I tried to make a connection between what is happening in Wall Street, and all those conflicts that I have been a part of and write about… What connects these problems is exclusion… We have a problem on our hands. A problem that needs to be addressed systemically. And I can just say that no individual, no corporation can be allowed to have such unfettered wealth, such unfettered power. There has to be a cap on what corporations can have, what individuals can have.
A few days ago, Rick Perry implied that it is OK to overlook the recently released video of US soldiers pissing over dead Afghan bodies because they are just “19-year-old kids”. He additionally “accused the Obama administration of ‘over-the-top rhetoric’ and ‘disdain for the military’ in its condemnation of (this) video”. Yesterday a crowd of Americans in South Carolina chanted “U.S.A! U.S.A!” in a homicidal manner as they stood in front of their idol, Newt Gingrich; a person who suggested that the way for Black people to get out of poverty is to make their children work as janitors. In December last year Gingrich said that the Palestinians are an invented people, who have no right to Israel’s promised land. This man has a PhD. in History. George H.W. Bush (and more recently Mitt Romney) has time and again repeated that he “will never apologize for America!”
In Crito, Socrates refuses to escape from Athenian prison, even though he knows that he is going to be sentenced to death. He argues that he has a moral obligation to honor his legal obligation, since he owes all he has to the city. So do we support everything our country does, provided it deems itself a Republic?
What when the state turns against humanity in the name of security? In the fiscal year 2011, the US was providing Israel with $8.2 million/DAY in military aid to murder Palestinians in broad daylight. The Republic of India stations approximately 700,000 troops in the tiny valley of Kashmir, the most militarized region in the world, and commits human rights abuses daily.
How much nationalism is too much?
This film, titled “The Truth and Lies of 9/11” by Michael Ruppert, an author, investigative journalist and former LAPD officer investigates the real reasons behind the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Ruppert does not base his analysis on any sort of speculation about the 9/11 attacks, but on substantive evidence. A good book to read by Ruppert covering this subject is “Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil”.
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This year, the GOP has decided not to let anyone who exhibits even a smidgen of intelligence or honesty run. It is the race to the least vile and abhorrent. Amongst all the clowns, Gingrich and Perry take the cake. Huntsman has a very lackluster candidacy and seems like he should belong in the Democratic party, and Santorum is a hypocritical and loony Christian fanatic. I ultimately think that it will come down to Paul, who is suddenly being touted as some sort of hero and Romney, who will say anything to win. I will be outlining and comparing these two in this article.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an important factor in a corporation’s management thinking ever since it has gained significance in the minds of customers, shareholders, non-governmental organizations, governmental bodies and several other stakeholders. There are plenty of contesting views on this issue, the most important ones being the benefits and drawbacks for businesses taking CSR seriously, the difficulty of administering CSR for multinationals, the plight of companies originating in developing nations, and a basic perceived conflict of interest between business and societal issues, which is believed by some to be the responsibility of governments. CSR is the most pertinent today in the area of child labor due to the sheer injustice it causes ethically, economically, and often legally. I hope to highlight that it is crucial to address Corporate Social Responsibility, in a general sense and specifically in the realm of child labor in our rapidly globalizing world of today. And while it will require some adjustments to how most businesses work currently, it will eventually be beneficial to all stakeholders in companies.
There are some companies that shudder when they hear the term Corporate Social Responsibility; it is often seen as an inconvenience to business and a waste of time and resources that leads to a depreciation of the bottom line. This is a narrow-minded outlook; it does not take into account how business practices have changed over the past five decades or so. Various businesses have become far more interconnected as a result of the sheer increase in the volume of business transactions on a global scale. This, along with the fact that news and happenings around the world are accessible to many at unprecedented levels today has led to this uproar by people, shareholders and customers in particular, demanding corporations to behave ethically and in morally acceptable ways: “which stakeholders are internal and which are external to the organization is becoming an increasingly difficult question to answer” (Phillips and Caldwell). It is therefore the case that the large clothing manufacturer gets heavily criticized and boycotted for child labor malpractice when it is one of the suppliers of cotton in Uzbekistan, one of the many contracted by the company, who has forced children to quit school to handpick cotton all day at a miserable pay rate (International Labor Rights Forum). There is no way around it anymore – large multinationals can no longer say that it is the fault of one of their thousand suppliers.