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posted 20 April 2006 05:03 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Ever since its "I'd like to teach the world to sing" commercials from the 1970s, Coca-Cola has billed itself as the world's beverage, uniting all colors and cultures within its red-and-white swoosh. Behind that image, however, a growing student movement is taking the company to task for its less than harmonious record of human rights around the globe. Chief among the accusations is the company's alleged complicity in the murder of union members by paramilitaries at bottling plants in Colombia.

Michael Blanding, "Coke: The New Nike," The Nation 3/24/05.

In the past two years the Coke campaign has grown into the largest anticorporate movement since the campaign against Nike for sweatshop abuses. Around the world, dozens of unions and more than twenty universities have banned Coke from their facilities, while activists have dogged the company from World Cup events in London to the Winter Olympics in Torino. More than just the re-emergence of the corporate boycott, however, the fight against Coke is a leap forward in international cooperation. Coke, with its red-and-white swoosh recognizable everywhere from Beijing to Baghdad, is perhaps the quintessential symbol of the US-dominated global economy. The fight to hold it accountable has, in turn, broadly connected issues across continents to become a truly globalized grassroots movement.

Michael Blanding, "The Case Against Coke," The Nation 5/01/06.

Also, this Sunday, April 30, 2006, CBC Newsworld's "The Passionate Eye" will air the documentary: WHO SHOT MY BROTHER?

It is on CBC Newsworld at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Twenty-thousand Colombians die a violent death every year. An average of two people die every hour. This shocking fact hit home for Montreal-based filmmaker Germán Gutiérrez when he received a phone call from his homeland informing him that there had just been an assassination attempt on his older brother Oscar.

Gripped by both fear and anger, Gutiérrez sets out to find the hired gunmen who made the assassination attempt. His search for answers becomes his film Who Shot My Brother?, a portrait of Oscar Gutiérrez, a man who has continually fought against Colombia's rampant corruption. The film exposes the lawless society the country has become, while also offering glimpses of its remarkable vitality and endurance.

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posted 20 April 2006 06:32 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
In WWI the soldiers would shine their brass buttons with coke. My father would not allow coke in the house.
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posted 20 April 2006 07:13 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Check out this thread, robbie_dee. (Nice to see you, btw.)
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