Posted by: Dr Churchill | August 16, 2019

Je veux aimer…

Je veux aimer … la belle du jour.

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | August 15, 2019

The Dormition…

The Dormition of Mary, mother of Jesus is a holiday that traditionally signals solemn spiritual celebrations around the world for Christians, who wish to pray & meditate upon the journey to the nether world that awaits all of us at some point sooner or later…

And as we celebrate today, the world’s most revered icon of the Mother of Lord Jesus, since tradition has it that this icon, which is now preserved in a church attached to the Tretyakov Art Gallery in Moscow, was originally painted by the disciple of Christ and holy Apostle Luke, to whom the Most Holy Mother entrusted the painting of her image that was to be used for the support of the faithful…

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The holy Christian Church from the days of antiquity to the present times, preserves the tradition that the apostle Luke the Evangelist, was the first person to paint the icon of the Mother of Jesus, and that this is that icon.

In a psalm from the anniversary of the Dormition of the Mother of God (August 15th) we hear: “The proclaimer of the Gospel mysteries, who was the first to write Thy icon, brought it to Thee, O Sovereign Lady and Thou didst make it thine own; and having made it powerful to save those who honor Thee, Thou didst rejoice for Thou art merciful, and bring us salvation.”

The dedication of the icon of the Mother of God, “Hodigitria” is based on early Roman Byzantine sources, and further, the Christian tradition confirms that this icon was painted by the Evangelist Luke himself at the behest & by the blessing of the Mother of Jesus Christ herself who is rumored to have said: “May my grace be with this icon.”


Dr Churchill


After the icon was painted by the Evangelist — was then sent to King Theophilus in Antioch, and quite some time later it was transferred to Constantinople, where it was placed in the Blachernae Church.

The whole web of these traditions is woven around certain historical facts, but either of varying times, or in another order.

The ancient tradition that says that the holy Evangelist Luke painted this icon of the Mother of God goes back as far as the third century after Christ.

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The polite pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, have started with the umbrella movement in the past few years and have now culminated into a mature body of protest in this semi-autonomous Chinese territorial city, where recently masses of Liberty loving people have staged more than 10 weeks of relentless protests demanding greater rights, more democracy, and a few civil liberties.

This is the old British-Asia financial hub that after the handover to China it has been governed under a “one country, two systems” legal framework. Yet since its handover to China from Britain in 1997, the Chinese government has eroded whatever freedoms existed before to the point that the situation is now intolerable for the citizens of this small enclave of wealth within the large mainland Chinese government.

And indeed for many weeks now, the residents of Hong Kong have politely asked for a measure of Independence as was promised in the handover of the territory from the British government to the Communist China, but now that the protests have grown into the airport and other key infrastructure pieces of Hong Kong — it seems that the days of the protesters are numbered.

As we learn the the advance guard of the people’s army has already infiltrated the territory and that the PLA army spies, along with the deep red Chinese Communist Party’s army cadres are already inside Hong Kong scoping the situation — we know that the full power of the People’s Red Army is not far behind…

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And now that the mainland Chinese authorities have linked the non-violent people’s pro-Democracy and pro-Liberty protests that have spontaneously erupted in Hong Kong to “terrorism” it is obvious that the coming showdown in Hong Kong, the huge clash of cultures, the bloodletting and resultant loss of life, are now unavoidable.

Since the Communist Party of China and the official mouthpieces of the regime, have consistently described the young Hong Kong protesters as rioters, looters, and terrorists, and have issued stern warnings about their intent to maintain law & order — the cover for violent attack by the army has been offered, and thus all of their actions in response — have been sanctioned.

What remains is the actual “mopping up” of the demonstrators.

The Chinese main newspaper and the major mouthpiece of the Communist party, “People’s Daily” wrote in a masthead title-line, this week — that the People’s Army is ready to pounce and put the Hong Kong situation under control, because they are responsible and in charge of handling riots, turmoil, seriously violent, criminal activities, terrorist attacks, and other societal security incidents…

Obviously the deployment of a vast numbers of Chinese troops to Shenzhen within five miles from Hong Kong is an affront to the titular independence of the territory, yet it also serves as a clear warning to the freedom loving people of Hong Kong.

China’s lifetime dictator Mr Xi Jin Ping, obviously chooses to project an image of strength, while sending a carefully calculated message to the Hong Kong protesters to seriously think about their lives and the lives of their families before they continue with their demonstrations and their talk about Democracy & Liberty, in Hong Kong.

Traditionally Hong Kong government has allowed far greater civil liberties than those on the mainland, but the protesters say those freedoms are eroding as mainland Chinese interference grows.

The protests, which have become increasingly violent and led to Hong Kong’s airport being paralysed for two days this week, have become the biggest threat to China’s rule since the handover.

The Chinese military has not interfered in Hong Kong since the handover but it can should it be called on by the city’s government to maintain “public order”.

