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It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine

April 8, 2014 by  
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source:theguardian

The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country’s future place in the world.

Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians protect the foundations of civil peace and sustainable development, which are still fragile. Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidising its economy through low energy prices. Last November, at the outset of the current crisis, we supported Kiev’s wish for urgent consultations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU to discuss harmonising the integration process. Brussels flatly rejected it. This stand reflected the unproductive and dangerous line the EU and US have been taking for a long time. They have been trying to compel Ukraine to make a painful choice between east and west, further aggravating internal differences.

Ukraine’s realities notwithstanding, massive support was provided to political movements promoting western influence, and it was done in direct breach of the Ukrainian constitution. This is what happened in 2004, when President Viktor Yushchenko won an unconstitutional third round of elections introduced under EU pressure. This time round, power in Kiev was seized undemocratically, through violent street protests conducted with the direct participation of ministers and other officials from the US and EU countries.

Assertions that Russia has undermined efforts to strengthen partnerships on the European continent do not correspond to the facts. On the contrary, our country has steadily promoted a system of equal and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic area. We proposed signing a treaty to that effect, and advocated the creation of a common economic and human space from the Atlantic to the Pacific which would also be open to post-Soviet countries.

In the meantime, western states, despite their repeated assurances to the contrary, have carried out successive waves of Nato enlargement, moved the alliance’s military infrastructure eastward and begun to implement antimissile defence plans. The EU’s Eastern Partnership programme is designed to bind the so-called focus states tightly to itself, shutting down the possibility of co-operation with Russia. Attempts by those who staged the secession of Kosovo from Serbia and of Mayotte from the Comoros to question the free will of Crimeans cannot be viewed as anything but a flagrant display of double standards. No less troubling is the pretence of not noticing that the main danger for the future of Ukraine is the spread of chaos by extremists and neo-Nazis.

Russia is doing all it can to promote early stabilisation in Ukraine. We are firmly convinced that this can be achieved through, among other steps: real constitutional reform, which would ensure the legitimate rights of all Ukrainian regions and respond to demands from its south-eastern region to make Russian the state’s second official language; firm guarantees on Ukraine’s non-aligned status to be enshrined in its laws, thus ensuring its role as a connecting link in an indivisible European security architecture; and urgent measures to halt activity by illegal armed formations of the Right Sector and other ultra-nationalist groups.

We are not imposing anything on anyone, we just see that if it is not done, Ukraine will continue to spiral into crisis with unpredictable consequences. We stand ready to join international efforts aimed at achieving these goals. We support the appeal by foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland to implement the 21 February agreement. Their proposal – to hold Russia-EU talks with the participation of Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership states about the consequences of EU association agreements – corresponds to our position.

The world of today is not a junior school where teachers assign punishments at will. Belligerent statements such as those heard at the Nato foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on 1 April do not match demands for a de-escalation. De-escalation should begin with rhetoric. It is time to stop the groundless whipping-up of tension, and to return to serious common work.

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European Commission to Criminalize nearly all Seeds and Plants not Registered with Government

August 30, 2013 by  
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source:world truth.tv

A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy named the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”

It’s called the Plant Reproductive Material Law, and it attempts to put the government in charge of virtually all plants and seeds. Home gardeners who grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds would be considered criminals under this law.

The draft text of the law, which has already been amended several times due to a huge backlash from gardeners, is viewable here.

“This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers, and small-scale market farmers,” said Ben Gabel, vegetable breeder and director of The Real Seed Catalogue. “Home gardeners have really different needs – for example they grow by hand, not machine, and can’t or don’t want to use such powerful chemical sprays. There’s no way to register the varieties suitable for home use as they don’t meet the strict criteria of the Plant Variety Agency, which is only concerned about approving the sort of seed used by industrial farmers.”

 

Virtually all plants, vegetable seeds and gardeners to eventually be registered by government

All governments are, of course, infatuated with the idea of registering everybody and everything. Under Title IV of the proposed EU law:

Title IV Registration of varieties in national and Union registers The varieties, in order to be made available on the market throughout the Union, shall be included in a national register or in the Union register via direct application procedure to the CVPO.

