Sunday, December 11, 2011

Obama Raises the Military Stakes: Confrontation on the Borders with China and Russia


American sheep unaware that their fearless leader Obama/God and his satanic sidekick Clinton are totally, criminally insane

Global Research
By Prof. James Petras12/10/2011

Introduction

After suffering major military and political defeats in bloody ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, failing to buttress long-standing clients in Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia and witnessing the disintegration of puppet regimes in Somalia and South Sudan, the Obama regime has learned nothing: Instead he has turned toward greater military confrontation with global powers, namely Russia and China. Obama has adopted a provocative offensive military strategy right on the frontiers of both China and Russia .

    After going from defeat to defeat on the periphery of world power and not satisfied with running treasury-busting deficits in pursuit of empire building against economically weak countries, Obama has embraced a policy of encirclement and provocations against China, the world’s second largest economy and the US’s most important creditor, and Russia, the European Union’s principle oil and gas provider and the world’s second most powerful nuclear weapons power.

Obama:  Traitor, loser, madman
This paper addresses the Obama regime’s highly irrational and world-threatening escalation of imperial militarism. We examine the global military, economic and domestic political context that gives rise to these policies. We then examine the multiple points of conflict and intervention in which Washington is engaged, from Pakistan , Iran , Libya , Venezuela , Cuba and beyond. We will then analyze the rationale for military escalation against Russia and China as part of a new offensive moving beyond the Arab world ( Syria , Libya ) and in the face of the declining economic position of the EU and the US in the global economy. We will then outline the strategies of a declining empire, nurtured on perpetual wars, facing global economic decline, domestic discredit and a working population reeling from the long-term, large-scale dismantling of its basic social programs.

The Turn from Militarism in the Periphery to Global Military Confrontation

     November 2011 is a moment of great historical import: Obama declared two major policy positions, both having tremendous strategic consequences affecting competing world powers.

   Obama pronounced a policy of military encirclement of China based on stationing a maritime and aerial armada facing the Chinese coast – an overt policy designed to weaken and disrupt China ’s access to raw materials and commercial and financial ties in Asia . Obama’s declaration that Asia is the priority region for US military expansion, base-building and economic alliances was directed against China , challenging Beijing in its own backyard. Obama’s iron fist policy statement, addressed to the Australian Parliament, was crystal clear in defining US imperial goals.

    “Our enduring interests in the region [Asia Pacific] demands our enduring presence in this region … The United States is a Pacific power and we are here to stay … As we end today’s wars [i.e. the defeats and retreats from Iraq and Afghanistan]... I have directed my national security team to make our presence and missions in the Asia Pacific a top priority … As a result, reduction in US defense spending will not … come at the expense of the Asia Pacific” (CNN.com, Nov. 16, 2011).

 Obama, like Bush in 2002, threatened Australian Parliament
The precise nature of what Obama called our “presence and mission” was underlined by the new military agreement with Australia to dispatch warships, warplanes and 2500 marines to the northern most city of Australia ( Darwin ) directed at China . Secretary of State Clinton has spent the better part of 2011 making highly provocative overtures to Asian countries that have maritime border conflicts with China . Clinton has forcibly injected the US into these disputes, encouraging and exacerbating the demands of Vietnam , Philippines , and Brunei in the South China Sea . Even more seriously, Washington is bolstering its military ties and sales with Japan , Taiwan , Singapore and South Korea , as well as increasing the presence of battleships, nuclear submarines and over flights of war planes along China ’s coastal waters. In line with the policy of military encirclement and provocation, the Obama-Clinton regime is promoting Asian multi-lateral trade agreements that exclude China and privilege US multi-national corporations, bankers and exporters, dubbed the “Trans-Pacific Partnership”. It currently includes mostly smaller countries, but Obama has hopes of enticing Japan and Canada to join …

   Obama’s presence at the APEC meeting of East Asian leader and his visit to Indonesia in November 2011 all revolve around efforts to secure US hegemony. Obama-Clinton hope to counter the relative decline of US economic links in the face of the geometrical growth of trade and investment ties between East Asia and China .

   A most recent example of Obama-Clinton’s delusional, but destructive, efforts to deliberately disrupt China ’s economic ties in Asia, is taking place in Myanmar ( Burma ). Clinton ’s December 2011 visit to Myanmar was preceded by a decision by the Thein Sein regime to suspend a China Power Investment-funded dam project in the north of the country. According to official confidential documents released by WilkiLeaks the “Burmese NGO’s, which organized and led the campaign against the dam, were heavily funded by the US government”(Financial Times, Dec. 2, 2011, p. 2). This and other provocative activity and Clinton ’s speeches condemning Chinese “tied aid” pale in comparison with the long-term, large-scale interests which link Myanmar with China . China is Myanmar ’s biggest trading partner and investor, including six other dam projects. Chinese companies are building new highways and rail lines across the country, opening southwestern China up for Burmese products and China is constructing oil pipelines and ports. There is a powerful dynamic of mutual economic interests that will not be disturbed by one dispute (FT, December 2, 2011, p.2). Clinton’s critique of China’s billion-dollar investments in Myanmar’s infrastructure is one of the most bizarre in world history, coming in the aftermath of Washington’s brutal eight-year military presence in Iraq which destroyed $500 billion dollars of Iraqi infrastructure, according to Baghdad official estimates. Only a delusional administration could imagine that rhetorical flourishes, a three day visit and the bankrolling of an NGO is an adequate counter-weight to deep economic ties linking Myanmar to China . The same delusional posture underlies the entire repertoire of policies informing the Obama regime’s efforts to displace China ’s predominant role in Asia .

