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Multinational indoctrination

May 16, 2005
Today we begin a series, "Think Global", on how American business practices are being adopted around the world. In our first installment, Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford looks at what practices U.S. companies want to teach their workers in China.
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Saving the tiger

May 13, 2005
We hear a lot these days about China and India driving the world economy -- everything from steel and oil prices to call centers and emerging technology. That's why economists will often describe China as "the dragon economy" and India as "the largest of the Asian tigers". But the striped cat behind India's symbol of growth is disappearing from its jungles. Now in an unusual joint venture corporate India is teaming with environmentalists to save the Bengal tiger. Miranda Kennedy has more.
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Immigrant healthcare

May 10, 2005
For years now, hospitals in border states have complained about the high cost of treating illegal immigrants. Now Washington's offering some relief. The Feds will put up $250 million dollars for the next four years. The money's supposed to help reimburse doctors and hospitals providing emergency treatment to undocumented aliens. But, as Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH, that's not nearly enough to cover actual costs.
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CAFTA in trouble

May 10, 2005
Leaders of five Central American countries, plus the Dominican Republic, are in Washington this week. They're trying to lobby U-S lawmakers to approve the Central American Free Trade Agreement. CAFTA, as it's called, is designed to lower quotas and tariffs. It's one of the Bush administration's top trade priorities this year. But as Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports, the deal could be in trouble on Capitol Hill.
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The $200 PC

May 10, 2005
A major technology announcement today from India. The government's teaming with a company called Encore to sell a new computer. The price tag: $200. These units are probably not coming soon to a Wal-Mart near you. And they don't do Windows. But as Miranda Kennedy reports from New Delhi, it may be just what millions of people have been waiting for.
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Guns for jobs, in Israel

May 9, 2005
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas isn't taking guns away from militants, but he's offering an attractive incentive for them to put them down: jobs. From Ramallah, Nancy Updike reports.
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Iran and Rover

May 6, 2005
The bidding war for British car maker MG Rover got a little hotter this week. The government of Iran said it might make an offer to acquire the bankrupt company. Turns out, Iran already has a foot in the door. One of the country's automakers has held talks with Rover about building 150 thousand of its cars a year. Now it's not that Iran needs Rovers, per se. The government already manufacturers a very popular car called the Peykan. But as of the end of this month, it's headed for the scrap heap. Reporter Borzou Daragahi explains.
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Unemployment in Germany

May 6, 2005
The White House's reaction to today's employment numbers - way to go! Or words to that effect. Treasury Secretary John Snow said we can expect more new jobs moving forward, thanks to what he called the underlying strength of the economy. Still the unemployment rate remains stuck at 5.2%. That's not so bad, though, compared to what's going on in Germany. Unemployment there is running at about 12%, the highest since World War II. A new website aims to match up would-be workers with jobs - but at a price. From Berlin, Kyle James has the story.
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Holocaust fund

May 5, 2005
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ceremonies are taking place around the world to pay tribute to the millions of people killed by the Nazis. One of those events was held at Israel's Yaad Vashem holocaust museum, which recently re-opened after a $40 million dollar renovation. At the same time, death camp survivors in Israel are finding their financial safety net is getting a little threadbare. Nancy Updike looks at how things got so bad:
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World's biggest ports

May 4, 2005
Can you name the top three ports in the world? Here's a hint: They're ALL in Asia. The Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex dropped to number four. That from a new study, which finds volume is growing on both sides of the Pacific, too. But as Rachael Myrow reports, all that trade brings unintended consequences.
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