Behind Your Back: continental rebellion against migrants, Chinese accused of overstating gdp growth, and US takes Black Africa under its wing

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FIRST PRIZE TODAY GOES TO ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT MERKEL’S POSITION NOW IS ON THE MIGRANTS ISSUE

In a move to “boost confidence”, the Swedish government said last week the country was likely to deport between 60,000 and 80,000 of last year’s asylum seekers. One suspects that the gang of masked, black-clad men reportedly rampaging through the streets of Stockholm, and threatening to attack migrant street youths, may have had something to do with it.

Meanwhile, Eurogroup arselickers Finland are to throw 65% of their asylum seekers back, and as I write Norway is bussing migrants – the collective term these days being “a bunch” I’m told – to the Russian border….in temperatures of -30°. Norwegian interest as to what happens to them after that appears to have waned.

And not to be outdone, the Danish and Swiss governments are booting lots of them out…but not before stripping them of all valuables. The Swiss of course have a long tradition of doing this….and once confiscated, it is damnably hard to get the stuff back again.

Similar reactions continue to be alleged in Germany: like many morbidly obese people, Angela Merkel has deceptively nimble feet. In her case, this is especially remarkable when you consider they are fashioned from clay. However, I wonder if anyone anywhere is up to speed with Mutti Geli’s ‘position’ on migrants, and if so I am performing a much-needed public service by straightening this one out. Unsere geliebte Jugendfüherin feels unequivocally that migrefugants can come in infinite numbers and stay as long as they like, just so long as the numbers reduce to a trickle and they bugger off when the Iraq war is over.

In taking this brave stance, the Good Frau Doktor is reflecting the consistency of the EC as a whole, which ruled three years ago that Greece must not turn refugees away, and then last month that the Greek Government must not process any more of them.

So with things going so well in the European Union, I don’t think we should bother with this referendum thingy after all. I mean, why leave the safety of a loving family of nations for the uncertainties of life on our own?

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We turn now to the vexed question of China and its very narrow, temporary problem of having market indices heading for the paddy fields while the unrelated economy is in excellent shape. The relevant ministry’s website reports that in 2015, Government expenditure rose 15.8% from 2014, but tax revenues lagged behind at +8.4%. Falling revenues do not a buoyant economy suggest, but either way it means the Politburo is out of pocket to the tune of $358billion.

China’s 2015 gdp growth was the smallest since 1988, the state news agency Xinhua admitted. What Xinhua omitted to admit was that most of the extra fiscal splurge went into trying in vain to stabilise the Shanghai Composite Index, which of course was a vital thing to do as said index has nothing at all to do with what’s really “going on” in the economy.

As of the early hours of Sunday morning (a good time to dump bad news) Xu Dianqing, Beijing University’s economics professor, let it be known that China’s gdp growth rate is probably, going forward, between 4.3% and 5.2%….and not the 6.9% advertised by official statistics.

Mr. Xu goes further, saying he believes it’s probable that industry and construction grew at most by 2% last year…..and perhaps not at all. He also added that it is unlikely the services sector did any better, thus pouring cold water (of a similar temperature to that of The Slog’s) over all the ‘transition’ bollocks pumped out by the Daleks of Davos a week ago.

Despite another huge PBOC intervention towards the close of business this morning, the Shanghai dropped a further 1.8%. It is now 311 points below the psychological 3,000 level.

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You may think of Africa as being largely infiltrated by Chinese and Islamists these days, but nothing is that simple any more. The US now runs a thing called Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and it met last month to ‘coordinate’ the activities of the Department of State and U.S. military representatives ‘dedicated to aligning military and political priorities for East Africa.’

No prizes for guessing whose priorities these are going to be: U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti Tom Kelly was quoted as saying that the conference provided “the luxury of us all being here together to talk about the tough issues.” Up to but not including any Africans. Said C-i-C U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer:

“All of these efforts are focused on achieving a single goal: operationalize the Theater Campaign Plan by synchronizing the combatant commander’s primary ways with all available means to achieve our end states and execute our enduring tasks”.

