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posted by cmn32480 on Monday April 06 2015, @10:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the hypocrisy-knows-no-bounds dept.

David Knowles reports at Bloomberg that former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina called out Apple CEO Tim Cook as a hypocrite for criticizing Indiana and Arkansas over their Religious Freedom Restoration Acts while at the same time doing business in countries where gay rights are non-existent. “When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he’s in, including China and Saudi Arabia,” Fiorina said. “But I don’t hear him being upset about that.”

In similar criticism of Hillary Clinton on the Fox News program Hannity, Fiorina argued that Clinton's advocacy on behalf of women was tarnished by donations made to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments where women's rights are not on par with those in America. ""I must say as a woman, I find it offensive that Hillary Clinton travels the Silicon Valley, a place where I worked for a long time, and lectures Silicon Valley companies on women's rights in technology, and yet sees nothing wrong with taking money from the Algerian government, which really denies women the most basic human rights. This is called, Sean, hypocrisy." While Hillary Clinton hasn't directly addressed Fiorina's criticisms, her husband has. “You’ve got to decide, when you do this work, whether it will do more good than harm if someone helps you from another country,” former president Bill Clinton said in March. “And I believe we have done a lot more good than harm. And I believe this is a good thing.”

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Gravis on Monday April 06 2015, @12:37PM

    by Gravis (4596) on Monday April 06 2015, @12:37PM (#166939)

    forget group specific rights, basic human rights are violated all the time in many of these countries. in china people are worked so hard they rather throw themselves off buildings and yet we do huuuuge amounts of business with them. Saudi Arabia is among the "worst of the worst" when it comes to human rights and yet we buy obscene amounts of oil from them. if these clowns gave a damn about any group of people at all, they would be calling for boycotts. instead they are deflecting from the issue: discriminatory laws being passed in the USA which is supposed to uphold the highest standard.

    why is this garbage on the site?

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by GungnirSniper on Monday April 06 2015, @12:55PM

    by GungnirSniper (1671) on Monday April 06 2015, @12:55PM (#166948) Journal

    Carly used to head HP for about six years and shaped HP into the shell it has become. She's also toying with running for president in 2016. My guess is she is trying to become vice president as she seems to be the only female on the Republican side; This assumes Hillary will be the Democrat nominee.

    • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Monday April 06 2015, @01:28PM

      by kaszz (4211) on Monday April 06 2015, @01:28PM (#166958) Journal

      So by 2020, USA will be an empty shell? ;-)

      If HP is anything to judge by we will have infighting NSA scandals oh wait don't need them. We can do it ourselves! :P The aftermath will be a country with meager profits and big bonus to the circus.

  • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Monday April 06 2015, @04:45PM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Monday April 06 2015, @04:45PM (#167037) Journal

    The examples Fiorina cites seem pretty weak. Cook is a citizen of the US and as such, has a personal interest in the political landscape here. He is not a citizen of these other countries and while those countries may have terrible policies, it is neither his duty nor his right to interfere. That's basically part of the US' problem -- it feels it has the right to interfere anywhere in the world.

    It is a valid point to say he could stop doing business in those countries, but sucking money out of other countries for little baubles doesn't help those countries' economies -- it is a drain on them. Plus, the nature of Apple's products provide some opportunity for subversion -- more so than Levis to Moscow.

    As for the HRC examples, HRC is a politician with direct access to the power apparatus so who she takes bribes from is terribly important and newsworthy. But that's a separate issue from Cook.