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Webcast: To Address an Existential Crisis, Think Like LaRouche

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche June 19, 11am Eastern/5pm CET in her Weekly Live dialogue and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.

The major outcome of the “Summit for Peace in Ukraine,” staged in the Swiss resort of Bürgenstock over the weekend, is how it demonstrates conclusively that the West is no long able to coerce, or even fake, a “coalition” willing to do its bidding. This is a “strategic reality,” as noted by Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche today. The implication from this is, of course, that individuals and nations must step forward—as is happening in the Global Majority, to lead the way out of today’s horrifying phase of war, genocide, and danger of nuclear annihilation, into a new epoch of development.

Zepp-LaRouche reviewed the Swiss “peace” event, which was condemned to fail from the start, by excluding Russia, a principal party. There were 160 nations invited—a large part of the 200 countries in the United Nations, but only 98 accepted. Of those, 20 nations refused to sign the summit communiqué, and of the 78 nations which did, 42 of them were from Europe, with only 11 from Africa. China did not attend. Other leading nations of the BRICS, including India, South Africa and the U.A.E., refused to sign, along with other major nations such as Mexico.

In sum, Zepp-LaRouche noted, there is “a clear recognition that the Global Majority is no longer anywhere near the Global West” in terms of alignment and subservience. “The West is no longer able to dictate the terms” of military, economic, (counter) culture, and other fundamental relations among and within nations.

The immediate danger is the mad push forward by the Global NATO warhawks for nuclear confrontation. Outgoing NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Telegraph, in London, done in Brussels at last week’s NATO defense ministers’ meeting, that NATO members are discussing taking more of their nuclear warheads out of storage, and putting more of them into active standby mode. He called this process increasing Western “deterrence,” saying it was necessary because Russia and China are two “nuclear-powered adversaries.”

These comments just add to the context in which the significance of the role played by the Schiller Institute and collaborators is clear, to sound the alarm. The message of the June 12 Schiller Institute emergency press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. continues to reverberate, and needs to sound the alarm even faster and louder. “The Danger of Nuclear War Is Real, and Must Be Stopped.” The message from the three senior military-intelligence specialists, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, and Anastasia Battle, leader of the International Peace Coalition, is critical.

Europe-based senior analyst Gilbert Doctorow stressed this in an article this week, covering the Schiller Institute event, in which he stated, after citing some observations and differences, “It would be excellent if the broad American public would listen to and act upon what Scott Ritter and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson had to say. Here is a case where genuine American patriotism is fully aligned with saving the world for all of its peoples. Though I call out these two speakers, it is well worthwhile to watch at least the first hour of this event. So far, the video has attracted 43,000 viewers, It needs another 4 million to gain traction. May that happen!”

In Brazil, the message of the June 12 emergency event is likewise now circulating in the media. One reporter, carried by the national, important publication, CartaCapital, synthesized the content of the 2.5 hour National Press Club event, including that, “German activist” Helga Zepp-LaRouche “urges that a new and immediate security and development architecture, that takes into account the interests of every country,” be created.

This “story” will not grow stale. The challenge is to get it out rapidly, and engage everyone in the process of dialogue and policy formulation, as presented at the June 15-16 international Schiller Institute conference, “The World on the Brink: For a New Peace of Westphalia!”

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche June 19, 11am Eastern/5pm CET in her Weekly Live dialogue and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.


Webcast: At this Moment of Danger, the People Must Be the Peacemakers.

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche June 5, 11am Eastern/5pm CET in her Weekly Live dialogue and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.

At what point is one comforted by the argument, “Oh, they would never launch nuclear missiles at us”? Perhaps one should ask, “What is on the mind of those who make such assurances?”

If you have to ask, the answer is worse than those who provide assurances that your home values will always go up, your social security will always be there, and $35 trillion in national debt won’t destroy you or your child’s life.

Today, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov made a new contribution to the latest national sport of Russia, trying to figure out how to wake up their nuclear counterpart, the United States. Recent and sober contributions have included making a demonstration nuclear explosion, one not involving injuring anyone, just to jolt Westerners as to the physical reality of the event. Another objects that nothing less than a single, live action, tactical nuclear bomb with massive casualties, would do the trick. Russian President Vladimir Putin had responded to Britain’s latest escalation, to have Ukraine use Western weapons to hit deep into Russia, with a more limited response, that Russia will target the military facilities of the particular Western country, those inside of Ukraine and those elsewhere.

Ryabkov’s new wrinkle addressed the fantasy life in Washington, keeping those driving the country over the cliff from seeing the road. He stated: “I’d like to warn American actors against miscalculations that can lead to fatal consequences. For some unclear reason they underestimate how serious a response they could face.” American policymakers need to “spend some of their time, which they probably waste on computer games, judging by their air-headed approach to serious issues” on considering what Putin actually said.

