EIR Daily Alert Service
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Volume 4, Number 37
EIR Daily Alert Service
P.O. Box 17390, Washington, DC 20041-0390
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—On Thursday, Feb. 23, these words will be emblazoned on the lead banner of the LaRouche PAC Day of Truth. This nationwide mobilization in the United States will mark the third anniversary of the George Soros-Barack Obama backed-Nazi coup in Ukraine, and it will mobilize Americans to stop these same forces’ live operation to launch a similar Nazi “color revolution” against the Trump administration today.
In dialogue with associates today, EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche said that, in the case of Ukraine, “the Nazis took over, with a Hitler program. We have to say it clearly: they were Nazis, backed by Obama and Soros.” He added that such clarity will be useful to Russian President Vladimir Putin to help him clean up the mess that he has to deal with, which he will be happy to do. LaRouche was emphatic that the British are the driving force behind the Obama-Soros plans for the United States today, and that they must be immediately shut down. The LaRouche PAC Day of Truth is intended to do just that.
To that end, Executive Intelligence Review has just announced the release of a dramatic dossier on this subject, with the following press statement:
Day of Truth on Third Anniversary of Soros-Obama-Backed
Feb. 21—The EIR News Service today pre-released a special report, “Obama and Soros Color Revolutions—Nazis in Ukraine, 2014; USA, 2017?” which will run in EIR’s regular weekly edition (Vol. 44, No. 8, Feb. 24, 2017).
The 17-page pre-release feature is timed with the third anniversary of the Feb. 22, 2014 coup in Ukraine, in order to put forward the truth about the November 2013-February 2014 Maidan process: that it was a pre-planned government overthrow project, which involved Ukrainian neo-Nazis—afterwards installed in the Kiev government; and it had the active backing of long-standing Anglo-American intelligence circles and the Obama Administration.
This anniversary of the pro-Nazi coup in Ukraine occurs as the very same British Empire-controlled, Soros-funded, and Obama-associated networks target the newly inaugurated Trump Presidency, which like the deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, has expressed an intent to have a working relationship with Russia.
The myth of the Maidan as a “people power” uprising, which ousted the government of Ukraine, is just that. In fact, it was color revolution warfare, perpetrated to confront Russia and instigate ongoing destabilization. This was the goal of the London-Wall Street axis behind the Obama-Soros Maidan-support actions, moving to thwart the Eurasian strategic development alliance, which is growing rapidly between Russia, China, India and other nations, now expressed as the “New Silk Road” process. In May, China will host a world summit of nations meeting on this—the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The report will fully document the charges made above, and will be circulated widely across the United States this week in both electronic and print form. There will be public rallies in Boston and New York, as well as other cities on Thursday, February 23rd where the report will be distributed.
The five sections of the new report (plus links to documentation):
1. The strategic situation in Ukraine, from the Maidan neo-Nazi coup through to the collapse of that nation into economic and strategic chaos today.
2. The neo-Nazi provenance of the leading groups and individuals in the 2014 regime-change coup.
3. A chronology of the coup itself, November 2013-February 2014.
4. A profile of the origins and methods of the color revolution.
NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—Senior Xinhua writer Luo Jun published a commentary on Feb. 20 which displays cautious optimism about President Trump’s policy towards China, and beyond. “Unlike those traditional politicians who are significantly influenced by Realism politics [Realpolitik] zero-sum mindset, Trump, with his business background, could identify well with China’s win-win philosophy,” the author states. Taking note of the positive first phone call between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Luo notes that Trump’s reaffirmation of the One-China policy came on the eve of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the U.S., and that the timing “may have been carefully chosen to maximize U.S. interests, but in an all-win situation that satisfies all parties.”
Author Luo Jun concludes by cautioning Trump that he will have to go beyond words: “However, the new, non-traditional U.S. administration should also pay attention to walk its talk on constructive cooperation with China and other countries, so as to cement its much-needed credibility.”
