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Alabama Court Bows to ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil’s Alabama Paydirt
by Scott Horton
Back in 1904, Ida Tarbell published what ultimately was to be seen as the seminal work of the muckrakers, The History of Standard Oil.
 
It appeared first in nineteen installments in McClure’s Magazine, a rather less successful competitor of Harper’s, and shortly after the last installment appeared, Tarbell published the work in book form as well.
 
In her work, Tarbell exposed the dark underside of corporate deal-making, the series of interlocking directorates and manipulations which had allowed John D. Rockefeller to build the oil leviathan and dominate the American market.
 
Tarbell demonstrated that Rockefeller’s success came not so much from business acumen (though she never contested that he had plenty of that) as through a thorough understanding of how to game the system.
 
 
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Slaves to Fashion: GAP's New Frontiers in Child Abuse

The Gap: New Frontiers in Child Abuse
by Barbara Ehrenreich
It was enough to make you vomit all over your new denim jacket. The Gap has been caught using child labor in an Indian sweatshop, and not just child labor -- child slaves.
 
As extensively reported on the news, the children, some as young as ten, were worked sixteen-hour days, fed bowls of mosquito-covered rice, and forced to sleep on a roof and use over-flowing latrines. Those who slowed down were beaten with rubber pipes and the ones who cried had oily cloths stuffed in their mouths.
 
But let's try to look at this dispassionately -- not as a human rights issue but as a PR disaster, ranking right up there with the 1982 discovery of cyanide in Tylenol capsules. Think of this as a case study in a corporate Crisis Communication course: How is The Gap handling the problem, and could it do better?
 
 
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Frankie Moore Lappe: Courage for a Small Planet

Courage for a Small Planet
by John Nichols
Frances Moore Lappé has, for the better part of four decades, done her very best to guide the United States toward a more rational relationship with the planet and its inhabitants.
 
It has not been easy work, and the current circumstance would suggest that it has not been nearly so successful as Lappé or the readers of her groundbreaking books would have hoped.

But the truth is that Lappé has succeeded, masterfully.



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Meeting the Resistance

They Met the Resistance
by Mike Ferner
On one of those beautiful, fall Sunday mornings that can make you feel all is right with the world, filmmakers Molly Bingham and Steve Connors discussed their new documentary about Iraqis fighting the U.S. occupation, “Meeting Resistance,” 84 minutes of unflinching wallop destined to unhinge the way millions of Americans see their country’s role in the world.


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A Galloway Coup at RESPECT?

A Coup D’etat in Respect?  
by William Bowles 
Got this in the mail this am. The more things change the more they stay the same eh, Respect by any other name.

 
 

  • Respect has been locked out of its head office. Overnight the locks were changed on the Respect national office. This action excludes most National Officers, the national office staff and the majority of Respect members who support them from their own organisation's headquarters.In recent days Respect branches all around the country have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Respect conference going ahead as planned in defiance of an attempt to call the conference off by George Galloway and his supporters. These resolutions can be seen at [http://www.respectcoalition.org/?ite=1623].

  • This coup is meant to prevent democratic debate continuing in Respect and to rob the membership of their own organisation.The immediate effect of this action is to prevent Respect from intervening effectively in today's NHS demonstration.The Respect coalition nationally pays over half the rent, rates and bills of the office which is shared with the constituency party."We call on all Respect members to demand Linda Smith, the chair of Respect, and George Galloway reverse this disastrous course of action" said John Rees, Respect's National Secretary.

It follows hot on the heels of the other press release I got back on the 28 November (see below) on the sorry events taking place with respect to the Respect councillors in Tower Hamlets.


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Jean Charles De Menezes: Killing Lies

De Menezes and Lies
by Craig Murray
Of course Sir Ian Blair should resign. Hopefully he might finally do the decent thing once the inquest jury brings in a verdict of unlawful killing.

The main reason he should go is the telling of lies about the incident.
 
 
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Bush's Towering Babble

Bush’s Tower of Babble  
by William Bowles 
Talk about using loaded words! Israel is both literally and figuratively, loaded. The other of course is nuclear. Note however that in this instance, Bush talks not about Iran actually building nuclear weapons, now he’s talking about Iran gaining the knowledge to build one.
 
‘Iran’, ‘Israel’, ‘Destroy’, “Nuclear Weapon’, ‘WWIII’, ‘Knowledge’, ‘Prevention’  - Bush

The change may appear to be slight but it makes perfect sense given the trajectory of the propaganda war and its outcome, namely the failure by the US to utilise the UN in its nefarious plans and that the central plank of the Bush/Gordon assault, that somehow Iran is hiding its atomic ambitions, has failed notably to impress. Thus the retreat into ‘thought crimes’. However, ‘thought crimes’ are notoriously difficult to refute, who knows what anybody is thinking?


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Just Shoot Me

Just Shoot Me: A Further Observation or Two Regarding Guns        
by Chris Floyd     
An observation, for what it's worth: Mention gun control in a post -- yea or nay, it doesn't matter -- and the world beats a path to your door (then proceeds to beat you over the head, but that's another story).
 
Traffic shoots way up, debate rages, people come from far and near to look on or weigh in. However, write a post about innocent people being slaughtered in Somalia -- with American bombs, American death squads, and American money fueling an act of aggression by a brutal dictator -- and nobody notices. Traffic sinks, there's no reaction; the dogs bark and the caravan moves on. "I just find that interestin'," as Ross Perot used to say.
 

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The Case for Dignity

A Case for Arab Dignity
by Ramzy Baroud
The ongoing socio-economic and political ills that mar potential progress in Middle Eastern countries can largely be attributed to the ill-defined foreign policy of the United States.
 
Utterly desperate situations have arisen whereby US clients rule with an iron fist, making prospects for a meaningful democracy sit at an all-time low.
 
However it would be nothing less than self-deception to elucidate Arab social, economic and political ailments exclusively on US-Israeli military and political belligerency; there needs to be an element of self-reflection and responsibility to make viable any pragmatic steps towards improvement and justice.


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L'Affaire Siegelman: The Whistleblower

A Whistleblower's Tale  
by Glynn Wilson
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, one of the most popular progressive governors in Southern political history, is cleaning toilets in a Louisiana jail today, convicted on bribery charges in what may be one of the worst abuses of the federal courts by the executive branch during President Bush's tenure.
 
Siegelman's case, among others, was taken up October 23 in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on selective prosecutions.


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The Facade of Incompetence

Behind the Facade of Incompetence
by Charles Sullivan
It is clear that the US media moguls would have us believe that the catastrophic invasion and occupation of Iraq was a sincere effort to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East, gone awry.
 
But we must remember that everything associated with capitalism is about marketing: making the people believe that things and events are the opposite of what they really are, and creating artificial wants that neither benefit the individual nor society, while simultaneously embellishing corporate profits.
 
 
 
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