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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 02:32 PM
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Dole Pineapple staging bloody massacre of Filipino workers
Dole Pineapple staging bloody massacre of Filipino workers at it plant in Tarlac City, Philippines

This is the second attack on the workers who last time suffered 19 deaths as a result of "UNKNOWN GUNMEN"

These reports are coming from an American friend of mine living in Tarlac City, Philippines. He has posted a copy of the handbill the striking workers have posted all over town here:

http://www.filipinamates.net/luisita_jan_2005.htm
Don't look for FUX news to give this story any airtime as it would be politically incorrect for an affiliate to air any thing offensive about a potential advertiser

We should be boycotting Dole products until they cease and desist in the use of death squads against any striking opposition leaders

You can check my friend's board for updates in the situation but he lives just down the road from where this is all happening. If it gets as bloody with all the shooting as it did last time he will be laying low for a day

http://filipinamates.net/phpbb-1/viewtopic.php?p=3920#3...
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Kipepeo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 02:44 PM
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1. This is horrible
I read your friend's board...someone there is saying that the new president has changed the laws regarding agrarian tenants. Is that right or am I misunderstanding?

You should post this in the economic activism group as well: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 03:07 PM
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7. Yes it was GMA the current president that changed the laws
Some of these folks have been "Share-farming" that land for generations. In a 3rd world country it can be pretty tough to squeak out a living.

Most of these huge estates were part of the colonial rule on the Philippines imposed by Spain. Marco who was a corrupt SOB himself did have a lot of family and friends in the area of the Phils and decided to pass land reform bills designed to balance the ownership of land in the country. GMA however has decided to rescind much of the ;land reform in favor of the Land-barons.

I thought at one time she was a fair leader for that country attempting to do the best she can for the people of the Philippines. The more I learn about her she is just as corrupt as the rest of those who rape and pillage the peasants in the country. She just seems to have a different set of "Handlers" pulling the purse strings
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 03:35 PM
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8. Spanish, land-ownership: the big questions
Edited on Sun Jan-23-05 03:36 PM by SpiralHawk
You can trace it all back to the Catholic Church and the Pope. This is a vast issue. One quick view on it from a traditional person:

http://www.uctp.org/papalbull1.htm

"I am here to talk with you today as a Carib or Boricua, as a descendant of the peoples who "discovered" a very lost Christobal Colon in 1492.

"These ancestors are the reason why I am here, to defend them and to help tell their story because they were silenced, but I am not...

"My presentation today is broken into three short parts: I'll provide some historical background on the 1493 Inter Caetera papal bull, talk about the movement to revoke it, and discuss its contemporary importance.

"... as we'll see, the Inter Caetera Bull has symbolically much to do with what's now known as "globalization."


For more, just google Papal Bull + Native Americans + Inter Caetera

You will find a ton of material...
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 03:42 PM
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9. Oh, let's not forget good old Romanus Pontifex
BushCo may well find it a handy "legal" rational for the present, unpleasant Crusade for The Ages...

From the same web page as above:

"...the papal bull "Romanus Pontifex" of 1455 instructed King Alfonso V of Portugal "to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wherever placed... to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to apply and appropriate to himself and his successors the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities, dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert them to his and their use and profit..." (Davenport 1917).
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 02:47 PM
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2. Is this related to Bob "Pinapple" Dole?
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 02:54 PM
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4. If Bob Dole is part of Dole Pineapple
Then this is one in the same.

The Philippines can be a very corrupt little place. The use of Goons to protect your property by the rich ruling folks is common there. But the use of Goons to arbitrarily shoot/kill/supress striking workers is not common at all.

Dole might be exporting pineapple but they are importing terrorism to these people
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Stop_the_War Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 02:47 PM
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3. This is HORRIBLE
I will join the boycott of Dole.
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enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 02:56 PM
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5. Thanks for letting us know about this.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 02:59 PM
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6. Where else would I get the help of friends
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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 03:48 PM
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10. Again?!!!
Weren't they the ones who also massacred a couple of villages in Central America in the eighties?

Cannot buy from them. They are evil. I'm going to see what-all products we need to boycott.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 04:14 PM
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11. This is the second masacare in 2 months at this plant
This just happened 2 months ago there in the Philippines at this plant and it is happening again right now. I have been searching the Philippine News Papers but this happening now and hasn't even had time to make it into print.

