The Moscow Times here writes that a Russian court has denied the Greenpeace activists bail, and the prospect of spending a long time in a Russian prison is increasingly becoming a grim reality. But unlike in the past, Greenpeace is now also being sharply criticized worldwide.
The English-language Voice of Russia aims harsh criticism at Greenpeace, writing that “experts doubt the adequacy and altruism of that international organization“.
The first thing that jumps out at you in the Voice of Russia article is the photo of Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. The front is completely bent in. Have they been engaging in a little ramming lately? Some excerpts from the Voice of Russia (my emphasis):
The Western press launched a loud campaign in support of the Greenpeace. But many experts not to mention ordinary people call the actions of the activists ecological extremism. Here is the view of the situation of Mikhail Voytenko, the editor-in-chief of the Maritime Bulletin:
Everybody was afraid of getting involved with the Greenpeace, starting with corporations and ending with whole countries. And now it encountered somebody who did not get scared. And it is now getting its due. […] In reality, the Greenpeace is a dubious organization, which frequently uses illegal methods in quite different countries. […] On the whole it is practically an extremist organization.”
Voice of Russia quotes Ortis Andres Carlos, an Argentinian expert in economics and energy, a PhD in economics, is of a similar opinion:
It was a real attack on the Russian platform, the activists acted very roughly and provocatively. To call things their names, we are talking about «ecological terrorism». Greenpeace activists are a lot more interested in creating a social response.”
Meanwhile The Mirror here reports that arrested British journalist Keiron Bryan has gotten a letter out to the media in which he expresses real fear of what lies ahead. The Mirror writes: “…he fears a long jail sentence” and that he is feeling “horrible uncertainty and anxiety“. He believes that those arrested were “pieces in a game we didn’t want to participate in“. Obviously Keiron and the activists initially thought they’d be handled with kids’ gloves, maybe spend a night in jail before strutting out the next day in the limelight of the big sympathetic media. Instead they are now staring at a Russian judge through the bars of a cage.
The biggest problem for the two journalists is the mountain of incriminating evidence Russian authorities likely have seized. All the computers and their contents in the form of e-mails, comments, documents etc. will tell if the journalists were truly objectively reporting, or if they were acting as powerful media representatives aiding and abetting the cause. One gets the sense that Greenpeace hired the journalists for the very purpose of high powered promotion.
“Chilly attitude towards suffering humanity”
Today the Mail Online has a story that is also highly critical of the environmental organization. It writes that the international organization “has a decidedly chilly attitude towards suffering humanity. It has led a campaign to harass and frustrate ‘the Golden Rice Project’, a not-for-profit scheme backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation“. The Mail writes regarding Greenpeace’s overzealous opposition to the testing of gene modified foods (GMOs): “… it destroys such tests physically, thus showing its fundamental contempt for the scientific method”. In short: Luddites.
Now the reality and the gravity of the situation is dawning on the activists. They are in deep trouble. You can almost see what’s coming ahead: a process involving damning evidence, a harsh sentence, followed by tears and sadness, then by anger and rebellion – and maybe later a hunger strike. That will all pass, however. And after a year or two of deep reflection and thought in their cells, many will probably realize that they indeed had been on an out-of control path and that they had it coming. After a couple of years of good behavior, they’ll be back out on their feet- very likely a whole lot wiser and far less naïve about the world-saving cause they had been indoctrinated with by Greenpeace and its directors.
Also read here: “…either willing participants or unwitting pawns.”
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Just a note on the Luddites; they were not per se opposed to the advance of technology, rather, they were more concerned that this would occasion loss of jobs. In that respect, long term, they were correct.
As for Greenpiss – as you sow, so shall ye reap. They’ve already lost charitable status in Canada and New Zealand, where they went so far as to threaten someone on their website. A vile organisation.
14. Oktober 2013 at 13:53 | Permalink | Reply
“Just a note on the Luddites; they were not per se opposed to the advance of technology, rather, they were more concerned that this would occasion loss of jobs. In that respect, long term, they were correct. ”
Since the Luddites we had dozens of waves of technology, each wave making huge workforces redundant. We always find new jobs for people (provided politics does not make it impossible by fixing too high prices for labor).
