Greek Movement & unbelievable Censorship

August 3, 2011

The western mass media still ignores and censors Greeks and the Greek news, but it is one month since Greece was paralyzed by a general strike over harsh austerity measures, with mass street demonstrations and running battles between police and protesters in Syntagma Square, Athens. Greeks are more distrustful than ever of their political class. Polls show growing contempt for all parties and the discredited political system. Unemployment is at a record high of 16% – far higher for young people. Now the Popular Assembly of Syntagma square says: “The beginning of fall will be a spring for our struggles “. But the mass media ignore them and what they say. “The Greek Government celebrates the results of the Summit, during which it simply signed, following the Troika orders (IMF, EU, ECB), the new rescue package, to a country which is devastated already by the Memorandum. So, what exactly does the government celebrate? The failure of the Memorandum that has been applied with a gun in the head of the Greek people? The declaration of economic war to society for the next 30 years? The rolling over the next 30 years of the biggest part of the cost at the expense of future generations? The default that still casts its shadow over the country? And if this is indeed a success, which measures will the government take back after this great success? The 158 billion euro program that is supposed to save the Greek economy, in reality, will save the banks and the bill will go again to the Greek people. Is that the real reason of the governments celebrations?” they adds.

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Greece’s long-running “civil disobedience” movement, where ordinary citizens refuse to pay for anything from road tolls and bus tickets to extra doctors’ charges, has not fizzled out in the summer holidays. The “We Won’t Pay” slogan is championed as the purest form of “people’s power”. “It is the beginning of August and the people are still in the squares. Despite the summer indolence, the slander through the media, despite the plans of the central or municipal authorities for us to go home. They seem to ignore the fact that the movement of the squares is an answer to the societys need for defense. What has happened till today is nothing more than a start, a legacy for the upcoming struggles. We had the will, we conquered fear, we obtained solidarity “, the Popular Assembly of Syntagma square says. “This September will not signal a return to routine. It will mark a return to the struggle, a return to the attempt to overthrow the policies and forces that are making the Greek people sink into poverty and misery. The beginning of fall will be a spring for our struggles. Therefore, we call, on the 3rd of September, for a new big mobilization in order to link the current struggle with others of our people, against tyranny and despotism, since on September 3rd we won our first ConstitutionWe will stay in the squares of Greece, for as long as it takes, adamant in our objectives, unmediated and truthful, implementing direct democracy. We are determined to succeed. The fight goes on and will go on till the victory”, they adds .

A report says: “A waitress, divorced with an 11-year-old daughter, earning about 6.50 an hour. “I’m owed about 3,000 in unpaid wages .This protest is all we can do”, she said. An IT manager from the Athens area, has avoided paying road tolls for two years, simply stepping out of his car and pushing open the barrier at toll booths. His group stages toll-booth ambushes for two to three hours several times a week, waving drivers through without charge. He says: “We go to the hospital and close the cashier’s room, telling people, ‘Don’t pay, we’re here.’ This isn’t our crisis, it’s the government’s crisis. They steal our money; they’re stealing our lives . Now they want us to believe even our savings aren’t safe in the bank. This movement will grow in this autumn because things are so bad now that people genuinely don’t have the money to pay.” And a Greek write says: “It’s the beginning of a divorce between the Greeks and their politicians . That’s what all these movements have in common: they are all about a loathing and abhorring of the political class.” The Greeks with no links to parties or any history of protest are now joining the protests. A Greek history teacher says: “Political history is being made in Greece. Now Greece has woken up” It’s the ‘we won’t pay’ anti-austerity revolt We won’t pay – for other peoples’ mismanagement, corruption and greed”. Some say: “The mass media censor the ‘we won’t pay’ anti-austerity revolt and the Popular Assembly of Syntagma square, because they are dangerous! They are very dangerous for the corrupt politicians and the corrupt media. Other people, especially Europeans, should not learn form them. It’s very dangerous for the corrupt systems. So, they should be censored in a very shameful and a very unbelievable way”.


