L’autogestion argentine vue par Al Jazeera

30 11 2007

In Argentina, factory workers have always been at the mercy of their bosses.

This is because the state offered them very little in the way of protection.

So the factory owners were everything to their workers. They not only paid their wages, but they also determined their fate.

When the economy collapsed in 2001, and many factories folded, workers were the first to suffer – not surprisingly. But instead of taking this lying down, workers reclaimed the bankrupt factories as their own, and they all became the boss – power, decision making and profits are all shared.

People & Power retraces the workers’ dramatic journey, from shop floor to boardroom.



Le Forçat – Pistolets roses

30 11 2007

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Rigged Markets de Al Jazeera

29 11 2007
Rigged Markets    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Max Keiser bets on a winner

Free markets are meant to be fair, but are they really?

The smallest investor in the stock market is meant to face the same odds as the richest, and that is what makes free markets free.

Free markets are also meant to provide all participants with the same information about stocks, bonds, and currencies – that way all the investors have an equal chance of making a profit.

The market also allows investors to pool their resources into mutual or hedge funds, so they can punch way above their weight.

Whereas mutual funds are weighted in favour of the small investor, and are highly regulated, hedge funds are far riskier products and are weighted in favour of wealthy people who are seen as sophisticated enough to take risks that ordinary investors cannot. They are hardly regulated at all – so that everybody comes out of the market a supposed winner.

In Max Keiser’s latest viewpoint film, he argues that hedge and mutual funds are manipulated to benefit brokers, bankers and the richest investors, to the detriment of those with less power and less money.

He explains his view that free markets are not in fact free or fair, but in fact rigged – he thinks that even governments have a finger in the free market pie.

Watch this episode of People & Power here:

Part 1:

Part 2: This episode of People & Power aired from 20 May 2007



Iraqi MPs demand timetable for withdrawal of US troops

28 11 2007


Iraqi MPs demand timetable for withdrawal

Is the U.N. troop mandate defying Iraqi law?

Thursday November 22nd, 2007

Raed Jarrar is an architect and political analyst currently based in Washington DC. He was born in Baghdad and spent most of his life in Iraq, where he obtained his first degree in architecture at the University of Baghdad. He also founded an NGO called “Emaar” that carried out community work in Baghdad.

James Paul has been Executive Director of Global Policy Forum since its foundation in late 1993. He is a prominent figure in the NGO advocacy community at the United Nations and a well-known speaker and writer on the UN and global policy issues. Born in New York City, he earned a B.A. from Harvard College, M.A. from Oxford University, and his Ph.D. from New York University in 1975 with a specialty in comparative politics.



Clinton votes for war in Iran

28 11 2007


Why, Senator Clinton?

We ask Clinton why she voted for an amendment that could be used as support for attacking Iran

Thursday October 18th, 2007

On September 26th, Senator Clinton voted for the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment, which designates the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. She was the only Democratic Presidential candidate who voted for the resolution.


« This isn’t our present policy of keeping the military option on the table. It is, for all practical purposes, mandating the military option. »

-Senator Jim Webb



Malalai Joya: Afghan woman parliamentarian speaks out

28 11 2007


Afghanistan: Caught between extremes

Malalai Joya: Afghan woman parliamentarian speaks out

Friday November 16th, 2007



Savant fou – Exterio

28 11 2007

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Le Québec aurait été infiltré par les services secrets français

27 11 2007

Il semblerait que le SDECE, l’ancêtre de la DGSE, ait infiltré les groupes d’indépendantistes québécois afin de leur prêtre main forte. L’opération nommée « Assistance et cooperation technique » ou « Opération Ascot aurait été demandée par Charles de Gaulle.   Charles de Gaulle, apparemment,  appuyait l’indépendance du Québec, et pas seulement avec certains mots prononcés à l’hôtel de ville de Montréal mais aussi avec toutes les ressources des services secrets français.

sources:



Chips – Atach Tatuq

27 11 2007

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Françafrique: le conseiller du président du Bénin est associé-gérant de la banque Rothschild

