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CANADA/IRAQ: Drill, Garner, Drill
by Anthony FentonMother Jones
November 24th, 2008
In the history of the Iraq War, one name is perhaps synonymous with the collapse of the Bush administration's hopes for a post-Saddam world: Retired Lt. General Jay M. Garner, who served as the first post-war administrator. This year, he and a small group of former US military leaders, officials, and lobbyists have quietly used their Kurdistan connections to help Canadian companies access some of the region's richest oil fields.

US: Research Center Tied to Drug Company
by GARDINER HARRISThe New York Times
November 24th, 2008
Court documents reveal that Dr. Joseph Biederman, a renowned child psychiatrist, pushed Johnson & Johnson to fund a research center whose goal was “to move forward the commercial goals of J&J.”

US: Radio Host Has Drug Company Ties
by GARDINER HARRISThe New York Times
November 21st, 2008
An influential psychiatrist who was the host of the popular NPR program “The Infinite Mind” earned at least $1.3 million from 2000 to 2007 giving marketing lectures for drugmakers, income not mentioned on the program.

US: Court Says Shell Can’t Drill Near Alaska
by JAD MOUAWADThe New York Times
November 20th, 2008
A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked Royal Dutch Shell from drilling oil wells off Alaska’s North Slope after finding that the Interior Department had failed to conduct an environmental study before issuing the company’s drilling permit.

ITALY: Ex-Head of Bank of Italy to Go on Trial
by ERIC SYLVERSThe New York Times
November 19th, 2008
Now, three years after his time at the helm of the central bank ended in scandal, he goes on trial in Milan on Thursday, accused of rigging markets in order to keep Italian banks in Italian hands.

US: Formerly Lavish Music Patron Is Convicted of Fraud
by DANIEL J. WAKINThe New York Times
November 19th, 2008
Alberto W. Vilar, the investor and music lover accustomed to opulent living, front-row opera seats and the gratitude of arts impresarios, now faces a more humble prospect: prison.

US: Mark Cuban Is Charged With Insider Trading
by MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and FLOYD NORRISThe New York Times
November 17th, 2008
On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit charging Mr. Cuban with insider trading for selling shares of a small Internet search company in 2004, just before its share price fell.

US: No Bonuses for 7 Senior Executives at Goldman
by BEN WHITEThe New York Times
November 16th, 2008
As public scrutiny of Wall Street pay intensifies, one bank has already decided what it will award in bonuses to its top seven executives this year: nothing.

US: Indictment Links Deutsche Bank to Tax-Shelter Inquiry
by LYNNLEY BROWNINGThe New York Times
November 16th, 2008
The case may put pressure on Deutsche Bank, which has been under criminal investigation over its tax shelter work from the late 1990s through 2001.

CHILE: Nearly 2,000 Carrying H.I.V. in Chile Were Not Notified
by PASCALE BONNEFOY and ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO The New York Times
November 13th, 2008
Chile’s health minister said Thursday that the country’s public health system had failed to notify at least 512 people that they were infected with H.I.V., and that private-sector services did not inform an additional 1,364 that they were carrying the virus, which causes AIDS.

US: PacifiCorp Agrees To Remove Dams
by Jim CarltonThe Wall Street Journal
November 13th, 2008
Electric utility PacifiCorp has tentatively agreed to remove four dams from the Klamath River, in a deal that would end one of the West's most rancorous water disputes and could serve as a settlement model for similar fights.

US: Justices Revoke Limits On Navy Use of Sonar
by Jerry Markon and Juliet EilperinWashington Post
November 13th, 2008
The justices voted 6 to 3 to lift restrictions on the Navy's use of sonar off the Southern California coast, backing the military in a longstanding battle over whether anti-submarine training harms marine mammals.

US: UBS Executive Indicted in U.S. Inquiry
by LYNNLEY BROWNINGThe New York Times
November 12th, 2008
A senior Swiss executive at the banking giant UBS has been indicted in an investigation of the bank and its offshore private banking services for wealthy Americans, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

EU: Glass Makers Are Fined $1.7 Billion in Europe’s War on Price Fixing
by James KanterThe New York Times
November 12th, 2008
The European Commission fined companies controlling the Continent’s auto glass market a record 1.4 billion euros ($1.77 billion), on Wednesday for price-fixing over five years.

CHINA: Hong Kong Finds Tainted Chinese Fish Feed
by DAVID BARBOZAThe New York Times
November 12th, 2008
The Hong Kong government finding, reported late Tuesday, is the latest indication that melamine, a chemical used to make plastic and fertilizer, has seeped into large parts of China’s food and feed industry, posing potential health hazards to consumers.

US: 3 Flat-Screen Makers Plead Guilty to Trying to Keep Prices High
by STEVE LOHRThe New York Times
November 12th, 2008
Prices for the flat screens in televisions, personal computers and cellphones have plummeted in recent years — but the decline would have been even faster if it hadn’t been for an international price-fixing cartel, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

US: Early-voting problems in Putnam: Touch-screen votes switched, then corrected
by Paul J. NydenThe Charleston Gazette
October 21st, 2008
Two more Putnam County voters - Martha Louise Harrington and Michael K. Koon - have come forward about problems they experienced on early-voting electronic machines at the Winfield courthouse.

US: Bank of America Acquires Culture of Corruption in Merrill Lynch Purchase, Warns Former Merrill Star Player
Market Watch
October 21st, 2008
Keith Schooley, a former star financial consultant with Merrill Lynch, warns Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis that he may soon experience buyer's remorse over his acquisition of Wall Street's fallen idol.

UK: Britain's failure to tackle corruption damned amid new claims against BAE
by David LeighThe Guardian (UK)
October 18th, 2008
• Arms giant accused of fraud over Saudi deals • International monitors put UK ministers in dock

VIETNAM: Vietnam Cracks Down on Polluters
by Martha Ann OverlandTIME
October 17th, 2008
Long before a government report confirmed it, villagers living along the banks of the Thi Vai river in the Mekong Delta knew full well that the waterway was dead. They had complained for years that industrial waste discharged into the Thi Vai had poisoned their wells, killed all the fish and was making them sick. Yet it wasn't until cargo companies refused to dock at the river's main port — saying that the toxic brew was eating through the ships' hulls — that Vietnam officials were willing to get tough on polluters.

CANADA: OIL SANDS-PART 2: "Where I Come From Is Ground Zero"
by Chris ArsenaultInter Press Service (IPS)
October 17th, 2008
Like many young people from Ft. Chipewayn, Mercredi knows the tar sands well; he spent four years making big money driving trucks at one of the mines. "I just walked off the job one night, I thought 'this is wrong, we're destroying our own land'," said Mercredi.

CANADA: OIL SANDS-PART 1: Showdown at Ft. McMoney
by Chris ArsenaultInter Press Service (IPS)
October 16th, 2008
The sun rises in a bright, red line over flat land, small lakes, boreal forest and peat bogs as our small double engine plane bumps through early morning turbulence between Edmonton and Ft. McMurray, Canada.

US: Bank of New York Mellon Will Oversee Bailout Fund
by Eric DashNew York Times
October 15th, 2008
The Bank of New York Mellon was named the master custodian firm overseeing the Treasury Department’s $700 billion bailout fund. It will hold and track the distressed assets that the government will buy as well as run and report on the auctions used to buy the assets. Government officials called it the “prime contractor of the purchase program.”

US: The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America
by Amy Goodman and James BamfordDemocracy Now!
October 14th, 2008
The Bush administration’s wiretapping program has come under new scrutiny. Two influential congressional committees have opened probes into allegations US intelligence spied on the phone calls of U.S. military personnel, journalists and aid workers in Iraq. James Bamford discusses the NSA’s domestic sprying, the agency’s failings pre-9/11 and the ties between NSA and the nation’s telecommunications companies.

GUINEA: One killed in Guinea protest over bauxite trains
Reuters Africa
October 10th, 2008
At least one person was killed when police in Guinea cleared protesters from a railway carrying bauxite for Russian aluminium company RUSAL, police and industry sources said on Friday.

CHILE: Native Community in Desert Oasis Threatened by Mines
by Daniela EstradaInter Press News Service (IPS)
October 9th, 2008
The Diaguita indigenous community in Huasco Alto, surrounded by rich gold, silver and copper deposits in the northern Chilean region of Atacama, are engaged in a struggle to prevent mining projects from infringing on their territory and destroying their way of life and ancestral identity.

US: U.S. May Take Ownership Stake in Banks
by Edmund L. Andrews and Mark LandlerNew York Times
October 8th, 2008
In fresh efforts to stem persisting turmoil in the credit markets, the US Treasury Department is considering partial nationalization of numerous U.S. banks. Insurance giant A.I.G. will also receive a further injection of $37.8 billion.

US: More BP refinery doubts
Journal Gazette
October 7th, 2008
Smoke rises from the Whiting refinery now owned by BP. Federal regulators are questioning BP’s permit process. According to the EPA, the agency “now has information suggesting that BP may have begun a project to process Canadian crude oil at the refinery in 2005 without the proper permit.”

US: Eli Lilly settles Zyprexa inquiries in 32 states
by TOM MURPHY and MARLEY SEAMANAssociated Press
October 7th, 2008
Drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co. cleared another legal cloud hanging over its top-selling drug Zyprexa when it announced a $62 million settlement Tuesday, but several other storms are still brewing for the antipsychotic medication.

PHILIPPINES: Execs urged: Act on river pollution
by Bernadette ParcoCebu Daily News (Philippines)
October 6th, 2008
Environmentalists called on local government officials in Toledo City to actively monitor the ecosystem in the area following reports that a mining company discharged wastewater into the Sapangdaku River.

US: California's Number One Inland Oil Polluter in Trouble Again
Enviroment News Service
October 3rd, 2008
An oil company that state and federal officials have called California's number one inland oil polluter has failed to meet multiple deadlines to clean up leaks from settling ponds on one of its leases, so the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week took over partial cleanup operations to ensure they are completed before the rainy season.

IRAQ: U.S. to Fund Pro-American Publicity in Iraqi Media
by Karen DeYoung and Walter PincusWashingtom Post
October 3rd, 2008
The Defense Department will pay private U.S. contractors in Iraq up to $300 million over the next three years to produce news stories, entertainment programs and public service advertisements for the Iraqi media in an effort to "engage and inspire" the local population to support U.S. objectives and the Iraqi government.

INDIA: In Sore Need of E-Waste Regulation
by Keya AcharyaInter Press News Service (IPS)
October 2nd, 2008
India’s lack of safe electronic waste-disposal is growing to a crisis situation, needing strong laws to control the situation, say experts.

ISRAEL: U.S.-Israel jet deal sought: Pentagon backs sale of next-generation F-35s fighters to ally
by Stephen ManningChicago Tribune
October 2nd, 2008
The Defense Department said this week that it wants to sell as many as 75 fighter jets to Israel in a $15.2 billion deal for the aircraft expected to be the mainstay of air power in the United States and several other nations for decades.

SOUTH AFRICA: AngloGold workers protest SAfrican mine deaths
by James MachariaReuters
October 2nd, 2008
Three workers in South Africa died after three separate mining incidents as miners at AngloGold Ashanti's TauTona mine stopped work over a fatality there last week, union and company officials said on Thursday.

U.S.: Great Place for the Oil Business
by Stephen LeahyInter Press News Service (IPS)
September 30th, 2008
Why do U.S. oil companies -- some of the most profitable corporations on the planet -- receive 20 to 40 billion dollars a year in subsidies from the U.S. government?

