I first heard about the California Secessionist movement a number of years ago and didn’t think much of it; there are secessionist movements all around the United States from Texas to New Hampshire. However, something about the “movement” in California began to smell funny to me; California has one of the largest economies in the world in and of itself; it also makes up almost the entire Pacific Coast of the United States and borders Mexico.
If California did declare independence from the United States and succeeded with secession, then that certainly leaves many problems for the rest of the country; in particular, the military and economic defense of the nation. California would be left to it’s own means of fending for itself, and surely, Chinese, Russian, Mexican, and South American influence to undermine it’s sovereignty, would be a major concern for it’s people.
Anyone who has studied the United States, the U.S. Constitution, and the State Constitutions knows that the 50 states are indeed sovereign entities already. Yes, it is glaringly obvious that Washington D.C. has undermined the sovereignty of the states and the people therein; yet, on the other hand, fracturing and balkanizing the United States will undermine the remaining sovereignty that we have as a people and a nation.
We have seen the strategy of balkanization at work across the world by England, the United States, Russia, and to a lesser extent France, Spain, and Germany. The examples that come to mind are predominantly Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. If you go back further into history, you will find this is exactly how the Romans conquered Western Europe and destroyed the indigenous cultures of what became the United Kingdom, France, the countries of Scandinavia, and Germany, including but not limited to, the Celts, the Nordics, and the Saxons. Without a doubt, balkanization is a “soft” strategy of war, with the intent to collapse nations from within by outside influence, and to overthrow governments for the installation of puppet regimes, to be controlled by imperial forces.
Who is truly behind this California secessionist movement? Who are the players? What is the purpose? When will this happen? Where, why, and how did it start and reach the point of actually getting on the California ballot?
Has what may have originated as a movement for independence, now been co-opted as a movement for the destruction of the United States, by external forces (specifically, Russia, China, Mexico, and a conglomerate of South American countries)?
Let us look deeper into what exactly has been happening in California.
Credit James Hill for The New York Times
“Louis J. Marinelli, the 30-year-old English teacher who is the president of the Yes California movement, which seeks independence for the state, has decided to call it home.
Word of “Calexit,” a quixotic idea that has floated around California for years, spread on social media after the election of Mr. Trump in November. Even though it has virtually no chance of succeeding — it would require an amendment to the Constitution — it has gained some traction in the state. Several technology industry leaders have voiced their support, and a ballot measure is in the works for the 2018 election.
Now with renewed attention on the movement, Mr. Marinelli is under scrutiny for living in a country that many in the United States see as an adversarial power.
Russians who meet Mr. Marinelli sometimes mistake him for a political refugee from the United States, assuming he would be repressed for his antigovernment positions at home.
And back in California, he is on the defensive for accepting travel expenses and office space from a Kremlin-linked nationalist group. That acceptance has raised the prospect that Russia, after meddling in the election to try to tip the vote to Mr. Trump, as United States intelligence agencies have said, is now gleefully stoking divisions in America by backing a radical liberal movement.”
“It wasn’t the only incongruous encounter taking place at the Ritz at what has been dubbed Moscow’s international conference of separatists, an eclectic Kremlin-funded gathering of organizations and sometimes wacky individuals pressing for self-rule for often unlikely territories.
Amidst the heavy glitz of the hotel, Catalonian separatists and dissident Irish republicans listened politely to presentations from east Ukrainian rebels, Azerbaijani minorities and the thoughts of the self-proclaimed “King of Hawaii,” who called in via video link.
And among the few dozen activists comparing ideas for how to achieve self-determination, were two Americans campaigning for Texan and Californian secession from the United States.
The conference, now in its second year, is funded largely by the Kremlin and organized by the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, a group that closely follows government positions. The movement says it is unconnected to the Kremlin, but the hotel conference was almost entirely paid for by a charitable fund founded by President Vladimir Putin, which provided close to $546,000 for the project, according to public records.”
““We want to draw attention to our campaign,” Marinelli said. “We’re not signing an alliance with Russia or anything like that.”
The two secessionists’ urge for independence stems largely from a distaste with American foreign policy and a sense the U.S. has become dysfunctional. A gentle-mannered IT consultant married to a Russian, Marinelli is aiming for a secession referendum by 2019.
“The U.S. government is so dysfunctional it can’t be repaired from within anymore, and if we were a separate nation running our own affairs, we could improve the quality of life for Californians,” Marinelli said.”
“But why exactly the Kremlin had decided to pay to gather them in Moscow, few among the foreign attendees could say. Nor did they appear particularly interested.
“I’m not here to make presumptions about potential reasons for this conference,” Smith said.
However, the conference — and its location in one of Moscow’s expensive hotels, within shouting distance of the Kremlin walls — slots into a recognizable recent Russian strategy. Russia has been backing far right political parties in the West, in particular, reportedly funding France’s anti-European Union party, the Front National, with a $10 million loan. The practice echoes that of the Soviet Union, which secretly supported radical fringe groups around the world, but now coupled with elaborate disinformation campaigns from state media outlets.”
Chinese Communist Government Takeover of California Naval Yard
“Both of California’s Senators have asked the White House to investigate the leasing of a former Navy base in Long Beach to China’s state-owned shipping company, which last year transported several thousand automatic weapons that Federal officials say were headed for Los Angeles street gangs.
The Senators, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both Democrats, asked President Clinton’s national security adviser, Samuel R. Berger, if he felt that there were any ”security reasons” not to lease the China Ocean Shipping Company, or Cosco, the entire 145-acre site in the middle of Long Beach. The Port of Long Beach receives about one-fourth of the Chinese goods shipped to the United States.
