Saturday, September 3, 2011

Gibson: Feds Want Guitar Woodwork Done By Foreign Labor

Source: Fox News

Gibson Guitar Corp. is claiming the Obama administration wants more of its woodwork erseas, as a bizarre battle heats up between the government and one of the s most renowned guitar makers.

According to search warrants associated with the latest raid, federal agents in June intercepted a shipment of Indian ebony apparently bound for Gibson in Tennessee. The documents noted that Indian law "prohibits the export of sawn wood," which can be used for fingerboards --but does not prohibit the export of "veneers," which are sheets of woods that have already been worked on. The search warrants alleged that the intercepted shipment was "falsely declared" as veneer, something that would have been legal. However, the documents said the ebony was in fact unfinished "sawn wood," supposedly illegal. This led to the raid on Gibson facilities late last month.

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The race is on for Libya's oil, with Britain and France both staking a claim

Source: The Guardian

The starting pistol has been fired on bids by Britain and other western powers to secure a slice of the oil prize in Libya when France said it was "fair and logical" for its companies to benefit.

Rebel leaders had already made clear that countries active in supporting their insurrection –notably Britain and France –should expect to be treated favourably once the dust of war had settled. But they were anxious to shut down any suggestion that firm promises had already been made to carve up the country's only real wealth-providing industry with foreign powers or companies.

The new Tripoli government has denied the existence of a reported secret deal by which French companies would control more than a third of Libya's oil production in return for Paris's support for the revolution.

Chinese and Russian companies had a significant presence in the country but could face difficulties after being equivocal early on about the rebel plan to unseat Gaddafi.

Abdeljalil Mayouf, an executive at Libyan rebel oil firm Agoco told Reuters: "We don't have a problem with western countries like the Italians, French and UK companies. But we may have some political issues with Russia, China and Brazil."

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How US firms profited from torture flights

Source: Guardian

The scale of the CIA's rendition programme has been laid bare in court documents that illustrate in minute detail how the US contracted out the secret transportation of suspects to a network of private American companies. The manner in which American firms flew terrorism suspects to locations around the world, where they were often tortured, has emerged after one of the companies sued another in a dispute over fees.

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the mass of invoices, receipts, contracts and email correspondence –submitted as evidence to a court in upstate New York –provides a unique glimpse into a world in which the "war on terror" became just another charter opportunity for American businesses.

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