German Gen. Harald Kujat (ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr (2000-2002) and former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (2002-2005), is not one given to hyperbole. Today, interviewed by Switzerland’s YouTube radio broadcast “Weltwoche,” Kujat stated: “I fear that the war in Ukraine will become the primal catastrophe of the 21st century.” He added that everyone is simply watching and/or joining in on the incitement and warmongering. He remarked grimly: “We will simply get what we deserve.”

One U.S. Senator yesterday, David Vance, tweeted: “I think the risk of nuclear war is higher now than at any point in my lifetime. Biden is sleepwalking into World War 3.” A Politico article that got Vance’s attention explained that no matter how “limited” and “defensive” Biden’s permission to Ukraine to strike inside Russia is portrayed, it “highlighted, once again, how Biden often changes his mind on once-taboo Ukraine policy ideas after battlefield conditions shift or, most persuasively, allies move first. That was especially true when the U.S. followed Britain and France in sending long-range missiles for Ukraine to use deep behind Russian front lines.”

Today, one American, the former Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter, was off to attend Russia’s annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), to do his best in his campaign to wake up Americans as to the danger we find ourselves. The U.S. State Department, with no explanation, with no charges alleged, actually physically stopped him from boarding his plane and had his passport seized. Is there any desperation in their actions?

Have Ryabkov’s computer games—or virtual reality exercises, good, old-fashioned hard liquor, or the more popular marijuana-induced fantasy life—allowed you or your leaders to slip into the death of civilization comfortably?

Those who whisper, “We can push our enemies past every ‘red line’ they draw,” are simply saying that they have a serious, serious addiction and a desperate situation. Whatever they are selling is guaranteed poison.

Perhaps the 70,000 New York citizens who put Diane Sare on the ballot as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, or the similar mobilization of 10,000 in the Bronx CD 15 putting Jose Vega on the ballot for U.S. Congress, as actual human beings who can think, and can lead, and are not addicted to fantasies, can inject some life in the old republic yet. One big healthy step into reality involves wrapping your mind around a solution to the misery in Gaza, to the debasement of the Israeli population: The LaRouche Oasis Plan.

The late economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche concluded his 1977 document, titled “What Really Are the Labor Committees?—The Lessons of Erasmus and Franklin,” with the following paragraph: “Let it be understood, therefore, that if you are a humanist, the Labor Committees are in that sense your organization—whether or not you are a member. If you are for technological progress in the expansion of industry and agriculture, and define the vital interests of nations in those terms, and if you regard man’s power to create and assimilate scientific knowledge for the perfection of our species as the inviolable distinction between man and the lower beasts, then the Labor Committees are an indispensable aid to the cause you espouse, whatever political affiliation you have.”

Nearly 50 years after that was written, independent candidates that have rejected bankrupt, moribund political parties, such as New York’s U.S. Senate candidate Diane Sare and Bronx Congressional candidate Jose Vega, are part of a growing international movement away from the predatory military-financial complex. Those in the trans-Atlantic sector calling for a return to advanced technological progress and an increase in the productive powers of labor, in alliance with the emerging nations of the Global South, are on the cutting edge of world politics today. War, even total war, will not stop this progress, if an international coalition for peace, linked together by a 24-hour “symposium” process, can operate as an intellectual clearing-house for policy deliberation.

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche June 5, 11am Eastern/5pm CET in her Weekly Live dialogue and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.

The World on the Brink:
For a New Peace of Westphalia!

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Copenhagen Diplomatic Seminar: Stop the Killing and Start Rebuilding Gaza and the Region with The Oasis Plan: The LaRouche Solution for Peace Through Development

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The Schiller Institute’s Copenhagen seminar is designed to further the crucial dialogue held during our international online conference on April 13, 2024 entitled, “The Oasis Plan: The LaRouche Solution for Peace Through Development Between Israel and Palestine, and for All of Southwest Asia.” (See the full videos, and an hour-long summary video.)

Among the speakers from five continents were two of our guest speakers. Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the founder and international leader of the Schiller Institute, presented the dangers facing the Middle East and the world, and the hope for the future. 

H.E. Prof. Dr. Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Authority Ambassador to Denmark, presented the ongoing tragedy of the Palestinian people, and the need for a political solution based on Palestinian sovereignty and equal rights, supported by economic development. There can be no military solution, he stated. 

Helga Zepp-LaRouche began her speech by highlighting the urgent need to inject a perspective of hope to show the way out of the catastrophic situation in Southwest Asia, warning of the potential for a full-fledged regional, and even global war.  She stressed the need for a totally new approach that considers the combined economic and security interests of the Palestinians, the Israelis, and all the countries of the region.

While immediately after the October 7th Hamas attack, the sympathy of much of the world was with Israel, that changed day after day, week after week, month after month, as the world watched, not a measured counter-reaction, but relentless ethnic cleansing, with 40% of the 33,400 deaths being children, and an entire population threatened with starvation. (See and read more at the links below.)

Now, the killing must stop, and the rebuilding must begin. 

Massive humanitarian aid must flow in. 

An international conference must be convened to find a political solution, including full international recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state. 

