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Taiwan: Workers Link Cancer to RCA Plant
by Matthew YiSan Francisco Chronicle
May 24th, 2002
While many laud the globalization of technology as a positive force that spreads the wealth and helps industry grow, a group of Taiwanese workers came to Silicon Valley Thursday to tell a different story.

EU: ''Enronitis'' Spreads
Toronto Globe & Mail
May 23rd, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC -- An Enron Corp. backlash is rolling across Europe, feeding skepticism about the United States as a financial role model as top U.S. and European Union market regulators prepare to meet here next week.

SOUTH AFRICA: Biggest ICT Education Project Draws Flak
by Anthony StoppardInter Press Service
May 22nd, 2002
"Mkathimbani'' means cyberspace in the indigenous Nguni languages of Southern Africa.

US: Energy Task Force Documents Show Industry Influence
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
May 22nd, 2002
Vice President Richard Cheney's energy task force met with industry representatives 25 times for every one contact with conservation and public interest groups, shows a review by the group whose lawsuit prompted the release of thousands of Energy Department documents. The review was released the same day that the energy agency delivered another 1,500 pages of previously withheld task force information.

India/Pakistan: Water War Warning as Tension Escalates
by Daniel
May 21st, 2002
Even as Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee prepared to visit an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir and intensifying cross-border firing raised fears of another Indo-Pakistan war, the head of a leading think-tank on South Asian conflicts has forecast that peace would hold - but only until water sparked off a full-scale clash within the next few years.

EU: Genetically Engineered Crops Raise Costs, Says Supressed Study
Environment News Service
May 21st, 2002
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Farmers would face higher, and in some cases unsustainable, production costs if genetically engineered crops were commercially grown on a large scale basis in Europe, according to a secret European Union study leaked to Greenpeace.

US: Prisoners Go to Work for Dell
by Drew CullenThe Register (UK)
May 19th, 2002
Dell rose to the top by cutting more corners than its rivals. The PC giant is cutting another corner by employing prisoners to handle its new consumer recycling scheme in the US.

Central Asia: World Bank Chief In Talks Over Pipeline
Agence France Presse
May 16th, 2002
KABUL -- World Bank chief James Wolfensohn said Wednesday he had held talks about financing a fuel pipeline to channel massive gas reserves from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to India or Pakistan.

Afghanistan: World Bank and Central Asian Pipeline
Agence France-Presse
May 15th, 2002
World Bank chief James Wolfensohn said Wednesday he had held talks about financing a fuel pipeline to channel massive gas reserves from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to India or Pakistan. Wolfensohn, who was in the Afghan capital to open the financial institution's offices here and to confirm 100 million dollars of World Bank grants for the interim administration, said a number of companies had already expressed an interest in the project.

World: Corporate Bribery on the Rise, Says Survey
by Anthony StoddardInter Press Service
May 15th, 2002
JOHANNESBURG -- International conventions have not stopped multi-national corporations from trying to secure valuable contracts by bribing government officials in the world's emerging economies -- especially in the arms and defense, and public works and construction industries.

Costa Rica: Offshore Oil Drilling Scrapped
by David BoddigerLatinamerica Press
May 15th, 2002
Environmentalists are praising Costa Rica's Ministry of the Environment and Energy for turning down a request from a US oil company to drill for oil along the Caribbean coast.

USA: Ex-Im Bank, Corporate Welfare at Its Worst
by Congressman Bernie
May 15th, 2002
This country has a $6 trillion national debt, a growing deficit and is borrowing money from the Social Security Trust Fund in order to fund government services. We can no longer afford to provide over $125 billion every year in corporate welfare -- tax breaks, subsidies and other wasteful spending -- that goes to some of the largest, most profitable corporations in America.

US: Sex scandal still haunts DynCorp
by John CrewdsonTribune
May 13th, 2002
Hoping to avoid a repeat of a sex scandal that marred the presence of American police officers in Bosnia, U.S. law-enforcement personnel recruited to help reorganize Iraq's shattered police forces must acknowledge in writing that human trafficking and involvement with prostitution "are considered illegal by the international community and are immoral, unethical and strictly prohibited."

US: Wages Of Sin - Why Lawbreakers Still Win Government Contracts
by Christopher H. SchmittU.S. News & World Report
May 13th, 2002
Lockheed Martin is not the only big federal contractor that continues to do business with Washington despite repeated contract difficulties and other legal and regulatory trouble. In the past dozen years, 30 of the 43 largest federal contractors have racked up more than 400 enforcement cases, resulting in at least 28 criminal convictions, 286 civil settlements, and 88 administrative settlements, mostly involving their government contracts, according to data from the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit Washington, D.C. group that investigates government activities, and additional research by U.S. News.

USA: Tribe, Labor Union Protest Plant
by Rick RobinsonThe Oklahoman
May 10th, 2002
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US: Internal Memos Connect Enron to California Energy Crisis
by Mark MartinSan Francisco Chronicle
May 7th, 2002
Energy traders for Enron used elaborate schemes with nicknames like ''Death Star'' and''Get Shorty'' to manipulate California's electricity market and boost profits, according to internal company memos released by federal regulators Monday.

Australia: Power Rip-Off Exposed
by Andrew Heasley and Rod MyerThe Age
May 4th, 2002
The Federal Court yesterday fined three electricity transformer companies and senior executives $15 million after they were found guilty of engaging in anti-competitive behaviour, including collusion and price fixing, which has inflated the cost of electricity.

Asia: General Motors Swallows Rival
by Seth
May 4th, 2002
The General Motor Corp. just paid $1.2 billion to buy crucial parts of South Korea's Daewoo Motor Corp. An April 30 AP article noted that the deal ''has symbolic significance for the South Korean government.'' It has made good on its vow ''to attract foreign investment to restructure the corporate sector following the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis.''

US: Court Says Nike Must Defend its PR
by Harriet ChiangSan Francisco Chronicle
May 3rd, 2002
The California Supreme Court delivered a stiff warning to businesses Thursday, ruling that a San Francisco man can sue Nike Inc. for false advertising for allegedly lying about working conditions at Asian factories where its athletic shoes and clothes are made.

Africa: Pact to End 'Chocolate Slavery'
May 2nd, 2002
Chocolate manufacturers, human rights groups and the Ivory Coast Government have signed pact aimed at ending the abuse of child labour in the chocolate industry.

Colombia: Human Rights Groups Criticize U.S. Military Aid
by James WilsonFinancial Times
May 2nd, 2002
BOGOTA -- The US said on Wednesday that Colombia's armed forces were meeting human rights criteria and that as a result it would release more than $60m in military aid.

US: Unjust Rewards
by Ken SilversteinMother Jones
May 1st, 2002
The government continues to award federal business worth billions to companies that repeatedly break the law. A Mother Jones investigation reveals which major contractors are the worst offenders.

USA: May Day, May Day
by Geov ParrishWorkingForChange
May 1st, 2002
For many Americans, ''May Day'' brings to mind images of phalanxes of Soviet soldiers, goose-stepping through Red Square behind massive tanks, while millions of onlookers obediently cheer. (It's a process not too different from the obedient cheering that goes on here every July 4 -- but never mind.) For other people, ''May Day'' is a pagan holiday, Beltane, more known (and often loved) for maypoles or other fertility rituals than for political struggles.

USA: Bush Chokes Reactive Chemical Regulations
Environment News Service
April 30th, 2002
WASHINGTON DC -- Evidence that the Bush administration killed a proposal to tighten regulation of a group of hazardous chemicals is presented in a new report by the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, DC based nonprofit group of investigative journalists.

Mexico: Legislation Strikes Blow Against Privatization, Secrecy
by Dan
April 28th, 2002
In less than 24 hours this past Wednesday, big advances for three major pieces of legislation indicated that Mexico -- for 20 years the ''model student'' of so-called free market policy reforms, and long noted for high levels of government secrecy and corruption -- may be charting a new, more independent course. At a moment when the Bush administration is chilling domestic dissent, restricting the free flow of information and promoting corporate deregulation, Mexico appears poised to do virtually the opposite.

USA: Nearly 3,000 Chocolate Workers Strike
by George StrawleyAssociated Press
April 26th, 2002
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania -- Nearly 3,000 Hershey Foods Corp. workers upset with an offer from the nation's biggest candymaker that would increase their health insurance contributions walked off the job Friday at two Hershey factories.

USA: Feds Reject Andersen Settlement Offer
by Marcy GordonAssociated Press
April 26th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has rejected a proposal from accounting firm Arthur Andersen for settlement of a criminal obstruction charge stemming from the shredding of Enron Corp. documents, an Andersen attorney said Friday.

Nigeria: Youth Protestors Take Over Chevron Oil Rig, Leave Peacefully
Associated Press
April 25th, 2002
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Youths who seized an oil rig off southern Nigeria released their last 43 hostages and left the rig peacefully Thursday, after the oil company agreed to discuss their demands, officials said.

AFRICA: Controversy Continues to Dog Major World Bank Projects
by Jim
April 25th, 2002
The World Bank president's June meeting could do worse than to consider Uganda's Bujagali Dam project and Tanzania's Bulyanhulu Gold Mine. The two large-scale projects are being supported by the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga), as part of a broad strategy to increase economic growth and alleviate poverty.

Ecuador: Labor Abuses Rampant in Banana Plantations, Says Group
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
April 25th, 2002
Banana workers, including children as young as eight years old, suffer from a range of abuses on plantations in Ecuador whose government fails to enforce international labor standards or even its own national labor code, according to a report released in Washington Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

US: Against All Odds, Goldman Prize Winners Protect the Earth
Environment News Service
April 23rd, 2002
Three North American tribal leaders who have defended the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, share the North American Goldman Environmental Prize this year.

US: Senators Question AT&T-Comcast Merger
April 23rd, 2002
U.S. senators on Tuesday raised concerns about the possible negative impact that Comcast's proposed purchase of AT&T's cable assets could have on diverse programming and Internet access.

UK: Report Says World Bank, IMF Policies Provoke Worldwide Protests
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
April 22nd, 2002
At least 23 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas experienced protests or civil unrest last year as a result of their governments' pursuit of policies backed by the International Monetary Fund (news - web sites) (IMF) and the World Bank, according to a report released this weekend.

USA: Environmental Groups Look Ahead After Vote Against Oil Drilling in Arctic Reserve
by Beth BolithoOneWorld US
April 22nd, 2002
Following a vote in the United States Senate last week to block changes to a bill which would have allowed oil exploration and development of a fragile wildlife habitat in the Arctic, activists are now planning their next steps to ensure that the area remains protected from future environmental threats.

US: IMF and World Bank Meetings Open as Protestors Gather
April 20th, 2002
Chanting, singing and beating drums, tens of thousands of protesters converged on the U.S. capital on Saturday to demonstrate against the U.S.-led war on terror, Israeli military actions in the West Bank and globalization

US: Ellison, Ashcroft Win 'Big Brother' Awards
April 19th, 2002
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and database billionaire Larry Ellison were named this year's most notorious American violators of personal privacy by leading advocacy groups on Thursday. The annual ''Big Brother Awards'' are presented to government, corporations and private individuals who allegedly have done the most to threaten personal privacy.

Italy: Government Resumes Talks After Mass Union Strike
by Luke BakerReuters
April 17th, 2002
ROME -- Senior Italian ministers lined up on Wednesday to express willingness to resume talks with unions over labour reforms, a day after an eight-hour general strike brought the country to a near standstill.

