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GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians’ communications at G20 summits [Guardian]

Posted in G20, U.K. on June 21, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Exclusive: phones were monitored and fake internet cafes set up to gather information from allies in London in 2009

17 June 2013

Ewen MacAskill, Nick Davies, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball

Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian…

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Riot police taught to treat the public ‘as their enemy’, former chief claims [Telegraph / Sweet & Sour Socialism Essential Archives]

Posted in G20, Police, Police brutality, Police State, Sweet and Sour Socialism Essential Archives, U.K. on August 11, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

* Riot police are taught to treat the public as their “enemy” and regard every situation as a “threat”, former police chiefs [told] a top-level inquiry into the G20 protests. *

By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent

20 Apr 2009

* Excerpted *

David Gilbertson, a retired Scotland Yard commander and assistant inspector of constabulary, said that the “defensive” approach once central to British policing has “morphed into a faux US-style operation” where officers wear military-looking uniforms and used batons and Taser stun guns to clamp down on perceived dissent.

He claimed that…officers…are overly aggressive because they consider any contact with the public as a potential threat…

…lawyers are compiling a “dossier” of up to 400…complaints from [G20] protesters claiming to have been victims or witnesses to police brutality.

Mr Gilbertson said: “Officers are trained to be on guard against attack, to regard every situation, no matter how seemingly benign, as a threat situation. The lesson is that the public are your enemy. That mindset appeared to dominate at the G20 protests…”

…Video clips continue to appear showing police hitting out at protesters who took to the streets during the demonstrations earlier this month.

…The IPCC has received more than 185 complaints relating to the G20 protest, almost 90 of which are about alleged excessive police force.

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US Deflates the Dollar— China Questions US Leadership of World’s Economy []

Posted in Capitalism crisis early 21st century, China, Currency wars, Economic crisis & decline, Economy, G20, south Korea, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on March 26, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

The US is stoking worldwide inflation in order to lower its outstanding debt by repaying creditors with depreciated dollars This is done through a process called quantitative easing, lowering the value of the dollar.  Washington is flooding financial markets with $600 billion, hoping that this monopoly money will bring America out of recession.

At a G20 economic summit in South Korea, China’s state credit agency publicly downgraded Americas credit rating and scolded Washington for “deteriorating debt repayment capability” and predicted that quantitative easing would lead to “fundamentally lowering the national solvency”.

At this summit, Obama’s attempts to stimulate the US economy with steroids of more deficit spending were criticized by many other G20 members. In the past, the US has criticized China for manipulating its currency to keep the value low, and now the criticism is on the US.  This depreciated dollar does boost US exports, but it also hurts nations exporting to the US, this was a destructive trade practice that played a key role in the 1930’s depression.  In the past 2 months, the US dollar has dropped 6% against other major currencies.  US debt has now hit $14 trillion.  Running down the value of the US dollar marks the beginning of the end of the American era.

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Financial regulation essential – China Banking Regulatory Commission director [People’s Daily]

Posted in Capitalism crisis early 21st century, G20 on February 20, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 16, 2011

International cooperation necessary to prevent future financial crisis as capital flows becomes more globalized.

The recent financial crisis has exposed critical vulnerabilities in the modern financial system.  However, the current reforms proposed by the Financial Stability Bureau and global standard setters, such as the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, are certainly a step toward building a more resilient global financial system.

Chinese regulators welcome the new capital and liquidity standards approved by the G20 in November (the so-called BASEL III rules), and China’s banking regulator, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), has already begun the process of revising its own regulations so that BASEL III can be implemented by beginning of 2012.

The recent crisis occurred because the global financial system had become over-leveraged, over-complex, and under-regulated in key areas.  These characteristics contributed to the fragility of the system and eventually led to the crisis.  To prevent a future crisis, we need a simpler financial system that is less leveraged, and better regulated. That transformation, which the current reforms are leading to, will have costs.  Some vested interests will be hurt, and there will be costs and uncertainties in the adjustment process.  However, trade-offs are necessary to avoid the disastrous consequences of unmanaged fragility.

I wish to make three points about regulatory reform in the financial sector.

