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Kerry Suggests Maybe No Brexit - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 23:21
Kerry Suggests Maybe No Brexit
by Stephen Lendman
Addressing the right-wing Aspen Institute on Wednesday, Kerry said Brexit “(d)idn’t change a thing.”
“This is a very complicated divorce.” David Cameron is loathe to invoke Lisbon Treaty Article 50, legally required to begin a lengthy Brexit process. He feels “powerless” to negotiate what he doesn’t want.
“(A)nd I think this is a fair conclusion - to go out and start negotiating a thing that he doesn’t believe in and has no idea how he would do it.”
“(N)or do most of the people who voted for it,” Kerry referring to Leave campaigners like former London mayor Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to replace Cameron until announcing he's pulling out, perhaps pressured by Remain interests.
Asked how Brexit could be “walked back,” Kerry said “I think there are a number of ways.” He declined to enumerate, stopping short of explaining the popular vote was non-binding. 
Parliament alone has final say up or down. Most MPs will support what powerful interests want. Clearly they oppose Brexit, making it highly unlikely.
Did Kerry inadvertently explain what’s ahead, despite leaders like Germany’s Angela Merkel saying “(t)he referendum is a reality…I can see no way that this can be reversed…”
She along with other EU leaders met in Brussels, Cameron included in day one discussions, not day two, creating the impression (or perhaps illusion) of a new 27-nation bloc without Britain.
Talks focused on “curb(ing) a rising tide of populism driven in large part by hostility toward Brussels,” according to The New York Times - talking tough, hardening their position, European Council President Donald Tusk saying there can be “no single market a la carte.”
“Those wanting access to our single market” must play by its rules, obeying its “four freedoms,” including movement of capital, people, goods and services.
French President Francois Hollande warned London no longer would be able to clear euro-denominated trades, important for its financial industry.
Consensus was no talks with Britain until it invokes Article 50. Some there want the referendum ignored. Parliament can simply vote it down, said prominent lawyer Geoffrey Robertson.
“Our democracy does not allow, much less require, decision-making by referendum. Democracy has never meant the tyranny of the simple majority, much less the tyranny of the mob.”
According to Robertson and others like him, rule by privileged few alone matters, not popular sentiment. Important decisions shouldn’t be left to ordinary people.
EU leaders, together with Washington’s dominating influence, will chart a course to prevent Brexit. A consensus statement was deceptive posturing, saying it “creates a new situation for the European Union…many people express(ing) dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs.”
They “expect us to do better when it comes to providing security, jobs and growth, as well as hope for a better future.”
They’ll chart it like always, serving special interests exclusively. Western democracy serves the privileged few alone, not the popular will.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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Three Amigos Summit Promotes Dirty Business As Usual - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 23:12
Three Amigos Summit Promotes Dirty Business As Usual
by Stephen Lendman
Meeting in Ottawa, Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto promoted NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - anti-consumer trade legislation, benefitting corporate interests exclusively at the expense of fundamental freedoms and social justice.
“The integration of national economies into a global economy - that’s here. That’s done,” said Obama. “We’re going to do more to speak with one united North American voice on the world stage” - promoting greater “integration” at the expense of fundamental human and civil rights.
“Countries like ours (have) to…shape (global trading) rules…Because if we don’t, China will write the rules, and they might not have the same regard for the values (sic) that we care about.”
Globalization is the mortal enemy of sovereign independence, fundamental freedoms, and societies fit to live in.
Obama, Trudeau and Nieto stressed unity over independence, free, not fair, trade.
Their agenda is hugely destructive, policies harming millions, fostering wealth extremes, destroying good, high-paying jobs, creating Depression-level unemployment and poverty - so predatory corporate interests and super-rich elites can get richer.
Without naming him, Obama blasted Trump, saying “I’m not prepared to concede the notion that some of the rhetoric that’s been popping up is populist.” 
“Somebody…who has never shown any regard for workers…has worked against economic opportunity for workers and ordinary people, (isn’t) a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes.” 
“That’s not the measure of populism. That’s nativism, or xenophobia, or worse.” Nieto compared Trump to Mussolini, accusing him of wanting “to eliminate and destroy what has taken decades to build.” 
Trudeau stressed the special US/Canadian/Mexican relationship, transcending their leaders, he said. 
America, Canada and Mexico, like EU nations, are fundamentally pro-business, pro-monied interests, pro-war, anti-populist, anti-worker, anti-democratic, anti-societies fit to live in for the vast majority of their citizens and residents.
Deplorable policies they endorse assure greater harm to millions than already.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

Russia: America's Sworn Adversary - Thu, 30/06/2016 - 22:49
Russia: America’s Sworn Adversary
by Stephen Lendman
It’s no secret. Longstanding US plans call for regime change, wanting Russian sovereign independence eliminated, hegemonic US control replacing it.
Recklessly dangerous US provocations seem heading things inevitably toward confrontation, especially worrisome if neocon Hillary Clinton succeeds Obama, a longstanding Russia/Putin hater, favoring belligerence over diplomacy - likely to be more aggressive than troubling current administration policy.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, US-dominated NATO “more than doubled” its provocative actions near Russia’s border - deploy(ing about 1,200 pieces of military equipment, including 30 combat jets, as well as more than 1,000 soldiers on the territories of the Eastern European countries on a rotational basis.”
“US navy ships as well as military vessels of other NATO members regularly enter the Baltic and Black Seas,” threatening Russian security.
So-called missile defense systems in Romania, Poland to come, are solely for offense, targeting Russia’s heartland, potentially with nuclear weapons.
Thousands more US-led NATO combat troops intended for Eastern Europe heighten the risk for war, Russia forced to take counter-measures, Putin explaining:
“A modern and well-equipped army and navy are a guarantee of the Motherland’s sovereignty and independence, as well as of our citizens’ security.”
He stressed a national commitment to “be ready to respond quickly and adequately to any potential threats…provocation(s) (or) aggressive actions” - well aware of the danger Washington poses.
According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, its latest provocation involved the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Gravely, breaching international navigation safety rules and bilateral agreements, coming dangerously close to Russia’s Yaroslav Mudry frigate in the eastern Mediterranean.
“The Russian warship was in international waters, cruising steadily and without making any dangerous maneuvers towards the US ship,” a ministry statement said. It violated International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCS).
The Pentagon “constantly accus(es) Russian pilots and sailors of the lack of professionalism.”
“(T)his incident concerning the dangerous maneuvering of the guided missile destroyer Gravely has shown that US Navy sailors allow themselves to forget about the fundamental principles of navigation security and ignore the consequences dangerous maneuvering can cause in heavy shipping areas.”
The Gravely provocatively came within 180 meters of the Yaroslav Mudry in international waters. It violated IRPCS Rule 13, requiring “an overtaking vessel (to) keep out of the way of the” ship it’s approaching.
Rule 15 was breached, stipulating that approaching another vessel on its starboard side requires yielding it right-of-way passage.
Repeated US provocations risk direct confrontation. Is eventual war inevitable?
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
Visit his blog site at 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.



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