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In the News (Tue 23 Jul 19)

  The Spectator.co.uk
A Nike is a shoe that simultaneously kicks people out of jobs in the West, and tramples on the poor in the Third World.
Nike being the most notorious multinational villain, and Vietnam being a dictatorship with a documented lack of free speech, the operation is supposed to be a classic of conscience-free capitalist oppression.
The most persistent demand Nike hears from the workers is for an expansion of the factories so that their relatives can be offered a job as well.
www.lewrockwell.com /spectator/spec79.html   (1097 words)

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Although Nike claims it's a leader in improving conditions, its Indonesian subcontractors secured an exemption from a minimum-wage increase that would have forced them to pay $8.92 a month extra to each worker at a time when Nike has reported record profits.
Nike says it's setting high standards for others to follow in Asia, and cites as evidence the low turnover of workers at places like Feng Tay Indonesia Enterprises, a quiet, well-ventilated, $45 million factory near the central Java city of Bandung, where a Taiwanese subcontractor manufactures Nikes.
Although Nike's image is that of an on-the-edge rebel that likes to tweak authority, it has not challenged the Indonesian government's control over labor.
www.pitt.edu /~ethics/Indonesia/case.html   (1754 words)

 Nike Missile Site C-41 - Promontory Point - Jackson Park, Chicago IL - Michael Epperson
This system, the Nike Ajax, was conceived near the end of World War II and developed during the early years of the Cold War.
Whereas the Nike Ajax, with its conventional Composition B warhead was designed to destroy individual aircraft, Nike Hercules with its W-31 nuclear warhead (with switchable 2 or 40 kiloton yields) was designed to destroy entire squadrons of supersonic aircraft at altitudes in excess of 150,000 feet at a range of over 87 miles.
Nike Site C-41 in Jackson Park is, it seems, listed on the Department of Defense's "Defense Environmental Restoration Program Formerly Used Defense Sites (DERP-FUDS)" list, both in 1999 and 2001.
m-epperson.home.comcast.net /nike   (2335 words)

Ambassador Young's report, released in June, found that Nike facilities were generally respectful of human rights and that there was "no evidence or pattern of widespread or systematic abuse or mistreatment of workers" in the factories he had visited.
At that meeting, Nike claimed that it had investigated the report's allegations and had found them to be erroneous.
Nike also announced at the meeting that it would distribute wallet-sized cards, with its code of conduct printed in eleven languages to all its employees.
www.hrw.org /worldreport/Back-06.htm   (18494 words)

 Nike Q&A
Nike factories in Vietnam are still the lowest paid of all foreign enterprises in Vietnam and have the worst working conditions.
Nike has finally admitted to the public that conditions in its factories need to be drastically improved.
Nike must move beyond words and commit to make the technical and managerial changes necessary to improve the health and safety of its workers, while implementing truly independent monitoring to verify that these changes are real and lasting.
www.michaelmoore.com /dogeatdogfilms/nike2.html   (4999 words)

 Peace Riots Rip Across America
The twenty-two city tour, sponsored jointly by Nike, the ACLU and the Organization for Anarchy, is a shining example of thorough planning and coordination.
With tickets available at Ticketmaster ranging from $18 for rabble tickets up to $42 for riot-reserve, the planners are able to advance purchase riot permits as well as coordinate security, entertainment and provide the majority of the signs and banners.
There's a Starbucks on the riot course whose front window needs to know how I feel about a first strike against Iraq without UN approval.
www.thefakenews.com /peaceriot.html   (534 words)

 ASIET NetNews Digest
Since the riots forced Suharto to cut short a visit to Egypt and rush back to his shattered capital, the 76-year-old president has let it be known he is back in charge.
The riot troops again closed the main road and the confusion of another street battle erupted - trucks set on fire, a petrol station alight and thousands fleeing as the air cracked with the sound of gunfire and tear gas canisters.
Riot police swarmed outside the campus gates on Tuesday night, while inside, hundreds of students gathered in darkened courtyards, warning that police snipers were lurking on the rooftops.
www.asia-pacific-action.org /southeastasia/indonesia/netnews/1998/and17_v2.htm   (15471 words)

