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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 21, 2015 The Myth of the Ethical Shopper We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.
QUOTE: ...for a while there, it worked. The major apparel companies adopted codes of conduct, first banning just the most egregious stuff—workers under 16, forced overtime—then expanding to health and safety, environmental protection and social investment....I spoke with more than 30 company reps, factory auditors and researchers and read dozens of studies describing what has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago. All these sources led me to the same conclusion: Boycotts have failed. Our clothes are being made in ways that advocacy campaigns can’t affect and in places they can’t reach. So how are we going to stop sweatshops now?
Huffington Post May 31, 2013 Shakedown 'justice' in Mexico
QUOTE: Those of us who visit Mexico know you never get on a bus. It makes you easy pickings for bandits and bad cops, and sometimes you can't tell the difference. Bandits might take your money, and let you go on your way. Bad cops take your liberty, and hold it until someone back home sends enough money to let you go on your way.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 15, 2012 Wal-Mart Inquiry Reflects Alarm on Corruption
QUOTE: Wal-Mart on Thursday reported that its investigation into violations of a federal antibribery law had extended beyond Mexico to China, India and Brazil, some of the retailer’s most important international markets. The disclosure, made in a regulatory filing, suggests Wal-Mart has uncovered evidence into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...
New York Times Apr 21, 2012 Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle
QUOTE: Wal-Mart dispatched investigators to Mexico City, and within days they unearthed evidence of widespread bribery. They found a paper trail of hundreds of suspect payments totaling more than $24 million. They also found documents showing that Wal-Mart de Mexico’s top executives not only knew about the payments, but had taken steps to conceal them from Wal-Mart’s headquarters....The lead investigator recommended that Wal-Mart expand the investigation. Instead, an examination by The New York Times found, Wal-Mart’s leaders shut it down.
New York Times Dec 13, 2011 Beirut Bank Seen as a Hub of Hezbollah’s Financing
QUOTE: an intricate global money-laundering apparatus that, with the bank as its hub, appeared to let Hezbollah move huge sums of money into the legitimate financial system, despite sanctions aimed at cutting off its economic lifeblood....While law enforcement agencies around the world have long believed that Hezbollah is a passive beneficiary of contributions from loyalists abroad involved in drug trafficking and a grab bag of other criminal enterprises, intelligence from several countries points to the direct involvement of high-level Hezbollah officials in the South American cocaine trade.
New York Times Sep 22, 2011 Report: Border Patrol abuses widespread
QUOTE: nearly 13,000 testimonies whose results were released in a report this week. The findings went beyond denial of food and water. Migrants held by the Border Patrol spoke of being exposed to extreme heat or cold, sleep deprivation, death threats, and psychological abuse such as blaring music with lyrics about migrants dying in the desert.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 09, 2011 Desperate Guatemalans Embrace an ‘Iron Fist’
QUOTE: all across these highlands once ravaged by a 36-year civil war, the region’s bloodiest anti-Communist conflict, Guatemalans are demanding the unthinkable — a strong military, back in their communities. That is how desperate this country has become as gangs and Mexican drug cartels run fever-wild, capturing territory and corrupting institutions so that Guatemala will remain a safe haven for cocaine, guns, money laundering and new recruits.
New York Times Aug 25, 2011 In Echo of Pancho Villa, Modern Raid Shakes a Town on the Edge of Extinction
QUOTE: Ninety-five years and a day after the infamous Villa raid, another group of armed men crept into Columbus [New Mexico]....They led away in handcuffs Columbus’s mayor, police chief, village trustee and numerous others accused of smuggling guns, ammunition and body armor across the border to Mexican outlaws.
New York Times Nov 30, 2010 Abuses Found at Mexican Institutions for Disabled
QUOTE: the group, Disability Rights International, working with a Mexican human rights organization, said a yearlong investigation revealed “atrocious and abusive conditions” that included lobotomies performed without consent, children missing from orphanages, widespread filth and squalor, and a lack of medical care.
New York Times May 02, 2010 Abuse Case Offers a View of the Vatican’s Politics
QUOTE: it took Cardinal Ratzinger — by then Pope Benedict — until 2006, eight years after the case went before him, to address Father Maciel’s abuses by removing him from priestly duties...And on Saturday, four years after that, the Vatican announced that Benedict would appoint a special delegate to run the powerful worldwide order that Father Maciel founded, the Legionaries of Christ, and establish a commission to examine its constitution.
New York Times Aug 18, 2009 Mexico Drug Fight Fuels Complaints
QUOTE: Mexico’s fight against drug traffickers generated a sixfold increase in human rights complaints against the Mexican military between 2006 and 2008, and it is unclear that any of those complaints resulted in prosecutions, according to a State Department report on the effort.
