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A Presidential Stateroom on The Titanic
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
February 2, 2007
During the early 1930s, France's celebrated movie director Rene´ Clair, produced a charmingly well-composed film, A Nous La Liberte´. That film was parodied, this time omitting the touch of poetic elegance in Rene´ Clair's production, in the famous Charlie Chaplin's echo of Rene´ Clair, Chaplin's later, 1936 Modern Times. The same theme was taken up, notably, on a third occasion, in a film from post-war Germany, titled, in rough translation: We Are Wonderful, in which the producers frankly disposed of both the self-inflicted artistic predicament of their plot, and, also, the drama's principal, picaresque character: by plunging both down the hollow shaft-way of what was called a 'Pater Noster' elevator, which I recall from the Hamburg of my own timely recollections. The procession of these three pieces, thus, already showed us, an artistically downward motion in the picture of the history, the culture, and the fictions of that span of time.

Ah! But that was not, unfortunately, the end of the matter; now, the implied copyright for each among those three preceding instances appears to have been infringed, in a fourth case, creating thus an old prank played upon a younger audience...

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This Week You Need To Know:

The Gulf of Sneezes
by Jeffrey Steinberg

A survey of senior U.S. military, intelligence, and diplomatic specialists confirms that the Bush-Cheney Administration is presently on a course towards provoking a military confrontation with Iran sometime before the end of the Spring of 2007. Were such a lunatic provocation to go unchecked in the immediate days and weeks ahead, the planet would be plunged into perpetual war, and financial and economic chaos, that could take generations to undo. One certain consequence of a U.S.-provoked war with Iran would be the total destruction of the United States as the sovereign republic of the Founding Fathers, and the demonization of the U.S.A. in the eyes of what might remain of the population of the rest of the world.

The simplest and most elegant way to stop this madness is for Vice President Dick Cheney, the thug-in-chief of this Persian Gulf war drive, to be forced out of office this month. As of this writing, four separate House resolutions are being offered, to prevent military action against Iran without prior Congressional deliberation and full authorization. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) has a similar resolution in the Senate. The weakness of all of these well-intentioned efforts, however, is that none specify that an act of war against Iran, without prior Congressional authorization, would constitute an impeachable offense by both President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Under the present conditions of Bush-Cheney Executive branch madness and intransigence, only such blunt language, backed up by a clear commitment to act, could contribute to actual war avoidance.

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Hamilton Counsels Congress: Rediscover Your Powers
by Michael Kirsch, LaRouche Youth Movement

Dear 110th Congress:
Five years into the Revolutionary War, with the States hoarding funds and resources from the Continental Army, the nation dependent on foreign resources, and the Continental Congress unable to enforce taxation on the states, Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) issued a letter to New York Congressman James Duane, beginning, “Sir, the fundamental defect is a want of power in Congress.” This would soon be elaborated and developed in private correspondence with Robert Morris, and a series of Open Letters in the New York Packet, “The Continentalist Papers,” in 1781 and 1782. So began the creation of the Union, from the mind of man.
Today, there is no “want of power in Congress,” but there is a general lack of will to apply it. Whether such idleness continues, is of the highest concern for the immediate fate of civilization. ...


The Non-Proliferation Regime Is Over
On Jan. 11, a Chinese high-altitude satellite was destroyed while in orbit, in an action apparently taken by the Chinese themselves. There was much international speculation at the time about the import of this event, on which the Chinese government has not put out any official statements. Soon after, a raft of international protestations began to be expressed, especially from the United States and the Russians, who said, in part, that the Chinese were moving to militarize space.
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A Presidential Stateroom on The Titanic
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

...If the U.S. Presidential candidates which were to be adopted by the respective Democratic and Republican Party's conventions, were selected from among what are the apparently leading prospective candidates, with their present platforms of today, you had now already arrived at a point which would be just in time to enter the sick-room where the prospective mourners are mustered to kiss the existence of our United States goodbye.

The Gulf of Sneezes
by Jeffrey Steinberg

A survey of senior U.S. military, intelligence, and diplomatic specialists confirms that the Bush-Cheney Administration is presently on a course towards provoking a military confrontation with Iran sometime before the end of the Spring of 2007. Were such a lunatic provocation to go unchecked in the immediate days and weeks ahead, the planet would be plunged into perpetual war, and financial and economic chaos, that could take generations to undo.

Congress Cannot Evade Responsibility To Move To Impeach Cheney
by Nancy Spannaus

As the U.S. Senate spent the week negotiating over the shape of a bipartisan resolution rejecting the Bush Administration's expansion of the war, Vice President Dick Cheney, and his puppet George Bush, made it perfectly clear, once again, that they intend to go ahead with the deployment, no matter what protests are raised. The bottom line, as Lyndon LaRouche has stressed, is that, to avoid catastrophe, the Congress must move immediately for impeachment, starting with Cheney.

The Libby Trial: A Rare Look Inside Dick Cheney's Cabal
by Edward Spannaus

Whatever the ultimate outcome of the criminal trial of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, going into its third week on Feb. 5, the proceeding taking place in a Washington, D.C. Federal courtroom has opened a dramatic and unique window into the secretive operations of the Office of the Vice President (OVP), through which Dick Cheney has operated a parallel intelligence and national security appartus which has overridden the Executive branch's official policy-making apparatus at crucial junctures over the past six years.


