Daily Archives: November 12, 2008

Brown urges Obama to help build a ‘truly global society’

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Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown prepares to deliver his speech on world affairs during the City of London Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall, in central London, Monday Nov. 10, 2008. The Lord Mayor’s Banquet is held in honour of the immediate past Lord Mayor and is the first to be hosted by the new Lord Mayor of the City of London.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says the election of Barack Obama by the United States electorate offers a ‘new dawn of hope’

Daily Mail | Nov 10, 2008

Gordon Brown has called for the election of Barack Obama to be the starting point of a ‘truly global society’ where nations will work together rather than being ‘frozen by events’ such as the current financial crisis.

Speaking at the Lord Mayor’s banquet on Monday Night, the Prime Minister gave a stirring call-to-arms for the U.S. and Europe to work together for the good of the globe.

He said: ‘My message is that we must be: internationalist not protectionist; interventionist not neutral; progressive not reactive; and forward looking not frozen by events. We can seize the moment and in doing so build a truly global society.

‘The alliance between Britain and the U.S. – and more broadly between Europe and the U.S. – can and must provide leadership, not in order to make the rules ourselves, but to lead the global effort to build a stronger and more just international order.’

He urged the rejection of ‘beggar-thy-neighbor protectionism that has been a feature in transforming past crises into deep recessions’.

He also hailed the election of Barack Obama as a source of ‘hope and inspiration’ as he urged the United States to join with Europe to build a new global order.

In his annual foreign policy address to the City of London, the Prime Minister called on fellow world leaders to ‘seize the moment’ and lay the foundations for the ‘first truly global society’.

Addressing the Lord Mayor of London’s banquet at the Guildhall, Mr Brown acknowledged that while the challenges facing the world appeared ‘daunting’, they also presented the opportunity to build a better future.

He said the ‘unprecedented’ election of Mr Obama as America’s next president offered the prospect of a new ‘dawn of hope’, both in the US and the wider world.

‘Just days ago, across the Atlantic, our closest ally gave new meaning to its founding creed that all are created equal. Gave new strength to the notion that the American dream is for all Americans,’ he said.

‘Whatever one’s politics, it can surely only be a source of hope and inspiration that a nation which once would have looked at Barack Obama and defined him only by his colour today sees in him the man they want to be their president and commander-in-chief.

‘As America stands at its own dawn of hope – so let that hope be fulfilled through a pact with the wider world to lead and shape the 21st century as the first century of a truly global society.

‘I believe that with the far-sighted leadership we have in Europe, the whole of Europe can and will work closely with the rest of the world to meet the great challenges which will illuminate our convictions and test our resolution.’

Mr Brown, who flies to Washington this week for a financial summit of world leaders hosted by outgoing President George Bush, said it was vital that countries did not retreat into protectionism and isolationism in the face of the global downturn.

‘We have a choice: to retreat or advance; to turn inwards or to look outwards; to be cowed by our fears or led by our hopes,’ he said.

‘I want this to become the moment when we rise to the new challenges by purposeful visionary and international leadership, leaving behind the orthodoxies of yesterday and embracing new ideas to create a better tomorrow, not as the victims of history but as shapers of an open, free trade, flexible globalisation that is also inclusive and sustainable.

‘It is indeed possible to see the threats and challenges we face today as the difficult birth-pangs of a new global order, and our task now nothing less than making the necessarily painful transition through a new internationalism to a more collegial, collaborative and opportunity-rich global society.’

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Britain Prime Minister Gordon Brown (2R), his wife Sarah (L), City of London Lord Mayor Alderman Ian Luder (2L) and his wife Lady Mayoress Lin Luder (R) pose for a picture during Lord Mayor’s banquet in central London on November 10, 2008. The banquet is held in honour of the immediate past Lord Mayor and is the first to be hosted by the new Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Ian Luder.

Mr Brown – who earlier signalled that ministers were considering new tax cuts – welcomed plans by Mr Obama and by the governments of China and Germany to inject fresh funds into their economies to keep them going through the downturn.

‘This is no time for the old approach of short-term spending cuts in a downturn that would hurt families and businesses today and damage the long-term productivity of the economy,’ he said.

