The Unreported BRICS Factor And World Events.

Posted on February 19, 2015

by Jerry Alatalo

gaswellPerhaps the most precise way to describe the years-long development of the new BRICS alliance of nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, and others) is that it represents the beginning of the end of white supremacy in international affairs on Earth. In a very real sense, the BRICS alliance of nations and peoples could be perceived as the next large step forward on a historical continuum – what Martin Luther King Jr. called the “arc of history” – leading to the eventual creation of equality around the world.

BRICS is what it’s all about when analyzing today’s major world news events. The highly controversial, widely-debated (everywhere but the western mainstream media), and protest-generating Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were born with BRICS’ potential (also never mentioned in western mainstream media) in mind. Both of the massive, secretive, trade deals were specifically designed to prevent the BRICS alliance from gaining momentum, size and power.

Nations in Asia and Europe which sign on to the “top-secret – classified” trade deals, if major opposition fails to stop them from becoming implemented, will effectively place themselves behind a “BRICS Wall” of legalese virtually guaranteeing their continuance in the pre-BRICS status-quo; essentially maintenance of profound wealth inequality. Corporate lawyers creating the trade deals in secret are trying to “freeze” human evolution. TPP and TTIP can rightly be looked at as “Trojan Horses” designed to forestall historic movements of people around the Earth opposed to the negative consequences of decades and centuries of living under systems which have resulted in billions of people living in either harsh austerity or outright, abject poverty.

The absolute source of contention with regard to BRICS’ emergence and historic potential boils down to power and who gets it. The issue of wealth inequality on Earth in 2015 has become widely disseminated and become the basis of a great deal of debate. Oxfam International has reported that 80 individuals (down from 85 in their 2014 estimate) own as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet, generating a tremendous amount of discussion from all regions about new, alternative, reformed, and more egalitarian/just economic and monetary models.

The developments undertaken by the BRICS group of nations marks the first time in history the so-called world “elites” have experienced real “pushback” over the ways global governance has become implemented in clearly less-than-idyllic realities for billions of men, women and children for generations. Wars, both military and economic/financial, are increasingly being strongly opposed by people around the Earth, and those same people are studying, advocating, and proposing new/alternative ways of living that reduce or eliminate problems of poverty, state-sponsored violence and war (military and financial, economic sanctions), environmental destruction, and oligarchies able to “buy” politicians and entire governments.

Nowhere is that last problem – billionaires literally able to buy governments – more visible than in America, where two brothers with the last name of Koch are planning on spending near one billion dollars on the 2016 campaign to choose the next president of the United States.

Purveyors of economic sanctions have as their most visible, destructive example recent measures taken by Saudi Arabia, colluding with others trying to slow or stop the BRICS movement, resulting in huge drops in the price of oil. The nations feeling the greatest negative impact of those oil price drops are Russia, Venezuela, Iran and other oil exporters. It seems clear that this has been real economic warfare, and that it had designs to foment instability in nations calling for more respect for their views in the arena of sovereign and global governance/international relations.

Potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush, whose father and brother both served as president of the United States, gave a foreign policy speech in Chicago recently. During the speech, Mr. Bush made some comments on recent developments regarding opening up of relations between the United States and Cuba. In Jeb Bush’s view, Barack Obama should have been a little more “patient” before announcing any movements by his administration toward normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations.

Mr. Bush pointed out that Venezuela has come to the aid of Cubans with generous subsidies on oil. In Jeb Bush’s mind, Barack Obama should have been more “patient” because with $45/barrel oil, and Venezuela overseeing perhaps the world’s largest, most lucrative oil reserves, America could have obtained a “better deal” with the Cubans. Now, where did Jeb Bush get the information which led to his confidant assertion that Mr. Obama’s Cuba announcement suffered from the absence of “patience”?

His use of the word “patience” suggests Mr. Bush is very well aware that Saudi Arabia’s actions to lower global oil prices were initiated precisely as economic warfare against Venezuela, Russia, Iran and other independent-thinking, oil-producing nations.

