Articles by Elizabeth Whitman

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Native Peoples under Siege around the Globe
Elizabeth Whitman – Inter Press Service-IPS, 12 Dec 2011

In polished versions of U.S. history, the near-extermination of Native Americans in the United States is an unsightly blemish that continues to be glossed over to this day. Yet the struggles of indigenous peoples are not exclusive to the United States and have grown increasingly complex in modern times.

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Bottled Water Companies Target Minorities, but So Do Soda Firms
Elizabeth Whitman – Inter Press Service-IPS, 28 Nov 2011

Early in November [2011], the watchdog group Corporate Accountability International (CAI) accused the Swiss transnational Nestle of manipulative marketing. “For the past 30 years, bottled water corporations like Nestle, Pepsi and Coke have helped build a 15 billion dollar U.S. bottled water market by casting doubts on public drinking water systems.” Still, a 2008 investigation by the Environmental Working Group found bottled water to be “chemically indistinguishable from tap water”, the summary of the investigation said.

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U.S.: Frustrated with Big Banks, More Turn to Cooperatives
Elizabeth Whitman – Inter Press Service-IPS, 14 Nov 2011

The number of people flocking to cooperative banks has recently skyrocketed in the U.S., with 650,000 people joining credit unions just since late September. Their rationale: financial cooperatives offer a more secure and socially just alternative to big commercial banks – or a way for the 99 percent to fight the one percent.

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Long Overlooked, Cooperatives Get Their Due at United Nations
Elizabeth Whitman – TerraViva Europe, 7 Nov 2011

Hailed as economically viable and socially responsible, cooperatives have over one billion members worldwide and can be found in sectors ranging from agriculture to finance to health. Yet for an economic model deemed so vastly beneficial, cooperatives have received surprisingly little attention from both the media and governments, experts agree. By dubbing 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC), launched today [31 Oct 2011] in New York, the United Nations is attempting to reverse this trend and instead shine a global spotlight on cooperatives.

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Concrete Impact of Palestine’s U.N. Bid Still Uncertain
Elizabeth Whitman – Inter Press Service-IPS, 19 Sep 2011

Despite the frenzy of media attention bestowed upon Palestine’s expected bid for statehood at the United Nations later this month, some doubt the impact it would have on the political complexities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or the humanitarian issues and human rights abuses that many Palestinians face regularly.

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