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5th Circuit to Weigh Jurisdiction Over Contractors in Iraq
by Daphne EviatarThe American Lawyer
January 29th, 2008
CorpWatch's Pratap Chatterjee is referenced regarding the Iraq War outsourcing of military functions to KBR

Global Ambulance Chasers: Lawyers Profit From Suing States for Multinationals
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
December 17th, 2012
Dozens of highly paid international lawyers are pocketing millions of dollars in fees from multinational corporations to sue governments in secretive arbitration tribunals for profits they claim to be owed under international investment treaties, according to a new report from Corporate Europe Observatory and Transnational Institute.

US: Life Was Lost in Maelstrom of Suspicion
by Ginger Thompson and Eric SchmittNew York Times
December 4th, 2007
The suicide of a top Air Force procurement officer casts a cloud of suspicion, threatening to plunge a service still struggling to emerge from one of its worst scandals into another quagmire.

Lessons of Empire: India, 60 Years After Independence
by Nick Robins and Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 14th, 2007
60 years after India gained independence, British capital is still exploiting poor communities in its former colony. Centuries after Britain's East India Company -- the world's first multinational -- faced protests in London, a group of villagers continue the tradition of resistance.

Welcome to the CorpWatch Blog!
by Brooke Shelby Biggs
December 20th, 2005
Welcome to the Corpwatch Blog! We're introducing this new feature as a tool for you to navigate our resources, and to help provide context to breaking news elsewhere on the Web.

The Corporation Premiers in the United States
Big Picture Media Corporation
June 10th, 2004

Tristan da Cunha: Fury as Dealer Takes Wild Penguins
by Antony BarnettObserver (London)
January 4th, 2004
Towards the end of last year, controversial South African wildlife dealer John Visser sailed to the remote British-controlled island of Tristan da Cunha and captured more than 240 rockhopper penguins, which he has been selling for about 4,000 each to zoos in China, Malaysia and Japan. Conservationists are outraged, as rockhoppers, they claim, are a vulnerable and endangered species. As a British dependent territory, Tristan da Cunha and its population of 300 people are under the rule of the Foreign Office which - to the fury of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - gave the green light to the trade.

UK: Britain's Worst Polluters Exposed
by Charles ArthurIndependent/UK
July 31st, 2003
More than a dozen blue chip companies were revealed yesterday as serial polluters who simply shrug off the paltry fines for breaking the law. Even for Anglian Water Services, the worst of Britain's offenders last year, the financial penalties amounted to less than one-thousandth of its annual profit.

USA: Dollars Out for Mid-East TV
BBC News
July 17th, 2003
The US House of Representatives has approved funds for the creation of a radio and television network in the Middle East aimed at promoting American views.

Big Changes at CorpWatch
by CorpWatch
July 9th, 2003
As you may know, CorpWatch has undergone a series of changes over the last nine months, due in no small part to the economic downturn that has thrown many social justice non-profits into turmoil. We have had to face the question of how to maintain our mission and vision while making cuts in program and staffing. Looks Into Government Motives
Independent Institute
July 2nd, 2003
OAKLAND, CALIF - The Independent Institute today unveiled its new website,, a site dedicated to the study of the nature, growth, span and use of government, especially during "war crises."

USA: Wal-Mart Wages Don't Support Wal-Mart Workers
by Stan CoxAlternet
June 10th, 2003
Wal-Mart is the nation's biggest employer, the low-price champion, and a seller of just about everything. A healthy family with a roof over its head could supply virtually all of its other basic monthly needs with one stop at a Wal-Mart Supercenter like the one here in Salina, Kansas. To me, that raised a question: Can a family whose breadwinner works at Wal-Mart afford to supply its minimum needs by shopping there?

5 Million Deaths a Year Worldwide from Smoking
SmokeFree Educational Services
June 5th, 2003
The greatest cause of disease and death in every developed country and most developing countries is tobacco addiction. The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco addiction kills 5 million people worldwide each year, including more than 400,000 Americans.

