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Labour Party seeks amendment to Brexit bill to avoid isolation from Europe

UK’s opposition Labour Party is planning to file an amendment to legislation regarding Britain’s official...

ISIS planning more terror attacks in Europe, captured documents reveal

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is planning attacks across Europe, according to intelligence seized by...

The ‘Trump Effect’ Hits Europe

America’s vassal states of Europe were expecting a Hillary Clinton victory and were gearing up for a New Cold War with Russia, so Trump’s...

Scratch & sniff: Britain tops Europe for cocaine use & gonorrhea cases

Britain has been named the European capital of cocaine consumption and gonorrhea, according to a...
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Video: Nuclear umbrella: Europe needs own deterrence plan – German lawmaker

Europe has to start thinking of its own nuclear security plan following Donald Trump's unexpected victory and his ambiguous stance on US commitments in...
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Video: Mesmerizing drone flyby over Europe’s largest ice rink as it opens door to...

Europe's largest skating rinks was opened at Moscow's Gorky Park, with its creators covering 18000 square metres (193750 square feet) with artificial ice. READ...

More Eastern Europeans working in UK since Brexit vote

Almost 50,000 Eastern European immigrants found work in the UK in the three months following...

Brits could pay to enter Europe under new counter-terrorism plan

British tourists may soon be forced to pay £10 (US$12.52) to travel to mainland Europe as part of a European Commission effort to boost...

Rising European Fascists Welcome Trump Victory

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, the largest far-right party in France, speaks to reporters at a political meeting...

Iran Sending Elite Fighters Into U.S., Europe

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s elite military force, is sending assets to infiltrate the United States and Europe at the...

‘At work across Europe & UK’: MI5 chief says Russia is growing threat to...

Russia poses an increasing threat to the UK and is using all the powers at...
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Video: ‘At work across Europe & UK’: MI5 chief says Russia is growing threat...

Russia poses an increasing threat to the UK and is using all the powers at its disposal to push its policies abroad, Director General...

ISIS Defeat In Mosul May Lead To More Terrorist Attacks In Europe

The defeat of Islamic State militants in their Iraqi stronghold Mosul may spark terrorist attacks across Europe, the head of the German...

Britain joins biggest European military buildup since Cold War

Britain is deploying troops, aircraft and armor in the biggest military buildup in Eastern Europe since the Cold War. The deployment, which was first floated...

‘We don’t want to wreck EU, but there’s no going back on Brexit,’ May...

Theresa May will tell European leaders on Thursday that although Britain does not mean to destroy the EU, there is no going back on...

EU Claims Russia Supports European Right-Wing Parties and Movements

European Union leaders are going to discuss “intelligence” which they claim supports allegations that the Russian government helps “European far-right parties and...

Is Brexit masculine or feminine? Europe just can’t decide

European nations are in disagreement over whether ‘Brexit’ is a masculine or feminine noun. ...
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Video: ‘Europe is a sitting target for jihadists feeling Middle East’ – Janice Atkinson

The Red Cross said the operation in Mosul will create up to a million more displaced civilians. The military advance began on Monday and...
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Video: EU Nazi origins in 1942 Berlin & CIA funded, #Brexit is death knell...

What the BBC won't tell you about #Brexit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAq1q1_swyM Scots prefer post-Brexit UK to independence, poll finds ... Via Youtube

‘Hard Brexit so painful Britons may never pull out of EU’ – European Council...

Britain may back down from leaving the EU when it realizes how “painful” Brexit will...

Jewish Lobby in America Pushes Bill to Monitor European "Anti-Semites"

Bipartisan House measure stresses ‘urgent need’ to ensure safety and security of Europe’s Jewish communities. House Unanimously Passes H.R. 6208 Motivated by what they described as...
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Video: Europe lacking vision & leadership to address migration [crisis] – Frattini to RT

Franco Frattini, former Italian Foreign Minister, currently President of the Italian Society for International Organization, talks to RT RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air ... Via Youtube

Spain’s Turmoil and Europe’s Crisis

Pedro Sanchez of PSOE, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons The current chaos devouring Spain’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) has mixed elements of farce and tragedy. However,...

The Trump Phenomenon, as Seen From Europe

Brussels, Belgium. The first thing to say about the U.S. presidential elections is that they are extremely anti-democratic. And here I’m not even talking about...
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Video: UK govt to allow military to violate European human rights law to stop...

UK government will allow its military to violate European human rights law to boost their confidence on the battlefield and stop a “witch-hunt,” as...

Europe Turns the Screws on Former Guantánamo Prisoners

The US-run detention centre for "war on terror" prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is truly a collaborative effort; dozens of states worldwide assisted the US...

Human rights no more? UK to exempt troops from European Convention to stop ‘annoying’...

UK government will allow its military to violate European human rights law to boost their confidence on the battlefield and stop a “witch-hunt,” as...
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Video: RT takes home 7 Lovies, Europe’s prestigious digital media awards

RT has taken home seven Lovie Awards, the European counterpart to the Webbys, which is dedicated to outstanding achievement in digital media. Thank you...

Erkenbrand Conference – European Resurrection: Identitarianism in Europe

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Video: Terrified of Trump? Europeans backing Clinton surprised to learn they share Donald’s ideas

Hardly a day goes by without senior EU officials voicing grave concern over the possibility Donald Trump might win the upcoming US election. We...

Nigel Farage in running for ‘alternative Nobel prize for European freedom’

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is set to speak at an ‘alternative Nobel Prize’ ceremony...

Stupid, dirty, ugly: Brits not up to much in Europeans’ eyes, according to Google...

Many might have long suspected it, but now Google may have provided some form of...

Stupid, dirty, ugly: Brits not up to much in Europeans’ eyes, according to Google...

Many might have long suspected it, but now Google may have provided some form of...
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Video: European Disunion? Italian PM refuses to hold press conference with Germany & France

Italy's prime minister has cast more doubt on European unity by refusing to take part in a joint media conference at the EU summit...
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Video: Tax Wars: Apple, White House, and the U.S. Treasury vs. the European Union

Economist James Henry discusses the recent ruling by the European Commission that Apple owes $14.6 billion Ireland because its tax benefits there are illegal...

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....
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Video: Muslims want ‘Islamic conquest of Europe’, Austrian cardinal says (Debate)

Many Muslims would be glad to see Europe conquered by Islam, an Austrian cardinal and leading future candidate for the papacy said. He also...

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

'Muslims want to eradicate Christianity' and conquer Europe claims potential next Pope

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn gave the unexpected warning on Sunday during a special celebration for the Church festival "Holy Name of Mary"....

Trump and the Central European Right Wing: Plagiarizing Authoritarianism

The more I watch and read the rhetoric of Donald Trump, the more I find myself at times unexpectedly reflecting on some lessons I...

Cost of Brexit: Brits may have to fork out for Europe visas

British travelers may soon have to apply and pay for visas to visit Europe as a result of Brexit negotiations, a Tory MP has...

Foiling Apple’s Tax Dodge: The European Commission Ruling

For years, Apple has perfected the art of tax minimisation, hoovering up possibilities in creating an empire built on profit and return. It has...

European Civilization

My wife is typically French in that she has taken many holidays and spent them in many adventurous ways (touring in Southeast Asia, Central...

Comedian Eddie Izzard’s pink beret stolen while thousands #marchforeurope (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Huge crowds of anti-Brexit, pro-EU Brits marched through central London Saturday, while police had to...

Blair tells French media Brits are confused by Brexit, could end up staying in...

Despite Prime Minister Theresa May’s insistence that “Brexit means Brexit,” Europhile ex-PM Tony Blair told...
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Video: Time to CELEBRATE! Germany says TTIP, US corporate takeover of Europe, has failed...

Published on 28 Aug 2016 Negotiations on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Trade talks between the U.S. and the European Union have ... Via...

Britain flutters eyelashes at Apple following European Commission tax ruling

Downing Street says it would “welcome any company” to the UK following a European Commission...
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Video: Over the Edge: Europe’s highest swing opens up in Amsterdam

Europe's highest swing opened to visitors on Friday at the observation deck of the A'DAM tower in Amsterdam. The 'A'DAM LOOKOUT' is offering to...
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Video: Ever heard of Visegrad? Group of Central European states not happy with Merkel’s...

Leaders of four EU countries lashed out at Germany for insisting on migrant quotas as the German chancellor paid a visit to Poland, a...

World’s Oldest Gold Found in Europe

The intricacy of the work lies in the fact that the bead is small, measuring just 0.16 inches (four millimeters) in diameter...
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Video: US-NATO Border Confrontation with Russia Risks Nuclear War and Loss of European Partners

Michael Hudson says that the US-led confrontational approach of NATO with Russia is driving European countries to consider disbanding or leaving the military ... Via...

Europeans say no single market access … unless migrants are still welcome in post-Brexit...

Citizens of several European Union member states called on Britain to keep its borders open...
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Video: Terror Routine: Europeans now seeing terrorism as almost daily threat to lives

The latest attack hit the southern Belgian city of Charleroi where an assailant with a machete left two police officers injured. Islamic State has...

Brexit revenge? Europeans want Brussels to give UK ‘tough deal’

Large numbers of voters in France, Germany, Spain and Italy say the UK should be...

Banking Cartels Are Sending Europe Into Collapse

Unequivocally, the rubber is hitting the road NOW!  So much so, I believe “last to go” markets are in danger of being overwhelmed by...
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Video: The European Revolt Against the Neoliberal EU (2/2)

Catarina Principe, co-editor of Europe in Revolt, discusses the struggle against austerity in Portugal. Via Youtube
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Video: Gladio2 Déjà vu: European terror 1980s ‘Strategy of Tension’? Pointless targets, Suspects shot...

Spy General Unloads on Obama's ISIS War Plan ... Via Youtube

Why has Britain been spared? Future terrorist attacks in Europe may give clues –...

How and why Britain has been spared a major terrorist attack in recent years will...
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Video: The European Revolt Against the Neoliberal EU (1/2)

Catarina Principle, co-editor of Europe in Revolt, says a left movement against austerity must pursue the restructuring of public debt, nationalization of key ... Via...

No business as usual on immigration, Theresa May tells leading Eastern European politicians

Prime Minister Theresa May has told a group of senior Eastern European politicians that the UK’s post-Brexit deal with the EU must meet the...

Missile Defense in Europe Needlessly Provocative

The United States underestimates the awe in which Russia holds U.S. technology. (Photo: American Free Press) Russia has long been suspicious of United States and...
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Video: Solution to latest wave of attacks in Europe? (DEBATE)

To discuss the situation in Europe amid the latest wave of attacks – RT is joined by political commentators David Vance and Mo Ansar....

He backed Brexit, but Boris Johnson still tells EU chiefs UK won’t abandon Europe

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson assured EU leaders that Britain will not abandon its leading role...

US Media Find European Terror Deaths 19 Times More Interesting Than Mideast Terror Deaths

A survey conducted by FAIR of US media coverage of ISIS or ISIS-inspired attacks in Europe and the Middle East reveals a disparity of...

Farage plans European tour to stoke up EU independence movements

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is planning a tour of European countries in an attempt...

UK tops Europe for number of terrorist attacks in 2015

Britain suffered more terrorist attacks in 2015 than any other EU country, with the majority...

Scottish shell firms used to launder money in E. Europe with govt certificates

Scottish shell firms are being marketed in Eastern Europe as money laundering and tax avoidance vehicles with official government documentation, it has emerged. At least...

Two years of terror: 278 people have died in recent terror attacks in Europe

Editor's comment: 278 has died in recent terror attacks in Europe during the last two years alone. Is this the new normal? French PM after the Nice attacks...

Migrant sex attacks will spark confrontation with Islam in Europe – intelligence chief

Patrick Calvar, chief of the Directorate General of Internal Security, told members of the French parliamentary commission: "We are on the brink...
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Video: Terrorists smuggled into Europe amid refugee flow – Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted that some terrorists entered Europe among the wave of migrants that fled from Syria adding that the refugee...

This Europe isn’t MY Europe

Peter van Els The EU is a precarious subject these days. Both backers and detractors are subject to harsh criticism, and those wanting to leave...
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Video: Brexit sends Europe into Political and Economic Crises (2/2)

Heiner Flassbeck says the UK is in a leadership crisis without a ruling party leader to implement the will of the people, and the...

From Brexit in the UK to Austerity in Spain, Europe is on the Edge

(Photo: Pixaby) On the surface, the June 23 Brexit and the June 26 Spanish elections don’t look comparable. After a nasty campaign filled with racism and...

