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LaRouche's Record on Fighting Racism

        Review of even a small portion of Lyndon LaRouche's activities over the past four decades, shows the rantings of the Anti-Defamation Commission and the major media in Australia, that LaRouche is a "racist" or "anti-semitic", to be malicious, witting lies.

Economic Development For the Third World

        In his 1988 autobiography, The Power of Reason, LaRouche describes a seminal event in his young manhood that would deter-mine his later political direction. In 1946, the 24-year-old LaRouche was stationed in India doing military service with a U.S. medical corps. LaRouche recalls being approached by a group of Indians who were discussing politics, who wanted to ask "the American sahib" a question: Would the United States export textile machinery to India once India had its independence? LaRouche knew how important industry was to the Indians, both economically, and to their self-conception, being a symbol of escape from their wretchedly poor, third world conditions. LaRouche wrote, "I replied that I was only an unimportant soldier, who could not decide such things, but that I believed that my country should help an independent India secure machinery for its development. My questioners seemed pleased with that response."
        LaRouche's sense was that America's mission was to be a temple of liberty and a beacon of hope for mankind, which meant that it should help third world countries develop economically. "Since then, that has been my consistent and principal political commitment for our nation", he wrote. "It will always be so." With the founding of the International Caucus of Labor Committees in 1967, and Executive Intelligence Review magazine in 1974, LaRouche built a political movement to resurrect America's mission to promote peace in the world through economic development. As we document here, internationally, LaRouche has been at the centre of plans for a lasting peace in the Middle East, as well as economic development plans to promote civil rights and peace in Africa. And, in the United States, LaRouche's fight has seen him become a leader in the Civil Rights movement, working closely with the closest collaborators of the great, martyred Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

War on the Desert:
LaRouche's Oasis Plan for Middle East Peace

        LaRouche is the author of what has become known as the Oasis Plan for economic development of Israel and Palestine. The plan revolves around water and nuclear power. LaRouche has emphasised, that the extreme shortage of water in the area must be solved, if there is to be any durable peace between Israel and the Palestinians. As a solution, he proposed massive water desalination projects, powered by new-technology pebble-bed reactors. The map on the following page shows LaRouche's proposals, which helped shape the Oslo Accords of 1993, which, for the first time ever, specified economic development as the cornerstone of an Arab-Israeli peace agreement.
        LaRouche first presented his Middle East development proposal in April 1975, during a visit to Iraq for the Baath Party conference, and he was asked by Arab circles what support he could gain from the Israelis for such a plan. In an April 27, 1994 speech at the Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow, LaRouche recalled, "What I proposed—and I had some ready acceptance from certain circles in Israel and among some Palestinians and other Arabs—was the following thesis. I stated that the efforts to find a political solution to the Middle East conflict would not succeed under any circumstances, because we had extreme bitterness which could not be settled at the political bargaining table. Before we could have a political solution, we had to have an economic self-interest by both parties in a political solution. Some Israelis, of the type you would associate today with Shimon Peres, agreed. By early 1976 there was a very significant effort to bring this to success; but because of a radical shift in politics in Israel at the time, our efforts failed.... There was a brief effort to revive that on the Israeli side, as well as ours, when Shimon Peres was prime minister of Israel. What I believe were some very useful plans were brought to agreement; but we were cut off because of the change in government. The plan has been revived recently on the initiative of Shimon Peres in negotiations with Yasser Arafat. It could succeed; it is very much in jeopardy."

LaRouche's Oasis Plan to create new "rivers of water" in the Middle East, is the basis for a just durable peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

        One of the Israeli representatives LaRouche met with in 1975 to discuss his proposal was the late Abba Eban, Israel's former Ambassador to the U.S., and Foreign Minister. In The Power of Reason, LaRouche writes, "I had a delightful meeting with Abba Eban, in New York City. He has a first class mind, and he taught me something I have often remembered. He said, 'You are forgetting that some heads of government are clinically insane.' Out of this came my off-again, on-again contact with circles associated with Shimon Peres, leading naturally to my full support for his 1986 resurfacing of his longstanding views, in his proposal for a Middle East 'New Marshall Plan'. Peres' circles and I have been converging on agreement to such a solution since 1975."

U.S. President Harry Truman (left), Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban (centre), and Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion in the late 1940s, shortly after the founding of the state of Israel; LaRouche later met Eban to discuss Middle East Peace.

