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Neoliberalismus und die Staaten Zerstörung: von Zypern, Libyen, Albanien, Kosovo, Bosnien bis Afghanistan

September 3, 2018 2 Kommentare

Neoliberalismus, der grösste Unfug auch in der Wirtschaftspolitik, wenn man produktive Arbeitsplätze auslagert, keine Import Zölle mehr hat.

Bosnien über Tuzla, Kosovo, Georgien, Afghanistan, Syrien  immer lieferten die USA vor allem Funkgeräte an Terroristen, welche nicht abgehört werden können, Spezial Waffen für Terroristen und Kriminelle, Nun wurde das identisch im Deutschen Bezirk in Afghanistan entdeckt, was nicht wundern kann, denn die Drogen Produktion, der Handelsweg muss gesichert werden. Sex Service ist Grund System der Albaner Politik, was man in deren Bordellen schon aufzeigt in Hamburg, allgemein bekannt war im September 1999. Deshalb kommen dann Gestalten wie Michael Roth auch nach Tirana und abgehalferte DAAD Tussis, ohne jede Kompetenz, werden Botschafterinnen in den Albaner Gebieten. John McCain, Wesley Clark, Hillary Clinton, Edi Rama erhielten direkte finanzielle Unterstützung der Albaner Mafia, wo die Deutschen den gemeinsamen Diebstahl über Justiz Missionen, KfW, GTZ Projekte bevorzugen. Besoffene GTZ Jubel Truppe in Himari, wo ein Party Fest veranstaltet wurde, für Service jeglicher Art, der Frauen Truppe mit Parteibuch und der absoluten Korruptheit. (unten)


Auf der Suche nach Geschäften, war Deutschland ebenso bei der Geldwäsche extrem behilflich mit Josef Ackermann, der heute Chef der Banken in Zypern sind, reinen Geldwäsche Banken, für Betrüger und Verbrecher.

Cyprus Records Shed Light on Libya's Hidden Millions

Cyprus Records Shed Light on Libya’s Hidden Mil

The Tripoli-based Libyan authorities believe that Dabaiba may have misappropriated between $6 and $7 billion of that amount using such techniques as charging excessive “commissions” and awarding tenders to companies that were linked to him or that he secretly owned outright. In 2013, they launched a criminal investigation into his activities, as well as those of his brother Yusef Ibrahim Dabaiba and his sons Ibrahim Ali Dabaiba and Osama Dabaiba. They have also enlisted international investigators to try to recover the illegally obtained assets, even offering a percentage of the funds as a finder’s reward.

In the run-up to the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, Dabaiba knew a loser when he saw one, and switched his allegiance to the rebels. As Libya descended into a brutal civil war that claimed the lives of thousands of his countrymen, his offshore empire was ready to serve him well for a life in exile. (Dabaiba is now believed to be living in Istanbul.)

Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba, formerly mayor of Misrata and head of major Libyan state procurement agency ODAC under the Gaddafi regime. Credit: Al-MostakbalAli Ibrahim Dabaiba, formerly mayor of Misrata and head of major Libyan state procurement agency ODAC under the Gaddafi regime. Credit: Al-Mostakbal The new trove of financial documents leaked to reporters, as well as interviews with Libyan officials investigating Dabaiba and files from that investigation, reveal more about how his schemes worked.

Just some of the Libyan official’s dealings involved Cyprus. But Dabaiba’s use of the country’s financial services is particularly sensitive given its recent efforts to clean up its image as a haven for money launderers and other criminals.

Reporters for the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) and an independent reporter working for OCCRP in Cyprus have spent the last six months tracing where some of that missing money may have ended up — and to what purpose.


Public Procurement, Personal Profit

Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba’s rise was as rapid as it was lucrative. Most likely born in 1945, the former geography teacher became mayor of the key coastal city of Misrata not long after Gaddafi seized power in 1969. In 1983, Dabaiba started working at ODAC, going on to serve as its director from 1989 to 2011.