Clinton:  Psychotic, power mad narcissist
While any one policy adopted by the Obama regime does not, in itself, present an immediate threat to peace, the cumulative impact of all these policy pronouncements and the projections of military power add up to an all out comprehensive effort to isolate, intimidate and degrade China’s rise as a regional and global power. Military encirclement and alliances, exclusion of China in proposed regional economic associations, partisan intervention in regional maritime disputes and positioning technologically advanced warplanes, are all aimed to undermine China ’s competitiveness and to compensate for US economic inferiority via closed political and economic networks.

    Clearly White House military and economic moves and US Congressional anti-China demagogy are aimed at weakening China ’s trading position and forcing its business-minded leaders into privileging US banking and business interests over and above their own enterprises. Pushed to its limits, Obama’s prioritizing a big military push could lead to a catastrophic rupture in US-Chinese economic relations. This would result in dire consequences, especially but not exclusively, on the US economy and particularly its financial system. China holds over $1.5 trillion dollars in US debt, mainly Treasury Notes, and each year purchases from $200 to $300 billion in new issues, a vital source in financing the US deficit. If Obama provokes a serious threat to China ’s security interests and Beijing is forced to respond, it will not be military but economic retaliation: the sell-off of a few hundred billion dollars in T-notes and the curtailment of new purchases of US debt. The US deficit will skyrocket, its credit ratings will descend to ‘junk’, and the financial system will ‘tremble onto collapse’. Interest rates to attract new buyers of US debt will approach double digits. Chinese exports to the US will suffer and losses will incur due to the devaluation of the T-notes in Chinese hands. China has been diversifying its markets around the world and its huge domestic market could probably absorb most of what China loses abroad in the course of a pull-back from the US market.

    While Obama strays across the Pacific to announce his military threats to China and strives to economically isolate China from the rest of Asia, the US economic presence is fast fading in what used to be its “backyard”: Quoting one Financial Times journalist, “China is the only show [in town] for Latin America” (Financial Times, Nov. 23, 2011, p.6). China has displaced the US and the EU as Latin America’s principle trading partner; Beijing has poured billions in new investments and provides low interest loans.

    China’s trade with India , Indonesia , Japan , Pakistan and Vietnam is increasing at a far faster rate than that of the US . The US effort to build an imperial-centered security alliance in Asia is based on fragile economic foundations. Even Australia , the anchor and linchpin of the US military thrust in Asia, is heavily dependent on mineral exports to China . Any military interruption would send the Australian economy into a tailspin.

ASEAN  (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
    
    The US economy is in no condition to replace China as a market for Asian or Australian commodity and manufacturing exports. The Asian countries must be acutely aware that there is no future advantage in tying themselves to a declining, highly militarized, empire. Obama and Clinton deceive themselves if they think they can entice Asia into a long-term alliance. The Asian’s are simply using the Obama regime’s friendly overtures as a ‘tactical device’, a negotiating ploy, to leverage better terms in securing maritime and territorial boundaries with China .

    Washington is delusional if it believes that it can convince Asia to break long-term large-scale lucrative economic ties to China in order to join an exclusive economic association with such dubious prospects. Any ‘reorientation’ of Asia, from China to the US , would require more than the presence of an American naval and airborne armada pointed at China . It would require the total restructuring of the Asian countries’ economies, class structure and political and military elite. The most powerful economic entrepreneurial groups in Asia have deep and growing ties with China/Hong Kong, especially among the dynamic transnational Chinese business elites in the region. A turn toward Washington entails a massive counter-revolution, which substitutes colonial ‘traders’ (compradors) for established entrepreneurs. A turn to the US would require a dictatorial elite willing to cut strategic trading and investment linkages, displacing millions of workers and professionals. As much as some US-trained Asian military officers , economists and former Wall Street financiers and billionaires might seek to ‘balance’ a US military presence with Chinese economic power, they must realize that ultimately advantage resides in working out an Asian solution.

    The age of Asian “comprador capitalists”, willing to sell out national industry and sovereignty in exchange for privileged access to US markets, is ancient history. Whatever the boundless enthusiasm for conspicuous consumerism and Western lifestyles, which Asia and China’s new rich mindlessly celebrate, whatever the embrace of inequalities and savage capitalist exploitation of labor, there is recognition that the past history of US and European dominance precluded the growth and enrichment of an indigenous bourgeoisie and middle class. The speeches and pronouncements of Obama and Clinton reek of nostalgia for a past of neo-colonial overseers and comprador collaborators – a mindless delusion. Their attempts at political realism, in finally recognizing Asia as the economic pivot of the present world order, takes a bizarre turn in imagining that military posturing and projections of armed force will reduce China to a marginal player in the region.

Delusional lunatic:  Obama dreams of war... any war
Obama’s Escalation of Confrontation with Russia

The Obama regime has launched a major frontal military thrust on Russia ’s borders. The US has moved forward missile sites and Air Force bases in Poland, Rumania, Turkey, Spain, Czech Republic and Bulgaria: Patriot PAC-3 anti-aircraft missile complexes in Poland; advanced radar AN/TPY-2 in Turkey; and several missile (SM-3 IA) loaded warships in Spain are among the prominent weapons encircling Russia, most only minutes away from it strategic heartland. Secondly, the Obama regime has mounted an all-out effort to secure and expand US military bases in Central Asia among former Soviet republics. Thirdly, Washington , via NATO, has launched major economic and military operations against Russia ’s major trading partners in North Africa and the Middle East . The NATO war against Libya , which ousted the Gadhafi regime, has paralyzed or nullified multi-billion dollar Russian oil and gas investments, arms sales and substituted a NATO puppet for the former Russia-friendly regime.

