Daily Archives: 27/06/2011

(wikipedia) Emma Goldman (June 27 (NS), 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.

Born in Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania), Goldman emigrated to the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the burgeoning anarchist movement.[1] Attracted to anarchism after the Haymarket affair, Goldman became a writer and a renowned lecturer on anarchist philosophy, women’s rights, and social issues, attracting crowds of thousands.[1] She and anarchist writerAlexander Berkman, her lover and lifelong friend, planned to assassinate industrialist and financier Henry Clay Frick as an act of propaganda of the deed. Although Frick survived the attempt on his life, Berkman was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. Goldman was imprisoned several times in the years that followed, for “inciting to riot” and illegally distributing information about birth control. In 1906, Goldman founded the anarchist journal Mother Earth.

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Some documents from her:

Telegram from Ben Reitman and Walter Merchant to Emma Goldman, June 27, 1919

Transcription of letter from Emma Goldman to Stella Ballantine, June 29, 1919

Transcription of letter from Harry Weinberger to Emma Goldman, July 12, 1919

(keeptalkinggreece) No public transport, no public services, no municipality services incl. garbage collection, no hospitals, no doctors, no dentists, no banks, no pharmacies,  no ferries from/to Piraeus, disruptions in air flights ,… An unprecedented general strike, lasting 48 hours will paralyze Greece on June 28-28, 2011, the days the Mid-Term Austerity Programme will be debated and voted in the Greek Parliament.

Big protest rallies will cause all kind of traffic jams in the streets of downtown Athens.

Public Transport:

June 28: only urban train HSAP will operate from 10 am to 4 pm.

June 29: Urban train HSAP will operate from 11 am to 12 midnight – the Metro will operate from 4 pm until 12 midnight.

Urban Train workers’ labour union have called the workers in buses, trolley bus, tram and metro to change their strike and work stoppage schedules in order to facilitate protesters to join the rallies.

So, keep an eye for Updates!

Indignant Greeks have called people to come down to Syntagma Square and join the crowds in front of the Parliament already on Tuesday morning. They plan to ‘blockade’ the Parliament on Thursday. They also call motorists to cause traffic jams and so hinder lawmakers from entering the Parliament.

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( When Obama began his Presidency there were close to 38,000 troops in Afghanistan. If he keeps the promises that he will make in his speech tonight, eighteen months months from now, after withdrawing, or reclassifying, 30,000 troops, there will still be 68,000 troops left in Afghanistan.

December, 2009, in a speech delivered at the U.S. military academy at West Point, President Obama explained what he called his “strategy to bring this war to a successful conclusion.”   Then, almost within the same breath,  he announced the deployment of an additional 30,000 troops for the purpose of turning back Taliban advances. I’m not sure where he was going to turn them back to, it’s there country that the American forces are occupying.

“As commander in chief I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S troops to Afghanistan.   After 18 months our troops will begin to come home.  These are the resources that we need to seize the initiative while building the Afghan capacity that will allow for a responsible transition of our forces out of Afghanistan,” promised President Obama.

Everyone nodded.  Yeah, exit strategy, send more troops… what?

There are, currently, 98,000 troops in Afghanistan.  He started with 38,000 troops, announced an increase of 30,000 more troops, and ended up with 98,000 troops. Every time Obama has an exit strategy for Afghanistan more American soldiers seem to end up in the country. It almost seems as though the number of troops on the ground were purposely inflated in order to present the appearance of a reduction in troops with this maneuver, but actually result in a net increase.

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(keeptalkinggreece) A horror scenario with tanks and army protecting the banks, rioting people, empty shops and suicides has been drawn by Greek Deputy Prime Minister Theodoroas Pangalos, should Greece return to Drachma. Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Pangalos said:

“Returning to the drachma would mean that on the following day banks would be surrounded by terrified people trying to withdraw their money, the army would have to protect them with tanks because there would not be enough police,” said Pangalos.

“There would be riots everywhere, shops would be empty, some people would throw themselves out the window … And it would also be a disaster for the entire European economy.”

Therefore he blasted a ‘immense stupidity” all these suggestions claiming it would be better for Greece to exit the euro zone and return to Drachma.

Here is the English version of Pangalos’ interview as reported by AFP and all Greek media – sorry, I couldn’t find the story in El Mundo…

It is interesting that all international media focus on  the “immense stupidity”, while the Greeks focus on “the tanks”. Understandable, given the natural allergy of Greeks towards tanks and army on the streets – based on real facts, like the military dictatorship…

Greek Deputy PM blasts euro exit talk as ‘immense stupidity’

Greece’s Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos has blasted suggestions that it would be better for his country to abandon the euro and return to the drachma as an “immense stupidity”.

“Those who say this are extremely stupid. While they may be analysts, university professors or economists, saying that is an immense stupidity,” Pangalos told daily Spanish newspaper El Mundo in an interview published Sunday.

Debt-wracked Greece has been told by European peers that it cannot hope to continue receiving aid from a 110-billion-euro rescue package agreed with the EU and the IMF last year without biting budget reforms and privatisations.

The Greek parliament will vote on an austerity package this week but some economists have argued that Athens needs to restructure its debt and leave the euro to become economically competitive again.

“Returning to the drachma would mean that on the following day banks would be surrounded by terrified people trying to withdraw their money, the army would have to protect them with tanks because there would not be enough police,” said Pangalos.

“There would be riots everywhere, shops would be empty, some people would throw themselves out the window … And it would also be a disaster for the entire European economy.”

The austerity measures the Greek parliament will vote on later this week to keep the country’s huge debt viable and persuade international creditors to extend additional assistance, are worth more than 28 billion euros ($40 billion) for the period 2011-2015.

Athens also intends to sell partial or full stakes in a host of state entities, aiming to raise 50 billion euros to reduce the overall Greek debt of more than 350 billion euros.


Pick Axe, though filmed in 1999, is a heartening film that documents the work of environmental activists taking a stand to protect an old growth forest from logging at Warner Creek in the Willamette National Forest of Oregon. While old growth forests are technically considered protected land, after a forest fire (possibly the result of arsen in this case), it was opened up to logging as “salvage” wood. Now forest fires are a natural part of a forest’s life cycle and given time to recover, they will actualy strengthen a forest and its ecosystems. This of course can’t happen if those trees are cut in the meantime. The community of activists that came to be known as “Cascadia Free State” protected this chunk of forest by occupying and blockading the logging road for many months keeping out loggers and police alike. – Erin Severs @