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Plan Colombia Version 2.0

Wayne MADSEN | 23.06.2018 | WORLD / Americas

The election of Colombian narcotics syndicate- and death squad-linked Ivan Duque as president of Colombia will herald the second run of the Pentagon’s and Central Intelligence Agency’s discredited “Plan Colombia.” Plan Colombia saw the systematic murder of farm workers, labor activists, and indigenous peoples by Colombian right-wing paramilitary units like the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) and Twelve Apostles, both linked to both former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and the Medellin drug cartel.

The recent election of Uribe’s apprentice, Duque, threatens to unravel both the peace agreement signed between outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos and the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and current peace negotiations between the government and the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN). Duque defeated former Bogota mayor and leftist M-19 guerrilla leader Gustavo Petro on a platform of reneging on many of the stipulations in the peace accord worked out between outgoing president Juan Manuel Santos and FARC. Duque wants to prosecute FARC members who were amnestied under the peace deal but whom Duque and his paramilitary allies consider to be criminals. Santos received a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in hammering out a peace deal with FARC.

Uribe, who now holds a seat in the Colombian Senate and was term-limited to run again for president, is expected to rule Colombia as a puppet master holding Duque’s strings. Uribe is currently mired in political scandals arising from his use, while president, of illegally wiretapping his opponents and ongoing financial corruption, which is arising from Colombia’s growing coca yield.

Duque developed numerous contacts with right-wing Republican elements while working for the Inter-American Development Bank and attending both Georgetown University and American University in Washington, DC. Duque, who is 41, spent almost as much time living in Washington as he had in Colombia. Duque’s presidential election victory in Colombia involved campaign support provided by Farrow Colombia, a social media manipulation partner of the same company involved in Trump’s surprise election victory, Cambridge Analytica. A good portion of Duque’s support came from Colombia’s growing population of evangelical Christians, who are linked to parent evangelical operations in the United States. Working class traditional Roman Catholics, on the other hand, tended to favor Petro, who garnered 42 percent to Duque’s 54 percent.

Duque plans to re-instate an updated version of “Plan Colombia,” a program that will see an increase in joint operations between U.S. private military contractors and Colombian paramilitary units. The original Plan Colombia saw the U.S. and Colombia spray coca fields belonging to poor Colombian campesinos, while Uribe’s and Duque’s wealthy friends in the drug cartels grew coca and refined it into pure cocaine without interference from Bogota or the Central Intelligence Agency-sponsored private military contractors.

Duque is also a fan of the Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, writing a book titled, “Machiavelli in Colombia.” Duque’s fascination with Machiavelli is shared by Donald Trump. The two authoritarian leaders will undoubtedly agree to allow Colombia to be used as a base of operations from which to launch operations designed to overthrow the socialist governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua, which will further add to the northward migration of those seeking political asylum in the United States. Duque helped organize the filing of criminal charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the International Criminal Court in The Hague by 76 Colombian senators and 50 Chilean members of the Chilean Congress. All are affiliated with right-wing political parties.

An affectation for “the end justifies the means” policies championed by Machiavelli is not the only thing that bonds Duque to Trump. Duque’s mentor, Uribe, is a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club of billionaires in Palm Beach, Florida. Uribe reportedly joined the club, along with Andres Pastrana, Uribe’s predecessor as president of Colombia, to gain access to Trump on behalf of their own interests, which include narcotics money laundering. Duque’s father, Ivan Duque Escobar, served as the director of the National Registry of Civil Status during the administration of Pastrana. The close links between Conservative Party figures like Uribe, Pastrana, and Duque have turned Colombia into an oligarchy ruled by certain families who profit from the illegal drug trade.

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reported that Uribe was linked to narcotics activities in the United States and was close to the Medellin cartel that was once led by the late Pablo Escobar.

The DIA, in a 1991 CONFIDENTIAL NOFORN [Not Releasable to Foreign Nationals] WNINTEL [Warning: Intelligence Source and Methods Revealed] report, wrote: “Alvaro Uribe Velez – a Colombian politician and senator dedicated to collaboration with the Medellin cartel at high government levels. Uribe was linked to a business involved in narcotics activities in the U.S. His father was murdered in Colombia for his connection with the narcotics traffickers. Uribe has worked for the Medellin cartel and is a close personal friend of Pablo Escobar Gaviria. He has participated in Escobar’s political campaign to win the position of assistant parliamentarian to Jorge Ortega. Uribe has been one of the politicians, from the Senate, who has attacked all forms of the extradition treaty.”

