"Inside the HQ of the 'militant dads' " and other lovers of liberty and justice.
"See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She
once was full of
justice; righteousness used to dwell in her -- but now murderers! Your
rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase
after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the
case does not come before them." Isaiah 1: 21, 23
People of Iceland take back their rights, and form new government with new Constitution.
An Italian radio program’s story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world. Americans may remember that at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland literally went bankrupt. The reasons were mentioned only in passing, and since then, this little-known member of the European Union fell back into oblivion.
As one European country after another fails or risks failing, imperiling the Euro, with repercussions for the entire world, the last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example. Here’s why:
Five years of a pure neo-liberal regime had made Iceland, (population 320 thousand, no army), one of the richest countries in the world. In 2003 all the country’s banks were privatized, and in an effort to attract foreign investors, they offered on-line banking whose minimal costs allowed them to offer relatively high rates of return. The accounts, called IceSave, attracted many English and Dutch small investors. But as investments grew, so did the banks’ foreign debt.
In 2003 Iceland’s debt was equal to 200 times its GNP, but in 2007, it was 900 percent. The 2008 world financial crisis was the coup de grace. The three main Icelandic banks, Landbanki, Kapthing and Glitnir, went belly up and were nationalized, while the Kroner lost 85% of its value with respect to the Euro. At the end of the year Iceland declared bankruptcy…
What happened next was extraordinary. The belief that citizens had to pay for the mistakes of a financial monopoly, that an entire nation must be taxed to pay off private debts was shattered, transforming the relationship between citizens and their political institutions and eventually driving Iceland’s leaders to the side of their constituents. The Head of State, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, refused to ratify the law that would have made Iceland’s citizens responsible for its bankers’ debts, and accepted calls for a referendum.
Of course the international community only increased the pressure on Iceland. Great Britain and Holland threatened dire reprisals that would isolate the country…
In the March 2010 referendum, 93% voted against repayment of the debt. The IMF immediately froze its loan. But the revolution (though not televised in the United States), would not be intimidated. With the support of a furious citizenry, the government launched civil and penal investigations into those responsible for the financial crisis. Interpol put out an international arrest warrant for the ex-president of Kaupthing, Sigurdur Einarsson, as the other bankers implicated in the crash fled the country.
But Icelanders didn’t stop there: they decided to draft a new constitution that would free the country from the exaggerated power of international finance and virtual money.
To write the new constitution, the people of Iceland elected twenty-five citizens from among 522 adults not belonging to any political party but recommended by at least thirty citizens. This document was not the work of a handful of politicians, but was written on the internet.
Refusing to bow to foreign interests, that small country stated loud and clear that the people are sovereign.
“It was the latest in a series of protests in the capital since October’s banking collapse crippled the island’s economy. At least five people were injured and Hordur Torfason, a well-known singer in Iceland and the main organiser of the protests, said the protests would continue until the government stepped down,” reports the Scotsman.
As crowds gathered in the drizzle before the Althing, the Icelandic parliament, on Saturday, Mr Torfason said: “They don’t have our trust and they are no longer legitimate.”
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IoS Investigation: The 'IoS' looks on as a secret, military-style operation is
planned, complete with decoy suspect
By Jonathan Thompso
More than 50 fathers are planning campaigns of civil disobedience to bring mass
disruption to Britain's roads and courts in the coming weeks, The Independent on
Sunday can reveal, as 21-year-old drama student Darryl Westell spends his third
day on a crane above the offices of the children's minister, Margaret Hodge.
The IoS has gained unprecedented access to the secretive world of Fathers 4
Justice, which first came to public attention in October when two men dressed as
Batman and Robin scaled the roof of the Royal Courts of Justice and unfurled a
banner proclaiming: "Caped Crusaders for Justice, Stop Family Law Injustice
The group maintains that many fathers are being wrongly or even illegally denied
access to their children. The organisation has achieved huge publicity and a
growing number of radicalised recruits - as many as 10,000 members by next May,
reckon its leaders. But the controversial group has been criticised for its
hardline stance, the disruption caused by its stunts, and the cost to the
taxpayer of policing them.
