Yes Men verhelfen Apple zur politischen Korrektheit (UPDATE)

Spezialität der Yes Men ist es, Firmen dabei zu helfen für Fehler geradezustehen. Das beste daran: Die Dienstleitung ist kostenlos für die Firmen. Für die Firmen allerdings etwas ärgerlich: Die Yes Men handeln ohne Auftrag. Dieses Mal ist Apple zum unfreiwilligen Weltverbesserer geworden.

Es geht um die Mineralien, die zur Herstellung von elektronischen Geräten, in diesem Fall des iPhones, verwendet werden. Diese werden größtenteils in afrikanischen Minen gewonnen. Im Kongo kontrollieren Rebellengruppen viele der Minen, und kaufen sich von den gewinnen Waffen. Kurzum: Apple und die iPhone-Käufer subventionieren indirekt die seit über 14 Jahren bestehenden kriegsartigen Zustände, denen bereit 5 Millionen Zivilisten zum Opfer gefallen sind.

Hier geht es zur Fake-Website. Auf Apple’s Dementi darf man gespannt sein.

Update: Die Seite ist entfernt worden.

Von den Yes-Men gibt es noch keine offizielle Stellungnahme – meine Anfrage wurde über twitter beantwortet mit:

Ansonsten gibt es noch eine angebliche Stellungnahme von Apple. Darin wird das Problem der blutigen Minen noch vertiefend erläutert. Abgesandt wurde sie von der Fake-Domain, also von den Yes Men selbst. Populismus und falsche Anschuldigungen kann man ihnen nach dieser Gegendarstellung auf jeden fall nicht mehr vorwerfen:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Caroline Hemmerskjold, Apple
Tel. (408) 676-7923
Email: caroline@apple-cf.com

CONFLICT-FREE IPHONE HOAX TOUTS FALSE, FACILE CONSUMER-BASED „SOLUTION“
Nov. 16, 2010

Apple wishes to inform the public that the so-called „conflict-free“ iPhone, promoted today outside the Apple Store at Fifth Avenue in New York City, featured on the non-Apple website www.apple-CF.com, and noted in a spoofed media advisory to numerous New York City reporters, is fraudulent and fictitious, and entirely the imagination of the group of pranksters who created it.

To be perfectly clear, this product does not exist, and Apple has no connection to the group that promoted it. Furthermore, although Apple does have plans to certify its materials as conflict-free, this will by no means be any sort of solution to the situation of conflict in the Congo, nor in any way help bring an end to that conflict. Rather, the solution must be based in diplomacy.

In this regard, there is a law on the books – the „Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act,“ Public Law 109-456, introduced by then-Senator Obama in 2005 – that demands, among other things, the appointment of a special envoy to the Great Lakes region. As of now, four years later, this has still not happened, and the Congolese continue to die by the tens of thousands.

There are various possible solutions to this problem, but it is up to you, not Apple, to accomplish them. Here are some things you can do:

Report the violation of Public Law 109-456 to the FBI. Visit tips.fbi.gov to do so, or call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324). Culpable parties involve not only the President and the White House, but the Secretary of State, who is in charge of enforcing that portion of this law that demands the withholding of aid to destabilizing nations.
You might consider performing a citizen’s arrest against the above parties. Any citizen can arrest someone committing a crime, if the crime is sufficiently grave. Millions of deaths in the Congo are, Apple believes, a very grave crime.
You might also consider performing a citizen’s arrest against shareholders and officers of the mining companies that have been implicated in pillaging the resources of the Congo and fueling the conflict in the Congo over the past 14 years. Why not start with John Paulson, the majority shareholder of AngloGold Ashanti, the mining company most responsible for financially supporting rebel groups and furthering the Congo conflict. His office is located at 1251 Avenue Of The Americas (at 50th Street), Floor 50.
We at Apple have acknowledged in the past that the conflict in the Congo, which has claimed many millions of lives, is fuelled in part by the provision of minerals that go into consumer electronic products, and not only Apple’s. However, so-called „conflict-free“ certification is not a real solution, merely a very tiny part of a real solution. Regardless of whether Apple or other companies produce „conflict-free“ products, the Congo conflict will not end until the U.S. government chooses to enforce its own laws.

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