Monthly Archives: January 2018

Resisting Tyranny: Struggling for Seed Sovereignty in Latin America

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Global Research, January 30, 2018

The Latin America Seeds Collective has just released a 40-minute film (‘Seeds: Common or Corporate Property?) which documents the resistance of peasant farmers to the corporate takeover of their agriculture. 

The film describes how seed has been central to agriculture for 10,000 years. Farmers have been saving, exchanging and developing seeds for millennia. Seeds have been handed down from generation to generation. Peasant farmers have been the custodians of seeds, knowledge and land. 

This is how it was until the 20th century when corporations took these seeds, hybridised them, genetically modified them, patented them and fashioned them to serve the needs of industrial agriculture with its monocultures and chemical inputs.

To serve the interests of these corporations by marginalising indigenous agriculture, a number of treaties and agreement over breeders’ rights and intellectual property have been enacted to prevent peasant…

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BOA Pays $3.4 Million in Last Minute To Settle Whistle Blower Case

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Here again is another example of sweeping wrongful conduct under the rug. Bank of America settles with 50 states attorneys general, promises the correct the wrongs, but doesn’t do a thing to a correct anything. They pay $3.4 million to settle hundreds of billions worth of claims and the homeowners don’t know that they have valid claims against the Bank — nor do they know they have valid defenses to foreclosure.

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Old Plantation, New Slave Masters: Short Reflection on “Independent Jamaica”

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Global Research, January 29, 2018

“The presence of a group of African sell-outs is a part of the definition of underdevelopment.”- Walter Rodney

Last year, Professor Rupert Lewis, a prominent Caribbean intellectual, was invited to provide a teach-in session on anti-establishment strategies in the 1960s and 1970s at the University of the West Indies, Mona in Jamaica. In the introduction of his presentation, he posed a crucial question to the participants: what were the organizing principles of the nation?

While internalizing this question, I experienced a detailed flashback in my mind about discussions my grandfather had with me about newly independent Jamaica.

The popular notion of Jamaica is a small state poised by the radiance of the sunshine, lush vegetation, lovely white sand beaches, a vibrant culture and talented people- the ideal tropical paradise to the “outside world”.

On the other hand, my grandfather provided mixed…

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On Contact: Coming Unrest with David North and Chris Hedges

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We the people and Accountability of lawyers

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Self-policing violates a basic principle of law. It will not work in a culture that does not tolerate “whistle blowers”. Honest lawyers seem unable to defend themselves against dishonest members of their profession. Lawyers control most of the government. In order to have a true democracy lawyers need to be accountable to “We the people”. David Arnold

Originally posted in Boston Broadside on line.


Part 1. “We the People”

The Constitution of the United States begins with “We the people of the United States,…”

Abraham Lincoln said “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

The United States of America is the best country in the world. The goal of many people in the rest of the world is to live in the United States. I always felt safe living in…

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Fifteen Years After the Invasion of Iraq: The Anglo-American Oil Giants Start to Flaunt the Spoils of Imperial Conquest

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By Rory
Global Research, January 27, 2018
Amity Underground 10 January 2018

After 15 years of repudiating claims that the invasion of Iraq was only initiated to seize Iraqi resources, large oil corporations fronted by former architects of the war who vacated to the private sector are flagrantly advertising their contracts for exploration and production of Iraqi oil fields to potential investors.

The British oil and gas company BP won the contract to operate the Rumaila Oil Field back in 2009, and now proudly boast of its new drilling capabilities on Twitter. Rumaila is simply huge; by some measures it is the third largest reserve of crude oil on the planet, and is currently extracting 100 million dollars worth of oil every day – enough to cover the annual health budget of Iraq under the wartime rule of the US coalition every five days.

BP Oil Corruption Iraq War, Rumaila Oil FieldRumaila Oil Field BP Extraction. Iraq War Oil Profiteering.

