Trade and Security Trump Democracy in Burma

Author: Salil Tripathi, YaleGlobal, Published on: 4 October 2007

…Corporations doing business in Burma are beyond the reach of the activists. So activists should target the governments backing the junta rather than the companies active in Burma. For some time now, activists have targeted two oil companies, Total of France and Unocal, a Chevron subsidiary… Premier Oil, a British oil company, too, had faced pressure… But criticisms of companies or quiet lobbying by companies did not stop the Burmese junta… The underlying assumption behind campaigns and lawsuits is that Western firms have leverage to influence intransigent regimes. That assumption ignores how globalization has reshaped our world. The biggest investors in Burma are companies from China, Thailand, Singapore, and India…[also refers to Heineken, Carlsberg]

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Related companies: Carlsberg Breweries Chevron Heineken Premier Oil Total