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Putin’s new limo: Top 10 Russian-made designs in online contest

Published time: February 26, 2013 19:00
Edited time: February 26, 2013 18:57

Image from Motor.ru

For big companies, the delicate task of designing a new car for the Russian president is still ahead. But dozens of professional and amateur designers have already rushed to compete in the “Auto for the President” contest, offering over 100 entries.

The contest, organized by Russian web portal CarDesign.ru and sponsored by Marussia Motors, invited everyone aged 18 or more to try and devise a modern look for the presidential limousine and its cortege.

A prize of 150,000 rubles ($5,000) for the best project, as well as decent rewards for two other winners, attracted more than 40 skilled professionals and design students, as well as some 80 amateur designers from Russia and worldwide.

The challenge was set to combine such household retro brands as “ZiL” and “Chaika” with modern designs and features. However, the contestants were also allowed to think of their own “perspective design.”

The deadline was set for the end of February, and the jury will select the winners on May 1.

The best project is meant to provide the basis for a new series of presidential cars. Although it will be of Russian design, it’s still planned to be manufactured abroad.

Concept by Yaroslav Yakovlev and Bernard Weel (image from Motor.ru)

The authors chose the ZiL as the "only Russian brand with a recognizable image, experience in building high-end cars and a history rich enough to correspond to the task."

Concept by Vladimir Bolotov (image from Motor.ru)

To associate with a high-tech and reliable technology the project should use Sukhoi brand in its marketing campaign, the author suggests. Russia’s best car should take advantage of the experience in the development of advanced military technology accumulated over many decades.

Concept by Vladimir Filatov (image from Motor.ru)

The author offers an “austere and comfortable” limousine under the brand Marussia.


Concept by Sergey Fedulov (image from Motor.ru)

In his concept the author tried to embody the elements of post-WWII era Soviet car design into the modern presidential limousine. The main inspiration was the ZIS-110.

Concept by Marcell Sebestyen (image from Motor.ru)

This was based on the “most luxurious Russian car ever made,” the legendary GAZ-13 Chayka. The designer tried to preserve traditional elements in the modern form of the limo.

Concept by Dmitry Dyachenko (image from Motor.ru)

Concept by Aleksander Bukarev (image from Motor.ru)


Concept by Vladimir Filatov (image from Motor.ru)


Concept by Sergey Kavunov (image from Motor.ru)


Concept by Vladimir Konoplya (image from Motor.ru)


Assignment: Design a Flag for a New Socialist/Communist America

Mac Slavo
February 5th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 3,859 people

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Parents and educators are outraged over an electronic curriculum system being used in Texas public schools after a recent classroom assignment called for students to design a flag for a new socialist/commuist nation.

A lesson plan for 6th graders reads as follows:

Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?

The CSCOPE curriculum is used in 875 school districts across Texas. At a recent Texas Education Committee meeting, Senators and witnesses questioned the effectiveness of the program used as a primary tool to educate millions of impressionable minds.

Committee Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, called it “a mess.”

One witness compared the system to “mind control,” and an algebra teacher wept as he described quitting because he felt he was “aiding and abetting a crime” by using CSCOPE in his classroom.

A string of witnesses before the Senate Education Committee criticized the program for promoting liberal values they said are anti-Christian at best and openly socialist at worst.

They also complained that it is hard for nonteachers to get a look at the program.

“Discontent is rampant across the state,” said Peggy Venable, a frequent critic of public schools and the Texas director of Americans for Prosperity.

Source: Ft. Worth Star Telegram

There exists a double standard within the halls of the American indoctrination centers we refer to as public schools.

A hearing impaired three year old was recently suspended for violating a school weapons policy because the hand sign for his name resembled a gun. Just a few weeks ago, a six year old was expelled from a Texas school when she brought a pink bubble gun to school for show and tell. Administrators justified the expulsion by claiming that her actions constituted a “terroristic threat.”

Fundamental bedrock American principles protected under the US Constitution, such as the right to bear arms, are vilified by our government sponsored education system.

Yet, promoting Communism, a system responsible for the democide of hundreds of millions of people over the last century (ironically, by way of the gun) is perfectly acceptable.

Children most certainly need to be taught about the dangers of socialism and communism, but our education system needs to use some common sense when doing so.

How many of the educators giving this assignment to their students mentioned the fact that the economics of Communism leads to strife and loss of liberty? That the laws within those systems are implemented through violence and much suffering?

How many of them explained that the only way to prevent such systems from taking hold is to have an armed populace that can fight back against the tyranny?

This is what we’re up against in America today. Sixty years ago we were holding Congressional hearings in an effort to identify Communists in this country.

Today, we’re electing them to the highest of political offices.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 3,859 people
Date: February 5th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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The online retail giant Amazon has been accused of censorship after it removed many one-star reviews...

The Climate Catastrophe We’re All Ignoring

Imagine you’re driving your shiny new car too fast along a wet, curvy road. You turn a corner and realize you’re heading straight for...

AI can tell if you’re gay or straight just by your face – study

Published time: 8 Sep, 2017 13:42 Edited time: 9 Sep, 2017 12:30 Technology which can determine...

‘Weapons for tyrants’: UK blasted for inviting human rights abusers to arms trade fair

Britain’s biggest arms fair starts Tuesday, and will play host to several countries labelled ...

Reaganomics Made Harvey Worse

US-90 remains underwater on September 5, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Even without the climate crisis, Houston infrastructure and urban design was a denial of...

Group finds & films experimental Canadian fighter jet model at bottom of Lake Ontario

Published time: 9 Sep, 2017 23:42 A group of aviation enthusiasts have found a free-flight test...

What America’s Aristocracy Want

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The American aristocracy want inequality of rights, with two basic polar-opposite classes: the ‘elite’, with themselves at the top...
Pro-worker, anti-racist organization, Redneck Revolt. The Left Calls Out The Left

The Left Calls Out the Left

As an antiwar activist, I feel a responsibility to denounce the conduct of many of my colleagues with whom I generally share common ideologies. Their actions,...

Ultrasonic hack ‘DolphinAttack’ sends inaudible voice commands to Siri, Alexa

Hackers can take control of smart devices using ultrasonic frequencies the human ear cannot detect, according...

Big Oil to Blame for Harvey’s Toxic Legacy

Yesterday, the Governor of Texas warned that the bill for reconstruction after Superstorm Harvey could be as high as $180 billion. To put this...

Durable Conspiracies: Twenty Years after Princess Diana’s Death

It has been two decades, and a stocktake of the conspiracy theories over the circumstances of Princess Diana’s death in the Pont de l’Alma...

Galveston Bio-Lab Declared Safe

Exclusive: Flooding from Hurricane Harvey triggered a dangerous chemical explosion outside Houston, but a bio-lab in Galveston bristled over concerns...

I Helped Low-Income Americans Save for Retirement — Until Trump Ended the Program

Last month, the Treasury Department announced plans to wind down the myRA program, an Obama-era initiative designed to help low- and middle-income earners start...

Houston, Tell Your President We Have a Problem: Its Called Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Texas has never seen rain like it. Some forty to sixty inches of rain in some places. Over 9 trillion gallons of...

Will the US Declare Open War on WikiLeaks?

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently passed its Intelligence Authorization Act for 2018 that contains a chilling attack on the First Amendment. Section 623 of...

The Libertarian Pushback

Since nobody in his right mind sympathizes with Nazis (of all people), everyone is cheering at the example being made of various organizations that...

Neocons Are Upset With Me

A Polish friend, who reads this website regularly, sent me recently this characterization of my personality and worldview: “He’s a sniffy traditionalist, a self-described ‘Robert...

US will remain in Syria for decades after ISIS defeated, Kurdish militia allies say

One of Washington’s main allies in their fight against Islamic State in Syria says US forces...

Nuke-free zone? UK estate agent causes Twitter fury for mapping ‘radiation impact’ on property

Published time: 12 Aug, 2017 05:41 Edited time: 12 Aug, 2017 05:42 A UK estate...

U.S. Government and Press Lie Constantly, with Total Impunity

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The U.S. press don’t report this fact, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. The following will document its...

Commercialization brought the Internet to the masses. It also gave us spam.

Internet users and activists are launching the final phase of a summer campaign to protect “net neutrality” in the Trump era. Under the Obama...

‘Win-win-win situation’: Los Angeles to host 2028 Olympics, giving Paris the 2024 games

Los Angeles, California has been awarded the 2028 Olympic Summer games. In order to finance the...

Global Polling: Which Nations Are Happiest? Unhappiest?

Eric Zuesse Results have recently been published from surveys of 68,759 people in 69 countries around the world during 2016 by WIN/Gallup International, which organization...

Trump and the Christian Fascists

Donald Trump's ideological vacuum, the more he is isolated and attacked, is being filled by the Christian right. This Christianized fascism, with its network...

‘There was no remorse, only a smirk’: Teens who filmed drowning man won’t face...

A group of teenagers watched, laughed and filmed as a 32-year-old man drowned in a lake...

Beware the Radical Center

“You watch the neighborhood, we’ll watch the skies” reads one particularly curious web image which include pictures of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Justin Trudeau,...

Missile Defense Will Protect You From North Korea, Say USA Today’s Missile Defense-Funded Sources

USA Today (7/17/17) presents a few words from the missile defense industry. “US Missile Defense Plans to Zap North Korean Threats” was the headline of...

White House voter commission doxxes Americans by revealing emails & addresses

Published time: 15 Jul, 2017 04:01 The Trump administration has unwittingly doxxed more than 100 voters...

In India, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences Ditches Science for Spin in Push for...

The case surrounding the approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is coming to a head on the back of the Genetic Engineering...

Oregon becomes 1st US state to offer gender-neutral driver’s licenses

Oregon has become the first state to allow residents who don’t identify as male or female...

Royal Saud Family Seek Trump’s Support Against Qatar’s Royal Thani Family

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It’s now war between the fundamentalist Sunni Sauds who own the world’s most oil-rich nation Saudi Arabia, versus the...

Whom Do You Trust?

The answer will tell your politics. Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On June 27th, Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, headlined "Latest Example of Media Recklessness...

Can pick up egg: Two veterans get DARPA-developed prosthetic arms after 40yrs (VIDEOS)

Two retired army veterans who lost their arms more than 40 years ago have received revolutionary...

Germans now the Minority in Frankfurt: Over Half City’s Residents are Migrants

More than half of residents living in the German city of Frankfurt have a migrant background, according to new statistics.  Figures show 51.2 per cent of...

Samantha Cameron has ‘no disposable income’ despite aristocratic family & ex-PM husband’s wealth

Samantha Cameron, wife of former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and daughter of a multi-millionaire...

Not Even Our National Monuments Are Safe in Trump’s America

In the fall of 2002, I spent nearly two weeks backpacking in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Fifteen years later, that experience...

How and Why U.S. Honors and Aids Al Qaeda

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker This will present a typical example in which the U.S. promotes Al Qaeda and other jihadists, and then...

Syria the Latest Case of US ‘Stumbling’ Into War

A recent headline in The Atlantic (6/9/17) earnestly pondered if the US was “Getting Sucked Into More War in Syria.” “Even as Washington potentially...

A Grain of Truth: RCEP and the Corporate Hijack of Indian Agriculture

The plight of farmers in India has been well documented. A combination of debt, economic liberalisation, subsidised imports, rising input costs and a shift...

An Interesting View of Foreign Politics

Eric Zuesse For many years, I have been reading — but not yet citing as documentation for my own articles regarding U.S. international policies —...

Farmworkers Confront Wendy's in Fight for Fair Wages

"He sido un trabajador agrícola desde que tenía 17 años." ("I have been a farmworker since I was 17 years old.") The voice of Lucas...

Trump Tosses Red Meat to Red States

Cornered by the expanding Russia-gate investigation, President Trump reached back to his hardcore “base” by tossing out the Paris climate...

Secretive Bilderberg Group to talk Russia, Trump & ‘war on information’

Many of the world's most powerful people are gathering for the annual meeting of the mysterious...

Secretive Bilderberg Group to talk Russia, Trump & ‘war on information’

Many of the world's most powerful people are gathering for the annual meeting of the mysterious...

You've Been Duped. The Affordable Care Act Isn't Raising Your Premiums. Republicans Are.

As I watch the debate unfold over repeal of the Affordable Care Act, I keep thinking about the Hans Christian Anderson story "The Emperor's...

Three Strategies to Defend GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements, and Deleted Comments

This story was co-published with Stat and Kaiser Health News. Earlier this month, a day after the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal...

US Army lost track of $1 billion worth of arms & equipment in Iraq,...

Published time: 25 May, 2017 03:31 A newly released declassified audit from the US Department of...

Pence Begins Presidential Campaign Unofficially

Eric Zuesse On Wednesday, May 17th, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has built his political career as both a fundamentalist Christian, and a client...

