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Fun with Coke in Latin America
05-24-2010, 03:08 AM,
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Fun with Coke in Latin America
These two articles were put here because they're two great tastes that taste great together - the Coca leaf in Bolivia, and murderous policies behind the beverage giant in... (you guessed it!) Columbia!!! try to see if you can read through the stories to see if you can figure out why I posted them together...

Quote:Originally published May 22 2010
Coca-Cola's murderous record of anti-union activity in Colombia exposed
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Coca-Cola: to many, it is simply the all-American cola that everyone grew up drinking. Originally created in the late 1800s as a medicine, Coca-Cola eventually evolved into one of the world's most popular soft drinks. Besides being a very unhealthy beverage, Coca-Cola has another dirty secret for which few people are aware; the Coca-Cola Company has been involved in a series of kidnappings involving union leaders and organizers at its Colombia bottling facilities. Many of those kidnapped have been severely tortured and even murdered by company thugs.

As shocking and unbelievable as all of this sounds, there is a trail of documented evidence against Coca-Cola for its crimes against union officials. In fact, back in 2001, the United Steelworkers of America and the International Labor Rights Fund, filed a joint lawsuit on behalf of SINALTRAINAL to address the problems in Colombia.

Javier Correa, President of the National Union of Food Industry Workers, and William Mendoza, President of the Barrancabermeja location in Colombia, have joined together with Ray Rogers, Director of the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, to bring light to the issue and push for an end to the atrocities.

How did it all start?
Most people recognize that unions are formed to protect workers from unfair treatment and abuse by employers. Though some do not operate as intended, the general idea of unions is to ensure that workers are receiving fair pay for their labor and that they are not being grossly extorted by those for whom they work.

U.S. laws have been designed to protect American workers who form labor unions from being threatened or silenced by the companies for whom they work, and while they are not perfect, their intent was for the best interests of American workers.

When workers at Coca-Cola bottling plants in Colombia began to step up and organize unions, the Coca-Cola Company allegedly began to contract with paramilitary security forces to deal with leaders and organizers, something they would not legally be able to do in the U.S. Even today, these forces are using extreme tactics to silence anyone who would dare attempt to organize workers to form a union. These tactics include violent detention efforts, torture and even murder.

Internal Pentagon records that were eventually required to be made public revealed that Colombian troops connected with Coca-Cola's paramilitary forces were also being trained at the U.S. Army's School of the Americas (SOA) in Fort Benning, Georgia, to torture and murder those who conduct "union organizing and recruiting", distribute "propaganda in favor of workers", and "sympathize with demonstrators or strikes."

Is this an isolated incident?
This is not the first time, or the first country, in which Coca-Cola has been responsible for severe human rights abuses. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the company was responsible for similar behavior in Guatemala, where eight workers in Guatemala City were murdered or otherwise killed for trying to keep their union alive.

Thanks to massive international protests against Coca-Cola following campaigns that brought the truth to light, the multi-national giant was forced to concede and the Guatemalan union survived. But at the time, even the government of Guatemala was unwilling to address the issue; it took the efforts of concerned citizens around the world to win the battle against Coca-Cola and achieve some sort of justice.

The Coca-Cola Company has also been accused of similar human rights abuses in other countries today, including in developing countries like India and China where it has plants. Because the company is so large and powerful, it exerts considerable sway on governments worldwide that turn a blind eye to its abuses.

What is being done to stop Coca-Cola?
The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke has been working for years to bring awareness of these atrocities to light, but unfortunately not much has been resolved in Colombia. And the fact that certain sensitive documents reveal that the U.S. government is playing a role in protecting Coca-Cola adds fuel to the fire. Fortunately, the campaign has been able to successfully initiate some positive steps towards ending Coca-Cola's Colombian tyranny.

In 2006, the University of Michigan, New York University, and a handful of other colleges and universities in North American and Europe cut ties with Coca-Cola because the company would not agree to an independent, third-party audit of its human rights, labor and environmental abuses in both Colombia and India.

Also in 2006, as the World Cup was coming to London with Coca-Cola as one of its primary sponsors, "War on Want" issued a report detailing some of Coca-Cola's abuses around the world. These included:

-Massive drilling efforts in India that exhausted local water supplies and wells, leaving Indian farmers with no water to irrigate their crops.

-Ecosystem contamination in El Salvador and India due to plant waste discharge.

-The human rights abuses taking place in Colombia, as well as in Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, Peru, Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Demonstrators obstructed the torch relay at the 2006 winter Olympics, exposing many to the truth about Coca-Cola, and held protests at the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver as well. Since Coca-Cola is the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage provider to the Olympic Games through 2020, the Games are a primary target for demonstrators.

The Coca-Cola Case, a new documentary
A new documentary called The Coca-Cola Case, which highlights the human rights abuses of the Coca-Cola company, was recently screened in a few Canadian theaters. Hundreds of people, including many students, viewed the movie which, hopefully will make its way into the U.S.

Directed by German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia, the film tracks labor-rights lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingworth, as well as Ray Rogers from the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, in their efforts to hold the Coca-Cola company accountable for its atrocities. Part of the film highlights the 2001 lawsuit hinged upon the Alien Tort Claims Act, which allows foreigners to sue American companies in American courts for violating "the law of nations or a treaty of the United States."

This film has the potential to ignite a firestorm of pressure against the Coca-Cola Company and force the company to change its ways.

The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke resources
The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke also has a variety of useful resources on its website, including informational flyers, articles and special reports. The group also issues a periodic newsletter to keep interested parties aware of current events that pertain to campaign efforts.

The Campaign's offensive tactics against Coca-Cola are having an impact. Considering that Coca-Cola is one of the most powerful multi-national corporations in the world, it is impressive that numerous institutions of higher learning have already banned Coca-Cola products, and many more are taking steps to ban them as well. As awareness continues to increase, a point of critical mass will be achieved for which Coca-Cola will have to acknowledge and address the issue.

It is also important to note that the Coca-Cola Company owns numerous other beverage brands, including the healthy juice brand, Odwalla.

To learn more about the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke and to get involved in the efforts to stop the human rights abuses of the Coca-Cola Company, please visit http://www.killercoke.com.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.killercoke.org/

Quote:Originally published May 22 2010
Bolivia launches "Coca-Colla" drink made from medicinal coca plant
by David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The Bolivian government has announced plans to launch a carbonated soft drink called Coca-Colla, to be made with actual coca leaves.

The name (pronounced koka koya) is an allusion to Colla suyu, the quadrant of the Inca empire that contained the modern territory of Bolivia.

The plan for the beverage was submitted by coca farmers from the country's Chapare region as part of a wider initiative to increase production of the plant. President Evo Morales, a former coca grower and head of the Chapare cocalero union, has made increased commercialization of the plant a key part of his plan for the country's economic development.

Coca leaves, chewed or brewed into tea, have been a part of Andean cultures for thousands of years. The plant is considered sacred by indigenous people and is also prized for its nutritional and medicinal benefits. According to Morales, an estimated 10 million people chew the leaves throughout the Andes.

Morales has promised to increase coca cultivation by 20,000 hectares (49,420 acres), and his government has already approved production of coca-based tea, flour, toothpaste and liquor. Bolivian law, which bans cocaine production, currently allows only 12,000 hectares of coca to be cultivated, although the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that 30,500 hectares are actually in cultivation.

In a deliberate allusion to Coca-Cola, Coca-Colla will also feature a red label with a black swoosh. Coca-Cola still uses coca leaves in its formula, and is the only company authorized to import the leaves under U.S. law.

Because coca leaves are an essential ingredient in the highly industrialized process needed to make cocaine, some governments classify them as narcotics. The official U.S. position is that the plant should be driven extinct, and the International Narcotics Control Board advocates a ban on the traditional religious practice of chewing the leaves.

It is impossible to get a cocaine "high" off of coca leaves, and traditional practitioners and Western scientists have both confirmed that chewing the leaves is not addictive and carries no negative health effects.

Sources for this story include: http://www.telegraph.co.uk.
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05-24-2010, 08:13 AM,
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RE: Fun with Coke in Latin America
If you're planning on boycotting Coke products keep in mind there are 3,300+ of them. For the full list of beverages (bear mind they make a lot of other sh*t though) follow the URL..

http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/brands/product_list_a.html
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05-24-2010, 12:11 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-24-2010, 12:12 PM by groen2.)
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RE: Fun with Coke in Latin America
have got to get myself some of this coca colla Big Grin

I recently stopped drinking normal coke after about 20 years + of drinking it nearly everyday, after 1 month now not drinking coke. It has been a difficult month with constant gravings and i have been getting stomach cramps :/
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05-24-2010, 09:14 PM,
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RE: Fun with Coke in Latin America
(05-24-2010, 08:13 AM)FastTadpole Wrote: If you're planning on boycotting Coke products keep in mind there are 3,300+ of them. For the full list of beverages (bear mind they make a lot of other sh*t though) follow the URL..

http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/brands/product_list_a.html

I haven't had a soda in years, and chances are, my diet doesn't include their shit.

