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Page 2 ".'.-., POST-GAZETTE, MAY 10, 2013 by Prof Edmund Nostra Turicllo A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry,., our lineage.., our roots. MARTIN VAN BU,REN DATE OF BIRTH: December 5, 1782 PLACE OF BIRTH: Kinderhook, NY DATE OF DEATH: July 24, 1862 PLACE OF DEATH: Kinderhook, NY WIFE: Hannah (1807-1819, her death) PRFIDENT" 1837-1841 Van Buren's major problem in his presidential occupation, Was the land speculation during the prior administration; Instead of a major sumptuary smash, C.E.O. number eight faced a financial crash. Bank closures and failures spread like the dickens, Remaining solvent for most, was no easy pickin's; HIS goal was to make a real favorable impression, But instead had to cope with our first Great Depression. The piece de resistance, since Van Buren's creation, Was the costliest Seminole War that had yet faced our nation; Though he tried to avoid it with all of his might, "Little Van" soon became a cartoonist's delight. His wife was name Hannah, from Van Buren's home town, Very distant relatives, so there was no need to frown; They produced four good sons in twelve wonderful years, Before her passing caused great sorrow and tears. Martin stayed single for the rest of his life, Occupied the White House without his good wife; His daughter-in-law, a Carolina beauty, Was then appointed to White House hostess duty. f PI00_ELLI'S FUNCTION FA CILITY Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 J Res Publica by David Tntmbull "How's that hopey, changey thing working out for ya" --Sarah Palin, February 6, 2010 On the first of this month the Office of the United States Trade Representative ("USTR") released its annual "Special 301" Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trad- ing partners' protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights ("IPR") and mar- ket access for persons that rely on IPR pro- tection. With U.S. manufacturers finding it difficult to match foreign competition on price, they increasingly have turned to sub- stantial investments in copyrighted designs, patented processes and trademarked brands -- in order words, intellectual property -- in order to compete at home and abroad. There- fore, our trading partners' enforcement of intellectual property rights ought to be a high priority for our government, just as it is for American companies that lose billions of dollars annually due to pirated "knock- offs" of their products. For decades, U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization ("WTO") and in bilateral and regional free trade agreements ("FTAs") has been justified by making a com- mitment to protecting intellectual property a condition of joining the WTO or the FTA. So how well has this work? This year's report identifies Ukraine as a "Priority Foreign Country" judged to have inadequate intellectual property laws and that may justly be subjected to U.S. sanc- tions. Next week Ukraine will celebrate five years as a member of the WTO. For five years Ukraine has enjoyed the benefits of WTO membership, but has failed to live up to its obligation to enforce property rights. The report also contains a "Priority Watch List" and a "Watch List," containing coun- tries whose intellectual property regimes are deemed of concern. Forty countries are on a list. All but three (Algeria, Turkmeni- stan and Uzbekistan) are WTO members. So much for WTO as a tool to make coun- tries crack down on piracy of intellectual property. On the Watch List are U.S. FTA partners Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico and Peru. The nations of Canada, Mexico and Peru are also members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as is Vietnam, another nation on the Watch List. Other nations on the Watch List are: Barbados, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Italy (member of the European Union, with which the U.S. is negotiating an FTA), Jamaica, Kuwait, Lebanon, Para- guay, Philippines, Romania, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmeni- stan and Uzbekistan. The "Priority Watch List" includes Chile. According to the report, "The United States continues to have serious concerns regard- ing outstanding IPR issues under the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement." In ad- dition to the U.S.-Chile FTA, which has been in effect since January i, 2004, Chile is a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently negotiating a large regional FTA. On the Priority Watch List is notorious source of online piracy, Russia. In support- ing Russia's bid to join the WTO, President Barack Obama, on November 10, 2011 ex- pressed his hope that, once in the WTO, Rus- sia would change its outlaw ways, saying: "From day one of its membership in the WTO, Russia will be required to comply with WTO rules on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including with respect to key rights relied on by U.S. creative and innovative industries." Other nations on the Priority Watch List are: Algeria, Argentina, China, India, Indo- nesia, Pakistan, Thailand and Venezuela. [David IYumbull consults to the textile and apparel trade. Contact him by telephone at (617) 237-6008 in Boston or (202) 657-6008 in Washington or send him an email message at david@agathonassociates.eom.] MICHAEL F. FLAHERTY Running for Boston City Council At Large new opportunities and po- tential risks for Boston, Flaherty said. "With Mayor Menino stepping down in January and with several members of the city council giving up their seats to run for mayor, there will be a large turnover in City Hall next year and a loss of a great deal of experience." "But there is also opportu- nity. Now, more than ever, there is a chance to make the city council a more ac- tive and effective partner in helping to lead city govern- ment. I have the experience of working on behalf of all of Boston's neighborhoods and residents, as well as our local and downtown business (Continued on Page 4) Michael F. Flaherty has formally announced he is a candidate for Boston City Council at Large in 2013. "I am running for Boston City Council at Large be- cause I am committed to helping Boston become the greatest city we can be," he said. "While every city has its challenges and Boston is no different in this regard, our collective response to last month's tragic events has shown the world that there is no adversity a united Boston cannot sur- vive. There are no setbacks we cannot overcome and emerge from as a stronger city." The announcement that Mayor Menino will not seek .a, sLx.th_ term_ signals _b.oh NORTH END00 Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery * Business Cards * Menus * Hyers Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements * Business Forms and Documents -- COMPETITIVE PRICES -- 617-227-8929