|Poison and Profits|
by Chris Thompson, East 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 Glantz, Special 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 Siegel, Special 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-Mae, Special 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 Hacher, Special 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 Verghese, Special 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 Chatterjee, Special 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 Jeserich, Special 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 Srivastava, Special 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 Chatterjee, Special 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.
|The Troubled Marriage of Environmentalists and Oil Companies|
by Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero, Special 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 Bacon, Special 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 Farawati, Special 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-Gawhary, Special 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.
|Robert Zoellick's Free Trade Evangelism|
by Toni Solo, Special 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 Lilley, Special 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 Shultz, Special 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.