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Traprock Peace Center April 10, 2005
Deregulation, Accumulation of wealth — India's resistance to corporations
By Vandana Shiva Director and founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology
And they created the GAT, except the GAT didn't become an institution because of the Havana charter demanded the correcting of unfair trade that had grown during imperialism.
And said we've been drained of our resources.
Our markets have been destroyed.
Our manufacturers have been destroyed.
And what we need is a correction of unfair trade.
That's what the international trade organization was supposed to do.
That was put aside and the GAT kind of hung there as a half institution till 1995 and we get the World Trade Organization to complete the picture.
The two sets of instruments, whether it is the financial instrument or the trade treaties are basically ending up creating what I would call corporate rule.  
Rule by corporations for corporations.
But of course corporations can't rule directly.
It wouldn't work.
People would just throw them out.
They would come in and try and monopolize salt and everyone would do what Gandhi did — sorry we can make our own salt.
They will try and monopolize water and if Coca-Cola came to your back yard, came to this region — you would say sorry we have good water.
We can supply our own water.
So they can only establish their rule over our lives through takeover of the state.
Therefore a very, very important part of the globalization project is the creation of corporate states.
But corporate states would also be resisted because normally people aren't that stupid.
People will turn around and say — sorry we are going to elect the kind of people who actually bring us education, who keep our taxes enough to run public systems, but not so low that we save all our money but society is poor.  
In India they are learning everything from this country.
So every time they want to cut tax for the wealthy they talk about widening the tax net.
Which means we won't collect taxes from those who can afford to pay, but we will tax poor people more in all kinds of new ways.
And some of those new ways are privatization of water, privatization of energy.  
We are having street protests everyday on the value added tax.
Which means sales tax will go.
Regions won't be able to collect their own taxes.  
Everyone will be poor.
The international traders will have no taxes because they get refund.
Local trade will get wiped out.
Local businesses will get wiped out.
Exactly what happened with the British free trade treaty.
1716 the British bribed their way through 500, I think 600 rupees, bribed one of the last non-emperors of the Mogul — do you even remember a name called Faruk Shi.  
Even I, who am from India, didn't know about Faruk Shi, until I read this free trade treaty between the Right Honorable East India Company and the Mogul emperor.
The entire Mogul empire had collapsed.   There was nothing.   They didn't cover any part of the country.  
So what did this treaty give them?
Rights to trade in all parts of the country that the Mogul emperor didn't rule over, including Bengal, which was the prize possession.
It basically said the East India Company would pay no taxes.  
East India Company will have the right of private armies to shoot, kill, and have merchant adventurous.
No local chieftain will be able to arrest them for unlawful activity.
If you look at NAFTA, if you look at WTO, exactly the same kind of rights.
We threw [Coca-Cola] out in 1977.
It's not so difficult to put sugar and brown color.
We created a drink called 'Double Seven.'
Coca-Cola came back with the right to investment — this whole globalization thing.
Now they are mining ground water wherever they set up a plant.
It took women.
It took tribal women to educate us about what Coke meant.
I had no idea that every Coke bottle has a footprint of ten.
That behind every bottle of Coca-Cola, behind it is the destruction of ten times that much water in the area where they bottled.  
That destruction happens because they have to do things so big.
Normal societies can do things on a small scale.
But the giant corporations must work on a very big scale.
So they mine two million liters a day in one little place.
No area of the world can recharge two million liters of water per day.
Nowhere can that mining be sustainable done.
Before you know it water levels fall a hundred feet.
But the processes themselves are extremely contaminating.
The osmosis they use.
The washing off of all the toxics they put in the bottles stay in the ground water.
The combination of means there is no drinking water left.
And for woman who started this movement, now it has spread to eighty-seven plants.
Traprock Peace Center April 10, 2005
Deregulation, Accumulation of wealth — India's resistance to corporations
By Vandana Shiva Director and founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology
The courts in the first round ruled in the favor of the community.
It was an amazing ruling.
It said water is the common property of the local community.
Therefore any company must seek their permission for touching the water.
It upheld the rights of the local community.
But there has been an attempt to reverse it.
And we are going to have to challenge the High Court decision, take it to Supreme Court.
Everyone is back on the streets.
The people are saying we will not let a single truck move.
If Coke…in my book "Water Wars," I cite an annual meeting of Coke where they say if five point six billion people, a little while ago, the people on planet get thirsty everyday.
If we can make sure they cannot quench their thirst without Coca-Cola then we have reached our objectives.
Monsanto has the same kind of thinking.
If we can make sure a farmer cannot sow seed without depending on us for buying seed and paying royalties, that's when we have reached our objective.
The seed industry of course is more ingenious than any industry that I can think of.
They introduced patenting.  
Which means farmers saving seeds are now thieves.
Because seed is now the property of the company — intellectual property of the company.
In law books if you see the definition of intellectual property — it's a fifteen year old term — it says intellectual property is property of products of the mind.
I keep having these images, you know some artist should do it, where seeds keep popping out of Monsanto's CO head.
They've come out of the soil.   Millions of years of evolution.  
Ten thousand years of farmer's breeding.
And they call it a produce of a fictitious person's mind.
Because that is what a corporation is.
And we accept it, and we go the next step, and we go the next step, but while they were building all these crazy ideas like seed popping out of Monsanto head — Monsanto doesn't even have a head — they were also getting ready knowing that every time they has been oppression, every time there has been lack of freedom, every time there has been slavery, people have acted.
Total domination over our water, our food, over the way we make our clothes
So while they were building the project of total domination over our water:
Over our food.
Over the way we make our clothing.
Over the way we make our housing.
Over the way we run our schools and colleges, and universities.
Our hospitals.
Health care systems.
Our social security system, while they were taking all of that over, and deregulating every one of those sectors,
in a way rendering the state and the government totally unemployed
— they had found a new employment for a dispensable state.
Culture wars
That new employment was what has been called in various discussions now — in your part of the world it's called 'Culture Wars.'
In other places it's 'Religious Fundamentalism.'
But whatever it is, it is a very interesting phenomena.
It is a very contrived distortion of the natural aspiration of people to define themselves.
Through certain ways.
