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Jul 21, 2015 The Myth of the Ethical Shopper We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.

QUOTE: ...for a while there, it worked. The major apparel companies adopted codes of conduct, first banning just the most egregious stuff—workers under 16, forced overtime—then expanding to health and safety, environmental protection and social investment....I spoke with more than 30 company reps, factory auditors and researchers and read dozens of studies describing what has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago. All these sources led me to the same conclusion: Boycotts have failed. Our clothes are being made in ways that advocacy campaigns can’t affect and in places they can’t reach. So how are we going to stop sweatshops now?

Huffington Post
Feb 21, 2011 Women Still Face Barriers in Hong Kong

QUOTE: Fewer women stay in the work force long enough to attain top-earning positions. Many who do stay say that social pressures, and their employers, make it tough for them to advance... Yet social attitudes remain traditional, casting women squarely in the role of homemaker and mother — even when they are also breadwinners.

New York Times
Aug 11, 2009 China’s Incinerators Loom as a Global Hazard

QUOTE: After surpassing the United States as the world’s largest producer of household garbage, China has embarked on a vast program to build incinerators as landfills run out of space. But these incinerators have become a growing source of toxic emissions, from dioxin to mercury, that can damage the body’s nervous system.

New York Times
Feb 21, 2007 New fight, old foe: Slavery. Some 27 million men, women, and children are in unpaid servitude, the UN says – 200,000 of them in the US.

QUOTE: While slavery takes different forms today, the impact remains devastating to lives around the globe, according to UN and US government statistics. An estimated 300,000 children have been forced to serve as child soldiers in more than 30 conflicts. Each year, human trafficking for sexual servitude or forced labor moves 800,000 people across international borders, including some 17,500 foreigners trafficked into the United States.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 11, 2006 The Energy Challenge: Pollution From Chinese Coal Casts a Global Shadow

QUOTE: One of China's lesser-known exports is a dangerous brew of soot, toxic chemicals and climate-changing gases from the smokestacks of coal-burning power plants.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2002 The Free-Trade Fix

QUOTE: Globalization is meant to signify integration and unity -- yet it has proved, in its way, to be no less polarizing than the cold-war divisions it has supplanted.

New York Times
Aug 08, 2002 Officials Link Foreign Web Sites to Cheating on Graduate Admission Exams

QUOTE: An undetermined number of students in China, Taiwan and South Korea were able to raise their scores substantially last year on the verbal part of the most widely used entrance exam to American graduate schools by logging on to Web sites in those countries that post questions and answers memorized by previous test takers...

New York Times
Oct 05, 2001 'Comfort Women' Suit Against Japan Dismissed

QUOTE: A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Japan by 15 Asian women who said they were kept as sex slaves -- or "comfort women" -- during World War II, ruling that Japan cannot be held responsible for its "egregious conduct" in U.S. courts.

Washington Post