Migrant crisis getting worse: While politicians dither thousands more flood Europe

As UK politicians struggle to get to grips with the electorate’s momentous decision to leave the EU, one of the major issues...
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Video: Brexit sends Europe into Political and Economic Crises (1/2)

Heiner Flassbeck says the UK is in a leadership crisis without a ruling party leader to implement the will of the people, and the...

Imagining a Different Europe: Brexit and the Future of NATO

Everyone’s talking about the future of the European Union after the Brexit. Should we not also be wondering about the future of NATO? The two...

Brexit and Spain: Europe on the Edge?

While the Spanish election was portrayed as a defeat for the left, it was more a reshuffle than a major turn to the right. On...

Angela Merkel 'to oust Jean-Claude Juncker' as Europe splits deepen over Brexit response

Angela Merkel could move to oust Europe’s federalist chief Jean-Claude Juncker 'within the next year', a Germany government minister has said, in...

Europe under the Atlanticist thumb: "Free trade" and "free migration" destroying nations

In the contemporary European Union, the nation-state is undergoing a profound crisis which threatens not only the stability and well-being of the peoples...
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Video: French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity: Class War Against European Workers

Economist Richard Wolff says the old European elite believed it could fix their broken capitalism on the backs of the masses and that has...
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Video: Britain Votes to Leave the European Union

John Hilary and John Weeks discuss the meaning and impact of Britain's historic 52-48 vote to leave the EU. Via Youtube
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Video: Lapavitsas: The Left Needs to Develop an Alternative Plan for Europe

Economics professor Costas Lapavitsas says Britain's vote to leave is a direct result of the EU's lack of democracy. Via Youtube
After Brexit – Is Britain already sheltering from a Europe wide storm

After Brexit – Is Britain already sheltering from a Europe wide storm

When Briton’s decided to vote themselves out of the European Union, all hell broke loose and very quickly the morning after the night before,...

European Unification Divides Europeans: How Forcing People Together Tears Them Apart

Paris. Unification of Europe has brought about radical new divisions within Europe. The most significant split is between the people and their political leaders. The June...

Ron Paul Says A New European Superstate Is Hardly The Answer

If the UK actually succeeds in exiting the EU, what will be the fate of the remaining members? According to a report yesterday, the...
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Video: EU army plans: Union pushes for new security strategy, European army as option

The EU's foreign policy chief is pushing ahead with closer security co-operation within the bloc, amid plans for a single European army. RT LIVE...
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Video: ‘You are not laughing now, are you?’ Nigel Farage at European Parliament (FULL...

UKIP MEP Nigel Farage slammed the European Parliament in the first session since 'Brexit' in Brussels, Tuesday. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Is Brexit the Start of the Next European Revolution?

Like almost half British voters I voted “remain” in last week’s EU referendum, so I’m far from delighted with the outcome. But as the...
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Video: ‘Last time you are applauding here’ Juncker attacks Brexit MEPs during European Parliament...

'Why are you here?' President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker asked a group of pro-Brexit MEPs attending a session at the European ... Via...

European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations 'to be morphed into one' post-Brexit

The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in...

Obama: Brexit puts European integration project on hold

Britain’s decision to leave the EU has paused the project of full European integration, but will...

Europeans Contest US Anti-Russian Hype

Besides the Brexit rejection of U.S.-style neoliberal economics, some European voices are protesting, finally, the U.S.-led, anti-Russian propaganda campaign that has justified an...

European Union’s Imperial Overreach

Exclusive: The European Union’s haughty and hasty expansion into low-wage Eastern Europe may be its undoing, as the Brexit vote...

A Blow for Peace and Democracy: Why the British Said No to Europe

The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied,...

Brexit Wins: Why That’s Great News for Europe, Too

British voters have elected to leave the European Union in a national referendum. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel ...
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Video: Auxit, Frexit, Nexit… Could Brexit trigger domino effect in Europe & fuel more...

Brexit could have domino effect in Eastern Europe. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube
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Video: Brexit does not make UK ‘less European’ – Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson said the vote to leave the EU gives Britons a 'glorious opportunity' to take control over own taxes and borders. All UK...

European Jewish Congress President opposes Brexit, claims it conflicts with Jewish interests

In a recent article, EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor outlined his opposition to Brexit. Unsurprisingly, his reasons are rooted in his perceived ethnic interests. His...

Historic! Brexit is happening! Britain votes to leave European Union

'It was all about immigration'Here is the proof for that. Look at how Rotherham voted: Rotherham Votes 67.9% - 32.1% for Leave! ...
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Video: Europe Will Drift Further to the Right if Britain Leaves EU

John Weeks presents progressives' arguments for British citizens to vote to remain in the European Union on June 23rd. Via Youtube

Trump backs Brexit, urges Europeans to ‘reconsider’ EU membership

A Trump spokesperson has reaffirmed the presumptive Republican nominee’s support for a Brexit, claiming he...
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Video: Jeremy Corbyn: Why I Am Voting for Britain to “Remain” In European Union...

http://democracynow.org - On Thursday, British voters will go to the polls in a historic referendum known as Brexit to decide whether to leave or...

The European Dead End

European construction began as the dream of European elites and has become the nightmare of European peoples. For a number of European intellectuals and...
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Video: BREXIT and The End of The European Union EXPLAINED

On June 23rd the UK will be voting to decide whether leave the European Union. Fear of economic collapse and hardship has gripped the...
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Video: Renowned Economist Martin Armstrong “Britain Will Thrive Outside The European Union. Vote Leave!”

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

Undeterred: Amid Terror Attacks in Europe, US H-bombs Still Deployed There

“A little more than 60 miles from Brussels airport,” Kleine Brogel Air Base is one of six European sites where the United...

Undeterred: Amid Terror Attacks in Europe, US H-bombs Still Deployed There

“A little more than 60 miles from Brussels airport,” Kleine Brogel Air Base is one of six European sites where the United States still...

The European Union Referendum and the Parliamentary Dirty Tricks Brigade

The referendum on whether Britain leaves or stays in the European Union is just eight days away. A glossy leaflet dropped through my letterbox...

Britain can deny EU migrants child benefits, rules European Court of Justice

Europe’s top judges have backed Britain’s right to deny family welfare benefits to unemployed EU migrants who have been in the country for less...
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Video: Bilderberg 2016: The military industrial complex mismanagers’ scramble to save the European Union

All credit to Luke Rudkowski for this http;//www.twitter.com/lukewearechange BBC Receives £71000 Of Secret EU Cash Each Month By Miles Goslett | 3:50 am, ... Via...

Day in Brexit: ‘Don’t mention the ‘B’ word!’ say European officials

European Commission technocrats have banned the word ‘Brexit’ from official communications, instead encouraging staff to...

The day in Brexit: Anti-EU feeling spreading across Europe, study finds

Brexit fever is spreading fast across Europe with anti-EU sentiment among some populations surpassing even...

Erdogan says Turkey may abandon Europe amid crisis after German ‘blackmail’ on Armenian genocide

Turkish president Erdogan has threatened to “leave” Europe to deal with its migrant crisis alone, saying that Germany “blackmailed” Ankara by recognizing the Armenian...

Obama Tries to Ram His TTIP Down Europeans’ Throats

Eric Zuesse Like the foie gras producer ramming food down ducks’ throats in order to create diseased super-fatty livers that some humans find acceptable to...
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Video: Europe goes Arabic: Media, classes & apps for refugees across EU

While learning Arabic in primary schools has become a contentious issue in France, the language is gaining increasing traction in many European countries. Via Youtube

Panama Papers: UK Chancellor Osborne to testify at Europe-wide tax evasion inquiry

Chancellor George Osborne and other ministers clued up on Britain’s extensive network of tax havens will be asked to give evidence at a Europe-wide...

Scaremonger alert! Brexit could cost Brits their freedom of movement in Europe, warns Spanish...

Britons could forfeit their right to live, work and do business across Europe in the event of a Brexit vote, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano...

Dalai Lama Thinks Europe Has Let In 'Too Many' Refugees and It's True

Editor's Comment: The Dalai Lama knows it was genocide when Tibet was flooded with Chinese and it's still genocide when Europe is...
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Video: Air France Pilots Join Labour Protests Cancelling Flights Ahead of European Soccer Tournament

Jacobin editor Jonah Birch says the French right could come to power in 2017 if the Socialist Party continues to lose favor over its...
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Video: As 1,000 Migrants Drown Under European Policies, Meet the Volunteers Who Are Trying...

http://democracynow.org - Up to 1000 refugees are feared to have drowned in recent days while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The United Nations...

Europe’s War on Refugees is Repeating the Mistakes of the War on Drugs

Ververidis Vasilis | Shutterstock.com   The EU’s “war on people smuggling”, escalated last week by David Cameron, appears to be modelled on the failed “war on drugs” –...
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Video: Keep out: State Dept urges Americans not to visit Europe citing terror threat

Europe is not the place to be for American tourists this summer, according to the State Department. A travel advisory warns US citizens there...

Not to be sniffed at: Cocaine in London sewage highest in Europe for 2nd...

Londoners’ cocaine use is the highest in Europe for the second year in a row,...

Europe’s War on Refugees is Repeated the Mistakes of the War on Drugs

Ververidis Vasilis | Shutterstock.com The EU’s “war on people smuggling”, escalated last week by David Cameron, appears to be modelled on the failed “war on drugs” –...

Keep out: State Dept urges Americans not to visit Europe

Europe is not the place to be for American tourists this summer, according to the State...
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Video: Montana Parmigiano? Europeans afraid TTIP deal to leave them w/o traditional cherished delicacies

A leaked e-mail shows growing disagreements between the EU and US as they remain locked in secretive negotiations over a free trade deal known...
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Video: Putin: US anti-missile defence puts Europe in the crosshairs

During a visit to Greece intended to repair ties with the EU, Vladimir Putin said that Russia has “no choice” but to target Romania,...

Basic Income Gathers Steam Across Europe

Ververidis Vasilis | Shutterstock.com   Barcelona. In the last few months basic income—an unconditional cash payment to every member of the population—has been getting more and more attention in...
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Video: Violent North American Rockefeller Illuminati cf. sexually abusive European Rothschilds?

Seeing is NOT Believing: How the Nazis Gave us the Pentagon 9/11 False Flag Attack By Mike Sparks http://www.combatreform.org/seeingisNOTbelieving.htm ... Via Youtube

Gun data must be shared Europe-wide to fight crime & terrorism – study

European states must improve the way in which they gather and share data on firearms...

The Hybrid Vigor of the Coming European Islamic State

This is heartbreaking to see, but very important. This is how a dhimmi is created in a gun-free country, where armed...
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Video: ‘Europe is victim of blackmail, Ankara’s hostage’ German MP Sevim Dagdelen

Sevim Dagdelen, German MP from the Left Party, joins RT to discuss EU-Turkey relations. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

European Union: a House Divided

“Larger now than the Roman Empire of two thousand years ago, more opaque than the Byzantine, the European Union continues to baffle observers and...

New Video Game 'IS Defense' Has Players Defend Europe Against Muslim Invaders

He created an ultra-violent video game that encouraged players to act out genocidal maniac fantasies and boasts about his anti-Islamic views.Now computer...

'Trump is right!' European NATO allies aren’t paying fair share, says UK diplomat

Presumptive Republican nominee for the White House Donald Trump is “right” to criticize European nations’...

As Brexit Approaches, Europe’s Left Is Divided — and for Good Reason

European Parliament (Photo: Wikipedia) The European Union is one of the premier trade organizations on the planet, with a collective GDP that surpasses the world’s...

Half of Western European men descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’

Half of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’ who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout...

British ‘deserters’ will not be welcomed back into Europe – European Commission president

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of Britain’s EU referendum,...

Terror fears drive tourists away from Europe in droves

The fear of terrorism following the Brussels and Paris attacks is driving tourists away from...

U.S. NPR & OSCE: Russia Bombs Syria to Force Refugees into Europe

Eric Zuesse The “Morning Edition” program of the U.S. National Public Radio network — which is America’s most-trusted American source of news as measured by “the...

Director of Social Media at Sweden's Bonnier Publishing Says Sweden and Europe Is Too...

Editor's comment: The Bonnier family who dominates Swedish media, is Jewish. Would Irena Pozar ever call Israel too Jewish or 'too White?'...

Europeans Should Boycott Thailand. Here's Why

A British couple in their 60s who were brutally attacked during a family holiday in Thailand recounted the assault Monday in court, after...

Monsanto and the Poisoning of Europe

This week, a Standing Committee of plant scientists from 28 member states in Europe is likely to endorse the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA)...

