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What They’re Not Telling You About Monsanto’s Role in Ukraine | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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Will this be a takeover of Ukraine’s farmland?

by
Christina Sarich

There are many facets to the conflict in Ukraine that have been overlooked by most media outlets. The role of western biotech firms is just one of them. (Image: via Natural Society)

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is helping biotech run the latest war in Ukraine. Make no mistake that what is happening in the Ukraine now is deeply tied to the interests of Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other big players in the poison food game.

Monsanto has an office in Ukraine. While this does not shout ‘culpability’ from every corner, it is no different than the US military’s habit to place bases in places that they want to gain political control. The opening of this office coincided with land grabs with loans from the IMF and World Bank to one of the world’s most hated corporations – all in support of their biotech takeover.

Previously, there was a ban on private sector land ownership in the country – but it was lifted ‘just in time’ for Monsanto to have its way with the Ukraine.

In fact, a bit of political maneuvering by the IMF gave the Ukraine a $17 billion loan – but only if they would open up to biotech farming and the selling of Monsanto’s poison crops and chemicals – destroying a farmland that is one of the most pristine in all of Europe. Farm equipment dealer, Deere, along with seed producers Dupont and Monsanto, will have a heyday.

In the guise of ‘aid,’ a claim has been made on Ukraine’s vast agricultural riches. It is the world’s third largest exporter of corn and fifth largest exporter of wheat. Ukraine has deep, rich, black soil that can grow almost anything, and its ability to produce high volumes of GM grain is what made biotech come rushing to take it over.

As reported by The Ecologist, according to the Oakland Institute:

“Whereas Ukraine does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, Article 404 of the EU agreement, which relates to agriculture, includes a clause that has generally gone unnoticed: it indicates, among other things, that both parties will cooperate to extend the use of biotechnologies.

There is no doubt that this provision meets the expectations of the agribusiness industry. As observed by Michael Cox, research director at the investment bank Piper Jaffray, ‘Ukraine and, to a wider extent, Eastern Europe, are among the most promising growth markets for farm-equipment giant Deere, as well as seed producers Monsanto and DuPont’.”

The nation WAS Europe’s breadbasket – and now in an act of bio-warfare, it will become the wasteland that many US farmlands have become due to copious amounts of herbicide spraying, the depletion of soil, and the overall disruption of a perfect ecosystem.

The aim of US government entities is to support the takeover of Ukraine for biotech interests (among other strategies involving the prop-up of a failing cabalistic banking system that Russia has also refused with its new alignment with BRICS and its own payment system called SWIFT). This is similar to biotech’s desiredtakeover of Hawaiian islands and land in Africa.

The Ukraine war has many angles that haven’t been exposed to the general public – and you can bet that biotech has their hands in the proverbial corn pie.

© 2015 Natural Society

Christina Sarich is a contributing writer for the Natural Society.

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Where there is riot – There is gas – English pravda.ru ( intro by ohnwentsya)

While I find the weird blaming of or singling out of Jewish people extremely bizarre in this and other articles on the machinations behind international politics, the article is otherwise useful. So I ask you all to ignore that if possible-I personally believe this theme may be related to a confusion of the nature of the 1%/elites as an ethnic group rather than a class based distinction.

I am sure that confusion is not accidental and has been used for various unpleasant political ends but humans are very easily led by prejudice especially racial and religious prejudice that reinforces a feeling of superiority in the insecure.

Rather than not publish this which is an interesting dissection of the underhanded manipulation going on internationally and the, as always, financial reasons for it; I have decided to address this weird subtext that seems to unfortunately blight far too much otherwise important and illuminating online information.

I hope that those who indulge their racist tendencies in their online writing will soon realize that such pointless digression only serves to alienate potential readers and destroy all chance of their information achieving widespread awareness in others.

Whatever percentage of the 1% (elites/bilderberger/illuminati or whatever you designate the vile ruling class on our planet) may in fact be ethnically or religiously Jewish, they are not in any way representative of or directly associated with the vast majority of ethnically or religiously Jewish people on Earth.