Through their belief systems, their cultures, and to take that glue of society, turn it into a fragmentation of society.
It's a brilliant move.
For culture is nothing more than that which holds us together.
Gives us meaning.
Makes us understand who we are.
And yet the so called 'Culture Wars' are how to not know who you are.
To not know what is going on in your lives.
It's and erasure...in fact it's an erasure of identity.  
It's an erasure of a sense of what is the economy, what is the political system, how do you engage as a person.
And I don't think this has happened as an accident.
Just as when the British created the Hindu Muslim riots and engineered those riots, and in spite of their attempts people would refuse to follow that path — I remember for the first many years, the more the British pushed Hindu Muslim divide, the more people would stand for unity.  
We had new parties called the unionist parties — parties for union — so we won't vote on the basis of who we are as Hindu and Muslims, we vote because of us being farmers, and Hindu and Muslims are farmers.
We vote as a particular place, as, you know, people of Bengal.
We vote in terms of our larger common identity.
And I believe this whole upsurge of religious fundamentalism and talking of culture as a war, is really a way to deal with a number of things at the same time.  
The first is, yes it is true, that corporate globalization is dispossessing people, is robbing people of economic livelihoods, of jobs, of security.
An insecure people will ten even more to depend on hanging together.
When there is an unemployment in the family, or a medical crises in the family, everyone hangs together.
So again the response is when insecurity happens people will get together.
And normally they will also know, oh yes, the wagerearner lost his, her, job because the General Motors factory moved to Mexico or outsourced jobs went to India and Bangalore, or whatever, people understand while they deal with it.
Now you have an unemployed political sector.
Unemployed in two ways.
First because you have deregulated the economy, there is no role for government.
So why on earth should you elect government representatives.
Why do you need people in Washington and why do I need people in Delhi.
Because there is nothing to regulate anymore.
But you still need to fill those holes in Congress because there are other agendas to be performed.
Now that your representatives cannot come to you for votes in Massachusetts and say we guarantee you jobs for all, living wages for all.
Because that has been take out of the political accessibility of influence.
Democracy is not where these things are decided.  
Globalization is the end of economic democrary
Globalization in my analysis is the end of economic democracy.
That's what it means.
You won't influence the decisions about how you do your farming.
You won't influence decisions about how you are supplied water.
You won't in influence how you education systems are run.
That will be left to the market.
That will be left to the corporations.
That will left to international institutions used as instrumentalities of the corporations.
But you still have to get votes.
In a vacuum left by the death of democracy in economic terms, there is only one capital:
'Culture Wars.'
Representative democracy with economic dictatorship, economic totalitarianism, necessarily requires the kind of divide-and-rule policy that was tried by the British, except they worked on Hindus and Muslims in India.
Today you have this amazing definition of the red states and the blue states.
I was just this afternoon browsing through this book on Kansas on how it turned from being a blue state into being a red state.
It is absolutely no different from what happened in India.
It is no different from what happened in Punjab in the 1980's when I wrote my book called the 'Violence of the Green Revolution.'
People became terrorists because the young people weren't seeing any future in agriculture.
Incomes were declining.
Land was getting desertified.
Agriculture was being rendered unusable.
People took to guns.
That would be the normal kind of response except where you start taking them into churches.
Keep them busy.
And before you know it, farmers of the Midwest who would have joined the farmers of India to deal with the Cargill's and the Monsanto's are now treating as their worst enemies people in colleges, the 'Latte class,' the new class in this society called the 'Latte class.'
This is exactly like saying we are liberating women by allowing them to work at night — by getting rid of all labor laws.
What's happening is the blue collar workers have already lost their jobs.
In an absolute kind of way, manufacturing is kind of disappearing.
The kind of economy being created is what they call the service economy.
They also pretend at times to call it the knowledge economy.
I call it the ignorant economy
I call it the ignorant economy because there is so much ignorance about who is pulling the strings, who is controlling what, and what is happening to our societies.
The fact that it is now the white collar jobs that are under attack.
Whether it is through globalization and outsourcing, or it is by other dismantling like privatization of education or I was being told yesterday it is where private institutions can bid for the federal funds for running institutions that were so far owned only by the public universities, well all this means, as the villains of the piece, because otherwise their resistance will start making a difference in changing the system.
The pitting of the blue and the red in this country, is pitting the doubly dispossessed against the current dispossessed — or the future dispossessed.
Just so they cannot unify, and neither can farmers get back their farmers livelihood, nor can the workers get back their jobs in factories, you just neutralize it all.
But you do more than that.
In a White House, in a social ordering where we don't need it
You allow the existence of power in a White House, in a social ordering where we don't need it.
Except that now instead of the state governing over economic affairs, the state now starts to govern over social and cultural affairs, achieving two things at the same time.
First keeping people diverted.
Look at the amount of energy time that has gone in Terri's case.
Can you imagine all of that media time available to look at what was happening to livelihoods and jobs in this country.
Or to look at what is happening to health care around the world.
I was just thinking, when did the decision on Terri start being played out.
It's exactly the same month where India was being bullied by exactly the same powers that were standing there crying out about the life support being unplugged from Terri.
While they were bullying India to sign the new patent laws that will take medicine out of the access of millions and millions of people.
Same time!
Absolutely the same time!
And the language that is being crafted is the culture of life.
Here you have the economics of genocide.
Not showing itself as an economics of genocide because its mask has become the culture of life.
It does two things.
One is it pits people against each other.
Doesn't allow them to come together.
Everyone gets busy trying to defend themselves.
But is also totally diverts and detracts from understanding the genocidal impulses of the triple convergence, the convergence of economics as warfare — which is what corporate globalization is, it kills — sixteen thousand farmers in India have been killed through suicides, but when that large body of people is pushed into suicide because of the result of economic policy, I do not see it as individual actions.
It then become social.
It is driven by policy.
And a targeted extermination of a community, with a clear policy that says small farmers, family farmers should not exist in the future.
It is a policy designed to wipe out the small farmer and the small producer.
It's genocide.
 
Traprock Peace Center April 10, 2005
Deregulation, Accumulation of wealth — India's resistance to corporations
By Vandana Shiva Director and founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology
When the patent law was changed in India, the company that makes the best and the lowest cost AIDS medicine, a company called Cipla...
