EIR Daily Alert Service, WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019
Volume 6, Number 140
EIR Daily Alert Service
P.O. Box 17390, Washington, DC 20041-0390
- A Bankrupt System Demands Depopulation
- Von der Leyen Pushes Green Deal in European Parliament Speech
- Her Majesty’s ‘Extinction Rebellion’ Stages Phony Civil Disobedience Protests in U.K.
- Chile Moves on Plan To Build Trans-Pacific Telecommunications Cable
- NASA’s Bridenstine on Project Artemis’ Narrow Path, Potential To Inspire
- After Osaka, U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China Discussions Enter a Delicate Stage
- Was U.K. Ambassador Darroch a Serial Leaker of Classified U.S. Material?
- State Department in Geneva Talks on Russia
- Neo-Cons Playing With Fire on China’s Taiwan Issue
- Will Mexico’s Lopez Obrador Meet Dilma Rousseff’s Fate?
July 16 (EIRNS)—On July 16, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was elected by a very narrow margin to be the new president of the European Commission. As part of the process of garnering the necessary votes among the totally fractious European Parliament, she delivered a hair-raising speech promoting the British Empire’s long-standing policy of Green fascism intended to massively depopulate the planet.
Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche immediately sounded the alarm over the Von der Leyen speech, and the broader policy drive behind it. In a discussion with associates, Zepp-LaRouche stated that what is underway is a really massive effort to do exactly what leading depopulation advocate and climate change fanatic Hans Joachim “John” Schellnhuber, CBE, had said in 2011, with his call for “the Great Transformation of the global economy, the decarbonization of the world, which he asserts has a carrying capacity for only 1 billion people. Or, as the mentor of green superstar child Greta Thunberg stated in an article in 2001, the carrying capacity of the world is only half a billion people!”
Zepp-LaRouche explained that the driving force behind this policy of genocide is a bankrupt British Empire which is intentionally spreading pessimism throughout the planet, especially among its youth. “We are looking at a complete onslaught by the British Empire and the oligarchy, knowing perfectly well that their system is coming to an end. And since they have been completely unwilling to change anything after the 2008 near meltdown and systemic crisis,” they have opted to fostering wars and to drastically downshift the planet’s population. Furthermore, “they know they are confronted with the rise of a New Paradigm,” centered on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, “which already has been joined by 126 nations and about 30 major international organizations, clearly representing the majority of the world, and they basically have decided that they are going for broke.”
Zepp-LaRouche went on to explain that “this is the apparatus which my recently deceased husband Lyndon LaRouche was fighting against with his entire life’s work: the British conservation movement, the eugenics movement, then the reconstruction and reorganization of these in the form of the World Wildlife Fund, the Club of Rome—all these organizations which prevented Third World development and which pushed explicitly, at least since the Club of Rome in 1972, for population reduction.”
Against this anti-scientific cult of pessimism, a wave of optimism has begun to sweep the planet, specifically around the 50th anniversary of man’s landing on the Moon—including President Donald Trump’s commitment to resume that space-faring mission—but more broadly around the Asia-centered steps being taken towards a New Paradigm based on economic development and peace. The June 28-29 G20 summit in Osaka made important progress in that direction, especially in the important meetings on the sidelines of President Trump with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and with China’s President Xi Jinping—despite London’s feverish efforts to prevent them from happening. Now we are at the point where meat needs to be put on the bones, in order to keep up the positive momentum and bring about an actual strategic shift. On the Russia front, the Geneva arms talks start July 17, and although neither side is expecting any breakthroughs—especially since the central U.S. talking point seems to be getting China involved in arms reduction talks, which the Chinese have vetoed—at least the U.S. and Russia are sitting down to talk. On the China front, the question is: When will the personal conversation start up again between the two trade negotiating teams? Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said a second phone call since Osaka is expected shortly between the Chinese and U.S. negotiators, and if all goes well, a personal meeting will follow. However, a tense environment remains over economic issues, Taiwan, and other matters.