Cannibal curry? Indian restaurant falsely accused of serving ‘human meat’ faces closure

Published time: 18 May, 2017 13:55 Edited time: 18 May, 2017 13:55 An Indian restaurant...

From torture to freedom: Manning’s supporters reflect on her 7-year nightmare

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been released, after enduring seven years of imprisonment and torture. John Pilger,...

Lots of Copies Make Stuff Safe

  Photo of another crooked, paranoid, free-speech skeptic by Portable Network Graphics. Little Donny is busy. On Tuesday, he fired the FBI's James Comey - a...

‘Catastrophic failure’: Oil spill in NYC East River requires massive cleanup

The US Coast Guard has declared part of New York City’s East River a “safety zone”...

The Robot Economy: Ready or Not, Here It Comes

Duc Tran, an automation engineer, observes the fully autonomous robotic truck loader during a test at the Wynright Robotics facility in Arlington, Texas, July...

Is Marine Le Pen really far-right?

France’s Answer To Trumpism: Non, Merci

Before you go to sleep Sunday you will have learned a new name, the name at least six or seven of your fellow-Americans already...

Rural Consciousness and Democratic Politics

The loss of the so-called flyover states was the key—and very surprising—factor in Hillary Clinton's loss of last year's presidential election. Some pundits attributed...

How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque

A new book about Hillary Clinton’s last campaign for president—“Shattered,” by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes—has gotten a lot of publicity since it...

Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet

(Photo: Pexels) The internet is quite popular these days, but companies such as AT&T and Comcast that provide internet service are not. That's one reason...

Trump Takes First Step Toward Dismantling 1 Billion Acres of National Monuments

WASHINGTON - President Trump today launched a new attack on 27 national monuments around the country — more than 1 billion acres of natural...

NAFTA Needs To Be Replaced, Not Renegotiated

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be replaced with a transparent trade agreement that ensures farmers in all three nations—Canada, Mexico, and...

Why Vault 7 Tools Used by Private Contractors Shows US Intel Needs a Ground-Up...

So, let's begin at the end. The fastest way to get things done on a geopolitical level has become hiring the private Intel and...

State Dept apologizes, removes promotion of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago amid ethics concerns

A promotional article for President Donald Trump’s Florida resort that was posted on the State Department’s...

Earth Day Should Be Called "People of Earth" Day

You might think of the rainforest or the endangered polar bear on this day, but Earth Day is a commemoration with decidedly American roots,...

From Earth Day to the Monsanto Tribunal, Capitalism on Trial

World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year. Promoted by the United Nations, its aim is to encourage global awareness and action for...

Hide Your Guns in Plain Sight

By Jacki Billings Guns.com April 18, 2017 With an estimated 250,000 to 600,000 guns stolen per year in the U.S., gun storage has always been one...

Detroit doctor charged with female genital mutilation of 7yo girls

In what’s likely to be a first for the US court system, an emergency room physician...

War in the Gulf (No, Not That Gulf!)

It’s war in the Gulf and the U.S. Navy is on hand to protect us. No, not that Gulf! I’m talking about the Gulf...

Google’s Censorship Of Independent News – RINF Becomes Latest Victim

Mick Meaney (RINF) - 'Fake news' is a term designed to fool the weak minded into believing the corporate media are the only reliable sources of...

Another Algore Fraud

I am not sure why, but I have had a lot of people ask me recently about flex fuel vehicles, what they are, and...

Why Vault 7 Tools Used by Private Contractors Shows US Intel Needs a Ground-Up...

The Vault 7 exposé by WikiLeaks neglected to mention the most important part of the disclosure. Sure, the CIA has all these tools available....

Peter Van Buren on Putin Paranoia

Things about America we’ve learned since November. Our nation, the republic, democracy, our very system of government is more fragile than at any other time...

Bellwether Behavioral Health Is Controversial Group Home Operator AdvoServ — With a New Name

A for-profit company that runs group homes for the developmentally and intellectually disabled has changed its name from AdvoServ to Bellwether Behavioral Health, following ProPublica...

The House Science Committee’s Shameful Climate Sideshow

There are a lot of ways one can imagine, in principle, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology holding a constructive, timely hearing...

Conspiracy Theorists Welcome in Corporate Media–if They Have the Right Targets

Louise Mensch on Real Time Former British Conservative MP Louise Mensch has become something of a celebrity of late in anti-Trump media. In the past...

Advocate of Saddam/Al Qaeda Conspiracy Will Save Us From Fake News

The New York Times promotes an unlikely champion of the cause of truth. The New York Times‘ Jim Rutenberg (3/26/17), alarmed by right-wing websites with...

As Vote on TrumpCare Nears, #SaveMedicaid Movement Grows

The movement to save Medicaid from the Republican chopping block continued on Tuesday, with actions happening on the ground and on social media, just...

‘Winged bull’ destroyed by ISIS in Iraq will grace London’s Trafalgar Square plinth

A recreation of an artwork destroyed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq will be the next sculpture adorning the fourth Plinth in...

Kentucky Gov. Signs Law Greenlighting Discrimination Against LGBTQ Students

Essentially codifying hate speech, Kentucky Governor Mike Bevin signed into law on Monday a bill that gives individuals, including students, license to make hateful...

New opioid painkiller considered too high a risk of abuse – FDA panel

Opana ER, an opioid painkiller redesigned in 2012, still carries too high a risk of abuse...

Bush-Era Foreign Policy Delusions Are Alive and Well in 2017

In trying to unravel the debates over U.S. foreign policy currently being fought out in the editorial pages of the New York Times, The...

Climate Change Denial, Democratic-style

Photo by Ian D. Keating | CC BY 2.0   I turned on the cable news at 3:00 p.m. last Friday. With a massive permafrost melt...

GM to lay off 1,100 workers in Michigan & shift production to Tennessee

General Motors will layoff another 1,100 Michigan workers as part of its shift in domestic production,...

WaPo Spins Its Scoop to Minimize Damage to Sessions

The Washington Post, which broke the Jeff Sessions/Russian ambassador story (3/1/17), is framing it to minimize political damage to the attorney general. Here’s the...

WaPo Spins Its Scoop to Minimize Damage to Sessions

The Washington Post (3/1/17) plays down its scoop. The Washington Post, which broke the Jeff Sessions/Russian ambassador story (3/1/17), is framing it to minimize political...

US govt agency to award contracts for construction of US-Mexico wall by mid-April

US Customs and Border Protection said it is planning to award contracts for President Donald Trump’s...

An Economy of Meaning – or Bust

It’s not often that a scientist gets to use the words love, creativity, and wisdom in a paper, especially when writing about economics. Perhaps...

Planting Seed for Strikes in the Trump Era, #Strike4Democracy Sweeps Nation

Planting the seed for future large-scale walk-outs, hundreds of events are taking place coast-to-coast on Friday as part of a national "strike for democracy." Heavy...

ACTION ALERT: WaPo’s Post Live Series Is a Love Letter to Corporate Conflicts of...

Since 2010, the Washington Post has been banking on its pedigree and prestige by putting on Q & A sessions with influential Beltway personalities—sponsored...

Pro-GMO Scientists Blinded by Technology and Wedded to Ideology

The Oxford Martin School is based at Oxford University in the UK and has set up the ‘Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations’ (OMC). Bringing together...

Nips & tucks hit by Brexit as Brits cut back on plastic surgery

While the Bank of England and various leading economists have backtracked on their claims that...

Monsanto and GMO Propagandists Softening-up UK Public for GM After Brexit

On the back of Brexit, the UK government is planning what could be a disastrous trade deal with the Trump administration. It would likely...

Spacecraft supplier Orbital ATK wins $45mn military deal to make ‘game changer’ tank ammo

Orbital ATK, a provider of NASA supply spacecraft, looks set to streamline tank warfare after it...

Trump is a Catastrophe, But So was the TPP

Since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I’ve found myself talking for the first time with a lot of my 20-something...

30 New Words Make the Big-Tim

The team over at Merriam-Webster is responsible for keeping a vigilant eye on shifting language trends. They’ve made some pretty bold moves recently (like...

‘All on me’: Homeland Security chief falls on sword over chaotic travel ban rollout

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly took the blame for the poor rollout of President Donald...

Donald Trump’s travel ban is ‘propaganda opportunity’ for ISIS – home secretary

US President Donald Trump’s travel ban threatens to become a “propaganda opportunity” for Islamic State...

‘Ammunition to jihadists’: Democrats decry Trump's 'Muslim ban' outside Supreme Court

Trump’s 'Muslim ban' has given “ammunition to all jihadists” across the globe, Democrat Bernie Sanders said...

Downing Street insists British dual nationals will not be affected by Trump’s travel ban

Theresa May’s government issued a statement on Monday afternoon insisting British citizens with dual nationality...

Down the Rabbit-Hole to Trump’s Victory

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There are several key reasons why Donald Trump won, such as that he achieved a 1,405,004 nationwide popular-vote victory in...

Trump's Dirty Climate Plan Out-of-Step as Most Americans Want Renewables

President Donald Trump's so-called "America First Energy Plan" may be dedicated to tapping domestic fossil fuel reserves—like fracked gas, oil, and even coal—but it...

‘Systematically and illegally failing’: Feds sue top student loan servicer, Navient

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking Navient, the nation’s largest student loan servicer, to court...

Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At...

Last week, the US Department of Energy released a revised scientific integrity policy in what was likely the last move by the Obama administration...

‘Flying water taxis’ to cut London congestion

Taxis that hover over water could be the future of transport in congested cities with...

All Russian Hacking ‘Evidence’ Is Fake

(RINF) - The only thread that holds the DNI report together at first glance is the false testimony and fake evidence Crowdstrike and Dmitri...

Closest ever: NASA captures image of Saturn’s spooky ‘Death Star’ moon

On its closest-ever flyby of Saturn’s moon Mimas, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured what may be...

Microgaming Developments For 2017

Microgaming are the company behind many of the games that you play at online casinos such as Royal Vegas Canadian casino. They have been...

‘We’re Seeing the Result of a 40-Year Assault on the Liberal Mainstream’ – CounterSpin...

Janine Jackson interviewed Ellen Schrecker about the New McCarthyism for the January 6, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Ellen Schrecker:...

Schoolchildren exposed to Scientology through London anti-drug programs

Tens of thousands of London schoolchildren are being exposed to Scientology through anti-drug presentations, it...

WaPo Spreading Own Falsehoods Shows Real Power of Fake News

Washington Post story (12/31/16) with revised headline and a never-mind editor’s note. Is this “fake news”? The putative scourge of “fake news” has been one...

Why Crowdstrike’s Russian Hacking Story Fell Apart- Say Hello to Fancy Bear

(RINF) - In the wake of the JAR-16-20296 dated December 29, 2016 about hacking and influencing the 2016 election, the need for real evidence...

Situation with Russia proves America is an oligarchy

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - The U.S. government’s plan to conquer Russia is based upon a belief in, and the fundamental plan to establish, “Nuclear Primacy”...

Putin: Russia Will Not Expel Anyone in Response to US Sanctions

The Russian president has rejected a suggestion of the foreign ministry to expel 35 American diplomats in response to a similar move...

US Navy ditching million-dollar ammo for stealth destroyer – report

The US Navy is looking at three new ammunition options for its most advanced warship as,...

Nigel Farage commends Putin’s ‘mature’ response to US diplomatic expulsions

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his decision not to...

Falcon Heavy: SpaceX teases with photo of ‘world's most powerful rocket’ ahead of 2017...

SpaceX has released a sneak peak of its Falcon Heavy rocket, as the company prepares to...

Earth Bombarded by High Energy Waves

The role of a journalist is to report “the truth” based on available verifiable evidence of unfolding events and developments in this world. Because...

If You’re for Peace

Speaking of fake news, the latest issue of the National Enquirer at the supermarket checkout is giving the mainstream presstitute media a run for...

The hidden impact of ‘fake news’ the mainstream won’t tell you

Mick Meaney I built RINF Alternative News around 12 years ago... it's always been an independent news website, and I have always maintained it. Recently the...

Washington Post admits article on ‘Russian propaganda’ & ‘fake news’ based on sham research

Facing threats of legal action, the Washington Post has been forced to add an editor’s note...

FDR Lied Us into WWII

“I have in my possession a secret map, made in Germany by Hitler’s government — by the planners of the New World Order,” FDR...

Bait & Switch- Fake News, propornot, the Real Inform & Influence Operation

A few days before the 2016 election I contacted several publishers and told them they were on a list to be dealt with/ taken...

The Empire’s War on ‘Terror’

The “war on terror” has simultaneously been a war on truth. For fifteen years—from 9/11 to Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” and “al...

‘There Is Nothing at All That Replaces Grassroots Organizing’

Excerpts from the African American Policy Forum’s webinar on the election were aired on the November 25, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a...

Fake News

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell, Visionary Author Now that the rigged election circus is finally behind...

