|French Tribunal Investigates Qosmos Over Surveillance Software Use In Syria|
by Fatima Hansia, CorpWatch Blog
July 21st, 2015
Qosmos – a French technology company– is being investigated for acting as an “assisted witness” in alleged torture in Syria. The specialized crimes unit of the Paris Tribunal has agreed to study the use of Qosmos surveillance software by Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, following complaints filed by two human rights NGOs.
|EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece|
by Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch Blog
June 29th, 2015
Almost none of the huge amount of money “loaned” to Greece has actually gone there, writes Joseph Stiglitz, former World Bank chief economist. CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report sheds light on how some of it was used to pay off bad loans made by private-sector banks in France and Germany.
|Kazakh Oil Consortium Accused of “Mass Poisoning” of Village School Children|
by Fatima Hansia, CorpWatch Blog
January 14th, 2015
A Kazakh oil consortium has been accused of “mass poisoning” after 25 school children and four teachers passed out almost simultaneously at a school in Berezovka village in northwest Kazakhstan. The incident is the latest in a decade of allegations of pollution caused by the neighboring Karachaganak oil field.
|Lawsuit Against Google Highlights Mining of Student Data|
by Rozali Telbis, Special to CorpWatch
May 26th, 2014
Children have become lucrative targets for data mining companies, according to a study by Politico magazine. Just weeks after Google settled a lawsuit for selling student data for advertising, the publication revealed an entire industry devoted to marketing data gathered from Internet applications offered to students and their teachers.
|New Report Card Evaluates Congressional Actions for Corporate Accountability|
December 19th, 2013
The U.S. Congress had a miserable record on resisting corporate influence in 2012, according to a new report card released today. The 2012 Corporate Accountability Coalition Report Card tracks Congressional action related to corporate accountability, transparency, and responsible business during the second year of the 112th Congress.
|BP Wants To Blame Workers For Deepwater Horizon Spill, Says U.S.|
by Puck Lo, CorpWatch Blog
September 27th, 2012
BP, the British oil company, is attempting to blame "blue collar workers" for the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, alleges the U.S. government. Federal lawyers say the company is trying to divert attention from management failures of "gross negligence."
|DynCorp Oversight in Afghanistan Faulted|
by Pratap Chatterjee, Special to CorpWatch
February 26th, 2010
Afghan police are widely considered corrupt and unable to shoot straight; they die at twice the rate of Afghan soldiers and NATO troops despite $7 billion spent on training and salaries in the last eight years. A new high-level report says that the State Department's contract with DynCorp is at fault.
|Leaving Children Behind|
by Ben Clarke, Special to CorpWatch
September 23rd, 2004
Exam privatization threatens public schools
"They make kids in my class feel dumb," says Vanessa Verdín about the corporate-designed standardized tests that millions of U.S. students are required to take under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Vanessa, an energetic eleven year old whose hobbies include soccer, knitting and research, feels that the tests "ask the wrong questions" and "waste time when we could be learning."
|Media Diversity at Risk|
by Mafruza Khan, Corporate Research Project
May 29th, 2003
In June the FCC will vote on regulations that could dramatically change media ownership laws, endangering localism, diversity, and competition in US media.
by Sandhya Srinivasan, Special to CorpWatch
December 6th, 2001
Seventeen years after the Bhopal disaster, survivors still seek justice and environmental health regulations go unenforced.
|Microsoft and Internet Development|
May 6th, 1998
What do computer programmers think about Microsoft's role in the development of the Internet, and the social implications of the underlying technical issues? We asked Harry Hochheiser, an Internet software developer and board member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility for his perspective.
|Philippine Greens Protest the Visit of Bill Gates|
by Roberto Verzola, The Philippine Greens
March 20th, 1998
A denunciation of Microsoft for pressuring the Philippine government to establish special laws and law enforcement forces to protect the corporation's software at the expense of educating Philippine students.
|Towards a Democratic Media System|
October 1st, 1997
Robert W. McChesney is Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Wisconsin, Madison talks about corporate control of the Internet in this CorpWatch interview.