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GMO’s Ukrainian Connection

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In late 2013, Victor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine, rejected a European Union association agreement tied to a $17 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.  Instead, he chose a Russian aid package worth $15 billion plus a discount on Russian natural gas.  This decision led to his forcible removal from office in February 2014 and the current crisis and devastating civil war.    The present government of the Ukraine pursued the IMF loan and a European Union Association Agreement.

On July 28, 2014, the Oakland Institute released a report entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict,” which revealed that the World Bank and the IMF, under the terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open the country to genetically-modified (GM) crops in agriculture.

Because of its rich soil, Ukraine has always been referred to as the “breadbasket of Europe.”      According to the Oakland Institute’s report, “Whereas Ukraine does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, Article 404 of the EU agreement, which relates to agriculture, includes a clause that has generally gone unnoticed:  it indicates, among other things, that both parties will cooperate to extend the use of biotechnologies.  There is no doubt that this provision meets the expectations of the agribusiness industry.  As observed by Michael Cox, research director at the investment bank Piper Jaffray, ‘Ukraine and, to a wider extent, Eastern Europe, are among the most promising growth markets for farm-equipment giant Deere, as well as seed producers Monsanto and DuPont’.”

The Oakland Institute also revealed that the terms of the World Bank/IMF loan to Ukraine have already led to “an increase in foreign investment, which is likely to result in further expansion of large-scale acquisitions of agricultural land by foreign companies and further corporatization of agriculture in the country.”

In May 2013, Monsanto announced plans to invest $140 million in a non-GMO corn seed plant in Ukraine, insisting that it would be working with conventional seeds only.  However, by November 2013, six large Ukrainian agriculture associations had prepared draft amendments to the Ukrainian law prohibiting GMOs, which called for “creating, testing, transportation and use of GMOs proposing the legalization of GM seeds,” citing that  genetically manufactured seeds had been tested as safe in the United States.  This is inaccurate, because GM seeds have never undergone independent safety testing in the United States, whose regulatory agencies such as the FDA, accept industry testing and considers them to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS.)

In December 2013, Monsanto Ukraine launched a “social development program” for the country, which it called “Grain Basket of the Future.”  The program provides grants to rural villagers so they can “start feeling that they can improve their situation themselves as opposed to waiting for a handout.”

In August 2011, WikiLeaks released U.S. diplomatic cables showing that the State Department had been lobbying worldwide for Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations like DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow.  It also released cables which showed that Petro Poroshenko, the current president of Ukraine, had been a U.S. informant.

On May 14, 2013, the United States- based non-profit organization “Food & Water Watch,” after reviewing these cables from 2005 through 2009, released its report entitled “Biotech Ambassadors: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda,”  which stated that the State Department has “lobbied foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws, operated a rigorous public relations campaign to improve the image of biotechnology, and challenged commonsense biotechnology safeguards and rules – even including opposing laws requiring the labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) foods.”

On the Russian side of the GMO coin, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated in April 2014:  “We don’t have a goal of developing GM products here or to import them.  We can feed ourselves with normal, common, not genetically modified products.  If the Americans like to eat such products, let them eat them.  We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.”

Recent efforts to speed up the annexation of Ukrainian agriculture have been documented by the Oakland Institute’s report.  Their fact sheet on the “Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture” shows how the law firm of “Frishberg and Partners” found loopholes in a moratorium on Ukrainian agricultural land sales, and suggested a two-step approach to circumventing this moratorium, which remains in force until January 1, 2016.

The first step described by  Frishberg is to lease Ukrainian agricultural land instead of purchasing it.  This, when combined with legal purchases of industrial spaces adjoining the land, results in ownership.  The second step is to buy large amounts of shares in leading Ukrainian agribusinesses and then reform these companies from the inside. This is a strategy that international agribusiness giants such as Cargill, Monsanto and DuPont have employed. For example, in 2014 Cargill bought a five percent share in the largest land bank in Ukraine.

From the requirements such as those listed in the EU association agreement it is clear that Ukraine is not being set up for economic prosperity and independence, but for international exploitation.  While these develops, on the surface, may appear to be innocent, as
Big Ag  would prefer Ukrainian farmers and the civilian population to believe, the links between government organizations and agribusiness are clear.

