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07 марта 2013, 18:19

Malaysia Invaded -- Hundreds of Terrorists Land on Beaches, Western Media Mute

Tony CartalucciActivist Post Hundreds of heavily armed terrorists have crossed from the Philippines and landed in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah. Dozens are already dead, and the Malaysian military has brought in aircraft and armor to confront the audacious, bizarre invasion, scattering militants into the jungles of Borneo island. A seemingly headline news event, the invasion has been downplayed and spun by the Western media, many calling militant Al Qaeda-linked terrorists, an "armed Filipino clan."Image: Malaysia has called in air support and armor to confront a bizarre terrorist invasion in its eastern state of Sabah. The West's woeful, irresponsible coverage of a burgeoning region-wide destabilization, fits in nicely with its coverage of US-Saudi funded/armed terrorism around the world, including in Syria where US-funded terrorists of the so-called "Free Syrian Army" have just taken dozens of UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights - just days after the US announced it would fund the terrorists further, to the tune of $60 million and the West's Arab partners have just granted the terrorist faction Syria's seat at the "Arab League." Terrorists are US-Saudi Funded Extremists - Part of Engineered Destabilization. While the West pleads ignorance over the identity of the militants held up in the jungles of Malaysia's Sabah state, the militant organizations themselves have declared thousands more in reinforcements are being arranged in the Philippines to join and exasperate the conflict. The Free Malaysia Today newspaper reported in its article, "10,000 Tausugs to sail to Sabah," that:Thousands of Tausug from Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi have sailed to Sabah to reinforce members of the so-called royal army of the sultanate of Sulu who are fighting it out with Malaysian security forces, a Moro National Liberation Front official said Tuesday. google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) of course, is one of several of Al Qaeda's franchises in Southeast Asia, and spun off the notorious terrorist organization, Abu Sayyaf, a US State Department-listed foreign terrorist organization with direct ties to Al Qaeda. The Philippines' terrorist organizations, located amongst the country's southern islands have long held ties to Al Qaeda and receive funding and support from Saudi Arabia. AFP reported in their 2010 article, "WikiLeaks: US suspected Saudi ambassador to the Philippines of terror link," that: The United States suspected a Saudi Arabian ambassador to the Philippines of potential involvement in funding terrorists, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks this week.The report would also state: Francis Townsend cited Waly’s intervention to secure the release of two members of an Islamic charity detained in the Philippines, the cable showed.The group was suspected of funneling funds to Al-Qaeda-linked groups based in the southern Philippines. It continued stating: The February 24, 2007, US embassy cable named the charity suspected of terror financing in the Philippines as IIRO, which stands for the International Islamic Relief Organisation Intelligence agencies have said IIRO was set up by Muhammad Jamal Khalifa, a brother-in-law of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.The report concluded by stating: Overall, the WikiLeaks cables singled out Saudi Arabia as the key source of funding for radical Islamist groups including Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hamas.Saudi Arabia is of course is the chief financier of Al Qaeda, and is currently leading efforts to fund, arm, and fill the ranks of Al Qaeda's franchises from Mali and Libya, to Syria and Iraq. A multitude of reports from across the West have identified Saudi Arabia as the linchpin in Al Qaeda's global terror campaign, including the US Army West Point Combating Terrorism Center. Its reports "Al-Qa'ida's Foreign Fighters in Iraq" and "Bombers, Bank Accounts and Bleedout: al-Qa'ida's Road In and Out of Iraq," identify a vast terrorist network maintained by the Saudis that recruits, arms, and funds terrorists from across the Muslim World, and can funnel a mercenary army into any desired nation. At the time, the desired nation was Iraq. In 2011, it was Libya. Today it is Syria. The same network that US soldiers fought in Iraq is verifiably in use today, in support of US regime-change operations in Syria. And while it is acknowledged across even the Western mainstream media that Saudi Arabia is a notorious state-sponsor of terrorism, including the terrorists allegedly behind the September 11, 2001 attacks that left 3,000 Americans dead, the US has had a decades-long, deep economic and military relationship with the despotic Arabian autocracy. The US maintains permanent military bases inside Saudi Arabia, funds the Saudi military, and has recently concluded the largest arms deal in US history with the Saudis. Additionally, Saudi Arabia's brutally repressive internal security apparatus is a creation of US advisers