Mind the gap: Gender equality at work lags behind European average

New research shows the UK has one of the worst records for gender equality at...

Europe faces ‘populist uprising’ over visa-free travel in Turkey deal, warns ex-MI6 chief

Europe offering visa-free access to millions of Turks is like “storing gasoline next to the...

Monsanto and the Poisoning of Europe: An Open letter to the EFSA Chief Attorney...

This week, a Standing Committee of plant scientists from 28 member states in Europe is likely to endorse the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA)...

WWII vets rally behind EU, as Cameron warns Brexit risks war in Europe

Veterans of the Second World War have called on the British public to vote to...

Drug mule Melissa Reid set for release from Peru prison, but 100s of Europeans...

The plight of British drug mule Melissa Reid, set to be released from prison in...

Mass Migration Will Make Europe Unrecognisable, Could Lead to War

Last week in Washington, I met an old friend who is one of the smartest strategy wonks I know. His business is...

Noam Chomsky on US Military Presence in Europe and the Case of Edward Snowden

In this interview with MIT professor, anarchist, philosopher and renowned linguist Noam Chomsky, we discuss US military presence in Europe and the...

Sex tourism boom causes child exploitation to spread across Europe, Asia – UK charity

Moldova, Portugal, Laos and Vietnam are all seeing a child sex tourism boom, according to...

Stop the sale of torture weapons in Europe – Amnesty

Europe must stop advertising, displaying and selling potential tools of torture, such as spiked shields, weighted leg restraints and thumbcuffs, Amnesty International has said...
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Video: Kids mourn death of ‘European humanity’ at Idomeni protest

Children protested at Idomeni's makeshift refugee camp, Greece, calling on authorities to open the border with Macedonia. Young refugees attempted to take ... Via Youtube

Trump backs Brexit, brands migration crisis a ‘horrible thing for Europe’

Donald Trump feels the UK would be “better off without” the European Union, blaming the...
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Video: Yanis Varoufakis: Europe’s “Hot Spot” Refugee Registration Centers are “Concentration Camps”

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Europe defense ministers to discuss military force against migrant boats

Five European defense ministers are to discuss military action to halt human trafficking to their shores and stem the flow of migrants from North Africa’s coastal waters.

Defense ministers from France, Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain are to meet Sunday on the sidelines of the events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Lorient in western France to discuss ways to counter what they refer to as a new threat to Europe that has so far left thousands dead, AFP reported.

Following a number of the deadliest migrant shipwrecks ever witnessed in the Mediterranean so far this year, the ministers "will examine possible options for European (military) action," the French Defense Ministry said.

The most controversial option due to be discussed during the meeting will be the destruction by military force of the boats used by human traffickers before they are loaded with migrants for a risky journey to European shores.

Most of the boats load the migrants in the lawless shores of the war-ravaged Libya, where persisting national conflict among rival governing bodies has allowed human traffickers to operate with impunity.

The development comes after over 5,000 refugees were killed over the past 18 months as boats operated by human traffickers capsized off Libya's coastal waters, alarming European authorities to stop the flow of immigrants.

Meanwhile, European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, is also scheduled to submit a plan to the United Nations Security Council on Monday, demanding that the UN  lead military operations against smugglers.

Critics, however, insist that taking military action in Libyan waters or halting a vessel flying the country's flag without an international mandate would be in violation of the international law.

Additionally, the defense ministers are also expected to discuss the Saturday crash of the new Airbus A400M military aircraft in Spain during a test flight that killed four people.

The deadly incident led Britain, Germany and Turkey to ground their new troop and vehicle transporter, while France announced that it will continue flying its fleet of the aircraft.

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From Gdansk to Dachau: Europe marks 70 yrs since WW2 victory

Published time: May 08, 2015 23:29

French President Francois Hollande speaks with veterans during a ceremony to mark 70 years since the victory over Nazi Germany in WWII. Paris, France, May 8, 2015 (Reuters / Philippe Wojazer)

Europe marked the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II on May 8th with commemorative events across the continent.

The ceremonies kicked off in the Polish port city of Gdansk, known as Danzig in German, where the first shots of the deadliest conflict in history were fired on September 1, 1939.

The sky over the Baltic Sea was lit up by a salute fired from 21 guns at the Westerplatte peninsula in Gdansk late on Thursday night.

Poland initially organized the event as an alternative for Western European leaders, who decided to boycott Moscow's Victory Day Parade due to the dispute with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

However, most of European leaders opted to attend WWII commemoration events in their home countries.

The Gdansk ceremony was attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, European Council president Donald Tusk, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and heads of several Eastern European nations, including Lithuania, Bulgaria, Estonia and Romania.

The UN leader praised the “collective effort” and bravery that led to the “ultimate triumph” over the Nazi threat.

“The terrible long years of World War II were a time of unspeakable atrocities, of lost faith and lost humanity. The war took a heavy toll on many countries, including all those represented here, and particularly on their youth,” Ban is cited by the UN website.

In Paris, French President Francois Hollande and US Secretary of State John Kerry laid wreaths on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe.

According to Hollande, the victory in World War II 70 years ago represented the “victory of an ideal over a totalitarian ideology.”

“We didn't experience the war, we see it as a far-off reality, sometimes abstract, even though it is not so far from us, in Ukraine, further still in the Middle East… There is also terrorism which can strike us, racism, anti-Semitism. There are still causes which should spur us on,” the French president said.

200 beacons were lit across the UK to remember the 55 million lives that were lost during the war.

Earlier in the day, a two-minute moment of silence was observed and wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall by re-elected British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Duke of York, Prince Andrew.

In Germany May 8 isn’t considered a holiday, but the country’s MPs from Bundestag and Bundesrat still met on Friday for joint observances.

Bundestag President Norbert Lammert said that the end of the WWII in Europe “was a day of liberation" for Germany.

“On May 8, a war was ended that a German regime had begun with criminal intent,” Lammet is cited by Deutsche Welle.

During the session, the speakers paid tribute to the Soviet Army and the Allied forces which defeated Adolf Hitler’s regime.

German president, Joachim Gauck, laid a wreath at a military cemetery in Lebus dedicated to Soviet soldiers killed fighting Nazis.

A Mass was held at the infamous Dachau concentration camp, where 32,000 people died according to official documents, but where thousands more were killed unofficially.

For the first time in 70 years, Ukraine celebrated the end of World War II on May 8, the same day as Europe, but one day ahead of Russia.

The new holiday, entitled the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, is seen by the country’s leadership as a symbolic change marking Ukraine’s break with its Soviet past.

"On May 8, for the first time, the people of Ukraine will join the European tradition to commemorate the victims of World War II. The very next day in Moscow, under the pretext of the Great Victory, the aggressor's army will brandish its lethal might in front of the world,” Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian president, said.

The country has also adopted the red poppy as a symbol in memory of war victims, as many countries in Europe have.

The St. George Ribbon, which used to be a traditional symbol of Victory in the USSR, was dropped due to its use by eastern Ukrainian militias, which have been fighting the Kiev government for over a year.

Russia has repeatedly denied unsubstantiated claims by Kiev and the West blaming Moscow for supporting the rebels with arms and manpower.

On May 8, 1945 Nazi Germany signed an unconditional surrender, marking the end of the war in Europe. The document was signed at 22:43 CET – or 00:43, May 9 Moscow time.

The global conflict continued for another three months, however, until the surrender of Japan in September 1945.

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by Stephen Lendman

As Russia and leaders from dozens of other countries prepare to celebrate Victory in Europe on May 9 in Moscow, the defeated scourge again threatens regional peace and stability - courtesy of US-installed and supported Ukrainian Nazi thugs.

They celebrated May 2 as Victory Day - the infamous year ago day when Kiev-unleashed Right Sector Nazi thugs murdered hundreds of anti-regime Odessans wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

City police did nothing while they shot, bludgeoned, strangled, hacked to death with axes, and threw defenseless victims from windows of Odessa's Trade Union House building where they sought sanctuary in vain.

Right Sector thugs awaited them inside for a well-planned mass murder operation ordered by Kiev, OK'd by Washington.

Ukraine's Nazi-controlled Svoboda party outrageously said the following:

"May 2, 2014 was a historic day for Odessa. Odessans bravely repulsed Kremlin gangs and their local leaders, thus protecting the city from the arrival of the 'Russian world.' "

"This day was decisive in the months-long stand off between the members of Odessa Maidan and the anti-government and staunchly pro-Moscow Anti-Maidan." 

"It culminated in Ukrainian victory and the beginning of a new page in the history of the city."

Svoboda proclaimed May 2 as a "day of victory over the Kremlin terrorists groups, the day of purification from the Kremlin infection."

"This day is a proud page in the history of the city." 

Washington is in bed with some of the world's most ruthless elements - including monarchal and other despots, Nazis, takfiri terrorists, and virtually any outlaw groups and individuals willing to do its dirty work.

US imperial ruthlessness menaces humanity worldwide. It assures endless wars, genocidal slaughter, mass destruction and unspeakable human misery.

It passes under the radar of a complicit media ignoring what demands daily headlines. Presstitution triumphs over legitimate journalism. 

State-sponsored propaganda substitutes for reporting hard truths on issues mattering most.

Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. Irresponsible Russia bashing remains intense.

Last Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf outrageously accused Moscow of "a lot of lip service…about its Minsk commitments but not a lot of action."

Asked about the year ago Odessa massacre, she ducked  explaining Kiev's responsibility complicit with Washington.

She called the anniversary "important…not to lose sight of the bigger picture in Ukraine and that the fact that Russia's 'aggression' has left more than 6,000 people dead and displaced at least a million more."

It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. Russia is the continent's leading peace and stability proponent.

America threatens world peace. It bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions - for dirty war without mercy against Donbass civilians, for last May's Odessa massacre murdering hundreds in cold blood.

Don't expect any US official to explain. They're complicit in the highest of high crimes. 

Blaming Russia irresponsibly is cover for their own criminality - on an unprecedented worsening global scale.

The Donetsk People's Republic Prime Minister Denis Pushilin accused Kiev's "overseas sponsors" (mainly Washington) of helping their puppet regime continue waging war on Donbass.

Poroshenko refuses to observe Minsk ceasefire terms. He ignores them entirely. He's preparing for escalated war.

"We are ready for any turn of events, but we will do the utmost to solve the situation at the negotiating table," Pushilin explained.

Fascist regimes don't negotiate. They demand. Kiev and its US puppet master want unconditional Donbass surrender.

They want nationwide fascist rule. They deplore democratic rights. They'll continue waging dirty war to eliminate them entirely nationwide. Expect lots more death and destruction ahead.

Moscow expressed concern about blatant Kiev Minsk breaches - especially recent heavy shelling of Donetsk.

According to DPR officials, residential areas were targeted. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged OSCE chairman Ivica Dacic to intervene responsibly to halt Kiev aggression.

Moscow's Foreign Ministry wants OSCE monitors to "demand that Kiev immediately stop a flagrant violation of the Minsk agreements."

Donetsk Mayor Igor Martynov said residential buildings and a school were struck.

OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) is expected to visit the targeted area on Sunday to assess what happened.

Its latest report explained deteriorating conditions "involving live fire (by Ukrainian forces) near and at SMM patrols."

It bears repeating what previous articles explained. Minsk was dead on arrival.

Washington demands continued dirty war without mercy. Expect escalation at Obama's discretion. 

Potentially targeting Russia belligerently looms. US forces are readying for confrontation. Will WW III follow?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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The proposal states that for a member state to ban a GMO, it would first have to ask the GM company itself not to market it in its territory. If the company does not agree, the member state's second option is to give certain policy arguments, from a limited set of possibilities. Apart from granting biotech companies the power to resist policies and decisions made by democratically elected governments, the fear is that the types of arguments that governments will be allowed to put forward will bring about legal uncertainty and may simply be swept aside when challenged in court (2). If the company doesn’t want its product to be banned, the concern is that the new system will be designed to work in its favour and sovereign governments will be powerless to act.


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i) An "amended nationalisation proposal" putting as a condition that member states can only apply for a national ban if they have first asked the company to refrain from marketing the GM crop in their country, and if the company has refused.


ii) Allowing a contamination threshold agreed on by member states to allow the presence of unauthorised GMOs in seeds (this is already the case for animal feed, but not yet for food and seeds).


iii) EU member states should no longer vote against a GM crop application (even when they are against it) at a European level if they can use one i) or ii) to gain a national ban.


Fearing that this strategy is merely an attempt to bypass and weaken the current regulatory framework and pick off countries individually, Liz O’Neill of GM Freeze states:

This is all about getting more GM crops into the ground more quickly. Collective decision making hasn’t allowed GM crops to be grown widely in the EU because the majority of EU countries don’t want them.”

