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African Civil Society Rejects Foreign Investment*

Gamo People and Sacred Forests of EthiopiaAfrican Civil Society Rejects Foreign Investment*

 

This letter from African civil society critical of foreign investment in African Agriculture was presented at the G8 Summit.

 

15 May 2012

Mr. President (of the African Union),

Please allow a West African peasant to share with you his preoccupations in the run-up to the G8 Symposium on food security to be held in Washington on 18-19 May 2012 and the G8 on 20 May 2012 at Camp David. Two events at which the food security of our continent will be discussed, following Aquila in 2008 and Paris in 2011.

International debates on financing African agriculture seem to be taking a direction which is not likely to lead to the necessary renewal of approaches. Yet this issue is a fundamental one. The choices that are made today in Sub-Saharan Africa regarding the modalities of agricultural financing and where it is directed will shape the form of agricultural development and the nature of the African food system of tomorrow.

It appears that appropriate financial approaches to address our major challenges have not yet been found. Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa is confronted today with three essential problems, which have been identified with the consensus of all of the actors :
Increasing production in a sustainable and equitable fashion and improving the functioning of markets ;
Improving productivity and the economic viability of farms and value chains in order to create a sustainable basis for food security and sovereignty;
Balancing low prices for consumers with decent revenues for producers.

These challenges place us before a complex equation which includes the following questions: What investments to make? What production systems should be privileged? Which products to support? Which markets to target (local, national, regional, international)? And who should benefit from the support?

It is clear that the replies to these questions will not be univocal: no technical or institutional innovation can suffice on its own to respond to these challenges.

Today we are faced with two contrasting aspirations in Sub-Saharan Africa: the desire to regain control of our development and, on the other hand, the temptation of an excessive reliance on external resources.

During the 2000s, 25 years after its creation, ECOWAS opted for the establishment of regional sectoral agricultural policies in coherence with the original intentions of the founding countries, that is promoting the well-being of the peoples of the region through economic development and peace.

The PAU of UEMOA followed by the ECOWAP of ECOWAS were formulated in 2001 and 2005 in a spirit of dialogue with the networks of peasant and agricultural producers’ organizations, breaking away from the “project approach” whose limitations have become clear to all. These policies have been validated and signed into law by the African Heads of State.

At the same time, the African states committed themselves at Maputo to dedicate more public resources to agriculture. To complement these initiatives NEPAD gave birth in 2006 to a new partnership for agriculture. All of these commitments, put together, testify to a real commitment to agriculture on the part of the African authorities, to a new desire to assume control of African development in dialogue with local populations. They generated significant hopes and expectations on the part of the social movements and the networks of peasants and producers, who saw agriculture regaining its position at the heart of the political agenda. They saw that the African authorities were at last shouldering their responsibilities with resolution and determining to define, validate and fund a good proportion of the expenses in the key sector of their economies: agriculture, pastoralism, forests, fisheries, known as the “agriculture sector”.

Unfortunately the methodology adopted for the formulation of CAADP rapidly degenerated. The National Agricultural Development Programmes, promoted from above with insufficient dialogue with the concerned actors, appeared to be above all occasions for negotiating new aid. In many cases the content of these national programmes hardly differs from the traditional standard lists of projects, overlapping or even contradictory, the same from one country to another. Yet it seems that we have suffered considerably from this type of programme in the past and that it would be in our interests to devote our attention to effectively applying our agricultural policies, along the lines of the CAP in Europe, the Farm Bill in the US, or the policies put in place by Brazil and India.

The paradox between an African consensus regarding the need to increase investments in agriculture and the lack of clarity concerning the destination of these investments (which products, which markets?) constitutes in my view a cause for serious preoccupation: how to conceive of the implementation of such unclear policies? In my view the ECOWAP should accord the major advantages to the principle investors in agriculture, those who take the risks within the family enterprises, that is the peasants, and not to urban or foreign sources of capital.

Three events have accentuated these doubts. First of all the misunderstandings around the principle of the green revolution proposed by AGRA. Then the World Economic Forum where “Grow Africa” was launched. And finally USAID’s approval of the “new alliance” for food security which should become a reality in June 2012. All three are signals, in my view, which risk seriously compromising the realization of the original missions of ECOWAP, the PAU and other similar policies in Africa.

At the moment in which the president of the United States, acting in good faith I am sure, has decided to organize a symposium on food security on 18-19 May 2012 in Washington on the eve of the G8 meeting in Camp David, I address myself to you, as President of the African Union, and through you to all of the African Heads of State. I ask you to explain how you could possibly justify thinking that the food security and sovereignty of Africa could be secured through international cooperation outside of the policy frameworks formulated in an inclusive fashion with the peasants and the producers of the continent.

A look at the history of agricultural development in the various regions of the world makes it clear that agriculture has never developed in this way. We know that the progress that has been accomplished in agriculture, the important successes of the agricultural policies obtained in Europe, in the United States and in emerging countries like Brazil and India, have always been the product of sovereign will and of a partnership between the states and the economic actors, that is the producers, the processors, the traders.

In my humble view, the justification whereby states do not dispose of sufficient resources to fund these policies is not acceptable. The management of mining resources exploited by others, in which the African states are generally the losers, should make it possible to generate resources for such investments.

