Friday, January 15, 2016

US military occupation of the Philippines, War on China

The US mobilization for war on China has taken a huge step forward, as Obama's criminal deal with Philippine President Aquino was approved by the Philippine Supreme Court, a criminal decision totally contrary to the Philippines Constitution. The deal allows the US to deploy vast air, land and sea military forces across the Philippines. Together with Obama's use of the North Korea crisis to build up strategic forces in East Asia, the Philippines re-colonization completes the encirclement of China. It must be stopped.
    The lead editorial in today's EIR DAILY ALERT, enclosed here, on this crisis, including a statement from Butch Valdes, head of the Philippines LaRouche Society, should be circulated internationally, as a stark warning of the onrushing danger of global war.    Mike Billington


British Recolonize the Philippines, through Their Stooge Obama, Preparing for War on China

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—The Philippines LaRouche Society chairman Butch Valdes on Tuesday denounced the decision by the Philippine Supreme Court declaring President Aquino’s treasonous deal with President Obama, which turns the Philippine military bases over to U.S. military occupation, to be an “executive agreement” rather than a treaty, and therefore legal and constitutional, and not subject to Senatorial vote.
The decision creates a Constitutional crisis, since the Philippines Senate voted in December that the agreement was clearly a treaty as defined by the Constitution, and must thus be approved by the Senate—which would almost certainly not happen.
Lyndon LaRouche stated today that this agreement, if not stopped, constitutes a British re-colonization of the Philippines through their agent Barack Obama. The entire process was run by Obama—it was signed during his visit to Manila in April 2014, and was intended to be approved by the Court during his visit in November 2015, but the huge opposition from the population and the Senate stalled the decision. The agreement, called the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), will allow the U.S. to deploy its most advanced air, land, and sea forces and weaponry into Philippine military bases, despite a clear Constitutional restraint to any foreign bases on Philippine soil.
LaRouche added that the indication is clear that Obama intends to start World War III.
The statement by Butch Valdes, entitled “The Final Betrayal,” reads:
“The Filipino people have been betrayed yet again ... not just by a demented President, nor by prostituted legislators, but by the very institution mandated to uphold, first and foremost, the Constitution of the Sovereign Philippine Republic.
“Like fools and Judases, they hide behind faulty technical issues of the EDCA, twisting definitions, leaning on flimsy interpretations to manufacture their blatantly treasonous decision. Willfully blind to the true nature of the U.S. military installations inside Philippine Military Bases—which may very possibly be silos of nuclear-armed medium-/long-range rockets aimed at China—these justices of the Supreme Court commit treason of the highest degree against the Filipino people. In my opinion, they have collectively sworn allegiance to a foreign occupying power which makes them moral cowards who do not deserve any iota of respect from the citizenry. The late Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos, a true hero and patriot, turns in his grave to have these despicable characters in the same revered Halls of Justice.
“To consciously place 100 million Filipino lives at risk in a nuclear conflict between two superpowers earns for them the worst places in Hell ... and may they live long enough to experience the resulting pain and destruction which they have caused.”
The referenced former Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 1941-42, and also acting President on behalf of President Quezon when Quezon went into exile in the U.S. after the Japanese invasion, on the advice of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Chief Justice Santos stayed behind, but refused to capitulate to the Japanese occupiers’ commands. The Japanese murdered him in 1942.
The comparison of the U.S. military occupation of the Philippines to the Japanese occupation is absolutely correct, as the Japanese target was not the Philippines itself, but China and Asia generally—as is the case also with Obama.


Russia To Deploy New Nuclear Forces in Western Russia

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—Russia will deploy new nuclear armed forces in the West of Russia in 2016 which will include five new strategic nuclear missile regiments, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said yesterday in his first teleconference this year.
“Our main effort should go into strengthening the potential of our strategic nuclear forces and of fulfilling the space defense programs,” RIA Novosti quoted Shoigu as saying. “Five rocket regiments, equipped with modern rocket complexes, will enter active service in 2016.”
Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reports that Russia recently announced deployment of five fourth-generation MIG-29 fighter jets and an Mi-8 transport helicopter to a Russian base near Yerevan, Armenia in the second half of 2016. Russia had earlier said it would deploy seven Mi-24 attack helicopters and an Mi-8 transport helicopter, which was announced by the Russian Southern Military District for the protection of Armenian air space, which is “part of the Commonwealth of Independent States air borders.”
On Dec. 23, at the CIS Council of Defense Ministers meeting, Russia and Armenia announced that they would be integrating each other’s air defense systems for their air defenses in the Caucasus. While Armenia, which has been a staunch ally of Russia, does not border it, it does border Turkey. Russia has, in addition to its airbase near Yerevan, a base in the northwest near Gyumri, not far from the Turkish border. All these moves have accrued a wider significance since Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over Syria on Nov. 24, 2015.

