Potash and the Next Food Rush

Potash Price Surge Could Lead to Higher Food Costs for Billions

by James Stafford - Oilprice.com

 

June 23, 2016

We are on the precipice of a food fight among 7 billion people, and potash will be right at the center of it. If you can add 200,000 people every day to the global population and account for a significant loss of farmland at the same time, you can begin to understand the dire food situation facing the planet. This is why potash is so important: It’s the fundamental element that everyone takes for granted, despite the fact that a projected 7.7 billion lives will depend upon it by 2020.

 

No commodity is more fundamental than potash—and there is a lot of pressure riding on an element that many people aren’t even familiar with. Of the key commodities taken for granted, potash is on the top of the list.

 

The challenge for farmers—and for the world—is to increase crop yields on less land, which is being lost to climate change and increasing urbanization. This means not only steady demand for the three main elements of fertilizer—potash, phosphate and nitrogen—but significantly higher demand.

 

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Water As Weapon in Israel's War of Attrition Against Gaza

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War

by Ramzy Baroud - PalestineChronicle.com


June 22, 2016

 

Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half.

 

This alarming development has been taking place for weeks, since Israel's national water company, “Mekorot”, decided to cut off - or significantly reduce - its water supply to Jenin, Salfit and many villages around Nablus, among other regions.

Israel has been ‘waging a water war' against Palestinians, according to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah.

The irony is that the water provided by “Mekorot” is actually Palestinian water, usurped from West Bank aquifers. While Israelis, including illegal West Bank settlements, use the vast majority of it, Palestinians are sold their own water back at high prices.

 

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America Learning from Brexit: The Power of Paper and Pencil

Beating Establishment Power Requires an Honest Election System: What is the Big Lesson of the UK 'Brexit' Vote for Americans? It Was Done With Paper Ballots

by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening


June 25, 2016


The decision by a majority of UK voters to reject membership in the European Union in Wednesday's hotly-contested referendum has been a devastating defeat for the corporatist domination of the European political and economic scene. It throws the corporate duopoly in the UK into turmoil, and also has the EU bureaucrats and the banking elite in Brussels and the financial capitals of Europe in a panic, lest other countries' voters, as in Spain and Italy, or even France and the Netherlands, decide to follow suit. (Spain has a national election tomorrow which could be heavily influenced by the British referendum outcome, since if the united left wins, it could eventually lead to Spain's exit from the EU.)

But for the US, which is not a party to the EU, there is also a huge lesson: 'Brexit,' despite being opposed by the political establishment -- Conservative and Labor -- and by the corporate elite of London's City, the financial capital of Europe, won this vote. And the reason the opponents of UK membership in the EU were able to win against all that powerful opposition, has, in no small part, to do with the fact that all the voting was done on paper ballots.


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Beginning the End: Britons Rear on Their Masters

A Blow for Peace and Democracy: Why the British Said No to Europe

by John Pilger - CounterPunch


June 24, 2016

The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the “Remain” campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain.

The last bastion of the historic reforms of 1945, the National Health Service, has been so subverted by Tory and Labour-supported privateers it is fighting for its life. A forewarning came when the Treasurer, George Osborne, the embodiment of both Britain’s ancien regime and the banking mafia in Europe, threatened to cut £30 billion from public services if people voted the wrong way; it was blackmail on a shocking scale.

Immigration was exploited in the campaign with consummate cynicism, not only by populist politicians from the lunar right, but by Labour politicians drawing on their own venerable tradition of promoting and nurturing racism, a symptom of corruption not at the bottom but at the top. The reason millions of refugees have fled the Middle East – first Iraq, now Syria – are the invasions and imperial mayhem of Britain, the United States, France, the European Union and Nato. Before that, there was the wilful destruction of Yugoslavia.