The Chinese Government signed a lease for the port last April, only three weeks after one of the company’s ships, the Empress Phoenix, was raided by customs officials acting on a tip that Chinese-made arms were being smuggled into the United States. The seizure of arms on the ship, which the Customs Service said were intended for street gangs, led in May to the arrest of officials of another state-run Chinese company, although Cosco has not been charged in the case.
An Administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity said this evening that the White House was told by members of Congress last week that the lease merited investigation and that the issue had been referred to the Pentagon. But the official said, ”We are not aware of any reason for concern.””
“Long Beach is the busiest port in North America, handling more than 3.5 million containers annually. About one-fourth of China’s exports to the United States arrives through the Port of Long Beach.”
“China’s merchant shipping corporation, operates about 600 ships, the world’s largest ocean shipping fleet. COSCO is owned by the Chinese government’s Ministry of Communications. That government has stated that it does not interfere with COSCO’s business operations and does not provide any subsidies to COSCO. Despite the gun-smuggling and chemical proliferation cases described below, COSCO is not run by the military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The PLA or its commercial businesses, however, may use COSCO ships in commercial shipping or in wartime. “
“Critics of the lease argued that a larger COSCO presence at U.S. ports would facilitate increased illegal smuggling of contraband and Chinese intelligence collection, and reward a company involved in shipments related to weapons proliferation. In the reported cases of Chinese proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and ballistic missiles, a number of Chinese defense-industrial companies or organizations have been targets of U.S. sanctions, but not COSCO.2 Critics have cited at least two cases where COSCO has ties to the PLA or defense-industrial companies and allegedly undermined U.S. national interests. One involved the smuggling of assault weapons and the other involved the alleged shipping of chemicals to Iran:
Gun Smuggling Case. In 1996, 2,000 AK-47 assault weapons were reportedly smuggled aboard a COSCO ship, Empress Phoenix, into the port of Oakland. Two Chinese companies were under investigation for the smuggling: Poly Technologies, which is owned by the General Staff Department of the PLA, and Norinco, or China North Industries Corporation, which is part of China’s defense industries and owned by the Chinese government.3 COSCO is not being charged in this case and is not the subject of ongoing investigations by Federal law enforcement agents.
The “Yinhe” Case. In July 1993, the United States sought to prevent a Chinese cargo ship, Yinhe, from reaching Iran. The United States believed that the ship was carrying chemicals that could be used for mustard gas and nerve gas — specifically, thiodiglycol and thionyl chloride. One unusual factor in this case was that the Chinese media originally disclosed the issue, along with extensive details. China did not agree to allow U.S. representatives to participate in a Saudi inspection of the ship’s cargo until August 26, 1993.”
California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Husband Richard C. Blum Have Close Ties to Communist Chinese Government
“In 1992, when Feinstein entered the Senate, Blum’s interests in China amounted to one project worth less than $500,000, according to her financial disclosure reports. But since then, his financial activities in the country have increased.
In the last year, a Blum investment firm paid $23 million for a stake in a Chinese government-owned steel enterprise and acquired sizable interests in the leading producers of soybean milk and candy in China. Blum’s firm, Newbridge Capital Ltd., received an important boost from a $10-million investment by the International Finance Corp., an arm of the World Bank. Experts said that IFC backing typically confers legitimacy and can help attract other investors.
“It seems to be going quite well,” Rashad Kaldany–who in 1994 managed the IFC’s capital markets investments in Asia–said of the project. He added: “There also was some comfort in that Mr. Blum had some contacts with the Chinese.”
Meanwhile, Feinstein’s role on U.S. policy toward China has expanded. In January 1995, she became a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, giving her a prominent platform for her efforts to support China’s trade privileges.
Since 1995, Feinstein has made three visits to confer with senior government officials in Beijing. Blum has accompanied her each time at his own expense and has attended many of her meetings with President Jiang Zemin and other top Chinese leaders–an unusual degree of access for a private businessman.
On their trip to China in January of last year, Blum accompanied Feinstein to dinner with Jiang in the exclusive leaders’ enclave, Zhongnanhai.
“We had dinner in Zhongnanhai in Mao Tse-tung’s old residence in the room where he died. We were told that we were the first foreigners to see his bedroom and the swimming pool. It was a very historic moment to see some of these things,” Feinstein told a Times reporter later.
Feinstein said this week that her Senate position in no way has affected her husband’s business. She said that Blum has never sought to exploit her influence or access to increase his opportunities in China.
“My husband has never discussed business with Jiang Zemin, never would, never has,” she said.
Said Blum: “Somebody will have to explain just how I have been benefited because my wife goes over to China.”
However, experts on China question whether someone in Blum’s distinct position could strictly insulate his interests when he is so prominently involved in the China market, is visibly associated with the leading friend of China in the Senate and has access to inner circles that other entrepreneurs do not.”
“The husband of California Senator Dianne Feinstein acknowledged yesterday his relationship with a businessman remotely linked to the Chinese government shipping company that recently won approval to lease a port in Long Beach.
But Richard Blum, who has been married to Feinstein since 1980, characterized the connection as trivial and flatly denied that he sought to influence the decision to grant the company a lease.
“To say that somehow that I had knowledge or was involved in any way with Long Beach is a stretch, to say the least,” Blum said in a written statement. “In fact, I had never even heard of the (Long Beach) project until I read about it in the newspaper recently.”
The China Ocean Shipping Co., known as Cosco, recently offered to pay $14.5 million in annual rent and spend $200 million to renovate a portion of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, which was closed by the U.S. military nearly three years ago.
Feinstein maintains that she had nothing to do with the plan, which was approved Monday by the Long Beach Harbor Commission. In fact, the Defense Department and the National Security Agency are now reviewing the arrangement at the request of Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, California’s other senator.”
