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The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie.

Metaneos - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:00
An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week's landslide "No" vote and secretly agreed a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a "bailout" that means sinister foreign control and a warning to the world.Greece. Either its people do what needs doing, or they suffer longer than they need to.
They can exit the EU, suffer for a few years, and rebuild their economy through currency controls. Or they can stay in the EU, and suffer, indefinitely.
It should be a stark, simple choice, but human nature, eh?

Con MP Compares Stephen Harper to Jesus Christ

Montreal Simon - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:10

Well I must admit that even though I am an atheist I never would have compared Stephen Harper to Jesus.

Not with that face, not with those horns.

And not for bringing in Bill C-51 or imposing tougher prison sentences.

But that is what a Con MP has just done. 
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Merkel's Toxic Tonic

The Disaffected Lib - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:20

Has German Chancellor Angela Merkel's subjugation of Greece inadvertently poisoned European unity?  That's how a pro-EU lobby group sees it.

"The last few weeks have laid totally bare the European Union's brand of authoritarian dogma," UKIP leader Nigel Farage wrote in the London Telegraph.

"More and more people are waking up to the dangers of this supranational beast sweeping aside national sovereignty completely. Many who had continued to believe until very recently that the EU was compassionate and forward-looking are beginning to realise just how backwards the whole project is."

Pablo Echenique, a deputy from Spain's radical left Podemos, labelled the deal a "financial coup d'etat" that converted Greece into a protectorate.

Podemos leader Juan Carlos Monedero said it was "a terrorist crime".

Greece's former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis warned the deal would strengthen the far right Golden Dawn party.

Beppe Grillo, leader of Italy's anti-euro Five Star party said eurozone leaders had used a "strategy of terror", and Catarina Martins, leader of the Portugese anti-capitalist Left Bloc said "democracy has been completely swept aside to make way for colonial-style impositions".

On Monday, the leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen, said if she were Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras she would have led Greece out of the Eurozone.

"Greece is no longer free," she said. "This is a carve-up to deprive the Greeks of their entire national heritage. It is clearly the enslavement of a country inside the European Union itself."

Her deputy Florian Philippot said the Greek people had been "cast into slavery".

Ms Le Pen had previously praised Greece's referendum on the bailout deal, pushing for her own referendum on the exit from the European Union.

The UK, under Conservative prime minister David Cameron, has already committed to a referendum on EU membership next year.

Until recently the 'Yes' vote was clearly in front.

Peter Wilding, director of the British Influence group which is lobbying for Britain not to leave the EU, said if Greece accepted the deal offered by Europe it would "essentially be voting itself to be a ward of the Eurozone".

"The price of ceding sovereignty and apparently bypassing democracy is a high one for Greece but also a gift for the No campaign here.

"Whether you support German rigour or Greek pluck, it is clear that the consequences for continental solidarity have been toxic. The longer the crisis has dragged on, the more it has corroded Europe's political culture and revealed the shallowness of any sense of political solidarity across the continent and the limited legitimacy of the EU's political institutions."

Oh, Angela, whatever have you done?


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