Upcoming Events

International | Environment

no events match your query!

New Events

International

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Catholic Church: Dark influence still active

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy Anthony

offsite link Presumption of innocence does not universally apply in Ireland Anthony

offsite link The poor standard of Irish political journalism Anthony

offsite link RTE bias: A failure of objective journalism Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link China Daily investigation: Who is behind Hong Kong protests? Sat Aug 17, 2019 17:47 | The Saker
The China Daily reports: By Wei Xinyan and Zhong Weiping It’s not hard to imagine the United States’ reaction if Chinese diplomats met leaders of Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives

offsite link South Africa ? Pretend Marxist Neo-Chiefs Practice Destructive Capitalism Sat Aug 17, 2019 16:46 | amarynth
A South African writer for The Saker Blog Let?s set the social scene with a video from Vesti News: People are getting accustomed to living this way. The Neo-Chiefs in

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/08/17 ? Open Thread Sat Aug 17, 2019 01:30 | Herb Swanson
2019/08/17 00:30:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Excuses From NATO! Command Claims They Had No Idea Shoygu Was Flying From Kaliningrad! Fri Aug 16, 2019 19:04 | The Saker

offsite link Shoigu?s Ships Will Be Sent to Venezuela! Moscow Signs Warship Treaty With Caracas! Fri Aug 16, 2019 19:03 | The Saker

The Saker >>

HSBC Bankers Colluded With Militarist Integrity Initiative To Target Fracking Opponents

category international | environment | news report author Saturday January 26, 2019 22:36author by Blooming Barricade Report this post to the editors

Executives from the transnational financial institution HSBC contacted British military intelligence to discuss targeting of anti-fracking activists, according to documents released by Anonymous Europe.
The document released by Anonymous Europe's CyberGuerrilla
The document released by Anonymous Europe's CyberGuerrilla

Universities pursuing what Ian Cohen, managing director at HSBC Global Management, described as an "anti-fracking agenda," would be targeted and apparently smeared as recipients of Russian funding.

It is unclear whether or not either HSBC or the Integrity Initiative actually believe the debunked and fraudulent claim that anti-fracking organisers are financed by the Kremlin, but it wouldn't be hard to see the multinational bank cynically using the swivel-eyed militarists at II to promote a narrative in line with their financial interests.

According to Frack Off, HSBC has poured billions into Canadian tar sands, Cuadrilla, the company drilling for shale gas near Blackpool in Lancashire, and other projects.

Just yesterday, the bank faced major protests in Doncaster over its decision to increase its investment in IGAS, which recently started drilling in Mission Springs, endangering owl species and risking major earthquakes.

The bank also partnered with Saudi Aramco during the proposed IPO last year. Saudi Arabia declared at Davos its intention to become a "major player" in the US shale gas industry.

Another Davos attendant, fascist Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, saw a huge influx of HSBC money into his country following his victory on a platform of deforestation in the Amazon.

The Integrity Initiative's decision to align itself with "patriotic billionaires" like Ian Cohen of HSBC is based on the organisation's great fears that Russia is trying to undermine "Euro-Atlantic values."

NATO's Stratcom division defines "Euro-Atlantic values" as support for free market economics, individualism over collectivism, and belief in NATO, among other dubious worldviews rejected by massive sections of the UK and US public.

But these values are widely backed by corporations like HSBC and IGAS. The belief that regulations should be minimised shields them from all accountability when their dirty projects devastate wildlife and localities.

The idea that people can band together as groups or collectives is an existential threat to the companies, as fracking is overwhelmingly unpopular and can be resisted effectively by solidarity-minded communities.

As for NATO membership, the pumping up of a Russian threat on the border with Ukraine has allowed U.S. gas exporters to claim that fracking gas from across the pond is safer and in the national interest of European states, even though it is far more expensive than Russian gas, and any gas dangerously pollutes the environment, creating a vast security risk to ordinary people far more real than a Russian spectre.

Is there any wonder, then, why HSBC would be "patriotic?"

Related Link: https://www.rt.com/news/449848-integrity-initiative-muslims-nato-nuclear/
© 2001-2019 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy