In 1998 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned testing poisonous chemicals on humans. Now under pressure from the chemical industry, led by Dow Chemical, the Bush administration is moving to endorse such testing and the EPA has begun lifting the ban, despite despite strong opposition from the medical community. According to Dr Joseph Mercola, “Big chemical companies are fans of human research because it encourages less stringent standards. This translates directly into several billion dollars for the pesticide industry, which annually sells nearly 4.5 billion pounds of chemicals – at a profit of more than $6 billion.”
Users of this website clicking the link to Bhopal-Justice.com, an excellent law resource website set up by the Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, a predecessor of the ICJB, may have been surprised to find themselves staring at the intimate parts of ladies called Sweetcat, Aaahhh, Sexybabe, 69_bi_teen_4u and Isabela who gives her gender, quite unnecessarily, as “female”.
An internet domain can be hijacked if its owners are slow in renewing its registration.
Bhopal-Justice.com was snatched in April this year by one “Alain Roe”, purportedly from Sarasota, Florida, whose name crops up again and again in connection with such scams. Mr Roe is reported by the Chandigarh Tribune, to have hijacked a website belonging to the Khalsa Environmental Trust. “The Trust,” complained the Tribune, “undertook environmental work and received positive media attention in India and abroad. It comprises eminent persons who are prominent Sikhs in Delhi and abroad.” These bemused worthies accessed what used to be their religious website to be met with the greeting “Hi I’m Laura, I’m F/19/Bombay. What follows is a list of my favourite adult links.”
Earlier this year Roe seized the domain name yarratrams.com, which belongs to Yarra Trams of Melbourne, a public transport company. True to form users of the site were directed to a pornographic website which screamed “WELCOME TO THE WEB’S HOTTEST LIVE CAMS!” and exhorted them to “Enjoy Watching 1000’s of Hot Young Exhibitionists Get Wild And Nasty For Free!”
The company complained to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on 4 April and the following day received an email from Mr Roe which stated “If you’re interested in the yarratrams.com domain name, we would certainly be prepared to sell it, and would be willing to accept US$ 100 for it. Resolution through WIPO is unnecessary.”
Mr Roe’s hijacked domains direct users to a pornographic website mtreexxx.net owned by Accretive-Networks (aka Flyingcroc.com). This in turn advertises ten further destinations, claiming: “The 10 sites below are not run by a couple of scumbags . . . these are multi-million dollar operations. Actually the sites below are public companies . . . hell you can invest in them on the New York stock exchange.”
Mtreexxx.net is part of a spammer community that operates out of spurious email accounts and domains with names like mankilledthedodo.com, dadunkadunkdunk.com and the rather wonderful zoomzoomgoestheboom.com.
The website is also implicated with the computer virus JS.Fortnight.B, which arrives in mass emailings and corrupts Internet Explorer settings so that any website address entered into the browser is automatically redirected to a list of more than 100 spam addresses. All of this of course takes a lot of money.
But as we in the Bhopal campaign well know, being a multi-million dollar operation doesn’t stop you being a scumbag.
Warren Anderson, ex Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation is wanted by a court in Bhopal, India, to answer criminal charges of “culpable homicide” relating to the deaths of 20,000 people. The Government of India on 6 May 2003 requested the United States to extradite Anderson and hand him over to face trial in Bhopal. To date, no answer has been received from the US authorities.
In India Anderson is listed as a “fugitive from justice” having for 11 years ignored the summons to appear before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Bhopal. We appeal to anyone who knows where he is hiding to come forward and inform the proper authorities. You may also contact
us directly and in complete confidence with any information about Warren Anderson and his current whereabouts on THE ANDERSON HOTLINE.
Anderson’s last known addresses were: 929 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton,
New York, and 111 South Catalina Court, Vero Beach, Florida.
Struggling for a wage for more than a decade
BHOPAL, 31 JULY 2003. The Bhopali women’s stationery workers’ union has won another court victory in its long struggle to gain a fair wage for a fair day’s work. On 18 December, 2002, the Labour Court had ruled that the union’s fifty women members should be paid the rate their jobs and experience merited, with arrears backdated to 29 April 1998. see report by Bhopal.Net. This decision was appealed by the State Government in the form of the Controller, Government Printing and Stationery Press, but last week the Industrial Court threw out the appeal and upheld the earlier decision. The women ask your help to make sure the State Government does not try to find further legal obstacles. For what you can do please read on.
The text of last week’s decision follows. Please help us bring pressure on the State Government not to seek to overturn this decision, which is the culmination of a long struggle by the women union members to gain the fair and proper rate for the work they have been doing.
Please send a fax (and covering email) to the Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Vallabh Bhawan, Bhopal :
Fax No. +91-755- 2551521
Email : email@example.com
Dear Chief Secretary,
I am writing to express my satisfaction at the decision of the Industrial Court (31 July 2003), confirming the Labour Court’s judgement of 18 December 2002 that the members of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh are to be granted the proper wages and conditions to which they have long been entitled.
I note that in upholding the earlier ruling, Judge M. B. Sharma said, “In the present case it is not disputed that that the employees have been doing the work of binding ever since their appointment. The employer has not presented any evidence of the work of the employees being unsatisfactory. Under these circumstances the order of the Labour Court, directing that their employment be regularised as Junior Binder with effect from April 1998 and they be paid arrears accordingly, is not considered to be fit for modification . . .”
I strongly urge the Madhya Pradesh Government not to add insult to the injury already long suffered by the women members of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh by filing yet another appeal. Justice has been done. The eyes of the world are on you to make sure that it is carried out.
Court : The Industrial Court, Bhopal
Case No. C A 1 / MP IR / 2003
Appelant : Controller Government Printing & Stationery Press, Maida Mill Road, Bhopal
Mrs. Rashida Bi w/o Abdul Wahid, Resident of House No. 24, PS Tallaiya, Bhopal
Before : Member Judge M B Sharma
Counsel for the appelant : Mr Narayan Singh Yadav
Counsel for counterapellant : Mr. R R Srivastava
Five page order passed on July 31, 2003
” The appeal was presented in response to the order of the Labour Court in case no. 442/MPIR/2000 on 18.12.02″
“In the present case it is not disputed that that the employees have been doing the work of binding ever since their appointment. The
employer has not presented any evidence of the work of the employees being unsatisfactory. Under these circumstances the order of
the Labour Court, directing that their employment be regularised as Junior Binder with effect from April 1998 and they be paid
arrears accordingly, is not considered to be fit for modification. …..”
“Hence the appeal presented by the appelants is dismissed while upholding the order of the lower court.”
News of our demise has been greatly exaggerated. (Well we should know, we put the news out in the first place.) Welcome to the new Bhopal.Net, bringing you as ever the latest news, gossip, articles and campaign actions from the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.
Still ironing out bugs, so please be patient. Meanwhile, to access the old site, which is still preserved in all its glory, just as you last saw it, please use the link below.
Please meanwhile visit our allied site, http://www.bhopal.org