AVE MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
Spaniards protest violence, budget cuts ~ link ~
The protesters on Wednesday marched behind a large banner that read, "We are the people, not the enemy" during the fifth day of demonstrations against the police violence and the budget cuts in central Valencia as a police helicopter flew overhead.
On Monday, baton-wielding riot police charged a protest against the budget cuts, beating the demonstrators and leaving several people bleeding. Dozens of others, including minors, were arrested.
Police brutality accusations as protests span Spain - with video ~ link ~ The Spanish are growing tired of the global banksters austerity fascism. Stirling
Salary cutbacks (called "unified payroll") for contract workers at the public sector set to be finalized today. Cuts to be valid retroactively since november 2011. Expected result: Up to 64.000 people will work without salary this month, or even be asked to return money. Amongst them 21.000 teachers, 13.000 municipal employees and 30.000 civil servants.
The recent dramatic events in Greece over its debt crisis have revealed an emerging spirit of resistance within the Greek population, a clear example of whom is 87 year-old Theodorakis, who fought the Nazi occupation during the World-War II.
Theodorakis says the Greece economic catastrophe is the result of the enormous purchasing of war materials from foreign countries. “Germans, for instance, as well as the French, English and Americans, earned billions of Euros from annual sales of war materials, to the detriment of our national wealth,” he says.
According to Western security officials China, which is Iran's largest oil trading partner, is playing a major role in helping Iran to avoid the sanctions. Instead of transferring payments to Iran owed from oil purchases, Chinese banks are using the money to buy goods on behalf of the Iranians and then shipping them to Iran.