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Thanks Mitchel. Some guests on my show are discussing Russiagate in a way I
had a since was missing something...and now I know what-
Julianna

On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 11:27 AM Mitchel Cohen <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> I thought folks might like to see this interchange on the United for Peace
> and Justice listserve: UFPJ Peace Talk <[log in to unmask]>
>
> Mitchel's response (original letter by Andrew Scott below mine):
>
> Yea, I'm skeptical about my own skepticism, too.
>
> One thing I *do *know for sure is that the images we're presented with of
> Russia and other places help to shape the way we think about those places.
> For example (and how does this jibe with what picture we have in mind?),
> from my book on Monsanto and its herbicide Roundup:
>
> Cultivation of genetically engineered crops *and *imports are banned in
> only Algeria, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Peru, Venezuela, and Russia
> -- the most populous country to ban both the cultivation and importation of
> GM crops.
>
> *Russia. *In June 2016, Russia’s State Duma adopted the third and final
> reading of a government bill to introduce a total ban on the cultivation
> and breeding of genetically modified plants and animals, except for
> scientific research purposes.25 Far from the ban hurting their economies,
> as Monsanto and other pesticide-producing corporations would have us
> believe, the United States, which had been the world’s leading wheat
> exporter, is now losing its position to Russia and Canada. Russia claims
> that this is in part due to several economic factors and also to the
> preference of much of the world for non-GMO food.26
>
> .....  In the face of Monsanto’s plans to open its first plant in
> Russia,34 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law No 358 on
> July 3, 2016 prohibiting cultivation of genetically engineered plants and
> breeding of genetically engineered animals on the territory of the Russian
> Federation.35 President Putin had earlier said that “measures should be
> taken to protect the Russian market and consumers from GMO products, as
> their use could have unforeseen consequences,” news agency RIA Novosti
> reported.36
> Leticia Goncalves, who heads Monsanto’s operations in Europe and the
> Middle East, was not perturbed. “We still believe that Ukraine and Russia
> both are long-term opportunities for our business and we want to make sure
> we are in a position to accelerate our business growth despite the
> short-term geopolitical and macroeconomic challenges.”37
> But, contra Monsanto, President Putin envisioned a future in which Russia
> would become “the world’s largest supplier of ecologically clean and
> high-quality organic food.” He’s called on the country to become completely
> self-sufficient in food production by 2020: “We are not only able to feed
> ourselves taking into account our lands, water resourcesRussia is able to
> become the largest world supplier of healthy, ecologically clean and
> high-quality food which the Western producers have long lost, especially
> given the fact that demand for such products in the world market is
> steadily growing.”38
> Before he died in November 2016, Fidel Castro entered the increasingly
> global debate by strongly opposing genetic engineering. At a conference in
> Havana cosponsored by the Mexico-based Center for Global Justice,39 I
> introduced a public appeal against the genetic engineering of agriculture
> at the end of my talk, and a number of participants signed on to it,
> including several Cuban professors.40
>
>
>
> *NOTES *25 Sustainable Pulse, Jun. 25, 2016.
> https://sustainablepulse.com/2016/06/25/russian-parliament-passes-total-ban-on-gmo-crops-and-animals
>
> 26 The International Reporter, April 24, 2016 “Russian Organic Wheat Takes
> World by Storm, US GMO Glyphosate Losing Out!”
> www.theinternationalreporter.org/2016/04/24/russian-organic-wheat-takes-world-by-storm-us-gmo-glyphosate-losing-out/
> .
>
> 35 US Department of Agriculture GAIN report,
> https://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Russia%20Bans%20Cultivation%20and%20Breeding%20of%20GE%20Crops%20and%20Animal_Moscow_Russian
> % 20Federation_7-12-2016.pdf. For more information see FAS/Moscow GAIN
> report GMO Registration for Cultivation Postponed 6/27/2014.pdf; Russian
> “Producers Consider It Reasonable to Ban GMO products,” 05/07/2016,
> http://ria.ru/economy/20160705/1459098131.html.
>
>
> 36 “Russia to Ban Genetically Modified Organisms in Food Production,” *Moscow
> Times, *Sept. 20, 2015.
>
> 37 *Moscow Times, *January 23, 2015, *op cit. “*Ukraine is the world’s
> sixth largest grain grower this season, and Goncalves said the region
> remained a priority for Monsanto.”
>
> 38 Eduard Korniyenko, “Putin Wants Russia to Become World’s Biggest
> Exporter of Non-GMO Food,” *Reuters*, December 3, 2015.*Endnotes *
>
> *299 *39 Seminar on Socialist Renewal and the Capitalist CrisisA
> Cuban-North American Exchange,” Havana, Cuba, June 1630, 2013, in
> association with the Center for Global Justice, San Miguel de Allende,
> Mexico, and the Radical Philosophy Association.
>
> 40 “An Open Letter to the Cuban People against Genetic Engineering of
> Agriculture,” Mitchel Cohen, in *A Talk in Havana*, Red Balloon
> Collective, 2013.
>
>
> At 10:27 AM 3/13/2019, Andrew Scott via ufpj-peacetalk wrote:
>
>
> *
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> *
>
> *A solid rebuttal to what Consortium News, Roy McGovern, The Nation, Glenn
> Greenwald, The Real News (and RT!) have been saying about Russian
> interference and the role Vladimir Putin plays in support of the global
> rightwing movement. *
>
>
> *
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> What Russiagate Skeptics Get Wrong *
>
> *The Left can call for military deescalation while still holding Putin
> accountable for electoral meddling. *
> *BY John Feffer <http://inthesetimes.com/community/profile/322529>*  *IN
> THESE TIMES* 10/19/18
>
>
>
> http://inthesetimes.com/article/21490/russiagate-skeptics-military-deescalation-2016-elections-vladimir-putin
>
> Putin's movement is founded on “traditional” values of Christianity,
> homophobia, and anti-feminist and anti-immigrant sentiment. OR “What Putin
> is really guilty of is calling for a multipolar world, not one dominated by
> the U.S.”
>
> Imagine if the rightwing government of Shinzo Abe in Japan had interfered
> in the 2016 election in support of Donald Trump. Following which, Trump
> held a summit with Abe to endorse Japanese territorial claims in Asia as
> well as Abe’s efforts to remilitarize his country.
>
> The American Left would never countenance a rightwing Japanese nationalist
> interfering in American politics. But, of course, it wasn’t Japan that
> hacked into U.S. computers and weaponized the information with the help of
> WikiLeaks. Nor did Japan make a big social media buy or direct an army of
> internet trolls to help make Trump’s unlikely victory happen.
>
> It was Russia, where President Vladimir Putin, a rightwing militarist,
> aspires to lead a global conservative movement with Moscow at its hub.
> Putin’s movement is founded on “traditional” values of Christianity,
> homophobia, and anti-feminist and anti-immigrant sentiment. Yet some on the
> Left give the Kremlin a pass on its interference in U.S. elections (now
> commonly referred to as Russiagate), due to the mistaken belief that Putin
> represents a check on U.S. hegemony. “What Putin is really guilty of is
> calling for a multipolar world, not one dominated by the U.S.,” writes
> Colin Todhunter in CounterPunch.
>
> In the pages of The Nation, the reporting of Glenn Greenwald, the analysis
> of Consortium News and the alternative TV broadcasts of the Real News
> Network -- not to mention MMoscow’s own RT (formerly Russia Today) and
> Sputnik -- certain progressives sought to debunk Russiagate.
>
> The “core narrative” of Russiagate, as Stephen Cohen has written in The
> Nation, is an example of “rubbish in, rubbish out,” a fabrication by the
> U.S. intelligence community.
>
> The skeptics mentioned here effectively agreed with Trump that the news
> media and liberals everywhere had launched a “witch hunt” against Trump
> (and Putin). They disputed claims like the identity of the hackers who
> broke into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers and the
> connections between the Kremlin and far-right political movements. But
> their debunking efforts relied on misreading, misinterpretation and
> outright falsification. In a June commentary in Consortium News, former CIA
> analyst Ray McGovern was still trying to prove that Guccifer 2.0, the DNC
> hacker, was not Russian. One month later, the indictments from Special
> Counsel Robert Mueller provided copious information on the Russian hackers
> behind the Guccifer 2.0 avatar.
>
> Much of the reams of nonsense published over the last 18 months has veered
> into the territory of conspiracy theory. Really, how could you possibly
> believe that DNC staffer Seth Rich gave all that material to WikiLeaks on
> the basis of a single, unsubstantiated Julian Assange claim to that effect?
> The evidence that Mueller has compiled — resulting in the recent
> indictments of 12 Russian military officers -- should have satisfied
> skepptics.
>
> Yet Russiagate skeptics continue their crusade, albeit shifting focus in
> the wake of July’s Trump-Putin Helsinki summit. Even if Russia did
> interfere in the election, they argue, there’s no proof of collusion. More
> importantly -- and here the skeptics are joined by sensible advocates of
> foreign policy realism in a call published by The Nation -- the value of
> improving U.S.-Russian relations overrides all other considerations.
>
> A continuation of the Russiagate inquiry and an improvement in
> U.S.-Russian relations are not mutually exclusive. It’s essential to keep
> investigating Trump’s links to Russia, including the money laundering that
> Trump may have done for Russian clients close to the Kremlin, because these
> links reveal how Russia strengthens the political influence of oligarchs
> and boosts the fortunes of farright politicians. At the same time, we must
> support U.S.-Russian cooperation, particularly on arms control.
>
> At the Helsinki summit, Putin showed interest in extending the New START
> Treaty, concluding the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, ending the
> conflict in Syria and supporting the nuclear deal with Iran.
>
> Trump, however, did not. He has ridiculed the New START Treaty, pledged to
> expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, continued -- along with Putin -- to bomb
> Syria, and reneged on the Iran nuclear deal.
>
> The United States needs to address Russia diplomatically to solve problems
> of mutual and global interest, despite Trump’s obvious lack of interest.
> But let’s not delude ourselves into thinking that Putin is anything more
> than a ruthless, corrupt autocrat who uses nationalism to promote his own
> interests.
>
> -------------------------------------------------
> John Feffer
>
> John Feffer is the director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute
> for Policy Studies. His most recent book, Frostlands, comes out in November
> (Haymarket)
>
>
>
>
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>
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