Capitalism and the Useful Nation State

"With the global collapse of credit, trade, production, employment, and public finances unfolding since 2007, the typical scramble commenced over who would finally have to bear the burden of the immense social costs flowing from that collapse. Enter the usefulness of the nation state. The state's "national debt" becomes everywhere the means to socialize the costs of private capitalism's crisis. It becomes clearer by the day that it is the mass of the citizenry that is being positioned to bear most of those costs."

Les contribuables islandais refusent de payer pour l'aveuglement des banques

Le peuple islandais vient de dire non. C'est une bonne nouvelle pour les peuples européens en proie aux diktats de plus en plus insupportables de l'industrie financière internationale, relayés par les gouvernements et l'Union européenne.

Le peuple islandais montre la voie !

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Communiqué Solidaires

Les Islandais ont décidé à plus de 90 % de rejeter la loi qui prévoyait que l'Islande devait rembourser 3,8 milliards d'euros au Royaume-Uni et aux Pays-bas pour indemniser les clients fortunés britanniques et néerlandais de la banque islandaise Icesave qui avaient perdu leurs avoirs lors de la crise financière.

Reykjavík protest march and responses to referendum

Video from the protest march in Reykjavík saturday March 6th, 2010 and links on the news of the referendum. Attac Iceland was one of the activist groups arranging the march which ended with meeting downtown on Austurvöllur where Parliament of the Street was founded.

Direct link to the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWt1elrRFog
Video of the meeting at Austurvollur following the march (by Dori Sig)

Jubilee Debt Campaign: Iceland voters should demand new debt system

Iceland voters should demand new debt system

Campaign group calls for arbitration over Icesave debts; new international system would help fight poverty

Jubilee Debt Campaign (1) has called for an arbitration system to be established to settle the Icesave debt row, as Iceland’s voters go to the polls on whether to accept British and Dutch repayment terms tomorrow (2). They believe a ‘no’ vote in Iceland should prompt a radical shake-up in the way international debt is handled, which would mean that debts are not used as an justification for creditors forcing unjust measures onto debtor countries.

Alþingi götunnar stofnað

Yfirlýsing frá Alþingi götunnar

Við erum hér saman komin í dag til að stofna Alþingi götunnar.

Hagsmunir fjármagnseigenda og innanbúðarmanna hafa ráðið för á Íslandi eftir hrun eins og fyrir hrun. Hagsmunir almennings hafa ekki hljómgrunn hjá stjórnvöldum nema í aðdragenda kosninga.

Fréttatilkynning frá grasrótinni

Nú hafa nokkrir grasrótarhópar ákveðið að standa fyrir kröfugöngu frá Hlemmi laugardaginn 6. mars kl 14. Gengið verður niður Laugarveginn og að lokinni göngu verður haldinn útifundur á Austurvelli kl. 15.

Ræðumenn verða Andrés Magnússon læknir og Júlíus Valdimarsson húmanisti.
Áfundinum verður Alþingi götunnar stofnað. Magnús Þór Sigmundsson mun syngja.

Hljómsveitin Stjörnuryk mun flytja lag.

Helstu áhersluatriði Alþingis götunnar eru:

Les Islandais n'ont pas dit leur dernier mot…

Après avoir plongé dans la misère les peuples du Sud en endettant leurs Etats, le FMI (Fonds monétaire international) s'attaque maintenant aux peuples européens, frappés de plein fouet par la crise capitaliste internationale. Les Agences de notations, outils au service de l'oligarchie financière, jouent quant à elles pleinement leur rôle dans la course à la rentabilité sur le marché de la dette, en n'hésitant pas à sanctionner financièrement les moindres faux-pas des pays affaiblis par la crise.

Icelanders owe nothing.

By calling voters to a referendum on the subject of Icelandic taxpayers taking on the debt of Icesave bank, President Grimsson caused shock waves to break out in the world's financial community. For the first time during this global financial crisis, a country was challenging its "sovereign" debt - the debt of a nation represented by its government - and repayment of which was being sought by two European countries, Great Britain and the Netherlands.

Les Islandais ne doivent pas payer. RÉFLEXION SUR LA FAILLITE DE LA BANQUE ICESAVE.

En convoquant les électeurs islandais à un referendum sur la prise charge de la dette de la Banque Icesave par les contribuables , le Président Grimsson a provoqué une onde de choc dans la communauté financière mondiale. Pour la première fois dans cette crise financière globale, un pays récuserait sa dette " souveraine ", c'est-à-dire la dette de la Nation représentée par son gouvernement, et réclamée par deux autres pays européens, la Grande-Bretagne et les Pays Bas.

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