    The UN-NATO economic sanctions and US-Israeli clandestine terrorist activity aimed at Iran has undermined Russia ’s lucrative billion-dollar nuclear trade and joint oil ventures. NATO, including Turkey , backed by the Gulf monarchical dictatorships, has implemented harsh sanctions and funded terrorist assaults on Syria , Russia ’s last remaining ally in the region and where it has a sole naval facility (Tartus) on the Mediterranean Sea . Russia ’s previous collaboration with NATO in weakening its own economic and security position is a product of the monumental misreading of NATO and especially Obama’s imperial policies. Russian President Medvedev and his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov mistakenly assumed (like Gorbachev and Yeltsin before them) that backing US-NATO policies against Russia ’s trading partners would result in some sort of “reciprocity”: US dismantling its offensive “missile shield” on its frontiers and support for Russia ’s admission into the World Trade Organization. Medvedev, following his liberal pro-western illusions, fell into line and backed US-Israeli sanctions against Iran , believing the tales of a “nuclear weapons programs”. Then Lavrov fell for the NATO line of “no fly zones to protect Libyan civilian lives” and voted in favor, only to feebly “protest”, much too late, that NATO was “exceeding its mandate” by bombing Libya into the Middle Ages and installing a pro-NATO puppet regime of rogues and fundamentalists. Finally when the US aimed a cleaver at Russia’s heartland by pushing ahead with an all-out effort to install missile launch sites 5 minutes by air from Moscow while organizing mass and armed assaults on Syria, did the Medvedev-Lavrov duet awake from its stupor and oppose UN sanctions. Medvedev threatened to abandon the nuclear missile reduction treaty (START) and to place medium-range missiles with 5 minute launch-time from Berlin , Paris and London .

Russian ICBM
Medvedev-Lavrov’s policy of consolidation and co-operation based on Obama’s rhetoric of “resetting relations” invited aggressive empire building: Each capitulation led to a further aggression. As a result, Russia is surrounded by missiles on its western frontier; it has suffered losses among its major trading partners in the Middle East and faces US bases in southwest and Central Asia.

Belatedly Russian officials have moved to replace the delusional Medvedev for the realist Putin, as next President. This shift to a political realist has predictably evoked a wave of hostility toward Putin in all the Western media. Obama’s aggressive policy to isolate Russia by undermining independent regimes has, however, not affected Russia ’s status as a nuclear weapons power. It has only heightened tensions in Europe and perhaps ended any future chance of peaceful nuclear weapons reduction or efforts to secure a UN Security Council consensus on issues of peaceful conflict resolution. Washington , under Obama-Clinton, has turned Russia from a pliant client to a major adversary.

    Putin looks to deepening and expanding ties with the East, namely China , in the face of threats from the West. The combination of Russian advanced weapons technology and energy resources and Chinese dynamic manufacturing and industrial growth are more than a match for crisis-ridden EU-USA economies wallowing in stagnation.

    Obama’s military confrontation toward Russia will greatly prejudice access to Russian raw materials and definitively foreclose any long-term strategic security agreement, which would be useful in lowering the deficit and reviving the US economy.

Between Realism and Delusion: Obama’s Strategic Realignment

   Obama’s recognition that the present and future center of political and economic power is moving inexorably to Asia , was a flash of political realism. After a lost decade of pouring hundreds of billions of dollars in military adventures on the margins and periphery of world politics, Washington has finally discovered that is not where the fate of nations, especially Great Powers, will be decided, except in a negative sense – of bleeding resources over lost causes. Obama’s new realism and priorities apparently are now focused on Southeast and Northeast Asia, where dynamic economies flourish, markets are growing at a double digit rate, investors are ploughing tens of billions in productive activity and trade is expanding at three times the rate of the US and the EU.

    But Obama’s ‘New Realism’ is blighted by entirely delusional assumptions, which undermine any serious effort to realign US policy.

    In the first place Obama’s effort to ‘enter’ into Asia is via a military build-up and not through a sharpening and upgrading of US economic competitiveness. What does the US produce for the Asian countries that will enhance its market share? Apart from arms, airplanes and agriculture, the US has few competitive industries. The US would have to comprehensively re-orient its economy, upgrade skilled labor, and transfer billions from “security” and militarism to applied innovations. But Obama works within the current military-Zionist-financial complex: He knows no other and is incapable of breaking with it.

    Secondly, Obama-Clinton operate under the delusion that the US can exclude China or minimize its role in Asia, a policy that is undercut by the huge and growing investment and presence of all the major US multi-national corporations in China , who use it as an export platform to Asia and the rest of the world.

    The US military build-up and policy of intimidation will only force China to downgrade its role as creditor financing the US debt, a policy China can pursue because the US market, while still important, is declining, as China expands its presence in its domestic, Asian, Latin American and European markets.

    What once appeared to be New Realism is now revealed to be the recycling of Old Delusions: The notion that the US can return to being the supreme Pacific Power it was after World War Two. The US attempts to return to Pacific dominance under Obama-Clinton with a crippled economy, with the overhang of an over-militarized economy, and with major strategic handicaps: Over the past decade the United States foreign policy has been at the beck and call of Israel ’s fifth column (the Israel “lobby”). The entire US political class is devoid of common, practical sense and national purpose. They are immersed in troglodyte debates over “indefinite detentions” and “mass immigrant expulsions”. Worse, all are on the payrolls of private corporations who sell in the US and invest in China .

