Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Xinhua — Officers told that public can film police


In a functional society police culture is to assist and protect. In a dysfunctional society police culture is to control and punish.

China.org.cn
Officers told that public can film police
Xinhua

Ramanan — A Short Note On George Soros’ Principle Of Reflexivity


A Post Keynesian view of Soros on reflexivity.

The Case for Concerted Action
A Short Note On George Soros’ Principle Of Reflexivity
V. Ramanan

James W. Carden — The Fear of Hillary’s Foreign Policy


The Bill Clinton presidency was characterized by the ascendence of liberal interventionist. Hillary's record is one of bringing together liberal interventionists, neocons, and hawks. Garden goes light on her.

Consortium News
The Fear of Hillary’s Foreign Policy
James W. Carden

Alexandra Rosenmann — Telesur Host Abby Martin's Surprisingly Rough Arrest Ordeal Is a Taste of Police Gone Amok


Move along. Nothing to see here.

In my experience, police have been doing this from the Sixties and Seventies. At least they didn't taser her or spray her.

Putin's Warning

Putin warns journalists about the dangers posed by the US in its aggressive stance towards Russia. 


This candid conversation took place with representatives of various media outlets during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, in June 2016. Putin urged journalists to report genuinely on the impending danger that is a nuclear arms race.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqD8lIdIMRo

Initially, I translated only a small portion of this segment as I felt the key message must be made obvious. However, I have been pleasantly surprised with many people around the world reaching out to translate this into other languages, as well as to see the full address. This candid conversation took place with representatives of various media outlets during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, in June 2016. Putin urged journalists to report genuinely on the impending danger that is a nuclear arms race.

Nobody has anything to gain from a nuclear stand-off against Russia. The power hungry decision-makers are few in number, but powerful enough to have subverted mainstream media to misrepresent Russia as the main threat to international security.

If you are a journalist or a blogger, please do your part and share this message. Time is of the essence , especially in light of the recent NATO summit in Warsaw (July 2016) where the alliance stipulated that Russia is the main threat to international security (did you think that might be ISIS?) YouTube would not let me upload the video I did on the Summit, but it can be found on my Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/174777588

Back in 2007, Putin informed the Western world that Russia will develop its weaponry to counter US advances. This was said in response to the US missile defense system that was starting to be developed at the time (previously prohibited in international law.)

With the NATO missile defense system on Russia’s doorstep – the threat to international security is very real; not that you would know it via mainstream Murdoch media.

In 2002, the United States unilaterally and without consultation, withdrew from the landmark Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. President George W. Bush noted that the treaty is “now behind us,” describing the ABM Treaty as a Cold War relic.

Signed in 1972, the ABM Treaty barred both the US and the USSR from deploying national defenses against long-range ballistic missiles. The treaty was based on the premise that if either superpower constructed a strategic defense, the other would build up its offensive nuclear forces to offset the defense.

The superpowers would therefore quickly be put on a path toward a never-ending offensive-defensive arms race, as each tried to balance its counterpart’s actions. Until Bush took office, the Treaty was referred to as a “cornerstone of strategic stability” because it facilitated later agreements, reducing U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals.

The US, assuming that a weakened Russia will never again be in a position to counter US hegemonic power, proceeded to encroach on Russia’s borders through its manipulation of NATO objectives.

Today, there is no instrument in international law that prevents the possibility of mutually assured destruction. Putin has been sending out warnings for over 10 years – all of which fell on deaf ears. Who will push the button first?

Trump the Neocons, by Micheal Hudson

Below is a superb Democracy Now interview with Micheal Hudson about Trump and the Neocons. Micheal, like many of us here, are hoping Trump can deliver peace with Putin and a better deal for the average American as he runs on a populist ticket. Whether he will deliver or not, we don't know, but at least we can't be certain with Trump unlike with the neocon, Wall Street favorite, and war hawk, Hilary.

Trump Policy Will Unravel Traditional Neocons



Dirk G. Baur — Central Banks and Gold

Abstract:

Central banks hold gold reserves that are designed to build confidence in fiat currency. This confidence is undermined if the price of gold falls significantly or rises significantly. Central banks thus have an incentive to manage the price of gold. Such management is evident in fixed gold prices in the early 20th century, in Central Bank Gold Agreements more recently and in the asymmetric correlation between monthly central bank gold reserve changes and gold price changes. The empirical analysis further analyzes gold lending by central banks, linkages between central banks, bullion banks and mining companies and the gold carry trade. We conclude that coordinated and shadowy gold operations by central banks are necessary for successful gold price and gold reserves management and demonstrate the power of market forces relative to central banks.
The world may not be on the gold standard any longer, but gold is still very much in the picture as far as central banks are concerned.

