Protesters angry that leaders refuse to sign an EU trade agreement are calling their demonstration a ‘revolution’
Al Jazeera America, December 1
More than 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine’s capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over [...]
Spiegel Online – Hundreds of poverty-stricken refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean, while at the same time, many European Union member states issue residence permits to wealthy Chinese, Arabs and Russians. Anyone is welcome who can pay the asking price.
When the shutters come up inside Latvia’s immigration office at 8 a.m., they are waiting: [...]
NYT – AMIRAS, Greece — As they moved through the isolated villages in this region in 1943, systematically killing men in a reprisal for an attack on a small outpost, German soldiers dragged Giannis Syngelakis’s father from his home here and shot him in the head. Within two days, more than 400 men were dead [...]
Guardian story here
ekathimerini story here
A-Z on how to turn a liberal democracy into a proto-fascist state-
just take away people’s food, lodging, and jobs to pay back the international bankers of the IMF.
Note the non-response by the ruling party in the linked stories.
(originally posted Sep 13)
Update1: Greece moves [...]
Guardian Online – Police fired tear gas at demonstrating school guards amassed outside the administrative reform ministry in Athens. Three protestors were subsequently rushed to hospital suffering respiratory problems. The decision of authorities to resort to using toxic chemicals so early in the day appears only to have reinforced the resolve of unions in [...]
Angela Merkel’s government is forcing Southern Europe to undertake profound reforms while at the same time denying its own responsibility for the consequences of its crisis policies. Germany is risking a historic failure with its shortsighted wrangling. Spiegel Online – The fact is that the Merkel administration is forcing its controversial crisis agenda [...]
From June 2012, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Tragic Decline of Gibraltar’s Spanish Neighbor.
Now things are getting worse. Anglo-Spanish relations deteriorate…
(The Real News) – Shir Hever: European Union announces restrictions for funding Israeli colonies; Israeli government in panic because every aspect of Israel’s economy and society could be affected by the EU decision
So said Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker after finishing up as President of the Eurogroup. He was enthusiastic in the position from 1 January 2005 until his resignation on 21 January 2013, making him longest-serving head of the Eurogroup. His passion was the Euro. And that passion blinded him to matters at home.
He was [...]
(The Guardian Exclusive): Edward Snowden papers reveal 38 targets including EU, France and Italy
US intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest top secret US National Security Agency documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.
One document lists 38 embassies and [...]
(AP) — The European Union is urging its 27 member states to test certain wheat shipments from the United States after unauthorized genetically modified grains were found on a U.S. farm, officials said Friday.
The move came after Japan halted imports Thursday of some types of wheat from the U.S. following the discovery of an [...]
(BBC) – European Union foreign ministers have agreed not to renew the union’s arms embargo on the Syrian opposition.
But there was “no immediate decision to send arms” to Syrian rebels and all other sanctions remained in force, the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a tweet.
I’m a second generation Chicagoan. Live on the north side and work on the west side. I was around in the 70′s as a hippy. What little of Marx I understood then I liked. So when governments are democratic l tend to prefer them especially, of course, over corporations. My standards for democracy [...]
(Phys.Org) – The European Commission said Friday that it will ban for two years beginning in December pesticides blamed for killing the bees that pollinate food and fruit crops.
The decision to ban the three insecticides, made by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta, “marks another milestone towards ensuring a healthier future” for bees, EU Health [...]
(Updated 4/2) Numerian told us to Pay Attention when the EU and IMF came up with a plan to bail out Cyprus banks (Greek Cyprus) by confiscating deposits. He was right on target, early but just in time. Far from just the announced confiscation of 6% to 9%, it now looks like the dynamics of [...]