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Coca Cola workers - strike report

Just a few miles up the Lea Valley in Edmonton, Olympics TOP partners (ie top level sponsors) have a factory. This report of the current strike is reposted from Harringey Solidarity Network


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Crude and brutal scams underlying the Delhi Commonwealth Games

From: Heritage Games, cleaning up the debris, Hazards Centre, 2010

Beginning from July 2010 there has been a glare of floodlights on the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. In the early weeks media hounds began enquiring into the state of preparedness with photographs of inchoate ditches and rubble, loose masonry and cement, incomplete roofs and walls. Then the first rains came and, as everything began leaking and the water gathered, the focus changed to the impediments to traffic and the inconvenience to the public.


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Diversity in 2012 - just a cheap labour strategy?

Campaigners have urged London 2012 to ensure London's diverse communities are highlighted at the Games. Peter Tatchell declared: "London's diverse communities should be an identifiable, visible highlight of the opening and closing ceremonies." John Graham-Cumming suggested that the 2012 marathon could be called the Turing Marathon after the wartime code-breaker and computer inventor Alan Turing, who narrowly missed out on running for Britain in the marathon at the 1948 Olympics and who committed suicide after being convicted under laws against homosexuality. 2012 is the centenary of his birth. Mr Graham-Cumming said: "celebrating Turing doesn't mean focusing on just that one aspect of his life; it means recognising a mental and physical athlete, a mathematician and marathon runner, and a man to whom we owe so much."


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The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book

Gord Hill, of no2010.com notoriety, has his new comic book reviewed (2nd item down) in The Dominion


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La lotta continua

So with 6 years to go for poor Rio, just 2 years being loudly trumpeted here, and the BBC carrying a story today of displacement plans affecting

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Bringing Bhopal to Bow?

Dow Chemicals are to be announced as the IOC's new Global Partner?


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2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Whose wealth? Whose commons?

Construction Workers.  ©Mehar JyrwaConstruction Workers. ©Mehar Jyrwa
The 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be held in New Delhi, India, from 3-14 October 2010. The declared mission of the Games is to, “..deliver the 'Best Commonwealth Games Ever;” build state-of-the-art sporting and city infrastructure....create a suitable environment and opportunities for the involvement of the citizens in the Games; to showcase the culture and heritage of India; to project Delhi as a global destination; to project India as an economic power; and to leave behind a lasting legacy.”


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Missed the Goal for Workers: The Reality of Soccer Ball Stitchers in Pakistan, India, China and Thailand

An International Labor Rights Forum report, June 7, 2010

This report presents the key findings of the International Labor Rights Forum’s research in the four largest soccer balls producing countries: Pakistan, India, China and Thailand. This report also highlights the need to rethink the strategies being utilized by companies to encourage suppliers to adhere to strong labor standards.


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