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

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

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

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

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