Gold remains the numeraire. Many people compare valuation relative to gold and historical standards.

Central banks manage gold price as a matter of maintaining confidence.

SSRN
Central Banks and Gold
Dirk G. Baur, University of Western Australia - Business School;

Pepe Escobar — The Real Secret of the South China Sea


Historical backgrounder. Colonialism is at the bottom of it.
The South China Sea is and will continue to be the ultimate geopolitical flashpoint of the young 21st century – way ahead of the Middle East or Russia’s western borderlands. No less than the future of Asia – as well as the East-West balance of power – is at stake.

To understand the Big Picture, we need to go back to 1890 when Alfred Mahan, then president of the US Naval College, wrote the seminal The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. Mahan’s central thesis is that the US should go global in search of new markets, and protect these new trade routes through a network of naval bases.…
Almost all the contested borderlands today are the result of Western powers drawing lines on maps in the colonial era and the attempt to maintain them in the neocolonial era under US hegemony as the American Empire. In the past this dynamic as almost always led to conflict and war.

And, yes, HRC has been deeply involved in shaping it.
In 2011 the US State Department was absolutely terrified with the planned Obama administration withdrawals from both Iraq and Afghanistan; what would happen to superpower projection? That ended in November 2011, when then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton coined the by now famous “pivot to Asia”.
“Six lines of action” were embedded in the “pivot”. Four of these Clinton nicked from a 2009 report by the Washington think tank CSIS; reinvigorating alliances; cultivating relationships with emerging powers; developing relationships with regional multilateral bodies; and working closely with South East Asian countries on economic issues. Clinton added two more: broad-based military presence in Asia, and the promotion of democracy and human rights.
It was clear from the start – and not only across the global South — that cutting across the rhetorical fog the “pivot” was code for a military offensive to contain China. Even more seriously, this was the geopolitical moment when a South East Asian dispute over maritime territory intersected with the across-the-globe confrontation between the hegemon and a “peer competitor”.
What Clinton meant by “engaging emerging powers” was, in her own words, “join us in shaping and participating in a rules-based regional and global order”. This is code for rules coined by the hegemon – as in the whole apparatus of the Washington consensus.…

Quartz — The DNC’s email scandal shows democracy is rotten and Hillary Clinton may be a crook, China’s state media says

Hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee have given China’s state-backed media another chance to criticize the US’s political system, democracy in general, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The emails, which showed Democratic party officials were hostile to Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign and gave high-level White House access to Clinton donors, are being held up by China’s state-back media as proof that something is very rotten in the US.

“The batch of bombshell e-mails reveals that the Clinton campaign colluded with high-ranking Democratic officials in the nominating process, participated in ‘money laundering’ and manipulated media coverage,” the Global Times wrote on July 27. “This almost proves Clinton is really a ‘crook,’ as Donald Trump calls her.”

It goes on: “This ‘e-mail gate’ exposes the dirty side of US democracy under a glossy cover. The minority at the top of the pyramidal system willfully manipulate resources, playing with the support of the public and fans.”
The Global Times went further in Chinese, saying “Even if Hillary becomes the President, she might be problematic president, like a person who goes to work with an illness.”
Quartz
The DNC’s email scandal shows democracy is rotten and Hillary Clinton may be a crook, China’s state media says
Echo Huang Pinyin
Email exchanges involving top officials at the Democratic National Committee released along with private documents by WikiLeaks show that DNC officials hoped to reward top donors and insiders with appointments to federal boards and commissions in coordination with the White House.
The revelations give an inside look into how the Democratic Party attempted to leverage its access and influence with the White House to bring in cash.…
Looks like Trump is on to something with "Hillary Rotten Clinton."

Open Secrets

The New Democrats are finished.

