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Winning Hearts & Minds

Reported by Nancy - July 10, 2004 -

Current administration policies continue to inflame anti-US sentiment in obvious places. What may not be so obvious is how we're managing to alienate friends & allies as well.

Here are two stories that are just the tip of the iceberg:

Elena Lappin, a British journalist, was detained for 26 hours after traveling to America without a visa. Hers is not an isolated case.

Kellogg Brown & Root has a multibillion-dollar contract to provide support services for US troops. Tens of thousands of foreign workers are toiling in Iraq for wages that are a fraction of what US workers might demand, saving millions of US taxpayer dollars. The employees were hired through a maze of recruiters & subcontractors on several continents, making oversight & accountability nearly impossible. Pakistan is looking into reports that recruiters were illegally hiring security personnel to go to Iraq. The Philippines is assessing protection measures for its nationals after attacks killed 2 support workers. And India is conducting an investigation into dining service workers' allegations of mistreatment. The State Department said it received a request from India for assistance & has passed it along to the Defense Department. A spokeswoman for the Army, which manages the KBR contract, said the responsibility for the investigation rests with the company.