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June 30, 2015 Newsletter
Report from SINALTRAINAL in Colombia (Spanish and English):
"Por la Vida y Libertad Sindical, Trabajadores de Coca Cola en Huelga de hambre"
Desde el 13 de Abril de 2015, trabajadores al servicio de Coca Cola, afiliados a Sinaltrainal, se han declarado en Huelga de Hambre, en la Plaza de Bolívar, en la ciudad de Bogotá D.C., exigiendo de las autoridades colombianas, conformar una mesa nacional con participación de Sinaltrainal y Coca Cola, para solucionar los siguientes casos:
En Barrancabermeja Coca Cola contrató a Carelis, esposa de Wilfred Martínez, reconocido jefe paramilitar “alias gavilán”, autor del atentado contra la infraestructura de Coca Cola, que amenazó, desplazó y falsamente acusa a dirigentes de Sinaltrainal y la Fiscalía abrió investigación por los delitos de concierto para delinquir y presumiblemente terrorismo..
Hemos sido víctimas de 12 asesinatos, encarcelamientos injustos por sucios montajes, van 68 y seguimos siendo amenazados de muerte, atentados contra la vida de trabajadores y familias, 54 desplazados y exiliados, luego de sobre vivir a atentados y escapar del secuestro, paramilitares que ingresaron a la embotelladora como ocurrió en Carepa Antioquia y obligaron a los trabajadores a renunciar a Sinaltrainal, quemando la sede sindical, reuniones de funcionarios de las embotelladoras de Coca Cola con comandantes paramilitares, como se evidencia en publicación de la revista Cambio.
"For life and freedom to organize, Coca-Cola workers are on hunger strike"
Since 2:00 p.m., April 13, 2015, workers at this multinational who are members of Sinaltrainal (national food and beverage trade union in Colombia) have called a Hunger Strike in the Plaza de Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia. They demand that Colombian authorities put together a national conference including Sinaltrainal and Coca Cola, to reach solutions in the following cases:
In Barrancabermeja, Coca Cola hired Carelis Cadavid, wife of the well-known paramilitary commander, Wilfred Martinez "alias Gavilan" ("Hawk") who carried out the attack on Coca Cola's infrastructure, and who threatened, displaced, and falsely accused the leaders of Sinaltrainal. Because of all this, the Attorney General opened an investigation for the crimes of criminal conspiracy and alleged terrorism...
We have been the victims of twelve murders, of unjust imprisonments, of 68 death threats, attacks on the lives of workers and their families, 54 displacements and several people have had to go into exile after surviving attacks and escaping from kidnapping. Paramilitaries barged into the plant in Carepa and forced the workers to resign from Sinaltrainal. After that they burned down the union office and stole equipment and files. The magazine Cambio on February 8, 1999, reported meetings between officials at the Coca Cola bottling plants and paramilitary commanders. In spite of that, up to now the paramilitaries who are under the Justice and Peace law have not reported the lengths to which the multinational has gone in its commitment in the Colombian conflict.
Hunger Strike Suspended
After talking with different officials and authorities, we [SINALTRAINAL] have agreed with Secretary of Government of Bogota City Hall, Dr. Gloria Florez and the Minister (e) of Labour, Dr. Enrique Borda, to lift the hunger strike by Coca-Cola workers.
The hunger strike is part of the national day for the life and freedom of association, which Sinaltrainal started on April 13 in several cities in Colombia.
"Finaliza huelga de hambre de trabajadores de Coca Cola"
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"Coca-Cola employees protest 'humiliating' company policies in Spain," RT, May 30, 2015
"Hundreds of employees from different corporations protested in Madrid's Puerta del Sol on Friday against low wages and unemployment. The protesters, many from Coca-Cola, Movistar and Bankia, are demanding far-reaching changes to the structure of the companies including a review of their dismissal policies."
"Spain's Court Voids Layoffs at Coca-Cola Bottler — Court Says Spanish Bottler Didn't Present Workers With Detailed Reorganization Plan" by Chritopher Bjork, Wall Street Journal, April 15, 2015
"The ruling follows a dispute ongoing for more than a year and means workers at four out of 11 bottling plants that were scheduled to close can return to their jobs with back salaries...
Message from Coke Worker in Spain:
Muhtar Kent was in Coke headquarters in Madrid yesterday and we welcomed him at the back door where he got inside in a van with a cola...
We had about a hundred people outside the building and inside they were so nervous working on the catering. Before they left the building, they called the special cops to cover them.
A great day!
Do you remember that I told you that we won the Supreme Court case? Coke wanted to open up a warehouse; they didn't want to open up a production factory, so we blocked the gates and didn't allow them to set up the warehouse.
"Coke, the Hypocrisy Cup & Migrant Worker Deaths"
WATCH: Documentary exposes 'dreadful' conditions of Qatar labor force, calls out Coca-Cola and other World Cup sponsors
"The camera's lens sweeps down a flight of stairs in the four-story building near Doha, Qatar's capital, before panning in on dank sleeping quarters, where four bunk beds are squeezed into a dimly-lit space. A shirtless man wears nothing but yellow and green Bermuda shorts, his face blurred to protect his identity.
"Moments later, the viewer is led into filthy kitchen and bathroom areas, where feces and excrement are overflowing from a hole in the floor that serves as a toilet. Meat cooks in a frying pan on a decrepit stove, the walls around it rank with filth.
" 'These are the most appalling toilet conditions, with nothing but a hole in the ground and s--- spilling out onto the floor,' says Jaimie Fuller, the visitor seen in the documentary short, as he inspects one of the many labor camps around Qatar. 'A foot away from the toilet, if you want to call it that, is a shower. It's just dreadful.' "
Activists have set up wooden crosses during a protest called 'Red Card for FIFA. No World Cup in Qatar without Workers rights!' that was organized by the Swiss trade union UNIA in Zurich
"A World Cup built on the back of human rights abuses and corporate hypocrisy"
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"Visa and Coca-Cola express concern about Qatar World Cup, but don't expect much more" by Ryan Rosenblatt, SB Nation, May 20, 2015
"Visa and Coca-Cola ... pay FIFA an estimated $30 million per year to be part of a handful of primary sponsors for the organization and every event they put on, but with reports of migrant worker deaths and inhumane working conditions in Qatar, especially with regards to building venues for the 2022 World Cup...
"Unfortunately, it's likely that Visa and Coca-Cola won't ... effect much change...Visa and Coca-Cola aren't demanding significant action and certainly aren't setting benchmarks for what's acceptable.' "
"Coca-Cola plant shut over death of worker" by Jethro Ibileke/Benin , PM News, May 31, 2015
"Bottling operations at the Benin Coca-Cola plant of the Nigerian Bottling Company was abruptly halted on Friday by casual workers following the death of one of their colleagues whose name was given as Jerry Ayo...
"Uncle of the deceased who gave his name as Michael, said Jerry left home healthy but was brought back dead.
" 'His friends told us the production factory has leakages of electricity. They [Coca-Cola] took the boy to their clinic without the consent of the family,' he said.
"One of the casual workers who gave his name as Goodluck Osawe, said the deceased did not know that there were electric leakages in the plant, adding that 'he was in coma and they [Coca-Cola] did not tell us.' "
"Coca Cola dejara a 30.000 personas sin agua en El Salvador" La Verdad Oculta, Junio 9, 2015
"En El Salvador, específicamente en el municipio de Nejapa, ubicado al norte de San Salvador, 30.000 personas están amenazadas de quedarse sin agua por la explotación del acuífero que está realizando la embotelladora de Coca-Cola...
Cabe destacar que las personas de Nejapa no tienen acceso a agua potable pese a que por allí pasa el río San Antonio, este, es la unica fuente de abastecimiento para miles de salvadoreños, sin embargo varías trasnacionales entre las cuales destaca Coca Cola extraen el agua de este río y contaminan otros ríos de la zona según denuncian las organizaciones de vecinos.
"Coca Cola will leave 30,000 people without water in El Salvador," La Verdad Oculta, June 9, 2015
In El Salvador, specifically in the municipality of Nejapa, located north of San Salvador, 30,000 people are threatened with running out of water because of exploitation of the water sources by Coca-Cola.
The people of Nejapa have denounced the danger to aquifers in the area as a result of poor management of industrial projects run by Coca Cola...
The people of Nejapa lack access to potable water although the San Antonio River passes there. This is the only source of water for thousands of Salvadorans and Coca-Cola is threatening that source. Coca-Cola is also contaminating other rivers in the area as reported by neighborhood organizations.
"Doubts on Coke's Water Numbers, Court Orders Verification: IRC Seeks Investigation of Water Recharge Claims," India Resource Center, June 4, 2015
"Coca-Cola's claims on their water management at their disputed bottling plant in Varanasi, India are now under investigation by the court and the government. The India Resource Center has also written to the state and national pollution regulatory agencies, as well as the national groundwater authority, asking that Coca-Cola's groundwater recharge claims be verified. Coca-Cola claims that it has recharged almost three times the amount of groundwater than it extracts at its bottling plant in the village of Mehdiganj!
"The need to verify the amount of water actually recharged by companies such as Coca-Cola and other water intensive industries in India is important because the government — due to the sustained campaigns against beverage companies across India — has new rules which make groundwater usage by such industries contingent upon the amount of groundwater recharged."
"Campaigners defeat Coca-Cola plant in South India," The Ecologist, April 21, 2015
"Local campaigners fearful of water shortages and industrial pollution have forced state authorities to cancel an unpopular plan to allocate land for a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Tamil Nadu, India...
"Coca-Cola failed to placate strong reservations based on the company's dismal track record elsewhere in India on water management, pollution prevention and community relations.
"The opposition to Coca-Cola was widespread, and a bandh (strike) organized on 5th March this year asking shops and businesses to shut down to show opposition to Coca-Cola was a major success.
"A large protest was slated for April 30, 2015 and organizers expected more than 10,000 to attend the rally against Coca-Cola. The police had denied permission for the protest but the organizers had just succeeded in getting the High Court to rule in their favor on April 9, 2015."
"The bitter aftertaste of a sugar deal gone bad," The Phnom Penh Post, May Titthara & Daniel Pye. June 6, 2015
"Houy Mai has lost everything to the global demand for cheap sugar and biofuel. The 54-year-old mother-of-eight has fought a years-long battle with Mitr Phol, Asia's biggest sugar producer and one of three major suppliers to Coca-Cola...
" 'I think that what Coca-Cola has done here is illegal, because they buy sugar from this company that uses violence against villagers, forcefully takes over our land, and then Coca-Cola makes drinks to sell back to us,' she says.
" 'I don't have a problem with Coca-Cola buying sugar from farms in Cambodia, but they need to find somewhere else to plant [sugar cane] that does not affect people like this.'"
"If we lose this fight against Coke,
First we will lose our union,
Next we will lose our jobs,
And then we will all lose our lives!"
--Sinaltrainal Vice-President Juan Carlos Galvis--
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The nonprofit public policy advocacy group, Action for a Progressive Future/RootsAction initiated a petition protesting American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten's recent partnering with The Coca-Cola Company. The petition calls on the AFT to "Stop undermining teachers' moral authority and children's health. End your partnership with Coca-Cola."
RootsAction issued a press release, "Thousands Demand Teachers Union End Partnership with Coca-Cola" on April 24, 2015 emphasizing "Teaching Does Not Go Better with Coke."
The petition already has some 15,000 signatures. The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke urges everyone concerned with the well-being of all children and protecting human rights to sign the petition.
