Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Man-made Tragedy! By Erick San Juan

The 'tragedy' in the Philippines has become a talking point at the Warsaw international venue on Climate Change (November 11 to 22) under the United Nations auspices. The plight of  typhoon Haiyan has casually been assigned without evidence to the impacts of global warming.

While there is no scientific evidence that Super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) was the consequence of global warming,  the opening statements at the Warsaw Summit have hinted in no uncertain terms to a verified causal relationship. U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Director Christiana Figueres, stated (without evidence) that the typhoon Haiyan was part of the “sobering reality” of global warming. (quoted in Did Climate Change Cause Supertyphoon Haiyan? (TIME.com, November 11, 2013).

In turn, Philippine Representative to the UN Climate Change Venue Mr. Yeb Sano (known to be pseudo left with links to the globalists) in  his dramatic address to the opening session stated: “Typhoons such as Yolanda (Haiyan) and its impacts represent a sobering reminder to the international community that we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action. Warsaw must deliver on enhancing ambition and should muster the political will to address climate change.” (UN News Center, November 11, 2013)

In a bitter irony, the tragedy in the Philippines has contributed to reinforcing a consensus which indirectly feeds the pockets of corporations lobbying for a new deal on carbon trade. 'Cap and Trade'is a multibillion dollar bonanza which is supported by the global warming consensus.  According to UNFCC head Figueres to quote:

“We must clarify finance that enables the entire world to move towards low-carbon development,… We must launch the construction of a mechanism that helps vulnerable populations to respond to the unanticipated effects of climate change.” Known and  documented, cap-and-trade markets are manipulated. What is at stake is the trade in carbon derivatives which is controlled by powerful financial institutions including JP Morgan Chase. (See Copenhagen’s Hidden Agenda: The Multibillion Trade in Carbon Derivatives, Global Research, December 8, 2009).

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Philippines bears no relationship to global warming. Experts believe that social impacts of typhoon Haiyan are aggravated due to the lack of infrastructure and social services, not to mention the absence of a coherent housing policy. Those most affected by the typhoon are living in poverty in make-shift homes.

A reduction of CO2 emissions as suggested by Mr. Yeb Sano in  his address to the opening session of the Warsaw Climate summit will not resolve the plight of an impoverished population. (Source: Climate Change: The Philippines Haiyan Typhoon is not the Result of Global Warming by Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, November 15, 2013)

The very important issue  to note is that global warming hocus pocus has been proven to deceive nations into entering this so-called carbon trade that will only enrich banksters through their corporats. And the ongoing negotiations at Warsaw, Poland regarding this matter is actually a diversionary tactic on what they are not telling the world. That the real culprit for such huge destruction by a super typhoon is through weather control modification (or weather engineering). Over 1.3 million had viewed this video on you tube with over three thousand reviewed [November 8, 2013 Microwave Pulse Gives Birth to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzxTXk1JCFw)] a detailed explanation on how weather was controlled to cause havoc and devastation. This is the beauty of the internet. Through videos like this,
people are now conscious enough to search for the other side of truth because mainstream corporate media will not touch on this subject of weather manipulation. My regular listeners and followers of my blog site (http://ericksanjuan.blogspot.com/) are not new to this diabolical scheme. I even have listeners who are doing their own research and helping me out to understand further why such very evil scientific research  are threat to mankind.

As what Prof. Chossudovsky has pointed out that such disaster was aggravated due to the lack of infrastructure and social services, not to mention the absence of a coherent housing policy. Those most affected by the typhoon are living in poverty in improvised homes. Another issue overlooked is the Secretary of DSWD who is in charge of the huge fund that will supposedly help alleviate the poverty-stricken populace, but why is poverty is still prevalent? And to date, through the Philippine government request, another 500 million USD ‘emergency loan’ will be given by the World Bank. Now the perception of most Filipinos is that there is really a 'matuwid na daan' towards someone’s pocket.

