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Hillary "walmart" Clinton is Coming! Protest Tuesday!

Hillary Clinton has a current history of human rights abuses left out of her autobiography. Portland has been called onto address them for her.

HILLARY "WALMART" CLINTON is coming to our town to raise funds. Hillary has a history of human rights abuses. Beside being the former lawyer for Walmart, who not only employs child labor but foreign prison labor, but also subjegates the American working class to welfare as she calls for welfare reform.

Hillary "Walmarts" legacy with the war against Iraq doesn't bode well either. She voted against the fillibuster, watched as anti-war leafletters were arrested outside her office and voted for the war in Iraq as well. Her unanimous support of this illegal war and her support of child labor and prison labor should be acknowledged. Nowhere in her whitehouse biography does she aknowledge her support of human rights abuses.

This can be remedied by us.

I am announcing a call to action coinciding with Hillary's booksigning facade. It will be taking place at Barnes and Nobles. To recieve a free ringside ticket into BORDERS please call (503) 220-5911. Feel free to dress apporiately for the corporate whore who helped to Walmart to enslave Chinese prisoners.

To show up outside event go to Borders Books, 708 SW 3rd Ave, Tuesday August 5, at 4:30 to gather. She will be speaking at 5:30pm. Please do not let Hillary play the liberal facade in our town. Let her know that we know who she really is and it is time for change!!!


I'm there! 01.Aug.2003 15:05

Eva Wierman

Cool! I'm gonna get in the front row and ask a bunch of tough questions for that corporate whore! Let's get her shaking in her shoes. I think we should come up with some good chants -- dose anyone have some suggestions? Does anyone have recording devices so we can get coverage of this? How Hillarious (he he) this will be.

Yo yo ma shove it up yo yo ass 01.Aug.2003 16:15

Heather

Senator Hillary Clinton voted for the US Patriot Act. She also voted to permit US stormtroopers to terrorize and occupy Iraq. That makes her is as much of a fascist as Bush. In fact, she may be even worse because she pretends to be something else. I hope Portland turns out to protest the senator's duplicitous and treasonous conduct. I will be there.

INPORTANT! 01.Aug.2003 18:01

UNITE RESIST

please make this a front page item!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still... 01.Aug.2003 21:17

reader

I'd vote for her in a second if the alternative is Dubya and company.

Hillary Sucks 01.Aug.2003 22:02

Bill Clinton

Which of Hillary's policies do you support? I'd really like to know...

Can we get someone to throw a pie in her face during her B&N visit?

Could there have been one or more murders..?? 01.Aug.2003 22:10

ClintonBodyCount.com

oh, and one not listed in the Clinton Body Count is the crashing of Kennedy's plane just before the public announcement that he was going to run against Hillary for Senate...

Hillary W. Clinton 01.Aug.2003 23:29

Bob Dobbs

Ok you just proved that you did not read the "Best Democracy Money Can Buy" by Greg Palast. What you did prove by saying you would vote for Hillary is your ignorance. This isn't a bad thing. You can easily remedy this. First start with reading the link posted above about HIllary's involvement with walmart and what walmarts policies are. Second go to www.gregpalast.com to read more of his articles. It is a shame that America's leading investigative journalist is all but essentially black listed in the US, despite being a new york times best seller. But we here at indymedia already know about corporate media, don't we? Please inform yourself more.

Hillary is not running against Bush.

She is here to make money on her ghost ridden written autobiography which leaves out the bitter truth.

Let's make her tell the truth to the people of Portland. Let's make this the one stop on her tour where she says "OH SHIT THEY AREN'T LISTENING TO CORPORATE MEDIA, WHAT DO WE DO NOW, NOW THAT THEY ARE EDUCATED AND INFORMED?"

It is Hillary W. Clinton. The W stands for walmart.

please change the category heading for this thread 02.Aug.2003 01:30

green

The editorializing in the category heading "Republican lite" is as inappropriate as it would be if the Indymedia volunteer's heading for a story about Ralph Nader were "Corporate Whore." or "Butcher of Baghdad" We all know that Nader took money from the Republicans for this "priceless" commercials from the Corporate interests so that they could get Bush in, we all know that if not for Nader Bush would not have had his war in Iraq. This knowledge doesn't justify an Indymedia editor who feels betrayed by Nader putting such a heading up to someone's story about Nader.

Don't misunderstand me, I don't object to someone titling their story "Nader is a corporate whore" or "Nader is the real butcher of Baghdad." anymore than I would object to some titling a story about Hillary Clinton is "Hillary Clinton is Republican Lite."

However, I do object to an Indymedia volunteer giving a story about Nader the heading "Corporate Whore" or "Butcher of Baghdad" We had a similar situation many months ago when someone posted that they had killed a police officer to protest against corporations. An editor titled the story "Corporate Action". A little while later that heading was changed to include the word "murder."

Please change the category heading for this thread. Thank you.

