MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2016

Volume 2, Number 254

EIR Daily Alert Service

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EDITORIAL

BRICS’ Hamiltonian Policy Has the British Empire On the Ropes

Aug. 14 (EIRNS)—“Putin is already the working President of a new universe,” Lyndon LaRouche asserted with a chuckle in his weekly discussion with the Manhattan Project on August 13. “Putin has built up a very respectable organization, which now occupies much of our entire planet! … Putin’s influence is not only Russia; it’s other parts of the whole Asiatic area.”

LaRouche elaborated that Putin, working in alliance with China, India and other nations, is constructing an alternative to the decomposing trans-Atlantic system, in the form of a global Hamiltonian approach. “You’re getting an Alexander Hamilton similarity for Russia; not only Russia, but for Asia! For all of Asia, practically. That’s a pretty big item.”

The next 60 days are fraught with danger, and opportunity. The world is now staring down the barrel of a global financial crisis, which could well strike over the September-October period. In this same time frame, there will be a series of international conferences—culminating with the 8th BRICS Summit in India in mid-October—which can serve as the framework for implementing the required policy shift, if sufficient political will is mobilized internationally to create that revolutionary New Paradigm.

China continues to display the right approach: “It is time to educate scientific and technological minds,” Li Zhimin, the director of the Science and Technology Development Center of the Education Ministry, stated, in announcing the release of the State Council’s plan to dramatically raise the proportion of scientifically-literate citizens in China by the year 2020.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has also made it clear that his friend and strategic ally, Russian President Putin, will be the #1 honored guest at the upcoming Sept. 4-5 G20 summit in China—to the horror of the British Empire and their stooge Barack Obama. The Chinese are tightly coordinating strategy for that G20 meeting, and the subsequent Oct. 15-16 BRICS summit in India, with Russia as well as India. Their stated policy is to meet “the challenges that the global economy currently faces” by “ensuring the successful organization of the G20 and BRICS summits.”

That success will be measured by immediately burying the deadly and bankrupt current financial system, and replacing it with a Hamiltonian system, which of necessity must be premised on the principles identified in LaRouche’s now-famous “Four Laws.”

Reshaping the U.S. Presidency around that policy—and not the lunacy of the U.S. electoral campaign— is the real issue facing the U.S. today. “Our President is a substitute for Satan,” LaRouche stated. “The leading candidates are terribly corrupt; so you’re going to worry about which candidate you’re going to elect? When you know that all the candidates, chiefly, that you’re talking about are specimens of evil! That in one way or the other, they reject their responsibilities as human beings for this process. So, we’ve got to get at the source of the problem… and bring about a removal of the source of the problem.”

NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER

China, India Coordinate Policy for Upcoming G20 and BRICS Summits

Aug. 14 (EIRNS)—Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has just completed a three-day visit to India, Aug. 12-14, which began with a one-hour meeting with Laxmikant Parsekar, the Chief Minister of the state of Goa (where the 8th BRICS summit will be held), and ended with in-depth discussions in New Delhi with both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. As Wang told journalists at the conclusion of his visit, “the major aim of this trip was to conduct strategic communication with India ahead of the G20 summit scheduled next month in China and the BRICS summit to be held in India in October,” Xinhua reported.

Both sides were upbeat about their coordination around the two summits (the G20 in Huangzhou, China on Sept. 4-5, and the BRICS in Goa, India on Oct. 15-16), and stated that ongoing bilateral issues between the two countries would be handled in the context of that strategic joint policy. Xinhua paraphrases Wang Yi’s comments after meeting Modi on Aug. 13: “Wang stressed that, amid the challenges that the global economy currently faces, it is highly important to ensure the successful organization of the G20 and BRICS summits. China is willing to boost mutual support with India for this end, he said.” Xinhua added that “the two sides agreed to strengthen mutual support over the successful organization of the upcoming G20 and BRICS summit…. Common interests between China and India far exceed their differences.”

According to Xinhua, “Modi said he cherishes the friendship with Chinese leaders [and] noted that India attaches great importance to relations with China, and the stance of viewing and treating the bilateral relations from a strategic height.”