        History tells us that Peres' efforts to make economic development the basis for a peaceful settlement ultimately failed, particularly since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, and the subsequent rise to power of hardliners Benjamin Netanyahu and now Ariel Sharon. Interestingly, the most vicious attackers of LaRouche and the CEC in Australia were also Peres' and Rabin's main enemies in Israel. Isi Leibler caused a scandal in 1995 when he took it upon himself to write a letter on behalf of the Australian Jewish community to Prime Minister Rabin, sharply criticising his policies toward the Jewish settlers movement, one of whose members, Yigal Amir, became Rabin's assassin. Furthermore, prominently lending his support at the December 2000 launch of Victoria Premier Steve Bracks' racial vilification bill was millionaire mining magnate Rabbi Joseph "Diamond Joe" Gutnick, whose large financial contributions and campaign support on the slogan "Netanyahu is good for the Jews", were crucial in Netanyahu's 1996 election victory. Netanyahu, whom Mark Leibler's Australia/Israel Review has hosted on a trip to Australia, is the son of the former private secretary to Vladimir Jabotinsky, whom Israeli Founding Father and Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, used to call "Vladimir Hitler", for his overt admiration of the methods and outlook of the fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. As the CEC documented in its March 2001 pamphlet, The real story behind Queen Elizabeth's fascist racial vilification legislation, it was followers of Jabotinsky who founded the Australia/Israel Review, now headed by Mark Leibler.

Economic Development and Civil Rights for Africa

        A significant focus of LaRouche's international activities has been promoting economic development for Africa, against the genocidal designs of the IMF and World Bank, and the multinational companies of Africa's former colonial masters. As early as 1974, LaRouche was deploying the resources of EIR to study the implications of the IMF decimation of the African population through its draconian debt conditionalities. This "new colonialism" has been so effective in looting Africa, that Africa has become a net exporter of capital (EIR reported net outflow of capital reached $23 billion per year already in 1988/1989), and a major source for the outbreak of old and new diseases, as predicted by EIR's 1974 task force.
        At the time of his Oasis Plan proposal in 1975, LaRouche also proposed an International Development Bank (IDB) to replace the IMF. One of the great projects the new bank should immediately fund, LaRouche said, would be the development of the West African Savannah-Sudan-Sahel region as the breadbasket for all of Africa. In 1978 and 1979, LaRouche's Fusion Energy Foundation sponsored conferences in Washington, Paris and Rome on the industrial development of Africa, whose participants included several departments of the U.S. government and several African leaders.

Lyndon and Helga LaRouche with the former Borough President of Manhattan (New York City), Hulan Jack (standing). Now deceased, Mr. Jack was a longtime national leader in the U.S. Democratic Party, and help found the Committee for a New Africa Policy with the LaRouches in 1980. Mr. Jack endorsed LaRouche for President, and campaigned widely for him.

        In 1980, LaRouche joined forces with former Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack to form the Committee for a New Africa Policy. The committee carried out an extensive lobbying campaign for massive short-term aid to Africa, as well as for the longer-term development of infrastructure. Two years later, in October 1982, LaRouche's wife Helga LaRouche founded the Club of Life in opposition to the genocidal Club of Rome, which blamed all of Africa's problems on overpopulation. In 1984, the Club of Life's Africa Commission issued a white paper entitled "Emergency Measures to Stop the Food Crisis in the Countries of West, Central, East and Southern Africa".
        In 1985, LaRouche's National Democratic Policy Committee (NDPC) organised a 10,000-person demonstration in Washington against the IMF. In an NDPC pamphlet, LaRouche proposed the following development projects for immediate implementation: a modern trunk railway across sub-Saharan Africa, from Dakar to Djibouti; a modern trunk railway from the Marrakesh-Casablanca system down to the Dakar-Djibouti system; a modern trunk railway extending the Egypt-Sudan system to Lake Victoria ports in Uganda, to Mombasa and into Tanzania; a comprehensive fresh water management project for West Africa, centred upon the Senegal, Volta and Niger systems; the creation of a major catchment basin in Zaire (Congo), moving the surplus water into the Chari system in the Central African Republic and Chad (Fig. 1); and the establishment of a Nile-Victoria water management treaty organisation among Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zaire, Rwanda and Burundi, of which a key feature would be the Jonglei Canal project to improve the flow of the Nile (Fig. 1).

Figure 1: Lake Chad-Congo Basin, and Jonglei Canal Projects

        Between 1989 and 1994 LaRouche was a political prisoner in the United States, during which time EIR magazine kept pushing the issue of Africa's survival depending on economic development. The January 1, 1993 edition of EIR, for instance, was a special issue on "The Rebirth of Africa", in which LaRouche directly challenged the racist, Malthusian attitude of the world's elites toward Africa: "The fact remains, the development of the economy of Africa demands a substantial increase in the mean longevity of the African population. Without increased longevity, we cannot support the levels of education and leisure required by modern technology. Directly contrary to the Club of Rome and its accomplices, a relatively high birth rate is a precondition for rapid rates of economic development."
        Since his release from prison in 1994, LaRouche has made several visits to Sudan and Nigeria, the most maligned of the African nations (because they have bucked the IMF/World Bank), where he has met with leading officials of both nations. In 1994, EIR blew the whistle on the genocide in Rwanda and Burundi being perpetrated by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, and his London controller, then British Minister for Overseas Development Lady Lynda Chalker. In 1997, EIR again exposed the genocide the Museveni-Chalker crowd had perpetrated in Zaire at the hands of their thug Laurent Kabila (whom they later dumped, because he wanted to maintain the sovereignty of his country). At a packed conference in Walluf, Germany on April 26-27 of that year, Dr. Godfrey Binaisa, former President and Attorney-General of Uganda, and the founder of the African Civil Rights Movement, told the attendees, "If you follow what my friend Lyn LaRouche has been saying, so many times, about the building of infrastructure ... I think there are two infrastructures: the infrastructure of railways and roads ... and also the infrastructure, which we are lacking today, of democracy."

Mr. and Mrs. LaRouche meeting with then-Speaker of Parliament in Sudan, Dr. Hasan al-Turabi, January 1997.

Mrs. LaRouche meeting with Gidado Idris, Secretary to the Government of the Republic of Nigeria, in Nigeria in December 1997.

Longtime LaRouche collaborator Dr. Godfrey Binaisa, former President of Uganda, and Chairman of the African Civil Rights Movement.

In May 1997, LaRouche speaks to a conference in Walluf, Germany, organised by his associates, on the economic development of Africa.

Walluf conference attendees included many African diplomats and other African leaders.

LaRouche and U.S. Civil Rights:
the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

        At home, LaRouche has long been a key player in America's civil rights movement, working closely with some of the closest collaborators of Dr. Martin Luther King. These have included Amelia Boynton Robinson, King lieutenant Rev. James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Rev. Richard Boone, and attorney J.L. Chestnut, among others. In 1992, Bevel, who on King's behalf organised many of the famous non-violent campaigns in Alabama and Mississippi in the 1960s, was LaRouche's running mate in the Presidential election. Rev. Bevel toured Australia in 1994, on behalf of the CEC, to campaign against the Keating Government's attempt to introduce racial vilification laws. The "racist" Rev. Bevel was picketed by the International Socialist Organisation rent-a-crowds, including the Australian Union of Jewish Students. When questioned by ABC AM's Peter Thompson what he admired about LaRouche, Bevel replied, "Well, what is important about Lyndon LaRouche is his scientific discoveries in economics. As you know historically we have never had a civilisation that truly mastered physical economy, that is an economy that did not have slavery and prostitution. Lyndon LaRouche has done that."

Rev. Bevel (left), one of Dr. Martin Luther King's top lieutenants, carrying Dr. King's coffin.

Amelia Boynton Robinson addresses a Schiller Institute conference in Washington DC.

Civil rights leaders Rev. James Bevel, Amelia Boynton Robinson, and Hosea Williams joined the LaRouche organisation's demonstration against the statue of Ku Klux Klan founder Gen. Albert Pike, in Washington, DC.

        Amelia Boynton Robinson has been a long-time collaborator of LaRouche and his wife Helga, a close relationship which has seen Mrs. Robinson herself come under attack. A close personal friend of Dr. King's, Mrs. Robinson was one of the activists injured during the police charge against the protestors walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge, during the famous march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on March 7, 1965. She is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Freedom Medal for her selfless service over the past 50 years to the cause of civil rights, and Dr. King's widow, Coretta Scott King, said of Mrs. Robinson's 1991 autobiography, "In Bridge Across Jordan, Amelia Boynton Robinson has crafted an inspiring, eloquent memoir of her more than five decades on the front lines of the struggle for racial equality and social justice. This work is an important contribution to the history of the black freedom struggle, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone who cares about human rights in America."
        In that book, Mrs. Robinson explains why she joined the Helga LaRouche-founded Schiller Institute, of which she has long been the Vice President: "I joined the Schiller Institute because I found it to be continuing the civil rights struggle, in the footsteps, as it were, of Martin Luther King. As a board member who has worked with the Schiller Institute since its inception, I have found this organisation more able to carry out the program of Dr. Martin Luther King in the economic area than any other that I know. The organisation may not be the most popular, but this is because it is continuing the struggle for civil rights throughout the world, fighting drugs, corruption, injustice and discrimination. It was just such fighting against corruption, and challenging the highest public officials, for which Dr. King gave his life. The Schiller Institute has picked up the broken pieces of Dr. King's dream."

LaRouche testifies before a panel of state legislators investigating civil rights violations by the U.S. Department of Justice, which framed up LaRouche.

