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#241 Posted : Monday, May 21, 2012 12:30:42 PM(UTC)
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YOU CAN'T IGNORE IT; IT'S ALL OVER THE WORLD; SO...JOIN US!!!...


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Canada deals with street protests




                      Canada deals with street protests

Barely noticed by the rest of the world, the Canadian province of Quebec is facing a sort of student insurrection. The student protest against the rise in college education payments has resulted in fires in neighborhoods of major cities and street fights with police.



Over the weekend, Montreal police came under criticism for using pepper spray in a bar where several participants of the violent street protests tried to find refuge. Police officers used pepper spray at close range affecting both rioters and regular patrons, Vancouver’s Times Colonist reported.


On top of this comes emergency legislation which has shocked human rights groups inside and outside the country. To get the rioters off the streets, the Canadians are doing exactly what even Russian Parliament, the State Duma, would not dare to do to anti-government protesters after the opposition parties threatened a Parliamentary walk-out about a week ago.


In an attempt to quell almost three months of non-stop rebellion against tuition-fee hikes (more than 80 per cent over seven years), Quebec has just passed a set of new draconian public order laws and bylaws. The acts make it practically impossible for college students to protest in the streets and to protect their rights. A similar set of legislation has already been introduced in the Canadian House of Commons and it could become law within months.


In Russia similar proposals have been dropped and sent to be revised after opposition MPs said they would have nothing to do with them and would walk out of parliament if and when the Lower House debates the bill. Like its Canadian twin, the Russian bill was to stiffen penalties for breaching restrictions on public street rallies and marches. The bill stipulates raising fines for violating public demonstrations regulations to 1.5 million rubles (more than $48,000) from the current 1,000 rubles (about $30). Russia’s three opposition factions, including the Communists, A Just Russia Party, and the Liberal Democratic Party, have denounced the proposed bill as “repressive” and “provocative”. It will now be rewritten.


Canadian student protests and boycotts of classes over the proposed tuition hikes, which began as little more than a traffic and classroom nuisance on February 13 has by May grown into massive protest movement in Quebec. In those few weeks, an education minister resigned, demonstrations turned into riots, dozens were injured and jailed, and thousands of students – some 35 per cent – have boycotted or been blocked from attending college and university classes.


Last Friday the provincial parliament passed Bill 78, which one scholar described as the worst attack on Canadian freedom since the War Measures Act. Student groups, unions, opposition politicians, a host of legal scholars, the Quebec Human Rights Commission, right-wing and left-wing commentators, and the normally restrained Quebec Bar Association blasted the provincial law as an assault on the right to free speech and assembly.


Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore tweeted his support of students and dismissed the new anti-riot legislation, the Times Colonist said.


The law says that any individual protester found guilty of an offence that forces the cancellation of classes would be liable to a fine of $1,000 to $5,000. If the offence is committed by a senior officer or representative of a student group or federation, the fine could be as much as $35,000. The student association or federation could face a fine as high as $125,000.


These new rules would give police the power to fine those wearing masks, with penalties ranging from $500 to $3,000. Section 16 says that police have to be informed 8 hours ahead of the time, duration and route of any demonstration by 25 people or more.


To be fair, Quebec legislation has a time limit and is set to expire on July 1, 2013. But a similar private-member’s bill, C-309, is progressing through the Canadian House of Commons. It has already easily passed a second reading and could become Canadian law within months. In Ottawa, the bill tabled by a Conservative backbencher would make it a crime for protesters to wear a mask or disguise while participating in a riot or unlawful assembly. The maximum penalty for wearing one in an unlawful assembly would be five years in prison, and 10 years for wearing one during a riot.


Last week the government of Quebec suspended classes in 14 of the province’s 48 colleges where strikes were still in progress as well as in certain departments and faculties in 11 of the province’s 18 universities. There are by now 155,000 college and university students on strikes.


The attitude of Canadians to the rioting students of Quebec is, as usual, split almost exactly along the lines of The Great Canadian Language Divide: the Francophone population, about 23.2 % (Quebec is the largest French speaking province of Canada) more or less supports the students; while the rest of Canada, 59.7 % of its English speaking populace, looks on, appalled.


