Thursday, July 27, 2000

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  • The Nike Swoosh Meets the UN Olive Branch

    The Nike Swoosh on the UN flag? Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, yesterday unveiled a UN-corporate collaboration which will facilitate the entry and trade opportunities for some of the world’s largest corporations in developing countries. Corporations such as Nike, Shell, Rio Tinto and Dupont are just some of the signatories to this new UN Global Compact. The UN says that this is the way to regulate corporations and their practices in developing countries. Critics say the corporations will cloak themselves in the UN flag without any commitment to change or guarantees to uphold human rights. [includes rush transcript]

  • Time or Treatment?

    Should a drug offender be put in prison or in treatment? Since 1989, there has been an eleven-fold increase in the number of drug offenders who are in prison. The number of violent criminals incarcerated has just doubled. Representative John Conyers today announced a "Drug Treatment Alternative to Incarceration Bill." [includes rush transcript]