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UN: constant relations between Israel and Syrian rebels

UN: constant relations between Israel and Syrian rebels

Syria Israel maintains constant for months and regular contacts with militant groups of Syrian rebels fighting against the regime of President Bashar al Assad. This was stated by a recent UN report, taken from many online sites, including that of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Forces of the United Nations Disengagement Watchers (UNDOF) explain that Israeli officials and terrorists supported from abroad “have collaborated directly” along the Syrian border in the last 18 months.

In the report UNDOF peacekeepers have also reported that he saw Israeli soldiers “open the border and let people” as well as militiamen wounded who were admitted to hospitals in Safed and Nahariya.

“The UNDOF – the report says – has seen at least ten people injured transported by armed opposition (Syrian) through the area of ​​the ceasefire. It also identified the soldiers of the Israeli and Syrian territory handed in two crates to militiamen armed Syrian opposition “.

ISRAEL AND AL QAEDA – In an article published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the political commentator Ehud Yaari recently described the “undeclared truce” that exists between the Jewish state and the terrorists of al-Qa’eda stressing that, so far , the jihadists have never attacked the Israeli army. “The paintings of an-Nusra Front prefer to maintain a collaboration dictated by free time with other rebel factions. So does with Israel. “ Accordingly – adds Yaari – the Jewish state will not try for hours to “destroy the military power” of the affiliates of al-Qa’eda. According to military sources, in addition, some members of the Syrian opposition would frequent secret meetings with the armed forces of Tel Aviv in the Israeli town of Tiberias.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO TERRORISTS – Tel Aviv in these three and a half years of civil war has often provided health care to anti-Assad fighters. They are in fact at least 400 people from Syria treated in northern Israeli town of Nahariya since the conflict began in Syria. Hundreds were also patients Syrians in Safed (Galilee). The identity of the patients the Israeli authorities maintain absolute reserve. According to reports, however, even the local press, many of the patients are fighters of the Syrian opposition.

AIR RAID OF ISRAEL IN DAMASCUS – Meanwhile, the Syrian authorities have accused Israel of having conducted two airstrikes Saturday, December 7 against targets in Syrian territory, not far from the capital Damascus. Israel has not confirmed nor denied the report. The Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post quoted unnamed sources claiming instead to be hit would be the deposits of heavy weapons from Iran and destined to be delivered to the Lebanese Hezbollah. Even CNN has collected similar information: “Israel has hit missiles and equipment that should have been delivered to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

“The Israeli enemy has attacked Syria taking aim carefully secured two regions of the province of Damascus: the sector of Dimas and the international airport of Damascus,” said the Syrian TV. Residents of the area said they heard several explosions. There would be no victims. “This attack demonstrates the direct involvement of Israel in supporting terrorism in Syria, along with other Western countries and countries in the region,” he accused.

SYRIA WRITES TO UN – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates sent two identical letters to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council to condemn the “aggression” Israeli Syrian territory. The Ministry added: “This attack shows the direct support of the Israeli regime to terrorists and their organizations in Syria”, in particular Jabhat al-Nusra Front, stating that such attacks “do not discourage Syrian forces continue to fight terrorism in all its forms and types, and with all the tools available in the entire Syrian territory. “

Warning against the consequences of the Israeli aggression and the risks to peace and security in the region and in the world, the Damascus government has invited the community and the Security Council to “condemn this brutal and blatant aggression with full force and to impose dissuasive sanctions against Israel, which did not hide its support for terrorism, as well as his intentions premeditated against Syria and to take all the measures provided for in the Charter of the United Nations to prevent the recurrence of similar attacks on Israelis. “

1,000 “Drill Instructors” To Train Syrian Invasion Proxies for Late 2015

US troops training Syrian ‘moderates’ could top 1,000 – Pentagon

AFP Photo / AMC / Fadi Al-Halabi

AFP Photo / AMC / Fadi Al-Halabi

The Pentagon announced that a mission to train the “moderate” Syrian opposition may involve over 1,000 US troops. The first soldiers may flow into the region in a month, while the trained fighters may return to Syria to “fight ISIS” by the end of 2015.