It all sounds vague and yet all-encompassing at the same time. So far, the luxury of having tough issues relating to end states and enduring tasks to discuss is not extending to the media. Sometimes the past is a guide to the future, and the chances are that the US foreign service plus its armed forces know even less about Black African cultures than they do about the Middle East. But Alexander M. Laskaris, AFRICOM deputy to the commander for civil-military engagement, declared that lessons have been learned from the past:

“The key is to maintain relationships, maintain contacts and never accept things for the way they have always been. We have to get it right. The good news is we have more partners than ever before, we are working together as a government better than ever before, we are working better with our European allies and non-traditional partners, and we are working better than ever before with Africa.”

So we can all be hugely relieved. But it contrasts quite remarkably with the news that nine Americans are among 33 suspects detained on terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia over the past week, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported yesterday. The American embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and we doubt if anyone at State is going to have anything to say about NATO exercises taking place in Eastern Europe at the moment either.

Die Welt – a usually reliable title – says the drill is simulating a Russian nuclear attack on Poland, which you may find an unlikely left-field event but NATO doesn’t. So of course, it may be necessary for the US NATO to invade Poland as a purely defensive safety action. Who knows, they may take a trip down the Danube to Budapest while they’re at it. And you never know, a couple of right-wing Governments opposed to commercial colonialism might somehow topple at the same time.

See The Slog post from two weeks ago for more background on this one.

 

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35 thoughts on “Behind Your Back: continental rebellion against migrants, Chinese accused of overstating gdp growth, and US takes Black Africa under its wing

  1. On the basis of Dave Cameldung’s maniacal behaviour concerning the benefits of dastardly immigrants/ refugees would it be correct to say that he goes along with everything else that the beloved EU wants to do – he’s so smart at tweeting us the current state of affairs one would almost consider him to be a ‘right on’ sort of chap!! Is he still 16 years of age?

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  2. On the basis of Dave Cameldung’s maniacal behaviour concerning the benefits of dastardly immigrants/ refugees would it be correct to say that he goes along with everything else that the beloved EU wants to do – he’s so smart at tweeting us the current state of affairs one would almost consider him to be a ‘right on’ sort of chap!! Is he still 16 years of age?

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  3. This managed to become an opinion piece in the Western Daily Post last month. The ‘3 million euros’ has still not ‘materialised’ as of 30th January according to BBC news. People continue to drown.

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  4. Douglas Adams was spot on when he wrote the Answer to Life the Universe and Everything is: 42.
    By a strange coincidence Mr Ward’s eminently sensible prognostication: ” So with things going so well in the European Union, I don’t think we should bother with this referendum thingy after all. I mean, why leave the safety of a loving family of nations for the uncertainties of life on our own?” contains exactly 42 words.

    PS Why do I keep looking up expecting a whale to land at any moment……?

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  5. Why does it take these EU idiots 2 or 3 years to work out what everyone else with some brain cells could foresee. Rhetorical.
    Shirley a UN / NATO task force should have created a Rubicon ,safe area.
    Markets – Indices. If they are so disconnected from real economy doesn’t that by definition make them superfluous to the real world and only self serving.
    America Someone must have woken up one morning ,got out of bed and thought ,where haven’t we fecked up.
    I know , let’s try Africa.

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  6. God Bless SpartUSA and all who sail in her and with her.

    Another failed global wolrd power on the elevator to hell. Time will tell if they take us and the rest of humanity with them.

    Your eather will us or not, Borg or dead…………

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  7. The EU is utterly delusional that the Greek Islands border with Turkey is defendable in any way. If traffickers are stopped from one route there are hundreds of others. What the EU also does not ‘get’ and my friends living on these islands certainly do ‘get’…is that all these islands have a small sustainable population, mostly in thousands or tens of thousands for bigger ones. The fresh water, electricity, farming and fishing have an equilibrium, with some added tourist money and imports via the Athens ferry that they can pay for from this income. Presently Lesbos has a Greek population of around 85,000 and right now, the same again in Refugee numbers ……with more arriving by the hundreds every day. The Greek Islanders have no choice whatsoever but to ship refugees off to the mainland as fast as possible, for the survival of all concerned.