RE: Green 02.Aug.2003 01:56

Wage Slave

Dear Green,
You make a valid point. Nader did accept campaign contributions. Tsk, tsk.

False accusations on the outcome of election gloss over the corporation who made the faulty ballot counting machines now being implemented in many of our states. Again read Greg Palast, the Nation or the Guardian, and indymedia on a frequent bases. You have entered the zone of emotional hyperbole leaving out common sense and global knowledge of how the last election was "won".

However, I applaud the efforts of our edititorial staff who work constantly on educationg us, no bullshit allowed. She is a corporate whore and I am glad to see you aknowledge it.

My question to you is, is democracy or the democratice way to employ child labor and slave labor out of prison camps? Or is this not "republican lite" but the way of accepting american politics?

I want to let you know that if you have a problem with the editorial staff or their word choicage that you should get involved. I for one am satisfied at the great work they do and am simply happy to help spread the word about Hillary. I hope to see you there green but with a copy of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy asking for an autograph in this book instead of her pack of lies.

Clinton Body Count 02.Aug.2003 06:24

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maybe this was only attributable to her husband, but it is worth mentioning here anyway.

 http://www.etherzone.com/body.html

Here is the latest body count that we have. All of these people have been connected with the Clintons in some form or another. We have not included any deaths that could not be verified or connected to the Clinton scandals. All deaths are listed chronologically by date. This list is current and accurate to the best of our knowledge as of January 13, 1999 August 1, 2000.

Susan Coleman: Rumors were circulating in Arkansas of an affair with Bill Clinton. She was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head at 7 1/2 months pregnant. Death was an apparent suicide.

Larry Guerrin: Was killed in February 1987 while investigating the INSLAW case.

Kevin Ives & Don Henry: Initial cause of death was reported to be the result of falling asleep on a railroad track in Arkansas on August 23, 1987. This ruling was reported by the State medical examiner Fahmy Malak. Later it was determined that Kevin died from a crushed skull prior to being placed on the tracks. Don had been stabbed in the back. Rumors indicate that they might have stumbled upon a Mena drug operation.

Keith Coney: Keith had information on the Ives/Henry deaths. Died in a motorcycle accident in July 1988 with unconfirmed reports of a high speed car chase.

Keith McKaskle: McKaskle has information on the Ives/Henry deaths. He was stabbed to death in November 1988.

Gregory Collins: Greg had information on the Ives/Henry deaths. He died from a gunshot wound to the face in January 1989.

Jeff Rhodes: He had information on the deaths of Ives, Henry & McKaskle. His burned body was found in a trash dump in April 1989. He died of a gunshot wound to the head and there was some body mutilation, leading to the probably speculation that he was tortured prior to being killed.

James Milam: Milam had information on the Ives & Henry deaths. He was decapitated. The state Medical examiner, Fahmy Malak, initially ruled death due to natural causes.

Richard Winters: Winters was a suspect in the deaths of Ives & Henry. He was killed in a "robbery" in July 1989 which was subsequently proven to be a setup.

Jordan Kettleson: Kettleson had information on the Ives & Henry deaths. He was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup in June 1990.

Alan Standorf: An employee of the National Security Agency in electronic intelligence. Standorf was a source of information for Danny Casalaro who was investigating INSLAW, BCCI, etc. Standorf's body was found in the backseat of a car at Washington National Airport on Jan 31, 1991.

Dennis Eisman: An attorney with information on INSLAW. Eisman was found shot to death on April 5, 1991.

Danny Casalaro: Danny was a free-lance reporter and writer who was investigating the "October Surprise", INSLAW and BCCI. Danny was found dead in a bathtub in a Sheraton Hotel room in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Danny was staying at the hotel while keeping appointments in the DC area pertinent to his investigation. He was found with his wrists slashed. At least one, and possibly both of his wrists were cut 10 times. All of his research materials were missing and have never been recovered.

Victor Raiser: The National Finance Co-Chair for "Clinton for President." He died in a airplane crash on July 30, 1992.

R. Montgomery Raiser: Also involved in the Clinton presidential campaign. He died in the same plane crash as Victor.

Paul Tully: Tulley was on the Democratic National Committee. He was found dead of unknown causes in his hotel room on September 24, 1992. No autopsy was ever allowed.

Ian Spiro: Spiro had supporting documentation for grand jury proceedings on the INSLAW case. His wife and 3 children were found murdered on November 1, 1992 in their home. They all died of gunshot wounds to the head. Ian's body was found several days later in a parked car in the Borego Desert. Cause of death? The ingestion of cyanide. FBI report indicated that Ian had murdered his family and then committed suicide.

Paula Gober: A Clinton speech writer. She died in a car accident on December 9, 1992 with no known witnesses.

Jim Wilhite: Wilhite was an associate of Mack McClarty's former firm. Wilhite died in a skiing accident on December 21, 1992. He also had extensive ties to Clinton with whom he visited by telephone just hours before his death.

