Volume 11, Number 8, February 28, 1984



Dateline Mexico

by Josefina Menéndez

U.S. launches trade war.

Andean Report

by Valerie Rush

Mafia attacks Colombia’s Betancur.

Attic Chronicle

by Phocion

The kind of death Papandreou fears.

Report from Bonn

by Rainer Apel

The odd decouplers.

Report from Paris

by Mary Lalevée

Behind the French-Soviet rapprochement.




Volcker’s Biggest Fraud: The New Debt Gambit

by Vin Berg

The “blocked accounts” system of accepting debt payment in local currencies goes into effect.

What are the Risks of an Oil Crisis?

by Laurent Murawiec

Political as well as economic implications.

IMF Spokesman Discusses the Death Count

by Stanley Ezrol

At a recent conference in Washington, Cuba’s collaboration with the Fund also emerged.

In France, ‘Red Billionaires’ Broker the Deals with Moscow

by Laurent Murawiec

Part II of Laurent Murawiec’s series on East-West trade mafias.

Currency Rates

How the Food Irradiation Breakthrough Was Achieved

by Marjorie Mazel Hecht

And what it will accomplish when the Food and Drug Administration okays it for the United States.


by Cynthia Parsons

Empty silos.


by David Goldman

Statistics and pessimism.

Foreign Exchange

by Renée Sigerson

Tracking the dollar’s decline.

Business Briefs

Special Report

The Club of Rome Attempt To Take Over the Vatican

by Augustinus

Pope John Paul is being forced to back off from the spirit of his encyclical Laborem Exercens, his cultural optimism and commitment to technological progress. The Roman Curia is pushing him instead toward a mysticism-based alliance with the “peace movement” and the Eastern Church.

The Structure of the Roman Curia

The Latest Evil Deeds of the Jesuits


Dominoes Are Toppled in the Middle East

by Muriel Mirak and Mark Burdman

The repercussions of the U.S. pullout from Lebanon reach to the Gulf, to Egypt, and to Western Europe.

Egypt’s Mubarak Tries To Reverse Disaster

by Linda de Hoyos

Behind the Sharon Coup Threat in Israel

by Mark Burdman

Why France’s Defense Cannot Be ‘Decoupled’ from the Western Alliance

by Laurent Rosenfeld

Specific proposals for a crash military-security program, issued by Jacques Cheminade.

The Kissinger China Card Worked to Moscow’s Advantage

by Richard Cohen

Part III of “The New Era in U.S.-China Relations.”

International Intelligence


Turning the White House Over to Henry Kissinger

by Graham Lowry

The “pragmatist” front men for Dr. K. will lose Reagan the election, and may lose the nation its survival.

Confusion among the European-American Elites

by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

LaRouche writes that the Establishment fears changing its policy outlook, and facing the growth of LaRouche’s own influence, more than it fears a defeat of the West.

NBC Faces a $60 Million Libel Suit by The LaRouche Campaign

And LaRouche has challenged NBC chief Thornton Bradshaw to debate.

Elephants and Donkeys

by Kathleen Klenetsky

Candidate Jesse Jackson: Jonestown revisited.

National News