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Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
June 7, 2015

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June is becoming a decisive month in the struggle of the Greek people to roll back the killer austerity imposed over five years by the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Even though Athens had the money to pay a €300 million debt service payment on June 5, Tsipras and Varoufakis chose to exercise their option to delay that payment, and all payments due this month, until June 30. Unless some solution is found in the meantime, meaning in the next two weeks, the world economy will go to the brink at that time, which coincides with the transition from the second to the third quarters. Greece is far from being the only country on the brink. There is also for example Ukraine, which has been openly preparing for default for several months. The Rada in Kiev has passed a bill allowing for default which targets Russia. The carpetbagging Ukraine Finance Minister, an American woman named Natalie Jaresko, has been campaigning for Ukraine to get a debt write-down or haircut – exactly what Greece has been asking for, only to meet a stone wall from the Eurogarchs and Eurozombies. As for Argentina and Venezuela, the US has been doing everything possible to drive them into default. The world financial system is once again in grave peril, with political meddling playing a big part this time.

Tsipras

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
Schäubele

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäubele

To make clear once again the willingness of the Greek government to bargain in good faith for the eminently reasonable rollback of failed austerity policies, we republish here Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ article in Paris’ Le Monde newspaper: “Europe at crossroads,” which appeared May 31 and has been translated by the Greek government web site:

On 25th of last January, the Greek people made a courageous decision. They dared to challenge the one-way street of the Memorandum’s tough austerity, and to seek a new agreement. A new agreement that will keep the country in the Euro, with a viable economic program, without the mistakes of the past.

The Greek people paid a high price for these mistakes; over the past five years the unemployment rate climbed to 28% (60% for young people), average income decreased by 40%, while according to Eurostat’s data, Greece became the EU country with the highest index of social inequality.

And the worst result: Despite badly damaging the social fabric, this Program failed to invigorate the competitiveness of the Greek economy. Public debt soared from 124% to 180% of GDP, and despite the heavy sacrifices of the people, the Greek economy remains trapped in continuous uncertainty caused by unattainable fiscal balance targets that further the vicious cycle of austerity and recession.

The new Greek government’s main goal during these last four months has been to put an end to this vicious cycle, an end to this uncertainty.

Doing so requires a mutually beneficial agreement that will set realistic goals regarding surpluses, while also reinstating an agenda of growth and investment. A final solution to the Greek problem is now more mature and more necessary than ever.

Such an agreement will also spell the end of the European economic crisis that began 7 years ago, by putting an end to the cycle of uncertainty in the Eurozone.

Today, Europe has the opportunity to make decisions that will trigger a rapid recovery of the Greek and European economy by ending Grexit scenarios, scenarios that prevent the long-term stabilization of the European economy and may, at any given time, weaken the confidence of both citizens and investors in our common currency.

Many, however, claim that the Greek side is not cooperating to reach an agreement because it comes to the negotiations intransigent and without proposals.

Is this really the case?

Because these times are critical, perhaps historic–not only for the future of Greece but also for the future of Europe–I would like to take this opportunity to present the truth, and to responsibly inform the world’s public opinion about the real intentions and positions of Greece.

The Greek government, on the basis of the Eurogroup’s decision on February 20th, has submitted a broad package of reform proposals, with the intent to reach an agreement that will combine respect for the mandate of the Greek people with respect for the rules and decisions governing the Eurozone.

One of the key aspects of our proposals is the commitment to lower – and hence make feasible – primary surpluses for 2015 and 2016, and to allow for higher primary surpluses for the following years, as we expect a proportional increase in the growth rates of the Greek economy.

Another equally fundamental aspect of our proposals is the commitment to increase public revenues through a redistribution of the burden from lower and middle classes to the higher ones that have effectively avoided paying their fair share to help tackle the crisis, since they were for all accounts protected by both the political elite and the Troika who turned “a blind eye”.

From the very start, our government has clearly demonstrated its intention and determination to address these matters by legislating a specific bill to deal with fraud caused by triangular transactions, and by intensifying customs and tax controls to reduce smuggling and tax evasion.

