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US indicts N. Koreans, Chinese over $2.5 bn network to dodge sanctions

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The US Justice Department indicted 28 North Koreans and five Chinese on Thursday for operating a money laundering ring that moved billions of dollars through global banks to avoid nuclear sanctions on Pyongyang.

The network processed more than $2.5 billion through over 250 front companies across Thailand, Libya, Austria, Russia, China and Kuwait to evade sanctions, buy goods needed by North Korea and to enrich the suspects, according to an indictment filed in federal district court in Washington.

Most of those indicted were associated with a network of “covert” branches of North Korea’s blacklisted Foreign Trade Bank, and included two people who had served as presidents of the bank, Ko Chol Man and Kim Song Ui, and two vice presidents.

They were accused of using front companies to clear US dollar transactions through financial networks that transit the United States, which is illegal for the Foreign Trade Bank and other entities under US nuclear and trade sanctions placed on North Korea.

In the scheme which operated from 2013 until this year, the defendants and co-conspirators “concealed FTB’s involvement in US dollar payments from correspondent banks in order to trick the banks into processing the payments,” the indictment said.

Over that time, the US seized some $63 million of the money.

The indictment gave no information on how North Korea came by that sum of money, but it was intended for use for everything from luxury goods to supplies for the country’s nuclear weapons program, a US official said.

The regime of Kim Jong Un has struggled in recent years to overcome a tough UN-backed embargo on most trade and finance, set because it has defied demands to halt the development of nuclear weapons.

“Through this indictment, the United States has signified its commitment to hampering North Korea’s ability to illegally access the US financial system, and to limiting its ability to use proceeds from these illicit actions to enhance its illegal weapons of mass destruction,” said Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney for Washington, in a statement.

In terms of the number of defendants, the indictment appeared to be the largest sanctions case brought against Pyongyang yet by the United States.

But it was, as one official characterized it, more of a “name and shame” case — there was no indication whether any of those named could be arrested or forced to stand trial.

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Where on earth is Kayleigh McEnany?

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Dear editor,

I do not know if it is only me or other people have noticed that too. Ever since White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took her job, she has done an outstanding job defending the President by blasting anyone who criticized, challenged, or mocked him.

Here is a sample of her targets:

* Chris Cuomo of CNN for mocking Trump* Elizabeth Warren for using an “inflated infection and death toll numbers” during the Senate hearing* She slammed Jimmy Kimmel for poking fun of Trump’s press coverage.
But when Jason Greenblatt, who is the head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), denounced President Donald Trump and demanded an apology because Trump praised Henry Ford during last Friday’s visit to a Ford plant in Michigan, Kayleigh McEnany was nowhere to be found.

I am no fan of President Trump, but where on earth is Kayleigh McEnany when you need her?The ugly truth is that when facing the Jewish lobby, most US public officials’ legs “turned to jelly.”

Yours,

Mahmoud El-Yousseph

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Welcome to AmeriKKKa! The land of “no black lives matter”

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By: Mahmoud El-Yousseph

Welcome to AmeriKKKa, the home of the white mass shooters and land of “No black lives matter.” We have been taught that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave but I’m having a hard time believing that statement in light of what happened to African-Americans these days.

A 46-year-old black man George Floyd died in police custody last Monday in Minneapolis. Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of this innocent man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday. Contrary to police report, a new video footage shed light on the moments leading up to Floyd’s arrest, showing two officers manhandling and forcibly removing him him from his car as he is placed in handcuffs.

Floyd appears to be complying with officers and not resisting arrest. The bystander’s video also showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck for five minutes, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving.

Not long ago, a female Dallas police officer shot and killed a black man inside his home. The victim was unarmed and the female white officer said in a call to 911 that she entered his apartment after she mistook it for her own. Who can forget image when Galveston, Texas police department came under fire after a viral photo showing white officers on horseback leading a handcuffed black man by the rope. All what the Chief of GPD have said, “his department has no ill feeling to the victim.” 

The day after Floyd’s death, protesters filled the street where he died and marched about 2 1/2 hours to a city police precinct chanting and carrying banners that read, “I can’t breathe,” and “Jail killer KKKops.” 
Regardless of whether this man did or did not commit a crime, this is abusive behavior by the Minneapolis police can only be described as racist act and a senseless murder. It looks like those white officers were taking a cue from their idol  President Trump, who not long ago called his former African-American aide a “dog.”