US: Foggo pleads guilty in Wilkes case: Former CIA official fraudulently sent contracts to friend
by Paul M. KrawzakSan Diego Union Tribune – Washington Bureau
September 30th, 2008
Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, the former No. 3 official in the CIA, pleaded guilty yesterday to fraudulently steering intelligence contracts to his lifelong friend, former Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes.

US: Mosaic threatens $618 million lawsuit
by Frank GluckHerald Tribune
September 30th, 2008
Florida mining giant Mosaic Fertilizer said Monday it will file a $618 million lawsuit against Manatee County unless commissioners reverse a Sept. 16 vote that denied permission for Mosaic to mine phosphate on a property in Duette.

US: EPA sues Bradley Mining Co. for cleanup costs
Associated Press
September 30th, 2008
The federal government has filed a $7 million lawsuit against Bradley Mining Company, in an attempt to recover costs it says the Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency incurred cleaning up arsenic-laden mining waste.

EU: Lehman sees 750 Europe jobs axed
BBC
September 30th, 2008
The administrators of Lehman Brothers' European division have cut 750 jobs at the firm with immediate effect.

CANADA: High stakes in Canada’s vast oil-sands fields
by George TombsChristian Science Monitor
September 30th, 2008
Trillions of dollars’ worth of oil are present, but the environmental costs are high, too – and growing.

IVORY COAST: Pollution trial opens in Ivory Coast
Agence France Press (AFP)
September 29th, 2008
The trial opened in Ivory Coast on Monday of 12 people charged with involvement in a 2006 toxic waste scandal which killed 17 Ivorians and poisoned thousands.

MALAYSIA: Murum Dam - Public Funds for Corporate Profit?
by Anil NettoInter Press Service (IPS)
September 27th, 2008
Who will foot the bill for the Murum resettlement? ''Is it Sarawak Energy or will it be passed on directly to the state government and hence the tax payer,'' asked one Sarawak-based activist, who declined to be identified.

MALAYSIA: Murum Dam - Public Funds for Corporate Profit?
by Anil NettoInter Press Service
September 27th, 2008
By end-2007, Sarawak Hidro, the Bakun Dam developer, had outstanding borrowings of 1 billion dollars from a state-managed workers' pension fund and pension trust fund.

US: An Inconvenient Bag
by ELLEN GAMERMAN Wall Street Journal
September 26th, 2008
It's manufactured in China, shipped thousands of miles overseas, made with plastic and could take years to decompose. It's also the hot "green" giveaway of the moment: the reusable shopping bag.

SOUTH AFRICA: Apartheid lawsuit back in US court
SABC News
September 25th, 2008
After six years of battling, the plaintiffs must prove whether certain multinationals enabled the apartheid government to commit acts of gross human rights violations. Among the 21 defendants are oil, vehicle and financial companies which continue to operate in South Africa -- the likes of BP, Shell, Chevron Texaco, Barclays, Daimler Chrysler and Rio Tinto. They stand accused of supporting the former regime with arms and ammunition, financing, fuel, transportation and military technology.

US: Martinez Shell Refinery To Pay $300,000 Penalty For Spill
KTVU News
September 25th, 2008
The operator of the Shell refinery in Martinez has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a civil lawsuit charging that the refinery negligently caused about 10 barrels of oil to spill into the Carquinez Strait in Martinez in 2006, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney's office.

CONGO: Candidates Silent On Resource War In Congo
by Georgianne NienaberHuffington Post
September 25th, 2008
All politics is local, to paraphrase the venerable Bostonian and Democratic, Tip O'Neill. To human rights workers, journalists, writers, and humanitarians who have intimate knowledge of the Great Lakes Region of Equatorial Africa, this short email conjures a place, people, and tragedy that has been met with a wall of silence on the campaign trail. Neither John McCain nor Barack Obama has addressed this great humanitarian breakdown, except in the context of political squabbling.

IVORY COAST: Ivory Coast workers can't sue firms in U.S.
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
September 25th, 2008
Ivory Coast plantation workers who claim they were sterilized by a U.S.-made pesticide can't sue the manufacturers and distributors of the chemical in the United States because they can't show the companies intended to harm them, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

US: SEC Presses Hedge Funds
by Kara ScarnellWall Street Journal
September 25th, 2008
American International Group Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Morgan Stanley, Washington Mutual Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co. are part of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into potential abuse in relation to the current financial markets meltdown.

WORLD: Oil Companies' "Self-Policing" a Dismal Failure
by Alison RaphaelInter Press News Service (IPS)
September 24th, 2008
The intersection of human rights, the environment and corporate responsibility was highlighted today at a Capitol Hill hearing featuring activists from Burma and Nigeria who underlined the failure to date of "voluntary" controls over major oil companies operating in their countries.

ARGENTINA: Is GlaxoSmithKline Behaving Badly in Argentina?
by AINA HUNTERABC News
September 23rd, 2008
Michaela, a deceased 5 month old, is one of more than 13,000 Argentine children to participate in a clinical study implemented a little more than a year ago by the London-based GlaxoSmithKline, the world's second-largest drug manufacturer.

CHINA: China Food-Safety Chief Resigns in Dairy Scandal
by Loretta Chao and Jason LeowWall Street Journal
September 23rd, 2008
China's top food-safety official resigned as a dairy contamination scandal brought more international recalls of Chinese products and heightened fears among dairy farmers that their livelihoods were in danger. Nestlé SA was among those manufacturers involved in the recall.

US: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Takeovers Cost U.S. Banks Billions
by John HechingerWall Street Journal
September 23rd, 2008
About a quarter of the nation's banks lost a combined $10 to $15 billion in the wake of the federal government's takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The losses are galling to small bankers because they took pains to avoid the exotic loans and loose underwriting standards that have hobbled Wall Street titans and some huge banks.

COLOMBIA: To die for
by Mark ThomasGuardian (UK)
September 20th, 2008
Being a trade union organiser in bottling plants used by Coca-Cola in Colombia is a dangerous business - they are prime targets for death squads. Can Coke be held responsible? Mark Thomas follows the trail from Bogotá to New York

INDIA: India Grapples With How to Convert Its Farmland Into Factories
by Somini SenguptaNew York Times
September 17th, 2008
On the eve of opening a new auto factory in West Bengal, arranged via secret contract with the government, Indian industrial giant Tata is facing massive protests by local farmers determined not to be pushed off their land.

UK: UK government responds on Phorm
BBC News
September 16th, 2008
Clarifying how the system will be used in response to the EU request, the UK government said future trials must be done with consent from those being targeted.

US: Companies Cut Holes in CEOs' Golden Parachutes
by PHRED DVORAKWall Street Journal
September 15th, 2008
Top executives at Double Eagle Petroleum Co. signed employment agreements this month that curtailed a time-honored executive perquisite: the executives don't get severance in cases of "poor performance."

US: Regulator Plans to Bar Big Severance
by JAMES R. HAGERTYWall Street Journal
September 15th, 2008
The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Sunday that it won't allow the companies to make "golden parachute" severance payments to the mortgage companies' ousted chief executive officers.

US: Reddy Ice Names Operating Chief, Puts Sales Executive on Leave
by SHIRLEEN DORMANWall Street Journal
September 15th, 2008
Reddy Ice Holdings Inc. has suspended its quarterly dividend, named a new operating chief and put its sales chief on paid leave after finding he violated company policies and is associated with "matters that are under investigation."

ECUADOR: Chevron lawyers indicted in pollution case
by David BakerSan Francisco Chronicle
September 13th, 2008
Two Chevron Corp. lawyers fighting a landmark pollution lawsuit in Ecuador have been indicted by that country's prosecutor general, a move the company says proves the government is trying to tamper with the suit.

US: Federal Oil Officials Accused In Sex and Drugs Scandal
by STEPHEN POWERWall Street Journal
September 11th, 2008
Employees of the federal agency that last year collected more than $11 billion in royalties from oil and gas companies broke government rules and created a "culture of ethical failure" by allegedly accepting gifts from and having sex with industry representatives, the Interior Department's top watchdog said Wednesday.

US: UnitedHealth Ex-CEO Settles Pay Case
by VANESSA FUHRMANS Wall Street Journal
September 11th, 2008
Former UnitedHealth Group Inc. Chief Executive William McGuire agreed to pay $30 million and forfeit 3.7 million stock options to settle shareholder claims related to options backdating, adding to what was already one of the largest executive-pay givebacks in history.

ISRAEL: U.S. approves $330 million in arms deals for Israel
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
September 9th, 2008
The U.S. government on Tuesday said it had approved up to $330 million in three separate arms deals for Israel, and sources tracking a much bigger deal for 25 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets said that agreement could be approved later this month.

US: 2nd Walkout at Boeing in 3 Years
by MICHELINE MAYNARDThe New York Times
September 6th, 2008
The Boeing Company, whose order books are bulging with demand for its planes, was hit by its second major strike in three years early Saturday, when the union that represents 27,000 machinists in Washington State, Oregon and Kansas walked off the job.

GEORGIA: US military trained Georgian commandos
by Charles Clover in Moscow and Demetri Sevastopulo in WashingtonFinancial Times
September 5th, 2008
The US military provided combat training to 80 Georgian special forces commandos only months prior to Georgia’s army assault in South Ossetia in August.

US: Judge to Unseal Documents on the Eli Lilly Drug Zyprexa
by MARY WILLIAMS WALSHThe New York Times
September 5th, 2008
A federal judge in Brooklyn decided on Friday to unseal confidential materials about Eli Lilly’s top-selling antipsychotic drug Zyprexa, citing “the health of hundreds of thousands of people” and “fundamental questions” about the way drugs are approved for new uses.

US: Altria Said to Be in Talks With Tobacco Maker UST
by ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and ANDREW MARTINThe New York Times
September 4th, 2008
Altria Group is in advanced talks to buy UST, the maker of the popular Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco brands, for more than $10 billion, people with close knowledge of the negotiations said late Thursday. The terms could not be learned.

US: NebuAd Halts Plans For Web Tracking
by Ellen NakashimaWashington Post
September 4th, 2008

US: Halliburton Ex-Official Pleads Guilty in Bribe Case
by RUSSELL GOLDThe Wall Street Journal
September 4th, 2008
In a wide-ranging foreign-corruption investigation, fired former Halliburton Co. executive Albert J. "Jack" Stanley pleaded guilty to orchestrating more than $180 million in bribes to senior Nigerian government officials. The bribes were used to win a contract to build a liquefied-natural-gas plant in Nigeria.

US: U.S. Drug Ads Questioned
by KEITH J. WINSTEIN and SUZANNE VRANICAThe Wall Street Journal
September 3rd, 2008
Consumer advertising for prescription drugs had a negligible impact on sales of products studied by Harvard Medical School researchers -- in a finding that may confound both advertisers and their opponents.

FRANCE: Siemens Accused of Posting a Rival’s Secrets
by DAVID JOLLYThe New York Times
September 3rd, 2008
In another black eye for Siemens, the German industrial conglomerate found itself accused on Wednesday of posting a rival’s business secrets on an internal computer network.

US: For Widely Used Drug, Question of Usefulness Is Still Lingering
by ALEX BERENSONThe New York Times
September 1st, 2008
About the only point on which both sides agree is that no one can judge ezetimibe’s safety and benefits for certain without more data, ideally from a clinical trial covering more than 10,000 patients and lasting several years, long enough to show that the drug actually helps patients live longer or avoid heart attacks.

