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TommyPaineatWork
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posted 04 December 2002 07:04 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I came across this story at "Salon".

Down Mexico Way.

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Smith
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posted 04 December 2002 08:07 AM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That is one hell of a horrible situation.

Government corruption down there is obviously running rampant. I wonder who is really responsible for these murders - whom are they protecting? It's very, very strange.

And how much of this can be blamed on the TNCs that have opened - and closed - factories down there? Obviously, the murders are not their fault - but the population explosion, and the huge economic swings, must make people's lives very difficult, and must make it very hard to track them.

At the very least, one would hope they would respond to the crisis in some way - offer busing to and from work sites, put pressure on local authorities, something. But the notion that a business is in any way responsible to the community it operates in - if it ever existed, and I do think it did - seems to have gone out the window. These companies don't see it as their problem that their workers are being beaten and raped and their bodies abandoned in ditches.

Still, the real horror here is the government and their utter failure - not failure, refusal - to help or protect people in the area. Disgusting.


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WingNut
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posted 04 December 2002 09:21 AM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I read about this some years ago by a terrific writer and Latin Bureau reporter, Linda Diebel, with the Toronto Star. A follow up story has been reproduced here: http://www.americanpatrol.com/CRIME/RESENDEZ/resendez187kills990706.html
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Rebecca West
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posted 04 December 2002 10:04 AM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
TNCs are only there to exploit the local population, regardless of the country of operation. Where trade unions are allowed in Mexico, in a limited capacity, their leaders are kidnapped, tortured, murdered, disappeared. Journalists who cover these stories are kidnapped, tortured, murdered, disappeared. Relatives of the tortured and murdered are issued death threats. These are largely US-based transnationals who are profiting from the horror, misery, corruption, and human degradation that is rampant in Mexico's impoverished industrial sector. And it's not just in Mexico. Ask the Ogoni people how they've fared since Dutch Shell Oil turned their beautiful land in the Nigerian delta into a sludge-filled oil patch.

But back to the murdered women. Just in case anyone thought that women have come to enjoy the same freedoms and protections as men in any meaningful way ... Ciudad Juarez is just an exaggerated example of what occurs in cities all over the world. Mexico is a macho society where women are grossly undervalued, but even in Canada, where women have achieved some level of equity, a pig farmer can murder dozens of poor women, it can be common knowledge among those who worked and socialized with the women, and still it will take years and years and the lives of more women before he is arrested.

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Smith
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posted 04 December 2002 11:02 AM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And of course, the victims are the marginalized - prostitutes here in Canada, and down there, factory workers, women without families, often, without money.

Central and South American nations should take note of this - are taking note of this, I hope: this will happen there too if the FTAA goes through...although I'm sure in many of them it happens anyway.


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Rebecca West
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posted 04 December 2002 11:16 AM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's so fucking depressing. As the cycle of greed escallates - facillitated by trade agreements and globalization - where will it all end?
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josh
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posted 04 December 2002 05:11 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
More on death and NAFTA:

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/1204-02.htm

R.W., the process will end when enough people in the industrial countries come to realize that globalization does not serve them and that it endangers democracy. The wins in South American are important, but only a start. There needs to be politicians and parties throughout the industrialized world who will stand up and call for an end to the process, and challenge its foundation.


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