But where can the light come from amidst the current darkness? The Schiller Institute is convinced that a future vision of economic development for the whole region, now including a reconstructed Gaza as the first step, is needed to light the path to peace. 

This vision is the Oasis Plan, first proposed by the American economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche (1922-2019) in 1975 after a trip to the region. The Oasis Plan addresses the greatest barrier to development in the region — the shortage of fresh water — through the construction of a network of desalination plants, ideally nuclear powered, along the Mediterranean coast and along two new canals: a Red Sea-Dead Sea canal, and a Dead Sea-Mediterranean canal. An overview can be seen in the LaRouche Organization’s 14-minute video, The Oasis Plan: LaRouche’s Solution for the Middle East. 

“[W]ithout economic development,” the video states, “without a viable and meaningful path of progress into the future, political agreements in themselves are unsustainable….This is what Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin came to realize — there is no purely military basis for peace or security; development is essential…. By cooperating to fight the desert, rather than each other, the people of the region will better be able to recognize the humanity in each other …There are no human animals.”

But how can the Israelis and Palestinians ever make peace after what has happened? While the history of Southwest Asia has been devastated by the British Empire policy of divide and conquer, Helga Zepp-LaRouche urges us to rise above the level of the conflict – of despair, hatred and vengeance, to find a common interest in increasing the welfare of all the people through economic development of the region as a whole.

This has to be accompanied by ending geopolitics and designing a new international security and development architecture.

Death, destruction and starvation have been used as weapons of war; economic development must be used as a weapon of peace: to turn swords into plowshares. We must all act now to stop the killing and start the rebuilding.

The Schiller Institute Copenhagen seminar will be an important contribution to the dialogue about how to bring peace and prosperity to this long-suffering part of the world, and initiate a new paradigm of international relations.

We sincerely hope that the Ambassador, and/or other diplomatic representatives will be able to attend.

Additional links:

The Oasis Plan: Peace Only Through Development 

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Schiller Institute founder and international leader, and American economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche’s (1922-2019) decades-long collaborator. (Spoke online). 

Stop the Killing, Start the Rebuilding: Palestinian Ambassador to Denmark H.E. Prof. Dr. Hassassian

H.E. Prof. Dr. Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Authority Ambassador to Denmark. 

Formerly ambassador to the U.K. and Hungary. Master’s degree in international relations from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Cincinnati. Was Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University on the West Bank, and professor at the University of Maryland where he developed a course on Israel-Palestine conflict resolution. Was the PLO’s chief advisor on the status of Jerusalem.

The Impossible is Self-imposed: Peace Through Economic Development is the Only Way Forward in West Asia

Hussein Askary, Schiller Institute Southwest Asia Coordinator.

Co-author of “Extending the New Silk Road to Southwest Asia and Africa.” 

May 9—The Schiller Institute in Denmark held a seminar May 8 in Copenhagen, for the diplomatic community and other guests, on the theme, “Stop the Killing and Start Rebuilding Gaza and the Region with the Oasis Plan: The LaRouche Solution for Peace Through Development.” Four ambassadors and many other diplomats came in person from twelve embassies, which represented Southwest Asia and North Africa, nations elsewhere in Asia and Africa, and Western Europe.
The audience was intensely engaged over a three-hour period, in hearing the engaging presentations, and participating in the dialogue, whose focus was intended both to contribute to an immediate end to the death and destruction in Gaza, and to outline a development path.
Tom Gillesberg, Chairman of the Schiller Institute–Denmark, moderated the event, noting the current efforts by the Schiller Institute in many nations, to promote dialogue on the concept of “peace through development,” in Palestine, Israel and globally, to contribute to a new world economic and security architecture.

On April 13, the Schiller Institute internationally held a day-long online conference, now available in video-archive, titled, “The Oasis Plan: The LaRouche Solution for Peace Through Development Between Israel and Palestine, and for All of Southwest Asia.” Since February, a 14-minute video has been circulating on “The Oasis Plan.”

In brief, the concept is that development of infrastructure to provide reliable water, power, transportation, health care, housing, and other basics in support of modern agro-industrial activity, is the basis for mutual-interest security. In the Trans-Jordan, this involves building new water conveyances and nuclear desalination; new high-speed rail lines, interconnecting Africa, Asia, and Europe; plentiful power, and more.

In 1975, statesman-economist Lyndon LaRouche (1922–2019) presented this approach as the “Oasis Plan” for Southwest Asia, when he visited the region, and also issued that year his “International Development Bank” funding proposal.
The invitation statement from the Schiller Institute, addressed to the entire Copenhagen diplomatic community, called for discussion of a new paradigm in this spirit:

“Death, destruction and starvation have been used as weapons of war; economic development must be used as a weapon of peace: to turn swords into plowshares. We must all act now to stop the killing and start the rebuilding.
The Schiller Institute Copenhagen seminar will be an important contribution to the dialogue about how to bring peace and prosperity to this long-suffering part of the world, and initiate a new paradigm of international relations.”

