Sunday, June 10, 2012

Outrage over Olympic corporate sponsors erupting around the world

Corporatization of the coming Olympic games in London is under attack from all corners of the world, it seems.

While the American AFL-CIO has joined a movement to stop the alliance between the International Olympic Committee and Rio Tinto - which is to make the Olympic gold medals - and Vietnam and India are up in arms over sponsorship by the notorious Dow Chemical Company.

Both India and Vietnam are united in their desire to remove Dow, which signed a 10-year sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee, from the games, but their reasons are different. For India, the problem is that Dow purchased the company responsible for the infamous Bhopal disaster, while for Vietnam the issue is the corporation's production of Agent Orange used to maim its people and defoliate its countryside during the war in the 1960's and 70's.

The chemical, dropped and sprayed from U.S. planes to kill vegetation and make it harder for Vietnamese resistance fighters to hide, brought major devastation to the country.


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