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EIR Daily Alert Service

  • Two Systems Are Before the World
  • The TPP and the Streets of Baltimore
  • Anti-TPP Group Shows Influence of Hamilton’s American System
  • ‘Anti-State Activists’ Threaten Varoufakis
  • Saudi Killing in Yemen Continues: Is It To Scuttle the Iran Nuclear Deal?
  • EIR Frankfurt Seminar Marks Turn Away from Dead-End Geopolitics and Monetarism, To BRICS/New Silk Road Alternative
  • Indian Relief Work Draws Nepal’s Admiration
  • Argentine President: We Will Never Honor ‘International Usury or International Fraud’
  • New Major Success for India’s Space Program
  • Bolivian Vice President: Launch a New Era of Science, Technology Knowledge for the Next Hundred Years.

EDITORIAL

Two Systems Are Before the World

April 29 (EIRNS)—Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in the midst of an extraordinary week in which she addressed three major “New Silk Road” conferences in Europe, began herspeech to the Culture and Business Forum “East-West Dialogue” in Baden-Baden

April 25 in this way: “Strategically, we must consider two completely different systems. Maximization of the profits of a few. Should this system prevail, it may lead to the extinction of the human race. Since last July, one which certainly is not without its problems, but has an entirely different orientation; and indeed, is based on the future, and on human creativity.” dominated by the City of London financial imperialists and threatens global depopulation and thermonuclear war. Look at the situation in Yemen—the latest “One system is based on geopolitical expansion, on monetarism, on “Fortunately, a completely parallel economic and financial system has arisen this is the system of the BRICS-allied nations. The oligarchical system is dominated by the City of London financial imperialists and threatens global depopulation and thermonuclear war. Look at the situation in Yemen—the latest outbreak of genocidal wars backed by President Obama in the Mideast and North Africa—where the Red Cross reports that 12 million of the 20 million Yemenis, being bombed and completely blockaded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the U.S. Navy, are “food-insecure” or lack any food at all. Most also now lack water, which cannot even be pumped with no fuel or electricity. This while many thousands are being drowned in the Mediterranean trying to flee to Europe from terror operations set in motion by Obama’s and Cameron’s wars in Libya, Syria, Iraq. Then look at the large-scale, nearly instantaneous and fully collaborative response by China and India—the BRICS—to the disastrous Nepal earthquake, with combined deployments of army groupings from both BRICS powers for reconstruction, and the extraordinary Indian pledge of $10 billion for infrastructure reconstruction in one small country.

Compare Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partner (TPP)—such a Wall Street swindle that opposing it has become a touchstone for the next Presidential candidate of his own party—to the last ten years’ series of actual trade agreements between China, ASEAN countries, and South Korea. These have resulted in extraordinary growth in intra-Asian trade in goods over that decade. Or consider the Bolivian Vice President’s extraordinary commitment of that nation to “produce ideas, export ideas, create a society of knowledge and science.” Bolivia has moved immediately to the BRICS alliance, and has enjoyed among the most rapid economic growth in the continent.

We are fighting two fascist puppets of the London-centered oligarchical system in the United States, President Barack Obama and California Governor Jerry Brown. “Brownshirt” is facing resistance from municipalities and companies throughout California to his 25% mandatory water cut; now he has asked for legislative power to fine residents or businesses $10,000/day for not giving up their use of water—when there is an ocean full of water at the state’s shores. When LaRouchePAC has bluntly organized residents to “jail this Nazi,” its organizers have gotten a dynamic response from Californians.

Obama has stepped into a trap with his “TPP” intended attack on China and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which has turned into an attack on his own party on behalf of Wall Street. There is an internal revolt against him and the resources on the planet as a whole to defeat him. The time has come to force this puppet of London out of office.

U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC

The TPP and the Streets of Baltimore

April 29 (EIRNS)—The revolt within Democratic elected officials and constituents against Obama on his Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is growing, and becoming more pointed regarding the next Presidency, with the serious disturbances in Baltimore coming in focus. As an African ambassador to the United States told EIR: “We have a common problem with the United States: Look at the riots in Baltimore. These young people in Baltimore and other cities in America are faced with the same hopelessness and lack of a future that we see in Africa.” aiming to box in New York City’s Rep. Gregory Meeks, one of the very, very few Democratic Party supporters of the TPP in the House of Representatives, LaRouchePAC organizer Jessica White intervened forcefully in a Brooklyn Democratic Party meeting, that the “elephant in the room” on the issue of police violence, in Baltimore and other cities, is ending Wall Street’s looting of the American citizens, reinstating Glass-Steagall, and not allowing the TPP to rob more jobs. She got strong support from the Democratic audience. walked Baltimore streets such as Pennsylvania Avenue where rioting occurred, NBC News’ Chuck Todd pointedly noted April 28 that Obama has never personally gone to the Ferguson, Charleston, Staten Island, Philadelphia, Baltimore, etc., sites of police violence and crowd reactions; “he doesn’t want to get involved.” University today on the safe issues of police body cameras and “an end to mass incarceration.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaking in Washington, however, said TPP was the AFL-CIO’s “red line” for 2016 Presidential candidates; and told Clinton, “No candidate can be silent on any issue that’s important to the people. She’ll have to respond like every other candidate.”

Anti-TPP Group Shows Influence of Hamilton’s American System

April 29 (EIRNS)—One group attacking Obama’s TPP “free trade” fraud is the American Jobs Alliance, whose advisory board includes Louisiana’s former Republican Gov. Buddy Roemer and former Reagan Administration Commerce Department official and labor economist Clyde Prestowitz.

The AJA includes in its online statement a coherent brief (backed up by a somewhat longer, and also competent) description of Alexander Hamilton’s American System: “What is the American System of Economics? With roots dating back to George Washington and his Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, the American System, also called the American School of Economics, is the economic philosophy that guided U.S. national economic policy from the earliest days of the Republic, through the Civil War to the early 1970s, and built the United States from an agrarian frontier society to the world’s largest economy and greatest industrial power.

“The American System economic philosophy consists of three basic tenets for government to follow:

“1. Promote domestic industry through high import duties, or tariffs, on selected imports and/or subsidies for domestic producers;

“2. Invest in a public infrastructure (roads, ports, dams, irrigation and water projects, public schools and scientific research) to facilitate commerce and fuel private enterprise; and,

“3. Create a national bank to oversee national monetary policy and regulate credit to spur economic development and deter speculation. “Alexander Hamilton first proposed the American System. Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures, requested by President Washington, laid out a plan for the federal government to nurture the growth of domestic manufacturing industries in the United States instead of having the new nation depend on manufactured goods imported from abroad.

“In this report in 1791 Hamilton wrote: ‘The wealth … independence and security of a Country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity ofmanufactures. Every nation ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of national supply.’

COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM

‘Anti-State Activists’ Threaten Varoufakis

April 29 (EIRNS)—The European oligarchy is targeting Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, via threats from “anti-state activists,” as part of a broader terror campaign against the Greek government as a whole.

Varoufakis and his wife Danae were attacked by a group of anti-state activists yesterday in a restaurant in the Exarhia district of Athens, known for its anarchists and drug dealers. In 2011, Varoufakis relocated to Austin, Texas because he had received phone calls threatening the life of his son, when he was investigating a banking scandal at the time.

The following item published by EIR’s European Strategic Alert, No. 17, datelined April 17, 2015, identifies the who, what and why of the anarchist networks being deployed:

“Greek Citizens Protection Minister Charges Foreign-Directed Forces Destabilizing Greece”  “Greece is now under attack from foreign-directed criminal networks who control Greece’s anarchist terrorist networks to destabilize Greece. This charge was made by Citizens Protection Minister Yannis Panousis, adding that Greece was being punished for its Multi-Dimensional Foreign Policy of promoting good relations with Russia, China and other BRICS countries.

“The Greek website DefenceNet.gr cited unnamed sources in the Greece State Intelligence Service reporting that members of the Ukrainian fascist Right Sector have entered Greece for the purpose of acquiring illegal weapons and are in factcollaborating with the Greek anarchists. DefenceNet.gr points out that the Right Sector overthrew the government of Ukrainian President V. Yanukovych with the backing of the United States and the European Union. “Ever since the January elections, the so-called anarchist movements have become very active, including occupation of buildings of the Athens University but also clashes with police. Based in the rundown Exarhia neighborhood of Athens, notorious for its drug gangs, these groups form a support base for dangerous Greek terrorist organizations including Conspiracy of Fire Cells and Revolutionary Struggle, both of which have claimed responsibility for bombings and assassinations. Several of their members are in jail, a fact which has generated support networks being set up throughout Europe and the United States by international anarchist groups. “During the previous governments these groups would show up at peaceful mass demonstrations and launch battles with the police, giving the police an excuse to repress the entire demonstration. Everyone knew these were provocateurs. “Following a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Panousis announced that police had removed the anarchists occupying one of the university buildings. ones that control Exarhia, and that they are criminals for hire and are directed from centers both in Greece and abroad to ‘destabilize the government.’ One of the anarchists arrested was the 38-year-old Polykarpos Georgiadis who had been convicted in the past of involvement in the kidnapping of a Greek industrialist in 2008. Georgiadis had been released on parole in 2013.

