Daily Archives: July 8, 2009

Thousands of Chinese soldiers occupy Urumqi

APTOPIX China Protest

Chinese security forces gather in a square in Urumqi, western China’s Xinjiang province, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. China’s president cut short a G8 summit trip to rush home Wednesday after ethnic tensions soared in Xinjiang territory, and the government flooded the area with security forces in a bid to quell emotions in the wake of a massive riot that left at least 156 dead. AP Photo

Military patrols marched in formation past the deserted store-fronts, chanting “Defend the nation, Defend the people”.

AGI | Jul, 8 2009

(AGI) – Urumqi (China), 8 Jul. – Following the enactment of a curfew, thousands of soldiers covered the city of Urumqi – capital of the Xinjiang region of China – in order to calm a wave of inter-ethnic violence which began this Sunday. With a heavy display of force, thousands of soldiers entered Urumqi, during the same hours in which Hu Jintao, with an unprecedented gesture, left the G8 summit in Italy to return to his native country. While Chinese Liberation Army helicopters surveyed from above, soldiers and police officers entered and secured the city.

The forces were armed with automatic weapons, many of them clad in riot-proof gear, and the soldiers quickly took control of the abandoned city streets. During the curfew hours, from 9pm to 8am, military patrols marched in formation past the deserted store-fronts, chanting “Defend the nation, Defend the people”. The situation has yet to pacify entirely. Skirmished continue between the Han population and the Uyghur of the Xinjiang region. According to international media, two Uyghur were assaulted separately by mobs of Han Chinese.

In one of the incidents, nearly 20 Han men armed with sticks assaulted an Uyghur man in the city centre. The attack was stopped after several minutes, when security forces were able to disperse the crowd. In the second incident, a group of Han men passed three Uyghur men on the street and began following them. Two were able to escape, while the third was caught and assaulted by the crowd, which chanted “Hit, Hit”. The victim was kicked and shoved by various men and women, before police were able to save him. There are rumours of others dead. 156 victims were registered Sunday.

Meanwhile, Beijing has blocked tourism in the Xinjiang region, and has blocked access to the internet site Facebook within the country. The website, the most popular social networking site world-wide, has been inaccessible for some hours now. The block is an addition to some restrictions already enacted Sunday, immediately following attacks, such as the ban of Twitter. The country has also blocked access to many foreign sites, most of which are running exceptionally slowly, while sites such as Youtube remain entirely closed. China has the most internet users in the world (more than 300 million) though it enacts amongst the heaviest net censorship, especially during moments of political tension.

Pope Endorses “World Political Authority”


Pope calls for a “true world political authority” to manage the affairs of the world.

AIM Column | Jul 7, 2009

By Cliff Kincaid

The controversial Papal statement comes just before a meeting of the G-8 nations and a scheduled meeting between the Pope and President Obama at the Vatican on July 10.

Some in the media are calling it just a statement about “economic justice.” But Pope Benedict XVI’s “Charity in Truth” statement, also known as an encyclical, is a radical document that puts the Roman Catholic Church firmly on the side of an emerging world government.

In explicit and direct language, the Pope calls for a “true world political authority” to manage the affairs of the world. At the same time, however, the Pope also warns that such an international order could “produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature” and must be guarded against somehow.

The New York Times got it right this time, noting the Pope’s call for a world political authority amounted to endorsement of a New World Economic Order, a long-time goal of the old Soviet-sponsored international communist movement. Bloomberg.com highlighted the Pope’s call for a new world order with “teeth.”

The Pope’s shocking endorsement of a “World Political Authority,” which has prophetic implications for some Christians who fear that a global dictatorship will take power in the “last days” of man’s reign on earth, comes shortly after the United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis issued a call for global taxes and more powerful global institutions. U.N. General Assembly President, Miguel D’Escoto, a Communist Catholic Priest, gave a speech at the event calling on the nations of the world to revere “Mother Earth” but concluded with words from the Pope blessing the conference participants.

The controversial Papal statement comes just before a meeting of the G-8 nations and a scheduled meeting between the Pope and President Obama at the Vatican on July 10.

Sounding like Obama himself, Pope Benedict says this new international order can be accomplished through “reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth.”

The “teeth” may come in adopting the global environmental agenda, which the Pope warmly embraces.