They are, just like the rest of their class, people who have accumulated vast wealth and in many cases are determined to maintain that power at all costs.

Not every wealthy person is like that (Warren Buffett, hello?) but those we refer to as the 1% usually are the people for whom the rest of humanity is an unimportant afterthought.

That is not a tenet of ANY religion I know of, except Satanism which is only a bastard stepchild of Christianity-a reactionary offshoot not really a religion per se.

Sorry to ramble on but I am frustrated by so many articles having this weird racist nonsense distracting from information that needs to become more widely known.

The current wars over resources-primarily fossil fuels but also water-are being sold as all kinds of things they are not. If we want peace we have to understand why we have war-and how it is brought about despite widespread preference for peace.

Too many have suffered and died on all “sides” for greed. It needs to end now. If we want to elude extinction as a species we have to use the skills and blessings that allowed our species to survive the ice ages, all sorts of climate instability and other difficulties to become the dominant species over the majority of our planet.

Contrary to the story promoting war and competition over resources the number one skill and blessing we have that kept us alive is altruism. The ability to work together, to create win-win situations and to sacrifice personal or immediate gratification for the benefit of the group.

If we work together to solve the problems we face as a species we will not only solve them, we will bring about the fabled golden age of peace and prosperity for all.

The level of global interconnection and rapidly evolving technology that we now have, without the drag of conflicts,war, violence and greed holding us back , should be sufficient to resolve every issue we now face-from climate change to hunger to infectious disease and pollution.

All we need is the strength to let go of prejudice, hatred and greed and join our minds and hearts in pursuit of solutions for all instead of constantly seeking advantage for our group at the expense of others suffering.

It’s so simple.Why aren’t we doing it already?

ohnwentsya

Where there is riot – There is gas
16.03.2014

Poor Ukraine, they have no idea where they are being lead. Blinded by the rose coloured bifocal spectacles of Democracy and Freedom they cannot see the manoeuvring of the business cartels who with the active assistance of the IMF and World Bank are intent on reducing their country to bankruptcy and the people to eternal servitude; back to the Middle Ages and Serfdom.

So determined to rid themselves of the corruption of a democratically elected President, they can’t wait to whore themselves to the EU pimp who plies Euros in exchange for souls. They are convinced that somehow the West is going to offer a solution to their perceived hardship and corruption that they have suffered. Corruption that has been unleashed by the West on the former Soviet Union through the dismantling of the Soviet System and the ensuing vacuum that allowed the cartels to flourish and take power. The corruption will continue even after the illegitimate government is installed; it will just be more insidious, pervasive and suffocating and this time – impossible to escape from.

There is no immediate panacea for the malaise Ukraine is undergoing [or some other former Soviet States for that matter] – in truth, they were better off under Soviet control; at least their welfare was secured. But no, they wanted their Freedom! Freedom is allowing the business cartels to do what they want in your country – that is Western freedom.

Russia is fighting her way out of the corruption and problems left behind from the collapse of the Soviet system and the treachery of Gorbachev. Putin has been fighting the criminal Jewish oligarchs and slowly dismantling their corruption and hold on power; but this is not an over-night fix. It is a slow fight and one that Putin is winning, against much pressure from the West and within. Ukraine need(s) to understand that the offer of assistance from Russia, without the austerity package that goes with the EU Europe loan, was really the best deal for Ukraine. Russian sentiment for the Ukraine is fraternal – the EU’s sentiment for the Ukraine simply commercial.

I wrote an article – The Ukraine Fireman and “outed” just who was behind the current problem in Ukraine. The article attracted the usual anti Russian commentators including the PRAVDA troll Hjelpsom Mann who pontificated as following:

Hjelpsom Mann в 23:51 11 марта

So the stupid coward who wrote all this nonsense, hateful, nationalistic, disgusting propaganda rubbish does not even dare to tell his or her name… The Pravda blog is sinking deeper and deeper into rubbish.

