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US Senator Warns America Against Potentially Disastrous Obama Trade Deal

May 4, 2015

by Ed Butt

US Senator Jeff Sessions (Republican-Alabama)is ringing alarm bells in the US congress, warning colleagues and the public about the dangers to democracy, individual liberty, jobs and the health of the nationsl economy possed by the Obama Administration’s flaggship policies, the free trade deals, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), TTIP (Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and TISA trade deals are fraught with problems and concerns.

He’s not wrong and not being alarmist, TTIP has been a regular theme of Daily Stirrer campaigning articles for over two years (We’re a UK site so TPP is outside our scope, but we have covered it) . Opposition to these corporate friendly treaties, which will free global businesses from the tiresome oblication of gaving to obey national laws if the corporate lawyers feel such laws are likely to adversely affect profits, has united left and right across Europe.

In a memorandum Sen. Sessions told his colleagues, “Congress has the responsibility to ensure that any international trade agreement entered into by the United States must serve the national interest, not merely the interests of those crafting the proposal in secret,”

Sessions’ team then lays out their major concerns with the Obama trade deal, which centre on the rent boy President’s determination to ‘fast track’ his legislation through congress without full debate. Sessions document highlights these points which he says, preclude the passing of this bill without proper scrutiny: “It must improve the quality of life, the earnings, and the per-capita wealth of everyday working Americans. The sustained long-term loss of middle class jobs and incomes should compel all lawmakers to apply added scrutiny to a ‘fast-track’ procedure wherein Congress would yield its legislative powers and allow the White House to implement one of largest global financial agreements in our history—comprising at least 12 nations and nearly 40 percent of the world’s GDP.

“The request for fast-track also comes at a time when the Administration has established a recurring pattern of sidestepping the law, the Congress, and the Constitution in order to repeal sovereign protections for U.S. workers in deference to favored financial and political allies.”

The Sessions document then goes point-by-point for five full pages through the TPA trade deal, laying out why it wouldn’t help Americans—rather, it would likely hurt American workers—and why the deal doesn’t in fact provide Congress with more power over trade despite talking points from the Obama trade deal’s proponents like House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

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Supplementary post:

Wikileaks To Reveal more On Obama’s Dirty Free Trade Treaties

from Little Nicky Machiavelli

For at least two years now, from the moment we became aware of the nature of the Obama Administration’s free trade’ deals (which are really about freeing global corporations from competition and legal constraints rather than free trade in any conventional sense,) Little Nicky and his friends at Boggart Blog, The Daily Stirrer, Boggart Abroad and elsewhere (see links at foot of article) have been trying to raise awareness of the biggest threat to individual liberty and national sovereignty since …. well ever.

WikiLeaks has fed up by regularly publishing leaked documents relating to the highly secret Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade treaty negotiations, which are taking place behind closed doors and involve EU and American bureaucrats and corporate lawyers but exclude our democratically elected representatives in national parliaments and assemblies.

Many campaigners tTTIP and TPP feel these treaties, which will give corporate lawyers the ability to rewrite national law in the interests of increasing profitability, are the culmination of a long term policy to establish and unelected global government, a meritocracy of bureaucrats and academics.

Two game-changing trade agreements are now perilously close to completion.

Their basic aims are three-fold: to elevate the rights of “investors,” that is of corporations, above the rights of citizens; to transfer sovereignty from the seats of national government to the corporate HQs of the world’s largest multinationals; and to cement Western domination of the global economy for the foreseeable future.

Naturally, few voters are likely to support such a radical program. Hence the acute need for secrecy, obfuscation and lies throughout the negotiation process. Eventually, even they are not enough. The lies start showing through and the flimsy facade begins to slip. In the later stages — roughly where we are now — the only way to finish the job is to incrementally, almost imperceptibly snuff out the institution of representative democracy itself. To do that, one must still keep the illusion of democracy alive, at least until the ink on its death warrant (i.e. a fully signed trade agreement) is dry.

