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Resentment towards Germany

Originally published on the BBC by Gavin Hewitt.

There is increasing frustration and resentment towards Germany. It is criticised for failing to lead, for being a prisoner of its history, for acting selfishly while also being disliked for imposing a culture of austerity on the rest of Europe.

The Germans are aware of this and it is leading to soul-searching.

As the paper Die Welt said, “the Germans are the indispensable nation on the continent”.

Charles Grant from the Centre for European Reform draws a similar conclusion: “Germany is emerging,” he said, “for the first time in the EU’s history as the unquestioned leader. France is having to adjust to a subordinate role”.

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a crisis deepens

The blow to eurozone efforts to save the currency came amid increasingly apocalyptic predictions of a euro collapse. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris forecast a “deep depression” across Europe and a tidal wave of bankruptcies if any of the 17 countries was forced to quit the euro. The Polish foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, urged Germany to save the EU from “a crisis of apocalyptic proportions”.
Article from the Guardian. 

Pressure Mounts for Urgent Action to Avert a Euro Zone Split

November 28, 2011

PARIS — European leaders faced mounting pressure Monday to overcome divisions and move ahead quickly with new plans to prevent the euro zone from fracturing, as warnings multiplied that the crisis could endanger the global economy and cause credit to dry up in the banking system.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday that the euro crisis remained “a key risk to the world economy.” The research group, which is based in Paris, sharply cut its forecasts for wealthy Western countries and cautioned that growth in Europe could come to a standstill.

The warning came just hours afterMoody’s Investors Service issued its own bleak report on Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. Moody’s, a leading credit rating agency, warned that the problems could lead multiple countries to default on their debts or exit the euro, which would threaten the credit standing of all 17 countries in the currency union.

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truth about debt crisis

The inevitability of the default of Greece hangs heavy on the future of the European economies. Who owns the debt? The chain reaction will be similar to that of Lehman Brothers in 2008 - and even though Greece is a relatively small economy in Europe, the impact of a bankruptcy (that has been so clumsily avoided) will blindside a population not told/explained the gravity, and cause the next major blow to a dinosaur monetary system incompatible with our technical reality, or our creative potential.

Occupy UC Davis Calls Nov. 28 General Strike

The following proposal was passed by a massive general assembly on November 22nd at UC Davis:

The UC Board of Regents, who not only represent but actually are this state’s richest one percent, has repeatedly shown itself to be utterly unfit to manage and represent the interests of the students, faculty, and workers who constitute the University of California.

Following two successive years of sharp tuition increases, accompanied by millions in department and resource cuts, layoffs, and furloughs, the board had the audacity to propose a new 81% fee increase and drastic budget reductions.

Undergraduate student fees have tripled over the past ten years, as we have seen an unprecedented explosion of student debt; and departmental budgets have shrunk, as academic and non-academic workers experience diminishing benefits, swelling workloads, and non-existent job security.

In the midst of the economic crisis, the Regents have intensified their pursuit of the project of privatization and de-funding that diminish the quality of education and quality of life for those across the UC, while consigning students’ futures to greater and greater sums of debt.

The Regents’ theft of an ostensibly public resource to fund “capital projects” such as construction projects and private research initiatives, demonstrate a clear conflict of interests that benefits a narrow administrative elite—both the Regents and their local appointees (chancellors and vice chancellors)—at the expense of the greater faculty, staff, and student body.

The familiar rhetoric of austerity demands our resigned compliance, as our learning and working conditions progressively deteriorate. We have seen recently and in years past that political dissent is met with increasingly violent displays of force and repression by University police.

The continued destruction of higher education in California, and the repressive forms of police violence that sustain it, cannot be viewed apart from larger economic and political systems that concentrate wealth and political power in the hands of the few.

Since the university has long served as one of the few means of social mobility and for the proliferation of knowledge critical to and outside of existing structures of power, the vital role it plays as one of the few truly public resources is beyond question.

The necessity of reclaiming the UC has never demanded such urgency, as it continues to shift towards the corporate model, pursues dubious fiscal partnerships (such as those with the defense department and international agribusiness), and engages in disturbing collusion with financial institutions like US Bank (which is one of the largest profiteers from student loans).

As such, I propose that in light of the upcoming Regents’ vote on Monday the 28th, (which will be occurring on four campuses simultaneously, one of which being UC Davis), that we call for a general strike this same day, with the aim of shutting down campuses across the state and preventing the Regents from holding their vote.

In response to the intolerable effects privatization and austerity and the horrific repression of student dissent that has occurred throughout the last month, the GA, as a governing body of all concerned UC Davis students, will prevent the Board of Regents from continuing its unbridled assault upon higher education in the state of California.

This will entail total campus participation in shutting down the operations of the university on the 28th, including teaching, working, learning, and transportation, as we will collectively divert our efforts to blocking their vote[s]. In doing so students, faculty and workers assert the power—and the will—to effectively represent and manage ourselves.

Says Olivier

The chief economist at the IMF, Olivier Blanchard, warned, “The global economy has entered a dangerous new phase. The recovery has weakened considerably. Strong policies are needed to improve the outlook and reduce the risks.” (Austerity?)

The U.S. economy faces longer-lasting problems that go beyond high gas prices and disruptions caused by the Japan crisis, the IMF said.

Employers are adding few jobs and giving out meagre pay raises. Many homeowners owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. Banks are keeping credit tight.

An increase in the growth of China, India and Brazil is hoped for to offset the loss of faith inability of countries to manage their public debt? “Fear of the unknown is high,” Olivier said.

Meanwhile, in Europe this week U.S. President Barak Obama said, “They’re going to have a strong partner in us, but European leaders understand that what is ultimately important is to have a strong signal from Europe that they are standing behind the euro.”

Stand behind a collapsing currency; responses to which are limited to ‘cut spending’ and ‘practice austerity’ … a lack of creative thinking as much of an assurance of global financial collapse as the epidemic of apathy it will itself be a cruel cure for.


"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky." ~ Rabindranath Tagore



Can you dig it?

Can you dig it?

Ryerson march October 17th 2011 #occupyto

Ryerson march October 17th 2011 #occupyto

Ryerson march #occupyto

Ryerson march #occupyto

Bring your own Bowl to Occupy Toronto at St. James Park DownTown Toronto… and you shall be fed.

Bring your own Bowl to Occupy Toronto at St. James Park DownTown Toronto… and you shall be fed.