Not only are they losing their jobs but these folks are losing their homes too. Jobs are scarce in the Philippines as if losing your job isn't bad enough, but these folks also get evicted from the homes they have been living in, some for generations

What else do you think would make common men desperate enough to stand up to insurmountable odds and face daeth like this? And protesting at the front gates of Dole Pineapple is now a probable death wish
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 04:22 PM
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12. We should be boycotting Dole products until they cease and desist in the u
We should be boycotting Dole products until they cease and desist in the use of death squads against any striking opposition leaders<<

A perfect example of using the "War on Terrah" for corporate malfeasance, corruption, injustice, illegal activities, and genocide.

Republican "democracy" in action.....

http://filipinamates.net/phpbb-1/viewtopic.php?p=3920#3...
>>This Goon treatment has happen time and time again through out history, some right here in the United States. Try searching the West Virgina Coal field Wars. The gunmen hired by the coal mines killed so many striking coal mine workers, the workers had to form their own militia to defend themselves. The Gunmen were roaming around the countryside with a hitlist of strike leaders supplied to them by the coal mine owners.<<
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 04:25 PM
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13. Thanks 4moronicyears
It is just more of the war on terrah.

I hope folks well keep this thread kicked up and write some emails to Dole Pineapple to let them know we are not buying their bullshit anymore
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 04:34 PM
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14. This "Terrah" excuse has been used by despots all over the world in the
last few years to take out political rivals, labor organizers, anyone who is a "problem" to them there that hold the power, rightly or wrongly. It is actually a form of sanctioned terrah, like the poster said, it's not fascism when we do it.
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 05:35 PM
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16. this is not the first time Dole has been the villian
I think it was in 1958(I'll have to research it), they had U>S> Troops come in and do the same thing to protect the pineapple plantations from Unionization.
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bandy Donating Member (545 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 04:52 PM
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15. Neal Bush is connected to Dole
somehow I remember reading something about him maybe a couple years ago. Will try to research.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 07:32 PM
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17. Kick for the night crew
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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 07:45 PM
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18. AGAIN???!!!!!!!!!!
I am so bloody sick of these transnationals!

Oh yeah... Free Market all the way. Screw that.

"Unknown gunmen"? Check their pockets for green-backs and we'll see how "unknown" they are.

What manner of evil is this?
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Solon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 07:56 PM
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19. Just the "Free" Market and Globalization at work...
after all, isn't it true that property rights and profit are more valuable than human lives? <sarcasm OFF!>

I fucking hate this shit, where are the free marketeers and moderates on this? You know the ones who don't mind the deregulation of industries, I mean, isn't that what happened here? How is this any different than what Shell does in Niger, or what Wal-Mart does in China or Nike in Indonesia?
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poe Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 08:04 PM
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20. Thanks-Filipino Walden Bello has been targeted-Please Read-sign petition
Leading Filipino Activist and critic of US intervention Walden Bello has been targeted for assassination along with 14 others. Two have been assassinated already another has gone into hiding. Bello is a winner of the Right Livelihood Award and one of the world's most articulate and widely published critics of corporate globalization. Please read article at www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=1&ItemID... and sign petition of solidarity. Urgent.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 08:20 PM
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22. Signed. Thanks for the link.
Absolutely no Dole products will be purchased with my money and I will send this to friends and family to encourage them to do likewise.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 08:54 PM
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23. Thanks- I signed it too
I'm posting your link over at a few Fil/Am boards now

Thanks for the help
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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-05 08:15 PM
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21. Just too sad... From Hawaii to the Phillippines
Wow. So for this particular exploit, we started in Hawaii where we had Sanford DOLE...

    From Reed&Wright: Chronology of United States Military Combat Incidents

    9/1870 Hawaii
    to reach local US consulate to insure lowering of flag to half-mast after refusal of local consul to do so

    2/1874 Hawaii
    posting to protect US interests during coronation of king

    7/1889 Hawaii
    posting during revolution

    1/-4/1891 Hawaii
    to support "provisional government" under control of Sanford Dole (yes, of Dole Pineapple) fronting for a coalition of American and British agricultural interests angry at the "uncooperative" attitude of the Hawaiin monarchy - an action later repudiated by US gov.

    http://home.earthlink.net/~dataomnivore/RnWchronomil.ht...



then we dumped Hawaii and & Dole went to the Phillipines?

And not just Dole but apparently also Chiquita Bananas that got Clinton into some horrible trade wars with Europe. This is just so disgusting. And we never think of it... We never think of the gnarles hands that are harvesting these fruits for us.


February 1982

Clearing farmers from the land

With the helping hand of President Ferdinand Marcos, foreign food corporations have invested heavily in the Philippines. But for the average peasant farmer life is little better and often worse than a decade ago. Walden Bello reports on growing landlessness and hunger in the Philippines.

