International News Round-Up
August 13, 2008, 3:59 pm
Filed under: International news, Miscellaneous, NAU, news, North American Union, politics

China’s All Seeing Eye – Rolling Stone 5/13/08

“With the help of U.S. defense contractors, China is building the prototype for a high-tech police state. It is ready for export.”


How China’s taking over Africa, and why the West should be VERY worried  – ThisIsLondon, UK 7/18/08


China’s Rulers Want Security ‘Toys’ – Consortium News 8/10/08

China is the new market for surveillance gadgets from the “war on terror,” says Naomi Klein. Watch TheRealNews.com’s video.


China Mixes Stalinism with Capitalism – Consortium News 8/10/08


Africa: The Next Victim in Our Quest for Cheap Oil – Alternet 7/14/08


Harvest of death – BBC 8/12/08

“Doctors struggle as millions die in remote DR Congo “


Russian GazProm connects to Iran – Kommersant, Russia 7/15/08


US troops train in Georgia, amid tensions with Russia – Financial Times 7/16/08


Russia and Venezuela will coordinate energy policies – NYTimes 7/23/08


Taking Stock of the Bolivarian Revolution: Changing Venezuela by Taking Power – Global Research 7/17/08


Secret sale of UK plutonium to Israel – BBC 3/10/06


U.S. refuses Israel weapons to attack Iran: report (Reuters)  – Reuters/Yahoo 8/12/08

Rice on possible IDF Iran strike: U.S. has no veto over Israeli military ops  – Haaretz, Israel 8/7/08 

Congress Delivers Promised Israel Aid Bump Despite Budget Deadlock; Move Bypasses Normal Appropriation Process – Jewish Daily Forward 7/2/08   


MPs call for inquiry into MI5 torture role – Guardian, UK 7/15/08

EXCERPT: “MPs are calling for an investigation into allegations that British intelligence has “outsourced” the torture of British citizens to Pakistani security agencies after hearing accounts of people being abducted and subjected to mistreatment and, in some cases, released without charge.”


UK Torture Cover-Up Unravels – Uruknet 7/27/08


How Britain Wages War – Dissident Voice 7/16/08  


Italy’s Parliament has passed a controversial immunity bill for Berlusconi – BBC 7/11/08

“The amendment protects top public officials, including the prime minister and president, from prosecution…Judges have condemned his various changes to the legal system and have threatened to go on strike. ” 


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Economic News: This ride ain’t over

OECD warning of sharper slowdown – BBC 6/4/08


Second Great Depression in Detroit – Depression2.TV (great site!)


Central bank body warns of Great Depression – Banking Times, UK 6/9/08

“The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the organisation that fosters cooperation between central banks, has warned that the credit crisis could lead world economies into a crash on a scale not seen since the 1930s.”


Advanced Imperialism: A Phase of Capitalism – Global Research 6/25/08


We just accelerated a little more: IMF knocks on Uncle Sam’s door – Age, Australia 6/30/08


Think the Economy Is Bad? Wait Till the States Cut Back – NYTimes 6/1/08


Russia blames U.S. for global financial crisis – Reuters/Yahoo 6/7/08


Failing Infrastructure and Fantastic Military Budgets – WUFYS 6/23/08


AIG’s Connelly: “Crisis of Capitalism is upon us” – Naked Capitalism 6/16/08


The Shrinking Influence of the US Federal Reserve – Der Spiegel, Germany 6/26/08


Bush administration wants to give Federal Reserve more power – AP/Yahoo 6/19/08

Just linking to this AP headline may violate the AP’s incredibly aggressive assertion of usage rights


Barclays warns of a financial storm as Federal Reserve’s credibility crumbles – Telegraph, UK 6/28/08

EXCERPTS: “Barclays Capital has advised clients to batten down the hatches for a worldwide financial storm, warning that the US Federal Reserve has allowed the inflation genie out of the bottle and let its credibility fall “below zero”…Barclays Capital said in its closely-watched Global Outlook that US headline inflation would hit 5.5pc by August and the Fed will have to raise interest rates six times by the end of next year to prevent a wage-spiral. If it hesitates, the bond markets will take matters into their own hands. “This is the first test for central banks in 30 years and they have fluffed it. They have zero credibility, and the Fed is negative if that’s possible. It has lost all credibility,” said Mr Bond.”


