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US: For Wall Street Chiefs, Big Paydays Continue
by Patrick McGeehanNew York Times
March 23rd, 2004
As investor outrage over executive compensation rattled corporate boardrooms last year, some companies changed the way they set pay for their top officers. But the message apparently did not register on Wall Street, where chief executives like Sanford I. Weill of Citigroup and E. Stanley O'Neal of Merrill Lynch collected their biggest paychecks ever in 2003 - $44 million and $28 million.

US: FleetBoston, BofA To Pay $675 Million
by Josh FriedmanLos Angeles Times
March 16th, 2004
Bank of America Corp. and FleetBoston Financial Corp. agreed Monday to pay $675 million in fines and restitution in the biggest settlement yet in the scandal over mutual fund trading abuses.

US: Technically Speaking Still a Hub
by Joseph MennLos Angeles Times
March 15th, 2004
The Silicon Valley remains a land of headquarters, but much of the work has shifted to cheaper labor markets overseas. The house is pretty much the same as the others on Woodford Drive, except for the plastic sign on the wall that says "Easic Corp." Inside, in the dining room and family room, there's a daybed for the dog, brass plaques memorializing the chip-design firm's patents and five employees setting strategy, reviewing software and sending e-mail to programming colleagues in Romania.

Canada: Black Sues Hollinger For $173m
by Saeed ShahThe Independent
March 10th, 2004
Lord Black of Crossharbour, the disgraced media baron, has launched a new round in his legal battle with Hollinger International, with a $173m claim for fees and damages.

Germany: World Cup Organisers Shaken By Alpine Bribery
by Erik KirschbaumReuters
March 10th, 2004
Germany's World Cup organisers said on Wednesday they were "shaken" and deeply hurt by charges of corruption that have been levelled at top Munich soccer executives over the construction of the city's new stadium.

Mexico: Color It Green And See How It Fills Politicians' Pockets
by Ginger ThompsonThe New York Times
March 10th, 2004
The airwaves have been flooded with grainy, muffled videotapes that appear to show some of Mexico's leading politicians and their operatives involved in egregious acts of venality. For the most part, the tapes show the same old misdeeds long considered signatures of Mexican politics. But one of the tapes confirmed a new development - small parties have become big businesses too.

US: Kool Cigarettes in New Flavors Draw Criticism
by Nat IvesNew York Times
March 9th, 2004
Brown & Williamson Tobacco has begun promoting new versions of Kool cigarettes that are likely to draw attention not just for their high-design packages but also for their flavors: Caribbean Chill, Midnight Berry, Mocha Taboo and Mintrigue. As much as the new Kools may bolster the company's bottom line, their sugary names seem certain to raise the voltage further in the already charged debate on cigarette marketing and teenagers.

US: Nissan Sued Over Theft-Prone Headlights
by Ronald SmothersNew York Times
March 8th, 2004
State consumer regulators and the attorney general sued the automaker Nissan North America on Monday, charging that the company had deliberately concealed from owners of some of their Maxima models that its ultrabright xenon headlamps were a popular target for thieves.

Saudi Arabia: Foreign Concerns Make Deals to Search for Gas
by Simon RomeroNew York Times
March 7th, 2004
Saudi Arabian officials said on Sunday that they were seeking to strengthen ties with China and Russia after allowing energy companies from those countries to be among the first foreign businesses to explore Saudi natural gas reserves in more than three decades.

South Korea: Kia Plans Car Plant in Slovakia
by Samuel LenNew York Times
March 3rd, 2004
The move, which had been expected, was the latest by Hyundai in expanding overseas as its home market becomes increasingly crowded. Kia's decision is another coup for Slovakia, where cheap labor and proximity to Western Europe are making it a popular destination for automakers.

US: Fleet Specialist To Pay $59.4 Million Fine
Associated Press
March 2nd, 2004
Fleet Specialist, one of the five New York Stock Exchange specialist firms that have settled illegal trading charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission, will pay $59.4 million in fines and restitution, its parent company said Tuesday.

US: FERC Claims Jurisdiction on Gas Plant
by Deborah SchochLos Angeles Times
February 27th, 2004
The federal position on a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Beach sets up a possible conflict with state regulators.

UK: California Seeks Say in Long Beach Gas Terminal Plan
by Deborah SchochLos Angeles Times
February 26th, 2004
In an unusual protest filed with federal regulators this week, the state Public Utilities Commission complained that it had tried -- and failed -- since October to get Mitsubishi to apply to the agency for permission to build a terminal for liquefied natural gas in the Port of Long Beach.

Kazakhstan: Oil Majors Agree to Develop Field
by Heather TimmonsThe New York Times
February 26th, 2004
A consortium of international oil companies formally agreed on Wednesday to proceed with a $29 billion development of the Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan, the largest oil discovery since Prudhoe Bay in Alaska more than 30 years ago.

USA: Tyson Hit With $1.28 Bn Verdict
by Bob BurgdorferReuters
February 17th, 2004
Tyson Foods Inc., the nation's largest meat producer, was hit with a $1.28 billion judgment on Tuesday by a federal jury that said the company manipulated the cattle market and must change its buying practices.

US: Who Gives the Most Money
by Alex KnottCenter for Public Integrity
February 13th, 2004
Investment companies dominated President George W. Bush's $47 million fourth quarter fundraising, driven by networks of top individual contributors, according to a recent supplement to "The Buying of the President 2004," a book by the Center for Public Integrity detailing the financial interests behind each presidential candidate.

Kuwait: Halliburton Deal Brings Probe
February 11th, 2004
Kuwait's parliament agreed Wednesday to investigate whether the government misused public funds when it signed a contract with Halliburton Corp. to supply fuel to U.S. troops in Iraq.

