Who is behind the Libra Association and what is the goal of Libra? Part 2: The goal | KenFM.de

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31-10-19 05:17:00,

A comment by Norbert Häring.

The announcement by Facebook to launch its own currency, Libra, together with around 100 partners, has rightly caused a great deal of excitement in Germany and other industrialised countries. But the industrialised countries are probably not the main target of the initiative. It is likely to aim first and foremost at defending US dominance in payment transfers against the increasing spread of Chinese alternative offers in Africa and Asia.

China is not only spreading in Africa and Asia as an investor, lender, commodity buyer and exporter. Providers of mobile payment services, first and foremost Alibaba and Tencent with the services WeChat and Alipay, are also expanding rapidly. They are cooperating with African banks and payment service providers such as the Kenyan M-Pesa. This enables merchants to make payments in Chinese yuan easily and cheaply. If payments to and from Chinese addresses are popular enough, this offer can jeopardize the dominance of the dollar for international payments in Africa. Because if customers know they can easily find a trader who needs yuan to pay for imports from China, they can accept yuan even if they have no China contacts themselves.

Other developing and emerging countries, especially in Asia, including India and Pakistan, are similarly competitive between the US and China and their payment service providers.

The US wants to counter the Chinese advance. By far the best vehicle to tackle this is Facebook. With WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, Facebook has the dominant messenger services in almost all countries that are well suited for mass payment services. In Africa, Facebook offers free access to a basic version of the Internet via its own social medium. For millions of Africans, Facebook is synonymous with the Internet.

This background for the Libra project should be borne in mind if one wants to correctly classify the noise about the approval and regulation of Libra in the industrial countries.

However, the competition with China has probably only accelerated the project of an American social media currency. This would also have happened, because it fits into the campaign of „financial inclusion“ described in Part 1,

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Tagesdosis 17.10.2019 – Wer steckt hinter der Libra Association und was ist das Ziel von Libra? Teil 1: Die Association | KenFM.de

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17-10-19 08:56:00,

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Ein Kommentar von Norbert Häring.

Facebooks Projekt einer internationalen Währung namens Libra scheint ins Stocken geraten zu sein. Wichtige Unterstützer wie Mastercard, Visa und Paypal sind abgesprungen. Man sollte sich jedoch nicht der Illusion hingeben, das sei der Anfang vom Ende des Projekts. Dazu ist es geostrategisch für die USA viel zu wichtig. In einem Zweiteiler will ich zunächst analysieren, wer die Gründungsmitglieder sind, die der Libra-Association am 15.10. als Gründungsmitglieder beigetreten sind, was die prominenten Absprünge bedeuten und was letztlich das Ziel von Libra ist.

Was ist Libra?

In meinem Buch „Schönes neues Geld“ warne ich im Untertitel vor einer neuen totalitären Weltwährung. Deswegen verfolge ich die Facebook-Pläne für eine neue Währung natürlich besonders aufmerksam. Es ist definitiv ein Projekt in diese Richtung.

Das Libra-Zahlungsverkehrssystem soll von einer Libra Association in Genf verwaltet werden. Dem Weißbuch der Association zufolge darf man sich Libra in etwa so vorstellen, wie ein zentral verwaltetes Bitcoin-System. Transaktionen werden in eine öffentlich einsehbare Blockchain geschrieben. Anders als beim Bitcoin kann nicht jeder Teilnehmer des Systems Transaktionen verifizieren, sondern nur dazu ermächtigte Mitglieder der Libra Association. Es ist also eine zentralisierte Blockchain, keine dezentrale wie die von Bitcoin. Der Clou ist die Bindung an einen Währungskorb. Sie soll problematische Wertschwankungen wie die von Bitcoin auf ein Minimum reduzieren. Wenn jemand eine neue Libra-Münze kauft, legt die Libra Association den Kaufpreis in Bankguthaben oder sicheren Staatsanleihen der Korbwährungen an. So stellt sie sicher, dass genügend Geld vorhanden ist, um allen Libra-Nutzern den festgelegten Gegenwert zurückzuzahlen.

Warum sind Visa, Mastercard und Paypal ausgestiegen?

