Behind the Tin Curtain: BRICS+ vs NATO/G7

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 — The Cradle

The west is nostalgically caught up with outdated ‘containment’ policies, this time against Global South integration. Unfortunately for them, the rest of the world is moving on, together.

By Pepe Escobar Credit: The Cradle

Once upon a time, there existed an Iron Curtain which divided the continent of Europe. Coined by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the term was in reference to the then-Soviet Union’s efforts to create a physical and ideological boundary with the west. The latter, for its part, pursued a policy of containment against the spread and influence of communism.

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European Commission still trying to ram through the renewal of the licence for Roundup

23 November 2017 — SumOfUs

Fresh from its latest glyphosate defeat, the European Commission is still trying to ram through the renewal of the licence for Monsanto’s favourite weedkiller.

After EU member states voted down a ten-year license, the chemical lobby couldn’t even secure a five-year one either. But rather than accept that this battle is lost, the European Commission is still doing the handiwork for Monsanto, trying to ram through the relicensing in yet another meeting, with yet more votes.

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Europe says no to the Censorship Machine!

23 November 2017 — OpenMedia

Great news! On Monday the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee voted NO to censorship machines![1] .

This is a fantastic moment, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your tireless support. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve done. Over 135,000 people have spoken up against Censorship Machines and the Link Tax. Despite heavy lobbying from media conglomerates, Monday’s vote shows that your voices are being heard.[2]

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Killing Us Softly—Glyphosate Herbicide or Genocide? By F. William Engdahl

10 November 2017 — Global Research

One of the more bizarre actions in terms of the health and safety of EU citizens is the saga of Monsanto and its toxic herbicide or weed-killer, Roundup, the most widely used weed-killer on the planet. On October 25, 2017 the European Union Commission again announced that it lacked the necessary member state votes to approve a ten year license extension for weed-killer glyphosate. They will try again. Behind this seeming routine announcement is one of the hottest battles over food and human health the world has seen since the 1972 USA decision to ban spraying of deadly DDT pesticides on crops. This time the stakes go far beyond the ban on glyphosate. It affects the future of human fertility or lack of it.

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The Link Tax: Last week we said…

10 November 2017 – OpenMedia

Last week we said we only had a few days left to call MEPs responsible for civil liberties before they voted on whether or not to approve content censorship rules, in the name of copyright.[1]

Hundreds of you made calls to ask them to stand up for fundamental rights. It’s been an amazing effort from our Internet rights community.

Then we found out, with only a few hours notice, that the vote has been postponed to November 20th.

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EU Nixes Bayer/Monsanto Merger

23 August 2017 — SumOfUs

Great news: The European Commission just announced they won’t greenlight the Bayer Monsanto merger.

And you made it happen!

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Europe says no to glyphosate!

3 July 2017 — SumOfUs

A staggering 1.3 million Europeans signed the Stop Glyphosate European Citizens Initiative (ECI). Together we’ve told the European Commission to ban Monsanto’s favourite pesticide, to reform the EU’s pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use. We’ve done it — and only just in time!

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Ban Glyphosate!

12 June 2017

Dear Friends, 

We need 1-million signatures. A successful ECI guarantees us a right to a public hearing in the European Parliament, and compels the European Commission in Brussels to spell out what action it will take in response.

This is a special online petition only for people old enough to vote in European Parliament elections, including the UK.


EU Votes For Citizens To Fund Their Own Brainwashing By Finian Cunningham

27 November 2018 — RT

A fledgling group set up by the European Commission to allegedly counteract “Russian propaganda” is to be expanded with more public cash and resources. European citizens will be funding mechanisms inducing their own ignorance and misinformation.

This week, the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted by a dubious majority for a cash injection to expand the work of a media watchdog aimed at “debunking Russian propaganda.”

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Human Health and the GMO Industry: Puppets in High Places By Colin Todhunter

25 February 2014 — Global Research

Anne Glover recently declared that there is no evidence pertaining to the adverse impacts of GMOs. This is an extremely disturbing statement. It’s disturbing because it is not only patently wrong, but also because Anne Glover is chief scientific adviser of the European Commission.