    Why would Obama abjure costly wars in the unprofitable periphery and then promote the same military metaphysics at the dynamic center of the world economic universe? Does Barack Obama and his advisers believe he is the Second Coming of Admiral Commodore Perry, whose 19th century warships and blockades forced Asia open to Western trade? Does he believe that military alliances will be the first stage to a subsequent period of privileged economic entry?

Admiral Commodore Perry
Does Obama believe that his regime can blockade China , as Washington did to Japan in the lead up to World War Two? It’s too late. China is much more central to the world economy, too vital even to the financing of the US debt, too bonded up with the Forbes Five Hundred multi-national corporations. To provoke China , to even fantasize about economic “exclusion” to bring down China , is to pursue policies that will totally disrupt the world economy, first and foremost the US economy!

Conclusion

    Obama’s ‘crackpot realism’, his shift from wars in the Muslim world to military confrontation in Asia , has no intrinsic worth and poses extraordinary extrinsic costs. The military methods and economic goals are totally incompatible and beyond the capacity of the US , as it is currently constituted. Washington ’s policies will not ‘weaken’ Russia or China , even less intimidate them. Instead it will encourage both to adopt more adversarial positions, making it less likely that they lend a hand to Obama’s sequential wars on behalf of Israel . Already Russia has sent warships to its Syrian port, refused to support an arms embargo against Syria and Iran and (in retrospect) criticized the NATO war against Libya . China and Russia have far too many strategic ties with the world economy to suffer any great losses from a series of US military outposts and “exclusive” alliances. Russia can aim just as many deadly nuclear missiles at the West as the US can mount from its bases in Eastern Europe .

Criminally insane:  fruitcake Obama
In other words, Obama’s military escalation will not change the nuclear balance of power, but will bring Russia and China into a closer and deeper alliance. Gone are the days of Kissinger-Nixon’s “divide and conquer” strategy pitting US-Chinese trade agreements against Russian arms. Washington has a totally exaggerated significance of the current maritime spats between China and its neighbors. What unites them in economic terms is far more important in the medium and long-run. China ’s Asian economic ties will erode any tenuous military links to the US .

    Obama’s “crackpot realism”, views the world market through military lenses. Military arrogance toward Asia has led to a rupture with Pakistan , its most compliant client regime in South Asia . NATO deliberately slaughtered 24 Pakistani soldiers and thumbed their nose at the Pakistani generals, while China and Russia condemned the attack and gained influence.

   In the end, the military and exclusionary posture to China will fail. Washington will overplay its hand and frighten its business-oriented erstwhile Asian partners, who only want to play-off a US military presence to gain tactical economic advantage. They certainly do not want a new US instigated ‘Cold War’ dividing and weakening the dynamic intra-Asian trade and investment. Obama and his minions will quickly learn that Asia ’s current leaders do not have permanent allies - only permanent interests. In the final analysis, China figures prominently in configuring a new Asia-centric world economy. Washington may claim to have a ‘permanent Pacific presence’ but until it demonstrates it can take care of its “basic business at home”, like arranging its own finances and balancing its current account deficits, the US Naval command may end up renting its naval facilities to Asian exporters and shippers, transporting goods for them, and protecting them by pursuing pirates, contrabandists and narco-traffickers.

    Come to think about it, Obama might reduce the US trade deficit with Asia by renting out the Seventh Fleet to patrol the Straits, instead of wasting US taxpayer money bullying successful Asian economic powers.

James Petras is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by James Petras.

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Indonesia's Gamalama Volcano Erupts, Thousands Flee


Indonesia is experiencing a sharp rise in volcanic activity

The 5th Estate
By Robert S. Finnegan
12/11/2011

Indonesia's 1,875 yard high Mount Gamalama volcano on Ternate island to continues to spew ash on Sunday, causing further evacuations of the surrounding areas. There have been no reports of casualties.

Mt. Gamalama
The city of Ternate has been enveloped in a cloud of ash and smoke since the newest volcanic eruption in Indonesia, which is experiencing a rash of volcanic activity.  The last eruption was in 2003.

Formerly one of the Spice Islands, Ternate villagers grow cloves on the foothills of Gamalama.  Cloves were of high value to the Dutch and Portuguese occupiers of Indonesia.

    The volcano's status remains on the second highest level.

    Flights from the airport have been grounded and thousands of residents who live on the base of the volcano have taken shelter in a former government building .

   Officials said more than 1,200 people from villages on the slopes of mountain are living in five shelters.

    One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, Mt. Gamalama has an extensive record of eruptions dating back to the 16th century.

    Indonesia straddles the Pacific "Ring of Fire," and experiences frequent natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis. 

      Cloves are one of the spices that led the Portuguese and Dutch to settle here several centuries ago and Ternate City is the business centre for a nickle mining island group.


 
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Indonesian Crown, defence appeal Canadian's espionage sentence


Foreigners have to learn that Indonesia vigorously prosecutes law breakers; van Lee knew he was committing crime

The Vancouver Sun
12/08/2011

VANCOUVER —

Both the prosecution and defence are appealing the prison sentence given to a Canadian engineer convicted of corporate espionage in a precedent-setting case in Indonesia.