Porn censors to ban spanking, female ejaculation & ‘unconventional’ sex acts

Web users in Britain will be banned from accessing porn sites showing “non-conventional” sex acts such as spanking and female ejaculation under a little...

Twitter Verifies Official Muslim Brotherhood Account

Twitter has verified the official account of the Muslim Brotherhood, after previously banning conservatives, celebrity Trump supporters, and a women’s rights group who criticized Saudi Arabia. The...

A Nonviolent Strategy to Liberate Syria

Robert J. Burrowes In early 2011, as the Arab Spring was moving across North Africa and the Middle East, small groups of nonviolent activists in...

Judge rejects Trump's lawsuit in Nevada over early voting

Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in Nevada state court alleging at least four Las Vegas...

'Red Scare 2': Russia and the 2016 US election

Among the many ways in which the 2016 US presidential election has been out of the...

Clinton foundation admits receiving $1mn donation from Qatar that it previously hid

On the heels of damning WikiLeaks revelations, the Clinton Foundation has confirmed allegations that it received...

This Is No ‘Cold War’; It’s Far Worse Than That.

World War III — the first (and final) nuclear war — has never been so likely as it is now. Eric Zuesse, originally posted at...

The Consequences of Being Politically Incorrect

Well, at least they aren’t sending us to camps… yet. That’s probably next. One thing does follow another, like dominos. The logic of it being...

The Intercept Outs Neocon Democrat’s Smear Against Trump as ‘Putin’s Puppet’

Eric Zuesse On November 1st, The Intercept headlined "HERE’S THE PROBLEM WITH THE STORY CONNECTING RUSSIA TO DONALD TRUMP’S EMAIL SERVER”, and the reporting team of Sam Biddle, Lee...

Inventions That Changed Our Lives

The world of 1900 was nothing like the world of 1800. The world of 2000 was nothing like the world of 1900. Why? Because...

Chicago police shootings down since Laquan McDonald's death, but gun & drug violence remain...

Shootings by the Chicago Police Department are down, as are civilian complaints over police activity, since...

Written By the Whispers of the Wind

by Scott Thomas Outlar / October 30th, 2016 I wanted to write a poemabout the perfectionof this moment,but the windwhistled all the words awayas the...

U.N. Rights Expert Urges Nations Not to Sign ‘Flawed’ CETA Treaty

For more information and media requests, please contact Mr. Thibaut Guillet (+41 22 917 9674 / [email protected]) or write to [email protected] For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts: Xabier...

FBI reopens Clinton investigation as new emails found ‒ Comey

Published time: 28 Oct, 2016 17:08Edited time: 28 Oct, 2016 17:23 The FBI has learned of more...

‘We’re Not Helping Our Kids by Keeping the Deficit Down’ – CounterSpin interview with...

Janine Jackson interviewed Dean Baker about the debt boogeyman for the October 21, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Dean Baker:...

Aristocracy’s Immunity From Prosecution Disturbs TARP’s I.G.

Eric Zuesse For the very first time, on October 25th, a high federal official, the “SIGTARP” or Special Inspector General for the TARP program that...

How the 2004 Presidential Election Was Stolen by George W. Bush

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - In 2006, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. headlined at Rolling Stone “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” and he presented an argument that...

The Power Elite’s War

“A populace deprived of the ability to separate lies from truth, is no longer capable of sustaining a free society.” Journalist Chris Hedges As the ruling...

Would you have sex on film for £400? One British university would like to...

A British university is offering to pay young couples £400 to be filmed having sex...

Naked lunch: London’s 1st nude restaurant is coming back… permanently

London’s first ‘clothing-optional’ restaurant is set to return – this time permanently – following a...

Bought and Paid For: The Corporate Media Riggs Elections

(RINF) - The 2016 Republican presidential primary was rigged. It wasn't rigged by the Republicans, the Democrats, Russians, space aliens, or voters. It was...

It’s Russia & RT! Team Clinton knows who’s to blame for Podesta leaks

With just hours to go before the final US presidential debate, Hillary Clinton's camp has again...

Punishing Cow Emmissions, Loving Alcohol’s

On September 19, 2016, California’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law America’s toughest restrictions on “super pollutants” including black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane....

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

Robert J. Burrowes (RINF) - As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take...

Chief NATO Lobbyist Urges Trump Be Replaced by Pence

Eric Zuesse (RINF) - As the U.S. hurtles toward nuclear war with Russia over Syria and Crimea, Jon Huntsman, the head of NATO’s lobbying organization the Atlantic Council,...

U.S. Ponders Whether to Go to War with Russia to Salvage Al Qaeda in...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Sources that will be provided here, document the historical narrative now occurring toward all-out war between the U.S. and...

Columbia University to Host No-Whites-Allowed Student Leadership Retreat

Students of color at Columbia University can apply to attend an upcoming racially segregated retreat hosted by the school that promises to...

Robot Bank of Scotland: UK lender introduces ‘warm, approachable’ AI to talk to customers

The majority state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is to become the first British high-street...

Liberty Is Security: The Lesson Not Drawn From Post-9/11 Government Overreach

Edward Snowden speaks via live video webcast at the Forbidden Research conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 21, 2016. (Kayana Szymczak /...

White House petition to call Pakistan ‘terrorism sponsor’ passes 600,000 benchmark

An online petition calling on the US to declare Pakistan “a state sponsor of terrorism,” has...

I’m a Bernie Sanders Voter: Here’s Why I’ll Vote Trump

By Eric Zuesse Sometimes, things in politics are the opposite of the way they seem. The Presidential contest between the ‘liberal’ Hillary Clinton’ and the...

Election or Revolution? An Open Letter to the People of the United States

Robert J. Burrowes As citizens of the USA with a presidential election approaching you have a wonderful opportunity to ponder whether to participate in this...

Berkeley Allows Palestine Course to Be Taught

On Sept. 19, UC-Berkeley Dean Carla Hesse rescinded her Sept. 13 suspension of a student-led course on Palestine. But the controversy over her original suspension...

NY Attorney-General opens investigation into Donald J. Trump Foundation

The New York Attorney-General has opened an investigation into the Donald J. Trump Foundation, citing “impropriety”...

American pastor banned from South Africa for anti-gay comments

Controversial American pastor Steven Anderson, who made critical comments about homosexuals – in particular hailing the...

Media Undermine Democracy by Speculating Wildly About Undermining Democracy

The relentless drumbeat of Trump–as–Russian agent takes hasn’t ceased since the news broke of a likely Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee in...

3D Printers vs. Patents

By Gary North GaryNorth.com September 12, 2016 We know about 3D printing. It is in its primitive phase. Think about this technology 30 years from now. Of...

Hope for the Philippines?

Son of a bitch (var. sonovabitch): Something that is very difficult or unpleasant. Used to express surprise, disappointment, anger, etc. (based on Merriam-Webster) Rodrigo Duterte,...

Darwin Unhinged

This is atrociously long, criminally even, by internet standards but I post it anyway because I get occasional requests.  Few will read it, which...

Son of a Bitch!

Son of a bitch (var. sonovabitch): Something that is very difficult or unpleasant. Used to express surprise, disappointment, anger, etc. (based on Merriam-Webster) Rodrigo Duterte,...

48 Words at 4 AM Is All Network News Has to Say About Pipeline...

The broadcast news networks have aired exactly one report on the Dakota Access Pipeline protests since the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe began an encampment...

‘The man burns tonight’: Inside the world’s wildest party (LIVE VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Burning Man is in full swing this week at the temporary global village called Black Rock...

Leaked: UK-made military spy gear on offer to US police

British-made military-grade spy equipment that allows phone calls and texts to be intercepted and can even...

White Lives Matter Has Been Declared a Hate Group…by the SPLC

A white nationalist group called White Lives Matter, which calls itself an opponent of the Black Lives Matter movement, has been declared...

Nonviolent Revolt in the Twenty-First Century

Robert J. Burrowes I sometimes wonder whether one of the ways in which 'Amercian exceptionalism' manifests is that many US scholars and others are unable...

UK defense contractor BAE selling surveillance gear to Emirates – report

The Danish subsidiary of a British defense contractor is selling surveillance gear to the United...

One step closer to Mars: NASA completes splashdown test for red planet-bound Orion (VIDEO)

NASA has completed an important step in its quest to send a manned-mission to Mars and...

No proof, but ‘Russian hackers’: CNN blunders with report on ‘breach’ at NYT –...

Another round of hysteria blaming shady Kremlin hackers has taken over western media after CNN reported...

Tunisia: On the Front Lines of the Struggle Against Climate Change

Kerkennah is a group of islands lying off the east coast of Tunisia in the Gulf of Gabès, around 20km away from...

Can Kidney Disease Be Reversed?

Western medicine does not understand the kidneys like Chinese doctors do. Western doctors knew that the kidneys are responsible for fluid balance, waste elimination,...

The Democratic Total State

The late Andrew Breitbart is credited with the statement that “politics is downstream of culture.” Since Breitbart made that memorable assertion, Red State, Daily...

Pokémon Go away: Homeowners sue over Pokestop on their property

Ornery old people yelling at kids to get off their lawn is a classic stereotype, but...

Gangster toddlers? Secretive CA gang database included 42 profiles for 1yo children

An explosive state audit of a secretive California gang database used by law enforcement showed 42...

Could China build Britain’s Hinkley nuclear power plant using stolen US technology?

Britain’s Chinese partner in the Hinkley Point nuclear power station deal is facing espionage charges in the United States, it has emerged. China General Nuclear...

What Does Vitamin D Deficiency Look Like?

By Dr. Mercola New research has emerged linking low vitamin D levels with a risk of cognitive decline and mental impairment, according to studies conducted...

Surveillance Isn’t Colorblind

During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr. — all under the veil of proper legal process....

Mass Surveillance Isn’t Colorblind

(Photo: ‘Pong / Flickr) During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr. — all under the veil of...

To Stop Climate Change, Don’t Just Cut Carbon. Redistribute Wealth.

 (Photo: Friends of the Earth International / Flickr) This year’s Democratic platform has the fingerprints of progressive movements all over it. A $15 minimum wage,...

UK arms traders eye global weapons-sales boost thanks to tumbling post-Brexit pound

British arms firms hope a plunge in the value of the pound will make exports...

Send Royal Navy to guard Gibraltar during Brexit talks, says MoD adviser

Britain must be prepared to reinforce Gibraltar with warships ahead of Brexit negotiations in a...

“Gulen-Gate” Islamic Terrorists Descend on the Democratic National Convention

by George Eliason Why are known terrorists at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia? Doesn't the Secret Service vet people that are in the same...

Your Private Hideaway

Designing a house should be fun! It’s a chance to for your dreams to become real in the form of a home. Most of...

What’s at stake as British Parliament votes on the future of Trident nuclear weapons?

British Members of Parliament will vote on whether to renew or scrap the nation’s Trident...

American Samizdat — Publication Forbidden in U.S.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org PART ONE Here’s an example: Ron Unz has called this article that he published in his magazine, The American Conservative, in...

In the Shadow of the Bomb: Conducting International Relations with the Threat of Mass...

“Some fell to the ground and their stomachs already expanded full, burst and organs fell out. Others had skin falling off them and others...

NATO Summit Meeting, on July 8-9

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org All NATO leaders are meeting together at a crucial July 8th-9th Summit in Warsaw, to agree regarding what to...

Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection

Robert J. Burrowes Deeply affected by the death of my two uncles in World War II, on 1 July 1966, the 24th anniversary of the...

Pro-GMO Spin Masquerading as Science Courtesy of “Shameful White Men of Privilege”

Colin Todhunter Unlike their predecessors, early 21st century missionaries do not come armed with bibles. They come as members of a scientific priesthood, spouting slick...

NATO and ‘News’ Media Pump for WW III — Nuclear War

Eric Zuesse (updated and expanded from my article at strategic-culture.org) INTRODUCTION America’s announcement that Russia has committed ‘aggression’ against America, is an announcement that America is...

Anti-Trumpite on Fox

Integral to the implausible claim that Donald Trump has wrested the GOP from “conservatives” is a recent statement by former G.W. Bush speechwriter and...

WSJ Fakes a Green Shift Toward Nuclear Power

The Wall Street Journal (6/16/16) depicts nuclear power as as a walk on the beach. (photo: Lenny Ignelzi/AP) The Wall Street Journal (6/16/16) published an...

How Brexit could lead to a united Ireland – and wage cuts for thousands

This week’s Brexit vote could have profound implications for Great Britain’s next door neighbor, the...

35,000 Brits sign up for dating site helping Muslim men find multiple wives

Nearly 35,000 Britons have signed up for a controversial new dating website designed to help...

Blue Origin rocket completes 'picture perfect' 4th test launch and landing (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Rocket company Blue Origin has taken another step towards bringing its reusable spacecraft to the market...

A Critique of Human Society since the Neolithic Revolution

Robert J. Burrowes There is a long history of social critics and progressive thinkers offering critiques of human society. Among those who are better known, Karl...