26 11 2007

membre-conseil-Zinsou

Voici un exemple d’un chaînon du réseau Françafrique: Lionel Zinsou, l’actuel conseiller du président du Bénin. Il a travaillé pour le gouvernement français pendant 7 an dont 3 pour Laurent Fabius [Fabius serait membre du Siècle, de la Commission Trilatérale depuis 1998 et aurait assisté à la réunion Bilderberg de 94]. Ensuite Zinsou travailla pour Danone pendant 11 ans (HP foods faisait alors parti de Danone). Il est actuellement Associé-gérant de Rothschild & Cie depuis 1997.

sources:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Zinsou

http://www.loccidental.net/spip.php?article690

http://www.afigfunds.com/conseil-Zinsou.htm



La Francophonie: un organisme de versement de pots-de-vins au service de l’impérialisme?

26 11 2007

repris de la lettre du Continent:
Dans la maison de Voltaire, le train de vie serait un peu trop royal et dispendieux selon les rapporteurs de la Cour des comptes, qui n’ont pas la culture du verbe des grands voyageurs de l’expression française.

Selon nos informations, un rapport de la Cour des comptes du 31 octobre épingle gravement la Délégation à la paix, à la démocratie et aux droits de l’homme (DDHP) de l’Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF). Les rapporteurs s’interrogent sur « l’absence à l’OIF de règles de déontologie » et critiquent les modes « opaques » de recrutement et de rétribution des experts et consultants (un professeur d’université a émargé à 50 000 € en 2006 !), ainsi que les coûts de la location de véhicules (441 € par jour à Cotonou !), la faible exécution du budget en 2007 (35% au 19 septembre), le versement d’honoraires sur le compte de tiers, le « recours excessif aux avances en argent liquide » : une équipe de l’OIF est ainsi partie au Brésil avec 48 000 € en poche. Entre autres.

Poste le plus important de l’OIF, la DDHP qui « pèse significativement » dans le budget de l’organisation « dispose d’une délégation directe de la part du secrétaire général, au même titre que l’administrateur, ce qui pose des difficultés d’applicabilité et d’application de certaines normes internes à l’OIF ». Est-ce la raison pour laquelle le secrétaire général de l’organisation, Abdou Diouf, a signé le 31 octobre, le jour même de la publication du rapport de la Cour des comptes, une note interne (SG/207771030-038) désignant l’administrateur Clément Duhaime comme « l’ordonnateur unique » des budgets de l’organisation ? « Pas du tout », a expliqué à La Lettre du Continent Hugo Sada, le délégué à la DDHP (depuis le 1er janvier). « Cette décision était dans le droit fil de la réforme de la francophonie et n’a rien à voir avec le rapport de la Cour des comptes ». Hugo Sada affirme que « rien n’a changé » et qu’il dispose toujours d’une délégation de signature. Il conteste en outre le très faible taux de réalisation de son budget avancé par la Cour des comptes : 70% (85% à la fin de l’année) selon lui, contre 35% d’après les rapporteurs.

Ces derniers relèvent également la « croissance importante » de la rémunération de la déléguée précédente, Christine Desouches, qui est devenue, à l’âge de la retraite, « conseillère spéciale » du secrétaire général. Ils étrillent, par ailleurs, les conditions de fonctionnement du bureau d’Abidjan, en particulier du salaire et des indemnités de logement du représentant spécial qui était alors Lansana Kouyaté [qui maintenant donne la Guinée en cadeau aux grandes entreprises], aujourd’hui premier ministre en Guinée. Le contrôleur financier avait refusé son visa sur ses émoluments. Au 30 septembre, 22 921 € de dépenses « demeuraient non justifiées » et, cerise sur le gâteau : « les personnels locaux ont continué au 1er semestre 2007 à travailler – et à percevoir leur salaire – alors que leurs contrats ont expiré fin 2006 ». Le bureau est toujours en cours de liquidation… Nul doute que l’OIF va éclaircir tous les points litigieux de ce rapport « pour avis » de la Cour des comptes.



