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TTIP must be stopped

Activist groups and citizens are waking up to the dangers of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which offers little in terms of benefits other than to global corporations and bankers. Whatever nonsense is claimed about the need for this agreement in terms of growth and prosperity, so called "free trade agreements" (FTAs) are weapons of wealth extraction and oppression.

TTIP is anti-democratic and will ensure the EU (and consequently every country within it) is run for the benefit of corporations rather than people. It will open the door to GMO foods, chlorinated chicken, hormone injected beef, fracking, toxic chemicals in cosmetics, wholesale privatisation of healthcare (many Americans have no access to healthcare) and other public services. Hard won social, health and environmental protections will be dismantled. In America it will allow banks to subvert the already pitiful banking regulation put in place in the aftermath of the sub-prime crisis, opening the door to yet more financial fraud (following on from market rigging in commodities, LIBOR and FOREX, money-laundering for drug cartels and proscribed terrorist organisations etc.)

Arm yourself with knowledge and challenge politicians, trade unions and others who parrot the meaningless mantras about the illusory benefits for the economy. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been in force for 20 years. Contrary to all the claims made, it has destroyed over a million jobs across the US, Canada and Mexico and driven millions into poverty (47.5 million US citiznes rely on food stamps to survive - even those with jobs; wages have been ground down, forcing people to hold down multiple jobs). NAFTA has made only the rich and corporations richer which is why many Americans are vehemently opposed to the other big trade agreement currently being negotiated in secret, the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), with countries in Asia and Australasia.

This is a class war and as Warren Buffet, one of the richest men on the planet, acknowledged: it's his class which is winning.

Download a detailed guide to TTIP from John Hillary of War on Want.

Read about the costs and benefits of TTIP:

TAFTA/TTIP: What Are The Benefits? What Are The Costs? by Glyn Moody
from the profits-before-people dept

Watch this short video on how TTIP will enable corporations to blackmail your country's government.

People around the world can stop these agreements but we need to pressure our governments to reject them. With European elections next month, there is the opportunity to reject any candidate supporting TTIP 

Russia wants war


Russia wants war according to the Economist and the rest of the manipulated media (hat tip to Arvind for the image above which was posted on twitter by @WilliamJHague). Not only has NATO established bases encircling Russia but has deployed nuclear missiles within striking distance.

In another ironic twist, the Economist has been up to its old tricks of duplicity, explicitly claiming Russia has imperial ambitions.


Hmmm. Which government has deployed its military all around the globe and bombed all these countries?

China 1945-46

Korea 1950-53 

China 1950-53 

Guatemala 1954 

Indonesia 1958 

Cuba 1959-60 

Guatemala 1960 

Belgian Congo 1964 

Guatemala 1964 

Dominican Republic 1965-66 

Peru 1965 

Laos 1964-73 

Vietnam 1961-73 

Cambodia 1969-70 

Guatemala 1967-69 

Lebanon 1982-84 

Grenada 1983-84 

Libya 1986 

El Salvador 1981-92 

Nicaragua 1981-90 

Iran 1987-88 

Libya 1989 

Panama 1989-90 

Iraq 1991 

Kuwait 1991 

Somalia 1992-94 

Bosnia 1995 

Iran 1998 

Sudan 1998 

Afghanistan 1998 

Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999 

Afghanistan 2001 

Iraq 2003

Libya 2011 drone strikes (extra-judiciary assassinations) killing innocent civilians in Pakistan, Africa and who knows where else?

Clue: spreading freedom and democracy - d'oh! 

The third flaw in the economic system

Over the last few days, Daily Pickings highlighted two of the fundamental flaws in the economic system, exclusive land ownership rights and interest on money. The third fundamental flaw is that the means to life is conditional on paid employment. The industrial revolution drove people from the land into factories, depriving them of the means to life provided by access to land.

As mechanisation and computerisation transformed productivity, full employment has become unnecessary, unachievable and undesirable, resulting in the creation of bullsh*t jobs. An unconditional citizens income would transform the power balance between employer and employee and liberate people to engage in politics and community activity, unfettered by the control imposed by forced employment.

CITIZEN'S INCOME TRUST provides lots of information on how an unconditional citizens income would work and its advantages. A basic income pilot scheme in India demonstrated how societies can be transformed by this simple measure.

The solutions to our problems are drawn from the lessons of history and based on principles established over a century ago but which vested interests suppressed with bogus economics created and controlled to serve the interests of the few. We now have the opportunity, given the will, to transform our civilisation.

New Model Charter

Poland, another US/NATO poodle

The BBC and other CRC controlled media continue to parrot the narrative: Russia and dissident rebels in the east of Ukraine are the bad guys while the NATO backed coup leaders are the good guys. What is clear, to those who look beyond the regime change propaganda, are the accumulated efforts and resources of the US, EU and in particular Poland, devoted to initiating the violent coup d'état in Kiev.

Poland's role in Ukraine is analogous to Turkey's role in Syria - both their governments are supporting violent criminals (right wing extremists in Ukraine, Al Qaeda in Syria) to foment regime change in neighbouring countries. The UK's Blair was the poodle in Iraq followed by Cameron and France's Sarkozy in Libya and now Hollande in Syria - they all do the bidding of the CRC.


Ukraine: Poland trained putchists two months in advance by Thierry Meyssan

"Lies have shorter and shorter legs. Two months after the change of regime in Kiev, the Polish press has disclosed the role of Donald Tusk’s government in preparing the coup. The new revelations belie Western discourse and demonstrate that the current interim government of Oleksandr Tourtchynov was imposed by NATO in violation of international law.

In summary, Poland trained a mob of thugs to overthrow the democratically-elected president of Ukraine and pretended he was subscribing to an appeasement agreement with him on 21 February 2014, while his rioters were in the process of seizing power."

Hat tip to Rob for this

History is being rewritten as it unfolds.

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