Monday, 25 July 2016

Donald Trump works for Vladimir Putin - in case you didn't know

The American Establishment is getting desperate.


It's Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin

Fulfilling what might be the Russian autocrat’s dearest wish, Trump has openly questioned whether the U.S. should keep its commitments to NATO.

The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGB-trained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of Europe, marginalizing NATO, and ending America’s reign as the world’s sole superpower.



I am not suggesting that Donald Trump is employed by Putin—though his campaign manager, Paul Manafort,was for many years on the payroll of the Putin-backed former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. I am arguing that Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests; that his critique of American democracy is in accord with the Kremlin’s critique of American democracy; and that he shares numerous ideological and dispositional proclivities with Putin—for one thing, an obsession with the sort of “strength” often associated with dictators. Trump is making it clear that, as president, he would allow Russia to advance its hegemonic interests across Europe and the Middle East. His election would immediately trigger a wave of global instability—much worse than anything we are seeing today—because America’s allies understand that Trump would likely dismantle the post-World War II U.S.-created international order. Many of these countries, feeling abandoned, would likely pursue nuclear weapons programs on their own, leading to a nightmare of proliferation.



Paul Krugman

If elected, would Donald Trump be Vladimir Putin’s man in the White House? This should be a ludicrous, outrageous question. After all, he must be a patriot — he even wears hats promising to make America great again.

But we’re talking about a ludicrous, outrageous candidate. And the Trump campaign’s recent behavior has quite a few foreign policy experts wondering just what kind of hold Mr. Putin has over the Republican nominee, and whether that influence will continue if he wins.

I’m not talking about merely admiring Mr. Putin’s performance — being impressed by the de facto dictator’s “strength,” and wanting to emulate his actions. I am, instead, talking about indications that Mr. Trump would, in office, actually follow a pro-Putin foreign policy, at the expense of America’s allies and her own self-interest.

Alexander Dugin on the end of American hegemony

I cannot,of course, agree with the triumphalism. We are so close to the end of everything.


AMERICAN HEGEMONY - THE DRAGON IS WOUNDED



24 July, 2016
We have said so much about Trump that the Democrats and demonic neoconservatives from The National Interest have even tried to use my positive comments about him and Moscow’s general sympathy towards this candidate in order to discredit him. They just haven’t been able to kick Trump out since he has been the obvious leader of the race.

Oh, what kind of remnants of democracy there are in the US! But now I would like to speak not so much about Trump, whom we will return to later, but the US as a whole.
What is the US doing today and what is its place in the modern world? This is not an idle question. We can see that the Americans and their global networks are still making themselves felt and continuing to interfere in the internal affairs of their allies, neutral countries, and even in their enemies’ countries.
Literally just a few days ago, they tried to carry out a military coup in Turkey and provoke unrest in Armenia and Kazakhstan. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that they are much weaker than before. Washington tried to prevent Brexit, but failed. The Gulenist mutiny in Turkey also ended in failure. So, can we unequivocally state that the unipolar world has finished and that we live in a new, post-American world?
I think that such optimism would be premature. Washington cannot be written off yet.
The end of the American world is a process extended over time. And it will undoubtedly drag on. It is difficult to say for how long, and the collapse of unipolar hegemony is a very dangerous period. I would call what is happening with America now a “wounded dragon.” This metaphor explains a lot, almost everything.
Following the liquidation of the USSR and the Eastern camp, a unipolar model appeared in the world under which the American dragon reached the peak of its power. Networks of American agents of influence, most often in the form of liberal ideology, but also in more hidden forms mimicking local political and ideological trends, permeated society in practically all countries. The dragon infiltrated political elites, big business, education, the media, and sometimes security circles in European and Asian states.
In Russia, pro-American forces almost openly dominated in the 1990’s, and only in the 2000’s did Putin begin to push aside their authority little by little. These networks spread into Islamic countries where their military wing became radical Islam, a true servant of the American dragon.
But the dragon received a blow, or a series of blows, most likely fatal, at the height of its power. All of the countries which didn’t bow before American hegemony in the 1990’s and did not completely accept the unipolar model of the world as irreversible gradually came to form an informal club and began the process of resisting the dragon. China very carefully played with this line in trying to ride the tiger and carry out modernization and liberalization while preserving and even strengthening national sovereignty.
At the beginning of the 2000’s, Russia began to follow this path. Iran occupied a similar position. Contemplative India tried to escape direct American diktat. Opposition began to form among the dragon’s followers in the EU, Turkey, and even among pro-American Salafi extremists. The most important is that the Americans, having obtained the historic chance to rule the entire world, simply couldn’t handle this task. Perhaps they did not have enough historical, imperial experience, intelligence, or resources. Hegemony overheated. The dragon was then wounded.
Today, we are dealing with a globally wounded monster. The United States is still strong and its networks are still effective. Liberals, Islamic extremists, Atlanticists, and hidden agents of influence are still strong in different societies. But the peak of American dominance is behind us.
The fact that the dragon is wounded became clear already in the early 2000’s when America ceased to impose even a semblance of order and aimed only for controlled, bloody chaos. Color revolutions, putsches, coups, and Western troops’ invasions of the Middle East and post-Soviet space are evidence of this.
The essence of this is that the dragon is wounded. It is still strong and has the appearance of a power that knows its purpose. But in reality, he has gone mad from the pain of his collapsing rule. Hence why the US begins to behave so inappropriately in many cases.
It strikes at its own servants, ruins what could be preserved, and painfully and disproportionally reacts to small attacks.
This is extremely dangerous. The wounded dragon is equipped with nuclear weapons and all of its great power can still send all of humanity into the abyss with one blow.

