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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

THE NEW WORLD DISORDER Taxpayer dollars support U.S.-Mexico merger plot 'Continental future' promoted at elite, tax-funded American University center

Posted: October 17, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern
By Joseph Farah
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WASHINGTON – The master plan for merging the U.S., Mexico and Canada is being devised in American University's Center for North American Studies whose faculty is subsidized by the U.S. State Department through the Fulbright Program.

For example, joining the center this fall as a visiting chairman in North American studies is Canadian Donald Avery, professor emeritus in the history department at the University of Western Ontario. He arrives at American University through the Fulbright Program, funded through the U.S. State Department.

The university's Center for North American Studies is headed by Robert A. Pastor, the architect of a plan for a North American Union modeled after the European Union – complete with its own currency, the Amero, replacing the dollar.

"The Center for North American Studies (CNAS) at American University aims to educate a new generation of students to begin a North American journey comparable to that begun in Europe five decades ago," explains the center's website. "The center examines the differences and shared characteristics of Canada, Mexico and the United States; compares the North American experiment with Europe's; and challenges students and faculty to imagine a continental future."

The program goes so far as to hold annual mock sessions of a North American Parliament in which students from the three countries participate.

Recently the program also launched Norteamerica Journal to keep up with all the activities leading to this new North America consciousness cooked up at the center under the direction of Pastor.

In fact, American University's newsletter of the office of international affairs boasted about the center's leadership – and Pastor's specifically – "in shaping public policy toward North America."

"Building on the leadership role it played in the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on the Future of North America, which issued a major report in May 2005, CNAS also played an important part in leading to the March 2006 Cancun Summit," the newsletter said. "CNAS Director Dr. Robert Pastor wrote the cover story for Newsweek International's March 27 issue. In April, he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations about North America's second decade. In June, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bill to establish a North American Investment Fund, an idea developed by CNAS. Dr. Pastor is also a member of the North American Forum, a group comprised of 75 leaders from the three countries and co-chaired by George Shultz, former U.S. secretary of state; Peter Lougheed, former premier of Alberta, Canada; and Pedro Aspe, former finance minister of Mexico."

WND contacted Pastor's office yesterday, to be told he was in Nigeria for much of this week. An e-mail was sent to his office to be forwarded to him, seeking comment.
Eric Watnik, the State Department's deputy spokesman for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said the "ultimate goal" of the planning is just what the name, "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America," includes: "Security" and "Prosperity."

"We're three independent countries. We're doing what's best for the U.S. What's best for the U.S. is having a secure and prosperous relationship with our neighbors," he said. "I think we're talking about the common agendas that we need to discuss in order to live as neighbors."
"I don't think giving up sovereignty is on the table," he said.

The Council on Foreign Relations first offered up a public blueprint for what strikes many Americans as a plan for merger or "integration," as it is sometimes called by the advocates of the plan, of the three North American neighbors. It came in "Building a North American Future," a May 2005 CFR task force report – a task force co-chaired by Pastor.
The Cancun Summit referred to by the center was the 2005 meeting between the three leaders of North America at which President Bush reaffirmed his support for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.

Many SPP working groups appear to be working toward achieving specific objectives as defined by a May 2005 Council on Foreign Relations task force report, which presented a blueprint for expanding the SPP agreement into a North American union that would merge the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a new governmental entity.

Here's what Pastor wrote in that international edition of Newsweek – a version of the magazine specifically not distributed in the U.S.: "Five years ago, U.S. President George W. Bush visited Mexican President Vicente Fox at his home in Guanajuato. The two pledged to consult their Canadian counterpart and together build 'a North American economic community whose benefits reach the lesser-developed areas of the region and extend to the most vulnerable social groups in our countries.' They have, in fact, made no progress toward those goals. Since then, the war in Iraq, friction over illegal immigration, violence along the U.S.-Mexico border and a lack of compliance on trade agreements have resulted in a marked deterioration in U.S. relations with its neighbors. According to polls, the percentage of Mexicans and Canadians with a favorable view of the United States has fallen by nearly half since 2000."
Pastor went on to decry the lack of progress toward his dream of a United States of North America, calling the SPP a "timid, paper-shuffling exercise that measures success by the number of bureaucratic meetings."

