​Chinese lecture West : Russia’s ‘real concerns’ over Ukraine

Western nations should heed Russia’s legitimate security concerns over the volatile situation in Ukraine, a top Chinese diplomat has said in a rare public statement on the crisis that has damaged relations between Russia and the West.

Qu Xing, China’s ambassador to Belgium, said the Ukrainian crisis came about due to the ongoing “game”– a metaphor similar to that used by US geopolitical strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski, who referred to it as the “grand chessboard” – between Russia and the West, which has not abated despite, or because of, the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Arguing that outside interference by various powers inflamed the Ukrainian situation, Xing said Moscow would naturally feel threatened unless Western powers engaged in a more constructive approach.

Xing advised Western powers to “abandon the zero-sum mentality” in their efforts to deal with Moscow and the Ukraine crisis and “take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration,” Reuters reported, quoting state news agency Xinhua.

China in the past has urged all involved parties to sit down and negotiate for peace.

The Chinese ambassador, whose Brussels office is in the same city as NATO’s headquarters, then offered some insight as to what motivates the United States on the international stage, and what could lead to its possible decline.

“The United States is unwilling to see its presence in any part of the world being weakened, but the fact is its resources are limited, and it will be to some extent hard work to sustain its influence in external affairs,” he was quoted as saying.

From Russia Today –

We’re No. 12! Report: U.S. Not Among Top Nations for Economic Freedom

The United States does not rank among the Top 10 countries in the world for economic freedom, according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.

Instead, the U..S. ranked only 12th–after Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Estonia, Ireland, Mauritius, and Denmark.

Estonia was formerly a part of the Soviet Union.

The Index rates economic freedom for countries on 10 quantitative and qualitative factors that are based on four pillars of freedom: rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency and open markets.

“Each of the ten economic freedoms within these categories is graded on a scale of 0 to 100. A country’s overall score is derived by averaging these ten economic freedoms, with equal weight being given to each,” according to the Index.

While the United States’ ranking in the Index has remained unchanged over the year, its score has improved slightly.

“The United States’ economic freedom score is 76.2, making its economy the 12th freest in the 2015 Index,” states the report. “Its score is 0.7 point higher than last year, with modest gains in six of the 10 economic freedoms, including control of government spending, outweighing a slight decline in business freedom.”

“Although the precipitous downward spiral in U.S. economic freedom since 2008 has come to a halt in the 2015 Index, a 1.6-point decline in overall economic freedom over the past five years reflects broad-based deteriorations in key policy areas, particularly those related to upholding the rule of law and limited government,” states the report.

When President Obama took office in 2009, the United States ranked sixth for economic freedom. Now in 2015, the United States has fallen by six to 12th place….

By Ali Meyer – CNS News –

Citizens Give Washington Representatives Notice: Possible Criminal Indictment

Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, citizens across the country, in several cities, were showing up at local offices of elected federal representatives to put them on notice of possible indictment (via the AmericaAgain! Indictment Engine) if they don’t follow the law. It’s called the “Good Guys Campaign.”

Years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rallied for the civil rights of people regardless of their skin color. Now, on the day set aside to remember him, Americans in several cities across the fruited plain push to break the shackles the federal government has unlawfully sought to place on them ever since the War to Enslave the States.

AmericaAgain! was previously in the news seeking a chief counsel to lead indictments against corrupt politicians in Washington. Now, the organization and its members are teaming together to put representatives on notice that they will be held accountable, not only at the ballot box, but also before the judge’s bench.

According to AmericaAgain! founder David Zuniga, this particular event will be to bring about total surprise, audacious cheer and optimism.

Zuniga told Freedom Outpost, “Beginning January 19, We The People turn a page in history, taking up our duty of popular sovereignty over our federal servants and exhibiting our total contempt for mainstream media.”….

A formal notice of intent to repossess will be left with each representative which reads:

We The People of the sovereign and united States of America, the ultimate sovereigns of the elected tenant of this office (‘Tenant’), which Tenant is bound by law to serve and obey, hereby give formal notice to Tenant that we intend to repossess the Constitution for the United States of America.

1.We intend to hold Tenant, our sworn public servant, to the letter of the Constitution.
2.We will offer to Tenant opportunity to cease aiding and abetting organized crime benefitting industry under the guise of performing legislative duties, by Tenant formally agreeing to join the AmericaAgain! Good Guys roster.
3.We will offer Tenant immunity from criminal prosecution by formally agreeing to support, co-sponsor, and/or vote for the 20 AmericaAgain! reform laws drafted and sponsored by We The People.
4.Should Tenant refuse to cooperate, instead continuing to aid and abet violations of the U.S. Constitution in collusion with industry and with corrupt executive and judicial branch servants — We The People intend to pursue multi-count felony indictment in the courts of this Sovereign State against defendant Tenant, via the AmericaAgain!

….“We The People are taking our lives back, our liberty back, our property back from DC organized crime,” Zuniga said. “We intend to expose ALL of them…on both sides of the aisle…in the White House and in the corrupt SCOTUS…in the deep-captured regulatory agencies…and stupid fake elections and false political crises — even trumped-up war — will not deter us.”

“We The People can now show the world how Americans can defeat government corruption and restore rule of law with a mechanism that is practical, peaceful, and perpetual: law enforcement, at the highest level,” he added.

Zuniga continues, “As the Constitution’s sovereigns, only the People themselves can do this….

By Tim Brown – D.C. Clothesline –