Dr Hamied supplied AIDS drugs to Africa for two hundred dollars when the American companies were selling them for twenty thousand dollars.
And that is what lead to the whole WTO debate on patenting, well Hamied's first statement —
I should say these patents on seeds are genocidal and people used to call me an extremist.
Hamied:
— who no one can question about his credentials in terms of trying to get affordable medicine to people in India and the rest of the world, and India provides seventy percent generic drugs of the world —
Hamied called this patent law genocide.
Exactly at that time, where the same interests are driving the killing of millions by denying them medicine, the killing of millions of farmers by pushing them into a death trap, totally avoidable death trap.
They, you know, prevent people from looking at what is going on with patent laws, you do all this media domination.
Take a family's decision out of their family life, out of their private life, push it onto the screen for months, and even in India we were getting it.
We said who is this Terri.
Why is she on our front page every day.
We didn't have the background.
I only read the background now after coming, but it is a necessary complement of economic genocide.
The real wars that we see as wars
And the third compliment of the economics of genocide is the real wars that we see as wars.
Because those wars are also about corporate takeover of other people's economies.
Iraq as everyone knows is not just about Saddam Hussein.
It was also about oil.
It is also about water.
It is also about Iraqi order 81 — doing to Iraqi farmer's what Monsanto is trying to do to Indian farmers, which we are resisting.
So with this kind of triple convergence of total dictatorship — the use of culture, the use of a distorted form of politics, and of course the use of the military and the use of a particular model of economy, how do we deal with this kind of total control system.
In which fear has a very, very important element.
I believe the first step is to give up fear.
Because fear is literally, to allow it to be fanned in our minds, or to shut it out.
Shut is out by just a more, a deeper engagement, which means changing our situation, working together in solidarity.
Absolutely wonderfully, guaranteed antidotes to fear.
Imposed will of ruthless merchant-adventurers
India is also likely to tighten its grip in the face of mass protests or resistance as the implications of Hong Kong become more and more widely known.
At Hong Kong itself, union leaders, farmers, and workers protesting peacefully were attacked with water-cannons, pepper-spray, and tear-gas. 900 were arrested and 70 were hospitalized.(5)
Want to know what to expect in the coming year?
Here's the graffiti already on the wall in Indonesia, which currently occupies the presidency of the Human Rights Commission (though it has yet to ratify key international human rights treaties) and in November, 2005 became a full-fledged compadre of the US in the War on Terra.
On September 18, 2005, in Tanah Awuk village in central Lombok, around a thousand peasants gathered peacefully to protest development policies denying local people the ability to feed themselves, on which they blamed a severe problem of child malnutrition.
Indonesia has abundant fertile land and all available land is cultivated for agriculture.
The real problem is that policies favor elite profits over the hunger of peasants.
At about 9 in the morning, Indonesian police forces attacked the crowd with plastic and rubber (as well as some metal) bullets, tear gas, and truncheons.
33 were injured, 27 from gunshots, and the rest from assault.
At least one child and two women were shot.
National TV footage showed unarmed women being dragged violently across rough terrain and police roughing up a man bleeding copiously from the head. (5)
That's how you play the game when you join the US Terror team.
Salaam, Bangalore.
The second very important element is to be able to look beyond the so called culture wars.
To be able to look beyond the rhetoric of dealing with social security, by enlarging the money on social security we are putting in on the global casino and making the money available to investors at low interest rates.
By being able to understand every policy decision and how it is going to impact.
And not accept the kind of rhetoric that goes — one example I give you is we fight the privatization of water in Delhi, which is connected to the privatization of the Ganges.
The chief minister and CEO of the water utility wrote me a letter because we took out a huge march across the city to say privatization is unacceptable to us.
So they write me a letter to say we are not privatizing.
The chief minister is a very good friend of mine.
I really get along well with her.
But she is trapped with a World Bank hundred million dollar loan, poor woman.
So she says, but Vadana even you have to hire contractors to fix your plumbing and change your lighting system and build houses.
I said yah we have to hire contractors but I don't end up paying rent to the contractor after he has built a house.
Because that is what privatization means.
They get the contract to build a utility and then sit back and have twenty years collection of rents and royalties — whether they provide water or they don't.
That's the way all privatization works.
Seeing through all of this — but I believe the most important aspect of it is to prevent both the hijack of what fragile democracy we have, while we simultaneously deepen it.
I think for too long we have spent time working on perfect solutions — in the future, not of today.
We've all want built perfect utopias, when we've killed each other over the various differences between our various utopias.
I don't think we have that luxury now.
I think what we have is the here and the now, and the next step from now.
With all the dreams we could have, each of us with different dreams it doesn't matter.
The reason I loved Seattle, I loved Cancun, I am so proud of the processes we are all generating together, is because they've proved you don't all have to think in an identical way to be together in collective action.
Diversity is not the problem, in fact diversity is the solution.
We are made to think diversity is the problem, and people are finding out it is not.
And as much as diversity is not the problem, culture is not the problem.
Culture is the solution.
To the extent we do not allow our culture to be hijacked and used for anti-culture objectives.
Last year I was with the Prime Minister of Tibet in exile.
We were in a conference on the impact of globalization on culture.
Someone got up and asked Sandhong Rinpoche a question on the culture of violence.
He said violence cannot have a culture.
Because till we lost contact with culture, culture meant that which holds together.
In Sanskrit and Hindi we have different words processes: Sanskriti, that which binds.   Vikriti that which tears apart.  
So that culture wars that are going on in this country are not about culture.   They're Vikriti.  
They are holding up a system that would collapse if people could think with free minds.
An unfree economy needs colonized minds in order to continue to dominate.
That unfreedom of the mind is what the cultural colonization is about.
Whether it is in India with what was done with Hindu beliefs, Ayodhya temple and the rise of BJP, or what is being done with the so called red states, using the worst victims of globalization to continue to push the project of globalization.
What I feel is happening with culture, is what happened with the mad cow disease.
Remember the mad cow disease.
Among the curies of what was the infected agent, was the prion, got a noble prize.
