The World At a Crossroads: Helga Zepp-LaRouche Puts BRICS Option Before D.C. Audience

December 3, 2014

In a presentation to over 100 diplomats, policy-makers, and citizens in the nation's capital yesterday, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute, made an impassioned appeal for the United States to join in the process of building the World Land-Bridge, which is now underway under the leadership of China and other BRICS nations. The offer made by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the U.S. and Europe, to join in this process of development, is "a lifeboat for a bankrupt trans-Atlantic world," she said. For if the trans-Atlantic world stays on its present course, it is headed for confrontation with Russia and China—the path toward thermonuclear war.

During the course of her presentation, Mrs. LaRouche detailed the "blueprint" for development which has just been issued in the Special Report from Executive Intelligence Review, "The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge." She then elaborated on the physical economy theory of Lyndon LaRouche, on which the entire perspective was based, going into detail on the scientific concept of mankind's unique role in increasing the energy-flux density of his economy, and hence his power over nature.

As Mrs. LaRouche spoke, the stark choice which she was describing was playing out on the global scale.

From London, NATO, and the Obama administration came new threats of confrontation with Russia and China, based on the determination of the trans-Atlantic financial oligarchy to try to save their bankrupt system by subduing all sovereign nation states—and the BRICS process itself.

In contrast, the BRICS process was advancing in Eurasia, as shown in the inauguration of the second North-South Corridor from Russia to Iran, the new contract for high-speed rail between China and Malaysia, and the progress toward breaking ground on the new Nicaraguan trans-oceanic canal, on schedule for December 22.

By species, and in principle, the United States belongs in the new world being created by the BRICS, as Lyndon LaRouche has emphasized. The principle of Alexander Hamilton, of the Constitutional nation-state, once reactivated in the soul of the nation, provides the basis for the United States joining with the BRICS, in the global process of development. The way the BRICS process has spread optimism throughout the large majority of mankind, is emblematic of exactly what can happen in the U.S., and Europe, once the right decision is made.

Mrs. LaRouche's presentation yesterday, available here, will, as intended, make a major contribution to ensuring that right decision is made, in time.



Full House to Vote on Resolution Condemning Russia and Putin

In the spirit of the Empire's increasing drive for war, a House resolution introduced Nov. 18 by a freshman Congressman, "Strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin," is to be voted on by the full House Wednesday, Dec. 3.

H. Res. 758 was introduced just two weeks ago by Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), with three co-sponsors.

What does it say about Congress, that a throw-down-the-gauntlet resolution such as this can come to the floor of the House in 14 days, while a resolution from a fellow Republican, calling on the Obama regime to expose the still-hidden sources of global strife, can be buried for now a full year? It was exactly one year ago today that 10-term veteran Rep. Walter Jones introduced his H. Res. 428 (with now 20 co-sponsors), calling for the release of the still-secret 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11.

The vote on H. Res. 758 will be a telling test for the House and those who pull its Members' strings, for it is a resolution, in which, as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich wrote in an email today,

"The U.S. Congress is responding to the distortions, not to the reality."

The resolution has more than seven pages of Whereas's. Among other questionable contentions, the resolution condemns Russia for making and providing the missile that shot down Malaysian Flight 17, illegally occupying and annexing Crimea, infiltrating and attacking the computer networks of the U.S. government, and "conducting an aggressive propaganda effort in Ukraine in which false information is used to subvert the authority of the legitimate national government, undermine stability, promote ethnic dissension, and incite violence."

The "therefore be it Resolved" section goes on for another seven pages, saying that the House of Representatives

"calls on the President to provide the Government of Ukraine with defense articles, services and training required to effectively defend its territory and sovereignty,"

"urges the President to hold the Russian Federation accountable for violations of its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and to take action to bring the Russian Federation back into compliance with the Treaty,"

and on, and on.

After all these bellicose statements, the resolution concludes with this ya-right appeal: The House

"calls for the reestablishment of a close and cooperative relationship between the people of the United States and the Russian people based on the shared pursuit of democracy, human rights, and peace among all nations."

In Kucinich's piece, he wrote,

"the U.S. House will debate and vote on H. Res. 758 which is tantamount to a Declaration of Cold War against Russia, reciting a host of grievances, old and new, against Russia which represent complaints that Russia could well make against the U.S., given our nation's most recent military actions: Violating territorial integrity, violations of international law, violations of nuclear arms agreements. Congress solution? Restart the Cold War!"

He entitled his piece "No to War, Hot or Cold, With Russia."

Here is the Capitol Switchboard number: 202-224-3121. Call your Representative, right now, and tell them that if they don't shut this resolution down, they will be given full credit for what very well could be an irreversible step towards a nuclear third World War with Russia.

Former CIA Analyst Pillar: Much of Russia's Policy Is Reaction to NATO Expansion in Ukraine

Paul Pillar, former senior analyst with the CIA, has a blog post on The National Interest, re-posted on Consortium News yesterday, in which he cautions about the West misreading the intentions of Russia's actions, and implicitly takes on the lie that Russia's aggression is behind the crisis in Ukraine.

One of the lessons to be learned from U.S. dealings with the Soviet Union during the Carter/Brzezinski era is

"the importance of careful consideration of Russian objectives, rather than just making worst-case assumptions. Another lesson is the need for humility in realizing that our initial thoughts about those objectives may be wrong.... "

Pillar compares Obama with Jimmy Carter, from the above era, saying that "a major pusher of Carter's policies was his political need to get tough, or to be seen getting tough, with the Soviets," and that Obama is facing the same criticism.