Sounding like Al Gore, the Pope said that one pressing need is “a worldwide redistribution of energy resources, so that countries lacking those resources can have access to them.” He adds that “This responsibility is a global one, for it is concerned not just with energy but with the whole of creation, which must not be bequeathed to future generations depleted of its resources.”

“The Church has a responsibility towards creation and she must assert this responsibility in the public sphere,” he explains.

In a statement that sounds like an endorsement of a new global warming treaty, which will be negotiated at a U.N. conference in December, the Pope says, “The international community has an urgent duty to find institutional means of regulating the exploitation of non-renewable resources, involving poor countries in the process, in order to plan together for the future.”

“The technologically advanced societies can and must lower their domestic energy consumption, either through an evolution in manufacturing methods or through greater ecological sensitivity among their citizens.” he declares.

In terms of how this new “world political authority” should look, the Pope says that it, too, should have “teeth” in the form of “the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties, and also with the coordinated measures adopted in various international forums.” Pope Benedict declares that “such an authority would need to be universally recognized and to be vested with the effective power to ensure security for all, regard for justice, and respect for rights.”

But the document, which is more than 30,000 words long, is contradictory in that it pretends that a world government can co-exist with freedom and democracy. For example, the statement calls for “a greater degree of international ordering, marked by subsidiarity, for the management of globalization.” The term “subsidiarity” is usually defined as having matters handled by local authorities, not international bureaucrats.

In another example of double-speak, the Pope declares that “Globalization certainly requires authority, insofar as it poses the problem of a global common good that needs to be pursued. This authority, however, must be organized in a subsidiary and stratified way, if it is not to infringe upon freedom and if it is to yield effective results in practice.”

He doesn’t explain how it will be possible for citizens to influence or control this “world political authority” when they are under its bureaucratic control.

In the statement about how the New World Order could turn into a tyranny, the Pope is also contradictory, declaring that “…the principle of subsidiarity is particularly well-suited to managing globalization and directing it towards authentic human development. In order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature, the governance of globalization must be marked by subsidiarity, articulated into several layers and involving different levels that can work together.”

Against, he doesn’t explain how people on the local or even national levels will be able to resist this tyranny.

In a strong endorsement of foreign aid, the Pope says that “In the search for solutions to the current economic crisis, development aid for poor countries must be considered a valid means of creating wealth for all.”

But there must be more. He says that “…more economically developed nations should do all they can to allocate larger portions of their gross domestic product to development aid, thus respecting the obligations that the international community has undertaken in this regard.”

This statement seems to be an urgent call for fulfilment of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, which involve an estimated $845 billion from the U.S. over a ten-year period.

The Pope goes on to say that the social order should conform to the moral order, but the fact is that on moral issues such as abortion and homosexuality, the agenda of the United Nations is opposed to that of the Catholic Church. Even on capital punishment, there is disagreement. The U.N. opposes it while traditional church teaching (Section 2267 of the Catholic Catechism) allows it in certain cases.

In his statement, the Pope declares that “Some non-governmental Organizations work actively to spread abortion, at times promoting the practice of sterilization in poor countries, in some cases not even informing the women concerned. Moreover, there is reason to suspect that development aid is sometimes linked to specific health-care policies which de facto involve the imposition of strong birth control measures. Further grounds for concern are laws permitting euthanasia as well as pressure from lobby groups, nationally and internationally, in favour of its juridical recognition.”

What he doesn’t mention is that some of these groups operate through and with the support of the United Nations.

Big Brother is Watching You: Pervasive Surveillance Under Obama

The DHS-NSA-AT&T “Cybersecurity” Partnership

Global Research | Jul 6, 2009

by Tom Burghardt

Big_brother_is-Watching_youUnder the rubric of cybersecurity, the Obama administration is moving forward with a Bush regime program to screen state computer traffic on private-sector networks, including those connecting people to the Internet, The Washington Post revealed July 3.

That project, code-named “Einstein,” may very well be related to the much-larger, ongoing and highly illegal National Security Agency (NSA) communications intercept program known as “Stellar Wind,” disclosed in 2005 by The New York Times.

There are several components to Stellar Wind, one of which is a massive data-mining project run by the agency. As USA Today revealed in 2006, the “National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth.”

Under the current program, Einstein will be tied directly into giant NSA data bases that contain the trace signatures left behind by cyberattacks; these immense electronic warehouses will be be fed by information streamed to the agency by the nation’s telecommunications providers.

