BURSON-MARSTELLER: PR FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER

I love “the google” (George W. Bush showing his prowess on the Internet).
Combine the words Blackwater and PR and you get 43,000 hits within half a second.
It seems that they are represented by Burson-Marsteller. When you google that you find some interesting stuff. like how they represented big tobacco, Nicolae Ceaucescu, Exxon, Union Carbide to name a few. The Blackwater account apparently is handled by a man called Robert Tappan who is a former state official, working in the Public relations department.

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By: Carmelo Ruiz

The public relations (PR) business is one of the fastest growing industries in the global market economy. In order to face perils like labor unions, organized consumer activists and environmental groups, governments and corporations have come to rely more on slick PR campaigns. The peril to popular democracy posed by PR firms should not be underestimated. Using the latest communications technologies and polling techniques, as well as an array of high-level political connections, PR flacks routinely “manage” issues for government and corporate clients and “package” them for public consumption. The result is a “democracy” in which citizens are turned into passive receptacles of “disinfotainment” and “advertorials” and in which critics of the status quo are defined as ignorant meddlers and/or dangerous outsiders.

Burson-Marsteller (B-M) is the world’s largest PR firm, with 63 offices in 32 countries and almost $200 million in income in 1994. Although its name is unknown to most people– even to many in activist circles– B-M is fast becoming an increasingly important cog in the propaganda machine of the new world order.

Human Rights, Anyone?

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Blackwater says lawsuit ‘politically motivated’

I wonder who BLackwater’s PR people are? Anybody has a  chance of finding out? Please let me know.

By Andrea Shalal-Esa

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Blackwater USA founder Erik Prince on Sunday dismissed as “politically motivated” a lawsuit filed against his security company by a wounded survivor and relatives of three Iraqis killed in Baghdad on Sept. 16.

In an interview with CNN’s “Late Edition,” Prince defended the work of the private company which has faced intense scrutiny after 17 people were killed when Blackwater employees opened fire on civilians.

The incident has created friction between Iraq and United States and prompted calls for tighter controls on private contractors working for the United States, who are immune from prosecution in Iraq.

U.S. military reports from the scene of the shooting indicated Blackwater guards opened fire without provocation and used excessive force. The Iraqi government has accused Blackwater of deliberately killing the 17, and wants Blackwater to pay $8 million in compensation to each victim’s family.

The lawsuit, filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, charged that Blackwater violated U.S. law by committing “extrajudicial killings and war crimes.

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America’s own unlawful combatants?

Over Baghdad

Marko Drobnjakovic / AP

OVER BAGHDAD: A Blackwater helicopter in Feburary. The amount of force being used by such firms has raised questions.

Using private guards in Iraq could expose the U.S. to accusations of treaty violations, some experts think.

By Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 15, 2007

WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration deals with the fallout from the recent killings of civilians by private security firms in Iraq, some officials are asking whether the contractors could be considered unlawful combatants under international agreements.

The question is an outgrowth of federal reviews of the shootings, in part because the U.S. officials want to determine whether the administration could be accused of treaty violations that could fuel an international outcry.

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Myanmar’s “Saffron Revolution”: The Geopolitics behind the Protest Movement

Burma’s “Saffron Revolution,” like the Ukraine “Orange Revolution” or the Georgia “Rose Revolution” and the various Color Revolutions instigated in recent years against strategic states surrounding Russia, is a well-orchestrated exercise in Washington-run regime change, down to the details of “hit-and-run” protests with “swarming” mobs of Buddhists in saffron, internet blogs, mobile SMS links between protest groups, well-organized protest cells which disperse and reform. CNN made the blunder during a September broadcast of mentioning the active presence of the NED behind the protests in Myanmar.

There are facts and then there are facts. First it’s a fact which few will argue that the present military dictatorship of the reclusive General Than Shwe is right up there when it comes to world-class tyrannies.

It’s also a fact that Burma enjoys one of the world’s lowest standards of living. A dramatic collapse in purchasing power resulted from the ill-conceived 100% to 500% price hikes in gasoline and other fuels in August. 

IMF “Economic Medicine”

Inflation, the nominal trigger for the mass protests led by Saffron-robed Buddhist monks, is unofficially estimated to have risen by 35%. Ironically, the demand to establish “market” energy prices was implemented under the helm of the IMF and World Bank.

The UN estimates that the population of some 50 million inhabitants spends up to 70% of their monthly income on food alone. The recent fuel price hike, which was a direct result of the IMF sponsored  reforms, makes matters unbearable for tens of millions.

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