La FAO rend les armes devant la faim

13 06 2008

article repris de L’UITA:

Inséré sur le site web de l’UITA le 13-Jun-2008

Organisée dans un contexte d’hyperinflation du prix des aliments de base et d’émeutes causées par la faim à travers le monde, la récente Conférence de haut niveau de la FAO sur la sécurité alimentaire mondiale tenue à Rome a eu comme principal résultat un appel retentissant à continuer comme si de rien n’était. Manifestement organisée pour résoudre des enjeux urgents reliés à la sécurité alimentaire, au changement climatique et à la bioénergie, la Conférence n’avait rien à offrir sur aucun de ces sujets dans sa déclaration finale.

Grâce à un lobbying soutenu de la part des États-Unis, de l’UE et du Brésil, le glissement massif de cultures pour l’alimentation vers la production de carburant et son rôle dans l’inflation du coût des denrées de base ont été réduits à un « défi » ou à une « occasion » – sans que soit expliqué comment l’expansion de la production des agrocarburants pourra atténuer la faim. Le glissement se poursuivra donc – tout comme la hausse des prix et de la faim.

La Conférence n’a offert aucune solution à l’influx massif de capitaux spéculatifs dans le marché à terme des produits de base, qui contribue avec le développement des agrocarburants à pousser le prix des denrées à des sommets sans précédents. Un soutien rhétorique à des méthodes d’agriculture moins intensives était inséré dans une intention de relier un plus grand nombre de petits producteurs à un marché mondial dont la volatilité mine les moyens de subsistance depuis des décennies – sans égard à la hausse ou à la baisse des prix. Les enjeux auxquels sont confrontés les travailleurs/euses agricoles – pauvreté, famine, violence, accès à l’eau potable et violations quotidiennes des droits fondamentaux – n’étaient même pas à l’ordre du jour. Malgré les appels à une « action rapide », cela ne laisse que l’aide humanitaire – et un appel à une conclusion rapide des négociations du cycle de Doha de l’OMC sur une libéralisation plus poussée du système agricole, dont la libéralisation progressive est pourtant au cœur du problème.

La Conférence a échoué parce que la crise alimentaire a été pour l’essentiel réduite à l’augmentation rapide du prix des aliments au cours des trois dernières années. Pourtant, ce n’est là que l’une des manifestations d’une crise persistante et à long terme dans laquelle le droit à des aliments adéquats est régulièrement refusé à plus de 800 millions de personnes, incluant celles qui travaillent en agriculture.

Les organisateurs de la conférence ont oublié de demander comment il se faisait que tant de millions de personnes soient déjà au bord de la famine, et comment il se faisait que tant d’entre elles soient employées dans l’agriculture. On estime que chaque augmentation d’un point de pourcentage du prix des denrées de base peut pousser 16 millions de personnes additionnelles dans la famine dans les pays en développement. Le prix de certaines denrées de base a doublé, voire triplé en un an, parfois en quelques mois. Le 31 mars, le prix du riz sur les marchés à terme au augmenté de 31 pour cent dans une seule journée; le 25 février, celui du blé de 27 pour cent. Les émeutes de la faim ne devraient surprendre personne.

Alors qu’il est urgent de mettre fin à la hausse des prix, pourquoi n’y a-t-il aucune proposition officielle de hausser le revenu des travailleurs/euses ruraux/rales pour compenser la perte de pouvoir d’achat et la réduction des calories disponibles? Pourquoi des millions de travailleurs/euses agricoles ont-ils glissé dans la pauvreté et la faim lorsque les prix des denrées de base ont été en baisse constante, comme ce fut le cas durant les années 1990? Nous devrions demander pourquoi le prix au détail du thé, du café ou du sucre, par exemple, est resté essentiellement stable ou a même augmenté pendant plus d’une décennie, pendant que les prix mondiaux pour ces produits de base étaient en chute libre. Pourquoi, durant toutes ces années, les bénéfices des société transnationales de transformation et de commerce ont-ils augmentés, en même temps que leur pouvoir d’achat et de commercialisation; pendant que les salaires des travailleurs/euses du thé, du café et du sucre stagnaient ou dans certains cas chutaient de façon drastique?

Où est le lien entre le prix des produits de base, le prix de détail, les salaires et le pouvoir d’achat que l’OMC nous promettait par « l’utilisation optimale des ressources » qui découlerait de la libéralisation des échanges commerciaux? Le régime de l’OMC – et plus particulièrement l’Accord sur l’agriculture – ont facilité les poussées soudaines des importations qui ont dévasté les systèmes nationaux et locaux de production alimentaire. La dépendance envers des prix mondiaux volatiles des denrées de base a poussé des populations entières au bord de la famine.

En lui-même, le prix des denrées de base ne nous dit rien sur la capacité des travailleurs/euses agricoles ou des pauvres en milieu urbain de s’alimenter. Les principaux enjeux sont la vulnérabilité, la volatilité et l’extraction de la valeur dans la chaîne alimentaire.

Au moment même ou cent millions de personnes de plus sont confrontées à une famine potentielle en raison de la hausse rapide du prix des céréales et des oléagineuses, les bénéfices des négociants et des transformateurs primaires atteignent des niveaux sans précédent. Cargill, le plus important négociant au monde, a enregistré une hausse de 86 pour cent de ses bénéfices sur le commerce des produits de base au premier trimestre cette année. ADM, second négociant mondial, a déclaré en 2007 des bénéfices en hausse de 67 pour cent sur l’exercice précédent. Bunge, surfant sur la vague de la demande de graines oléagineuses pour la production d’agrodiesel, a connu une augmentation de 77 pour cent de ses bénéfices au premier trimestre de cette année. Nestlé, la plus grande société alimentaire au monde, a affiché des bénéfices exceptionnels en 2007 et lancé un programme de rachat d’actions de 2,5 milliards de dollars – tout en disant à ses travailleurs/euses que l’augmentation du prix des intrants signifiait qu’ils/elles devaient se préparer à des mises à pied et à des compressions salariales.

Vous chercheriez en vain les mots « société commerciale » dans le document d’information de 50 pages préparé par la FAO pour les participants à la conférence, un document pourtant intitulé « La flambée des prix des denrées alimentaires: faits, perspectives, effets et actions requises ». Vous ne les trouverez pas non plus dans les Perspectives agricoles de l’OCDE et de la FAO 2008-2017 – mais vous y trouverez un message aux pauvres du monde, disant qu’ils/elles seront confrontés/es à des prix inabordables concernant les aliments au moins pour la prochaine décennie. Dans ces documents, les principaux enjeux et acteurs de la crise du système alimentaire mondial ont été occultés. La force motrice derrière la libéralisation du commerce agricole au cours de la dernière décennie – l’augmentation énorme de la portée, du pouvoir et des parts de marché des sociétés transnationales, non seulement à l’échelle internationale mais à l’intérieur même des marchés locaux et nationaux par les transactions internes et les filiales – est entièrement absente du rapport. Il n’est question que de marchés, de signaux de marché et de prix. Devant ces « faits » et ces « perspectives », comment pouvons-nous comprendre les véritables mécanismes à l’œuvre et aborder les enjeux de manière significative?