    Immediately after the Dec. 2 decision, Rick van Lee's lawyers appealed the verdict and the three-year sentence, joined by the Indonesian prosecution which — according to van Lee's defence team — also appealed the sentence due to its severity.

The paper mill
"Even the prosecutor pressed for one year," van Lee's lawyer, Rico Pandeirot, said from Jakarta. "Then the judge gave — this is unusual — a higher sentence than recommended by the prosecution."

Pandeirot said the sentence might have been because the charge, which prohibits stealing or altering electronic documents belonging to others, has few, if any, legal precedents in the southeast Asian country.

    "I think this is the first time they've charged it in Indonesia, because the (law) is quite new," said Pandeirot, who has practised law in Indonesia for 16 years.

    In May, Rick van Lee, 63, was accused by his employers — a branch of Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL Group), one of the largest pulp-and-paper producers in Southeast Asia — of illegally copying sensitive company information.

    Pandeirot expects van Lee's appeal will be heard within a few months by a higher court in the city of Pekanbaru on the island of Sumatra. If that appeal fails, Pandeirot said he remains confident the Supreme Court in the nation's capital will exonerate his client.

Van Lee
According to Pandeirot, under Indonesian law defendants must have an appeal heard 400 days from the time of arrest and charging or be released from custody as they await any further judgment.

Van Lee has spent less than half that time, 150 days, under arrest, but it has deeply affected him, Pandeirot said.

     "Physically and mentally he's been tortured by the situation."

    Van Lee suffered a minor stroke and lost 20 kilograms while in custody. Though he is out of the hospital and now being held at a detention facility in Pekanbaru, Pandeirot said the situation is still just as bad for van Lee and his wife Nieves (Maria) Navarro.

    Navarro moved into a small apartment in Pekanbaru to be closer to her husband, whom she visits regularly.

    "We feel devastated," Navarro said, when reached in Pekanbaru. "After the (prosecution) asked for one year we didn't expect that verdict. I wonder how (we're) going to overcome this."

    She said her husband has fallen into a deep depression, and has to take medication to sleep.

     "He feels weak, tired," Navarro said. "Our lives are upside down."

    According to Timothy Inkiriwang, another of van Lee's lawyers, APRIL Group confiscated van Lee's and Navarro's car and, as of May 31, they were placed under house arrest for six weeks, guarded by private security staff in the company's residential compound in Kerinci, Sumatra.

Foreign loggers participate in illegal deforestation
  
     Van Lee had plans to relocate to Vancouver for a new job with a different company.

    APRIL denies preventing the couple from leaving the compound, and said van Lee was collaborating illegally with a competitor.

    Inkiriwang told The Vancouver Sun last month that Canadian consular officials were not attending van Lee's hearings. Since then, a pair of Canadian officials appeared in court on Nov. 14, he said.

    After van Lee's conviction, a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade declined to comment, but said consular officials in Indonesia are aware of the situation.

    Inkiriwang said he feared van Lee didn't get a fair trial.

    "(The injustice) shows by the lack of evidence and the awful handling of the case by the police investigators."

Deforestation on Sumatra
Inkiriwang said the judges acted as if they were public prosecutors, questioning witnesses and van Lee directly. The police failed to perform digital forensics on van Lee's computer, a key piece of evidence in the trial, he said, adding that the external data storage devices in question were mishandled by investigators.

    "The laptop and USB (drive) . . . wasn't confiscated from Rick, but from the company," he said last month. "The right procedure . . . is that the evidence should be confiscated from the person that owns it."

    APRIL spokeswoman Jamie Menon said in an email they found evidence of several months' worth of collaboration with a direct competitor by van Lee. That discovery triggered an internal company investigation, which led APRIL to involve the police.

    At no point were van Lee or his wife prevented from leaving the compound or meeting with his lawyers, she said.

    Inkiriwang disputed that claim, saying "Rick was not allowed to leave the company's compound, even during the time when we . . . came to visit him. They (APRIL'S security) escorted us to the hotel inside the complex, and brought Rick and his wife there to meet us. We couldn't even meet outside of the complex until it (was) time to be interviewed by the police."







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Returnees fear Fukushima's invisible touch


Japanese and Obama administration continue to lie about radiation releases; should be charged with Crimes Against Humanity

Asia Times
By Donald Kirk
12/09/2011

MINAMISOMA, Japan -

The lugubrious notes of Silent Night wafted from an outdoor sound system on the near-empty main street to the station of this coastal city on the northern edge of the 20-kilometer "exclusion zone" around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The doleful refrain set the tone for a community that exists in endless doubts about recovery from radiation nearly nine months after the tsunami of March 11 inundated the plant with torrents of sea water.

     At a factory that salvages old and wrecked cars just outside the barriers on the road down the coast to the plant, a digital display in the office flashed the numbers -0.10 and 0.22 - highs and lows of micro-sieverts. "That’s well within the safety limit," a young woman in the factory's overseas marketing department assured me. "We are safe here."

Fukoshima CONTINUES to BURN AND SMOKE
For all such assurances, though, nobody really believes bad stuff
is no longer floating through the clear cold air or lapping up on the innocent looking shores beyond the concrete breakwater over which 40-foot waves surged that day, wiping out an entire district down the slope from the factory.

     "It's invisible substances," said Sumiko Goto, a manager of a hotel filled with engineers, officials and construction workers who've been there for months cleaning up the wreckage that inundated everything within a kilometer of the shoreline. "It's in the air, in the river, on the walls," she said. "People are very anxious about the situation. Radioactive substances come from the ground, from the river bottom."

