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NEW CITIZEN CHALLENGE TO UK’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Campaigners aim to prosecute British state

On 1st October campaigners will begin a new and ambitious project to institute a citizen’s prosecution of the Government and specifically the Secretary of State for Defence for breaching international law by its active deployment of the Trident nuclear weapon system.

PICAT is co-ordinated by Trident Ploughshares and will involve groups across England and Wales in a series of steps which will hopefully lead to the Attorney General’s consent for the case to go before the courts.

Groups will begin by seeking an assurance from the Secretary of State for Defence that the UK’s nuclear weapons will not be used, or their use threatened, in such a way as to cause wholesale loss of civilian life and damage to the environment.

In the case of no response or an unsatisfactory one groups will then approach their local magistrates to lay a Criminal Information (1). If consent for the case is not forthcoming from the Attorney General the campaign will then consider approaching the International Criminal Court.

Veteran peace campaigner Angie Zelter (2), who has developed the project along with international lawyer Robbie Manson (3), said:

War Is a Force That Gives Us Idiocy

During this year's competition for Miss Italy, contestants were asked what historical epoch they might like to have lived in and why. The first young woman to answer said 1942. She had heard so much about World War II, she said, that she'd like to actually live it -- plus, she added, women didn't have to be in the military anyway.

A number of people over 18, including to all appearances the judges, deemed this idiotic. And yet that contestant won and is now Miss Italy, whose job seems to be giving sadly laughable interviews in which she says that her favorite Italian historical figure is Michael Jordan, and she can understand why refugees flee horrors but that they should really go somewhere else other than Italy. Maybe she would have fit into 1942 better than most people imagine.

There is a World War II problem in the United States and in more of Europe than one might expect, and -- in fact -- in a good bit of the Hollywood-viewing world. World War II is our origin myth, our hero myth, our tragedy, our locus of meaning and justification for how we live.

Reality still registers with many to a great extent. Some realize at times that World War II was the worst thing ever to happen on earth in a relatively brief space of time -- the greatest quantity of death, injury, suffering, and destruction, and also the most dramatic degeneration of morality. This was the war that moved the whole institution of war from something that killed primarily soldiers to something that has ever since killed primarily civilians. This was the acceptance and then the glorification of all-out war, tied to technological innovation, and transformed into a project of the entire community and an imagined economic good.

Without the World War II myth of "good war" one could not justify 70 years of militarism, materialism, and mad exploitation of planet and people ever since. Without the World War II myth, the Pope's request that the United States end the wars and the arms trade could actually be heard and comprehended. An enormous percentage of stories in film, tv, books, magazines, etc., are set in or somehow connected to World War II. An 18-year-old in Italy (or the United States, for that matter) attempting in a moment of panic to think of an historical era in which something exciting occurred, could hardly answer other than World War II.

That the excitement was no greater than excitement easily obtainable today is incomprehensible to people raised on the myth. That it was overwhelmed by horrific suffering gets lost in the mythologizing. That the region Miss Italy is from was bombed, and that the bombs didn't kill only males, has been buried in a mountain of cultural rubble. That moral clarity was most notable during World War II for its absence sounds like crazy talk to a young television viewer or reader of history text books.

World War II is glorified in Hollywood because the United States was on the Russian, and therefore winning, side, having entered the European war once the Germans and Russians had killed each other for years, as Harry Truman openly advocated allowing. World War II is held up as a justification for dozens of unrelated wars that lack their own justifications, because of the particular evil of the losing side -- the side that, perhaps unbeknownst to Miss Italy, Italy was on.

But of course the evil of the death camps had nothing to do with the U.S. refusal to aid Jewish refugees or stop the war short of absolute devastation. The evils of eugenics and human experimentation and biological weapons and so forth were on both sides and continued by the United States using former Nazi and Japanese scientists after the war. The creation of the war was foreseen in 1918 by many wise observers, and yet the policies that led to it were never halted. The German people were not assisted until after the second war. But the Nazis were assisted by Wall Street for years and years.

A war is a human-made disaster, just like climate chaos, just like the Miss Italy competition -- only just a little bit worse. A war is not an ennobling adventure. Watching lies about it on television is not the same as "living" it would be. War is, in fact, what those unwanted refugees are fleeing. They're fleeing the wreckage of completely unromantic war, created by governments in Washington, Rome, London, and Paris that pretty much view history the way Miss Italy views it.

A Peace Activist Leads the Labour Party

I wonder if people in the United States understand what it means that the Labour Party in London now has a peace activist in charge of it. Jeremy Corbyn does not resemble any U.S. politicians. He doesn't favor "only the smart wars" or prefer drone murders to massive invasions. Corbyn opposes wars, and he works to end militarism. He was over here in Washington recently trying to get a Brit freed from Guantanamo. He chairs the Stop the War Coalition, one of the biggest peace organizations in Britain. He meets with foreign peace activists, like me, who can't even enter the same worldview, much less the same room, with any U.S. leaders.

When Corbyn and I both spoke at a peace event in London four years ago, he was introduced by Andrew Murray as working in Parliament with "a pack of war lords." Corbyn agreed: Parliament is made up of war lords and war criminals, he remarked.

Corbyn at that point credited the Stop the War Coalition with having helped to prevent an attack on Iran in recent years, just as I believed the US peace movement deserved credit, and does so again this year.

Corbyn called the idea that more time was needed to finish a job in Afghanistan a "load of tosh." He also pointed out that the two sides fighting in Libya could exchange parts for their rifles, because they both had rifles provided by Britain.

Corbyn doesn't just call war criminals "war criminals." He intends to see them prosecuted, including Tony Blair, whom Corbyn wants to see face charges for the 2003 attack on Iraq, which Corbyn of course opposed.

Corbyn doesn't just oppose militarism rhetorically. He wants to shut it down. He opposes the Trident nuclear boondoggle and intends to withdraw the UK from NATO. What other NATO members might follow the UK's lead?

Corbyn doesn't just express nice sentiments about a distant future without nuclear weapons. He advocates unilateral disarmament by the UK, in compliance with the non-proliferation treaty.

