EIR Daily Alert Service, FRIDAY, December 27, 2019
|FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2019|
Volume 6, Number 256
EIR Daily Alert Service
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- Recognize the Turning Point Before Us
- Putin Vows Modern Apologists for Nazism Shall Not Prevail
- Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine Declares Nazism Must Be Banned To Win Peace in Ukraine
- Russia’s President Reviews the Nation’s Military Preparedness
- Erdogan Escalates Dangerous Drive for Turkish Military Intervention in Libya
- President Trump Defends Roger Stone, Gen. Michael Flynn, as Unfairly Hit by ‘Dirty Cops’
- Green Publication Carries Surprising Coverage of Nuclear Power as Best Option for Africa
- Turkey Plans Major Infrastructure Investments, Including as BRI Hub Between China and Europe
- China and Russia Discuss Key Projects of Scientific Cooperation for 2020
- Mexico Files International Legal Complaint Over Bolivia’s Siege of the Mexican Embassy in La Paz
Dec. 26 (EIRNS)—The very impeachment process unleashed by the United States’ historic British enemy with the intent to destroy the U.S. Republic for all time, could well bring about instead the eradication of the British oligarchical system from the face of the Earth, and the rebirth of the United States as a beacon of hope and liberty for all mankind that American statesman Lyndon LaRouche spent his life fighting for.
LaRouchePAC organizers across the United States report that great numbers of the American people sense that a turning point in national affairs has been reached, in which they are called to act. Revulsion is sweeping the country against an impeachment so disgustingly fraudulent, rammed through by the war-mongering Establishment elite which has destroyed U.S. industry, agricultural, livelihoods and culture for decades, and at the beginning of the election year, to boot.
The dangers are real, and treachery abounds; that the Senate, where the immediate impeachment battlefield is about to shift, is no bastion of patriotism and guts is evident.
But, seen from the standpoint of Schiller Institute Chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the moment is reminiscent of the weeks of turmoil in 1989 which culminated in the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the subsequent collapse of the entire Soviet system. And not only within the United States.
The failed Establishment “elite” of the United States and Europe are like the East German leadership, blind to the processes of change underway, tolerating no dissent, who thought they and their system would rule forever, right up to the moment they were swept out of power, she pointed out in discussions today.
Going into 2020, we are at a momentous branching point for all humanity. If the coup d’état against the American Presidency is reversed; if the Americas and Europe can join with the Belt and Road Initiative; if, above all, we can return to the best Classical traditions of our thinking—as expressed in the living legacy of Lyndon LaRouche—then shall we resolve the fundamental questions of war and peace, of backwardness and development, that are before us.
LaRouche always urged his fellow Americans to recognize that “we in the United States are responsible, more than in other country,” to crush that failed elite and their deadly policies. “Not because we committed the crime—the British created the crime,” LaRouche said; “but because we were complicit; but also, because we have in our hands, in the United States, the means to create the possible cure, of the great suffering, which the trans-Atlantic region as a whole is suffering,” as he put in his 2010 Christmas message.
“We have the principle which was contributed to our Constitution, the design of our Constitution, under the influence of Alexander Hamilton, who was then Treasury Secretary for the United States,” to seize control of our economy back from Wall Street and the City of London. “If we apply the Glass-Steagall application, which is the echo of Hamilton’s contribution to the U.S. Constitution, then we have in our hands the means to solve the problem in the United States, and by doing that, we have the means to assist Europe and other countries, from getting out of the mess, too.”
Through LaRouche’s now-famous “Four Laws,” the United States can initiate the greatest recovery programs ever conceived, for itself, and for mankind. Once the U.S. starts in that direction, Europe can join it, LaRouche insisted. “And the recovery of Europe would mean that the dangers to Asia, are eliminated, because our getting Europe back into business will mean that China, which is already doing an excellent job, within its means, will be able to extend that; India will do things similarly. Other Asian nations will get in on it. We will have, before us, then, a 30- to 50-year period, of rebuilding the world, as a whole, to a real state of permanent prosperity, and to achievements which have been beyond the imagination of most people, today.”
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STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
Dec. 25 (EIRNS)—Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over a meeting of the Defense Ministry Board at the National Defense Control Center in Moscow yesterday, and used the occasion to make a presentation of strategic importance. In his extensive remarks, Putin warned of the strategic dangers facing Russia and admonished that, unlike in chess, in these matters Russia cannot “accept a tie.” Throughout its history, he said, the Soviet Union and then the Russian Federation had been trying to “catch up” with the U.S. and other countries in these matters. But now, he said, Russia’s recent advances in weapons technologies have created “a unique situation in our new and recent history. They try to catch up with us. Not a single country possesses hypersonic weapons, let alone continental-range hypersonic weapons.”