“The revelation does not mark the first time Blum’s business dealings with China have been questioned in light of his marriage to Feinstein, who has been among the Senate’s strongest advocates of open trade between the United States and China.
It was widely reported several years ago that Blum’s San Francisco-based investment firm stood to benefit from the United State’s decision to extend “most favored nation” trading status to China, which his wife actively supported.
The couple insist they have a “fire wall” between them on the matter of Blum’s China dealings.
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Feinstein said there is absolutely no connection between Blum’s distant business connection and the senator’s position on China or Cosco.
“Senator Feinstein has no knowledge of Mr. Kwok’s business relations. Any relationship that Mr. Kwok has, or had, with Cosco is of no relation to her,” said Feinstein press secretary Susan Kennedy. “The Senator has a system in place in her office to review any potential conflict of interest. Nothing has been brought to our attention that comes close to a conflict.”
Despite the recent furor over the Long Beach lease, Cosco has long been viewed as a valuable customer at ports up and down the West Coast, including San Francisco and Oakland. However the lease was questioned after it was reported that the FBI was investigating allegations that the Chinese had tried to influence U.S. elections. Cosco has also been viewed with suspicion since one of its ships was seized in Oakland last year with 2,000 contraband assault weapons allegedly headed for Los Angeles gangs.”
“According to the Center for Public Integrity, Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum has racked in millions of dollars from Perini, a civil infrastructure construction company, of which the billionaire investor wields a 75 percent voting share.
In April 2003, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave $500 million to Perini to provide services for Iraq’s Central Command. A month earlier in March 2003, Perini was awarded $25 million to design and construct a facility to support the Afghan National Army near Kabul. And in March 2004, Perini was awarded a hefty contract worth up to $500 million for “electrical power distribution and transmission” in southern Iraq.
Feinstein, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, is reaping the benefits of her husband’s investments. The Democratic royal family recently purchased a $16.5 million mansion in the flush Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s a disgusting display of war profiteering, and just like Cheney, the leading Democrat should be called out for her offense.”
“Born in China, (Fred) Kiang claims Shanghai roots, but was raised in the United States. He received his undergraduate and MBA degrees at Massachusetts’ Babson College in 1970 and 1975, respectively, and now sits on the college’s board of trustees.
Kiang first met Jiang Zemin in 1986, when Kiang served as vice-chairman of the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee, led by then city mayor and now U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, according to a person close to Kiang. Kiang and Jiang noted their common surname, which though spelled differently in English, is the same character in Chinese, said the source who is Alvin’s friend and business acquaintance.
In 1989, Jiang Zemin became Communist Party General Secretary; in 1990 Kiang established his base in Shanghai. Kiang was a senior executive at Newbridge, the former name of TPG Capital in Asia, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms, three people with direct knowledge told Reuters.
From the late 1990s to the 2000s, Kiang was an advisor to U.S.-based insurer MetLife Inc as it looked for a joint venture partner to build its business in China, said a source with knowledge of the matter. Kiang negotiated on MetLife’s first mainland license in 2004, the source said, one of the first major Sino-foreign ventures created after China’s 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization.
TPG and MetLife declined to comment.”
“I’ve been coming to China for 31 years, so I’m not a newcomer.
I started the San Francisco-Shanghai sister city Committee. They will be coming here on the 17th of June [with] Mayor [Gavin] Newsom. They wanted me to come with them. I can’t because the Senate is in session.
While in Beijing, we spent time with Zhu Rongji, the former premier who was a mayor of Shanghai. We had a long meeting and lunch with him.
And then we had dinner at [the Chinese leadership compound] Zhongnanhai and a meeting with [former President] Jiang Zemin. Jiang Zemin and I were mayors together. We know each other very well. I consider myself a good friend. I had the opportunity to introduce him to two of my colleagues.
We met with [Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress] Wu Bangguo.
We met with nine [U.S.] energy companies doing business here. We met with the Energy Administration.
What comes through to my mind is really how quickly China has developed and emerged as a world power. I believe it’s the most important bilateral relationship the United States has. And getting it right, understanding the culture, the history, the goals and aims, as well as the sensitivities, is extremely important.
We had a very good discussion about the transition and what Zhu did to change the state-owned enterprises, how difficult it was. He’s now very much retired but nonetheless very much respected.
And Jiang Zemin was Jiang Zemin, as I remember him. The last time I saw him I think was four or five years ago. I noticed no appreciable difference.
In fact, Zhu Rongji was more forthcoming this trip. I’m not going to go into the nature of discussions. It was a private discussion. I respect that. We had an opportunity to share views on a number of different subjects.
We met with nine companies in Beijing. They were companies that had substantial interests, from Intel and GE, to Peabody, the largest coal producer in the world, to First Solar. (Also present were Capstone Turbine, Caterpillar, AES and AECOM.)
Basically that they were doing substantial things in the country that they obviously wanted to continue. They really didn’t, as I recall, have any major beefs.
The Department of Energy now has a fulltime representative here to work with these companies and help them.”
Dianne Feinstein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Dianne Feinstein is Trilateral Commission and a Bilderberger
What is La Raza?
La Raza is spanish for “The Race”.
National Council of La Raza
“Since 1968, the National Council of La Raza has remained a trusted, nonpartisan voice for Latinos. This is the community we serve through our research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in our programs work in communities nationwide.
We partner with Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing. We believe in fighting for our community and for an America where economic, political, and social advancement is a reality for all Latinos.”
“Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC, serving all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country. It has state and regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio.”
