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Stop Violence Against Coca Producers in Bolivia
Coalition in Defense of Water and Life (Cochabamba, Bolivia)
January 24th, 2002
In Cochabamba, in the central Amazon region of Bolivia, political violence is intesifying following the closing of local coca markets. The government justifies it's crack down by pointing to a decree emitted on the 27th of November 2001, under the previous dictator, Hugo Banzer, who resigned from the executive seat some months ago.

Rich Countries Dump Plastic Wastes in India
No Plastics in the Environment
January 14th, 2002
January 11, 2002 -- At a time when Indian cities and the rural countryside are reeling under a plastic waste crisis, official import data indicates that India has been a favoured dumping ground for plastic wastes, mostly from industrialized countries like Canada, Denmark, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Japan, France and the United States.

The 2001 P.U.-litzer Prizes
Norman Solomon
December 21st, 2001
The P.U.-litzer Prizes were established a decade ago to give recognition to the stinkiest media performances of the year.

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.

Tell Alcoa to Scrap Plans for Amazon Dams!
International Rivers Network, Brazil
December 13th, 2001
Alcoa, the world's largest aluminum company, has announced plans to construct at least three large dams in the Brazilian Amazon. These dams will guarantee a supply of energy for Alcoa's Alumar plant in So Luis (a project of Alcoa, BHP Billiton, and Alcan), and will permit the plant's expansion.

TIAA-CREF: Pension Fund Inconsistent on Social Responsibility
December 13th, 2001
BOSTON -- A coalition of human rights and corporate accountability organizations is calling attention to the contradictions between the public image and the reality behind TIAA-CREF. As one of the worlds largest pension funds, TIAA-CREF has gained a deserved good reputation for pushing good corporate governance in its portfolio companies. However, according to the TIAA-CREF: Out of the Bad and Into the Good Coalition, the pension giant has violated its own governance principles in significant ways that don't support shareholders.

Community Radio Advocates Regain Control of Pacifica Network
Save Pacifica
December 13th, 2001
An agreement was reached today between plaintiffs in four lawsuits against Pacifica and the foundation's board of directors, whereby official control of the network will return to community radio advocates.

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.

Special Multinational Monitor Offer
Essential Information
November 29th, 2001
Multinational Monitor, a magazine edited by Robert Weissman, is offering one-year subscriptions to new subscribers, or for gifts, for $15 -- a $10 discount from the normal one-year subscription rate.

Demand that the Nation's Largest Pension Fund Boycott World Bank Bonds!
World Bank Bonds Boycott (Center for Economic Justice)
November 15th, 2001
TIAA-CREF is the largest pension fund in the U.S., and it holds approximately $5 million in World Bank bonds. At its annual meeting in New York City on November 13, TIAA-CREF was challenged by protesters demanding that it get out of World Bank bonds and instead invest its money more responsibly.

Take Action for Unilever Workers in India Exposed to Mercury!
People's Union for Civil Liberties
November 9th, 2001
In March 2001, Unilever's mercury thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, India, was exposed for illegally dumping toxic mercury wastes in a scrapyard adjacent to a school in a sensitive watershed forest behind the factory building. Workers and ex-workers have since expressed outrage at the callousness of Unilever for keeping them in the dark about the toxic nature of mercury.

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.

Support the Families of Norco, Louisiana in Their Fight Against Shell!
Concerned Citizens of Norco
October 25th, 2001
For 15 years the residents of the Diamond district, an African American community in Norco, Louisiana, have been demanding that Shell to relocate them from their neighborhood adjacent to one of the corporation's chemical plants. Despite the pollution, accidents and health risks caused by the plant, Shell refuses to relocate all the residents of Diamond.

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.

Greenpeace Amazon Campaigner Receives Death Threat
October 18th, 2001
BRASILIA, Brazil (October 10, 2001) -- A telephone call received last week at a house where Greenpeace campaigners live and work in Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, threatened death to Paulo Adario who coordinates Greenpeace's Amazon Campaign.

Urgent: Stop Fast Track!!!
Public Citizen
October 4th, 2001
Call Congress toll-free 1-800-393-1082 and tell your Member to vote No on Fast Track. Despite the incredible inappropriateness of pushing such a controversial issue after the tragic events of September 11th, Rep Thomas (R-CA) has decided that he wants to try to push Fast Track through Congress no matter what.

Vote For CorpWatch!
October 4th, 2001
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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.

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