First, the importance of international collaboration and cooperation in financial regulation and supervision.  One of the fundamental problems with the modern financial system is the fact that capital flows have become increasingly globalized, while financial regulation prior to the crisis remained largely a domestic concern.  Indeed, effective financial regulation today requires intense collaboration amongst national regulators not just in setting standards but also in daily supervision. Continue reading

“Once Upon a Time in the Evil Empire” By Cindy Sheehan [OpEd News]

Posted in Afghanistan, Chile, CIA, Connection to drugs and narcotics, Corporate Media Critique, Cuba, Egypt, G20, Honduras, Hugo Chavez, Karzai puppet regime corruption, Obama, Pinochet, US imperialism, USA, USSR, Venezuela, WTO on February 15, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 13, 2011

By Cindy Sheehan

"America is a Nation with a mission – and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace – a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman."~~Emperor George the III

Once upon a time in the Evil Empire, there arose to the Most Powerful Office in the Land, a very stupidly evil man named, George Walker Bush (the III George of the Empire).

George the III had been a less than mediocre student in school; he failed in every business that he tried to operate and as governor of one of the far-flung provinces of the Evil Empire called Texas, he was an unmitigated disaster.  The axe of his executioner swung wildly and he dismantled the education system while ruining the environment.

George Walker Bush was not much different that any other Ruler of the Evil Empire in his Evilness, but the arrogant stupidity of his Evilness began to turn many of the Subjects of the Evil Empire off. What was also so different about George the III was that he stole the office in not a subtle coup, as in previous times, but in an obvious coup that ripped any semblance of democracy to shreds.

In the first year of the Reign of George the III, the Evil Empire was attacked because of its Evil Ways around the globe and George the III and his Consort, Richard the Sick-Hearted, sent the Armies of the Evil Empire to various regions of the planet to murder, rape and pillage, thus causing more hatred and resentment towards the Evil Empire, and anon, the Subjects of the Evil Empire also became very restless.

The Subjects of the Evil Empire rose up in great numbers to oust George and Richard, but the Royal Ass-wipes in the Parliament refused to depose the dictators until the appointed time that they were to leave the Highest Office in the Land.

George and Richard returned to the comfortable lives of the Evil Empire’s Nobility, but when they left, they left two wars raging and an economic crisis that was the worst that the Subjects had experienced in generations.

Lo, and in the Year of the Lord 2008, an Angel appeared unto the Evil Empire (on CNN) and said:  "Rejoice, you highly favored Ones! The Lord is with you.  Blessed are you among Nations!"  And unto the Evil Empire was given a savior:  Barack Obama.

The Subjects in the Kingdom of Democrats did rejoice with great rejoicing and the memory of the trials and tribulations of the last eight years receded from Memory — although the trials and tribulations remained.

In the Kingdom of the Republicans, though, the same trials and tribulations that Blinded them during the reign of George the III and Richard the Sick-Hearted miraculously appeared to them and they became most distressed and formed their rage into Tea Parties where no actual tea was served, along with the stupidity and racism.

What is the point of this above Fairy Tale?  The US is a Mythocracy where the puppets in apparent leadership roles dance to the whims of the real rulers of this country:  the Corporatocracy:

Basically, what Economic Hit Men are trained to do is to build up the American empire. To create situations where as many resources as possible flow into this country, to our corporations, and our government, and in fact we’ve been very successful.~~John Perkins (Confessions of an Economic Hitman)

This fact is not a crazy conspiracy theory and the US isn’t the only country run by the super-wealthy — Anti-globalization movements like the ones against the economic oligarchies of the G8, G20, WTO and World Bank understand this simple fact.

Look at the recent democratic uprising in Egypt.  The puppet of this global oligarchy, Mubarak, hung onto to power for 18 days, even sending in thugs to kill hundreds of anti-Mubarak protesters, stalling the inevitability of his departure.

Why did Mubarak stay for so long? He told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he didn’t even want to be "president" anymore, after 30 years of rape and pillage. He stayed, according to a recent article in the UK Telegraph, to make sure his wealth, estimated upwards of $70 billion, was secure.  Mubarak was not about to beat a hasty retreat without making sure every last penny was securely away from being frozen by Swiss authorities or re-appropriated back to the people he stole it from.

Mubarak was never a public servant of the people of Egypt — public servants don’t amass Pharaoh-sized fortunes. He was given billions of pieces of silver to betray his people and the people of Palestine with this blood money.