When three years ago a Minneapolis Muslim police officer shot and killed an innocent white Australian American woman while he was on duty, he was asked to surrender his badge and handgun and was thrown in jail. He was later sentenced to 12 1/2 years in jail for murder. 

After all, Nike spokesperson Colin Kaepernick was right about white police officers gunning down black men on the streets of America with impunity. That is not the America I knew and loved.

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The U.S. War Machine Needs Oil: A War with Iran Is More Likely Then a War with China

Iran’s New Naval Fleet To Challenge US Presence in The Gulf of Hormuz

By Timothy Alexander Guzman

What happens when the Covid-19 state of emergency ends for the time being? Well, the likelihood of a world war seems more absolute by the day. 

The US and its allies including Israel have been increasing tensions in the Middle East while the Covid-19 hysteria has taken over the headlines across the mainstream media in the West and around the world. Washington has increased its hostility against numerous countries under the Trump regime as they have imposed severe economic sanctions, regime change operations and assassinations against China, Russia, Iran, Lebanon (Hezbollah), Syria, the Palestinians, Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela.  All of these countries are allies with each other one way or another, and they all have one thing in common, they are on Washington’s hit list for not following the dictates of the empire.  Although the focus is on China at the moment, Iran is still the major target of Washington and Tel Aviv.  Iran has increased its military capabilities by receiving 110 new combat vessels according to a Saudi based news website Arabnews.com,

‘Iran Guards Threaten US Over Gulf Presence After Receiving New Combat Vessels’ said that “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as they received 110 new combat vessels.”

The new assets “included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfagher coastal patrol boats and Taregh submarines.”  Iran and its allies all agree on one goal, and that is to remove U.S. military presence out of the Middle East permanently.  In a ceremony in southern Iran, Iranian Guard Naval Chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that “We announce today that wherever the Americans are, we are right next to them, and they will feel our presence even more in the near future” meaning more tensions will increase between the U.S. and Iran.  Washington has been extremely aggressive towards Iran since Trump was elected to office.  It began on May 8th, 2018 when the Trump regime decided to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal further escalating tensions.  Then last January, the U.S. conducted an airstrike that killed one of Iran’s top military generals, Commander Major General Qasem Soleimani of the Quds force with an airstrike outside of Bagdad International Airport.  Iran does not trust nor want any U.S. military presence close to its territory or anywhere in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Israel is set to annex the West Bank setting off another Israel-Palestinian conflict while Hezbollah is gearing up for another repeat of the 2006 Lebanon War or the Israel–Hezbollah War, but this time will be far worse because of what’s at stake in terms of the global economy.  As we know, the U.S. economy is in shambles, in fact its collapsing as the US dollar is losing its dominant role as the world’s reserve currency and Israel knows this.  They want a war between the US and Iran now more than ever before while the US dollar still has some value.  When the US dollar collapses, so does Israel’s economy and without a strong economy, Israel won’t be able to sustain a multi-front war with its Arab neighbors.  Business Insider published an article in 2011 titled ‘Here Are The 5 Worst Places to be When the Dollar Collapses’ and Israel was ranked first on the list:Oil Prices Rise in Response to the U.S.-Iran Tensions in the Gulf

This Anglo-American beach head into the Middle East was first conceived by the most powerful family in the world, the Rothschilds, in 1917. The Balfour Declaration said that there will be a Zionist Israel years before World War two and the eventual establishment of Israel. Israel has not been a good neighbor to its Muslim nations and has always had the two biggest bullies on the block at its back. When the dollar collapses, the United States will have too much on its plate both domestically and internationally to worry about such a non-strategic piece of land. This will leave Israel very weak at a time when tensions will be high. This very thin strip of desert land will not be able to with stand the economic reality of importing its food and fuel or the political reality of being surrounded by Muslims

China is not Washington’s priority at the moment because China does not have oil.  It’s mostly in the Middle East and in Venezuela.  Oil is the deciding factor because it is crucial for the U.S. military that uses an enormous amount of oil for its armored tanks, naval ships, hummers and combat aircraft.  The ‘Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment’s’ home page explains how many barrels of oil does it take to sustain its military power around the world:

Energy is an essential enabler of military capability, and the Department depends on energy-resilient forces and facilities to achieve its mission. In FY 2018, the Department consumed over 85 million barrels of fuel to power ships, aircraft, combat vehicles, and contingency bases at a cost of nearly $9.2 billion. At over 500 worldwide military installations, the Department spent $3.4 billion in FY 2018 on energy to power over 585,000 facilities and 160,000 non-tactical vehicles

Oil is of strategic importance for U.S. forces in order to sustain its extended wars that will eventually reach other nations who have oil including Venezuela, if of course they get desperate enough for more oil from the South American nation to maintain its war machine.  Oil is still the game, it’s always about the natural resources and it’s in the Middle East, not in China.  A war with China will be in the long-term, for now the U.S. will try to destabilize China by supporting protesters in Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere while continuing its trade war policies.  To launch a war against China will require an abundant amount of oil.  An example of how much oil is needed in any type of global conflict for the US was detailed in a report by the Rand Corporation in 1994 following the illegal invasion of Iraq in the early 90′s published by James P. Stucker, John F. Schank and Bonnie. Dombey-Moore titled Assessment of DoD Fuel Standardisation Policies stated that “1.88 billion gallons of fuel were consumed within the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (ODS/S), between August 10, 1990 and May 31, 1991,” which is estimated to be around 44.8 million barrels, or about 150,000 barrels a day.  Both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm lasted about 295 days.

It will take twice of the amount of oil if the US is foolish enough to launch airstrikes and missiles into mainland China from its surrounding military bases and naval ships who are all in close proximity.  For that to happen, they need to defeat Iran, Syria and Hezbollah and take control of the Middle East oil reserves and start their war in the far east.  The U.S. Military-Industrial Complex needs the oil before they declare war on China and other countries around the world who don’t obey Washington.  Natural resources is the key to maintain the US war machine, so the next hot war will not take place in the Far East, at least for now, it will be in the Middle East.

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letter to the editor: George Flyod

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Dear editor,

Welcome to America, the home of the white mass shooters and land of “No black lives matter.” We have been taught that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave but I’m having a hard time believing that statement in light of what happened to African-Americans these days. 
George Floyd was another black man to die in police custody in Minneapolis.

Contrary to police report, a new video footage shed light on the moments leading up to Floyd’s arrest, showing a white officer kneeling on his neck for five minutes even though Floyd was handcuffed. The victim appears to be complying with officers and not resisting arrest. The video also showed Floyd pleading to the officer that he could not breathe. 

The day after Floyd’s death, protesters filled the street where he died and marched about 2 1/2 hours to a city police precinct chanting and carrying banners that read, “I can’t breathe,” and “Jail killer KKKops.” 

Regardless of whether this man did or did not commit a crime, this is abusive behavior by the 4 police officers can only be described as a racist act and a senseless murder. It looks like those white officers were taking a cue from their idol President Trump, who not long ago called his former African-American aide a “dog.”

White police officers are held to different standards. When a Minneapolis Muslim police officer shot and killed an innocent white Australian woman 3 years ago, he was asked to surrender his badge and handgun and he was later sentenced to 12 1/2 years in jail for murder. 

After all, Nike spokesperson Colin Kaepernick was right about white police officers gunning down black men on the streets of America with impunity. That is not the America I knew and loved.

Mahmoud El-Yousseph

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German Official Leaks Report Denouncing Corona as ‘A Global False Alarm’

By Daniele Pozzati

Germany’s federal government and mainstream media are engaged in damage control after a report that challenges the established Corona narrative leaked from the interior ministry.

Some of the report key passages are:

  • The dangerousness of Covid-19 was overestimated: probably at no point did the danger posed by the new virus go beyond the normal level.
  • The people who die from Corona are essentially those who would statistically die this year, because they have reached the end of their lives and their weakened bodies can no longer cope with any random everyday stress (including the approximately 150 viruses currently in circulation).
  • Worldwide, within a quarter of a year, there has been no more than 250,000 deaths from Covid-19, compared to 1.5 million deaths [25,100 in Germany] during the influenza wave 2017/18.
  • The danger is obviously no greater than that of many other viruses. There is no evidence that this was more than a false alarm.
  • A reproach could go along these lines: During the Corona crisis the State has proved itself as one of the biggest producers of Fake News.

So far, so bad. But it gets worse.

The report focuses on the “manifold and heavy consequences of the Corona measures” and warns that these are “grave”.