GLOBAL: Drug Makers’ Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines’ Fast Rise
by Elisabeth RosenthalThe New York Times
August 19th, 2008
The lightning-fast transition from newly minted vaccine to must-have injection in the United States and Europe represents a triumph of what the manufacturers call education and their critics call marketing.

Iraq: Introducing DisneyIraq: The Unhappiest Place on Earth
by Scott ThillAlterNet
August 15th, 2008
An American financier is pitching a vast theme park in Baghdad, not out of kindness, but as he says, "for profit."

Georgia: BP reopens Georgia gas pipeline
BBC News
August 15th, 2008
BP has said it has resumed pumping gas through a pipeline that runs through Georgia after an EU-brokered truce between Russian and Georgian troops.

US: American Airlines Hit By $7.1 Million in Fines
by PAULO PRADA and ANDY PASZTORWall Street Journal
August 15th, 2008
The Federal Aviation Administration, proposing one of its biggest penalties ever, said it plans to fine AMR Corp.'s American Airlines $7.1 million for allegedly violating employee drug- and alcohol-testing procedures and knowingly flying airplanes that broke maintenance regulations.

US: Wachovia to bail out clients holding auction rate securities
AFP
August 15th, 2008
Wachovia has become the latest US bank to agree to buy back billions of dollars of tainted auction rate securities that it sold before a market collapse in February, US officials announced Friday.

US: Files Show Governor Intervened With Court
by Ian UrbinaNew York Times
August 13th, 2008
West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III filed a friend-of-the-court brief in June, arguing the State Supreme Court should review a $382 million judgment against DuPont. The case involves thousands of residents in the area of a DuPont-operated zinc-smelting plant, and the largest civil penalty ever levied against the company, for the dumping of toxic arsenic, cadmium and lead at the plant.

KATRINA: U.S. Raids New Orleans Agency in Scandal Over a Housing Cleanup Program
by ADAM NOSSITERThe New York Times
August 11th, 2008
Federal investigators on Monday raided the downtown offices of a city-chartered nonprofit agency accused of abusing a federally financed program that was created to clean up houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

US: Collusion Inquiry Targets Ice Companies
by JOHN R. WILKEThe Wall Street Journal
August 7th, 2008
Federal prosecutors are investigating an alleged criminal price-fixing conspiracy in the $1.8 billion market for packaged ice, with the help of a former industry executive who told authorities the collusion was nationwide and forced up prices for consumers and businesses.

UK: UK questioned on online ad system
BBC News
August 6th, 2008
EU commissioner Viviane Reding has asked the UK government to clarify whether the Phorm system is in breach of European data laws.

US: Inquiry Finds Under-Age Workers at Meat Plant
by JULIA PRESTONThe New York Times
August 5th, 2008
State labor investigators have identified 57 under-age workers who were employed at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, and have asked the attorney general to bring criminal charges against the company for child labor violations, Dave Neil, the Iowa Labor Commissioner, said on Tuesday.

US: Companies Tap Pension Plans To Fund Executive Benefits
by ELLEN E. SCHULTZ and THEO FRANCISThe Wall Street Journal
August 4th, 2008
In recent years, companies from Intel Corp. to CenturyTel Inc. collectively have moved hundreds of millions of dollars of obligations for executive benefits into rank-and-file pension plans. This lets companies capture tax breaks intended for pensions of regular workers and use them to pay for executives' supplemental benefits and compensation.

UK: Qinetiq buys US spy services firm
BBC News
August 4th, 2008
Qinetiq, once owned by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), said it would it pay $104.5m (£53m) in cash for the firm.

UK-Zimbabwe: BAE linked to Zimbabwean arms dealer
by Christopher Thompson and Michael Peel Financial Times/UK
July 31st, 2008
According to documents seen by the Financial Times, BAE Systems has been linked to Zimbabwean arms trader John Bredenkamp. BAE reportedly paid at least £20m to Bredenkamp via offshore entities in the British Virgin Islands between 2003 and 2005. The payments raise fresh questions about bribery in BAE's dealings.

UK: Law lords: fraud office right to end bribery investigation in BAE case
by David LeighThe Guardian
July 31st, 2008
England's House of Lords ruled that the Serious Fraud Office was lawful in its actions to halt investigations into allegations that BAE Systems ran a £60m "slush fund" and offered sweeteners to officials from Saudi Arabia in return for lucrative contracts.

US: Sprint early termination fees are illegal, judge rules
by Steve JohnsonMercury News
July 30th, 2008
Californians fed up with being charged for ending their cell phone service prematurely won a major victory in a Bay Area court decision that concluded such fees violate state law.

US: FCC to Rule Comcast Can't Block Web Videos
by AMY SCHATZWall Street Journal
July 28th, 2008
The Federal Communications Commission will rule that the cable giant violated federal policy by deliberately preventing some customers from sharing videos online via file-sharing services like BitTorrent, agency officials said. The company has acknowledged it slowed some traffic, but said it was necessary to prevent a few heavy users from overburdening its network.

US: OSHA Seeks $8.7 Million Fine Against Sugar Company
by SHAILA DEWANThe New York Times
July 26th, 2008
Imperial Sugar, the owner of a refinery near Savannah where 13 workers died in a sugar dust explosion in February, knew of safety hazards at the plant as early as 2002 but did nothing, and should pay more than $8.7 million for safety violations, the head of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Friday.

US: Pentagon Auditors Pressured To Favor Contractors, GAO Says
by Dana HedgpethThe Washington Post
July 24th, 2008
Auditors at a Pentagon oversight agency were pressured by supervisors to skew their reports on major defense contractors to make them look more favorable instead of exposing wrongdoing and charges of overbilling, according to an 80-page report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office.

US: WellCare to Restate Years of Results
by THEO FRANCISThe Wall Street Journal
July 22nd, 2008
By accounting for medical expenses improperly, the company said it failed to return about $46.5 million in premiums to state programs providing health care to low-income adults and children in Florida and Illinois, and understated liabilities by about $46 million.

FRANCE: Pipe Break Causes Leak Of Uranium at French Plant
Associated Press
July 21st, 2008
Uranium-bearing liquid has leaked from a broken underground pipe at a nuclear site in southeastern France, the national nuclear-safety authority said Friday in the second leak discovered at a French site this month.

IRAQ: Electrical Risks at Bases in Iraq Worse Than Previously Said
by JAMES RISENThe New York Times
July 18th, 2008
Shoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents.

IRAQ: Iraq Case Sheds Light On Secret Contractors
by Siobhan Gorman and August ColeWall Street Journal
July 17th, 2008
Court documents and interviews with whistleblowers shed light on persistent problems in the operations of private military and security company MVM, Inc., a top provider of secret security to U.S. intelligence agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

EU: EU hits Intel with fresh charges
BBC News
July 17th, 2008
European regulators have filed fresh charges against the world's biggest computer chip maker Intel over alleged abuse of its dominant market position.

US: Menthol Dose Manipulated, Study Says
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
July 17th, 2008
A new Harvard study claims that the tobacco industry in recent years has manipulated menthol levels in cigarettes to hook youngsters and maintain loyalty among smoking adults. The report could further inflame a controversy over menthol in pending tobacco legislation.

US: Art Auctions on Cruise Ships Lead to Anger, Accusations and Lawsuits
by JORI FINKELThe New York Times
July 16th, 2008
While overcharging for a product is not in itself illegal, misrepresenting the goods sold can be. The plaintiffs’ central argument hinges on Park West’s description of its appraisals.

US: Psychiatric Group Faces Scrutiny Over Drug Industry Ties
by BENEDICT CAREY and GARDINER HARRISThe New York Times
July 12th, 2008
Senator Charles E. Grassley, right, Republican of Iowa, is demanding that the American Psychiatric Association give an accounting of its financing from the pharmaceutical industry.

US: Toxic Smoke and Mirrors
by Jim MorrisMother Jones
Filed in federal District Court in Cleveland, their claim joined thousands of others pending against welding-products manufacturers in state and federal courts. (Employers have not been among the targets because lawyers generally concluded they were ignorant of the metal's dangers.)

FRANCE: Areva mishandled uranium leak: safety body
by Joseph Tandy and Muriel BoselliReuters
July 11th, 2008
France's nuclear safety authority (ASN) said on Friday that Areva-subsidiary Socatri had poorly managed a leak of liquid containing uranium that occurred in southeastern France this week.

US: FCC Chief to Seek Comcast Penalty
Associated Press
July 11th, 2008
The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday he will recommend that the nation's largest cable company be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet.

US: General Misled Lawmakers on KBR Work, Senator Says
by JAMES RISENThe New York Times
July 10th, 2008
The senator, Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota, said at a hearing that Maj. Gen. Jerome Johnson, who was commander of the Army Sustainment Command until last year, made inaccurate statements to the Senate Armed Services Committee about problems with water supplied to American soldiers in Iraq by KBR, the largest defense contractor in Iraq.

INDIA: Decades Later, Toxic Sludge Torments Bhopal
by Somini SenguptaNew York Times
July 7th, 2008
Residents of Bhopal, India continue to suffer from Union Carbide's toxic legacy, this time in the form of toxic waste that still languishes inside a shoddy warehouse on the old factory grounds. Ailments such as cleft palates and mental retardation are appearing in numbers of Bhopali children, raising questions about contaminated soil and groundwater, clean-up, and liability.

US: Coca - Cola Agrees to $137.5 Mln Settlement In Case
REUTERS
July 6th, 2008
Coca-Cola Co agreed to pay $137.5 million to settle a shareholder lawsuit that claimed the world's largest soft drink maker artificially inflated sales to boost its stock price, according to court documents.

Iraq: U.S. Advised Iraqi Ministry on Oil Deals
by Andrew E. KramerNew York Times
June 30th, 2008
The Bush administration has disclosed that U.S. advisors in Iraq played a key role in drawing up contracts between the Iraqi government and five major Western oil companies. The no-bid contracts are expected to be awarded Monday to Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, Total and Chevron, as well as to several smaller oil companies.

UK: Are we falling out of love with Tesco?
by David Smith and Zoe Wood, The ObserverThe Guardian
June 29th, 2008
As the biggest beast in the jungle, Tesco has been accused of monopolisation, exploitation and bullying anyone who dares to stand in its way. It has become a lightning rod for every critic of corporate power, homogenised high streets and the malign influence of multinationals in the developing world.

SWITZERLAND: Tax scandal leaves Swiss giant reeling
by Nick MathiasonThe Guardian (UK)
June 29th, 2008
Sending shockwaves through the Swiss financial industry, banking giant UBS is facing accusations from a former senior banker in US courts of massive fraud and corruption. UBS is alleged to have engaged in routine activities aimed at helping its high net worth clients evade hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes, among other matters.

US: Airlines fined $504m in US probe
BBC
June 26th, 2008
Five airlines have agreed to pay fines totalling $504m (£253m) for conspiring to fix prices for air cargo rates, the US Justice Department says.

US: Massachusetts Charges UBS In Auction-Rate Investigation
by DONNA KARDOSThe Wall Street Journal
June 26th, 2008
Marking one of the first sets of government-fraud charges filed since the market for auction-rate securities froze up earlier this year, regulators in Massachusetts charged UBS AG's UBS Securities LLC and UBS Financial Services Inc. with fraud and dishonest conduct in their sales of the securities

US: Mastercard in $1.8bn Amex payment
BBC
June 25th, 2008
In 2004 American Express filed a suit saying Mastercard, Visa and their member banks had illegally blocked it from the US bank-issued card business.