Interpol Red Notice issued for Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba (since retracted). Credit: WayBack Machine Internet ArchiveInterpol Red Notice issued for Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba (since retracted). Credit: WayBack Machine Internet Archive ODAC’s purpose was to use some of Libya’s considerable oil wealth to develop the country’s public infrastructure. As its head, Dabaiba played a decisive role, negotiating contracts and overseeing payments to suppliers. But he also had other loyalties; documents show that while on ODAC’s payroll, he ran several companies abroad that benefited from his leading role at the agency.

Dabaiba’s embezzlement of ODAC funds did not go unnoticed even during Gaddafi’s rule, according to a 2016 book on the Panama Papers leak by two of the journalists who worked on it. The book notes that an advisor to the dictator told Libyan investigators that discrepancies in ODAC’s bookkeeping had been noticed very early on, but were never explored as Gaddafi and his sons were also involved in the agency’s management.

The country’s new rulers proved less willing to turn a blind eye, and Dabaiba’s fortunes changed. In 2012, along with other Libyans holding allegedly stolen assets, he was blacklisted by the Tripoli-based National Transitional Council, the country’s new governing body.

By this point, Dabaiba had fled Libya.

The authorities requested an Interpol red notice in an attempt to apprehend him on charges of embezzlement of public funds, money laundering, abuse of power and corruption, but the document is no longer in force. According to a Libyan news site which cited social media, the Interpol warrant led to his arrest in September 2014. (Interpol would not comment on the reason for its withdrawal, referring reporters back to Libyan authorities, who have also not replied to requests for comment.)

Among the documents obtained by reporters are dozens of invoices issued to ODAC by various companies under Dabaiba’s oversight, showing how he either awarded contracts to those he was affiliated with or might have charged commissions of up to 20 percent on government contracts he negotiated.

The leaked files also contain digital records of at least 16 personal bank accounts Dabaiba held in Cyprus with both Cypriot and foreign banks. They show a portfolio of investments worth millions of US dollars, an amount that is hard to square with what Libyan investigators have said was his official ODAC salary — just £12,000 ($15,600) per year.

In total, the Libyan investigators are looking into more than 100 companies around the world related to Dabaiba, including 65 in the UK, 16 in the British Virgin Islands, 22 in Malta, six in India, and three in Liechtenstein. Libyan authorities have asked law enforcement agencies in all of these jurisdictions for assistance in the investigation.

But it all started in the eastern Mediterranean, in the island nation of Cyprus, where Dabaiba once lived.

Women celebrate the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Misrata, Libya. Credit: Youssef Boudlal / ReutersWomen celebrate the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Misrata, Libya. Credit: Youssef Boudlal / Reuters


Employer and Employee

Cyprus would have been an attractive location for a Libyan official to set up offshore companies while his own country was under UN sanctions for its role in the 1988 Pan Am bombing. After all, the island offered confidentiality in banking services, had no anti-money laundering framework, and enjoyed a low corporate tax rate.

Dabaiba appears to have used at least seven companies on Cyprus, as well as two in Canada and three in Liechtenstein, to invoice ODAC and to move and invest the stolen funds.

Dabaiba either worked for or owned some of these companies, all of which were linked to an old friend of his who proved a useful partner in crime.

A Libyan businessman named Ahmed Lamlum, an old acquaintance who died in 2014, had helped Dabaiba set up and maintain his offshore empire (as well as sharing in the spoils).

The closeness of their relationship is evinced by the trust Dabaiba appears to have placed in his friend. As Lamlum’s chief accountant once wrote in a 2000 letter to his Credit Suisse bank manager, the Libyan held power of attorney to represent Dabaiba “in his bank accounts” at the Swiss bank.

An example of how ODAC helped embezzle Libyan public funds for private profit: in a series of transactions in 1997-1998, Dabaiba-linked contractors invoiced the procurement agency for ever larger amounts of money — all for the purchase of one vehicle. Click to enlarge. Credit: Edin Pasovic / OCCRPAn example of how ODAC helped embezzle Libyan public funds for private profit: in a series of transactions in 1997-1998, Dabaiba-linked contractors invoiced the procurement agency for ever larger amounts of money — all for the purchase of one vehicle. Click to enlarge. Credit: Edin Pasovic / OCCRP Dabaiba and Lamlum shopped for properties in Switzerland together, working with the same real estate agent to purchase two neighboring flats in Montreux on Lake Geneva and even used the same decorator in 1995. In addition to their business partnership, the two even developed family ties. In 1998, Dabaiba’s daughter Amna married Lamlum’s nephew Hani Lamlum.

