Category: Globalization

Anders Corr: Battling the Banana Baron: Rural Hondurans fight Chiquita

Corr     In June 1994, at the height of a strike against Chiquita Brands International, the company closed four banana farms in northern Honduras, fired 1,200 temporary workers, and told 800 permanent workers to choose between relocation or termination. The fired workers lived in company towns and to keep their jobs, Chiquita said, they Read more…

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Edward Herman: THE ILLIBERAL MEDIA

Novak (CrossFire), the McLaughlin Group, and Rush Limbaugh and Limbaugh clones; and even PBS is saturated with right-wing regulars (Buckley, Brown, McLaughlin, Wattenberg).   The Pitiful Giant Syndrome Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) recently listed 52 national media figures of the right, from Roger Ailes to Walter Williams, most of whom have proclaimed the Read more…

Danielle Knight: Who Benefits, Who Suffers?

Knight   George and Edvino, ages 12 and 13, have been hired as farm workers in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, a town in the state of Parana located in Southern Brazil. This week they are applying pesticides. Edvino, wearing a dusty Yankees baseball cap and Lee Jeans, nervously giggles as George explains how the hand-held Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: A Progressive Approach to Caring for Children and Community

Cynthia Peters   Feminists—particularly white liberal feminists—have long considered quality day care to be a key factor in our ability to balance work and family life. Now, suddenly, day care is getting some mainstream support; legislators of all stripes, the President and Hillary Clinton, as well as some major corporations are behind it. What happened? Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Sweatshops are the Workers’ Friend

  Extra!, November/December 1996 Sweatshops Are the Workers’ Friend And Labor Activists Their Enemy—According to the New York Times By Roger Bybee If the Robin Hood story were set in today’s new global economy, would Robin be portrayed as an enemy of the poor because his activities discouraged investment in Sherwood Forest? And would the Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Media Celebrates Midwest Plant Closing

March/April 1989 Extra! Page/ Media Celebrate Midwest Plant Closing by Roger Bybee Imagine news correspondents hail­ing the impact of the first atomic bomb for clearing the way for Hiroshima’s future growth. That comparison, while ex­treme, conveys much of the flavor of recent mainstream news coverage of the Chrysler shutdown in Kenosha, Wiscon­sin. The closing, which Read more…

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