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  • Six Reasons Apple Closed 2015 With a Whimper

    01/01/2016 3:37:02 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 86 replies
    Fortune ^ | January 1, 2016 | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    Judging by the fundamentals--things like revenue, earnings, assets, cash flow, profit margins, and growth--Apple had a very good year.However shares in the world’s most valuable company finished 2015 down 4% from the beginning of the year and off nearly 22% from their 52-week high.Why the disconnect?In my comment stream yesterday, a longtime reader who calls himself Merckel spoke for many frustrated shareholders when he boiled it down to six reasons: Heavy option activity. Institutions are content with making bank off of selling lotto tickets (options) to weekly gamblers. Approximately 90% of all Apple AAPL options expired worthless in 2015....
  • Why 2016 could be shattering for Republicans

    11/14/2015 9:12:24 AM PST · by Mariner · 60 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 13 at 8:30 PM | By Stanley B. Greenberg
    Election Day 2016 will produce a shattering crash larger than anything the pundits anticipate because the revolutionary economic and social changes occurring in the United States have now pushed both the burgeoning new majority and the conservative Republicans’ counterrevolution beyond their tipping points. The United States is being transformed by revolutions remaking the country at an accelerating and surprising pace. Witness the revolutions in technology, the Internet, big data and energy, though just as important are the tremendous changes taking place in immigration, racial and ethnic diversity, the family, religious observance and gender roles. These are reaching their apexes in...
  • Clinton blasts Trump over 'deportation force' idea

    11/13/2015 6:19:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/11/15 | Nick Gass
    Hillary Clinton has a word for Donald Trump's plan to deport 11 million people from the country: No. The Democratic presidential candidate blasted Trump's call for a "deportation force" on Wednesday, calling it "absurd." "The idea of tracking down and deporting 11 million people is absurd, inhumane, and un-American. No, Trump. -H" Clinton tweeted, quoting a New York Times reporter's tweet on Trump's comments made earlier in the morning on MSNBC.
  • President Obama Denounces Donald Trump’s Deportation Plan

    11/13/2015 6:12:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/12/15 | Peter Baker
    President Obama on Thursday denounced Donald J. Trump's campaign promise to deploy a "deportation force" to round up millions of immigrants in the country illegally and send them home, calling it unrealistic and un-American. "The notion that we're going to deport 11, 12 million people from this country - first of all, I have no idea where Mr. Trump thinks the money's going to come from," Mr. Obama said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. "It would cost us hundreds of billions of dollars to execute that." "Imagine the images on the screen flashed around the world...
  • Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, and The Immigration/Amnesty Agenda…

    11/13/2015 5:43:07 AM PST · by Amntn · 20 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 11/13/115 | Sundance
    During the Fox Business News debate several political junkies noted a rather curious omission: Senator Marco Rubio was never questioned about the 2013 Senate Gang-of-Eight bill and his stance on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In fact, if you were to review the debate substance you'd note that candidate Rubio wasn't directly questioned about his immigration positions at all.It is not disconnected that during the 2013/2014 Gang-of-Eight immigration constructs, Fox News was an active participant in the promotion of the immigration reform proposals. In order to facilitate the congressional immigration intent Fox launched a previously unknown pro-amnesty propaganda blitz to support senate...
  • Here Is Why Donald Trump Said "Walls Work, Ask Israel"

    11/11/2015 4:32:41 PM PST · by Ziva · 37 replies
    Zionists4Trump.com ^ | 11/11/2015 | Zionists 4 Trump
    At the November 3, 2015 press conference to announce his new book, Donald Trump reminds us, "Walls work. All you have to do is ask Israel." What has been the result of the border fence Israel built in 2013 to prevent infiltration from the Egypt? According to Joel Pollak of Breitbart.com in June 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has touted the success of a new border fence that Israel built along its boundary with Egypt to stop illegal infiltrators. In a statement posted at his government website, Netanyahu reported that illegal crossings had declined 99.9%, from 2,000 per month to...
  • Carr: Donald Trump tramples over RINOs, rest of Republican field

