EIR Daily Alert Service
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017
Volume 4, Number 14
EIR Daily Alert Service
P.O. Box 17390, Washington, DC 20041-0390
The Next Stage of Human Evolution
Jan. 19 (EIRNS)—The next days will witness many revolutionary developments, qualitatively new, resembling nothing ever seen previously in all of human history. But there is one thing which is known now, and already is inevitable and unavoidable. Their system is finished. It is over, and it can never come back. Yes, they can raise a ruckus, as they are doing. They can make a bloody mess if they are allowed to—but they will never be able to bring that system back from the grave. Thank God, now we are done with it forever.
As soon as the results of the Presidential election were known, Lyndon LaRouche said that it was not the United States that had rejected Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and everything they stood for—it was the world that had rejected them. It was a global phenomenon. Whatever Angela Merkel may think, the world had had enough of their killing and looting—of the insolence and hubris of three centuries of the British Empire. The world had decided to leave them behind in the mud, and move on. On to the next stage of human evolution, which has already begun.
That next stage of evolution is a whole interlinked complex—moral, material, psychological, and scientific—all of these aspects closely intertwined, as they always have been in Lyndon LaRouche’s thinking. One word for this next stage of our species’ evolution is the “New Paradigm.” The New Paradigm, as Helga Zepp-LaRouche has memorably said, “where we become truly human.” Its new “platform” of economic development includes the World Land-Bridge which the LaRouches first launched as an idea about thirty years ago, which is now coming into reality under the leadership of China and Putin’s Russia.
As newly breaking developments crowd on each other day by day, now the Kra Canal project through Thailand, which Lyndon LaRouche has fought for since the 1980s, has come suddenly fully back onto the agenda. As to LaRouche’s visionary thinking on this, the Jan. 27 issue of EIR will quote him from a 2014 Fortune Times (Singapore) interview on the Kra Canal.
“Divide the maritime region of East and South Asia into three principal categories: China, a giant; India, a giant; and the maritime connection, throughout Southeast Asia’s maritime regions. Add the impact of such triadic maritime and related connections, to the physical-economic relations to the Americas to the East, and the Middle East’s underbelly and Africa. Then, the potency of a Kra Canal development appears not only as an eminently feasible feature, but as a strategic political-economic force for the planet.”
LaRouche also noted that the primary opposition to the Kra Canal within Asia is Singapore, and that the chief source of resistance from Singapore is entirely global, British-imperial military-strategic interests. But, he added:
“The sheer volume of maritime trade between the two great nations of Asia [China and India], and their connections through the South Asia maritime regions, make the Canal probably the most potentially beneficial, and also efficient project for the entire region of the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, and the co-development of the major regions of Planet Earth as a whole.”
China and Japan have brought the Kra Canal project back onto the table, which is a key link in the Maritime Silk Road. At the same time, as part of the Silk Road for Africa, China has engaged with the Transaqua project, the largest infrastructure project Africa has ever contemplated, as reported in the Jan. 6 EIR (“Transaqua: A Dream Is Becoming a Reality”). As Claudio Celani wrote there, the idea is one of “a waterway which would be able to replenish [Lake Chad], and at the same time form a giant transport, energy and agricultural infrastructure for Central Africa. The construction of such an infrastructure project would offer jobs for millions of Africans, and lay the basis for future development.”
As vast as it is, the World Land-Bridge is only one part of this New Paradigm. With it goes the new “economic platform” of nearby space. It is fully achievable that over the immediate future, nations will join together for a space program whose U.S.A. component alone will be far larger than the Kennedy Moon program. And we can and must have a successful international program to produce virtually-free energy for mankind from nuclear fusion. Their necessary basis is a directed national banking and national credit policy, which must begin by resurrecting Franklin Roosevelt’s Glass-Steagall protections.
Thus, LaRouche’s “Four New Laws” are the unique requirement for the United States’ joining the New Paradigm.
The entire great design has integral moral and cultural dimensions as well. The powerful celebration of Martin Luther King Day by Lyndon LaRouche’s “Manhattan Project” at the Co-Cathedral Of St. Joseph in Brooklyn, New York, is the leading embodiment of this cultural dimension in today’s world. See “Manhattan Conference: ‘Inspire Each Citizen To Act for the Future’” in the January 20, 2017 issue of EIR for a report on this unique event.
Success is not guaranteed—far from it. Creative volition—your creative volition—is required if mankind is to move upward onto this next beckoning step.
We conclude with the words of Krafft Ehricke, the German scientific genius who gave the U.S. and the world the Saturn Rocket, from 1966, which we have quoted once before in this space.
