EIR Daily Alert Service, TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018

Volume 5, Number 151

EIR Daily Alert Service

P.O. Box 17390, Washington, DC 20041-0390

Trump and Italy’s Conte Agree on Russia Dialogue; Trump Says He Is ‘Open To Meet with Iran’

Somalia’s President on State Visit to Eritrea, as Horn of Africa Gains in Peace and Development

Tens of Thousands Mourn Simegnew, Chief Engineer of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

China Looks Forward to Stronger Ties with Mexico Under López Obrador

Meeting of Astana Process for Peace in Syria Is Underway in Sochi, Russia

Nunes Urges Trump To Declassify ‘20 Pages’ of FBI’s FISA Warrant Request against Carter Page


A New Just World Economic Order Is Emerging—End British Coup Operation in U.S.

July 30 (EIRNS)—The import of the 10th annual summit of the BRICS nations in South Africa last week is that the emergence of a new world economic order is taking place. This was manifest in the statements and actions of the heads of state of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and host South Africa, but also reflected in the engagement of the BRICS-Plus guest nations of the “Global South” Outreach, which systematically represented all the major regional economic communities across the Southern Hemisphere, from the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) in South America, to the African Union (AU), to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to Southeast Asia.

The process is moving fast. Millions of people want to develop and move forward. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for example, said in Johannesburg that his nation Turkey should join the BRICS, making it “BRICST.” Note that Turkey is the 2018 chair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 member states, with 47 having a Muslim majority, and collectively representing 1.3 billion people. Erdogan’s economic advisor Cemil Ertem explained on July 25, that a “new politics” is beginning to blossom in Eastern countries, in contrast to the crisis in the West. Ertem said that the expanded BRICS can be the economic “equivalent of Archimedes’ lever that moved the world.”

It was also announced at the BRICS summit that a new branch of the BRICS New Development Bank will open soon in São Paolo, Brazil, and thereafter, in the capital, Brasilia.

The summit was “shaped by the spirit of the New Silk Road. It signifies nothing less than that a new era of humanity has begun, where all nations of the world have the right to development on the basis of scientific and technological progress,” the Schiller Institute’s Helga Zepp-LaRouche wrote at the conclusion of the BRICS summit in her article, “BRICS Countries at the Center of a New, Just World Economic Order! or, Unprecedented in History: How China Is Changing the World!”

In direct opposition to this advancement come such vile acts as the July 27 assassination of the chief engineer of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, Simegnew Bekele. This is a murderous signal to engineers and scientists everywhere to stay away from development. Give up. Hide out.

So far the police have not released any definitive statements of who is responsible. But—cui bono—the paw prints of a British operation are evident. Though there are antagonisms within Ethiopia, that does not account for targetted assassination. Also, five weeks ago, was the attempted assassination of Ethiopia’s newly-elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is actively working for collaboration for peace and development thoughout the Horn of Africa.

These targetted killings and attempted murders hark back to those by the British geopolitical crowd at other critical times in recent history. In Germany, there were the murders of development advocates Ponto and Buback (1977), Herrhausen (1989), Rohwedder (1991), and others—attributed to the likes of the “Red Army Faction”—a British concoction, and similar deployments.

Now is the time to take every action to put an end to this neo-empire evil once and for all. We must stop the British-pedigree coup operation against the Presidency of the United States. This makes way for the trans-Atlantic to join in the historic world development revolution now emergent. Each day the coup operation persists, strategic opportunities are blocked, critical meetings are delayed, and the dangers increase of all-out chaos and war.

Today, there were new signals of the kinds of positive foreign relations that should take place among leaders of the U.S., China, Russia, and others. At their joint press conference at the White House, visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that, “dialogue between the United States and Russia is fundamental …[for] stability and security.” President Donald Trump, who concurred on meeting with President Putin, also said that he is prepared to meet with Iran, at any time, anywhere. Trump said, “I believe in meeting.”


