With the whole world watching, more than a dozen CBS correspondents covering the Winter Olympics in Ogano, Japan, have appeared on the air wearing apparel prominently adorned with the Nike "swoosh" symbol. Spontaneous conversion? Not quite. This sartorial synchronicity is the result of a contractual agreement between CBS and the Nike Corporation, reports Medea Benjamin, co-director of the human rights advocacy group Global Exchange. According to Benjamin, CBS corespondents refusing to wear the Nike apparel have been ordered by CBS brass to button up -- or else.
As more counties around the world limit or abolish the death penalty, the U.S. is heading in the opposite direction. More than 100 individuals will be executed by the end of 1999, well above last year's U.S. record of 74. As a powerful new study shows, this will include the killing of foreign nationals, mentally retarded and mentally incompetent defendants, and those who were teenagers at the time of their crime -- a practice which is making the U.S. an international human rights pariah.