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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
Aug 18, 2013 Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours David Miranda, partner of Guardian interviewer of whistleblower Edward Snowden, questioned under Terrorism Act

QUOTE: "This is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process," Greenwald said. "To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ. The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere."

Guardian Unlimited
Jul 20, 2013 Pope, in an Angered Brazil, to Focus on Social Justice

QUOTE: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis never showed much sympathy for liberation theology, but since he assumed the papacy, signs abound that a truce is now in effect, at least temporarily....Francis took a symbolically important step that liberation theologians here and elsewhere in Latin America interpreted as a peace offering. The beatification of Bishop Óscar Romero, a Salvadoran who was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is considered a martyr by many disciples of liberation theology, had been frozen since 2005, the year Benedict assumed the papacy, but Francis almost immediately ordered it reopened.

New York Times
Nov 15, 2012 Wal-Mart Inquiry Reflects Alarm on Corruption

QUOTE: Wal-Mart on Thursday reported that its investigation into violations of a federal antibribery law had extended beyond Mexico to China, India and Brazil, some of the retailer’s most important international markets. The disclosure, made in a regulatory filing, suggests Wal-Mart has uncovered evidence into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...

New York Times
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
Oct 13, 2009 Latin America's worst wage gap for women and minorities? Powerhouse Brazil

QUOTE: ...Brazil sits at the bottom of a list of 18 regional countries when it comes to how much women and minorities are paid for the same job a white man does.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 11, 2009 The Amazon: The future of the forest:

QUOTE: Brazil’s government hopes that land reform in the Amazon will slow deforestation. Greens doubt it

Jan 09, 2009 Government fights slave labor in Brazil

QUOTE: A recruiter known as a "gato," or cat, plumbs the slums and other poor areas of the vast country and gets people to agree to jobs in distant places. Once separated from home and family, workers are vulnerable to all sorts of abuses, such as being told they owe money for transportation, food, housing and other services. "This is known as debt bondage, which also fits official definitions of slavery,"...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 09, 2008 Brazil protesters say 9,000 have disappeared in 2 years

QUOTE: 9,000 people they say have disappeared in Rio de Janeiro since January 2007....narcotics traffickers and death squads reportedly use to cremate remains of those they have abducted.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 23, 2007 Brazil investigates 15-year-old girl's jail horror story

QUOTE: The Brazilian government is investigating the case of a 15-year-old girl who allegedly was raped and tortured after being put in a prison cell with 20 male inmates, officials said.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 14, 2007 A Violent Police Unit, on Film and in Rio’s Streets

QUOTE: The movie, which opened nationwide on Friday but last week in Rio and São Paulo, has offered a rare look into the battalion, which is depicted as killing and torturing, seemingly at will. It is causing many Brazilians to reflect on what level of violence is acceptable from the police, especially in Rio, a city with a homicide rate more than six times higher than New York City’s.

New York Times
Aug 28, 2007 As Brazil Defends Its Bounty, Rules Ensnare Scientists

QUOTE: Marc van Roosmalen is a world-renowned primatologist whose research in the Amazon has led to the discovery of five species of monkeys and a new primate genus. But precisely because of that work, Dr. van Roosmalen was recently sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison and jailed in Manaus, Brazil.

New York Times
Jul 19, 2007 Brazil Demands Solution to Aviation Crisis

QUOTE: With the death toll climbing after the fiery crash of a crowded Airbus here on Tuesday night, Brazilians responded Wednesday with anger and renewed calls for the government to act immediately to end the deepening aviation crisis that has tormented the country for nearly a year.

New York Times
Jul 14, 2007 In Brazil, a Wave of Corruption Cases: President, Seen as Architect of Cleanup, Retains Public Support Even as His Allies Fall

QUOTE: The bags have been piling up in recent months, byproducts of the sensationally brazen corruption scandals that have been multiplying, one after the other. The parade of disgraced public figures under investigation seems endless -- from government ministers to top lawmakers to members of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's family.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2007 Awaiting Internet Access, Remote Brazilian Tribes Debate Its Promise, Peril

QUOTE: The federal government this year announced a new program to provide satellite Internet access to 150 remote communities, in hopes that they will be better equipped to protect themselves against illegal logging and other threats to their culture.

Washington Post
Apr 21, 2007 Invisible but all too real: the illegal roads speeding the destruction of the rain forest: Despite a crackdown, illicit logging is on the rise in lawless areas of the Amazon

QUOTE: Illegal roads, or viscinais - often built by illegal loggers looking to cash in on the world's largest rainforest - represent one of the biggest challenges to the Brazilian government in its fight against deforestation. It is estimated that there are more than 105,000 miles of viscinais in the Amazon region - illegal dirt tracks that meander through indigenous territories, government land and ecological reserves and which pave the way for the continued destruction of the world's largest rainforest.

Guardian Unlimited
Apr 15, 2007 In Mexico, a Furious Debate Over Abortion: Catholic Church Fights Legislation

QUOTE: a furious cultural debate gripping this nation, which allows abortion only in limited cases, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger. Abortion opponents cite cases such as hers as evidence that abortion should be further curtailed; abortion rights advocates argue that the procedure should be decriminalized so that women have access to safe abortions. The debate has been ignited by two proposals to expand access to abortions in this overwhelmingly Catholic country, considered a regional trendsetter on social issues. Mexico City's legislature is widely expected to approve a law on April 24 that would decriminalize abortion and allow the procedure during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Washington Post
Oct 01, 2006 Support From Brazil's Poor Gives Lula Edge in Election

QUOTE: At a buffet lunch in a middle-class neighborhood, almost all of the cooks who ride buses for hours every day to toil in a steamy kitchen said they will vote to reelect President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. On the other side of the doors, almost all of the diners said they planned to vote against him. Lula is expected to coast to victory for this reason: In Latin America's largest democracy, a lot more people live like the cooks than live like the customers.

