After her cutting edge plant tissue culture research was hijacked by biotech corporations, Indiana University biology professor Martha Crouch began teaching her students of the dangers of industrialized chemical agriculture -- and has come under fire from the scientific community in the process.
"With the ascendancy of corporate power in America came the rise of its primary countervailing force -- citizen activism and a vibrant public-interest movement. But some of those once vibrant citizen institutions have now been corrupted by corporate funders."
"A new report issued by the Brussels-based International Confederation of Free Trade Unions details with piercing clarity how the thousands of American employers violate their workers rights by squashing unions, intimidating organizers and illegally firing pro-union workers."
"A new book published by the Smithsonian covers "the promise of plastic in 1950s America." But why doesn't it cover any questions about the workers in the industry, and people who live near plastics manufacturing facilities, and the threat to their health and well being? Could it be because the Tupper Foundation -- funded by profits from plastic producer Tupperware -- gave $4 million to the Smithsonian?"
"A little bit of democratic empowerment can be a dangerous thing. If the broad coalition that came together in Seattle can stay together -- a big "if" -- it may eventually be able to force new rules for the global economy, so that trade is finally subordinated to the humane values of health, safety, ecological sustainability and respect for human rights, rather than the reverse."
Earlier this year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) accepted a $1 million grant from consumer giant Colgate Palmolive. Though the non-profit APHA assured us that it wasn't selling its soul to a corporation, the message has been sent: if not for sale, then for rent.
"Watch out, because the newly minted millionaires of Silicon Valley are on track to become major political players. They have graduated from the adolescent view that they could ignore government to the more "mature" position that money and economic power translates easily into political power and influence on Capitol Hill."
"A rebellion is brewing in Hollywood -- not on screen, but behind the scenes. Entertainment industry unions are protesting against 'runaway' film and television production, where studios set up shop in foreign countries to cut cost and exploit cheaper labor."
Public health scientist Dr. George Carlo has found that the risk of acoustic neuroma, a benign brain tumor, was 50 percent higher in people who reported using cell phones for six years or more. Unfortunately, his findings may go unheeded -- because the cell phone industry has bought off the FDA.
"HIV/AIDS has reached epidemic proportions in the Third World, and the U.S. government is making it worse. Working in concert with the pharmaceutical industry, our government refuses to let developing countries make HIV/AIDS drugs available at affordable prices."
"A few years ago, even a few weeks ago, we might have opposed the AOL-Time Warner merger. In buying Time Warner, AOL suddenly acquires one of the largest cable systems in the country, and gains a material interest in opposing open access. But that's OK. We're satisfied by AOL's verbal commitment that it will voluntarily permit open access in the cable systems it will control...."
The vast majority of newspaper carriers are not covered by workers' comp laws, because the newspaper industry has successfully pressurred legislatures to deny them their rights. Earlier this year, this dirty little secret was exposed by Marc Linder, who sent an article about it to reporters and columnists around the country. But on this very hot labor issue dear to the hearts of newspaper industry, Linder was given the cold shoulder.
"Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs (least developed countries)?" So wrote Treasury Secretary-designee Lawrence Summers in a 1991 memorandum. Though he later apologized for it, the statement was an unsavory but accurate portrayal of the Treasury Department's economic theory.
"Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman recently let the American people down by kowtowing to a powerful and reckless industry -- the biotech giants -- that is playing genetic roulette with our future."
"The Internet economy, with its fast companies, is poised to replace the old economy, with its a raging bull market. But is the booming market for real, or is it a naturally occurring Ponzi scheme, ready to crash and leave the last round of investors holding the bag?"
"Who Owns America?" a book written by 21 anti-corporate crusaders in 1936, will soon be re-released by ISI Books. Edited by Pulitizer Prize-winning columnist Herbert Agar and southern poet Allen Tate, "Who Owns America?" puts forth the type of scathing critique that you don't often find in today's political debates.
Citizens in developing countries -- from Jordan to Zambia, Indonesia to Venezuela -- have long protested against the policies of the IMF and World Bank. On April 16, for the first time, citizens in the United States came out in large numbers to join the calls for a rollback of IMF and World Bank powers. The exact impact of the demonstrations will only be apparent in the years to come, but it is already clear that the protests have had dramatic effect.
"There may be no single institution with greater pernicious influence in the world than the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Now, for the first time, the Fund faces a real challenge to its existence, at least in its current form."
"Last week, a Texas jury recommended that Kenneth Payne, 29, spend 16 years in jail. His crime? Stealing a Snickers bar. Compare Kenneth Payne's plight to those of a group of white-collar and corporate criminals who also were sentenced this month."
"For years, the lead industry denied that lead in gasoline was making its way into human bloodstreams. If that's so, why did human blood lead levels drop off dramatically in North America after 1986 when lead was banned from gasoline?"
Mokhiber and Weissman detail the various ways that the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are breaking the backs of small nations, plunging millions into poverty, fostering severe depressions and destroying the environment.