I usually refrain from replying about comments but this rant really is not only over the top, it is also outright untrue. From someone who professes to abhor hate speech, this guy certainly spouts his fair share of hate and vitriol toward PRAVDA and Russia. He also engages in presenting ideas of his as facts. The truth is, I have no problem at all identifying myself and have done so in all the articles I have written for PRAVDA; it just so happened that this time the Editor was so busy that he inadvertently omitted my credit.

As for the inconsequential comment that PRAVDA, unlike CNN, doesn’t have reporters on the ground – I’ve seen CNN reporters on the ground; two of them supposedly across town from each other but both having the same bus and car pass by in the background as they both stood in the same car park! Or reporting from the “War Zone” in Syria only to be in a made up studio and playing war sounds in the background – yeah, that’s real reporting! PRAVDA offers an alternative to the manipulated News coming from the likes of CNN/VOA and thank God for that! Bless those Americans who can see the problem and speak against it.

Now for those in the West who should know and for those in Ukraine who need to know, I will outline the game being played here.

Wherever energy is involved, so too is big money and big corporations and big countries – Western countries are corporations, they are businesses listed on the stock exchange so forget any notion of democracy or patriotic loyalty to your country – they are a for profit organisation.

Current turmoil is all based on gas – getting gas to Europe to remove the European dependency on Russian gas and thus Russia’s bargaining power over Europe. Reducing the European market also may well have the effect of reducing Russia’s foreign exchange and therefore, wealth of the country. A weaker Russia, a poorer Russia will be easier for the West to control.

A very large gas find has been made off the coast of Syria, the Leviathan field – which in effect extends outside the Zionist occupied land and Lebanon. Bashar Al Assad was prepared to grant concession to Gazprom and the Russian interests would have controlled this completely. Guess who had to go – Bashar Al Assad needed to be replaced with a “Free Syria” [euphemism for Western Puppet government]. The Zionists had a vested interest in this, so too Turkey and the Saudis’ and a large conglomerate of “International” companies, headed by an American company with a 30% stake would develop the huge gas field and the gas was to be shipped into Europe via Turkey.

But oh dear, Bashar Al Assad was stronger than they though and the people of Syria were prepared to fight – into the third year and the Free Syrian criminals are on a hiding to nothing. Syria will likely get to develop the gas field if they can rid themselves of the infestation of foreign mercenaries and takfiri terrorists. So an alternative plan needed to be hatched.

The Zionists are going to develop the field with the help of the “international conglomerate”. Pushing aside claims by Lebanon and Cyprus to the field, these penny pinchers of the world are now looking to how they can get “their” gas into Europe. They plan to by-pass Turkey – notice lately how Turkey has seemingly started to turn against the Free Syrian terrorist; wouldn’t have anything to do with them missing out on the gas pipeline now, would it?

The Ukraine already has the gas pipelines crossing it’s country which feeds much of Europe and the four puppy states so concerned about the possible gas crisis. The logical solution is to connect the Mediterranean gas with the existing pipeline and get it into Europe quickly. But there is a problem for them here too – Ukraine has a President sympathetic to Russia and reliant on Russia for gas and trade. No problem however for the Neocon psychopaths; just stage yet another coloured revolution, kill innocents, cause confusion, sow their propaganda message of democracy and freedom and in the confusion, oust the elected leader and install their puppets. With their puppets in place, they can complete the gas pipeline AND the IMF/World Bank gets another victim. It’s a win-win for all concerned and a total loss for Ukraine.

Wake up people – Ukraine – wake up!

I ask anyone, rather than printing your churlish and puerile anti Russian rhetoric, try arguing the facts. Let’s see your true IQ Hjelpsom Mann – try thinking of something worthwhile to say.

Jim Jones

New Zealand

http://english.pravda.ru/society/anomal/16-03-2014/127114-riot_gas-0/


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Between Revolution and Tyranny: A Fluid and Highly Permeable Line

Between Revolution and Tyranny: A Fluid and Highly Permeable Line.