Among the matters known to seriously concern the Chinese government, is the current deployment of an American aircraft carrier and guided-missile destroyer to patrol the South China Sea, for the first time in the Trump Presidency. On Feb. 15, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had warned that China “firmly opposes any country’s attempt to undermine China’s sovereignty and security in the name of the freedom of navigation and overflight.”
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—Russian President Vladimir Putin today spoke of the sudden death of UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin as “the gravest, truly irrecoverable loss for Russian foreign policy.” Churkin’s death of an apparent heart attack at the United Nations on Monday followed by less than two months the assassination of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, also a close collaborator of Putin’s in Russian foreign policy. Vitaly Churkin was 64.
The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council each observed moments of silence in honor of Churkin, requested by UN General Assembly President Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji, at 3:00 p.m. Monday. The Security Council said in a statement, “The members of the Security Council were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, prominent Russian diplomat and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, on February 20, 2017.”
President Putin awarded Churkin the Order of Courage posthumously, for his “dedication, staunchness and high professionalism displayed in the capacity of Russia’s permanent representative at the United Nations.”
A TASS wire quoted Putin: “ ‘Without an exaggeration he was one of the most outstanding diplomats, a professional of the highest level,’ a man of profound intellect and remarkable energy, a person of great charm and sense of humor, ‘who enjoyed his colleagues’ sincere respect and tremendous authority with his foreign partners.’…
“ ‘For more than ten years, sometimes in the most strenuous conditions, he firmly and systematically pressed for Russia’s position on the most important world issues, which required immense efforts and complete self-sacrifice. However hard the tasks were, he brilliantly coped with them and never suffered defeats. Churkin was a true patriot and citizen. Bright memories of this man will live on in the hearts of all those who knew him,’ Putin said.”
The White House issued a statement which said, “President Donald J. Trump was saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin.
“An accomplished diplomat, Ambassador Churkin worked alongside his U.S. counterparts in New York for more than a decade. While American officials sometimes disagreed with their Russian counterparts, Ambassador Churkin played a crucial role in working with the United States on a number of key issues to advance global security.
“The President offers the condolences of the American people to the Russian people and government.”
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, French Ambassador Roland Delattre, and particularly U.K. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft all made statements praising Churkin’s work. UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson, of Fiji, directly echoed Putin’s remark, saying “colleagues respected Churkin’s pride in serving his country and the passion and, at times, very stern resolution that he brought to his job.” Thomson said he is personally planning a more extensive future tribute to Churkin.
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—Jacques Cheminade, longtime associate of EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche, French Presidential candidate and leader of the Solidarité et Progrès party, announced today that he has over 500 promises of signatures from French elected officials for his presidential bid—enough to place him on the ballot. The story broke today in an accurate article, put out as flash national news, published on RTL TV/Radio. Following that, the news was picked up by nearly all the main news channels in France.
This is the third presidential bid for Cheminade, who must translate the 500 pledges into signatures submitted to election officials between Feb. 25 and March 17, in order for him to secure ballot status for the first round of presidential elections on April 23. Twice before, Cheminade shocked the French establishment by securing ballot status in 1995 and 2012. The arduous conditions for ballot status is designed to stifle the voice of less-known candidates.
U.S. ECONOMIC & POLITICAL
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—President Trump’s appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his National Security Advisor appears to be, in all respects, a very solid appointment. McMaster is a strong opponent of the British utopian doctrine of Revolution in Military Affairs. He is also a veteran of both the 1991 Gulf War and a tour in Iraq in 2005, and has a reputation as one of the smartest men in the Army, as a solid strategist, and as someone who is not afraid to be blunt when the occasion calls for it. McMaster is very likely to give Trump his best advice without any consideration as to alternative narratives that he considers to be less than truthful.
The appointment is receiving almost universal praise from throughout the national security/foreign policy establishment in Washington. Retired Col. Patrick Lang, former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer for the Middle East, wrote on his blog “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” a ringing endorsement of McMaster: “I have long considered Lieutenant General McMaster to be the best officer of his generation in every way that matters. Therefore I am immensely pleased that President Trump has chosen him for this job.”
