Wed Jul 6th, 2022 at 02:02:33 PM EST
When governments don't show leadership and choose to fight a frontier war of military expansion to the border of Russia, people will suffer on all fronts.
Bread, hunger and rising cost of living led to the Arab Spring in Tunisia and in Lebanon, Syria in 2011. Foreign powers exploited the discrepancy between the elites in power and the working men on the streets. Feeds the looming anger instead of the bellies of wives and children sustaining a bare minimum to survive.
Rightwing governments will fail and hopefully fall to a more social-democratic leadership who will refuse to fight proxy wars for the empires still about.
The unrest in The Netherlands has led to PM Rutte live firing at the farmer protest which by itself was a culmination of years of anger and poor communication of policy ... the last 12 years of Rutte I thru Rutte IV.
PM Mark Rutte he would take a tough stance on farmers' protest as he refused to communicate and appointed a "mediator" London style, from his own conservative party who negotiated the basis for Rutte IV coalition.
Dutch police firing their weapons at farmers protesting in their tractors against the government's nitrogen policy tonight in Heerenveen.
Such cases are unheard of in the Visegrad 4.
The Dutch police has earlier been criticized for excessive violence by UN rapporteur @NilsMelzer
UN rapporteur to step down after accusing Dutch police of brutality
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, who earlier this year denounced the actions of the Dutch police at coronavirus protests, is resigning from his position. Nils Melzer, from Switzerland, will take over the top position at the International Committee of the Red Cross in July.
The fishermen joined the farmers protest already in early 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic. Mainly due to losing fishing rights from EU regulations and Brexit consequences.
Mark Rutte was warned his authoritarian positioning would lead to escalation
Mark asks party friend Johan Remkes to mediate with the farmers collective - 3 days ago ...
Throwing oil on the fire!
For centuries, coastal fishermen have provided healthy fish, work and income, prosperous villages and cities, exports and tradition. But the #nitrogen policy, sky-high fuel prices, wind farms and weird EU laws now also threaten our existence.
Fishermen join the Farmers Protest by blocking 5 ports.
Vlissingen is also blocked, 🐟⤵️⤵️
#vlissingen is now location no. 5 where fishermen - moored together - join the #FarmersFisheriesProtest. Cutters block the harbor. In total, approximately 70 fishing vessels are currently involved in various actions.
#SaveThe Fisheries 💪💪
All is quiet in government capitol The Hague, just outside the work place of PM Rutte - 't Torentje - always time to talk EU expansion.
No directives on #nitrogen w/o talks with the farmers
WEF Food Innovation Hubs agrifood sector scalable solutions
The Netherlands is to form the centre for global food innovation with the Global Coordinating Secretariat (GCS) in Wageningen. This was announced by Dutch Prime Minister Rutte during a digital meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The GCS is part of the WEF's food system initiative to drive innovations and new technologies in the food chain that contribute to global food security. From the Netherlands, the GCS will manage the further development of global regional food innovation hubs, including the European hub in Food Valley Wageningen.
Food Innovation Hub Europe - Home Valley NL
An unknown unknown for Libertarian Mark Rutte?
Buying power of supermarkets a threat to food production | SOMO - Feb. 5, 2013 |
If I were to be kind to Dutch prime minister, a favorite son of Trump and Johnson, I would say next to awkward loss of memory, he is likely diagnosed with tunnel vision.
Yet the EU ended the cap of milk quota and the farmers invested in more diary expansion to increase sales and profitability.
Dutch Supermarket Supply Chain - Ending the Human Suffering Behind Our Food | OxfamNovib - June 6, 2018 |
The Dutch supermarket sector is heavily consolidated, with the two largest supermarket chains controlling over 50% of the market. Supermarket turnover has shown sustained growth over the past decade, and life without almost daily supermarket visits is hardly imaginable for most Dutch consumers. At the same time, supermarkets are competing with each other fiercely in the battle for consumers.
They try to attract customers by offering low prices for good quality food and a wide variety of options year-round. The growing dominance of supermarkets in the food sector in the Netherlands and elsewhere, through the use of this competitive model, has negative impacts on millions of farmers and workers who grow and process food under harsh conditions.
Oxfam commissioned new research for its Behind the Barcodes campaign, which is set out in the main campaign report Ripe for Change. It included research into the distribution of value and power in food supply chains, a Supermarkets Scorecard, and a number of cases studies, including one focussed on seafood supply chains.
During the Cold War, subsidized dairy farming had a surplus of products. Sometimes the prices were lower than feasible to bring the products to market. The well-known EU mountain of butter was sold to the poor people of the Soviet Union under Communism. As appreciation, the Russian are coming to destroy us. Damn fools we are.