Financial Panic and War Cries across Europe—Only a ‘Superior Shift’ Can Re-Direct History
July 5 (EIRNS)—NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking on America’s Independence Day from Brussels, renewed his insane war-cry against Russia, bragging that NATO has implemented the biggest mobilization of military forces since the Cold War, but arguing that this is not enough. “We now need to take the next steps,” he said, saying the NATO Summit in Warsaw this week will “further enhance our military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance”—i.e., on Russia’s border.
Poland’s Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz went further, fantasizing to AP that the new NATO deployments will be the “end of fear” in Eastern Europe. “Only a show of real readiness to defend our borders can effectively halt Russia’s aggressive intentions,” he said, adding: “Russia must forget about threatening Poland, the European countries and other countries in the world.” Even while NATO is deploying NATO troops, tanks, military aircraft, warships, and missile systems all along Russia’s border, crazy Macierewicz accused Russia of “an increase in the intensity of Russia’s aggression in recent days,” pointing to Russia moving forces around within its own border!
There are increasing signs of sanity in Europe, however, in resisting the war policy against Russia and China, as well as the economic destruction of the European economies. Gen. Harald Kujat (ret.), the former head of the German armed forces, said in an interview today that he fully supported German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s denunciation of “NATO saber rattling” against Russia. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is travelling in China, further strengthening the “Silk Road” connections between Europe and China. Even Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is showing some resistance, unwilling to give into the EU demand that Italy force “bail-in” on their endangered banks. Renzi is reported to be demanding the right to recapitalize the banks with federal funds rather than shut them down or steal the depositors’ and bond holders’ money through bail-in to pay off the derivative gamblers.
Lyndon LaRouche responded today that these steps, and others like them, are correct and necessary, but not adequate. None of them will work, he said, unless a “superior shift” is implemented from above. Every individual effort to stop the financial panic now sweeping Europe, and soon the U.S., or to stop the mad killer Obama’s war drive, will be inadequate without such a “superior shift” to a new paradigm. This shift must be based on Glass-Steagall bank reorganization to shut down the “too big to fail” banks and restore productive credit, collaboration with China’s New Silk Road process and Vladimir Putin’s “Great Eurasia Project,” and, most important, a mobilization of our citizens—especially our youth—to beauty, through a restoration of Classical music and culture.
LaRouche has warned that the NATO war mobilization is a bluff—although a very dangerous one. Russian analyst Dmitry Yevstafiev, writing in Izvestia on July 4, echoed LaRouche’s warning. Yevstafiev notes that the massive NATO exercises on Russia’s border are actually a “cover operation,” for a first-strike attack by strategic forces. To think Russia would allow the kind of systemic build up on its borders, he said, such as that Hitler did before his Operation Barbarossa invasion of the Soviet Union, would be to believe Russia’s leaders to be imbeciles. The fact is, he added, NATO no longer has the ability to support such a conventional war, and is covering the gap with propaganda. But, this “provokes a growth in demand” for war. Like Japan at Pearl Harbor, he concluded, such a weak state may attack first, “hoping to gain an advantage.”
Awakening the creative spark of humanity in the Western nations, beaten down by the perpetual wars, economic crisis and cultural degeneration, is the necessary prerequisite to ending this danger, and moving humanity to the new paradigm now being generated from China, Russia and India, representing the majority of the human race and the moral leadership of the world.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
ISIS Terrorists Went on a Killing Rampage in the Last Week of Ramadan Holy Month
July 5 (EIRNS)—Exhibiting its monstrous nature, the Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh) and its associates, have carried out a series of mass killings during the last seven days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which was June 5-July 5 this year. The worst affected is the troubled state of Iraq, where a truck bomb on July 2 in Baghdad targetted the streets filled with young people and families out after sunset in Karrada, a predominantly Shi’a neighborhood, mowing down at least 250 people.
Prior to that on June 27, three suspected Islamic State militants launched three brazen assaults on Turkey’s main airport, Istanbul Ataturk Airport, exploding their suicide vests after gunning down numerous passengers and airport staff. At least 45 people were reportedly killed.
On July 2, ISIS-affiliated terrorists stormed a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, seizing hostages for more than eight hours and killing 22 people before Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion personnel moved in to set the other 13 hostages free.
On July 4, ISIS attacked three cities, Jeddah, Medina, and Taif, in Saudi Arabia, killing at least four people. In Medina, they carried out the attack, that killed four security personnel, outside the holy site of Prophet Mohammed’s mosque.
On June 28, Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told CNN that the ISIS had launched a grenade attack at a nightspot near Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital. Although the attack did not cause any deaths, it left eight injured; Abu Bakar told CNN that the attack was carried out on the orders of a Malaysian Islamic State fighter in Syria, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi.
