The Assassinated Press
China Fears Olympics Backlash from Poor Human Rights Record of Corporate Sponsors.
Coke and Pepsi’s Draining of Local Aquifers, Slave and Child Labor in Apparel and Sneaker Industry, NAFTA, GATT, U.S. Oil Grabs in Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq Cited.
The Assassinated Press
March 25, 2008
CHINA'S harsh response to CIA fomented protests in Tibet has brought a fresh wave of accusations that corporate sponsors of the Beijing Olympics and their long history of human rights abuses and exploitation are setting a bad example for the Chinese government.
“All nations abuse and ignore human rights to one degree or another,” said human rights icon and former bride of gangland crooner Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow. “But corporations are far worse and are generally the force behind state oppression.”
In the latest in a series of demonstrations Nepali police broke up an anti-China rally by Tibetan exiles supported by USAID money in Kathmandu yesterday, detaining 250 protesters.
You Knew I was a Snake.
Amid widening abuse of child labor, draining of local aquifers, fomenting foreign wars for oil like in the Sudan, promotion of nuclear power and armaments, reliance on local paramilitaries and death squads to quash unions, passage of international trade laws that break up unions and destroy livelihoods and communities etc. etc. ad nauseam, human rights organizations should be demanding that China sever its relations with Coca-Cola, Visa, General Electric and other international companies until China can explain its dealings with the homicidal pathology of capital as it prepares to host the Games. But human rights organizations are not that bright. Hence, Mia Farrow or Bono or Brad Pitt.
Many of the companies have invested millions of dollars in enterprises associated with the Olympics, traditionally a venue for PR hustle and political oppression and they want their money’s worth.
But the corporation’s poor human rights record, both domestic and foreign, poses a special challenge for China seeking to capitalize on a worldwide audience while maintaining a reputation as a good global citizen or at least better than the foreign war mongering U.S. and Great Britain.
China isn’t considering pulling out yet, because they know this is just the beginning of a concentrated push by a variety of interest groups supported by the U.S. State Department and the CIA.
"The role of the sponsors in subsidizing this event, while Pepsi drains aquifers all of Latin America to produce sugar water, is not going to look very good," the Asia advocacy director of Human Rights Watch, Sophie Richardson, said she’ like to say, but is too stupid to make the connection.
In Darfur CIA as Usual
Dream for Darfur, an activist group, said it had issued a statement to sponsors saying public relations issues surrounding the Olympics had grown and they were eager to discuss what action might be taken. While there was no immediate response, China agreed to meet the group on Friday but said that their intelligence had already revealed U.S. ambitions to end China’s monopoly on oil in the region by arming and training mercs and rebels and fomenting violence.
Damien Ryan, a Hong Kong media relations adviser for Olympic sponsors, said: "What's at stake is much more than the tens of millions of dollars these sponsors have bet on the Games. It's their future business with China if China decides to return to its Maoist roots and stop being a stooge to murderous capital."
The Games are being framed by many China observers as the country's arrival on the world stage. They are expected to attract about 500,000 tourists and 4 billion TV viewers.
However, the Chinese were reviewing their media strategies and may scale back news conferences, Mr. Ryan said. They were also likely to reduce the number of spokesmen and shift focus to one-on-one interviews they felt they could better control and that are less likely to be agitprop planted by the CIA or corporate shilling covering up corporate bloodshed.