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(Late) Sunday readings

1 June 2008

Hullabaloo on the death of one immigrant, and health care in the For-Profit Concentration Camps Detention Centers :

Unlike federal and state prisons, immigrant detention centers, many of which are run by private contractors, are not legally mandated to abide by any healthcare standards when it comes to treating sick immigrants. Civil and immigrant rights groups have filed suit in New York to force federal officials to issue such rules, but the Department of Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction in the matter, has yet to produce them.

Mexico Trucker On-Line explains “NAFTA for Dummies”:

Mexicans disapprove of NAFTA by a 2-to-1 margin, according to a recent poll. That finding reflects disappointment that NAFTA hasn’t brought widespread prosperity to Mexico. “Executives and high-skilled workers have found opportunities,” says consultant Gonzalez. “But for most workers things have not improved.” Forty percent of Mexicans still live in poverty, and small farmers have been especially hard-hit; many went under after they were unable to compete with cheaper agricultural imports from the U.S. and Canada. NAFTA has been more popular in Canada. The U.S. has always provided a ready market for Canadian natural resources—the U.S. imports more oil from Canada than from any other country. But since NAFTA, Canadian exports of goods other than natural resources have tripled. Yet some Canadians fear that competitive pressures will force them to dismantle their European-style social safety net in favor of the harsher American model.

Upside Down World focus on the havoc of Canadian mining operations throughout Latin America, focusing on Goldcorp:

… mining companies, the mainstream media, the Canadian government, International Finance Institutions and bought off NGOs” …[are]…working “hard to keep the reality of large-scale, open pit mines out of picture, keep[ing] community resistance marginalized, and no matter what, to keep talking about ‘development’.”

The American Prospect on “The Perils of Privatization”:

If adequate water for drinking and sanitation is essential for life, shouldn’t we consider water a human right? Not everyone thinks so. In February, the United Nations Human Rights Council missed a critical opportunity to recognize a human right to water. As a result of lobbying by the United States and Canada, the council derailed a European-backed declaration, accepting instead a weaker resolution that actually protects a corporation’s right to sell water.

AFP on Indiana Jones and the Pile of Caca… what’s a Mayan temple (let alone Pancho Villa) doing in Peru?

And… in U.S. political news, Chris Kelly finds the perfect Vice-Presidential candidate:

Obama just needs a running mate who’s old, Hispanic, southern, female and enjoys state-sponsored violence, especially war.

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