On July 5, Pakistan’s The Dawn newspaper reported a biker forced his way into a police station in Solo, and blew himself up injuring a police officer.
Also on July 5, India’s Home Ministry official told Sputnik that the Indian security personnel has foiled an alleged ISIS planned attack on mosques and other important government offices in Hyderabad.
EIRNS had reported earlier on June 25 of an ISIS released video calling on followers in Malaysia and elsewhere to go to the Philippines and join hands with the jihadi terrorist outfit, Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist network of Wahhabi ideologues, developed by the Saudis in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion in the 1980s.
On July 6, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) will hold a press conference in Washington, D.C., joined by family members of those killed 15 years ago in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Rep. Walter Jones sponsored legislation to declassify the 28-page chapter of the Join Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 which exposes the Saudi role directing the 9/11 attacks. This 28 page chapter, when exposed—as it eventually will be—will start the process of ending the British/Saudi-controlled international terrorist scourge, and removing President Obama from office, for covering up for their crimes against Americans and internationally.
Stoltenberg Previews Agenda of NATO Summit
July 5 (EIRNS)—Yesterday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previewed the agenda for the NATO summit, set to open in Warsaw July 8-9. According to a statement posted on the NATO website, Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels that NATO has implemented the biggest reinforcement of its collective defense since the Cold War but now needs to take the next steps. “So at our Summit in Warsaw, we will agree to further enhance our military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance,” he said—i.e., on Russia’s border.
This includes not only the four battalions for Poland and the three Baltic states, but also the multinational brigade to be stationed in Romania and steps to improve cyber-defense, civil preparedness, and the ability to defend against ballistic missile attacks. Stoltenberg said that NATO estimates show that defense spending by European allies and Canada is expected to rise by 3%, or $8 billion this year.
The summit will also approve the deployment of NATO AWACS surveillance aircraft in support of the international anti-ISIS coalition. Since the U.S. has rejected the Russian offer to collaborate in surveillance of ISIS, it is clear it has other uses for the AWACS, such as the Russian presence in Syria.
Polish Defense Minister: NATO Deployment East Means End of Fear!
July 5 (EIRNS)—Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, never shy about stirring fears of a non-existent Russian threat, told the Associated Press in an interview that NATO’s new deployments to Eastern Europe will be the “end of fear” in Eastern Europe.
“Only a show of real readiness to defend our borders can effectively halt Russia’s aggressive intentions,” Macierewicz said. “Russia must forget about threatening Poland, the European countries, and other countries in the world.” With the planned stationing of troops, “we are becoming a full member of NATO,” Macierewicz said. “Not only a political one, but one that we have always very much wanted to be, one that the Poles have waited 70 years to be. We will be fully protected by a joint force.”
Macierewicz then said “we can forget about fear,” even though Russia is taking steps that are a threat to regional and wider peace, such as alleged actions in Ukraine, or moving troops and weapons on its own territory! AP doesn’t take note of the obvious irony there, but Russian President Vladimir Putin, himself, has noted that Russia moving troops on its own territory is seen as a threat, while NATO troops being moved up to Russia’s borders is not.
“When it comes to threats in the [Kaliningrad] area [of Russia],” Macierewicz says, “indeed we can talk of an increase in the intensity of Russia’s aggression in recent days,” he told Reuters. “These threats have a very important, dangerous role, always present in NATO’s thinking—these are anti-access activities, which are a serious threat to the Alliance.”
From there, Reuters goes on to complain about the air defense assets that Russia is installing there, as well as preparations for the possible emplacement of Iskander missiles. But the Russian military deployment to Kaliningrad is not one of mass, but rather an upgrading of existing capabilities. “The Kaliningrad contingent is being heavily upgraded qualitatively, not quantitatively,” said Vladimir Abramov, a Kaliningrad-based analyst. “Our general staff understands the folly of a large deployment here.”
Saudi Arabia Steers Wahhabi Terrorism in Bangladesh, Exposes Human Rights Activist
July 5 (EIRNS)—Khushi Kabir, the well-known human rights activist in Bangladesh, just days after the terrorist attack in the capital, Dhaka, which has shocked the nation, pointed to the role of Saudi Arabia in implanting and spreading Wahhabism, and called on the government to clarify its position, in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
Things started to change “with the spreading of Wahhabism” in Bangladesh, he said. “A lot of Saudi money goes to organizations and foundations. In the trial for the 1971 genocide [during war for independence from Pakistan], pressures were made to free certain people with Saudi contacts.
“There is a religious revival in schools, in the construction of huge mosques with foreign funding, in the increasing number of unallowed, unregistered, and uncontrolled madrassas, which are very well financed. Many Bangladeshis go to the Middle East to work, and come back with different values and spread a new dress code. … Religion used to be a private issue in this country. But [now] religious teaching is mandatory in all schools beginning in the early grades.”
It is not clear what the government is doing about it. “They could act forcefully and the people would support them. Stop the power games among parties. The government must oppose Saudi Arabia’s influence and take this ideological war seriously.”
The interview with a major Italian newspaper takes place in the context of Italy’s suspicions that the July 1st terrorist attack on a Dhaka café intentionally targeted Italian businessmen. Nine Italians were killed in the attack, all involved in the garment industry.
Bangladesh has become the main production site for “Made in Italy” garments—the second being Ethiopia—where labor costs make up to 0.6% of the retail price. And garments make 80% of Bangladeshi exports. The Italian government has sent a team of intelligence specialists to Dhaka to investigate the café bombing.
China: We Will Respond to U.S. Military Threats or Actions
July 5 (EIRNS)—With the decision by The Hague Tribunal on the Philippines case regarding the South China Sea due to be released on July 12, an editorial in China’s Global Times reported that China is undertaking a military drill on July 5-11 in the waters around the Xisha (Paracel) Islands.
The Global Times editorial says: “Washington has deployed two carrier battle groups around the South China Sea, and it wants to send a signal by flexing its muscles. As the biggest powerhouse in the region, it awaits China’s obedience.
“If the U.S. is taking advantage of the mess to deploy more military forces to the South China Sea, which are a direct threat to China’s national security, China’s military exercises could be regarded as a countermeasure.”
The editorial points to the shift in the Philippines under the new President Rodrigo Duterte: “The new Philippine government seems reluctant to keep the territorial face-off as a priority for Sino-Philippine ties. Now, it is some outside powers that are eager to make waves in the region.
“China should speed up building its military capabilities of strategic deterrence. Even though China cannot keep up with the U.S. militarily in the short-term, it should be able to let the U.S. pay a cost it cannot stand if it intervenes in the South China Sea dispute by force….
“China hopes disputes can be resolved by talks, but it must be prepared for any military confrontation. This is common sense in international relations.”
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
Brazilian First Responders Warn ‘Welcome to Hell’ in Run-Up to Olympics
July 5 (EIRNS)—The 224-page final report issued by the three-person independent fiscal auditing committee hired by the Brazilian Senate to prepare expert opinion on whether President Dilma Rousseff had violated the budget deficit law, as charged in the impeachment attempt against her, was released a week ago. In testimony before the Senate Impeachment Committee today, one of the three members of the committee reported that their findings on the four charges were unanimous. To wit: that three of the spending decrees involved were issued by the President, but that there was no evidence that Dilma Rousseff was responsible for the delay in the necessary repayments, while the fourth decree did not affect the budget, and therefore did not violate the budget law.
Wall Street media, international and Brazilian, responded simply: So what? Impeachment is always a political question, and she will be impeached. Because we say so. Forbes magazine stringer Kenneth Rapoza actually wrote that hedge funds’ betting impeachment odds at 90%, makes clear that she will be impeached.
The country is disintegrating under this deliberately induced government, economic, social, and now security crisis, just as Brazil heads into the World Olympics, which open on Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro, creating a dangerous security vulnerability.
Radical cuts in public expenditures by the usurper government have forced state and municipal governments to stop paying public sector workers and providers. The governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympics will be held, declared a “state of public calamity” in early June, to try and get the federal government’s attention. The Temer government quickly promised money, but as of last week, had not disbursed it.
Last week, 300 Rio de Janeiro first responders protested their lack of pay and necessary resources—including that they are not being given money with which to gas up police cars. One group deployed to Rio de Janeiro’s main international airport, where they held up a huge banner reading, in English: “Welcome To Hell. Police and Firefighters Don’t Get Paid, Whoever Comes To Rio de Janeiro Will Not Be Safe.”
A banner hung across an overpass near the airport, warned “Welcome. We Don’t Have Hospitals,” also in English.
In the wake of the wave of global terrorism of the last 10 days, the Transport Minister announced on July 1 that 2,700 Navy personnel will be deployed at airports and along the beaches where Olympic events are scheduled. Minister of Justice Alexandre de Moraes today called for everyone to remain calm, tourists and residents alike, with the reassuring message that there is “no probability” of an act of terrorism against the Games.
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Austria’s Withdrawal from EU ‘To Depend on Future Developments in Europe’
July 5 (EIRNS)—Austria could be the next country to exit the European Union, which could have even greater consequences. While Britain was not a member of the Eurozone, Austria is, and if it leaves the EU, it must by definition leave the Eurozone. This prospect has been raised by the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ). FPÖ European Parliament Member (MEP) Barbara Kappel told the Russian daily Izvestia that her party is intent on seeing the EU amend the core mechanisms of its decision-making in order to make them more transparent, and that if the EU leadership refuses to take the party’s concerns into consideration, FPÖ is ready to push for a referendum on whether Austria should remain a member of the Union.
