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May 10, 2012

The Cedar Lounge Revolution

Thanks to OireachtasRetort for linking to this post here from Paul Mason, Economics Editor at BBC Newsnight. What’s remarkable on reading this is how the economic actions of the the Troika have cut against the Articles of the Lisbon Treaty… that being Articles 3.1 and 3.3. These being the ones which refer to the promotion of peace and well being of its peoples, social progress and combating social exclusion. and promoting social justice and protection. These aren’t small things. These are right up there in the stated goals of the European Union. This is, if one likes, the raison d’être of the Union.

Does that sound like hyperbole? It shouldn’t. Last year an independent expert reporting to the UNHCR made the point that:

“The implementation of the second package of austerity measures and structural reforms, which includes a wholesale privatization of state-owned enterprises and assets, is likely to have a…

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