New York Times Aug 10, 2009 Mexico’s Drug Traffickers Continue Trade in Prison (War Without Borders)
QUOTE: Mexico’s prisons, as described by inmates and insiders and viewed during several visits, are places where drug traffickers find a new base of operations for their criminal empires, recruit underlings, and bribe their way out for the right price.
New York Times Jul 21, 2009 Express Route to Divorce Has Familiar Delays (Mexico City Journal)
QUOTE: Two-thirds of divorce cases are filed by women under the new [Mexican] law, but their advocates argue that it leaves women and their children as vulnerable as ever.
New York Times Jul 13, 2009 Calderon's drug offensive stirs 'wasp nest' (Mexico Under Siege)
QUOTE: The 2 1/2-year offensive has uncovered deep corruption and sparked violent gang wars, presenting a stark reality: The longer and harder the war is fought, the more complex and daunting it becomes.
Los Angeles Times Jul 09, 2009 Mexico Accused of Torture in Drug War: Army Using Brutality To Fight Trafficking, Rights Groups Say
QUOTE: The Mexican army has carried out forced disappearances, acts of torture and illegal raids in pursuit of drug traffickers...
Washington Post Jun 22, 2009 Mexicans Cry for Justice in Day Care Fire
QUOTE: The day care center [that caught fire in Mexico City] was a firetrap, critics say, and one that had been inspected repeatedly. It passed every time, except once...
New York Times Apr 14, 2009 U.S. Stymied as Guns Flow to Mexican Cartels (War Without Borders: A Paradoxical Struggle)
QUOTE: The federal system for tracking gun sales, crafted over the years to avoid infringements on Second Amendment rights, makes it difficult to spot suspicious trends quickly and to identify people buying for smugglers, law enforcement officials say.
New York Times Dec 04, 2008 Mexico Drug Cartels Send Message of Chaos, Death
QUOTE: As competing drug cartels and their fragmented cells fight the police, the Mexican army and one another for control of billion-dollar smuggling corridors into the U.S. drug market, the violence unleashed by President Felipe Calderón's war against the traffickers grows more sensational.
Washington Post Oct 23, 2008 City Room: A Hunger Strike at Clinton's Office
QUOTE: ...Bradley Will was shot dead covering antigovernment protests in Mexico....Mexican government arrested two leftist protesters....numerous human rights groups — say is a cover-up by Mexican authorities...
New York Times Sep 02, 2008 Injections of Hope: Doctors Promote Offshore Stemcell Shots, but Some Patients Cry Foul
QUOTE: Patients dart across the border to Mexico or jet to the Caribbean, India, China and elsewhere for injections of stem cells from embryos, fetuses, umbilical cords and the patients' own fat, blood and bone marrow. These shots would be illegal in the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve any such treatments.
Washington Post Jul 17, 2008 Court Orders U.S. to Halt Execution of 5 Mexicans
QUOTE: A U.N. court ruled Wednesday that the United States should halt the executions of five Mexican nationals -- including a convicted killer sentenced to die in three weeks -- until their cases can be reviewed.
Washington Post May 27, 2008 Border Agents, Lured by the Other Side
QUOTE: The Villarreal investigation is among scores of corruption cases in recent years that have alarmed officials in the Homeland Security Department just as it is hiring thousands of border agents to stem the flow of illegal immigration. The pattern has become familiar: Customs officers wave in vehicles filled with illegal immigrants, drugs or other contraband. A Border Patrol agent acts as a scout for smugglers. Trusted officers fall prey to temptation and begin taking bribes.
New York Times Feb 13, 2008 Mexican Rights Panel Called 'Disappointing': Report Cites Lack of Focus on Military
QUOTE: The Human Rights Watch report said abuses committed by the military against civilians "are rarely punished." The report ascribes part of the blame to Mexico's rights commission because it routinely turns over cases to military authorities who "have proven unable to properly investigate and prosecute human rights cases."
Washington Post Dec 02, 2007 Film on Mexico’s Disputed ’06 Election Stirs Emotions
QUOTE: The new film, “Fraud, Mexico 2006,” lays out in detail the arguments of leftists who say the combination of a smear campaign and fraud at polling places swung the election to President Calderón. Mr. Mandoki got financial backing for the movie from Federico Arreola, a journalist, entrepreneur and close campaign adviser to Mr. López Obrador.
New York Times Nov 19, 2007 Mexicans Ask Where Flood Aid Went: Corruption, Incompetence Alleged After Devastating Downpours
QUOTE: The group's investigators say they have found proof that flood abatement money was used to pay off contractors who never completed jobs, as well as to fill the gasoline tanks of private vehicles and to buy large quantities of cigarettes, pastries and other sweets.
Washington Post Nov 10, 2007 Gabriel’s Story: An Oregon custody case could reunite a two-year-old with a convicted felon: his dad.
QUOTE: Federal law prevents geographical distance from influencing an adoption decision, and state law favors blood relatives....As far as the Brandts are concerned, however, they are his family—the only family he's known besides his drug-addled mother.
