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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 12, 2005 Wal-Mart Hopes WTO Will Help It Open a Door: Big retailers will seek to alter a services pact. Local officials fear a loss of power to limit firms.
QUOTE: ... [Wal-Mart--Ed.] and other major chains are hoping to counterattack with a powerful new weapon: the World Trade Organization. This week, those retailers will head to Hong Kong to try to persuade negotiators to fashion a trade pact that would make it more difficult for governments to restrict foreign-owned stores, banks and telecommunications companies.
Los Angeles Times Dec 04, 2005 Wrongful Imprisonment: Anatomy of a CIA Mistake:German Citizen Released After Months in 'Rendition'
QUOTE: Coats informed the German minister that the CIA had wrongfully imprisoned one of its citizens...There was also a request: that the German government not disclose what it had been told...The case also shows how complicated it can be to correct errors in a system built and operated in secret.
Washington Post Dec 03, 2005 French Doctors Defend Ethics of First Face Transplant
QUOTE: French physicians on Friday defended their decision to perform the world's first partial face transplant....criticism from some medical ethicists, who questioned whether a high-risk transplant should be performed for cosmetic reasons on patients who do not have life-threatening injuries.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2005 Letter Advises Against Gay Seminary Teachers: Experts Split on How It Will Affect Priests
QUOTE: In a letter accompanying its directive against the ordination of men with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies," the Vatican has told bishops that gay priests should not teach in Roman Catholic seminaries.
Washington Post Nov 30, 2005 Deadheads Outraged Over Web Crackdown
QUOTE: The Grateful Dead, the business, is testing the loyalty of longtime fans of the Grateful Dead, the pioneering jam band, by cracking down on an independently run Web site that made thousands of recordings of its live concerts available for free downloading.
New York Times Nov 23, 2005 Vatican Document Sets New Rules on Gays in Seminaries
QUOTE: The Vatican is ordering seminaries to bar candidates for the priesthood who "practice homosexuality," have "deeply rooted homosexual tendencies" or support "gay culture,"...
Washington Post Nov 23, 2005 Web Site Agrees to Help Curb Access to Movies
QUOTE: The creator of software used by millions of computer owners to download movies agreed on Tuesday to prevent his Web site from linking to illegally available movies online...
New York Times Nov 22, 2005 Sony's DRM Profile
QUOTE: ...before users can even say yes or no to accepting the Sony EULA, MediaMax has already installed a dozen files on their hard drive and started running the copy protection code. The files remain even if the user rejects the EULA, and the Sony CDs provide no option for uninstalling the files at a later date.
InfoWorld Nov 18, 2005 Preempting the Violence That Comes of Intolerance
QUOTE: Founded in 1998, Humanity in Action trains American and European student leaders to "identify and surmount institutionalized violations in democratic societies," said the executive director, Judith S. Goldstein .
Washington Post Nov 17, 2005 Real Story of the Rogue Rootkit
QUOTE: That all the big security companies, with over a year's lead time, would fail to notice or do anything about this Sony rootkit demonstrates incompetence at best, and lousy ethics at worst...What happens when the creators of malware collude with the very companies we hire to protect us from that malware?
Wired Nov 15, 2005 An E-Cycling Nightmare
QUOTE: Under the guise of bridging the digital divide, affluent nations are using developing countries as toxic waste dumps for their unwanted electronics.
Nation Nov 12, 2005 U.S. Scientist Leaves Joint Stem Cell Project: Alleged Ethical Breaches By South Korean Cited
QUOTE: ...rumors had spread in scientific circles that the eggs Hwang used to achieve that landmark result had been taken from a junior scientist in his lab. That situation, if true, would be in violation of widely held ethics principles that preclude people in positions of authority from accepting egg donations from underlings. The rules are meant to prevent subtle -- or not-so-subtle -- acts of coercion.
Washington Post Nov 12, 2005 Keep the Internet Free
QUOTE: ...U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan wrote that a U.N. role in Internet governance would be benign and would concentrate on expanding the Internet into the developing world. But while Annan's intentions are no doubt well-meaning, the same cannot be said for the coalition of U.N member states making the loudest noise for change. Among them are regimes that have taken measures to control their citizens' access to the Internet...
