Slavery is “freedom”? – Monsanto and BlackRock buy Ukraine — RT DE

3 Aug 2022 9:46 pm

An analysis by Elem Raznochintsky

Already in May we pointed out in a publication to the importance of Ukrainian land reform. After 20 years of blockade, this law, passed by the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada in 2021, made it possible for international agricultural conglomerates – belonging to the western zone of influence – to buy up large amounts of Ukrainian soil. At the same time, the common people were led to believe that ultimately the opposite was being prepared: with the brazen lie about the alleged protection of Ukrainian farmers and their fertile land.

Now, finally, the international players can be called by their names on the basis of their own confessions. But they have to be viewed like the layers of an onion: The first layer is made up of agribusiness and biotech giants Cargill, DuPont and Monsanto.

Together, these US companies bought about 17 million hectares in eastern and southern Ukraine. These are the regions with by far the most fertile soil, not only within Ukraine but even in this world. The Australian National Review delivered I recently made an illustrative comparison: just keep in mind that these 16.7 million hectares already make up the entire cultivated area of ​​Italy. In short, the stakes are high.

Of the companies mentioned, Cargill is still officially owned by the founding family, but this has no meaning in terms of international exploitation practices. Oxfam has for the period 2010 to 2012 evidence providedhow Cargill aggressively and illegally seized vast tracts of land in Colombia.

Just last year, right around the time Ukraine’s infamous land reform was passed, reported Cargill that they are majority owners of the deep water port terminal named “Neptune” in the “Southern Port” Pivdenny port – formerly Yuzhnoye – in the Odessa region on the Black Sea. In her own press release, President of Cargill’s Agriculture and Supply Chain business in Europe, Philippa Purser, further explains:

“Investing in Neptune allows Cargill to better leverage its operations to feed a growing population by shipping grain to areas around the world where it’s needed most.”

So it will probably – at least for the time being – nothing. Among other things, this supremacy is what is currently at stake in the showdown in this region. But this is just one of many Western investment projects that would be completely lost if Russia succeeded in further denazification and demilitarization, in this case in the Odessa region. Especially if referendums are held afterwards, which would result in complete independence from the Kiev regime.

Land ownership is not only decided by referendums, wars or military operations, but also by sneaky under-the-table sales. The clique of the Kiev regime pushed the latter in the fast lane in good time.

The financial matryoshka of the west

Although the company Monsanto was bought by the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG for 66 billion US dollars in 2018, it still exists today as a highly active subsidiary. Prior to the sale, when Monsanto was valued at $49.1 billion as of 2015, the ominous Vanguard Group Inc. owned 7.1 percent of the stock, which was valued at $3.61 billion corresponded.

The Vanguard Group Inc., on the other hand, has risen to become the second largest investment company in the world in recent years – only the dubious asset manager BlackRock is in first place. BlackRock also has huge stakes in the agribusinesses mentioned above. In the case of DuPont, BlackRock is the second-largest shareholder with 4.33 percent – ​​i.e. 22,021,770 shares. The Vanguard Group Inc. has even more here – it takes first place with 7.66 percent through 38,962,143 shares.

Behind each of these international exploiting companies there are completely different, mostly even more powerful companies that figure as motivated shareholders, but are also networked with the much-cited “military-industrial complex” of the United States of America. In this network, of course, NATO is the clumsy, executive tool, whereas the economic-legal processes of property transfer of land, as described here, need to be operated with a little more finesse. Their deceptive camouflage is called “participation in the free, global market”.

Basically, BlackRock and the Vanguard Group Inc. also symbolize an embodiment of Wall Street and its interests. Now, their sheer influence has placed them in their very own, exclusive category of companies. For example, the two are by far the largest shareholders in Wall Street’s 10 most powerful banks — including Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase.

Close to the exploitation methods described by insider Roger Perkins in his 2005 book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, this process is always very similar. The indispensable main ingredients for such historical “land takeovers” are an artificially couped, corrupt, new elite who, as masked traitors, create the legal conditions on site to handle everything supposedly “legally and unchallengeably” for their western masters. Since the beginning of 2014 at the latest, there have been plenty of these traitors in Kyiv. Meanwhile, the Western media screeched that Ukraine’s “independence and democracy” is hanging by a thread. This kind of mockery of the Ukrainian people and the ease of suggestion of Western populations still apparently knows no bounds.

So who is fighting who in Ukraine today?

Officially, there are two Slavic peoples who are currently fighting each other. In a certain, regrettable way, this is also a fact. Actually, however, it is Western financial monopolies, which have already become absurdly powerful, which the simple Ukrainians are sending forward to defend their new property, which has already been “paid for”. The simple Ukrainian probably still believes he is defending his own country against a supposedly irrational aggressor from the north-east. Ukrainian soldiers are already fighting a lost cause, since their supposed country has long belonged to someone else.

However, should Russia’s special military operation succeed and large parts of eastern Ukraine be liberated from Western influence and Western-backed Ukrainian fascism, the cards of power and land ownership will certainly be reshuffled.

This is exactly what BlackRock, Vanguard Group Inc., Blackstone and their investors and subordinates fear with growing emphasis: There is a risk of the loss of huge capital investments, which they pumped into Ukraine for years in the neoliberal fever in order to completely own this country and by far the most fertile arable land in the world Reformatting Earth into a monocultural, carcinogenic GMO plantation. Anyone who thinks the author is going too far with his interpretation should study the business ideas, practices, and future plans of Monsanto and others take a closer look. Not to mention the US-operated biolabs that have been set up in Ukraine in recent years.

Long-term, imperialist projects like these have been waiting since February 2022 under the shadow of huge question marks about what may come next. The next few months will provide very insightful answers in this regard.

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