Archive for März 9th, 2013

9. März 2013

Der verstorbene venezolanische Staatsche

Der verstorbene venezolanische Staatschef Hugo Chavez wurde nach Ansicht von Boliviens Präsident Evo Morales „so gut wie sicher vergiftet“.

9. März 2013

Chavez tot – Börsen hüpfen Weltweit Trau

Chavez tot – Börsen hüpfen
Weltweit Trauer um Chavez, den bedeutendsten Staatsmann Amerikas. Die US-Administration verlautbarte, man sei froh, den Staatschef von Venezuela los zu sein. Aber West-Staatschef wirken wie Getriebene der Märkte, Marionetten der Konzerne, gegenüber Chavez, der Politik gestaltete -demokratisch und sozial gerecht. Dronenkrieger Obama bekam den Friedensnobelpreis, aber Chavez tat etwas gegen die Armut.

9. März 2013

[junge Welt] Die große neue Blase Börsen

[junge Welt]
Die große neue Blase
Börsenkurse explodieren. Weil die Wirtschaft stagniert, werfen Notenbanken billiges Geld in den Kreislauf und heizen letztlich nur die an

9. März 2013

Griechenland-Solidaritätsfest Samstag 23. März Hellenische Gemeinde

Liebe Freunde und Freundinnen, liebe Genossen und Genossinnen

unter dem Motto „Aufstehen, Mitmachen, Solidarität organisieren“ laden wir euch zu einem großen Griechenland-Solidaritätsfest am Samstag, den 23. März ab 17 Uhr in die Räume der Hellenischen Gemeinde, Mittelstraße 33, Berlin-Steglitz, U- und S-Bahnhof Rathaus Steglitz, ein.

Wir haben ein großes Programm vorbereitet mit griechischer Livemusik, Kostas Papanastasiou (Terzo Mondo und aus der Serie ‚Lindenstraße’), Rolf Becker (Schauspieler), einer griechischen Tanzgruppe, dem Rapper Holger Burner und dem iranischen Rapper Kaveh Ahanger, Gerald Wolf begleitet mit einem Karabettprogramm die Veranstaltung. Es wird politische Beiträge von Syriza Berlin geben, dem Griechenland-Solidaritätskomittee und einen Beitrag zur Lage der Griechinnen und Griechen in Berlin. Parallel dazu laufen Filme zur sozialen und politischen Lage in Griechenland. Ein Vertreter der hellenischen Gemeinde wird zur schwierigen finanziellen Situation der hellenischen Gemeinde in Berlin sprechen, für Speisen und Getränke ist umfänglich gesorgt.
Wir bitten euch um zahlreiche Teilnahme und verbreitet diese Einladung bitte überall weiter. Wir wollen diesen Abend zu einem wirklich großen Event der Solidarität mit dem griechischen Widerstand machen.

Hellenische Gemeinde in Berlin -Mittelstr33 -Berlin-Steglitz

Griechenland Solidaritäts Komitee

9. März 2013

Union sellout not only at Opel

According to the trading weekly Wirtschaftswoche, IG Metall collects €460 million annually from its members and has assets estimated at €2 billion, which it increasingly invests in company shares.

Some 1,700 IG Metall representatives sit on company supervisory boards, where they merge with management. The organisation consists in the approximately 50,000 works council members and 80,000 shop stewards in the companies. Wage cuts and job eliminations are often prepared directly in the union headquarters.

In recent years, IG Metall has worked closely with the Opel management executive to cut wages and dismantle thousands of jobs. In December of last year, General Motors finally announced the end of car production at its Bochum plant in 2016, after IG Metall and the works council had repeatedly agreed to accept job losses and wage cuts.

Workers are increasingly comprehending the role played by the union, and opposition is mounting. Employees of the Bochum factory are considering turning their backs on IG Metall and organising mass resignations from the union.

Huber is the chairman of IG Metall and also deputy chair of the supervisory boards at Siemens, Audi and VW, as well as a board member at Porsche. The four companies have a combined market capitalisation of €158 billion. Huber celebrated his 60th birthday in Angela Merkel’s chancellery.