This explains the European Commission’s constant empty promises of increased transparency, accountability and public consultation. The latest installment in this ridiculous charade came not from Brussels but from the US government, which announced that it will open up reading rooms in its embassies across the EU, so that national politicians can read secret documents related to TTIP.

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks is still banged up in the Ecudorian embassy in London but is still very involved in efforts to raise opposition to the corporate power grab that is going on all over the world with the complicity of elected governments. In an interview with Australian News Agency Fairfax Media, Mr Assange said that while he does not expect to leave the embassy compound any time soon, WikiLeaks very much remains in the business of publishing the secrets of diplomats and spies.

“There’ll be more publications – about large international so-called free trade deals, and about an intelligence agency,” Mr Assange said.

In a wide ranging interview Mr Assange discussed the recent establishment of a secure internet chat system to enable anonymous sources to contact WikiLeaks and the prospective reintroduction of a secure electronic drop box to facilitate the deposit of leaked documents.

Mr Assange said that a key challenge arose from the fact that any website open to receive anonymous leaks was an “exposed front door that becomes a permanent target” for intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

One part of the solution is to embed the instructions and code for the submission system on every webpage so that potential sources would be concealed amidst the estimated 500,000 unique readers who visit the WikiLeaks website each month.

“That gives a source some cover,” Mr Assange said, “but it’s important to understand that the protection of sources requires much more than a single technological fix.”

Little Nicky Machiavelli will keep you informed of developments.

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Step By Step We Move Towards War

March 9, 2015

Russia Responds To Threats From EU’s Juncker With Typical Bluntness

Will the European army look something like Dad's Army

When the President of the European Commission, the former Luxembourg first minister Jean Claude Drunkard Juncker recently called for a unified European Army to counter the Russian threat, his words were specifically aimed at “reacting credibly to show Russia that Europe is serious about defending its values” Not surprisingly Russia has responded Juncker’s hot air in a manner which suggests they are amused by the fat little alcoholic’s bluster but regard his threats with contempt.

As Russian news agency TASS reports, first deputy chairman of the United Russia faction in the State Duma, Frants Klintsevich, told the media on Sunday that “in the nuclear age extra armies do not provide any additional security. But they surely can play a provocative role,” adding it was regrettable that such ideas had already found support in European capitals and in Washington.

A report on Juncker’s statement read:

The president of the European Commission has called for the creation of an EU army in order to show Russia “that we are serious about defending European values”.

In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Jean-Claude Juncker, who leads the EU’s executive arm, said an EU army would let the continent “react credibly to threats to peace in a member state or a neighbour of the EU”.

Mr Juncker said an EU army would “help us to develop a common foreign and security policy, and to fulfil Europe’s responsibilities in the world”. Nato was not a sufficient protection for the EU as not all EU members are part of the alliance, according to Mr Juncker.

The alleged support the idea found in European capitals was less than unequivocal however. Jan Philipp Albrecht, a German Green MEP tweeted:

“I support Juncker in building an EU army, if it means the termination of all EU member states’ armies and is controlled by the European Parliament,”

German Defense Minister von der Leyen went so far as to note,

“I think what is most important, it shows up in Europe, 70 years after the Second World War – and 70 years ago we were mortal enemies – that today the peace in Europe, in the European Union stands on firm footing, and we step by step, more and more firmly establish our alliances, especially in the security policy. This interweaving of armies with a view to provide also have a European army one day, in my opinion, is the future.”

So clearly some politicians feel the idea is an important step towards ‘ever closer union’ even though it would only create several new layers of bureaucracy and lead to EU bureaucrats demanding hugely increased contributions from member states’ taxpayers. And in spite of all that Russia could still blow away most of the EU’s major cities should our idiotic politicians allow themselves to be duped by Washington into seriously pissing off The Kremlin.

