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Boycott US Products, a campaign to shed light on US government's oppressive foreign policies

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
By Mona Issa 
 
The International Movement to Boycott US Products (BUP) was founded in 2019 by a group of young men and women around the world who’ve simply had enough. They’ve witnessed the pain and disasters the United States of America has exerted on civilization, and they’ve realized the truth: the United States is not what it claims to be, a heroic force of peace out there to save the world. Hollywood might’ve outdone itself with propagating lies about the CIA and “democracy wars,” but the people are finally waking up.
 
Countries who have had the will to build strong, independent economies free from the shackles of the IMF and WTO, “NGOs,” multinational corporations and exploitation of cheap labor were continually subject to US sanctions. The BUP is fighting back by boycotting the purchase of US-made and owned brands, especially those who have monstrous monopoly over global markets, are primary supporters of war and global violence, and whose prices are unreasonably expensive and unaffordable.
 
Boycotting isn’t only a form of protest, it is also a means to support local produce and enhance local economies. It has proven itself an effective tool throughout time – the case of the BUP, it’s essentially the refusal to conduct business with the United States through the refusal to purchase their products. The BUP aims to enrich boycott culture which pushes the idea that no matter how ‘big’ the United States is, every single one of us can make a difference as long as we have the will to fight oppression.
 
The BUP operates from its Headquarters in Beirut through a decentralized manner which allows every country to express its personal dismay and pain towards US acts of aggression in accordance with their society and environment. They are spreading boycott culture on the ground as well as building a stronger economy.
 
A few of our primary aims are to spread awareness about the crimes of the United States in an educational manner which drives people to boycott their products, and to send a message across to the citizens of the United States in order to shed light on their government’s foreign policies which are oppressing people around the world. We believe that due to the censorship of media in the US, Americans are misled when it comes to what their troops and institutions actually do abroad.
 
Our most recent campaign was the boycott of the Apple iPhone, where BUP staff sent e-mails to world leaders to restrict the import and the registration of new Apple devices in their countries. This campaign, set for the coming two months, aims to spread awareness about the faults of the iPhone: its overpriced make, exaggerated marketing, frailty and fragility, its connection to Israel, and its violation of privacy.
 
The International Movement to Boycott US Products hopes that they will be able to create ripples and make a change in the world – with the help of the people, we can definitely do that.
 
Mona Issa is the spokesperson for the International Movement to Boycott US Products, an activist and an MA candidate in clinical psychology. You can follow her on twitter @ItsMonaIssa
 

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