Its campaign gained huge publicity in November when an activist dressed as
Spiderman brought London traffic to a standstill and closed roads by occupying a
crane above Tower Bridge for six days.
But that, it seems, was only the start. In a luxury, two-bedroom flat in the
City of London, the group met on Thursday to plot its latest stunt. Bankrolled
by, among others, a wealthy stockbroker who lives in the flat, seven men - an
inner circle of Fathers 4 Justice activists - briefed their new volunteer,
promising an escalation in the group's activities.
Fathers 4 Justice told the IoS that the group now has more than 50 fathers ready
to volunteer to climb a crane, scale buildings, invade courtrooms or block major
By Thursday night Mr Westell was receiving his military-style briefing. Like a
Hollywood movie bank job, every detail was picked over, each piece of equipment
double-checked. Digital photographs of the target building site in Great Peter
Street in central London were analysed for weaknesses and possible points of
entry. One member of the group had brought a crowbar to break any locks.
This was the group's third protest in a week. Five men stood on top of a
pedestrian walkway in Liverpool on Thursday, forcing police to close the road
below. On the A40 in London on Wednesday morning another disgruntled dad
performed a similar stunt whose main repercussion was general traffic chaos,
which prevented Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi, reaching the BBC's Today studio
in time for his "Thought for the Day".
"We are moving towards a campaign of civil disruption," promised Matt O'Connor,
the founder of Fathers 4 Justice, "We are going to step it up a gear in 2004. By
the summer we will have an army of 10,000 people to enforce the changes we want.
They are literally queuing up to break the law. But we are committed to
peaceful, non-violent protest."
Mr O'Connor was speaking on Friday, the day after the Thursday night stunt was
planned. He wasn't at the Barbican flat because he is convinced he is being
followed by police, and instead was acting as a decoy to allow the meeting to go
ahead uninterrupted. But on Friday he was dressed as Father Christmas with about
300 other Santa lookalikes who marched through central London, picketing a
family law firm on the way to its final rendezvous outside Mrs Hodge's offices.
High above them, standing on the arm of a crane 140ft up, was Mr Westell, also
dressed as Santa. His banner read: "Save Father Christmas".
The 21-year-old drama student from Nottingham, father of an 18-month-old boy,
volunteered a few weeks ago. He claims he has been allowed to see his son only
seven times since his birth. On Thursday night it wasn't entirely clear he knew
what he was letting himself in for. "I don't want to sound dramatic, but I'm not
going to be thrown in jail am I?" asked a nervous-looking Mr Westell.
"Of course you're not," replied one of the organisers, adding, "but whatever you
do, don't let the police negotiators get inside your head."
The group's reconnaissance expert - he would only give his name as Mike - took
Mr Westell through the lay-out of the site, flipping through the digital
photographs he had taken there earlier while posing as a courier.
"Don't worry about the security guards," said Mike. "It's going to be cold
tonight and they're lazy."
After a few hours the group departed the flat, immobilising phones to avoid
being traced. A black Audi waited outside, its engine running and lights dimmed.
"I don't want to do this," said Mr Westell, as he pulled on a thermal T-shirt.
"I'd rather be anywhere else than risking my life climbing a crane when it's
-1C, but what else can I do? I've talked and talked and it hasn't worked. Now
it's time for action."
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French students clash with police
in protests over jobs law
Canadian Press, 2006
Saturday, Mar 18, 2006
PARIS (AP) - Police loosed water cannons and tear gas on
rioting students and activists rampaged through a McDonald's and attacked
store fronts in the capital Saturday as demonstrations against a plan to relax
job protections spread in a widening arc across France.
The protests, which drew half a million people in cities
across the country, were the biggest show yet of escalating anger that is
testing the strength of the conservative government before elections next
More than 500,000 students
and workers march in Paris, France, and other French cities, Saturday.
In Paris, seven officers and 17 protesters were injured
during two melees at the close of the march, at the Place de la Nation in
eastern Paris and the Sorbonne University. Police said they arrested 156
people in the French capital.