First deputy chairman of the United Russia faction in the State Duma, Frants Klintsevich, told the media on Sunday that “in the nuclear age extra armies do not provide any additional security. But they surely can play a provocative role,”

In other words, don’t bring a knife to a nuclear gunfight.

Klintsevich added it was regrettable that such ideas had already met with some support.

He recalled that the idea of creating a European army had never occurred to anyone even in the years of the acute confrontation between NATO and the Warsaw Treaty Organization.

“These days, when the Warsaw Treaty is long gone, for some reason there has developed a need for that,” he wondered.

“One should presume that a European army is seen as an addendum to NATO. And in this kind of situation Western politicians are not shy to accuse Russia of some aggressiveness.”

Recalling that David Cameron said Jean Claude Juncker was “too federalist” to be EU President we can only wonder how long until the man who has brandy for breakfast calls for the creation of a European-Union-managed nuclear deterrent.

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News from Berlin: Germany Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

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While the rent boy President Barack Obama pays lip service to the efforts of France’s President Hollande and Germany’s Chancellor Merkel efforts to negotiate a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, Washington hawks seem determined to torpedo the Franco – German approach. And Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander in Europe, beating the war drums isn’t helping either.

Last Wednesday (4 March, 2015) was quiet in eastern Ukraine, another extension of a period of relative calm. The conflict between the Ukrainian military forces and the pro-Russian irregulars who have been beating off the Kiev government’s genocide campaign against ethnic Russians had largely stopped. Heavy weaponry was being withdrawn under the terms of the Minsk cease-fire which was just about holding together in spite of sporadic outbreaks of firing.

That was how things stood when General Philip Breedlove, the NATO commander in Europe, mounted the podium at a press conference in Washington. Putin, the General said, had once again “upped the ante” in eastern Ukraine with “well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of their most sophisticated air defense, battalions of artillery” having been sent to the Donbass.

“What is clear,” Breedlove said, “is that right now, it is not getting better. It is getting worse every day.”

The German foreign affairs department in Berlin was stunned. They didn’t understand what Breedlove was talking about. Not for the first time the German government, supported by intelligence gathered by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, did not share the view of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). It is entirely possible of course that the US Hawks realise they cannot win the Currency War they started with Russia, China and Iran, and the only way to prevent the US dollar being replaced as the global reserve currenvy is by starting a shooting war.

The pattern has become familiar. Since last summer when Washington was thwarted in its bid to provoke the Russians into firing the shot that would start the major war the US military / industrial complex craves, Breedlove has been making provocative but totally unsubstantiated statements on supposed Russian activities in eastern Ukraine, speaking of troop advances on the border, the amassing of munitions and alleged columns of Russian tanks.

Over and over again, Breedlove’s numbers have been significantly higher than those in the possession of America’s NATO allies in Europe. As such, he is playing directly into the hands of the hardliners in the US Congress and in NATO. The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to undermine European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel? Sources in the Berlin’s Chancellery have referred to Breedlove’s comments as “dangerous propaganda.” Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier even found it necessary recently to bring up Breedlove’s comments with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.

But Breedlove hasn’t been the only source of friction. America’s usual suspects, led by Victoria Nuland, head of European affairs at the US State Department, are on record as saying they would like to see Washington deliver arms to right wing nutters they sponsored to overthrow Ukraine’s corrupt but democratically elected government. And these hawks have support among both Republicans and Democrats in the US Congress.

If Obama has genuinely thrown his weight behind Merkel and Hollande’s diplomatic efforts, he has also done little to oppose the warmongers of Washington who seek to increase the likelihood of war with Russia by delivering weapons to Ukraine. Sources in Washington say that Breedlove’s comments are first cleared with the White House and the Pentagon. The general, they say, has the role of the “super hawk,” whose role is that of increasing the pressure on America’s more reserved trans-Atlantic partners.