Will Washington Nuclear Security Summit Be Reduced to Russia-Bashing?

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said, today, that Russia will not be participating in the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, set for March 31 to April 1 in Washington, D.C. However, Poland, one of the sites of Obama’s and NATO’s forward provocations will be highlighted.
“Our country has taken part in three Nuclear Security Summits, those held in Washington (2010), Seoul (2012), and The Hague (2014). The summits have played their role. Considerable progress has been made in the strengthening of nuclear security. However, the political agenda of these summit meetings has been exhausted by now,” Zakharova said, replying to a press question.
For Polish President Andrzej Duda, however, speaking at the Washington summit will be the cap of a round of visits to NATO capitals during which he will be lobbying for NATO to station troops on Polish soil. The “enemy” he’s worried about, of course, is Russia. Radio Poland reports that Duda’s string of visits will begin on Jan. 18 with a trip to Brussels to visit NATO headquarters and a meeting with EU Council President Donald Tusk, Poland’s former premier. This will be followed by visits to Norway, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, to be concluded by the Washington visit. Krzysztof Szczerski, responsible for foreign affairs in the President’s office, said that in the first half of the year Duda would deliver three important speeches: in February at a Munich Security Conference, in March at a meeting with U.S. think-tanks in Washington, and in May at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

U.S./NATO Will Not ‘Please’ Russia on Missile Defense

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—Frank Rose, Obama’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, was in Brussels yesterday, where he declared that NATO allies will not limit their missile defenses in order to please Russia, reports Reuters.
“We are not going to agree to limitations on our systems, because we need to have the flexibility to deal with the dynamic and evolving threat,” he said. “North Korea has large numbers of ballistic missiles and they test them often,” Rose said, adding that North Korea could already reach South Korea and most of Japan, and potentially the United States.
“The key Russian concern,” Rose said, “is that in the future, absent legally binding constraints, we will develop systems that could potentially negate their strategic deterrent,” and he repeated the lying claim that the missiles are not directed against Russia.
However, the only “threat” that has been identified against NATO is Iran, not North Korea. North Korea is claimed to be a threat against the U.S., but the U.S.-based BMD in Asia is not part of the NATO system—and, as the Russians keep pointing out, the Iranian threat has been taken care of by the nuclear deal, so what other threat is Obama’s emissary Rose taking about?
In any case, as RT reports, despite NATO’s ongoing missile defense build-up, Russia’s supreme military commanders note that no existing U.S. missile shield can withstand a potential Russian attack by intercontinental ballistic missiles. Not said by RT, but obvious to anyone familiar with such matters, is that Russia, through its military campaign in Syria, has also demonstrated capabilities—long-range ship- and air-launched cruise missiles—that could also be used to destroy the BMD installations that NATO is building in Romania and Poland.

Swedish and Finnish Governments Jointly Decide To Block NATO Applications

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—In a coordinated action, the Swedish and Finnish governments have ruled out any NATO membership application. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä published an article together in the Swedish daily, Dagens Nyheter, on Jan. 10 to that effect. The article coincided with the first day of the annual Swedish conference on defense policies, organized by the Swedish NGO, Society And Defense, where Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem came out with the same message in her keynote speech. This intervention punctured the hyperinflated debate in Sweden out joining NATO, as the statements clearly closed off any Swedish and Finnish NATO membership. In both places it was clearly stated that there “would be no abrupt changes in the policy of non-alliance,” stating: “It has served us well.” Both stated that there are “Tensions in the region” and that “a NATO membership would not contribute to détente.”
There is tremendous pressure on Sweden and Finland to join NATO. Tons of articles, “leaks” and anti-Russian propaganda have filled up the media. This included a submarine scare hysterically played up by the media this past summer.
All four of Sweden’s non-Socialist parties, that made up the former government, have one after the other opened up for NATO membership. And the foreign pressure is exemplified by Edward Lucas, senior editor with London’s The Economist, writing op-eds in Sweden’s Svenska Dagbladet. Also the earlier decision to name the Norwegian Social Democrat and former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, as head of NATO to succeed a Dane, shows the regional priority given by NATO.
Going into the just-completed conference on defense policies, a crescendo in the campaign was reached. The conference organizers even took the extraordinary step to invite Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis to interfere in this domestic issue and call for Sweden to join NATO.
The global strategic map would shift dramatically if NATO were extended to Russia’s borders with Scandinavia, close to St. Petersburg and most importantly to the Murmansk area, where half of Russia’s nuclear deterrent is based. During the Cold War even Norway kept the nuclear weapons away from that Russian border area, in what was effectively a nuclear free zone together with Sweden and Finland. Were Finland and Sweden to join NATO, the whole Baltic Sea would be a NATO lake.
Nonetheless, it is the case that Stockholm and Helsinki have moved much closer to NATO. Both countries are most active in NATO partnership activities. Last year both countries signed the NATO host nation support agreement allowing for assistance from NATO in emergency situations, as well as allowing the use of Swedish and Finnish territory for joint military exercises.

