Vol. 7 No. 8
Susan HARVIE, 25 April 2003
On April 14, the Pentagon announced that "major combat in Iraq is over." That same day, in the small Iraqi city of Nasiryah, 6 000 people protested their exclusion from a closed-door meeting held by General Jay Garner, appointed by the U.S. to head a transitional military government for Iraq. This was the first organized manifestation of the Iraqi people’s opposition to American occupation. With civil society organizations in southern Iraq all but destroyed, concerned Iraqis will look to the models developed in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Daphnée DION-VIENS, 25 April 2003
While public gazes remain fixed on Iraq, talks are moving ahead quietly at the World Trade Organization (WTO). While we were glued to our television sets, Canada committed itself further to opening up markets in its service sector.
François L’ÉCUYER, 24 April 2003
When Johannesburg Water started installing pre-paid water meters in their community in the weeks running up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), residents of Orange Farm in South Africa got a taste of today’s conception of "sustainability:" privatization of basic services, cost recovery policies, and tariff increases. For the one and a half million people living in Orange Farm, an informal settlement 50km south of Johannesburg where unemployment reaches 80 percent, these policies mean cut-offs and evictions. A harsh reality for an increasing number of people in the new, neoliberal South Africa.
Shannon DEVINE, 24 April 2003
At 24 years old, Judy never imagined fate would find her scrubbing toilets in a foreign country, but necessity has meant otherwise. While her classmates finish their studies in the Philippines, Judy has dropped out to work as a nanny for a wealthy Canadian family under the government-sponsored Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP).
Naomi KLEIN, 23 April 2003
On April 6, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz spelled it out: there will be no role for the UN in setting up an interim government in Iraq. The U.S.-run regime will last at least six months, "probably longer than that."
Kamilia BAROUDI, 23 April 2003
In May and June, Transport 2000 Quebec is organizing Clean Air Day 2003. For the past eight years, Transport 2000 has organized this event to raise awareness of and public interest in the effort to reduce greenhouse gases.