The entry point into these connections can be found on the board of the US-Ukraine Business Council.       The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council’s Executive Committee contains representatives from Monsanto, John Deere, DuPont Pioneer, Eli Lilly, and Cargill. These companies are taking control of Ukraine’s agricultural sector with the aim of introducing their organizations are at the forefront of introducing GMO products.

For the past two years, thanks to the civil war, the news coming out of Ukraine has been providing these U.S. based argi-giants with the perfect cover to exploit Ukraine’s resources. Since the declaration of its independence in 1992, international companies have been colonizing Ukraine’s  agricultural sector.

The Council’s Senior Advisors include James Greene, the former Head of NATO’s Liason Office in Ukraine; Ariel Cohen, the Senior Research Fellow for The Heritage Foundation; Leonid Kozachenko, the President of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation; six former U.S. Ambassadors to Ukraine, and Oleh Shamshur, the former ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S.  Shamshur is also a senior advisor to PBN Hill + Knowlton Strategies – a unit of the PR giant Hill + Knowlton Strategies (H+K).

On April 15, 2014 Toronto’s “The Globe & Mail” newspaper published an op-ed by H+K assistant consultant Olga Radchenko, which criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and “Mr. Putin’s PR machine” and stated that “Last month, a group of Kiev-based PR professionals formed the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre, a voluntary operation aimed at helping to communicate Ukraine’s image and manage its messaging on the global stage.”

Dupont, Syngenta, Monsanto and other multinational companies have made their way into several key areas of Ukrainian agriculture, piecing together a multifaceted plan which will ultimately culminate in the implementation and monopoly of GMO products in Ukraine.

Monsanto, Cargill and DuPont have already have all already invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the construction of seed processing plants in Ukraine. Over the last twenty years, these companies have established a strong business foundation inside the country. This foundation has been laid so deep that international agribusiness companies are represented on the board of members of the national Ukrainian Seed Association.   This association, which includes Monsanto and DuPont, aims to “implement new technologies” and “the best new varieties and hybrids in Ukraine.”

The Ukrainian Seed Association also seeks to “take active part in the development of legislation of Ukraine concerning the improvement of seed market.” What this shows is that multinational agribusiness giants are able to not only introduce their technologies into Ukraine, but to also seek to change Ukrainian legislation to benefit themselves.

The key player in this corporate intervention into Ukrainian agriculture is none other than the United States Government, which is playing a central role in shaping the nation’s economy.   The ISAAA, which claims to be “small, responsive, non-bureaucratic, international network,” is sponsored directly by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and USAID.   The ISAAA is instrumental in organizing the dissemination of biotechnology into “developing countries through public-private partnerships.”.”

Through its sponsoring of the ISAAA, which also has a board seat on the US-Ukraine Business Council and works to introduce GMO’s into Ukraine, the U.S. government is directly facilitating the corporate takeover of Ukraine’s agriculture.  Once the biotechnology and GMO laws are altered it will be too late for small farms and businesses to compete on a local scale, let alone an international one.

The ruining of  Ukraine’s unique soil is bad enough, but it also comes with the fact that the wealth of the country, which exists in this land, will be redistributed to a small percentage of oligarchs who, along with the multinational corporations, will control the entire country, with little to no benefit to the Ukrainian people themselves.

In March 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a bill recognizing Ukraine’s nationalist partisans, many of whom fought against both the Nazis as well as the Soviets during World War II and the postwar years, has created the biggest controversy.  This bill would recognize groups such as the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and Stepan Bandera’s so-called Banderite as legitimate combatants in World War II and as freedom fighters who fought for Ukrainian independence. Some of those partisan groups are believed to have participated in the ethnic cleansing of Poles and Jews in Ukraine, as well as bombings and kidnappings against the country’s postwar Soviet government. If the bill were to become law, it would grant veterans of these groups social benefits and make them eligible for state awards. It would also make it illegal to deny the legitimacy of their actions.

Ukraine’s current nationalist elements such as the Right Sector strongly identify with Bandera and his fellow partisans, whom they say laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism. The Right Sector participated in the Euromaidan movement, as well as several  paramilitary brigades that have played roles in Ukraine’s fight against pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine. Critics of the Euromaidan movement alleged the nationalist presence was indicative of the fascist, anti-Russian principles of the movement and the pro-European government that came into power as a result of it.

