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EU member states draft constitution

May 25, 2005
This weekend, French voters decide whether to ratify the new proposed EU constitution. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports on what Europe has to lose if France votes "non."
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The Undocumented War - Part 3

May 25, 2005
Around the border area of Tucson, Arizona, nearly a half million -- mostly Mexicans -- were picked up by the border patrol trying to leave Mexico for the United States. Probably double that number made it into U.S. At least several hundred will die trying. In today's installment of Marketplace's series, The Undocumented War, reporter Scott Carrier speaks to Byrd Baylor, whose home has a window on this human migration.
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The Undocumented War - Part 2

May 24, 2005
Every year, nearly a half million people cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Most end up in California, Texas and Arizona. The Southwestern states want Congress to control the border. To make a statement, some volunteer vigilante patrols, known as the Minutemen, recently staked out a stretch in Arizona. For a while, crossings virtually stopped. But in the second part of Marketplace's series, Undocumented War, reporter Scott Carrier finds the flow of immigrants sometimes shifts, but it doesn't stop.
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Indonesian president visits the U.S.

May 24, 2005
Indonesia's first directly elected president meets with President Bush in Washington tomorrow. He's expected to thank the U.S. for its tsunami relief efforts, and to press the Administration for better military and trade relations. But he has another agenda. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
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The Undocumented War

May 23, 2005
This year, roughly a half million illegal immigrants -- mostly from Mexico -- will cross into the U.S. They will join 11 million illegal immigrants already here. Most are looking for work. Of course that's only part of the story. There's also the drain on local resources and concerns about homeland security. You may have heard some of the arguments. But few truly know what's its like to be on the front lines of what increasingly looks like an 'undocumented war'. That's what's we're calling our special series this week, prepared by veteran journalist Scott Carrier. On a moonless night in Arizona last June, Scott met up with the author of more than a dozen books and several award-winning articles about the border. His name is Charles Bowden...
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Soweto wireless

May 23, 2005
Countries without the benefit of a huge phone line infrastructure or fiber optic systems are still finding ways to get online. And it's making a difference for the people who live there. Reporter Gretchen Wilson explains how a low-cost wireless Internet network launched in South Africa may wind up creating new economic opportunities for the country.
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Gaza cesspool

May 20, 2005
As Israel prepares to pull out of Gaza this summer, Palestinians are hoping international donors will step in to help them get back on their feet. Millions of dollars stayed in coffers during the last four years of conflict. That's money that could go toward things like revamping the electrical grid and building a desalination plant. But before greenlighting those projects, some donors have posed a challenge to the Palestinians and Israelis. Work together to fix a particularly odiferous problem, and then get back to us. From Gaza, Nancy Updike has the story.
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Latino lattes

May 20, 2005
Anywhere these days that you CAN'T get a venti half-caf non-fat no-foam no-whip caramel latte? Not for all the tea in China. Really. In fact Starbucks announced today that it's counting on the land of the leaf to eventually become its second-biggest market after this country. Right now the chain has 120 stores there. Coffee houses world-'round have tried to replicate Starbucks' success. Hasn't happened yet. But in Phoenix some entrepreneurs are banking on a hybrid: Start with a traditional Mexican bakery called a panaderia... Abigail Beshkin has the rest.
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Keeping track of the money

May 20, 2005
Today on our series "Think Global", the folks with the green eyeshades. With a global economy come goods, services, and money moving across borders. Keeping track of that money is maybe the most basic requirement accountants have. And Tom Jones, the Vice Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, says keeping track of the money...is ALL ABOUT money.
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CEOs in China

May 19, 2005
The U.S. Treasury Department today named a special envoy to China. Washington's trying to press Beijing to adopt economic reforms and a more flexible currency. Meanwhile, back in Beijing, about 500 chief executives and other businessmen hob-nobbed at the Global Forum, staged by Fortune magazine. It's a big enough deal that China's president took time to drop by. He told the CEO's that China's growing economic power is a benign force for global prosperity. Commentator and trade expert Clyde Prestowitz says it's time for CEOs to form a force of their own.
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