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A minimal program by S. Artesian

13 May 2013 The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

It’s not often that I read the articles on the <a class=”StrictlyAutoTagAnchor” href=”http:///tag/new-york-times/&#8221; title=”View all articles about New here”>New York Times Op-Ed page.  And I can’t remember ever recommending any such article to anyone for any reason.  But today, May 13, 2013,  I read and I recommend “How Austerity Kills” by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basau. 

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Mixed signals from European Union on economic blockade of WikiLeaks – spokesperson By John robles

5 December, 2012 — Voice of Russia

Kristinn Hrafnsson

Kristinn Hrafnsson Photo: AFP

WikiLeaks number two and the official spokesperson for the WikiLeaks organization, Kristinn Hrafnsson spoke with the Voice of Russia regarding the recent ruling by the European Parliament regarding the extra-judicial economic blockade by US based financial institutions who are in violation of international and European law in their continued blockade of the organization. Mr Hraffnsson also spoke about Bradley Manning equating his detention to torture and when asked about WikiLeaks, promised more releases to come.

Wikileaks Newslinks 1 December 2012


Guards testify about confinement at Quantico brig of suspect in WikiLeaks case

Washington Post

FORT MEADE, Md. — Some former guards at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., are testifying against an Army private charged with sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secret-spilling WikiLeaks website. The guards are …


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Statewatch News Online, 28 September 2011 (24/11)

28 September 2011
Home page:
  1. EU: Statewatch Analysis: Court of Justice:The NS and ME Opinions -The Death of ‘Mutual Trust’?
  2. INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS: ’10 years after 9/11, Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws’
  3. EU: MANDATORY DATA RETENTION: Letter to the European Commission signed by 34 NGOs including Statewatch Continue reading

Statewatch News Online, No 2: 30 November 2010 (21/10)

30 November, 2010

Home page:

1. EU: Amnesty International: Open Secret: Mounting Evidence of Europe’s complicity in rendition and secret detention
2. EU: European Data Protection Supervisor: Data protection reform strategy
3. EU: European Commission: Taking on the Data Retention Directive – a discussion paper
4. EU: Article 29 Working Party on data protection: Data protection authorities critical on sharing passengers? data
5. UK: Joint Human Rights Committee report: Legislative Scrutiny: Terrorist Asset- Freezing
6. EU: Statewatch Analysis: First thoughts on the EU?s Internal Security Strategy
7. UK: Surveillance Society Network: Information Commissioner?s report to Parliament on the state of surveillance
8. EU: European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS): European Protection Order and the European Investigation Order
9. EU-USA: European Parliament: Hearing Data Protection in a transatlantic perspective
10. EU: European Commission: 6th report on visa requirements
12. EURODAC: Ten EU governments want law enforcement agencies to have access to the EURODAC database
13. POLAND: Data retention and population surveillance
14. FRANCE: Statewatch Analysis: France Collective expulsions of Roma people undermines EU?s founding principles
15. EU: European Court of Justice: A person can be excluded from refugee status
16. EU: European Commission: Report: 2010 progress review of the EU Drugs Action Plan (2009-2012)
17. EU: Council of the European Union: Common European Asylum System – State of Play
18. EU: Quaker Council for European Affairs: Briefing Paper: Security Co-operation between the EU and Israel
19. Italy: Extension of soldiers’ deployment in cities
20. European Commission: A comprehensive approach on personal data protection in the European Union
21. UK-FRANCE: Coalition government signs Declaration on “illegal” immigration
22. EU: European Parliament study: Readmission policy in the EU
23. EU: Council of the European Union: Proposal for a Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings
24. EU: Marie Diop: Unaccompanied Minors? Rights within the European Union

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Statewatch News Online, 26 October 2010 (19/10)