Brazil: Landless Movement Targets Monsanto
May 3rd, 2003
Members of the million-strong landless movement in Brazil (MST) have invaded a farm owned by biotech giant Monsanto in the central state of Goias. It is the third protest of this kind against Monsanto property this year, and the company has urged the government to take back the land, warning that repeated invasions "damage the image of the country".

UK: Shell Oil Accused of Harming Communities
by Sanjay SuriInter Press Service
April 22nd, 2003
The oil giant Shell is failing to protect communities near its installations in several countries, says a new report from Friends of the Earth

Bhopal Survivors Arrive in the US for Tour
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
April 22nd, 2003
Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla, gas affected survivors and leaders of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karamchari Sangh (Bhopal Gas Affected Women's Stationery Workers' Union / BGPMSKS), and Satinath Sarangi of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action arrived in Texas, US today for a 40 day tour.

National Day of Action for Clean Air at Kodak - April 23, 2003
Citizens' Environmental Coalition
April 10th, 2003
Students and community members from across the country are gearing up to take part in the first ever National Day of Action for Clean Air at Kodak on April 23rd. We need YOUR help to make this a success by organizing an event in your local community outside of a drugstore chain that sells Kodak film.

Women of Color Rise Against the War!
Women of Color Resource Center
March 18th, 2003
We call particularly on women to rise with great force and to stand for peace with justice -- to stand in unity with the women of Iraq. We know that they suffered immeasurably during the Gulf War of 1991. Cancer rates, birth defects and infant mortality all increased dramatically as a result of the thousands of bombs, rockets and missiles dropped in Iraq. We know that 12 years later, they still suffer from the humanitarian crisis caused by the Gulf War and US-supported sanctions.

USA: Salvadoran Doctors Enlist Emigrants in Privatization Struggle
Washington Post
March 13th, 2003
Several doctors from El Salvador have been making the rounds in Washington the last couple weeks, stopping by Congress and the State Department but also visiting the centers of another significant power here--the Salvadoran immigrant community.

We the Planet Festival
Circle of Life
March 13th, 2003
Julia Butterfly Hill and the Circle of Life are pleased to announce, We The Planet, an all day festival of Music, Consciousness & Activism, in Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow.

USA: Losing War on Cancer, Ignoring Prevention
Environment News Service
February 21st, 2003
Leading players in the war on cancer should do more to educate the American public about how to minimize its risk of contracting the disease, according to a new report from the Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC).

GMO Summit
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference and the Farmer Cooperative
February 14th, 2003
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference and the Farmer Cooperative Genome Project Meeting bring two days of panels dedicated to the emerging legal, social, and environmental issues surrounding the introduction of genetic engineering to agriculture, medicine, and industry.

US: Groups Protest Rules Change on 'Dolphin Safe' Label
by Jane KaySan Francisco Chronicle
February 12th, 2003
Environmental groups asked a federal court Tuesday to halt a rule that they say would weaken the "dolphin safe" label on canned tuna and dramatically increase the number of deaths among the ocean mammals.

Tell Borders to Boycott Boise Cascade
Rain Forest Action Network
February 7th, 2003
Borders Books and its subsidiary Waldenbooks are helping Boise overthrow the most popular conservation measure in American history: The U.S. Roadless Conservation Policy.

USA: The Truth About Bush's New Tax Cut
by James RidgewayVillage Voice
January 7th, 2003
Almost half of the projected benefits from President Bush's plan to scrap taxes on dividends would go to the 1 percent of the population whose incomes top $1 million. The scheme has been promoted as beneficial to the elderly, but in fact, only 6 percent of the elderly with incomes under $50,000 get anything out of it. These figures come from a briefing Monday by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington think tank. Further, taxpayers who earn $35,000 or less come away with $27 more a year.

USA: Oil, Air, Energy Laws at Risk
by Eric Pianin and Helen DewarWashington Post
November 18th, 2002
Suddenly, President Bush's proposals to drill for oil in an Alaskan wilderness, boost energy exploration in the Rockies and consider changes to some major environmental laws are back in play, following the Republicans' resounding success in the Nov. 5 congressional elections.

