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Only 1.7 percent of the territory of the West Bank is built-up settlement
area, while the territory "controlled by the settlements" amounts to 41.9
percent of the West Bank, according to a report published yesterday by
B'Tselem, the Israeli information center for human rights...

By Nadav Shragai, Ha'aretz Correspondent
May 14, 2002


In a closely watched human rights case, a U.S. District Judge in the
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands issued an order certifying a
class of more than 30,000 sweatshop workers and...

Contact:  Valerie Holford<br>202/822-5200 xt. 226
May 14, 2002

Persuasion works best when it's invisible. The most effective marketing
worms its way into our consciousness, leaving intact the perception that we
have reached our opinions and made our choices independently. As old as
humankind itself, over the past...

By George Monbiot
May 14, 2002

HAVANA - Former President Jimmy Carter began a
five-day visit to Cuba today with a promise from President
Fidel Castro that he could inspect any of the island's
biotechnology research facilities.

The offer, made at a welcoming ceremony, seeks to blunt

By David Gonzalez
May 13, 2002

(AP) -- For a developing nation, Cuba has an unparalleled biotechnology industry.

President Fidel Castro's government has pumped an estimated $1 billion into
biotechnology over the last 16 years and Cuban scientists have developed a
number of novel medicines, which are sold...

May 13, 2002

State and local officials are jumping into the national
debate on globalization, led by an unusual state legislative
committee in California that scrutinizes the effect of trade
agreements on individual states.

Though the Constitution gives the federal government

Carter Dougherty
May 13, 2002

SONGGANG, China -- On the night she died, Li Chunmei must have been
exhausted. Co-workers said she had been on her feet for nearly 16 hours,
running back and forth inside the Bainan Toy Factory, carrying toy parts
from machine to machine. When the quitting bell finally rang...

By Philip P. Pan, Washington Post Foreign Service
May 13, 2002

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Longtime American adversary and Cuban President Fidel
Castro welcomed former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Havana with open arms
and an open mind Sunday, saying Carter could speak with anyone, "even if they do
not share our struggles."

"You will...

May 12, 2002

Tens of thousands rallied in Tel Aviv's Kikar Rabin last night to call for a
withdrawal from the territories. Police estimated the crowd at about 60,000,
while organizers Peace Now put the figure at above 150,000, calling it the
biggest peace rally since the current wave of...

May 12, 2002

When Jimmy Carter and his retinue arrive in Cuba on Sunday for a five-day visit, they'll see a country quite different from the one that befuddled him and his administration 25 years ago. While George W. Bush, the 10th U.S. president during Fidel Castro's reign, has done his best to freeze...

By Tom Miller
May 12, 2002

Sen. Rutilio Escandon, chairman of Mexico's congressional Commission
for Concordance and Pacification (Cocopa), predicted Friday the
Supreme Court would throw out the Indigenous Rights and Culture Law
on constitutional grounds.

Escandon, a member...

By Edgar Hernandez
May 12, 2002

From the beginning of his administration, President Carter
wanted to establish relations with Cuba. Soon after Mr.
Carter took office, both countries opened interest
sections, quasi embassies - the first solid step on what
was expected to be a long...

By Mirta Ojito
May 12, 2002

Last month a court in American Samoa ordered a garment factory to pay $3.5
million to 270 workers from China and Vietnam. The court described workers
cheated of wages, beaten and deprived of food, something that should never
have occurred anywhere, much less on American...

Editorial Desk
May 10, 2002

Forget for a moment what Jimmy Carter's visit to Cuba will do for the
island, and think instead about what it will do for America.

For 40 years U.S. policy toward Cuba has been the laughingstock of the
world. For 10 straight years, the United Nations has voted to condemn the...

By Anya Landau
May 10, 2002

BOGOTA - The United States suspended administrative funding to
Colombia's counter-narcotics police, and six of the unit's top
officers were fired after the discovery that at least $2 million in
U.S. aid was missing, U.S. and Colombian officials said Thursday.


By Sibylla Brodzinski and Tim Johnson
May 10, 2002

Corporate oil development often serves as the hub of an axis around which revolve
such contentious issues as environmental degradation, indigenous land right
conflicts, military protectionism, and corporate welfare. All of these elements
converge in...

by William Baue
May 10, 2002

For some time, the MST and various other rural movements have denounced as a
farce the Agrarian Reform of FHC. However, it is only now, at the end of Cardoso’s
government, that the media has begun to denounce it. As such, this April the
newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo ran a series...

May 10, 2002

For some time, the MST and various other rural movements have denounced as a
farce the Agrarian Reform of FHC. However, it is only now, at the end of Cardoso’s
government, that the media has begun to denounce it. As such, this April the
newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo ran a series...

MST Update #14
May 10, 2002

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. The inter-institutional environmental
table, which coordinates federal and state governments activities "in order
to resolve the denunciation of seizure and ecological damages and the
possible relocation-...

By Hermann Bellinghausen
May 8, 2002

BELLAVISTA, Colombia, May 8 -- Through the night and toward dawn last
Thursday, St. Paul the Apostle Church rang with prayer and song as a battle raged
outside in the darkness. More than 300 townspeople filled Bellavista's only
concrete building to...

By Scott Wilson
May 8, 2002