Trump and Italy’s Conte Agree on Russia Dialogue; Trump Says He Is ‘Open To Meet with Iran’

July 30 (EIRNS)—At their joint White House press conference this afternoon, U.S. President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made clear they had established a friendship and a collaborative relationship on a number of key issues even while not agreeing on every detail of them. The President described Conte as “my new friend … we got along right from the beginning.” He emphasized that “we’re both outsiders,” and that each feels a responsibility to the citizens who elected them. He extended his warm congratulations to Conte on his becoming Prime Minister.

On such strategic issues as relations with Russia, Conte stressed that he favors dialogue, which he also said was fundamental between the U.S. and Russia. Russia is a key player internationally and geopolitically, he affirmed, and while lifting sanctions is contingent on implementation of the Minsk agreements, sanctions can’t be the last word. Trump was more adamant. “Sanctions will remain.”

Trump said of Iran, when asked by a reporter whether he would meet with President Hassan Rouhani to help ease tensions with that country, Trump replied “I’ll meet with anyone,” especially when issues of war and death are at stake. Look at what happened as a result of meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, he said. And, “I had a great meeting with Putin, in terms of the future and safety. I believe in meeting.” He emphasized that he would meet with Iran anyplace, anytime, “with no preconditions.” If a new, meaningful agreement can be worked out with Iran, all the better, he stated.

The two leaders stressed they intended to collaborate in the Mediterranean region and in efforts to stabilize Libya. The leadership roles of both Italy and the U.S. are crucial, the President said. Both men said there had to be major changes in immigration policies for their respective countries: Trump said he’d be willing to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t deliver immigration policy changes and necessary funding; and Conte emphasized that Italy alone cannot bear the brunt of immigration flows coming from North Africa. He announced he will soon convene a conference on Libya, including all stakeholders and economic interests, to discuss strategies for stabilizing the country, respecting the rights of its people, to bring it to the point where elections can be held “in conditions of total stability.” He didn’t elaborate on the exact nature of U.S. collaboration in this effort.

The LaRouche Political Action Committee welcomed the Italian head of government to Washington, at a rally near the White House, brandishing a highly visible banner reading “Benvenuto Prime Minister Conte! Go Glass-Steagall! LaRouchePAC.”

Somalia’s President on State Visit to Eritrea, as Horn of Africa Gains in Peace and Development

July 30 (EIRNS)—Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” has completed an official three-day visit to Eritrea at the invitation of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, which began July 28. The visit is part of an extraordinary sweep of diplomatic activity among the leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia, following Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ascent to power in April. The aim of the leaders is to open a path to economic integration through the development of connective infrastructure and exploiting the complementary aspects of their economies. The developments are taking place in the benevolent shadow of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, in which all four countries are eager participants.

President Afwerki’s invitation to his Somalian neighbor was the first to any Somali President, and follows the June normalization of relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia, for 20 years military adversaries, now economic and political partners. Prior to this invitation, Eritrea and Somalia had had strained relations, with no diplomatic ties for almost 15 years.

Speaking at a banquet in honor of Somali President Farmaajo, President Afwerki praised the three countries which have overcome monstrous subversion: “The people of Eritrea have demonstrated exceptional resilience to challenge and frustrate all forms of subversion directed at them. They have prevailed in spite of the transgressions and pressures to which they were subjected without let-up. The people of Ethiopia have triumphed over the politics of ethnic polarization and foreign subservience. They are marching forward at a rapid pace for the crystallization and consolidation of a correct national and regional policy framework. There is no doubt whatsoever that the people of Somalia will, as ever, be fellow travelers with the peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea.”

Their wide-ranging discussion included development of bilateral relations. Both Presidents toured Eritrean development projects. They signed a joint communiqué pledge to “forge intimate political, economic, social, cultural as well as defense and security cooperation.” The two agreed to “establish diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors, promote bilateral trade and investment, as well as educational and cultural exchanges.” And to “work in unison to foster regional peace, stability and economic integration.”

Tens of Thousands Mourn Simegnew, Chief Engineer of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

July 30 (EIRNS)—Slain Ethiopian engineer Simegnew Bekele was laid to rest in a state military funeral yesterday in Addis Ababa with tens of thousands of Ethiopians attending. Simegnew, who was found shot to death in his car on July 27, was the chief engineer of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project, and considered a national hero. Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome was among the high officials attending the funeral. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressed diaspora Ethiopians in Washington, D.C. the same day.

