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Monday, August 28, 2000

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  • National Labor Committee Exposes Kohl’s Department Store Use of Sweatshop Labor

    or the past two weeks, activists from the National Labor Committee have been traveling across the country demonstrating against the Kohls Department Store chain, headquartered outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. These demonstrations immediately followed the deportation of Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and other anti-sweatshop activists from Managua, Nicaragua. The group spent four days interviewing workers of the Chentex and Mil Clores sweatshop, which produces blue jeans for Kohls, as well as K-Mart, Wal-Mart and JC Penney.

  • Israel Raids Palestinian Village

    Three Israeli soldiers died this weekend in a bungled attempt to arrest a Palestinian activist in the West Bank. The Israeli chief of staff suggested yesterday there had been a "serious operational mishap" and said he could not rule out the possibility that the soldiers–members of the elite Duvdevan undercover unit–had been killed by "friendly fire".

  • Cultural Center in Refugee Camp in West Bank Burned Down

    This week in the West Bank, arsonists struck the Ibdaa Cultural Center in a refugee camp near Bethlehem. This center was a place where hundreds of children would flock each day to exchange e-mails with children in other refugee camps, they studied art and music and played computer games. No one knows who is responsible for the burning. But Ibdaa, which means something from nothing in Arabic, was playing a role in the new political mobilization among Palestinian refugees for their right of return.

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