Washington Post Nov 08, 2005 Times in Settlement Talks Over Sachs
QUOTE: The New York Times is in settlement talks with the Newspaper Guild over the case of Susan Sachs....any type of dishonesty--lying, stealing, etc.--can be cause for termination. But when she was dismissed, Sachs publicly disputed the charges and said she had taken a polygraph test and passed.
New York Observer Nov 07, 2005 Supreme Court to Hear Cases of Convicted Honduran, Mexican Citizens: Convicted of Murder, Honduran Says Police Denied Him Access to Embassy
QUOTE: The U.S. justice system recently has begun paying closer attention to the issue, with some prodding from the International Court of Justice. After Mexico filed a complaint with the international court in 2003, contending that the U.S. had violated the Vienna Convention rights of 51 Mexican defendants on death row, the ICJ ordered the U.S. government to review all 51 cases, saying Mexican consular officials could have aided the defendants.
Washington Post Nov 06, 2005 A Gender Jihad For Islam's Future
QUOTE: In the communities where we live, we have begun challenging customs that deny women rights from the mosque to the bedroom: gender segregation, mandatory veiling, forced early marriages, clitorectomies, polygamy, death for sex outside of marriage, domestic violence and strict domestic roles....challenge the ways in which Islam has been distorted by sharia rulings issued mostly by ultraconservative men.
Washington Post Nov 03, 2005 Does Sony Own Your PC?
QUOTE: ...not only is there a possible payoff for Microsoft, but the other parties who have been wrangling over the future of digital content may well like the idea of forcing us all to buy a mew heavily-DRMed generation of computers and other electronic equipment. The electronics and PC manufacturers can sell us a host of new gear while the movie and music industries get to dictate how that gear is designed.
InfoWorld Nov 03, 2005 Weighing Webcasters' Rights to Content
QUOTE: If television broadcasters and webcasters have their way in international treaty talks, they would gain new, 50-year rights to virtually any video they beam out, even if no one owns the rights to the content.
Washington Post Oct 30, 2005 Does the U.N. Understand What It's Getting Itself Into?
QUOTE: The United Nations, with Mehlis's preliminary report on the murder of Rafiq Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon, is plunging headlong into unexplored territory -- where the relatively novel tool of international sleuthing confronts the ancient Machiavellian tool of state-sponsored murder.
Washington Post Oct 28, 2005 Bulletproof Web Design Contracts
QUOTE: there are essential components that should be present in every offering. Some important considerations are: scope of work; client amends and revisions; dealing with client delays; milestones and project completion; payment terms; maintenance and technical support; client or third party site modifications; liability if things go awry; and who will ultimately own the Website you've built. This article looks at each of these considerations, and explains why they're important inclusions for your contract.
SitePoint Oct 26, 2005 Study Finds Doctors Abandoning Poor Nations for Rich Ones
QUOTE: A new study documents for the first time the devastating exodus of doctors from Africa and the Caribbean to the wealthy, English-speaking nations...The study is likely to fuel an already furious debate about the role the developed world is playing in weakening African public health systems...
New York Times Oct 23, 2005 Nanotechnology's Big Question: Safety: Some Say Micromaterials Are Coming to Market Without Adequate Controls
QUOTE: ...report urged manufacturers and regulators to evaluate the properties of nanomaterials in laboratory tests, adding: "There is a strong likelihood that the biological activity of nanoparticles will depend on physiochemical parameters not routinely considered in toxicology studies."
Washington Post Oct 23, 2005 The Catch
QUOTE: Thanks to the free-market policies of the dictator Augusto Pinochet, southern Chile would end up being one of the first new territories to bear the brunt of the displaced international fleets. As part of what the Pinochet junta called the Apertura, or "Opening," foreign trawlers were granted cheap access to the fertile waters of the Chilean continental shelf. Within a few years they began wiping out stocks of hake and other codlike fish, pushing local Chilean fisherman, known as los artesanales, off their traditional fishing grounds.
