Riot police early Monday cleared the encampment in the Place de la Republique in central Paris after 11 nights of protest, but demonstrators have vowed to maintain their nightly vigil.
Demonstrations this weekend were held in as many as 60 cities and towns across France as well as in Belgium, Germany, and Spain, according to reports, as an estimated 120,000 protested against austerity, globalization, increasing inequality, privatization, and the continent’s severe anti-migrant policies.
What began as a rebuke of the state’s anti-labor policies has grown into a nation-wide pro-democracy movement that has been likened to the Indignados movement in Spain, or theOccupy protests in the United States.
Europe in Crisis: It has gotten so bad in Europe that even Eurocrats begin to worry ~ link ~ The combination of the Arab Muslim invasion of Europe and the support of same by the European political establishments, the on-going Global Economic Depression and fears of a soon-to-happen Global Economic Crash, Austerity Fascism, and the rise of the 21'st Century European Police State, and a EU that is not responsive to the masses, are freaking out people throughout Europe (and the World for that matter)! The people want systems that work for them ... Not the top 0.0001%. Stirling
You know that things are bad when even the firmest believers begin questioning their faith. That’s what’s starting to happen in Europe, where the EU faces a dizzying constellation of threats and challenges and even the staunchest of eurocrats are beginning to express doubts.
Many people have lost trust in “entire institutions, whether national or European,” laments European Parliament Chief Martin Schulz. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine, he warned over a possible “implosion of the EU” due to the blossoming Euroskeptic movements in member states.
Panama Papers have made Radical Change POSSIBLE ~ link ~ Do take the time to read all of this excellent article at the link. Stirling
The Panama Papers will likely become a dividing point in world history. We can divide modern world history into pre and post 911 periods. The previous dividing point in our history was the assassination of President Kennedy and the resulting Vietnam War.
The Resistance Movement must now Double Down because the Panama Papers will give us wings. We will need to explain to the average citizen what the Uber Rich did and are doing to us as we head to the conventions. But the Panama Papers will increase the anger voters feel about the people who think they own our government.
The alternative is that we let the Uber Rich continue to run things. They would probably let a billion people starve to death, kill tens of millions in Race Wars and release a series of plagues to kill a few billion more of us. We cannot accept the future they have planned for us.
Damaged USN Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth to return to San Diego Port under Own Power ~ link ~ The littoral combat ships have become another very expensive Pentagon boondoggle. Stirling
The bombshell publication of the “Panama Papers,” leaked from a Panama law firm specializing in shell companies, has triggered both outrage and skepticism. In an April 3 article titled “Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak,” UK blogger Craig Murray writes that the whistleblower no doubt had good intentions; but he made the mistake of leaking his 11.5 million documents to the corporate-controlled Western media, which released only those few documents incriminating opponents of Western financial interests. Murray writes:
IMF: Financial Instability Is Far From Over ~ link ~
Behind such remarks are the growing fears in ruling circles of social and political upheaval in the event of another financial crisis or major economic downturn.
These concerns are being fueled by the recognition that there is a deepening hostility among broad masses of the population to the political establishment and a realization, as reflected in the Panama Papers tax scandal, that as the ruling elites impose never-ending austerity, they are engaged in criminal activities to salt away vast fortunes.
GOP crisis deepens over prospect of a Contested Convention ~ link ~
Trump continues to lead the contest for the Republican nomination and could still prevail on the first ballot, according to numerous media tallies, depending on the outcome of the remaining primary contests. The current estimate is 755 delegates pledged to Trump, with 545 for Cruz and only 143 for Kasich. Another 172 delegates remain pledged to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who has suspended his campaign, and there are about 200 delegates unpledged to any candidate.
Trump would need to win just over 60 percent of the 854 delegates who remain to be selected in 16 primaries on three main dates: New York on April 19; five East Coast states on April 26; and the last five states, including California and New Jersey, on June 7.
King Abdullah II of Jordan to restore Jesus's Tomb in Jerusalem ~ link ~