June 3rd, 2010

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro on World Politics

Castro also said it is unlikely that US President Barack Obama will be able to serve another term in office if the United States does not launch a nuclear attack on Iran.

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has condemned Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla as "Nazi fascist fury."

The Israeli commandos who boarded the ships fired "frenetically" at the aid workers, AFP quoted Castro as saying in an article on Wednesday.

Castro, 83, writes regular columns for Cuban media commenting on world events.

Castro also said it is unlikely that US President Barack Obama will be able to serve another term in office if the United States does not launch a nuclear attack on Iran.

"Is it possible," Castro wondered, for Obama to be re-elected "without the Pentagon of… Israel… use nuclear weapons against Iran?"

The report did not provide more details about the logic behind Castro's comment.

In April, Obama said that the US would not use nuclear weapons against countries that do not have a nuclear capability even if they launch a chemical or biological attack against the United States. However, he made an exception for Iran and North Korea.

Japan: Fujita launches “Café Democrats” - participants from 40 countries




“Café Democrats” -
Forum for briefings and social exchanges with the diplomatic community in Japan -
80 participants from more than 40 countries, including nine ambassadors



After Prime Minister Hatoyamas resignation on June 1, 2010, the second “Café Democrats” took place in Tokyo.
As an influentely member of Hatoyamas ruling party Yukihisa Fujita had founded the forum “Café Democrats” in April 2010
for briefings and social exchanges with the diplomatic community with participants from more than 40 countries.

Prime Minister Hatoyama had been under immense pressure concerning the Okinawa military base question.

There might have been earlier agreements between the US and Japan he had to comply with. In his resignation speech he took the responsibily for not having been able to help Okinawa. He said other people should put in all their energy to solve the problem in the future.
He stated his regret that he had disappointed the people of Okinawa and also a small coalition party that has now left the coalition.

It remains to be seen what made him agree to his former decision about the Okinawa base question.
Many people in Japan are looking for an answer to the questions, but many still hope a change is possible.

All the  time there had been a press-campaign against the Hatoyama Government from the day his government came into  power. TV and printmedia did portray the government and its representatives as complete failures. The ruling governments party chairman was ordered for interrogations to the headquartes of the Tokyo police for not declaring some donations, Police even detained people over these blown-up allegations.

The press was an integral part of this dirt-campaign , that also seems to include state prosecutors. The result of the campaign are reflected in recent polls by the very same journalists, who now claim the polls mean an upcoming defeat.
But grassroots support is still running strong. Fujitas and Hatoyamas Democratic Party DJP increasingly uses the internet. Twitter has become a powerful tool for a permanent communication network.
A new independent network of journalists has also developed in recent months. the-journal.jp
Hatoyama now made place for a new team and its remains to be seen what direction Japan will take.
Yukihisa Fujitas and its participants from more than 40 countries show the new administration and its grassroots movement has taken until now.


http://www.dpj.or.jp/english/news/index.html?num=18097
April 23, 2010
“Café Democrats”, a forum for briefings and exchanges with the diplomatic community, launched.

On April 23, DPJ International Department Director General Yukihisa Fujita hosted the first meeting of “Café Democrats”, a forum for briefings and social exchanges with the diplomatic community in Japan. Close on 80 participants from more than 40 countries, including nine ambassadors, took part and a lively discussion took place.

In his opening address, Fujita looked back over the first six months of the DPJ government, explaining that this period had mainly focused on the “dismantling of the ancien regime”. He cited the budgetary review as one example of this process. He also emphasized that the DPJ intended to develop a more “transparent and open” framework, particularly in the area of foreign policy. Following this, International Department Vice Directors General Kuniko Tanioka, Harunobu Yonenaga and Joe Nakano informed the gathering of their respective geographical areas of responsibility and fields of expertise, as well as their expectations for the future direction of “Café Democrats”.