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  1. EU:  European Commission: Data protection proposals
  2. EU-GREECE: EU sends border guards to Greece
  3. UK:  New rights to protect Britons abroad
  4. European Commission: Report on third country nationals and trafficking
  5. European Parliament: Strengthening democratic scrutiny over EU external affairs
  6. EU: Rightwing parties plan opposition to EU centralisation and immigration
  7. USA: Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC): Documents Reveal Far-reaching DHS Biometrics Program
  8. UK: Parliamentary  report:  Terrorist Asset-Freezing Bill
  9. EU: IRR: Full list of deaths during deportations from Europe
  10. GREECE: UN Special Rapporteur on Torture  report
  11. EU: Directive on the mandatory retention of communications data
  14. EU:  The fiction of migration control policies – Voluntary return programmes
  15. UK: Coalition government: National Security Strategy
  16. EU: European Commission report on internal borders
  17. EU: Council of the European Union: drawing up non-legislative guidelines to extend its “returns” policy
  18. UK: IDENTITY CARD BILL: Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights report

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Statewatch News Online – 1 October 2010 (17/10)

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  1. EU: Parliaments to have no say over the “harmonisation” of national ID cards
  2. EU: Schengen Information System: SIS II to hold 100 million records
  3. EU-FRONTEX: AI and ECRE: Briefing on Commission proposal
  4. USA: Government Accountability Office: Fusion centres
  5. UK: European Commission: Refer UK to Court over data protection
  6. EU: “State of play”: Directive on minimum standards and protections
  7. EU: European Commission:  Schengen: Border Guards Handbook amended
  8. EU-ROMA: Council of Europe
  10. Updated: EU-PAKISTAN: Readmission Agreement
  11. EU: Schengen: 3rd annual report on vehicle registration checks
  12. UN: Special Rapporteur report on rights and terrorism
  13. EU-ROMA: European Commission: Assesses developments
  14. FRANCE: French Immigration Bill
  15. EU-USA: SWIFT-TFTP Agreement Report: 2nd Report  by Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere
  16. USA: New power for internet interceptions
  17. EU-ROMA: Readmission agreements with Kosovo
  18. CoE: Dublin II undermines refugee rights: Human Rights Commissioner, Thomas Hammaberg
  19. EU: France and Italy press ahead with anti-Roma policies
  20. EU: EP and Council: Directive on minimum standards – international protection
  21. ECHR: Court of Human Rights hands  down an important judgment of the right of journalists to protect their sources
  22. UK-EU: Statement on European Union Bill
  23. EU-PAKISTAN: Undocumented Pakistanis face expulsion
  24. UK suspends sending asylum-seekers to Greece
  25. EU: European Commission:  Communication on Passenger Name Record (PNR) to third states
  26. EU: Speech by Commissioner Malmstrom (Home Affairs – Internal security and immigration)
  28. FRONTEX-NETHERLANDS: the Dutch position

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Statewatch News Online, 3 March 2010 (04/10)

Home page:
Statewatch European Documentation Centre (SEMDOC):

1.   DUTCH PRISON FOR BELGIANS: Under the European Arrest Warrant
2.   EU: “Fishing expeditions” for fingerprints leads to limits being imposed
3.   EU Security Research: “NeoConOpticon” blog updated
4.   UK: Joint Human Rights Committee: Annual Renewal of Control Orders
5.   France/Algeria: Joint maritime surveillance and security operation
6.   EU: European Commission proposal to amend the Frontex Regulation
7.   France/Italy: “One day without us”, day of struggle in support of migrants’
8.   EU: Directive on single permit and workers’ rights
9.   EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, Brussels, 25-26 February 2010
10. CHIP & PIN: Article
11. UK: Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000
12. EU: The first 1st reading “deal” of the new parliamentary session
13. Council of Europe: The future of the European Court of Human Rights
14. EU: FRONTEX: Frontex Programme of Work 2010
15. EU: Leaked ACTA draft reveals plans for internet clampdown
16. CIA RENDITION: Poland: fresh evidence of cooperation
17. EU setting up intelligence “agency”
18. USA: GOOGLE: EPIC urges Court to reject Goggle Books settlement
19. EU AGENCIES: the heads of the 28 EU agencies met with the Commission
20. USA-NO FLY LIST: Terrorists, US Immigration, and a Canceled Tour
21. EU: European Commission: Implementation of Article 290 of the Treaty
22. EU: European Commission proposal on aviation security

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