Dr Helen Wallace of GeneWatch concludes that the UK Government has been working closely with the GM industry "to get a Monsanto-friendly version of the opt-out.” The industry and the UKgovernment are striving to break the deadlock in decisions on GM approvals for cultivation. She says:

“If member states back down from highlighting the environmental harms of RoundUp Ready GM crops, these could be fast-tracked into the ground in some parts of Europe… We need to be improving the GM risk assessments not facilitating contamination of food, feed and seed in the European market with GM crops that nobody wants.”
Collusion between the biotech lobby and government


The set of documents released to GeneWatch indicate a very cosy relationship between the lobby groups EuropaBio and the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC) and the GM team within the UK Ministry of Environment DEFRA. They highlight a series of secretive industry-government meetings and agreements that the public was meant to remain in the dark over.  


The ABC is a UK-based lobby group whose membership only comprises the six largest agrochemical multinationals: BASF, Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Pioneer (DuPont) and Syngenta. The ABC is a member of EuropaBio.


GeneWatch has published a detailed assessment (3) of the many emails released following their FoI request regarding the UK industry lobby’s dealings with the government. They show the extent of receptiveness of people inside the government to industry influence on issues like science and research funding, GM regulation and the pro-GM Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


Owen Paterson is praised in one EuropaBio letter for his "vocal leadership" on GM issues. Paterson was appointed Secretary of State for the Environment in the same year, in September 2012. He has subsequently been accused of being an industry puppet and of totally misrepresenting the reality and efficacy of GMOs (4). Moreover, under Paterson’s leadership, the UK Government has changed its position on the national opt out from being opposed to being in favour.


On a European level, Chief Scientific Advisor to the EU President Anne Glover is also forwarding the case for the GM industry. LikePaterson, her ‘vocal leadership’ is also based on falsehoods and misrepresentations (5).


The GM sector - via DEFRA, the ABC, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture (6), strategically placed scientists with their ‘independent’ reports (7) and the industry-backed Science Media Centre (8) - is mounting a full-fledged assault onBritain.


Contamination risks


Shifting from a Europe-wide ban on GMOs to national bans could not only lead to allowing GM crops into Europe, but could also pose other problems. GM Freeze recently launched a briefing that highlights the very real risk of cross-border contamination between GM and non-GM food crops.

The briefing ‘Contamination Matters - Why GM can’t be managed at a national level’ (9) has been published in advance of the EU vote on 12 June. It highlights the risks associated with cross-border contamination by examining three detailed examples of real contamination events that caused significant disruption to food supply, farmers’ livelihoods and the broader agricultural economy, including international trade. The contamination incidents detailed in the briefing involve experimental GM strains of American rice, Chinese rice and Canadian flax. All were supposed to be grown under tightly controlled trial conditions but ended up in food.


GM Freeze Director Liz O’Neill comments:

“The idea of individual countries being able to ban GM sounds appealing, but sadly it won’t work. Pollen and seed don’t respect national boundaries any more than they give way on a roundabout, and experience shows that once the GM genie is out there we cannot put it back in the bottle. The costs can be huge.”
Letting the ‘genie out of the bottle; is exactly what the GMO sector wants, though. Contamination works to its advantage (10), has worked to its advantage and is an issue that is affecting the entire globe (11,12).


Liz O’Neill is concerned that many people don’t understand what a ‘yes’ to this proposal on 12 June would mean:

“GM supporters, including our own Environment Minister Owen Paterson, are throwing away the whole concept of a common market to further their own support for a technology that raises far more questions than it answers. Their refusal to first put in place a reasonable, clear liability regime to protect the food system and the environment speaks volumes.”
Such concerns mirror what is happening elsewhere in the world, not least in India. There, 200 crops are to be open field tested, despite warnings from the Supreme Court appointed Technical Expert Committee and recommendations about risks, protocols and regulations (13).


As is the case with the UK, in India GMO biotech corporations are forming government backed ‘public-private partnerships’ to gain a financially lucrative, strategic stranglehold in agriculture, not least in setting the research and policy development agenda, in an attempt to force GM products into the country (14,15). And, as in the UK, the whole situation reeks of vested interests and the government working hand in glove with the GMO biotech sector (16)


Environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues may be speaking about India in the following passage, but her words could also easily apply to other countries, not least the UK:

“Ministries, least of all ‘promoting’ Ministries, should not have the authority to allow the novel technology of GMOs into Indian agriculture bypassing authentic democratic processes. Those processes require the widest possible and transparent consultation… After all, it is every woman, man and child, and our animals, an entire nation that will quite literally have to eat the outcome of a GM policy that delivers up our agriculture to it: if a GMO is unsafe, it will remain irreversibly unsafe. And it will remain in the environment and that is another dimension of impact.” (17)
From Indiato Europe, democratic processes are being bypassed, the public is being sidelined and lied to and agriculture is being delivered up to powerful biotech corporations. This issue is global. It affects everyone.


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Obama in Europe

Obama in Europe

by Stephen Lendman

Wherever he goes, trouble follows. He's the latest in a long line of rogue US leaders. 

Contempt for rule of law principles, duplicity and moral cowardice define them. Pretense otherwise doesn't wash. 

Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. He's guilty of high crimes too grave to ignore. 

Millions worldwide call America a pariah one. They do so for good reason. Its imperial agenda targets fundamental freedoms for elimination. 

Obama went all-out to destroy them on his watch. He did so at home and abroad. He made planet earth unsafe to live on.

More than any of his predecessors. He waged political, economic and hot wars on humanity. They rage out-of-control.

He left Monday. He spent two days in Poland. 

Ostensibly for Polish Freedom Day. Marking its liberation from Soviet Russia's control.

He met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Then with Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian and Slovakian officials.

He met one-on-one with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko. He pledged full US support. Political, economic and military.

To harden fascist governance. To crush Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters. To head Ukraine for NATO membership. 

To establish US bases on Russia's borders. To encroach on its entire Western flank. To target its heartland. 

To weaken and isolate a major rival. To replace it with pro-Western vassal govenance if all goes as planned.

On June 4 and 5, he was at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He met with other G-7 leaders. It's no longer G-8. Russia is excluded.

Obama came to pressure European allies for stiffer sanctions. He'll get little more than already imposed. 

Germany, France, Britain and other EU nations value strong political and economic ties. 

They won't sacrifice what's too important to preserve. They'll maintain confrontation with Russia over Ukraine.

On June 6, Obama headed for France to commemorate D-Day's 70th anniversary. His agenda prioritizes bashing Russia. 

It's enlisting greater support for Kiev putschists. A Fact Sheet on his trip headlined "European Reassurance Initiative and Other US Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners," saying:

Washington "act(ed), both bilaterally and through NATO, to reassure allies of our solemn commitment to their security and territorial integrity as members of the NATO Alliance."

It calls a "persistent US (regional) presence…especially in Central and Eastern Europe…" vital to support allies "robustly."

It lied about "Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea and other provocative actions in Ukraine."

Washington "stands by its allies…We will continue to take actions that increase the capability, readiness, and responsiveness of NATO forces to address any threat and that aid in deterring further destabilizing activities."  

"That is why the President today called on Congress to support a European Reassurance Initiative of up to $1 billion." It's for bolstering America's presence. It targets Russia.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice explained. "The United States, working with our European partners, has rallied to isolate and pressure Russia for its activities in Ukraine," she said.

"That's the kind of leadership that only the world's greatest power can bring to bear."

Obama plans greater commitment to NATO allies. With "support of Congress, the United States will preposition more equipment (and US forces) in (Eastern) Europe," he said.

"Given the situation in Ukraine right now, we have also increased our American presence." 

"We've begun rotating additional ground troops and F-16 aircraft into Poland…to help our forces support NATO air missions."

He called NATO "the cornerstone of our own security." It's a dagger at humanity's heart. 

It's an imperial tool. It's a global killing machine. It prioritizes war. It deplores peace. It threatens humanity's survival.

Ahead of scheduled meetings, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen explained the Alliance's position. 

He's a convenient US stooge. He turned truth on its head doing so. He substituted Big Lies for NATO's real agenda.

"All (Alliance) allies made clear that we condemn the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea and Allies will not recognize it," he said.

"We commend the people of Ukraine for holding free and fair elections largely in line with international standards." 

"They clearly voted for a united Ukraine. Their choice must be respected and we urge Russia to engage constructively with the newly elected President."

"We call on Russia to withdraw its troops fully and verifiably from Ukraine's border, with additional international inspections." 

"To stop the flow of arms and fighters into Ukraine. To condemn armed separatists…"

To challenge "Russia's illegal aggression against Ukraine."

Rasmussen praised Ukraine's sham election. 

"Despite criminal violence, intimidation and provocation by pro-Russian armed gangs, the Ukrainian people have made their voice heard," he said. 

And (it) must be respected. So we look forward to working with the new president of Ukraine."

"We stand firm in our support for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity." 

We do not and will not recognize Russia's armed annexation of Crimea." 

"And we strongly support Ukraine's right to choose its own path for the future."

"We have made unprecedented pledges imposing restraint on our military posture, and we have kept them."

"…Russia has not kept its pledges. (It) threatened its neighbours, and used force against them."  

"It has not respected the territorial integrity or political independence of other countries."

All NATO measures "are defensive, moderate, proportionate, transparent, and fully compliant with our international commitments, including the Founding Act." 

"They are not a threat to Russia. It "must show (it's) prepared to play by the same rules as everybody else."

It bears repeating. NATO is an imperial tool. It's a global killing machine. It targets humanity. It ravages one country after another. It threatens world peace.

Russia is polar opposite. It deplores war and instability. It goes all-out for peaceful conflict resolution.

It affirms UN Charter and other rule of law principles. It believes nation-state sovereignty is inviolable.

It challenges US hegemonic ambitions. It does so responsibly. It's proud and re-assertive. It's not about to roll over for Washington. 

It's on the right side of history. Its agenda is the best hope for world peace. It's more than ever needed now. Humanity's fate hangs in the balance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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The Libyan government currently in power has seen constant violence against its security forces, government officials and even foreigners since the Obama administration ordered “regime change” in the North African country. The intervention in Libya began when President Obama declared “Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians” and “In this effort, the United States is acting with a broad coalition that is committed to enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which calls for the protection of the Libyan people.” The Libyan people have been the victims of Western Imperial powers that sought control over oil supplies and other resources.

The European Union should also be concerned that terrorists can launch attacks against its member states as former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan had warned last month in a report by Al Arabiya News. He said “Libya is in danger of becoming an Al-Qaeda terror base for attacks targeting European countries like Britain and France” he also said that “Libya could be a base for Al-Qaeda for any operation to Italy, to Britain, to France, to Spain, to Morocco, to everywhere. Weapons are everywhere, ammunition is everywhere.” What would happen if a terrorist attack did occur on European territory, especially when its economy is in decline? With austerity measures imposed on millions of working class people all across Europe, a terrorist attack by al-Qaeda or its affiliates would allow European governments to clamp down on anti-austerity protests in the name of fighting terror. It would be a convenient excuse to do so. Let’s hope it does not go that far.

Reuters also reported that the Pentagon has relocated 200 Marines from Spain to Sicily in case the situation spirals out of control. Reuters stated the Pentagon’s main concern is over the security of its US embassies, but the Libyan government might lose control of its oilfields if the civil war intensifies:

The Pentagon declined to single out any countries but two U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said American concerns were centered squarely on Libya, where armed groups and Islamists refused to disarm after the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.” The report also said that “The Marines are part of a crisis response unit focused on embassy security created after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans

Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Steve Warren said that the Marines can handle other missions besides providing security for US personal as Reuters explained “Warren stressed that while the Marines were “unquestionably” focused on the protection of embassies, he did not rule out the possibility they could be called upon for a different mission.” Libya’s civil war has not helped the economy increase oil production due to its relentless infighting between terrorist groups and tribal militias. Libya is one of the main oil exporters to Europe. If the situation worsens, then the US Marines would be ordered to protect the oilfields at any cost. Reuters also released a report on Libya’s oil supply and how the government attempted to increase oil production when it negotiated a deal with protesters:

Libya’s El Feel oilfield has been shut again by protests and the OPEC producer’s El Sharara field remains closed, bringing national oil output down to about 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) – far from the 1.4 million bpd pumped last year. On Monday, the government said it was bringing western oilfields and pipelines back up after reaching a deal with protesters, and output had slowly clawed back to around 300,000 bpd

Rising tensions between the Libyan government, terrorist organizations and local militias has Washington, Brussels and multinational oil corporations concerned. If the Libyan government were to lose control of the oilfields, it would disrupt the EU’s oil supply and raise prices at the pump. The US and EU’s decision to remove Muammar Gaddafi has created a terrorist haven in North Africa. However, Brussels is under Washington’s orders, so NATO forces invaded Libya and imposed a new government even though European bureaucrats knew about the political and economic consequences it might have in the future. Since the US-NATO alliance defeated Libyan forces and replaced Gaddafi with the National Transitional Council of Libya, they secured oil exports for Western markets at least for a short period of time. Now internal conflicts for power and economic control are becoming more intense as former rebels and various terrorist groups from Syria and Iraq enter Libya with their own agendas. It creates a dangerous scenario as terrorist organizations expand their operations to other areas of Africa and even possibly Europe.

