September 1979. Streizyk and Wetzel families wanted to start a new life in the free Europe. They crossed the frontier between East and West Germany travelling in a hot air balloon. When they landed on a hill near Naila, in West Germany, Peter Streizyk and Gunter Wetzel explored the area and found two police officers. Immediately the police officers helped them and picked up the rest of members of the families. Red Cross and the mayor of Naila took in both families until they got home and job. A film was made about the great feat of these heroes who got to go through the Iron Curtain (Escaping the Berlin Wall by hot air balloon).
February 2014. Larios Fotio, 19 years old, wanted to start a new life in the free Europe. He traveled from Cameroon to Morocco and then tried to cross the frontier between Morocco and Ceuta (Spanish city on north coast of Africa); he and a group of people tried to reach the Spanish side of the coast swimming. Some of them, including Larios, got to arrive near. But on the Spanish beach there were agents of Civil Guard, armed with riot control equipment. The guards fired tear gas to the exhausted people at the sea, making difficult to breathe and swim. Then, also the guards fired rubber bullets against their heads. Larios and other 14 people drowned before the impassive gaze of the Spanish Guards. (Spain: Ceuta migrant tragedy – deplorable disregard for human life)
Why Peter Streizyk was treated like a heroe and Larios Fotio was killed like a dangerous criminal? What has changed over the years?
Dominique Strauss-Khan: IMF managing director between 1 November 2007 and 18 May 2011. Arrested on 18 May 2011 accused of sexual assault. On 26 july 2013, accused of aggravated pimping.
Christine Lagarde: IMF managing director since 5 July 2011. Since August 2011, investigated in a case of misuse of power and neglicence. Not arrested yet.
This is a good moment to remind “Enough is enough” (also known as “Dear Mr. Camdessus”), the letter written in 1988 by Davison L. Budhoo, an economist who was working in the IMF during 12 years. Michel Camdessus was the IMF managing director between 1987 and 2000.
“Today I resigned from the staff of the International Monetary Fund after over twelve years, and after over 1000 days of official Fund work on the field, hawking your medicines and your bag of tricks to governments and to peoples in Latin American and the Caribbean and Africa. To me resignation is a priceless liberation, for with it I have taken the first big step to that place where I may hope to wash my hands of what in my mind’s eye is the blood of millions of poor and starving peoples. Mr. Camdessus, the blood is so much, you know, it runs in rivers. It dries up too; it cakes all over me; sometimes I feel that there is not enough soap in the whole world to cleanse me from the things I did do in your name and in the name of your predecessors, and under your official seal.”
Here is the complete letter. Davison explains with details the methods that the IMF used to destroy the economy of Trinidad and Tobago, to offer financing later imposing IMF’s conditions: deregulation, privatization and cuts to social spending, the holy trinity of neoliberalism.
Some people are surprised by the fact that the three last IMF managing director are alleged criminals. I would be surprised if a honest person accepted that post in a criminal organization as the IMF is.
Yesterday the Spanish regime passed the Gag Law which makes this country to return to Francoism. Thousands of people protesting against this law wasn’t enough, either the international criticisms from United Nations, Council of Europe, Amnesty International, Greenpeace and other international organizations… all was useless, yesterday the Gag Law was voted by the Franco followers of the party in the government.
So, it’s already official: Spain isn’t a democracy, not even for the usual parameters in Western world. I’m ashamed of being Spanish.
In the last months, since Syriza won elections at Greece (25/01/2015) and even before the elections if people didn’t vote whom banks wanted, the European boss Merkel is threatening Greek people with their expulsion from the euro. Even there is a new word for this terrible event, Grexit.
It’s known that Western “democracy” is a political system where everyone can freely vote, always that majority vote those the elite wish. If majority vote others, as Greek people did voting Syriza, then that people must be punished, even sometimes a coup d’etat must be done to restore the suitable limits to the “democracy”.
Well, let’s examine the German threat. Is it a threat? I mean, would it be bad for Greek people leaving the euro, or would it be good? Of course, mainstream media warn the apocalypse for Greece if Germany decide to expel them. (An aside before continuing: yes, I know, it’s supposed that European Union is an alliance between countries where a nation can’t impose their preferences over the rest and so Germany can’t ban a country; ok, but now let’s come back to the real world, Germany decide, period).