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Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world’s food supply and subsequently breeding environmental devastation for years, but leaked documents now reveal that Monsanto has also deeply infiltrated the United States government. With leaked reports revealing how U.S. diplomats are actually working for Monsanto to push their agenda along with other key government officials, Monsanto’s grasp on international politics has never been clearer.
Amazingly, the information reveals that the massive corporation is also intensely involved in the passing and regulations concerning the very GM ingredients they are responsible for. In fact, the information released by WikiLeaks reveals just how much power Monsanto has thanks to key positions within the United States government and elsewhere. Not only was it exposed that the U.S. is threatening nations who oppose Monsanto with military-style trade wars, but that many U.S. diplomats actually work directly for Monsanto.
Full Story: http://worldtruth.tv/leaked-documents-reveal-us-diplomats-actually-work-for-monsanto/Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world’s food supply... more
Sarasota Florida GOP Taps Donald Trump As "2012 Statesman Of The Year" After Syria's Bashar Al-Assad DeclinesLet us now praise . . .
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Going by the report, it sounds like the next release could be the world affairs equivalent of accidentally sending someone a text message with you insulting them when it was meant to be read by someone they hate.
The US is warning ally nations about the sensitive information about to be released, which could see US diplomat expelled from other nations.
"A State Department spokesman said Wednesday the release of confidential communications about foreign governments probably will erode trust in the United States as a diplomatic partner."-CBC
The article highlights the pre warning apology the US sent to Canada.Going by the report, it sounds like the next release could be the world affairs... more
One of the little-known facts about the office of President of the United States is that the president doesn’t usually keep the gifts given to him during his time in office. Many previous presidents accepted these gifts and used certain gifts on a regular basis, but in the post-World War II era, the practice of keeping gifts has been discontinued.
link: http://onlinemastersdegree.org/30-strangest-presidential-gifts-ever-exchanged/One of the little-known facts about the office of President of the United States is... more
Skilled architects, experienced soldiers and sharp-witted diplomats – between the glittering blue sea and the glistening white sand of a small island, a new empire is developing. But we still need resources and housing and have to form commercial treaties with other islands to ensure our success. Lead your island kingdom to prosperity, found alliances and follow in the footsteps of history with four advisers by your side.Skilled architects, experienced soldiers and sharp-witted diplomats – between... more
The ambassador's reception might not be quite so lavish in future as Chancellor Alistair Darling forces Britain's diplomats to tighten their belts.
Britain's representatives around the world are to be stripped of perks totalling £13m a year.
In future, embassy staff will have to travel economy class on flights under five hours - and not claim as much for their children's private education.
There will also be a wholesale reform of their expenses system.
The changes - which are hidden away in a footnote to the pre-Budget report - are likely to cause "gnashing of teeth in embassies across the world", says the BBC's deputy Political Editor James Landale.
According to 2007 figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, educating children of Foreign Office diplomats costs UK taxpayers £20m a year.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8404554.stmThe ambassador's reception might not be quite so lavish in future as Chancellor... more
t is time to clarify the debate over Iran and its nuclear program. It's easy to criticize the current course adopted by the United States and its allies, to huff and puff about Iranian mendacity, to point out that Russia and China won't agree to tougher measures against Tehran, and to detail the leaks in the sanctions already in place. But what, then, should the United States do? The critics are eager to denounce the administration from the sidelines for being weak but rarely detail what they would do to be "tough." Would they attack Iran today? If not, then what should we do? It is time to put up or shut up on Iran.
There are three basic options that the United States and its allies have regarding Iran's nuclear program. We can bomb Iran, engage it diplomatically, or contain and deter the threat it poses. Let me outline what each would entail and then explain why I favor containment and deterrenct is time to clarify the debate over Iran and its nuclear program. It's easy to... more
Washington, 20 August (WashingtonTV)—Diplomats said that Iran has allowed inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] to visit a nearly completed nuclear reactor, after a year-long ban, the Associated Press reported from Vienna on Thursday.
http://televisionwashington.com/floater_article1.aspx?lang=en&t=1&id=13290Washington, 20 August (WashingtonTV)—Diplomats said that Iran has allowed... more
Diplomats and officials in India have been barred from using social networking and file sharing sites such as Facebook due to fears that security could be compromised.Diplomats and officials in India have been barred from using social networking and... more
"We are supporting Senator Barack Obama because of his judgment, experience, and ability to inspire people to come together around a common purpose," the letter said. "Senator Obama's talents offer an historic opportunity; for the sake of America's security and standing in the world, we must seize it.""We are supporting Senator Barack Obama because of his judgment, experience, and... more
LONDON, England (AP) -- An amateur diplomat alarmed British officials during World War II by proposing that Germany and Britain divide the world between them, according to records released Sunday.