Airline Mechanics Hold Nationwide Protest Against Wage Cuts and Outsourcing of Work
AMTs Against Concessions Network
November 14th, 2002
On November 20, 2002, mechanics from American Airlines, United Airlines and other carriers will hold pickets in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas/Fort Worth, and New York City. Mechanics are picketing to show support for job security and inform the flying public of the declining state of aircraft maintenance today. This is not a union-sponsored demonstration, but a grassroots reaction to the wave of concessions sweeping through the industry. Mechanics feel that cutting more costs in maintenance budgets is not a safe or effective way to make up for a lack of revenue.

Unsustainability at Lufthansa
Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE)
November 14th, 2002
We are writing to inform you about Lufthansa's mistreatment of its low-wage employees in the United States, where Lufthansa employs approximately 14,000 workers in its airline catering and foods processing divisions. Workplace abuses ranging from alleged sexual assault by managers, to employees working at home without pay, to management denying the rights of its employees to unionize are reported on a Web site,

UK Firefighters on the Picket Line -- and on the Web
LabourStart (UK)
November 14th, 2002
Last night at 18:00, tens of thousands of British firefighters walked off their jobs in the first national strike in 25 years.

McDonald's Anti-Union Activities
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
October 10th, 2002
Brussels (October 9, 2002) -- Today, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will meet with McDonalds' union activists from around the world to discuss the company's anti-union activities, and the truth behind McDonalds' so-called ''people promise''. The group of MEPs will include Theo Bouwman, President of the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

USA: Drink Coffee? Read This
by Michelle ChiharaAlterNet
September 19th, 2002
Since the arrival of the venti half-caf latte in the '90s, Americans have gotten used to the idea of the $3 (or more) cup of coffee. Designer coffee is still booming -- Starbucks Coffee company profits totaled $181 million in fiscal 2000, and the company now has 5,688 locations from Indonesia to Spain to the U.S.

USA: Long Island Breast Cancer Study Missing the Nuke Connection?
by Karl GrossmanEast Hampton Star
August 22nd, 2002
Results have been announced of the multi-million dollar federal Long Island Breast Cancer Study--that no links have been found between breast cancer here and several chemicals studied--and Newsday has devoted a series to the studys inconclusive outcome and the New York Times featured it on the front page of its Week in Review section.

Peru: Illegal Loggers Invade Indigenous Area
by Mary PowersEnvironment News Service
August 9th, 2002
Mahogany loggers have invaded a reserve area for non-contacted native groups in Peru's southeastern jungle to illegally extract the highly prized lumber. They have clashed with tribes in the area, activists and a leader of an indigenous federation said.

USA: Study Finds No Link Between Organochlorines, Breast Cancer
by Cat LazaroffEnviroment News Service
August 6th, 2002
A seven year study of breast cancer clusters on Long Island has found no link between the disease and exposure to chemical pollutants known as organochlorine compounds. But a separate study found that high exposure to pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons was linked to a modest increase in risk of developing breast cancer.

CorpWatch Hires New Executive Director
by CorpWatch
July 23rd, 2002
CorpWatch announced today that it had completed its search for a new executive director. Maria Elena Martinez, a Mexican activist and researcher will join the organization as Executive Director as of October 1st.

Free Guide Helps Investors Select Ethical and Responsible Investments
SRI World Group
July 18th, 2002
Brattleboro, VT (July 16, 2002) -- A new guide aimed at helping individual investors align their investments with their values has just been published by SRI World Group. The 20-page guide, entitled Investing in Socially Responsible Mutual Funds, is part of a free socially responsible investing (SRI) Mutual Funds Kit that can be ordered from is a service of SRI World Group and is the Internet's most comprehensive personal finance site devoted to socially responsible investing.

India: Bhopal Survivors Extend Hunger Strike
The Hindu
July 3rd, 2002
The indefinite hunger strike by survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy entered the fifth day today with no assurance coming from the government on their demands.

