Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Foreign Policy

IMF Lowers Global Economic Growth Estimates, Blames Trump Tariffs

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 9, 2018: 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) released on Tuesday, fell into the same trap as so many other forecasters have: ignoring both the temporary nature of Trump’s tariff strategy and the incoming wave of repatriated funds that have been languishing overseas for years.

The chief apologist for the IMF, Maurice Obstfeld (on loan from the University of California, Berkeley, and a former member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors), in a note accompanying the WEO, said that world growth has “plateaued”:

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60th Anniversary: Celebrating The John Birch Society’s Epic Journey

The John Birch Society was just 10 years old when I joined back in 1968. The reasons then are the same reasons I remain active today. This is from my friend and publisher of The New American, Bill Jasper, published today, Friday, October 5, 2018:

Sixty years of unflinching service to God, family, country. Six decades of uncompromising dedication to truth and principle. In December 1958, when Robert Welch summoned together 11 prominent American patriots to found The John Birch Society, our nation was in deadly peril — from without and within. Communism was sweeping the world, while here at home Democrats and Republicans alike were embracing welfare-state socialism. Politicians from both parties were not only lauding and funding the recently formed United Nations organization, but were practically tripping over each other to transfer more and more powers to that global body.

World War II, in which totalitarian collectivism — in the form of communism, Nazism, and fascism — had ravaged the planet, had ended only 13 years earlier. The Korean War, fought under United Nations command and with incredible restrictions on U.S. forces, had ended only five years earlier, in 1953. But it had not really ended; our leaders had settled for a cease-fire and the abandonment of American POW/MIAs to communist North Korea. President Harry Truman had sent America’s fighting men into that cauldron of death without a declaration of war by the U.S. Congress, as demanded by our Constitution. He and his enablers in Congress and the media got around that by claiming that the Korean “conflict” was a “police action” authorized by the United Nations. There was no need, they said, for a formal declaration of war.

More than 36,000 Americans gave their lives in the UN’s Korean “police action” — and a dangerous precedent was set for sending America’s armed forces to far-flung battlefields on open-ended missions, based merely on presidential whim and the supposed demands of the “international community.” Another consequence of that conflict was

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Time Is Running Out for NAFTA 2.0 to Include Canada

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 19, 2018: 

As talks begin again today [Wednesday] in Washington between top people from the United States and Canada over revisions to the inaccurately-named North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the pressure is all on Canada. Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, has about had it with Canada’s stalling. Negotiations have been taking place for nearly 14 months and essentially have been going nowhere. Said Scalise,

There is a growing frustration with many in Congress regarding Canada’s negotiating tactics. While we would all like to see Canada remain part of this three-country coalition, there is not an unlimited amount of time for it to be part of this new agreement.

Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland was adamant: “Any negotiator who goes into a negotiation believing that he or she must get a deal at any price — that is a negotiator who will be forced to pay the maximum price for that deal. No deal is better than a bad deal.”

On the Canadian side, pressure is building on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to repudiate Freeland’s non-negotiable position not only from Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario (the center of Canada’s auto industry), but also his trade minister, Jim Wilson. Said Wilson on Monday:

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Trump Puts Tariffs on Another $200B of Chinese Imports; China Retaliates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 18, 2018: 

In his announcement applying tariffs to another $200 billion of Chinese imports on Monday, President Trump made clear the reason for the tariffs:

We are taking this action today [because U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer] concluded that China is engaged in numerous unfair policies and practices relating to the United States technology and intellectual property — such as forcing United States companies to transfer technology to Chinese counterparts.


These practices plainly constitute a grave threat to the long-term health and prosperity of the United States economy.

The tariffs effective on Monday, September 24 on some 5,000 Chinese-made products will be set at 10 percent and increase to 25 percent starting January 1, 2019 unless China negotiates terms acceptable to the president before then.

