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Wal-Mart Begins Quest for Generals in P.R. War

New York Times
03/30/2006

By Michael Barbaro

Wanted: two people to help defend the nation's largest retailer against critics. Requirements: plenty of experience managing a crisis.

Wal-Mart Stores has begun circulating two senior-level job postings — both in public relations — and if the language used to describe the positions is any indication, the giant discount retailer is on the P.R. equivalent of war footing.

Wal-Mart Steps Up Surprise Inspections of Foreign Factories

Associated Press
03/29/2006

By Marcus Kabel

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is increasing surprise inspections at thousands of foreign factories where it buys clothes, toys, shoes and other products as it expands efforts to make sure its suppliers uphold labor and environmental standards.

Wal-Mart expects unannounced inspections to make up 30 percent of all inspections this year, up from 20 percent last year and 8 percent in 2004, said Beth Keck, director of international corporate affairs for the world's largest retailer.

Wal-Mart steps up surprise inspections of foreign factories

Associated Press
03/29/2006

By Marcus Kabel

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is increasing surprise inspections at thousands of foreign factories where it buys clothes, toys, shoes and other products as it expands efforts to make sure its suppliers uphold labor and environmental standards.

Wal-Mart expects unannounced inspections to make up 30 percent of all inspections this year, up from 20 percent last year and 8 percent in 2004, said Beth Keck, director of international corporate affairs for the world's largest retailer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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