The participants from the various embassies expressed their thanks and appreciation to the DPJ for organizing such an opportunity for exchanging views in the relaxed atmosphere of a “café”, as well as their expectations for the DPJ administration. With the interest in the effects that a change of government has brought about in Japan remaining as high as ever, there were numerous suggestions for the theme of the next meeting, and the meeting ended in a friendly and upbeat mood.

http://www.dpj.or.jp/english/news/index.html?num=18097



Councilor Fujita is a former member and  director of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense. In this function he questioned 9/11 three times in parliament in 2007 and 2008, before his party the DPJ came into power in August of 2009.. Fujita claims that 9/11 as the main reason for the "War on Terror" needs to be newly investigated in order to find peaceful solutions.



Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth Launched
March 2009 - Initiative by Yukihisa Fujita

In 2009 Yukihisa Fujita launched an initiative that calls for a new independent investigation of 9/11 by political leaders.

57 Political Leaders so far have signed the petition (June, 2010)

pl911truth.com

Brae Antcliffe Elected Alderman to the Council of The City of Sydney, Australia, early 1980s
Berit Ås, former member of Parliament, Norway
Shirley Bianchi, 1999-2007 District Two San Luis Obispo County Supervisor, California USA
Eric Booth, elected Former Islands Trustee, Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee 2002-2005, USA
Dr. Robert M. Bowman, former, Director Advanced Space Programs Development (U.S.A.F.) Ford & Carter administrations
Andreas v. Bülow, former State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defense, West Germany; former Minister
of Research and Technology; frm. member of the German Parliament
Donald R. Bustion, former Assistant Attorney General of Texas
Giulietto Chiesa, Italian member of the European Parliament;
Gerard Chevrot, Municipal Councilor, Saint-Sixt, France
Matt Cole, Board of Trustees, Town of Alma; Alma, Colorado, USA
Wolfram Elsner, PhD, former head of the Planning Division of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bremen, Germany
Douglas Nixon Everingham, Member, House of Representatives, Australia, 1967-75 and 1977-84,
Minister for Health 1972-75, World Health Assembly 1975, Parliamentary Adviser, UN delegation.
Jeanette Fitzsimons, Co-leader New Zealand Green Party since 1995, member House of Representatives since 1999.
Constance Fogal, Canadian Action Party Leader, 2004-2008
Egon Frid, elected Member of Swedish Parliament, 2006 . Member of Committee on Civil Affairs,
Deputy Member of the Committee on Transport and Communications.
Yukihisa Fujita, member of the House of Councilors, National Diet of Japan; Chairman,
Special Committee on North Korean Abduction Issue and Related Matters;
former member of the House of Representatives
Ole Gerstrom, Member of Parliament, Denmark, 1973-1975.
Bill Goodacre, Smithers, BC, Town Council (12 years);
elected Member of the British Columbia (Canada) Legislature, 1996-2001
Senator Mike Gravel, United States Senator (1969 - 1981)
Dan Hamburg, former Californian member of the US House of Representatives
Joel S. Hirschhorn, Senior Staff Member, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment 1978-1990
Barbara Honegger, former White House Policy Analyst and Special Assistant
to the Assistant to President Ronald Reagan (1981 - 1983)
Ferdinando Imposimato, elected Italian Senator, 1987-1992, and 1994-1996.
Elected to the Chamber of Deputies (Parliament), 1992-1994
Tadashi Inuzuka, member of the House of Councilors, National Diet of Japan
Karen S. Johnson, former member of the Senate of the State of Arizona,
frm. chair of the Family Services Committee
Scott Kennedy, former Mayor and City Council Member, Santa Cruz, California
Senator Prof. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, member of Pakistan's Senate since 2006;
member of Standing committee on Education and Science and Technology;
member of Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs;
Vice President of Jamaat e Islami (Pakistan)
Paul Lannoye, former Belgian member of the European Parliament,
vice chair of the Committee on Energy, Research, and Technology
Jon Paul McClellan, chief election judge (appointed), Eastside Precinct, Orange County, North Carolina;
former elected chair of the precinct organization.
Cynthia McKinney, former Georgian member of the US House of Representatives,
member of the Armed Services Committee and the International Relations Committee
Michael Meacher, Minister of the British Parliament; former Minister of the Environment;
former Undersecretary for Industry (Charter Member of PL911Truth)
Per Mohn, deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Akershus, 1989–1993
Dr. Andrew J. Moulden, Leader of the Canadian Action Party
David Nelson, Hate Crimes Working Group (appointed advisory commission),
U.S. Department of Justice, Utah, 1997-2001
Marty B. O'Malley, elected Democratic member of Council, Forest Hills, PA USA
Bruce Randall, elected Longmeadow (Massachusetts) Water & Sewer Commissioner, 2002-2003, USA
Senator Fernando Rossi, member of the Itallian Parliament (Senator), 2006-2008 USA
Val Scott, founding member of Canada's New Democratic Party;
former Trustee and Vice Chairman of North York Board of Education, Ontario, Canada
Prof. David C. Smith, former Town Councillor, Mont Saint Aignan, Normandy, France
Simon C. Smith, elected to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,
Great Bridge Electoral Division, United Kingdom
Joel Tyner, third term county legislator for Clinton and Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York State;
Environmental Committee Chair for Duchess County Legislature. USA
Gianni Vattimo, member of European Parliament, 1999 - 2004 (Italy);
Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs;
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs; Committee on Culture,
Youth, Education, the Media and Sport
Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota USA
Bruno Vézina, elected Mayor of Irlande, Quebec, Canada, 2003
Terry Wachniak, elected to City Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, from 1986 to 1989

