News Archive – Aug-Dec 2022
‘MADE IN NORTH AMERICA’:
Canadian Pacific CEO touts merged railroad network for unitary ‘nation’ of North America
KC SOUTHERN CEO: MEXICO’S BASE OF MANUFACTURING ‘CRITICAL PART’ OF ‘NORTH AMERICAN SUPPLY CHAIN’
FreightWaves, Nov 15, 2022 – Keith Creel, CEO of Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP), and Patrick Ottensmeyer, CEO of KCS, both highlighted on a screen the map that drove the $31 billion merger that was completed about a year ago. That map shows the roughly Y-shaped network that will be at the heart of the merged companies, extending to both coasts of Canada and down into Mexico. In his remarks, Creel often referred to “nation” in the singular and explained later it was a reference to the more unitary nation of North America — the U.S., Canada and Mexico….
‘AS GLOBAL TRADE AND SUPPLY CHAINS REGIONALIZE…’
Foreign Affairs writer Foroobar: Globalism not inevitable after all, so embrace the inevitable ‘coming era’ of regionalization
AFTER NEOLIBERALISM: ALL ECONOMICS IS LOCAL
by Rana Foroobar, Foreign Affairs, November-December 2022
(Foreign Affairs is published by the Council on Foreign Relations)
“Globalization will inevitably morph into regionalization and localization…. As global trade and supply chains regionalize and localize, global finance will do the same…. As U.S. policymakers and business leaders seek to address these challenges, they must push back against conventional economic thinking. Instead of assuming that deregulation, financialization and hyper-globalization are inevitable, they should embrace the coming era of regionalization and localizaton….”
Foroobar insults the intelligence of her Foreign Affairs readers, since FA – and all globalists – have for over a century (not just “40 years” as she maintains) preached the “inevitability” of global supply chains and open-border “free trade.”
Now that the reality of globalism’s failure has become painfully obvious, Foroobar attempts to walk back the globalist delusion by selling regionalization to her readers. Seven times in her article, Foroobar deceptively attempts a great bait and switch, by associating globalist “regionalization” with nationalist “localization.”
In doing so, Foroobar simply parrot’s fellow globalist FA witer Shannon K. O’Neil several issues prior, as well as globalist poobah Klaus Schwab, who, in his book COVID 19: The Great Reset, offered more EU-like regional blocs and regional supply chans as globalism’s post-COVID compromise with nationalism.
But enlightened nationalists don’t accept the “inevitability” of Foroobar’s open-border regionalization any more than the “utopian myth” of open-border globalization. Both are doomed to failure, but apparently not before the globalist delusion imposes more insufferable pain and misery upon the world’s populations.
OPINION: IT’S TIME FOR A BIGGER, BETTER NORTH AMERICA
San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec 19, 2022 – “The U.S. predominance that characterized the “American Century” may be coming to an end, but with the right vision, that twilight should signal the dawn of a “North American Century” that is just beginning.”