    It seems pretty obvious to me that by next June (if that is the UK referendum date) …with the massive number of continual arrivals from Turkey into Greece even through the high seas this winter, that the Refugee situation will be considerably worse than it is right now, both in Humanitarian and EU political terms. ‘Rivers of Blood’ on the streets of many European Cities has already started. Whether a Polish or Hungarian worker in the UK can take home UK Tax Credits is going to seem utterly irrelevant to UK voters who will decide if the UK wishes to remain part of a Europe that, having slept through a million strong invasion, is now faced with demographic and cultural consequences that are impossible for them to mend.

    A UK EU Referendum next June ? Yes Please ! Bring it on…The timing, with another Million Refugees on their way and a EU likely to be in much worse turmoil than it is now, should be perfect for a Brexit vote !

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  8. No, I suspect that the ‘African thingy’ is more to do with China’s increasing influence there. The Chinese has been hoovering up Africa for a few years now, I believe they own most of the coal mines but, I am unable to confirm that.
    Didn’t Nostradamus predict that WWIII would be started in Africa? Or something similar…Anyway, you can be sure that if the US is actively involved in Africa, no good can come of it.

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  9. What is Frau Merkel to do? The Americans flood Europe with migrants, and those very Americans made sure that government policy – in Germany, not America*- was ready and waiting. How was Frau Merkel to know what was planned for her?

    It’s high time the USA dealt with a few of its home-grown problems, rather than spoiling other people’s gardens for them.

    *This is democracy, American style.

    KFC China’s been actively involved in Africa since the early 80s. I don’t think the Americans know what is about to hit them – but then, that’s not for the news, is it? The Media will bark whatever line it’s told, and will tell of America’s investment and kindness. For all the fact that the poor Americans won’t be investing in Africa, they’ll be investing in Chinese owned mines in Hwangwe (I had to look that up, they changed the name… ) and the Copper Belt further up.

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  10. To paraphrase Aristotle’s horror vacui (except that he probably said it in Greek): nature abhors a vacuous politician. We have seen at first hand just how unintelligent and inept the European political classes have been in addressing the crisis of mass migration and their utter refusal to recognise the true nature of it’s genesis.

    Mr Xu must either have very hard genitals or think that his academic status will be a prophylactic against the normal consequences of revealing an unwanted truth in his part of the world.

    General Stammer’s gobbledygook reveals an innate speech impediment which is underlined by the airy rhetoric of Mr Laskaris; the Americans, like an over-sexed rhinoceros, have got the horn for everybody and everything.

    What the world needs right now, more than anything, is financial collapse..

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  11. a long time ago when i was young Africa was the richest continent by far in resources but the people were the poorest in the world..Now the people are much poorer, since the debts were laid upon them by those who came to help. And the resources are still theirs so things will likely get worse for them..

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  12. So USA hegemony marches on.

    We will soon be hearing the drums of war beating, calling us to sacrifice ourselves on the altar of the global reserve currency.

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  13. Look for well armed, well funded insurgencies popping up all over the continent, Oh wait, we have Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria – quick let’s send in U.S. troops to ‘stabilise’ the situation. (Stabilise = fragment country 3 into easily managed statelets that may be played off against each other – see previous plans for Iraq, Syria etc…)

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/responsibilty-to-protect-is-nigerias-boko-haram-insurgency-another-cia-covert-operation-wikileaks/5381225?print=1

