Today's Story Line:

As the WTO meeting gets under way in Seattle, Mexican workers offer a window on how a trade pact can be used to raise the bar on working conditions.

It sounds like a great idea: using old US and Russian nuclear warheads to fuel Canada's power plants. So why are some Canadians balking?

Taking activism to new heights? By Jan. 1, high-resolution spy satellites will be selling photos, and human rights groups could be buying.

David Clark Scott World editor


* A SHINING MOMENT: More than 40 shoeshine workers, who ply their trade near the railroad platforms in Bombay, India, donated yesterday's earnings to fund relief efforts in the cyclone-damaged province of Orissa. And the Indian parliament observed a moment of silence for nearly 10,000 people who died in the Oct. 29 storm. More than 1 million people were left homeless. Various Indian newspapers report that the relief efforts have been criticized as disorganized, and officials have engaged in bribery. The Orissa High Court directed the state government yesterday to submit a report on the relief efforts. The special commissioner in charge of Orissa relief efforts was suspended.


* GOBBLE, GOBBLE: In between interviews for today's story on the growing internationalization of trade and labor issues, the Monitor's Howard LaFranchi made a quick trip to his local Mexico City Wal-Mart to get a Thanksgiving turkey. "I went to the same store where we got a delicious, US-raised bird last year. But when I got to the meat department there were none," he says. Howard contacted the store manager, who admitted that when it came to ordering for the holiday season, "We simply forgot" about Thanksgiving, which is not a Mexican holiday. "So much for American cultural imperialism," says Howard. But the LaFranchis' Thanksgiving dinner was saved when an early Christmas shipment of turkeys - 3 tons - arrived at the Wal-Mart on Nov. 24.

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