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China's development - moving too fast?

Mar 8, 2005
China's Congress gathers in Beijing this week for its annual meeting. One of the concerns is the growing number of disgruntled people who are losers in China's rapid economic development. Often because the powerful don't play fair. Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford visited a village on the outskirts of Beijing where farmers have a beef with their village leaders.
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Land rights in China?

Mar 7, 2005
We could use a little more "social harmony". That seems to be a theme as China's two-week long National People's Congress gets underway. Couldn't everyone use a little more social harmony? Sure, but in this case, the phrase has a specific meaning.It seems to be China's way of saying 'we need a kinder, gentler gentrification'... From what you might call a 'transitional neighborhood', Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports.
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Training Iraq's new police

Mar 7, 2005
Last week, more Iraqi police died in several attacks. Insurgents have targeted police and killed hundreds of them in the last two years. The U.S. spent more than 70 million dollars on a police training facility near Amman, Jordan to train thousands of new officers. But as Nancy Updike reports, the facility may inadvertently be training some of the wrong people.
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The mystery ... of oil prices

Dec 10, 2004
OPEC members met in Cairo today - and agreed to cut oil production by a million barrels a day. A reduction that big is supposed to drive oil prices up. That's not what happened. The price of light crude fell two dollars, closing at $40.50 a barrel. We asked our Stephen Beard to help explain what's going on...
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China and the WTO

Dec 9, 2004
Tomorrow is the deadline for China to meet a promise to the World Trade Organization. It's supposed to open markets to outside investment. The Chinese would seem to be on target, if American investment is any measure: it doubled over the past year. But direct sales? That's still a work in progress. Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford explains why doing business a la Amway, Avon and Mary Kay is considered controversial.
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A Palestinian business boom ...

Dec 8, 2004
At a conference in Oslo today, the Bush administration announced that it was giving $20 million to the Palestinian Authority to help it through a financial crisis. The Palestinians say in the short term, money's needed to support elections set for January to pick a successor to Yasser Arafat. Many Palestinians say the relatively smooth political transition so far has created a sense of optimism - and as Marketplace's Adam Davidson discovered in the West Bank, that has started to spur a bit of business...
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"Send in the ... contractors?"

Dec 7, 2004
Order is collapsing and violence is increasing in Sudan, pushing the country to the brink of chaos. The United Nations issued that warning last night for the country's Darfur region, where more than one point six million people have been driven from their homes by civil war. U.S. troops won't be going in to help anytime soon. But Washington is sending over private military contractors. As Eric Niiler reports, this reflects an important shift.
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Boeing and a new strategy

Dec 6, 2004
U.S. and European negotiators began trade talks today. Among the issues on the table - airplane builders. America's Boeing and Europe's Airbus accuse each other of unfairly using subsidies to win contracts. Just this year Airbus became the world's biggest aircraft maker. But Boeing is banking on a comeback with its new 7E7 Dreamliner. The plane is 20 percent more fuel efficient and 'relatively' cheap at $120 million. And Boeing has a strategy to convince foreigners to buy the plane...by inviting them to help build it. From Tokyo, Marketplace's Jessica Smith reports.
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Ukraine's unusual business boost

Dec 3, 2004
Above Kiev, fireworks tonight after Ukraine's Supreme Court declared the results of the recent presidential elections invalid. The court ordered another round of balloting on December 26th. The news electrified tens of thousands of supporters gathered at the square in support of opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko. His backers have been camped there since the November 21st elections, a protest of what they called widespread fraud. Though the demonstrations have hurt some sectors of Ukraine's economy, it has boosted others. From Kiev, Alex Kleimenov reports.
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Remembering Bhopal

Dec 2, 2004
It is already December 3rd in in Bhopal, India. As the sun rises, thousands of people are gathering in the streets for what will be a major demonstration. It is to remember what happened there on this day 20 years ago. Some 40 tons of poisonous gas leaked out of a pesticide factory owned by Union Carbide Company. Officials say nearly 15,000 people died that night and in the following months. Hundreds of thousands of survivors still suffer. Many are still waiting for full compensation. But as Miranda Kennedy reports from Bhopal, some survivors took what they could get from the company and set about trying to begin again.
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