“An EIR article, ‘Copenhagen Riots Open New Phase of Strategy of Tension,’ on March 16, 2007 reported how the European terrorist organizations were being reconstituted out of earlier generations that were protected by oligarchical circles in France, Italy and other NATO countries. Three organizations were named: the Anarchist Black Cross Federation, and the Anarchist Black Cross Network with bases in the United States and Europe, including Greece, and the New Red Brigades, which is said to have teamed up with the Informal Anarchist Network.

“Currently all these organizations’ websites feature campaigns in support of the imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Fire Cells, the Revolutionary Struggle, and other terrorists. They are also active in anti-government activities in Russia, Belarus, and Crimea.

STRATEGIC WAR DANGER

Saudi Killing in Yemen Continues: Is It To Scuttle the Iran Nuclear Deal?

April 29 (EIRNS)—Saudi Arabia continues to kill and destroy in Yemen, one of the poorest nation on Earth. Today’s reports indicate Saudi jets bombed the airport in Yemen’s capital Sana’a to prevent an Iranian cargo plane that was bringing in relief, from landing there. electricity, homes crushed by air strikes, thousands on the move in search of water, shelter and food: Yemen’s humanitarian plight, long fragile, has become disastrous after a month of all-out war,” reports Reuters in a story entitled “Hunger and Death Stalk Millions in Yemen’s War.” generators. In a water-scarce country like Yemen, that means you can’t even pump water,” International Committee of the Red Cross spokeswoman Marie Claire Feghali was quoted as saying. “It’s a catastrophe, a humanitarian catastrophe. It was difficult enough before, but now there are just no words for how bad it’s gotten,” she said.

On the ground, the situation in Yemen is becoming horrific. “Hospitals bereft of “Ambulances can’t run, there’s very little electricity and not enough fuel for The UN counts 1,080 dead, over 4,000 wounded and 150,000 displaced. The UN also says that 12 million people are “food insecure” or going hungry, a 13% increase since the conflict started. Lebanon’s former Communications Minister Osam Noeman told Iran’s Fars News Agency on April 27 that blocking an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 Group “has been the main incentive behind Saudi Arabia’s ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ against Yemen,” because Saudi Arabia believes the agreement reached in Lausanne would increase Iran’s influence in the region.

In relevant remarks on April 28, FNA reports Khalid al-Asmae’i, a prominent Mideast analyst, told Egypt’s Sada Elbalad news site that Israel’s recent airstrike against the Syrian military posts in the strategic Qalamoun region was aimed at undermining the nuclear talks underway in Lausanne, Switzerland. “The Israeli attacks are an instrument to pressure the U.S. administration and trouble the nuclear agreement with Iran,” he said.

THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER

EIR Frankfurt Seminar Marks Turn Away from Dead-End Geopolitics and Monetarism,

To BRICS/New Silk Road Alternative

April 29 (EIRNS)—An EIR seminar brought the New Silk Road/BRICS alternative to the trans-Atlantic war drive to a German audience in Frankfurt this afternoon. The keynote was given by EIR Editorial Board member and Schiller Institute founder/chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche, who was followed by presentations byProf. Shi Ze, Senior Research Fellow at China Institute of International Studies;former Greek ambassador and diplomat Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos; the head of the Malaysian Investment Development Agency S. Sundara Raja; and the Ethiopian Consul-General in Frankfurt. The audience included several more representatives of the diplomatic community in Frankfurt.

particular, brought a lively message across to those attending that their four home countries have learned lessons from political and economic mistakes of the past: They no longer listen to the dubious and mostly catastrophic advice of the IMF experts and the Western monetarist bankers, but focus instead on policies that serve the development of the national real economy and the well-being of their citizens. No geopolitics, no spheres of influence. All four countries are making progress, and the development of the BRICS is viewed as a great potential that can and will be tapped—for the benefit of all nations. The BRICS and New Silk Road being the the presentations by the speakers from China, Greece, Malaysia and Ethiopia, in only real alternatives to the ailing globalized monetarist system which Mrs. Zepp LaRouche spoke about in her keynote, became quite visible in those four detailed presentations from and about China, Greece, Malaysia and Ethiopia.