Some will remember late-night news coverage during the 2000 presidential election when poll results in Florida were eagerly anticipated because that state could decide whether George W. Bush or Al Gore became the next leader of the free world. Some will remember that Jeb Bush, George W. Bush’s brother, was the governor of Florida at that time. Certain TV news outlets that evening had decided and announced that Al Gore was the winner in Florida.

News cameras were in the hotel room of George W. Bush, and he spoke out that the Gore win announcements were premature because all the counties’ votes hadn’t been counted yet. Without explicitly saying it, George W. Bush was calling for more “patience”.

After the historic events of September 11, 2001, some 440 days passed before the George W. Bush administration relented in its stonewalling of emotional requests for an investigation from surviving family members of those who died on 9/11. Those surviving family members displayed enormous “patience” in the over 440 days that elapsed before the 9/11 Commission began its work.

Surviving family members have also exhibited great “patience” in waiting for the Obama administration to declassify/release the “28 Pages” left out of the official 9/11 Commission Report. Those 28 pages, according to the Washington lawmakers who’ve actually read the documents (but prohibited from divulging because it’s classified), points to Saudi Arabia ($45/barrel oil) as a financier of 9/11 terrorists.

It seems the world’s “elites” are somewhat inconsistent. In some situations, like Cuba and Venezuela, they wisely advocate for more patience. In other situations, such as the great global transformation from unipolar to multipolar – illustrated by efforts to slow or stop BRICS’ rise through destructive wars both military and economic, elite “patience” has grown disturbingly, harmfully, and dangerously thin.

Certain people walking this Earth need to display real moral, ethical and wise patience. For the health, safety and well-being of humanity.

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(Thank you to RT America at YouTube)

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John Perkins Update.

Posted on December 21, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

mountain1(Cross-posted from johnperkins.org – An article written by John Perkins)

Year in Review: Latin America in 2014

By John Perkins

I just returned from a magical trip with a special group of people to amazing Peru. Our group experienced sacred sites and ceremonies with the Q’ero and other Quechua elders and shamans. Now I look forward to facilitating another group as we visit the sacred sites and great Mayan teachers of Guatemala beginning very soon, January 16 (to join visit: http://www.johnperkins.org/a-journey-to-the-lands-of-the-maya-guatemala/).

This year much of my time and energy has been spent in Latin America. I have talked about events in various countries and ways in which people are waking up. With the closing of the year, let’s look at some of these stories and see how they have developed.

Chevron and Big Oil

Big Oil (Chevron, Shell, BP, etc) have long been seen as an enemy of the Amazon, as purveyors of contamination, poverty, and disease. (Blog Post: “Big Oil, Romania, and the Amazon”.) Oil is a tool for bringing a country into economic submission, as I learned during my time as Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm (“economic hit man.”) Ecuador is not the only country to have issues with Big Oil; dependence on fossil fuels has led countries all over the world to economic disaster and civil unrest.

There has often been violence between the multinational companies and the indigenous people who have had their lives brutally impacted by the oil industry. Just in the last few weeks, a brave Ecuadorian Shuar leader, José Isidro Tendetza Antún, was found dead, tortured, and buried in suspicious circumstances mere days before he was scheduled to travel to Lima, Peru for climate talks. He had been a leader in the struggle to rein in mining and oil companies that threaten so much of his native Ecuador.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has sometimes been praised and sometimes castigated for his stance on the Amazon rainforest, most recently exploiting the natural resources of the region by signing permits for oil drilling in one of the most bio diverse regions on the planet. On the other hand, he has also made statements opposing Chevron in the nearly twenty year saga of Ecuadorian villagers against the oil giant over the clean-up of contaminated areas.