    11/11/2015 10:10:53 AM PST · by MichelleWSC3 · 72 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11-11-15 | Howie Carr
    To win the crown, you have to knock out the champ. That would be Trump. Nobody came close last night. Apparently John Kasich and Juan Ellis Bush didn’t get the paraphrased memo from Harry S. Truman: If you give people a choice between a Democrat and a Democrat, they’ll pick the Democrat every time. Kasich had no business even being on the stage last night. He belonged in the kiddie debate, from whose bourn no traveler returns. Ditto Juan Ellis Bush. Who exactly did the son of a mailman think he was kidding when he said the U.S. couldn’t deport...
  • Opinion: Sorry Trump, "Operation Wetback" Was a National Disgrace

    11/11/2015 1:10:14 PM PST · by EveningStar · 133 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 11, 2015 | Raul A. Reyes
    ... Although Trump glibly describes "Operation Wetback" as moving undocumented immigrants "waaay south," this program was at best inhumane and at worst horrific. Back then, the government rounded up suspected undocumented immigrants and sent them deep into the Mexican interior, where they were abandoned with next to nothing. The transports across the border were reportedly "indescribable scenes of human misery and tragedy." In one instance, 88 deportees died from heat stroke in the desert. Other deportees were sent to the Mexican Gulf Coast by ship, in vessels described by historians as an "eighteenth century slave ship" or "penal hell ship."...
  • Jeb Bush: Deporting Illegal Aliens Is Un-American - "It's Not Embracing American Values" (VIDEO)

    11/11/2015 7:00:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/11/15 | Jim Hoft
    Ugh. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush argued that deporting America's illegal immigrants is not the answer to the country's immigration issues at Tuesday's GOP debate. Jeb called the action, "Un-American." "Twelve million illegal immigrants, to send them back, 500,000 a month, is just not possible. And it's not embracing American values.
  • Schumer says Rubio 'molded' pathway to citizenship bill, predicts Senate takeover

    11/06/2015 9:13:42 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/6/2015 | Manu Raju
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio can run away from immigration legislation as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination, but Sen. Chuck Schumer says he can't hide from it. As he has risen in the polls, Rubio has methodically sought to distance himself from the comprehensive immigration bill he coauthored more than two years ago. But Schumer, the veteran New York Democrat, is dragging him back into the fray, shining a spotlight on one of the 44-year-old's biggest vulnerabilities with the right as top Democrats seek to undermine the GOP senator's surging candidacy. "He was not only totally committed -- he was...
  • Build a wall on the border? No thanks, says San Diego. (Darrell Issa too.)

    11/02/2015 4:19:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 31, 2015 | Liam Dillon
    While Trump and other GOP presidential candidates push for a giant wall between the United States and Mexico, San Diego is literally building a bridge. In December, an international group of developers, which includes real estate magnate Sam Zell, plans to open a pedestrian walkway that bypasses the regular U.S. border crossings and directly connects San Diego to Tijuanas international airport. Meanwhile, all five members of San Diegos congressional delegation, including stalwart Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, have successfully advocated for the $500 million in additional funds needed to expand the main border crossing. And the citys...
  • Jeb Bush, Miami congressman call on GOP to reinstate Telemundo debate

    11/02/2015 11:27:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/2/15 | @ByKristenMClark @PatriciaMazzei
    Jeb Bush told reporters in Orlando on Monday that the Republican National Committee should still hold a planned primary debate with Miami-based Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo. "We should have the debate," Bush said in both English and Spanish. "I think we ought to have a Telemundo debate, or a Hispanic debate. It happened four years ago. Telemundo's not part of the problem of CNBC. They (CNBC) just didn't keep their word."
  • Anthony Bourdain: "Every restaurant in America would shut down" if Trump won