Priority setting in public expenditure is also an issue. The contribution of activities in agriculture, pastoralism, forestry, fisheries to the creation of wealth in our agricultural countries, to job creation and to social stability justifies a clear choice in favor of this sector on the part of the African states. This is in no way in contradiction with our appreciation of international cooperation, in the context of which we expect an ever greater respect of the Paris Declaration, of the right to food in accordance with the UN Charter of human rights, and a determined fight against international financial speculation and corruption.

I would simply like to recall that food security and sovereignty are the basis of our general development, as all of the African governments underline. It is a strategic challenge. This is why we must build our food policy on our own resources as is done in the other regions of the world. The G8 and the G20 can in no way be considered the appropriate fora for decisions of this nature.

In asking you to transmit this message to your fellow Presidents I beg you to forgive this heartfelt appeal, however awkward it may seem, of an African peasant convinced that we have the means, the knowledge, the resources to build our own future.
Please accept, Mr. President, the expression of my highest and most sincere consideration.

LIST OF THE SIGNATORY ORGANIZATIONS

1. Network of Farmers and Agricultural Producers Organizations (ROPPA)

2. West African Platform of Civil society organizations on the Cotonou Agreement (POSCAO-AC)

3. West and Central Africa Network of National NGO Platforms (REPAOC)

4. West African Civil Society Organizations Forum (WASCOF)

5. Coalition of African Organizations on Food Security and Sustainable Development (COASAD)

6. Francophone Africa Civil Society Organizations (OSCAF)

7. West Africa Network of Economics Journalists (WANEJ)

8. Network of West African Women Association (AFAO) 
 9. Research Network for Pour l’Appui au Développement en Afrique (REPAD)

10. West African Institute for Trade and Development (WAITAD),

11. West African Bar Association (WABA)

12. Network of African Chambers of Commerce (RECAO)

13. National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS)
14. Plate forme des Acteurs de la Société Civile au Bénin (PASCiB),
15. SYTO (Réseau ouest africain de la jeunesse)

Source*

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Throwing a ‘Flame’ Across Cyberspace!

Throwing a ‘Flame’ Across Cyberspace!

If all the energy caught up in scheming, and planning, implementation, and maintaining the process of making the lives of others a misery could be re-channeling into doing something good, what a wonderful world it would be for all – yes all. But no, to do good is asking too much of Israel, U.S., and allies to do just that.

In their latest round of nightmares, the “Flame” is the latest in cyber warfare considered by experts to be 20 times stronger than any previous virus. This 20 megabyte virus is so powerful thay experts say only a state cold have created this hellfire currently aimed at the Middle East. Flame:

  • gathers data files
  • remotely change settings on computers
  • turns on computer microphones to record conversations
  • activate a computer’s audio systems to listen in on Skype calls
  • takes screen shots and copy instant messaging chats
  • “vacuum up” information by copying keyboard strokes and the voices of people nearby
  • Detect passwords hidden by asterisks
  • Collect information from Bluetooth devices

Once the data is collected it is uploaded to command and control servers.

Discovered by a Russian security firm,  what else ‘Flame’ can do is still in the process of discovery. Kasperksy Lab comment that ‘Flame’ was released into cyberspace about 5 years ago, and as so far infected machines in Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Sudan and Syria.

Professor Alan Woodward of the University of Surrey said to the Guardian, U.K., that ‘Flame’ is designed to steal data via computers that use Microsoft Windows.

A convenient way to force acceptability of U.N control of the Internet, which is being discussed in the House and would give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) governance of the service – the very same entity that is warning states around the world! The first hearing is scheduled to take place in the 1st week of June, 2012.

In an interview with Russia Today, Vitaly Kamyluk of Kaspersky Lab informed:

RT: This enormous stratum of data that ‘Flame’ can gather, who would need it and is it really possible to analyze such an avalanche of information?

VK: First of all, when we’re talking about the size of data that is to be analyzed, we know that the attackers do not infect as many victims as possible. Their resources are limited; it seems that they understand that. They are keeping the number of infected machines more or less the same. So it’s the same level. When they finish analyzing data that has been stolen from one network, they remove the malware and switch to another.So we think that it’s still possible the extract only the data they are interested in.

RT: So can we call this a cyber war, and if so?

VK: Stuxnet and Duqu were bright examples of cyber weapons which could even physically destroy infrastructure, and this [Flame] is a continuation of this story. So this is another development in this roe which continues in addition to Stuxnet and Duqu.There are also nation stations supporting [these] developments. We think that cyber warfare has been going on for years already. People were just probably not aware of it because cyber warfare has a unique feature: it’s hidden. Nobody knows when cyber warfare operations are going on. This is the key feature of it.

RT: Who is behind these cyber attacks?

VK: Like with Stuxnet and Duqu, it’s currently unclear who is behind it. It’s very hard to find out who is behind it because when we try to follow the traces, who controls the application – it connects to the command and control centers – it turns out to be… dozens or even more servers spread around different countries around the world. More than 80 or 90 domains are associated with those servers. Most of them are registered with fake identities. So they’re pretty well protected and hidden. So it is unclear who is behind that, and we try not to speculate who could be behind such attacks. We try to base it on pure facts like the language we extract from the code. In this case, we only found traces of good English used inside the code.