He said that this weekend’s talks in Washington would begin laying the foundations for a new international financial system to succeed the Bretton Woods agreements of 1944.

Insisting that there was still cause to be optimistic, Mr Brown ended by quoting President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous maxim that ‘the only thing we have to fear is fear itself’.

‘When fear overwhelms our perceptions or reality the effect is paralysing; it leaves people frozen into inaction, helpless at a time of great risk and even at a time of great opportunity too,’ the Prime Minister said.

‘But confidence in the future, that most precious asset of all, is the key to bringing back confidence today. It is dynamic, it heralds action.

‘I am confident. Confident that we can seize the moment, grasp it together, and use it to lay the foundations – optimistic, multilateralist and inclusive – on which we can build the first truly global society.’

Obama to Inherit “New Global Order” from Bush

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US President George W. Bush and president-elect Barack Obama make their way through the Colonnade on November 10, 208 to a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama was visiting the White House at the invitation of Bush ahead of his January 20, 2009 inauguration as the next president.

Right Side | Nov 11, 2008

By Cliff Kincaid

The bankruptcy of Iceland, now receiving a $2.1 billion two-year loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) “to support an economic recovery program,” has been depicted as something that could never happen to America. Is the U.S. too big to fail? Or is the U.S. going through the same process, albeit on a slower basis?

Will we wake up to discover that America is now a bit player in a “New World Order” dominated by China, rich Arab nations, and international institutions?

The politicians from both major U.S. political parties are attempting, with the help of the media, to mask what is happening by passing what they call a financial “rescue” and economic “stimulus” packages. The word “stimulus” is sort of like “rescue.” This is actually a process of piling up more debt and spending on top of more debt and spending. This puts us more at the mercy of those who decide to lend us money.

On November 15, the crisis goes global, as the Bush White House hosts an “international summit” designed, in the words of some of those participating, to create new “international financial architecture.” This means increasing the power and financial resources of international agencies like the IMF, possibly by implementing global taxes on the U.S. and other nations.

Anticipating the event, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says the current turmoil in the world economy offers a chance to build a “new global order” based on cooperation and opportunity. Brown summarized his approach as “internationalist, interventionist and progressive,” says a release from his office.

And all of this is happening under a “conservative” U.S. President by the name of George W. Bush.

Many of those attending the Washington, D.C. event will be associated with the Socialist International, which issued a statement calling for the new international financial architecture to include a World Financial Organization. A World Tax Organization can be expected to follow. It has been on the U.N. drawing board for years.

The first meeting of the Socialist International Commission on Global Financial Issues was held in Vienna, Austria, on November 3, and suggested “tackling the issue of insufficient financial resources in multilateral institutions and regional development banks by seeking new sources of funding and lending facilities, as well as more fundamental reforms in the global economic governance.” This is bureaucratic doublespeak for finding new foreign aid money, possibly through a global tax, and cutting the U.S. down to size economically.

One of the key members of this Socialist International commission is Columbia University Professor Joseph Stiglitz, a “revolutionary” economist who was named by Miguel D’Escoto, the new Marxist President of the U.N. General Assembly, to run a U.N. task force on international financial matters. Stiglitz, a key player in the emerging “New Global Order,” wrote a Sunday Washington Post article urging more foreign aid spending, a new global warming treaty reducing U.S. use of energy, and an expensive carbon tax on Americans.

On October 13, Stiglitz was among a group of economists meeting with Democratic politicians on Capitol Hill to devise their new economic “stimulus” plan. Obama says he wants this “stimulus” as soon as possible.

In a release from the World Economic Forum, Suzanne Nora Johnson, Senior Director of Goldman Sachs, USA, and a Trustee of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, declared that the Washington summit “gives us great opportunities to find solutions and new ways of looking at the world.” Johnson says that, while there has been “protectionist reaction” in the U.S. to sovereign wealth fund investments, as a result of the liquidity crisis there would now be greater openness to such deals. Sovereign Wealth Funds are government financial entities based in China and several Arab/Muslim states.

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Record snow falls in Europe and North America mean ski resorts open early

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A snowboarder opens the door of his snow covered van in Saas-Fee. Heavy snow caused numerous delays for travellers in Switzerland

Daily Mail | Nov 11, 2008

Ski resorts across Europe and North America have opened early this season after heavy snowfall in the last month.

