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Russia Calls on ASEAN To Increase Food Exports

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Aug. 28, 2014 (EIRNS )–Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev called on the member-nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to increase their food exports to Russia, at a meeting in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw, today.

“I would like to draw your attention to the opportunities that present themselves to ASEAN countries in the sphere of agricultural exports, namely, fruit and vegetables. We are familiar with the high agricultural production standards of your countries, and we would welcome the export of your foodstuffs to Russia, such as seafood, nuts, beef, pork, chicken, in addition to fruit and vegetables,” Ulyukayev said, according to Ria Novosti.

The Russian minister is in Myanmar participating in the ministerial talks between Russia and ASEAN, and the meeting of the Russia-Myanmar international commission for trade and economic cooperation. He pointed out the gradual strengthening of Russia-ASEAN economic ties. ASEAN’s members are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

“Last year, the trade turnover between Russia and ASEAN reached $17.5 billion, and this year we have already topped that figure and expect a 6% rise compared to the last year,” Ulyukayev said.

Ulyukayev also spoke about the growth of Russian investments into ASEAN member states, with $20 billion planned for Vietnam, and $7 billion for Indonesia. The international commission meeting will be attended by 60 representatives of Russian companies keen on working with ASEAN countries.

Storms and Earthquakes Threaten Major Catastrophes

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Sept. 4, 2011 (LPAC)–A deadly storm, Typhoon Talas, passed through Japan’s western coast September 3 and 4, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Available reports indicate that at least 20 were dead and another 50 missing. Prior to Talas’ arrival, evacuation orders and advisories were issued to 460,000 people in western and central Japan. At least 3,600 people were stranded by flooded rivers, landslides, and collapsed bridges that were hampering rescue efforts, Kyodo News Agency reported. The typhoon dumped record amounts of rain in some areas. It was the country’s worst storm since one in 2004 that left 98 people either dead or missing, the {Yomiuri Shimbun} newspaper said.

On Aug. 26, at the same time that the U.S. East Coast was bracing to be hit by Hurricane Irene, a tropical storm in the western North Pacific, Nanmadol, exploded into a super-typhoon, reaching Category 5 by the next day, according to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Even as it weakened to a tropical storm again, by Aug. 29, NASA satellite imagery showed its western edge over China, while the eastern edge was still over Taiwan, and Luzon, the Philippines (where it was called “Mina”).

Meanwhile, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck Sunday morning, Sept. 4, off the southern tip of the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake struck about 75 miles southeast of Isangel, the administrative capital of the island of Tanna, and 134 miles northeast of New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands. No report of damage has been issued yet.

On Sept. 2, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. There were no reports of damage or injury from the quake.

In addition, Iceland’s Ruv News, following its interview with an Icelandic geologist, reported on earthquake activities in Katla volcano throughout this year. The geologist pointed out not only that earthquake activities in Katla have been recorded throughout the past year, but also that activity in Katla volcano has been increasing during this year and is above its normal level.

LPAC on Philippine Radio

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LPAC on Philippine Radio

June 5, 2011 (LPAC)–Mike Billington was the guest on the Butch Valdes radio show on Sunday night, DZXL 558 nationwide. The Philippines is suffering badly from the hyperinflationary impact of the bailout, while facing the threat of one or more volcanic eruptions in the near term as part of the Rim of Fire hyperactivity.

Billington addressed the current global crisis as the end of a 400-year era of Venetian counter-operations to the Renaissance through the creation of the Anglo-Dutch Empire. The current crisis threatens a new Dark Age, but is also the opportunity for creating a new Renaissance, and the Philippines, as a nation which combines the European Renaissance tradition and the Asian culture, has a leading role to play.

After discussing the “end of the bailout” with the arrest of DSK, Philippine LYM leader Ver asked about the call by General Fidel Ramos (the agent of George Shultz who ran the 1986 coup against Marcos, and later as president sold the nation to the western banks and power companies) to have the Philippines join the BRIC. Billington responded that no nation would want to jump into bed with a corpse, and that the Goldman Sachs initiated BRIC gambit is going down with Goldman and the rest of the Inter-Alpha Group networks.

