When Empires Fall

Many historians consider the 19th century as the Age of the British Empire, 20th century for the Americans and the 21st century may become the Age of the Chinese Empire, whether we like it or not.

Both the US and UK Empires are, of course, mere extensions of the Roman Empire. But the Roman Empire itself is also now under threat, it is now diversifying its corporate portfolio by investing in China, which is what its affiliates and some stooges, too, have been doing for the last three decades, or so.

London’s Major Companies to Leave Capital if UK Opts for Brexit – Reports

02:48 14.06.2015

Bank Of England, City of London

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A number of London’s largest companies told The Sunday Times on condition of anonymity that they have already set up committees to prepare for relocation in case the majority of British people votes in favor of leaving the European Union.

“We would move to Luxembourg,” an anonymous source at a London fund told the newspaper on Sunday, adding that some senior managers could be kept in the capital, “but most people would have to be relocated.”

The fund managers explained that Brexit would limit their ability to sell investment products, as the European Union requires that a company have headquarters in a member state in order for such trading to take place with the economic bloc.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on the United Kingdom’s EU membership by the end of 2017.

The prime minister, who has repeatedly said that Britain should stay in the bloc on renegotiated terms, is seeking to revise UK relations with the European Union ahead of the referendum, pushing Brussels to reform the system of contributions to the bloc’s budget and to grant greater powers over migration control to member-state governments.

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BRICS to Surpass G7 Within 2-3 Years in Terms of Joint GDP

18:36 08.06.2015(updated 19:03 08.06.2015)

MOSCOW (Sputnik)

The chairman of the Russian State Duma’s International Committee Alexei Pushkov

Earlier in the day, the first-ever BRICS Parliamentary Forum began in Moscow bringing together lawmakers from five of the world’s major emerging economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, to discuss issues of mutual interest, including economic development.

“Given that the BRICS countries mostly show a much higher growth rate than the countries of ‘Big Seven,’ we can assume that in the next two or three years, the combined GDP of the BRICS member states will surpass the same indicator of G7 nations”, Alexei Pushkov, head of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of Russia’s parliament, told reporters.

The lawmaker said that in 2014 the BRICS states’ joint GDP growth stood at 30 percent, which is only 7-8 percent less than that of the G7 countries.

“According to the International Monetary Fund, the BRICS countries have a combined GDP of $32.5 trillion, while the G7 states have a joint GDP of $34.7 trillion,” Pushkov added.

BRICS Parliamentary Forum in the Russian capital coincided with the annual summit of the G7 countries, namely Germany, the United States, France, Italy, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan, being held on June 7-8 in Bavaria, Germany.

Russia is not attending the event as its participation in the group’s meetings was suspended in 2014 over its alleged role in Ukraine conflict, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.

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The Fall of the American Empire… And What We Can do About It

By Joachim Hagopian

Global Research, June 04, 2014

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Goodbye to the America we once loved. Since it has been taken over, hijacked by  oligarchs dancing to the tune of global hegemony, the US as the beacon light of Western civilization, has already crested having run its course. In all its glory, it had its run. Now operating from the shadowy, secret cabal of  the World’s central Banks and billionaire mansions around the world, the New World Order descends upon a poisoned, with a permanent era of austerity and impoverishment.

Living in the most powerful and richest country on earth, Americans are lamenting and mourning what once was in their sentimental nostalgia for the onetime greatness they now have lost. But then they are suddenly jarred back to the real world reality they face, worrying over an uncertain future where the only certainty is the American Empire has seen better days in its angst-ridden spiral downward into despair and oblivion. While Isaac Newton looks down from above and reminds us, “What goes up, must come down,” a faint, far off sound can be heard, “Bye, bye Miss American pie…”

In a way the more rational and logical nature within us may be saying good riddance to the only world superpower that abused its privilege and authority, choosing to flex its military muscle in bloodthirsty lust and hollowed out glory. Its unquenchable thirst for more power and control over its earthly dominions have come at a heavy cost to both the American people and a severely exploited and victimized Third World. Two decades ago when the US was the only superpower left standing after the shattered demise of the Soviet Union, rather than continue to be the beacon of light and liberty for the rest of the world, like in Rome a millennium ago, an overreaching military Empire won out.

When no other nation on earth was left to compete with America as its enemy, from Reagan and George Bush senior through Clinton to George junior and finally to Obama, the US government has consistently elected to place its highest priority on out-of-control military spending, choosing to overextend its military might on multiple defeated warfronts while bleeding its middle class dry as its sacrificial lamb. And now what are we left with – by design a Middle East and North Africa comprised of hopelessly failed states, compliments of US Empire’s King Midas touch-in-reverse. “Destabilize, Will Travel, Inc.,” sadly that is what American Empire does and stands for. And now its clutches are spreading, digging its fatal claws deep into the heart of sub-Saharan Africa, in the form of Special Ops boots on the ground, busily militarizing the entire world into death squads, more night raids, more civil wars, more sovereign nations destabilized and destroyed.