Today, many thousands of Chinese military personnel waving red flags paraded at a sports stadium in a city across the border from Hong Kong, accompanied by armored personnel carrying vehicles and tanks that were all seen sequestered inside the biggest stadium in Shenzhen, a ten minute drive from Hong Kong across a conveniently placed new bridge…

Obviously with all the global events taking place, and as concerns builds within the Politburo, that China’s lifetime Dictator will forcefully intervene to end the ten weeks of protests, demonstrations and political unrest in Hong Kong, the demonstrators are looking for ways out of the imminent clash and are seeking outside intermediation to help defuse the tense situation before bloodshed erupts and people’s lives are lost by the thousands.

Unfortunately now the Red Army’s intent is becoming clear as seen by the reports coming from the state-run media this week, that the elements of the People’s Armed Police (PAP), which is under the command of the Chinese Central Military Commission — were assembling in Shenzhen.

So the cat is now officially out of the bag…


Dr Churchill


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Today it was seen that the pressure is increasing…

Two of the most powerful Chinese state-run media outlets, the People’s Daily and Global Times, now have also published videos of what they said was the People’s Red Army, amassing & assembling in Shenzhen.

In a clear tone, seen as an unambiguous open threat, the Global Times editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, said the military presence in Shenzhen was a sign that China was preparing to intervene in Hong Kong.

Hu wrote: “If they do not pull back from the cliff and continue to push the situation further beyond the critical point, the power of the state may come to Hong Kong at any time.”

Dear Bay Area Friends,

Please join my Talk “How the Independents are saving America” at the PROPELLER CLUB at 12pm, noontime today in San Francisco.


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Posted by: Dr Churchill | August 5, 2019

It’s all about character…

Can’t recall who said this but someone can elucidate me…

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Yet, as I think and seek wisdom — I recall our old friend Marcus Aurelius and his admonishments such as this gem bellow, all born out from the hardships of his own life starting out as a lowly slave, and educating & training himself to becoming a gladiator of the arena of the Roman Collossium, a fighter of distinction, always rising as a fearless fighter and becoming a tactical military genius, and a leader of men rising to the standard of a Roman Legion General, and eventually becoming (by most accounts) the best Roman Emperor ever.

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He also said that our inner Courage is what matters most:

So as I ponder this — What profit is to the man to conquer all of the world, but to not be able to conquer oneself? — I seek the wisdom of divine Spirit and your Councel to find…

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He famously said this about his own nature:

“A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very dangerous man who has conquered that strong nature and keeps it under voluntary control”
-Marcus Aurelius


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Posted by: Dr Churchill | July 30, 2019

The Great Genghis of Ghengdu

Once upon a time in China, there was a man named Charlie…

Charlie was a simple man.

He was a family man.

He was an agriculturalist.

He was a peasant…

Yet, Charlie was also a Christian apostle.

He was an evangelist.

And he was a simple man.

Albeit he was a man who was called to higher office.

Indeed, Charlie was called upon to preach the word of God.

And Charlie did this with a passion that is unusual for the Chinese people who are reserved in all actions of their lives, for fear of the surveillance state and of their slave masters, the all powerful Chinese Communist party overlords…

Yet Charlie was seemingly oblivious to all that, and he preached with such fervor and in such an unusual fashion, that he was called by everyone — the new Genghis…

Charlie became the Genghis of Ghengdu. A larger than life figure towering amongst his contemporaries and his comrades.

Of course as in all such stories, the man we call Genghis, much like his namesake Ghengis Han, was a dimunitive person. Yet a person with abundant energy, and with plenty of vigor to go along and with some really really, big dreams…

As for Charlie himself — he was feeling pretty small having come from his one horse and two cows red clay village in the distant mountainsides, he saw the big city as his new home where his dreams were to surely come true, but he contrasted his small stature to that of his fellow people and found his size wanting…

But where he excelled in size, in stamina, and in persuasion above all else — was in his teachings about Jesus where he was seen as an enlightened speaker as anyone else alive today or long dead.

Because one of Charlie’s extra large dreams, was to find meaning in his life, and beyond. And apparently that’s what happened when he found Jesus Christ on his way to the big city.

And once he found the meaning of his life — he was so happy that he chose to turn on others to Jesus, and to make it a game and see if he could turn-on to Jesus, as many errant and slave people as he could find in this lifetimes.

And this is what Charlie did — always fishing for people, not amongst the poor and forgotten, but amongst the powerful and wealthy, and certainly amongst the most hardened party members, the devoted atheists, and the solid dialectic materialists, and especially amongst the evil doers of his newly adopted city.

And poor Charlie found plenty of them indeed, at least amongst the leaders of the ruling Communist People’s Party in this capital city of Southwest China, named Ghengdu city.

And for whatever reason they listened to him speaking in his tilted accent, and being a country bumpkin always entertained them, so they cut him some slack as people often do towards the simpletons.