US: Court slashes damages award in Exxon oil spill
by PETE YOSTAssociated Press
June 25th, 2008
The Supreme Court on Wednesday slashed the $2.5 billion punitive damages award in the Exxon Valdez disaster to $500 million, a decision that could have broader implications for limiting how much courts can order businesses to pay.

US: Arms Dealer Had Troubled History
by ERIC SCHMITTThe New York Times
June 25th, 2008
When the Army last year awarded a contract worth up to nearly $300 million to a tiny Miami Beach munitions dealer to supply ammunition to Afghanistan’s army and police forces, it was in spite of a very checkered past.

US: Former Customers Off Limits To Verizon
by Cecilia KangThe Washington Post
June 24th, 2008
The federal government, speaking on behalf of former Verizon phone service customers, yesterday sent the communications company a stern message: Stop trying to woo back those consumers who have opted for a new provider. They've moved on.

US: Justices Take Case on Navy Use of Sonar
by LINDA GREENHOUSEThe New York Times
June 24th, 2008
The Supreme Court on Monday stepped into a long-running environmental dispute over the impact on whales and other marine mammals of Navy training exercises off Southern California.

US: Cover-Up Is Cited on Illegal Arms
by ERIC SCHMITTThe New York Times
June 24th, 2008
A military attaché has told Congressional investigators that the American ambassador to Albania endorsed a plan by that country’s defense minister to remove evidence of illegal Chinese origins on ammunition being shipped from Albania to Afghanistan by a Miami Beach arms-dealing company.

US: Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says leading climate change scientist
by Ed PilkingtonGuardian (UK)
June 23rd, 2008
On June 23, James Hansen, a leading world climate scientist, called for the executives of major fossil fuel companies, including ExxonMobil and Peabody Energy, to be put on trial for crimes against humanity and nature through actions like funding climate skeptics to undermine global consensus around combating climate change.

TOBACCO: Altria Drops New Filter Cigarettes, In Strategy Setback
by VANESSA O'CONNELLThe Wall Street Journal
June 23rd, 2008
The nation's largest cigarette maker, Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA, has failed in yet another attempt to sell Americans on a potentially safer cigarette, pulling the plug on Marlboro Ultra Smooth, a version of Marlboro that used a high-technology filter.

US: House Passes Bill on Wiretap Powers
by ERIC LICHTBLAU and DAVID STOUTThe New York Times
June 21st, 2008
The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill overhauling the rules on the government’s wiretapping powers and conferring what amounts to legal immunity to the telephone companies that took part in President Bush’s program of eavesdropping without warrants after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

US: Guilty Plea by Ex-Banker Likely to Aid Probe of UBS
by Evan Perez The Wall Street Journal
June 20th, 2008
A former banker at UBS AG pleaded guilty in federal court to helping a billionaire client evade taxes by hiding $200 million in assets in offshore accounts, in a move expected to aid U.S. prosecutors in their probe of the Swiss banking giant.

US: KBR stake under attack
by Jon OrtizSacramento Bee
June 20th, 2008
Sacramento for Democracy and other groups presented CalPERS with what they said were the names of 20,000 petitioners asking the fund to shed its KBR holdings. CalPERS owns about $27 million in KBR stock.

US: U.S. Probe of Glaxo's Paxil Widens
by ALICIA MUNDYThe Wall Street Journal
June 20th, 2008
A Justice Department investigation of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's handling of its blockbuster antidepressant drug Paxil, including its marketing and safety research, appears to be widening.

TOBACCO: FTC Counters Altria In 'Light' Cigarettes Case
by LAUREN POLLOCKThe Wall Street Journal
June 20th, 2008
The Federal Trade Commission is asking the Supreme Court to reject Altria Group Inc.'s argument that only that agency can regulate cigarette advertising, saying such an interpretation mischaracterizes the FTC's "scope and effect" on the issue.

US: Prosecutors Build Bear Stearns Case on E-Mails
by LANDON THOMAS Jr.The New York Times
June 20th, 2008
The two men, who were forced out of their jobs last year, are the first senior executives from Wall Street investment banks to face criminal charges stemming from the credit mess, and the investigation by federal prosecutors based in Brooklyn is likely to become a test case of the government’s ability to make successful prosecutions of arcane financial transactions.

KATRINA: Audit Faults KBR's Repairs of Hurricane Damage
by Derek KravitzThe Washington Post
June 18th, 2008
Efforts by defense contractor KBR to repair hurricane-damaged Navy facilities were deemed shoddy and substandard, and one technical adviser alleged that the federal government "certainly paid twice" for many KBR projects because of "design and workmanship deficiencies," the Pentagon's inspector general reported in an audit released yesterday.

IRAQ: Iraq deal with US to end immunity for foreign contractors
by Patrick CockburnThe Independent UK
June 18th, 2008
The US has accepted that foreign contractors in Iraq will no longer have immunity from Iraqi law under a new security agreement now under negotiation, says the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari.

US: Justices Turn Down Appeal by Exxon
REUTERS
June 17th, 2008
The Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal by Exxon Mobil seeking to dismiss a lawsuit by 11 Indonesian villagers.

US: Army Overseer Tells of Ouster Over KBR Stir
by James RisenNew York Times
June 17th, 2008
Charles M. Smith, the senior civilian overseeing the multibillion-dollar contract with KBR during the first two years of the war, says he was ousted for refusing to approve payment for more than $1 billion in questionable charges to KBR. The Pentagon has recently awarded KBR part of a 10-year, $150 billion contract in Iraq.

US: Big Penalty Set for Law Firm, but Not a Trial
by Jonathan D. GlaterNew York Times
June 17th, 2008
The law firm formerly known as Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach agreed on Monday to pay $75 million to dodge a criminal trial. Misconduct at the firm has severely tarnished the reputation of lawyers representing shareholder claims against corporate corruption.

US: Mannatech Settles Holder Suits
by SUZANNE SATALINEWall Street Journal
June 13th, 2008
Dietary-supplements maker Mannatech Inc. said it settled several lawsuits with shareholders who accused the company of using improper sales tactics to boost the value of the stock.

SOUTH AFRICA: S Africa bans Aids vitamin trials
BBC News
June 13th, 2008
A South African court has banned unauthorised trials of vitamin therapies for Aids, which some say are a health risk.

EUROPE: Chemical Law Has Global Impact
by Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post
June 12th, 2008
Europe this month rolled out new restrictions on makers of chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems. The changes follow eight years of vigorous opposition from the U.S. chemical industry giants like DuPont, and the Bush administration.

TOBACCO: Profits in Hand, Wealthy Family Cuts Tobacco Tie
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
June 11th, 2008
Now, the next generation of Tisches has removed tobacco from the portfolio of the conglomerate they lead, the Loews Corporation, spinning off its tobacco unit, Lorillard, as a stand-alone business, with the Newport brand representing more than 90 percent of the new company’s revenue. The new stock began trading Tuesday, and analysts have said the new company might be a takeover target.

EU: E.U. Snubs Microsoft on Office Systems
by JAMES KANTERThe New York Times
June 11th, 2008
Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes of the European Union delivered an unusually blunt snub to Microsoft on Tuesday by recommending that businesses and governments use software based on open standards.

IRAQ: BBC uncovers lost Iraq billions
by Jane Corbin BBC News
June 10th, 2008
A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.

US: From a Whistle-Blower to a Target
by TIM ARANGOThe New York Times
June 9th, 2008
Mr. Ripp's journey from whistle-blower to defendant is another example of the long shadow cast by the AOL-Time Warner merger, now widely regarded as one of the most disastrous corporate marriages in history. It is also a cautionary tale for corporate executives who may illuminate fraudulent conduct to one government agency but then find themselves a target of another.

US: Researchers Fail to Reveal Full Drug Pay
by GARDINER HARRIS and BENEDICT CAREYThe New York Times
June 8th, 2008
A world-renowned Harvard child psychiatrist whose work has helped fuel an explosion in the use of powerful antipsychotic medicines in children earned at least $1.6 million in consulting fees from drug makers from 2000 to 2007 but for years did not report much of this income to university officials, according to information given Congressional investigators.

US: Workers on Hunger Strike Say They Were Misled on Visas
by JULIA PRESTONThe New York Times
June 7th, 2008
The Indian workers say they were deceived by Signal International and labor recruiters when they paid as much as $20,000 for visas they believed would allow them to work and live permanently with their families in the United States. In fact, the H-2B visas are for short-term contracts.

UK: Call to prosecute BT for ad trial
BBC News Online
June 5th, 2008
BT should face prosecution for its "illegal" trials of a controversial ad-serving technology, a leading computer security researcher has said.

US: Calstrs May Remove Ban on Tobacco Stocks
by CRAIG KARMINThe New York Times
June 5th, 2008
In a move that could reverberate throughout the fund industry, the nation's second-largest pension fund is considering lifting a nearly eight-year ban on tobacco investments.

US: Opposition to Menthol Cigarettes Grows
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
June 5th, 2008
The seven, from Democratic and Republican administrations, faxed a letter to members of the Senate and House of Representatives demanding that menthol-flavored cigarettes be banned just like various other cigarette flavorings the legislation would outlaw.

US: Wal-Mart's Detractors Come In From the Cold
by MICHAEL BARBARONew York Times
June 5th, 2008
But after waging an aggressive public relations campaign against Wal-Mart for three years, the company's full-time, union-backed critics, who once vowed never to let up, are lowering their pitchforks.

GLOBAL: Union Takes Anti-Buyout Campaign Worldwide
by MICHAEL J. de la MERCEDThe New York Times
June 4th, 2008
Beginning Wednesday, the Service Employees International Union, one of the country’s biggest unions, will call upon people to attend protests on July 17 in 100 cities in 25 countries. The rallying cry will be: Take back the economy from buyout firms that the union says have exploited tax loopholes to amass great wealth at others’ expense.

US: Lockheed Faulted for Failure to Control Costs
by Dana HedgpethWashington Post
June 4th, 2008
Lockheed Martin, the biggest U.S. defense contractor, failed to follow military guidelines to track and manage costs on major weapons programs, according to an internal Pentagon document released yesterday by a government watchdog group.

US: Walgreen to Pay $35 Million To Settle Drug-Switch Charges
by HEATHER WON TESORIEROWall Street Journal
June 4th, 2008
Walgreen Co. has agreed to pay $35 million to settle allegations that it improperly switched customers to more expensive forms of pills paid for by Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor.

US: Bush administration files nuclear dump application
by H. JOSEF HEBERTAssociated Press
June 3rd, 2008
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Tuesday he's confident the government's license application to build a nuclear waste dump in Nevada will "stand up to any challenge anywhere."

US: Tyson Pulls Antibiotic-Free Label
by  LAUREN ETTERWall Street Journal
June 3rd, 2008
Under pressure from regulators and competitors, Tyson Foods Inc. withdrew its antibiotic-free chicken label awarded by the Agriculture Department barely a year ago.

US: Former Colo. nuke plant contractors ordered to pay $925M
AP
June 3rd, 2008
Two companies that worked as contractors with the now-defunct Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant have been ordered to pay $925 million to residents who claimed that contamination blown from the facility endangered people's health and devalued their property.

US: Concrete contractor cuts deal with prosecutors
by Jaxon Van DerbekenSan Francisco Chronicle
June 1st, 2008
Substandard concrete from Ramirez's now-defunct company was poured into a half-mile stretch of the Bay Bridge's rebuilt western approach. Inferior, less-durable material also was used on a retrofit project at the Golden Gate Bridge, a wastewater treatment plant in Burlingame, the new parking garage in Golden Gate Park, the Municipal Railway's Third Street light-rail line and other projects.