Obama’s desperate false bravado claim clinging to his notion of America’s exceptionalism heard last week at West Point, proclaims that the US is too good to have to live by the rules that the rest of the world must comply with. The psychopath is truly showing his mental illness living in his own delusional world. It’s time for him to wake up and smell the rot he has brought not only to America but the entire world.

At some point, the out-of-control, two-headed, red, white and blue monster had to be stopped. Fomenting unrest in every corner of the globe, the US Empire agenda has promoted and is now forcing the East versus West showdown along every border nation with Russia and China. After aggressively and foolishly pinning the sleeping giants in, poking the Bear in the eye with the US backed Nazi debacle in Ukraine, and ramping up hostilities in Asia with more militarized zones of US presence in Philippines and South Korea, both Russia and China decided that they have had enough. US Empire transgressions have crossed their red line, and now they are finally through tolerating US arrogance and belligerence. They are now striking back with an emerging, growing alliance bent on stopping the global bully and one world policeman’s brutality once and for all. With the BRIC nations of not only Russia and China but also the emerging, resource-rich giants India and Brazil along with South Africa, the US dollar as the international currency is about to crash and burn. China is about to come-a-calling as the US creditor demands its due. Unable to pay up on its bloated debt, thanks to its reckless incompetent leadership, the United States of America is about to financially go belly up. Enter the UN Agenda 21.

Under the misguided, inconsistent leadership of two-faced Obama wavering constantly between in-your-face bully and egg-in-his-face wimp, his over-the-top, hot air rhetoric has become empty and meaningless. His psychopathic lies have destroyed any credibility or trust he once had. Meanwhile, American Empire’s longtime arrogance and aggression has only alienated the US from the rest of the world including its allies, while betraying US citizens both domestically and globally, forcing them to now pay for the sins of its leaders both past and present.

Look at how our government has failed our veterans. After promising to take care of them, sending them off to die and be harmed in battle, they have forsaken them letting them die in droves while criminally cooking the books hoping no one would notice its antiquated, overstretched and thoroughly broken system. It is neither a Republican nor a Democratic issue, only a human issue. After using our precious resource of young men and women willing to go off and fight for our nation on some far off foreign land, once they return home damaged in desperate need of help, care and support, the US government has simply abandoned them, pushing them away as discarded and forgotten into some invisible corner to die. If the US government can do this to our vets, it will certainly do it to the rest of us.

America is rotting out from within. Long neglecting its needy and poor currently living in war zones called inner cities, an angry, growing, disenfranchised class that has also had enough finds itself with nothing left to lose. With more than half of this country’s two plus million Americans of color trapped in prisons, the US is but one false flag away from declaring martial law and unleashing its FEMA roundups. Targeted will be those fighting back, the activists, dissidents, dissenters, the destitute, any and all Americans not part of the one third of the US population that make up the military security complex will be considered fair game. All those Halliburton-refurbished and newly built, empty privatized prisons at tax payer expense await to be filled by shackled and betrayed Americans of all colors.

The decimated, shrinking middle class can no longer find jobs. They don’t exist anymore in America, except sweeping up McDonald’s parking lots. Of course the growing underclass gave up looking for jobs that weren’t there for them decades ago. The upward mobility and rising standard of living that was once the bedrock of the American way of life guaranteed for generations, has joined the graveyard heap of the once shining but now dead and lost.

Without a manufacturing base, the US population is totally dependent on exports from China, Mexico and everywhere else that traitorous, disloyal US transnational corporations greedily chasing higher profit margins ran off to like outsourcing roaches. Like the roaches they are, the McDonalds and Walmarts may survive the coming nuclear winter holocaust, but the forsaken Americans they betrayed won’t. The retail stores and malls are increasingly becoming empty or going out of business. When the richest 85 people on the planet possess as much wealth as the bottom economic half of the entire global population, you know the oligarchs have already won and the lights are about to go out on the rest of us.

The karmic lesson has come home to roost. With rusted out bridges ready to literally crumble and fall in America, they serve as a sad yet fitting metaphor for the state of the once great nation that no longer exists. Over its own struggling people, the US Empire chose to build its spreading might-make-right boots on the ground strength, overstretching its killing machine tentacles to every continent off the backs of its hardworking taxpayers, while the long neglected infrastructure and safety net back home collapse.