Because Charlie had come to Jesus late in life at about the same time that he chose to travel to this vast metropolis of ten million people — having been born in a small village of less than three dozen souls, in a family of hard scrapers, tilling the earth and planting seeds for growth at the edges of the Sichuan plateau — he had all the fixings of the previous century’s village people, with the scruffy dress and head cap, along with the tire-soled shoes, and the peasant flat head…

And because he was truly a son of the black earth of this province’s rich organic soil that throughout millennia of agriculture – had been so depleted that only few things could still grow there — the officials listen to him attentively and cut him some slack for his indiscretion in speaking about this foreign “Ferenghi” God, that nobody had ever heard of…

But Charlie persisted and he became annoying to those people in power in this place of agriculture, where they grew one thing and one thing only, in a vast monoculture of growing and harvesting red peppers.

Because it was pepper that made this area of Sichuan rich in exports of this most desirable of spices…

And since this is the province where the famously tiny, yet spicy-hot & strong Sichuan peppers are born, same as Charlie, whose real name was indeed Genghis — a Mongolian name that he changed, as soon as he came to the big city to follow his dreams.

Much like the hot chili peppers from Sichuan — Charlie was hot and spicy.

He was spicy in the good sense that a great dreamer can be when he seeks to realize his dreams in a small time.

Yet Charlie, whose affable nature and small stature, belied the potency of his spirit, always asked if you had time for another cup of tea to speak and learn from you English or whatever you had to teach him.

Another cup of tea…

That was how Charlie stole your time, opened up your spirit, and entered into your body — unobserved, just like the local chili pepper, that somehow slips in your body unseen & unobserved, even though you took care to remove all the red bits from your food, still the little pungent hot pepper must somehow have sweetly and serepticiously slipped in…

Charlie like the hot Schechuan peppers, under the subterfuge of hearing and perhaps even learning what you had to teach him — he would take hold of your senses in a long held internally pleasant yet searing heat, and hold you hostage to that state of being for quite a while after you had your “food.”

That afterglow emanating from you belly is the Sichuan chili pepper heat that steams up your stomach and gut — long after you’ve ingested this so called Demons’ pepper, and a long time after you have felt and dealt with the initial onslaught of excruciating heat to the senses. A heat caused by that T-Rex overcoming Sichuan peppers that sear your mouth, close your throat, swimming tears onto your eyes, cause smoke to come out of your ears, and as the heat goes down … it shuts your throat tighter than a strangler’s noose, before it comes to expand uncomfortably into your belly seeing an explosive exit through your anus, while gaining speed coursing your small and large intestine…

So tight does your body feel after that pepper gets inside of you and hits your “bottom” reaching all of your extremities and filling them up with heat — that you have to take some drastic action lest the fever overtakes you.

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So you’ve got to change things a bit, fan yourself, and drink some cool milk — just to cool down a bit, and this is the exercise that Charlie would always put me through just to see me savoring our conversation but not the food, all the while suffering through it, just to be with him and talk till my ears overheated and I couldn’t hear not more.

Old Charlie the joker, took far too much pleasure in torturing me with super-hot-chilly-pepper richly infused Schechuan food in a failed attempt to get me used to that belly burning variety of ethnic food, that some people try for fun, but I am unable to stomach or even to keep-it down — and that is what’s the most memorable thing to me about his work with people. He persisted.

And often times he succeeded to have people try and eventually keep deep down the gospel and the loving message of our loving Lord, and that’s why, for all the souls that he touched, and he managed to ignite the torch of Jesus Christ within — he was a pronounced a true life Saver.


Dr Churchill


And perhaps that is why he will sorely be missed now that the Communist party hard liners who choose to exterminate all the Christian missionaries — especially those that hold the home churches where people find God and Grace — have gotten hold of him and dispensed with his life amidst awful tortures and privations.

Am quite certain that Charlie — the incredible Genghis of Ghengdu, has earned his spot in paradise at the Elysian fields next to his heavenly father, no doubt.

Sadly that is a daily occurrence in China where apostolic missionaries of Love, like Charlie, the Gengis of Gengdhu, suddenly go missing, and their home churches demolished, their family disappeared, and their small children become the wards of the State.

Of course this inhuman communist state, gets its revenge, in “red meat” as they call it, when the pounds of flesh that represent the human organs, are harvested in China, by the State as state sanctioned revenge against the dissidents.

So as far as we know Charlie’s children were entered into the shady criminal state orphanages where they become unwitting, unwilling, and forced organ “donors,” as they await their time to return to their heavenly host, to be reunited with their earthly father the Genghis of Ghengdu.

