The U.S. Empire Is Ending? A Turning Point in World History – Global Research

https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-empire-ending/5719551

On July 26th, Germany’s Die Welt (The World) Sunday newspaper headlined “USA threatens German Nord Stream 2 contractors”
and reported that, “The construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2
pipeline has long been a thorn in the US’s side. Now they are increasing
the pressure on German and European companies involved in the project —
and announce sanctions. German politicians are outraged.”

The U.S. regime is
demanding that Germany cut pipelined gas from Russia and replace it with
far costlier gas from U.S. fracking companies, which are facing hard
economic times and are desperate to increase their exports. The
news-report said:

The
United States had previously legally enforced the implementing
provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
(CAATSA) [which started] on July 15. The companies and their banks are
threatened if they continue to participate in the pipeline’s
construction. The sanctions include complete exclusion from the US
market and entry bans for employees. At a press conference in
Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo summarized the aim of the
measure for the companies concerned as follows: “Get out now or bear the
consequences.” …

When
asked by WELT AM SONNTAG, the German energy company Uniper “regretted
that with the announced revision of the CAATSA guidelines, the US is
still trying to undermine an important infrastructure project that we
believe is important for Europe’s energy security.” “A clear
encroachment on European sovereignty”. …

For
the parliamentary director of the CDU/CSU group in the European
Parliament, Markus Pieper (CDU), the American threat of sanctions is “a
clear violation of everything we understand by commercial law”. Pieper
criticized the recent expansion of the CAATSA sanctions law of 2017
“German companies are now on par with Iran”. “The fun is slowly coming
to an end.” Germany and Europe “urgently need to develop a
counter-strategy”.

For the very first time,
the U.S. regime is so desperate to crush Russia, as to endanger
America’s continued alliance with Europe and especially with Germany.

This is unprecedented,
and must be marked as a turning-point in post-World-War-II history,
because if the U.S. empire ends up losing Germany, then it will cause
the end of America’s anti-Russia military alliance, NATO, and maybe even
the end of America’s anti-Russia diplomatic and economic alliance, the
EU.


(The Cold War was against Russia, not actually against communism.)

On June 30th, Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper had bannered “Former Chancellor Schröder: USA Ending Transatlantic Partnership” (“Altkanzler Schröder: USA kündigen transatlantische Partnerschaft auf”)
and reported that “Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has
condemned possible new US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 natural
gas pipeline as ‘deliberate termination of the transatlantic
partnership’.” Schröder was from Germany’s mainstream non-conservative
Party, the Social Democrats. But now Germany’s mainstream — and ruling —
conservative Party, the CDU/CSU,
is rejecting the U.S. regime for its imposing “a clear violation of
everything we understand by commercial law,” and German industry is more
bluntly asserting the broader reality, that the U.S. regime’s demand is
“a clear encroachment on European sovereignty.”

That last phrase
includes “a clear encroachment on German sovereignty” but goes even
further because it presumes (correctly) that to violate Germany’s
sovereignty is simultaneously
to violate Europe’s sovereignty, because Germany is part of Europe. The
statement is, by its underlying truthful assumption, an assertion that
today’s Germany is a state in the nation of Europe,
and that THEREFORE any violation of German sovereignty is a violation
also of European sovereignty. That speaker captured the full
significance of what is actually at stake here.

Reluctantly, Germany’s conservative mainstream Party (which happens to be the Party that was in power when the
U.S. regime ordered Germany in 1991 that the Cold War against communism
would secretly continue as being a war against Russia
) finds
itself forced finally by German public opinion to join Germany’s
non-conservative mainstream Party (Schröder’s Social Democrats), in
rejecting the demand by the U.S. imperial regime — its demand to
terminate participation in the new pipeline to bring into the EU gas
from Russia.

If the Trump
administration of the U.S. regime will continue, instead of abandon, its
demand that Europe replace Russian gas by American gas (and other
non-Russian gas), then The Atlantic Alliance (Europe’s participation in
America’s permanent war against Russia and against any Government — such
as Iran — that is on friendly terms with Russia) will consequently end.

However, if the Trump
Administration will abandon its demand, then the U.S. President will
find himself at war against his own country’s legislative branch,
because both houses of it, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, voted
over 90% for this demand, and Trump personally signed it into law.
Therefore, in order for him to abandon the demand now would be for him
to violate a U.S. law, which expresses the virtually unanimous will of
the U.S. aristocracy (the billionnaires who funded the careers of those
members of Congress). He would be like a King who has become abandoned
by his own aristocracy. No monarch can stay in power who violates the
will of his own aristocracy. This would virtually guarantee his
political opponent’s, Joe Biden’s, win in America’s upcoming
Presidential election: Biden would be the almost unanimous choice of
America’s billionaires, both Republican and Democratic Party
billionaires.

