|USA: Bush Faces Flak Over Links to Defense Contractor|
by Jason Niss, The 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 Wells, Boston 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 Morris, AlterNet
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 Grunwald, Washington 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 Morgenson, New 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 Klein, The 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 Weissman, Focus 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. Gibson, Orlando 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 Mohan, Los 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 Lobe, Inter 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 Rifkin, The 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 Muhammad, Final 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 Straus, AlterNet
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 Fleshler, Sun-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. Reich, New 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 Getter, Los 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 Bauduy, TomPaine.com
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 Borger, The 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 Kaufman, Washington 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 Capdevila, Inter 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).