Corbyn doesn't just muse about non-military solutions in Syria but seeks to find them and to prevent military action that makes crises worse. He plans to halt British airstrikes from planes or drones in Syria. He also mentions the uncomfortable topic of "some of our supposed allies in the region" providing weapons and funding to ISIS -- and proposes to cut that off rather than fueling the fire with more weapons and attacks.

Corbyn is even opposed to the steady buildup of hostility toward Russia, and faults NATO for expanding and the West for creating the crisis in Ukraine. He doesn't excuse actual misdeeds by Russia, but faults U.S. and European aggression and hypocrisy.

And, though this may be difficult for Americans to imagine, Corbyn opposes the mass slaughter of Palestinians by Israel.

Hours after being elected leader of the Labour Party, Corbyn spoke on Saturday at a huge pro-refugee rally in Parliament Square, and blamed the refugee crisis on its cause, declaring that he would not support the past policy of rushing about the world launching wars.

Americans have come to believe that politicians who support, promote, tolerate, or fund wars can be "war critics" by proposing various tweaks to the war machine.

Bernie Sanders focuses on money issues, taxing the rich, spending on the poor, but has thus far been permitted to engage in the general practice of speaking only about the 46% of federal discretionary spending that it not military. Nobody has asked him about the 54% that by the calculation of National Priorities Project is military. Nobody has asked him if Eisenhower was right that military spending produces wars. Here are 25,000 people who want to know whether and how much Sanders would want to cut military spending.

Sanders is silent on the public support for two, not one, great sources of revenue: taxing the rich (which he's all over) and cutting the military (which he avoids). When he is asked about wars and says Saudi Arabia should pay for and lead them, nobody has followed up by asking whether the wars are themselves good or not or how the theocratic murderous regime in Saudi Arabia which openly seeks to overthrow other governments and is dropping US cluster bombs on Yemen will transform the wars into forces for good. Since when is THAT "socialism"?

If you go to Bernie's website and click on ISSUES and search for foreign policy it's just not there. In the United States, candidates for high office are permitted to just be silent on how much they'd cut the military, even within a range of $100 billion. Does Sanders, or do any of the other candidates, favor $45 billion in more free weapons for Israel paid for by the U.S. public whom Sanders usually wants to spare lesser expenses than that? Who knows.

Jeremy Corbyn just won leadership of the Labour Party by promoting socialism at home and abroad. What are we yanks afraid of?

NATO: Never-ending Aggression Toward Others

Well, here's definitive proof that a large organization can have a mind: NATO has clearly lost one.

NATO was supposed to "defend" Europe against the Soviet Union.  A whole lot of people believed that, at least until the Soviet Union ended.

Then NATO was supposed to "defend" Europe against Iran. I think about 8 people believed that, not counting U.S. senators. But then Iran made a deal for the toughest inspections of its non-existent nuclear weapons program in the history of the world.

And NATO rushed to expand before anyone had the logical next thought, namely, Now what do we supposedly need NATO for?

NATO is now going to open headquarters in Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Estonia -- all nations between Western Europe and Russia, all nations where the United States promised Russia NATO would never go, and all moves seen as threats by the Russian government. In fact, Russia is now putting (possibly nuclear) missiles into Kaliningrad and talking frequently about the growing likelihood of war with the United States.

The United States, for its part, is putting more nuclear weapons into Europe, arming its coup government in Ukraine, posturing over claims to the arctic (where it hopes to dig out more of the filthy fuels with which it has melted the arctic), and churning out anti-Russian propaganda by the boatload.

Disarm! For a Climate of Peace – Creating an Action Agenda

World Congress on Military and Social Spending

30 Sept – 03 Oct 2016 Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

“Peace” by Bart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License: http://bit.ly/1NCbPUH

The International Peace Bureau has worked for over 10 years to develop a program on Disarmament for Sustainable Development, with a primary topic being military and social spending. In 2011 we launched the Global Day of Action on Military Spending and in late 2014 a year-round Global Campaign on Military Spending.

The IPB World Congress 2016 will be the next highlight of this campaign, bringing together a wide variety of experts, advocates and speakers from around the globe, and including talks, presentations, roundtables, panel discussions, workshops, information booths, exhibitions, and cultural activities.

Go here: http://ipb2016.berlin

Greece News - July 23, 2015

 

Greece PM Tsipras Wins Parliamentary Backing For EU Bailout Reforms - ekathimerini.com


ECB provides $980 million cash Injection to Greek banks ahead of the key vote in parliament on judicial and banking reforms - VOA


Moscovici says Greece, creditors seek to finalise bailout deal by mid-August - AFP


Greek companies forced out of business because of restrictions on foreign transfers even after banks reopened: Chamber of Commerce - Independent


Thousands protest as Greece votes on bailout bill - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Greece: Protesters throw Molotov cocktails at riot police in front of parliament - YouTube


VIDEO: Athens anti bailout deal protesters set TV van on fire - YouTube


Standard & Poor's upgrades Greece's credit rating to 'CCC+' as fears of collapse dissipate - Associated Press


Eurostat: Greek govt debt decreased compared to the first quarter of 2014, dropping by 5.5% - GreekReporter.com


It's Not Just Greece: Total European Debt Hits New All Time High - Zero Hedge


Government debt rose to 92.9% of GDP in euro area, First quarter of 2015 compared with fourth quarter of 2014 - EUROSTAT


Can Greece Get A Handle On Its Notorious Tax System? - NPR


German media eyes Greek public assets sell-off in privatization push - protothemanews.com


Greece's EU Migrant Crisis: Thousands Of Refugees Flock To Islands As Greece Sinks Under Debt - ibtimes.com


Greek PM Tsipras Allegedly Asked Russia for $10 Bln to Print Drachmas - GreekReporter.com


Drachma? Never heard of that: Tsipras never addressed Russia with a request to provide Greece with financial assistance in order to print its own currency, Kremlin spokesman - Cihan Economy News


Greece is more useful to Russia inside the EU than out - blogs.ft.com

 

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German coalition in turmoil over Schäuble, Vice Chancellor Gabriel accuses the finance minister of being unreasonable over Greece - EurActiv


