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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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Ireland to Sell 80Yrs of Harvesting Rights To Its Forestry, To Save 3 Weeks Of Interest Repayments

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As a condition of the IMF/ECB/EFSF “Troika”  loan for the amount of  €67.5bn Ireland must generate €2 billion from the disposal of State-owned assets and companies. As part of this, the government has plans to sell off the harvesting rights to the states forestry for the next 80 years.

The proposed €600 million that they will receive would pay off 0.4% of the national debt currently standing at €140bn, or to put it another way, 3 weeks loan interest on the national debt.  The Irish Timber Council said the proposed sale could lead to the closure of all ten of Ireland’s sawmills with the loss of 2,500 jobs. Coillte the public body in charge of the forests which accounts for 7% of the landmass of Ireland employes over 12,000 people whose jobs are at risk. The amount raised would potentially be only half of what the country would lose in lost earnings, redundancies and costs of replacing the trees.

How ironic that Labour, one of the government parties looks to have backtracked on another promise. In their election manifesto (p36) , Labour had a commitment to forestry as follows

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Thank you IMF 😦

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EU To Approve Influx Of Turkish, Algerian, Tunisian, Moroccan Workers

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The Slog has released information of a decision soon to be announced by the EU, that Turkey first all will be allowed access to EU labour markets and social welfare rights, followed by Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Croatia, Macedonia and Israel. This also appears to have social welfare implications to workers currently in the EU. As the Turkish economy is about to go down the toilet( built on cheap credit, ring a bell), there would massive influx of workers. Are you taking note Germany ? 😉

The Slog has obtained sight of an official Brussels Commission document which, while not confidential, has not as far as I can tell been the subject of MSM coverage, or indeed any vote at all among MEPs. Although dated March 30th 2012 as a ‘proposal for a decision’, I can reveal that the decision has been approved and is already going ahead. It is to grant Turkish citizens the same residency and labour rights in Europe as existing EU citizens.

The unelected European Commission has repealed the 1980 Ankara Accord between what was then the EEC and Turkey, and replaced it with a major change to the rights of Turkish citizens in the EU. The proposal was presented to a working group (we know not who) eleven days ago on March 30th, and approved by that same anonymous gathering. It specifically adds that ‘A first package with similar proposals in respect of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Israel was adopted by the Council in October 2010′ and that this too will be updated to bring it into line with the Turkish proposals.

The following is in relation to access of existing workers to social welfare.

‘this [Turkish accord] will facilitate the application of these provisions by Member States’ social security institutions. This Decision shall apply:

 (a) to Turkish workers who are or have been legally employed in the territory of a

Member State and who are or have been subject to the legislation of one or more

Member States, and their survivors;

 (b) to the members of the family of workers referred to in point (a) provided that these

family members are or have been legally resident with the worker concerned while

the worker is employed in a Member State;

To make this decision at a time when the EU countries are struggling economically makes no sense, especially when an influx of migrants looking for work competing with rising unemployment would create huge tension. The Slog goes on to criticize the decision.

 I do not employ the phrase  ‘ lunatic Commission decisions’ above lightly. Any unelected and yet sovereign body happy to take on the welfare needs of these workers at a time of euro meltdown must be deranged at least. To enumerate the idiocy involved here:

1. Turkey’s economy under the closet Islamist Recep Erdogan is about to go bang. Enter millions of jobless Turks stage left.

2. Turkey has already threatened to annex Cyprus…both parts of which represent an existing EU member.

3. Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia are all recently destablised States with growing Islamist power in their politics.

4. Um, none of them – including Israel – are in Europe. Small point, but worth bringing up I feel.

5. All four of the above States are anti-Israel in the most bellicose manner.

6. Germany has just passed a law denying these very rights to unemployed ClubMed citizens. How are they now going to feel in the light of this new law? How is Gunter Grass going to feel, having just been banned by the Israeli Government?

7. The anti-Islamist security ramifications of the new law would be horrendous.

 

 

 

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