More people are dying because of state-imposed Corona-measures than they are being killed by the virus.

The reason is a scandal in the making:

A Corona-focused German healthcare system is postponing life-saving surgery and delaying or reducing treatment for non-Corona patients.

Berlin in Denial Mode. The scientists fight back.

Initially, the government tried to dismiss the report as “the work of one employee”, and its contents as “his own opinion” – while the journalists closed ranks, no questions asked, with the politicians.

But the 93-pages report titled “Analysis of the Crisis Management” has been drafted by a scientific panel appointed by the interior ministry and composed by external medical experts from several German universities.

The report was the initiative of a department of the interior ministry called Unit KM4 and in charge with the “Protection of critical infrastructures”.

This is also where the German official turned whistleblower, Stephen Kohn, work(ed), and from where he leaked it to the media.

The authors of the report issued a joint press release already on Mai 11th, berating the government for ignoring expert advise, and asking for the interior minister to officially comment upon the experts joint statement:

“Therapeutic and preventive measures should never bring more harm than the illness itself. Their aim should be to protect the risk groups, without endegearing the availibilty of medical care and the health of the whole population, as it is unfortunately occurring”

“We in the scientific and medical praxis are experiencing the secondary damages of the Corona-measures on our patients on a dialy basis.”

“We therefore ask the Federal Ministry of the Interior, to comment upon our press release, and we hope for a pertinent discussion regarding the [Corona] measures, one that leads to the best possible solution for the whole population”

At the time of writing, the German government had yet to react.

But the facts are – sadly – vindicating the medical experts’ worries.

On Mai 23 the German newspaper Das Bild titled: “Dramatic consequences of the Corona-Measures: 52,000 Cancer Ops delayed.”

Inside, a aeading medical doctor warns that “we will feel the side-effects of the Corona crisis for years”.

Shooting the Whistleblower. Ignoring the Message.

As Der Spiegel reported on Mai 15th: “Stephen Kohn [the whistleblower] has since been suspended from duty. He was advised to obtain a lawyer and his work laptop was confiscated.”

Kohn had originally leaked the report on May 9th to the liberal-conservative magazine Tichys Einblick one of Germany’s most popular alternative media outlets.

News of the report went mainstream in Germany during the second week of May – but already in the third week media and politicians alike stopped discussing the issue by refusing to comment upon it.

Emblematic was the approach taken by Günter Krings, the representative for Interior Minister Horst Seehofer – the whistleblower’s boss:

Asked it he would treat the document seriously, Krings replied:

“If you start analyzing papers like that, then pretty soon you’ll be inviting the guys with the tin foil hats to parliamentary hearings.”

Men in tin foil hats – Aluhut in German – is a term used to describe people who believe in conspiracy theories.

Indeed one article by Der Spiegel adressing the Corona protest movement and the consequences of the leaked report contained the word “conspiracy” no fewer than 17 times!

And no discussions of the issues raised by the report itself.

Outside Germany the news has virtually gone unreported.

The Protest Movement – or “Corona-Rebellen”

Germans begun demonstrating against Lockdowns as early as April.

And thousands of citizens keep showing up at demos every week-end, even as the government is easing the restrictions.

The demos are not merely against restrictions, which have actually been comparatively mild compared to many other Western countries.

The demos question the entire Corona Narrative, and even more its principals, especially the role Bill Gates is playing, as the WHO second biggest donor (the first one since Trump suspended U.S. contribution).

Indeed the biggest such demos took place in Stuttgart on May 9th, where tens of thousands people assempled to say no – to the NWO.

Germans are saying no to any orwellian solution the government might one day impose out of a questionable “emergency status”, from mass surveillance Apps to mandatory vaccinations.

The leaked report has proved their fears to be well founded.

At least as far as the fake nature of the “Corona pandemic” is concerned.

The rest might soon follow.

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Systematic Racist Violence in America: Minnesota National Guard and State Police Deployed in Twin Cities Rebellion

Third Precinct station razed while unrest spreads to St. Paul and other municipalities around the United States

By Abayomi Azikiwe

A cell phone videotaped deadly encounter between African American George Floyd and several Minneapolis law-enforcement officers resulting in a brutal strangulation has proven to be a turning point in the long saga of systematic racist violence in the United States.

For four straight days and nights, militant demonstrations have occurred in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and a growing number of municipalities around the country.

