International media has today covered a vessel that has been apprehended in Cyprus, for alleged arms transport to Sudan. The ship left Norway few weeks before, the story goes. From what Norwatch can establish, no arms from Norway were part of the shipment.
“It is evident that hydroelectric power in the rain forest is worth the price,” the new Norwegian head of the Malaysian energy company Sarawak Energy Berhad stated. “I hope the indigenous population accepts moving,” he said.
So far this year more than a billion NOK worth of arms have been exported from Norway. That is allmost twice as much as the whole of last year. - After the September 11th attacks, the business of defence is relatively better off than other businesses, confirmed weapons producer Nammo Raufoss.
Nike, Adidas, Fila and Levi’s are not the only companies that utilize sub-contractors in Thailand and other countries in Asia. “Everybody” is doing it. Also that most Norwegian of Norwegian companies, Helly-Hansen.
In Bangkok 890 ready-made clothes workers are suddenly without work and wags. They were making brand products for Nike, Levi’s and Adidas and now feel on their bodies how a complicated system with sub-contractors create cut-neck competition, low wages and uncertain working conditions for the local workers of famous brands.
Low wages and working conditions are exported between undeveloped countries. Over time, foreign investments will usually pull salary and working standards up,but this is not the general situation in the textile and ready-made clothing industry, says Arne Melchior, researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI).
Does King Harald's brother-in-law Erling Lorentzen use the corruption scandal in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo to wily-bird from the accusations of power misuse? Lorentzen's company Aracruz Celulose has never stated the names of those local politicians the company claims have attempted blackmail.
The judicial inquiry of the Maikanch massacre in India, where three opponents of Norsk Hydro's Utkal project were killed, terminated in early August. The judge is believed to have been transferred, and there is now total confusion about the further inquiry.
The larger tobacco farmers in Malawi do not employ anyone under the age of 15. Childeren aren't productive enough to defend the four-cents-an-hour salary. Even working 72 hours a week the tobacco labourers make a mere fifth of average pay in the World's ninth poorest country.