Involvement of USA Companies
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Governments that propose economic policies that keep control of resources by the state or the people are usually demonised, attacked, sanctioned and often removed. Only governments that set up economic systems compatible with USA interests are tolerated. The assumption that the USA has the right to attack governments on economic grounds is rarely challenged in the Western media.
The USA supports governments that allow free reign to USA companies. These companies are helped by having lax (or non-enforced) safety or pollution laws, beneficial tax regimes (that is, beneficial to the companies rather than the populations) and sometimes military help in controlling the work force. Some examples are indicated in the table below. In many countries child and slave labour is used to make goods cheaply which are then sold at a huge profits.
|pre 1945||ITT Corporation
Ford Motor Company
Davis Oil Company
Chase National Bank
|Nazi Germany||Supply of military materials to Nazi Germany. This government was responsible for large scale genocide against Jewish, Slavic and Roma populations as well as against political dissidents.|
|Guatemala||Taking advantage of military regime's lax laws and cheap labour.|
|1984||Union Carbide||India||14,419 killed in explosion with little compensation.|
|Burma||Taking advantage of military regime's lax laws and forced labour.|
|1995||Unocal||Afghanistan||Entertains Taliban leaders in order to get a pipeline across the country.|
|1997||Exxon Mobil||Indonesia||Colludes with government to suppress dissent about oil extraction.|
|1997||McDonalds||China||Use of child labour to produce toys given away with food sales.|
|1998||Ethyl Corporation||Canada||Uses WTO rules to force the country to reverse a ban on its petrol additive.|
W R Grace
|Attempt to force use of non seeding crops and to patent local plants.|
Johnson & Johnson
|Burma||Taking advantage of military regime's forced labour.|
|Europe||Attempt to force Europe to buy more of its bananas via a WTO ruling.|
|2001||Occidental Petroleum||Colombia||Taking advantage of military protection.|
|Abuse of cheap labour. Use of child labour|
|Chad||Colluding with oppressive government to build a pipeline.|
|2001||Halliburton||Burma||Taking advantage of military regime's lax laws and forced labour.|
|2002||Anglo-American||Botswana||Mining in tribal lands occupied for 20,000 years.|
|2002||Boeing||China||Installing spying equipment in Chinese president's aircraft.|
|2002||Computer companies||Asia||Using Asia's lax environmental laws to recycle computer components.|
Procter & Gambol
Sara Lee Corp
|Coffee growing countries||Colluding with Western governments to keep out fair competition and high retail prices in the West.|
|2002||Many||Many||Tabulated list of selected Western companies trading in countries with dubious human rights records.|
|Many||Non-sustainable genetically modified crops sold to poorer countries.|
|2003||70 companies||Iraq||Traded with the regime of Saddam Hussein between 1980 and 1989.|
|2003||Halliburton and others||Iraq||Halliburton awarded contract by USA government to repair Iraqi oil installations before USA-led invasion and without Iraqi consent. Other contracts awarded to USA companies that have donated to the USA administration.|
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"For globalism to work, America can't be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is....The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist...McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps."
USA Defence Secretary William Cohen in remarks to reporters prior to his speech at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle as reported by Associated Press:
"[T]he prosperity that companies like Microsoft now enjoy could not occur without having the strong military that we have. ... conflicts in faraway lands such as Bosnia, Korea and Iraq have a direct effect on the U.S. economy. The billions it costs to keep 100,000 American troops in South Korea and Japan, for example, makes Asia more stable--and thus better markets for U.S. goods. The military's success in holding Iraq in check ensures a continued flow of oil from the Persian Gulf."
George Kennan, Cold War Planner for the USA in 1948:
"We have 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population. In this situation, our real job in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which permit us to maintain this position of disparity. To do so, we have to dispense with all sentimentality...we should cease thinking about human rights, the raising of living standards and democratisation."
Pentagon's Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994 - 1999, a USA planning document:
"Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival... we must maintain the mechanisms for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role."
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