OECD hvetur Íslendinga til að opna dyrnar fyrir hamfarakapítalistunum

Lengi lifi samkeppninLengi lifi samkeppninNýfrjálshyggjustofnunin Efnahags- og framfarastofnun Evrópu var að senda aðildarríkjum sínum leibeiningar um hvað beri að gera til að ná fram auknum hagvexti 2011. Umbæturnar sem Ísland þarf að ráðast í að mati spekinga stofnunarinnar eru mjög í anda hruninnar hugmyndafræði nýfrjálshyggjunnar: auka afkastagetu skólakerfisins; draga úr styrkjum til landbúnaðarins og tollverndinni; og síðast, en ekki síst, auðvelda aðgengi erlendra, en líka innlendra, fjárfesta að orkuiðnaðinum og sjávarútveginum. Allt í nafni trúarjátningarinnar um frjálsa markaðinn og samkeppnina. (Sjá viðhengi)

Islande : NON et encore NON !

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Le 9 avril 2011, les Islandais ont refusé, à près de 60%, de payer pour assumer les erreurs de ceux qui ont conduit leur pays dans l’abîme. Ils ont une nouvelle fois refusé par référendum l’accord Icesave, qui prévoit que l’État indemnise les centaines de milliers d’épargnants britanniques et néerlandais ayant perdu de l’argent lors de la faillite de cette banque en ligne en 2008.

Why Iceland Voted ‘No” to the Diktats of the Creditor Banks

About 75% of Iceland’s voters turned out on Saturday to reject the Social Democratic-Green government’s proposal to pay $5.2 billion to the British and Dutch bank insurance agencies for the Landsbanki-Icesave collapse. Every one of Iceland’s six electoral districts voted in the “No” column – by a national margin of 60% (down from 93% in January 2010).

Icelanders Vote on Predatory Bailout: Nyet

In his April 8 article headlined, "The Economic Crisis in Iceland: 'IMF Medicine' is not the Solution," Michael Hudson asked:

"Will Iceland Vote 'No' on April 9, or commit financial suicide," their choice being:

Reject debt bondage or "subject their economy to decades of poverty, bankruptcy and emigration of their work force."

Le message des Islandais aux peuples d'Europe: ne payez pas pour la finance !

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Les Islandais viennent de refuser de payer pour la faillite des banques : ils ont dit "non" le samedi 9 avril par référendum, comme il l'avaient fait en mars 2010. Ce " non" a été soutenu par de nombreuses organisations de la société civile, dont Attac Islande. Non au remboursement de 3,9 milliards d'euros (soit 12 000 euros par habitant islandais, hors intérêts !) au Royaume-Uni et aux Pays-Bas : ces deux pays exigent de l'Islande qu'elle rembourse les sommes qu'ils ont dépensées pour dédommager les clients affectés par la faillite de la banque privée islandaise Icesave.

Attac á Íslandi óskar þjóðinni til hamingju með þjóðaratkvæðagreiðsluna um Icesave

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Attac á Íslandi óskar þjóðinni til hamingju með þjóðaratkvæðagreiðsluna um Icesave á morgun. Með því að krefjast þess að greidd verði atkvæði um Icesave hefur almenningur sent þau skilaboð bæði til stjórnvalda á Íslandi og til umheimsins að hann borgi ekki þegjandi og hljóðalaust skuldir einkabanka. Íslenska þjóðin hefur sýnt að hún samþykkir ekki umyrðalaust að stjórnvöld þjóðnýti tap fjárglæframanna og sendi almenningi rekninginn.

Will Iceland Vote "No" on April 9, or commit financial suicide?

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A year ago, in March 2010, Iceland's economy was so small that it did not warrant much attention when 93% of its voters rejected the Social Democratic-Green government's surrender to Gordon Brown and the Dutch, the European Union (EU) bureaucracy and IMF demands that it impose austerity as penance for believing the neoliberal fairy tales about how bank deregulation and "free markets" would make it the richest, happiest country in the world. Indeed it seemed to be, according to United Nations data.

Iceland, fight this injustice

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Saturday's referendum is a chance for Icelanders to strike at the conspiracy that leaves us all bailing out financiers

On Saturday the Icelandic people vote in a referendum on whether the Icelandic state and thus the citizens should guarantee the so-called Icesave claim. Icesave was a bank deposit account that promised market-leading interest rates. When the bank failed, the question arose if the Icelandic depositors' guarantee fund - a private institution financed by the banks - should have taxpayer backing. Instead of letting depositors lose their money or even wait for compensation from the bankruptcy estate, the governments of the UK and Netherlands (where the Icesave products where marketed) decided to reimburse depositors from their own countries. The reimbursement included the full principal, while the recklessly high-interest profits of the risk-seeking depositors were thrown in as a bonus.

Letter from Iceland on IceSave

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In yet another turn of the IceSave saga, the people of Iceland are to vote on Saturday in yet another referendum on whether to accept collective responsibility for the debts of the failed Icelandic bank IceSave. We have received a following letter from a group of Icelanders which we republish here with our comments.

Letter to Dominique Strauss-Kahn and José Manuel Barroso ahead of Iceland national referendum

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Thanks to Helga Thordardottir for sending a copy of a letter sent to Dominique Strauss-Kahn and José Manuel Barroso ahead of the national referendum in Iceland on April 9th.

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