Steve Willis, Robert Williams, Todd McKeahan & Conway LeBleu: Died Feburary 28, 1993 by gunfire at Waco. All four were examined by a pathologist and died from identical wounds to the left temple. All four had been body guards for Bill Clinton, three while campaigning for President and when he was Governor of Arkansas.They also were the ONLY 4 BATF agents killed at Waco.

Sgt. Brian Haney, Sgt. Tim Sabel, Maj. William Barkley, Capt. Scott Reynolds: Died: May 19, 1993 - All four men died when their helicopter crashed in the woods near Quantico, Va. - Reporters were barred from the site, and the head of the fire department responding to the crash described it by saying, "Security was tight," with "lots of Marines with guns." A videotape made by a firefighter was seized by the Marines. All four men had escorted Clinton on his flight to the carrier Roosevelt shortly before their deaths.

John Crawford: An attorney with information on INSLAW. He died from a heart attack in Tacoma in April of 1993.

John Wilson: Found dead from an apparent hanging suicide on May 18, 1993. He was a former Washington DC council member and claimed to have info on Whitewater.

Paul Wilcher: A lawyer who was investigating drug running out of Mena, Arkansas and who also sought to expose the "October Surprise", BCCI and INSLAW. He was found in his Washington DC apartment dead of unknown causes on June 22, 1993.

Vincent Foster: A White House deputy counsel and long-time personal friend of Bill and Hillary's. Found on July 20, 1993, dead of a gunshot wound to the mouth -- a death ruled suicide. Many different theories on this case! Readers are encouraged to read our report in Strange Deaths.

Jon Parnell Walker: An investigator for the RTC who was looking into the linkage between the Whitewater and Madison S&L bankruptcy. Walker "fell" from the top of the Lincoln Towers Building.

Stanley Heard & Steven Dickson: They were members of the Clinton health care advisory committee. They died in a plane crash on September 10, 1993.

Jerry Luther Parks: Parks was the Chief of Security for Clinton's national campaign headquarters in Little Rock. Gunned down in his car on September 26, 1993 near the intersection of Chenal Parkway and Highway 10 west of Little Rock. Parks was shot through the rear window of his car. The assailant then pulled around to the driver's side of Park's car and shot him three more times with a 9mm pistol. His family reported that shortly before his death, they were being followed by unknown persons, and their home had been broken into (despite a top quality alarm system). Parks had been compiling a dossier on Clinton's illicit activities. The dossier was stolen.

Ed Willey: A Clinton fundraiser. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on November 30, 1993. His death came the same day his wife, Kathleen, was sexually assaulted in the White House by Bill Clinton.

Gandy Baugh: Baugh was Lasater's attorney and committed suicide on January 8, 1994. Baugh's partner committed suicide exactly one month later on February 8, 1994.

Herschell Friday: A member of the presidential campaign finance committee. He died in an airplane explosion on March 1, 1994.

Ronald Rogers: Rogers died on March 3, 1994 just prior to releasing sensitive information to a London newspaper. Cause of death? Undetermined.

Kathy Furguson: A 38 year old hospital worker whose ex-husband is a co- defendant in the Paula Jones sexual harassment law suit. She had information supporting Paula Jone's allegations. She died of an apparent suicide on May 11, 1994 from a gunshot wound to the head.

Bill Shelton: Shelton was an Arkansas police officer and was found dead as an apparent suicide on kathy Ferguson's grave (Kathy was his girl friend), on June 12, 1994. This "suicide" was the result of a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Stanley Huggins: Huggins, 46, was a principal in a Memphis law firm which headed a 1987 investigation into the loan practices of Madison Guaranty S&L. Stanley died in Delaware in July 1994 -- reported cause of death was viral pneumonia.

Paul Olson: A Federal witness in investigations to drug money corruption in Chicago politics, Paul had just finished 2 days of FBI interviews when his plane ride home crashed, killing Paul and 130 others on Sept 8 1994. The Sept. 15, 1994 Tempe Tribune newspaper reported that the FBI suspected that a bomb had brought down the airplane.

Calvin Walraven: 24 year on Walraven was a key witness against Jocelyn Elder's son's drug case. Walraven was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound to the head. Tim Hover, a Little Rock police spokesman says no foul play is suspected.

Alan G. Whicher: Oversaw Clinton's Secret Service detail. In October 1994 Whicher was transferred to the Secret Service field office in the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. Whatever warning was given to the BATF agents in that building did not reach Alan Whicher, who died in the bomb blast of April 19th 1995.