    10/30/2015 12:43:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 147 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain says America's restaurant industry would shut down if Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Bourdain blasted Trump's vow to deport illegal immigrants if elected, saying it would leave the nation's kitchens empty.
  • US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law

    04/21/2015 1:00:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2015 1:03 PM EDT | Martha Mendoza
    In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. Yet 14 years later, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets. The U.S. has not enforced a law banning the import of goods made with forced labor since 2000 because of significant loopholes, The Associated Press has found. It has also spared Thailand from sanctions slapped on other countries with weak records in human trafficking because of a complex political relationship that includes cooperation against terrorism. The question...
  • Cuba accused of slavelike labor deal

    10/28/2006 4:31:44 PM PDT · by cll · 16 replies · 643+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 10/28/2006 | Frances Robles
    The Cuban government conspired with a Curacao ship repair company to provide practically slave labor fixing up vessels, including Miami-based cruise ships, and kept workers under harsh conditions, a lawsuit filed in U.S. District court in Miami alleges. The civil suit filed before Judge James Lawrence King alleges that up to 100 Cuban shipyard workers are forced to work against their will at Curacao Drydock Co., a ship repair company with an agent in Delray Beach, Klattenberg Marine Associates. The suit, filed by three workers who escaped and now live in Florida, alleges they were ordered to work 16-hour shifts...
  • Slavery is a business reality, and its up to companies to stop it

    10/31/2014 11:33:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Toronto Globe And Mail ^ | Oct. 29 2014, 1:59 PM EDT | (Reuters)
    There are more slaves now than at any point in history, and companies need to look closely at their supply chains to ensure their products or services arent coming from operations that force people to work with no pay, a U.S. writer and private-equity executive said during a recent financial and risk summit in Toronto hosted by media and information firm Thomson Reuters. [] People often think of slavery as a thing of the past, but today there are an estimated 27 million slaves worldwidemost of them toiling for nothing more than a meager daily meal, (Benjamin) Skinner said. He...
  • Russian Inmates to Build Bridge to Crimea

    07/23/2014 5:40:04 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 7/23/2014 | Moscow Times
    Russia's Federal Penal Service said that the country's inmates would soon be contributing to public works including the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge to Crimea and a cleanup operation in the Sochi region, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.
  • Conservative groups press for immigration reform

    10/29/2013 1:31:22 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/29/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    More than 600 conservative-friendly officials and activists are descending on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a lobbying blitz targeting a wide range of House lawmakers, primarily Republicans, on immigration reform. The effort spans lawmakers from about 120 congressional districts in about 40 states, said Josh Breisblatt, the advocacy and policy associate for the National Immigration Forum. Its meant to make the conservative case for immigration reform to lawmakers by bringing business experts, religious leaders and law enforcement officials to the Hill. -snip- Failure to come up now with a solution to immigration reform is a sign of weakness, not of strength,...
  • EU Parliament Report: Europe Has 880,000 Slave Laborers

    10/14/2013 8:23:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 14, 2013 04:51 PM
    A European Parliament report seen by Spiegel estimates that 3,600 international organized crime organizations operate within the EU. The damage done to European economies by organized crime totals hundreds of billions of euros according to a European Parliament special committee investigating crime, money laundering and corruption. The CRIM committee estimates that around 880,000 slave laborers live in the EU, of whom 270,000 are victims of sexual exploitation. Human trafficking alone generates profits of around 25 billion, while the illegal trade in human organs and wild animals makes for a further estimated profit of between 18 and 26 billion annually.
  • A Call for Fair and Realistic Immigration Reform

