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President Obama Says Greece Needs "Growth Strategy," Criticizes Austerity

 

President Obama criticized Greek austerity programs in an interview that aired on CNN on Sunday. The United States President said: “You cannot keep on squeezing countries that are in the midst of depression.” Obama called on all sides to compromise and argued, "when you have an economy that is in a free fall there has to be a growth strategy and not simply the effort to squeeze more and more out of a population that is hurting." His comments follow French Finance Minister Michel Sapin's call for a "new contract" between Greece and Europe. The anti-austerity Syriza party won Greece's elections and is seeking to renegotiate Greek debt. Greece is the third-most indebted country in the world.

"Austerity simply doesn't work," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious financial reform organization Jubilee USA. "I think President Obama and French leaders understand there needs to be an alternative."

Mr. Sapin met Sunday with Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and said Europe should review austerity policies within the Eurozone. The French minister said Europe should also discuss Greece's debt situation and he and President Obama both called on Greece to make internal reforms. Greece began a series of austerity measures in 2010 as part of its emergency loan from the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and European Union. Since 2010, Greek unemployment doubled and the country lost 400,000 jobs in 2012. The Greek economy contracted every fiscal quarter for five years.

"Because of debt and austerity policies, Greece's economy and people are hurting," noted LeCompte. "There is growing consensus for rethinking these issues."

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 400 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org 

 

 

United Nations Commission: Cancel Debt for Ebola Countries Report: West Africa Needs Debt Relief to Address Economic Challenges

 

 

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) released a report calling for debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries. The new report, "A Case for External Debt Cancellation for Ebola-Affected Countries," calls on multilateral institutions and governments to cancel Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea's debts. The report argues debt relief would provide necessary "breathing space" to address the region's economic challenges. All three countries are ranked in the bottom 15 in the United Nations' Human Development Index.

 "West Africa needs debt relief," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the debt relief organization Jubilee USA. "Debt relief will not only fight Ebola, it will also provide a long-term investment in healthcare for the countries."

UNECA first called for debt relief in December. In November, the United States government called for $100 million in debt relief and took its plan to the G20. At the request of the G20, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is currently considering a $300 million financing package that could include debt relief. In January, Guinea President Alpha Conde called for IMF debt relief. Guinea, where the outbreak began, spent more money on debt than on public health in the year before the epidemic began. All three countries have poverty rates above 50%.

"There is growing consensus for action," noted LeCompte, who serves on UN expert groups on debt. "Debt relief can provide additional financing the countries need."

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 400 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

 

1 - 9 - 015 show- HoustonIndyMedia on Pacifica Houston 90.1 FM

 

The attack against Charlie Hebdo

Down with the Union Sacrée! Down with the bourgeois Republic!

 

No to religious wars! No to imperialist democracy!


34 countries, 17 states represented "100,000 Tweets for Oscar" Campaign Reaches over 500,000 people

Over 500,000 people were reached on January 6, 2015, Oscar's 72nd birthday, as the National Boricua Human Rights Network and La Respuesta coordinated the "Social Media Campaign for Oscar López." Using various hashtags (e.g. #freeoscarlopez, #gift4oscar, #regalopaoscar) on Twitter primarily, but also Facebook and Instagram, the campaign publicly brought together a broad spectrum of supporters, from Calle 13's René Pérez to actor Luis Guzmán; from NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito to Congress members Nydia Velázquez and Luis Gutiérrez, from blogs like Latino Rebels to newspapers like El Nuevo Día.

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Elected city and state elected officials from three different states also supported the social media campaign: State Representative Leslie Acosta and Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quiñonez in Pennsylvania; Chicago Alderman Roberto Maldonado, and State Representative Cynthia Soto in Illinois. Organized labor contributed: 1199 and Labor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)'s Facebook page also carried the message.

 In Puerto Rico, the campaign was tweeted and posted on Twitter and sometimes Facebook by former governor Aníbal Acevedo Vila; the Puerto Rico Department of Labor; pro-independence organizations, including the Movimiento Pro-Independencia Nacional Hostosiano; and the committees working for Oscar's freedom: the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico and 32x0scar.

 Popular blogs/newspapers also mentioned the campaign in the days leading up to January 6. Thanks go out to Latino Rebels, 80Grados, El Nuevo Día online, Telesur, and Primera Hora, as well as the German online blog "Derstandard," the Japanese "AppleDaily," and Mexico's APIAvirtual.net.