Referring to the upcoming 75th anniversary of “the Great Victory in the Great Patriotic War,” Putin again referred to his own, personal historical research: “We do not forget the lessons of history; we are proud of our heroes and remember our fallen fighters…. We have enough materials to prevent anyone from corrupting the memory of our fathers, our grandfathers, and all those who gave their lives for the victory over Nazism.”
Putin then dropped a bombshell, reporting that Poland’s ambassador to Hitler’s Germany had written to the Polish Foreign Minister in 1938, praising Hitler’s plan to expel the Jews to Africa. “That bastard! That anti-Semitic pig,” Putin exclaimed. “I have no other words. He was in complete solidarity with Hitler in his anti-Jewish, anti-Semitic sentiment.”
Putin then sharply drew out the implications for today: “They now deface monuments to the liberator soldiers, Red Army soldiers who liberated the countries of Europe and the European peoples from Nazism. These are their followers (of Nazism). In this sense, unfortunately, little has changed.”
The complete transcript of President Putin’s remarks is posted to the Kremlin’s website.
Dec. 25 (EIRNS)—The Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine (PSPU), chaired by Schiller Institute co-thinker, economist, and former deputy in the Supreme Rada Natalia Vitrenko, issued a policy statement on Dec. 5 just prior to the Dec. 9 Normandy Format meeting of the Presidents of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France in Paris. The PSPU there reiterated its commitment to the Minsk Accords and advocacy of a long-term, mutually-beneficial gas contract with Russia, but warned bluntly that in order for there to be any progress towards restoring peace in Ukraine, the “continuing unlimited power of the Nazi parties, movements and militarized battalions” over Ukraine’s power structures (the National Guard, Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Police, and Ministry of Defense, included), must be internationally recognized and crushed.
The statement summarized this point in its conclusion:
“The previous [Normandy Format] Paris meeting [in 2015] omitted a question of greatest importance for Ukraine and the world community: that is, to condemn Ukrainian Nazism and recognize it as a terrorist ideology, and to demand a ban on all Nazi and neo-Nazi fascist political parties and movements, and militarized battalions, and their dissolution. Without resolving this most crucial problem, there will not be peace in Ukraine, agreements will not be implemented, and the country will not be democratized. On the contrary, there will be a growing threat of yet another bloody coup in Ukraine. [President Volodymyr] Zelensky is going to Paris, and he is afraid to adopt or approve the decisions needed for the world, because he fears a Nazi coup.”
The party states that these Nazi militants and politicians are “implementing the Brzezinski-Obama foreign principle: war with Russia to the ‘last Ukrainian,’ ” and concludes:
“The PSPU Central Committee insists that without the denazification of Ukraine, a movement that threatens the entire continent will continue to strengthen in the center of Europe.”
Dec. 25 (EIRNS)—In his opening remarks to yesterday’s Defense Ministry Board meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin reviewed the progress made in upgrading Russian military forces since the last meeting a year ago, stressing what still needs to be done, particularly in the threat environment that Russia continues to face. “Tension persists in the Middle East, in Afghanistan and on the Korean Peninsula. NATO is expanding its military infrastructure close to our borders,” he said. “The arms control regime is disintegrating, which causes serious concern…. The U.S. is expanding the capability of its global missile defense system. We see this, and we are aware of these developments.
Putin continued: “In this context we must continue to strengthen and develop the Army and Navy, as well as to focus on the following key objectives in 2020.” The share of modern equipment in the military must rise to 70% in the Army and the Navy. “The share of modern weapons in the nuclear triad has reached 82%,” he specified, and stating that “some of our equipment and technology are up to world standards. But in fact, as I have told our defense representatives more than once, it must be even better; our equipment must be better than the world’s best if we want to come out as the winners. This is not a game of chess where we can sometimes accept a tie. It concerns the military organization of the nation. Our equipment must be better. We can do it and we are doing it in the key spheres. But we must also do it in all spheres.”
Putin also emphasized that “this year the United States has actually destroyed the [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces] INF Treaty, which is why we must monitor the potential deployment of U.S. missiles of this class around the world, but first of all in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region…. We are ready to work out new arms control agreements. But until this process is launched we will continue to strengthen our nuclear forces. I am referring to the delivery of cutting-edge Avangard and Yars systems to the Strategic Missile Forces and Borei-A missile submarines to the naval nuclear forces.”
Dec. 26 (EIRNS)—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today that he would send troops to Libya to defend the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli against the military campaign being waged against it by Gen. Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army. “We have given and will continue to give all kinds of support to the Tripoli government, which is fighting a putschist general backed by various European and Arab countries,” said Erdogan provincial leaders of his AKP party in Ankara. “Since we’ve been invited there, we will accept the request to send soldiers,” he said, reported Al-Monitor. He also said that he expects the Turkish Parliament to vote on a motion approving the troop deployment as early as Jan. 8.