Indian Relief Work Draws Nepal’s Admiration

April 29 (EIRNS)—The quick and broad response of the Modi government in New Delhi to the April 25 earthquake that devastated Nepal, has drawn a great deal of admiration from Kathmandu. Nepal’s Ambassador-designate to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, said India took the initiative in relief operations, which other countries followed. “We are thankful to the government of India that it was kind enough to extend a blank check after the shattering earthquake. It has done tremendous work to provide help,” he told reporters in New Delhi. interior areas in the mountains, which have been the worst hit. We will airlift and road lift the material to those places,” he said. border areas so that our people who want to return to their homes can go there. The service will be increased as per demand,” he added. Upadhyay said “I know we are two [countries], but we are receiving support like we are one. There is no problem of coordination between us. The aid will have a positive impact on us. It’s a matter of human emotions.” substantial airlift of relief material went into Nepal, bringing stranded people back on return flights using the Indian Air Force transport fleet of C-17s and C-130Js. It is likely that the relief work will continue for weeks before the rebuilding of Nepal can be estimated.

Reporter the cost to rebuild Nepal would exceed $10 billion (R120.billion) and take years. His reconstruction estimate is equivalent to about half of Nepal’s $20 billion (R240 billion) economy. Although, New Delhi has not issued any official statement on how much of that rebuilding cost India would bear, unofficial statements indicate India is ready to take a lion’s share of that rebuilding cost. in the relief work, is also expected to pitch in in a big way. Nepal is part of President Xi Jinping’s $40 billion “Silk Road Economic Belt” network of highways, railways and other critical infrastructure linking China to Central and South Asia, the Mideast and Europe.

Argentine President: We Will Never Honor ‘International Usury or International Fraud’

 

April 29 (EIRNS)—For the first time since its 2001 debt default, on April 21 Argentina successfully carried out a domestic bond issuance in the amount of $1.4 billion, defying its enemies in London and Wall Street, and the vulture funds they control, who had predicted the nation would never return to the capital market unless it gave in to the vultures’ extortion. vulture funds controlled by multibillionaire Paul Singer failed “to scare off  investors” with the threat that they would block the issuance of the Bonar-2024 bonds. The $1.4 billion would be invested productively in infrastructure development, he said. had more to say on this issue, ridiculing predictions made by the vultures and their local allies that unless Argentina agreed to pay these predators, it would collapse in economic chaos, lose reserves, suffer devaluation and capital flight, and remain entirely “isolated” internationally. was able to return to the capital markets, she added, “because we’ve honored the debt and will continue to honor it; but what we will never honor is international usury and international fraud. That you don’t honor; God forbids it, the Torah forbids it, the Koran forbids it. It is forbidden by all those who believe you can’t exploit the human being, sacrifice a people and a history to honor a handful [of vultures] who seized funds and resources for very little money and now expect to win exorbitant sums.” Argentina, she said, has accomplished more than it set out to do, and proven “that for a country to function…you don’t have to let yourself be dragged down. You need a great deal of patriotism, dignity, much courage and a great deal of willpower.”

As Finance Minister Axel Kicillof announced from Moscow the same day, the In an April 28 speech in Buenos Aires, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Argentina isn’t isolated, because it didn’t capitulate, she said. The government

SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE

New Major Success for India’s Space Program

April 29 (EIRNS)—India successfully tested an indigenous cryogenic engine that will help India put satellites of up to four tons into geostationary orbit. Congratulating the space scientists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the successful testing as a proud achievement, noting that this would help India put satellites of heavier payload into geostationary orbit.

Bolivian Vice President: Launch a New Era of Science, Technology and Knowledge for the Next Hundred Years

April 29 (EIRNS)—“We’re going to begin to produce ideas, what we’re going to begin to export are ideas,” said Bolivian Vice President Alvaro García Linera speaking April 23 at the Cochabamba International Fair.

technology, García stressed that Bolivia is now ready to enter a new era, the “society of knowledge.” And, he added, Cochabamba, one of the nation’s most important cities, with a vibrant and energetic young population, “is the ideal location in which to launch this new phase of development of the economy which must guide the destiny of Bolivia for the next hundred years…. The success we’ve seen in a few private companies here in Cochabamba, which on a small scale have opted for science and knowledge, has led the President and me to say that we have to do this in all of Bolivia.” Both public and private universities must be involved in this process, he stated. Cochabamba, García underscored. It should be organized so that specific areas of science and technology linked to both the internal and external market will be selected, to educate the “little brains” of the 21st Century. The best students will be selected and educated from high school through college, to use their knowledge later in service to the nation.

the First Conference of the Andean sector of the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Student Organization (OCLAE), García urged students to take up the challenge posed by science and technology, to fight for “scientific and technological emancipation,” so that nations don’t have to depend on Europe or the U.S. for the technology required for their industrialization. Without mentioning the BRICS, he noted that “the world economy is being redefined for the next 50 years,” right now, and urged students to engage in the political process to ensure that their nations move from economic sovereignty to “scientific and technological sovereignty.