Newsweek Nov 07, 2007 Rains Bring Mexico's Poverty to Surface: Residents Cling To Flooded Homes
QUOTE: In much the same way as the ruined Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans forced the United States to face its class divide after Hurricane Katrina, Gaviotas Sur is exposing uncomfortable truths in this boggy Gulf of Mexico state.
Washington Post Oct 13, 2007 Mexican 'Dirty War' Case Nears Court: International Body Set to Probe Fate of Activist Missing Since 1974
QUOTE: More than 33 years later, Mexican human rights experts say Radilla's case is likely to be the first from Mexico's "dirty war" to go before an international human rights court. Attorneys involved in the case say it will be submitted next week to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is composed of judges elected by member nations of the Organization of American States
Washington Post Sep 04, 2007 American Farmers Are Crossing the Border for Labor
QUOTE: A sense of crisis prevails among American farmers who rely on immigrant laborers, more so since legislation in the United States Senate failed in June and authorities announced a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants. An increasing number of farmers have been testing the alternative of raising crops across the border where many of the workers are, according to growers and lawmakers in the United States and Mexico.
New York Times Sep 04, 2007 Mexican trucks poised to ride into U.S.: Key lawmaker seeks to halt NAFTA program
QUOTE: Critics say the one-year experiment to test the free-trade measure will unleash a flood of dangerous trucks. It would, they say, increase illegal immigration and drug smuggling and threaten to expose the country to terrorists.
Arizona Republic Sep 03, 2007 Mexican President Assails U.S. Measures on Migrants
QUOTE: The Bush administration has stepped up raids on factories and farms suspected of hiring illegal workers, imposing heavy fines and deporting a record number of illegal immigrants in 2006. The United States Congress this summer failed to approve proposed legislation to revamp immigration laws to make it easier for Mexican immigrants to gain citizenship or temporary work visas, disappointing the Calderón administration.
New York Times Jul 14, 2007 Americans Covering Mexico Drug Trade Face Assassination Threat
QUOTE: It's a dilemma," [Express-News Editor Robert Rivard] said. "On the one side, no story is worth a reporter's life; on the other side, you don't want to back down from telling readers about an important story."
Washington Post Jul 13, 2007 Micro coverage a big help for Mexico's poor: A new plan to promote microinsurance could have a ripple effect in the region.
QUOTE: Once just a safeguard for the middle and upper classes, insurance is finding its way to all sectors of Mexico. For the poorest, microinsurance policies...are giving protection to those Mexicans who work in the informal economy, often don't have bank accounts, and never dreamed of the luxury of having a Plan B.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 27, 2007 In Mexico's drug wars, police given 'trust test': Hundreds of police have been suspended in a bid to stem trafficking-related corruption.
QUOTE: In removing nearly 300 top federal police officers, Mexico has taken its boldest stand yet against corruption as it seeks to curtail drug traffickers whose fierce fighting has some calling Mexico the "new" Colombia… But many say that no true institutional change is taking place.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 27, 2007 Deportees' Bittersweet Homecoming: Migration is Boon, Bane for Honduras
QUOTE: The current debate over immigration reform in the United States, where an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants live, has caused hope and anxiety here, because it holds out both the promise of legalizing tens of thousands of Hondurans now in the United States and the threat of a harsher crackdown near the border, which about 90,000 Hondurans attempt to cross illegally each year.
Washington Post May 25, 2007 Worker Visas Intensify Debate on Immigration: Skilled Foreigners Embraced, Envied
QUOTE: as the emotionally charged issue of immigration consumes the U.S. Senate and the nation this month, skilled foreign professionals are almost as contentious a part of the restructuring debate as impoverished illegal immigrants who sneak across the Mexican border to harvest crops or hang drywall. In many ways, the proposed legislation favors high-skilled immigrants and the industries that employ them.
Washington Post May 14, 2007 In Juarez, Expiring Justice: Statute of Limitations Begins to Run Out in Murders of Hundreds of Women
QUOTE: At a time when U.S. prosecutors are resurrecting Civil Rights-era murder cases -- some more than 40 years old -- Mexico is closing murder cases forever after 14 years. With each passing day, it appears likely that a legal technicality may end a quest to unravel a string of slayings that shocked the world.
Washington Post Apr 25, 2007 Mexico City's Legislature Votes to Legalize Abortion
QUOTE: The bill, which was approved 46 to 19 and which Mayor Marcelo Ebrard has promised to sign into law, would make Mexico City the largest city in Latin America to legalize abortion and could give momentum to efforts to legalize the procedure nationwide in this predominantly Catholic country. Currently, abortion is allowed in limited cases, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger.
Washington Post Apr 24, 2007 On tighter US border with Mexico, violence rises: US law officers and illegal border-crossers are under increased attack, as beefed-up patrols cut into smugglers' illicit trade.
