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Is Stoli Vodka Boycott Misguided? Obama Admin Vetoes Apple Ban

Is Stoli Vodka Boycott Misguided?

They’ve been pouring bottles of Stoli Vodka down drains and into streets all weekend in cities all over America. I saw them do this at a local gay bar in Philadelphia on local TV news. But according to this article, Stoli Vodka is distilled in Latvia and owned by a company in Luxembourg. Where this gets complicated is that it is controlled by a Russian billionaire living in exile because he’s allegedly opposed to the way gays are being treated in Russia. And, according to this article, Latvia is not part of Russia and it belongs the European Union.

Latvia’s leading gay rights group, Mozaika, has been leading the campaign to get well-intentioned Western comrades to cease boycotting Stolichnaya, arguing that it will only hurt Latvians who are committed to diversity and tolerance.

I was informed of this a while ago, and I think I posted about it. I despise what Russia is doing to gays right now, but I haven’t poured any Stoli down the drain yet because I’ve been so unsure about the facts. 

Maybe we should check the facts out a little better with this one? Unless, of course, I missed something.

Obama Admin Vetoes Apple Ban

The most significant thing about this is that it’s the first time since 1987 that a presidential administration has done anything like this.

I’m sure Samsung is not too thrilled right now, because the ITC issued the ban on older Apple devices (iPhone 3, iPad 2) in a finding the said Apple had infringed on a Samsung patent. Then this happened today:

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made the decision to veto the ban on the Apple devices, citing concerns about patent holders gaining “undue leverage.” He said Samsung could continue to pursue its patent rights through the courts.
 
It’s all very complicated, and not worth getting into in depth. I just found the historical significance interesting.