RT: So who do you think is winning this war?

VK: I think that humanity is losing to be honest, because we are fighting between each other instead of fighting against global problems which everyone faces in their lives.

Fear breeds contempt, alienation, distrust, and violation of what it means to be human, and too many of us just dont seem to be able to kick this destructive habit – what a waste of human potential!

The creation of the Internet came about as a product of Arpanet was the first real network to run on packet switching technology on October 29, 1969, computers at Stanford and UCLA connected becoming the first hosts of what would become the Internet. The Stanford Research Institute is one of the brain-childs of the Tavistock Institute, Sussex University, U.K. and is one of Tavistock’s 30 research centers in the U.S. the Tavistock Institute created NATO.

Back to the Internet, the Stanford Research Institute in its 1974 report entitled: “Changing Images of Man,” (Contract Number URH (489~215O, Policy Research Report No. 414.74), which was written by anthropologist Margaret Mead, psychologist B.F. Skinner, Ervin Laszlo of the U.N., and Sir Geoffrey Vickers of British intelligence stated:

“Many of our present images appear to have become dangerously obsolete, however . . . Science, technology, and economics have made possible really significant strides toward achieving such basic human goals as physical safety and security, material comfort and better health. But many of these successes have brought with them problems of being too successful — problems that themselves seem insoluble within the set of societal value-premises that led to their emergence . . . Our highly developed system of technology leads to higher vulnerability and breakdowns. Indeed the range and interconnected impact of societal problems that are now emerging pose a serious threat to our civilization . . . If our predictions of the future prove correct, we can expect the association problems of the trend to become more serious, more universal and to occur more rapidly.”

The Internet has become one of, if not the strongest globalizing tool. It is today that we can say unequivocally that youth, the greates users of the Internet have common self perceptions and perceptions of reality across cultures, but what any organizational theorist cannot account form cannot regulate, is the flicker of the human spirit over the human animal – the former is not predictable, but the latter is. Give the latter pre-set conditions, one can expect man to react according to plan.

The Stanford Research Institute, SRI today remains the think tank of the U.S. military, for which the Internet was originally conceived by SRI. The computer mouse and the acoustic modem were SRI inventions of the 1960s.

SRI plays a key role in [D]ARPA documentation, which is under the U.S., Department of Defense. [D]ARPA is responsible for operating the Information Awareness Office, which spies on American computers (and telephones) in the name of catching terrorists. SRI was also responsible for introducing and spreading the use of ATM’s, and nurturing the acceptance of the cashless society – virtual money, the means by which the global financial elite via its coporations increases its wealth and power-base.

Conceived in 1946, to focus on research in mind control and future sciences, today SRI’s focus is on big business and technology. SRI is an offshoot of Stanford University, which along with UCLA connected to become the first hosts of what would become the Internet.

As Google ‘underdevelops’ its search engine further to:

  • Draw ‘facts’ from places like Wikipedia for historical information
  • CIA World Factbook for geopolitical answers
  • the World Bank for economic ‘facts’
  • Freebase for information about people and other predetermined sources

As the the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on 27th April 2012, and the current move to place the Internet under U.N. governance granting special clearance to the largest Jewish-owned internet providers, such as Verizon, Comcast, Google, and Facebook, SRI comes full circle to fulfilling its original agenda!

July 19 2012

Following confirmation that “Flame” is a part of the Israeli-American cyberwarfare on Iran, a new virus “Mahdi” is deployed exploiting the Islamic tradition of the savior in 2012. Probably neither Israel or the U.S. can afford all out war, as this confirms how much they familarize themselves with the culture and religion of those they have marked as enemies, though the real enemy is themselves, especially in 2012 when all wiil come to the surface, and only the blind will not see.

Unlike “Flame”, “Mahdi” can be modified by remote to recrd keystrokes, remove documents, monitor email communications, and record audio.

However, according to Costin Raiu, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, this piece of malware is not sophisticated, unlike Flame. “Mahdi” has targeted over 800 systems in Iran including financial services, and government embassies, but the Middle East in general, as well as Israel has been targeted!

The Intelhub reports:

The potential similarities between Flame and Mahdi were so striking that Seculert originally contacted Kaspersky Lab in order to examine the two pieces of malware, although ultimately they “couldn’t find a direct connection between the campaigns.”

 “It is still unclear whether this is a state-sponsored attack or not. The targeted organizations seem to be spread between members of the attacking group by giving each victim machine a specific prefix name, meaning that this operation might require a large investment and financial backing,” Seculert states on their blog.

Infections include infected PDF anf Powerpoint file attachments. The Russian Kaspersky Lab notes,

“Large amounts of data collection reveal the focus of the campaign on Middle Eastern critical infrastructure engineering firms, government agencies, financial houses, and academia. And individuals within this victim pool and their communications were selected for increased monitoring over extended periods of time.”

