Loot of Land and other Assets in Supine Ukraine
Under US/EU controlled Nazi infested ruling elite
William Shakespeare might have saved the pound of flesh which Shylock demanded for his loan, but Jews, money lenders and loan sharks (baniyas in India as depicted in many Indian films, especially in 1950s to 1970s) have been hated and despised from the beginning of history. This was highlighted again during Crusades and Jihads, when before starting any crusade the Christians would massacre Jews from the place of commencement and on the day and at the end of the first crusade after reaching Jerusalem, they assassinated all the Jews.
Since the creation of paper money, those who can create it ie, the bankers and financiers, mostly Jews have brought about ethical, moral, spiritual and physical havoc. Since the collapse of the housing bubble and the hit to American economy in 2008, on top of currency/credit created without backing of gold , almost USD 3 trillion of stimulus has been provided to banks too big to fail at little interest to play about with the world economy . This money is being used to control price of gold , petroleum and other commodities and by purchase of whatever possible resources are available underground ie mines and agricultural lands and pastures. With trillions of dollars in surplus China has also joined the game, especially in Africa and Latin America but its money has gold backing unlike Western currency , which is little old backing .It is based on US power to bomb , destroy and frighten and print more $ notes. The 1944 Batten Woods system had collapsed in 1971. Since then it has been enforced by military power, most of the time.
One example is Argentina, which is still struggling against financial vultures from USA and the Jews from Israel.
August 25, 2014 by Ellen Brown
If Argentina were in a high-stakes chess match, the country's actions this week would be the equivalent of flipping over all the pieces on the board.
– David Dayen, Fiscal Times, August 22, 2014
In the past 20 years, Israelis—both investors and intelligence operatives--have swarmed over Patagonia. That there may be an ulterior motive in this is alluded to in the following article. In the event of a generalized Mid East nuclear war, or the disintegration of the Israeli state, Israelis may soon flock to places like Patagonia and their ethnic homeland in Ukraine—Tom
Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy. The vultures are demanding what amounts to a 600% return on bonds bought for pennies on the dollar, defeating a 2005 settlement in which 92% of creditors agreed to accept a 70% haircut on their bonds. A US court has backed the vulture funds; but last week, Argentina sidestepped its jurisdiction by transferring the trustee for payment from Bank of New York Mellon to its own central bank. That play, if approved by the Argentine Congress, will allow the country to continue making payments under its 2005 settlement, avoiding default on the majority of its bonds.
Argentina is already foreclosed from international capital markets, so it doesn't have much to lose by thwarting the US court system. Similar bold moves by Ecuador and Iceland have left those countries in substantially better shape than Greece, which went along with the agendas of the international financiers.
The upside for Argentina was captured by President Fernandez in a nationwide speech on August 19th. Struggling to hold back tears, according to Bloomberg, she said:
When it comes to the sovereignty of our country and the conviction that we can no longer be extorted and that we can't become burdened with debt again, we are emerging as Argentines.
. . . If I signed what they're trying to make me sign, the bomb wouldn't explode now but rather there would surely be applause, marvelous headlines in the papers. But we would enter into the infernal cycle of debt which we've been subject to for so long.
The Endgame: Patagonia in the Crosshairs
The deeper implications of that infernal debt cycle were explored by Argentine political analyst Adrian Salbuchi in an August 12th article titled "Sovereign Debt for Territory: a New Global Elite Swap Strategy." Where territories were once captured by military might, he maintains that today they are being annexed by debt. The still-evolving plan is to drive destitute nations into an international bankruptcy court whose decisions would have the force of law throughout the world. The court could then do with whole countries what US bankruptcy courts do with businesses: sell off their assets, including their real estate. Sovereign territories could be acquired as the spoils of bankruptcy without a shot being fired.
The Greeks are trying to resist a similar attempt by European Union, led by Germany, the richest state in the Europe Union. In just concluded elections the people have voted a leftist party into power, which went to polls to oppose austerity imposed on poor masses of not only Greece, but also Spain, Italy, Portugal, et cetera. The new rulers in Greece are already in contact with Russia, which will allow them export of Greek agriculture products which had been banned earlier as a counter to sanctions by EU against Moscow. Russia may promise other benefits in the energy sector (The new South Stream now ends at the Turkish- Greek border). The role of China has to be watched because Beijing would certainly like to weaken EU poised against Moscow, to some extent. The new government of Greece has already expressed its reservations about use false allegations about Russian interference in Ukraine. It might oppose any further sanction against Moscow .This is an interesting development to watch because it may be end of efforts for the creation of so-called Europe Union itself, something which has never been achieved in its history.
But here, I am talking about the miserable and pitiable condition of the citizens of Ukraine, which has been mostly part of Russia in history , but has been taken away through Washington's blatant and public interference , provision of money , propaganda and lies and installing a government which is full of Nazi's. During World War II, it was the centre of torture and killing of Jews. Even anti-Semitic Romania transported its Jews to Ukraine.
Here is what is happening in Ukraine, which should be a lesson to all, especially in India which gulps down all the lies told by Western leaders and its media whores .It is repeated by Indian print media and TV channels without any effort to verify.