New York Times Oct 21, 2005 U.N. Body Endorses Cultural Protection: U.S. Objections Are Turned Aside
QUOTE: The measure passed at a time of growing fear in many countries that the world's increasing economic interdependence, known as globalization, is bringing a surge of foreign products across their borders that could wipe out local cultural heritage.
Washington Post Oct 20, 2005 Group Sues Navy to Limit Sonar It Says Harms Marine Life
QUOTE: "Military sonar needlessly threatens whole populations of whales and other marine animals...In violation of our environmental laws, the Navy refuses to take basic precautions..."
Washington Post Oct 20, 2005 Maryland Group Moves to Get TB Vaccine for World's Poor
QUOTE: Development of a tuberculosis vaccine has long been seen as a crucial step in combating health problems in those countries, where tuberculosis -- brought under control in most rich countries by the 1950s -- is still killing 1.8 million people every year.
Washington Post Oct 16, 2005 Dispute Over Farm Subsidies Stalls Global Trade Negotiations
QUOTE: [US Trade Representative Rob] Portman criticized the European Union and a group of developing countries led by Brazil and India, accusing them of failing to respond with proposals that are "even close to comparable" in scope to what the United States had offered.
Washington Post Oct 11, 2005 Militia Violence Escalating In Darfur, U.N. Envoy Says
QUOTE: Khartoum has not abided by a long-standing Security Council order to establish a "plan to disarm" the Sudanese-backed Arab militiamen, who stand accused of driving more than 2 million tribal Africans from their homes since 2003.
Washington Post Oct 06, 2005 Senate Supports Interrogation Limits: 90-9 Vote on the Treatment of Detainees Is a Bipartisan Rebuff of the White House
QUOTE: Forty-six Republicans joined 43 Democrats and one independent in voting to define and limit interrogation techniques that U.S. troops may use against terrorism suspects, the latest sign that alarm over treatment of prisoners in the Middle East and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is widespread in both parties.
Washington Post Oct 05, 2005 Nano Scratches Nothing New(s)
QUOTE: anti-iPodders have been running something of a smear campaign against Apple, with a gamut of complaints...
PC Magazine Oct 05, 2005 Social Responsibility Doesn't Much Sway the Balance Sheet
QUOTE: ...when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions or raising wages in developing nations -- tougher problems that result in lower returns for investors or higher costs for consumers -- the market for corporate virtue remains limited....If we want them enough to pay the price -- and that's always a question -- the only fair and reliable way to get them is still through old-fashioned government regulation.
Washington Post Oct 01, 2005 What’s in a Name? Does “refugee” depict the desperate plight of Katrina’s victims, or does it insult U.S. citizens?
QUOTE: Does “refugee” depict the desperate plight of Katrina’s victims, or does it insult U.S. citizens?
American Journalism Review (AJR) Sep 23, 2005 Vatican Readies Policy on Gay Priests:Document to Forbid Ordination but Not Clearly Define 'Homosexual'
QUOTE: ...the document's symbolic impact is already rippling through the Roman Catholic Church and beyond, hailed by some as a much-needed antidote to a gay clerical subculture and derided by others as a misguided attempt to blame homosexuals for the church's pedophilia scandals.
Washington Post Sep 22, 2005 England's Lawyer Says Army Is to Blame
QUOTE: [England's lawyer Capt. Jonathan] Crisp noted that the service recruited England despite her lifelong struggle with mental and learning disorders, and assigned her to [Abu Ghraib,] one of the world's most dangerous prisons even though she lacked training in police work or corrections.
Washington Post Sep 14, 2005 U.N. Scales Back Plan of Action: Assembly Approves Declaration on Goals, Internal Reform
QUOTE: The U.N. General Assembly ... adopted a declaration on the need to combat world poverty, promote human rights and strengthen management of the organization, but only after negotiators scaled back the document because of intractable disagreements among nations on sensitive issues.