Brussels obviously knew that there would be consequences of a “humanitarian intervention” in Libya when they collaborated with Washington. They knew how Europe would be affected in the foreseeable future, it was predictable. But they saw political and economic opportunities by removing Gaddafi from power. It is also important to understand that the US and its European partners were also concerned with Gaddafi’s plan to launch the gold dinar as a single African currency, a clear threat against the dollar and euro hegemony on the African continent. Brussels may be just following orders, after all Washington was instrumental in the creation of NATO in the first place. Either way, the people on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea will suffer at the expense of Western Imperialism and their reckless foreign policies.

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Countercurrents 16/5/2014 and Global Research 17/5/2014

On Thursday 15 May, farmers, trade unions and citizens belonging to the D1920 Alliance (1) and Alter Summit (2) tried to shut-down Brussels ' biggest corporate lobbying event in protest at big business dictating European policy. The surrounding of the European Business Summit (3) marked the beginning of a period of action across  Europe  (4) against austerity policies and the corporate hijack of decision and policy-making processes within the EU.


The  Summit  is regarded by many as a corporate lobbying event where future policies are decided prior to upcoming regional, national and European elections.


In response to the police arresting innocent citizens en-masse during the protest, Pascoe Sabido from Corporate Europe Observatory said:

"Once again we have seen that the priorities of big business are placed above those of  Europe 's citizens. It's simply not acceptable to arbitrarily arrest peaceful protestors for trying to make their voices heard above the billions of dollars spent by multinational corporations on lobbying. Democracy is truly broken and it doesn't appear like our political leaders are in any hurry to fix it.”

The reasoning behind the protest was explained by Rudy Janssens from Belgian public services trade union CGSP:
“Citizens have had enough of a  Europe  made for high profits and social misery. Shutting down this lobbying jamboree is sending a clear message that democracy is not for sale at any price. We demand a  Europe from below.”

In the run up to the European elections in ten days' time, citizens, social movements, trade unions, migrants, youth, women and precarious workers will be taking to the streets in protest in  Italy , France ,  Spain ,  Greece ,  Germany ,  Denmark  and elsewhere.


Noemi Costa from the Coalizione Centri Sociale and the Blockupy International Coordinating Committee said:

“By being here today we've shown that solidarity beyond borders is necessary and possible. This is another step in building a trans-European movement to fight back against the neo-liberal crisis policies coming out of  Brussels . Up until the elections we will be in the streets, demanding the  Europe  that we really want.”

The protests come on the back of a report that declares the European Commission to be a “disgrace to the democratic traditions in  Europe .” (5) The report's authors looked at policy areas across the board, including free trade agreements, finance, climate change, food and agriculture, water privatization and economic policy. In all areas, the authors note that  the Commission has eagerly pursued a corporate agenda and has pushed for policies in sync with the interests of big business.


The report flagged up various issues that have been highlighted in recent months, such as secrecy, lack of transparency and unaccountable lobbying and policy making (6,7), attempts to bypass democratic institutions to institute economic plunder by powerful corporations (8,9), the implementation of corporate-driven agendas concerning free trade negotiations (10), massive conflicts of interests within regulatory bodies (11), the corrupt austerity agenda (12) and the huge, insidious presence and influence of finance-sector interests in Brussels (13).   


Felipé Van Keirsbilck from Belgian trade union CNE added:

“Why are we still letting those who caused the crisis decide how we respond to it? Banks and big business, rather than taking responsibility for wrecking the economy, have passed the cost on to ordinary citizens who have watched as compliant governments demolish public services and people's ability to earn a living. We don't owe so why should we pay? We need an alternative to austerity.”
Luc Hollands from Belgian milk producers cooperative MIG said:

“Rather than looking for solutions to the crisis in the interest of citizens, our so-called political leaders like EU trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht are trying to make big business even richer through secretly negotiated transatlantic trade deals. And again its citizens and producers who will suffer, with deregulation seeing public services sold off while dangerous foods make their way to a plate near you. Who wants to eat hormone-filled beef or chlorine-washed chicken?”

Images of the protest can be viewed here: 



Notes


1) D1920 Alliance is a non-partisan alliance of citizens, farmers and trade unions who fight against the neo-liberal policies of austerity and free trade.


2) Alter Summit a coalition of numerous trade unions and social movements across  Europe fighting for a democratic, social and feminist  Europe .


3) The European Business Summit 2014, organised by the European employers' association, BusinessEurope, is  Brussels ' biggest lobbying event where corporate CEOs enjoy unrivaled access to European Commissioners and political leaders. A few of this year's speakers include Commission President José Manuel Barroso, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, FlemishMinister-President Kris Peeters, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders, alongside the CEOs from General Electrics, Accenture and Marcegaglia, Presidents of the Federation of Belgian Employers (FEB), L'Oreal and Bristol-Myers Squibb.


4) The European Week of Action is happening across the continent between the 15-25 May. For information on any of the actions see www.mayofsolidarity.org .













The European Commission “A Disgrace To The Democratic Traditions In Europe”

Global Research and Countercurrents 14/5/2014

Corporate Europe Observatory has just released a critical report on the record of the European Commission over the last five years. The report sums up the record of the outgoing Barroso II Commission and how it has interacted with big business lobby groups during its term.


The critique of the Commission in the report is damning. The Commission has pursued a corporate agenda, with little regard for other interests in society. Moreover, the Commission has fought tooth and nail to avoid effective regulation of lobbyists, including by opposing a mandatory register and avoiding serious reform of its advisory structure, with its so-called expert groups dominated by big business representatives in many areas.

Kenneth Haar, co-author of the report, says:


“The Barroso II Commission is the European Commission at its worst…. It has used its new powers to impose policies that fit neatly with the interests of big business. This will be a term that Europeans won’t forget any time soon. It leaves the Commission with less legitimacy.”


Olivier Hoedeman, coordinator and co-author says:


“The outgoing Commission leaves a sad record of putting big business at the steering wheel of a large number of EU policies. This stresses the urgency for reform.”


Pascoe Sabido, co-author says:


“This report underlines just why the Commission’s dogged insistence on listening to big business rather than European citizens is driving people into the streets. On 15 May thousands of Europeans will be in Brussels to surround the European Business Summit and send a clear message to our political leaders – democracy is not for sale at any price.”


Various policy areas are looked at by the report, including trade, climate, finance and agriculture.


The authors state that the Commission’s Directorate General for Trade has served to open new markets for business, but all to often to the detriment of ordinary people and the environment in various regions of the globe. The trade negotiations between the EU and India have put big business in the driving seat, and the outcome could jeopardise the livelihoods of millions of people in India. While granting privileged access to big business, details about the negotiations have been withheld from the public. Furthermore, the report discusses how the officials and corporate lobbyists sit together to discuss how to remove regulations in key markets, such as India.


Similar criticisms are leveled at the EU-US negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Here too, closed door meetings with corporate lobbyists highlight how big business is been granted privileged access to policy makers. The report highlights the danger that business lobbyists could eventually have the power to co-write legislation and bypass democratic processes.


The authors conclude that the Commission’s trade and investment policy reveals a bunch of unelected technocrats who care little about what ordinary people want and negotiate on behalf of big business.


As for agriculture, the authors conclude that the Commission has sided with agribusiness on GMOs and pesticides. Far from shifting Europe to a more sustainable food and agriculture system, the opposite has happened, as agribusiness and its lobbyists continue to dominate theBrussels scene.


Consumers in Europe reject GM food, but the Commission has made various attempts to meet the demands from the biotech sector to allow GMOs into Europe, aided by giant food companies, such as Unilever, and the lobby group FoodDrinkEurope. The authors note links between these concerns and the top echelons of the Commission.


Aggressive lobbying by BASF led to the authorisation for GM Amfora potato commercial cultivation. According to the report, conflicts of interest in favour of the biotech industry within the European Food and Safety Agency led to disputed and heavily criticised scientific advice being offered on the matter.


The danger is that further approvals for GMO cultivation could follow because proposals could see biotech companies having a role in decisions on whether to allow cultivation.


In the report, it is also noted that the industry is also exerting strong pressure to prevent action by the EU on endocrine disruptors and pesticides.


The report concludes that the Commission has eagerly pursued a corporate agenda in all the areas investigated and has pushed for policies in sync with the interests of big business. It had done this in the apparent belief that such interests are synonymous with the interests of society at large.


While the problems noted in the report have arguably always been present within the Commission, the last five years have seen a watershed in so far as there has been a concentration of power in the hands of the Commission and that it is pursuing a more vigorous corporate agenda with more success than ever before.


The report is a damning indictment of the conflicts of interest, secrecy, corporate lobbying, lack of accountability to the public (and the European Parliament) and the revolving door between decision makers and vested corporate interests. A deepening of democratic transparency within the Commission is called for along with a roll back of its powers.


The report’s ultimate conclusion is that the Commission is a disgrace to democratic traditions in Europe. It is effectively a captive but willing servant of a corporate agenda.


The full report, including all the policy areas investigated, can be read here: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/record_captive_commission.pdf



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Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News - Fracking will be “good for our country,” was a statement made by British Prime Minister David Cameron at a recent Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague according to the UK based news agency The Guardian.  Cameron believes that the fracking industry will have the public’s support since reliance on Russia’s energy sources will be halted if sanctions are imposed due to the political crisis in the Ukraine.  The Obama administration is also proposing a joint US-EU trade deal with its European partners that would reduce Europe’s dependence on Russia’s energy resources.  The Guardian reported Cameron’s statement regarding shale gas fracking in Europe:

The prime minister said that once wells are up and running later this year, there would be more public enthusiasm, and exploiting shale gas reserves could help Europe wean itself off reliance on exports from Russia” and that “The Ukraine crisis has increased the urgency of European efforts to find alternative sources of energy to reduce the leverage Russia’s oil and gas supplies give it across the continent 

Has the Ukraine crisis opened the doors for shale gas fracking in Europe? The United States and the European Union are currently negotiating an agreement since July of 2013. In a recent report titled ‘No Fracking Way: How the EU-US trade agreement risks expanding fracking’ by Friends of the Earth Europe, Corporate Europe Observatory and the Transnational Institute among others stated what the Transalantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is capable of in terms of the rights of corporations involved in the fracking industry:

The TTIP deal threatens to give more rights to companies through a clause called an ‘investor-state dispute settlement’ (ISDS). If included in the deal, this would enable corporations to claim damages in secret courts or ‘arbitration panels’ if they deem their profits are adversely affected by changes in a regulation or policy. This threatens democratically agreed laws designed to protect communities and the environment. Companies which claim their investments (including expectations of future profits) are affected by a change in government policies could have the right to seek compensation through private international tribunals. US companies (or any company with a subsidiary in the US) investing in Europe could use these far-reaching investor rights to seek compensation for future bans or other regulation on fracking. These tribunals are not part of the normal judicial system, but are specifically set up for investment cases. Arbitrators have a strong bias towards investors – and no specialised knowledge about our climate or fracking. Companies are already using existing investment agreements to claim damages from governments, with taxpayers picking up the tab. Investor-state dispute settlement is becoming increasingly controversial as mining and energy firms use it to challenge public policies. For example, the Swedish energy giant Vattenfall is seeking more than €3.7 billion from Germany in compensation after the country voted to phase out nuclear power; Pacific Rim, a Canadian-based mining company is demanding US$315 million in compensation from El Salvador after the government refused permission for a potentially devastating gold mining project4; and Lone Pine Resources is suing Canada for Cdn$250 million over a fracking moratorium in the Canadian province of Quebec 

“Claim damages in Secret courts” should be worrisome for communities all across Europe who is in opposition to fracking on their lands. The European Commission’s fact sheet ‘Investment Protection and Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement in EU agreements’ describes one of the provisions within the agreements:

In addition, in EU trade agreements the key investment protection standards are drafted in a detailed and precise manner, in particular making clear that the States’ right to regulate is preserved. 