The Anglo Saxon community looks at all the Québecoise-canadienne (Quebeckers) as being some sort of privileged social parasites sucking the blood from the budget. The problems with Quebeckers, their English speaking compatriots claim, is that they feel more connected to France than they do with the rest of Canada. A great deal of their money comes from the booming resource economy of English speaking Alberta, whose social and economic model is despised by millions of Quebeckers – especially the protesting students.


The quintessence of this kind of attitude was recently quite neatly put together by Canada’s most prominent political columnist Margaret Wente, who said the Quebec students are “the Greeks of Canada”: “If this is an example of Quebec’s distinct society, we want no part of it. We sort of sympathize with the Germans, who are fed up with the Greeks because the Greeks strike them as totally irresponsible. The Greeks want to have it both ways. They want to stay inside the EU, but they refuse to play by the EU’s rules. They want the Germans to send them money forever and ever, and no matter how much the Germans send, they’ll keep demanding more. The student protesters are the Greeks of Canada. And we’ve had it,”Margaret Wente admits, adding “Actually, I feel much sorrier for the Greeks than I do for the protesting students.”


Greek students lead a riot at Quebec University, Canada Greek Reporter’s headline said last week, quoting Globe and Mail.



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CROUCHING TIGER on 5/22/2012(UTC)
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#244 Posted : Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:10:03 PM(UTC)
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Chicago police: no warm welcome for Occupy journalists




                            Chicago police: no warm welcome for Occupy journalists

Though Chicago authorities reported no clashes or unrest during the NATO summit, several journalists have been arrested and some hurt in clashes between police and Occupy protesters. The reporters believe that their arrest had been masterminded beforehand. Chicago police seem to be following suppression traditions established with the first Occupy protests in the US.



Americans had all grounds to expect fierce clashes between Occupy protesters and police notorious for their violent suppression of unrest. In California, they used tear gas to disperse a peaceful student rally. In Oakland, Scott Olsen, Iraqi campaign veteran, was badly injured in a police attack. The 24 year-old had serious brain injuries and spent some time in a coma.


Before the summit, a number of Chicago policemen were openly aggressive towards potential protesters. The media published a video where policemen threatened a group of people who planned to go to rallies. The senior police staff claimed that they saw nothing illegal in such statements.


Occupy journalist were detained in line with the usual scenario. Their car was encircled by police vehicles when the reporters were heading back to their Chicago apartment. The police had their guns drawn and ordered the reporters to get out. One of them, Luke Rudkowksi, was almost gunned down as police suspected him of  carrying a gun which appeared to be a cell phone.


They handcuffed the reporters, searched their cars, broke camera batteries and erased all footage of the protests.



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THE CAPITALISM SYSTEM SHOWS ITS WEAK POINTS.


I THINK IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DEVELOP A COUNTRY WITHOUT HELPING PEOPLE. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DEVELOP A COUNTRY BY WORKING ONLY FOR 1% OF THE POPULATION. 


EACH GOVERNMENT SHOULD HELP ITS CITIZENS TO STUDY AND FIND JOBS. WE ARE NOT IN A WILD WORLD OR UNSOCIAL WORLD. 


WE LIVE ALL TOGETHER ON THE SAME PLANET. IF TODAY YOU HELP YOUR CITIZENS, TOMORROW THEY WILL HELP YOU. 



Quebec students consider moves to suspend Bill 78








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Quebec students consider moves to suspend Bill 78






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The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier this week has expressed its concern over reports of violation of protesters' rights in the United States and Canada.


In Canada May 22rd marked the 100th day of students protesting over tuition increases and the Bill 78 newly passed by the National Assembly of Quebec, French-speaking Canadian province.  Last week the government of Quebec got fed up with occasionally violent protest and introduced a tough law that would make protests more difficult to organize and impose high fines on those who disobey. Tens of thousands of people showed up at the Montreal center to make a mockery of the new legislation that demands protest routes be approved eight hours in advance. As a result at least 100 protesters have been arrested by the police and two police officers were injured. 


The president of the Quebec Federation of University Students (FEUQ), Martine Desjardins, discussed how the story developed with The Voice of Russia.