The forsaken American population finds itself more in poverty (46.2 million people) as well as more in debt ($57 trillion) now than ever before in history. Young generations of the college educated are having to pay off mounting college loan debts ($1.2 trillion and rising) that without jobs they can never even hope to repay. Rather than marry, have kids and buy homes like generations before them, they worry how to pay the light bill and avoid eviction. Sometime when we weren’t looking, the American dream died in the last century. Foreclosures and unpaid debts are now sucking the lifeblood out of Americans.

After bailing out the banks and Wall Street, Americans learned that they got royally swindled. Yet the corporate white collar crime only continues unabated. Not one executive from the top firms that nearly brought down the financial system spent even a day in jail over the 2009 housing scandal. Instead the Justice Department had the coldhearted audacity to go after the home buyers charging them with mortgage fraud. The two-tiered, stacked and fixed legal system has one set of rules and consequences for the rest of us while the economic war criminals literally and legally get away with murder. While middle class Americans have been forced to give up their once comfortable lifestyle, the rich only got richer. And now whose going to bail out the middle and lower classes fast going under? The oligarchs? The disparity between the rich and poor in this nation – never worse since the Great Depression – spreads like an evil cancer. Tax burdens continue plaguing the disappearing middle class while the superrich got bailed out, only to make obscene record profits while still enjoying Bush-era tax cuts milking trickle-down Reaganomics for all the scam it is worth.

The oligarchs have managed to buy off virtually all the national governments in the world to do their NWO bidding. They believe they have already won. And why shouldn’t they? Their strategy of systematically dumbing down the world masses with GMO’s, chemtrails and homogenized propaganda piped into their brains 24/7 operates like a bad drug, causing people to fear and obey their masters as pliable, acquiescent, mindless robots who simply go quietly into the night to their eugenic slaughterhouse according to the oligarch plan to cull the global herd down from over seven to a mere half billion. With living conditions and gross injustice around the world only going from bad to worse, people feel increasingly helpless and powerless. Depression and suicide are skyrocketing, particularly among war veterans (nearly one each hour) and adolescent and young adults (third leading cause of death).

But what the oligarchs worry about the most in their undying addiction to power and control is an awakened, critical mind that sees through their lies and deception. They shudder at the thought of the masses of the world actually waking up, and seeing their blatant theft and destruction for what it really is. And what they dread and fear the most is a worldwide grassroots movement of mindful human beings united in committed solidarity who refuse to play their game any longer. As a collective power of world citizens acting together as one, as free-thinking individuals who vastly outnumber the 1%, we can make a difference. To roll over and play dead, we are merely joining the ranks of the many already walking dead amongst us. As individuals with minds of our own, we do have the power and strength to say enough is enough. We just need to come together and exercise our collective free will and power.

Two thirds of the fifty United States have already called for a Constitutional Convention, giving the legal authority to convene and in open debate formulate amendments that can restore rule of law that has criminally been violated and missing since the Patriot Act. As citizens we need to learn what the US Constitution actually says. The Supremacy Clause in Article 6, Clause 2 of the US Constitution states “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof the Constitution shall be the supreme law of the land.” If a federal statute fails to meet the mandatory condition that it “is in pursuance” of the Constitution, then it simply is not the rule of law. Any federal law enacted that does not fulfill this “pursuant clause” requirement becomes null and void. That means that Bush’s Patriot Act, his Authorization to Use Military Force Act (AUMF), most of his and Obama’s presidential executive orders and every National Defense Authorization Act including the 2012 one the US Supreme Court recently decided to not review giving the military full authorization to arrest any citizens in their homes without charges or warrants and imprison for an unlimited length of time without trial, legal access to representation or Constitutional rights, are all invalid because they are all unconstitutional. All laws enacted that are not in compliance with constitutional law are simply not legally enforceable.

Thus, even though since 9/11 the US government has betrayed its citizens inasmuch as it has betrayed the Constitution and its rule of law, from the local and state levels we the people can fight back through the courts. Every elected representative, every judge and every soldier in America has taken a sworn oath to uphold the US Constitution. By their actions too many in the federal government and military have clearly violated their oaths. Those who are not full blown psychopaths need to allow whatever conscience they do have to permit them to stop violating constitutional law through their overt and brutal acts of tyranny and oppression.