Suicide Bomber in Istanbul Was Saudi-Born Syrian

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—The Turkish government announced that the suicide bomber—broadly reported in the media as a “Syrian”—responsible for yesterday’s bombing in Istanbul which killed ten people, all of them German tourists, was one Nabil Fadli, born in Saudi Arabia. Citing unnamed security sources, yesterday, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported he was a Saudi national who had only applied for asylum on Jan. 5th in Turkey. Much surprise has been expressed by how quickly the Turks were able to identify the bomber.
According to Hurriyet’s Murat Yetki, the attack in Istanbul was the first time that a foreign terrorist had launched an attack in which foreign nationals were killed.
Police arrested nine members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including three Russian citizens, in Antalya and Izmir this morning. Antalya is in the heart of the main tourist region of the so-called Turkish Riviera.
The police operation in the province of Antalya also led to the seizure of a large number of organizational documents.

Pakistan Will Not Send Troops to Saudi Arabia’s So-Called Anti-Terrorism ‘34-Nation Alliance’

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—Speaking to the Pakistan’s National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee, advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, said Pakistan will not send ground troops to Saudi Arabia or any other country, Pakistani daily The Dawn reported today.
Aziz said Pakistan will remain only a part of the Saudi 34-nation alliance against terrorism, but will not be sending its forces on the ground in Saudi Arabia. He added that sending forces in any country was against Pakistan’s policy. However, he said that it will share counterterrorism intelligence with Saudi Arabia.
Aziz’s announcement was made a day after Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had visited Pakistan and held meetings with Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Riyadh had put extensive pressure on Pakistan, which possesses the most capable military among those that joined the coalition. Earlier, Pakistan had twice rejected calls by the United States for joining alliances against the militant Islamic State (IS) on the same pretext, ANI reported today.


Glass-Steagall Debate Rages On

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s syndicated column today supports Democratic presidential primary candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Glass-Steagall speech of Jan. 6 and notes the Wall Street Journal has led a campaign of attacks on the movie version of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short.
Wall Street voices are furiously attacking both Sanders’ (correct) statement that Glass-Steagall would have prevented the 2008 global bank panic, and the movie. Today, among others, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, head of the right-wing American Action Forum, gets a column in The Hill’s “Congress Blog” to remind the members on Capitol Hill of their loyalties to Wall Street and, ironically, to Barack Obama and Barney Frank. Stick to the Dodd-Frank Act, says Holtz-Eakin; implementing Glass-Steagall would make the financial system less safe, in ways Holtz-Eakin doesn’t feel the need to explain to the Congress. Holtz-Eakin was Sen. John McCain’s chief campaign economic advisor in 2008, and helped McCain fatally lose his nerve during a emergency flight to Washington that October; McCain’s determination to shut down—not bail out—the Wall Street behemoths, collapsed by the time his flight touched down in D.C.
Holtz-Eakin is following up the Washington Post’s lengthy and “exhaustive” attempt on Jan. 10 to convince the Congress Members that Sanders was wrong, and Glass-Steagall would not have prevented the bank panic of 2008.
Clearly, support for restoring Glass-Steagall continues to grow, and Wall Street, preparing to crash and be bailed out again, will expend any amount to stop it.
However, the Glass-Steagall promotion coming from supporters of Sanders—of whom Robert Reich certainly seems to be one—has “lost the name of action.”
Reich does say, “Unless they’re [the Wall Street banks] broken up and Glass-Steagall resurrected, we face substantial risk of another near meltdown—once again threatening the incomes, savings, and homes of millions of Americans.” He focusses on what is, in fact, the main message of The Big Short book: that Wall Street and the City of London created toxic subprime credit by the many trillions—not mortgage companies, still less Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—in order to create fraudulent securities and derivatives, and make super-profits and fees thereby. They committed every conceivable financial crime, escaped punishment, and were bailed out.
But he doesn’t explain that Wall Street and London have now again created toxic “high-yield credit” by the many trillions, in order to create fraudulent securities, “leveraged exchange-traded funds” on the stock market, and other derivatives, to make super-profits and fees thereby; and these are blowing out now, destroying what’s left of the trans-Atlantic economies—unless Wall Street is broken up immediately.
Sanders on Jan. 6 said, “If the big banks don’t break themselves up, I will break them up.” But presidential candidates do not re-establish Glass-Steagall—which is essential right now. Congress does, and it is gripped by Wall Street money. Sanders, and Martin O’Malley, should be targetting Members on Capitol Hill, and riling up audiences to make them enact it now.

