmacht hasteara aquando da ocupação do país, em Abril desse ano.
Ao todo, Glezos passou 11 anos e 4 meses da sua vida preso, e mais 4 anos e seis meses no exílio. Foi torturado pelos nazis e pelas forças fascistas de Mussolini.
E ontem, 12 de Fevereiro de 2011, ali estava ele: o maior símbolo vivo da resistência grega.
“
(via Resistência | Bitaites)


    […] Manolis Glezos
    tem 89 anos e esteve ontem na primeira linha dos protestos contra a União Europeia e o Fundo Monetário Internacional, e o que milhares de gregos vêm como um ataque à soberania económica do país.

    Este guerreiro de 89 anos só foi silenciado com gás lacrimogéneo. O polícia que o lançou ainda não tinha nascido e já Glezos fora condenado à morte por ousar desafiar a ditadura do Regime dos Coronéis, que governou o país até 1974. A sentença não foi executada devido à forte presão da opinião pública internacional.

    A coragem de Glezos não deve espantar ninguém. A 30 de Maio de 1941, aos 18 anos, trepou ao monumento da Acropolis com um amigo da Resistência Grega, Apostolos Santas. Ali fizeram em pedaços a bandeira nazi que a Wehrmacht hasteara aquando da ocupação do país, em Abril desse ano.

    Ao todo, Glezos passou 11 anos e 4 meses da sua vida preso, e mais 4 anos e seis meses no exílio. Foi torturado pelos nazis e pelas forças fascistas de Mussolini.

    E ontem, 12 de Fevereiro de 2011, ali estava ele: o maior símbolo vivo da resistência grega.

    (via Resistência | Bitaites)

  11. What is ACTA?

    Since Spring 2008, the European Union, the United States, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Australia as well as a few other countries have been secretly negotiating a trade agreement aimed at enforcing copyright and tackling counterfeited goods (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). Specifically, leaked documents show that one of the major goal of the treaty is to force signatory countries into implementing anti file-sharing policies under the form of three-strikes schemes and net filtering practices. 

    At a time when important debates are taking place on the need to adapt copyright to the digital age, this treaty would bypass democratic processes in order to enforce a fundamentally irrelevant regulatory regime. It would profoundly alter the very nature of the Internet as we know it by putting an end to Net neutrality. 

     
    http://www.stopacta.info 


    STOP-ACTA

  12. sacrifícios o caralho.
/cc:s.sanai

    sacrifícios o caralho.

    /cc:s.sanai

  13. #Jan25 / one year ago…


    Produced by Sami Matar, a Palestinian-American composer from Southern California, and featuring the likes of Freeway, The Narcicyst, Omar Offendum, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, and Canadian R&B vocalist Ayah - this track serves as a testament to the revolution’s effect on the hearts and minds of today’s youth, and the spirit of resistance it has come to symbolize for oppressed people worldwide.

  14. palestinian right to fight occupation not only moral, but legal as well →

    Speaking to +972, Israeli human rights lawyer Lynda Brayer remarks, “When we say moral, we’re talking about the general principle of behavior to promote, sustain, nurture, and help human life… international law reflects, on paper, moral values as we understand them.”

    The Palestinian’s legal right to resist occupation—to fight for their ability to promote, sustain, and nurture human life, to fight for their right to grow, to flourish—comes from two documents: the 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and the Fourth Geneva Convention and its subsequent protocols.

    Taken together, people have the right to “fight against colonial domination and alien occupation in the exercise of their right to self-determination”, Brayer explained.

  15. video interview: thom yorke & 3d (london occupy movement)

    /Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s 3D DJ’ed the other day for London’s Occupy Protesters. They did one interiew on the roof of the UBS building.

    After their DJ sets this week, 3D and Thom Yorke talked about the Occupy Movement. Thom: “The banks took the money that was supposed to keep us safe and robbed it and then said it was some kind of act of god. There are people who are responsible and they’re not being held to account. (…) If I was Prime Minister of this country, I would be wondering how I was going to keep this anger at bay, because the anger’s going to get worse. They’re siding with the wrong people. You cannot keep going with the current system”.

    (Source: ateaseweb.com)