Re: http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=2.msg19469#msg19469

Let’s join in with One Billion rising on and before Valentine’s Day and become part of the creative activists advocating for justice over the continuing issues on Agent Orange:

Read our creative site here:

https://projectagentorange.wordpress.com/

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Submit creative work here:

http://projectagentorange.com/wordpress/?page_id=2

Let’s join in with One Billion Rising. We will submit the creative work we use on our site to One Billion Rising for their Valentine’s Day catalog of events.

From One Billion Rising 2016:

For the fourth year, globally One Billion Rising activists are planning their rising events, artistic uprisings, panel discussions, press conference, town halls, movies, articles, gatherings, poetry, art, posters, actions, and protests to take place on and about 14 February. With the theme – ONE BILLION RISING: Rise for REVOLUTION 2016, this year’s campaign will escalate the collective actions of activists worldwide, and amplify their call for systemic changes towards ending violence against women and girls once and for all.

“We’ve danced, we’ve demanded justice, we’ve demanded changes. This year we are radicalising our actions — enlarging, deepening and expanding the revolution. Let’s continue to shift consciousness and be braver, bolder, more creative and determined with our actions. Communities will focus on the most marginalised women and girls to bring about true, long lasting change,” stated Monique Wilson, Global One Billion Rising Director.

“We are evolving our fight against violence against women, knowing that unless we put the marginalized at the lead, unless we address imperialism, war, climate change, racism, economic inequality, workers rights and patriarchy we will never end violence against women and girls. Let’s go further than we have ever gone, igniting revolution and paradigm change,” stated Eve, Founder of One Billion Rising.

PLUME… Remembering Monsanto & Dow

A Poem by Stefanie Bennett

I have aged by my crying river where the water-weed
Harbours a sodden almanac.
In this hemisphere the rain
Tendrils red
Upon a parched heart; its shape
Abstruse –, a dropped star.

Well recounted is the quest of ‘the other’. Pacing out
Endurance Road, Wolf-song Woman
Wrote her dust epigraphs
On the boots of fishermen –,
The silver-forks of Dame Fortune’s
High fliers in repose.

From Quebec to Armenia. Bombay. Sydney-town…
She unravelled the dialects:
Strung them lowly
To be mystically
Arpeggioed by diverse
Adepts of the ‘mouth-bow’.

And how rich was the sowing of the Spirit fruit!
Each yield a hoop
Of plenty. Both
Huntress and gatherer, net offerings
Graced the guilded halls
Of ‘poeticised’ pogrom.

How many climbed aboard that bronze saddle
She’ll not say.

What loss flash-flooded the verdant oasis –, self
Destruct? Premonition?

To this day the ‘seven living sins’ continue
Their vigil…

Indigo is the tranquil sleep-walker harnessed
To the crying river –;
Vermilion the sickle moon.
Ash, the oration
In any tone.
The fable! Colourless:

… Pigment it gone.

[Monsanto & Dow – compensate all victims]

Portraits of Vietnamese children with Agent Orange

A Collection by DonnaB

http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=2.msg18267#msg18267

Warning: Some of the images in these links may be disturbing.

http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=2.msg18269#msg18269

http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=2.msg18279#msg18279

http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=2.msg18293#msg18293

http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=2.msg18301#msg18301

http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=2.msg18312#msg18312

A Historiography of USA/Monsanto Empathy

A Historiography by Richard D. Hartwell

RE: http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=2.msg18429#msg18429
http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=4.msg18433#msg18433
http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=4.msg18433#msg184334

With regard to the inequity of care for Agent Orange disabilities provided to US service members as opposed to that provided to the Vietnamese, I will let the following references, and dollar comparisons, speak volumes! The withholding of assistance to Viet Nam by the US was based solely on its being a Communist government. I cite Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ratified by the member countries of the United Nations {including the United States) in 1948:

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

And Article 25:

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

The collusion between and among large US corporations, the US military, and the US government is arrogant in the extreme and, in my mind at least, qualifies as crimes against humanity. President Eisenhower warned the people of the United States, and of the world, of the evils of “the military-industrial complex” a mere four years after the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

America’s Proud History of Post-War Aid

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/world-report/2014/06/06/the-lessons-from-us-aid-after-world-war-ii

That’s why the United States worked to rebuild post-war Europe, investing $22 billion — or roughly $182 billion in real 21st-century dollars adjusted for inflation — in economic foreign assistance across 16 war-torn nations from 1946 to 1952. To be sure, America’s post-war commitment to Western Europe demonstrated our nation’s character. Yet it also advanced our economic interests. America’s $182 billion in economic foreign assistance to Europe amounts to far less than the more than $250 billion in goods that the United States now annually exports to those countries. . . .