Aleksandr Dugin: Liberalism, Communism, Fascism, and the Fourth Political Theory


This brief lecture is an introduction to the Fourth Political Theory, which comes to replace three classic ideologies from the Modern era, i.e. liberalism, communism, and fascism. Philosopher Aleksandr Dugin reviews the history of these ideologies and their decline, outlines the challenges of living in globalist Postmodernity, and proposes the establishment of a new political theory, ranging from the need for multipolarity and the dialogue of civilizations to Heideggerian Dasein as the new historical subject. The English-language book version of the Fourth Political Theory was published by Arktos Media in 2012.


Russians bombed US base in Syria

Massive: Russians bomb US base in Syria


24 July, 2016
Katehon - Fort Russ News - J. Flores
Various news outlets have confirmed reports that last month, Russian air-forces destroyed a US and UK military base in Syria. Within moments of the first bombing run, US liaison offices contacted their Russian counterparts, warning them that in fact they had hit a US run installation. Russian air-forces responded by flying a second sortie and hitting the same facility again. 
Katehon reports:
According to The Wall Street Journal, a month ago, the Russian air-forces destroyed a top-secret military facility, used by Special Forces of the USA and the UK in Syria. The Government and military in all three countries, according to the newspaper, ignore this fact.
On June 16 Russian planes in Syria hit a remote military installation at "Al-Tanf" in the south-east of the country. As the publication of The Wall Street Journal, citing military sources states, the aim was a secret base of the US and the UK. Coincidence or not, but the strike occured after the base was left by the 20 people of the UK military personnel.
The US military states, that some cluster bombs were dropped on the base. After that, the representatives of the US Central Command in Qatar called Russian colleagues in Latakia, explaining that the facility that was bombed is a part of the American infrastructure. But a second blow was delivered some 30 minutes after this.
Katehon experts comment on this:
"US is known for its official support of the so called "moderate opposition" and the secret support of the ISIS extremist group. US uses its bases not to fight terrorism as they claim, but to overthrow Assad’s Government. The US-UK base has been created illegally and as a violation of both the sovereignty of Syria and International Law."
The Wall Street Journal reports:
An outpost near the Jordanian border that is used by U.S. and British special forces was hit by the airstrikes last month
When Russian aircraft bombed a remote garrison in southeastern Syria last month, alarm bells sounded at the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense in London.
The Russians weren’t bombarding a run-of-the-mill rebel outpost, according to U.S. officials. Their target was a secret base of operations for elite American and British forces. In fact, a contingent of about 20 British special forces had pulled out of the garrison 24 hours earlier. British officials declined to comment.
U.S. military and intelligence officials say the previously unreported close call for Western forces on June 16, and a subsequent Russian strike on a site linked to the Central Intelligence Agency, were part of a campaign by Moscow to pressure the Obama administration to agree to closer cooperation in the skies over Syria.
Twice Targeted
Russian aircraft bombed a remote outpost in Syria used by U.S. and British special forces in June, and then in July hit a camp housing families of Central Intelligence Agency-backed Syrian fighters.


