Greenpeace’s trail of darkness: developing nations fight back.
Thankfully more people are taking a stand against Greenpeace. Let’s hope this opposition only continues to grow in the name of free trade and freer people.
In almost every corner of the world, there’s a Greenpeace activist working to limit food production, stop energy development or bullying a sovereign nation to stifle economic development in favour of their ideological goals.
To boot, government officials, most recently William Hague, erroneously call the group’s radical forestry work “important,” a strange description for a group constantly mired in criminal activities. One must find it curious that the Cameron government would be supportive of such a hostile organization.
For a long time their often criminal campaign stunts have drawn substantial media attention, but, unfortunately, little resistance.
Last week, John Sauven, the director of Greenpeace UK, was refused entry by Indonesian officials after landing in the country on his way to further the organization’s deforestation initiatives. Officials at Jakarta International rejected his visa and deported him the same day with a very clear message: Greenpeace is not welcome in Indonesia.
Maryoto Sumadi, spokesman for Indonesia’s Immigration Department, put it best, saying, “We have good reasons for blacklisting him… It is the right of our country, just like any country, to deny entry to people in accordance with our national interests."
Indonesia’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights also commented on the expulsion of the UK Greenpeace chief. According to ministry spokesman Gonjang Raharjo, Sauven “has cornered the Indonesian government several times, portraying it in a negative light through bad campaigns.”
Indonesia’s Government has taken another stand against Greenpeace; and kudos to it. The British Government’s continued support of Greenpeace – an organisation that freely violates laws across the world – is beyond shameful.
Greenpeace is also coming under new fire in the U.S. for its sinister activities around the world. The pro-trade Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity, a non-profit organisation that fights against Green injustice, has just launched DarkPeace, a new campaign that rightfully takes Greenpeace to task for its unethical actions.
The Alliance makes the case that Greenpeace “leaves a trail of hunger and poverty everywhere it goes.” If you want to see the real consequences of the NGO’s work, definitely watch the video below. [UNAVAILABLE]
Indeed, this trail of darkness is long and winding. Which actually begs the question, how does Greenpeace fly its directors around the world and send its activists into countless countries like Indonesia to lobby its radical agenda? In large part, it has European governments to thank.
Greenpeace International is based in Holland and in 2010 the Dutch Postcode Lottery gave Greenpeace Southeast Asia £540,900.
This money goes to Greenpeace international chapters and their global campaigns whether they be in the UK, U.S. or Southeast Asia where it has gone directly to attacking economic development as well as bankrolling its piracy operations afloat the Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace’s warship vessel notorious for its illegal intrusion on private property throughout the world.
Incidentally, Greenpeace just launched its Rainbow Warrior III last week, a ship that costs nearly £21,000,000 funded by Dutch taxpayers, and this organisation’s new vehicle to protest companies everywhere.
It’s no secret that Greenpeace and its other cohorts have made developing countries – places that are resource-rich, socio-economically dynamic, yet still poor – ground zero for their biased environmental campaigns. One may argue that the reason for this is that these countries possess great biodiversity or are home to that last remaining endangered insect that everyone will miss if it goes extinct.
But in reality, Greenpeace loathes growth in developing world economies because stronger industries in Indonesia, China, South Africa or Malaysia offer stiffer competition to firms based in London or Berlin and their host governments – those who happen to fund Greenpeace’s operations.
Thankfully more people are taking a stand against Greenpeace. Let’s hope, moreover, this opposition only continues to grow in the name of free trade and freer people.
Raheem Kassam is the Executive Editor of The Commentator and Campaigns Director for The Henry Jackson Society. He tweets at @RaheemJKassam.