This time the documentary of Erwin WagenhoferLets Make Money caught my attention.
It presents the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about money “creation”, stock and effect upon ordinary people’s lives over time and worldwide. At the same time, it is shocking and chilling although all of us have already realized the consequences upon our lives. Nevertheless, it offers (or it would hopefully do) some kind of awareness -even to the most keen supporters of liberalism, and of its evolved and harsher version, neoliberalism- on the financial, social and political events that take place because of banks, World Bank in particular, the whole financial/ economic system together with the elite (1%), all of them against the people (99%).
Image is a powerful tool but equally is speech and words (logos in Greek). The deeper meaning is that, if someone is an “average citizen” in one of the dominant (or of THE dominant) countries, is convicted to be a “little man” and to bear the corresponding consequences, according to Hermann Scheer. (at about 1:46:00)
One important reason for this posting is also relative to the article about Panama Papers. The documentary is, among others, a proof that all tax heavens, capitalism, poverty and exploitation are existing and are globally known. It also proves that corruption is a lot bigger, deeper and higher than presented by the Media. Capitalism is the corruption and is lethal because it constitutes the core and the essence of international institutions which affect the fates of countries and people. It is the whole system which is corrupted and not just some individuals, even if these are prime ministers and presidents. The long hand of propaganda and of “consensus manufacturing”, aims to smear some (or many, it doesn’t make any difference) in order to disorient social resentment and opinion. Yet, there are people -humans- all over the world who think that their “fate” is to be poor and exploitable.
Curiously enough, they live in “prosperous” and “civilized” western countries.
Can’t wish “enjoy”.
It is more appropriate to write: THINK and ACT.
PS: As my research for the whole version with English subtitles proved a bit tricky, I quote here one extra link … just in case! http://www.veoh.com/watch/v22189967GR4CQTPZ
These are the only whole versions with English subtitles I found and they both work in my computer systems.
Maybe they are the same, maybe not. In case you can’t open one or both of them (cause of compatibility or software problems) here is the first part in YouTube. If problems occur, do not hesitate to contact in order to search together for a solution.
In the middle of a global turmoil, whether it would be murders in the form of “wars” (against….what exactly?), global inequalities (e.g. gender, income, living conditions, human and civil rights), climate change effects and pharisaic politics (see EU vs Refugees, US vs Democracy etc), the combination of two pieces of information gave way to this article. They both involve wars, American wars, unreasonable wars (as if there were reasonable) i.e. aggressive (as opposed to defensive) wars, which both destabilised or destroyed countries, caused casualties and distress and proved to be vain, even more than any war could prove.
The two said factors are:
I) Agent Orange
Agent Orange is a herbicide. We read that: During the late 1940s and 1950s, the US and Britain collaborated on development of herbicides with potential applications in warfare. Indeed, Americans used that herbicide during Vietnam war with the pretext of destroying Vietnam’s flora which was making their lives “difficult” (or terminated) inside country’s jungle.
We learn that: Agent Orange was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical, an information which nowadays makes sense, to say the least, as it explains the GMOs “regime”.
In a more…trivial level we are informed that: It was given its name from the color of the orange-striped barrelsin which it was shipped, and was by far the most widely used of the so-called “Rainbow Herbicides“.
We understand that in contemporary terms it was a chemical weapon, like these used in Syria and attributed only to country’s regime, [and which are German made and in fact have targeted Syrian people in order to force them to abandon their country and thus weaken Assad and pass to Turkey and….. –read more about Turkey’s role, Germany, ISIS and EU].