The Movement Loses a Visionary Leader
Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator, Nicaragua Network
July 3rd, 2002
Trim Bissell, founder and National Co-Coordinator of the Campaign for Labor Rights, succumbed after a 20-month battle with a brain tumor and left the ranks of those who struggle for justice and peace.

Peru: New Forestry Law Triggers Violent Protests
by Mary PowersEnvironment News Service
July 1st, 2002
LIMA, Peru -- A new forestry law that changes the way logging concessions for Peru's tropical forests are granted is facing violent opposition by a small group of loggers who environmental groups say represent big logging interests responsible for decades of depredation in the lush Amazon rainforest.

Democracy Now! Looking for a Producer
Democracy Now!
June 28th, 2002
Democracy Now! is looking for a Producer. Salary negotiable. Start immediately. People of color strongly encouraged to apply.

Borders CEO: Don't Limit Access to Books, Ideas
Ralph Nader and Commercial Alert
June 27th, 2002
WASHINGTON (June 26, 2002) -- Ralph Nader, Commercial Alert, and 27 authors and scholars sent a letter today to Borders Group CEO Gregory P. Josefowicz, asking him to reconsider his "category management" plan which will likely reduce the range of ideas in print and put small publishers out of business. The letter follows.

USA: WorldCom, The Latest Corporate Accounting Scandal
by Kurt Eichenwald with Simon RomeroNew York Times
June 27th, 2002
The first inklings of the debacle that has consumed WorldCom emerged last week, when an internal company auditor stumbled across something curious. Expenses the company had incurred in 2001 for its telecommunications network did not appear where they should have in its internal books. Instead, those costs to the tune of billions of dollars had been systematically sprinkled across a series of accounts for capital expenditures.

Don't Let Indian Government Bury Bhopal!
CorpWatch India
June 26th, 2002
Activist pressure on Dow Chemical Corporation may account for some recent developments in India regarding the Bhopal issue.

Tell the Chinese Daily News to Recognize the Union
Communications Workers of America
June 20th, 2002
How long does it take to get a union recognized? For workers at the Chinese Daily News in Monterey Park, California, it may take years. Thats because the Chinese Daily News has told its workers that it intends to keep CWA out by refusing to bargain. Workers in the paper's advertising, business, circulation, news and production departments voted to join CWA Local 39521 on March 16, 2001. Take Action today!

Union Wins Strike Against Cement Company
International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions
June 20th, 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 17 Local 219-O of the Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) has emerged victorious in its six-month strike against cement giant Lafarge Inc. at the company's Bath, Ontario facility, with the union's membership ratifying a new agreement on Saturday by 77%.

AFL-CIO Looking for Researchers
June 20th, 2002
Campaign researchers investigate issues, analyze data, and help develop strategies as part of union organizing campaigns. Current job openings range from entry to senior levels and involve a wide range of applied field research activities in fast-paced campaign environments with different unions across the country.

USA: Glacier Threatens Alaskan Fishing Village
New York Times
June 16th, 2002
YAKUTAT, Alaska -- Hubbard Glacier, one of the world's largest, is threatening the economic life of this tiny, predominantly Tlingit fishing village on the southeast Alaskan coast.

Europe: Deep Sea Fisheries to be Regulated
Environment News Service
June 12th, 2002
LUXEMBOURG -- The European Commission has crafted a new Common Fisheries Policy for Europe in an attempt to revive collapsing fish populations and keep the European fishing industry alive at the same time.

USA: Gay Shame
by Tommi Avicolli
June 7th, 2002
How appropriate that the new documentary about the Cockettes, the outrageous early 70s drag troupe that genderbended its way to infamy, was showing just a few feet from the corner of Castro and Market in San Francisco where the Gay Shame Awards were being given by a group of radical queers.

USA: Florida Farm Workers Take On Taco Bell
by David BaconPacific News Service
May 29th, 2002
Take note, saucy little Taco Bell Chihuahua. Farm workers in Florida who pick tomatoes that wind up on the fast-food giant's menu are fed up with backbreaking work at slave-labor wages. They're uniting with students in a new Southern labor movement that just might rival the anti-sweatshop protests that rocked sportswear manufacturers in the 1990s.