AT&T, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the NSA will spearhead the aggressive new initiative to detect malicious attacks launched against government web sites–by continuing to monitor the electronic communications of Americans.

This contradicts President Obama’s pledge announcing his administration’s cybersecurity program on May 29. During White House remarks Obama said that the government will not continue Bush-era surveillance practices or include “monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic.”

Called the “flagship system” in the national security state’s cyber defense arsenal, The Wall Street Journal reports that Einstein is “designed to protect the U.S. government’s computer networks from cyberspies.” In addition to cost overruns and mismanagement by outsourced contractors, the system “is being stymied by technical limitations and privacy concerns.”

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Pope calls for a New World Order, with teeth


Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his weekly general audience on July 8, 2009 at Paul VI hall at The Vatican. The pontiff called the day before and on the eve of a G8 summit in L’Aquila, for a new world body “with real teeth” to restore the global economy and prevent further disparities in a letter to Roman Catholics worldwide. Getty Images

POPE Benedict XVI has proposed a new world political authority “with real teeth”

Sydney Morning Herald | Jul 9, 2009

by Barney Zwartz

POPE Benedict XVI has proposed a new world political authority “with real teeth”, possibly in place of the United Nations, to enforce an ethical financial order and end the global financial crisis.

Calling for more aid, a bigger role for trade unions and an economic system aimed at the common good as well as profit, the Pope said only a moral market could end the crisis and solve world poverty.

The proposals were in his long-awaited encyclical – the second-highest level of papal teaching – released in Rome yesterday morning Australian time, before the G8 leaders gathered in Italy to discuss the global crisis.

The conviction that the economy must be autonomous and shielded from moral influences had led humanity to abuse the economic process in a destructive way, the Pope said in the encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth).

Such convictions had led to economic, social and political systems that “trample upon personal and social freedom” and could not deliver justice.

His suggested political authority would manage globalisation, revive economies, stop the crisis deepening, protect the environment and regulate worldwide migration. It would need to be universally recognised and given power to ensure compliance from all countries.

“In terms of secular politics, there’s something for both left and right to cheer, and something for them to be grumpy about,” said the respected Vatican commentator John Allen, observing that in 30,000 words the Pope never mentioned the word “capitalism”.

He said liberals would applaud the Pope’s call for robust government intervention and support for unions, while conservatives would appreciate his unyielding opposition to abortion, birth control and gay marriage, on economic as well as moral grounds.

The Pope, 82, in his third encyclical, wrote that when profit became the exclusive goal, without the common good as its ultimate end, it risked destroying wealth and creating poverty.

The world’s wealth was growing but so was inequality. Aid to developing countries also provided economic benefits to donors, he said.

The Pope said the Church did not have technical solutions, but he offered a large number of specific policy suggestions.

One was that people should be allowed to decide how to allocate a portion of their taxes that would help welfare and aid. Another was that trade unions should also work for non-members, particularly workers in developing countries.

“As society becomes ever more globalised, it makes us neighbours but does not make us brothers,” he said.

Brazilian President: Global financial crisis creates opportunity to form a “New World Order”

Time for ‘new world order’: Brazilian President

AFP | Jun 17, 2009

ASTANA (AFP) — The global financial crisis has reduced the differences between nations and created the opportunity to form a new world order, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Wednesday.

Speaking after a meeting with Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Kazakh capital Astana, Lula called on the global community to seize on the crisis to create a fairer world for developing nations.

“I want to say that before the crisis, there were many countries which had greater significance than others, and some countries which had no significance at all,” he said through a translator.

“After the crisis, everyone has become similar. We have the possibility to create a new world order and together we should improve our relations.”

Lula arrived in Kazakhstan Wednesday following the first-ever summit between fellow developing economic powerhouses Russia, India and China — together with Brazil dubbed the BRIC nations — in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

Nazarbayev, head of Central Asia’s largest economy, is keen to secure a larger role for his government in world affairs.

Following up on Lula’s call, the pair said in a statement following their meeting that the United Nations should open up the UN Security Council to developing nations in an effort to bolster global security.

They said that opening the organisation, which only has five permanent members, to wider membership was the only way to make the often-criticised body “more legitimate and effective.”