It Wasn’t Just the Orlando Killer

One of the many unexplained (at least not officially) anomalies of the persons claimed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings is the...

This Mineral Is Essential

By Dr. Mercola One in 3 reading this likely has a serious overload of a mineral that may be more dangerous to your health than...

Inside The Super Majority that Decide Election 2016 & War with Russia

How well the candidate from either party satisfies 7 questions from a particular group of people will determine who the President of the United...

Britain secretly upgrading its nukes without asking MPs – report

Britain is secretly upgrading its arsenal of Trident nuclear weapons and is developing an entirely new warhead, according to a report from the Nuclear...

100,000+ people in Alabama told not to use tap water due to chemical contamination

Chemical contamination has left over 100,000 Alabamans without drinkable tap water, possibly until the fall, according...

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...

Matt Ridley’s Pro-GMO Blunders and Ignorance in the British Press

In his recent piece for The Times newspaper in the UK, Viscount Matt Ridley argues that a new report from the American National Academies of Sciences (NAS) leaves...

AI is everyone's new friend on Facebook, understanding posts and interfering in communication

Facebook’s new artificial intelligence (AI) engine, DeepText, will understand the text users post on the network...

‘GMO Crops Are Tools of a Chemical Agriculture System’

Janine Jackson interviewed Patty Lovera about Monsanto protests for the May 27, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Patty Lovera: “People’s growing...

Boosting clouds: Microsoft, Facebook to lay giant cable under Atlantic

Tech giants Microsoft and Facebook say they will build the "highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross...

Abolish Memorial Day

This article originally appeared on Memorial Day 2012 We might as well get rid of Memorial Day, for all the good it does...

Don’t Hurt the Feelings of Official Victims

Two Democratic congressmen, always seeking madder music, stronger wine, and new ways to punish people for holding opinions they despise, have introduced a bill...

Spy agencies chase female recruits as GCHQ announces ‘Girls Only Day’

UK spy agencies are keen to recruit middle-class mums and older women, it has emerged....

Ship-mounted laser cannon tops British military’s wish list

Britain’s military establishment is evaluating firms that have tendered for a contract to build the...

How Obama and Clinton Are Endangering All of Us

Eric Zuesse I am a lifelong FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) Democrat and therefore am anything other than prejudiced against the Democratic Party. But, that Party...

Bernie Sanders Is No Ralph Nader

Why the Argument Against Nader’s 2000 Candidacy Isn’t an Argument Against Sanders’s 2016 Candidacy Eric Zuesse On May 23rd, Amanda Marcotte, at Salon, argued against Bernie Sanders’s Presidential...

Panicked elite buy underground bunkers to protect against revolutions

The panicked 0.01 per cent are reportedly buying up underground bunkers carved out of bedrock to escape civil unrest and natural disasters....

Mother Earth

by Luke Eastwood / May 22nd, 2016 I sit, like a frightened childAnd watch in helpless frustrationAs that aged, homely faceCrumbles into dust and bone. And...

Propaganda Countdown to WWIII

While the two leaders from Armenia and Azerbaijan met this week and agreed to comply with the treaty set forth that ended their bloody six-year war...

What reproductive rights? Oklahoma nears banning abortions

Lawmakers in Oklahoma aim to criminalize the performance of abortions in their state. The state Senate...

Spies over Baghdad: NSA newsletter reveals agency’s role in Iraq War

NSA intelligence played a key role in preparing the UN for the US invasion of Iraq and aiding the subsequent occupation, while senior agency...

Obama Ratchets-Up to Invade Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org An article published May 7th by Andrei Akulov brings together mainly Western news sources, all solid, to make the case...

Women and War

This month we’ve seen a strange confluence of developments, anniversaries, and events bringing the subject of “women and war” to the editorial pages of...

Clinton Does Best Where Voting Machines Flunk Hacking Tests: Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders...

At the end of the climactic scene (8 minutes) in HBO’s Emmy nominated Hacking Democracy (2006), a Leon County, Florida Election official breaks down in tears. “There are people...

Who Is the More Vicious Liar: Trump, or Obama?

Eric Zuesse There was a drastic refocus by U.S. President Barack Obama away from being anti-jihadist and toward being anti-Russian, after his first Presidential term...

Facebook courts GOP as allegations fly over its ‘suppression’ of conservative news

Still stinging from allegations that Facebook “suppressed” right-leaning topics in its trending news feed, its tech-oriented...

Gallup: Americans Want Socialized Healthcare

Eric Zuesse Most Americans want Obamacare to be replaced by what Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposes and what both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump oppose:...

A New Ad Strategy Will Mean Many More Pro-Clinton Videos Online

With the general election campaign approaching, the top super-PAC backing Hillary Clinton is preparing to release an onslaught of ads attacking Donald Trump and...

Reflections on a Delegation to Imprisoned Palestine

Emory Douglas, BPP Minister of Culture, with Mukhles Burgal and his son.   At the end of March 2016, I was part of a nineteen-member Prisoner...

UK prisoners “potential assets to be harnessed” for profit

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. John Newham The Conservative government’s Prisons Bill to be introduced in the...

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...

'Easily & Repeatedly’: Romanian hacker on gaining access to Hillary Clinton’s server

The Romanian hacker, “Guccifer” said breaching former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s personal server in early...

America’s Biggest of All Big Lies

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On April 26th, Reuters headlined from Romania, “‘We’re Not Here to Provoke,’ Say U.S. Pilots on Putin’s Doorstep”, and...

Scientists study ‘magic of bird flight’ for future windproof drones (VIDEO)

Drone technology never stays still for long, and scientists at Stanford University are taking tips from...

Journalism, Pro-GMO Triumphalism And Neoliberal Dogma In India

Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar is a senior Indian journalist. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington. The Cato Institute has a...

FTC attacks Dr. Mercola over tanning beds, but won’t go after pharma giants for...

In the latest government-waged attack on alternative health practitioners, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Dr. Joseph Mercola to pay up to $5.3...

British Conservative Breaks Ranks, Opposes TTIP

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It’s as if, say, during the Republican Administration of U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, the person who had...

Plutonium mess: SC wrangling with DOE over nuclear waste facility, Russia grows angry

Despite concessions from the Department of Energy, South Carolina has no intention of dropping its lawsuit...

Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile

Tell Harmal lion, by Michael Rakowitz In the initial aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, looters swept through the National Museum in Baghdad and...

‘Punisher’: Shoulder-fired grenade launcher XM 25 could transform US Army

The US Army is scheduled to introduce a new shoulder-fired grenade launching weapon that could change...

‘Bigoted and misguided’: American Muslims file twin lawsuits over terror watch list

A seven-month-old baby is among 15 American Muslims named in two lawsuits being brought against the...

’Disaster waiting to happen’: US senator calls to ban smartphone-shaped gun

A new foldable gun that looks remarkably like a smartphone is set to hit the market...

Kamikaze mission? SAS train to fight ISIS in crash-prone ‘transformer’ aircraft

British Special Forces are training aboard a heavily-armed Osprey heliplane to rapidly respond to terror...

War: The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The most striking feature of the 2016 US election campaign is...

The world’s first ‘healthy towns’ to be unveiled in the U.K

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) has recently launched an ambitious-sounding initiative to build ten new housing developments designed to facilitate healthy lifestyles with the...

Vox and the False Consensus of ‘Most Economists Agree’

When it launched in 2014, “new media” outlet Vox prided itself on having an analysis-driven approach, “explaining” the news to its readers in a...

Slap in the face: Obama administration to cut off Flint emergency aid

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. James Brewer The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance being provided...

Global Agribusiness, Dependency and the Marginalisation of Self-Sufficiency, Organic Farming and Agroecology

Is organic-based farming merely a niche model of agriculture that is not capable of feeding the global population? Or does it have a major role...

Quicker than Concorde: Boom startup plans supersonic NYC-London flights in 3 1/2 hrs

Flying at double the speed of sound, Boom airplane passengers will be able to complete an...

‘Who’s Developing What for Who?’

Janine Jackson interviewed Tom Tresser on Chicago’s budget and the assumption of scarcity for the  March 18, 2016, CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited...

Chief proponent of Flint water supply switch hosts public meeting

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. James Brookfield More than one hundred people attended a meeting on the...

‘Ready to fire’ cellphone-shaped double-barrel handgun could be released

A new two-shot, double-barreled handgun can be neatly folded into the shape of a box resembling...

NAFTA and Obama’s Proposed ‘Trade’ Deals Are UnConstitutional

Eric Zuesse NAFTA and other mega-‘trade’ deals are actually about lots more than merely ‘trade’; they’re about sovereignty — the ability of each of the participating nations...

Feeding the Bank Balance or Feeding the World: GMOs, Development and the Politics of...

Modern state-corporate capitalism is stripping the environment bare through unsustainable levels of consumption. It is legitimised by a deceitful ideology that attempts to justify and...

Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails

Critics have long questioned why violent intervention was necessary in Libya. Hillary Clinton’s recently published emails confirm that it was less about protecting the...

The International Socialist Organization agitates for war with Russia over Syria

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Alex Lantier Major crises of the global capitalist order unmask the character...

UK bill hands vast surveillance powers to police and intelligence agencies

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Barry Mason On March 1, Home Secretary Theresa May published the Investigatory...

Campaign for UK exit from the EU dominated by nationalism and big business interests

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Robert Stevens The Leave campaign in Britain’s June 23 referendum on continued...

Minority report: FBI asks high schoolers, teachers to watch for signs of student terrorism

High school students and teachers across the US are being encouraged to watch their peers for any telltale signs that might indicate they are...

How a Little Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower

(ResoluteSupportMedia / Flickr) After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this...

Pro-GMO Activism in India: Journalism gives way to Spin, Smears and Falsehoods 

In a recent piece for the magazine Swarajya (an online and print publication based in India​), its national affairs editor, Surajit Dasgupta, makes it clear that he has...

Australian government-union conspiracy to sack “underperforming” teachers

Richard Phillips Teachers’ unions in New South Wales and Victoria have been actively working with education authorities and school principals over the past 18 months...

Oh the irony: Anti-extremism advisor listed in terrorist database

Liberal Democrat politician Maajid Nawaz, who advised every British PM since Tony Blair on countering extremism, was given a “terrorism” designation in a confidential...

Organic Agriculture, Capitalism and the Parallel World of the Pro-GMO Evangelist

Consider that India had for generations sustained one of the highest densities of population on earth, without any chemical fertilisers, pesticides, exotic dwarf strains...

Washington Post’s Food Columnist Goes to Bat for Monsanto–Again

Washington Post food columnist Tamar Haspel on organic food: “It’s easy to make it look like people care a whole lot more than they...

“Lies, Lies and More Lies” – GMOs, Poisoned Agriculture and Toxic Rants

Have you ever read all of those pro-GMO scientists-cum-lobbyists professing their love of science? They are always talking about how science must prevail over...

Dispossessed in the Name of ‘Security’

Robert J. Burrowes A new book, edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, both involved with The Transnational Institute, brings together a thoughtful collection of...

How Corruption Cripples America’s Military

Eric Zuesse America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that...

Corporate Power Doesn’t Always Win: Remembering the FTAA

(Photo: Shooting Chris / Flickr) In retrospect, it sounds like a dream come true: a mobilized population, intercontinental organizing, cooperative left-wing governments – all culminating...

Gates Foundation’s “Corporate Merry-go-round”: Spearheading the Neo-liberal Plunder of African Agriculture

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is dangerously and unaccountably distorting the direction of international development, according to a new report by the...

The U.S. Has an Empire of Bases in the Middle East – and It’s...

U.S. Amy (Photo: WikiCommons) Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a...

A Balanced View of the Obama Presidency

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Barack Obama’s Presidency turns out to have been what neither his supporters nor his opponents expected. A balanced historical...

‘If We Don’t Look at the Larger Structural Issues, We Can’t Begin to Solve...

The December 25, 2015, CounterSpin reprised three interviews dealing with the issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement. This is a lightly edited...

From Copenhagen to India, Restoring the Link Between Farmer and Consumer and Challenging the...

  “Food systems have been reduced to a model of industrialised agriculture controlled by a few transnational food corporations together with a small group of...

Cycling Smart In Copenhagen: India’s ‘Smart Cities’ Call For Smart Solutions

“Every increase in motorized speed creates new demands on space and time. The use of the bicycle is self-limiting. It allows people to create...

How America’s Corrupt Press Are Destroying the Country

Eric Zuesse Even the best of America’s major mainstream and alternative-news media understate enormously the degree to which America’s government is corrupt; and, as a...

America’s Now-Aggressive War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org America’s aristocracy is determined to take over Russia. Ever since the end of the Soviet Union and of its...

Defense Department invests in ‘hibernation drugs’ to save soldiers’ lives

The Defense Department is working to develop a battlefield "hibernation" procedure for wounded troops so that the critical element of time can be mitigated...