The earlier announced number suggested 400 pairs of US boots on the ground in countries neighboring Syria, where the training will take place. However, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in a press briefing on Friday that the total number “could approach 1,000.”

“It might even exceed that. I can’t rule that out,” Kirby added.

The troops, ranging from special operations to conventional forces, will be based in at least three different training sites – in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby . (Mark Wilson / Getty Images / AFP)

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby . (Mark Wilson / Getty Images / AFP)

Deployment orders could come as early as next week, with full deployment beginning in the next four to six weeks, Kirby said.

“I think you’ll start to see orders for some of those troops over the next four to six weeks. Some could be given orders very soon, perhaps as soon as within the next week or so. But they’ll flow in, I think, over the next four to six weeks,” he added.

However, Kirby said that recruiting has not yet started, and that opposition training would not begin before March.

The US is “working with the Syrian moderate opposition leadership to identify potential Syrian moderate groups from which recruiting could occur,” Kirby explained. After that, the rebels will have several months of training before they are sent into battle by the end of the year.

AFP Photo / Amr Radwan Al-Homsi

AFP Photo / Amr Radwan Al-Homsi

The training mission, according to Pentagon officials, will focus on reaching three goals.

First of all, the US plans to train the opposition in self-defense to protect the towns they control. Secondly, the US envisages the “moderate” opposition eventually starting an offensive against Islamic State forces. And finally, Kirby said, the trained fighters would “help work with political opposition leaders towards a political solution in Syria.”

Kirby also announced that trainers from other countries could join the effort to help tackle the Islamic State threat in Syria.

The $500 million training plan for Syrian insurgents was first proposed by the Pentagon in June last year. Congress first approved the measure in September for three months, and last month has extended the program through 2016.1,

Kuwait Imprisons Young Man for Tweets

Kuwaiti activist sentenced for insulting the Emir on Twitter


This statement was originally published on on 5 January 2015.The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the verdict handed down by the Kuwaiti Court of Cassation, against activist Saqr Al-Hashash on charges of insulting the Emir (The Prince).

On January 5, 2015, the Kuwaiti Court of Cassation sentenced the activist to one year and eight months in prison for insulting the Emir through tweets he posted on his personal Twitter account. Noticeably, the criminal court had previously acquitted Saqr Al-Hashash of that charge in two lawsuits lodged again him on the same accusations.

“This judgment is just one more in a series of verdicts that the Kuwaiti judicial system has handed down, in connection with insulting the Emir on Twitter. Such a matter is a clear violation of freedom of expression in the country,” ANHRI says.

ANHRI implores the Kuwaiti authorities to release the activist without delay and to drop all the charges pressed against him. Such a verdict, accordingly, breaches all international treaties and conventions on freedom of expression and human rights in general.

Color Revolution Bedoon–Kuwait’s Restless, Homeless People

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Unlike the majority of protesters in the Arab Spring, protesters in Kuwait have rallied against their government on issues anchored in basic human rights rather than on material needs.[1] Instead of trying to topple the government, the focus has been on checking the authority of the ruling family and holding it accountable to its citizens. Arising from these efforts is the plight of the “Bedoon” – the stateless – of Kuwait, who despite living there for decades, hold no nationality. The Arab Spring protests of 2011 invigorated their demands for citizenship but after months of rallying and campaigning, what progress have they achieved?

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A small Gulf country with just 3.7 million citizens, Kuwait has a median income of over USD 48,000, making it the 10th richest country in the world in 2012.[2] Indicative of its wealth, Kuwait provides its citizens with unparalleled benefits including free education, free healthcare, virtually guaranteed employment, and subsidized housing, electricity, and food. In 2011, in celebration of Kuwait’s 50th anniversary of independence and 20th anniversary since the Iraqi occupation, the Emir gave 1,000 Kuwaiti dinars, or USD 3,500, combined with 14 months of free food rations, to every citizen.[3]