Reaching an intense level on the evening of May 28, demonstrators surrounded the Third Precinct police station pelting the structure with missiles. Later the building was evacuated by the city administration while soon afterwards people entered the station and set multiple fires.

Mayor Jacob Frey took full responsibility for the retreat from the Third Precinct noting that the situation was too dangerous for personnel inside and outside the building. Television coverage of the arson attacks on the police station was broadcast live throughout the world.

Minneapolis Third Precinct attacked by demonstrators protesting the police killing of George Floyd

Frey defended the lack of arrests for property damage and arson over the course of May 27 and 28 saying that his aim was to not further inflame the situation. With deployment of the Minnesota National Guard and State Troopers it appears as if they have taken charge of law-enforcement responsibility in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

By midday on May 29, there was an announcement that Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer shown in the video with his knee on the neck of George Floyd resulting in his death, had been taken into custody. The Hennepin County District Attorney Michael Freeman later announced that Chauvin was being charged with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Immediately, local and national activists said that the arrest of one officer was not enough to satisfy their demands for justice. The African American communities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area are constantly reminding the public of the decades-long history of police brutality.

Within the charging document there is much to be concerned about as it relates to the potential case being brought to court against former police officer Chauvin by the prosecutors. The indictment alleges that Floyd did not die from suffocation. It claims that the victim had other health problems while having being intoxicated. These assertions are problematic because similar efforts are often carried out in other police killings in order to provide a legal angle for acquittal. (See this)

Many former and current law-enforcement officials in numerous interviews over various television networks have condemned the use of such a method of restraint seen in the video which immediately went viral. Nonetheless, there are thousands of African Americans and others who are victimized by police violence every year. In most situations, the police are not held accountable and remain employed in the public service.

Meanwhile property destruction and arson attacks spread to neighboring St. Paul on May 28 where at least 200 businesses were impacted. Some of the same chain stores attacked in Minneapolis suffered an identical fate in the other twin city.

A report on the situation published by CBS Minnesota said of events that:

“St. Paul was spared from the chaos Wednesday night (May 27), but that all changed Thursday. The St. Paul Police Department said more than 170 businesses were looted or damaged Thursday, and dozens of fires were set. But there were no serious injuries reported in the city. Fires continued to burn in the city early Friday morning, with the largest one at Big Top Liquor near Snelling and University avenues, nearby Allianz Field.”

Demonstrations Spread Across the U.S.

Protests soon erupted in many other cities where thousands have taken to the streets demanding an end to police violence against African Americans. In Louisville, Kentucky, 7 people were shot during the evening on May 28.

Minneapolis Rebellion after George Floyd police killing

The following night there were additional demonstrations taking place in the city. People are angered by the failure of the authorities in Louisville to file charges against the police officers that killed emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African American woman, sleeping in her bed during a purportedly mistaken location raid in search of illegal drugs. There were no drugs in the apartment yet Taylor is dead at the hands of police.

According to a news report on events in Louisville there are:

“Groups of protesters demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, who was an African American woman killed in her apartment by police officers on March 13, are gathered on Jefferson and Sixth Street.  Around 9 p.m., protesters pulled down the American and Kentucky flags in front of the Hall of Justice and set them ablaze. Moments later, some protesters threw objects at the building’s glass doors, more items were lit on fire and there were three loud bangs which went off.  A group of more than 1,000 people were estimated to be gathering around the Hall of Justice where everything seems to be focused.”

Louisville demonstration demanding justice for Breonna Taylor

Demonstrations occurred in dozens of municipalities including Phoenix, New York City, Denver, Chicago, Memphis, Washington, D.C., Dallas and Detroit. In the city of Detroit thousands gathered at public safety headquarters downtown on the afternoon of Friday May 29. After listening to several speakers including City Council President Pro term Mary Sheffield, Charter Revision Commission member Joanna Underwood, Board of Police Commissioners Member Willie Burton, among others, the crowd began to march through downtown into the Midtown and Woodbridge District, chanting anti-racist and anti-police brutality slogans.

In Atlanta fires were set during demonstrations in the downtown area where police presence was extremely heavy. Later a small group gathered at the CNN Center where several people threw missiles and incendiary devices which broke windows. The police in riot gear launched teargas in an attempt to disperse the crowd.