Sources:

‘Flame’ Virus Explained: How It Works And Who’s Behind It.”  http://www.rt.com/news/flame-virus-cyber-war-536/

McElroy, D. “Flame: World’s Most Complex Computer Virus Exposed.”  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9295938/Flame-worlds-most-complex-computer-virus-exposed.html

Ruppert, M. “Virus Named After Islamic Messiah Found in Iranian and Israeli Systems.” http://theintelhub.com/2012/07/18/virus-named-after-islamic-messiah-found-in-iranian-and-israeli-systems/

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BBC and Syria Massacre Hoax!*

BBC and Syria Massacre Hoax!*

The British media has been caught yet again “with its pants down” in the effort to sell a NATO-led attack on Syria, with the revelation that BBC News used a years-old photo of dead Iraqi children to depict victims of an alleged government assault on the town of Houla.

In a report issued hours after the massacre, the BBC used a photo that was first published over nine years ago and taken in Al Mussayyib, Iraq. The image shows a child skipping over the dead bodies of hundreds of Iraqi children who have been transported from a mass grave to be identified.

The caption used by the BBC to describe the image stated that the picture was provided by an activist and “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”. After the “mistake” was exposed, the BBC changed their original article but did not issue a retraction.

The photographer who took the original picture, Marco Di Lauro, posted on his Facebook page,

“Somebody is using my images as a propaganda against the Syrian government to prove the massacre.” Di Lauro told the London Telegraph he was “astonished” the BBC had failed to check the authenticity of the image.

Mr di Lauro, who works for Getty Images picture agency and has been published by newspapers across the US and Europe, said: “I went home at 3am and I opened the BBC page which had a front page story about what happened in Syria and I almost felt off from my chair..

“What I am really astonished by is that a news organization like the BBC doesn’t check the sources and it’s willing to publish any picture sent it by anyone: activist, citizen journalist or whatever. That’s all.

He added he was less concerned about an apology or the use of image without consent, adding:

“What is amazing it’s that a news organization has a picture proving a massacre that happened yesterday in Syria and instead it’s a picture that was taken in 2003 of a totally different massacre.

“Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose.”

BBC removed (damage has already been done) the news article when they caught red handed, but mobile version of the story is still online without Marco Di Lauro Iraq war image.

Source*

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Undying Commitment to Israels’ War Agenda

Undying Commitment to Israels’ War Agenda

 

“Israel, without the United States, would probably not exist. The country came perilously close to extinction during the October 1973 war when Egypt, trained and backed by the Soviet Union, crossed the Suez Canal and the Syrians poured in over the Golan Heights. Huge American military transport planes came to the rescue. They began landing every half-hour to refit the battered Israeli army, which had lost most of its heavy armor. By the time the war as over, the United States had given Israel $2.2 billion in emergency military aid.” – Declaration Of U.S. Independence From Israel by Chris Hedges

HR 4133, or the United States – Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 was passed, which provides Israel unlimited funding from the nations central bank, the Federal Reserve. Brought into law on May 09th 2012, the law states:

AN ACT

To express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship, to direct the President to submit to Congress reports on United States actions to enhance this relationship and to assist in the defense of Israel, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Since 1948, United States Presidents and both houses of Congress, on a bipartisan basis and supported by the American people, have repeatedly reaffirmed the special bond between the United States and Israel, based on shared values and shared interests.

(2) The Middle East is undergoing rapid change, bringing with it hope for an expansion of democracy but also great challenges to the national security of the United States and our allies in the region, particularly our most important ally in the region, Israel. Over the past year, the Middle East has witnessed the fall of some regimes long considered to be stabilizing forces and a rise in the influence of radical Islamists.

(3) Iran, which has long sought to foment instability and promote extremism in the Middle East, is now seeking to exploit the dramatic political transition underway in the region to undermine governments traditionally aligned with the United States and support extremist political movements in these countries.

(4) At the same time, Iran may soon attain a nuclear weapons capability, a development that would fundamentally threaten vital American interests, destabilize the region, encourage regional nuclear proliferation, further empower and embolden Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and provide it the tools to threaten its neighbors, including Israel.

(5) Over the past several years, with the assistance of Iran and Syria, Hizballah and Hamas have increased their stockpiles of rockets, with more than 60,000 rockets now ready to be fired at Israel. Iran continues to add to its arsenal of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, which threaten Iran’s neighbors, Israel, and United States military forces in the region.

(6) As a result, the strategic environment that has kept Israel secure and safeguarded United States national interests for the past 35 years has eroded.

SEC. 3. STATEMENT OF POLICY.

It is the policy of the United States:

(1) To reaffirm the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state. As President Obama stated on December 16, 2011, ‘America’s commitment and my commitment to Israel and Israel’s security is unshakeable.’. And as President Bush stated before the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel on May 15, 2008, ‘The alliance between our governments is unbreakable, yet the source of our friendship runs deeper than any treaty.’.

(2) To provide Israel the military capabilities necessary to deter and defend itself by itself against any threats.

(3) To veto any one-sided anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Security Council.

(4) To support Israel’s inherent right to self-defense.

(5) To pursue avenues to expand cooperation with Israel in both defense and across the spectrum of civilian sectors, including high technology, agriculture, medicine, health, pharmaceuticals, and energy.

(6) To assist Israel with its on-going efforts to forge a peaceful, negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results in two states living side by side in peace and security, and to encourage Israel’s neighbors to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

SEC. 4. UNITED STATES ACTIONS TO ASSIST IN THE DEFENSE OF ISRAEL AND PROTECT AMERICAN INTERESTS.