One of the companies the two men made use of together — perhaps the most important in their schemes — is the Cyprus-based Fabulon Investments, later renamed to Global Business Network International.

According to its website, this company today specializes in office equipment, office automation, and stationery. But Fabulon was much more than that, playing a key role in the theft of Libyan state funds from ODAC. In addition to receiving a large portion of the money itself, the company acted as the physical headquarters for some of Dabaiba’s other companies.

Lamlum was registered as Fabulon’s beneficial owner, meaning that the company’s profits ultimately accrued to him, at least on paper. As for Dabaiba’s role, the leaked documents variously refer to him as Fabulon’s employee, its head, and also “the sole signatory for most of the company’s bank accounts in Cyprus, Switzerland and England.” A document relating to Fabulon’s bank account at the Cyprus branch of Hellenic Bank gives Dabaiba’s position as the company’s managing director.

Between August 1997 and September 1998, the company submitted at least nine invoices to the Libyan agency for substantial orders of construction materials and furnishings. The total invoiced amount was in excess of $5.4 million.

In 1994, he claimed to be a business consultant of Nuvest Consultancy, another Cyprus-based company.

It’s not known what proportion of these funds may have found their way into Dabaiba’s personal accounts, or whether he received any kickbacks for the ODAC contracts he steered towards Fabulon. (It is known that, even as he earned £12,000 per year from the Libyan agency, he was also pulling at $90,000 from the company as an annual salary.)

The Elias Neocleous & Co. tower in Limassol, Cyprus. Credit: Stelios Orphanides / Sara FarolfiThe Elias Neocleous & Co. tower in Limassol, Cyprus. Credit: Stelios Orphanides / Sara Farolfi


Our Man in Cyprus

In addition to Fabulon — which remains active to this day under the name Global Business Network International — Dabaiba and Lamlum used several other Cypriot companies to obtain and handle their money.
These include Midcon Ltd., Berk Holding Ltd., Olexo Ltd., and Murhead Ltd, all of which either had transactions with ODAC, hid the alleged stolen assets, or both.

One of these companies, Olexo, was used to manage Dabaiba’s assets in real estate, renting out one property in the British county of Surrey for £3,000 per month in 2006. Another property in Surrey generated Berk Holding £3,500 a month. (The properties, which were worth £2 million in 2014, were owned by another Dabaiba-linked offshore).

Documents relating to Olexo provide firm evidence of the close business relationship between Lamlum and Dabaiba — and of the work of the Cypriot agent who helped them make the scheme possible.

On May 27, 2004, Lamlum and his wife, who at that point were Olexo’s ultimate beneficiaries, instructed a local law firm to transfer the 25,000 shares they each held in the company to “Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba or any nominee designated by him.”

Andreas Neocleous & Co, the firm that carried out this service, is one of the largest legal and corporate services providers in Cyprus. Its wealthy, prominent clients have included Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian oligarch who had invested heavily in the country’s banking sector.

Andreas Neocleous & Co has a checkered reputation. Its founder, Andreas Neocleous, withdrew from active service after the firm and one of his sons were convicted last year of bribing the country’s Deputy Attorney General, Rikkos Erotokritou, in an unrelated high-profile corruption case. The incident rocked the island’s political establishment, and the firm was replaced by a firm called Elias Neocleous & Co, named after Andreas’s other son.

But the firm had no problem obliging the Lamlums’ request in 2004, transferring their 50,000 Olexa shares to Dabaiba just as requested, which made him the company’s ultimate beneficiary.

Documents in the leak confirm Lamlum’s communications with Neocleous & Co, showing that he had paid the firm for its services and acknowledged receipt of documents relating to the transfer.

