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Sun., Dec. 28, 1997

Clinton the peacemaker

President Clinton’s lightning visit to Bosnia could easily be dismissed as a media spectacle for home consumption, but it was not entirely worthless.

Clinton made it clear that American soldiers, at least some of them, will remain in Bosnia even after June of next year.

In order to gather the support of skeptical Republicans in Congress, there were several congressmen in the delegation.

Especially good was that Clinton now wants to avoid setting a new time limit for involvement in Bosnia. The reasoning is that progress in internal Bosnian cooperation, not the date, will determine when a withdrawal can begin.

From an editorial in Aftonbladet, Stockholm, Sweden

Sweatshops: Made in the USA

When most people think of young children toiling away in sweatshops or fields, they think of Third World nations. But an Associated Press investigation found illegal child labor common in America from New Mexico to New York.

Like something out of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” AP reporters found children as young as 4 years old working in fields in the Southwest.

In a Texas sweatshop, a 9-year-old girl put in 12-hour days, along with six other children under 14. In New York City, a 15-year-old girl worked in a sweatshop making dresses sold in Sears.

According to a study by Rutgers University labor economist Douglas Kruse, nearly 300,000 children are unlawfully employed each year.

Some of their parents are illegal immigrant migrant workers, who bring them to work in the fields so the family can pick more, and get paid more.

The fruits of this illegal labor end up in Wal-Mart, in Sears, in Campbell soups, in Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurants and in products of other large corporations that mouth opposition to child labor and sweatshop conditions, but do little to ensure that their subcontractors comply with federal laws.

From an editorial in the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette

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