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Arctic sea ice collapse - 07/23/2016


Many thanks to Harold Hensell and Sam Carana

Sea Ice Collapse in July, 2016

Sea Ice concentation - 23 July, 2016



"Concentration is a unitless term that describes the relative amount of area covered by ice, compared to some reference area. Thus, concentration describes how much of a 25.0 kilometer by 25.0 kilometer (15.5 mile by 15.5 mile) box is covered by sea ice. Ice concentration typically is reported as a percentage (0 to 100 percent ice), a fraction from 0 to 1, or sometimes in tenths (0/10 to 10/10). Our Sea Ice Index products show ice concentration as a percentage. A value of 0 means there is no ice, while a value of 100 means the region is completely covered by ice." 



Forecast of ice collapse


Here's a forecast for about a week from now, which has almost all remaining ice inside of the CAB — and even more so for the rest of August and not to mention September and October.... I think this map shows you why I believe CAB area will be the most interesting graph to watch forward, as all the ice elsewhere will melt out anyway.

Forecast seems to indicate that we ARE truly 2–3 weeks ahead in the collapse, compared to 2012. 

You really couldn't tell by looking only at full Arctic ice extent figures.


Here is a comparison with previous years

What follows is an article from Arctic News from 19 July last year for comparison.



Arctic Sea Ice Collapse Threatens - 

Update 1


19 July, 2015


The image below compares the Arctic sea ice thickness (in m) on July 15, for the years from 2012 (left panel) to 2015 (right panel), using Naval Research Laboratory images.

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The image below compares the Arctic sea ice concentration (in %) on July 18, for the years from 2012 (left panel) to 2015 (right panel), using Naval Research Laboratory images.


Above images show the dramatic decline of the sea ice in 2015, both in thickness and in concentration.

In terms of thickness, sea ice has been reduced by more than one meter in many places, such as north of Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago, all in the time span of just one month.

The dramatic fall in sea ice concentration also becomes apparent when comparing recent sea ice concentration (July 18, 2015, above right) with sea ice concentration back in May 2015 (image right, May 1, 2015).

This dramatic decline of the sea ice in 2015 is the result of a combination of factors, including:

  1. High levels of greenhouse gases over the Arctic Ocean, as illustrated by the image below, showing that on July 17, 2015 (pm), levels as high as 2512 parts per billion were recorded at 6,041 m (19,820 ft) altitude, while mean methane levels were 1830 parts per billion at this altitude.

  2. High levels of ocean heat, as illustrated by the image below showing high sea surface temperatures off the east coast of North America; much of this ocean heat will be carried by the Gulf Stream into the Arctic Ocean over the next few months.


  3. High air temperatures over North America and Siberia extending over the Arctic Ocean, as illustrated by the image below showing a temperature of 23.1°C (73.7°F), recorded on July 19, 2015, at Banks Island, in the Canadian Archipelago (green circle).


  4. Wildfires triggered by these heatwaves resulting in darkening compounds settling on snow and ice, as illustrated by the image below showing smoke covering a wide area on July 19, 2015, from the east Siberia over North America to the southern tip of Greenland.



  5. Very warm river water running into the Arctic Ocean, as illustrated by the image below, showing sea surface temperatures as high as 19°C (66.2°F) off the coast of Alaska on July 12-15, 2015.

The image below shows the already very high sea surface temperature anomalies as at July 18, 2015.


The Climate Reanalyzer image below shows the high sea surface temperature anomalies in the Pacific Ocean, and where water enter the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait, on July 19, 2015. 



With still two months of melting to go before the sea ice can be expected to reach its minimum for 2015, the threat of sea ice collapse is ominous. The Arctic-News Blog has been warning for years about the growing chance of a collapse of the sea ice, in which case huge amounts of sunlight that previously were reflected back into space, as well as heat that previously went into melting the ice, will then instead have to be absorbed by the water, resulting in a dramatic rise of sea surface temperatures.