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.

USA: Tribe, Labor Union Protest Plant
by Rick RobinsonThe Oklahoman
May 10th, 2002
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Rainforest Activists Launch ''Dinosaur Tour''
Rainforest Action Network
May 9th, 2002
SEATTLE (May 7, 2002) -- Rainforest Action Network (RAN) floated a giant 120-foot dinosaur hot air balloon that proclaims, ''I LOVE DESTROYING OLD GROWTH,'' over Microsoft this morning. The dinosaur balloon is part of a national ''Dinosaur Tour'' to highlight the absurdity of destroying old growth forests and confront Boise's (NYSE: BCC), formerly Boise Cascade, local customers -- Microsoft, Eddie Bauer, University of Washington and the state of Washington -- about continuing business ties with America's most destructive logging company. Industry dinosaur Boise refuses to heed public sentiment in support of wilderness and old growth protection and end its barbaric practices of buying and selling products made from old growth, endangered forests and logging on U.S. public lands. Over the next six weeks, RAN will bring the dinosaur balloon to major cities across the country.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Website Supports Corporate Accountability in India
by CorpWatch
March 26th, 2002
CorpWatch, a US-based organization working to hold corporations accountable locally and globally, launched a new website -- -- today to expose the social and environmental impacts of corporate investment in India., New Progressive Web Portal
Wade Hudson
March 20th, 2002
With fresh, original content and selective links, announces an ad-free gateway to progressive and humanistic resources on the Internet.

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.

Lever's Mercury Fever Rages On
United Citizens Council of Kodaikanal, Palni Hills Conservation Council (PHCC), and Greenpeace India
March 7th, 2002
Kodaikanal (March 7, 2002) -- Employees from the now-closed controversial Hindustan Lever Thermometer thermometer factory in Kodaikanal today condemned the company's efforts to stifle their right to demand an independent medical and health evaluation for the mercury contamination caused due to mercury exposure at the thermometer factory.

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.

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.

RCA-Taiwan Employees Need Your Help
Taiwan Environmental Action Network
February 21st, 2002
We are writing this letter on behalf of a group of former RCA employees in Taiwan to seek for your support. RCA, now under the ownership of GE and Thomson, invested and set up factories in Taiwan since the 60's. After RCA moved out from Taiwan in 1992, serious pollution at the factory site was exposed and discovered.

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
Are you a Working Assets long distance or credit card member? If so, please consider voting for CorpWatch on their upcoming ballot. Working Assets will disperse $5 million to 55 organizations based on their members' votes. Your vote will express your support for our cutting-edge work.

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.

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.

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.''

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: 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.

Food First ''Compassion Alert''
Food First/The Institute for Food and Development Policy
September 14th, 2001
Food First/The Institute for Food and Development Policy stands with the international community as we mourn a tragedy of unprecedented depth. We are devastated and horrified at the insanity and carnage.

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: 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.

Protest Morgan Stanley's Destructive Financing!
International Rivers Network and Students for a Free Tibet
August 30th, 2001
Boycott Morgan Stanleys Discover credit card and brokerage services until it takes steps to implement environmental and social criteria that will guide its financing decisions. Demand the bank stop financing destructive projects and human rights violations.

Cautious Optimism by Supporters of Haitian Workers
Haiti Support Group
August 30th, 2001
The British non-governmental organisation, the Haiti Support Group, hails the recent successes of unionised Haitian workers, but expresses its concern about continuing anti-union practices and the failure to resolve long-running disputes at the Cointreau/Guacimal company.

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: 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.

Save Democracy Now! Updated Alert
Juan Gonzalez, Pacifica Campaign
August 21st, 2001
The crisis with Pacifica's flagship national news show, Democracy Now!, has gotten worse. Pacifica management has now suspended Amy Goodman without pay.

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.

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.