     Uncertain reports daily fuel the fears. One day people hear of a leak through which radioactive water is pouring into the sea, poisoning the fish that are a staple of everyone's diet. Next, there are stories of emissions of radioactive xenon gas and then a reading of radioactive cesium in powdered milk - enough for the Meiji Company to recall 400,000 cans of it this week "so people can feel their infants are safe".

    All the while officials talk of an imminent "cold shutdown" of the reactors, the stage at which at last the water for cooling the nuclear fuel rods is no longer boiling - and therefore not capable of reheating the fuel.

    It's all very confusing, so much so that only 40,000 of the 70,000 people who once inhabited this city have returned. About 13,000 of them lived in a ward within the 20-kilometer zone, meaning they can't stay in their old homes and need permission to go back and retrieve their belongings.

At City Hall, Koshin Ogai, a young tax official, shared his fears. Ogai, originally from Osaka in western Japan, moved here a few years ago after marrying a local woman but sent his wife and their two children to his parents after explosions at the Fukushima first spread the fear of radiation. "I don't permit them to come back," he said. "I don't think the record here is safe."

     But what about all those assurances about the levels of radioactivity having fallen well within safe limits, I asked him. His answer was prompt. "The government is a liar."

     And how, I pressed, could he as a government employee, talk so frankly? "I work for the local government," he said, not the national government."

     One reason Ogai does not hesitate to express such views is that his top boss, Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai, gained fame after the tsunami for pleading with the government to assist with food and medicine.

     "We are left isolated," said Mayor Sakurai in a lengthy harangue, posted on You Tube in April with English subtitles. "We are facing difficulty of even distributing necessary goods ... Please support us. We ask for your help, volunteers to transport supplies." People were "drying up as if on starvation," he said. "We would like to ak for gas and petrol as well."

The Japanese don't trust their government to give them the truth
Most alarming, for the city's long-term future, was the fear of the unknown, of disease that might strike years later. "Local officials are now fighting the threat of radiation," the mayor said at the time. "Please give us your help to get over this extreme difficulty together."

     By now the city is on its way to partial recovery. Shops have slowly come to life, schools reopened in October and rail services resumed this month going north. Encouraging though such signs may appear, they suggest only partial recovery. Business is slow. Only a few people drift in and out of food stores. A number of restaurants remain closed or on limited hours.

     As for the railroad, the trains are not expected for many years to go south to Tokyo, once a three-hour run through a densely populated region. "The railroad fears radioactive substances passing by the Fukushima plant," said one person to whom I spoke. "They can't enter the area."

    Going north, the trains can only go as far as Soma, about 30 miles up the coast. Beyond that, on the way to the important port city of Sendai, the tsunami tore up the tracks, flinging aside all the cars on a four-car train whose passengers had luckily evacuated after the earthquake but before the waves completed the damage.

Japan and U.S. will be responsible for millions of deaths Worldwide
Mayor Sakurai is still asking volunteers to help while accusing central government officials and contractors of moving too slowly.

People say TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, is slow to provide compensation.

     Bicycling through a ravaged flatland up to the sea wall, I saw women carrying vinyl bags as they looked for whatever might remained of the slightest value. Bulldozers and cranes pushed up heaps of rubble, twisted bits of vehicles and shattered homes. At the base of the seawall, I saw frayed soccer balls and broken chairs for infants. I picked up a baseball whose cover had somehow been entirely torn off.

   "Imagine, if your house were along the ocean, you would want to find something," said Sumiko Goto, the hotel manager who had rented me my bicycle, but I wondered how much of value could still be there. About 40 people died in that district on March 11 - a microcosm of the 20,000 dead or missing from the entire disaster, including 1,200 dead or missing from this city alone.

      At City Hall, Ogai said no one will be able to rebuild so close to the sea even though a tsunami only occurs every few hundred years. "That's impossible," he said. "No one knows if a tsunami attacks again"

     The lobby of the City Hall now is crowded with people looking for relief payments while Ogai fends off complaints about taxes the city is still levying on residents. "Many people call and ask, why do we impose taxes," he said. "My answer is the nuclear accident and the tax incident are separated." As a concession, he added, "We have a policy to reduce taxes."

     Ogai may be more concerned about the expense of monthly flights from Sendai to Osaka to see his family. "I request compensation from TEPCO. I often call the call center of TEPCO." The operator says, 'I am not sure'," said Ogai. "That is always the answer" - about as vague as responses to when TEPCO will finish cleaning up the nuke plant or what will be the impact of radiation on people 10, 20 or 30 years from now.

Donald Kirk, a long-time journalist in Asia, is author of the newly published Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine.
  
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Risk of Israel/U.S. strike on Iran has tripled: Barclays Capital


Complacent World citizens make U.S./Israel attack on Iran a certainty

Reuters
By David Sheppard
12/10/2011

The chance of a military strike on Iran has roughly tripled in the past year, the senior geopolitical risk analyst at Barclays Capital said on Thursday.

    New York-based analyst Helina Croft, writing in a note titled ‘Blowback: Assessing the fallout from the Iranian sanctions’, said even increased sanctions without an all-out military strike was increasing the risk of a spike in oil prices.

“In terms of supply-demand balances for the oil market, an oil embargo or sanctions on the Iranian central bank would essentially lead to a dislocation in trade flows, rather than lost outright production… However, the effect on oil prices could be significantly different.”

Croft said increased sanctions from the U.S. and European Union targeting Iran’s oil sector and central bank would likely, initially, have the primary effect of driving its oil exports east to Asia.