    09/05/2013 8:12:16 AM PDT · by haffast · 36 replies
    Pennsylvania Catholic Conference ^ | 9-3-2013 | Pennsylvanias Catholic Bishops
    A Call for Fair and Realistic Immigration Reform A Statement from Pennsylvanias Catholic Bishops Most Pennsylvanians have immigrant roots. Each family has a unique story, but so many stories include hard working, faith-filled ancestors who came to America to pursue a dream and worked hard to fulfill it. Immigrants have significantly contributed to the growth of our country. The Catholic Church has always provided spiritual and social services to immigrants out of a strong belief that immigrants deserve the same basic rights and freedoms owed to every child of God. Our Church is an immigrant Church, built by our ancestors...
  • Admit it. You love nice, cheap clothes. And you don't care about child slave labour

    07/28/2013 7:34:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07/28/2013 | Gethin Chamberlain
    Until three years ago I did not believe in magic. But that was before I began investigating how western brands perform a conjuring routine that makes the great Indian rope trick pale in comparison. Now I'm beginning to believe someone has cast a spell over the world's consumers. This is how it works. Well Known Company makes shiny, pretty things in India or China. The Observer reports that the people making the shiny, pretty things are being paid buttons and, what's more, have been using children's nimble little fingers to put them together. There is much outrage, WKC professes its...
  • Sweden: where only 3% of the population uses cash

    04/08/2013 1:44:05 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 83 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 04/08/2013 | WesternCulture
    Sweden really is annoying. We've made both Germany and Russia look like fools on battle fields. We haven't experienced war for two centuries by now, but we're prepared for the next one. We once were poor, but today, we enjoy a standard of living that clearly is better than that of the average American or any other country on Earth for that sake. Few Americans could afford a car like the Volvo V70 (best selling car in Sweden) and only a small percentage of the American population own second homes (very common in Sweden). Furthermore, my Sweden is more technologically...
  • Halloween decorations carry haunting message of forced labor

    12/24/2012 2:03:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM, updated December 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM | Rachel Stark,
    Keith, a 42-year-old vehicle donation manager at a southeast Portland Goodwill, at one point considered donating the unopened $29.99 Kmart graveyard kit. It was one of those accumulated items you never need and easily forget. But on a Sunday afternoon in October, Keith pulled the orange and black box from storage. She intended to decorate her home in Damascus for her daughter's fifth birthday, just days before Halloween. [?] That's when Keith found it. Scribbled onto paper and onto paper and folded into eighths, the letter was tucked between two Styrofoam headstones.
  • For Gingrich, Amnesty No Impediment to Nomination

    01/27/2012 5:26:34 PM PST · by rmlew · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/27/2012 | Linda Chavez
    One thing was missed in Newt Gingrich's victory in the South Carolina primary: Conservatives embraced a pro-amnesty candidate without batting an eyelash. This should come as a wake-up call to those who've been pushing a hard-line anti-illegal immigrant position in the Republican Party. Granted, Gingrich didn't spend a lot of time discussing his position, which favors amnesty for those illegal immigrants who have been here for a long time, have deep family and community ties, and have paid taxes and avoided breaking other laws. But that's the point. He didn't have to spend a lot of time defending his position...
  • Video: Santas Workshop Inside Chinas Slave Labour Toy Factories

    Sometimes we have no choice, we work till dawn. When you work all night you become dizzy and your eyes hurt because you cant take any breaks. SANTAS WORKSHOP takes you to the real world of Chinas toy factories. Video: Santas Workshop Inside Chinas Slave Labour Toy Factories
  • Rick Santorum Hits Newt Gingrich on Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

    11/29/2011 10:31:21 PM PST · by Fred · 18 replies
    ABC ^ | 112911 | Shushannah Walsh
    Just days after Newt Gingrich won the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader, one of his rivals sat down with another Granite State newspaper. Rick Santorum met with the editorial board of the Nashua Telegraph Monday for an hour and was asked about Gingrichs comments on immigration at last weeks CNN and American Enterprise Institute debate. At the debate, Gingrich voiced a moderate approach to illegal immigration saying he would not remove all illegal immigrants that are currently in the country. I do not believe that the people of the United States are going to take people who have...
  • Solving the illegal alien problem.