The extradition treaty referenced in the report was the one with the U.S. that saw several Colombian narcotics chieftains extradited to stand trial in the United States for drug smuggling.

While he was president of Venezuela, the late Hugo Chavez accused Uribe of acting on behalf of U.S. jingoistic foreign policy in Latin America. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, Chavez Uribe a “compulsive liar,” adding that Uribe started an arms race in Latin America by hosting seven U.S. military bases in Colombia and bombing Ecuador a year earlier. As the result of the Colombian attack on Ecuador, Quito expelled the Colombian ambassador and severed diplomatic relations with Uribe’s government, while moving Ecuadorian troops to the Colombian border.

The Colombian attack on Ecuador came as Chavez was trying to negotiate the release of more hostages held by FARC. In response, Chavez closed the Venezuelan embassy in Bogota and expelled the Colombian ambassador in response to Colombia’s violation of Ecuador’s sovereignty.

Under Duque’s Plan Colombia 2.0, renewed military operations against neighboring countries like Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador can be expected. Renewed Israeli intelligence involvement with Plan Colombia can also be expected.

Under the original Plan Colombia, an Israeli security company linked to the Mossad, Global Comprehensive Security Transformation (Global CST), was involved in “Operation Strategic Leap” surveillance operations conducted by the governments of Uribe and Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli. A booster of Trump’s showcase hotel and condominium tower in Panama City, the Trump Ocean Club, Martinelli is now on trial in Panama for illegal wiretapping and financial corruption after being extradited by the United States.

During “Strategic Leap,” one CST employee, Shai Killman, was caught making copies of classified Colombian Defense Ministry documents and he was deported to Israel. CST employees in Peru were also caught in possession of classified Peruvian counter-insurgency documents.

After the exposure of Israeli chicanery in Colombia, the Colombian government rebranded the operation the “National Consolidation Plan (PNC),” which was free of Israeli involvement. With Duque in power in Bogota, with the extremely pro-Israeli Uribe pulling the puppet strings, Israeli intelligence operations will undoubtedly return to Colombia, with strong support from the Trump administration and its various Israeli agent-of-influence embeds in the White House and Departments of State, Justice, and Defense.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/06/23/plan-colombia-version-2-0.html

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What’s Really Behind Anti-China Protests in Vietnam?

26.06.2018 Author: Joseph Thomas

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US and European media outlets reported anti-Chinese protests across Vietnam. Claims regarding numbers varied greatly from several hundred to others claiming several thousand. The Western media was particularly careful not to mention the names of any of the individuals or organisations leading the protests.

The South China Morning Post in its article titled, “Anti-China protests: dozens arrested as Vietnam patriotism spirals into unrest,” would claim:

People were angry at a draft law that would allow 99-year concessions in planned special economic zones, which some view as sweetheart deals for foreign and specifically Chinese firms.

Though the Post and others across the Western mainstream media claimed the protests were “peaceful,” they eventually spiralled out of control resulting in assaults on police and vandalism of public buildings.

The systematic omission of essential facts and intentional misrepresentation regarding the protests follows the same pattern observed regarding other US-European sponsored unrest around the globe.

Anti-Chinese Fervour is Pro-American, Not “Nationalist” 

The Post itself would claim the protests took on a “nationalist” tone, yet in the Post’s own article and without an explanation from the Post as to why, American flags could be clearly spotted among the mobs.

The few names that were mentioned by the US-European media included well-known so-called “pro-democracy” activists drawn from networks openly supported by Washington, London and Brussels.

This included Duong Dai Trieu Lam, mentioned by the Financial Times in its article, “Anti-Chinese protesters take to Vietnam’s streets.” He’s a member of the so-called Vietnamese Bloggers Network which routinely coordinates its anti-government activities with the support of Western embassies.

The network was founded by now-jailed opposition figure Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as “Mother Mushroom.” A Newsweek article titled, “Who is Vietnam’s Mother Mushroom? Blogger Honored by Melania Trump Jailed for Ten Years,” would admit:

Quynh, a single mother of two, had given interviews to Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, her lawyer Vo An Don said. She founded a network of bloggers in her homeland and has written about deaths in police custody, environmental disasters and human rights. 

She received the Woman of Courage award at the U.S. State Department in March this year, presented by Melania Trump. Vietnam said the award “was not appropriate and of no benefit to the development of the relations between the two countries”, the Guardian reported.

Other US-European sponsored opposition figures include Nguyen Van Dai who heads the so-called “Brotherhood for Democracy,” another transparently US-funded and directed front aimed at pressuring, destabilising, co-opting and/or overthrowing Vietnam’s political order.

Nguyen Van Dai was recently released from prison and exiled from Vietnam.

His exile was not the first. There was also blogger Nguyen Hoang Hai, also known as Dieu Cay, who when exiled to the United States, was greeted by supporters waving the yellow and red-striped flag of the now defunct Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), the proxy state created by French colonialists and American invaders during the Vietnam War.

His return was covered by US State Department-funded and directed Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese-language version.

Other pro-US/anti-Chinese opposition figures include Le Quoc Quan, who was in fact a US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) fellow. US Congress members and the NED itself wrote passionate pleas for Le Quoc Quan’s release from prison. The NED, in a post on their website titled, “NED Reagan-Fascell Fellow Le Quoc Quan Arrested after Return to Vietnam,” would claim (our emphasis):

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is greatly troubled by the arrest in Vietnam of Le Quoc Quan. Le Quoc Quan, a lawyer, has recently been in residence at NED on a congressionally-funded Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship, pursuing independent research on the role of civil society in emerging democracies. He was arrested on March 8 in his hometown in Nghe An province, only 4 days after his return from Washington to Vietnam. At this time, Le Quoc Quan’s whereabouts are unknown, and there are no public charges against him. 

“It is a deep insult to the United States that the Vietnamese regime would harass someone in this way who has just participated in a citizen exchange program supported by the US Congress and Department of State,” said NED President Carl Gershman. “Le Quoc Quan is someone who is optimistic about the future of his country, who is most concerned about improving the lives of his fellow citizens, and who is nothing if not a Vietnamese patriot.”

Frontline Defenders, a front funded by Western governments and corporate foundations like George Soros’ Open Society, would mention Le Quoc Quan’s anti-Chinese activities, stating that:

As well as providing legal representation to those who are persecuted for claiming their rights, Le Quoc Quan runs a blog. In this blog he writes about various issues including civil rights, political pluralism and religious freedom. He has also participated in a number of protests against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

It is clear that Vietnam’s so-called opposition is in no way “nationalist,” and merely opposes Chinese interests in Vietnam because Washington opposes them. By taking US and European funding and carrying out Western directives, they are actively undermining Vietnam’s sovereignty, not upholding it.

It is also clear why the US and European media omit mention of opposition leaders even when covering significant events like the recent anti-China street protests. Had the truth been told to international audiences, the opposition’s hypocrisy would be exposed and their legitimacy undermined.

American Meddling Endangers Vietnam and the Region 

At a time when the US and its European allies make accusations about supposed “Russian interference,” US and European-backed mobs take to the streets in nations like Vietnam, attempting to influence national policy and decision-making, while literally flying US flags.

For Hanoi, it must continue its balancing act between Beijing and Washington. But the sort of opposition Washington is cultivating in the streets of Vietnam appears to not only be overtly coercive, but clearly connected to unfinished business dating back to the US invasion and occupation of Vietnam. Hanoi and Beijing have faced off militarily as well, but the threat the US posed and still poses is not a matter of disputed borders between two nations, but Washington’s enduring desire to control all within Vietnam’s borders.

Vietnam is not the only nation facing growing US coercion in the form of US-funded and directed opposition movements. Cambodia and Thailand likewise face opposition parties entirely backed by the US and its European allies. US-backed opposition also just assumed power in Malaysia and a US-funded and directed opposition party has already seized power and ruled in Myanmar since 2016.

US efforts to undermine and overwrite national sovereignty across Southeast Asia includes regional synergies between opposition fronts in each respective nation. It would likely benefit targeted nations to likewise coordinate their activities in countering, diminishing or entirely uprooting foreign-funded and directed networks interfering in the region’s internal political affairs.

Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
https://journal-neo.org/2018/06/26/whats-really-behind-anti-china-protests-in-vietnam/

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