The White House has largely been circumspect in regard to the nationwide unrest which has grown exponentially since May 26. President Donald Trump sent out a tweeted message during the early morning hours of May 29 suggesting that “looters” should be shot on sight. He later attempted to clean up the statement. However, the damage had already been done politically.

Trump is quite concerned with the deteriorating economic and social situation in the U.S. where 41 million people have applied for unemployment benefits since mid-March directly stemming from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the explosion in anti-racist protests where some are becoming more violent, the administration can only stoke fear and bigotry in an effort to build upon its existing base within the capitalist ruling class as well as significant sections of the white population which mistakenly view the nationally oppressed, immigrants and those harboring opinions differing from the president as their central enemies and adversaries.

Possible Outcome in the Present Conjuncture

The unrest in the U.S. has drawn the attention of the international community. Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile and the current chair of the United Nations Human Commission for Human Rights (UNCHR) made a statement on May 28 criticizing the police killing of George Floyd and other African Americans.

Bachelet said in a statement issued from the UNCHR offices that:

“This is the latest in a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by U.S. police officers and members of the public. I am dismayed to have to add George Floyd’s name to that of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many other unarmed African Americans who have died over the years at the hands of the police — as well as people such as Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin who were killed by armed members of the public. The US authorities must take serious action to stop such killings, and to ensure justice is done when they do occur. Procedures must change, prevention systems must be put in place, and above all police officers who resort to excessive use of force should be charged and convicted for the crimes committed.”

In addition to the UNCHR, the African Union (AU), representing 55 member-states on the continent and its 1.2 billion people, weighed in as well with a statement which read:

“The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Recalling the historic Organization of Africa Unity (OAU) Resolution on Racial Discrimination in the United States of America made by African Heads of State and Government, at the OAU’s First Assembly Meeting held in Cairo, Egypt from 17 to 24 July 1964, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission firmly reaffirms and reiterates the African Union’s rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the United States of America. He further urges the authorities in the United States of America to intensify their efforts to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin.”

These statements from both the UN and the AU reaffirm the legitimacy of the African American struggle for self-determination and full equality. Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik Shabazz) was present at the 1964 OAU Summit in July 1964 to lobby on behalf of the people of African descent in the U.S. His work in winning this resolution 56 years ago is a clear indication of the correctness of his position during the period.

National and international coordination of political forces is required in order to elevate the African American liberation movement in its efforts to secure the right to security and development unhindered by a racist system which is in rapid decline. As the economic crisis in the U.S. worsens the level of conflict and disorder will intensify requiring broader unity and solidarity aimed at ending national oppression and economic exploitation.

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The Human Heart and the Unspeakable Death of George Floyd

By Elizabeth Woodworth

I am not American.  Nor am I black, nor male.

But my heart broke in a new way while watching the slow, agonized death of George Floyd, as for nine minutes a police officer kneeled on his neck, crushing his face into the pavement.  (1)

I did not sleep that night.  And as with so many others, it’s still there when I awake each morning.

Men being led to execution often call out for their mothers. Millions watching this video heard Floyd’s desperate cries for his mother.

The human heart has no defence against such cold-blooded injustice.  Hearts around the planet are breaking for George Floyd.

Justice is a core value in the fabric of life:  Even domestic animals treated unjustly will look at us in bewilderment.

Trappist monk Thomas Merton coined the phrase, “the unspeakable”.  It is a void in the human heart.  Empty of compassion, the vacuum fills with violence.  It is what we saw in the officers who killed Floyd. (2)

It is also what we saw in the murder of JFK, orchestrated by the CIA. (3)

We cannot unsee what we witnessed in the Floyd video.  This unspeakable murder is the only story that has broken through the Covid-19 headlines – showing that justice is as important as life itself.

Officials need to understand that the protests across America represent a core value of humanity:  The need for justice that is embedded in the human heart.

The riots will continue until this understanding of our humanity is declared – and acted upon in an unprecedented and powerfully open way.

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China Bashing in High Gear. Sustained by Western Media

By Keith Lamb

Since the outbreak of COVID 19 criticism of China, by both Western political elites in the U.S. and U.K., has seen an upsurge. This intensification of rhetoric is reflected in the simplistic cold war hyperbole spun in the right-wing Western media. Here a simple dualistic script is presented where the forces of good do battle against evil.

