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Mexico to Review Workers' Issues

Raleigh (NC) News and Observer


The Mexican government will investigate complaints about the treatment of Mexican farmworkers in North Carolina as part of a federal "guest worker" program.

The decision comes in response to a petition submitted early this year by the Farmworker Justice Fund in Washington and the Central Independiente de Obreros Agricolas y Campesinos in Mexico, another farmworker advocacy group.

Colombian Air Force Chief Quits

Los Angeles Times

General resigns amid U.S. pressure and new evidence suggesting that pilots knowingly fired on civilians during a 1998 bombing raid.

By T. Christian Miller

Times Staff Writer

BOGOTA, Colombia — The head of the Colombian air force resigned Monday after growing pressure from the U.S. State Department and startling new evidence suggesting that Colombian pilots knowingly fired on civilians in a 1998 bombing raid directed by private American contractors that left 18 people dead.

Vice President denounces links between business owners and the murders of unionists

El Heraldo

By Jorge Mario Erazo

(Translated from Spanish by ILRF)

“The enemies of trade unionism are many: primarily the paramilitaries, but also the FARC and ELN, are killing union leaders, as well as some business leaders -very few- who don't want unions. As the State, which regulates social relations and protects human rights, we are not going to allow this to continue."

That was the speech that the Vice President Francisco Santos Calderón, made yesterday in Barranquilla during the meeting of the Security Council.

The Court of Last Resort

New York Times

By Arlen Specter

WASHINGTON—The events of 9/11, as well as the war in Iraq, require our government to intensify its efforts to combat terrorism. So it is more important than ever that we do our utmost to show the world that we will enforce human rights laws evenhandedly.

Rights Groups Overseas Fight U.S. Concerns in U.S. Courts

New York Times


LA LOMA, Colombia — In March 2001, during what union members describe as a labor dispute, two union leaders were pulled off a company bus after it left the coal mining compound here and were shot dead by paramilitary gunmen. Six months later another union leader was also assassinated.

For Colombia, such killings are routine; nearly 90 percent of union leaders reported killed worldwide die here. Few of the murders are ever resolved.

Bush to NGOs: Watch Your Mouths

Globe and Mail (Canada)

by Naomi Klein

The Bush administration has found its next target for pre-emptive war, but it's not Iran, Syria or North Korea -- not yet, anyway.

Before launching any new foreign adventures, the Bush gang has some homeland housekeeping to take care of: It is going to sweep up those pesky non-governmental organizations that are helping to turn world opinion against U.S. bombs and brands.