Though the Ecuadorian villagers have won against Chevron with the help of a legal team lead by Steven Donziger and Pablo Fajardo, the Big Oil company is refusing to keep its promise to abide by the judgment of Ecuador’s courts. In typical Corporatocracy fashion, Chevron is not under the regulation of a single government and therefore refuses to respect any. Its executives are threatening not only the lives of the indigenous people of the Amazon, but people all over the world, from Canada to Romania to Myanmar to India. Other governments in those regions continue to do business with Chevron, despite clear evidence that the environment and the people suffer greatly.

Monsanto and “Free-Trade”

Another multinational corporation that is threatening the health of the land and the people of Latin America and most of the rest of the world is Monsanto. (Blog Post: “A Latin American Awakening and Monsanto”.) In Latin American countries, free-trade agreements have paved the way for the Corporatocracy to gain control and have sent thousands of children across the border into the US in desperation.

Throughout history since the Industrial Revolution, the move to take agriculture away from small farmers and give the power and profits to big companies has resulted in poverty and destruction. Not only do these agreements render it impossible for small farmers to make a living from their seeds and produce, but they have also introduced incredibly dangerous chemicals and pesticides into once-pristine environments.

Earlier this year we saw some Latin American governments seek to stand firm for the interests of their people against major privatization of agriculture. The fight is far from over. Groups of citizens have organized to demand that their rights, interests, and cultural values be protected by their leaders and that the corporations abide by new standards and laws.

Awakening

However, as powerful as these big corporations are, the people who are waking up are more powerful. There is much that we can learn from our southern neighbors in how to harness our power to make our leaders work for change. (Blog Post: “Lessons on Capitalism from an Unlikely Source”.)

One striking example of leaders listening to their people is the 20 x 20 Initiative: 8 Latin American nations joining forces to fight global warming. Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru are coming together for this agreement to protect forests and fertile land.

We can do our part to help and support this awakening by calling and emailing our leaders and elected officials and demanding that they work against free-trade agreements such as CAFTA-DR and the proposed TPP. We can vote with our dollars by buying local and small-farm-grown produce and products instead of shopping at big box stores and retailers. Our market power can be made even stronger by sending emails to the Big Business executives telling them we will boycott their companies until they too support local businesses and farmers and provide their employees with higher wages, health care, and retirement pensions. We can join or organize consumer movements to strengthen our messages.

Let’s make 2015 the year we focus our intentions and our dreams on changing the world for a better future through taking positive actions and by educating those around us.

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(Thank you to breakingtheset at YouTube)

BRICS Bank, Not ISIS, Driving Middle East War Planning?

Posted on September 17, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

World Map1In business, monopoly means exclusive control. In Brazil, days before the July shooting down of Malaysian Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine where all 298 people on board died, the BRICS Alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) met and announced establishment of a new global development bank to rival the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Federal Reserve, European Central Bank (ECB), Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and other privately owned, largest central banks on Earth.

Until July 2014 and BRICS’ announcement, the world’s wealthiest corporate, personal and family stockholders in the international banking system enjoyed virtual exclusive control of the world’s financial market – in other words, a monopoly. Imagine another business sector company, say a grocery chain, which had no competitors in a major metropolitan area like Los Angeles, London, Paris, Mumbai, or other large population city on Earth. Imagine that grocery chain with 30 stores blanketing the city, without any competition whatsoever, and then another company decided to invest and build 30 stores in every sub-market which the formerly free-of-competition grocery chain had all for/to itself.

The grocery business example describes the BRICS/private central bank global competition which has begun; an international business competition on a scale the world has never seen. We are talking about the largest financial transactions, and the largest potential profits for those bankers who get the business, on this Earth. For  monopolistic banking institutions, nations have historically been their largest customers for loans.

In large part thanks to the information revolution and the internet, knowledge about international banking giants has become disseminated to every nation and region of the world; including criminal and greed related historical facts/aspects. Millions have become aware how entire nations have become drawn into high, often un-payable, levels of $multi-billion debt through arrangement of loans from the largest international financial institutions. Those same millions of men and women the world over have come to understand the corrupt motives too often involved in these highest dollar amount, national-debt-producing loans.