“The hour of birth, be it of a life or of an era, is the hour of truth in which pain, doubt and fear challenge, and the intensity of their onslaught causes the compensating forces of strength, confidence and bravery to rise to rare peaks of intensity and power. The world seems to break apart under the agony of this unmerciful confrontation of the old and the new.”
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
Lavrov: West European Leaders Tried To Influence U.S. Elections, Not Russia
Jan. 19 (EIRNS)—During a press conference today in Moscow with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the following exchange took place:
Question: Of late, Western media have been abuzz with stories about kompromat (compromising materials), leaks, spy scares and planted stories. Russia is mentioned and accused not only of hacking attacks but of almost everything. Could you comment on this?
Sergey Lavrov: Frankly, we have already started to grow weary of discussing the issue of Russian interference in U.S. internal affairs, in particular the election campaign that ended with the election of Donald Trump as President. Because these baseless, unsubstantiated, slanderous accusations continue to surface, I would like to say that the cynicism of the situation is that we are being accused by those who in fact actively interfered in the election campaign themselves.
Russia has repeatedly stated that we are ready to work with any president the American people vote for in accordance with U.S. law…. However, unlike us, a number of leaders of U.S. allied countries openly campaigned for Hillary Clinton. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, and leaders of other European states were actively involved in that. What’s more, in addition to direct campaigning for Hillary Clinton, official representatives of European countries had no qualms about demonizing Donald Trump. For example, my German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier called him, if I remember correctly, a preacher of hatred. U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson even said that Donald Trump is inadequate, while then-French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated that the Republican candidate was rejected by the entire world. And all of that was said, not in a whisper in a narrow circle, but loudly and to the whole world.
Perhaps it is time to admit that it was not Russia but U.S. allies who grossly interfered in U.S. internal affairs in the election campaign. By the way, many of them are still unable to control themselves and calm down. We do not interfere in these squabbles. We, as a matter of principle, stay out of what is currently going on in the U.S. between the outgoing administration and Donald Trump’s team. However, the attacks by representatives of Barack Obama’s team against the President-elect at times simply appear hypocritical. Just a few days ago, on Jan. 15, when, in an interview with The Times and Bild, Donald Trump expressed his opinion on German migration policy, my counterpart John Kerry said that it was unethical and added up to interference in German internal affairs. And this is said by people who tried to preach to other countries, including Europe (for example, Barack Obama personally campaigned against Brexit) not only in word, but who interfere in other countries internal affairs in a way that is far from harmless, with the use of military force aiming for regime change. Therefore this is probably not double but triple standards. We believe that those who make such accusations against us, trying to shift the blame onto someone else’s shoulders, should be blushing at the very least.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
Saudi Operatives Bring Terror to Myanmar
Jan. 19 (EIRNS)—The New York Times today reports that the Saudis are mobilizing international support for a terrorist insurgency in Myanmar—while the Times, in its typical fashion, essentially praises the effort.
A Saudi-backed terrorist force has been set up in Myanmar from neighboring Bangladesh, among Myanmar’s Rohingya minority. At the same time, it is definitely the case that Myanmar has historically oppressed the Muslim Rohingya—they are denied citizenship, and are forced to identify themselves as Bangladeshi, despite many generations having lived in Myanmar’s Rakhine.
A terrorist group of Rohingya, called Harakah al-Yaqin, attacked a Myanmar border post in October, killing nine police. The Times acknowledges that the group “is believed to have several hundred recruits, substantial popular support, and ties to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, according to a report by the International Crisis Group.” They add that there are expectations that the conflict “could draw foreign jihadists of varying stripes to Myanmar, adding terrorism to an already combustible mix.”
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has thrown full support to the uprising. He led a rally in December, calling the government crackdown “genocide.” Malaysia hosts a Saudi-funded satellite station which supports the insurgency, directed by a Saudi.
The Myanmar government’s measures may be questionable, but the Times openly promotes an armed insurgency, with quotes such as:
Members of ISIS who were planning to go to Myanmar to join the insurgency have been arrested in both Indonesia and Malaysia.
The Times writes that 65,000 Rohingya have fled the fighting into Bangladesh, and the Islamist Hefazat-e-Islam has organized large Rohingya support rallies in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
EU Demands More Blood from Italy
Jan. 19 (EIRNS)—In the middle of the new emergency created by the earthquake and the weather conditions in central and southern Italy, the EU has rejected Italy’s budget proposal and demanded additional cuts of €3.4 billion because of an excessive deficit of 0.2% of GDP!