(a) Sense of Congress- It is the sense of Congress that the United States should take the following actions to assist in the defense of Israel:

(1) Provide Israel such support as may be necessary to increase development and production of joint missile defense systems, particularly such systems that defend the urgent threat posed to Israel and United States forces in the region.

(2) Provide Israel assistance specifically for the production and procurement of the Iron Dome defense system for purposes of intercepting short-range missiles, rockets, and projectiles launched against Israel.

(3) Provide Israel defense articles and defense services through such mechanisms as appropriate, to include air refueling tankers, missile defense capabilities, and specialized munitions.

(4) Allocate additional weaponry and munitions for the forward-deployed United States stockpile in Israel.

(5) Provide Israel additional surplus defense articles and defense services, as appropriate, in the wake of the withdrawal of United States forces from Iraq.

(6) Strengthen efforts to prevent weapons smuggling into Gaza pursuant to the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access following the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and to protect against weapons smuggling and terrorist threats from the Sinai Peninsula.

(7) Offer the Israeli Air Force additional training and exercise opportunities in the United States to compensate for Israel’s limited air space.

(8) Expand Israel’s authority to make purchases under the Foreign Military Financing program on a commercial basis.

(9) Seek to enhance the capabilities of the United States and Israel to address emerging common threats, increase security cooperation, and expand joint military exercises.

(10) Encourage an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises.

(11) Support extension of the long-standing loan guarantee program for Israel, recognizing Israel’s unbroken record of repaying its loans on time and in full.

(12) Expand already-close intelligence cooperation, including satellite intelligence, with Israel.

(b) Report on Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge-

(1) STATEMENT OF POLICY- It is the policy of the United States–

(A) to help Israel preserve its qualitative military edge amid rapid and uncertain regional political transformation; and

(B) to encourage further development of advanced technology programs between the United States and Israel given current trends and instability in the region.

(2) REPORT- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report on the status of Israel’s qualitative military edge in light of current trends and instability in the region.

(c) Reports on Other Matters- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on each of the following:

(1) Taking into account Israel’s urgent requirement for F-35 aircraft, actions to improve the process relating to Israel’s purchase of F-35 aircraft to improve cost efficiency and timely delivery.

(2) Efforts to expand cooperation between the United States and Israel in homeland security, counter-terrorism, maritime security, energy, cybersecurity, and other appropriate areas.

(3) Actions to integrate Israel into the defense of the Eastern Mediterranean.

(d) Definitions- In this section:

(1) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES- The term ‘appropriate congressional committees’ means–

(A) the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives; and

(B) the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate.

(2) QUALITATIVE MILITARY EDGE- The term ‘qualitative military edge’ has the meaning given the term in section 36(h)(2) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2776(h)(2)).

SEC. 5. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE LOAN GUARANTEES TO ISRAEL.

(a) In General- Chapter 5 of title I of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (Public Law 108-11), as amended, is further amended in the item relating to ‘Loan Guarantees to Israel’–

(1) in the matter preceding the first proviso, by striking ‘September 30, 2011’ and inserting ‘September 30, 2015’; and

(2) in the second proviso, by striking ‘September 30, 2011’ and inserting ‘September 30, 2015’.

(b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section take effect on the date of enactment of this Act.

Passed the House of Representatives May 9, 2012.

Attest:

KAREN L. HAAS,

Clerk.

Meanwhile New Jersey-based Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Inc and Tehran’s Islamic Azad University aim to jointly design a fusion machineas the Northern Hemisphere undergoes contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011!

Source:

H.R. 4133: United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr4133/text

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Occupy World: Thousands refuse to enroll Because of Vaccine Requirements*

Occupy World: Thousands refuse to enroll Because of Vaccine Requirements*

By Craig Stellpflug

Administrators at the Austin Community College (ACC) admit that some 10,000 students have refused to enroll at ACC because of their vaccination requirements.

Enrollment at ACC has declined 15 percent since January, cancelling some 500 classes. When asked why, a huge number of the students are citing the institution’s aggressive vaccination policy as their reason to drop out. A similar pattern of this anti vaccine revolt is being seen across the country.

Source*

A caring and competent Michigan mother refuses to let child services take her very normal child and forcibly drug her with psychiatric medications. The reaction from the state was to bring in the swat teams and a tank for a day long stand off. Who needs a swat team and a tank to take on a mother and her daughter?

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EU Over-rides French Sovereignty on GM Ban!

EU Over-rides French Sovereignty on GM Ban!

Amid mass US protests against Monsanto in mid-March, France imposed a temporary moratorium on the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, MON810

Overstepping  French sovereignty, and the rights of the French people, the EU demonstrates its muscle  in favor of the global financial elite vis-avis the corporate world. Forsaking health of the human being, the environment, and European food supply, with a newly elected (socialist) French president, the EU is seeking to secure the interests of U.S-based multi-national, agricultural biotechnology Monsanto, one of the leading causes of the fall in the global bee population, hence drop in food production. The 2nd largest producer of genetically modified seeds, foods, the originator of the dangerous chemical Agent Orange, and the world’s leading producer of the chemical glyphosate.

