Bordertown - About NAFTA and Mexico Women Murdered

I realize this isn't exactly political news but it's related since the candidates are all talking about NAFTA.

I just watched the movie called Bordertown starring Jennifer Lopez, Martin Sheen and Antonio Banderas.

The film tells the true story of the numerous women murdered in Ciudad Juarez and the inquisitive American reporter sent in by her American newspaper.

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Wine - Seeing the World Through the Bottom of a Glass (5)

Cross-posted from

What can wine tell us about the world? Plenty, it turns out.  It is one of civilization's oldest products.  At one time it was a necessity, when food was served rotten and water was where you washed and evacuated.  Now it is enjoying a resurgence.  It is an agricultural product, and a unique one.  You see, vineyards have kept records of temperature, yield, and ripeness-dates for centuries, giving us incredibly precise records that tell us reams about the global environment. It is also a luxury item, particularly at the top end.  As such, its sale and purchase can tell us volumes about the global economy.

Today we look at wine, ethanol, and biofuels, and their effect on hunger and the economy.

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Show me your papers!

It's still going on, but some people are speaking out. I wrote this back in December, before I joined this site:

My husband and I were on our way home from a warm and happy holiday with my family in Cleveland. We took the train, which passed trough Erie, PA. Then a strange thing happened. US Border Patrol got on the train and started asking everyone if they were from the US. If you said "no" or if you had an accent they asked for a passport.

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FALSE. ...........Rank-and-file workers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico benefit from NAFTA.
FALSE.............Worker protections, under NAFTA, cover unfair labor practices and unhealthy environmental conditions.
FALSE.............Since NAFTA began, U.S. corporations participating under NAFTA  have maintained or increased  their
number of U.S. employed workers.  
FALSE.............NAFTA's promise of more  jobs has been fulfilled.

TRUE..............NAFTA has caused rising income inequality.                                                      TRUE..............NAFTA has suppressed real wages for production workers.                                                         TRUE..............NAFTA has weakened workers' collective bargaining powers.                                                TRUE...............NAFTA is the direct cause of  a U.S. job loss from 1993 to 2001 for 879,280 Americans.

We're told by the President and members of both major parties in Congress that NAFTA is succeeding and good for our country, but how true is this?
Under NAFTA, the U.S. exports to Mexico,  parts and components that are assembled into final products that are then returned to the United States. The number of products that Mexico assembles and exports--such as refrigerators, TVs, automobiles, and computers--has mushroomed under the NAFTA agreement. Many of these products are produced in the Maquiladora export processing zones in Mexico, where parts enter duty free and are re-exported to the United States in assembled products, with duties paid only on the value added in Mexico. The share of total U.S. exports to Mexico that is represented by Maquiladora imports has risen from 39% of U.S. exports in 1993 to 61% in 2002.2 The number of such plants increased from 2,114 in 1993 to 3,251 in 2002.
Since March 2001, the U.S. has lost 2.4 million jobs that were primarily in the manufacturing sector.

Credit for information in this article:   Robert E. Scott, Economic Policy Institute

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"I Take Issue With Your Description..."

We cannot forget who we are. We are a nation of, a nation welcoming and built by immigrants. And though this Administration wants to divert attention from its current mistakes, we cannot forget who we are in the process. To Dennis Kucinich, America means "give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses...". To Dennis Kucinich, in an open and free democratic nation there must be a path to citizenship. To Dennis Kucinich, there is no such thing as an illegal human being.

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