In relation to conflict in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere, The Daily Stirrer has said all along that those who take the view that The Western Powers wear white hats while the Russians wear black hats are trying to simplify problems to the point of idiocy. The Russians are no angels but the shift towards war has been driven by the USA for over twenty years now. And the hawks in the blogosphere forget that Russia is in a close alliance with China. And to provoke enemies like that is insane. In Britain we need to elect a government that will distance us from American warmongering. Unfortunately all three main parties are committed to ‘the special relationship’ in which sycophantic British Prime Ministers show fawning deference to American Presidents.

Sources: Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, Der Spiegel, The Local

Sources: Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, Der Spiegel, The Local

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Obama Says If Syria Tries To Defend Itself Against US Air Strikes, US Will Attack Syria

September 16, 2014

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We told you back in 2008 that Barack Hussein Obama was an insaniac who would not be content with dividing America socity and junking the American economy, but was so crazy he would not be content until he had a) Been proclaimed President / Emperor of the entire universe and everything else besides.

Syria is the war Barack Hussein Obama has always wanted of course. From when he kissed the King of Saudi Arabia’s ring he has been on a mission to destroy secular Muslim dictators and replace them with fanatical Wahabi Muslim fundamentalist theocrats. I know people who still insist he’s the Obamessiah come to earth to lead us to an era of peace and prosperity, but just examine his track record. When he took office the allies were doing OK in Afghanistan, in the cities at least girls were allowed to get an education again (as they had been when the Russians occupied the country), and women could go out alone. Now the fanatical Taliban are preparing to resume their tyranny as soon as US troops are gone.

Iraq was progressing falteringly to being some kind of functioning society again. now it is a fragmented and divided failed state with many local wars going on and a terroris group funded and armed by the US and NATO in control of a large part of the nation.

It goes on, Egypt, Libya, it would be fair to say everything Obama has touched has turned to shite. Fair but wrong. To accuse him of failure is to have failed to understand his goal.

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Barack Obama: A Pacifist Turned Warmonger Threatens Nuclear Holocaust

June 9, 2014

Barack Hussein Obama, the first African American President Of The USA, elected on a promise of hope and change, was presented to the world as the peacemaker and joybringer, the healer of nations who would lead humaity to an era of peace, prosperity, cooperation and good will, building a world in which any problem, no matter how intractable, could be solved by joining hands and singing Kumbaya.  These were among the less hyperbolic claims made for Obama by sycophanic media luvvies and his bessotted supporters.

In spite of all the hype however, six years into his Presidency Obama is the most unpopular President ever, his disastrous foreign policy has twice brought the world to the brink of war while loonytoons economics have driven many middle class Americas into penury. Problems like education, joblessness, rising food costs and inner city decay remain unaddressed and the USA is more bitterly divided than ever.

So where did it all go wrong?

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Britain Out Of Afghanistan By 2014

July 19, 2010

When British Pirme Minister David Cameron meets Barack Obama in Washington this week one of the top items on the agenda will be Afghanistan. So why did the UK’s Department of Defence leak to the press a document suggesting planse for a complete British withdrawal by 2014 had already been drawn up.

Is Cameron trying to distance himself from Obama’s failing administration or do the two leaders just not get on and Cameron is asserting himself in the partnerhip with a weak US President?

British Troops Out Of Afghanistan by 2014

Change They Can’t Believe In

January 31, 2010

Guest blogger James Dahlberg does not have his own blog but like our editor Ian T. was recently thrown off a big, pretentious U.S. newsblog after posting a long comment challenging claims made for a dodgy health product. It seems the blog owners do not agree with James and Ian that product placement has no place in what is presented as factual reporting James is on another topic here however. For his first contribution to The Daily Stirrer he looks at how the popularity of Barack Obama, the Yes We Can” man has collapsed from the record levels seen right after his inauguration as President to the latest polls that make him the most unpopular president ever after a year in office. The economy, unemployment, the disatrous health reform bill and weakness on foreign polcy have played a big part but how much is due to the failings of man himself. 

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