From Volume 7, Issue 46 of EIR Online, Published Nov. 11, 2008
Asia News Digest

Prince Charles in Indonesia: Starve To Save the Planet

Nov. 4 (EIRNS)—Britain's Prince Charles gave an interview to the London sex-tabloid The Sun while touring Indonesia. His "Rainforest Project," which began last year, wants to stop development in rainforest areas, and even "return" current agricultural areas to rainforests.

Writes The Sun: "Indonesia is one of the nations where Charles hopes his Rainforest Project can help to reverse years of destruction. Rainforest countries have, for years, been forced to cut down vast areas so the land can be put to more lucrative use. Instead of natural habitats that help filter the world's oxygen supplies, the acreage was used to produce goods such as beef, palm oil, and soya. The Rainforest Project wants all that to change so that mankind and Earth can flourish in the future."

Indonesia contains 9% of the world's rainforests, and is also the fourth most populous nation on Earth, with about 237 million people, making it a target for the British Empire's depopulation policies. Charles told The Sun: "We risk provoking a crisis between man and nature and that is what I fear we are beginning to see all around us. Now is the time for the whole world to come together as one to find a solution. We have just proved we can do it to tackle the global financial crisis. The credit crunch is causing real pain to countless people across the world. The climate crunch, however, will affect every man, woman and child on this planet."

Charles wants his pilot project in genocide to serve as a model for adoption at the UN Environmental Summit, to be held in Copenhagen in 12 months, to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

Korean Diplomat Demands FDR's New Deal—NOW!

Nov. 6 (EIRNS)—Yang Sung-chul, the South Korean ambassador to the U.S. until 2002, published a call in the Korea Herald, republished in the China Daily, arguing that "Nothing short of F.D. Roosevelt's 'New Deal' amid the Great Depression is called for, even before the inauguration of the new US president next January. The groundwork for the new visionary program must start now, before it is too late to avert the 'tsunami.'"

Yang has been a leader in the effort to reunify the Koreas for many years, was educated in both Korean and American universities, and authored several books on the two Koreas. His article pointed to the sad state of American infrastructure, which must be the focus of the new New Deal, while insisting that a new Bretton Woods to benefit "both developed and developing nations" must not be sabotaged by the "US-led 'currency-swap'" as a stopgap to the systemic problems.

President Hu's Approach to G-20 Meeting

Nov. 6 (EIRNS)—Briefing reporters on Chinese President Hu Jintao's planned attendance at the Nov. 15 G-20 meeting in Washington, Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei said that there were three main tasks for deliberation, which have set by the host country, the United States: 1) to evaluate the effect of the measures that have hitherto been taken in response to the international financial crisis; 2) to discuss the causes for the outbreak of the crisis: 3) to explore the issues of regulatory standards and systemic reforms, striving to reach an agreement of principle on these matters.

He underlined that China will, in line with its posture of constructive engagement, assist in the common efforts of each nation, work to reach an agreement with practical results and "a timely, comprehensive and effective international response to the financial crisis."

Bangkok Quiet After Thaksin Addresses Rally

Nov. 3 (EIRNS)—Thailand's capital remained quiet after a rally of more than 80,000 supporters of the government on Nov. 1. There were no reported clashes between the pro-government demonstrators and the PAD anarchist demonstrators who remain occupying the Government House.

The highlight of the rally was a live address by telephone from deposed ex-Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, speaking from exile in Hong Kong. He attacked the coup that overthrew him in 2006 and the recent show-trial conviction and sentence to a two-year jail term. He also criticized the judicial system for "ending justice" instead of serving it. The former premier, still hugely popular among the poor and in rural areas of Thailand, said the current political turmoil was a result of the coup, an assassination attempt, and other moves against him. "It goes against the feeling of the people, and that's why the situation is as messy as it is today," he said.

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