Fight against sweatshops merits student action

November 13, 2003
When rapper P. Diddy launched a new clothing line with the slogan “It’s not just a label, it’s a lifestyle,” it is doubtful he had Lydda Eli Gonzalez in mind. Gonzalez, a 19-year-old from Honduras, once sewed shirts for P. Diddy’s new “Sean John” label for the paltry wage of five cents a piece. Today, »

Paying human rights lip service

September 8, 2003
As President Bush celebrated the toppling of a “murderous tyrant” in Iraq, right-wing rioters outside my window in Guatemala City chanted the name of Efrain Rios Montt — Guatemala’s genocidal dictator of 1982 and presidential hopeful of 2003. As Bush brought world attention to the exhumation of Iraq’s mass graves, archeologists quietly unearthed the bones »

Humanitarian acts in Iraq? Drop sanctions

February 21, 2003
While the Bush administration scrambles to come up with a link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, few here in the United States notice that our government is currently perpetrating one of the most devastating biological terror campaigns in the history of the modern world — neatly labeled “U.N. sanctions.” Since the inception of the sanctions »