Through recent decades, these transactions of the greatest amounts have become surrounded with varying forms of negative circumstances in nations that have entered into this high-risk, high-stakes financial arena. Some of those negative consequences have included assassinations/overthrowing of democratically elected leaders, covert destabilization operations, overt warfare, government funds’ embezzlement/bribery, misdirection of loan proceeds to people/projects not in the interest of citizens, austerity inducing national debts, privatization of national industries/natural resource wealth, favorable-to banking/resource-extractive corporation laws/legislation, reduced social expenditures on health, education, nutrition, housing, etc., and other less-consequential but still negative actions.

As a direct result of millions of men and women becoming aware of these negative consequences of the historically monopolistic international banking mega-institutions, BRICS became formed, developed and announced an alternative global financial system, and it is this threat of losing market (nations) share that is behind military aggression/provocations today – including Ukraine, Israel-Gaza, the Middle East (Iraq and Syria), and elsewhere.

If the top managers from the grocery company mentioned – the company which previously enjoyed control of 100% of the market – decided to carry out violent actions against its new, formidable competitor company by destroying one or more of their physical, just-opened, store locations – killing innocent employees and customers in the process – that would obviously result in tremendously hot legal issues and life imprisonment for those responsible.

In small-scale examples like this, in the majority of instances where a competitor entertains thoughts of possible criminal action(s) against their strongest competitor(s) for market share, the law provides an effective deterrent and results in stable, competitive co-existence. International law, namely the agreed upon rules of the United Nations Security Council regarding military actions against sovereign member states, and the language contained in the United States Constitution requiring consent from Congress for acts of war – provide the same deterrent effect concerning state-generated wars of aggression (the supreme criminal act) and crimes against humanity.

The “Gulf of Tonkin Incident” was something which never occurred. It was a lie about a Vietnamese torpedo attack on an American ship in Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin – a “false flag event” – which launched the Vietnam War leading to some 58,000 American soldiers and millions of Vietnamese deaths. Only two out of 100 United States Senators voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, and one of them was Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright, who later remarked:

“Many Senators who accepted the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution without question might well not have done so had they foreseen that it would subsequently be interpreted as a sweeping Congressional endorsement for the conduct of a large-scale war in Asia”.

J. William Fulbright (1905-1995) said the following about international law:

“Law is the essential foundation of stability and order both within societies and in international relations. As a conservative power, the United States has a vital interest in upholding and expanding the reign of law in international relations. Insofar as international law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting behavior of those with whom we have reciprocal obligations. When we violate the law ourselves, whatever short-term advantage may be gained, we are obviously encouraging others to violate the law; we thus encourage disorder and instability and thereby do incalculable damage to our own long-term interests”.

In his book “The Arrogance of Power” (1966) Fulbright wrote:

“To criticize one’s country is to do it a service… Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism – a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation”.

And: “My question is whether America can overcome the fatal arrogance of power”.

Decades later, in 2003, the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney administration, with cooperation from Britain’s Tony Blair, lied to the world about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Hussein having responsibility for the attacks/events of September 11, 2001, and then launched a war, killing, according to some estimates, more than 1 million Iraqi men, women, and children. Some members of the United States Congress, like Senator J. William Fulbright before the Vietnam War historic catastrophe, voted against granting authorization for the use of military force to the Bush administration.

Of course, hindsight is always 20-20. If a lengthy, real debate had taken place to unveil the lies told by the Bush/Cheney/Blair group of war criminals, the horrific Iraq War II would never have been authorized, and the resentments and hatred which lead to formation of violent organizations bent on revenge would never have become developed. Can America now, in the words of J. William Fulbright, “overcome the fatal arrogance of power”?

Before this situation escalates militarily out-of-control like Vietnam and Iraq in the recent past, it is urgent for the people of America and the world to demand the truth about what is driving this movement toward war. To arrive at the truth, all viewpoints must become included in a serious, lengthy, and real debate focused on all relevant facts; on who is using their power to push for violence and war, why they are calling for war, and if it is out of true concern for the health and well-being of all men, women, and children living in Iraq, Syria, and the rest of the Middle East region.