“Our party’s stance is clear—the EU structure must be reformed. The changes must first and foremost affect the matters of foreign and domestic security, counter-terrorism operations, and the transparency of the decision-making process. Right now Brussels should direct all of its efforts at amending the core principles of the union instead of redesigning its foreign policy. If that doesn’t happen or if the process of integrating Turkey into the EU is given a go, Austria will hold a referendum just like the one that took place in U.K.,” she declared.
Referring to the fact that Austria’s Constitutional Court overturned the May 22 Presidential election, which FPÖ candidate Norbert Hofer narrowly lost, she said, “We’re glad that the Constitutional Court ruled to hold the rerun of the presidential elections. The numerous infractions during the election process that were uncovered during the investigation are an utter disgrace. Our party will continue working on improving our country’s election system as it needs to be made more transparent,” Kappel said.
The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) announced that it will deploy a monitoring mission to Austria to ensure that the new Presidential elections are run without manipulation.
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
Zepp-LaRouche: Belt and Road Will ‘Overcome Geopolitical Confrontations Which Threaten’ World War
July 5 (EIRNS)—In an interview, “Belt and Road Initiative Brings New Opportunities for China-EU Cooperation,” in Xinhua today, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder and president of the Schiller Institute, endorsed the One Belt, One Road Initiative, saying: “In my view, this initiative is the most important strategic proposal on the planet.” She further said that the Belt and Road Initiative is based on win-win cooperation and overcomes geopolitical confrontations which threaten to “bring the world close to war. It has a potential to help the world to get rid of its current crises. … This is a vital interest for Europe. Right now, if you don’t develop the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, the refugee stream will become bigger and bigger.”
Japan Wants To Team Up with India and Iran To Develop Chabahar Port
July 5 (EIRNS)—Iran’s Fars News Agency (FNA) reported on July 3 that the Japanese government has expressed its readiness to team up with Iran and India to develop the Chabahar port, located on the Gulf of Oman on the southeast corner of Iran’s coast. According to FNA, the Japanese government said that Chabahar port is capable of being a trade center to enter Turkmenistan and other Central Asian countries. Japan expressed hope for Chabahar port to be used as a logistics and support base in Iran and Afghanistan.
On May 23, Iran, India, and Afghanistan had signed an agreement to develop the eastern flank of the International North-South Corridor with Chabahar port as the hub. The development of the port would enable India and other South Asian nations to secure an access by sea and land to Iran, Central Asia, Russia, and beyond, into Europe. It would also enable Afghanistan, a land-locked nation, an access to trade through the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. In April, the Indian government announced plans to invest some $20 billion to build fertilizer and petrochemical plants at Chabahar.
Last June, Nikkei Asian Review, citing its sources, had pointed out that “the Japanese government hopes to start drawing up specific plans for Chabahar development by the end of this year through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.” The Japanese publication added, “Tokyo will decide on details such as the necessary infrastructure and a list of companies it will invite to tender for the project. The investment will use official development assistance.”
SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
NASA Calls Juno’s Insertion at Jupiter a Total Success
July 5 (EIRNS)—NASA announced this morning that its Juno spacecraft had successfully entered “orbit around mighty Jupiter” after a five-year journey from Earth. The agency received confirmation of Juno’s completed “burn,” losing 1,212 mph of velocity in order to be captured into orbit by Jupiter, just before midnight Eastern Time on July 4.
NASA’s press release quoted Administrator Charles Bolden, “With Juno, we will investigate the unknowns of Jupiter’s massive radiation belts to delve deep into not only the planet’s interior, but into how Jupiter was born and how our entire solar system evolved.” It quoted Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno, from Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio: “The mission team did great. The spacecraft did great. We are looking great. It’s a great day.”
The statement continued, “Preplanned events leading up to the orbital insertion engine burn included changing the spacecraft’s attitude to point the main engine in the desired direction and then increasing the spacecraft’s rotation rate from 2-5 RPM to help stabilize it.
“The burn of Juno’s 645-Newton Leros-1b main engine began on time at … 11:18 p.m. EDT” to allow orbital capture. “Soon after the burn was completed, Juno turned so that the Sun’s rays could once again reach the 18,698 individual solar cells that give Juno its energy.”
According to Bolton, “Our official science collection phase begins in October, but we’ve figured out a way to collect data a lot earlier than that. Which, when you’re talking about the single biggest planetary body in the Solar System, is a really good thing. There is a lot to see and do here.”