Duane Garrett: Died July 26, 1995-A lawyer and a talk show host for KGO-AM in San Fransisco, Duane was the campaign finance chairman for Diane Fienstien's run for the senate, and was a friend and fundraiser for Al Gore. Garrett was under investigation for defrauding investors in Garrett's failed sports memorabilia venture. There was talk of a deal to evade prosecution. On July 26th, Garrett canceled an afternoon meeting with his lawyer because he had to meet some people at the San Fransisco airport. Three hours later he was found floating in the bay under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Ron Brown:. The Commerce Secretary died on April 3, 1996, in an Air Force jet carrying Brown and 34 others, including 14 business executives on a trade mission to Croatia, crashed into a mountainside. The Air Force, in a 22-volume report issued in June of 1996, confirmed its initial judgment that the crash resulted from pilot errors and faulty navigation equipment At the time of Brown's death, Independent Counsel Daniel Pearson was seeking to determine whether Brown had engaged in several sham financial transactions with longtime business partner Nolanda Hill shortly before he became secretary of commerce.

Charles Meissner: died: UNK - Following Ron Brown's death, John Huang was placed on a Commerce Department contract that allowed him to retain his security clearance
by Charles Meissner. Shortly thereafter, Meissner died in the crash of a small plane. He was an Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Economic Policy.

William Colby: Retired CIA director was found dead on May 6,1996 after his wife reported him missing on April 27,1996. Apparently, Colby decided to go on a impromptu canoeing excursion and never returned. Colby who had just started writing for Strategic Investment newsletter, worried many in the intelligent community. Colby's past history of divulging CIA secrets in the past were well known. Strategic Investor had covered the Vince Foster suicide and had hired handwriting experts to review Foster's suicide note.

Admiral Jeremy Boorda: Died on May 16,1996 after he went home for lunch and decided to shoot himself in the chest (by one report, twice) rather than be interviewed by Newsweek magazine that afternoon. Explanations for Boorda's suicide focused on a claim that he was embarrassed over two "Valor" pins he was not authorized to wear.

Lance Herndon: Herndon a 41 year old computer specialist and a prominent entrepreneur who received a presidential appointment in 1995 died August 10, 1996 under suspicious circumstances. He appeared to have died from a blow to the head. Police said no weapons were found at his mansion, adding that Mr. Herndon had not been shot or stabbed and there was no evidence of forced entry or theft.

Neil Moody: Died -August 25, 1996 Following Vincent Foster's murder, Lisa Foster married James Moody, a judge in Arkansas, on Jan 1, 1996. Near the time Susan McDougal first went to jail for contempt, Judge Moor's son, Neil died in a car crash. There were other reports that Neil Moody had discovered something very unsettling among his stepmother's private papers and was threatening to go public with it just prior to the beginning of the Democratic National Convention. He was alleged to have been talking to Bob Woodward of the Washington Post about a blockbuster story. Witnesses said they saw Neil Moody sitting in his car arguing with another person just prior to His car suddenly speeding off out of control and hitting a brick wall.

Barbara Wise: Wise a 14-year Commerce Department employee found dead and partially naked in her office following a long weekend. She worked in the same section as John Huang. Officially, she is said to have died of natural causes.

Doug Adams: Died January 7, 1997- A lawyer in Arkansas who got involved trying to help the people who were being swindled out of their life savings. Adams was found in his vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head in a Springfield Mo. hospital parking lot.

Mary C. Mahoney: 25, murdered at the Georgetown Starbuck's coffee bar over the 4th of July '97 weekend. She was a former White House intern who worked with John Huang. Apparently she knew Monica Lewinsky and her sexual encounters with Bill Clinton. Although not verified, it has been said that Lewinsky told Linda Tripp that she did not want to end up like Mahoney.

Ronald Miller: Suddenly took ill on October 3rd,1997 and steadily worsened until his death 9 days later. (This pattern fits Ricin poisoning.) Owing to the strangeness of the illness, doctors at the Integris Baptist Medical Center referred the matter to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office promptly ran tests on samples of Ron Miller's blood, but has refused to release the results or even to confirm that the tests were ever completed.

Had been investigated by authorities over the sale of his company, Gage Corp. to Dynamic Energy Resources, Inc. was the man who tape recorded Gene and Nora Lum and turned those tapes (and other records) over to congressional oversight investigators. The Lums were sentenced to prison for campaign finance violations, using "straw donors" to conceal the size of their contributions to various candidates. Indeed, Dynamic Energy Resources, Inc. had hired Ron Brown's son Michael solely for the purpose of funneling $60,000 through him to the Commerce Secretary, according to Nolanda Hill's testimony.

Sandy Hume: On Sunday, February 22nd, 1998, Sandy Hume, the 28 year old son of journalist Britt Hume, was reportedly found dead in his Arlington, Virginia home. Aside from the statement that this was an "apparent" suicide, there remains in place a total media blackout on this story, possibly out of concern that the actual facts will not withstand public scrutiny. Worked for Hill magazine, about Congress for Congress.