Awkward Alliance Running Germany Exposed by Greek Crisis - Bloomberg Business


The Man Behind the Iron Chancellor - Foreign Policy


Pierre Moscovici pushes Angela Merkel on debt relief for Greece - Irish Examiner


There is little legal basis for Wolfgang Schäuble’s claim that debt restructuring is incompatible with euro membership - EUROPP


Bernanke seeks long term Greek solutions, says Germany succeeding in a monetary union at the expense of others - valuewalk.com


Bernanke blog post: Greece and Europe, Is Europe holding up its end of the bargain? - Brookings Institution


New IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld is a euro visionary - Bloomberg


IMF Brings in New Enforcer Delia Velculescu to Deal With Greece - EconomicPolicyJournal.com


Sachs blog post: Germany, Greece, And The Future Of Europe - socialeurope.eu


Krugman blog post: Europe’s impossible dream: the euro has turned into a Roach Motel, a trap that’s hard to escape - The New York Times


This is what economists, like Krugman, don’t understand about the euro crisis – or the U.S. dollar - The Washington Post


EU launches € 315bn investment fund to boost Europe’s economy - RT Business


Press release: Investment Plan for Europe: European Fund for Strategic Investments ready for take-off in autumn - European Commission


VIDEO: 'Juncker’s plan' to boost EU investment - euronews


8 Projects of 6 EU Countries among First Batch to Get Funding under ‘Juncker Plan’ - Novinite.com


Europe’s Economy Could Grow 1.7% in 2016 - Barron’s


Why 2016 may be Europe's best year in decade - cnbc.com


French business confidence hits four-year high - The Guardian


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Greece News - July 21, 2015


Greece Adjusts to New Normal as Banks Reopen - US News


3 week bank shutdown cost Greek economy €3 billion: report - The Property Gazette


New Data Show How Bad Things Were for Greek Banks the Week Capital Controls Were Introduced - Bloomberg Business


Greece repays crucial €4.2bn to ECB and €2bn to IMF - Reuters


Greece does about-face, pledges privatization push - AP


Greece becomes more expensive after VAT hikes, Low VAT rates remain in medicine, theater tickets and books - GreekReporter.com


Greek VAT rises: what they pay compared to other European countries - World First Blog


Greece’s Tsipras Shakes Up Cabinet in Bid to Rebuild Government - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide


VIDEO: New Greek ministers sworn in after Tsipras reshuffle - YouTube


Merkel opens the door to cutting Greek debt burden by extending maturities and reducing interest rates, but not writedowns - Bloomberg


French President Francois Hollande calls for creation of eurozone government after Greece crisis - Reuters


IMF names advocate of eurozone integration as chief economist - FT.com


Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn addressing “German friends” on Greece - fr.slideshare.net

 

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Goldman Sachs Facing Heat As Greek Crisis Mounts - valuewalk.com


How Goldman Sachs profited from the Greek debt crisis - CSMonitor.com


Did Wall Street Enable Greek Debt Crisis? - Al Jazeera America


Goldman Sachs could be sued for helping hide debts when Greece joined euro - The Independent


Greek debt crisis: Meet the Goldman Sachs banker Antigone Loudiadis who got rich getting Greece into the euro - The Independent


Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein has become a billionaire - Crain's New York Business


UK Treasury minister was managing director at Goldman Sachs which ‘cooked the books’ for Greek government - Political Scrapbook


Plenty Deserve Blame for Greece’s Woes, but Maybe Not Goldman Sachs - The New York Times


ARCHIVE: Goldman Secret Greece Loan Shows Two Sinners as Client Unravels (2012) - Bloomberg Business


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Goldman Sachs, Eurostat, and cooked Greek books - BBC


EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece - Common Dreams


A Greek default would have massive repercussions for Deutsche Bank and by implication the entire European banking system - Irish Examiner


Greece’s 2010 assistance program was largely a bailout of European banks, initiated to prevent a wider banking crisis - interfluidity


ARCHIVE: It is not the people of Greece who have benefitted from bailout loans, but the European and Greek banks which recklessly lent money to the Greek State (Jan, 2015) - jubileedebt.org.uk


ARCHIVE: Greek Bail-Out: 77% went into the Financial Sector (2013) - Attac Österreich

 

ARCHIVE: The Greek Debt Restructuring: An Autopsy (2013) - scholarship.law.duke.edu


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Talk Nation Radio: Ukraine and the Checkmating of the West

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Greece News - July 17, 2015


Europe moves to restore funding to Greece after bailout vote - Reuters


ECB's Mario Draghi Confirms: Greece Is Saved, Debt Relief ‘Necessary' - thestreet.com


VIDEO: Press conference with Mario Draghi following the meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (Full) - ECB


IMF's Lagarde sees hope for Greek debt restructure - AFP


VIDEO (and transcript): IMF chief Lagarde: Europe must do much more to help Greece, accept debt adjustments - PBS


Greece needs debt relief far beyond EU plans: Secret IMF report - Reuters


Text of the IMF’s four-page Greece debt sustainability analysis - IMF


Eurozone chief Dijsselbloem: EU loan to Greece allows the country to pay debts it owes to the International Monetary Fund so the IMF can rejoin negotiations on a third bailout - sigmalive.com


France's Sapin says on same line as IMF on Greek debt relief - Reuters


US Treasury's Lew Presses German And French Finance Ministers on Greek Debt Relief - WSJ


Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Lew’s Meetings in Europe on Greece - treasury.gov


German parliament seen clearly backing talks on Greece aid - Reuters


Germany's Schaeuble casts doubt on chance of Greek bailout success, still thinks temporary Grexit a good idea - Reuters


Greek parliament backs bailout deal amid protests - usatoday.com


After a night of rioting quiet acceptance in Athens, despite protests Greece is largely supportive of Tsipras and the bailout deal - ibtimes


VIDEO: Riots in Athens over Austerity Measures & Bailout Plan - YouTube


Tsipras says Greece needs debt restructuring to exit the crisis - Channel NewsAsia


VIDEO: Alexander Tsipras' speech to the Greek Parliament: 'We had a choice: A deal we disagreed with or a chaotic default’ - The Independent


Tsipras: Early Elections Unlikely Despite Weakening Syriza Support - Sputnik International