Back to chemical weapons of the past with some more “unpleasant” information: The 2,4,5-T used to produce Agent Orange was contaminated with 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), an extremely toxic dioxin compound. In some areas, TCDD concentrations in soil and water were hundreds of times greater than the levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
We are also informed that: Although in the Geneva Disarmament Convention of 1978, Article 2(4) Protocol III to the weaponry convention has “The Jungle Exception”, which prohibits states from attacking forests or jungles “except if such natural elements are used to cover, conceal or camouflage combatants or military objectives or are military objectives themselves” this voids any protection of any military or civilians from a napalm attack or something like agent Orange and is clear that it was designed to cater to situations like U.S. tactics in Vietnam. This clause has yet to be revised
– which in a free translation means that international laws have always been tailored to mainstream – USA – interests.
To make a tragic story short, it was not only expected but also desirable that Agent Orange would harm people and not only vegetation, and it has, indeed. Many handicapped children have been born since, unable (invalides, according to Napoleon’s conception) to function within society without help, victims of perverse minds and of the renowned imperialist war machine. The sad but also promising factor of the story/ history is that in Vietnam, the American veteran George Mizo founded in 1992 The Vietnam Friendship Village (See Village’s site) where children are taken care and are tought crafts with which they can support their lives -hopefully.
It’s not possible to explore George Mizo’s soul and mind. Nevertheless, what formed half of this article’s “substance” is an episode of the Greek show/ travel documentary series World Party in which we watched kids between 7 and 17 years old who are affected by Agent Orange and who are now educated and supported by Vietnam Friendship Village.
Person presented, Mr Tsack, confessed/ admitted during the documentary something that we all know with certainty: “War is the worst failure of mankind.
It’s the failure of what is good and decent about human beings and represents/ reflects the worst aspects of all of us.”
II) Gulf War Syndrome
This sad outcome/aftermath of another chapter of absurd American wars, … refers to the complex of symptoms that affects veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War at significantly excess rates. It is characterized by multiple diverse symptoms not explained by established medical diagnoses or standard laboratory tests, symptoms that typically include a combination of memory and concentration problems, persistent headache, unexplained fatigue, and widespread pain, and can also include chronic digestive difficulties, respiratory symptoms, and skin rashes, according to an article of Global Research.
Consequences to other nations are not yet allowed to reveal and history is still being written. So, maybe several decades later, someone, somewhere, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Libya, in Syria, in Central Africa, in Eastern Europe, will acknowledge the harm caused to local people and the pointlessness, the irrationality, the absurdity and the cruelty of any and each war and maybe will create a friendship village or, better yet, a friendship Earth.
Or, people will keep in mind Mr Tsack’s comment:
“Most of us took the easy way which was to submit and to do what we were told.
It’s much more difficult and much more courageous to say “no”, and I would try to convince my grandchildren to have the strength and the courage and the personal conviction to say “no”.
We didn’t learn anything from Vietnam. That’s the real tragedy of Vietnam.
We could have learned lessons that would have made the world a very different place.”
From my part, I won’t stop wondering how many kilometers of wall (other than China one), would be necessary if ALL millions of real victims had to be carved, mentioned and honored.
I started writing under the wish/need to note down some of my thoughts concerning the facts that we hear, see or live about the people who leave their countries (massively at this point) and become refugees or migrants or whatever-bs-their-namers-call-them-in-order-to-serve-their-own-interests. Beyond the image, under the isothermic blanket or the tent, deeper than frostbite and hunger, which they meet during their trip, there are HUMANS. Mercy!
Massiveness seems to distort, to water the understanding of people on what it means one’s forced separation, trip and finally wretched presence, thousands of miles away from home. Perspective is lost and I admire those who act, react and offer by participating actively. Thought produce thoughts and together with humanconcernand interest inglobal issues, apart from whys and hows about the course and willful struggle of refugees, I questioned certain countries’ reactions with (apparently but you never know) prominent, Austria. Here, today, I want to confess that no matter now many years will pass (as it seems), there will always be something which will surprise me, which will find me unaware and will let me speechless, and which will draw all over my world a giant black question mark: Evil, malice, badness. Theories and philosophies about human nature, kindness and culture, pale in front of malice. I don’t know if some good person has defined it once and forever. In my understanding and senses it’s chilling because it lacks reason and I would never comprehend it even if I’d try. It’s above me. It slips my mind. Why would someone want to be bad? If he doesn’t want, he won’t; as simple as that.
