he BottomLine is that “when your house is burning, it is no use beating the Tom – Toms” and Africa and the Africa Diaspora is burning! Is it enough to just talk about it, the issues that are confronting us as a people, or is it time as Amilcar Cabral argues “to realize that we are not going to eliminate oppression and injustice, neo colonialism and new slavery, imperialism and land grabbing, by shouting against it. That for us the best or worst shout against our continued oppression by our various governments, multi national corporations, agencies and institutions, that our best or worst shout is to fight back?”
The BottomLine is that we must fight back:
1. against Genetically modified foods and products flooding our farms, markets and shelves;
2. we must fight back against the incursion of MONSANTO into Africa and the Caribbean and against the individuals who represent MONSANTO;
3. We must fight back against a Government who would appoint an Ambassador whose major clientlist includes MONSANTO to represent Jamaica at the Africa Union;
4. we must fight back against a System that is locking us out of our beaches and denying us access to our coastline;
5. we must fight back against a regime that is presiding over the biggest non – reversible corporatization (or Land Grab)of our Land and Agriculture since Slavery;
6. we must fight back against the Militarization of the Africa and Caribbean waters by the US through AFRICOM and the CBSI – WE MUST FIGHT BACK!
The BottomLine is that Africa and the Arican Diaspora, including Jamaica are right now, at this minute, as we speak – being confronted with one of the most intense thrust ever – to open up the Continent and its diaspora, to Genetically Engineered Foods and Products!
African Countries such as Zambia, Senegal and Nigeria which had previously resisted attempts from MONSANTO and SYGENTA to flood the Continent with Genetically engineered seeds and products have relented and are now opening up their borders to GMOs from Cassava to Maize and everything in between.
Nigeria is an interesting case because as I told you just four weeks ago right here in this Forum, GoodWorks International, whose co – executives are Jamaica’s Ambassador to the Africa Union, Ambassador Carlton Masters and Former Prime Minister of Jamaica PJ Patterson – that Good Works International have as their clients, MONSANTO and NIGERIA.
Is it a coincidence that Nigeria is one of the African Countries where we are now seeing this renewed and intense push for Genetically Engineered Food and Products. And that this push is being spearheaded by Ministers of Government and other highly placed officials in Nigeria. In fact Nigeria has just announced that it sees nothing wrong with Genetically Engineered Foods and Products and are now on a massive campaign to introduce GMOs into that country! Cassava – genetically engineered cassava – being approved, cultivated and embedded in Nigeria!
The BottomLine is that Nigeria does not have a bio – safety law and theerefore does not have the mechanisms in place to monitor and controll the influx of genetically engineered foods into the country! Neither does Senegal. And Zambia we know was pressured into accepting GMOs or else! A few years ago.
But what is driving this new push for genetically engineered crops and foods in Africa and the African Diaspora? Especially when the research has shown that genetically engineered crops do NOT give more yield than natural crops and that it is cheaper to fund the transportation of natural food within and across Africa, than to ship ton loads of GMOs into Africa?
The rate at which vast acres of Land are being “grabbed” by MONSANTO, SYNGENTA, DOW AGROSCIENCES, BASF; PIONEER H – BRED INTERNATIONAL and BAYER CROPSCIENCE all Genetic Engineering Organizations (The Big 6 as they are called); is unprecedented.
The BottomLine is that All the Civil Rights and activists for Social Justice in Nigeria and across the Continent of Africa agree that there are very powerful forces behind the push towards genetically engineered foods and products into Africa.
In fighting back, who do we fight back against? Osagefyo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah challenges us to define and name the enemy.
What is the relationship between the unholy haste to introduce GMOs into Nigeria and the representation ( by GoodWorks International) of both Nigeria and the company with the largest market share of genetically engineered crops in the world – MONSANTO?
And to what extent is this relationship made into an even sweeter deal by the appointment of one half of GoodWorks International Ambassador Carlton Masters, as Jamaica’s representative to the Africa Union?
Those questions I cannot answer – as yet – but I am concerned that even the very appearance of a conflict of interest in this matter is too much to sit back and do nothing! As I am concerned that we saw the same unholy haste to push Cassava into the farming habits of small scale farmers in Jamaica, who were doing quite well ith their Yams, sweet potatos(which we uderstand will now be imported into the country – genetically engineered? We do not know), and yes! natural cassavas, etc.
The BottomLine is that we do not know the extent to which genetically engineered foods have entered the Food Chain here in Jamaica, we certainly do not know if our Cassava and Sweet Potatos have been compromised! MONSANTOs major objective is flood the Continent of Africa and it’s diaspora (the World for that matter), with genetically engineered foods and products! But the scary part of that is that once genetically engineered organisms, seeds and other products are unleashed in any country, they cannot be recalled!
Who in Jamaica, which organization is responsible for monitoring genetically engineered foods at our borders; what are the laws governing GMOs in Jamaica; does Jamaica have a bio – safety policy and if so, how is it being implemented and enforced? Can Jamaica say “NO” to MONSANTO when Monsanto is a client of GoodWorks International? One half of GoodWorks International being our Ambassador to the Africa Union and the other half our beloved former Prime Minister?
We must fight back! This is not the time for singing and dancing and beating drums, unless it’s the sound of the communication drum – beating the cry of War and calling the soliders to order!
In fighting back we demand of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, that she declare:
1. Whose interests does Ambassador Carlton Masters represent at the Africa Union – is it Monsanto, Nigeria, Chevron, Cocoa Cola; the people of Jamaica
2. With Good Works International representing Energy Companies such as MIRANT (who was in Jamaica ) Cocoa Cola and Monsanto, how are we to respond to the triple threat of land grabbing for natural resources for energy by international companies; the fight to label genetically modified foods and Genetically Modified Foods coming into Jamaica and now being pushed on African Countries
3. How can we (Africa and the Caribbean) protect against Big Pharma and their efforts to push pharmaceuticals on developing countries – Pharmaceuticals tied to AID and TRADE, When our representative at the Africa Union represents Sumitomo Chemicals, producers of Pharmaceuticals and vast amount of Chemicals?
4. With Ambassador Carlton Masters as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (The CFR) , why should we expect that he will at any time put Jamaica’s and Africa’s interest before that of the CFR , AFRICOM and the United States of America where he lives and whose interests he now represents on the Illuminati controlled CFR?
The BottomLine is that the time for Toms – Toms is over, the time for beating drums and sounding abengs is long gone. If we do not act now, if we do not fight back now, we will be presdiding over the new enslavement of four or five of our generations to come.
Fredrick Douglas tells us that ‘Power does not concede witout a demand” and demands must be targeted, matched by ultimatums and action.
I have started a petition, which is no circulating on the Social Media and will soon be in every nook and cranny of Jamaica and Africa!
Please visit my Facebook pages Kabu Maat Kheru Williams and Running African the IRIE FM FORUM and sign the petition if you havent done so already.
This is a call to action What can you do? Start by signing the petition!
That’s the BottomLine!