Posted By: Rhea Razon

Maynilad CSR Program wins Gold Anvil Award


West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) won a Gold Anvil Award for its Mission Ginhawa Program in the recently concluded 50th Anvil Awards held at the Marriott Hotel in Newport City, Pasay.

Maynilad’s Mission Ginhawa Program was recognized in the PR Programs – Disaster Programs Category for its innovative approach to disaster response. Under the program, Maynilad provided Typhoon Yolanda-devastated areas access to safe drinking water through community engagement and donation of compact microfiltration systems.

The easy-to-install, portable and shareable microfiltration systems can purify water from deep wells and other freshwater sources without need for electricity or chemicals. Each filter can last up to 10 years and produce some 1,440 liters of water daily—enough to address the daily requirement of around 20 families. Maynilad’s donations were able to address the drinking water needs of some 42,000 survivors.

The company also coordinated with government agencies and non-profit organizations to extend technical assistance to local water providers and lend Maynilad’s tankers to assist in the water distribution.

The Anvil Awards is organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).  It is the symbol of excellence in public relations in the Philippines, awarded by a distinguished multi-sectoral jury to outstanding public relations programs and tools designed and implemented in the past year.

Apr. 30 -- Maynilad CSR Program wins Gold Anvil Award pix

PHOTO: PRSP members Gina Lumauig (leftmost) and Angelito Doble (rightmost) present Maynilad with the Gold Anvil Awards for its Mission Ginhawa Program. Accepting the award for Maynilad are the company’s Water Supply Operations team headed by Engr. Ronaldo Padua (4th from left) and Advocacy and Marketing team headed by Patricia Hizon (3rd from left).

Posted by: Freda Migano

Obama’s Fascist Onslaught


by:  Nancy Spannaus

April 21—In his drive for fascist dictatorship and war, Adolf Hitler knew he had to remove any roadblock that could be raised by the parliament. Using the hoked-up Reichstag Fire fraud, Hitler rammed through his Enabling Act which permitted him, in the name of the “emergency,” to make the laws himself. Once that authority was ceded “temporarily,” the die was cast.

Barack Obama is taking a page from Hitler’s book with his current drive for “Fast Track” authority for his secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade deal.What Obama wants to sign is no partnership, but yet another of his attempted direct attacks on the growing economy of China. Otherwise, the deal is being kept hidden, because it is also an attack on the United States economy and people.

Should he succeed in ramming through such Fast Track authority, Obama will be enabled to enact a largely classified, top-secret agreement on trade that will rip up U.S. laws and those of other sovereign nations in the interests of the fascist financiers dominating Wall Street. Fast Track means Congress will be sidelined, never seeing the deal until it’s done—and a major step will be taken toward British puppet Obama’s planned war in the Pacific—specifically, against China.

Put simply, “Fast Track” is Obama’s chosen path toward consolidation of a global Wall Street-City of London dictatorship, and toward World War III. To stop it, he must be removed constitutionally from power.

The TPP Monster Negotiations for the TPP have been going on among 12 nations bordering the Pacific Ocean for a number of years. According to Lori Wallach, Public Citizen Global Trade Watch director, the agreement has largely been drafted. It was the intent of the Obama Administration to ram through the legislation in 2014—until heavy opposition from the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate, including then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, led to it being pulled from the agenda.Democrats, labor unions, and many civic groups are not buying the Obama Administration’s argument that “this time” the free-trade deal will not lead to the outsourcing of millions of American jobs, as American workers are forced to “compete” with workers in countries, such as Vietnam, making 60 cents an hour.“It is a race to the bottom, a chasing of lower wages abroad,” charged Democratic Party Presidential pre candidate Martin O’Malley in an interview with NPR April 20. “And I am appalled by the notion that we’re not allowed, as Americans, to read this agreement before our so-called representative institution of the Congress votes on it.”Indeed, until Wikileaks provided the Investment Chapter of the agreement to the New York Times in early March, the opponents of the bill didn’t know the half of it. Again, the content of the TPP is being negotiated in secret.

Specifically, according to the text provided by Wikileaks, the TPP has 29 secret clauses, which are not to be revealed until four years after either the agreement is signed, or the negotiations fail! That means, of course, that, even if Congress got a chance to read and debate and vote on the bill, as the U.S. Constitution provides, the Members would be deprived of the content of a vast portion of the bill.