Less strict persons say that bad souls are a by-product of some misery, lack, trauma, complex or imbecility (which seems probable although not for all cases). Seriously?! So, the rest of us, normal good people, we are all happy all the time, full, come from ideal environments and upbringings and we are geniuses? You, bad, may suffer from something else; do you have to become “dirty-soul”?
To return to the global drama which takes place before our eyes (and everywhere in the world but we don’t normally learn about it unless it becomes massive and Media “appropriate”). Once it happened to you to become “dirty-soul”, is it necessary to also become a politician or a person with influence and/or authority and to use people as if they were rubbish? Why you, sub-human, don’t try to do the same to others, more powerful than you (individuals or states)?
The conclusion is that some statements and declarations are beyond limits of politics and interests and enter the sphere of raw and overt evil, which might have no clear (or unclear) reason but it always has disastrous results – to a smaller or bigger extent.
At the same time and in parallel with the obvious, whatever takes place in a political level works destructively upon less resistant minds and more shaky moralities, because it acquits violence (covert or not) from human to human and allows its externalization which might were suppressed or masked because of social conventions. Well, social conventions and contracts seem to have become toilet papers – the nearest to political correctness term available. Woe for humanity if the same become sensitivity, empathy, compassion, understanding, kindness and finally logic. It is useful to know though, that:
Millions of refugees are hosted in countries outside “enlightened” Europe (and West), for years. For “civilized” countries and their Media they appear as nonexistent. The only images which are allowed to reach us are those which serve propaganda.
For ages, migrants enter Europe or EU, they are often exploited or marginalized or demonized. However, they live a better life … than death. More rarely, they really live their dream.
Suddenly, for Austria, FYROM and other “over-civilized”, migrants stink and likewise do refugees. Nowadays, when there are no lower jobs left and no funds can feed their so-called hospitality and solidarity, they throw them all in the lions’ den.
The massive exodus of Syrian citizens is useful for the West because it stripped the country as well as the demonized Assad. No matter how many elections or reforms he makes, the absent population will be the strong card for the Westerns and “opposition”.No, we are not all Charlie or Paris suddenly. It is certain though that we are all migrants or refugees under circumstances. The only condition needed is an economic crisis, like in Greece for example but not limited, or our violent uprooting. But it’s unlike, isn’t it? Sure..!
Exactly as unlike as it were for the about 5 millions of Syrians just a few years ago.
«INTRODUCTION: Conflict, persecution, generalized violence and violations of human rights continued to cause forced displacement around the world during the first six months of 2015. Fighting across parts of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa have continued into the first half of the year, resulting in millions of individuals being forced to flee either within or outside their country»
Let’s say that a random person leaves its country due to war, hunger, economic reasons or even because the status which the West established in this country proved no freedom, no democracy, no future at all. According to EU’s terminology this person could be called either refugee or migrant. Refugees are these whose country is ruined by the alliances which didn’t approve the country’s regime (e.g. Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq). Migrants are these who are either in danger which they cannot show (because their countries have been “saved”) or are starving and are risking to die if they remain in their countries (e.g. sub-Saharan Africa). All these hundreds of thousands of persons, people, souls, human beings try to reach Europe and more specifically EU which is said to be better than their own motherland.
The outcome of this account is that: Millions are forced to live in appalling conditions Thousands are drowned (many of them are children) About 10000 thousand children who entered EU are now missing Hundreds are killed by border guards Thousands are marginalized Millions are so weak that they cannot confront their real tyrants.
However, Austria, Skopje, Hungary and other drenched in hate and bigotry nations, think that the human right of living with dignity belongs to them.