Obama State of Union—Evil and Psychotic

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—Lyndon LaRouche warned hours before Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, that it would be pure evil—and indeed it was. Add to that, totally psychotic. Besides calling white, black, in regard to his so-called successes, several wildly defensive statements were clearly responding to Lyndon LaRouche’s warnings.
A few examples:
  • “Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead—they call us.”
  • “[T]he United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world.”
  • “Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction.”
  • “I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker.”

Revolt against ‘Deporter in Chief’ Just Hours before State of the Union

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—Congressional Democrats, according to reports in the capital press, revolted against Barack Obama’s deportation raids on families, just before he tried to talk the Congress and the country into submission on Tuesday night.
Not accidentally, Obama’s State of the Union address skipped immigration policy entirely. That afternoon, 140 Democratic House Members had sent him a letter sharply protesting the ongoing deportation raids he ordered, and had then held a press conference to make the letter public. This included the whole House Democratic leadership, and was flanked by Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid. The size of the press conference showed the anger building against Obama in the party on this matter.
“We are gravely concerned that the [Administration] may have already removed mothers and children from the United States and returned them to violent and dangerous situations in their own countries,” the letter was quoted in the Washington Post.
Recent immigrants from Central America, legal and illegal, are fleeing from powerful criminal syndicates which make life nearly as dangerous for families there, as in Iraq or Syria. More than 100,000 families, and other unaccompanied children, have come within the past year. The Obama White House has put out a “deport felons, not families” slogan for show, but has been raiding households and deporting families in fact.
A national campaign against this has called Obama “Deporter-in-Chief.”
The Post reported “The letter and planned news conference so annoyed Administration officials that they sent White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston to Capitol Hill for a tense mid-day meeting....” Eggleston only managed to delay the Democrats’ press conference for a couple of hours; Democrats said Obama’s “arguments were unconvincing.”
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid meanwhile met with Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnston, and then said “You’re going to find a pause in these deportations.” That remains to be seen, but evidently Reid is angry enough to be determined to stop them.


Novo Banco Bail-In Was Breach of EU Rules

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—Euromoney runs remarks by Sonya van de Graaff, of the Morrison & Foerster law firm, saying that the Nov. 29 bail-in of Novo Banco in Portugal was a breach of bail-in rules, because the decision to do so had no legal basis, nor was there a legal procedure as would have been required before any decision. Neither was it documented that Novo Banco was facing an existential threat to qualify for a bail-in. It was just decided to do it, and the public and bank depositors were totally taken by surprise, when they learned about it from the media.
Van de Graaff stated, “BRRD [the EU’s Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive] was written into law to create a level playing field and is arguably a sensible solution to these problems. However, if it is invoked in an arbitrary fashion and if institutions try to hang their hat on anything other than clearly enunciated authority for their actions, then investor confidence in Europe will be shaken.”
Granted, these remarks don’t contest the BRRD as such, but they provide arguments for lawsuits n Portugal against this bail-in and future cases.


European Bank for Reconstruction and Development To Finalize China’s Membership This Week

Jan. 13 (EIRNS)—European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) President Sir Suma Chakrabarti will be visiting Beijing (Jan. 15-16) to finalize the formal admission of China as a member of the EBRD and also to attend the inauguration of the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), reported an EBRD news release today. Speaking ahead of his visit, Sir Suma said, “Chinese membership of the EBRD is a win-win-win scenario for China, for the EBRD and for the countries where the EBRD invests. The EBRD would support Chinese integration into the global economy and be a strong partner for Chinese companies as they invest in the EBRD regions.... EBRD membership would also provide a boost to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.” The EBRD would benefit from having the world’s second largest economy as a shareholder and would have better access to Chinese firms that could be partners in the EBRD regions, the news release said. Last month, China was made a member of the EBRD.
The EBRD was founded in 1991 and serves as a finance channel for major infrastructure projects in Europe and elsewhere. The EBRD oversees development projects in 36 countries. Meanwhile, China-initiated AIIB is scheduled to start operations at the end of this year. The two banks could join hands to upgrade logistics networks that would boost trade and finance throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
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