I posted a few days ago about a recent action at Niagara Falls by the Rainforest Action Network. Last Tuesday the group pulled off a spectacular guerilla stunt — unfurling a huge banner from the catwalk of the visitors’ observation deck — in an attempt to embarrass the Canadian prime minister and draw negative attention to the extraction of oil from oil sands, also known as “tar sands”.
Our Flemish correspondent VH is an adept when it comes to investigating the overlapping networks of the socialist Left and the radical environmental movement. The big question about the “tar sands” controversy is whether Saudi money helps fund the opposition, since Middle Eastern oil producers stand to come under competitive pressure if production from oil sands takes off.
VH has done a little digging to produce the follow-up report below.
Can’t See the Rainforest for the Trees
The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has for a long time been a regular participant in the World Social Forum (WSF), which each year attracts some 100,000 militant socialists.
The WSF is an offspring of the anti-NAFTA radical Left’s involvement with the Mexican guerilla group EZLN (known as “Zapatistas”, with ties to FARC), which in 1999 declared the Fourth World War against “neoliberalism” (i.e. the Western democracies and free market economy). A number of NGOs, including Oxfam and Unicef, and the French revolutionary Socialist ATTAC!, together with the EZLN founded the WSF.
One offshoot of this WSF, in addition to regional chapters such as the USF [USA] and ESF [Europe], is the People’s Global Action (PGA), Global Day of Action, or Direct Action. All the riots at the WTO and Economic forums (“Davos”) and the G8 — starting with Seattle — find their roots in this PGA (for the full list, see here). Not only was the WSF involved in the Greek riots in late 2008, but it also called for global action against Israel in December 2008, shortly after the operation “Cast Lead” began.
A “tar sands” campaign is run by the “Indigenous Environmental Network” out of the USA and Canada: “…building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others.” Their issues include, among other things: “De-colonization and symptoms of internalized oppression/racism/tribalism.” This organization is also linked to the World Social Forum (WSF), and it works with and is trained by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).
A background article by Scott Thompson on this WSF-PGA can be read here.
The WSF is funded by major NGOs such as Oxfam, and foundations such as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Ford Foundation (which also fund RAN), and increasingly by the up-and-coming South American socialist dictatorships, notably Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. Chavez in his turn is a close ally of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
RAN, crime, and the Greenpeace link in the board
In its 1999-2000 annual report RAN said it “works hard to combine sophisticated strategies with radical demands.” A recent San Francisco Chronicle article noted that RAN’s “activists wear their arrest records like badges of honor.” [David Hogberg, CRC, May 2005]
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The Green Tracking Library writes that RAN — which has tax-exempt status — is “a social shakedown group, harassing companies until they cave in to RAN demands for payoffs to related groups, thus avoiding charges of blackmail if they were to demand funds for themselves in return for stopping unlawful actions [The ‘Eco Mafia’ — translator]. They have 150 allied groups, some performing unlawful acts such as trespassing and theft of goods, according to Rainforest Action Network plans and advisories.” Michael Brune, one of the RAN’s twelve Executive Directors, received $95,417 “compensation” for the job done, and prior to this he ran the San Francisco office for Greenpeace.
RAN, in addition to receiving funding from several foundations, is also indirectly funded by associated activist groups like the Earth Island Institute (which in its turn is indirectly funded by Theresa Heinz Kerry; more later).
RAN enlists children as pawns in its anti-corporate campaigns. In order to do that, it makes use of teacher-moles to recruit children as activists “and exploit them as Fundraisers for the rainforest” (David Hogberg, CRC, May 2005). Greenpeace also abuses children for their own purposes: “Angry child soldier of Greenpeace” [a really sickening video, taken from De Groene Rekenkamer].
Many links point to a few people who seem important for their Muslim/Arab contacts. They also seem to be the people making headlines these days.
RAN Link 01: WSF, STORM, pro-Arab, Black Panthers/NoI, adviser to Obama
[Anthony] Van Jones, the former White House environmental adviser, “a self-avowed communist”, and a committed Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, is also a national environmentalists frontman, and served on the board of Rainforest Action Network (RAN).
