Outside of a trans-Atlantic world still dominated by geopolitics and “survival of the fittest”, another dynamic for mutual economic growth is gaining strength, as was seen at the Sept. 3-5 BRICS summit in Xiamen, China. Over the past ten years, the combined GDP of the five BRICS members (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) has grown by 179% and their trade by 94%, while the group’s New Development Bank, founded in 2014, is funding important projects. All that, as Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out, has helped stabilize the global economy.
Eliminate unbridled financial speculation by separating the banks, issue public credit to finance the real economy, leave the euro and the EU in its current form, and join with the BRICS to develop the world are the themes French Presidential candidate Jacques Cheminade has hammered on in his many interviews in the media. Last week, he had a chance to bring his message personally to important constituent events as well.
Supporters of Jacques Cheminade’s presidential bid took part in two international demonstrations on March 25 in Paris, one for the Greek people, and the other for the Yemenis, distributing short statements the candidate had written for these occasions.
A conference on the “Forgotten War Crimes in Yemen” was held in Berlin on Feb. 25 at the initiative of Yemeni citizens living in Germany, to raise awareness of the urgent need to put an end to what is clearly the mass murder of the Yemenite people. Two representatives of the Schiller Institute spoke on the topic “Stop the genocide, peace through development”, bringing in the role Yemen can play in the New Silk Road perspective. They also read a statement from Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the president of the Schiller Institute, which we publish below.