My plan wasn't to boycott coke - it was just to show how coke has been fucking over latin america by creating demand for coca leaves, then backing the US in their irradication and supporting the us interdiction in columbia, but creating horrible working conditions that make people want to grow coca instead of working for them... It's just more drug-war jackassery.
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05-24-2010, 09:23 PM,
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RE: Fun with Coke in Latin America
you can go for miles and miles and miles in central and latin America and see billboards only for coke and pepsi littering the hillsides
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05-24-2010, 10:02 PM,
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RE: Fun with Coke in Latin America
ok so what is the governments involvement in this, if any ?

are they subsidising certain industries ?

are they not regulating certain industries ?

i am just curious if you know. I have a documentary on coca cola that was about india and their water supply. it was not positive.
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05-24-2010, 10:13 PM,
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RE: Fun with Coke in Latin America
"coca cola that was about india and their water supply. it was not positive. "

yeah exactly, they screw the people out of their water supply. same story.
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05-25-2010, 12:07 AM,
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RE: Fun with Coke in Latin America
Quote:ok so what is the governments involvement in this, if any ?

are they subsidising certain industries ?

are they not regulating certain industries ?

i am just curious if you know. I have a documentary on coca cola that was about india and their water supply. it was not positive.

-the union busting thugs that are kidnapping and murdering people in Columbia were trained in the SOA...
-The US is for outright eradication of the coca plant except in the case of Coke, which is the only "person' allowed to have it here.
-They subsidize both corn and sugar producers, creating a much smaller cost for two of the main ingredients.
-Both federal and CA. state have authorized a gigantic bottling plant (I believe it's the country's largest - I'll have to check on that,) in the middle of the Mojave desert, taking precious water (the main ingredient in Coke products) from Mexico, CA, NV and AZ for the production of Coke products, thus they're allowing for privatization and export of water FROM A DESERT.

that's all I can come up with right now off the top of my head. Is that enough?
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05-25-2010, 02:53 AM,
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(05-24-2010, 09:14 PM)h3rm35 Wrote: I haven't had a soda in years, and chances are, my diet doesn't include their shit.
I never drink the stuff, but there are a lot of fruit drink blends and they're even getting into healthier products to corner that market with their access to cheap (or stolen) water they very well could. Check the list I posted above to be sure, you might not even know you're drinking a Coca Cola Co. product.

@h3rm35
I would have said the same and added in how court cases on water access rights and possession get held up in court until the place in question is literally sucked dry. Like nik said "they screw the people out of their water supply" I didn't know of the coca plant exception for Coca Cola Co.
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05-25-2010, 06:10 AM,
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I'm pretty well aware of the water issue, as well as the corporate ownership of "nutrition" companies. My diet doesn't include their shit. That boat sailed 15 years ago when I realized proctor and gamble made Pringles, and the following barrage of Pepsi/colegate products taught me...

I know that Burt's Bees is a clorox company, and I know about a lot of other nefarious connections.

I don't buy that shit.

I buy natural products.
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05-25-2010, 06:49 AM,
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Well just for the record here in Canada they are the distributors of Hi-C, Fruitopia, Minute-Maid, PowerADE, Nestea, and Five-Alive when it comes to "fruit" juice and Dasani water. Additonally in the US they manufacture and distribute Aquarius, Glaceau, Gold Peak, Enviga, Full Throttle, Caribou, Delaware Punch, FUZE, Sunfill, Odwalla and the Simply line of drinks.

All soda is poison so I won't even bother listing them.

Not to say Pepsi Co. is any better. It should be mentioned that they own Frito Lay, Tropicana, Quaker, Aquafina, Fruitworks, Lipton, Ethos, Dole, SoBe, Starbucks, Gatorade (which was originally created at Florida State University, tasted like piss but was actually a healthy athlete drink), Propel Fitness Water and Sierra. Pepsi is making a play into the 100% natural health food market with TrueNorth nuts and Flatearth brand. And natural juices with Pure Valencia and Naked Earth.

Also curious to see these products Natural Cheetos, Natural Tostidos and Natural Lays and disappointed, but not surprised, to see Miss Vickie's (I like those Jalapeno Chips) on their protfolio.

In the cereal market they Cap'n Crunch, Sugar Puffs and Life.

In a current promo they are buying up rainforest with the Cool Earth program which claims to have "rescued" 93 million acres of rain forest in 2009 alone. I wonder who actually owns the land title though. How noble buying up rainforest to protect us from that poisonous CO2.

http://www.pepsico.com/Brands/Frito_Lay-Brands.html

and to get back to Coke here's their stance on Aspartame in a section entitled Sweetener Myths:

Quote:Aspartame was first approved by the FDA in 1981. Since that time, it has undergone hundreds of studies for safety. All of them point to the same conclusion: Aspartame is safe for consumers. There is no sound scientific evidence that is accepted by food safety authorities linking aspartame, or other low-calorie sweeteners, to cancer in humans. When aspartame was first approved, the FDA commissioner said, ''Few compounds have withstood such detailed testing and repeated, close scrutiny, and the process through which aspartame has gone should provide the public with additional confidence of its safety.''
http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/ourcompany/hal_sweeteners_myths.html#
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