After his three-hour meeting with External Affairs Minister Swaraj, Wang also stressed their policy unity on the two upcoming summits, “to elevate the status and role of emerging economies on the world arena.” He added that “the complementariness of the two economies has been further tapped and a win-win cooperation pattern is taking shape” between the two nations, and that China and India “have been making remarkable and comprehensive headway in recent years, thanks to joint efforts by both sides,” Xinhua reported. Wang added that “the two sides have strengthened strategic dialogue and safeguarded the common interest of emerging markets and developing countries.”

Swaraj concurred, noting that “India attaches great importance to ties with China,” and both sides had promised to “refrain from allowing differences over singular issues to baffle the general cooperation,” Xinhua wrote.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Meets Turkey’s Erdogan, Stresses Turkey, Iran, Russia Cooperation

Aug. 12 (EIRNS)—In a move that widens the circle of regional cooperation following the Aug. 9 meeting between Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Putin, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Ankara today, where he met both Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who hosted the visit, and President Erdogan. Zarif, the first high-level representative of the Iranian government to visit Turkey since the failed July 15 coup, congratulated the Turkish people for their victory against the coup, and emphasized that Iran was the first country to call into Turkey to support the government “within the first hour” of the news of the coup. In an interview before the meetings, Zarif said that Iran denounced the coup because “a coup has no place” in the region, reported the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Zarif referenced the Erdogan-Putin meeting this week with enthusiasm, and then highlighted the Aug. 8 meeting that Iranian President Rouhani had with Putin when the two leaders met in Baku with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, also this week.

“Iran and Turkey are important role players in the region, and they should boost cooperation on fighting terrorism,” Zarif said during the meeting with Cavusoglu today, reported Fars News.

While a major topic of Zarif’s discussions was solving the price and volume of gas purchases from Iran, the issue of cooperation to end the war in Syria was also discussed.

“I have discussed the Syria crisis with Iran’s FM Zarif; we agreed to increase cooperation on Syria,” Cavusoglu noted at a joint press conference today.

For his part, Zarif said that “we are happy with the rapprochement between Turkey and Russia. Turkey, Russia, and Iran will work together for Syria and general regional issues. We stand against terror in the region.”

Chile Ambassador Welcomes China Leadership of G20: ‘It Couldn’t Have Come At a Better Time’

Aug. 12 (EIRNS)—Chile’s Ambassador to China Jorge Heine wrote an article for Chile’s La Tercera newspaper on the upcoming G20 meeting hosted by China, which was given prominent coverage by Xinhua and other Chinese media. Heine’s central point was that China’s hosting of the G20 in early September “couldn’t have come at a better time,” because China is the motor of economic development in an otherwise troubled world economy.

“China is betting on innovation as a springboard for growth and development in coming years, and Hangzhou, an ancient imperial capital [which will host the G20 summit] is a great center of innovation,” Heine wrote. The Chilean ambassador added pointedly: “Up until a few months ago, conventional wisdom had it that the BRICS … had only been a passing illusion, and that time had shown that those who argued that the world continued to revolve around the North Atlantic and the decisions made there, were right.” But recent events, he continued, have “indicated the fallacy of that perspective. The reality is that the world depends increasingly on the emerging economies, especially on the Asian giants—that is, China and India.”

Chile under President Michele Bachelet has by and large sided with the BRICS initiative in South America, including Brazil under Dilma Rousseff (now facing impeachment) and Argentina under former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who is now also facing political persecution and even threats to her life.

STRATEGIC WAR DANGER

Russia Responds to Ukraine’s ‘Crime against the Russian State’ with Military Maneuvers, Warning of Diplomatic Break

Aug. 12 (EIRNS)—Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated in Sochi on Aug. 12 that the foiled Ukrainian attacks on Crimea “is undoubtedly a crime committed against the Russian state and the people of Russia living on one of its territories,” which was sanctioned by “a country close to” Ukraine. Asked by Interfax if Russia were contemplating breaking diplomatic relations with Ukraine, Medvedev responded: “I would not like this to end this way. However, if there is no other option to influence the situation, the President can probably make such a decision.” He pointedly added: “As for the break-off of our diplomatic relations, you know, history saw all kinds of things. I will recall that after the well-known events, our diplomatic relations with Georgia were cut off,” a reference to 2008 when Russia militarily rebuffed Georgia’s armed attacks.

