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  • Honey Laundering

    "The story documented how the government has failed to stem the flow of banned honey imports into this country, despite tightened border security and growing concerns about food safety."
  • The Pros & Cons of Free Trade

    Extra examines opinions in favor and against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), the extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is supposed to spread democracy to the countries in Latin America by lowering tariffs and opening their markets. The article reports on the ongoing negotiations among the 34 countries that will sign the agreement. The story asks the question, "Will President Bush insist on high labor and environmental standards like his predecessor, and if not, will his constituents make him?"
  • How the little guy gets crunched

    A Time special report investigates how campaign finance contributions have changed laws, regulations and policies. The main story in the report focuses on the trade war that the American government launched against Europe on behalf of the banana baron Carl Lindner, a major contributor both to Republicans and Democrats. Lindner's company, fruit-and-vegetable giant Chiquita, was restricted to export its low-cost bananas to the European market, Time reports. In response, the U.S. government imposed higher tariffs on European goods. The trade war did not affect consumers of luxurious goods from overseas, the story reveals. Instead, it only hurt American small businesses that imported their supplies from European countries.
  • Against the Workers; Privatization Tidal Wave; Dubious Development; The Power of Protest

    The Multinational Monitor examines how poor nations are forced to bear "the burden of the IMF and World Bank." The story package looks at different aspects of the interactions between the international financial institutions and the developing countries governments. The articles give voice to critics who find that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank policies undermine labor power and rights; that the two institutions' common requirement for increasing electricity and water tariffs in loan-receiving countries makes the poor pay the price; that the International Financial Corporation (IFC) "prioritizes the pursuit of profit over economic justice, social or environmental concerns."
  • The Next Tobacco War: The Worldwide Assault on Cigarette Smuggling

    "As a criminal industry, cigarette smuggling is so profitable that even Colombia's drug lords and Italy's mafia groups have gone into it in a big, and often violent, way. But the real perpetrators, according to allegations explored at length in this story, are the major tobacco companies, which have not only tolerated the smuggling, -- but have actively organized, promoted and encouraged it, in cooperation with some of the worlds' seediest business partners. Big Tobacco's evident goal: to undermine public policy in many countries, especially in the West, where high taxes and duties are used to reduce smoking among adults and prevent it amount young people.
  • Fruit of Labor: The Banana Business is Rotten, So Why Do People Fight Over It?

    The Wall Street Journal reports that "For more than a century (bananas) have provoked riots and coups. Troops have been dispatched to protect them. Now they are at the center of a bitter trade war between the U.S. and Europe. Any business worth fighting for so fiercely must be great, right? Guess again. Banana farming is a brutal business, from the sprawling plantations of Latin America to the struggling plots of the Caribbean islands. .... Are the U.S. and European trade warriors crazy?"
  • Strange bills arise from Opticom calls

    The Northwest Indiana Times found fraudulaent charges at pay telephones, and widespread disregard of FCC regulations. Opticom, a national operator services provider, was the focus. Fraudulent bills, false information among other things was discovered.
  • Shell game

    Other nations balked when the United States tried to force them to take steps to protect endangered sea turtles. National Journal finds the resolution of the dispute could have major implications for U.S. trade policy.
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    Brownsville Herald uncovers a complicated scheme by a Mexican orange juice company that allowed it to avoid paying more than $5 million in U.S. import tariffs over a nine-month period, Jan. 26, 1986.
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    Wall Street Journal article finds the cocaine business, with its lack of taxes and tariffs, an interesting case study in pure capitalism; traces its development from a cottage industry to a multi-billion dollar enterprise, June 30, 1986.