The 14 Worst Corporate Evildoers | International Labor Rights Forum Corporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times, but it is increasingly difficult to hold them to account. Economic globalization and the rise of transnational corporate power have created a favorable climate for corporate human rights abusers, which are governed principally by the codes of supply and demand and show genuine loyalty only to their stockholders. Several of the companies below are being sued under the Alien Tort Claims Act, a law that allows citizens of any nationality to sue in US federal courts for violations of international rights or treaties. When corporations act like criminals, we have the right and the power to stop them, holding leaders and multinational corporations alike to the accords they have signed. Around the world--in Venezuela, Argentina, India, and right here in the United States--citizens are stepping up to create democracy and hold corporations accountable to international law. Caterpillar Chevron Coca-Cola Dow Chemical
LobbyControl This Week in Sociology: Unintended Consequences: The Social Context of 9/11 by Mike King, University of California, Santa Cruz, September 11, 2001 is a world historic moment, a historical signpost – “9/11”. More than a deadly attack, it stands as a moment that truly changed history, and its existence--not only in memory but in remembrance—can help us understand both the past and the present. Sociology can inform our understanding, not just of events themselves, but also why and how they happened, and the broader effects they have over time. For example, Al Qaeda is more of an ideology and a very loose network than it is an organization with clear command structures or cohesiveness. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was part of the Cold War competition with the US for global dominance. Al Qaeda’s political legitimacy, part of their economic funding, and the formation of their networks were all partially created by the US government. Part of the social context of the Muslim world is the inherent grievances many Muslims have towards the US and the West.
Professor Patomäki: ‘There are good reasons to expect that the neoliberal era is coming to an end’ | Euro Crisis in the Press Continuing our interview series of public intellectuals across Europe on the causes and effects of the crisis, Euro Crisis in the Press talks to Heikki Patomäki, Professor of World Politics at University of Helsinki and author of a recent monograph on the anatomy of the Euro crisis (published in English by Zed Books in March 2013). Professor Patomäki argues that neoliberal European integration has become counterproductive; the legitimacy of the EU has hinged upon economic growth and welfare-state model which have been undermined by the real world consequences of neoclassical economic framings and policies. Radical austerity measures especially in the crisis-hit countries have worsened the situation and translated into deteriorating support for the Union. He notes that resolving the crisis through treaty-change would in reality mean more than just amending details of the initial agreements; this would necessitate changes to the philosophy and theories that underwrite the EU project.
Pentagon withheld information about decades-old chemical weapons during Iraq War, report claims This photo shows the interior of a chemical weapons facility in Iraq (AP) American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report. The New York Times reported late Tuesday that American troops reported finding approximately 5,000 chemical warheads, shells, or aviation bombs in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. On at least six occasions, soldiers were wounded by those weapons, which had been manufactured before 1991. In all, the paper reported that 17 U.S. soldiers and seven Iraqi police officers were exposed to chemical agents during the war. The U.S. government said its number was slightly higher, but did not release a specific figure. Click for more from The New York Times.
At your service - Who can help you?»European Ombudsman What does he do? The European Ombudsman is an independent and impartial body that holds the EU administration to account. The Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration in EU institutions, bodies, offices, and agencies. Only the Court of Justice of the European Union, acting in its judicial capacity, falls outside the Ombudsman's mandate. This covers administrative irregularities, unfairness, discrimination, abuse of power, failure to reply, refusal of information, and unnecessary delay, for example. What does the European Ombudsman not do? The Ombudsman cannot investigate: complaints against national, regional, or local authorities in the EU Member States, even when the complaints are related to EU matters; the activities of national courts or ombudsmen; complaints against businesses or private individuals.