Medvedev’s warning followed a meeting of the Russian Security Council the day before, called by President Vladimir Putin to review “scenarios for counter-terrorism security measures along the land border, offshore and in Crimean air space,” the Kremlin reported. Shortly thereafter, the Russian Navy announced games by its Black Sea fleet beginning Aug. 15, and the deployment of its two newest ships armed with Kalibr cruise missiles to the Eastern Mediterranean. TASS reported that the Black Sea Fleet ships will conduct “artillery and missile firing practice in conditions approximating real combat operations.” At the same time, Russia will conduct drills with two armored trains on Aug. 15, for the first time in 15 years. These will be held near Volgograd in south Russia. TASS reports: “They will practice missions to protect and defend recovered railway bridges across water obstacles from a notional enemy’s reconnaissance and subversion groups.”

Additionally, the Russian Defense Ministry announced today that it will conduct exercises in Crimea and the Volgograd region Aug. 16-19, to simulate an attack by weapons of mass destruction. According to BBC, the Defense Ministry announced that “radioactive, biological and chemical defense troops will be deployed in the maneuvers.” The Defense Ministry also announced and that the new S-400 Triumph air defense missile system had been delivered to Crimea, as had been scheduled a month ago (before the current round of tensions with Ukraine).

Russian investigations have led to more details of the sabotage teams captured in Crimea, which set off the crisis. According to TASS, a Capt. Vladimir Serdyuk, chief of the intelligence unit of the 37th battalion of the 56th Brigade of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate has been named as the organizer of the sabotage group.

Lyndon LaRouche emphasized that it is important to keep in mind the desperate state of mind of the British Empire and Obama, over the fact that all their threats and operations against Putin have failed like “the bomb that doesn’t go off.” They cannot allow their people to be intimidated by what Putin is doing, and so they will respond by trying to kill somebody, or otherwise escalate the confrontation, he warned.

Former U.S. Ambassador to U.S.S.R.:  Gorbachov Prolonged Cold War by Rejecting Reagan’s SDI

Aug. 13 (EIRNS)—Gen. Vladimir Dvorkin, the retired Russian General who at one point was the intelligence director for Russia’s Strategic Rocket Force, has written a paper for Carnegie Moscow, “Hypersonic Threats: The Need for a Realistic Assessment,” which reviews the history and ongoing work by the United States, Russia, China and India on a new generation of hypersonic rockets that can deliver powerful conventional strikes against targets around the globe in a very short period of time. Dvorkin warned “Many Russian officials and experts believe that hypersonic weapons deployed by the United States will drastically increase the effectiveness of the global strike concept and give Washington a capability to deliver a disarming non-nuclear strike against Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces.”

According to Dvorkin (who has been warning for the past 18 months about the danger of a New Cold War turning hot), the Soviets began work on hypersonic missiles in 1983 as part of their asymmetric response to President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, with a project first named the Albatross program, later renamed Project 4204.

An article by Dave Majumdar, published Aug. 11 by The National Interest, adds a vital historical dimension to the Dvorkin warning and account. Russian fears of the United States developing a first-strike capability against Russia are nothing new, Majumdar wrote. “Indeed, the Cold War might have ended far more quickly had it not been for Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s objections to President Ronald Reagan’s SDI. In fact, with the exception of the SDI sticking point, the two leaders had very nearly agreed to eliminate nuclear weapons altogether during a summit meeting in Iceland in October 1986.”

Gorbachov refused to make the deal with Reagan without the U.S. abandoning the SDI, and Reagan insisted that SDI was part of the plan to end nuclear Armageddon, through the sharing of the SDI technology with the Soviets. Gorbachov claimed that he did not believe that the U.S. would ever share the technology and so he rejected the deal.

Majumdar cited former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock, whose account of Reagan’s deep frustration at Gorbachov’s rejection of the offer for SDI collaboration is recounted in his 2004 book Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended. “Excuse me, Mr. President, but I cannot take your idea of sharing SDI seriously,” Gorbachov told Reagan at the Iceland summit, according to Reagan’s personal recounting to Matlock.

At the time of the Iceland Summit in October 1986—which coincided with the raids on the LaRouche headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia and the full-scale activation of the “Get LaRouche” frame-ups—Lyndon LaRouche correctly identified the SDI issue as the decisive factor that led to the breakdown of that summit, when Gorbachov once again rejected Reagan’s offer to share the SDI with Moscow.  LaRouche had collaborated closely with Ronald Reagan in designing and launching the SDI.