Four cars were set afire, police said, and a McDonald's
restaurant was attacked along with store fronts at the close of the march.
Tensions escalated later Saturday as about 500 youths
moved on to the Sorbonne, trying to break through tall metal blockades erected
after police stormed the Paris landmark a week ago to dislodge occupying
students. The university has become a symbol of the protest.
Police turned water cannons on the protesters at the
Sorbonne and were seen throwing youths to the ground, hitting them and
dragging them into vans.
"Liberate the Sorbonne!" some protesters shouted.
"Police everywhere, justice nowhere."
In an apparent effort to set fire to a police van
serving as a blockade, protesters instead torched the entrance of a nearby Gap
store, apparently by accident, engulfing the small porch in flames.
With commerce snarled in some cities, people asked
whether Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin would stand firm on implementing
the change that he says is needed to encourage hiring. The usually outspoken
leader was silent Saturday.
Protest organizers urged President Jacques Chirac on
Saturday to prevent the law from taking effect as expected in April.
The group issued an ultimatum, saying it expects an
answer by Monday, when leaders will decide whether to continue protests that
have paralyzed at least 16 universities and dominated political discourse for
"We give them two days to see if they understand the
message we've sent," said Rene Jouan of the CFDT union.
Protests reached every corner of France, with organizers
citing 160 marches from the small provincial town of Rochefort in the
southwest to the major city of Lyon in the southeast.
In Marseille, extreme leftist youths climbed the facade
of City Hall, replacing a French flag with a banner reading "Anticapitalism."
Police used tear gas to disperse them and made several arrests.
Police also fired tear gas at a protest in Clermont-Ferrand,
a central city where 10,000 people marched and about 100 youths threw beer
cans and other projectiles at a building.
The Paris protest march was the biggest, attracting some
80,000 people, according to police. Organizers put the number at 300,000.
Some demonstrators became violent as the march ended.
Youths set a car on fire, smashed a shop window, trashed a bus stop and threw
stones, golf balls and other objects at police. Police responded with tear gas
during skirmishes that lasted several hours.
Widespread discontent with the government has
crystalized around a new type of job contract that Villepin says will
alleviate France's sky-high youth unemployment by getting companies to risk
hiring young workers.
Critics say the contract abolishes labour protections
crucial to the soci al fabric.
"Aren't we the future of France?" asked Aurelie Silan, a
20-year-old student who joined a river of protesters in Paris.
Government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope insisted on the
need for a "spirit of dialogue."
"The hand is extended, the door is open," he said on
France-3 TV network. However, he limited dialogue to "improving" Villepin's
plan - not withdrawing it.
Waves of red union flags topped the densely packed crowd
in Paris, which overflowed into side streets and stretched more than five
kilometres under bright sunshine.
"Throw away the job contract, don't throw away the
youth!" chanted a group of students shaking tambourines. Many wore plastic
bags to illustrate their feeling that the new law reduces young people to
The law would allow businesses to fire young workers in
the first two years on a job without giving a reason, removing them from
protections that restrict layoffs of regular employees.
Companies are often reluctant to add employees because
it is hard to let them go if business conditions worsen. Students see a
subtext in the new law: make it easier to hire and fire to help France compete
in a globalizing world economy.
Youth joblessness stands at 23 per cent countrywide, and
50 per cent among impoverished young people. The lack of work was blamed in
part for the riots that shook France's depressed suburbs during the fall.
Chirac has pushed Villepin to act "as quickly as
possible" to defuse the crisis, but has backed the measure.
By MELANIE ASMAR Monitor staff
April 29. 2006 8:00AM
PRESTON GANNAWAY / Concord Monitor
Dressed as Nazis, Jim Johnson and Lauren Canario demonstrate their opposition
to a federal identification card at yesterday's State House protest. At left,
Russell Kanning jokingly prepares to show his I.D.
Database was a dirty word yesterday at a rally to oppose New Hampshire's
participation in a national identification card system that would digitally
catalog personal information.
