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World Social Forum Conference on Transnational Corporations
by Joshua Karliner and Ted LewisCorpWatch and Global Exchange
February 1st, 2002
This paper was circulated prior to the Second World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil in February 2002. It was used as a point of departure to spark debate during a panel on transnational corporations, that CorpWatch co-chaired with Global Exchange, another San Francisco-based group.

Grassroots Globalization Fact Sheet
CorpWatch
March 22nd, 2001
Globalization does not only happen from above. Public opposition to corporate-led globalization is on the rise world wide. Grassroots movements and communities around the world are increasingly working together to stem the tide of corporate-led globalzation.

Corporate Globalization Fact Sheet
CorpWatch
March 22nd, 2001
Here is a fact sheet about corporate-led globalization... fifty-one of the world's top 100 economies are corporations.

Top 200: The Rise of Corporate Global Power
by Sarah Anderson and John CavanaghInstitute for Policy Studies
December 4th, 2000
Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51 are corporations; only 49 are countries (based on a comparison of corporate sales and country GDPs).

Health and Environmental Issues
by Rachel Kamel and Anya HoffmanThe Maquiladora Reader (American Friends Service Committee)
June 30th, 1999
Maquiladora workers voice constant fears about their safety on the job. In the electronics industry alone, workers are exposed to a variety of substances which include xylene, trichloroethylene, zinc and lead oxides, and nitric acid. Not only electronics assembly but other industries as well expose workers to the materials used in thinners, paints, solvents, resins, solders, dyes, flux, and acetone. Exposure to such substances without proper protection can cause cancer, reproductive problems, skin diseases, vision problems, respiratory impairments, gastrointestinal and nervous disorders, and headaches and fatigue.

Mexican Evolution for Women's Rights
by Howard LaFranchiChristian Science Monitor
June 8th, 1999
Guadalupe Aguirre had recently moved to Ciudad Juarez, a US-Mexico border city known for a NAFTA-fed manufacturing boom -- and dozens of murders of poor working women -- and she was frightened and frustrated.

MEXICO: Girl's Murder Sad Symbol of Corporate Power, Child Labor, Female Exploitation on the Border
by Dan La BotzMexican Labor News and Analysis
March 2nd, 1999
Irma Angelica Rosales, a 13-year-old girl, was raped and murdered on February 16 in the town of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, just a cross the border from El Paso, Texas. Her very brief life and violent death symbolize everything that is wrong with the social system which U.S. multinational corporations and the U.S. and Mexican government have created on our common border.

Globalization: The Third Wave
by Roberto VerzolaThe Philippine Greens
February 5th, 1998
Roberto Verzola discusses the emergence of the global information economy as the third wave of globalization, a process that started with colonialism. This in depth analysis looks at how information monopolies are being used to artificially create information scarcity (and high profits) for corporate owners, such as Microsoft.

Building Grassroots Globalization
by Joshua KarlinerCorpWatch
December 1st, 1997
The old 1960s slogan ''think globally, act locally'' is no longer sufficient as a guiding maxim. Rather, civil society -- popular movements, non-governmental organizations, labor unions, academics, doctors, lawyers, artists and others across the world -- must confront the essential paradox and challenge of the 21st century by developing ways of thinking and acting both locally and globally at the same time.

Schools for Globalized Business: The APEC Agenda for Education
by Larry KuehnBritish Columbia Teachers' Federation
May 1st, 1997
Larry Keuhn, the former head of British Columbia Teachers' Federation, looks at the reshaping of education to fit the needs of global corporations by critiquing a paper prepared by South Korea's Ministry of Labor and the economic integration of the Asia-Pacific region.

Mexico: Neoliberal Adjustment of the Educational Sector
Trlateral Coalition in Defense of Public Education, Mexico
February 28th, 1997
This 1997 report for the Third Trinational Conference in Defense of Public Education, held in Vancouver, Canada, explains Mexico's education crisis in the context of structural adjustment.

Media and Globalization
Third World Network
July 1st, 1996
In India for just a week in July 1996, Noam Chomsky gave this interview on media issues.

Globalization & Corporate Power
John Pilger
The consequences of growing corporate power can be seen clearly in relation to their foreign investment role. At its best, investment by a foreign company can provide jobs, stimulate economic growth and offer developing countries access to key technology and skills. At its worst, multinationals just exploit the cheap labour or natural resources which poor countries offer, and leave them nothing in return. So how can we ensure that all investment follows best practice?