The complex, but ultimately profit-motivated deal that is being struck between oil giant BP, and the even larger Russian energy company Rosneft, raises all sorts of questions as to why a Western company has so easily been allowed to slip into the role of joint exploiter of one of the last remaining pristine ocean habitats. BP are clearly delighted with the opportunity to brutally despoil yet another expanse of water:
The following transcript is of a telephone call between an anonymous caller and a very senior director of the London-based PR company Biss Lancaster Euro RSCG (now known as Euro RSCG London).
The discussion that takes place revolves around the potential relocation of one or more uncontacted tribes in the Bolivian Amazon in order to develop an open cast lithium mine. It is not known whether the call is genuine, but the Biss Lancaster (Euro RSCG) representative shows no sign that the call is anything but. According to Survival International, uncontacted tribes are “the most vulnerable peoples on earth”. Moving them almost certainly spells an end to the tribe; the damage caused by an open-cast lithium mine would be an environmental and human catastrophe in itself.
At the peak of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s anti-whaling activities in 2008, Greenpeace made public their opposition to the tactics of Paul Watson’s group, which coincided with Greenpeace’s refusal to help the Sea Shepherd vessel stop the refuelling of the Japanese whaler Nisshin Maru (Greenpeace later claimed to have driven off the same ship merely by their presence).
Just a short note to make readers aware of the Cablesearch web Site, available at www.cablesearch.org.
The site provides a standard form search engine (e.g. use of modifiers, wildcards and groupings) to allow users to search through the current Cablegate archive. The search works only on those cables that have been released, but as it appears to be archiving on a daily basis then this is as good a search tool as any available for spotting items of interest.
We will certainly be using the utility on EnviroLeaks.
This White Paper is about man's impact on his environment and specifically about the pollution of his environment
Thus, the scene is set for the 1970 British Government White Paper on Environmental Pollution, the first of its type – setting “man” in the ascendancy, the ultimate mover and shaker, the owner of all he surveys. Entitled “The Protection of the Environment: the Fight against Pollution.” and written by Anthony Crosland, the then Secretary of State for Planning and Local Government (formerly President of the Board of Trade), the paper is a very significant reflection of the industrial attitude towards the natural environment. The text is especially significant because it was approved by the then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson; and thus can be regarded as official government policy.
It is apparent that no treaties that reach the table of any international climate negotiations have a chance of halting or even slowing climate change, much less the ones that do actually reach agreement. Those that are agreed upon by the majority of industrial nation governments are those that do not bind the parties to anything even financially significant. This lack of binding agreements has become the “accepted” norm (accepted among political leaders, that is), and no wonder if discussions between politicians and diplomats – as below – pre-empts any agreements with this assumption.
An excellent story by Mediamatters demonstrates clearly the grip editorial policy has over news. Even when faced with objective evidence, Fox presenters have been advised to cloud the science of climate change to ensure high-level editorial policy is obeyed.
In the midst of global climate change talks last December, a top Fox News official sent an email questioning the “veracity of climate change data” and ordering the network’s journalists to “refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.”
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This revealing cable from the WikiLeaks Cablegate series shows clear evidence that the biotech industry in the USA is using government representatives (USAID and the State Department) to place pressure on religious leaders to change their stance on issues of Doctrine. If it turns out in the future that the Catholic Church supports GMOs, for whatever reason, then we will be in no doubt that, for Catholicism, economic interests override interests of religious faith. This article suggests this is very much in the balance.
What is also notable is that the author, Christopher Sandrolini, US ambassador to the Holy See, writes in stridently pro-biotech terms.
Reading the following leak it becomes clear that there is really no dividing line between government policy in the USA and corporate activity. Not a wisp of gossamar separates the wording of a cable written by the US Ambassador for France, Craig Stapleton, and any similar memo written by the CEO of Monsanto. Paragraphs 6 and 7 are key.
Richard Brenneman makes the excellent point that “the document…offers unimpeachable confirmation of GMO critics’ claims that Washington has been targeting them”. The second cable in this post, entitled “Spain’s biotech crop under threat”, shows blatant hand-holding by Monsanto with regards to the potential risk to GMO trade in Spain, including evidence that the Spanish government has received backhanders from the GMO corporations.