In a speech before the Major Cities Police Chiefs Association (MCCA) Winter Conference on Feb. 8 in Washington, Donald Trump announced a major war on drugs, to be directed by Homeland Security Secretary, Gen. (ret.) John Kelly. The next day, he announced a new Task Force, to be headed by the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fierce opponent of Barack Obama’s drug legalization policies, “to focus on destroying transnational criminal organizations and drug cartels.”
The Chinese news agency Xinhua published an article on Feb. 10 based on an interview with Helga Zepp-LaRouche, under the headline, “Interactions between Chinese, U.S. Leaders Very Positive Signs of Ties — German Expert”.
In an article with the above title written on Feb. 11 for the German weekly Neue Solidarität, Helga Zepp-LaRouche reviews the fundamental shifts currently underway and how Germany can help to shape them positively. The opening paragraphs are quoted below.
In an article written on Feb. 11 for Neue Solidarität, Helga Zepp-LaRouche goes through the new alliances among the United States, China, Russia, Japan that are being forged, and that could potentially usher in a new era in history. Those alliances became very much apparent in the telephone call between President Trump with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, then in the cordial exchanges between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping and in the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States.
Never in history has the democratic election of a President of the United States created such an uproar in Europe and such fierce opposition. For Helga Zepp-LaRouche, who was speaking to a Schiller Institute conference in Manhattan on Feb. 4, the violent reactions reflect the fact that that the neo-liberal world order “has ended and it will never come back.” Earlier manifestations of that reality were the Brexit vote and the recent Italian referendum against giving more power to the EU.
With just over ten weeks to the first round of the French presidential election on April 23, a serious political crisis is unfolding. The conservative candidate François Fillon (Les Républicains), who was still considered the front-runner two weeks ago has been severely weakened by allegations that he used taxpayer money to pay his wife and two of his children for jobs they did not carry out. Fillon has since been overtaken in the polls by Marine Le Pen of the Front National and Emmanuel Macron, a renegade socialist and former Economics Minister of François Hollande, who is known as the “bankers’ man”.
Democratic Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio held a press conference in the House of Representatives on Feb. 1 to announce her introduction of a bill to re-enact Glass-Steagall legislation. Twenty-six other Members of Congress co-sponsored the bill, three of whom made short statements: Republican Walter Jones and Democrats Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard. Bartlett Naylor, an expert on financial markets from Public Citizen, also spoke shortly.
As momentum builds behind Lyndon LaRouche’s call for President Trump to drop the nomination of Steven Mnuchin, a George Soros collaborator, as Treasury Secretary, Wall Street networks in Congress are intent on pushing his confirmation through as quickly as possible. Senate Finance Committee chairman, Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah with deep ties to Wall Street, abruptly announced on Sunday, Jan. 29, that he would end debate in the Committee to allow a vote, as early as the evening of Jan. 30.
The debate on re-enacting the Glass-Steagall Act in the United States has become very hot over the past weeks, in particular around the Senate confirmation of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary. At the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the issue on Jan. 19, Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell used the entire time allotted to her to confront the former Goldman Sachs banker on separating commercial banks from investment banks, which was widely covered in the media. Asked point-black “do you support returning to Glass-Steagall”, Mnuchin replied: “No, I don’t support going back to Glass-Steagall as is.”
One of the departing Obama Administration’s last acts of hostility towards Russia was Vice-President Joe Biden’s Jan. 16, 2016 visit to Kiev, where he declared that “the international community must continue to stand as one against Russian coercion and aggression.” Biden, as well as President Obama of course, had actively supported the Feb. 2014 coup against President Yanukoych from the beginning.