A hot year for coffee? The signs look good
The Herald Tribune reports (19 March 2005) that a drop in Brazil's coffee exports and a major growth in Asia's coffee industry has put coffee prices at a 5-year high. Read the full story here.
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Alcohol and Tobacco Taxes to Finance Burundi War
BBC News reported that the government of Burundi imposed taxes in 2001 on luxury items, such as tobacco and alcohol, to help finance its war against Hutu rebels. Official radio said that taxes of about 20% were slapped on alcoholic drinks and 11% on tobacco, and this would be paid into a fund jointly managed by the defence and finance ministries.