Tuesday, May 31, 2011

European protests and other happenings

Things seem to be heating up in Europe.  Yesterday, we learned:
Spaniards protesting over the handling of the country's economic crisis vowed to keep their tents in central city squares this week, as a wave of similar protests spread to other major European cities. 
Hundreds of people both young and old voted late on Sunday to keep a two-week-old protest encampment in Madrid's main Puerta del Sol square going until Thursday at least, a move echoed in Spain's second largest city Barcelona. 
Dubbed "los indignados" (the indignant), tens of thousands of demonstrators packed squares across Spain in a wave of outrage over high unemployment and government austerity measures in the run-up to local and regional elections on May 22. 
The elections dealt a crushing defeat to Spain's ruling Socialists, who have had to balance voter anger over national belt tightening and investor demands for strict measures to keep the public deficit in check. 
The "Real Democracy Now" movement, also coined the "Spanish Revolution", and has inspired similar demonstrations across Europe. 
In Greece, protests have drawn about 24,000 people to Athens' central Syntagma square, and about 1,500 in the Northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, according to usually conservative police estimates. 
On Monday around 30 tents were laid out in Athens' central square, as part of a daily gathering that kicked off last Wednesday and which is seen less politically motivated than traditional protest rallies called on by labour unions. 
"Finally, it was time we woke up from the lethargy. We feel the need to step forward, to state our disappointment, our disgust, our anger and end any kind of tolerance against all those who bear the responsibility," a movement called "The Indignant Citizens" wrote on a blog. 
PARIS INDIGNANT 
In Paris riot police cleared out the Place de la Bastille on Sunday evening after hundreds of protestors gathered on the steps of a popular opera house there, claiming solidarity with similar grass-roots movements in Spain and Greece. 
The crowd, seemingly made up of protestors in their mid-twenties, banged on drums, sat in the evening sunshine and brandished signs that read "Real democracy now", "Wake up, Paris" and "Get Indignant!" 
Protestors estimated the turnout at over 1,000 and cited several arrests as well as some injured. Police said around 500 people had shown up. 
"We started these spontaneous gatherings around 10 days ago and they are growing," said one protestor, who asked not to be named. "At first we were just a few and now hundreds are showing up every day, with big spikes on the weekend. 
The protestor, a student who said he did not want to be identified as a spokesperson or organiser, said similar gatherings had taken place in 31 French cities. 
A pan-European "major day of protest" was set for June 19, the protestor said, adding that his group -- the French chapter of the Spanish "Acampada" movement -- had yet to formulate any precise demands.
This will be coming to your neighborhood sooner rather than later.  Which side will you be on? (h/t Daryl Bradford Smith's www.iamthewitness.com)





Truth and justice cannot be suppressed.  God bless the protesters and good people of Span here!  People the world over are sick and tired of the fascist, Zionist oligopoly that has dominated the global economy and governments of the Western world.  Count me in that group.  How about you?

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I submitted a question to Len Osanic, host of Black Ops Radio, back in March hoping he and his regular guest, Jim DiEugenio (<-- a critical look at DiEugenio), who operates Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination, would get around to addressing it in the near future.  On May 5th, Len and Jim did address my question, which I'd like to transcribe here, as I think it relates to most of the issues discussed here on this blog.

My question: Michael Collins Piper has written a book titled “Final Judgment” which contends that the Mossad was one of the prime conspirators in the JFK assassination. It’s quite clear JFK made all sorts of enemies, even before he entered the White House. Jim’s explanation of JFK’s outlook on 3rd world colonialism and his Congo policy really highlight just a small sample of the types of folks he was against. But, I’ve never heard either of you or any of your guests talk about JFK’s policy towards Israel, and his efforts to keep them from developing a nuclear weapon, which the Israelis made clear was one of their priorities. Also, JFK’s efforts to sidestep the Federal Reserve, which was founded way back in 1913, clearly made a lot of entrenched interests very angry. Looking forward to hearing your thoughtful response to my question.

DiEugenio: I think there’s (sic) two questions here, the one is about Michael Collins Piper and his book. Alright, I read Michael Collins Piper’s book a very long time ago, and I thought it was a very poor book. Look, I don’t care what the thesis of the book is. The way I look at any book is simply this- what is your thesis, what is your sub-thesis, do you have the evidence to back up what you’re saying? OK? And then, how good is that evidence? Does it prove what you’re saying, or does it only advance an interesting point, or does it not prove what you’re saying at all?

Now, looking back at Final Judgment, I thought a lot of the evidence he had was just kinda silly. One of the things he said was that Jack Ruby was actually still alive, he actually put that in his book. So, if you’re going to build this Israeli conspiracy, you better have something more than Jack Ruby, you better have something a lot more than that. So, I didn’t think he advanced anywhere near enough evidence to make his thesis credible. I mean, just because Kennedy was against Israel building a nuclear reactor that doesn’t mean the Israelis went ahead and killed him. You have to prove that. You have to show the evidence for that.