More open water will then come with an increased chance of storms that can cause high sea surface temperatures to be mixed down all the way to seafloor of the Arctic Ocean, which in many cases is less than 50 m (164 ft) deep. This is the case for the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, where experts estimate that huge amounts of methane are contained in subsea sediments. Already now, sea surface temperatures as high as 10°C (~50°F) are recorded there, as illustrated by the image below.


Massive amounts of ocean heat will be carried by the Gulf Stream into the Arctic Ocean over the next few months. The combined result of high sea surface temperatures being mixed down to the seafloor and the ocean heat entering the Arctic Ocean from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be expected to result in dramatic methane eruptions from the Arctic Ocean seafloor by October 2015.

The WADA Russian athlete ban

Serious as this is I wasn’t going to cover this – until this story appeared

In Deep WADA: Famous Russian Pranksters Learn Truth Behind Doping Scandal
A pair of notorious Russian phone pranksters known as Vovan and Lexus managed to trick high-ranking World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) officials into revealing the truth behind the doping scandal that threatens the professional integrity and reputation of Russian athletes


22 July, 2016

After pranking celebrities and top-ranking politicians, including Sir Elton John, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the two Russian pranksters set their sights on those involved in the current doping scandal.

The entire prank was in fact conducted on May 28 during a prank show at the Russian TV channel NTV, but for ethical reasons and in order to avoid influencing the doping scandal investigation, NTV's administration chose to postpone airing this particular program.




First, one of the prankers, Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan), called the head of WADA Craig Reedie and, posing as Ukrainian Minister of Sports Ihor Zhdanov, inquired whether the ongoing investigation might allow for the revision of the results of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Reedie replied that so far he didn’t see any proof of Russia's alleged wrongdoings, and also let slip that almost all media accusations regarding the violations at the Sochi lab originated from the US – namely, The New York Times.
Next, Alexei Stolyarov (Lexus) called the head of the USADA Travis Tygart and, again pretending to be Zhdanov, asked him to revise the results of the biathlon competitions that took place during the Sochi Olympics, where the Ukrainian athletes fared worse than their Russian counterparts.

Tygart promised to do all he can and said that he hopes that the medals redistribution takes place before the Olympic Games in Rio.
When 'Zhdanov' inquired whether the Russian national team should take part in the Rio Olympics at all, the USADA chief replied that if he was the one calling the shots, Russia's athletes would’ve been banned from all competitions for 12 months.
Finally, Lexus called Ihor Zhdanov himself and, this time masquerading as WADA chief Reedie, offered to make the Ukrainian anti-doping lab the primary facility of its kind for Eastern Europe and make it responsible for handling doping samples from other countries in the region, including Russia.
The Ukrainian minister was delighted by this offer and soon shared the details of his conversation with the viewers of Ukrainian television. However, after he learned that it was in fact a prank call, he hurriedly announced that it was a provocation masterminded by Russian secret services.
Both prankers however have refuted allegations that they had help from any security agencies, Russian or otherwise, when performing these prank calls.
The entire show will be aired on Russian TV channel NTV on 7:30 PM (GMT).


Wishful thinking (Saker rant)

