Category Archives: Corporations Really Suck

Abby Martin Interviews Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa

INFORME A LA NACIÓN 2016

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jul 29, 2016

Abby Martin sits down with the President of Ecuador to talk about different issues impacting the country and region. One of the more important questions Abby has for the president is finding out how he feels about devastating damage that oil giant Chevron caused in the Amazon rainforest. The president also talks about how tax havens are affecting developing economies and, how giving me the environment legal rights is important.

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Peter Schweizer: Clinton Cash Documentary–A History of Corruption

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RT on Jul 27, 2016

RT spoke to the author and executive producer of the documentary ‘Clinton Cash’ – Peter Schweizer, who believes Hillary Clinton needs power to keep the money coming in.

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Abby Martin: Bringing Corporations to Justice

Chevron's Toxic Legacy in Ecuador's Amazon

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jul 24, 2016

For the first time ever, progress is being made at the United Nations for a binding legal instrument that would hold corporations accountable for human rights violations. Transnational corporations–many with larger economies than the countries they operate in–have enjoyed immunity from charges for destroying the environment and taking human lives. But Ecuador is leading a fight in the UN to create an international treaty and standards that can change this equation.

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Dear Pres. Obama: Domestic Catastrophic Risk Demands Action by Ralph Nader

KC Chemical Plant Fire

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 22, 2016

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
July 22, 2016

Dear President Obama:

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Vanishing the People’s Wealth to Make the Bosses Richer by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, July 11, 2016
July 14, 2016

Imagine you are a shareholder in a big company and the top executives are sitting on huge amounts of cash and are not interested in putting it to work through productive capital investments, research and development, reducing company debt or paying employees a higher wage. What would you want done about it? Since you and other shareholders are the owners of the company, you’d likely say “give us back our money in cash dividends.”

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The War on Weed Part II: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for Corporate Cannabis by Ellen Brown

Odeigorri II

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 7, 2016

California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out of the market, heighten criminal sanctions for violations, and open the door to patented, genetically modified (GMO) versions that must be purchased year after year.

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Michael Hudson: Brexit, The TTIP, NATO and The US Military Industrial Complex

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
July 5, 2016

TheRealNews on Jul 4, 2016

Economist Michael Hudson argues that a vote for Europe is not a vote for socialism, but for a very right-wing, hard right, corporatist Europe where the laws will be made by bureaucrats acting on behalf of the large financial centers.

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Supreme Court Legalizes Influence Peddling: McDonnell v. United States by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 3, 2016

The Supreme Court has mostly completed its decimation of any anti-corruption law that might have caused any more than the slightest inconvenience for the plutocracy’s political investments. Therefore the Court has now picked up its judicial supremacy ax to perform a similar demolition of laws that regulate the other side of the corruption equation. In a decision announced on June 27, timed as one of three final opinions of its 2015-16 term, the Court turned its attention to protecting the influence peddlers – who are installed by and otherwise benefit from the now freely flowing plutocratic investments – from prosecution for their delivery of the peddled policies.

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The War on Weed Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto Be the Winner? by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 23, 2016

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma.

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Abby Martin: Puerto Rico’s Debt to its Oppressors

UNOCCUPY PUERTO RICO

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 23, 2016

Puerto Rico’s massive debt has been discussed at length in Congress and the media, all omitting the most important fact: the history of being a colonial subject for over 500 years, still owned and controlled by the United States.

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Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant: How to Counter Establishment Politics

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 20, 2016

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores how to counter establishment politics with Kshama Sawant, the only socialist on the Seattle City Council. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil reports on the obstacles third party candidates face in trying to enter the race for the White House.

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Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy by Ralph Nader

US Capitol For Sale (Washington, DC)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 18, 2016

Our political economy – a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago – has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace, and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens.

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Abby Martin: Monsanto, America’s Monster

Linoleum Block Print Shows Monsanto No Love

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 10, 2016

Few corporations in the world are as loathed—and as sinister—as Monsanto. But the threat it poses to people and planet could be reaching new heights, as the World Health Organization has recently upgraded Monsanto’s main product as carcinogenic to humans. With protests against the agrochemical giant held in over 40 countries in May, learn why the global movement against Monsanto is of critical importance to our future. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin issues a scathing expose on the corporate polluter, chronicling it’s rise to power, the collusion of its crimes by the US government, and highlighting the serious danger it puts us in today.

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Chris Hedges: AP’s Story Declaring Clinton the Nominee ‘Part of a Pattern’

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 9, 2016

Did the mainstream media jump the gun when they declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee the day before six states held primary elections? Chris Hedges, host of the new show ‘On Contact’ joins RT’s Alex Mihailovich and says that the announcement had a “negative effect on the democratic process” and it was an attempt by the mainstream media to “marginalize and ridicule” the Bernie Sanders campaign.

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Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jun 4 2016

With thousands of advertisements seen by Americans everyday, and a corporate media that reinforces the needs of Empire, propaganda in the U.S. is more pervasive and effective than ever before. The manipulation of public opinion through suggestion can be traced back to the father of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, who discovered that preying on the subconscious mind was the best way to sell products people don’t need, and wars people don’t want. To get a deeper understanding of how propaganda functions in today’s society, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Mark Crispin Miller, professor of Media Studies at New York University.

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