By Michael Parenti - Znet
No figure among the capitalist restorationists in the East has won more adulation from U.S. officials, media pundits, and academics than Vaclav Havel...The many left-leaning people who also admire Havel seem to have overlooked some things about him: his reactionary religious obscurantism, his undemocratic suppression of leftist opponents, and his profound dedication to economic inequality and unrestrained free-market capitalism.
Bankers rule the world. As a result, they have enormous influence over political, financial, and economic activity.
Class war rages across Europe.
By Lily Murphy - Znet
On December 6th, 2011, the Irish government announced a new and harsh austerity plan through a tight budget...Savage cuts were made to allowances for the disabled and lone parents while a fuel allowance for pensioners was also cut. The 2012 budget ensured one thing and one thing only: in Ireland the poor get poorer. The government declared that the aim of this budget was to rebuild the Irish economy and strengthen society, but the truth is that this vicious programme of deep cuts and high taxes will only serve to weaken society even more.
From inception, Eurozone monetary union was an idea doomed to fail. Nonetheless, it was engineered fraudulently to look workable.
Class war in Europe rages.
By Julie Hyland - WSWS
Little has been said about the implications of the measures agreed at last week’s European Union (EU) summit for the working class...This virtual silence on the implications of the inter-governmental treaty now being drawn up underscores the contempt of Europe’s media and ruling elite for working people. The treaty measures presage a massive destruction of jobs, living standards and social services on which millions depend, as all of Europe is transformed into one giant austerity zone.
By John W. Warnock - December 06, 2011
Given the weakness of the [New Democratic Party] in Saskatchewan today, and the very low participation of the general public in the political process, it seems to me that it is time for the people in this province who are committed to the democratic ideal to look to the formation of some sort of new, broad extra-parliamentary political organization.
Europe and America perhaps face their gravest ever economic crisis. Growing millions are impoverished, unemployed, and out of luck. Hunger and homelessness are increasing. So is unaddressed anger over handouts to bankers, not people facing crushing hardships.
By Steve James - 3 December 2011
An article in Ireland’s Sunday World has drawn attention to relations between Mahdi al-Harati, former leader of the Tripoli Brigade of the National Transition Council which played a central role in the NATO assault on Libya, and an unnamed US intelligence agency...Al-Harati’s Tripoli Brigade was one of a number of military units put together in conjunction with the NTC to participate in the pro-imperialist overthrow of the regime of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi...From the first, the brigade appears to have been developed...as a well-trained assault force, designed to operate alongside NATO for an attack on Tripoli.
By Jordan Shilton - 2 December 2011
Tuesday’s decision to declare neo-fascist Anders Behring Breivik insane was driven by the political interests of the Norwegian and European ruling elite...This decision has nothing to do with concern over Breivik’s mental state. Rather, it is motivated by the fear in ruling circles that even a limited investigation of the events leading up to July 22, which a trial would undertake, would raise uncomfortable questions for those with connections to Breivik.
It warned 87 European banks to expect downgrades. Moreover, Fitch revised America's debt outlook to negative. Nonetheless, its AAA rating is unchanged. For how long is another issue.
In Germany, rulers and ruled agree: “We” have built a solid economy, lowered wages for over a decade in exemplary fashion, and strengthened the competitiveness of “our” economy. We have solid growth and our debts are under control. Now “we” must rescue the lazy Greeks, Portuguese, Irish, and who knows who else with new loans, because they have been “living beyond their means.” Even if the self-righteous German view has recently triumphed in Brussels and gains approval from the rest of Europe – not a single word in it is true.
Class war across Europe rages.
Sunday, November 27, 2011 - Common Dreams
While workers protest against austerity measures on the streets, cash-strapped Europeans are feeling the pain at home, struggling to pay for heating as winter approaches, reviving soup kitchens for the poorest and getting rid of costly pets...The debt crisis now ravaging the euro zone has seen governments cut spending, including to welfare programs, and raise taxes. Unemployment is rising and many Europeans are planning for a bleaker future.