Speakers, Peace through Development

The three principal presentations began with Helga Zepp-LaRouche, by video link from Germany. She is founder and leader of the Schiller Institute, and decades-long collaborator in development diplomacy with her husband, Lyndon LaRouche (1922–2019). Second was H.E. Ambassador Prof. Dr. Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Authority Ambassador to Denmark. These two continued in dialogue their exchanges begun at the earlier, April 13, international Schiller Institute conference, including on the pressing question of whether “political” differences must be solved before “economic” development can proceed.

Speaking third was Hussein Askary, Schiller Institute Southwest Asia Coordinator, who co-authored the Schiller Institute 2017 book, Extending the New Silk Road to Southwest Asia and Africa, and made the Arabic translation of the EIR book, The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche began her presentation, titled, “The Oasis Plan: Peace Only Through Development,” with the horrifying news of the start of the Israeli attack on Rafah. She gave a global strategic analysis of the danger of regional and world warfare, describing the threat of even nuclear war from the escalation in Southwest Asia, and as an outgrowth of the NATO-Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Zepp-LaRouche called on the diplomats to collaborate to promote the “Oasis Plan” as a lever to get to a new paradigm and a new international security and development architecture, the only way out of the existential crisis the world is undergoing. She described her ten principles for a new security and development architecture, which she issued for international discussion in 2022. The transcript of her remarks in full is available in this issue of EIR.

Stop the Killing, Start Rebuilding

H.E. Amb. Prof. Dr. Hassassian spoke on the theme, “Stop the Killing and Start the Rebuilding.” He gave a very polemical speech about the ongoing tragedy of the Palestinian people, the history of the conflict, and what is necessary to stop the genocide. The Ambassador called on the 12 countries represented at the seminar, and the international community, to act to stop the killing, and he stressed the need for a political solution based on Palestinian sovereignty, supported by economic development. The discussion included the question of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.
Amb. Hassassian speaks from long experience and commitment. He is a former ambassador to the UK and to Hungary. He was Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University on the West Bank, and a professor at the University of Maryland, where he developed a course on Israel-Palestine conflict resolution. He was the PLO’s chief advisor on the status of Jerusalem. His Master’s degree is in international relations from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and his PhD is in political science from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

See his interview March 15, 2024, with the Schiller Institute.

The LaRouche Oasis Plan

Hussein Askary presented concrete aspects of the economic geography and principles of development of the Oasis Plan approach, under the topic, “The Impossible Is Self-Imposed: Peace through Economic Development Is the Only Way Forward in West Asia.” He especially challenged the axioms behind the zero-growth movement and its political expression. He explained that principles of development are based on the reality that humanity’s creativity transforms nature.
Askary used examples from his recent trip to Xinjiang to show the Chinese development policy to green the desert. In the discussion periods, wide-ranging questions came up, including whether there are too many people in the world, and what to do about terrorism in West Africa, where he emphasized the need for economic development as an antidote.

Promote a Global Oasis Plan Discussion

During the discussion period, Helga Zepp-LaRouche answered one question that came up, by appealing to the Global South to make their voices heard.
A concrete proposal among the discussants is that the Oasis Plan should be on the agenda of certain of the symposia on security held annually by foundations and nations. Palestinian voices might formally request this. H.E. Ambassador Prof. Dr. Hassassian added getting the discussion going in the universities, and emphasized the importance of the Oasis Plan as a catalyst for economic development, and the work of the Schiller Institute and LaRouche movement in promoting it.

The immediate opportunity for speaking out at a formal international platform comes just two days after the Copenhagen meeting, when the United Nations General Assembly has on its May 10 agenda, the question of statehood for Palestine, for debate and, likely, a vote.
The general reaction to the seminar itself, from the diplomats, was that they were grateful for the ideas, which are very different from what is routinely presented. As one Asian diplomat said, “My mind is blown. It will take me days to think about all of the new ideas presented.”

Helga Zepp-LaRouche reported to the International Peace Coalition, “It was an extremely important follow-up meeting on the level of diplomats and ambassadors, and out of this meeting came a complete commitment to continue the organizing, kick it up to a higher level by trying to get a big international conference with the participation of states on the need to put the Oasis Plan, the development plan for the entire region of Southwest Asia in earnest on the agenda.”


Webast: The Dignity of Man Is in Our Hands -A Cognitive Leap into the Future!

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue May 15, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.

Faced with an unprecedented evil—the ongoing, electronically-transmitted genocide, transpiring at this moment in Gaza, with no trans-Atlantic government acting to stop it—we, the people, are required to evoke from ourselves, and then deploy, an unprecedented good. Neither the world in general, nor we as individuals, can, or will, avoid the truth of this moment. We are being tested in the balance. Our self-conception as human beings is placed on one side of the scale. On the other side of the scale are weighed the lives of what was once 2 million people in Gaza. Over 350,000 people have been forced to flee, now from Rafah, where they were told they would be safe. The “red line” has been crossed, and nothing has been done. The Palestinians are forced to flee again some for the eighth or more time in eight months, now out of Rafah, and to where … and to what?

So far, we, and the world, have been tested in the balance, and found wanting.

This week, the LaRouche Organization, the Schiller Institute, and the International Peace Coalition, as well as all people of good will, must go beyond resources, beyond apparent influence, and beyond words, to catalyze an immediate change in the axioms of thinking, and therefore of behavior, of our fellow citizens now sleepwalking into World War Three. The doorway to that war may be through Palestine, and some are inviting it.

This is the moment to try. “The basic assumption for the new paradigm is, that man is fundamentally good and capable to infinitely perfect the creativity of his mind and the beauty of his soul, and being the most advanced geological force in the universe, which proves that the lawfulness of the mind and that of the physical universe are in correspondence and cohesion, and that all evil is the result of a lack of development, and therefore can be overcome.” Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s Tenth Principle, of her Ten Principles for a New International Security and Development Architecture, properly studied, understood and deployed as the basis for taking the next step beyond the student protests, is the moral springboard that can connect the universities and high schools with the population at large.

Excerpts are from the EIR Daily Alert. Read more and sign up here.

Ten Principles of a New International Security and Development Architecture

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue May 15, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.


Webcast: Xi Meets Macron — New Peace Offensive Possible?

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue May 8, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.

Amid the horrifying news that Israel is beginning its operations in Rafah, the last region of the Gaza Strip not already pulverized by Israel, a different paradigm is manifesting itself in Europe, with the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping to France, Serbia, and Hungary.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is now in Paris for a two-day trip including a summit with President Emmanuel Macron and other meetings and events. As is often the case, the visiting president wrote an opinion piece published in France’s oldest national newspaper, in which he presented three proposals: first, that the outlook that brought about the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations 60 years ago radiate again in a spirit of peace and development; second, to expand bilateral economic cooperation, such as through new processes of higher productivity; and third, to work together to preserve peace and stability in the world.

Xi told reporters that he would only support an international Ukraine peace conference if it includes the participation of both Russia and Ukraine. Currently, there are plans to hold a “peace” conference without Russia in Switzerland in mid-June. The president warned against smearing China’s efforts to achieve a peaceful solution to the Ukraine situation.

The West would do well to learn from the shifting world dynamic, as recently expressed by President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi in a polemical interview with French television during his visit to Paris last week.

The Prime Minister of Georgia pointed to one particularly glaring hypocrisy of the West: governments supporting attacks on pro-Palestinian protests while denouncing police actions in other nations.

Pointing to hypocrisy does not itself provide a solution. For that, the World Land-Bridge of the LaRouche Movement, including its particular expression in the Oasis Plan, is the path forward. Two candidates in New York, U.S. Senate candidate Diane Sare and congressional candidate Jose Vega, are taking the lead on campaigning actively for this outlook in the U.S.

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue May 8, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.


Webcast: Will Campus Protests End the Military Industrial Complex?

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue May 1, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.com or ask them in the live stream.

We are in a time of dramatic change, when humanity faces decisions in the near future whose consequences will be felt for generations.

Will Anglo-American NATO propel its showdown with Russia to the brink, sending us teetering on the edge of the thermonuclear abyss? Will Israeli misleader Benjamin Netanyahu propel his ongoing military barbarisms, engulfing the region in conflict, with Iran as a potential justification? Will the United States cease to content itself with stern lectures and trade sanctions against China, the world’s leading economy—turning instead to forcing the military confrontation over Taiwan they claim China is planning?

Conflict is not inevitable, and colonialism is not eternal. The future is made by the actions taken every day, by leaders and citizens alike. Mental inertia need not overpower reason; it is not yet too late to shift!

There are signs of a transformation of official policy, and of nations’ and people’s self-perceived roles in deliberating upon it. Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to demand that the U.S. support an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The nation’s youth overwhelmingly oppose the Biden policy towards Israel. College protests continue and expand, perhaps most notably in Columbia University in New York City, where an administration-imposed deadline to disperse came and went Monday afternoon. Reports from Israel indicate that Netanyahu is trying to figure out how to stop what seem to be upcoming arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court.

Indeed, nothing would be more reasonable, from the standpoint of the true self-interest of the United States and of its people, than to return to the revolutionary concepts that led to its founding.

A revival of the American System, taking on new forms appropriate to the present, would set the U.S. on course to having a beautiful future. It will free the nations of NATO to rid themselves of the myopic and puerile attitude of maintaining relevance, by preventing others from growing.

Abundance is ours, if we choose it.

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue May 1, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.com or ask them in the live stream.

Truth Over Treason: Toppling the ‘Not-So-Deep State’

“Today, on the campuses, this is something being done to 18 year-olds and 19 year-olds who simply are seeing the mass slaughter of women, children and people in Palestine, and are opposing it. They’re saying there has to be a better way than this; we’ve already acknowledged, and it’s been acknowledged by the UN, that there is supposed to be a state called Palestine. What is the problem with us ending the war and looking to do some form of economic development that brings peace to this area. They’re being called anti-Semitic.”

