PENCE: TRUMP WILL SIGN SOON

PENCE: TRUMP WILL SIGN SOON

So what’s he waiting for?

Meanwhile, the new “Drang Nach Osten” Continues as US pushes Georgia to join NATO

Mike Pence said Tuesday that President Donald Trump would soon sign into law a new package of sanctions against Russia.

So what’s he waiting for?

Of course, the obedient lapdog media who accompanies Pence on his drum-beating visit to Georgia, a former Soviet republic, not the US southern state, do not get jetted, wined and dined on international trips like this to ask challenging questions.

My guess?

Trump is now getting an earful from other powerful international leaders about how stupid and suicidal it would be for the US to start a trade war with the world. So maybe he’s having second thoughts? God willing… though I am not holding my breath.

NEW “DRANG NACH OSTEN,” NATO’S PUSH TOWARD RUSSIA CONTINUING

Meanwhile, Pence’s visit to the former Soviet state on Russia’s southern border reaffirmed the continuation of a Russophobic trend the Truth in Media first identified in April 1995 (see “New Drang Nach Osten” (Push toward East): Taming the Russian Bear” – https://www.truthinmedia.org/Columns/Drang.html).

The US VP used the opportunity to push for Georgia’s admittance to NATO during a visit to US troops who are stationed there (did you know we had troops there? I did not). They were participating in joint multinational military exercises “Noble Partner 2017” at an airbase outside Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital.

Back in April 1995, I wrote:

“Napoleon tried it. It didn’t work. Bismarck eventually also gave up on the idea. The German Kaiser and the Hapsburg emperor, as well as later Adolf Hitler, provoked two world wars in this century pursuing the “Drang Nach Osten” (“Eastward Push”) goal. Having caused the suffering by millions of people, including their own, they also failed.rus-ring.gif (44632 bytes)
 
Yet, kicking Russia out of Europe is still the objective of the current U.S. developed, and Washington-Berlin executed strategy, thinly veiled under the “Partnership for Peace” slogan.”

At the time, we also called NATO the New “Iron Curtain” over Europe and painted it back on the map. The updated map shows the new members in olive-drab and the new target acquisitions in yellow.

The geopolitical maps you see here are part of that article. I have just updated them to the current time frame to show the NATO expansion that has taken place since I wrote that 22 years ago.

With Ukraine and Georgia in bag of NATO minions, Washington’s encirclement of Russia would be complete.

YELTSIN BLEW IT

Back in 1995, when I first published that “Drang Nach Osten” piece, I was working as a war correspondent and geopolitical commentator on the Balkans conflicts. During one of my earlier visits to Bosnia (in 1994), I had a chance to share this research and charts with General Ratko Mladic, the top commander of the Bosnian Serb army, and his HQ staff.

The general’s grasped the geopolitical significance of this analysis right away. Alas, his army was too weak by that stage of the war to take on an enemy as powerful as NATO by itself. And its one possible ally – Russia – was floundering.

At the time, Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s president, was on his knees (figuratively) begging the IMF for a loan. Here’s what I said about that:

“On April 12, 1995, the day the IMF finally approved his loan, Yeltsin set the price for “Mother Russia’s” sovereignty – a mere $7 billion! The amount seems like a bargain-basement price which may go down in history alongside some other major give-aways, such as the sale of Alaska by the Russians.”

When Vladimir Putin took over from Yeltsin in 2000, Russia was in shambles – robbed, plundered and pillaged of its assets by the local quislings of the New World Order and western bankers. For a few years, Putin acted in good faith, hoping that he can negotiate with the powers that be of the New World Order.

Alas, Putin eventually realized that was impossible. As Winston Churchill allegedly shouted at one of his ministers who wanted to negotiate a peace treaty with Hitler after Dunkirk, “you don’t sue for peace when your head is in the jaw of a tiger.” [paraphrasing]

And so here we are, the NATO tiger is trying to add another bite to its eastern meal – Georgia. The new Iron Curtain over Europe is spreading to the east.

(also see TRUMP INTENDS TO SIGN THE RUSSIA SANCTIONS BILL, White House and

PUTIN LASHES OUT AT WASHINGTON’S TREACHERY AS HE WELCOMES CRIMEA BACK INTO RUSSIA’S FOLD – March 2014 –http://wp.me/p3QU1S-dG and IS PUTIN NAIVE OR COY? – Nov 2014 –http://wp.me/p3QU1S-yl).

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A SAD SURRENDER: TRUMP SIGNS THE RUSSIA SANCTIONS BILL

Aug 2, 2017

TRUMP: A SAD SURRENDER

Trump signs the sanctions bill

We now have a lame duck president walking with a tail between his legs

Yes. Just minutes ago (11:20 AM PDT), I read a dispatch from Washington that indeed, Donald Trump signed this morning the new Russia sanctions legislation into law (see https://on.rt.com/8jcz). And like every lame duck president with a tail between his legs, he added a lament naively that the American people would not notice his betrayal, and how he buckled under to the pressure of the New World Order warmongers:

Today, I have signed into law HR 3364, the ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.’ While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

In its haste to pass the legislation, Congress “included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions,” Trump said.

The biggest problem with the bill is that it “encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate,” which will make it harder for the US to strike good deals and will “drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together,” according to the president.

 

Well, whoopie-doo. If Trump really believes the sanctions are unconstitutional (as the Truth in Media also said last week), why did he sign them.

See Trump signs Russia sanctions bill into law

UPDATE AUG 3, 2017

OUR PATHETIC EUNUCH AT THE WHITE HOUSE IS ALL BLUSTER, NO BALLS

TRUMP, WHO SWORE “TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION”, VIRTUALLY ENDS HIS PRESIDENCY BY SIGNING A BILL HE HIMSELF CALLS “UNCONSTITUTIONAL”

Russia’s Prime Minister: “New steps are to come, and they will ultimately aim to remove him from power”

The US establishment has fully outwitted Donald Trump and used his administration’s weakness to declare a fully-fledged economic war on Russia, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wrote last night on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Dmitry.Medvedev/posts/10154587161801851),

The “Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way,”Medvedev wrote.

“This changes the power balance in US political circles,” Medvedev wrote, asserting that the US establishment’s end game is to remove Trump from office.

TRUMP SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY

The first six months of Donald Trump’s presidency have established one fact beyond doubt. He was still an outsider in the corrupt Washington swamp that he had promised to “drain.” The Congress has been thwart him from achieving his promises to the American people by throwing obstacles in his way every step of the way.

So there was no question from Trump’s viewpoint who his ENEMIES are. It is not Russia. It is not China. It is not India. Not even Iran.  It is our corrupt Congress.

Last week, this Congress who has been selling out the interests of the American people to their corporate sponsors for decades, passed a legislation that the Truth in Media immediately labeled as not only unconstitutional, but also destroys dozens of international laws. Yesterday, It is a declaration of GLOBAL DICTATORSHIP by the US.

Trump himself agreed with us and called the Russia sanctions bill unconstitutional. And yet he signed it nevertheless, surrendering to his enemies and abandoning his sworn duty “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”

In its haste to pass the legislation, Congress “included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions,” Trump said after he had signed the bill.

Which means that in feeble attempt to stay in office a bit longer Trump has decided to sleep with the enemy.

That’s treason all around. Our country is becoming an unconstitutional dictatorship of the murderous New World Order elite.

 MEDVEDEV’S PREDICTION: THEY WILL REMOVE HIM (TRUMP) FROM POWER

The American political elite, Medvedev said in his last night’s missive, is not interested in Trump’s pragmatic approach or the interests of US multinationals who spoke out against any new sanctions.