While, for the first time in years, we charged media owners for their outstanding debts owed to the Greek public sector.

These actions are changing things in Greece, as evidenced the speeding up of work in the courts to administer justice in cases of substantial tax evasion. In other words, the oligarchs who were used to being protected by the political system now have many reasons to lose sleep.

In addition to these overarching goals that define our proposals, we have also offered highly detailed and specific plans during the course of our discussions with the institutions that have bridged the distance between our respective positions that separated us a few months ago.

Specifically, the Greek side has accepted to implement a series of institutional reforms, such as strengthening the independence of the General Secretariat for Public Revenues and of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), interventions to accelerate the administration of justice, as well as interventions in the product markets to eliminate distortions and privileges.

Also, despite our clear opposition to the privatization model promoted by the institutions that neither creates growth perspectives nor transfers funds to the real economy and the unsustainable debt, we accepted to move forward, with some minor modifications, on privatizations to prove our intention of taking steps towards approaching the other side.

We also agreed to implement a major VAT reform by simplifying the system and reinforcing the redistributive dimension of the tax in order to achieve an increase in both collection and revenues.

We have submitted specific proposals concerning measures that will result in a further increase in revenues. These include a special contribution tax on very high profits, a tax on e-betting, the intensification of checks of bank account holders with large sums – tax evaders, measures for the collection of public sector arrears, a special luxury tax, and a tendering process for broadcasting and other licenses, which the Troika coincidentally forgot about for the past five years.

These measures will increase revenues, and will do so without having recessionary effects since they do not further reduce active demand or place more burdens on the low and middle social strata.

Furthermore, we agreed to implement a major reform of the social security system that entails integrating pension funds and repealing provisions that wrongly allow for early retirement, which increases the real retirement age.

These reforms will be put into place despite the fact that the losses endured by the pension funds, which have created the medium-term problem of their sustainability, are mainly due to political choices of both the previous Greek governments and especially the Troika, who share the responsibility for these losses: the pension funds’ reserves have been reduced by 25 billion through the PSI and from very high unemployment, which is almost exclusively due to the extreme austerity program that has been implemented in Greece since 2010.

Finally–and despite our commitment to the workforce to immediately restore European legitimacy to the labor market that has been fully dismantled during the last five years under the pretext of competitiveness–we have accepted to implement labor reforms after our consultation with the ILO, which has already expressed a positive opinion about the Greek government’s proposals.

Given the above, it is only reasonable to wonder why there is such insistence by Institutional officials that Greece is not submitting proposals.

What end is served by this prolonged liquidity moratorium towards the Greek economy? Especially in light of the fact that Greece has shown that it wants to meet its external obligations, having paid more than 17 billion in interest and amortizations (about 10% of its GDP) since August 2014 without any external funding.

And finally, what is the purpose of the coordinated leaks that claim that we are not close to an agreement that will put an end to the European and global economic and political uncertainty fueled by the Greek issue?

The informal response that some are making is that we are not close to an agreement because the Greek side insists on its positions to restore collective bargaining and refuses to implement a further reduction of pensions.

Here, too, I must make some clarifications:

Regarding the issue of collective bargaining, the position of the Greek side is that it is impossible for the legislation protecting employees in Greece to not meet European standards or, even worse, to flagrantly violate European labor legislation. What we are asking for is nothing more than what is common practice in all Eurozone countries. This is the reason why I recently made a joint declaration on the issue with President Juncker.

Concerning the issue on pensions, the position of the Greek government is completely substantiated and reasonable. In Greece, pensions have cumulatively declined from 20% to 48% during the Memorandum years; currently 44.5% of pensioners receive a pension under the fixed threshold of relative poverty while approximately 23.1% of pensioners, according to data from Eurostat, live in danger of poverty and social exclusion.

It is therefore obvious that these numbers, which are the result of Memorandum policy, cannot be tolerated–not simply in Greece but in any civilized country.

So, let’s be clear:

The lack of an agreement so far is not due to the supposed intransigent, uncompromising and incomprehensible Greek stance.