PM Tsipras hit out at lawmakers in his leftist Syriza party for breaking ranks over the terms of Greece's bailout - Reuters


Former Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Calls Bailout Deal Reforms 'Fiscal Waterboarding' - huffingtonpost.com

 

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Greece News - July 14, 2015

 

Greece strikes deal with eurozone, avoiding financial collapse and euro exit - AP


Text of Greece debt agreement: the eurozone summit statement in full - The Guardian


VIDEO: Press conference after European Council meeting on Greece - YouTube


Hollande’s victory: The French president never stopped hammering home the message that Greece must remain in the eurozone - POLITICO


Greek president thanks French counterpart for role in talks, Hollande hails PM Tsipras for making a 'courageous choice' - ekathimerini.com


White House says Greece deal 'credible step', cautions that there are 'still important decisions and important steps to be taken' - Business Standard News

 

US Treasury Secretary Lew says Greek deal important step forward, but substantial work remains to be done - TheHill

 

VIDEO: Lagarde: Greece Deal Good Step to Rebuild Confidence - usatoday.com

 

Greece misses new payment to IMF despite bailout deal - AFP

 

Greece’s Banks Are Next in Line for a European Bailout - The New York Times

 

ECB will wait on Greek vote before another aid move - Irish Examiner

 

Greek economy minister says bank recapitalisation will safeguard deposits - Reuters

 

Greek debt crisis: How is Greece going to spend its €86bn rescue package? - ibtimes.co.uk

 

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VIDEO: Tsipras: Grexit is a 'thing of the past' - YouTube


Greek PM says secured debt restructuring and medium-term financing in a growth package - Reuters


Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ statement following the conclusion of the Eurozone Summit - Prime Minister of Greece


Tsipras prepares to send bailout deal to parliament for approval facing a left-wing revolt – POLITICO


Greek bailout deal 'a new Versailles Treaty', says Yanis Varoufakis in first post-resignation interview - ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

Greek Defense Minister: This Bailout Deal Is a Coup - GreekReporter.com

 

Right-Wing Partner of Tsipras Criticizes Deal - The New York Times

 

Greek civil servants' union calls 24-hour strike for Wednesday - AFP

 

VIDEO: Greek protester burns Syriza flag after Tsipras accepts bailout programme - YouTube

 

POLL: Overwhelming majority of Greeks want to keep euro, poll shows - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

 

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Greece News - July 9, 2015

 

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: Greece needs debt restructure, sustainable debt plan - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew: There is a Way Out of Greek Crisis (to see his remarks fast forward video to 31:00) - The Pappas Post


In Separate Phone Calls Obama Urges Merkel, Tsipras to Compromise on Emergency Financing - NASDAQ.com


U.S. At Odds With Germany Over Greek Debt Crisis (VIDEO) - huffingtonpost.com


IMF chief Lagarde says debt restructuring needed in Greece, further belt-tightening and structural reforms will not be enough - La Prensa


VIDEO: IMF chief Lagarde says debt restructuring needed in Greece, financing the post-2015 sustainable development agenda - YouTube


France says 'No' to Greek euro exit, talks on Greek debt should not be taboo.: PM Valls - Yahoo News


Greece faces 'chaos and riots' unless a deal is found soon: French bank chief - The Local


POLL: Why French are easier on Greece than Germans - The Local


Noonan says Ireland favours debt restructuring for Greece - irishtimes.com


Greek debt haircut not a taboo: Luxembourg FinMin - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide


Greece, euro zone can still reach a deal: EU's Moscovici - Yahoo News


Pittella: S&D Group rejects any option of Grexit. There is no Europe without Greece - Socialists & Democrats


Where did the Greek bailout money go? Most went to the banks that lent Greece funds before the crash, less than 10% was used by the government for reforming its economy - The Guardian


This chart shows how Greece's last bailout money was spent - theweek.com


How Greece's Bank Bailout Benefited Greeks - Bloomberg View


How a Chaotic Greek Exit Could Wipe Out $1.4 Trillion in M&A - Bloomberg Business

 

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Berlin rules out any steps that cut value of loans to Greece - Reuters


Meet Germany’s hard-line finance minister who won’t budge on Greece - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Schäuble says Greek debt haircut 'not allowed' - EurActiv


In a letter Economists Piketty, Sachs urge Merkel to cut Greek debt - Yahoo Maktoob News


Austerity Has Failed: Text of the Open Letter From Thomas Piketty, Jeffrey Sachs and others to Angela Merkel - The Nation


Thomas Piketty accuses Germany of forgetting history as it lectures Greece - The Washington Post


Text of the Interview of Thomas Piketty: ‘Germany Has Never Repaid its Debts. It Has No Right to Lecture Greece’ - The Wire


Europe must back away from Greek austerity cliff: Joseph Stiglitz - usatoday.com


Greece debt crisis: Angela Merkel faces revolt from the right for wanting to keep Athens in euro - The Independent


Merkel to visit Balkans amid Greek crisis - NewsAdvance.com

 

Merkel Can’t Escape Greece’s Geopolitical Pull in Balkans - Bloomberg Business


Greece's Debt Crisis Is Hurting Its Even Poorer Neighbors - huffingtonpost.com

 

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Greece offers pension and tax reforms to gain new bailout - Yahoo Maktoob News


Text of Greece’s request for a 3-year loan facility to the ESM - The Financial Express


The Greek Prime Minister’s Speech in the European Parliament - GreekReporter.com


VIDEO: Boos & cheers for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the European Parliament - BBC News


European Central Bank keeps emergency funding for Greece frozen, banks will remain shuttered through the end of the week - The Washington Post


No deal, no liquidity, ECB's Noyer tells Greece - Yahoo News


CHARTS: Greece’s debt crisis explained in charts and maps - Vox


Greek Pensioners Are Surviving On Just 120 Euros. Here's What That Buys - huffingtonpost.com


Wealthy Greeks go on spending spree for Apple gadgets and jewellery as they fear they'll lose cash when banks collapse - DailyMail


The next Greek crisis: gas shortages - POLITICO


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Is this taking democracy too far?: The Greek People Have Said ‘No!’ to Austerity and Economic Blackmail

By Dave Lindorff


Something huge has happened in Greece, though you wouldn’t know it if you rely on the US corporate media for your information.