Gardeners must also pay fees to the EU bureaucracy for the registration of their seeds. From the proposed law text:

The competent authorities and the CPVO should charge fees for the processing of applications, the formal and technical examinations including audits, variety denomination, and the maintenance of the varieties for each year for the duration of the registration.

While this law may initially only be targeted at commercial gardeners, it sets a precedent to sooner or later go after home gardeners and require them to abide by the same insane regulations.

Government bureaucracy gone insane

“This is an instance of bureaucracy out of control,” says Ben Gabel. “All this new law does is create a whole new raft of EU civil servants being paid to move mountains of papers round all day, while killing off the seed supply to home gardeners and interfering with the right of farmers to grow what they want. It also very worrying that they have given themselves the power to regulate and licence any plant species of any sort at all in the future – not just agricultural plants, but grasses, mosses, flowers, anything at all – without having to bring it back to the Council for a vote.”

 

As a hint of the level of insane bureaucracy that gardeners and vegetable growers will be subject to under this EU law, check out this language from the proposed EU law:

Specific provisions are set out on the registration in the Union variety register and with regard to the possibility for the applicant to launch an appeal against a CPVO decision. Such provisions are not laid down for the registration in the national variety registers, because they are subject to national administrative procedures. A new obligation for each national variety examination centre to be audited by the CPVO will be introduced with the aim to ensure the quality and harmonisation of the variety registration process in the Union. The examination centre of the professional operators will be audited and approved by the national competent authorities. In case of direct application to the CPVO it will audit and approve the examination centres it uses for variety examination.

Such language is, of course, Orwellian bureaucraticspeak that means only one thing: All gardeners should prepare to be subjected to total government insanity over seeds, vegetables and home gardens.

RealSeeds.co.uk warns about any attempt to actually try to understand the law by reading it:

You cannot just read the first 5 pages or so that are an ‘executive summary’, and think you know what this law is about. The executive summary is NOT what will become the law. It is the actual Articles themselves that become law, the Summary has no legal standing and is just tacked on as an aid to the public and legislators, it is supposed to give background information and set the proposed legislation in context so people know what is going on and why.

The problem with this law has always been that the Summary says lots of nice fluffy things about preserving biodiversity, simplifying legislation, making things easier etc – things we all would love – but the Articles of the law actually do completely the opposite. And the Summary is not what becomes the law.

For example, the Summary of drafts 1, 2 & 3 talked about making things easier for ‘Amateur’ varieties. But the entire class of Amateur vegetables – which we have spent 5 years working with DEFRA to register – was actually abolished entirely in the Articles right from the start. Yet the Summary , and press releases based on it, still talked about how it will help preserve Amateur varieties! The Summary is completely bogus. Do not base your views of the law on it!

So, be warned. By all means, read it yourself. But you have the ignore the Summary as that is not the Law, and does not reflect what is in the Law.

As you might suspect, this move is the “final solution” of Monsanto, DuPont and other seed-domination corporations who have long admitted their goal is the complete domination of all seeds and crops grown on the planet. By criminalizing the private growing of vegetables — thereby turning gardeners into criminals — EU bureaucrats can finally hand over full control of the food supply to powerful corporations like Monsanto.

Most heirloom seeds to be criminalized

Nearly all varieties of heirloom vegetable seeds will be criminalized under this proposed EU law. This means the act of saving seeds from one generation to the next — a cornerstone of sustainable living — will become a criminal act.

In addition, as Gabel explains, this law “…effectively kills off development of home-garden seeds in the EU.”

This is the ultimate wish of all governments, of course: To criminalize any act of self-reliance and make the population completely dependent on monopolistic corporations for their very survival. This is true both in the USA and the EU. This is what governments do: They seize control, one sector at a time, year after year, until you are living as nothing more than a total slave under a globalist dictatorial regime.

An online petition has already been started on this issue and has garnered nearly 25,000 signatures so far.

NOAH’S ARK and 240 other organizations from 40 European countries have also initiated an “open letter” appealing to Brussels bureaucrats to stop the insanity. Click here for a translated version of their petition.