In this context clarifications to two key provisions are made: 

Firstly, ‘indirect expropriation’ is one of the most controversial provisions in the investment protection system. Indirect expropriation is when government measures, while not directly taking property away, have the effect of doing so (e.g. the removal of a license required to operate a factory). This provision has been used by some investors to challenge public authorities’ bans for health reasons of chemical products or the introduction of new stricter environmental legislation. 

Future EU agreements will provide a detailed set of provisions giving guidance to arbitrators on how to decide whether or not a government measure constitutes indirect expropriation, thus aiming at preventing abuse of the system.  

In particular, when the state is protecting the public interest in a non-discriminatory way, the right of the state to regulate should prevail over the economic impact of those measures on the investor. These much needed clarifications will make sure that companies cannot be compensated just because their profits have been reduced through the effects of regulations enacted for a public policy objective. The Commission has negotiated provisions with Canada and Singapore which makes this clear, and the language will also be included in future agreements

If the European Union and the United States finalize the TTIP agreement then the anti-fracking opposition will grow through a grassroots movement. With Austerity measures being met with protests and violence throughout Europe, fracking would sure add fuel to the fire in an already tense situation. This past week the “March of Dignity” in Spain took place ending in violent clashes between the police and protesters. In the UK, anti-fracking protesters are growing despite PM David Cameron’s recent statement when he said that “I think something positive should come out of [the situation in Ukraine] for Europe which is to take a long hard look at its energy resilience, and its energy independence. And I hope it will lead to some really useful work being done” he continued “Britain is not reliant on Russian gas to any extent, it’s just a few percentage points of our gas intake. But the variety around Europe is very, very wide. Some countries are almost 100% reliant on Russian gas so I think it is something of a wake-up call and I think action will be taken.” New energy sanctions imposed on Russia will affect the European Union economically, environmentally and politically as the realization of the fracking technology breeds grassroots awareness in Europe’s already fragile state.

European leaders are not interested in democracy for the Ukrainian people or in their own countries economic woes; it is interested in profits that would generate jobs and growth. The UK based ‘The Independent’ reported in 2012 what Lord Browne, a former BP chief executive, who is a director of the shale gas “fracking” company Cuadrilla said regarding shale gas fracking “We could potentially double the reserves of gas in the UK, we could add 50,000 jobs maybe, and probably even reduce the price of gas.” In an article released by www.ecowatch.com in 2013, disagrees with the shale gas fracking industry’s assessment on job creation. “Industry supporters have exaggerated the jobs impact in order to minimize or avoid altogether taxation, regulation and even careful examination of shale drilling” said Frank Mauro, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York” according to the article:

Shale drilling has created jobs, particularly in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and cushioned some drilling-intensive areas in those states from the worst effects of the Great Recession and the weak recovery. As this report documents, however, the number of shale jobs created is far below industry claims and remains a small share of overall employment

Fracking will be at the expense of local communities throughout Europe that would eventually lead to violent demonstrations against their governments who are interested in corporate profits over the people and the environment. Sanctions on the resource rich Russian Federation will backfire on the citizens of the European Union most of all. The US-EU plan to surround Russia with American and NATO bases over the crisis in the Ukraine is not the only intended goal.  It also supports the idea to force the European community to accept shale gas fracking as an alternative right under their feet without depending on Russia’s natural resources.  How convenient!

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by Stephen Lendman

US-led NATO threatens world peace. It's a global killing machine. It prioritizes militarism and war. It threatens humanity in the process.

It's escalating East/West tensions. It supports Kiev fascist putschists. It buries truth. It spreads lies about Russia.

On April 16, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:

"We have just taken further measures to respond to the crisis in Ukraine."

"We call on Russia to be part of the solution. To stop destabilising Ukraine, pull back its troops from the borders and make clear it doesn't support the violent actions of well armed militias of pro-Russian separatists."

NATO deployed warplanes to Eastern Europe provocatively. US navy vessels patrol Black Sea waters. France plans sending one of its own to join them.

Rasmussen announced stepped up measures. He called doing so "reinforc(ing) our collective defence and demonstrat(ing) the strength of Allied security."

More warplanes are coming. More ships. More troop deployments. Sending them means more "readiness" on land, he said.

Measures announced are being implemented straightaway. "More will follow, if needed, in the weeks and months to come," he added.

Doing so "send(s) a clear message. NATO will protect every Ally and defend against any threat against our fundamental security. That is our firm commitment."

No threats exists. Invented ones substitute. Rasmussen didn't explain. He's a convenient US stooge. He serves at America's behest. He's one of its imperial frontmen.

Stars and Stripes is a Pentagon publication. On April 16, it headlined "NATO to deploy more forces to eastern Europe in response to Ukraine crisis."

It quoted Rasmussen saying "(m)ilitary staff from allied nations will deploy to enhance our preparedness, training and exercises. Our defense plans will be reviewed and reinforced."

General Philip Breedlove ordered increased readiness. He's Washington's European commander/Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)/NATO Allied Command Operations head.

He wants more US-led NATO warplanes, ships and land forces. He wants them closer to Russia's borders. He does so despite no Moscow threat. Claims otherwise are false.

Commodore Georgiy Alafuzoff formerly was Finland's Defense Forces Intelligence Manager. He's currently EU intelligence military intelligence head.

No Russian involvement in Eastern Ukraine exists, he said. No reported military presence. Moscow had nothing to do with seizing government buildings in Eastern Ukraine cities, he stressed. 

Claims otherwise are false. "In my opinion, it's mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs," he explained.

They're concerned about their own welfare. They risk losing fundamental freedoms. Alafuzoff agrees with what Sergei Lavrov and other Russian officials stress. 

Western propaganda claims otherwise. It drowns out truth. It substitutes lies. On April 16, Itar Tass headlined "Foreign observers carry out 8 inspections in Russia's territory."

They reflect Moscow's military transparency measures. They comply with 2002 Open Skies Treaty provisions. Thirty-four nations are signatories.

They include Russia, America, Canada, Turkey, Ukraine and most other European states. They permit unarmed surveillance overflights. They promote military activity openness.

In March alone, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said foreign inspectors carried out eight Russian territory inspections. 

Seven were near the Ukraine/Russian border. No evidence suggests a massive military buildup. Claims otherwise are false. They're groundless, said Antonov.

"We have mechanisms of transparency agreed in Vienna within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)," he explained. 

"There is the Open Skies Treaty and the 2011 Vienna Document on Transparency and Confidence-building Measures which provide for certain verification procedures," he said.

"It is nonsense to say that the nuclear West is disarming while the nuclear Russia is building up forces." 

Russia destroyed over 2,000 ground-based ballistic missiles. They included cruise missiles able to hit targets from 500 to 5,500 kilometers away.

More than 3,000 nuclear warheads with a combined 500,000 ton yield were eliminated. So were 825 launchers.

"NATO has 10,000 tanks," said Antonov. "(W)e have only 3,500…"

"NATO has 22,000 armored vehicles compared to Russia's 7,500," he added. Don't figures speak for themselves, he stressed.

They're ignored. They're not reported. Russia bashing takes precedence. Lies substitute for truth.

Putin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Western news consumers are denied real information.

"It's very regrettable but it's so," he said. Even comments by Putin, Lavrov, and other top Russian officials are ignored. A "concrete wall of censorship" blocks them out.

"We never saw anything like this before. We never thought this could happen and that it could happen so openly," said Peskov.

On geopolitical issues, the Washington Post is a de facto CIA publication. Columnist David Ignatius has longstanding close US intelligence ties. 

His commentaries lack credibility. He lies for power. On April 15, he headlined "The Cost of Putin's adventurism in Ukraine."

None whatever exists. Not according to Ignatius. He lied saying he "seiz(ed) Crimea." 

He's "fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, perhaps as a prelude to invasion."

"…Russian agents infiltrat(ed) eastern Ukraine, backed by 40,000 troops just across the border," he claimed.

Truth is polar opposite. It bears repeating. Ignatius lies for power. He willfully spreads disinformation. He's stoking conflict.

"(T)he White House sees Putin weighing three options," he said. He calls all of them "bad for the West." Two are fabricated. More on them below.

The other is accurate. Putin supports involving all Ukrainian political voices in a federalized state. He favors Ukrainian nonaligned status.

Option two, said Ignatius, is "annex(ing) eastern Ukraine." Putin forthrightly opposes it. Claims otherwise are false.

Option three is "invasion, using the pretext of civil war in eastern Ukraine," said Ignatius.

Putin plans none. At the same time, he's committed to protecting Russian nationals if endangered. 

Western leaders would do no less for their own. Washington invents threats. It does so to deploy US forces to foreign countries.

Putin responsibly uses his. He prioritizes saving lives. Mass slaughter and destruction follow Pentagon deployments.

Don't expect Ignatius to explain. He claims Putin "prefers the veneer of legitimacy." He shames his US counterpart.

He respects national sovereignty. He supports rule of law principles. His governance is polar opposite Obama's. 

Ignatius claims he prefers "paramilitary covert action, rather than rolling tanks across an international border."

Russia's military strength is a "warning sign that (he'll) keep the threat of force alive until his demands are met," he added.

Hegemons operate this way. Washington is Exhibit A. One country after another is targeted. They're systematically ravaged and destroyed.

Putin prioritizes peace and stability. His policies reflect his pronouncements. Ignatius didn't explain. 

Lies substituted for truth. His columns feature them. He's part of the Putin bashing crowd. He's one of many. 

Outrageous misinformation persists. Readers are cheated. They're grossly misinformed. War of words is vicious. 

Propaganda wars precede hot ones. Conflicts glorify them. They do so in the name of peace. They rage one after another. 

Hegemons give no quarter. Mass slaughter and destruction are standard practice. All US direct and proxy wars turn out this way. 

Ukraine may become the latest example. Victims are blamed for US crimes. Today's yellow journalism makes earlier stuff look tame by comparison.

The so-called "newspaper of record" operates as lead US ministry of information and propaganda. The Washington Post doesn't hide its CIA connection.

Big Lies repeat ad nauseam. Perhaps employment contracts mandate proliferating misinformation, deceit and distortion.

Truth is buried. Ethical standards are ignored. Daily fare reads like bad fiction. Television is worst of all.

Demagoguery, warmongering, Big Lies, censorship, pseudo-journalism, and juiced-up junk food news substitute for vital information viewers most need to know.

May Ukrainians for peace, equity and justice prevail. May they inspire activists globally. May they motivate others to join them. 

May their ranks overflow. May freedom triumph worldwide. May humanity be saved.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Europe Targets Russia Irresponsibly

Europe Targets Russia Irresponsibly

by Stephen Lendman

European nations follow Washington's lead. They act disgracefully. They do so reprehensibly. They harm their own self-interest.

They partner in America's wars. They embrace confrontation. They harm their own people. Russia bashing is prioritized.

On Thursday, the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe (PACE) stripped Russia's voting rights through yearend. It imposed other sanctions.

Members voted 145 to 21. Another 22 abstained. Russia's right to vote against its own ostracism was denied. Democracy is a dead letter. Acting responsibly is verboten.

Moscow is excluded from leadership positions. It's removed from Presidential and Permanent committees. Observer rights are denied.

Alexei Pushkov heads Russia's PACE delegation. He condemned the decision saying:

"The most unpleasant thing in this history is that the Parliamentary Assembly betrayed its own principles: rule of law and rule of human rights." 

"The majority took the path of serving the interests of a group of states that is poised on the geopolitical grasping of Ukraine."

The "decision on future Russia-PACE relationship will be made in the coming weeks." Moscow walked out of PACE's April session. 

"We will not partake in this session any longer," said Pushkov. "We are leaving this session in protest and reserving the right to consider the further involvement of Russia in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe." 

PACE condemned legitimate Crimean/Russian reunification. It expressed disapproval of Russia's responsible Ukraine policy. 

It ludicrously claimed "no right-wing takeover of the central government in Kiev, nor was there any imminent threat to the rights of the ethnic Russian minority in the country, including, or especially, in Crimea."

Saying so turns a blind eye to reality. PACE's new friends include a rogue's gallery of societal misfits. They're lawless putschists.

They're xenophobic, hate-mongering, ultranationalist anti-Semites. They represent mob rule.

They're militant fascists. Their worst elements are neo-Nazis. They openly display swastikas, Iron Crosses, Nazi SS insignia and other fascist symbols.

Washington elevated them to power. PACE member states support them. They do so unconscionably.

They target Russia irresponsibly. They condemned Putin's all-out effort to resolve crisis conditions equitably and fairly. They want Crimeans denied their legal self-determination rights.

