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On this day 57 years ago, the German-backed Indonesian Army used an attempted coup as a pretext to murder up to three million suspected communists. For the first time ever, a redfish investigation exposes the role of the German government. Watch now: bit.ly/3SqKmwN
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In the wake of U.S. President Joe Biden’s trip to Puerto Rico where he said the population has been “taken very good care of”, listen to this reminder of how Puerto Ricans are second-class U.S. citizens.
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Watch as more than 25,000 Pakistani farmers smash through police barricades as they enter Islamabad, demanding compensation for their losses during the recent catastrophic floods. The floods washed away over four million acres of crops in Pakistan.
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Haiti’s uprising against the country’s U.S.-backed President Ariel Henry has entered its seventh week. Masses of workers and peasants continue demanding action to decrease soaring costs of living and fuel prices, which were hiked upon an IMF recommendation to slash subsidies.
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Italians in downtown Rome burnt their extortionate energy bills during a protest against skyrocketing living costs. The annual electricity bill for the average Italian household will jump from €632 in 2021 to €1,322 this year.
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New documentary exposes West German and ex-Nazi role in Indonesian genocide ow.ly/79i350KZPZr
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Listen to Irish MEP Clare Daly decry EU inaction over migrant detention camps despite deteriorating conditions. “Refugees are kept for years, where the conditions are so bad that people set fire to themselves to end the horror.”
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Listen to Michael Parenti rage about the plunder of Latin America, Africa and Asia's riches: “The imperialists, the colonialists, don't go to poor places. Africa is rich, only its people are poor.”
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Today is "German Unity Day" marking German reunification in 1990. While the elites celebrated the creation of a single German state for the first time since the end of WWII, for the citizens of the German Democratic Republic, it marked a turn towards neoliberal disaster. 🧵
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Up until 1990, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the east of the country, described itself as a "workers' and peasants' state" which upon reunification was dismantled and turned into a neoliberal experiment cooked up by neoliberal economist Hans Willgerodt.
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Willgerodt advocated against regulation and to leave the integration of the GDR into the capitalist west German state "to the market".
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Together with the abolition of the GDR constitution and currency, the June 1990 Treuhand Law's first paragraph read: "privatize the people's owned property."
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In 1989, people-owned companies hired almost 80% of all GDR citizens and the official unemployment rate was zero. By 1994, three-quarters of those jobs had been lost as the "free" market took over the people-owned companies.
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Swathes of workers were unemployed and the authorities purged the GDR's academia, research and scientific establishments. 50% of professionals deemed linked to the workers' state lost their jobs, creating in the east the highest level of professional unemployment in the world.
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The capitalist takeover of the former people-owned companies and the threat of unemployment sparked huge protests. Pictured: At least 2,000 Berlin workers protesting in front of the Treuhand Institute. The banner reads "Colleagues, fight back!"
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Ultimately, four years after the end of the GDR, East Germany's industrial production crashed by 52% compared to 1989. East German unemployment was twice as high as in west Germany.
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More than 30 years after reunification, the average home in west Germany is more than twice as wealthy as the average home in the east, and people in the former earn 997 euros more per month than those living in the latter, according to an inquiry of the German "Left Party".
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redfish’s Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok continue to be banned in Europe and the US, while our YouTube channel is banned globally. #UnblockRedfish Defy the ban. Follow us on TELEGRAM: t.me/redfishstream
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As Brazil holds one of the tensest elections in recent years, here’s a reminder of Jair Bolsonaro’s misogynistic, racist, homophobic and outright fascistic views.
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The rebellion was ruthlessly suppressed in days and Turner went into hiding and was found hanged and skinned months later. As a result, white militias were formed and killed about 120 innocent slaves and free Black people.
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Nat Turner helped destroy the white Southern myth that slaves were and should be happy with their lives. The 1831 rebellion inspired several Abolitionist movements in their fight against slavery and was a significant event leading up to the American Civil War.
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