“New steps are to come, and they will ultimately aim to remove him from power. A non-systemic player has to be removed,” Medvedev underlined.

“This legislation is going to be harsher than the Jackson-Vanik amendment as it is overarching and cannot be lifted by a special presidential order without Congress’ approval. Thus, relations between Russia and the United States are going to be extremely tense regardless of Congress’ makeup and regardless of who is president,” Medvedev outlined.

In short, we now have our own White House eunuch. Trump is all bluster no balls. And “the American political elite,” as the Russian PM called them, are once again running the show.

And what a grim show it will be – starting with a declaration of a global trade war and repudiation of normal international laws and codes of conduct.

It does bring back memories of British PM Neville Chamberlain returning from a meeting with Hitler in Munich September 1938 and holding up the agreement which he called “PEACE IN OUR TIME.” And we all know what followed.

So we now have our own Chamberlain. His name is Trump. Question is – will we find another Churchill?

 

JULY 29, 2017 [start of the thread of articles]

Trump intends to sign the Russia sanctions bill, the White House announced in a statement

That’s the news (http://cnn.it/2haxDRN). And now a comment.

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TRUMP HAS NOW PROVEN HE IS ONE OF “THEM” AND, THEREFORE, AGAINST “US

And now, the betrayal of the American people is complete. And the world’s hopes of peace have been dashed.

Donald Trump is clearly one of “them” – the dogs of war in the Senate and the House who sold out the American people to the New World Order’s “death merchants” and bankers.

In one fell swoop, Donald Trump has been neutered, reduced to another NWO eunuch, having lost control of the US foreign policy. Just like all his predecessors in the last three decades.

Only yesterday, I wrote hopefully…

 

HOW TO DRAIN THE DC SWAMP

(Truth in Media, July 28, 2017 – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-2pn)
“We did not give Congress presidential powers which include making foreign policy. So this legislation is not only invalid under international law, it is also UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
 
That’s why Trump needs to take on all the traitors in the House and Senate head on and veto this unprecedented legislation.
 
Of course, since most of the Congress has been bought by the warmongering Russophobic anti-Trump deep state, they can overturn the veto. Let them.
 
That’s when Trump should consider dissolving the Congress which violated our Constitution with this legislation, and then call for new congressional elections.
 
Trump should then take the case to the American people with a proposed new constitutional amendment or a new Constitution (the latter would be my preference).
 
THAT’S HOW ONE DRAINS THE DC SWAMP. So that all snakes and reptiles are gone forever.
 
If Trump were to do that, he would be fighting not only for the rights and freedom of the American people. He would be fighting for WORLD PEACE. So he would have the support of the entire planet in this noble endeavor.”

 

TRUMP HAS NOW PROVEN HE IS ONE OF “THEM” AND, THEREFORE, AGAINST “US”

Guess that was too much to hope for – that a New York multibillionaire would have the balls to take on his peers, and act as a true populist president in the interest of the American people. Trump has now proven that he is one of “them” and against “us,” the American people.

Shame on you, Donald Trump! The whole world can see now that you are just another impotent eunuch serving the New World Order’s interests.

RUSSIA TO RETALIATE – HARSHLY

Stand by for Russia’s retaliation. Of a harsh kind. Which is what the American warmongers have been pushing for. They want a Cold War II. But what if they get World War III?

Russia will likely retaliate in ways that go beyond the expulsion of US diplomats and the seizure of American diplomatic recreation areas that took place Friday, George Beebe, a former director of Russia analysis at the CIA, told CNN. Russia is likely to more actively work against US interests on the international stage.

“He is in a lose-lose situation here,” Beebe said. “There really are no good options for him on this.” Beebe added that Trump’s signature will confirm to the Russians “that he’s lost control of Russia policy.”

“He can’t not act,” said Angela Stent, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies, referring to Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. “He has to show Russia can’t be pushed around by the US.”

As the danger of an escalatory tit-for-tat grows, mechanisms meant to prevent US-Russian confrontation have been breaking down.

WHAT WILL CHINA DO?

So it appears certain now that we are heading for Cold War II with Russia. But there is a wild card here in play that was not there when the first Cold War started in 1947.

That wild card is China, Russia’s close friend and partner in the anti-American BRICS organization. Thanks to the American globalists, China has now become the world’s greatest economic power. And its military might is not too shabby either.

And the new Russia sanctions legislation affects not only Russia, but all of its partners, including the EU and China and India and Brazil and South Africa (the BRICS countries).

If the US warmongers think they can control and overpower all of these nations, they have another think coming to them.

 

Over 500 years ago Nicolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) had warned them about that, writing in “Prince:”

“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out norniccolo-machiavelli1 more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a NEW ORDER OF THINGS (emphasis added).

For, the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from the incredulity of mankind who does not truly believe in anything new until they actually have experience of it.”

I used this quote in my March 1994 editorial CHINA FOLLIES (http://wp.me/p3QU1S-2oQ). It warned against feeding the Chinese tiger. It fell on deaf ears.

Two days ago, I also said in a Truth in Media editorial that “not learning from history is a terrible thing.” Trump and his cohorts in the Senate and the House are about to experience just how terrible it is. And so are we, the American people.

For more, see… http://wp.me/p3QU1S-2pn

 

UPDATE 2: JULY 29, 2017

STARTING A GLOBAL TRADE WAR IS SUICIDAL, PSYCHOPATHIC, MEGALOMANIC BEHAVIOR OF U.S. POLITICIANS

When Donald Trump signs the Russia sanctions bill, he and the Congress will have effectively declared a trade war on the world.

In their hatred of Russia, they and their Wall Street masters, may soon find out that they have overplayed their hand. And that such sanctions can boomerang as quickly and potently as they can be launched. And that the American economy may end up the biggest victim of their suicidal, psychopathic and megalomanic behavior.

The U.S. politicians still seem to live the illusion that the U.S, is the most powerful economy in the world. It is not. And it has not been for about three years now. The US economy has been sliding down the top countries’ list for at least the last three years (see the Truth in Media report, CHINA HAS ALREADY SURPASSED U.S. AS WORLD’S BIGGEST ECONOMY – June 23, 2015 – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-Yf).

And that’s something you’re not hearing from our politicians or the lamestream media, are you?

The U.S. economy is only #3 in the world, behind China and the EU, in terms of the GDP’s purchasing power parity. All three of our sources agree – the IMF, World Bank, and the CIA (see the chart).

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FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF OUR NATIONAL DEBT

And there is our national debt. It is at record levels – nearly $20 trillion. That’s a number which an average person would find pretty hard to fathom. So let me bring it closer to home.

Our government has mortgaged us – yes, you and I – to the tune of $60,818 per each American. And we never signed or approved any loan applications, did we?

So to whom we owe all that money?

To many entities, both public and private. But the most important part in terms of this sanctions discussion are the foreign holders. They own about 45% of that enormous debt. And Japan and China are by far the biggest holders among them.

 

RETALIATION OPTIONS: “A VERY RICH TOOLBOX” AT RUSSIA’S DISPOSAL

And not just Russia’s…

So now that you know all these economic facts, perhaps you can better understand what Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov meant when he said yesterday that there is ‘a very rich toolbox’ at Russia’s disposal” (see http://wp.me/p3QU1S-2pn).

And not just Russia’s. Russia’s economy is closely linked with that of China, India, Brazil and South Africa- its BRIC partners. And it is both geographically and economically tied to Europe, the second largest economic block in the world, after China and the U.S.

When Trump signs this legislation into law, the economies of all of these countries will be hurt. And together, they are several times more powerful than the U.S.