After World War II, the United States also understood the strategic importance of using foreign assistance and other tools to aid and rebuild post-war Japan. Between 1946 and 1952, Washington invested $2.2 billion — or $18 billion in real 21st-century dollars adjusted for inflation — in Japan’s reconstruction effort. That amounts to more than one-third of the $65 billion in goods that the United States exported to Japan in 2013. Today, Japan is a mature democracy, the world’s third largest economy and one of America’s most important allies in the Asia-Pacific.

The Vietnam War and Its Impact – Vietnam and the united states

http://www.americanforeignrelations.com/O-W/The-Vietnam-War-and-Its-Impact-Vietnam-and-the-united-states.html

Following North Vietnam’s victory in 1975, the U.S. attitude toward Vietnam was antagonistic. In the Paris Peace Accords, the United States had agreed to provide $3.3 billion over five years to help rebuild the shattered infrastructure of Vietnam. Rather than meeting its obligations, the United States extended to all of Vietnam the trade embargo against communist North Vietnam that had been ratified under the Trading with the Enemy Act passed during the early years of the conflict.

United States assistance to Vietnam

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_assistance_to_Vietnam

U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic and economic relations were non-existent for more than fifteen years following communist North Vietnam’s victory in 1975 over U.S. ally South Vietnam. During that time, the United States maintained restrictions on foreign assistance to unified Vietnam. . . .

Prime Minister Pham Van Khai indicated that one of his mid- level priorities during his trip to the United States in June 2005 is obtaining U.S. assistance for Agent Orange victims. During President Bill Clinton’s five-day trip to Vietnam in 2000, the United States agreed to set up a joint research study on the effects of dioxin/Agent Orange. Over three million [Viet Nam’s estimate is five million] Vietnamese suffering from the alleged effects of Agent Orange were part of a class action suit filed in U.S. Federal District Court in Brooklyn against the chemical companies that manufactured the defoliant. The case was dismissed in March 2005, in a ruling that was widely publicized in Vietnam. In April 2005, the Bush Administration discontinued funding of a grant to conduct research in Vietnam on the possible relationship between Agent Orange and birth defects. The justification for the decision was that the Vietnamese Ministry of Health had not given its approval for the study. . . .

Economic assistance was resumed in 1991, when the administration of George H. W. Bush announced plans to send $1.3 million to fit disabled Vietnamese with artificial limbs. The announcement came days after Washington and Hanoi agreed to open an office in Vietnam to resolve outstanding MIA cases. In subsequent years, annual aid flows were generally small and limited to disaster assistance and humanitarian programs—such as prosthetics and aid to orphans—to ameliorate the effects of the war.

Crush

A Poem by Stefanie Bennett

“After Monsanto & Dow Chemical”

You have to step out of it, the pain
Of being too concerned
With who devastated reason
And the cause
Of why nightingales elude.

You have to

Shake off the fear –,
The by-products
On how later will count
Glowing its true colours.

You have to

Commence worshipping –,
If worship you must…
Names shot down while
Practicing an ideal.

You have to

Recognise that monuments
Are mountains –, and
Storm drains –, and
Loves that flew away

Recurring again as ‘the wild
Card’ in
The hand
Of ‘show’ poker…’

The Twelve Days of Christmas Brought to You by Monsanto

A Modified Poem by GloriaS

On the first day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us one scoop of Saccharin.

On the second day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us a trillion trillion tons of PCBs and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the third day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us too much Polystyrene, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the fourth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the fifth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the sixth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the seventh day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the eighth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the ninth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us RoundUp, Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the tenth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal), RoundUp, Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the eleventh day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal), RoundUp, Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

On the twelfth day of Christmas Monsanto brought to us a world of Genetically Modified Crops / GMOs, Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal), RoundUp, Petroleum-Based Fertilizer, Agent Orange, too much Dioxin, DDT, Atom bomb and nuclear weapons, a trillion trillion tons of PCBs, and one scoop of Saccharin.

Source for Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen: Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen

A Gift List from Monsanto

A Poem by M.Lapin

GMOs have a history of being totally safe.–too many people so please read on

This Christmas do not give me GMO mistletoe,
do not place a wreath of evil on my door,
do not give me the Monsanto version of a Xmas tree,
and definitely do not give me any seeds.

I do not want resistant weeds, dead ladybugs,
a lack of monarch butterflies (last summer I saw three),
more poisons to harm the ecosystem,
more toxins to run into the water supply.

Nor do I want a rise in obesity, autism,
allergies, disease that may come from a change in genes,



Bt, glyphosate, biased research, scientists paid to lie,
journals bought to hide facts to create fictions

What I would be grateful for is a change of heart,
a lack of greed, a gift of love and charity
to help all of those with Agent Orange
(even though the courts said this would not be necessary),

but this is the gift I know you will take a pass,
alas, and say, can we offer you something else?
I guess I do not want a gift from Monsanto after all,
Please move away from my food and my plants.