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Argentina: Claim for arson attacks on luxury vehicles

War On Society

On April 14 at 3 PM, we left an incendiary device made of gasoline and a retardant fuse that burned two luxury cars in Luis Vile and Cucha Cucha.

We continue giving fire in the city of Buenos Aires, as we said we would, after the social alarm that intends to make every citizen into a police hero “at the service of the community.”

Today civilization is coming to be a society of control of sustainable production. This means an adjustment of the screws that impose order through force.

The police service promises to spread in society; our free and wild instinct goes on the march at the same moment as well.

They cannot stop us, we do not fight so that the Earth will have its freedom and nothing more, nor to improve our conditions in life.

We use money for the destruction of their materialization.

To comrade Tortuga imprisoned in Chile.
To comrade Billy imprisoned Indonesia.
To comrade Luca seriously wounded in Italy.
Health!

Friends of the Earth – FAI

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Spain Bans Cash

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Spain Bans Cash Transactions Over 2,500 Euros … Spain has outlawed the use of cash in business transactions in excess 2,500 euros in order to crack down on the black market and tax evaders. The motivations behind the push for digital currencies is exposed as Spain heads down the road of the Greeks in combating their sovereign debtcrisis. As the government scrambles for every tax dollar it can get its hands on, even though they already gave every Spaniard $23,000 Euros in debt last year alone (approximately $32,500), they are now banning all large cash business transactions. Why? So they can track the transactions and make sure that people and business are paying taxes. Being able to track the transactions is also aimed to combat the growing black market in Spain. – Alexander Higgins’ blog

Dominant Social Theme: This cash has gotta go. It’s evil.

Free-Market Analysis: They are not even making a pretense anymore that the West is run via market economies. As we have long predicted, the phony “sovereign debt” crisis in Europe is being used to justify all sorts ofauthoritarian measures.

It is government pols that gladly borrowed what European banks threw at them. And somehow the upshot earlier this week is that Spanish citizens now lose the right to conduct many transactions in cash.

Spectactularly, the reports such as this one, excerpted above, don’t even both to hide the real point. The Spanish government wants to ensure that it can “track transactions and make sure that people and businesses are paying taxes.”

Of course, anyone who has visited Spain of late knows that the tax burden in Spain is onerous indeed, and is one reason that the truculent tribes that have co-existed uneasily with Madrid are again beginning to beat the drums of secession.

The taxes that the central government levies on small businesses especially are verging on punitive. But there are no apologies. The official position is one of unflinching demands.

It is surely part of a larger meme having to do with a “cashless” society. Just recently the UK Telegraph asked “Is mobile the way we’ll all be paying?” The answer, as can be expected, was a qualified yes, but issued in the predictable upbeat way.

The cashless society has been a much-mooted concept ever since consumer credit cards were widely introduced in the 1950s. Now it seems that “mobile money” is the new gold rush. The term – used to describe the way the mobile phone is used to pay for goods – yields no fewer than 126 million results on a Google search … 

Market research firm Yankee Group believes that global mobile transactions will become a $1trillion market by 2015. While Berg Insight says there will be 894m worldwide users of mobile banking by the same year. Peter Ayliffe, chief executive of Visa Europe, who sits on the Monitise board, believes 50pc of all Visa transactions in Europe will be on a mobile device by 2020.

The top men are beginning to issue their predictions. The march to a cashless society has begun. Perhaps we owe Spain a debt of gratitude for revealing the REAL reason for a cashless society. It makes tax collecting so much easier.

But this is only part of the story. Taxes are certainly to be paid … but the RESULTS of tax payments and the government expenditures they give rise to are seemingly more questionable every day.

In Spain this is certainly evident. The REAL problem that Spain faces as its depression spirals out of control is the infrastructure that politicos built over the past decade. Every small town has bike paths, outdoor parks and other unnecessary public venues that will soon prove, well … unsupportable.