Van Jones, a 9-11 skeptic (“The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City”) who served on the boards of the National Apollo Alliance, Social Ventures Network, Bioneers, and Julia Butterfly Hill’s “Circle of Life” organization, was arrested during the L.A. riots, and spent a short time in jail: “I met all these young radical people of color. I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, ‘This is what I need to be a part of.’”
Jones co-founded Color of Change (COC), an organization that views the United States as a profoundly racist country, and helped establish Bay Area PoliceWatch, which specialized in demonizing the local police. He co-founded and until recently represented the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (which in 2009 received more than $1 million from George Soros’s “Open Society Institute”).
He is a prominent founder of the (Marxist-Maoist) “Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement“ (STORM): “Oppose racist, anti-Arab bigotry. We expressed solidarity and support for Arabs and Arab-Americans, already under attack from the media and government,” he wrote, “Stereotypes and scapegoating will not lead us out of this crisis. Solidarity and compassion will.”[p.48]
According to Discover the Networks, Jones’ new approach was modeled on the tactics outlined by the famed radical organizer Saul Alinsky, who stressed the need for revolutionaries to mask the extremism of their objectives and to present themselves as moderates until they could gain some control over the machinery of political power.
Van Jones et al wrote in 2001: “On the morning of September 11, STORM convened in Oakland for an emergency meeting. We knew that the fall of the World Trade Center would mark a dramatic shift in international and domestic politics. We knew that the Left had to respond strongly.” […] “Anti-Arab hostility is already reaching a fever pitch as pundits and common people alike rush to judgment that an Arab group is responsible for this tragedy.” The vigil in solidarity with Arab- and Muslim-Americans was held in October in Snow Park. “STORM members articulated a strong anti-imperialist line that resonated with the everyday people there,” said Van Jones [ see also STORM, p.47]
At a press conference at the Masjid Dar El-Salam Mosque in San Francisco in 2004, Van Jones (et al) demanded the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, for “illegal behavior”.
He voluntarily resigned early this month from his assignment at the White House, because he got in the way of “Obama regaining his footing in the contentious health care debate”. “Apparently,” Don Surber wrote on his blog, “it is OK with the White House that Van Jones is a supporter of Mumia Abu-Jamal [Wesley Cook, Muslim convert and Black Panther Lieutenant, a pan-African nationalist and militant activist: the actions were organized by People of Color Task Force, POCTF, a subdivision of STORM], who had killed [executed] a police officer [Daniel J. Faulkner ] in 1981. […]”
Note: Van Jones’ job was to set up Green Jobs initiatives. Research by the renowned Dutch Groene Rekenkamer, shows not only that every “green job” costs between 571,138 and one million euros in taxpayer subsidies, but also that every green job destroys 2.2 regular (non-subsidized) jobs in other sectors of the economy.
RAN Link 02: WSF (Chavez), Iraq, Iran (Ahmadinejad), Obama fundraiser
Jodie Evans of “Code Pink” is a radical activist and Democratic fundraiser (good for at least $50,000 in donations for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign) and on the Board of Directors for the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).
Jodie Evans met with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in September 2008 (“It’s rare for a head of state to take time during an official U.N. visit to meet with the peace community”), and said that year that “Al Qaeda may have had a point on 9/11”. Together with Cindy Sheehan she went on a trip to Iraq in 2006 (with an introductory letter from — far left — Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, who in 2008 became chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee — the choice of Speaker Nancy Pelosi), sponsored by — among others — the terrorist leader Saleh al-Mutlaq. Evans later admitted: “We were trying to undermine the war effort!”. A few years earlier, in December 2004, Evans and Code Pink delivered $600,000 to “the other side” [i.e. the insurgents] in Fallujah, writes FrontPage, “And now she sees her savior in Barack — and Michelle — Obama.”