US gov suggests limiting GM corn cultivation as failed experiment causes superpests to spread

Yet another case against GM crops and their ineffectiveness has surfaced, this time in the instance of rootworms that have been found to be...

EU renegotiation talks open up “civil war” in UK Tory government

By Robert Stevens UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s negotiations over the terms of Britain’s European Union (EU) membership threaten the breakup of his governing Conservative Party. To...

What’s in Store for Our Freedoms?

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”–George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1 In Harold Ramis’ classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV...

The GMO Issue: False Claims, Pseudo-Analysis And A Politically Motivated Agenda

Critics of GM promote pseudo-science, make false claims based on ignorance and are driven by politically motivated ideology. The actions of these affluent elitists...

Ashton Carter’s Plan to Expand U.S. Military Presence Across the Globe Even Further

Also stationed on these bases are Special Operations forces that carry out hit-and-run raids and assassinations. (Photo: Master Sgt. Donald Sparks / U.S. Army...

Coke’s PR Scam Explodes

If your car’s battery terminals are corroded, just open a can of Coca-Cola. Coke will dissolve corrosion, making your battery connections spiffy clean in...

Batting for GM in India: Smears, Misinformation and Depoliticising the Political

Sir Richard John Roberts is a biochemist and molecular biologist and currently works at New England Biolabs in the US. He is also a...

Marco Rubio Is Winning the Neocon Primary

(Image: DonkeyHotey / Flickr) With pundits and columnists dissecting and critiquing every word uttered by GOP front-runners Ben Carson and Donald Trump, comparatively little attention...

The Climate Talks in Paris will Fail: Why?

Robert J. Burrowes As expectations build for a global consensus to emerge from the United Nations climate conference in Paris, starting on 30 November 2015,...

Who Needs Gates And Monsanto? Confronting Hunger, Poverty and Climate Change: “Tremendous Success” of...

It is essential that we get off the chemical treadmill that the modern industrial urban-centric food and agriculture system is based on. It is...

Exposed by Wikileaks: The US Empire According to Itself

Robert J. Burrowes For many people, it is easier, safer and more comfortable to live in a world of delusion, particularly when this delusion requires...

Washington prepares for World War III

The US military-intelligence complex is engaged in systematic preparations for World War III. As far as the Pentagon is concerned, a military conflict with...

EU and NATO Set to Destabilize Russia by Anti-Putin Propaganda Operation

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org German Economic News  |  Published:10/31/15 01:23Clock |  http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/10/31/eu-und-nato-wollen-russland-mit-unterwanderung-der-medien-destablisieren/ (Translated here by – and then with closing commentary from – Eric Zuesse) EU, US and NATO are...

Rice, wheat, mustard … India drives forward first GMO crops under veil of secrecy

A secret application has been made to India's GEAC (Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee) for a new variety of GMO mustard to be released for...

Twice in One Day, Ban Ki-Moon Condemned Obama’s Actions on Syria

Eric Zuesse I earlier reported that in an interview with Spanish newspapers published October 31st, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s...

Eavesdropping virus ‘stealing millions’ from UK bank accounts — NCA

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned internet users to protect themselves from cyber-attacks which have seen hackers harvest online banking details and steal...

Private NSA Army is Attacking YOU!

  Privatized NSA Army is Attacking YOU!   In the first part of this article series, the post 9/11 rise of a private NSA was detailed. Some started...

American Jihadi Starts Private NSA and Attacks America

Have you ever wanted to put somebody on a no-fly list because they were black, white, Christian, Muslim, liberal or conservative?  Maybe because they believed...

The Western Media Is Dying and Here’s Why

Seymour Hersh has risked much over his decades of journalism. He is a true journalist who has been attacked, slandered, and shunned by all...

Karma Police spying on the whole internet: Snowden

Documents recently leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) mapped “every visible user on the internet,” in...

Disaster Capitalism: Outsourcing Violence and Exploitation

Robert J. Burrowes In his just-released book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe, Antony Loewenstein offers us a superb description of the diminishing...

‘They’re Robbing Kids of Critical Thinking’

Janine Jackson interviewed Jesse Hagopian on educational struggles in Seattle for the September 18 CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.  MP3 Link Janine Jackson: Seattle...

Polls Show Syrians Overwhelmingly Blame U.S. for ISIS

Eric Zuesse The British polling organization ORB International, an affiliate of WIN/Gallup International, repeatedly finds in Syria that, throughout the country, Syrians oppose ISIS by...

Ignoring the Cause of Welfare: Not Laziness but Low Wages

Numerous US media outlets recently uncritically echoed a methodologically flawed report by an anti-immigration organization with ties to white supremacist groups (FAIR.org, 9/4/15). Beyond...

Mass anti-government rallies in Malaysia

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds Large anti-government protests took place in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and provincial centres over last weekend demanding the...

Privatization Is at the Core of Fascism

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Privatizations are increasingly fashionable, such as in Greece, Ukraine, the U.S., and UK – and privatizations are a central...

Is the New ‘Law of War Manual’ Actually ‘Hitlerian’?

Eric Zuesse The Obama U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has quietly issued its important Law of War Manual, and, unlike its predecessor, the 1956 U.S. Army...

Meet the ‘Moderates’ the U.S. Is Supporting in Syria: They’re al-Qaeda

Eric Zuesse, as originally published by Strategic-Culture.org Increasing evidence is coming in that the groups the U.S. is trying to install into power in Syria...

Washington, DC: Government officials prepare whitewash of fatal Metro accident

By Joe Williams The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has held two sets of hearings as part of its investigation into the January 12 incident on...

U.S. Tries to Stir Ethnic Division in Crimea

Eric Zuesse On Saturday, August 1st, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko (who now acknowledges that his government is illegitimate and that his predecessor Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in...

Revolting World

There is much that is revolting about the current world and Andre Vltchek, Christopher Black and Peter Koenig are well placed to document it,...

UK PM Cameron explains .01% doctrine: ‘Destroy nation-states to invent our own barbaric realm’

Reposted with permission of Washingtonsblog by Carl Herman hat tips: Nafeez Ahmed and Tony Gosling On July 20, 2015, UK Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a major speech...

How Aristocrats Have Gotten Away with Even Mass-Murder

By Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On 8 July 2015, in a pervasively ignored but historically very important news event (briefly mentioned by the BBC),...

California man arrested for allegedly ‘treating’ cancer patient with bag of dirt

A California man is out on bail after being accused of posing as a doctor and illegally practicing medicine. He allegedly gave a desperate...

The Fast Track To Ending Human Rights

By Barbara Loe Fisher From flash to bang, it took the politically powerful corporate, medical trade, and government lobbyists just six months this year to...

7/7 led to wars abroad and loss of freedoms at home… but do we...

For the London media 7/7 is 'done and dusted', but for Tony Gosling, who helped cover the IRA London bombing campaign for the BBC,...

The APA torture scandal and the Nuremberg doctors’ trial

By Tom Carter A 542-page independent report made public by the New York Times on Friday implicates the American Psychological Association (APA) in the CIA torture...

Organic Under Attack: Report Exposes Big Food’s Tobacco-Style PR Blitz

Food and chemical companies are spending hundreds of millions to spread false information about the safety of pesticides, GMOs, and antibiotics in food (Common Dreams)...

Truth or Deception: New Report Exposes How Industry Front Groups are Spending Millions to...

WASHINGTON - Organic and non-GMO food sales are skyrocketing as more and more people are choosing healthier, more sustainable food produced without synthetic pesticides,...

Stupidity and Intelligence: Science, GMOs and Our Food

Vandana Shiva (Common Dreams) - "Science" is derived from the scire — "to know". Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced,...

Percentage of Health-Uninsureds in U.S. Rises by 1.7%

Since Obama First Promised to Lower It by 100% Eric Zuesse On 23 June 2015, Bloomberg news bannered "Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Since Obamacare Implementation” and reported...

Corporate "Trade" Rules and the End of Sovereignty

(Common Dreams) - On May 8th at Nike’s headquarters, President Obama denounced opponents of the hotly contested Trans-Pacific Partnership as ill informed. “(C)ritics warn that...

America’s U.N. Ambassador Continues Standing Up for Nazis

Eric Zuesse Recently, President Barack Obama’s friend whom he appointed to represent this country at the United Nations visited Ukraine and used the Ukrainian-language translation...

Truth Is Washington’s Enemy

Paul Craig Roberts (RINF) - US Representative Ed Royce (R, CA) is busy at work...

The Secret Racism of Obama’s Top Enforcer in Ukraine

Eric Zuesse THE WHO’S WHO AT THE TOP OF THE COUP U.S. President Barack Obama (via his State Department official Victoria Nuland, and Ambassador to Ukraine...

The Two Contending Visions of World Government

The Origin & Broader Context of Obama’s ‘Trade’ Deals Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed ‘Trade’ deals are actually about whether the world is heading...

Canada’s police-state bill passes final parliamentary hurdle

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Countering The Lies Of The Mainstream Media

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The site you are reading this article on is part of the ‘alternative’ or ‘independent’ media. Many of these sites do not take advertising and are run on the basis of donations from readers. Many of the authors whose articles appear on these sites write for no or little financial remuneration. 

Contrast this situation with the so-called ‘mainstream’ print and TV media.

The corporate mainstream media with its well-paid journalists and increasing concentration of ownership bows to the concerns of advertisers. It tends to be privately owned and its owners have a vested interest in maintaining an economic system based on private ownership and in manufacturing consent for it. Moreover, such outlets these days are increasingly part of major conglomerates, which may include armaments manufacturers, banking or industrial concerns, and will not therefore adopt stances or report on stories that are harmful to the interests of the wider organisation.

The public is thus given access to a world view that is distorted in favour of state-corporate interests. Such interests have succeeded in getting across the message that, for example, the ‘free market’ is the best way to deliver goods and services to people, state provided welfare is bad and ‘individual responsibility’ is good, ‘austerity’ is necessary, privatisation increases efficiency, an endless ‘war on terror’ must be waged on designated enemies, well-being is measured in terms of a never-ending quest for GDP growth, the US and NATO are the 'world's policemen', giant agribusiness must displace peasant farmers to secure food security and gross inequalities and unregulated corporate power are both necessary and legitimate.

Over the past 15 years, numerous 'alternative' news websites have sprung up that challenge these assumptions and the belief that ordinary citizens should be passive consumers of a predetermined news agenda. There are now dozens of popular news sites that inform people of issues the mainstream media has deliberately failed to tell people the truth about. There are also many more sites with global reach that exist to scrutinise specific sectors, hold practices to account and counter corporate propaganda (for example, GMWatchCorporate Europe ObservatoryFood & Water WatchCampaign Against the Arms Trade, etc.).

The existence of ‘alternative’ independent sites has led the European Union to express concerns about the ‘damaging’ effects of people having access to these sources of information. The EU argues that societal consensus is being eroded as people are being ‘led astray’ by dissenting voices on the internet. In the report ‘A free and pluralistic media to sustain European democracy’, the EU feels there is a danger that people are being misguidedly radicalised. It advocates EU funding for ‘responsible’ journalism, getting the EU’s viewpoint across regularly and prominently in the media and placing controls on the net. The EU perceives this to be ‘pluralism’.

What is ‘responsible journalism’?

An article by Annie Day indicates that as a result of its destabilisations, coups, mass bombings and death squads, the US military and the CIA have been responsible for a figure of an estimated ten million deaths since 1945. Yet the corporate media never describes any of this as constituting a form of mass terror. Through the cynical hijacking of the concept of ‘terror’, the US now attempts to justify its ongoing tyranny through a ‘war on terror’, which goes unquestioned on a daily basis by the mainstream media.

Ukraine is the latest example of a US-backed terror campaign, which the corporate media has consistently failed to question. As the world edges ever closer to nuclear war, the mainstream media merely parrots the official lie coming from Washington that the situation is all due to ‘Russian aggression’.

You can also add to that ten million, countless others whose lives have been sacrificed on the altar of corporate profit, which did not rely on the military to bomb peoples and countries into submission but on the IMF, World Bank and WTO. It begs the question how many lives have been cut short across the world because of the inherent structural violence or silent killing of the everyday functioning of predatory capitalism? 

The appropriation of wealth through a system that funnels it from bottom to top via a process of accumulation by dispossession is celebrated by the corporate media as growthprosperity, and freedom of choice, despite evidence that, from Greece to Spain and beyond, the reality for the majority has been falling wages, increasing poverty, the stripping away of choice and misery.

So where is the ‘responsible journalism’ that the EU calls for?

Does it lie with those journalists in the corporate media whose claim to respectability is their rigid professionalism, their accountability, their objectivity?

If you can call professionalism, accountability and objectivity being in the pay of and not wishing to offend advertising interests, officialdom and powerful corporate interests then they are paragons of absolute responsibility.

