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Pepsi invested in a bottling plant in Burma; in recent years, Burma’s brutal military regime has quashed all political opposition. Levi Strauss pulled out of Burma last year because of such human-rights violations, stating, “It is not possible to do business in Burma without directly supporting the military government.”

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The boycott, which began in 1992, is backed by Canadian and U.S. groups such as the Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Burma. “Deciding to do business in . . . Burma [was] one of the toughest decisions,” wrote a Pepsi exec recently. “[But] we believe that . . . trade is a positive factor in changing the world.” Uh huh!

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