Before that, there was the theft of Palestine and the imposition of Israel. The pith helmets may have long gone, but the blood has never dried. A nineteenth century contempt for countries and peoples, depending on their degree of colonial usefulness, remains a centrepiece of modern “globalisation”, with its perverse socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor: its freedom for capital and denial of freedom to labour; its perfidious politicians and politicised civil servants.

 

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NATO's Russia Stance Draws Criticism from Within, Dark Comparison from Without

Putin Calls Out NATO's 'Insecurity Agenda'

by Finian Cunningham - RT


June 23, 2016 

 

Russia’s repeated – and rebuffed – calls for security cooperation proves it is not Russia, but NATO which is the source of Europe’s instability and geopolitical tension.
 
Not for the first time, President Putin this week sought to allay fears that Russia presents a security threat to Europe and the US. 
 
Putin boldly referred to historical similarities. He pointed to how the US-led NATO military alliance is increasingly aggressive towards Russia, with the stinging implication this development by the supposedly “freedom and democracy promoting” alliance takes its precedence from the Third Reich and Operation Barbarossa.
 
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter
Steinmeier admonishes NATO
 
He was speaking on the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.
 
The fact that NATO just completed its biggest-ever maneuvers in Poland this month – Operation Anaconda involved 31,000 troops – simulating an attack on Russia is not without dark historical resonance.
 
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Warrior Elite Come Out for Hillary

Mideast war architects back Clinton over Trump

by Patrick Martin  - WSWS


24 June 2016  

Retired Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, who has held top national security positions in Republican administrations going back to Richard Nixon, endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Wednesday.


Scowcroft was National Security Adviser to two presidents, Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, and played a major role in US policy in wars of aggression from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf.

In an email distributed to friends and associates, mainly in the Republican foreign policy establishment, and shared by them with the press, Scowcroft wrote that former Secretary of State Clinton “brings deep expertise in international affairs, and a sophisticated understanding of the world,” which he said were “essential for the Commander-in-Chief.”

 

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The Devil You Say: Winning the Weed Wars

The War on Weed Is Winding Down But Will Monsanto Be the Winner?

by Ellen Brown - Dissident Voice


June 23rd, 2016

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma.
 
In April, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis, a form of the plant popularly known as marijuana. That makes nearly half of US states. A major barrier to broader legalization has been the federal law under which all cannabis – even the very useful form known as industrial hemp – is classed as a Schedule I controlled substance that cannot legally be grown in the US. But that classification could change soon.


In a letter sent to federal lawmakers in April, the US Drug Enforcement Administration said it plans to release a decision on rescheduling marijuana in the first half of 2016.

 

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Rule Britannia? Not Today, Brussels!

¡Basta Ya, Brussels! British Voters Reject EU Corporate Slavestate

by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch


June 24, 2016 

 

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”  — Thomas Paine

 

British voters delivered a savage deathblow to the EU corporate superstate on Thursday sending global markets tumbling and forcing Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation.

The narrow victory, which caught the prognosticators by surprise, is the strongest sign yet that working people across the continent are awakening to economic and political disaster that has been created in the name of European integration.

Not only has the EU failed to live up to its promise of lifting all boats and widening prosperity, it has also transformed the region into a low-growth, high unemployment charnel house where bankers and their corporate allies siphon off the wealth of the weaker states to enrich high-flying speculators and voracious bondholders.

 

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Elon Musk's Lithium Dreams

Move Over Oil – Lithium Is The Future Of Transportation 

by James Stafford - Oilprice.com


Jun 21, 2016

 

Just a few years ago, we would have scoffed at the idea that electric vehicles could be mainstream anytime soon, or that the global appetite for lithium-ion batteries and mass power storage would be so voracious, and so sudden. Today, no one is scoffing, and lithium is being viewed as our new super-mineral that will catapult us firmly into the next century.
 