Of course, the United States has more interests to promote in Ukraine than just GMO foods.  Its military industrial complex stands to benefit from the Ukrainian civil war, and the push to supply the country with lethal weapons will be to its benefit, while at the same time  creating a dangerous situation for the entire European continent.  The U.S. also favors a gas pipeline to Europe to bypass Russian gas.  In furtherance of the U.S. oil and gas industry’s interest in Ukraine, Hunter Biden, the Vice President’s son, has been appointed to the Ukraine’s largest natural gas producer, along with Devon Archer, a close friend of Secretary of State John Kerry to the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest natural gas producer.  In a sign of direct intervention by the United States into Ukrainian government affairs, the U.S. State Department’s Natalie Jaresko has been appointed to the position of Ukraine’s Finance Minister.

Kenneth Eade is the author of “To Russia for Love,” a story about espionage, genetically engineered foods, and Ukraine.

It’s called political fiction for a reason

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It’s very frustrating when I get a one or two star review on one of my books and the comment is something like, “The story was good, but the author was pushing his agenda,” or “Great writing, but the author is pushing his left wing views.”

I didn’t realize that my views were left wing, but all labels aside, my work is called “political fiction” and marketed as such because I am trying to make a political statement with fiction.  I’m happy for my readers who enjoy both the story and appreciate the message, but if you’re looking for ‘James Bond” or ‘Jason Bourne,’ you’re not going to find it on my bookshelf.  My novels always have something to say.  And you don’t have to accept my “political agenda” or my feelings about George Bush.  You may think he was the greatest president the U.S. ever had.  Or maybe you’re his cocaine dealer.  I don’t know.

The point is that every literary work of political fiction will have a political point.  You don’t have to agree with it.  You just have to understand what it is.  And, if you disagree with the political view, but thought the story was good, don’t give it one star.

Kenneth Eade is the author of the “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series,” including “A Patriot’s Act” and “Unreasonable Force,” as well as the “Involuntary Spy Espionage Thriller Series.”

Controversial “A Patriot’s Act” now published traditionally

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“A Patriot’s Act,” the second of the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series, will soon be available in book stores across the United States.  This re-edited and new version is now available for sale exclusively on the Tate Publishing website at: https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-68142-575-7

Synopsis: When a naturalized American citizen turns up missing in Iraq, Brent Marks fights the Goliath US Government’s Patriot Act. Santa Barbara accountant Ahmed Khury responds to the plea of his brother, a suspected money launderer in Iraq. Before Ahmed realizes what has happened, he is sent to Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp as a suspected terrorist, and is tortured to extract information that he doesn’t have. The courtroom drama mounts as the drama outside the courtroom explodes, and when murder, corruption, and cover-up enter the picture, nobody, including Brent, is safe.

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW ON “HOA WIRE”

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There is big a difference between crime and detective novels and courtroom dramas. In one, the action takes place on the streets; and in the other, the main story takes place in the courtroom.  HOA Wire represents the latter, and will appeal to fans of Grisham and any other writer who spins a solid yarn based on courtroom drama and realistic experiences.

While it’s Book Three in the Brent Marks legal thriller series, newcomers will find it quickly accessible. It revolves around the murder of a homeowner’s association president, where lawyer Brent Marks finds himself standing square in the center of a maelstrom of puzzles in which every town resident is a potential suspect and no easy answers are apparent.

Readers aren’t bludgeoned over the head with clues that are obvious leads, and they aren’t teased by the presence of a protagonist who might know the answers, either. Brent Marks is well-educated and trained, but is just as puzzled as readers – and it’s his process of discovery that succeeds in creating an involving story of just how a crime is solved.

Key to an unusually successful approach are the tidbits of information about courtroom proceedings which are added not just to embellish a tale, but to provide realistic atmosphere and lend clues on how decisions are made: “Brent was sure that the jury had no doubt that the urine sample tested positive for ricin, but the judge instructed them that no urine test was in evidence, and that they could not consider the testimony about it. It was a good win for Brent, but not enough to win the case. You could be sure that the jury would be thinking about the positive urine test when they deliberated, whether or not they discussed it amongst themselves.”