A series of snowstorms since early November in North America and late October in Europe has enabled several resorts to open ahead of schedule.

The Italian resort of Bormio has opened a month early after heavy snowfalls at the end of October and start of November delivered 50ins to the resort’s upper slopes.

More heavy snow is forecast for many resorts across Austria, Switzerland and Italy this week.

Hintertux, in Austria, which already boasts 60ins of snow, is expecting a further 30ins over the next few days. Obergurgl, which is expecting 25ins of snow midweek, is set to open on Friday.

In Switzerland, Zermatt already has more than two metres of snow on its upper slopes, while Saas Fee has 75ins. Both resorts expect a further 20ins this week. Geilo, in Norway, has also opened three weeks early with a 25ins base.

The Scottish resorts of Cairngorm and The Lecht have also seen some early flurries and were briefly open at the start of November.

However, Cairngorm is now closed for annual maintenance work and mild and wet conditions has seen The Lecht shut down again.

The U.S. resort of Snowbird, in Utah, opened last Friday – the second earliest start in the resort’s 38-year history – after 35ins of snow fell the weekend before.

‘The west coast of America has received some significant snowfalls recently and it looks like mid-winter rather than autumn in many resorts,’ said a spokesman for the Ski Club of Great Britain.

‘While in Europe, a good amount of snow has fallen in recent weeks with more snow forecast,’ he added.

Other resorts to open early include Mammoth, in California, which has opened 10 days early.

Skiers who headed to its slopes last weekend were rewarded with 15ins of fresh powder; Mount Norquay, in Canada – which forms part of Banff’s Big Three ski area, along with Lake Louise and Sunshine Village – has opened almost three weeks early.

Anchorage suffered one of coldest Octobers on record

Anchorage Daily News | Oct 31, 2008

Anchorage has logged the eighth coldest October on record, the National Weather Service said today.

With an average temperature of 29.7 degrees, October landed a spot in history as one of the 10 coldest out of the roughly 90 years since records have been kept in Anchorage.

The coldest October on record was in 1996, with an average temperature of 25.5 degrees. The 10th coldest was in 1965, with an average temperature of 30.7 degrees.

And, though there’s little snow left on the ground to prove it, the month was also the 14th snowiest on record, the Weather Service said.

Snowfall for the month was 13.1 inches, 5.1 inches above normal. In years past, Octobers have seen as little as no snow to as much as 28.1 inches in 1996, the Weather Service said.

Worst snowstorm on record kills nine in Tibet

At least 144,400 yaks and sheep had died in what was reportedly the worst snowstorm on record in Tibet

Earth Times | Nov 2, 2008

Beijing – Rescuers continued efforts to reach dozens of people still trapped after record snowfall blanketed a remote area of China’s Tibet region, leaving at least nine dead, state media said on Sunday. Up to 2 metres of snow lay over some parts of Lhunze county, in Tibet’s Shannan district, and could take another week to melt, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Soldiers and rescue workers had evacuated 1,892 people in the Lhunzhe and Cuona counties and were trying to reach some 250 people still trapped, the agency said.

Most of those who died had either frozen to death or were hit by falling buildings brought down by the weight of snow.

Two people also went missing while they being evacuated, earlier reports said.

The regional government promised to pay subsidies to herding families which had lost yaks and sheep as a result of the snow.

“It was the heaviest snow I have ever seen and the snowstorm was totally unexpected,” Gaisang Yangzom, a village official in Lhunze, told the agency.

“Luckily, we just found our yak herd, but they didn’t feed on anything for three days,” she was quoted as saying.

Lhunze county only had enough fodder for about 12 days and needed another 2,550 tons of fodder for the animals and 325 tons of fuel for heating residents’ homes, the agency said.

The China Daily newspaper said at least 144,400 yaks and sheep had died in what was reportedly the worst snowstorm on record in Tibet, with 36 hours of continuous snowfall last Sunday and Monday.

Telecommunications and roads were badly affected in parts of Shannan, while the heavy snow also affected mountainous areas of the neighbouring provinces of Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan, it said.

