by Forgiven, Thu Jul 05, 2007 at 06:19:36 AM EDT
I remember when I was a kid we were poor, we use to have to shop in the discount stores before Wal-Mart. Usually they were mom and pop dime stores as they were called back then. Nothing ever cost a dime, but the name let you know that the merchandise was cheap and usually not very good. Most of the merchandise was made overseas in places like Korea, Japan, and China and at the time they seemed like exotic and mysterious places. We use to buy our toys there and they wouldn't last very long, sometimes they would break as soon as you unpacked them. But again they were cheap and as a child it was always the getting that was important.
As I grew up those exotic names were replaced by others like Indonesia, Honduras, and the Philippines. The names changed, but the quality of the merchandise didn't. Fortunately, my economic status improved to the point where I didn't have to buy those items any longer and I could afford a little better quality merchandise. As the world has grown to embrace the global economy and the corporate pariah continue their race to the bottom, it appears that China is becoming the epicenter of the free trade showdown. In the past few months we had story after story and multiple investigations into how the Chinese do business. In their effort to secure access to the billion consumer market that is China, many businesses and governments have allowed themselves to be seduced into ignoring basic safety and inspection practices. The results of course have been a series of poisonings, deaths, and slave labor reports, not just here in America but the world as well. How is it possible that we can be exposed to these dangers in this century? Where are the safeguards that should be in place to protect us from exposure to these hazards? Eating food from another country should not carry with it a possible death sentence.
by stormbear, Thu Jul 05, 2007 at 05:59:57 AM EDT
by stormbear, Wed Jul 04, 2007 at 07:31:18 AM EDT
by alexbhill, Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 09:31:31 PM EDT
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog.
Genocide continues, people continue to be murdered, lives continue to be lost. The next month will mark the anniversary of the Darfur Peace Agreement. The crisis in Sudan's western region of Darfur is only getting worse. The Sudanese government claims to be making it easier for aid groups to provide humanitarian support, yet aid groups are at times allowed to work and later denied. Under-staffed and under-supported African Union troops are being threatened and killed. The US deputy secretary, John Negroponte, sees this as the last opportunity to bring in a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force as hope seems to be running out for a solution. As Negroponte travels to Sudan he will be bringing the message that Washington's patience has run out. Ban Ki-moon says that he thinks a misunderstanding with the Sudanese government is holding up the peacekeeping force.
by BuckeyeStateBlog, Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 03:23:56 AM EST
I wanted to spread the word that Congress Tim Ryan showed up at the Buckeye State Blog this morning for a guest post. Congressman Ryan is currently pushing the Ryan-Hunter bill that attacks China's currency manipulation which has adversely affected our trade deficit. It's a complicated subject which has contributed to the type of job loss states like Ohio have experienced in the last 7 years. With over 200,000 jobs lost in the buckeye state since 2000, and countless more nationally, folks like Tim Ryan are promising results. The Congressman was on the network circuit last week explaining his legislation, but now he's making his way around the 'sphere reaching out so that people understand this bill and see that we can fix some of our trade problems and save some of our jobs.
If you've got a second, check it out