PANEL I (Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT) Overcoming Geopolitics: Why a P-5 Summit Is Urgently Needed Now
Helga Zepp-LaRouche (Germany), founder and President, Schiller Institute: Keynote Address
Andrey Kortunov (Russia), Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council
Dr. Edward Lozansky (U.S.), President, American University in Moscow; Professor, Moscow State and National Research Nuclear Universities
Martin Sieff (U.S.), Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, UPI; Senior Fellow, American University in Moscow
James Jatras (U.S.), Former advisor, US Senate Republican Leadership
Q&A, part 1
Marco Zanni (Italy), Chairman of the “Identity and Democracy” faction of the European Parliament
Colonel Richard H. Black (USA Ret.), former head of the Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon; former State Senator, Virginia
William Binney (U.S.), former Technical Director of the World Geopolitical and Military Analysis and Reporting section, National Security Agency & Kirk Wiebe, former Senior Analyst, National Security Agency
An appeal for emergency food and humanitarian relief was issued, posted Sept. 14 on the ReliefWeb, CARE, Oxfam sites, and other signers, by 24 international NGOs, titled, “Joint INGO Statement on Yemen—75th Session of the UN General Assembly.” Variously dated Sept. 14 or Sept. 15, 2020, the document is signed by groups including CARE, Islamic Relief, Mercy Corps, Doctors of the World, Save the Children, and others. The two-page document states, after identifying the need for a ceasefire after seven years of war:
“Two-thirds of the population—20 million people—are hungry, and nearly 1.5 million families currently rely entirely on food aid to survive….
“Yemen is now a drastically under-funded crisis. At a critical time when needs are increasing, famine once again looms, and COVID-19 remains a constant threat, it is inconceivable that funding for Yemen’s humanitarian response is drying up.”
After providing details of the situation, for example, that “in August, only 50% of the fuel normally imported into Yemen was allowed to enter,” the statement concludes with a call for seven points of action:
“In the context of discussions taking place during the 75th UN General Assembly, International Non-Governmental Organizations operating on the ground in Yemen call on the international community…” and then follows with bullet points and brief explanations including: work for a ceasefire, “Urgently provide the resources necessary to meet the ongoing humanitarian needs in Yemen, and ensure that the Covid-19 response is also fully funded.” Also, they request diplomacy to improve humanitarian access in Yemen, efforts to support the economy long term in Yemen, “concerted pressure” on the warring parties to stop weaponizing the means to life, implement recommendations from the Group of Eminent Experts (GEE) on Yemen, for accountability on harm to civilians, and “suspend transfers of all arms and military equipment.” https://www.care.org/news-and-stories/press-releases/joint-ingo-statement-on-yemen-75th-session-of-the-un-general-assembly/
CRI (China Radio International) today, interviewed Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Schiller Institute President, on “The World” program on the Sept. 14 EU-China summit. Asked about her evaluation, she said it was “a step forward” in a very turbulent world, but added her personal view that world leaders should more forcefully address the Covid-19 crisis; China has done an extraordinary job in dealing with it. She expressed her desire that the EU would have responded to China’s idea of a Health Silk Road, and also the need for a new financial architecture. She said that if the Four Principles President Xi Jinping put forward were accepted, then we wouldn’t have to worry about the danger of war. Zepp-LaRouche pointed to the EU’s obsession with the Green Deal getting in the way of real cooperation based on advanced technology and innovation, so the EU should be thinking more about that. The possible trade and investment deal with China is in the EU’s vested interest, so they would do well to come to some agreement. http://chinaplus.cri.cn/podcast/detail/1/240640
In her weekly dialogue, Helga Zepp LaRouche concluded, after a review of the escalation of strategic crisis points, and the horrible geopolitical statements of many world leaders, that it is up to the citizens to mobilize for solutions, beginning with insisting that a summit of world leaders must take place. The recent conferences of LaRouchePAC and the Schiller Institute have exposed the danger of the combined effects of the coup against President Trump, and the beating of the drums of war by the likes of Pompeo.