The oligarchy’s hand-picked, hand-puppet in Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, and his family sit on a goldmine for them and their masters: vast mineral deposits and the CIA-opium trade.  According to Wikileaks documents released late last year, the US is "distressed" at the corruption in Afghanistan and millions (if not billions) of dollars that flow into Afghanistan from US taxpayers, and flow right back out of the country to such places as Dubai, where Karzai and his cronies can be assured that if they are chased out of Afghanistan by a popular uprising, their wealth is secured. If the US is so "distressed" by all the corruption and graft in Afghanistan, why is Karzai allowed to remain — it’s not because he has been "democratically" elected in a process that is blatantly fraudulent — no, it’s because he’s a willing dancer with the hand of the puppeteer firmly ensconced in his nether-regions.

There are some nations that are able to remain relatively independent of the global oligarchy and one such nation sits just 90 miles off the tip of Florida: Cuba.  Although Cuba was used as a wedge between the US and the USSR during the Cold War, it has never been a military or economic threat to us — what it is down there is a constant reminder to the Global Imperialists that, no matter how tiny, there are still places that can remain free and survive.

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U.K. undercover officer spied on green activists – and was an alleged agent provocateur [Guardian]

Posted in G20, U.K. on January 10, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

~ Guardian investigation reveals details of PC Mark Kennedy’s infiltration of dozens of protest groups ~

Rob Evans and Paul Lewis

9 December 2011

A police officer who for seven years lived deep undercover at the heart of the environmental protest movement, travelling to 22 countries gleaning information and playing a frontline role in some of the most high-profile confrontations, has quit the Met, telling his friends that what he did was wrong.

PC Mark Kennedy, a Metropolitan police officer, infiltrated dozens of protest groups including anti-racist campaigners and anarchists, a Guardian investigation reveals.

Legal documents suggest Kennedy’s activities went beyond those of a passive spy, prompting activists to ask whether his role in organising and helping to fund protests meant he turned into an agent provocateur.

Kennedy first adopted the fake identity Mark Stone in 2003, pretending to be a professional climber, in order to disrupt the UK’s peaceful movement to combat climate change. Then aged 33, he grew long hair and sported earrings and tattoos, before going on to attend almost every major demonstration in the UK up to the G20 protests in London. He was issued with a fake passport and driving licence.

Sensitive details about Kennedy’s activities had been set to be raised in Nottingham crown court in legal argument relating to a case of six activists accused of conspiring to break into Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station.

But prosecutors unexpectedly abandoned the trial after they were asked to disclose classified details about the role the undercover officer played in organising and helping to fund the protest.

Kennedy, who recently resigned from the Met, is understood to be torn over his betrayal, telling one activist that his infiltration had been “really wrong”. “I’ll just say I’m sorry, for everything,” Kennedy said. “It really hurts.”

Apparently keen for redemption, Kennedy indicated he would “help” the defendants during their trial and was in touch with their lawyer. He backed out three weeks ago, citing his concern for the safety of his family and himself.

The Met could face pressure to explain the ethics of deploying an officer so deep undercover. It has been repeatedly criticised for its handling of protests. A Metropolitan police spokesman said: “We are not prepared to discuss the matter.”

Kennedy is believed to have been one of at least two undercover operatives working for the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, an agency that monitors so-called domestic extremists. He told friends each undercover spy cost £250,000 a year.

The officer was found out in October after friends, some of whom had grown suspicious about a seemingly “perfect activist”, discovered a passport bearing his real name. They eventually unearthed documentary proof that he had been a policeman since around 1994, and, confronted with the evidence, Kennedy confessed. He is now living abroad.

Police arrested 114 activists at a school near Nottingham in April 2009 in a controversial operation to prevent activists from breaking into the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station the next day.

Twenty-six activists were later charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass. Of those, 20 admitted they planned to break into the power station to prevent the emission of around 150,000 tonnes of carbon.

They were convicted after failing to convince a jury their actions were designed to prevent immediate greater harm from climate change. Handing down lenient sentences last week, a judge said they had been acting with “the highest possible motives”.

It is widely presumed that Kennedy tipped off police about the protest. But activists who spent four months working with Kennedy to hatch the plan now question whether he crossed a boundary and became an agent provocateur.

The allegation was set to emerge during the trial of the six defendants who – unlike the other activists – maintained that they had not yet agreed to break into the power station. According to legal papers drawn up by their lawyers, Kennedy helped to organise the demonstration from an early stage, driving on reconnaissance trips of the power station and suggesting the “best and easiest way” to get into the plant.

“He continued to participate, including hiring, paying for and driving a vehicle and volunteering to be one of two principal climbers who would attach himself to the [coal-carrying] conveyor belt. He actively encouraged participation in the action and expressed the view that he was pleased it was going to be an action of some significance,” the papers say.

The documents state that planning meetings for the protest took place at Kennedy’s house and he paid the court fees of another activist arising from a separate demonstration. “It is assumed that the finance for the accommodation, the hire of vehicles and the paying of fines came from police funds,” they state.

Lawyers for the activists submitted their demand for material about Kennedy’s role last Monday. The CPS confirmed it would not proceed with the trial, stating that “previously unavailable information” that undermined its case had come to light.

It said there was no longer sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of prosecution.

“I have no doubt that our attempts to get disclosure about Kennedy’s role has led to the collapse of the trial,” said Mike Schwarz, a solicitor at the Bindmans law firm who represented the activists.

“It is no coincidence that just 48 hours after we told the CPS our clients could not receive a fair trial unless they disclosed material about Kennedy, they halted the prosecution. Given that Kennedy was, until recently, willing to assist the defence, one has to ask if the police were facing up to the possibility their undercover agent had turned native.”

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Dedicated to peaceful growth [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-China media bias, Anti-China propaganda exposure, Capitalism crisis early 21st century, China, China-bashing, Diplomat, G20, Reform and opening up, Sinophobia, UNSC on December 2, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

If only the US ever made such claims, or adhered to such peaceful policies – Zuo Shou 左手

by Fang Lexian

BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhuanet) — In recent years, accusations of an over-confident, assertive and arrogant China have been heard unceasingly in the international arena. Anything China says is labeled as aggressive or arrogant when it does not follow the line of the West. China’s diplomacy is continually bashed by tongue and pen.

For China, which is devoted to building a harmonious world of sustained peace and common prosperity, the antagonism in the international arena seems like black clouds bearing down on the nation.

After 60 years of arduous endeavors, especially since the policies of reform and opening-up were introduced at the end of the 1970s, China has successfully embarked on the road of peaceful development – one compatible with its national conditions and the characteristics of the times – and it has regained its confidence in safeguarding its legitimate national interests.

However, regaining confidence does not mean that the nation has become too assertive or arrogant. China will not waver from the path of peaceful development because of external suspicions and misinterpretations of its intentions.

Only by abandoning the outdated Cold War mentality and narrow-minded ideological prejudices can the West understand the positive and constructive side of China’s diplomacy. Clinging to such outmoded perceptions and prejudices just leads to misjudgments of Beijing’s diplomatic intentions and does severe harm to international relations.

The reason that China’s diplomacy is frequently viewed in the West as arrogant is that a de facto rising China, with its distinctive social system and development model, makes Western countries uncomfortable. Such a fact was further highlighted by the global financial crisis. Thanks to its swift and effective responses to crisis, China has been at the forefront of global efforts to mitigate the affects of the crisis.

However, China’s fundamental diplomatic principles and goals are not just afterthoughts and its growing strength is not merely the result of the global financial crisis. In fact, in recent years China has simply been building momentum in its longstanding efforts to pursue peace, development and cooperation through its diplomacy.

China attaches great importance to expanding exchanges and cooperation with the developed world and insists on taking positive measures, enhancing mutual trust and reducing suspicions to promote the long-term, stable and sound development of international relations.

In its relations with its neighbors, Beijing strives to maintain friendly and healthy ties and pursues pragmatic cooperation that will promote common development and prosperity. With regard to territorial disputes, China repeatedly calls for dialogue and friendly negotiations as the means to resolve the issues, and it seeks to resist any outside interference that might complicate attempts at reaching agreements.

China also looks to strengthen unity and cooperation with developing countries because it too is a developing country.

In the face of severe global challenges, China is promoting multilateral diplomacy and taking an active role in international affairs for the common good. China supports efforts to strengthen the role of the United Nations and, has been playing a positive and constructive role in multilateral frameworks, such as the Group of 20 and the Asia-Europe Meeting.

Though still hindered by differences in values and social institutions, the goodwill and cooperative intentions China constantly sends out to the world through public diplomacy are there for all to see as China is committed to enhancing humanistic cooperation with other countries.

An important task facing China’s diplomacy in the future is how to express its legitimate and reasonable demands in a way that the international community can understand and accept.

Based on domestic and international situations and the creation of a favorable external environment for the nation’s modernization, Chinese decision-makers will remain firmly dedicated to peace, development and cooperation and, China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development.

The author is a researcher with the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China.

(Source: China Daily)

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