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  14. Welcome to “2008, the fudged lookalike sequel to 1929″ … With a new enlarged cast of Billions. As the proponents back up to the walls of extreme ideologue on the left & right, the antithetical rhetoric screams we are the answer. ” You will be enthralled as you ask yourself, ” How many sides are there?”,”Who’s on who’s side?”,”Are they all on the same side, their own?”. “Do they have any F’ing idea what the f**k they are doing!”. The suspense of the deep hidden rumble of industry, business & financial institutions, hunkering down to play their parts, as the foundation for what mankind has always done best. The sharp contrasts of swamped liberty & the rising might of authoritarianism will leave you with the truest Biblical meaning of the word “Awesome”. The turns & twists of truth’s & untruth’s as they weave a Saraband eel like carpet of plots before rearing to the final solution.

    Coming soon!

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    REMEMBER…. What ever you may think, you wont be able to miss this “True Reality” production.

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  15. 2> Gemma “How was Frau Merkel to know what was planned for her?”

    I expect it’s not in her “Job Description”, but then it seems that your average individual faces this same challenge pretty much every day of their life. I admit the ramifications of getting it wrong may not lead to more than one or at the most a few fatalities. But when you set yourself up for a position in authority there is something called responsibility, the taking of which is part & parcel of the position. To my eyes this is being ignored & the usual tactic of Neolibralisum is enacted to lay blame elsewhere. The pour dear has been spending that much time pondering the internal “Tree” problems of her country in order to maintain her position there that she has completely missed the larger “Woods” of the world politic agenda.

    In the mean time European Unity has been shown to be a sham, sacrificing of the PIGS has been merely a prop for the failing big Banks of the Manufacturing & Services based countries in the EU. If your wondering why they were even invited into the Euro Zone, it was merely to peg the Euro low against the other global currencies to export products & we all know who that favours most?. Are you beginning to see why others might be questioning the self imposed captain of the ships actions?

    The Open refuge policy change was an ill thought out reactive publicity stunt to attempt to bolster her own consistently falling popularity ratings. She will go, & for good or worse she will most likely be replaced by Gollum, who has been scheming & biding his time to re-embrace the road to his precious. In the role of her minder, he was expected to play the “Hard cop” but it’s really easy to do that when people think it’s a subservient role you have to play, especially when it’s just you toning down the real you..

    This blogg of Johns has a short statement under the title “Deconstruct lies, reconstruct Decency”.

    I see no decency in Germany’s leaders actions. Thinly veiled self interest, passed of under the guise of necessity. As to the true intentions & associated terminalogical inexactitudes requiered, it matters not about the levels of awareness. The outcomes of actions give by far the most honest insight. Which to my mind at least encapsulates the fundamental failing here, & one that could be argued is inherent to the nations zitgiest. Myopic reliance on the exercising of control & power.

    I might be wrong, or delusional, or simple, or any or all of these. but that is my personally & honest appraisal of her situation at this “Nowness”.

    Another way to see it is she made the mistake of seeing it as an egoistic observer, rather than an equal participant… A common problem of these times.

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  16. Billy Gruff There is a great deal in your comment – but I will begin by saying that it is a view that is almost typical of Anglo-Saxons who do not know the German character, or their wishes.

    When you say

    The pour dear has been spending that much time pondering the internal “Tree” problems of her country in order to maintain her position there that she has completely missed the larger “Woods” of the world politic agenda.

    Where have you drawn your information from? Just because the British media speak of her in such terms does not mean that she is doing such things. You should be well aware that the English speaking media is something of a problem… and not just for Germany (who, by the way, have been villified by the British since the mid 1890s).

    In the mean time European Unity has been shown to be a sham, sacrificing of the PIGS has been merely a prop for the failing big Banks of the Manufacturing & Services based countries in the EU. If your wondering why they were even invited into the Euro Zone, it was merely to peg the Euro low against the other global currencies to export products & we all know who that favours most?. Are you beginning to see why others might be questioning the self imposed captain of the ships actions?

    You are aware that the Germans would have voted to have a Deutschmark, irrespective of its value against other currencies.