Sign the petition, "Teaching Does NOT Go Better with Coke"
Sampling of Comments by petitioners from across the country:
• Too disgusted to make a civil comment. (DE)
• This is appalling! (FL)
• I'm a retired teacher. I am ashamed of this partnership. (NJ)
• As a teacher, I find the idea of partnering with Coca-Cola to be abhorrent. (ON)
• End your partnership with Coca-Cola now. (NY)
AFT President Randi Weingarten promoting unhealthy Coca-Cola products damaging to children’s health and well-being.
• Just say no to Killer Coke! Stand with students and teachers not with Killer Coke. (CA)
• I am an AFT member, and this is disturbing. (WI)
• Obesity and diabetes, and you pair up with those largely responsible? (ME)
• A real betrayal by AFT (IN)
• As a member of the American Federation of Teachers (Local 2190), I am angry that my union is not taking a stronger stand on this issue. (NY)
• I've been an AFT member for thirty years and am appalled that my union would strike a bargain that advertises Coca-Cola. Please stop it, now! (CA)
• Years ago I was a member of the executive board of the United Federation of Teachers, UFT Local 2. From my experience, I am not surprised that the union's leadership would take a position in opposition to the well-bring of children, teachers and parents. (NY)
• Backing out of a boycott does not show that we truly believe that child labor is unacceptable, and does show a complete lack of moral fortitude. (C0)
• My mother was a member of the AFT for nearly 40 years. I'm sure she's spinning in her grave with outrage and disbelief that her union leaders would turn a blind eye to Coca-Cola's complicity in the murder of union organizers in South America, and make a deal with Coke before there was a clear end to child labor on sugar plantations world wide. Shame on Randi and Shame on Coke. (NY)
Child harvesting sugar cane.
• ...no to coke and it's unhealthy relationship with kids and education... you will pay for partnering with them in the long run. Sever the tie now. (ME)
• What the hell is wrong with you people? Isn't there enough over weight children already! Now this, a partnership with the worse offenders of the over weight problem in America. (OK)
• The photo of Pres. Randi Weingarten on AFT's website promoting Coca-Cola sodas is despicable and shows poor leadership, especially for the head of a union representing teachers & health professionals (NY)
• In addition to using child labor, Coca Cola has been a big funder to stop the labeling of GMO foods in California. It also funded anti-labeling of GMO campaigns in Washington and Oregon. Coca-Cola is a bad actor. I will not buy their products. (CA)
• The AFT should be continuing the boycott of Coca-Cola, a company that is hardly an advocate for the young people that we, as educators, care about deeply. (NY)
• In addition to the concern for children, The Coca-Cola Company in Colombia looks the other way as unionists get killed by the militia. Union workers in the USA should not betray our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. (FL)
• I am very disappointed that our leadership would reverse the resolution that voted to boycott The Coca-Cola Company by a large body of delegates at the Convention last year. I will continue boycotting all of their products and encourage others to do so as well! (NY)
• I am a recently retired public school teacher and union member...There is nothing about Coca-Cola that sends a positive message to our children. The corporation has a long history of deceit, cover-up, corruption and the killing of union leaders. Your partnership with Coca-Cola sends a very clear message that you value Coke's greedy goals over the health of children and the teachers and staff who work with them. Shame on you. (ME)
Watch how Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent refuses to answer a simple yes or no question on dangerous child labor posed by Ray Rogers at Coca-Cola's April 29, 2015 annual meeting of shareowners.
Coca-Cola Chair/CEO Muhtar Kent.
The question: "Will Coca-Cola agree to pay its sugar processors enough money so they can pay fair wages to sugar cane harvesters and will Coca-Cola assure the rights of sugar cane harvesters to form and join labor unions? Then children can be in schools and playgrounds instead of laboring in plantation fields.
For decades, Coca-Cola has violated its codes of conduct by profiting from illegal, dangerous child labor in the harvesting of sugar cane.
Recently, Coca-Cola signed a controversial deal with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.6 million teachers and health professionals, to end the union's short-lived boycott of Coca-Cola. The boycott resulted from a resolution supported by members and delegates at the teachers' national convention.
The banning of Coca-Cola was to remain in effect until Coca-Cola showed real progress in three areas: (1) Stop exploiting child labor (2) stop complicity in violence against union leaders in Colombia and Guatemala and (3) stop turning thousands of full-time jobs into non-union poverty wage jobs through outsourcing.
The AFT Partnership Deal with Coca-Cola fails miserably to meet any of the stipulations in the resolution. To make matters worse, Ms. Weingarten has a photo of herself on the federation's website promoting a display of unhealthy Coke sodas that fuel the childhood obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes epidemics — sodas that Coca-Cola continues to aggressively market to children!
"AFT President Weingarten's Deal With Coca-Cola Questioned by Campaign to Stop Killer Coke," PRWeb Press Release, April 15, 2015
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"AFT Ends Four Month Old Coca-Cola Boycott" Corporate Crime Reporter, March 31, 2015
When Ray Rogers introduced the Shareowner Proposal Regarding Proxy Access on behalf of John Harrington, president of Harrington Investments, Inc., Coca-Cola Chair/CEO Muhtar Kent unsuccessfully tried to prevent him from listing examples of the numerous Coca-Cola-caused deaths and injuries worldwide to both workers and the public. The resolution received more than 40% of the vote.
Watch the video of the clash between Rogers and Kent on YouTube
"If we lose this fight against Coke,
First we will lose our union,
Next we will lose our jobs,
And then we will all lose our lives!"