The menu of human organs harvested illegally from unwilling folks in China has grown to epidemic proportions and we must seriously boycott that medical convenience trade because it harms all of us, and because that “Red Meat” is harvested illegally from young Christians, from prisoners of consciousness, from political prisoners, and from all kinds of Chinese martyrs who stand against the red tide of nazism and nihilism the communist party of China represents…

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And as this article on the rather circumspect scientific and thoroughly research verified and vetted article inside the NATURE magazine alludes to, not just about the obvious illegal and vastly immoral organ harvesting but about the publishing of the scientific research and results from such eminently rather widespread practices of organ harvesting in China :

Startling China organ claims raise alarm about transplant research

Researchers hope the conclusions of a people’s tribunal will pressure journals to reject papers that might include data from unethical transplants.
Web Link here:


Posted by: Dr Churchill | July 26, 2019

This is why dogs live less than their humans…

Why do our dogs live far less than us humans?

Here’s the surprising answer from a 6 year old child.

There once was a veterinarian who had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker, and this story is told from this person’s point of view…

The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I (Veterinarian) examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family that we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

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As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that dogs’ lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

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Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

• When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
• Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
• Take naps.
• Stretch before rising.
• Run, romp, and play daily.
• Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
• On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
• On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
• When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
• Be faithful.
• Never pretend to be something you’re not.
• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

That’s the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog.


Dr Churchill


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Posted by: Dr Churchill | July 23, 2019

The Butcher Of Beijing is dead…

The Butcher Of Beijing is dead…

Former Chinese Premier Li Peng has died in the government compound in Beijing long time after tens of thousands of students, workers, & pro-Democracy and pro-Liberty protesters were killed by his orders back in 1989.

Li Peng the butcher of Beijing outlived his hundreds of thousands of victims by a whole three decades — enough time to suffer from his memories until he died yesterday.

Li Peng had held many senior government positions in Communist China in the 1970s, 1980s, and in the 1990s. He died on Monday evening from an unspecified illness, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Xinhua described Li Peng as a “time-tested and loyal communist soldier, and an outstanding proletarian revolutionist, statesman and leader of the Party and the state.”

However, it was Li Peng’s role in the ultimate decision to send soldiers to clear Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4th and 5th of 1989, that was “the putsch” that took the power away from then ailing leader Deng Xiao Ping, and thus came for Li Peng to make the final call, and that is why Li Peng is rightly now called “The Butcher of Beijing” by the people, who know the truth in all things.

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History also has judged that Li Peng deserved this name because back in May 1989, as the pro-democracy protests gained strength in Tiananmen Square, Li angrily told students at a meeting that “The situation will not develop as you wish and expect.”

A day later, he told the public in a televised address that he was declaring martial law.

After 30 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen square jives with Li’s declaration that paved the way for troops to descend upon the peaceful protesters amongst those who died to defend Liberty and Democracy. Tens of thousands of people died, and although the government has never released a death toll and suppresses any discussion of the bloody incident — the mass graves of Tiananmen are legendary in their size and depth.

Today, the level of Chinese digital and physical censorship is so high, that the image of a man standing in front of a tank – one of the most iconic photographs ever taken – is completely blocked and totally unfamiliar to the people of China.

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A solitary figure in a white shirt and black trousers clutches a bag and stands in front of a column of halted tanks, a cluster of street lights floating to one side like balloons. The man’s shoulders are rounded, almost passive in front of the four tanks whose gun barrels are raised as if in an ironic salute.

Thirty years on from the violent crushing of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, the tank man’s identity remains unknown, and it is most certain that he is not alive long after the iconic photo was taken. But the photograph that captured his solitary moment of dissent in June 1989 remains one of the most memorable images of the last century, known universally as Tank Man.

Every Tank Man photo has a secret quality because the Man looks more vulnerable, and fragile since he is a common man asking a simple question to the soldiers:

“Why are you doing this?”

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My feeling is that this guy had no concern for his safety. He was fed up and just didn’t care. He just wanted answers…

On the 30th anniversary of the protests, we recall that the picture of the Tank Man was taken, on the 5th of June 1989, and that the man was later shot dead by the Chinese secret police…

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Tanks massed in Tiananmen Square in June 1989 as the Chinese authorities under orders from Premier Li Peng aligned their forces in order to crush the pro-Liberty students’ demonstrations in a bloody crackdown.

At a time of huge political turmoil in 1989 all over the world, with the Soviet Union’s collapse and the Berlin wall toppling, the unknown Chinese man’s face-off with the tanks came after weeks of demonstrations calling for democratic reforms that had rocked the capital of China Beijing, and with protesters on hunger strikes starting to occupy Tiananmen Square on the 13th of May 1989, asking politely for Liberty and a small measure of Democracy.

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Within days they were more than a million strong, all of them milling inside the vast Square at the center of Beijing.

Upon the orders of Premier Li Peng, the People’s Liberation Army was sent in on the 4th of June with a whole armored division of soldiers and tanks, who opened fire indiscriminately on the protesters, thus killing and injuring many tens of thousands amongst the young people of Beijing occupying the Tiananmen square’s center.