Although the Ethiopian police have not yet given reasons for his death, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he believes the engineer was murdered. Among the mourners, Simegnew’s niece, Fanta Messele, told Xinhua, “Simegnew was a kind, hardworking and popular guy, who doesn’t have time for small things.”

The ruling party is conducting a mass mobilization in support of the government’s policies, especially the rapprochement with Eritrea. A huge rally was held in Mekelle, the seat of Tigray State, in praise of the Ethiopian-Eritrean peace process. “Stop ethnic-based violence,” and, “We will finish the Renaissance Dam started by Engineer Simegnew Bekele” were some of the slogans shouted by those in the packed stadium.

Attendees also urged the federal government to stop ethnic-based conflicts in the country, to oversee strict observation of the Constitution, and ensure strengthening the federal structure. They further demanded that the results of the investigations of both June’s assassination attempt against the Prime Minister Ahmed during a mass rally in Addis Ababa, and of the murder of Chief Engineer Simegnew, be made public.

Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray region Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael told the mass gathering, “Unless we opt for peaceful coexistence, disintegration could await us,” and he encouraged the youth of Tigray to join in ensuring peace and stability.

China Looks Forward to Stronger Ties with Mexico Under López Obrador

July 30 (EIRNS)—China’s Ambassador to Mexico Qiu Xiaoqi is confident that bilateral relations under the President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, nicknamed AMLO, will become much stronger, with unlimited possibilities for expanded investment and cooperation. In fact, AMLO has extended an official invitation to China’s President Xi Jinping, to attend his inauguration on Dec. 1.

In an article published in El Economista July 29, Qiu reported that the 300 representatives of 220 Mexican companies attending the monthly meeting of the Mexican Institute of Finance Executives expressed great optimism about expanding trade and economic relations over the next five years. Qiu said, “I’m confident that more companies from both countries will join in binational cooperation and in the Belt and Road Initiative, to broaden cooperation in areas such as energy, infrastructure, finance and trade.”

Following a July 26 celebration in Mexico City of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army, Qiu told Milenio that China’s infrastructure-building capabilities had significantly improved, and that “we’re able to build any kind of infrastructure project, and that’s why we want to lend our experience to Mexico … we’re prepared to promote cooperation in all areas. I’m willing to work very closely with the new government led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador.”

Yeidckol Polevnsky, head of AMLO’s Morena party, told Milenioshe was sure that once AMLO takes office, diplomatic ties with China will be grow greatly. “We’re very interested that these ties become very strong.”

China-Latin America Infrastructure Development Will Hit the ‘Fast Track’ with Belt and Road

July 30 (EIRNS)—At a China-Latin America Infrastructure Week 2018, discussion focussed on putting Ibero-American infrastructure development on the “fast track” in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Xinhua reports today that this was the consensus of many Ibero-American and Chinese businessmen who attended the week-long event.

Yin Zonghua, Vice President of the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), stressed that Ibero-America is a “natural extension” of Maritime Silk Road component of the Belt and Road, and that nations are now entering a crucial phase of promoting industrial development in which infrastructure development is a key component.  “Infrastructure interconnection is a priority area of the Belt and Road, as well as an important factor in trade cooperation between China and Ibero-America,” he said.

Chen Taotao, head of the China-Latin America Studies Center at Tsinhua University, told Cuba’s Prensa Latina that Ibero-American nations should consult among themselves regarding what cooperation they seek with China, and how to work with Beijing in the context of the Belt and Road. “Ibero-America can learn from our phase of reform and opening up,” she said, and governments can encourage local companies and enterprises, so they can benefit from foreign investment to the best of their ability.

Brazil’s Ambassador to China Marcos Caramuru de Paiva affirmed to Xinhua that Ibero-America welcomes Chinese investment. “Over many years of cooperation, China and Latin America have deepened their mutual understanding—among countries, companies and policies. Our collaboration has entered a mature phase. The doors for new investments are open.”


