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 Vol. 19, No. 7-8, July-August

Big Tobacco and the Law
A. Tobacco & The Campaign for Tort Deform With the prospects of lawsuits causing major uncertainty for the tobacco industry's future well-being - and leading Wall Street to depress the value of its stocks - gaining effective legal immunity has long...
Big Tobacco Goes Global
A. Assault on the Third World "Whatever you may think is happening to the cigarette market of the USA and the UK, the tobacco business world-wide is still very much a growth business and BAT distinguishes itself from the world average growth rate of...
Blue Cross/Blue Criminal
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, also known as Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), pled guilty to eight felony counts and agreed to pay $144 million after admitting it concealed evidence of poor performance in processing Medicare claims for the...
Buying Votes, Buying Friends: Tobacco Industry Political Influence
A. From Head to Toe: Big Tobacco's Political Stratagems "Mr. Kornegay, [chair of the Tobacco Institute], stated that he had been privileged to attend the ceremonies at the opening of the new Brown & Williamson plant in Macon, Georgia. He reported...
Expropriation Madness
Trade interests have again trumped citizen interests, as a chemical company has used an obscure but powerful provision of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to roll back a Canadian environmental and public health measure - and to exact a...
Hijacking Congress
Major airlines are jacking up more than just ticket prices these days. They have increased their contributions by at least 62 percent from the 1996 election cycle. The jump comes at a time when major airlines and discount carriers are battling over...
Meet the Tobacco Papers: Where the Tobacco Papers Come from, How to Locate Them, and What's Missing
Litigation has been the driving force in raising the profile of the tobacco issue in the United States to unprecedented heights. Both a new round of private class action suits and lawsuits filed by U.S. states have highlighted tobacco industry deception,...
The Power of Public Opinion
Public opinion counts. Despite their many millions invested directly in the electoral and legislative process, Big Tobacco has never lost sight of this essential truth. Big Tobacco has spent millions of dollars studying public opinion, assessing how...
What's Good for Tobacco Is Bad for Public Health
An Interview with Stanton Glantz Professor Stanton A. Glantz has been a leading activist in the nonsmokers' rights movement since 1978, when he helped lead a state initiative campaign to enact a nonsmokers' rights law by popular vote (defeated by the...