SWEATSHOPS Money for Nothing and Calls for Free http://www.corpwatch.org/ As the outsourcing of jobs has become a hot election year issue in the US, call centers in India continue to multiply. Local workers answer calls for US corporations at a fraction of the cost of an American worker, as Nidhi Kumar and Nidhi Verghese report from Mumbai, India. IN THE NEWS https://www.corpwatch.org/news/PNR.jsp * Chad: The Making Of An African Petrostate * USA: Tyson Hit With $1.28 Bn Verdict * UK: Attempt To Halt US Human Rights Cases Against British Firms * US: Dow’s Knowledge Factory * Kuwait: Halliburton Deal Brings Probe * US: Halliburton Stops Billing U.S. for Meals Served to Troops * Indonesia: U.S. Tilt To Business Stirs Backlash * US: Doctors Call for Abbott Boycott on AIDS Price Hike * US: What Did the Vice-President Do for Halliburton? BULLETIN BOARD https://www.corpwatch.org/bulletins/PBR.jsp * Citizen Groups Sue ExxonMobil Refinery * Don’t Tarnish Your Love With Dirty Gold! DONATE TO CORPWATCH! Support CorpWatch’s work to hold corporations accountable on human rights, labor rights and environmental justice issues through education and activism. Help us bring the critical information and resources that tens of thousands of you access every month by making a contribution to CorpWatch. https://www.corpwatch.org/donate/PHD.jsp Also: ISSUE LIBRARY All Issue Library articles are linked from http://www.corpwatch.org/issues/PHI.jsp Articles on a variety of subjects, such as Beyond 9-11 The implications of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon for everyday citizens and anti-corporate activists at home and abroad. Biotechnology Emerging international resistance to biotech agriculture. Corporate Japan A collection of fact sheets and profiles of domestic and international campaigns against Japanese corporations. Education Industry Corporate influence in the classroom is pervasive. Corporate giants provide everything to cash-starved schools from lunches to lesson plans and school supplies that double as advertising. Here youll find information on private corporations that run public schools and those that use the classroom to market to kids. Enron We’ve been covering Enron for years: looking at its ugly human rights record in India, its influence on GW Bush’s career and GOP politics, on energy deregulation and on WTO policy. And we’ve followed the stunning events that caused the corporate giant to go bust over night. This issue brings together all our coverage of Enron, as well as on companies that could become the “Enrons” of the future. Globalization 101 Resources ranging from basic facts on corporate power, to definitions of key terms, to in-depth articles. Grassroots Globalization Here you’ll find information on global resistance to the WTO, World Bank/IMF, struggles against particular corporations and much more. Human Rights Human rights abuses, once committed primarily by repressive governments, are increasingly carried out in the corporate interest. We look at examples from Nigeria, Burma and Indonesia to the United States. Internet Politics The Internet keeps us more closely connected. It can be an activist tool or a corporate vehicle for international trade and commerce. Here you’ll find information on both sides of the Internet coin. Military Industrial Complex This issue looks at the intertwined relationship between private industry, the US Armed Forces and federal policy makers. We look at the domestic and foreign impacts of this dangerous complex. Mining Mining is one of the most destructive industries on earth both in terms of environmental devastation and the suppression of human and labor rights. These abuses have brought about vibrant resistance movements. Money & Politics We’re keeping tabs on the Bush administration and its corporate backers. We’ll look at how these same companies buy their way into their overseas operations. And we’ll keep you informed about campaign finance reform initiatives. Oil, Gas & Coal Lots of information on corporations in the oil, gas and coal industry and their impact on the health and well being of local communities and ecosystems around the world. Pesticides We look at the environmental, health and political consequences of this powerful industry. Pharmaceuticals This issue follows the debate on drug patents and patients rights. As a result of tenacious negotiating by developing countries, poor nations are now allowed to import and export generic drugs in the face of public health emergencies, like the AIDS pandemic. Is this a precedent or an exception to WTO rules on intellectual property? Prison Industry We examine the social and economic crises, corporate interest and the need to lock up “disposable” populations that feed the Prison Industry. We rely on prison journalists to give an inside view of these critical issues. Sweatshops In 1997, CorpWatch blew the whistle on working conditions in Nikes operations in Vietnam, helping to blow the sweatshop debate wide open. Our on-going sweatshop coverage is geared to strengthen efforts to hold all garment and shoe manufacturers accountable to principles of human rights and environmental justice. The Corporate Planet Joshua Karliner exposes how transnationals, aided by free trade agreements and World Bank policies, are leading protagonists in the world’s most pressing environmental dramas. Tobacco CorpWatch will follow Framework Convention negotiations and provide ongoing updates and action you can take to ensure a strong Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This section also includes information on the Bush administration’s ties to the tobacco lobby as well as overt and covert campaigns by the industry to undermine tobacco restrictions around the world. Trade Agreements Coverage of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) which promises to be the most far reaching trade agreement to date. We also track NAFTA, APEC, the EU and U.S. trade policy in Africa. U.S.-Mexico Border An examination of the labor, gender and environmental issues along a boundary that locates Mexico and the United States on opposite sides of a global system of trade and production. Stories from those on both sides of the fence. Utility Deregulation From California and Nigeria to Bolivia we look at the corporations making a killing on public services and the grassroots movements that oppose them. Water Wars This Issue looks at the competing visions over a growingly scarce resource: water. One view put forward by major corporations and their governmental allies sees water as a commodity to be regulated by the market. The other, sees water as a basic human right to be safeguarded by communities and people around the globe. World Bank/IMF Protests against the World Bank/IMF policies are exploding around the globe from Bolivia to Prague to South Africa and countless places in between. This section covers ongoing resistance to Bank and Fund mandated austerity that has driven so many deeper into poverty while benefiting the bottom lines of transnational corporations. WTO CorpWatch collaborated with Free Speech Radio News to provide in-depth reporting about the September 2003 Fifth Ministerial of the World Trade Organization from the streets of Cancun, Mexico. CorpWatch has also just launched WTO Loteria — a bilingual form of Mexican bingo that uncovers the real power behind the World Trade Organization — the multinationals that rig the rules of international trade.