The prion was a protein which was identical to the normal protein in the cow's brain.
Identical in substance, but with a little twist in the structure.  
And that little twist in the structure made a normal protein as an agent for self infection.
It wasn't an external virus.   It wasn't a bacteria.
It was a distorted prion, distorted protein.
I feel what is happening with religious fundamentalism, or the culture wars, is really the equivalent of the prion in our social and cultural lives.
A tiny twist and we self-infect ourselves.  
They don't need to have armies.
They don't need to have policing.
We end up policing each other, to the extent we do not realize what is happening in society.
As for the mad cow disease, the solution was giving back their normal diet back, rather than feeding them rendered meet, which is infected meat.
The solution was that free range grazing, start giving cows what they want to eat, which is fodder not meat.
They are not carnivores.   They are herbivores.
We need free range diets.
Free range mental diets.
Free range political diets.
And it is in our hands to create that free range fodder.
Not too expensive.
We just need our imagination.
Thank you.
 
Vandana will answer a couple of questions if you have any fodder to offer.
Garden seeds, when will they be modified?
I hope never.
The system has been very clear.
They never touched the garden because to the extent that the people could garden freely you wouldn't realize that the farmers were losing their freedoms.
In this country you have tremendous programs of seed saving but they are all saved for garden varieties.
Meantime the Soya being grown in the Midwest, the corn being grown in the Midwest, is all patented, and all genetically modified.
And the farmers are being policed.
There is this wonderful film we hope we can copy it, called 'Life out of control' about the levels of contamination that are taking place.
After the contamination, the farmer who lost his crop through contamination is sued for theft of intellectual property.
Those genes are mine says Monsanto.
I don't think they will get to garden seeds, but they could get to a situation where you can't afford to garden.
For example, this privatization of water in Delhi, one of the issues we are fighting is the changing of categories.  
In India we had all water is public.
Industrial water had higher tariffs.
Domestic water, social use of water had lower tariffs, and the poor had free water.
The slums had free water.  
Now the slums will pay whether or now they have water — on the promise they will get water in the future.
The public taps are being destroyed and dismantled to not allow free access.
Kitchen gardens are being treated as industrial activity.
Schools are being treated as industrial activity — they will have coin-operated toilets now.
Graveyards, cremation grounds, temples — so the squeeze is in terms of, you know, if the big companies are paying no taxes, they are not paying any taxes, in India they are being given…agribusiness is paying no taxes…the rich people don't pay taxes…then sooner or later, under the squeeze of privatization of every aspect of life…and the need to collect taxes…what ends up happening is that every free space is enclosed.
Continuing to have the right to garden...and even higher...continuing to have the duty to garden...are some of the issues.
You talked quite a bit about some of the situations that are wrong in India and the United States could you touch on what we could do about it.
Would you elaborate on what we sitting in here in a college town of Massachusetts, what impact can we have to roll back some of this regressive privatization, and the government stepping out of the picture, and maintaining and improving the quality of life that we would like.
I think the issue is dual.
The government stepping out of the picture on economic regulation where it has a duty, and stepping into the picture in terms of defining culture and values, where it has no business.
That's the dual challenge.
We need to push government out of domains and make it resilient enough to stand up.
The two go together.
The way we are doing it in India, is for seeds for example, we do not believe WTO has the right to force countries to enforce patents on life.
We do not believe our government should have implemented a law that is wrong internationally, but it has.
We believe we have a duty to not obey an unjust law.
And the commitment we have been making since 1991 we now absolutely committed to it, since the law was introduced on 26th December, the day of the Tsunami, we call it the Tsunami law, we started immediately.
We send the messages out.
Five million farmers have pledged to never obey seed patenting.
Which means when your seed inspectors come, try to threaten you, try to collect royalties.
When Monsanto tries to take you to case, farmers band together and say, sorry, seed is common property.
It is my duty to save it.
It is my duty to exchange it.
And paying you royalties is not on.
Partly because globalization is redefining law.
All of it is about law.
The WTO agreements are about law.
Trade treaties are law.
When law becomes the way of implementing economic policy, then not cooperating with that unjust law becomes a very important element of reclaiming freedom.
You can't reclaim freedom without starting the alternatives.
That is why I started Navadanya's seventeen, eighteen years ago.
Seed saving.
Building alternatives.
Doing all the kinds of agriculture, corporate free agriculture.  
You can't ask Monsanto to give you your freedom.
You have to do agriculture in which Monsanto doesn't have a place to enter your life.
For that, besides doing organic farming, besides doing GM free farming, we are creating zones where these corporations can't enter.
Freedom zones.
The GM free movement is one of the fastest growing movements in the world.
In Europe because I advised some governments there.
At the regional level governments have declared themselves to be GM free.
The European commission says to Austria, Italy, you can't because European Union will decide.
Now there are issues of who will make decisions at what level, because normal agriculture the local level decides.  
But now you have GM all of a sudden agriculture is no more local.
And these tussles are places where freedom and democracy will be decided.
Could you explain some more about when the Culture and Religious Wars began?
Well in the case of India the contriving started with the very way in which culture in our country, in our region, was defined.
After all India is a land probably with more diversity than any other part of the world.
When the British started to create this contrived conflict, they started to talk about, you know they didn't talk of Muslims at that time, they talked of the Musselman, they talked of the Hindus.
But what is a Hindu?
It is basically those who lived beyond the Indus.
It was a geographical indicator.
Because there are too many kinds of so called Hindus, you know.
In no way can put it into one umbrella.
There are atheists and there are Shaivites, and there are Vaishnavites and those who love Krishna, and those who love Ram — we have three hundred million deities.
To put it all into one umbrella at one term…anyway it was not a religious term, it was a geographical term.
As a result of that contrived thing…1911 I think was the first census…1921 was the first time they started to put Hindu, Muslim...no Hindu, Indian, Muslim, Indian.
And the Muslims would put Hindu, Muslim.
Because people saw themselves as Indian, and Indian was Hindu.
It took forty years, fifty years of a false labeling.
Till now, 1992 Parliament we get the Bharatiya Janata Party come to power on the philosophy of Hindutva — the essence of a fake category.