Greece News - July 6, 2015


Greece says 'NO' to European bailout, final tally is 61 percent to 39 of voters - Talk Radio News Service


Greek PM Tsipras says Athens ready to return to negotiating table reaching a 'viable solution' with Europe - Reuters


VIDEO: Greek PM Tsipras: Athens ready to talk with Europe - YouTube


PM Tsipras demands creditors forgive a third of the Greece debt and allow delayed repayments for the rest - thestandard.com.hk


The issue of our debt will now be on the negotiating table, in light of the IMF's recent report on its sustainability - Alexis Tsipras on Twitter


Our immediate priority is to restore our banking system's functioning & economic stability - Alexis Tsipras on Twitter


Varoufakis says Greek 'No' is a big Yes to democratic Europe, extends a "hand of cooperation" to its EU-IMF creditors - The Economic Times


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Varoufakis says Greece to seek common ground with European partners after ‘No’ victory, calls for debt restructuring  - News Bridgeward


Greece finance minister considers IOU currency after NO to EU Demands, reiterates that this is not a prelude to Grexit but a legal action within the monetary union - GreekReporter.com


Scenes of joy as Greece's 'No' voters celebrate victory - Channel NewsAsia


In Rural Greece, 'No' Vote Cheered - WSJ


VIDEO: Greece 'No' camp celebrates victory - YouTube


PHOTOS: Greece reacts to austerity referendum results - 9news.com.au


In Its Worst Hour, Greece Overtakes Italy as Top Destination for Refugees - Bloomberg Business

 

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In A Phone Conversation Merkel, Hollande Agree That Results of Greek Referendum Should Be Respected - Sputnik International


Eurozone summit on Greece confirmed for Tuesday: Tusk - Business Standard News


European Commission 'respects' Greece result: statement - focus-fen.net


Eurogroup president Dijsselbloem issues terse statement calling Greece's 'No' vote 'very regrettable for the future of Greece - Business Insider


European Leaders Look to Chart Path Following Greek Vote - WSJ


Euro Falls as Greece Votes 'No' to Bailout Package - NBC News


TABLE: List of creditors and official exposure to Greece by country and type - Barclays


Eurozone Central Bank Now Controls Destiny of Greece’s Battered Banks - The New York Times


ECB seen keeping reduced lifeline for Greek banks after vote: sources - Yahoo Finance UK


Greek banks desperate for emergency loans after voters reject bailout - The Globe and Mail


Greek banks will not open on Monday and ATM limits will be reduced - Business Insider


Europeans tried to block IMF debt report on Greece calling for substantial debt relief - Reuters

 

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Greece News - July 3, 2015


Tsipras says Greece seeks ‘realistic solution’ and not to split from the Eurozone, predicts new deal within 48 hours of referendum - Irish Times


VIDEO: Tsipras says after Sunday referendum a 'no' vote would help Greece achieve more generous deal - The Guardian


Greek prime minister won't resign if Greeks vote 'yes' at referendum - morningstar.com


Greek PM Tsipras: Creditor deal will go to parliament if Greeks vote YES - Holger Zschaepitz on Twitter


Dijsselbloem: Greek 'no' risks place in euro zone, voters should not expect to get better terms by voting against the creditors - Reuters


Dijsselbloem’s Letter to Greek PM Tsipras: "EU Cannot Offer Further Assistance to Greece Until Referendum Result - GreekReporter.com


VIDEO: Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem: "We will simply await now the outcome of the referendum on Sunday" - YouTube


ECB extends freeze on emergency Greece funds - POLITICO


ECB's Bonnici says ECB liquidity for Greece linked to referendum result - Reuters


Greek Banks Limp Until Vote in Hope for ECB Salvation on Monday - Bloomberg Business


Greek banks down to €500m in cash reserves as economy crashes - Telegraph


What’s the issue with Greece’s pension system? - thejournal.ie


Greeks will have to lift retirement age to 67 - SMH


ECB's Draghi defends Greek pension reforms, says to be progressive and mostly applied to pensions above 1,000 euros - Reuters


VIDEO: Greece crisis: Police use tear gas to keep protesters from EU offices - Telegraph

 

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I.M.F. Says Greece Debt Is Unsustainable and Requires Writedown, but Blames Government Lapses - The New York Times


IMF: Greece needs 30 percent of its debt to be written off and a bailout package worth €51.9 billion over the next three years - euobserver.com


REPORT: Greece: Preliminary Draft Debt Sustainability Analysis - IMF


Nine Key Questions on Greece - IMF


Leaked Troika Documents: Greece Wouldn't Make it Even By 2030 - WBP Online


"Without debt restructuring, no program will be viable” - Alexis Tsipras on Twitter


Greek Finance Minister: Negotiations have stalled because Greece’s creditors refused to reduce our un-payable public debt - Yanis Varoufakis

 

Call intercepted by NSA and circulated by Wikileaks to media: Merkel admitted in 2011 Greek debt unsustainable - irishtimes.com


Moody's cuts Greece's ratings after default, following Fitch and S&P - Reuters


S&P says Greek GDP would fall by 20% after Grexit - FT.com


REPORT: The Credit Impact Of A Grexit - Standard & Poor's Global Credit Portal


Greece Votes: What Happens If It Leaves Eurozone? - WSJ


Think Greece is better off ditching the euro? Read this first - Quartz


Greek crisis: European Central banks prepare for worst - CNN 


How Greece could pull fragile Europe back into recession - City A.M.


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Greece News - June 29, 2015


Greece Closes Banks and Stock Market for Six Days Beginning Monday, Imposes Capital Controls - VOA


Tsipras' Dramatic Call to Europe: "Restore the ELA to Greek Banks", Full Statement of the Greek PM - GreekReporter.com


Alexis Tsipras vents on Twitter as bailout referendum looms - City A.M.


