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Brazil Intellectual Property

May 31, 2005
When people talk trade war, the battle of behemoths like Boeing and Airbus get most of the ink. But there is another, lower profile scrimmage going with big implications. This one involves multinational companies that refuse to share vital information with local governments. Developing nations complain that puts their economies and their citizens at risk. Today, the story of one developing nation that's decided to go beyond 'complaining'. From the Americas Desk in WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech reports on how Brazil is fighting back.
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World Poverty

May 31, 2005
The one-time Boomtown Rat who organized the Live Aid concert in the 80's is back at it. Today Bob Geldof announced plans for 5 concerts around the world on July 8th. This time, he says, they don't want money for famine relief. In fact they're not asking for money at all. Instead, he says, they want to influence the Group of 8 industrialized nations. They want to pressure world leaders to eradicate poverty in Africa. Idealistic? Perhaps. But according to Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, the elimination of poverty is not an unrealistic goal. In a new book, Sachs claims global poverty can be eliminated in 20 years. 20 years?
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Iraq stock exchange

May 31, 2005
Even as parts of Iraq are still chaotic at best, officials there are doing the best they can to get on with the business of running a country. They've passed a law that allows foreigners to invest in Iraq's upstart stock market. And they're still trying to figure out the rules. Borzou Daragahi spent a day on the trading floor.
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G-E in India

May 30, 2005
The way people talk about it, it's as if outsourcing to India is something new. General Electric discovered it decades ago. Late last week, GE chief executive Jeffrey Immelt visited the company's facilities in India. He said he expects revenues there to climb more than 500% in the next five years. But as locals are learning, what's good for G-E is not necessarily good for India.Miranda Kennedy reports.
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The Undocumented War - Part 5

May 27, 2005
Over the past week we've been spending a lot of time on both sides of the U-S Mexico border. Our series, <a href="/features/undocumented_war/" target="_blank">The Undocumented War</a>, has been examining some of the economic forces driving a seemingly endless migration. On Monday, we began with reporter Scott Carrier talking with author and border expert Charles Bowden. Today, that conversation concludes... on a moonless night in a wildlife refuge along the Arizona border.
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France votes

May 27, 2005
France holds a referendum this weekend with implications that extend well beyond its borders. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.
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Global warming

May 27, 2005
A new UN report reveals that global warming poses a growing threat to feeding the world. Marketplace's Cheryl Glaser has a report.
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Chinese toys

May 26, 2005
A new report today says 1 in 7 Chinese-made toys are unsafe. And the report itself is written by Chinese manufacturers. Curt Nickisch looks at what it means for toy makers.
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Indian textiles

May 26, 2005
China now says it will impose duties on some of its own garments starting June 1st. That's Beijing's boldest response yet to concerns in the US over a flood of Chinese textiles. Last week, a federal task force announced plans to restrict imports of Chinese-made clothing. Trade officials say that will help protect US manufacturers, and save American jobs. But as Miranda Kennedy reports the move's more likely to help another big competitor.
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The Undocumented War - Part 4

May 26, 2005
Everyone knows that thousands of illegal aliens cross the Mexico border. What many don't realzie is that it's a billion dollar business, with an organized network of traffickers branching out to cities all across the US. Reporter Scott Carrier met up with someone involved in the human smuggling business near Douglas, Arizona.
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