9. März 2013

German trade union leadership supports military

The leadership of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB) is publicly backing the increasingly aggressive role of the German army (Bundeswehr). This was made clear at a meeting between DGB leader Michael Sommer and the chairmen of the eight unions affiliated to the DGB with the German defence minister, Thomas de Maizière (Christian Democratic Union), in early February.

At a joint press conference, Sommer and de Maizière said that the meeting was only a prelude to a more intensive dialogue between the DGB and the Bundeswehr. Further discussions are planned. Both men also agreed to prepare a joint statement “dealing with the major social issues”, de Maizière declared.

The initiative for the meeting came expressly from the DGB. The last visit by a serving defence minister to the trade union headquarters took place a full 30 years ago.

The meeting made clear the central role played by the union leadership increasingly functioning as an extended arm of German foreign and military policy.

At the beginning of the press conference, Sommer stressed that there were no fundamental differences between the interests of the Bundeswehr and those of the unions. He stated that the “relationship between the armed forces and the trade union movement is not a simple question”, since it was “historically burdened”. Sommer then added: “But this is no longer the case.”

This acknowledgement characterised the “really terrific interview”. They had “much in common” about topics to be discussed between Sommer and military officials.

What Sommer describes as “much in common” is in fact the virtual full support on the part of the DGB leadership for the Defence Department and the armed forces.

Sommer made clear that he was prepared to support the growing range of military operations undertaken by the Bundeswehr and its transformation into a global operational army of intervention and occupation. “Once the Bundestag agrees a deployment…we must also do everything we can to properly equip and protect the soldiers,” who, he added, deserved “our respect”.

Already in March 2011, Sommer had given a speech entitled “The unions and their relationship to the armed forces” at the Bundeswehr University in Hamburg, in which he declared that foreign missions conducted by the army have done “much to relieve the relationship between unions and the armed forces”.

In the same speech, Sommer also raised the issue of a “secure supply of raw materials” and gave an insight into the tangible material interests that lie behind the support of the DGB for the Bundeswehr. Just two weeks ago, an article appeared in the Handelsblatt newspaper that described how Germany was once again preparing to conduct wars to secure resources for its export industry.

In the meeting last month, Sommer stood next to de Maizière and gave an overview of the other spheres in which the DGB is seeking to strengthen its cooperation with the army. His talks with the Defence Secretary included “structural policies and the tasks of the Bundeswehr”, “human resource development—including the civil sector”, “Germany as a location for the security industry”, and the “development of the defence industry.”

“Ethical issues” were also discussed, including the use of drones. The minister was very open in this respect, Sommer admitted, and that is why Sommer was not prepared to say much about what had been discussed.

As part of the “location logic”, the DGB defends not only the German armaments industry, but also the government’s drone programme. When the federal government announced plans to reduce the military budget in 2010, the executive of the engineering union IG Metall appealed to the defence ministry not to curb the production of Airbus military transport aircraft, Tornado fighter planes, and the “Talarion” drone project.

IG Metall official Bernhard Stiedl summed up the position of the trade unions: “We are opposed to buying foreign military equipment with public money. We would prefer to keep production in Germany.”

Sommer emphasised that an important issue is “the issue of embedding the Bundeswehr in democracy”. What is required is “a socio-political debate in which we are actively involved”. He made clear that the DGB is part of the broader campaign by the defence ministry to boost the image of the armed forces and sway public opinion in favour of a more aggressive militarism.

De Maizière said his meeting with the DGB leadership was part of the “political debate”, which he would carry out “beyond the armed forces themselves with the scientific community, companies, trade unions, churches, schools and other interested parties”. He was “very pleased to have received the invitation” from the DGB and was also very pleased about the conduct of the talks.

In the cynical manner that typifies the new militarism, he described the joint alliance between the DGB and the army as a “peace movement”. Not only was the union part of such a movement, “the army also sees itself as part of the peace movement,” he announced.

The German army is currently operating worldwide with thousands of soldiers.

Nein zum DGB-Schulterschluß mit der deutschen Kriegspolitik!

DGB und Bundeswehr Hand in Hand

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