Nuclear Power Tops Putin's Agenda in India
by Rachel Douglas

During Russian President Vladimir Putin's two-day trip to India, Russian and Indian nuclear officials signed a memorandum of understanding on the construction of four additional one-gigawatt nuclear reactors at the Koodankulam plant in Tamil Nadu, where Russia's Atomstroyexport is already building two units.

Interview: Yuri Gromyko and Yuri Krupnov
'Advancing Civilization Through Transportation'

In conjunction with Russian President Vladimir Putin's Jan. 25-26 state visit to India, the World Public Forum-Dialogue of Civilizations (the Rhodes Forum) held a conference on Jan. 24 at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, on Development Models and Global Integration. Chairing the event was Putin's close ally Vladimir Yakunin, the head of Russian Railways, who is a co-founder and the top Russian representative to the Rhodes Forum. Among the speakers at the forum were Prof. Yuri Gromyko, academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and director of the Institute for Advanced Studies, and Yuri Krupnov, who heads Russia's new Party of Development. They presented the ideas contained in their just-published pamphlet, Advancing Civilization Through Transportation, which features the concept of a development corridor, as applicable in Russia and throughout Eurasia.

Persian Gulf 'Rivals' Join Forces For Peace
by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

One of George W. Bush's undeniable foreign policy achievements has been to unify forces, otherwise at odds with one another, in a common front. As one editorialist put it: Bush unites the world—against himself. This is definitely the case of the alliance recently begun to be forged between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Italians Protest Upgrade of U.S. Military Base
by Claudio Celani

A couple of years ago, the Bush-Cheney Administration signed an agreement with the Italian government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, to allow the expansion of the U.S. Army base in Vicenza, in northern Italy. The agreement followed the decision by the U.S. Department of Defense under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to upgrade the 173rd Airborne Brigade, in anticipation of fighting aggressive wars against Third World countries.

LYM Offers Leadership To Mexican Ferment
Over 100,000 Mexican citizens marched in the Zo´calo plaza of Mexico City on Jan. 31 to protest the soaring price of basic foods like tortillas, the lack of jobs and living wages, and to demand an end to the anti-social policies of privatization and deregulation of the new Caldero´n regime.


India Will Construct Four Fast Breeder Nuclear Reactors
by Ramtanu Maitra

In the announcement Jan. 31 of its plan to build four 500megawatt fast breeder reactors simultaneously, Dr. Baldev Raj, director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, made evident that India is finally giving its almost50-year-old nuclear program a much-required push.

Will Germany Depend On Anglo-Dutch Coal Cartel?
by Rainer Apel

Whenever German Chancellor Angela Merkel says—as she did in an interview with the Times of London on Jan. 10— that she 'likes the British,' one is well-advised to suspect that there is more behind that statement than mere diplomatic courtesy.

Book Review
Stiglitz Tries To Make Colonization Work
by Mike Billington
Making Globalization Work
by Joseph E. Stiglitz
New York: W.W. Norton & Company,2006
358 pages hardbound,$26.95
Economist Joseph Stiglitz has made a reputation for himself as the defender of the oppressed, for both the nations of the Third World and those of the former Soviet bloc, against the ravages of the United States and its G-7 allies. He does indeed denounce the international financial institutions, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, for imposing radical free trade and deregulation policies on these poor nations, policies which are responsible for accelerating rates of poverty, while undermining efforts at real development. But, beware this 'soft-cop' of neo-colonialism: His plan for the developing sector nations, and for the advanced industrial sector as well, is the creation of a global dictatorship, not by any particular nation or group of nations, but by the supranational bodies of international finance, the so-called 'synarchy.'


Bio-Cons Fool With Ethanol: Just Another Word for War
by Creighton C. Jones, LaRouche Youth Movement
Perhaps, in a moment of attributed prescience, regarding those who would wish to induce our people to plunge into vats of corn alcohol, Russia's famed academician Vladimir Vernadsky, pondering the character of a space devoid of both cognition and life, wrote that 'the equivalence of right-handedness and left-handednessmaybe considered to be a geometrical property of three-dimensional Euclidean space.' So, just as the 'flat Earth' construct of the sophist Euclid, is devoid of life and cognition, and where left and right exist in equilibrium, so also is the world of what Lyndon LaRouche has aptly called, the 'bio-fools.' A Laputian-type world, where one puts his food in his gas tank, and the unleashing of an atomic weapons-laced world war is a strategy for saving the environment: This is the world of the 'bio-fools.'

Congress Debates the Way Out Of Evils of 'Globalization'
House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) convened the third of a four-part hearing series on the economy on Jan. 30, this one focussing on trade and globalization. As at the first hearing, EIR was invited to provide testimony, which was stamped 'For the Record,' and 'Full Committee Has Copy,' This meant that the testimony was available in over 200 copies for those in attendance, and given in advance to the 80 Congressional members and staffers of the committee. EIR's testimony was the only testimony to demand an end to globalization entirely, with a bold title, 'Globalization Is the New Imperialism—Don't Try to 'Improve' It, Bury It!' Restore National Interest Policies.' The comments of several members of the committee made clear that a number of the Congressmen had read it, and keyed their questions directly from it.

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