“All I Have Is Hunger” – Many Venezuelans Too Weak To Protest Despite Maduro Misery

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While tens of thousands of angry Venezuelans turned out for the ‘mother of all protests’ yesterday, facing an increasingly hostile military/police state, the numbers could have been significantly larger but for the fact that legions of poor Venezuelans are simply too frail from starvation to protest.

Some say they are intimidated by armed pro-government militias who scour the slums for signs of dissent. Others say they are afraid to lose the few food handouts the cash-strapped government still provides.

“We wear our protest on the inside for the fear of losing our bag of food,” said San Félix resident Luisa Gutiérrez, a single mother of three. Continue reading

Military EVACUATING Women & Children from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany

Officially, there are “security concerns” about a planned Protest around the base. The protest, dubbed “Initiative Stop Ramstein” is planning to protest this Saturday, June 11th, outside of Ramstein Air Base’s west gate between 13:00 and 17:00. The coordinator is estimating 5,000 demonstrators with a rally that kicks off at the main train station in Kaiserslautern. Both Polizei and 569 USFPS will conduct vehicle and crowd control measures outside the west gate as well as along the human chain between the west gate traffic circle through Ramstein Village, between the main road from Kindsbach through Landstuhl, and between Lanstuhl’s city center to the west gate access road toward the west gate traffic circle. Please avoid these areas and the west gate as much as possible. East and LVIS gates will be open for use from 10:00 to 19:00. Continue reading

Alexis Tsipras prepared to step down as parliament set to pass punishing austerity measures

And there you have it. As mentioned in an earlier post, don’t expect him to stay in power for much longer. The Greek ‘no’ vote couldn’t have been a more clear message to leadership, but they still intentionally went the opposite direction. Self-proclaimed Communists Tsipras and Varoufakis are beginning to look more like a hit team whose assignment was do to a quick hit and run.

 

Greek prime minister hinted his position will no longer remain tenable if he did not get the majority backing of his Leftist Syriza party over a bail-out deal

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras was ready to stand down from office on Wednesday night, as a Leftist rebellion erupted within his Syriza party over the punishing austerity measures the country needs to stay in the eurozone.

Greece’s lawmakers gathered for a midnight vote on reforms that would raise VAT, cut pensions spending and reform the country’s statistics body. The measures were passed with the support of Greece’s main opposition parties, with 229 voting “yes” and 64 voting “no”. There were six abstentions.

Outside the parliament, troubled flared briefly as groups of anarchists who were part of an anti-austerity protest threw petrol bombs at police, who barricaded the street leading to the entrance to parliament with several riot vans.

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras pictured at G8 demonstration in 2001

Have you ever wondered why Tsipras is so close to Russia?

 

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Images of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras taking part in a demonstration at the G8 summit in Italy in 2001 have emerged.

Mr Tsipras was reportedly among a group of 1,000 Greek radicals who travelled to Italy with the aim of disrupting the G8 meeting in Genoa in 2001.