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Fascinating to watch the International Monetary Fund as it fronts for the U.S. Treasury and international lenders in the Greek and Ukrainian debt crises. In the former, the fund pins the Syriza government to the wall because it dares to represent its electorate. In the latter, it stands by the Poroshenko government because it has no intention of representing anybody other than banks, corporations and the global strategy set. “Fascinating” is one word for this and it holds. “Greed in action” is three but they do a better job.

If you want to understand what’s really happening in Greece and Ukraine, just follow the money

When some idiot who’s clueless about economics tells you that we HAVE TO keep cutting essential funds and services because they don’t know that having a deficit is normal, remember that we still live in the ninth richest country in the world (second richest in Europe) and yet we are now being told that we cannot afford to help young people to escape their abusive parents.

Even though cutting housing benefit will cost us more money in the long-term.

Located in a city just outside San Juan, the school is among more than 150 shuttered in the last five years as a worsening economic crisis has prompted hundreds of thousands of people to move to the U.S. mainland over the past decade.

Driven by a combination of budget cuts and declining enrollment, the loss of so many schools is having a profound impact on communities in the U.S. island territory, forcing many children to commute to new campuses and creating a blight in places already hard-hit by recession.

The government says the situation could get much worse. It warned just days ago that by early 2016 it may run out of money to pay its bills, and over the next five years it may have to close nearly 600of the 1,460 public schools that once existed to save $249 million a year. Currently, there are 1,387 schools across the island.

Montreal cop points smoke grenade launcher point black at protester who is protesting education cuts (part of the government’s austerity plan. Cop is wearing stickers protesting cuts to his pension. (picture by Maxime Deland) (video)

Canadian police used tear gas and reportedly fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at hundreds of students protesting austerity measures at an anti-capitalist rally in Montreal. Thousands took to the streets on Tuesday to protest sweeping education cuts. (x)

Call it austerity or call it fiscal responsibility, the Quebec government’s overhaul of public spending has become the spark for what could be one of the most turbulent periods in the province’s recent history. […] In the school system, the cuts have translated into reduced course offerings, reduced library and laboratory hours and fewer support workers for students in need. (x)

Germania. La rabbia di Blockupy contro la Bce esplode a Francoforte

Guerriglia a Francoforte dove il movimento contro l’Austerity “Blockupy” ha portato migliaia di persone in piazza per contestare l’inaugurazione della nuova sede della Bce. Si parla di auto delle polizia date alle fiamme, tram, benzinai e negozi assaltati, e di almeno 350 persone arrestate. Eppure l’Ue non sembra minimamente rendersi conto di quanto il malcontento degli europei fermenti, con i media che preferiscono minimizzare a differenza di quanto fatto in altri scenari.  

Se le scene viste a Francoforte si fossero viste a Mosca probabilmente i giornali starebbero parlando di scontri gravissimi e di popolo in rivolta contro la dittatura. Se accade a Francoforte invece, probabilmente, viene derubricato come un fatto di ordine pubblico, come un gruppo di “teppisti” che hanno attentato alla pubblica sicurezza. Eppure a migliaia sono scesi in piazza a Francoforte, in Germania, per contestare aspramente l’inaugurazione della nuova sede della Bce, una istituzione mai come oggi sentita come distante e oppressiva dai cittadini europei, da Atene a Berlino.  Almeno in diecimila hanno deciso di ritrovarsi aderendo all’appello del movimento di Blockupy e ben presto si sono accesi scontri anche molto duri con la polizia terminati con almeno 350 arresti e diverse macchine della polizia date alle fiamme. Gli agenti di sicurezza hanno utilizzato anche gli idranti contro i manifestanti che, stando a quanto riportato dalle cronache, hanno assaltato anche tram e negozi. Difficile gestire la rabbia dei manifestanti che si sono radunati sin dalle prime luci dell’alba tutto intorno al grattacielo che diventerà la nuova sede della Bce. Sin dalle prime ore del giorno sono state create barricate in tutti gli incroci limitrofi, e al termine degli scontri si sono registrati alcuni feriti sia tra i manifestanti che tra gli agenti di polizia. Un vero e proprio scenario di guerriglia urbana che ha obbligato le istituzioni a chiudere una linea della metro e a fermare tutte le linee dei tram. Insomma, si tratta di una vera e propria contestazione in piena regola che però verrà come al solito trattata dai giornali come una questione di ordine pubblico, come un gruppo di teppisti che attacca la città, una vera e propria applicazione del “Doppio Standard” che invece li porta a parteggiare per i “rivoltosi” che si oppongono in altri paesi contro i governi considerati “sgraditi”. Quello che in troppi si rifiutano di comprendere è che il malcontento e il risentimento dei cittadini europei abbandonati dalle istituzioni e soprattutto privi di speranza nel futuro difficilmente si arresterà se le politiche spietate di austerity continueranno, come tutto lascia credere. Sopratutto la guerriglia di Francoforte dovrebbe anche mostrare come anche in Germania, il paese accusato di essere contrario alla fine dell’asuterity, stia germogliando una protesta sociale sempre più capillare e radicale nei confronti di un neoliberismo sempre più dal volto disumano che sta cercando di svuotare di significato le Costituzioni e le sovranità dei singoli paesi, portando anche a una omologazione del pensiero che rischia di diventare sempre più un pensiero unico.

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I’m fucking mad.

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Photos taken at a warehouse in Grangegorman where 30 people are living, and have created an incredible community, art space and garden. Some have been living there for a year and a half.
Two days ago the police arrived in the early morning in an illegal attempt to evict them. Residents were attacked, beaten, some seriously injured, some trapped in their homes and some trapped outside. They will be returning tomorrow, probably with eviction notices.
In Ireland, it’s more important that empty warehouses be empty than that the space be used creatively. Whatever the right or wrong, the life and the space that has been created here is incredible.

What happened tonight

The protest started around 8:15 PM, at park Emilie-Gamelin. The police tolerated the protest, as long as we didn’t break the law in any way. We walked around for maybe 45 minutes, with policemen by our sides, before coming into a halt. The police was blocking our way. We tried to turn around the corner and go in another street, but police cars quickly came in and blocked that street too. We turned around and headed back to where we came from. We walked around and blocked the circulation, walking next to cars while they were honking to show their support. Some drivers got out and filmed us. We kept on walking, until the police made an announcement that the demonstration was now illegal, and people started growning and booing, while helicopters flew nearby. We walked until the police tried to trap us at Place du Canada, which is just like a park. I saw people on the front line turning around and running away from the police, and we all ran across the park to avoid the police. We heard tear gas canisters in the distance. Policemen quickly realized what we were up to and where we were going, so they surrounded us again and threw tear gas. At this point, being only 2 meters away from the cops, I got into a corner store and along with a couple other protesters, we locked ourselves in. When we got out, people were gone, but we could still see helicopters in the sky. I left and took the subway at 9:30, and I have no idea what happened afterwards. I heard people screaming and I saw them running towards something, but that’s about it.
Fairly confident that people have been hurt, but I can’t confirm anything. I definitely saw protesters that had been pepper sprayed. I believe the protest was declared illegal because we blocked the traffic, but yet again, I’m not sure.