International -- Readers Report
STICKING UP FOR PIRACY (int'l edition)
In "This is one showdown the White House can't duck" (International Business, Apr. 8), you say pirates in China sold software worth $400 million in the U.S. Then, you leap to the unjustified conclusion that software manufacturers in the U.S. lost that much revenue.
In fact, America never had the slightest chance of getting it. A few pages on, you note that Egypt's annual per capita income is $750. If an Egyptian could buy a piece of software selling on U.S. streets for $400, he might make the purchase if he could pay, say, 5% of that amount. But if he is asked to pay the U.S. price--more than half his annual income in one shot---then no sale, no way. He simply cannot buy at the manufacturer's price. In what way does the U.S. producer lose anything?
BangkokReturn to top
WHERE WOMEN ARE MAKING STRIDES (int'l edition)
Our research is extremely positive for women ("Europe's corporate women," Cover Story, Apr. 15). Short-listed women managers have higher chances of getting the final position than their male counterparts. Moreover, female applicants were younger (by five years) than male applicants for the same positions, and these women also had a much faster career progression. However, applicants do feel employers discriminate against married women.
NB Selection Ltd.
LondonReturn to top
ON THE ORIGIN OF MONT PELERIN (int'l edition)
"Free-marketers crying in the wilderness" (International Business, Apr. 8) gives an accurate account of the French political and intellectual situation. But the Mont Pelerin Society is not a think tank. It is an international gathering of individuals--namely intellectuals--created by Friedrich Hayek, Nobel prize winner in economics in 1947.
Mont Pelerin Society
ParisReturn to top
DON'T FORGET JUAN VALDEZ (int'l edition)
In "Luanda's capitalist revolution...Is a distant dream in the boondocks" (Spotlight on Angola, Mar. 18), you say: "Before the war, Angola was the world's second-largest producer of coffee." The second-largest producer of coffee is, and has been for a long time, Colombia.
Ramiro Arciniegas Cuadros
BogotaReturn to top