John Helmer — The New Byzantine Alliance

Monumental shift in geopolitical alignment shaping up.
Russian sources are non-committal on what role US military and intelligence agencies played during the July 15 events at the Incirlik airbase and elsewhere to encourage, or not to discourage, the attempt at overthrowing Erdogan. What is certain now, as Erdogan tries to mop up, according to Greek and Cypriot analysts, is that Turkey has turned against the US and the NATO alliance. “Turkey is now moving away from western dependence,” says a well-informed region source who asks not to be identified. “This makes sense geopolitically because the west has lost control in the Middle East. Other close western allies in the region, like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, are becoming autonomous, in the sense that they don’t obey the US. This is because the US can no longer act as a hegemon. Washington can’t dictate, or even recommend solutions to conflicts or rivalries, like Iraq, Syria, Libya, or Palestine. Now, with or without direct US involvement in the Turkish coup, Erdogan sees his chance to make Turkey more autonomous, so he is taking it.”
Russian sources agree. Referring to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland (right), whose plan of attack against Russia in Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, and Cyprus have been reported here and here, a Moscow source concludes:“The Nuland plots have all failed. The US can no longer talk to the Turks. Losing Turkey to Erdogan and his Islamists also means the US can dictate no longer in the region. You can’t expect the Americans will take it lying down. There’s no government in Washington right now. But if Clinton wins, there will be a US fight-back. It will be too late.”
Dances with Bears
The New Byzantine Alliance
John Helmer

Chris Dillow — How True?

We should ask of economic theories not: “are they true?” but rather “how true are they?
Stumbling and Mumbling
Chris Dillow | Investors Chronicle

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tom Hickey — Calling the election


Now that Donald Trump is the official candidate for the GOP and Hillary Clinton for the Dems, I am calling the election for Trump for the simple reason that entertainment value will be the deciding favor and Trump is just a lot more interesting than Clinton. Who wants to watch a four year reality show starring Hillary Clinton when you can watch Trump instead.

Zero Hedge — Maybe Putin Did It After All: Trail Emerges Linking DNC Email Hack To Russia

To be sure all of the above is circumstantial and while we have no independent insight into any of the above, we are confident that now that the trail has grown "warm", the FBI - which yesterday said that Russia is a prime suspect - will use this as a foundation upon which to build a case blaming the Kremlin for interfering in US politics.…
Hillary is famous for "getting even." Should she win the presidency, count on her trying to get even with Putin.

Zero Hedge
Maybe Putin Did It After All: Trail Emerges Linking DNC Email Hack To Russia

Why Hillary Is Nervous: "More Leaks May Be Coming"

Economic Surprise Index no surprise

David Einhorn's back talking "jelly donuts." Who gives this idiot money to manage?


Remember David Einhorn? I showed you back in Feburary how he was going short commodities and industrial stocks. The Dow Jones INDUSTRIALS was at 15,500. Now it's 18,500.

Now he says get ready for more "jelly donuts." That's how these little boy Wall Street idiots who think they know something, talk. Jelly donuts, as in, more rate cuts. Or, as they call it, "stimulus."

Meanwhile, companies are beating earnings left and right, home sales are at an 8-year high. Wholesale inflation is picking up. There's wage pressures growing. Government spending is on track to set a new record this year.

And he's talking rate cuts.

That's your signal to sell Treasuries.

Who the hell gives these guys money to play with? Crazy!

Surprised by the Economic Surprise Index? I wasn't. I called it all along.

Everyone is all shocked that Citi's Economic Surprise Index is showing a massive amount of upside surprises.

Who was calling this for months, even when all the "experts" were gloomy and pessimistic as hell?

Me!

Was no surprise to anyone reading this blog or who is a subscriber to my report, MMT Trader.


Alexander Mercouris — Why the US Almost Certainly Was Not Involved in the Turkish Coup