AFRICA: The Great Internet Robbery
April 15th, 2002
Africa is being ripped off -- to the tune of some $500m a year -- simply for hooking up to the World Wide Web, say Kenyan internet company chiefs. And this extra cost is partly to blame for slowing the spread of the internet in Africa and helping sustain the digital divide, they contend.

Venezuela: After the Counter-Coup
by Geov
April 15th, 2002
The past four days' coup and counter-coup in Venezuela leave Hugo Chavez in power, but the country on the brink of civil war. The chasm between Venezuela's poor masses and its oligarchs -- in particular, the rich, the generals and the oil companies -- is not going away any time soon.

US: Seeking Profits, Internet Companies Alter Privacy Policy
by Saul HansellNew York Times
April 11th, 2002
Pressed for profits, Internet companies are increasingly selling access to their users' postal mail addresses and telephone numbers, in addition to flooding their e-mail boxes with junk mail.

USA: Government OKs Drilling in Alaska Oil Reserve
April 11th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department on Thursday approved final rules to allow energy companies to share the costs and revenues from drilling for oil and natural gas on leased tracts in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve.

Kenya: HIV Drug Shortages 'Critical'
April 9th, 2002
JOHANNESBURG -- A severe shortage of two antiretrovirals (ARVs) produced by leading pharmaceutical Bristol-Myers Squibb in Kenya, could have critical repercussions for patients, says Medecines sans Frontieres (MSF).

USA: Enron Suit Targets Wall St. Firms
by C. Bryson Hull and Andrew QuinnReuters
April 8th, 2002
HOUSTON/SAN FRANCISCO -- Enron Corp. shareholders on Monday charged some of the biggest players on Wall Street with fraud, saying investment banks and securities firms colluded with Enron executives to bilk investors out of at least $25 billion.

Iceland: Norsk Hydro Ices Aluminum Smelter
Environment News Service
April 4th, 2002
OSLO, Norway -- Norsk Hydro has decided to postpone indefinitely its plans to build a enormous aluminium smelter in Iceland. Conservationists are declaring victory against the facility which they say would destroy a highland wilderness area.

Colombia: World Bank, IMF Threw Economy Into Tailspin
by Tony AvirganBaltimore Sun
April 4th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- As the United States drifts deeper into the Colombian quagmire of drugs and war, policy-makers need to take a new look at the problems of poverty, joblessness and hopelessness that have made that country such a trouble spot.

USA: Andersen Operations Split
by Jane Merriman and Bill RigbyReuters
April 4th, 2002
LONDON/NEW YORK -- Andersen said most of its U.S. tax partners would join rival Deloitte and Touche on Thursday, as the world's No. 5 accounting firm, facing a criminal charge for its role in the Enron scandal, headed further toward disintegration.

USA: DeLay, Enron and the Marianas
The Daily Enron
April 4th, 2002
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) relishes in describing the Marianas as his personal Galapagos Islands. The 14-island chain of Pacific Islands has long been DeLay's image of a perfect business environment -- virtually devoid of business or environmental regulations. Only one other entity, Enron, curried more favor with DeLay.

US: New Hot Line Links CEOs to White House
by Tiffany KaryCNET
April 3rd, 2002
A high-security communications network linking government leaders to some of technology's biggest names in the event of a national disaster will be unveiled early next month, officials say. Inspired by the breakdown in communication on Sept. 11, when frantic calls overwhelmed phone lines, the so-called CEO Link will be used to shuttle high-priority news between government officials and executives.

US: Prophet Rushed to the Field For Intelligence Collection
by Elizabeth G. BookNational Defense Magazine
April 1st, 2002
The Army's tactical signals-intelligence and electronic-warfare system, the Prophet, has undergone a faster-than-planned development cycle, in order to meet operational needs in Afghanistan. The systems in the field today are not the full "100 percent solution," officials said, but they provide a sound foundation for the Army to plan future upgrades.

USA: The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business
by Tim Carvell, Adam Horowitz, Thomas MuchaBusiness 2.0
April 1st, 2002
In a perfect world, a list like this would not exist. In a perfect world, businesses would be run with the utmost integrity and competence. But ours is, alas, an imperfect world, and if we must live in one where Enron, Geraldo Rivera, and Cottonelle Fresh Rollwipes exist, the least we can do is catalog the absurdities.

Chile: McDonald's Sues Customer $1.25 Million Over Food Poisoning Complaint
by Larry RohterNew York Times
March 31st, 2002
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Carmen Calderon walked into a McDonald's restaurant here late last year to complain that her son had come down with food poisoning after eating one if its hamburgers. Hoping for an apology, she is instead facing a $1.25 million lawsuit.

USA: Documents Show Bush Energy Plan Fuelled By Industry
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
March 28th, 2002
The administration of President George W. Bush relied exclusively on the advice of energy companies - many of which donated large sums of money to the Republican Party - in formulating its controversial energy strategy, according to government documents released this week.

USA: Three Companies Sued for Role During Slavery
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
March 28th, 2002
A class-action lawsuit filed by some 35 million descendants of black slaves against three companies with ties to the slave trade is aimed as much at shaking up U.S. society as at winning financial returns, say lawyers and observers.

India: Government Approves Use of BT Cotton
by Hari RamachandranReuters
March 27th, 2002
India said on Wednesday it had allowed production of three genetically modified cotton hybrids by a private company which has U.S. biotechnology giant Monsanto as its partner

Palestine: Restrictions leave Economy "Near Collapse" Says World Bank
by Alan BeattieFinancial Times
March 27th, 2002
Restrictions on the movement of goods and people in Israel and the occupied territories in response to the 18-month old intifada have brought the Palestinian economy close to collapse, according to a new report by the World Bank.

BRAZIL: Peasants Take Over Ranches of the Rich
EFE News Service
March 26th, 2002
Some 300 members of Brazil's Landless Peasants' Movement (MST) took over an estate belonging to an associate of the country's president in the state of Sao Paulo Monday, organization spokesmen said.

USA: Starbucks Beans Not So Green
by Shireen DeenValley Advocate
March 25th, 2002
By the end of the year, Starbucks will increase its ever-growing empire by opening a coffee shop in Mexico City -- the first Starbucks in Latin America. Ironically, Starbucks will soon be selling gourmet coffee to the very people who are under-paid for harvesting coffee beans. News of the Mexico City shop came as Starbucks was presenting its first Corporate Social Responsibility report at its annual shareholders' meeting in Seattle last month. The report emphasized the company's claimed commitment to doing business in socially, economically and environmentally responsible ways, to benefit the communities around the world where it does business.

World: Enron's Tactics Overseas Criticized
by Jennifer AutreyFort Worth Star-Telegram
March 24th, 2002
Ugly scenarios played out repeatedly on the world stage in the past decade as Enron emerged as the dominant force in the energy industry. While Enron built a reputation as a savvy deal maker and charitable giver in the United States, it has long been perceived quite differently abroad.

India: Few in U.S. Noticed Enron's 'Aggressive Behavior' in India
by Maria Recio and Jennifer AutreyDallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram
March 24th, 2002
Nowhere were Enron's efforts to wield power overseas more obvious than in its marquee project: a $3 billion power plant in Dabhol, India.

Central America: Price of Free Trade is Famine
by Marc EdelmanLos Angeles Times
March 22nd, 2002
Central America is in the grip of famine, and if President Bush mentions it when he visits El Salvador on Sunday, he will likely suggest that free trade is the solution. Yet Bush's proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement is hardly going to remedy the worsening disaster in rural Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.Unregulated markets are a large part of the reason why 700,000 Central Americans face starvation and nearly 1million more suffer serious food shortages.

USA: Few Electric Companies Produce Majority of Polluting Emissions
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
March 21st, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC -- Just 20 electric utilities in the United States are responsible for half the carbon dioxide, mercury, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide pollution emitted by the 100 largest power generating companies in the nation, a new report finds. The study by a coalition of environmental and public interest groups found that between four and six companies account for 25 percent of the emissions of each pollutant.

MEXICO: UN Summit Protesters Hit the Streets
by Julie WatsonWashington Post
March 19th, 2002
Even as world leaders kicked off discussions on how to alleviate poverty a theme anti-globalization activists have pushed for years a motley crew of corn farmers, masked students and rebel supporters took to the streets denouncing the gathering as more of the same.

MEXICO: Skepticism as UN Summit Opens
by Alejandro RuizWashington Post
March 19th, 2002
One of the poorest towns in Mexico, El Porvenir last year signed a sister-city agreement with one of the richest, San Pedro Garza Garcia, on the outskirts of Monterrey in Nuevo Leon state. The pact signed last August with President Vicente Fox on hand was meant to be a model for a new vision of fighting poverty: an exchange of products, help with schooling and technical training, new investment for a town where fewer than one in five homes has electricity.

US: Students Campaign for Coffee in Good Conscience
by Jake BatsellThe Seattle Times
March 17th, 2002
Starbucks serves fair-trade certified drip coffee on campus through Sodexho, the food-services vendor. But with the school considering bids for a new 10-year food-services contract, McDonald and the group he leads, Students for Fair Trade, are pushing for all coffee including decaf and espresso drinks on campus to be fair-trade certified. To be certified, third-party monitors must have confirmed that farmers were paid a fair price for their beans.

US: Mine Workers Chief Arrested at Massey Energy Protest
Environment News Service
March 15th, 2002
United Mine Workers president Cecil Roberts was one of 11 people arrested Thursday at the site of a huge coal sludge spill as they demonstrated against the environmental performance of Massey Energy.

AFRICA: Cyberia Takes Foothold
March 13th, 2002
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- It may take all day to phone Ghana from the country next door, but if you want the latest news from a shadowy group of rebels fighting in remote West African jungles, you can always go to their website.

Brazil: Ten Dam Protestors Hospitalized
Environment News Service
March 13th, 2002
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Ten anti-dam protestors were hospitalized on Tuesday after clashes with the police in Rio Grande do Sul state in the far south of Brazil, according to a report from the Brazilian branch of the conservation group International Rivers Network.

CANADA: Feminist Calls for Anti-Globalization, Anti-Fundamentalism
by Judy RebickZNet Commentary
March 12th, 2002
Whether or not women will be better off after the war against Afghanistan is an open question. But the claim that the United States is some kind of liberator is contradicted by the role that U.S.-led corporate globalization plays in creating the conditions that enable fundamentalists like the Taliban to gain power in the first place.

Canada: Giant Food Chain Rejects Chemical Pesticides
Environment News Service
March 12th, 2002
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada -- Canada's largest food distributor has made a public commitment to stop marketing chemical pesticides by next spring. Loblaw Companies Limited announced today that it will no longer sell chemical pesticides in all of its 440 garden centers across Canada by 2003.

USA: Tomato Tariff Wars
by Laura DurnfordRadio Netherlands
March 11th, 2002
Americans consume almost 17 pounds of fresh tomatoes per person every year. It's a $1.4 billion industry. Most are grown in Florida and California but, thanks to a bilateral free trade agreement of 1988 and the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, Canadian tomatoes now command more han 43% of the market, beating imports from Belgium and The Netherlands. But far from nourishing economic health and pleasing the business-oriented palate, this particular globalisation recipe is making a mess of the whole kitchen.

Mexico: Environmentalist Speaks About Saving Forests in His Homeland
by Colleen VallesSan Francisco Chronicle
March 11th, 2002
Environmentalism in Mexico has a dim future unless young people are taught to be more aware of their world, according to Rodolfo Montiel, an environmentalist from the country who was released from prison late last year.

