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Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations


Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice


Guest Worker Programs

Discusses guest worker programs in 13 countries and also provides information on the European Union’s Proposal for a Directive on Seasonal Employment.  The country surveys cover such topics as guest worker recruitment and sponsorship, visa conditions and quotas, and the availability of a path to permanent status.  From the Law Library of Congress


Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Countries: Comparative Trade and Economic Analysis

Categories: Asia,Australia,Foreign Trade/Investment,Latin America,Treaties,Vietnam

This report provides a comparative economic analysis of the countries that are involved in a proposed trans-Pacific trade pact.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Australia: Background and U.S. Relations

Categories: Asia,Australia

Reviews the government structure, foreign affairs, defense policy, foreign trade, environmental and anti-terrorism stances of Australia and how the U.S. foreign policy shift of emphasis to Asia affects the U.S. – Australia relationship.    From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume E-12, Documents on East and Southeast Asia, 1973-1976

Categories: Asia,Australia,Foreign Affairs,indonesia,Japan,Korea,Philippines

Covers documents about various Asian countries as an electronic supplement to the regular printed volume.    From the State Department


International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in Manufacturing, 2009

Reports that hourly compensation costs in manufacturing industries in the U.S. in 2009 were lower than in 12 European countries and Australia, but higher than in 20 other major manufacturing countries.  Average hourly compensation costs in manufacturing in the U.S. rose about 4% to $33.53.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

International Labor Comparisons: Country at a Glance

Offers statistical comparisons of about 36 countries showing worker pay, productivity, unemployment, gross domestic product, and prices (for most countries).  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

EU-27 Trade and Foreign Direct Investment with the USA, China, the EFTA Countries, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and Australia in 2009

Categories: Australia,Canada,China,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Japan,Korea,Russia,Statistics

Reports that European Union exports to major partners decreased by 16% while imports fell by 20%.  Offers data on trends in exports and imports for the European Union  by country and data for latest year by product.  Also offers data on trade in services and inflows/outflows of foreign direct investment.  From Eurostat

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