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Starbucks Action in Brighton

Howard Shultz | 03.06.2006 19:19 | Anti-militarism | South Coast

More than 25 people together staged two simultaneous demonstrations today inside Brighton Starbucks coffeeshops.

More photos and two videos will follow.

Western Road Starbucks 2:10 pm
Western Road Starbucks 2:10 pm

North Road Starbucks 2:10 pm
North Road Starbucks 2:10 pm

North Road Starbucks 2:25 pm
North Road Starbucks 2:25 pm

Starbucks has an outlet in Guantanamo Bay which is where our brother Omar Deghayes, from Brighton, has been held illegally without trial for over four years.

Starbucks proudly supports the US military and follows on its wake setting up shop as both attempt to conquer the world.

We read the following statement:

Guantanamo Bay is a camp outside the reach of international law run by the US military. It has been holding hundreds of people without trial for 4 years and many are being tortured. Omar Deghayes, a Brighton resident, is one of those detained.

Starbucks has an outlet at Guantanamo Bay and thus supports torture and detention without trial.

Please consider whether you want to support these crimes against humanity when you drink your coffee.

We also handed out leaflets with the following text:

Omar Deghayes is a Brighton Resident who has been locked up without trial for over four years along with hundreds of others in Guantanamo Bay.

There is little information about what really goes on at this torture camp but it has been widely reported that there is a Starbucks outlet in Guantanamo. A spokesman for the company has denied this and will only admit that they provide coffee for the US service personnel at the camp.

A company spokesman has said: “We refrain from taking a position on the legality of the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay”. The company also states: “Starbucks has the deepest respect and admiration for U.S. military personnel. We are extremely grateful to the men and women who serve stateside and overseas. We sincerely appreciate that they are willing to risk their lives to protect Americans and our values of freedom and democracy.”

This puts into question the ethics of a company that also fully supports US troops in their occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. Although Starbucks will not take a position on the legality of detention without trial the Chief Executive Howard Schultz has taken strong pro-Israeli positions on the issue of Palestine. Some might call that double standards or hypocrisy.

Everywhere you look in Brighton Starbucks seems to have set up shop and we ask the people of Brighton not to “refrain from taking a position” on issues such as detention without trial, supporting illegal occupation and the many war crimes perpetrated by the United States.

Howard Shultz


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Starbucks at Guantanamo

04.06.2006 11:04

So do they have one or not? You say that they do, then admit that there's little information about what goes on and that Starbucks itself doesn't admit to having an outlet there.

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Starbucks at Guantanamo

04.06.2006 14:03

I thought it was fairly clear but I'll explain.

It has been reported in the Media: Washington Post, New Statesman, etc that there is a Starbucks store there. The company were approached about this and they said there wasn't an actual Starbucks but they do supply coffee to the US military and other personnel in Guantanamo Bay. Personally I think they are being economical with the truth but rather than gloss over it I reported what they said. Most intelligent people can then form their own opinion as you obviously have.

We do not have much information about what goes on there so we can hardly go check ourselves. We do know there is torture there and that detention without trial is not consistant with the values of Freedom and Democracy the company refers to.

But in any case they have an outlet of some description there and the essential hypocrisy of not commenting on illegal detention camps but speaking out against Palestine is clear to most.

Maybe next time I'll just make wild accusations about them but then I'd just be contributing to the mass of 'noise' on the Internet concerning Starbucks.

Howard Schultz


23.06.2006 13:39


To find out about starbucks at guantanamo - they say that dont have a outlet but how can we know they say that they sell the coffee to US - this is like saying i know people are been tortured but i dont do the torturing so thats okay they actually state:

"Please understand, however, that we are a coffee company and refrain from taking a position on the legality of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Likewise, as a publicly traded business, we do not feel it’s appropriate to comment on such matters. "

DO NOT FEEL IT APPROPRIATE - what a load of nonsense, these people have been locked up in cages, detained without trial subject to torture for nearly five years and you DONT FEEL IT APPROPRIATE TO COMMENT - would you have sold coffee to Hitler as he mascared Jews and felt it inappropriate to comment!!!

If no one has the sense to comment and make a stand then this is how tiranny spreads.



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