Stage Two of the Mortgage Collapse: $500 Billion in Pay Option ARMs Meet the Piper in 2008 with 60 Percent Being in California. – DoctorHousing Bubble 6/14/08

Very straightforward reading with incredible graphs


The de facto nationalization of the housing bust – Economic Populist 6/13/08


Why Fair Trade May Be Our Only Hope – Alternet 6/12/08


Credit crunch forcing US middle classes to live in their cars – Guardian, UK 6/26/08


Alternatives to Free Trade: Fair Trade and Beyond – Global Research 6/22/08


Bringing Down Bear Stearns – Vanity Fair August ’08 edition


Video of Assistant Treasury Secretary for Economic Policy Phillip Swagel sweating bullets over his spin job assignment – Washington Post 7/4/08

EXCERPT: “Swagel came out for his monthly economic briefing yesterday, 90 minutes after the Labor Department reported that the country had shed jobs in June for the sixth straight month.
Does this mean the economy is worse than the Bush administration expected?
“We shouldn’t, in a sense, be surprised when the data are, are, soft,” Swagel managed to say.
Does the economy need another stimulus package?
“I-it seems, you know, it seems like that’s, that’s enough, uh, enough.”
What might trigger another round of economic stimulus?
“I don’t, I guess I don’t have an answer, I mean, you know, beyond saying we look at all the data and, um — so, my usual line.”


Behind the falsification of US economic data – Global Research 6/5/08


The Sham of our Current Unemployment Rate Numbers: Lessons from the Great Depression: Part X. Data Mining. – Doctor Housing Bubble 5/30/08


The Pentagon Strangles Our Economy: Why the US has gone broke – Alternet 4/26/08

EXCERPT: “There are three broad aspects to the U.S. debt crisis. First, in the current fiscal year – 2008 we are spending insane amounts of money on “defense” projects that bear no relation to the national security of the U.S. We are also keeping the income tax burdens on the richest segment of the population at strikingly low levels.”
“Second, we continue to believe that we can compensate for the accelerating erosion of our base and our loss of jobs to foreign countries through massive military expenditures — “military Keynesianism” – which I discuss in detail in my book Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic. By that, I mean the mistaken belief that public policies focused on frequent wars, huge expenditures on weapons and munitions, and large standing armies can indefinitely sustain a wealthy capitalist economy. The opposite is actually true.”
“Third, in our devotion to militarism – despite our limited resources, we are failing to invest in our social infrastructure and other requirements for the long-term health of the U.S. These are what economists call opportunity costs, things not done because we spent our money on something else. Our public education system has deteriorated alarmingly. We have failed to provide health care to all our citizens and neglected our responsibilities as the world’s number one polluter. Most important, we have lost our competitiveness as a manufacturer for civilian needs, an infinitely more efficient use of scarce resources than arms manufacturing.”


Hidden oil subsidies ‘need to end’ – Raw Story 7/3/08


A direct hurricane hit could push oil to $150 / barrel – AP/Tulsa World 5/30/08

Sounds like they’re planning another direct hit this season….


10 tough questions on oil and gas prices – Nieman Watchdog 5/5/08


An ominous warning that the rapid rise in oil prices has only just begun – Independent, UK 6/12/08

“The chief executive of the world’s largest energy company has issued the most dire warning yet about the soaring the price of oil, predicting that it will hit $250 per barrel “in the foreseeable future”. The forecast from Alexey Miller, the head of the Kremlin-owned gas giant Gazprom, would herald the arrival of £2-per-litre petrol and send shockwaves through the economy.”