Quite the opposite. They are the ones whose racism, intolerance and xenophobia the world wouldn’t miss at all. They are the ones who fall short of respect and have a surplus of despotismandaudacity. And if the world had limited space, they are the ones without whom ordinary people could afford to live.
In Greece, a proverb says roughly: Away from our ass and let it get wherever it wants.
It means that one wishes that unpleasant, uncomfortable, painful or nasty situations may harm anyone, as long as they don’t reach him. That is the mentality, morality and ethics of the governments (and the people?) of these states.
Actually, no disaster would be a … worthy reward for such narrow minds and souls, but we all have to live on the same planet.
It was just yesterday when a posting has been shared here about actions which would take place in Paris alongside COP21 (the summit of UN for the climate). During the night, Paris has become victim of murderers fascists terrorists and human lives have been lost in Europe as well -apart from almost all around the world. It is extremely early to reach “safe” (what a word!) conclusions but I believe there are a few points worth mentioning. It is understood that the attacks have created a status which several sources have chosen to name «European 11 September». This name-giving is an omen by itself. At the same time, France closed its borders -or intensified border controls, other sources say- and was declared a state of emergency, which are both provided and expected measures under extreme situations. “French police ban all public demonstrations in Paris region until Thursday”, according to AFP, while the army has been mobilised inside Paris. Every guest/speaker at TV news shows relate, one way or another, terrorism with refugees. Unavoidable to repeat here the opinion about the terrorism from which refugees are fleeing (see Fleeing Morality and Refugees), which is induced by “regime change” interests/obsessions of the West/ USA/ NATO and inflicted wars in Middle East and Northern Africa.
The correspondent of a Greek TV channel in France, among others, informed us that President Hollande had already planned measures of border controls for the people who would arrive to participate to marches, ahead of COP21.
Conclusively, a certain type of measures would and shall obstruct or block peaceful protesters. Therefore, terrorists have led to the same type of measures aimed anyway for civilians. Therefore, people have been killed and shot, human lives have been lost, persons have died and the result is that restricting civil actions is appropriate means for containing danger.
Attacks both in Ankara, Turkey last October and Paris last night, aimed normal civil functions and activities.
(Turkey has conveniently blamed Curds -as usual- but that’s another form of obsession/perversion.) What has been attacked in both recent cases is the everyday life, the “normality”, the freedom of ordinary people to have ordinary activities. Fear destroys everything acting either like tsunami or cancer.
I repeat that it’s very early to anticipate or predict what the near (and far) future is carrying. Signs give a glimpse.
Incidentally, a few days ago, passing additional control at Paris airport, near an American woman, I commented that “9/11 has destroyed us all” and she responded that it is inconvenient indeed but “it is for our safety”.
For “safety” (but not privacy or dignity) reasons I know now what she carried inside her bag and the next person waiting knows what I carried in mine.
A Greek song repeats the motto “for my own good” while describing the hardship and suffering incurred and imposed for this reason. For who’s “good” rights and liberties will be limited? For who’s “good” Muslim European citizens or migrants or refugees are likely to suffer even more discrimination, racism, bigotry, xenophobia and atrocities (as has already happened) by “europeans”?
We stand by Paris people in any way we can and we keep our minds and hearts clear of fear.