FRANCE: Ex-EADS chief charged in French probe
by INGRID ROUSSEAUAssociated Press
May 30th, 2008
A former co-CEO of Airbus parent company EADS, Noel Forgeard, was hit with preliminary insider trading charges Friday in an extensive probe into stock sales by more than a dozen former and current executives at the European planemaker.

BRAZIL: Businessman alleges Alstom paid bribes for Brazil project: report
AFP
May 29th, 2008
French engineering group Alstom allegedly paid nearly a million dollars in bribes in connection with a Brazilian energy plant, testimony from a Brazilian businessman reported in the press here said Thursday.

US: Exxon investors reject green initiatives
by Andrew ClarkThe Guardian
May 29th, 2008
The world's biggest oil company emerged bruised but victorious from a bust-up with the billionaire Rockefeller family yesterday as an effort to foist green initiatives on ExxonMobil failed to capture wholehearted support from shareholders.

US: In Stock Plan, Employees See Stacked Deck
by MARY WILLIAMS WALSHThe New York Times
May 29th, 2008
Now that many U.S. Sugar workers are reaching retirement age, though, the company has been cashing them out of the retirement plan at a much lower price than they could have received. Unknown to them, an outside investor was offering to buy the company — and their shares — for far more. Longtime employees say they have lost out on tens of thousands of dollars each and millions of dollars as a group, while insiders of the company came out ahead.

IRAQ: Court revives suits against Halliburton in truckers' deaths
by  MICHAEL KUNZELMANAssociated Press
May 28th, 2008
A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived lawsuits against military contractors over a deadly ambush that killed civilian truck drivers in Iraq.

US: Judge Finds Dell Engaged In Deceptive Practices
by CHAD BRAYThe Wall Street Journal
May 27th, 2008
A state judge in Albany has found that Dell Inc. and its financing unit engaged in deceptive business practices related to financing promotions for its computers and technical support, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

US: Express Scripts to Pay $9.5 Million To Settle Drug-Swapping Allegations
by ANDREW EDWARDSThe Wall Street Journal
May 27th, 2008
Pharmacy-benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay $9.5 million to settle allegations that the company asked doctors to switch drugs primarily to get bigger rebates from pharmaceutical companies.

US: Rockefellers Seek Change at Exxon
by CLIFFORD KRAUSSThe New York Times
May 27th, 2008
The family members have thrown their support behind a shareholder rebellion that is ruffling feathers at Exxon Mobil, the giant oil company descended from John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Trust.

GERMANY: Ex-Manager Tells of Bribery at Siemens
by CARTER DOUGHERTYThe New York Times
May 27th, 2008
A former manager of Siemens, the European engineering company, testified Monday about an intricate system of slush funds and bribery at the company as the first trial on allegations of corporate corruption in Germany began.

GERMANY: Phone Giant in Germany Stirs a Furor
by MARK LANDLERThe New York Times
May 27th, 2008
Germany was engulfed in a national furor over threats to privacy on Monday, after an admission by Deutsche Telekom that it had surreptitiously tracked thousands of phone calls to identify the source of leaks to the news media about its internal affairs.

IRAQ: Controversial Contractor’s Iraq Work Is Split Up
by JAMES RISENThe New York Times
May 24th, 2008
For the first time since the war began, the largest single Pentagon contract in Iraq is being divided among three companies, ending the monopoly held by KBR, the Houston-based corporation that has been accused of wasteful spending and mismanagement and of exploiting its political ties to Vice President Dick Cheney.

US: 30 Former Officials Became Corporate Monitors
by ERIC LICHTBLAU and KITTY BENNETTThe New York Times
May 23rd, 2008
The Justice Department has appointed at least 30 former prosecutors and other government officials as well-paid corporate monitors in arrangements that allow companies to avoid criminal prosecution, according to government data released Thursday by Congress.

US: Burger King Ends Dispute With Farmworkers Group
Associated Press
May 23rd, 2008
Burger King Corp. and a farmworkers advocacy group announced a deal Friday to end a bitter dispute by trying to boost wages and improve conditions for Florida tomato pickers.

US: Oil Industry, Lawmakers Aim To Lift Bans on Drilling
by RUSSELL GOLD BEN CASSELMAN and STEPHEN POWERWall Street Journal
May 23rd, 2008
Mounting concerns about global energy supply are fueling a drive by the oil industry and some U.S. lawmakers to end longstanding bans on domestic drilling put in place to protect environmentally sensitive areas.

US: Medtronic Settles a Civil Lawsuit on Allegations of Medicare Fraud
by MARY WILLIAMS WALSHThe New York Times
May 23rd, 2008
A unit of Medtronic defrauded Medicare of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a civil lawsuit that was unsealed Thursday and simultaneously settled with the Justice Department.

GERMANY: Pesticides: Germany bans chemicals linked to honeybee devastation
by Alison BenjaminThe Guardian (UK)
May 23rd, 2008
Germany has banned a family of pesticides that are blamed for the deaths of millions of honeybees. The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has suspended the registration for eight pesticide seed treatment products used in rapeseed oil and sweetcorn.

US: At One University, Tobacco Money Is a Secret
by ALAN FINDERThe New York Times
May 22nd, 2008
On campuses nationwide, professors and administrators have passionately debated whether their universities should accept money for research from tobacco companies. But not at Virginia Commonwealth University, a public institution in Richmond, Va.

UK: Shell 'selling suicide' by preferring tar sands to wind
by Terry MacalisterThe Guardian
May 21st, 2008
Shell was accused yesterday of "selling suicide on the forecourt" by pressing ahead with tar sands operations in Canada and continuing to flare off excess gas in Nigeria while pulling out of renewable schemes such as the London Array - the world's largest offshore wind scheme.

US: Halliburton CEO says Dubai base the 'right decision'
by Brett ClantonHouston Chronicle
May 21st, 2008
Shareholder John Harrington questioned Halliburton CEO David Lesar during the 2008 annual meeting of the company's shareholders Wednesday at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa, over his motives to move to Dubai, suggesting it was designed to dodge paying U.S. taxes or escape blame for past wrongs.

US: Congress grills oil execs on record pump prices
by Chris BaltimoreReuters
May 21st, 2008
Executives from the five biggest international oil companies on Wednesday claimed that they were victims of high oil prices along with U.S. consumers, but U.S. Senate lawmakers showed little sympathy.

US: Merck Agrees to Settlement Over Vioxx Ads
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESSThe New York Times
May 21st, 2008
The drug maker, Merck & Company, has agreed to pay $58 million as part of a multistate settlement of accusations that its ads for the once-popular painkiller Vioxx deceptively played down the health risks.

US: Eight ex-AOL executives charged with fraud
by Joanna Chung in New York and Richard Waters in San FranciscoThe Financial Times
May 20th, 2008
US regulators on Monday announced fraud charges stemming indirectly from the merger of Time Warner and AOL, the largest union in US corporate history and a symbol of the dotcom boom and bust of the early part of this decade.

US: Slaughter Ban Is Implemented On Cows Too Sick, Weak to Stand
by Associated PressWall Street Journal
May 20th, 2008
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced Tuesday a total ban on meat plant slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand.

US: BAE chief detained as US turns up heat in bribes case
by Nick Clark and Stephen FoleyThe Independent (U.K.)
May 19th, 2008
BAE Systems admitted yesterday that American authorities investigating corruption claims over an arms deal with Saudi Arabia had issued a series of subpoenas to senior executives, as the investigation continues to gather pace. Two bosses of the defence giant were also detained after they landed at a Houston airport last week

US: Contractors, insurance firms gouging taxpayers, panel says
by RICHARD LARDNERAssociated Press
May 15th, 2008
A poorly run Pentagon program for providing workman's compensation for civilian employees in Iraq and Afghanistan has allowed defense contractors and insurance companies to gouge American taxpayers, a House committee said Thursday.

NETHERLANDS: Nigerians seek damages from Shell over pollution
by Arthur MaxBusiness Week
May 14th, 2008
Four Nigerian villagers and the environmental group Friends of the Earth are demanding Shell take responsibility for damage from oil leaks caused by its Nigerian subsidiary, lawyers said Wednesday.

US: Cigarette Bill Treats Menthol With Leniency
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
May 13th, 2008
Some public health experts are questioning why menthol, the most widely used cigarette flavoring and the most popular cigarette choice of African-American smokers, is receiving special protection as Congress tries to regulate tobacco for the first time.

LUXEMBOURG: Mittal braced for protests on pollution
by Heather StewartThe Observer
May 11th, 2008
Steel giant ArcelorMittal will be accused of leaving a trail of environmental destruction in its wake this week when campaigners descend on Luxembourg to protest at its annual meeting.

RUSSIA: As Gazprom Goes, So Goes Russia
by Andrew E. KramerNew York Times
May 11th, 2008
Gazprom and the Russian government have long had a close relationship, but the revolving door between them is spinning especially fast this year. But Gazprom also epitomizes the risks of state capitalism: waste and inefficiency.

UK:British MEPs took gifts from firms they are meant to regulate
by Andy Rowell The Independent
May 11th, 2008
Members of the European Parliament are routinely accepting gifts, wages and hospitality from companies they are charged with regulating.

EUROPE: Stealth Lobbyists Creep In
by David CroninIPS
May 9th, 2008
The often cosy relationship between corporate lobbyists and the Brussels bureaucracy was illustrated in the past few weeks as several members of the European Parliament (MEPs) prepared to visit Peru.

NIGERIA: Ex-Halliburton unit in bribery probe
by Michael Peel in London and Matthew Green in LagosThe Financial Times
May 9th, 2008
US anti-bribery investigators are targeting a former Halliburton subsidiary over its work on a key Royal Dutch Shell project in Nigeria, widening a corruption probe into the country’s troubled oil industry.

US: Hawaii ironworkers' pension fund sues Alcoa, board members over Bahrain bribery allegations
The Associated Press
May 8th, 2008
The Hawaii Structural Ironworkers Pension Trust Fund accuses Alcoa's board in the lawsuit of "causing and/or failing to prevent Alcoa's illegal payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal bribe payments" to senior Bahraini government officials.

MEXICO: Pemex Oozes Corruption
by Diego Cevallos IPS
May 7th, 2008
Funds belonging to the Mexican state oil monopoly, Pemex, have paid in recent years for liposuction treatment for the wife of the company's chief executive, a presidential candidate's campaign, contracts with firms facing legal action, and the whims of trade union leaders who are not required to account for their expenses.

FRANCE: Prosecutors probe Alstom for contract corruption
AFP
May 6th, 2008
French prosecutors suspect engineering giant Alstom, builder of power stations and high-speed trains, of bribing foreign officials to win contracts, a judicial source said Tuesday.

TANZANIA: Norweigian firm pulls out over graft
by Tom MosobaThe Citizen (Tanzania)
May 6th, 2008
The firm, Norconsult AS, announced on Sunday that it was winding up all its operations in Tanzania and terminating the employment of its managing director after audit reports linked it to corruption.

CHINA: In China City, Protesters See Pollution Risk of New Plant
by Edward WongNew York Times
May 6th, 2008
Residents took to the streets of Chengdu to protest a $5.5 billion ethylene plant under construction by PetroChina, reflecting a surge in environmental awareness by urban, middle-class Chinese determined to protect their health and the value of their property.