Romania: Commission Investigating How Bechtel Won Contract
by Phelim McAleerFinancial Times
February 5th, 2004

The European Commission is investigating the award - without a tender - of a $2.5bn (2bn, 1.4bn) Romanian motorway contract to the politically well-connected US company Bechtel. Gnther Verheugen, EU enlargement commissioner, is examining the contract for a 450km road that would be Romania's key transport link with central Europe. He is responding to complaints by Bucharest-based EU diplomats who claim the process was not transparent.

Israel: Sharon Says Says He Won't Quit Over Bribe Scandal
by Harvey MorrisFinancial Times
January 21st, 2004
Ariel Sharon attempted on Thursday to quell speculation that might be forced out of office by a corruption scandal after a businessman was charged with bribing him, telling an Israeli newspaper that he had no intention of resigning.

UK: Foreign Aid Goes to Neoliberal Recipients
by George MonbiotGuardian (London)
January 6th, 2004
The Adam Smith Institute, the ultra-rightwing lobby group, now receives more money from Britain's Department for International Development (DfID) than Liberia or Somalia, two of the most desperate nations on Earth.

Italy: Berlusconi Plans Decree After Media Bill Fails
New York Times
December 17th, 2003
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi moved Tuesday to protect one of his family's television businesses after President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi rejected a bill that critics say would have benefited Mr. Berlusconi's media empire. On Monday, Mr. Ciampi refused to sign the bill, which would relax limits on media ownership, and sent it back to Parliament in a setback for Mr. Berlusconi's political and media interests. The prime minister said Tuesday that his cabinet would adopt an emergency decree to shield Mediaset, the biggest private broadcaster in Italy, from the fallout. The Berlusconi family controls the company.

South Korea: Conglomerates Involved in Slush Scandal
December 15th, 2003
The man who narrowly lost last year's presidential race in South Korea has admitted his campaign finances included $42m in illegal donations. Lee Hoi-chang, of the Grand National Party, made the admission in a televised news conference, then turned himself in to state prosecutors. The shock statement is the latest twist in a scandal which also threatens President Roh Moo-hyun, since four former aides have been implicated.

Kenya: Officials, Banks in $1bn Corruption Probe
by William Wallis and David WhiteFinancial Times
December 15th, 2003
At least $1bn of illegal gains made by former and serving politicians and civil servants in Kenya has been uncovered in a secret international investigation over the past six months, according to Kenyan anti-corruption officials.

US: For Dean, 'Captive' Insurance a Vermont Boon
by Michael KranishBoston Globe
December 12th, 2003
During Dean's 11 years as Vermont governor, he enacted tax breaks that attracted to the state a "Who's Who" of corporate America -- including Enron -- to set up insurance businesses. Indeed, Dean said in 2001 that he wanted Vermont to "overtake Bermuda" as the "world's largest" haven for a segment of the insurance industry known as "captives," which refers to firms that help insure their parent companies.

Thailand: Prime Minister Mixes Business and Politics
by Shawn W. CrispinFar Eastern Economic Review
December 11th, 2003
Former telecommunications tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra has used his great popularity to pursue a variety of business-friendly policies. But critics say that the appearance is growing of policies that favour friends and family.

Russia: Why Business Votes with its Wallet
by James ArnoldBBC
December 4th, 2003
An intriguing revelation following the recent arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the news that the billionaire tycoon gave money to nearly all political parties - including the communists. It's odd that Russia's richest man felt the need to subsidise the organisation dedicated to destroying his privileges. More interesting still is the question of just what Mr Khodorkovsky thought he was getting in return for his largesse. In post-Soviet Russia, links between business and politics have always been both close and murky.

US: Bush's Brother Has Contract to Help Chinese Chip Maker
by Warren Vieth and Lianne HartLos Angeles Times
November 27th, 2003
Neil Bush, a younger brother of President Bush, has a $400,000-a-year contract to provide business advice to a Chinese computer chip manufacturer, according to court documents. At the same time the Bush administration is promising to crack down on alleged trade abuses by the Chinese, Neil Bush as agreed to strategize with China's Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., the documents show.

France: Sleaze Scandal Winds Up as Oil Chiefs are Jailed
by Jon HenleyThe Guardian
November 13th, 2003
France's mammoth Elf corruption case, probably the biggest political and corporate sleaze scandal to hit a western democracy since the second world war, drew to a close yesterday as three key former executives of the oil giant were jailed for up to five years.

Russia: State Freezes Shares of Oil Giant
by Andrew Jack, Arkady Ostrovsky and Lina SaigolFinancial Times
October 30th, 2003
Russian prosecutors on Thursday froze a 44 per cent block of shares in Yukos, the country's largest oil group, in a sharp escalation of the crisis surrounding the company and its owners. The move, which was immediately denounced as illegal by the company, followed the arrest on Saturday of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the chief executive and largest shareholder, on criminal charges of fraud and tax evasion totalling $1bn.

World: Company Is Foreign at Tax Time, but Seeks Americans-Only Work
by David Cay JohnstonNew York Times
October 18th, 2003
A big oil-well drilling company that has used one law to escape American taxes by taking addresses in Bermuda and Barbados is now trying to use another law to qualify for business open only to American companies. Competitors are crying foul, saying they cannot survive if the Bermuda-Barbados company, Nabors Industries, is allowed to vie for contracts while paying little or nothing in taxes.

Kazakhstan: ChevronTexaco Quizzed in Bribery Probe
by Joshua ChaffinFinancial Times
September 11th, 2003
ChevronTexaco is being questioned by the Justice Department as prosecutors broaden an investigation into alleged bribery in Kazakhstan's oil industry. The US oil company received a subpoena from federal prosecutors in New York asking it to testify before a federal grand jury about a Kazakh oil and gas project in which the company was participating.