Alors que les agences internationales viennent soudainement de découvrir le sous-investissement dans l’agriculture, les investissements dans les marchés indiciels des produits de base ont augmenté de USD 13 milliards en 2003 à USD 260 milliards en mars 2008 – et pourraient bientôt atteindre le billion de dollars, selon certains analystes. Les fonds d’investissement privés et les fonds spéculatifs – des investisseurs centrés sur les rendements élevés à court terme – débordent du marché à terme et injectent maintenant des milliards dans l’acquisition de terres agricoles, d’intrants et d’infrastructures. Pourtant, le document d’information de la FAO pour la Conférence de Rome n’accorde que deux paragraphes indifférents au phénomène dans sa « Brève analyse des récentes évolutions » et le passe sous silence dans ses « Options ». Aucun lobbying n’a été nécessaire pour supprimer les appels à la re-réglementation des marchés financiers lors de la Conférence – le sujet n’a même pas fait l’objet de discussions sérieuses. Pourtant, même une taxe modeste sur ces énormes profits permettrait de dégager des ressources substantielles pour entreprendre la remise en état du système alimentaire.

Les acteurs principaux étant rendus invisibles – notamment des sociétés et des investisseurs financiers qui dictent de plus en plus quels types d’aliments sont cultivés, récoltés, transformés et commercialisés, à quel prix et de quelle façon – il ne nous reste qu’un « plan d’action » qui dit essentiellement aux pauvres que rien ne changera. Les gouvernements qui auraient pu, à Rome, manifester leur engagement à s’acquitter de leurs obligations en droit international de protéger et de faire appliquer le droit aux aliments ont plutôt abandonné cette occasion aux lobbies agroalimentaires.

L’aide aux pays en développement confrontés à un déficit commercial découlant d’importations alimentaires massives ne peut corriger le problème fondamental. Ce qu’offre l’OMC ne peut qu’exacerber la faim mondiale, quels que soient les vagues murmures de « durabilité » dans lesquels ces propositions sont enveloppées.

Le Groupe professionnel des travailleurs/euses de l’agriculture de l’UITA, réuni en Inde en 2005 juste avant la réunion ministérielle de l’OMC à Hong Kong, a fait valoir avec insistance que les vrais enjeux pour les travailleurs/euses agricoles n’étaient encore une fois pas sur la table : « des ressources soutenues doivent être mobilisées à l’échelle internationale afin de faciliter et soutenir les mesures de recouvrement visant à renverser les dommages sociaux et environnementaux découlant des méthodes de production intensive orientées vers l’exportation, ainsi qu’à rebâtir l’agriculture pour lui permettre de servir ses fins premières, à savoir le droit à des aliments sains, adéquats et nutritifs, produits dans des conditions de travail décentes ». La Conférence de Rome a conclu trois années additionnelles de perte de temps et de vies.



Film de la semaine: L’affaire Clearstream

11 05 2008


Affaire clearstream 1
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Affaire clearstream 2
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Film de la semaine: Le cauchemar de Darwin

4 05 2008


Le cauchemar de Darwin pt.1
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Le cauchemar de Darwin pt.2
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Le cauchemar de Darwin pt.3
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Le cauchemar de Darwin pt.4
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Le cauchemar de Darwin pt.5
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Le cauchemar de Darwin pt.6
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Gouvernement anti-syndical en Saskatchewan

29 03 2008

repris de la lettre d’information de l’UITA:

Russie : Nestlé refuse de négocier !

Les salariés de Nestlé en Russie en grèveIl y a quelques mois, la résistance déterminée des ouvriers, combinés avec une campagne internationale de solidarité, a obligé Ford à négocier avec ses ouvriers en Russie. Maintenant c’est le tour de Nestlé. La multinationale de l’agro-alimentaire essaye de dicter des salaires à ses ouvriers russes, et refuse de négocier collectivement avec les syndicats. Les ouvriers de l’usine de Perm sollicitent une campagne internationale de protestation, mise en ligne par l’UITA. Veuillez prendre une minute pour envoyer un message de soutien dès maintenant.


Iran : un syndicaliste emprisonné entame une grève de la faim

Mahmoud Salehi, toujours emprisonné, devait être libéré le 23 mars. Mais les autorités l’accusent maintenant de « communiquer à l’extérieur de la prison afin de faire publier des messages de solidarité ». En conséquence, il n’est toujours pas libéré et n’a plus aucun recours que la grève de la faim. Amnesty International mène le combat contre l’état iranien en lançant une campagne pour exiger sa liberté – envoyez votre message de solidarité dès aujourd’hui.

Canada : Halte à la casse en Saskatchewan !

La province canadienne de Saskatchewan a été connue par le passé comme la citadelle du socialisme démocratique du pays. Plus maintenant. La priorité du nouveau gouvernement est de faire adopter une législation anti syndicale. La Fédération du Travail de Saskatchewan demande notre aide pour exercer une pression afin de faire reculer le gouvernement. Davantage d’informations et la possibilité d’envoyer un message de protestation ici.

Campagne Internationale : les jeux olympiques portent la flamme du droit du travail

Le mouvement syndical international a lancé une campagne pour souligner les abus au droit du travail des ouvriers travaillant dans la perspective des Jeux Olympiques de Pékin. La campagne – « Rattraper la flamme » – fait partie de Playfair 2008 (Jouer équitablement). Une information complète se trouve ici (en anglais).



Film de la semaine

5 01 2008

What I’ve Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy – The War Against The Third World



Image du jour

4 01 2008

Sources de financement des candidat(e)s à la présidentielle étasunienne 2008:

Démocrates

Républicains

source: http://www.capitaleye.org/inside.asp?ID=320



Film de la semaine: La Couronne cherche-t-elle à nous faire la guerre?

22 12 2007



France reconquers Côte d’Ivoire, Gbagbo is defeated

20 12 2007

(JPEG) Independence Interruptus in the Ivory Coast
By Dr. Gary K. Busch 7/12/07
Dec 8, 2007 – 11:42:00 AM

The high hopes of a lasting peace as a result of the Ouagadougou Agreement have collapsed in the hearts of the Ivorian population. They have not collapsed because there is a danger of fighting breaking out again; they have collapsed because the people have looked at the current situation and realised that this peace will bring them nothing that they already didn’t have. They see that, by any reckoning, the rebels have won. The rebels have achieved their ambitions without the need to fight for them. Their victory has been ushered in by President Gbagbo who has bartered away the hopes and dreams of an independent, non-colonial state, in favour of a return to indirect French rule.

The French companies have returned, en masse, to their businesses in the country. New contracts are given out every day, without tender or competition, to the Bouyugues and their ilk by the government. There is no disarmament. The rebels retain their weapons and occupy their areas. The French company, Sagem, has been given the job of preparing the voting lists for the next election and in conducting the registrations for it. The loyalist army is to be purged as Present Gbagbo prepares to sack Gen Mangou. The Force Licorne (the French occupying force) has just announced that it will not be leaving as planned but will stay on until ‘normalcy’ returns to the Ivory Coast, whose date they will determine.

The thieves, bandits and reprobates who have dominated the cocoa and coffee businesses, the oil and refining businesses, the energy and water businesses, and the transport business can sleep safely in their beds as no one in the government is pursuing them or seeking to change them. The waste disposal business thrives with fake contractors, like the French [Trédi] [ndlr: du groupe Séché Environnement de Joël Séché qui détient la compagnie à 41%, Joël Séché, via le milieu hippique aurait, selon ses dire, accès à « un réseau politique qui s’étend jusqu’au Sénat » ], masquerading as environmentalists while poor people in Akuedo sicken from [Trédi]’s refusal to perform the clean-ups they have been contracted to perform.