Those rescued from remote areas were sleeping in schools or government buildings, and officials had allocated tents, clothing and other emergency supplies, the newspaper said.

Cuona county had been cut off for three days but the main road linking it to Lhunze reopened on Thursday after road workers and paramilitary police battled for 63 hours to clear snow, it said.

Australian and Canadian Prime Ministers read from the same Iraq War script

In 2003, Stephen Harper and Australian Prime Minister John Howard deliver largely identical speeches urging their nations to join George W. Bush’s Coalition of the Willing to go to war with Iraq.

Obama’s Council on Foreign Relations Crew

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“We think the price is worth it.” Madeline Albright – CFR, Brookings – Currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations Board of directors.

Global Research | Nov 9, 2008

by Steve Watson

Meet some of president elect Obama’s leading foreign and domestic policy advisors and likely administration members, every one of them a prominent member of the Council On Foreign Relations.

Will these people bring about “change” or will they continue to hold up the same entrenched system forged by the corporate elite for decades?

Susan E. RiceCouncil on Foreign Relations, The Brookings Institution – Served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under Clinton from 1997 to 2001. Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright is a longtime mentor and family friend to Rice. Critics charge that she is is ill disposed towards Europe, has little understanding of the Middle East and would essentially follow the same policies of Condoleeza Rice if appointed the next Secretary of State or the National Security Adviser.

Anthony Lake – CFR, PNAC – Bill Clinton’s first national security adviser, who was criticized for the administration’s failure to confront the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and now acknowledges the inaction as a major mistake.

Zbigniew Brzezinski – CFR, Trilateral Commission – Brzezinski is widely seen as the man who created Al Qaeda, and was involved in the Carter Administration plan to give arms, funding and training to the mujahideen in Afghanistan.

Richard Clarke – CFR – Former chief counter-terrorism adviser on the U.S. National Security Council under Bush. Notoriously turned against the Bush administration after 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. Also advised Madeleine Albright during the Genocide in Rwanda.

Ivo Daalder – CFR, Brookings, PNAC – Co-authored a Washington Post op-ed with neocon Robert Kagan arguing that interventionism is a bipartisan affair that should be undertaken with the approval of our democratic allies.

Dennis Ross – CFR, Trilateral Commission, PNAC – Served as the director for policy planning in the State Department under President George H. W. Bush and special Middle East coordinator under President Bill Clinton. A noted supporter of the Iraq war, Ross is also a Foreign Affairs Analyst for the Fox News Channel.

Lawrence Korb – CFR, Brookings – Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Has criticized manor of the invasion of Iraq but has detailed plans to increase the manpower of the United States Army to fight the war on terror and to “spread liberal democratic values throughout the Middle East”.

Bruce Reidel – CFR, Brookings – Former CIA analyst who wishes to expand the war on terror to fight Al Qaeda across the globe. Considered to be the reason behind Barack Obama’s Hawkish views on Pakistan and his Pro India leanings on Kashmir.

Stephen Flynn – CFR – Has been attributed with the idea for Obama’s much vaunted “Civilian Security Force”. Flynn has written: “The United States should roughly replicate the Federal Reserve model by creating a Federal Security Reserve System (FSRS) with a national board of governors, 10 regional Homeland Security Districts, and 92 local branches called Metropolitan Anti-Terrorism Committees. The objective of this system would be to develop self-funding mechanisms to more fully engage a broad cross-section of American society to protect the country’s critical foundations from the widespread disruption that would arise from a terrorist attack.”

Madeline Albright – CFR, Brookings – Currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations Board of directors. Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the United Nations under Clinton. Did not take action against the genocide in Rwanda. Defended the sanctions against Iraq under Saddam Hussein. When asked by CBS’s 60 Minutes about the effects of sanctions: “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” Albright replied: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.”

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Of course, had John McCain become president, being a member of the CFR himself, his administration would have been replete with CFR representatives also. Max Boot, Lawrence Eagleburger and Henry Kissinger, to name but a few, are all CFR members and were all advisors to the McCain campaign.

Please do your own research and add more names in the comments section of this report. It is important to document how these people are a part of the engine of global elitism and do not represent change. Only with this understanding will others wake up to the false left-right paradigm and be able to create the environment for real political change.