Libyans, Gaddafi, and the UK

August 3, 2011

“Muammar Gaddafi could stay in Libya”, William Hague concedes. In the recent days, the media reported: “Britain is prepared to agree to a political settlement in Libya that would see Gaddafi remain in the country after relinquishing his hold on power, the foreign secretary, William Hague, has said. Speaking at a press conference in London with his French counterpart Alain Juppé, who has been more relaxed about Gaddafi’s personal future [!], Hague said: “What happens to Gaddafi is ultimately a question for the Libyans. It is for the Libyan people to determine their own future. Whatever happens, Gaddafi must leave power. He must never again be able to threaten the lives of Libyan civilians nor to destabilize Libya once he has left power . Obviously, leaving Libya itself would be the best way of showing the Libyan people they no longer have to live in fear of Gaddafi. But as I have said all along, this is ultimately a question for Libyans to determine.” It’s obvious that compared to French politicians, the British politicians seem more expert in politics and secret deals. It’s so obvious that the politicians should try their best to put an end to the war, it’s their job, but not at any price, not under any condition, not with dirty secret deals. The British dirty tricks are not acceptable. The media added: “Hague indicated that Britain may be prepared to see Gaddafi escape justice [!!]. It is understood that Britain hopes to tempt Gaddafi out of Libya by saying that he can go to a country that does not recognize the ICC !”. But after a day, the media reported: “International criminal court (ICC) has dismissed suggestions by Britain and France that Gaddafi could be allowed to remain in Libya as part of negotiated deal to remove him from power, insisting that a new government would be obliged to arrest the dictator under warrants issued by the court. The ICC, which Britain and France have signed up to, said that Gaddafi could not be allowed to escape justice. The only legal immunity for an ICC warrant is a UN security council resolution which can suspend a warrant.” What the Libyans want is like what the ICC said. The media added: “‘It’s too late for such a thing,’ said a Libyan in Misrata. “Maybe if this deal [suggested by Hague] was made at the beginning, when Gaddafi had killed few people, maybe we could forgive him. But now, after this war, he killed a lot of people [near 30,000], it can’t be forgiven that easy.” The former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said on Tuesday: “It is their country and it is their future. If they can live with a situation where Gaddafi remains in the country [!!!] but is deprived of power [!!!] then it is none of our business to say that is unacceptable [!!'” Rifkind is not stupid, he is a charlatan who pretends ignorance. Libyans have refused France’s demands for negotiating with Gaddafi: “Our position remains: no negotiations until Gaddafi, his sons and his inner circle are gone”, but the British charlatans pretend ignorance. Could the Britons forgive Hitler or Nazi leaders ?! If it was said: “Hitler should be allowed to escape justice”, what was the Britons’ reaction?

In the recent days, the media reported: “Britain has frozen £12bn of Libyan assets since the conflict began in February this year, the bulk of which will remain frozen until the regime of Gaddafi loses power”. As you know, the US has frozen at least $34bn of Libyan assets, too. Some say that about $130bn of Libyan assets has been frozen by the Western countries (US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, etc). But no one knows the precise amount. Some say: “the Western countries don’t spend even $1 for Libyans, and it’s just the Libyan assets that are spending on the war, and the world should know this fact .” Unfortunately the current situation in Libya is like the story of the frozen assets: very unclear, very dubious, and very disappointing. In the recent days, the Libyan rebels’ military commander, Abdel-Fattah Younis who was Gaddafi’s right hand man in the past, was murdered. The media reported: “He was murdered by his rebel comrades while in custody after being arrested on suspicion of having remaining ties to Gaddafi’s regime. Hours before his death was made public, Younis have been arrested and detained in Benghazi by members of the NTC over links he had supposedly kept with the regime.” Some analysts say: “Whatever the truth of the killing, NTC will face the hostility of Younis’s clan [!], the biggest tribe in Benghazi [!!], if he fails to conclusively show that rebel forces had no hand in the general’s death. With the rebel coalition already fractious, a split with the largest tribal group is the last thing the NTC needs”. Younis was a controversial figure, having defected after quitting his post as Gaddafi’s interior minister at the start of the revolution. The media reported: “Many in the rebel camp did not trust a man who had been a close confidant of Gaddafi for 40 years . The 67-year-old was among the military officers who joined Gaddafi in overthrowing Libya’s king, Idris, in a coup in 1969. He then became one of Gaddafi’s closest advisers, training his special forces and being appointed interior minister, responsible for the Gaddafi’s internal security . Many Libyans were unhappy that a key member of the Gaddafi regime should have been appointed commander of opposition forces.” Libya’s situation is very tragic. The west is very hypocrite. The western intellects are very stupid and hypocrite. They don’t care about the poor Libyans. The main thing that they care about it, is the money and the economy. It’s so obvious that Gaddafi should be tried. Some say: “The only thing that can be acceptable as a deal with Gaddafi is that the negotiators say: “Gaddafi will not be executed, and he can spend his last years like Napoleon’s last years”.