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Hewlett-Packard's Profit Growth and Freedom of Speech

Dear Sir or Madam:
I have always had great respect for your venerable company, a legend of Silicon Valley, that was founded in 1939.  Aside from HP's melange of entrepreneurial drive and high social conscience, I am particularly impressed with co-founder, David Packard.  According to Jim Collins, the author of Built to Last, Mr. Packard was on the record for stating that "a company has a greater responsibility than making money for its stockholders."  In 1949, Mr. Packard, the then 37-year-old had the moral courage to openly state his view point to his elders in the CEO club.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 July 2009 16:10 ) Read more...

Response from Starbucks Coffee Company - Case # 7098249

Hello Leo,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write to us.
As you mentioned in your email, Taiwan was previously labeled "Taiwan, Province of China" on the store locator system on Starbucks.com in deference to International naming conventions. Starbucks prefers not to take a position on political issues, however the system has been adjusted and the store locator is now labeled "Taiwan."  We apologize for any frustration this may have caused you.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 July 2009 16:10 ) Read more...

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Douglas Paal, former director of the American Institute in Taiwan, said that Beijing has linked its behavior in respect to Iran and North Korea to the US’ behavior toward Taiwan.

“China would like to put pressure on the United States to reduce arms sales and adjust its relationship with Taiwan in exchange for cooperation,” he said.