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In Memoriam: Chris Thompson
Pratap Chatterjee
January 24th, 2016

Chris Thompson, CorpWatch investigative reporter, died January 21, 2016, at his home in Berkeley, California. He was a fearless reporter and progressive activist and will be missed sorely by his readers, family and friends. This week, CorpWatch republishes some of his work for us and with us. (See below)

Photo: Erin Archer


Labor

Subsidizing Contractor Misconduct
Chris Thompson

(Jan 7, 2015) Every year, the U.S. government awards billions of dollars in federal contracts to companies who routinely violate basic legal rights of workers. This new report profiles three individuals who were harmed by Imperial Sugar, Tyson Foods and Verizon and explains a new presidential order that could help reduce abuses. An investigative report by Chris Thompson
Damage caused by Imperial Sugar refinery explosion at Port Wentworth, Georgia. U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

War & Disaster Profiteering

East Bay Express: Far From Home
Chris Thompson

(Feb 8, 2006) Chris Thompson profiles Fariba Nawa, a CorpWatch investigative reporter, in the East Bay Express, following the release of her report: Afghanistan, Inc.

"Five years ago, as she stood in Taliban-occupied Afghanistan at the foot of the Khyber Pass, her burqa kept her safe. No one knew she didn't belong." Read more ...


Health

Poison and Profits
Chris Thompson

(April 7, 2004) First California semiconductor firm AXT, Inc. exposed its workers to arsenic. Then it fired them and sent their jobs to China. An investigative report by Chris Thompson for the East Bay Express.
Cartoonist: Khalil Bendib

Labor

Subsidizing Contractor Misconduct: Rodney's Story
Chris Thompson

(January 7, 2015) Rodney Bridgett was killed when a piece of Tyson Foods’ heavy equipment crushed him at the company's beef processing plant in Sioux City, Iowa. In a new CorpWatch investigation into federal contractors who win millions in government business despite violating workers rights, Chris Thompson tells his story.
Tyson truck. Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Used under Creative Commons license.

Labor

Subsidizing Contractor Misconduct: Calvin's Story
Chris Thompson

(January 7, 2015) Calvin Bryant was crippled in a Imperial Sugar plant explosion in Savannah, Georgia, that also killed 14 of his co-workers. In a new CorpWatch investigation into federal contractors who win millions in government business despite violating workers rights, Chris Thompson tells his story.
Damage caused by Imperial Sugar refinery explosion at Port Wentworth, Georgia. U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

Labor

Subsidizing Contractor Misconduct: Alma's Story
Chris Thompson

(January 7, 2015) When Alma Aranda tried to exercise her legal right to take unpaid time off to care for her dying mother, Verizon harassed her with so much paperwork that her hair fell out. In a new CorpWatch investigation into federal contractors who violate workers rights, Chris Thompson tells her story.
Phyllis Cheng, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, brought the lawsuit against Verizon. UC Irvine Law School. Used under Creative Commons license.

War & Disaster Profiteering

U.S. Air Force Hires Private Companies To Fly Drones In War Zones
Chris Thompson

(December 16, 2015) U.S. Air Force officials has begun to hire private companies to fly drone aircraft operating over Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The unprecedented move is in response to demands from the Obama administration to dramatically expand the drone war just as the Pentagon faces a critical shortage of military pilots.
Reaper drone in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Photo: Defence Images. Used under Creative Commons license.

Weapons Makers

Failed Watchkeeper Drone To Be Weaponized For Sale To Poland
Chris Thompson
January 13th, 2016

Thales, the French aerospace company, is hoping to develop a weaponized version of the Watchkeeper drone to sell to Poland. This is despite a series of software glitches and accidents that resulted in many of the first 54 Watchkeepers that were delivered to the UK to be sitting idle.
Thales Watchkeeper drone. Photo: Tomasz Dunn. Used under Creative Commons license.