McMaster first came to prominence when his PhD thesis, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam, was published as a book in 1997. In that book, McMaster charged, using then-newly available declassified documents, that the leadership of the military had succumbed to the lies about Vietnam of the Lyndon Johnson Administration, and therefore failed to carry out its Constitutional duty.
McMaster is known as a harsh critic of the so-called Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), the theory that information age technology would change the nature of warfare such that the U.S. military would always dominate on the battlefield with precision-guided weaponry and perfect knowledge of the enemy. In remarks at a conference in Virginia in May 2009, McMaster ridiculed the RMA concepts “that led to the idea that you have perfect knowledge and can apply military power perfectly.” He told his audience that, instead, “It is time to divest ourselves of this unrealistic thinking and get back to real war.” Since then, McMaster, as a senior officer in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, has been deeply involved in questions of what future warfare will look like and how the Army should be organized to fight it.
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—Right-wing Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has drafted legislation to tighten restrictions on Chinese investments into the United States on security grounds, reports the Wall Street Journal today. Sources in the U.S. Chamber of Congress have told EIR that every effort of China to invest in the U.S. runs into a stone wall from the Congress, claiming security issues. The Congress has held up the Chinese bid to buy the Chicago Stock Exchange, as this, according to their logic, will subvert the wonderfully smooth-running U.S. equity markets!
Cornyn wants to toughen the requirements for China to gain approval from Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) to purchase or build anything in the U.S. which could conceivably be considered security connected. An example: anything within a given distance of a U.S. military installation, or having anything to do with technology with military application.
This is bad enough, an example of shooting oneself in the foot. But Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer of New York wants to take it even further. His legislation would expand the CFIUS rules to include any investment which could be construed as harming the U.S. economy. Get it? Investing in the U.S. is bad for the economy.
Former U.S. Ambassador to China Stapleton Roy, who has more sense, told the Journal: “What people have discovered in the past is that when you try to punish China in one area, you’re inadvertently damaging yourself in another area.” Yes, but it’s not really inadvertent.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—On Feb. 18, the British Daily Telegraph published a story, citing unnamed senior sources in the British government, charging that Russian intelligence agencies were caught plotting a coup in the tiny nation of Montenegro, including a plan to murder then-Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, in order to stop Montenegro from joining NATO. The next day, Montenegro’s national special affairs prosecutor Milivoje Katnic went on TV to also accuse “Russian state agencies” of involvement in a coup plot against the government. Katnic had first made his charges in November, according to Britain’s Guardian of Nov. 6, 2016.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Feb. 20 ridiculed the whole story, slamming the British in particular: “We understand that the British media have an interest in everything. They have more than once hyped scenarios out of thin air, such as the Litvinenko issue.” Lavrov added that the latest charges against Russia are “on a par with other baseless accusations against our country, from hacker attacks against the entire West, to meddling in the election campaigns of the majority of Western countries, to the Trump administration’s ties with the Russian security services, and much more…. Not one iota of evidence has been brought forward about these groundless accusations.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov likewise commented that “day after day, we hear absurd accusations against Russia; day after day, we refute them.”
Sputnik, in its coverage of the Montenegro affair, noted that the coup story seems to have been cooked up because the Montenegrin government is worried that it will not be admitted to NATO—the U.S., Canada, Netherlands and Spain have yet to ratify its entry. Sputnik reported that a Time magazine story on the matter “quoted a high-ranking U.S. National Security Council official, who said that the White House has no intention of accepting Montenegro into NATO at the moment.”
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Feb. 22 (EIRNS)—The anti-human European Union system is no longer in control, as member countries increasingly take national decisions and defy Brussels and Frankfurt’s so-called authorities. EU institutions react by becoming more aggressive against such countries, which only accelerates the disintegration of the EU itself.
Two recent cases make the point: the Hungary-China agreement for the Budapest-Belgrade high-speed rail, and the Italian decision to defy EU bail-in rules and establish a national safety net for the banking system.
The European Commission is barking up the New Silk Road.