Shipments of boats, vehicles, computer parts leading Mexico’s export boom
MEXICO CRUISES TO TRADE NIRVANA – Bloomberg, Nov 29, 2022
GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION, RISING COSTS DRIVING MORE INTEREST IN NEARSHORING, RESHORING MANUFACTURING TO NORTH AMERICA
American Journal of Transportation, Dec 1, 2022
SOUTH AMERICA – UNASUR:
‘OUR REGION CAN DO MORE’: SEVEN FORMER PRESIDENTS AND 11 FOREIGN MINISTERS URGE TO REBUILD UNASUR
El País (Madrid, Spain), Nov 15, 2022 (Google Translate) – Seven former Latin American presidents accompanied by former foreign ministers, former ministers, former parliamentarians, current congressmen, teachers, directors of international organizations and former ambassadors have sent a letter to 12 presidents of the region this Monday to push them to form a new UNASUR, the Union of Nations Suramericanas that was formed in 2008
COLUMBIA, BRAZIL AND THE RESURRECTION OF UNASUR
CEPR, Nov 2022 (Google Translate)
Biden Regime Calls for North American Union –
Rep. Matt Gaetz Responds
Biden to call for African Union to be added as G-20 member
The Hill, Dec 9, 2022
Xi says China supports African Union to join G20
Xinhua, Nov 15, 2022
Japan supports G-20 membership for African Union: Prime Minister
AA (Anadolu Agency, Turkey), Dec 12, 2022
‘THE NEED FOR A STRONG, MORE UNIFIED NORTH AMERICA‘
‘Required’ to meet ‘China challenge’
Eric Farnsworth and Earl Anthony Wayne, Opinion Contributors, The Hill, Nov 28, 2022
ARAB GULF – GCC:
Xi lands in Riyadh for China-Arab States Summit, China-GCC Summit, state visit
Xinhua, Dec 8, 2022 – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here Wednesday afternoon to attend the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit, and pay a state visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
GULF COOPERATON COUNCIL DISCUSSES RAISING COMBAT LEVEL OF MEMBER STATES
Anadolu Agency (Turkey), Nov 9, 2022 – According to a statement from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense, Prince Khalid said the GCC is working to improve the military capacity of its armed forces in order to confront all threats and safeguard regional security.
China Is Tightening Its Grip in America’s Backyard
South American nations will likely revive UNASUR, promote regional currency to weaken dollar
Heritage, Nov 28, 2022 – For the first time ever, the largest economies in Latin America will now all be governed by progressive politicians who are increasingly hostile to U.S.
LULA SETS OUT EXPANSIVE VISION FOR BRAZILIAN FOREIGN POLICY
Focus on reviving Unasur, the Union of South American Nations
Financial Times, Nov 24, 2022
SAARC – SOUTH ASIA:
IS IT TIME FOR SOUTH ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR REGIONAL CO-OPERATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The call for SAARC’s revival for climate action
MoneyControl (India), Nov 4, 2022
SE ASIA: A ‘EURO-LIKE’ CURRENCY?
The Case for a common Asean Currency
Bangkok Post, Sep 29, 2022 (Also posted at The Jakarta Post) – ….It would be pegged to gold, with the intention of creating a currency that replaces the US dollar as the medium of regional trade and investment.
Why the push for a common currency in Asean? All we need to do Is look at Europe….
EU AND THE ‘NEW MERCANTILISM’:
EU proposes supply chain emergency powers, spooking business
Reuters, Sep 19, 2022 – Europe-based companies could be made to prioritise production of key products and stockpile goods under draft EU rules that would give Brussels emergency powers to tackle supply chain crises.…
Europeans support a more ‘geopolitical European Union’
‘A EUROPEAN DEFENCE CAPABILITY INDEPENDENT OF NATO’
Aljazeera, Sep 30, 2022 – A new survey of public opinion in European and North American countries shows faith in Europe’s geopolitical importance growing, as confidence in the United States’s long-term influence falters against a backdrop of the war in Ukraine.
RESISTING THE EU POWER GRAB:
New PM of Italy, Giorgia Meloni: We Will Defend God, Country, & Family
ITALY VEERS RIGHT AND AWAY FROM EU’S CENTRE OF POWER
MIGA: ‘MAKE ITALY GREAT AGAIN’ – Financial Times (London, UK), Sep 26, 2022
Ursula von der Leyen slammed over Italian election ‘threats’ as EU face showdown with Rome – Express (London, UK), Sept 26, 2022
Rock Star! Next Italian PM Giorgia Meloni: “The Leftists who Call us Fascists Used to be Bolshevists” – Gateway Pundit, Sep 17, 2022
“If Things Go in Difficult Direction, We Have Tools” – EU Chief Ursula Von der Leyen Threatens Italians of Repercussions If They Vote in Populist Candidate Giorgia Meloni Gateway Pundit, Sept 14, 2022 – The elites are already in full panic.
WILL SOUTH AMERICA REVIVE UNASUR?
