NATO = North Atlantic Terrorist Organization!

This is too much! Another country – Syria – is being deliberately targeted for regime change, and this is completely illegal under United Nations regulations.

I was sent this document today:-

“RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT” SYRIA: A US-NATO “TROJAN HORSE”
with the sub-title “Friends of Syria” Sabotage UN “Peace Plan”
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=30221

Nato has no interest in a cease-fire at all.
They have no interest in protecting life.
Their only interest is to gain influence over yet another sovereign state, and bend it to their will.

The article conludes:- “Will there eventually be a “NATO Spring” of popular uprisings against the dictatorship of NATO, and the militarization of the planet?” I cannot answer that question, but I live in hope that the general population at some time will get off its collective butt and shout “NO MORE!”

Another article that covers the same topic can be found at:-

SYRIA: NATO’s Next “Humanitarian” War?
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29234

The introduction is really informative:-

“In order to facilitate the action of liberative (sic) forces, …a special effort should be made to eliminate certain key individuals. …[to] be accomplished early in the course of the uprising and intervention, …

Once a political decision has been reached to proceed with internal disturbances in Syria, CIA is prepared, and SIS (MI6) will attempt to mount minor sabotage and coup de main (sic) incidents within Syria, working through contacts with individuals. …Incidents should not be concentrated in Damascus …

Further : a “necessary degree of fear .. frontier incidents and (staged) border clashes”, would “provide a pretext for intervention… the CIA and SIS [MI6] should use … capabilities in both psychological and action fields to augment tension.” (Joint US-UK leaked Intelligence Document, London and Washington, 1957)

Do take a special note of the date.

“The “protests” did not emanate from internal political cleavages as described by the mainstream media. From the very outset, they were the result of a covert US-NATO intelligence operation geared towards triggering social chaos, with a view to eventually discrediting the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad and destabilizing Syria as a Nation State.”

“Since the middle of March 2011, Islamist armed groups –covertly supported by Western and Israeli intelligence– have conducted terrorist attacks directed against government buildings including acts of arson. Amply documented, trained gunmen and snipers including mercenaries have targeted the police, armed forces as well as innocent civilians. There is ample evidence, as outlined in the Arab League Observer Mission report, that these armed groups of mercenaries are responsible for killing civilians.

While the Syrian government and military bear a heavy burden of responsibility. it is important to underscore the fact that these terrorist acts –including the indiscriminate killing of men, women and children– are part of a US-NATO-Israeli initiative, which consists is supporting, training and financing “an armed entity” operating inside Syria.”

“NATO Special Forces from Britain, France, Qatar and Turkey are already on the ground inside Syria in blatant violation of international law. Reports from British military sources (November 2011) confirm that:

“British Special forces have met up with members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)… The apparent goal of this initial contact was to establish the rebel forces’ strength and to pave the way for any future training operations. … More recent reports have stated that British and French Special Forces have been actively training members of the FSA, from a base in Turkey. Some reports indicate that training is also taking place in locations in Libya and Northern Lebanon. British MI6 operatives and UKSF (SAS/SBS) personnel have reportedly been training the rebels in urban warfare as well as supplying them with arms and equipment. US CIA operatives and special forces are believed to be providing communications assistance to the rebels.” Elite Forces UK, January 5, 2012″

You do realise who is paying for all of this, don’t you? YOU ARE!!!

And remember, if you don’t say “No”, you are legally saying “Yes”!

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Greed + Collusion + Corruption = A Lethal Combination

Its a combination that often occurs when big business is trying to make a profit at the expense of the environment, and the people that live in it.

Imagine what would happen if a company said that there was bauxite to be found under St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and they wished to extract it using opencast mining techniques. There would be an uproar, of course, and then the whole ridiculous venture would be quashed completely, never to be mentioned again.

Now transpose that to another country, India, and try it again. There is bauxite enough in India. They have reserves for 350 years at the present rate of consumption. Some of this bauxite is located in Orissa, at the top of a mountain called Niyam Dongar. The value of this deposit is estimated at $2 billion. Unfortunately, the hill in question is the home of the Deity of the local tribespeople – not just a church or a cathedral. Furthermore, the bauxite is essential to the ecology of the area. Bauxite is a porous rock with great water retention capacity. The rock’s water conserving properties makes it absorb the precipitation in the rainy season and slowly emit it during the whole year. Many perennial streams have their springs in the Niyamgiri Hills, constituting a permanent water source for a large area.

The company involved in this dispute is Vedanta Resources, via two of its subsidiaries – Vedanta Aluminium Limited and Sterlite Industries (India) Limited. The people that would be affected by a mining operation are the Dongria Kondh.

The trigger that got me started on this task, was a page on the Guardian website:-

“Indian tribe’s Avatar-like battle against mining firm reaches supreme court”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/08/indian-tribe-avatar-supreme-court

Vedanta, which wants the bauxite for an alumina refinery it has built near the hills, requires clearance under the country’s forest and environmental laws. But though it had obtained provisional permission, it failed to satisfy laws protecting the forests and granting rights to local tribal groups.