US: Southern Co. Hires Clean Air Act Regulator
by Margaret MewkirkAtlanta Journal-Constitution
September 4th, 2003
Southern Co. hired a new congressional lobbyist this week, and a Washington-based environmental group is crying foul. The lobbyist is John Pemberton, chief of staff of the division of the federal Environmental Protection Agency that delivered a key Clean Air Act victory last week to the nation's coal-fired utility industry, led by Southern Co.

USA: Political Parties Take Money from Crooks
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert
July 9th, 2003
The two major political parties are crooked. Without shame, they take big money from criminals. Corporate Crime Reporter last week released a report documenting $9.3 million given by convicted criminals to the Democrats and the Republicans in the 2002 election cycle.

USA: Westar Energy Review Finds Efforts to Sway Key Republicans
by Pete YostAssociated Press
June 5th, 2003
Key Republicans, including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, solicited campaign donations from a financially strapped utility that was seeking their help in winning an exemption from a federal law, according to internal company records.The lawmakers denied on Thursday there was any connection between the donations and the exemption. Federal law forbids the seeking or granting of government business in exchange for donations.

USA: Enron Used U.S. Government to Bully Developing Nations
by Emad MekayInter Press Service
May 30th, 2003
Defunct energy giant Enron used the U.S. government to coerce the World Bank and poor nations to grant concessions and resolve its investment problems, according to documents and correspondence released by the Treasury Department.

USA: Interior Department Investigates Official's Role as Oil Lobbyist
by Katharine Q. SeelyeThe New York Times
May 12th, 2003
Responding to a request from Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut and a candidate for president, the inspector general of the Interior Department is investigating possible conflicts of interest involving a top Interior official who used to be a lobbyist for the oil, gas and mining interests he now regulates.

Nigeria: Halliburton Pays Bribes to Lower Taxes
by David IvanovichHouston Chronicle
May 8th, 2003
WASHINGTON -- A Halliburton Co. subsidiary paid bribes totaling $2.4 million to a tax official in Nigeria in an effort to obtain favorable tax treatment, the company has revealed.

USA: Bechtel to Rebuild Iraq
by David R. BakerSan Francisco Chronicle
April 18th, 2003
Bechtel Corp., the San Francisco construction giant known for its global reach and high-powered political connections, won a contract Thursday worth up to $680 million to rebuild Iraqi roads, schools, sewers and hospitals damaged in the war.

Cheney, Halliburton and the Spoils of War
by Lee Drutman and Charlie CrayCitizen Works
April 4th, 2003
Why Dick Cheney's wartime conflicts of interest are among the most troubling in Washington.

Iraq: Reconstruction and U.S. Interest
Globe and Mail
April 1st, 2003
Even before winning the war, the United States appears intent on managing the peace and the costly reconstruction on its own. This opens Washington to criticism that the conflict is partially about profiteering, rather than simply the removal of a vile dictator and the introduction of some stability to a volatile region.

China: Chip Makers Exchange Barbs in Corporate Espionage Suit
by Laurie J. FlynnNew York Times
March 25th, 2003
Semiconductor Manufacturing International, China's largest maker of custom chips, accused Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing on Wednesday of conducting a "smear campaign" after Taiwan Semiconductor filed new documents this week in its lawsuit accusing the Chinese company of corporate espionage.

CENTRAL AMERICA: Experts, Citizens Fear Economic Fallout of Iraq War
by Nfer MuozInter Press Service
March 21st, 2003
Ral Carballo, a nearly-blind street vendor in the capital of Costa Rica, is just one of the 4.3 million Central Americans working in the informal economy who have already begun to feel the indirect effects of the war on Iraq.

USA: Cheney is Still Paid by Pentagon Contractor
by Robert Bryce in Austin, Texas and Julian Borger in WashingtonThe Guardian
March 12th, 2003
Halliburton, the Texas company which has been awarded the Pentagon's contract to put out potential oil-field fires in Iraq and which is bidding for postwar construction contracts, is still making annual payments to its former chief executive, the vice-president Dick Cheney.

USA: General/Defense Contractor to Rebuild Iraq
by David LazarusSan Francisco Chronicle
February 26th, 2003
The retired general tapped by the Bush administration to oversee rebuilding of post-war Iraq was, until just a few weeks ago, an executive at a leading defense contractor working on missile systems that would be used to bomb Baghdad.

USA: GOP Threats Halt GAO Cheney Suit
by Peter Brand and Alexander BoltonThe Hill
February 20th, 2003
Threats by Republicans to cut the General Accounting Office (GAO) budget influenced its decision to abandon a lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney, The Hill has learned.

US: Water Industry's Cash to Political Campaigns Helps Fuel Effort to Privatize
February 12th, 2003
Most of that came from a core group of seven of the nation's largest water companies and the industry association that represents them, said the article.

USA: US Begins Secret Talks to Secure Iraq's Oilfields
by Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow, Julian Borger in Washington, Terry Macalister and Ewen MacAskillThe Guardian/UK
January 23rd, 2003
The US military has drawn up detailed plans to secure and protect Iraq's oilfields to prevent a repeat of 1991 when President Saddam set Kuwait's wells ablaze.

US: Bush Proposal May Cut Tax on S.U.V.'s for Business
by Danny HakimNew York Times
January 21st, 2003
The Bush administration's economic plan would increase by 50 percent or more the deductions that small-business owners can take right away on the biggest sport utility vehicles and pickups.

