Archive | May 27, 2015

Blair Quits as Middle East Peace Envoy*

Blair Quits as Middle East Peace Envoy*

By Robert Fisk

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – Blair’s appointment was an insult

Tony Blair’s time as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU has finally come to an end. Eight years after he took up the role, Blair tendered his resignation and left one question: how come a war criminal ever became a “peace envoy” in the first place?

The people of the Middle East – and much of the world – have been asking this question ever since Blair was appointed the Quartet’s man in Jerusalem, solemnly and hopelessly tasked to bring “peace” between Israelis and Palestinians. Was his new mission supposed to wash the blood from his hands after the catastrophe of the Bush-Blair invasion of Iraq and the hundreds of thousands of innocents who died as a result?

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – Blair’s appointment was an insult. The man who never said he was sorry for his political disaster simply turned up in Jerusalem four years later and, with a team which spent millions in accommodation and air fares, managed to accomplish absolutely nothing in the near-decade that followed.

Blair appeared indifferent to the massive suffering of the Palestinians – he was clearly impotent in preventing it – and spent much of his time away from the tragedy of the Middle East, advising the great and the good and a clutch of Muslim dictators, and telling the world – to Israel’s satisfaction – of the dangers represented by Iran.

The more prescient he thought he was, the more irrelevant he became in the eyes of the region he was sent to protect. A Blair supporter once defended him on Channel 4 by recalling how he had travelled to the Middle East almost 100 times – without realising the essential irony: that Blair abandoned the region almost 100 times for more rewarding destinations.

Blair was supposed to produce more than the easy panaceas that slipped from his lips, the most outrageous of which was his contention that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be easier than ending the Northern Ireland crisis. But the Palestinians have much more in common with the Irish Catholics cleansed from their lands by the Protestant planters of the 17th century than with the pitiful historical battle in the province, whose resolution proved to be Blair’s only lasting accomplishment.

Calls for Tony Blair to be removed as Middle East peace envoy

If only he had resigned more than two years ago, after Palestinian leaders had themselves characterised his job as “useless, useless, useless”.  Israel, of course, would never have described him as this. Stoutly condemning the campaign for Israel’s “delegitimisation”, Blair talked about this as a form of bias which was “an affront to humanity” – a choice of words he never used about the massive civilian casualties inflicted by Israel on the Palestinians of Gaza.

The Arabs will now wait to see if the Quartet will repeat its folly by appointing an even more unsuitable candidate – a truly difficult task – although many in the region think the whole panjandrum must be abandoned. Eight years ago, there just might have been the slimmest chance of bringing a Palestinian state into being. Today there is none.


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Blair, Bush and Cameron: Deluded in their Hi-jack of God*

Tony Blair’s’blood for oil’ Speech*

Can Blair Mess Up Egypt Even Worse? (Hint: Yes)*

Egyptian Ceasefire Initiative a U.S.- Blair Plot!*

Where Was Mideast Peace Envoy Blair As Israel Bombed Gaza?*

Blair’s Next Leg of The Global leaders Silence on the Palestinian Holocaust and Piping Gas to the E.U.

Blair Paid Millions to Coach Despicable Leaders how to Lie*

How Blair Conspired with Whitehall for Ownership of Scottish Oil Fields*

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Subjected to Citizen’s Arrest*

Tony Blair Visits Caesarea, an Israeli Rothschild Estate*

A Musical Genius who can barely Count to 10*

A Musical Genius who can barely Count to 10*

Derek Paravicini is an incredible musical genius who is truly like no other. He was born prematurely and became blind after receiving oxygen therapy which affected the development of his brain.

The absolutely amazing thing about Derek is, he has perfect pitch and can play any piece of music after hearing only once!

By the young age of two he was already able to play the piano. By age nine he played his first major public concert in Barbican Hall in London. He’s been in television specials of all kinds and received awards from all over the world. He completely deserves all the attention, the way his brain works is astounding!

He is considered to be ‘disabled’ but really is quite the opposite. What do you think?


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Delivering Music Therapeutics to the Homeless

Turkey: Music Therapy in Modern Healthcare

Rockefeller Music Project in the War on Consciousness*

U.S. Diplomacy: Retaliation and Pain for Countries that Reject GMO’s*

U.S. Diplomacy: Retaliation and Pain for Countries that Reject GMO’s*

By Arjun Walia

Studies that link Genetically Modified (GM) food to multiple human health ailments are not the only thing that has millions of people questioning the production of GM food. The fact that previously classified secret government documents show how the Bush administration developed ways to retaliate against countries that were refusing to use GM seeds is another. If documents regarding our food are required to be concealed from the public domain, something is not right, and it’s great to have an organization like WikiLeaks shed some light into the world that’s been hidden from us for so many years.

