EIR Daily Alert Service, EIR Daily Alert Service

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018

Volume 5, Number 199

EIR Daily Alert Service

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

AT STAKE IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS:  WAR OR PEACE?  RUSSIAGATE MUST BE DEFEATED!
STORM CLOUDS ON SPECIAL PROSECUTOR'S [MUELLER'S] HORIZON
KAVANAUGH CHARADE BACKFIRES:  CAN [MUSSOLINI] BLOOMBERG BUY THE SENATE?
ITALIAN SENATE SETTING UP AN INVESTIGATIVE COMMISSION FOR BANKS
EU COMMISSION LABELS ITALIANS 'XENOPHOBIC' FOR PROTECTING NATION'S BUDGET
NEW GERMAN BOOK WARNS THAT WEST IS THREAT TO WORLD PEACE
SOUTH AFRICA'S MBEKI WARNS:  ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS THREATEN AFRICA'S ECONOMY
ITALY CHINA TASK FORCE HAS FIRST MEETING IN ROME
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT LEADS BUSINESS DELEGATION TO NEW DELHI
ANGLO-DUTCH OLIGARCHY DECLARES OCT. 4 TO BE GRU DAY

 

EDITORIAL

At Stake in the U.S. Midterm Elections: War or Peace; Russiagate Coup Must Be Defeated!

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—In her weekly international webcast today, Schiller Institute founder and President Helga Zepp-LaRouche, laid out very starkly that what is at stake in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 6 is “war or peace, and people should be aware of that.” The results of that election will have not only national but also international implications. Hence, the “Russiagate” coup against President Donald Trump, recent revelations about which have the British imperial enemies squirming, must be defeated, Zepp-LaRouche emphasized. “I can only say, this coup, with all of its new facets and shapes and forms, must absolutely be defeated.” She stated emphatically that were President Trump to be defeated in the upcoming elections, the “war hawks would get back fully into control,”—they are now partly in control—“nothing would prevent an escalation against Russia.” It is Donald Trump, she said, who stands between all of us and World War III.

The American President, with fits and starts, is trying to create “a different system,” Zepp-LaRouche pointed out, “and he’s trying to end the wars based on the pretext of human rights interventionist wars, and he’s trying to get a decent relationship with Russia.” The New Paradigm and the “Silk Road Spirit,” meanwhile, are making enormous strides, creating a “joyful moment in history to be alive,” Zepp-LaRouche stressed. So, the elections are “really the battle for the whole world, it’s not just an American affair. Therefore, people should really think about what they should do in such a moment.” The countdown is on. The clock is ticking.

The desperation and hysteria of the British enemy over the past few weeks has reached new heights, Zepp-LaRouche underscored, and can be expected to be ratcheted up further as election day approaches.

Look at recent developments. Today saw attacks from the Anglo-Dutch oligarchy, claiming it has “absolute proof” that the Russian military intelligence agency, GRU, is behind all major cyber attacks. Regardless of the details, one thing “is very clear,” Zepp-LaRouche said. “Given what the NSA [U.S. National Security Agency] is doing and the [British intelligence] GCHQ, who are spying on everything and everybody around the globe, it’s really a lot of psywar, and I think we should not get confused by it.” Everything that has erupted around the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is part of the same picture. Ninety percent of the media discuss nothing but this. “All of this is clearly designed to get out the women’s vote,” Zepp-LaRouche observed, “but I think this is really a very dangerous psychological process and people should really step back, and go back to the principle of innocent until proven guilty…. And I think Kavanaugh himself said it quite correctly,” that the real issue is that he was appointed by Trump, not what he did 36 years ago.

As Zepp-LaRouche stated, in the countdown to the elections, “everything is geared to defeating the Republicans with such a margin in Congress that then the Democrats could line up, possibly with the neo-cons in the Republican Party, and go for an impeachment of President Trump…. Trump at one of these recent rallies said the Democrats have gone completely crazy, and the only thing motivating them is to destroy and take apart every structure and just go absolutely crazy. I think he’s on the mark.”

