Daily Archives: December 21, 2006

Britons oppose bigger EU

Telegraph | Dec 19, 2006 

More than half of Britons are opposed to EU enlargement after the latest round of expansion triggered a massive influx of migrant workers, according to a new poll.

The European Commission’s Eurobarometer shows that for the first time a majority of the British people, 51 per cent, is against the EU’s eastwards expansion. The number of opponents has jumped by nine points over the last six months. Only 36 per cent now support enlargement and 13 per cent are undecided.

Commission officials blame public alarm over immigration as 437,000 migrants flocked to Britain after Eastern European countries such as Poland joined the EU in May 2004. Initial British government estimates had put the total of expected migrants at 13,000.

FBI: Military recruiters in Arizona ran cocaine

Azcentral.com | Dec. 17, 2006  

Some were still recruiting three years after they first were caught on camera running drugs in uniform, though none of the recruiters are accused of providing drugs to students.

A dozen high school military recruiters have been charged with taking bribes to transport cocaine, according to an FBI investigation.

The recruiters, who worked in the Tucson metro area, were exposed by a federal sting called Operation Lively Green, which unfolded in Southern Arizona from 2001-2004. Details of the investigation were made public last year.

The Arizona Daily Star, which reviewed the investigation and court documents related to the military recruiters, found that the FBI allowed many recruiters to stay on the job even though they were suspected drug runners.

Red star over Wal-Mart

KansasCity.com  | Dec 19, 2006 

Wal-Mart workers in China now have their own Communist Party branch. 
Employees at Wal-Mart’s China headquarters have set up a Communist Party branch, the company and party said Monday. The move comes amid a campaign to expand the ruling party’s presence in foreign companies.

The action follows the success of China’s state-sanctioned labor body this year in setting up unions at the U.S. retailer’s outlets. Wal-Mart is one of China’s biggest and most prominent foreign employers, with a work force of 36,000 and 68 stores.

The party branch was set up Friday at Wal-Mart headquarters in the southern city of Shenzhen, according to the party newspaper People’s Daily and a Wal-Mart spokesman, Jonathan Dong.

Dong said he didn’t know whether Wal-Mart would have any formal interaction with the branch or whether its establishment would affect operations. Employees who answered the phone at the party’s Shenzhen office said they had no information on what the branch at the headquarters would do.

China’s 70-million-member Communist Party and its affiliated All-China Federation of Trade Unions have announced a target of setting up unions at 60 percent of China’s 150,000 foreign companies by the end of this year.