More than 100 people - some dressed as Nazis, others wearing three-cornered
hats - gathered on the State House lawn. Though the group's political leanings
spanned the spectrum, they agreed that the system is a bad idea, citing
identity theft, Big Brother and the violation of the United States
"We have to decide . . . if we're going to stand by like sheep as they
brand us," said Carol Shea-Porter, a Rochester Democrat (who was not in
costume) running for Congress against Republican Jeb Bradley.
Known as Real ID, the card system would require motor vehicle officials to
more thoroughly screen people applying for driver's licenses, issue licenses
that contain anti-fraud precautions such as computer chips, and create a
database with digital copies of drivers' birth certificates and other
identifying documents. Anyone flying on an airplane, opening a bank account or
entering a federal building would need to have the national ID card or a
Congress passed the Real ID Act last year, and New Hampshire and Kentucky
were offered $3 million grants to test the program. All states must comply by
But the New Hampshire House voted last month to refuse to do so, calling the
program "contrary and repugnant" to the Constitution. Now it's up to the
Senate to decide whether to take the federal grant money and overhaul the
state's licensing system or not.
At yesterday's rally, speakers urged the Senate to buck the new law,
comparing the United States to Nazi Germany and warning against everything
from a police state to the start of the apocalypse. Tim DeBenedictis, of
Wakefield, was one of a handful of people with stickers bearing the number
"666" stuck to their foreheads.
DeBenedictis, a member of the Constitution Party, said Real ID is a
precursor to the "mark of the beast" told of in the Bible, where every man
must have "666" on his hand or forehead to buy or sell anything.
The Rev. Garrett Lear, known as "the Patriot Pastor" for his knowledge of
the Constitution and colonial dress, praised those who wore the stickers and
said he was ashamed that more Christians hadn't showed up. He told the crowd
the Real ID system is contrary to the liberty-for-all wishes of the founding
fathers, many of whom were Christian.
"Thanks be to God that the House voted" against Real ID, he said.
Katherine Albrecht, a consumer advocate and leader of the anti-Real ID
movement, read a chapter from her book, Spychips, about how the government
plans to track people through product ID tags. Albrecht of Nashua said that in
the wrong hands, a national identification system could have disastrous
It's like "putting a noose around your neck and hoping the government doesn't
pull the rope," she said. "You could think you're giving the rope to Mother
Theresa but find yourself looking into the eyes of Adolf Hitler."
To illustrate that point, Lauren Canario and Jim Johnson of Winchester,
members of the Free State Project, dressed in Nazi beige and stood watch over
a mock guard shack at the edge of the lawn. To pass through the fake gate to
the free popcorn stand and rally ahead, passersby had to say "F U."
"You can't get by without cursing the Nazis," said Canario, who was holding
a sign that read "Say Yahvol to Real ID."
Rep. Elbert Bicknell, a Deerfield Republican who also spoke at the rally,
called Real ID an unfunded mandate similar to special education and the No
Child Left Behind Act. He said the identification system won't help protect
our borders from illegal immigrants or terrorists, but will take away our
privacy. Americans shouldn't have to sacrifice their freedoms for "what those
butchers did to us" on Sept. 11, 2001, he added.
"Someone has to tell Uncle Sam 'Whoa, this is enough. We've had it,'"
Those at the rally credited Rep. Neal Kurk for planting the seed with the
impassioned speech he made on the House floor last month. After the Weare
Republican spoke in favor of an anti-Real ID bill, the House overturned a
committee recommendation and approved it.
Yesterday, Kurk said lawmakers had "moved the cannon into position to fire
a shot that will be heard around the world," meaning that other states are
paying attention and will hopefully follow suit. But if the state is going to
make history, Kurk said, the cannon must be loaded and Gov. John Lynch must
pull the trigger.
"Let the nation hear that New Hampshire is first and takes the lead in the
fight for liberty," he said.
"Each person has the right to resist an unlawful arrest. In such a
case, the person attempting the arrest stands in the position of a
wrongdoer and may be resisted by the use of force, as in self-
defense." (State v. Mobley, 240 N.C. 476, 83 S.E. 2d 100).
China blocks Youtube video of martial law crackdown on protesters.
The People’s Protection Court (In Canada, by the authority of you and me)