kirbycairo: So-called "Free Trade" and the Presidential Election. . .

Trade is one of the stranger political issues in recent years. For more than two decades now the left has been saying that the trade deals (even going back before the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations), are not really “free-trade” deals at all, but are rather ‘corporate rights’ deals that are intended to strengthen the ...

kirbycairo: So-called "Free Trade" and the Presidential Election. . .

Trade is one of the stranger political issues in recent years. For more than two decades now the left has been saying that the trade deals (even going back before the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations), are not really “free-trade” deals at all, but are rather ‘corporate rights’ deals that are intended to strengthen the ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Brexit Madness: Propaganda and Hyperbole

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 EU has been taken over by the European ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: In or Out? Democracy, the EU, and the Fate of the Earth

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 good thing, for the reasons I’ve outlined here. The ...

Left Over: Brexit – Stage Left…

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   Frankly, I don’t see why all the panic is being created..it’s terrible that immigrants feel ...

The Canadian Progressive: Brexit vote fundamentally undermines Britain and the EU

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 Britain and the EU appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics, Re-Spun: Is Greece the Front Line in the War Against Neoliberalism?

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 ...

The Disaffected Lib: The European Union Backstory. Greece Is the Least of Its Problems.

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 triggering ...

The Disaffected Lib: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? No One, Angela, No One.

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 the ...

OpenMedia.ca: They’re back…and are trying to ambush us with an online ‘link tax’

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 climate where important ...

The Disaffected Lib: Krugman – Europe Also Won in Yesterday’s Greek Bailout Referendum

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 ...

CuriosityCat: Greece & The Euro: Super Mario will come to the rescue this weekend

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 commentators ...

Parchment in the Fire: Tsipras lambasts ‘absurd proposals’ of creditors for Greece debt-deal failure | Business | The Guardian

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

The Disaffected Lib: John Bull In a China Shop

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 the ...

The Disaffected Lib: But What Did They Expect?

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 poindexter ...

The Disaffected Lib: Why Syrzia Matters. It’s About a Good Deal More than Austerity. It’s About Salvaging Democracy.

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 determined ...

Parchment in the Fire: Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP? | openDemocracy

Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP? | openDemocracy. Filed under: Europe, Socialism Tagged: EU, Europe, Podemos, Socialism, Syriza

The Disaffected Lib: Will the E.U. Again Pull the Rug Out From Under Harper’s Feet?

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 ...

Dead Wild Roses: Tariq Ali on the Upcoming Greek Election

*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 ...

Political Eh-conomy: The Greek canary in the European coalmine: An interview with Yanis Varoufakis

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 expect Greece to take ...

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: the left in Greece and Poland

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/podcast-150123-poland-greece1.mp3   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 in this Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Syriza ...

drive-by planet: Sophisticated malware ‘Regin’: Western intelligence suspected source of spy tool

Symantec just recently reported on an advanced malware tool known as Regin or Backdoor.Regin that has  been showing up around the globe. A post that appeared on the company’s blog on Sunday described Regin as  “An advanced spying tool [that] displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Climate Change Deal We Cannot Live Without

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. ...

drive-by planet: Fidel Castro compares NATO with Hitler’s SS: says US/Israel responsible for the creation of ISIS

 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 European ...

drive-by planet: NATO summit targets Russia: nuclear threat increases with risk of war

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 deployed ...