Property, Tourism & Transportation
Land conflicts involving indigenous people have multiplied in Brazil over the last few months, generating greater tension and showing once again that the country's roughly 400,000 indigenous people still have a long way to go to win respect for their rights.
This is a excerpt of a report put out by href="http://www.tourismconcern.org.uk/campaigns/ssss.html">Tourism Concern . The entire report highlights labor abuses in Gran Canaria, Bali, Korea, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Mexico, Egypt, and Thailand.
High-ranking officials from the United States as well as Iraq accuse the Danish shipping company Maersk of having taken advantage of the chaos of war in order to grab control of Iraq's oil port.
On April 19 the Carnival Corporation pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Miami to criminal charges related to falsifying records of the oil-contaminated bilge water that six of its ships dumped into the sea from 1996 through 2001.
"We are here to take care of the land, because we depend on it for a living," said AndrÃ©s Sajama, cacique (chief) of Queta, a Kolla indigenous community in the northwestern Argentine province of Jujuy. "We don't want to block mining projects, but we won't allow them to take away what little we have left," he told IPS.
A battle is raging in Chiapas, Mexico to protect rainforest biodiversity and indigenous rights. Both are threatend by the Plan Puebla Panama.
The United Automobile Workers union wielded its most potent weapon against General Motors yesterday, sending 73,000 workers to picket lines in its first national strike at G.M. since 1970.
The sale of the Serbian brewery, Beogradska Industrija Piva, seen by some as a key step in economic reform, is being fought by the family that lost the firm when it was seized by communists.