The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Department of State partners with Port of Long Beach to advance maritime security overseas

News release from the U.S. State Department web site:

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding today with the Port of Long Beach in California to enhance the Department’s maritime and port security assistance in Asia, Latin […]


U.S.-Russia tensions create worries for Arctic scientists

For a week in June, about 20 Russian emergency-management experts and scientists and their U.S. counterparts were planning to tour Alaska natural disaster landmarks, sharing information about lessons learned and risks avoided.

Now the summit is off. The U.S. State Department pulled the funding, making the Alaska hazards-reduction workshop a casualty of the conflict over […]


Russia accuses USAID of trying to sway elections

Russia explained its decision to end the U.S. Agency for International Development’s two decades of work in Russia by saying Wednesday that the agency was using its money to influence elections — a claim the U.S. denied.

The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday that Russia has demanded USAID leave the country, a culmination of years […]


The Bogota Solidarity Centre and Possible Intervention in Venezuela

From the Alliance for Global Justice:

The Solidarity Center office in Bogotá has received an unusually large two-year grant of $3 million for its operations in the Andean Region.

The scope and dimensions of the grant are not fully known, nor the exact programs to which it will be applied.

However, given the history […]


USAID Grants $3 Million to Solidarity Center’s Bogotá Office – Unionists Want to Know Why

From the Alliance for Global Justice:

The Solidarity Center has some good and helpful programs and some that are at least more or less benign. But these good programs can act to hide a more fundamental purpose to infiltrate and influence the labor movements of other countries and to provide a channel of interference in […]


Cables detail Cargill’s maneuvering in a series of trouble spots

Excerpts from the Star-Tribune:

As one of the most global U.S. companies, Cargill knows well the land mines of international commerce.

A Cargill rice mill in Venezuela gets nationalized. Government security forces pay a midnight visit to a sugar mill in Syria. Iraq suspends a key trading permit when a big wheat shipment mysteriously vanishes. […]


Colombia Remains Violent for Trade Unionists, Even After US Free Trade Deal

Remember during the debate over the Colombian trade deal, when the Administration swore up and down that they would, as a condition of putting the free trade agreement forward, insist on an “action plan” that would end the murder of trade unionists in Colombia and bring about justice for those already killed? Yeah, so, we’re […]


The Wikileaks Revelations: The AFL-CIO and Colombia

Pedro Mosquera

Jorge Ortega

Luis Mayusa

These photos of unionists who have been killed by the Colombian government and paramilitaries are from Justice for Colombia.

Writer Alberto C. Ruiz reports on recent State Department cables released by Wikileaks and says:

What these cables portray is an organization, the AFL-CIO, which […]


US Subverting Latin America

US President John Kennedy Established USAID – the United States Agency for International Development – in November, 1962 as an organization charged with an essentially humanitarian mission of providing economic and other support to struggling countries around the world. The agency’s stated goals therefore include conflict prevention, the expansion of democracy, humanitarian assistance, and human […]


U.S. Allocates Funds for Destabilizing Ecuador, Writer Says

Many Ecuadorian organizations have received funds from the U.S. Department of State to destabilize the government of Rafael Correa, according to U.S. writer and researcher Eva Golinger.

Some of those groups are linked to the indigenous movement and receive the funds through agencies USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the NED (National Endowment […]


Egypt Opposes U.S.’s Democracy Funding

Egypt's minister for international cooperation, Fayza Aboul Naga, said the USAID's actions violate Egyptian sovereignty.

“I am not sure at this stage we still need somebody to tell us what is or is not good for us—or worse, to force it on us,” Fayza Aboul Naga, who has been Egypt’s minister for planning and […]


US Slaps Sanctions on Ofer Brothers’ Businesses

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday slapped sanctions on seven companies that allegedly do business with Iran – two of them companies with strong Israeli ties.

The Ofer brothers own one of the largest private shipping companies in the world.

Among those singled out by Clinton for alleged business ties with Iran […]


Follow the Money: The Cost of the War on Terror

Broken down individually, the government has spent $806 billion for Iraq, $444 billion for Afghanistan, $29 billion for enhanced security and $6 billion on “unallocated” items. The vast majority of all the money appropriated has gone to the Department of Defense. … Only $8 billion (or 1 percent) went to veterans’ care, via the […]


US expels Ecuador ambassador in tit-for-tat move

The United States on Thursday ordered the expulsion of Ecuador’s ambassador to Washington in a tit-for-tat move after the US envoy to Quito was told to leave over a leaked diplomatic cable.

Ecuador on Tuesday ordered US Ambassador Heather Hodges out of the country in a row over a leaked diplomatic cable which quoted her […]


Peru’s opposition candidate for president is gaining in polls, opposes concession of dock

A U.S. State Department cable released on Wikileaks revealed that U.S. diplomats have been conducting a thinly-veiled campaign against Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala, pictured here, in favor of his neo-liberal rival. Click on the image to read the Wikileaks article.

An article titled “Maersk Wins Contract For $1.1 Billion Pier at Top Peru […]