and operators. The Saudi royal family and the elite amongst the US corporate-financier Fortune 500, have maintained deep financial and political ties as well. Saudi Arabian corporate-financier interests (run by the royal family) are tied directly to Wall Street and London via conglomerations like the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council and representation upon the JP Morgan International Council (Khalid Al-Falih of Saudi Aramco, amongst the highest valued companies on Earth). This also includes the Bin Laden family, whose multi-billion dollar Saudi Binladin Group is an active member of the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council and plays a central role in deciding bilateral policy for the benefit of collective US-Saudi corporate-financier and corresponding geopolitical interests. At one point, the Bin Ladens and the Bush family sat around the same table, as both families were involved in the equity firm, Carlyle. In fact, Bush and Bin Laden family members were clicking champagne glasses together in Washington on 9/11, an event that would make both families immensely rich in the coming decade. It is clear, most acutely in Libya and Syria, that the use of Saudi Arabia's global Al Qaeda mercenary army serves both Saudi Arabia's interests as well as Western geopolitical ambitions, including to exact regime change around the world. And it just so happens that the West and Saudi Arabia both seek regime change in currently Russo-Iranian-Chinese friendly Malaysia. West Attempts to Install Client Regime in MalaysiaThe West has been propping up Malaysian opposition candidate Anwar Ibrahim for years. Anwar Ibrahim, head of Malaysia's opposition coalition, which includes the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), has spent a lifetime in the service of Western interests. Anwar Ibrahim was Chairman of the Development Committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1998, held lecturing positions at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, was a consultant to the World Bank, and a panelist at the Neo-Con lined National Endowment for Democracy's "Democracy Award" and a panelist at a NED donation ceremony - the very same US organization whose subsidiaries are funding and supporting Bersih, a faux-pro-democracy Western-funded street movement that in fact was created by, and in the service of Anwar Ibrahim's political ambitions. Bersih's street activism fits into a global pattern of Western-backed "color revolutions," where meddling in sovereign nation's political processes to install Western-client regimes is disguised as "democracy promotion." Anwar Ibrahim's affiliations with Malaysian "Islamists," the already active political subversion his US State Department-funded Bersih movement is sowing in Malaysia's streets, and his Western backers' habitual support for terrorism internationally as a geopolitical tool, raises the possibility that his opposition movement is complicit in the conveniently timed militant destabilization Malaysia now faces, only months before 2013's general elections. This may be why the Western media refuses to properly cover an otherwise very noteworthy conflict. The fact that these militants are emanating from long-time US ally, the Philippines, and the Philippines' current role in assisting the US "pivot" towards Asia, and more specifically facilitating a proxy confrontation with China, illustrates the greater regional implications at play. The US intends to install client regimes in Myanmar led by Aung San Suu Kyi, Thailand led by Thaksin Shinawatra's despotic political dynasty, and in Malaysia led by Anwar Ibrahim. Together, this front will then be turned against Chinese interests as part of a long-planned desire to encircle and contain China. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 7/28/12 */ google_ad_slot = "9833874419"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; It will be done so under ASEAN and at the cost of Asia's stability and prosperity. The future of Asia hangs in the balance, and, therefore, conflicts like Malaysia's battle against armed extremists in Sabah may not be covered by the Western press, but it must be covered by the alternative press. The unhinged insanity that is now spilling blood on Malaysia's shores, also represented by the West's proxy Anwar Ibrahim and his attempts to provoke street protests against the ruling government, illustrates just how dangerous the current Anglo-American international order is, and how far its reach extends. We must identify the corporate-financier interests driving this agenda, - interests we most likely patronize on a daily basis, and both boycott and permanently replace them to erode the unwarranted influence they have used, and will continue to use against people the world over.Tony Cartalucci's articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg. Read other contributed articles by Tony Cartalucci here. 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06 января 2013, 22:26

Abenomics: Japan's Thermidor