ECUADOR: Amazon Indians Appeal Texaco Case Ruling
by Gail ApplesonReuters
March 11th, 2002
Rainforest Indians of Ecuador and Peru urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to reinstate nine-year-old litigation against Texaco, alleging that toxic dumping devastated their environment and exposed residents to cancer-causing pollutants.

INDIA: Novelist Roy is Grassroots Hero
by Madeleine BuntingThe Guardian (UK)
March 7th, 2002
When Arundhati Roy woke up at 5.30am this morning in Tihar prison, New Delhi, it must have struck her that reality was proving stranger than any fiction. Over the past week terrible communal violence in India has claimed hundreds of lives while the forces of law and order stood by. This has now been juxtaposed with the spectacle of a diminutive, softly spoken novelist being sent to one of the country's most notorious prisons to uphold what the supreme court called the ''glory of the law'' because she dared to criticize it.

SOUTH KOREA: Government Considers Challenging U.S. Over Steel Tariffs at the WTO
by Kim Mi-huiThe Korea Herald
March 6th, 2002
Expressing great discontent over U.S. President George Bush's decision to impose 8-30 percent safeguards on Korean steel imports, the Korean government said that it will consider taking the United States to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to battle the ''unfair'' safeguard measure.

USA: Gender Gap in Management Wages Grows
by Richard GoldsteinVillage Voice
March 5th, 2002
This article by Richard Goldstein addresses the widening wage gap between male and female managers is a corporate equivalent of the cultural backlash.

EU: Activists Cheer Kyoto Ratification
by Greta HopkinsInter Press Service
March 4th, 2002
BRUSSELS -- Environmentalists have greeted the European Union' s decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change with relief and applause.

Latin America: Enron Fallout is a Hot Issue
Oil Daily
March 4th, 2002
The implications of Enron's dramatic fall extend far beyond US borders. The once-mighty energy giant's murky dealings in Latin America have emerged as a hot political issue throughout the region, where politicians in some countries are using it as an election tool or to take attention away from their own economic or political woes.

US: Ashcroft Asks Telcom to Help Track Terrorists
by Brian
March 1st, 2002
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft shopped the Bush administration's anti-terrorism agenda to the nation's regional telecom providers today, urging them to press ahead with reforms that would make it easier for the government to intercept terrorist communications.

UN: Swedish Businessman Loses Job
by Edith M. LedererAssociated Press
March 1st, 2002
A Swedish businessman, whose multimillion-dollar pension came under fire, has lost his job as a spokesman for a U.N. program promoting ethical business practices

Venezuela: Rival Groups March on Capital
Globalvision News Network
February 28th, 2002
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told thousands of his supporters Wednesday that any opposition move against him and his government is bound to fail, as Defense Minister Jose Vicente Rangel said the opposition march was proof of democracy in the country. Carlos Ortega, leader of Venezuelan Workers Confederation [CTV] and a staunch opponent of Mr. Chavez, led tens of thousands of opposition supporters to the National Assembly.

UK: Oil Giant BP Stops Political Donations
Associated Press
February 28th, 2002
LONDON -- BP PLC has announced it will no longer make political donations anywhere in the world, acknowledging that the relationship between corporations and government is under unprecedented scrutiny.

ECUADOR: Farmers Fight DynCorp's Chemwar on the Amazon
by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander CockburnCounterpunch
February 27th, 2002
The International Labor Rights Fund has filed suit in US federal court on behalf of 10,000 Ecuadorian peasant farmers and Amazonian Indians charging DynCorp with torture, infanticide and wrongful death for its role in the aerial spraying of highly toxic pesticides in the Amazonian jungle, along the border of Ecuador and Colombia.

US: Gap Admits Strategic Errors After $34m Loss
by Mariko Sanchanta and Lina SaigolFinancial Times
February 27th, 2002
Millard ''Mickey'' Drexler, Gap's chief executive, on Tuesday admitted that the company had ''misread fashion tea leaves'' and violated its own principle of ''keeping things simple'' in making a series of fashion mistakes that led to its reporting a $34m loss.

US: House OKs Bells Web Access Bill
by D. Ian HopperAssociated Press
February 27th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The House passed sweeping legislation Wednesday to let four Bell telephone giants sell Internet access nationwide and to relieve them of state and federal regulation.

Sweden: Lindahl Forced to Leave UN
by Lennart PehrsonDagens Nyheter (Daily News, Stockholm)
February 27th, 2002
The former chief executive officer of ABB, Goran Lindahl, will not be allowed to continue his prestigious post as special advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Lindahl was pressured to resign after a pension scandal at ABB.

US: Williams Co. Spinoff May Seek Bankruptcy
by Kenneth N. GilpinNew York Times
February 26th, 2002
The Williams Communications Group, the troubled provider of broadband network services, said yesterday that it was looking to restructure its debt obligations and that it might seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors.

US: General Motors Protests Proposed Fuel Standards
Associated Press
February 25th, 2002
Fearing that increased fuel economy standards will doom the pickup trucks they produce, hundreds of General Motors Corp. workers chanted "Save our trucks, save our jobs," during a meeting Monday with union, company and political leaders.

Ecuador: Oil Pipeline Project Under Fire
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
February 21st, 2002
Environmental activist groups from two continents have vowed to step up their fight against a foreign-financed pipeline project that would transport oil from the Ecuadorian Amazon to the Pacific after completing a 10-day tour along the 300-mile route.

USA: Activists Challenge Corporations They Say Are Tied to Slavery
by James CoxUSA Today
February 21st, 2002
A powerhouse team of African-American legal and academic stars is getting ready to sue companies it says profited from slavery before 1865. Initially, the group's aim is to use lawsuits and the threat of litigation to squeeze apologies and financial settlements from dozens of corporations. Ultimately, it hopes to gain momentum for a national apology and a massive reparations payout by Congress to African-Americans.

USA: Employees Win Round in Enron Suit
by Christian MurrayNewsday
February 21st, 2002
The thousands of Enron employees who saw their 401(k) plans wiped out will be able to take the energy trader to court Monday, following a federal bankruptcy ruling in Manhattan yesterday.

USA: Beans and Big Business
by Rita GiordanoPhiladelphia Inquirer
February 18th, 2002
Scott Good, 42, is the target of a federal lawsuit he fears could break him financially. It is one of about two dozen pending suits, not to mention hundreds of complaints, pursued by Monsanto about alleged misuse of its genetically altered cotton, canola, corn and soybean seeds.

USA: Huge Tremors at Swiss Giant ABB
by Stanley ReedBusiness Week
February 15th, 2002
The latest victim of Enronitis may be ABB, the Zurich-based engineering giant whose founder and former CEO Percy Barnevik was once considered to be the Jack Welch of Europe. Beset by several quarters of disappointing performance, problems seem to be piling up at ABB amid investor fears of unrevealed woes at a company that had prided itself on using U.S.-style multinationalism and savage cost-cutting to become a model European business.

USA: Bush Advisers Unveil Alternative to Global Warming Accord
Associated Press
February 13th, 2002
The Bush administration has drawn up an alternative to the Kyoto global warming pact, which 178 other countries accepted last year but the White House rejected, warning it would damage the U.S. economy.

Germany: Ecotax Exemptions Approved
Environment News Service
February 13th, 2002
The European Commission today approved a German request for several sectors to be exempted from its national energy tax program, ending long running negotiations between EU Competition Commissioner Mario Monti and Germany's Finance Minister Hans Eichel.

US: NY Cops Pushed Legal Limits in WEF Protests
by Esther KaplanThe Village Voice
February 13th, 2002
New York City police commish Ray Kelly may be congratulating his Shea-honed troops on ''a tough job well done,'' but several activists and attorneys say policing of the World Economic Forum protests last week was a civil rights disaster. They cite baseless arrests, punitive detentions, and surveillance so aggressive it may have crossed the line even in this Ashcroft era.

US: Microsoft's Lobbying Efforts Eclipse Enron
by Matt LoneyZDNet (UK)
February 12th, 2002
Microsoft's budget for political lobbying exceeded that of Enron, the judge residing over the antitrust case has heard. The software giant's budget for its Political Action Committee (PAC) increased from about $16,000 in 1995 to $1.6 million in 2000, according to Edward Roeder, a self-styled expert on efforts to influence the U.S. government, and founder of Sunshine Press Services, a news agency devoted to investigating money in politics.

USA: Native Americans Speak Against Arctic Refuge Drilling Plans
by Alex CarreraUnited Press International
February 12th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- A coalition of native-American groups is lobbying the Senate to ban oil drilling on the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve, saying it threatens the way of life of local residents.

USA: Enron Lobbyist Plotted Strategy Against Democrats
by Mark Z. BarabakLos Angeles Times
February 11th, 2002
While the Bush administration was drafting its national energy policy, a leading lobbyist for Enron Corp. was plotting strategy to turn the plan into a political weapon against Democrats, according to a newly obtained memo.

US: Bush Sr.'s Ties to Global Crossing
by David LazarusSan Francisco Chronicle
February 11th, 2002
President Bush had good reason to take an interest in Enron's demise. Aside from his close personal ties to the Houston energy giant, nearly three dozen of his senior appointees owned Enron shares upon arriving at the White House last year.

India: Enron's Debacle at Dabhol
by Sandip RoyPacific News Service
February 8th, 2002
Enron's collapse may have begun with the kind of misadventures it engaged in half a world away among the quiet coastal villages of Dabhol, India.

INDONESIA: Running From Reebok's Hypocrisy
by Alexander CockburnLos Angeles Times
February 7th, 2002
Right till the end of January, Dita Sari was preparing to fly from her home near Jakarta to Salt Lake City to bask today in the admiration of assorted do-gooders and celebrities mustered by Reebok. The occasion is the 13th annual Human Rights Awards, overseen by a board that includes Jimmy Carter and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo.

FRANCE: Activist Gets Jail for Ransacking McDonald's
February 6th, 2002
France's highest court upheld on Wednesday a three-month jail sentence for anti-globalization activist Jose Bove over his ransacking of a McDonald's restaurant to protest U.S. trade barriers.

AFGHANISTAN: Oil Execs Revive Pipeline From Hell
by Daniel
February 4th, 2002
It has been called the pipeline from hell, to hell, through hell. It's a 1,270-kilometer conduit, 1.2 meters in diameter, that would snake across Afghanistan to carry natural gas from eastern Turkmenistan -- with 700 billion cubic meters of proven reserves -- to energy-hungry Pakistan and beyond.

Brazil: Tobacco Makes Farmers Sick
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
February 4th, 2002
Tobacco companies are jeopardizing the health of Third World tobacco farmers who are required to use dangerous pesticides under exclusive contracts that hook them to company credits, according to a report released Monday by a major development group.

USA: World Economic Forum Wraps Up
by Eileen Alt PowellAssociated Press
February 4th, 2002
NEW YORK -- Presidents, kings and moguls wrapped up five days of swanky parties, serious elbow-rubbing and weighty discussions on how to stop terrorism, resolve long-standing international conflicts and ease grinding poverty as the World Economic Forum came to an end on Monday.

BRAZIL: World Social Forum for Global Equity, Say Activists
Agence France Presse
February 2nd, 2002
Activists at the second annual World Social Forum rejected the label ''anti,'' saying they were working for democracy and equitable distribution of wealth.

USA: Halliburton -- To the Victors Go the Markets
by Jordan GreenFacing South
February 1st, 2002
The influence of big energy corporations in the Bush Administration is no secret. But the story of Dick Cheney and his former company, Halliburton Co., has received little attention -- and it may be the most important.

