G-20 European Summit Could Trigger ‘Summer of Rage’

By Victor Thorn

“A tsunami of dissent is coming, and it is not clear what will remain and what will be remade.” These are the words of UK journalist Micah White, and fear is now starting to build in Europe that a “summer of rage” may sweep across the continent.

Torcuil Crichton of The Herald described how fliers proclaiming “Storm the Banks” were posted on the Internet, making security personnel in Docklands (outside London) jittery as world leaders arrived for the G-20 Summit. Another site said “G-20 ministers are trying to get away with the biggest April Fool’s trick of all time. Their tax-dodging, bonus-guzzling, unregulated free market world is in meltdown, and these fools think we’re going to bail them out. They’ve got to be joking!”

Tension is high in Europe and the United Kingdom. Similar to the U.S., unemployment is rising, the economy is sluggish, homes are being foreclosed, middle-class taxpayers are furious about billionaire banks being bailed out, illegal foreign workers aren’t regulated by the government, while a credit crisis continues to put the pinch on small business.

As a result, protests are springing up in every direction. Greek solidarity workers blocked roads because agricultural prices are falling. Over a million French citizens took to the streets in an attempt to protect their jobs, while 120,000 in Dublin showed their displeasure with the way economic matters are being handled.

The  situation is even more extreme in Latvia, where they actually brought about the collapse of their government; whereas demonstrators in Reykjavik, Iceland openly clashed with police, also toppling their government.

If the G-20 Summit is a launching pad for further violence, in the crosshairs will be international bankers and global corporations. Fueled by outrage over continued bailouts and bonuses, these companies are now viewed as “viable targets” for anarchists, anti-capitalists, and eco-terrorists. Added to this mix of “typical, known protesters” are everyday, middle-class citizens fed up with being ignored, manipulated, and exploited by out of- touch officials.

Orwell Prize-winning journalist and UK Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips summarizes how established political parties keep turning a blind eye to the concerns of their voters, especially in regard to nationalism.

“[These] parties not only refuse to address the issues that concern the public most deeply and emotionally, but also demonize those who express such anxieties as racists or fascists. In particular, they have colluded in a refusal to acknowledge that nationalism—or attachment to one’s own country and its values—is a perfectly respectable, even admirable, sentiment.”

She said that if one is rooted in a culture and identity of history, language, religion, and law, they’re vilified as xenophobic. The press is already targeting such English groups as the BNP (British National Party) and Combat 18 as being violent, far-right, fascist rabble-rousers. If mayhem does erupt during the “summer of rage,” will these nationalist organizations become scapegoats, similar to how militia groups were ostracized after the staged Oklahoma City Bombing? Will the love of country, race, the right to bear arms, and an anti-taxation stance all be seen as “negative impulses” while globalists push for a world of increased socialism?

As a gauge of England’s growing discontent, reform-minded politician Daniel Hannan has become the poster-boy of protest. After Prime Minister Gordon Brown addressed the European Parliament and asked for the largest stimulus in his nation’s history, Hannan of the Conservative Party challenged him face-to-face.

“The truth, prime minister, is that you have run out of our money. . . . You cannot carry on forever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to find an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit. . . . You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt. . . . I have to tell you that you sound like a Brezhnev-era apparatchik. . . . You are the devalued prime minister of a devalued government.”

Concerned citizens in America are now starting to ask: when will we get a public official like Daniel Hannan to stand up directly to Barack Obama and ask these very same questions?

Ukraine Teeters as Citizens Blame Banks and Government

Reposted from NY Times

Monday, March 2, 2009

KIEV, Ukraine — Steel and chemical factories, once the muscle of Ukraine’s economy, are dismissing thousands of workers. Cities have had days without heat or water because they cannot pay their bills, and Kiev’s subway service is being threatened. Lines are sprouting at banks, the currency is wilting and even a government default seems possible.

Ukraine, once considered a worldwide symbol of an emerging, free-market democracy that had cast off authoritarianism, is teetering. And its predicament poses a real threat for other European economies and former Soviet republics.

The sudden, violent protests that have erupted elsewhere in Eastern Europe seem imminent here now, too. Across Kiev last week, people spoke of rising anger about the crisis and resentment toward a government that they said was more preoccupied with squabbling than with rallying the country.

The sign held by Vasily Kirilyuk, an unemployed plumber camped out with other antigovernment demonstrators here in the past week, summed up the pervasive frustration: “Get rid of them all,” it said.

Mr. Kirilyuk did not hesitate to take that further. “There will be a revolt,” he said. “And people will come because they are just fed up.”

Full article here