As Zepp-LaRouche stated in her discussion with associates: “We are at an absolute branching point We have to get people to understand that optimism is the power of Prometheus: it’s the power of creativity, it’s the power of mankind, because we can envision where man should go, and there is no limit to that.”
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
July 16 (EIRNS)— If you thought there could be nothing worse than Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission, his designated successor will have you changing your mind. In her programmatic speech before the vote in the European Parliament (which she ended up winning by a narrow margin), designated EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised everything and the contrary to everybody in order to appease all factions and get elected. Most notably, however, she promised a radical anti-industrial plan and called it a “Green Deal.”
Von der Leyen started her speech in French, continued in German, and turned into English at a certain point, to attack the Belt and Road Initiative and to present her climate policy.
Referring to the nations that joined the Belt and Road, she said: “Some are buying their influence by investing in dependence from ports and roads,” and some “turn to authoritarian states.” But “We go the European way,” she said.
Then she continued: “Our most pressing challenge is to keep our planet healthy. This is the greatest and most important opportunity of our time. I want Europe to become the first CO2-neutral continent in the world by 2050!
“To make this happen we must take both steps together: Our current goal of reducing emissions by 40% by 2030 is not enough. We must go further. We must try for more. A two-step approach is needed to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030 by 50% if not 55%. The European Union will lead international negotiations to increase the level of ambitions by other major economies by 2021, because to achieve real impact we do not only have to be ambitious at home; we have to do that, yes! But we have to do it together.
“I will put forward a Green Deal for Europe in my first 100 days in office. I will put forward the first ever European Climate Law, which will set the 2050 target in law. This increase of ambitions will need investments on a major scale. Public money will not be enough. I will propose a European Union Sustainable Investment Plan and turn part of the European Investment Bank into a Climate Bank. This will unlock €1 trillion in investments over the next decade. It meanschange. All of us and every sector will have to contribute. From aviation to maritime transport, to the way each and every one of us travels and lives. Emissions must have a price that changes our behavior.
“To complete this work and to ensure that our companies can compete on a level playing field, I will introduce a carbon border-tax to avoid carbon leakage.” Translated: I am going to put a super-tariff on China, which produces too much CO2.
July 16 (EIRNS)—Her Majesty’s “Extinction Rebellion” in the U.K. held five demonstrations on Monday in London, Cardiff, Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow. Protests in each city focused on a different phony ecologist threat: rising sea levels, floods, wildfires, crop failures and extreme weather. According to Extinction Rebellion, more than 3,000 activists across the country have signed up to participate in acts of civil disobedience this week, a third of those in London.
A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said: “After [our campaign in] April, Parliament declared an environmental emergency, but no action has been taken on this, so we’re here to remind them that actions speak louder than words.”
Outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London 250 protesters blocked the Strand during 9 to 5 workday. Police said there had been no arrests. While one would expect the demonstrators to have been young people, the Guardian reports comments from three participants, none of them younger than 43.
One of them, 61-year-old Roc Sandford, said: “I’m involved because I have children and I want them not to starve and die in social collapse. If you look at what scientists are saying, that’s what’s coming.” What the Guardian doesn’t report is that Sandford is a millionaire who owns a house in London and an island in the Hebrides, where he lives “offline” for three months of the year.
Likewise, Guardian quotes 43-year-old Alex Evans, the leader of the Leeds Extinction Rebellion group. What it doesn’t mention is that Evans has worked as a fellow or consultant for a number of Malthusian institutions, starting with the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit; the UN Secretary-General’s office as the writer of the 2011 UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability; and was an adviser to then-Labour Party Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Labour cabinet ministers Hilary Benn and Valerie Amos.
In the United States he was senior non-resident fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, and has advised the World Resources Institute and the Brookings Institution. Significantly, he served as an adviser to the National Intelligence Council, in its 2008 policy paper, “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World.” Produced every four years by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Global Trends 2025 in effect became the foreign policy of the Obama Administration, and its climate change and environmentalist agenda.