--Sinaltrainal Vice-President Juan Carlos Galvis--
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Monday, April 13, 2015
Boston Marathon Bombings’ Guilty Verdict Exposed as a Gross Travesty of Justice
Global Research, April 11, 2015
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Despite Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleading not guilty to the 30 counts (17 carrying the death penalty) he was charged within a week after the April 15th bombings in 2013, his lead defense attorney Judy Clark several days ago conceded to the jury that her client was guilty in her closing argument. Apparently blaming the dead brother whose due process was denied became Dzhokhar’s only defense strategy. The defense team insisted that he was coerced and bullied by his older brother into committing alleged acts of terrorism. Considering no real solid proof other than photos placing Dzhokhar and older brother Tamerlan both wearing backpacks at the scene of the crime where the two bombs exploded was even presented at the trial, no justice for either the Tsarnaevs nor the many victims can possibly come from this guilty verdict.
If the purpose of the US judicial system in criminal trials is to ensure that all factual evidence surrounding an alleged crime or crimes be accurately and fairly presented so that the jurors can properly assess the best semblance of the truth as presented by both prosecution and defense in order for the jury to adjudicate and decide a defendant’s true guilt or innocence, this trial was a complete travesty of justice. And if a basic tenet of the justice system in the United States holds that a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty, then again this verdict outcome is an obscene farce and a shameful joke exposing America’s justice system for its gross injustice. Just as the 9/11 commission failed to adequately address and answer dozens of questions that its official narrative failed to deliver, and years earlier the Warren Commission failed JFK and America, so does the prosecution’s case of evidence of Tsarnaev’s guilt fail to be convincing, much less provide definitive and unequivocal proof that the 21-year old Chechen American with his brother committed the Boston Marathon crimes.
And the prime reason why is that so much of the testimony and so called evidence was based on the FBI and local law enforcement’s dishonest versions of events that were based near exclusively on the government’s one star witness’s faulty, changeable, non-credible accounting of events. The identity of this sole witness who we don’t even know other than by his fake name “Danny,” claims that the deceased brother Tamerlan confessed that he and his younger brother were responsible for the Marathon bombings as well as the murder of the MIT campus policeman. Yet “Danny” never even testified as a witness at the trial. When the strength of the state’s evidence relies solely on one anonymous witness who’s never even sworn in to testify at the trial nor subjected to cross-examination on behalf of the accused, how can the trial verdict in any way be considered legitimate or fair? Virtually the entire guilt or innocence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested on what this one alleged witness claimed, yet he kept changing his story on numerous occasions.
The other so called incriminating evidence used against Dzhokhar was a bogus, totally unbelievable written confession that he is purported to have written in the dark on the inside wall of the boat he was hiding out in. Dzhokhar was supposedly laying there nearly bleeding to death from the alleged gunshot exchange with police a few hours earlier. Yet on video footage the young man is seen emerging unassisted from the boat appearing bloodless and uninjured only to be admitted minutes later to the emergency hospital room in critical condition suffering from a deeply sliced neck wound that prevented him from speaking for weeks. How did that happen while in police custody? And that came after a swarm of police shot a slew of bullet holes into the boat while Tsarnaev supposedly lay there gravely injured.
Just as the French authorities made sure that no prisoners were allowed to be taken alive in the alleged Hebdo Paris crime spree in January, nor in Osama bin Laden’s alleged execution in Pakistan in 2011, nor in the JFK assassination, that barrage of gunfire into that boat by FBI and/or local police was also intended to kill the only suspect. That way the government’s complicity, criminal involvement and subsequent cover-up would have conveniently been eliminated – wiped clean of any messy complications in the form of a suspect trial and the truth inadvertently leaking out. So the US government proceeds with a pseudo-trial that kept the defendant silent and unable to ever present his side of the story. In effect, he may as well have been silenced by the bullets intended to kill him.
Another of the dozens of discrepancies in this case is over how and when older brother Tamerlan actually died. A series of photos of a naked and handcuffed Tamerlan were taken as the police placed him into custody and inside a patrol car. Both CNN and the Boston Globe reported that Tamerlan was alive in police custody. Yet the feds’ official line was that after the brothers robbed a 7-Eleven, Tamerlan was killed in the Watertown shootout with the police while Dzhokhar backed the car over him as he made his temporary getaway. It can only be one or the other. The photos don’t lie. Cops do.
For so many incredulous inconsistencies to actually be accepted as convincing “evidence” while so many discrepant facts directly contradict state evidence, and then the “no questions asked” defense and mainstream media throughout the trial passively swallowing it hook, line and sinker in its rush to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (trial being over in less than a month with 95 witnesses) is utterly preposterous and again, a complete and total miscarriage of justice. For nearly two years all the potential defense witnesses were constantly harassed, deported, jailed, and even killed, thus, virtually silencing any chance of a fair defense for Dzhokhar.
But then the propaganda lies built into this case from the start were designed to convict the brothers as the patsy fall guys all along. Going back to the JFK assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald, every false flag operation has its unwitting stooges who are used by the feds as props to take the sole blame. From President Obama to the FBI to their propagandist presstitutes, they were all publicly weighing in their guilty verdicts no sooner than the release of the photos that within days of the bombings identified the two brothers as the only prime suspects, thus prejudicing the entire case, effectively swaying Americans into believing that the one suspect still alive was guilty long before his trial ever began. And we know based on both Obama and the FBI’s track records that they both are constantly lying through their teeth and obviously cannot be trusted. The overwhelming majority of American citizens per last August’s CNN poll, an all-time high of 87%, of Americans simply do not trust their own government, knowing that they are constantly being lied to every day. And with so many blatant holes in the state’s case, anyone half aware and informed of what’s been allowed to go down in the Boston Marathon bombings case would be near 100% certain that the government is once again producing an over-the-top false narrative designed to hide its own criminality. But then the US federal government’s become a militarized dictatorship, part of an international crime cabal that uses state propaganda as effectively as the Nazis ever did.