That is why the new Russia sanctions are suicidal, psychopathic and megalomanic. And here’s why…

 

SOME RETALIATION OPTIONS

It may be some time before each country affected by the new sanctions reaches its decision about how to respond, but here are some possibilities.

SCENARIO 1 – TRADE TARIFFS AGAINST U.S. IMPORTS

Let’s suppose China, Russia, India and maybe even some European countries decide to impose heavy tariffs on all or select U.S. imports?

Boomerang! Suddenly the hurt the American politicians were hoping to inflict upon Russia would bounce back and hit the U.S. economy.  The Wall Street bubble would burst. Layoffs, increased unemployment to follow across America.

Oops, didn’t think of that on Capitol Hill and the White House?

SCENARIO 2 – DUMP US TREASURIES, RETURN TO GOLD STANDARD

As you saw, China has been the biggest holder of US treasuries for most of the last two decades. It is still in a virtual tie with Japan. Both countries’ holdings are more than four times bigger than those of the #2 and #3 countries (Ireland and Brazil).  Four of the five BRICS countries are among the top 13 foreign holders of US debt. And they would all suffer if Trump signs the new Russia sanctions into law.

So declaring a trade war against the biggest holders of US debt is both suicidal and psychopathic behavior. It’s like a mortgage holder threatening the bank that is holding his debt and has him by his “cojones.” (Sorry, ladies, I could not think of an equivalent feminine metaphor at the moment). 🙂

 

So what could these foreign lenders do, starting with China? They could sell their US treasuries. And the US dollar would drop like a rock.

Of course, everything comes at a price. That would make their exports to the U.S. more expensive and the U.S. imports cheaper in their domestic markets. That’s where the Scenario 1 comes in – slap the high tariffs on US products to even the scales.

Besides, the US is not China’s largest trading partner. That honor belongs to Europe. And China is Europe’s second largest export market.

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So if these countries banded together, they could not only increase their bilateral trade, they do away with the US dollar as the world currency of trade and exchange altogether. After all, that’s what the BRICS countries are already starting to do.

The Russian central bank, for example, opened its first overseas office in Beijing on March 14 of this year, taking a step forward in forging a Beijing-Moscow alliance to bypass the US dollar in the global monetary system, and to phase-in a gold-backed standard of trade (see https://goo.gl/3qoYJf).

 

So the world would evolve “back to the future” when gold, something the US bankers could not easily manipulate, would once again be king of world trade.

FDR TOOK DOLLAR OFF GOLD STANDARD IN 1933, NIXON FINISHED THE JOB IN 1971

By the way, that image of the US dollar $100 banknote is not a photoshop. Such Gold certificates were used as paper currency in the United States from 1882 to 1933. These certificates were freely convertible into gold coins.

That’s what made the US dollar the world’s currency of choice. But the greedy Wall Street bankers changed the rules, starting with FDR in 1933. so as to be able to better manipulate the dollar and use is as a weapon in their quest for global dominance.

 

In 1934, the government price of gold was increased to $35 per ounce, effectively increasing the gold on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheets by 69 percent. This increase in assets allowed the Federal Reserve to further inflate the money supply.

The government held the $35 per ounce price until August 15, 1971, when Richard Nixon announced that the US would no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value,

Alas, one result is that the dollar is now worth only a tiny fraction of that it used to be (the last chart).

SCENARIO 3 – CONFISCATE AND NATIONALIZE U.S. CORPORATIONS’ ASSETS

This scenario is the darkest. Let us hope it never comes to that. But if the Scenarios 1 and 2 did not bring the U.S. politicians back to their senses, some countries may choose to do what the U.S. government has already done to Russia – unlawfully seize their property in America.

What if some of these countries seized the assets of U.S. corporations? And maybe even nationalized them?

Of course, all hell would break loose in New York and Washington. And maybe that would be a doomsday scenario for WW III.  But it would certainly awaken everybody in corporate America from their smug, self-centered and arrogant attitude toward other countries.

So, there’s much to think about, right? And much that our president and lawmakers have not thought through.

May God have mercy on America, although I am not sure we deserve it.


UPDATE JULY 31, 2017

GERMANY CALLS FOR “COUNTERMEASURES” AGAINST US RUSSIA SANCTIONS

It has started… that trade war, that is, the retaliatory statements are pouring in. First from Austria, then Russia, and today from Germany, too.

“I consider the Russia sanctions imposed by the US absolutely unacceptable,” Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is expelling 755 American diplomats from its embassy in Moscow.

And today, Europe’s most powerful country called for the EU to retaliate against the US.

New sanctions against Moscow proposed by US lawmakers violate international law and officials in Brussels should consider countermeasures, the German economy minister said on Monday.

“We consider this as being against international law, plain and simple,” Brigitte Zypries told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain.

“Of course we don’t want a trade war. But it is important the European Commission now looks into countermeasures,” she added.

According to the minister, “the Americans can not punish German companies because they operate economically in another country.”

 

https://on.rt.com/8j5d

WHAT WILL CHINA DO?

China has still not said anything yet publicly about the sanctions. Yet when it speaks, it will be the most powerful voice in the world.

Lest we forget, the China and the EU are the world’s most powerful economies. The US is third. Once China decides to enact its own “countermeasures,” it could be game over for the Wall Street and Washington gang.

Sadly, it is the American people who will take it on the chin when unemployment lines start to stretch from New York to Los Angeles.

On the other hand, we did put those Washington traitors into office. So I can’t say we don’t deserve what’s coming our way from the rest of the world.

 

WHY HAS TRUMP NOT SIGNED THE BILL AS YET?

PS: The White House said last week that Trump would sign the sanctions bill. Why hasn’t he? It does not take long to take pen to paper. Is Trump having second thoughts after probably getting an earful over the weekend from powerful leaders around the world? Maybe starting with Putin and Xi Jinping and Angela Merkel?

 


 

UPDATE AUG 1, 2017

 

CHINA, NOT RUSSIA OR IRAN – BIGGEST THREAT TO U.S. DOMINANCE, CIA CHIEF

Yet China’s Rise to Power Was “Made in the USA”

In his first public address since taking office in January, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, said he sees China rather than Russia or Iran as the biggest threat to America’s dominant position in the world.

Speaking at the Washington Free Beacon conservative “think tank,” Pompeo said Beijing merited the top spot on the US spymaster’s threat list due to its stronger economy and population.

He also marked terrorism and North Korea as the biggest short-term threats to US security interests, but selected China, Russia and Iran as mid-to-long-term concerns.

For more, see… https://goo.gl/gd77R5

ANOTHER BLOWBACK OF THE U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic

What the CIA chief admitted today can only come as a surprise to poor students of history. Back in March 1994, yes, over 23 years ago, this writer said this in part on the subject of the U.S. China policy:

“The rise of China in the world affairs is bound to cause a new global political instability, just like the rise of Germany and (later) Japan did in the late 19th and early 20th century.”  
This editorial was filed from Barcelona, Spain, where I was at the time attending a business conference (see CHINA FOLLIES – http://www.djurdjevic.com/Bulletins/ibm-corporate/94-12.htm#China Follies).
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In the same piece, I also pointed out the naïveté of all those business people who were feeding the Chinese tiger hoping they could control it:

“The British textile industrialists a century ago also saw immense opportunities in China. They, too, counted Chinese heads to justify their enthusiasm.
‘If every Chinese added just one inch to his shirt tail, the mills of Lancashire could be kept busy for a generation.’
Well, one hundred years later, the Chinese can (and do) make any length of shirt tails they choose for anyone in the world, while the mills of Lancashire rust in the dustbin of history.”
(Also see, WHO LOST CHINA?, Aug 1999, Truth in Media – https://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins99/tim99-8-3.html).