I saw this coming

By the way, I am on the record predicting this exact scenario. Read Chapter Three of my fiction book, “Freedom Chronicles 2026.” (Read it FREE, online.) It depicts a seed smuggler living in a time when seeds are criminalized and people earn a living as professional seed smugglers.

In my book, a woman uses a specially-crafted breast prosthesis to smuggle seeds to “underground gardeners” in full defiance of laws crafted by Monsanto. A vast underground network of grassroots gardeners and scientists manage to put together a “seed weapon” to destroy GMOs and take back the food supply from evil corporations.

Mark my words: Seeds are about to become contraband. Anyone who grows their own food is about to be targeted as a criminal. The governments of the world, conspiring with corporations like Monsanto, do not want any individual to be able to grow their own food.

This is about total domination of the food supply and the criminalizing of gardeners. And this is what big government always does after centralizing sufficient power. All governments inherently seek total control over the lives of everyone, and if you don’t set boundaries and limits for government (i.e. the Bill of Rights), it eventually runs roughshod over all freedoms and liberties, including the freedom to grow your own food.

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Prison break in Egypt leaves almost 40 dead as General says army protects ‘free will’

August 18, 2013 by  
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source:abc

 Philip Williams

A prison break in Egypt has left nearly 40 people dead, as the head of the country’s armed forces urged supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi to integrate themselves into the political process.

The country’s interior ministry said the prisoners, who were being loaded into a vehicle to be taken to a prison on the outskirts of Cairo, had taken an officer hostage during an escape attempt and died after suffocating on tear gas.

“Thirty-six of the prisoners died of suffocation and crowding after tear gas was used to stop their escape,” the ministry said.

The official MENA news agency reported an “unknown gunman” had tried to aid prisoners in their escape.

More than 830 people have died in Egypt since last Wednesday in clashes pitting backers of the deposed Islamist president Morsi against security forces.

Police have said they have arrested more than 1,000 Brotherhood sympathisers in recent days as part of a broad crackdown aimed at ending weeks of political turmoil.

The call from General Abdel Fatah al Sisi was the military’s first public comments since last week’s violent crackdown.

The General says there is room for everyone in Egypt.

“The Egyptian people are free to choose whom they want to rule them, and we are the protectors of this free will,” he said.

He urged Brotherhood supporters to “revise their national position and realise that legitimacy belongs to the people to give it to whoever they want and take it from them whenever they want.”

West pushes forward with economic sanctions to stop violence

Meanwhile, in the United States, senior Republicans are calling on President Barack Obama to withdraw more than $1 billion in aid to the Egyptian military in the wake of last week’s killings.

Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham went to Egypt at President Obama’s request two weeks ago.

Senator McCain said standing by and watching the massacre happen is a violation of what the US stands for.

“We have no credibility,” he said.

“We do have influence but when you don’t use that influence then you don’t have that influence.”

Senator Graham also favours cutting aid and other forms of economic pressure.

“Even though the Brotherhood overplaying their hand started this we can’t support what the military is doing in response.”

President Obama has so far delayed delivering fighter jets and postponed a joint military exercise and is being backed by senior Democrat senators.

European Union governments will this week question how to best use their economic ties with Egypt to pressure Cairo’s army-backed rulers into finding a peaceful compromise with Morsi supporters.

At stake could be a $7.2 billion package of grants and loans promised by the EU, its member governments and international financial institutions last year, as well as various trade incentives, EU officials and experts say.

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Europe demands answers about U.S. bugging claims

July 1, 2013 by  
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source:cnn

The European Commission will sweep its office for electronic listening devices and other security breaches following revelations of alleged U.S. surveillance programs targeting European leaders, a commission spokeswoman said Monday.

They’ve also put out some pointed questions for their U.S. allies to answer about the allegations, spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said Monday.

READ: Europe furious, ‘shocked’ by report of U.S. spying

“The EU is now expecting to hear from the U.S. authorities,” she said. “And let me state clearly, that clarity and transparency is what we expect from our partners and allies, and this is what we expect from the United States.”

The planned security sweep comes amid building outrage in Europe over allegations that the National Security Agency had bugged EU offices in Washington and New York and conducted an “electronic eavesdropping operation” that tapped into an EU building in Brussels, Belgium.

