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Mexico’s Other Crisis: Foreign Banks
by Kent PatersonSpecial to CorpWatch
May 15th, 2009
The worldwide financial crisis is hitting people in the Global South with particular venom, and disaster profiteering is alive and well. Take Mexico. While entities like Citigroup-owned Banamex get away with charging Mexican credit account-holders usurious interest rates of up to 100 percent, Banamex itself turned nearly $1 billion in profits in 2008.

Goa Cursed By Its Mineral Wealth
by Emily BildSpecial to CorpWatch
April 23rd, 2009
Set on India's west coast, Goa is renowned as a beach paradise popular with Indian and foreign tourists alike. Just a few miles inland from the quaint restaurants and the pristine waves lapping the silver shores of India's smallest state, iron-ore mining is destroying the environment, say activists and locals.

Regulating Ramatex: Authorities Shut Out as Malaysian Investor Threatens Namibian Environment
by Moses MagadzaSpecial to CorpWatch
April 5th, 2009
For nearly six years Ramatex Textile and Garment Factory barred government regulators from entering industrial premises leased from the City of Windhoek. Ramatex came to Namibia in 2001, lured by the newly implemented African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Evidence of environmental violations finally emerged after the company absconded.

Policing Afghanistan: Obama's New Strategy
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
March 23rd, 2009
A new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan will be unveiled by President Barack Obama this week. It plans to ramp up the training of the Afghan army and police at a cost of some $2 billion a year. Private contractor DynCorp is already lining up to bid for some of the lucrative contracts. This article provides an overview of key reports assessing the training of the Afghan police, and DynCorp's role, to date.

GEO Group, Inc.: Despite a Crashing Economy, Private Prison Firm Turns a Handsome Profit
by Erin RosaSpecial to CorpWatch
March 1st, 2009
While the nation’s economy flounders, business is booming for The GEO Group Inc., a private prison firm paid millions by the U.S. government. Behind the financial success and expansion of the for-profit security company, there are increasing charges of negligence, civil rights violations, abuse and even death.

Inheriting Halliburton's Army: What Will Obama Do With KBR?
by Pratap ChatterjeeTomDispatch.com
February 22nd, 2009
President Obama will almost certainly touch down in Baghdad and Kabul in Air Force One sometime in the coming year to meet his counterparts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he will just as certainly pay a visit to a U.S. military base or two. Should he stay to eat with the troops, he will no less certainly choose from a menu prepared by migrant Asian workers under contract to Houston-based KBR, the former subsidiary of Halliburton.

Xstrata Dreaming: The Struggle of Aboriginal Australians against a Swiss Mining Giant
by Michael DeibertSpecial to CorpWatch
February 16th, 2009
The McArthur River winds through Australia’s remote Northern Territory, home to four main Aboriginal linguistic groups: the Gurdanji, Yanyuwa, Garawa and Mara. Earlier this month Australian Minister for Environment Peter Garrett announced conditional approval for a bid by Swiss mining giant Xstrata to expand its zinc mining operations in the sacred McArthur River floodplain.

Book Release: "Halliburton's Army: How A Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized The Way America Makes War"
by Pratap ChatterjeeNation Books
February 3rd, 2009
In "HALLIBURTON’S ARMY: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War" (Nation Books; February 9, 2009; $26.95), muckraking journalist Pratap Chatterjee conducts a highly detailed investigation into Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR’s activities in Kuwait and Iraq, uncovering much new information about its questionable practices and extraordinary profits.

Outsourcing Intelligence in Iraq: A CorpWatch Report on L-3/Titan, Updated December 2008 with Recommendations from Amnesty International
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
December 9th, 2008
When U.S. troops or embassy officials want to investigate Iraqis - such as interrogating prisoners, the principal intermediary is a Manhattan based-company named L-3. CorpWatch is pleased to release an updated version of this report, with recommendations from Amnesty International on human rights and other standards for translation and intelligence contracting.

Norilsk Nickel: A Tale of Unbridled Capitalism, Russian Style
by Anton FoekSpecial to CorpWatch
October 9th, 2008
The launch of Russia’s stock markets in the early 90s and privatization of state assets has profoundly impacted Russian society. As the case of mining giant Norilsk Nickel illustrates, this experiment has given rise to both immense personal wealth for a new elite, and economic uncertainty for the ordinary citizen.

One Million Weapons to Iraq; Many Go Missing
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
September 22nd, 2008
An Alabama company controlled by a billionaire Kuwaiti family is the biggest supplier of guns to Iraq. These weapons were paid for by the Pentagon which has lost track of them. A new Amnesty international report says that such unrestrained global arms trading schemes may have catastrophic human rights consequences.

Toyota: Auto Industry Race to the Bottom
by Barbara BriggsSpecial to CorpWatch
September 16th, 2008
Globally, Toyota is known for its innovation and quality of products like the Prius hybrid. A closer look at operations in Japan, the Philippines, Myanmar and the U.S. reveals a story of extreme working conditions, union-busting and other corporate abuses. In Japan and elsewhere, workers are speaking out.

Absolving Your Sins and CYA: Corporations Embrace Voluntary Codes of Conduct
by Anne Landman, Center for Media and DemocracySpecial to CorpWatch
August 18th, 2008
Multinational industries like tobacco and alcohol have responded to increased global public pressure for accountability around corporate operations by creating Voluntary Codes of Conduct to self-regulate their behavior. But how are the results measuring up?

Ducking Responsibility: Entergy Spins Its Nukes
by Shay TottenSpecial to CorpWatch
August 4th, 2008
Entergy Nuclear (part of the broader Entergy energy family) is spinning off its northeastern U.S.-based nuclear power plants into a related limited liability corporation, Enexus. Stakeholders in Vermont, home of the Yankee Nuclear power plant, are less than happy, with Entergy also reneging on prior commitments to cover eventual plant decommissioning costs, potentially stranding taxpayers with much of the bill.

Dark Side of the Tourist Boom: Cruise Ship Controversies Cross Borders
by Kent PatersonSpecial to CorpWatch
July 9th, 2008
The Mexican Pacific resort of Zihuatanejo recently cancelled a major new cruise ship terminal, giving a victory to environmental activists and other opponents. However, Mexico remains the world’s Number One cruise ship destination; and with little regulation, allegations of onboard crime, and increasing militarization as regards security while ships are in port, the rapidly expanding industry is facing new challenges.

A Glittering Demon: Mining, Poverty and Politics in the Democratic Republic of Congo
by Michael DeibertSpecial to CorpWatch
June 26th, 2008
In the DRC, a nation rich in natural resources yet confounded by civil war and endemic poverty, artisanal mining communities are struggling for their livelihoods as foreign multinationals like AngloGold Ashanti rush to cash in.

Crossing the Wayúu: Pipeline Divides Indigenous Lands in South America
by Jonathan Luna Special to CorpWatch
June 5th, 2008
Touted as the first step in a major regional integration project, the 225-kilometer TransCaribe pipeline travels underground across Colombia's Guajira Peninsula to the gas refineries of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Protesting the mega project's impacts on the peninsula's indigenous communities, the Wayúu community of Mashiis-Manaa is leading the struggle against oil giant Petróleos de Venezuela.

Suing the Smelter: Oklahoma Town Takes on Freeport
by Eliza StricklandSpecial to CorpWatch
May 15th, 2008
Residents of the town of Blackwell, Oklahoma have brought a class action lawsuit against mining giant Freeport McMoRan. The plaintiffs say that the company's zinc smelter, which closed in 1974, left a toxic legacy in the town, including contaminated sand from the smelter that was given away for free.

Booming Chinese Demand Has Ripples Down Under In Queensland
by Patrick O'KeeffeSpecial to CorpWatch
April 16th, 2008
A bauxite mine and a proposed refinery in northern Queensland, Australia, to be developed by a Chinese mineral company, has divided local and traditional landowners. Part of a major industrialization scheme, it has also sparked worries among environmentalists.

Smokestack Injustice? Toxic Texas Smelter May Reopen
by Kent PatersonSpecial to CorpWatch
April 2nd, 2008
The old American Smelting and Refining Company (Asarco) copper smelter in El Paso, Texas, which has spewed out toxins for over a century, has been granted a new five-year permit. This is despite the fact that it violates international laws by polluting communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ecuador's Yasuni Park: Oil Exploration or Nature Protection?
by Agneta EnströmSpecial to CorpWatch
March 20th, 2008
Permission for Petrobras of Brazil to drill for oil in Yasuni National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, has been suspended, but some damage has already been done by Swedish construction giant Skanska. Unless new money is found to protect the forest, exploration may resume.

Carlyle Group May Buy Major CIA Contractor: Booz Allen Hamilton
by Tim Shorrock Special to CorpWatch
March 8th, 2008
The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity funds, may soon buy out the $2 billion dollar intelligence division of Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the biggest advisors to the U.S. spy community.

Playing with Children's Lives: Big Tobacco in Malawi
by Pilirani Semu-BandaSpecial to CorpWatch
February 25th, 2008
Cigarettes may be damaging not only your own health, but also that of some of the world's poorest children. Much of Malawi's thriving tobacco industry rests on the backs of exploited children, some as young as five years old.

Burying Indonesia’s Millions: The Legacy of Suharto
by Andreas HarsonoSpecial to CorpWatch
February 15th, 2008
Over the last 50 years, a network of cronies helped former Indonesian president Suharto build a business empire and amass a multi-billion dollar fortune. Today his successors face an uphill battle to recover the money even after his death.

An Uncomfortable Spotlight in Davos
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
January 31st, 2008
The CEOs of three-quarters of the world's 100 largest companies have just completed an uncomfortable weekend at the tiny Swiss ski resort of Davos, while their companies' share prices nosedived on global stock markets, amid concern that the U.S. economy is staggering towards recession.

QinetiQ Goes Kinetic: Top Rumsfeld Aide Wins Contracts From Spy Office He Set Up
by Tim Shorrock Special to CorpWatch
January 15th, 2008
A Pentagon office that was reprimanded by the U.S. Congress for spying on antiwar activists, has just awarded a multi-million dollar contract to QinetiQ, a British company that employs Stephen Cambone. Cambone, a former aide to Donald Rumsfeld, helped create the very office that issued the contract.

Bulgarian Ski Complex Threatens Rila National Park
by Katherine ChandlerSpecial to CorpWatch
January 4th, 2008
A new ski complex is being constructed in the environmentally sensitive Seven Lakes region of the snow-capped Rila mountains of south-western Bulgaria. Yet authorities have not been able to produce any planning permits nor have the investors produced any documentation of who is funding the construction.

The Gunmen of Kabul
by Fariba NawaSpecial to CorpWatch
December 21st, 2007
The booming private security industry in Afghanistan has been the target of a number government raids in the last few months. One of the largest contractors -- United States Protection and Investigations (USPI) from Texas -- has been accused of corruption.

Climate Change Debate Fuels Greenwash Boom
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
December 11th, 2007
On the Indonesian island of Bali, thousands of senior government officials are negotiating a plan to slow global warming. The coal, gas and oil companies that are major producers of greenhouse gases are finally taking notice of these high-level political discussions, and many have mounted spirited public relations exercises to defend themselves.