THE CHINESE CENTURY

A year and a half later, I penned this column – WHEN CULTURES COLLIDE…  (published by the Truth in Media in Nov 1995, and by the WASHINGTON TIMES in Aug 1996 – https://goo.gl/CBHXjM).

‘Chinese Century’

Furthermore, despite the inevitable turmoil which China will also face before emerging as the world power, the Earth’s most populous nation may return to glory in the 21st century. Its main contender for this honor roll will not be the U.S., as may seem likely to those who look back before forecasting the future. It will be Russia. Between the two, these leading nations have more engineers, more scientists, more soldiers and more artists than the rest of the Western world put together.

In the new information-driven era, this will give them an insurmountable edge over the stagnant industrialized economies, such as Japan, Germany or the U.S, not to mention the declining ones.

If Bill Clinton isn’t getting the significance of all this, he isn’t alone. Neither did the Austrian or Russian emperors less than 100 years ago! (see  https://goo.gl/CBHXjM​)​

Not learning from history is a terrible thing. It not only shows stupidity. It also illustrates arrogance of those who think they can control things better.

FIVE PRESIDENTS WHO FED THE CHINESE TIGER

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The five American presidents highlighted in red on the enclosed filmstrip, starting with Richard Nixon, are the ones who kept feeding the Chinese tiger hoping they could control it. George H. Bush shamefully looked the other way in June 1989 as the Chinese communist government slaughtered thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators at Tiananmen Square.

CLINTON-GORE BETRAYAL OF AMERICA: THEY HELPED CHINESE LEADER LEARN HOW TO FIGHT THE U.S.

Worse, he and the other presidents that followed him allowed American multinational corporations to shower China with hundreds of billions of dollars in investments that have built up China into the virtual factory of the world.

Bill Clinton and Al Gore even went further in their treason against the American people and our national interests. They opened our military secrets to Chinese war planners, taking them on a tour of the U.S. military facilities and schools across the country in Aug 2000 (see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2000/tim2000-8-8.html).

“Furthermore, a low-key White House regulation change was signed by Bill Clinton on Aug. 3, 2000 at the urging of the CEOs of IBM, Unisys, Hewlett-Packard and NCR. This presidential order will allow the Chinese military to buy some of the most powerful U.S. computers without a government license or security review, the ABC News reported today (Aug. 28, 2000).

The Clinton move, while applauded by vice president Al Gore, is drawing fire from U.S. security experts who say the computers could help foreign militaries develop nuclear weapons more quickly, and from a congressman who charges the White House is compromising national security for political profit.”

The Clinton-Gore administration even facilitated classes at Harvard to teach the Chinese military leaders how to fight the U.S.

“Twenty-five senior Chinese military officers are attending a course at Harvard to learn details about U.S. decision-making that critics say will help China fight the United States, the Washington Times reported on Aug. 28, 2000.” (see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2000/tim2000-8-8.html).

CHINA’S RISE IN POWER WAS “MADE IN USA”

So given all of the above, is there any wonder that China is today’s the greatest threat to the security of the United States? Our government and multinational corporations have enabled China to become that.

This foolhardy and treasonous behavior was clearly visible to the students of history, as demonstrated in my March 1994 editorial CHINA FOLLIES which warned against it.

And yet they did it anyway. Was it stupidity or treason?

To the victim – the American people – it makes no difference. It hurts no less if an assailant stabs you in the back because he was clumsy versus because he intended to. Either way you end up with a knife in your back.

And the Chinese knife in the back of American people was stuck by successive American presidents in the last 25 years – the stooges to the New World Order globalists.

So it was definitely treason. But did the CIA chief say anything about that?

Not that we can see in the media reports.

Did any of the conference attendees demand arrests and prosecution of the last four American presidents for treason?

Not that I know of.

Did Donald Trump, who promised to correct the unfair trading practices with China during his campaign, do something about that?

Definitely not.

So there we are. The Chinese knife is still in our backs and nobody is doing anything about it. Except, of course, trying to tax us more so they can spend more money on the military so as to repel China as the greatest global threat to us. Which they caused.

So it’s same old, same old, business as usual story in Washington… 23 years and counting since my China Follies editorial.

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TRUMP REACHES OUT TO RUSSIA

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TRUMP REACHES OUT TO RUSSIA

Congressional “death merchants'” war dogs start barking, fearing peace may break out

Truth be told, they and the lamestream media started barking against a possible Trump-Tillerson foreign policy ticket well before today’s announcement. And now, their worst fears have come true. They are losing control of US foreign policy, their sacred turf since almost a century ago. Neither Trump nor Tillerson are members of their “elite” New World Order clubs.

It was almost comical to see the headlines and the comments in the lamestream media about Donald Trump’s ultimate pick for Secretary of State, the Exxon-Mobil chairman Rex Tillerson.

Congressional war dogs, who have been for decades barking out venom against Russia as obedient servants of American corporate “death merchants,” are terrified that peace may finally break out. Which would mean they’d be, of course, out of work. So now they are threatening a fight over Tillerson’s confirmation.

Well, that’s sort of predictable. Having lost the election, they are now trying to sabotage the work Trump is trying to do. They will lose. As they did in November.

Maybe the Secretary of State confirmation hearings will give Rex Tillerson a chance to earn the nickname T-Rex (Tyrannosaurus Rex) – the most fearsome of all prehistoric animals. Hopefully Rex will devour the NWO congressional war dogs for breakfast, and then he and Trump together will finish off their puppet masters for dinner. 🙂 That’s my wishful thinking anyway.

And then – peace may finally break out. God willing.

If that were to come to pass, I could even forgive Trump giving Hillary a free out of jail pass.

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NEWS STORY (London Guardian)

Trump picks Tillerson for state department

Donald Trump has nominated Rex Tillerson, the president and chief executive of ExxonMobil, as secretary of state. “His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for secretary of state,” the president-elect said in a statement.

The selection of the ExxonMobil president marks the end of a drawn-out search to fill the position, during which time Trump considered several potential contenders, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney – who was very critical of Trump during the election campaign – former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and former CIA chief David Petraeus.

However, Tillerson’s approval by the Senate is far from guaranteed. His close ties to Russia, where he has completed a number of projects and was awarded the Order of Friendship by Vladimir Putin in 2013, as well as his lack of experience will be cause for concern for senators from both parties.

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UPDATE DEC 14, 2016

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TRUMP PUTS HIS FOOT DOWN ON CODDLING CHINA AND DEMONIZING RUSSIA

T-REX APPOINTMENT AND TAIWAN CALL COULD CAUSE A RIFT NOT JUST BETWEEN CHINA AND U.S. BUT ALSO BETWEEN CHINA AND RUSSIA

For a man who was said to have no foreign policy experience, Donald Trump made two presidentially deft geopolitical moves this month. Both are aimed at neutralizing China’s growing power in the world and stopping the demonization of Russia.  So Trump is already starting to shake up the world even if he is not even president yet.

“ONE CHINA” CHALLENGE

Trump’s first bold move was to take a phone call on Dec. 2 from Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen. This set off alarms in Beijing. Red China’s leaders are now fearing that Trump may be challenging their longstanding “one China” policy.

If so, Trump will playing Nixon’s “China-card” in reverse, by wooing Moscow to isolate Beijing. And not just Nixon’s card. George H. Bush not only looked the other way when Chinese communist leaders massacred thousands of Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrators on June 4, 1989. He rewarded them with hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign investments that turned China into a virtual factory of the world over the next decade (see China: Real Cold War Winner – Russia Is Still a Bogey, March 2002 – https://goo.gl/Gct43i).