IRAQ: Despite Alert, Flawed Wiring Still Kills G.I.’s
by JAMES RISENThe New York Times
May 4th, 2008
One electrician warned his KBR bosses in his 2005 letter of resignation that unsafe electrical work was “a disaster waiting to happen.”

US: Court Orders Tyson to Suspend Ads For Antibiotic-Free Chicken
by Annys ShinWashington Post
May 2nd, 2008
Poultry giant Tyson Foods has 14 days to dismantle a national multimillion dollar ad campaign centered on the claim that its chickens are raised without antibiotics, a federal appeals court in Richmond ruled yesterday.

UK: Retailers in tobacco price probe
BBC NEWS
April 25th, 2008
n the case of Gallaher, Imperial Tobacco, Asda, Sainsbury, Shell, Somerfield and Tesco, there was an indirect exchange of proposed future retail prices between competitors, it adds, allegedly between 2001 and 2003.

SOUTH KOREA: Indicted Samsung Chairman Resigns
by Blaine HardenWashington Post Foreign Service
April 22nd, 2008
The Lee family, for all its public-relations woes and legal entanglements, remains the dominant shareholder in Samsung, the jewel in South Korea's conglomerate crown.

US: Working Life (High and Low)
by STEVEN GREENHOUSEThe New York Times
April 20th, 2008
Jean called it “a great deal for FedEx. They don’t have to pay for trucks, for the insurance, for fuel, for maintenance, for tires,” she said. “We have to pay for all those things. And they don’t have to pay our Social Security.”

US: Fannie Mae Ex-Officials Settle
by JAMES R. HAGERTYWall Street Journal
April 19th, 2008
The settlement, announced Friday, brings the government far less than it had originally sought over alleged violations of accounting rules. Fannie's regulator, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, in 2006 sought to require the three former executives to pay back more than $115 million of bonuses and pay fines that it said at the time could total more than $100 million.

US: Report Finds Air Force Officers Steered Contract
by Josh WhiteWashington Post
April 18th, 2008
It was during that meeting in November 2005, according to the 251-page report, obtained by The Washington Post, that a controversial $50 million contract was awarded to a company that barely existed in an effort to reward a recently retired four-star general and a millionaire civilian pilot who had grown close to senior Air Force officials and the Thunderbirds.

US: Merck Wrote Drug Studies for Doctors
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
April 16th, 2008
The drug maker Merck drafted dozens of research studies for a best-selling drug, then lined up prestigious doctors to put their names on the reports before publication, according to an article to be published Wednesday in a leading medical journal.

US: Wall Streeter Converts to a Fan of Regulation
by Landon Thomas Jr.New York Times
April 15th, 2008
In the last two years, Robert K. Steel has been co-chairman of one commission that claimed heavy-handed regulation was stanching financial innovation and another that argued that hedge funds could police themselves.

US: Drug Companies to Reveal Grant Practices
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESSThe New York Times
April 11th, 2008
Watchdog groups say the companies are trying to derail legislation that would require public disclosure of their giving.

US: Rape in Iraq Recounted
by SUZANNE GAMBOAThe Associated Press
April 10th, 2008
An Illinois woman who says she was raped while working for a contractor in Iraq recounted the experience in a congressional hearing Wednesday.

US: US business unites to fight labour reform
by Jonathan Birchall and Francesco GuerreraThe Financial Times
April 9th, 2008
US business leaders are ­stepping up a campaign against proposed labour law reforms, backed by the Democrats, that could significantly enhance the ability of unions to organise workers.

US: In Justice Shift, Corporate Deals Replace Trials
by ERIC LICHTBLAUThe New York Times
April 9th, 2008
In a major shift of policy, the Justice Department, once known for taking down giant corporations, including the accounting firm Arthur Andersen, has put off prosecuting more than 50 companies suspected of wrongdoing over the last three years.

US: House panel questions Bear rescue plan
by James Politi The Financial Times
April 8th, 2008
The rescue of Bear Stearns faced further scrutiny in Congress on Tuesday as a powerful Democratic lawmaker demanded more information on the selection of BlackRock as investment manager for $30bn in the bank’s mortgage assets.

US: America for Sale: 2 Outcomes When Foreigners Buy Factories
by PETER S. GOODMANThe New York Times
April 7th, 2008
As foreign buyers descend upon the United States, capturing widening swaths of the industrial landscape and putting millions of Americans to work for new owners, these two cities offer sharply competing narratives for a nation still uneasy about being on the selling end of the global economy.

US: Drug Makers Near Old Goal: A Legal Shield
by GARDINER HARRIS and ALEX BERENSONThe New York Times
April 6th, 2008
The Bush administration has argued strongly in favor of the doctrine, which holds that the F.D.A. is the only agency with enough expertise to regulate drug makers and that its decisions should not be second-guessed by courts. The Supreme Court is to rule on a case next term that could make pre-emption a legal standard for drug cases. The court already ruled in February that many suits against the makers of medical devices like pacemakers are pre-empted.

US: Washington Blocks Exports of Munitions Firm Suspected of Fraud
by C. J. CHIVERSNew York Times
April 4th, 2008
The U.S. State Department on Thursday suspended the international export activities of AEY Inc., a Miami Beach arms-dealing company led by a 22-year-old man whose munitions procurements for the Pentagon are under criminal investigation.

ECUADOR: Expert asks Ecuador court to fine Chevron $7-$16 bln
Reuters
April 2nd, 2008
An independent environmental expert told a court in Ecuador that oil company Chevron Corp should pay $7 billion to $16 billion in compensation for environmental damage in the country.

US: Reynolds Ads Oppose Move to Regulate Tobacco
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
April 1st, 2008
As legislation moves through Congress that would empower the F.D.A. to regulate the tobacco industry, Reynolds, whose brands include Camel cigarettes, is attacking what it views as the bill’s vulnerability: a weak, overextended F.D.A.

US: Alcoa lawsuit halted so federal criminal probe can continue
by Associated PressInternational Herald Tribune
March 28th, 2008
A civil lawsuit accusing Alcoa Inc. and affiliates of bribing officials in the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain will be temporarily halted so that U.S. investigators can conduct a criminal investigation of the aluminum maker.

CHILE: Salmon Virus Indicts Chile’s Fishing Methods
by ALEXEI BARRIONUEVOThe New York Times
March 27th, 2008
The new virus is spreading, but it has primarily affected the fish of Marine Harvest, a Norwegian company that is the world’s biggest producer of farm-raised salmon and exports about 20 percent of the salmon that come from Chile.

AFGHANISTAN: Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans
by C. J. CHIVERSThe New York Times
March 27th, 2008
With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces. Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging, according to an examination of the munitions by The New York Times and interviews with American and Afghan officials.

US: Cigarette Company Paid for Lung Cancer Study
by GARDINER HARRISThe New York Times
March 26th, 2008
Prominent cancer researchers and journal editors, told of the foundation by The Times, said they were stunned to learn of Dr. Henschke’s association with Liggett.

IRAQ: Authorities Identify Remains Of Two American Contractors
by Steve FainaruWashington Post Foreign Service
March 25th, 2008
U.S. authorities have recovered the remains of two American contractors, the latest grim development in one of the longest-running hostage dramas of the Iraq war.

AFGHANISTAN: Missing: The £5bn aid needed to rebuild lives
by JEROME STARKEY AND ROSS LYDALL The Scotsman
March 25th, 2008
Vast sums of aid are lost in corporate profits of contractors and sub-contractors, which can be as high as 50 per cent on a single contract. A vast amount of aid is absorbed by high salaries, with generous allowances, and other costs of expatriates working for consulting firms and contractors.

EUROPE: In Europe, widening probe targets tax haven
by Mark Rice Oxley and Jeffrey WhiteChristian Science Monitor
March 25th, 2008
Nearly two decades after taking the helm of Deutsche Post, Klaus Zumwinkel surrendered to police amid suspicion that he evaded €1 million in taxes. The next day, he resigned, becoming the first to fall in a massive probe that has broadened to nine other countries.

GERMANY: Germans sour on capitalism amid corporate scandals
by Jeffrey WhiteChristian Science Monitor
March 25th, 2008
Recent scandals, involving such titans as Siemens, Volkswagen and Deutsche Poste, have undermined public trust in the integrity of German corporations, bolstering a growing shift to the left and its social welfare ideals.

INDONESIA: Indonesia's Commodity Boom Is a Mixed Bag
by Tom WrightWall Street Journal
March 24th, 2008
Indonesia's economy is riding the recent wave of high global commodity prices. But local pressure is arising towards steel makers and power producers in China and India who have diverted coal supplies abroad by locking in 20-year supply contracts with Indonesian miners.

US: Class-Action King Weiss to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy
by Nathan KoppelWall Street Journal
March 21st, 2008
Melvyn Weiss, whose law firm, Milberg LLP, built a reputation and fortune filing class-action securities fraud lawsuits against corporations including Tyco International and Enron, agreed to plead guilty in a case alleging improper kickbacks to clients.

US: CALIFORNIA $100 million tip for Starbucks servers
by Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff WriterThe San Francisco Chronicle
March 21st, 2008
A San Diego judge ordered Starbucks to pour more than $100 million into the accounts of its low-wage coffee-servers in California on Thursday after ruling that the company had improperly required the workers to share tips with their bosses.

US: A Push to Limit the Tracking of Web Surfers' Clicks
by LOUISE STORYThe New York Times
March 20th, 2008
AFTER reading about how Internet companies like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo collect information about people online and use it for targeted advertising, one New York assemblyman said there ought to be a law.

US: Study says diesel emissions raise cancer risk
by Elizabeth Fernandez, Chronicle Staff WriterThe San Francisco Chronicle
March 20th, 2008
The analysis by the California Air Resources Board, released Wednesday night, shows that the greatest health dangers related to toxic air emissions stems from diesel trucks traversing the freeways and other roadways around West Oakland and the Port of Oakland.

IRAQ: Forbidden fields: Oil groups circle the prize of Iraq's vast reserves
by Roula Khalaf and Steve NegusThe Financial Times
March 19th, 2008
Shell is one of several international oil companies - including BP and the US groups ExxonMobil and Chevron - that have been tapping into Iraq's oil industry by remote control.

US: Eli Lilly E-Mail Discussed Unapproved Use of Drug
by ALEX BERENSONThe New York Times
March 17th, 2008
John C. Lechleiter, an Eli Lilly official who is about to become the company's top executive, wrote an e-mail message in 2003 that appears to have encouraged Lilly to promote its schizophrenia medicine Zyprexa for a use not approved by federal drug regulators.

US: Families Sue Chiquita in Deaths of 5 Men
by CARMEN GENTILEThe New York Times
March 17th, 2008
Last week, Ms. Julin, who has remarried, and the widows of the four other men filed a lawsuit against Chiquita Brands International Inc., saying the company contributed to their husbands’ deaths by financing the leftist group.

US: When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests
by STUART ELLIOTTThe New York Times
March 12th, 2008
But a coalition of children’s advocates contends that the hospital went too far by agreeing to name a new emergency department and trauma center after another locally based retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch, in exchange for a $10 million donation.

IRAQ: KBR Faulted on Water Provided to Soldiers
by Dana HedgpethThe Washington Post
March 11th, 2008
U.S. soldiers at a military base in Iraq were provided with treated but untested wastewater for nearly two years by KBR, the giant government contractor, and may have suffered health problems as a result, according to a report released yesterday by the Pentagon's inspector general.

