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USA: 175 Arrested at Hotel Protest Against Youth Crime Initiative
by Justino AguilaSan Francisco Examiner
March 9th, 2000
More than 175 noisy but nonviolent protesters, outraged by the passage of Proposition 21 on Tuesday, were hauled away by police after taking over the lobby of the Hilton hotel and refusing to leave.

US: Anti-Sweatshop Student Sit-Ins Continue
UNITE Stop Sweatshop News
March 9th, 2000
As students celebrated anti-sweatshop victories at Wisconsin, Indiana, and other schools, sit-ins began at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Macalester College in Minneapolis.

Europe: Protests Against GE Foods Spread Across Continent
Environment News Service
March 8th, 2000
In time for the spring planting season, the pressure group Friends of the Earth Europe is launching its biggest ever campaign on foods and crops made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in 22 countries across Europe.

USA: Between Revolution and Reform - The Meltzer Commission's Vision
by Martin WolfFinancial Times
March 8th, 2000
The ''report of the international financial institution advisory commission'' sounds so innocuous. It is not. In the current US debate, it will be explosive. The question is whether it will end with pure destruction or efficient replacements for the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and regional development banks of today.

Ecuador: Unions Plan Big Protest
March 7th, 2000
Ecuador's largest union confederation said Tuesday it would stage protests in the capital Quito on March 21 against government plans to adopt the U.S. dollar as official currency. The Coordinator of Social Movements, which groups agricultural, oil, power, telecom and other unions, said it would bring Quito to a halt to protest Ecuador's ''dollarization'', which was approved by Congress last week.

USA: Union Carbide CEO Fugitive in Bhopal Suit
by Chris HedgesNew York Times
March 7th, 2000
Warren M. Anderson, chairman of the Union Carbide Corporation during the 1984 chemical disaster at Bhopal, India, has apparently gone into hiding to avoid a summons to appear in a Manhattan federal court as part of civil proceedings against him and the company, say lawyers who have hired a private investigator to locate Mr. Anderson.

ZAMBIA: Environmentalists Caution New Mine Investors
The Times of Zambia (Lusaka)
March 6th, 2000
A non-governmental organisation has cautioned the new mine investors not to willfully pollute the environment despite a bill which indemnifies them from litigation against environmental degradation. Citizens for a better environment, a Kitwe based NGO, warned that should the new mines violate the rights of the people to a clean environment, they would face the wrath of the public.

Mexico: Activists Beat Mitsubishi
UN Wire
March 3rd, 2000
Bowing to pressure from environmental groups, Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi and the Mexican government announced yesterday they are scrapping plans to build a salt works near a gray whale breeding area in Baja California (New York Times).

Scotland: Consumer Advocates Throw Down Gauntlet on GE Foods
Agence France Presse
February 29th, 2000
Genetically-modified foods face a consumer revolt if biotech corporations, scientists and policy-makers fail to overhaul the way they vet the safety of these novel products, consumer watchdogs said Tuesday.

USA: Boeing Walkout Reverberates in White Collar World
by Dean PatonChristian Science Monitor
February 24th, 2000
In two weeks, this band of Boeing engineers and technicians has metamorphosed from little more than a voluntary employees club to perhaps the most potent symbol of white-collar solidarity in America today.

JAPAN: People Power Overcomes Nuclear Power
by Jonathan WattsThe Guardian (UK)
February 23rd, 2000
Japan's nuclear power industry suffered a historic defeat yesterday when one of the country's biggest utilities was forced to scrap plans for a power plant that it has been trying to build for 37 years.

USA: Big Tobacco Off the Ropes?
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
February 23rd, 2000
Whether Big Tobacco succeeds will depend in significant part on whether tobacco control groups and their many new allies of various stripes refuse to succumb to Big Tobacco's combined intimidation and charm offensive.

Mozambique: Country Staggers Under Debt Despite Devastating Floods
Financial Times
February 23rd, 2000
Mozambique, hit by the worst floods in 30 years, is having to pay $1.4 million a week in debt service, the Jubilee 2000 Coalition revealed in a statement to the press on 23rd February.

US: Chicago Sweatshop Plan May Be Model
by Martha IrvineAssociated Press
February 19th, 2000
They sound like stories from another time. But a survey of the working poor in Chicago and surrounding suburbs has found otherwise. More than a third of the 800 workers questioned many of them immigrants described conditions in factories, restaurants and other workplaces that the federal government would deem ''sweatshops.''

USA: Farmers Desert Genetically Modified Crops
by Julian BorgerThe Guardian (UK)
February 17th, 2000
US farmers have just finished buying seed for the coming growing season, and early studies suggest that a significant proportion are abandoning GM. A market survey reveals that US farmers plan to plant 16% less genetically modified (GM) corn than they did last year.

USA: Clinton Backs Multinationals Against States in Challenge to Burma Sanctions
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
February 16th, 2000
In a major boost for the forces of economic globalisation, US President Bill Clinton has decided to back multinational corporations in a key court challenge to a Massachusetts law designed to promote democracy in Burma.

US: Vermiculite Products Could Expose Consumers to Asbestos
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
February 15th, 2000
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether products made from vermiculite could expose consumers to asbestos. Preliminary test results on common household products indicate that a particularly lethal form of asbestos fibers contaminates some attic insulation, but researchers do not yet know whether normal use of these products could endanger consumers.

Thailand: Outgoing IMF Chief Hit With Pie
Associated Press
February 13th, 2000
Thailand -- The outgoing chief of the International Monetary Fund got a rude retirement present Sunday when an American anti-free trade activist penetrated security at a trade conference and hit him with a pie in the face.

Brazil: IMF -- Shut Up or Get Out
Associated Press
February 12th, 2000
The International Monetary Fund has retracted criticism of Brazil's anti-poverty plan in the wake of national indignation and calls for IMF representative Lorenzo Perez to be kicked out of the country.

USA: People of Color Battle Toxics in Communities
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
February 11th, 2000
Ten African American children are visiting Washington, D.C. this week, but they did not come to see the usual tourist attractions. They are here to illustrate the dangerous legacy of hazardous wastes, contaminated manufacturing sites, and polluting industries, placed predominantly in poor, non-White communities.

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