(snip)

When President Ferdinand Marcos introduced martial law in September 1972 one of the first things he did was to declare exempt from land reform the three million hectares planted with commercial crops. Foreign agribusiness companies were also reassured when Marcos drove underground the militant nationalist movement that had called for nationalisation of Company-owned plantations on the island of Mindanao.

(snip)

Megaplantations

Still, the agribusiness giants were not quite satisfied. They made sure to tie key government officials directly to their prosperity. Defence Minister Juan Ponce Enrile sat on the board of the DoleFil (Castle and Cookes pineapple subsidiary) while United Brands, (marketeer of Chiquita brand bananas) contracted TADECO, a 5,500 hectare megaplantation in which Marcos himself has substantial interest, to grow all its Philippines bananas.

When Castle and Cooke took over the Dole Pineapple Corporation in 1961, one of its first moves was to acquire plantations in the Philippines. The reason was simple: its competitor Del Monte, a Philippines resident since 1926, was profiting handsomely from the huge difference between wages of plantation workers in Hawaii and workers in Mindanao. Plantation hands in Hawaii were making over $2.60 an hour, Del Monte field workers in Mindanao 15 cents an hour for the same job. Hawaiian cannery workers were earning $2.69 an hour, Del Montes workers in the Philippines were getting 20 cents an hour.

And there was an important bonus. There was no equivalent in the Philippines of the International Longshoremen and Warehousemens Union, the tough labour organisation that has done much to improve the living standards of Doles Hawaiian workers. The companies were given a further boost after martial law banned strikes in vital industries, a category that included Del Monte, Castle and Cooke and other export producers on the grounds they were vital foreign exchange earners.'

In the late 1960s, most of the direct agribusiness investment in the Philippines was in pineapples. But in the early 1970s Del Monte, Castle and Cooke and United Brands suddenly turned their sights on bananas. The move was triggered by a rising demand in Japan coupled with the discovery that the loamy, alluvial, and well-drained soil in southeastern Mindanao was perfect for growing bananas. And in particular, the Cavendish variety a huge, tough fruit that is blander than local varieties but perfect for long-distance travel.

(snip / very informative)

http://www.newint.org/issue108/clearing.htm

Fear of Fertilizer

The expansion of high-technology agriculture in the Philippines has had two important spin-offs; increased prosperity for fertilizer ad pesticide corporations and a growing threat to the health of rural workers and the environment.

(snip)

Imports of fertilizers grew from a few million dollars in the late 1960s to $87 million by 1980. With urea, the main nitrogen fertilizer, now costing almost $200 a ton, fertilizer imports are expected to reach $200 million by 1985. Imports of fertilizers grew from a few million dollars in the late 1960s to $87 million by 1980. With urea, the main nitrogen fertilizer, now costing almost $200 a ton, fertilizer imports are expected to reach $200 million by 1985.

This has meant huge profits for the fertilizer industry, which is dominated by six large companies. The largest of these is Planters Products Inc (PPI) controlled by Marcos through his Agriculture Secretary Arturo Tanco, who sits on its board.

The pesticide industry has also bloomed remarkably. Together with the Marcos-controlled PPI (which is also active in the pesticide business) Shell and Bayer control 60 per cent of the market. The rest is shared by Hoechst, Union Carbide. Warner Barnes, Monsanto, Dupont, Cynamid, and Velsicol. Like the fertilizer monopoly, the pesticide cartel has close links to the government.

(snip)

More worrisome is indiscriminate pesticide use, Bayer and Pfizer, two of the biggest international distributors, both import the controversial malathion and the extremely hazardous ethyl parathion a chemical that is 60 times more toxic than DDT.

http://www.newint.org/issue108/clearing.htm

& Of course. True to form: In a thread titled Jihad! Across the World....


A second group to watch in the Philippines -
Jan. 26, 2002, 11:28AM

Philippine police foil plot to kidnap American

A second group to watch in the Philippines -
Jan. 26, 2002, 11:28AM

Philippine police foil plot to kidnap American
By ADAM BROWN
Associated Press

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines -- A notorious kidnapping gang raided a Dole Food Co. Inc. plantation today in an apparent attempt to seize an American executive, but the gang was ambushed by police acting on a tip.

(snip)

Police blamed the Dole plantation raid on the Pentagon Gang, which specializes in kidnapping foreigners and is on a U.S. list of international terror groups.

(snip)

The southern Philippines is plagued by kidnapping gangs and Muslim guerrilla uprisings.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/591624/posts
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Kipepeo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-05 11:44 PM
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24. Any new news on this?
Just kicking to the top for people who may not have seen it and because I'm curious as to what more has happened, if only in a few days.........
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