“The term “La Raza” has its origins in early 20th century Latin American literature and translates into English most closely as “the people” or, according to some scholars, “the Hispanic people of the New World.” The term was coined by Mexican scholar José Vasconcelos to reflect the fact that the people of Latin America are a mixture of many of the world’s races, cultures, and religions. The full term coined by Vasconcelos, “la raza cósmica,” meaning “the cosmic people,” reflects an expansive, inclusive view of the mixture inherent in Hispanics and that Hispanics share a common heritage and destiny with all other people of the world.”
“La Raza Unida Party represents the culmination of the story of Chicano militancy that Professor Navarro has related in his earlier books. It goes beyond mere history-telling to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of ethnic-identity political parties and the perils of challenging the two-party dictatorship that characterizes U.S. electoral politics.”
“We’re the only ethnic group in America that has been dismembered. We didn’t migrate here or immigrate here voluntarily. The United States came to us in succeeding waves of invasions. We are a captive people, in a sense, a hostage people. It is our political destiny and our right to self-determination to want to have our homeland [back]. Whether they like it or not is immaterial. If they call us radicals or subversives or separatists, that’s their problem. This is our home, and this is our homeland, and we are entitled to it. We are the host. Everyone else is a guest.”
He further stated that:
“It is not our fault that whites don’t make babies, and blacks are not growing in sufficient numbers, and there’s no other groups with such a goal to put their homeland back together again. We do. Those numbers will make it possible. I believe that in the next few years, we will see an irredentists movement, beyond assimilation, beyond integration, beyond separatism, to putting Mexico back together as one. That’s irridentism. One Mexico, one nation.”
In an interview with the Star-Telegram in October 2000, Gutierrez stated that many recent Mexican immigrants “want to recreate all of Mexico and join all of Mexico into one…even if it’s just demographically… They are going to have political sovereignty over the Southwest and many parts of the Midwest.” 
In a videotape made by the Immigration Watchdog Web site (as cited in the Washington Times), Gutierrez is quoted as saying:
“We are millions. We just have to survive. We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. It’s a matter of time. The explosion is in our population.”
In a subsequent interview, Gutierrez said there was “no viable” reconquista movement and blamed interest in the issue on closed-border groups and “right-wing blogs.””
“At the time, the school system had a long-standing “no-Spanish rule,” as well as a policy restricting Latino participation in extracurricular activities. Spurring parents and students into action with his infamous cries of “Kill the gringo,” Gutiérrez helped stage a school boycott in December 1969″
“Describing his long-range goal at the time, Gutiérrez says: “My plan was to graduate a bunch of militant radicals. After college, I hoped they would come back and kick some ass!””
“This is in response to concerns about comments attributed to Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez, a professor of Political Science at The University of Texas at Arlington. As far as we can determine, the statements Professor Gutierrez made were during a news conference 37 years ago on April 10, 1969. His statements were reported in a newspaper story by the San Antonio Evening News.
Outside of the classroom and as a private citizen, Professor Gutierrez expresses his opinions on a variety of political and social policy issues including immigration and has done so for many years prior to joining the faculty of UT Arlington in the fall of 1992. As is true of all faculty members, he is entitled, as a citizen, to participate in public discussion on matters of public interest. His personal political opinions do not represent the views of The University of Texas at Arlington or The University of Texas System.”
“In 1969, the concept behind La Raza Unida spread throughout the Southwest. Other independent Chicano political organizations sprung up as well during this time. In California, La Raza Unida Party was first organized in the Bay Area. It took on a more militant line, organizing under working class issues and emphasizing the development of a Chicano Mexicano, ideological line.”…“In California. chapters existed from San Francisco to San Diego. In the County of Los Angeles alone, thirty chapters existed. In the San Fernando Valley, La Raza Unida originated from a MEChA Political Committee out of the University of Northrigde. Hundreds of Chicanos Mexicanos were registered in Sari Fernando and Pocoima by Northridge students in 1971. These early organizers formed La Raza Unida Chapter in San Fernando that followed, transforming the organization from a student migratory one to a stable one. Addressing issues affecting the Chicano Mexicano, La Raza Unida differs from other Chicano and “Hispanic” organizations in that it has been consistent and persevered. In some areas La Raza Unida has been active since the early 1970’s and is still active today. The San Fernando chapter is such an example.”
What Is M.E.CH.A.?
“In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal “gringo” invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.
We are free and sovereign to determine those tasks which are justly called for by our house, our land, the sweat of our brows, and by our hearts. Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent.
Brotherhood unites us, and love for our brothers makes us a people whose time has come and who struggles against the foreigner “gabacho” who exploits our riches and destroys our culture. With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the independence of our mestizo nation. We are a bronze people with a bronze culture. Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent, we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlan.
Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada. (For the race, everything. Outside the race, nothing).
Those institutions which are fattened by our brothers to provide employment and political pork barrels for the gringo will do so only as acts of liberation and for La Causa.
Where we are a majority, we will control; where we are a minority, we will represent a pressure group; nationally, we will represent one party: La Familia de La Raza!
Self-Defense against the occupying forces of the oppressors at every school, every available man, woman, and child.
Economic program to drive the exploiter out of our community and a welding together of our people’s combined resources to control their own production through cooperative effort.”
What Is Aztlan?
“In Chicana/o folklore, Aztlán is often appropriated as the name for that portion of Mexico that was taken over by the United States after the Mexican-American War of 1846, on the belief that this greater area represents the point of parting of the Aztec migrations.”
“A small, and perhaps quixotic, but active and vocal movement shared by Mexicans in both Mexico and the United States calls for the restoration of the ceded territory to be returned to Mexico, or alternatively for the creation of an “Aztlan” country made up of this territory and Northwestern Mexico. This movement is popular among youth of Mexican ancestry—who call themselves Chicanos—especially on U.S. university campuses, and it has spawned militant offshoots, but, in general, it does not represent a significant separatist political movement.”
