Since 1991, the political elites and the new capitalist class have exacerbated
nationalist passions and divided the country among ethnic and linguistic lines in
order to pillage the country, says Professor David Mandel (2/2)
Aleksandr Buzgalin says that Western sanctions are fueling a new sense of
nationalism and pride, but it serves the oligarchs who want a more powerful state
and armed forces to pursue their "Jurassic Capitalism" economic agenda
Prof. John Weeks and Prof. Trevor Martin discuss British PM David Cameron's call
for a referendum vote to decide whether the UK remains a part of EU, as stagnation
continues in the Eurozone and bleeds into economic powerhouses like Germany
Volodymyr Ishchenko: Small independent protests are taking place amid
the pro-Russian separatist rebellion, but workers remain weak as a
political force in Ukraine and the government is continuing to restrict civil
Ukrainian sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says there will be little difference
between a Poroshenko presidency and that of ousted president Yanukovich, and that
the political rebellion in the Eastern regions is dominated by Russian separatists
with widespread support there - not by an independent workers movement
Robert Parry: The Obama administration and Kiev government claimed that Russian
soldiers were present at the building occupations, yet it turns out that this
assertion was based on photos the U.S. government provided to NYTimes and that
the newspaper since has had to retract
John Quigley & Aleksandr Buzgalin say that the building occupations and protests in cities like Donestk look like local initiatives, and are markedly less violent than some of those during the Euromaiden protests
Nicolai Petro: Ukrainian officials are using this first military move as political tool to
garner more public support, as groups labeled pro-Russian truly want federalism, not
succession, in order to protect eastern Ukraine's autonomy
Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin continues his explanation of historical
relations between the Crimea region of Ukraine and Russia, ahead of a
referendum vote which could bring Crimea under greater Russian control
Economist Jeffrey Sommers says that although pro-EU Ukrainians have
legitimate grievances, they have little to gain from trade agreements that
would ultimately transfer ownership of industry to outside actors
Kevin Zeese: U.S. Trade Representative wants to keep the public in the dark because TPP will threaten food safety and raise drug prices, and many Asian countries involved in negotiations are also turned off by the deal
Michael Ratner, lawyer of Wikileaks founder, says his client wants to clear
any allegations of sexual
misconduct in Sweden but the fear of extradition to U.S. keeps him in
Ecuadorian embassy in Britain
Pharmaceutical Companies withhold medicine from Greece, fearing that the
medicine will be exported to
other European countries. Greece is penalized for austerity measures it had
been forced to implement.
Senior Citizens and Disabled people say they're being abandoned by
society. Thousands are left to die in cold homes every year in the UK, while
energy companies threaten to raise cost of heating further
Calls from within government to fully criminalise squatting gather momentum. It could have serious implications for political occupations, and will it backfire on the government's plans to reduce its welfare budget?
A leading British charity warns that 3.5 million children in the United Kingdom are growing up below the poverty line, while the divide between rich and poor continues to accelerate faster than anywhere else in the developed world.
In Southern Spain, Juan Manuel SĂˇnchez Gordillo, mayor of the small town of Marinaleda, is helping organize a growing protest movement against the austerity measures imposed by the Spanish government. SĂˇnchez Gordillo and the landless peasants that follow him are at the forefront of demonstrations seeking a radical change in the country's economic policies in response to the country's worsening crisis.
Costas Lapavitsas: Elections were a moral victory for Syriza as vote held up under ferocious pressure; the new pro-bailout Government will not be able to service it's debt as austerity measures deepen, and eventually Greece will leave the Euro-Zone
The leaders of the European Union have ordered the Spanish government to accept up to 100 billion Euros in loans to bail out its tail-spinning financial sector, but will this so-called "credit extension" really help pull the economy out of recession and curb soaring unemployment?
Anti-war protester David Lawley Wakelin from Alternative Iraq Enquiry interrupted former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as he testified at a UK inquiry into media ethics at London's Royal Courts of Justice
With the highest unemployment rate in Europe, the Spanish people take to the streets in Madrid and elsewhere to mark one year since the massive demonstrations that caused ripples around the world. They're calling for a global revolution, but who will respond?
Tens of thousands of Spaniards joined protestors in dozens of other European cities to mark the 1-year anniversary of the "Indignado" movement, and to demand an end to the austerity measures taken in response to the economic crisis (Full report expected tomorrow).
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD: European austerity policies past the point of no return, driving global economy towards deep and lengthy recession