All kinds of unexplained anomalies are rampant throughout this case. A number of paid mercenaries from Craft International, a paramilitary private security contractor out of Texas (not unlike notorious Blackwater/aka Xe/aka Academi) were also spotted in photos wearing those same black colored government-issued-like backpacks. The question of whether any of them laid their backpack and its contents on the ground never quite came up in the trial. Apparently these guys were part of a Homeland Security training exercise that just happened to be training at the exact same time and place as the so called terrorists on that Boston Marathon day. Think about those odds, kind of like America’s entire national air defense on 9/11 conveniently being absent, purposely diverted to training exercises in the Atlantic just so the 9/11 false flag could be executed as planned. In Boston the unmistakable heavy presence of the military and special ops personnel assembled en-masse instantly on the scene after the marathon explosions is yet another giveaway indicating that the feds had something if not everything to do with this tragedy.
Clearly it was a training exercise alright, Bostonians was used as a guinea pig litmus test for assessing how a large US urban population of over a million people would react to a first practice, simulation dry-run of martial law in America, conveniently prepping us for what’s to come. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act upheld by the US Supreme Court a year ago now permits the US military to invade our homes without warrant, arrest us without charges, and imprison us indefinitely without trial, legal representation or due process. After the marathon bombings the feds’ stand down order issued over an expansive, densely populated metropolitan area to remain in their homes while a massive police state-army dressed and armed for war against its own people without warrants entered thousands of homes with automatic weapons drawn in the largest, monster-scale manhunt in US history searching for one teenager from a family with whom the feds were already very familiar.
Perhaps the most respected independent news team that’s been diligently investigating the Boston Marathon bombings the last two years – WhoWhatWhy – has asserted that older brother Tamerlan was most likely an FBI informant. Through court motions last year Dzhokhar’s defense team submitted evidence that the FBI had approached the older Tsarnaev brother in an effort to recruit him to spy on his fellow Boston Chechen and Muslim community. The US intel community has a verifiably long history both here and around the globe of seeking out troubled youth and young people like the Tsarnaevs as informants in its worldwide clandestine operations.
The FBI and CIA’s common misuse of paying informants to entrap others globally into joining plots of terrorism was well documented in researcher-author Trevor Aaronson’s book The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. Between 9/11 and 2011 he confirmed that 508 defendants were recruited by informants paid up to $100,000 in multiple sting operations. In fact, in all but only three high profile cases were the FBI and their informants not involved. Again, this demonstrates that the US government’s calling card around the world reads “Terrorism-R-US,” just another M.O. for squandering hard earned taxpayer dollars to keep its invented “war on terror” very much ongoing and alive forever.
What seems most probable are efforts by the FBI to recruit Tamerlan to become a snitch in the neocons’ self-serving war on terror. Yet this piece of crucial evidence has been purposely withheld from all court proceedings and MSM’s dubious, half-ass coverage. 26-year old Tamerlin was a down on his luck, unemployed boxer whose dream of Olympic gold had been shattered, married to a nurse’s aide working 60 hours a week to make ends meet. YetWhoWhatWhy states that just two days prior to the bombings, Tamerlan could afford sending his mother in Russia $900 cash along with paying for the backpacks (or were they government issued?), ammunition and bomb-making materials. Yet this critical piece of information was also prohibited from further inquiry during the trial.
Of course the FBI predictably denied any Tsarnaev solicitation to become an informant. Prior to last month’s trial, the US Circuit Court judge presiding over the case explicitly ordered that the brother’s involvement with FBI not be allowed to enter his courtroom during the trial. It remains to be seen if Judge George A. O’Toole will permit the defense to present this critical information during the upcoming sentencing phase. Because the government has so much to hide and has failed to address so many discrepancies in the case for obvious high stakes reasons, it probably won’t be included, which of course only reinforces what many of us already know, that this trial is but a sham for police state propaganda and truth suppression.
Of all the receipts for typical everyday items purchased, the only receipts found in Tamerlan’s pockets were receipts for his self-incriminating bomb-making materials. That’s almost like finding the unblemished passport belonging to the lead 9/11 box-cutter a couple blocks from the towers’ ashes the day after, or the Hebdo gunman’s wallet with ID left carelessly on purpose in the cab so those terrorists could instantly be identified. This calling card pattern smacks of yet another inside job rendition with the same shabby, grubby fed fingerprints carelessly smudged all over it.
Another inconsistent weakness in the prosecution’s case was the sophistication required for making the “pressure-cooker” bombs used at the marathon. Supposedly Tamerlan learned off an al Qaeda internet website where the article’s authors mention the directions being beyond the scope of a novice. Throughout the trial, the prosecution team would go back and forth promoting the notion of the bombs’ complexity whenever it served their purpose. For example, as the reason used to justify the FBI interrogating Dzhokhar for two days straight without reading him his Miranda rights, the FBI suspected that others were also involved, partially based on the bombs seeming more than homemade-like. Yet whenever it would come up as a reason to mitigate seeking the death penalty, the notion of lone wolves would get drummed home every time.
The traces of bomb materials in Tamerlan’s apartment underwent the same flip floppy logic as a transparent prosecution ploy used to convict the younger brother. Three times the feds changed their tune on traces of the bomb material being found in the apartment and whether the brothers had outside help or not. These discrepancies consistently went unchallenged by the defense during the trial as if pre-scripted to let the shady government off the hook in its back and forth rendition of “truth,” protecting the feds’ cover-up lies of discrepancy in order to allow the US government to get away with its incriminating part.
