April 24, 2004

Global Warming Campaign Promise

"We must send a strong message to the President and the country that Congress will hold Mr. Bush to his campaign pledge, that it recognizes that global warming poses grave dangers to our environment, our economy, and our national security, and that this country must reduce its CO2 emissions,"
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
April 30, 2001

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April 17, 2004

Andre Apaid's Splendid Little Coup in Haiti

Andre Apaid is by far the largest sweatshop operator in Haiti: with employees who are paid as little as 68 cents a day, far below the minimum wage of $1.50 a day in Haiti.

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Building a Bigger Debacle:
from Edsel to the World Bank

The architect of the Vietnam war came to the Kennedy administration with a astonishing resume. At Ford Motor Company, he was responsible for the world's most unsuccessful product: the Edsel. Yet MacNamara was destined for even greater ventures after Vietnam...

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April 10, 2004

Textile Quotas Lifted: Race to the Bottom Continues

Prices on textiles may drop 15% by 2005, and along with them, wages of workers in the poorest countries of the world.
In the 1994 (Uruguay) round of trade negotiations, WTO members agreed to a 10 year plan for phasing out the existing system of import quotas. Quotas, like tariffs, are a mechanism for regulating international trade. The quotas on textiles are to be lifted at the end of this year.

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April 08, 2004

Haiti Outside of Globalization

From Eyes of the Heart
by Jean-Bertrand Aristide:

Around the world what is called the informal sector makes up a $16 trillion-a-year economy. Of this women are responsible for $11 trillion. In Haiti, where official unemployment is about 70%, the informal sector is in fact much larger than the formal sector...

How do these people survive?

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April 07, 2004

2001 Coup Led by Guy Phillip

Story from Haiti Support Group
Photo from Haiti Press Network
Background: Haiti Contras

Guy Philippe Is Placed Under Arrest For His Role in the Dec. 17, 

2001 coup against the legally elected government of Haiti Former FAD'H sergeant, Pierre Richardson, said he attended meetings in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo to plan the attack along with Guy Philippe, former police chief of the northern city of Cap-Haitien, and Jean-Jacques Nau, former police chief of the Delmas suburb of Port-au-Prince.
According to the police, Richardson, who has a bullet wound in his leg after Monday's assault on the presidential palace, had been stopped on a road near the border with the neighbouring Dominican Republic. When apprehended by police, he was said to have been carrying a wad of cash and an M16 rifle. The police say that Richardson had been involved in the July 28 attacks on the national Police Academy and three police stations, which left five dead and 14 wounded. Apparently, he later fled to Dominican Republic where he was granted temporary residence this month.

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