This is not a political issue at all.  Most of the leadership elite from all the political parties have wallowed in a level of corruption and misrule which has left a very rich country living like beggars in its own land; without decent water supply, intermittent electricity; poor roads; inadequate schools; and worse hospitals. Only in the rich enclaves of Cocody and its like can be found the services the government is bound to deliver to everyone. The Cabinet cannot function as it is made up of members from all the contending parties and any initiative is strangled at birth. The only functioning body has been the National Assembly and now, this is in crisis.

The National Assembly has been marginalised in the transition to the Ouagadougou process. Under the Constitution it is charged with legislating, budget oversight and conforming appointments. Concentrating all power and activity in the Executive branch, contested by both Gbagbo and Soro, and led by Blaise Campaore of Burkina Faso on behalf of his French mentors has robbed the National Assembly of its vital role in the democratic process.
The FPI has sought to work around the sudden affection of President Gbagbo for all things French. The head of the FPI, Pascal Affie Nguessan, has worked assiduously to build a platform for the party which will allow it to contest for seats in the Assembly; as has Mamadou Koulibaly, the President of the National Assembly. The FPI has always drawn its support from the working class movements in the country. Now it is these very movements who are engaged in a series of bitter strikes (teachers, policemen, port workers and now the cocoa workers) against their own government.

The civil war which broke out between the North and the South in the Ivory Coast was largely about the efforts of the Gbagbo government seeking to achieve real independence; a breakaway from the colonial dominance of the French which controlled almost every aspect of national life. After all the fighting and suffering by both sides, the current policy of Gbagbo is to restore the status quo ante; French neo-colonialism. It will not work. What it will foster is a level of bitterness and rancour of a people who are watching the yoke placed on their necks again and, despite their current apathy and discouragement after years of fighting and sacrifice, they will realise that, North and South, they have nothing to lose by sweeping the board clean of their black Frenchmen and installing genuine Ivorian patriots in their place.

This will be a troubled time in Ivory Coast politics.

Source: Ocnus.net 2007



Image du Jour: quand les multinationales sont sur le B.S.

9 12 2007

Quand les multinationale sont sur le B.S.

Notes:

  • Notez la prépondérance des compagnies d’armements: 18 compagnies sur 50 soit 36%, plus d’un tiers!
  • Avant d’appartenir à Esterline (compagnie d’armements étasunienne) , CMC électronic a appartenue à GE, BAE (plus grande compagnie d’armement anglaise) et ONEX (qui s’est dévéstie de la partie armement de CMC).
  • Pétromont appartient à 50% à Dow Chemicals et 50% à la SGF du Québec
  • Litton (armement, USA) a depuis été acheté par Northrop Grumman (armement, USA)
  • Indal (armement) a été acheté par Curtiss-Wright (armement, USA).
  • Inco est une compagnie minière canadienne appartenent à la brésilienne Companhia Vale do Rio Doce.
  • Noranda (minière) a été acheté par Falconbridge elle même acheté par Xstrata (minière, suisse), elle-même possédée à 34,66% par Glencore.
  • La stratégie d’Aeterna (pharmaceutique, Québec) selon son site internet: «Ce dernier modèle permet de minimiser le risque grâce à des alliances selon lesquelles les partenaires d’Æterna Zentaris s’engagent à payer la plus grande partie des frais de développement, alors qu’Æterna Zentaris conserve d’importants droits commerciaux.»
  • Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering est intimement liée à la fameuse compagnie Canadian Steamship Lines du très cher Paul Martin. Notons par ailleurs que durant le mandat de Paul Martin, Canada Steamship Lines a reçu 162 millions de dollars en contrats, subsides et prêts du gouvernement fédéral.
  • Magna est la compagnie du père de Belinda Stronach, candidate à la direction du parti conservateur, et un grand donateur aux partis conservateurs et libéraux.
  • Western Star appartient à Daimler.
  • Messier Dowty appartient a SAFRAN (armement, France).


Françafrique: le conseiller du président du Bénin est associé-gérant de la banque Rothschild

26 11 2007

membre-conseil-Zinsou

Voici un exemple d’un chaînon du réseau Françafrique: Lionel Zinsou, l’actuel conseiller du président du Bénin. Il a travaillé pour le gouvernement français pendant 7 an dont 3 pour Laurent Fabius [Fabius serait membre du Siècle, de la Commission Trilatérale depuis 1998 et aurait assisté à la réunion Bilderberg de 94]. Ensuite Zinsou travailla pour Danone pendant 11 ans (HP foods faisait alors parti de Danone). Il est actuellement Associé-gérant de Rothschild & Cie depuis 1997.

sources:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Zinsou

http://www.loccidental.net/spip.php?article690

http://www.afigfunds.com/conseil-Zinsou.htm



Nodaska – Devant chez moi

26 11 2007

Pour visionner le vidéo faites un clique-droit ci-dessous et choisissez play/jouer:



Behind the War on the Congo

12 11 2007

repris de ocnus.net et Zmagazine:

(Photo: Uraguayan special forces MONUC hunting FDLR in Kahuzi Beiga National Park under Operation Falcon Sweep.)

Behind the Numbers

Untold Suffering in the Congo

By Keith Harmon Snow & David Barouski, CCA 26/10/06
Oct 30, 2006, 11:28

The British medical journal Lancet recently took greater notice of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) than all western media outlets combined. A group of physicians reported that about 4 million people have died since the “official” outbreak of the Congolese war in 1998 (1). The BBC reported the war in Congo has claimed more lives than any armed conflict since World War II (2). However, experts working in the Congo, and Congolese survivors, count over 10 million dead since war began in 1996—not 1998—with the U.S.-backed invasion to overthrow Zaire’s President Joseph Mobutu. While the western press quantifies African deaths all the time, no statistic can quantify the suffering of the Congolese.

Some people are aware that war in the Congo is driven by the desire to extract raw materials, including diamonds, gold, columbium tantalite (coltan), niobium, cobalt, copper, uranium and petroleum. Mining in the Congo by western companies proceeds at an unprecedented rate, and
it is reported that some $6 million in raw cobalt alone—an element of superalloys essential for nuclear, chemical, aerospace and defense industries—exits DRC daily. Any analysis of the geopolitics in the Congo requires an understanding of the organized crime perpetrated through multi-national businesses, in order to understand the reasons why the Congolese people have suffered a virtually unending war since 1996.

Some people have lauded great progress in the exposure of illegal mining in DRC, particularly by the group Human Rights Watch (HRW), whose 2005 report “The Curse of Gold” exposed Ugandan officials and multi-national corporations smuggling gold through local rebel militias. The cited rebel groups were the Nationalist and Integrationist Front (FNI) and the People’s Armed Forces of Congo (FAPC). The western companies targeted by HRW were Anglo-Ashanti Gold, a company headquartered in South Africa, and Metalor, a Swedish firm. The HRW report failed to mention that Anglo-Ashanti is partnered with Anglo-American, owned by the Oppenheimer family and partnered with Canada-based Barrick Gold described below (3). London-based Anglo-American Plc. owns a 45% share in DeBeers, another Oppenheimer company that is infamous for its near monopoly of the international diamond industry (4). Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, a director of Anglo-American, is a director of Royal Dutch/Shell and a member of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Advisory Board (5). The report also suppressed the most damning evidence discovered by HRW researchers—that Anglo-Ashanti sent its top lawyers into eastern DRC to aid rebel militia leaders arrested there.

Several multi-national mining companies have rarely if ever been mentioned in any human rights report. One is Barrick Gold, who operates in the town of Watsa, northwest of the town of Bunia, located in the most violent corner of the Congo. The Ugandan People’s Defense Force (UPDF) controlled the mines intermittently during the war. Officials in Bunia claim that Barrick executives flew into the region, with UPDF and RPF (Rwanda Patriotic Front) escorts, to survey and inspect their mining interests (6).

