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World: Who is Paying the Cost of Our Fuel Bills?
by George MonbiotThe Guardian Weekly
February 10th, 2000
The effects of global warming are cruelly ironic: the impact of fossil-fuel consumption will be most severe in regions where the least fuel has been consumed. Sub-Saharan Africa is becoming drier: in East Africa droughts of the kind that used to strike every 40 years are arriving every four or five.

Mexico: Student Protests Over Free Market Policies Spread
by John RiceAssociated Press
February 9th, 2000
The strike began last April to protest an increase in UNAM's minimal tuition and other reforms. University officials quickly backed off on the tuition issue, but radicals controlling the strike committee pressed ahead with the strike, seeing it as part of a struggle against free-market economic policies.

JAPAN: Officials Blamed for Promoting Toxic Incinerators in Thailand
Environment News Service
February 9th, 2000
Japan is using official lending agencies which provide development aid to promote the export of Japanese incinerators to Thailand, Greenpeace alleges.

USA: Texas Judge Gags California Union
February 8th, 2000
In an extraordinary restraint of free speech, a Texas judge has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that forbids a Northern California union from making any truthful statements about a company involved in a current labor dispute. In response, SEIU Local 250 has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today in the US District Court of Northern California.

Canada: Oil Company Targeted for Ties to Sudanese Military
by Mark BourrieInter Press Service
February 7th, 2000
An oil company headquartered in Alberta, Canada, is the target of a divestment campaign aimed at forcing the company to stop its partnership with the Sudanese government in the exploitation of oil fields in the war-torn southern region of Sudan.

USA: The Dot-com Obsession Warping the Economy
by David FriedmanLos Angeles Times
February 6th, 2000
Spurred by unprecedented stock-market wealth, land-use, tax and development policies are skewing economic incentives almost exclusively toward a postindustrial, dot-com society. Alternatives that might better distribute technology and capital among the population and diversify the economy are being sacrificed.

Colombia: ILO to Investigate Alleged Rights Violations
by Yadira FerrerInter Press Service
February 4th, 2000
Colombia has come under the scrutiny of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which begins Feb 7 to investigate alleged violations of the freedom to organise and of the human rights of workers.

US: Activists Resign from University Panel on Sweatshops
by Sharif DurhamsJournal Sentinel
February 2nd, 2000
Student activists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have split with university administrators on how to prevent abuse of workers in factories that make Badger-licensed clothing. The students say Chancellor David Ward is ignoring their concerns.

WORLD: Critics Fear New Treaty Subordinates Biosafety to Trade
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
February 1st, 2000
Environmental groups, while praising aspects of the first worldwide treaty governing trade in genetically modified organisms (GMO), criticise the scope of the agreement and worry it could be subverted by powerful free trade interests.

US: Asbestos Tainted Ore Affected Thousands, Suit Charges
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
February 1st, 2000
A class action lawsuit filed Monday seeks cleanup and medical monitoring funds to help more than 26,000 people exposed to asbestos from contaminated vermiculite ore. The suit alleges that decades of unsafe mining operations in Libby, Montana have led to illness and death for thousands of mineworkers, processing plant employees, and Libby residents.

US: University President Now on Flip Side of Protests
by James M. O'NeillPhiladelphia Inquirer
February 1st, 2000
As a student at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University in the 1960s, Judith Rodin was caught up in the social activism of the era. Last week, Penn's president found the tables turned as she negotiated with students who spent the entire week staging a sit-in in her outer office.

India: Construction Industry Uses Toxic Waste
by Nidhi JamwalDown to Earth
January 31st, 2000
Ignorance is bliss. This seems to be the state of mind of the Indian government for several environment-related issues, including that of hazardous waste like phosphogypsum (PG). A byproduct of the fertiliser industry, PG is used liberally by the construction industry and its use is promoted by the government.

USA: Closing the Lid on the Chlorine Industry
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on Corporations
January 31st, 2000
Thornton is a research fellow at Columbia University's Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. His forthcoming book, Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, Health and a New Environmental Strategy (March 2000, MIT Press), argues that chlorine and the organochlorine chemicals made from it pose a global health and environmental threat.

Peru: Isolated Amazon Tribes Threatened By Logging
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
January 28th, 2000
The survival of four indigenous tribes of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest -- who have decided to live in voluntary isolation -- is being threatened by commercial logging, warned indigenous leaders who traveled here this week from the South American country.

USA: Protestors at WTO Plan DC Follow-Up
by John BurgessWashington Post
January 26th, 2000
Activist groups that paralyzed downtown Seattle during the World Trade Organization conference late last year plan to converge on Washington in April to protest a joint meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Canada: Biosafety Talks Trigger Demonstrations and Debate
Environment News Service
January 24th, 2000
Delegates from 130 nations arriving this morning at the International Aviation Building in Montreal to restart talks on a set of rules for the transborder movement of genetically modified organisms were greeted by protesters and police. But temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius below zero kept demonstrators subdued and police idle.

USA: One Big Company
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
January 12th, 2000
AOL has been a leading proponent of open access -- meaning those who control high-speed internet access through cable systems or other means not have the power to discriminate against internet service providers that they do not control or favor. In buying Time Warner, AOL suddenly acquires one of the largest cable systems in the country, and gains a material interest in opposing open access.

USA: Microsoft Loses Appeal in Workers Dispute
by James ViciniReuters
January 10th, 2000
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Microsoft Corp.'s appeal of a ruling that thousands of temporary and contract workers were eligible to buy discounted stock in the software giant.

UK: A Bitter Pill for the World's Poor
by Isabel HiltonThe Guardian
January 5th, 2000
It is a story repeated daily in towns and villages across the developing world. Whatever the recorded cause of death - leishmaniasis, tuberculosis, pneumonia - the real cause is poverty. Poor people in tropical countries are at risk from a range of diseases for which they cannot get treatment - either because medicines are available at prices they cannot afford or, worse still, because no medicines are available.

USA: Nuclear Weapons Plant Has Y2K Glitch
January 4th, 2000
A year 2000 computer glitch at a U.S. Energy Department nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee remains unfixed, but workers have been able to track nuclear material at the site using an alternative system, a department official said on Tuesday.

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