 The Noble Feat of Nike   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
According to Norberg, in Vietnam Nike pays its workers three times higher than the minimum wage earned in state-owned enterprises, provides its workers free or subsidized meals, education, and training, as well as medical services.
The rise in their living standard has given Nike workers more incentive to invest more in their children's education instead of sending them to work on farms at an early age.
Furthermore, he argues, multinational companies such as Nike and Coca-Cola have brought to developing countries "new machinery, better technology, new management skills and production ideas, a larger market and the education of their workers."Even though multinational corporations have made Vietnam more capitalist, says Norberg, the Communist government there is in fact welcoming them.
yaleglobal.yale.edu /display.article?id=1859   (1282 words)

 Sept 1999, Why you cannot believe everything you read nike writes
Dissecting their news release from September 2, we examine the claims of the delegation and separate what is real from what is not.
Placing this in context, Nike's Indonesian factories have Raised wages on three occasions by a total of 66% beginning first in April, 1998; again in October 1998 and again in April, 1999.
Nike increased advertising outlays 46% this year and Nikomas workers' real wages have been eroded by 30% since the Asian financial crisis hit." Inflation was near 80% last year and is currently near 15%.
www.cleanclothes.org /companies/nike99-9-10.htm   (763 words)

 ISC - Asia / Additional Reading for Session Five / Ten cents an hour isn't enough   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Nike workers, too, are being driven to the point of desperation by their sub-minimal purchasing power.
In May, Nike CEO Philip Knight went before the National Press Club in Washington, DC to announce a series of new labor practices initiatives by the company.
Nike profits in the most recent quarter dropped another 35 percent and the company prepared to lay off another 300 direct employees, in addition to laying off 1,600 direct employees this spring.
www.ifwea.org /isc/pilot03/ses5/add_reads_nike.html   (427 words)

 The Current Crisis in Indonesia
Nike is not alone in this at all.
For example, the Nike Corporation claims to be paying way above the minimum wage in Indonesia, and claims to be a leader in terms of the good treatment of their employees.
Either we don't understand the culture, or we don't understand the economy of this country, where what appears to us to be a very low-wage and maybe what appears to us to be unpleasant working conditions, are in fact desirable by the local population.
www.zmag.org /zmag/articles/dec96seaman.htm   (6423 words)

 Comments on 6182 | MetaFilter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
American kids riot for the privilege of wasting 125 USD on ugly gray running shoes.
Give credit to Nike's marketing machine, which can play skulls-full-of-chaff inner-city and suburban youth like a violin.
Nike two years ago bowed to pressure and stopped debuting its Jordan-brand shoes on weekdays -- it seems kids were skipping school (!) to be the first in line to get these shoes.
www.metafilter.com /mefi/6182   (485 words)

 Migration News
Nike announced on May 12, 1998 that workers in its Asian apparel factories must be at least 16, and at least 18 to work footwear factories.
Nike also pledged to implement US Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards for indoor air quality in foreign factories and allow non-government organizations and an independent accounting firm to monitor working conditions in Nike contract operations overseas.
Nike says that returning the production of sneakers to the US would add almost $100 to the current price.
migration.ucdavis.edu /MN/more.php?id=1635_0_3_0   (980 words)

 Code Pinko
At the center of Code Pink is legendary leftist organizer Medea Benjamin, the 50-year-old mother of two widely credited as a chief organizing force behind the 1999 Seattle riots in which 50,000 protesters did millions of dollars worth of property damage in their effort to shut down meetings of the World Trade Organization.
Code Pink may be communism central for the moment, but if the past is any indication, the group will be left to die on the vine as soon as public attention shifts away from the war in Iraq.
While it may seem chaotic with its mass of groups with varied interests, "the movement" as the organizers like to call it, is built around a simple theme: that America and the rest of the world is increasingly controlled by corporate powers that threaten democratic rights.
www.frontpagemag.com /articles/Printable.asp?ID=6878   (1278 words)