One of the board members of…

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The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade

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Washington’s Hidden Agenda: Restore the Drug Trade

Global Research, January 27, 2018
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First published in 2005, updated in January 2015 and April 2017. The US opioid crisis broadly defined bears a relationship to the export of heroin out of Afghanistan. There were 189,000 heroin users in the US in 2001, before the US-NATO invasion of Afghanistan. By 2016 that number went up to 4,500,000 (2.5 million heroin addicts and 2 million casual users).

Author’s Note and Update

Afghanistan’s opium economy is a multibillion dollar operation which feeds the surge of the US heroin market which is currently the object of debate and public concern. 

In the course of the last decade, there has been a surge in Afghan opium production. In turn the number of heroin addicts in the US has increased dramatically. Is there a relationship?  

“There were 189,000…

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Self-Serving Documents created by Self-Serving Servicers

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Services_Loan_Servicing Bank or Servicer with “Free House” they obtained by fabricating evidence.

The one BIG thing that is missing in most foreclosure litigation is that the documents submitted are hearsay.  The danger is that certain documents kept in the ordinary course of business have credibility and therefore may be admitted as an exception unless you move to strike them from the record immediately.

The point here is credibility — if the documents come from a third party unrelated to the litigation and with no possible interest in the outcome, then the authentication process is enough. But the closer you come to the proffered document being a self-serving piece of work produced solely for the purpose of litigation, the less the exception applies. In other words if the document is coming from a party to litigation it is immediately suspect, or should be. Much greater authentication is required when a party proffers…

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Seeds of Destruction: The Diabolical World of Genetic Manipulation

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PREFACE. This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO.

Global Research, January 26, 2018

Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people.”* -Henry Kissenger

Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation” by F. William Engdahl is a skillfully researched book that focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread.

This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO.  Engdahl takes the reader inside the corridors of power, into the backrooms of the science labs, behind closed doors in the corporate boardrooms. The author cogently reveals a diabolical world of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food…

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The Genocide Conspiracy Against North Korea: An Open Letter to the International Criminal Court

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Global Research, January 26, 2018

The American threats against North Korea continue to mount and with them the threat of the genocide of the people of North Korea by the United States of America and its allies. The meeting of the USA, Canada and other nations that attacked North Korea in 1950 held in Vancouver, Canada, on January 16, which some hoped would lead to a political solution, instead took on the character of a meeting of criminals who by their presence, agreement and actions made them parties to a conspiracy to commit genocide, a crime under the statute of the International Criminal Court and the Genocide Convention of 1948.

The threats made against North Korea are due to one single fact: the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea refuses to accept the world hegemony of the American Empire. It has nothing to do with…

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$35 Million and All is Forgiven

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Foreclosure law exists in its own separate universe. Ordinarily the final administrative finding that there were deficiencies in servicing and foreclosure processing would create, at a minimum, a presumption that these institutions could not be trusted to provide accurate information about the simple things like the identity of the creditor, the proper Plaintiff or beneficiary, the amount due and the authority of any of them to pursue foreclosures.

In the regular universe such an administrative finding would be cause enough to prohibit the use of legal presumptions for documents within the care, custody or control of the parties whose conduct was at best negligent and at worst fraudulent.

Such findings should be grounds to allow homeowners who were foreclosed to get the real information about whether their foreclosure was legal and proper — or anything close to that.


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World Economic Forum Meets in Davos Under Shadow of Crisis and War

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Global Research, January 24, 2018

On Tuesday, the World Economic Forum (WEF) opened in the exclusive Swiss Alpine resort of Davos, with some 3,000 corporate executives, government officials and celebrities convening for the ostensible purpose of discussing this year’s theme of “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.”

The gathering is overshadowed, however, by the accelerating fracturing of the global capitalist order, manifested in unprecedented levels of social inequality in every country, a sharp growth in trade war and the ever more immediate threat of an eruption of armed conflict, including nuclear war, between the major powers.