"Yesterday the minister of security during a press conference said that the right to protest has not been suspended but only structured. They defend this law but their actions stay the same. By doing so they put more pressure on the students and just wait for the movement to collapse. But in reality it is doing the opposite and protests are spreading out and going outside the province of Quebec right now. Yesterday we saw many demonstrations in Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary. And even in the US. So I think the government is making the wrong choices right now.”      


As to steps that FEUQ is taking in order to reject the law, Martine Desjardins explained.


"Right now we are considering several propositions to suspend the law. Also we are working very hard for a new proposal if we have a chance to go back to the table negotiations with the government." 


Since February 14th About 30% of Quebec students have been on strike and if the government doesn’t take action soon in striking an agreeable deal with student organization the world will surely see such protest get more violent.  According to the Bill78, the violation of the law is punishable by fees. Individual offenders are supposed to be fined in amount of $1,000 to 5,000 for a day of infraction. Student or union leaders would be required to pay $7,000 to 35,000; and student or labour organizations from $25,000 to 125,000 a day. 


Russian State Duma (the lower house of the national parliament) is about to pass a similar bill which foresees financial responsibility for organizers and participants of unauthorized and especially violent public actions. On Friday, MPs will debate the bill in second reading. The fees are expected to amount (in exchange) up to $1,000 for individuals, $3,000 for leaders and $3,300 for organizations. It would be also against law to wear masks.

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Wise words...follow them...


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#250 Posted : Monday, May 28, 2012 1:21:14 AM(UTC)
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Dr Jill Stein on CNN Sunday. 6 min 40 sec video:


Go Green in 2012! 

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About voting for women...


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Vlad's arrival in "Deutschland"...


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More military presence then during WW.II...paranoïa?...


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Need any comment?...REALLY???...


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Interesting article about Greek elections and reactions of different ppl...


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Val, what think you?


 


Platform of Greece's Syriza Left Coalition - The Solution is
With the Left!

The Exit from the Crisis is Left: Main Points of Greece's
Syriza Leftist Coalition

by Jadaliyya Reports

May 31, 2012

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[The following is the platform put forth by the Greek
political coalition Syriza (an abbreviation for Coalition of
the Radical Left) on 9 May 2012. The leftist coalition is
currently polling at approximately thirty percent and is
expected by some analysts to win in the next elections in
Greece.]

The Exit from the Crisis is on the Left

1. Creation of a shield to protect society against the crisis

    Not a single citizen without a guaranteed minimum income
    or unemployment benefit, medical care, social protection,
    housing, and access to all services of public utilities.
    Protection of and relief measures for indebted households.
    Price controls and price reductions, VAT reduction, and
    abolition of VAT on basic-need goods.

2. Disposal of the debt burden

The national debt is first and foremost a product of class
relations, and is inhumane in its very essence. It is produced
by the tax evasion of the wealthy, the looting of public
funds, and the exorbitant procurement of military weapons and
equipment.

We are asking immediately for:

   * A moratorium on debt servicing.
   * Negotiations for debt cancellation, with provisions for
   the protection of social insurance funds and small savers.
   This will be pursued by exploiting any available means,
   such as audit control and suspension of payments.
   * Regulation of the remaining debt to include provisions
   for economic development and employment.
   * European regulations on the debt of European states.
   * Radical changes to the European Central Bank's role.
   * Prohibition of speculative banking products.
   * A pan-European tax on wealth, financial transactions, and
   profits.

3. Income redistribution, taxation of wealth, and elimination
of unnecessary expenses

   * Reorganization and consolidation of tax collection
   mechanisms.
   * Taxation of fortunes over 1 million euros and large-scale
   revenues.
   * Gradual increase, up to 45%, of the tax on the
   distributed profits of corporations (SA).
   * Taxation of financial transactions.
   * Special taxation on consumption of luxury goods.
   * Removal of tax exemptions for ship owners and the Greek
   Orthodox Church.
   * Lifting of confidentiality for banking and merchant
   transactions, and pursuit of those who evade taxes and
   social insurance contributions.
   * Banning of transactions carried out through offshore
   companies.
   * Pursuit of new financial resources through efficient
   absorption of European funds, through claims on the payment
   of German World War II reparations and occupation loan, and
   finally via steep reductions in military expenses.