 Activist and movement-based organizations such as Jericho Network, Leonard Peltier Support Committee, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Committee, and Irish and Palestine support committees also posted to Facebook and Twitter.

 Community-based and educational organizations that also contributed are: El Puente in Brooklyn, Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia, Roberto Clemente Community Academy, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School. Tweets came from IN, NY, CA, HI, OH, FL, CT, TN, MD, MN, GA, WDC, MI, MA, RI, PA, and IL.

 The international community was present with Tweets from 34 countries: Malaysia, Austria, Romania, Peru, Panama, Sri Lanka, Australia, Turkey, Portugal, Kosovo, Uruguay, Lebanon, Ghana, Netherlands, Israel, Brazil, Guatemala, Algeria, Spain, Venezuela, Canada, Dominican Republic, Argentina, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Romania, Morocco, Mexico, Chile, India, France, Ecuador, Italy, Puerto Rico, and the United States.

 Many people also participated in creative by highlighting their talents such as writing songs, sewing puppets, baking cakes, and producing original artwork as their 'gift' for Oscar.

 La Respuesta and the Network would like to thank everyone for this amazing act of solidarity and faith, a small step on the long road to Oscar's freedom.

 

Audio from after the HB2 hearing in NOLA.

 Audio from after the HB2 hearing at the 5th circuit court of appeal in New Orleans. People showed up from all over : Donna, McAllen, Brownsville, Austin, Houston, Jackson MI.

 

For video visit youtube.com/houstonindymedia

For audio of the hearing go to http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/OralArgRecordings/14/14-50928_1-7-2015.mp3

OECD Takes Strong Stance on Corporate Tax Avoidance

 

Biz Stone in Conversation with Steven Johnson at SXSW 2014

Join Twitter co-founder, Jelly co-founder and author of 'Things A Little Bird Told Me,' Biz Stone, with Steven Johnson, celebrated author and now host of PBS' How We Got To Now', in conversation about our connected society, the science and nature of collaborative networks, creativity, and how great ideas are born into existence.

Videography/Editing by Jeffry Zavala.

Produced for Waywire. 

Post by Grace Alfar

The Shortwave Report 01/17/14 Listen Globally!

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (January 17) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
NEW PODCAST!!!- feed://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml  (128kb Highest Quality)
 
     This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, and Spanish National Radio.
    From GERMANY- Germany plans to continue pushing for the NSA to cease spying on German government ministers. Two reports on the widely boycotted constitutional referendum in Egypt. A court in Ukraine has banned rallies in the center of the capitol Kiev. Same sex relationships have been banned in Nigeria, following similar laws recently adopted in Uganda. Afghan President Karzai says that 7 children were killed in a US military attack this week.
    From CUBA- Afghan President Karzai has ordered the release of 72 prisoners held by US forces. The International Criminal Court has been asked to examine the actions of former British cabinet members and troops over claims of torture in Iraq. Argentina says it will take legal action against companies exploring for oil in the Malvinas Islands, called the Falklands by British colonial forces.
    From JAPAN- Two reports on protests in Thailand calling for the immediate resignation of the Prime Minister and a delay of elections. An NHK poll shows that the Japanese people are divided on exercising the right to collective self-defense to help an ally that comes under attack. Renewable energy accounted for a record 23% of total electric power generation in Germany last year- Germany plans to end nuclear power by 2022 and have 80% of energy from renewable sources by 2050.
     From RUSSIA- An interview with Professor Chris Busby, the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risks- they discuss the actual dangers of the radiation released by the disaster in Fukushima.
     From SPAIN- In Spain, opposition to the proposed new restrictions on abortion is growing- in the European Parliament more than half of the members oppose the law calling it a violation of human rights. A press review on the huge demonstration in Bilbao in support of ETA prisoners and Basque independence.
 
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line -

 

I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer.  
TIME SLOT on KZYX! This program will be aired on Sunday afternoon at 4pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org > 
 
I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
links for this week's edition- 
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr140117.mp3 > (27 MB) HIGHEST QUALITY
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_01_17_14.mp3 > (16MB) Broadcast Quality
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_01_17_14_24.mp3> (6MB) Slow Modem streaming
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"The best hope is that one of these days the ground will get disgusted enough just to walk away - leaving people with nothing more to stand ON than what they have so bloody well stood FOR up to now."
-- Kenneth Patchen
 
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Supreme Court Decides to Hear Argentine Objection to Predatory Hedge Funds Targeting Argentine Assets Outside of United States

 

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