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SRI LANKA: Massive Protest Against US Mining Project
Inter Press Service
March 30th, 2000
Scientists, trade unionists and priests joined farmers from a northeast Sri Lanka village on Thursday in a massive protest in the capital against government plans to hand over phosphate mines to a US-based transnational company (TNC).

USA: Oxy CEO Confronted by U'wa Leader in Congresswoman's Office
Environment News Service
March 30th, 2000
A surprise encounter in the Congressional office of Georgia Representative Cynthia McKinney today brought the vice president of Occidental Petroleum face to face with the president of the U'wa indigenous people who are fighting the company's oil drilling on their traditional land in Colombia.

Burma: US Oil Giant Pulls Out of Country
Agence France Presse
March 29th, 2000
Oil services provider Baker Hughes has become the latest United States firm to pull out of Burma, human rights campaigners and the firm's local partner said Wednesday.

USA: Over 2,500 Challenge Biotech Industry To Debate
by Raphael Lewis and Jamal E. WatsonBoston Globe
March 27th, 2000
Despite fears of violence in the streets, an estimated 2,500 chanting, costumed demonstrators kept their promise to march peacefully through the Back Bay yesterday as they voiced their opposition to the spread of biotechnology.

US: High Court Considers Massachusetts Anti-Burma Law
by Steven MufsonWashington Post
March 23rd, 2000
Tearing a page from the anti-apartheid movement, the two drew up legislation that penalized companies with ties to Burma when those firms competed for Massachusetts state contracts. Using the draft of an anti-apartheid bill, they crossed out South Africa and inserted Burma. Two years later, the measure became law.

Philippines: Strike Over Gas Hike Paralyzes Southern City
by Edwin O. Fernandez and Charlie C. SeasePhilippine Daily Inquirer (Internet Edition)
March 23rd, 2000
Jeepney drivers and operators, slumdwellers and other sectoral representatives yesterday took to the streets to demand an oil price rollback and the resignation or ouster of President Estrada.

Bulgaria: Up to 10,000 Protest IMF Ausertity
Associated Press
March 22nd, 2000
Up to 10,000 people gathered in downtown Sofia on Wednesday to protest the country's unemployment, poverty and temporary-employment contracts.

USA: Trade Unionists from 20 Countries Challenge General Electric's Globalization
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
March 22nd, 2000
Union leaders from 20 countries are gathering here this week to co-ordinate efforts to deal with the aggressive globalisation strategy of the US-based multinational giant, General Electric Company (GE).

USA: IMF on the Ropes
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on Corporations
March 21st, 2000
But these jujitsu tactics may be running out of steam. Political momentum against the IMF ratcheted up in recent weeks, when the Meltzer Commission, a bipartisan advisory commission to the U.S. Congress, released its report.

USA: High Court Rules FDA Lacks Power Over Tobacco
by James ViciniReuters
March 21st, 2000
A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lacks the power to regulate tobacco products, handing President Clinton a stinging setback in the effort to curb youth smoking.

India: Clinton's Corporate Entourage
by Amit SrivastavaSpecial to CorpWatch
March 20th, 2000
Violence in Kashmir and nuclear proliferation are dominating the mainstream headlines on President Clinton's trip to South Asia. And while security issues are clearly on the agenda in Clinton's meetings with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the press is ignoring an equally significant part of the trip: trade.

CARIBBEAN: Banana Producers Fear Falling Victim to US-EU Trade War
by Brian KenetyInter Press Service
March 16th, 2000
A group of Caribbean banana-producing states fear that a prolonged lull in negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United States over the EU's banana import regime could work against them.

USA: General Motors Quits Global Warming Lobby Group
by David GoodmanAssociated Press
March 15th, 2000
Environmentalists are claiming victory following General Motors Corp.'s decision to quit a lobbying group that has led the opposition to a 1997 global warming treaty reached in Kyoto, Japan.

Mexico: First Census of Street Working Children
Child Labour News Service
March 15th, 2000
Alejandro and Adrian are two of 14,322 children who work illegally on the streets of this city of 20 million people, according to the first survey Mexico City has conducted on the trend. Mexican law prohibits children younger than 14 from working. According to Isabel Molina, director of the federal System for the Whole Development of the Family, officials completed the study, supported by UNICEF, in order to draft policies to resolve the problem.

Mozambique: Leaders Call For Debt Cancellation
Panafrican News Agency
March 15th, 2000
Leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community Tuesday called on the international community to cancel all foreign debts owed by Mozambique.

Netherlands: Greenpeace Buys Shell Stock
Associated Press
March 14th, 2000
The Amsterdam-based environmentalist group announced the purchase of $240,000 worth of Royal Dutch/Shell Group equity to try to pressure the Anglo-Dutch energy conglomerate to build a huge solar panel production plant.

USA: Racial Wealth Gap Remains
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
March 14th, 2000
The booming economy has done much to boost the fortunes of many long-disadvantaged Americans. But the gap in well-being between whites and nonwhites didn't budge over the 1990s and remains huge, especially when measured by wealth.

USA: Wolfensohn Responds - Limiting the World Bank
by James D. WolfensohnWashington Post
March 13th, 2000
During the past few days a good deal of coverage has been focused on the Meltzer Commission Report on the International Financial Institutions, and what it might mean for the World Bank. Let me take this opportunity to lay out some real concerns that we at the bank have, and also to set the record straight.

Malaysia: Consumer Groups Press for Labelling of GE Food
by Anil NettoInter Press Service
March 13th, 2000
Buoyed by a string of recent campaign successes, consumer groups around the world are now demanding mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM)food as they mark World Consumer Rights Day on Mar 15, reflecting growing concern about the unregulated production and trade of GM food crops.

USA: 175 Arrested at Hotel Protest Against Youth Crime Initiative
by Justino AguilaSan Francisco Examiner
March 9th, 2000
More than 175 noisy but nonviolent protesters, outraged by the passage of Proposition 21 on Tuesday, were hauled away by police after taking over the lobby of the Hilton hotel and refusing to leave.

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