Gwich'in Nation Calls for Urgent Action on Arctic Refuge
Gwich'in Nation
August 10th, 2001
The fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the fate of the Gwich'in Nation. If the Arctic Refuge is sacrificed to meet the high energy consumption needs of the US, the Gwich'in will not be able to continue our ancestral way of life and pass it on to our future generations as we have since time immemorial.

Congressional Reps Endorse Fair Trade Coffee
U.S. House of Representatives
August 8th, 2001
Over 60 Members of Congress are urging Starbucks and the company that manages food services for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and other institutions in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia to only sell what is known as "fair trade certified" coffee, a Starbucks blend that gives a real return to the farmers who grow it while preserving the flavor and results coffee drinkers have come to expect from the popular brand name drink.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Store Wars
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 CarltonWall 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 WeissmanFocus 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
by CorpWatch
March 22nd, 2001
The Transnational Resource & Action Center (TRAC) and its leading activist website Corporate Watch < > are simplifying their name to CorpWatch.

About 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 KelberLaborTalk
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.

USA: Supreme Court Sides with American Airlines Over Union
February 26th, 2001
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that a pilots union and two of its officers must pay $45.5 million in compensatory damages to AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, the nation's second-largest airline, for refusing to halt a sickout in 1999.

Mexico: Baja Towns Struggle After Saving Whale Sanctuary
Environment News Service
February 9th, 2001
Communities surrounding Laguna San Ignacio in Baja, Mexico, will receive money from environmental groups that helped stop a plan to convert the last undisturbed nursery for the Pacific gray whale into the worlds largest industrial salt facility.

India: Economy Shaken by Quake
by Ranjit DevrajInter Press Service
February 1st, 2001
According to a top government leader, the Jan. 26 quake, which rated 7.9 on the Richter scale, destroyed property worth more than 100 billion rupees (about two billion U.S. dollars) in western coastal Gujarat state.

Vietnam: New Export, People
by John GittelsohnOrange County Register
January 28th, 2001
''Sending laborers to work abroad is one of Vietnam's major efforts to settle issues of employment, especially for young people,'' Prime Minister Pham Van Khai said last year

Central America: Earthquake Poses New Threat to Development
by Nfer MuozInter Press Service
January 15th, 2001
The earthquake that left behind death and destruction in El Salvador last Saturday has imposed new obstacles for the development of all Central America, just as the nightmares caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 were beginning to dissipate.

Ecuador: Record Inflation in First Year of 'Dollarization'
by Kintto LucasInter Press Service
January 10th, 2001
The adoption of the dollar a year ago in Ecuador has not been happily accepted by most of the population, who suffered 91 percent inflation in dollars last year, the highest annual rate in the history of the country.

USA/India: Toxic Shipment Under Fire
by Neville JuddEnvironment News Service
January 10th, 2001
Maine's worst mercury polluter is proving to be as controversial in liquidation as when the company was manufacturing caustic soda and chlorine from its Orrington plant on the Penobscot River.

USA: Clinton Preserves Pristine Roadless National Forests
by Brian HansenEnvironment News Service
January 5th, 2001
In a move that ranks among the most significant environmental policy initiatives in U.S. history, President Bill Clinton today announced the adoption of a comprehensive strategy that bans road construction and commercial logging on nearly 60 million acres of U.S. Forest Service land.

El Salvador: Dollarization Brings Chaos
by Néfer MuñozInter Press Service
January 5th, 2001
A sense of bewilderment prevailed among El Salvador's poor majority after the introduction of the dollar as legal tender this week, as many people in the informal sector of the economy did not even know how to make change in dollars.

USA: Nurses Organize to Protect Patients
by Michael J. BerensChicago Tribune
December 20th, 2000
Besieged by inadequate staffing, nurses are pushing their calls for reform into the public spotlight. From raucous street rallies to private meetings, the primarily female profession is circumventing a code of silence that, in some hospitals, still mandates that nurses should not speak to a superior unless spoken to first.

