In light of alarming events inhibiting the free flow of news and information in China, the most egregious violaters of human rights, Roger Simon calls for divestment. Hear hear
What to do about the new Axis of Evil?
I'm talking about Yahoo, Microsoft and Google, of course, those three Internet mega-corporations who are actively cooperating with totalitarianism in China.
Google is the latest to prostrate itself before the new emperors. Timesonline sums it up
go over to Roger's blog here and leave suggestions on how to mount this campaign
... a Google stock divestment campaign.
Everyone who cares about the free-flow of information, about democracy in China, in fact about democracy anywhere, should start selling their Google stock. This should begin most especially with those vast university endowments because academic institutions, of all places, should be most concerned with the censorship of ideas and information. Union pension plans as well should seek to divest as their members should be particularly appalled by the company's restrictive behavior.
I despise GOOGLE for it's terrorist enabling policies here and hate America bias here. Last March Ynet, reported that Google had been running advertisements for the recruitment web site of the terrorist group Hamas, that show up when the word “Hamas” is entered in Arabic: Google advertises Hamas.
And this terror love seems to be endemic to Google, they will include a Jew-hating site that meets their criteria for being a “news source,” featuring the work of the Jew hating lunatic Kurt Nimmo: Peace, Earth & Justice News but not one of the best news sources available on the net, LGF? Evil twin google logo from a Typical Joe, here
And YAHOO! was responsible for the Jailing of a Chinese Journalist here. Need I say more?
otay otay, here's more--hold your nose. This from Silicon beat back in October
Google bows to Chinese hegemonic designs
This is really too bad. Google succumbs to Chinese pressure, and lists Taiwan, the less powerful independent country across the Taiwan Strait, as a "province of China" in Google Maps.
As Jeff says, makes you wonder what else Google is doing to win favor with the Chinese.
Update: We've read the comments that say Google is doing only the same as the U.S. and many other governments. But hang on. The U.S. State Department's online information on Taiwan at least gives the island its own separate country page. Other online maps simply list the island as ``Taiwan,'' and don't wade into the politics. Taiwan separated from China in 1949 after a civil war, has since been self-governed, and evolved into a stable democracy. So why should Google revert and call Taiwan a province of China? Anyway, here's a good piece (free registration) that runs in the Merc.
I am sure you've noticed I have not and will not carry Google ads..........once they ran ads for Hamas, they were dead.
Google has as its motto "Don't Be Evil" - now that's pathetic.
Over at the Democracy Project, Bruce has an excellent piece Lipscomb: It Didn't Begin With Google , “The Real Cost of Google’s Sell-Out To China” in journalism’s main trade paper Editor & Publisher. Read it
“ Isn’t it time Americans and their elected representatives pay more attention to their own cherished freedoms? Aren’t the giant keiretsu companies that control American media too willing to suspend them wherever they interfere with their pursuit of profit?”
Malkin's revised Google logo here, love it
UPDATE JANUARY 27TH; The good news, the rats at Google appear to be suffering;
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com)
Shares of the top search engine have fallen nearly 10 percent in the past week and a half.
Two analysts downgraded Google (Research) to "sell" in the past week, citing valuation.
Some investors are worried about the potential impact of a recent squabble between the federal government and Google. The government has sought information from search engines as part of its attempts to reenact a law to protect minors from online pornography.
The Justice Department has said that several of Google's competitors have cooperated with its request for records. But Google has so far refused to hand over any information, citing privacy concerns. As a result, the Justice Department filed a motion in a U.S. District Court last week demanding that Google turn over random search results.
Finally, Google has also come under fire for launching a version of its site in China which allows the Chinese government to censor search results about topics such as human rights.
All I can say is it couldn't have happened to a shittier group of guys. Keep it up fellas.
DIVEST DIVEST DIVEST! You can't help but notice that Google had no trouble cooperating with the Chi-coms, but refuse to work us (as in United States)
Want to know more? Go over Pajama Media here.
UPDATE: This is rich
Matt of STUDENTS FOR A FREE TIBET sent me their jam of Google's logo to reflect the meaning of their partnership with the Chinese government to censor people's access to information inside China.
"Please see Student's for a Free Tibet's blog, Tibet Will Be Free, for some of our criticism and analysis of Google's partnership to spread Chinese propaganda.
We've also launched a campaign calling for Google to end its censorship of searches made through google.cn. Our Action Campaign webpage is here. Please click this link to tell the Google corporate leadership what you think about their hypocritical disdain for the free flow of information inside China."
You go Matt.....kick ass, get names!