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Australian Uranium Mining Company Accused of Contaminating Lake Malawi
by Mayu ChangCorpWatch Blog
January 28th, 2015
Paladin Energy, an Australian mining company, has been accused of discharging uranium-contaminated sludge into Lake Malawi, which supports 1.7 million people in three countries – Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The company began uranium mining operations in Malawi in 2009 although it suspended operations last year after ore prices fell.

Brazilian Truth Commission Alleges Volkswagen Had Ties To Former Military Junta
by Nicolas KrotzCorpWatch Blog
January 26th, 2015
Volkswagen's subsidiary in Brazil has been accused of providing material support for torture conducted by the military dictatorship during its 21 year reign from 1964 to 1985. Details of the role of the German car manufacturer emerged in the final report of a national Truth Commission issued last month.

Subsidizing Contractor Misconduct: Alma's Story
by Chris ThompsonSpecial to CorpWatch
January 21st, 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.

Kazakh Oil Consortium Accused of “Mass Poisoning” of Village School Children
by Fatima HansiaCorpWatch 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.

Subsidizing Contractor Misconduct
by Chris ThompsonSpecial to CorpWatch
January 7th, 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.

Saudi Star To Restart Rice Project on Disputed Anuak Lands in Ethiopia
by Fatima Hansia CorpWatch Blog
December 30th, 2014
Saudi Star Agricultural Development plans to pump $100 million into a rice export project in Gambella region of Ethiopia despite allegations of human rights violations surrounding the “villagization” program under which the land has been taken from indigenous Anuak pastoralists to lease to foreign investors. 


Families of Murdered Colombians Lose U.S. Lawsuit Against Occidental Petroleum
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
December 15th, 2014
A U.S. court has refused to allow family members of three murdered Colombian union leaders the opportunity to sue Occidental Petroleum. The families claimed that the Los Angeles based company should be held responsible since it allegedly provided financial support for the military unit that killed the men.

Mega First of Malaysia Under Fire for Lao Dam Construction Plan
by Rozali TelbisCorpWatch Blog
December 12th, 2014
Plans for the Don Sahong dam in southern Laos have come under renewed fire from environmental activists. This week activists boycotted a regional consultation on the dam, just eight weeks after filing a formal request for an investigation of Mega First Corporation, the company that has the construction contract.

U.S. Attorneys General Form Secret Alliance To Help Energy Companies
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
December 8th, 2014
Major energy companies have effectively created a secret law firm of conservative attorneys general to persuade Washington lawmakers to gut environmental regulations, according to an investigation by the New York Times. In return, these senior government officials have received millions of dollars to help them win political campaigns.

U.S. Government Fails to Act on JP Morgan Whistleblower's Evidence
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
December 5th, 2014
A whistleblower has stepped forward to provide evidence that executives at JP Morgan, a major Wall Street bank, were aware that the bank was selling bad mortgages – but she says that the U.S. government has failed to do anything with the evidence that she has provided to them.

Mexican President Accepted Favors From Construction Contractor Grupo Higa
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
December 1st, 2014
A $3.7 billion contract to build a high-speed rail link between Mexico city and the city of Queretaro has been canceled after Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican president, was alleged to have accepted favors from Grupo Higa, a Mexican construction company that was a member of the winning consortium.

Argentina and Belgium Accuse HSBC of Aiding Tax Evasion
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
November 28th, 2014
Argentina and Belgium have separately accused HSBC bank's Geneva branch of setting up a network of offshore accounts to help their citizens avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. The charges are apparently based on a trove of documents provided by Hervé Falciani, a former HSBC employee turned whistleblower.

Adani Gets Billion Dollar Loan for Australian Mega Coal Project
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
November 26th, 2014
Adani Enterprises has been offered a $1 billion loan by the State Bank of India to support a mega coal mining project in the Galilee basin in central Queensland, Australia. Environmentalists say that the accompanying industrialization is likely to severely impact the Great Barrier Reef, 400 kilometres away.

Firestone Tire's Role in Funding Liberian Warlord Revealed
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
November 19th, 2014
Firestone, a U.S. tire company, paid out millions of dollars to Charles Taylor, a Liberian warlord in the 1990s, despite knowing about his brutal human rights record, according to documents uncovered by ProPublica, an investigative journalism website. Taylor is now serving a 50 year prison sentence for war crimes.

European Supermarkets Defend Low Wages To Moroccan Tomato Pickers
by Mayu ChangCorpWatch Blog
November 12th, 2014
Tomato pickers in Morocco – who supply fresh produce during the winter to big European supermarket chains like Albert Heijn in the Netherlands and Sainsbury’s and Tesco in the UK – are paid poverty wages, according to a new report from Fairfood International.

Uruguay Presents Defense Against Philip Morris Tobacco Lawsuit
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
November 10th, 2014
Uruguay has presented a 500 page document to defend itself against an international lawsuit challenging the country's tough tobacco packaging regulations. The claim was brought by Philip Morris, the global tobacco giant, at the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC.

Tanzanian Officials Arrested For Failure to Publish Natural Gas Contract Details
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
November 7th, 2014
Two senior Tanzanian officials were arrested after they failed to produce details of 26 multi-billion dollar agreements signed with Statoil of Norway; the BG Group and Ophir from the UK; and ExxonMobil from the U.S. Opposition politicians want assurances that the money will be spent in a transparent manner.

Indian Government Loses Major Tax Case to Vodafone
by Mayu ChangCorpWatch Blog
November 4th, 2014
Vodafone recently won a rare – but potentially very significant – victory over Indian tax authorities. The Bombay High Court dismissed the government demand for the company to pay 30 billion rupees (about $490 million) for a share transaction conducted in the offshore tax haven of Mauritius.

New European Commission Marred By Corporate Conflicts of Interest
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
November 2nd, 2014
The newly elected president of the European Commission and his cabinet - who together form the central executive body for the 28 member states of the European Union - have deep ties with powerful corporate interests that make them poor choices to support citizen rights, say critics.

Major Banks Prepare to Pay Billions For Foreign Exchange Manipulation
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
October 31st, 2014
Multinational banks are preparing to pay out billions of dollars in fines to settle charges of foreign exchange manipulation. Some 19 investigations in ten different legal jurisdictions are now winding their way to completion and analysts says the final tally may hit $41 billion.

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