It is due to the insistence of certain institutional actors on submitting absurd proposals and displaying a total indifference to the recent democratic choice of the Greek people, despite the public admission of the three Institutions that necessary flexibility will be provided in order to respect the popular verdict.

What is driving this insistence?

An initial thought would be that this insistence is due to the desire of some to not admit their mistakes and instead, to reaffirm their choices by ignoring their failures.

Moreover, we must not forget the public admission made a few years ago by the IMF that they erred in calculating the depth of the recession that would be caused by the Memorandum.

I consider this, however, to be a shallow approach. I simply cannot believe that the future of Europe depends on the stubbornness or the insistence of some individuals.

My conclusion, therefore, is that the issue of Greece does not only concern Greece; rather, it is the very epicenter of conflict between two diametrically opposing strategies concerning the future of European unification.

The first strategy aims to deepen European unification in the context of equality and solidarity between its people and citizens.

The proponents of this strategy begin with the assumption that it is not possible to demand that the new Greek government follows the course of the previous one – which, we must not forget, failed miserably. This assumption is the starting point, because otherwise, elections would need to be abolished in those countries that are in a Program. Namely, we would have to accept that the institutions should appoint the Ministers and Prime Ministers, and that citizens should be deprived of the right to vote until the completion of the Program.

In other words, this means the complete abolition of democracy in Europe, the end of every pretext of democracy, and the beginning of disintegration and of an unacceptable division of United Europe.

This means the beginning of the creation of a technocratic monstrosity that will lead to a Europe entirely alien to its founding principles.

The second strategy seeks precisely this: The split and the division of the Eurozone, and consequently of the EU.

The first step to accomplishing this is to create a two-speed Eurozone where the “core” will set tough rules regarding austerity and adaptation and will appoint a “super” Finance Minister of the EZ with unlimited power, and with the ability to even reject budgets of sovereign states that are not aligned with the doctrines of extreme neoliberalism.

For those countries that refuse to bow to the new authority, the solution will be simple: Harsh punishment. Mandatory austerity. And even worse, more restrictions on the movement of capital, disciplinary sanctions, fines and even a parallel currency.

Judging from the present circumstances, it appears that this new European power is being constructed, with Greece being the first victim. To some, this represents a golden opportunity to make an example out of Greece for other countries that might be thinking of not following this new line of discipline.

What is not being taken into account is the high amount of risk and the enormous dangers involved in this second strategy. This strategy not only risks the beginning of the end for the European unification project by shifting the Eurozone from a monetary union to an exchange rate zone, but it also triggers economic and political uncertainty, which is likely to entirely transform the economic and political balances throughout the West.

Europe, therefore, is at a crossroads. Following the serious concessions made by the Greek government, the decision is now not in the hands of the institutions, which in any case – with the exception of the European Commission- are not elected and are not accountable to the people, but rather in the hands of Europe’s leaders.

Which strategy will prevail? The one that calls for a Europe of solidarity, equality and democracy, or the one that calls for rupture and division?

If some, however, think or want to believe that this decision concerns only Greece, they are making a grave mistake. I would suggest that they re-read Hemingway’s masterpiece, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. http://www.primeminister.gov.gr/english/2015/05/31/prime-minister-alexis-tsipras-article-at-le-monde-newspaper-europe-at-crossroads/

Actually, the source of this warning phrase is much older than Hemingway’s 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, set amidst the Spanish Civil War. It comes from John Donne’s Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, published in London on January 9, 1624. Here we read:

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

This is the original source of the phrase “For whom the bell tolls.” Donne was a member of the Paolo Sarpi networks, and he wrote this attempting to motivate England to intervene to save the Winter King Frederick of Bohemia from the Hapsburgs and their allies, who were about to topple him in 1620. For whatever reason, this phrase has come to the forefront on the eve of huge crises of civilization, since the Bohemian war of 1620 was the an early episode of the hugely destructive Thirty Years’ War, which destroyed between a third and a half of central Europe. The Spanish Civil War was the prelude to World War II in Europe. This time around, insane leaders like Merkel and Schäubele are pushing the world towards a new financial panic with their reckless and irresponsible anti-Greek austerity policies.