The ascent of the Democratic Party of Japan marked the end of Japan's one-party state, dominated by the Liberal Democratic Party since the 1955.  However, the DPJ was unable to address the challenges Japan faced, was internally unstable, as illustrated by the revolving door in the prime minister's office, and spent scarce political clout to support a controversial retail sales tax increase.   The LDP has returned to power.  Its ascent is a victory for the old elite.  Reports suggest that half of the cabinet positions were given to members of parliament who had inherited their Diet seats from their families.    The LDP's program, or Abenomics as it has been dubbed, seeks to strengthen the domestic economy and enhance Japan's ability to project its power internationally.  The LDP program has three components:  monetary policy, fiscal policy and nationalism.   It is monetary policy that most recently has captured the imagination of observers and investors alike.  Essentially, the Abe government wants the Bank of Japan to be more aggressive.  The BOJ adopted a 1% inflation target in early 2012, which is missed in 2012, as deflation still is evident (as it has been for around 15 years).  The government wants a 2% target.  The BOJ is set to debate increasing its inflation target at the next board meeting (Jan 21-22) The Abe government also wants the BOJ to adopt an open-ended commitment to expanded its balance sheet, as the Federal Reserve has done and the ECB says it will do under its Outright Markets Transaction scheme (which has yet to be initiated).   The BOJ expanded its assets purchase program five times in 2012.  It is not immediately clear how this would be substantively different from an open-ended commitment.   The Abe government had threatened to alter the BOJ's charter to force it to comply.  However, it seems to be backing down from this, suggesting that it may not seek to legislate, if the BOJ cooperates.  We have previously recognized that with the BOJ governor and two deputies' terms ending in a couple of months, the LDP can achieve its objectives with personnel decisions what it threatens.   Some observers have sought to defend the independence of the BOJ.  However, we note that the BOJ's independence may not have been what many think.  Under existing law, the Ministry of Finance can, for example, send representatives to BOJ meetings.  Can you imagine the US Treasury Secretary dropping in on a FOMC meeting or the German Finance Minister popping in on  Bundesbank meeting, back when the Bundesbank had keys to the printing press ?   On the other hand, the independence of central banks, more broadly, begs questions about independence from whom (the same political forces that we trust with grave responsibilities, including the national defense) and to what end.   Complimenting what the aggressive expansion of monetary policy, the LDP-led government will pursue an aggressive fiscal policy.  A supplemental budget is being cobbled together, with reports suggesting a JPY10 trillion package.  When Finance Mnister Aso was Prime Minister (2008-2009) he also offered extensive fiscal support, as the global credit cycle ended dramatically. The FY2012-13 budget is also being drafted.  The near-term fiscal stimulus is not being tied to longer term fiscal consolidation.  Abe feels no compulsion to respect the DPJ's self-imposed JPY44 trillion annual debt cap.  The Abe government has also indicated that it is considering investing directly in some companies to help them cope with the economic situation.   Compliments aggressively accommodative monetary and fiscal policy, Abenomics wanted the yen to fall.  Without taking a single action, Abe and the LDP appear to have been more successful than BOJ intervention in weakening the yen.  Finance Minister Aso has suggested a JPY90 target, which is within striking distance. Some Japanese producers have weighed in, preferring a JPY100 target.   Moreover, as the yen has weakened the Nikkei has rallied.  Foreign investors, who had been large buyers of Japanese government bonds earlier in 2012, finished the year as strong buyers of Japanese shares.  In a weak yen environment, Japanese stocks outperform bonds.  Japanese 10-year bond yields have crept higher recently, but have actually outperformed US Treasuries, German bunds and UK gilts in recent weeks.   The third-prong of the LDP's program is nationalism. It has taken several forms. The DPJ eschewed controversial visits to the war shrine.  Top LDP officials do not.  The LDP has suggested interest in re-writing a 1995 apology about its aggressiveness and colonization policies in East Asia.   It has not shown any conciliatory tone in the dispute over the Senkaku-Diaoyu islands with China.  This simmering dispute with China seems to be doing what North Korea failed to do by launching missiles in Japan's direction and what US urging was unable to accomplish, namely an emerging consensus favoring a re-militarization of Japan.  Perhaps most telling about the regional tension with a more assertive China, the Philippines recent endorsed the re-arming of Japan.   The rise of nationalism does not bode well for Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an attempt to build a free-trade area covering both sides of the Pacific.  Although it was somewhat controversial for the DPJ, it had seemed to be moving in a supportive direction.  