Tuesday, October 28, 1997

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  • Nike and Women–a Hypocrisy?

    Sportswear giant Nike is facing trouble again. Already reeling from charges that it exploits children in its factories in Indonesia and Vietnam, women’s groups are now slamming the multinational company over its new advertising campaign.

  • China and Human Rights

    President Jiang Zemin of China visits Virginia today, just one-step ahead of the summit talks and state dinner slated for Washington tomorrow. The Chinese president will not be getting a warm welcome from human rights activists. They will be holding protest rallies condemning China’s human rights record and in particular the bloody 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square.

  • Wall Street Plunge

    The financial markets plunged to their biggest one day point loss in history yesterday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 7.2 percent Monday, the largest one-day percentage drop since October 1987.

  • Colombia–Drug War and Elections

    US Drug Czar General Barry McCaffrey on a visit to the South American country of Colombia last week officially approved increased US military involvement in fighting Colombia rebel forces.

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