Peddling their high salaried deceptions, they have failed and continue to fail the public and genuinely hold power to account. By shining their ‘investigative’ light on ‘parliamentary procedures’, personalities, the rubber stamping of policies and the inane machinations of party politics, they merely serve to maintain and perpetuate the status quo and keep the public in the dark as to the unaccountable self-serving nature of power broking and the unity ofinterests that enable Big Oil, Big Finance, Big Pharma, Big Agra and the rest of them via their secretive think tanks and policy initiatives to keep bleeding us all dry. 

But that’s the role of the media: to help reinforce and reproduce the material conditions of a divisive social system on a daily basis. It’s called having a compliant, toothless media. It’s what the corporate media itself calls part of ‘liberal democracy’
And in this type of 'liberal democracy', it is people like Edward Snowden or Julian Assange who expose the wrongdoings of the political-corporate elites that are hounded. 

It was George Orwell who said that journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed and everything else is public relations. Orwell was correct. Former CIA boss General Petraeus stated in 2006 that his strategy was to wage a war of perceptions conducted continuously through the news media, while John Pilger observes that the role of respectable journalism in western state crimes - from Iraq to Iran, Afghanistan to Libya - remains taboo. Its role has been to serve as first-choice cheerleader for illegal wars.

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There are of course some good journalists working in the corporate mainstream media. But if you think this article mounts to little more than a one-sided attack on the ‘mainstream’ media, you may need to think again.

Many readers will be aware of a recent story about the former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, who claimed that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name. 

This revelation came as a shock to many. But it should not have because  in the UK, for example, the British intelligence agencies along with the CIA has for decades strived to ensure that the mainstream press and TV complied with the interests of the Establishment. In addition to making sure that the British left was subverted, infiltrated and made toothless, the mainstream media was molded by the intelligence agencies to parrot the Establishment’s viewpoints and aims.


The article reveals the tight-knit relationship between senior journalists and MI5:

MI5 targeted labour correspondents in both newspapers and broadcasting right up to the 80s; they were recruited in droves for their contacts with a wide range of trade union officials and with each other. According to Peter Wright, MI5 always had about twenty senior journalists working for it in the national press. “They were not employed directly by us, but we regarded them as agents because they were happy to be associated with us.”

As the national public service broadcaster funded by the state, special attention was paid to the BBC:

At the BBC, Brigadier Ronald Stonham liaised with MI5 and Special Branch and advised the corporation on whether or not to employ people. Names of applicants for editorial posts in the BBC were similarly ‘vetted’ by MI5.

From the article, it becomes clear were the elite thinks journalism’s loyalty should ultimately lie:

“There should be times when the journalist, when he’s examined all the facts and tested all his sources, should come down on the side of the government of the day, the established order and the Establishment as a whole.” - Chairman of the Radio Authority

And the working class in particular should certainly know its place (Toxteth is an urban district and is used here to signify the social unrest that gripped a number of British cities in the early eighties):

“We are in a period of considerable social change. There may be social unrest, but we can cope with the Toxteths… but if we have a highly-educated and idle population, we may possibly anticipate more serious conflict. People must be educated to once more know their place.” – from a secret Department of Education Report.

The article makes clear who the British Establishment regards as the ‘enemy within’ and what it perceives the role of the much-heralded ‘free press’ (much heralded by people belonging to this ‘free press’) to be.

With massive decreases in readership, however, the print media seems to be in terminal decline. The Establishment's grip on the control of information has been in danger of slipping as the internet has become a major vehicle for the dissemination of information.

The state-corporate-financial elite has presided over a bought and paid for mainstream media for some time. Now it is engaged in an ongoing strategy of global mass surveillance and a clamp down on internet freedom. The goal is to eventually have a fully controlled internet that mirrors the shackled ‘free press’ that the Establishment has for so long cherished. 

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The Royal Society acts as a scientific advisor to the British government. The Society is Britain's Academy of Sciences, which funds research fellowships and scientific start-up companies. A self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine, its purpose is according to its website to "recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity."

The Society facilitates interaction and communication among scientists and disseminates scientific advances through its journals. It also engages beyond the research community, through independent policy work, the promotion of science information and communication with the public.

The Royal Society is a prestigious institution that feeds into policy formulation processes at national level.

US public interest attorney Steven Druker has written an open letter to The Royal Society calling on it to acknowledge and correct the misleading and exaggerated statements that is has used to actively promote GMOs and in effect convey false impressions. He cites specific instances where members of The Society have made false statements and where The Society’s actions were not objective or based on scientific reasoning but seemingly were little more than biased and stridently pro-GMO.

In his new book, ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truths’, Druker has exposed the fraudulent practices and deceptions that led to the commercialisation of GM food and crops in the US as well as claims made by bodies like The Royal Society that have misrepresented the case for GMOs and which have effectively engaged in a campaign of disinformation (see here) . 

To coincide with the release of the book, he urges The Royal Society to confront the facts about GM foods and take time to take steps to set the record straight.

Druker states his book ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth’ has been praised for its soundness by several well credentialed reviewers, including five biologists (four of whom are molecular biologists). He asserts that, at minimum, this makes a prima facie case that it is a book of which The Society must take account. He states therefore that The Society cannot justifiably dismiss the book unless it can demonstrate that it is to a substantial degree factually or logically unsound.

If The Royal Society has not addressed pertinent issues by 20 April 2015, Druker claims that the world will have a right to assume that the book is as sound as the experts who reviewed it have affirmed – and that GM foods are therefore unacceptably risky and must be banned.

The text of the letter is provided below, courtesy of the Beyond GM website where the letter including references (which are not included below) can be found (a link to the pdf of the letter can be accessed here).

AN OPEN LETTER – AND A CHALLENGE TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY

From Steven M. Druker, JD Executive Director Alliance for Bio-Integrity

It’s Time to Confront the Facts about GM Foods, Acknowledge the Misleading Statements You Have Made in Your Effort to Promote Them, and Take Steps to Set the Record Straight -

Because clarifying the facts about GM foods is crucial for developing an intelligent, science-based policy on the future of agriculture, and because the Royal Society has significantly contributed to the confusion that currently surrounds this issue, it is imperative that remedial action be promptly initiated. This is especially so considering that:
  • The European Commission is about to approve substantial regulatory changes in regard to GM crops.
  •  The UK is seriously considering allowing them to be commercially planted.
  •  The Society and other proponents of GM foods have inculcated the widespread illusion that there is an overwhelming scientific consensus that the safety of these products has been established through rigorous testing.The following paragraphs (a) describe some of the ways in which the Society has been complicit in generating this and other false notions and (b) set forth specific steps it must take in order to start repairing the damage it has done.
1. Although for most of its august history, the Royal Society refrained from taking sides on issues or from even expressing an official opinion on a topic,  by the mid-1990’s, it had become a partisan defender of genetically modified (GM) foods and embraced a proactive policy on their behalf. This proactive stance was acknowledged in the President's Address in The Royal Society Annual Review 1998-99, which declared that “We have contributed early and proactively to public debate about genetically modified plants.” One of these contributions was a 1998 report that called for the rapid introduction of GM foods.

2. However, in pursuing this proactive policy, several individuals holding prominent positions within the Society – and even the Society itself – have issued misleading statements in regard to GM foods that have created significant confusion and illegitimately downplayed their risks.

3. Such regrettable incidents have been noted by journalists and other commentators, and many are also documented in the new book I have written, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.

4. For instance, during a BBC interview in 2000, the Royal Society’s President, Sir Robert May (who for five years had served as the government’s chief scientist), declared that genetic engineering is “vastly safer” and “vast, vastly more controlled” than conventional breeding.  But although those bold claims were imbued with an aura of scientific respectability, they were not backed by solid scientific evidence.

5. Further, while these claims may have reflected an opinion shared by many other scientists, they clearly did not represent a consensus within the scientific community. By then, numerous well-credentialed scientists had expressed opposite viewpoints, including the majority of the experts on the US Food and Drug Administration’s Biotechnology Task Force. And early the following year, an expert panel of the Royal Society of Canada released an extensive report declaring that (a) it is “scientifically unjustifiable” to presume that GM foods are safe and (b) the “default presumption” for every GM food should be that the genetic alteration has induced unintended and potentially harmful side effects.

6. Accordingly, Dr. May’s unequivocal – and hyperbolic – claims imparted false impressions in the public mind, and it was irresponsible for someone in his position of authority to have issued them.

7. Not only did the Society’s President make assertions that were roundly refuted by the 2001 report of its Canadian counterpart, in 2002 the Society released its own report that failed to address the arguments of that preceding one – and essentially avoided even acknowledging them.

8. Moreover, that 2002 report illegitimately inflated the risks of conventional breeding. For instance, it alleged that such breeding methods could give rise to “unknown toxins, anti-nutrients or allergens.”   But because there’s no evidence this has ever happened, it had to prop its claim with a few inapt examples in which toxins that were already present became elevated, but in which not a single “unknown” toxin was produced. Further, not only did the authors employ these invalid examples to bolster their false assertion, they also used them to suggest that the risks of conventional foods are on a par with those produced through recombinant DNA technology, stating that this purported evidence “raises the question” of whether both sets of foods should be required to meet the same safety assessment criteria.

9. But the Society’s most deplorable actions in defense of GM foods were directed at the research on GM potatoes conducted at the Rowett Institute under the direction of Dr. Arpad Pusztai. That research study is still one of the most rigorous yet performed on a GM food, and it continues to be highly relevant because it controlled for the effects of the new foreign protein – which entails that the adverse results it registered were attributable to a broader feature of the genetic engineering process itself. A summary of some of the Society’s offenses against that research follows:

a. In 1999, The Guardian reported it had been informed that “an influential group within the Royal Society has set up what appears to be a ‘rebuttal unit’ to push a pro-biotech line and counter opposing scientists.”  Dr. Pusztai was one of the key scientists the group attempted to counter.

b. In February 1999, nineteen Royal Society fellows “attacked” Dr. Pusztai's work in an open letter.  But the research had not yet been published and the authors of the letter had not even seen all of the data.

c. The next month, the Society broke with its tradition of abstaining from acting as a peer-reviewing body and performed its first-ever review – on Pusztai’s research, even though it was still unpublished and the reviewers, like the authors of the open letter, had not seen the complete data package either. Nonetheless, they saw fit to strongly criticize the research in their report.

d. This highly irregular action prompted the editor of the respected journal The Lancet to publish an editorial rebuking the Society for its “gesture of breathtaking impertinence to the Rowett Institute scientists who should be judged only on the full and final publication of their work.”  He subsequently branded their action a “reckless decision” that abandoned “the principle of due process.”

e. The impertinence was aggravated by the fact that, according to Pusztai, none of the members of the review panel had expertise in nutritional studies, and therefore none was properly qualified to assess some important aspects of the research.  Consequently, several made comments about the quality of the research design that were erroneous. And one apparently failed to read even the abbreviated report in the panel’s possession, because every fact he or she recited about the study was wrong.

f. Having unfairly attacked the research, the Society then strove to prevent it from being published, an endeavor that was unsuccessful.

g. Moreover, after the research was published (in The Lancet in October 1999), the Society continued to unjustly malign it. For instance, in 2002 the Society’s Biological Secretary asserted in its journal, Science and Public Affairs, that the Lancet published Pusztai’s research “in the face of objections by its statistically-competent referees.”   But in reality, five out of the six referees voted for publication; so the assertion imparted the false impression that more than one objected – while also implying that no one with statistical competence voted for publication (which is almost surely false as well.)

THEREFORE, in light of the above facts, it is high time that the Society makes an earnest attempt to set the record straight and, to whatever extent possible, clear up the confusion it has caused. Consequently, I call on you to issue a formal statement acknowledging:

A. That there is not now nor never has been a consensus within the scientific community that GM foods are safe, that many well-credentialed experts do not regard their safety as having been established, and that a substantial number think that the research as a whole casts the safety of many of them in doubt.

B. That neither you nor any other scientific body has directly confronted and refuted the cautionary reasoning in the 2001 report issued by the Royal Society of Canada (which it has never retracted or revised) – and that this report stands as one of the compelling testaments that there is not a scientific consensus that GM foods are safe.

C. That the process of creating new varieties of food crops via genetic engineering is not more precise and predictable than conventional breeding in regard to food safety and instead entails a greater likelihood of unintended effects that could directly impact consumer health.

D. That although there are known instances in which genetic engineering has induced the production of a novel toxin or allergen, there are none in which conventional breeding has done so.

E. That Dr. Pusztai’s research was properly peer-reviewed and gained publication in The Lancet based on its merits, with five out of six referees voting in favor – and that, contrary to claims that the Society and other proponents of GM foods have advanced, the research has never been refuted or in any way discredited by subsequent studies – which entails that it is still relevant today.

F. Your statement should also contain a formal apology to Dr. Pusztai and his colleagues for the irresponsible manner in which the Society and several of its members have besmirched their reputations and derided the integrity of their research.

Unless you promptly take these steps, it will demonstrate that your commitment to promoting GM foods is stronger than your commitment to honoring the truth and upholding the integrity of science.

