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Japan Follows US Lead In Crushing Rights As System Breaks Down

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Japan under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is following the US in drafting plans which will attempt to remove peoples rights and impose duties along with beefing up police powers to maintain public order. Abe is drafting changes to the Constitution and specifically aiming to change Article 9 which would looses restrictions on the military. Its a worrying time as Obama recently signed into law the NDAA Act which enables US citizens to be arrested indefinitely without charge or trial and now Japan is making similar moves. The breakdown of the global monetary system is clearly worring the elities.

Reported from ZeroHedge:

If there was ever a clear sign that the leadership of Japan is fully aware that the country is about enter a terminal economic catastrophe this is it. Using the cover of currency devaluation and a rising stock market, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is attempting to make it easier to change the country’s constitution so that they can eliminate freedom of speech and set the stage for a military dictatorship.  Reuters reports that:

The draft deletes a guarantee of basic human rights and prescribes duties, such as submission to an undefined “public interest and public order.” The military would be empowered to maintain that “public order.”

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RIGHTS VS DUTIES

Critics see Abe’s plan to ease requirements for revising the charter and then seek to change Article 9 as a “stealth” strategy that keeps his deeper aims off the public radar.

“The real concern is that a couple of years later, we move to a redefinition of a ‘new Japan’ as an authoritarian, nationalist order,” said Yale University law professor Bruce Ackerman.

The LDP draft, approved by the party last year, would negate the basic concept of universal human rights, which Japanese conservatives argue is a Western notion ill-suited to Japan’s traditional culture and values, constitutional scholars say.

“The current constitution … provides protection for a long list of fundamental rights – freedom of expression, freedom of religion,” said Meiji University professor Lawrence Repeta. “It’s clear the leaders of the LDP and certain other politicians in Japan … are passionately against a system that protects individual rights to that degree.”

The draft deletes a guarantee of basic human rights and prescribes duties, such as submission to an undefined “public interest and public order”. The military would be empowered to maintain that “public order.”

One proposal would ban anyone from “improperly” acquiring or using information about individuals – a clause experts say could limit freedom of speech. A reference to respect for the “family” as the basic social unit hints, say critics, at a revival of a patriarchal system that gave women few rights.

“The constitution is there to tie the hands of government, not put duties on the people,” said Taro Kono, an LDP lawmaker often at odds with his party on policies. “There are some in both houses (of parliament) who don’t really understand the role of a modern constitution.”

ZeroHedge sums it up in one line

Let’s see, print money, make the stock market go up and keep people servile as you destroy the country and rip up the Constitution.  Sound familiar?

 

Source: ZeroHedge, Reuters

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Irish Town Marches For 100 Weeks To Protest Odious Bank Debt

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The people of Ballyhea in Cork, Ireland have spent each sunday for 100 weeks marching in protest against the bank debt that Irish politicians have forced onto the taxpayers of the country. The bravery of this town has almost been completely ignored by the Irish Presstitutes but story went international as Aljazeera has reported on it. One community has woken up generating hope and energy for others to follow. 

The European Central Bank has rejected Ireland’s proposals to restructure some of the country’s huge debts.

The government wants to avoid paying tens of billions of dollars over the next decade to underwrite a failed bank.

But one community in southern Ireland is unwilling to accept the terms of the bailout, blaming the government and banks for the economic crisis.

Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports from the town of Ballyhea.

Source: Aljazeera

Argentina Close To Default

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With protests growing in Argentina against the Government the CDS shows a 60% chance of default in weeks according to ZeroHedge.

Dear Buenos Aires: we have three words of advice – “hide yo’ catamarans” (before Paul Singer comes and collects them all once you default again in what the market now deems is inevitable to occur in the next few weeks). 5Y CDS on Argentina just reverse-Baumgartnered to over 3000bps (49/53% upfront) and short-dated CDS imply a 60% probability of default (assuming a 25% recovery).

The Argentinian government under Cristina Kirchner is deeply unpopular and in recent weeks there has been a growing unrest.

Angry over inflation, crime and corruption, hundreds of thousands of Argentines of all ages flooded the capital’s streets for nearly four hours to protest against President Cristina Fernandez in Argentina’s biggest anti-government demonstration in years.

Protests were reported right across Argentina and beyond its borders.

A spokesman for Buenos Aires’ Justice and Security Ministry estimated the demonstrators in the capital at 700,000 people. Other demonstrations were held on plazas across Argentina, including in major cities such as Cordoba, Mendoza and La Plata, while protesters massed outside Argentine embassies and consulates from Chile to Australia.

In Rome, about 50 protesters, all Argentine expats, held a noisy protest outside the consulate on Via Veneto, one of the city’s landmark streets. Among the slogans being shouted was “Cristina, go away.”

About 200 demonstrators braved rain in Madrid to bang pots outside the Argentine consulate.

Approval ratings plummeting in less than a year.

Fernandez easily won re-election just a year ago with 54 percent of the vote but saw her approval rating fall to 31 percent in a nationwide survey in September by the firm Management & Fit. The poll of 2,259 people, which had an error margin of about two percentage points, also said 65 percent of respondents disapproved of her opponents’ performance.

But it’s when people are hit in the pocket that people react and inflation is biting hard.

Inflation also upsets many. The government’s much-criticized index puts inflation at about 10 percent annually, but private economists say prices are rising about three times faster than that. Real estate transactions have slowed to a standstill because of the difficulty in estimating future values, and unions that won 25 percent pay hikes only a few months ago are threatening to strike again unless the government comes up with more.

Source: ZeroHedge, LasVegasSun

 

NDAA – Goodbye Free Speech

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Video clip of a protest in Grand Central Station against the new martial law NDAA law recently signed by Obama. You would seriously wonder what happens to those protestors. Under the new law they could be locked up indefinitely without trial.

Where is the MSM in all this?

Personally visited New York last year with my family, but the amount of security scared the shit out me. I can see it has gotten worse.

Normally don’t post on these kinda stories but found this quite disturbing at how easy people are arrested in a country that prides itself on free speech.

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