All the indications suggest the US had no part in the coup. However Erdogan and the Turkish government think otherwise and it is their opinion which matters.…
Before discussing the question it is important to say that the answer so far as Turkey itself is concerned may no longer matter. The conviction appears to be taking hold in Turkey – including amongst some members of its government and with Erdogan himself – that the US was in some way behind the coup. That in itself will be enough to cause relations between the US and Turkey to become strained. In international politics very often it is what people believe rather than what is true that most matters.
The first thing to say is that at this stage we simply do not know. The information that would enable us to say for sure is simply not there. The investigation of the coup is still at a very early stage. Coup plotters are still being rounded up and questioned, and paper and electronic trails are still being followed up. It will take months or even years before trials follow – if they ever do – and before we start to get definite answers to the questions like the one about the extent, if any, of US involvement in the coup. 
The second thing to say is that when people talk about a coup or a coup being US backed they are using a blanket term that covers different things. There are coups in which the US is not initially involved but which it backs after they succeed (eg. the coup which overthrew the Argentinian dictator Juan Peron in 1955). There are coups of which the US has foreknowledge and to which it gives the green light (eg. the Vietnamese coup against President Diem of 1963, the Brazilian coup of 1964 and the Turkish coup of 1980); and lastly there are the coups which the US actively orders and organises (eg. the coup in Iran in 1953 and – despite continued US denials – the coup against President Allende of Chile in 1973). All these coups are in a sense “US backed” but they clearly fall into different categories. 
There is no doubt that if the coup against Erdogan had succeeded the US would have backed it after the event, just as in 1955 it backed after the event the coup that overthrew Peron, and to that extent it is legitimate to say that if the coup had succeeded it would have been US backed.…
Before leaving this subject there are two further points I do however want to make.
The first is that my whole case obviously depends on the assumption of at least a measure of rationality on the part of Obama and his officials. Against that I have to accept that US policy in recent years has become increasingly detached from reality. Indeed I have written about this at length. However if US policy makers really are now so detached from reality that they took the frankly crazy step of instigating or colluding in a coup against Erdogan in Turkey, then they are much crazier and more dangerous, and the situation in the world is far worse and far more dangerous, than up to now I or I suspect anyone else has suspected. It really would be a case in that case of us needing to reach for our fallout shelters. Fortunately everything we know about the coup suggests otherwise.
The Duran
Why the US Almost Certainly Was Not Involved in the Turkish Coup
Alexander Mercouris

Adam Garrie — Putin, Trump and the New Normalcy


Interesting comparison between Putin and Trump in terms of history.

The Duran
Putin, Trump and the New Normalcy
Adam Garrie

South Front — Al Nusra Launches Rebranding Campaign To Depict Itself “Moderate Opposition” And Avoid Air Strikes


More disinformation, as Al Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra rebrands itself as Jabhat Fateh Al Sham, or Sham Liberation Front. Well chosen name, since it is indeed a sham that is reminiscent of Blackwater rebranding itself as XE (209) and then Academie (2011), after becoming infamous. This is looking like a shell game or three card monte — where are the bad guys?

Scott Adams — The Dark and Rotten Election

Godzilla, meet King Kong.
Scott Adams' Blog
The Dark and Rotten Election
Scott Adams

Hillary, Putin and Faith-based evidence


Stage magic operates on distraction. The audience knows that the magician is trying to fool them and everyone is on the lookout for it, but almost no one but other magicians can penetrate the ruse. 

Persuasion is very much like this and persuasion techniques are used extensively in public relations, politics and advertising.

Disinformation is on of the tactics. It extends from a swarm of "evidence," testimony, allegations and the like to the Big Lie.

Russia Insider
Hillary Clinton's Bizarre Disinformation Strategy Against Russia and Donald Trump - Dominic Basalt

Zero Hedge
Russia Foreign Minister Responds To Allegation It Is Behind DNC Hack: "I Don't Want To Use Four-Letter Words"


Will Putin Get a Pulitzer?
Patrick J. Buchanan

Press News Greece — Croatian president Kalinda Grabar-Kitarović at the beach


Croatian president Kalinda Grabar-Kitarović at the beach — really. Why can't US politics be like this?

Press News Greece
Χάλασε κόσμο στην παραλία η Πρόεδρος της Κροατίας! (Φωτογραφίες)

(You don't need to know Greek.)

Monday, July 25, 2016

RT — Former NATO commander ‘behind failed coup against Erdogan’ – Turkish daily


Washington calls the charge "unsubstantiated."

RT
Former NATO commander ‘behind failed coup against Erdogan’ – Turkish daily

David Bromwich — The Hawks’ Election Strategy: Pushing a New Cold War

Banking on the gullibility of the public.
The truth is that the charge of fascism against Trump was a stopgap measure. Now it has been replaced by a charge that he is soft on the Communist menace, or the next worst thing—which they are betting the American mind will translate into the same thing—he is soft on the Russian menace. Fascism was never a ripe choice of terms. It gets hardly any play and commands little attention in America. For the neoconservatives, Red-baiting is a more familiar tactic and in the absence of a Red, a Russian will do. They have good reason to suppose that Hillary Clinton will take the hint and adopt the convenient amalgam in order to sow confusion. The Russian menace resembles the Communist menace in the same way that the word “Iran” resembles the word “Iraq.”…
The two branches of the war party, now united in CNAS, have agreed it would be good thing for American prestige, power and force-projection to renew the Cold War, and to do it with the best available target, Putin, as a ready-made scapegoat. Nothing in Mrs. Clinton’s history should lead us to believe that she will resist this demagogic appeal.