They're in bed with US imperial lawlessness. They endorse what demands denunciation. They made one spurious accusation after another.

They destroyed their credibility in the process. Pushkov called their action a "political farce." It's an "inquisition," he added.

If they want to be inquisitors, "let them (do) it on their own," he said. Russia will consider whether to opt out of PACE altogether. 

Its action destroyed its legitimacy. Its credibility no longer exists. Hypocrisy defines its agenda. It's complicit in crimes of war, against humanity and genocide.

It backed raping Yugoslavia. It supported Washington's lawless aggression on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. 

It endorses Obama's war on Syria. It abhors human and civil liberties. It opposes rule of law justice.

On April 10, Itar Tass headlined "Russia will not be forced to act in West's way - deputy PM."

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov responded to reprehensible Western actions, saying:

"We will be looking for ways to protect our own interests. No threats will make either President Vladimir Putin or other political forces act the way the US, Germany and other partners want them to."

"The more appeals for sanctions we hear, the tougher they are, the stronger the Russian society will mobilize, the more united we will be."

"The Western community is discussing developments in Ukraine beyond the context of the key reason of the conflict."

"It is criminal to pull Ukraine in different directions, making it choose between the EU and the Russian Federation." 

"We, in Russia, are interested in a stable and prosperous Ukraine more than anybody else."

Washington and other Western nations plan plundering it for profit. They want its resources stolen. They want its crown jewels sold at fire sale prices.

They want their people exploited. They want Ukraine incorporated into NATO. They want hostile bases close to Russia's borders.

They want Russian sovereignty weakened. They want it eliminated altogether. They want pro-Western subservient governance replacing it. 

They want control over Russian policy. They want another vassal state. Ideally they want balkanized, powerless mini-states.Their policies risk open confrontation. Perhaps war.

Hardliners influencing policies risk what responsible officials wouldn't dare. The worst of all possible outcomes may follow.

Russia won't let rogue Western nations run roughshod over its interests. It defends them responsibly. It has every right to do so.

On April 10, RT International headlined "Standoff between gvt, protesters intensify, 24 hours before Kiev ultimatum ends."

Kiev putschists threatened force against Eastern Ukrainian protesters. Reports said tanks headed for Donetsk.

"Several locals were allegedly injured trying to stop the convoy," said RT. "An eyewitness (named Lyudmila) confirmed the information about military forces arriving in the city," saying:

"At about 2pm we received information that military hardware had arrived at our local train station." 

"We went there and saw APCs, military vehicles and troops. The whole town gathered nearby." 

"The soldiers tried to start moving, and the people tried to stop the vehicles." Soldiers responded belligerently.

They "twisted the arms of pensioners. There were two men standing there…" Tanks "drove over their feet." 

"I was pulled back by local coalminers while I tried to stop the vehicles. They didn't even look at who was in front of them." 

"The men started shouting for them to stop, saying there were girls and women in front of them, but they didn't care."

Illegitimate putschist acting president Aleksandr Turchinov signed a decree to use force. 

Fascists operate this way. Kiev ones are allied with their US counterparts. They waging war on freedom. 

They want Ukraine strip-mined for profit. They want dystopian harshness imposed.

On Wednesday, putschist interior minister Arsen Avakov said "special police task force" elements arrived in Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov.

They're ordered to use force if needed. Greystone Limited mercenaries were deployed in Eastern Ukraine. Reports say about 150. Maybe others will follow.

They're notorious. They're trained killers. They operate extrajudicially. They're unaccountable under local laws. They represent America's imperial agenda.

They came to suppress nonviolent protests. They're free to do whatever it takes to do so. It's standard procedure wherever they show up. 

It remains to be seen how targeted Ukrainians respond. Bloody confrontation may follow.

RT said protesters still control Donetsk and Lugansk power structure buildings. They built barricades. They're preparing in case outside forces assault them. 

They're burning tires. They're singing songs. They're waving Russian and regional flags. Women and elderly participants stand with others on center city night watch.

They'll alert others if needed. "We will be on duty here all night," they said. "(T)he assault could begin at any moment."

Thousands more locals are ready to join them. "Several times over the last few days, activists assembled to train their response to emergency situations," said RT.

On Tuesday, "armed men without insignia and masked law enforcement officers" stormed Kharkov's administration building. They did so after local police refused Kiev's order to attack.

About 100 newly-formed Ukrainian National Guard elements arrived at Donetsk's airport. 

They're joined by about 100 neo-Nazi Right Sector thugs, "as well as a hundred employees from a private US military company operating under contract with Kiev" putschists.

They comprise about 300 "professionals or well-trained and motivated fanatics." People's Militia of Donbas deputy director Sergey Tsyplakov told RT:

"This is a major force, but we are ready to fight."

Earlier, Donetsk protesters blocked two buses with camouflaged armed men. They did so near the city's military commissariat.

Activists think they're Western mercenaries. They couldn't identify them. They said nothing. They refused to answer questions.

The New York Times suppresses real information on Ukraine. It supports lawless putschists. It ignores their fascist agenda.

It downplayed Eastern Ukrainian resistance. It ludicrously claimed Donetsk protesters have "no authority outside an 11-story Ukrainian government building…"

It called activists inside "an unruly Russian-speaking, club-bearing crowd…" It called the Donetsk People's Republic "a quixotic and, to many here, (a) crackpot project…"

It's limited to "the few hundred people now holed up in the government building," it said.

Growing thousands of Donetsk residents reject Kiev putschists. They're resolute in standing against them. 

Others across Eastern Ukraine want their own local autonomy. They're putting their bodies on the line to get it. They're courageously rallying for justice. 

They want their legitimate rights respected. Don't expect The New York Times to explain. It's on the wrong side of fundamental issues. It fronts for wealth, power and privilege.

It deplores popular rights. It suppresses vital information. It substitutes unacceptable misinformation. It's part of America's propaganda machine. It works against most of its readers.

Neocon Washington Post editors produce some of the most outrageous scoundrel media misinformation. They maliciously bash Russia. They bury truth doing it.

On April 8, they headlined "Russia will respond only to increased sanctions over Ukraine."

They lied claiming Russian forces invaded Crimea. Nonthreatening Russian military exercises were falsely called a possible "invasion (of) three Ukrainian cities."

They maliciously called Eastern Ukrainian activists "rent-a-mobs." They quoted John Kerry's lie.

He recklessly accused Moscow of an "illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilize a sovereign state and create a contrived crisis with paid operatives."

He ignored Washington elevating extremist putschists to power. WaPo editors support them. 

They call lawless fascists democrats. They turned truth on its head saying:

"It's not too late to prevent Russia from destroying Ukraine, but this time the West must act quickly." 

They suggested Moscow perhaps intends disrupting May elections. They're illegitimate. They'll maintain putschist power. 

Russia has no intention of interfering. It rejects lawless governance. Ukrainians deserve real democracy. They're denied it. 

Don't expect WaPo editors to explain. They lied claiming Kiev authorities show "admirable restraint." They call Eastern Ukrainian activists "provocateurs."

They want tougher US sanctions imposed on Moscow. Not just against targeted individuals, they urged.

Against "sectors of the economy." They ignored doing so cuts both ways. Maybe they don't care. Punishing Russia harshly matters most, they claim.

Wall Street Journal editors express similar sentiments. They bash Russia relentlessly. They consider Putin public enemy number one.

On April 8, they headlined "Putin Invades, Obama Dismantles." They lied claiming Russia "seized Crimea." It massed "50,000 troops as a potential invasion force," they said.

They ignored repeated US treaty violations. They lied claiming Moscow ones. Obama is "maneuvering the US closer to a position of absolute nuclear inferiority to Russia," they claim.

America has the world's largest nuclear stockpile. It's the most formidable. It's sophisticated delivery systems can strike targets worldwide with pinpoint accuracy.

It well over 1,000 empire of bases can do it shorter range. Russia prioritizes peace and stability. America deplores both. Permanent wars define official policy. 

Don't expect Journal editors to explain. Or that Washington is humanity's greatest threat. 

Pointing fingers the wrong way is longstanding scoundrel media policy. Journal editors blame Putin for Obama's crimes.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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One of the many ways by which rich corporations exert their influence over and hijack government bodies is via the ‘revolving door’ process (1,2). Big business is highly adept at positioning its (former) employers within policy and regulatory bodies in order to slant legislation in its own interests. And employees from the government sector have often left highly paid, politically well-connected jobs to take up even higher paid jobs lobbying or working on behalf on behalf corporations, with former British PM Tony Blair being a prime example, working on behalf of big oil and big finance (3).   


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ALTER-EU is a coalition of about 200 civil society groups, trade unions, academics and public affairs firms campaigning against the increasing influence exerted by corporate lobbyists on the political agenda in Europe.

When the last Barroso Commission (6) left office in 2010, a number of former commissioners went through the revolving door by taking private sector jobs, which raised concerns about the risk of conflicts of interest (7).


For example, Günter Verheugen who had been the European commissioner for enterprise and industry founded the European Experience Company, a consultancy firm together with his former head of cabinet Petra Erler. Meanwhile, Charlie McCreevy who had been the European commissioner for the internal market joined the boards of Ryanair, Sentenial and the bank BNY Mellon.


The letters were sent out because ALTER-EU is keen to ensure there is no repeat of these scandals when the current commissioners leave office later this year.


Olivier Hoedeman of CEO, a member of the ALTER-EU steering committee said:


“Our letter reminds the current crop of commissioners about the revolving door rules, but also recommends some higher standards, which we encourage all commissioners to follow. After all, if former commissioners are entitled to a generous three-year transitional allowance, it is not unreasonable to ask that they also refrain from lobbying for three years.”


Jorgo Riss, director of the Greenpeace European Unit and a member of the ALTER-EU steering committee said:


“We don't want to see a repeat of the Verheugen and McCreevy scandals in 2014. In January ALTER-EU asked President Barroso to remind his team about the revolving door rules before they left office. The Commission has seemingly ignored our request, so we thought we had better take action into our own hands.”


Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists and another member of the ALTER-EU steering committee said:


“Commissioners should be leaders in complying with the highest ethical standards, even after the end of their term in office. It is clearly against what they have worked for if they jump straight into the arms of big business as lobbyists once they have left the Commission.”


The individual letter to each commissioner reminds them that there is an 18-month notification period after they leave office during which time they must notify the Commission if they plans to take up new professional activities. Former commissioners also face an 18-month lobbying ban. These rules are included within the code of conduct for commissioners (6). However, ALTER-EU considers that both of these rules should be extended to three years to match the transitional allowance to which former commissioners are entitled and to better rule out the risk of conflicts of interest from arising.

In 2010, 17 former members of the European Commission received at least €96,000 per year in transitional allowances, money intended to help them ease back into the labour market. Many received this money despite the fact that some of them were already working as politicians or lobbyists.

The ongoing failure of the EC to address the issues surrounding the revolving door between big business and EC bodies smacks of institutionalized corruption. On top of the current secretive, business-led free trade deals with the US and India, it is one more reason why the European public has little reason to place little trust in the EC and its policy making.


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Paterson has previously indicated that he wants to relax British regulations on the cultivation of GM crops, and has said they have “environmental benefits”.

Owen Paterson has a track record of lending blind support to the GM sector with his factually incorrect statements. In 2013, he called concerns over the use of GM foods “complete nonsense” in an attack on public concerns about GMOs (1):

“I’m very clear it (GM) would be a good thing… The trouble is all this stuff about Frankenstein foods and putting poisons in foods. There are real benefits, and what you’ve got to do is sell the real environmental benefits. Those benefits include a reduction in the use of pesticides because some GM crops are pest-resistant.”

Paterson also said that consumers were already unwittingly eating GM food on a regular basis, so concerns about human health are misplaced and based on “nonsense” and “humbug.”

In another 2013 speech, Paterson stated that “seven million children” had gone blind or died over the past 15 years because “every attempt” to introduce a GM-rice fortified with sight-saving vitamin A had “been thwarted.”

Owen Paterson vs the reality of GMOs and petro-chemical agriculture

Paterson talks emotive, simplistic sound-bite stuff about dead children that might play well to sections of a wider misinformed public. It conveniently overlooks broader, more complex issues related to global poverty, the international system of finance, the ‘structural adjustment’ of local systems of agriculture that have destroyed indigenous food production, world trade policies and the corporate hijack of much of global farming by the West for its agribusiness industry (2).