The same epithets used against Lyndon LaRouche beginning in the 1970s, and ever since, for the same purpose of stopping the establishment of a new, just world economic order, including the Oasis Plan—the only basis for durable peace—are used now against huge numbers of American students.

Watch The LaRouche Organization‘s video “Truth Over Treason: Toppling the ‘Not-So-Deep State’” featuring Harley Schlanger, Ray McGovern, Congressional pre-candidate Jose Vega, joining host Dennis Speed.


April 25, 11 am Webcast: Peace Requires a New Strategic Architecture: If We Unite We Can Move Mountains

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue April 25, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.com or ask them in the live stream.

Just recently, the Schiller Institute conducted a very successful online conference presenting the Oasis Plan for a comprehensive economic development perspective for all of Southwest Asia, however, the strategic situation is moving closer to the point of no return.

Two recent votes underline the urgency to expand our efforts dramatically. The veto by the US denying Palestine the requested status as a full member of the UN clearly has thrown back the possibility to end the horrible, unprecedented catastrophe in Gaza. This veto is an historic travesty, which is isolating the US and its allies further from the countries of the Global Majority, who will not forget what is happening now in front of the eyes of the world. Secondly, the vote by the US House of Representatives to provide another $95 billion for weapons and other military operations in Ukraine, Israel and the Pacific region represents a gigantic step further in bringing the world to the abyss of a global nuclear war.

Why is the spectacular failure of U.S. representative government and leadership, seen in Saturday’s “bipartisan,” “democratic” $100 billion vote to continue to finance the no-win depopulation wars in Gaza and Ukraine, a de facto active provocation for World War Three? And what can be done to reverse that failure?

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue April 25, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.com or ask them in the live stream.


Helga Zepp-LaRouche – Keynote Address

Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s Keynote Address to the April 13 international Schiller Institute Conference: The Oasis Plan: The LaRouche Solution for Peace Through Development Between Israel and Palestine and for All of Southwest Asia

Hello. Greetings to all of you from many different countries, from wherever you may be listening now. We are organizing this Oasis Conference to inject a perspective of hope and show a way out of an otherwise desperate, extremely dangerous, and indeed, catastrophic situation in Southwest Asia.

If we don’t replace this present escalation, which could rapidly turn into a full-fledged regional war, turning into a global nuclear war, it could mean the end of the human species on this planet. In order to avoid that short-term danger, what is needed is a cognitive jump, to conceptualize an entirely different approach, namely to define the economic and security self-interest of the Palestinians, the Arabs in general, as well as the Israelis, and then the neighboring countries in the larger region.

Why am I saying this?

What has happened in the last six months is unprecedented in all of history. A genocide, which is happening in real time, is transmitted live from the battlefield in Gaza to the TV sets in the living rooms of the world audience. So while in the first instance after the Hamas attack October 7th on Israeli villages causing 1200 deaths, the sympathy of much of the world was with Israel. That changed day by day, week by week, month by month, as billions of people could watch with their own eyes, unfiltered by commentators and narrative-authors. And what they saw was not a measured counter reaction by a country under attack, but a relentless ethnic cleansing in a sealed tiny territory by one of the most highly technologically equipped military forces in the world, using artificial intelligence for targeting of Hamas fighters and at the same time denying water, food, medical care, electricity, housing, clothing, sanitation, etc., to an entirely unarmed population. So far, the casualties on the Palestinian side are around 33,400, of which 17,000 are children. That is, 44% of all killed are children! And more than 1 million are starving to death acutely. That is why there have been hundreds of thousands in the streets in Islamic countries, in American and European cities, and in the universities!

In the aftermath of the Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, U.S. CENTCOM commander Gen. Michael Kurilla, is presently visiting Israel where he met with IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, and Defense Minister Gallant, and visited the Air Force Command Centers, as well as the air bases. Western media are buzzing about a possible Iranian strike on a variety of targets in Israel, as early as today or two days from now. This morning, the Netherlands closed its embassy in Tehran, Lufthansa cancelled flights to Iran until next Thursday [April 18] and the Foreign Office of Germany has called for all German citizens to leave the country. It’s clearly a hair-trigger situation, which in the worst case could turn into regional and even global war.

Despite this escalation, and all the more because of it, it is therefore of the utmost urgency that a completely different approach is being introduced, namely the so-called Oasis Plan, which was proposed in 1975 by my late husband, Lyndon LaRouche. It is based on the idea to create an incentive for both the Palestinians and the Israelis, to replace the present feelings of deep injury, pain and despair for some and hatred for others, with a perspective of a common economic development for the creation of a better future for all generations to come. For the Palestinians it is of vital importance for their very existence, and for the Israelis they should listen to those who are warning them about the change in the perception of the world, such as Ami Ayalon, the former director of the Shin Bet during the time of the Oslo Accords. In an article in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, he warns Israel, that following the IDF attack on food trucks on Feb. 29, killing 112 people, and wounding 760—who were desperately trying to obtain the food that could save them from starvation—and the attack on the 7 World Central Kitchen workers, eradicated the legitimacy of the war in the eyes of the world; that it is seen no longer as a war in self-defense, but as an act of expansionist aggression. Furthermore, Ayalon writes that Israel can not win by eliminating the Hamas leadership, since that would not make the Hamas ideology disappear.