The EU Commission has opened an investigation into the Belgrade-Budapest high-speed railway, a 350-km line which is a strategic section of the Eastern European route of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The EU is particularly focusing on Hungary, a full member of the EU, and less on Serbia, which is not subjected to strict EU rules. China Railway International Corp. is the contractor and the Export-Import Bank of China is the financier.
The EU is probing whether the contract has violated EU laws which establish a mandatory public tender for large deals. The Hungarian government said it had signed the contract with China after having consulted with Brussels.
“The railway is a big part of the One Belt, One Road project,” said Tamas Matura, assistant professor at the Corvinus University in Budapest. “The Hungarian section is supposed to serve as a masterpiece to show that the Chinese can build according to EU standards.” The line will reduce travel time from eight to three hours and will be the link between the Chinese-owned port of Piraeus, in Greece, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—Greece came to another agreement with its creditors at the Eurogroup meeting in Brussels which calls for more cuts and the return of the creditors’ technical experts to Athens to continue negotiations to conclude the country’s second review. The additional measures are to apply from 2019 onward.
The Greek government says this will be a zero sum exercise where cuts in one area could mean cuts in taxes in another. The agreement includes measures targeting the tax system, pensions and the labor market.
“We have not agreed to specific measures,” Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis told Skai TV. “But we agreed that whatever changes are made at one level, for example tax increases for some categories of Greeks, there will be equivalent measures to reduce taxation.” He added that “every measure that carries a tax burden of €1 will have a counter-measure that eases €1 in tax.”
A government official insisted to Kathimerini that the agreement fulfilled the Greek condition of not “one more euro of austerity.” It is not clear how meaningful this is since these reforms do not go into effect until 2019, when the Eurozone may not even exist. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is demanding that Greece maintain an insane 3.5% budget surplus for 10 years, an amount no other Eurozone country maintains. It is the amount that creditor bookkeepers claim will enable Greece to pay off its unpayable debt.
Meanwhile the Greek economy continues to collapse. The job losses for the month of January is the largest in 16 years. The number of jobs lost amounted to 156,318 while there were only 126,501 jobs created, leaving net loss of 29,817 in the first month of this year. The sectors with the biggest losses were retail, restaurants and accommodation, in other words, tourism, which was supposed to save the Greek economy.
SCIENCE & INFRASTRUCTURE
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—Dr. Sviathanu Pillai, from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) gave in the valedictory address to the three-day ORF-Kalpana Chawla Space Policy Dialogue on Feb. 19, saying that mining helium-3 on the Moon could provide the fusion fuel to meet all of India’s energy needs, in the future. Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-American astronaut; and she died in the Space Shuttle Columbia accident in 2003. The dialogue named for her was established by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF),
“By 2030, this process target will be met,” said Pillai, and it is a priority program for ISRO. He added that other countries were also working on this effort, but that there is enough helium on the Moon to meet the energy requirements of the entire world, as Business Standard reports.
The steps needed to get there, he explained, include low-cost access to the Moon, and developing multipurpose reusable vehicles. India has started developing these technologies. “In few decades,” he predicted, “people will be going to the Moon for a honeymoon.”
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is visiting China, where today he and Premier Li Keqiang signed agreements on nuclear energy and science cooperation. Xinhua reported that the two nations intend to expand their existing cooperation at the Hinkley Point nuclear plant in Britain to other third party nations.
“Li suggested the two sides explore cooperation in civil aviation and space industries, deepen cooperation in coping with climate change, and speed up the eco-city project in Wuhan,” Xinhua reported. Li also called for the two countries to “explore cooperation in the whole industrial chain of agriculture, medicine and health, as well as coping with an aging society.”
The two countries already have a “1,000 Interns” people-to-people exchange, and are seeking to expand it.
Feb. 21 (EIRNS)—Egypt not only wants to enter the era of nuclear power, but also plans to train a special labor force of engineers, scientists, and other specialists at a Nuclear School for 375 students, created in Dabaa, the site of the country’s first nuclear power plant. This coincides with construction of roads, a hospital and other educational institutions. In fact, an entirely new city will be built at Dabaa.