In a public diary entry about that time, Premier Li Peng, maintained that he “firmly stood on the right side of the line with Comrade Deng Xiaoping.” And of course, China’s Communist Party leadership doubled down on its support behind Li Peng’s martial law approach to the 1989 Tiananmen Democracy protests in its official state obituary on Tuesday.

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It said that at that time, Li Peng “took decisive measures to stop the unrest and quell the counter-revolutionary riots.” His decisions, the official obituary stated, “stabilized the domestic situation and played an important role in this major struggle concerning the future of the party and the country.”

“Bearing Witness Is Really All We Have” is a folio of the collective memories of covering the Tiananmen Square military attacks, murderous rage, and the burial of the protesters in mass unmarked graves — is the bloody aftermath and the only truthful account of what happened…

The Chinese Communist government’s staunch support for the deadly crackdown comes during tense times for China’s leadership, as mass protests in semi-autonomous Hong Kong against Beijing continue to intensify, and as the Uigur peoples’ Muslim majority is rounded up, and concentrated in the reeducation camps all over northern China to remain there and be “recivilized” for years to come…

Still, the glowing celebration of Premier Li Peng’s legacy within mainland China suggests Beijing isn’t willing to back down in 2019, against Chinese minorities, or the students, or the workers, or even the Hong Kong pro-Democracy & pro-Liberty protesters…

They give stern warning to all that a bloody crackdown is as much imminent today as it was back then on the early days of that bloody June of 1989, as presided over by the “Butcher of Beijing.”

What can you say?

Communists are communists, and a few tens of thousands of dead protesters for Freedom & Democracy — are simply a statistic in their minds, and an anomaly in their hearts.

No Heart.

No Conscience.

No Remorse, of any kind.

Just another bloody communist… who is now dead, thirty years after his many thousands of victims died in pain back in Tiananmen square on that bloody night of June 4th of 1989…

Cheers for the fallen soldiers of Liberty who died not in vain in Tiananmen square.

May your memory never be erased.



Dr Churchill


While Li Peng will be remembered internationally for the brutal and bloody legacy of the military tanks ordered to unleash their might by running over people with bloody and gummed up with human gristle tracks, lording it over Tiananmen Square — in China his economic strategy will likely rise to the fore, and he will be revered and remembered as pious leader, for as long as the Communists stay in power.

Because it was during his time as premier, that the economy grew considerably, the average lower class living standards improved, and the role of private businesses dramatically expanded — he is given kudos for achievements other than killing hundreds of thousands of people…

Indeed, Li implemented major economic reform, such as creating special economic zones and transforming a largely rural country into one of the biggest economies in the world.

Still, Li never received the historical acclaim and prestige that other leaders of his era, such as economic reformer and Li’s successor, Zhu Rongji, attained.

Li also strongly advocated for placing the Muslim minorities into the concentration & reeducation camps and he also pushed for the construction of the massive Three Gorges Dam, a giant infrastructure project to build a powerful hydroelectric dam across the Yangtze River. It displaced more than 1.4 million people and continues to be marred by environmental and construction issues.

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | July 23, 2019

The new British PM is finally pro-Britain…

Britain has chosen Boris Johnson to become the country’s next prime minister, replacing the feckless Theresa May who favored an accommodation with the German Angela Merkel leader of the EU, instead of carrying on the Brexit favored and voted upon by the citizens of the United Kingdom…

Boris Johnson the new PM, had this to say as he took office: “Today at this pivotal moment in our history, we again have to reconcile two sets of instincts, two noble sets of instincts, between the deep desire for friendship and free trade and mutual support, security and defense, between Britain and our European partners, and the simultaneous desire, equally deep and heartfelt, for democratic self-government in this country. We are getting ready to come out on 31 October. Come what may. Do or die. Come what may.”

The new Prime Minister Mr Boris Johnson, won the leadership because of Theresa May’s repeated failure to follow through on the Brexit electoral demand of the UK’s constituency and instead tried to fool the people into staying into the German led Union of the EU.

However, the new PM Boris Johnson assured all of us, that he will leave the EU by the current Oct 31 deadline, whether or not a deal is reached.

President Trump said: “He will be great!”


Dr Churchill


Indeed, my friend Boris, will be great.

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The current state of the US’s & UK’s “Special Relationship” is based on the term which was coined by Winston Churchill during the early stages of the Second World War, and it is an apt reminder of why Britain needs to “crash out” of the European Union today in a pel-mel fashion, by diving out headfirst…

Still back in the days after Winston Churchill’s greatness over the decades following the second world war, most US presidents were circumspect about assigning an elevated status to the special relationship with Britain, until today’s President who has warmed up to the idea swiftly.

Because during the decades of the Cold War — although the US and particularly the establishment Washington valued the United Kingdom as a vital and distinctive ally, especially for its pivotal role in the European theatre, as well as in the ASEAN and in NATO, the Atlantic alliance — they did not trust the “junior partner” very much because they were afraid that England was overrun with Cambridge Communists who were eagerly giving away all the secrets of the West to the Russians because of an immature idealism and a sense of entitlement and privilege.