So, Zepp-LaRouche continued, “people should really not fall for all this confetti,” because if Trump can make it to the second part of his term, and can defeat the coup apparatus, then “he’s really free to do what he has promised all along: Try to get a relationship with Russia on a good footing, and eventually find a solution to this unholy trade war with China, which I think the potential still exists to find a better way of dealing with that, then we are in a completely New Paradigm.”

One of the leading edges of the fight against the coup is what LaRouche PAC is doing around Kesha Rogers’ campaign in Texas, in the 9th Congressional District, along with the campaign of Congressional candidate Ron Wieczorek in South Dakota. As Zepp-LaRouche remarked, “I think Kesha Rogers and Ron Wieczorek are the only candidates … who are explicitly running on the basis that they are in the race to defeat the coup against Trump…. Many people are picking up on the fact, and especially Kesha’s campaign is quickly becoming a nationwide recognized campaign,” because her opponent in the Democratic Party is Al Green, whose entire campaign is based on the call to impeach Donald Trump.

Rogers’ campaign has “nationwide signficance,” Zepp-LaRouche underscored, “because when Trump won the election in 2016, my husband Lyndon LaRouche commented that this was not a national event in United States, but an event of international significance, and that is what it still is. Because if you look at the speech Trump gave at the United Nations General Assembly, … the reason why the geopolitical, neo-con establishment is so absolutely freaked out about Trump, is because he is challenging, very effectively, all the institutions of the neo-liberal system, that system which has evolved since the collapse of the Soviet Union, into this really aggressive model.”

The Schiller Institute’s intervention is crucial, because, Zepp-LaRouche said, “the danger of a financial crash is absolutely there…. And only if we go to the New Paradigm, a new credit system in the tradition of the old Bretton Woods, but without the mistakes which were added by Churchill and Truman after Roosevelt was dead; a New Bretton Woods which gives absolutely the ability for development to every country in the world…. And we could create, indeed, what Xi Jinping and President Trump, and also President Putin, have said, repeatedly, that we could create a beautiful world….

“And the neo-liberal establishment just doesn’t want to get it: They keep saying, we have to insist on our rules, on our control, on our status quo. But I think there is an undercurrent, which I hope will determine the midterm elections in the United States, and an undercurrent of wanting to have development and a more beautiful world, across the world: existing in Africa; it exists even in many European nations, eastern Europe, southern Europe, countries that want to be the hub of the New Silk Road, and be part of the New Paradigm.”

U.S. POLITICAL & ECONOMIC

Storm Clouds on Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Horizon

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—On Oct. 3rd, the joint House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees investigating the Department of Justice Russiagate insurrection against Donald Trump took testimony behind closed doors from former FBI General Counsel James Baker, a confidant of fired FBI Director James Comey. According to widespread leaks today, Baker’s testimony included the fact that he, Baker, met directly with the Perkins Coie firm, the lawyers for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and then-candidate Hillary Clinton, directly receiving materials which went into the FBI’s FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant against Trump associate Carter Page.

Baker characterized this process has “highly abnormal.” The Perkins Coie lawyer involved, Michael Sussman, is also the man who orchestrated the fake information-warfare story that the Russians hacked the DNC computer on behalf of Donald Trump. Coming out of the testimony, one of the sources for the story spoke plainly: Baker’s testimony shows that the entire Russiagate investigation was a ginned up operations research/information warfare campaign involving the FBI and Hillary’s Clinton’s campaign, rather than any “conspiracy” involving the “Trump campaign and Russia.”

Today, Oct. 4, is the deadline for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s memos to be delivered to Congress, regarding meetings occurring in the wake of James Comey’s firing in May 2017, in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and others discussed wearing wires and recording President Donald Trump, and also invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. In a discussion with Hill.TV on Oct. 3, Congressman Mark Meadows, who is leading this investigation, said that he has seen evidence that “confidential human sources” used by the FBI “actually taped members within the Trump campaign…. There is strong suggestions in that, with some of the text messages, emails, and so forth who was involved, that extraordinary measures were used to surveil,” Meadows said, reported Hill.TV.

There is now a major national outcry for the President to declassify all of the relevant documents concerning Russiagate. Speculation on his failure, thus far, to do so, centers on both the Brett Kavanaugh nomination fight and forcing his hand on Rod Rosenstein (with whom he will reportedly soon meet) before the midterm elections.

