links for 2010-06-10
"The ITUC’s Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights has documented a dramatic increase in the number of trade unionists murdered in 2009, with 101 killings – an increase of 30% over the previous year. The Survey, released today, also reveals growing pressure on fundamental workers’ rights around the world as the impact of the global economic crisis on employment deepened."
"Renato Reyes, secretary general of Bayan, a nationalist group that has led many anti-Arroyo protests, said that it expected Mr. Aquino to act swiftly. “The arduous task of reversing and undoing the many failed policies of the Arroyo regime must begin as soon as possible,” he said. “Many positive steps can be taken within the first 100 days of the next administration.”"
"Although the Obama administration has come under much criticism for not responding quickly enough, nor adequately, to the BP oil spill, there is no denying that top government officials, including the president himself, have felt compelled to speak about the spill and to insist that BP will be held accountable.
How differently things play out in Nigeria. Not only does the Nigerian government usually not bother to issue statements, it never feels compelled to decry such spills.
Even more striking, perhaps, is the very different ways in which the international media deals with oil spills. Of course, it is entirely appropriate that the U.S. media have been giving constant coverage to the BP Gulf spill."