Archive for August 22nd, 2015

22/08/2015

The Magician’s Apprentice

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

22 August 2015

ONE HAS to choose: Binyamin Netanyahu is either incredibly shrewd or incredibly foolish.

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

Take his Iran policy. Actually, there is little to choose from. Netanyahu has no other policy to speak off.

According to him, Iran constitutes a mortal danger to Israel. If it obtains a nuclear weapon, God forbid, it will use it to annihilate Israel. It must be stopped by any means, preferably by American armed intervention.

This may be quite wrong (as I believe). But it makes sense.

So what did Netanyahu do?

FOR YEARS, he alarmed the world. Every day the cry went out: Save Israel! Prevent the destruction of the Jewish State! Prevent a Second Holocaust! Prevent Iran from producing The Bomb!

The world did not take any notice. It was busy with many other matters. There are crises galore everywhere, all the time. Economic depressions. Plagues. The warming of the earth.

But Netanyahu did not let off. He used every rostrum, from the Knesset to the United States Congress, to shout his message.

At long last, a weary world paid heed. OK, the Jews warn of the Iranian bomb? So let’s do something to prevent it. Not just something. No. Let’s get all the great powers of the world together to compel Iran to end this nonsense.

And they did. The USA, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – practically the whole world – commanded Iran to start negotiations.

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22/08/2015

Misinformation Hides Real Dimension of Greek “Bailout”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*
 
SAN SALVADOR, 22 August 2015 –– The long saga on Greece is apparently over – European institutions have given Athens a third bailout of 86 billion euros which, combined with the previous two, makes a grand total of 240 billion euros.

**Greece's debt percentage since 1977, compared to the average of the Eurozone | Author: Spitzl | Wikimedia Commons.

**Greece’s debt percentage since 1977, compared to the average of the Eurozone | Author: Spitzl | Wikimedia Commons.

There is no doubt that the large majority of European citizens are convinced that this is a great example of solidarity, and that if Greece is not now able to walk on its own feet, the responsibility will lie solely with Greek citizens and their government.

But this is only due to the fact that the media system has, by and large, ceased to provide alternative views … and some people even ignore that the bailout is a loan, and therefore increases the country’s debt.

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