Consequently, Trump now
faces a difficult choice: Either he will break up and end The Atlantic
Alliance, or else he will continue it and lose the Presidency to his
domestic opponent, Biden and the Democratic Party. It’s his choice. If
he opts to continue The Atlantic Alliance, he will hand the White House
to his domestic opponent, who is likely to win it in any case. However,
by Trump’s backing down and accepting Germany’s new-found insistence
upon its and the EU’s independence from the U.S. regime, Mr. Biden would
be inheriting an empire that is, and will continue to be, inevitably in
decline. A turning-point in world history has been reached, and there
will be no turning back from it.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

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Democrats’ Green New Deal would make US reliance on China much worse |

https://superforestblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/24/democrats-green-new-deal-would-make-us-reliance-on-china-much-worse/

Paul Driessen and Ned Mamula

The United States is also beholden to China for metals and minerals in energy, aerospace, defense, telecom and other industries. Joe Biden, AOC, Democrats and environmentalist groups would not just shut down
fossil fuel production, pipelines and fuels for power generation and
manufacturing. They would effectively turn our energy systems, manufacturing, defense, livelihoods and living standards over to China.

Chinese computer chips are in countless products – and Trojan horse viruses or backdoors for hackers could enable steady information theft, take over GPS systems or crash electrical grids. Minerals, metals and
components essential for aircraft, night vision goggles, computers, wind turbines, solar panels, rechargeable batteries, electric vehicles and other technologies are
sourced directly from China or through Chinese companies that conduct horrific mining operations
in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Supplies of these materials or products could easily be restricted or cut off amid trade or other
conflicts.

WTF: Trudeau Government Gives Chinese Government-Controlled Company Contract For Security Equipment In 170 Of Our Embassies – Wake Up To The Truth

https://jonsnewplace.wordpress.com/2020/07/16/wtf-trudeau-government-gives-chinese-government-controlled-company-contract-for-security-equipment-in-170-of-our-embassies/

The Trudeau Liberal government has awarded … a contract to supply security equipment for 170 Canadian embassies:

“The government of Canada has awarded an estimated $6.8 million contract … to supply security equipment for 170 embassies, consulates and high commissions around the globe.

The contract for conveyor-style X-ray machines was awarded to Beijing-based Nuctech Company, a company owned by the Chinese government and founded by the son of former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Hu Jintao.”

Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell Are Just The Beginning: This Goes Much Deeper – Underground Newswire

https://undergroundnewswire.news/2020/07/03/jeffrey-epstein-ghislaine-maxwell-are-just-the-beginning-this-goes-much-deeper/

…There is reason to believe that Epstein’s his job was actually to entice powerful people within politics to have sex with young women and then ultimately entrap them, whether it’s with photographs or hidden cameras or thorugh other methods. For example, in an interview with Zev Shalev, former CBS News executive producer and award-winning investigative journalist for Narativ,
the former senior executive for Israel’s Directorate of Military Intelligence, Ari Ben-Menashe, claimed not only to have met Jeffrey
Epstein and his alleged madame Ghislaine Maxwell, back in the 1980s, but
that both Epstein and Maxwell were already working with Israeli intelligence during that time period.

China’s All-Out Assault on America: How the Communist Regime Plans to Dominate the World — CBN News feeds | Truth2Freedom’s Blog

https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/2020/07/08/chinas-all-out-assault-on-america-how-the-communist-regime-plans-to-dominate-the-world-cbn-news-feeds/

America is fighting a raging pandemic, high unemployment and explosive social unrest, all at the same time. But none of these is the greatest threat to our economic future. So what is? A superpower bully that wants to rule the world.

FCC Issues Final Orders Declaring Huawei, ZTE National Security Threats

https://nationandstate.com/2020/06/30/fcc-issues-final-orders-declaring-huawei-zte-national-security-threats/

The U.S. telecommunications regulator voted in November 5-0 to issue the declaration and proposed requiring rural carriers to remove and replace equipment from the two Chinese companies from existing U.S. networks. “We cannot and will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit network vulnerabilities and compromise our critical communications infrastructure,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Tuesday.

Huawei and ZTE did not immediately respond to requests for comment but have previously sharply criticized the FCC’s actions.

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said on Tuesday that “untrustworthy equipment” remains in place in U.S. networks and said the U.S. Congress must allocate funding for replacements.

In May 2019, Trump signed an executive order declaring a national emergency and barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by companies posing a national security risk. The Trump administration also added Huawei to its trade blacklist last year.

Ban on Chinese apps surprises India content makers – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-53232486

What prompted the ban?

India’s Ministry of Information Technology has said the ban was the result of
“many complaints from various sources” about apps that were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner”.

… US senators have even called for an investigation into TikTok, which fiercely rejects such claims.

The Indian government said in its statement that, “the
compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures”.