Domestic Spying, Inc.
by Tim Shorrock Special to CorpWatch
November 27th, 2007
A new U.S. intelligence institution will allow government spy agencies to conduct broad surveillance and reconnaissance inside the country for the first time. Contractors like Boeing, BAE Systems, Harris Corporation, L-3 Communications and Science Applications International Corporation are already lining up for possible work.

Titanium or Water? Trouble brews in Southern India
by Nityanand JayaramanSpecial to CorpWatch
October 24th, 2007
Tata, India's largest conglomerate, wants to take 10,000 acres of land to mine ilmenite in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The plan has sparked protests by local villagers who say the project will destroy their traditional way of life and the environment.

Sunshine Laws to Track European Lobbyists
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
October 11th, 2007
Some 15,000 lobbyists work in Brussels where they meet secretly with European Union officials to try and influence the rules that govern the 27 countries that together form the world’s most powerful economic bloc. New guidelines will attempt to make this lobbying more public and reveal conflicts of interest.

The Boys from Baghdad: Iraqi Commandos Trained by U.S. Contractor
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
September 20th, 2007
Iraqi commandos are being training by USIS, a Virginia-based company that was once owned by the Carlyle Group. One of multiple "security" forces being created with $20 billion in U.S. funds, these Emergency Response Units may be stoking civil unrest as they accompany U.S. troops on raids.

Casualties of Katrina: Gulf Coast Reconstruction Two Years after the Hurricane
by Eliza Strickland and Azibuike AkabaSpecial to CorpWatch
August 27th, 2007
This CorpWatch report, by Eliza Strickland and Azibuike Akaba, tells the story of corporate malfeasance and government incompetence two years after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. This is our second report – Big, Easy Money by Rita J. King was the first – and it digs into a slew of new scandals.

Lessons of Empire: India, 60 Years After Independence
by Nick Robins and Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 14th, 2007
60 years after India gained independence, British capital is still exploiting poor communities in its former colony. Centuries after Britain's East India Company -- the world's first multinational -- faced protests in London, a group of villagers continue the tradition of resistance.

Doctoring the Evidence: GlaxoSmithKline Pushes Depression Drug
by Shelley JofreSpecial to Corp Watch
July 30th, 2007
GlaxoSmithKline provides research funding to doctors who write favorable opinions of depression drugs for children, despite evidence from clinical trials that the medication can cause anger and even suicide.

Mud and the Minister: A Tale of Woe in Java
by Anton FoekSpecial to CorpWatch
July 20th, 2007
Over a year after a torrent of liquid mud at an Indonesian oil exploration site inundated four villages, killing almost 100 people, the local community is still awaiting clean-up and proper compensation. This is despite the fact that the drilling company is owned by the family of a senior Indonesian minister.

Fencing the Border: Boeing's High-Tech Plan Falters
by Joseph RicheySpecial to Corp Watch
July 9th, 2007
Boeing is behind schedule in building a high-tech "virtual fence" on the Arizona border between the U.S. and Mexico. Critics say that this new surveillance system will not resolve immigration issues and may create new problems.

Soaring Executive Pay Attacked by Shareholder Activists
by Sam PizzigatiSpecial to CorpWatch
June 26th, 2007
Last year, the CEOs of the 500 biggest U.S. companies averaged $15.2 million in total annual compensation, according to Forbes business magazine’s annual executive pay survey. The top eight CEOs on the Forbes list each pocketed over $100 million. Stunning numbers like these have moved executive pay onto America’s political radar screen.

The Life and Death of a Border Town
by David MartinezSpecial to CorpWatch
June 12th, 2007
Two towns in the Mexican border state of Coahuila discover the reality of "free trade" with the United States: Ramos Arizpe is still riding the boom in automobile production while Morelos has been abandoned by the denim manufacturers, as factories relocate to even cheaper production sites overseas.

Goodbye Houston: An Alternative Annual Report on Halliburton
May 15th, 2007
CorpWatch and its partners today released an alternative annual report on Halliburton titled: "Goodbye Houston" The new report was prepared in association with Halliburton Watch and the Oil & Gas Accountability Project.

Trademarking Coffee: Starbucks cuts Ethiopia deal
by Anton FoekSpecial to CorpWatch
May 8th, 2007
Starbucks, the world's largest coffee shop chain, and the Ethiopian government are on the verge of unveiling a deal that the company hopes will end attacks on the company's carefully constructed ethical image.

Barrick's Dirty Secrets: Communities Respond to Gold Mining's Impacts Worldwide
May 1st, 2007
A new CorpWatch report details the operations of Barrick Gold in nine different countries, focusing on the efforts on the part of the communities to seek justice from this powerful multinational.
Download Spanish version of report

Speaking Diné to Dirty Power: Navajo Challenge New Coal-Fired Plant
by Jeff ConantSpecial to CorpWatch
April 3rd, 2007
A small, but growing, group of Diné indigenous peoples in New Mexico are protesting against a planned new huge coal-fired power plant. This is one of 150 similar plants scheduled to supply an anticipated boom in energy demand in the U.S.

Mystery of the Missing Meters: Accounting for Iraq's Oil Revenue
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
March 22nd, 2007
How much crude oil is Iraq actually exporting? Nobody really knows how much is potentially being stolen by corrupt officials because the contractors in charge of fixing the meters have yet to calibrate them, four years after the invasion.

Merck's Murky Dealings: HPV Vaccine Lobby Backfires
by Terry J. AllenSpecial to CorpWatch
March 7th, 2007
Merck's lobbying campaign for mandatory vaccination of school girls provided funding for a prominent women's non-profit. The ensuing uproar has created a backlash against the pharmaceutical giant.

Barrick Gold Mine Transforms Pacific Island
by David MartinezSpecial to CorpWatch
February 21st, 2007
Papua New Guinea, one of the world's largest islands, has fortunes in gold under its lush green mountains and a diversity of indigenous culture. The arrival of a Canadian mining company has brought violent clashes and transformed the indigenous lands forever.

Listen to an interview with the author, David Martinez


This Alien Life: Privatized Prisons for Immigrants
by Deepa FernandesSpecial to CorpWatch
February 5th, 2007
In the wake of the September 11th attacks, the U.S. government invoked national security to sweep up and jail an unprecedented number of immigrants. Companies like Corrections Corporation of America and Wackenhut, have reaped the benefits.

High-Tech Healthcare in Iraq, Minus the Healthcare
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
January 8th, 2007
Almost four years after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s healthcare system is still a shambles. While most hospitals lack basic supplies, dozens of incomplete clinics and warehoused high-technology equipment remain as a testament to the failed U.S. experiment to reconstruct of Iraq. First in a series of CorpWatch articles.

US: Swift sued over hiring
by Christine TatumDenver Post
December 12th, 2006
Eighteen former Swift & Co. employees who worked at the meatpacker's Cactus, Texas, plant have filed a $23 million lawsuit alleging that Swift hired illegal workers to depress employee wages.

Guest Workers Seek Global Horizons: U.S. Company Profits From Migrant Labor
by Kari LydersenSpecial to CorpWatch
November 3rd, 2006
Global Horizons is one of the biggest companies in the business of importing temporary foreign workers to do jobs in the U.S. ranging from agriculture to nursing. Their workers endure similar working conditions to undocumented workers, prompting government investigations. Global Horizon Responds

A U.S. Fortress Rises in Baghdad: Asian Workers Trafficked to Build World's Largest Embassy
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
October 17th, 2006
Workers accuse the Kuwait contractor building the US embassy in Baghdad of smuggling low-paid South Asians into Iraq and labor trafficking. Still, the US State Department casts a blind eye on the complaints as it rushes to complete its most ambitious project ever.

Afghanistan, Inc.: A CorpWatch Investigative Report
October 6th, 2006
This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan. Fariba Nawa, an Afghan-American who returned to her native country to examine the progress of reconstruction, uncovers some examples of where the money has (and hasn’t) gone, how the system of international aid works (and doesn’t), and what it is really like in the villages and cities where outsiders are rebuilding the war-torn countryside. Click here to download the complete report.
An HTML text version of the report is also available. Listen, watch or read an interview with Fariba Nawa on Democracy Now! about reconstruction, security, and life in Afghanistan five years after the invasion.


US: Ex-Workers Testify About Halliburton
by Griff WitteWashington Post
September 19th, 2006
A Democratic Policy Committee hearing spurred by a lawsuit has renewed attention on Halliburton Co., which has come under intense scrutiny as the largest U.S. contractor in Iraq.

An Insider in Brussels: Lobbyists Reshape the European Union
by Elke CronenbergSpecial to CorpWatch
September 18th, 2006
In order to influence the new laws that encompass the 25 countries of the European Union, now the world's largest single economy, some 15,000 lobbyists have flocked to Brussels, its political heart. The public relations firm Burson-Mastellar is one of the most active among them.

Smelter Struggle: Trinidad Fishing Community Fights Aluminum Project
by Sujatha FernandesSpecial to CorpWatch
September 6th, 2006
Fishing communities in the Caribbean island of Trinidad are protesting a $US1.5 billion aluminum smelter that will process raw material from Brazil, Jamaica and Surinam. Cedros Peninsula United, a local organization, says that the factory uses technology that has had serious environmental impacts in countries from China to Iceland and the U.S.

Disaster Profiteering on the American Gulf Coast Fact Sheet
CorpWatch Hurricane Katrina factsheet with examples of exploitation and waste by corporations hired to clean up and rebuild the Gulf Coast, one year after disaster struck.

Big, Easy Money
August 17th, 2006
Disaster profiteers make millions while local companies and laborers in New Orleans and the rest of the Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast region are systematically getting the short end of the stick, according to a major new report from the nonprofit CorpWatch.
Click here for the press release, to see key findings, get quick facts, read the text version or to download the report.
Listen to audio of the August 18th press conference, with Rita J. King, Pratap Chatterjee and Brooke Biggs.

Intelligence in Iraq: L-3 Supplies Spy Support
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 9th, 2006
L-3 Communications, a little-known but gigantic military contractor, provides 300 contract intelligence experts to the Pentagon in Iraq to support operations ranging from interrogation to media analysis. The secretive $426.5 million operation, which is run out of Virginia, may be a recipe for disaster, say critics.
Also see related story, A Translator's Tale, by Pratap Chatterjee.

A Translator's Tale
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 9th, 2006
Goran Habbeb was shot and left for dead by gunmen in Iraq for helping troops in counter-intelligence tasks. He worked for Titan, a military contractor, who supply translators to the military under a profitable multi-billion dollar contract. Almost 200 of their workers have been killed, the highest by far of any contractor in Iraq.

Pinochet's Dutch Secret
by Anton FoekSpecial to CorpWatch
July 24th, 2006
A major Dutch arms manufacturer's bankruptcy revealed a secret deal to supply weapons to General Augusto Pinochet of Chile. The man behind the scheme is now a tax exile who appears to be immune from charges of bribery or tax evasion.

Iraq After Halliburton
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 12th, 2006
The controversial multibillion-dollar deal with oil services giant Halliburton to provide logistical support to U.S. troops in Iraq has been canceled. What should happen next? Read our three alternative annual reports on Halliburton, to learn the real legacy of the company's incompetence and corruption.
Listen to an interview with CorpWatch's director, Pratap Chatterjee.

