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  • Nike/Soccer Coach

    On Tuesday, Multinational shoe and apparel maker NIKE announced that it was reducing payments to the National Basketball Association and was withholding payments to teams and players due to the prolonged NBA work lockout. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company said the move was part of a contingency plan to deal with the NBA’s six-month labor dispute, which they claim has hurt demand for Nike products. What they failed to point out in their announcement is that Nike’s slump in sales may be attributable to its stained image in the United States and abroad—an image fostered by its use of sweatshop labor in Asia and Latin America.

  • Impact of Iraq Bombings On U.S.–Europe Relations

    The U.S.-led bombing of Iraq last week was criticized heavily by a number of European powers, who saw the four-day barrage as a unilateral act that ignored the position of the world community. Russia was the first to protest by removing its ambassador to Washington. After the bombings stopped, Russia’s defense minister called on the armed forces of the former Soviet states to cooperate more closely because quote–"the United States had become unpredictable." This as Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov said he favored a strategic triangle involving China, India and Russia to ensure regional geo-political stability, during a recent summit in New Delhi. China eventually rejected this idea, but that it was raised in the first place points to Russia’s discomfort with Washington’s unilateralism in geo-strategic affairs.