On Sunday 5th July, Greeks will vote in a referendum. They will have to vote Yes or No, as it is the case for any referendum. The subject is the whole set of proposals made by “institutions” (i.e. EU, ECB and IMF, the lenders) to Greek government. Here are some thoughts on the overall picture:
– The proposals-terms set by the institutions are the “product” of five month-long negotiations with Greek officials. During these negotiations the Greek government has changed several times their own proposals and counter-proposals. Nevertheless, they have insisted, at least, in refusing measures on cuts and reductions of pensions and on further deregulation of labor rights. – Amendments on Greek proposals have led to an indirect acceptance of several measures of austerity which initially had been rejected. – After each retract and reviewed proposals of Greek government, the lenders have either rejected them or have answered with tougher demands. – Sy.Riz.A (Coalition of Radical Left), the main governmental party, is pro-European and advocates reforms inside EU for the benefit of the people, while it claims that EU has substantially deviated from its founding principles. – Although named radical and consisting of moderate lefts (even social-democrats) as well as communists, Syriza stands for parliamentary (bourgeois) democracy with left principles. – Greek government has been obliged by circumstances (pressure from lenders) to leave apart its elections program such as: Raise of minimum wage, more fair distribution of wealth as well as burdens, abolish of charges imposed on poor and middle class, tackle of humanitarian crisis, fight against corruption and tax avoidance, respect of labor rights etc. – Internal opposition has repeatedly blamed government for not applying their program and for having lied to the people. Opposition implies that it is not possible to materialize such principles and promises because they oppose to lenders’ demands which promote development (as perceived with neo-liberal terms). – Expanding requirements of lenders are in fact consistent and representative of neo-liberal EU and IMF’s principles. – Lenders also press for privatizations of state property, which previous governments have partly executed in most cases under pressure and therefore without sufficient programming and with little or no profit. – Lenders’ more recent demands (among others) include reduction of defense spending, at the same time when both EU and NATO manufacture additional “threat” from North (FYROM – article TWTP) apart from the “traditional” Eastern and in the middle of several west induced turbulence in the area of eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. – Although reluctantly and in contradiction with party’s principles, Mr. Tsipras’ government has showed its willingness to reach an agreement and has accepted to continue privatizations, to keep contributions through taxes (even on law incomes) and to increase VAT rates. – Greek citizens appear to support country’s staying inside EU and euro zone and a strong propaganda is exercised by the Media and by conservative circles to this direction. – Greeks are also tired after five years of austerity, so-called negotiations which have always led to dead ends and more cruel measures in return of receiving loan installments. – Greek people have suffered a lot (to the limits of exhaustion) and the vast majority of middle and poor class experiences a severe degradation of life quality.
– Any production process and consuming (apart from basic necessities) has stopped and the one remaining productive sector of tourism will be mutilated if increased VAT would be imposed. Even banks’ only service provided to consumers is accepting deposits and sending funds abroad when at the same time they receive expensive capital from ELA.
– Even faint attempts of the government to cooperate with other countries such as Russia (well, especially Russia), has met hostility from EU and West in general. – At the same time, lack of real negotiations of previous governments together with punitive austerity policies and declarations from the part of the lenders has created a sense of humiliation. – The main request of elections on 25th January which elected Syriza has been the discharge from the terms-measures of memoranda. – Since then, all negotiations proved fruitless initially because Greece requested change of policies, suggested less recession and claimed sovereignty. – In the meantime, almost any attempt of government to rule inside the country and the parliament has been rejected by the lenders. In fact, lenders blackmailed and argued that laws against their will would be considered as “unilateral actions” and would lead to failing of negotiations and funding refusal.
– They have also rejected or discouraged any negotiation concerning reduction of the non viable debt. – From their part, lenders have exercised stronger pressure which a progressive government could not accept (as previous governments of liberal ideology did). – After five months, after strong contradictions inside Syriza and from Greek people, after extended propaganda and cause of fear by the Media and following a repetitive undermining of negotiations by the lenders, Greek Prime Minister and the Greek government decided a referendum. Referendum will call Greeks to say Yes or No to certain proposals of lenders which concern reforms, debt viability and financing needs of the country. – During parliamentary voting on referendum, Communist Party of Greece has submitted a proposal which suggests that the Greek citizens should vote Yes or No both to lenders’ and to government’s proposals and to releasing from EU. They say that government’s proposals are in fact a new memorandum and imply recession and measures against the people. – Right wing, on the other side, claim that the question at stake consists decision on staying or exiting from EU and euro-zone, although government has made clear that the meaning is anything but that.