The one thread of unfailing consistency throughout this entire two year story is the constant inconsistencies and the countless conspicuously avoided bottom line questions that smack of inside cover-up. Initially the Tsarnaevs were not the suspects. Apparently once the photos of the Tsarnaev brothers at the Boston Marathon were made public asking for help in identifying their names, overheard on a Boston police scanner and then scooped up immediately by social media network sources, the names Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Trapathi were erroneously identified as the suspects. The fact that the FBI knew who the two men in those photos were because they had previous dealings with them enough to place them on a no fly list, the FBI willfully lied to America pretending it needed the public’s assistance to identify them. And then the police put out false names of innocent people as suspects. Mike Mulugeta reportedly was shot dead though any actual accounts confirming his death are completely absent. However, East Indian American and Brown University student Sunil Trapathi who had been reported missing since mid-March was found floating face down in pond water in Providence, Rhode Island about a week after the Marathon explosions. What little information about his suspicious death was released through his family and the question of whether the death resulted from foul play is still largely unknown.
More bogus, planted propaganda against the brothers shortly after they were identified as the prime suspects was the FBI claim linking them to the triple murder case in Waltham, Massachusetts that took place on September 11th, 2011. Only during the trial did it come out that there existed absolutely no evidence that Tamerlan was involved. Yet the systematic damage of misinformation supporting the brothers’ guilt was already done, ensuring that in the court of public opinion the Tsarnaevs were guilty as charged right from the get-go.
Here the Tsarnaev brothers were supposedly on a no fly list acting as more evidence supporting prior contact with intelligence agencies, yet Tamerlan was permitted to fly to known terrorist hotbed Chechnya and neighboring Dagestan from January 21, 2012 to July 17, 2012. His family members insist he spent his entire time with family, among them a distant cousin who heads a non-violent organization critical of Western policies toward Islam. Yet his visit was used by prosecution as so called evidence that the older brother was “radicalized” there and came home an inspired terrorist seeking revenge on America.
A New York Times article dated April 20, 2013 suggests that Tamerlan was first approached by the FBI in January 2011 after a return trip from Russia. Russian intelligence services that monitored phone calls in Chechnya warned the FBI in March 2011 that Tamerlan was becoming a potential threat. Thus two plus years well in advance of the bombings, the FBI was already cognizant of Tamerlan’s extremist leaning activities. Yet the FBI allowed him to travel yet again to Russia despite being on a no fly list and less than nine months after his return from that final trip abroad, the Boston Marathon bombings occurred. This damning piece of government evidence makes the feds minimally guilty of criminal gross negligence if not actually a criminal accomplice.
Yet another despicable chapter to this tragic saga is the FBI’s murder of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend in Florida. Within weeks after the Boston bombings, an unarmed Ibragim Todashev was shot by an FBI agent previously reprimanded for excessive force as an Oakland police officer. Initially the FBI lied about the circumstances, falsely claiming Todashev wielded a knife. The victim’s family is suing the FBI for $30 million. Even after admitting the lie about the victim brandishing a weapon, the Justice Department (overseeing the FBI) and a Florida prosecutor cleared the murdering FBI agent of any wrongdoing. The official government’s response that in effect supports such egregious acts of violence toward innocent civilians strongly indicates that the victim knew too much and the crime syndicate’s answer for people aware of the feds’ evildoing is to systematically assassinate those who might incriminate the federal government. Neutralizing perceived threats is standard operating procedure.
As an aside, the Tsarnaev brothers’ uncle who went public shortly after the bombings blasting his nephews as “losers” was married for several years in the 1990’s to the daughter of well-known CIA career officer Graham Fuller. Fuller is the CIA architect for creating the Mujahedeen movement that fought the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980’s, the same outfit whose leader Osama bin Laden emerged as the so called 9/11 al Qaeda mastermind. Fuller was a committed advocate for using Islamic fundamentalists as US proxy war mercenaries. Another coincidence that the CIA VIP’s son-in-law and his nephews came from Chechnya, a hotspot for separatist Muslim terrorist activity?
Once again the United States government appears to be at least complicit in another state crime against its own citizens… and then applying a media blackout to any real investigative reporting that would ask the dozens of questions to get to the truth. Even the defendant’s legal representation abandoned Tsarnaev’s right to a fair trial, and by co-opting to act in accordance with the government’s “no questions asked” implicitly applied gag-rule, it too is complicit in this heinous crime for neither seeking the truth nor any real justice for either the defendants or the scores of victims. The US crime cabal and its fabricated “war on terror” is perpetuated globally, both on US soil and around the world as an ongoing crime against humanity. The truth behind 9/11 is in-our-face, and so is the truth behind these Boston bombings. The criminals in Washington must pay for their crimes.
Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field for more than a quarter century. He now concentrates on his writing and has a blog site at http://empireexposed. blogspot. com/.
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"Coca-Cola Boycott for Spanish Parliament?" The Local, February 16, 2015
"A Spanish politician has requested that the nation's parliament stop all sales of Coca Cola until the company reinstates workers in a bottling plant in the capital.
"Cayo Lara, head of the United Left party, has sent a letter to the president of Spain's Congress of Deputies requesting that all sales of Coca Cola be stopped until the multinational complies with a Spanish court ruling, that the company should reinstate workers at the Fuenlabrada bottling plant in Madrid."
The Campaign received an email from Dani in Spain:
"Coca-Cola Forced to Shut Bottling Plant in India" by Fatima Hansia, CorpWatch Blog, July 10, 2014
"Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage producer, has been ordered to shut down its bottling plant in Varanasi, India following local complaints that the company was drawing excessive amounts of groundwater. After an investigation, government authorities ruled that the company had violated its operating license."
"No Relief for Evictees One Year on From Coca-Cola Visit" by Zsombor Peter & Aun Pheap, The Cambodia Daily, February 14, 2015
"Nearly a year after beverage giant Coca-Cola sent a team of researchers to Cambodia to probe alleged human rights abuses by the sugar producers that help sweeten its drinks, NGOs and the families that have lost land to those suppliers' plantations say little to nothing has changed.
"The researchers spent more than a week in late February and early March 2014 visiting families forced off their farms by plantations owned by the Thai companies that supply Coca-Cola. The visit followed the beverage firm's high-profile pledge the year before of 'zero tolerance' for land grabbing by its sugar suppliers."
