Posts Tagged ‘Tsipras’

Lobster on the Ukraine as Monsanto Trojan Horse

February 2, 2015

Robin Ramsay, writing in the ‘View from the Bridge’ column in Lobster 68, has some very interesting things to say about the current civil war in Ukraine. Ramsay considers that the American-EU attempt to detach the country from Russia made about as much sense as the Russians trying to form a trade and military alliance with Canada or Mexico. It doesn’t make much sense, considering these nations’ historic and geographic connections to the US, and would only serve to frighten and annoy their larger neighbour to the south.

His analysis of the real purpose of the IMF loan to Ukraine is interesting. It was made with the usual demands for restructuring. In other words, in return for the loan, the Ukraine would have to substantially wreck large parts of its economy by selling off its agricultural and industrial infrastructure to foreign investors. He also notes that the loan was so large it could never really be repaid. He suggests that this was deliberate, with the intention of handing over large parts of Ukraine’s immensely fertile chernozem agricultural land to Monsanto. They would then seed it with their GM crops as part of an attempt to do an end-run on the EU legislation banning them. Once Ukraine became part of the EU, Monsanto could claim that the ban was a dead letter, because they were already growing them there.

Unfortunately for the Americans the plan was scuppered as the Russians made the Ukrainians a better off. Hence the coup. The ‘View from the Bridge’ section of Lobster 68 is available on the web as a free download at http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster68/lob68-view-from-the-bridge.pdf. This section is entitled ‘Ukraine and the Major Media’, and it’s on pages 3-4.

And Greece?

This weekend Mike over at Vox Political published a piece by Tsipras, the new Greek president. Tsipras is the head of the anti-austerity Syriza party, now frightening the Neo-libs all over Europe. It was part of a speech Tsipras gave in Germany trying to explain to the German financiers why his country was abandoning the austerity foisted on them by the troika. He also mentioned that he objected to the IMF loan to his country, not because it was too little, but because it was too much. The Greek couldn’t pay it off, and the further loan given to the Greeks to service the debt simply made it worse and prolonged it even further.

Which sounds very similar to what Robin Ramsay proposes was done to the Ukraine.

It makes me wonder whether the purpose of these loans is really to bail out these countries’ economies, or wreck them, and make them poor, dependent economic colonies of America and the more prosperous EU nations to their north and west.

Vox Political and Tax Research: Greek Debt Excuse to Destroy Syriza

January 29, 2015

Mike has a little piece over at Vox Political commenting on a guest post over at Tax Research UK. This begins by stating that the current concerns about Greek debt

is, quite simply, a device to wreck the Syriza government as quickly as possible, and to make sure that what happens can be laid at the feet of that government, and not blamed on the ECB, IMF, EC, or any other EU country, or – and this is most important – global capital (by which I primarily mean multi-national corporations, the 1% and their agents and supporters).

The articles warn that the leaders of multinational capital are alarmed at the fact that for the first time in decades a government has been elected that has rejected Neoliberalism. They predict that over the coming three months, Greece will be subjected to increasing attack and pressure, all to undermine their new government.

The Tax Research UK article further states that the Syriza government is also uncomfortable and unwelcome to the Social Democratic parties in Europe, such as New Labour in Britain, that bought into Neoliberalism, and lobbied hard for the interests of big business, telling their supporter there was no other way.

Syriza is a threat because if it succeeds, it will embolden other, non-Neoliberal parties like the Podremos in Spain. And after strengthening them, it will then spread elsewhere in Europe, most probably first to France. The Neoliberals and their multinational corporate paymasters are on the defensive. And they will do their utmost to bring down Syriza.

Mike comments that it is to be hoped the new Greek president, Mr Tsipras, now has the strength, determination and statesmanlike qualities that so determined Britain’s Churchill in our struggle against Nazism. ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man.’

Vox Political’s article is at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/01/29/why-debt-is-an-excuse-in-the-case-of-greece-tax-research-uk/.

Tax Research UK’s article is at http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2015/01/28/why-debt-is-an-excuse-in-the-case-of-greece-guest-post/