Italy: Police Arrest Parmalat Fraud Suspects
by John TagliabueNew York Times
January 1st, 2003
The S.E.C. has filed a complaint against Parmalat, accusing the company and Mr. Tanzi of selling about $1.5 billion of securities to American investors while engaging in fraud. People close to the company said the investigation was increasingly focused on financial institutions. One institution, Bank of America, became involved in the case earlier this month after it declared that documents appearing to certify an account it supposedly held of a Parmalat subsidiary in the Cayman Islands with the equivalent of $4.2 billion in it were forgeries.

USA: Congress Rewards Corporate Tax Evaders With US Taxpayers' Money
by Arianna HuffingtonAlterNet
December 2nd, 2002
As the war on terror shows troubling signs of becoming a war of error, the Bush administration is waging a far more successful war on behalf of its corporate backers. The latest victory comes courtesy of Congress' 11th hour reversal of a provision in the Homeland Security Bill banning government contracts for companies that move offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

USA: Drug Industry Poised to Reap Political Dividends
by Vicki KemperLos Angeles Times
November 8th, 2002
Few industries campaigned harder than pharmaceutical manufacturers to elect Republicans to the new Congress, and few industries are better positioned to reap the rewards of the election returns, analysts said Thursday.

USA: Enron Election Fallout Expected to be Minor
by Michael HedgesHouston Chronicle
October 22nd, 2002
WASHINGTON -- After Enron went through its high-profile collapse, elected officials trembled at the price they might have to pay this November.

USA: Harken and Halliburton Back in the News
The Daily Enron
October 10th, 2002
First, the Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe let loose on W. Bush. The papers disclosed that while a director and paid consultant for Harken Energy Bush had actively participated in the creation of off-the-books accounting gimmicks to hide company debt and raise the company's stock price. The deal, which the company did in conjunction with Harvard Management, created an off-the-books partnership strikingly similar to the kind Enron used to accomplish the same goals -- and which Bush has condemned.

USA: Bush Oil Firm Did Enron-Style Deal
by Greg FrostReuters
October 9th, 2002
BOSTON -- President Bush's former oil firm formed a partnership with Harvard University that concealed the company's financial woes and may have misled investors, a student and alumni group said in a report on Wednesday.

USA: Beach Banking Babylon
by Molly IvinsCreators Syndicate
September 26th, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas -- The economy is a mess. We are now in the second dip of a double-dip recession. (''Looks like a W,'' say the economists, another reason why economists are not famous for their humor.) Six and a quarter trillion dollars has disappeared from the stock markets. We have so far to go in cleaning up corporate corruption, it makes the Augean stables look like spilt milk.

US: Recasting the Web, Info Commons to Cash Cow
by Karen CharmanExtra!
August 26th, 2002
If the Bush administration lets large media conglomerates and local telephone companies have their way, the Internet as we know it -- that free-flowing, democratic, uncensored information superhighway -- could soon be a thing of the past.

USA: Chief Economic Advisor Undermines Bush on SSI Reform
by Stephen PizzoDaily Enron
August 19th, 2002
Was I the only editorial writer that noticed the remarkable comment by President Bush's chief economic advisor Saturday? Lawrence Lindsey was doing his bit this weekend to put the best possible face on last week's embarrassingly vacuous Waco economic summit. One of his stops was CNN's Novak, Hunt & Shields.

Uzbekistan: PricewaterhouseCoopers Advises on US-Government Relations
O'Dwyer's PR Daily
July 16th, 2002
ricewaterhouseCoopers is providing government relations services to Uzbekistan, the Central Asian country that is a prime ally in President Bush's ''War on Terror.''

US: In Tough Times, a Company Finds Profits in Terror War
by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.New York Times
July 12th, 2002
The Halliburton Company, the Dallas oil services company bedeviled lately by an array of accounting and business issues, is benefiting very directly from the United States efforts to combat terrorism.From building cells for detainees at Guantnamo Bay in Cuba to feeding American troops in Uzbekistan, the Pentagon is increasingly relying on a unit of Halliburton called KBR, sometimes referred to as Kellogg Brown & Root.

USA: Corporate Misdeeds Foment Corruption in Developing Countries
by Emad MekayInter Press Service
July 12th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The multinational firms recently fingered for corrupt practices in the United States may be practicing similar operations on a larger scale in developing countries, say long-time corporate watchdogs.

US: Tech Industry Pushes Homeland Security Legislation
by D. Ian HopperAssociated Press
July 10th, 2002
The companies making new homeland security devices, such as bomb detectors and biological weapon alarms, want the government to pick up the tab if their products fail and they are sued.

USA: Bush Wall Street Road Show Flops
by Stephen PizzoThe Daily Enron
July 10th, 2002
There was more than a little of the surreal to President Bush's speech yesterday. The speech, billed as a major policy address on Bush's get-tough-on-corporate-crime agenda, came amidst days of news revelations of President's own questionable behavior as an executive of Harken Energy.

USA: Can Bush Scold Wall Street with a Straight Face?
by Robert ScheerLos Angeles Times
July 9th, 2002
For President Bush to pretend to be shocked that some of the nation's top executives deal from a stacked deck is akin to a madam feigning surprise that sexual favors have been sold in her establishment. Dubya may have gaps in his education, but ignorance of ''aggressive accounting'' techniques and other scams they don't teach in Biz 101 is not one of them.

USA: In Effort to Save Self Bush Undermines Reform
The Daily Enron
July 9th, 2002

Over the 4th of July weekend, stories about Bush's questionable behavior as an executive of Harken Energy became grist for the weekend talk shows. With today's Wall Street policy speech looming, the President and his men hoped that addressing the inevitable press questions about Harken the day before would take the steam out of the issue today.