The problem is it’s not actually clear whether the GNA has made such a request. Fathi Bashagha, the Tripoli-based government’s Interior Minister, told reporters in Tunis today, shortly after Erdogan’s speech, that the GNA will officially request military support from Turkey if the war over the capital escalates.
As for where some of the troops might actually come from, the Syrian government in Damascus charged yesterday that the Turkish army is preparing to send some members of its proxy Syrian National Army from northern Hasaka to Libya. Syria’s official SANA news agency quoted civil sources as saying that the Turkish occupation forces continue withdrawing mercenaries from Ras al-Ayn city in Hasaka’s northern countryside, expecting to dispatch them to Libya through Turkish territories.
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
Dec. 25 (EIRNS)—When a reporter asked President Donald Trump, after his Christmas Eve videoconference with U.S. military serving overseas, if he would pardon political adviser Roger Stone, the President replied, “I hadn’t thought of it.” He then went on to emphasize, twice, very strongly, that what has been done to Stone, and to his first National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, and so many others, as part of what has now been shown to be “a big hoax,” was “very unfair.”
“Roger Stone was not involved in my campaign in any way other than the very, very beginning— before I think, long before I announced,” the President said. But, he emphasized, “I’ve known Roger over the years, he’s a nice guy. A lot of people like him. And he got hit very hard, as did General Flynn, and as did a lot of other people…. Now they’re finding out it was all a big hoax. They are finding out it was a horrible thing. We were spied on. My campaign was spied on.”
Stone “is someone I’ve known over the years,” although he wasn’t part the campaign except for very early on, he repeated, “but he’s a good person. And what they did to him is very unfair, in my opinion. And what they did to General Flynn is very unfair, in my opinion, and what they did to so many others.”
And now we find out it was done by “a bunch of dirty cops,” paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton, who used a phony dossier with the FISA Court, whose top judges are now looking into this, he went on. “These were dirty people, these were bad people, these were evil people. And I hope that someday I’m going to consider it my greatest achievement or one of my greatest achievements—getting rid of them. Because we have no place in our country for people like that.”
Stone, framed up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the associated “dirty cop” operation denounced by Trump, is scheduled to be sentenced in February. His case is a hot one. He has publicly expressed his admiration for the decades of work of Lyndon and Helga Zepp-LaRouche, and their Schiller Institute, towards peace, and, as Associated Press nervously reported in a Feb. 19, 2019 wire, argues that LaRouche’s ideas had “an important backstage role” in electing President Trump. At part of his legal defense, Stone filed with the court last May an expert declaration from former National Security Agency Technical Director William Binney, documenting that the core of the “Russiagate” fraud—the alleged “hacking” of the DNC and John Podesta—could never have happened.
SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Dec. 26 (EIRNS)—A publication called Sustainability Times may not be expected to generally push nuclear power development, but it did—for Africa. In a lengthy article published on Dec. 23, the journal wrote that despite $20 billion pledged so far for renewable energy projects in Africa, “it’s unlikely that the continent’s energy needs can be met by renewables alone.” Only the combination with nuclear power would make “the task of powering Africa’s growing economies more viable—not to mention the other useful and often overlooked aspects that nuclear can contribute to development.”
Nuclear technology provides more than just energy, the journal writes, “many advanced nuclear designs produce high-temperature process heat for uses in desalination plants, chemical production and even district heating systems. These subsidiary features would allow nuclear technology to benefit society beyond the generation of electricity—and potentially accelerating its deployment.
“Nuclear technologies are already being used in agriculture, for example, where isotopes and radiation techniques are harnessed to combat pests and diseases or to increase livestock and crop production. For instance, farmers in Benin have increased their maize yields by 50%, while simultaneously reducing the amount of fertilizer used by 70%, thanks to the deployment of nuclear-derived nitrogen-fixation methods—the same techniques that are allowing Maasai farmers in Kenya to double vegetable crop yields with half the irrigation of traditional methods.” Furthermore, they mention using nuclear-derived sterile insect techniques, and that “Wider applications include improving food safety by detecting contaminants in food products and beefing up traceability systems with stable isotope analysis.” While only obliquely mentioning nuclear irradiation for preserving food and medications, they include a graphic box which provides extensive details about it.
The journal mentions that according to UNESCO statistics, a fifth of the world’s population has no access to safe drinking water—a figure that’s certain to increase as populations grow and global freshwater sources decline, the shortfall in freshwater supplies hitting 500 trillion gallons per year by 2025. “In drought-stricken regions, freshwater production through nuclear desalination can be a cost-effective solution. Desalination by reverse osmosis or evaporation uses huge amounts of—often expensive—energy,” they write.
