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Europe
Greece: Elections 2012: Live news blog
Doesn't look like there is any headway being made to form a coalition govt, so likely a new election in a few weeks.
Posted by: tipper || 05/09/2012 14:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top||

#1  This recent election having been a temper tantrum?
Posted by: Pappy || 05/09/2012 18:45 Comments || Top||


Farage: We face the prospect of mass civil unrest, even revolution
Posted by: tipper || 05/09/2012 13:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top||

#1  Well, this certainly fits in with my posts in the other thread doesn't it?
Posted by: AlanC || 05/09/2012 13:53 Comments || Top||


New Documents Shine Light on Euro Birth Defects
Posted by: tipper || 05/09/2012 03:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top||

#1  they pushed ahead with the project regardless

Because the Euro was never really about finance and economics. It was, and still is, all about political power for the undemocratic elites.

The end goal of the EU has always been an oligarchic technocracy run by an unelected cabal of the elites. Economic chaos at this time is helpful to that end as it allows the EU bureaucracy to grasp more power. What happened to the elected Italian gov't? Austrian? Greek?

This is a new distallation of fascism as Scotch and Bourban are different distallations. Mussolini is laughing his ass off.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/09/2012 7:44 Comments || Top||


#3  well said AlanC.
Posted by: bman || 05/09/2012 10:55 Comments || Top||

#4  tipper, it was only a stupid idea if you think they meant it to work solely as a currency for financial and economic matters.

Of course, IMHO, it was never meant to be that at all. It is a truism that if you do not have control over your currency you do not have a sovereign state. THAT'S the idea here. The EU wants to get rid of sovereign states within the EU. They want total political, fiscal and monetary control to flow through Brussels.

The Eurobots have systematically stripped sovereignty from large swathes of European countries and this "crisis" was fomented as one of the last nails in the coffin of Euro freedom. They've already demanded total control of country budgets due to the inability of the governments to hew to the EU elite's line.

At best Europe would turn into what Obama wants for the US. Weaker and weaker states in terms of what they can actually do/control and an ever increasing bureaucracy with no responsibility to the public, just to their bretheren in the elites.

As Mussolini showed, you don't need ownership to have total control. You just need a monopoly on force and the ability to write all the laws to support you Corporatist buddies (who cease to be you buddies if they step out of line).

As Dr. North at EU Referendum has pointed out, early and often. There is no real demos in the EU on which to build a real democracy. EG The "peasants" of Hungry, Greece etc. have nothing in common with the Nordic world. In my view what is being build before our eyes is a new version of the Roman Empire. The Romans built with the tools they had available and the EUrocrats use a new more modern set, but, the empire is still the goal.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/09/2012 12:03 Comments || Top||

#5  being build built before


support you your Corporatist

PIMF.........except when you preview and can't read 8^(

Posted by: AlanC || 05/09/2012 12:08 Comments || Top||

#6  Righteous rant, AlanC.
Posted by: RandomJD || 05/09/2012 13:40 Comments || Top||

#7  For more information please check out
Posted by: AlanC || 05/09/2012 14:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Damn, lost the link.
"EU Ref"
Posted by: AlanC || 05/09/2012 15:03 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
A national counterterrorism policy
[Dawn] AFTER 9/11, Pakistain has been beset by the twin menace of radicalisation and terrorism.

A national policy to deal with the menace of terrorism is a dire necessity, something which is one of the mandated tasks of the nascent National Counter Terrorism Authority of Pakistain (Nacta).

A national counterterrorism strategy has to be drafted and shared with the public, with civil society taking an active part in the deliberations.

This comprehensive strategy should not just have law-enforcement agencies and the military, but should also involve others, for example educationists, who could be required to evaluate outmoded curricula and replace them with more tolerant non-sectarian versions.

Scientists can be involved to jam illegal FM transmissions; the media can generate public-service messages and programmes promoting tolerance. The strategy should remain within the ambit of the rule of law, or it has the potential to become a monster almost as big as the thugs.

The rule of law needs representative governance. With the arrival of civilian government representing this in 2008, the situation has gradually moved towards a national consensus against terrorism. Democracy must be nurtured in Pakistain, as this is the only way forward for nations to put their affairs in order.