4. Productive social and environmental reconstruction

   * Nationalization/socialization of banks, and their
   integration into a public banking system under social and
   workers' control, in order to serve developmental purposes.
   The scandalous recapitalization of the banks must stop
   immediately.
   * Nationalization of all public enterprises of strategic
   importance that have been privatized so far. Administration
   of public enterprises based on transparency, social
   control, and democratic planning. Support for the provision
   of Public Goods.
   * Protection and consolidation of co-operatives and SMEs in
   the social sector.
   * Ecological transformation in development of energy
   production, manufacturing, tourism, and agriculture. These
   reforms will prioritize nutritional abundance and
   fulfillment of social needs.
   * Development of scientific research and productive
   specialization.

5. Stable employment with decent wages and social insurance

The constant degradation of labour rights, coupled with
embarrassing wage levels, does not attract investment,
development, or employment.

Instead, we are calling for:

  *  Well-paid, well-regulated, and insured employment.
  *  Immediate reconstitution of the minimum wage, and
  reconstitution of real wages within three years.
  *  Immediate reconstitution of collective labour agreements.
  *  Instigation of powerful control mechanisms that will
  protect employment.
  *  Systematic opposition of lay-offs and the deregulation of
  labour relations.

6. Deepening Democracy: democratic political and social rights
for all

There is a democratic deficit in the country. Greece is
gradually being transformed into an authoritarian police
state.

We are calling for:

   * The restoration of popular sovereignty and an upgrade of
   parliamentary power within the political system:
   * Creation of a proportional electoral system
   * Separation of powers
   * Revocation of ministerial immunity
   * Abolishment of economic privileges for MPs
   * Real decentralization to create local government with
   sound resources and expanded jurisdiction.
   * The introduction of direct democracy and institutions of
   self-management under workers' and social control at all
   levels.
   * Measures against political and economic corruption.
   * The solidification of democratic, political, and trade
   union rights.
   * The enhancement of women's and youths' rights in the
   family, in employment, and in public administration.
   * Immigration reforms:
   * Speeding up the asylum process
   * Abolition of Dublin II regulations and granting of travel
   papers to immigrants
   * Social inclusion of immigrants and equal rights
   protection
   * Democratic reforms to public administration with the
   active participation of civil servants.
   * The demilitarization and democratization of the Police
   and the Coast Guard. Disbandment of special forces.

7. Restoration of a strong welfare state

Anti-insurance laws, the shutdown of social services, and the
steep fall in social expenditures under the Memorandum have
turned Greece into a country where social injustice reigns.

We are in need of:

   * An immediate rescue of the pension system, to include
   tripartite financing and the gradual consolidation of
   separate pension fund portfolios into one public, universal
   system of social insurance.
   * A raise in unemployment benefits until the substitution
   rate reaches 80% of the wage. No unemployed person is to be
   left without unemployment benefits.
   * The introduction of a guaranteed minimum income.
   * A unified system of comprehensive social protection
   covering the vulnerable social strata.

8. Health is a Public Good and a social right

Health care is to be provided for free and will be financed
through a Public Health System. Immediate measures include:

   * Support and upgrades for hospitals. Upgrade of health
   infrastructures of the Social Insurance Institute (IKA).
   * Development of an integrated system of first-level medical care.
   * Covering the needs of medical treatment in both personnel
   and equipment, in part by stopping lay-offs.
   * Open and cost-free access to medical treatment for all
   residents in the country.
   * Free pharmaceutical treatment and medical examinations
   for low-income pensioners, the unemployed, students, and
   those suffering from chronic diseases.

9. Protection of public education, research, culture, and
sports from the Memorandum's policies

With regards to education, we are calling for:

   * Consolidation of universal, public, and free education,
   including coverage of its urgent needs in infrastructure
   and personnel at all three levels.
   * Compulsory 14-year unified education.
   * Revocation of the Diamantopoulou Law.
   * Assurance of self-government for Universities.
   * Preservation of the academic and public character of
   Universities.