( Memri 2007 Saleh al-Mutlaq: “It Is in Iraq’s Interest to Support the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization”)
Jodie Evans — also called “Obama’s Jane Fonda” — met Hugo Chavez in January 2006 during the revolutionary-militant socialists’ World Social Forum, where, as is customary at WSF jamborees, Chavez gave his “Socialism or Death” speech (Chavez also sponsors the WSF): “He was a doll. […] I was fascinated to learn what a well educated environmentalist he is.”
What’s more, Evans is involved in Global Exchange (which was associated with the anti-Rumsfeld campaign), an offspring of Code Pink that organized “educational tours” to Cuba (which has an “internationally lauded health care system”), as well as Iran, in order to “demystify and contextualize the negative images of Iran,” and “Learn about Islam as practiced in Iran — visit beautiful mosques decorated with intricate and colorful mosaic designs.”
RAN Link 03: Earth First, Greenpeace, Ruckus Society, Theresa Kerry Heinz … and back to RAN
Mike Roselle is an activist and co-founder of Rain Forest Action (RAN), and was arrested in April 2009 during an action against “climate hypocrisy”. He is also co-founder of the [domestic] terror group Earth First!, and together with Howard Cannon of Greenpeace founded the Ruckus Society (direct action training camps, including vegetarian meals: they seek abolition of Western style governments and large business enterprises, and are now “turning up the heat on demanding universal (single payer) healthcare”). He also founded Climate Ground Zero.
In 2006 Senator Obama was the “highlight” at a Campus Progress plenary, opened by Adrienne Marie-Brown of the Ruckus Society. Senator Obama: “It’s easy to just take that diploma, forget about all this progressive politics stuff, and go chasing after the big house and the large salary and the nice suits and all the other things that our money culture says you should buy,” he said there, “But I hope you don’t. Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself, and it will leave you unfulfilled.”
This Ruckus Society, sponsored by Theresa Kerry Heinz, tried to disrupt the Republican convention in 2004 with blockades, chaos, and interruptions.
Theresa Kerry Heinz also sponsors other radicals, such as the Zapatistas (the WSF-related Zapatista Alliance Pittsburgh and WSF related Pittsburgh Social Forum), and jihadists. Through the The Democratic Justice Fund, funded indirectly by Heinz (Tides Foundation) and Soros, restrictions on Muslim immigration are opposed. Heinz also indirectly (Tides Foundation) funds the Council for American Islamic Relations. Heinz further supports the Earth Island Institute: “We currently serve as the fiscal sponsor for more than 40 groups […]. Successful Earth Island Institute alumni projects include […] Rainforest Action Network […].
In brief: The militant socialist Rainforest Action Network (RAN) obviously has as its main purpose to undermine the Western economy using undemocratic means to enforce a socialist police state. At least that is what it will lead to —the Green Nazis. It has direct and indirect links with all major Eco-Fascist organizations, and itself seems to have penetrated the White House or “big politics”.
RAN’s Arab connections may be external via the Chavez and Ahmedinejad links, and/or domestic and indirect via Muslim organizations and others with links to the Arab world. Its connections extend not only to oil-rich Arab countries, but also to hostile socialist regimes.
Those who would undermine efforts to achieve secure and ever more independent energy sources can best meet their goals by empowering the fifth column of Eco-Fascists.
Notes and addenda:
- The fact that the CO2 emission panic is about moving money away from the developed countries to anywhere else (a fifth-column dream) is nicely illustrated in this nonsense discussion.
- A final thought, on Saudi Islamic funding:
The total amount spent by just one Muslim country (admittedly the richest), Saudi Arabia, in furthering the cause of Islam over the past three decades, is close to 100 billion dollars. […] It should not be beyond the wit of the American government to find ways to halt this flow of foreign Muslim money, either by seizure as money that is being used for purposes that naturally tend to increase the threat to national security, or by demanding of the Saudis that they stop that flow — on pain of having all kinds of things happen, beginning of course with exposure and Congressional hearings about this Saudi money, and what it buys, and about all the Western hirelings who, over the years, have done the Saudi bidding.