At present China is presenting itself as an immovable object. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, in anticipation of Trump’s announcement, said,

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Will Trump Get His Deal with China and Still Allow Them to “Save Face”?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 14, 2018:  

The Chinese are different. When travelling to China, Greg Rodgers offers this advice: “The concepts of saving face and losing face guide daily life in Asia. Causing someone to “lose face” … is a serious infraction.” He advises travelers:

The abstract concept of face obviously has nothing to do with anatomy, but instead can be described as a combination of social standing, reputation, influence, dignity, and honor. Causing someone to lose face lowers them in the eyes of their peers….

In a communist government, losing face could cause one to lose his life.

So how would Mr. “Art of the Deal” Trump deal with someone who would rather give up his life than accede to his demands?

From a western perspective, the timing couldn’t be better.

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Trump Seeks Third Round of Trade Talks With China, Sensing Their Vulnerability

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 13, 2018:  

The first two trade talks between U.S. and Chinese officials didn’t go well. Perhaps the third one will. On the eve of implementing a second round of tariffs on some $200 billion worth of Chinese goods coming into the United States, President Trump offered an olive branch to Chinese officials through his Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin. On Wednesday Mnuchin invited Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, President Xi Jinping’s top economic advisor, to reopen talks, this time at the highest level.

The initial negotiations involved Mnuchin, Larry Kudlow (Director of Trump’s National Economic Council) and other top Trump administration officials. When it ended in an impasse, another series of negotiations among mid level officials of both countries took place in August. It too ended without any agreement.

But circumstances have changed in the last few months.

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Off the Record, Trump Reveals Canadian NAFTA Strategy: “Totally on Our Terms”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 3, 2018: 

“Today the President notified the Congress of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico — and Canada, if it is willing — 90 days from now,” President Donald Trump’s trade representative Robert Lighthizer said on Friday. He added that the accord is “the most advanced and high-standard trade agreement in the world.”

The operative phrase — “and Canada, if it is willing”— is the definitive statement on whether the agreement has two parties, or three. On Friday Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland made clear exactly where her country stands: “We’ve made some progress … we’ve done some work together. For us, the only priority is a deal that’s good for Canada and Canadians, and that protects Canadian interests and Canadian values.”

That same day Trump made off-the-record comments of his own concerning Canadian participation in the trade deal

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Is Trump Setting the Stage for War with Iran?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 8, 2018: 

The imposition of sanctions against Iran promised by the president last May began on midnight Monday. Those sanctions specifically target:

  • The purchase of United States currency by the Iranian government;
  • Iran’s trade in gold and in other precious metals;
  • Graphite, aluminum, steel, coal, and software used in industrial processes;
  • Transactions related to the Iranian currency (the rial);
  • Activities relating to Iran’s issuance of sovereign debt; and
  • Iran’s automotive sector.

And if they don’t work, Trump is prepared to ratchet them up by sanctioning the country’s crude oil exports and sharply reducing the international activities of the country’s central bank in November.

He is leaving the door open for negotiations, but with these stipulations:

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Trump’s Iran Sanctions Already Biting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 7, 2018: 

In announcing the imposition of the sanctions against Iran promised back in May, President Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are among the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they will ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!”

On Monday the president explained why he was imposing the sanctions, and asking other nations to cooperate: “We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.” He added: “To this day Iran threatens the United States and our allies, undermines the international financial system, and supports terrorism and militant proxies around the world.”

The language in the Executive Order was similarly blunt:

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China’s Slowing Economy Comes at Perfect Time for Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 16, 2018:

According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics (CBS), China’s economy slowed in the second quarter. Unofficial numbers show it slowed a lot.

The numbers coming from the country’s CBS have long been held as spurious, more wishes and hopes reflecting political policy rather than economic reality. For example, the agency has reported for at least the last two years that the country’s economic growth has stayed comfortably above the government’s stated target of 6.5-percent annual GDP growth. Imagine what’s happening behind the scenes at the bureau when it was forced to report a slight decrease in the country’s economic performance in the second quarter compared to the first.

The bureau is essentially the official voice of the communist government as it reports directly to the government’s State Council and is charged with the collection and publication of statistics related to the country’s economy, population and society. So not only must anything and everything reported by the agency be taken with a large dose of salt, it puts special pressure on those determined to find out what’s really happening behind those government numbers.