The EU request is feeding the already-overwhelming anti-EU sentiment in Italy. Exemplary is the Jan. 18 op-ed by Antonio Cangini, editor of La Nazione and Il Resto del Carlino, a national daily especially read in central Italy. Cangini says that the post-Glass-Steagall era is over, but the EU has failed to recognize it and should be buried.
“With British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech yesterday, on the modalities of the U.K. exit from the EU, and with the inauguration of President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday, a global historic phase is being closed,” Cangini wrote; “A chaotic as well as dramatic phase which has brought us two poisoned fruits: the economic crisis and the European crisis. For the former, we must thank the United States. In order to avoid a repetition of the 1929 crisis, President Roosevelt had the sacrosanct Glass-Steagall Act approved in 1933, separating investment banks from commercial banks. Bill Clinton repealed it in 1999, opening the way to globalization and, less than a decade later, to the implosion of the U.S. financial system, full of toxic and non-performing assets….
“To save the banks, the attention was shifted to the sovereign debt of states, beginning the suffering of southern and Catholic European countries. No systemic correction has been implemented since, just palliative measures such as the Dodd-Frank bill in 2010. Whatever judgment one can have on Trump’s victory, this represents a shift, a radical correction of route. No shift instead is on the horizon in old Europe, where the route is still the same one: small steps towards the abyss. Greece, Brexit, the fear of so-called rising ‘populisms’ were not enough. Germany keeps playing the music, imposing rigor in government accounts and compliance with treaties on others, while itself violating those treaties.”
Cangini believes that the Italian government should raise its voice against the German government, but Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is too weak to do that. “Romano Prodi says that ‘Europe is dead’ and not even a saint could believe in its resurrection. The corpse is beginning to stink, and holding its funeral might be the only way to start life again. There is only one problem: there is no gravedigger around to do it.”
This commentary was run on the front page, beside an interview with former EU Commissioner Romano Prodi who complained that “his” Europe “is dead.” Prodi is, of course, unhappy about it.
Insane Polish Defense Minister Blocks Silk Road Railway Terminal in Łódź
Jan. 19 (EIRNS)—Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz has demonstrated his stupidity if not insanity, by issuing a ban on the construction of a railway terminal in Łódź, which was to improve the city as a key terminus for China’s New Silk Road railway, according to Polish expert Cezary Kalita in an interview with Sputnik Poland. Macierewicz claims the New Silk Road is a “security threat”!
Kalita, who from the Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, scorned the decision, saying that Macierewicz, thinks the New Silk Road project “threatens to cost Poland its national independence.”
Kalita, who is a strong advocate of the New Silk Road, said the current Łódź railway terminal already receives trains with Chinese goods en route westward to other EU countries, and the project is helping Poland to expand its infrastructure, as well as communication and trade routes with other countries, which in turn contributes to regional development. He said that China, India, Turkey, Iran, “and, of course, Russia” were the most important partners for European countries. He said Europe has no chance to remain afloat if it doesn’t work with these players to facilitate the free movement of goods.
“Free trade reduces the military threat level, but our Defense Minister claims the opposite, allegedly expressing concern about national security. History teaches us that most wars were unleashed after some prohibited others to carry goods, and trade relations collapsed. But it seems that our Defense Minister doesn’t know anything about that, judging by his strange statement,” Kalita said.
He also said that the Defense Minister’s “dangerous” remarks about the alleged threats of trade are irrational in their essence. “I believe that first of all, we need to develop contacts with our immediate neighbors, and then—with the rest of the world, which will add significantly to our country’s security. We need to be one of the elements of the common system, rather than proclaim our individualistic political ideas in such a strange way, something that has more than once led to Poland losing its independence,” Kalita said.
There is tremendous support for Łódź terminal within the Polish business and economic community. Łódź, in central Poland southwest of Warsaw, and south of Gdansk, is a key terminus for cargoes coming from China and headed for Eastern European states south of Poland. All the trains that come from China heading to Western Europe, including Duisburg, pass through Łódź, so it is hoped that Macierewicz and the crazy government he represents will soon be booted out of office.
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
Are Austria and Russia Heading To Better Relations?
Jan. 19 (EIRNS)—Austrian President-elect Alexander Van der Bellen, who will be inaugurated next week, issued a tweeted statement saying he was interested in “continuing good relations between Austria and Russia.”
The statement comes as Austrian Foreign Minister and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairperson-in-Office Sebastian Kurz is in Moscow, where he had a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Following the meeting Lavrov said: “We value our relations with Austria; they are based on mutual respect, and are friendly and constructive. That was confirmed during Austrian President Heinz Fischer’s visit to Russia last year. We are interested in preserving continuity in our relations, and are ready to develop relations with President Alexander Van der Bellen.”