It is unacceptable for humanity to allow any possibility of repeating the overwhelmingly horrific, destructive, dishonorable Vietnam or Iraq wars – where millions of innocent human beings perished in military conflicts initiated and perpetuated with deceptions. 

End it here. End it now.

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(Thank you to PressTV News Videos at YouTube)

The Public Banking Solution. It Is Time.

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English: Clockwise from top-left: Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Bank of Canada (Note: Uploaded for use on Wikinews) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 12, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

It is safe to say that a large percentage of the human race has an awareness, a feeling, that there is something wrong with the banking system on Earth. For most men and women reading these words there is a higher level of awareness about how money becomes created and who owns the world’s private central banks – Federal Reserve, European Central Bank (ECB), World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Just as in a small-town bank the wealthiest individuals and families in that town own it, the private central banks in those nations where they operate, in small and large countries, are owned by the wealthiest people on Earth-the “Big Town”. One has memory of Mr. Ross Perot’s famous line delivered in a 1992 presidential debate, not directed toward banks but toward the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), where he described  a “huge sucking sound” of jobs moving from America to Mexico and other countries where corporations have since set-up shop with employees working for much less money than Americans.

His “huge sucking sound” reference can easily apply to private central banking, where money has been circulating for centuries, with vacuüm cleaner efficiency, up from average citizens, and through the tube to the owners/stock-holders of those banks.

Everyone on Earth now knows what has occurred through history regarding this private central banking phenomena and realize that, like the Jack Nicholson movie, “Something’s Gotta Give”. In an earlier post I predicted that the Federal Reserve as we know it will end. Public banking is an idea whose time has come. Thanks to many men and women around the world, including Ellen Brown in this interview, founder and president of the Public Banking Institute, people are now moving and taking the necessary actions to create public banks.

There are more than twenty states in America which are initiating action to set up state-owned public banks along the lines of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota.

In this interview Ellen Brown stressed the absolute importance of citizens’ becoming fully informed about the public banking solution. She points out that it is essential for as many men and women as possible to have a full and complete knowledge of banking before they can advocate and bring public banks into reality. There is a lot of misunderstanding and ignorance about banking. An excellent place to learn about public banking are at Ellen Brown’s very good websites. Here are two of them:

The Bank of North Dakota is the sole repository of the state’s deposits and revenues. It is a huge deposit and asset base which returns the profits to the bank/people instead of seeing those profits going to Wall Street. Ms. Brown mentions that 40% of banks around the world are state-owned public institutions. She then mentions the BRICS financial alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) which represents 40% of the population on Earth.

Germany has public banks in some of their cities and counties which facilitate loans at low-interest for local businesses and for infrastructure projects. What is important to note is that public banking has no speculative transactions like Wall Street, where reckless gambling on derivatives, interest rate swaps, and other complex transactions, with customer deposits, led to multi-billion dollar losses which the American taxpayers bailed out. Wall Street operators made huge, risky bets using their customer’s money to earn profits for themselves.

It is casino gambling which has led to hundreds of trillions of dollars in derivatives trading. Bank of America and Chase have upward of 70-80 trillion dollars worth of derivatives on their books. Ms. Brown describes the “shadow banking system”, the wild-west aspect of finance, where operators routinely gamble recklessly with billions of dollars of bets, and super-priority claims of derivatives in bankruptcy cases such as is the current situation in Detroit.

She notes that it is time for a new banking system which will allow none of the massive fraud and corruption which led to the financial crisis of 2008, continuing to this day.

With the next inevitable burst of the financial bubble-since the beginning of the Federal Reserve System in 1913 the boom and bust cycle has marched on relentlessly-the situation will find the nation in a place where there is 25 billion dollars in the FDIC, and the Dodd-Frank provisions by law allow no government bail-out(s). At that point the bankrupt banks will turn to “bail-ins”-the banks will take depositor money to re-capitalize themselves.

Public banking is the solution.

 

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