10. An independent foreign policy committed to the promotion
of peace

The capitulation of our foreign policy to the desires of the
U.S. and the powerful states of the European Union endangers
the country's independence, peace, and security.

We propose:

   * A multidimensional and peace-seeking foreign policy.
   * Disengagement from NATO and closure of foreign military
   bases on Greek soil.
   * Termination of military cooperation with Israel.
   * Aiding the Cypriot people in the reunification of the
   island.
   * Furthermore, on the basis of international law and the
   principle of peaceful conflict resolution, we will pursue
   improvements in Greek-Turkish relations, a solution to the
   problem of FYROM's official name, and the specification of
   Greece's Exclusive Economic Zone.

The incumbent economic and social system has failed and we
must overthrow it!

The economic crisis that is rocking global capitalism has
shattered the illusions. More and more, people understand that
capitalist speculation is an inhuman organizational principle
for modern society. It is also widely acknowledged that
private banks function only for the benefit of the bankers,
harming the rest of the people. Big business and bankers
absorb billions of euros from health care, education, and
pensions.

An exit from the crisis requires bold measures that will
prevent those who created the crisis from continuing their
destructive work. We are endorsing a new model for the
production and distribution of wealth, one that will include
society in its totality. In this respect, the large capitalist
property is to be made public and managed democratically along
social and ecological criteria. Our strategic aim is socialism
with democracy, a system in which all will be entitled to
participate in the decision-making process.

We are changing the future; we are pushing them into the past!

We can prevail by forging unity and creating a new coalition
for power with the Left as a cornerstone. Our strength in this
endeavour is the alliance of the People: the inspiration, the
creative effort, and the struggle of the working people. With
these, we will shape the lives and the future of a self-
governed people.

Now the vote is in the hands of the People! Now the People
have the power!

In this new election, the Greek people can and must vote
against the regime of the Memoranda and the Troika, thus
turning over a new page of hope and optimism for the future.

For Greece and for Europe, the solution is with the Left!


 

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STEIN CLINCHES NOMINATION WITH BIG WINS IN CALIFORNIA, MICHIGAN, FLORIDA, IOWA



POSTED BY JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT · JUNE 06, 2012 7:46 AM



Jill_Stein_head_shot.png The Green Party’s Jill Stein has clinched her party’s presidential nomination after celebrating a major victory in yesterday’s California primary, winning 49% of the vote against her chief contenders, television comedienne Roseanne Barr and public servant Kent Mesplay. The California win followed other recent Stein victories in Michigan, Florida, and Iowa.


With 182 delegates required to win the nomination, and 194 delegates now in hand, Stein will go into the Green Party convention in Baltimore, July 12-15, with a clear majority of delegates. She has won over 66% of all delegates allocated, and 27 of 29 Green Party primaries, with the next nearest candidate, Roseanne Barr, at 22%.


http://www.jillstein.org/blog


Dr. Stein will be guest speaker at the GPTX state convention on Saturday, June 9 in San Antonio.








 

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Val, what think you?


 


Platform of Greece's Syriza Left Coalition - The Solution is
With the Left!

The Exit from the Crisis is Left: Main Points of Greece's
Syriza Leftist Coalition

by Jadaliyya Reports

May 31, 2012

http://www.jadaliyya.com...s-left_main-points-of-gr

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[The following is the platform put forth by the Greek
political coalition Syriza (an abbreviation for Coalition of
the Radical Left) on 9 May 2012. The leftist coalition is
currently polling at approximately thirty percent and is
expected by some analysts to win in the next elections in
Greece.]

The Exit from the Crisis is on the Left

1. Creation of a shield to protect society against the crisis

    Not a single citizen without a guaranteed minimum income
    or unemployment benefit, medical care, social protection,
    housing, and access to all services of public utilities.
    Protection of and relief measures for indebted households.
    Price controls and price reductions, VAT reduction, and
    abolition of VAT on basic-need goods.

2. Disposal of the debt burden

The national debt is first and foremost a product of class
relations, and is inhumane in its very essence. It is produced
by the tax evasion of the wealthy, the looting of public
funds, and the exorbitant procurement of military weapons and
equipment.

