Bhopal gas tragedy-WikiLeaks expose US role

25 May 2013 — Ground Report

Published by Proloy Bagchi on Ground Report on May 25, 2013

“It is more than a month since very vital disclosures were made by WikiLeaks in respect of the Bhopal Gas Disaster but, surprisingly, the media did not find it of any importance. The disclosures were literally blacked out. People wouldn’t have known about them but for the initiatives of the NGOs working for the welfare of the victims of the gas leak. They fished them out from the mass of disclosures and organized a joint protest rally in Bhopal..

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Wikileaks Newslinks 19 April 2013

19 April 2013 — williambowles.info

 

Julian Assange’s secret chat with Google’s chairman

CNET

Eric Schmidt met with the WikiLeaks founder for five hours in 2011 for material for a book expected to be released next week. Steven Musil. by Steven Musil. April 18, 2013 10:38 PM PDT Follow @stevenmusil. Julian Assange speaks to the public while …

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57580383-93/julian-assanges-secret-chat-with-googles-chairman/

 

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Wikileaks Newslinks 3 March 2012: USA’s (no longer) secret plan for criminalising Julian Assange

3 March 2012williambowles.info

 

WikiLeaks: New reports detail discontent, fear in Venezuelan military

Sacramento Bee

The report, which are part of the firm’s more than five million emails that WikiLeaks revealed this week, show Chávez’s concern over the growing signs of discontent coming from the military. “HCF [Hugo Chávez Frías] is worried,” says one of the …

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/01/4304860/new-reports-detail-discontent.html

 

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Capitalism: what a load of rubbish! By William Bowles

18 October 2011

Something has to be done about a world rapidly filling up with the (often poisonous) rubbish that capitalism produces in vast abundance. Rubbish that will be with us for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Even the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is carpeted with the stuff, mostly plastic waste of all kinds. Even the remotest corners of our once, largely pristine planet are now poisoned with the excreta of capitalism’s insane and so far, unstoppable and largely arbitrary productive capacity.

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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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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

Article: www.reuters.com/article/marketsnews/idAFN2448454320090726?rpc=33
Tickets, trailer: www.theyesmenfixtheworld.com/
Yes Men “Challenge” network: challenge.theyesmen.org/
Frequently asked questions: www.theyesmen.org/faq
Beyond Talk: www.beyondtalk.net/
Contact: mailto:press@theyesmen.org

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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