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San Juan, PR.– IKEA is looking to open a store in Puerto Rico, as reported by some newspapers pointing out that the world’s largest furniture maker is in talks with Puerto Rico’s Economic Development & Commerce Department on an initial plan to set up a central warehouse and as many as three stores.

Though the Swedish company previously considered a store on the U.S. island territory, it ultimately decided to set up shop in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. However, it appears the company is rethinking the idea.

IKEA employs 131,000 people in 41 countries and its 287 stores drew in 655 million customers last year. The company cut prices by 2.6 percent in 2011, but still managed to see a net profit increase of 10.3 percent ($3.81 billion) with a 6.9 revenue increase for the year ending August 31.

In the past decade, the company expanded into emerging markets like Russia and China, although 79 percent of its sales are still generated in Europe.

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Written by: josean, 5 May 2012 9:46 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Another Stupid Mistake!

Glorified Particle Furniture to fill up the land fills in six months!


Written by: zooma, 5 May 2012 10:00 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

It makes a good logistical decision as they get the cost savings benefit of shipping bulk quantities of furniture ocean transit to the PR. It is an advantage to the DR as now the proposed IKEA warehouse is adjacent to the DR and will lower transit costs and shorten transit time, ie: the ferry. Hopefully the savings will be passed on to the consumer.
Written by: josean, 5 May 2012 10:11 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Ikea's heart of darkness: A tale of racism, lies and Swedish meatballs

By Bruce Watson

Ikea looks like a model of openness and visibility. From its voluminous warehouse-size stores to its furniture's clean lines, the retailer presents a vision of honesty and total disclosure. Even founder and President Ingvar Kamprad (pictured) seems to be an open book: a simple farmer's boy from rural Sweden who overcame dyslexia and alcoholism to become one of the world's wealthiest men. Yet, even as he's risen to the top of the business world, he still has an old Klippan sofa and a Billy bookshelf in his living room, showing that he remains a humble, salt-of-the-earth type who hasn't forgotten his roots.

Not according to Johan Stenebo. Kamprad's former personal assistant, Stenebo reveals in a new book published in Sweden that the budget-furnishings monolith seems to have quite a few sordid secrets.

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Written by: josean, 5 May 2012 10:15 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

The Truth About Ikea has yet to be translated into English, yet it's already sent ripples through the media, as Ikea fans learn that all may not be sunshine and meatballs at their favorite cheap, simple, eco-friendly big-box home-furnishings store.

A Deep Vein of Racism

Stenebo's position has given him amazing access to Kamprad, but he's not the first to question the furniture tycoon's morality. A journalist in 1994 threatened to expose Kamprad's adolescent membership in Nazi youth organizations. Kamprad addressed the matter publicly, apologizing to his Jewish employees and dismissing this revelation as a brief and foolish flirtation with Nazism. But it appears he may have been raising funds and recruiting members as late as September 1945, and he remained friends with a Swedish fascist politician through the 1950s.

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Written by: josean, 5 May 2012 10:20 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

And Kamprad's Nazi adventure may have been indicative of a deeper vein of racism. Stenebo says Ikea execs often refer to foreigners as "()iggers" and deny them promotions. All of Ikea's top executives come from the same small region of Sweden as Kamprad, Stenebo alleges; he also characterizes Kamprad's heir apparent, Peter, as an "incompetent racist."



Written by: abc200, 5 May 2012 10:48 AM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Ikea used slave or near slave labor in E. Germay to make its furniture in the 60,s and 70,s. Now it stll does not pay decent wages, evades taxes, sells shoddy goods and puts local craftmen out of work.
S,
Written by: Ricardolito, 5 May 2012 12:35 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Can Josean not say a nice thing about anyone ..and why produce some dubious quotes from a disgruntled employee.
The fact is that Ikea gives a huge amount of money to charities and is a model for most other stores with cleanness and customer service .Not much of their furniture is made in Sweden but I doubt if any furniture factory in DR has closed down because of IKEA opening ,,,They market products totally different than other stores here in DR .
Well to my mind , it is further evidence that this country has more discretionary income every year ,,congratulations to another good thing for the DR
Written by: abc200, 5 May 2012 1:54 PM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Many people sure hope they go broke quickly, that international co-operation tracks down tax evaders and local businesses paying decent wages are given a chance by perhaps a 50% tax on imports to protect local industry.
Alternatively governments could issue long standards that furniture must conform too- shoddy particle board stuff from who knows where could not pass in 100 years.

S.
Written by: josean, 5 May 2012 3:35 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Little Rickey is now diversifying his income sources just in case the election doesn’t go his way.

Not only is he a Purple Spinmeister for the Narco-PLD and a advocate for Iinternational Money Launders, but now he leaps to the defense of Neo-NAZIS!


Written by: anthonyC, 5 May 2012 7:26 PM
From: United States
Listen to Josie.

He calls one of the most successful companies on the planet a big mistake.

That is why you should all vote PRD with such wisdom.
Written by: josean, 5 May 2012 8:57 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


I am sure you have a copy of Mein Kampf on your night table as well!



