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(The Shadow Gallery) See this important article by German magazine “Der Spiegel”, titled “Complicit in corruption: How German companies bribed their way to Greek deals“. And judge for yourselves. Bribes and kickbacks from German companies to politicians of both PASOK (which now governs the country) and Nea Dimokratia (New Democracy) were flying all over the place, taking advantage of the corruption in the Greek political system and costing the country billions of euros. So much for the German media’s demonization of the Greek people as “betrüger in der Euro-Familie” (fraudsters in the euro-family) – as if Germany’s own companies were “innocent”, which they are NOT, as has been proven with Daimler-Benz (known mostly for its Mercedes-Benz range of passenger cars, lorries and buses), which was found to be involved in a multimillion international bribery scandal; yes, the “honest” and “innocent” German companies have a long-standing policy of bribery and kickbacks.

This is only a small appetizer for what will follow later on. There’s lots of stuff to prove that the Greek people were used as a scapegoat by an immensely corrupt political, industrial and financial system to enable them to usurp whatever wealth and resources this country has and then move on to other potential victims in Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and who knows which country will come next).

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We are Anonymous.

We are Legion.

We do not Forgive.

We do not Forget.

Source: http://legiongraeca.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/did-greece-end-up-in-this-mess-only-because-of-itself/

(telegraph.co.uk) A British executive overseeing a lucrative oil deal was paid nearly £50,000 a month, according to cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

Mark Rollins, vice-president of BG Group in Kazakhstan, was overseeing negotiations about selling a stake in an oil field to Kazmunaigaz, the state-owned oil company.

In January the US ambassador in Kazakhstan had dinner with Maksat Idenov, former vice-president of Kazmunaigaz. As he arrived at the restaurant in Astana, the capital, Mr Idenov was apparently finishing a call to Mr Rollins.

According to the ambassador, he was angry because Mr Rollins had failed to deliver a letter about arbitration of the oil field to the energy minister.

The cable states: “When the Ambassador arrived, Idenov was barking into his cell phone, ‘Mark, Mark, stop the excuses! Mark, listen to me! Mark, shut up right now and do as I say! Bring the letter to my office at 10pm’.”

Mr Idenov was then alleged to have told the minister: “I tell him Mark, stop being an idiot. Stop tempting fate! Do you know how much he makes? $72,000 [£46,000 ] a month! A month!! Plus benefits! Plus bonuses! Lives in Switzerland but supposedly works in London. Comes here once a month to check in. Nice life, huh?” The deal to sell a stake in the Karachaganak oil field has still not gone through.

A BG spokesman said: “We do not comment on leaks and speculation.”

By Steven Swinford

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8171952/WikiLeaks-oil-deal-executive-was-paid-46000-a-month.html

 

(Angry News From Around The World) the greek streets

February 8, 2011 – The struggle of locals in the area of Keratea in Attica against the construction of a landfill in their area has been going since December 12, 2010. Near-daily clashes of the locals with the riot police occupying the site of the planned landfill have taken a new twist tonight: Riot police stormed the town itself, breaking in houses and arresting at least one 30-year resident who, according to the locals, has been entirely uninvolved in the clashes. According to the ex-mayor of Keratea, the 30 year old’s mother had a heart attack after watching her son being arrested.
At the time of writing (19.40 GMT+2) more than 1,000 enraged locals have besieged the local police station, hurling stones, sticks and molotov cocktails to the police guarding it. A local described the scene as “reminiscent of the civil war”.

Source: http://sysiphus-angrynewsfromaroundtheworld.blogspot.com/2011/02/keratea.html

(Wired.com) The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.

The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine “goes beyond search” by “looking at the ‘invisible links’ between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events.”

The idea is to figure out for each incident who was involved, where it happened and when it might go down. Recorded Future then plots that chatter, showing online “momentum” for any given event.

“The cool thing is, you can actually predict the curve, in many cases,” says company CEO Christopher Ahlberg, a former Swedish Army Ranger with a PhD in computer science.

Which naturally makes the 16-person Cambridge, Massachusetts, firm attractive to Google Ventures, the search giant’s investment division, and to In-Q-Tel, which handles similar duties for the CIA and the wider intelligence community.

It’s not the very first time Google has done business with America’s spy agencies. Long before it reportedly enlisted the help of the National Security Agency to secure its networks, Google sold equipment to the secret signals-intelligence group. In-Q-Tel backed the mapping firm Keyhole, which was bought by Google in 2004 — and then became the backbone for Google Earth.

This appears to be the first time, however, that the intelligence community and Google have funded the same startup, at the same time. No one is accusing Google of directly collaborating with the CIA. But the investments are bound to be fodder for critics of Google, who already see the search giant as overly cozy with the U.S. government, and worry that the company is starting to forget its “don’t be evil” mantra.

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(eagainst) Tunisia has lived since December 17, 2010, the day when the current popular revolt against unemployment, exclusion, poverty, cost of living, theshameless exploitation, corruption, injustice and tyranny began. These popular protests started in thecity of Sidi Bouzid and have since extended to all parts of the country. Poverty and tyranny, enduredin the city, are a general phenomenon that affects all the Tunisian people. The rage and indignation is the same throughout the country…

Read more : http://www.scribd.com/doc/47658964/Tunisia-All-Arab-Dictators-Are-Shaking-on-Their-Thrones