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These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
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California set up foreign-trade offices around the world to boost the state's exports and lure investors from other countries. However, documents obtained by the Register showed the trade offices repeatedly made false and overblown claims about the business deals they said they were instrumental in landing. In their last annual report, the offices took credit-at least 31 times on deals totaling $4.2 million-for export or investment deals in which they played little or no role. Six times, they took credit for deals that, in reality, did not happen. Officials in the state agency that had oversight responsibility for the offices said they never checked the accuracy of the offices' claims and believed they had no reason to.
Tags: commerce; trade offices; annual report; California Legislature; California Technology Trade and Commerce Agency; California Assembly; California Senate; brokerage; toxic-cleanup; Gigante USA; South Africa; Tokyo; Taiwan; Singapore; Tri-C Manufacturing; exports; Onlyone Products Inc.; H/A International; United Food and Commercial Workers union; U.S. Department of Commerce; California Bureau of State Audits; Department of Finance; private enterprise
Barlett reports that "with financial markets in Tokyo, Seoul, and Moscow imploding, investors are flocking to the U.S., where they know certain bedrock principles still apply..." but "regulators are stepping up the public pressure on companies and accountants." Business week devotes this story to examining the depth of the problem, identifying solutions, and educating investors in self-defense.
The 1995 sarin gas attack that killed 12 people and injured 5,000 others on a Tokyo subway alerted U.S. officials to the potential for biological and chemical terrorism on U.S. soil. In 1996, Congress passed the Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 1996, which authorized spending billions to prepare local officials for attacks and to create specialized military response teams. Now, five years after the law was passed, Green writes, pork-barrel politics has prevented the anti-terrorism effort from fulfilling its duties. "The billions of dollars spent to prepare for an attack has only created an expensive and uncoordinated mess...In the end, more than 40 agencies, overseen by a dozen congressional committees, received a role in the nation's terrorism defense plan. The waste was enormous...The (law) spawned 90 different programs for the single purpose of training local officials. Today they compete just to find clients." After 3 years and $137 million, the U.S. Army National Guard team that was designated to respond to terrorist attacks, has not yet been certified by the Defense Department as ready for duty.
Tags: Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Act; Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Act; domestic terrorism; Aum Shinrikyo cult; Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team; chemical weapons; biological weapons; pork barrel politics; U.S. Army National Guard
A two-part series from the Journal explaining the thaw in Japan's trade practices. The paper reveals that West's 150-year long trade conflict with Japan is winding down and Japan's decade of drift has altered the dynamics that fanned past trade fires. Though not as open as America, the Japanese economy is no longer an alien landscape. The Journal writes how Silicon Valley dominates the Japanese markets and the reason for the country's its economic expansion.
The Times revealed how the Democratic National Committee, in its zeal to finance President Clinton's re-election, solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper donations from foreign-linked corporations and individuals. The newspaper uncovered a river of Asian money that flowed into Washington from Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Tokyo and Beijing, often through California. Most of the dubious Democratic fund-raising was generated by John Huang, a Taiwanese-American fund-raiser who formerly worked for the Clinton Administration's Commerce Department where Huang was involved in a series of conflicts of interest. (Sept. 21 - Dec. 29, 1996)
SmartMoney looks at how GT Global, a once little known British investment boutique specializing in Asia, came out of nowhere nine years ago to position itself as one of the most formidable players in mutual funds with major offices in Tokyo, London and San Francisco. But there seems to be some dissatisfaction lately with G.T.'s performance. (January 1996)
Wall Street Journal looks at the sophisticated plastic bombs terrorists use on airplanes; finds airport security devices such as X-rays and metal detectors cannot detect the bomb's contents; reviews the 1982 explosion of a bomb on a Pan Am flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo.
Tags: Rashid Ibrahim al-Umari