George H.W. Bush served as a paid advisor for Barrick Gold. Barrick directors include: Brian Mulroney, former PM of Canada; Edward Neys, former U.S. ambassador to Canada and chairman of the private PR firm Burston-Marsteller; former U.S. Senator Howard Baker; J. Trevor Eyton, a member of the Canadian Senate; and Vernon Jordan, one of Bill Clinton’s lawyers (7).

(Photo: Rape has been used as a systematic means of instilling terror in the
people all over DRC. This girl (20) fled Eastern DRC and crossed the
country on foot to find some refuge in Western DRC.)

Barrick Gold is one of the client companies of Andrew Young’s Goodworks International lobbying firm. Andrew Young is the former Mayor of Atlanta, and a key organizer of the U.S.-Uganda Friendship Council. Young was chosen by President Clinton to chair the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund in October 1994. Goodworks’ clients—or business partners in some cases—include Coke, Chevron-Texaco, Monsanto, and the governments of Angola and Nigeria (note weapons transfers from Nigeria cited below). Young is a director of Cox Communications and Archers Daniels Midland—the “supermarket to the world” and National Public Radio sponsor whose directors include Brian Mulroney (Barrick) and G. Allen Andreas, a member of the European Advisory Board of The Carlyle Group.

Barrick Gold’s mining partners have included Adastra Mining—formerly named America Mineral Fields (AMFI, AMX, other names), formerly based in Hope, Arkansas, Bill Clinton’s hometown. Adastra had close ties with Lazare Kaplan International Inc., the largest diamond brokerage firm in the U.S., whose president, Maurice Tempelsman, has been an advisor on African Affairs to the U.S. Government and has been the U.S. Honorary Consul General of the Congo since 1977 (8).

Maurice Tempelsman accompanied Bill Clinton during his African tour in 1998, and he sails with the Clintons off Martha’s Vineyard. He serves on the International Advisory Council of the American Stock Exchange, and is a director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, a
”scientific” front for his offshore diamond mining—raking the seabed into oblivion.

Adastra also purchased a diamond concession on the Congolese-Angolan border from the Belgian mercenary firm International Defense and Security (1998), and currently has cobalt and copper concessions in Congo’s Katanga (Shaba) province (9). Adastra is a member of the Corporate Council on Africa, along with Goodworks, Halliburton, Chevron-Texaco, Northrop Grumman, GE, Boeing, Raytheon, Bechtel and SAIC—the latter two being secretive intelligence and defense entities involved in classified and supra-governmental “black” projects.

In April 1997, Jean-Ramon Boulle, a co-founder of Adastra (then AMFI), received a $1 billion dollar deal for mines in the Congo at Kolwezi (cobalt) and Kipushi (zinc) from Laurent Kabila’s Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Zaire (ADFL) before they were even officially in power. The ADFL were even allowed to use Boulle’s private jet (10). Meanwhile, directors of Adastra are also former directors of Anglo-American (11). Other Clinton-connected founders of Adastra include Michael McMurrough and Robert Friedland—both involved in shady, criminal, offshore businesses in Indonesia, Africa, Burma and the Americas (12).

Barrick sub-contracts to Caleb International, who has also partnered with Adastra in the past. Caleb is run by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s half-brother Salim Saleh, the former acting General of the UPDF. When Uganda withdrew from the Congo in 2002 following a so-called “peace” agreement, Saleh began training paramilitary groups to act as Ugandan proxies to sustain the flow of minerals into Uganda (13).

Salim Saleh is a shareholder in Catalyst Co. of Canada, who has a 100% interest in Uganda’s Kaabong gold fields (14). He is a part owner of Saracen, a private military company created by the mercenaries-for-hire firm Executive Outcomes (15). The U.N. Panel of Experts on Illegal Exploitation of Congo’s Mineral Resources recommended Salim Saleh be put on a travel ban and have his assets frozen, but nothing was done.

Recent interventions by the armed U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Congo (MONUC) have concentrated on disarming or eliminating the Forces for the Democratic Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a rebel group that opposes Rwanda, and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group that opposes Uganda. (Note that the Rwanda military has partnered with its erstwhile “enemies”—the FDLR—when necessary to secure resource plunder while Uganda has its own pattern of complicity with its “rebel” enemies. Rebel alliances are to perpetually shifting.) The removal of these rebel groups will effectively clear the eastern Congo for large–scale multi-national mining. The Mai-Mai militia, whose stated goal is “to protect Congo from Rwandan and Ugandan invaders,” has committed documented human rights abuses, yet they appear to be off the agenda for MONUC. The Mai-Mai operate in northern Katanga (Shaba) province and in the Kivus.

Katanga’s militias and racketeering are connected to criminal networks of businessmen, including Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Billy Rautenbach, John Bredenkamp, and Marc Rich. U.S. diamond magnate Maurice Tempelsman has profited from Katanga concessions since the Kennedy era. Lawrence Devlin, the old CIA station chief of Lubumbashi under Eisenhower, maintained Tempelsman’s criminal rackets with direct ties to Zaire’s former President Mobutu, and was subsequently employed by Tempelsman (16).

The Forrest Group has the longest history of exploitation in the Congo, gaining its first mining concessions before the Congo declared independence from the Belgians. The group, which includes the Ohio-based OM Group, has numerous concessions in Katanga (Shaba). Chairman George Forrest is the former chairman of the Congo’s state-owned mining firm GECAMINES, and owner of the New Lachaussee weapons manufacturing company.

Coltan ore is widely used in the aerospace and electronics industries for capacitors, superconductors and transistors after it is refined to tantalum. The U.S. is entirely dependant on foreign sources for tantalum, an enabling technology for capacitors essential to aerospace weaponry and every pager, cell phone, computer, VCR, CD player, P.D.A. and TV. U.S. import records show a dramatic jump of purchases from Rwanda and Uganda during the time they were smuggling tantalum and cobalt out of the Congo.

Sony dramatically increased their importation of coltan following the release of their Playstation 2, while Compaq, Microsoft, Dell, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Nokia, Intel, Lucent, and Motorola are also large-scale consumers (17). Sony’s current Executive Vice-President and General Counsel Nicole Seligman was a former legal adviser for Bill Clinton through the D.C. firm Williams and Connelly, LLP, whose clients included Bill Clinton and Oliver North (18). Sony Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Robert Wiesenthal is a former banker with First Boston, a supporter of Refugees International’s “humanitarian” relief efforts at Rwandan refugee camps in Eastern Congo, just before the fall of Mobutu in 1995; Wiesenthal was also financial adviser to Cox Communications, OM Group, Time Warner and The New York Times (19).

(Photo: FDLR « genocidaires » — children with guns — in eastern DRC.)

Walter Kansteiner, the son of a coltan trader in Chicago, is the Assistant Secretary of State for Africa and former member of the Dept. of Defense Task Force on Strategic Minerals. Kansteiner’s speech at The Forum for International Policy in October of 1996 advocated partitioning the Congo (then Zaire) into smaller states based on ethnic lineage (20). Ironically, while the speech was given, Laurent Kabila and his ADFL were beginning their march to overthrow Mobutu with the aid of Rwanda, Uganda, and the U.S. (21). Kansteiner is a trustee of the Africa Wildlife Foundation—another euphemistic front for resource acquisition in Congo.

