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, by China Labour bulletin

Bone and blood : the price of coal in China

March 2008, 55 p. (pdf)

Coal is the bedrock of China’s economic miracle. Domestic coal production fuels the country’s power stations, which deliver electricity to industrial plants and factories, which in turn produce the “cheap” goods eagerly bought by consumers across the globe.
A major reason why the clothes, (…)

Export of electronics equipment waste

Joseph Ladou, Sandra Lovegrove, janvier 2008, 10 p. (pdf)

Electronics equipment waste (“e-waste”) includes discarded computers, computer monitors, television sets, and cell phones. Less than 10% of e-waste is currently recycled. The United States and other developed countries export e-waste primarily to Asia, knowing it carries a real harm to the poor (…)

Bangladesh’s state of emergency and its impact on labour rights

Clean Clothes Campaign

Since the declaration of a State of Emergency in Bangladesh in January 2007, emergency laws have been used to suppress opposition to the government and the freedom of speech, association, assembly and expression of a wide variety of groups.
In recent months, the use of these laws to repress (…)

The Best of Bitterlemons: Five years of writings from Israel and Palestine

Bitterlemons, 2007, 139 pages

The Best of Bitterlemons: Five years of writings from Israel and Palestine is a compilation book of the most prescient and important articles published through the bitterlemons family of publications. Creators and editors Yossi Alpher and Ghassan Khatib introduce this volume of 83 short essays (…)

, by KLEIN Naomi

Regime-quakes in Burma and China

Alternatives International

When news arrived of the catastrophic earthquake in Sichuan, my mind turned to Zheng Sun Man, an up-and-coming security executive I met on a recent trip to China. Zheng heads Aebell Electrical Technology, a Guangzhou-based company that makes surveillance cameras and public address systems and (…)

, by Democracy Now!

Former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix on the US Rush to War in Iraq, the Threat of an Attack on Iran, and the Need for a Global Nuclear Ban to Avoid Further Catastrophe

The Bush administration’s claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq formed the key justification for the war to Congress, the American people and the international community. As the former chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, Hans Blix was at the center of the storm. From March (…)

Machhimar Adhikar Rashtriya Abhiyan

Discontent, unrest and agitation engulf the coasts of our country. Fisherpeople, under severe duress, have no other way but to launch a national campaign to conserve the coastal and marine resources and to protect their lives and livelihood. The campaign begins on 1st May 2008. A central (…)

The digital dump : exporting re-use and abuse to Africa

The Basel Action Network, October 2005, 85 p., pdf

The electronics and information technology industry is the world’s largest and fastest growing manufacturing industry. As a consequence of this remarkable growth, combined with the phenomenon of rapid product obsolescence, discarded electronic equipment, or e-waste, is now recognized as the (…)

, by ELDIS

The world food situation: new driving forces and required actions

by J. von Braun

The world food situation is being rapidly redefined, as income growth, climate change, high energy prices, globalisation, and urbanisation transform food consumption, production, and markets. This paper provides an overview of the the key forces driving these changes, and considers what policy (…)

, by BELLO Walden

Manufacturing a food crisis

The Nation

When tens of thousands of people staged demonstrations in Mexico last year to protest a 60 percent increase in the price of tortillas, many analysts pointed to biofuel as the culprit. Because of US government subsidies, American farmers were devoting more and more acreage to corn for ethanol (…)

, by ONU

Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights

Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, John Ruggie, April 2008

Responding to the invitation by the Human Rights Council for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises to submit his views and recommendations for its consideration, this report presents a (…)

Media, Activism, and Change

Gender and Media Diversity Journal, Gender Links

The fourth edition of the Gender and Media Diversity Journal focuses on the topic of media, activism and change. It explores various aspects of media activism – how media itself plays an activist role and how activists are increasingly using the media more pro-actively on issues as diverse as (…)

, by Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

Is Corporate Citizenship making a difference?

Ralph Hamann

Why the question is important? Corporate citizenship or corporate social responsibility (CSR) may be defined in terms of proactive efforts by business decision-makers to contribute to sustainable development (WBCSD 2002). Many hope or even expect that such efforts will be decisive. For instance, (…)

, by China Labour bulletin

China migrant labourers learn the law to win rights

John Ruwitch and Lindsay Beck, Reuters

Qi Yunhui didn’t even graduate from middle school, but on a recent afternoon he addressed the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court with the confidence of a seasoned litigator. When he came to Shenzhen in 2002, the fast talking native of China’s central province of Hubei worked in a leather shoe (…)

South Africa: Mourning unfreedom day

Abahlali baseMjondolo, the South African shackdwellers’ movement reminds us in this statement and call to action that the structures of apartheid are still thriving in South Africa.
On Sunday it will be Freedom Day again. Once again we will be asked to go into stadiums to be told that we are (…)

Budgeting for the future: Building another Europe European economic policies from a civil society perspective

Edited by Teresa Maisano and Tommaso Rondinella and Transnational Institute, 2008, pdf

Budgeting for the Future, Building another Europe, edited by Sbilanciamoci!, puts forward a critical civil society outlook on the 2007/2013 Financial Perspectives. In order to achieve this goal Sbilanciamoci! decided to create a civil society network, with a European dimension, guaranteeing full (…)