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Trans-Pacific Partnership Opportunities by Market

Categories: Australia,Business/Economics,Canada,Chile,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Japan,Mexico,Treaties,Vietnam

http://www.trade.gov/fta/tpp/pdfs/full-country-report.pdf

Highlights benefits U.S. businesses can acquire when exporting to the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries.  Covers each market’s top export sectors and explains how existing tariffs will be affected once the agreement enters into force.  From the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Commerce Department

 

National Parliaments

Categories: Australia,Canada,China,France,Germany,Govt Processes/Organization,Great Britain,Japan,Korea,Mexico

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/national-parliaments/national-parliaments.pdf

Describes major country parliamentary systems including historical background, structure and composition, political parties, role of officers and committees, elections, and legislative process

From the Law Library of the Library of Congress

 

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

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

http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18136.pdf

 

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

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/guestworker/2013-008925%20FINAL091013.pdf

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42344.pdf

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33010.pdf

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

http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76ve12

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

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/ichcc_03082011.pdf

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

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