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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 23, 2010 U.S. Approved Business With Blacklisted Nations
QUOTE: Despite sanctions and trade embargoes, over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism...At the behest of a host of companies — from Kraft Food and Pepsi to some of the nation’s largest banks — a little-known office of the Treasury Department has granted nearly 10,000 licenses for deals...
New York Times Dec 14, 2010 To Conquer Wind Power, China Writes the Rules
QUOTE: Chinese companies acquire the latest Western technology by various means and then take advantage of government policies to become the world’s dominant, low-cost suppliers. It is a pattern that many economists say could be repeated in other fields, like high-speed trains and nuclear reactors, unless China changes the way it plays the technology development game — or is forced to by its global trading partners.
New York Times Sep 04, 2009 W.T.O. Says Aid to Airbus for A380 Was Illegal
QUOTE: A preliminary report by the World Trade Organization has found that Airbus received illegal subsidies for the $13 billion A380 superjumbo jet and several other airplanes, hurting Boeing in the battle for sales...
New York Times Jul 31, 2009 As Iraq war ends, why isn't the US in on more business deals? Countries that opposed the American intervention now top the list of those probing economic opportunities in post-Hussein Iraq.
QUOTE: Iraq is signing billions of dollars in contracts with foreign firms to help rebuild the country, while private companies are forging partnerships with Iraqi businesses to provide the country with a lengthy backlog of needed goods. But Americans are largely absent from the bidding and the dealmaking, according to Iraqi officials.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 21, 2009 Climate Conundrum: How to Get India to Play Ball
QUOTE: Jairam Ramesh, the Indian Environment and Forestry Minister, had other ideas. With Clinton standing by, Ramesh told reporters that India was in no position to reduce its rising levels of carbon-dioxide emissions, and that the West — which had polluted with impunity for decades — was in no position to dictate reductions to developing poor countries.
Time Magazine Jun 23, 2009 U.S. Slams China on Exports
QUOTE: The U.S. and the European Union on June 23 formally accused China of illegally hampering exports of raw materials in order to benefit its own manufacturers....U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said he has asked the World Trade Organization to step in and resolve the issue after two years of unsuccessful U.S. attempts to persuade China to "lift these unfair trade restrictions" on nine raw materials used in the making of steel, aluminum, and chemicals."
BusinessWeek Nov 20, 2008 'Idealist' tried to halt Saddam's Kurdish slaughter
QUOTE: Tens of thousands of Kurds had fled to Turkey. Survivors described blinding, burning clouds of poison gas that dropped people in their tracks....In the end, the House of Representatives killed Galbraith's sanctions bill with backing from the Reagan administration. Politics had trumped principle.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 21, 2008 Is Fair Trade Green?: Making sense of sanctimonious product labels.
QUOTE: If you care about both global poverty and climate change, you can't always have it both ways. The Lantern suggests you keep things in perspective: Boycotting bananas from the Dominican Republic may reduce your carbon footprint a tad, but you'll make a bigger dent by putting that hamburger meat back on the shelf once in a while—and you won't be cutting a poor grower out of the global economy.
Slate Jul 03, 2008 Panel Questions State Dept. Role in Iraq Oil Deal
QUOTE: The release of the documents comes as the administration is defending help that United States officials provided in drawing up a separate set of no-bid contracts, still pending, between Iraq’s Oil Ministry in Baghdad and five major Western oil companies to provide services at other Iraqi oil fields. In the no-bid contracts, the administration said it had provided what it called purely technical help writing the contracts. The United States played no role in choosing the companies, the administration has said.
New York Times May 14, 2008 Whistleblower Exposes Practices of Wal-Mart, JC Penney Importers: U.S. Attorney settles custom fraud case related to apparel made in China
QUOTE: customs fraud case that saw goods manufactured in China falsely labeled as made in Korea or Russia, and sold as such in the United States at Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Family Dollar Stores, Kohls and Marshalls stores. The benefit to the subterfuge was that the importers—Intertex Apparel Group, J.J. Basics and Ben’s Clothing—could evade quotas on goods manufactured in China and dodge customs fees...
CRO Magazine Nov 28, 2007 China Rejects Europe’s Call for Currency to Rise Faster
QUOTE: The European Union, China’s biggest trading partner, accuses Beijing of holding the yuan at an artificially low level to assist Chinese exporters, contributing to the trade imbalance. China’s surplus is forecast to widen 30 percent this year, to 170 billion euros, ($252 billion).