Other steps that we citizens can do to take back our country can be implemented on many fronts and many levels, legally, economically, socially and ethically, empowering the resourcefulness and independence of our local communities and states. We need to start growing our own food using community coops. We need to go off the grid as much as possible with green energy utilizing the sun and wind power. These can also be community owned and shared. Worker owned cooperatives offer an ideal economic model by which to begin exercising increasing localized and regional independence. The power of corporate boycott and bartering are also viable tools at our disposal. Together we as a people and a human race can become activists committed toward positive change. Since our federal government has failed us miserably, we can neither rely on it to take care of us nor care about us. It will be left up to us as citizens to come together as communities and begin taking care of and caring for each other.

Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former Army officer. His written manuscript based on his military experience examines leadership and national security issues and can be consulted at http://www.redredsea.net/westpointhagopian/. After the military, Joachim earned a masters degree in psychology and became a licensed therapist working in the mental health field for more than a quarter century. He now focuses on writing.

Unthinkable: Brazilian Journalist Mulls Soviet-Style Collapse of US

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In his article, published in Brazilian news and analysis portal Carta Maior, Dr. Gelis-Filho begins by noting that the US, which has suffered a “long sequence of…geopolitical and economic failures since the turn of the century,” now faces “another brutal element: the threat of a nuclear attack on American soil by the Islamic State.” Expressing his hope that ISIS’s threats are nothing but hot air, the professor argues that “the point is not only if they will be able to do it (something that cannot even be imagined) but the fact that they feel confident enough to make such a threat in such a nonchalant way.”

Gelis-Filho explains that “obviously, the Islamic State just doesn’t fear America. And why should they? After decapitating Americans, after watching on the field how Iraqi troops, supposedly well-trained and certainly well-equipped by the US military, ran away from the fight, after capturing American military equipment in the field and God knows what other facts which only those on the field ever knew about, the terrorist horde can afford to threaten a nuclear attack against what is, at least on paper, the most powerful country in the world.”

Geopolitical and Socio-Economic Chips in the Foundation

In the professor’s view, “the Islamic State is expressing, in its usual, incredibly violent way, what is now perceived by most of the world: the United States has reached a point of no return in its decline.” He cites the conflict in Ukraine, where Russia has been able to stand up to Washington to defend its strategic interests, and China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea, “in spite of US warnings not to do so. In fact,” according to Gelis-Filho, “American warnings are ignored by Beijing as if they were the buzz of an annoying but harmless fly.”

Gelis-Fliho argues that US troubles abroad have been compounded by social and economic problems at home: “The US economic recovery, promised for the umpteenth time, turned into a downturn of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015.”

“After crying wolf so many times for a recovery that never comes, after the visible disintegration of the social fabric with ever-more frequent riots over police brutality and ever-increasing inequality, perhaps it’s time to pose the forbidden question: Should we prepare for a Soviet-like collapse of the US?” According to Gelis-Fliho, the answer, “for a number of reasons, is yes.” The analyst makes clear that this “doesn’t mean that such disintegration is imminent or even probable.” Nonetheless, in his view, the possibility of the unthinkable happening means that policy experts around the world must be prepared for such a scenario.

The Material Basis of US Statehood

Gelis-Fliho explains that “in order to understand why such fragmentation is possible, even if remotely so, it is necessary to understand the reasons keeping the country together. The United States was not built along ethnic lines, something which helps polities to survive their times of troubles. Its border with Canada is almost entirely artificial, so geographical constraints were not at play. In fact, the United States is an entirely artificial polity, and not one that has emerged more or less spontaneously out of historical movements. It is the result of a carefully crafted and successfully executed plan for expansion, based on the ideology of the Manifest Destiny.”

“The American polity has always been sustained by a single and very powerful unifying factor: success. The Confederate insurgency in the nineteenth century showed that even in its past the country was already fissile. But the astounding economic, political and cultural success of the United States created a success-fed beast, and the beast is now hungry. Despite all the rhetoric about the ideals of freedom, what has driven and still drives most immigrants to the US is one single desire: material progress. What can possibly keep the country united now that such progress can no longer be taken for granted? As the blanket [of material wealth] begins to prove itself to be too short, local elites in the richer states will have incentives not to bankroll the poorer states. The cult of collective and individual success –the all-American secular religion responsible for America’s long and rich history, will then, ironically, become the fuel for its possible disintegration.”

Gelis-Fliho notes that while “it is tempting to think about the military intervening to prevent any possible collapse,” this would not save the country in the long term. “In the first stages of decline, this would probably be true; but after a certain point, the weakened economy would also threaten corporate interests, and getting rid of what would be understood as the dead weight of poorer and socially restless states would appear to guarantee more and not less power to those who would be able to secure control of the military. At this stage, collapse would easily escape the control of those trying to manage it, unleashing positive historical feedback loops. Something along those lines happened in the Soviet Union.”