USA: Enron Chair Gave List of Favored Names to White House
by Marcy GordonAssociated Press
February 1st, 2002
A few months after the White House got a list of recommended candidates from former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay, a friend and backer of President Bush, two of them were appointed to a federal energy commission.

USA: Global Compact--NGOs, Business Differ Over Initiative's Future
by Joe FiorillUN Wire
January 31st, 2002
As global business and political players gather today in New York for the opening of the World Economic Forum, differences are beginning to emerge among nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations and the United Nations over the future shape of the U.N. Global Compact and its role in regulating corporate behavior worldwide.

BRAZIL: Porto Alegre Day One
by Martha HoneyForeign Policy in Focus
January 31st, 2002
Under a strong summer sun and a broad political proclamation that "Another world is possible," tens of thousands of activists from around the world are arriving here for the second annual World Social Forum. The host, like last year, is Brazil's southernmost major city, capital of the state of Rio Grande de Sul.

COSTA RICA: Eco-Tourism Slump Endangers Wildlife
by Jamie K. MccallumPacific News Service
January 30th, 2002
A decline in worldwide travel since Sept. 11 is putting in jeopardy Costa Rica's careful balance of preserving biodiversity through ecotourism. Poachers-turned-nature-guides may be forced to return to illegal hunting and harvesting in the country's last remaining wild places.

USA: Promises Fall Short of Performance Says U.N. Head
by Thalif DeenInter Press Service
January 28th, 2002
The international community has fallen short of promises to prevent deterioration of the global environment, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday.

USA: Enron Got Its Money's Worth
by Robert ScheerLos Angeles Times
January 24th, 2002
The administration's energy program, developed by Vice President Dick Cheney in secret meetings -- six of them with Enron officials -- could have been written by lobbyists for the now failed company.

France: National Cartoon Character Promoting McBurgers
by Murray CampbellToronto Globe & Mail
January 24th, 2002
The McDonald's hamburger chain that occupies villages throughout modern-day France has commandeered a Asterix, a national cartoon character, to promote its food as part of a marketing campaign launched yesterday that pushes aside the venerable clown, Ronald McDonald.

USA: Fired Andersen Partner Refuses to Testify on Enron
by Kevin Drawbaugh and Susan CornwellReuters
January 24th, 2002
A fired partner of auditor Andersen refused to testify to Congress on the destruction of evidence in the collapse of energy giant Enron, prompting lawmakers to say he was frustrating their probe.

INDONESIA: Man Shot at Australian Gold Mine
Environment News Service
January 23rd, 2002
An Indonesian man was shot by security police at an Australian gold mine in Indonesian Borneo. The gold mine is located in a remote area of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, inhabited mainly by indigenous Dayak people.

USA: Enron's New $5 Billion Black Hole
by Jamie DowardThe Observer (UK)
January 20th, 2002
Investigators probing the accounts of collapsed energy giant Enron are examining what happened to more than $5 billion in loans and investments the company made to subsidiaries kept off its balance sheet. The scale of the black hole opening up looks as if it could dwarf previous estimates.

BRAZIL: Recife -- the New Silicon Valley
by Paulo
January 18th, 2002
Recife, in Northeastern Brazil, is being given a technology makeover to make it a sort of Brazilian Silicon Valley surrounded by the sea. Its goal is to lure both international and Brazilian IT companies and startups to this digital port.

USA: VP Tried to Aid Enron in India
by Timothy J. BurgerNew York Daily News
January 18th, 2002
Vice President Cheney tried to help Enron collect a $64 million debt from a giant energy project in India, government documents obtained by the Daily News show.

WTO Urged to Hold Guatemalan Government Accountable for Maquila Abuses
International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation
January 18th, 2002
A WTO review of Guatemala's trade policies has prompted international labor to spotlight that government's total failure to uphold freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively.

WORLD: Digital Divide is Racism's New Frontier
by Robin ChandlerThe Guardian (UK)
January 17th, 2002
The internet is slow to recognise its responsibilities as an ethical player. If we have racism, a digital divide is its new colonial frontier. Passions surrounding the access and control of IT worldwide have triggered a cultural revolution.

India: Dam Being Built on Backs of Poor, Critics Say
by Leena PendharkarSan Francisco Chronicle
January 17th, 2002
DOMKHEDI, INDIA -- Each day, Bhola Mundya Vasave and his sons till the soil that has been in their family for 12 generations.

USA: Washington Pressures EU to Drop GMO Labeling
Environment News Service
January 16th, 2002
Confidential documents obtained by Friends of the Earth Europe underline American opposition to European Union plans for compulsory tracing and labeling rules for all food and animal feed containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) above a certain threshold.

US: Bush Bans Unions at Justice Department
by Steven GreenhouseThe New York Times
January 16th, 2002
Invoking security concerns, President Bush has issued an executive order barring union representation at United States attorneys' offices and at four other agencies in the Justice Department.

Argentina: Food Emergency as Gov't Looks into Capital Flight
by Marcela ValenteInter Press Service
January 16th, 2002
BUENOS AIRES -- The Argentine government declared a food emergency Wednesday as demonstrations intensified outside banks in several cities in protest against strict banking curbs. The justice authorities, meanwhile, began investigating reports of massive transfer of capital out of the country.

US: DynCorp Disgrace
by Kelly Patricia O'MearaInsight Magazine
January 14th, 2002
Middle-aged men having sex with 12- to 15-year-olds was too much for Ben Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year ago he blew the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting company doing business in Bosnia.

USA: Bush Faces Flak Over Links to Defense Contractor
by Jason NissThe Independent (UK)
January 13th, 2002
President George W Bush's administration, already on the back foot over its connections with the collapsed energy giant Enron, faces questions over a massive defence contract which aided an investment firm with Bush family links.

Ecuador: Oil Spill Contaminates Amazon
Environment News Service
January 10th, 2002
QUITO, Ecuador -- Oil from an abandoned exploratory oil well in the Ecuadorian Amazon is spilling uncontrolled into the environment months after government authorities were first notified, according to an international wildlife conservation group.

USA: Auditor Says Enron Documents Gone
by Marcy GordonAssociated Press
January 10th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The firm that audited the books of collapsed Enron Corp., Arthur Andersen LLP, disclosed Thursday that a ''significant but undetermined'' number of documents related to the company had been destroyed.

Africa: NGOs Preparing for the World Social Forum
by Brahima OuedraogoInter Press Service
January 9th, 2002
BAMAK -- Pressure groups in Africa are preparing for the World Social Forum to be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, at the end of the month.

USA: IMF Model Fueled Argentina's Economic Collapse
by Robert KuttnerBoston Globe
January 7th, 2002
The economic collapse of Argentina is the latest failure of the one-size-fits-all model that the United States tries to impose on developing countries. Critics of this model are often attacked as protectionists, tools of special interest groups, anarchists, and worse. But in fact they include some of the world's most eminent economists.

USA: Bush Administration Changes Meaning of Dolphin Safe Tuna Label
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
January 6th, 2002
The Bush administration has decided that a controversial fishing method involving encircling pods of dolphins with mile long nets to catch tuna has "no significant adverse impact" on the dolphins. Conservation groups say the determination, which will allow tuna from Mexico to be sold in the U.S. under a "dolphin safe" label, could spell disaster for imperiled dolphin populations.

USA: Unocal Advisor Named Representative to Afghanistan
by Patrick MartinWorld Socialist Web Site
January 3rd, 2002
President Bush has appointed a former aide to the American oil company Unocal, Afghan-born Zalmay Khalilzad, as special envoy to Afghanistan. The nomination was announced December 31, nine days after the US-backed interim government of Hamid Karzai took office in Kabul.

Argentina: President Resigns Under Fire for Neoliberal Policies
by Bill CormierAssociated Press
December 20th, 2001
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- President Fernando De la Rua submitted his resignation Thursday, a high-ranking official said, as his government crumbled amid deadly rioting and looting sparked by anger over Argentina's deepening economic crisis.

USA: Stockbroker Estate Supported by Corporate Welfare
by Glen MartinSan Francisco Chronicle
December 19th, 2001
There's not much to mark the place -- a steel gate topped with stylized silhouettes of ducks, a metal sign engraved with the legend, ''Casa de Patos.'' A driveway wends through a grove of oaks. Rice fields stretch to the west, and a thick woodland jungle hugs Butte Creek, the eastern border of the property. Locals know this 1,550-acre expanse of marsh and cropland owned by stockbroker Charles Schwab as one of the finest duck clubs in the Sacramento Valley.

China: Oil Workers Revolt Over Drilling Rights
December 19th, 2001
BEIJING -- Their battle cry was ''Get to Work'' and they came in three shifts, but the Chinese oil drillers weren't brandishing their crowbars and wooden sticks as tools.

US: FBI Software Records Each Keystroke
by Bob PortSeattle Times
December 18th, 2001
The FBI is planning to give away computer software. All you have to do to get some is make the bureau think you're involved in crime.

USA: Don't Cry for Enron, Argentina
by Paul KrugmanSan Francisco Chronicle
December 12th, 2001
Not long ago Argentina, like Enron, was a darling of the financial community. And like Enron, Argentina was held up as a role model, to a large extent by the same people -- Argentina's monetary system, in particular, was lauded in the pages of Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, and feted at libertarian think tanks.

USA: Bush Advisers Cashed in on Saudi Gravy Train
by Maggie Mulvihill, Jack Meyers and Jonathan WellsBoston Herald
December 11th, 2001
Many of the same American corporate executives who have reaped millions of dollars from arms and oil deals with the Saudi monarchy have served or currently serve at the highest levels of U.S. government, public records show.

US: Software Firms Say FBI Eavesdropping Unacceptable
December 11th, 2001
Antivirus software vendors said Monday they don't want to create a loophole in their security products to let the FBI or other government agencies use a virus to eavesdrop on the computer communications of suspected criminals.

US: Lobbyists Try to Insert Special Interests in Bioterrorism Bill
by Robert PearThe New York Times
December 11th, 2001
In the final hectic days before Congress adjourns for the year, lobbyists are swarming around the Capitol, trying to adorn a bill on bioterrorism with all sorts of special-interest provisions.

Brazil: Amazon Mahogany Logging Sharply Restricted
by Dan BermanGreenwire
December 6th, 2001
The Brazilian government yesterday announced the closure of all but two mahogany logging operations in the Amazon, and announced it would require certification for all logging management plans adjacent to Indian lands and conservation areas.

Somalia: Country on Verge of Economic Collapse
December 4th, 2001
Nairobi, Somalia is on the verge of an economic collapse unparalleled in modern history, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia said on Monday.

US: Enron's Legacy
by David MorrisAlterNet
December 3rd, 2001
Kenneth Lay is living proof that one person can change the world. His company, Enron, may be in shambles. In three months, it may no longer exist. But for the rest of our lives we will live in a world redesigned by Kenneth Lay.

AFGHANISTAN: Globalization, Fundamentalism and Misogyny
by Barbara EhrenreichThe Progressive
November 30th, 2001
A feminist can take some dim comfort from the fact that the Taliban's egregious misogyny is finally considered newsworthy.

USA: Enron on Brink of Bankruptcy
by Kristen HaysAssociated Press
November 29th, 2001
HOUSTON -- The slick financing that helped turn Enron Corp. into a mighty power-brokering dynamo became its Achilles' heel, leaving the energy trader teetering toward bankruptcy after a smaller rival abandoned plans to buy it.

