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Reply-To: "W. Kesavatana-Dohrs" <dohrs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

The following excerpt is from the Boston Globe, April 6, 1997.  Note that
the Northwest spokesman was quoted as saying they were not involved in the
Heroin Hotel promotion, which was, according to the article, not true.

Companies need to be held to their word.  If not, we'll get lots of
rhetoric and no real action.  Activists can contact Northwest VP Rick Dow,
to ask why Northwest was quoted in the press stating something that was
apparently false.

Mr. Rick Dow 
612-726-0343 fax
Dept. A6810
5101 Northwest Drive
St. Paul, MN  55111-3034

Cc the Minneapolis Star Tribune at opinion@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
or by fax at 612-673-4359.

By Dennis Bernstein and Leslie Kean
	Burma is swiftly becoming a full-fledged narco-dictatorship, with 
all aspects of the central government either heavily influenced by or 
directly incorporated into the burgeoning drug trade. "Drug traffickers 
have become the leading investors in Burma's new market economy and 
leading lights in Burma's new political order," says Robert S. Gelbard, 
an assistant US secretary of state.
	``Burma is the world's largest producer of opium poppy by far, 
particularly since...the SLORC took over the country,'' says Gelbard, 
and is ``responsible for the vast majority of heroin on the streets of 
the United States.''
	Evidence now shows that foreign corporations investing in Burma 
not only prop up the military junta financially, but they allow for the 
expansion of the drug trade by providing convenient conduits for money 
	Other US companies are dealing directly with the drug traffickers 
through a company known as Asia World, which is controlled by the 
legendary Han. Under pressure from human rights activists, California's 
Wente Vineyards last November canceled its contract with the company.
	In December, Northwest Airlines offered bonus miles to travelers 
staying at the Trader's Hotel in Rangoon, which is co-owned by Asia 
World. Last week,a spokesman for Northwest said that the promotion was 
discontinued ``sometime after the first of the year.'' But a 
representative answering the hotel's reservation line provided written 
confirmation that the policy was still in place.
	"That the Burmese economy is based on narco-dollars is quite 
obvious," says Dr. Sein Win, Prime Minister of Burma's Government in 
exile. ``It is incredible that a US company would promote a business 
owned by known drug dealers.''