The Complete History of Monsanto, “The World’s Most Evil Corporation” By E Hanzai

22 June 2014 — Global Research – Waking Times

monsanto roundupOf all the mega-corps running amok, Monsanto has consistently outperformed its rivals, earning the crown as “most evil corporation on Earth!” Not content to simply rest upon its throne of destruction, it remains focused on newer, more scientifically innovative ways to harm the planet and its people.

1901: The company is founded by John Francis Queeny, a member of the Knights of Malta, a thirty year pharmaceutical veteran married to Olga Mendez Monsanto, for which Monsanto Chemical Works is named. The company’s first product is chemical saccharin, sold to Coca-Cola as an artificial sweetener.

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Seeking Compensation for Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims, 52 years on By Marjorie Cohn and Jeanne Mirer

10 August 2013 — Global Research

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam, a long time with NO without sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government. One of the most shameful legacies of the American War against Vietnam, Agent Orange continues to poison Vietnam and the people exposed to the chemicals, as well as their offspring.

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Can you help us launch our revolting platform?

20 November 2012Kickstarter

Hey there!
I wanted to make sure you knew of an exciting plan from Yes Men HQ—a plan we think can help the Movement to take our democracy back.

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History is the enemy as ‘brilliant’ psy-ops become the news By John Pilger

21 June 2012 — John Pilger

Arriving in a village in southern Vietnam, I caught sight of two children who bore witness to the longest war of the 20th century. Their terrible deformities were familiar. All along the Mekong river, where the forests were petrified and silent, small human mutations lived as best they could.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 2 March 2012

2 March 2012williambowles.info

 

E-mails released by WikiLeaks show Dow Chemical spied on activists over …

Detroit Free Press

The group WikiLeaks obtained e-mails that show Dow hired a Texas-based company, Stratfor, to monitor environment and human rights advocates concerned with the leak at a plant in Bhopal, India, that killed about 15000 and is considered the worst …

http://www.freep.com/article/20120302/NEWS05/203020399/E-mails-released-by-WikiLeaks-show-Dow-Chemical-spied-on-activists-over-industrial-accident-in-India

 

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Da Nang International Airport – Agent Orange and the Removal of Dioxin

17 October 2011 — AOAG

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Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Chuck Palazzo

 Da Nang International Airport
Agent Orange and the Removal of Dioxin: Status

History

Da Nang International Airport is the 3rd largest airport in Vietnam. Over 1 million passengers travel through the airport annually. This number is expected to rise to over 4 million passengers by 2020. In anticipation of this growth, there is a major project underway to expand the runways as well as the construction of a new international terminal. After the project is complete, the airport will have a total capacity of 6 million passengers per year.

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Pranksters Fixing the World By Mark Engler

21 October, 2009 — Foreign Policy In Focus

yesmen2.jpgOver the past 10 years, the Yes Men have emerged as an infamously daring and creative duo of anti-corporate pranksters. In their new movie, The Yes Men Fix the World, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (known in their non-activist lives as Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos) explain their methodology: ‘What we do is pass ourselves off as representatives of big corporations we don’t like,’ they say. ‘We make fake websites, then wait for people to accidentally invite us to conferences.’

When they are invited, the Yes Men pose as spokespeople for companies such as Halliburton and Exxon, or bodies such as the World Trade Organization, and they give presentations that highlight the logic of corporate greed.

In one instance, on the 20th anniversary of the notorious chemical plant disaster in Bhopal, India, Bichlbaum appeared on the BBC as a representative of Dow Chemical, which now owns Union Carbide, the company responsible for the 1984 calamity. He announced a $12 billion plan to provide medical care to the 120,000 victims of the disaster and to fully remediate the factory site. The company’s market value dropped $2 billion in 23 minutes before the hoax was discovered and Dow rushed to explain that it was still refusing to meet the victims’ demands for justice.

The Yes Men Fix the World opened in New York City on October 7 and begins showing in cities around the country on October 23. Shortly after the start of the New York run, the perpetually mischievous Bichlbaum spoke with Foreign Policy In Focus senior analyst Mark Engler.

MARK ENGLER: How have you felt about the reception of the film so far?

ANDY BICHLBAUM: Great. People have loved it. They’ve taken to the streets. Every day last week, they left the theater and stormed to a nearby destination. [Laughs.]

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COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU – THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD

The new movie that exposes the world of big business and the outrageous pranks that highlight the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet. Featuring Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. See Dow, Exxonmobil Slam New Yes Men Film For “Inaccuracies”, “Misrepresentation”; Concede Pic “Entertaining”

DOW, EXXONMOBIL SLAM NEW YES MEN FILM FOR “INACCURACIES”, “MISREPRESENTATION”; CONCEDE PIC “ENTERTAINING”

5 August, 2009 — Yes Men

U.K. theatrical premiere of “The Yes Men Fix the World” August 7, opens in U.S. theaters in October

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ExxonMobil and Dow Chemical spokespersons have lashed out out at award-winning new documentary “The Yes Men Fix the World” in an interview with the Reuters press agency, shortly before the film’s U.K. theatrical opening.

