Brain Dropping #76
Will our grandchildren be reciting this in school?
“I pledge allegiance to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and to Saudi
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal who have bought and paid for our nation with petro dollars, and to
the complicit corporate politicians and businessmen, who would sell their grandmothers for a
buck, with no liberty and justice for all.”
What a preposterous idea, eh! Let’s be reasonable. Just because the Arab Shiekhdoms are on a shopping spree here in the good ol’ U.S. of A – on a tear buying up Manhattan hotels and other real estate, or attempting to buy rights for the management of six major U.S. ports, or have major interests in Fox News, Time Warner, Citigroup, General Motors and Apple, or have bought a controlling interest in Chicago’s parking meters – Yes, that’s right a 75 year lease on parking meters at a tenth of their potential value, and now, here in Vermont, buying the Essex IBM plant through a company called GlobalFoundries, a wholly owned company of the Arab Emirate, Abu Dhabi. And talking about selling out the “the land of the free and the home of the brave” let’s not forget the EB5 program which allows just about anybody investing at least $500,000 in a U.S. business to get a Green Card. Are you listening ISIS?
What do we know about the future owners of our country? Saudi Arabia for instance – the land that treats women like burqa-wearing-breeding-livestock to protect them against the lustful gaze of men – essentially prisoners in their homes. And oh yes! – The nineteen beheadings in August for drug smuggling and sorcery. If you hadn’t heard about it in all the outrage about the ISIS beheadings it’s because we know which side our gas tank is on. And besides, Saudi Prince Bandar, an honorary member of the Bush family, was allowed to fly Saudis, including members of the Bin Laden family, out of the U.S. the day after 9/11. And a little reminder: 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis! Say what? (See The Real News interview with Senator Bob Graham.)
In Vermont the big news is that Abu Dhabi, in conflict with the Halal dietary law, is saving our bacon. The bacon being the four thousand jobs at IBM in Essex, Vermont which were in jeopardy as IBM planned to close down its semi-conductor operation. The company taking over from IBM, GlobalFoundries, a deal Gov. Shumlin said was “Good news for Vermont”, is a subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Co. an investment arm of the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Abu Dhabi. So, who are these people who are coming to our rescue with their billions in oil money and who will undoubtedly have enormous influence in Vermont’s economy? Here’s a headline from a publication called “Jihad Watch”: “Sharia Abu Dhabi: Asian Housemaid To Be Stoned To Death For Adultery!”
What else do we know about the future employer who the Governor said was “good news for Vermont!”
If the reader Googles: “Human Rights and the Arab Emirates”, a federated group of seven medieval shiekhdoms ruled by Sharia law, Abu Dhabi and Dubai being the most prominent, he will find a long dossier of charges brought by the UN’s International Labor Organization and Human Rights Watch concerning brutal labor practices amounting to indentured servitude, physical and sexual abuse and near slavery for foreign domestic workers – many of them Palestinian and Indonesian women. The construction site for a New York University campus in Abu Dhabi is among the worst perpetrators of anti-labor terrorism. (Isn’t it clever of NYU to keep its hands clean from the dirty work?) Contractors in Abu Dhabi for the Guggenheim Museum and the Louvre are also implicated in egregious violations of human rights.
Confronted by such an abysmal labor record it’s a good guess that Vermont IBMers will wait with trepidation to meet their new employers.