        As part of picking up the pieces, from August 31 to September 1, 1995, the Schiller Institute convened an extraordinary public hearing in Vienna, Virginia, U.S.A, to investigate allegations of gross misconduct by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), both in the frame-up it conducted against Lyndon LaRouche, and in its targeting of African-American elected officials for frame-up, through Operation Fruehmenschen, or Primitive Man, which saw the political careers of many black leaders destroyed. Among the black elected officials testifying their experiences were Herbert Fielding, a former chairman of the South Carolina Black Legislative Caucus who served a year in federal prison; South Carolina State Senator Theo Walker Mitchell, the first African-American to be the Democratic Party's candidate for governor; California political candidate Patricia Moore; and former Tennessee General Assembly Judiciary Committee chairman Ira B. Murphy. The panel hearing the testimony was chaired by prominent civil rights lawyer J.L. Chestnut, a former lawyer for Dr. King, and included eight black elected officials. Among the official observers were Dr. Kofi Awoonor, the former ambassador to the U.N. of the Republic of Ghana, and Amelia Boynton Robinson.

LaRouche addresses the National Black Caucus of State Legislators during his Y2000 campaign for the U.S. Presidency. Some key African-American legislators endorsed him for President.

        In 1999, LaRouche's work with the civil rights movement, and his support among African-American politicians, was reflected in his invitation to address the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) as a Democratic Party presidential candidate. LaRouche gave his address the same day then Vice President Al Gore addressed the same conference, much to Gore's displeasure.

LaRouche movement leaders Dennis Speed, Anton Chaitkin, and Michael Vitt, with Civil Rights leader Rev. Hosea Williams (right), demonstrating against the statue of KKK founder Albert Pike. Every week during almost the entire decade of the 1990s, the LaRouche organisation carried out demonstrations at the Pike statue, calling for it to be removed.

The LaRouche Organisation—An "International Jewish Conspiracy"?

        From 1992 until 1999, the LaRouche organisation held a weekly protest rally at a Washington D.C. statue of Confederate General Albert Pike, the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry during the Civil War, and one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan. The rallies were to protest the racism which still dominates the U.S. Establishment and much of the Federal government, particularly since U.S. President Richard Nixon made a deal with the KKK, as part of his 1966-68 "Southern Strategy", to take the White House based on a racist reaction in the South, to President Lyndon Johnson's having pushed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The statue dominates Judiciary Square, and pictured are LaRouche organisation leaders Dennis Speed and Anton Chaitkin, and veteran civil rights movement activist Hosea Williams (who led the Selma to Montgomery walk over the Edmund Pettus Bridge which the police charged, involving Amelia Boynton Robinson). In November 1992, Anton Chaitkin and Rev. James Bevel were arrested at the protest rally by the anti-terrorist squad of the National Park Service Police, and charged with "statue climbing". They easily beat the trumped-up charges, but the attempt at intimidation by the Establishment was clear, particularly since Chaitkin, an eminent historian and investigative journalist, and longtime associate of LaRouche, first exposed the proud KKK background of Judiciary Square's most prominent statue. The weekly rallies helped to expose the thoroughgoing racism of the U.S. Establishment. Since everyone knows that Albert Pike founded the KKK, why would his statue continue to be maintained, even protected, by the Federal government, right in the heart of the nation's capital, and in a city which is majority African-American, were it not for the fact that powerful forces wanted it there?
Anton Chaitkin's father Jacob led the American Jewish Congress' boycott of Nazi Germany in the 1930's, over the opposition of B'nai B'rith.
        Chaitkin is one of the most prominent members of the LaRouche organisation, or as it is sometimes jokingly known, the "international Jewish conspiracy"—a reference to the disproportionate number of Jewish members of LaRouche's association (of the 33 members of the LaRouche organisation pictured as defendants in the 1989 book Rail Road! who were charged along with LaRouche as part of the DoJ's attempt to shut down the LaRouche organisation, nearly half of them—14—are Jewish!) Anton Chaitkin himself is proudly Jewish, and, as he reports it himself, the Chaitkin family's fight against the freemasonic B'nai B'rith organisation goes back to long before he joined LaRouche in 1967. Chaitkin's father, Jacob Chaitkin, was the chief strategist and legal director of the boycott against Nazi Germany for the American Jewish Congress during the 1930s, when the American Jews began protesting against Hitler. Anton Chaitkin told a press conference at Canberra's National Press Club on August 2, 1995, "The B'nai B'rith at that time was loudly attacking the boycott against Nazi Germany." Another Jewish member of the LaRouche organisation, Jeffrey Steinberg, toured Australia in April 2000, and was the keynote speaker at the founding conference of the Curtin Labor Alliance in Western Australia.

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