Multinational Monitor

This magazine tracks and analyzes corporate activity, especially in the Third World and publishes articles on labor issues, such as worker health and safety, union issues, privatization and more.

Articles from October

Calling for Cell Phone Safety
DAVID REYNARD appeared on the Larry King Live show in 1993 to discuss a lawsuit he had filed against NEC, a cell phone operator, and other companies, alleging that his late wife's brain tumor was caused in part by her use of a cell phone. Reynard's...
Deregulating Finance
AFTER A DECADE AND A HALF of trying, the financial industry ushered through the U.S. Congress and secured President Clinton's signature on a far-reaching financial deregulation bill in November. The Financial Services Modernization Act's centerpiece...
Dismantle the WTO
ADD A NEW CONSTITUENCY to the long list of World Trade Organization (WTO) critics which already includes consumers, labor, environmentalists, human rights activists, fair trade groups, AIDS activists, animal protection organizations, those concerned...
Playing God
MARYLAND-BASED CELERA GENOMICS filed in November for thousands of patents on parts of the human genome -- the "blueprint" of human life -- frustrating attempts to prevent the privatization of information first developed through the taxpayer-funded...
The Lawrence Summers Memorial Award [*]
THE SEPTEMBER 1999 Lawrence Summers Memorial Award [*] goes to the World Trade Organization (WTO), for its "10 Benefits of the WTO Trading System" paper. Here is how the "10 Benefits" paper begins: "From the money in our pockets and the goods...
The WTO's Slow Motion Coup against Democracy
An Interview with Lori Wallach Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. Dubbed "the trade debate's guerrilla warrior" by the National Journal, Wallach is a leader in the worldwide movement for fair trade and investment...
Trading Away Forests
Emerging and Current WTO Threats to Forest Protection IN A PLAN that could turn out to be destructive for the world's remaining forests, the United States and industry groups are pushing hard for adoption of a global agreement for free trade in...
Trading Away Public Health
WTO Obstacles to Effective Toxics Controls THE WTO HAS INITIATED A MAJOR EXPANSION of trade rules into the realm of public health protection -- a matter traditionally within the purview of national and local governments. The new WTO rules collide...
Trading Away the Environment
WTO Rules Thwart Environmental Agreements, Punish Innovation Five YEARS OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) have convinced environmentalists that their worst fears were right: the global commerce agency is fundamentally flawed, its basic rules...
Welcome to Seattle
Ministerial Meeting Debates the World Trade Organization's Agenda for the 21st Century MIKE MOORE, the new director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), feels besieged and defensive. With the WTO's Third Ministerial Conference set for...
WTO and the Third World: On a Catastrophic Course
An Interview with Martin Khor Martin Khor is the director of the Third World Network, a Penang, Malaysia-based international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues....