Friday, May 31, 2013

French Documentary Film Denounced as Anti-Semitic

The American Jewish group JCALL is relaying the following French critique of a film by Béatrice Pignède:
Aucun de ces médias n’est complotiste ou d'extrême droite. Pourtant, tous assurent depuis la semaine dernière la promotion sur leurs sites du dernier film de Béatrice Pignède : «L’Oligarchie et le Sionisme».

Brisons immédiatement le suspense : ce documentaire prétendument «indépendant» (il est distribué par la même officine iranienne qui a produit l’année dernière le film de Dieudonné, «L’Antisémite») ne donne pas dans la subtilité. Infiltrés dans tous les pays occidentaux, les «réseaux sionistes» actionneraient partout les leviers de pouvoir pour imposer leur loi et mettre en œuvre leur plan de domination, le «Nouvel Ordre Mondial». Le «Sionisme», idéologie mortifère par laquelle l’«Oligarchie» étendrait son règne sur le monde, s’emploierait en effet à exploiter les événements de la Seconde Guerre mondiale à des fins politiques en jouant cyniquement sur la mauvaise conscience des Européens et en interdisant toute discussion libre sur la réalité de la Shoah. Avant-poste de cet impérialisme prédateur, l’Etat d’Israël menacerait à lui seul l’équilibre de la planète.
Has anyone seen this film? Are the allegations correct?

Record Unemployment in the Eurozone

And if Berlin has changed course (see previous post), the reason is not far to seek: unemployment in the Eurozone has reached a record high of 12.2%. Frau Merkel herself cites high youth unemployment in the southern tier as a reason to fear losing an entire generation, whose attitude toward the EU is being shaped by the botched response to the crisis. Is it too late to salvage anything from the wreckage? Perhaps not, and a shift in political rhetoric from punitive recrimination to empathetic comprehension would be a good start.

Has Berlin Changed Course?

Gavyn Davies thinks so:
Fiscal austerity, a concept which German Chancellor Merkel says meant nothing to her before the crisis, may have passed its heyday in the eurozone. This week, theEuropean Commission has published its country-specific recommendations, containing fiscal plans for member states that are subject to excessive deficit procedures. These plans, which will form the basis for political discussion at the next Summit on 27-28 June, allow for greater flexibility in reaching budget targets for several countries, including France, Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal.
Furthermore, there have been rumblings in the German press suggesting that Berlin is beginning to recognise that fiscal consolidation without economic growth could prove to be a Pyrrhic victory. If true, this could mark the beginning of a new approach in the eurozone, helping the weakest region in the global economy to recover from a recession that has already dragged on far too long. So how real is the prospect of change?
Here's more:
But a new way of thinking has recently taken hold in the German capital. In light of record new unemployment figures among young people, even the intransigent Germans now realize that action is needed. "If we don't act now, we risk losing an entire generation in Southern Europe," say people close to Schäuble.
Berlin is making an about-face, even though it aims to stick to its current austerity policy. The German government has stressed budget consolidation and structural reform since 2010, when Greece was on the verge of bankruptcy. Berlin has been arguing that this is the only way to instill confidence among investors in the battered debt-ridden countries and help their ailing economies recover.