Search Results for "consumer" : 22

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


…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


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

Orange Environmentalism

by Orange Plant, Wiki Commons   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 see a fellow classmate sporting the symbol of the “Maple Spring.” My eyesight, however, as well as my…

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by / on September 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Pumping Pain

by photo from Wikimedia Commons Ah, Labor Day; a time when many Americans get a long weekend off from work and an opportunity to spend time with the family and go on a road trip. Inconveniently enough, gasoline prices have sharply spiked recently, causing this Labor Day weekend to have the highest national average price for a gallon of gas ever – $3.83 a gallon. The price spike is the result of a witch’s brew of calamities: Increased…

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by / on October 9, 2012 at 10:47 am / in Domestic, Opinion

The One Man Time Bomb

by From Wikimedia Commons There’s a ticking time bomb out there and it’s not Joe Biden. No, the secret explosive surely set to blow isn’t a danger to the president, but his challenger. It’s the economy, stupid. Earlier in the cycle, the Republican candidate’s primary strategy was to “run out the clock” until Election Day. Don’t make any mistakes (that turned out well), and continue to hammer the president on the economy. Eventually, v…

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by / on August 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm / in Africa, Web Columnists, World

America Courts Africa

by “Africa at night (Cropped From Entire Earth Image)” by Data courtesy Marc Imhoff of NASA GSFC and Christopher Elvidge of NOAA NGDC. Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC. – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – The recently concluded inaugural U.S.-Africa leaders summit has been hailed as the United States’ strongest st…

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