US: Department of Justice is Already Monitoring Cable Modems
by Declan McCullagh and Ben
November 28th, 2001
The Department of Justice already is using its new anti-terrorism powers to monitor cable modem users without obtaining a judge's permission first.

Mexico: Study Raises GMO Concerns
by Ivan NobleBBC
November 28th, 2001
Scientists have found DNA from genetically modified crops in wild maize growing on remote mountains in Mexico.

USA: Boeing's Sweet Deal
by Jeffrey St. ClairCounter Punch
November 26th, 2001
Boeing may have lost out to Lockheed in it's bid to build the Joint Strike Fighter, one of the most lucrative contracts in Pentagon history, but no one should mourn for the defense giant. The Pentagon needs a plump Boeing as much as Boeing needs Pentagon largesse. In this spirit, it's no surprise that Congress is poised to quietly hand Boeing a big consolation prize in the form two unprecedented contracts that will give the company, which has recently fled Seattle for Chicago, a bailout that will total more than $10 billion.

UZBEKISTAN: US Ally Hopes War Will Lead to Oil Investment
by Priscilla PattonGlobalvision News Network
November 26th, 2001
The Uzbek government hopes to parlay its close working relationship with the United States during the ''war on terrorism'' into closer economic ties, garnering much-needed direct investment for its underdeveloped petrochemical sector and increased bilateral trade, according to Sadyq Safayev, former Uzbek ambassador to the U.S. and first deputy foreign minister since May.

QATAR: WTO Still Harmful to Developing Countries
by Walden Bello and Aileen KwaFocus on the Global South (Bangkok, Thailand)
November 14th, 2001
The revised draft ministerial declaration issued in the afternoon of November 13 continues to highly detrimental to the interests of developing countries.

QATAR: WTO to Launch New Trade Talks
Associated Press
November 14th, 2001
DOHA, Qatar -- They went down to the wire and then some, but delegates at the World Trade Organization conference formally agreed Wednesday on starting a new round of negotiations to further lower barriers to trade.

Japan: Tobacco Firm to Profit from Cancer Vaccine
by Sarah BoseleyThe Observer
November 11th, 2001
One of the world's biggest tobacco companies aims to make billions of pounds from the diseases caused by cigarette smoking through deals with biotech companies for the exclusive rights to market future lung cancer vaccines.

USA: Enron, Dynegy Confirm Possible Merger Talks
by Jeff FranksReuters
November 8th, 2001
HOUSTON -- Enron Corp., plagued by investor doubts and under the gun to shore up its crumbling finances, said on Thursday it was talking with power trading rival Dynegy Inc. about a possible merger.

Mexico: Fox to Free Jailed Activists Montiel and Cabrera
by Amparo TrejoAssociated Press
November 8th, 2001
MEXICO CITY -- President Vicente Fox said Thursday that he had ordered the release of two peasant environmental activists whose convictions on weapons and drug charges had been condemned worldwide.

USA: Oil Firms Fund 'Tobacco Terrorism'
by John CreedAnchorage Daily News
November 7th, 2001
We interrupt our regularly scheduled sense of decency for the following heart-breaking news bulletin: A huge tobacco company is spreading disease across our state with help from Williams Alaska Petroleum and Tesoro Alaska.

USA: Court Throws Out Exxon Valdez Fine
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
November 7th, 2001
A jury's $5 billion punitive damage award for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill was too high compared to the damage caused and the sums the company already has spent for cleanup and compensation, a federal appeals court ruled today.

WORLD: Doha's Kamikaze Capitalists
by Naomi KleinToronto Globe & Mail
November 7th, 2001
On Friday, the World Trade Organization begins its meeting in Doha, Qatar. According to U.S. security briefings, there is reason to believe that al-Qaeda, which has plenty of fans in the Persian Gulf state, has managed to get some of its operatives into the country, including an explosives specialist. Some terrorists may even have infiltrated the Qatari military.

US: Osama's Mama - Corporate Hip-Hop Promotes War
by Kevin WestonPacific News Service
November 5th, 2001
The night the United States began bombing Afghanistan, I was listening to a Bay Area hip-hop/R&B station, KMEL. KMEL is owned by Clear Channel, one of the largest radio conglomerates in the country.

Morocco: Buying Clean Air?
by Gilles TreqeusserReuters
November 4th, 2001
Critics of U.N.-organized climate change talks rhetorically asked the question at a news conference Monday to charge that experts meeting in Marrakesh were far removed from real issues that affect the lives of ordinary people throughout the world.

USA: Lobbyists Asked Which Regulations to Cut
by Michael GrunwaldWashington Post
November 4th, 2001
Republican congressional aide Barbara Kahlow sent the e-mail to a dozen business lobbyists on Sept. 26: ''Here's our non-public chart,'' it said. She underlined ''non-public'' and put it in boldface.

Bayer Won't Pull Poultry Antibiotics
November 1st, 2001
Recent threats of bioterrorism have highlighted how important it is to safeguard the effectiveness of America's antibiotics supply. But when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed a ban on the use of certain antibiotics to treat sick chickens and turkeys, Bayer Corporation refused to comply.

US: Microsoft and Justice Department Near Deal
by Joseph MennNew York Times
November 1st, 2001
The Justice Department has reached a tentative settlement to end its 3-year-old antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. and is trying to persuade the 18 states that joined the case to agree to the same terms, people briefed on the talks said late Wednesday.

USA: Ford CEO Says He's Green
by Emilia AskariDetroit Free Press
October 31st, 2001
Lana Pollack, executive director of the Michigan Environmental Council, likes William Clay Ford Jr. so much that she says she did a little jig on the sidewalk in front of the Ford Motor Co. headquarters after they met to exchange views.

Brazil: Dam Protestors Occupy Belgian TNC's Headquarters
Environment News Service
October 30th, 2001
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- About 350 men, women, and children from across Brazil, have taken over the headquarters of the Belgian transnational company Tractebel in Rio de Janeiro. Tractebel is the part owner of the electric utility Gerasul, and is constructing controversial dams in Brazil.

World: Climate Talks Open in Morocco
Environment News Service
October 29th, 2001
MARRAKECH, Morocco -- Climate talks have resumed to finalize the procedures and institutions that will make the Kyoto Protocol fully operational. The world's governments are meeting here from today through November 9 to work out exactly how to reduce the emissions of six greenhouse gases that are linked to global warming.

US: Economic Stimulus With Corporations in Mind
by Gretchen MorgensonNew York Times
October 27th, 2001
Late last winter, when President Bush was shaping his $1.35 trillion tax cut, corporate lobbyists were told to wait, their turn would come. And now, their turn is here. The $100 billion tax-cut bill narrowly passed by the House this week and sent to the Senate has been lauded by the White House as a broad stimulus package that will pull the United States economy out of a stall made worse by the terrorist attacks.

USA: Bayer, Anthrax and the WTO
by Sarah BoseleyThe Guardian (UK)
October 24th, 2001
Three people have died of anthrax in the US. Two million die every year of AIDS in Africa. The difference in numbers in huge, but the issue is the same -- patents. Is it right to ban cheaper copies of drugs when public health is at risk? And will the world wake up to the problem now the west has been hit?

USA: Crumbling Public Sector Makes Country Vulnerable to Bio-Terrorism
by Naomi KleinToronto Globe & Mail
October 24th, 2001
Only hours after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Republican Representative Curt Weldon went on CNN and announced that he didn't want to hear anyone talking about funding for schools or hospitals. From here on, it was all about spies, bombs and other manly things.

Ghana: Cyanide Spill Worst Disaster Ever in West African Nation
by Mike AnaneEnvironment News Service
October 24th, 2001
Villages in the Wassa West District of Ghana's western region have been hit by the spillage of thousands of cubic metres of mine wastewater contaminated with cyanide and heavy metals. The cyanide-laced waste contaminated the River Asuman on October 16 when a tailings dam ruptured at a mine operation owned by the South African company, Goldfields Ltd.

Ukraine: Counting Chernobyl's Cancer Cost
Environment News Service
October 23rd, 2001
LISBON, Portugal -- Chernobyl has made medical history, accounting for the largest group of human cancers associated with a known cause on a known date, ECCO 11, the European Cancer Conference heard in Lisbon today.

Canada: Nortel Helps Build China's Surveillance Technology
The Register
October 22nd, 2001
Human rights activists have launched an attack on Nortel Networks, accusing it of contributing to human rights violations in China by helping the country overhaul its ageing surveillance technologies.

US: Nobel Laureate Encourages Global Justice Movement
by Tim ShorrockInter Press Service
October 16th, 2001
Joseph Stiglitz, whose critiques of free market fundamentalism cost him a senior job at the World Bank in 1999 but won him the Nobel Prize for economics last week, has succinct advice for the global justice movement: Keep it up.

WORLD: WTO May Move Meeting Out of Qatar
Associated Press
October 15th, 2001
The World Trade Organization may move a November meeting out of the Persian Gulf country of Qatar because of security worries following the U.S. strikes on Afghanistan, trade envoys said Monday.

USA: The Real Price of Oil
by Mark
October 15th, 2001
Perhaps it's a sign of politics inching back toward business as usual: Congressional Republicans are exploiting the Sept. 11 terror attacks to push the Bush administration's plan for an all-out increase in energy production.

USA: Business Wants Military Ties with Indonesia
by Tim ShorrockAsia Times
October 10th, 2001
WASHINGTON -- With political tension building in Indonesia over the United States military attacks on Afghanistan, US business groups are hoping to increase support for the government of Megawati Sukarnoputri by convincing Congress to lift the ban on military training for Jakarta.

US: Opportunists Use the Crisis to Push Agenda
by Naomi KleinThe Herald (Glasgow, Scotland)
October 4th, 2001
There are many contenders for biggest political opportunist since the September 11 atrocities. Politicians ramming through life-changing laws while telling voters they are still mourning; corporations diving for public cash; pundits accusing their opponents of treason.

US: 'New War' May Shift Defense Spending
by Gary GentileAssociated Press
October 1st, 2001
In the nation's "new kind of war" on terrorism, defense spending is likely to focus as much on information and surveillance as bombs and bullets.

USA: Former Popcorn Plant Workers Battle Respiratory Illnesses
by Susan ReddenJoplin Globe
September 30th, 2001
Dustin Smith ran track and played basketball and football when he was a student at Sarcoxie High School four years ago. So, it didn't occur to the 22-year-old that he might be sick, even when the noisy wheezing in his lungs forced him to stop jogging with friends. Smith will join 15 other former workers in a class-action lawsuit filed against International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., a New York company that manufactured the flavoring for the popcorn produced at the plant.

Australia: Police Move on Melbourne Climate Protestors
Environment News Service
September 27th, 2001
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Police have moved in to disband protesters opposing construction of a gas fired power generator and pipeline in Somerton, a Melbourne neighborhood. The demonstrators, from Friends of the Earth Melbourne, say the generator will destroy the fragile ecosystem of the Merri Creek today and over the weekend.

USA: Biotech Terrorism?
by Jeremy RifkinThe Guardian (UK)
September 27th, 2001
For the first 10 days we worried about commercial airplanes being hijacked and used as missiles. Now, the American people are worried about a new, even more deadly threat: bacteria and viruses raining from the sky over populated areas, infecting and killing millions of people.

USA: Relief Efforts Miss the Undocumented
by Martin EspinozaPacific News Service
September 26th, 2001
NEW YORK -- Alejandro Fuentes may never see a dime of the millions of dollars Americans are donating to those most affected by the terrorist attacks in Lower Manhattan.