When he is not abusing children to participate in the phony Extinction campaign, he is running his “Collective Psychology Project,” which according to its website, is where “psychology and politics” meet.”
Evans joins other of Her Majesty’s top agents who are controlling the Extinction Rebellion, including Farhana Yamin, an Associate Fellow of the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at the Royal Institute for International Affairs/Chatham House, and Sam Gaell, a Chatham House researcher on China and energy issues (seeEIR Daily Alert, July 2, 2019).
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
July 16 (EIRNS)—Chile’s Transportation Ministry announced last week that the government of President Sebastian Piñera had signed a $3 million agreement with the Andean Development Corporation, to finance a feasibility study to explore the technical, legal and financial aspects of building a 24,000 km fiber-optic undersea cable between South America and Asia.
China’s telecommunications giant, Huawei, and Japan’s NEC are both very interested in the project, Notiamerica reports, and bidding on the feasibility study is to begin next week, with a 30-day window for its adjudication. The project, which also has the backing of the Argentine, Ecuadorean and Brazilian governments, is an attractive one, as whichever firm ultimately wins the bid to build it, will be ferrying a significant percentage of inter-continental voice and data traffic. According to the timetable, reports on three specific projects related to the proposal must be deliberated between November 2019 and June 2020, after which bidding on the project by international consortia will begin.
Last April, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Chile to warn President Sebastián Piñera to stay away from Huawei, specifically on the trans-Pacific fiber cable project, spouting his usual drivel about espionage, “predatory” practices, etc. But when Piñera went to China to attend the Belt and Road Forum April 25-27, he met with Huawei’s CEO in Shenzhen, and invited him to participate in bidding for both 5G networks and the trans-Pacific cable. Subsequently, Piñera signed the Chile-China 2019-2022 Memorandum of Understanding, one chapter of which deals extensively with developing telecommunications infrastructure.
Transportation Minister Gloria Hutt said that the feasibility study will allow the government to learn everything possible about the project “which will position the country as the gateway for data to the whole region,” and make it an attractive location for data centers connected to the cable, Reuters reported July 12. One of the heaviest uses of such a cable would be for the large amount of “big data” generated by the extensive astronomical observations being carried out from Chile’s array of observatories.
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
July 16 (EIRNS)—Conducting numerous media interviews July 14-15 as the Apollo Moon landing’s 50th anniversary approaches, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine described the difficult fight NASA is engaged in to return to the Moon as the test ground and base to Mars travel, within five years. Bridenstine also expressed his confidence that the agency would carry out the mission and inspire millions of Americans in the process, as Project Apollo did a half-century ago. Apollo is still celebrated 50 years later and still generates widespread public support and optimism about space exploration, he told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” interviewers, because of the feats of human progress it accomplished. “What will we do that will be celebrated 50 years from now?” Bridenstine said he had thoroughly discussed President Donald Trump’s “Don’t talk about the Moon” statement with the President, and agreed that human travel to Mars is “the generational mission”; development of the Moon is the means to carry out that mission. Bridenstine told NPR in another July 15 interview, “It just so happens that the Moon is a proving ground, so we can go to the Moon and we can learn how to live and work on another world. Prove the technology and then take all of that to Mars.”
With difficulties posed by both “cost and schedule”—by the problems of Boeing, Space X and others in testing and perfecting their rockets and capsules, and by NASA’s slowly rising but still inadequate budget—Bridenstine showed the administration making the path more difficult, by rejecting cooperation with China, still barred by the Wolf Amendment. He was asked on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” July 14 whether China might beat the United States to the Moon, or whether there might be cooperation with China in this. He answered “I can tell you as of right now, ‘no’ to both…. We do not need to cooperate with China; we are so far ahead”; and described the number of times the United States has carried out soft landings on Mars.