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The German news magazine Der Spiegel reported the allegations Sunday, citing information from secret documents obtained by self-avowed NSA leaker Edward Snowden and “in part seen” by the news magazine.

In Brussels, Der Spiegel says, the agency targeted the Justus Lipsius Building, which houses the European Council and the EU Council of Ministers, the union’s main decision-making and legislative body.

And in Washington, the magazine report claims, the NSA installed bugs in the European Union’s building and infiltrated its computer network.

The reports elicited particular outrage in Germany, where Der Spiegel reported that NSA spying had targeted telephone and Internet connection data in Germany more than any other European nation.

Citing the Snowden documents, the news magazine reported that an average of up to 20 million phone connections and 10 million Internet data connections are surveyed daily. Der Spiegel noted that the intensity of surveillance puts the U.S. ally on par with China, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Reactions abroad

German President Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffan Seibert cautioned Monday against taking the report as fact without further confirmation.

“If it is, though, confirmed that diplomatic representations of the EU and some European countries were spied upon, we have to say clearly: The bugging of friends is unacceptable. That cannot happen at all. We are no longer in the Cold War.”

The German Foreign Office called U.S. Ambassador Philip D. Murphy in to talk about the allegations, while the Italian Foreign Ministry called the reports “a very thorny affair.”

On Sunday, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said he was “deeply worried and shocked” by the claims.

“If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-U.S. relations,” he said. “On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to these allegations.”

Report: NSA bugged European Union offices, computer networks

July 1, 2013 by  
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source:nbc

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The United States has bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks, according to secret documents cited in a German magazine on Saturday, the latest in a series of exposures of alleged U.S. spy programs.

Der Spiegel quoted from a September 2010 “top secret” U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) document that it said fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had taken with him, and the weekly’s journalists had seen in part.

The document outlines how the NSA bugged offices and spied on EU internal computer networks in Washington and at the United Nations, not only listening to conversations and phone calls but also gaining access to documents and emails.

The document explicitly called the EU a “target”.

A spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence had no comment on the Der Spiegel story.

Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, said that if the report was correct, it would have a “severe impact” on relations between the EU and the United States.

“On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to these allegations,” he said in an emailed statement.

American fugitive Edward Snowden has taken his low profile to a new level. A week ago he landed Sheremetyevo Airport’s transit zone to take refuge, and no one has spotted him since. NBC’s Jim Maceda reports.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told Der Spiegel: “If these reports are true, it’s disgusting

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Scapegoating the poor, sick, disabled and unemployed to fund Britain’s war machine

March 5, 2013 by  
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source:stop the war coalition

Following on from Tony Blair’s televised justification of his role in bringing us the Iraq war to search for those elusive WMD, we now have defence minister Philip Hammond’s demand that the military must be allowed to be given money to build its own such weapons with impunity.

After all, we can continue to cut welfare bills to pay for new tanks, aircraft carriers and Trident nuclear submarines.

Hammond’s priorities are, it needs to be said, government priorities. When has any intervention by Britain which involves troops, airstrikes, funding opposition groupings, and covert operations, ever been delayed or halted through lack of money? When has the issue of the cost of such interventions ever been so much as raised when considering whether to go ahead?

This week William Hague is at it again. This time he wants more money for ‘non-lethal’ intervention in Syria, whatever that is. The EU is relaxing its arms embargo on Syria in a move which will make it much easier for EU member states to arm the Syrian opposition. And some of the major states are queuing up to do so.

Britain, whose government is busily evicting single parents and disabled people from their homes now that ‘spare’ bedrooms are deemed a luxury, and is scapegoating the poor, sick and unemployed at a rate not seen since the hated means tests of the 1930s, apparently thinks nothing of funding military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Mali, and of helping to fight wars in Syria.

Foreign secretary Hague’s reasons are inventive as ever. He wants to provide ‘something new to save lives’ — what would be a first for such operations in recent years. So this week he will announce a new package of aid to go to the Syrian opposition. While it excludes bullets although not body armour at present, that is likely to change in the months ahead, with Hague saying he doesn’t rule anything out for the future.

