Friday, June 21, 1996

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  • Bob Dole’s Campaign to Increase Military Spending

    Larry Bensky reports on the Presidential campaign of Bob Dole, who is repeatedly emphasizing military spending and advocating research in the antimissile defense system known as Star Wars. Dole has been avoiding controversial topics like abortion and same-sex marriage while focusing on the military, which polls show is far less important to most Americans at this time. Bensky talks to many voters who don’t seem at all concerned with foreign policy and the military. The analyst Bruce Cain thinks Dole will continue to focus on "wedge" issues like crime and immigration to avoid issues like abortion, where his stance is less popular.

  • The Top 10 Corporate Crimes Not Covered by Mainstream Media

    Russell Mokhiber reports on ten recent updates on corporate crimes:

    1. – Three coal company executives sent to prison regarding fatal accidents in West Virginian coal mines.
    2. - Seagrams Whiskey company fights Kennedy legislation by running commercials for hard liquor on television, saying "alcohol is alcohol".
    3. – Professor Vikramaditya S. Khanna from the Harvard Law School wrote an article for the Harvard Law Review entitled "Corporate Criminal Liability: What Purpose Does it Serve?" where he concludes that corporate liability serves almost no purpose.
    4. – Recent demonstration at Union Station to support Diane Wilson, a Texas shrimper who was arrested protesting an awards dinner for Dupont.
    5. – New booklet for fighting environmental crime – Project for Participatory Democracy – analyses several recent cases and explains how to file a citizen law suit.
    6. - Demonstration in Washington, DC by DES victims at a Four Seasons awards ceremony for pharmaceutical companies.
    7. - Florida group of priests calling on Kathy Lee Gifford to stop working with Carnival Cruise Lines for its lack of compliance with US workers’ rights.
    8. - FDA task force investigating Upjohn’s policy on Halcion’s safety, and whether or not Upjohn was responsible for hiding safety concerns.
    9. - Pipeline company in Connecticut to pay 22 million for environmental violations which resulted from rushing to meet construction deadlines.
    10. - Value Jet Airlines employees are being investigated, whereas the corporate owners and CEO’s are rarely prosecuted for the many employee injuries and deaths frequently that occur on the job.
  • What Globalization Does to Children: A Thirteen-Year Old Speaks to Congress

    Democracy Now plays a recording of a speech Craig Kielburger, the thirteen-year old Canadian founder of Free the Children, which he recently presented to a Congressional hearing on the issue of child labor and worldwide exploitation of children. Kielburger recounted many examples of horrific working conditions and discussed specific examples like India, where there are 50 million child laborers, while there are 55 million unemployed adults. Kielburger also outlined the cycles of North-American consumption, and the many ways it leads to factories in developing nations looking for the cheapest possible labor. Kielburger calls for an independent labeling system which would ensure that consumers could buy products that were not made by child labor; his organization is advocating selective buying rather than a boycott that could drastically hurt developing nations.

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