Yet it was the close connection between the US and the UK that can be traced to June 1940, when the amazing defeat of France by Nazi Germany transformed the geopolitical map of the world, and pushed Churchill to gravitate towards his natural allies Stalin and Roosevelt.

And it was the continuing Churchillian British defiance against the mighty German NAZIs, that proved essential, in order to prevent a total Nazi and Axis powers global dominance, because my grandfather Winston Churchill knew that defeating Hitler would require both the Russian and the American participation in the war — and he sought to be the sentinel guarding Thermopylae with his 300K British troops rescued from Dunkirk, until such time that the Americans and the Russians would see fit to come to his aid.

And it was the capitulation of France and the unification of Europe under Adolf Hitler that caused the French collaborationist Petain government to break diplomatic relations with England — that caused Britain to crash out of Europe and finally decide to chart it’s own course with the only remaining natural ally the United States of America (Children of a Common Mother) and the countries of the British Commonwealth, dominions and empire, right along with the reluctant ally, Russia and her Soviet empire.

So, however the historically heroic Churchill and the Russian people suffered for the first two years of the war — it was President Franklin Roosevelt who in his weakened physical and mental state, was siting on the sidelines for the first two whole years of the war, waiting to see who would be declared the winner of this awful conflict, so he can make a separate peace with the Victor.

FDR as an opportunistic Democrat, did not mind the least bit to make an accommodation, if not an alliance with Herr Hitler, because he was fully convinced that most all of the American people were appeasers, who did not want to fight once again over Europe. And that was his terrible miscalculation, as seen by the independent Americans who rushed to the aid of Churchill as individual citizens paying their own way to cross the Atlantic and join the conflict as volunteers and patriots for the cause of the Ligtht, Liberty and Democracy, for this world.

Some of them had even been fighting alongside the Republican freedom fighters of Spain a few years prior to the Second World War — where the Germans perfected their technique of destroying civilians cities through brutal air bombing attacks against innocents in order to break the back of the resistance to their bloody aims and to the dark brutality of tyranny they exposed in order to install their evil empire as overlords of the whole of Europe and the rest off the World.

It was especially then that it became apparent to Churchill and to the British people that crashing headfirst out of Europe was pivotal to their survival — in the emerging age of German super-airpower, at a time when the U.S. was still focused on manufacturing tractors and automobiles, and could not match Germany’s aggressive armaments production tactics that were honed throughout the German NAZI conquest of Europe’s all manufacturing powers, and that of the Japanese juggernaut that had been unleashed and it was toppling state after state like dominoes falling all over Asia, and increasingly looking as the war will be ending with the Axis powers dominating all of Europe and Asia.

To his credit though, FDR however, also believed that, after the obscenity of the First world war, it was necessary to set out fresh principles in order to forge a more decent and stable world after the first world war — the “war to end all wars” and that is why he claimed that he dithered and prevaricated for two whole years, until the Japanese forced his hand, by destroying the American Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor, and effectively taking over the whole of the Pacific in one clean fell swoop.

Perhaps history has been too kind to FDR, and perhaps that is why, in the drafting of the Atlantic Charter, it was Roosevelt, even more than Churchill who affirmed the basic precepts of a rules-based liberal & democratic world order, including the right of self-determination of all peoples, the principle of no territorial changes by force, the reduction of trade barriers, the advancement of social welfare and the promotion of international disarmament — and all other future rights and benefits, as a lengthy magical wish list for the future of the World, after the second world war should have ended…

A tall order indeed, but after the fall of Pearl Harbor, it was that Atlantic Charter, which became the documentary basis of the “Declaration of the United Nations” in January 1942, when the UN was first convened in spirit and paper alone…”

And although the Allied victory in 1945 owed much to the Russian & Soviet Red Armies — because in the four years between France’s collapse and D-Day, it was the Russian Soviet forces that inflicted about 90% of the German army’s battle casualties and also suffered upwards of 90% attrition rates amongst the dead of the war — still the heart of the alliance was the US&UK allied powers, fighting together and forging a brotherly relationship.

And after the fateful first two years of the war during which time Britain stood alone — it was that convergence of the US & UK armed forces, that came to define the war effort as just one example of the close historical relationship between the two major powers, where the sharing of planning, armaments, defensive positions, spy-craft product, exchange of “signals intelligence” and the institution of the Combined Chiefs of Staff were the most notable examples.

And as this relationship was rooted in a shared heritage of classical political liberalism, going back to the English Parliament’s struggle against monarchical power and against the threat of invasions by tyrannical European powers in the 17th and 18th centuries — it also provided a backdrop for the future foundational stones of the “New World Order” edifice.

