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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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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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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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Fleet Street's new bankers

May 19, 2005
All week long, we're examining the financial world with a wide-angle lens. Today, our 'think global' series takes us to the world's biggest center of international finance. And no, it's not Wall Street. It's much closer to Fleet Street, at least geographically. Back when Britain ruled the waves, many of the strings were pulled by bankers in the City of London. The spiritual descendants of those bowler-hatted bankers still run the city today. But as Marketplace's Stephen Beard tells us, their accents aren't what they used to be.
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French resistance

May 19, 2005
In this morning's edition of Public Radio's "Think Global" series, we examine a country with serious reservations about a global economy: France. A referendum there this weekend will give the French the opportunity to vent their concerns about America's free market approach to doing business.
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Trusting the U.S.

May 18, 2005
Host David Brown talks to global business guru and professor Prabhu Guptara about what the rest of the world thinks of American business practices.
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Think Global: Ethics

May 18, 2005
American businesses can pledge to behave ethically. But when they have an office in a country in different laws and customs, doing the right thing isn't always so clear-cut. Marketplace's Bob Moon gives us some examples in this installment of the Public Radio series, "Think Global."
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Global misfits

May 17, 2005
In China, multinational companies are scrambling to hire Chinese nationals who've studied overseas or worked in foreign offices. Beijing Bureau Chief Jocelyn Ford reports globalization is forcing foreign companies to adopt both the good -- and bad -- of American business practices.
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Standing out in India

May 17, 2005
This week in our contribution to the public radio series "Think Global," we're looking at how countries around the world are adopting America's business practices. In this morning's installment, we look at a company in India that's going way beyond the American way of doing business.
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