“Mexicans are taught in school that the United States unfairly took much of Mexican territory in 1848 in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the Mexican-U.S. War. The ceded territory included what is now Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, and parts of Colorado, Nevada and Utah, which the United States received in exchange for $15 million plus the U.S. assumption of millions of dollars of Mexico’s debt.
The ceded territory was very sparsely populated at the time, with only an estimated one percent of Mexico’s population, and part of that composed of American settlers. There were no known significant natural resources in the area at the time other than the land.”
“Latinos in the United States also increasingly learn the Mexican view of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and, if they go to college, they are likely to be indoctrinated about the Latino “Aztlan” heritage. This is a myth that ascribes the origin of the indigenous people who governed in Latin America before the European conquest to an area comprised of the Southwest of the United States and the Northwest of Mexico. In practice, the calls for the restoration of Aztlan tend to merge with the revanchist theme of recovering the lost Mexican territory. However, the one difference is that the Aztlan movement calls for establishment of Aztlan as independent from both Mexico and the United States. It would become the Republica del Norte (Republic of the North).
An example of this doctrine was attributed in an AP story in 2000 to a University of New Mexico Chicano Studies professor named Charles Truxillo. Terming the Republica del Norte “an inevitability,” he described the area as encompassing all of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and southern Colorado, plus the northern tier of Mexican states: Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Le€n and Tamaulipas. The professor commented that the new country should be brought into being “by any means necessary,” but has modified that to say that it was unlikely to be formed by civil war, and instead would be created through the electoral pressure of the future majority Hispanic population in the region. While Prof. Truxillo’s motives and objectives shouldn’t be attributed to the Mexican-American community at large, the danger lies in the ability of highly motivated and well-financed radicals to leverage the growing number of Mexicans in the U.S. to achieve their political ends.
It is clear that there is a “fifth column” movement in the United States that professes greater allegiance to a greater Mexico or a breakaway, separatist movement based on a Latino homeland, despite the efforts of Latino politicians to dismiss it as a quixotic idea of rambunctious Latino youth, largely on university campuses. Nevertheless, the size of this movement and its activities do not at present constitute a security concern.”
Chinese Military Activity in Mexico and South America
“A flotilla of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) arrived in the Mexican port of Acapulco on Tuesday to begin a friendly visit.
The visiting ships include the DDG-152 “Jinan”, the FFG-548 “Yiyang” and the AOR-886 “Qiandaohu”, and are commanded by Colonel Wang Jianxun, who is also deputy chief of staff of the PLAN South China Sea Fleet.
During an official ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Mexico Qiu Xiaoqi welcomed the delegation on behalf of Chinese businessmen, students and residents in Mexico.
Admiral Angel Enrique Sarmiento Beltran, commander of Mexico’s 8th Naval District, extended a “most cordial welcome” to the Chinese ships from the Mexican navy.
“This visit will help tighten the bonds of friendship and goodwill between the two countries. We hope your objectives will be fully accomplished and we open our installations to you while you visit us,” he said.
In return, Colonel Wang expressed his pleasure at leading this mission in Mexico, saying the quality of the reception had “deeply touched” him and his colleagues.
He added that the distance between China and Mexico had not stopped the effort to strengthen the bonds of friendship, and that commercial and military relations were entering a new phase.
“Bilateral military ties, especially between the navies, are going very well. They will be further strengthened and reach higher levels,” Wang said.”
“Peru is expected to debut its first Chinese-imported rocket launcher during its National Day parade on Wednesday, marking the anniversary of the nation’s independence. This will be the first time China’s 122mm Type 90 multi-barrel rocket-launcher weapons system has equipped Peru’s armed forces, marking China’s growing role in the region as the go-to resource for arms imports.”
“Interest in China’s technological advancements when it comes to military ware has grown significantly in the South American market, shifting away from traditional suppliers like the U.S. or Russia. In addition to Peru, other countries like Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador are reportedly beginning to show a preference for Chinese-made weapons.”
“China…secured a deal with Venezuela for armored vehicles and a transport and trainer aircraft, the report said.”
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“The Chinese regime may be using arms sales to Argentina as a way to break into the Latin American market, says a new analysis from intelligence company IHS Jane’s.
During a Feb. 5 communiqué, officials from China and Argentina may have “affirmed a number of previously reported military programmes,” according to Jane’s.
The deals stretch the full gamut of Argentina’s military. They include weapons systems for Argentina’s army, navy, and air force.
“While 100 or more APCs [armored personnel carriers], up to five corvettes, or 14 new fighters may not significantly alter the balance of power with Argentina’s neighbours or in regards to Argentina’s ambitions to take the Falkland Islands (Malvinas),” states Jane’s, “this could also mark the beginning for more substantive Chinese military exports.””
“Once the contacts are signed, the Chinese regime and Argentina may exchange military officers, and China may build military field hospitals in Argentina.
The deals could include co-production of military vehicles between the Chinese regime and Argentina.
According to Jane’s, vehicles co-produced by China and Argentina may include Chinese 8×8 VN1 amphibious armored personnel carriers (APCs), Chinese FC-1 fighter jets, and China’s 1,800-ton P-18N corvette naval warships.
If Argentina goes through with its programs to co-produce military vehicles with China, says Jane’s, the Chinese regime could get “its first significant military-commercial ‘beachhead’ in Latin America.””
“Chinese military officials have asked for assistance developing jungle warfare training capabilities from Brazil. Brazilian officials at the Centro de Instruçao de Guerra na Selva (CIGS), the nation’s jungle warfare training center, revealed this week that China had formally requested help training its troops in jungle warfare.