The Militarization and Annexation of North America: The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) unmasked – Global Research 7/19/07


Future of North America: Vancouver 2010, coronation of the North American ‘Community’ – Global Research 3/15/08


French company to open nuclear plant in US – AP/CNN 5/23/08


Chinese firms bargain hunting in the US – LA Times 5/5/08


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International News Round-Up
June 10, 2008, 6:13 am
Filed under: colonialism, empire, International news, NAU, news, North American Union, politics

Dutch government bans electronic voting – IDG 5/19/08


The Militarization and Annexation of North America: The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) unmasked – Global Research 7/19/07


Russia and China condemn US missile ‘defense’ shield plan – BBC 5/23/08


The Real Good Life: An entire village turns against supermarkets and grows its’ own food – Daily Mail UK 4/14/08


Why Bhutan matters to India and China – Business Week 5/16/08


Future of North America: Vancouver 2010, coronation of the North American ‘Community’ – Global Research 3/15/08


New Zealand to spend $164 Million to immunize 12-13 yr old girls, presumably against cervical cancer / human papillomavirus – Stuff 5/2/08


26 CIA employees on trial in Italy for kidnapping, fugitives from justice – CQPolitics 4/19/08


China’s rain free Olympic plan met with skepticism – National Geographic 4/23/08


China down to 12 days of coal – AFP/Australian 4/23/08


Police to investigate if Israeli PM Olmert received illegal funds while governor of Jerusalem – CNN 5/7/08


Bolivian president Evo Morales rejects autonomy vote – AP/Raw Story 5/4/08


History of Israel: Key Events – BBC


Latin American leaders in food price pact – BBC 4/24/08

EXCERPT: Summit host, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, said the food crisis was “the biggest demonstration of the historic failure of the capitalist model”.  He told fellow leaders that they needed to create a distribution network “so we don’t fall into the hands of intermediaries and speculators, which stop millions from receiving food”


Pakistan’s New Daughter of Destiny?: An Exclusive Interview with Fatima Bhutto – CounterPunch 5/3/08


Canada’s C-51 Law To Outlaw 60% of Natural Health Products – Global Research 4/30/08


Turkey plans to sell rivers and lakes to corporations – Alternet 4/23/08

EXCERPT: “Abdullah Aysu, President of the Peasants’ Federation, spoke passionately against government policies for privatising agricultural irrigation. The plans to replace management by rural cooperatives with a system of concession rights sold to private firms would have disastrous consequences for subsistence farmers and their communities, who would lose their rights to local water resources. Groundwater in rural areas is seriously depleted due to uncontrolled drilling, but commercialization is not the answer. The only real solution to these problems, Aysu explained, is to shift to a more natural model of agriculture, which he described as “ecological democracy.”
Water privatisation is not an entirely new phenomenon in Turkey. There are private water supply contracts in Arpacay and Corlu, as well as widespread outsourcing and subcontracting of the water supply across the country. In the city of Antalya, French water giant Suez pulled-out six years into a 10-year contract after the municipality rejected their demand for another price increase. The prices had already risen 130 percent and the company had failed to invest what was promised.
The new, more far-reaching wave of privatisation now orchestrated by the Turkish government, has already run into problems in a number of places. At the Istanbul conference, Dr. Ertugrul Tanrikulu of the “Edirne Water is Life Platform” talked about a serious corruption case that happened in the context of the planned privatisation in the city of Edirne. Earlier the same month, nineteen people were arrested, including the city’s mayor Hamdi Sedefci and representatives from companies involved in the tender. A consortium of three Turkish companies had won the tender for 30-year contract to run the city’s water, which also included installing water meters with an advance payment system. The consortium had placed an employee in the municipal department and distorted the tender conditions in their own favour. A police investigation revealed that the consortium was also planning to use corruption to influence water privatisation in nine other Turkish cities.”


Poisoned Harvest: The Green Revolution Backfires in India – BBC 4/26/08


Will the CIA kill or oust Ecuador’s Correa? – Future of Freedom Foundation 4/22/08

EXCERPT: “Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa may not be long for this world, both in a political sense and in genuine life-or-death sense. He recently fired his defense minister, army chief of intelligence, and commanders of the army, air force, and joint chiefs. Why might those firings cost Correa his job or even his life? Because the reason he fired them was that Ecuador’s intelligence systems were “totally infiltrated and subjugated to the CIA.” As other rulers around the world, including democratically elected ones, have learned the hard way, bucking the CIA is a real no-no that sometimes leads to coups and assassinations.”


