Sunday, August 16, 2009

the G8 versus the rest of the world

As usual the eyes of the world were obsequiously fixed on the fat cats meeting in Aquila Italy recently for the G8 summit. We are, of course, led to believe that these men actually discuss the problems of the world with intentions of solving them. If we had a free media we would already know the agenda for the G8 summit, as it is usually in concert with the deliberations of the world’s financial elite who meet in secret to formulate policies propitious to their interests; clandestine groups such as the Bilderberg Group or the Club of Rome, the Trilateral Commission, America’s Council on Foreign Relations or its sister club in Britain The Royal Institute of International Affairs, all fronts for the insatiable megalomania and lucre-lust of the global ‘banksters’

You will probably have read nothing about a meeting of far more importance for the future of the world, a meeting that represents the aspirations of over half the world’s population and over two-thirds of earth’s nations; I’m talking about the Non-Aligned Movement. They met in Havana Cuba from 11th to the 15th of July. It was in the Cuban capital that the group made the widely un-mediatised Havana Declaration in 1979, the year when Thatcher came to power in Britain, declaring war on the British working class and the peasants of the developing world with her draconian ‘Third World’ debt collection policies.

The Havana Declaration advocates the "the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries" in their "struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics."[

The foundation work for the movement was laid in the Bandung Conference in Indonesia in April 24 1955 to oppose the neo-colonialism of the United States and the grouping of countries into blocs represented by the USA and the USSR. The first official non-aligned summit was held in Belgrade in 1961. The founding fathers of the NAM were Nehru of India, Sukarno of Indonesia and Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, Gamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. Only three of the five progressive leaders would survive however, Kwame Nkrumha, one of Africa’s most popular leaders and the left-leaning president Sukarno of Indonesia were later ousted in CIA sponsored military coups. There greatest crimes were that they favoured the interests of their own impoverished people over those of the US plutocracy.

The NAM is deeply critical of US global hegemony, Zionism, unfair trade practices as well as the tyrannical donor conditionalities of the IMF and the dictatorial decision-making procedures of the UN Security Council. In short, they are calling for an end to neo-imperialism. In 1976 in Colombo Sri Lanka, the leaders of 85 non-aligned states met to discuss proposals for solving the economic crisis in developing countries due to the 1973 oil-price shock. The 1973 oil price shock was the result of the Yom Kipper war between Israel , Egypt and Syria. The US Secretary of State at the time Dr. Henry Kissinger was largely responsible for the escalation of events which led to this war, carefully manipulating both sides. A radical hike in the price of oil had been agreed upon in the Saltsjobaden Bilderberg Conference of 1973 in Sweden in order to increase demand for US dollars and boost returns from Anglo-American North Sea oil investments. War in the Middle East was the result. OPEC imposed an oil embargo in protest at Israeli aggression just as the Anglo-American establishment had hoped, although Britain through Kissinger’s diplomacy escaped the embargo. OPEC conveniently got the blame for their reaction to the fabricated war. Meanwhile third world economies had to double borrowing from Western Banks to pay for the oil imports.

The Colombo meeting of NAM attempted to deal with the devastating consequences Third World indebtedness to western banks due to the oil hike scam by forming closer ties with OPEC. Kissinger was having none of it. Within months of the Colombo initiative the principal leaders involved, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India, Prime Minister Siramavo Bandaranaike (the world’s first female Prime Minister)of Sri Lanka were ousted from power, while Guyana’s minister for foreign affairs Frederick Wills was forced to resign. Foreign interference was largely responsible for the toppling of the Colombo initiative and by the 1980s children were being recruited into sweet shops run by multinationals to pay for the mammoth debt imposed on the Third World by the countries of today’s G8. This barbarous chicanery is called neo liberalism, and it is the real agenda of the G8.

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