GM Food BillTargeting Certain Countries

The cables reveal that the State Department was lobbying all over the world for Monsanto, and other major biotech corporations. They reveal that American diplomats requested funding to send lobbyists for the biotech industry to meet with politicians and agricultural officials in “target countries.” These included countries in Africa, Latin America and some European countries.

A non-profit consumer protection group called Food & Water Watch published a report showing the details of the partnership between the federal government and a number of biotech companies who have pushed their GMO products on multiple countries for a number of years.

“The United States has aggressively pursued foreign policies in food and agriculture that benefit the largest seed companies. The U.S. State department has launched a concerted strategy to promote agricultural biotechnology, often over the opposition of the public and government, to the near exclusion of other more sustainable, more appropriate agricultural policy alternatives. The U.S. State department has also lobbied foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology politics and laws, operated a rigorous public relations campaign to improve the image of biotechnology and challenged common sense biotechnology safeguards and rules – even including opposing laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.” (source) 

HERE is one cable (out of many) from Morocco.

HERE Is a 2008 cable that summarizes a French documentary called “The World According to Monsanto which attacks the U.S. biotech industry and the fact that Monsanto and the U.S. Government constantly swap employees and positions, below is a excerpt from the cable:

Corporations Dictate Government Policy

“The film argues that Monsanto exerted undue influence on the USG. Former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman is interviewed saying he had felt that he was under pressure and that more tests should have been conducted on biotech products before they were approved. Jeffrey Smith, Director, Institute for Responsible Technology, who is interviewed says that a number of Bush Administration officers were close to Monsanto, either having obtained campaign contributions from the company or having worked directly for it: John Ashcroft, Secretary of Justice, received contributions from Monsanto when he was re-elected, as did Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health; Ann Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture, was director of Calgene which belonged to Monsanto; and Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, was CEO of Searle, a Monsanto subsidiary; and Justice Clarence Thomas was a former lawyer for Monsanto.”

This is one example (out of many) that clearly show how giant corporations pretty much dictate government policy. When it comes to these food corporations, they are responsible for forcing independent agriculturists to go out of business, controlling the world’s seed supply and forcing farmers to become dependent on their seed. Monsanto and corporations like them have created this seed, and have prevented farmers from seed saving and sharing, which results in a dependence on Monsanto’s patented GMO seeds.

“The state department sent annual cables to ‘encourage the use of agricultural biotechnology,’ encouraging every diplomatic post worldwide to ‘pursue an active biotech agenda’ that promotes agricultural biotechnology, encourages the export of biotech crops and foods and advocated for pro-biotech policies and laws.” (source)

“The US Department of State is selling seeds instead of democracy. This report provides a chilling snapshot of how a handful of giant biotechnology companies are unduly influencing US foreign policy and undermining our diplomatic efforts to promote security, international development and transparency worldwide. This report is a call to action for Americans because public policy should not be for sale to the highest bidder.”Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive (source)

One of the most revealing cables is from 2007, with regards to French efforts to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety.HERE is a cable that shows Craig Stapleton, former ambassador  to France under the Bush administration, asking Washington to punish the EU countries that did not support the use of GM crops:

“Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits. Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voices.” (see source in above paragraph) 

The U.S. government was not only working for the biotech industry, they were also threatening other governments who did not comply. Think about that for a moment. Over the years the United States government and Monsanto have collectively pushed their GMO agenda upon the rest of the world. Why? Do you really think it is to help feed the world? This could easily be done if we came together and pooled our resources. The entire planet could easily be fed organic food, and it could be done for free.

The World’s Resistance to GMOs

The past two years alone has seen millions of people from across the globe gather to show their opposition towards Monsanto and similar corporations. The “March Against Monsanto” is clear evidence of this. The people of the world are starting to see through the veil that’s been blinding the masses for years, and our food industry is one small, but large and important area where the veil is being lifted.

Activism and awareness has contributed to the banning of GMO products and the pesticides that go with them in multiple countries across the planet, it’s time for North America to follow suit.