Border for Sale
by Joseph RicheySpecial to CorpWatch
July 5th, 2006
Five major military contractors are competing to design a system to tackle up to two million undocumented immigrants a year in the United States. Boeing, Ericsson, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are working on proposals that focus on high technology rather than high fences, but ignoring some of the fundamental problems of immigration. Listen to an interview with author, Joseph Richey.

A Proxy Battle: Shareholders vs. CEOs
by Kevin KelleherSpecial to CorpWatch
June 13th, 2006
Earnest shareholder resolutions presented at company annual general meetings on everything from human rights to executive compensation are routinely shot down in flames. But shareholder resolutions may have an effect, even in defeat.

Green Fuel's Dirty Secret
by Sasha LilleySpecial to CorpWatch
June 1st, 2006
Ethanol made from corn has been touted as the "green fuel" of the future. Archer Daniels Midland, the largest U.S. producer of ethanol, stands to make a fortune from environmentally conscious car drivers. But is ethanol really as environmentally clean as it is hyped to be? Listen to an interview with Sasha Lilley on CorpWatch Radio. 

Stolen for Steel: Tata Takes Tribal Lands in India
by Nityanand JayaramanSpecial to CorpWatch
May 24th, 2006
The Tata Group, one of India's biggest and oldest multinationals, has taken over tribal land to build an enormous steel plant in Orissa. A clash between the traditional owners of the land and the police has resulted in numerous injuries and deaths, calling into the question the prestigious family-owned company's philanthropic image.

Entergy Holds New Orleans for Ransom
by Rita J. KingSpecial to Corp Watch
May 10th, 2006
Entergy, one of the largest utilities in the U.S., has enjoyed healthy profits since Hurricane Katrina. Yet its New Orleans subsidiary has filed for bankruptcy, and frightened ratepayers with visions of bills bloated to 140% of their pre-storm size. Now the Fortune 500 company is threatening to pull the plug on New Orleans if it doesn't get a $700 million-plus federal bailout it doesn't actually need.

Target: Wal-Mart Lite
by Kari LydersenSpecial to CorpWatch
April 20th, 2006
Shopping in a Target store, you know you’re not in Wal-Mart. But, critics say that in terms of working conditions, sweatshop-style foreign suppliers, and effects on local retail communities, big box Target stores are very much like Wal-Mart, just in a prettier package.

Australia Reaps Iraqi Harvest
by Marc MoncriefSpecial to CorpWatch
April 4th, 2006
United Nations sanctions against Saddam Hussein may have failed to end his regime but they succeeded in enriching both the Iraqi dictator and corporations able to manipulate the scandal-ridden world body's Oil-for-Food program. Among the profiteers was the Australian Wheat Board, a former state-owned monopoly, which funneled over $200 million into Saddam's coffers even as the “Coalition of the Willing” was preparing for invasion.

Pink "iPods" for Democracy!
by Fariba NawaSpecial to CorpWatch
March 15th, 2006
Voice for Humanity recently sold tens of thousands of pink and silver audio players to the United States government to teach Afghan villagers about democracy. Critics say that the project was a waste of taxpayer dollars. Others say it is a perfect example of the covert "information war" conducted in the "war on terrorism."

Happy Meals, Unhappy Workers
by Aaron Glantz and Ngoc NguyenSpecial to CorpWatch
March 6th, 2006
Vietnamese workers earn less than $2 a day making stuffed animals and Happy Meal toys for U.S. consumers. An ongoing series of wildcat strikes this winter has forced the government to raise wages to prevent factories from moving to other countries.

Listen to an interview about this article with Aaron Glantz on CorpWatch Radio.


Ports of Profit
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
February 24th, 2006
The ports of Dubai make up some of the busiest commercial hubs in the world for the "global war of terrorism." Conveniently located between the Afghanistan and Iraq, Dubai is the ideal jumping-off point for military contractors and a lucrative link in the commercial supply chain of goods and people.

Baghdad Embassy Bonanza
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
February 12th, 2006
A controversial Kuwait-based construction firm accused of exploiting employees and coercing low-paid laborers to work in war-torn Iraq against their will is now building the new $592-million U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

Listen to an interview with David Phinney about this article on CorpWatch Radio.


Gasoline Crisis in Iraq
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
February 8th, 2006
Contract mismanagement and possible corruption in the Iraqi government are fueling a crisis over international gasoline delivery into Iraq. Citing a mountain of unpaid bills, the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia have shut off gasoline exports to Iraq. With it's options dwindling and beleaguered Iraqis demanding fuel, Baghdad has begun to negotiate with former arch-rival, Iran.

Iraqi Port Weathers Danish Storm
by Lotte Folke Kaarsholm, Charlotte Aagaard and Osama Al-HabahbehSpecial to CorpWatch
January 31st, 2006
High-ranking officials from the United States as well as Iraq accuse the Danish shipping company Maersk of having taken advantage of the chaos of war in order to grab control of Iraq’s oil port.

Uruguay: Pulp Factions: Uruguay’s Environmentalists v. Big Paper
by Raúl PierriSpecial to CorpWatch
January 16th, 2006
Massive monoculture plantations have begun a cascade of changes to Uruguay’s economy, environment and culture. Now, the foreign corporations that grow the trees are escalating the process by building massive pulp mills that threatening lives and livelihoods.

HAITI: Haiti Telecom Kickbacks Tarnish Aristide
by Lucy KomisarSpecial to CorpWatch
December 29th, 2005
In two lawsuits, politically connected U.S. telecom companies have been accused of kickbacks to Former President Aristide and his associates.

Coca Farmer Wins Bolivian Election: New President to Challenge Multinationals
by Anton FoekSpecial to CorpWatch
December 28th, 2005
Evo Morales, an Aymara Indian who grew up in childhood poverty, has won the Bolivian presidential elections. He is part of a wave of leftists taking power in Latin America and challenging multinational corporations.

Some Strings Attached: Cotton, Farm subsidies tie up global trade talks
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
December 13th, 2005
West African cotton farmers are among those hardest hit by government subsidized corporate agriculture. This week in Hong Kong, trade ministers from the 148 members of the World Trade Organization meet to discusss this and other global free trade issues.

From Mercenaries to Peacemakers?
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
November 29th, 2005
A grainy video (download here) of private contractors shooting at civilian cars on Iraqi streets poses a difficult question: how should the military security industry be regulated? Do they have a role in peacekeeping or are they part of the problem?

Vedanta Undermines Indian Communities
by Nityanand JayaramanSpecial to Corpwatch
November 15th, 2005
Vedanta, a fast growing British mining and aluminium production company founded by a billionaire expatriate Bombay businessman, threatens communities in India with environmental degradation and widespread pollution.

Meet the New Interrogators: Lockheed Martin
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
November 4th, 2005
Sytex, a subsidiary of Lockheed , the world's largest military contractor, has emerged as one of the biggest recruiters of private interrogators deployed to the United States-run prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Shot Down: Lobby Kills Brazil Gun Ban
by Anton FoekSpecial to CorpWatch
October 25th, 2005
The world’s first ever referendum on banning civilian guns in Brazil failed to pass this past Sunday. Among those profiting are Taurus, the largest small arms producer and manufacturer in Latin America.

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Asia’s Poor Build U.S. Bases in Iraq
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
October 3rd, 2005
Thousands of low-wage Asian laborers are traveling to Iraq to work for U.S. military contractors like First Kuwaiti and Prime Projects International in the hope of sending money home to their families. Trapped and exploited under inhuman conditions, many of them are now fleeing the country to save their lives.

Big, Easy Iraqi-Style Contracts Flood New Orleans
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
September 20th, 2005
As Katrina's flood waters recede, government contractors are flowing into the Gulf Coast and reaping billions of dollars in pre-bid, limited bid, and sometimes no-bid contracts. Many of these contractors and the men who award them are the same players who bungled the reconstruction of Iraq. Deja vu all over again.

Hurricane Katrina and Climate Justice
by Joshua KarlinerSpecial to CorpWatch
September 12th, 2005
For nearly five years George Bush has infuriated much of the world by refusing to take action on global warming. Instead, he has called for more study. In a way, he got what he wanted with Hurricane Katrina.

The Cows Have Come Home
by Diane FarsettaSpecial to CorpWatch
September 1st, 2005
After fighting mad cow safeguards, the US beef industry complains about the consequences - a multi-billion dollar decline in exports - and a shortage of imported beef because of inadequate domestic testing and labeling.

Bad Faith: Fraud in the Insurance Industry
by Ray BourhisSpecial to CorpWatch
August 24th, 2005
When individuals sue major corporations, the odds are stacked against them. One woman's fight against an insurance giant details those odds and what it takes to beat them.

The Great American Jobs Scam
by Greg LeRoy, Special to CorpWatch
August 10th, 2005
Lurking within the records of most cities and states in America there lies a scandal. A tax scandal. A jobs scandal. A corporate and political scandal.

Religious Right Discovers Investment Activism
by Cynthia L. CooperSpecial to CorpWatch
August 3rd, 2005
A tiny, but effective, religious right financial movement is using fundamentalist values and shareolder activism to push conservative evangelism into corporate suites.

Mixing Occuption and Oil in Western Sahara
by Jacob MundySpecial to CorpWatch
July 21st, 2005
Oklahoma-based Kerr-McGee's contract with Morocco to explore for oil and gain in the contested territory on the Atlantic coast of northern Africa is complicating a 30 year independence struggle.

Oil Fuels Suriname-Guyana Border Clash
by Anton FoekSpecial to CorpWatch
July 5th, 2005
Canadian, Spanish and Danish companies are fueling a border clash in the remote coastal waters off the northern edge of South America in an effort to profit out of recently discovered coastal oil reserves.
NEW!Hallliburton Wins New $4.9Billion Iraq Contract


Halliburton Hearing Unearths New Abuse
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
June 27th, 2005
"Misplaced" portable military bases, thousand-dollar VCRs, and expired food are only a few of the new charges that have been brought against the most powerful military contractor in Iraq.

Barrick Gold Strikes Opposition in South America
by Glenn WalkerSpecial to CorpWatch
June 20th, 2005
A proposal to "relocate" three Andean glaciers to mine for gold has local people up in arms. This billion dollar development could destroy a major source of clean water on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Playing Chicken: Ghana vs. the IMF
by Linus AtarahSpecial to CorpWatch
June 14th, 2005
Thanks to the IMF and the World Bank, chicken and other local agriculture staples in Ghana are being replaced by subsidized foreign imports.

Marines Jail Contractors in Iraq
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
June 7th, 2005
Tension and confusion are on the rise in Iraq after a group of American security contractors were thrown in jail under suspicion for shooting at the US Marines in Fallujah.

The Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline: BP’s Time Bomb
by Hannah EllisSpecial to CorpWatch
June 2nd, 2005
With their newly opened pipeline, British Petroleum (BP) is cutting a path of environmental and social irresponsibility from the Caspian to the Mediterranean.

Adding Insult to Injury
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
May 24th, 2005
Many Halliburton contractors leave Iraq with debilitating injuries and deep psychological scars. Then they return home only to find that the insurance they need to rebuild their lives is out of reach.