Certainly this was the impression given at a meeting between the opposition and their western and Middle East backers which took place in Rome last week. The Syrian national Coalition appears confident that the EU and US will supply increased arms, and it seems that Turkey is already allowing in more sophisticated weapons.

According to a French military source in Le Figaro, rebel forces are already being trained in Jordan by US, British and French Special Forces.

Despite their talk of peace, the western powers want regime change in Syria as part of their attempt to control the whole Middle East, and they are prepared to back their aim up with military might.

The desire to maintain as sacrosanct British military spending in a period of deep economic crisis is an admission of how central to British politics is its imperial mission, perhaps even more so when its economic weakness is so exposed.

Increasingly the supposed defence of human rights and democracy carried out by these warmongers is being paid for by slashing the living standards of some of the already poorest in one of the richest countries in the world.

 

First new concentration camps in Europe set to sprout on Greek soil

April 12, 2012 by  
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By Richard Cottrel,l end the lie:

As if the current circumstances of austerity-riven Greece were not bad enough already, it seems that the country is set to have a dozen or so concentration camps dotted around the country.   In language that might have been lifted straight from the Nazi lexicon, these establishments will be known as ‘closed-hospitality’ centers.   The incarcerates will be undocumented – meaning unwanted – refugees flooding in from North Africa, particularly the once prosperous and richest country in the Maghreb belt, namely Libya.   Most of the Mediterranean countries are in the thick of the refugee tide, but Greece is so far the only country that plans to compulsorily pen them up.   The first ‘reception center’ is scheduled to open at a former army base near Athens in the next few weeks.   Why the sudden haste, you ask? The answer is simple. A general election is scheduled for May 6th.   All the parties straddling the spectrum from left to right are playing the immigrant card for all its worth, but none more so than the main establishment parties: Pasok (theoretically socialist) and New Democracy (nominally center-right).   Right now their electoral prospects look decidedly dim. New Democracy, led by Antonis Samaris, is barreling on about 22% in the opinion polls, Pasok rates scarcely better at 18 and a smidgeon percent.   The nightmare entertained by the EU-imposed Greek Quisling, Lukas Papademos, is that neither party will end up with sufficient seats to ensure a majority in the Vouli, the national parliament.   As the two principal challengers shed votes by the hour, Greek voters are turning to a plethora of fringe parties rooted in both the left and right.   They may squabble fiercely among themselves but they are united by one core belief: total opposition to the EU/IMF austerity package which has ripped the heart out of the Greek economy.   The indecent haste of the mainstream figurines wildly wind milling the immigrant camps to attract voters’ attentions speaks for itself.   But to catch the flavor, listen to the chillingly titled ‘Civil Protection Minister’ Michalis Chrisohoidis grand-standing for his party, which is Pasok.   “We have a commitment to start operating these closed-hospitality centers, and we will keep to that commitment. The first centre will operate before the general election in greater Athens, and it will act as a model to show Greek citizens that these facilities are safe for the public and will operate to high standards of health and hygiene,” he said.   Am I alone in detecting some singularly inappropriate language here? After all, was it not the Nazis who indulged in ‘health and hygiene’ as a constant reprise, particularly when it came to the ‘closed-hospitality’ camps established for the benefit (and ‘hygiene’) of European Jews? Can we ever forget the horrific deception of the gas chambers as fumigators?   At best, Greek politicians are indulging in cheap populist barrack-room politics.   But what is more disturbing is that the issue of the camps has — temporarily at least — deflected the attention of voters away from the rape and pillage of their own homeland by the globalist smash and grab gang.   This of course is entirely intentional.   Last week an elderly pensioner called Dimitris Christoulas, who declared that he was reduced to scavenging dustbins to stay alive, publicly executed himself in the great national theater called Syntagma (Constitution) Square situated in the heart of Athens. His funeral was practically a state occasion.   The affair ignited once again the flames of fury directed against the organized looting of the country.   In no time at all the promise of a network of ‘closed-hospitality centers’ (lock-ups, all said and done) bolted to the forefront of the election campaign. This could only have happened with a grace and favor nod from Lukas Papademos.   I pause here to remind readers that this same Papademos was the key official on watch at the Greek central bank when the country was hustled into the euro back in 2000. Wall Street banks were busy with the smoke and mirrors to make it appear that the glory that was supposed to be Greece in fact concealed hopeless insolvency.   