The administrator said he was confident that the additional $1.6 billion NASA needs in the 2020 fiscal year to keep to “cost and schedule,” promised by President Trump, would be delivered by the White House despite lukewarm support and partisan division in Congress. His estimate of the $20 billion over five years required to carry out Project Artemis, however, is clearly another matter. Bridenstine told C-SPAN interviewers he was hopeful “private funding” would replace some of the Federal funding. He said that he had personally made the decision to replace senior engineer Bill Gerstenmaier, as head of the Human Exploration division, with three new leaders fully committed to a narrow path of “cost and schedule.” This will effectively create “space launch,” “Gateway,” and “Moon to Mars” sections of Human Exploration, each with its planned timetable and budget.
Bridenstine did not wish to comment decisively on whether a flight on a (commercial) U.S. rocket to the Space Station will occur this year. While not directly part of Project Artemis, this involves the great challenge posed to that Project by the loss of so much American technological-industrial capacity and skilled manpower since Apollo. “Commercial crew has some problems. Sometimes they have struggles,” he said. He came down on SpaceX for its silence for days after its capsule blew up during a test. “If anything like this happens again, within a couple of hours, we will hold a press conference,” Bridenstine said.
Project Artemis is a beautiful mission, the Administrator said, but requires meeting ambitious schedules under difficult stress.
July 16 (EIRNS)—It is a little over two weeks since the Osaka G20 summit was held, including the important meetings on the sidelines of President Donald Trump with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and with China’s President Xi Jinping—despite London’s feverish efforts to prevent them from happening. Now we are at the point where meat needs to be put on the bones, in order to keep up the positive momentum and bring about an actual strategic shift. On the Russia front, the Geneva arms talks start July 17, and although neither side is expecting any breakthroughs—especially since the central U.S. talking point seems to be getting China involved in arms reduction talks, which the Chinese have vetoed—at least the U.S. and Russia are sitting down to talk. On the China front, the question is: When will the personal conversation start up again between the two trade negotiating teams. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a second phone call since Osaka is expected shortly between the Chinese and U.S. negotiators, and if all goes well, a personal meeting will follow. However, a tense environment remains over economic issues, Taiwan, and other matters.
President Trump commented on the matter on July 15 at a White House event: “We’re going to have good relationships with China. President Xi is a friend of mine. He’s a good friend. I used to say he was a good friend of mine. We’re probably not quite as close now. But I have to be for our country. He’s for China and I’m for U.S.A., and that’s the way it’s got to be.” Trump also tried to argue in a tweet that China’s 6.3% growth rate in the second quarter was bad news for China: “China’s 2nd Quarter growth is the slowest it has been in more than 27 years. The United States Tariffs are having a major effect on companies wanting to leave China for non-tariffed countries. Thousands of companies are leaving. This is why China wants to make a deal with the U.S….”
A July 16 Global Times editorial countered Trump’s tweet: “Trump continued picking his one-string banjo and offered an arbitrary conclusion on how the tariffs have been paid for by China, not U.S. taxpayers…. By exaggerating China’s GDP growth slow-down, the U.S. has sent a message, signaling that Washington is anxious about the ongoing trade war…. hoping to find long-awaited signs of crippling behavior.”
July 16 (EIRNS)—Two U.S. government officials, one current, the other former, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told theWashington Examiner’s Tom Rogan that the U.S. government had become so alarmed at the “repeated” leaks of sensitive U.S. intelligence by the U.K.’s erstwhile Ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, that an investigation had been launched to find the source of the leaks.
These leaks were not related to Darroch’s private cables published by the Daily Mail which led to his resignation, the sources specified. According to Rogan, the unnamed sources reported that Darroch leaked classified material to “a journalist for a U.S.-based media outlet … on a continuing basis.” Those leaks included highly-classified “originator-control intelligence information” (known as “ORCON”) designated to be distributed solely to other members of the “Five Eyes” intelligence community, and also “may” have included intelligence designated “U.S.-U.K. only.”