We are asking immediately for:

   * A moratorium on debt servicing.
   * Negotiations for debt cancellation, with provisions for
   the protection of social insurance funds and small savers.
   This will be pursued by exploiting any available means,
   such as audit control and suspension of payments.
   * Regulation of the remaining debt to include provisions
   for economic development and employment.
   * European regulations on the debt of European states.
   * Radical changes to the European Central Bank's role.
   * Prohibition of speculative banking products.
   * A pan-European tax on wealth, financial transactions, and
   profits.

3. Income redistribution, taxation of wealth, and elimination
of unnecessary expenses

   * Reorganization and consolidation of tax collection
   mechanisms.
   * Taxation of fortunes over 1 million euros and large-scale
   revenues.
   * Gradual increase, up to 45%, of the tax on the
   distributed profits of corporations (SA).
   * Taxation of financial transactions.
   * Special taxation on consumption of luxury goods.
   * Removal of tax exemptions for ship owners and the Greek
   Orthodox Church.
   * Lifting of confidentiality for banking and merchant
   transactions, and pursuit of those who evade taxes and
   social insurance contributions.
   * Banning of transactions carried out through offshore
   companies.
   * Pursuit of new financial resources through efficient
   absorption of European funds, through claims on the payment
   of German World War II reparations and occupation loan, and
   finally via steep reductions in military expenses.

4. Productive social and environmental reconstruction

   * Nationalization/socialization of banks, and their
   integration into a public banking system under social and
   workers' control, in order to serve developmental purposes.
   The scandalous recapitalization of the banks must stop
   immediately.
   * Nationalization of all public enterprises of strategic
   importance that have been privatized so far. Administration
   of public enterprises based on transparency, social
   control, and democratic planning. Support for the provision
   of Public Goods.
   * Protection and consolidation of co-operatives and SMEs in
   the social sector.
   * Ecological transformation in development of energy
   production, manufacturing, tourism, and agriculture. These
   reforms will prioritize nutritional abundance and
   fulfillment of social needs.
   * Development of scientific research and productive
   specialization.

5. Stable employment with decent wages and social insurance

The constant degradation of labour rights, coupled with
embarrassing wage levels, does not attract investment,
development, or employment.

Instead, we are calling for:

  *  Well-paid, well-regulated, and insured employment.
  *  Immediate reconstitution of the minimum wage, and
  reconstitution of real wages within three years.
  *  Immediate reconstitution of collective labour agreements.
  *  Instigation of powerful control mechanisms that will
  protect employment.
  *  Systematic opposition of lay-offs and the deregulation of
  labour relations.

6. Deepening Democracy: democratic political and social rights
for all

There is a democratic deficit in the country. Greece is
gradually being transformed into an authoritarian police
state.

We are calling for:

   * The restoration of popular sovereignty and an upgrade of
   parliamentary power within the political system:
   * Creation of a proportional electoral system
   * Separation of powers
   * Revocation of ministerial immunity
   * Abolishment of economic privileges for MPs
   * Real decentralization to create local government with
   sound resources and expanded jurisdiction.
   * The introduction of direct democracy and institutions of
   self-management under workers' and social control at all
   levels.
   * Measures against political and economic corruption.
   * The solidification of democratic, political, and trade
   union rights.
   * The enhancement of women's and youths' rights in the
   family, in employment, and in public administration.
   * Immigration reforms:
   * Speeding up the asylum process
   * Abolition of Dublin II regulations and granting of travel
   papers to immigrants
   * Social inclusion of immigrants and equal rights
   protection
   * Democratic reforms to public administration with the
   active participation of civil servants.
   * The demilitarization and democratization of the Police
   and the Coast Guard. Disbandment of special forces.

7. Restoration of a strong welfare state

Anti-insurance laws, the shutdown of social services, and the
steep fall in social expenditures under the Memorandum have
turned Greece into a country where social injustice reigns.

We are in need of:

   * An immediate rescue of the pension system, to include
   tripartite financing and the gradual consolidation of
   separate pension fund portfolios into one public, universal
   system of social insurance.
   * A raise in unemployment benefits until the substitution
   rate reaches 80% of the wage. No unemployed person is to be
   left without unemployment benefits.
   * The introduction of a guaranteed minimum income.
   * A unified system of comprehensive social protection
   covering the vulnerable social strata.

