The Corporation is all pervasive in our civilization that its presence is everywhere and anywhere humans exist, be it in their homes, workplace, farmlands, streets, schools, hospitals, islands, mainlands, prisons, and believe it or not – even graveyards. No place escapes the Corporation with its vast resources (derived from natural resources) of intelligence networks, which comprise of employees, agents and customers providing feed-backs of ‘what’s going on’ in any areas of their concern.
Life in the ‘Incorporated‘ world is a mixed bag of useless and often destructive human preoccupations, which are laced with lively fun and enjoyment for some, at the expense of sorrows, sickness and deaths for others. Thus, the people are divided into – corporative and non-corporative. The first simply loves the Corporation, whilst the latter abhors it.
Lets look at some of the Corporation‘s activities around the world to give an insight of the World Inc. we live in. Does it resemble the vista of a wonderful world, which we’ve envisaged all this while…or is it some kind of hell?
Bechtel in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Probably the most well known example of the global conflict over water privatization is the case of Cochabamba, Bolivia. It is a shining example of the conflict over the privatization of water services, a victory for the people opposing privatization, and the persistence of the water giants to make money any way they can. Cochabamba lies in a semidesert region of Bolivia, making water a scarce and precious resource. However, in 1999 the World Bank recommended privatization of Cochabamba’s municipal water supply company, Servicio Municipal del Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (SENIAPA). “Bank officials directly threatened to withhold $600 million in international debt relief if Bolivia didn’t privatize Cochabamba’s public water system.” http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=14525 This was to be done through a concession to one of Bechtel’s subsidiaries – International Water. Bechtel is a U.S. corporation based in San Francisco. This corporate giant is not even welcome in its hometown of San Francisco. In June, 2002 the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco voted to cancel a $45 million program management contract awarded to Bechtel for the reconstruction of the Hetch Hetchy public water system. This vote took place after an investigation by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, a local alternative weekly newspaper, exposed that at least $5 million dollars of nearly $8 million payed out to Bechtel for its first year of service was a complete waste of money. In one case, Bechtel took a city database of projects, resorted the information, changed the data into a different format, and sold it back to the city for almost $500,000.
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IBM and The Holocaust
Mankind barely noticed when the concept of massively organized information quietly emerged to become a means of social control, a weapon of war, and a roadmap for group destruction. The unique igniting event was the most fateful day of the last century, January 30, 1933, the day Adolf Hitler came to power. Hitler and his hatred of the Jews was the ironic driving force behind this intellectual turning point. But his quest was greatly enhanced and energized by the ingenuity and craving for profit of a single American company and its legendary, autocratic chairman. That company was International Business Machines, and its chairman was Thomas J. Watson.
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Cell Phones Companies
Coltan, which is a key element in cell phones manufacturing has brought misery to the Congolese people. Read Coltan Blood On You Cell Phones >>
Monsanto v. Farmers
For the first time in history, one company has unprecedented control of the sale and use of crop seed. They have accomplished this in three main ways: control of germplasm through ownership of seed companies; domination of genetic technology and seeds through patent acquisitions; and breaking age-old farming tradition by forcing farmers to buy new seed each year rather than saving and re-planting seed.
Buying or merging with most of the major seed companies, including their recent acquisition of the giant fruit and vegetable seed company Seminis, has made Monsanto’s the largest GM seed vendor in the world, providing 90% of the GM seed sown globally. It has also cornered most of the soybean market and 50% of the corn germplasm market in the US. And if Monsanto doesn’t actually own the seed purchasing companies, it has been known to impose the condition that a minimum of 70% (reduced from 90% by government regulators) of its patented seeds are sold by subsidiary companies. This ensures that its seeds are the most readily available to farmers.
American farmers are hard pushed to find high quality, conventional varieties of corn, soy and cottonseed. Anecdotal evidence supports this. Troy Roush, an Indiana soybean farmer says, “You can’t even purchase them in this market. They are not available.” Similar reports come from the corn and cotton farmers who say, “There are not too many seeds available that are not genetically altered in some way.”
Over the last 10 000 years, diverse genetic pools have been created and preserved by plant breeders. Monsanto has put these diverse gene pools at risk by contaminating certified and traditional seed stocks, and by not permitting farmers to save seeds. A feudal system of seed ownership destroys perhaps the key privilege of a farmer as the guardian of societies’ crop heritage. And it has turned agriculture into an industry where the corporations consolidate their hold over costly seeds and chemicals that increase farmers spending on inputs. Meanwhile monopolies are created in corporate manipulated markets that include fewer buyers who demand the lowest possible prices for the outputs produced by farmers, forcing them into a debt spiral. In 2003 Monsanto made $3.1 billion in pesticide sales and $1.6 billion in seed sales.
Farmers are under pressure to confirm their identity as modern agriculturalists, particularly in developing countries. But replacing the traditional strategy of saving and replanting seeds from diverse varieties by a patented seed with all its restrictions threatens food security at household and global levels.
Royal Dutch Shell
The oil giant Shell have been drilling the black liquid gold for more than half a century. Working with the corrupt Nigerian military government, Shell not only plundered the country of its resources, but operates at way below the oil industry standard as does in Europe and the developed countries. Numerous spillages damaged and polluted the Niger Delta‘s ancient farmlands, marshland and rivers, which devastated the precious aquatic and wild life.
Adding salt to the wound, the hazardous gas flaring throughout the land cause acid rain making the communities ill with all the sicknesses related to chemical and gas poisoning.
All these angered the Nigerian people and they rallied to make Shell stop the gas flaring (still ongoing) and to clean up her act, but instead Shell responded high handedly, and called in the terror and corrupt Nigerian military to clamp the people’s opposition, which resulted in murders and executions. In 1995, writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others known as the Ogoni 9 were hanged by the military tribunal, which caused an uproar amongst the International communities. On May 26, 2009, after more than a decade, Shell is brought to court in New York to face the many charges on human rights, and complicity in murder.
Hollywood Movie Companies
Earlier this year, there was an outcry after pictures emerged of “Slumdog Millionaire’s” child stars living in squalor despite the movie’s box-office success and eight Academy Awards.
One of the child stars from “Slumdog Millionaire“, Azharuddin Ismail, 9, has lost his shanty home and is living on the streets.
How much was he paid acting in that multi-million dollars production movie? The scum-bag producers and Corporation exploited these innocent Indian children and dare to call them slumpdogs!
All the poor in the world are NOT complaining about being poor…but, what’s being done unto them!!
Let’s get the point straight!
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I just wonder what the Corporations are thinking, doing what they do. How do they intend to continue living on a planet they mindlessly and purposely destroy, and murdering its inhabitants? What is their exact mission? Do they know something we don’t? Is there a rescue space ship all ready and waiting to take them to another planet…or what?
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Fall Of The Republic
Updated October 14, 2009
Posted May 13, 2009
UPDATE August 24, 2011
Corporate Power Decried By Former Lawmaker
“Because [corporations] have become so international and global in nature, it’s highly questionable whether governments can actually control corporations to a sufficient degree to prevent them from controlling governments,” said Kanjorski, who served for 26 years in the House of Representatives until he was ousted last year amid a swarm of Republican congressional victories.
Two of the most worrying examples of the increasing ungovernability of corporations, Kanjorksi argued, are the current push to bestow tax breaks on American firms for stashing capital overseas and the failure to implement a new rule breaking up too-big-to-fail banks. Read more >