Earth - Your life on earth Explore BBC Earth's unique interactive, personalised just to you. Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime; from how much fuel and food we've used to the species we've discovered and endangered. And see how the BBC was there with you, capturing some of the most amazing wonders of the natural world. Explore, enjoy, and share with your friends either the whole page, or your favourite insights. This is your story, the story of your life on earth. BBC Earth's Your life on earth is based on the following sources. Lead photo credit: John Kellerman / Alamy.
stopsurveillance.org Echoes of Selma - CNN.com They never linked arms to sing "We Shall Overcome." No one smacked them on the head with a club for trying to vote. They didn't march into a phalanx of armed state troopers who beat them like animals. But the forces that mobilized against demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago launched a movement of their own that relied on an audacious strategy: They blew a hole through the civil rights movement's most revered law by borrowing the same tactics protesters used in Selma. Watch on CNN TV Watch live coverage of ceremonies in Selma commemorating 50 years since "Bloody Sunday" starting at 11 a.m. When President Barack Obama and civil rights veterans gather this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Selma campaign, many people will focus on the pivotal moments that sparked the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, once known as the "crown jewel" of the movement. The court's decision -- in Shelby County, Alabama v. "The jewel has been smashed," Berman says of the voting law.
Europeans have been blackmailed and betrayed. No wonder they're angry | Philippe Legrain The European Union was often unpopular even before the financial crisis. But the long slump and eurozone policymakers' blunders have created a political firestorm. Support for the EU has plunged to all-time lows. But while critics such as Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen are generally wrong, and their solutions worse, it is foolish to deny that terrible mistakes have been made in recent years, especially in the eurozone. The crisis has shredded trust in mainstream politicians' competence and motives. In Britain they can at least throw the rascals out. When Greece's debts became unbearable in 2010 they should have been written down, with the French, German and other banks that had recklessly lent to the Greek government taking losses. But to bail out those banks, eurozone governments instead compounded the problem, lending their taxpayers' money to Greece. The enduring legacy of bailing out the banks that lent to Greece is a rigid system of centralised fiscal controls.
'One of the largest human experiments in history' was conducted on the unsuspecting residents of San Francisco Le Monde diplomatique, deutsche Ausgabe Übersicht Unsere Lösung für Europa - ein Vorschlag von Alexis Tsipras Es ist der 27. Februar 1953. Auf einem Sondergipfel in London beschließen 21 Staaten, ihre Forderungen in Bezug auf den Schuldendienst an die tatsächliche Leistungsfähigkeit ihres Partnerlands anzupassen. Nichts anderes fordert heute die Koalition der radikalen Linken (Syriza). Die verschiedenen Rettungsprogramme für die südeuropäischen Länder sind gescheitert. Wir halten die von der Syriza vorgeschlagene europäische Schuldenkonferenz nach dem Vorbild der Londoner Konferenz über die deutschen Schulden von 1953 derzeit für die einzig realistische Lösung zum Nutzen aller Beteiligten. Diese Maßnahmen müssen mit Reformen einhergehen, die auf eine gerechtere Verteilung von Einkommen und Vermögen zielen. All das kann nur von einer Partei umgesetzt werden, die wirklich unabhängig ist. Die Schuldenkrise hat dieses Gleichgewicht jedoch ins Wanken gebracht. Griechenland darf nicht zur Finanzkolonie Europas werden
Frances Oldham Kelsey, FDA scientist who kept thalidomide off U.S. market, dies at 101 In the annals of modern medicine, it was a horror story of international scope: thousands of babies dead in the womb and at least 10,000 others in 46 countries born with severe deformities. Some of the children were missing limbs. Others had arms and legs that resembled a seal’s flippers. In many cases, eyes, ears and other organs and tissues failed to develop properly. The cause, scientists discovered by late 1961, was thalidomide, a drug that, during four years of commercial sales in countries from Germany to Australia, was marketed to pregnant women as a miracle cure for morning sickness and insomnia. The tragedy was largely averted in the United States, with much credit due to Frances Oldham Kelsey, a medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, who raised concerns about thalidomide before its effects were conclusively known. Dr. Dr. In July 1962, The Washington Post directed national attention on the matter — and on Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. While Dr. Dr. Dr.