There is no doubting that Greece is in the forefront of the refugee wave emanating from the Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.   The number is unclear because the number of undocumented aliens in the country is largely a guesstimate.   However the influx is probably in the region of 130,000 a year, which in such a small country having an ethnic population of just over ten million is bound to promote severe friction.   What the Greek authorities refuse to recognize are the reasons why Athens, the capital, has become Chicago on the Aegean.   The answer is two-fold. First, precisely those western policies which have led to the destabilization and virtual destruction of countries such as Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq, conducted in the so-called name of ‘humanitarian interventions.’   Next comes the power of Greek crime lords responsible for promoting Athens as one of the major crack hubs in Europe, with weapons smuggling and trafficking in human flesh thrown in for good measure. Lately baby snatching has been added as a new specialty.   How about this for sheer humbug, flying in the face of everything that is known about crime in Greece: “On the basis of arrests and investigations we believe that up to 70% of violent crime is perpetrated by foreigners and I say this without wishing to demonize migrants,” said police spokesman Thanassis Kouklakis.   I should add that the Greek national gendarmerie and municipal police forces are routinely racialist. The quote simply confirms our knowledge on that score.   The uncomfortable truth is that Pasok, which is essentially a vehicle for the long-ruling Papandreou dynasty, was largely responsible for promoting the power of the Greek mafia in the first place.   Andreas Papandreou, the choleric tortoise-like Pasok godhead who ruled Greece as a virtual dictator throughout the 1980’s, let the black genie out of the bottle.   It was he who pursued the ‘anything goes’ policy with the Greek mafia in return for their acting as the praetorian guard of his crooked administrations.   There is strong evidence that he was using mafia sharpshooters masquerading as Marxist urban terrorists to settle scores with his enemies.   Once they arrive in this prosperous junction of criminal networks, risking their lives in long overland treks and risky boats, the average new recruit may soon earn as much as ten thousand Euros a year from the rich harvest of pickings.   All but the small change is siphoned off by pimps and gang leaders plus the ‘landlords’ who sub-let semi-derelict properties bunched together in the downtown slum area of the capital – within sight of the Parthenon.   Stone-faced Greek officials maintain the pretense that unwanted guests arriving in droves are almost entirely responsible for the wave of crime sweeping the capital.   This of course is nonsense, since they are absent the skills, resources or contacts. In fact as the daily Ethnos correctly reported, the powerful crime syndicates are all Greek, plus a lacing of Albanians, Syrians and Egyptians.   The center of Athens is virtually a no-go zone for law enforcement, thanks to another uncomfortable truth.   This is the notoriously lethargic tendencies of Greek policemen when it comes to salary enhancements proffered by the local crime barons.   Further investments, offered in the same time-honored Greek fashion, make sure that awkward public officials steer well clear of the lucrative activities pursued under their noses. As any Greek will tell you corruption and bribery is endemic in the civil service.   In the past few days the tragic story of Humayun Anwar (18) and Wakar Ahmed (33) provides an insight to the life of immigrants who pay human smugglers up to seven thousand Euros apiece to get to Greece.   The pair fled the poverty and desperation of the Indian Punjab, only to find themselves trapped as virtual slave laborers, forced to work ten hour shifts, seven days a week, for 25 Euros a day.   Both were horrifically killed as they struggled to save an elderly Greek couple whose car tumbled into the path of an approaching Athens-Thessaloniki express train.   It is the fate of Greeks to have been ruled by ruthless self-serving demagogues in one shape or another since gaining independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1832.   The latest episode of EU-imposed direct rule is just another example of lordly misgovernance forced down the throats of the Greek people. The immigration issue has now risen to the fore solely to drown out the destruction of the country typified by the martyrdom of Dimitris Christoulas.   It was left to Petros Konstantinou of the Greek Campaign Against Racialism to sound the clarion call of reason – and commonsense. “It’s not the migrants who are responsible for rising crime, but policies that Greece is being forced to take by the EU and IMF that are spreading poverty, unemployment and misery.”   What we detect is the rank smell of hypocrisy in the run up to the general election at which time Greeks are supposed to vote in favor of flaying themselves alive.   Richard Cottrell is a writer, journalist and former European MP (Conservative). His new book Gladio: NATO’s Dagger At The Heart Of Europe is now available from Progressive Press. You may order it using the link below (or by clicking here – Gladio, NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe: The Pentagon-Nazi-Mafia Terror Axis):