Bechtel, a U.S. aerospace & construction company, provided satellite maps of reconnaissance photos of Mobutu’s troops for the ADFL invasion of Congo in 1996; they also created infrared maps of the Congo’s mineral deposits (22). The Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), led by Paul Kagame, the current Rwandan President graduate of the U.S. Army officers school at Fort Leavenworth, used Bechtel’s NASA maps to locate Rwandan Hutu civilians that fled the cataclysm in Rwanda in 1994. An estimated 800,000 refugees were hunted down and killed in the Congo’s forests (23). Bechtel’s friends in high places include former Secretary of State George Shultz (Board of Directors), former Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger (Bechtel Counsel) and retired U.S.M.C. general Jack Sheehan (Senior Vice President), who is also a member of the Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon (24). Riley P. Bechtel is on the Board of J.P. Morgan (25). Bechtel’s Nexant Company is the prime contractor on the Uganda-Kenya pipeline project, believed to ultimately facilitate petroleum transport out of the Semliki Basin of Lake Albert.

The U.N. Panel of Experts named New England-based Cabot Co. for conducting unethical business practices (26). Cabot is one of the largest tantalum processors in the world. The current Deputy Director of the U.S. Treasury, Samuel Bodman, was CEO and chairman of the board for Cabot from 1997-2001 (27). Current Director John H. McArthur is a Senior Advisor to Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank (28).

Private Military Contractors (PMCs) are also big business in Africa. Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, helped build a military base near Cyangugu, Rwanda just next to the Congo-Rwandan border. ”Officially,” Brown and Root was there to clear land mines, but instead housed mercenaries from Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI) who trained the RPF and Laurent Kabila’s ADFL for invasion of the Congo in 1996, and the Rwandan army’s re-invasion in 1998, after
Laurent Kabila threw out the Rwandans, Ugandans, Bechtel and the IMF (29). The French intelligence service reported that U.S. Special Forces and mercenaries from MPRI participated in the murder of Rwandan Hutu refugees on the Oso River near Goma in 1996 and even claims to have turned over the bodies of two American soldiers killed in combat near Goma (30). The circumstances surrounding the unofficial recovery of these two U.S. soldiers remain very mysterious (31).

MPRI is based in Arlington, Virginia and is staffed and run by 36 retired U.S. generals. It is contracted by the Pentagon to fulfill the African Crisis Responsive Initiative (ACRI). This program includes the Ugandan military, and it supplied military training in guerrilla warfare to Ugandan officers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in July 1996. During the invasion of the Congo in 1998, Ugandan soldiers were found with ACRI equipment while Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have implicated Ugandan battalions trained by ACRI in rapes, murders, extortion, and beatings of Ugandan civilians (32).

Executive Outcomes founder Tony Buckingham has established other Private Military Companies that operate around Africa. Buckingham’s Heritage Oil & Gas works closely with his PMC Sandline International to manipulate the petroleum options around Lake Albert, and is believed to have signed concession deals with warring armies and governments on both sides of the Uganda-Congo border. Branch Energy is another Buckingham affiliated company operating in the Great Lakes region.

Investigations of illegal weapons sales to Rwanda last year, in violation of the U.N. arms embargo on the region, have been hampered by the Rwandan government’s refusal to provide a list of serial numbers of the 5000 AK-47s delivered there. The shipping country, Bulgaria, also refused to provide serial numbers, and would only confirm that the weapons were sold legally to a non-embargo country, Nigeria, en route to Rwanda and DRC. The governments of Uganda, Congo, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea—a major U.S. petroleum protectorate—are equally culpable in supporting the clandestine arms sales to the region (33).

Weapons shipments arriving by boat from Tanzania, and the Government of Tanzania’s role in supporting war in DRC, are never questioned. This may have something to do with Barrick Gold’s mining licenses in Tanzania’s Masaai territories. Aircraft flying between Tanzania, DRC, and from Kenya, are allowed to do so without proper documentation, record-keeping or customs oversight.

Another shady “untouchable” arms dealer operating behind the scenes in the region is an Indian-American named Mr. Kotecha. Kotecha’s interests in South Kivu are substantial, and he is openly fingered as dealing in money laundering, arms, coltan and diamonds. After the first U.S.-sponsored invasion of the Congo in 1996, Kotecha is known to have repeatedly boasted of being the “United States Consulate” in South Kivu. Kotecha holds a U.S. passport and owns a mansion in California.

When an outspoken local defender of human rights working for a small NGO (Pascal Kabungulu of Heritiers de la Justice) was assassinated during the summer of 2005 in Bukavu, the alleged killers, including a local Congolese military commander, were identified but MONUC and the international “community” took no action. The killing revolved around his role in exposing the Congolese commanders’ involvement in contraband smuggling (which continues today).

A U.N. Panel of Experts in a forthcoming report will challenge many airlines and companies for undertaking illicit flights (illegal, secret, unregistered or falsely registered) into and out of DRC. One of many notable companies apparently connected to Victor Bout’s arms trafficking networks is Simax, an Oregon-based company using an address in Sierra Leone. However, the U.N. Panel of Experts has once again ignored certain western agencies—with histories of illicit activities—whose flights remain equally surreptitious and unaccountable. At the top of the list is the International Rescue Committee (IRC)—directors include Henry Kissinger —whose flights in and out of Congo, and internal flights to and from isolated airports in eastern DRC, are completely unmonitored by MONUC arms embargo inspectors. In Bukavu, for example, all light aircraft are subject to MONUC arms embargo inspections, but IRC flights are not within the MONUC mandate. As one MONUC Military Observer admitted, “The IRC should be subject to the same standards as everyone else; otherwise we have to assume they are shipping weapons, because they do not let us confirm they are not.”

Similarly, while the U.N. Panel of Experts have investigated and reported on certain illegal criminal networks and activities in Congo, they never attend to the top-level deals brokered behind closed doors by executives from Adastra, Anglo-American, the companies of Sweden’s Adolph Lundin (a close friend of George H.W. Bush), who have control of mining concessions in Lubumbashi, Kolwezi and Mbuji Mayi areas in the Katanga (Shaba) and Kasai provinces. U.S.-based Phelps Dodge is partnered in Katanga copper/cobalt mining projects with Lundin’s Tenke Mining. Phelps Dodge director Douglas C. Yearly is also a director of Lockheed Martin, and the World Wildlife Fund—partnered with USAID and CARE in “conservation”—read: acquisition—projects all over Congo while CARE’s “humanitarian” agenda is also funded by Lockheed Martin.

“Conservation” interests provide the vanguard of western penetration in Central Africa: USAID, WWF, AWF, and Conservation International lead the charge. Evidence from USAID cases all over Congo quickly contradicts all fanfare about USAID bringing “sustainable” or “community development” projects. Most notable are the Central Africa Region Partnership for the Environment (CARPE) and Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), two programs pressing hidden military, intelligence and economic agendas. Notably, National Geographic is involved in furthering the mythologies of conservation, democracy, community development, or the lip service paid to respecting and supporting indigenous people.

Some people have suggested the reason that there isn’t greater awareness and equitable intervention in the Congo is because “we simply don’t know what to do” to remedy the situation. However, it is fairly clear what needs to be done, the West is just unwilling to do it because of powerful economic and geopolitical reasons.

1. U.S. Military Training programs must have an oversight committee and total transparency. Western governments must end their hypocritical stance and ensure they don’t train any “rebel” or ”dissident” groups, especially if they are against a democratically elected government (provided the elections weren’t fraudulent), even if the elected government isn’t politically aligned with the western ideology and/or economic ideals. To do otherwise would refute claims that the west is intervening to “spread democracy.”