 




Presse: Warnungen vor sozialen Unruhen

 


 
 CHRIS MARSDEN, 3. Juni 2010 -

Als Karl Marx einst im Kommunistischen Manifest schrieb: "Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa", da stand der Kontinent am Vorabend revolutionärer Ereignisse. Sie begannen 1848 in Italien und Frankreich und ergriffen große Teile Europas.

Seit einigen Tagen weisen immer wieder Journalisten darauf hin, dass die Wirtschaftskrise einen ähnlichen Ausbruch sozialer Unruhen mit revolutionären Konsequenzen hervorbringen könnte. Sie hegen die düstere Befürchtung, dass Europa einmal mehr nationalistische Spannungen, neue faschistische Bewegungen und sogar Kriege erleben wird.

Am 24. Mai erklärte der Historiker Simon Schama in der Financial Times : "Es liegt mir fern, die Situation prekärer als nötig darzustellen, aber wer den Schwefel in der Luft riecht, der kann nicht ignorieren, dass wir an der Schwelle eines Zeitalters des Zorns stehen. ... In Europa und in Amerika besteht die klare Möglichkeit eines langen, heißen Sommers sozialer Verwerfungen."

Schama schreibt: "Zwischen dem Ausbruch einer Wirtschaftskrise und dem Ausbruch aufgestauter sozialer Wut kommt es oft zur Verzögerung", aber nach einer anfänglichen Periode "bedrohlicher Desorientierung" bestehe die Gefahr einer "organisierten Mobilmachung der Empörung".

Diese Empörung wird sich gegen die Superreichen wenden, schreibt er, und gegen jene, die als Verantwortliche für die Krise gelten. Er vergleicht "unsere eigenen Plutokraten" mit den Financiers, die als "reiche Egoisten" so beispielhaft ins Visier der Französischen Revolution von 1789 gerieten.

In einem Observer-Artikel vom 30. Mai von Will Hutton, seinem ehemaligen Herausgeber und heutigen Berater der britischen, konservativ-liberaldemokratischen Koalitionsregierung, heißt es: "Die Zukunft Europas steht auf dem Spiel. Das mögliche Scheitern des Euro wäre ein wirtschaftliches und politisches Desaster ersten Ranges. In der Wirtschaft Europas führt es zur konkurrierenden Abwertung, zur Zahlungsunfähigkeit, Banken-Bailouts, dem Einfrieren der Kreditvergabe, Handelsprotektionismus und einer längeren Stagnation. Politisch wird sich die Entschlossenheit, unseren so ungleichartigen Kontinent zusammenzuhalten, schnell in Luft auflösen. Die alten Feindschaften und das Misstrauen lauern ohnehin nie weit unter der Oberfläche. ... Wir werden ein Europa erleben, das mehr den 1930er Jahren ähnelt. Ängstlich und stagnierend wird es eine leichte Beute für die schlimmsten rassistischen und nationalistischen Ideologien sein."