And then we start defining ourselves in those kind of terms.
I think something similar is starting to happen in this country.
The contriving is that where you have had a solidarity, between those who work, the farmers, and the workers, and the progressive elements of society, who might not be factory workers — and that is where the university and college community comes in in a big way — to try and break that solidarity.
New cultural contriving is being done to make it really look like the problem is the educated in this country.
Because the educated are able to communicate, through systems outside watching — what is it FOX? — you know I think that is the problem, why do they have to be targeted.
The latte class's [intellectual class] big problem is, it is not FOX addicted.  
You can come to class, teach freely.  
Get books for what you want.
And that is a huge difference.
And that's why they have to be termed in the 'larger mind' as the problems of the peace.
I think it is a huge, huge challenge.
I would love to have a discussion on how we prevent this divide.
I can just tell you in India, the way we dealt with it was, we refused to allow the right wing to hijack our categories.
We took the Ganga, and its sacredness, and made it the grounds for fighting privatization.
So rather than let a contrived cultural category be the handmaiden of corporate colonization, we take our real cultures, and our real meanings, and turn them into the grounds of resistance of economic colonization.  
Published on Friday, June 10, 2005 by Reuters
India "Boom" an Environmental Disaster, Arundhati Roy says
by Simon Denyer
NEW DELHI — India's economic boom is causing unsustainable environmental damage and is blinding people to the misery of hundreds of millions of poor, prize-winning author and activist Arundhati Roy said.
"Even if you know what is going on, you can't help thinking India is this cool place now, Bollywood is 'in' and all of us have mobile phones," Roy told Reuters in an interview.
"But it is almost as if the light is shining so brightly that you do not notice the darkness," she said.   "There is no understanding whatsoever of what price is being paid by the rivers and mountains and irrigation and ground water, there is no questioning of that because we are on a roll."
"India shining" was the campaign motto of the Bharatiya Janata Party which lost last year's election, unable to capitalise on the fast-growing economy and failing to convince the rural poor that economic reforms were benefitting them.
Roy won the 1997 Booker prize for her first novel "The God of Small Things".   Since then, she has become a leading environmental activist and opponent of big dams, which have displaced millions.
She said India's environment faced a major crisis, caused by industrial pollution, by big dams, and in particular by unsustainable use of ground water to irrigate thirsty cash crops such as soyabeans, peanuts and sugarcane.
"When the only logic is the market, when there is no respect for ecosystems, for the amount of water available... then we are in for a lot of trouble," she said.   "You have to have a system where people have access to some amount of water to grow whatever is sustainable for them to survive."
Falling water tables in states such as Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have forced millions of farmers to the brink of ruin. Buried under unpayable loans, thousands have committed suicide.
Roy said the poor were being sold a dream of consumerism which was impossible to deliver economically or environmentally.
"The idea of turning one billion people into consumers is terrifying," she said.
"Are you going to starve to death dreaming of a mobile phone or you going to have control of the resources that are available to you and have been for generations, but have been taken away so that someone else can have a mobile phone?"
Since the BJP was replaced by a coalition led by the center-left Congress party, Roy said she felt less targetted for speaking out, and some of the "vulgar and vicious" facets of BJP-rule had gone.
"But in terms of what is happening on the ground economically, I don't think anything has changed at all."
Choosing between parties was increasingly like choosing between brands of washing powder made by the same manufacturer, she said.
"It was so clear that the mandate for the Indian elections given by millions of people who came out to vote ... was one against the so-called neo-con liberal reforms," she said.
"But the minute that mandate was given to Congress, it is almost like the cameras shifted from the electoral field in India to outside the stock market, where stocks were plummeting, including the media's own stocks.   And people were forced to come out and say they were not against privatisation."
Recent court decisions in favour of dams and slum clearances had tipped the playing field further against the poor.   "It is so easy for people who are on this side of the line to climb the ladder.   The middle class has expanded and is having a good time, but for people who are on the other side it is becoming impossible to survive," Roy said.   "There are no jobs, there is just nowhere to go, no way out of it at all."

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"Rule by corporations for corporations.
But of course corporations can't rule directly.
It wouldn't work.
People would just
throw them out.
They would come in
and try and monopolize
salt
and everyone would do
what Gandhi did.
 
So they can only establish
their rule over our
lives through takeover
of the state."
 
Published on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 by the Inter Press Service
Peruvian Farmers Move to End Terminator Seeds
by Sanjay Suri
LONDON
A group of Peruvian indigenous farmers have prepared an extensively researched counter to a Canadian move to revive 'terminator' seeds.
Terminator seeds work only once.   For a new crop, farmers would have to go back to sellers.   These seeds that do not regenerate like normal seeds would work hugely to the advantage of corporations, to the detriment of farmers.
A United Nations moratorium at present blocks commercialisation of terminator seeds.
But a group of countries led by Canada have challenged the UN safety regulation.
This has led the Convention on Biological Diversity based in Montreal to open new discussions on relaxing the moratorium on such seeds.
One of the strongest counters to the move so far has come not from experts and officials but by Peruvian, says Michel Pimbert from the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) that promotes sustainable development at local levels.
After monitoring cultivation methods, about 70 indigenous leaders representing 26 Andean and Amazon communities met in a mountain village last month over two days to collate their findings and assess the damage that could be caused by terminator seeds.

The farmers also showed that Terminator (Genetic Use Restriction Technology) would transfer sterility to and effectively kill off other crops and wider plant life, as well as increasing the reliance of farmers on big agribusiness which is already patenting seeds traditionally owned by indigenous people.
''When does it happen that marginalised, excluded citizens come out and talk in this way,'' Pimbert told IPS.
The Peruvian indigenous farmers came together under the Quechua-Aymara Association for Nature and Sustainable Development (ANDES) and the International Institute for Environment and Development, a general assembly largely composed of indigenous people from villages in the Andes.
''Indigenous people and marginalised groups barely have a voice when it comes to policies and legislation,'' Pimbert said.   ''These were the voices of the poorest of the poor living in biodiversity hotspots.''
Officials at the Montreal institute had acknowledged that the input from the Peruvian indigenous farmers was one of the strongest they have received so far, Pimbert said.