Houston, We Still Have A Problem
by Andrea Buffa and Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
May 16th, 2005
This week, CorpWatch publishes a special alternative annual report on Halliburton. From bribery, fraud, and corruption in Iraq, to the undermining of US government regulations that protect drinking water at home, we take a closer look at this controversial company's track record in 2004.

Yukos Kingpin on Trial
by Lucy KomisarSpecial to CorpWatch
May 10th, 2005
This week, a Moscow court will issue a verdict in the tax fraud trial of billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky. While some critics argue that the charges are politically motivated, others question his innocence in the eyes of the West.

'Tis the Season for Shareholder Activism
by Jan FrelSpecial to CorpWatch
May 4th, 2005
Every spring, activists and investors attend annual general meetings to protest and meet face-to-face with CEOs and corporate boards. The goal is to place their agendas -- on everything from the environment to labor practices -- front and center.

Contract Quagmire in Iraq
by  David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
April 27th, 2005
Rioting and threats of work stoppages at critical transportation hubs needed to rebuild the war-torn Iraq have erupted in recent months following payment disputes between contractors originally hired by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority and Iraqi officials skeptical of the billings and the CPA's handiwork.

Meat Packer's Union on the Chopping Block
by Sasha LilleySpecial to CorpWatch
April 18th, 2005
Today's meat packing industry relies increasingly on high-speed, treacherous disassembly lines. Perhaps that's why Tyson Foods, Inc. -- a giant in a flourishing industry -- is working to take apart a union that prioritizes safety over speed.

University, Inc.
by Jennifer BordenSpecial to CorpWatch
April 11th, 2005
From research patents to high-stakes partnerships, Jennifer Washburn spent years researching the links between industry and the American University. In this exclusive interview with CorpWatch's Jennifer Borden, Washburn talks about what she found, why it matters and what you can do about it.

Bringing Business Back Ashore
by Lucy KomisarSpecial to CorpWatch
April 4th, 2005
A new breed of leadership is working to make Buenos Aires, Argentina, a local, transparent economy and a model for the rest of the world.

Halliburton Bribery Scandal Deepens
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
March 29th, 2005
Halliburton officials are being investigated for taking millions of dollars in bribes while staying at a lavish seaside resort in Kuwait, in return for sub-contracts to supply the US military in Iraq. Jeff Alex Mazon is the first of these Halliburton managers to be indicted for corruption.

Driving Into Danger
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
March 29th, 2005
A grieving family is suing Halliburton for the wrongful death of Tony Johnson, a truck driver killed while en route on the deadliest day the Iraq war has seen so far. Did the company knowingly place their workers in harm's way? The Johnsons -- and the flood of families waiting to file similar lawsuits -- say they did.

Food Giants on the Run
by Michele SimonSpecial to CorpWatch
March 21st, 2005
The food industry is working with politicians across the United States to rewrite laws in order to shield themselves from lawsuits based on obesity and related health problems.

BlueLinx Buys Illegal Indonesian Timber
by Steve SlatterySpecial to CorpWatch
March 14th, 2005
JP Morgan Chase and BlueLinx linked to illegal logging of endangered Indonesia forests.

Fighting the Big Gunns in Tasmania
by Tom PriceSpecial to CorpWatch
March 14th, 2005
The war between the world's largest woodchip exporter, Gunns Limited, and the Australian conservation community has been raging for decades. But the company's recent efforts to silence Tasmanian activists through lawsuits could earn them millions and set a very dangerous precedent. ALSO: BlueLinx Buys Illegal Indonesian Timber

An Interrogator Speaks Out
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
March 7th, 2005
A former military interrogator talks about what went wrong at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.

Intelligence, Inc.
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
March 7th, 2005
US military interrogators -- who will work at sites ranging from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay -- must first receive training at one obscure military fort in Southern Arizona. Today, that training has been taken over by private contractors working for profit. ALSO: An Interrogator Speaks Out

Carbon: Under Kyoto, a Hot Commodity
by Daphne WyshamSpecial to CorpWatch
February 18th, 2005
Are World Bank-funded efforts to compensate for corporate emissions sustainable? Or will they affect poor communities disproportionately?

The Carbon Brokers
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
February 18th, 2005
Traders are gearing up for a new futures market. These new carbon exchanges promise billions in potential profit, but will they save the planet?

Spinning Media for Government
by Chris RaphaelSpecial to CorpWatch
February 10th, 2005
Public relations giant Omnicom has received almost a quarter of a billion dollars in contracts from the federal government for public relations work. At least one has been labeled "covert propaganda," another involved paying off a journalist and opinion-maker.

Two World Forums, Two Visions
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
January 27th, 2005
While the world's biggest CEOs and politicians gather in Davos, Switzerland to network and negotiate, activists and NGO-workers meet halfway around the world in Porto Alegre, Brazil to imagine other, more humanity-focused possibilities.

Exporting Cures, Importing Misery
by By Stan CoxAlterNet
January 19th, 2005
The Kazipally industrial area – once good farm country – now accounts for more than one-third of India's pharmaceutical industry, meaning skyrocketing rates of cancer, heart disease and birth defects for its residents.

Egyptian Asbestos Workers Dying of Cancer
by Aaron Glantz, Special to CorpWatch
January 13th, 2005
Workers at Aura-Misr, a Spanish-Egyptian asbestos company in Cairo, have been laid off since Christmas, after a ban on asbestos took effect in the country. Many of the fired workers have been diagnosed with cancer and they worry that other workers may soon fall ill and die also.

Boeing Scandal Part of Deeper Problems at Pentagon
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
January 5th, 2005
Military contractors like Boeing, Halliburton and Lockheed, have become increasingly embedded with the Pentagon bureaucrats who give them lucrative work as the jailing of Darleen Druyun, a former U.S. Air Force weapons buyer, demonstrates.

Iraq Contractor Claims Immunity From Fraud Laws
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
December 23rd, 2004
A Virginia judge has been asked to decided whether or not Custer Battles, an upstart security company assigned to guard Baghdad airport, had defrauded its customers by as much as $50 million. But company lawyers are arguing that the United States government did not control the Iraqi oil money, seized during the occupation, used to pay the company.

Paving the Amazon with Soy
by Sasha LilleySpecial to CorpWatch
December 16th, 2004
Soy rules the central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso and it's not the soy that much of the world associates with the ostensibly eco-friendly, vegetarian diet, either. With help from the World Bank, André Maggi (the Soy King) is bankrolling the destruction of one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems: the savanna.

“Contract Meals Disaster" for Iraqi Prisoners
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
December 9th, 2004
New evidence suggests that the Abu Ghraib prisoners were subjected not only to torture and psychological abuse, they were underfed, malnourished and made to eat food so bad it inspired riots. A little-known private contractor, run by an American civilian, is said to be to blame.

Dynamite in the Center of Town
by Joshua KarlinerSpecial to CorpWatch
December 2nd, 2004
In 1984 the world's largest industrial disaster killed 8,000 people over night in Bhopal, India. Two decades later, some sort of closure might seem called for. But today survivors groups continue to struggle for justice, while the chemical industry promotes volunteer initiatives.

Clouds on the Organic Horizon
by Carmelo Ruiz-MarreroSpecial to CorpWatch
November 25th, 2004
Until a decade ago, organic foods were available only through tiny farmers markets, health and natural food stores, but today their growing popularity means that more organic food is now sold by chain stores like Whole Foods. Often, the food itself is grown on corporate-owned farms, no longer synonymous with small farms, rural communities, social justice and humane treatment of animals.

Cooking the Insurance Books
by Lucy KomisarSpecial to CorpWatch
November 17th, 2004
As New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer charges American International Group (AIG) executives with collusion in an insurance brokerage kickback scandal, a paper trail stretching back a decade reveals that AIG used offshore shell companies to skirt the law.

Kuwait Documents Allege Halliburton Bribe Scandal
by David PhinneySpecial to Corpwatch
November 11th, 2004
Newly revealed documents, dating from December 2003 and the early months of 2004, allege that Halliburton staff in Kuwait asked for kickbacks from selected contractors while undermining others who were looking for work from the multi-billion dollar contracts that the company oversees for the military occupation force in Iraq.

Agent Orange Victims Sue Monsanto
by Tom FawthropSpecial to CorpWatch
November 4th, 2004
Vietnamese Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) filed a class action law suit in a New York court, against Monsanto and 36 other manufacturers of Agent Orange.

Halliburton Hit with Multiple Lawsuits
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
October 27th, 2004
Companies working in support of U.S. troops in Iraq are hauling Houston-headquartered defense contractor, Halliburton, into U.S. federal court with claims that the company stiffed them for hundreds of millions of dollars after they provided essential services in the war effort.

Darfur Diplomacy: Enter the Contractors
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
October 21st, 2004
Rwandan and Nigerian soldiers will arrive in western Sudan this week as the first deployment of a five nation 4,500 strong peacekeeping force dispatched from the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa to stem the violence in Darfur. Providing logistical support for the mission will be two private contractors from California, both of whom have mixed records carrying out similar enterprises in the past.

Iraq Contractor Accused of Offshore Shell Game
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
October 14th, 2004
Former managers working for Custer Battles, a high-profile private security company in Iraq, are accusing the firm of using companies in the Cayman Islands and other “tax haven” countries to fraudulently overcharge on government contracts by tens of millions of dollars.

Banking on Elections
by Lucy KomisarSpecial to Corpwatch
October 6th, 2004
Finance sector invests heavily in candidates When former Texas Senator Phil Gramm came out of the Tavern on the Green one recent August morning, his disposition turned edgy. Now a vice chairman of the Swiss financial corporation UBS, he had just left his colleagues at the Financial Services Roundtable breakfast. He wasn't keen on talking to waiting journalists, certainly not to the CorpWatch team.

"Rigged from the Beginning"
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
September 30th, 2004
A once secret Halliburton oil contract raked in billions long after the Army said the work would be competitively bid. As of September 2004 Halliburton billed over $2.5 billion. A Bechtel whistleblower calls the bidding process to break up the work, "a sham."

Iraq's Private Warriors
Facts and figures on: congressional budget allocations vs. actual expenditures; pay scales for Iraqi and foreign personnel; and comparisons of equipment ordered for Iraq and equipment delivered.

Leaving Children Behind
by Ben ClarkeSpecial 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."

Prison Interrogation for Profit
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
September 15th, 2004
Private contractors face legal action for crimes in Abu Ghraib Employees of two high-profile defense contractors are accused of involvement in close to one third of the torture and abuse incidents cited in a recent Army investigation of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

No Competition
Former Bechtel consultant portrays Halliburton bidding process as a “sham”

by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
September 14th, 2004
Sheryl Elam Tappan, former Bechtel Consultant, tells a special panel of congressional Democrats, “Officials up and down the chain of command ignored our federal laws and regulations and the procedures that normally ensure fair play.”

November Surprise
by Stephen MillerSpecial to Corpwatch
September 8th, 2004
Electronic Voting Machines Add Uncertainty to Close Election Race Across the U.S., dozens of election commissions, county clerks and voting registrars are scrambling to maintain public confidence in an election system shaken by the Florida 2000 debacle and challenged by security flaws in hi-tech electronic solutions. In the swing states, where the presidential election is expected to be close, 14 of 20 states will be experimenting with untested technology.