Text of the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ intervention during the 27th June 2015 Eurogroup Meeting (VIDEO) - Yanis Varoufakis


Greek opposition leader calls for national unity government - Channel NewsAsia


POLL: Greece Referendum: Two Polls Show Greeks Favor European Agreement - GreekReporter.com


Several hundred anti-austerity protesters rally at Greek parliament - Reuters


VIDEO: Protesters in Athens call for people to vote 'no' in July 5 referendum - YouTube


In Athens, last week thousands of flag-waving Greeks rallied to show support for euro - Reuters


VIDEO: Thousands rallied in Athens calling on the government to assure the country stay in the Euro - YouTube


Greek debt crisis: What the Greek papers say - BBC News


Greek pensions: At the heart of dispute with creditors - AFP


A shield against poverty, pensions are Greece's top priority - US News


Greek tourism draws line in the sand over tax hikes - Reuters


ARCHIVE: Leaked: Greece’s bailout counterproposal - Brussels blog


ARCHIVE: Text of the Greece’s bailout counterproposal - Brussels blog

 

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Barack Obama, Angela Merkel Say 'Critically Important' for Greece to Resume Reforms and Growth Within the Eurozone - NDTV


US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urges Europe and IMF to reach a deal to keep Greece in euro zone, tells Tsipras to work with EU partners - Reuters


European Commission publishes the proposals it presented to Greek officials when they walked out of talks on Friday - European Commission


Text of the European Commission latest draft proposals in the context of negotiations with Greece - blogs.ft.com


Deal or no deal: A breakdown of the latest European and Greece proposals - FT.com


Greece's creditors agreed lower VAT on hotels in last proposals - Reuters


Lagarde Says IMF Can’t Lend to Greece If June Payment Missed - Bloomberg Business


Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Greece - imf.org


Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn does make a case for giving Greece debt relief now - fr.slideshare.net


Cyprus says Eurogroup should have extended Greek aid - Reuters


How much Greece owes to international creditors - Reuters


Panic Among Hedge Fund Investors in Greece - The New York Times


European Antiestablishment Parties Back Greek Vote on Pension Cuts, Tax Hikes - WSJ

 

Economist Who Coined ‘Grexit’ Now Says Greece Will Stay in Euro - Bloomberg Business

 

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Ukraine and the Apocalyptic Risk of Propagandized Ignorance

I'm not sure if there's been a better written book published yet this year than Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard and How the West Was Checkmated, but I'm confident there's not been a more important one. With some 17,000 nuclear bombs in the world, the United States and Russia have about 16,000 of them. The United States is aggressively flirting with World War III, the people of the United States have not the foggiest notion of how or why, and authors Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsong explain it all quite clearly. Go ahead and tell me there's nothing you're now spending your time on that's less important than this.

This book may very well be the best written one I've read this year. It puts all the relevant facts -- those I knew and many I didn't -- together concisely and with perfect organization. It does it with an informed worldview. It leaves me nothing to complain about at all, which is almost unheard of in my book reviews. I find it refreshing to encounter writers so well-informed who also grasp the significance of their information.

German MPs from the Left Party will protest at Ramstein Air Force Base on June 15th

On Monday, June 15th 2015, a group of Left MP´s from the Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament), supported by local peace activists, will try to gain entrance to the US Air Force Base in Ramstein in order to fulfill their parliamentary responsibilities and to make their own evaluation of the operations on the US Air Force Base.

The action will focus on the use of killer-drones. Located on Ramstein Air Force Base is the central relay station that connects US drone pilots in Nevada with drones in targetted areas such as Pakistan or Yemen.  According to Sahra Wagenknecht, Vice President of the Left Party group in the German Parliament: “The murders by US drones are contrary to international law and infringe upon right to life that is guaranteed under human rights law. The thousands of killings via drones are like the enforcement of thousands of death sentences without a court order.”

Daniel Ellsberg on national TV in Norway

-- in Oslo on Stand Up For Truth tour
June 3, 2015
http://tv.nrk.no/serie/aktuelt-tv/NNFA50060315/03-06-2015

Yemeni man granted permission to continue case against German government over role in US drone strikes

From REPRIEVE
 
A German court has granted ‘immediate permission to appeal’ to a Yemeni man in his case seeking to expose and put an end to the German government’s role in the U.S. covert drone programme in Yemen.
 
Faisal bin Ali Jaber, an environmental engineer from Sana’a who had two relatives killed in a 2012 drone strike, had his evidence heard in a Cologne court today. Mr bin Ali Jaber - represented by international human rights charity Reprieve and its local partner the European Center for Human Rights (ECCHR) brought the case against Germany, following revelations that Ramstein air base is crucial to facilitating American covert drone strikes in Yemen.

Vigil: Stop US Drone Warfare via Ramstein, Solidarity with the Victims

Wednesday, May 27th 2015, 11 ARE, German Bundestag (Meadow)

All lethal US drone strikes are guided via the Satellite Relay Station located on the US Air Force Base Ramstein.  More than 10,000 people worldwide have been killed through these drone strikes. The bin Ali Jaber family lost two of its members through a drone strike in Hadramout in Yemen. Now the family has filed legal suit against the Germany government in a German court, demanding that the German government “take legal and political responsibility for the US drone war in Yemen” and “forbid use of the Satellite Relay Station in Ramstein.”

Legacy of racism and colonialism targeted: Reparations Movements Meet to Make International Connections

By Linn Washington, Jr.


Dignitaries from three continents gathered in New York City recently to sharpen their strategies for confronting some of the world’s most powerful nations over a subject that sizable numbers of citizens support in the nearly two-dozen nations represented: reparations for the legacy of a history of slavery, colonialism and government-sanctioned segregation.

Locals Protest, Sabotage U.S. Navy Base Construction in Desert in Sicily

270975_539703539401621_956848714_nThere's a popular movement in Sicily called No MUOS. MUOS means Mobile User Objective System. It's a satellite communications system created by the U.S. Navy. The primary contractor and profiteer building the satellite equipment at the U.S. Navy base in the desert in Sicily is Lockheed Martin Space Systems. This is one of four ground stations, each intended to include three swivelling very-high-frequency satellite dishes with a diameter of 18.4 meters and two Ultra High Frequency (UHF) helical antennas.

