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Migrant Rights Activist Fights Thai Pineapple Company Lawsuit
Pratap Chatterjee
September 22nd, 2014

Natural Fruit, one of Thailand’s largest pineapple processors, has sued Andy Hall, a British researcher, over a report that he worked on for Finnwatch on labor abuses in the industry. Hall faces some seven years in jail and $10 million in fines.


Private label pineapple juice products on sale in Finland. Photo: Finnwatch


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Energy

“Operation Car Wash” Uncovers Alleged Politicial Bribery by Petrobras
Richard Smallteacher
September 9th, 2014

Paulo Roberto Costa, former head of Petrobras' refining and supply unit, has named dozens of politicians who allegedly took bribes from the Brazilian company. Costa claims that Petrobras paid out three percent of the value of new contracts to the politicians in return for favorable votes for the government.
Petrobras driller. Photo: Nestor Galina. Used under Creative Commons license

Food and Agriculture

Fast Food Workers Hold Biggest Ever Strike For Wages in U.S.
Pratap Chatterjee
September 5th, 2014

Hundreds of low wage fast food workers were arrested at strikes and protests in some 100 cities around the U.S. on September 4. They were demanding that companies like Burger King, KFC, McDonald's and Wendy's pay workers a living wage of $15 an hour.
Screen shot from a McDonald's video. When the company took it down after it was used by protestors.

Natural Resources

Ten Killed At African Barrick Operations in Tanzania
Richard Smallteacher
August 26th, 2014

As many as 10 people have been killed by police this year at African Barrick Gold's operations in Tanzania, according to a new report from two NGOs - MiningWatch Canada and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) in the UK.
Woman panning for gold at North Mara. Photo: Plenty's Paradox. Used under Creative Commons license.

Financial Services, Insurance and Banking

Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion to Settle Mortgage Fraud Charges
Pratap Chatterjee
August 21st, 2014

Bank of America has agreed to pay the government $9.65 billion to settle charges of misleading investors over mortgage lending in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis. The bank will also pay out an additional $7 billion to help borrowers and communities affected by the loans.
Bank of America protest. Photo: Rainforest Action Network. Used under Creative Commons license.

Pharmaceuticals

Gilead Sciences Under Investigation for Over Charging for Hepatitis C Pill
Pratap Chatterjee
July 21st, 2014

Gilead Sciences of San Francisco is under investigation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for charging $84,000 for a 12 week course of a new drug to treat hepatitis C. Gilead sells the exact same course for $900 in poor countries like Egypt and India.

Natural Resources

Coca-Cola Forced To Shut Bottling Plant in India
Fatima Hansia
July 10th, 2014

Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage producer, has been ordered to shut down its bottling plant in Varanasi, India following local complaints that the company was drawing excessive amounts of groundwater. After an investigation, government authorities ruled that the company had violated its operating license.
A protest outside India's Coca-Cola headquarters. Photo: Kasuga Sho. Used under Creative Commons license.

War & Disaster Profiteering

Hacking Team Malware Targeted Saudi Arabia Protestors
Pratap Chatterjee
June 27th, 2014

Malicious software from Hacking Team of Italy that can be used to spy on cell phones has been found by Citizen Lab activists to have been used to target people in Saudi Arabia. The software was bundled into a fake phone application for Qatif Today, a local news site.
Ad for Qatif Today in the Google Play app store.

Environment

Soco International Says It Will Cancel Oil Exploration in Congo's Virunga Park
Fatima Hansia
June 23rd, 2014

Soco International PLC, a UK oil company, has claimed that it will halt oil exploration in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following complaints by local communities and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) about the potential environmental impact.
Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: David Lloyd. Used under Creative Commons license.