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Capitalism in the raw

The Economist

Labour rights and free trade with the United States

Every weekday, Dora Amelia Ramos, a single mother, leaves her breeze-block home in a village south of San Salvador at 6am to go to her job at a maquila factory making clothes for export from imported cloth. Earning the minimum wage of just over $5 a day, she is perched on one of the lower rungs of the world economy. But she counts herself lucky to have a job at all. That is because she is a trade unionist.

Brazil Pays Parents to Help Poor Be Pupils, Not Wage Earners

New York Times

By Celia Dugger

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Vandelson Andrade, 13, often used to skip school to work 12-hour days on the small, graceful fishing boats that sail from the picturesque harbor here. His meager earnings helped pay for rice and beans for his desperately poor family.

But this year he qualified for a small monthly cash payment from the government that his mother receives on the condition that he shows up in the classroom.

Three Colombia Airmen Charged in Bombing

Associated Press

By VANESSA ARRINGTON Associated Press Writer

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Reviving a case that strained relations with the United States, Colombia's attorney general has charged the crew of a military helicopter with involuntary manslaughter for killing 17 civilians with a bomb during a 1998 clash with rebels.

The crew members - Capt. Cesar Romero, 1st Lt. Johan Jimenez and Hector Mario Hernandez, a technician - will be tried in civilian court for the bombing near the northeastern village of Santo Domingo, the attorney general's office said.

Fiscalía llama a juicio a tres miembros de la FAC


Bogotá...Por la muerte de 17 campesinos en la localidad de Santo Domingo, Arauca, la Fiscalía llamó a juicio a tres miembros de la Fuerza aérea Colombiana sindicados de los delitos de homicidio culposo y lesiones personales culposas.

La medida cobija al capitán de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC), César Romero Pradilla; teniente Johan Jiménez Valencia y el técnico Héctor Mario Hernández Acosta.

African Girls' Route to School Is Still Littered With Obstacles

New York Times

KOUTAGBA, Benin — For as long as anyone could remember, the girls of this village had been forbidden to go to school. They were to be educated instead by the local voodoo priest, in a secret rite of passage not to be spoken about to anyone. When they finished, they were to be married. They and their children were to forever enjoy the protection of the voodoo priest.