Col. Alcimar Marques de Araújo, the commander of Centro de Instruçao de Guerra na Selva, previously told reporters in July that China canceled a recent plan to send a group of officers for training in Brazil in favor of bringing instructors from the training facility to develop a larger program in China. While it remains unknown why the country would expand military training for jungle warfare, China shares several jungle borders with neighbors.”
“The divers train for this regularly. But this time, it’s a little different. Just behind them underwater are Chinese naval officers from the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
This is all by design. The U.S. Navy, the world’s largest, invited the Chinese, along with 25 other naval forces from around the world, to its Rim of the Pacific naval exercise, or RIMPAC, a monthlong drill that has taken place in Hawaii and Southern California every two years since 1971.”
“Relations between the U.S. and China are strained lately, in large part because of tensions in the South China Sea, through which half the world’s trade passes. But the U.S. still invited China to participate in this joint naval exercise, continuing to reach out — at least at some levels — to a strategic foe. The Chinese first took part as an observer in 2012, and as an active participant in 2014 and this year.”
The United Nations in California
“The San Diego Chapter (UNA-USA San Diego), established in 1946, focuses on advocacy efforts and education programs through public events and collaborations. It thrives to serve as a resource for the residents of the San Diego area on the broad agenda of critical global issues addressed by the United Nations and its agencies: peacekeeping, human rights, humanitarian relief, economic development, and education. With the help of our members and through public events, fundraisers, and symposiums, we aim to expand our understanding of global issues and build greater international cooperation. UNA-USA San Diego is unique as it is one of two chapters in the U.S. with consultative status to the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Every year, the chapter sends a delegation to partake on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN in New York City.”
“This year is the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations. The charter was signed in San Francisco in 1945, by 51 member states.”
“Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, which will be in effect from 2016 through 2030. Our Southern California Division UNA-USA held two Post 2015 Agenda Consultations which were well attended and contributed to the discussion of the development of the new Post 2015 SDG’s and will be actively involved in promoting and supporting them. Our 11 chapters provide a wide variety of events in their local areas which support the current goals and will support the new ones. The events can be found on the Calendar on this website. Visit us here frequently, as upcoming events are constantly being added. In addition to Chapter events, the Southern California Division, which includes all 11 chapters in Southern California, will be hosting our 8 th Annual West Coast Global Forum on Sept. 30 th and our Annual Meeting on Nov. 14 th.”
PRESIDENTS WEB SITES
Jennifer Morgan Inland Empire Ike Khamisani http://www.ie.una-socal.org
Long Beach – South Bay Orange County Carl Mariz http://www.una-oc.org/
Elena Christopoulos http://www.unapasadena.org/
Office e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pomona Valley http://www.pv.una-socal.org/ San Diego Bettina Hausmann http://www.unasd.org/
San Fernando Valley David Tuckman
http://www.sfv.una-socal.org/ Santa Barbara – Tri-County Barbara Gaughen Muller http://www.unasb.org/
Whittier John Beynon http://www.unausawhittier.blogspot.com/
“Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to establish a California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions over the next decade and a half.
“With this order, California sets a very high bar for itself and other states and nations, but it’s one that must be reached – for this generation and generations to come,” said Governor Brown.
This executive action sets the stage for the important work being done on climate change by the Legislature.
The Governor’s executive order aligns California’s greenhouse gas reduction targets with those of leading international governments ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. The 28-nation European Union, for instance, set the same target for 2030 just last October.
California is on track to meet or exceed the current target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as established in the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). California’s new emission reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 will make it possible to reach the ultimate goal of reducing emissions 80 percent under 1990 levels by 2050. This is in line with the scientifically established levels needed in the U.S. to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius – the warming threshold at which scientists say there will likely be major climate disruptions such as super droughts and rising sea levels.”
“The Northern California region has a long-standing history with the United Nations. In 1945, the region was the birthplace of the UN when the Charter was signed in the heart of San Francisco. Our region has a reputation for being socially aware and globally active. Northern California is home to some of the most active NGOs and corporations in the world. With such cutting edge developments in a region that sets the trend for the rest of the world, the UNA NorCal serves to provide the public with information and activities surrounding the United Nations and global affairs. With 11 chapters, UNA NorCal spans over half the state: from Sacramento to San Francisco and Sonoma to Santa Cruz, the UNA has a powerful presence in the West Coast enclave of progress and global awareness.”
“As a 32 year career veteran with the United Nations Development Program, I chose to work with the UNA-USA because of their commitment to advancing the causes the UN stands for. The UNA-USA does admirable work by educating the public on the UN itself and performing its advocacy activities that support its local and international communities in conjuncture with the UN.
The Northern California Division which comprises eleven UNA chapters is doing its part by sponsoring our rousing annual Inter-Generational Model United Nations (IGMUN), coming up on its sixth year. We also have semi-annual NorCal meetings, the next one in September, 2016.
Thank you to all who participate in our many chapter events. I look forward to seeing you at a Northern California Division event soon.