The indigenous farmers reported that Peruvian farmers and small farmers worldwide ''are dependent on seeds obtained from the harvest as a principal source of seed to be used in subsequent agricultural cycles.''
But their findings went beyond that to examine several aspects of any change.
The farmers ''evaluated the evidence and assessed the risks of terminator technology on land, spiritual systems and on women, who are their seed keepers,'' Pimbert said.
The farmers also showed that Terminator (Genetic Use Restriction Technology) would transfer sterility to and effectively kill off other crops and wider plant life, as well as increasing the reliance of farmers on big agribusiness which is already patenting seeds traditionally owned by indigenous people.
They reported that industrialised 'mono-culture' farming would benefit at the expense of tried and tested local agricultural knowledge.
They warned that in Peru alone, 2,000 varieties of potato could be put at risk by Terminator technology. Peru gave the potato to the world.
''Terminator seeds do not have life,'' Felipe Gonzalez of the indigenous Pinchimoro community said in a statement.
''Like a plague they will come infecting our crops and carrying sickness.
We want to continue using our own seeds and our own customs of seed conservation and sharing.''
The Swiss-based company Syngenta recently won the patent on Terminator potatoes, but under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, it cannot market these potatoes.
The submission by the Peruvian farmers will be reviewed at a conference on such agricultural technology in Granada in Spain later this year.
The moratorium issue will come up at a conference on biological diversity to be held in Brazil in March next year.
''These voices and their research will be formally communicated there,'' Pimbert said.
They would seek to challenge claims by academics who feel terminator technology is safe, he said.
Peruvian indigenous leaders are urging the UN to expose the dangers of Terminator technology and uphold the moratorium.
They also demand that indigenous people have a say in the process equal to the influence of the agribusiness lobby.
''The UN moratorium helps to protect millenarian indigenous agricultural knowledge and the agrobiodiversity and global food security it enables,'' Alejandro Argumedo, associate director of ANDES, said in a statement.
''The rush to exploit Terminator technology for corporate profit must not be allowed to sabotage vital international biosafety polices.''
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Poisoning Patancheru
India's Pharmacuetical Industry:
Warning! Side Effects May Be Severe
By ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The United States has become the No. 1 market for India's pharmaceutical exports, with purchases reaching $250 million in 2003.   But by the time those medicines are swallowed in Chicago or Shreveport, their side effects are already felt by villagers downstream or downwind from the drug factories.
India's pharmaceutical industry is heavily concentrated in a few small areas, one of the most prominent — and notorious — being near the town of Patancheru in the state of Andhra Pradesh.   Over the past two decades, a growing chain of industrial estates has turned this 20-mile stretch of countryside into an ecological sacrifice zone.
The estates, dominant plants make bulk drugs, technically known as "active pharmaceutical ingredients" — raw materials for making pills, capsules, etc.   Bulk-drug market competition is fierce, and corner-cutting on waste treatment is rampant.
Given the human and ecological costs of India's drug industry, I propose that our Food and Drug Administration add additional warnings to labels on imported drugs. For example:
"Side effects, including drowsiness, skin rashes, gastrointestinal distress, neurological disorders, cardiovascular problems and/or cancer, may be encountered by those living near the site of manufacture of this drug."
A 2004 survey by Greenpeace India compared villages and found high rates of these and other illnesses where water is shared with drug plants.   Two major universities have launched studies of health problems in the area.
The mere smell of the villages, water is enough to make you gag.   Pollutant concentrations in area streams and lakes range from 12 to 100 times as high as those in an unpolluted lake just outside the contaminated zone, according to the 2004 report of a committee appointed by the state's High Court.
In accordance with court orders, drug companies are paying to have safe water piped into affected villages for drinking and cooking.   But the polluted water is still used for other purposes in the home and on the farm.
That brings us to another labeling suggestion: "Warning: This product may disrupt food production in certain areas."
Thousands of acres of formerly good farmland around Patancheru lie uncultivated during the dry season because groundwater has become unfit for irrigation.   The court committee sampled 48 wells in the area and found 81 percent polluted beyond an international standard for irrigation water.
How about this warning?: "Consumption of this antacid may induce headache, coughing and/or nausea downwind from where it was produced."
Despite repeated crackdowns by government authorities, some factories continue to pollute the Patancheru area's air with sulfurous mercaptan compounds that smell like rotten fish — ironically, during the production of stomach antacids.
Finally: "Some patients will experience sharp pangs of remorse when they learn more about the conditions under which this medication was produced."
The court committee visited 40 "pollution potential" companies in the industrial estates.   Of those, 30 were producing drugs or drug ingredients, and only five were complying fully with Patancheru's lenient pollution laws.
For effluent at new U.S. drug plants, the Environmental Protection Agency sets strict limits on at least 34 chemical compounds, from acetone to xylene.
No information about toxic compounds
But in the Patancheru area, where normally only the total quantity of pollutants is tracked, there's almost no information about specific toxic compounds.
That's serious, because some of the drug industry's solvents, byproducts and ingredients can harm people even at low concentrations.
When it comes to the cost of patented prescription drugs in the United States, the sky's the limit.   But in the global bulk drug market, low cost is the name of the game, and India's people and landscape are the losers.
Meanwhile, are you wondering if the U.S. medical establishment is aware of the global pharmaceutical trade's side effects?
Ask your doctor.
Stan Cox, senior research scientist at the Land Institute, Salina, Kan., lived in India for seven years and recently spent three months there.   He wrote this for the institute's Prairie Writers Circle.
Andrew Kimball GMO Summit October 25 2013  mp3 download
mp3 right click on images for download
GMO bioweapons gene modification and food
Roundup weedkiller found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples — environment saturated with GM agrichemical farming grid
By using genetic methods that are standard procedures in thousands of labs worldwide bioweapons can be made more virulent easier to handle and harder to fight.
Using genetic engineering techniques antibodies from women with infertility have been inserted into genes of ordinary corn seeds used to produce corn plants
What they do not tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 — human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors.
In 'defense' war programs researchers in the USA UK Russia and Germany have genetically engineered biological weapons agents building new deadly strains
       Antibodies from women with infertility used in creation of GMO food      
       Aborted fetal cells used in research of flavor enhancers      
     Scientists putting genes from human beings into food crops in dramatic extension of genetic modification.      