New York Times Nov 14, 2007 Colombian families' suit says Chiquita liable for torture, murder
QUOTE: Earlier this year, Chiquita, as part of a plea agreement, admitted that what it called protection payments had been given to Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, or AUC. AUC was named a terrorist organization by the United States in 2002, making it a crime to give them money.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 10, 2007 When US-made 'censorware' ends up in iron fists: Despite Burma's record of repression, it's probably legal for American companies to sell Internet filters there, export lawyers say. But is it ethical?
QUOTE: Absence of federal regulation has allowed so-called censorware of at least four California companies to end up in the hands of foreign governments shown to block citizens' access to political, religious, and other websites.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 24, 2007 Iraq Oil Deal Gets Everybody's Attention
QUOTE: The oil deal signed between Hunt Oil and the government in Iraq's Kurdish region earlier this month has raised eyebrows, in no small part because it appears to undercut President Bush's hope that Iraq could draft national legislation to share revenue from the country's vast oil reserves.
Washington Post Sep 18, 2007 Microsoft Ruling May Bode Ill for Other Companies
QUOTE: Software and legal experts said the European ruling might signal problems for companies like Apple, Intel and Qualcomm, whose market dominance in online music downloads, computer chips and mobile phone technology is also being scrutinized by the European Commission.
New York Times Sep 05, 2007 Asians Say Trade Complaints Bring Out the Bully in China
QUOTE: In dealing with product safety complaints from the United States, China has sought to convince a concerned American public that it has reformed and is doing all it can to ensure the safety of its products. But its dealings with other, less-developed countries or those in vulnerable political positions are a different story, according to Husniah and officials in the Philippines and Malaysia.
Washington Post Sep 04, 2007 Mexican trucks poised to ride into U.S.: Key lawmaker seeks to halt NAFTA program
QUOTE: Critics say the one-year experiment to test the free-trade measure will unleash a flood of dangerous trucks. It would, they say, increase illegal immigration and drug smuggling and threaten to expose the country to terrorists.
Arizona Republic Aug 23, 2007 Gambling Dispute With a Tiny Country Puts U.S. in a Bind
QUOTE: More than a few people in Washington initially dismissed as absurd the idea that the trade organization could claim jurisdiction over something as basic as a country’s own policies toward gambling… But a W.T.O. panel ruled against the United States in 2004… and declared Washington out of compliance with its rules.
New York Times Aug 02, 2007 In Terrorism-Law Case, Chiquita Points to U.S.: Firm Says It Awaited Justice Dept. Advice
QUOTE: On April 24, 2003, a board member of Chiquita International Brands disclosed to a top official at the Justice Department that the king of the banana trade was evidently breaking the nation's anti-terrorism laws.
Washington Post Jul 25, 2007 F.B.I. and Chinese Seize $500 Million of Counterfeit Software
QUOTE: The F.B.I. said Tuesday that a joint effort with the Chinese authorities had led to the arrest of 25 people and the seizing of more than $500 million worth of counterfeit Microsoft and Symantec software that was being made in China and distributed worldwide.
New York Times Jul 23, 2007 Hard bargaining ahead in Detroit: As talks begin over autoworkers' contracts, the industry's generous benefits are under scrutiny.
QUOTE: In this summer's negotiations, the companies and the union are considering a way to lessen this load without abandoning legions of retirees.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 23, 2007 Aid May Grow for Laid-Off Workers: Service Jobs Lost To Global Trade Are Focus of Bills
QUOTE: congressional Democrats are preparing legislation that would significantly expand federal aid to the most obvious victims of the global economy: workers whose jobs move offshore or are lost to foreign imports.
Washington Post Jul 02, 2007 Schumer Wants More Scrutiny of Imports: Senator Calls for New Federal Regulator, Citing Recent Recalls of Chinese-Made Goods
QUOTE: Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called yesterday for the creation of a federal import czar, blaming problems with the safety and quality of Chinese imports on unexacting inspections and a bureaucratic morass.
Washington Post May 20, 2007 Tainted Chinese Imports Common: In Four Months, FDA Refused 298 Shipments
QUOTE: For years, U.S. inspection records show, China has flooded the United States with foods unfit for human consumption. And for years, FDA inspectors have simply returned to Chinese importers the small portion of those products they caught -- many of which turned up at U.S. borders again, making a second or third attempt at entry.