Related Topics:

U.S. Sought to Retaliate Against Europe over Monsanto GM Crops

EU U-Turn on GM Crops

Banksters Turning the Ukraine into the GMO Basket of Europe*

Ghana’s Government Sued over “Illegal” GM Crops Policy*

U.S. Farmer Harvests a Profit by not Planting the Big GMO Lie*

What S. Australia did to Increase Crop Yield by 300% without GMO’s!*

GMO ‘Expert’ and Lobbyist Freaks out When Offered a Glass of Monsanto to Drink*

Revealed: a secret Monsanto document in the Maui GMO case

The Producer of “Agent Orange” brings GMO Agriculture to Vietnam*

In Brazil Monsanto’s Roundup is Causing Cancer after Approving 3 GM Crops*

Criminalizing Healthy Food Paves Way for TPP*

France: Mass Protests Lead to Ban on GM Corn*

Occupy World: Monsantos GM Crops Loses Another Battle in Global Food Supply

Nature Bites Back at GM Corn!*

GM Crops Entrench U.S. Drought

Lifelessness in the Middle of a Drought and GM Crops!*

GM Caused Crop Failure in India and Bangladesh*

China Destroys 3 US Shipments of GM Corn*

Philippine Farmers Uproot Monsanto’s GM Golden Rice*

GMOs Are Mutating Microorganisms and Spawning Deadly New Life Forms‏

The Vatican and the GMO Connection*Is South Africa Waking Up to the Innate Poison of GM Technology?*

Russia Bans Import of GMO Products*

Italian Court Upholds Ban on Monsanto GM Corn*

GM Mosquitos Causing Dengue Fever*

Monsanto Reports $156 Million Loss in Q4 as Farmers Abandon GM Crops*

Raised by Transgendered Parent, but against Transgendered Adoption*

Raised by Transgendered Parent, but against Transgendered Adoption*

By Denise Shick

Should transgender parents be able to adopt?

e7ec9-tyranny_-_montesquieuIn April, President Obama made it clear he thinks they should. In a presidential proclamation for National Foster Care Month, Obama wrote,

“With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure all qualified caregivers have the opportunity to serve as foster or adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.”

The proclamation relates Obama’s latest thoughts on what’s best for LBGT adults. But what’s best for children?

It is stunning that we hear no personal accounts from adults who grew up in transgender homes like this, and that so little research is made public about this.

I am one of those children. I was raised by a transgender father.

I can testify to the emotional strain and confusion that my father’s life played in my sexual and gender identity. I sought out our neighbours for a foster father. Many times I pretended that one of my uncles or a friend’s father was my make-believe father.

I was so hungry for my father; a transgender “mom” would not fit that need no matter how badly the adult wished it to.

My father experimented with my make-up and clothes, and by 7th grade I had decided that alcohol was the easiest method to numb my own pain. By the beginning of high school, I wondered if life was worth living.

There is nothing more painful for a daughter than to watch her dad put on a bra or have him wear your clothes. No daughter should have to place her clothes in her dresser drawers by a code so she can know if he had been pawing through her underclothes.

It is not fair or healthy for a daughter to feel guilty about her developing body, or about becoming a woman. But in today’s world we encourage children to accept their parent’s sexual desires. We prioritize adult’s sexual preferences ahead of what is best for their children.

As a culture we are very willing to address the emotional distress, isolation and other negative issues of people who come out as transgender adults. But we have not even begun to discuss the issues involved and the impact this has on their wives and children.

I’m begging America to wake up to what is being done for the sake of society and for children worldwide! This cultural celebration of transgenderism, for me as a daughter of a transgender father, is misguided and insensitive.

In our country’s most recent challenge regarding gay marriage, six adult children raised in same-sex or transgender households came forward to address the importance they placed on having both a mother and a father.

I  wonder if anyone is listening to the voices of the adult children that should count and be heard.

As I know from firsthand experience, all children—including those being adopted—deserve a mom and a dad.


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Religious Schools Face Closure if they don’t Promote Homosexuality*

Why is the Legalization of Gay Marriage so Important to the Queen?*

Gay Activist Admits our Goal is to Indoctrinate Children*

Woman Raised by Lesbians Testifies Gay Marriage Top of the List of Bad Marriages*

Gay’ Men and Boy Scouts*

Parents Attacked for Protesting against the Sexualization of their Children*

Sexual Liberation a Tool of Mass Control*

Kids in Same-sex Households at Greater Risk of Mental Health Problems*