2. In parallel with number 1, a committee must be set up to ensure the same doesn’t occur for the private military companies. As multinational corporations, these firms aren’t subject to obey laws of warfare as an established country’s armed forces are supposed to. The U.N. must pass resolutions mandating the World Court and International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute such corporations. Lastly, when such companies are exposed for conducting illegal activities, such as aiding coups or trafficking human slaves, the corporations who conduct these activities must be blacklisted from receiving government contracts, domestic or international, and the guilty individuals must be prosecuted (34).

3. In the arms arena, more substantial efforts must be created to intercept and prosecute “embargo busters,” illegal brokers, and arms sellers. Furthermore, those selling, transporting, brokering, funding, or wiring arms transactions for weapons specifically intended for children should receive the harshest of the penalties (certain ”small weapons” are modified to reduce their weight to make it easier for a child to carry). Firms that participate in arms shipments, transport and/or the movement of the flow of the money generated from these sales with countries, people or organizations that are embargoed or act against national or international law should be held accountable for their crimes. Assets can be frozen, travel bans imposed, and all government and economic business ties with such firms severed. These penalties must also have an assurance of enforcement.

4. Debt relief is essential, but ways must be found to protect IMF and World Bank loans from being used for military expenditures. The motivations of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz are suspect. Dr. Wolfowitz is a former Deputy Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush, a former ambassador to Indonesia under Ronald Reagan, a PNAC member, and dual citizen in Israel. Likewise, the World Bank and IMF must shift their policy of privatization as a stipulation for loan approval in order to stimulate business growth within the state instead of having the business sector growth be almost entirely from multinational corporations. The World Bank and IMF must also provide debt relief to the counties that need it most according to economic indicators. Some countries receiving debt relief, like Uganda and Rwanda, are among the biggest spenders of their loans in the military sector (35). It must be ensured that a majority of spending occurs on infrastructure and public services, and that this does not benefit the standard set of “embedded” western corporations. It must also be ensured the loan money is used in areas that need development the most. For example, in Uganda, the loan money Museveni has used for development has focused in the south in Kampala, the capital, and in Mbarra, his hometown. Meanwhile, the Acholi people, who always vote against Museveni’s party in the polls, are ignored and the situation in the Lira, Gulu, and Kitgum districts continues to deteriorate. In addition, individual countries must examine the aid they give to countries that spend a high percentage of capital on military, as well as commit human rights abuses. Lastly, debt relief doesn’t harm banks that gave the loans in the first place and collect on some of the interest rates, not to mention the American businesses that make profit on the privatized businesses as part of the loan deal. The debt is transferred to the taxpayers, so transparency is needed to insure that costs are also incurred by the firms granting the loans (if they want credit for their “humanitarian” debt relief).

5. Western countries must end the impunity for those responsible for looting minerals from Congo. Firms that purchase smuggled minerals, and/or purchase concessions from illegitimate rebel groups must be prosecuted. The World Court recently made a start by convicting Uganda and fining the government, but Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe remain unaccountable for their direct pirating, as are the Western firms that purchased the minerals, and Western individuals supporting them. (The Kimberly Process, established with the support of academic and intelligence experts at Harvard University, is a perfect example of the gatekeepers policing their own gates: the huge, entrenched, but secretive interests like the Oppenheimer/DeBeers and Maurice Tempelsman owned companies are legitimized as dealers of “clean” diamonds; while the other, far less connected competitors and challengers of the status quo, including Congolese children sneaking into mines and being shot for “stealing” the diamonds off their own starving families’ former lands, are demonized as dealers of “blood” diamonds.)

6. The World Court and International Criminal Court must hold all military and civilian leaders—African, U.S., European—that are guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity accountable for their actions. The West must not be allowed to shield criminals from prosecution by virtue of their economic and political alliances with Western governments. Governments that harbor these criminals should be subject to prosecution. Economic sanctions may not be proper, as poor nations generally suffer severe civilian casualties as a result; specific involved individuals in government and the military must be held accountable.

7. “Peacekeeping” forces, in particular MONUC, must be examined to ensure that the mission is being conducted with the interests of promoting stability in the country. As illustrated, elements of MONUC have used the mission as a cover to further the agenda of the West and its corporate sponsors under the banner of “peacekeeping,” causing the death of civilians in the process: those responsible should be tried and prosecuted. It must also be ensured that the investigations don’t stop at individual soldiers or brigades committing crimes, but to examine the chain of command and their allegiances to uncover the motivations behind MONUC operations. There have been reports of MONUC troops looting ivory, gold, and animal skins in National Parks. Villagers say that they have seen murders occur right in front of MONUC soldiers and they didn’t act to prevent the killings (36). MONUC soldiers have raped Congolese women (37). When pro-Rwandan rebel leaders Laurent Nkunda and Jules Mutibusi, both war criminals wanted by the U.N., took over Bukavu by force in May 2004, MONUC provided them with weapons and vehicles. Nkunda himself has stated the head of MONUC, William Swing, personally gave him a telephone to use during the raid. (38)

8. The international media is completely silent on virtually every major issue of significance with respect to war in DRC—and the international and criminal networks behind it. Misinformation about Africa prevails due to a concerted effort by the mainstream media to blackout the truth. A boycott of key publications is imperative, and must include the most offensive: Boston Globe, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, US News & World Report, USA Today, New York Times, the New Yorker (Conde Nast Publications), Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly (highly subsidized by Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman) and, especially, National Geographic.

9. The fog of war needs to be cleared away from so-called ”humanitarian” and “human rights” programs, organizations and individuals currently aligned with the Western corporate enterprise. Notables in this category include: Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, CARE, USAID, Norwegian People’s Aid, International Crises Group, International Rescue Committee, Refugees International, the Genocide Intervention Fund, and many U.N. bodies, but especially UNHCR. Most of these agencies appear to exist merely to perpetuate their own survival. Doctors Without Borders also deserves scrutiny for their recent actions in DRC.

10. The peace and justice community remains unaccountable for its failure to take any significant actions to mitigate war in Congo and expose the true reasons behind it. A first step should be open up the spaces to alternative voices currently excluded by major social justice media venues. Second is to declare a total boycott on diamonds and gold, and an organized campaign to protest and economically castigate diamond stores where Lazare diamonds are sold. A third action is the commitment of meaningful funds—both from individuals and from organizations—to support the vibrant grass roots organizations and individuals working for human rights, women’s health, disarmament, education, food security, rainforest and environmental defense in Congo. Fourth, people need to break through their fear (inculcated by the western media) of taking action to help people in the Congo: there is no reason—except the unacceptable—that westerners cannot establish a “Witness for Peace” program situated in the Congo.

11. Rights groups with missions pertinent to Congo’s need must expand their missions to include Congo. Rape is endemic in the Congo: a source of psychological and physical trauma, it contributes to the spread of HIV, Ebola and other sexually transmitted diseases. Survivors often give birth to HIV positive children with no prospects for medical or financial help. This has lead to an insurmountable need for aid to care for the orphans. Mothers of children conceived of rape are often disowned by their village and families. Western feminist and women’s rights activists and organizations must get involved and provide resources for the victims of rape in Congo. Those responsible for rapes must be tried and punished as per the law if guilty. Indeed, evidence from rape cases in rural DRC shows that sexual violence is significantly reduced simply by holding military officers accountable for their troops’ actions, but this is not happening.