More on Donetsk: A Middle Class Social Revolution Which Has Checkmated NATO for More than a Year

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
INNINN World Report with Tom Kiely
May 28, 2015

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Daniela Walls and Michael Chiotinis Guest Host – Share Secrets of Successful Mobilisation; Baltimore Riots, Need for Emergency WPA, CCC; No Jobs, No Peace; Pinkney Invited to Address the Left Forum via Phone from Prison; Left Forum Panel Schedule, Join Us May 29- June 1; Vile Slandering from Media of Varoufakis; Greece Fights Against Banker Political Domination; Geopolitical Crisis in View

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
May 23, 2015

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Daniela Walls and Michael Chiotinis Guest Host World Crisis Radio — Celebrate National Infrastructure Week; Chinese Prosperity Based on American System Economic Methods; Production, Production, Production; Why Do Bankers Wage War to Stop National Banks? Austerity Policies Result in Another Deadly Amtrak Crash; What Does “Income Inequality” Really Mean When Bernie And Hillary Say It? The TPP Is a Wall Street/London Attack on China; Get People to the Polls for Adam Rodriguez for Monroe County Commissioner, Contact Organizer Matt Brossman for Details; Webster Tarpley Is Changing World History in the Donetsk People’s Republic

Reverend Pinkney wants a letter from you and to call the Attorney Grievance Commission and tell them they must investigate Prosecutor Mike Sepic for prosecuting a misdemeanor as a felony as decided by the Michigan State Court of Appeals and briefed by the ACLU Please Call 313-961-6585

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
May 21, 2015

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Daniela Walls and Michael Chiotinis Discuss Middle Class Girls in America Turning to Prostitution to Pay Their Student Loans; America Is Coasting on the Fumes of the New Deal; Stuart Hooper UK Election Wrapup; TWSP Legal Consultant Jeffrey Jackson Is Fighting Austerity in Texas at the State Capitol by Testifying on Behalf of a Proposed Homeowner Protection Amendment to the Texas Constitution and Gives Reverend Edward Pinkney Update

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
May 9, 2015

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Defend the Revolution Against Oligarchs Fascists Neoliberals Now Taking Place in Donetsk; Send Stuart Hooper to Westminster for South Basildon-East Thurrock in UK Vote

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
rense.com
May 6, 2015

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Shut Down the Pentagon’s Operation Fearless Guardian AKA US Training of Ukraine Fascists; Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership with No Fast Track, No Bill, and a 15% Tariff; Policy Response to Baltimore Disorders Must Include 10 Million Jobs for Unemployed Youth; Bernie Sanders Fails to Take on Wall Street and the Federal Reserve; Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Still Going Strong Despite Slanders, Raises May Day Demand to Outlaw Naked Credit Default Swaps in the EU; Vote Stuart Hooper as MP for South Basildon and East Thorrock (Essex) in Thursday’s UK Election!

With Reports from Michael Chiotinis in Athens and an Interview with Stanislav Byshok in Moscow

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
May 2, 2015

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Stuart Hooper

Stuart Hooper

Stuart Hooper is the only candidate for the House of Commons who opposes all kinds of austerity, from right-wing fiscal and wage austerity to left wing energy austerity. Hooper’s New Deal for the UK demands the rebuilding of infrastructure and industry, including a massive program to build modern housing, a rollback of all austerity measures, free university education for all Britons, the full funding of the National Health Service, and an £8 per hour minimum wage NOW – paid for by a 1% tax on the speculative turnover of the City of London, and financed by the nationalization of the Bank of England into a national bank. This includes an industrial renaissance for Scotland, Wales, and the north of England.