The LDP (and the interests it represents) seem more hostile.   Thus far, there seems to be little push back against thrust of the LDP's monetary and fiscal policies.  The purposeful depreciation of the yen has not spurred protests by other countries, but we suspect that a continued sharp decline will antagonize Japan's competitors, including South Korea and China.  Although most of Japanese cars sold in the US are made in the US, US auto companies may also express their frustration.   The Senkaku-Diaoyu dispute with China is likely to be prolonged.  Although in his first stint in office Abe struck a conciliatory tone with China, this time seems a bit different  Japan violated the status quo by, in effect, nationalizing the islands, but yet does not seem prepared to confront China directly.   China did not pick the timing or place for the tension, but seems bent on seeking the advantage.  Its new leaders cannot back down without risking emboldening a number of other countries with whom it has unresolved territorial disputes with.    

20 ноября 2012, 13:45

Turkish Minister of Development Cevdet YILMAZ: “Turkey will lend an ear to the calls made in the report ‘Turn Down the Heat’"

New Report Examines Risks of 4 Degree Hotter World by End of Century ANKARA, November 19, 2012 – The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to a new scientific report released yesterday that was commissioned by the World Bank.   All regions of the world would suffer – some more than others – but the report finds that the poor will suffer the most.  Turn Down the Heat, a snapshot of the latest climate science prepared for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics, says that the world is on a path to a 4 degree Celsius[1] (4°C) warmer world by end of this century and current greenhouse gas emissions pledges will not reduce this by much.  “The issue of climate change facing our globe leads to problems that negatively affect the sustainable development of countries, such as desertification, drought, land degradation, hurricanes and floods. For this reason, urgent measures must be taken to contain climate change,” said Turkish Minister of Development Cevdet Yılmaz. “The report ‘Turn Down the Heat’ clearly lays down the damages that may be caused by climate change and highlights this requirement once more. There is a need to ensure a global collaboration whereby all countries will make contributions to the fight against climate change in line with the principle of shared but differentiated responsibilities, to the extent of their relative capabilities.”   “As one of the countries that will be affected most severely from climate change, Turkey is contributing to this process with policies and projects implemented for the solution of this problem directly and indirectly, in sectors such as industry, transportation, energy and waste management. As compared with the no-action scenario where Turkey would have continued implementing the policies in 1990, Turkey has achieved a cumulative emission reduction of 1.4 billion tons between 1990 and 2007. While Turkey’s GDP grew by 171 percent, her emission intensity declined to 036 during the same period. Turkey will lend an ear to the calls made in the report ‘Turn Down the Heat’ and will sustain her commitment to fighting climate change.” added Minister Yılmaz.  “A 4 degree warmer world can, and must be, avoided – we need to hold warming below 2 degrees,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.  “Lack of action on climate change threatens to make the world our children inherit a completely different world than we are living in today. Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest.”  The report says that the 4°C scenarios are potentially devastating: the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher under and malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water scarcity in many regions; increased intensity of tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of biodiversity, including coral reef systems.   "The Earth system's responses to climate change appear to be non-linear," points out PIK Director, John Schellnhuber. "If we venture far beyond the 2 degrees guardrail, towards the 4 degrees line, the risk of crossing tipping points rises sharply. The only way to avoid this is to break the business-as-usual pattern of production and consumption."  The report notes, however, that a 4°C world is not inevitable and that with sustained policy action warming can still be held below 2°C, which is the goal adopted by the international community and one that already brings some serious damages and risks to the environment and human populations.   “The world must tackle the problem of climate change more aggressively,” Kim said. “Greater adaptation and mitigation efforts are essential and solutions exist. We need a global response equal to the scale of the climate problem, a response that puts us on a new path of climate smart development and shared prosperity. But time is very short.”   The World Bank Group’s work on inclusive green growth has found that with more efficient and smarter use of energy and natural resources opportunities exist to drastically reduce the climate impact of development without slowing poverty alleviation or economic growth.    “While every country will take a different pathway to greener growth and balance their own need for energy access with energy sustainability, every country has green growth opportunities to exploit,” said Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development.   Those initiatives could include: putting the more than US$ 1 trillion of fossil fuel and other harmful subsidies to better use; introducing natural capital accounting into national accounts; expanding both public and private expenditures on green infrastructure able to withstand extreme weather and urban public transport systems designed to minimize carbon emission and maximize access to jobs and services; supporting carbon pricing and international and national emissions trading schemes; and increasing energy efficiency – especially in buildings – and the share of renewable power produced.   “This report reinforces the reality that today’s climate volatility affects everything we do,” Kyte said. “We will redouble our efforts to build adaptive cacpacity and reslience, as well as find solutions to the climate challenge.” Turn Down The Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided summarizes a range of the direct and indirect climatic consequences under the current global path for greenhouse gas emissions. Key findings include:   • Extreme heat waves, that without global warming would be expected to occur once in several hundred years, will be experienced during almost all summer months in many regions. The effects would not be evenly distributed. The largest warming would be exptected to occur over land and range from 4° C to 10° C. Increases of 6° C or more in average monthly summer temperatures would be expected in the Mediterranean, North Africa, Middle East and parts of the United States. • Sea level-rise by 0.5 to 1 meter by 2100 is likely, with higher levels also possible. Some of the most highly vulnerable cities are located in Mozambique, Madagascar, Mexico, Venezuela, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. • The most vulnerable regions are in the tropics, sub-tropics and towards the poles, where multiple impacts are likely to come together. • Agriculture, water resources, human health, biodiversity and ecosystem services are likely to be severely impacted. This could lead to large-scale displacement of populations and consequences for human security and economic and trade systems. • Many small islands may not be able to sustain their populations.   The report states that the science is unequivocal that humans are the cause of global warming, and major changes are already being observed. The global mean temperature has continued to increase and is now about 0.8°C above pre-industrial levels.   While a global warming of 0.8°C may not seem large, the report notes that many climate change impacts have already started to emerge, and the shift from 0.8°C to 2.0°C warming or beyond will pose much larger challenges. But a global mean temperature increase of 4°C approaches the known historic level of change for the planet, which harks back to the last ice age when much of central Europe and the northern United States were covered with kilometers of ice and global mean temperatures were about 4.5°C to 7°C lower. And this contemporary human-induced climate change, the report notes, is occurring over a century, not millennia.   Kyte said, “The Bank commissioned the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics to make a summary analysis of the latest climate science, as a means to better understand the potential impact of a 4°C warmer world in developing countries.”  Today, the Bank is helping 130 countries take action on climate change. Last year, it doubled its financial lending that contributes to adaptation. While the Bank administered US$ 7.2 billion Climate Investment Funds are now operating in 48 countries, leveraging an additional US$ 43 billion in clean investment. Increasingly, the Bank is supporting action on the ground to finance the kind of projects that help the poor grow their way out of poverty, increase their resilience to climate change, and achieve emissions reductions.    For a copy of Turn Down The Heat go to: http://climatechange.worldbank.org   A number of global leaders reacted to the report and the climate challenge including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.   Click here for a full list of the quotes (approved for attribution).http://climatechange.worldbank.org/sites/default/files/Testimonials.pdf  Contacts:Washington: Robert Bisset, (202) 458-5191, Cell: (202) 415-9646, [email protected]; For Broadcast Requests: Natalia Cieslik, (202) 458-9369, [email protected]   Visit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/worldbank Be updated via Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/worldbank For our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/worldbank   Read the Development in a Changing Climate blog: http://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/ For climate issues, follow us on twitter http://www.twitter.com/wbclimatechange