USA: Cracking Down on Corporate Crime, Really
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert
July 4th, 2002
Here is one of the most remarkable aspects of the still-unfolding financial scandals swirling around Worldcom, Xerox, Global Crossing, Enron, Arthur Andersen, Tyco and a growing number of other companies: The fraud occurred in the most heavily regulated and monitored area of corporate activity

USA: Memo Cited Bush's Late SEC Filings
by Mike AllenWashington Post
July 3rd, 2002
An internal Securities and Exchange Commission memo from 1991 says President Bush repeatedly failed to file timely reports of his business interests and transactions before his election as Texas governor.

US: Energy Task Force Documents Show Industry Influence
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
May 22nd, 2002
Vice President Richard Cheney's energy task force met with industry representatives 25 times for every one contact with conservation and public interest groups, shows a review by the group whose lawsuit prompted the release of thousands of Energy Department documents. The review was released the same day that the energy agency delivered another 1,500 pages of previously withheld task force information.

US: Internal Memos Connect Enron to California Energy Crisis
by Mark MartinSan Francisco Chronicle
May 7th, 2002
Energy traders for Enron used elaborate schemes with nicknames like ''Death Star'' and''Get Shorty'' to manipulate California's electricity market and boost profits, according to internal company memos released by federal regulators Monday.

USA: DeLay, Enron and the Marianas
The Daily Enron
April 4th, 2002
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) relishes in describing the Marianas as his personal Galapagos Islands. The 14-island chain of Pacific Islands has long been DeLay's image of a perfect business environment -- virtually devoid of business or environmental regulations. Only one other entity, Enron, curried more favor with DeLay.

US: New Hot Line Links CEOs to White House
by Tiffany KaryCNET
April 3rd, 2002
A high-security communications network linking government leaders to some of technology's biggest names in the event of a national disaster will be unveiled early next month, officials say. Inspired by the breakdown in communication on Sept. 11, when frantic calls overwhelmed phone lines, the so-called CEO Link will be used to shuttle high-priority news between government officials and executives.

USA: Documents Show Bush Energy Plan Fuelled By Industry
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
March 28th, 2002
The administration of President George W. Bush relied exclusively on the advice of energy companies - many of which donated large sums of money to the Republican Party - in formulating its controversial energy strategy, according to government documents released this week.

USA: Employees Win Round in Enron Suit
by Christian MurrayNewsday
February 21st, 2002
The thousands of Enron employees who saw their 401(k) plans wiped out will be able to take the energy trader to court Monday, following a federal bankruptcy ruling in Manhattan yesterday.

US: Microsoft's Lobbying Efforts Eclipse Enron
by Matt LoneyZDNet (UK)
February 12th, 2002
Microsoft's budget for political lobbying exceeded that of Enron, the judge residing over the antitrust case has heard. The software giant's budget for its Political Action Committee (PAC) increased from about $16,000 in 1995 to $1.6 million in 2000, according to Edward Roeder, a self-styled expert on efforts to influence the U.S. government, and founder of Sunshine Press Services, a news agency devoted to investigating money in politics.

USA: Enron Lobbyist Plotted Strategy Against Democrats
by Mark Z. BarabakLos Angeles Times
February 11th, 2002
While the Bush administration was drafting its national energy policy, a leading lobbyist for Enron Corp. was plotting strategy to turn the plan into a political weapon against Democrats, according to a newly obtained memo.

US: Bush Sr.'s Ties to Global Crossing
by David LazarusSan Francisco Chronicle
February 11th, 2002
President Bush had good reason to take an interest in Enron's demise. Aside from his close personal ties to the Houston energy giant, nearly three dozen of his senior appointees owned Enron shares upon arriving at the White House last year.

USA: Enron Chair Gave List of Favored Names to White House
by Marcy GordonAssociated Press
February 1st, 2002
A few months after the White House got a list of recommended candidates from former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay, a friend and backer of President Bush, two of them were appointed to a federal energy commission.

USA: Enron Got Its Money's Worth
by Robert ScheerLos Angeles Times
January 24th, 2002
The administration's energy program, developed by Vice President Dick Cheney in secret meetings -- six of them with Enron officials -- could have been written by lobbyists for the now failed company.

USA: Fired Andersen Partner Refuses to Testify on Enron
by Kevin Drawbaugh and Susan CornwellReuters
January 24th, 2002
A fired partner of auditor Andersen refused to testify to Congress on the destruction of evidence in the collapse of energy giant Enron, prompting lawmakers to say he was frustrating their probe.

USA: Enron's New $5 Billion Black Hole
by Jamie DowardThe Observer (UK)
January 20th, 2002
Investigators probing the accounts of collapsed energy giant Enron are examining what happened to more than $5 billion in loans and investments the company made to subsidiaries kept off its balance sheet. The scale of the black hole opening up looks as if it could dwarf previous estimates.

USA: VP Tried to Aid Enron in India
by Timothy J. BurgerNew York Daily News
January 18th, 2002
Vice President Cheney tried to help Enron collect a $64 million debt from a giant energy project in India, government documents obtained by the Daily News show.

USA: Bush Faces Flak Over Links to Defense Contractor
by Jason NissThe Independent (UK)
January 13th, 2002
President George W Bush's administration, already on the back foot over its connections with the collapsed energy giant Enron, faces questions over a massive defence contract which aided an investment firm with Bush family links.

USA: Bush Advisers Cashed in on Saudi Gravy Train
by Maggie Mulvihill, Jack Meyers and Jonathan WellsBoston Herald
December 11th, 2001
Many of the same American corporate executives who have reaped millions of dollars from arms and oil deals with the Saudi monarchy have served or currently serve at the highest levels of U.S. government, public records show.

US: Enron's Legacy
by David MorrisAlterNet
December 3rd, 2001
Kenneth Lay is living proof that one person can change the world. His company, Enron, may be in shambles. In three months, it may no longer exist. But for the rest of our lives we will live in a world redesigned by Kenneth Lay.