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However, excluded from this relative privilege are around 180,000 Bedoon who claim Kuwaiti nationality but have not been able to obtain it for the past 50 years.[4] Because Kuwait does not officially recognize statelessness in its constitution, Bedoons have been termed “illegal residents” and found themselves discriminated against in many ways; they cannot obtain marriage licenses, driver’s licenses, or birth certificates, which resultantly makes owning property, traveling outside the country, or legally establishing a family, fairly impossible. Over time, their precarious position has contributed to increasing prejudice, poverty, and growing hopelessness for the future.[5]

The matter of statelessness in Kuwait began in 1959, in preparation for establishing independence from Britain. At that time, Kuwait instituted a new law setting out parameters of eligibility for Kuwaiti nationality, and government authorities attempted to identify and register all residents of Kuwait. However, many residents, primarily nomads living on the outskirts of Kuwait, fell through the cracks. Many failed to register themselves and their families because they were unaware of the nationality drive, or they were illiterate, or they simply failed to put stock in the importance and necessity of gaining citizenship. And indeed, for a time, the Bedoon benefitted from all the same economic and social benefits as Kuwaiti citizens except for the right to vote.[6] But between 1960 and 1987, the government began implementing laws that restricted the rights of the stateless and when the outbreak of the 1980 war between Iran and Iraq threatened internal stability in Kuwait, the Bedoon fell victim to the atmosphere of mistrust. In 1990 with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Bedoon were accused of being Iraqi accomplices even though it is estimated that as many as one third of the people killed by the Iraqi army were Bedoon.[7] This community was then deprived of their rights to education, health care, employment, and any form of documentation.[8] Since then, the Bedoon have been living in slum-like conditions on the outskirts of Kuwait, where they suffer numerous human rights violations.

In February 2011, as Arab Spring protests started spreading throughout the Arab world, Kuwait’s Bedoon also organized public demonstrations. But unlike the rest of the protesters in the Arab Spring, these protesters did not demand the overthrow of the regime but rather, they sought constitutional reforms that would give them their basic rights for citizenship and participation.[9] Thousands of Bedoon began gathering on Fridays, making a concerted effort to maintain peaceful protest by handing out flowers to the special forces guarding the demonstrations, offering tea and coffee to the police, and cleaning up garbage after the gatherings.[10] Nonetheless, State security forces cracked down on these demonstrations, dispersing protestors with tear gas, smoke bombs, and water cannons, beating them with batons, and arresting dozens of protesters.[11] Many women, children, elderly and disabled were detained for weeks on end. In one instance, security forces violently dispersed around 300 protesters in Taima, northwest of Kuwait City, and arrested 14 of them. The Ministry of Interior said protesters had committed “shameful acts,” such as trying to “burn tires and block roads.” But local rights activists told Human Rights Watch that the gathering was peaceful.[12] The detained Bedoon were subsequently freed after nearly two weeks.

By mid-January, Kuwait’s Interior Ministry had issued statements threateningdeportationfor any Bedoon – or any of their family members – who were caught demonstrating. The government also threatened dismissing stateless protesters who serve in the military or police and evicting them from public housing projects.[13] Multiple warnings were issued cautioning Bedoon not to gather in public spaces, citing Article 12 of the 1979 Public Gatherings law, which bars non-Kuwaitis from participating in public gatherings.[14]

Eventually, with the potential for protests to spiral out of control, Kuwait’s government began offering the prospect of reform. In March 2011, the head of the Bedoon committee, Saleh al-Fadhala, announced a package of eleven rights attained for Bedoon’s that included the right to civil documentation, education, health care, and work.[15] The government went even further when in January 2013, it issued national identification cards to 80,000 stateless Bedoons.[16] But amongst critics, these reforms were perceived as being short-term concessions aimed at circumventing further protests; although basic rights are important, the nationality issue must be addressed to ensure an adequate and fair resolution to the underlying problems of poverty, exclusion, and statelessness in Kuwait.[17]

Reports show that in the last 20 years, only 16,000 citizenship applications for Bedoon have been approved. Following the Arab Spring protests, interior minister Sheikh Ahmad Al Humoud Al Sabah, said they would start to naturalize some of the Bedoon, with as many as 34,000 stateless people

