Search Results for "consumer" : 25

by / on May 2, 2007 at 8:56 pm / in Africa, Issue, Main Menu, World

Empowe(Red)

…ved themselves less of a villain won one of their employees an all-expenses paid root canal. The idea of ethical consumerism, that a consumer can and should choose what to buy with regard to the ethical implications of the purchase, is not exactly novel, but the practice of ethical consumerism has exploded in recent years. The consumption of fair-trade products, for example, doubled between 2002 and 2003 alone, according to the Fairtrade Foundati…

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by / on March 18, 2010 at 7:20 am / in Business, Content, Domestic, Issue

Grand Theft Government

…ppears willing to compromise on this feature of regulatory reform. Instead, he argues for greater enhancement of consumer protection divisions under existing regulatory bodies. The issue here is whether consumer protection should be separated from bank regulation. Some might see this task as nothing more than rearranging responsibilities, but consumer protection and bank regulation are two distinct and specialized areas. “Consumer protection in f…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:07 am / in Africa, Asia, Issue, Main Menu, World

Bye Bye Beijing

…interests placed first and foremost and African concerns placed at a distant second. Already the world’s largest consumer of coal and steel, China increasingly depends on imported petroleum, aluminum, copper, and other raw commodities as its growing domestic consumer forces expand production. In the past 15 years, China’s mineral oil imports have more than quadrupled, with Africa supplying nearly one-third of China’s needs. China’s tremendous app…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm / in Business, Domestic, Organizations

Rigging the System

…lack such direct mechanisms, as they are only directly accountable to their shareholders, though to some extent consumers can hold corporations accountable by “voting with their wallets,” choosing to selectively buy products from companies whose policies they support. If a particular clothing manufacturer mistreats its foreign workers, consumers can express their disapproval by buying from a different company. Second, breaches of international l…

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by / on August 19, 2012 at 11:33 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Chick-fil-Anger

…tely gratifying than an informed opinion. However, it would be more beneficial to our growth as a society if the consumers, when making their purchase (or choosing not to), were armed with the knowledge of the potential impact of their dollar vote. If consumers still chose to buy from Chick-fil-A, that’s their prerogative. It is the consumer’s responsibility to know, however, that their purchase marks their vote in favor of somebody else’s defini…

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by / on December 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm / in Domestic, Most Recent Column, Opinion

You’re No Teddy Roosevelt

by This is supposed to be the week in which President Obama’s bid for re-election takes a populist, progressive turn. By positioning himself as the candidate who believes in giving the common man “a fair shot,” it is clear that the president hopes to turn his yet-to-be-determined Republican opponent into a straw man for the big banks and the one percent.  It is a new strategy for Obama, and it sets the stage for 2012 – this will be a d…

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by / on February 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm / in Business, Domestic, Megan Kallstrom, Web Columnists

$10.10 an Hour

by (WikiCommons) SeaTac is a very small town in Washington state and home to the Seattle-Tacoma airport, from which it derives its ungainly name. Almost everyone living in SeaTac works at the airport, which means the population isn’t exactly wealthy. But in November 2013, SeaTac residents voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour from Washington state’s original minimum of $9.19 an hour, which was already significantly h…

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:59 am / in Domestic, Winter 2013

Death of a Penalty

by Four billion dollars spent on 13 lives over 35 years: This is what California’s capital punishment system looks like. Since the current system’s institution in 1978, only 13 people have been executed in 35 years, with the last execution in January 2006, at a total cost of $4 billion. The punishment’s price is remarkably high and, as of 2011, each execution is estimated to cost California $300 million. Meanwhile, multiple reports st…

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by / on April 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Orange Environmentalism

by   A few weeks ago, I ran into a fellow Columbia student at a bar who appeared, in the dim lighting, to be wearing a red felt square pinned to her jacket. Those of you who follow my columns may be aware of my (healthy) obsession with the Québec student movement, and so you can imagine my excitement to […]

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by / on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 am / in Asia, Issue, Middle East, World

Paki-standing Alone

by Over the last half-century, one of the few constants in both Pakistan and China’s ever-shifting political landscapes has been their intimate and unwavering relationship. In early 2011, Pakistan’s ambassador in Beijing, Masood Khan, vividly described the two countries’ alliance as “higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than eyesight, and sweeter than honey.” Indeed, China has consistently cha…

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