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Acta: EU court to rule on anti-piracy agreement

February 22, 2012 by  
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By Dave Lee Technology Reporter

The European Union’s highest court has been asked to rule on the legality of a controversial anti-piracy agreement.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) has been criticised by rights campaigners who argue it could stifle free expression on the internet.

EU trade head Karel De Gucht said the court will be asked to clarify whether the treaty complied with “the EU’s fundamental rights and freedoms”.

The agreement has so far been signed by 22 EU member states.

The European Commission said it “decided today to ask the European Court of Justice for a legal opinion to clarify that the Acta agreement and its implementation must be fully compatible with freedom of expression and freedom of the internet”.

Several key countries, including Germany and Denmark, have backed away from the treaty amid protests in several European cities.

Acta is set to be debated by the European Parliament in June.

While countries can individually ratify the terms of the agreement, EU backing is considered vital if the proposal’s aim of implementing consistent standards for copyright enforcement measures is met.

As well as the 22 European backers, which include the UK, the agreement has been signed by the United States, Japan and Canada.

‘Misinformation and rumour’

Mr De Gucht told a news conference on Wednesday: “Let me be very clear: I share people’s concern for these fundamental freedoms… especially over the freedom of the internet.

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What is Acta?

  • The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is an international treaty aiming to standardise copyright protection measures.
  • It seeks to curb trade of counterfeited physical goods, including copyrighted material online.
  • Preventative measures include possible imprisonment and fines.
  • Critics argue that it will stifle freedom of expression on the internet, and it has been likened to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa).
  • Acta has been signed by 22 EU members, including the UK, but is yet to be ratified by the European Parliament.

“This debate must be based upon facts, and not upon the misinformation and rumour that has dominated social media sites and blogs in recent weeks.”

However, he went on to say that the agreement’s purpose was to protect the creative economy.

“[Acta] aims to raise global standards for intellectual property rights,” he said, adding that the treaty “will help protect jobs currently lost because counterfeited, pirated goods worth 200bn euros are currently floating around”.

Acta’s backers face strong opposition within the EU. Viviane Reding, the commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, took to Twitter to outline her worries on the treaty.

“For me, blocking the Internet is never an option,” she wrote in a statement.

“We need to find new, more modern and more effective ways in Europe to protect artistic creations that take account of technological developments and the freedoms of the internet.”

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Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

February 18, 2012 by  
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Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.

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Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added.

Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary. The checks will continue despite the fact that seek traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said.

During the invesigation, controllers have found Pioneer Monsanto products among the seeds planted.

The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the goods can be found, Bognar said. Regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the country. Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seeds.

With season already under way, it is too late to sow new seeds, so this year’s harvest has been lost.

And to make things even worse for the farmers, the company that distributed the seeds in Baranya county is under liquidation. Therefore, if any compensation is paid by the international seed producers, the money will be paid primarily to that company’s creditors, rather than the farmers.

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EU Imposes Oil Embargo In Iran Nuclear Row

January 23, 2012 by  
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Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) — European Union foreign ministers agreed to ban oil imports from Iran starting July 1 as part of measures to ratchet up the pressure on the Persian Gulf nation’s nuclear program, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said.

“As of July 1, we have a ban on the import of oil and oil products from Iran,” Rosenthal said in Brussels today. He said the EU was looking at ways to help limit damage from the ban on countries like Greece that are dependent on the oil imports from Iran and that possible “compensation” would have to be decided before the full ban comes into force.

Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf passageway for about 20 percent of globally traded oil, if the EU and the U.S. impose stricter sanctions. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait ship crude and liquefied natural gas through the strait.

“We can keep the Strait of Hormuz open and we will do what is necessary to achieve that,” Ivo Daalder, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, said in a BBC Radio 4 interview today.

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