This penmanship fails to comprehend that China has its own interests and fears. In a West where bashing China accumulates political virtue points, voices who do not follow this line are castigated as either nefarious or indoctrinated. In contrast, the Western audience is portrayed as an enlightened individual whose perspective on the world is untainted by mediated interests. As such, what is good for Western elites becomes transposed as a moral good for the rest of the world too.

The denial that China has a legitimate voice, with its own sense of justice vis-à-vis the Western ‘enlightened-mind’ lays the foundation for a rise in tensions and righteous indignation. As the moral basis is set hostility can be justified and supported by Western audiences. This Western civilization ‘jihad’ is nothing new. The ‘white man’s burden’ and the spreading of Christianity justified the horrors of colonialism while the doctrine of liberal human rights was used as a cloak for the looting of Iraq.

In the context of the current wave of anti-Chinese sentiment foreign contributors to CGTN (China Global Television Network) have, come under attack. I was recently mentioned in an article in the Daily Express that was following up on allegations by the British communications regulator Ofcom and questions raised by British MPs that CGTN was using ‘fake experts’ and propagandists to attack critics of the Chinese government.

Having first gone to China in 2004 I quickly became aware of a disconnect between China as it is versus its Western portrayal. For example, in the summer of 2007 before the Olympic games, I wondered a hutong in the center of Beijing. I saw with my own eyes’ squalid ramshackle huts and barefoot muddy faced children bereft of clean clothes. These areas were regenerated and this poverty has vanished from Chinese cities. Nevertheless, the response from the Western press was one of blanket condemnation that emphasized cultural destruction.Coronavirus Is Becoming a Western Excuse for Sinophobia and “China-Bashing”

Likewise, the unprecedented speed and efficiency of the lockdown achieved in China was also gnarled into a tale of repression and incompetence. Yet, my participation of lockdown, in China, was one characterized by unity, compassion, and, as demonstrated by the waves of COVID 19 memes, humor in the face of adversity. Of course, these characteristics are also present in the West now. However, the difference is that the united front and banter of Westerners is not being branded as a consequence of propaganda as it was in China.

China is evidently not a paradise it has much to improve on. However, there is no lack of reporting on China’s negative side in the ‘Anglosphere’ press. What is missing is China’s point of view and how it justifies its actions from its own historical and civilizational vista. Addressing, these issues require brave introspection into our own civilizational contradictions which opens up painful cognitive dissonance on our part.

From the Chinese perspective the cry for human rights and democracy are disingenuous. They see a manifold of discrepancies where democracy works at the expense of national interests and where the levers of power are all too easily captured by U.S. and transnational capital. Dov Levin Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong has identified 62 American interventions in foreign elections between 1946 and 1989. Overall America’s favored candidates were simply those friendlier to U.S. interests. Bill Clinton’s funneling of money in support of Yeltsin and the chaos that saw living standards and life expectancy plummet is a poignant lesson to Chinese citizens.

When socialist governments have been elected CIA coups such as those which brought Chile’s Pinochet to power in 1973 have been employed. Worse is the use of war justified through spreading democracy and human rights. The contradiction of the Western ‘force of the willing’ illegally invading Iraq from autocratic Saudi Arabia is obvious. As conspicuous as it was our electorates proved impotent in preventing one of the worst human rights disasters of this century. These historical geopolitical facts are also glaringly unmistakable to Chinese citizens who in light of this reality combined with the tremendous progress made in development, largely accept their political-economic system.

One could argue that the closed nature of the Chinese media precludes Chinese citizens from understanding the full picture. However, to assume that the West knows more about China than the Chinese people themselves is not only belittling, it’s factually wrong too. Strikingly, the Chinese understand vastly more about the occident than the Westerner knows about the orient. In China, lessons in English and Western culture are compulsory even at universities; Western media is avidly consumed and international Chinese tourists are now ubiquitous.

We in the West must be humble enough to question the limits of our world-view that is mediated largely through a mass media predominantly in the hands of a small business oligarchy.

I have had articles published by both the Western and Chinese media but only contributions to Chinese media have ever produced claims of ‘fake expert’ and ‘propagandist’. While I’m a keen Sinologist the vastness of the subject leads me to reject the label expert. Nevertheless, I humbly offer my writing with sincerity from a position forged from direct experience combined with academic study. Therefore, I oppose the crude propagandist label which conjures up outdated images of McCarthyism.