“[O]ne source says that the U.S. government was so alarmed by Darroch’s leaks that it launched an official investigation to find the source of the information. That source described the leaked intelligence as ‘very sensitive,’ and suggested that exigent U.S. security concerns motivated the investigation. That source says that non-U.S. government-derived records showed the ambassador and journalist exchanging messages on a continuing basis…. A second source, a career government official, described the leaks as ‘unprecedented,’ ” Rogan wrote.
Rogan reported that he has been unable to confirm how long any investigation was underway or whether it has since been suspended, or whether the Ambassador himself was monitored in the investigation.
Neither the White House, the Justice Department nor the British Embassy would comment on the story, he reports.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
July 16 (EIRNS)—Speaking about the coming talks between Russia and the U.S. in Geneva on July 17-18, senior U.S. officials told Reuters the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) will not be discussed at the talks, and said that Washington does not expect any breakthrough at the consultations.
“A good meeting would be some greater clarity about where the Russians see things going with the Chinese,” one U.S. official said. However, another official noted that China is not a party to nuclear arms treaties between the U.S. and Russia and it is unclear how willing Beijing would be to participate in talks on this issue.
As for the New START treaty that expires in 2021, one of the officials said that talks would be “premature,” as this matter constitutes a “next-year problem.”
The Geneva talks will involve Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, and the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. The U.S. delegation will include Tim Morrison, who is taking over as Trump’s top Russia adviser on the National Security Council staff, plus representatives from the Pentagon, the National Security Agency, and others.
Morrison, who is an arms control expert, replaces Fiona Hill who was considered a hardliner on Russia, and her departure, according to some media accounts, is a signal that Trump was to come to an arms control agreement.
Foreign Policy quotes James Carafano at the Heritage Foundation as saying that President Trump “wants to see, by the end of his presidency, Russia and China coming to the table and striking a Reaganesque bargain on lowering the threshold on nuclear arms between these great-power rivals. This is part of the preparation for that. It’s not going to happen tomorrow, it’s not going to happen next week … but expect that push.”
July 16 (EIRNS)—The whopping $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan effectively aggravated the U.S.-China trade conflict. While President Donald Trump helped to calm the waters in the trade dispute in his meeting with President Xi Jinping in Osaka, the arms sale to Taiwan has sent the opposite message to Chinese leaders anxious to come to some settlement with the United States. Stinger missiles and Abrams tanks will now be added to the Taiwan armory. In addition, Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen, who will be traveling to the Caribbean—to some of the few remaining countries that recognize Taiwan as an independent country—also scheduled a substantive stopover in the United States both going and coming. She was given two days in New York, where she met with aging knuckle-dragger Richard Armitage, and several U.S. representatives and had a phone call with Nancy Pelosi. She also gave a speech at Columbia University and met with a group of UN permanent representatives at the Taiwan liaison office—a considerable upgrade for Taiwan leaders, who have been prohibited from making any public appearances during transit stops ever since the establishment of U.S.-China relations in 1979.
China has already announced that it would cut all ties with firms, such as Honeywell and Grumman (and also manufacturer Gulfstream), which have manufactured the arms purchased by Taiwan. But this will no doubt not be the last word from Beijing. In attempting to manipulate what is perhaps China’s single most important “core interest,” and which they deem intimately connected to their territorial integrity, the U.S. neo-conservatives are truly playing with fire.
July 14 (EIRNS)—The splashy resignation of Mexican Finance Minister Carlos Urzua on July 9 signals the launching of a new, aggressive stage in the Wall Street/City of London drive to tame Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)—or to put an early end to his Presidency, as was done with Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff in 2016, should he refuse to knuckle under to their policies, and instead maintain his commitment to development and sovereignty. The problem is that AMLO is displaying many of the same strengths and some of the strategic weaknesses of his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, who fought hard against the plot to topple her government based on a preposterous corruption scandal, but lost in large part because she limited her counterattack to the national arena and refused to take on the international forces and policies which were running the operation against her in the first place.