 Why don't they Just Do it? - Brunching UBB
Back when the Seattle WTO talks/ riots/ oppression was happening, I heard a guy on NPR talking, a guy from one of the unions, and he was discussing the idea of a "living wage": the amount of money that it takes to support yourself.
I think that there are some things I trust Nike on: for instance, it does not improve productivity to have supervisors verbally abusing their workers, nor to have urban legends [perceived stories/beliefs that person X "just dropped dead on the factory floor"- I've seen a couple death stories grow in the telling] spreading around.
As far as the numbers, the nike document points out [section 1.9] that the minimum wage is insufficient in 17 out of 27 regions to support one adult male, so paying "slightly more than minimum wage" is not such a great acheivement.
www.brunchma.com /archives/Forum7/HTML/001195.html   (2727 words)

 The Duff Wire: A new Dark Age?
Mark Steyn, pulling no punches, says the Paris Riots are a symptom of a civil war that Europe is trying desperately to ignore.
Young immigrant populations need a vibrant economy and the credible promise of wealth, and you can't have that kind of economy when the European Union is dictating a minimum redness level for your apples...
This is just a bump on the road, no different than the Nike riots in Byzantium, over a thousand years before the end.
www.michaelduff.net /blog/2005/11/new-dark-age.html   (1414 words)

 Economic pie a must, or else face racial strife
Nike said it has cut its relationship with Seyon, which manfactures speciality sports gloves, because it did not conform to Nike's policies that all contractors pay the country's full cash minimum wage.
Seyon refused to meet a 10.7 per cent increase in the monthly minimum wage to $72.30 that was declared by the Indonesian government in April.
Nike said it was the first time it had fired a contractor following a review of compliance with Nike wage and code-of-conduct requirements.
www.expressindia.com /fe/daily/19971002/27555153.html   (617 words)

 Nike Misile Sites
Nike Sie C-41 was one of roughly 300 similar intallations across the country that were built in the 1950s during the heightened fears of a Soviet invasion.
On a tour of theformer C-41 Nike site, much of w hat is now a golf driving range that uses some of the original military fencing, Jacson Park Advisory Council Vice-President Ross Petersen pinted out a plubing network that leads from the remaining underground magazines that housed the 41-foot missiles to a neaby lagoon.
Nike missile magazines were equipped with sump pumps that would receive liquids from within the buildings and pump them to the surface for discharge.
www.hydepark.org /parks/jpac/Nike.htm   (5803 words)

 The Enemyboard :: View topic - French Riots
the riots appear to be spreading to neighbouring hoods....doesn't help we're in the middle of a two-week school holiday....
Although tempers had seemed to be subsiding on Sunday, a renewed outbreak of violence was feared yesterday after a police tear-gas shell exploded inside a local mosque on Sunday night.
riots are supposedly spreading to other hoods...so much for guiliani inspired zero tolerance policing.....
publicenemy.com /pb/viewtopic.php?t=21356&sid=1   (1606 words)

 Nike shoe rises to status symbol
At Florin Mall in Sacramento, 60 sheriff's deputies dressed in riot gear were needed to quell the stampede.
Critics contend the disturbances are a result of Nike keeping the supply of Air Jordan shoes artificially low, a charge the company rejects.
Another Nike critic is author J.B. Strasser, a former advertising manager for the shoe maker, whose late husband was instrumental in developing the original Air Jordan marketing campaign, named for former basketball great Michael Jordan.
www.broomfieldnews.com /broomfield/business/07znike.html   (579 words)

 Elizabeth's web page
When patriarch St. John Chrysostom was banished in 404 a fire ravaged the church, and it was rebuilt for the first time.
During the Nike riots of 532 the church was completely burnt to the ground, and it was this occasion, and a dream of Emperor Justinian that spurred the rebirth of Hagia Sophia.
The shape of the church was said to have appeared to Justinian in a dream, and within 32 days of the destruction, artisans from around the world arrived to make his dream a reality.
www.arches.uga.edu /~elizbeth/project.html   (518 words)