Als 21 Gründungsmitglieder am 15.10. ihre Mitgliedschaft in der Libra Association besiegelten, waren mit Visa, Mastercard und Paypal drei der prominentesten vorläufigen Gründungsmitglieder nicht mehr mit dabei. Sie hatten sich zurückgezogen, weil starker Druck auf sie ausgeübt worden war. Die drei sind hochprofitable, multinational dominante Zahlungsverkehrsabwickler. Als solche sind sie auf gute Beziehungen zu Regulierern in aller Welt angewiesen. Ihnen wurde die Möglichkeit vor Augen geführt,

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Head of Swedish Bar Association Condemns the Handling of the Assange Case in the UK and Sweden as Deplorable – Global Research

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17-05-19 04:28:00,

This article was written by Anne Ramberg, who happens to be the Secretary General of the Swedish Bar Association, the professional body of lawyers in that country.  The article has been translated by Marcello Ferrada de Noli, Swedish professor emeritus of epidemiology and doctor of psychiatry. Anne Ramberg reveals her concern over the breech of legal principles, the treatment of Assange in general and the moral obligation to reveal wrongdoing, just as Julian Assange has done.

My knowledge about this matter, now an almost unique one, is not entirely in-depth.  It is a matter featured by everything from prodigal conspiracy theories deprived of any reality support, to a deplorable legal handling from both Swedish and British side.

The right to a fair trial within a reasonable time is established both in the Swedish legal system [Regeringsformen, 2 kap. 11 § andra stycket 1) and in the European Convention (Article 6). This legal right also applies during the preliminary investigation stage.

To this has to be added the so-labelled presumption of innocence.

It may well be questioned whether the result of the Swedish managing [of the case] was done in accordance with the principle of proportionality. I have previously stated that I find it remarkable that the Prosecutor did not implement the preliminary investigation forward at the pace and with the care one could have demanded.

In this context, the courts have a very great responsibility. They could have put tougher demands on the prosecutor, to move the preliminary investigation forward. The conclusions that the prosecutor had as ground to dismiss the case [the pre-investigation], should also have been communicated considerably earlier than what happened. This leads to the conclusion that Sweden has a great responsibility for the situation that has arisen.

Now the question is whether Sweden should resume the preliminary investigation that prompted Assange’s asylum request to Ecuador –and his subsequent involuntary lock-in and demand his extradition to Sweden.

I fear that the treatment of Assange has damaged the reputation of the Swedish judicial system, even though Assange did not actively contribute to participate to any significant extent.

That being said, I have sympathy for Assange’s concern that Sweden would acquiesce with the United States in the event of a request for his extradition.

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The Association Of American Physicians & Surgeons “Strongly Opposes” Mandatory Vaccines

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09-03-19 10:52:00,

Tensions are high regarding vaccines lately.

Due to a measles outbreak in the United States, frightened people are pushing an agenda to take an important medical decision out of the hands of parents. They’re calling for federally mandated vaccines. They’re calling for the shaming of parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children.

The hysteria is running high, fueled by fear and memes.

Whether you opt to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, I think we can agree we all want what’s best for our children.

An important letter was presented last week to the Senate subcommittee that is discussing federal laws that force parents to vaccinate their children. The statement below is from The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and they have come out strongly in opposition to the possibility of federally mandated vaccines.

No matter what your opinion is on vaccinating children, please read this.

To:  Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Re: Statement federal vaccine mandates

Feb. 26, 2019

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) strongly opposes federal interference in medical decisions, including mandated vaccines. After being fully informed of the risks and benefits of a medical procedure, patients have the right to reject or accept that procedure. The regulation of medical practice is a state function, not a federal one. Governmental preemption of patients’ or parents’ decisions about accepting drugs or other medical interventions is a serious intrusion into individual liberty, autonomy, and parental decisions about child-rearing.

A public health threat is the rationale for the policy on mandatory vaccines. But how much of a threat is required to justify forcing people to accept government-imposed risks? Regulators may intervene to protect the public against a one-in-one million risk of a threat such as cancer from an involuntary exposure to a toxin, or-one-in 100,000 risk from a voluntary (e.g. occupational) exposure. What is the risk of death, cancer, or crippling complication from a vaccine? There are no rigorous safety studies of sufficient power to rule out a much lower risk of complications, even one in 10,000, for vaccines. Such studies would require an adequate number of subjects,

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