The well-heeled crowd at Davos, paying $55,000 each to attend, is guarded by a small army of 4,000 Swiss troops and 1,000 police, with a no-fly zone imposed overhead. Protests have been banned in the village—on the pretext that there has been too much…

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Obama’s Bailed Out Bros: General Electric ‘GE’ Under Federal Investigation For $6.2 Billion In Accounting Fraud

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General Electric Co. is under investigation by U.S. regulators after taking a larger-than-expected charge in its finance division, dealing a new black eye to a company once enshrined as an icon of American business.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking at the accounting practices related to a review of a GE insurance business as well as “revenue recognition and controls for long-term service agreements” in the power-equipment unit, Chief Financial Officer Jamie Miller said Wednesday.

The company is cooperating fully with the inquiry, which is in the early stages, she said. Miller told analysts and investors on a conference call that she isn’t “overly concerned” about the issues under scrutiny.

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Global Capitalism and Livelihoods Denied: Whipping India’s Farmers into Submission

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Global Research, January 23, 2018

In India, there is a push to drive people from the countryside into cities. The mainstream narrative implies that urbanisation is natural in the evolution of societies and constitutes progress. The World Bank wants India to relocate 400 million people to urban centres. Former Chief Finance Minister P. Chidambaram once stated that 85% of the population would eventually live in cities, which would mean displacing many more than 400 million people given that the country’s population is heading towards 1.3 billion and that over 60% reside in rural India.

It is easy for some to conflate urbanisation and progress and to believe this is how to ‘develop’. But societies do not ‘evolve’ in a unilinear way. Policy makers merely look to prosperous countries and see the bulk of their populations living in cities with a small percentage working in (heavily subsidised and…

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Richest One Percent Bagged 82 Percent of Global Wealth – Poorest Half of Humanity Got Nothing

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Oxfam Report on Global Wealth in 2017

Global Research, January 23, 2018
Oxfam International 22 January 2018

Featured image: Line-workers make trousers and jackets for international brands at a garment factory in Dong Nai province, Vietnam, on November 21, 2017. (Source: Oxfam International)

Eighty two percent of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth, according to a new Oxfam report released today.  The report is being launched as political and business elites gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Reward Work, Not Wealth’ reveals how the global economy enables a wealthy elite to accumulate vast fortunes while hundreds of millions of people are struggling to survive on poverty pay.

  • Billionaire wealth has risen by an annual…

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TB vaccine SCAM: Scientists gave 1,400 babies a new vaccine for tuberculosis despite FAILED safety trials


Image: TB vaccine SCAM: Scientists gave 1,400 babies a new vaccine for tuberculosis despite FAILED safety trials

(Natural News) An investigation by the British Medical Journal has exposed a horrifying vaccine scam that took place in the same place that many unethical vaccine stories come from – Africa. There, babies were used as guinea pigs to test out a vaccine after the monkeys it was tested on died.

According to the report, nearly 1,400 infants in South Africa were given an experimental vaccine for tuberculosis by academics from Oxford University that was linked to monkey fatalities in tests. In an informational paper issued to the parents of the babies who got the jab back in 2009, it is claimed that the vaccine was “shown to be safe and effective” despite the fact that five out of six monkeys in the trial became so ill that they had to be put down.

While none of the babies were believed to be harmed by the vaccine, it…

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US Needs to Kick Cold War Habit and end its Addiction to Militarism

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By Finian Cunningham

January 22, 2018 “Information Clearing House” –  The National Defense Strategy unveiled by Pentagon chief James Mattis illustrates once again the revanchist Cold War mindset dominating Washington which is the inevitable expression of the US’ destructive addiction to militarism.

More than a quarter century after the official end of the Cold War between the US and the former Soviet Union, Washington has the cheek to label both Russia and China as “revisionist powers.”

Policy and discourse dominating Washington shows it is the US that is the biggest “revisionist power,” trying to revive ideological tensions and antagonism with Russia and China.

Defense Secretary Mattis declared last week that fighting non-state terrorism was no longer the primary focus of US national security. He said the “great power competition” with Russia and China was the new priority.

Mattis’ National Defense Strategy echoed themes contained…

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