While President Trump speaks of peace, and was moving towards a summit with President Putin, the global war machine is using the Navalny affair, as the latest anti-Russian narrative, to prevent a summit from taking place, while disrupting relations between Germany and Russia. Today’s horrible address by the EU’s Von der Leyen, which included attacks on Russia and China, support for color revolution in Belarus, and a deadly Green nightmare for Europe, is typical of the problem. The EU is hypocritically proclaiming its embrace of human rights, while ignoring the real life-and-death situation facing refugees, including those trapped on Lesbos.
She urged viewers to not give up, we must “keep fighting for a summit,” as part of the LaRouche movement’s presentation of the real solutions to the global crises.
This new 17-minute video gives excerpts from eight farm, health and other participants—North America, Africa, Europe—at the Sept. 5-6, 2020 Schiller Institute Conference, “War Drive Towards Armageddon—Or a New Paradigm Among Sovereign Nations United by the Common Aims of Mankind?”
Famine is spreading worldwide, at the same time as the transnational, financialized food production and trade system is ruining independent, family-scale farming. Add to this the impact of COVID-19, and the necessity is clear, for a new economic system, as well as emergency action for food and health. This has been a focus of discussion at a series of international conferences by the Schiller Institute since April, with the aim of seeing these and all strategic security matters on the agenda of an emergency summit of the major powers, at the earliest possible time.
In the U.S., cattlemen are in the forefront of defending the principle of independent producers, the principle of the right of all people to nutritious food, and the necessity of breaking up the food cartels and their Wall Street/City of London controllers. Spokesmen on this video are ranchers from Colorado, Kansas and South Dakota.
Speakers include: Bob Baker, Schiller Institute Agriculture Liaison Marcia Merry Baker, EIR Editorial Board Nicole Pfrang, Kansas Cattlemen’s Association, Secretary-Treasurer Marlette Kyssama-Nsona, Republic of Congo, Panafrican League UMOJA Ron Wieczorek, South Dakota cattleman, 2018 candidate for U.S. Congress Mike Callicrate, Colorado/Kansas cattleman, Ranch Foods Direct Paul Gallagher, EIR Editorial Board Helga Zepp LaRouche, Founder and Chairman, Schiller Institute
Christophe Assenmacher, Head of Urology at Clinics of Europe (Cliniques de l’Europe) St Elizabeth’s and Trainer in Robotic Surgery, gives an informed perspective of expanded use of medical robots.
“Take the surgeon,” he explains, talking to Robotics Tomorrow, “While they spend years studying, their ability to function under pressure, make precise movements and many other skills can be augmented by a robot to significant impact.” Indeed, whilst some patients might still feel hesitant to undergo surgery that is entirely automated, having a highly-trained and competent surgeon at the helm aided by a robot’s precision could reassure them they are receiving optimal treatment throughout.
“From my own practice, I’ve seen that robot-assisted surgery typically halves the length of hospital stays, reduces bleeding and blood transfusions, shrinks the risk of infection, lessens the requirement for painkillers and ultimately improves the standard of care for our patients,” Assenmacher states. Furthermore, of particular relevance during incidences of highly infectious disease such as COVID-19, robots can be deployed to perform essential tasks that would otherwise place people at risk, such as disinfecting rooms and dispensing medication. Assenmacher intimates that these capabilities could simply be the tip of the automation iceberg: “We certainly expect to see an evolution of nanorobots in the bloodstream, digital pills and social companion robots.”
Assenmacher states that he personally uses the da Vinci Surgical System when performing specialised urological procedures, although the same equipment can be used for general surgery as well as cardiac, colorectal, gynaecological, head and neck and thoracic procedures too. The company’s website points out that a common misunderstanding of current surgical robotics is that machines carry out procedures independently of surgeons. This is incorrect: the da Vinci system functions as a tool or instrument by which the operator carries out the procedure using a control panel.
