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Greece: How bad it already has become

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While Bloomberg is still playing war games by “introducing a new Drachma symbol” on their trading screens and scaring financial dealers across the planet on Friday, the “Guardian in the UK” already provides a more realistic picture of the situation in Greece…

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Europe Day

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Today’s Europe Day celebrations might turn out to be rather toned down particularly with the political development of the last days in Greece and France.

With the right wing Nazis getting a come-back in Athens and even more votes (around 20%) for far right wing parties in France after the success of those extremist parties in Hungary or Belgium, it demonstrates that some certainly never learn from history. Together with the disasters created to cover-up the crimes of Bankster and their friends / financial special interest groups better known as market liberals, it seems Europe is making huge steps away from becoming unified and results from decades before are being destroyed fast…

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History: Niall Ferguson – The 6 killer apps of prosperity

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We finally found some time to watch Niall Ferguson’s Ted Talks presentation with the “killer applications” he also describes in his latest book “Civilization The West and the Rest”

Niall Ferguson starts his presentation outlining his playing field, pointing us to the facts that more than 106 billion people have walked this planet and 94% of those are already dead. Out of those 106 billion 60% were or are Asian and most of them were or are very poor (shortening their life span / economic output). He then bridges over to explain the concept of the “Great Divergence“, that the majority of today’s wealth (US$195 Trillion) was made after 1800 by so-called Westerners and till today 66% of the world’s wealth is owned by these Europeans, North-Americans and Austral-Asians that only make up 19% of the world’s population…

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Opinion: ACTA – speaking out the unspeakable

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Kader Arif, the Rapporteur for the ACTA agreement in the European Parliament has today resigned over the issues he sees with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (AKTA). To express his views and issues as a member of the European Parliament he issued the following statement on his blog (in French – English translation below) …

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Advertising: Dear Silvio by RyanAir

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Advertising as we like it – funny, greatly executed and with high current relevance to make most people smile.

RyanAir with a new ad shown on their web site is offering Silvio Berlusconi “another possibility to escape“.

In difference to about 10%+ of his colleagues in the Italian parliament who are already convicted criminals, Silvio Berlusconi has during the last years successfully used his financial and political powers to shield away any criminal prosecution from himself by new laws and delay tactics – at least as long he stays in power and that now might soon be changing…

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Portugal: Where you have to study to be a slave – Parva Que Sou – Deolinda

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Not only in the Arabic world where young protesters have overturned regimes installed decades ago and kept alive by generous aid from abroad and oppression of their citizens, this summer also in Europe young people in many countries were filling the streets with their protest and anger.

In Lisbon, Portugal earlier this year about 300’000 people were protesting against so-called austerity cuts and the way how current politicians want to remedy the damages from the global financial crisis on the back of the poorest and the young. These were the biggest protests in Portugal since the Carnation Revolution in 1974 that overturned dictatorship.

A song that got accidentally famous on the Internet in Portugal is currently making its way across Europe. It strongly expresses the feelings of …

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