Nodaska – Devant chez moi

26 11 2007

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Quand le patronat gère les retraites et la sécurité sociale

26 11 2007

repris de la lettre du continent:

Président d’Unicongo (Union patronale et interprofessionnelle du Congo) [sont entres autres membres d’Unicongo: Total SA, Chevron, Eni, Calyon (Crédit du Congo), Air France, PriceWaterhouseCooper, Ernst & Young, etc.], Christian Barros a été nommé, par décret présidentiel, président du conseil d’administration de la Caisse nationale de sécurité sociale (CNSS). Propriétaire notamment de la Codisco (commerce et distribution du Congo), Christian Barros avait été l’un des « parrains » les plus actifs de la Route de l’Equateur en mai (LC nº517).



La riposte iranienne bis

25 11 2007

 Ghawar

(cliquez sur les images pour les agrandir)

Dans un billet précédent,  je mentionnais qu’en cas d’attaque par les États-Unis, l’Iran pourrait provoquer un choque pétrolier sans précédant en bombardant les terminaux pétroliers et gazier des «alliés» des États-Unis dans la région, soit le Koweït, l’Iraq, l’Arabie Saoudite, le Bahreïn, le Qatar et les Émirats Arabes Unis en plus d’arrêter ses propres exportations.   Ces pays exportent 16 millions de barils de pétrole par jour, soit l’équivalant des importations des États-Unis et de la Chine combinés! Mais après avoir écrit ce billet, le doute me pris, même si la majorité des réserves pétrolière d’Arabie Saoudite longent le Golf persique, il se pourrait qu’une partie significative des terminaux pétroliers soient sur la Mer rouge, dans quel cas ils seraient plus à l’abri de l’Iran.

Terminaux pétroliers Arabie Saoudite

Le champs pétrolier Ghawar en Arabie Saoudite est les plus grand champ pétrolier au monde, et avec sa production de plus de 5 millions de barils de pétrole par jour il compte pour au moins la moitié de la production saoudienne et 6,25% de la production mondiale de pétrole. Or, sur Google Maps, on peut suivre les oléoduc et gazoduc partant de Ghawar. En suivant leur parcours, on se rend compte qu’ils mène à quatre sites autour de la ville de Najmah (le point vert et les trois points rouges sur la carte tout en haut), directement sur le Golf persique face à l’Iran, exactement au point d’Arabie Saoudite le plus près d’Iran! De ces quatre sites, trois sont des terminaux pétroliers (photo ci-haut) et un (le point vert) est une centrale électrique (photo ci-bas). Par ailleurs, si on suit les fils haute-tension qui partent de la centrale électrique on se rend compte que cette centrale alimente toute la côte de l’Arabie Saoudite en électricité en plus d’alimenter le champ pétrolier Ghawar lui-même en électricité. Une frappe iranienne sur ces quatre sites permettrait donc non seulement d’empêcher l’exportation de la production pétrolière de Ghawar mais aussi l’arrêt de la production de Ghawar pour manque d’électricité.

Électricité Ghawar

Il semble très difficile de voir comment les États-Unis et l’Arabie Saoudite pourraient se prémunir d’une telle attaque à moins de construire des oléoduc de Ghawar à la Mer rouge et de construire une autre centrale électrique ailleurs. Les États-Unis ont promis de protéger leurs «alliés» avec un bouclier anti-missile en cas de guerre, mais comme tous les essaies ont révélés jusqu’à présent, ce  bouclier ne marche pas.