K.Gajendra Singh 30 Jan., 2015 , Mayur Vihar, Delhi
West's Agri-giants Snap up Ukraine
By Frederic Mousseau
Asia Times 28 Jan 2015
OAKLAND, United States - At the same time as the United States, Canada and the European Union announced a set of new sanctions against Russia in mid-December last year, Ukraine received US$350 million in US military aid, coming on top of a $1 billion aid package approved by the US Congress in March 2014.
Western governments' further involvement in the Ukraine conflict signals their confidence in the cabinet appointed by the new government earlier in December 2014. This new government is unique given that three of its most important ministries were granted to foreign-born individuals who received Ukrainian citizenship just hours before their appointment.
The Ministry of Finance went to Natalie Jaresko, a US-born and educated businesswoman who has been working in Ukraine since the mid-1990s, overseeing a private equity fund established by the US government to invest in the country. Jaresko is also the CEO of Horizon Capital, an investment firm that administers various Western investments in the country.
As unusual as it may seem, this appointment is consistent with what looks more like a takeover of the Ukrainian economy by Western interests. In two reports - "The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture" and "Walking on the West Side: The World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict" - the Oakland Institute has documented this takeover, particularly in the agricultural sector.
A major factor in the crisis that led to deadly protests and eventually to president Viktor Yanukovych's removal from office in February 2014 was his rejection of a European Union Association agreement aimed at expanding trade and integrating Ukraine with the EU - an agreement that was tied to a US$17 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
After the president's departure and the installation of a pro-Western government, the IMF initiated a reform program that was a condition of its loan with the goal of increasing private investment in the country.
The package of measures includes reforming the public provision of water and energy, and, more important, attempts to address what the World Bank identified as the "structural roots" of the current economic crisis in Ukraine, notably the high cost of doing business in the country.
The Ukrainian agricultural sector has been a prime target for foreign private investment and is logically seen by the IMF and World Bank as a priority sector for reform. Both institutions praise the new government's readiness to follow their advice.
For example, the foreign-driven agricultural reform roadmap provided to Ukraine includes facilitating the acquisition of agricultural land, cutting food and plant regulations and controls, and reducing corporate taxes and custom duties.
The stakes around Ukraine's vast agricultural sector - the world's third-largest exporter of corn and fifth-largest exporter of wheat - could not be higher. Ukraine is known for its ample fields of rich black soil, and the country boasts more than 32 million hectares of fertile, arable land - the equivalent of one-third of the entire arable land in the European Union.
The maneuvering for control over the country's agricultural system is a pivotal factor in the struggle that has been taking place over the last year in the greatest East-West confrontation since the Cold War.
The presence of foreign corporations in Ukrainian agriculture is growing quickly, with more than 1.6 million hectares signed over to foreign companies for agricultural purposes in recent years. While Monsanto, Cargill, and DuPont have been in Ukraine for quite some time, their investments in the country have grown significantly over the past few years.
Cargill is involved in the sale of pesticides, seeds and fertilizers and has recently expanded its agricultural investments to include grain storage, animal nutrition and a stake in UkrLandFarming, the largest agribusiness in the country.
Similarly, Monsanto has been in Ukraine for years but has doubled the size of its team over the last three years. In March 2014, just weeks after Yanukovych was deposed, the company invested $140 million in building a new seed plant in Ukraine.
DuPont has also expanded its investments and announced in June 2013 that it too would be investing in a new seed plant in the country.
Western corporations have not just taken control of certain profitable agribusinesses and agricultural activities; they have now initiated a vertical integration of the agricultural sector and extended their grip on infrastructure and shipping.
For instance, Cargill now owns at least four grain elevators and two sunflower seed processing plants used for the production of sunflower oil. In December 2013, the company bought a "25% +1 share" in a grain terminal at the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk with a capacity of 3.5 million tonnes of grain per year.
All aspects of Ukraine's agricultural supply chain - from the production of seeds and other agricultural inputs to the actual shipment of commodities out of the country - are thus increasingly controlled by Western firms.
European institutions and the US government have actively promoted this expansion. It started with the push for a change of government at a time when president Yanukovych was seen as pro-Russian interests. This was further pushed, starting in February 2014, through the promotion of a "pro-business" reform agenda, as described by the US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker when she met with Prime Minister Arsenly Yatsenyuk in October 2014.
The European Union and the United States are working hand in hand in the takeover of Ukrainian agriculture. Although Ukraine does not allow the production of genetically modified (GM) crops, the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, which ignited the conflict that ousted Yanukovych, includes a clause (Article 404) that commits both parties to cooperate to "extend the use of biotechnologies" within the country.
This clause is surprising given that most European consumers reject GM crops. However, it creates an opening to bring GM products into Europe, an opportunity sought after by large agro-seed companies such as Monsanto.
Opening up Ukraine to the cultivation of GM crops would go against the will of European citizens, and it is unclear how the change would benefit Ukrainians.
It is similarly unclear how Ukrainians will benefit from this wave of foreign investment in their agriculture, and what impact these investments will have on the seven million local farmers.
Once they eventually look away from the conflict in the Eastern "pro-Russian" part of the country, Ukrainians may wonder what remains of their country's ability to control its food supply and manage the economy to their own benefit.
As for US and European citizens, will they eventually awaken from the headlines and grand rhetoric about Russian aggression and human rights abuses and question their governments' involvement in the Ukraine conflict?
Frederic Mousseau is Policy Director at the Oakland Institute.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, IPS.
(Inter Press Service)