The Luddites were correct short term; but not long term. (Stage one thinkers. Not comprehending the system dynamics.)
From the mirror piece:
“Mr Bryan said those arrested were “pieces in a game we didn’t want to participate in”.”
Can anyone be that gullible? Greenpeace knows very well about COP19 in November; that’s why they went up there. Does Greenpeace not tell its pawns that they’re shills for the EU?
O/T google Vahrenholt Technology Review
debate Vahrenholt vs. Eicke Weber.
Looks like this wasn’t on NTZ by now. Eicke Weber was already reported on here:
How ever long the Russians lock this lot up for won’t be long enough.
I wonder if we could buy a shipment of Russian backbone to transplant into our law enforcement officials, & our judges. It is something we have been in need of for many years.
“We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. And we be many, but you be few.”
Gene Hashmi, Greenpeace communications director, who undoubtedly knows where our children go to school, too.
Nice to see this arrogant bunch of government funded thugs and bullies are getting a bit of their own medecine fior a change.
Some years ago there was a popular Russian movie in which the main subject did everything to arrive in a Dutch prison, he considered paradise. It may give a clue what a Russian prison has in store for our friends.
Greenpeace has long been able to be more equally treated due to their clever modus operandi: their actions are organized as international groups of activists which creates little willingness among law enforcement officials to investigate their sometimes illegal actions. Why? Because it would demand a cooperation and legal assistance among law enforcement officiers in several countries since in Europe the activists will not be thrown to jail waiting for their trial and instead they are allowed to travel back home. At least in Finland the police officials have been reported to have actually recommend criminal complaints against Greenpeace actions to be dropped because of the complexity of the criminal investigation as a result of this. The GP seems to have counted on a similar behaviour by the Russians which of course is a huge mistake.
“After a couple of years of good behavior, they’ll be back out on their feet- very likely a whole lot wiser and far less naïve about the world-saving cause they had been indoctrinated with by Greenpeace and its directors. ”
Disagree on both parts. The Russians aren’t pussies like we are. There won’t be time off for good behavior. Second, they’ll come out and do it all over again. Willingly. Just like they did the first time. Provided they live to get out.
Having been directly confronted with Greenpeace actions against the factory (chlorine and PVC) I was working for a long time ago (now retired), I have looked at the organisation in depth.
Greenpeace is organised as a top-down organisation where the members have nothing to say. All decisions are coming from the top and if you don’t agree you can go.
If they have an action somewhere, the ships are hired from one (Greenpeace) organisation, the captain is from another (Greenpeace) organisation, the crew from a lot of (Greenpeace) organisations of different countries, the climbers are hired professionals, have (officially) nothing to do with Greenpeace and the spokesperson is from the local Greenpeace organisation and has (officially) no connection with the action itself.
The umbrella organisation, Greenpeace International, with a big office in The Netherlands, doesn’t legally exist (thus can’t be convicted…), but still is in power and licenses its name to the local organisations.
That indeed (as Observer already said) makes it extremely difficult to get them to court and have them convicted. And even if they are convicted, as was the case for the whalers in Norway, it is extremely difficult to have them paid for the damage done: after one year of search in the different layers of the organisation, the money was found in the Bahama’s…
The opposite way, they are much faster to sue anybody who critisizes them. Due to differences in law, it is most easy to sue anybody in Germany for libel. Which was the case for our organisation for a court in Hamburg, Germany, where we did lose and win about 50/50 of the different points of dispute:
How much does it cost to incorporate a business in The Netherlands; change its trading name to Greenpeace International?
Subsequent to that, one can stop the operation of another entity pretending to be Greenpeace International in that country, can’t one? 😉
I suppose that they have deposited their name and pay a small sum per year to keep that name registered for the whole world. Then you can’t use their name because their name is already used and protected. Such a name deposit can be done by any organisation, even if they only exist on paper, but only if that name isn’t already used…
It might be fun to register the name “Greenpeace Interational”
Or perhaps “Greenpeace Irrational”