The Schiller Institute held an extraordinary conference on June 30-July 1 in Bad Soden, Germany, bringing together representatives from 35 different countries to deliberate on the ways to put a definitive end to geopolitics and base international relations on win-win economic cooperation. Contrary to the multitude of other conferences on similar themes, many participants observed, those of the Schiller Institute are unique in that they are focused on finding concrete solutions to the problems and not just palabras. What became clear to all over the course of the two days, its that no solution is possible within the old paradigm – be it with regard to the war danger, the financial collapse, or the migrant crisis.
A book published in December, 2017 in Germany, entitled in English translation China’s New Silk Road – Cooperation rather than Isolation – Role change in world trade, quotes EIR as a precursor and source of the New Silk Road policy. The authors, Professors Wolf D. Hartmann, Wolfgang Maennig, and Run Wang, hope through their contribution is to influence in a positive direction the debate on China in Germany. Interestingly, the book was published by the influential Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch publishing house, which is linked to the leading news daily of the same name.
Dec. 10, 2017 – The EU-Africa summit that took place Nov. 29/30 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, was exemplary of the complete travesty perpetrated by the European Union with its so-called African policy, in reality a flimsy cover for neocolonialism. Many hollow words were heard on investments and development, but the only decision taken was to create a “UN-EU-African” task force to repatriate refugees currently in camps in Libya. That decision was typically prompted by a well-timed, emotionally charged CNN report showing inhuman conditions in those camps, currently run by the Tripoli authorities as part of a bilateral agreement with the Italian government. But to implement the decision, European nations would have to put boots on the ground in Libya.
HELGA ZEPP LAROUCHE WEEKLY WEBCAST
Thursday, November 16, 6 PM CET (18.00) at newparadigm.schillerinstitute.com
The Foreign Minister of Yemen Hisham Sharaf sponsored and addressed a seminar in the capital of Yemen on Nov. 7, dedicated to China’s Policy Paper on the Arab World, and to Yemen’s potential role in the Belt and Road Initiative. Foreign Minister Sharaf reviewed the friendly and productive historical relations with China, including many infrastructure projects that it had contributed to modern Yemen in the past decades before the outbreak of the Saudi war on Yemen in 2015. He expressed Yemen’s full readiness to join the Belt and Road Initiative and to protect the Maritime Silk Road at the Bab El-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea, and he urged China to play a constructive role in the political solution for the war in Yemen. The Chinese government does not yet recognize the government in Sana’a, which Sharaf represents, but rather the government of deposed President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is in exile in Saudi Arabia and has little or no control of matters in Yemen.
The Chairwoman of the Schiler Institute, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, authored an open letter to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Nov. 4 under the title “The number of refugees worldwide has reached 66 million: Our planet’s next 50 years”, prompted by the speech that he had given two days earlier at the Singapore Management University. On that occasion, Steinmeier mentioned a lecture series that six universities in Singapore are co-organizing called “Imagining the Next 50 Years”, and then added: “I think that’s a bold approach – and it’s something that we in Germany should do more often. We should look through a telescope into the future, rather than just looking at the very next day, the next annual balance sheet or the next election.”
On Thursday, October 5, at 6 pm CET, Helga Zepp LaRouche inaugurated a weekly English-language webcast on the Schiller Institute website, at the request of many key players in politics and economics internationally, as well as Schiller Institute friends worldwide. She brought to the attention of citizens throughout the world the incredible new dynamic which has been unleashed around China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI).
On Oct. 5, at 18.00 CET, Helga Zepp LaRouche, the Founder and Chairwoman of the Schiller Institute, inaugurated a weekly English-language webcast to spread what she calls the “New Silk Road Spirit” to the world. Mrs. LaRouche is one of the most prominent intellectual authors of the concept of the Eurasian Land-bridge, expanded to the World Land-bridge. Since Chinese President Xi Jinping put the New Silk Road (now called the Belt and Road Initiative) on the agenda four years ago, it is lifting tens of millions out of poverty, and proposes an alternative to the dangerous idea of geopolitical division of the world.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Chairwoman of the Civil Rights Movement Solidarity (BüSo), issued a short statement on Sept. 25, on the results of the Bundestag elections that had taken place the day before. The original German text can be read here.
On Sept. 13, Engineer Hisam Sharaf, the Foreign Minister of Yemen, received in his office in Sana’a a copy of the statement of the LaRouche Movement calling for an international investigation of the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen, and other emergency measures. The statement was hand-delivered by Schiller Institute friend Fouad Al-Ghaffari, Chairman of the Yemeni Advisory Office for Coordination with the BRICS, and President of the Yemeni Youth Cabinet.