USA: Lobbyists Asked Which Regulations to Cut
by Michael GrunwaldWashington Post
November 4th, 2001
Republican congressional aide Barbara Kahlow sent the e-mail to a dozen business lobbyists on Sept. 26: ''Here's our non-public chart,'' it said. She underlined ''non-public'' and put it in boldface.

US: Economic Stimulus With Corporations in Mind
by Gretchen MorgensonNew York Times
October 27th, 2001
Late last winter, when President Bush was shaping his $1.35 trillion tax cut, corporate lobbyists were told to wait, their turn would come. And now, their turn is here. The $100 billion tax-cut bill narrowly passed by the House this week and sent to the Senate has been lauded by the White House as a broad stimulus package that will pull the United States economy out of a stall made worse by the terrorist attacks.

US: Opportunists Use the Crisis to Push Agenda
by Naomi KleinThe Herald (Glasgow, Scotland)
October 4th, 2001
There are many contenders for biggest political opportunist since the September 11 atrocities. Politicians ramming through life-changing laws while telling voters they are still mourning; corporations diving for public cash; pundits accusing their opponents of treason.

USA: Wartime Opportunists
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
September 6th, 2001
Corporate interests and their proxies are looking to exploit the September 11 tragedy to advance a self-serving agenda that has nothing to do with national security and everything to do with corporate profits and dangerous ideologies.

USA: Big Oil, Gas Funding Ads for Bush's Energy Policy
by William E. GibsonOrlando Sentinel
August 19th, 2001
The big oil and gas companies that spent nearly $2 million to help elect President Bush last year are pouring millions more into an advertising campaign this summer to help sell his energy policy in Congress.

USA: Bush Administration OKs Drilling on Native Lands
by Geoffrey MohanLos Angeles Times
May 22nd, 2001
A federal land agency on Monday upheld billionaire Philip Anschutz's right to drill an exploratory oil well in an area of south-central Montana where Native American tribes want to preserve sacred rock drawings.

USA: African Governments Spend Millions on Lobbying
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
May 20th, 2001
African governments are paying millions of dollars to lobbyists in hopes of influencing Washington's policy, according to an examination of US government files.

US: Media Giants Lobbying to Privatize Airwaves
by Jeremy RifkinThe Guardian (London)
April 28th, 2001
Imagine a world in which a handful of global media conglomerates like Vivendi, Sony, BskyB, Disney, and News Corporation own literally all the airwaves all over the planet and trade them back and forth as 'private electronic real estate'. A strategy is beginning to unfold in Washington DC to make that happen.

Africa: U.S. Covert Action Exposed
by Eric Ture MuhammadFinal Call
April 25th, 2001
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) led the voices of castigation that claimed the U.S. Government, the UN, private militias and western economic interests possessed complete knowledge of pending civil unrest in Africa and fed the fray between African nations. Their aim was to use war, disease, hunger and poverty as covers while continuing the centuries-old practice of rape and exploitation of the continent's human and mineral resources, testimonies charged.

USA: The Dioxin Deception
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
April 3rd, 2001
Behind Closed Doors reveals that year after year the publication of the EPA's report on dioxin has been stalled due to pressure from the chemical industry.

USA: 500 Protest Enron Plant
by David FleshlerSun-Sentinel
March 27th, 2001
More than 500 people packed the Pompano Beach Civic Center on Monday night in a formidable display of opposition to Enron Corp.'s plans for a power plant next to Florida's Turnpike.

USA: Corporate Power in Overdrive
by Robert B. ReichNew York Times
March 18th, 2001
There's no longer any countervailing power in Washington. Business is in complete control of the machinery of government. The House, the Senate and the White House are all run by business-friendly Republicans who are deeply indebted to American business for their electoral victories.

USA: Federal Worker Fired For Posting Refuge Map
by Lisa GetterLos Angeles Times
March 15th, 2001
Last week, Ian Thomas posted a map on a U.S. government Web site of the caribou calving areas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area the Bush administration wants to open up for oil exploration. This week, Thomas is looking for a new job.

USA: Mom vs. Mastercard
by Jennifer
February 27th, 2001
Bankruptcy laws were originally established to give people like the Trapps an opportunity to overcome financial misfortunes with a ''fresh start.'' But credit card companies, banks and other lending institutions -- some of President George W. Bush's and Congress's strongest campaign contributors -- say people are abusing the system.

USA: The Pharmaceutical Industry Stalks the Corridors of Power
by Julian BorgerThe Guardian Unlimited
February 13th, 2001
In this pantheon of corporate muscle, no industry wields as much power as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), a pressure group breathtaking for its deep pockets and aggression, even by the standards of US politics.

USA: Bush Cabinet Ties to Tobacco Lobby
by Marc KaufmanWashington Post
January 21st, 2001
Thompson, Ashcroft and Norton are among a number of figures in the Bush administration who have been relatively helpful to the tobacco industry and who could take positions that would signal a marked change in the federal government's approach to cigarette makers.

World: WHO Denounces Interference by Tobacco Industry
by Gustavo CapdevilaInter Press Service
January 16th, 2001
The tobacco industry exerted pressure in Switzerland throughout recent decades to prevent the approval of stricter measures against smoking, says a study sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

US: The Corporate Conservative Administration
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
January 11th, 2001
Pushing beyond the corporate corrupting frontiers blazed by the Clinton administration, the Bush team is making clear that it intends to deliver on its campaign promises to strengthen Big Business's grip over government policy-making.