Jim McDougal: Bill and Hillary Clinton friend, banker, and political ally, sent to prison for eighteen felony convictions. A key whitewater witness, dies of a heart attack on March, 8 1998. As of this writing allegations that he was given an injection of the diuretic lasix has not been denied or confirmed.
Died on March 8, 1998

Johnny Lawhon: 29, died March 29, 1998- The Arkansas transmission specialist who discovered a pile of Whitewater documents in the trunk of an abandoned car on his property and turned them over to Starr, was killed in a car wreck two weeks after the McDougal death.. Details of the "accident" have been sketchy -- even from the local Little Rock newspaper.

Charles Wilbourne Miller: 63, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on November 17, 1998 in a shallow pit about 300 yards from his ranch house near Little Rock. Police found a .410 gauge shotgun near Miller's body and a Ruger .357-caliber revolver submerged in water. Investigators concluded the Ruger was the weapon used by Miller to kill himself. Yet, two rounds in the handgun's cylinder had been spent.

He had long served as executive vice president and member of the board of directors for a company called Alltel and was deeply involved in his own software engineering company until the day he died. Alltel is the successor to Jackson Stephens' Systematics, the company that provided the software for the White House's "Big Brother" data base system and that was behind the administration's plan to develop the secret computer "Clipper" chip to bug every phone, fax and email transmission in America.

Carlos Ghigliotti: 42, was found dead in his home just outside of Washington D.C. on April 28, 2000. There was no sign of a break-in or struggle at the firm of Infrared Technology where the badly decomposed body of Ghigliotti was found. Ghigliotti had not been seen for several weeks.

Ghigliotti, a thermal imaging analyst hired by the House Government Reform Committee to review tape of the siege, said he determined the FBI fired shots on April 19, 1993. The FBI has explained the light bursts on infrared footage as reflections of sun rays on shards of glass or other debris that littered the scene.

"I conclude this based on the groundview videotapes taken from several different angles simultaneously and based on the overhead thermal tape," Ghigliotti told The Washington Post last October. "The gunfire from the ground is there, without a doubt."

Ghigliotti said the tapes also confirm the Davidians fired repeatedly at FBI agents during the assault, which ended when flames raced through the compound. About 80 Branch Davidians perished that day, some from the fire, others from gunshot wounds.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the congressional committee chaired by Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., said that police found the business card of a committee investigator in Ghigliotti's office. Corallo said Ghigliotti's work for the committee ended some time ago.

Tony Moser: 41, was killed as he crossed a street in Pine Bluff, Ark on on June 10, 2000. Killed 10 days after being named a columnist for the Democrat-Gazette newspaper and two days after penning a stinging indictment of political corruption in Little Rock.

Police have concluded that no charges will be filed against the unnamed driver of a 1995 Chevrolet pickup, which hit Moser as he was walking alone in the middle of unlit Rhinehart Road about 10:10 p.m

Police say they have ruled out foul play and will file no charges against the driver because he was not intoxicated and there was no sign of excessive speed.


"Published originally at EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact."

grag palast on wal-mart 02.Aug.2003 06:26

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Praise Uncle Sam and pass the 18p an hour
Observer, London
Sunday, June 20, 1999
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At Wal-Mart's 1992 general meeting, founder Sam Walton asked shareholders to sing God Bless America. The 15,000 Wal-Martians responded to Sam's call - even though Walton had been dead for two months.

Walton's request to the shareholder-cum-revival meeting in rural Arkansas - channelled through a spotlit executive crouching on bended knee to speak to the departed Deity of Retail - was scarcely surprising. Wal-Mart is America's most patriotic, flag-waving company.

But look under the flags. Stores are decked out like a war rally. Stars and Stripes hang from the ceiling. Cardboard eagles shriek 'Buy America!' But one independent group sampled 105,000 store items and found only 17 per cent of them made in the USA. Indeed some items in trolleys marked Made in America came from elsewhere. So just where does all this stuff come from? Ask avid Wal-Mart shopper Wu Hongda.

'Harry' Wu is famous in the States. He escaped from China after 19 years in a prison camp for holding 'counter-revolutionary' views, then conned his way back into the prisons to document the misery of forced labour. In 1995, Wu was jailed once more, but not before he had reported the appalling tale of slave labour.

Naturally, Wal-Mart has contracts with suppliers that say none of its merchandise should be made by slaves, prisoners or little children. But among its suppliers is Shantou Garment Trading Company, based in Guandong Province. The Trading Company uses factories in Shantou town: nothing wrong with that. But some of the Trading Company's manufacturing is also carried out in nearby Jia Yang prison.

Do any of Wal-Mart's goods come from the prison? The company says it would refuse to handle anything made in a prison, and no one suggests that it knowingly connives in supporting prison labour. Wal-Mart repeats the mantra that its contracts forbid it.

But there is a clear problem here. An associate of Wu helping to investigate the Trading Company was told that Chinese authorities explicitly prohibit the monitoring of production inside the prison. Hence it is virtually impossible for any buyer to establish for certain whether goods from the Trading Company have been made by prisoners or 'free' labour.

According to Wal-Mart, it has to rely on the word of suppliers when they say that goods have been made only by 'free' workers.