21 July, 2016

Caveat one: Wishful thinking is considered bad, pollyannish, naïve, deluded, etc. Fine. I will plead “guilty” to all of these and boldly proceeded to express some terminal wishful thinking. I will do that because I do believe that it is sometimes important to set aside such otherwise precious things as realism and the so-called “real world” and to unabashedly proclaim that the world we live in is not the world we wished to be living in and that while we might break under the weight of reality, we sill are capable of remembering the ideals we hold dear. And then maybe, our wishes, at least some of them, will come true.
Caveat two: I won’t bother explaining the facts. Those who by now failed to understand what is happening will not be convinced otherwise anyway, as for those who understand, they don’t need me to rehash it all.
Let me begin by a confession. I support the western sanctions against Russia. I love the Magnitsky Act. The day the Eurovision was won by a Ukronazi manipulated Tatar in clear violation of the Eurovision rules, I was delighted. Likewise, I whole-heartedly support the campaign to denounce homophobia in Russia. I think that the NATO summit in Warsaw was a stunning success and I applaud the deployment of NATO battalions in Poland, the Baltics and, frankly, all around the Russian border. I think that Victoria Nuland and Mc Caine should be the next recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize and, of course, I totally support the complete expulsion of all Russian athletes from the Olympic Games.
I support all of the above because they all serve to show the true face of the AngloZionist Empire, something which the Russian people greatly need.
The latest decision by the three judges of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – one Italian, one Brit and one American – is a perfect example of the truly cosmic level of hypocrisy and double-standards which is not only customary, but the hallmark of the Empire’s application of so-called “western values” towards Russia. It is also a casebook example of the use of “soft power” which goes even beyond strategic psychological operations.
Let me immediately make a disclaimer here: I do not believe that there is a world-wide conspiracy to try to hurt, weaken or defame Russia. Though it is possible, never say never, but I find it unlikely that the judges as the Eurovision or the CAS were paid to take their decision. This is not how this works.
What happens in this: the Empire uses some of its assets to begin a Russia-bashing/Putin-bashing campaign. At the same time, Russian actions inside Russia (such as the law on registering foreign agents) and outside Russia (08.08.08, Crimea, Donbass, Syria) are presented as horrible violations of human rights and international law. And if Putin is supported by 80% or more of Russians, it must be because he is a ruthless KGB agent, because he stuck all his opponents in jail or even killed them and because there is no free press in Russia.
And then you bring in one single German presstitute, Hajo Seppelt, to make several documentaries with no evidence whatsoever about how the doping in Russia is organized by the Russian state and that is enough to start an international campaign which, unsurprisingly, gets the support of the sports federations of the countries most likely to benefit from the absence of Russians. Truth be told, besides the poor Brazilians, who are on the US “hit list” anyway, nobody needs Russia in the next Olympics, especially not after the Russian triumph in Sochi.
That kind of “psychological preparation of the battlefield” is quite enough to take your typical western spineless bureaucrat (that is what these judges are) to know what is best for him and vote the right way. That, and the unspoken understanding of what will happen to you if you, shall way say, go the “Scott Ritter way”: you will end up like him.
This is why I support all these anti-Russian moves: because each time the latest double-standard is applied to Russia the number of people in Russia who believe in the decency of the AngloZionist Empire shrinks. This is why I spoke of a “much deserved slap in the face” of Russia when the Eurovision thing happened. Not that I want the Russian people to be humiliated, not at all, but I do want them to wake up and put pressure on the Kremlin to do the right thing.
And here is, in my wishful thinking, what I believe Russia ought to do:
Withdraw from any and all venue which are under AngloZionist control. Stay at the UN were Russia and China have veto power at the SC, and get out of any organization or venue which is clearly controlled by AngloZionist interests. And yes, there will be a price to pay for that. But what is taking place today between the Empire and Russia is a war, albeit a new kind of war, one which is 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% military. And you cannot fight a war without taking losses and paying a price. Besides, the last time around the West attacked Russia lost millions of her people, so I don’t consider it too much a price to pay to have Russian athletes or singers removed from AngloZionist controlled events.
Not only that, but Russia is big and rich enough, especially in talented people, to organize her ownevents, not only in sports and music, but also in many other international activities. Why not have a Russia based international human rights organization to compete against the CIA or Soros controlled ones? Oh sure, the western media will ridicule it just as they ridiculed RT. But they sure ain’t ridiculing RT anymore – because of the immense success RT has had internationally (did you know that one of the first measures taken by the new pro-US Argentinian government was to yank the licenses of RT and Telemundo in Argentina? So goes democracy…).
Yeah, I know, there are numerous lobbies inside Russia who made their wealth on working with (for?) the West. From the “economic bloc” in the Medvedev government to the big money movers in sports, the idea of simply pulling out from AngloZionist controlled venues will encounter tremendous opposition in Russia. But here is the good news: the vast majority of the Russian people are not tied in this system and they don’t have a “where I sit is where I stand” interest in accepting slap after slap after slap from the Empire. So the key to it all is to empower the regular people and weaken the grip of the financial elites. Exactly what Putin has been doing since he came to power.
Will that ever happen? So far, the approach Putin has take is not to slam the door and leave. Instead he simply facilitated the creation of new venues (he did that with Russian money reserves for example). So, who knows? He might do something similar this time around. But I personally think that no Russian athlete should go to Rio, not with a “neutral” label, not even with a Russian flag. I would apologize to the Brazilians and tell them that this is nothing personal, but that Russia cannot go. Why? Because even if “only” Russian track and field athletes are collectively sanctioned, then all the others risk the same treatment the next time around. Besides, call me passé, but I believe in such antiquated notions as honor, solidarity and dignity. I cannot imagine one athlete going while knowing that other, innocent ones, have been banned. It would be the ultimate victory for the AngloZionists if they succeeded in splitting up Russian athletes into two categories: banned ones and humiliated one. Personally? I would much prefer to be in the first group than in the second one.
Wishful thinking?
Probably.
The Saker