This writer had spent a lot of ink in his global business and geopolitical articles in the 1990s railing against the foolhardiness of such policies (see, for example,  Who Lost China?, Aug 1999 – https://goo.gl/skw76B,  Killing Russia Softly, Apr 1997 – https://goo.gl/C0Erm9).

REACHING OUT TO RUSSIA

Xi Jinping, China’s president, referred to Russia and China as “friends forever.” That assertion will now have to pass a Trump test.

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Because Trump’s second foreign policy move this month – appointing the ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson Secretary of State – threatens to cause a possible rift between Russia and China. Until now, the two bedrock members of anti-New World Order BRICS organization – Russia and China – have been close allies, united in their resistance to the U.S. global hegemony.

But Tillerson enjoys historic ties with Vladimir Putin and Russia, where he was awarded the Order of Friendship, he enjoys no such history with China (see ‘Friends forever’? China wary of Rex Tillerson wooing away Russia, Guardian, Dec 14, 2016). And we already know what his new boss thinks of China.

WEAPONIZING US TREASURIES AGAINST CHINA

In fact, some commentators say that Trump may be Weaponizing China’s $1.16 Trillion of US Treasuries (e.g., Daniel Kruger, Forbes CONTRIBUTOR).

China is the largest holder of US Treasuries. It held $1.16 trillion of U.S. government debt as of September. For more than a decade, politicians have expressed concern that China and other foreign government could use their significant stakes in Treasuries against the U.S. by dumping them on the market. Such a move would potentially drive borrowing costs in the U.S. higher, they argued.

True. But this would also hurt China’s exports – the sacred cow of its communist government. Because should China try to dump the Treasuries, it would weaken the dollar and bolster its currency, known variously as the yuan and the renminbi. Which means the price of Chinese goods would rise, thus diminishing their global market appeal.

So selling off treasuries would be China cutting off its nose to spite itself. Or shooting itself in the foot to hurt the U.S. Chinese leaders are ruthless communists but they are not stupid. And Trump knows it. So he is using their massive treasuries holdings as a weapon with which to wag their tail.

So do you still think America’s president-elect is inexperienced in foreign affairs?

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Truth in Media Editorial – Part 3

UPDATE DEC 14, 2016 

HOW U.S. (Bill Clinton) RIGGED RUSSIA’S 1996 ELECTION FOR YELTSIN’S SECOND TERM

What’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander?

During presidential campaign, and even now, the lamestream media keep fabricating stories about Russia’s alleged rigging of the U.S. election without offering any proof. Perhaps that’s because the establishment stooges remember how they did just that in Russia 20 years ago.

In early 1996, Boris Yeltsin’s approval rate was in the single digits. He had carried out a presidential coup, started a sham war in Chechnya, and had helped oligarchs pillage the nation which brought the economy to its knees, with people like this little girl in Moscow starving and forced to beg for food.

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Yet in July 1996, he was elected president for the second time. How did this happen?

“It took one of the most unfair, costliest and most fraudulent election battles in the history of democracy,” writes Mark Nicholas on Dec 12, 2016 in RUSSIA INSIDER. “All with the complicity of the United States which backed the Russian alcoholic in chief every step of the way (as it had during the ’93 coup).”

(see If Russia Did Rig the US Election It Would Only Be Payback for Yeltsin’s Second Term: http://russia-insider.com/en/if-russia-did-rig-us-election-it-would-only-be-payback-yeltsins-second-term/ri18129).

Alleging Russia’s complicity in Donald Trump’s win is merely a sign of desperation. Like Don Quixote, the New World Order establishment are swinging at the windmills. They won’t be doing it for much longer.

Even before Trump has been sworn in, he is starting to drive the New World Order snakes out of America, just as Saint Patrick did in Ireland in the 5th century (see the Truth in Media editorial New World Order Snakes to Be Expelled from America, Oct 24, 2016).  That’s a hopeful sign.

Let us pray that he continues draining the swamp faithfully after he assumes office.

For more, see… https://goo.gl/8bWPso

PS: By the way, Russia, Serbia and China were the only countries that expected Trump to win. Take a look at this chart.

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Truth in Media Editorial – Part 4

UPDATE DEC 15, 2016 

TOWARD A TRIPOLAR WORLD

If Donald Trump is really as smart as his early moves suggest, he will realize that alienating China will NOT “Make America Great Again,” his election slogan. Only a true partnership between the three global power centers will. Which, at the present time means, the U.S., Russia and China.

Why?

Because since time immemorial, triangles have been the building blocks that offer both strength and stability.

Think Trinity if you are religiously inclined. Think Giza Pyramids if you are a history buff. Think Merkaba*, an ancient symbol of creation, if you are spiritually endowed. Think milking stool, if you are a farmer. A milking stool has three legs for one simple reason. It’s nearly impossible to knock it over. Which comes handy with a restless cow. Or a world in a state of flux.

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The 20th century has shown us that bipolar worlds do not work. Superpowers do not last. Before you know it, one partner will switch sides and turn on the other. They are easy to knock down and can lead to anarchy. And to world wars.

So if Trump really wants to make America great again, he must do so by mending fences with all nations, especially the most power-hungry ones. Like China. Not by appeasing them. Not by bombing them. Nor bribing them with U.S. investments. But by using the U.S. assets as leverage against China’s power plays so as to keep its ambitions in check.

Let us hope and pray that Trump is as wise as he is smart.

*NOTE: Merkaba is a geometrically precise field that is formed from the pattern of the first eight cells of the fertilized zygote. The location of these eight cells is in the geometrical center of the human body in the base or root chakra. The eight cells also provide the center point for all of the energy fields and grids that surround the body. Thus, the Merkaba field is the matrix of creation.

Merkaba is both an Egyptian and Hebrew word for the field of light energy and information that radiates from the human body as the star tetrahedron, also known as the Star of David. Here it is as the sacred place at the Earth’s solar chakra at the Rainbow Shower in Maui. Around the two triangles is the circle which provides the balance between them. And around the circles are the 12 petals of the Zodiac system, completing the ancient Sanskrit symbol of Anahata – the heart chakra.

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SHIFTING AMERICA’S RACIAL BALANCE AWAY FROM EUROPEAN ROOTS

SAUDI ARABIA HAS 2.3 TIMES AS MANY STUDENTS ATTENDING AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AS OUR NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR – CANADA

No European country among the top 10 of foreign students at American colleges

We not only have tacitly sanctioned illegal immigration in this country, we have a legal infiltration of our society by foreigners who do not share our culture. This kind of “negative selection” of foreign students is no accident. The “liberalization” of our society is not just limited to the liberal lamestream media. It is also a drumbeat of our colleges which are clearly aiming to change the demographics of our higher education away from our traditional values.

And here’s proof of it…

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The number of international students attending American universities has been rising steadily. Just under 975,000 international students were enrolled in U.S. universities last year and that number has now increased to 1,043,839.

China supplies the most international students to U.S. universities (328,547), followed by India (165,918)and Saudi Arabia (61,287).

Wait a minute, take a good long look at this chart. Canada, our next door neighbor and a country with which we share not just a common border but a common culture, has about 27,000 students and American universities.

Saudi Arabia, a country that is implicated in the most egregious attack on America on 9/11, and is more than 7,200 miles away from the American Heartland, has 2.3 times as many of its nationals as Canada attending American universities.

Shocked? I was. No wonder Obama also tried to prevent the Saudis from being sued for their role in the 9/11 murders.

On the other hand, it is not surprising that China and India, the #1 and #2 on the list, had even more foreign students in the U.S. Because these are also the world’s most populous countries. And their students have shown themselves to be very hard working and successful in their academic fields. And quite willing to adapt and blend into the American cultural milieu.

NO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES IN TOP 10

But the real shocker in these university statistics is that there are NO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES among the top 10. And Europeans have been the traditional source of American immigration for centuries.

In 2014, 1.3 million foreign-born individuals moved to the United States, an 11 percent increase from 1.2 million in 2013. India was the leading country of origin for new immigrants, with 147,500 arriving in 2014, followed by China with 131,800, Mexico with 130,000, Canada with 41,200, and the Philippines with 40,500.

Again, no European countries among them. A “coincidence” or deliberate policy? The latter, of course.

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European immigrants numbered only 4.8 million in 2014, out of a total immigrant population of 42.4 million. The share of Europeans among the total U.S. foreign-born population plunged from 75 percent in 1960 to 11 percent in 2014, as immigration from Latin America and Asia surged to new prominence after the Immigration Act of 1965 abolished national-origin quotas that gave preference to European migration.

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DELIBERATE SHIFTING OF RACIAL BALANCE IN AMERICA

In my August 1997 Washington Times column titled “Dancing ‘Round the Golden Calf,” I touched on that issue as well:

“The U.S. Immigration Act of 1965, signed into law by the Democratic President, Lyndon B. Johnson, launched “a demographic event of seismic proportions,” says Peter Brimelow, a Forbes magazine editor, in his best-selling book, “Alien Nation.” Mr. Brimelow calls this process the “browning of America.”

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Immigration from Europe, the traditional source of American immigrants who shared the cultural heritage with the original American settlers, was immediately choked off by this act. By late 1980s, immigration from Europe was dipping below 10 percent of total inflow.

Meanwhile, immigration from Third-World countries soared. As a result, the U.S. government now officially projects that the American whites will be on the verge of becoming a minority (53 percent) by year 2050, if the current trends continue.” (see http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1ST).

The preceding statistics provide indisputable proof that the half-century old New World Order project of “Browning of America,” carried out by the Democratic administration of LBJ,  has been a resounding success.  The European share of U.S. immigration has plunged from 75% to 11% during the last 55 years. And is continuing to shrink, both overall and in terms of foreign students at the American universities.

The 1965 Immigration Act, while pretending to espouse equality, was actually INHERENTLY racists: “The act also for the first time established a cap for immigrants from independent countries of the Western Hemisphere, with an annual limit of 120,000 visas.” In order to tip the scales, it started to DISCRIMINATE, as you see, against the, until then, favored immigrants. And this law is still on the books today. As you can see from the statistics in this article.

So not only is the European culture under attack on the Old Continent, as I have written in the 1990s, its projection in the once predominantly Christian country – United States – has also been rapidly eroded by similar designs of the New World Order “elite.”

The more than million of mostly Muslim migrants that flooded Europe in 2015 were just the latest of the six claws trying to tear the Old Continent’s Christian culture apart (see A Bear in Sheep’s Clothing (1998), and Europe: All Pain, No Gain (2014, 2016)).

Our new president-elect Donald Trump has spoken out against it during the campaign (see Christianity Under Siege). Now it remains to be seen if he will translate his words into action and start to return America back to its roots.

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PS: Many countries around the world have HIGHLY RESTRICTIVE immigration laws. For a good reason – they want to protect their culture and the way of life.

Anyone who tried to immigrate into Israel if he/she were are not Jewish can attest to that? Or into Japan? Not to mention China…or Russia? We, Americans, have been brainwashed by the New World Order “elite” over the last half century into believing that it is somehow shameful or bad to be proud of our mostly European heritage. Instead, we are supposed to worship the Golden Calf… http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1ST

To which I say, “Nuts!” – quoting the unforgettable General Anthony Clement “Nuts” McAuliffe during the siege of Bastogne in December 1944.

HIGH COST OF CHEAP IMPORTS

A MORAL DILEMMA: TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY?

SHOPPERS OF CHEAP IMPORTS HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS: AIR POLLUTION KILLS 4,400 EVERY DAY IN CHINA

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PARADOXIC FLIP SIDE OF FREE TRADE DEALS: SAVING AMERICAN LIVES BY EXPORTING DEADLY INDUSTRIES OVERSEAS

One of the most popular sports in American politics is hurling rocks at business leaders and politicians who have supported free trade agreements. Such as Barack Obama’s recent TPP deal. Or his earlier KORUS agreement with Korea. Or Bill Clinton’s NAFTA deal. Or George W. Bush’s ushering of China into WTO (World Trade Organization).

One can easily understand why that is so. All these trade deals have meant losses of millions of American jobs (see Free Trade Costs American Jobs, Newsweek, May 18, 2105 – an excerpt below).

And not only that. As this writer has pointed out in a number of his 1990s geopolitical columns, in a global economy, low wage competition from abroad, including rampant immigration, has meant lower wages for the remaining American jobs.

“The roots of the immigration lie in the liberal elite’s economic interests.

Namely, the lower-paid immigrants not just displace the indigenous workers; they help lower the overall wages of the local people by merely competing for jobs.

The winners, of course, are the business and government elites who own and run large corporations. The “Princes of the 20th Century” are the New World Order’s new aristocracy.” (An excerpt from PLUTOCRATS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER, Washington Times, May 1997).

“Given that there are roughly 100 million non-college-educated workers in the U.S. economy (about 70 percent of the labor force), the scale of wage losses suffered by this group translates to roughly $180 billion,” the Newsweek estimated in May. Across the full American work force of 157 million, the income losses are even greater.

No wonder, therefore, that people across America rail at the business leaders and politicians who support free trade agreements that result in exports of American jobs abroad. And that’s something that’s been going on for a quarter century now. Remember Ross Perot’s sound byte from the 1992 presidential debate about the “giant sucking sound” of American jobs going overseas?”

PARADOXIC FLIP SIDE OF FREE TRADE DEALS: SAVING AMERICAN LIVES BY EXPORTING DEADLY INDUSTRIES OVERSEAS

But as with most things in life, there is a flip side to these arguments. And it’s something no politician wants to get caught dead talking about. Because there is a hidden high cost of free trade deals.

Tens of thousands of people around the world die every day so American shoppers can enjoy cheap imports. Air pollution is killing 4,400 people every day in China, a new research study has found, according to Aug 14 Huffington Post.

So knowing that, all of the mad shoppers and bargain hunters at Walmart, Target, Sears and other major retailers across the country should know that have blood on their hands, figuratively speaking. Every time they buy a cheap “made in China” or some other low-wage country.

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Which is why they are now facing a moral dilemma:

Is saving a buck in America worth killing thousands of people overseas? Worse, is it worth killing our planet?

Because air and chemical pollution kills indiscriminately. It does not kill just the humans. The total environmental costs are, therefore, incalculable.

Occasionally, we are reminded of that by the Spirit realm when industrial disasters occur. Such as the Aug 12 explosion at the Tianjin chemical factory in China that killed at least 50 and injured over 700 people. The warehouse is reported to have contained large quantities of the highly toxic chemical sodium cyanide.

Above was the drone footage of the devastating explosion happened in Tianjin, China on Aug 12th. Thousands of containers were crushed, showing scale of destruction.

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The Tianjin explosions were so massive they could be seen from space, according to satellite photos released by the Japan meteorological agency. The force of the blast also prompted alarm at China’s National Earthquake Network.

Thousands of people have been left homeless, with 6,000 people expected to spend the night in emergency shelters. Witnesses described residents near the site fleeing their homes – some dressed only in their underwear.

The scene of devastation made the neighborhood around the plant look like Hiroshima or Nagasaki after the nuclear blast. Here are now also some photos of the Tianjin destruction from the ground level.

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UPDATE Aug 16, 2015: The Tianjin death toll climbed to 112 on Sunday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination. In addition, about 1,000 firefighters responded to the disaster, and 85 of them remained unaccounted for on Sunday.

WHAT’S TO BE DONE?

A global solution to the pollution problem is not exporting death and disease from developed countries to the poorer ones, but eliminating the industries that pollute the environment from the face of the earth.

A tall order, I know, given that Greed is what drives the ruling elites who own and benefit from such industries. But what choice do we have if we want to preserve life on this planet?

Which means we must first remove or neutralize the New World Order elites, and then start to build a global society based not on Greed and Division, but on Compassion and Empathy for all sentient and inanimate beings on planet Earth.

Or else, we will all perish together. Yes, the elites, too.

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Free Trade Costs American Jobs

NEWSWEEK MAY 18, 2015 – BY

In 2011, President Obama claimed that the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (KORUS) would “support 70,000 American jobs” because the agreement would “increase exports of American goods by $10 billion to $11 billion.

He failed to say anything about rising imports, which will put Americans out of work. Looking only at exports is like counting only the runs by the home team. It might make you feel good, but it doesn’t tell you the outcome of the game—it doesn’t tell you whether your team won or lost.

Since KORUS took effect in 2012, exports to Korea have increased by less than $1 billion. Meanwhile, U.S. imports have surged more than $12 billion, resulting in a net loss of 75,000 U.S. jobs.

Similarly, Bill Clinton claimed that NAFTA would create 200,000 jobs in its first two years and a million jobs in five years. Instead, between 1993 (before NAFTA) and 2013, the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico and Canada increased from $17 billion to $177.2 billion, displacing more than 850,000 U.S. jobs.

And then there’s Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and China’s admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO), which led to an explosion of imports and the loss of more than 3 million jobs, mostly in manufacturing and mostly in occupations that paid more than the jobs created in exports industries, and much more than jobs in non-traded industries.

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While trade and investment deals have eliminated millions of good jobs, that’s only the most visible part of their corrosive effect on working Americans. Growing trade with low-wage countries has also driven down the wages of most American workers, especially those without college degrees.

My colleague Josh Bivens has shown that expanded trade with low-wage countries has reduced the annual wages of a typical worker by $1,800 per year. Given that there are roughly 100 million non-college-educated workers in the U.S. economy (about 70 percent of the labor force), the scale of wage losses suffered by this group translates to roughly $180 billion.

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PERILS OF LONG-TERM ECONOMIC FORECASTS: THEY ARE STATIC, UNABLE TO ANTICIPATE TRENDS THAT WILL DISRUPT THEM

Luckily for Economists, Nobody Remembers Long-term Trends after 20 Years… Well, Almost Nobody

Back in 1994, The Economist and the World Bank issued a 25-year forecast for the world’s leading economies. This led to a special report, “Indo-China” to Gain Power in Next Quarter Century?  Europeans to End Up Biggest Losers? Re-fusion of Arts & Sciences Should Help
(Nov 1994).

Who Will Be the Next China and India?

The report became a seminal milestones for some of the longest-lasting trends in the 1260_m_leonardo_da_vinci_self_portraitworld and the IT industry. Perhaps its most important prediction was that there is going to be a re-fusion of arts and sciences, returning Man back to Da Vinci’s renaissance era.

That, of course, had nothing to do whatsoever with the Economist/World Bank 1994 forecast of winners and losers over the next 25 years. Except to point out the deficiencies and inadequacies of long-term predictions that do not take into account new trends that may shape and change the world.

So a dull and ultimately wrong forecast inspired an enlightened one.

The second problem with long-term forecasts is that nobody remembers them by the time they are supposed to come true. Lucky for those who were wrong. Rescued by the oblivion. Except we won’t let them, will we, get off so easy? Which is why I thought I’d start the analysis of the latest Economist long-term forecast by checking to see how they did with their 1994 effort.

Flawed Forecast 21 Years Ago

And I am afraid, perhaps unsurprisingly, not so good. Take a look at this chart. It was part of my Nov 1994 report “End of Western Dominance?”

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The blue and yellow bars, which I added today, show what actually happened. The red bars, of course, represent the 1994 forecast. The U.S. economy, in the above chart, is depicted as a base/reference point, and thus shown as zero.

China GDP 1992-2014Generally, the 1994 forecasters tended to be too 20110131_ASC001optimistic. Only India exceeded their expectations. China came close. But even China fell short of meeting their expected rate of growth.

Furthermore, China’s growth has slowed considerably in the last few years (right), while India’s is coming on strong (left).

Latest Economist’s Forecast Is Already Obsolete

China Has Already Surpassed the U.S. as World’s Largest Economy in Terms of Purchasing Power

Fast-forwarding now to the latest Economist long-term forecast, released today, China will supposedly surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest economy by 2026.

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And India won’t be far behind. Indonesia and Mexico are expected to be two other rising stars if the current globalist world unfolds according to plan.

755x285_fill_brics1Alas, that never happens. There are always unforeseen disruptions… political as well as technological that end up being flies in the ointment of economists’ forecasts. So feel free to ignore the latest Economist forecast. Those who did likewise back in 1994 would have done better than those who followed them.

BRIC by BRIC

Perhaps the biggest new factor at the moment is BRICS – an economic and political alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa which is already challenging the U.S. global political and economic domination.

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BRICS 4 of 7 top countriesIf you take a look at the above chart, which depicts the world’s largest economies at the present time (2015), you will find that 3 of the top 8 countries are BRICS (left chart).

But when you consider the top countries by their purchasing power (right chart), you will see that 4 of the top 7 are BRICS.  In other words, the majority.

And you will also note that China has ALREADY SURPASSED the U.S. in this category as the world’s No. 1 economy, with India, another BRICS country, in the third place, right behind the U.S., but ahead of Japan and Germany.

In other words, the American global leadership is already crumbling.

ScreenShot 2015-06-23 at 12.22.04 PMSo the world won’t have to wait till 2026 or beyond to see China and the BRICS countries overtake America and its western minions, as The Economist forecast would have us believe.

As for the real GDP growth, only India, China and the Philippines, are among the top 20 countries in the world. The rest are all smaller African or Asian economies (left chart). No western country is even among the top 30.

Nearly 21 years ago, my long-term forecast was titled “End of Western Dominance?” Now that that has come to pass, the question for the next two decades will be who will be the next China and India?

Guess that chart should give us an idea where the multinationals are now putting their money hoping for growth which is eluding them in the developed world, and the former developing stars.

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Long-term macroeconomic forecast: Key trends to 2050

A new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit examines some of the big economic issues that will shape global business around the world in the coming decades. Read the full report for more.

BRIC by BRIC

In the 1990s, when the term BRIC first became ubiquitous during the post-Cold War expansion of the West into places like China, India, Brazil, and to a lesser extent even into Russia, those nations were regarded by Wall Street investors as “developing countries.” No more. Now that they have built up financial muscle of their own, these countries are also seeking greater political influence in the world.

