Wednesday, November 28, 2001

  • Workers for World’s Largest Natural Gas Company Sue for Retirement Savings

    Workers for the world’s largest natural gas company, Enron Corp., sued the company on Monday for $850 million theyhave lost in 401(k) retirement savings.

  • Afghan Factions Meet in Bonn to Discuss Reconstructing the Afghan Government; But Are The Voices of Women Being Heard?

    Anywhere further removed from the bloodstained battlefields and mountain wildernesses of Afghanistan would be hard to imagine than the German city of Bonn. But this is where 62 Afghans–28 delegates, 10 alternate delegates and 24advisers–and two senior UN officials have assembled for their first rounds of negotiations on the future of Afghanistan. Delegates from the ruling Northern Alliance and three exile groups sat down together at a round table at the Petersberg hotel, near Bonn, yesterday to begin a process of creating a new, broadly based government, that will take at least two years to complete.

  • The Bush Administration Tells Pesticide Companies It’s Okay to Pay People to Swallow Toxicpesticide Cocktails to Test Their Products

    The Bush administration, reversing a Clinton administration policy, has told the pesticide industry it can payvolunteers to swallow doses of pesticides and use the data from such tests for its research, siding withmanufacturers who say such studies are ethical and scientifically valid.

  • Here and There: Reflections of a Palestinian Diaspora in a Post-September 11th World

    A new U.S. peace drive will not bring a quick end to 14 months of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed, analysts said asviolence flared on the eve of the mission. New U.S. Mideast peace envoy, former U.S. Marine Corps General AnthonyZinni, toured the West Bank prior to a scheduled meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.Palestinian officials hoped to mitigate the diplomatic damage of Palestinian shooting attacks that killed threeIsraelis a day before.

  • Hindus and Other Bangladeshi Minorities Fear a So-Called "Talibanization" of Their Countrywith the Spread of Islamic Fundamentalism

    Today, the High Court of Bangladesh asked the government to probe alleged attacks on minority Hindus by supporters ofPrime Minister Khaleda Zia’s governing coalition. The directive came in response to a petition filed by a humanrights group called Ain-O-Shalish Kendra. The group claims that Hindus have suffered more than 350 incidents ofattacks, looting, vandalism and rape of women since Prime Minister Zia’s coalition swept the Oct. 1 parliamentaryelections. The recent violence has affected some 4 million people, according to the popular daily newspaperJanakantho. They say gangs of Islamic extremists have torched homes, raped women, poisoned ponds and attacked templesin Bangladesh.