USA: It's the Oil, Stupid
by Johnny AngelLA Weekly
September 26th, 2001
In the orgy of examination of who and what is to blame for the events of September 11, we must have heard every conceivable explanation. The American right, as exemplified by President Bush, Fox News and the opinion page of the The Wall Street Journal, blames envy of American values and success. The extreme right blames secular humanism, gay rights and the other bogeymen they love to flog. The center faults lax airport security and a general lack of preparedness, while the left, all but ignored by the corporate media, blames American imperialism and in some cases our unconditional support for Israel.

USA: Merchants of Death Cash In on Tragedy
by Tom TurnipseedCommon Dreams
September 25th, 2001
While the dead and missing toll rose toward 7000 people and the stock market suffered it's largest week's loss since the great depression due to the terrorist attack on the symbols of U.S. economic and military power, the stock of the weapon and surveillance industries zoomed. The 401 (k)retirement plans of U.S. citizens took their biggest one week hit ever as the Dow Jones fell 14.3% last week, but the big winners of the week were the weapons industry, who were the top eight corporations in percentage increase in the price of their stock.

USA: Nukes Vulnerable to Attack
by Cat LazaroffEnvironmental News Service
September 25th, 2001
The nation's 103 nuclear power reactors are vulnerableto attack by terrorists, two watchdog groups warned today. The groups charge that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other government entities have failed to impose the security measures needed to prevent a successful attack and avert a potential catastrophe.

USA: Children Affected by Tragedy
by Sarita SarvatePacific News Service
September 25th, 2001
ALBANY, CA -- On the morning of Tuesday, september 11, I sent my children to school as usual. I hadn't realized yet that this was the day their world was to change forever.

USA: War on Terror, or Fight Against Old Enemies?
by Robert FiskThe Independent (UK)
September 25th, 2001
While covering the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, I would, from time to time, drive down through Jalalabad and cross the Pakistan border to Peshawar to rest. In the cavernous, stained interior of the old Intercontinental Hotel, I would punch out my stories on a groaning telex machine beside an office bearing the legend ''Chief Accountant'' on the door.

EU: Asbestos Related Cancers on the Rise
Environment News Service
September 24th, 2001
BERLIN, Germany -- Industrialized as well as developing countries are under threat of asbestos exposure in the workplace, said researchers at the 11th Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society today in Berlin. The scientists called the pulmonary effects of asbestos exposure a ''time bomb in the lungs.''

India: Kerala to Protect Tribal Intellectual Property Rights
by Liz MathewIndo Asian News Service
September 22nd, 2001
NEW DELHI -- The Kerala government has decided to introduce legislation to protect the intellectual property rights of its tribespeople who have been practising traditional nature-based medicine for centuries.

USA: Bank Laws Fund Terrorists
by Lucy KomisarPacific News Service
September 21st, 2001
NEW YORK -- The global money-laundering system used by terrorists has also served the U.S. government and banks for years, creating wealth and occasionally supporting U.S. political interests abroad. Changing U.S. bank secrecy laws to pierce that laundering system is as essential to stopping terrorism as military force and diplomatic moves.

USA: Lee is Lone Voice Against Violence
by Ben FentonThe Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 18th, 2001
The only member of Congress to vote against a resolution giving President Bush a free hand in retaliating against terrorism represents a constituency that has become a byword for liberalism.

USA: IMF and World Bank Cancel Meeting
Associated Press
September 17th, 2001
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank announced Monday that they had canceled this year's annual meetings, saying security agents need time to focus on issues raised by last week's terrorist attacks.

USA: Anti-Arab Backlash Grows
by Lee
September 17th, 2001
In America's zeal to find and punish those responsible for the terrorist attacks of september 11, the focus on Arab and Muslim suspects may be causing a wave of jingoism and scapegoating. Threats and hate speech have been directed against Arab Americans, transmitted in anonymous phone calls, email messages and websites.

Pakistan: U.S. Could Spark Rebellion
by Muddassir RizviPacific News Service
September 14th, 2001
The military government in Pakistan is caught in a catch-22. The Bush administration expects Pakistan to cooperate fully in tracking down the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, whom it believes are hiding in Afghanistan. But right-wing religious parties warn of a severe backlash at home if Islamabad allows the use of the country's territory for any aggression against the Taliban administration.

USA: The War Comes Home
by Rahul MahajanCommon Dreams
September 12th, 2001
The war that the United States has been waging against the nonwhite peoples of the world for over half a century came home yesterday. The main practitioner of attacks that either deliberately target civilians or are so indiscriminate that it makes no difference, is no shadowy Middle Eastern terrorist, but our own government

UK: Terror in the US and Middle East
by Robert FiskThe Independent
September 12th, 2001
So it has come to this. The entire modern history of the Middle East the collapse of the Ottoman empire, the Balfour declaration, Lawrence of Arabia's lies, the Arab revolt, the foundation of the state of Israel, four Arab-Israeli wars and the 34 years of Israel's brutal occupation of Arab land all erased within hours as those who claim to represent a crushed, humiliated population struck back with the wickedness and awesome cruelty of a doomed people. Is it fair is it moral to write this so soon, without proof, when the last act of barbarism, in Oklahoma, turned out to be the work of home-grown Americans? I fear it is. America is at war and, unless I am mistaken, many thousands more are now scheduled to die in the Middle East, perhaps in America too. Some of us warned of ''the explosion to come''. But we never dreamt this nightmare.

USA: IMF/World Bank Set to Call Off D.C. Meeting
by Mark EganReuters
September 12th, 2001
Staff at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank were resigned Wednesday that their upcoming annual meetings at the end of September would be cancelled, saying an announcement was expected within days

US: Feds Push Internet Surveillance
by Declan McCullaghWired
September 12th, 2001
Federal police are reportedly increasing Internet surveillance after Tuesday's deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

WORLD: No Action Yet on WTO
by Robert EvansReuters
September 12th, 2001
Trade officials said on Wednesday work was continuing to prepare the World Trade organisation's ministerial meeting in Qatar in November despite the terror attacks in the United States.

South Africa: Reparations? 'Will an apology do?' asks Europe
by Robert E. SullivanConference News Daily
September 6th, 2001
Although Europe and Africa are minimizing it in public, a wide gulf separates the two continents on the slavery issue at the World Conference against Racism (WACR), according to several inside sources.

USA: Prison Building Spree Creates Glut of Lockups
by Bryan GruleyWall Street Journal
September 6th, 2001
Two hundred miles north, at a Wackenhut-run prison in Holly Springs, Miss., 130 steel bunks stood bare and unused in two cavernous cell blocks. Wackenhut had closed the units because it no longer had inmates to fill them. Every day, the empty space was costing the company money it had expected to be paid by the state.

USA: Wartime Opportunists
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
September 6th, 2001
Corporate interests and their proxies are looking to exploit the September 11 tragedy to advance a self-serving agenda that has nothing to do with national security and everything to do with corporate profits and dangerous ideologies.

USA: Diverse Globalization Foes Head for DC
by Manny FernandezWashington Post
September 5th, 2001
Zirin has been organizing meetings with his Latino neighbors in Washington's Mount Pleasant community, talking to them about fighting the Goliaths of globalization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Capano has been spreading the word about the two institutions in Lynn, Mass., arranging a bus caravan to head to Washington with fellow union members eager to give the world's bankers an earful.

USA: Creosote Contaminates Community for Generations
by Marie MarziEnvironmental News Service
September 5th, 2001
A small neighborhood in Bossier City, Louisiana has some of the highest levels of chemical contamination, cancers and birth defects ever documented in the United States, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH)scientists.

Brazil: Rural Activists Killed in New Wave of Violence
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service
September 3rd, 2001
Freitas da Silva's murder is part of a new wave of violence against a backdrop of conflicts over the expansion of soy bean farming and the transportation of the product in large boats along the Araguaia and Tocantins rivers that cut across central Brazil and run into the Atlantic Ocean in the northern part of Par.

USA: DuPont's Goal -- Change Nature of Its Business
by Harold BrubakerPhiladelphia Inquirer
September 2nd, 2001
DuPont is trying to become a sustainable company but environmentalists are skeptical.

Bhopal: Industrial Disaster Victims Still Battle Health Effects 17 Years Later
by Paul WatsonLos Angeles Times
August 30th, 2001
Verma is a patient at a clinic for survivors opened five years ago by a charity called the Sabhavna Trust. Up to 100 patients come to the two-story building every day for treatment of chronic lung ailments, eye problems, psychiatric disorders and other illnesses common among Bhopal victims.

USA: Labor Unions Gain Sympathy Says Poll
by Will LesterAssociated Press
August 29th, 2001
Americans' sympathy in labor disputes has tilted toward unions over companies in the past couple of years, says an Associated Press poll taken at a time of job layoffs and economic uncertainty.

USA: Exxon CEO Draws Anger Over Climate Change
by Thaddeus HerrickWall Street Journal
August 29th, 2001
Like his predecessors, Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Lee Raymond keeps a relatively low profile. He's reluctant to grant interviews and make public appearances. But ever since he assailed the Kyoto initiative to combat global warming in a speech a few years ago, Mr. Raymond has been inextricably linked to the issue.

USA: Waste Dump is Monument for a Day
Associated Press
August 29th, 2001
FRESNO, California - For a fleeting moment, the city's former dump -- 79 million cubic yards of rotting garbage so foul it's a Superfund site -- was a national historic landmark.

Argentina: President Optimistic Despite IMF Loan Conditions
by Bill CormierAssociated Press
August 23rd, 2001
Argentina's president, having just secured $8 billion in emergency aid from the International Monetary Fund, announced plans for a referendum this year on cost-cutting moves aimed at fighting a recession.

EU: Secret Spy Network Formed to Track Protestors
by Stephen CastleThe Independent (UK)
August 20th, 2001
European leaders have ordered police and intelligence agencies to co-ordinate their efforts to identify and track the anti-capitalist demonstrators whose violent protests at recent international summits culminated in the shooting dead by police of a young protester at the Genoa G8 meeting last month.

Mexico: Jailed Environmentalists Lose Appeal
UN Wire
August 19th, 2001
A Mexican federal court Tuesday rejected an appeal by two Mexican activists jailed in 1999 while they were leading an anti-logging campaign, their defense attorney said.

USA: Big Oil, Gas Funding Ads for Bush's Energy Policy
by William E. GibsonOrlando Sentinel
August 19th, 2001
The big oil and gas companies that spent nearly $2 million to help elect President Bush last year are pouring millions more into an advertising campaign this summer to help sell his energy policy in Congress.

Peru: Mining Companies Invade Andean Cloud Forests
Environment News Service
August 17th, 2001
The recent discovery of gold deposits in northwestern Peru has split the population between those who support proposed mineral extraction and those who fear it will cause irreparable ecological damage to human health, agriculture and endangered species.

USA: Bush May Undercut Hazardous Waste Treaty
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
August 16th, 2001
The U.S. government is considering walking away from enhanced commitments to halt the dumping of hazardous waste in developing countries, causing alarm among environmentalists.

Phillipines: Lawmakers Vote to Label GMOs
by Michael BengwayanEnvironment News Service
August 15th, 2001
If you are selling a product that contains genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the Phillippines you may soon have to label it ''genetically engineered'' or go to prison.

TAIWAN: Businesses Said to Run Sweatshops In Central America
by Andrew PerrinSan Francisco Chronicle
August 15th, 2001
This island nation has long been famed for its transformation from a developing country to an industrial colossus. But a recent labor dispute at a Taiwanese-owned textile factory in impoverished Nicaragua has cast a spotlight on what U.S. activists say is Taiwan's least admired export: labor rights abuses.