… In 2017, Alibaba’s UC Browser had come under the scanner for allegedly leaking mobile data of Indian users. And that year, India’s defence ministry asked all armed personnel and officers to uninstall 42 Chinese apps it classified as “spyware”, according to media reports.

Lukashenko orders Belarusian companies to close accounts in Russian banks | Ukraine Today .org

https://ukrainetoday.org/2020/06/21/lukashenko-orders-belarusian-companies-to-close-accounts-in-russian-banks/

The Belarusian authorities ordered state-owned companies to stop using bank accounts and withdraw money from all Russian banks except state-owned ones, reported Belarusian news outlets Naviny.by and TUT.by, citing sources in financial industry.

The order of the Belarusian government concerns the banks with Russian capital, one of the bankers said. This includes the subsidiaries of Sberbank and VEB (BPS-Sberbank and BelVEB), which have traditionally been actively working with Belarusian state-owned companies.

The directive came in the third decade of May. Companies with the state ownership began receiving letters with the stamp “for official use” from government ministries and concerns which referred to the government’s order.

The Belarusian government didn’t confirm the existence of such a decree. But a number of state-owned companies fulfilled the order. Letters about the requirement to transfer accounts to state-owned banks were sent by Bellegprom (the Belarusian state light industry concern) and the Ministry of Architecture.

There has been no mass avalanche-like outflow of clients from the subsidiaries of Russian state banks, bankers say. In some cases, it is simply impossible to close accounts: it is necessary to repay loans, and not everyone has money.

Australia: Irresponsible ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ Deal with China – Allan Ivarsson Author… of Amazon.com Books

https://allanivarsson.com/2020/05/24/irresponsible-belt-and-road-initiative-deal-with-china/

In the light of what China is now doing wrongly chastising our Prime Minister for having the courage to “call for an independent review into how the coronavirus started and spread” and threatening us to block our exports to China, and sending its Navy to explore the waters off our Western Australia coastline in the Indian Ocean and near Christmas Island in January-February-March 2020, it is clear that China is working hard to conquer Australia. And Daniel Andrews is working to submit to China’s demands, ignoring the Policies of our Federal Government that did not approve the Belt and Roads Initiative agreement.

The ‘Belt and Roads Initiative’ agreement should be immediately cancelled. Victoria does not have the patriotic right to split Australia into an eternal conflict because of the bully tactics of Xi Jinping President of Communist China.

China claimed… (i)

“At the time, China’s Foreign Ministry insisted its rapidly expanding oceanographic mapping activities were all conducted within international law and helping global scientific understanding.” (i)

“China’s oceanographic, scientific research in the Western Pacific is totally in line with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and made contributions to maritime scientific study,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the ABC in April.” (i)

(i)https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-02/chinese-research-vessel-tracked-defence-subs-western-australia/12009708

But China’s real secret motive for this exploration of waters off our coastlines is to prepare battle plans by the Navy in the event of war with the USA, Australia, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea.

“An Australian Border Force (ABF) spokesperson told the ABC it was aware of the Chinese vessel’s presence and confirmed it had stayed within international waters.” (i)

“The Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Defence are aware that the Chinese oceanographic ship Xiang Yang Hong 01 [is off] the coast of Western Australia,” the spokesperson said.” (i)

“According to the US Naval War College, the Xiang Yang Hong 01 was commissioned in 2016 for, among other things, “comprehensive observation in the field of military oceanography”. (i)

“In 2018, the Xiang Yang Hong 01 was found to be operating illegally within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Palau, prompting the tiny western Pacific nation to demand China remove the research vessel.” (i)

“Last year, the ABC revealed two other high-tech Chinese ships were mapping waters close to Papua New Guinea where the United States and Australia had just begun upgrading a naval base on Manus Island.” (i)

Thus we cannot trust the Victorian Government under the leadership of Daniel Andrews, to stand united with all Australians that oppose Communist China’s mission to oppress us into submission of bully Xi Jinping’s demands.

Lukashenko sends 16 top managers of Gazprom bank to prison | Ukraine Today .org

https://ukrainetoday.org/2020/06/15/lukashenko-sends-16-top-managers-of-gazprom-bank-to-prison/

Natalia Eismont, a spokeswoman for the Belarusian president, said the detainees were giving confessions, including against the former head of the bank, Victor Babarico. “Huge sums of money, securities, gold were seized,” she said.

According to the KGC, the security forces seized $4 million in cash and securities worth more than $500,000 from the bank’s Minsk office.

As part of the investigation, 150 paintings worth $20 million were seized and included to the case, including Marc Chagall’s Green Landscape and Chaim Soutine’s Eva. They were part of the corporate collection of Belgazprombank.

“I will call Interpol after the results of the investigation and say, well, analyze these documents,” Lukashenko said on Sunday. ” Russians, Americans will be called here, Europeans will be called here, and let them draw conclusions whether our law enforcement agencies comply with our laws.