Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Friday, September 07, 2012


The right-wing South Korean government won't allow the Gangjeong villagers to have a booth inside the World Conservation Congress (the largest environmental confab on the planet) but they did make sure that the Korean Coast Guard got to set one up.  WTF????

So why is this so?  This group called the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is running the conference.  But who are they?  Who does the IUCN answer to?

This Facebook post last night from our dear French friend Benji (who got deported from South Korea for his acts of non-violent resistance to the Navy base) shared the following info:
On #IUCN2012, here are the 3 first tweets of IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefevre, a glimpse of her real motivations and who are IUCN's interlocutors:

1. #IUCN2012 started with a great opening ceremony in Jeju with inspiring speeches from [awful] President Lee Myung-bak and IUCN President Ashok Khosla

2. #iucn2012 keynote speaker Rachel Kyte of the World Bank calls for placing nature-based solutions at the heart of progress

3. RT @worldbank: "We need to build public-private partnerships to invest in our natural wealth" - @rkyte365 at #IUCN2012
I think these tweets speak for themselves.  It is evident that international corporate capital has captured the IUCN agenda and the limiting of true democracy and open debate is glaringly clear in the suppression of the voices of the Gangjeong villagers.  There could never be a better example of local citizens acting to protect the sacredness of nature than on Jeju Island but the IUCN and their corporate funders know they have to block the international delegates access to these villagers for fear they will inspire others to stand against the corporate agenda of destruction of the natural world.

In item #3 above you see the words "invest in our natural wealth" - the corporations see nature as a commodity to make profit from.  Nature has no value to them beyond money.  This is a terminal illness which could kill us all if we allow these money changers to rule the roost.

May the Gangjeong villagers and their supporters rock the IUCN flim-flam show.  Turn it upside down....speak for all of us please!
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