|Canada: World Inc. Under Siege|
by Vinay Menon, The 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 Ivins, Creators' 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.
|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.
|Mexico: Citigroup's Ally May be a Money Launderer|
by Cynthia Cotts, Village 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.
|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 Kravets, Associated 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.
|USA: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town|
by Tamara Straus, AlterNet
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.
|USA: Capturing the Power of Immigrants' Capital|
by Gumisai Mutume, Inter 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.
|Nominations Open for International Green Pen Awards|
Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists
May 10th, 2001
The International Green Pen Award is presented each year at the APFEJ Annual World Congress for environmental journalists who have made a significant contribution in promoting environmental journalism.
|India: Plastic Waste Plagues Tourist Destination|
by Frederick Noronha, Environment 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.
|Italy: Poor Countries Are North's Radioactive Dump|
by Jorge Pia, Inter 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.
|USA: Harvard Living Wage Protest Continues|
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.
Micha X. Peled
April 5th, 2001
STORE WARS, written, produced and directed by Micha Peled, follows the one-year conflict that polarizes Ashland, Virginia, population 7200, when Wal-Mart decides it wants to build a megastore on the edge of town. The ensuing debate pits neighbor against neighbor in a battle as protracted and bitter as those fought in the Old West between ranchers and farmers over land-use issues.
|Canada: Timber Firms Agree to Protect Rainforest|
by Jim Carlton, Wall Street Journal
April 4th, 2001
In a major victory for environmentalists, Canadian government and timber-industry officials have agreed to protect 3.5 million acres of British Columbia's ancient coastal rainforest from logging.
|USA: Timber Ad Cut|
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, Focus on the Corporation
April 3rd, 2001
The Globe should be consistent and carry the Forest Ethics ad. The paper's refusal to carry truthful advertisements criticizing corporations mocks the spirit of the First Amendment and the notion that the press will serve as an institutional check on abuses of power.
|Call for Assistance from Farmworkers who Supply Taco Bell|
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
March 29th, 2001
As you may already know, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers is looking into organizing a cross-country ''Taco Bell Truth Tour'' -- a bus tour from Florida to California, to begin a few weeks after the formal announcement of the national boycott on Sunday, April 1st, in Orlando.
|Cutting-Edge Activist Website Comes of Age|
March 22nd, 2001
The Transnational Resource & Action Center (TRAC) and its leading activist website Corporate Watch < www.CorpWatch.org > are simplifying their name to CorpWatch.
March 22nd, 2001
On the ground and on the web, through education and activism, San Francisco-based CorpWatch works to hold corporations accountable on issues of human rights, labor rights and environmental justice, locally and globally.
|USA: 'Union-Free' Wal-Mart|
by Harry Kelber, LaborTalk
March 12th, 2001
There are about 3,000 Wal-Mart stores that employ 950,000 people and not one has been unionized. The best the 1.4 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has been able to achieve is to organize a delicatessen unit of 11 Wal-Mart workers last year in a store in Jacksonville. Tex., where 10 of them no longer work.