Saturday, January 21, 2012

Barbie Arrested | GlobaLove Think Tank | Freaking News | Mattel does right thing

Barbie Arrested !!!

first she gets in trouble and dumped by Ken for destroying rain forests in Indonesia - now Barbie is in deep in Iran, called a 'Trojan horse' by government for peddling western influences like makeup and revealing clothes

Barbie's mugshot image by DocMinor of the Democrats for Barbie
Doll picture photoshop contest |

TEHRAN, Iran - Police have closed down dozens of toy shops for selling Barbie dolls in Iran, part of a decades-long crackdown against "manifestations of Western culture," the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported Friday.

Barbie dolls are sold wearing swimsuits and miniskirts in a society where women must wear headscarves in public, and men and women are not allowed to swim together.

An Iranian shopkeeper arranges a display of dolls at her shop in Tehran, Iran, on Friday. Police have closed down dozens of toy shops for selling Barbie dolls, part of a decades-long crackdown on signs of Western culture. VAHID SALEMI/Associated Press

A ban on the sale of the Barbies, designed to look like young Western women, was imposed in the mid-1990s. In its latest report, Mehr quoted an unidentified police official as saying authorities confiscated the dolls from Tehran stores in a "new phase" of the campaign.

Crusade targets 'Trojan horse' that government claims sneaks in western influences like makeup and revealing clothes...

Iran shuts down toy stores selling Barbie dolls | Tulsa World | Associated Press | 1/21/2012

In 2008, the Iranian judiciary warned against the "destructive" cultural and social consequences and "danger" of importing Barbie dolls and other Western toys. Even so, Iranian markets have been full of them. One-third of Iran's population of 75 million is under 15. (read more)

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In an election year, the President has to walk a fine line, but the bills are far from being dead. While the White House came out and said that it wouldn’t support the current drafts of the legislation, it did say that it would support revised drafts. Hollywood is not going to let this go and they are going to call out favors for political donations. - News Photoshop Pictures Contests - home page

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trashing Indonesia's rainforests

Toying with forest destruction

Toying with forest destruction
from Greenpeace

How Mattel, Disney, Hasbro and Lego are all implicated in trashing Indonesia's rainforests, including areas that are home to some of the last tigers, orang-utans and elephants. There's more at

Barbie and Ken: The Breakup

Ken finds some hard truths about Barbie from Greenpeace on Vimeo.

Barbie and Ken: The Breakup | greenpeaceusa's Channel

On June 7th, following Ken's breakup with the iconic superstar, Barbie, Ken and 8 buddies staged a protest at Mattel headquarters in El Segundo, CA demanding that Mattel stop using packaging from materials produced by rainforest destroyers...

Greenpeace accuses Barbie of destroying Indonesia | Reuters

JAKARTA | Wed Jun 8, 2011 - Greenpeace said on Wednesday it had evidence that Barbie doll packaging comes from Indonesian rainforests, accusing toy manufacturers such as Mattel and Walt Disney Co of contributing to the country's rapid deforestation.
Barbie, It's Over

Barbie has a nasty deforestation habit - she is trashing rainforests in Indonesia, including areas that are home to some of the last tiger, orang-utans and elephants, just so she can wrap herself in pretty packaging.

You did it!

Mattel cuts ties with rainforest destruction.

Our campaign to get Mattel, the world’s biggest toy company, to stop doing business with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has ended in a resounding victory. This is great news for Indonesian rainforests and the communities and wildlife that depend on them. But there’s more.

Mattel has not only instructed its suppliers to avoid wood and paper from companies involved in controversial forest destruction like APP, but also to increase the amount of recycled paper and wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in their packaging.

But our work isn't done. Here in the U.S., APP is pushing its “Paseo” brand tissue products onto store shelves across the country. To do so, they are counting on people in the dark about the dirty secret behind their tissue products. But you can help us change that.

Take action and tell major U.S. retailers like Walmart and Kmart: “don’t sell rainforest destruction – don’t sell Paseo tissue products!”

Tell Kmart: Don't Sell Rainforest Destruction

Our campaign to get US retailers to pull Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) consumer tissue products from its shelves is working.

Kroger -- the largest seller of APP products in the US -- recently put out a public statement saying it will stop sourcing from APP. This huge victory came after 50,000 activists like you contacted the company and told them to stop selling rainforest destruction in the form of throw-away tissue products.

But this isn’t over. There are still major retailers selling APP products in this country -- fueling deforestation in the Indonesia rainforest and threatening the land that the 400 remaining Sumatran tigers call home.

And of those, Kmart is one of the biggest offenders. That is why we are turning up the heat on the giant retailer and asking Kmart to follow Kroger’s lead.

Momentum is on our side. Now is the perfect time to keep the pressure up. That is why it is so important that you take a minute now to tell Kmart that there shouldn’t be any space for rainforest-destroying toilet paper on its store shelves.

Take action now by telling Kmart: “Don’t sell rainforest destruction – don’t sell Paseo tissue products!


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