QUOTE: The escalation in violent crime is most pronounced here in Arizona, where border-tightening measures have put a clamp on the preferred route of "coyotes" and smuggling rings. During the first three months of the year, roaming bandits, heavily armed and looking to hijack valuable payloads, waged at least eight attacks on illicit shipments of people or drugs traversing Arizona.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 15, 2007 In Mexico, a Furious Debate Over Abortion: Catholic Church Fights Legislation
QUOTE: a furious cultural debate gripping this nation, which allows abortion only in limited cases, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger. Abortion opponents cite cases such as hers as evidence that abortion should be further curtailed; abortion rights advocates argue that the procedure should be decriminalized so that women have access to safe abortions. The debate has been ignited by two proposals to expand access to abortions in this overwhelmingly Catholic country, considered a regional trendsetter on social issues. Mexico City's legislature is widely expected to approve a law on April 24 that would decriminalize abortion and allow the procedure during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Washington Post Feb 21, 2007 New fight, old foe: Slavery. Some 27 million men, women, and children are in unpaid servitude, the UN says – 200,000 of them in the US.
QUOTE: While slavery takes different forms today, the impact remains devastating to lives around the globe, according to UN and US government statistics. An estimated 300,000 children have been forced to serve as child soldiers in more than 30 conflicts. Each year, human trafficking for sexual servitude or forced labor moves 800,000 people across international borders, including some 17,500 foreigners trafficked into the United States.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 21, 2007 U.S. Officials Laud Transfer Of Mexican Drug Suspects: Attorney General Calls Friday's Extraditions 'Unprecedented'
QUOTE: For years, U.S. officials have criticized Mexico as a sometimes-difficult partner in the war against drugs because of its reluctance to extradite top drug lords to the United States. Mexico has long refused to extradite suspects who might face the death penalty. In 2001, Mexico's Supreme Court also barred extraditions of suspects facing possible life sentences, which were considered "cruel and unusual punishment" here. But the court reversed itself in November 2005, clearing the way for higher-profile extraditions.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2006 New President Takes Helm of Divided Mexico: Calderón Sworn In As Opponents Jeer
QUOTE: The nation's top electoral court found no evidence to support allegations of widespread fraud and rejected López Obrador's calls for a vote-by-vote recount, instead certifying Calderón the winner after a recount of about 9 percent of returns. That left a bitter taste among some Mexican voters...
Washington Post Sep 07, 2006 Letter From Mexico: Long History of Vote Fraud Lingers in the Mexican Psyche
QUOTE: After decades of one-party rule sustained by fraudulent elections, many Mexicans still deeply distrust their institutions and courts. But it is also because Mexicans have a very different notion of electoral fraud than voters in the United States, a notion that goes beyond stuffing ballot boxes....in Mexico it is against the law for a president or any elected official to use public resources to campaign for his party’s candidate.
New York Times Jul 07, 2006 Border Fight Focuses on Water, Not Immigration
QUOTE: ...a 20-year dispute over the rights to water leaking into Mexico from a canal on the American side...would send more water to San Diego, by cutting off billions of leaked gallons...that have helped irrigate Mexican farms since the 1940's.
New York Times Jun 28, 2006 Univision Jilts Televisa for Rival Bid
QUOTE: ...private equity firms won an auction for Univision Communications, the largest Spanish-language media company in the United States, with a $12.3 billion bid, prompting the rival suitor, Grupo Televisa, to contend it had been deliberately shunned in favor of a lesser bid.
New York Times Jun 12, 2006 Mexico's Enforcers Take On Election-Year Mudslingers
QUOTE: Courts here have recently interpreted the broad language of the electoral law to give the institute the authority to ban any speech that besmirches a candidate's reputation or could cause a public disturbance. A result has been the creation of an electoral referee with enormous power.
New York Times May 25, 2006 Mexico's Fox Urges Fairness for Immigrants: Touring the West, Mexican Leader Opposes Fence
QUOTE: Mexican President Vicente Fox is barnstorming the western United States this week, arguing against fencing off the U.S.-Mexico border and asking Americans for "decent treatment of our people."...And he spoke out repeatedly here against proposals to build fences along the border.
Washington Post Apr 25, 2006 Guest workers vulnerable: President Bush touted the proposed new guest worker program Monday. Critics slam the current program.
QUOTE: immigrant-rights advocates...point to widespread cheating and abuse of migrant workers that continues due largely to lack of US government oversight of corrupt firms, and say this should be addressed in any upcoming guest-worker legislation.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 20, 2006 Defamation Case Raises Issues of Fairness in Mexico
QUOTE: ...fueling the worst suspicions about how wealthy people with ties to politicians can use Mexico's legal system, which lacks grand juries, juries or open trials, to harass their enemies.
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