LaRouche added in discussions with colleagues today that the first rejection of SDI came from Yuri Andropov, who personified the British penetration and overall corrupting of the Soviet leadership at that time. Given LaRouche’s personal role in the back-channel negotiations between President Reagan and Moscow, the Soviet leadership had every reason to know that the U.S. was serious about the joint development of SDI, which was the only way to implement Mutually Assured Survival and end the era of thermonuclear terror.

Terror Bombs Hit Five Tourist Cities in Southern Thailand—Possible Uighur/Chechen Connections

Aug. 12 (EIRNS)—Eleven home-made bombs struck five tourist cities in southern Thailand on Thursday and Friday, killing four and injuring dozens. The five targetted cities were not in the area of the 20-year Islamic insurgency in the far south. Rather, they hit beaches, foreign hangouts and police stations, including Phuket, the most famous beach resort in Thailand and a favorite for Russian tourists, and Hua Hin, only 200 km south of Bangkok.

What force was responsible for the bombings is not yet known toEIR, but it is not irrelevant that the New York Times was quick to publish an editorial on Aug. 12, condemning the new Thai Constitution which passed overwhelmingly in a referendum on Aug. 7, in which the Times implied that the terrorist bombings were merely an expression of legitimate anger over the continued military role under the new constitution. The editorial, titled “Thailand’s Power-Hungry Generals,” complains that the 61% vote in favor of the new Constitution was the result of suppression of debate, then goes on: “A string of bombings this week, mostly in tourist towns, suggested that dissidents [sic] may have had enough and are now willing to protest [sic] with violent means.”

EIR also recalls that “the danger of terrorism” has long been one of the excuses used to sabotage the crucial Kra Canal project in southern Thailand. Now that China and its 21st Century Maritime Silk Road are considering helping Thailand build the canal, the British (who have fought the idea for some 200 years, preserving their chokehold over transport in Singapore) are likely using their favorite weapon, terror, to sabotage it.

Thailand had already been added to the British/Saudi terror target list. This Aug. 17 is the first anniversary of a terrorist attack in Bangkok which killed 22 people, for which two Uighurs are now on trial. In April, Thai police acknowledged that four Uighur and Chechen terrorists had entered the country with the intention of hitting tourist sites frequented by Chinese and Russian tourists. The Uighurs are the inhabitants of China’s Xinjiang province and Chechnya is a republic of the Russian Federation; both peoples are predominantly Muslim and are courted by the Anglo-Saudi Wahhabi fanatics.

China-Philippines Prepare for Formal Talks on Cooperation

Aug. 12 (EIRNS)—At the end of his five day visit to Hong Kong, former Philippine President Fidel Ramos called his talks with Chinese envoys were “very hospitable … very encouraging, in the sense that we have a common interest.”

Ramos met in Hong Kong with Fu Ying, Vice Minister of China’s Foreign Ministry, and chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress. They co-signed a statement which said that their “informal discussions focused on the need to engage in further talks to build trust and confidence to reduce tensions to pave the way for overall cooperation.”

China’s Global Times added that the statement said that China would welcome Ramos visiting Beijing at some point as the special envoy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and that they had discussed the possibility of cooperation in various sectors including fishing, ocean conservation, anti-drug and anti-smuggling efforts, as well as trade and tourism.

Ramos also met with Wu Shichun, president of China’s National Institute of South China Seas Studies.

“China hopes such exchange could help resume dialogue and improve bilateral ties between China and the Philippines,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement on Friday.

No date for the formal talks have been announced, but Ramos later stated that further talks would be divided into two tracks: one on points of agreement; a second, conducted by think tanks, on “contentious issues.”

SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE

China Sets Out To Bring Science and Technology to All Its People

Aug. 14 (EIRNS)—Acting as all governments committed to the welfare of their people should, China’s State Council released a program on Aug. 8 for how the government intends to mobilize itself, and the private sector, to increase the scientific literacy of its people. “Youngsters, farmers, migrant workers and public servants will be the key groups targeted in the science promotion campaign,” the State Council’s science and technology progress plan said, according to Xinhua. The goal is to raise the proportion of scientifically literate citizens to 10% by 2020, when 20% of China’s GDP should be generated by knowledge-intensive industries, the plan projects.

Li Zhimin, director of the Science and Technology Development Center under the Ministry of Education, summed up the commitment behind the program: “It is time to educate scientific and technological minds.”

