- In this revision of the Department of Justice, to 'honor'
the National Intelligence Director: We have a perfect interpretation for
everything that's currently coming down upon us all.
- In the previous article the situation which this 'seal'
also applies to refers to cops and their various back-up agencies, as they
go about their self-appointed task of deciding guilt and meeting out punishment
to ordinary people in a routinely malevolent way that all too often ends
in serious injury or death. That previous article is called "Perfecting
- Today just happens to mark the 10th Anniversary of the
Battle in Seattle. This reminds us all that before the coup it was possible
to mount a massive and mostly peaceful resistance to something as completely
evil as is the World Trade Organization. Today, because of the last nine
years, is however an entirely different story, as the global meeting of
the WTO is about to convene their annual meeting in Geneva.
- "The World Trade Organization convenes today in
Geneva for its seventh ministerial. Investigative journalist Greg Palast
files a report from Geneva where he interviews WTO Director General Pascal
Lamy to see how much the organization and its priorities have changed over
the past 10 years.
- Ten years ago today, tens of thousands of global justice
activists, environmentalists, union members and anti-capitalist activists
helped shut down the World Trade Organization in Seattle. Today the WTO
is convening once again for a ministerial.
- This time in Geneva, Switzerland. Protests began on Saturday
and police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd of an estimated
3 to 5,000 demonstrators, arresting 33 people who were allegedly involved
in breaking windows, looting, and setting cars on fire.
- Investigative journalist Greg Palast traveled to Geneva
ahead of this week's talks. He met with the WTO Director General Pascal
Lamy to see how much the organization and its priorities have changed over
the past 10 years. As protests mount inGeneva today we turn to Greg Palast's
report produced for Air America and Democracy Now! (1)
- Inside that Battle in Seattle, there was another battle
going on over the control of the Story of the Battle in Seattle, which
is the subject of a new book by David & Rebecca Solnit, "The Battle
of the Story of the Battle of Seattle."
- "JUAN GONZALEZ: Yes, it has been 10 years since
the infamous Battle of Seattle. On November 30, 1999, tens of thousands
of activists from across the country and around the world prevented delegates
from attending the global trade talks by forming a human chain around the
Seattle convention center and shutting down the city's downtown. Police
responded by firing teargas and rubber bullets into the mostly peaceful
crowd. The protests resulted in 600 arrests and in the eventual collapse
of the talks as well as the resignation of Seattle's police chief. It was
a watershed moment for the movement against corporate globalization and
"Democracy Now!" was there broadcasting live.
- AMY GOODMAN: Ananda Tan, talk about the organizing you
did 10 years ago and the significance of the workers out on the streets
- ANANDA TAN: Well Amy, 10 years ago was sort of a combination
of a decade of organizing for us in western Canada. It was really a combination
of various movements, recognizing that the corporate rule over our forests
and forest dependant communities was really leading to destruction of community
health and stability. I work mainly with the forest worker organizing and
there's a few hundred of us who joined the Canadian Labor Congress and
other trade unionists from around North America on the streets. For us
it was really a first realization, or a wide realization, that our cause
to prevent corporations from robbing our forests and our communities was
linked to the fight of peasants from India and fisher folk around the world
who are trying to protect their natural resources, peasants trying to protect
their seeds. So it was really a coming together of various movements.
- For us, coming down to Seattle, we came down with a slogan
of fighting the Global Free Logging Agreement, which is what we call the
multilateral impediment on investments that was a key component of the
WTO. We realized that our fight was linked to those of communities, and
millions of people around the world. My only regret is that we weren't
able to sustain it returning to Canada, but we did remain inspired by the
fact that many of our allies around the world were eventually able to force
the derailment of key provisions like the agreement on agriculture and
a lot of the major components of the Doha round.
- AMY GOODMAN: And as we move into this 10 years later,
Ananda, as we move forward, the Copenhagen climate talks about to take
place, how would you say the organizing from 10 years ago is translating
into what is happening today?
- ANANDA TAN: Well Amy, I think what we saw in Seattle
was a combination of broad dialogue in civil society. I was part of an
alliance called the Labor-Environmental Alliance and it was the first time
forest workers, and environmental groups, and indigenous activists got
together to realize and recognize common cause. With the climate crisis
I think we have learned from a lot of our lessons in various resource based
fights and come forward to realize that the fights of communities here
in North America fighting climate-destructive and climate-polluting industries
is linked to the fights of communities facing toxins in their backyards,
communities that are really being hit hard by the economic crisis here
in North America, their cause is linked to the cause of African farmers
and Asian farmers who are running into serious limits to their productivity
on their farms due to the climate crisis. So we have a much bigger canvas.
We have an opportunity to tackle the same corporations who were trying
to liberalize international trade and their access to community resources
around the world and are now trying to do the same, using this opportunity
of the climate crisis to create markets for trading in carbon derivatives
and using their existing control of energy resources to finance their development
agenda in the Third world.
- I think we're at a place where once again we're faced
with turning out massive numbers of people on the streets to challenge
the corporate interference with international climate policy talks, but
also here in the U.S. I think it is critical, being in the country with
the most amount of-that's producing the most climate pollution, but also
ostensibly owes the most amount of carbon reparations or climate debt to
communities around the world, for people to step out and start challenging
these corporations that are housed here in this country, the major oil
and gas companies and the banks that finance them, all the carbon traders
that are trying to make deals in this new derivatives market to stop their
- Apparently the uprising by the world that stopped the
WTO in Seattle ten years ago, while it was magnificent at the time, was
not something which the public felt needed to be continued as we entered
the black-days of the coup of 911 that left us with a legacy of fear and
terror of anything that might indicate any real resistance to any of the
toxic arms of global domination.
- What the lackey's wearing badges are doing to the public
here on an hourly basis; is now being replicated throughout the financial
global markets to not just the so-called world powers; but now the WTO
wants to capture and dictate this worst of all possible financial models
of theirs, to the entire third world as well. And again we have the-powers-that-be
dictating terms to the planet that involve appointing themselves as 'Judges,
Juries and Executioner's." This time having already stolen most of
Europe & America, they have a plan to hijack what remains of other
peoples wealth and financial systems that will complete the massive destruction
of the entire global economy. This they are planning to do in the midst
of completing the global transfer of wealth from every other nation to
the pockets of those that are running the fake New World Order, that is
in fact nothing but an armed robbery of the planet in the name of global
greed and excessively criminal-usury to complete their treasons and lies
in such a way as to silence forever, any and all public dissent! In addition
to this plan there is also Agenda 21, brought to us by the United Nations,
a cloaked and deep-cover arm of the NWO.
- AGENDA 21 - Economic control whereby private property
ownership will be forbidden. Within this "sustainable development"
(not true!!!!) initiative, there will be a lockdown of land and watershed
systems through relocation of people into human settlements.
- So through "climate change" and "global
warming" there will be draconian legislation that will ultimately
destroy humanity. This is not particular just to USA. On 9 December,
The-Powers-that-be are going to start implementing their ultimate control
starting with the elimination of private property rights." (3)
- This used to be "our world" but how we choose
to deal with these new invasions into our way of life; will definitely
determine how much longer that might even be possilbe to be the actual
case in point!
- 1) WTO Chief Pascal Lamay: Free Trade and Interdependence
Help Promote Freedom, Human Rights and Civil Liberties videohttp://www.democracynow.org/2009/11/30/wto_chief_pascal_lamay_free_trade
- 2) The Battle of Seattle 10 years later video
- 3) Taking Liberty by Taking Land - video
- Agenda 21the UN Plan for your sustainable community