US: Workers Sue Gulf Coast Company That Imported Them
by ADAM NOSSITERThe New York Times
March 11th, 2008
A group of 500 foreign welders and pipefitters brought in to work at Gulf Coast oil rig yards after Hurricane Katrina said Monday that they had sued their employer, claiming they were lured with false promises of permanent-resident status, forced to live in inhumane conditions and then threatened when they protested.

US: Pollution Is Called a Byproduct of a 'Clean' Fuel
by BRENDA GOODMANThe New York Times
March 11th, 2008
The spills, at the Alabama Biodiesel Corporation plant outside this city about 17 miles from Tuscaloosa, are similar to others that have come from biofuel plants in the Midwest. The discharges, which can be hazardous to birds and fish, have many people scratching their heads over the seeming incongruity of pollution from an industry that sells products with the promise of blue skies and clear streams.

US: Fighting on a Battlefield the Size of a Milk Label
by ANDREW MARTINThe New York Times
March 9th, 2008
A new advocacy group closely tied to Monsanto has started a counteroffensive to stop the proliferation of milk that comes from cows that aren’t treated with synthetic bovine growth hormone.

GLOBAL: Slum Visits: Tourism or Voyeurism?
by ERIC WEINERThe New York Times
March 9th, 2008
Slum tourism, or “poorism,” as some call it, is catching on.

CHINA: Solar Energy Firms Leave Waste Behind in China
by Ariana Eunjung ChaWashington Post
March 9th, 2008
The Luoyang Zhonggui High-Technology Co. of Henan, China, is a green energy company, producing polysilicon for solar energy panels. But the byproduct -- silicon tetrachloride -- is a highly toxic substance that poses environmental hazards.

US: Chiefs’ Pay Under Fire at Capitol
by JENNY ANDERSONThe New York Times
March 8th, 2008
In pointed exchanges with Congressional lawmakers Friday, three prominent financial executives defended the multimillion-dollar pay packages they received even as their companies were brought to their knees by the spreading credit crisis.

US: Pesticide maker owned by political donor
by Matthew YiSan Francisco Chronicle
March 8th, 2008
The company that makes one of the pesticides state officials are considering spraying over the Bay Area to fight the light brown apple moth is owned by a wealthy California agribusinessman who has been a generous contributor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials.

CAYMAN ISLANDS: Top Iraq contractor skirts US taxes offshore
by Farah StockmanThe Boston Globe
March 6th, 2008
Kellogg Brown & Root, the nation's top Iraq war contractor and until last year a subsidiary of Halliburton Corp., has avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicare and Social Security taxes by hiring workers through shell companies based in this tropical tax haven.

US: In Trial, Alaska Says Lilly Concealed Risks of a Schizophrenia Drug
by ALEX BERENSONThe New York Times
March 6th, 2008
Eli Lilly, the drug maker, systematically hid the risks and side effects of Zyprexa, its best-selling schizophrenia medicine, a lawyer for the State of Alaska said Wednesday in opening arguments in a lawsuit that contends the drug caused many schizophrenic patients to develop diabetes.

US: Fidelity Settles After Employees Accepted Gifts
by Carrie JohnsonThe Washington Post
March 6th, 2008
Mutual fund manager Fidelity Investments yesterday settled allegations that more than a dozen of its current and former employees, including star executive Peter Lynch, accepted such perks as sports tickets, tropical vacations and a $160,000 bachelor party from brokers seeking to win business.

CANADA: Native Leader Serving Six Months for Opposing Mine
by Chris ArsenaultIPS
March 5th, 2008
Algonquin community leader Robert Lovelace had never been charged with an offence, but when a uranium company began prospecting for radioactive ore on unceded native land without engaging in consultation, he decided to take action, organising a non-violent blockade.

BRAZIL: King of soya: environmental vandal or saviour of the world's poor?
by Rory Carroll and Tom PhillipsGuardian (UK)
March 3rd, 2008
Erai Maggi's company Bom Futuro produces more than 600,000 tonnes of soya a year, most of it to feed livestock ending up as meat in China and Europe, and generating £175m in revenue. Critics decry the link between increasing soya production and Amazon deforestation.

US: Alcoa Faces Allegation By Bahrain of Bribery
by GLENN R. SIMPSONThe Wall Street Journal
February 28th, 2008
A company controlled by the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain accused Alcoa Corp. of a 15-year conspiracy involving overcharging, fraud and bribery.

US: Immigration Agency Accused of Illegal Searches
by N.C. AizenmanThe Washington Post
February 26th, 2008
A privately convened commission of labor and immigrant advocates held the first of several planned nationwide hearings yesterday to publicize allegations that U.S. immigration officials routinely violate constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure during workplace raids.

US: In Shift, Ashcroft to Testify on Oversight Deal
by  Carrie JohnsonThe Washington Post
February 26th, 2008
Former Attorney General John D. Ashcroft agreed last night to appear at a House hearing to discuss his lucrative arrangement overseeing a medical equipment company, averting a showdown with committee members who had planned to meet today to authorize a subpoena.

FRANCE: Sarkozy calls on head of Sociéte Générale to resign over trading scandal
by Katrin BennholdInternational Herald Tribune
February 26th, 2008
President Nicolas Sarkozy of France called on the head of Sociéte Générale to resign over a €4.9 billion trading fraud, saying, "That someone earns €7 million doesn't shock me. On one condition: that he takes responsibility."

INDIA: Gates in India to push US firms
BBC News Online
February 26th, 2008
Mr Gates is expected to spend his two-day visit lobbying for US firms that hope to win a contract to supply India with 126 new fighter jets.

US: Court Considers Protecting Drug Makers From Lawsuits
by GARDINER HARRISThe New York Times
February 26th, 2008
Less than a week after issuing a sweeping ruling that bars most lawsuits against medical device makers, the Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in the first of two cases that could determine whether drug makers receive similar protection.

US: F.C.C. Weighing Limits on Slowing Web Traffic
by STEPHEN LABATONThe New York Times
February 26th, 2008
The head of the Federal Communications Commission and other senior officials said on Monday that they were considering taking steps to discourage cable and telephone companies from delaying the downloads and uploads of heavy Internet users.

US: Pfizer to End Lipitor Ads by Jarvik
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
February 26th, 2008
Under criticism that its ads are misleading, Pfizer said Monday that it would cancel a long-running advertising campaign using the artificial heart pioneer Robert Jarvik as a spokesman for its cholesterol drug Lipitor.

UGANDA: Privatization of Seeds Moving Apace
by Aileen KwaIPS
February 21st, 2008
The Ugandan parliament will soon have a hearing on the draft Plant Variety Protection Bill, approved by the cabinet early last year. According to an inside government source, seeds companies including Monsanto have been lobbying for such intellectual property protection.

US: Inside the world of war profiteers
by David Jackson and Jason Grotto|Tribune reportersChicago Tribune
February 21st, 2008
Hundreds of pages of recently unsealed court records detail how kickbacks shaped the war's largest troop support contract months before the first wave of U.S. soldiers plunged their boots into Iraqi sand.

US: 12 Years for Contractor in Bribery Case
by ELLIOT SPAGATAP
February 20th, 2008
A defense contractor was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday for bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, trips, the services of prostitutes and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in Pentagon work.

KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhs warn Mittal over safety
by Isabel Gorst in Moscow and Peter Marsh in LondonThe Financial Times Limited 2008
February 19th, 2008
Kazakhstan has warned ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steel company, that it could be forced to close one of its coal mines if it does not improve safety following an explosion last month that killed 30 people.

GERMANY: German Arms Firm Ends Blackwater Deal After TV Report
by DW staff (ncy)Deutsche Welle
February 19th, 2008
Weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch said it would end its relationship with Blackwater after German media reported that the controversial US-run military firm was using its guns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US: Holes in the Wall
by Melissa del BosqueThe Texas Observer
February 18th, 2008
As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security marches down the Texas border serving condemnation lawsuits to frightened landowners, Brownsville resident Eloisa Tamez, 72, has one simple question. She would like to know why her land is being targeted for destruction by a border wall, while a nearby golf course and resort remain untouched.

UK: BAE: secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince
by David Leigh and Rob EvansThe Guardian (UK)
February 15th, 2008
Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE.

GERMANY: Authorities Investigating Deutsche Post CEO for Tax Evasion
by Barbara SchmidDer Spiegel
February 14th, 2008
Klaus Zumwinkel, the CEO of former German postal monopoly Deutsche Post, is under investigation for tax evasion.

US: Court dismisses lawsuit on secret kidnapping
by Adam TannerReuters
February 14th, 2008
A federal judge, saying the case involved a state secret, dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday against a unit of Boeing Co that charged the firm helped fly terrorism suspects abroad to secret prisons.

US: Lawmakers Move to Grant Banks Immunity Against Patent Lawsuit
by Jeffrey H. BirnbaumThe Washington Post
February 14th, 2008
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has sponsored an unusual provision at the urging of the nation's banks granting them immunity against an active patent lawsuit, potentially saving them billions of dollars.

GLOBAL: 2 Reports At Odds On Biotech Crops
by Rick WeissThe Washington Post
February 14th, 2008
Dueling reports released yesterday -- one by a consortium largely funded by the biotech industry and the other by a pair of environmental and consumer groups -- came to those diametrically different conclusions.

US: Hewlett-Packard Settles Spying Case
by MATT RICHTELThe New York Times
February 14th, 2008
Hewlett-Packard has agreed to a financial settlement with The New York Times and three BusinessWeek magazine journalists in connection with the company’s spying scandal that stemmed from surreptitiously obtaining private phone records.

CHINA: China Plant Played Role In Drug Tied to 4 Deaths
by ANNA WILDE MATHEWS and THOMAS M. BURTONThe Wall Street Journal
February 14th, 2008
A Chinese facility that hasn't been inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the active ingredient in much of the widely used Baxter International Inc. blood-thinner that is under investigation after reports of hundreds of allergic reactions and four deaths among the drug's users, the agency said yesterday.

US: UnitedHealth Faces Suit Over Payment System
by VANESSA FUHRMANS and THEO FRANCISThe Wall Street Journal
February 13th, 2008
The New York attorney general said his office plans to sue UnitedHealth Group Inc. as part of a broader investigation into the way the health insurance industry sets payment rates for hospitals and doctors outside of their networks.

US: Comcast Defends Role As Internet Traffic Cop
by Cecilia KangThe Washington Post
February 13th, 2008
Comcast said yesterday that it purposely slows down some traffic on its network, including some music and movie downloads, an admission that sparked more controversy in the debate over how much control network operators should have over the Internet.

US: Limbo for U.S. Women Reporting Iraq Assaults
by JAMES RISENThe New York Times
February 13th, 2008
Ms. Kineston is among a number of American women who have reported that they were sexually assaulted by co-workers while working as contractors in Iraq but now find themselves in legal limbo, unable to seek justice or even significant compensation.

US: Bush Presses House to Approve Bill on Surveillance
by ERIC LICHTBLAUThe New York Times
February 13th, 2008
The president’s remarks came the morning after the Senate handed the White House a major victory by voting to broaden the government’s spy powers and to give legal protection to phone companies that cooperated in President Bush’s program of eavesdropping without warrants.

US: U.S. jewelry retailers oppose large Alaska gold mine
by Mary PembertonTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 12th, 2008
Just in time for Valentine's Day, five of the leading U.S. jewellers have sworn off gold that someday could come from the Pebble Mine, a huge deposit being scoped out by a subsidiary of a Canadian company near the world's most productive wild sockeye salmon stream in southwestern Alaska.

