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Woo to pseudo-democratic States: Overrun by criminal mafia organizations

A pseudo-democracy lacks fair election laws and election process is controlled by finances.

What is common between the common people and their enemies is plainly the sword.

War for liberty must be carried out with rage”  Louis Antoine de Saint-Just

“I’ll slaughter you without anger or hate, like a butcher” Baudelaire

A former chief of Germany counter-spying organ, Eckart Wertheback stated:

“Organized crimes secretly influence our lives: Economically, social order, public administration and legal system…

A transnational organized mafia has tremendous financial power to purchase the latest in technologies (far ahead of public internal forces) and to dictate its laws and values to politics.

Gradually, independence of the justice system, credibility in State political decisions and actions, the inability of the government to provide protection and to safeguard citizens’ rights, privacy and liberty deteriorate quickly.

Corruption become the norm and crimes is institutionalized in all the public hierarchy.

Quick profit, endemic corruption, physical threats and blackmailing tactics spread and debilitate the will of the citizens to confront this terrible and deeply seated hydra.”

A criminal cartel is primarily an economic organization, based on capitalistic ideology, structured for the highest returns on investment and run according to a vertical chain of commands and control, like an army.

It basically has the same mode of organization as the traditional multinational enterprises, with the exception of an explicit military hierarchy, mostly relying on clannish and ethnic associations, and acting with extreme violence.

The mafia learned to blend in the community and resume their tasks unnoticed.

The three main problems are:

1. Crime has been internalized as a banal act. There seems to exist an obscure red line where the number of victims in certain localities and communities are perceived as not worth investigating seriously and Not prosecuted by the international communities.

2. The Low visibility of the mafia leaders make it hard for the legal system to carry out on any leads. The mafia leaders make it a serious infringement to the rule to take pictures of them, any media coverage or try to find out more on them.

3. The crimes are done in the blackest of the nights, in great secrecy. The financial crimes follow the same procedure and methods as done by the multinational corporations.

How to re-instate the will of all citizens to fight back mafia corruption methods?

1. First, the state has to reform into a fully democratic system in order to win the credibility and confidence of the people ready to vote and to participate in the democratic process.

2. The government has win over the people to shoulder their share in combatting criminal activities by educating them on how criminal organization function, how they target the public servants, how they behave… And then how to call and report suspected activities and criminals.

3. To win the confidence of the citizens, the government has to focus its financial investigations on the public servants because they are the main source of support and facilitators of corruption in any system.

4. The indictment of a few high profile administrators has a high impression impact for a good duration, but the constant targeting of lover administrators and officials is the main handicap to criminal organizations.

5. The lower levels in the administrations are the transmission chain to the highest levels to influence and extort favors, even if the official is well intentioned to do what is right.

Generally, it is by cracking down on criminal activities that a political system gains the confidence of the people in order to move to the bolder phase of instituting a fair election laws.

A government enjoying a broad support from the main political parties, syndicates and association can strengthen the investigative institutions, financial and criminal investigators.

These investigative organs function effectively when they are backed by and activities coordinated with skilled and professional secret security agents who have the means to the latest technologies and the knowhow to follow the money trails and the hierarchy of the criminal organization. In Germany, the criminal investigative bodies include such professionals.

Note 1: Did you hear of the Turkish mafia Buyuk-baba (Grandfather)? Or the Russian  Vor v Zakone (Thieves within the law)? Or Toto Riina (The Beast)? Or Giovanni Brusca (The Pork)?

Note 2: The theme was inspired by Jean Zeigler in “Les seigneurs du crime“1998

Photos of Elderly People: Looking at their Younger Reflections

‘Reflections of The Past’ is an award-winning photo series by commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey.

The photographs show an elderly person looking pensively at the reflection of his/her younger self in the mirror.

Hussey was inspired by a World War II veteran who said “I can’t believe I’m going to be 80. I feel like I just came back from the war. I look in the mirror and I see this old guy.”

It’s beautiful, touching and something everyone will go through at some point in their lives. Check out the series below.

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The images were used by healthcare company Novartis in a marketing campaign for its Exelon Patch, which is used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

The campaign won a Gold Addy Award from the American Advertising Federation and was featured in the Communication Arts Photography Annual.

Which one’s your favourite? Share this post and voice your feedback in the comments below.