Needless to say, I sure hope Michael Collins Piper responds to this nonsense coming from DiEugenio.

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Isn't it funny how the same forces of death and mayhem seem to be instigating, financing, and prosecuting every major conflict for the past 100+ years at least?

The most recent example comes from from the Israeli daily, Haaretz:
Spanish police have arrested eight people who allegedly planned to sell to Iran U.S.-made military transport helicopters that they bought from Israel with U.S. government approval.

Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said five Spanish businessmen and three Iranians who had come to Spain to finalize the deal have been arrested.
Yossi Melman, once again from Haaretz, feigns ignorance:
The Ofer Brothers Group may be scurrying into damage control in Israel, Singapore, London and Washington, after the United States blacklisted it for trading with Iran, but Israel seems to be doing nothing to enforce international sanctions on Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who endlessly preaches the need for firm action against Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear arms, is not lifting a finger to stop Israeli companies and individuals indirectly trading with Iran. [...]

At least 200 international companies operating in Israel maintain extensive trade ties with Iran. These ties include investments in the Iranian energy industry, which is Iran's main income source and serves to funnel funds to develop missiles, the nuclear program and other unconventional weapons.

In 2008 Israel enacted legislation prohibiting Israeli companies from investing in such corporations. But so far the government has done nothing to enforce it. Even after the Israel Electric Corp. and the Israeli Airports Authority purchased hundreds of millions of dollars worth of equipment from Danish and German companies operating in Iran, and after Haaretz reported it, Israel still did nothing.
This all comes after the surprisingly revealing article published in the New York Times back in March detailing U.S. corporate dealings in Iran, despite the nonsensical rhetoric spewing from the government and media:
The federal government has awarded more than $107 billion in contract payments, grants and other benefits over the past decade to foreign and multinational American companies while they were doing business in Iran, despite Washington’s efforts to discourage investment there, records show.

That includes nearly $15 billion paid to companies that defied American sanctions law by making large investments that helped Iran develop its vast oil and gas reserves.

For years, the United States has been pressing other nations to join its efforts to squeeze the Iranian economy, in hopes of reining in Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Now, with the nuclear standoff hardening and Iran rebuffing American diplomatic outreach, the Obama administration is trying to win a tough new round of United Nations sanctions.

But a New York Times analysis of federal records, company reports and other documents shows that both the Obama and Bush administrations have sent mixed messages to the corporate world when it comes to doing business in Iran, rewarding companies whose commercial interests conflict with American security goals.

Many of those companies are enmeshed in the most vital elements of Iran’s economy. More than two-thirds of the government money went to companies doing business in Iran’s energy industry — a huge source of revenue for the Iranian government and a stronghold of the increasingly powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a primary focus of the Obama administration’s proposed sanctions because it oversees Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

Other companies are involved in auto manufacturing and distribution, another important sector of the Iranian economy with links to the Revolutionary Guards. One supplied container ship motors to IRISL, a government-owned shipping line that was subsequently blacklisted by the United States for concealing military cargo.

Beyond $102 billion in United States government contract payments since 2000 — to do everything from building military housing to providing platinum to the United States Mint — the companies and their subsidiaries have reaped a variety of benefits. They include nearly $4.5 billion in loans and loan guarantees from the Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that underwrites the export of American goods and services, and more than $500 million in grants for work that includes cancer research and the turning of agricultural byproducts into fuel.

In addition, oil and gas companies that have done business in Iran have over the years won lucrative drilling leases for close to 14 million acres of offshore and onshore federal land. 

4 comments:

  1. This DiEugenio person, was completely disingenuous in that response.

    He discredited the book, thereby discrediting the theory.
    (classic propaganda technique)
    Not for one minute did he entertain the possibility that that angle was plausible.

    He didn't even respond to the question of the Federal Reserve.

    Sometimes we have to look at what is not said, as well as what is said.

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  2. I suspect that the CIA are behind the riots.

    - Aangirfan

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  3. Funny you should mention DiEugenio as xymphora had a link to him today on the RFK assassination. His dismissal of the Israel angle in the JFK killing now makes me wonder if he is a gatekeeper but this article seems OK.

    http://www.ctka.net/2011/sirhan_new_trial.html

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  4. DiEugenio is an extremely knowledgeable individual, so ignorantly dismissing Piper's well researched book is a big red flag. I knew he and the host, Len Osanic, wouldn't really delve into the subject. I emailed Piper about it, but haven't heard back from him yet. I hope he goes on Black Ops Radio to set things straight, but that's doubtful. Black Ops Radio has some phenomenal information, except when it comes to the Zionist angle of JFK's assassination (or really any subject discussed).

    Those kids getting the shit kicked out of them by the fascist police officers didn't look like CIA agents or stooges, but I guess you never know when it comes to these things. Haha!

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