AFGHANISTAN: Security companies fall foul of gun controls
by Jeremy PageTimes Online U.K.
February 11th, 2008
Afghan police have begun a crackdown on private security guards carrying guns in Kabul, paralysing foreign aid and other organisations whose rules oblige them to travel with armed escorts.

US-CHINA: Staples cuts ties with APP on environment worry
Reuters
February 8th, 2008
Staples Inc, the largest U.S. office supplies retailer, said on Friday it ceased doing business with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) late last month because of environmental concerns.

US: CIA Likely Let Contractors Perform Waterboarding
by SIOBHAN GORMANThe Wall Street Journal
February 8th, 2008
The CIA's secret interrogation program has made extensive use of outside contractors, whose role likely included the waterboarding of terrorist suspects, according to testimony yesterday from the CIA director and two other people familiar with the program.

US: Committee Investigates Ad Tactics for Lipitor
by Stephanie SaulNew York Times
February 8th, 2008
A Congressional investigation revealed that Pfizer agreed to pay Dr. Jarvik $1,350,000 as a celebrity pitchman for the heart drug Lipitor, and wants to know how much stunt doubles in the ads may have also been paid.

US: Uranium Exploration Near Grand Canyon
by FELICITY BARRINGERThe New York Times
February 7th, 2008
With minimal public notice and no formal environmental review, the Forest Service has approved a permit allowing a British mining company to explore for uranium just outside Grand Canyon National Park, less than three miles from a popular lookout over the canyon’s southern rim.

US: Drug Ads Raise Questions for Heart Pioneer
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
February 7th, 2008
Celebrity advertising endorsements are nothing new, of course. But the Lipitor campaign is a rare instance of a well-known doctor’s endorsing a drug in advertising — and it has helped rekindle a smoldering debate over whether it is appropriate to aim ads for prescription drugs directly at consumers.

US: Some Campuses Decide Tobacco Company Money Is ‘Tainted’
by ALAN FINDERThe New York Times
February 4th, 2008
Across academia, universities and graduate schools are wrestling with whether to accept financing from tobacco companies for research or student activities. In the past few years, 15 public health and medical schools have turned away donations from the industry; McCombs’ move was unusual because of its longstanding ties to an array of corporations.

EL SALVADOR: "Life Is Worth More than Gold" Say Anti-Mining Activists
by Raúl GutiérrezInter Press Service (IPS)
February 1st, 2008
Peasant farmers from the northern Salvadoran province of Cabañas fear that mining operations planned for the region will consume 30,000 litres of water a day, drawn from the same sources that currently provide local residents with water only once a week.

US: An Ex-President, a Mining Deal and a Big Donor
by JO BECKER and DON VAN NATTA Jr.The New York Times
January 31st, 2008
Unlike more established competitors, Mr. Giustra was a newcomer to uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. But what his fledgling company lacked in experience, it made up for in connections. Accompanying Mr. Giustra on his luxuriously appointed MD-87 jet that day was a former president of the United States, Bill Clinton.

PERU: For Peru's Indians, Lawsuit Against Big Oil Reflects a New Era
by Kelly HearnThe Washington Post
January 31st, 2008
Oxy is Occidental Petroleum, the California-based company that pulled a fortune from this rain forest from 1972 to 2000. It is also the company that Maynas and other Achuar leaders now blame for wreaking environmental havoc -- and leaving many of the people here ill.

CHINA: Tainted Drugs Tied to Maker of Abortion Pill
by JAKE HOOKER and WALT BOGDANICHThe New York Times
January 31st, 2008
A huge state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical company that exports to dozens of countries, including the United States, is at the center of a nationwide drug scandal after nearly 200 Chinese cancer patients were paralyzed or otherwise harmed last summer by contaminated leukemia drugs.

INDIA: H.P. Case to Go Forward in India
by HEATHER TIMMONSThe New York Times
January 31st, 2008
A decision by India’s highest court may force international companies who outsource business here to do more to guard the safety of local workers.

US: Altria to spin off foreign cigarette unit March 28
by Vinnee TongAssociated Press
January 31st, 2008
Altria Group Inc. said Wednesday it would spin off its international tobacco business on March 28, freeing it to pursue cigarette sales more aggressively without ties to its U.S. counterpart - and U.S. regulatory oversight.

GLOBAL: False 'Green' Ads Draw Global Scrutiny
by Tom WrightWall Street Journal
January 30th, 2008
With companies eager to tout their "green" credentials to consumers, advertising watchdogs are stepping up efforts to rein in marketers that make false or exaggerated claims.

UK: Vestey's vegan grandson sees off Shell
by Isabel OakeshottThe Sunday Times (UK)
January 27th, 2008
SHELL has abandoned its sponsorship of one of Britain’s most prestigious wildlife photography exhibitions after protests by environmental groups.

US: Contractor Abuses Rarely Punished, Groups Say
by Ali GharibIPS
January 21st, 2008
Out of the dozens upon dozens of reports of abuses by private contractors as part of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, only one prosecution of a contractor has taken place.

US: Giuliani Had Ties to Company Trying to Sell Border Technology
by RUSS BUETTNERNew York Times
January 18th, 2008
On the presidential campaign trail, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani often promotes the installation of electronic monitoring devices at the border to stem illegal immigration, without mentioning that until a few months ago, he was partner in a company trying to market such technology.

US: McDonald’s Ending Promotion on Jackets of Children’s Report Cards
by STUART ELLIOTTNew York Times
January 18th, 2008
McDonald’s has decided to stop sponsoring Happy Meals as rewards for children with good grades and attendance records in elementary schools in Seminole County, Fla.

US: Duke Energy sued for alleged kickbacks
New Mexico Business Weekly
January 17th, 2008
Two lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Cincinnati accusing Duke Energy Corp. of overcharging tens of thousands of residential and business customers.

US: Antidepressants Under Scrutiny Over Efficacy
by DAVID ARMSTRONG and KEITH J. WINSTEINWall Street Journal
January 17th, 2008
The effectiveness of a dozen popular antidepressants has been exaggerated by selective publication of favorable results, according to a review of unpublished data submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.

US: A Mission to Rebuild Reputations
by Dana HedgpethWashington Post
January 17th, 2008
Now those promises -- and the public's perception of the Air Force's ability to spend its money prudently -- are being tested by new contracting and public relations challenges. The Air Force is about to award two key contracts worth a total of about $55 billion, and Boeing is in the running for both deals.

EU: European Antitrust Regulators Raid Large Drug Makers
by STEPHEN CASTLE and JAMES KANTERNew York Times
January 17th, 2008
Antitrust regulators on Wednesday raided big European drug makers as part of an investigation into whether patents and lawsuit settlements are being manipulated to keep generic products off the market.

US: Corporate Fraud Lawsuits Restricted
by Robert Barnes and Carrie JohnsonWashington Post
January 16th, 2008
The Supreme Court yesterday strictly limited the ability of investors who lost money through corporate fraud to sue other businesses that may have helped facilitate the crime, a decision that could doom stockholder efforts to recover billions of dollars lost in Enron and other high-profile cases.

UK: FBI wants instant access to British identity data
by Owen BowcottThe Guardian (UK)
January 15th, 2008
Americans seek international database to carry iris, palm and finger prints

US: Protests Greet Nuclear Power Resurgence in US South
by Matthew CardinaleIPS
January 14th, 2008
Residents and environmental activists are in a bitter dispute with large U.S. energy corporations and the federal government over the safety of nuclear power, as more than a dozen corporations plan to, or have filed, paperwork to open new nuclear power plants, primarily in the U.S. South.

NIGERIA: Nigeria delays $44bn smoking case
by BBC NewsBBC
January 14th, 2008
A court in Nigeria has adjourned a multi-billion dollar lawsuit brought by the government against three major tobacco firms until March.

CHILE: Copper Boom - Cui Bono?
by Daniela EstradaIPS News
January 11th, 2008
According to global forecasts, the price of copper, Chile’s main export, will remain high in 2008 thanks to strong demand from China. But just who will benefit from this bonanza is up for debate.

NIGERIA: Inefficient Gas Flaring Remains Unchecked
by Sam OlukoyaIPS
January 10th, 2008
Some of the largest multinational oil companies in the world -- including the U.K. and Dutch owned Shell, the French company Total, and the American companies Mobil and Chevron -- are responsible for the bulk of the scores of gas flares burning in Nigeria.

IRAQ: 2005 Use of Gas by Blackwater Leaves Questions
by JAMES RISENNew York Times
January 10th, 2008
In 2005 Blackwater accidentally dropped teargas on US soldiers, which has raised significant new questions about the role of private security contractors in Iraq, and whether they operate under the same rules of engagement and international treaty obligations that the American military observes.

THAILAND: Green Groups Will Take GM Crops Issue To Court
by Marwaan Macan-MarkarIPS News
January 9th, 2008
Thai environmentalists are banking on the country’s courts to overturn a decision by the military-appointed government to allow field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops.

JAPAN: Yamada gave additional 400,000 dollars to organization
Yomiuri Shimbun
January 8th, 2008
Defense contractor Yamada Corp. provided a total of 400,000 dollars in consultant fees to an executive director of a Japan-U.S. exchange organization between 2003 and 2005.

AFGHANISTAN: Copper project tests Afghanistan’s resources
by Jon BooneFinancial Times
January 8th, 2008
The debris left over from previous attempts to extract some of Afghanistan’s colossal mineral wealth can be found just 35km south-east of Kabul. But in five years, the landscape in the Aynak exploration area may be changed into one of the world’s largest opencast mines, thanks to a $3bn (£1.5bn) investment by the China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC).

US: U.S. high court declines to review Can. company pollution ruling
by JOHN K. WILEYAssociated Press
January 7th, 2008
An Indian tribe says it will continue its efforts to force a Canadian company, Teck Cominco Ltd., to pay to clean up pollution of a stretch of the Columbia River that flows past the tribe's reservation.

CHINA: In Chinese Factories, Lost Fingers and Low Pay
by DAVID BARBOZANew York Times
January 5th, 2008
Nearly a decade after some of the most powerful companies in the world — often under considerable criticism and consumer pressure — began an effort to eliminate sweatshop labor conditions in Asia, worker abuse is still commonplace in many of the Chinese factories that supply Western companies, according to labor rights groups.

US: Cloned Livestock Poised
by Jane Zhang, John W. Miller and Lauren EtterWall Street Journal
January 4th, 2008
After more than six years of wrestling with the question of whether meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to eat, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare as early as next week that they are. The food industry appears to be divided over the issue.

US: Suit says IBM dumped chemicals in New York state
by Dan Wilchins and Philipp GollnerReuters
January 3rd, 2008
Neighbors of a former IBM plant in New York state sued the company on Thursday, saying it released chemicals into the air, ground and water for nearly 80 years that caused birth defects and cancer.

US: Former miners oppose bond release
by Nathan BlackfordWarrick Publishing Online
January 2nd, 2008
Former miners do not want the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to release the final portion of a $4 million bond on a large section of the North Field at the Squaw Creek Mine.

EUROPE/RUSSIA: Gas pipeline stirs up Baltic fears
by Tristana MooreBBC News Online
December 31st, 2007
Nord Stream, a consortium led by Russia's Gazprom, is building a new controversial pipeline under the Baltic Sea.

IRAQ: Shame of Imported Labor in Kurdish North of Iraq
by Michael KamberNew York Times
December 29th, 2007
Thousands of foreign workers have come to the Kurdish districts in northern Iraq in the last three years. Many have been deceived by unscrupulous agents who arrange the journeys, like the Bangladesh-based Travel Mix agency.

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