|US: Chocolate Firms Fight 'Slave Free' Labels|
by Sumana Chatterjee, Philadelphia Inquirer
August 1st, 2001
The proposed legislation is a response to a Knight Ridder Newspapers investigation that found some boys as young as 11 are sold or tricked into slavery to harvest cocoa beans in Ivory Coast, a West African nation that supplies 43 percent of U.S. cocoa. The State Department estimates that as many as 15,000 child slaves work on Ivory Coast's cocoa, cotton and coffee farms. The House of Representatives passed the labeling initiative, 291-115, in late June, and the measure awaits Senate action.
|Colombia: Americans Blamed in Raid|
by Karl Penhaul, San Francisco Chronicle
July 15th, 2001
Three American civilian airmen providing airborne security for a U.S. oil company coordinated an anti-guerrilla raid in Colombia in 1998, marking targets and directing helicopter gunships that mistakenly killed 18 civilians, Colombian military pilots have alleged in a official inquiry.
|MEXICO: Economic Downturn Deepens|
by Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
July 1st, 2001
From farms and automotive plants on the outskirts of Mexico City to the industrial heartland of Monterrey and the wineries and electronics firms in Tijuana and Guadalajara, signs are that this nation's recession is becoming more entrenched.
|Colombia: Oxy's Relationship with Military Turns Deadly|
Drillbits and Tailings (Project Underground)
June 30th, 2001
New evidence has surfaced in a Colombian government inquiry exposing active collaboration between security forces protecting oil operations of the Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and the notorious Colombian military in one of the country' deadliest attacks on civilians.
|IVORY COAST: Slave Labor Taints Sweetness of World's Chocolate|
by Sudarsan Raghavan and Sumana Chatterjee, Kansas City Star
June 23rd, 2001
Forty-three percent of the world's cocoa beans, the raw material in chocolate, come from small, scattered farms in this poor west African country. And on some of the farms, the hot, hard work of clearing the fields and harvesting the fruit is done by boys who were sold or tricked into slavery. Most of them are between the ages of 12 and 16. Some are as young as 9.
|Sudan: Oil Money Is Fueling Civil War|
by Karl Vick, Washington Post
June 11th, 2001
In a civil war that seems to be fueled by so much -- religion, for example, because one side is Muslim and the other side is not, and race, because one side is Arab and the other African -- nothing has supercharged the fighting in southern Sudan quite like Nile Blend crude.
|USA: Bush Energy Plan Faulted, Ignores Human Rights|
May 31st, 2001
A leading advocacy group has taken the Bush administration to task for failing to include human rights considerations in its new national energy plan, according to a letter obtained by Reuters yesterday.
|USA: Bush Administration OKs Drilling on Native Lands|
by Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times
May 22nd, 2001
A federal land agency on Monday upheld billionaire Philip Anschutz's right to drill an exploratory oil well in an area of south-central Montana where Native American tribes want to preserve sacred rock drawings.
|USA: Bush's Faustian Deal With the Taliban|
by Robert Scheer, Los Angeles Times
May 22nd, 2001
That's the message sent with the recent gift of $43 million to the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, the most virulent anti-American violators of human rights in the world today. The gift, announced last Thursday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in addition to other recent aid, makes the U.S. the main sponsor of the Taliban and rewards that ''rogue regime'' for declaring that opium growing is against the will of God. So, too, by the Taliban's estimation, are most human activities, but it's the ban on drugs that catches this administration's attention.
|Nigeria: Shell Oil Spill Increases Tensions in Ogoniland|
May 8th, 2001
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria finally managed to cap the oil gushing from one of its wells in Ogoniland at the weekend, but the well's blow-out and the resulting flood of oil and gas into the immediate environment has once more intensified tensions between the giant oil company and the half-million strong Ogoni Kingdom.
|USA: Environmental Justice Issues Force Plant to Close|
by Cat Lazaroff, Environment News Service
April 24th, 2001
In a precedent setting environmental justice decision, a federal judge has halted operations at a New Jersey cement plant, saying toxic emissions from the facility would harm nearby residents and violate their civil rights.
|South Africa: Drug Companies Drop AIDS Suit|
by Ravi Nessman, Associated Press
April 19th, 2001
In a move activists hoped would lead to a flood of affordable AIDS medication to Africa, the pharmaceutical industry dropped its suit Thursday challenging a South African law many say would allow the government to import or produce generic versions of the drugs.
|BRAZIL: Farmers Demand Agrarian Reform|
by Mario Osava, Inter Press Service
April 17th, 2001
Demonstrators in dozens of cities throughout Brazil and around the world marked International Day of Farmers' Struggle on Tuesday, protesting police massacres of rural workers, genetically modified seeds, and agricultural trade that jeopardises food security.
|USA: Washington Indifferent to Trade in Torture Weapons|
by Cesar Chelala, Earth Times News Service
April 10th, 2001
Several related events recently took place that highlight the seriousness of the trade in torture weapons such as electroshock weapons, and the role that private companies in some countries, notably the United States and the United Kingdom, have in it.
|US: My Nike Media Adventure|
by Jonah Peretti, The Nation
April 9th, 2001
Nike's website allows visitors to create custom shoes bearing a word or slogan -- a service Nike trumpets as being about freedom to choose and freedom to express who you are. Confronted with Nike's celebration of freedom and their statement that if you want it done right, build it yourself, I could not help but think of the people in crowded factories in Asia and South America who actually build Nike shoes.
|Turkey: Anti-Mining Activist Jailed|
by Jon Gorvett, Environment News Service
March 30th, 2001
The leader of one of Turkey's longest running environmental campaigns was jailed for a year and a half this week under the country's tough anti-protest laws written by the Turkish military.
|Sudan: Oil Firms Accused of Fueling Mass Displacement and Killing|
by Victoria Brittain and Terry Macalister, The Guardian (London)
March 15th, 2001
Oil companies operating in Sudan are complicit in the systematic depopulating of large areas of the country and atrocities against civilians, tens of thousands of whom have been killed and displaced from the areas around the oil fields, according to a report to be published today.
|Brazil: Dam Protestors Occupy Energy Ministry|
Environment News Service
March 14th, 2001
The Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy was occupied this morning by 1,500 people who came from all across the country to protest the negative effects of large dams.
|SRI Lanka: Overtime Law Hurts Sweatshop Workers|
by Renuka Senanayake, Inter Press Service
March 2nd, 2001
Rights activists are unhappy with the Labour Ministry's plan to amend labour laws to introduce 80 hours of overtime every month for factory workers, including those in export processing zones (EPZ).