Much depends on whether seiyu turns out to be a good

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Much depends on whether Seiyu turns out to be a good partner. The 39-year-old retailer is a member of the Seibu Saison retail group. It also has deep ties to trading house Sumitomo Corporation, which will take a 15% stake in the venture with Wal-Mart.
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Perhaps the best thing that can be said of Seiyu's over 400 stores is that they're not as deeply troubled as other local retailers. Seiyu is burdened by big debt, but the underlying business at Japan's fifth-largest supermarket chain remains profitable.
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The Middle East “The unread news today is that the ‘war against terrorism’ is being exploited in order to achieve objectives that consolidate American power. These include: the bribing and subjugation of corrupt and vulnerable governments in former Soviet central Asia, crucial for American expansion in the region and exploitation of the last untapped reserves of oil and gas in the world; the expansion of the American arms industry; and the speeding up of trade liberalisation.” –John Pilger, A War in The American Tradition With the explosion of the petroleum industry in the late 19 th century and the subsequent discover of resources in the Middle East, oil was the primary interest pursued by western powers dominating the Middle East in the early part of the 20 th century. After the Ottoman Empire collapsed following World War I, Britain and France rushed to claim territory in the region. Many developments sponsored by European capital were geared towards the petroleum industry and the infrastructure to support it, such as railroads and shipping ports. In addition “[the petroleum industry] was accompanied by the destruction of native industry in textiles and other sectors of the economy and the subjugation of the local population to the dictates of the Western powers.” (Berberoglu 2) One aspect of American imperialism that gets chronically under-reported is the American trade deficit and the way the American government goes about to finance and manipulate it. No where is this more apparent than in the Middle East, which contains over half of the world’s oil reserves and is a critical resource to literally fuel the American machine. Many of the countries in the region, in particular Saudi Arabia, own large
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amounts of US government bonds. The Saudi royal family is just one of the entities throughout the world for which American support is a substantial, if not crucial factor in their ability to hold onto power. (Ahmed) The Saudis sell oil to America, earning American cash from the companies that import oil such as Exxon. This of course creates a large trade deficit, as the quantity of petroleum exported from these countries is huge. The Saudis, as well as many other nations, then use the earned cash to buy US bonds and hold onto them indefinitely such that they are not be sold. In fact, the threat to sell those bonds, impacting the value of the dollar and bond prices, are a option available to smaller countries in gaining leverage against America. There have been many reports of this type
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