Officially the Chinese economy

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Retaliatory Tariffs on American Exports Announced by Canada, EU

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 2, 2018: 

Canada and the European Union retaliated when President Trump’s tariffs kicked in on July 1. The Canadian government began imposing tariffs on a long list of U.S. consumer goods, ranging from ketchup to pizza to dishwasher detergent to lawn mowers, totaling about $12.6 billion of U.S. exports into the country. Left-wing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged his citizens to “make their choices accordingly” when deciding whether or not to purchase American-made imported products.

On Monday, the European Union threatened retaliatory tariffs on nearly $300 billion of U.S. auto exports should the Trump administration go ahead with tariffs on European autos coming to the United States. It submitted its threat to the U.S. Commerce Department, claiming that Trump’s tariffs on automobiles could have a $13-14 billion negative impact on the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). This would be in addition to the retaliatory tariffs the EU levied against the United States after the Trump administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from the EU.

Ironically, the EU seemed to ignore the fact that the EU exported $43.5 billion worth of cars to the United States last year, while U.S. automakers only were able to export $7.2 billion worth of cars to the EU, because of the EU’s enormously unfair tariffs on American made cars. Said Trump, “It’s terrible what they [the EU] do to us.… They send their Mercedes [into the U.S. but] we can’t send our cars [into the EU].”

In the grand scheme of things, the impact of these tariffs on the U.S. economy will likely not only be tiny, but temporary. And it’s that “grand scheme” that the mainstream media refuses to discuss, focusing instead on the potential economic impact on the country and disregarding and ignoring what the president is attempting to do: restore national sovereignty that trade deals have significantly and deliberately damaged.

While still a candidate, Donald Trump told his audience what he was going to do to make things fairer if he were elected president. In June 2016 he laid out his plans, and his purposes behind them, to a rapt audience in Monessen, Pennsylvania. It was a long speech, carefully crafted, and so just the most relevant extracts appear here:

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What Did Trump Give Up to Secure the Release of Josh Holt and His Family?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 28, 2018: 

American patriots still remember sorties of aircraft delivering pallets of American currency ($1.7 billion-worth) to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in exchange for the so-called Iranian “deal” that President Trump just cancelled. As a result, skeptics, including this writer, are asking: “What did the president give up to secure the release of Utahn Josh Holt and his wife and daughter over the weekend?”

It’s highly unlikely that Marxist thug Nicolas Maduro is all of a sudden Trump’s best friend, especially as the American president is ramping up additional sanctions against his failing and collapsing regime. Just a few days before the Holts’ release, Maduro ordered the American ambassador out of his country in retaliation for the American government’s assertion that his election on May 20 was a farce.

Why the sudden change of heart? It’s all speculation, of course, but the backstory of the Holts’ release is worth telling.

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U.S. Citizen Joshua Holt Released by Venezuela, Welcomed Back by Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 28, 2018:  

When Utahn Joshua Holt met with President Donald Trump at the White House late Saturday night, he said he was “overwhelmed with gratitude” over his release on Friday from two years in a filthy Venezuelan prison. Accompanying Holt to the White House were his parents Jason and Laurie Holt, his Venezuelan wife Thamara, and her daughter Marian.

Two years ago Holt, who is a member of the LDS church, flew to Venezuela to marry his Mormon sweetheart, whom he met over the Internet while trying to improve his Spanish. Within hours of his wedding, the thuggish regime of Marxist dictator Nicolas Maduro arrested both of them on phony illegal weapons charges and put them into a detention center known as El Helicoide. There they stayed without being allowed even a preliminary hearing. And there they were likely to stay without outside help.

That help came from an unlikely and largely unknown source:

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Trump Greets Freed North Korean Prisoners

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 10, 2018: 

Early Thursday morning President Trump and his wife Melania, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waited at the bottom of the stairs leading to the airplane carrying three freed prisoners from North Korea’s communist dictatorship. Trump was in his usual fine form, saying to the press gathered in the pre-dawn hour, “These are great people. Frankly, we didn’t think this was going to happen, but it did. It was important to get these people out. This is a special night for these three really great people.”