In the face of such misery and devastation, the true Pinoy spirit of bayanihan and hope are very much intact. Although the government should be wary that recent events in our country might lead to something else. Manmade or natural disasters can make or break a leadership. Let us pray harder and hope for the best.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

China's MAD by Erick San Juan

“Nothing in China happens overnight,” Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, the director of Asia-Pacific programs at the United States Institute of Peace, said. “Any move you see was planned and prepared for years, if not more. So obviously this maritime issue is very important to China.”

The maritime issue referred here is the contested area in the South China Sea and there is another one with Japan in the East China Sea. These two areas in the region, believed to be likened to a ticking bomb just waiting for a trigger to ignite it and explode into a world war in the process.

It is quite obvious by now that one of the reasons why China and the claimants are restive in the disputed area in the South China Sea is about oil (and natural gas). And maybe the so-called freedom of navigation that Washington has been insisting that China has to abide with, by not bullying its neighbors.

But what about the maritime issue of China with Japan? In an article by Perry Diaz of Global Balita - Xi Jinping’s ‘Pax Sinica’, he wrote : With no economic value that’s worth fighting for, it makes one wonder what do these eight uninhabited small islands and islets have that is making China go gaga over them? Could it be that there is something else that China wants that is of far greater value than these desolate specks of land in the middle of East China Sea?

If China gained control of the Senkaku group of islands, which is 114 nautical miles west of Miyako Island, she would be in a position to control or block the Miyako Strait, which connects the East China Sea to the Philippine Sea… and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

Like in the case of the Luzon Strait – “the most likely route for Chinese submarines into the wider Pacific Ocean is through the Luzon Strait, which is situated between Taiwan and the Philippines. It provides direct access into the Philippine Sea. The Luzon Strait is a safer access point than those that lie north between Taiwan and Japan because the Philippines does not have an anti-submarine warfare capability and Taiwan’s anti-submarine capability is relatively limited, especially when compared to Japan’s. Furthermore, U.S. conventional forces are not stationed in Taiwan or the Philippines like they are in South Korea and Japan.” (PH Sea, Luzon Strait Key to China Nuke Ambitions, Stratfor, re-published @manila times online)

The geostrategic plan of China through its People’s Liberation Army Navy, is to become a naval power in the very near future is being manifested today with Beijing’s relationship with its neighbors and most recently with Japan.

“Last October 31, 2013, China’s state-run Global Times published an article, saying that escalating tensions between China and Japan over territorial claims to the Senkaku Islands could ignite a war. It said that Beijing was preparing for a “worst-case” scenario of military conflict over the disputed islands.

It seems that China’s “worst-case” scenario is a deliberate attempt to fulfill Xi’s “Chinese Dream,” which is the revival of imperial China — or Pax Sinica(Chinese Peace) – that had maintained Chinese hegemony in Asia during the reign of the Ming dynasty. “The great revival of the Chinese nation is the greatest Chinese Dream,” Xi said before taking office in November 2012.

Surmise it to say, China’s carefully orchestrated actions in the past two years are leading to war against Japan… and ultimately against the United States, with the goal of ending American hegemony – Pax Americana — in the Pacific.” (Perry Diaz)

Basically all these preparations by China lead to its goal of countering the move by the United States in its pivot to Asia-Pacific.
Although there are other plans like “Operating from the East China Sea, South China Sea or Yellow Sea, Chinese submarines will soon have a credible sea-based nuclear deterrent against Russia and India. But the Chinese submarine fleet will still need to access the open waters beyond the first island chain to maintain a sea-based deterrent against Western Europe and the United States. Until China builds a nuclear submarine fleet (with well-trained crew and support) stealthy enough to routinely attempt access into the Philippine Sea, or submarine-launched ballistic missiles with enough range to target the continental United States, it will have to rely on its land-based strategic nuclear forces as the primary nuclear deterrent against the United States.” (Stratfor)

There seems to be no stopping China’s PLA Navy with its orchestrated moves in the East and South China Sea. It is really a full-speed ahead scenario and anyone caught in the way, might lead to a mutually assured destruction.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wake up! By Erick San Juan

Wake up! By Erick San Juan

The New York Times Sunday magazine cover story (October 27) - “A Sea of Trouble,” with the second heading “A Game of Shark and Minnow,” is actually an eye-opener for all of us especially to our leaders. Why is this so? The New York Times story cited the following: In a remote corner of the South China Sea, 105 nautical miles from the Philippines, lies a submerged reef the Filipinos call Ayungin Shoal.