“The da Vinci system translates your surgeon’s hand movements at the console in real-time, bending and rotating the instruments while performing the procedure. The tiny wristed instruments move like a human hand, but with a greater range of motion. The da Vinci vision system also delivers highly magnified, 3D high-definition views of the surgical area.”
Sept. 10 — The situation on the Greek island of Lesbos where the Moria refugee camp was burned down is clearly a humanitarian catastrophe. It is not clear how many refugees are left without shelter—official reports say 3,500, others say 12,000 refugees are stranded in empty fields.
A second fire destroyed more of the camp on Sept. 8. It is obvious that some refugees themselves set the fires as the only way to break an impossible situation. The Migration Ministry said it would take “all necessary steps” to ensure that vulnerable groups and families had shelter. The fire also destroyed the new health unit’s intensive care area.
A passenger ferry and two Navy landing ships are being sent to accommodate some 2,000 of the refugees. The only option that makes sense is to evacuate the refugees from the island and transfer them to other countries than Greece. Only 400 unaccompanied minors from the camp so far will be transferred off the island. Greece has already requested at the EU level that other countries also take the refugees, but outside of expressions of solidarity nothing substantial has been done.
Meanwhile COVID-19 measures are being taken, with 19,000 test kits being sent to the island, as well as the deployment of more doctors and medical personnel to handle the situation.
Speaking at a virtual press conference today Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said it was “urgent” to move migrants from the Greek islands to the mainland, calling it a “humanitarian imperative.” He called it a “European crisis which requires concrete acts of solidarity by EU member states. Simply containing people is not the solution.”
Rocca said “No human being should live in the conditions in an overcrowded camp like in Moria.” He said that the camp was supposed to be a transit facility for refugees who were supposed to be processed and either deported or sent on to other EU countries. Nothing was done as the EU and its member states footdragging left the Greek government with the problem. Rocca told the media: “Local people, NGOs, the Red Cross, everyone is doing their utmost. But for how long? We must speed up the move of these people from the island.”
As the drumbeat for war grows louder, and the near-misses in the air and near-collisions at sea more numerous, it is more urgent than ever that a summit of major powers happen, as soon as possible. The escalation in rhetoric against Russia and Putin over the narrative being spread about the Navalny “poisoning” — being spread with the usual help of Britain’s Porton Down chemical warfare center and the British-directed media — may have been the deciding factor in Putin’s decision to not attend the UNGA in New York this month.
The exposure of a coup faction among retired military, by former JAG officer Col. Richard Black at last weekend’s Schiller Institute (SI) conference, is reverberating widely, as it reflects the view of patriotic military officials who reject the idea of a coup against Trump. The President himself, in his Labor Day press conference, drew attention to the role of the war party, referring to Eisenhower’s warning about the Military Industrial Complex, and the decision announced on Wednesday to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq demonstrates his intent to move on his pledge to end the “endless wars.”
In discussing this dangerous strategic situation, Helga Zepp-LaRouche urged viewers to use the video proceedings of the SI conference to elevate the level of dialogue in the population. The question that must be posed is, “Do you want war or peace?” If you want peace, join our mobilization to ensure a summit takes place BEFORE the election, as it will become more difficult as time passes, especially as the war party is building for a full-fledged constitutional crisis around the election.
This week’s webcast is an abbreviated promotional for this weekend’s Schiller Institute conference. Helga discusses why this conference is necessary, given the strategic tensions and dangers which are growing. In the last days, there have been numerous “near misses” of U.S. aircraft with Russian planes, near collisions at sea with Chinese vessels, and an escalation of war talk coming from U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Esper.
By bringing together representatives of major governments, the conference will be a crucial opportunity to show that dialogue, rather than threats and troop movements, represents the way forward out of the present dangerous paradigm. In the webcast, Helga reviews what will be presented in the four panels and appeals to viewers to join us in the mobilization to succeed in an urgently needed paradigm shift.