The media and the politicians are screaming that the world will end if Britain really does leave the EU. The absurdity of this now-standard narrative should be clear from the outset to anyone of sound mind. But in case it is not, let us say this. The E… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Brexit Madness: Propaganda and Hyperbole
The people of Britain have now voted to leave the EU. That vote has deeper and more far-ranging consequences than many people realize. Among other things, it means the beginning of the dissolution and death of the EU. And I would say that is a very goo… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: In or Out? Democracy, the EU, and the Fate of the Earth
The Guardian view on post-Brexit politics: perilous times for progressives Editorial Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London in the wake of resignations from his shadow cabinet. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Sunday 26 June 2016 20.12 BST … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Left Over: Brexit – Stage Left…
By voting for Brexit, the UK has “opted for a form of ritual suicide, but one which will destroy others in its wake, fundamentally undermining the EU, the most progressive political project in history.” The post Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Bri… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU
The EU is a powerful vehicle for neoliberalism. When democracy in Greece pushes back, we see the length the EU will go to punish and control Greece.
Neoliberalism is inherently anti-democratic. Greece deserves our support. And we need to continue to oppose neoliberalism and the soft fascism in Canada [like C-51] that the Conservative and . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Is Greece the Front Line in the War Against Neoliberalism?
We may be on the verge of witnessing a ground shaking, dangerous and scary spectacle – the dismemberment of the European Union. The recent events in Greece may have set some wheels in motion but Harvard professor of international relations, Stephen Walt, says the collapse of European unification traces much further back to five . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The European Union Backstory. Greece Is the Least of Its Problems.
Is it the Euro or is it Angela Merkel – or both? Whatever the case, Merkel’s brutal subjugation of Greece has the neighbours outside the Eurozone good cause to think twice about joining the common currency, the Euro.
Once, it was an exclusive club that nearly all of Europe aspired to join. Now, in . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? No One, Angela, No One.
Two weeks ago we celebrated a win at the European Parliament, where members of a powerful committee tasked with making decisions about how we share and collaborate online rejected proposals that would restrict our right to link.
Seeing the pro-Internet community stand up and take action together is always reaffirming–and in today’s global political . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: They’re back…and are trying to ambush us with an online ‘link tax’
From my years practicing insolvency law, I was left stunned at the illogic in the demands that the creditors sought to impose on Greece. The approach made no sense. They demanded Greece accept a debt load it could never hope to pay off. They essentially wanted the Greek government to mortgage the very future of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Krugman – Europe Also Won in Yesterday’s Greek Bailout Referendum
Mario Draghi of the European Central Bank
Deadlock reached, the EU negotiators broke off talks with the insurgent left wing Greek government, and that government threw a Hail Mary pass by calling for a referendum on the austerity package on July 5. Meanwhile, a hefty repayment of debt is due on June 30, and . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Greece & The Euro: Super Mario will come to the rescue this weekend
Tsipras lambasts ‘absurd proposals’ of creditors for Greece debt-deal failure | Business | The Guardian.
Filed under: Crisis, Eurozone crisis, Greece Tagged: Austerity, EU, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Syriza, Troika
. . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Tsipras lambasts ‘absurd proposals’ of creditors for Greece debt-deal failure | Business | The Guardian
What good is a majority if it lands you in a minefield? Conservative prime minister David Cameron finds himself in that predicament after last week’s elections handed him a very slim majority.
He’s looking to slash about 12-billion quid from his country’s welfare budget. His “red meat” backbench are spoiling for a tussle with . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: John Bull In a China Shop
David Cameron is wasting no time hammering rightwing nails in Britain’s coffin. He has served notice he’ll be making the most of his slim majority win last week and the first thing to go will be Britain’s Human Rights Act.
Just as Harper has Poillevre to do his slime work, Cameron has his own . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: But What Did They Expect?
Le Monde reminds all of us why Syrzia matters not just in Greece, but across Europe and even on our side of the North Atlantic.
The Greeks don’t need to have the meaning of the word “democracy” explained to them. Even so, they have been given countless lectures since voting in a leftwing government . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Why Syrzia Matters. It’s About a Good Deal More than Austerity. It’s About Salvaging Democracy.
The European Union’s FQD, fuel quality directive, was once seen as a bitumen killer. It’s intended to encourage the use of lower-carbon oil and to kill off the European market for tar sand oil.
It had been reported that the Canadian government persuaded the Euros to drop the regulation, opening Europe to Athabasca exports. Now . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will the E.U. Again Pull the Rug Out From Under Harper’s Feet?
*Update – The election results are in.
There might be hope for the people of Greece in their upcoming elections. Excerpts of an interview of Tariq Ali hosted by Kostas Vlahopoulos and Thomas Giourgas.
“3. What is your view of the current sociopolitical situation in Greece?
Tariq Ali: The situation is polarised. The fascists of . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Tariq Ali on the Upcoming Greek Election
Over at Ricochet, I’ve transcribed my podcast interview with Yanis Varoufakis, economist and Syriza candidate in tomorrow’s Greek elections. With Syriza looking to get the most votes and possibly an outright parliamentary majority, I asked Yanis about the Greek economy, Syriza’s economic plans, his views on what these mean for Europe and how we can . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: The Greek canary in the European coalmine: An interview with Yanis Varoufakis
I’ve been visiting family in Poland for the past few weeks so, fittingly, this week’s podcast deals with the situation of the left at two opposite ends of the European periphery: Greece and Poland. My first guest is Yanis Varoufakis, professor of economics at the University of Athens and candidate for SYRIZA . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: the left in Greece and Poland
Just what does all this squabbling about greenhouse gas emissions really mean? What has to go into an effective climate change agreement? What factors are in play?
Here, courtesy of Vox.com, are a few charts that reveal a climate deal is both urgently needed and extremely difficult to craft.
First up, where we stand today. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Climate Change Deal We Cannot Live Without
Below: Demo in Poland protesting this weeks NATO summit in Wales
In an article published in Cuban state media iconic revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, calls out NATO and imperialist war mongering. He compares statements by NATO representatives with Nazi SS talk.
Castro: “Many people are astonished when they hear the statements made by some . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Fidel Castro compares NATO with Hitler’s SS: says US/Israel responsible for the creation of ISIS
Protest in Newport, Wales, against NATO aggression
Government leaders of NATO countries meet in Wales this week to make plans for the escalation of military preparedness, with Russia squarely in the cross hairs. This includes the likely endorsement of a rapid response force made up of as many as 4,000 soldiers capable of being . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: NATO summit targets Russia: nuclear threat increases with risk of war
The sanctions being plastered on Russia by the US and her allies are already having a rebound effect, especially in Europe. Russia is not only the major supplier of the natural gas the Europeans will need to get through this winter, it’s also a key market for their exports. In these matters the EU . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Could America Break Its Own Bank on a Russian Anvil?
Below right: Black boxes being handed over to Malaysian delegation
Since the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH-17 in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, questions have been raised about why the plane was flying over a war zone. MH-17’s flight path on July 17 diverged from the path taken during its earlier flights over Ukraine. On previous . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Hard question about MH-17 disaster: BUK missile video blaming Russia is debunked