British Deploy Soros Push for Drug Legalization, Color Revolutions against Ibero-America

July 30 (EIRNS)—Existentially threatened by the global advance of the Belt and Road Initiative, the British Empire has unleashed a renewed drive for drug legalization and color revolutions to stop the BRI’s advance in Ibero-America, and to target the U.S. itself through its southern flank. The British are operating largely through their long-time asset George Soros and the networks he bankrolls across the area. To wit:

Peru: On July 26, the LaRouche Movement in Peru issued a statement charging that “the oligarchy’s international financial thug, the drug legalizer George Soros, has set into motion a color revolution to stop the new government of President Martín Vizcarra from consolidating itself and carrying out a constructive program to integrate Peru with the new world order that China’s Belt and Road Initiative is bringing about.” The statement identified Gustavo Gorriti and his Soros-financed NGO, the Institute for Legal Defense, and Diego Garcia Sayan and his pro-drug Andean Commission of Jurists, as two key Peruvian hitmen for the current “anti-corruption” destabilization operation against President Vizcarra. On July 11, just days before the attacks on Vizcarra began, and seemingly out of the blue, Gorriti launched a public attack against Lyndon LaRouche, whom he accused of being a leading exponent of “fake news” for having “successfully” promoted the idea that the Queen of England is behind the world drug trade.

Colombia: Soros and his flagship Open Society Foundation (OSF) published a 70-page manifesto in May 2018, “Coca Industrialization: A Path to Innovation, Development, and Peace in Colombia,” which praised the former Santos government’s 2016 “peace accord” with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) cocaine cartel as “the first significant shift towards a new approach.” In 2017 “the National Training Service, a government entity … and members of the Lerma coca-growing community formed a partnership that became the key to success in advancing policy reform … that could significantly expand coca industrialization in a manner that makes the most of its social, political, economic, and environmental benefits.” The OSF report bragged that “the Open Society Foundation contributed networks of experts and resources” that greatly assisted the success of the so-called Lerma Model.

As in Peru, Soros and the British have launched “anti-corruption” campaigns in Colombia to discredit those opposed to their policies, including the anti-drug former President Alvaro Uribe, who on July 25 tweeted that recently released recordings purportedly showing his corruption “were made by the British MI6 agency, the friends of [former President] Juan Manuel Santos.” MI6 is Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service.

Mexico: A faction around President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), including Interior Minister-designate Olga Sanchez, are campaigning avidly to impose the Soros agenda on AMLO, calling for Colombia-style drug legalization, a “peace accord” with the drug cartels, and “fighting corruption.” In May 2018, the Open Society’s Justice Initiative published a 74-page report “Corruption That Kills: Why Mexico Needs an International Mechanism To Combat Impunity,” which brazenly demands putting Mexico in receivership: “Based inside Mexico, and staffed by both national and international experts, the mechanism would be empowered to independently investigate—and, when necessary, prosecute—atrocity crimes and related cases of corruption.”

The Mexico case is particularly urgent for the British. AMLO has engaged U.S. President Donald Trump in a dialogue for launching development projects to solve the drug and migration crises, to which Trump has responded positively. Such collusion would be the British Empire’s worst nightmare—especially to the degree that China’s Belt and Road is made an explicit partner in this effort.


Meeting of Astana Process for Peace in Syria Is Underway in Sochi, Russia

July 30 (EIRNS)—The three Astana process guarantor powers for ceasefire in Syria—Russia, Turkey and Iran—met today in Sochi, Russia for the first of two days of meetings to discuss issues regarding the formation of the Syrian constitutional committee, the situation in de-escalation zones, as well as humanitarian items on the agenda, including strengthening trust measures and returning Syrian refugees home, reported TASS. The July 30-31 meeting is a continuation of the Astana de-escalation process and is the first such meeting held elsewhere than the city of its namesake, Astana, Kazakhstan.

The Russian Foreign Ministry statement said, “The participants will exchange opinions on the process of facilitating inter-Syrian dialogue based on the Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council and the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. They will continue the discussion of further steps in the interest of launching the constitutional committee as soon as possible, as a key element of promoting political regulation of the Syrian crisis.”

