02/29/2008 - Slavery is becoming more common in the West as well as in developing countries, according to the Department of State’s annual report on human trafficking. In 2007, a California company settled a slavery case with the US government and Gap Inc. announced an investigation into subcontractor use of forced child labor.
02/28/2008 - 30 The number of foreign companies inspected in 2007 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), out of the 3,249 that imported drugs into the United States. The FDA hopes to inspect 50 companies next year, an inadequate number according to the GAO.
01/29/2008 - 958 The number of investigations into human trafficking carried out by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the last three fiscal years. These investigations have resulted in 281 convictions and the seizure of $9 million in assets.
01/24/2008 - Text of the Director of National Intelligence's national intelligence estimate on the geopolitical effects of global climate change and its impacts on national security. San Francisco-based consultancy, GBN, wrote an influential climate change report describing dire consequences for national security for the U.S. Department of Defense in 2003. The U.K. government published a detailed forecast, known as the Stern Review, of the possible impacts of climate change on the global economy. It says the cost of taking action to avert climate change now is far lower than the cost of coping with damage later.
01/24/2008 - Here is the Treasury Department’s announcement of its designation of nine individuals and two entities it says provided financial and logistical support to Hezbollah in the Tri-Border Area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.Matthew Levitt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy published this paper highlighting the financial ties between organizations in the Tri-Border Area and Islamist groups in the Middle East.The State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism publishes annual reports on terrorism. Here is the April 2007 Western Hemisphere Overview.