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US: Jurors Weigh Custer Battles Fraud Case
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
In closing arguments, the attorney for two whistleblowers asks for more than $10 million in damages against the Rhode Island-based company accused of war profiteering in Iraq.

US:
by Michael BarbaroThe New
Wal-Mart Stores, facing a raft of state legislation that would require it to increase spending on employee health insurance, will lift several of its long-standing and most-criticized restrictions on eligibility over the next year, the giant retailer said this morning.

US: Deal Lets Big Farms Skirt Pollution Fines
by John HeilprinAssociated Press
The Bush administration will let thousands of factory-style farms escape severe penalties for fouling the air and water with animal excrement in exchange for data to help curb future pollution.

LIBERIA: Liberia recruits a new army
by Elizabeth BluntBBC News
The new Armed forces of Liberia are being trained by Dyncorp.

US: AT&T to pay $25 million to settle Calif. lawsuit
AT&T Inc. will pay $25 million to end a lawsuit by California officials alleging the company failed to test properly and repair its underground storage tanks, the state attorney general said on Tuesday.

IRAQ: Indian Youths Coerced Into Iraq
by Ajay BharadwajDaily News & Analysis India
Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon in Punjab. However, it is the landing of young aspirants in Iraq that has started raising hackles.

US: Pentagon Stalls on Bannning Contractors that Use Forced Labor
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
A proposal prohibiting defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor was drafted by the Pentagon last summer, but five defense lobbying groups oppose key provisions and a final policy still appears to be months away.

IRAQ: KBR Workers in Iraq Paid 50 cents an Hour
by Pamela HessUnited Press International
KBR hires out subcontractors whose job is to recruit, transport, house, feed and pay "third-country" nationals to stock, prepare, serve and clean up at the dining facilities at 43 bases across Iraq. As pressure to keep contract costs down, subcontractors have moved from country to country in search of cheaper labor markets.



US: CACI Plans to Drop Interrogation Work
by Ellen McCarthyThe Washington Post
CACI International Inc., the Arlington-based defense contractor that attracted controversy when an employee was accused of participating in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, is getting out of the interrogation business.

US: All Eyes on Halliburton As contacts Turn into Contracts
The Observer
Concerns in the US are mounting that Katrina could prompt a round of 'pork barrel' contracts.

IRAQ: Turn the Lights On
by Joe CochraneNewsweek International
Americans were as wrong about the health of Iraq's infrastructure as they were about their welcome as liberators and the insurgents know that depriving Iraq of power is at least as effective as killing soldiers and policemen.

IRAQ: The Trillion Dollar War Chart

CorpWatch: Holding Corporations Accountable
CorpWatch is a non-profit that conducts investigative research and journalism to expose corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate accountability and transparency. We work to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations.

US: Want Big Bucks For Big Risks? Jobs Open In Iraq, Afghanistan
Plumbers, electricians, truck drivers, food-service workers, logistics specialists and other professionals work 12-hour days providing support services to American troops. It's hard, dangerous work. But the pay is high. A year on the job can change the average person's financial life.

IRAQ: Security Fears and Costs are Road Block to Rebuilding
by Rick EmertStars and Stripes
Of the $18 billion budgeted for the Iraq Reconstruction Program, $7 billion is spent on securing the workers and the construction sites that are contracted and overseen by the Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District and the Project and Contracting Office.

JAPAN: Koizumi's Postal Bomb
The Prime Minister's rejected reform legislation by Japan's Upper House is grave news for him and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

IRAQ: Friendly-fire victim Fights for Compensation with Claims that Titan Abandoned Him
by David Washburn and Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
Mazin al Nashi's worries escalated when he learned that the fledgling Iraqi insurgency had put a $250,000 bounty on the heads of interpreters. He had never received any body armor from Titan.

US: Ebbers Set to Shed His Assets
by Gretchen MorgensonNew York Times

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