Urzua, a dyed-in-the-wool defender of Wall Street’s neo-liberal economic policies, submitted a scathing public letter of resignation via Twitter, in which he denounced AMLO for incompetent economic policies adopted “without sufficient foundation” and which were not “free of extremism”—meaning Wall Street didn’t like them. Predictably, that same day the Mexican peso came under international financial attack in the markets, and there were also diatribes against AMLO’s policies in the financial media. He was lambasted for daring to balk on the full privatization of Mexico’s energy and electricity sectors, and for proposing to build infrastructure to aid the country’s development. They are also not happy about AMLO’s efforts to work with President Donald Trump to solve the migration problem through joint development projects in Mexico and Central America.
AMLO himself pointed to sharp differences with Urzua over the recently-adopted National Development Plan (PND), as the immediate trigger for his blazing departure. Urzua wrote a draft of the PND which AMLO rejected as unacceptable continuity with the neo-liberal economic policies adopted by Mexican governments since 1982 (ever since José López Portillo left office), and instead personally drafted his own version of the PND, which was subsequently submitted to Congress and approved.
The PND is marked by a strong and accurate attack on neo-liberal economics which destroyed Mexico over the last 36 years, and ends with a worthwhile “Vision of 2024,” which states the goals he proposes to achieve during his six-year administration: “After 36 years of continuous decline, salaries will have recovered at least 20% of their purchasing power”; “No one will go hungry, extreme poverty will have been eradicated, no one will lack medical services or medicine and seniors will receive fair pensions and will be able to live without material shortages”; “In 2021 the goal will be met of achieving self-sufficiency in corn and bean production, and three years later, in rice, beef, pork, poultry and eggs”; “in the last year of the six-year term the emigration of Mexicans abroad caused by work requirements, insecurity and lack of a future, will have ceased”; and “organized crime will have been reduced and will be in retreat … and indices of criminality will have dropped by 50%.”
Worthy goals, but AMLO’s PND is plagued by three fatal flaws:
First, it points almost entirely to national causes of the problems to be solved, and states next to nothing about foreign policy, either politically or economically. There is no mention whatsoever of the emerging alternative world economic system associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, without which Mexico (like the rest of the world) will not be able to achieve significant progress.
Second, it relegates mention of the role of science and technology in achieving economic growth to a two-sentence afterthought—on p. 58 of a 63-page document. The PND does talk about infrastructure, weakly, stating: “The Maya Train is the most important infrastructure, socio-economic development and tourism project of the current administration…. The Maya Train is a project oriented to increase the economic benefits of tourism on the Yucatan Peninsula.” It argues that growth can be financed by the chimera of using only resources recovered by fighting corruption, while maintaining Mexico’s onerous debt service payments and accepting Wall Street’s demand that the “autonomy of the central bank” be religiously maintained.
Third, the PND calls for legalizing drugs—one of the real Achilles’ Heels of AMLO’s policy and outlook of key elements of his cabinet, which EIR called out even before he took office in December 2018. His argument is not limited to marijuana, but in fact talks about all drugs. “With regard to narcotics, the prohibitionist strategy is now unsustainable, not only because of the violence which it has generated but because of its bad results in terms of public health…. The ‘war on drugs’ has worsened the public health problem…. The alternative is for the State to reject the intention of fighting addictions through the prohibition of substances which generate them…. The only real possibility of reducing the levels of drug consumption lies in lifting the prohibition of those that are currently illegal and reorienting the resources now used tofight their trafficking to use in massive and personalized programs of reinsertion and detoxification. That should be achieved in a negotiated manner both in the bilateral relationship with the U.S. as well as in the multilateral area, within the UN.”
Since it is the large City of London and Wall Street banks that run the drug trade from the top, and which are also the leading promoters of drug legalization, using spokesmen such as the despicable George Soros, AMLO’s approach is a losing strategy, and dangerously so.
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