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qualifying for citizenship under Kuwait’s nationality law.[18] Still, this number falls considerably short of the estimated 180,000 Bedoon that live in Kuwait and so far, implementation has been slow. In March 2013, two years after the protests started, Kuwait passed a law to naturalize 4,000 Bedoon. State Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah al-Sabah, said the government hoped it would serve as a “foundation for resolving the Bedoon problem”.[19] However, these naturalizations have yet to happen and after the bill was issued, the wording was changed from 4,000 “Bedoon” to just 4,000 “foreigners,” which could essentially exclude the Bedoon or at least limit the number of them that eventually receive citizenship.[20]

Today, the statelessness issue remains one of the most hotly contested in Kuwait. On one hand, local activists condemn the humanitarian consequences of Kuwaiti government policies towards the Bedoon. On the other hand, some Kuwaiti citizens have protested against naturalizations that have already occurred, expressing that they would have had the effect of bolstering particular tribal constituencies.[21] Regardless, government inaction towards the plight of the Bedoon means that there are yet to be policies instituted that work towards remedying the problem. Thousands remain deprived of their basic political, economic, and social rights, limiting their ability to contribute to Kuwaiti society. As Mona Kareem, a Bedoon rights activist stated, Kuwaiti officials continue to emphasize that naturalization is “a sovereign decision and a right for the state to decide in accordance to its higher interests.” But instead, what must be clarified is that the naturalization of Bedoon does not need to be a sovereign decision, but a systematic process that meets the basic needs and demands of the Bedoon themselves.[22]

All links accessed on 27/05/2013[1] Khouri, Rami, “Kuwait’s Historic Civil Disobedience,” Agence Global, (20/4/2013)

[2] Saudi Gazette, “Qatar richest country in the world in 2012”, (14/3/2012)

[3] McLean, Jesse, “Life in Kuwait Too Good a Deal for Revolt,” Toronto Star, (16/2/2011)

[4] Refugees International, “Without Citizenship – Statelessness, discrimination, and repression in Kuwait”, (13/5/2011)

[5] Human Rights Watch, “Prisoners of the Past – Kuwaiti Bedoon and the Burden of Statelessness”, (06/2011)

[6] BBC, “Kuwait MPs Pass Law to Naturalize 4,000 Stateless Bidun”, (20/3/2013)

[7] Refugees International, “Without Citizenship – Statelessness, discrimination, and repression in Kuwait,” op.cit.

[8] Kareem, Mona, “Is Kuwait Serious About Bedoon Naturalization,” Al Monitor, (27/3/2013)

[9] Khouri, Rami, op.cit.

[10] Refugees International, “Kuwait: Bedoon Nationality Demands Can’t Be Silenced”, (3/5/2012)

[11] Human Rights Watch, “Prisoners of the Past – Kuwaiti Bedoon and the Burden of Statelessness”, op.cit.

[12] Bedoon Rights, “Human Rights Watch: 180 Bedoon were Tried”, (28/2/2013)

[13] Hilleary, Cecily, “In Kuwait’s Arab Spring, Bidun Fight for Citizenship”, Middle East Voices, (23/1/2012)

[14] Bedoon Rights, “Human Rights Watch: 180 Bedoon were Tried,” op.cit.

[15] Ibid.

[16] Valdini, Claire, “Kuwait Issues 80,000 ID Cards to Stateless Arabs,” Arabian Business, (20/1/2013)

[17] Refugees International, “Without Citizenship – Statelessness, discrimination, and repression in Kuwait”, op.cit.

[18] Valdini, Claire, op.cit.

[19] BBC, “Kuwait MPs Pass Law to Naturalize 4,000 Stateless Bidun,” op.cit.

[20] Amnesty, “Kuwait: Small Step Forward for Bidun Rights as 4,000 ‘Foreigners’ granted citizenship”, (21/3/13)

[21] Human Rights Watch, “Prisoners of the Past – Kuwaiti Bedoon and the Burden of Statelessness,” op.cit.