Threat priorities need to be established for the future of the war on terror not only in the Pak but in the global context as well. One solution has been the establishment of a counterterrorism environment created by politicians through legislation, budgets and policy decisions.

Legislation will be a part of the directing tangential forces of counterterrorism. In Pakistain, this legislation resonates in the anti-terrorist acts passed by parliament, which need to be constantly reassessed with the changing dynamics of the situation on the ground.

The inherent global challenge would be balancing the rights of citizens and fundamental constitutional guarantees against the increasing threat from terrorism.

This is the delicate balancing act that counterterrorism in the future will continue to face, especially for the security agencies directly involved in these operations, and which perhaps affects the police the most.

Huge challenges for counterterrorism in the future will include coordination which seems to be exponentially increasing.

Future efforts in counterterrorism will require complex investigations involving multiple countries, a variety of types of communication and numerous sources of intelligence. Collectively, there will be an ever-evolving need for more sophisticated forms of counterterrorism and greater resources.

Long-term polices resembling the Blair government's CONTEST strategy in the UK need to be in place. The four areas identified as prevention, pursuit, protection and preparedness gain another dimension in the Pak context -- that of containment, since we have been beset by an insurgency in our northern areas.

This has been reinvented according to our own situation under the government's policy of dialogue, deterrence and development as the main area of thrust in Pakistain.

The pursuit of improved intelligence, the disruption of terrorist activity and better coordination with international forces fighting terrorism will require improved cooperation. Protection of homeland security installations will require improved domestic security of ports and public transportation systems.

Preparing for the threat of confrontation will require an ever-increasing readiness to respond to terrorist attacks.

The complete elimination of terrorism may not be possible, but adequate containment is the path to be followed. A sincere effort must be made to study individuals prone to radicalisation and who are thus potential recruits for terrorist groups.

Rather than just firefighting, we need to find out the causes: why is there terrorism, why are people becoming radicalised, how are they radicalised? Only then can we deal with these issues.

The future of counterterrorism will also be shaped to a certain extent by the relationships among the various organizations involved in the war against terrorism, which of course stands true for Nacta as well.

While the new threats resulted in the grant of emergency powers to governments to get more powers and additional resources, sometimes the evolution of coordination has been too reactive, short-term and politicised.

This has occasionally caused slow governmental responses to increase resources going into counterterrorism. Police forces are critical in the counterterrorism future, due to their presence on the ground and their ability to carry out arrests.

The key to long-term containment of terrorism, beyond tactical policing and security measures designed to detect and defeat zealots, is to reduce the supply of terrorists. It must be recognised that terrorism requires a small core of radicalised individuals bent on carrying out acts of violence.

What government policy must ensure is that these individuals are kept marginalised within their own communities. They must not be allowed to lead others along the path of violence. If they are isolated then they can be contained, either by the state or by their own communities. Without a support network, they pose a much smaller threat.

Summing up, successful counterterrorism in the future of a democratic society requires trust and confidence in the efficacy of the security forces because public cooperation is essential.

This can only be done after capturing the so-called hearts and minds of the citizens, particularly in those communities where faceless myrmidons are to be found, confronted and contained.

This winning of hearts and minds is what constitutes the core of counterterrorism in the future, not just in Pakistain but across the globe as well, and will continue to do so for times to come.

We have the resolve to fight terrorism, but not the entire panoply of resources needed.

Pakistain is a resilient nation, and will overcome these problems eventually. However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the road ahead needs to be paved with the soundest of policies bolstered by the international community in order to bridge the resource gap failing which, one would expect to see militancy problems continuing in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top||

#1  Seems that they've got the same nomenclature problem that Bush gave us though at least they show some signs of catching on.

twin menace of radicalisation and terrorism

Nope, just one menace and it's spelled Islamism. Call it radicalization if you want, at least that's closer, but terrorism, AWAK, is a tactic.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/09/2012 7:47 Comments || Top||

#2  What government policy must ensure is that these individuals are kept marginalised within their own communities. They must not be allowed to lead others along the path of violence.

P.W. Botha gave it go, but failed due to civil rights outrage, sanctions, and communist intervention. A similar outcome is likely here or elsewhere.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2012 8:01 Comments || Top||



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