Chinese government accused of taking babies from parents to sell on US and EU adoption markets

Chinese babies sold for adoption to US and Europe, report claims

Authorities in China are investigating reports that dozens of babies who were taken from their parents for breaching the country’s strict one-child policy were sold for adoption to families in Europe and America.

Telegraph | Jul 3, 2009

By Peter Foster in Beijing

An investigation has alleged that up to 78 babies taken into care in Guizhou province, in southern China, were sold for £1,800 each, mostly to childless couples in the US but also to families from European countries, including Sweden and Spain.

Many of the girls were genuine orphans or had been abandoned by their parents as unwanted, however, in at least three cases it is alleged the children were removed in lieu of £2,000 fines levied for breach of China’s draconian one-child policy.

The cases relate to a three-year period between 2004-2006, when the policy was being strictly enforced by the local government of Zhenyuan county in Guizhou.

The local government issued a statement saying that two senior local officials had been warned and had received “executive demerits” following a local disciplinary inquiry. The statement said the government would continue to investigate the allegations. “There will be no cover up,” the statement added.

China is a popular destination for overseas couples, particularly from the US, who want to adopt children and is generally perceived to have a well-regulated and transparent system, imposing strict requirements on applicants.

Yang Jibin, the reporter who researched the story for the Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangzhou, said he was shown a list of 80 female babies while on a visit to the Zhenyuan state orphanage, of which 78 had been adopted abroad.

He told the story of one couple, Lu and Yang, who gave up their fourth baby girl in 2003 after a visit from a birth control officer who insisted on taking the baby away, describing the girl as “abandoned baby, found and turned in by Lu” in the orphanage register.

“That was my job. I just followed the policy,” the officer was reported as saying, “They were willing to give up their baby to offset the fine” After relinquishing their child without signing any formal contracts, Lu and Yang never returned to the orphanage to visit. They added that, even if the child was now found, they would not take her back for fear of having to pay the outstanding fine.

Tang Jian, leader of Birth Control Administrative Bureau Inspection Team of Zhenyuan county apparently admitted the practice was prevalent at the time.

“It is true that some baby girls were forced be brought into the charity house and then sent abroad,” he was quoted as saying.

Other parents were less compliant when asked to give up their children. A former worker at the orphanage quoted in the report recalled one local father who tried several times to take back his daughter in 2004, even offering bribes to staff to let her go.

When this failed, he came to visit his daughter more and more often until, one day, he grabbed her, stood up and ran. “Four or five nannies surrounded him immediately and took back the baby,” the worker recalled.

British intelligence accused of ‘outsourcing torture’

David Davis, the former shadow Home Secretary, last night used parliamentary privilege to directly accuse MI5 of “outsourcing torture”.

The Tory said there was clear evidence that British security services had been complicit in the mistreatment of at least 15 terror suspects in foreign jails.

Telegraph | Jul 8, 2009

David Davis MP accuses MI5 of ‘outsourcing torture’

Taking advantage of the legal protection that covers statements made in the House of Commons, he cited the case of Rangzieb Ahmed, the Rochdale-born al-Qaeda leader who claims his fingernails were pulled out during interrogations in Pakistan.

Mr Davis said that MI5 allowed Ahmed to leave Britain despite having enough evidence to charge him with terrorist offences, only to suggest his arrest to Pakistani authorities. Mr Davis said he had not seen a clearer case of “passive rendition”.

In response Ivan Lewis, the Foreign Office minister, said that he could not discuss Ahmed’s case for legal reasons.

Ahmed, who is serving a life sentence after he was found guilty of leading an al-Qaeda cell in Manchester, is challenging his conviction and claims that British officials colluded in his torture in Pakistan.

Earlier this week he claimed in an interview from prison that he was offered money or a reduced sentence by MI5 in return for dropping the torture allegations.

Mr Davis, the MP for Haltemprice and Howden, finished second behind David Cameron in the 2005 Tory leadership race but left the shadow cabinet last year when he resigned as an MP to force a by-election to debate the erosion of civil liberties.

Under the “absolute privilege” of the House, MPs can say what they like without fear of being sued for defamation. Their words can also be reported by the press under “qualified privilege”.

MI5 and MI6 have come under increased scrutiny for failing to prevent the alleged torture of terrorism suspects in foreign prisons.

In March the Attorney General launched a police investigation into the alleged collusion of MI5 in the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, the former Guantánamo Bay prisoner.