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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
Jul 08, 2011 Allegations Link U.S. Companies to Brazilian Sex Tourism

QUOTE: The Justice Department has been conducting a criminal investigation of sports fishing expeditions in the Amazon that may have been used as covers for Americans to have sex with underage girls...

New York Times
May 18, 2010 Thai Army Moves to Confront Protesters

QUOTE: the government moved aggressive

New York Times
Jul 02, 2009 Thailand's lèse majesté law: Treason in cyberspace

QUOTE: ince March 2008 the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) has blocked 8,300 website pages on lèse majesté [anti-royal family] grounds.

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
Aug 28, 2007 Rights Group Documents Brutality Of Insurgents in Southern Thailand

QUOTE: Separatist militants in Thailand's mostly Muslim southern provinces have stepped up a decades-long, low-intensity insurgency into a wave of brutal bomb attacks, assassinations, machete hackings and, in some cases, beheadings and mutilations in the past 3 1/2 years, an extensive Human Rights Watch report said today.

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2007 Leader of Thai Junta Promises Vote in '07: General Defends Coup, Says Army Will Cede Power

QUOTE: The leader of Thailand's ruling military junta vowed Wednesday to hold democratic elections before the end of the year, saying the army would immediately hand over control to a civilian government following the inauguration of a new prime minister.

Washington Post
Jan 07, 2006 Asia Keeps Burmese Industry Humming: Trade, Both Legal and Illegal, Blunts Effect of U.S. Economic Sanctions

QUOTE: Burmese industry and exports were on the decline in the 1990s as a result of progressive attempts by the United States to tighten economic sanctions on Burma, protesting its suppression of democracy. But the effort to pressure its rulers has been vastly undercut by the enthusiasm of other countries, especially Burma's Asian neighbors, to tap its cheap workforce and abundant natural resources...

Washington Post
Nov 02, 2005 CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons: Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11

QUOTE: ...the CIA has not even acknowledged the existence of its [secret detention] sites. To do so, say officials familiar with the program, could open the U.S. government to legal challenges, particularly in foreign courts, and increase the risk of political condemnation at home and abroad.

Washington Post
Apr 17, 2003 Bastion of Buddhism faces gender debate

QUOTE: A female monk enlists Thailand's Senate in her uphill battle against a ban on the ordination of women.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 10, 2003 Thai fashion police ban skimpy tops

QUOTE: Scantily-clad women have been banned from taking part in Thailand's Songkran water festival this weekend.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Jul 24, 2001 Ashcroft Intervenes to Shield Thai Boy: U.S. Agencies Ordered to Halt Efforts to Deport Ill Child Used As Decoy

QUOTE: Attorney General John D. Ashcroft yesterday ordered the government to halt efforts to deport an AIDS-stricken Thai boy who was used as a decoy for smuggling prostitutes into the United States. Ashcroft took the unusual step of intervening personally in an immigration case by granting "humanitarian parole" to Phanupong Khaisri, now 4, who will be allowed to remain in the country without threat of deportation.

Washington Post