"[Conservation International was]
founded in 1987 by transnational corporate executives representing
( Intel, McDonalds, BP, The Gap, Starbucks and others, Cl's stated
mission is to protect 'biodiversity hotspots" ... but in
reality the group serves as little more than a "front group"
for transnational corporate exploitation." Around the world,
Chiapas, Palawan (Philippines), Colombia, West Papua, Aceh (Indonesia),
Madagascar and Papua New Guinea to name a few, have been targeted
as biodiversity hotspots.
focuses particularly on tropical and sub-tropical rainforests
for "protection" against the traditional agricultural
practices of the Indigenous inhabitants while ignoring the rapacious
behavior of its multinational corporate patrons. For example,
in August 2003, the Energy and Biodiversity Initiative, a CI creation,
released a report entitled "Energy & Diversity: Integrating
Biodiversity Conservation into Oil & Gas Development."
With over 1,000 groups active in over 30 countries and hundreds
of millions in assets and spending, CI is perhaps the world's
largest and wealthiest "environmental" group. With an
emphasis on "market solutions" and "privatization,"
and an incestuous relationship with some of the worst corporate
environmental outlaws, Cl (and its corporate controlled cousins
like The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, and The
World Conservation Union) is a Trojan Horse for the multinationals
within the environmental movement."
John Steinbach, Philip Wheaton,
and Milton Shapiro - CovertAction Quarterly
Global Climate Change/Global
"One of the intentions
of corporate-controlled media is to instill in people a sense
of disempowerment, of immobilization and paralysis. Its outcome
is to turn you into good consumers. It is to keep people isolated,
to feel that there is no possibility for social change."
David Barsamian, journalist and
" To provide its happy
people with perpetual fun is now the deepest purpose of Western
Jeremy Seabrook, Third World Network
" The purpose of commercial
[media] is to induce mass sales. For mass sales there must be
a mass norm ... By suppressing the individual, the unique, the
industry ... assures itself a standard product for mass consumption."
John Whiting, writer, commenting
on the homogenization of corporate media program content