Washington Post
Sep 08, 2006 Google carves a middle path on privacy

QUOTE: the company moved a step closer to establishing a global legal precedent on how Internet firms cooperate - or not - with government requests for information about Web users. It's a contentious issue that involves principles of personal privacy, political and commercial free speech, and fighting crime - be it pornography, pedophilia, racism, or terrorist plots.

Christian Science Monitor
May 30, 2006 Police Are Criticized in Wave of Gang Violence in Brazil

QUOTE: recriminations against the police and the way they handled the attacks are intensifying, fed by indications that irate officers may have sought revenge with a killing rampage that swept up lawbreakers and innocent civilians alike.

New York Times
May 02, 2006 Bolivia Nationalizes Natural Gas: Troops Deployed In Move to Block Foreign Influence

QUOTE: Bolivian President Evo Morales seized control of the country's natural gas industry Monday, sending soldiers to occupy fields that he contends private companies have plundered for years.

Washington Post
Dec 18, 2005 Two Farmers, Two Worlds, Two Outlooks on Tariffs and Global Trade

QUOTE: France's romanticized view of its farmers has helped make the nation one of the most protected agricultural economies in the world. However, at a World Trade Organization meeting now underway in Hong Kong, France and other European nations are facing pressure to slash farm subsidies and open their markets to foreign competitors.

Washington Post
Oct 01, 2005 Brazil Weighs a National Gun Ban: Country Is First To Vote on Issue

QUOTE: Should the sale of all types of guns and ammunition be banned nationwide for everyone except the police and military?

Washington Post
Jul 30, 2005 Unending Graft Is Threatening Latin America

QUOTE: Brazil's scandal is just the latest reminder of the unremitting corruption that has marked Latin American politics since colonial times, when absolute rulers regarded newly conquered realms in the New World as their personal property.

New York Times
Sep 26, 2004 TATTOOED WARRIORS: The Next Generation; Shuttling Between Nations, Latino Gangs Confound the Law

QUOTE:...many human rights advocates and community leaders worry that the aggressive measures governments are taking against gangs have not solved the problem as much as they have spread it.

New York Times
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 11, 2004 Infertile Ground Is Sown in Brazil: Politicians Trade Sterilizations for Votes

QUOTE: Brazil's efforts have led to increased criticism from women's health organizations, civil rights agencies and relief workers who argue that sterilization is an ineffectual anti-poverty tool. They also contend that sterilization programs feed racist notions about who should have children and who should not.

Washington Post
Apr 30, 2004 Unpicking cotton subsidies

QUOTE: On Monday April 26th, the Lilliputians succeeded in fastening another restraint to the giant they distrust so much. Brazil won a ruling at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against America’s gargantuan cotton subsidies.

Jun 15, 2003 Affirmative Action Debate Forces Brazil to Take Look in the Mirror

QUOTE: Legal challenges to the State University of Rio's race-conscious admissions policy raise essentially the same fundamental question that is being raised in a Supreme Court case that challenges the University of Michigan's law school admissions standards: Who, ultimately, gets ahead?

Sep 29, 2002 IMF Advances 'Sovereign Bankruptcy' Concept

QUOTE: Top economic policymakers attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank agreed yesterday to speed efforts to develop a "sovereign bankruptcy" procedure for countries in debt crises.

Washington Post
Nov 01, 2001 The Rich-Poor Division is in Stark Relief in Talks for Trade Agenda

QUOTE: ...emboldened developing countries to insist on a broad "public health" exception to international patent rules for other drugs....if the United States can cede special trading rights to Pakistan's textile and apparel makers to help a frontline ally, it should ease barriers for clothing makers in all poor countries.

New York Times
Sep 30, 2001 Brazilian Women Ravaged By AIDS: Infection Rate Rises in Culture of Denial

QUOTE: Brazilian "machismo" culture permits men to have sex outside marriage, and encourages women to ignore it; infectious diseases such as AIDS prove disastrous in this environment.

Washington Post
Aug 29, 2001 Governments Push Open-source Software

QUOTE: A recent global wave of legislation is compelling government agencies, and in some cases government-owned companies, to use open-source or free software...

Aug 19, 2001 Slow to Yield, Brazil Passes Equal Rights for Its Women

QUOTE: ...the Brazilian Congress has approved a legal code that for the first time in the country's history makes women equal to men in the eyes of the law.

New York Times
May 20, 2001 Dam Project in Paraguay Mirrors Rift Over Riches

QUOTE: Both Yacyretá and Itaipú, an even larger dam built farther upriver in partnership with Brazil, were conceived in the early 1970's by Paraguay's dictator at the time, Gen. Alfredo Stroessner, who promised that the projects would make this poor, landlocked country of five million people "an energy superpower." A small group of businessmen, construction magnates and lawyers with close ties to Paraguay's long- ruling Colorado Party did indeed become rich, though few other Paraguayans have benefited.

New York Times
May 20, 2001 In a Land of Sun and Music, CD Pirates Play Robin Hood

QUOTE: As the Recording Industry Association of America and the Bush administration see it, the situation is easily defined: record companies face calamity in Brazil because Brazil's government isn't doing enough to protect copyrights. Ask Brazilians about the problem, though, and you will hear a very different view -- one that offers an insight into the twists that economic logic produces when a third world country confronts globalized pricing and distribution of a product that it consumes with a passion.

New York Times