Depite all the burgeoning evidence, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared there is no ‘scientific’ evidence that Monsanto’s GM crops pose a risk to human, animal and environmental health!

As recently as March 2012, a report published in the leading journal Current Microbiology released evidence that glyphosate used in the herbicide Roundup, is changing and destroying micro-organisms in the soil. Some micro-organisms have disappeared completely in areas where Roundup has been used, rendering the soil barren – so what effect will crops harvested from those soils have on animal and human fertility! The report also confirmed what every conscientiosu farmer has been complaining about, the rise in superweeds as a result of Roundup. All rain samples in the U.S. contains glyphosate, which , reduces fertility,  increases risk of cancer and is damaging the DNA chain. This is the case in all countries using Roundup: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, the EU, South Africa,  and the US. If that is not evidence enough why is Monsanto paying U.S$93mn to West Virginia, U.S. that suffered the explosion of one of its plants that released the toxic agent dioxin from herbicide 2,4,5-T?

Why was expert biochemist Arpad Pusztai suspended, his findings distorted and a gag order placed upon him when Pusztai found GM potatoes damaged the immune system and organs  in rats, and then when the gag order was lifted a massive recall on the products concerned because Pusztai went public again!

Former advisor to the U.S., Food and Drug Administration, and professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, Marion Nestle also wrote a recent report on the problem of the superweeds. In a country where 94% of all soybean crops is GM, 88% of all corn is GM, and 90% of all cotton is GM, 12 million U.S. acres is affected by weed resistance. These weeds can grow up to 6ft in height reduce crop yield, and are resistant to Roundup along with other herbicides – isn’t that enough to make farmers want to give up farming!

Monsanto?

Essentially a corporation that specializes in chemicals promoted through the human need for food, Monsanto. Leading producers of herbicides such as RoundUp, and seeds like DEKALB and Asgrow, as well as Agent Orange and Bovine Growth Hormone.

Monsanto introduced saccharin, caffeine and vanillin to the soft drink industry, and aspirin to the medical industry.

WWII saw a greater ‘liaison’ between Monsanto and the U.S. government in the form of the infamous Manhattan Project – creators of the first nuclear bomb, while running a nuclear facility, Mound Laboratory for the government.

Monsanto’s ‘induction’ into fertilizers came through their acquisition of Lion Oil (petroleum) in 1955. By the 1960s Monsanto was set ready for the enterprising world of war and produced Agent Orange, which contains dioxin. The fatal Agent Orange was sprayed  (72 million liters) of Agent Orange on over one million Vietnam civilians and over 100,000 U.S. troops.

By 1977, Monsanto entered the pharmaceutical industry through a joint venture with Conoco Oil Company.

Monsanto along with, Bill Gates (a large shareholder), the Rockefeller Foundation, the Norwegian government, Syngenta, and the world’s largest holder of GM patents, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred are noe involved in a joint seed project on the remote barren island of Spitsbergen in the Barents Sea. The project Svalbard Global Seed Vault obejective is to store all seed varieties from around the world.

French consumers were not prepared to wait any longer for their health to deteriorate any further for more ‘scientific evidence’ and have decided to take their own health into their own hands, but when the  U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to consider relabeling of the food preservative sodium benzoate that can cause autism, brain damage, gastrointestinal and personality disorders consumers still have the choice of not buying, but it means being diligent about where ones food comes from, and how it has been processed. As far as possible, ascertain trusted food supplies, and link up with conscientious farmers, and like some Americans grow your own food, although Americans are increasingly being prevented from doing this basic, and natural act!
Sources:

Gucciardi, A. “Blatant Corruption Exposed as EU Blocks France’s Ban on Monsanto’s GMO Maize. ” http://naturalsociety.com/blatant-corruption-exposed-eu-blocks-frances-ban-monsantos-gmo-maize/

Hartley, J. “Who and What Is the Monsanto Chemical Corporation? http://www.naturalnews.com/023094_Monsanto_WHO_industry.html

Huff, E. “Long-Predicted GM Crop’ Superweeds’ Have Arrived.” http://www.naturalnews.com/035964_superweeds_GMO_herbicides.html
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Egypt Votes: Every Silver Lining has a Cloud!

Egypt Votes: Every Silver Lining has a Cloud!

People today in general want stability, regardless of the high price they have paid, and are willing to continue to pay as they close their eyes to the matrix of deception that prevents them from getting anymore out of their lives or the lives of others that pave the way to their false sense of stability.

Regardless of the constitutionality of the first free presidential elections in Egypt, the elections have ensued. Voters out in high numbers, as long as one does not notice that the numbers are in fact low in relation to the voting population – for some already decided that they would not ledn their vote to what is perceived as a charade. But where does that get the country, even voting the best of the 12 candidates is a step towards democracy. Ignoring the candidate that has no credibility on the ground but is on a soft sell by SCAF and state owned media, namely Ahmed Sherif, it does not mean going back to one’s own life, and leaving the newly elected president to get on with it, and the governing bodies. But even the best will have the hardest of times unless he has a cabinet that works with him, and not on some other ‘agenda’ – for no matter how good the president is, it takes a team.