Washington Post May 11, 2007 Bush and Democrats in Accord on Trade Deals
QUOTE: The unusual agreement, which came after weeks of negotiations, would guarantee workers the right to organize, ban child labor and prohibit forced labor in trading-partner countries. It would also require trading partners to enforce environmental laws already on their books and comply with several international environmental agreements.
New York Times May 06, 2007 Free Trade's Great, but Offshoring Rattles Me
QUOTE: The offshoring of service jobs from rich countries such as the United States to poor countries such as India may pose major problems for tens of millions of American workers over the coming decades .... The reason for my alleged apostasy is that the nature of international trade is changing before our eyes.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2007 FDA Was Aware of Dangers To Food: Outbreaks Were Not Preventable, Officials Say
QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration has known for years about contamination problems at a Georgia peanut butter plant and on California spinach farms that led to disease outbreaks that killed three people, sickened hundreds, and forced one of the biggest product recalls in U.S. history, documents and interviews show. Overwhelmed by huge growth in the number of food processors and imports, however, the agency took only limited steps to address the problems and relied on producers to police themselves, according to agency documents.
Washington Post Apr 21, 2007 Labor Rights Issues Are Stalling Trade Pacts
QUOTE: At issue is the Democratic demand that pending trade deals with Colombia, Panama, Peru and South Korea include a provision guaranteeing certain rights for labor in the trading partner countries, including a ban on child and slave labor and the right to organize. In addition, the Democrats want the accords to endorse general labor protections adopted by the International Labor Organization, like the right to organize.
New York Times Apr 19, 2007 Melamine in pet food may not be accidental
QUOTE: The most common way to test protein levels in the grain industry is to test for nitrogen, a major component of protein. Adding melamine, with its high amount of nitrogen, to wheat gluten would give the illusion of a higher protein content...
USA TODAY Apr 15, 2007 Wolfowitz Clashed Repeatedly With World Bank Staff: Tenure as President Has Been Rocky
QUOTE: [Wolfowitz] insisted on retaining retain "professional contact" with her -- something that the executive board later determined was a clear conflict of interest under personnel rules. The Riza issue has come back to haunt Wolfowitz, as the bank's executive board is now considering what to do about revelations -- contained in documents it released Friday -- that Wolfowitz resolved the issue by personally arranging a bank salary and promotions for her in a temporary State Department post.
Washington Post Mar 22, 2007 The 'Open Skies' Deal Is Hindered by Protectionism (The Invisible Hand)
QUOTE: Under the terms of the deal, which was approved by European ministers today, the administration will once again ask Congress to ease the restrictions on foreign airline ownership, not that anyone seriously believes this Congress will do any such thing for this president. Trying, however, will bring its own reward, in the form of expanded access by U.S. airlines to the most lucrative international air hub: London's Heathrow.
Smart Money Feb 16, 2007 Backlash grows against free trade: A record US trade deficit is rekindling the globalization debate.
QUOTE: "There was a time 10 years ago when it seemed like globalization was consensual, and there were very few remaining questions about whether it was ... a good thing," says Jeffry Frieden, an expert on global economics at Harvard University. The reality, he says, includes a caveat: Trade "can make everyone better off, so long as you compensate the losers."
Christian Science Monitor Jan 20, 2007 Senate Supports Transparency in Tariff Breaks: Rule Would Force Lawmakers to Justify Import-Tax Exemptions and List Businesses That Benefit
QUOTE: As part of a broad ethics overhaul, the Senate voted 96 to 2 on Thursday to require lawmakers to publicly disclose details about tariff suspensions, which allow individual companies to escape paying import taxes on a range of products brought into the United States. The legislation would brand the tariff measures as a type of congressional earmark and would require the same disclosures now mandated for earmarks. Under the new Senate rules, legislators would be required to disclose when they add a tariff suspension to a larger bill.
Washington Post Aug 04, 2006 Against All Odds: Antigua Besting U.S. in Internet Gambling Case at WTO
QUOTE: Not long before the prison gates clanged shut, [Jay Cohen--Ed.] had learned that the federal crackdown on online betting might violate global trade rules....A frequent irritant in international relations is that small, weak countries such as Antigua feel run over by big, rich countries such as the United States. That's especially true in global trade.
