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kroika and all - boycott koka-kola and olympic sponsors
December 4, 2007
12:15 am
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Kroika-

Didn't want to put this on support side, so I cut and pasted to here. (To those who are wondering about the ks, well... it's a kroika thing... I started this on a different thread and it got inappropriate...) Sorry Kroika and all.

Hey, just scrolled down for a bit from the top of the thread, few days back... you mentioned koke and what they atrocities they are komplicit with in Colombia. I read about that a while ago. Just to add...what you probably know: anyone that might need yet another reason to boycott koka kola produks...

They are one of the sposors of the 2008 Olympiks in china- humanitarian groups worldwide are trying to plead with koke and other korporations to pull their support of these olympiks in china. Reason being: china sends ARMS to the Sudan who uses these very arms to suppy not only their government army, but mercenaries "janjaweed" soldiers who have been not only displacing African Sudanese from their homes, but torturing, raping and killing them by the hundreds of thousands. It is ethnic cleansing and mass genocide.

Coporations like koke are complicit in things like this.

December 4, 2007
12:17 am
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Sorry, I typed that really fast from the other side and didn't edit. It looks very illiterate and the intentional mispellings with the ks make it insensitive to kroika and the grave topic spoken of.

December 4, 2007
12:36 am
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Kroika-

Sorry to keep posting consecutively,
but I just downloaded the koke song from that link you provided in the kitchen. It's very generous of the artist to allow all those free downloads. Very much in the spirit of folk music!

"Something like half of the union organizers that are killed in the world each year are Colombian. Colombia is also the biggest recipient of military aid in the hemisphere. This, of course, is a coincidence." - David Rovics.

Thank you Kroika!!!

-ella

December 4, 2007
3:25 am
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Hi ella,

Thanks for posting this info. I know the "k" thing is a bit weird... and after posting with that "accent" in the kitchen, it can linger on a bit when one moves to other threads :-0

Yes, the nefarious corporations continue their diligent shredding of human rights night and day. I am reminded of a good old slogan from the 80's, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention". Of course it can get overwhelming trying to keep track of who is being boycotted and why at any given time. Sometimes one just has to prioritize.

Glad you enjoyed the downloads from David Rovics' site. He's a pretty cool guy.

take care, friend
regards, kroika

December 6, 2007
12:49 am
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Hi Kroika,

Actually I posted a bit of wrong information in my haste. I'm pretty sure that China does not SEND arms to Sudan, but rather supports them financially in some way...I'm not sure exactly.. I am still learning a lot. Yet, no matter how direct or indirect, China the largest world power that can make a difference at this point. Believe it or not, though the US has not done a lot, it has done more than most countries, maybe more than any country. Though this is not saying much at this point.

The Bush administration, at the very least has called the massacre in Darfur "genocide" which actually- is a very important step in acknowledging how wide spread and intentional these mass killings are. To call what is going on "genocide" emphasises the intent on exterminating a people that is calculated and carried through by a government. This is a bipartisan issue, this will not disappear with a new administration nor a new party in the White House.

The Sudanese government, their economy, is not suffering from the abhorrent acts that are perpetrate on their own people. Their economy is still fueled by many foreign investors and companies that do business with them dispite their crimes against humanity. Pressure needs to be applied to international companies that we trade with, sometimes this is easier to do even than to get the attention of politicians- who often follow the lead of big business anyway.

I feel I have started learning about all this so late in life. I feel very uneducated, someone in my profession should be a lot more in touch with current events. Truth is, I am lucky if I get a chance to read PART of the paper... even once a week. And you know what? A lot of this stuff just isn't in there... you have to be looking for it.

People rather hear about Britney Spear's custody battles, Lindsey Lohan's rehabilitation, or what ever ditsy thing Paris Hilton is up to. These things we can't avoid if we want to. It is a shame that our biggest newspapers and news casts don't cover things that really might move people into education, and then action that might make a difference.

It makes me so ashamed to think how some of these years have gone by when I could have been doing something more useful. But that just maybe says a lot more about me than the media. Maybe I have been living with my head in the sand.

-ella

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