"What they should do is think far more boldly," he wrote for the international audience. "The only way to solve the most pressing problems in the region — including immigration, security, and declining competitiveness — is to create a true North American Community. No two nations are more important to the United States than Canada and Mexico, and no investment will bolster security and yield greater economic benefits for America than one that narrows the income gap between Mexico and its North American partners."

Pastor warns that crackdowns on illegal immigration into the U.S. won't help stop the flow of Mexicans. He blames the income gap between the two countries, a gap, he admits, was worsened by the North American Free Trade Agreement, which spawned most of the North American Union plans.

Pastor says the model for real progress is Europe.

"Valuable lessons can be gleaned from the continent that supplied America's original pool of immigrants," he wrote in the Newsweek piece. "When the European Union added Greece, Spain and Portugal as member countries in the 1980s, it channeled massive amounts of aid to these newcomers and Ireland to narrow the income gap separating them from more-prosperous nations like Germany and France. About half of the $500 billion in aid was spent unwisely; the best investments were in roads and communications linking these four countries to richer markets. Between 1986 and 2003, the per capita GDP of the four nations rose from 65 percent of the average EU member country's economic output to 82 percent. Spain spent much of the $120 million it received on new roads that boosted commerce and tourism. As a result, Spanish immigration to other EU countries all but ceased. Ireland now ranks as the second richest member of the EU in per capita terms — and for the first time in its history, it is actually receiving rather than sending immigrants."

Pastor believes such a wealth transfer – from north to south – could "double Mexico's rate of GDP growth."

The funds, he suggests, should be administered by the World Bank.

While Pastor's center boasted about the introduction of a bill by Cornyn to create a North American Investment Fund, it does not mention that Cornyn withdrew all support for the bill after a WND report exposing it as part of the North American Union plot.

WND also blew the whistle on the most recent semi-secret meeting of the North American Forum in Banff, Canada. Among those participating in the meeting were Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Shultz, former Central Intelligence Agency Director R. James Woolsey, former Immigration and Naturalization Services Director Doris Meissner, Pastor, former Defense Secretary William Perry, former Energy Secretary and Defense Secretary James Schlesinger and top officials of both Mexico and Canada.
In addition to providing the funding for faculty members at American University's Center for North American Studies, the State Department Fulbright Program for exchange students between the three countries is also promoted on the center's website. Many of those Fulbright scholarship winners wind up participating in Pastor's mock North American Parliament sessions.
The State Department's Fulbright programs dealing with the U.S. and Mexico are called COMEXUS and their literature emphasizes working toward "the binational agenda."
Meanwhile, American University, with the help of federal subsidies of its agenda, is calling itself the "Premier Global University."

"The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has taken as its mission the job of stretching or redefining the boundaries of the universe that defines the student's search," writes Pastor in the fall newsletter.

One of the ways he does that, he writes, is through the work of the Center for North American Studies, where "we are trying to stretch the minds of our students and the wider public to think of themselves not just as Americans, Canadians and Mexicans but also as North Americans."
The Fulbright programs of the U.S. State Department are named in honor of the late Sen. J. William Fulbright, a Democrat from Arkansas serves as the powerful chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 16 years and mentored future president Bill Clinton. Fulbright was known as one of Israel's harshest critics and also for his vehement opposition to the war in Vietnam after Republican Richard Nixon became president.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm seeking the truth on what's happening in our world and I can't believe what I'm learning! How can we be allowed to be turned into this North American Union? I came across another article called When is Constitution Day that even shows video of a guy running for Senate saying that this merger will happen along with national ID cards. When will people decide that we can't do this?