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Volume 31, Number 49, December 17, 2004

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Toward a Second Treaty of Westphalia: The Coming Eurasian World  

by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

“With the present systemic breakdown of that imperial, Anglo-Dutch Liberal system of finance which has dominated the planet increasingly since the February 10, 1763 Treaty of Paris, only an appropriate new system, replacing that Liberal system, could prevent the rapid descent of the planet as a whole into a new dark age. Therefore. we must now quickly craft and adopt a new system of relations among all of the leading sovereign nation-states of this planet, a treaty coherent with the principles of the 1648 peace Treaty of Westphalia. This requires a fresh view of the relations between peoples of respectively European and Asian cultures. Responsible people must now push forward, urgently, with the discussions needed to define the outlines of the needed direction of agreements needed.”

Economics

Privatize and Povertize: Bush’s Lies on Social Security Could Cost Americans Trillions  

by Paul Gallagher

President Bush has already proven himself a liar, in his repeated campaign promises that he would “not touch the benefits of America’s retirees.” The Wall Street drive to grab Social Security is in high gear, and was endorsed by the President at a Dec. 6 meeting with Congressmen.

Bush’s Chile Model: Take Their Pensions and Run!  

by Cynthia R. Rush

The privatized pension system introduced in Chile in 1981 is a complete failure. More than half of those belonging to the system today will not qualify for even the minimum pension of $110 per month, which the state guarantees. That’s 3.3 million people out of a labor force of 6 million. This is the “golden” future that Bush is offering Americans.

Privatizing Social Security Is ‘Enron II’  

by Richard Freeman

The Enron swindle involved several tens of billions of dollars, but “Enron II” is far, far bigger, since U.S. Social Security is the world’s biggest cash flow.

European Labor Rejects ‘Frankenstein’ Directive  

by Rainer Apel

The European Commission’s “Bolkestein Directive” spells radical deregulation and privatization, which labor has denounced as imposing “the law of the jungle.”

International

Eurasian Nations Counter U.S. ‘Unipolar’ Insanity  

by Mary Burdman

Russian President Putin, who visited India on Dec. 3-5, is reacting to the strategic and financial-monetary lunacy from Washington, by reaching out to other Eurasian powers. His Indian and Chinese counterparts are moving with him, as the core of a “survivors’ bloc,” around which other nations can rally.

First National Conference of Yemen’s Youth Union: Youth Are Key to Future  

LaRouche representatives attended a conference in Sana’a, Yemen, which was hosted by President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

From Arabia Felix To Modern Yemen  

by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

Yemen’s rich sense of national identity stretches back over 3,000 years, at least.

National

Conyers Takes the Point Against Voter Suppression  

by Edward Spannaus and Nancy Spannaus

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), addressing a packed meeting on Capitol Hill, vowed that Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee will go to Ohio to hold hearings on voter disenfranchisement and irregularities in the Nov. 2 election. The LaRouche Youth Movement intervened during the question period, to underline the core issue of civil rights violation underlying the voter suppression that occurred in many states on Election Day.

AIPAC Raid Spotlights Escalating Spy Wars  

by Jeffrey Steinberg

There’s more to the FBI raid on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee than meets the eye, as the investigation dates back to the early months of the Bush Administration in 2001, and involves a large cast of characters and a range of suspected illegal activities.

Torture-Report Leaks Point to Rumsfeld, Cambone, and Boykin  

by Edward Spannaus

New disclosures totally undercut Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s contention that the torture abuses were the work of a handful of “bad apples” among low-level troops. The “bad apples” are actually to be found at the highest branches of the Pentagon.

Editorial

The Hamiltonian Solution  

Corrections

In last week’s issue, the Table of Contents was misdated. It should have read Volume 31, Number 48, Dec. 10, 2004.

In the Nov. 26 EIR, the transcript of the interview with Lyndon LaRouche on Angel Radio in the Philippines misspelled the name of the interviewer, Butch Valdes.

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