“By contrast, nuclear desalination could use the excess heat from new reactor designs like small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) to produce thermal and electrical energy … which then transforms seawater into freshwater. While capital costs for nuclear plants are initially high, fuel costs are low and stable: a doubling in the price of uranium would result in only a 5% increase in the total cost of energy generation. In contrast, an equivalent increase in oil would cause freshwater production costs to surge by 70%,” the journal says.
“Developed countries with nuclear expertise could include financial assistance for such energy projects in their efforts, given that gaining access to large amounts of cheap electricity from nuclear plants that run without interruption could be the key to boosting domestic manufacturing and quality of life,” the journal recommends. As well it might: The map it shows where nuclear power is projected for African countries, shows only 7 countries, although the biggest, out of 54 nations in Africa with nuclear power projects.
Dec. 26 (EIRNS)—The Turkish government has unveiled an ambitious Logistics Master Plan, a long-term projection that includes $110 billion-plus in investments in transportation infrastructure, Transportation Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan announced at a Dec. 25 ceremony at the main train station in Ankara, reported Hurriyet Daily News yesterday. “We have to build an exports-focused logistics infrastructure to support a $1 trillion exports goal,” he said. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank and Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan also attended the launch of the plan, which sets targets for 2023, 2035 and 2053.
Turkey wants to attract all possible trade routes, including the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, which is also known as the New Silk Road, Turhan said. “It is estimated that China will pour $1.3 trillion into this project until 2027. As a bridge between Europe and China, we have a geographical advantage. We are in a position that can attract a wide majority of such investments,” he said.
“With the transit corridors passing through Turkey, we will offer our producers advantages that would increase exports.” The current trade between Europe and China stands at $400 billion a year, the minister stated. “We as Turkey aim to reach a trade volume of $100 billion with Far East as of 2034.”
Dec. 25 (EIRNS)—Russian President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 23 signed a decree on holding the Year of Russian-Chinese Scientific, Technical and Innovation Cooperation in 2020-2021. Today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang provided details on what the two countries have planned:
“As for future cooperation, we have great potential in the sphere of information, communications, technology, as well as artificial intelligence and the Internet of things. Currently, we are discussing a list of key projects within the framework of the Year of Scientific, Technical and Innovation Cooperation, along with a roadmap,” he stated. “I am confident that by using this opportunity, we will achieve even better results in these areas, which will contribute to our joint development and to the development of science and technology of all mankind.”
Geng cited as examples of successful cooperation between the two countries, the development of a fast-neutron reactor and a wide-body, long-range jet.
“Cooperation in the sphere of science and technology was a priority of our practical partnership. Russia has a unique potential in the sphere of research and innovation. For its part, China is one of the global leaders of the sphere of information and communications, as well as satellite navigation, drone technologies and supercomputers. We can use our best qualities, expanding our technological potential and competitiveness,” the spokesman concluded.
COLLAPSING WESTERN SYSTEM
Dec. 26 (EIRNS)—Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard announced this morning that the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has filed a formal complaint with Bolivia’s illegitimate Jeanine Añez government, and at the UN’s International Court of Justice to protest “unprecedented” threats to its Embassy in La Paz in violation of the Vienna Convention on International Relations.
The complaint stems from the fact that on Nov. 15, Mexico granted asylum to nine former officials of the deposed government of President Evo Morales, four of whom are former cabinet ministers. Eleven days later, after Mexico had requested that the nine be given safe-conduct passage out of the country, the Añez government issued arrest warrants for the four former cabinet members, charging them with sedition, promoting violence and financing terrorism, and demanded they be handed over to Bolivian authorities for immediate prosecution.
Ebrard elaborated that the Bolivian government has deployed 90 armed security personnel—increased from a half-dozen—around the embassy and the ambassador’s official residence to harass and intimidate diplomatic personnel with electronic surveillance, restricting their movement and illegally photographing them. Mexico’s Foreign Undersecretary Maximiliano Reyes warned of the danger of an armed assault on the embassy, and López Obrador remarked that “not even [Chilean dictator] Pinochet” had threatened Mexico’s embassy in the 1970s as Bolivia is doing today.
Mexico is therefore compelled to act, Ebrard said, because, “aside from the [physical] integrity of Mexico’s representation, which is part of our territory, the other issue of importance to the international community is that the right to asylum is being arbitrarily challenged, which goes against all international conventions, which Bolivia has signed.” He announced that the entirety of the European Union, almost all of Ibero-America, and many other nations are supporting Mexico. Mexico, he reported, has also convened an emergency session of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
A defensive Añez government, meanwhile, is having a hard time keeping its story straight, first belligerently attacking Mexico for harboring “criminals,” claiming it could do what it wished in the vicinity of the embassy to ensure the nine Bolivians don’t get outside assistance to escape; and finally announcing the security force was necessary to protect the embassy from violence-prone groups that intended to attack it.
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