The Kavanaugh Charade Backfires; Can Michael ‘Mussolini’ Bloomberg Buy the Senate?

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—As the FBI completed its background investigation, reporting that they found no corroboration for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s disgustingly fraudulent national soap opera performance against Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Democrats stepped forward to announce that the FBI’s investigation had been hampered by the fact that it did not examine the numerous extraneous witnesses they have produced to say that Kavanaugh drank a lot in high school and college, or that they heard rumors about one or more of the “wild sex man while drunk” fake and somewhat physically impossible allegations.

In the meantime, a former aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and current aide to Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was arrested, after he “doxed,” posted to the internet, the private personal information of one or more Republican Senators. It is clear that the intent was harassment and probable violent attacks.

That’s not the only criminality coming out of this affair. The former boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward, under oath, to throw cold water on her dramatic claims, also made under oath.  He said she had no fear of flying as a result of PTSD, and flew all over the place. He said that in their six-year-long relationship she showed no fear of small or confining spaces. He further said that she helped prep her life-long very best friend, Monica L. McLean, on how to take a polygraph test, a claim that directly conflicts with Ford’s claims under oath to the contrary.

As George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley said last night, someone is lying outright here, and perjury charges are in the air. McLean denies that Ford helped with her polygraph, but a dig into McLean’s background reveals a couple of very rich leads. She is a longtime FBI lawyer, working for the Bureau since 1992 and retiring in 2016.  Her most recent post was a spokesperson for the New York FBI field office, the same one reporting at the time to Trump enemy and crony of fired FBI Director James Comey, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Trump fired Bharara, and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, noting the bitterness that resulted, has bequeathed on the Southern District many new fake allegations against the President, including the case of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

The Senate voting process on Kavanaugh begins tomorrow and will conclude on Oct. 6. As the nation has begun to revolt against the disgusting Kavanaugh charade, former New York Mayor and Mussolini admirer Michael Bloomberg has stepped forward with $20 million aimed at literally buying Senate seats to ensure that Trump gets the Kavanaugh treatment after the midterm elections. As documented by EIR (Feb. 1, 2008), Bloomberg’s infrastructure plus ruthless austerity plans are modeled explicitly on those of Mussolini.

COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM

Italian Senate Will Set Up an Investigative Commission on Banks

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—Speaking in Ascoli Piceno Sept. 29, Italian Senate Banking Committee Chairman Alberto Bagnai said that his committee will discuss setting up an investigative commission on the banks next week. The other item they will discuss is the so-called EU Banking Union.

Bagnai blasted the “piece of the Banking Union” dealing with non-performing loans which the European Central Bank (ECB) is promoting. Behind their euphemisms, Bagnai said, “what they want is your homes! They demand to have them without going through the courts, and they want them quick.”

That is the reality behind the so-called “secondary market for non-performing loans” which the ECB wants to set up, forcing banks to sell NPLs for a dime to vulture funds, which will then expropriate the collateral assets attached to the loan.

“The bail-in should be called by its real name: expropriation,” Bagnai said, reporting that even Banking Committee members from Italy’s Democratic Party, who had voted for the bail-in bill, are now coming to him to confess that it was a mistake.

ADMIN OF BRUTALPROOF.NET:  EU IS ZIONIST AND ECB IS A ZIONIST FRONT.

EU Commission Dubs Italian Government ‘Xenophobic’ for Protecting Nation’s Budget

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—After the EU Council’s Ecofin meeting which includes the EU nations’ economic and finance ministers, the Italian government partly revised its deficit target for the next three years. The 2.4% deficit is confirmed for 2019, to go down to 2.1% in 2020, and 1.8% in 2021. This is still way beyond what the previous, pro-EU government had planned.

The EU is fuming and is waiting for the detailed budget plan Oct. 15, in order to have “detailed figures.”

Answering journalists’ questions, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici said that “Italy has chosen a euro-skeptic and xenophobic government,” but the EU will enforce rules. “The EU Commission is there to enforce rules, which are not stupid rules, but ensure that a major debt such as the Italian debt, as well as other countries’ public debt, are under control. We will make sure that such rules are respected.”