Washington Post Dec 22, 2005 Senators Vote to Kill Trade Law: Byrd Amendment Illegal, WTO Says
QUOTE: A festering trade dispute between the United States and several major trading partners appears set to subside after the Senate voted yesterday to repeal an anti-dumping law that was ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization.
Washington Post Jul 29, 2005 Uranium Provision to Alter U.S. Policy: Easing of Export Curbs Concerns Nonproliferation Advocates
QUOTE: ...the 1,724-page energy bill that Congress is poised to enact today would ease export restrictions on bomb-grade uranium, a lucrative victory for a Canadian medical manufacturer and its well-wired Washington lobbyists.
Washington Post Nov 10, 2004 Intervention Before Bankruptcy
QUOTE: Wouldn't shareholders, employees, retirees, creditors and even taxpayers all be better off if there were a process, long before bankruptcy filings, where they could agree to a plan of shared sacrifice that would reduce legacy costs to manageable levels?
Washington Post Jun 19, 2004 Furniture 'Dumped,' U.S. Rules Modest Duties Put On Chinese Imports
QUOTE: The Commerce Department ruled yesterday that Chinese bedroom furniture is being dumped in the U.S. market. But the department imposed relatively modest duties on the furniture, a rare departure from a long tradition of slapping stiff penalties on imports in such cases.
Washington Post Jun 19, 2004 Congress's Embarassment of Pork
QUOTE: ....The House produced a masterpiece of bad legislation this week: a study in grease, pork and blubber, to use lawmakers' descriptions of a stunning special-interest bonanza for all manner of American businesses. The blubber.... a last-minute inclusion in a bill that began as a simple $5 billion fix for a tariff problem but was transformed into a $143 billion juggernaut of special-interest favors.
New York Times Apr 11, 2004 An Ideal Goes Starving
QUOTE: ...Democrats are genuinely trying to protect workers from foreign competition. But whatever the merits of the argument, the effect is startling: a radical reversal of the older liberal vision of America as helpmate for the poor and suffering of the world.
Washington Post Jan 24, 2004 F.D.A. Begins Push to End Drug Imports
QUOTE: Calling imported Canadian drugs potentially unsafe, the F.D.A. has launched a second blitz inspection as part of a coordinated push by the Bush administration to halt their import...
New York Times Oct 26, 2003 Americans Stake Claims in a Baja Land Rush
QUOTE: Slowly but surely, acre by acre, Mexico's Baja Peninsula is becoming an American colony.
New York Times Aug 18, 2003 When Drug Prices Are Out Of Reach
QUOTE: Elderly and uninsured Americans pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.
US News & World Report Apr 16, 2003 U.S. Boycott Being Felt, French Say
QUOTE: "It is necessary to say to those who are unhappy with the positions of French diplomacy that they are free to criticize, but they must keep products and services of our enterprises outside their quarrel."
Washington Post Apr 13, 2003 Cuban Crackdown on Critics Stalls a Drive to Ease U.S. Embargo
QUOTE: Cuba's recent jailing of dozens of dissidents and the execution of three ferry hijackers have stalled what had been an increasingly popular drive in Congress to ease trade and travel restrictions on the island.
New York Times Apr 04, 2003 Dozens of Cuban Dissidents Face Trial for Subversion
QUOTE: Cuban authorities began trying dozens of dissidents today on charges of subversion that could bring life sentences for some of the government's most outspoken opponents.
New York Times Feb 06, 2003 Altered-genes scare sets FDA in motion
QUOTE: "...it's incidents like this (selling of genetically altered pigs and not complying with prior agreements) that could destroy consumer confidence and export confidence," says Stephanie Childs of the Grocery Manufacturers of America.
USA TODAY Jan 31, 2003 Mexican farmers stage mass protest
QUOTE: ...the main beneficiaries of the rising Mexican exports have been large, corporate farms rather than the small-plot farms on which millions of Mexicans still live.
Salon Jan 09, 2003 E.U. Ban on Genetically Modified Food Criticized
QUOTE: The Bush administration's top trade official announced today that he wanted to file a case against the European Union for its ban on genetically modified food, calling the European position "Luddite" and "immoral" for leading to starvation in the developing world.
New York Times Oct 16, 2002 Judge Orders Investigation Of Ukrainian President
QUOTE: Kuchma immediately pledged to fight the court decision, according to the Interfax news service, with his aides calling the ruling unconstitutional.
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