Swing States and Electronic Voting Machines
September 7th, 2004

CorpWatch Covers the Conventions
From New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Time-Warner extravaganza to New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici's connections to nuclear and fossil fuel companies, CorpWatch joins with Democracy Now! to reveal the facts, figures, and faces the corporate media won't cover.

Corporate Donations to Republican Convention to Reach $160 Million.
by Bill MeslerSpecial to CorpWatch
August 31st, 2004
The extravagant spectacle is expected to dwarf the record $95 million spent by Democrats this year. In fact, the Republicans will spend more than the $130 million raised by Al Gore for his entire 2000 campaign.

Media Money
by Sakura Saunders and Ben ClarkeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 25th, 2004
Media corporations give millions, receive billions. The cost for two weeks of ad-driven debate on Kerry's military record cost almost $1 million. Political advertising will bring over $1.5 billion to media corporations this election season. In turn they will invest millions in campaign contributions and lobbying. Meanwhile, substantive political coverage continues to decline.

Privatizing Hope
August 19th, 2004
Ten years after the first democratic elections in South Africa brought the African National Congress to power, critics claim that privatization and neoliberal economic policies have usurped the promise of democracy.
Soweto Resists Privatization Moves
Trevor Ngwane/Walter Turner
ANC Privatizations Fail to Deliver in South Africa, Patrick Bond

Soweto Resists ANC Privatization Moves
by Walter Turner: Interview with Trevor NgwaneAfrica Today
August 18th, 2004
From illegal reconnection to the electrical grid, "Operation Khanyisa" to refusal of pre-pair water meters, South Africa's largest black township fights back.

ANC Privatizations Fail to Deliver in South Africa
by Patrick BondSpecial to Corpwatch
August 18th, 2004
"Privatization can only worsen conditions for the majority. The reality of the Telkom sale is that property is being expropriated from 46 million South Africans to be auctioned off to, at best, 1 million 'investors' in the name of black economic empowerment."

Sweating for the Olympics
by Sasha Lilley, Special to CorpWatch
August 11th, 2004
Behind the five intertwined rings of the Athens games, underpaid workers are sewing the shirts, gluing the shoes, and putting zippers to running suits and track apparel branded as Olympic--in working conditions that would make even the most highly trained athlete sweat.

Information Warriors
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
August 4th, 2004
Rendon Group Wins Hearts and Minds in Business, Politics and War The Rendon Group is a consulting firm whose services range from creating "a favorable environment before privatization begins" to helping justify war. Rick Rendon, a founding partner talks to CorpWatch about his latest project, "Empowering Peace."

Up in Smoke
by Chris BerdikSpecial to Corpwatch
July 28th, 2004
Tobacco Industry Saves on Soft Money, Spends On Advertising and Lobbyists The quadrennial special-interest cash race is on. Although the McCain-Feingold Act has blocked some of the flow, the political system is still awash with tobacco dollars.

Financing the Election
by Bill MeslerSpecial to CorpWatch
July 22nd, 2004
John Kerry will accept the Democratic nomination to run for United States President at the Fleet Center, a sports and entertainment arena named after the powerful FleetBoston Corporation, the biggest donor to Kerry's Congressional career.

A Cabinet That Looks Like (Corporate) America
by Bill MeslerSpecial to CorpWatch
Increasingly, the highest of government officials arrive directly from the executive offices of powerful corporations. Those who regulate and those supposed to be regulated have become almost indistinguishable. Here are a few egregious examples.

Stalled Case Against ExxonMobil Sees Movement
by Jacqueline KochSpecial to CorpWatch
July 14th, 2004
After languishing in the courts for two years, a lawsuit that accuses ExxonMobil of complicity in human rights violations is beginning to move, thanks to the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the Alien Tort Claims Act.

Not in Their Backyard
by Jacqueline KochSpecial to CorpWatch
July 14th, 2004
Legal experts, activists, and analysts weigh impact of Supreme Court decision to uphold the Alien Tort Claims Act, commonly used by human rights groups to try cases against U.S. corporations on American soil.

Corporations Fight to Avoid Accountability
by Stephen R. Miller Special to CorpWatch
July 7th, 2004
Two years after Congress enacted the sweeping corporate-accountability act known as "SOX," corporate officials are hoping their complaints will take the teeth out of the legislation's power to regulate.

Teaching Democracy, Texas Style
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 1st, 2004

Selections, Not Elections
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 1st, 2004
The system od "selections, not elections" disenfranchises many local people. It was pioneered by North Carolina-based Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, which won a $167 million United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contract,

Inventing Iraqi Democracy in North Carolina
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 1st, 2004
Former employees of RTI, a North Carolina company with a $167 million military contract to teach Iraqis about democracy, say the company failed in its task.

Sweet and Sour
by Jim LobeSpecial to CorpWatch
June 23rd, 2004
A new report from Human Rights Watch reveals that American corporations such as Coca-Cola may be getting sugar from plantations in El Salvador that employ child labor.

New Halliburton Whistleblowers Say Millions Wasted in Iraq
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
June 16th, 2004
According to a new GAO report and congressional testimoney from former Halliburton employees, the company encouraged waste and supported overcharging for Iraq contract work.

Give War a Chance: the Life and Times of Tim Spicer
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
June 9th, 2004
Strange or villianous, Tim Spicer's business partners over the years, have found themselves in hot water from Canada to Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe, although he has always somehow managed to avoid prosecution.

From Embassy Hero to Racing Disgrace
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
June 9th, 2004
In order to restore the reputation of the venerable British institution, in March 2002, Phipps launched dawn raids on five National Hunt trainers--including nine-time champion Martin Pipe--to investigate whether the trainers were illegally plying the horses with the blood-boosting drug erythropoieitin.

Ex-SAS Men Cash in on Iraq Bonanza
by Pratap Chatterjee
June 9th, 2004
Many of the best-paid private security contracts in Iraq are managed by a small group of British ex-soldiers who served in the Special Air Services (SAS), an elite regiment of commandos that is considered one of the best special force units in the world.

Controversial Commando Wins Iraq Contract
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
June 9th, 2004
A new Iraq contract to create the world's largest private army goes to a company run by Tim Spicer, a former officer with an elite regiment of British commandos who has a questionable track record.

Landmine of a Decision
by Michael McCrystalSpecial to CorpWatch
May 28th, 2004
Much is at stake for the people, economy, and environment of Namibia, where Rossing Uranium is deciding between ceasing operations or spending $100 million on a 20-year expansion of one of the world's largest mines.

Barren Justice
by Sasha LilleySpecial to CorpWatch
May 13th, 2004
Nicaraguan banana workers have been struggling for compensation from Dole Fruit, Shell, and Dow Chemical for exposure to the pesticide DBCP. The obstacles to justice are many, including the US courts, powerful lobbies, and free trade agreements.

Private Contractors and Torture at Abu Ghraib
by Pratap Chatterjee and A.C. ThompsonSpecial to CorpWatch
May 7th, 2004
Two private military contractors are being investigated for their role in torture allegations at the Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq: CACI from Arlington, Virginia, and Titan of San Diego, California.

Titan's Translators in Trouble
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
May 7th, 2004
Titan corporation of San Diego, California, one of the two companies accused of complicity in the prison abuse scandal in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, is currently facing numerous federal investigations for work done in Iraq and around the world.

Private Contractors and Torture at Abu Ghraib, Iraq
by Pratap Chatterjee and A.C. ThompsonSpecial to CorpWatch
May 7th, 2004
Two private military contractors are being investigated for their role in torture allegations at the Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq: CACI from Arlington, Virginia, and Titan of San Diego, California.

Titan's Translators in Trouble
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
May 6th, 2004
Titan corporation of San Diego, California, one of the two companies accused of complicity in the prison abuse scandal in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, is currently facing numerous federal investigations for work done in Iraq and around the world.

The Spin Doctor Is In: Examining Corporate PR at Bechtel
by A.C. ThompsonSpecial to CorpWatch
April 28th, 2004
In the face of criticism over its controversial construction projects, Bechtel has taken media manipulation to the next level, employing a three-pronged approach to weaving a rosy story for the public and investors.

Poison and Profits
by Chris ThompsonEast Bay Express
April 7th, 2004
First California semiconductor firm AXT, Inc. exposed its workers to arsenic. Then it fired them and sent their jobs to China.

Mercenary Boom in Iraq Creates Tension at Home and Abroad
by Aaron GlantzSpecial to CorpWatch
March 23rd, 2004
Kurdish mercenaries are on the frontline of the burgeoning security business in Iraq, easily the fastest growing business sector in the country. Yet the boom may be heightening ethnic tensions there.

The Smell of Money: British Columbia's Gas Rush
by Shefa SiegelSpecial to CorpWatch
March 13th, 2004
In Canada's British Columbia, ExxonMobil, Talisman, Shell, and other energy giants are racing to tap the region's "sour gas". But the potential toxicity of the gas is being ignored.

ASIA: Storm Over Asian-Pacific Timber Trade
by Yoon Szu-MaeSpecial to CorpWatch
March 5th, 2004
Rimbunan Hijau, a billion-dollar business owned by Malaysian tycoon Tiong Hiew King, has been engaging in illegal logging in South East Asia, while local governments turn a blind eye.

Argentina Water Privatization Scheme Runs Dry
by Sebastian HacherSpecial to CorpWatch
February 26th, 2004
Rio de la Plata is one of the few rivers of the world whose pollution can be seen from space. Making matters worse is the privatized water company Aguas Argentinas, which dumps sewage into the river a few kilometers from where it treats water for drinking.

Money for Nothing and Calls for Free
by Nidhi Kumar and Nidhi VergheseSpecial to CorpWatch
February 17th, 2004
As the outsourcing of jobs has become a hot election year issue in the US, call centers in India continue to multiply. Local workers answer calls for US corporations at a fraction of the cost of an American worker.

Operation Sweatshop Iraq
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
February 12th, 2004
Halliburton is hiring temps to work in Iraq: $100 a month for locals, $300 for Indians and $8,000 for Texans. Meanwhile taxpayers are getting charged top dollar, prompting investigations from the United States military.

Banking on Empire
by Mitch JeserichSpecial to CorpWatch
February 4th, 2004
Iraqi ministries will now be able to borrow billions of dollars to buy much-needed equipment from overseas suppliers, but only by mortgaging the national oil revenues through a bank managed by JP Morgan Chase.

Coke with Yet Another New Twist: Toxic Cola
by Amit SrivastavaSpecial to CorpWatch
January 17th, 2004
As the World Social Forum opens in Mumbai, India, the spotlight has been turned on Coca-Cola and Pepsi, whose products have been found to be laden with pesticides and insecticides.

Information Warfare or Yesterday's News?
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
January 6th, 2004
Science Applications International Corporation has a contract with the Pentagon to run the Iraqi Media Network's Al Iraqiya radio and television station. But Iraqis aren't tuning in.

Conservation at All Costs
by Shefa SiegelSpecial to CorpWatch
December 22nd, 2003
Conservation International is working to protect endangered species in Guyana, but in practice may have fomented conflict between tribes there.

The Troubled Marriage of Environmentalists and Oil Companies
Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero reports on CI's questionable partnerships.