Stanislav Byshok

Stanislav Byshok
Stanislav Byshok of Moscow is one of the leading authorities on the rebirth of fascism in Ukraine in recent years. His background includes studies in psychology at Moscow State University, and attempting to monitor elections in Ukraine as an envoy of the Election Monitoring Organization of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS-EMO). (The CIS is a regional organization which includes many successor states of the USSR.) Together with his co-author Alexey Kochetkov, Byshok has produced Neonazis and Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship, the most comprehensive profile of how Ukrainian fascists, often backed by the US State Department and the National Endowment for Democracy, used the recent disturbances in Kiev to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine and then created the illegal government backed up by modern storm troopers which is at the root of the present crisis there.
NeoNazis & Euromaidan

The landmark study Neonazis and Euromaidan (Moscow: kmbook, 2014) is available in its third edition as a free download at: CIS-EMO

Eyewitness Report from the Donetsk People’s Republic

Wartime Revolution Against Neoliberals, Fascists, and Oligarchs in Donetsk-Donbass: All Banks Nationalized; Electricity, Coal and Infrastructure Under State Control; Shell and Hunter Biden Takeover Bids Rebuffed; World Leadership in Machine Tools for Mining Sought; State Sector Forming with Modern Supermarkets and Farm Cooperatives; Pensions and Social Benefits Paid by DPR; Dirigist National “Monetary Token” Readied; Expanded Reproduction, Family Formation and Population Growth Encouraged, with Goal of Three Children per Family and Education for Mental Capital; New State Is Product of Multigenerational Middle Class Mass Strike vs NATO-Backed Maidan Nazis; Kiev Incessantly Violating Minsk 2 Accord, Has Used Phosphorous, Cluster Bombs, and Most Likely Depleted Uranium; Poroshenko Guilty of Humanitarian Catastrophe;US Advisers Meddling Near Fighting Front; Washington Must Negotiate End of “Launch on Warning” Hair Trigger Nuclear Doctrine

With Reports from Reverend Edward Pinkney, British Parliamentary Candidate Stuart Hooper, and Michael Chiotinis in Athens

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
April 25, 2015

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Tarpley and Litvinov

“The state will push” — Boris Alekseevich Litvinov, a relative of the Soviet-era diplomat, emeritus prime minister, and now key economic policy maker of the Donetsk People’s Republic, shown with the author in Donetsk, April 22, 2015. Litvinov told Halyna Mokrushyna of New Cold War.org last November: “We want to build a parliamentarian republic, based on the state’s ownership of land and its resources, of air and water spaces, a state?s strong control of economic process, and a socially oriented state.”

In addition to formulating economic policy, Litvinov can be considered the Thomas Jefferson of his country, since it was he — aided in the drafting by colleagues Cherkashin and Purgin — who worked through the night of April 6 to 7, 2015 to compose the Declaration of Independence of the new People’s Republic of Donetsk. Thomas JeffersonIn contrast to the wildly false and defamatory portrayal of these events by Wikipedia (“The entity was declared on 7 April 2014 by a group of armed and masked militants …”), Litvinov and his associates — all leading intellectuals — carefully studied precedents in international law as they prepared for independence. Livinov has been working with two economic institutes in Moscow in developing his reform plans. The result may establish the DPR as one of the leading laboratories for anti-globalization and anti-IMF economic reform worldwide.

Donetsk - first state owned supermarket

Donetsk - first state owned supermarket

Donetsk - first state owned supermarket

The first state-owned supermarket in Donetsk, well stocked at reasonable prices. These new supermarkets, along with energy, agriculture, and other industries, are launching a revived state sector in a mixed economy. (click images to view larger)

DPR monetary token

DPR monetary token

The new monetary token of the DPR, probably a precursor to a new currency which will replace the highly unstable Ukrainian hryvnia. (click images to view larger)

nationalized bank branch

nationalized bank branch

Donetsk, April 23, 2015: The Kiev regime had ostentatiously cut off pensions and other social benefits it owed to residents of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions. Kiev regime boss Poroshenko formally promised at the Minsk 2 accords to resume these payments, but so far has failed to do so. But now the DPR has stepped in to make the payments for April, using the nationalized bank branches formerly controlled by the oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi. Shown are pensioners and others lining up at a branch across from the Donetsk National University to get their checks. (click images to view larger)

