THE PRICE OF GAS:
As Burma’s Saffron Revolutionaries were being rounded up and shot in the streets of Yangon, Secretary of State
was talking tough at the United Nations: “The United States is determined to keep an international focus on the travesty that is taking place.” But casting a spotlight on Burma’s junta has revealed some unsavory dealings by Rice’s old friends. One of the key American corporations fueling the military regime is
, which counted Rice as a director until 2001 and once named an oil tanker The Condoleezza Rice. Operating undera big fat loophole in US sanctions, the corporation continues to take a major cutof Burma’s national gas projects–the top source of revenue for the regime. The regime’s old partner, Unocal, was bought by Chevron after Unocal settled a lawsuit for using slave labor on its Burmese pipeline (lending new meaning to Chevron’s slogan, “Human Energy”). For Chevron, complicity with despots is nothing new. A US court recently found evidence that the company paid and transported security forces who massacred protesting villagers in the Niger Delta in 1998-99. Chevron was also a major investor in apartheid South Africa.
Following in the steps of the antiapartheid movement, Burma solidarity activists are calling for a boycott and divestment campaign against Chevron. They want the company to withdraw the royalties it pays the military junta and divert them to the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Chevron’s answer? The company says its investments in Burma “help improve the lives of the people they touch and thereby communicate our values.” MICHAEL GOULD-WARTOFSKY
$HOW ME THE MONEY:
Third-quarter FEC reports reveal that
‘s campaign has $35 million on hand for the primaries, slightly more than
($32 million) and more than triple
($10 million). From June to September, Clinton raked in more than $27 million, ahead of Obama ($21 million) and Edwards ($7 million).
led the GOP pack, raising $11.6 million in the third quarter.
raised $9.5 million (and loaned himself another $8.5 million).
collected more than $8 million,
$5.7 million and Republican dissident Ron Paul $5.2 million.
$748,896 of Clinton’s third-quarter donations came from Wall Street, where Obama raised $177,456, Giuliani $149,925 and Romney $133,875. But Rudy captured first place in the NASCAR primary, with donations from drivers