12. MONUC’s Radio Okapi is the lifeline of news in DRC today, but programming is largely comprised of U.N. programming. The United Nations needs to be pressured to open up the Radio Okapi network, eliminate the “fluff” pieces, and diversify and deepen its programming and reportage. As a simple example of how things could easily be improved in DRC, programs that sensitize the public o the issue of rape, and sensitize the military to the punishment for it, could easily be implemented; such programming is never considered.

13. The transitional government in Congo is comprised of military leaders and government officials who must be held accountable for their crimes. Like the individuals, organizations, corporations and governments that have supported them, all are responsible for crimes against humanity. The current profiteering in DRC is enabled by these key players, who hold the highest levels of the DRC government, and whose crimes remain hidden by the western press. The transitional government must not be allowed to appoint war criminals to cabinet or parliamentary positions, as well as local governor positions in the provinces.


References

(1) “Mortality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Nationwide
Survey.” Benjamin Coghlan, Richard J. Brennan, Pascal Ngoy, David
Dofara, Brad Otto, Mark Clements, and Tony Steward. The Lancet, 7
Jan. 2006. Number 367 pp. 44-51

(2) “Thousands’ dying in DR Congo war,” BBC News, 6, Jan. 2006:
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(3) “Depopulation & Perception Management Part 2: Central Africa,”
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.

(4) “The Lost World War,” Erik Vilwar, Corporation Watch Newsletter,
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(5) “Depopulation As Policy, or, How the Despair and Death of Millions
of African People is Daily Determined by the Lifestyle of Ordinary
Americans, in Small Town USA, With Nary a Word of Truth In the US
Press, If Anything At All, And Why Most of Us Know Nothing About It,
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(6) Private interview, keith harmon snow, Bunia, 2005.

(7) “Central Africa: Hidden Agendas and the Western Press,” Pioneer
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(8) “Genocide and Covert Operations In Africa 1993-1999,” United
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(9) Ibid.

(10) “Stolen Goods: Coltan and Conflict in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo,” Dena Montague, SAIS Review, vol. XXII no. 1
(Winter-Spring 2002); “Congo: Capitalist Mineral Lust Fuels
Bloodshed,” Direct Action:
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Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor, October 2001.

(11) “Depopulation & Perception Management Part 2: Central Africa,”
keith harmon snow, Pioneer Valley VOICE, Feb. 2001:
http://www.allthingspass.com/uploads/html-32Depop&PercepMan.htm .

(12) “Proxy Wars in Central Africa: Profits, Propaganda, and Luxury
Goods for the White World—Pacification, Rape, and Slavery for the
Blacks,” keith harmon snow, World War 3 Report, Issue No. 100, 19 July 2004: http://ww3report.com/proxy.html .

(13) “Named and Shamed,” Ruud Leeuw: http://www.ruudleeuw.com/vbout17.htm .

(14) “Uganda, Sanctions, and Congo-K: Who is Who in Uganda Mining,”
Africa Analysis, 5 June 2001:
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/congo/2001/0606uga.htm .

(15) “Corporate Soldiers: The U.S. Government Privatizes Force,” Daniel
Burton and Wayne Madsen:
http://www.totse.com/en/politics/us_military/162741.html .

(16) David Gibbs, “The Political Economy of Third World
Interventions,” University of Arizona Press; and Wayne Madsen,
”Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa, 1993-1999,” Mellen Press,
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(17) “The Lost World War,” Erik Vilwar, Corporation Watch Newsletter,
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(18) “Sony Corporation of America: Executive Biographies,” Jan. 2006.
http://www.sony.com.SCA/

(19) “Proxy Wars in Central Africa: Profits, Propaganda, and Luxury
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(20) “Genocide and Covert Operations In Africa, 1993-1999,” United
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(21) “The U.S. (Under)mining Job of Africa,” :
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(22) “Stolen Goods: Coltan and Conflict in the Democratic Republic of
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(Winter-Spring 2002).

(23) “A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa,”
Howard French, 12 April 2005, Vintage, New York, NY.

(24) “The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Polititians, War
Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them,” Amy Goodman, David Goodman,
2004, Hyperion Press, New York, NY.

(25) See: “Friends in High Places: The Bechtel Story.”

(26) “Stolen Goods: Coltan and Conflict in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo,” Dena Montague, SAIS Review, Vol. XXII, No. 1,
(Winter-Spring 2002); Named and Shamed, Ruud Leeuw:
http://www.ruudleeuw.com/vbout17.htm .

(27) “Rwanda’s Secret War: U.S.-Backed Destabilization of Central
Africa,” keith harmon snow, 12 December 2004:
http://traprockpeace.org/keith_snow_rwanda.html .

(28) “Proxy Wars in Central Africa: Profits, Propaganda, and Luxury
Goods for the White World – Pacification, Rape, and Slavery for the
Blacks,” keith harmon snow, World War 3 Report, Issue No. 100, 19 Jul. 2004: http://ww3report.com/proxy.html .

(29) “The U.S. (Under)mining Job of Africa,”
http://cryptome.org/us-africa.wm.htm .

(30) “Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa, 1993-1999,” United
States One Hundred Seventh Congress. Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights. First Session. 17 May 2001. comp. Centre for Research on Globalization.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/MAD111A.html .

(31) Private interview, keith harmon snow, eastern DRC, July 2005.

(32) “Corporate Soldiers: The U.S. Government Privatizes Force,” Daniel Burton and Wayne Madsen:
http://www.totse.com/en/politics/us_military/162741.html .

(33) Confidential report, received, February 2006.

(34) “The Controversial Commando,” Pratap Chatterjee, 14 Jun. 2004:
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”CSC/DynCorp.” Corporation Watch:
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”Crossing the Rubicon,” Michael Ruppert, 2004, New Society
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(35) “The Use of Rwanda’s External Debt (1990-1994): The
Responsibility of Donors and Creditors,” Michel Chossudovsky, Pierre
Galand, 30 March 2004:
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(36) “Rwanda’s Secret War: U.S.-Backed Destabilization of Central
Africa,” keith harmon snow, World War Four Report, 12 Dec. 2004:
www.WorldWar4Report.com .

(37) “Proxy Wars in Central Africa: Profits, Propaganda, and Luxury
Goods for the White World—Pacification, Rape, and Slavery for the
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(38) “Report on Events in Bukavu, South Kivu: May 26 to June 9, 2004,” Network of Women for the Defense of Rights and of Peace,



Quand le Québec vend à prix fort la maladie et la mort aux Algériens

7 11 2007

repris du CMAQ:

Alors qu’on parle de mondialisation et de coopération internationale, voici un exemple parmi des millions de ces échanges qui non seulement appauvrissent les pays du tiers-monde, mais également transmettent les maladies aux populations tout en leur faisant payer le prix fort.

 

Le feuilleton de la pomme de terre avariée qui a alimenté le débat public ces derniers temps livre ses premiers secrets. L’agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments vient de confirmer l’exportation de pomme de terre infectée par la maladie de la pourriture bactérienne circulaire vers l’Algérie. Précisions: la pomme de terre exportée vers l’Algérie s’est faite de la province du Québec et non de celle de l’Ile-du-Prince-Edouard comme annoncé auparavant.