The Troubled Marriage of Environmentalists and Oil Companies
by Carmelo Ruiz-MarreroSpecial to CorpWatch
December 22nd, 2003
The American environmental group Conservation International (CI) and other environmental organizations are actively collaborating with oil corporations in hopes of ameliorating the impact of their activities on local ecosystems. But observers fear that the cozy relationship that these groups have with the US government and oil companies raises serious questions regarding their independence and warn that it can undermine the grassroots work of popular movements and native peoples that aim to stop new oil drilling altogether. They also hold that it raises some serious issues regarding national sovereignty in the Global South.

Umm Qasr -- From National Pride to War Booty
by David BaconSpecial to CorpWatch
December 15th, 2003
The Iraqi port of Umm Qasr -- once a crown jewel of the Iraqi economy -- is now a symbol of a new era of foreign domination. It's run by SSA, a politically-connected firm with an ugly history of anti-labor policies.

Jordanian Privatization Extended to the Dead Sea
by Oula Al FarawatiSpecial to CorpWatch
December 9th, 2003
Jordan is selling its stake in the flagship Arab Potash Company to the Canadian potash giant PCS as part of privatization efforts spearheaded by USAID.

Bechtel Fails Reconstruction of Iraq's Schools
by Karim El-GawharySpecial to CorpWatch
December 2nd, 2003
Bechtel has been awarded a contract by USAID for the reconstruction of Iraq's schools, as part of a deal worth up to $1.03 billion. But the question remains whether Bechtel, like the US army, is part of the solution or part of the problem.

Mapuche Lands in Patagonia Taken Over by Benetton Wool Farms
by Sebastian Hacher and Pauline BartoloneSpecial to CorpWatch
November 25th, 2003
To the Mapuche Indians in southern Argentina, the Italian clothing manufacturer Benetton is the newest conquistador in 10,000 years of land struggles in Patagonia.

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Robert Zoellick's Free Trade Evangelism
by Toni SoloSpecial to CorpWatch
November 17th, 2003
Free trade advocates and multinational corporations are pinning their hopes on Robert Zoellick, the United States trade representative, as negotiators from around the two continents gather in Miami for the Free Trade of the Americas talks.

BAE System's Dirty Dealings
by Sasha LilleySpecial to CorpWatch
November 11th, 2003
BAE Systems has been accused of operating a $33.4 million slush fund to procure prostitutes, sports cars, and other enticements in connection with the biggest transaction in UK history -- the Al-Yamamah arms-for-oil deal with the Saudi royal family.

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Bolivian President Falls Over Gas Sale to California
by Jim ShultzSpecial to CorpWatch
October 22nd, 2003
Bolivia has been rocked by protests against a proposed gas pipeline to be built by Pacific LNG. The consortium is made up of notorious British and Spanish multinationals, including BP and Repsol-YPF.

Clear Channel Rewrites Rules of Radio Broadcasting
by Dante TozaSpecial to CorpWatch
October 8th, 2003
At the annual meeting of the National Association of Broadcasters, Clear Channel kept a low profile. Yet its impact on media diversity is anything but casual -- it owns roughly one in every ten radio stations in the United States.

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Private Company Manages Daily Bombing of Korean Village
by Aaron GlantzSpecial to CorpWatch
September 27th, 2003
Six days a week, US military fighter planes drop bombs a mile from the South Korean village of Maehyang-ri. The bombing range isn't run by the US Air Force and it isn't run by the US Army. It's been privatized and is under the management of Arctic Slope World Service.

Cancun Round Collapses
by Dan JaffeeSpecial to CorpWatch
September 15th, 2003
WTO negotiations collapsed in Cancun amid deep divisions between the US, EU and Japan on one side and the Group of 23, led by Brazil, South Africa, India and China, on the other.

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MEXICO: Will Agricultural Issues Derail WTO Talks?
by Tim RussoSpecial to Corp Watch
September 10th, 2003
A show down is taking place at the WTO over agricultural issues that pits northern countries against the global south and small farmers against worldwide agribusiness.

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MEXICO: Suez' World Water Wars
by Deepa FernandesSpecial to CorpWatch
September 9th, 2003
The latest battle in the war over privatization is being fought at the WTO negotiations in Cancun.

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Guarding the Oil Underworld in Iraq
by Jim Vallette and Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
September 5th, 2003
When saboteurs struck the vital Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline in northern Iraq recently, the United States government announced that a company called Erinys would be brought in to train 6,500 Iraqis to guard oil pipelines, wellheads, and refineries.

AES Backs Out of Bujagali Dam Project
by Sasha LilleySpecial to CorpWatch
August 28th, 2003
The future of a World Bank-sponsored dam scheme at Bujagali Falls on the Victoria Nile in eastern Uganda has been thrown into question with the withdrawal of energy giant AES Corporation from the project.

Bush Turns Blind Eye to Blackout Culprit
by Tyson SlocumSpecial to CorpWatch
August 21st, 2003
An Ohio-based energy conglomerate is responsible for the massive power blackout that shut down much of the Midwest and Northeast -- and its chief executives rank among Bush's top campaign fundraisers.

To the Victors Go the Spoils of War
by Pratap Chatterjee and Oula Al FarawatiCorpWatch
August 8th, 2003
Critics claim that the motive for the invasion of Iraq was control of Iraqi oil. And if the bonanza in oil contracts won by giant oil companies is any indication, Washington is moving swiftly to secure access to Iraq's oil wealth once and for all.

World Bank Knew About Enron's Payoffs in Guatemala
by Jim ValletteSpecial to CorpWatch
August 1st, 2003
A U.S. Senate Committee report found that the World Bank and U.S. taxpayer-backed institutions financed "questionable payments" by Enron for a Guatemalan power project.

Halliburton Milks British Nuclear Submarines for Millions
by Solomon HughesSpecial to CorpWatch
July 25th, 2003
Halliburton is giving the Brits the royal shaft by embarking on multi-million dollar privatization schemes for the British military, starting with the nuclear subs at Devonport Royal Dockyards.

Talking Back to the Ganglords
by Ted NaceGangs of America
July 18th, 2003
Computer giant Intel lost a major lawsuit against a fired employee who sent email protest letters to his former colleagues, in a court decision that is a major victory for free speech and workers' rights.

Coke in Varanasi: Facing Local Ire
by AflatoonIndia Resource Center
July 10th, 2003
On the 10th of May, 2003 about 100 people held a demonstration at the plant gate. Nearly 200 police personnel were deputed by the district authorities to 'protect' the plant along with 50 gun toting private security guards. While this agitation was suppressed by beating up the demonstrators to disperse them, local inhabitants are geared for a long struggle against the cola giant.

Coca-Cola: Continuing the Battle in Kerala
by Surendranath CIndia Resource Center
July 10th, 2003
Plachimada, (Palakkad district) Kerala: The Coca Cola story in Plachimada is reminiscent of David versus the mighty Goliath. In the latest twist to the tale, the Kerala Government through the Secretary, Local Self Government Department (LSGD) has stayed the Perumatty Grama Panchayat's decision not to renew the license issued to the Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd.

Communities Reject Coca-Cola in India
by Amit SrivastavaIndia Resource Center
July 10th, 2003
Coca-Cola is in trouble in India. Communities have been fighting the multinational for depleting the groundwater and contaminating what's left. A Special Series from the India Resource Center.

Enron Style Corporate Crime and Privatization
by Darren PuscasPolaris Institute
June 20th, 2003
An inside look at the U.S. Coalition of Service Industries (USCSI), the major driving force behind the scenes pushing for the privatization of services, including public services.

The Stalemate in the WTO
by Walden Bello and Aileen KwaFocus on the Global South
June 11th, 2003
An in-depth analysis of the WTO's flaws, the roots of globalization and what they mean for the upcoming WTO Summit in Cancun.

Bechtel: Profiting from Destruction
by CorpWatch, Global Exchange, Public CitizenCollaborative Report
June 5th, 2003
In this collaborative report we look at Bechtel's history of operations in the water, nuclear, energy and public works sectors.

Media Diversity at Risk
by Mafruza KhanCorporate 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.

Partial Chronology of Union Carbide's Bhopal Disaster
by Helene VostersSpecial to CorpWatch
May 15th, 2003
Dec. 2-3, 1984: Gas spill at the Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal kills 8,000 in first three days. Over 120,000 injured.

An Unreasonable Woman
by Helene VostersSpecial to CorpWatch
May 15th, 2003
Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper, is a long time environmental justice activist and adversary to corporate polluters like Union Carbide and Dow Chemical. In the early 1980's after witnessing dolphin die-offs, decreased fish catches, and increased health problems in her home-town of Seadrift, Texas, Wilson discovered that she lived in the most polluted county (Calhoun) in the U.S.

Bhopal Survivors Confront Dow
by Helene VostersSpecial to CorpWatch
May 15th, 2003
Almost 19 years after the Bhopal gas disaster in India, survivors still seek Justice. Recently they confronted the CEO of Dow Chemical at a shareholders' meeting.

Bechtel's Water Wars
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
May 1st, 2003
In November 2001 Bechtel sued the country of Bolivia for $25 million for canceling a contract to run the water system of Cochabamba, the third largest city in the country, after local people took to the streets to protest massive price hikes for water.

Bechtel's Nuclear Nightmares
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
May 1st, 2003
In part II of this special series, we look at the environmental and human rights impacts of just a few Bechtel ventures in nuclear, water and mining.

Bechtel Wins Iraq War Contracts
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
April 24th, 2003
In this special investigative series we look at Bechtel's friends in high places, the revolving door between government and the corporate giant and some of its past boondoggles.

From Business Executive to Peace Activist
by Julie LightCorpWatch
April 17th, 2003
Warren Langley, former President of the Pacific Stock Exchange, talks with CorpWatch about his sojourn from the executive suites to activism in the streets.

Dyncorp Rent-a-Cops May Head to Post-Saddam Iraq
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
April 9th, 2003
A major military contractor - already underfire for alleged human rights violations and fraud - may get a multi-million dollar contract to police post-Saddam Iraq.

Busting the Water Cartel
by Holly Wren SpauldingSpecial to CorpWatch
March 27th, 2003
A report from inside the World Water Forum on the showdown between water privatizers and human rights activists.

Vinnell, Brown and Root at Turkey's Incirlik Airbase
by Pratap Chatterjee and Sasha LilleySpecial to CorpWatch
March 20th, 2003
Brown and Root's role at Incirlik began on October 1, 1988 when the company won its first contract to run support services at the base in collaboration with Vinnell corporation of Virginia. The contracts also included providing services at two more minor military sites in Turkey: Ankara and Izmir.

Halliburton Makes a Killing on Iraq War
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
March 20th, 2003
CorpWatch has learned that VP Cheney's former company has a $multi-million contract servicing troops in Kuwait. This special series looks at how Halliburton profits from the Iraq war, now that bombs are falling on Baghdad.

Indigenous Struggle in Ecuador Becomes a "Cause Beyond Control"
by Kenny BrunoEarthRights International
March 13th, 2003
Ecuador's government recently ruled indigenous opposition to Amazon oil development a "cause beyond control." That leaves the companies free to pull out. It could also be an excuse to step up repression.

Farmers Fight to Keep Monsanto's Genetically Modified Wheat Out of Canada
by Tom PriceSpecial to CorpWatch
March 5th, 2003
A coaliton of farmers is fighting to keep Monsanto's "Roundup Ready Wheat" out of Canada. They say GM contamination would threaten exports.