According to sources, the strategy of the Italian government is to avoid a break with the EU until after the elections for the European Parliament in April 2019. With a euro-skeptic majority, the European Parliament will then elect a different EU Commission and it will be a different game.

New German Book Warns against West as Threat to World Peace

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—Gabriele Krone-Schmalz, German journalist and author with a longtime special focus on Russia, has written a new book on why cooperation with, and an instant end to provocation of Russia, are indispensable for keeping the peace in Europe and the world. She charges that the Western world model is being aggressive, and is the source of the problem:

“The world economic order no longer deserves the term ‘order.’ Aggressive speculation and a mix of perversion and cynicism are putting everything out of joint. Stock exchanges, that are like houses of cards and will collapse at the slightest breath of wind, have replaced real generation of value and facts. Psychology, dubious rankings, and opinion-making decide on the bankruptcy of human beings, firms, and sometimes even of states.”

There can be no substitute for creating a different world order, which must necessarily include Russia, which is the largest state in the world in landmass, Krone-Schmalz writes in a passage, published as a preview of her book Why We Need Peace and Friendship with Russia, which is now available in bookstores.

South Africa’s Mbeki Warns, Illicit Financial Flows Are Draining the Continent’s Economy

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—Addressing the African Union high-level panel on illicit financial flows (IFF) inter-ministerial meeting at Abuja, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said that losses due to these flows have increased from $50 billion annually in 2015 to over $80 billion today.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service Tunde Fowler, who spoke at Abuja on the efforts by his agency to tackle the problem, said at least 40% of the total IFF in Africa comes from Nigeria. Fowler identified three sectors of the economy with the highest prevalence of IFF in Nigeria, namely multinational corporations, oil and gas, and banking and financial services. He said that IFF were not only monies that were repatriated abroad, but also when companies and individuals fail to pay taxes to the government, reported Premium Times news agency.

In addition, Fowler said that IFF also occur when some multinational companies and individuals repatriate funds from one country and keep them in another African country without transferring them abroad.

Franklin Roosevelt associate and Treasury official Harry Dexter White’s original design for the Inter-American Bank, intended as the predecessor of Roosevelt’s Bretton Woods system, would have made the recipient country of IFFs and flight capital responsible for tracking them, and for returning them on demand to the government of the country of origin.

NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER

Italy Task Force China Has First Meeting in Rome

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—Italy’s newly created Task Force China had its first meeting in Rome on Oct. 1, with some 300 participants, among whom were government officials, journalists, business people, and academics. The meeting was chaired by Undersecretary for Economic Development Michele Geraci, and was also addressed by Chinese Ambassador in Rome Li Ruiyu. The Task Force is composed of several working groups, each led by two coordinators, one in Italy and the other in China.

Geraci said he was “very satisfied” by the engagement shown by participants. “We need all professions and everybody’s enthusiasm to allow the Task Force to grow,” Geraci said. “We give stimulus and direction, but the input of individuals in the various working groups will determine the success of the Task Force and its effectiveness in the effort by our government to seize the opportunities offered by China today. We have received signals of interest from China too, as the Chinese ambassador said … and during the Chinese national celebration a few days ago. I would like to conclude with a quote by Confucius; ‘When the wind of change blows, one builds walls, another builds windmills.’ I hope that every working group sees itself as a windmill servicing Italy in its relations with China.”

Xinhua had the following report:

“The inaugural meeting of Italy’s brand-new China Task Force, which aims to position the European country as ‘a privileged partner’ in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), was held at the Economic Development Ministry in Rome, Italy, on Monday.

“The China Task Force, first announced in August 2018, is meant to boost economic relations with China. Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the BRI aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Africa and Europe along the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road.

“The inaugural meeting marked the official launch of Italy’s exclusive coordination mechanism with China, which will help the two countries enhance bilateral cooperation in trade, business and investment.

“Italy’s Deputy Minister of Economic Development Michele Geraci hosted the meeting, briefing attendees about the task force’s working mechanism and process. Over 300 participants from politics, business, academia, and media were in attendance.