Witnesses, cross examinations, and instances where even the professional lawyer makes errors are all brought out and considered in the bigger picture of crime and punishment processes, where judges can influence outcomes and approaches: “Sorry’s not good enough. When something’s broken, sorry can never bring it back. Now I know your case is important, and that you’re zealous in your defense of your client, but I don’t want to declare a mistrial in this case. So please, don’t make any more inappropriate comments.

The obvious prerequisite for enjoying this approach is affection for courtroom dramas, because this is the centerpiece, here. Readers with such an interest will find HOA Wire successfully weaves crime and courtroom to such a degree that the unexpected conclusion comes as both a successful, logical outcome and as a real surprise. With its real insights on HOA processes and neighbor disputes, HOA Wire is a deft exploration of attorney-client ethics on the line, and is crime/courtroom writing at its best.

D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Courtroom Drama HOA Wire on sale for 99 Cents

The third book in the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series from Kenneth G. Eade, is a mind-bending ‘whodunit.’

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“I have been compared to John Grisham, because he likes to wrap a story around important issues, But we’re really different because if I don’t have an important issue to talk about, there is no story”

In the vein of his wildly popular legal thriller series, Author Kenneth Eade delivers another solid and intricately plotted tale. ‘HOA Wire’ is a traditional mystery crime thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.  Like all of Eade’s novels, however, it is wrapped around an important social issue.  The issue tackled by ’HOA Wire’ is the interference of homeowners associations with the individual rights of property owners.

’HOA Wire’ has been acclaimed by critics.  Top Books Worth Reading said,  “Crime, betrayal, thought-provoking questions related to ethics and morality – this novel has everything it needs to become a must-read for any lover of true crime literature.”

I Publisher News said,  “HOA Wire is much more than a suspenseful, fast-paced crime novel; it is a courtroom drama that will remind readers of pulp thrillers and will keep them glued to the pages. Eade is brilliant when it comes to creating complicated, intriguing stories that end in mind-blowing surprises, and some have said that his novels will remind readers of John Grisham, proving that Kenneth Eade deserves to be on the same lists with the world’s greatest thriller authors.”

“I have been compared to John Grisham, because he likes to wrap a story around important issues,  But we’re really different because if I don’t have an important issue to talk about, there is no story,“ says Eade.  ”All of my novels focus on an important social issue.  With ’An Involuntary Spy,’ it was genetically engineered foods.  With ’Predatory Kill,’ the banking crisis, and with ’A Patriot’s Act,’ the violation of our civil liberties by the government.  This book is a little lighter, in that it is more of a traditional courtroom drama, but it tackles the issue of the overreaching of homeowners associations, which is becoming a real problem.”

Synopsis:

The President of the Local Homeowners Association is Murdered, and Every Resident is a Suspect

The president of the Orange Grove Homeowners Association is murdered and there are plenty of suspects – in fact everyone who lives in Orange Grove. Brent Marks thinks he is dealing with a routine foreclosure defense until his client is implicated in the crime and calls upon Brent to defend her. To make matters worse, another client’s destiny is about to cross their path. Is Brent defending an innocent or guilty client? At the crossroads of morality and ethics, the courtroom drama explodes, while the action outside the courtroom spirals out of control.

‘HOA Wire’ is available now:  http://amzn.com/B00QPD8HF6

Stay connected with Kenneth G. Eade and news about ‘Predatory Kill’ through his official website, http://kennetheade.comor his blog, http://kennetheade.wordpress.com

About the Author:

Best selling author Kenneth Gordon Eade is an American environmental activist, author and lawyer, best known for his legal and political thrillers. Eade’s first bestseller on Amazon.com was “An Involuntary Spy,” a fictional spy thriller that critics have said has broken wide open the GMO controversy.  The story follows a rogue scientist working for an American biotech firm who goes on the run from authorities after stealing information from his employer which proves government collusion and a cover-up of fraud surrounding the dangers of the company’s genetically engineered foods.

His second novel, “Predatory Kill,” tackled the big banks, and is the first of a legal thriller series in which the series character, lawyer Brent Marks, tackles a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit against a major bank that turns into a murder investigation.

