FROM Mark Ames
A Silicon Valley Secret Pact In 2005, some of the biggest tech CEOs in Silicon Valley -- Apple’s Steve Jobs, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Paul Otellini of Intel, and a number of others -- allegedly made a secret agreement not to recruit each other’s employees. The U.S. Justice Department got wind of the pact and its investigation has resulted in a class action lawsuit by workers against these companies.
Russia's Attack on Georgia and the US Occupation of Iraq Russia claims it has started its pullback from Georgia, but its troops and tanks remain near the capital city. Sounding conciliatory in his latest televised speech, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili called for negotiations to prevent "the definitive estrangement of our two countries." It was his attack on the rebellious province of South Ossettia that provoked Russia's overwhelming response. We hear from the scene and debate whether, after invading Iraq, the US is using a double standard when it condemns Russia's action across its own, international border.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.