China has already been working to “popularize science,” including having more than 1,100 science and technology museums by the end of 2014. Xinhua reports that “a 2015 survey by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) revealed that the proportion of scientifically literate citizens has almost doubled from 3.27% in 2010 to 6.2% last year. Major cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin were higher, reaching 18.7%, 17.5%, and 12% respectively, similar to levels in the U.S. and Europe at the turn of the century.”

Xinhua’s report on the science promotional plan makes clear that the government seeks not only to develop scientists per se, but also to raise the “relevant thinking ability” of their citizens in general. Qiu Chengli, an official with the science popularization section of the Ministry of Science and Technology, gave the example of how “people need to have the basic ability to save themselves or others” in case of an earthquake or other emergency, and scientific education provides that.

“It is actually the process of education that cultivates children’s scientific spirit and thinking,” Chen Zhiwen, chief editor of the education website, www.eol.cn, told Xinhua.

China 2030 Science Program Aims To Put China In Forefront of World Science

Aug. 14 (EIRNS)—While the science plan released last week by the State Council has not been available yet to non-Chinese speakers, there is enough to indicate that, if successful, it will place China in the forefront of world science.

The areas on which they are focusing their efforts are telling in that respect. The first, and most widely noted, is quantum technologies and communications. This study of minute particles smaller than atoms can be applied in numerous fields, in computer processing, in lasers, and in nuclear technology, as well as in space research and biotechnology. China will launch in a few days its first quantum satellite. This technology will also help create computers that cannot be hacked, obviously an important consideration in this age of the NSA and Stuxnet. China also aims to pursue research in creating a world-wide communications and computer system of the future. Another related area of study will be cyber defense.

In addition, China will pursue its endeavors in deep space exploration and the development of new spacecraft, including the development of new engines and gas turbines as well as the development of new materials for aerospace development.  China is also planning to have a functioning deep-sea station for the investigation of the ocean bottoms and the resources of the seas. China will also concentrate on the study of the human brain, the diseases of the brain, and brain surgery.

They will work to place themselves in the forefront of materials research, investigating materials for semi-conductors and high-temperature alloys, and rare earth metals. China will also work to master the key technologies in the field of nuclear energy and blaze a trail in nuclear research.

China has also placed groundbreaking research in medical science in the forefront of their program, including research in infectious diseases and frequently recurring diseases. They will also continue their successful work in dealing with improvements in plant growth and seek major breakthroughs in the improvement of crop yield.

In all of these fields, China has the goal of winning a “forward position,” knowing that in this way, the advances they can make in world science will also rebound positively to further the development of the Chinese economy.

OTHER

Is Obama behind Death Threats against Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner?

Aug. 13 (EIRNS)—Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner revealed Aug. 9 that she had received three letters at her home in Buenos Aires, threatening her life.

According to Página 12 Aug. 10, the letters warn that she and her family should leave the country because her “life and safety” were in danger, and that she’s certain to go to prison otherwise. Another letter includes newspaper clippings, and warns that if “the judiciary” doesn’t condemn her, “we’ll find another way.”

The backdrop to these latest threats is the hysterical “anti-corruption” offensive waged against Fernández by the Wall Street- and London-owned President Mauricio Macri, his collaborators in the judiciary and allied media which publish daily, spectacular “revelations” on Fernández’s alleged misdeeds.

But to locate the situation strategically, as Fernández herself has noted, the attacks on her are not a domestic issue. In two lengthy interviews in July, she explained that the attacks on her, on Brazil and several South American nations were related to their strong alliance with the BRICS, and with Russia and China in particular. Pointedly, Fernández told C5N’s host Roberto Navarro July 3, that during her Presidency, “one great power”—the U.S.—didn’t like her speech at the Sept. 24, 2014 meeting of the UN Security Council, in which she boldly told Barack Obama to his face that his “anti-terror” policy only led to ISIS’s expansion and to “permanent bloodshed.”

As Fernández put it, this perhaps explains the efforts to “kill the messenger.” On Aug. 7, the daily Página 12 published an interview with the man who ran an anti-Kirchner Facebook page, during Fernández’s last Presidential term, who reported that “the line often came down” from then-legislator and now-Security Minister Patricia Bullrich to publish threats against Fernández de Kirchner. “At that time,” he said, “it wasn’t unusual, for example, to see an image of Cristina hanging from a rope.” This is the same Bullrich who recently provided the daily Clarín with a detailed profile of Fernández’s personal security, in what was a clear security-stripping operation.

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