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Sunday, September 21, 2003

U.S. - Arab Economic Forum
It's oil business as usual in Detroit next week, as the U.S. - Arab Economic Forum comes to town. Speakers include Colin Powell, two princes, one from Bahrain and one from Saudi Arabia, and the CEO's of GM, Boeing, Intel, HP and Pepsi. The sponsors?
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Kingdom of Bahrain
  • General Motors Corporation
  • State of Qatar
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Ford Motor Company
  • DaimlerChrysler
  • ExxonMobil
  • Microsoft
  • Axiolog
  • Comerica Bank
  • ChevronTexaco
  • Nakheel, LLC
  • PepsiCo
  • Greektown Casino
  • Marathon Oil
  • Tibco
  • Guardian Industries
  • Coca Cola
  • First Islamic Investment Bank
  • Brogan & Partners
  • Dow Chemical
  • Compuware
  • Comcast Cable
  • SBC Communications
  • Bank One
  • Arab Thought Foundation
  • Aramco Services
  • Harris Corporation
  • Harris Foundation
  • PCSI

I saw this advertised on TV. I guess the key is that no matter how many people die, how many bombs are dropped and terrorist attacks occur, there's money to be made. And that trumps all.