And outside China? Who makes the dirt-cheap clothes that fill Wal-Mart's shelves? Are the factories that supply the company staffed by properly rewarded adults? This has long been a sensitive topic for Wal-Mart. In 1994, former Wall Street Journal reporter Bob Ortega, author of the fearsome expose, In Sam We Trust, was taken round Guatemalan factories which supplied Wal-Mart. They were filled with smiling adult workers.

But Ortega had arrived secretly two weeks earlier, and managed to speak to the child seamstresses hidden from the official tour. (When the scandal was exposed, Wal-Mart cancelled its contract with the plant.) Furthermore, in 1996, Wendy Diaz of Honduras testified before Congress about the sweatshop where, as a 13-year-old, she earned 18p an hour making Wal-Mart label clothes.

Wal-Mart has been decidedly touchy when questioned about the use of child labour. Do children make its goods? The answer depends on how you define children. When reporters confronted chief executive David Glass in 1992 with photographs of 14-year-old children locked in Bangladeshi factories that supply the company, he replied: 'Your definition of children may be different from mine.'

But this was in the bad old days, before Wal-Mart published its Code of Conduct, which was meant to end abuses. Since then, the supply chain has been cleaned up.

Or maybe not. The National Labour Committee of New York has given The Observer an advance copy of a yet-unpublished report on manufacturing in Bangladesh. It lists Wal-Mart contractor Beximco as paying teenage seamstresses an hourly rate of 12p and their helpers 5p, both for an 80-hour week - half Bangladesh's minimum wage and way beyond the country's maximum 60-hour working week.

Wal-Mart told me this could not happen if contractors stuck to their word.

The Observer last week sought the views of Wal-Mart's former lawyer, Hillary Clinton, the 'little lady' Sam appointed to his board of directors. She did not return our calls to Washington.

Despite the bothersome gripes of a few skinny children from Guatemala - and, as the company is fond of pointing out, this all happened years ago - Wal-Mart maintains a folksy image based on Walton's aw-shucks Joe Bloke manner. Joyous clerks chant pledges of customer service that end with shouts of: 'So help me, Sam!'

The multi-billionaire took time to go into his shops and warehouses and chat with employees over doughnuts. In 1982, on his way to becoming America's richest man, he dropped into an Arkansas distribution centre and told the loaders, as one regular guy to another, that if they voted to join a union in a representation ballot, he would fire them all and shut down the centre.

The words, corroborated by eight witnesses, were darn effective. The workers voted down the union, keeping Sam's record perfect. Out of 2,450 stores in America today, not one is unionised.

Who needs a union anyway? Arkansas headquarters would not tell The Observer the company's wage rate for clerks. So our volunteers called Wal-Mart stores nationwide to apply for cashier jobs. Openings averaged $6.10 an hour, equivalent to 3.59. When we inquired at a store near an Indian reservation, we were told the starting rate was only 3.03.

Wal-Mart offers a pension plan and there is profit-sharing. But remember, Sam Walton invented the disposable workforce. About a third of Wal-Mart's workers are temporary; working hours are expanded, shifted, contracted at whim. The workforce turns over like the shoe inventory. And the shorter time someone is with the company, of course, the more difficult it is to build up a full pension or qualify for profit shares.

With 780,000 workers, Wal-Mart has the nation's largest payroll. Many are among the country's worst-paid employees. But it could have been worse: Walton asked for the company to be exempted from US minimum wage legislation. Courts refused.

Wal-Mart doesn't completely ignore workers who plead for an extra bowl of porridge. According to Ortega, when Kathleen Baker, a Wal-Mart employee in Minneapolis, handed her store manager a petition from 80 workers hoping for a rise, she was fired on the spot for using the company typewriter to write the petition. The charge ruined her ability to get another job - until Wal-Mart, under government pressure, agreed to clear her name.

In 1994, Linda Regalado was told she would lose her job if she continued to talk to fellow 'associates' about their right to join a union. She persevered and Wal-Mart made good its threat. Only when the government intervened did Wal-Mart agree to pay compensation.

And shortly afterwards Linda Regalado found herself at loggerheads with the company, her husband Gilbert, working at the same store, was seriously injured at work. Wal-Mart initially refused to pay for surgery, but later agreed after being sued by the family.

Having conquered America, will Wal-Mart's megaliths now chew up England's green belts and bleed high streets dry? A Wal-Marted Britain is not an inevitability. US towns 'are wising up,' says Al Norman, head of Sprawl-Busters, which has helped 88 communities slam the door on the Beast in the Box. Near my home, 60 miles from New York City, Wal-Mart has built a Sam's Club. It is one of the company's smaller outlets. Yet still, it could accommodate three super-Tescos and a football field. Shoppers are offered 70,000 different lines begging to be bought. Sam's Club panders to my nastiest human desire for Cheap and Plenty.