According to Wallach, only five of those secret provisions even deal with trade. The most notorious of them known at this time, is the one which establishes the Investor-State Dispute Resolution System, a “corporate tribunal” Richard Nixon, pulls Congress’s Constitutional author which would permit any foreign investor from a TPP country to drag the United States, or any other country, before an international tribunal of three corporate attorneys, who would determine if U.S. laws were violating the terms of the treaty. If these corporate attorneys so determined, the U.S. laws (for example, a restored Glass-Steagall Act) would be thrown out! There would be no appeal from the decision of this tribunal, which could override the laws (i.e., sovereignty) of any nation or state, for the benefit of the corporate interests involved.

Wallach, in an interview with CSPAN’s Washington Journal April 20, asserted that this provision would allow the enforcement of provisions that would override U.S. patent and copyright laws, undermine the negotiated prices for medications under Medicare and other government medical programs, and roll back those financial reforms that have been passed. Other protections for U.S. (or other national) workers could also be nullified, such as preferences for jobs to go to Americans.Taking Congress’s PowersEven though many of these provisions, permitting corporations to rip up legal protections for U.S. workers and industry, are being kept secret, Obama and his Wall Street backers are well aware that “free trade” does not sit well with the American population. Thus, the drive for Fast Track.The Fast Track law, first enacted under President ity over trade agreements, substituting Executive power. Congress basically gives the President the ability to negotiate the agreement—without any Congressional involvement—to write the implementing legislation, and then hand it over to the Congress for an up or down vote, within 90 days. Only 20 hours of debate are permitted under Fast Track authority; no amendments to the legislation are permitted.

In short, the President—acting on behalf of Wall Street—has dictatorial powers.It is for this reason that Democrats, in particular, are up in arms against Obama’s push to get Fast Track authority for the TPP. Only by relying on the Republicans in the Senate, was Obama able to get a bill drafted that will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee on April 23—a move the would-be dictator hopes will begin a rapid dash for passage in both Houses.

While House Democrats have been mobilizing intensively against the deal for months, recent statements from prominent Senate Democrats—such as New York’s Chuck Schumer—suggest that the drive for Fast Track may have problems in the Senate as well. “I don’t believe in these agreements anymore,” said Schumer on April 16. “I’ve changed.”

Although Schumer went on to say that he might eventually support the trade deal, if it passed along with legislation that would allow a crackdown on alleged currency manipulation, he seemed to be strongly against Fast Track. Pressure from within his own state is also growing, as shown by an attack on the Fast Track authority published April 19 in Politico by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The use of the new tribunals exposed by Wikileaks would “allow large multinational corporations to sue a signatory country for actions taken by its federal, state or local elected or appointed officials that the foreign corporation claims hurt its bottom line,” he said.Schneiderman warned members of Congress from New York to take note. “This should give pause to all members of Congress, who will soon be asked to vote on fast-track negotiating authority to close the agreement,” he said. “But it is particularly worrisome to those of us in states, such as New York, with robust laws that protect the public welfare.”

Free Trade =

New Auschwitzes

April 21—Barack Obama’s attempt to steamroll Congress into giving him Fast Track authority is another example of him following the trail of Bush Family fascism. George H.W. Bush devised the “free trade” pact called NAFTA in 1990—a pact finally pushed through in 1992—as a service to his Wall Street/City of London backers. The expanded TPP pact would do the same on a much larger scale.

Lyndon LaRouche denounced the NAFTA free-trade policy as intending to create an “Auschwitz below the border.” That it has done, not only by its sanctioning of slave-labor maquiladora operations, but by mandating the destruction of agriculture by phasing out tariffs. Mexico is now a nation desperate for the food it can no longer produce, bereft of modern infrastructure, unprotected from financial, drug, and corporate predators.Devastation has also been wreaked by NAFTA on the U.S. side of the border. The Economic Policy Institute estimates 700,000 jobs lost to runaway shops in Mexico, but even more widespread was the impact driving down wages and benefits in the United States, as employers used the threat of outsourcing to cow workers into submission.

Meanwhile, both the labor unions and a large contingent of Democratic Congressmen are rallying to stop the drive for Fast Track and the TPP. Two large rallies have been held in Washington over the last week, featuring spirited attacks from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and others. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has vowed that his organization will pull funding from any Congressman who supports the atrocity. The horrors brought on by NAFTA are a living reality to the now-decimated labor movement

War on China  Beyond the assault on the general welfare of the American population and the U.S. Constitution, in the interests of Wall Street, Obama has another target in mind—China.

