Slave Nation: new report from the Environmental Justice Foundation

Posted on February 25, 2010 by | No Comments

Downloadable here, the latest documentation from the U.K.-based advocacy group should put to rest any government denials of children’s involvement in the 2009 harvest.  Incidentally, upon feeling (ever so slightly) more pressure from European governments and international organizations, Uzbekistan’s government has recently felt it necessary to step up just such denials (more on this later). […]

2010: Uzbekistan’s Year of the Harmoniously Developed Generation

Posted on February 11, 2010 by | No Comments

You can’t make this stuff up, folks.  President Karimov envisions 2010 as the year of the “Harmoniously Developed Generation,” and has signed a package of instructions to his government to bring this about.  I wonder if harmonious development includes a few months hard labor in his cotton fields?

Gymboree’s empty promises

Posted on February 1, 2010 by | No Comments

It’s interesting that Gymboree feels at least a tiny obligation to respond to the query I sent upon receiving word of its charitable leanings: -Original Message– From: cassandra_cavanaugh@yahoo.com Date: 1/4/2010 4:34:58 PM To: customer_service@gymboree.com Subject: Fw: Happy New Year From Our Chairman & CEO [#144624] Dear Mr. McCauley, Support for a children’s hospital in no way excuses the […]

Buying absolution? Charity to compensate for slavery

Posted on February 1, 2010 by | No Comments

Gymboree is flaunting its charitable bona fides to customers, spreading news of its contributions to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.  Never mind the Uzbek children crippled picking the cotton for its clothes have no access to plausible (or any) health care… Matt McCauley just doesn’t seem to get it.  More on that soon.