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Monsanto and Big Tobacco Blamed for Birth Defects

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WILMINGTON, Del. (CN) - Monsanto, Philip Morris and other U.S. tobacco giants knowingly poisoned Argentinean tobacco farmers with pesticides, causing “devastating birth defects” in their children, dozens of workers claim in court.
     The farmers, on their own behalf and for their injured children, sued Altria Group fka Philip Morris Cos., Philip Morris USA, Carolina Leaf Tobacco, Universal Corporation fka Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Monsanto, and their affiliates and Argentine subsidiaries, in New Castle County Court.
     The farmers grow tobacco on small family-owned farms in Misiones Province and sell it to U.S. tobacco distributors. Most of Argentina’s tobacco is grown in Misiones, a rural northeastern province.
     The farmers claim the tobacco companies asked them to use herbicides, pesticides and other toxic products made and distributed by Monsanto, and assured them the products were safe.
     They say the defendants “wrongfully caused the parental and infant plaintiffs to be exposed to those chemicals and substances which they both knew, or should have known, would cause the infant offspring of the parental plaintiffs to be born with devastating birth defects.”
     Birth defects cited in the 55-page complaint include cerebral palsy, psychomotor retardation, epilepsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, metabolic disorders, congenital heart defects, Down syndrome, missing fingers and blindness.
     The farmers claim Philip Morris and Carolina Leaf used a tobacco brokerage company, Tabacos Norte, to buy tobacco from the farmers and sell them crop production supplies, including herbicides and pesticides.
     Tabacos Norte, based in Misiones, was created by Carolina Leaf and Philip Morris’ Argentine subsidiary in 1984, to produce tobacco fit for the North and South American markets, according to the complaint.
     The farmers say the tobacco companies that bought their crops asked them to replace the native tobacco with a new type, used in Philip Morris cigarettes, which required more pesticides.
     They say the defendants pushed for excessive use of pesticides and failed to warn them of the dangers or provide them with information or protective gear.
     Most farmers in Misiones used Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide made by Monsanto, to kill weeds and clear tobacco fields, according to the complaint.
     Monsanto and Philip Morris told them to use glyphosate frequently and in quantities beyond that necessary for effective weed control, the farmers say.

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Argentina accuses Britain of ‘militarising’ South Atlantic

Argentina ramped up its campaign against Britain’s sovereignty over the Falkland Islands yesterday by using an international nuclear summit to accuse the UK of “militarising” the South Atlantic.

By Damien McElroyAndrew Salmon in Seoul

Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, was forced to fend off accusations that the UK had violated South America’s nuclear moratorium by dispatching a Trafalgar-class nuclear submarine to patrol the seas around the islands.

"I’m afraid I’m duty bound to respond to the insinuations made by theArgentinian delegation of militarisation of the South Atlantic by the British Government,” he said. “These are unfounded, baseless insinuations.”

Foreign Office officials have become wearily used to Argentinian diplomats using global meetings to reinvigorate their campaign to recover the islands, known as Las Malvinas in Spanish, in advance of the 30th anniversary of the junta’s invasion on April 2.

The International Institute of Strategic Studies, a London think tank, said yesterday that the diplomatic offensive, which is designed to bolster the government’s flagging popularity was based on a strategy of isolating Britain in Latin America and beyond. “Argentina’s current strategy is focused not on military deployments but on diplomatic and economic initiatives,” it said. “Buenos Aires hopes to harness the emerging global clout of Latin American countries to strengthen its position.”

Mr Clegg was responding to an intervention by Hector Timerman, Argentina’s foreign minister, at the Seoul meeting, accusing Britain, an “extra-regional power”, of flouting treaties prohibiting nuclear materials from South America and the Caribbean.

"Argentina demands that that extra-regional power that has recently sent a submarine capable of carrying nuclear arsenal to patrol the South Atlantic waters confirm the absence of nuclear weapons in the region," MrTimerman said.

However Mr Clegg rejected the claim London had violated the Tlatelolco treaty banning nuclear weapons.

"As my colleague from Argentina knows, the UK ratified the protocols to the Treaty of Tlatelolco in 1969," he said. "We have respected these obligations and continue to do so." President Cristina Kirchner has wasted to opportunity to advance Argentina’s demands that Britain open negotiations on Falklands sovereignty. She has branded the UK a ‘crude colonial power in decline’ and used summits to proclaim that the recovery of the Falklands was an issue for all South America.

British diplomats predict that the campaign will continue to widen but stop far short of military action. “We just try to keep the level of rhetoric at a sensible level,” said one Whitehall source.

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