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WORLD: Buyers unravel the ethics behind the label
by Paul TyrrellFinancial Times
September 23rd, 2010

USA: Indictment Accuses Firm of Exploiting Thai Workers
by Julia PrestonNew York Times
September 10th, 2010
A federal grand jury in Honolulu has indicted six labor contractors from a Los Angeles manpower company on charges that they imposed forced labor on some 400 Thai farm workers, in what justice officials called the biggest human-trafficking case ever brought by federal authorities.

USA: Bid to suspend California global-warming law gets $1 million from billionaire brothers' firm
by Margot RooseveltLos Angeles Times
September 4th, 2010
The donation to the Proposition 23 campaign comes from a subsidiary of Kansas-based Koch Industries, which owns refineries and controls 4,000 miles of oil pipelines.

INDONESIA: Burger King drops Indonesian palm oil supplier
by Anthony DeutschFinancial Times
September 4th, 2010
Burger King will stop using palm oil from a leading Indonesian supplier due to concerns about environmental damage.

CONGO: Congo Planning First Quantum Financial Misconduct Probe
by Alex MacDonaldDow Jones Newswires
September 4th, 2010
Congo intends to launch a probe into financial misconduct at First Quantum Minerals Ltd.'s (FM.T) operations in the country shortly after the miner suspended operations at the Frontier mine.

USA: In Mottís Strike, More Than Pay at Stake
by Steven GreenhouseNew York Times
August 23rd, 2010
After nearly 90 days of picketing in the broiling sun outside the sprawling Mottís apple juice plant here in upstate New York, Michelle Muoio recognizes that the lengthy strike is about far more than whether the 305 hourly workers at the plant get a fatter or slimmer paycheck

SOUTH AFRICA: Sasol Accused of Polymer Price Fixing by Regulators
by Carli LourensBusiness Week
August 16th, 2010
Sasol Ltd., the biggest producer of motor fuels made from coal and gas, was accused of price fixing in the polymer market by South Africaís Competition Commission, which recommended a fine of 10 percent of annual sales.

WORLD: Food-Commodity Speculation by Banks Caused Hunger, Group Says
by Rudy RuitenbergBloomberg
August 5th, 2010
Speculation in agricultural commodities by banks caused hunger during the 2008 food crisis by amplifying price surges, World Development Movement said.

USA: Target boycotted for donating $150,000 to MN right-wing Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for governor
by Meena HartensteinNew York Daily News
August 5th, 2010
In the wake of the company's decision to donate $150,000 to a right-wing conservative's political campaign, former Target shoppers across the country are calling for a nation-wide boycott.

EUROPE: Europe Clears Import of New Biotech Corn Varieties
by ReutersNew York Times
July 29th, 2010
The European Commission on Wednesday approved six genetically modified corn varieties for import to the bloc, another sign of its desire to speed decision-making on the controversial technology.

IRAQ: GE Settles Iraq Kickback Case for $23 Million
by David M. KatzCFO Magazine
July 27th, 2010
General Electric has agreed to pay $23.4 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it violated Foreign Corrupt Practices Act accounting and internal-controls provisions.

HAITI: Haitian Farmers Leery of Monsanto's Largesse
by Peter CostantiniInter Press News Service (IPS)
July 1st, 2010

USA: Banned Trailers Return for Latest Gulf Disaster
by Ian UrbinaNew York Times
July 1st, 2010

MEXICO: Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal
by Michael SmithBloomberg
June 30th, 2010
Wachovia admitted it didnít do enough to spot illicit funds in handling $378.4 billion for Mexican-currency-exchange houses from 2004 to 2007. Thatís the largest violation of the Bank Secrecy Act, an anti-money-laundering law, in U.S. history -- a sum equal to one-third of Mexicoís current gross domestic product.

USA: Supreme Court says biotech alfalfa ban was too much
by Philip BrasherDes Moines Register
June 23rd, 2010
In its first case involving a biotech crop, the Supreme Court ruled 7-1 Monday that a federal judge went too far when he ordered the planting ban while requiring the Agriculture Department to conduct an environmental impact study of the crop.

USA: Louisiana demands justice, not charity
by James CarvilleCNN
June 16th, 2010

USA: The Other Victims of Battlefield Stress; Defense Contractorsí Mental Health Neglected
by T. Christian MillerProPublica
June 10th, 2010

LIBERIA: Corrupt Local Officials Complicity - 2011 Threatens Mittal Social Development Fund
by Samwar S. FallahFront Page Africa
June 10th, 2010
There are growing fears ahead of the pending 2011 general and presidential elections that funds provided by world leading steel giant Arcelor Mittal as Social Development Fund could be used to finance the campaign of politicians in three counties-Bong, Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties.

AFGHANISTAN: Lost in Limbo - Injured Afghan Translators Struggle to Survive
by Pratap ChatterjeeProPublica
June 10th, 2010

GUATEMALA: Goldcorp mining company accused over human rights
by Bill LawBBC News
June 3rd, 2010
A human rights assessment report has painted a harsh portrait of the Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp.

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