Revolting Europe

A new privatisation bonanza is underway in southern Europe, with Greece and Portugal leading the way. But recently published research shows the trend in recent years in Europe has been in the opposite direction as it becomes ever clearer that there are no benefits – except for the corporations and fat cats

The European economic crisis is misery for most, but is proving quite a boon for those who don’t know the meaning of austerity. The billionaires, the well healed corporate executives, the owners of private equity groups or ‘vulture’ funds.

For privateers seeking to make a quick buck, Greece, is the new ‘El Dorado’, as the country’s privatisation chiefs has put it. The IMF-EU-ECB or ‘Troika’ want the country to raise €50 billion through sell offs of state owned assets by 2022. To be sold to the highest bidder are stakes in banks, utilities, the national lottery, ports, airports…

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Nationalise the FTSE 100!!

Revolting Europe

The problem with the French government’s nationalization threat is only the timidity of this rediscovered dirigisme

The Socialist government is threatening to nationalise a €400m (£323m) steel plant in eastern France, unless the Indian-born billionaire Lakshmi Mittal agrees to sell it to a private buyer. Mittal’s company, ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steel-maker, wants to close or sell two blast-furnaces at Florange in Lorraine but to hold on to other profitable activities at the site. France insists that the whole complex must remain open under a single owner, or the blast furnaces won’t find a buyer and hundreds of high skilled jobs will go.

The nationalisation plan comes amid tense relations between the French government and Britain’s richest man. French Industry minister, Arnaud Montebourg, said earlier this week that Mittal was “no longer welcome” in France. He later backtracked somewhat after being reminded that the company employs 20,000 people in 100…

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The war on Gaza and election time.

Once again we see ourselves watching news reports and you tube videos of massive Israeli air strikes upon the defenseless people of the Gaza Strip. These devastating attacks that are killing hundreds of innocent people are in response to poorly made rockets fired from Gaza into Israel by militant Palestinians. The truth is these rockets can only actually kill someone if they score a direct hit, and as they are unguided and fired like fireworks from the border this rarely happens. I am not trying to condone these attacks on the Israeli people, I  am merely trying to point out how disproportionate Israels response to the attacks has been.
Now these attacks have been occurring pretty much non stop now for a long time. They have not just started or flared up. So the question you are left asking yourself is why has Israel chosen now to launch massive air strikes and have troops and reservists ‘falling over each other’ at  the border??? It is no coincidence I’m sure that the first death from the recent fighting occurred a few days after the American elections (so as to  not cause any problems  for their  friends in the Whitehouse) but in plenty of time for the Israeli election. Kill a few hundred Arabs and Netanyahu gets re-elected. 
Think about it……..
Without  conflict with the Palestinians, what is the point of the right wing in Israel.
Netanyahu doesn’t want to end conflict in the middle east. On the contrary,  he’s counting on it, and the sooner the Jewish people wake up to this fact the better.

This guy has some unbelievable skills!!! The human mind is a truly amazing machine

TwistedSifter

 

Chen Yingjie (aka: Hua Tunan) is one of the leading young forces in the world of Chinese street art. Living in the coastal city of Foshan, Hua Tunan’s training in classical Chinese painting and illustration drives his unique street art style. He often explores new ways to combine Western graffiti styles with traditional Chinese methods and elements including ink painting, drum rhythms and a variety of cultural symbols. Hua Tunan is a core member of the EDGE Creative Collective.

In the amazing series below, we explore Tunan’s fascinating ‘splatter’ portraits. While the pieces can feel busy and chaotic, the portrait that emerges is one that exudes calmness and exactness; it’s organized confusion at its finest.

 

 

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What’s your problem with human rights??

Everyone seems to be getting a little hot under the collar over the decision of a British judge to free the radical cleric Abu Qatada.

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but the man has committed no crime in this country (not that it has stopped the authorities keeping him locked up.) and the country in which he is wanted, namely Jordan, is ruled by a particularly brutal regime known for multiple human rights abuses.

As far as I’m concerned countries such as Britain who claim to uphold basic human rights should not have extradition policies with countries like Jordan.

Human rights should apply to ALL humans regardless of race colour or creed. We cannot keep people imprisoned just because we disagree with what they say or how they think.

I think the judge was right to release the man. We cannot send him to his death in a Jordanian kangaroo court where he has no chance of a fair trail and we cannot keep him locked up in this country when he has done no wrong.

Three cheers for the British judiciary!