    But – and it is a big but – the corporations in Germany, like any other corporation, want to maximise profits, irrespective of political nuances.

    As to the sacrificing of the PIGS, please remember that the Germans supported the Greek default, the so-called OXI vote. It was in their interests to do so, as it still costs the German treasury a large sum of money each time Greece needs a bailout. I do not need to remind you where that money goes, namely to private institutions called banks, most of which reside in posh addresses in New York. I have said it before, so I will say it again, the Americans do not want a Greek default, or any other, for that matter: it will harm their banks.

    Whilst the Euro remains low, Germany still has industries. This in clear contrast to the UK and US where industries are largely screw-driver operations owned by foreign corporations. One exception is Rolls Royce Aero.

    I see no decency in Germany’s leaders actions. Thinly veiled self interest, passed of under the guise of necessity.

    What are your sources for this? The mainstream media, which even in Germany is US controlled???? After all, where would you learn about the German Stadtsanierung I posted a link to the other day, because you’d never know about it from reading the German press, leave alone the British comics.

    Because if you’re looking for the truth, and not just to read into actions through the lens of Anglo-Saxon spectacles, you really have to dig, and dig hard. There is a lot being done that is not reported in the Media, and with for very good reason.

    Whilst Frau Merkel’s self interest may be just that, a German’s self interest is usually Germany first and self second. Frau Merkel speaks fluent Russian and knows her enemy Putin all too well. That she buys millions of euro’s of gas from him should tell you that for all the sanctions, there is trade being done – but who’d know by reading the British press? Would you?

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  17. Just as a codicil, I would like to say that if anybody thinks that ALL politicians are evil, lying and corrupt, in the manner of the British Parliament – the media has obviously fulfilled its task.

    Britain, after all, is the spearhead for TTIP. With politicians corrupted, and the populace feeling hopeless in the face of this, the corporations can have a fine old time. If only because the populace believes what they read in the media…

    … and do not know anything else.

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  18. Stevie, Putin worked in Dresden for the KGB. I don’t know an Ossie who doesn’t hate what the Russians did to their country.

    My point was more that they are not friends, and they are not allies. In strict terms, that makes them enemies.

    Putin speaks faultless German, and Merkel speaks flawless Russian; when someone speaks a language that well, there are things they can understand about each other that cannot be understood by someone who only speaks English. Neither of them are stupid, and they both know what it is to be sat upon by the fat backside of the USA. And know what it smells like.

    Nobody’s going to understand Merkel unless they too can speak German.

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  19. Gemma, i think we are separated by a common language because I really don’t understand what point you are trying to make?

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  20. Gemma, I fear you are amongst the trees Too… No worry, to coin a phrase. “The die is cast”, or is that “It will all come out in the wash”?

    Bloody language… Its just not fair on us sub normals who see the world in our head as pictures..”…a thousand words” I couldn’t read or write at the age of nine, I suspect I would have been a lot wiser, if I’d never learned(?)… as the Greeks might say….. “έτσι είναι η ζωή”

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  21. Bill, have no fear for me.

    As to the die being cast, it was cast a very long time ago – when the Americans founded what became today’s EU. They think long-term.

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  22. Just about 20 millennia before the now. We tied ourselves to a “Time & space” since then it has been all been conceptual. A second hand pictorial construct on cave walls, & the power of inclusiveness, those viewings gave us our true reality. I would say “Pop off to the temple & view this, but there would be no invite for you” If you need a new perspective, look at what connects, rather than separates. Think on…

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  23. I don’t believe any words I read about European politicians turning against illegals. 80,000 being sent back? Show me the proof of them actually leaving. They will be sent back when Syria is on its feet? Yeah sure, simply words the populace wants to hear to keep them quiet at present. Firstly when will Syria be back to normal, look at Iraq and Libya, nay the whole ME, secondly by that time they will have been in Europe so long, Europe’s own inane citizenship laws will render their return illegal. This the politicians know but as usual you can tell they are lying when their lips are moving.

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