James Lonsdale-Bryans, a fascist sympathizer, traveled to Italy early in the war to meet the German ambassador, Ulrich von Hassell.
"It would appear that Bryans may be taking part in unofficial discussions," said a Secret Service memo released by the National Archives.
"Bryans' idea is that the world ought to be divided into two parts. That Germany should be given a free hand in Europe and that the British Empire should run the rest of the world.
"I am not sure that this is a very desirable point of view to publish at the present time."
The records show that Bryans had been in touch with Britain's Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax, and the Secret Service was unsure how much backing Lonsdale-Bryans may have had from the Foreign Office.
"Bryans is a talkative and indiscreet fellow who is in possession of a story which he delights in telling and which if told publicly would be likely to cause embarrassment to the Foreign Office," one memo said.
Lonsdale-Bryans also tried to discuss his plans with American officials including Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, prompting British officials to tell the Americans that Lonsdale-Bryans was "unreliable though not disloyal."
Despite whatever embarrassment Lonsdale-Bryans may have caused, British officials did not move against him.
"Although there seems to be a good deal to be said for locking him up to prevent him airing his views to all and sundry, I understand that if this is done it will inevitably involve his bringing up the question of his contacts with the Foreign Office and the facilities afforded him to go to Italy," said a letter from an official in the Foreign Office.
Other previously secret records released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that British spies considered using carrier pigeons to spread misinformation among the Germans before the D-Day landings in 1944.
The Secret Service devised a plan to drop pigeons behind enemy lines in France carrying false information about the location of the landings.
The files show that the Allies dropped thousands of homing pigeons into occupied France by parachute during the war, carrying questionnaires to be filled with information that could help the Allied cause. Only 10 percent of the birds returned, leading officials to conclude many had fallen into German hands.
"It occurs to me that this is a possible means of putting deception over to the enemy by the careful framing of the questionnaires, as presumably the Germans must, if they capture some of these birds, take notice of the type of question which is being asked," wrote an official identified as Lt. Col. Robertson in a letter to intelligence staff.
Christopher Andrew, the official historian of the Security Service, said the D-Day pigeon plan was considered but never carried out.
LONDON, England (AP) -- An amateur diplomat alarmed British officials during World War... more
The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Embassy in Berlin “instructed Foreign Service personnel stationed there not to attend Sen. Barack Obama’s [D-IL] public rally” in Tiergarten Park because the event is “‘partisan political activity‘ prohibited under its regulations for those serving overseas.”
The diplomats’ union objected to the ruling, calling it an “unnecessarily narrow interpretation” of the Foreign Affairs Manual. “The fact that you are working for the U.S. government overseas should not preclude political activity that you could engage in in the United States,” one retired senior Foreign Service officer said. But a State official explained the ruling:
But “we always maintain that no U.S. government Foreign Service person overseas should be seen to be advocating one side or the other,” State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy said, adding that “it has nothing to do with who” the candidate is.
“When a German sees you there, they’re not going to think, ‘Oh, he or she is on their off time.’ It’s ‘Oh, they are a Democrat, a Republican, an independent,’ God knows what,” Kennedy said in an interview.
But the ruling — which Kennedy admitted is unprecedented — appears to indicate a double standard from the State Department. Last June, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) delivered a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa. The event was reportedly organized in part by U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins, whom President Bush appointed in 2005. But more than that, the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa confirmed to ThinkProgress that Wilkins also attended the event.
Not only did McCain make clear references to and critiques of Obama’s policy positions in the speech, but he also referred to his own presidential campaign six times.
Although both the McCain and Obama campaigns denied their respective speeches in Ottawa and Berlin were political, the State Department only prohibited diplomats from attending Obama’s event. The fact that Wilkins attended McCain’s speech without worries that he would “be seen to be advocating one side or the other,” undermines Kennedy’s justification for barring Foreign Service personnel from attending Obama’s speech.The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Embassy in Berlin “instructed Foreign... more
The Cultural Diplomat caught up with Gena Rowlands, Tex Pardue and the Los Angeles Consul General of Greece at the closing night gala of the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. This great film festival, already in its' second year has proven to be a major cultural force in Los Angeles. To find out more please visit lagreekfilmfestival.org and greektourism.comThe Cultural Diplomat caught up with Gena Rowlands, Tex Pardue and the Los Angeles... more
The Cultural Diplomat speaks with Antoine Roset of Ligne Roset and Frances Anderton of Dwell about the role of designers in today's rapidly changing world. This exclusive event was held at Ligne Roset Design in Los Angeles. To find out more, please visit, ligne-roset-usa.com and dwell.comThe Cultural Diplomat speaks with Antoine Roset of Ligne Roset and Frances Anderton... more
The United Arab Emirates is expected to soon name an ambassador to Iraq and could open an embassy in the war-ravaged nation, Iraqi officials said Thursday.