UNA-USA Northern California Division”
The twelve Northern California Division UNA-USA Chapters are linked below:
- Davis Chapter
- East-Bay Chapter – Berkeley CA
- Golden Empire Chapter – Grass Valley, CA
- Marin County Chapter
- Mid-Peninsula Chapter – Palo Alto, CA
- Monterey Bay Chapter – Carmel, CA
- Sacramento Chapter
- San Joaquin Chapter – Stockton, CA
George Soros Peddling Influence in California
“In the first quarter of 2015, Soros’ team opened up a position in California Resources Corp (NYSE:CRC) consisting of 10.67 million shares with a value of $81.20 million. California Resources Corp (NYSE:CRC) has been on a tear in 2015 with shares rising by 43%, compared to the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) which is up by just 3.6% over the same time frame. California Resources Corp (NYSE:CRC) is an E&P company that was spun out of Occidental Petroleum (OXY) in 2014 and operates, as the name hints, exclusively in California. While California Resources Corp (NYSE:CRC) may be a stock slightly under-the-radar, we wrote about Eric Mandelblatt’s Soroban Capital Partners taking an almost 10% activist stake in the company back in early February and shares are up by 30% since then.”
“Billionaire George Soros plans to make ‘a significant contribution’ to a state initiative to allow recreational use and small-scale cultivation of the drug, he said.”
“‘The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimised public discourse about marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined,’ Mr Soros said.”
“The share price of California Resources Corp. (CRC) rose nearly 20 percent Tuesday on higher prices for crude oil and news that billionaire George Soros increased his stake in the company.
The Chatsworth oil and gas producer indicated in its quarterly report on Nov. 3 that during the quarter it sold its oil for an average price of $43.03 a barrel. On Tuesday oil prices rallied 5.6 percent to close at $45.75, according to Yahoo Finance.
The upswing accompanied news that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet at the end of the month to discuss limiting output. That would increase the value of oil produced in the U.S. by companies such as California Resources.
Also, Soros Fund Management disclosed in a filing Monday that it has increased its stake in California Resources and several other oil companies.”
“Soros has been an outspoken critic of coal’s impact on the environment, once calling it “a lethal bullet.”
In 2009, Soros announced making an initial investment totaling $100 million to establish the Climate Policy Initiative, based in San Francisco, and joined with other wealthy liberals to form an advocacy group backing legislation supported by the Obama administration that includes cracking down on fossil fuel emissions, particularly from coal.
But on Wednesday, Security and Exchange Commission filings revealed that the 85-year-old business magnate — through his Soros Fund Management company — invested more than $2 million between April and June in Peabody Energy and Arch Coal.
Peabody is the largest private coal company in the world.”
“Democratic mega-donor Alexander Soros has given $100,000 to support the “yes” campaign on a California ballot measure that would ban possession of large-capacity magazines, require the California Department of Justice to maintain a list of all residents authorized to purchase ammunition and would prohibit Californians from purchasing ammo without first obtaining the authorization of the California Department of Justice.
Even though he is a New York resident, Soros — the son of left-wing financier George Soros — is one of the top 10 biggest donors behind the “yes” campaign on Proposition 63, according to the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
If passed, the ballot would ban the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, regardless of when they were purchased. Current California law already bans the possession of such magazine but has an exemption for magazines purchased before the year 2000.
Prop. 63 would also require all ammo purchasers to first obtain a $50 permit from the California DOJ. The state government would also be required to keep tabs on who is or isn’t authorized to purchase ammunition.“The Department shall create and maintain an internal centralized list of all persons who are authorized to purchase ammunition and shall promptly remove from the list any persons whose authorization was revoked by the Department pursuant to this section,” the ballot measure states.”
Who are the Jesuits? What is Liberation Theology?
“Also known as “God’s Marines” or “The Company,” the order of priests and brothers was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 with six other students at the University of Paris. St. Ignatius had a military background, and early adherents referred to themselves as the “Company of Jesus,” hence both of the nicknames that live to this day.
With its focus on education, the Jesuit order has been linked to some of the best universities in the world. In the United States, Georgetown was the first Jesuit university, founded in 1789. Today, there are 28 Jesuit universities and colleges in the United Sates alone (including Georgetown, Fordham University, Loyola University, and Boston College), and there are approximately 189 Jesuit institutions of higher learning throughout the world. Since its founding, Jesuits are known for free-thinking, which has helped make its universities so well-regarded. Pope Francis attended Universidad del Salvador, a Jesuit institution in Buenos Aires.
The Jesuits encourage toleration for other religions, teach other theology in their institutions, and also believe in free education for all. This emphasis on free-thinking—and especially the order’s opposition to opulent riches—has some calling them out as the founders of Socialism. Pope John Paul II, for instance, denounced some Jesuits in Latin America for their emphasis on liberation theology, which is focused on the liberation of oppressed people (you may have heard of a form of it from Jeremiah Wright, supposedly a believer in liberation theology, or from Glenn Beck, who says liberation theology has “completely perverted Christianity”), particularly of the poor from their rich oppressors. But perhaps the most damning link to socialism comes from Fidel Castro—the former Cuban dictator studied under the Jesuits for 12 years, although Castro later forced his former teachers to leave in 1961.”
“Liberation theology is a Christian school of theology that developed in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s, focusing on liberation of the oppressed.”
“Using Marxism as a way of social analysis and as a program for social change, liberation theology stressed “orthopraxis” over “orthodoxy,” or action over belief.”
“Even the use of violence by the oppressed should be permitted for the purpose of liberation, and it should not be equated with the unjust violence of the oppressor. The conventional double standard on violence which assumes that the violence of the oppressor to maintain order is good, but that that of the oppressed to change the order is bad, should be rejected.”
“Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is the first Jesuit to lead the Roman Catholic Church in its 2,000-year history. The largest religious order of men in the Church and the largest single order of Catholic priests, the Societas Jesu (Society of Jesus, as it is formally known) was founded in 1540 by the Basque military nobleman Ignazio Loyala, who later became a saint.”
“Officially recognised by Pius II, the Jesuits quickly became one of the most important factions in the Catholic Church, extending their aggressive influence from Europe to South America. They were the shock troops in the Church’s resistance to the Protestant reformation and among the first missionaries to start schools, colleges and seminaries in every continent from India to the Andes.”
