INTERVIEW WITH DIMITRIS KAZAKIS LEADER OF EPAM. PART 2

INTERVIEW WITH DIMITRIS KAZAKIS LEADER OF EPAM. PART 2

By Joshua Tartakovsky, 21 March 2016 Maybe you can talk about that a little bit… It’s easy. If I am Mr. Buffet, I know we are not talking about Buffet but a financial elite… in order to create new situation of more profit for my own investment capital, I cannot deal with different states. And I have more then, nominally, we have more than 327 trillion dollars in terms of investment capital worldwide. Controlled by 40 banks… even less. 40 banks. 327 trillion… We have a GDP, a world GDP, from 75 to 77 trillion dollars. And they are only for investment. We’re not talking about derivatives or other aspects of the financial market. We’re talking about 327 trillion dollars. So in order to create opportunities for my capital to provide new, or even more profit, for my portal, we have to destroy and re-destroy the whole… I cannot provide more out of the normal economic cycle. We have to destroy and recreate the cycle itself. And there’s no way I can do that if we have normal states or people or national economies, things like that. We tried that through financial means. We saw that. And we saw how the whole market was destroyed back in 2007 up to 2008. After that, they recreated the whole market and right now they have even a worse situation then back in 2007. So, in order to subsist that kind of a situation in the financial market, we need an army, we need political means – the economy cannot provide any more. You will see that the big international corporations are avoiding...
Venezuela: Not Socialism, Useless Populism. No Revolución, Just Violence

Venezuela: Not Socialism, Useless Populism. No Revolución, Just Violence

Joshua Tartakovsky, 28 January 2016 In December 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro suffered a humiliating defeat as his ruling party, PSUV, got only 55 seats in parliament. The opposition got 112 out of 167. The people of Venezuela gave the opposition a two-third majority and sent Maduro’s party home packing.Now the former opposition plans to release from prison criminals who engaged in violence under the disguise of fighting for democracy, and give people who received the one million houses created by the state a formal title which would allow them to sell them.  More significantly, Maduro is probably in power on borrowed time and will probably be removed from power within six months. While Maduro has the backing of the supreme court, the parliament can remove judges from power. It is only a matter of time before they do so. Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky (c) all rights reserved 2015. The extent of the popular rejection of Maduro’s policies was denied by Maduro himself who preferred to engage in denial as other failed leaders throughout history. Maduro continues to cling to power while repeating tired clichés on the Bolivarian Revolution. Following the results,  Maduro said: “workers of the fatherland know that you have a president, a son of Chávez, who will protect you.” But Maduro did not protect them. That’s why a majority, including many poor, voted for the opposition. Participation was 74%. It is no longer deniable that Venezuela is an utter failure. Inflation is at insane levels. Crime is rampant. Speculation and hoarding are driving basic goods away while prices are skyrocketing. Corruption and wrongdoings are widespread including in...
Caracas, Venezuela: A Real Mess

Caracas, Venezuela: A Real Mess

I believe most people are unaware of what is really going on in Venezuela and how bad things are. I just left Venezuela after living in a poor barrio in Caracas for two weeks. The country is already mired in chaos and is heading towards a never ending catastrophe. It’s nice to engage in wishful thinking but a quick visit to Caracas by arm chair Socialists and Communists can sort things out.  … I’ve been to Palestine, I’ve been to Donetsk. I lived in Rio de Janeiro. I taught in a favela. Never in my life did I ever feel less safe as in Caracas. I am sad to say. Never did i experience such a collective mania of fear and tension.Growing up in a religious family, I later rejected religion due to lack of belief in dogma. I refuse to accept any other dogma, Socialist, Anarchist, Communist or otherwise. I will not bury my head when it comes to reality.Venezuela has many amazing people and there are many empowered communities. But the crime, violence, inflation, corruption and fear are out of control. This can only mean that either the government and the so-called Bolivarian revolution is a populist scam or we are dealing with wholly incompetent people in power. Just because i have issues with Capitalism, does not mean I will embrace Madness. And what is going on in Venezuela is Madness. I am not one to exaggerate. I’ve been under bombing and rockets after all. I was in the military. Never felt as unsafe as in Caracas. I experienced there collective fear, collective depression, collective anxiety, collective violence....