January 5-With all signs pointing toward increasing volatility in the Trans-Atlantic financial markets, President Donald Trump must decide in the next weeks whether he will return to his campaign pledge to move against the destructive speculative policies of Wall Street financiers and their neo-liberal theorists, who are urging him instead to "stick with what is working." They are referring to the run-up of stock markets to record levels, and official dishonest statistics which show a continuing decline of unemployment, which the President is touting as proof that his economic policies are working.Read more
December 22—The urgency of defeating the efforts of special counsel Robert Mueller to conduct a coup against elected U.S. President Trump, on behalf of British and Wall Street imperial interests, can be seen in the attempt by neocons both within the administration and outside, who insist that the U.S. must continue the policy of geopolitical confrontation with Russia and China, which was supported by his opponents. In the last days, there are further indications that it is Trump's continuing commitment to strategic collaboration with Russia and China that precipitated "Russiagate," and not "meddling" in the U.S. election by Russian President Putin, nor "collusion" by Trump with Putin to steal the election, that has made him a target of unprecedented vitriolic attacks, lying media stories, and a corrupt "investigation" which his opponents hope will lead to his ouster.
November 3—On the eve of President Trump's historic trip to Asia, during which he will meet with China's President Xi Jinping, and possibly with Russian President Putin, special counsel and legal assassin Robert Mueller unsealed on October 31 the first indictments of Trump allies, former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates. Mueller also announced that George Papadapoulos, a member of the President's foreign policy advisory committee, had entered a guilty plea for lying to FBI agents. The anti-Trump media erupted in glee to these announcements, heralding them as the first steps to bringing to an end the Trump presidency. While there was an air of satisfaction in the reporting on Manafort, there was special excitement over the Papadopoulos plea agreement, with some commentators hailing this as a "smoking gun", which proves allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
November 10—On October 24, CIA Director Mike Pompeo met for one hour with Bill Binney, to hear the evidence that the whole story of "Russian hacking" of the emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential election is a fraud. Binney, a former technical expert with the National Security Agency, was involved in a detailed forensic study of the charges of Russian hacking, which concluded that there was no hack involved, but an insider leak, which provided the emails later released by Wikileaks.
by Harley Schlanger
October 20—The Nineteenth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party opened on October 18 with a powerfully optimistic speech by President Xi Jinping, in which he presented a bold strategy for the continued advance of China's economy, as a contribution toward realizing "the common destiny for mankind and enduring peace and stability." Xi outlined how China would build on its extraordinary progress in reducing poverty, saying that by 2020, poverty will be completely eliminated, and by 2035, the nation will be fully modernized. While the driver for this is the extension of the "New Silk Road" into a global landbridge, centered on the Belt and Road initiative (BRI), Xi spoke of the thinking behind it, which includes promoting the "spirit of science" and classical culture, to make China an "innovation society."Read more
by Harley Schlanger
October 12—In the last year, since the Brexit vote in the U.K. and the election of Donald Trump in the U.S., there has been a growing awareness that the population in the Trans-Atlantic world is being subjected to a dangerous phenomenon known as "Fake News." The distrust of all elites, including those who determine what is covered in newspapers and by the talking heads on television, is part of the dynamic of insurgency which is sweeping the west, and is manifest in the anti-establishment voting patterns, which are overturning "politics-as-usual."Read more
by Harley Schlanger
October 10—While the U.S. media continues its nonstop Trump-bashing, now accusing the President of ignoring the suffering of Puerto Ricans hit by Hurricane Maria, the President lobbed a bombshell in an interview that left Wall Street shaken, and the mainstream media temporarily speechless. Following his visit to the island devastated by the storm,Trump told FOX News correspondent Geraldo Rivera that he wants to "wipe out" Puerto Rico's debt, which now stands at approximately $74 billion.Read more