Nuclear warships: the US is trying to seize NZ sovereignty


Biden confirms US warship 

will visit New Zealand


By Tom Peters


22 July, 2016


During his visit to New Zealand yesterday, US Vice President Joe Biden formally accepted an invitation for the US Navy to send a warship to the 75th anniversary celebrations of the NZ Navy in November. Prime Minister John Key said the ship’s arrival would be “a further demonstration of the strength of our close relationship, our friendship and our shared values.”

The decision marks a significant strengthening of US-New Zealand military ties as part of the Obama administration’s aggressive “pivot” or “rebalance” to Asia and preparations for war against China. Biden’s two-day stop in New Zealand followed a four-day visit to Australia, where he underscored US-Australian military relations and gave a belligerent speech asserting that America would use its “unparalleled” military strength to “ensure the sea lanes are secure and the skies remain open.”

At a press conference in New Zealand Biden similarly stated: “We are a Pacific power, we have always been a Pacific power, we are going nowhere ... Whether or not we continue to prosper and live in peace depends on our ability to maintain a free and fair and open and liberal international system on the seas, in the skies and with free and open commerce.”

These thinly-veiled threats are aimed at Beijing. Following the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in The Hague on July 12 rejecting China’s longstanding claims in the South China Sea, Washington has begun ramping up pressure on its allies to collaborate in its military provocations against Beijing. On the fraudulent pretexts of defending “freedom of navigation” and the “international rules-based system,” the US ruling elite is determined to subordinate the entire region to its interests.

The US naval visit would be the first to New Zealand in 33 years. During the 1980s, the Labour Party government of Prime Minister David Lange effectively banned such visits when it introduced legislation making New Zealand “nuclear-free.” The US refuses, as a matter of policy, to confirm or deny whether its warships are nuclear-powered or armed. In 1985, Lange turned down a request for the destroyer USS Buchanan to dock in New Zealand because of uncertainty about its status.

Now, in defiance of widespread anti-war sentiment, the entire NZ political establishment is embracing the full restoration of military ties, essentially brushing aside the anti-nuclear policy. The public will have no way of knowing whether the ship is nuclear-capable. Key vaguely said he would take advice from NZ officials to ensure the nuclear-free legislation is complied with. However, Biden has not specified what sort of ship will visit New Zealand and the US will continue its policy of not confirming or denying if its ships and aircraft are nuclear armed. The event will set a precedent for more naval visits as tensions escalate in the region.

The opposition Labour Party warmly welcomed the forthcoming US warship visit. Deputy leader Annette King absurdly sought to portray Biden’s announcement as “an acceptance of our nuclear-free status” which is “core to our identity and has defined us a nation for 30 years.”

Green Party co-leader James Shaw today told Newstalk ZB he supported the US ship visit because the government would be able to determine if it was nuclear-armed. Former Greens co-leader Russel Norman, now executive director of the environmental group Greenpeace, also welcomed the announcement, saying the US warship would visit NZ “on our terms.”

These statements underscore the opposition parties’ support for US imperialism in Asia and the shift to the right by a whole layer of middle class ex-protest leaders. Greenpeace played a major role in the protests against nuclear weapons’ testing in the Pacific and ship visits during the 1980s. Today, Norman hailed the return of US warships as a “historic victory for people power.”

