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Contradictions in U.S foriegn policy.

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posted on Dec, 21 2004 @ 06:52 PM
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I received an interesting email from a good freind with a seemingly "leftist" countenance; it's a simple discourse in clear capitalist verbiage: these 4 American hallmarks have hi-jacked not only decent morality, but the extolled ethos of America: that of freedom, self-determinition, and liberty. U.S foriegn policy has chided foreign governments and thier redundant behaviour disregarding basic human rights, yet they never chide those companies that put fortune over morality at thier very doorstep. Worst of all, some of these companies are ebetting deliterious health to society, for simple profit.

McDonalds:

Nutrition:

Many products sold at McDonald's restaurants are high in fat and cholesterol, and low in fiber and certain vitamins. For example, according to Bowes and Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used (1989) by J.A.T. Pennington, 55% of the calories in a Big Mac come from fat, along with 83 mg of cholesterol. For a cheeseburger, fat content is 45%, with 41 mg of cholesterol. French fries are 47%, while a hamburger is 39% fat and holds 29 mg of cholesterol. Many other products sold by the restaurant chain are similarly high in fat and cholesterol. For comparison, beans are only 4% fat. Rice is 1-5% fat, depending on the variety. A potato is less than 1% fat.

As a result of their high content of fat and cholesterol, McDonald's products contribute to heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and other diseases. The links between high-fat diets and certain diseases are established beyond any reasonable doubt.


-Annually, more than 1.3 billion "Happy Meal" toys are produced in Southern China, with young women working up to 20 hours a day, 7 days a week for only US$0.15/hour.


Coca-Cola:

SINALTRAINAL has long maintained that Coke is among the most notorious employers in Colombia and that the company maintains open relations with murderous death squads as part of a program to intimidate trade union leaders. The union is using the filing of this case on July 20, Colombian Independence Day, to renew its campaign to highlight that Colombia holds the terrible distinction of being ranked number one in the world for the number of trade union leaders murdered each year, and that Coke plays a key role in maintaining that distinction.

www.walmartwatch.com..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">Wal-Mart:
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Wal-Mart regularly says it does not tolerate child labor or forced or prison labor, but when it comes to walking the walk the company refuses to reveal its Chinese contractors and will not allow independent, unannounced inspections of its contractors’ facilities.

Clothing sewn in China is usually done by young women, 17 to 25 year old (at 25 they are fired as ‘too old’) forced to work seven days a week, often past midnight for 12 to 28 cents an hour, with no benefits. Or that the women are housed in crowded, dirty dormitories, 15 to a room, and fed a thin rice gruel. The workers are kept under 24-hour-a-day surveillance and can be fired for even discussing factory conditions. The factories in China operate under a veil of secrecy, behind locked metal gates, with no factory names posted and no visitors allowed. China’s authorities do not allow independent human rights, religious or women’s groups to exist, and all attempts to form independent unions have been crushed. (www.nlcnet.org..., 10/22/02)


Disney

Worker Profile:
The vast majority of workers in the 12 factories are young, single, female, migrant workers from rural areas in inland provinces. Most are between the ages of 18 and 30, though some are as young as 16.

General Findings and Recommendations:
Although Disney claims that its code of conduct and so-called "independent" monitoring system are ensuring respect for workers' right in its supply factories in China and other countries, the CIC study found that violations of the Disney code of conduct and Chinese labor law were commonplace. Those violations include: excessively long hours of work, poverty wages, unreasonable fines, workplace hazards, poor food, and dangerously overcrowded dormitories.

The study also found that few workers interviewed were familiar with the Disney code of conduct and monitoring system, and that workers who had been exposed to the code and/or interviewed by monitors were often subjected to threats and intimidation to falsify work records or answer monitors' questions "properly" according to management-prepared scripts


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