“At the meeting, Chinese Ambassador to Italy Li Ruiyu said the Italian government attaches great importance to bilateral relations, thus the task force came into being.

“ ‘Although it is not very hard to enhance bilateral exchanges on economy and culture between the two countries, based on our common ground, for us it is still an unprecedented move to build a China Task Force,’ said Geraci.

“This is the first time for Italy to set up an exclusive systematic approach to one specific country by related governmental departments, Geraci pointed out. The China Task Force is expected to be a way to acquire mutual trust and gain access to the Chinese market.

“China’s immense domestic market demands more and more quality goods and represents opportunities Italy should not miss, both in terms of exports and in attracting investments.”

That same day, Geraci addressed a meeting on the Belt and Road organized by Anglophile Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) with French, British, Greek and Polish “experts.” The IAI meeting was aimed at promoting a “common EU strategy” against the Belt and Road Initiative. “The need for EU countries to develop a common framework to approach the Chinese initiative was highlighted by Françoise Nicolas, senior research fellow and director of the Center for Asian Studies with the French Institute of International Relations. ‘The Belt and Road Initiative is a comprehensive project, and requires a comprehensive response,’ Nicolas said,” Xinhua reported.

Geraci responded to those who push the line that Chinese investments are a “deadly trap,” by saying that “A country such as Italy, a G7 member, must not fear Chinese investments.” However, the target should be greenfield investments and not acquisitions.

Russian President Leads Business Delegation to New Delhi

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived today in New Delhi on an two-day visit to India, to attend the 19th Bilateral Annual Summit and talk at the delegation level with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Oct. 5. Both leaders will discuss regional and global issues, focusing on boosting their bilateral links even more. It is expected that they will sign several agreements after the talks, reported the Kremlin website, which also said President Putin will meet with India’s President Ram Nath Kovind.  Premier Modi hosted an informal dinner at his residence for President Putin, official sources said.

On Oct. 2, Putin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov had confirmed that the Russian President will oversee signing contract to deliver four S-400 air defense missile systems to India. This was the first official confirmation of this $5 billion deal from the Russian government at the highest level, the Indian Express reported today.

The indications are that Washington has told New Delhi it will waive the new sanctions against Russian arms sales.

The Russian President is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov, Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin and other high-level governmental political, military and scientific figures.

STRATEGIC WAR DANGER

Is Anyone Getting Worried? Anglo-Dutch Oligarchy Declares Oct. 4 To Be GRU Day

Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—A British government agency called the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), with the Foreign Office, today unveiled a round of international hoax provocations against Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, openly coordinated with their Dutch brothers and their puppets in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and British Empire Dominions.

The NCSC bundled together a package of actual and alleged cyber-crimes of the past years, to attribute them all to the GRU. These included a presumed hacking of the World Anti-Doping Agency; the falsely alleged hacking of the U.S. Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016; in 2017, hacking of Ukraine’s Kyiv metro, Odessa airport, Russia’s central bank, and two privately-owned Russian media outlets; and lastly, in 2015, hacking of what the BBC calls “an unnamed, small U.K.-based TV station.”

The NCSC said it has assessed “with high confidence” that the GRU was “almost certainly responsible” for the alleged cyber-attacks. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, “Our message is clear: Together with our allies, we will expose and respond to the GRU’s attempts to undermine international stability.”

The allies “responded.”  Later the same day, the Dutch government unveiled what it said had been an attempted GRU cyber-attack on The Hague headquarters of the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last April, which the Dutch claim to have foiled, expelling the alleged GRU perpetrators. Today they called the Russian ambassador to the Dutch Foreign Ministry to protest.

In Washington, the Justice Department announced indictments of seven more alleged GRU agents (of whom three had already been indicted earlier), for hacking computers associated with 250 athletes and anti-doping sports organizations in the U.S. and around the world, allegedly in retaliation against people and organizations who “revealed Russia’s doping program for its athletes,” according to USA Today.  The hacked data were posted on the website “fancybear.net,” which the DOJ has shut down.

Theresa May and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued a joint statement, while Canada, Australia, and New Zealand each issued statements of their own.

 

 

 


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