From the outset, the TPP was conceived as a means of economic warfare against China, which has been specifically excluded as a potential negotiating partner in the agreement. This contrasts sharply with the Chinese open-ended approach to trade deals, which won the support of the APEC nations last November over Obama’s TPP.

Obama’s hostile intent toward China—already evident in the militarization of the Pacific with the “Asia pivot”—was open for all to see in his State of the Union this year, when he declared that the U.S. would not let China “write the rules” for trade. In his current push to get Fast Track authority, he has reiterated that attack on China.But China’s approach, as evidenced by its recent long-term trade agreement with South Korea, focuses on the reciprocal lowering of trade barriers and supply bottlenecks over a long period, to actually increase trade and production in each nation. It does not involve granting multinational banks and corporations power over nations.Obama’s outlook not only directly contradicts the Chinese approach, but is part of the pattern of economic warfare that has characterized this Wall Street-owned President. As he did with his attempted sabotage of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Obama is determined to smash the process of global cooperation being carried out by the BRICS nations, a process in which China is playing the leading role.There is no negotiating with this President, who is in the pocket of Wall Street and the City. As long as he remains in power, no one is safe.

Posted By: Rhea Razon

Quezon City Bikes for Clean Air


To dramatize how mobility is possible without releasing harmful emissions, the Firefly Brigade partnered with the Quezon City Government to host this year’s Summer Cycling Convergence: Festival of the Fireflies last Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC).

The Firefly Brigade is a Philippines citizen’s action group formed in 1999 to work for clean air and a habitable, people-friendly environment in our cities.  It is an NGO that promotes the use of the bicycle for clean air and sustainable communities.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista opened the event and underscored the fact that the city government’s consistent support for the advocacy of the bikers is a component of its aggressive and comprehensive campaign against climate change.  He talked of the local government’s plan to develop ‘green routes’ and integrate these into the comprehensive development plan of the city.

He ordered the LGU’s Department ofPublic Order and Safety, to work with the City’s councilors, as well as the City Planning and Development Office and the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department, to identify and plan more dedicated bike lanes in more parts of the city.  For best results, the city’s efforts should be complemented by support from the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Metro Manila Development Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

He accepted the challenge of the Firefly Brigade founder and president, Katti Sta. Ana, in the NGO’s petition for Quezon City to promote bicycling as an environmentally sustainable and people-oriented method of transportation.  Immediately, he instructed coordination between the city’s departments and Ms. Sta. Ana’s group, to properly determine and respond to the needs of the bikers.

Earth Day Network Philippines Country Coordinator Isagani Serrano said that promoting biking was one of the advocacies promoted at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development in Brazil in 2012, as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fuel-powered transport.  This shows how global this movement is.

To provide security to bikers, the group donated a bicycle rack at the QMC, as an initial step to install more such racks inside the park.

 

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion

Manila Water, nagbigay-suporta sa mga industry leaders ng Mandaluyong


Kabilang ang Manila Water sa mga kumpanyang nagpahayag ng patuloy na suporta sa mga pinuno ng iba’t ibang industriya na bumubuo ng Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry ng Mandaluyong sa isang pulong na ginanap kamakailan na dinaluhan rin nina Konsehal Jesus Cruz at Charisse Abalos.  Muling inilatag ng Manila ang mga proyekto nito sa tubig at sanitasyon bilang mahahalagang bahagi upang isulong ang higit na pag-unlad ng Mandaluyong.  Dumalo sa nasabing pulong ang mga kinatawan ng Manila Water Mandaluyong Business Area na sina Jose Jay Nicolas at Edna Aguirre.

PCCI Mandaluyong Photo

Posted by: Freda Migano

Libreng WiFi sa mga 4th, 5th at 6th class na munisipalidad darating na – DOST


Maglalatag ang DOST ng 18,117 WiFi access points na parang “hotspots” sa mga plazang bayan, pampublikong aklatan, paaralan, mga rural health centers at iba pang publikong lugar sa mga 4th, 5th at 6th class na munisipalidad. Magkakaroon din ng 14 na POPs (points of presence) sa mga siyudad na malapit sa mga naturang munisipalidad at magtatayo ng imprastraktura para sa internet sa 967 na munisipalidad.

Ang layunin ng proyektong ito ay mabigyan ng pantay na oportunidad ang ating mga kababayan sa kanayunan na makagamit ng internet lalo na para sa ating mga mag-aaral, mga maliliit na negosyante at ang iba pang sector ng lipunan na hindi naseserbisyuhan ng mga komersyal na kumpanya ng komunikasyon.