And then, turning to the newly freed prisoners, he added, “I think you probably broke the all-time-in-history television rating for 3 o’clock in the morning!”

When the plane carrying the freed prisoners and the president and his entourage touched down in Alaska for refueling, the State Department released a statement from the three:

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Donald Trump, Meet Randolph Bourne

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 16, 2018:  

The Founding Fathers, through their study of history, personal experience, and the Holy Scriptures, knew the nature of man. Accordingly, they did everything they could think of to, as Jefferson put it, “bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Jesus asked, “Whoever is without sin, throw the first stone.” The Apostle Paul said, “All of have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” adding “There is no one righteous, no, not one.”

George Washington put it this way: “Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is both a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

But President Donald Trump, although he may be generally aware of the Founders’ distrust of man, is not likely to know anything about Randolph Bourne. That’s unfortunate because what Bourne wrote back in 1918 would certainly be helpful right about now.  Titled “War is the Health of the State,” Bourne explained:

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China’s Trump Card: $1.1 Trillion in U.S. Treasuries

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 6, 2018: 

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Flag of the Chinese Communist Party

In the nascent “trade war” between the United States and China, there is one option the Communist Chinese government isn’t considering using: its current stash of $1.1 trillion of U.S. Treasuries. Trevor Hunnicutt, writing for Reuters, said that, for the moment at least, “Chinese officials are holding back on taking aim at their largest American import: [U.S.] government debt.”

Hunnicutt posited that, if the Chinese did unleash what he called their “nuclear option,” it would devastate the American economy by forcing interest rates much higher and increasing the U.S. Treasury Department’s costs of financing its trillions in debt.

He also noted that, once liquidated, those assets would no longer serve as a threat to the United States, having already been expended. As Jeffrey Gundlach — known as Wall Street’s Bond King — said, “It is more effective as a threat. If they sell, they have no [more] threat.”

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Pence Announces Plans to Withdraw Funding From Some UN Agencies

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 30, 2017:  

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Vice President Mike Pence, addressing the In Defense of Christians’ Solidarity Dinner in Washington on Wednesday night, announced the Trump administration’s plan to bypass the UN when funding relief efforts in the Middle East: “From this day forward America will provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID. We will no longer rely on the United Nations alone to assist persecuted Christians and minorities in the wake of genocide and the atrocities of terrorist groups. The United States will work hand-in-hand from this day forward with faith-based groups and private organizations to help those who are persecuted for their faith.”

Pence excoriated those persecuting Christians, saying,

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“You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists)”

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 15, 2017:  

The Australian physician, Dr. Fred Schwarz, filled the Los Angeles Sports Arena from August 28 through September 1, 1961 – capacity 16,000 – to hear him and other speakers expose the communist conspiracy. He educated millions, and his book You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists) sold well over a million copies. As Morrie Ryskind, a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, wrote at the time: “I can honestly say that in my 25 years in Los Angeles I have never known a local event that so completely captured the enthusiasm for the city.”

Schwarz founded and was active in his Christian Anti-Communist Crusade into his late 80s, passing away at age 96 in 2009.

Schwarz would have recognized the ploys the Chinese communists are using to extract high-technology from the United States by any means whatsoever. In their effort to overtake American technology, China is following a 10-year plan to

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Trump Halts Chinese Deal to “Protect National Security”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, September 14, 2017:

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced on Wednesday that the proposed purchase of Lattice Semiconductor — the world’s second-largest manufacturer of simple and complex programmable logic devices — by China-backed Canyon Bridge Capital Partners was blocked by President Trump:

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Is Trump Pulling a Pruitt – Putting an Anti-Ex-Im Exec in Charge of the Bank?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 17, 2017:

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Many were surprised when President Trump named the EPA’s fiercest enemy – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt – to head up the agency. For years Pruitt has raged against the agency for overstepping its bounds and writing rules, mandates, and regulations that negatively impacted the fossil fuel industry. He sued the agency more than a dozen times in the last eight years.

What was Trump thinking?

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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