As previously reported by the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, Coke's land grab policy does not live up to Coke's stated rhetoric:
"Fernando Ponce, a development magnate and chief of Coca-Cola distribution company Bepensa of Merida, Mexico is drawing the ire of Holbox Island residents, visitors and environmentalists for trying to grab local land to build a high-end resort in a pristine area that 'is largely untouched, replete with mangroves, barely navigable and located in a nature reserve.' "
" 'Coca-Cola's land grab in India, as confirmed by government authorities, makes a mockery of their so called "zero tolerance" commitment towards land grabs. If Coca-Cola is serious, they should immediately return the community-owned land to the village council, as demanded by the government authorities,' said Amit Srivastava of the India Resource Center, an international campaigning group."
"Coke's new policy led Survival International to urge Coca-Cola to stop buying sugar from U.S. food giant Bunge, which buys sugar cane from land stolen from Guarani Indians in Brazil. A Guarani spokesperson told Survivor International, 'Coca-Cola must stop buying sugar from Bunge. While these companies profit, we are forced to endure hunger, misery, and killings.' "
"This promise must also extend to a country like Swaziland. All Africa published a commentary titled, 'Swaziland: Coca-Cola Abandons Swazi Workers' saying, 'Coca-Cola has denied that it intends to take any lead in protecting the rights of workers in Swaziland from land-grabbing...where land is taken from poor people in developing countries without their consent...In Swaziland, King Mswati III, who rules as sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, controls all publicly-owned land, and his chiefs do his bidding in ejecting people from the land they live on and cultivate if they disobey him or them in any way. Manqoba Khumalo, General Manager of Conco Limited (trading as Coca-Cola Swaziland), told the Sunday Observer...that Coca-Cola was taking a leadership role across the world in protecting land rights of farmers and communities, but this did not apply to Swaziland...' "
"Coca Cola company advertisement celebrates Fanta by giving the feeling of 'the good old times' of 1940's Germany," Daily Mail, March 12, 2015
Read Article (Video in German)
"Cola-Cola has gotten rid of a Fanta advertisement that referred to the 1940s, the time period in which the drink was first produced in Germany, as 'the good old times.'
"The advertisement, which was broadcast in German, was in honor of Fanta's 75th anniversary and promoted a new drink recipe."
"Coke Pays Nutrition Experts To Say Soda Can Be A Healthy Snack," by Candice Choi, AP, 03/16/2015
"Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.
"In February, several of the experts wrote online posts for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or soda as a snack idea. The pieces — which appeared on nutrition blogs and other sites including those of major newspapers — offer a window into the many ways food companies work behind the scenes to cast their products in a positive light, often with the help of third parties who are seen as trusted authorities.
"The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a professional group for dietitians, says in its code of ethics that practitioners promote and endorse products 'only in a manner that is not false and misleading.' A spokesman for the academy, Ryan O'Malley, said he couldn't say whether the posts on mini-Cokes meet those guidelines because there is a formal process for submitting and reviewing such cases.
"Meanwhile, a group called Dietitians for Professional Integrity has called for sharper lines to be drawn between dietitians and companies. Andy Bellatti, one of its founders, said companies court dietitians because they help validate corporate messages."
"Needs of Undocumented Children Tops AAP Resolution List" by Melissa Jenco, AAP News, March 20, 2015
"AAP leaders deemed the needs of undocumented immigrant children their top priority for the year at the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) last weekend.
"They also called for action on issues such as sugar-sweetened beverages, marijuana exposure and telehealth.
"The top resolutions were culled from more than 100 that AAP chapters, committees, councils and sections around the country submitted and then debated at this year's forum."
Among the Top 10 list:
From "Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola & the Co-opting of the Corporate Social Responsibility Movement":
"Coca-Cola's hypocrisy and attempted deception with respect to children's well-being is further evident on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) "healthychildren.org" website. There Coca-Cola posts its "LIVE POSITIVELY Coca-Cola" ad [no longer on the site], which is totally inappropriate and disgusting. Shame on Coca-Cola and shame on the irresponsible, money grubbing AAP whose tagline "DEDICATED TO THE HEALTH OF ALL CHILDREN" which accompanies its logo would be more appropriate if it read "DEDICATED TO PROFIT, CHILDREN BE DAMNED."
Coca-Cola is currently a member of the AAP's Corporate Friends of Children Fund in the $50,000 and above category.
Will Coca-Cola's corrupted AAP leadership change and choose integrity over Coke's money?
"Fizzy drinks cause early puberty and increases cancer risk in girls, study finds
"A Harvard study has shown a link between fizzy drinks and cancer in girls"
The Telegraph, By Agency, January 28, 2015
"Girls who frequently drink fizzy sugary drinks are putting themselves at risk of breast cancer, research warned. Drinking just one-and-a-half cans a day causes early puberty and that increases their cancer risk.
For each year they mature earlier, it is estimated breast cancer risk increases by five per cent.
"The Harvard Medical School study of 5,583 girls aged nine to 14 found those who drank more than 1.5 servings of sugary drinks a day had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who drank two or fewer drinks a week...
"This research shows that it's even more important that children switch to water."
"Tooth decay: sugar industry behaved like tobacco manufacturers" by Markus MacGill, MNT, March 11, 2015
"When the science first established that sugar was the damaging component in tooth decay — and when the sugar industry saw there was this unquestionable harm — its trade organizations ignored dentists' calls for restricting intake, and instead deflected the debate elsewhere, influencing public health research in food producers' favor. Those are the allegations of researchers who have trawled a previously unexplored source of industry documents from the 60s...
"...documents suggest that the industry, simply put, decided to focus on ways to reduce sugar's harms instead of answer the scientific charge that the damage to teeth was so clear and direct that the best way to reduce it was to restrict the addition of sugars to foods."
