Who Is More Terrifying?

Story Of The Day:

No Terrorist recruiting in India!

Remember Bhopal?

A rising tide of India’s scientists and engineers in waiting are aiming to blockade US arms and chemical corporations from recruiting at the Indian Institutes of Technology.

Students and faculty see three US companies — Dow Chemical, Halliburton and Lockheed Martin — as symbols of America’s toxic influence in business ethics, according to a report Sunday in the Calcutta Telegraph. According to the paper, “students and faculty want the companies to be scrutinized for their past record in business ethics, environmental issues and human rights before being allowed into any IIT campus.”

“We don’t allow al Qaida to come and recruit from our campuses. There clearly is some line which has to be drawn,” Siddharth Sareeen, an IIT Madras student, told the paper.

There are Terrorists who blow up themselves and innocents for some ideological or religious ideal. There are Terrorists who hide in caves and plot mass destruction who get lucky every ten years or so and blow something up, killing themselves and perhaps, thousands. For the same reason.

Then there are the Terrorists who don’t blow themselves up, but instead kill others….for profit. An example, though it occurs on much smaller scales all over the world, all the time…in the shadows. Chemical companies, arms dealers, mining companies…and of course our old friends the Oilogarchy.

Dow Chemical’s notorious history in India involves the Union Carbide disaster, a massive chemical leak in 1984. The company’s plant in Bhopal, India released 40 tons of methyl isocyanate gas, immediately killing 2,500 to 5,000 people. The subsequent death total has climbed to 20,000; an estimated 120,000 continue to suffer from its effects.

You can call that an accident if you want and I can’t really argue. But the policies of the Corporations that increasing RULE our planet through the purchase of governments that will do their bidding….at the expense of The People and The Planet….to enrich there relatively tiny number of stockholders is damn terrifying to me. And I assume, to the people whose water rights, mineral rights, timber rights, oil rights….and human rights, they buy.

They are not blowing up a marketplace or skyscapers, but the whole goddammed world.

Good for you, India.


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    • pfiore8 on October 29, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    where we could start saying yes to things again

    • RiaD on October 29, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    consumer back to citizen…until we take away the ‘rights’ of corporations..this type of BS will continue.

    I’m ‘yelling louder’ as often as i can

  2. about La Oroya, Peru, one of the 10 most polluted places in the world. All due to a copper smelting plant there owned by Ira Rennart, who also owns Hummer. The people of the town call it “the slow Chernobyl.” Yeah, this is terrorism too.

  3. “We have documented evidence of little girls in Burma as little as eight years old, ten years old being subject to rape by Burmese soldiers. So we want the international community to focus on this issue,” Silverberg said.


    that’s more terrifying

    • fatdave on October 30, 2007 at 6:18 am

    …when the BBC got done over by The Yes Men. I had no idea who they were at that time and woke up to a much longer live piece than this on the telly.

    I was overjoyed. It went up on the BBC site and then promptly disappeared. O-oh…I thought. Then the story behind the story came out and I got crazy angry. The story had broke and aired live, it had been posted to the website without validation and victims and families would have been duped the same as I was. I’m still not sure I’d be responsible for my actions if I met anybody involved.

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