“Kapag nailatag na natin ang free internet ay mabibiyayaan ang kasalukuyang 105,000 na gumagamit ng 256 kilobyte kada segundo at makakagamit na sila ng email at Facebook. Makakakuha na rin sila ng mga impormasyon tungkol sa panahon at marami pang mga kaalaman na magiging kapakipakinabang sa kanilang buhay,” sambit ni DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo.

Bagama’t ang 256 kilobyte ay ang pinakamababa para sa broadband kumpara sa karaniwang 2.1 megabyte per second, ito ay makatutulong pa rin sa ating mga mag-aaral at mga negosyante na makakuha ng impormasyon na kanilang magagamit sa mga aralin at pangangalakal.

“Ang pagkakaroon ng internet sa mga probinsya ay isa lamang hakbang para natin matugunan ang pangangailangan sa mahahalagang impormasyon tulad nga sa panahon ng kalamidad, serbisyong kalusugan tulad ng Rx Box ng DOST, mga serbisyo ng pamahalaan o e-government services at sa pagnenegosyo or e-commerce. Dahil sa internet ay mapapalago natin ang kalakalan sa kanayunan at mapapalawak ang kaalaman natin sa pang-araw-araw na buhay,” pahayag ni Montejo.

Ang proyektong ito ay pinangunahan ng DOST at ng sangay nitong Information Communications Technology Office o ICTO na may halagang P 1.408-bilyon para sa free internet.

Sa kagustuhan ng pamahalaan na mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga mamamayan sa malalayong lugar sa bansa na makagamit ng free internet ay unang inilunsad ng DOST ang proyektong tutugon sa ganitong adhikain sa bayan ng Tubigon at Talibon sa Bohol.

“Nais po natin sa DOST na mabigyan ng internet access ang ating mga kababayan sa mga probinsya na hindi nararating ng mga komersyal na kumpanya ng komunikasyon dahil ito ay napakahalaga upang mapaunlad nating ang kabuhayan at ekonomiya sa kanayunan,” pangwakas na pahayag ni Montejo. (S&T Media Service)

LaRouche: If anything happens to Natalia Vitrenko, Victoria Nuland must be held responsible


April 14, 2015

Lyndon LaRouche stated today: “If anything happens to prominent Ukrainian economist and former Member of the Ukrainian Parliament Natalia Vitrenko, US. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland must be held responsible. With the full backing of President Barack Obama, Nuland has knowingly installed a Nazi government in Ukraine. That government, through the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), with the knowing support of Nuland, is now carrying out a Nazi campaign of defamation against Vitrenko, which is setting her up for possible assassination, because she has criticized the Nazi take-over of her own nation.”

The evidence is overwhelming that Nuland, on behalf of Obama, has imposed a Nazi regime in Ukraine, beginning with the installation Prime Minister Arseni “Yats” Yatsenyuk, who said on German television that the Nazi invasion never occurred—that it was only the Soviet Union that occupied Ukraine.

Since then, SBU head Valentyn Nalyvaychenko announced on April 1 that the model for his agency is Stepan Bandera’s Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists-Ukrainian Insurgent Army (OUN-UPA), which collaborated with the Nazis during their invasion of the Soviet Union. Nalyvaychenko is associated with the Banderite Trident (Tryzub) organization, a core component of the Right Sector.

On April 6, Dmytro Yarosh, the Nazi leader of the Ukrainian Right Sector, was named as an advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Army. On April 9, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a bill identifying members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the OUN as “independence fighters.” Ukrainian President Poroshenko also stated falsely on April 9 that “Hitler, together with Stalin, initiated the bloody fighting of World War II.”

This is the government which Victoria Nuland installed in Ukraine with the full backing of Barack Obama.

There can be no mistake about this. The US military is now being deployed to Ukraine by Obama to provide military training to the Ukrainian National Guard, which consists primarily of the Nazi Right Sector.

The Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC), one of Victoria Nuland’s pet Nazi operations, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. Embassy, is circulating flyers calling on people to inform on anyone who opposes the Kiev regime. They are encouraged to call a hotline of the SBU.

When you back Nazis, as Nuland does with Obama’s backing, that makes you a Nazi.

As LaRouche stated: “The present government of Ukraine is dominated by Nazis.. The current plot against Natalia Vitrenko is a murder plot. Anyone in the U.S. Congress or in Europe who does not deal with this is complicit.”

“As a veteran of World War II, I have committed my entire adult life to defeating fascism. On the 70th anniversary of the defeat of fascism, Obama and his assistant, Nuland, are deliberately betraying our sacrifice by backing Nazis.

“Where are the other patriots who once said Never Again?”

Posted By: Rhea Razon