A government report accused the firm of violations of forest conservation, tribal rights and environmental protection laws in Orissa, a charge subsequently repeated by a panel of forestry experts. An excerpt from this report (Saxena_Vedanta.pdf) is as follows:-
“If mining is permitted on this site it will not only be illegal but it will also:
• Destroy one of the most sacred sites of the Kondh Primitive Tribal Groups
• Destroy more than seven square kilometers of sacred, undisturbed forest land on top of the mountain that has been protected by the Dongaria Kondh for centuries as sacred to Niyam Raja and as essential to preserving the region’s fertility.
• Endanger the self-sufficient forest-based livelihoods of these Primitive Tribal Groups
• Seriously harm the livelihood of hundreds of Dalit families who indirectly depend upon these lands through their economic relationship with these Primitive Tribe Groups,
• Build roads through the Dongaria Kondh’s territories, making the area easily accessible to poachers of wildlife and timber smugglers threatening the rich biodiversity of the hills
Violation of Forest Conservation Act
• The company is in illegal occupation of 26.123 ha of village forest lands enclosed within the factory premises. The claim by the company that they have only followed the state government orders and enclosed the forest lands within their factory premises to protect these lands and that they provide access to the tribal and other villagers to their village forest lands is completely false. This is an act of total contempt for the law on the part of the company and an apalling degree of collusion on the part of the concerned officials.
• For the construction of a road running parallel to the conveyor corridor, the company has illegally occupied plot number 157(P) measuring 1.0 acre and plot number 133 measuring 0.11 acres of village forest lands. This act is also similar to the above although the land involved is much smaller in extent.
Violation of the Environment Protection Act (EPA)
• The company M/s Vedanta Alumina Limited has already proceeded with construction activity for its enormous expansion project that would increase its capacity six fold from 1 Mtpa to 6 Mtpa without obtaining environmental clearance as per provisions of EIA Notification, 2006 under the EPA. This amounts to a serious violation of the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act. This expansion, its extensive scale and advanced nature, is in complete violation of the EPA and is an expression of the contempt with which this company treats the laws of the land.
Violation of conditions of Clearance under EPA granted to Refinery
• The refinery was accorded clearance under the EPA on the condition that no forest land would be used for the establishment of the refinery. But now it is clearly established that the company has occupied 26.123 ha of village forest lands within the refinery boundary with the active collusion of concerned officials. Hence, the environmental clearance given to the company for setting up the refinery is legally invalid and has to be set aside.

Jairam Ramesh, the then environment minister, decided that Vedanta would not be allowed to mine the bauxite because “laws were being violated”.

Meanwhile, Survival International referred the matter to the OECD, who had this to say in their Final Statement (43884129.pdf) :-

62. Vedanta also does not appear to have a concrete human rights policy or to have in place a mechanism for assessing the impact of its operations on human rights (and indigenous rights) in spite of its published commitments:
“[Our people and community policies, which are applied across all of our group companies, are to:
] Strive to actively enter into dialogue and engagement with our stakeholders […]
Manage our businesses in a fair and equitable manner, meeting all our social responsibilities as a direct and indirect employer and respect the human rights of all of our stakeholders […]
Align our activities with the principles in the Convention on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations and Convention 138 of the International Labour Organisation”

Survival International also made the rounds of investors holding shares in Vedanta, and was successful in getting many to sell their stock. The response from Norway was particularly interesting. This was the report of the Council on Ethics, with regard to the Government Pension Fund – Global. The report (Recommendation_Vedanta.pdf) was exhaustive, and I will just give the conclusions here:-

7.3 Conclusion
In this case the Council has assessed the risk of the Fund contributing to both severe environmental damage and human rights violations by maintaining its investment in
Vedanta Resources. In this respect the Council has investigated four of Vedanta’s subsidiaries and found the accusations against the company of severe environmental damage and involvement in violations and forced dislocation of tribal peoples to be substantiated. In the Council’s opinion, the company seems to lack interest in and willingness to do something about the serious and long-term damage that its operations inflict on people and the environment. The norm breaches that have been brought to light with regard to the environment and human rights, have taken place at all the investigated subsidiaries, repeatedly and over several years. In the Council’s opinion, this indicates a pattern of behaviour where such violations are accepted and have become an integral part of corporate practice. This pattern represents an unacceptable risk that the company’s unethical practice will continue in the future.

8 Recommendation
The Council will, after the assessment of the substance of the accusations against Vedanta Resources Ltd., in light of point 4.4 of the Ethical Guidelines, recommend that Vedanta Resources Ltd, as well as its subsidiaries Sterlite Industries Ltd. and Madras Aluminium Company Ltd. be excluded from the investment universe of the Government Pension Fund – Global due to an unacceptable risk of complicity in current and future severe environmental damage and systematic human rights violations.

Vedanta is now appealing the supreme court decision.

A supreme court decision on the appeal was expected on the 9th of April, but that has now been delayed, and a new date has not yet been given

For the last 5 years or so, Survival International has mounted an awesome campaign on behalf of the Dongria Kondh, and it would be wonderful to see it crowned with the success it deserves. Vedanta has deliberately tried to exploit a sensitive area of the Indian legal system:- the Regional authorities, (in this case, Orissa), do not always follow the wishes of the national government. Don’t let them get away with this!

The current Minister for Environment and Forests is the Honorable Mrs. Jayanthi Natrajan.

She can be reached via an on-line form (100 words max) at http://www.india.gov.in/outerwin.php?id=http://envfor.nic.in/

She has an email address also – jayanthi.n@sansad.nic.in

Please contact her, and ask her to support the Dongria Kondh. We can still save a little bit of our planet!

Vedanta was founded by Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, who owns more than half the shares. I wonder what makes this man tick?