When asked in a television interview about the reports of massive numbers of

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diseases. When asked in a television interview about the reports of massive numbers of civilian deaths—perhaps as many as half a million children over several years—a high government official from Lomandia said: “I think that is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.” Situation 9 . Bartavia is considered by many to be one of the most repressive countries in the world, especially if you are not white. Only whites can vote; only whites can travel freely; only whites can live where they like. Most whites live comfortably, even luxuriously. Conditions for people who are not white are some of the worst in the world. Bartavia imprisons people who organize for change. Torture is widespread and used by the Bartavia government against people working for equality. Over the years, there have been numerous massacres of non-white Bartavia civilians— sometimes of young children. The main organizations working for change in Bartavia have asked the world not to invest money in Bartavia and not to have economic or cultural relations with the country until it commits itself to change. Nonetheless, many countries continue to do business with Bartavia. One in particular, Sarino, has allowed its corporations to increase their investments in Bartavia from $150 million to $2.5 billion—all this during a period of
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tremendous violence and discrimination. Who knows how many thousands of people have been killed—through guns or poverty—as a result of Sarino’s actions. Situation 10 . The Sport-King Corporation produces athletic equipment sold all over the world. Although the headquarters of Sport- King is in the country of Morcosas, all of its products are manufactured in other countries. SportKing contracts with subcontractors to make its products. Over 500,000 people, mostly women, work for these subcontractors in poor countries. Sport-King has a “Code of Conduct” which is supposed to ensure that workers are not mistreated by Sport- King’s subcontractors. For example, no child laborers are supposed to be hired; no prisoners may be used as workers; workers may not be forced to work more than 60 hours a week, etc. Sport-King’s “Code of Conduct” specifies that workers must be paid a country’s “minimum wage.” However, it does not say that this minimum wage needs to be a living wage. Even poor country governments admit that the minimum wage is not enough for people to live on. Sport- King says that it pays the legal wage, but it knows that not all its workers can survive on this wage. Companies like Sport-King locate their factories in countries that don’t allow unions, that outlaw strikes, and that jail workers who demand
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higher pay and better conditions. In fact, Sport-King chooses to locate its factories in some of the most repressive countries in
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  • Fall '17
  • kaller
  • Guerrilla warfare, refugee camp, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

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