“Monsanto is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide “Roundup”, as well as producing 90% of the world’s genetically modified (GMO) seeds.
Over a 110 year history (1901-2011), Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, has evolved from an industrial chemical concern into a powerful, threatening agricultural products company. Monsanto profited $2 billion dollars in 2009, but their record profits fell to only $1 billion in 2010 after activists exposed Monsanto for doing terribly evil acts like suing good farmers and feeding uranium to pregnant women.
Monsanto is a US based agricultural and pharmaceutical monopoly, Monsanto Company is a producer of herbicides, prescription pharmaceutical drugs, and genetically engineered (GMO) seeds. The global Monsanto corporation has operated sales offices, manufacturing plants, and research facilities in more than 100 countries. Monsanto has the largest share of the global GMO crops market. In 2001 its crops accounted for 91% of the total area of GMO crops planted worldwide. Based on 2001 figures Monsanto was the second biggest seed company in the world, and the third biggest agrochemical company…”
And from prior posts at IRONLIGHT (source)- Monsanto
“The Monsanto family were the first documented Jewish settlers to have migrated to New Orleans from the Netherlands in 1758. They were known slave owners and slave traders of 18th century. In 1901, the Monsanto family founded their eponymous chemical company. Its history is intimately linked to the production and promotion of highly toxic chemicals such as the herbicide, Agent Orange (used as a chemical weapon in the Vietnam war, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and 500,000 children born with birth defects), and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls, which can affect fertility, child development, the immune system, and increase the risk of certain cancers). Monsanto has known about the “systematic toxic effects” of such chemicals for decades, but has instructed its salespeople to maintain silence because, “we can’t afford to lose one dollar.” The gigantic biotech corporation now imperils the agricultural biodiversity which has supported life for thousands of years. The endless list of genetically modified seeds now sold and controlled via strict patents by Monsanto endanger age-old agricultural patterns under the presumptuous slogan of ending world hunger. What they really want is to control the future of the world’s food supply — that is, to enforce world hunger — much in the same manner, and with the same effect, that they control every aspect of life in occupied Palestine today. -W.”
SELF-IMMOLATION AS PROTEST
Thic Quang Duc- 1897- 11 June, 1963-
-A Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monks protest against the Roman Catholic persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s “Ngo Dinh Diem” Roman Catholic administration. A self-immolation. Almost fifty years ago… He rotated a string of wooden prayer beads and recited the words “NAM MO A DI DA PHAT” (homage to Amitabha Buddha) before striking a match and dropping it on himself.
Many people are familiar with this image of Thic Quang Duc’s self-immolation- but I don’t think very many have seen the actual footage of it as in the video below-
This year there have been many other cases of such sacrifice from China that remain unseen, and unrepresented in the mainstream media- young Tibetan Buddhist monks who have taken vows of non-violence, and whose sole purpose and goal in this life is to bring an end to all beings suffering. These young humans of peace are so determined to draw global attention to one of the world’s longest standing human rights crises that they are courageously giving up their lives in protest. Just last week Tenzin Wangmo, a 20-year-old nun, set herself on fire and died- in hopes that the world might see…
Tenzin Wangmo, nun, 20 years old, 17 October
Khayang, 19 years old, 7 October 2011
Tsewang Norbu, 29 years old, 15 August 2011
Phuntsog, 21 years old, 16 March 2011
-Don’t forget the catalyst to the Tunisian Revolution- the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, on 17 December 2010.
Extreme oppression (with no acknowledgement from a world of superpowers that claim to represent “humanitarianism” and “equality” and “freedom”) can fuel such desperate acts of courage. Strength and Will. The west cannot grasp such sacrifice…