Jordan's Sweatshops: The Carrot or the Stick of US Policy?
by Aaron GlantzSpecial to CorpWatch
February 26th, 2003
While the world braces for a US war against Iraq, Washington is using its newly inked Free Trade Agreement with Jordan to open sweatshops and secure an ally in the region.

Sweat-Free School Purchasing Resolutions: A New Trend?
by Ben PlimptonSpecial to CorpWatch
February 6th, 2003
School Districts and city governments are promising to purchase "sweat-free" uniforms and sports equipment. Organizers say the grassroots initiatives are a cutting edge in the fight against sweatshops.

World Contrasts
by Eduardo Galeanowww.portoalegre2003.org
January 16th, 2003
Next week, thousands will descend on Porto Alegre, Brazil for the World Social Forum, under the slogan "Another World is Possible." We thought these reflections by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano on the world as it is today were a good place to start.

West Coast Dockworkers: Victory in the Face of the Bush Doctrine
by David BaconSpecial to Corpwatch
January 2nd, 2003
West Coast Dockers negotiate a contract despite federal intervention on the side of business. But the Bush administration has fired a warning shot at labor.

Tension in Paradise
by Tom PriceSpecial to CorpWatch
December 3rd, 2002
Tuvalu is like many places brushing up against development, simultaneously simple and complex. Island life hums along here, a small place where everyone knows everyone else, where children ask visitors names, and remember them days or weeks later.

CLEAR CHANNEL: the Media Mammoth that Stole the Airwaves
by Jeff PerlsteinSpecial to CorpWatch
November 14th, 2002
Clear Channel leads the way in undermining media diversity in the US. Now, citizens are fighting back.

Unity Platform on Corporate Accountability
US Based Global Justice Groups
October 29th, 2002
Some 200 US-Based social and environmental justice groups call for corporate accountability. Among their ten point demands: campaign finance reform and an end to corporate welfare.

Climate Justice Summit Program
CorpWatch
October 25th, 2002
Climate Justice Summit, October 26-28, 2002, Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi. Program

Clouds Over Global Warming
by by C.E. KarunakaranTamilnadu Science Forum
October 24th, 2002
"I'm not going to let the United States carry the burden for cleaning up the world's air," declared the US presidential candidate George W. Bush, in October 2000. "Only for poisoning it the most," he might have added, had he wanted to be completely truthful; as truthful as, say, Andrew Kerr of the World Wildlife Fund: "The United States is responsible for almost half of the increase in world carbon dioxide in the past decade. That increase is greater than the increase in China, India, Africa and the whole of Latin America." This minor fact would not, of course, deter President Bush from complaining that the Kyoto Protocol, the global compact on dealing with global warming "... exempts 80% of the world, including major population centres such as China and India," as he pulled his country out of the Kyoto process, within a few months of taking office.

Nuclear Renaissance or Nuclear Nightmare?
by Karl GrossmanSpecial to CorpWatch
October 23rd, 2002
Thought the nuclear power industry was dead? Guess again. Industry leaders met to launch a "renaissance" with help from the White House. Check out this CorpWatch exclusive.

Iraq and the Axis of Oil
by Maria Elena Martinez and Joshua KarlinerCorpWatch
October 23rd, 2002
In this CorpWatch Opinion, we look at the connection between the looming war in Iraq, corporate crime in America and control of the world's oil supply.

International Tobacco Treaty: Public Health Advocates Face an Uphill Battle
by Clive BatesSpecial to CorpWatch
October 15th, 2002
Can public interest groups salvage an international treaty aimed at regulating Big Tobacco? The director of an anti-tobacco group says they have their work cut out for them.

Precision Farming: The Marriage Between Agribusiness and Spy Technology
by Carmelo Ruiz-MarreroSpecial to CorpWatch
October 2nd, 2002
Precision farming: high tech corporate responsibility or agribusiness expansion? We look at the use of satellites and new technology in farming.

The Lacandon Jungle's Last Stand Against Corporate Globalization
by Ryan ZinnSpecial to CorpWatch
September 26th, 2002
A battle is raging in Chiapas, Mexico to protect rainforest biodiversity and indigenous rights. Both are threatend by the Plan Puebla Panama.

PPP: Plan Puebla Panama, or Private Plans for Profit?
by Miguel PickardSpecial to CorpWatch
September 19th, 2002
A primer on the development scheme that would turn southern Mexico and all of Central America into a giant export zone.

September 11th Didn't Change Everything
by Kenny BrunoCorpWatch
September 10th, 2002
A New Yorker looks at the squandered opportunities to make desperately needed changes in the American psyche and global policy following last September 11th.

Women's Protests Against ChevronTexaco Spread Through the Niger Delta
by Sam OlukoyaSpecial to CorpWatch
August 7th, 2002
Women recently occupied ChevronTexaco facilities throughout the Niger Delta. Their initial demands have been met, but issues remain.

Will Congress Investigate US Agencies' Enron Ties?
by Jim ValletteSpecial to CorpWatch
August 1st, 2002
The Senate is investigating the role of private investment banks in the Enron scandal. Could public institutions, like the World Bank and the Export-Import Bank be next?

Bush: Corporate Confidence Man
by Charlie Cray and Lee DrutmanSpecial to CorpWatch
July 10th, 2002
Bush's Corporate Responsibility plan is pretty anemic -- not what you'd expect from a president desperate to keep the current crisis from becoming a major political liability.

George and Dick's Amazing Corporate Misadventures
by Stephen PizzoSpecial to CorpWatch
July 10th, 2002
Has the avalanche of corporate revelations left your head spinning? Investigative journalist Stephen Pizzo offers a cheat sheet to scandals plaguing the White House.

A Tale of Two Coups: Venezuela and Argentina
by Greg PalastNew Internationalist Magazine
July 3rd, 2002
April's big business-led coup in Venezuela failed, where international finance's coup in Argentina in recent months has succeeded. Greg Palast gives us the inside track on two very different power-grabs.

Afghan Pipe Dreams
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
June 28th, 2002
Is the US War on Terrorism in Afghanistan really a war for a natural gas pipeline? Fossil fuel corporations and the World Bank are expressing cautious interest. Activists are concerned.

Edison's Failing Grade
by Tali WoodwardSpecial to CorpWatch
June 20th, 2002
For-profit school manager Edison Schools Inc. promoted itself as the savior of American public education. Now, the company is struggling for its own survival.

Sempra: Exporting Pollution
by J.P. Ross, GreenpeaceSpecial to CorpWatch
May 27th, 2002
San Diego-based Sempra Energy is dodging US environmental laws by building power plants in Mexico -- and shipping the electricity back to California.

Report Alleges US Role in Angola Arms-for-Oil Scandal
by Wayne MadsenSpecial to CorpWatch
May 17th, 2002
Did US officials and oil companies play a role in international arms-for-oil scandal?

Enron's Pipe Scheme
by Jimmy LangmanSpecial to CorpWatch
May 9th, 2002
Enron's Cuiaba gas pipeline project, built with US government support, is an ecological and social disaster. Jimmy Langman reports from Bolivia.

The War on Terrorism's Gravy Train
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
May 2nd, 2002
The U.S. military has always relied on private contractors for basic services, but today nearly 10 percent of the emergency U.S. army operations overseas are contracted out to unaccountable private corporations.

Enron's Empire
by Daphne Wysham and Jim ValletteSpecial to CorpWatch
April 11th, 2002
U.S. taxpayers' money, $7 billion worth, laid the foundation for Enron's global operations. Wysham and Vallette expose the company's dirty deals that brought turmoil to communities the world over.

Biotechnology's Third Generation
by Carmelo Ruiz-MarreroSpecial to CorpWatch
April 5th, 2002
From golden rice to anti-viral tomatoes, is the biotech industry's third generation good medicine or good marketing? And, activists ask, what are the environmental consequences?

Genetic Pollution: Biotech Corn Invades Mexico
by Carmelo Ruiz-MarreroSpecial to CorpWatch
March 20th, 2002
Mexican farmers say their crops are contaminated by GM corn. At stake: their harvest, native seeds and very livelihood.

Williams Companies: Enron II
by Wayne MadsenSpecial to CorpWatch
February 14th, 2002
Top executives say Williams Companies faces huge losses due to deals with Enron. But a lawsuit says they were covering up the company's own Enron-like activities.

Globalizing Hope
by Joshua KarlinerCorpWatch
February 6th, 2002
The only way to really describe the World Social Forum that just ended in Brazil is a global political ''carnaval.''

The Whole World Was Watching
by Kenny BrunoCorpWatch
February 6th, 2002
The first week of February posed a test to the anti-corporate globalization movement and its targets. Local NY organizers got an A for attitude. The police passed. The WEF -- they flunked as usual.

Trading in Disaster
by Nityanand Jayaraman and Kenny BrunoSpecial to CorpWatch
February 6th, 2002
30,000 tons of possibly contaminated steel scrap from the twin towers has been exported to India. The shipments raise serious public health concerns.

World Economic Forum Protests Pose New Challenges for Anti-Globalization Movements
by Kenny BrunoCorpWatch
January 29th, 2002
Will demonstrators show that anti-corporate sentiment is alive and well? We look at the issues raised by the World Economic Forum in New York and the World Social Forum in Brazil.

Greenwash + 10
by Kenny BrunoCorpWatch
January 24th, 2002
This new report documents corporate influence on the United Nations and calls on the UN to take measures for accountability.

Star Wars: Protecting Globalization From Above
by Karl GrossmanSpecial to CorpWatch
January 18th, 2002
Bush's revived Star Wars program got a boost after 9-11. He's asking for $8.3 billion for a missile program from Congress, and the big defense contractors are hoping to make a fortune.

Homeland Security, Homeland Profits
by Wayne MadsenSpecial to CorpWatch
December 21st, 2001
Government spy agencies seek new ways to monitor the Internet. Civil libertarians worry about privacy while software companies stand to make billions.

Enron: Pulling the Plug on the Global Power Broker
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
December 13th, 2001
How could one of the most wealthy and powerful corporations in the world go bust overnight? It turns out that the 7th largest US business was mostly smoke and mirrors.

Bhopal's Legacy
by Sandhya SrinivasanSpecial to CorpWatch
December 6th, 2001
Seventeen years after the Bhopal disaster, survivors still seek justice and environmental health regulations go unenforced.

Fast Track Passage Won't Defeat the ''Seattle Coalition''
by Sarah Anderson and John CavanaghInstitute for Policy Studies
December 6th, 2001
Fast Track trade authority has squeaked through Congress. Analysts from the Institute for Policy Studies say it is one set back among many victories in a battle that is far from over.

The Meaning of Doha
by Walden Bello and Anuradha MittalFocus on the Global South and Food First
November 15th, 2001
Two activist-scholars set the record straight on what was gained and what was lost at the recent WTO summit in Qatar.

ENGLAND: The WTO's Hidden Agenda
by Gregory PalastSpecial to CorpWatch
November 9th, 2001
Confidential documents show top corporate executives met secretly with government officials to set the pro-business agenda for the current WTO talks. This may be the smoking gun that proves corporate collusion in the WTO process.