That is an understatement of the year. Even if this present crisis would not lead to a global annihilation of the entire human species, in which obviously also Israel would vanish, if the cycle of violence is not interrupted once and for all, the future for all will be a hell, in which one war will follow the next, as we have seen during the last 75 years, always naturally feeding the various arms producers of the growing military industrial complexes.

What we propose therefore is the updated version of the Oasis Plan first introduced by Lyndon LaRouche in 1975, which he proposed after attending a celebration of the Ba’ath Party in Iraq, attended by many leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement. For anyone visiting Southwest Asia, the most striking experience is the overwhelming presence of the desert and the obvious shortage of water, especially fresh water. It is also clear that the requirements for the water consumption for any population, Israeli or Arab, for a modern living standard, cannot be satisfied from the existing “natural” water resources. Furthermore, in all the military conflicts so far, the lack of water and the efforts to control the access to water have played a decisive role.

The existing aquifers in the region do not provide even approximately sufficient water, therefore even a fair sharing agreement would not solve the problem. In order to create large amounts of new fresh water a variety of methods must be deployed. The most obvious to begin with are several canals connecting the Mediterranean with the Dead Sea, and the Dead Sea with the Red Sea. Because of the difference in altitude, the Dead Sea is about 400 meters below the Mediterranean, so this allows for hydropower generation. But if one creates an additional canal from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dead Sea, and then links the two canals by a cross canal, something else is possible. The basic idea is to increase the size of the canals sufficiently to allow for large-scale desalination projects along the banks of the canals with the aid of a number of nuclear power plants. Because of the breakthroughs in technology in the recent decades, the availability of the fourth generation pebble-bed reactor, the high-temperature reactor, that was originally developed by Professor Schulten in Jülich, Germany, and which is produced now by China, the safety concerns have been solved. There is also the option of using thorium-cycle reactors, which are uniquely usable for civilian consumption of nuclear energy. One could build a significant number of 300-megawatt electricity plants, what used to be called “nuplexes” or “duplexes” along the canals, providing fresh water for large-scale irrigation for reforestation, agriculture, the building of transport infrastructure and new cities.

Even if the cost of producing fresh water from desalination of saltwater with nuclear energy is relatively high, the economic benefit from the enormous economic activity generated this way in areas, where there was absolutely none before, is orders of magnitude larger than the amount originally spent. It is the unique power of human labor, that with the help of science and technology, it adds value to the process, so that the outcome of work is always higher in terms of value than all the elements which went into it. The energy-flux density used in this, determines the ratio of added value. So it really pays for itself.

One should therefore not only look at the projects mentioned here so far, but have the vision of how this region can look in one, two, three, four generations from now. Take as an example China, which has in the last 30 years greened several desert areas successfully. The Chinese economist Dr. Ding Yifan describes in his new book, The New Dynamics of Development: The Crisis of Globalization and China’s Solutions, how nearly one-third of the Hobq Desert in Inner Mongolia has been effectively treated, and has become an economic cluster of desert tourism, food, and photovoltaics, and how in the Sekhangba not far from Beijing, thousands of hectares of forest have been restored, and how on the border between Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia in the Mawusu Desert, 30% of the desert is now covered with vegetation, soil erosion has ceased, and the newly reclaimed farmland has reached 1.6 million acres, generating tremendous economic benefit for local farmers. Dr. Ding Yifan reports that Eric Solheim, UN Undersecretary and UNEP Executive Director, praised the Hobq Desert model which provides excellent experience for other countries and regions that face desertification problems, and that China’s experience in sand control can also spread to Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

In order to conceptualize a vision of development for the entire region: from India to the Mediterranean, from the Caucasus to the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, and how that area can develop as a future hub between Asia, Africa, and Europe, one should imagine the infrastructure density, for example, of Germany; where you have an integrated system of highways, railways, water systems, which represent the precondition for advanced industrial development and agriculture. There is no objective reason why Southwest Asia cannot achieve a comparable level in the future.

If the looming war can be avoided, the tectonic change which is taking place in the world today where the countries of the Global South are already working to create a new economic system, can create the conditions for the full development of Southwest Asia. Russia, China, India, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt are already members of the BRICS; Saudi Arabia is a candidate, and others like Türkiye have indicated an intent to join. If all these countries would agree to the development perspective of the Oasis Plan and convene a comprehensive Southwest Asia conference on an emergency basis in the tradition of the Peace of Westphalia, the present looming catastrophe can be avoided, and the crisis turned into the beginning of a new era of peace and development.