USA: Corporate Friendly Lobbyists Set to Overhaul Policy
by Michael KranishBoston Globe
January 8th, 2001
As President-elect Bush's campaign chairman, Don Evans helped raise nearly $100 million by relying heavily on corporate chieftains who became Bush ''pioneers.'' Now, the commerce secretary nominee is in an extraordinary position to help the business of the pioneers.

USA: Protests Planned at Bush Inauguration
Associated Press
December 22nd, 2000
Demonstrators who shut down a global trade meeting in Seattle last year and brawled with police at the Republican National Convention plan to show up in force for President-elect Bush's inauguration next month.

USA: Critics Warn Bush Presidency Disastrous for Environment
by Brian HansenEnvironment News Service
December 13th, 2000
Bush briefly outlined a number of issues he plans to address as president, including public education, social security, prescription drug coverage for seniors, tax relief, and strengthening the military. He made no mention of the environment.

USA: Cheney Made Millions Off Oil Deals with Hussein
by Martin A. LeeSan Francisco Bay Guardian
November 13th, 2000
During former defense secretary Richard Cheney's five-year tenure as chief executive of Halliburton, Inc., his oil services firm raked in big bucks from dubious commercial dealings with Iraq. Cheney left Halliburton with a $34 million retirement package last July when he became the GOP's vice-presidential candidate

USA: Gore Campaign Challenges Florida Vote
by Daniel J. WakinReuters
November 9th, 2000
Vice President Al Gore's campaign announced an all-out effort today to contest Florida's presidential election result, demanding a recount by hand in four counties and promising to support legal challenges as the dispute grew increasingly bitter.

USA: Ralph Nader's No Pat Robertson
by Gregory PalastLeft Labour Review (Britain)
November 8th, 2000
I cast the vote that dare not speak its name: so shoot me, I voted Nader. But my shame is not in electing George W. I'm more nagged by an unflattering parallel between Nader's campaign and the 1988 run for President by that Bible-banging, sticky-fingered televangelist Pat Robertson.

USA: Green Voters Create American Presidential Cliffhanger
Environment News Service
November 8th, 2000
It all comes down to Florida. Despite winning the popular vote by an estimated 220,000 votes, Democratic candidate Vice President Al Gore may yet lose the presidential election, based on a handful of absentee ballots in Florida and the turnout of Green Party voters.

USA: Ex-EPA Head Reilly Accuses Gore of Sell-Out
U.S. Newswire
November 2nd, 2000
Former EPA Administrator William Reilly testified on Tuesday that a top Gore aide encouraged him to issue a trial-burn permit for the WTI incinerator located in East Liverpool -- despite Gore's promises not to before the people of the Ohio River Valley.

USA: Lesser-Evil Voting Is a Hard Sell to His Sons
by Robert ScheerLos Angeles Times
October 31st, 2000
Being a columnist is hardly the influential position it's cracked up to be. For weeks I've been trying to convince Ralph Nader voters that they have an obligation to vote for Al Gore or risk right-wing domination of government's three branches. For me, it's a no-brainer since George W. Bush has named Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia as his role models for the three to five Supreme Court appointments he's likely to make.

USA: Nader Challenges Presidential Debate Funding
by Leslie GevirtzReuters
October 6th, 2000
Lawyers for Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader sought on Thursday to toss out corporate financing of the presidential debates, arguing before a federal appeals panel that such funding was illegal.

USA: Government Ties Helped Cheney and Halliburton Make Millions
by John RegaBloomberg News
October 6th, 2000
While the comment came in a light-hearted exchange with his Democratic opponent Joe Lieberman, Cheney's reply left out how closely Dallas-based Halliburton's fortunes are linked to the U.S. government. The world's largest oil services firm is a leading U.S. defense contractor and has benefited from financial guarantees granted by U.S. agencies that promote exports.

USA: Nader Campaign Draws Big Crowds
by Damian WhitworthTimes of London
October 3rd, 2000
If the race for the White House was won by whoever drew the biggest crowd there would be no contest. The next president would be a gaunt man in a crumpled suit who travels on discounted senior citizen's tickets and delivers long, rambling speeches. He is Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate turned Green Party presidential candidate.

USA: Koch Industries Indicted for Air, Hazardous Waste Violations
by Brian HansenEnvironment News Service
October 2nd, 2000
A Texas based oil conglomerate and four of its employees were indicted last week on 97 counts of violating federal clean air and hazardous waste laws. The charges come less than one year after the company was slapped with the largest civil penalty ever levied under federal environmental statutes.

USA: Ralph Nader's Racial Blindspot
by Vanessa DanielColorlines
September 1st, 2000
By contrast, Ralph Nader is actually addressing some of the big issues affecting people of color. In tackling thorny topics such as corporate globalization, environmental abuse and child poverty, Nader often speaks to problems that have their most devastating affects in communities of color.

USA: Corporate Media Misses Protest Story, Focuses on Violence
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
August 16th, 2000
It was an odd fact of the demonstrations surrounding the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles that the only protests to get mass media coverage were those where cops moved in and arrested people.

USA: Los Angeles Police Defend Crackdown on Protest
by Arthur SpiegelmanReuters
August 15th, 2000
Civil liberties groups threatened to sue the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday, saying it shot innocent people in the back with rubber bullets as they peacefully left a Democratic Convention protest, but the city's top cop said he felt good about police actions.

USA: Los Angeles Activists Target Corporate Greed
by Christine HanleyAssociated Press
August 14th, 2000
Activists organized protests against corporate greed, oil company abuses and the lack of campaign finance reform to mark Monday's opening of the Democratic National Convention.

USA: Oil Corporations Woo Democrats
Associated Press
August 14th, 2000
While Democrats will be partying all across Tinseltown this week, these events go far beyond typical convention-week soirees. Each is aimed at the Democrat who would take over a key committee if the party managed to regain control of Congress in the November elections.