Prelude to Doha: Northern Countries Try to Ram Through Agenda
by Martin KhorSpecial to CorpWatch
November 9th, 2001
WTO officials and delegates from the US and EU try to strong arm developing countries into accepting a new round of trade negotiations.

War Profiteering: Bayer, Anthrax and International Trade
by Kavaljit SinghAsia-Europe Dialogue Project
November 5th, 2001
US officials have refused to bust Bayer's monopoly on anthrax drugs, even though generic drugs would save $millions. Bayer's patent was protected under the WTO. Now those rights are challenged.

WTO and the Fate of the World's Forests
by Victor MenottiSpecial to CorpWatch
November 1st, 2001
At stake in upcoming WTO negotiations is the question of who will control and benefit from the world's forests.

The WTO, Forests and the Spirit of Rio
by Ricardo CarrereSpecial to CorpWatch
November 1st, 2001
Rainforest activist Ricardo Carrere argues that it's time to reject free trade and return to the environmental principles that guided the 1992 Earth Summit.

ENRON: Washington's Number One Behind-the-Scenes GATS Negotiator
by Tony ClarkeSpecial to CorpWatch
October 25th, 2001
Tony Clarke, looks at how Enron, the largest service provider in the world, uses its clout to shape WTO talks on cross-border trade in services.

Where Do We Go From Here?
by Joshua KarlinerCorpWatch
October 11th, 2001
CorpWatch Director Joshua Karliner looks at the challenges facing the anti-corporate globalization movement since the WTC attack.

Brooklyn Diary
by Kenny BrunoCorpWatch
September 19th, 2001
CorpWatch is based in San Francisco, but one of our 7 person staff, Kenny Bruno, actually lives and works in New York City. The following are some of his thoughts and impressions on the terrorist attack on his hometown and Washington DC -- attacks that all of us here at CorpWatch vehemently condemn.

Immigration and Globalization: The UN Conference Against Racism Takes on Migrant Issues
by Catherine TactaquinSpecial to CorpWatch
August 30th, 2001
The World Conference on Racism in Durban spotlights many insidious forms of racism, including anti-immigrant activity.

Environmental Justice from the Niger Delta to the World Conference Against Racism
by Sam OlukoyaSpecial to CorpWatch
August 30th, 2001
As the World Conference on Racism opens, EJ activists pledge to highlight environmental racism. Sam Olukoya looks at the connection between oil disasters in the Niger Delta and racism.

After Carlo Giuliani, Peaceful Protests Must Continue
by Kenny BrunoSpecial to CorpWatch
July 25th, 2001
The highly publicized killing of Carlo Giuliani during the protests in Genoa on Friday, July 19th may mark a milestone for the anti-corporate globalization movement as significant as the Battle in Seattle.

G8: Are You Happy?
by Susan GeorgeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 24th, 2001
The movement for a different kind of globalization is in danger. Either we expose what the police are actually up to and prevent the violence of the few, or we risk shattering the greatest political hope in the last several decades.

Toxic Drift: Monsanto and the Drug War in Colombia
by Jeremy BigwoodSpecial to CorpWatch
June 21st, 2001
A prominent U.S. Senator and other government officials from both Washington and Bogotá stood on a Colombian mountainside above fields of lime-green coca -- the plant sacred to Andean Indians, but also the source of the troublesome drug cocaine. They were awaiting a demonstration of aerial herbicide spraying, part of the U.S. drug war in Colombia.

DynCorp in Colombia: Outsourcing the Drug War
by Jeremy BigwoodSpecial to CorpWatch
May 23rd, 2001
A U.S.-made Huey II military helicopter manned by foreigners wearing U.S. Army fatigues crash lands after being pockmarked by sustained guerrilla fire from the jungle below. Its crew members, one of them wounded, are surrounded by enemy guerrillas. Another three helicopters, this time carrying American crews, cut through the hot muggy sky.

The Fight Against Big Tobacco: Domestic Battles, Global Implications
by Robert WeissmanSpecial to CorpWatch
April 26th, 2001
As a new round of negotiations on an international treaty controlling the spread of tobacco use opens in Geneva, it is still unclear what the Bush administration's position will be. What is clear, however, is that international tobacco control will almost certainly not be a priority for the Bush administration.

Quebec: One More Crack in the Wall
by Sarah AndersonSpecial to CorpWatch
April 23rd, 2001
QUEBEC CITY -- ''Excuse me, but is this Canada?'' Scrawled on the ''Wall of Shame,'' a 10-foot high, 2 and a half mile long fence erected to keep protesters away from George Bush and 33 other leaders gathered at the Summit of the Americas, the slogan just about says it all.

Big Tobacco and Free Trade
by Robert WeissmanSpecial to CorpWatch
April 12th, 2001
An international conspiracy to poison millions of men, women and teenagers around the world is killing four million people a year. By 2030, it will take 10 million lives annually, 70 percent of them in developing countries. This ''conspiracy'' is run by Big Tobacco: companies like Philip Morris, British American Tobacco and R.J. Reynolds, to name just a few.

Bush Administration Tobacco Industry Ties
by Robert WeissmanSpecial to CorpWatch
April 1st, 2001
Policy making authority in the Bush administration on tobacco issues will rest largely with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Justice Department, the U.S. Trade Representative and, above all, the White House. Many key officials in these agencies have ties to the tobacco industry or have suggested sympathy for positions favored by the industry.

Greenwash Campaign Profile
March 22nd, 2001
CorpWatch gives out bimonthly Greenwash awards to corporations that put more money, time and energy into slick PR campaigns aimed at promoting their eco-friendly images, than they do to actually protecting the environment. Nominations for these Awards come from our audience.

Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN Campaign Profile
March 22nd, 2001
For the past two years CorpWatch has led an international coalition of organizations in exposing the flawed human rights and environmental records of companies forming partnerships with the UN. CorpWatch is the Secretariat of this coalition, now known as the Alliance for a Corporate-Free UN.

Climate Justice Initiative Campaign Profile
March 22nd, 2001
Last year CorpWatch launched an initiative to redefine the global warming issue as a question of local and global justice. In November 2000, CorpWatch organized the First Climate Justice Summit in The Hague bringing representatives from communities already adversely impacted by the fossil-fuel industry from the US and Southern countries together to join the climate change debate.

Zapatistas: Bad For Business
by Martin EspinozaSpecial to CorpWatch
March 22nd, 2001
Are the Zapatistas winning the war of ideas against neoliberalism and free trade?

Peddling the E-Ticket to the Development Train
by Sarah AndersonSpecial to CorpWatch
March 8th, 2001
As both the Democratic and Republican parties jockey to win the favor of the high-tech industry, U.S. trade officials under Clinton and now under the Bush Administration have been aggressively promoting high tech's global interests by breaking down barriers to electronic commerce.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like
by Kenny BrunoSpecial to CorpWatch
January 28th, 2001
Thousands gather in Porto Alegre, Brazil to look towards a future in which corporations no longer rule.

Silence = Death: AIDS, Africa and Pharmaceuticals
by Stephen LewisToronto Globe and Mail
January 26th, 2001
While 25 million Africans are living with AIDS, Northern pharmaceutical companies and governments are turning their back on the greatest tragedy of our time according to former deputy head of UNICEF.

Is Bush Bad News for the World Bank?
by Walden BelloFocus on the Global South
January 18th, 2001
Scholar Walden Bello says a Bush presidency is bad news for the Bank and the Fund.

The Promise of Porto Alegre
by Ignacio RamonetLe Monde Diplomatique
The new century is starting in Porto Alegre. All kinds of people, each in their own ways, have been contesting and critiquing neo-liberal globalisation, and many of them will be gathering in this southern Brazilian city on 25-30 January for the first World Social Forum. This time they won't just be protesting -- as they were in Seattle, Washington, Prague and elsewhere -- against the world-wide injustices, inequalities and disasters created by the excesses of capitalism (see the article by Bernard Cassen).

Halliburton's Destructive Engagement
by Kenny BrunoSpecial to CorpWatch
October 11th, 2000
Since Dick Cheney became a candidate for Vice President, many journalists have focused on his mixed financial record as CEO of Halliburton, and his enormous retirement package. Few have investigated Dick Cheney's role in influencing foreign policy for the benefit of the company.

Prague Police Brutalize Activist Prisoner
by Julie LightSpecial to CorpWatch
September 29th, 2000
PRAGUE -- Yehoshua Tzarfati has a chilling story to tell. He came to Prague to help as a medic during this week's World Bank/IMF demonstrations.

Protestors Parade Through Prague
by Julie LightSpecial to CorpWatch
September 26th, 2000
PRAGUE -- In a day of protests that were more colorful than violent, 9,000 demonstrators surrounded Prague's Congress Center where the World Bank and IMF are holding their annual meeting.

Al's Pals: A List of Gore's Top Donors
by Bill MeslerSpecial to CorpWatch
September 8th, 2000
Gore's top donors for the 2000 presidential campaign (donation in parenthesis).

Al Gore: Friend of Corporate America
by Bill MeslerSpecial to CorpWatch
September 8th, 2000
Al Gore has raised more money than any other Democratic presidential candidate in history. But his pandering to rich and powerful comes at a cost to the public.

From Melbourne to Prague: the Struggle for a Deglobalized World
by Walden BelloFocus on the Global South
September 6th, 2000
Walden Bello delivered this speech at a series of engagements on the occasion of demonstrations against the World Economic Forum (Davos) in Melbourne, Australia, 6-10 September 2000.

The Struggle for a Deglobalized World
by Walden BelloFocus on the Global South
September 6th, 2000
In the mid-nineties, the WTO had been sold to the global public as the lynchpin of a multilateral system of economic governance that would provide the necessary rules to facilitate the growth of global trade and the spread of its beneficial effects.

Integrity in the Balance: Al Gore's Record On the Environment
by Bill MeslerSpecial to CorpWatch
August 29th, 2000
Terri Swearingen has heard enough of Al Gore's promises on the environment. ''There may be some that believe he is a premier environmentalist, but not me,'' says the forty-three year old registered nurse and mother.

Al Gore: The Other Oil Candidate
by Bill MeslerSpecial to CorpWatch
August 29th, 2000
For thousands of years, the Kitanemuk Indians made their home in the Elk Hills of central California. Come February 2001, the last of the 100 burial grounds, holy places and other archaeological sites of the Kitanemuks will be obliterated by the oil drilling of Occidental Petroleum Company.

Beyond the DNC
by Ruth ConniffSpecial to CorpWatch
August 18th, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- It's all over but the spinning. Outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the LAPD took snap shots if each other in the protest area where earlier in the week they clubbed and tear gassed demonstrators, as well as a few convention-goers and members of the media.

DNC: Corporate Crusaders
by Ruth ConniffSpecial to CorpWatch
August 17th, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- On Wednesday night, at the House of Blues on Sunset strip, the Edison Electric Institute, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the American Gas Association, and the National Mining Association put on a Motown bash honoring Representative John Dingell (Democrat of Michigan) under the banner ''The Motor City Takes L.A. for a Spin.''

DNC: Corporate Sponsors and Rubber Bullets
by Ruth ConniffSpecial to CorpWatch
August 15th, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- Towering over the fenced protest area outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles is a giant mural with the faces of Cesar Chavez, Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

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