Paterson’s stance typifies how powerful interests (or their mouthpieces) distort reality when faced with a situation that curtails their interests and profits. It is in their view their opponents who are ideologically or politically motivated and who engage in emotive scare-mongering, while it is they, the immensely rich and politically well connected, who have humanity’s interests at heart and are driven by science and altruism.

If the likes of Paterson are all too dismissive of those anti-GM/anti-MNC “disgusting enemies of the poor,” “ignoramuses” and “scientific jokers” (eg, Professor Seralni in France and Pushpa Bhargava in India) who supposedly engage in “lies,”, “nonsense” and “deceit” to counter scientific facts and the “safe frontier technology” of GMOs (3), perhaps they might be inclined to pay more heed to millionaire MP Zac Goldsmith, who is a member of the Conservative Party to which Paterson also belongs.

Hardly a dyed in the wool, anti-MNC leftie, Goldsmith last year claimed that Paterson is a puppet of the biotech industry and does not understand the dangers genetically modified crops pose to the ecosystem.

Speaking to The Independent newspaper on 3 July 2013, Goldsmith declared:

"He's swallowed the industry line hook, line and sinker without talking to anyone with a different view. When designing policy that's a dangerous thing, and I'm concerned big business is framing the debate for the government… The story so far suggests that GM is predominantly about the industry getting greater control over the food chain, rather than alleviating poverty or environmental concerns." (4)

Paterson displays blatant disregard for the political hijack of food and agriculture and its regulatory bodies by powerful agribusiness and the consequent lax regulations governing its activities. His stance indicates he is probably part of that very problem. His claim about the reduced levels of pesticides is but one instance of his ignorance. This can be placed alongside his range of ignorance on the actual documented lack of agricultural benefits derived from GMOs and their deleterious health impacts (5,6,7,8,9).

His outbursts persist regardless of the destruction of indigenous, traditional patterns of agriculture whose productivity is often far better than any petro-chemical based and/or GMO-based ’green revolution’. If he wants to talk about “museums” then he may like to look at historical evidence pertaining to traditional farming in India and its much better levels of productivity compared with modern methods (9).

It is such a travesty that a senior politician, a ‘public servant’, seems content to become part of the problem by kowtowing to the massive well-documented GMO industry pressures and its global PR machine, which receives full and active support from the US State Department (10,11).  

And whether the public wanted them or not in the US, GM crops are prevalent there, despite there having been significant concern from scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to the FDA allowing GM products into the food chain. The concerns of the scientists were ignored, and by the time the public became aware, the GM products were firmly embedded into the US food production chain (12).

FDA scientists had continually warned regulators that GM crops could create unpredictable and hard to detect side effects, including allergies, toxin production, nutritional problems, and new diseases. They recommended that long-term studies were needed to fully assess the effect of GM foods on other crops, the ecosystem, and animal and human health, but these warnings were ignored.

William F Engdahl has written on this and both he and the watchdog body Corporate European Observatory have raised serious concerns about deep-seated conflicts of interests within the European Food Safety Agency as well pertaining to the biotech sector and major food conglomerates (13,14).

As the GM food sector continues to push at India’s door, we should look to what the GM cotton sector has already ‘achieved’ there. The continued use of GM modified cotton has reduced yields, and the cotton bollworm has developed a resistance to the GM crops which contain the Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) toxin (15). This is resulting in an ever increasing barrage of profitable ‘innovations’ from the biotech sector. ‘Innovations’ and ‘R&D’ being trendy terms for attempting to keep on top of the damage being done to agriculture as each new 'frontier' product fails the farmer. More destined to fail technology replaces the older destined to fail products under the banner of ‘cutting edge’ developments (16).

The original ‘green revolution’ is now displaying its devastating long-term health and environmental impacts in Punjab (17). What price its potential ‘second coming’ in the form of GM food crops some years down the line? To answer that question, all we need to do is look elsewhere at the emerging outcomes referenced elsewhere in this article, not least five paragraphs further down through a recent article by Helen Paul on the impacts of GMOs in the Americas.    

Paterson’s claims that the use of GM crops reduce the use of pesticides do not hold up. Research by a WashingtonState University team found that the use of herbicides and insecticides has increased dramatically since GM crops were introduced in the US in 1996 (18). And researchers at the University of Arizona found that multi-toxin GM crops (which are the most technologically advanced crops in use) quickly lose their ability to fend off pests, which is likely to lead to a complete failure of the GMO (19).

Moreover, there has been no proper research or monitoring by the companies producing GM crops of the effects on humans consuming products made with GM crops. Scientists like Dr Arpad Pusztai in theUK and Professor Seralini in France, who have published findings critical of GM crops and food, suffered a wave attacks designed to undermine their work (or careers) by supporters of the technology.

Minister Patterson’s pro-GM attitudes come as little surprise, though. The cosy relationship between governments and the biotech companies is well known, especially in the US (20), where there has been legislation passed that allows biotech companies to be totally free of any legal ramifications if their products cause harm (21).

Perhaps Owen Paterson should take heed of mounting concerns about the terrible health impacts of glyphosate and how GMOs drive the sales of this weedkiller and the deleterious impacts of GMOs on plants and humans (22). He could also take note at the provincial government of Chaco province in Argentina issuance of a report on health statistics from the town La Leonesa, which showed that from 2000 to 2009, following the expansion of genetically-modified soy and rice crops in the region (and the use of glyphosate), the childhood cancer rate tripled in La Leonesa and the rate of birth defects increased nearly fourfold over the entire province (23).

Or maybe he should read Helen Paul’s recent piece in The Ecologist (24). She discusses the unfolding social, health, environmental and ecological disasters of GM agriculture/petro-chemical agriculture on a country by country basis in the Americas and argues that a powerful message should be sent to the EU (and Paterson) that GMOs are not wanted there and that Europe should stop buying and importing the products of GM-driven genocide and ecocide in the Americas. She reveals how repression and displacement, often violent, of remaining rural populations, illness, falling local food production have all featured in this picture. Yet, she argues, we currently face a desperate, almost farcical push for GM crops in the UK and Europe, characterised by hyperbolic and inaccurate claims of which the frequent claims byPaterson no doubt typify.

Far from being a "museum of world farming" as Paterson, likes to claim, Europe could show the way to a rich and varied GM free, organic-based agriculture that provides nutritious, healthy food and jobs. At the same time, Paul argues, we should address the profound degradation of soils and accelerating biodiversity loss, caused to a great extent by the industrial model of agriculture to which genetically engineered crops belong.

Maybe politicians such as Owen Paterson are (unwittingly) content to be fodder for the wider political and economic that GMOs (and big dam, debt-inducing, dollar supporting, oil-dependent chemical agriculture) are tied to. It’s an agenda encompassing an integrated strategy that involves the (near) monopoly ownership and control and ultimate weaponisation of all water, seeds, food and food retail, land and energy, which in turn both fuels and is fuelled by militarism, conflict, debt and dependency (25,26,27,28). Across the planet, we see this agenda being played out via violent conflict, ‘free’ trade agreements (29,30) and the shaping of political agendas (31).


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Nice sounding words, but over half of the 209 scientists sitting on the agency's various panels have direct or indirect ties with the industries they are meant to regulate. Indeed, according to a recent independent screening performed by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and freelance journalist Stéphane Horel, almost 60% of experts sitting on EFSA panels have direct or indirect links with industries regulated by the agency.


The report ‘Unhappy Meal. The European Food Safety Authority’s independence problem’ identifies major loopholes in EFSA's independence policy and finds that EFSA's new rules for assessing its experts, implemented in 2012 after several conflicts of interest scandals, have failed to improve the situation (1).


The authors warn that this situation casts a severe doubt on the credibility of the scientific output of the key body responsible for food safety at the EU, with the agency issuing recommendations and risk assessments on crucial public health issues such as food additives, packaging, GMOs, contaminants and pesticides.

According to the report, the EFSA's new rules for assessing its experts' interests enable dozens of experts with multiple commercial interests (consultancy contracts, research funding, etc) to still be granted full membership of EFSA panels, including a majority of panel chairs and vice-chairs.

Main author Stéphane Horel said:
“We were shocked by our findings. Even without checking for undeclared interests, the number of conflicts of interest in this agency is very worrying. Experts with conflicts of interest dominate all panels but one. We found that the bulk of conflicts are from research funding and private consultancy contracts, but certain crucial institutions for scientists (scientific societies, journals) are also targeted by industry lobbying, and EFSA seems to ignore this”.


The report also shows that EFSA failed to properly implement its own new rules in several instances and that there is no visible difference between panels assembled under the new policy and those composed using the old policy.


Martin Pigeon, researcher and campaigner at CEO, said:
“There are specific cases the agency was warned about years ago which remain a problem… We hope this report is an eye-opener on the necessity to defend public research integrity from the threats posed on public health by industry influence”.


Further concerns


On the heels of that report now comes the news that the European Commission's Health and Consumers Directorate (SANCO) has short-listed a director of the biggest EU food industry lobby group FoodDrinkEurope among the candidates to the Management Board of the EFSA (2).


Ms Beate Kettlitz works in a leading position for the lobby group, which represents all major European food and drink corporations. Moreover, it is the second year in a row that the Commission has tried to appoint representatives from FoodDrinkEurope as Members of EFSA's Management Board.


A year ago, the European Commission nominated FoodDrinkEurope's Executive Director Mella Frewen (a former Monsanto lobbyist). Her appointment was rejected by the European Parliament and the MemberStates.


EFSA’s Management Board is key: it is the food agency's governing body. Everyone eating food in Europe is affected by its decisions. 


Martin Pigeon of CEO:

“The fact that the European Commission shortlists a food industry lobbyist, once again, for EFSA's Management Board is an incomprehensible signal for all those concerned about the protection of consumers and the environment. Such a professional on EFSA's board would by definition be a permanent threat to the EU's food safety agency's independence”


Seven seats on EFSA's Management Board are up for renewal in June 2014. The European Commission has published a list of 23 names, mostly from national food safety agencies, research institutes and academia for the EU Parliament's consideration and the Member States' decision. But four persons among those short-listed also have interests in the food industry:


 Jan Mousing, re-applying for the position, is the CEO of the Danish Knowledge Centre for Agriculture, a private company describing itself as the “main supplier of professional knowledge for the agricultural professions” in Denmark;

 Piet Vanthemsche, who is also re-applying for the position, holds a leading position in industrial farmers union COPA and also sits in MRBB holding, an agri investment fund which also has shares in companies selling GMOs.

Alan Reilly, Chief Executive of the Irish Food Safety Authority (Ireland's public food safety administration), is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), a Brussels-based food lobby group financed by the some of the largest private food and drink companies in Europe.

Milan Kovac, from the Slovak Ministry of Agriculture, was a board member of ILSI Europe until 2011. ILSI Europe, an industry research institute supported by all the biggest agrofood multinationals, is a central actor in the agrofood industry's scientific influence over EFSA.


The Commission's justification for these nominations is an industry-friendly interpretation of EFSA's founding regulation, which states that four of the 14 board members “shall have a background in organisations representing consumers and other interests in the food chain”.


In their recent joint press release, CEO and Testbiotech note that nowhere is it mentioned that the food industry should be involved, in fact quite the contrary: EFSA's 2011 independence rules stipulate that “persons employed by industry shall not be allowed to become members of EFSA's Scientific Committee, Scientific Panels and working groups.”


Such trends are worrying to say the least. Writer and researcher William F Engdahl has already alluded to a ‘cancer of corruption’ between the biotech sector and the EFSA (3). And this year, Friends of the Earth Europe (FoE) and GM Freeze released their own research report that expressed serious health-related concerns over the excessive and largely unmonitored use of glyphosate (weedkiller) in Europe (4). Very valid concerns, considering recent research pertaining to the health impacts (5). In 2011, Earth Open Source said that official approval of glyphosate had been rash, problematic and deeply flawed. A comprehensive review of existing data released in June 2011 by Earth Open Source suggested that industry regulators in Europe had known for years that glyphosate causes birth defects in the embryos of laboratory animals. Questions were thus raised about the role of the powerful agro-industry in rigging data pertaining to product safety and its undue influence on regulatory bodies (6).  


The aim of powerful private companies is to make money, to maximise profit for shareholders. Any safety requirements are secondary concerns, if they are concerns at all. Therefore, we expect bodies like the EFSA to take up these concerns on our behalf and to resist the food lobby and agribusiness in their attempts to translate their massive financial clout into political influence, not least where its own Management Board and ‘expert panels’ are concerned.   


On its website, the EFSA states:


“Food is essential to life. We are committed to ensuring food safety in Europe.”


Is it?

Get involved and resist the corporate takeover of Europe: Visit http://corporateeurope.org/get-involved#


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