The firm also seems to have dealt with Dabaiba himself.

Olexo’s two nominee shareholders remained the same for six years after the share transfer, showing that Neocleous & Co most likely continued to provide corporate services to the company under Dabaiba’s ownership.

Neocleous & Co and affiliated companies also appear to have provided nominee directors and shareholders to the other Dabaiba-linked companies in Cyprus. The companies shared the law firm’s headquarters in Limassol — the Neocleous House — as their postal address. And until he stepped down last November, Andreas Neocleous himself served as the nominee director of Fabulon (now GBNI).

Despite all of the above, when approached by reporters for comment, Kyriaki Stinga, the compliance officer of Elias Neocleous & Co, who also spoke on behalf of the law firm’s predecessor, strongly denied any relationship with Dabaiba.

She flatly denied that it had ever had Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba as a client, but acknowledged that it had offered services to GBNI. She also said that the firm had no record of GBNI being linked to Dabaiba — this despite the fact that he was not only on the company’s payroll, but had access to its corporate account at Hellenic Bank.

In an emailed statement, lawyer Andreas Neocleous said that the law firm he founded had no involvement in the day-to-day running of its clients’ companies nor in their commercial activities. “We should not have expected to be aware of the details of its commercial operations or its trading partners unless there was a legal issue relating to them, such as a bad debt,” he concluded.

Andreas Neocleous added that he could not comment on specific matters related to his clientele, citing the Cypriot advocates’ law, which bans lawyers from sharing confidential information.

However, he did stress that his firm had “acted professionally” and that “nothing came to [its] attention that would have raised any suspicion in the mind of a reasonable person regarding the companies and their stakeholders.” Neocleous added that at the time of most of these companies’ incorporation, today’s know-your-customer and due diligence standards “did not apply.”

“Had our client acceptance procedures disclosed any issues that would have precluded us from acting, we should have declined to act,” he said.

The GBNI offices in Limassol, Cyprus. Credit: Stelios Orphanides / Sara FarolfiThe GBNI offices in Limassol, Cyprus. Credit: Stelios Orphanides / Sara Farolfi


A Friend in Need

But let’s not forget Dabaiba’s close friend Ahmed Lamlum — after all, Dabaiba certainly didn’t.

After Gaddafi was killed and his regime overthrown in 2011, the two men’s previous schemes were no longer possible — Dabaiba was on the run and no longer in a position to secure lucrative contracts. But there is evidence that, in at least one case, Lamlum managed to continue making lucrative deals at the expense of the Libyan state. In 2013, a company under his control sold shelving to a state telecom provider for about €182,000 with the help of a “middleman” who pocketed a 10 percent commission without actually participating in the transaction. Internal correspondence seen by reporters attests to the fact that the price had been artificially inflated to account for the commission.

he late Ahmed Lamlum, a friend and close business partner of Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba. Credit: OCCRPThe late Ahmed Lamlum, a f and close business partner of Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba. Credit: OCCRP Lamlum’s assets did eventually attract attention in Cyprus.

After Lamlum died in September 2014, Cypriot tax authorities asked the administrators of his property, the Andreas Neocleous & Co’s lawyer Christos Vezouvios and Lamlum’s son Samy, to explain origins of the $2.6 million wired through his bank accounts at two banks on the island between 2008 and 2013.

“As a Cyprus tax resident, [he] is taxed for his global income,” tax officer Tasos Constantinou wrote to Vezouvios and Samy Lamlum in a 2015 letter. “The income of €40,000 to €45,000 per year is insufficient in my view to cover the significant living expenses of the family and the maintenance of the house.”

The house in question may refer to a house Ahmed Lamlum’s widow, Munira Gadour, rents from Dabaiba-linked companies near Limassol. This is confirmed by the source of the leaked documents. It boasts six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a maid’s quarters, fireplaces, a home cinema, a sauna, a Jacuzzi, heated floors, a gym, a sea view, and a swimming pool. At the time of Constantinou’s letter, it was worth an estimated €3.5 million.


 Where The Money Went

Dabaiba and Lamlum may have exploited the financial system of Cyprus to get the funds out of Libya. But that’s not where they spent most of it.

As it turns out, through their network of shell companies around the world, the duo invested in properties from Canada to Scotland to mainland Europe.

In Canada, Dabaiba and Lamlum set up at least two companies, including the currently inactive Weylands International Trading Inc., established in December 1995.

This company appears to have been a way for the duo to funnel their Libyan money into Canada. Weylands, which was chaired by Lamlum and vice-chaired by Dabaiba, received a CA$ 1 million loan from Transinfo, another Dabaiba company in Liechtenstein that transacted with ODAC. Essentially, he was lending money to himself — and then using it the following year to acquire a CA$ 4.5 million property in Montreal.

Along with his wife, Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba also owns a Montreal flat worth CA$ 628,000 in 2017.

(Weyland paid off in another way, too: In 1997 and 1998, the company invoiced ODAC on several occasions for the sale of tires, medical equipment, and office furniture for over US$ 2.3 million.)

The Dabaiba funds even made their way to the Scottish Highlands. Taymouth Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive buildings: a neo-Gothic edifice Queen Victoria once visited.

With its own 18-hole golf course, the castle lies on an estate of over 450 acres. Built in 1552, the building, which is regarded as the most important Scottish castle in private hands, stands vacant.

A billboard just outside the front entrance alerts visitors that improvements are on the way, but locals are skeptical.

The castle is a destination for tourists who stroll around the tidy main street and pleasant holiday village of nearby Kenmore. But rather than being admired for its magnificence, it is instead discussed as the “mysterious property at the center of a Libyan money-laundering intrigue,” as one tourist recently told reporters.

Taymouth Castle, Scotland, is just one UK property which is appears linked to Dabaiba’s offshore empire. Credit: Sara FarolfiTaymouth Castle, Scotland, is just one UK property which is appears linked to Dabaiba’s offshore empire. Credit: Sara Farolfi

Sadly, this is no fairy tale. Along with several other high-end properties in the United Kingdom, Taymouth Castle is suspected to have been among an intricate web of Scottish companies that Dabaiba allegedly used to launder his illicit proceeds.

The allegation, made by the Libyan attorney general, is included in a confidential request for legal assistance sent to the UK authorities in 2014.

The castle may not be the full extent of Dabaiba’s property empire in the United Kingdom.

As reported by the Guardian, companies that appear to be controlled by Dabaiba, his two sons, and his brother have invested in at least six prestigious English properties that have a current value of over £25 million. Furthermore, the Sunday Times recently reported that Ali Dabaiba has amassed a £3 million property empire in Edinburgh.

The asset recovery team working alongside Libyan investigators have also found two high-end German properties in Brandenburg and Berlin that belong to the Dabaibas. Their value is unknown.

Von Deutschland finanziert in Kamerun, überall in Afrika: Hinrichtungen von Baby, Frauen, Kinder
Das von den USA unterstützte Militär schlachtet Frauen und Kinder in KamerunPhilip Obaji Jr.


Ausschnitt aus einem Artikel in „The Daily Beast“ – Als ein unerbittliches Video von Soldaten, die zwei Frauen und zwei kleine Kinder erschießen, viral wurde, nannte die kamerunische Regierung es „Fake News“. Tatsächlich sind solche Gräueltaten weit verbreitet.

In einer Dekade, die unzählige schreckliche Bilder des Krieges gesehen hat, hat man nie gezeigt, wie Soldaten einer Armee, die von amerikanischer Unterstützung profitiert, einen so rohen und herzzerreißenden Akt ausführen.

