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VOICES: Nuclear deception

March 24, 2011 - By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestAfter hearing the term "meltdown" used so often as a metaphor for the financial crisis, it is shocking to confront the prospect of a literal meltdown at some of Japan's nuclear reactors in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. There is something the two situations have in common: corporate misconduct. The company that operates the heavily damaged reactors, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), is one of the most unethical large corporations

Glossing over the misdeeds of big business

February 11, 2011 - By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestI was just beginning to recover from President Obama's dismaying speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce when I found myself in the middle of another effort to gloss over the misdeeds of big business. This occurred at the annual conference of the BlueGreen Alliance, which brought together some 1,600 labor and environmental activists to discuss the prospects for a sustainable economy but also invited representatives of some supposedly enlightened corporations.

Will growing Chinese investment revive the U.S. labor movement?

January 21, 2011 - By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestMuch of the discussion of Hu Jintao's visit to the United States is focused on China's treatment of its dissidents and its workers, but another issue is becoming increasingly important: the treatment of U.S. workers by the Chinese companies that are rapidly expanding their presence in the United States. Hu's decision to include a stop in Chicago is not meant primarily as an homage to President Obama's hometown. He wants to spotlight a