Why Little Rand Paul Must Never Get Close to the Presidency — an Austerity Ghoul Who Claims that the GOP’s 2016 Budget Is Not Genocidal Enough; Rubio Announces Run for President, Boards GOP Clown Car; Any Republican President Guarantees Permanent Austerity Dictatorship; Prodded by Tax Wall Street Party Agitation, Elizabeth Warren Offers Timid Support for Transaction Tax — but Her Mission Is to Paralyze New Deal Democrats, Clearing Hillary’s Path to Nomination; Stuart Hooper on Ballot in UK Election, Submits Unique Anti-Austerity Program to 40,000 Essex Households; Attorney Jeffrey Jackson Analyzes How Reverend Pinkney Is Being Denied Justice

Featuring A Comprehensive Overview of the Greek Situation with Michael Chiotinis in Athens

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
April 18, 2015

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Not the Lesser of Two Evils: Why Hillary Clinton Is Unfit for the Presidency

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net
April 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton — The International Neocon Warmonger

As the National Journal reported in 2014, even the pathetically weak anti-war left is not ready to reconcile with Hillary given her warmongering as Secretary of State. And with good reason. Scratching just lightly beneath the surface of Hillary Clinton’s career reveals the empirical evidence of her historic support for aggressive interventions around the globe.

Beginning with Africa, Hillary defended the 1998 cruise missile strike on the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, destroying the largest producer of cheap medications for treating malaria and tuberculosis and provided over 60% of available medicine in Sudan. In 2006 she supported sending United Nations troops to Darfur with logistical and technical support provided by NATO forces. Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi was outspoken in his condemnation of this intervention, claiming it was not committed out of concern for Sudanese people but “…for oil and for the return of colonialism to the African continent.”

This is the same leader who was murdered in the aftermath of the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya; an attack promoted and facilitated with the eager support of Mrs. Clinton. In an infamous CBS news interview, said regarding this international crime: “We came, we saw, he died.” As Time magazine pointed out in 2011, the administration understood removing Qaddafi from power would allow the terrorist cells active in Libya to run rampant in the vacuum left behind. Just last month the New York Times reported that Libya has indeed become a terrorist safe haven and failed state— conducive for exporting radicals through “ratlines” to the conflict against Assad in Syria.

Hillary made prompt use of the ratlines for conflicts in the Middle East. In the summer of 2012, Clinton privately worked with then CIA director and subversive bonapartist David Petraeus on a proposal for providing arms and training to death squads to be used to topple Syria just as in Libya. This proposal was ultimately struck down by Obama, reported the New York Times in 2013, but constituted one of the earliest attempts at open military support for the Syrian death squads.

Her voting record on intervening in Afghanistan and Iraq is well known and she also has consistently called for attacking Iran. She even told Fareed Zakaria the State Department was involved “behind the scenes” in Iran’s failed 2009 Green Revolution. More recently in Foreign Policy magazine David Rothkopf wrote on the subject of the Lausanne nuclear accord, predicting a “snap-back” in policy by the winner of the 2016 election to the foreign policy in place since the 1980s. The title of this article? “Hillary Clinton is the Real Iran Snap-Back.” This makes Hillary the prime suspect for a return to the madcap Iranian policies that routinely threaten the world with a World War 3 scenario.

Hillary Clinton is not only actively aggressing against Africa and the Middle East. She was one of the loudest proponents against her husband’s hesitancy over the bombing of Kosovo, telling Lucina Frank: “I urged him to bomb,” even if it was a unilateral action.

While no Clinton spokesperson responded to a request by the Washington Free Beacon regarding her stance on Ukraine, in paid speeches she mentioned “putting more financial support into the Ukrainian government”. When Crimea decided to choose the Russian Federation over Poroshenko’s proto-fascist rump state, Hillary anachronistically called President Putin’s actions like “what Hitler did in the ‘30s.” As a leader of the bumbled ”reset” policy towards Russia, Hillary undoubtedly harbors some animus against Putin and will continue the destabilization project ongoing in Ukraine.

Not content with engaging in debacles in Eastern Europe, she has vocally argued for a more aggressive response to what she called the “rollback of democratic development and economic openness in parts of Latin America.” This indicates her willingness to allow the continuation of CIA sponsored efforts at South American destabilization in the countries of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil.

