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UN: Waste and Fraud Found in Peacekeeping Work
by Colum LynchThe Washington Post
January 24th, 2006
Eight Procurement Officials Suspended

IRAQ: Halliburton Gave Troops Foul Water, Workers Say
January 23rd, 2006
A Halliburton Co. subsidiary provided water to U.S. troops at a camp in Iraq that was twice as contaminated as water from the Euphrates River, former employees of the company said on Monday.

IRAQ: All is Not Quiet on the Military Supply Front
by Timothy O'BrienThe New York Times
January 22nd, 2006
In the world of military contractors, times like these - when a sudden, pressing need intersects with a limited number of suppliers - have all the makings of full-blown financial windfalls.

INDIA: Recruitment of Workers or Human Trafficking?
by Rajmeet SinghThe Tribune (India)
January 19th, 2006
The lid on the recent "drivers recruitment" scam in Chandigarh by a Delhi-based recruiting agent allegedly for the banned Kuwati Transport company, KGL Ltd, has finally blown off.

US: State Department Probes Claims that Army Contractors Engage in Human Trafficking
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
January 19th, 2006
The State Department office charged with monitoring human trafficking is investigating alleged abuses of workers who are part of an undocumented pipeline used to deliver thousands of Asians to labor on U.S. military bases in Iraq.

IRAQ: Some Rebuilding Funds Go Untraced
by Scott J. PaltrowThe Wall Street Journal
January 17th, 2006
Investigators Have Yet to Pursue U.S. Contracting Money That May Be Missing

WORLD: Security Firms Try To Evolve Beyond The Battlefield
by Renae MerleThe Washington Post
January 17th, 2006
The industry grew rapidly when the government and corporations paid hundreds of millions of dollars for armed guards after Sept. 11, 2001, and the invasion of Iraq. Now many industry insiders reason that demand for private security in Iraq will begin to decline, and they want to expand beyond just toting guns.

The Incredible Shrinking Company
by Christopher Moraff Dollars and Sense
January 15th, 2006
Between 2002 and 2005, St. Augustine, Fla., exercise equipment vendor Raul Espinosa watched mystified as, one after another, a series of Air Force contracts he had placed bids on were given to other companies. Of the 14 bids that Espinosa has documented, his company, FitNet International, did not win one. To his surprise, Espinosa learned that some of the competitors he was losing contracts to had never even bothered to bid on them.

US: Economists Say Cost of Iraq War Could Top $2 Trillion
by Bryan BenderThe Boston Globe
January 8th, 2006
Tally exceeds White House projections.

IRAQ: Punjab Youths Hoodwinked to Serve US Army in Iraq
by Ajay BharadwajDNA India
January 7th, 2006
Human trafficking is not a new phenomenon in Punjab. However, it is the landing of young aspirants in Iraq that has started raising hackles.

IRAQ: Unscrupulous Travel Agents Push Punjab Youths to Iraq Jobs
January 7th, 2006
One claimed a travel agent sent him to Kuwait from where he was forced to go to Iraq. He was held captive in Iraq and forced to work for several hours every day for a pittance.

US: Pentagon Foot-dragging on Contractor's Labor Trafficking
by EditorialMacon Telegraph
January 4th, 2006
Privatizing many military support operations in combat zones may have yielded savings in reduced overhead. But human trafficking practiced by some foreign subcontractors - involving forced prostitution and forced labor - has tarnished our reputation.

US: Laws for Gov't Contractors under Human Trafficking Spotlight
by Francis HelgueroThe Christian Post
January 2nd, 2006
A human trafficking bill seen as a tougher upgrade to current laws is set to be signed into law by President Bush. However, concerns are being raised about enforcement of 2003 trafficking laws applying to U.S. government overseas contractors.

UN: Advisory Board Press Conference for Iraq Development Fund
UN Press Centre
December 28th, 2005
The Board had consistently raised concerns about inadequate controls over Iraqi oil and other aspects of IDF’s operation.

UN: US Urged to ‘Seek Resolution’ with Iraq over Halliburton Oil Contract
UN News Centre
December 28th, 2005
Given the “significant” sum involved, the length of the audit process and the fact that $1.2 billion has been spent on the contract, the International Advisory and Monitoring Board called on Washington to “seek resolution” with the Iraqi Government on the possible improper use of resources.

US: Pentagon Stalls on Banning Contractors from Using Forced Labor
by Cam SimpsonThe Chicago Tribune
December 27th, 2005
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.

US: Lawsuit Could Dent Global War-Contractor Boom
by Bernd DebusmannReuters
December 22nd, 2005
Military experts say the lawsuit highlights legal gray zones, a lack of regulation and little oversight of a booming global industry.

UK: Britain in $70 Billion Jet Deal With Saudi Arabia
Agence France Presse
December 21st, 2005
Britain is to supply Saudi Arabia with Typhoon jets in a massive deal reported to be worth up to 70 billion dollars, that primarily benefits British company BAE Systems, the Ministry of Defence said.

US: Lockheed Wins $869 Mln US Navy Missile Contract
December 20th, 2005
The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said it awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. an $869 million contract to fund continued production of Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles in fiscal year 2006.

US: Security for Sale
by Sarah PosnerThe American Prospect
December 20th, 2005
Less than three years after Sept. 11, the brief but uninspiring history of DHS proves how little has actually changed in Washington, where the institutional cultivation of influence peddling, cronyism, and waste continues to thrive unimpeded.

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