8. Health is a Public Good and a social right

Health care is to be provided for free and will be financed
through a Public Health System. Immediate measures include:

   * Support and upgrades for hospitals. Upgrade of health
   infrastructures of the Social Insurance Institute (IKA).
   * Development of an integrated system of first-level medical care.
   * Covering the needs of medical treatment in both personnel
   and equipment, in part by stopping lay-offs.
   * Open and cost-free access to medical treatment for all
   residents in the country.
   * Free pharmaceutical treatment and medical examinations
   for low-income pensioners, the unemployed, students, and
   those suffering from chronic diseases.

9. Protection of public education, research, culture, and
sports from the Memorandum's policies

With regards to education, we are calling for:

   * Consolidation of universal, public, and free education,
   including coverage of its urgent needs in infrastructure
   and personnel at all three levels.
   * Compulsory 14-year unified education.
   * Revocation of the Diamantopoulou Law.
   * Assurance of self-government for Universities.
   * Preservation of the academic and public character of
   Universities.

10. An independent foreign policy committed to the promotion
of peace

The capitulation of our foreign policy to the desires of the
U.S. and the powerful states of the European Union endangers
the country's independence, peace, and security.

We propose:

   * A multidimensional and peace-seeking foreign policy.
   * Disengagement from NATO and closure of foreign military
   bases on Greek soil.
   * Termination of military cooperation with Israel.
   * Aiding the Cypriot people in the reunification of the
   island.
   * Furthermore, on the basis of international law and the
   principle of peaceful conflict resolution, we will pursue
   improvements in Greek-Turkish relations, a solution to the
   problem of FYROM's official name, and the specification of
   Greece's Exclusive Economic Zone.

The incumbent economic and social system has failed and we
must overthrow it!

The economic crisis that is rocking global capitalism has
shattered the illusions. More and more, people understand that
capitalist speculation is an inhuman organizational principle
for modern society. It is also widely acknowledged that
private banks function only for the benefit of the bankers,
harming the rest of the people. Big business and bankers
absorb billions of euros from health care, education, and
pensions.

An exit from the crisis requires bold measures that will
prevent those who created the crisis from continuing their
destructive work. We are endorsing a new model for the
production and distribution of wealth, one that will include
society in its totality. In this respect, the large capitalist
property is to be made public and managed democratically along
social and ecological criteria. Our strategic aim is socialism
with democracy, a system in which all will be entitled to
participate in the decision-making process.

We are changing the future; we are pushing them into the past!

We can prevail by forging unity and creating a new coalition
for power with the Left as a cornerstone. Our strength in this
endeavour is the alliance of the People: the inspiration, the
creative effort, and the struggle of the working people. With
these, we will shape the lives and the future of a self-
governed people.

Now the vote is in the hands of the People! Now the People
have the power!

In this new election, the Greek people can and must vote
against the regime of the Memoranda and the Troika, thus
turning over a new page of hope and optimism for the future.

For Greece and for Europe, the solution is with the Left!


 



 


Paul I just realised about this post and wow... thanks a lot for the article. I read it thoroughly and I can honestly say that what they are proposing/decribing/supporting is true. From the first sentence to the last.


Yes left -in the way they put it and argued about it- is the right solution. And it is the reason why my vote went there and will go there again probably next week.



BUT


As I told you numerous times on shoutbox, I dont trust the leader of this party is going to be able to say NO and FUCK OFF to serious political individuals around the world. I am not sure he will be able to actually put all this plan into motion. I dont think he will stay clean and will not be corrupted by the situation here in Greece. he may not want to be corrupted but he will end up being corrupted even if they force him to do so.


I will give him the benefit of the doubt, that is why I voted Syriza, but I am afraid it wont matter anyway. Frankly the only solution I see here in Greece is the people to come together and revolt. Revolt against the system, revolt against politics, revolt against bankers revolt against their country, revolt against anyone...


 


But this also scares the shit out of me... cause I think it will either be our destruction or our salvation...


gain thank you for the time you put on this Paul.

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