“We think it is a serious matter when people willingly misrepresent themselves,” said a spokesperson for the world’s largest oil company, responding to the film’s airing on HBO last week. The film will be in theaters in the U.K. beginning this Friday, August 7, and in U.S. theaters in October.

Exxon stopped short of calling the Yes Men outright liars, despite a scene in the film where the Yes Men, impersonating Exxon at a big oil conference in Canada, present the company’s supposed solution to climate change: a new biofuel called Vivoleum, made from the human victims of climate change.

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The YES MEN: DOW VACATES LONDON HQ TO AVOID BHOPAL WATER; U.S. FALL PLANS START TAKING SHAPE

13 July, 2009 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

B’EAU-PAL” WATER SCARES DOW EXECS INTO HIDING Plans to contribute to climate action in lead-up to Copenhagen begin to take shape

Photos: www.theyesmen.org/blog/dow-runs-scared-from-water

beau-pal.jpgLondon – A new, beautifully-designed line of bottled water – this time not from the melting Alps, nor from faraway, clean-water-deprived Fiji, but rather from the contaminated ground near the site of the 1984 Bhopal catastrophe – scared Dow Chemical’s London management team into hiding today.

Twenty Bhopal activists, including Sathyu Sarangi of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, showed up at Dow headquarters near London to find that the entire building had been vacated.

Had they not fled, Dow employees could have read on the bottles’ elegant labels:

B’eau-Pal: Our Story The unique qualities of our water come from 25 years of slow- leaching toxins at the site of the world’s largest industrial accident. To this day, Dow Chemical (who bought Union Carbide) has refused to clean up, and whole new generations have been poisoned. For more information, please visit www.bhopal.org.

The launch of “B’eau-Pal” water came as Bhopal prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal catastrophe, and coincides with the release of an official report by the Sambhavna Trust showing that local groundwater, vegetables, and breast milk are contaminated by toxic quantities of nickel, chromium, mercury, lead, and volatile organic compounds. The report describes how a majority of children in one nearby community are born with serious medical problems traceable to the contamination.

The attractive yet toxic product, developed by the Bhopal Medical Appeal and the Yes Men with pro-bono help from top London creative design firm Kennedy Monk, highlights Dow’s continued refusal to take responsibility for the disaster. (Five years ago, the Yes Men impersonated Dow Chemical live on BBC World Television and announced that after 20 years, the company was finally going to clean up its mess in Bhopal. That hoax, which temporarily knocked two billion dollars off Dow’s share price, is featured in the Yes Men’s new movie, The Yes Men Fix The World, which opens in UK cinemas on August 11.)

Though Dow has consistently refused to clean up the mess in Bhopal, they have taken numerous steps to clean up their image. In a recent press release, for example, Andrew Liveris, Dow’s Chairman and CEO, noted that “lack of clean water is the single largest cause of disease in the world and more than 4,500 children die each day because of it.” He went on to assert that “Dow is committed to creating safer, more sustainable water supplies for communities around the world.”

The Yes Men met Liveris’ attempt to greenwash Dow’s environmental record with a challenge.

“Since Liveris earns $16,182,544 per year, he could give each of the children who die worldwide for lack of clean water $10 per day to buy Evian, Fiji Water, or Perrier,” said Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men. “Or, for vastly less money, he could build them clean-water pipelines, like the ones that Bhopal so badly needs.”

Dow’s greenwashing comes while Bhopal is experiencing an extremely rare drought (www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/12/india-water-supply-bhopal), just three years after facing its greatest floods ever. “Even though people are already dying by the hundreds of thousands, and we know that climate change will kill many more, companies like Dow are not being forced to cut back on emissions,” said the Sambhavna Clinic’s Sathyu Sarangi. “Bhopal should be a lesson to the world – one we must learn before it’s too late for all of us.”

The Yes Men have elaborate plans to contribute to the movement for meaningful action on climate change, beginning in early September and culminating at the December climate talks in Copenhagen. To contribute financially to these efforts (which of course we can’t tell you about), please visit theyesmen.org/donate/now. And if you live in New York and know how to sew, swim, get arrested, or pretty much anything else, please write to us.

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The Yes Men Fix The World will be shown across the UK in participating cinemas on Tuesday, 11 August, via a nationwide satellite link-up. Directed by The Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) in collaboration with Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 editor Kurt Engfehr, who co-directs, The Yes Men Fix The World leads us through the daring political pranks of two gonzo activists as they take on the fake identity of corporate executives in a bid to highlight the brutal selfishness of some of the worldÕs biggest multi-national corporations. The film received the Berlin Film Festival’s
prestigious Audience Award earlier this year.
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