     Body Burden — cumulative synergistic effects      
India 2017
India Illuminati policy — no cash banks
Fears Grow for India’s Cash-Based Economy as the Effects of Modi’s Ban Begin to Ripple
The 35-year-old mother of four set herself on fire on Nov. 20 last year.
She died two weeks later. She told reporters she did it because her children hadn’t eaten for three days.
       Sheep and cashless banks.      
       Washington Secretly Behind Cash Ban In India       
     Death of a cashless woman in India      
     Razia’s was one of the scores of deaths — Narendra Modi’s decision to scrap high-value bank notes      
India 2014 — Corporate — State corruption
Withdrawing support from the poor to subsidizing elite
A staggering USD 123 billion was lost in the last decade which is 30 times the amount New Delhi spent on social services like health care and education last year
Forced into criminality by a system of governance built on dishonesty, exploitation and greed
Over 75 per cent of slum dwellers report having paid a bribe to secure basic necessities such as kerosene or medical care.
While India’s billionaires wallow in complacent luxury, two-thirds of the population live in dire poverty, almost half the nation’s children suffer from malnutrition and tens of millions, mainly Adivasi and Dalit people have been displaced by mining and infrastructure projects
India 2012
India 2011
Antibodies from women with infertility used in creation of GMO food
IMF through their implementation of austerity policies defacto exploit and loot the wealth of Third World nations and facilitate the long term asset stripping and resourcing stealing of such unfortunate countries
Quite a lot if you look at the whole Capitalist Western system which is rigged to exploit the masses and especially vulnerable Third Word nations in favor of the few, again in the West.
Globalization, Monetarism and Deregulation all sounded so great when they are expounded enthusiastically from the early 1980's, by the USA and their well funded fronts in academia and the global media as a globalist International Banker policy.
Anglicised elite of India lording it up in London, NY and heaven knows where with looted assets.
       Illuminati manipulation of oil energy resources      
       World rich elite taking advantage of middle class and poor      
     India and corporations 2011 — Deregulation, oil price, elite accumulation of wealth      
     In India a bill was introduced to make it a crime to question the safety of GMOs      
Rural India — The Deadly Gambles of Farming
Oxam America: Free Trade Agreement Bad Deal for Poor Countries
WASHINGTON — April 20, 2005 — International agency Oxfam called on U.S. Members of Congress today to reject the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Central American countries and the Dominican Republic (DR-CAFTA.)
Oxfam believes that the agreement, in its current form, will do more harm than good and will endanger the livelihood of thousands of small farmers who already live in poverty.
Oxfam joined numerous other non-governmental organizations and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle at a press conference today, calling for the rejection of DR-CAFTA.
The trade agreement is under consideration by both the House and the Senate and is expected to come up for a vote in the U.S. Congress before the end of May.
"Fair trade rules and practices have the potential to lift millions of people out of poverty, as trade and development are intimately linked," said Stephanie Weinberg, Trade Policy Advisor at Oxfam.
"But DR-CAFTA will only hurt these countries as it puts the needs of U.S. agribusiness, pharmaceutical companies and foreign investors above the basic needs of citizens in the region."
The U.S. trading partners in the DR-CAFTA region, with a population of 42.5 million, are the poorest countries in the hemisphere and have unequal distributions of income and wealth.
They depend heavily on agriculture for the livelihood of significant portions of their populations.
These countries are ravaged by curable diseases due to poverty and inadequate health- care coverage.
They sorely lack public infrastructure and, in several cases, are highly indebted.
Highly unequal societies,
"Those who stand to lose in the DR-CAFTA are the ones who are already disadvantaged in these highly unequal societies, where the majority of poor people live in rural areas, rely on income from agriculture and must pay for medicines out-of-pocket," continued Weinberg.
"Instead of establishing fair and equitable rules for trade, the agreement will institutionalize an uneven playing field."
Dumping of US rice
The regional trade agreement will require these developing countries to open their markets to dumping of US rice and other commodities and forbid use of adequate safeguards to ensure food and livelihood security and rural development.
Monopoly held by brand-name pharmaceuticals
DR-CAFTA imposes strict new rules that extend the monopoly held by brand-name pharmaceuticals, which will limit generic competition and reduce access to affordable medicines in the future.
Special rights and privileges to foreign investors
The trade agreement provides special rights and privileges to foreign investors that can create major new liabilities to governments and undermine efforts to protect public health, the environment, and workplace safety.
U.S. farmers receive extensive subsidies
DR-CAFTA also blatantly ignores the fact that U.S. farmers receive extensive subsidies and domestic supports, estimated to be around $18 billion this year alone.
"DR-CAFTA is a bad deal for millions of farmers, workers, and consumers in Central America and the Dominican Republic and should therefore be rejected," added Weinberg.
"Instead of pushing through bad deals like DR-CAFTA, the US should invest in the WTO and the Doha Round, as that is the best path to build a rules-based trade system that provides more opportunity and stability for both the U.S. and developing countries."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Oxfam's written testimony before the US House Committee on Ways and Means on the Implementation of the DR-CAFTA can be found on Oxfam's Web site at:
NATO's silent toxic air-spraying planes
HAARP
Weather Warfare
Full Spectrum Dominance
Elana Freeland on Buzzsaw with Sean Stone
Download audio mp3 from thewe.cc server      right click here
Chemtrails HAARP and the full spectrum dominance of planet earth.

Image: internet
Climate engineering weather warfare collapse of civilization

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“I had a Sunday dinner a few weeks ago at the house of my dad’s and stepmom’s neighbors.
The man and woman of the house are in their 60’s and both proud liberals.
The man said he was a ‘Berkley liberal.’ He supports Hillary, she supports Bernie Sanders.
Towards the end of the dinner he expressed the opinion that a few nuke bombs on some of the major cities in Iraq would be a good idea.
Previous to that, he defended the dropping of nuke bombs on Japan.
The guy’s wife, the Bernie supporter, added something about the barbarous tribal nature of Iraqi society.