The campaiging process was short and sweet, at the end of it all, most of the people did not know who to vote for. Voting for ‘the man’ does not constitute voting for the benefit of all Egyptians unless that ‘man’ fully believes, and proactive in establishing what essentially the people (regardless of faith ar easking for, a people’s democracy!

With best intent, depending on one’s level of perception, many Egyptians have gone out and cast their vote. It would be too easy to allow their vote to count, to let whoever wins take presidency, and for that president to work things out with a currently dysfunctional parliament, and to work towards developing a program. To make mistakes and lern by them quickly for the benefit of the people.Many Egyptians know this, and despite the efforts made by some of the population to cast their vote in the run around to find out where their polling station is, many are simply getting on with their own lives the best they can!

Yes, that would be too simple, too simple for, the Surpreme Council of the Armed Forces, SCAF despite the press conference declaring an open and free election for all the world to see.

Forget about the image, it is the Egyptian people who have to be convinced, but it does not help when one hears about amendments to the interim Constitution that was put to public referendum in March 2011. A referendum that only informed the public of the amendments, and not the amendments in context, the recent amendments without going to referendum serve only to prove why members of the revolutionary youth still continue to ask SCAF to step down and handover to civilian rule.

Amendments to the popular Constitution Without Referendum!

Three days before the presidential elections, Sunday 20 May 2012, SCAF put it upon themselves to discuss a supplementary constitutional declaration! Apparently this discussion is in coordination with ‘political powers’, but those ‘political powers’ that agree with the notion do not seem to include other ‘political powers’.  Interestingly, Yasser Hassan, member of one of the ‘political powers’, the Wafd Party states there has been no meeting as yet!

The final draft was scheduled for 22 May 2012, the day before Egyptians are due to cast their votes. This moved was unwittingly aided by secular elements who demanded that SCAF amend Article 60, which would prevent parliament from appointing a constituent assembly – the task should be left to lawyers, which in itself is not a good sign!

Secular forces have urged the SCAF to amend Article 60 of the constitutional declaration (issued by the SCAF after last year’s revolution and approved via popular referendum) with the aim of stripping parliament of the right to appoint constituent assembly members and entrusting the constitution-drafting process to a handful of law professors.

What the March 2011 constitution allows for the president  to assume SCAF authority immediately upon taking office, and to appoint the cabinet. This means that SCAF will lose its assumed governing role since February 2011. It is the president  who will front the “National Defense Council,” not SCAF.

By Monday 21 May, 2012, Presidential candidate Khaled Ali denounced the intended ‘amendments’ to the March 2011 interim Constitution declaring it to be unconstitutional.

The Egyptian National Front (ENF), a coalition of political parties want nothing to do with ‘the negotiations’ of the supplement to the interim constituion, which includes Muslim Brotherhood and the Wafd Party. The signatories to ENF’ statement includes:

  • National Progressive Unionist Party (NPUP)
  • Free Egyptians Party
  • Egyptian Social Democratic Party
  • Democratic Front Party
  • Dignity Party
  • Justice Party
  • Socialist Popular Alliance Party
  • Union of Professional  Syndicates
  • National Front for Change

For former head of the IAEI, former presidential hopeful, Mohamed El-Baradei, the ‘amendments’ to the March 2011 interim Constitution will give SCAF ultimate authority over the whole country – given SCAF’s track record, this is not a very good sign!

What the amendments will allow for are:

  • The newly elected president to dissolve parliament, the parliament that people voted for!
  • The right to appoint prosecutor-general, Al-Azhars’ grand imam (the only sane head in favor of the people), and the grand Mufti
  • The role of Egypt’s military to safeguard national security, national unity, and to protect the constitution and revolutionary legitimacy (so far it has been the opposite).
  • SCAF would be able to discuss internal affairs of the military, the budget, armaments, and military law – which is good for the country as whole as it  enforces transparency, but this will be behind closed doors with the parliament’s defence and national security committee.
  • Commander-in-chief of the armed forces will be the president
  • The leader of the military will be the defence minister
  • The president will be able to declare war with the approval of SCAF and the People’s Assembly, which if one recalls less than 15% of the population voted in!
  • The People’s Asssembly will be able to form a new government that does not include the: defence, interior, military production, foreign affairs, information, finance and justice), ostensibly placing all real power in the hands of the president and the military.

It is believed this is in order to avoid a state within a state scenario as it pertains to blocking the powers of the Islamists, but if they are what the people vote for, and the whole electoral process has been truely honest and transparent then surely it is the people’s responisbility, however the time frame of the electoral process undermines a people’s choice, and that time-frame was set by SCAF.

However, for sure, the people will not be amused. Latest confirmation as it that the supplement to the constitution will be announced if the presidential elections are settled in the 1st round, i.e. no run-off, and that is to determine the immediate powers of the president, the structure for a constituent assembly that will be responsible for drafting Egypt’s new constitution. What that will mean if one of the ‘political powers’ who are supposed to be involved in the drafting of the supplement to the constitution, shall all be revealed, especially as the Wafd Party are for less presidential powers, and for a mixed (parliamentary-presidential) system of government, which would be more representative of the needs of the people.

Election Day

Despite all the good intent of the High Electoral Commission to run the presidential elections better than the parliamentary elections, irregularities ensue. From voters recieving the wrong number (hence voting in the wrong place), to polling stations being closed for various reasons along with presidential hopefuls former Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, and Mohamed Morsy have been referred to the Prosecutors General for irregularities.