[22] Kareem, Mona, op.cit.

Belgian Police–Terrorist Cell Ops Run By Syria-Fighter From Greece

The home of the terrorists in Verviers

Plan for an attack known by wiretaps

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The terror cell that was preparing attacks in Belgium, was driven from Greece by a returned Syriëstrijder. That has a terror expert said Friday at the Belgian broadcaster VTM News.

Terror Expert Farouk Özgunes said the investigation was opened to the terror group between Christmas and New Year after a tip to the police about the telephone traffic of an inmate in a prison in Liege. The phone traffic according Özgunes showed that the detainee was in contact with a Syriëstrijder who had gone to Greece. Additionally telephoned Liège detainee often with his brother, one of the suspects Thursday in Verviers is slain.

eavesdrop The talks would the police have come behind the plan for an attack on the Belgian police. The man in Greece would have been the principal and led the operation. He would also have financed the terrorist cell.

Zionist EU Panics–Belgian Troops Also Mobilize To Guard Jewish Sites

Jan. 17, 2015: Belgian para-commandos patrol near a synagogue in the center of Antwerp, Belgium. (AP)

Belgian guards protect key sites across country

jews franceA French soldier secures the access to a Jewish school in Paris as part of the highest level of ‘Vigipirate’ security plan after last week’s terrorist attacks January 12, 2015.  Credit: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes


EU Follows Obama’s Lead Voting To Open the Armories of Europe for Ukraine

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Russia accuses European parliament of gunning for war

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President Petro Poroshenko gives a speech as he hands over new military equipment to the Ukrainian forces near the city of Zhytomyr, some 140 km from Kiev, on January 5, 2015.

Russian officials have accused the European Union of “militancy” in a bitter response to the Jan. 15 European parliament resolution giving member states carte blanche to supply arms to Ukraine.

The head of the Russian Federation Council committee on international affairs, Konstantin Kosachev, denounced the resolution as “especially militant.”

“The European parliamentarians discourage those who are trying to look for dialogue with Russia, not confrontation,” he said.

The European parliament condemned Russia’s “aggressive and expansionist policy, which constitutes a threat to the unity and independence of Ukraine and poses a potential threat to the EU itself.”

In its resolution, parliament urged the European Council to keep in place tough sanctions against Russia and even proposed broadening them into the nuclear and international financial sectors if Putin’s government continues to destabilize Ukraine.

The resolution went on to state that “there are now no objections or legal restrictions to prevent Member States from providing defensive arms to Ukraine” and that “the EU should explore ways to support the Ukrainian government in enhancing its defence capabilities and the protection of Ukraine’s external borders.”

Aleksey Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs Committee of the Russian Duma, called the resolution “banal and dangerous.”

“By calling to maintain and even enhance sanctions against Russia the European Parliament is supporting tension in Europe,” Pushkov added.

The European Parliament resolved to support the EU’s existing policy of refusing to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea and welcomed recently adopted additional sanctions on investment, services and trade relating to Crimea and Sevastopol.

It also highlighted Russia’s “information war” in Europe and called on the EU officials to develop a plan to counter Russian propaganda with their own Russian language programming.

Yet Ukraine was also disappointed with the resolution, which fell short of describing the Russian-backed separatists as terrorists.

President Petro Poroshenko had claimed on Jan. 13 that the European Parliament was preparing to call on the leaders of European Union to place the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic on their list of terrorist organizations.

But European MPs instead condemned “acts of terrorism and criminal behavior of the separatists and other irregular forces in eastern Ukraine,” adding that “according to credible sources, Russia continues to support the separatist militias through a steady flow of military equipment, mercenaries and regular Russian units, including main battle tanks, sophisticated anti-aircraft systems and artillery.”

The Russian war — using proxies and, when needed, Russian regular army troops — in eastern Ukraine has already taken more than 4,700 lives, according to United Nations estimates. On Dec. 18, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a law allowing for economic and military support to Ukraine, but the current American policy remains not to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons.

Kyiv Post staff writer Oksana Grytsenko can be reached at

Will Greece Nationalize Banks After Latest Bank-Run?