Global Consequences

In Gelis-Fliho’s view, as dangerous and unimaginably horrific as the collapse itself would be, its global consequences would be just as serious: “It has the potential far more dangerous to the world than the collapse of the Soviet Union ever was. The Soviet Union was built around a vast historical center –Russia. The existence of that center allowed the collapse to follow along historically predefined lines. The same was true for the other Soviet republics. Each of them already had their own institutional life within the Soviet Union, and so the lines of the disintegration were already drawn. Where these lines were not clear is where war followed: Abkhazia and South Ossetia fought for independence from Georgia; Armenia and Azerbaijan fought for control of Nagorno-Karabakh and Nakhichevan; Moldova was split; Ukraine and Russia would dispute control of [Crimea’s] Sevastopol. These conflicts have remained unresolved to this day, some even worsening.”

“Now imagine what would happen in the United States, a country where the estimated number of firearms in civilian hands is over 200 million. It is unlikely that such a hypothetical fragmentation would occur along state lines. While some American states have a long history and enough wealth to take care of themselves, on the other, many others were carved out of territories along more or less arbitrary lines, the long straight lines defining the borders of many Western states serving as evidence of this fact. Many of these states are landlocked, and dependent on other states to export whatever they produce. Moreover, many counties in states bordering Mexico have massive Mexican and Mexican-American populations who would naturally seek protection from the US’s southern neighbor in the event of collapse.”

According to Gelis-Fliho, another reason to dread and be wary of a hypothetical collapse “is the US empire of military bases around the world, many of them better armed and equipped than local governments. Who would administer them and how? Here the lessons from the collapse of the Soviet Union are not a source for optimism.”

Finally, Gelis-Fliho comes to the greatest problem facing the world following possible collapse: the American nuclear arsenal. In his view, “in contrast to what occurred in the Soviet Union, where Moscow had enough control over Soviet strategic forces to keep them under its control during the collapse, nothing of the kind is self-evidently possible in the case of the US.”

Ultimately, Professor Gelis-Fliho believes that there are enough reasons “for sensible policy planners in the rising world powers to prepare scenarios for dealing with such an improbable, but by no means impossible, Soviet-style collapse of the United States.”

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Significantly, in 2008, the U.S. National Intelligence Council admitted for the first time that America’s global power was indeed on a declining trajectory. In one of its periodic futuristic reports, Global Trends 2025, the Council cited “the transfer of global wealth and economic power now under way, roughly from West to East” and “without precedent in modern history,” as the primary factor in the decline of the “United States’ relative strength — even in the military realm.” Like many in Washington, however, the Council’s analysts anticipated a very long, very soft landing for American global preeminence, and harbored the hope that somehow the U.S. would long “retain unique military capabilities… to project military power globally” for decades to come.

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Fortunately for us, China chooses to use “soft power” in gaining influence from its neighbors while expressing its willingness to cooperate in more concrete terms with the work of other large nations though the mechanism we now know as the BRICS, EEU, SCO and similar organizations.

The emerging Eurasian Empire, which is essentially different from the previous two empires, United Kingdom and United States, promises to uphold nondestructive collaborations in the field of economics, science, and the full transformation of war machineries into instruments of human development extending far beyond the confines of our own planet.

More and more countries are now setting their eyes on the possible recolonization of Mars which has been the exclusive domain only of the US. Others would like to send eavesdropping satellite into the planet Venus to verify if the planet is really populated by highly advanced civilization, as some notable personalities claimed.

We are expecting the Pentagon to start shifting their sights away from useless wars and onto the greening of deserts and space adventures, as we suspect the recent visit of a high-ranking China military representative may have to do in that regard.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomed a top Chinese military official to the Pentagon on Thursday. General Fan Changlong’s visit comes amid disagreements

So far, every empire that has come to power is generally composed of only two social classes: the oligarchy and the serfs. The oligarchy takes care of management and the serfs do the dirty laundry. Surely, there’s the intellectual elite in between them but the tendency is always to serve the oligarchy who can afford to buy them.

When empires fall, the oligarchy stays at the top while the serfs endure the burden. The oligarchy are always prepared for any social weather and have stashed enough resources to survive for generations. This happens all the time, no exceptions.

Would the new Eurasian Empire be an exception?

It all depends on how we effectively adapt to the new and emerging reality, i.e. the “new normal”.

Since not all of us could become part of the oligarchy without each taking aggressive measures, the concept of social hierarchy must therefore be supplanted with more progressive competitions other than those that are financial in nature, e.g. art, science and space age technology, sports; where basic needs are fully satisfied by default.

In short, if we try and choose to act this time around, we may have the kind of empire we wish to leave our children behind with… the First Empire on Earth that will never fall.

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