Still, the growth of American financial wherewithal coupled with American ingenuity and Yankee innovation of productions methods and engineering, created a significant armaments dominance as the war progressed, became the dominant factor of contention because Russia was bleeding its population suffering over 90% of the war dead, and Britain was similarly hemoraging as it was described by Josip Stalin in his conversation with Churchill and Roosevelt during the Teheran conference of the “Big Three” where he said that the war was being fought with American money, British strategy, and Russian men.

Backbiting naturally ensues amongst allies, and especially emanates form newspaper men, who in 1944 wrote in the British yellow press tabloids, funny comments about the “Yanks” being “oversexed, overpaid and over here,” thus prompting the American trope, that the Brits were “undersexed, underpaid and under Eisenhower.”

And amidst all that nonsense, is where the idea of a “Special Relationship” came in, with Churchill first amongst all British leaders feeling the time ripe for reconciliation amongst Allies, while believing, or at the very least hoping, that the junior partner (himself) could manage the senior partner, because of his vast diplomatic and strategic mind, and the fact of their shared language, cultural values, and that of the judo-christian religious concerns that most of the population of the two countries embraced.

“It must be our purpose to make use of American power for purposes we regard as good” is how another British Foreign Office memorandum put it, during the crazy days at war’s peak, back in 1944.

What’s more, being relatively new to “World Power,” the US would surely need the help, advice and guidance, of Great Britain, that at any rate had been a seasoned global power veteran over the few prior centuries…

Tellingly, a Foreign Office memorandum stated in 1944, that “It must be our purpose to make use of American power for purposes we regard as good, and if we go about our business in the right way, we can help steer this great unwieldy barge, the United States of America, into the right harbor.”

In 1943, Harold Macmillan, a future British prime minister, reached for a classical analogy to describe Allied Force Headquarters in Algiers. “We … are Greeks in this American empire,” he told a colleague languidly. “You will find the Americans much as the Greeks found the Romans — great big, vulgar, bustling people, more vigorous than we are, and also more idle, with more unspoiled virtues but also more corrupt.”

“We must run AFHQ as the Greeks ran the operations of the Emperor Claudius.”

A combination of American brawn and British brains—that was the conceit behind London’s conception of the special relationship.

In Washington, things naturally looked a bit different, not least because of the legacy of 1776, but because in all American folk memory and all of America’s textbooks, Britain, one might say, was the original “evil empire” — the brutal overlord, from which the Americans had escaped thanks to the combined efforts of the Founders, the Minutemen, the clergy and the much hoped for Divine Providence. Therefore, any deep cooperation with the British carried a rather steep price and a malodorous reputation…

Remember that when the US had entered the First World War in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson had demanded that it be called an “associated” rather than an “allied” power, in order to show that it did not share the imperialist values of Britain and France.

Similarly during the Second World War, one of Roosevelt’s primary strategic aims was to end all vestiges of European colonialism.

So in 1942, FDR’s insistence that Great Britain should concede independence to India, provoked a private threat of resignation from my grandfather Winston Churchill who saw the survival of the Empire linked to that of Victory and also saw it as paramount for the survival of Great Britain as well.

This was prophetic as we can see later, when during the Suez canal crisis of 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower pilloried Britain at the UN because he regarded the joint British and French invasion of Egypt to recover control of the Suez Canal as a grotesque reversion to the unacceptable 19th century empire habit of gunboat diplomacy…

Suez canal aside, it was in the Cold War and during the global struggle to confront and contain the spread of malignant communism, that British power became of the greatest value to NATO and the secret asset to the Americans.

But attitudes in Washington shift at a glacial speed, and as the US set out to confront communism world-wide, the new policy came into effect after the Westminster College of Missouri speech, where Winston Churchill spoke about “The Sinews Of Peace” and this is where my grandfather rather eloquently explained that in this new global struggle, British power was as great an asset for America as it had once been, during the ravages of the Second World War.

Because although Britain was teetering in retreat from her global Empire, she still had an industrial output in the early 1950s equal to that of France and West Germany combined, and its armed forces numbered nearly a million, trailing only the Soviet Union and the U.S. In 1952, Britain followed the superpowers in testing an atomic bomb, thereby becoming the world’s third nuclear-armed state. It also retained bases around the world at key strategic points, from Gibraltar to Singapore, which enhanced the projection of U.S. power.

Most U.S. policy makers still avoided the term “special relationship.” In 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson ordered all copies of a memo that used the phrase to be burned. He did not contest “the genuineness of the special relationship” but feared that, “in the hands of troublemakers,” the memo “could stir no end of a hullabaloo, both domestic and international.”

By 1962, Acheson believed that Britain was just about “played out” as a global power. His warning that it had “lost an empire and not yet found a role” touched a raw nerve in London, but Macmillan’s government had already decided to do as Acheson was urging and make the “turn” to Europe. Yet it did so in order to bolster the special relationship. The British cabinet concluded that “the Common Market, if left to develop alone under French leadership, would grow into a separate political force in Europe” and eventually might “exercise greater influence” on the U.S. than the British were able to do, which could undermine Britain’s position as “the bridge between Europe and North America.”