USA: U'wa March Trashes Gore
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
August 14th, 2000
To put it mildly, the U'wa are a touchy issue for Gore. The presidential candidate owns between $500,000 and $1 million in Occidental stock and his father, Al Gore Sr., served as chair of the board for 28 years, earning an annual salary of $500,000. The elder Gore was such a close political ally of the company that Armand Hammer, Occidental's founder and CEO, liked to say that he had Gore ''in my back pocket.''

USA: Lieberman's Big Donations From Big Businesses
by Elizabeth ShogrenLos Angeles Times
August 9th, 2000
An analysis of campaign-finance records released yesterday by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics also showed that Lieberman has received more contributions this election cycle from insurance companies than any other senator.

USA: Reform Party Suffers Raucous Split
by Megan GarveyLos Angeles Times
August 9th, 2000
A meeting of Reform Party leaders in Long Beach erupted in chaos Tuesday, with screaming, shoving matches, a walkout by loyalists to party founder Ross Perot and a declaration that social conservative Pat Buchanan is now guaranteed the fractured party's presidential nomination.

USA: Joe Lieberman, Bad For The Jews, Bad For The Country
by Michael LernerExcerpted from
August 7th, 2000
Among the candidates considered by Al Gore for the vice-presidential nomination, Joseph Lieberman is likely to accelerate the process in which the two major parties seem to be merging into one pro-business, pro-wealthy, elitist, and morally tone-deaf governing force.

USA: Bush the Main Act for TV Convention
by Frazier MooreAssociated Press
August 4th, 2000
Humorist Bill Maher began ABC's ''Politically Incorrect'' Thursday with rousing words. ''We finally had the big moment tonight that America was waiting for at the Republican National Convention,'' he said. ''The end.''

USA: Protests Rock GOP, End in 282 Arrests
by John NicholsThe Nation
August 1st, 2000
''Whose streets? Our streets!'' chanted thousands of activists as they poured into the downtown Philadelphia for what may well have been the most raucous day of demonstrations outside a national convention since Chicago in 1968.

USA: GOP's Empty Promises to People of Color
by Richard FellingerPhiladelphia Weekly
August 1st, 2000
This marks the second consecutive convention in which the GOP is trying to sell itself to minorities and progressive whites. Remember that patronizing ''big-tent'' rhetoric from San Diego four years ago?

USA: Anti-Poverty Activists March in Philadelphia
by David MorganReuters
July 31st, 2000
Thousands of protesters, led by people in wheelchairs, marched on the Republican National Convention on Monday to demand economic rights for people oppressed by poverty and homelessness.

USA: Touring the Real Philly
by Jennifer BleyerAlterNet
July 30th, 2000
''There are 250,000 families living below the poverty line in Philadelphia, and 40,000 abandoned houses that the city has boarded up. That's an incredible disconnect that the Republicans won't be talking about this week!'' shouts activist Tamzin Cheshire.

Burma: Cheney, Milosevic and Premier Oil Do Business with Junta
The Guardian (London)
July 28th, 2000
What do Dick Cheney, Slobodan Milosevic and the British company Premier Oil have in common? Answer: they all firmly believe in doing business with Burma, home to perhaps the world's most oppressive regime.

USA: African-American Community Takes a Deeper Look at Ralph Nader
by Cedric
July 28th, 2000
The logic, according to Democrats and Gore supporters is that by voting for Ralph Nader, people are only taking votes away from Al Gore and helping Gov. Bush walk into the White House -- directly benefiting from Gore's loss of the traditional Democratic votes that Nader represents. But can any self-respecting Black honestly say that Blacks have benefited under Clinton-Gore -- enough to automatically extend their reign for another 4 years -- with no questions asked?

USA: Dick Cheney's Oil Connections
Drillbits and Tailings (Project Underground)
July 25th, 2000
Having ensured the continued flow of cheap oil from the Gulf by waging a war with Iraq, and after his boss, George Bush's ouster from office by Clinton in 1992, Dick Cheney turned his attention to the corporate world.

USA: Former Monsanto Lobbyist Appointed to Represent Consumers on GE Food Issues
by Tom AbateSan Francisco Chronicle
July 24th, 2000
Leading consumer and environmental groups are fuming because the Clinton administration has appointed a former Monsanto Corp. lobbyist to represent U.S. consumers on a transatlantic committee set up to avoid a trade war over genetically engineered foods.

USA: Health Care Firms Spend Big to Head Off Reforms
by Jeff LeedsLos Angeles Times
July 23rd, 2000
With billions of dollars in profits on the line, the health care industry is waging the largest national advertising campaign ever conducted by a political special interest, with a price tag for the election cycle that could approach $90 million--more than either of the major presidential candidates is expected to spend.

USA: Army of Protestors Prepare to Greet GOP
by Thomas GinsbergPhiladelphia Inquirer
July 9th, 2000
Three weeks before Republicans hold their national convention, it appears the number of protesters gathering in Philadelphia could rival the 30,000 delegates and party members attending the convention itself.

AFRICA: Illegal Diamond Trade Funds War in Sierra Leone
April 19th, 2000
Peace cannot be sustained in Sierra Leone until controls are imposed on the illegal selling of diamonds used to finance its civil war, according to a recent study.

India: Clinton's Corporate Entourage
by Amit SrivastavaSpecial to CorpWatch
March 20th, 2000
Violence in Kashmir and nuclear proliferation are dominating the mainstream headlines on President Clinton's trip to South Asia. And while security issues are clearly on the agenda in Clinton's meetings with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the press is ignoring an equally significant part of the trip: trade.

CHINA: Lucent Execs face bribery charges in China and Saudi Arabia

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