“With a focus on education, poverty and blind obedience to the Pope, the Jesuits were often mocked as manipulative fanatics. Their most famous motto Perinde ac cadaver (Obey as dead body obeys) often triggered conspiracy theories. In Shakespeare and Elizabethan England, Jesuits were viewed with suspicion, accused of being responsible of plots, epidemic pests and so on. The General Superior of the order was often called “The Black Pope” because he manoeuvred the actual Pope as a puppeteer.”
“That Sandino was not a Marxist is, in fact, accepted by the Sandinista Front, which recognizes that this is a contradiction it must resolve if it is to practice Marxism-Leninism in Sandino’s name.
This whole issue would not be of great importance if liberation theology had remained an arm-chair undertaking – something using Marxism as its ”tool of historical analysis,” as Mr. Sheehan claims.
But in Nicaragua the advocates of liberation theology are part of the power structure. They helped the Sandinistas come to power, not just by condemning the human rights abuses of the Somoza regime, as the bishops did, but by teaching Marxism to Christian youths and organizing them for guerrilla actions. Now these same priests have embraced a Government project that is, by almost any political scientist’s definition, based on Leninism.
There may be those who argue that Nicaragua is not what liberation theologians envision. But Nicaragua is the first real test case, and its reality is that liberation theology is the primary tool by which the Sandinistas hope to consolidate their control over a Christian people.”
What is MS-13?
“MS 13 were formed in the early 1980s in Los Angeles. After fleeing the death squads in civil-war-plagued El Salvador, and later settling in California, a number of Salvadoran immigrants banded together and formed MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, as a self-defence mechanism against rival Mexican gangs. The organization has about 30,000 members, 8,000 – 10,000 of which exist in the US.”
“Some corrections officials say that MS-13 markets the gang as a way to embrace Latin American heritage, encouraging youth to show pride towards their culture when it is really just a mask over the gang’s real criminal objectives. According to the LA Times, Gang members pay guards to smuggle in cellphones, which members use to consult and communicate with other members in Guatemala, Honduras and the US.”
“MS-13 members are notorious for using deportation to their advantage. According to the (Robert Lopez, Rich Connell and Chris Kraul, 2005, The Los Angeles Times), prisons in El Salvador are the “nerve centers” for MS-13, harbouring deported leaders from Los Angeles who communicate with their fellow branches across the United States.”
“In the early days of their existence, MS 13 was once rivals with La 18, a mostly Mexican variation of the “maras” gangs that appeared in Los Angeles in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, La 18 showed up in El Salvador, then in Honduras and Guatemala, and to a slightly lesser extent in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.”
“A top leader of the notorious MS-13 street gang was arrested this morning in Richmond by a task force of federal and local law enforcement agents seeking to stop the Los Angeles-based gang from establishing itself in the Bay Area, authorities said.
Jose Santos Bonilla, 33, was arrested during a 6 a.m. raid on a southeast Richmond home. Since Bonilla came to the East Bay from San Francisco six months ago, MS-13 members have been linked to three homicides and several other shootings as it sought to carve out territory and intimidate other gangs, authorities said this morning.
Police recovered a loaded shotgun and a handgun at the scene, but searches at two other locations failed to net any additional gang members. An officer shot a dog at Bonilla’s house when it broke free from the woman who answered the door and it charged police.
Bonilla joked and laughed with heavily armed officers while being led in handcuffs to a police van. The letters “MS” were tattooed on the back of his shaved skull.
“The MS-13 has established itself as a very violent gang (and) they’re starting to get a foothold in the Bay Area,” said Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan. “Several of the other individuals we targeted today are implicated in murders and assaults with deadly weapons.””
“Over a dozen MS-13 gang members from Honduras and El Salvador were arrested in California Wednesday, according to a law enforcement press conference Thursday.
The murder rate in Santa Maria, Calif., where the 15 gang members were arrested, has gone up significantly since 2015, and police attribute the spike in homicides to the increased presence of the MS-13 gang.
MS-13 has been classified as a transnational criminal organization (TCO) by the U.S. Department of Treasury in 2012. The West Coast hub for the organization is the Los Angeles area, while on the East Coast, MS-13 calls Washington, D.C. home.”
Without a doubt, there are various, nefarious and subversive influences at play in California: the Secessionist movement headed by an American living in Russia; the United Nations; the Chinese Communist government under the guise of economics and trade; the Jesuits, who are responsible for the training of Fidel Castro and many other violent, so-called “revolutionaries”, through Liberation Theology; La Raza and MEChA, with the goal of creating, or reconquering to form their own homeland, Atzlan; the MS-13 street gang (transnational organized crime); globalist billionaires like George Soros; and corrupt politicians like Dianne Feinstein. There is a perfect storm brewing at a time of national upheaval across the United States, largely due to the policies of the Bushes, the Clintons, and Obama, and their undermining of American Sovereignty, violations of the U.S. Constitution, and crimes against humanity abroad.
As corrupt and criminal as the politicians in the District of Columbia are, for Californians to think they can cut and run away from the Union, is in my estimation, detrimental folly that can end only one way–with the people of California subjected to terrorism, subterfuge, tyranny, and potentially outright guerrilla warfare.
As an American, I am compelled to speak my conscience, and I can only urge all my fellow Americans that we must take a stand and fight for our collective and individual freedom, our natural rights, and to build strong relations with our neighbors and the world that are fair, equitable, and constructive. The embedded corrupt players of the past are on the way out; it’s now time to take a stand as individuals and as a nation, to take back what is ours. Nobody can change the past, but we can change the future–now–for the betterment of all people and the planet.