Now Tesla has started buying up Nevada and building its battery gigafactory, with competing gigafactories following suit and competing electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers all throwing billions at this fast-moving market that no one has been able to keep up with. Not only has the EV taken its first major leap into the mainstream—most notably indicated by Tesla’s phenomenal advance sales of its affordable Model 3—but it’s gone beyond the mainstream. Electric vehicles will be the rule rather than the exception; and lithium the number one commodity of our time.
 
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Does Diablo Shutdown Mark an End to the Atomic Power Era?

Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era

by Harvey Wasserman - EcoWatch


June 23, 2016
 
As worldwide headlines have proclaimed, California’s Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) says it will shut its giant Diablo Canyon reactors near San Luis Obispo, and that the power they’ve been producing will be replaced by renewable energy.

PG&E has also earmarked some $350 million to “retain and retrain” Diablo’s workforce, whose union has signed on to the deal, which was crafted in large part by major environmental groups.

On a global scale, in many important ways, this marks the highest profile step yet towards the death of U.S. nuclear power and a national transition to a Solartopian green-powered planet. Diablo Canyon in California.

For Californians, as we shall see, there’s an army of devils in the details, which cannot be ignored. But let’s deal with the big picture first.


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Sanders Appeasement Means Syria Will Feel the Burn

Bernie’s Quasi-Concession Speech and Hillary’s Syrian War to Come

by Gary Leupp  - Dissident Voice


June 19th, 2016

In his quasi-concession speech last Thursday, broadcast without a live audience (probably due to the fear of loud boos), Bernie Sanders began with the observation: “Election days come and go. But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end.”

In other words: Even if I concede, I want the movement I generated to continue. Citing various ongoing mass movements, he declared: “And that’s what this campaign has been about over this past year. That’s what the political revolution is all about.”

Subtext: It’s all about bringing you kids into the Democratic Party—in order to change it. Then comes the now-familiar self-congratulation about winning 22 state primaries and caucuses, and repetition of his wonted insistence that “our vision for the future” is not a “fringe idea” and not a “radical idea.” “It is mainstream.”

This tells us that what will follow will be very mainstream. It is followed by the observation that in all the primaries Sanders won among people under 45. “These are the people who ARE the future of our country.” He extensively praises the youth for all their phone calls and canvassing, and even youth burdened with student debt for making campaign contributions.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Ken Stone, Janine Bandcroft June 22nd, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


June 22, 2016

Another mass shooting in the United States, and a lot more of the now too well practiced responses from government, media, interest groups, and the way-out-there factions that see conspiracy behind this event, (if it really even happened!) and most others.

Most predictable of all is the sensible idea, again put forward, to limit public access to military-grade weaponry.

But, what about police access to the same kinds of over-the-top armaments that has made your local constabulary come more to resemble an outpost of the 3rd Army? Isn't it time to consider de-escalating the other side of the civilian arms race?

Listen. Hear.

 

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning print journalist, broadcaster, and founder of the web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net, that has since 2004 filled some of the vast investigative journalism vacuum in American media. He's also the author of: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ and ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.’

Dave Lindorff in the first half.

And; word from Fallujah, Iraq is not good. Tens of thousands, some estimates say as many as 90,000 citizens of the most battle-blighted of all of that war-benighted country's cities, are under the stars tonight, made homeless again by another Western interventionist-supported military assault; of course, meant to root out "the terrorists." Nearly thirteen and a half years after America's initial 'Shock and Awe' not only does the fighting and killing carry on in Iraq, but the war then begun there is now spread throughout the region. Nowhere perhaps is its contagion more virulently felt than in neighbouring Syria, now more than five years into its own nightmare of others' making.

Ken Stone is an executive member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, (syriasolidaritymovement.org) serving treasurer of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, and longtime antiwar activist. This past April, he was a member of the Second International Tour of Peace to Syria, from where he sent his 'Dispatch from Syria' column. Ken is also an occasional contributor to the web news site, GlobalResearch. and commentator on Press TV.

Ken Stone and reaching for peace in Syria in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things going on in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Dave Lindorff and, Why not a general ban on America's assault weapons arsenal?

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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