The Labour Party held its own private talks with Biden, which undoubtedly discussed stronger military ties. Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman David Shearer told TVNZ on Wednesday that with “the growth of China and the expansion of China’s influence into the Pacific, the United States is looking more closely at the Pacific and their allies.”

The Labour Party bears the main responsibility for restoring full military relations with Washington.

The 1980s Lange government’s vocal opposition to nuclear weapons caused a public rift with the US. Behind the scenes, however, Labour oversaw a major expansion in New Zealand’s spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which collaborates with the US National Security Agency (NSA) as part of the Five Eyes alliance. Last year Edward Snowden revealed that the GCSB has been spying on Chinese officials on behalf of the NSA.

The 1999–2008 Labour government of Helen Clark—who is seeking US support to become the next United Nations’ secretary-general—sent troops to join Bush’s criminal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The lengthy deployment to Afghanistan was supported by the fake left Alliance Party and, eventually, by the Greens.

Following the Obama administration’s announcement of its “pivot” against China, NZ Labour and its allies have repeatedly sought to whip up anti-Chinese xenophobia. Along with the right-wing NZ First and Maori nationalist Mana Party, Labour has scapegoated Chinese buyers for the country’s housing crisis. The trade union bureaucracy joined the denunciations of China just days before Biden’s visit after media reports accused Beijing of “dumping” substandard steel in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s National Party government has taken a less openly belligerent approach and is wary of alienating China, New Zealand’s second-largest trading partner. It has refrained from criticising China’s claims in the South China Sea. At the same time, the government is ramping up New Zealand’s involvement with US plans for confrontation. A recent Defence White Paper announced $20 billion would be spent on new military hardware to improve “interoperability” with the US and Australia. The document openly endorsed the US “rebalance” to Asia. The government has increased military training exercises with the US and sent troops to support the war in Iraq.

Like its Australian counterpart, the New Zealand capitalist class has relied since World War II on US backing to maintain its own neo-colonial sphere of dominance in the Pacific region, where it views Chinese efforts to gain influence as illegitimate. It has now fully embroiled the population in US preparations for a catastrophic war between nuclear-armed powers.

America sends a warship while trying to seize our Economic and Political Sovereignty
By Martyn Bradbury

One narrative being peddled about America sending a warship to our harbour is that this is some sort of reestablishment of the US alliance with NZ as an equal and not a lapdog.

22 July, 2016

One narrative being peddled about America sending a warship to our harbour is that this is some sort of reestablishment of the US alliance with NZ as an equal and not a lapdog.

That’s one narrative.
Another narrative is that the forces building pressure in the Pacific between China and America is escalating and the fractures are starting to become apparent by the month.
America is currently trying to remove our political and economic sovereignty with the TPPA, and China are doing the same with their RCEP as both powers battle it out for influence supremacy in the Pacific.
The South China Sea decision has spiked tensions.
The billions spent in building NZs mass surveillance capabilities to extend American spying power over China need defending and Washington has sent Joe Biden to quietly read the riot act to Key.
America’s decision to end their self imposed sulk isn’t about showing US acceptance or agreement, it’s a statement to China.
What type of ship would America send?
If they were smart and really wanted dominance, they would send some type of huge hospital ship with wonderful stories of nobility and helping the sick injured children of the areas they bomb. While this ship is docked, the American’s would dazzle domestic NZ media with a host of huge parties and social events on the Ship with US celebrities. It would be American soft-power culture dominance at its most seductive and asphyxiating.
That is if they were smart.
With tensions ratcheting up in the South China Sea however America may want a show of force by sending a huge warship and just push Key into it.
All eyes will be on the type of Ship America sends.
This ship visit is a stamp of authority by America at the very time they are trying to force us into servitude to their corporate overlords. That’s why the protests against America and China sending warships here while they are trying to push us into these economic leashes is a call for independence from Washington and Beijing.
Every NZer against Trans National corporate corruption of our  democracy and everyone against the military industrial complex must descend upon Auckland in November for one hell of a show of solidarity.
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