 We may deplore Donald Trump for his abridgment of the protocols of honest debate, his pandering to racial and religious prejudice, his contempt for plain facts and his lack of acquaintance with facts. But to picture Trump as an agent or enabler of Vladimir Putin—and to insinuate that anyone who seeks diplomatic arrangements with Moscow in preference to a new Cold War must be “soft”—does nothing to elevate the political discourse of the moment. It takes us out of the sewer and leads us into the cesspool.
Do you rationally prefer the sewer or the cesspool?

The National Interest
The Hawks’ Election Strategy: Pushing a New Cold War
David Bromwich | Sterling Professor of English at Yale University

Robert Hackett — Bitcoin Is Not Money, Miami Judge Rules


Money is what the law says it is. This judge ruled that Bitcoin is property.
Michell Esponiza, the defendant, had sold $1,500 worth of the virtual currency to undercover police officers who said they intended to buy stolen credit card numbers with it, as the Miami Herald reports. The cops then brought a case against him, alleging that Espinoza had illegally engaged in money laundering.
The court’s decision? Where there’s no money, there’s no money laundering.

“This Court is not an expert in economics, however, it is very clear, even to someone with limited knowledge in the area, that Bitcoin has a long way to go before it is the equivalent of money,” the Miami-Dade Circuit judge Teresa Mary Pooler said in her ruling, which the Miami Herald published.

“This court is unwilling to punish a man for selling his property to another, when his actions fall under a statute that is so vaguely written that even legal professionals have difficulty finding a singular meaning,” she added.…
Fortune
Bitcoin Is Not Money, Miami Judge Rules
Robert Hackett

Brad DeLong — What Thinkers Will Define Our Future?


Brad DeLong cuts to the chase and asks some key questions that involve updating the enduring issue of social and political thought, first raised in the West by the ancient Greeks, and then the subject of much of the Western intellectual tradition:  What does it mean to live a good life in a good society and what does this involve contemporaneously in light of lessons learned historically, present conditions, and future opportunities and challenges?

Another question is what non-Western traditions have thought about this. This is important as the world shrinks and different culture influence each other. One tradition trying to impose its methods, history and ideas on other will inevitably meet with resistance.

Finally, is there some overarching paradigm that allows for the peaceful resolution of different points of view and the testing of different alternatives.

Grasping Reality
What Thinkers Will Define Our Future?: No Longer Fresh at Project Syndicate
Brad DeLong | Professor of Economics, UCAL Berkeley

Andrew Korybko — The US-Saudi Plan To Prompt An Iranian Pullback From Syria

The US and Saudi Arabia have been conspiring with one another to engineer a series of crises that could prompt Iran to pull back its troops in Syria and redeploy them back to the homeland. The modus operandi has been to encourage peripheral insurgencies inside the Islamic Republic’s borderland regions concurrent with a terrorist threat to the interior, all while stirring up Color Revolution commotion. In short, Washington and Riyadh are working hard to wage a multidimensional Hybrid War on Iran, and all indications point to each respective component of this campaign intensifying in the coming months as the US turns up the heat against its decades-long Mideast rival.…
Destabilization as a favorite US strategy. Using Wahhabi and Salafi proxies is an integral part of it.

Katehon
The US-Saudi Plan To Prompt An Iranian Pullback From Syria
Andrew Korybko

Marilyn Tolle — Central bank digital currency: the end of monetary policy as we know it?

Central banks (CBs) have long issued paper currency. The development of Bitcoin and other private digital currencies has provided them with the technological means to issue their own digital currency. But should they?
Addressing this question is part of the Bank’s Research Agenda. In this post I sketch out how a CB digital currency – call it CBcoin – might affect the monetary and banking systems – setting aside other important and complex systemic implications that range from prudential regulation and financial stability to technology, operational and financial conduct
I argue that taken to its most extreme conclusion, CBcoin issuance could have far-reaching consequences for commercial and central banking – divorcing payments from private bank deposits and even putting an end to banks’ ability to create money. By redefining the architecture of payment systems, CBcoin could thus challenge fractional reserve banking and reshape the conduct of monetary policy.…
Bank of England — Bank Underground
Central bank digital currency: the end of monetary policy as we know it?
Marilyne Tolle

Alex Tabarrok — What Was Gary Becker’s Biggest Mistake?


Gary Becker on rational choice theory applied to crime and punishment.