His third novel, “A Patriot’s Act,” has been acclaimed as fast-paced, well-written legal thriller dealing with negative consequences of the Patriot Act, and is a prequel in the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series, which matches Marks against the United States government, in an attempt to free a naturalized U.S. citizen from detention at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

Political and Legal Thrillers, Chilling Literary Spines

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From Huffington Post:

Kenneth Gordon Eade is an American environmental activist, author and lawyer, best known for his legal and political thrillers. Eade’s first bestseller on Amazon.com was “An Involuntary Spy,” a fictional spy thriller that critics have said has broken wide open the GMO controversy. The story follows a rogue scientist working for an American biotech firm who goes on the run from authorities after stealing information from his employer which proves government collusion and a cover-up of fraud surrounding the dangers of the company’s genetically engineered foods.

All his books are all thrilling fictitious storylines uniquely created by Kenneth Eade, a bestselling author who has built a strong reputation for masterful suspense. The same holds true for Eade’s latest release, “HOA Wire.” “The novel was just released this year,” he says. “When I have inspiration, I write until I am exhausted.”

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The setting takes place in the quiet Orange Grove neighborhood. Residents become frantic when the president of the homeowner’s association is murdered. “There are plenty of suspects,” says Eade. “Every resident who lives there.”

Fans who’ve already read the book cover-to-cover are describing it as a fast-paced, action-packed, thought-provoking crime thriller that is truly exhilarating. “HOA Wire” is just one of several novels that Eade has written over the years. “I recommend that everyone reads A Patriot Act and Predatory Kill before HOA Wire,” he says. “Each one of these novels stands alone, but the story lines will have much greater impact if they are read in this specific order.”

Kenneth Eade attended the Honors Program at El Camino Real High School, which allowed him to attend classes at Los Angeles Pierce College at the age of 15. By the time he graduated from high school in 1975, he had amassed over two years of transferable credits. He graduated from California State University, Northridge, before attending Southwestern Law School, where he graduated in 1980 the youngest member of his class. After Southwestern, he practiced civil and criminal law for about a decade, then went into business law with an emphasis on securities law, and civil litigation.

In 2011, Eade began writing opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Two of the articles centered on the subject of the unconstitutionality of the now defunct Monsanto Protection Act, and the dangers of genetically modified foods and neonicitinoid pesticides and their adverse effect on bees. This led to his first book, the non-fiction work, “Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It” in 2013, as well as the children’s book, “Bee See: Who are our Pollinators and Why are They in Trouble?”

All of Eade’s novels involve the fictitious character, Brent Marks and are known as the Brent Marks Legal Thrillers. All of these books are now available on Amazon.com.

For more information about “HOA Wire” or any of Eade’s other novels, Click here or check out his Facebook page.

Will the Best Courtroom Drama of 2015 be One that Was Written in the 1950’s?

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Go Set a Watchman has been announced as Harper Lee’s second novel, but is it really?  The much anticipated sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, is actually the first manuscript that Lee wrote before Mockingbird, which she attempted to get published in the 1950’s.  Already dubbed on its Amazon pre-order page as an “instant classic,” the typewritten manuscript was the discovery of Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, who took over the author’s affairs after her older sister (also a lawyer) passed away last year.

Harper Lee is said to be deaf and blind, but still mentally sharp at 88 years old.  Still, controversy has surrounded the discovery and publication of Watchman, which is said to be both a prequel and a sequel to Mockingbird, as the story is told from the perspective of a grown up Scout, the main character.

Lee is reported to be very “happy as hell” over the publication of her manuscript, but nobody knows if that sentiment is really coming from the author because all statements are coming from her lawyer. When Mockingbird became an instant success in 1960, Lee vowed to never publish again saying: ‘I wrote one good book and that was enough’.  Adding to the confusion, Lee’s editor at Harper Collins has not even read the manuscript yet, and, reportedly, says it will not be edited.

As with any other discovery of a great author or artist’s work, arguments are now being made that the manuscript belongs to the world, so Lee’s objections, if she indeed has any and if they can be voiced, are irrelevant.  One thing is for sure- Harper Collins and Lee’s lawyer are going to make a lot of money from what is being called the greatest literary discovery of the 21st century.

Kenneth Eade is an attorney and best-selling author of the courtroom dramas A Patriot’s Act, Predatory Kill and HOA Wire.  http://kennetheade.com.