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tawadi Donating Member (631 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:17 AM
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Indian government's plan to allow in western supermarkets triggers fury
Source: guardian.co.uk

A fierce row has broken out following the Indian government's decision to open India up to western supermarkets, blocking parliament for days and bringing promises from senior politicians to raze any such stores that are built.

Groups representing small traders are planning demonstrations across the country in coming days to protest against the move announced by the prime minister Manmohan Singh's government last week.

Major global companies such as Tesco, Carrefour and Wal-Mart have been trying to get access to the Indian market for many years, attracted by breakneck economic growth and the new tastes of the expanding middle classes.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/28/indian-gove...



It's not bad enough that Wal-Mart has virtually destroyed every small grocery store in the U.S.? Now they've got to go to India? Globalization at its worst. :-(
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:20 AM
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1. Didn't Native Americans grow up on salt-infested chemical orange Mac&Cheese?
:shrug:

Fucking WalMart's going to have a store on the moon before we get a colony set up there.

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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:26 AM
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3. That'd make a nice Photoshop
and we're talking about India, not Native Americans.
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:21 AM
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2. Maybe the Indians will burn them down as soon as they are built. That way they do create jobs just
keep building them and burning them until Walmart's insurance rates are too hight to continue
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:29 PM
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4. Corruption isn't just for DC anymore, I see.
K&R
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:30 PM
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5. their workers are doing jobs americans used to do, so why not reward them with....walmart? nt
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:25 PM
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9. The formally employed Indian workforce is 400,000,000 people
Their workers are building their own economy, the number employed in outsourcing is trivial. Most people in India couldn't even tell you what outsourcing is much less be involved in it.
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dmosh42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:32 PM
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6. Nest thing is they won't be able to burn their wives! WTF!
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:49 PM
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7. So do Wal-mat employees in India...
... get paid even less than they would have at an Indian market?
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:24 PM
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8. So sad the predators are able to exploit the poor's need for cheaper staples. So #### sad.
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 01:24 PM by Judi Lynn
Was horrified to learn several years ago Walmart was building a mega-Walmart near the Pyramid of the Sun, so very old, irreplaceable, a priceless, vast, important landmark in Mexico.
The Dallas Morning News
Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Welcoming Wal-Mart to Mexico

Despite protests, millions flock to Mexico's No. 1 retailer

By BRENDAN M. CASE / The Dallas Morning News

SAN JUAN TEOTIHUACN, Mexico When Wal-Mart de Mxico SA began building a Bodega Aurrer supermarket near two revered ancient pyramids, outraged activists rose to defend the hallowed ground.

Now locals are flocking to the recently opened supermarket, which is part of a Mexican chain that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. acquired in 1997.

"Almost everybody is in favor of the store because it has more products at lower prices," said Evangelina Enciso, 26, a graphic design student who previously had to travel 45 minutes by bus to the nearest supermarket. "We also need the jobs."

Mexican protesters have fought the expansion plans of U.S. multinationals from Wal-Mart to Costco Wholesale Corp. to McDonald's Corp. But the Teotihuacn skirmish spotlights another side of the battle: In a nation starved for jobs and strangled by high prices, some Mexicans think they need more Wal-Marts, not fewer.
More:
http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/teotihuacan/retaile...



Pyramid of the Sun as seen from the Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacan, near Mexico City.

Wal-Mart vs. the World
By Luis J. Rodriguez,
Editor, Xispas Magazine

The news hit like when Columbus and his ships landed in Cem-Anahuak (the land of the Arawaks, to be precise) in 1492: Wal-Mart, one of modern capitalism's leading symbols of a consumer society and worker exploitation, is building one of its sprawling warehouse-style stores in the shadows of the magnificent pyramids of the great ancient Mexika-Tolteka city of Teotihuakan.

With the blessing of the Mexican government, Bodega Aurrera, a Wal-Mart affiliate in Mexico, has already broken ground, despite opposition by many people in the area, which includes a lawsuit. The store is slated to open in December of 2004, some forty miles north of Mexico City.

One local teacher said this decision "affects first of all our soul, our identity." Teotihuakan is home to some of the most significant pyramids on earth, including the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. It has not only been used as a ceremonial site by Mexican indigenous groups for years, but also by Native peoples from all across the Americas. In a recent solstice celebration, half a million people congregated at the Pyramid of the Sun to commemorate the vital importance of this site to Native culture and traditions throughout the hemisphere. Others have built Mexika indigenous schools near the site to re-claim and re-teach the ancient cosmologies, languages, and arts of the Mexika-Tolteka peoples with close to two thousand years of existence in Teotihuakan.

Although the Spanish destroyed most of the Mexika culture--including the priceless temples, schools, libraries, menageries, gardens, marketplaces, and also many of the people--when Hernan Cortez conquered the area in 1521, the Mexika and other indigenous traditions continued to thrive in Mexico for close to five hundred years. Within the last thirty years, indigenous people in Mexico have re-united and re-organized to demand their land, their survival, and their dignity. The most salient expression of this is the Zapatista insurgency in southern Chiapas, which awoke the world to the plight of indigenous people there and everywhere.
More:
http://www.xispas.com/archives/columbus/walmart.htm

Wal-mart overtakes Mexican business
By Amanda Lee Myers

When Wal-Mart began construction last year on a store near some of Mexico's most famous Aztec ruins, protesters showed up by the thousands.

They said the store, about 25 miles outside of Mexico City, would be a desecration of the pyramids -- and of Mexico's culture.


The store was built anyway, and on opening day, the parking lot was filled with Mexican shoppers in search of bargains.

The battle over the Teotihuacan Bodega Aurrera, a Mexican subsidiary of Wal-Mart, made headlines around the world, but Wal-Mart won the real fight for Mexico long ago.
More:
http://cronkitezine.asu.edu/Mexico/walmart.html

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Hope some country will discover a way to resist the easy money offered by these predators. They clearly exploit the poverty and desperation of the masses denied a fair chance in every society with politicians who are for sale.
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tawadi Donating Member (631 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:30 PM
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10. Ridiculous. eom
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