Marginal Revolution
What Was Gary Becker’s Biggest Mistake?
Alex Tabarrok | Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center and am a professor of economics at George Mason University. I am also a research fellow with the Mercatus Center

See also

Publisher's blurb:
It is widely believed today that the free market is the best mechanism ever invented to efficiently allocate resources in society. Just as fundamental as faith in the free market is the belief that government has a legitimate and competent role in policing and the punishment arena. This curious incendiary combination of free market efficiency and the Big Brother state has become seemingly obvious, but it hinges on the illusion of a supposedly natural order in the economic realm. The Illusion of Free Markets argues that our faith in “free markets” has severely distorted American politics and punishment practices.

Bernard Harcourt traces the birth of the idea of natural order to eighteenth-century economic thought and reveals its gradual evolution through the Chicago School of economics and ultimately into today’s myth of the free market. The modern category of “liberty” emerged in reaction to an earlier, integrated vision of punishment and public economy, known in the eighteenth century as “police.” This development shaped the dominant belief today that competitive markets are inherently efficient and should be sharply demarcated from a government-run penal sphere.
This modern vision rests on a simple but devastating illusion. Superimposing the political categories of “freedom” or “discipline” on forms of market organization has the unfortunate effect of obscuring rather than enlightening. It obscures by making both the free market and the prison system seem natural and necessary. In the process, it facilitated the birth of the penitentiary system in the nineteenth century and its ultimate culmination into mass incarceration today.
The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order
Bernard E. Harcourt

NATO’s Warsaw Communiqué: Planning the Crime of Aggression

Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto, he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and he is known for a number of high-profile cases involving human rights and war crimes, especially for the online magazine. 

This is an interesting article. 

http://journal-neo.org/2016/07/18/nato-s-warsaw-communique-planning-the-crime-of-aggression/

Excerpt:

I have been a defence lawyer most of my working life and am not used to gathering evidence for a prosecution, but circumstances impelled me to open a file for the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, or perhaps some future citizen’s tribunal, in which is contained the evidence that the NATO leaders are guilty of the gravest crime against mankind, the crime of aggression. I would like to share with you some brief notes of interest from that file, for your consideration.
Article 8bis of the Rome Statute, the governing statue of the International Criminal Court states:
For the purpose of this Statute, “crime of aggression” means the planning, preparation, initiation or execution, by a person in a position effectively to exercise control over or to direct the political or military action of a State, of an act of aggression which by its character, gravity and scale, constitutes a manifest violation of the Charter on the United Nations.
The NATO communiqué issued from Warsaw on July 9th is direct evidence of such planning and preparation and therefore of a conspiracy by the NATO leaders to commit acts of aggression against Russia, and would be the subject of an indictment of the International Criminal Court against the leaders of the NATO military alliance, if the prosecutor of the ICC was in fact independent, which she is not, and of course, if the articles relating to crimes of aggression were in effect which will not take place until January 1, 2017, if at all, under the articles of the Rome Statute.

Nevertheless, the technical issue of jurisdiction that prevents the issuance of an indictment against the NATO leaders at this time does not legitimate the planning and preparation of acts of aggression as are contained in the NATO communiqué nor reduce the moral weight of the crime of aggression set out in the Statute and the Nuremberg Principles, for the crime of aggression is the supreme crime of war.

On their own words, set out in black and white, in their communiqué of July 9th, the NATO leaders, each and every one, and the entire general staffs of the armed forces of each and every NATO country, are guilty of the crime of aggression. The fact that there is no effective body to which they can be brought for trial is irrelevant to the fact of the crime being committed. They are the enemies of mankind and charged or not, tried or not, they are international outlaws who must be identified as such and called to account by their own peoples.


The evidence of their crimes of course predates this communiqué and consists in years of actions by the NATO powers, since the Soviet Union dissolved itself and the Warsaw Pact, under the agreement with NATO, the 1997 NATO–Russia Founding Act, that NATO would not expand into any of the countries formally members of the Warsaw Pact or the USSR, nor place nuclear weapons there. NATO has broken that agreement continuously since and has, as an organisation, or through groups of its member states, committed acts of aggression against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Russia (during the Georgian attack on South Ossetia and through support of Chechen terrorist groups inside Russia itself), Ukraine and Syria with each act of aggression supported by massive propaganda campaigns to attempt to justify these crimes as legitimate. The western mass media are all complicit in these crimes by distributing this propaganda to the people they are meant to inform.