USA: Microsoft Settles Temp Lawsuits for $97 Million
by Peggy AndersenAssociated Press
December 13th, 2000
Microsoft agreed to pay $97 million to settle federal lawsuits filed on behalf of thousands of long-term temporary workers, who often received lower pay and fewer benefits than their permanent counterparts.

USA: EPA, General Electric Clash Over Hudson River Cleanup
by Brian HansenEnvironment News Service
December 6th, 2000
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today recommended that the General Electric Company finance a $460 million effort to dredge more than 100,000 pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from a 40 mile stretch of the Hudson River in upstate New York.

USA: Lockheed Funds Study Using Human Guinea Pigs
by Marla ConeLos Angeles Times
November 27th, 2000
But these human volunteers--recruited by Loma Linda University Medical Center and paid $1,000 apiece--are not testing a new medication. The pills contain an industrial pollutant called perchlorate, a chemical found in rocket fuel.

India: Three Dead in Protests Against Industry Shut Down
by Devinder SharmaEnvironment News Service
November 22nd, 2000
Three people have been killed in violent protests in India's capital city of New Delhi. The four days of protests are against the court ordered closure of about 7,000 polluting industrial facilities.

Vietnam: US Firms Seek SE Asian Market
by Martin CrutsingerAssociated Press
November 14th, 2000
American business is hungry for a share of the Vietnam market, seeking to meet its demand for soft drinks, consumer products and high-tech telecommunications services and to gain a foothold in the massive rebuilding of a country heavily damaged by U.S. warplanes a quarter-century ago.

USA: Washington Turns a Blind Eye to Union Busting
by Michael
November 14th, 2000
Avante employees had twice voted, in landslide numbers, to align themselves with the Service Employees International Union. Both times, Avante had contested the elections and forced more rounds of voting. Now the company is in an ongoing legal battle with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that will likely take several years to resolve.

Russia: Villagers Dump Radioactive Soil on Parliament's Doorstep
Environment News Service
October 10th, 2000
Villagers from the Chelyabinsk region in the Ural Mountains delivered contaminated soil to the Russian parliament Monday. The soil comes from the gardens and farms that surround the giant Mayak nuclear site. The villagers' protest, which has attracted more than two million signatures on a petition, is at a proposal to allow imports of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel.

USA: Hotel Chains Rate Poorly on Diversity and Promotion Practices, Says NAACP
by Ron ZapataAssociated Press
October 9th, 2000
The nation's 11 major hotel chains have not kept their promises to improve business opportunities for blacks, the NAACP said Monday in urging people to avoid ''underperforming'' companies.

Australia: Fosters Beer to Drop Greenhouse Gas Refrigerants
Environment News Service
August 16th, 2000
One month before the opening ceremony for the 2000 Olympic Games, Greenpeace Australia has issued a report card to the Games that shows Sydney has failed to live up to the promise of the so-called Green Games.

USA: Los Angeles Hotel Workers Fight Back
by Jennifer BleyerAlterNet
August 14th, 2000
While Democratic visitors inside the posh Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel gussied themselves up for yesterday evening's events, dozens of hotel workers and hundreds of supporters rallied outside the hotel for their right to organize. Taking advantage of this week's national spotlight on Los Angeles to publicize their struggle, the rally, which was sponsored by the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Local 814, included appearances by Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

USA: Iowa Proposes ''Immigrant Enterprise Zones''
by Frank TrejoDallas Morning News
July 30th, 2000
The panel wants Iowa to be designated an ''immigration enterprise zone'' so the state could seek exemptions from federal immigration quotas, making it easier for people to move to Iowa and work there.

G8: Thousands Form Human Chain Around US Airbase in Japan
July 20th, 2000
OKINAWA, Japan -- More than 27,000 people linked hands under the bright skies of Japan's Okinawa island on Thursday in a dramatic protest against U.S. forces there.

Philippines: 100 Bodies Found in Garbage Slide
Environment New Service
July 11th, 2000
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine search and rescue workers have recovered 100 bodies from the Payatas garbage dump after torrential rains brought down the mountain of garbage in the northern Manila suburb of Quezon city.

