After writing my post the other day about our poor fellow animals. I thought that I should institute my own award, which will hereby be known as the Clubbing Baby Seals Award. This is a bit long winded, so I will call it CBS Award for short. Don't get this confused with that broadcasting corporation in America. Any awards given out by them would not be anywhere near as prestigious as an award given by San Nakji... As I write this, I worry, what if my award gets too big and CBS actually do hear about it. Lawsuit? Ha ha, let them try.....
Anyway, the purpose of this award is to make the readers of this blog aware of people out there in the real world who are gaining power or money while causing misery to others. Just like our friendly Canadian seal clubbers who are making some nice cash by bashing baby brains, there are others out there who need to be exposed!
And so, without further ado.... The first such award, hereby known as CBS Award #1 goes to..... The Japanese Company, JC Royal. These friends of the almighty dollar have decided in their ultimate wisdom to sign a deal with Phnom Penh officials in Cambodia to develop the tourist potential of one of the "Killing Fields".
Everyone should know about this genocide, please click here if you haven't.
Our friends. JC, want to increase prices of entry to the site by 600% and build a visitors centre. In return they will pay $15000 a year.... peanuts really. They will effectively own the site and can pretty much do what they want. I am sure that they are thinking of nothing more than the amount of money they will be making. I am surprised there hasn't been more of an uproar about this as it is really cheapening something that is so important to not just Cambodian history, but to human history. Would this ever happen in Auswitz? Never, and it shouldn't be happening here.
Congratulations JC Royal, you are the first recipient of the CBS Award. Please feel free to collect it from me anytime along with a kick in the teeth which I will happily donate with it....
A couple of articles on the subject are here and here.
San Nakji for President
p.s Just for all my Canadian friends. I only despise seal clubbing Canadians. All the rest of you are alright, eh?