IF LULA WINS BRAZIL’S PRESIDENCY, SEVEN OF LATIN AMERICA’S LARGEST ECONOMIES WILL BE RULED BY THE LEFT
By Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald, Sep 30, 2022 – ….To be sure, if Lula wins in Brazil, he most likely would try to revive UNASUR, the bloc of South America’s leftist countries that emerged in the 2000s to replace the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS). Unlike the OAS, UNASUR does not include the United States or Canada.
ARAB GULF – GCC:
SINO-GCC COLLABORATION MORE THAN JUST OIL: CHINA DAILY EDITORIAL
China Daily, Sep 21, 2022- Relations between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries have been booming in recent years, with China being the largest trading partner of the regional bloc….
GULF STATES AND ISRAEL SHOULD FORM A RAPID RESPONSE FORCE
Foreign Policy, Sep 5, 2022 – Israel, several Gulf Arab states, and the United States are working to create a regional alliance on air defense. Although practical cooperation is still limited, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz claimed in June that the nascent air defense partnership had already helped neutralize Iranian attacks.
EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION HAS NO PROBLEM STAYING AFLOAT DESPITE SANCTIONS – KREMLIN
UrduPoint News / Sputnik, Sep 18, 2022
PUTIN’S ‘CONTRADICTORY’ WORLD VIEWS – THE RUSSIAN UNION LOOKING TO RIVAL THE EU
Express (London, UK) Sept 4, 2022 – Vladimir Putin has displayed “contradictory” worldviews during his time in power – “juggling” his desire to unite the Slavic peoples as well as creating a Eurasian Economic Union which, on paper, closely mirrors the European Union.
Lara Logan: Globalist Plan To Create a Regional Government
Eurasian Economic Union Dedollarizes; Emphasis Now On Increasing Use Of Mutual Currencies & China Yuan Trade
Russia Briefing, Aug 29, 2022 – According to a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the volume of international settlements in US dollars has been reduced to 21%.
This has been an on-going process, with the EAEU countries moving towards this goal since 2015, when it was decided that strategic goals were the formation of an independent currency area, minimally dependent on the dollar and the euro, the convergence of the monetary policy of the EAEU countries and the reduction of conversion costs for businesses.
South American Leftists Revive Call for Regional Currency to Challenge the U.S. Dollar
Breitbart, Aug 12, 2022 – Colombia – under its first-ever leftist president, ex-guerrilla member Gustavo Petro – revived a longtime far-left hope of creating a unified South American currency to defy the U.S. dollar, the online journal Diario Las Américas reported on Thursday….
Socialists in South America have for decades suggested a euro-style South American monetary unit that used the collective economic strength of the continent to replace their weakened units….
In October, Brazilians will head to the polls to choose between incumbent conservative Jair Bolsonaro and far-left socialist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who most recently raised the idea of a unified currency this year.
‘REGIONALIZATION’ AND THE NEW REGIONAL ORDER:
The Myth of the Global:
Why Regional Ties Win the Day
‘REGIONALIZATION, NOT GLOBALIZATION, WILL SET THE CORPORATE AGENDA’
By Shannon K. O’Neil, Foreign Affairs, July-Aug 2022
(Foreign Affairs is published by the Council on Foreign Relations)
….During the COVID-19 pandemic, border closures and rising transportation costs have prompted companies to consider bringing production closer to home…. The most probable scenario is that multinationals will turn away from globalized supply chains in favor of shorter, more duplicative regional ones. Regionalization, not globalization, will set the corporate agenda in the coming decades….
To enhance North America’s regionalization, the continent needs to improve its linking infrastructure…. As parts and components move between the three countries, workers must be able to follow.
Shannon K. O’Neil is the Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of the book The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter, from which this essay is adapted.
From its very outset within the title, this essay by Shannon K. O’Neil embarks on a mission of false choices and unsupported assertions. For instance:
If, as O’Neil maintains, natural disasters from “climate change” can jeopardize overextended, global supply chains more than shorter, faster regional supply chains, then shorter, faster national supply chains would be an even more favorable option. But this “reshoring” option is not offered, except only to be dismissed with this strange, hasty generalization: “as costs rise and innovation falls.”
