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Six EU Countries Call for Glyphosate Exit Plan: New Carcinogenicity Study and Focus on Alternatives

From sustainablepulse.com

Sustainable Pulse has been made aware of a letter sent on December 19 by the Ministers of Environment or Agriculture of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Malta and Greece to the European Commission calling for a new study on the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate and also a study to identify alternatives to the World’s most used herbicide.

The letter was sent to the European Commission by Nicolas Hulot, Minister for ecologic and inclusive transition (France), Denis Ducarme, Federal Minister for Middle classes, SMEs, Agriculture and Social inclusion (Belgium) Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment (Luxemburg) Josè A. Herrera, Minister for the Environment (Malta) Dejan Zidan, Minister for Agriculture (Slovenia) and Evangelos Apostolo, Minister of Agriculture (Greece).

The letter states;

“The renewal of the authorization of glyphosate for 5 years was voted during the appeal committee of November 27th. While taking note of this vote, we, Ministers of Environment or Agriculture of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Malta and Greece underline our concerns about the risks associated with the use of products containing this substance. As a matter of fact, a European citizen’s initiative signed by more than one million people called for a ban of this substance.

The European Parliament has expressed its support for the adoption of necessary measures to phase out the active substance glyphosate in the European Union by 15 December 2022 at the latest. The European Parliament also asked for the extension of specific restrictions of use of glyphosate for weeding and pre-harvest desiccation. We wish to recall that our countries are in favor of the ban of these uses, which are the main sources of residues that can be found in food.

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ANZ Bank was the leading Australian bank in the world of offshore accounts – Panama Papers

The Panama Papers: ANZ Bank was the leading Australian bank in the world of offshore accounts; Samoan diplomat was used to help create shell companies – Samoa’s high commission in Australia couriered papers

A link to the above article is below Penny Bright’s summary here:

NZ WHISTLE-BLOWER ALERT!

25 October 2017
Penny Bright

Can the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) please carry out an urgent investigation of former NZ Prime Minister John Key and the Panama Papers?

BACKGROUND:

It was murdered Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who exposed, via the Panama Papers how NZ foreign trusts were used as money-laundering vehicles by Maltese Politically Exposed Persons.
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Malta scandal exposes New Zealand trusts again

Neil Chenoweth and Susan Edmunds

April 28 2017

http://i.stuff.co.nz/…/malta-scandal-exposes-new-zealand-tr…

“A Malta magistrate is investigating explosive claims of money laundering and corruption that have put New Zealand in the middle of a global cash trail from the family of Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev.

President Aliyev’s daughter, Leyla Aliyeva, is alleged to have channelled more than NZ$1.6 million to senior figures of the Malta government, including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s wife.

These include alleged payments to Panama companies owned by New Zealand trusts set up by the Malta Energy Minister Karl Mizzi and Muscat’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri.

On April 20, Maltese blogger Daphne Caruana-Galizia reported that she held copies of documents originally stored in a kitchen at Pilatus Bank, which showed that Egrant Inc, a mystery Panama Papers company identified by the Financial Review last year, was secretly owned by the Maltese Prime Minister’s wife, Michelle Muscat.

In March 2016, a Dubai company controlled by Leyla Aliyeva had transferred US$1.017 million (NZ$1.47 million) marked as a loan into Egrant’s account at Pilatus Bank, Caruana-Galizia reported.

Joseph Muscat denied the claims, calling it the “biggest political lie in Malta’s history”.

Caruana-Galizia reported that other payments were made from Leyla Aliyeva’s company to Pilatus accounts held by Egrant as well as Tillgate Inc and Hearnville Inc, two Panama companies that are owned by Schembri and Mizzi, through New Zealand trusts.

Schembri and Mizzi vehemently deny Caruana-Galizia’s reports. Mizzi has produced audited accounts for his New Zealand trust which shows it as dormant with no assets or income.
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The latest revelations, if substantiated, are an embarrassment for the New Zealand government, which announced an inquiry into its offshore trust laws on April 11 last year, the day after the Financial Review revealed details of how Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca’s Malta agent, BT Nexia, began setting up Tillson, Hearnville and Egrant five days after Muscat’s election victory in 2013.

Mossack Fonseca’s files were obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

New Zealand subsequently amended its offshore trusts regime, requiring foreign trusts to file annual accounts with the New Zealand tax office, but with no further restrictions.

At that time, it appeared the Malta trusts had never been used, after Mizzi and Schembri’s Panama companies were turned down by eight banks who refused to open accounts for them because they were Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs).

The Panama Papers, however, show repeated cases of overseas investors filing false or implausible sets of accounts with New Zealand lawyers, who have limited means to verify the figures.

SIGNIFICANT ROLE

The latest wave of allegations in Malta underline how easily the New Zealand disclosure laws can be avoided, which the new laws do not change.

If the reports are substantiated, they raise a far more serious picture of money-laundering from one of the most corrupt countries in the world, in which New Zealand’s foreign trusts played a significant role.

The saga began in February 2016 when Caruana-Galizia revealed that Schembri and Mizzi had set up two Panama companies, Tillgate Inc and Hearnville Inc, owned by the Haast Trust and Rotorua Trust in New Zealand.

In April 2016, the Financial Review published new details of Schembri and Mizzi’s New Zealand trusts and their attempts to open a bank account in Dubai.
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Two days after Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered by this car bomb, it was announced that former NZ Prime Minister John Key would become Chair of the Board of the ANZ bank.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm…

“Sir John Key has been named chairman of ANZ Bank’s local arm.
Key joins the board of the country’s biggest bank from today and will assume chair at the start of next year.”

The ANZ bank was the Australian bank mentioned more times than any other bank in the Panama Papers.