Cairo: Policeman received a fatal shot  in a polling station in Rod El-Farag as well as a driver passing by

Cairo: Fights took place at polling stations (schools)

Cairo: Campaigning going on outside polling stations

Alexandria: Buying of votes taking place outside polling stations

  • Mansoura: Vote rigging in favor of former Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq

Dont forget the silver lining, the people, becuase once they believe that a people’s democracy is possible, and remain aware that they are treading new ground, a new dawn awaits, as it did with the silent path to change made by the Bolivian peoples. They succeeded in pulling their country out of depths of hopelessness, to turn hope into a reality, and that takes a different kind of leader, a leader with a people’s vision. This vision does not include secularists playign behind the scenes to go against the people’ vote, and Islamists ( a meaningless term) who feel so assured of their own power that they cannot even heal the divisions within parliament as their country goes to the dogs!

 

Two Days Later

The 27 May 2012, is not full of jubilations neither was the day after the presidential elections. What jubliations ther were, was expressed by the same feeling of being appreciated, being able to participate, and contribute, in other words the feeling of being valid, but voting with their feet only 41% of the 51mn voters voted – that is how much they thought of the presidential elections pushed through in the month of Rajab – the 1st month of preparations for the blessed month of Ramadhan, exploited months previously to keep the people mellow.

A heavy silence permeates the evening air for the second night, unusual for the summer months when Egyptians got to bed very, very late due to the heat. Heat exhaustion one might claim, but the people will say otherwise as news circulates that presidential hopefuls, Mohammed Mursi, and Ahmed Shafiq (despite electoral violations) have from out of nowhere, lead the presidential race!

The announcement has yet to be made, and might involve a run-off in June, but if hope is in the air, it is with the ousted regime, the U.S., and allies, and the belief that was so eloquently put by Egyptian Ambassador Raouf  Saad:

“Whoever wins, the revolution is in process to keep them in check”!

The heavy silence continues into Sunday 27th May, 2012, leaving many Egyptians as feeling as if they are being held to ransom by SCAF’s heavy handed threats – choose Mohammed Mursi (Muslim Brotherhood aka Justice and Freedom Party) as your president or Mubarak’s Ahmed Shafiq, with the pro-Mubarak regime and the nation’s Christians pro-Shafiq. But the average Egyptian knows that what appears to be going in one direction, can easily change.

With the announcement of the final results not taking place until Tuesday 27 May, 2012, ‘bad loser’ is the label slapped on the thrid runner-up, Hamdeen Sabahy as he reminds the people of the issue of rights.

Leading up to the week of the elections, there was an investigation taking place into the constitutionality of the elections from the High Constitutional  Courts – suddenly no word was heard from them as SCAF went ahead with the elections. It is more in response to Sabahy’s call to suspend the elections that SCAF declares there has been no announcement about the candidates for the presidential run-off scheduled for June, 2012.

A  ‘Bad loser’ Sabahy may be, but it does not change a few facts blurred into allegations as an appeal is to be presented to the Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee based on the following violations:

  • That the Interior Ministry had illegally assigned 900,000 votes to Shafiq
  • That former members of the regime do not qualify for entering the elections (April 2012 the constitutional court ruling on the validity of the electoral committee to disqualify Shafiq, which was replaced by banning Mubarak-era officials from the race to the constitutional court by the electoral committee, which does not have the legal power to do so. However, according to Al-Ahram,  under Article 28 of the SCAF-authored Presidential Elections Law SPEC is immune from any appeals/decisions…

With former US President Jimmy Carter’s Carter Center monitors observing the elections, what has been noted is the haze that hangs over the final aggregation of national results that clouds the transparency SCAF said it would honor.

If an election re-run takes place, it might restore the people’s confidence, who to a large part did not vote, however, what is clear on the ground from the silent campaigning is that the people felt there was not alot of choice. They know that unless SCAF supports the candidate, that as president they will be undermined by SCAF, but still there is a greater issue outstanding, and that is a constitution voted for by the people through a referendum, which determines the parameters of the president elect. For the March 2012 constitution voted for by the people has been ‘amended’ in more ways than one without their legal consent.

As 250,000 Canadians march on the streets of Canada, the vote is clearly not enough to ensure democracy for the only way to ensure democracy is through the constant participation of the people, which in it self is a learning process for the Northern Hemisphere as well as the Southern Hemisphere.

Leaders need to be constantly reminded of how they get to that position, and that they are servants of the people and not above the people.

Sources:

Ali, M, Mohsen, M. “Presidential Powers to Be Defined After Elections – SCAF.” http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=1&id=29705

Brown, N. “Will Egypt Get a New Interim Constitution?” http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/05/23/will_egypt_get_a_new_interim_constitution

Gundy, Z. “Egypt Administrative Court Decision Threatens to Disqualify Shafiq Again.” http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/36/122/41242/Presidential-elections-/Presidential-elections-news/Egypt-Administrative-Court-decision-threatens-to-d.aspx

Manipulation for Ahmed Shafiq at Polls, Reports Staff http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=e93df138-7e68-4227-9484-18976890c7d6

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