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Liberia; Thanks U.S., But...

The Analyst (AllAfrica)
03/28/2006

THE LIBERIAN EMBASSY in Washington D.C. last week dispatched a communication highlighting that the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, had signed a proclamation to reinstate duty-free trade benefits for the Republic of Liberia. The communication

Wal-Mart Leads Charge in Race to Grab a Slice of China

Guardian
03/25/2006

By Bill Quinn

US giant launches big push in competition for burgeoning £140bn retail market Jonathan Watts in Beijing

The last things the turtles see in the Wal-Mart megastore in northern Beijing are bright fluorescent lights, masked shop assistants and, if they crane their necks over the edge of their plastic container, a chalk board offering them for sale at the bargain price of 39.8 yuan (£2.86) each.

Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: Remove those pesky conscience stains

The Spokesman-Review
03/24/2006

By Frank Sennett

Buying clothing from Wal-Mart might not leave you with blood on your hands, but it could put some on your pants.

That's the most surprising lesson U.S. consumers have learned so far from the International Labor Rights Fund's ongoing effort to bring foreign factory workers stateside to see the products of their sweat and, yes, blood on Wal-Mart racks.

Attention, Wal-Mart Shoppers: Remove Those Pesky Conscience Stains

Spokesman-Review
03/24/2006

By Frank Sennett

Buying clothing from Wal-Mart might not leave you with blood on your hands, but it could put some on your pants.

That's the most surprising lesson U.S. consumers have learned so far from the International Labor Rights Fund's ongoing effort to bring foreign factory workers stateside to see the products of their sweat and, yes, blood on Wal-Mart racks.

Argentines Remember Victims of Dirty War

Associated Press
03/24/2006




By Bill Cormier

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thousands of Argentines swayed to protest songs Friday at an early morning vigil marking the 30th anniversary of a military coup that ushered in the country's Dirty War.

The gray-haired Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo took center stage at the rock concert-styled rally, wearing the trademark white handkerchiefs of their long human rights struggle.

Offshoring and job losses: Is the “Barbie Doll factor” good or bad for international labour markets?

International Labour Organization Online
03/23/2006

We live in a world where Barbie’s outfit, makeup and marketing has come to symbolize the internationalization of the labour market. But can a doll symbolize how offshoring is affecting job markets? Indeed, job losses and the degradation of working conditions in the industrialized world have been blamed on globalization, internationalization and offshoring of work, but is this true? A new ILO publication* analyzes trends and patterns in the internationalization of employment, and identifies winners and losers. ILO Online spoke with ILO employment analyst Peter Auer.

Letter from India: The Wal-Mart debate

Reuters
03/20/2006

Reuters correspondent Emily Kaiser is in Asia, reporting on U.S. retailers operating in the region. Here are her impressions on the prospects for big retailers in India:

Sitting in a Mumbai taxi as the driver angrily honks at an endless stream of trucks, buses, cars, pushcarts, pedestrians and cows, it's hard to imagine how foreign retailers could operate here. Then you hear about customers causing traffic jams as they flock to clearance sales and it becomes obvious why Wal-Mart and others are fighting so hard to open stores in India.

Letter from India: The Wal-Mart Debate

Reuters
03/20/2006

Reuters correspondent Emily Kaiser is in Asia, reporting on U.S. retailers operating in the region. Here are her impressions on the prospects for big retailers in India:

Sitting in a Mumbai taxi as the driver angrily honks at an endless stream of trucks, buses, cars, pushcarts, pedestrians and cows, it's hard to imagine how foreign retailers could operate here. Then you hear about customers causing traffic jams as they flock to clearance sales and it becomes obvious why Wal-Mart and others are fighting so hard to open stores in India.

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