Henry Kissinger, who pretended to be an expert on the Westphalian Order, actually grossly misunderstood it by insisting, that it required a “balancing power”—namely an unipolar policeman. He claimed that “the Westphalian system never applied fully to the Middle East,” since only Türkiye, Egypt, and Iran had an historical basis, while the borders of the other states would reflect the arbitrariness of the victors of World War I. He obviously was referring to the intent for future manipulation of the Sykes-Picot Treaty.

That is why the world must return to the actual Peace of Westphalia and establish a new international security and development architecture, which takes into account the interest of every single country on the planet. That new architecture must emphatically include Russia, China, the U.S., as well as a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.

According to the Cost of War Project of the Watson Institute at Brown University in Rhode Island, in the 20 years from 9/11 in 2001 until 2021, the U.S. military expenditures including collateral costs were $8 trillion, which was spent for military and counter-terrorism measures in 85 countries, not including U.S. special operations forces, CIA operations, “military information support operations,” “psychological operations,” etc. In this same period, more than 940,000 people have been killed by direct war violence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Pakistan; and the number of civilians who have died as a result of indirect causes, is significantly higher. If that amount of money—$8 trillion—would have been invested in programs to overcome poverty and underdevelopment, the world would be today a prosperous garden, and the United States would be celebrated as a friend of humanity.

I can already hear the critics who say that this perspective of an Oasis plan as the starting point for a new international security and development architecture in the spirit of the encyclical Populorum Progessio of Pope Paul VI is not realistic, or even worse, completely utopian.

When Friedrich Schiller wrote his trilogy Wallenstein about the powerful warlord of the 30 Years’ War, he portrayed Wallenstein, not in the way the handed down historic interpretation characterized him, but as a man who really wanted to end the war and reach peace. In the play, Schiller puts the vision of the Peace of Westphalia, which was reached 16 years later, in the mouth of Max Piccolomini, the fiancé of Wallenstein’s daughter Thekla. In a conversation with his father and a representative of the Vienna Court, Questenberg, Max says:

“You make him [Wallenstein] an indignant man and, God knows!

To what even more, because he spares the Saxons,

Seeks to inspire confidence in the enemy

Which is the only way to peace;

For if war does not end in war,

Where then shall peace come from?”

That is the whole idea: “For if war does not end in war, where then shall peace come from?” To inspire confidence in the enemy, that is the only way to peace! At the abyss of what could become the end of all life on the planet, are we, mankind, the creative species; and can we define a solution out of this danger? So let us put the Oasis Plan on the table of all governments of the world!

Thank you.


Webcast: Dialogue, Not Retribution

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue April 17, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.com or ask them in the live stream.

April 15, 2024 (EIRNS)—Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in two discussions with colleagues on Monday, stressed that, in this potentially catastrophic world situation, it is essential that the proceedings of the Saturday Schiller Institute conference, The Oasis Plan: The LaRouche Solution for Peace Through Development Between Israel and Palestine and for All of Southwest Asia,” be made available in a condensed format within 48 hours. The United Nations will see discussions in the next days which could prove to be momentous. The Schiller Institute comprehensively presented the Lyndon LaRouche insight, still controversial to many, that a comprehensive physical-economic solution must either accompany, or precede, any efficient proposal for the resolution of the population wars in Ukraine and in the Gaza/West Bank.


This new approach, based on the idea that peace is only possible if all sides recognize their economic interest in common development, must be brought into the upcoming debate on war or peace that is currently taking place both in the United Nations and on the streets and in the homes of the transatlantic world. We must bring about a rapid change of heart in the United States and Europe, to which the global majority can respond positively. The joint international reconstruction of Gaza as part of a newly recognized Palestinian state is the only chance to overcome this terrible tragedy.

This is the method which the Independent campaigns of Diane Sare and Jose Vega have espoused. It is the method which the Schiller institute Oasis conference advocates. And it is the method that can restore self-government, based on the principle of the General Welfare, to the failed states of the trans-Atlantic world.

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her Weekly Live dialogue April 17, 11am Eastern/4pm CET and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.com or ask them in the live stream.


Global Times Quotes Helga Zepp-LaRouche on German China Policy

April 15, 2024 (EIRNS)—Giving an overall positive perspective on German-Chinese economic cooperation upon Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s arrival in Chongqing, Global Times however, also addressed the worrisome loyalty of Germany to Western geopolitics, which undermines cooperation potentials:

“In July [2023], the German government released a toughly-worded China strategy that shifted the focus to de-risking, diversification, and a reduction of dependencies on China. Despite internal pressure, the current German government remains pragmatic and is putting its own economic interests at the top of its priorities.

“Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Germany-based political and economic think tank the Schiller Institute, told the Global Times over the weekend that for an export economy like Germany, it would be ‘suicidal’ to follow these calls for ‘de-risking.’

“‘Germany is presently experiencing a dramatic economic downfall. Meanwhile, the U.S. has been luring German enterprises to invest in the U.S. instead of Germany with incentives provided by the Inflation Reduction Act. In this adverse environment, the expansion of economic cooperation with China represents an anchor of stability for Germany,’ she said.” If Germany does not effectively resist geopolitics, its relations with China will suffer.


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