Why I’m finally going to boycott Amazon. Underground coal gasification company is ‘holding Scottish environment to ransom’ A COMPANY seeking to extract gas from coal under the Firth of Forth has been accused of holding Scotland’s environment “to ransom”.
Cluff Natural Resources, who have licences to explore the possibility of underground coal gasification (UCG) in three sites in Scotland, wrote to the Scottish Government at the time of the moratorium on fracking, asking if their operation would be affected by the temporary ban. In a letter to Communities minister Alex Neil, Algy Cluff, the company’s chief executive, said his company “has already committed to invest a significant amount of money”. He added: “We anticipate that future investment in a commercial UCG operation in the Kincardine area would exceed £250 million.” Confessions of an economic hitman. The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein.
GMO. TPP/TTIP. Water. 'World Government' Is a Real Thing, But There Is No 'New World Order' Conspiracy Behind It. Back in the ’90s, the Financial Times referred to the G8 countries and the Washington Consensus they enforced as a “de facto world government.”
As if we needed any reminder that such a global corporate regime exists in practice, consider the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently under negotiation. Although in theory the authority of all treaties signed by the U.S. derives from the U.S. Senate, the TPP’s provisions are off-limits to members of Congress. Use This Simple New App and You'll Never Look at Groceries the Same Way Again. The news: They say that the best way to vote is with your wallet, but sometimes, you might be doing so without even realizing it.
As the controversies over companies such as Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby have shown, you might be surprised to learn about the politics of your favorite retailers and franchises. But if you're uncomfortable with indirectly supporting causes and politicians, you can always start a personal boycott — and a new smartphone app is making it easier for you to do just that. The app: BuyPartisan, developed by former Capitol Hill staffer Matthew Colbert, is a free app that helps you learn more about the politics behind your favorite brands. Businessinsider. These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America. Hard facts on Europe's biggest lobbyists revealed for the first time.
The data was extracted from LobbyFacts.eu, a new online tool based on the EU lobby register, which allows the data to be sorted, compared, ranked and analysed in ways not possible in the current register.
LobbyFacts allows journalists, activists, academics and others to see the top spenders on lobbying and who has the most parliamentary passes. The LobbyFacts search engine is also significantly faster than the official register website. LobbyFacts data shows that the top 10 companies spending on EU lobby activities are: Philip Morris International, ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical, Microsoft, Shell Companies, Siemens, GDF SUEZ, General Electric Company, Huawei Technologies, Bayer, and Telekom Austria Group. They have a combined lobby expenditure of over €39 million per year. LobbyFacts also shows similar financial data for trade associations and law firms too. Seeds and Soil vs. the Tyranny of Corporate Power: A 2015 Message of Hope. Last year, the United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organization officially declared that 2015 would be celebrated as the International Year of the Soil citing the threat to one of the key ingredients to the planet's food and farming systems posed by "expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use, pollution, overgrazing and climate change.
" What are anonymous companies? An infographic. Live from TED2014.
How have these corporations colonised our public life? One of Unilever's ‘real women' series of advertisements for Dove.
Photograph: PA How do you engineer a bland, depoliticised world, a consensus built around consumption and endless growth, a dream world of materialism and debt and atomisation, in which all relations can be prefixed with a dollar sign, in which we cease to fight for change? You delegate your powers to companies whose profits depend on this model. Resisting corporate takeover: 'when our land is free, we’re all free' Silas Siakor and Jacinta Fay document the Jogbahn Clan’s struggles against agribusiness in Liberia.
From 6 to 8 May, agribusiness corporations courted African governments at the Grow Africa Investment Forum in Abuja, Nigeria, to ‘further accelerate sustainable agricultural growth in Africa’. Corporations’ interest in agriculture in Africa has certainly accelerated corporate control of land and seeds but done little to support agriculture that will feed the continent. Rather than support family farming and smallholder agriculture, private-sector investment in agriculture has resulted in grabbing land from communities; land that they farm sustainably and on which they rely for their survival. Communities are resisting this corporate takeover of their land and some are winning. How Privatization Degrades Our Daily Lives.
The Project on Government Oversight found that in 33 of 35 cases the federal government spent more on private contractors than on public employees for the same services.
The authors of the report summarized, "Our findings were shocking. " Yet our elected leaders persist in their belief that free-market capitalism works best. Here are a few fact-based examples that say otherwise. Health Care: Markups of 100%....1,000%....100,000% Broadcast Journalist Edward R.