O’Neil recognizes that advances in production require a labor pool with greater skills and less workers. For what benefit, then, does she advocate that “tens of millions of people could be energized” when a massive EU-style labor pool could move freely across North America’s national borders?
O’Neil presents a “regionally focused world” as the reality, citing the European Union’s common labor pool, passport and currency as its model. But O’Neil sidesteps the fact that this “reality” has been created. This “reality” is based upon a series of multilateral/bilateral agreements favoring a utopian globalist mindset that gave us open-border chaos and the global supply chain debacle.
Calling globalism a “myth” is O’Neil’s attempt to distance globalists from the very real global mess that they created, while also attempting to walk back the same erroneous, delusional mindset into a more “sustainable” regional context.
As a mouthpiece for the globalist Council on Foreign Relations, O’Neil also parrots Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum. Schwab promotes “regionalization” as globalism’s post-Covid compromise with nationalism. Regional blocs and regional supply chains are his “in-between solution….a new watered-down version” of globalization.
‘COMPETING REGIONAL UNITS’: KISSINGER’S ‘NEW MERCANTILISM’ OF EMERGING REGIONAL BLOCS
“And at the same time the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.”
George Orwell’s 1984, Part 2, Chapter 9 (Goldstein manifesto, “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism”)
The war in Ukraine signals the beginning of globalist Henry Kissinger’s “new mercantilism” of “competing regional units.”
As was typical of historic mercantilism, media reports within both sides of today’s Ukraine crisis acknowledge that military/economic threats from the other region are useful in the deeper integration/consolidation of power within their own regional bloc. Here are some examples:
● THE GREAT EURASIAN ECONOMIC REALIGNMENT
Sanctions may accelerate Russia’s economic integration with Asia
City Journal, March 17, 2022 – What has not been widely considered, however, is the possibility that Russia welcomes this outcome. If Russia is betting on economic divorce from Europe, including in energy, then sanctions and boycotts counterintuitively support, rather than frustrate, Russian strategy.
● EUROPEAN UNION AMBASSADOR SAYS RUSSIA-UKRAINE CRISIS HAS UNIFIED THE EU AND NATO: ‘FOR US, THIS IS EXISTENTIAL’
CBS News, Feb 16, 2022 – “I think Russia thought it could divide and conquer us, and it has actually united the European Union and NATO more than we have arguably been ever before,” he said.
● HOW WILL RUSSIAN AND ASIAN TRADE DEVELOP IF THE US & EU PUT MORE SANCTIONS IN PLACE?
Moscow has already diversified its supply chains away from the EU
Russia Briefing, Jan 17, 2022 – In short, the Crimea sanctions have had the effect of motivating Russia to diversify its supply chains, reduce dependence upon Europe, and to develop new markets, especially in Asia.
● WESTERN SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA MAY BOOST EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION – RT (Russia Today), March 20, 2014 – “What would then happen is that the Eurasian Economic Union would accelerate in scale very rapidly.”
● ‘THANK YOU, MR PUTIN’ – DW (Deutsche Welle, Germany), March 21, 2014 – “With your annexation of the Crimea you have thrown a much-needed lifeline to…European integration…”
● VLADIMIR PUTIN: HERO OF THE EUROPEAN UNION – Breitbart, March 14, 2014 – “Vladimir Putin’s adventurism in the Ukraine has had a strange side effect: it may well have prolonged the life of his chief rival and antagonist – the European Union…”
‘you’re going to see regional orders spring up’
“I think you’re going to see the evolution of regional organizations, and that regional – because it’s so hard to create a world order – I think you’re going to see regional orders spring up. And then you would have links between regional orders. But they will be very much guided by economic interests, social interests and also security interests….”
Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council
Comments at the World Government Summit, March 29, 2022 (Video excerpt starts at 17:11)