Last week it was revealed that Laurent Gbagbo, the illegitimate president of the Ivory Coast who has refused to step down after losing presidential elections, had hired high profile DC lobbyist Lanny Davis to punt for him. Davis was indignant against extensive media criticism over his choice of clients, but after Change.org members stepped in, Davis had a change of heart.
You’ve reached your term limit as president. You’ve nonetheless forced the country into elections and then lost big time. Everyone and their mother is calling for you to step down. What do you do? Call a famous Washington lobbyist and see if exorbitant amounts of money from one of the poorest countries on earth can pull a few strings.
We last reported that a Starbucks locked a group of human rights advocates and the families of torture victims inside the store and then kicked them out. Starbucks refused to apologize, claiming the incident was not a big deal. The verdict? Starbucks is lying, and secretly launched a full investigation. After hundreds of Change.org members petitioned Starbucks to apologize, yesterday they finally did.
Last week we reported that a Starbucks in Bahrain willingly agreed to an unofficial government request to kick out a group of journalists, international observers, human rights advocates and the families of torture victims, all just sitting around drinking coffee. But after Change.org contacted a number of witnesses, it turns out that the Starbucks staff kicked out the observers and human rights advocates after having locked them inside! What does Starbucks have to say about this? So far, nothing… That’s where all of you come in.
Starbucks proudly claims to have “a positive impact” on the communities the company’s numerous branches all over the world serve, but their employees in the tiny Middle Eastern island kingdom of Bahrain don’t seem to have gotten the memo. Starbucks managers willingly and immediately agreed to an unofficial Ministry of Interior request to kick out a group of journalists, international observers, human rights advocates and the families of torture victims, all just sitting around drinking coffee.
Two major banks, Bank of America and HSBC, have determined that certain clients are not worth their time: Africans. In what is believed to be a response to improved US regulations requiring banks to monitor for suspicious activity, the banks have decided that providing services to African embassies is just not worth it. Find out what you can do.
The Strauss Group, a food and beverage multinational, has spent three decades openly supporting elite Israeli army units accused of committing severe human rights abuses against Palestinians. But after activists raised the red flag last month, the company quietly tried to hide any evidence of their military relationships.
In their hasty construction of a high-speed train line, Israel seems to have forgotten that between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is a not-so-minor barrier: Palestine. Israeli and Palestinian activists are calling on people all over the world to pressure foreign companies involved in the rail project to pull out.
Ladies and gentlemen, see girls and boys, sick allow me to introduce to you the latest addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: getting high. When the declaration was signed, ask its authors and…