The topic generating the most tension at Sochi is undoubtedly Idlib, with Turkey opposing an expected Syrian Arab Army assault on the jihadi-held province. “The Sochi meeting participants will discuss the situation around Idlib, where [Syrian army] military operation is expected to begin immediately after the end of the southern campaign. Turkey would like to prevent this operation, and it has already sent its counterproposals to Russia,” Kirill Semyonov, an expert with the Russian International Affairs Council, explained to the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta. In Semyonov’s extreme view, the Idlib offensive will make the Astana process pointless.

At the conclusion of today’s meeting, Alexander Lavrentyev, Russian special envoy for Syria, said simply that the talks “are being held in a routine, working, constructive atmosphere.” He provided no further details.

In addition to the representatives of the three guarantor countries, also in attendance are UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and a Jordanian delegation as observers, as well as the delegations from the Syrian government and the opposition. The U.S., invited to attend as an observer, declined to send a delegation.


Nunes Urges Trump To Declassify ‘20 Pages’ of FBI’s FISA Warrant Request against Carter Page

July 30 (EIRNS)—Speaking on Fox News’ ”Sunday Morning Features,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), called on President Trump to quickly declassify the “20 pages” of documents related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court ruling on the FBI request for a warrant to surveil Carter Page, because Americans would be “shocked” by the contents. After refusing to release the documents for months, the Justice Department—under threat of a Freedom of Information lawsuit—released a heavily redacted version of the court application to Congress on July 20.

“I think [the President’s] lawyers are looking at this to see if they can declassify it sooner rather than later,” Nunes told anchor Maria Bartiromo. “We’ve had several of our members who have painstakingly gone through it piece by piece. And we are quite confident that once the American people see these 20 pages—at least those that will get real reporting on this issue—they will be shocked by what’s in this FISA application.”

Nunes said that on July 27, various Justice Department entities made commitments to comply, but that his committee will not rest during the break. They will begin to take interviews and depositions as early as August, when Congress will officially be in recess. “We will have members of Congress that will be flying back to Washington during August to conduct interviews with very important witnesses that need to be interviewed as it relates to getting to the bottom of this Russiagate scandal,” Nunes said.

The committee chairman also addressed reports that several Republican Congressional leaders had been “shadow banned”—censored—by Twitter, which President Trump had revealed in a tweet of his own last week.

Nunes confirmed that four Congress members—himself, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), all leading opponents of Mueller’s Russiagate witch hunt—had all seen their Twitter traffic reduced to near zero beginning on May 18, after Twitter instituted a program to crack down on so-called “fake news” on its platform.

“I don’t know what Twitter’s up to,” Nunes said, but “it sure looks to me like they are censoring people. And they ought to stop it. We are looking at any legal remedies that we can go through.”


Huge Voter Turnout in Cambodia Gives Victory to Hun Sen

July 30 (EIRNS)—Cambodian leader Hun Sen, who has been Prime Minister since 1985, won a resounding victory in the Sunday July 29 general elections, in which his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) garnered an estimated 77.5% of the votes, as well as over 100 of the 125 parliamentary seats that were up for grabs. France24 news agency reported today that more than 82% of registered voters turned out, while voting took place in an environment of total calm.

The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), whose Soros-linked leader Sam Rainsy is in exile, railed that the election was a “hollow” victory, upset that his call for a boycott of the elections went unheeded. The CNRP, which was dissolved by court order last November, said the elections represented the “death of democracy” in Cambodia. The Phnom Penh Post editorial observed that in the 2013 election, when Rainsy was a candidate, less than 70% of the electorate turned out to vote.

Likeminded Western critics are also crying foul. At the White House yesterday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement warning that the election “failed to represent the will of the Cambodian people. The flawed elections, which excluded the country’s principal opposition party, represents the most significant setback yet to the democratic system enshrined in Cambodia’s constitution.” She reported that the U.S. intends to take additional steps to respond to the unfair elections, including a significant expansion of visa restrictions announced last December.

Most Western nations refused to send monitors to the elections, to protest the CNRP’s dissolution. The Asia Times groused today that this meant that the majority of foreign monitors came from “undemocratic nations,” like China.

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