She quoted Deepak Chopra on the [evil] nature of Mohamed.
Their son is a fighter pilot who is thinking about joining the top gun program.
He is gay but is too scared to come out to his work colleagues.”
Bi-Polar Disorder: Obama’s Bait-and-Switch Environmental Politics — click here
P.S. from Kewe to the above article written by Paul Street.
I accept the sun is a much greater factor in global weather than human-made activity.
That it is possible climate change will become a bigger problem but also more probable the sun is presently taking us into a mini-cold period.
That the increase in human-made carbon dioxide combined in the stratosphere with other Earth-releasing-of-warmth blocking chemicals is causing a wave of new tree/plant growth in areas not seen for many millennium.
That seeding of the clouds being done by NATO with its toxic compounds is completely destructive to the soil, seas and inland waters beneath, and many vulnerable humans and varied life, and that the politicians responsible for this NATO destructive activity should be held accountable for such as being enemies of Earth's eco-structure and livability.
From the video 'Holes in Heaven' — Brooks Agnew, Earth Tornographer
In 1983 I did radio tornography with 30 watts looking for oil in the ground.
I found 26 oil wells over a nine state area.
100 hundred percent of the time was accurate, which is just 30 watts of power beaming straight into solid rock.
HAARP uses a billion watts beamed straight into the ionosphere for experiments.
Picture these strings on the piano as layers of the Earth, each one has its own frequency.
What we used to do is beam radio waves into the ground and it would vibrate any 'strings' that were present in the ground.
We might get a sound back like ___ and we would say, that's natural gas.
We might get a sound back like ____ and we'd say that's crude oil.
We were able to identify each frequency.
We accomplished this with just 30 watts of radio power.
If you do this with a billion watts the vibrations are so violent that the entire piano would shake.
In fact the whole house would shake.
In fact the vibrations could be so severe under ground they could even cause an earthquake.
Download or watch movie on HAARP — Advanced US Military research weapon on behaviour modification
weather change, ionesphere manipulation — click here
Download or watch audio of Dr. Nick Begich talking on HAARP
— The 2006 update to 'Angels Don't Play This HAARP'.
'Angels Still Don't Play This HAARP: Advances In Tesla Technology'.
Planet Earth Weapon by Rosalie Bertell
ozone, HAARP, chemtrails, space war — click here
What HAARP Is.. And Everything Its Used For
Full HAARP Documentary — click here
Angels Dont Play This HAARP weather manipulation
1 hour 36 minutes video — click here
(poor quality to watch but well worth listening)
Dr. Nick Begich, his book and his articles can be found here
       http://www.earthpulse.com/      
Article on Chemtrails — unusual cloud formations in the US.
      Torture and Bush — White House legal architect Yoo on       

US soldiers committing suicide Afghanistan Iraq — Most Recent
Psychologist Pete Linnerooth was one of three who were part of a mental health crew in charge of the US 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in the Baghdad area of Iraq.   Pete Linnerooth committed suicide by turning a gun upon himself in January of 2013
Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes.   More than 6,500 veteran suicides are logged every year — more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began.
Mary Coghill Kirkland said she asked her son, 21-year-old Army Spc. Derrick Kirkland, what was wrong as soon as he came back from his first deployment to Iraq in 2008.   He had a ready answer: "Mom, I'm a murderer."
A military base on the brink
As police agents watched he shot himself in the head
Murders, fights, robberies, domestic violence, drunk driving, drug overdoses
US soldiers committing suicide Afghanistan Iraq II
U.S. Soldier Killed Herself After Objecting to Interrogation Techniques
Private Gary Boswell, 20, from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, was found hanging in a playground in July
She is Jeanne "Linda" Michel, a Navy medic.   She came home last month to her husband and three kids ages 11, 5, and 4, delighted to be back in her suburban home of Clifton Park in upstate New York.   Two weeks after she got home, she shot and killed herself.
Peterson refused to participate in the torture after only two nights working in the unit known as the cage
     United States Numb to Iraq Troop Deaths       
     All papers relating to the interrogations have been destroyed     
      We stripped them and were supposed to mock them and degrade their manhood     
US soldiers committing suicide Iraq Vietnam
The Iraq War — complete listing of articles, includes images
The House of Saud and Bush
       All with U.S. Money:       
       US and Israel War Crimes       
All with U.S. Money:

Israel agents stole identity of New Zealand cerebral palsy victim.

(IsraelNN.com       July 15, 2004)       The Foreign Ministry will take steps towards restoring relations with New Zealand.   New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced she was implementing diplomatic sanctions after two Israelis were sentenced on charges of attempting to obtain illegal passports.   Despite Israeli refusal to respond to the accusations, the two are labeled in the New Zealand media as Mossad agents acting on behalf of the Israeli intelligence community.

Foreign Ministry officials stated they will do everything possible to renew diplomatic ties, expressing sorrow over the "unfortunate incident".
Projected mortality rate of Sudan refugee starvation deaths — Darfur pictures
Suicide now top killer of Israeli soldiers
Atrocities files — graphic images
'Suicide bombings,' the angel said, 'and beheadings.'

'And the others that have all the power — they fly missiles in the sky.

They don't even look at the people they kill.'
       The real Ronald Reagan       
       — Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, South Africa        
Follow the torture trail...
       Photos August 2004
        When you talk with God        
         were you also spending your time, money and energy, killing people?         
       Are they now alive or dead?       
       Photos July 2004
US Debt
       Photos June 2004
Lest we forget — Ahmed and Asma, story of two children dying
       Photos May 2004
American military: Abu Gharib (Ghraib) prison photos, humiliation and torture
— London Daily Mirror article: non-sexually explicit pictures
       Photos April 2004
The celebration of Jerusalem day, the US missiles that rained onto children in Gaza,
and, a gathering of top articles over the past nine months
       Photos March 2004
The Iraq War — complete listing of articles, includes images
       Photos February 2004
US missiles — US money — and Palestine
       Photos January 2004
Ethnic cleansing in the Beduin desert
       Photos December 2003
Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Prize winner 2003
       Photos November 2003
Atrocities — graphic images...
       Photos October 2003
Aljazeerah.info
       Photos September 2003
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