Women taking on a multinational. And winning

This is the story of an extraordinary uprising, a movement of 6,000 barely educated women labourers who took on one of the most powerful companies in the world.

In a country plagued by sexism they challenged the male-dominated world of trade unions and politics, refusing to allow men to take over their campaign.

And what’s more, they won.

You may well have enjoyed the fruits of their labour.

The women are tea pickers from the beautiful south Indian state of Kerala.

They work for a huge plantation company, Kanan Devan Hills Plantations, which is part-owned and largely controlled by the Indian multinational, Tata, the owner of Tetley Tea.

The spark that ignited the protest was a decision to cut the bonus paid to tea pickers, but its roots go much deeper than that.

Going solo

Tea workers in India are not well treated.

When I investigated the industry in Assam last month I found living and working conditions so bad, and wages so low, that tea workers and their families were left malnourished and vulnerable to fatal illnesses.

It seems conditions in Kerala are not much different.

Part of the women’s complaint is that they live in one-bed huts without toilets and other basic amenities and, while they earn significantly more than the tea workers in Assam, they say the 230 rupees (£2.30; $3.50) they are paid for a day’s work is half what a daily wage labourer in Kerala would get.

Women tea workers in IndiaImage copyright AFP
Image caption “We pick the tea and carry the bags on our shoulders, you carry off the money bags”

But when, in early September, the women in Kerala demanded the bonus be reinstated – along with a hike in daily wages and better living conditions – it was not just a challenge to the company that employs them, but also to the trade unions that are supposed to represent them.

The women workers say the male trade union leaders are in cahoots with the company management, denying women their entitlements while ensuring they get the plum jobs themselves.

When tea prices collapsed a few years back, and some estate owners abandoned their plantations, the women argue that trade union leaders always managed to keep their jobs.

They also say that the trade unions haven’t done enough to stop their men from drinking away their earnings without regard for their children’s education or the medical needs of their families.

And they showed that they could launch an effective protest without the help of the trade unions.

‘Women’s Unity’

When 6,000 women occupied the main road to the headquarters of the plantation company it was organised by the women themselves, most of whom have no history of union agitation.

They called themselves “Pempilai Orumai“, or women’s unity.

In effect the women laid siege to the Munnar, one of Kerala’s most popular tourist destinations.

Trade and tourism were brought to a near standstill.

Many slogans were directed squarely at the union leaders.

“We pick the tea and carry the bags on our shoulders, you carry off the money bags,” read one.

“We live in tin sheds, you enjoy bungalows,” said another.

Women tea workers listen as an unseen NGO worker speaksImage copyright AFP
Image caption A group of semi-literate women had taken on the most powerful interests in the state and won.

When male trade union leaders tried to join the protest they were chased away. The women attacked one former trade union leader with their sandals. He had to be rescued by the police.

In another incident they tore down the flag poles outside the trade union offices.

They also saw off local politicians who wanted to be seen offering their support.

The women insisted they would continue the protest until their demands were met.

At first the plantation company was defiant but, after nine days of protest and marathon negotiations overseen by the chief minister of the state, it gave in.

It was a stunning victory: a group of semi-literate women had taken on the most powerful interests in the state and won.

The women had represented the workforce at the talks and forced management to accept their demand to bring back the 20% bonus.

Meanwhile the male trade union leaders had to swallow their pride and sign the deal the women had negotiated.

Nothing to lose

But the battle isn’t over yet.

The issue of the pay rise was to be negotiated separately and, when the women’s demand for an increase in wages wasn’t met, the unions launched an indefinite campaign to raise rates from 232 rupees to 500 rupees a day.

In part this was an attempt to seize the initiative back, following the success of the women’s campaign.

Women tea workers balance bags of plucked leaves on their headsImage copyright AFP
Image caption “We won’t allow anyone to exploit us. Enough is enough.”

The women have refused to be part of the union effort and launched their own independent demand for higher wages.

Earlier this month some male union activists are alleged to have attacked the women’s demonstration by throwing rocks. Six people suffered minor injuries.

But the women are determined to continue.

“We have nothing to lose”, Lissy Sunny, one of the leaders of Pempilai Orumai, told the Indian news website Catch.

“Hunger and suffering are part of our lives. We don’t care even if we starve to death.

But we won’t allow anyone to exploit us. Enough is enough.”


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