Mexico: Banks Bombed to Protest Taxpayer Bail Out
Associated Press
August 14th, 2001
A small leftist group said it planted explosive devices at five Mexico City branches of a bank bought last week by Citigroup, a deal that angered taxpayers who had bailed out the Mexican bank only to see it sold to foreigners at a huge profit.

US: Company Seeks to Reassure NSA on Groundbreaker
by Patience WaitWashington Technology
August 13th, 2001
For Computer Sciences Corp., winning the National Security Agency's huge Groundbreaker outsourcing contract has been like catching a tiger by the tail.

FRANCE: Farmer Jose Bove Leads New McDonalds Protest
by Jamey KeatenAssociated Press
August 13th, 2001
Militant farmer Jose Bove and two thousand supporters returned Sunday to the same McDonald's restaurant he helped dismantle two years ago, this time holding a more restrained rally to protest unchecked globalization and demand support for farmers.

USA: World Bank, IMF Meetings Shrink Amid Security Concerns
Inter Press Service
August 11th, 2001
Security concerns have forced the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to drastically scale back plans for their annual meetings here next month. The agencies say the meetings, usually held over the course of about a week, will take place on Sep. 29 and 30. Their executive boards are expected to formally approve the change Tuesday. The meetings had been scheduled for Sep. 28 through Oct. 4.

MEXICO: Farmers March Against Free Trade
Associated Press
August 8th, 2001
Thousands of farmers marched through the Mexican capital Wednesday demanding subsidies and a halt to free trade -- posing the most direct challenge yet to President Vicente Fox's 8-month-old administration.

UK: Climate Victims Could Take U.S. to Court
by Andrew SimmsInternational Herald Tribune
August 7th, 2001
As the rich world keeps falling out over how to deal with global warming, exasperated poor countries may come to the conclusion that when all else fails, it's time go to court.

US: Nike Capitalizes on the Anti-Capitalists
by Alicia RebensdorfAlterNet
August 7th, 2001
An angry mob gathered around a train station, passing out photocopied flyers and shouting protests against an unjust company. Scrappy stickers were slapped on billboards, directing passers-by to a crudely designed website. The company they were railing against was a frequent target of grassroots activism: Nike. And the group running this guerilla-style anti-advertising campaign? None other than Nike itself.

Indonesia: US Biggest Importer of Illegal Timber
U.S. Newswire
August 6th, 2001
An international ban on the export of a rare tree species comes into effect today to help save Indonesia's rapidly disappearing orangutans. The government of Indonesia banned both the export and domestic trade in ramin (Gonystylus bancanus) due to continued illegal logging of this rare and valuable tree species within several of Indonesia's Orangutan National Parks.

USA: Officials Ignore Working Poor
by Barbara EhrenreichLos Angeles Times
August 5th, 2001
Almost everyone--94% of Americans, according to a 2000 poll conducted by Jobs for the Future, a Boston-based employment research firm--agrees that 'people who work full-time should be able to earn enough to keep their families out of poverty.' When that straightforward proposition no longer holds, then the social contract, at least as I always understood it, is no longer in force. And it is hard to imagine a more serious abrogation of ''America's core moral values'' than that.

USA: Negotiator In Global Tobacco Talks Quits
by Marc KaufmanWashington Post
August 2nd, 2001
The top U.S. official working on an international treaty to reduce cigarette smoking worldwide has resigned at a time when the United States is embroiled in contentious negotiations with more than 150 countries on how to counter the rising global use of tobacco.

US: The Case Against General Electric
Multinational Monitor
August 1st, 2001
General Electric has a lengthy record of criminal, civil, political and ethical transgressions, some of them shocking in disregard for the integrity of human beings. This article will list a few examples.

US: Chocolate Firms Fight 'Slave Free' Labels
by Sumana ChatterjeePhiladelphia 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.

Mexico: Prisons Opening Maquiladoras
Associated Press
July 30th, 2001
State officials in Tamaulipas say they want U.S. companies to open workshops inside Mexican prisons to help train prisoners for factory jobs.

Canada: World Inc. Under Siege
by Vinay MenonThe Toronto Star
July 29th, 2001
This is the anti-globalization movement. Sprawling, disparate, powerful. A political force unto itself that, given its international scope and staggering number of participants, is unprecedented in history.

USA: Boise Cascade Attacks Environmental Group
by Molly IvinsCreators' Syndicate
July 28th, 2001
Now here's an interesting development: The Boise Cascade Corp. is targeting Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the environmental group that has gotten Home Depot, Lowe's and other major companies to stop buying wood from the remaining old-growth forests. Since the RAN folks have been targeting Boise Cascade to get the company to stop logging in old-growth forests, this may seem to be a case of turnabout-is-fair-play. Actually, it's another corporate campaign -- like SLAPP suits (strategic lawsuits against public participation) -- designed to silence critics of corporate practice. Boise Cascade is working with two industry-supported front groups, trying to get the IRS to cancel Rainforest's tax-exempt status and to pressure its funders to cut off the group's money.

UN: One Year Later Global Compact Has Little To Show
by Irwin ArieffReuters
July 27th, 2001
The Global Compact, a U.N. program intended to help businesses become better world citizens, celebrates its first anniversary yesterday with more than 300 corporate partners, up from 44 at its launch.

US: Letter from Inside the Black Bloc
by Mary BlackAlterNet
July 25th, 2001
The following story was sent to us anonymously (Mary Black is a psuedonym) two days after a violent protester was killed in Genoa, Italy. While we may not share the author's opinion about Black Bloc tactics, it is a perspective that hasn't been fully covered, even in the progressive media, and as such deserves publication.

Germany: Climate Deal Is Weak
by Bonner R. CohenEarth Times News Service
July 24th, 2001
One of the surest indications that trouble is at hand is when diplomats start hiding behind catchy phrases and meaningless terminology. Participants and observers to the COP-6 Climate Change conference here have been told that ''breakthrough,'' ''deal,'' or ''compromise'' (take your pick) had been achieved.

Germany: Climate Treaty Salvaged in Bonn
by Andrew C. RevkinNew York Times
July 23rd, 2001
The world's nations, minus the United States, accepted treaty rules that for the first time would require industrialized countries to cut emissions of waste gases linked to global warming.

NETHERLANDS: Global Treaty a Threat to the Net?
by Lisa M. BowmanZDNN
July 22nd, 2001
International policy-makers this week ended a round of talks aimed at setting common rules affecting online trade and commerce, but they made little progress in bridging divisions that threaten to delay the pact.

USA: Coca-Cola Sued Over Death Squad Claims
July 20th, 2001
Trade union leaders in the United States have said they are suing the soft-drinks company Coca-Cola for allegedly hiring right-wing death squads to terrorise workers at its Colombian bottling plant.

ITALY: Genoa Awaits Protestors
by Alessandra StanleyNew York Times
July 19th, 2001
British by birth, Ms. Brown is married to an Italian and works at a hair salon that will not open for business on Friday when President Bush and seven other government leaders arrive. Neither will almost all of the other shops and restaurants inside the so-called red zone, a secure six- square-mile area where leaders will meet from Friday though Sunday. Some anti-globalization groups have pledged to penetrate the zone.

Germany: Bonn Summit Seeks to Salvage Kyoto Accord
by Paul BrownThe Guardian
July 19th, 2001
A changing political mood has raised the hope that the climate talks in Bonn will reach an agreement by Sunday that will enable governments to ratify the Kyoto protocol next year without the United States joining them.

Colombia: Americans Blamed in Raid
by Karl PenhaulSan 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.

USA: Bush to Say No to Clean Energy in Genoa
by Joseph KahnNew York Times
July 14th, 2001
The Bush administration plans to oppose an international drive to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and increase financing for nonpolluting energy sources worldwide, administration officials said today.

EU: Anti-Globalization Movement Prepares for Genoa Summit
Agence France Presse
July 11th, 2001
Nine days ahead of this month's G8 summit in the Italian city of Genoa, an ever-developing anti-globalization movement prepares to make its presence felt.

Netherlands: Warmer World Will Starve Many, Report Says
by Usha Lee McFarlingLos Angeles Times
July 11th, 2001
Large-scale changes in the world's climate probably will deepen the gap between the richest and poorest nations -- potentially crippling food production in parts of Africa, South Asia and South America -- according to the first worldwide assessment of food production and climate change.

USA: Seeing Through 'Transparency'
by Rebecca MeyerDaily Californian University
July 10th, 2001
In a recent gesture of "transparency," Ford Motor Company reported that it was responsible for releasing approximately 400 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases annually, which amounts to a whopping 1 to 2 percent of all man-made emissions.

Australia/Japan: EU Allies Back Away from Kyoto Climate Protocol
Environment News Service
July 9th, 2001
A high level delegation from the European Union has failed to win unequivocal Japanese and Australian support for ratification of the Kyoto Protocol without U.S. involvement.

Americas: Free-Trade Draft Exposes Rifts, Opportunities for Critics
by Tim ShorrockInter Press Service
July 6th, 2001
The public release of the draft negotiating text for the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA)underscores the wide gulf between the 34 countries involved in the talks while giving impetus to the citizens' movement to stop it.

Turkey: Markets Fall on IMF Standoff
by Ben HollandAssociated Press
July 6th, 2001
Turkish financial markets fell sharply Friday amid fears that the government was making no headway in persuading international lenders to release $3.3 billion in loans that will finance an economic recovery plan.

Mexico: Citigroup's Ally May be a Money Launderer
by Cynthia CottsVillage Voice
July 3rd, 2001
Last month, when Citigroup bought Banamex, the second largest bank in Mexico, the deal was praised as good for the Mexican people and good for the banks. Citigroup vice chairman Robert Rubin told the press that the deal was the result of an overture from Banamex chairman Roberto Hernandez Ramirez, who is worth $1.3 billion and has been promised a seat on the Citigroup board.

USA: Best Resources for Corporate Social Responsibility
Business Ethics
July 1st, 2001
Here is a selection of the best of the best sites in corporate social responsibility from Business Ethics, Summer 2001.

MEXICO: Economic Downturn Deepens
by Chris KraulLos 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.

FIJI: Japanese Mine Wants to Dump 100,000 Tons of Waste Daily
Drillbits and Tailings (Project Underground)
June 30th, 2001
Japanese mining magnate Nittetsu-Nippon has set its sights on the copper-rich hills of Fiji, endangering the ecologically fragile Waisoi Valley and the Coral Coast. Because the ore contains such low-grade (only .5%) copper, the proposed Namosi mine would be among the biggest producers of crushed rock among copper mines worldwide.

New Study: Mexicans Unable to Live on Sweatshop Wages
Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, et al.
June 28th, 2001
Workers in foreign-owned export assembly plants in Mexico are not able to meet a family's basic needs on sweatshop wages, according to a comprehensive study conducted in fifteen Mexican cities.

PNG: Police Shoot Anti-World Bank Protestors
by Jerry BauaiIndyMedia (Sydney)
June 26th, 2001
3 UPNG students are dead and several more in a critical condition; several have also disappeared into police custody. The students have had a 5-day blockade of the government buildings.

UN: African Leaders Say Debt Hampers Fight Against AIDS
by Lewis MachipisaInter Press Service
June 25th, 2001
African leaders used the opening of the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV-AIDS Monday to assail the international community's response to the deadly epidemic for failing to match the speed and seriousness with which the disease is infecting their citizens. Official after official rose to drive home the message that the death of more than 20 million people, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, demands that more money be committed to the fight.