The Empire in Africa – Trailer

25 11 2007

The rebels who started the civil war in Sierra Leone 15 years ago wanted only one thing: to reclaim the richness of the country from foreign corporations in order to end the exploitation of its people. In response, the international community decided to wage a war on this country, with bombs, executions, torture, rigged elections and manipulation of the international media. This created one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 20th century.

http://www.theempireinafrica.com/ 

CHRONOLOGY OF A DISASTER: SIERRA LEONE

  • The area, now known as Sierra Leone was populated by the Temne people when the first Portuguese navigator arrived in 1460. The name Sierra Leone refers to the shape of the mountain, which can be seen when arriving at the coast, which looks like a lion.
  • Slave trade started around 1500.
  • Around 1550, a large number of Mande people came from Liberia and found refuge in the southern part of what is now Sierra Leone.
  • In the 19th century, formers slaves, freed from their North American masters, were repatriated to Africa and brought to Sierra Leone where they founded the free colony of ‘Freetown’. By 1865 more than 50,000 former slaves had been brought to Freetown.
  • In 1896, the British government declared Sierra Leone a British protectorate to counter the progression of the French in West Africa.  In 1898, the British government imposed  a ‘hut tax’ to generate revenues for the expenses incurred in the management of the colony.
  • In 1908 the British government established a naval base in Freetown, securing their claims.
  • In 1961 Sierra Leone was recognized as an independent country and a prime minister was “appointed” by the British Consul. Over the next three decades, several coups and counter-coups followed between the pro-western interests who controlled the majority of the Sierra Leonean economy and the Pan-Africanist forces who wanted Africa to be returned to the Africans.
  • The pro-western interests won, establishing a one party rule under the dictator Siaka Stevens  and the other dictator Joseph Saidu Momoh who succeeded the former in 1986.  These men secured the control of the economy for the pro-western interests.
  • Although Sierra Leone is a very rich country, the foreign corporations continue to export all the profits from the exploitation of the country’s natural resources (diamonds, minerals, agriculture, tourism, etc.) abroad, leaving the country on the brink of starvation.
  • In response to this situation, a group of men take up arms to fight the foreigners and their puppets who run the country, in order to take back the wealth for the people of Sierra Leone.  The rebel group is the RUF or Revolutionary United Front.
  • In July 1991 the rebels of the RUF control 1/5th of the country. They terrorize civilians, accusing them of supporting a system that exploits them. Their motto is; “No More Slaves, No More Masters. Weapons to the People. Power and Wealth to the People.” They meet a weak resistance of the Sierra Leone army.
  • In 1993, a peace-keeping force was created by ECOWAS (The Union of West African States) and financed by the UN to intervene against the rebels.  Thousands of Nigerian soldiers were sent into Sierra Leone to be part of such peace effort.
  • The deterioration of conditions within the Army and the realization of the rebels’ motives forces the soldiers to join the rebels.
  • Starting in 1995, the pro-westerners create an independent militia known as Kamajor to protect their rights and fight the rebellion. The Kamajors brutally spread the war throughout the country.
  • By October of the same year, the RUF troops are now in control of one-third of the country and advance towards the capital, Freetown. A large portion of the regular army has joined the rebels in the field.
  • The government is completely inefficient and relies more than ever on the 2000 Nigerians based in Sierra Leone. In order to support them, it hires the South African mercenaries of “Executive Outcomes,” a company that specializes in commando operations. They are paid through diamond mine concessions.
  • January 1996: Based on the total inefficiency of the government and the degradation of the country, Corporal General Julius Maada-Bio seizes power in a coup d’état. He is convinced of the need to share the power with the RUF and obtains a cease-fire. The international community adamantly opposes this partnership with the RUF, since the RUF’s politics are opposed to the interests of the western world. The international community imposes an election while the country is in the middle of a brutal civil war which will clearly prevent people from being able to vote.
  • Seeing it as a maneouver from the international community, the RUF refuses the idea of election until peace is restored in the country. Despite the extreme violence, which followed the announcement of the elections, an electoral commission is put in place by the UN. The international community chooses Hamad Tejan Kabbah, a former U.N. executive, as its candidate, in order to protect their interests, as is now the case in several third-world countries.