 Jennifer Government | kirkus.html
Jennifer is a former top advertising exec with a barcode tattoo on her face who is now a loose-cannon federal agent and single mother, as deadly with a pistol as she once was with ad copy.
Coldhearted marketing whiz John Nike (one of two characters so named) has decided that Nike's new sneakers would fly off the shelves all the faster if on the day they were delivered to Niketowns, several teenage customers got shot for them.
The remainder of the story describes a rapidly escalating battle for supremacy between Jennifer's government agents and the forces of Nike, who believe themselves to be invulnerable and don't hesitate to use deadly force.
www.maxbarry.com /jennifergovernment/reviews/kirkus.html   (324 words)

 BBC News | ENTERTAINMENT | Sports stars break Hollywood strike
Unions representing basketball, baseball and American football players are also honouring the strike, and golfer Tiger Woods declined to film a spot for Nike the day after the strike started.
Michael Johnson's decision to make the Nike commercial was "a very easy one", according to his agent, Brad Hunt.
"Michael has a contractual commitment to Nike and, this being an Olympic year, the opportunity to be effectively utilized by one of his primary sponsors in advertising is even more important," he said.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/801470.stm   (420 words)

 Pop Sweatshop - Archives
Add to that the riots in Seattle, growing tensions and concerns about sweatshop labor worldwide, issues such as the Napster debate, musician's rights, and the controversy over recording contracts and publishing rights that were happening at the time, and the name made sense.
Nike now lets you personalize your shoes by submitting a word or phrase which they will stitch onto your shoes, under the swoosh.
Your web site advertises that the NIKE iD program is "about freedom to choose and freedom to express who you are." I share Nike's love of freedom and personal expression.
www.popsweatshop.com /archives.html   (1424 words)

 LEXIS®-NEXIS® Academic Universe - Document
US shoe company Nike is continuing to invest in Indonesia despite the recent riots and considers that the situation has gradually returned to normal, a company manager said.
However, Nike expects the government of Indonesia to take immediate appropriate steps to accelerate the restoration of situation in Indonesia, said the Country Manager of Nike Inaternational Ltd, Tony Nava, in Serang Tuesday.
He pointed out that Nike was not rejecting business opportunities in Indonesia, although recognising that at present many businessmen are adopting a wait-and-see attitude about the situation in Indonesia.
www.its.caltech.edu /~xiuqin/strategy/Nike-Ind2.htm   (172 words)

 The New York Times: Sights and Activities
The structure was meant to be a symbol of Turkey's march away from its past and toward the European mainstream.
The result was a riot of rococo - marble, vast mirrors, stately towers, and formal gardens along a facade stretching nearly ½ km (mi).
Thirty thousand people died here in what came to be known as the Nike riots of AD 531.
movies.nytimes.com /top/features/travel/destinations/europe/turkey/istanbul/sights.html   (2591 words)

 Nike: From Nike website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
"Nike's failure to insist that contractors deal fairly with trade unions exposes the weakness of the White House-backed Fair Labor Association (FLA)," according to representatives of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) after two meetings with Nikomas workers this week The FLA was organized by President Clinton to quell criticism of U.S. firms producing shoes and
"Nike and its Pou Chen partner have saved $16 million in labor costs since the crash of the Rupiah two years ago.
These savings, however, were short-lived as the majority was used to help pay for worker wage increases and other related benefits (food staples, education classes, transportation, etc.).
www.web.net /~msn/3nike13.htm   (757 words)

As police attempted to make the arrest a crowd gathered around, and began taunting the police, eventually one of the police officer began striking crowd members with his baton.
The rioting which lasted for five days resulted in more than thirty four people dying, about a thousand wounded, and an estimated damage of two hundred million dollars in property.
There exist many similarities between the Watts Riots in 1965 and the LA Riots in 1992, hinting that both are the manifestations of a persistent problem in our urban areas.
www.coreanism.org /content.cfm?cat=articles&file=watts   (292 words)

 Carthage - Classics - Haghia Sophia
What one sees is the portico of an atrium that preceded a basilican type plan church.
After the second church was destroyed during the Nike riots of 532, Justinian enlisted the aid of a mathematician and engineer to design and build a church a vastly different type--a central plan structure dominated by a soaring dome.
The dome fell during the reign of Justinian and had to be rebuilt at a higher pitch.
www.carthage.edu /dept/outis/haghiasophia.html   (341 words)

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