    11/26/2011 7:33:39 PM PST · by nomad · 111 replies · 1+ views
    There has been a great deal of discussion over the issue of illegals and amnesty. Some have accused the majority of calling for "cattle cars" to "brutalize" the poor illegals. I never thought I`d hear such demogoguery here on Freerepublic, and simply to support a favored candidate. Be that as it may, I`d like to issue this challenge to all who claim to support Conservatism: With the e-verify system, an admitedly imperfect but very improvable system, we can begin to verify who is and who isn`t legal to work in America; Therfore, since it is a federal law (immigration) thats...
  • Rep. King denounces Gingrich immigration plan as 'amnesty

    11/24/2011 9:59:07 AM PST · by Fred · 136 replies
    The Hill ^ | 112311 | Justin Sink
    Influential congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) said Wednesday that presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's immigration plan was a "form of amnesty" and that he disagreed with it, adding to the chorus of critics from the right. In Tuesday's GOP foreign policy debate, Gingrich said he would support an immigration policy that would allow illegal immigrants who had lived in the United States for a long time, obeyed the law, and paid their taxes to become permanent residents. I do not believe that the people of the United States are going to take people whove been here for a quarter of a century...
  • RINO Mel Martinez Says Illegal Alien Reporter Should Be Allowed to Stay in USA

    07/03/2011 1:10:01 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 24 replies
    Former senator says Vargas should stay in U.S. Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) said Sunday that Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post reporter who came out last month as an illegal immigrant, should be allowed to "become an American." "It's a difficult problem, and what we need to do is find a way in which Jose can continue to contribute to this country," Martinez said on ABC's "This Week." "He wants to be an American," Martinez continued. "This is a great thing. This is the Fourth ofJuly. We need to talk about the fact that this is a...
  • N. Korea offers to send 2,000 female workers to China: sources

    01/19/2011 12:01:21 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 9 replies
    Yonhap ^ | January 19, 2011
    SHENYANG, China, Jan. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has offered to send 2,000 female workers to work at laminated timber factories in northeastern China as part of increasing economic cooperation between the countries, sources here said Wednesday. The offer was made when North Korea's consul-general in Shenyang, Ri Ki-bom, held talks with the mayor of China's Mudanjiang City on Jan. 7, the sources said, asking not to be identified.
  • In Defense of "Sweatshops"

    07/17/2010 2:01:17 AM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 36 replies · 2+ views
    Youtube ^ | AntonBatey
    Liberals and socialists like to cry about "sweatshops" and claim they show the "failure" of capitalism. That is false. This video explains it.
  • Foxconn Suicides: iPhone and iPad Factory Under Scrutiny

    05/26/2010 4:38:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 703+ views
    Time ^ | 5/26/2010 | AUSTIN RAMZY
    The massive Foxconn factory in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen is known for assembling famous electronic goods like Apple's iPhone and iPad. But in recent months it has gained a darker image, as a place where distraught workers regularly throw themselves to their deaths. The latest fatality came on Tuesday morning, when a 19-year-old employee died in a fall in the company's Shenzhen compound, according to the state-run Xinhua news service. He was the ninth worker this year to have died in a fall from factory buildings on Foxconn's properties in Shenzhen; two have survived suicide attempts, according to...
  • StarKist laying off 600-800 in American Samoa

    05/14/2010 9:31:10 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 43 replies · 1,210+ views
    KDKA ^ | May 13, 2010 | AP
    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) ― American Samoa's last remaining tuna cannery announced it is cutting its work force in the U.S. territory by an additional 600 to 800 people to keep up with global competition. Pittsburgh-based StarKist Co. said Thursday in a news release that the layoffs over the next six months will shrink its American Samoa work force to less than 1,200 employees, down from a high of more than 3,000 in 2008. StarKist President and CEO Don Binotto said in the release that it is difficult to compete when workers' wages are nearly 10 times those of...
  • George Will: Building a Wall Against Talent - Send us your Ph.D.s yearning to be free