Bevor jetzt jemand auf dumme rassistische Gedanken kommt, wie sie etwa in den meisten Leserkommentaren zu diesem Video geäußert werden, weise ich darauf hin, dass deutsche, amerikanische und andere Übermenschen oder „Zivilisierte“ derlei Gräuel schon massenhaft vorexerziert haben. In Polen und in der Sowjetunion in den 1940er Jahren und in Vietnam in den 1960/70er Jahren und in vielen anderen Ländern gab es nur keine Handys, mit denen jeder das filmen konnte …Einen Eindruck, wie sich Menschen beim Töten anderer Menschen fühlen, vermittelt etwa „John Horgan – Warum Töten Soldaten Spaß macht“ (mit Link zu „Collateral Murder“ auf WikiLeaks). Wer sich mit der „Geistes“haltung des Rassismus beschäftigen will, erfährt einiges in Kapitel acht („In das Herz finsterer Vorstellungen“) des von mir übersetzten Buchs von Robin Philpot „Ruanda 1994 – die inszenierte Tragödie“ (> LINK). nicht „unzivilisierte Afrikaner“, sondern Krieg, der für die einen die Hölle ist, aber für andere der Himmel in einer Wirtschaft, die vom Krieg abhängig ist, wie Jonathan Turley so treffend sagt > LINK.

Ein Video, das letzten Monat viral wurde, zeigte Männer, die als Soldaten der von den USA unterstützten Armee Kameruns identifiziert wurden, aber von anderen Männern ohne Uniform begleitet wurden, zwei Frauen einen Feldweg hinunterführen. Eine Frau hat ein Kleinkind, vielleicht ein Jahr alt, in einem traditionellen afrikanischen Wickel an den Rücken gebunden und an den Seiten festgehalten. Die andere Frau führt ein kleines Mädchen an der Hand, das nicht älter als sechs Jahre sein kann.

Während sie durch die staubige Buschlandschaft gehen, schlägt ein Soldat immer wieder der Frau ins Gesicht, die die Hand des kleinen Mädchens umklammert. „Du bist BH (bezieht sich auf Boko Haram), du wirst sterben“, sagt er. Einer der Männer sagt, dass das, was hier passiert, von der Familie der Frauen verursacht wurde – Sippenhaftung, wie auch aus dem christlichen Abendland usw. bekannt.

Die vier Gefangenen werden an den Straßenrand gebracht. Die jüngere Frau hat die Augen verbunden. Die andere Frau, die auf dem Boden sitzt, beugt den Kopf. „Ja, komm her, kleines Mädchen“, sagt einer der Männer zu dem Kind, zieht ihr Hemd hoch und wickelt es um ihr Gesicht, damit sie nichts sehen kann. Das Baby auf dem Rücken der Frau sieht sich immer noch um. Und dann eröffnen die Soldaten das Feuer mit ihren Sturmgewehren.

Es ist alles mit bemerkenswerter Ruhe gefilmt, auch die wiederholten Schüsse auf den Kopf der Frau mit dem Kind und das Kind, und dann, was ein Todesschuss für das kleine Mädchen zu sein scheint (Das Video kann hier (> LINK) angesehen werden, aber seien Sie gewarnt, denn das ist etwas, das nicht ungesehen gemacht werden kann).

GTZ Jubel Truppe, auch noch besoffen, erhält von der Albaner Mafia ein eigenes Fest mit Tanz, Sex Partner und Musik, wie es Tradition ist

Natürlich inklusive Schmugglerboote in Tradition, wie bei dem Edi Rama Partner Fatmir Kuci illegales Boot des Fatmir Kuci, in Himari in 2016 Drogen Labore, 94 Appartments, 31 Fahrzeuge wurden beschlagnahmt, eigene Ferien Wohnungen, Drogen Lager, Alles wie im Raum Durres nach dem selben Muster. Finanziert von der der KfW, der Deutschen Botschafterin Susanne Schütz. Verbrecher, gesuchte und verurteile Mörder Clans haben die Velipoje Strände besetzt Susanne Schütz in Fiere, mit der Albaner Mafia Esotherische Reise Truppe der GIZ in Himari, feiert ihre Partnerschaft mit der Albaner Mafia, mit eigener Folkore Truppe und Animateur Programm in Himari, Dhermi denn dort durfte die Super Mafia ihren Grundstücks Diebstahl und Geldwäsche Projekte mit Hilfe der GIZ feiern. Bestechungs und Betrugsmotor der GIZ und KfW, mit der Deutschen Botschafterin GIZ Truppe HImari GIZ Reise Truppe im Solde der Albaner Mafia auf Reisen und mit Regierungs Service Landräuberei an der Küste in Tradition auch in Tradition

The Death of US and UK Neo-Colonialism

The Death of US and UK Neo-Colonialism

The colossal project to re-colonialize the world started with United States President Ronald Reagan eagerly backed by United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981 and over the next 20 years seemed to sweep all before it.