Ex-cleric wins Paraguayan presidency, ending a party’s 62-year rule – NYTimes 4/21/08

EXCERPT: “Mr. Lugo tapped into a deep frustration with single-party rule in Paraguay. He accused the Colorado Party of entrenched patronage and corruption, a theme that resonated with voters. Paraguay has struggled since the Stroessner days to rid itself of a reputation for being among the most-corrupt countries in Latin America….While he has sought to reject being labeled, Mr. Lugo has socialist tendencies resembling those of South American leaders elected in the past decade, including Evo Morales of Bolivia and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Mr. Lugo has talked about reforming the agrarian sector and redistributing wealth to more of Paraguay’s poor. He said in an interview that he might consider increasing export tariffs on agricultural producers.”

Top Fascist News: US invades Canada & Pakistan, Danger of American Fascism and more
The most important video on the internet” (9 minutes, YouTube)

“On April 15, 2008…General Strike – do not work, go to school or buy gasoline or anything else, withdraw most of your money from your bank, cancel your cable TV propaganda machine. Protest the Federal Reserve, big media propaganda and your enslavement!”

Rule by Fear or Rule by Law? Former Congressman warns of martial law, detention camps (San Francisco Chronicle 2/4/08)
Bush says they will torture whether it’s legal or not (AFP/Yahoo 2/14/08)

And since he’s the one deciding what’s legal… “The reason I’m vetoing the bill — first of all, we have said that whatever we do … will be legal,” Bush said in an interview with the BBC.”

The Danger of American Fascism (Henry Wallace, 1944 via New Deal Network)

EXCERPTS: “A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. The supreme god of a fascist, to which his ends are directed, may be money or power; may be a race or a class; may be a military, clique or an economic group; or may be a culture, religion, or a political party.”…

“If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. Most American fascists are enthusiastically supporting the war effort. They are doing this even in those cases where they hope to have profitable connections with German chemical firms after the war ends. They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.”

“Fascism is a worldwide disease. Its greatest threat to the United States will come after the war, either via Latin America or within the United States itself.”… “The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power. It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups. Likewise, many people whose patriotism is their proudest boast play Hitler’s game by retailing distrust of our Allies and by giving currency to snide suspicions without foundation in fact. The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They cultivate hate and distrust of both Britain and Russia. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.”

US conducting raids into Canada without authorization (CBC 10/5/06)

“Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day acknowledged Thursday that U.S. agents conduct investigations in Canada but said all are done according to Canadian law. Day was responding to a report regarding an internal FBI audit that shows U.S. agents are carrying out investigations without the approval of the Canadian government. It says the FBI has given agents in its Buffalo field office clearance to conduct “routine investigations” up to 50 miles into Canadian territory.”

Armed US agents a blow to sovereignty (Toronto Star 76/28/07)
US strikes in Pakistan – without notice (Washington Post 2/19/08)
10 minute Video: A Big Easy North American Union (BrassCheckTV/YouTube 2/12/08)

“Already the symbol of abandonment, must New Orleans now become the symbol of abandonment of the entire country? Going well beyond the Port of New Orleans, Security and Prosperity Partnership plans for “North American Integration” endanger port, trucking, and railroad jobs, as well as investments, incomes, and State revenues all over the country. The SPP is coming to the Big Easy, why should you care? Let’s have a look…”

What Sibel Edmonds Found In Translation: Why is her story being covered up? (Dallas Morning News 2/17/08)
American concentration camps explored (Populist America 3/1/08)
The North American Union Farce (CounterPunch 2/28/08)
New bill would allow police misconduct to be hidden from public (local KUTV 2, Utah 2/10/08)
DC police monitoring surveillance cameras (Washington Post 2/10/08)
I Spent Two Years in a Metal Cage at Guantanamo Bay (Worchester News, UK 2/13/08)
“The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.” – Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943


2/27/08: American Fascism Update: Prison Camps, Rendition and Guantanamo

2/11/08: Global War Of Terrorism News 

2/11/08: The Torture Tap Dance and the Progression of the American Police State 

1/21/08: Fascist News: Torture Tapes, FEMA Camps, RFID, Real ID, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo and more 

1/16/08: Keeping Track of the Fascists: Edmonds, Orwell, Sudden Jihad Syndrome and more 

12/31/07: Top American Fascist News