Monday, September 27, 1999

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  • Kathie Lee Gifford Accused of Running Sweatshops in El Salvador

    Three years after talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford pledged to end labor abuses at the maquila factory that makes her brand name apparel, she is once again being charged with running a sweatshop in El Salvador.

  • Ad Campaign Targets Texaco for Environmental Racism in Ecuador

    Lawyers representing indigenous groups in Ecuador’s rainforest launched an ad campaign against Texaco last week for polluting the environment where these communities live. Texaco was sued six years ago for dumping oil and toxic wastewater into Ecuador’s rainforest between 1971 and 1992. Overall, the company dumped three times more than the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez disaster-into one of the most biologically fragile places on Earth. The lawyers say that as Texaco continues to challenge their right to sue in courts, they are taking the facts to the public.

  • Pinochet Extradition Hearing Begins in London

    Almost one year after former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London on a Spanish warrant, Britain today began a five-day extradition hearing on whether he should be extradited to Spain to face charges of torture and other human rights abuses.

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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