Protests have been growing in the nearby town of Niscemi since 2012. In October 2012, construction was suspended for a few weeks. In early 2013 the President of the Region of Sicily revoked the authorization for the MUOS construction. The Italian government conducted a dubious study of health impacts and concluded the project was safe. Work recommenced. The town of Niscemi appealed, and in April 2014 the Regional Administrative Tribunal requested a new study. Construction goes on, as does resistance.

no-muos_danila-damico-9I spoke with Fabio D'Alessandro, a giornalist and law school graduate living in Niscemi. "I'm part of the No MUOS movement," he told me, "a movement that works to prevent the installation of the U.S. satellite system called MUOS. To be specific, I'm part of the No MUOS committee of Niscemi, which is part of the coalition of No MUOS committees, a network of committees spread around Sicily and in the major Italian cities."

"It is very sad," said D'Alessandro,"to realize that in the United States people know little about MUOS. MUOS is a system for high-frequency and narrowband satellite communications, composed of five satellites and four stations on earth, one of which is planned for Niscemi. MUOS was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The purpose of the program is the creation of a global communications network that allows communication in real time with any soldier in any part of the world. In addition it will be possible to send encrypted messages. One of the principal functions of MUOS, apart from the speed of communications, is the ability to remotely pilot drones. Recent tests have demonstrated how MUOS can be used at the North Pole. In short, MUOS will serve to support any U.S. conflict in the Mediterranean or the Middle East or Asia. It's all part of the effort to automate war, entrusting the choice of targets to machines."

arton2002"There are many reasons to oppose MUOS," D'Alessandro told me, "first of all the local community has not been advised of the installation. The MUOS satellite dishes and antennas are built within a non-NATO U.S. military base that has existed in Niscemi since 1991. The base was constructed within a nature preserve, destroying thousands of cork oaks and devestating the landscape by means of bulldozers that leveled a hill. The base is larger than the town of Niscemi itself. The presence of the satellite dishes and antennas puts at serious risk a fragile habitat including flora and fauna that exist only in this place. And no study has been conducted of the dangers of the electromagnetic waves emitted, neither for the animal population nor for the human inhabitants and the civilian flights from the Comiso Airport approximately 20 kilometers away.

"Within the base there are already present 46 satellite dishes, surpassing the limit set by Italian law. Moreover, as determined anti-militarists, we oppose further militarizing this area, which already has the base at Sigonella and other U.S. bases in Sicily. We don't want to be complicit in the next wars. And we don't want to become a target for whoever attempts to attack the U.S. military."

What have you done thus far, I asked.

31485102017330209529241454212518n"We've engaged in lots of different actions against the base: more than once we've cut through the fences; three times we've invaded the base en masse; twice we've entered the base with thousands demonstrating. We've blocked the roads to prevent access for the workers and the American military personnel. There has been sabotage of the optical communication wires, and many other actions."

The No Dal Molin movement against the new base at Vicenza, Italy, has not stopped that base. Have you learned anything from their efforts? Are you in touch with them?

"We are in constant contact with No Dal Molin, and we know their history well. The company that is building MUOS, Gemmo SPA, is the same that did the work on Dal Molin and is currently under investigation subsequent to the seizure of the MUOS building site by the courts in Caltagirone. Anyone attempting to bring into doubt the legitimacy of U.S. military bases in Italy is obliged to work with political groups on the right and left that have always been pro-NATO. And in this case the first supporters of MUOS were the politicians just as happened at Dal Molin. We often meet with delegations of activists from Vicenza and three times have been their guests."

1411326635_fullI went with representatives of No Dal Molin to meet with Congress Members and Senators and their staffs in Washington, and they simply asked us where the base should go if not Vicenza. We replied "Nowhere." Have you met with anyone in the U.S. government or communicated with them in any way?

"Many times the U.S. consuls have come to Niscemi but we have never been permitted to speak with them. We have never in any way communicated with U.S. senators/representatives, and none have ever asked to meet with us."

Where are the other three MOUS sites? Are you in touch with resisters there? Or with the resistance to bases on Jeju Island or Okinawa or the Philippines or elsewhere around the world? The Chagossians seeking to return might make good allies, right? What about the groups studying the military damage to Sardinia? Environmental groups are concerned about Jeju and about Pagan Island Are they helpful in Sicily?

10543873_10203509508010001_785299914_n"We are in direct contact with the No Radar group in Sardinia. One of the planners of that struggle has worked (for free) for us. We know the other anti-U.S.-base movements around the world, and thanks to No Dal Molin and to David Vine, we have been able to hold some virtual meetings. Also thanks to the support of Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space we are trying to get in touch with those in Hawaii and Okinawa."

What would you most like people in the United States to know?

"The imperialism that the United States is imposing on the countries that lost the Second World War is shameful. We are tired of having to be slaves to a foreign politics that to us is crazy and that obliges us to make enormous sacrifices and that makes Sicily and Italy no longer lands of welcome and peace, but lands of war, deserts in use by the U.S. Navy."

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558e285b-0c12-4656-c906-a66e2f8aee861Fabio D'Alessandro in his own words:

Io mi chiamo Fabio D'Alessandro, sono un giornalista prossimo alla laurea in Legge. Vivo ormai in modo stabile a Niscemi.  Durante gli anni universitari ho fatto parte di collettivi politici ed ho occupato un teatro da destinare a centro sociale. Faccio parte del Movimento No Muos, un movimento che lotta per bloccare l'installazione e la messa in funzione dell'impianto satellitare Usa chiamato Muos. In particolare faccio parte del Comitato No Muos di Niscemi, che fa parte del Coordinamento dei Comitati No Muos, una fitta rete di comitati territoriali sparsi in tutta la Sicilia e nelle maggiori città italiane.

