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Thursday, March 23, 2000

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  • Clinton’s Corporate Entourage

    What do General Motors, General Electric, Microsoft, Kodak, Boeing and Coca-Cola have in common? They all went with Clinton to India. Violence in Kashmir and nuclear proliferation have dominated the headlines during the President’s stay in South Asia. But there is an issue that the media have ignored, one that is an important part of Clinton’s meetings this week: trade. Traveling with the Clinton family and U.S. officials are a large contingent of corporate executives — over 50 of them. They are meeting with Indian officials and business representatives, and their goal is to gain more access to Indian markets. Meanwhile, many U.S. corporations have come under fire from Indian activists, whose concerns range from human rights to the environment. Last year, Human Rights Watch implicated the largest foreign investor in India, Enron, in human rights violations. And a lawsuit was recently filed against Union Carbide by the victims of Bhopal, one of the worst industrial disasters in history. [includes rush transcript]

  • Union Carbide and Anti-Burma Law

    Where is Warren? Warren Anderson, the former chairman of Union Carbide, is missing. He’s responsible for one of the worst disasters in history, and at least a dozen private investigators are searching the length and breadth of the United States for him. In 1984, a gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant killed 3,000 people and injured 200,000 others. Victims are seeking additional damages from Union Carbide and Mr. Anderson for the tragedy. Union Carbide says it agreed to $470 million in a civil case and that no further compensation is necessary. [includes rush transcript]

  • London Police Make Arrests in Stephen Lawrence Murder

    After years of public criticism and charges of insensitivity to communities of color, police in Britain yesterday launched an unprecedented crackdown on "hate crime." Over 60 people with ties to hate groups were arrested in London. Three of the arrests were in connection with the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence. In the most famous case to date in Britain, Lawrence was killed in 1993 by a mob of white racists. The murder was compounded by a failed police investigation, and it became a huge public case in the country, transforming race politics and policing there. [includes rush transcript]

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