Prior to his meeting with Lavrov, Kurz told Sputnik he hoped for improvement of relations between Russia and the European Union and the United States
“The lifting of EU economic restrictive measures against Russia is linked to the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements. Since up to now there has only been small progress with regard to the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements, the sanctions were recently prolonged until the end of July 2017. In my view, in the case of visible and verifiable progress on the Minsk agreements, a gradual lifting of these measures should be discussed. However, this does not apply to the sanctions adopted as a response to the illegal annexation of Crimea,” Kurz said.
Kurz is visiting Russia in his capacity as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. During his tenure as rotating OSCE chief, Kurz plans to ramp up the fight against terrorism and radicalization. “Austria is firmly committed to a strong European Union, and to caring for stable and friendly relations with the Russian Federation. Naturally, we also want to maintain and further improve our close bilateral ties at all levels,” Kurz said.
In a separate statement, on Jan. 17 the CEO of Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International Karl Sevelda told TASS at the Euromoney forum: “I hope they [the United States] will lift sanctions because we were always against [them]. The sooner, the better.”
Turkey Has Great Expectations from Trump Administration
Jan. 19 (EIRNS)—After Turkey’s disastrous experience with the Obama Administration, the government has great expectations from the incoming Trump administration. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who will be leading the Turkish delegation for the Presidential inauguration on Friday, is already in Washington, where he had a “working breakfast” meeting with incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. He is cited in today’s Hurriyet Daily News as having said that he hopes relations between Ankara and the Washington would gain momentum with the new U.S. administration.
In Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim laid out what steps he hoped the new administration will take to improve relations that have nosedived under Obama. “The new U.S. administration has to take three concrete steps to mend ties with Turkey,” Yildirim told reporters at Parliament late on Jan. 18. These include the extradition of Turkish exile Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, based in Pennsylvania, whom Turkey accuses of masterminding a failed military coup last July; ceasing support for Syrian Kurdish groups which Turkey considered allies of the outlawed Turkish Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), and taking steps to counter anti-American feelings in Turkish society.
Yildirim said the Trump administration had invited his advisor Ihsan Durdu, saying: “Their messages are not negative. I think their approach [on Turkey] will change. I also believe that the U.S. administration’s negative stances on the Syria and Iraq policies will also be changed. They say their influence in the region has diminished. They say they will work more closely with Turkey on these issues. This is good.”
SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
With Obama Leaving, Nuclear Plasmas’ Reappearing around the Globe
Jan. 19 (EIRNS)—Some weeks ago, the German stellarator in Greifswald announced extremely promising results in the science of plasma physics. In France, on Dec. 14, at the site of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Cadarache, southern France, where ITER is being built, science teams proudly announced they achieved the first plasma in the WEST tokamak, the sister reactor of the Chinese EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak) which reached a milestone a month earlier with a 60 second fully non-inductive/steady-state long-pulse H-mode plasma under radio-frequency heating.
In France, the WEST project (Tungsten (W) Environment in Steady-state Tokamak) is a reconfiguration of the French “Tore Supra” superconductive tokamak into a test bed for ITER. Since its construction in the 1980s, the Tore Supra tokamak continued to evolve in order to improve plasma performance, even setting a world record with a stationary plasma lasting over 6 minutes for an injected and extracted energy of 1 gigajoule.
Today, in an exemplary international cooperation for the common aims of mankind, both EAST and WEST, aim to qualify “technology bricks,” i.e. do in advance testing, on a smaller scale, of a new component named the “divertor” (€300 million) that will be crucial for ITER. The divertor, which is situated on the floor of the vacuum chamber, is a fundamental component as it receives most of the heat and particle fluxes coming from the central plasma. Its function is to extract the “ash” (helium) and part of the heat produced by the fusion reaction, whilst minimizing the contamination of the plasma by the other impurities.
Now that this major milestone has been passed, preparation of the WEST tokamak is continuing for a first experimental campaign in spring 2017, in view of validating several other new components and technologies for the 54 meter high giant International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) tokamak.
It is noteworthy today to remind readers that ITER began in 1985 as a Reagan-Gorbachev initiative with the equal participation of the Soviet Union, the EU, the U.S.A and Japan. At that time, two scientists, Alvin Trivelpiece (U.S.A.) and Yevgeny Velikhov (U.S.S.R.) believed that taking the next step in fusion research would be beyond the budget of any nation, and that collaboration would be useful internationally. Since then, the U.S. has cut back its financing of ITER, while China, India, and South Korea have joined, and others are in the process of joining, such as Iran.