But my store-gasm has a cost. I step out of the Big Box and into the Pine Barrens, the last scrap of woodland left on Long Island's suburban moonscape, which Wal-Mart cut down for its parking lots. So Help Me Sam.

Bob Ortega's 'In Sam we trust: How Wal-Mart is devouring America', Random House 1998.

 GregoryPalast@Guardian.co.uk


Gregory Palast's other investigative reports can be found at www.GregoryPalast.Com where you can also subscribe to Palast's column.

Gregory Palast's column "Inside Corporate America" appears fortnightly in the
Observer's Business section. Nominated Business Writer of the Year (UK Press
Association - 2000), Investigative Story of the Year (Industrial. Society - 1999), Financial Times David Thomas Prize (1998).

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,3876621,00.html

chat room 02.Aug.2003 06:30

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Here's a chat room on Hillary Clinton's site... wierdness

 http://www.hillary.org/hc/Hillary_Clinton_Forum_943_chat1.cgi

Also... 02.Aug.2003 09:18

ranger

...corect me if I'm wrong; I think Hillary is a Christian Zionist, highly supportive of Israeli policies.

She was also on the Board 02.Aug.2003 10:22

arkansas girl

Hillary Clinton was also on on the board of Walmart for years, and she may still be, though the information is no longer accessible. Fayetteville (right outside of Walmart HQs) is the fastest growing area in the country. Oh, and Hillary really does have vertical eyes.

TIX 02.Aug.2003 10:32

sick of it

tickets will be available at 9am get in line early

don't protest clinton 02.Aug.2003 14:04

andy

you should pick your fights...and this isnt a good fight to pick...dont waste your time protesting hillary...she is known for being one of the most liberal members of the senate AND SHE IS...i've had enough of this liberal v. liberal fighting - WE NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER TO END THE BUSH REGIME

RE:andy 02.Aug.2003 14:27

wage slave

Re: She is known for being one of the most liberal members of the senate.

Yeah, by her own propoganda. Don't educate people. Don't pass out fliers about Hillary's role in Walmart at her greasy buck signing furthering of propoganda. Don't pass out fliers talking about Code Pink and her targeting of the people who protested this illegal war. We should accept her as a liberal. Because she says so. Besides she signed the patriotic act and she may be watching you.

Prove to me she is a liberal. I have proven she is not.

Ranger 02.Aug.2003 15:02

anonymous

I don't think Hillary is a Christian Zionist. If you recall during one of her husband's terms in office she got into big trouble for speaking candidly, saying that she believed the Palestinians should have their own state. Now people talk about it openly, but at that time it wasn't so. She was one of the first to dare. She was dragged through the mud on this, and unfortunately seemed to do a repeat of her cookie recipe routine. She dropped the issue, and may have pandered to Zionists after that for political reasons. She is such a wimp sometimes... or maybe the correct term is survivor.

In the present climate however, when even Bush can talk about a Palestinian state, Hillary has no need to backpedal into Zionism. Everyone still has to kiss their asses to a certain extent though. That's just how it is.

anna 02.Aug.2003 16:20

what good is liberal?

liberal schniberal. we need radicals. getting stuck in 2 party politics is a distraction that capitalists want us to get stuck in. get over it.

Anonymous 02.Aug.2003 19:23

ranger

Thanks for correcting me. However, I still have major problems with Hillary.

Christian Zionist 03.Aug.2003 11:25

lalu

I do not have a problem with literal ass kissing cause it seems like a sweet thing to do. I do have a problem with someone saying that the current political climate means we have to pay out at the federal level over $600 dollars in aid per person in Jerusalem while here in the US we only get a little over $900 dollars in aid per person. That is with the money you and I earn and give to the government. She back pedaled. Now she is a Christian Zionist. Bush once was pro choice. That don't make him so now. If she wasn't she would work to make it that you and I would recieve back more of the taxes we pay.

and here I thought... 03.Aug.2003 15:03

gk

and here I thought protesting Hillary's visit was MY idea! When I heard about her visit over a month ago, I notified Vancouver groups to put it on the calendar for a protest. Up till now, I knew of only one other person (from Vancouver) who would be there. Little did I know. There are many of you with like minds! See you there! I've made a huge sign: "DEMO'S GAVE BUSH HIS UGLY WAR. DROP DEM'S/BUSH, NOT BOMBS."

Hillary was/is liberal, yet her position on the war does it for me. That she had anything to do with WalMart just caps it. gk.

she's not speaking 03.Aug.2003 22:11

still sick of it

only signing

How liberal is Walmart Clinton? 03.Aug.2003 23:36

wage slave

I'm still waiting to hear how liberal H. "Walmart" Clinton is. It has been over a day and still no evidence of how liberal she is has come forward. I want to hear some specific acts that she has done since she became senator.

Sorry for the original post talking about her speaking. How could I have been so stupid as to think that she would speak to us?