Spain: Riot Police Seemingly Unprovoked in Attack on Protestors
Associated Press
June 24th, 2001
Riot police made what appeared to be an unprovoked attack Sunday on anti-globalization protesters gathered in a city park following a midday march down a main boulevard. At least 32 people were slightly injured and 19 were arrested.

IVORY COAST: Slave Labor Taints Sweetness of World's Chocolate
by Sudarsan Raghavan and Sumana ChatterjeeKansas 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.

Italy: Body Bags Stockpiled for G-8 Summit
BBC News Online
June 21st, 2001
Italian authorities have ordered 200 body bags as they step up preparations for a violent confrontation at next month's G8 summit in Genoa, say Italian media reports.

USA: Wal-Mart Accused of Sex Discrimination
by David KravetsAssociated Press
June 19th, 2001
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was accused Tuesday of rampant discrimination against female workers in a federal lawsuit against the nation's largest private employer.

ITALY: Prime Minister Expects 100,000 Protestors at G-8 Summit
by Alessandra StanleyNew York Times
June 19th, 2001
Worried about a repetition in Italy of the violent protests that occurred at a European Union meeting in Sweden last weekend, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said today that he wanted to open a dialogue with demonstrators who are planning to march at the Group of 8 summit meeting in Genoa next month.

Lesotho: Foreign Contractors Put on Trial for Bribery
by Chris McGrealThe Guardian
June 19th, 2001
European and Canadian engineering companies, four of them British, are alleged to have paid an official about 3m for contracts for one of the continent's biggest engineering projects, the 1bn construction of huge dams to supply water and electricity to South Africa, which entirely surrounds the mountainous kingdom.

Colombia: Chemical Spraying of Coca Poisoning Villages
by Hugh O'ShaughnessyThe Observer (London)
June 17th, 2001
The tiny indigenous Kofan community of Santa Rosa de Guamuez in Colombia had it hard enough with pressures from settlers on their reservation, without Roundup Ultra containing Cosmoflux 411F, a weedkiller that is being sprayed on their villages in a concentration 100 times more powerful than is permitted in the United States.

UK: MI6 'Firm' Spied on Green Groups
by Maurice Chittenden and Nicholas RuffordThe Sunday Times (London)
June 17th, 2001
A private intelligence firm with close links to MI6 spied on environmental campaign groups to collect information for oil companies, including Shell and BP.

UN: Aventis Accused of Breaking Global Compact
by Elizabeth NeufferBoston Globe
June 15th, 2001
Consumer and agricultural watchdog groups yesterday accused a multinational corporation that produces genetically modified foods of failing to uphold a UN code of business conduct to which it had agreed.

SWEDEN: Bush and EU Fail on Global Warming
by Paul TaylorReuters
June 14th, 2001
President Bush and European Union leaders failed to resolve deep differences over global warming Thursday, but agreed to stay together in the Balkans and made some progress on world trade.

SWEDEN: Thousands of Protestors Converge on EU Summit
by Kim GamelAssociated Press
June 14th, 2001
Thousands of anti-globalization and environmental activists converged Thursday on this port city as President Bush joined 15 European Union leaders for a summit expected to focus on the widening gap between Washington and its European allies.

USA: Corporate Codes Not Enough, Say Critics
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
June 14th, 2001
Companies worldwide have signed on to voluntary codes of conduct in a bid to mitigate globalization's harmful aspects. Activists and executives agree the firms are falling short but disagree on the reasons and remedies.

Korea: Seoul Backs Down on Proposed Cigarette Tariff
by Renee KimBloomberg News
June 14th, 2001
South Korea backed down from plans to impose an immediate 40 percent tax on imported cigarettes, opting to introduce the tariff in 10 percent increments over four years, starting in July, to avoid potential trade conflicts.

Sudan: Oil Money Is Fueling Civil War
by Karl VickWashington 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.

Colombia: Tens of Thousands Protest IMF
Associated Press
June 8th, 2001
Tens of thousands of teachers, state workers, and students have protested budget reforms mandated in agreements between Colombia and the International Monetary Fund.

USA: Jury Orders Philip Morris to Pay Record $3 Billion
by Jessica Wohl and Brad DorfmanReuters
June 7th, 2001
Shares in Philip Morris Cos. Inc. and other tobacco companies slipped on Thursday after a jury ordered the cigarette giant to pay a record $3 billion in damages to a smoker, but investors remained calm amid expectations the verdict will be overturned or reduced.

KENYA: Japan Suspends Funding for Sondu Miriu Dam
by Jennifer WanjiruEnvironment News Service
June 4th, 2001
Citing "environmental disruption and corruption" in a letter to the government of Kenya, Japan's Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka indicated that suspension of funding for the Sondu Miriu hydropower dam project was ''a response to criticism from environmental campaigners and differences between Kenya and Japan over further funding.''

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: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
May 24th, 2001
The largest retailer in the world has 3,000 stores in the U.S. as well as chains in Britain, Germany, China, Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. It opens a megastore every two days. It is the U.S.'s largest private employer, with 925,000 people on the payroll, and the second largest employer in general after the Federal government. The company also boasts the largest computer, surpassing the Pentagon's, and the world's largest fleet of trucks. Wal-Mart might as well appear in the dictionary under the word huge. I know the above statistics because I just watched ''Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town,'' a documentary film by Micha Peled that will air on PBS in early June. ''Store Wars'' is not exactly a critique of Wal-Mart's business practices, but it is hard to come away with a favorable view of the company.

Spain: World Bank Cancels Meeting
May 22nd, 2001
The World Bank on Saturday said it had canceled a conference on how to fight poverty due to take place in Spain next month because of concerns anti-globalization groups would try to disrupt the event.

USA: Bush Administration OKs Drilling on Native Lands
by Geoffrey MohanLos 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.

Colombia: Private Firms Take on U.S. Military Role in Drug War
by Juan O. TamayoMiami Herald
May 22nd, 2001
As U.S. efforts to reduce drug trafficking out of the Andes escalate, more U.S.-supplied equipment is flowing into the region and more Americans are becoming involved -- and occasionally coming under fire. But because of the growing privatization of U.S. military efforts abroad, their presence is often unseen.

USA: Bush's Faustian Deal With the Taliban
by Robert ScheerLos 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.

USA: African Governments Spend Millions on Lobbying
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
May 20th, 2001
African governments are paying millions of dollars to lobbyists in hopes of influencing Washington's policy, according to an examination of US government files.

USA: Capturing the Power of Immigrants' Capital
by Gumisai MutumeInter Press Service
May 20th, 2001
Hernandez and millions of other migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean represent an increasingly important source of financial assistance to their countries. They transferred some 20 billion dollars to the region last year, according to the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB). What Hernandez may not know is that a sizeable chunk of the money she has sent over the years never made it to her mother, who lives on the outskirts of the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua.

USA: Bush Calls for More Coal, Oil and Nukes
by Randall MikkelsenReuters
May 17th, 2001
President Bush called for expanding U.S. coal, oil and nuclear power production and offered conservation incentives on Thursday to beat back high gas prices, blackouts and ''a darker future.''

South Africa: Resistance to Waste Incinerators Grows
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
May 16th, 2001
Environmentalists here are troubled by a rash of applications to build incinerators to dispose of medical and hazardous waste.

EL SALVADOR: Government Report Details Labor Abuses
by Steven GreenhouseThe New York Times
May 10th, 2001
A long-suppressed report by the Salvadoran government, made public yesterday by an American labor rights group, spelled out serious problems in the country's apparel factories, including unhealthy air and water, large amounts of forced overtime and the frequent dismissal of workers who supported labor unions.

USA: World Health Threatened by Toxic Pesticide Stocks
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
May 9th, 2001
More than 500,000 tons of banned or expired pesticides are seriously threatening the health of millions of people and the environment in nearly all developing countries and countries in transition, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned in a new report issued today.

India: Plastic Waste Plagues Tourist Destination
by Frederick NoronhaEnvironment News Service
May 9th, 2001
Campaigners who waged a pitched battle against proliferating plastics in India's tourist state of Goa have been left holding the plastic bag. The campaigners must now deal with tons of plastic that no one wants. They pin their hopes on changes in the law that could help tackle the problem of plastic litter.

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.

Italy: Poor Countries Are North's Radioactive Dump
by Jorge PiaInter Press Service
May 7th, 2001
The developing South has become the dump for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of radioactive waste from the world's rich countries, a colossal business which is linked to money laundering and gunrunning, say lawmakers and activists in Italy.

World: U.S. Under Fire Over Tobacco Treaty
by Frances WilliamsFinancial Times
May 7th, 2001
Negotiations on an international tobacco control treaty failed to make progress last week as anti-smoking groups accused Washington of siding with the tobacco industry in trying to water down the draft.

US: Making World Trade Fair
by Doreen HemlockSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 6th, 2001
They're often portrayed as obstructionists to trade and the global economy. But the social movement that mobilized thousands in Quebec last month -- and earlier in Seattle and Prague -- is maturing beyond street protests.

Indonesia: International Ban on Dumping Mine Waste Urged
Environment News Service
May 2nd, 2001
An international conference here on the dumping of mine waste at sea, known as submarine tailings disposal, concluded Monday with a declaration which calls for an international ban on the practice.

Switzerland: Activists Demand Tougher Tobacco Treaty
by Gustavo CapdevilaInter Press Service
May 2nd, 2001
Flaws plague the draft of an international anti-smoking treaty being discussed this week in talks sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO), charge civil society groups, particularly because proposed bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship have been watered down.

USA: Cheney Vows to Stick With Fossil Fuels
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
May 1st, 2001
The United States will focus on increased domestic production of oil and greater use of coal for electricity generation in a new national energy strategy to be announced in a few weeks, Vice President Richard Cheney said Monday.

US: Media Giants Lobbying to Privatize Airwaves
by Jeremy RifkinThe Guardian (London)
April 28th, 2001
Imagine a world in which a handful of global media conglomerates like Vivendi, Sony, BskyB, Disney, and News Corporation own literally all the airwaves all over the planet and trade them back and forth as 'private electronic real estate'. A strategy is beginning to unfold in Washington DC to make that happen.

Africa: U.S. Covert Action Exposed
by Eric Ture MuhammadFinal Call
April 25th, 2001
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) led the voices of castigation that claimed the U.S. Government, the UN, private militias and western economic interests possessed complete knowledge of pending civil unrest in Africa and fed the fray between African nations. Their aim was to use war, disease, hunger and poverty as covers while continuing the centuries-old practice of rape and exploitation of the continent's human and mineral resources, testimonies charged.

USA: Harvard Living Wage Protest Continues
Associated Press
April 25th, 2001
More than three dozen students have occupied the office of university president Neil Rudenstine since April 18. They are demanding ''a living wage'' for Harvard's custodians, cooks and other blue-collar workers.

USA: Environmental Justice Issues Force Plant to Close
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment 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.

Canada: Summit Called 'Sham,' 'Wishy Washy'
by Melanie SealGlobe and Mail
April 23rd, 2001
Reaction to the summit's final declaration ranged from a ''deplorable sham'' to ''a good start, but there's still a lot more work to be done.''

USA: Bush Task Force to Recommend Alaska Drilling
by Patricia WilsonReuters
April 23rd, 2001
Seeking to clarify a muddied message on oil exploration in the Alaska wilderness, the White House said on Monday President Bush's energy panel would call for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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