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Boycott Workfare – What Cyprus can learn from the actions of UK protesters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by Paul Timms

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There is all kind of action going on around the world in opposition to government exploitation, mismanagement and corruption. Workfare, which has seen the government put in new legislation in England, which attempts to criminalize and deprive the unemployed and disabled of welfare benefits (which in effect many of them have earned the right to receive through paying national insurance and numerous different types of taxes – you can’t even die gracefully without paying an Inheritance Tax!) – and forces them to do so-called ‘volunteer work’. What it amounts to is another dirty trick by the government in the UK to get people to work for far less than a minimum wage. The same government that also imposed the new Bedroom Tax, which prevents, let’s say, someone offering a cheap room for somebody who is struggling to get by – this is now considered under this new regime, an unlawful act).
As has been witnessed, even the minority of protesters in England have the power. They have promised that if any of the charities or companies that take on this scheme which exploits the poor, and those unable to work (not forgetting that even if every job in England was filled there would still be around two million unemployed), those same organizations will be boycotted by the public, and effectively ‘shut down’. This kind of action would be even easier in Cyprus to ensure that the decisions that are made are of concern of the people, and not the soul interests of the EU, the Cypriot government, and what they think is good for the people. By joining the EU, colluding financially with the EU, and Greece over the past five years Cyprus has taken on a huge economic deficit and mounting debts, which will no doubt triple again in the next 5-8 years in the form of continued hyperinflation. Just in time for the EU or other dominant foreign power to step in and demand as payment our oil and gas reserves. This government has shown that it is incapable of leading the people and has REVOKED ITS RIGHT TO LEAD THEM!
Cyprus, like England and many countries in Europe (and this includes Trade Unions protesting in Brussels the home of the EU!), must fight even the most superficial decisions, which lead to any kind of dictatorial agendas and jeopardize so-called democracy –  a vague term whenever and wherever it has appeared as an event in history. Is it even relevant anymore and completely lost it context? I believe we need a new word, but perhaps I’ll leave this for now.
It is apparent by now if the reader has followed the events of the last five years in detail, that there is a bigger agenda. We must break that agenda, we must not be broken down piecemeal for the powers to take, and we must certainly not allow our own governments to do it. We must take action. We must SHUT IT DOWN!

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Cyprus: Rule by popular vote NOT dictactorship

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by Paul Timms

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The Icelandic Solution:

“An assembly is elected to write a new constitution (based on that of Denmark) to avoid entrapment of debt based currency foreign loans. 25 citizens are chosen — with no political affiliation — out of the 522 candidates. The only qualifications for candidacy are adulthood and the support of 30 people. The constitutional assembly started in February of 2011. It continues to present ‘carta magna’ from recommendations provided by various assemblies throughout the country. Ultimately, it must be approved by both the current Parliament and the one created through the next legislative election”.
(source: http://www.secretsofthefed.com/why-did-the-media-keep-the-recent-peaceful-icelandic-revolution-quiet/)
The outcome is POPULAR VOTE not a dictatorship. This should be the new model for every nation that has or is being slowly bankrupt by its government, the elite, EU commission Troika – effectively, the Bilderberg Group. These ruling parties should be held accountable for crimes of misleading nations into a false sense of financial and economic security. Of course, any institution should join them that has colluded in heinous crime of business, economic and political malpractice.

What can we do about Cyprus? We take the Icelandic approach

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by Paul Timms

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Its truly tiring to hear people in Cyprus say “what can we do?” Well, what we can do is overthrow the government. Total reform! We take the “Icelandic approach. Everyone knows we can do this. It is a lack of action! NOT a question of what we can do. We could have let those banks collapse and seen it through. But ignorance of the potential to live beyond the parameters of what the EU and the government dictated to us created uncertainty – they dictated HOW WE WERE GOING TO FUNCTION AND TO LIVE, as they will continue to do. Its a one-way street. An unbalanced, unhealthy relationship that cannot sustain its people. Even the rich are losing there money. There is no prejudice on part of this relationship where the government will take and take!
Uncertainty breeds fear, fear begs submission to a leader, to authority, and more promises and lies yet again. You tell me which part of the vicious cycle we make active intervention so that it doesn’t happen again. Who will break it! We need reform! Nevermind the Merkel and the EU commission claiming we have an outdated business model. We have an unworkable political model!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by Paul Timms

Femen restrained during the popes visit to Paris

Its typical that there is no dialogue produced on behalf of the Pope or his representatives. Only his ability to forcefully restrain, discipline and punish, following in the historical tradition of all religious authorities. And yet so many people in the world support his actions and reactions to the Pope’s denial of some of the most important human and civil rights issues in history, and around the world today. And the church dares to question our moral culpability! Were Adam and Eve not naked?

Femen – your voice and your cause reaches far beyond feminism. We hope that more people will open up and listen.

For more information and to show your support go to the Femen page:

http://femen.org/en

Femen: Why the Nudity?

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Why the Nudity

The issue here is more than women being treated as mere objects, as the popular imagination seems to assume on first inspection. It is about who controls the objects and defines them. This is fundamentally what democracy addresses. Freedom of the object. Historically, control has been the domain of men (patriarchy), who have in the long run, controlled the woman’s place in society and through this has played a major role in defining female sexuality.

The point of the nudity is this.The women decide when and where they expose themselves – and of course they get attention. Here, Femen are exposing the Ukraine government that is exploiting the availability of beautiful women in the Ukraine to attract tourists. The government are defining who and what owns the body-object. This is exploitation. The point of democracy is fair and equal access to control of the object and of oneself by oneself. Femen (and feminism) demand democratization of the object, their bodies, in the form of equal rights, which brings us back to the nudity: the purpose of the display is that Femen are a group of women who want to have democratic control over the availability of their bodies, the defining of their sexuality, and the exposing of their bodies, something which should not be decided by the government or any other kind of authority based on their values or for their profit and gain.

I salute Femen! I believe that the violent and negative reactions against their activism and protests are abhorrent, and expose the blatant presence and signs of the oppressive, ideological mechanisms embedded within the public conscience of the ‘herd mentality’; of physical and ideological regimes in place to ensure that the body-object is not democratized. It is indeed a shameful sight to see that so many people fail to see this while invoking violence and negativity towards Femen, and really, women in general – that violence against women is still acceptable if it is somehow validated by the sponsorship of authority. For even if it is about being just naked, what is so bad about being naked after all?

More shocking; nudity or Ignorance?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by Paul Timms

Support Femen

I totally support Femen and their form of protest. These women, because of their protests against corruption and exploitation have been subject to beatings, abuse, kidnapping – the list goes on. I am shocked that very few people seem to understand what they are actually protesting about, but less so as to why they have to be nude doing it. And again more shocked that people find their nudity so offensive (and we think the world is so liberal!). The overwhelming response to their nudity has been that they do it just to get attention – but I urge people to think again about the simple thought on a vulgar display of nudity, because as the (quite) famous movie quip goes “You know what else could draw a crowd? A golfer with an arm growing out of his ass!”

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