French President Emmanuel Macron began his three-day visit to China on Jan. 8 in Xian, a symbolic city representing the departure point of the ancient Silk Roads toward the West. In his speech on that occasion at the Daminggong Palace, he outlined his views of Franco-Chinese cooperation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which imply a definite break with the currently dominant geopolitical doctrine in the EU.
For weeks, the mainstream media in the West were decrying President Trump for his blatant provocations of Northean Korean President Kim Jung-un, which threatened to wipe out the Korean peninsula and much more in a thermonculear confrontation. But then, something quite unexpected by those pundits happened.
The exploratory talks on forming a new German government, which have dragged on for nearly four months now with different actors, are characterized above all by the utter lack of any concept of the future. Such is the assessment given by Helga Zepp-LaRouche in an article written on Jan. 6, 2018 for Neue Solidarität. Meanwhile, a growing number of Germans have come to realize that Angela Merkel really cares very little about the common good. In the latest poll published by DIMAP, she came in only third with a 52% rating, behind the current Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of the SPD, at 62%, and Cem Ozdemir, a leader of the Green Party, at 53%. Of those polled, 67% think that Merkel’s best time as Chancellor is behind her.
The investigation led by former FBI director Robert Mueller into alleged collusion between Russian leaders and the Trump team has been pretty much discredited by now, after exposure of a web of corruption in both the Department of Justice and the FBI. That has led the would-be putschists to escalate the efforts for “Plan B”, which calls for impeaching Donald Trump under the 25th Amendment, for being “mentally unit”. That Amendment states that if cabinet members find that the President is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” he can be replaced by the Vice President.
The Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), a group of former high-level American intelligence veterans, addressed an open letter to President Donald Trump on Dec. 21 countering the claim of key members of the Trump Administration and others, that Iran is a leading state sponsor of international terrorism. That “dubious distinction”, according to the letter signed by the entire VIPS board and published in Consortium News, goes to “Iran’s accusers – first and foremost Saudi Arabia”.
Kory Langhofer, a lawyer for President Donald Trump’s transition team, has accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI, of unlawfully obtaining tens of thousands of private emails during his investigation, as reported in Politico of Dec. 17. Mueller’s office obtained the records earlier this summer from the General Services Administration (GSA), the government agency charged with holding all transition materials, and used the material, according to the lawyer, “even though its prosecutors were aware some of the materials were subject to claims of attorney-client privilege and other protections.”
Well over one year later, the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election to ensure the victory of Donald Trump has still not turned up any evidence, but the counterattack by some in Congress has brought to light the highly suspicious attempts by the FBI and the Justice Department to undermine first the Trump campaign and then the Trump presidency.
A documentary film broadcast by the French-German ARTE channel on Dec. 12 shines a spotlight on the role of current ECB head Mario Draghi, who was then head of the Bank of Italy, and of the City of London in first engineering, and then covering up, the Monte dei Paschi banking crisis which became the pivot of the so-called “Italian banking crisis”.
Dec. 11, 2017 – While the anti-Trump media was cheering the guilty plea of former National Security adviser Lt. General Michael Flynn, hailing this as a step closer to removing President Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller and his team were hit with revelations which have severely damaged their credibility. At the center of these revelations is the role of top FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from Mueller’s team when it was revealed that he and his mistress were exchanging anti-Trump SMS messages, and that Strzok and the FBI were using the discredited “dodgy dossier”, produced by “ex”-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, to create “Russiagate” in the first place.