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The New Greek Agenda

Beyond Money - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 13:11

The Greanville Post has just published what is purported to be the 40 point agenda of the new Greek coalition government headed by the Syriza party that recently won a stunning victory at the polls.

Here is the agenda as reported:

  1. Audit of the public debt and renegotiation of interest due and suspension of payments until the economy has revived and growth and employment return.
  2. Demand the European Union to change the role of the European Central Bank so that it finances States and programs of public investment.
  3. Raise income tax to 75% for all incomes over 500,000 euros.
  4. Change the election laws to a proportional system.
  5. Increase taxes on big companies to that of the European average.
  6. Adoption of a tax on financial transactions and a special tax on luxury goods.
  7. Prohibition of speculative financial derivatives.
  8. Abolition of financial privileges for the Church and shipbuilding industry.
  9. Combat the banks’ secret [measures] and the flight of capital abroad.
  10. Cut drastically military expenditures.
  11. Raise minimum salary to the pre-cut level, 750 euros per month.
  12. Use buildings of the government, banks and the Church for the homeless.
  13. Open dining rooms in public schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to children.
  14. Free health benefits to the unemployed, homeless and those with low salaries.
  15. Subvention up to 30% of mortgage payments for poor families who cannot meet payments.
  16. Increase of subsidies for the unemployed. Increase social protection for one-parent families, the aged, disabled, and families with no income.
  17. Fiscal reductions for goods of primary necessity.
  18. Nationalization of banks.
  19. Nationalization of ex-public (service & utilities) companies in strategic sectors for the growth of the country (railroads, airports, mail, water).
  20. Preference for renewable energy and defence of the environment.
  21. Equal salaries for men and women.
  22. Limitation of precarious hiring and support for contracts for indeterminate time.
  23. Extension of the protection of labor and salaries of part-time workers.
  24. Recovery of collective (labor) contracts.
  25. Increase inspections of labor and requirements for companies making bids for public contracts.
  26. Constitutional reforms to guarantee separation of Church and State and protection of the right to education, health care and the environment.
  27. Referendums on treaties and other accords with Europe.
  28. Abolition of privileges for parliamentary deputies. Removal of special juridical protection for ministers and permission for the courts to proceed against members of the government.
  29. Demilitarization of the Coast Guard and anti-insurrectional special troops. Prohibition for police to wear masks or use fire arms during demonstrations. Change training courses for police so as to underline social themes such as immigration, drugs and social factors.
  30. Guarantee human rights in immigrant detention centers.
  31. Facilitate the reunion of immigrant families.
  32. Depenalization of consumption of drugs in favor of battle against drug traffic. Increase funding for drug rehab centers.
  33. Regulate the right of conscientious objection in draft laws.
  34. Increase funding for public health up to the average European level.(The European average is 6% of GDP; in Greece 3%.)
  35. Elimination of payments by citizens for national health services.
  36. Nationalization of private hospitals. Elimination of private participation in the national health system.
  37. Withdrawal of Greek troops from Afghanistan and the Balkans. No Greek soldiers beyond our own borders.
  38. Abolition of military cooperation with Israel.  Support for creation of a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders.
  39. Negotiation of a stable accord with Turkey.
  40. Closure of all foreign bases in Greece and withdrawal from NATO.

If they are able to pull off even a few of their main agenda items, the new governors of Greece could set a precedent that will likely lead to major power shifts back toward national sovereignty and away form the New World Order along with the breakup or complete restructuring of the European Union.

This is shaping up to be a battle reminiscent of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, but fought this time, not with weapons of iron, but with innovative systems of money, credit, finance, and organization. -t.h.g.

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What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy

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What a Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Taught This Feminist Geek

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Canadian court ruling–a solid punch to the private central bankers?

Beyond Money - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:10

In the video below, Bill Still reports on a recent court ruling that could, if it is upheld, stagger the global banking cartel.


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Owning Together Is the New Sharing

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Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid

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Forget Venture Capitalists—This Scrappy Composting Co-Op Found Another Way to Get Startup Money

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How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in Its Tracks

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Six Ways the US Is Building a People-Powered Economy

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Money and Society: Free university-level online course being offered

Beyond Money - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 17:17

A free online course (MOOC) in Money and Society is being offered by Professor Jem Bendell, PhD (IFLAS) and Matthew Slater, under the aegis of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability of Cumbria University. The four lessons of the course, intended to” explode myths about the history, nature, present and future of money,” will commence 16 February 2015 and conclude 18 March 2015. For details and registration go to http://iflas.blogspot.com/2014/12/money-and-society-mooc.html.

 


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How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally

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Vladimir Putin and the New World Order

Beyond Money - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:10

Despite the ongoing attempts of the Western media and politicians to vilify him, Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing himself to be a true statesman deserving of international attention and respect. Former Reagan administration official and Wall Street Journal editor Paul Craig Roberts, in a recent post, goes so far as to declare Vladimir Putin Is The Leader Of the Moral World.

Roberts begins his post by commenting as follows:

Dear Friends,

Vladimir Putin’s remarks at the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club are worth more than a link in my latest column. These are the remarks of a humanitarian political leader, the like of which the world has not seen in my lifetime. Compare Putin to the corrupt war criminal in the White House or to his puppets in office in Germany, UK, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, and you will see the difference between a criminal clique and a leader striving for a humane and livable world in which the interests of all peoples are respected.

In a sane Western society, Putin’s statements would have been reproduced in full and discussions organized with remarks from experts such as Stephen F. Cohen. Choruses of approval would have been heard on television and read in the print media. But, of course, nothing like this is possible in a country whose rulers claim that it is the “exceptional” and “indispensable” country with an extra-legal right to hegemony over the world. As far as Washington and its prostitute media, named “presstitutes” by the trends specialist Gerald Celente, are concerned, no country counts except Washington. “You are with us or against us,” which means “you are our vassals or our enemies.” This means that Washington has declared Russia, China, India, Brazil and other parts of South America, Iran, and South Africa to be enemies.

This is a big chunk of the world for a bankrupt country, hated by its vassal populations and many of its own subjects, that has not won a war since it defeated tiny Japan in 1945 by using nuclear weapons, the only use of such terrible weapons in world history. ….

Read the rest of Roberts’ post and the full text of Putin’s speech at http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/10/25/vladimir-putin-leader-moral-world-paul-craig-roberts/

This RT report gives some highlights of the speech:

And this video purports to provide a summary of the main points that Putin made in that speech:

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