Written by: anthonyC, 5 May 2012 11:39 PM
From: United States
Written by: josean,

"I sure you have a copy of Mein Kampf on your night table as well!"

We all know that you are the "SOCIALIST" here so if there is anyone who is like Hitler it would be you.
Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 1:32 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



The only thing people KNOW HERE is that your almost as Big a Liar as Lie-onel Fernandez; we are still waiting to see your ALPHA66Wristwatches.com website, EMBUSTERO!


Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 1:36 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


"I shop at IKEA 100% of the time mr. josean you're wrong, this is a great store !"

"I have to say I'm always satisfied with their furnitures."

After all it doesn't take much to satisfy you Ateita you're supporting Danilo the dullest knife in the drawer!



Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 1:47 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Here ALPHA66 Chew on this a while:


Posted on Friday, 05.04.12


Report: IKEA used Cuban prison labor to make furniture in the late 1980s


The Swedish company says it had an arrangement of a limited nature with Cuba and is investigating the allegations

By Alfonso Chardy

achardy@elnuevoherald.com


A report that Swedish furniture and housewares company IKEA employed Cuban prisoners to build tables and sofas in the 1980s has provoked a strong reaction among Miami exiles.

The German daily newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, of Frankfurt, recently reported that in September 1987 Cuban authorities negotiated for 35,000 dining tables, 10,000 children’s tables and an unspecified number of sofas to be built for IKEA.

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Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 1:49 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


The newspaper said German reporters found the information while reviewing archives of the Cold War era and that East German officials facilitated the deal with Cuba. The Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, was officially abolished in 1990.

IKEA started an investigation last fall looking into purchasing practices and possible agreements to build furniture by prisoners in the German Democratic Republic in the 1970s and 1980s, said Mona Liss, IKEA spokesperson in the United States.

Liss emailed El Nuevo Herald that the company would widen the probe.

“We take these allegations very seriously,” she said.

IKEA has one South Florida store, in Sunrise.

According to information in the archives, East German officials met with Lieutenant Enrique Sánchez, identified as the person in charge of a Cuban agency known as EMIAT, which supplied patio furniture to diplomatic houses and high-ranking Cuban officials.

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Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 1:51 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


They discussed furniture to be built “in prison facilities of the Ministry of Interior.”

Especially incensed about the allegations were former political prisoners in Miami.

“Cuba never misses the opportunity of seeking strong foreign currency to grease the regime’s repressive machinery,” said Luis González Infante, a prisoner for 16 years and president of the organization Cuban Historical Political Penitentiary.

Liss acknowledged IKEA had agreements of a limited nature with Cuba but said the Swedish firm has not had any long-term business relationships with any Cuban provider.

“As far as we know, there have only been occasional test purchases of a limited amount of products from Cuban suppliers in the late 80s,’’ she said.

There are indications that IKEA considered the quality of Cuban furniture unacceptable. In early 1988, the first delivery of sofas was canceled.

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Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 1:53 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Ylva Magnusson, an IKEA spokesperson in Helsingborn, Sweden, said the company was trying to contact former employees who would have knowledge of the agreements.

South Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Friday that she urges IKEA to continue its investigation of the allegations.

“All entities, including major corporations, have a moral responsibility to assure they are not used by tyrannical regimes to further violate human rights,’’ she said.

In Miami, former political prisoners said forced labor is habitual in Cuba’s correctional system, although none had any information about the alleged collaboration with IKEA.

“Although there was forced labor, political prisoners in Cuba refused to do that type of work,” said Ernesto Díaz, who was a prisoner when the agreements with IKEA were allegedly in place.

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Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 1:56 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


The issue of forced labor in Cuba also arose in a different context several years ago when three Cuban men forced to work 16-hour shifts at 3½ cents an hour repairing ships for a Cuban joint venture in Curacao sued in U.S. federal court in Miami.

The three — Alberto Justo Rodríguez, Fernando Alonso Hernández and Luis Alberto Casanova Toledo — won an $80 million judgment in 2008, alleging the Curacao Drydock Co. conspired with the Cuban government to force them into virtual slave labor.

Lawyers said the deal was designed so the Cuban government could pay off its debt with Curacao Drydock by providing free labor, and at the same time skirt the U.S. embargo by working on American ships in a third country.

“These arrangements have been the lifeblood of the regime for 15 years,’’ attorney John Andres Thornton said at the time.

Miami Herald Staff Writer Mimi Whitefield contributed to this report.

Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 2:10 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


So anthonyC how are you going to explain that COMMUNIST SOFA in your Living Room to the BOYS at Calle Ocho?


Who is the Socialist Now PEA Brain and I apologize to PEAS everywhere!


Your stupid ideological Knee Jerk reaction to defend all corportaions with out knowing SHIT about them makes you and ignorant fool that is stabbing his own Cuban Brothers.




Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 2:24 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Here is some Icing on the cake for you APLHA:

IKEA Allegedly Used Cuban Prison Labor to Make Furniture


Published May 04, 2012

Fox News Latino


“This is what happens when the interest of big business and the dictatorship are on the same page,” said Omar López, the human rights director of the Cuban American National Foundation. “Cuba is a good place to make business because they have a labor force with no rights at all.”