Washington Post Sep 13, 2005 U.N. Members Undercut Annan's Quest for Reform: Bold Initiatives Not Part of 60th-Anniversary Summit
QUOTE: ...Secretary General Kofi Annan proposed the most far-reaching changes for the organization since its founding 60 years ago...But six months of contentious negotiations by governments have stripped out many of the boldest initiatives...
Washington Post Sep 06, 2005 Avoiding a lawsuit over credit card debt
QUOTE: Can a credit card company really take me to court over a credit card?
Bankrate.com Aug 27, 2005 Apple, Digital Music's Angel, Earns Record Industry's Scorn
QUOTE: Apple started its iTunes service in Japan without songs from the two major companies... leaving artists like Avril Lavigne, Beyoncé and Rob Thomas out of the catalog because the companies refused to license their music to iTunes... That gap in the Japanese music market... is considered a harbinger of what may await American consumers...
New York Times Aug 24, 2005 Wave of Marine Species Extinctions Feared
QUOTE: Michael Hirshfield, chief scientist at the advocacy group Oceana, said he has repeatedly seen government officials provide shifting estimates of how many threatened or endangered sea turtles can acceptably die each year in eastern scallop fisheries.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2005 Reader Voices: Advantage Microsoft
QUOTE: Some readers have reported that Windows installations that they have every reason to believe valid show up as illegitimate in Microsoft's validation process.
InfoWorld Jun 07, 2005 A Bitter Pill for Sugar Beet Farmers: Powerful Lobby Takes Aim at President Bush's Proposed Trade Pact
QUOTE: "The industry is using its muscle against Bush's top trade priority this year, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which would create a NAFTA-like free trade zone between the United States and five Central American countries plus the Dominican Republic."
Washington Post Apr 24, 2005 Hospitals Services Performed Overseas: Training, Licensing Questions Raised
QUOTE: NightHawk and several other companies providing the offshore radiology services say they hire only U.S.-trained doctors who are licensed in every state where they have clients and credentialed at the hospitals they serve. But policing the services remains a concern.
Washington Post Jan 25, 2005 Microsoft: Legit Windows or no updates
QUOTE: ...Microsoft analyst Michael...Cherry said it is not necessarily Microsoft's responsibility to protect people who aren't paying the company for its products. He likened the situation to buying a fake Rolex and then expecting warranty service if the product breaks.
News.com Nov 12, 2004 Novell sues Microsoft for sinking WordPerfect
QUOTE: Novell filed suit against Microsoft on Friday, claiming the company used anti-competitive tactics in the desktop software market during the 1990s.
ZDnet Nov 08, 2004 Microsoft to pay Novell $536 million settlement
QUOTE: [Microsoft--Ed.] said it has reached a $536 million settlement with rival Novell over legal claims between the two companies related to Novell's NetWare operating system.
ZDnet Oct 09, 2004 Ocean Exploitation Surfaces as Crisis: Widespread Pollution, Overfishing Spur Presidential Panel to Urge New Rules
QUOTE: For centuries, the various studies note, Americans have treated coastal waters as theirs for the taking, seeking bounty with little government oversight. Fishing boats trawled and trapped at will, oil companies built huge rigs to tap offshore resources, and cruise ships crisscrossed sensitive habitats so tourists could gawk at marine life.
Washington Post Sep 29, 2004 Getting real about fake designer goods
QUOTE: If something gets hot, and expensive, cheaper copycat versions are likely to follow.
Bankrate.com Aug 04, 2004 What, Me Register?
QUOTE: There's no law that says we have to tell them the truth about ourselves, and news is news: I can get it from any number of sources on the Net. But I'm tired of living a lie every time I log on to one of these sites...
Wired Jun 16, 2004 Fair play: You love all your children. But does that mean you should leave the same amount to each of them?
QUOTE: Equal vs. equitable? What is fair? It's a question that has stumped families for generations. Do you treat your children equally no matter what, or do you take into account that one child is a struggling artist and another an investment banker? What about the hard-luck child? Or the proverbial black sheep?
CNN/Money Magazine 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 Americas gargantuan cotton subsidies.
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