Die unheilvollste Zukunftswarnung brachte am 26. Mai die Deutsche Welle. Der Artikel beginnt mit einem Rückblick auf Warnungen dreier Führungspolitiker. Ban Ki-moon, Generalsekretär der Vereinten Nationen, IWF-Chef Dominique Strauss-Kahn und Robert Zoellick, Chef der Weltbank, hatten 2008 vor den Folgen des globalen Wirtschaftszusammenbruchs gewarnt. Strauss-Kahn hatte zum Beispiel darauf hingewiesen, dass es "in mehreren Ländern, auch in hochentwickelten Industrieländern, zu sozialen Unruhen kommen könnte".

Die Deutsche Welle schreibt, diese Warnungen "erscheinen heute realistischer als zu irgendeinem Zeitpunkt seit dem Ausbruch der Finanzkrise, der schwersten seit 1929".

Der Artikel erinnert an die Demonstrationen von Hunderttausenden in Griechenland und warnt, das gleiche Schicksal drohe anderen "finanziell angeschlagenen europäischen Regierungen, wie in Spanien, Portugal und Italien". "In Ländern in aller Welt wächst die Sorge vor wachsender sozialer Unzufriedenheit".

"Viele Experten sind der Meinung, der tiefe Zorn, der in diesen Ländern wächst, richte sich gegen die gleichen Institutionen und die gleichen Leute, er wende sich gegen das Versagen des globalen Kapitalismus", fährt der Artikel fort.

Er zitiert den US-Geheimdienstdirektor Dennis C. Blair, der vor dem Geheimdienstausschuss des Senats von einer andauernden Wirtschaftskrise gesprochen hatte. Er hatte gesagt, diese Krise führe "zu Regime bedrohender Instabilität, wogegen die Vereinigten Staaten nicht immun wären".

Die Deutsche Welle schließt mit Bemerkungen von Marie-Hélène Caillol, der Präsidentin eines Beratergremiums namens European Laboratory of Political Anticipation, und Gerald Celente, dem Herausgeber des Journals Trends.

Celente schreibt: "Was wir in Griechenland erleben, wird sich mit dem Rückgang der Volkswirtschaften weltweit ausbreiten.... In allen Ländern mit einer Staatsschuldenkrise werden die sozialen Unruhen wachsen, am offensichtlichsten in Spanien, Irland, Portugal, Italien, Island, der Ukraine, Ungarn, gefolgt von Großbritannien und den USA."

Calliol erklärt: "Diese Krise ist direkt mit dem Ende der Weltordnung verbunden, wie wir sie seit 1945 kennen, und selbst seit der Entwicklung des europäischen Kolonialismus. Das gesamte globale Geflecht, dass sechzig Jahre lang auf die USA konzentriert war, bricht langsam zusammen und führt allerorten zu Chaos."

Auf die Frage, wo die sozialen Unruhen enden werden, antwortete sie: "Im Krieg. So einfach ist das, und so entsetzlich."

Calliol und Celente gehen beide nicht davon aus, dass Agitatoren hinter der Welle sozialer Unruhe stecken könnten.

"Hinter dieser Reaktion stehen keine Organisationen, es ist die Reaktion der Bevölkerung", schrieb Celente, der sich auch auf Marx’ Monumentalwerk berief. "Es ist das ’Arbeiter aller Länder vereinigt euch’ des 21. Jahrhunderts. Die Leute wissen genau, dass sie für die enormen Rettungsaktionen bezahlen müssen, die jenen zugute kommen, die ’zu groß zum Scheitern’ sind. Je mehr die Steuern steigen, je mehr Arbeitsplätze verlorengehen, desto stärker werden die Proteste ansteigen."




Quelle: wsws.org (gekürzt)