The move would make UAE the first Arab nation to re-establish full diplomatic relations with Iraq since an Egyptian ambassador was killed there in 2005. Shiite-dominated Iraq has been working to strengthen ties with the Sunni-led Arab world.
The visit by United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan took place as the U.S. and other nations urge Arab countries to deploy ambassadors to Iraq, reopen embassies and forge closer relationships with the post-Saddam Hussein government.
Though the UAE will name an ambassador in coming days, according to Iraqi officials, it may take several months to send the envoy to Baghdad because of security and logistical concerns.
The United Arab Emirates is expected to soon name an ambassador to Iraq and could open... more
Zimbabwe's authorities have stopped opposition presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai from campaigning for the 27 June election.
The order banning "several future rallies" came after police briefly detained Mr Tsvangirai ahead of a rally in the second-largest city of Bulawayo.
The length or extent of the ban, which cites security fears, is not yet clear.
It comes soon after the government banned food aid distribution, saying agencies were helping the opposition.Zimbabwe's authorities have stopped opposition presidential candidate Morgan... more
Zimbabwe's government has indefinitely suspended all field work by aid groups and non-governmental organisations.
Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche accused several of "breaching the terms and conditions of their registration", in a written notice sent to the groups.
Earlier, police detained a group of US and UK diplomats for several hours as they investigated political violence there, US ambassador James McGee said.
The US and UK demanded an explanation for the "unjust and outrageous" move.
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,And Mugabe does this to his people as he stands before the summit and blames the West for all of his economic woe's.Zimbabwe's government has indefinitely suspended all field work by aid groups and... more
"Zimbabwean police detained U.S. and British diplomats on Thursday, slashing the tires of their cars after they visited victims of political violence ahead of a presidential election run-off, the U.S. embassy said.
The U.S. ambassador blamed the attack on President Robert Mugabe's government.
Former colonial power Britain and the United States accuse Mugabe of a campaign of violence and intimidation against supporters of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the run-up to the vote.
The attack took place in Bindura, 80 km (50 miles) north of Harare, a U.S. embassy spokesman said.
"Police put up a roadblock, stopped the vehicles, slashed the tires, reached in and grabbed telephones from my personnel, and the war veterans (Mugabe's supporters) threatened to burn the vehicles with my people inside unless they got out and accompanied police to a station nearby," U.S. Ambassador James McGee said in an interview on CNN.
"We do believe this is coming directly from the top," he said.
Tsvangirai beat Mugabe in a March 29 presidential election but failed to win enough votes to avoid a second round.
The opposition says 65 people have been killed since the first round of voting by supporters of Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party who want to extend his 28-year rule. Mugabe blames the opposition for the violence.
Tsvangirai was detained for nine hours on Wednesday but continued his campaign on Thursday.
South Africa said it planned to begin sending election observers to Zimbabwe this week as part of a larger mission sent by the Southern African Development Community, adding that it was essential that the election be fair and transparent.
Simba Makoni, the ruling party defector who came third in the first round called on Thursday for the run-off to be scrapped to prevent further bloodshed.
Makoni won over 8 percent and those who voted for him could be crucial in deciding the contest.
In an indicator of Zimbabwe's rapid economic decline, its dollar currency plunged to a new low of between 995 million and 1.45 billion to the greenback on Thursday from an average 700 million at the beginning of the week.""Zimbabwean police detained U.S. and British diplomats on Thursday, slashing the... more
"British and American diplomats were attacked today as they tried to investigate political violence in Zimbabwe. US embassy spokesman Paul Engelstad added that five Americans, four Britons and two Zimbabweans were still being held five hours after they and others in their group were stopped at a roadblock in a rural area north of the capital, Harare.
The US ambassador is pressing Zimbabwean officials to release them.
The attackers beat up a US embassy staff member and slashed the tyres of some cars in the convoy. The group had travelled to a 'safe house' outside Harare to meet opposition party activists who claimed they had been tortured, when police arrived and Zanu-PF officials arrived.
The British party reportedly made a break for their vehicle and rammed a Zanu-PF car to escape the compound.
A group of Americans who also escaped, drove over metal spikes laid across the track, bursting the tyres, and drove 30 miles on the wheel rims until they reached safety. Another group of Americans remained held at gunpoint.""British and American diplomats were attacked today as they tried to investigate... more