Cork City Council certainly knew how to mark European Car Free Day. Last year they did nothing at all. This year they have hired a coach to transport councillors a mere 200 metres from City Hall to attend a nearby function (or 'boozing session' to be more accurate).
A law has been passed by the American congress, which was initiated after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl incident. It's called the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, and it covers TV and radio other than cable or satellite. The fine/punishment for showing a bare breast or allowing bad language is a lot more severe - up to $3,000,000 - than if an employer is found knowingly allowing workers to work in an environment where their lives are put at risk.
Haliburton, the company formerly headed by U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney increased its profits in 2003 from $119m to $1,003m - an increase of more than 800%. This massive increase is almost totally accounted for by its contracts to service the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pentagon figures suggest Haliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root has been paid about $4.5billion for support in Iraq and Afghanistan so far.
Source: Sunday Tribune 19th Sept. 2004
Ireland (i.e. the 'Republic') is now the most profitable country in the world for U.S. corporations to do business in. Profits made here by U.S. companies doubled from 1999 to 2002 from $13.4 billion to $26.8billion. According to U.S. Treasury figures, U.S. multinationals made $2.01 profit in Ireland in 2001 for every $1 they made in 1999. 'Social partnership' is obviously working for some.
Source: Irish Times 17th Sept. 2004
This edition is No83 published in November 2004