The lack of national leadership in the Philippines, he concluded, means that the Philippines LaRouche Movement must provide the leadership itself, getting to the scientists, the political leaders, and others with the truth, and telling them what must be done to defend sovereignty and bring about the necessary global solutions.

Massive Fishkill in Philippines may be Precursor to Volcanic Eruptions

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Massive Fishkill in Philippines may be Precursor to Volcanic Eruptions

June 4, 2011 (LPAC) — Over 700 metric tons of primarily tilapia and whitefish have died mysteriously in Lake Taal, the huge lake surrounding the Taal Volcano in southern Luzon, the main northern island of the Philippines. Other fish have died in smaller numbers in Lake Taal, while fish kills in other parts of Luzon have also been reported.

As noted in earlier briefings, there have been a dramatic increase in small to medium size earthquakes in the area of three different volcanos in the Philippines over the past months, which has drawn serious attention from seismologists in a country which has experienced severe volcanic eruptions in recent times – notably the Mount Pinatabo eruption in 1991 which killed 800 hundred and destroyed numerous towns, as well as the U.S. Clark Airbase. The Pinatabo eruption was preceded by a 7.8 earthquake the previous year about 100 km away.

While the cause of the fish kills has not been determined, one possible cause is an increase in the sulfur or other gases in the water coming from the seismic activity from the volcanos.

In Nuclear-Shy Asian Countries, The Fight for the Future Continues

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May 25, 2011 (LPAC)–Misled by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who pays public homage to “public opinion” and backroom pressure from the United States and other, more ominous arm-twisters, Japan had taken a decidedly backward posture in the wake of the Fukushima accident. The government has 35 of 54 nuclear reactors shut, and is “re-evaluating” it energy policy in favor of a reliance on absurdly labelled renewables. While in the Philippines, the Bataan nuclear plant, built and then shut after pro-development President Ferdinand Marcos was ousted, sit ready to be fueled and started as the Philippines cry’s out for energy.

But the fight is not won by those who deny an optimistic hope for a future.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone granted a long interview to the (anti-nuclear) {Asahi Shimbun}. Besides being Prime Minister, November 27, 1982 to November 6, 1987, he served in various posts within the government from the early ’50s, where he was instrumental in beginning Japan’s nuclear program. Looking back, he remembers,
“And when I learned that U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was switching to a policy of peaceful utilization of nuclear power, I said to myself: ‘Japan must not lag behind the United States. Nuclear energy is going to define the next era.’” “I believed, and also told everyone, that without energy security and science and technology, Japan would remain a fourth-class nation that depends on farming only. I had serious concerns then about our country’s future.”
On today’s situation, “Even though the Fukushima accident has done tremendous damage, I believe we must thoroughly examine what happened and learn lessons from it in order to maintain and advance our nuclear policy. Considering the global trend, the future of our country, our energy needs and our scientific and technological capabilities, we must move forward bravely and overcome this crisis and the hardships it has brought. We Japanese are not quitters. The majority of the world is not against peaceful utilization of nuclear energy.
“There will be more talk about renewable energy sources, such as solar energy. But the power supply we can expect from those sources is still negligible. For instance, solar and wind combined won’t even meet 10 percent of our needs. Our country’s energy policy has to move forward along with the people. Until the people become fully able to understand the present situation, the government must proceed very carefully, and should avoid making a rash decision.”

In the Philippines, National Power Corporation Department Manager Mauro Marcelo Jr. gave a tour of the completed but shut Bataan Nuclear Power Plant to local journalists. Commenting on the advantages or uranium power versus oil, he noted that world’s uranium supply will last 230 years versus about 40 years for petroleum, and that uranium is found in many locations around the world, not just in the Middle East. Summing up he said, “God gave us Uranium so that we can use it.” It’s unlikely he realizes how profound a scientific truth he uttered.