    06/26/2008 10:40:12 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 34 replies · 76+ views
    RCP ^ | June 26th, 2008 | George Will
    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Fifty years ago, Jack Kilby, who grew up in Great Bend, Kan., took the electrical engineering knowledge he acquired as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois and a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin to Dallas, to Texas Instruments, where he helped invent the modern world as we routinely experience and manipulate it. Working with improvised equipment, he created the first electronic circuit in which all the components fit on a single piece of semiconductor material half the size of a paper clip. On Sept. 12, 1958, he demonstrated this microchip, which was enormous,...
  • China tells Olympic boss to stay out of politics

    04/10/2008 10:38:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 100+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | Charles Whelan
    BEIJING (AFP) - China bluntly told the world Olympics chief Thursday to keep out of politics, in a tart exchange on human rights following days of protests that have shadowed the Olympic torch around the world. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said the Games were in "crisis" following the demonstrations, and urged China to respect its pledge to improve its rights record before the event begins in August. China fired back that Rogge should keep politics out of the Olympics, which Beijing hoped would showcase its much-touted "peaceful rise" to power -- but which have instead become a public...
  • BMW's Quandt Family to Investigate Wealth Amassed in Third Reich

    10/13/2007 2:35:45 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 31 replies · 450+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | October 12, 2007 | Julia Bonstein, Dietmar Hawranek and Klaus Wiegrefe
    By Germany's wealthy and reclusive Quandt family, a major BMW shareholder, has gone on the defensive. For decades the family repressed its Nazi past, but a new documentary film provides new photos of old revelations that have prompted the Quandts to confront their own history of using slave laborers in factories during World War II.It is difficult to ignore the stories of former forced laborers during the Nazi era. Their memories are painful to listen to, even when they are presented calmly and without any finger-pointing. One former forced laborer telling his story today is Carl-Adolf Soerensen, a former Danish...
  • Reaping The Fruits Of A China-Dependent Economy

    08/18/2007 6:26:49 AM PDT · by GFritsch · 40 replies · 959+ views
    TFP Forum ^ | 8/17/2007 | John Horvat II
    Reaping The Fruits Of A China-Dependent Economy http://www.tfp.org/TFPForum/TFPCommentary/reaping_the_fruits_of_a_china-dependent_economy.html For decades, American businessmen have been outsourcing production and setting up factories in Communist China. They cite a large and industrious work force with minimal labor costs as the reason that supposed allows them to manufacture a product at the lowest possible costs. American manufacturers employing American workers are hard-pressed to compete. Behind the faade of Asias industrial powerhouse, however, is the tragic reality of a society without morals. Chinese labor conditions are notoriously horrible with little or no provisions for worker safety. Wages are low, free trade unions not allowed and...
  • British authorities rescue 'slave labourers' (who'll pave Swedish driveways now?)

    07/01/2007 4:29:45 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 21 replies · 688+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 07/01/2007 | TT/The local?
    British authorities have revealed their involvement in the rescue this year of 15 teenage boys working in Stockholm as "slave labourers". A Foreign Office spokesman told the Sunday Telegraph that the boys were threatened with beatings if they made any attempt to leave the prison-like conditions in which they were kept. They are desperately underpaid and often resort to stealing from supermarkets to make ends meet. "Lots of the boys come from a weak social situation. Some were born and raised in children's homes, with no education, no parents. Some were picked up in pubs or on the street," Robert...
  • The Selfishness Of The "Chamber Of Commerce" Crowd... (NO To Corporate Fascism Alert)