Pull your crap together... 05.Aug.2003 00:52

Rokko

Isn't there enough right-wingers to handle the gross generalizations and the kooky slanderous conspiracies.

Although Hillary Clinton is at the center of the political spectrum, she is still far to the left of Dubya, Cheney and company. She is touring the country and speaking out against Dubya to mainstream Americans. Yes, she voted for the Patriot Act (as did all but one of the senators) and she voted to give Dubya the power to invade Iraq when he presented "iron-clad" evidence that America was in danger. It was a farce, we knew it, we protested and time has shown us to be correct. Many Americans were duped. Although most of us were not satisfied with her vote, she and other Democrats are in a position where they can pin Dubya's deception on him and use it to sink him in 2004.

If Hillary has tempered her liberal message, it comes from years of being "exposed" as a marxist by the right wing propaganda machine 24-7 for 8 years plus. Remember the late Barbra Olsen? How many times did she label her a socialist (gasp!). She has been on the defensive since 1992 and the right, while not boxing her in with ridicule, trembles at the thought that she will run for president.

Hillary has continued to remain in politics despite being humiliated, having her personal life sexualized for public consumption and having been labeled the undesirable outspoken woman that does not know her place in society. I don't think she is in it for wealth.

I do not agree with everything Hillary Clinton does, but I will be there to support Hillary tomorrow.

Progressive Credentials for Hillary 05.Aug.2003 01:17

Rokko

Yep, she's just like George W. Bush in a dress.

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Sen. Clinton: High Court Faces Distrust
Fri Aug 1, 6:28 PM ET Add Politics - U. S. Congress to My Yahoo!

By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton (news - web sites) said Friday that Supreme Court victories this year for gay couples, minorities and women do not erase the distrust created by other "legally dubious" rulings, including the Bush v. Gore presidential election case.

The court ruled this summer that colleges may continue to use race as a factor in picking students, that gay men and women cannot be prosecuted for having sex and that state government workers are protected under a federal law intended to ease work and family conflicts.

The rulings angered conservatives and were opposed by some of the court's most conservative members.

"These favorable decisions in recent months should not obscure the torrent of aggressively activist and legally dubious decisions from terms past," Clinton, D-N.Y., told the American Constitution Society.

She said this is "the same court that gave us Bush v. Gore, which made a mockery of one of our most cherished constitutional rights, the right to vote," a reference to the 2000 ruling that ended Democrat Al Gore (news - web sites)'s chances of winning the White House.

Clinton also mentioned past court rulings on guns, worker rights and age discrimination.

Clinton made the comments at the first convention of the American Constitution Society, a liberal lawyers' group which intends to challenge the older and more influential Federalist Society, a conservative law association. Clinton had also complained about the Supreme Court in a speech last year to society members.

"In addition to installing an American president, the current Supreme Court has invalidated federal laws at the most astounding rate in our nation's history," she said then.

On Friday, Clinton defended Senate Democrats' filibuster of three of President Bush (news - web sites)'s most conservative federal appeals court nominees: Texas judge Priscilla Owen, District of Columbia lawyer Miguel Estrada and Alabama Attorney General William Pryor.

Clinton said the White House was playing politics with the choices and trying to hurt Democrats.

President Bush on Friday denounced the Democratic filibusters. "These obstructionist tactics are unprecedented, unfair and unfaithful to the Senate's constitutional responsibility to vote on judicial nominees," Bush said in a statement.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said the GOP would keep fighting for Bush's blocked nominees when the Senate returns from its break in September.

On the Net:


American Constitution Society:  http://www.americanconstitutionsociety.org/
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PS: The Human Rights Campaign gives her a perfect 100% for supporting their progressive agenda. I am sure they would give the same for Cheney or Bush...

Did you guys teach her a thing or two? 05.Aug.2003 23:14

Rokko

eom

Hillary Cried 17.Aug.2003 18:49

ws@bu$hINC

I was referred by a thread on the shrinking shrimp  http://www.smirkingchimp.com/ by some post upset about the in fighting among dems. i was the instigater on the board, much like rokko feels wage slave is an instigater. so i'm here to inflame. Hillary is just another demogogue from the elitist school of corporate handouts; spoon fed from birth. any one getting in her way wound up dead. Dissent is necessary. it's class warfare. Them that have, hoard; them that don't, want.

oh.. and you, TIRED....i hope unemployment is good to you ...cause you're next.

Hillary Cried? You Lied! 17.Aug.2003 23:59

Rokko

eom

What The Bleep do you people think you are doing! 11.Mar.2006 15:21

blisss

In reference to CLINTON BODY COUNT By: Ether Zone Staff posted here in this forum.

 http://www.etherzone.com/body.html


Rather than comment on this MURDER business being fact, fiction or innuendo...I would just leave a bit of advice...check the legal impact on posting ANYTHING that even hints that a party or parties are involved with this sort of situation BEFORE you post!!

sometimes ignorance IS BLISSS!