È molto triste sapere che negli Usa si sappia poco di Muos. Il Muos, (Mobile User Objective System) è un sistema di comunicazioni satellitari  ad alta frequenza (UHF) e a banda stretta  composto da cinque satelliti e quattro stazioni di terra, una delle quali è stata prevista a Niscemi, in Sicilia. Il programma MUOS è gestito dal Dipartimento della Difesa USA. Scopo del programma è la creazione di una rete globale di comunicazione che permetterà di comunicare in tempo reale con qualunque soldato o mezzo  in qualunque parte del mondo. Inoltre sarà possibile inviare informazioni criptate. Una delle caratteristiche fondamentali del Muos, oltre alla velocità di comunicazione, sarà la capacità di teleguidare i droni, aerei senza piloti. Recenti test hanno dimostrato come il Muos sia utilizzabile al Polo Nord (north pole), zona strategica. Insomma, il Muos servirà da supporto a qualunque conflitto Usa nel mediterraneo e nel medio e lontano oriente. Il tutto nel tentativo di automatizzare la guerra, affidando la scelta dei bersagli alle macchine. Un'arma strategica e fondamentale per i prossimi conflitti e per tenere sotto controllo un'area ormai destabilizzata.

Ci sono molti motivi per opporsi: anzitutto la comunità locale non è stata avvisata dell'installazione. Le antenne Muos sorgono all'interno di una base militare USA (non Nato) presente a Niscemi dal 1991. La base è stata costruita all'interno di una riserva naturale (regional park) distruggendo sughere (oak) millenarie e devastando il paesaggio a causa delle ruspe che hanno sbancato una collina. La base è più grande della stessa città di Niscemi, la città più vicina all'installazione. La presenza delle antenne mette a serio rischio un habitat delicato, fatto da flora e fauna presenti solo in questo territorio. Inoltre nessuno studio è stato mai fatto circa la pericolosità delle onde elettromagnetiche emesse, né per quanto riguarda la popolazione animale nè per quanto riguarda gli abitanti e i voli civili dell'aeroporto di Comiso, distante circa 20 km dalle antenne. All'interno della base sono già presenti 46 antenne che superano i limiti previsti dalla legge italiana. Inoltre, da convinti antimilitaristi, riteniamo che non si possa militarizzare ulteriormente il territorio, avendo già la base di Sigonella e altre installazioni militari USA in Sicilia. Non vogliamo essere complici delle prossime guerre, non vogliamo diventare obiettivo sensibile per chiunque intenda colpire gli Usa.

Contro la base sono state fatte diverse azioni: abbiamo più volte tagliato le reti di recinzione, abbiamo 3 volte invaso la base in massa, in particolare per ben due volte siamo entrati dentro in migliaia di manifestanti. Abbiamo effettuato dei blocchi stradali per vietare l'ingresso agli operai e ai militari americani. Inoltre sono stati fatti dei sabotaggi riguardanti le fibre ottiche di comunicazione e molte altre azioni.

Siamo in costante contatto con i No Dal Molin, e conosciamo bene la loro storia. La "company" che sta realizzando il Muos, la Gemmo SPA, è la stessa azienda che ha realizzato i lavori del Dal Molin e attualmente è indagata a seguito del sequestro del cantiere Muos da parte dei giudici di Caltagirone. Chiunque provi a mettere in dubbio la legittimità delle basi militari americane in Italia è costretto a fare i conti con la politica, di destra e di sinistra, da sempre filo-Nato. Anche in questo caso i primi sponsor del Muos sono stati i politici, così come accadde con il Dal Molin. Spesso incontriamo delegazioni di attivisti di Vicenza e per 3 volte sono stato ospite dei No Dal Molin.

Molte volte i consoli Usa sono venuti a Niscemi ma non ci hanno mai permesso di parlare con loro. In nessun modo abbiamo contatti con senatori Usa, nessuno ci ha mai chiesto un incontro.

Abbiamo contatti diretti con i No Radar della Sardegna, uno degli ingegneri della lotta No Radar ha lavorato (gratis) per noi. Conosciamo le altre questioni contro le basi Usa nel mondo e, grazie ai No Dal Molin e David Vine, siamo riusciti a realizzare alcuni meeting virtuali. Inoltre, grazie all'appoggio di Bruce Gagnon del Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space stiamo cercando di ottenere contatti con gli abitanti delle Hawaii e di Okinawa.

L'imperialismo che gli Usa obbliga ai paesi che hanno perso la seconda guerra mondiale è vergognoso. Siamo stanchi di dover essere schiavi di una politica estera per noi folle, che ci obbliga ad enormi sacrifici e che rende la Sicilia e l'italia non più terre di accoglienza e di pace ma terre di guerra, deserti in uso alla marina statunitense.

People of Czech Republic Oppose U.S. Base

10 arguments against the US radar

Source.

  1. By sitting the US radar base here, we would become an instrument of unilateral American foreign policy that is seeking world hegemony. The US would retain exclusive command and administration of the anti-missile defence operations.
     
  2. The planned US radar would become part of a continuously developing global system of US missile defence, built on-shore, off-shore, in the air, and in outer space. This  network of radars, satellites, (anti)missiles disturbs the world's strategic balance of power, increasing international tension and even provoking a new arms race that threatens to be carried into outer space.
     
  3. The intended American radar would be part of a system that will enable the US to attack other countries without fear of retaliation.
  4. The radar is a security risk; potentially a primary target in the event of a conflict between ballistic missiles owning states.
     
  5. Negotiations concerning the radar contravene democratic principles. The inclusion of the CR into the US system of missile defence is being promoted by a handful of politicians against the will of the majority. The efforts of the population to express their opinion on such a serious matter, either through elections or referendum, are continually being thwarted.
     
  6. We do not know the impacts of such high-powered radar; whether it concerns the health of humans or nature in general.
     
  7. There are no joint commitments binding us to build the radar. This would be a completely new bilateral agreement between the USA and the CR. The radar will not be integrated into any NATO structures.
     
  8. The Czech Republic would in effect give away full sovereignty of a part of its territory.
     
  9. Our place is in Europe. Neighbouring states such as Slovakia or Austria oppose the radar. Over-emphasising any “transatlantic ties” retards the independent progress of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, which is being deliberately bypassed by both the Czechs and the US.
     
  10. The treaty with the US is detrimental for CR. The agreement on the radar was drawn up with no termination date specified; CR cannot in effect withdraw from it without causing a rift with the USA. In the agreement, the CR gives up the right to appeal to international institutions to ensure US adherence to the clauses of the treaty. The American side was given the right to modernise the radar and so change the parameters of its capacity.

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