Draghi blackmails Greeks

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… and we haven’t even reached the election day
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It appears that ECB decided that will not buy Greek bonds, after the systemic banks of the country reported having liquidity problems, only a week before the crucial national elections. It’s important to remind that the Leftist party, SYRIZA, which is determined to terminate austerity policies, precedes in all polls.
From ZH:
Der Spiegel reports after the European close that ECB QE will not include Greek bonds due to their low rating… but will see national central banks buying own-country debt.”
… following yesterday’s report that two Greek banks had suffered sufficiently material deposit withdrawals to force them to apply for the unpopular and highly stigmatizing Emergency Liquidity Assistance program with the ECB, now the other two of Greece’s largest banks have also succumbed to reserve depletion after the Greek bank run appears to have gone viral. As Greek reports, now all four Greek banks have requested ELA assistance from the same ECB president who earlier today is said to have unceremoniously kicked out Greece from the ECB’s QE program.”
As predicted, more than two years ago:
… the ECB becomes a corresponding Fed in the European area, “serving” the problematic economies that are excluded from the bond markets, through the print of new money. Therefore, the problematic economies will be loaded with more and more debt which the ECB, i.e. the largest private European banks will hold. Someone could argue that is not something new, since nations were facing huge debts in previous years, because they were indebted to banks through the excessive borrowing from the markets. But in this case, there is an important difference that makes things much worse: it is the cruel conditions imposed by the ECB to states that need to buy money. States that are excluded from markets, are now trapped within the neoliberal economic empire of the eurozone and will be forced to follow new austerity measures every time they need ECB to buy their bonds.
Meanwhile, the banking-media dictatorship in Greece has launched a new propaganda war against SYRIZA’s MP, Rachel Makri this time, who stated that Greece could “print” up to 100 billion euros in an emergency situation. The systemic parrots in the mainstream media and various governmental officials, as well as others from pro-austerity parties, rushed to blame Makri as being irresponsible, dangerous, etc. Systemic-friendly trolls flooded internet with ironic uploads and Samaras’ party, New Democracy, made some tv spots in less than 24 hours, to point the supposed “irresponsibility” of Marki. Another indication that the system acts under absolute panic.
However, the reality is that the country does have the possibility to print euros by itself. In fact, this has been done already by another country, being under a memorandum program, like Greece.
From the Irish Independent, date 15/01/2011: “… the Central Bank of Ireland is financing €51bn of an emergency loan programme by printing its own money. […] A spokesman for the ECB said the Irish Central Bank is itself creating the money it is lending to banks, not borrowing cash from the ECB to fund the payments. The ECB spokesman said the Irish Central Bank can create its own funds if it deems it appropriate, as long as the ECB is notified.” (
Therefore, the systemic parrots either are lying, or, they should explain why wasn’t allowed to Greece to print its own euros. In any case, we know the answer: because Greece was chosen to be the “guinea pig” for the experiment of the most catastrophic neoliberal policies, and this experiment must be expanded throughout Europe at any cost.
We should wait to see how the ECB will react after the elections depending on the result. Under a specific scenario, already mentioned that “… the ECB will blackmail the government by threatening that will not purchase government bonds, therefore cut liquidity, in case that Greece choose a different path towards the reconstruction of the social state and labor rights, bringing minimum wage at pre-crisis levels, etc.”, and the only solution in this case, would be a fast reaction: “In case that SYRIZA has a secret agenda, and be pressed by the lenders beyond red lines, it could nationalize the central bank and return to the national currency, blowing up eurozone.” (
Otherwise, the officials of the European neoliberal economic empire may proceed to the last measure, which would be to remove the right of the eurozone countries to produce their own liquidity and be totally dependent on the ECB. Do they afraid SYRIZA that much? Probably not. What they afraid, is a domino of a rise of the Leftist parties in power in many European countries. As the old political system has been fully neoliberalized and has nothing to offer to the societies other than absolute destruction, the only way that was left, is blackmail. Maybe the time has come for the European people to fight and win the class war.
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