This is an excellent explanation of how we are being manipulated and how these protest movements are often not what they seem-and even when they are, they are often screwed over by those who “help” them.

Between Revolution and Tyranny: A Fluid and Highly Permeable Line

Musa al-Gharbi, Truthout: Being anti-revolution isn’t sexy – but then again, neither is watching the intentions, efforts and sacrifices of activists be manipulated in such a way as to give rise to even greater injustice, oppression and misery, as is often the ultimate fate of revolutions.

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Tikkun weighs in on Ukraine Monday March 3, 2014

Editor’s Note from Rabbi Michael Lerner:

One thing I’m sure of is that media accounts available in the United States are so tainted by anti-Russia and U.S. nationalist and capitalist interests that we have no idea of what is really happening in Ukraine.

It is clear that the U.S. involvement is not “out of the blue,” but part of an ongoing campaign to increase NATO power and Western economic penetration of the countries surrounding Russia, stimulating for some Russians reminders of the previous trauma of being attacked by the Nazis and others through the Ukraine, where pro-fascist, anti-communist and anti-Semitic sentiments ran strong and welcomed foreign interventions. While we at “Tikkun” have some doubts about parts of the analyses by Robert Parry and Norman Solomon presented below, I am sharing them because they have the advantage of momentarily challenging the dominant discourse, though in ways that represent its own peculiar perspective. And they do have some plausibility-we know that much of the neo-con perspective on the world is based on an amalgam to two somewhat different commitments that have been welded together:

a. the neo-cons whose primary goal is to maintain and expand the U.S. economic and political empire and

b. the neo-cons whose primary goal is to protect Israel and destroy all of its potential enemies–a list that grows longer and longer as long as Israel retains its dominance over the Palestinian people and denies them fundamental human rights.

These two goals come together as long as the United States is perceived by the neo-cons as the primary and sole reliable ally of Israel, and all others are suspected of being willing to see Israel destroyed. Russia’s backing of Iran and Syria are seen as threatening to Israel and threatening to the domination-interests of American political and economic interests, so renewing the Cold War with Russia is from the neo-con standpoint an important goal.

Ironically, however, the neocons seem all too willing to ignore the fascistic and proto-Nazi elements in the coalition that last week overthrew the democratically elected and pro-Russian government. But for those of us Jews who have not drunk the neo-con cool-aid, it’s not hard to see that the one thing that might reunite all elements of both sides is anti-Semitism, which has a long and disgusting history in both Russian and Ukrainian nationalism, and very little has been done in either society to root out the teachings and the aspects of popular culture that retain that undercurrent of hatred against Jews.

For us, neither side looks particularly appealing, and a U.S. crusade on one or the other side of this conflict seems deeply misguided. So it is particularly distressing to watch the U.S. news media frame this whole issue as one in which President Obama is being called upon to prove his “toughness” (read: manliness) by standing up to the Russians.

We’d prefer if he would stand up to Israel’s Netanyahu and do the one thing that would best help the Jewish people, namely using American economic and political power to push Israel toward an accommodation with the Palestinian people, thereby actually enhancing Israel’s long-term survivability. But that, of course, would be portrayed by the neo-con dominated media as capitulation to Arabs and lack of backbone. Yet even a much smaller gesture-articulating to Israelis a vision of what a fair-minded and sustainable agreement would contain, such as I outline in the Winter 2014 issue [ http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/what-terms-for-middle-east-peace-would-actually-work ] of “Tikkun”, could make a huge impact in moving the whole discourse toward peace. Well, I’m not holding my breath, because Obama is in fact without backbone to stand up to the neo-cons and their powerful media friends, and that means without the backbone to do this one thing an American president could do to create the preconditions for a lasting Middle East peace. That will not be facilitated by a renewed Cold War. It remains to be seen if Obama has the backbone to stand up to those who are cheerleading for this new Cold War with Russia.