In most ways it resembles the hundreds of other reefs, islands, rock clusters and cays that collectively are called the Spratly Islands. But Ayungin is different. In the reef’s shallows there sits a forsaken ship, manned by eight Filipino troops whose job is to keep China in check.

Yes what we have in the contested area is an eight-manned ship, a dilapidated one, actually “a World War II-era ship called the Sierra Madre, which the Philippine government ran aground on the reef in 1999 and has since maintained as a kind of post-apocalyptic military garrison. The small detachment of Filipino troops stationed there struggling to survive extreme mental and physical desolation.”

And this same decaying ship could be the next battleground between China  and our country, whether we like it or not.

“The Sierra Madre at one time was the U.S.S. Harnett County, built as a tank-landing ship for World War II and then repurposed as a floating helicopter and speedboat hub in the rivers of Vietnam. In 1970, the U.S. gave the ship to the South Vietnamese, and in 1976. it was passed on to the Philippines. But nobody had ever taken the time to strip all of the communications gear or even old U.S. logbooks and a fleet guide from 1970.” (Ibid)

Recently, the Filipino troops manning the Sierra Madre were given a power point presentation of the real situation in the contested area particularly in Ayungin. Just imagine the magnitude of the role these men have in the whole region that will have a great impact in the confluence of events particularly in geopolitics.

Unfortunately, China through “Maj. Gen. Zhang Zhaozhong, of China’s People’s Liberation Army, said in a television interview in May, using the Chinese term for Scarborough. (That there are three different names for the same set of uninhabitable rocks tells you much of what you need to know about the region.) He described a “cabbage strategy,” which entails surrounding a contested area with so many boats —fishermen, fishing administration ships, marine surveillance ships, navy warships — that “the island is thus wrapped layer by layer like a cabbage.”

There can be no question that the cabbage strategy is in effect now at Ayungin and has been at least since May. General Zhang, in his interview several months ago, listed Ren’ai Shoal (the Chinese name for Ayungin) in the P.L.A.’s “series of achievements” in the South China Sea. He had already put it in the win column, even though eight Filipino marines still live there. He also seemed to take some pleasure in the strategy. Of taking territory from the Philippines, he said: “We should do more such things in the future. For those small islands, only a few troopers are able to station on each of them, but there is no food or even drinking water there. If we carry out the cabbage strategy, you will not be able to send food and drinking water onto the islands. Without the supply for one or two weeks, the troopers stationed there will leave the islands on their own. Once they have left, they will never be able to come back.” (Ibid)

The PLA’s cabbage operation in Ayungin is a clear sign how desperate they are to occupy the area, first in Ayungin and before we know it, the whole group of islands known as Spratlys. And the only thing we have there manning the “Dangerous Ground” (a reference made to Spratlys by navigators since the 18th century) is the Sierra Madre with our troops miserably hanging on to what was left of the vintage ship.

I just could not imagine that in the midst of all of these huge funds misused by the chosen few, there in the middle of the sea, our Filipino troops trying to survive in order to protect our sovereignty.

Any sane person will ask after reading this cover story of the NYT magazine, is the Philippines present administration numb on the plight of the eight Filipinos living (or slowly dying) there inside the Sierra Madre? And if not, why the hell they are not doing anything?

All the rhetoric and doublespeak about military modernization through the controversial Malampaya funds to address the South China Sea issue are all BS if such simple thing as this will not be resolved to save what is left of our sovereignty.

China’s cabbage op is already in place  now and through this scheme, any miscalculated move will always be perceived as an act of provocation. A provocation that might lead to a regional conflict in the process. God forbid.