Wednesday, May 1, 2002

  • Today Is May Day: Across the World, Workers and Activists Hit the Streets for International Worker’s Day

    Today is May Day, the day that honors the struggle of working people throughout the world. From France to Japan, China to Nicaragua, workers are celebrating with strikes, rallies, marches and teach-ins. But the United States and Canada don’t recognize the day as a national holiday.

  • Anti-Apartheid Activist Father Michael Lapsley Discusses Apartheid, Occupation, and Reconciliation

    In 1990, three months after the release of South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, the ruling De Klerk Government sent anti-apartheid activist Father Michael Lapsley a parcel containing two magazines. Inside one of them was a highly sophisticated bomb. When Lapsley opened the magazine, the explosion brought down ceilings in the house and blew a hole in the floors and shattered windows. It blew off both of the priest’s hands, destroyed one eye and burned him severely.

  • "Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water:" Part Two of An Interview with Anti Corporate Globalization Activist Maude Barlow

    The wars of the next century will be about water. That is what activist and author Maude Barlow warned on yesterday’s Democracy Now. Sitting in our firehouse studio, she explained that the consumption of water doubles every twenty years–more than twice the rate of the increase in human population. At the same time, she explained, transnational corporations are plotting to control the world’s dwindling water supply. In England and France, where water has already been privatized, rates have soared and water shortages have been severe. The major bottled water producers–Perrier, Evian, Naya, and now Coca-Cola and PepsiCo–are part of one of the fastest growing and least regulated industries, buying up freshwater rights and drying up crucial supplies. In the end, corporate giants act in their own interests and water flows only to the wealthy, who can afford it.