Mexico: Victory For Democracy or Neoliberalism?
by Dan La BotzMexican Labor News and Analysis
July 7th, 2000
Vicente Fox Quesada, the former Coca Cola executive, rancher and businessman from the conservative National Action Party (PAN) won Mexico's presidential election on July 2 ending 71 years of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

G8 Summit Must Act to Erase Debt Burden Says Trade Union Group
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
July 7th, 2000
BRUSSELS -- ''It is scandalous that despite high flown promises so little has been done to cancel the debt burden of the poorest countries'' said the ICFTU General Secretary Bill Jordan following a meeting in Tokyo with the Japanese Prime Minister.

Mexico: President Elect Brings Business Approach to Governing
by Diego CevallosInter Press Service
July 4th, 2000
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's president-elect Vicente Fox said Tuesday that the change of government would be smooth and crisis-free, and that his absolute top priority would be the fight against poverty.

Ecuador: Janitors Write Demands in Blood
Associated Press
July 4th, 2000
QUITO, Ecuador -- A group of striking public hospital janitors used their own blood Tuesday, drawn with hypodermic needles, to write out their demands for salary increases, better working conditions and greater job security.

USA: Abusive Child Labor Found in Agriculture
Human Rights Watch
June 20th, 2000
NEW YORK -- Hundreds of thousands of child farmworkers are laboring under dangerous and grueling conditions in the United States, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today.

Fiji: Timber's Role in Coup
by David RobieGemini News Service
June 14th, 2000
As the political crisis in Fiji twisted and turned on an almost daily basis following the seizure of the Prime Minister and a group of other hostages, a pre-coup controversy over millions of dollars' worth of mahogany was forgotten. A Gemini News Service correspondent looks at a timber dispute that is not yet over.

USA: Trade Unionists from 20 Countries Challenge General Electric's Globalization
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
March 22nd, 2000
Union leaders from 20 countries are gathering here this week to co-ordinate efforts to deal with the aggressive globalisation strategy of the US-based multinational giant, General Electric Company (GE).

USA: Racial Wealth Gap Remains
by Yochi J. DreazenThe Wall Street Journal
March 14th, 2000
The booming economy has done much to boost the fortunes of many long-disadvantaged Americans. But the gap in well-being between whites and nonwhites didn't budge over the 1990s and remains huge, especially when measured by wealth.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Mexico: Student Protests Over Free Market Policies Spread
by John RiceAssociated Press
February 9th, 2000
The strike began last April to protest an increase in UNAM's minimal tuition and other reforms. University officials quickly backed off on the tuition issue, but radicals controlling the strike committee pressed ahead with the strike, seeing it as part of a struggle against free-market economic policies.

USA: Texas Judge Gags California Union
February 8th, 2000
In an extraordinary restraint of free speech, a Texas judge has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that forbids a Northern California union from making any truthful statements about a company involved in a current labor dispute. In response, SEIU Local 250 has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today in the US District Court of Northern California.

USA: Microsoft Loses Appeal in Workers Dispute
by James ViciniReuters
January 10th, 2000
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Microsoft Corp.'s appeal of a ruling that thousands of temporary and contract workers were eligible to buy discounted stock in the software giant.

USA: Nuclear Weapons Plant Has Y2K Glitch
January 4th, 2000
A year 2000 computer glitch at a U.S. Energy Department nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee remains unfixed, but workers have been able to track nuclear material at the site using an alternative system, a department official said on Tuesday.

Venezuela: Cargill and Local Companies Destroy Wetlands
Arthur Feinstein and Ralph Nobles
December 28th, 1999
Los Olivitos, located near Lake Maracaibo's el Tablazo Bay, is so biologically rich that it has been designated as a United Nations RAMSAR Treaty site, a Wetland of International Importance. Yet this has not stopped its ongoing destruction by PRODUSAL, a consortium of a Venezuelan petrochemical firm, Pequiven, and our own Cargill Salt Company.