    06/28/2007 9:25:56 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 616+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 06/29/2007 | John Hawkins
    Those of us in the conservative movement have always been friendly to the business community. We believe in low taxes, a light touch on regulation, and we're stalwart champions of the free market. When liberals start talking about limiting CEO pay, harassing Wal-Mart, beating up on oil companies, or generally trying to place new burdens on the businesses, it's always movement conservatives who rise to their defense, even though it's sometimes not in our best political interests. Yes, we probably do fight a little harder because we view businessmen as political allies, but we genuinely, in our hearts and souls,...
  • Fast-Growing China Says Little of Child Slaverys Role

    06/24/2007 6:47:34 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 8 replies · 523+ views
    NYT ^ | 06/20/07 | Howard French
    There is a certain ritualistic aspect to stories in China like the one this past week about the hundreds of people, many of them teenagers or even younger, who were forced to work under slavelike conditions in the brick kilns of Shanxi Province. First, Chinese readers are horrified by a picture of their country that many say they hardly recognize, then a villain is rounded up, and finally, after a torrent of unusually blunt and emotionally charged news reports and editorials, the matter drops from view, ensuring that the larger issue goes unresolved.
  • China Train Station Hub for Forced Labor

    06/19/2007 6:24:25 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 8 replies · 334+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | June 19, 2007 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    Few police are seen at bustling Zhengzhou train station in central China, where people traffickers are believed to have abducted young boys and others for use as slave laborers at brick kilns. There is no shortage of tough-looking men approaching passengers with offers of work and accommodation, offers that frequently turn out to be a ruse to entrap people into forced labor. Uneducated and grindingly poor, China's 200 million migrant workers are among the most vulnerable to exploitation by phony job offers, and they are easily picked out by the animal feed or fertilizer bags they carry as improvised luggage....
  • HOUSE PASSES HUNTER POW LEGISLATION BEFORE FINAL ADJOURNMENT (Duncan Hunter - 2000)

    06/17/2007 10:46:25 AM PDT · by pissant · 13 replies · 594+ views
    House.gov ^ | Dec 15, 2000 | Duncan Hunter
    Washington, D.C. Before adjourning for the year, the U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation authored by Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-52) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that provides assistance to former American POWs who were forced to endure slave labor in Japan during World War II. S. Con. Res. 158 expresses the sense of Congress that U.S. government agencies should work on behalf of these veterans in their efforts to receive compensation from Japanese businesses which profited by forcing POWs to perform slave labor under inhuman conditions. Several of these businesses have become prominent multi-billion dollar companies, including...
  • Bill Gates: Remove limits on H1-B visas

    03/08/2007 9:47:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 124 replies · 2,582+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Nancy Zuckerbrod - ap
    WASHINGTON - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told Congress on Wednesday that overhauls of the nation's schools and immigration laws are urgently needed to keep jobs from going overseas. "The U.S. cannot maintain its economic leadership unless our work force consists of people who have the knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation," Gates told the Senate committee that oversees labor and education issues. Gates, whose charitable foundation has given away more than $3 billion since 1999 for educational programs and scholarships, noted that about 30 percent of U.S. ninth-graders fail to graduate on time. "As a nation, we should start...
  • Inmates Will Replace Migrants in Colorado Fields

    03/04/2007 1:24:23 PM PST · by backtothestreets · 49 replies · 1,279+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 4, 2007 | DAN FROSCH
    DENVER, March 3 As migrant laborers flee Colorado because of tough new immigration restrictions, worried farmers are looking to prisoners to fill their places in the fields. In a pilot program run by the state Corrections Department, supervised teams of low-risk inmates beginning this month will be available to harvest the swaths of sweet corn, peppers and melons that sweep the southeastern portion of the state.
  • Growers say fruit's ready, but workers are scarce