  • March 15, 1996: Ahmad Tejan Kabbah wins the election.
  • Independent analysis of the polling results proved that the UN representatives manipulated the results in favor of Kabbah.
  • The hard line taken by President Kabbah, unleashes extreme violence between the different factions all over the country. Faced by such violence which starts to appear in mass media around the world the international community forces Kabbah to make peace with the RUF and the army.
  • February 1997: Despite RUF leader Foday-Sankoh’s signature of the peace agreement he is arrested and jailed with other RUF members and army officers. This is a political maneuver of President Kabbah and his allies to ignore the peace agreement, break the RUF rebellion and the resistance of the Sierra-Leone Army.
  • On May 25, 1997 the Sierra Leone Army leads a coup d’état and opens the prisons to free their men as well as the RUF members. They open the rice warehouses, which belong to private companies and humanitarian organizations and let starving people help themselves.
  • The head of the army frees Foday-Sankoh and names him second-in-command of the government of a unified A.F.R.C.(Sierra Leone army)  – RUF
  • Following the embargo imposed by ECOWASagainst the new government, the UN votes the Resolution 1132 on October 8, 1997. This resolution prevents trading of arms and oil with Sierra Leone. The ECOMOG bombard all ships transporting everything including food in contravention of the UN resolution also killing numerous civilians.
  • Over 200,000 people leave Freetown. The price of food increased astronomically and many families can only afford one meal per day. They cannot even count on humanitarian aid, which doesn’t reach Freetown anymore as ordered by President Kabbah and UK Ambassador, Peter Penfold.
  • President Kabbah, in exile, negotiates with a Thai banker. The banker will finance a counter coup d’état up to 10 million dollars in exchange for Sierra Leone diamond mining concessions estimated at 150 million dollars. On the suggestion of UK Ambassador Peter Penfold, mercenaries from Sandline, a sister company of Executive Outcomes, are put in charge of the operation.
  • February 1998: with the help of Sandline mercenaries, the ECOMOG forces launch an offensive to take back Freetown. Nigerian Alpha jets drop numerous cluster bombs, forbidden by international law, transforming entire cities into ghost towns.
  • The UN was questioned on this subject and answered that the embargo was not violated. However, two months later, Resolution # 1171 dated June 5, 1998 is passed. It specifies that the weapons embargo in Sierra Leone only applies to non-governmental forces, when it originally applied to all factions.
  • December 1998 – The rebels and the army have formally united as, The People’s Army, and are entering Freetown. They attack the ECOMOG troops forcing them to withdraw to one-third of the city.
  • The rebel rampage allows the government to continue its propaganda campaign. They try to blame the RUF soldiers for the violence, painting them as these new barbarians responsible for all the suffering of the Sierra Leone people.
  • The international community and President Kabbah’s government come under fire from the media, which publicizes amputations of civilians and the atrocities committed by the forces loyal to the government.
  • Fearing that the situation will worsen and the truth of the crisis will be revealed, Kabbah’s government is forced to sign a peace treaty and enforce it.
  • February 1999:  The ECOMOG forces are reinforced by troops from Mali. The rebels are violently expelled from Freetown. The confrontations leave 6000 dead and a devastated city.
  • July 1999:  President Kabbah goes to Lome in Togo to sign the peace treaty with Foday-Sankoh, who has been recently released and pardoned. This treaty includes the sharing of power with the RUF as it had been proposed in the past by Maada-Bio and Johnny-Paul Koroma. Kabbah’s government will include four ministers from the RUF. One of the first decisions imposed by them, will be the cancellation of mining licenses held by foreign companies.
  • May 2000: Foday Sankoh’s bodyguards together with UN peacekeepers fire on a crowd outside Foday Sankoh’s home. Kofi Annan declares Foday Sankoh personally responsible for the incident. President Kabbah order the arrest of all RUF hierarchy including ministers of his government in violation of the peace agreement.
  • Most of the RUF hierarchy die in prison from “unknown causes.”
  • May 2005: President Kabbah is still in power in Sierra Leone, the natural resources are still controlled by foreign companies and Sierra Leone is now the poorest country in the world.



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