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Thursday, September 3, 1998

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  • Non-Aligned Movement

    This week, 113 nations are meeting in South Africa for the 12th annual summit of the non-aligned movement. Participating members came together initially during the cold war when the world was dominated by the United States and the Soviet Union. But today many of those same non-aligned countries have also been left out of the so-called global economy, which is dominated by Western powers and other countries in the Far East. South African President Nelson Mandela assumed the chairmanship of the non-aligned movement this week and announced that he was going to redefine its mission in the next three years under his leadership. He urged a new relationship between the world’s rich and poor nations.

  • Unpaid Work

    We keep hearing about the global meltdown as stock prices fall in markets around the world. Our next guest reminds us of an old but nonetheless important point about global capitalism.

  • Slaves to Volkswagen

    Our next guest was 15 years-old when she entered Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp. But Elly Gross did not suffer the same fate as her mother and five year-old brother who were sent to the gas chambers. Instead, Mrs. Gross was forced to work as a slave for the German automaker Volkswagen. She worked 12-hour days for no pay, and those who made mistakes risked being beaten by the guards. This week Mrs. Gross was apart of a class action lawsuit filed against Volkswagen. The suit is demanding compensation for the work. In a similar but separate lawsuit, other German automakers such as Daimler Benz, BMW and Audi have also been sued for using slave labor and collaborating with the Nazis.

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