    08/30/2006 11:14:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 226 replies · 2,753+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 8-30-06 | Joe Mullin
    WAPATO, Yakima County Heinz Humann was late this year. Later than he's ever been. His workers finished thinning out apple and pear trees to prepare for the harvest in mid-August. But they should have been finished a month earlier. The past few months, it's been tough for Humann to find enough workers for what he can afford to pay. He's had plenty of work, he says. But it seems there's no one willing to do it. Add to that the other issues that hurt his bottom line, such as taxes and environmental regulations, and "I can see the writing...
  • iPod 'slave' claims investigated - (newspaper report then -- now has reporters disciplined )

    08/30/2006 9:02:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 695+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 14 June 2006, 12:22 GMT 13:22 UK | BBC staff
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 June 2006, 12:22 GMT 13:22 UK E-mail this to a friend Printable version iPod 'slave' claims investigated Designed in California. Made in China. Apple is investigating a newspaper report that staff in some of its Chinese iPod factories work long hours for low pay and in "slave" conditions. The article in the Mail on Sunday alleged that workers received as little as 27 a month, doing 15-hour shifts making the iconic mp3 player. Employees at the factory lived in dormitories housing 100 people and outsiders were banned, the paper said. Apple said it did not...
  • Red Chinese Slave Labor Floods NAFTA Marketplace With Cheap Goods

    08/21/2006 10:15:55 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 113 replies · 1,755+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE ^ | Aug 21, 2006 | Jerome R. Corsi
    The NAFTA marketplace unrestrained in the pursuit of cheap labor has driven an increasing volume of manufacturing off-shore to Communist China, where slave prison camps offer a cost of labor that is hard to beat. Chinese made goods ranging from electronics to toys and clothes are daily sold in mass marketing retailers such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, K-Mart, Target, Lowes, and dozens of other U.S. corporations. Cheap goods from Communist China increasingly line the shelves of the NAFTA marketplace under marquee product trade names that bear no relationship to the Chinese slave labor that manufactured, produced, or otherwise assembled the...
  • Push to pay WWII POWs renewed(World War II veterans captured by the Japanese)

    08/17/2006 8:32:28 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 15 replies · 546+ views
    The Hill ^ | 18 Aug 2006 | Roxana Tiron
    Just before leaving for the August recess, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) introduced separate bills to compensate World War II veterans captured by the Japanese and used as slave laborers in several factories. The legislation, introduced with little fanfare, will likely stoke a decades-old and at times painful debate over how those veterans should be repaid for their sacrifice. In the past, attempts to compensate these veterans have failed in Congress. While Hatch is calling on the Pentagon to provide financial compensation to the prisoners of war (POWs), Hunter, the chairman of the House Armed Services...
  • Woman gets two months in jail in slavery case

    08/01/2006 3:49:32 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 34 replies · 913+ views
    Denver Rocky Mountain News ^ | August 1, 2006 | Associated Press
    CENTENNIAL A Saudi woman was sentenced to two months in state jail Tuesday for theft after essentially stealing the services of an Indonesian woman whom prosecutors said was held as a virtual slave for four years. Sarah Khonaizan, 35, also was ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution and ordered not to have any contact with the 24-year-old woman. The judge credited her for 15 days of jail time already served. Last week, a federal judge sentenced her to five years of probation and ordered to pay $26,275 in restitution after pleading guilty to harboring an illegal immigrant. Her attorney,...
  • Cuba's "revolutionary" tourists pick fruit, haul rock

    07/06/2006 10:48:21 AM PDT · by DigitalVideoDude · 80 replies · 1,940+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 6, 2006 10:08am ET | Esteban Israel
    CAIMITO, Cuba (Reuters) - They do not come to Cuba for the beaches and tropical mystique that draw more than 2 million other visitors each year. Instead they come to spend their vacations working in the countryside under a blazing sun, eating rice and beans and sharing a room without air-conditioning or toilet with seven others. They are so-called revolutionary tourists who arrive each year from about 50 countries for a "total immersion" in one of the world's few remaining socialist countries. "I call it a revolutionary vacation. I dedicate my free time to doing something concrete for the Cuban...