FURTHER, whether or not you own up to your irresponsible actions and take the steps specified above, I challenge you to read my book and specifically list any inaccurate statements of fact that you find in it, accompanied by an explanation of why the statement is erroneous and a reference to the evidence that corroborates your assertion.

To clarify, I am referring to simple assertions about concrete facts that can be conclusively verified or falsified, such as the erroneous statement in your journal indicating that more than one referee objected to the publication of Pusztai’s research. Further, although I do not expect you to agree with every conclusion I draw from the facts, especially those that make ethical judgments about the behavior of biotech promoters, you should note any instances of faulty logic, with an explanation of the flaw.

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth has been praised for its soundness by several well-credentialed reviewers, including five biologists (four of whom are molecular biologists). At minimum, this makes a prima facie case that it is a book of which you must take account; and you cannot justifiably dismiss it unless you can demonstrate that it is to a substantial degree factually or logically unsound.

If you have not done so by 20 April 2015, the world will have a right to assume that it is as sound as the experts who reviewed it have affirmed – and that GM foods are therefore unacceptably risky and must be banned.

Please note that I will readily acknowledge and correct any genuine errors you point out, and I assume that you will do the same regarding those of yours that I have specified.

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Western agribusiness, food processing companies and retail concerns are gaining wider entry into India and through various strategic trade deals are looking to gain a more significant footprint within the country. The Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (KIA) and the ongoing India-EU free trade agreement talks have raised serious concerns about the stranglehold that transnational corporations could have on the agriculture and food sectors, including the subsequent impact on the livelihoods of hundreds of millions. For example, see this on the dismantling of Indian agriculture, this on the KIA and the US neoliberal invasion of India and this on the US-Indo free trade deal.

What it all could mean is a trend towards a handful of big companies determining what food is grown, how it is grown, how it is processed, what is in it and who sells it. In other words, a Western model of intensive petro-chemical farming (aka the 'green revolution') and heavily processed grow-fast chemically-tampered-with food passed through a chain that sees it ending up in Western-style convenience supermarkets or fast-food outlets that rely on industrial farms. From seed to field to plate, the entire process would be handed over to a handful of large corporations whose bottom line is not agricultural sustainability, food security, food democracy or healthy nutritious food, but control and fast profit. 

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He remembers a time when his family would grow and eat a diversity of crops, such as mung beans, green grams, pigeon peas and a variety of fruits now considered ‘wild’. Following the Structural Adjustment Programmes of the 1980s and 1990s and a green revolution meant to boost agricultural efficiency, the foods of his childhood have been replaced with maize, maize, and more maize.

Maingi says here:

“In the morning, you make porridge from maize and send the kids to school. For lunch, boiled maize and a few green beans. In the evening, ugali, [a staple dough-like maize dish, served with meat]… [today] it’s a monoculture diet, being driven by the food system – it’s an injustice.”

In India, farmers are being displaced and policy makers have been facilitating a reliance on corporate seeds and corporate access to the food processing and retail sectors, both of which have traditionally tended to be small scale and key to supporting local (rural) economies and livelihoods. There are of course major implications for food security/sovereignty and the restructuring of society (see this), but what this could mean for the nation’s diet and health is already clear to see.

Although almost half the nation’s under-5s are underweight (the prevalence of underweight children in India is among the highest in the world, see this), rates of obesity in the country have tripled in the last two decades and the nation is fast becoming the diabetes and heart disease capital of the world (see this).  

Western style fast food outlets have been soaring in number throughout the country. Pizza Hut now operates in 46 Indian cities with 181 restaurants and 132 home delivery locations, a 67 percent increase in the last five years). KFC is now in 73 cities with 296 restaurants, a 770 percent increase. McDonalds is in 61 Indian cities with 242 restaurants as compared to 126 restaurants five years back, a 92 percent increase). According to a recent study published in the Indian Journal of Applied Research, the Indian fast food market is growing at the rate of 30-35 percent per annum (see this).

Of course, the dominant paradigm implies such a trend is positive. The commodification of (corporate) seeds, the manufacturing and selling of more and more chemicals to spray on crops or soil, the opening up fast food outlets and the selling of pharmaceuticals or the expansion of private hospitals to address the health impacts of the modern junk food system is ‘good for the economy’. It’s all 'good for business’ as more cash exchanges hands and certain businesses cartels thrive. And what is good for business is good for GDP growth. And what is good GDP growth is good for everyone, or so we are told.

Transnational food companies now see their main growth markets in Asia, Africa and South America, where traditionally (as in India) people have tended to eat food from their own farms or markets that sell locally-produced foods. Taking Mexico as an example, GRAIN describes how agribusiness concerns are infiltrating farming and transnational food retail and processing companies are taking over food distribution channels and replacing local foods with cheap, processed foods, often with the direct support of the government. Free trade and investment agreements have been critical to this process and an alarming picture is set out of the consequences for ordinary people, not least in terms of their diet and health (see GRAIN’s report here). 

In 2012, Mexico’s National Institute for Public Health released the results of a national survey of food security and nutrition. Between 1988 and 2012, the proportion of overweight women between the ages of 20 and 49 increased from 25 to 35 percent and the number of obese women in this age group increased from 9 to 37 percent. Some 29 percent of Mexican children between the ages of 5 and 11 were found to be overweight, as were 35 percent of the youngsters between 11 and 19, while one in ten school age children suffered from anaemia.

The Mexican Diabetes Federation says that more than 7 percent of the Mexican population has diabetes. Diabetes is now the third most common cause of death in Mexico, directly or indirectly. 

The various free trade agreements that Mexico has signed over the past two decades have had a profound impact on the country’s food system. GRAIN explains that after his mission to Mexico in 2012 the then Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, concluded that the trade policies currently in place favour greater reliance on heavily processed and refined foods with a long shelf life rather than on the consumption of fresh and more perishable foods, particularly fruit and vegetables. He added that the overweight and obesity emergency that Mexico is facing could have been avoided, or largely mitigated, if the health concerns linked to shifting diets had been integrated into the design of those policies.

The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has led to the direct investment in food processing and a change in the retail structure (notably the advent of supermarkets and convenience stores) as well as the emergence of global agribusiness and transnational food companies in Mexico.

NAFTA required Mexico to provide equal treatment to domestic and foreign investors, with the elimination of rules preventing foreign investors from owning more than 49 percent of a company. It also prohibited the application of certain “performance requirements” such as minimum amounts of domestic content in production and increased rights for foreign investors to retain profits and returns from initial investments.

The Agreement triggered an immediate upsurge of direct investment from the US into the Mexican food processing industry. In 1999, US companies invested $5.3 billion in Mexico’s food processing industry, a 25-fold increase from $210 million in 1987.

Another effect of NAFTA on the Mexican food system was an explosive growth of chain supermarkets, discounters and convenience stores. GRAIN highlights how the food corporations began by colonising the existing, dominant food distribution networks of small-scale vendors, known as tiendas (the corner stores). Tiendas have proved critical to the spread of nutritionally poor food as they are the means by which transnationals and domestic food companies sell and promote their foods to poorer populations in small towns and communities.

According to GRAIN, the tiendas are, however, quickly being replaced by corporate retailers that offer the processed food companies even greater opportunities for sales and profits. By 2012, retail chains had displaced tiendas as Mexico’s main source of food sales. For example, Oxxo (owned by Coca-cola subsidiary Femsa) tripled its stores to 3,500 between 1999 and 2004.26 In July 2012, Oxxo was opening its ten thousandth facility, and is aiming to open its 14 thousandth store sometime during 2015.

For De Schutter, a programme that deals effectively with hunger and malnutrition has to focus on Mexico’s small farmers and peasants. They constitute a substantial percentage of the country’s poor and are the ones that can best supply both rural and urban populations with nutritious foods. His view is in line with numerous official reports that emphasise the key role that such farmers have in providing food security and which also stress the importance of agroecological farming (for instance, see this and this). Likewise, GRAIN argues that Mexico could recover its self-sufficiency in food if there were to be official support for peasant agriculture backed with amounts comparable to the support granted to the big corporations. 

In Mexico, the loss of food sovereignty has induced catastrophic changes in the nation's diet. The writing is on the wall for other countries such as India because this scenario is being played out across the world. (Diet aside, there are other severe deleterious health impacts that result from the indiscriminate use of pesticides that have accompanied the 'green revolution', not least in the Indian state of Punjab which has become known as a 'cancer epicentre': see this.) 

The situation is encapsulated by Vandana Shiva who outlines the consequences of opting for a food system that is based on a corporate-controlled, chemical-intensive system based on diminishing variety, fast food and fast profits:

“If we grow millets and pulses, we will have more nutrition per capita. If we grow food by using chemicals, we are growing monocultures — this means that we will have less nutrition per acre, per capita… The agrarian crisis, the food crisis and the nutrition and health crisis are intimately connected. They need to be addressed together. The objective of agriculture policy cannot be based on promoting industrial processing of food. The chemicalisation of agriculture and food are recipes for “denutrification”… The Green Revolution displaced pulses, an important source of proteins, as well as oilseeds, thus reducing nutrition per acre. Monocultures do not produce more food and nutrition. They take up more chemicals and fossil fuels, and hence are profitable for agrochemical companies and oil companies. They produce higher yields of individual commodities but a lower output of food and nutrition.” (See here, ‘The Real Hunger Games’)




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According to Mathew Holehouse in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper (here), former UK Environment Minister Owen Paterson will this week accuse the European Union and Greenpeace of condemning people in the developing world to death by refusing to accept genetically modified crops. Speaking in Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday, Paterson will warn that a food revolution that could save Africa from hunger is being held back and that the world is on the cusp of a green revolution, of the kind that fed a billion people in the 1960s and 1970s as the world’s population soared.

After talking about a growing global population and the pivotal role of GMOs in feeding it, Paterson will assert:

"This is also a time, however, of great mischief, in which many individuals and even governments are turning their backs on progress. Not since the original Luddites smashed cotton mill machinery in early 19th century England, have we seen such an organised, fanatical antagonism to progress and science. These enemies of the Green Revolution call themselves ‘progressive’, but their agenda could hardly be more backward-looking and regressive… their policies would condemn billions to hunger, poverty and underdevelopment. And their insistence on mandating primitive, inefficient farming techniques would decimate the earth’s remaining wild spaces, devastate species and biodiversity, and leave our natural ecology poorer as a result.”

Instead of parroting the corporate spin of the pro-GMO lobby, Paterson would do better to consider more viable options that he likes to denigrate as 'backward-looking and regressive' by listening to what Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated in April of last year: 

“We don’t have a goal of developing GM products here or to import them.  We can feed ourselves with normal, common, not genetically modified products.  If the Americans like to eat such products, let them eat them.  We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.” (see here)

Or maybe Paterson would benefit from heeding a Statement signed by 24 delegates from 18 African countries to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in 1998:

“We strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us. We do not believe that such companies or gene technologies will help our farmers to produce the food that is needed in the 21st century. On the contrary, we think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems that our farmers have developed for millennia, and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed ourselves.”

Perhaps he should also listen to Viva Kermani (here - supported by data) when talking about the situation in India:

“… the statements that they [supporters of GMOs] use such as “thousands die of hunger daily in India” are irresponsible and baseless scare-mongering with a view to projecting GM as the only answer. When our people go hungry, or suffer from malnutrition, it is not for lack of food, it is because their right to safe and nutritious food that is culturally connected has been blocked. That is why it is not a technological fix problem and GM has no place in it.”

Paterson has a history of engaging in the type of emotional blackmail and smearing of critics that comes second nature to the pro-GMO lobby. Anyone (usually portrayed as affluent Westerners – which is not true, given many of the critics are not ‘Western’, affluent or reside in ‘developed’ countries) who opposes GM crops or food is painted as an enemy of the poor because they take food from their bellies (see this). Paterson is using a rhetorical device deliberately designed to mislead and stir up emotion. His tactics are based on spurious claims about the efficacy of GMO technology and are intended to divert attention away from the true nature and causes of hunger and food poverty.

Proponents of GM crops constantly claim that we need such technology to address hunger and to feed a growing global population. We are told by the GMO biotech lobby that GM crops are essential, are better for the environment and will provide the tools that farmers need in a time of climate chaos. They claim that GM crops provide higher yields and higher incomes for farmers around the world. All such claims have been shown to be bogus.

For example, let us take one report from the many that could be cited to show the fallacious nature of these claims. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) last year released a report that concluded hunger is caused by poverty and inequality and that we already produce enough food to feed the world’s population and did so even at the peak of the world food crisis in 2008. The report went on to say that current global food production provides enough to feed ten billion people and the recent food price crises of 2008 and 2011 both took place in years of record global harvests, clearly showing that these crises were not the result of scarcity.

