Canada’s continuing commercial-economic warfare against Brazil is part of a larger British Empire strategic warfare against BRIC bloc of nations
23 March 2014
(CRC)—Yesterday’s LPAC featured a short item entitled “After Ukraine, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Brazil on the Chopping Block,” which commented on a recent article by Reagan administration official Paul Craig Roberts published in Breitbart News that the above mentioned countries are in the cross-hairs of the same U.S./NATO apparatus that carried out regime change in Ukraine.
In that press item, LPAC reported the following on Brazil: “During a March 19 press conference in Paris with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, while Fabius tried to say that both nations oppose Russia’s "unacceptable annexation of Crimea," Brazil’s Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo countered that the "very volatile" Ukrainian situation must be resolved through "negotiation and dialogue." He said that the planned July BRICS meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil, which Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to attend, will not be cancelled”.
A very much opposite and alarming stance was taken by Prime Minister Harper who travelled to Kiev this weekend to be the first head of government to be received by the self-proclaimed new government of Ukraine. Canada has joined the EU and the United States in imposing its own set of sanctions against Russia, and is considering expelling President Putin from the G8 Heads of State grouping which meets annually in June.
PM Harper knew or should have known that the Ukrainian government was forcibly installed, under Western direction, and that it has many neo-Nazi elements within it! Perhaps PM Harper is being led to believe, like that infamous British Prime Minister who travelled to Munich in 1938 to proclaim upon his return to London that his actions would contribute to bring about “peace in our time.”
Canada recent spying with “Five Eyes” on BRIC member Brazil
On September 2, 2013 Brazil’s O Globo revealed more Edward Snowden documentation that the United States NSA had been specifically taping Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff’s cell phone!
President Rousseff had said then that such spying “has to do with geopolitical factors, with strategic factors or with commercial and economic factors, and this is inadmissible.”
A month later O Globo Television and Snowden journalist collaborator Glenn Greenwald, exposed Canada’s role in spying on Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry.
Brazil’s President had tweeted on that occasion that “The report points to Canadian interests in mining. (40 Canadian mining companies operate in Brazil). The Foreign Ministry will demand explanations from Canada. The espionage infringes on the sovereignty of nations and the privacy of individuals and enterprises. It is urgent that the U.S. and its allies end their espionage once and for all. It is unacceptable among countries that claim to be partners. We reject the cyber war.”
It is important to recall a series of related events which happened during that period:
On November 27, 2013 Greenwald revealed to CBC news that the “NSA spying on G8 and G20 Summits in Toronto was ‘closely coordinated with the Canadian partner’ CSEC.”
It was also revealed that a few months before these exposés of spying, the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo said in May 2013 that it would sue German engineering giant Siemens over alleged price fixing in the construction and upkeep of the subway and train systems of the cities of Sao Paulo and Brasilia. A cartel of 5 major international companies who operate throughout Brazil was suspected of collusion: Canada’s Bombardier Berlin-based transportation division, CAF of Spain, Mitsui of Japan, Alstom of France and the above named Siemens.
We can also recall that up to 1 million Brazilians demonstrated on June 13 in some 100 cities nationally, nominally in protest over public transit fare increases. On June 25 President Rousseff proposed convening a constituent assembly and investing some $22 billion in public transit systems.
Yesterday, Brazil announced it has opened legal proceedings against all 5 companies and extended its probe to encompass a wider geographical area. A Reuters dispatch of today datelined from Sao Paulo reported that the country’s anti-trust agency, the Administrative Council for Economic Defence, known as CADE, said in a statement on Thursday that it will investigate “the bidding process for contracts on subway and train systems of Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro.”
At the June Paris Air Show, Bombardier President said to a CNBC.COM reporter that “Were Bullish on BRICS” explaining that the company was in a good position with its new C-series jet to corner the Russian and Chinese market at the expense of Brazilian competitor Embraer. The Canada-based international conglomerate has benefitted from the largesse of the Canadian government and has often been challenged in court by Brazil and Embraer over the issue of government subsidies.
This week, a television business news report said that Bombardier was hoping to finalize investments and contracts in Russia totalling several billion dollars.
With Prime Minister Harper’s appeasement policy towards the government of Ukraine and a Canadian sanctions policy against Russia, these Bombardier contracts with Russia have very little chance of seeing the light of day!
Peace through Development : Glass-Steagall and the Eurasian Land-Bridge
As Russia Today reports, Russia will look to other members of the BRICS group for increased trade, energy and military cooperation (see LPAC’s In Sanctions Aftermath, Russia to turn Towards Asia, BRIC Allies).
It has now become an urgent and strategic matter for Canada to have the courage to break with other G7 members in its economic warfare against BRIC countries. Canada must pursue an independent course of action, a “peace through development” approach centred on the adoption of a Glass-Steagall legislation and by playing an active role in promoting the building of the Eurasian Land-Bridge project as a concrete war avoidance measure as nations are presently careening towards a thermonuclear holocaust. [Gilles Gervais]