It is one of the proud prerogatives of the Tax Wall Street Party to push out into the light the Wall Street and foundation-funded Democrats. The final blow to Hillary’s clumsy façade comes directly from arch-neocon Robert Kagan. Kagan worked as a foreign policy advisor to Hillary along with his wife, Ukraine madwoman Victoria Nuland, during Hillary’s term as Secretary of State. He claimed in the New York Times that his view of American foreign policy is best represented in the “mainstream” by the foreign policy of Hillary Clinton; a foreign policy he obviously manipulated or outright crafted. Kagan stated: “If she pursues a policy which we think she will pursue…it’s something that might have been called neocon, but clearly her supporters are not going to call it that; they are going to call it something else.” What further reason could any sane person need to refute Hillary? A vote for Hillary is a vote for the irrational return to war.

The “Giant Sucking Sound”: Clinton Gave US NAFTA and Other Free Trade Sellouts

“There is no success story for workers to be found in North America 20 years after NAFTA,” states AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Unlike other failures of his Presidency, Bill Clinton can not run from NAFTA. It was Vice President Al Gore, not a veto-proof Republican congress, who lobbied to remove trade barriers with low-wage Mexico.

The record of free trade is clear. Multinational corporations and Wall Street speculators realize incredible profits, wages remain stagnant in the US, poverty persists in the developing world, and the remaining industrial corporations in America and Canada are increasingly owned by Chinese, Indian and other foreign interests.

America’s free trade policy is upside down. Besides Canada, Australia and Korea, most of our “free” trade partners are low-wage sweatshop paradises like Mexico, Chile, Panama, Guatemala, Bahrain and Oman. The US does in fact apply tariffs on most goods and on most nations of origin – rates are set by the US International Trade Commission (USTIC), a quasi-public federal agency: http://hts.usitc.gov/

Since a German- or Japanese-made automobile would under USITC’s schedule be taxed 10% upon importation, Volkswagen and Toyota can circumvent taxation by simply building their auto assembly plants for the US market in Mexico. In Detroit, an auto assembly worker is paid between $14 and $28/hour, ($29,120-$58,240/yr); hard work for modest pay. In Mexico, the rate varies from $2-5/hour.

In China, all automobile imports regardless of origin are tariffed as high as 25%. This allows the Chinese to attract joint ventures with Volkswagen and Toyota, and to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, “keep the jobs, the cars and the money.”

NAFTA-related job loss is not a question of productivity, currency manipulation, “fair trade,” environmental standards, etc. While these issues are not trivial, free trade – as Lincoln’s advisor Henry C. Carey proved – is a matter of simple accounting. Can an American family survive on $4,160/year ($2/hr)? If not, cars and their components will be built in Mexico. If we want cars built in the United States, the only solution is a general tariff (import tax) reflecting the difference between those wage standards, like the very tariffs repealed by Bill Clinton.

In the United States the “runaway shop” under NAFTA and CAFTA has sent trade deficits and unemployment soaring while wages drop relative to the cost of living. Yet Mexico and other “partners” receive no benefit either. Many manufacturing sectors in Mexico pay wages lower than the equivalent sector in China. Mexico is now the world leader in illegal narcotics exportation and weapons importation. The poverty level between 1994 and 2009 remained virtually identical. (52.4% – 52.3%). The shipping of raw materials to Mexico comprise the majority of so called American “exports”. The finished products from these exports are assembled and sold back to the United States at slave labor prices.

Don’t expect Hillary to behave differently with the coming “Trans-Pacific Partnership,” which seeks to replace an ascendant China with less-developed Vietnam and Malaysia. Vietnam would overtake India-allied Bangladesh in the global apparel trade, and Malaysia has a high-tech manufacturing sector poised to rival China’s. With America’s manufacturing economy in shambles, the Clinton machine can now be redirected to geopolitical maneuvers. Continue reading Not the Lesser of Two Evils: Why Hillary Clinton Is Unfit for the Presidency »