CBAN also noted that the GM crops that are on the market today are not designed to address hunger. Four GM crops account for almost 100 percent of worldwide GM crop acreage, and all four have been developed for large-scale industrial farming systems and are used as cash crops for export, to produce fuel or for processed food and animal feed.

The report also stated that GM crops have not increased yields and do not increase farmers’ incomes. GM crops lead to an increase in pesticide use and cause further harm to the environment. Pesticide reduction was the primary selling point for Bt cotton adoption in India, but overall pesticide use has not decreased in any state that grows Bt cotton, with the exception of Andhra Pradesh. Read the full report that contains over 100 references in in support of these claims.

Hunger, food security and ‘feeding the world’ is a political, social and economic problem and no amount of gene splicing is capable of surmounting obstacles like poor roads, inadequate rural credit systems and insufficient irrigation.

Paterson's talk about backward, regressive, primitive farming practices that would condemn millions to hunger and decimate the ecology is again playing on fear and emotion. What he says has no basis in reality.

Numerous official reports have argued that to feed the hungry in poorer regions we need to support diverse, sustainable agro-ecological methods of farming and strengthen local food economies: for example, see this UN report, this official report, this report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and this report by 400 experts which was twice peer reviewed. 

See also see this report that indicates GMOs are not necessary to feed the world.

So from where and from who is Paterson getting his information from? I think we know the answer.

It is after all small farms and peasant farmers (more often than not serving local communities) that are more productive than giant industrial (export-oriented) farms and which produce most of the world’s food (see this report from GRAIN). The experience with GM crops shows that the application of GM technology is more likely to actually undermine food security and entrench the social, economic and environmental problems created by industrial agriculture and corporate control (see this other report from GRAIN and this article by Helena Paul documenting ecocide and genocide in South America due to the imposition of GM crops there).

“The problem is that the poor have no money to buy food and increasingly, no access to land on which to grow it… GM is a dangerous distraction from real solutions and claims that GM can help feed the world can be viewed as exploitation of the suffering of the hungry. GM crops do not increase yield. Nor are there any GM crops that are better than non-GM crops at tolerating poor soils or challenging climate conditions. Thus it is difficult to see how GM can contribute to solving world hunger… The two major GM crops, soy and maize, mostly go into animal feed for intensive livestock operations, biofuels to power cars, and processed human food – products for wealthy nations that have nothing to do with meeting the basic food needs of the poor and hungry.”

This above quote is from the Open Earth Source report GMOs Myths and Truths. The report provides specific details about GM crops that have been specifically promoted as helping small-scale and poor farmers in Africa. However, the results were the opposite of what was promised and all these projects failed.

Owen Paterson is a staunch supporter of GM technology, so staunch in fact that fellow Conservative Party MP Zac Goldsmith stated Paterson was little more than an industry puppet (see this in the UK’s Independent newspaper that quotes Goldsmith).

Paterson is ignorant of or at least content to side line the devastating, deleterious health, environmental, social and economic impacts of GMOs, which are outined in the 'GMO Myths and Truths' report. He acts as a mouthpieces for the GMO biotech sector and has made numerous false claims about the benefits and safety of GMOs that fly in the face of research findings.

In the recent past, he was keen to reassure the British public that safety concerns over GMOs are based on "humbug" and that GM food is completely safe to eat. See this article, which outlines Paterson’s stance and critiques his claims. 

When Paterson talks about 'enemies' of the 'green revolution' as being fanatical Luddites, he may also like to consider that the ‘green revolution’ was not the resounding success he likes to portray it as. Raj Patel provides some revealing insight into how the ‘green revolution’ took credit for many gains in Indian agricultural that were due to other influences (see this). And, of course, the ‘green revolution’ was based on, among other things, massive external inputs, violence, severe environmental and human health degradation and debt (see this – the entire text of Vandana Shiva’s book ‘The Violence of the Green Revolution’ - and this and this, which both highlight the current agrarian crisis in Punjab, the original ‘poster boy’ of the ‘green revolution’).   

It comes as no surprise that Paterson would state the things he does. As Environment Minister, his support for GMOs was being carried out in partnership with a number of pro-GMO institutions, including the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC), which is backed by GM companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer CropScience. Last year, despite government attempts to throw a veil of secrecy over meetings and conversations it had with the industry, GeneWatch UK uncovered evidence that GMO companies are driving UK government policy in this area (see here). 

So if you were still wondering from where and whom Paterson is getting his information from, it should by now be clear. 

His attacks on Greenpeace and others who advocate a shift away from petrochemical/GM agriculture towards sustainable farming are part of the wider media campaign to demonize scientists and prominent anti-GMO campaigners. A number of hatchet pieces have in recent months branded Vandana Shiva a liar and a charlatan and the GMO lobby has assembled all the ingredients (not least a massive amount of money) of a classic yet predictable propaganda campaign (see this and this). From the UK, to Ghana (see this) and India (see this), there is a concerted campaign by the GMO lobby and its political handmaidens to demonize critics of GMOs. 

Paterson plays his role well.

Such tactics are used because the pro-GMO lobby has a big problem. It cannot provide a convincing case for GMOs. It therefore resorts to populism, intimidation, character assassination, emotional blackmail, falsehoods, panic mongering and unfounded claims (see this to see how its rhetoric about ‘sound science’ and dispassionate reason informing the debate on GMOs contradicts how it acts in reality). In fact, it goes above and beyond such things by tightening its grip on countries on the back of coups, war and conflict (see this to understand how big agritech concerns benefit from and fuel the situation in Ukraine).

Yes, it is a time of great mischief as Paterson says – but not because of what his critics say or do – but because of what he and his backers do by turning their backs on the type of sound science and progress in the way that he falsely he accuses GMO critics of doing. 

Paterson belongs to the pro-big business Conservative Party which champions the type of privatisation, public expenditure reduction, deregulation, tax avoiding and ‘free’ trade policies that have ceded policy decision making to powerful corporate players. This has in turn led to a concentration of wealth (see this) and imposed ‘austerity’ and drives hunger, poverty, land grabs and the disappearance of family/peasant farms (see this analysis of food commodity speculationthis description of the global food system and this report by the Oakland Institute on land grabs) – the very bedrock of global food production (see this).

What Paterson and the agritech cartel offer is more of the same by tearing up traditional agriculture for the benefit of corporate entities. Paterson talks of critics of GMO as being Luddites, fanatics and condemning billions (yes, he does say billions!) to poverty and underdevelopment with regressive policies. He should look closer to home.

He should realise that elite interests in the West have condemned tens of millions to hunger and poverty in Africa by enslaving them and their nations to debt and that agriculture has for many decades been an important means by which US foreign policy creates dependence and subservience (see here). But such things are not to be debates by Paterson. Like all good (or should that be bad?) politicians, he twists the truth and turns deception and hypocrisy into an art.  

The current global system of chemical-industrial agriculture and World Trade Organisation rules that agritech companies helped draw up for their benefit to force their products into countries (see  here) are a major cause of structural hunger, poverty, illness and environmental destruction. By its very design, the system is meant to suck the life from people, nations and the planet for profit and control (see  here). Blaming critics of this system for the problems of the system is highly convenient. And forwarding some bogus technical quick-fix will not put things right. It represents more of the same.

So you want to ‘help’ Africa Mr Paterson?

Daniel Maingi works with small farmers in Kenya and belongs to the organization Growth Partners for Africa. Maingi was born on a farm in eastern Kenya and studied agriculture from a young age. He remembers a time when his family would grow and eat a diversity of crops, such as mung beans, green grams, pigeon peas, and a variety of fruits now considered ‘wild’. Following the Structural Adjustment Programmes of the 1980s and 1990s and a green revolution meant to boost agricultural efficiency, the foods of his childhood have been replaced with maize, maize, and more maize. He says:

 "In the morning, you make porridge from maize and send the kids to school. For lunch, boiled maize and a few green beans. In the evening, ugali, [a staple dough-like maize dish, served with meat]… [today] it’s a monoculture diet, being driven by the food system – it’s an injustice.” (see here  and here for the sources that quote Maingi and other commentators mentioned below).

As much of Africa is so dry, it’s not suited for thirsty crops, and heavy use of fertilizer kills worms and microbes important for soil health. Maingi therefore argues that the model of farming in the West is not appropriate for farming in most of Africa and that the West should invest in indigenous knowledge and agro-ecology.

Growth Partners Africa works with farmers to enrich the soil with manure and other organic material, to use less water and to grow a variety of crops, including some that would be considered weeds on an industrial farm. For Maingi, food sovereignty in Africa means reverting to a way of farming and eating that pre-dates major investment from the West.

Mariam Mayet of the African Centre for Biosafety in South Africa says that many countries are subsidizing farmers to buy fertilizer as part of the chemical-industrial model of  agriculture, but that takes money away from public crop-breeding programmes that provide improved seeds to farmers at low cost:

“It’s a system designed to benefit agribusinesses and not small-scale farmers.”

She adds because so many institutions, from African governments to the World Bank, have ‘embraced’ the ‘green revolution’ so much that alternative farming methods are getting short shrift.

Elizabeth Mpofu, of La Via Campesina, grows a variety of crops in Zimbabwe. During a recent drought, neighbours who relied on chemical fertilizer lost most of their crops. She reaped a bounty of sorghum, corn, and millet using what are called agro-ecological methods: natural pest control, organic fertilizer, and locally adapted crops.

There is also concern about the increased reliance on expensive inputs and the dramatic drop in price of crops. This has resulted in poverty for the small farmer.

Daniel Maingi:

“What the World Bank has done, the International Monetary fund, what AGRA and Bill Gates are doing, it’s actually pretty wrong. The farmer himself should not be starving”.

He added that what the Gates Foundation/big agritech backed Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) (see this) is doing is “out of sync with the natural process” by bringing in imported seeds, which are not adapted to the land and require excessive fertilizer and pesticides. 

In effect, giant agritech corporations with their patented GMO seeds and associated chemical inputs are working to ensure a shift away from diversified agriculture that guarantees balanced local food production, the protection of people’s livelihoods and environmental sustainability. The evidence provided by GRAIN and the Oakland Institute shows that small farmers are being displaced and are struggling to preserve their indigenous seeds and traditional knowledge of farming systems. 

Globally, agritech corporations are being allowed to shape government policy by being granted a strategic role in trade negotiations (see this). They are increasingly setting the policy/knowledge framework by being allowed to fund and determine the nature of research carried out in public universities and institutes (see this). They continue to propagate the myth that they have the answer to global hunger and poverty.

… take capitalism and business out of farming in Africa. The West should invest in indigenous knowledge and agro-ecology, education and infrastructure and stand in solidarity with the food sovereignty movement.” Daniel Maingi, Growth Partners for Africa.

Paterson and his corporate associates believe that the poor must be ‘helped’ by the West and its powerful corporations and billionaire 'philanthropists'. It harks back to colonialism. The West has already done enough damage in Africa as Michel Chossudovsky has described:

“The “economic therapy” imposed under IMF-World Bank jurisdiction is in large part responsible for triggering famine and social devastation in Ethiopia and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, wreaking the peasant economy and impoverishing millions of people. With the complicity of branches of the US government, it has also opened the door for the appropriation of traditional seeds and landraces by US biotech corporations, which behind the scenes have been peddling the adoption of their own genetically modified seeds under the disguise of emergency aid and famine relief. Moreover, under WTO rules, the agri-biotech conglomerates can manipulate market forces to their advantage as well as exact royalties from farmers. The WTO provides legitimacy to the food giants to dismantle State programmes including emergency grain stocks, seed banks, extension services and agricultural credit, etc.), plunder peasant economies and trigger the outbreak of periodic famines.” See the full article (‘Sowing the Seeds of Famine in Ethiopia’) from which this extract is taken here


When Owen Paterson accuses critics of GMOs of being elitist and regressive, he is merely attempting to shift the focus from his own own elitist, regressive ideology. 

Hasn't the world had enough of the type of Western 'humanitarianism' that Paterson espouses?

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A recent report by US Right to Know (‘Seedy Business: What Big Food is Hiding with Its Slick PR Campaign on GMOs’, see here) outlines how agrichemical firms have spent more than $100 million since 2012 on political and PR campaigns to shift the media narrative on GMOs. The non-profit food research group is now calling on media to accurately report that the science on GMOs is contradictory and has been largely controlled by corporations that profit from GMO seeds and the pesticides that go with them.
Stacy Malkan, media director of US Right to Know says:

“Unfortunately, many members of the media, and even some scientists, have been snookered by PR firms about a supposed scientific consensus on GMOs that doesn’t exist.”

Part of the PR campaign takes place on prominent websites that forward the notion that the debate on GMOs has been settled. The claim is based on the premise that there is a consensus on GMO safety within the ‘scientific community’, which has been fuelled by the results of two much publicised ‘big list’ reviews that supposedly give GMOs the green light on safety.

According to the first review by Nicolia and colleagues, some 1,700 studies show GMOs are safe for human and animal health and the environment. The second review is promoted on the cl