    “If EU sanctions on Iranian oil were aimed at significantly reducing the flow of revenues to Tehran, they would perhaps seem no more likely to be successful than U.S. sanctions have been since 1988,” the note said.

   “An inevitable knock-on effect of an EU embargo would be to push more Iranian oil eastward, without removing Iran’s ability to market all its crude available to export. In other words, the concentration of Iran’s buyers would increase, but the total volume would not be affected.”

   Croft and Sen argued European refiners in the Mediterranean would be hardest hit by an increase in sanctions as they would be forced to scramble to find alternative sources of crude. Greece, in particular, has found the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) one of the few suppliers willing to provide it with crude on “open credit”.

  On Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States was considering all options on Iran and would work with allies, including Israel, to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

    Iran says its nuclear program is only to meet energy needs, and is not aimed at acquiring nuclear weapons.

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US vacates Shamsi Airbase in Pakistan


U.S. military needs to be sent home from all foreign bases

Press TV
12/10/2011

The Pakistani government has taken control of an airbase after it ordered the United States to vacate the airfield following a deadly US-led airstrike against Pakistani troops.

    Most of the US military personnel have vacated Shamsi Airbase, which is located in the country's southwest, on Saturday, Pakistan's Geo television reported.

Shamsi Airbase
The airbase was used for covert CIA drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions and military operations in Afghanistan for nearly 10 years. Pakistan had previously told the US to leave the site in June.
 
 
   An American cargo plane is still parked at the airbase to transfer the remaining personnel and equipment, according to the report.

    The US has shifted five spy aircraft from Shamsi airbase to Afghanistan. US officials dismantled fiber-made residential barracks which had been built for military personnel.

   Last week, Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf RazaGilani announced that Washington would vacate the Pakistani airbase by Dec. 11.

    Pakistan ordered the evacuation after a US-led airstrike killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers and wounded dozens of others in Pakistan's northwestern region of Mohmand Agency in November.

    In reaction to the attack, Islamabad also blocked dozens of trucks carrying goods and fuel supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan and ordered a review of all arrangements with the US and NATO, including diplomatic, political, military and intelligence activities.

AGB/HGH

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UK Isolated in Europe After Summit Veto


England refuses to go down with sinking ship of Eurozone; if Euro falls, Europe will be cheap place to live for Americans, dollar will jump in value as reserve currency

Agency France-Presse
By Richard Carter
12/10/2011

Britain stands out in the cold in Europe after Prime Minister David Cameron, facing rising euroscepticism at home, blocked EU treaty changes at a summit designed to save the eurozone.

    Initially able to count on Hungary, Sweden and the Czech Republic as fellow naysayers, London has found itself completely isolated by the end of the summit, with the other 26 EU nations signed up to a pact for greater fiscal discipline.

 Determined to safeguard the powerful City of London from EU regulation, Cameron on Friday said he took a "tough but good" decision to block changes to the treaty presented by Germany and France as the best way to solve the euro debt crisis.

    Britain stands out in the cold in Europe after Prime Minister David Cameron, facing rising euroscepticism at home, blocked EU treaty changes at a summit designed to save the eurozone.

    Initially able to count on Hungary, Sweden and the Czech Republic as fellow naysayers, London has found itself completely isolated by the end of the summit, with the other 26 EU nations signed up to a pact for greater fiscal discipline.

    Determined to safeguard the powerful City of London from EU regulation, Cameron on Friday said he took a "tough but good" decision to block changes to the treaty presented by Germany and France as the best way to solve the euro debt crisis.

    "I said before coming to Brussels that if I couldn't get adequate safeguards for Britain in a new EU treaty then I wouldn't agree to it. What is on offer isn't in Britain interests, so I didn't agree to it."

    A defiant Cameron said the euro was the divisive factor. "Britain is out of it and will remain out of it," he said.

    While Cameron later denied that Britain was excluding itself from the EU, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said Britain was isolated following the tense summit.

    "Cameron made demands that were unacceptable, even to me," Monti told reporters. "Britain has shut itself out. It will be in certain isolation.

    "It will have an impact on its influence and this displeases me because it is good to have a counter-weight to countries like France."

Satanic alliance:  Sarkozy and Merkel
But European power broker Angela Merkel seemed more relaxed about London's intransigence. "The British were already not in the euro and in that respect, we are used to this situation," said the German chancellor.

EU president Herman Van Rompuy said it was "unfortunate" that all 27 could not move forward together but added: "We will make the best of it."

    Cameron's reluctance to sign up to a deal was due in large part to pressure from both his own MPs and the right-wing press back in Britain who have been urging him to hold a referendum on any treaty change.

    In October, Cameron suffered the largest rebellion of his premiership when 79 Tory MPs voted in favour of a referendum on Britain's relationship with Europe.

    On Thursday, several Tory MPs compared him to Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who signed the 1938 pact of appeasement with Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler.

    The mass-selling Sun newspaper rolled out World War II comparisons, with mocked-up pictures of Cameron alternatively as Chamberlain and "bulldog spirit" Winston Churchill.

    The broadsheet Independent said Cameron was "isolated," and used cartoon imagery of him in wartime fatigues, waving the white flag as a zeppelin in the image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel approaches.

    And Cameron's actions have fuelled calls from eurosceptics for Britain to leave the bloc entirely.

    One tricky issue thrown up by the British "no" is whether the grouping of the other 26 can use the EU institutions - such as the European Commission and the European Court of Justice - to serve its aims.