"10 Dangerous Sweeteners in Coca-Cola," Examiner.com, This article was originally published on Stefan Pinto's blog, PintoFactory.
Read this article to find out the horrible health risks in Diet Coke and other of Coke products due to the artificial sweeteners:
"Just ONE can of fizzy drink a day increases heart attack risk by a third and could lead a STONE of weight gain over a year" by Sean Poulter, Daily Mail, February 16, 2015
"Drinking one can of a sugary drink a day increases the risk of dying from heart disease by a third, health campaigners warn. Heart health experts have launched a hard-hitting poster campaign to challenge the damage they claim is caused by the likes of Coca-Cola and Pepsi. One poster highlights the risk of heart disease, while a second warns that drinking one can of full sugar fizzy drink a day could lead to weight gain of 6kg — over a stone — in a year...
"Recent research by the University of Liverpool claimed that added a 20p tax to the drinks would save thousands of children from diabetes, cancer and heart disease...
"Message about sugar-packed soft drinks gets through at last, says nutritionist" by Beau Donelly, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 17, 2015
"Coca-Cola Amatil posted its lowest profit in eight years, with a 25 per cent drop in net profit to $375.5 million in 2014...
"Rob Moodie, professor of public health at the University of Melbourne, said consumers realised they had been 'duped'. '[Coca-Cola] is the biggest advertiser and most recognised brand and seen as one of the global faces of obesity.' "
"Another conflicted journalism training event by the National Press Foundation" by Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review, March 10, 2015
The announcement by the National Press Foundation states:
"Any journalist who wants to improve her or his work on scientific topics will benefit from this webinar. It will highlight common challenges in communicating science and offer specific tips to enhance the fidelity and richness of [bogus] scientific reporting.
The speakers in the webinar were David Allison Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Andrew W. Brown, Ph.D., Nutrition and Obesity Research Center & Office of Energetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
As it turns out, The Coca-Cola Company underwrites this Webinar.
"The first speaker...David Allison...has extensive ties to Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and the American Beverage Association.
"...Brown...published a paper in April, 2013 in which he argued that all kinds of popular public-health interventions to prevent obesity can have unintended consequences, making the obesity problem worse. He argues against such things as taxing sugar-sweetened beverages and labeling calories on vending machine drinks...
"...why on earth is a journalism organization allowing Coke to use its cred to legitimize this webinar? This is a scandal."
"Sugar tax a slurp closer for Connecticut" by Bill Cummings, Stamford Advocate, March 10, 2015
" A bill which would make Connecticut the first in the nation to slap a penalty tax on sugary soda products passed a legislative committee Thursday and moved a few inches closer to becoming law...
"State Rep. Diana Urban, D-North Stonington and the children's committee chairwoman, said even if the bill does not become law — she acknowledged similar efforts failed in New York City and California — the discussion helps educate the public about the dangers of surgery drinks.
"'The more we put this out there I think we are educating the public because we are highlighting the issue,' Urban said, referring to obesity and other diseases linked to surgery food products."
"Bill and Melinda Gates' trust sheds Coca-Cola, adds UPS to holdings" by Christopher Seward, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 17, 2015
"The Gates Foundation Asset Trust, which manages the assets of the $42.3 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has sold its [almost $2 billion] holdings of Coca-Cola stock and added UPS to its portfolio, according to a Bloomberg report, citing filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...
"A spokesman for the Gates trust reportedly did not provide a reason for the change in investment strategy. Coca-Cola declined to comment.
"Coca-Cola recently reported that its fourth-quarter profit fell 55 percent from the year-ago period. The company said 2015 will be a transition year and initiatives to strengthen its business will take time to materialize..."
Coke's Biggest Cheerleaders: Warren Buffett and Bill & Melinda Gates (from 'Buying Respectability...')
[We have been critical of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett for their investments and the way they have personally promoted Coca-Cola. Perhaps the Gates finally realized that concerns they have shown for children's health and well-being worldwide conflicted with their investments and their personal promotions of Coke.]
"The interests of Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett and The Coca-Cola Company are intimately linked... The Gates Foundation and Coca-Cola would seem to make strange bedfellows in that the Foundation promotes the image of purity and concern for the welfare of children worldwide. One has to wonder why Bill and Melinda Gates promote The Coca-Cola Company so much and invest so heavily in it. For decades, Coca-Cola has done, and continues to do, great harm to the health and well being of children on a global scale in the name of profit. The Gates/Buffett/Coca-Cola altruism image has many serious contradictions and flaws."
"Killer Coke: Coke is indeed 'the real thing' if reality is about shrewdly offloading risk and responsibility in order to make loads of money."
(Review of "Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism" by Bartow J. Elmore)
By Nicholas Freudenberg, The American Interest, February 3, 2015
"A central theme of Citizen Coke is that Coke has created a brand of capitalism that increasingly dominates the global economy. What are the essential elements of Coca-Cola capitalism?
"First, Coke capitalism looks to protect profit by outsourcing expensive or risky operations to others...
"Second, Coca-Cola avidly pursues government subsidies...
"Third, Coca-Cola has lots of local partners who look out for the company's interests...
"Finally, Coca-Cola capitalism is well-suited to the age of globalization...
"So what's wrong with Coca-Cola capitalism?...Elmore's detailed examination of Coke's history highlights some of the problems. It turns out that what's good for Coke's bottom line is not so good for American or global health, the environment, democracy, or most typical workers. Furthermore, as Elmore shows, the support that governments and taxpayers provide Coca-Cola allows the company to ship and sell more products and, in the process, deplete public goods such as water and land that could grow healthier crops. This in turn generates more diet-related disease and solid waste that consumers and taxpayers must pay to remedy."
"If we lose this fight against Coke,
First we will lose our union,
Next we will lose our jobs,
And then we will all lose our lives!"
--Sinaltrainal Vice-President Juan Carlos Galvis--