Is the Cuban American National Foundation a SOCIALIST organization also?


Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 3:06 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016




As Jack Nicholson would say "You Just Can't Handle the Truth" Ateita!

Too Bad you can't use those 150 user names to MINUS ME!




Written by: snoopyy3k, 6 May 2012 1:43 PM
From: United States
His living space is probably a shrine dedicated to IKEA!!!...LMAO!!!
Written by: Perez, 6 May 2012 4:57 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Hmm i heard something about the gov/t in Cuba making cuban prisoners work for Ikea for $2 a day or something like that. I think I saw it in univision or telemundo.
Written by: josean, 6 May 2012 5:29 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016




Alpha66, aka, anthonyC has two Hammers and Sickles imprinted on his NALGAS from sitting on his RED Sofa!



Written by: ohhhvictor, 7 May 2012 6:20 AM
From: United States
Josie Hiede vivo.. I am sure the Ikea build secret Metros along the furniture!

You are just way delusional!
Written by: josean, 7 May 2012 7:09 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Too Bad for you Ms. Vickey the don't sell Brains!


Written by: JEM237, 7 May 2012 11:04 AM
From: United States
Josean says: "So anthonyC how are you going to explain that COMMUNIST SOFA in your Living Room to the BOYS at Calle Ocho?


Who is the Socialist Now PEA Brain and I apologize to PEAS everywhere!


Your stupid ideological Knee Jerk reaction to defend all corportaions with out knowing SHIT about them makes you and ignorant fool that is stabbing his own Cuban Brothers."


LLLLOOOLLLL!!!!! Te la comiste ahi Josean!

This is one of the rare instances I agree with you and I thank you for the laughs! LOL....man, this response you gave to anthonyC is a masterpiece!!

"Communist Sofa" LMFAO!!!
Written by: ohhhvictor, 7 May 2012 11:08 AM
From: United States
What a communist sofa, Ikea, Hitler and the Metro have in common?
a delusional guy like Josie Hiede Vivo.. only that!
Written by: JEM237, 7 May 2012 11:13 AM
From: United States
Hi ohhhvictor,

When it comes to DR politics I disagree with Josean but this response he gave to AnthonyC plus what he exposed about IKEA (which is true, by the way) specifically to AnthonyC was fantastic! I'm not advocating to not shop at IKEA (although I believe it's overpriced, cheap-quality furniture) but there's nothing wrong with exposing their wrongdoings.
Written by: josean, 7 May 2012 11:18 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


"What a communist sofa, Ikea, Hitler and the Metro have in common?"


That’s why we need the 4% for EDUCATION to be enacted immediately so you could develop the capacity to understand, simple things like these!


Written by: josean, 7 May 2012 11:21 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



JEM237,

Thank you!

Especially for your commitment to being able to “disagree without being disagreeable!”



Written by: JPDTrinity, 7 May 2012 2:16 PM
From: Dominican Republic, I dislike all politicians and their afiliated parties... "I simply say it AS IT IS!!"
The fact is not even a 20% for Dominican Education will fix anything until parents like Josean stop being dillusional.

Do you imagine Josean educating his kids, teaching right from wrong, advicing them to vote to HIPO-MAD-LOCO?

Josean says: Hi Kids,
Josean: To save DR we need to choose the right man for the job.
Son: Daddy you mean Danilo, right?
Josean: What? Are you kidding me son?
Son: Why Daddy?
Josean: Danilo is smart, wants a better country, he'd like to keep building our infrastructure for the future of our country and business growth, investing in Healthcare, and Education. Son, he wants to build more metros, SON!! Don't you get it!! We'd would not have of DONKEY anymore, son
Son: It's Ok Daddy - I like what Danilo would do, isn't it good? I could take DONKEY back to the farm and use EL METRO, it's cleaner, faster, and it makes me feel modern, important, and professional.

Cont...


That's why DR will never be fixed....not even with 100%
Written by: josean, 7 May 2012 2:23 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Where is Danilo's Chemical Engineering degree? Is this the real reason why he did not want to debate?


Is this the reason why he has been ducking Acento.com for 8 months?



Written by: josean, 7 May 2012 2:25 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
duplicate
Written by: ohhhvictor, 7 May 2012 2:42 PM
From: United States
So, that's about it?
You can barely wait to have a degree..
So you claim that somebody give Josie Hiede vivo more education?


That's why you need the metro to take you to the UASD...No excuses Josie Hiede Vivo.. Just go to UASD and study!
Written by: abc200, 7 May 2012 2:55 PM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Sensible countries have laws to exclude tax evaders, former nazies, employers of prison ( near slave ) labor and other criminals from their shore. Also their trading entities.
Why not PR?
S.

Written by: josean, 7 May 2012 3:01 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



abc200,

PR now has a Neo-liberal anything goes Governor, like Lie-onel Fernandez that prays at the "Altar of Violate Everything" along as there is something in it for him and his cronies!


Written by: etiennc, 8 May 2012 9:05 AM
From: United States
jose n ann going ------ going ---- going --------------------- gone crazy_____
Written by: josean, 8 May 2012 10:16 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016




Who left the Latrine door open?


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