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Trump’s Anti-Beijing Reelection Strategy. Anti-China Agenda Risks Direct Confrontation?

By Stephen Lendman

Trump’s anti-Beijing reelection strategy turned most Americans into China haters by the power of propaganda, along with greatly damaging the bilateral relationship.

His unacceptable China bashing risks rupturing relations if his regime continues its present path — policies hostile to world peace, stability, and cooperative relations with other countries, greatly influenced by hardliners surrounding him.

Worst still, his anti-China agenda risks direct confrontation by accident or design, a clash between two nuclear powers if he pushes things too far.

His latest blow to bilateral relations came Friday afternoon, saying:

“I am directing my (regime) begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment,” adding:

“My announcement today will affect the full range of agreements that we have with Hong Kong, from our extradition treaty, to our export controls and technologies.”

“We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China.”

He intends to unilaterally impose illegal sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials “directly or indirectly involved in eroding Hong Kong’s autonom (sic)” — ignoring that the city is sovereign Chinese, not US, territory.

He stopped short of explaining specific steps to be taken. When asked, a White House spokesperson declined to provide information on what may be planned.

Trump did say that he’d instruct his “presidential working group on financial markets to study the different practices of Chinese companies listed on the US financial markets” — on the phony pretext of protecting American investors.

He also barred Chinese scientists and researchers allegedly connected to what he called Beijing’s “military-civil fusion strategy” from entering the US.

Henceforth, his regime’s hostile policies toward China will apply to Hong Kong — details to follow at a later time.

His Friday remarks included nothing about the Sino/US trade deal, weakened by his regime’s war by other means on China.

Notably in recent weeks, Beijing has been buying Brazilian soybeans, lower amounts from the US.China-US Trade War: Trump Threatens China After Multiple Rounds of Negotiations.

Its authorities have lots of ways to retaliate against unacceptable US actions.

In the last 48 hours, Trump’s tweet-storm included nothing about US/China relations.

Responding to his remarks, China’s Global Times said the following:

His “press conference was full of lies. (He) arbitrarily fabricated the imaginary changes that the national security legislation for Hong Kong might bring about to the city,” adding:

“He peddled nonsense, saying that China will only have ‘one country, one system,’ while ignoring the huge differences in political systems, governance models, and social customs between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.”

In terminating his regime’s relationship with the WHO, he falsely claimed it’s because “China has total control,” a baseless accusation.

There’s plenty about the organization to criticize, ignored in his remarks.

According to the US Chamber of Commerce, over 1,200 US companies, including major Wall Street banks, operate in Hong Kong or do business with the city.

“(O)ver 800 (have) either regional offices or headquarters” there.

They contribute tens of billions of dollars to the US economy annually.

The Trump regime is unlikely to institute policies that negatively affect their interests — other than designated high-tech firms, part of its policy to try undermining Beijing’s technological development.

China is the leading US export market, other than Canada and Mexico combined under the USMCA (new NAFTA) trade deal.

US exports to China support around 1.1 million American jobs, according to the US-China Business Council (USCBC).

Bilateral trade is key for both countries. Disrupting it would worsen current economic collapse conditions.

According to USCBC, US exports to China increased by 73% in the last decade — compared to a 57% increase with the rest of the world community.

Growing bilateral friction will disrupt bilateral trade if things are pushed too far.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhou Lijian said Beijing will “take all necessary measures to hit back if US insists on harming (its) interests, adding:

“The US trade surplus with Hong Kong has accumulated to 297 billion US dollars in the past decade.”

“A safe, stable and prosperous Hong Kong is in the interests of the United States.”

Separately, Zhao slammed the Trump regime’s” demand for a Security Council video conference on China’s new national security law, saying:

“This is utter nonsense and making trouble out of nothing,” adding:

The Trump regime must “immediately stop (its) meaningless political maneuvers” going nowhere.

“The US side blatantly interfered in China’s internal affairs and wantonly undermined the basic norms of international relations by requesting a meeting on a Hong Kong-related issue at the UN Security Council.”

“China has all the reasons to firmly oppose it and their attempts are doomed to fail.”

The US is an unparalleled global menace, an aggressor state, a rogue state, a fantasy democracy state, a human and civil rights abusing state.

America is its own worst enemy, a nation in decline because of its war on humanity at home and abroad and unwillingness to change.

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