Ces affirmations «descendent» en flammes les assurances avancées par l’ambassade du Canada à Alger qui avait, dans un communiqué, affirmé que la pomme de terre exportée vers l’Algérie était de bonne qualité. Le 10 octobre dernier, la représentation diplomatique canadienne avait, après que 10 tonnes de ce tubercule contaminé eurent été saisies au marché de gros des Eucalyptus près d’Alger, expliqué que la pomme de terre vendue sur le marché algérien était de bonne qualité, avant de remettre en cause les conditions de stockage en Algérie. «Le cas des dix tonnes saisies a été imputé au mauvais entreposage d’un acheteur, ce qui a provoqué de la pourriture et la saisie du lot incriminé, comme l’ont récemment signalé différents articles de presse. Cette saisie ne doit pas entacher la réputation de la pomme de terre canadienne, d’autant plus que la demande est toujours très forte pour notre produit et que près de 20 000 tonnes ont été vendues à la satisfaction des acheteurs», soulignait le communiqué de l’ambassade. Cette dernière avait annoncé l’organisation de séminaires pour faire connaître les qualités de la pomme de terre canadienne aux Algériens.
Cette version des faits a été déjà remise en cause, jeudi, par le ministre de l’Agriculture de la Province canadienne de l’Ile-du-Prince-Edouard. Selon un député de cette province, les pommes de terre exportées vers l’Algérie sont atteintes d’une maladie appelée «bacterial ring tot» une pourriture bactérienne circulaire. Une maladie qui nécessite, selon les experts, la mise en quarantaine de la cargaison et du bateau qui la transporte. Selon les médias canadiens ayant rapporté l’information, les parlementaires de l’opposition ont révélé que le gouvernement canadien était au courant de cette exportation sans pour autant intervenir pour empêcher la transaction. Mais, ce qui est encore plus scandaleux c’est le silence radio des autorités algériennes sur un problème concernant la santé publique.
La presse nationale dans son édition d’hier a fait étalage de la «filouterie» dont aurait été victime le consommateur algérien. Pour rappel, l’importation de cette pomme de terre a été autorisée dans le but de faire face à la pénurie de ce tubercule constatée sur le marché local. Aussi, pour encourager cette solution, le gouvernement a opté pour le démantèlement des taxes douanières et la TVA sur l’importation de la pomme de terre durant la période allant du 1er juillet au 31 octobre derniers. En effet, sur les 66.000 tonnes importées à la fin du mois d’octobre dernier sur les 100.000 prévues, plusieurs dizaines de tonnes étaient impropres à la consommation. Quant à la qualité de la marchandise importée, le ministre du Commerce, El Hachemi Djaâboub, a admis que celle importée «est de mauvaise qualité par rapport au produit local.» Pourtant, rien n’a été fait pour stopper l’«arnaque» dont est victime l’Algérie. Mais qu’est-ce qui a favorisé un tel trafic à grande échelle? Une telle «arnaque» n’aurait pas été possible si les services du ministère du Commerce avaient dépêché, sur les lieux, une équipe de contrôle. Y-a-t-il complicité? Tout porte à le croire d’après l’ancien chef de gouvernement et secrétaire général du RND, Ahmed Ouyahia.

Smail ROUHA
Source : Journal l’Expression, Algérie 4 novembre 2007

PAR-DELÀ LA CONDAMNATION DES FONCTIONNAIRES ALGÉRIENS POUR MANQUE DE VIGILANCE, VOIRE POUR COMPLICITÉ, UNE PART DE RESPONSABILITÉ PLUS IMPORTANTE REVIENT AU QUÉBEC ET CANADA D’ACCEPTER DE FOURGUER AUX POPULATIONS ALGÉRIENNES DES CONTENAIRES DE POMME DE TERRE POURRIS DESTINÉE AUX POUBELLES ET EN PLUS DE SE FAIRE PAYER AUX PRIX FORT. VOILA QUI DONNE UNE IDÉE DE COMMENT S’EXERCE CONCRETEMENT LA MONDIALISATION, TOUJOURS AU DÉTRIMENT DES PLUS FAIBLES.

 


zehira


zehira@sympatico.ca



Film de la semaine: The War on Democracy

27 10 2007

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Note: United Fruit a depuis changé de nom pour devenir Chiquita.



L’ALÉCA: un référendum frauduleux

13 10 2007

http://www.organicconsumers.org/images/bytes/cafta.jpgIl y a moins d’une semaine, le 7 octobre, le Costa-Rica tint un référendum  afin de décider de son adhésion ou non à l’ALÉCA  (CAFTA  en anglais ou Tratado de Libre Comercio entre República Dominicana, Centroamérica y Estados Unidos de América en espagnol). L’ALÉCA, l’Accord de libre échange Centre-américain, regroupe les ÉU, El Salvador, le Nicaragua, le Guatemala, le Honduras et la République dominicaine ainsi que, maintenant, le Costa Rica, c’est l’équivalent centre-américain de l’ALÉNA. Selon les résultats officiels, le peuple costaricain a approuvé l’ALÉCA dans une proportion de 51,58% contre 48,42%, mais le processus référendaire a été entaché de plusieurs irrégularités.  Déjà, il semble qu’il y ait eu fraude: les sondages dans les jours avant le référendum prédisaient un victoire du refus à l’ALÉCA avec une avance de 10%, soit largement au dessus de la marge d’erreur du sondage moyen (2-3%)! En effet, le dernier sondage en date, qui questiona 1202 personnes entre le 27 sept. et le 2 oct., trouva que 55% des gens étaient contre et 43% étaient pour avec une marge d’erreur de 3,5% 19/20. Juste pour vous donner une idée de l’improbabilité du résultat du référendum si le sondage est exacte cela veut dire (en langage statistique que la distribution des gens votant contre suit une distribution normale avec pour moyenne de 55% et un écart-type de 1,75% et donc) que la probabilité que les partisans de l’ALÉCA remportent le référendum est inférieur à 1% (0,22% pour être exacte). Évidemment la dernière affirmation suppose que le sondage a été de façon rigoureuse et sans avoir été lui-même manipulé.  Mais à part la vraisemblable fraude, il y a eu corruption et intimidation à souhait. Pour donner quelques exemples:

  • Le Président du Costa Rica, Arias, a reçu de Carlos Slim, l’homme d’affaire mexicain qui a récemment dépasser Bill Gates comme l’homme le plus riche du monde selon le magazine Forbes et qui contrôle Telmex [ex-compagnie de téléphonie d’État du Mexique, on parle ici de quelqu’un que la privatisation a rendu riche, pour donner une petite idée de la fraude de cette privatisation de 1990, Slim et ses acolytes, dont France Télécom, n’ont pas payé le gouvernement du Mexique immédiatement pour l’achat de Telmex mais faisaient simplement verser les profits de Telmex au gouvernement pour les quelques années qui suivirent en guise de payement] , Telcel et América Móvil, des contributions illégales pour la campagne pro-ALÉCA pour le référendum.

  • La représente étasunienne au commerce, Susan Schwab, a menacé le Costa Rica qu’il ne bénéficierait plus d’un statut de partenaire commercial privilégié au près des ÉU s’il votait contre l’ALÉCA à peine trois jours avant le vote. L’ambassadeur étasunien au Costa Rica alla même jusqu’à faire le tour des compagnies exportatrices du pays pour leur réitérer la même menace en ajoutant que cela mènerait à la perte de 14 000 emplois. Et ce même si cette décision est un prérogative du Congrès qui avait affirmer n’avoir aucune intention d’enlever son statut au Costa Rica.

  • Pindeco filière de la bananière Dole qui possède la majorité des plantations au Costa Rica, menaça de renvoyer tous ses employé(e)s et de fermer toutes ses plantations.
  • Le gouvernement menaça les mairies de pousser pour l’ALÉCA et menaça de couper les fonds à celles qui ne le ferrait pas.

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