    "We will insist that the EU institutions, the court and the commission, work for all 27 nations of the EU," Cameron told reporters.

Cameron no fool, UK will not go down with sinking ship
A leading British member of the European parliament from the Liberal group, Andrew Duff, bemoaned Cameron's decision, saying it would actually be "hugely damaging to the British national interest."

"It is perverse to blame other countries for not wishing to cooperate with the UK, when it is the UK which has opted out of the euro and so many other aspects of life in the European Union," said Duff.

    Analyst Sony Kapoor from the Redefine think-tank said it was a "sad day for British diplomacy".

    "Mr Cameron overplayed his hand and his bluff was called... no matter what happens now, the UK has isolated itself and lost critical influence for no gain whatsoever," said Kapoor.

    But Foreign Minister William Hague denied Britain would be shut out after the summit and hit back at claims London's stand would lead to a multi-speed Europe.

    "One could debate who would move at a faster speed, and certainly no one should make the assumption that the eurozone moves at a faster speed than the United Kingdom," Hague told BBC radio.

    Some eurosceptic commentators appeared proud of Britain's isolation.

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WAYNE MADSEN REPORT : Iran letter to UN; Ugandan opposition front letter


America would be rich and at peace if it would just get the hell out of other countries

Wayne Madsen Report
By Wayne Madsen
11/09/2011

The following is Iran's letter to the UN Security Council and General Assembly on the U.S. spy drone brought down over Iran:

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

No. 1396 8 December 2011

Excellency,

Upon instructions from my Government, I have the honor to draw your kind attention to the provocative and covert operations against the Islamic Republic of Iran by the United States Government, which have increased and intensified in recent months.

In the continuation of such trend, recently, an American RQ-170 unmanned spy plane, bearing a specific serial number, violated Iran 's air space. This plane flied 250 Kilometers deep into Iranian territory up to the northern region of the city of Tabas , where it faced prompt and forceful action by the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This is not the only act of aggression and covert operation by the United States against the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the past, the Iranian Government lodged its strong protests against similar acts by submitting several Notes including Notes No. 164440 dated 29 October 2008 and No. 268483 dated 11 February 2009 to the Government of the United States .

My Government emphasizes that this blatant and unprovoked air violation by the United States Government is tantamount to an act of hostility against the Islamic Republic of Iran in clear contravention of international law, in particular, the basic tenets of the United Nations Charter. The Iranian Government expresses its strong protest over these violations and acts of aggression and warns against the destructive consequences of the recurrence of such acts. The Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its legitimate rights to take all necessary measures to protect its national sovereignty.

My Government, hereby, calls for the condemnation of such acts of aggression and requests for clear and effective measures to be taken to put an end to these dangerous and unlawful acts in line with the United Nations’ responsibilities to maintain international and regional peace and security, in accordance with the letter and spirit of the United Nations Charter.

I am sending identical letters to the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Security Council. It would be appreciated if this letter could be circulated as a document of the General Assembly under the agenda item 83 and of the Security Council.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Mohammad Khazaee
Ambassador
Permanent Representative

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations
New York

cc: H.E. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin
President of Security Council
United Nations, New York

cc: H.E. Mr. Nasser A. Al-Nasser
President of General Assembly
United Nations, New York


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The following was issued by the Uganda National Front, the opposition to the U.S.-supported Ugandan dictatorship:

UGANDA NATIONAL FRONT

Dictator Museveni of Uganda:
a Human Rights Violator and War Criminal.

Uganda has been ruled by a brutal dictator – Museveni - for 25 years during which time thousands of Ugandans have been killed by his killer squads mercilessly especially in the Northern and Eastern Uganda.

Museveni established dungeons around the country comically named “safe houses” where thousands of political opponents are tortured and killed, others kept there indefinitely.

Museveni has invaded neighboring countries, killing millions of people in Congo, Rwanda, Sudan and Kenya while continuing to receive U.S. military and financial aid.

A U.N. Commission accused Museveni of plundering Congo’s riches, killing and raping innocenent people in Congo. On December, 19, 2005, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) found Uganda (Museveni and his close military commanders) guilty of gross violation of human rights, international humanitarian laws governing conflicts and having committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. Hence, Uganda was fined $10.5 billions which they refused to pay. The U.N. Commission requested for a suspension of economic and military aid to Museveni’s regime as a result of that conviction.

Museveni presides over corruption, himself being the god-father of the cabal. Consequently, foreign aid which accounts for 65% of the national budget is siphoned off by Museveni’s family and their close associates. Among the foreign aid programs whose funds have been extensively embezzled are: Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis and The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) a U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of people suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. In 2010, PEPFAF gave Uganda $286.3 million most of which did not reach the intended recipients according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Uganda Parliament.

Museveni has staged sham elections in 1996, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011 during which his National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has committed the worst electoral fraud in the history of Uganda.

Museveni is now grooming his son – General Muhoozi to succeed him, thus creating a family dynasty.

The people of Uganda overwhelmingly want Museveni out of power now. Ugandans demand that the U.S. Government stop propping up this dictator; suspend financial and military assistance to Museveni’s regime. The U.S. Government should support the people of Uganda who want democratic governance, freedom and self determination in accordance with President Obama’s declaration in Accra, Ghana on July 11, 2009, that he will not tolerate dictators who cling onto power by manipulating elections and national constitutions which, Museveni does repeatedly.

Uganda National Front
P.O. Box 8174
Langley Park, MD 20787


Wayne MADSEN (USA)

Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. 

Wayne Madsen
 He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C. 
 





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