– If presidium of Parliament had accept the proposal of Communist Party, any ambiguity (manufactured by the Media and the conservative opposition) would be clarified and people would also decide on government’s measures. – Mr. Tsipras’ government and party envision reforms inside EU and targets to empower movements and parties born by the wave of massive discontent in south-European countries due to inequalities and measures of austerity. – While parliamentary and political processes are taking place inside Greece, while people face a major decision and while they are going to exercise an important democratic right, “institutions” continue to blackmail with indirect threats, with ambiguous statements and with deprivation of banks’ liquidity, causing reasonable fears to Greek people.
– It is useful to remind here that Greeks, unlike other nations, have never decided themselves about Greece’s participation in EU or euro-zone.
As a conclusion, if lenders had made half of Greek government’s retreats and compromises, a decent and mutually beneficial agreement could have been achieved. Now, it’s up to the people to consider and decide on their future, with the expectation and the belief that by empowering their government new opportunities will emerge for their country.
This morning Greek media reported the arrival of 1,800 migrants, mainly from Middle East, in central Athens square. They were added to 100,000 people (refugees and migrants) who have crossed Mediterranean since start of 2015 according to UNHCR, “with record numbers now arriving every day in the Greek islands. Official figures show that as of 8 June a total of 103,000 refugees and migrants had arrived in Europe: 54,000 in Italy, 48,000 in Greece, 91 on Malta and 920 in Spain.”
EU obviously faces a humanitarian problem and evidently turns a blind eye to it, as its latest political (non) decisions show. (TWTP articleSea of War and Death)
The problem contains several contradictions: – Human beings lose their lives while trying to escape their countries just to save their own and their children lives. – Civil and offensive wars, hunger, turmoil or evictions force people to abandon their residencies, fortunes, homes, jobs, families and homeland in order to survive. The oxymoron here is that a series of events beyond their power, force educated and working, respected and “normal”, until yesterday, people to be uprooted, then to become victims of traffickers and in the end to be treated as “interlopers” in European countries. – The majority of the problems that their countries face are western-made and EU plays a major role in these. Libya’s (not so) civil war Lethal attempt of USA for a regime change in Syria. – “Breeding and nurturing” by the West of islamic extremists in order to destabilize so-called enemies during the last decades. – The consequent empowerment of armed sectarians who turned into a threat even for their funders.
– The newfound (?) “exploitation” of ISIS as a threat requiring restrictions and intercepts and which attempts to generate fear and to boost xenophobia, racism and far right parties in Europe,
and last but not least: – The perpetual and never stopped crimes of evictions, settlements, imprisonments and inhuman treatment, to the limits of genocide, in Palestine.
A western person could and should imagine itself and its family threatened by all these dangers. And then, to put itself in the same conditions that all these younger or elder people, women, men and children face when they arrive into european countries. Dignity is a human right and it is not limited into one’s home or country’s borders and of course not in religion, race or ethnicity. The self-proclaimed advocates and the self-appointed “defenders” of human rights use double standards, depending on their political and dominating purposes. They invade lands to defend freedoms and they violate major rights inside these lands.
In the present situation, in which Europe does not heed labor force anymore, the victims of western wars address to the instigators of their problems for relief. And the West condemns them for a second time in misery, threats, loss of dignity, inhuman conditions or in the ever existing and present, marginalization – if they survive.
The next thing to wait is an augmenting demonization of migrants – beloved practice of western propaganda. They will all be considered as islamist terrorists and they will be placed in new Guantanamos.
While trying without success to focus on one matter, in a world in constant move where the news happen all around, I wonder: Why do conflicts and wars are considered as “normal” and no-one talks, acts or fights for the sake of peace?
Why do debts and insolvency are thought as the rule and no-one talks anymore about productivity and jobs and payments and decent working conditions and human living?
Why injustices and discriminations have become the same-old new rule, the fertilizer of fascism?
Somewhere, someone did something wrong and the whole world and most of the people believed him. Well, someone, somewhere has to start something radically healthy and new.