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In the event, the U.K. was kept out of the European Common Market all through the 1960s by French President Charles de Gaulle, who was still bitter at les Anglo-Saxons for marginalizing him during World War II. Even after the U.K. finally joined the European Community in 1973, its leaders continued to see their country as a bridge between America and Europe. Their tactic was to manage disagreement with U.S. policies discreetly, in contrast with the Gaullist practice of public denunciation. Britain’s axiom, one might say, was “Never say ‘no,’ say ‘yes, but’”—with the “yes” stated loyally in public and the caveats uttered behind closed doors.

Few U.K. leaders were more Americophile than Margaret Thatcher. Her rapport with President Ronald Reagan became legendary, though she could be caustic about him in private. She supported his firmness toward the old Soviet leadership but encouraged his opening up to Mikhail Gorbachev (a man with whom she famously decided she could “do business”). Even when furious about Reagan’s apparent readiness to sacrifice the principles of Western nuclear deterrence during the Reykjavik summit of October 1986, she responded with classic “closed doors” diplomacy. She invited herself to Camp David and “hand-bagged” the president into a public reiteration of NATO’s official policy.

President George W. Bush (right) and British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the White House, January 31, 2003. PHOTO: BROOKS KRAFT/CORBIS/GETTY IMAGES
Yet nothing Mrs. Thatcher said in private or public could stop the president from unilaterally sending U.S. troops into Grenada in 1983, even though this was a Commonwealth country and Queen Elizabeth was its head of state. And after 9/11, Prime Minister Tony Blair supported President George W. Bush over the invasion of Iraq, partly in the hope of bringing peace and democracy to the Middle East, but got little for his pains except a tarnished reputation.

Such episodes have prompted criticism that the special relationship is just a fig-leaf for the continued waning of British power. Yet the U.S.-U.K. relationship does remain distinctive in several respects. The sharing of military intelligence, dating back to World War II, has evolved into the so-called “Five Eyes” network of global surveillance among the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

No American ally other than the U.K. has been allowed the same access to U.S. nuclear technology and delivery systems.
The nuclear relationship is also truly special. No other American ally has been allowed the same access to U.S. nuclear technology and delivery systems, in the form of first Polaris and then Trident ballistic missiles. More amorphous, but equally unique, is the habit of consultation: British and American politicians, officials and members of the armed forces at all levels find it natural to talk with their opposite numbers. The common language helps, as does the historic commonality of worldviews and political values.

In consequence, the special relationship has proved a linchpin of the NATO alliance. The U.K., along with France, is the U.S.’s only European ally with a significant “out-of-area” military capability—as seen in the recent reinforcement of British and French forces in Syria, to allow the Trump administration to pull back U.S. troops. And the British are regarded as far more reliable allies than the French. As for the European Community and eventually the European Union, Britain’s membership and its trans-Atlantic bridging role have been supported by every U.S. administration from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.

Which brings us back to Mr. Trump and Mr. Darroch. Today, the cohesion of the West matters as much as ever in the face of a newly assertive Russia and China. Under fourth-term President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its continued interference in the domestic politics of Western democracies threaten the stability of the postwar order. Mr. Putin has recently dismissed liberalism as “obsolete.” In Beijing, President-for-life Xi Jinping has embarked on a grandiose strategy to take control of the South China Sea and to expand China’s global reach under the “one belt, one road” initiative.

In 2019, the U.S. remains the world’s leading military and economic power, but its hegemony is under threat from these challengers. Arguably it needs allies as much today as it did during the Cold War. (And yes, those allies definitely need to do more to sustain the alliance.) Yet President Trump has been erratic in his attitude to NATO, hostile toward the European Union and positively jubilant about Brexit—none of which is conducive to the solidarity of the West.

The Darroch affair might seem like a storm in a British teacup. But it also matters to the U.S. Mr. Trump has made no secret of wanting a Brexiteer as British ambassador. And Boris Johnson, the man likely to become Britain’s prime minister next week, pointedly refused to support Mr. Darroch in a recent TV debate. Mr. Johnson’s critics have suggested that he is anxious to appease the president in the hope of a favorable post-Brexit trade deal. Mr. Johnson says that he will “leave” Europe by Oct. 31, “do or die.”

Dr Churchill


Indeed, historically, the postwar special relationship has been most effective when Britain has had strong links with Europe as well as the U.S.

If anything now, Brexit will strengthen the special relationship, and thus the entire Western World will be strengthened at will.

A bientot then.

Let’s get out of the Germany’s Third Reich 2.0 already.

Crash out of it if necessary, walk out of it if need be, or simply waltz off into the brilliant English landscape of a sunny day.

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