But we can now see that the creation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the 9/11 attacks in 2001 marked the turn of the tide.

Since then one super-ambitious project of nation destruction and rebuilding after another generated by Washington and eagerly embraced by its main Western European allies has collapsed spectacularly.

As if living out one of Aesop’s Fables, the hammer of US kinetic power so eagerly embraced at the urging of neo-conservatives and neoliberals alike following the collapse of communism exhausted the Western welders of the weapon instead of their targets.

The reckless resort to indiscriminate military power in the US-dominated invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the following campaigns to topple the governments of Syria and Libya created unexpected consequences comparable to Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion – Every Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction.

Nevertheless, US and Western confidence in the triumph of liberal, free trade and democratic ideals around the world has remained almost totally impervious to the sobering lessons of recalcitrant global realities. The great reawakening of Western imperial and capitalist resolve heralded by Reagan and championed by his loyal spear carriers, Thatcher and her successors as prime ministers of the United Kingdom continued unabated: Until 2016.

Two epochal events happened that year: The British people, to the astonishment most of all of their own leaders, pundits and self-selected Platonic guides and “betters’ voted for Brexit: They opted by a narrow but decisive vote of 48 percent to 52 percent to leave the 28-nation European Union. The disruptions and chaos set in motion by that fateful outcome have still only begun to work their way through the political and economic systems of Europe.

Second, Donald Trump, even more amazingly was elected president of the United States to the limitless fury of the American “Deep State” which continues unabated in its relentless and frantic efforts to topple him.

However, the motives of the scores of millions of Americans who voted for Trump were perfectly clear: They were opting for American nationalism instead of American Empire. They were sickened by the clear results of 70 years of post-World War II global imperium that had arrogantly and casually allowed US domestic industry and society to wither on the vine for the supposed Greater Good of Global Leadership.

A decade and a half of endless, fruitless, ultra-expensive global wars entered into by the feckless and stupid George W. Bush and continued by the complacent and superficial Barack Obama advanced this process of weariness and rejection.

Two years after the election of Trump and the British people’s vote for Brexit, the great surge of the West that outlasted the Soviet Union is clearly on the ebb: Now the United States is exhausted, the EU is falling apart and NATO is an empty shell – a paper tiger if you will. Why is this happening and can it be reversed?

Free Trade was never the universal panacea it has been ludicrously claimed to be now for more than 240 years since Adam Smith published his Wealth of Nations. On the contrary, the cold, remorseless facts of economic history clearly show that protective tariffs to safeguard domestic manufactures and advantageous export-driven balance of payment surpluses are the true path to economic growth and sustainable, lasting national power and wealth.

The idea that democracy – at least in the narrow, highly structured, manipulative and patchy form practiced in the United States is some sort of universal guarantee for happiness, national stability and growth has also been repeatedly confounded.

Instead, the Western democratic states have fallen into exactly the same intellectual pit that trapped and eventually wrecked the Soviet Union. They have launched a worldwide ideological crusade and poured wealth and resources into it to ignoring the well-being and advancement of their own domestic economies and populations.

Far from bringing eternal and universal world peace – the alluring Holy Grail of every dangerous idealistic idiot since Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant – these policies only brought failure, frustration and rising military death lists for the countries that pursued them instead.

This year, new hammer blows are following on the Reagan-Thatcher-spawned era of revived Anglo-American global leadership and domination.

The British themselves have palpably failed to cave out any secure or even plausible economic prospects for themselves in the world once they leave the EU. Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya all remain wrecked societies shattered by the repeated air strikes that Western compassion and reverence for human rights and democracy have visited upon them.

Now India and Pakistan – two English-speaking democracies and members of th

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