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€UROTOPIA: UNITED STATES OF EUROPE (1995)

UNITED STATES OF EUROPE (1995), AN IDEA WHICH WAS DEAD ON ARIVAL

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EU: Unworkable, Unwieldy, Unpopular…

And Outdated, Because It Is Based on Obsolete Industrial Era Principles

It was on April 19, 1995, over 20 years ago now, that I published an editorial about the merits of the “United States of Europe.” I called it “Eurotopia” (not my original term).

It was an idea advanced by two professors – C. Northcote Parkinson of Britain (1970s) and Prof A.H. Heineken of the Netherlands (early 1990s). And based on research by the Austrian sociologist Leopold Kohr from the 1950s.

Quite a European professorial trio, wouldn’t you say? Their work spread over four decades.

And no, Prof Parkinson has no connection with the infamous deadly disease, nor does Prof Heineken with the famous Dutch beer. At least not as fas as I know anyway. 🙂

Here’s premise of that theory.. in a nutshell:

It is always bigness, and only bigness, which is the 3344532-9319612342-Davidproblem of existence – social, as well as physical.” Prof Kohr concluded. So we must “cut down the substances and organisms which have outgrown their natural limits.”(Leopold Kohr, 1957)

Three years earlier, without being aware of the foregoing, I argued the very same point with the then chairman of EDS, Les Alberthal. I urged him to break up his company. Because EDS, then the largest IT services company in the world, started by Ross Perot in the 1960, was becoming “Unworkable, Unwieldy, Unpopular…” – to borrow the adjectives from this report’s title. Much like the EU today.

amoeba-diagram“Bigness in business has become a liability rather than an advantage,” I said. I compared a successful modern (1992) services business enterprise to an amoeba – which splits up before becoming too big (and, therefore, inefficient).

Alberthal tried to break up the company but was eventually replaced by other industrial centrists. So EDS bit the dust. The company was swallowed up eventually by HP in 2008, another industrial era dinosaur now on its way to extinction.

That – is what also lies ahead for the European Union, another industrial era top-down creation. Another dinosaur.

Death of Democracy

The EU’s demise will be accelerated by the way it obliterated a democratic choice by one of its members. Over 61% of Greeks voted on July 12 to reject the proposal-ultimatum put to the by the EU and global bankers. Yet a week later, the Greek government which urged the voters to reject the deal capitulated under the EU bankers’ and politicians’ pressure and sold out their country into financial slavery.

Pensioners in Greece Betrayed

Things didn’t used to be that way in Europe. Before the EU was imposed on the continent by the multinational corporations, people’s decisions were respected. In 1972 and in 1994 Norway’s government, for example, tried to join the EU. Both times, Iceland-Norway not in EUthe Norwegians said NO to the deal. The government hasn’t brought up the issue since.

Ditto in Iceland. Its government applied for the EU membership in 2009 only to withdraw from the negotiations with the EU officials earlier this year. The Icelanders and the Norwegians saw the same warning light as the Greeks. They did not want to become financial slaves of the New World Order.

By the way, Norway ranks as the No. 1 country in the world in terms of human development and standard of living. Iceland is No. 13. Greece is No. 29 – out of 198 countries analyzed in this ranking. 

So it pays to be wise and well educated. For, “if you lie down with dogs, you get up with flees.”

Troikas then and now

Alas, the Greeks had already tied a golden noose around their collective necks when they took the EU and IMF money. Too late now to try to get out. The heavy “Troika” boot was already on their necks. And is now pressing down even harder.

“United Stated of Europe”

So what might have saved Europe from the inevitable collapse under the centrist EU government?

Over 20 years ago, I wrote this:

“So is there a way out of our current foreign policy quagmire in Europe? Is there also a solution to increased strife world over? Yes, there is:

Prof. Heineken proposed a “United States of Europe.”us of eur.jpg (29786 bytes)

According to his plan, Europe’s 350 million inhabitants would live in 75 independent states, each with a population of about five to 10 million.

I wrote that in April 1995 when the EU consisted of 11 countries. Now the EU has the population of 507 million and counts 28 countries among its members.

Prof. Heineken pointed out that the German or Italian states, for example, never existed before the second half of the 19th century. In other words, they are younger than even the U.S.!

Did you know that? Bet your teachers never mentioned that when they talked of Europe as the Old Continent and of America as the New World.

Furthermore, at the time of the French revolution (1789), the majority of the population in that country did not even speak French. And they certainly were “not able to sing the ‘Marseillaise,’ the newly-minted national anthem,” argues Prof. Heineken. It was only at the end of the 19th century that the French peasants morphed into “Frenchmen.” Before then, they were people who hailed from various provinces in the country we now call France.”

In other words, the whole notion of statehood and nationality is an industrial era invention. It is not natural! And it cannot last in its present form!

“Yet, the main reason that the Heineken proposal would not work is because it runs against another law of nature – the survival of the fittest, which Charles Darwin so eloquently explained – also in the last century.”

“Why would Europe’s most powerful countries, such as Germany, France, Britain or Italy, for example, volunteer to be split up into five or more weaker entities? Can you really see the Greeks giving up their northern territories to a new state called Macedonia, after having kicked so much fuss over the mere use of the name by the former Yugoslav republic? What are the chances of the “incorrigible Serbs” ceding Kosovo, the cradle of their civilization, to Albania, while leaving their Western Serb brethren in belligerent states called Croatia and Bosnia? Why would the Romanian leaders agree to have their country broken up into three pieces while seeing that Hungary, remains intact?”

As the Serbian general, Ratko Mladic once told me during the Bosnian war, “borders are drawn in blood,” i.e., not by some academicians’ or diplomats’ pens.

Balkans, political map
Balkans, political map

And so, thanks to NATO’s military intervention, Bosnia was split up into a separate country. Ditto re. Kosovo. Montenegro split up from Serbia under foreign political pressures on its quisling government.

So yes, the new borders were mostly written in blood (right). And yet they look amazingly similar to the Eurotopia map Prof Heineken produced (above left).

Back to my 1995 piece…

“So, Heineken’s ideas were not perfect. To his credit, even the author called them “a Eurotopia?” (i.e., a European utopia). But there is no question that such a Europe, with its borders modified in blood or otherwise to correct some of the above anomalies, would be a safer place than is the current “Old Continent.”

“It may be wiser to accept these developments (toward decentralization and independence) than to work against them,” suggested Prof. Heineken.

Alas, nobody in the EU heeded his advice. The bankers and multinationals won the day. And off to future wars Europe goes.

Here’s how I finished that 1995 piece:

“It would take an event of cataclysmic proportion, such as another world war, to force the formerly dominant species to cede some power to the weaker ones. And, as Darwin would have probably agreed, they would do it out of fear, not as a charity gesture.

“If the above analysis proves accurate, it would probably spell the end of the world as we know it. But not the end of the world.

For, did you ever observe what happens after a fire or an avalanche had wreaked havoc in a forest? What follows is – life! And it is a life richer and fuller than the one which the cataclysm had destroyed.”

Largest States Population EU- Population

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UPDATE JULY 9, 2015

WHAT ABOUT AMERICAN DEBT CRISIS? WHY ARE THE MEDIA SILENT ABOUT THAT?

United States vs. Greek Debt: Talk about a pot calling a kettle black

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Worse, our U.S. debt is growing much faster than incomes… (also see TWO AND A HALF CENTURIES OF TAX OPPRESSION IN AMERICA, APRIL 20, 2015).

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Which means, “the harder we work, the ‘behinder’ we get.”

Similarly, the national debt per capita of some other European countries that are hurling stones at the poor Greeks, like Italy for example, is also worse than Greece’s (about $49,000 vs. $34,000 per capita). World debt 7-09-15l

As for the total world debt, it is a staggering figure. Take a look…

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