He also advises against acting without taking into account all the consequences of one's actions—noting, for example, the disastrous results of the war in Afghanistan.

But the nub of the matter is this:

"The most explicitly expansionist thing Putin has done—the annexation of Crimea—can be seen as a one-off given the unusual historical, demographic, and emotional circumstances associated with the peninsula. Much of the rest of Russian policy," Pillar concluded, "has to do with the specter of NATO's expansion into Ukraine. Unfortunately Ukrainian President Poroshenko does not seem inclined to give that issue a rest."

After 28 years, Pillar retired from the CIA in 2005, and is now affiliated with the Georgetown University's Center for Strategic Studies and the Brookings Institution.

Chinese-Malaysia Locomotive Deal Opens Way for High-speed Rail Criss-crossing All Southeast Asia

China's CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. has been awarded the contract to supply high-speed trains for the planned 200-km link between Kuala Lumpur and the city of Ipoh in the north, it was announced Tuesday. By the end of next year, the world's fastest inter-city bullet trains will be running between those cities, China Daily celebrated.

This is not some one-shot rail deal., the English-language website of China News Service (CNS), reported the broader plans underway.

The 200-km stretch is just the first stage of a plan to build a 900-km railway between Johor Bahru on the southern tip of Malaysia, and Padang Besar on the Thai border, according to CSR ZELC. And while the first 10 trains for this route are being produced in China, the company is already building a new manufacturing and maintenance base in Malaysia, to supply the other trains needed, for Malaysia, and for other countries in Southeast Asia planning to build high-speed rail, according to CSR president Zhou Qinghe. He projects that Southeast Asian countries could need 1,100 new rail cars, and refurbishment facilities for another 700, over the next five years.

CSR ZELC will help its Malaysian partners on everything from financing, construction of transportation facilities and other turnkey (i.e., fully-constructed) contracts, and transfer of advanced technology and management methods, Zhou said.

These plans by Malaysia and Singapore, to build high-speed rails,

"mean countries in Southeast Asia can expect to have as sophisticated a network as Europe, for instance, which could in the future connect to China's Yunnan province of Guangzi Zhuang autonomous region,"

Zhao Jian, professor of rail transportation at Beijing Jiaotong University, told Ecns.

CRS is the subsidiary of the world's largest manufacturer of electric locomotives, China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co.

India and South Korea To Revitalize the 2011 Nuclear Power Generation Deal

On Dec. 1, India and South Korea held talks for the first time since 2011 to put in motion the civil nuclear deal they had signed in 2011. The deal was signed at the time to enable South Korea to enter India's nuclear power generation market with its advanced technologies. In principle, the agreement allowed South Korea to export its nuclear energy technology to India. The pact was designed to benefit both sides, as India needed to expand its nuclear energy market while Korea was seeking to export its technology. However, due to the lack of initiative on behalf of the previous Indian government under Manmohan Singh, the pact remained dormant.

The present Indian government under Narendra Modi is keen to expand its nuclear power generation capability and is seeking help from all those who are willing to assist him in succeeding in this venture. Like India, Korea has an ambitious nuclear power program, and it plans to raise the nuclear power generation by 59% by 2035. Following a temporary setback, the Korean nuclear industry has begun to revive, and the Korean government infused over $7 billion into the nuclear power sector earlier this year.

What might have additionally interested New Delhi to revive the deal, is South Korea's progress in the sodium-cooled fast reactor. The 150MW advanced sodium-cooled reactor, a Generation IV reactor, is being developed by the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) in collaboration with U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. KAERI is developing the reactor while Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) is designing the balance of plant. The reactor builds on two closely related technologies — the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor and the Integral Fast Reactor (originally advanced Liquid Metal Reactor).

Since India's 500MW fast neutron reactor is sodium-cooled and scheduled to go into commercial operation next year, the interaction is expected not only to help both sides, but India will be able to secure the Argonne Lab's technological input by reviving this deal.

Physical Parameters of Nicaraguan Canal Taking Shape

When physical work begins on Nicaragua's Great Inter-Oceanic Canal on Dec. 22, first-up will be the construction of access roads for the Pacific port, so as to be able to deliver the 4,000 pieces of heavy equipment, including 200 ton-capacity trucks and 600 ton-capacity excavators, required for the project, HKND Chief Project Advisor for the Canal, Bill Wild, told foreign correspondents in Nicaragua on Nov. 27. HKND is the Chinese company building the canal.

Work will begin in 2015 on the Caribbean port, as well. In order to meet the 5-year deadline set for completion of the canal, construction will have to move inward simultaneously from the Pacific and Caribbean terminal ports, Wild told Associated Press. But work begins on the Western terminus first, because it requires less excavation: 500,000 cubic meters of excavated material vs. the three billion cubic meters of dirt projected to be generated from digging the longer Caribbean stretch.

Broad parameters for the physical bill of materials involved in this huge endeavor are taking shape. That includes an estimated 37.5 tons of rice, 25 tons of vegetables, and 12.5 tons of meat needed daily to feed the estimated 50,000-person workforce required to build the canal and its associated port, roads, airport, steel and concrete factories, etc., along with some 5 billion liters of fuel.