ANZ leading Australian bank in the Panama Papers:

http://www.fijileaks.com/…/the-panama-papers-anz-bank-was-t…

(4/4/2016)

“By Neil Chenoweth
Financial Review

The Mossack Fonseca files show the critical importance that banks hold in the offshore world – and ANZ is the most visible of the Australian banks in the offshore space.

ANZ appears in 7548 of the Mossack documents, reflecting the bank’s extensive work in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Samoa and Jersey.
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On 1 August 2017, at a meeting attended by 200 people at Rutherford House, Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand, the (former) Chair of Transparency International, Jose Ugaz stated that John Key should be investigated over the Panama Papers.

I attended this meeting and heard Jose Ugaz say this myself, as did the other 200 people in the room.

There appears to have been NO NZ mainstream media coverage of this story.

Can the ICIJ please carry out an investigation of former NZ Prime Minister John Key and the Panama Papers?

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright

‘Anti-corruption whistle-blower’.

  • Attendee: 2009 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference.
  • Attendee: 2010 Transparency International Anti-Corruption Conference.
  • Attendee: 2013 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference.
  • Attendee: 2014 G20 Anti-Corruption Conference.
  • Attendee: 2015 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference.
  • Attendee: 2017 Transparency International Australia Anti-Corruption Conference.
  • Attendee: 2017 World Justice Project International Rule of Law Forum – The Hague.

#InvestigateJohnKeyOverPanamaPapers
#JusticeForDaphneCaruanaGalizia
#StopCorruption

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READ THE PANAMA PAPERS ARTICLE FROM FIJILEAKS.COM 

Stand up for justice! : rally tomorrow 3/11 Aotea Sq. Ak, for murdered Maltese journalist who reported on Panama Papers

NZ WHISTLE-BLOWER ALERT!
(Thursday 2 November 2017)

REMINDER!

SOLIDARITY RALLY for murdered Maltese journalist / anti-corruption ‘whistle-blower’
Daphne Caruana Galizia!

WHEN: Friday 3 November
2017

TIME: 12 noon till 2pm

WHERE: Outside Aotea Square
Next to Auckland
Town Hall
Queen St, Auckland
City

WHY: At 2pm, Friday 3
November 2017
in Malta, is the funeral
of Daphne
Caruana Galizia.

Daphne Caruana
TWICE ‘blew the
whistle’ – exposing
(through the
Panama Papers
leaked
information)how
dodgy NZ
‘foreign trusts’ had
been used for
money-laundering by
Maltese ‘Politically
Exposed Persons’
(PEPs)
2 days after Daphne
Caruana Galizia was
murdered in a car
bomb attack (16
October 2017)
it was announced
that former NZ
Prime Minister would
become Chair
of the ANZ.

The ANZ was
mentioned more
times in the Panama
Papers than
any other Australian
Bank.

On 1 August 2017, at
Rutherford House,
Victoria University, in
front of a meeting of
200 people, the
(former) Chair of
Transparency
International, Jose
Ugaz, stated
that John Key
should be
investigated over
the Panama
Papers.

(I was at that
meeting.)

Please – if you are
able – stand
up for JUSTICE for
brave Daphne
and help send a
message of
SOLIDARITY
against corruption
around the world!

#DaphneCaruanaGalizia

(Rally co-ordinated by Penny
Bright – NZ Anti-corruption
‘whistle-blower’.)

Five countries have banned glyphosate in the wake of recent lawsuits

Note glyphosate’s in more than just Roundup, NZ’s favourite spray for just about everything, edges, roadsides, footpaths, schools, even their veggie gardens before replant! Nary a thought to WHO’s decision it’s ‘probably carcinogenic’. Check the fine print at your garden store and preferably don’t use it. See our Glyphosate pages at the main menu.
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(Natural News) The Flemish government has joined the number of countries banning glyphosate, as reported by the Baum Hedlund. The prohibition on the use of glyphosate is not new in the country as the Belgian cities of Brussels and Wallonia have already issued their own laws regarding the individual use of the chemical. In addition to Belgium, four more countries have banned glyphosate for this year. These are:

  1. Malta – The country was the first European country to ban the use of this controversial weedkiller.
  2. Sri Lanka – The President of Sri Lanka also banned the use of glyphosate nationwide to protect the health of the its citizens. The herbicide has been linked to a quintuple increase in the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the nation and resulted in about 20,000 deaths in northern Sri Lanka.
  3. The Netherlands – The Netherlands likewise prohibited the herbicide after hearing the arguments of Party for Animals, an organization that focuses on animal rights issues.
  4. Argentina – Meanwhile in Argentina, about 30,000 doctors demanded the prohibition of glyphosate in their country since the chemical is associated with cancer, spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin diseases, respiratory illness, and neurological disease.

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) identified glyphosate as a potential carcinogen to humans. They found a strong association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a type of blood cancer that affects the white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lawsuits against Roundup — Monsanto’s flagship product — began piling in after the IARC report. Over 1,100 people all over the U.S.have filed lawsuits against Monsanto. Allegedly, exposure to Roundup caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. There are more than 50 lawsuits against Monsanto that continue to pile up in the U.S. District Court in San, Francisco.

Moreover, the glyphosate manufacturer is also facing a class action lawsuit in Wisconsin after six consumers claimed that Roundup was falsely promoted as safe when it actually caused adverse impacts on human gut bacteria.

Earlier this year, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment confirmed that glyphosate would be added to California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer. (Related: Glyphosate and cancer: Read how this deadly weed killer promotes multiple myeloma, leukemia, sperm damage, infertility, kidney damage, autism, endocrine disruption, DNA damage and birth defects.)

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