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Tweet from BP: “Please, write your representatives and tell them you’ve forgotten about the Gulf of Mexico.”
This is for realz. No lie. Check it out here.
Please, write your representatives and tell them you’ve forgotten about the Gulf of Mexico. bit.ly/n2rzw7
How global capital “drinks your milkshake”
Iraqi officials are upset at the lack of US and British companies investing in Iraq. While foreign capital is winning contracts right and left, US and British governments have been holding back their companies for political reasons. They want to downplay the suspicion that these countries were involved in Iraq primarily for business interests. But now that these foreign powers have cracked open Iraq and installed a “liberal democracy”, we can be sure that the way Iraq’s resources will be used will be determined by foreign business interests and the officials that cater to them.
Minimal money will go to the general good of the Iraqi people, maximum profits will go to foreign business, in the mean time, I’m sure that horrible labor relations will develop between the foreign capital and the Iraqi workers that are hired… well, that is if any are hired at all… Chinese investment and development contracts are notorious for using all-Chinese staff, which creates even less jobs in the domestic economy.
In the words of Daniel Plainview, global capital’s main objective is “DRAAAAAAIIINNNAAAAGGGEEE!!!” …for profit, at all costs… unless we organize and change the game
NYT Headline: West Sees Libya as Ripe at Last for Businesses
Check out this article. I don’t know how much more obvious it can get.
Wanna know about business interest in our foreign policy?
"Western security, construction and infrastructure companies that see profit-making opportunities receding in Iraq and Afghanistan have turned their sights on Libya, now free of four decades of dictatorship. Entrepreneurs are abuzz about the business potential of a country with huge needs and the oil to pay for them, plus the competitive advantage of Libyan gratitude toward the United States and its NATO partners."
Let’s hope that there might be a thin film of democracy around Libya that is capable of retaining a small fraction of the wealth produced by its natural resources so that it can be funneled back to its people
Schools, hospitals, community centers… where is the voice of the people in all these business transactions? Where?
Nowhere… it’s all NATO, warlords and Harvard business schools.
How can Libya’s oil be made to work for the people? A sound, representative, responsible and accountable government might be able to help. But how could that ever arrise so quickly out of the ashes of this civil war?
Business will come first. “Democracy” will be an afterthought.