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IRAQ: Corruption and Mismanagement Create Economic Catastrophe
by Zaid Al-Ali Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo)
April 7th, 2005
Incredible as it may seem, in the past two years, Iraq's economic situation has worsened, living standards have declined, and poverty as well as child malnutrition have increased. According to a number of non-governmental organisations in Iraq, the unemployment rate could be as high as 65 percent.

FIJI: More Fijians Go to Iraq
ABC Radio Australia
April 6th, 2005
There are now 224 Fijian troops serving in Iraq, and an estimated 1,000 more are serving with private security firms holding contracts for the United States government in both Iraq and Kuwait.

US: Mothers of Slain Blackwater Guards Slam Company
Associated Press
April 6th, 2005
North Carolina-based security contractor Blackwater USA refuses to share the results of the company's probe into the killings of four employees in Iraq a year ago, the mothers of two slain employees tell ABC News.

SWEDEN: Blix Now Believes Oil Thirst fueled War in Iraq
Associated Press
April 6th, 2005
Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has said he now believed the US-led invasion of Iraq was motivated by oil. "I did not think so at first. But the US is incredibly dependent on oil," Swedish news agency TT quoted Mr Blix as saying at a security seminar in Stockholm.

US: Pentagon Makes Deal with Halliburton on Billing Dispute
by David Ivanovich The Houston Chronicle
April 6th, 2005
Halliburton Co. and the U.S. Army have resolved a lengthy billing dispute over meals served to U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait, with the Pentagon ultimately refusing to reimburse $55 million worth of bills. At stake was $200 million in disputed costs incurred during the first nine months of the war and occupation, first in Kuwait and then in Iraq.

US: Army and Halliburton Settle Bill Dispute
by Russell Gold and Neil King Jr.The Wall Street Journal
April 6th, 2005
Halliburton will receive about 95% of what it billed, despite numerous concerns by Pentagon auditors that the company couldn't provide adequate documentation to justify its expenses. The favorable settlement is an indication the military brass is willing to treat Halliburton leniently since a large portion of the disputed services were performed in a theater of war.

IRAQ: Workers' Comp Can be Risky for Iraqis to Receive
by Larry MargasakAssociated Press
April 5th, 2005
Just like workers in the United States, Iraqis employed by U.S. contractors in their country can collect workers' compensation insurance,but in a country where anti-American insurgents can scan the mail, many Iraqis receive their benefits in blank envelopes because a check from the United States can be a ticket to a worker's execution.

AFGHANISTAN: Officials Urge Donors to Shift Focus
by Carlotta Gall The New York Times
April 5th, 2005
The government contends that private aid groups, which control much of the donated money, have squandered it. Many business leaders say corruption and the lack of staff trained in government are largely to blame.

US: Army Resolves a Major Billing Dispute with Halliburton
Associated Press
April 5th, 2005
The U.S. Army will pay $1.8 billion to a Halliburton subsidiary for dining services in Iraq and Kuwait but retain $55 million out of about $200 million in payments suspended during a long-running billing dispute.

US: Halliburton Resolves Billing Dispute with Pentagon
April 5th, 2005
Halliburton has struck a deal with the U.S. Army on food service provided to U.S. troops in Iraq, resolving a 14-month long billing dispute.

AFGHANISTAN: NGOs Blamed for Squandering Aid Money
April 4th, 2005
The Afghan government accused western aid agencies of hindering the growth of local firms and squandering billions of pounds earmarked for reconstruction efforts in the country.

KUWAIT: Parliament Members Complain About Halliburton Investigation
by Diana Elias Associated Press
April 4th, 2005
The head of a five-member Kuwaiti investigative committee said the U.S. military and Halliburton have failed to fully cooperate in the investigation of a contract for fuel deliveries to Iraq. "We sent them a letter to clarify some points, but we have not received an answer for three months," he said.

IRAQ: Expo Attracts Large Crowds of Exhibitors and Participants
by David Munir Nabti The Daily Star
April 4th, 2005
"The ministries with big cash, the Water Ministry, Electricity Ministry, Housing Ministry, Oil and Gas Ministry, Education Ministry, they are the guys with big money," project manager for Rebuild Iraq 2005 Fadi Kaddoura said.

IRAQ: Reconstruction Gathers Pace as Violence Dips
by Suleiman al-KhalidiReuters
April 4th, 2005
Companies with billions of dollars of U.S.-funded projects are seeking to recruit new Iraqi sub-contractors and international companies are encouraged by signs of declining violence in Iraq, but red tape and graft could offset the improved security situation, executives taking part in a huge reconstruction expo said on Monday.

IRAQ: New Call for Help to Rebuild Iraq
April 4th, 2005
Hundreds of firms have headed for Jordan for the latest in a string of conferences intended to drum up business for Iraq's reconstruction.

IRAQ: Halliburton Security Coordinator Beaten by Fellow Employees
by Steve TerrellThe New Mexican
April 3rd, 2005
A man with ties to New Mexico working in Iraq as a security coordinator for a subsidiary of Halliburton was severely beaten last week by a group of fellow employees reportedly called the "Redneck Mafia."

IRAQ: Bush Aims to Remake Iraq as a Free-Market Paradise
by William O'RourkeChicago Sun-Times
April 3rd, 2005
When Paul Bremer, fresh from Kissinger Associates, first arrived in Iraq, the Coalition Provisional Authority made a lot of changes other than just disbanding what was left of the Iraqi army. He annulled all of Saddam Hussein's rules and regulations overseeing the Iraq economy, except one: He kept Saddam's laws banning labor unions.

IRAQ: Fury at 'Shoot for Fun' Memo
by Mark TownsendThe Observer
April 3rd, 2005
Outburst by US security firm in Iraq is attacked by human rights groups.

IRAQ: From contractors to Combat
by  Susan Taylor Martin, Times Senior Correspondent St. Petersburg Times
April 3rd, 2005
But what happened to Dennis Moore and his colleagues in 18 harrowing hours underscores some of the missteps that have hindered efforts to rebuild Iraq. Since last April, instability throughout the country has forced RTI and many other contractors to scale back their work, sowing even more disillusionment among Iraqis.

IRAQ: Contractor Beating in Baghdad
by Joline Gutierrez KruegerThe Albuquerque Tribune
April 2nd, 2005
A 41-year-old Halliburton employee from Albuquerque is recovering from a beating in Baghdad that authorities say came not at the hands of Iraqi insurgents but from his own American co-workers.

U.S.A.: Justice Dept. Says U.S. Fraud Law Applicable in Iraq Contracts
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
April 2nd, 2005
The U.S. Justice Department gave critical support yesterday to whistle-blowers in a federal lawsuit against U.S. security contractor, Custer Battles.

U.S.A.: Senator Asks Cost of Redoing U.S. Army-Boeing Deal
by Andrea Shalal-EsaReuters
April 1st, 2005
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the armed services subcommittee that oversees Army and Air Force programs, said he had serious concerns about the suitability of an "other transaction authority," or OTA, as the contract vehicle for the Future Combat Systems, noting Congress approved such agreements for small research or limited prototype projects, especially those intended to attract nontraditional defense contractors.

U.S.A.: Under Fire, Halliburton Hails Workers' Courage
by  Richard WilliamsonAdweek
April 1st, 2005
Halliburton is launching an ad campaign featuring real employees as the government services contractor faces lawsuits claiming that a truck convoy ambushed by insurgents April 9, 2004, was used as a decoy to draw attention away from another group delivering fuel.

U.S.A.: Iraq Contract Fraud Can Be Tried in U.S. Courts
by Matt KelleyAssociated Press
April 1st, 2005
Government lawyers said a major law to fight contractor fraud applies to contracts issued by the Coalition Provisional Authority, which ran Iraq from shortly after the 2003 invasion until it handed over power to an interim Iraqi government last June.

WORLD: Mercenaries to Play Greater Role in Future U.S.-Led Drug Interdiction
by Stephen PeacockNarcosphere
March 31st, 2005
Based on a review of recently distributed federal-procurement documents, the U.S. government is actively soliciting the help of mercenaries whose sole function will be to locate and rescue missing or captured Drug War personnel.

WORLD: Paul Wolfowitz Played Key Role in Questionable Iraq Contract
by Charlie Cray and Jim ValletteHalliburton Watch
March 31st, 2005
If the World Bank's board had applied the same kind of "due diligence" to Paul Wolfowitz that they purport to apply to major development projects, they might have uncovered a significant conflict-of-interest that could have led them to rethink their embrace of the architect of the Iraq war.

AUSTRALIA: Defence Force Urged to Rely More on Private Military Contractors for Combat Support
Supply Chain Reveiw
March 31st, 2005
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the rapid growth in private sector firms supporting military operations has worked well. From logistics to paramilitary security, the private sector is increasingly playing a critical role on the battlefield.

IRAQ: Oil-for-food UN mess Pales in Comparison to Recent Contractor Fraud
by Molly IvinsWorking for Change
March 31st, 2005
Those throwing conniption fits over the United Nations' failure of oversight on Iraqi oil revenues might want to meditate a bit on the role of the U.S. government in all this before they further embarrass themselves denouncing perfidious foreigners.

IRAQ: The Coalition of the Billing and the War's Outsourcing Snafu
by  Max BootThe Los Angeles Times
March 31st, 2005
When U.S. service members are accused of wrongdoing, they are investigated and, if necessary, court-martialed. That's not the case with civilians. Dozens of U.S. and British soldiers have been prosecuted for misconduct in Iraq — but not a single contractor.

AUSTRALIA: 'Battlefield Business'
by Graeme Dobell (transcript from broadcast)ABC Radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
March 30th, 2005

IRAQ: Halliburton Employee Says Co-Workers Gang-Beat him at Baghdad Airport
by Amy Goodman Democracy Now!
March 30th, 2005
Ronald Chavez reported to higher authority within the Halliburton chain of command the vulnerabilities at Baghdad Airport regarding to terrorist attacks, according to his father, Eli Chavez. Ronald further stated that higher authority was upset at his recommendations, his father said.

FIJI: Many have no jobs in Kuwait
Fiji Times
March 29th, 2005
Reports said that many security guards recruited from Fiji by Timoci Lolohea's Meridian Services Agency were still unemployed, two months after arriving in oil rich kingdom that borders war-torn Iraq.

IRAQ: Report Criticizes Annan but Finds No Evidence of Corruption
by Warrn HodgeThe New York Times
March 29th, 2005
The commission investigating the United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq cleared Secretary General Kofi Annan of exercising any influence in the awarding of a program contract to the company that employed his son.

IRAQ: Corruption Plagues School Repairs
by Beth PotterUPI
March 29th, 2005
In many cases, contractors charge twice for work done, a member of the Sadr City Advisory Council said. Schools cost about $10,000 to fix up, according to previous information from the Ministry of Education. That price tag can include paint, new tile and plumbing work.

IRAQ: Civilian Contractors Shouldn’t Wear Marine Corps Uniforms
by  Robert GerbrachtMarine Corps Times
March 28th, 2005
We allow our Navy brethren who serve with us to wear our uniforms because they share our sacrifices and our values. But civilian workers do not share those sacrifices. While they may share our values, they do not serve under an oath of fidelity in harm’s way, but under a contract based on monetary gain.

IRAQ: U.S. Financed TV Encourages 'Lynch-Mob Justice'
by Doug IrelandDireland
March 27th, 2005
It is the use of U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund a TV show that encourages violent, extra-judicial revenge on people who have not been tried or convicted of any crime that stands in sharp contradiction of the Bush administration's claims to have successfully exported "democracy" to Iraq.

IRAQ: Will the United States Join Efforts to Clamp Down on Contract Fraud?
by  Michael HirshNewsweek
March 27th, 2005
The administration's reluctance to prosecute has turned the Iraq occupation into a "free-fraud zone," says former CPA senior adviser Franklin Willis. After the fall of Baghdad, there was no Iraqi law because Saddam Hussein's regime was dead. But if no U.S. law applied either, then everything was permissible, says Willis.

IRAQ: Halliburton Convoy Unprepared for Last, Fatal Run
by  T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
March 26th, 2005
The April convoy is best-known for the kidnapping and dramatic escape Mississippi dairy farmer Thomas Hamill, but details of the incident raise questions about about employer obligations. Families wonder about the repercussions if a general sent soldiers without training, weapons, armor or adequate communications into a battle zone.

IRAQ: Anti-Corruption Head Gets Tough on Officials
by Omar AnwarReuters
March 25th, 2005
The head of the country's corruption-busting body, the Commission on Public Integrity, says he is determined to clean up widespread back-handers, bribery and embezzlement that are undermining Iraq's chances of a better future.

U.K.: Lunch and Conversation with Alastair Morrison
by Thomas CatanThe Financial Times
March 25th, 2005
Nearly a quarter of a century ago, Morrison set up a ground-breaking company called Defence Systems Limited in 1981. DSL was a commercial success and became the template for dozens of companies set up since to provide security in the world’s hairiest areas.“I never envisaged the market growing to this size,” he says, shaking his head.

IRAQ: Contractor Death Toll Mounts
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg News
March 25th, 2005
Overall, there have been at least 273 contractor deaths, including 23 in 2003, 209 last year and 41 so far this year, according to Labor Department figures. That's over 50 percent more than the 173 deaths of U.K. and allied troops, according to figures compiled by the Brookings Institution in Washington.

IRAQ: 136 Titan Corp. Workers Killed Since Iraq War Began
by Bruce V. BigelowThe San Diego Union-Tribune
March 25th, 2005
Titan Corp., The defense contractor that provides translators for U.S. forces under a linguistic services contract with the Army's Intelligence and Security Command has sustained the highest number of casualties of 119 U.S. companies operating in Iraq.

IRAQ: Parsons has had Plenty of Contracts Worldwide, but Nothing Like This
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
March 24th, 2005
It is a lesson learned and relearned in Iraq. The U.S. has awarded billions of dollars' worth of work to American firms in the most ambitious rebuilding project since the Marshall Plan in Europe five decades ago. But nearly two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the U.S. is still struggling to deliver electricity, clean water, healthcare and other services.

IRAQ: Payments Being Witheld on Coaltion-Awarded Contracts
by Andy CritchlowBloomberg News
March 22nd, 2005
Iraq's interim government is refusing to make payments on some contracts with foreign companies because they overcharged or failed to deliver everything they promised, an official said. "It's a problem all ministries are dealing with because of the lack of paperwork provided by the U.S.-led administration on contracts they signed before handing over power in June."

US: Foxes and Henhouses and Government Contracts
by Loren Steffythe Houston Chronicle
March 22nd, 2005
The indictment, unsealed here Thursday, is the first involving Halliburton's much-maligned Iraq contracts.

US: Former Bush Adviser 'Consulting' for Halliburton's Iraq Contractor
by Michael S. GerberThe Washington Examiner
March 22nd, 2005
Joe Allbaugh, the Oklahoman known for his flat-top haircut and loyalty to President Bush, has a new client: Halliburton, the Houston-based company once led by Vice President Cheney. Allbaugh's wife and partner at the Allbaugh Company, Diane Allbaugh, is also listed on the registration, which was filed last week with the Senate Office of Public Records.

US: CIA Uses Jet Owned by Red Sox Partner
by Gordon EdesThe Boston Globe
March 21st, 2005
Phillip H. Morse, a minority partner of the Boston Red Sox, confirmed yesterday that his private jet has been chartered to the CIA and said he was aware that it had been flown to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where more than 500 terrorism suspects are held, as well as other overseas destinations.

US: Two Indicted Over Halliburton's Military Contracts
by David IvanovichThe Houston Chronicle
March 17th, 2005
An Illinois grand jury has accused a former Halliburton Co. worker and a Saudi colleague of scheming to overcharge the Pentagon for supplying fuel tankers for military operations in Kuwait.

US: Ex-Halliburton Executive Charged with Fraud
by John O'ConnorAssociated Press
March 17th, 2005
The 10-count indictment alleges that Jeff Alex Mazon, a former procurement officer for Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc., and Ali Hijazi, a businessman in Kuwait, developed a scheme to defraud the government out of millions of dollars by inflating bids on the tanker contract.

WORLD: Iraq and Tsunami Regions 'Corruption Prone'
The Autralian
March 17th, 2005
Reconstruction in Iraq has been riddled with corruption while regions stricken by the Asian tsunami disaster are also highly vulnerable to the fraud, according to Transparency International, a global watchdog.

IRAQ: The U.S. Had Secret Plans for Oil
by Greg PalastBBC
March 17th, 2005
The industry-favored plan was pushed aside by yet another secret plan, drafted just before the invasion in 2003, which called for the sell-off of all of Iraq's oil fields. The new plan, crafted by neo-conservatives intent on using Iraq's oil to destroy the OPEC cartel through massive increases in production above OPEC quotas.

WORLD: Explosive Growth for Private Armies
by Sam Vaknin, Ph.D.Global Politician
March 16th, 2005
Big money is involved in the private military business. Equitable Services, a security industry analyst. In 1997, Equitable Services, a security industry analyst, predicted that the international security market will mushroom from $56 billion in 1990 to $220 in 2010. This was long before the boost given to the sector by the September 11 attacks.

IRAQ: Halliburton Charged Too Much for Fuel, Auditors Say
by Sue PlemingReuters
March 15th, 2005
Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California, one of the congressmen who released the audit, said in a statement on Tuesday that Bush administration officials heavily edited a copy of the audit at Halliburton's request before it was sent to U.N.-mandated auditors overseeing the Development Fund for Iraq.

IRAQ: Plowing for Profits
by Christopher D. CookIn These Times
March 14th, 2005
Critics of American agribusiness warn that this confluence of privatization policies, patent protections and U.S. exports is a volatile mix that could further destabilize war-ravaged Iraqi farmers.

IRAQ: U.S. Army Failed to Investigate Warnings of Corruption
by Ken Silverstein and T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
March 14th, 2005
Working on a $283-million arms deal, U.S. contractor Dale Stoffel, repeatedly warned that a Lebanese middleman involved in the deal might be routing kickbacks to Iraqi Defense Ministry officials. Eight days later, Stoffel was shot dead in an ambush near Baghdad.

US: Pentagon Audit Finds Halliburton Billing Problems for Iraq Work
by Sue PlemingReuters
March 14th, 2005
Halliburton may have overcharged the U.S. government by more than $100 million under a no-bid oil deal in Iraq, said a military audit.

U.S.A.: Ex-Halliburton Worker Sues Company for Iraq Wages
March 12th, 2005
A former Halliburton Corp worker sued the oilfield services company this week to recover overtime wages he said were illegally withheld from the company's workers in Iraq. Sammie Curry Smith who earned a base salary of $4,004 per month, including a 55 percent premium for "danger pay", was paid only his regular wage rate for the extra hours, according to the lawsuit.

IRAQ: A Case Study in Postwar Chaos
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
March 12th, 2005
Custer Battles, a private security company, is a case study in what went wrong in the early days of the U.S. effort to rebuild Iraq, not least the haphazard and often ineffective U.S. oversight of the projects. Today, Custer Battles faces a criminal investigation, lawsuits by former employees and a federal order suspending them from new government business because of allegations of fraud.

US: CACI Says Church Report Underscores Critical Value of Private Interrogation Services
by CACI Press ReleaseCACI
March 10th, 2005
Company providing private interrogators in Iraq views report as finding civilian interrogators had more experience than military counterparts at Abu Ghraib prison.

U.S.A.: Report Acknowledges Peak-Oil Threat
by Adam
March 9th, 2005
A report prepared by major defense contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), dismisses the power of the markets to solve any oil peak. It calls for the intervention of governments.

IRAN: Halliburton and Others Evade Embargo
by Lisa Myers and NBC investigative unitNBC News
March 7th, 2005
Halliburton says the operation is entirely legal. The law allows foreign subsidiaries of U.S. corporations to do business in Iran under strict conditions. Other U.S. oil services companies, like Weatherford and Baker Hughes, also are in Iran. And foreign subsidiaries of General Electric, have sold equipment to Iran, though the company says it will make no more sales.

IRAQ: The Spoils of War
by Michael ShnayersonVanity Fair
March 7th, 2005
Halliburton subsidiary KBR got $12 billion worth of exclusive contracts for work in Iraq. But even more shocking is how KBR spent some of the money. Former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official Bunnatine Greenhouse is blowing the whistle on the Dick Cheney–linked company's profits of war

IRAQ: The South African Connection
by Andy Clarno and Salim VallyZNET
March 6th, 2005
According to a recent United Nations report, South Africa is among the top three suppliers of personnel for private military companies operating in Iraq next to the US and the UK. At least 10 South African based companies have been sending people to Iraq. Most of those recruited operate as drivers and bodyguards, protecting supply routes and valuable resources.

IRAQ: Men 'Not Up to the Job' Risk Their Lives as Guards
by Martin ShiptonWestern Mail
March 5th, 2005
Unemployed men with little or no experience are being lured by American firms to risk their lives in Iraq as private security contractors, according to a security consultant. People are being offered between $8,000 and $10,000 a month tax free to go out there. It's now got to the point where some firms are taking on inexperienced people instead of those they should be employing," he said. "They can get away with paying them less."

South Africa: 'Mercenary Town' to be Razed
by Marléne BurgerMail & Guardian Online
March 4th, 2005
South Africa's forced removal of the Pomfret community is seen by observers as an attempt to break up the “ready-made” army of unemployed war vets who have been working in Iraq and elsewhere despite stringent mercenary prohibitions.

IRAQ: Bremer's CPA Lost Track of $9 billion in Oil Revenues Meant for Rebuilding
by James RidgewayThe Village Voice
March 4th, 2005
Ibrahim Jaafari, the prime-minister-to-be in Iraq, is unlikely to hand over the nation's valuable oil assets to foreign companies, but he won't be able to do much about the rest of the Iraqi economy, which was strangled by Coalition Provisional Authority chief L. Paul Bremer in rules and regulations benefiting Western business.

U.S.A.: Rumsfeld Asked for Contract Details
by Walter F. Roche Jr.The Los Angeles Times
March 4th, 2005
Congressman Henry Waxman wants information on pacts awarded to a defense contractor whose board of directors includes President Bush's uncle.

U.S.A.: How Companies like Halliburton Make Millions on Government Contracts Awarded to Native American Tribes
by Michael SchererThe Anchorage Press
March 4th, 2005
Partnerships between multinational companies and tribal businesses, most of them Alaska Native corporations, have skyrocketed in recent years.

IRAQ: Cashing in on Security Contracts
by Jason McLureLegal Times
March 4th, 2005
Documents unearthed as part of a whistleblower suit against private security company, Custer Battles, reveal the extent to which the defense contractor is accused of gouging the Coalition Provisional Authority, which governed Iraq following the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003.

IRAQ: Contracting Firms Tap Latin Americans for Workers
by Danna HarmanThe Christian Science Monitor
March 3rd, 2005
A history of recent wars makes the region attractive to private companies recruiting for security forces, including El Salvador, the only Latin American country to maintain troops in the US-led coalition in Iraq. While the small nation has 338 soldiers on the ground, there are about twice as many Salvadorans working there for private contracting companies.

U.S.A.: Titan Pleads Guilty to Criminal Bribery Charges
by Roseanne GerinWashington Technology
March 3rd, 2005
Titan Corp. has pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it bribed foreign officials for business favors and agreed to pay $28.5 million in both criminal and civil fines to the federal government to settle the charges.

CHINA: Time to Recognize the Threat
The Conservative Voice
March 2nd, 2005
For several years, with very little media coverage, a body called the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has been holding hearings and issuing reports on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the U.S. and China.

U.S.A.: Halliburton Says U.S. Probes Foreign Bids
March 2nd, 2005
In an annual 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, Halliburton stated that the the U.S. Justice Department is investigating former employees who may have engaged in bid-rigging as early as the mid-1980s.

U.S.A.: Former Workers At Halliburton Are Probe Target
by Russell GoldThe Wall Street Journal
March 2nd, 2005
The Justice Department is looking into whether former Halliburton Co. employees conspired with other companies to rig bids for large overseas construction projects, according to the company.

U.S.A.: Titan Agrees to Record Payment To Settle Foreign-Bribery Case
by Jonathan Karp and Andy Pasztor The Wall Street Journal
March 2nd, 2005
In the biggest foreign-bribery penalty under U.S. law, Titan Corp. pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle allegations that it covered up payments in six countries, including millions of dollars funneled to an associate of an African president to influence a national election.

AUSTRALIA: Halliburton Expands Military Presence Downunder
The Sydney Morning Herald
March 1st, 2005
Halliburton has quietly put down deep roots in Australia. Its operations include hundreds of secret Defence projects, the Adelaide-to-Darwin railway and managing the Australian Grand Prix.

IRAQ: U.S. Digs in for the Long Haul with Base Building
by Joshua HammerMother Jones
February 28th, 2005
The omnipresence of the giant defense contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root, the shipments of concrete, the transformation of decrepit Iraqi military bases into fortified American enclaves­complete with Pizza Huts and DVD stores­ are just the most obvious signs that the United States has been digging in for the long haul.

IRAQ: Halliburton U.S. Army Contract Could Be Worth $6 Billion Extra
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
February 25th, 2005
Congress in July approved a Bush administration request for $25 billion extra in fiscal 2005 and is now weighing a request for $75 billion more. Of that $100 billion, $6 billion could go to Halliburton, the world's second-biggest oilfield services company, according to the Army charts.

U.S.A.: Privacy Advocates Say Too Many Corporations Appointed to Panel
Associated Press
February 25th, 2005
Privacy advocates say a committee set up recently to advise the Homeland Security Department on privacy issues amounts to little more than a fox guarding a chicken coop.

U.S.A.: Halliburton Could Get $1.5 Billion in Added Iraq
February 25th, 2005
Halliburton Co., under scrutiny for its contracts in Iraq, would receive an extra $1.5 billion as part of the Bush administration's additional war spending proposal for fiscal 2005, a senior U.S. Army budget official said.

IRAQ: Contractor Death Total Unclear
by Kirsten Scharnberg The Chicago Tribune
February 24th, 2005
At least 232 civilians working on U.S. military and reconstruction contracts have been killed there, many in violent but largely overlooked slayings, according to a report issued to Congress several weeks ago, but the death toll actually could be far higher.

U.S.A.: Pentagon Investigating Former Officials Now Working for Contractors
by George
February 24th, 2005
The Defense Department is investigating a pool of former senior military and civilian Defense managers now working for government contractors for possible criminal violations of federal conflict-of-interest rules, according to law enforcement officials.

U.S.A.: Army Awards Halliburton Bonuses for Some Iraq Work
by Sue Pleming Reuters
February 24th, 2005
Although under scrutiny for its contracts in Iraq, Halliburton has been given bonuses for some of its work supporting the U.S. military in Kuwait and Afghanistan. The Army said KBR's performance has been rated as "excellent" to "very good" for more than a dozen "task orders" in Kuwait and Afghanistan supporting troops.

U.S.A.: Bush family Profited from Iraq War, Ralph Nader Claims
February 24th, 2005
Several of President Bush's family members and their political allies profited from insider deals regarding the war in Iraq, claims consumer lawyer and former presidential candidate, Ralph Nader.

BRAZIL: Hiring of Locals as Mercenaries in Iraq Banned
Prensa Latina
February 24th, 2005
The Sao Paulo Attorney General´s Office established as illegal the behavior of German subject Frank Guenter Salewski and the Body Guard Company, which were hiring army and reserve forces to work in Iraq, according to reports made public.

MEXICO: Former Memebers of An Elite Force of Anti-Drug Commandos Aiding Drug Traffickers
by Jerry SeperThe Washington Times
February 24th, 2005
A report by a U.S. security consulting, Strategic Forecasting Inc., hired by the State and Defense departments to study the presence of weapons in Latin America called the mercenary force an expanding gang with intimate knowledge of Mexican drug-trafficking methods and routes.

WORLD: Private Military Companies Operate in 100 Nations
Pakistan Times
February 24th, 2005
At least 90 Private Military Companies are involved in the business of war and killing innocent people by operating in 110 countries worldwide, says a report by journalist Nasir Mahmood.

IRAQ: Soaring Security Costs Consume $1 Billion Earmarked for Badly Needed Reconstruction
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angelese Times
February 21st, 2005
William Taylor, a U.S. diplomat who oversees Iraqi reconstruction efforts, said the Iraq's violent insurgency creates a "security premium," gobbling up money that otherwise would have been spent to provide clean water, electricity and sanitation for Iraqis.

IRAQ: Contractors and U.S. forces Align to Share Intelligence and Workload in 'Combat Reconstruction'
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
February 21st, 2005
The Rock is just one part of the complicated balancing of government, military and private interests all across Iraq every day. On one side are U.S. intelligence officers warily declassifying information. On the other are contractors seeking access to sensitive data to do jobs once done by soldiers: protecting VIPs, transporting goods and guarding vulnerable targets.

IRAQ: The Army Got the Bad Guys off Baghdad's Airport Route and Now Worry about the Good Guys...
by Julian E. Barnes US News & World Report
February 21st, 2005
Today, though, the major threat on Baghdad's notorious airport road may no longer be snipers, insurgents or suicide bombers. What drivers most need to fear: trigger-happy security contractors. "Civilian contractors fire indiscriminately."

US: Ex-Boeing Finance Chief Gets Four Months in Prison
by Tony Capaccio Bloomberg
February 18th, 2005
Former Boeing official, Michael Sears, was sentenced to four months in prison for deceiving the government by offering a job to a Pentagon official while negotiating a $23 billion defense contract. Sears, 57, also was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service.

US: Pentagon to Privatize Security for Military Bases in Europe
by Pamela HessUnited Press International
February 18th, 2005
With the U.S. Army stretched by the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon plans to spend $100 million to hire private security guards to protect its bases in Germany.

US: Bush Administration Weighs Jurisdiction over Spending of Iraqi Assets by the Coalition Provisional Authority
by Griff WitteThe Washington Post
February 18th, 2005
The Justice Department is in a difficult position because identifying the Coalition Provisional Authority as a U.S. entity could make the government legally responsible for the CPA's actions. On the other hand, "it's not a very attractive position to say, 'If you stole U.S. money, you're liable. But if you stole Iraqi money, the U.S. government just doesn't care.' "

U.S.A.: Influential Republican Senator Presses Bush Administration on Status of Spending by Coalition Provisional Authority
by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IowaU.S. Senate
February 17th, 2005
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and chairman of Senate Finance Committeem, sends Feb. 17 letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales requesting update on Bush administration's position regarding legal status of the Coalition Provisional Authority and questions of contract fraud in Iraq.

SOUTH AFRICA: 'It's Not Our War'
by Graeme HoskenThe Daily News & Independent Online
February 17th, 2005
National police confirmed that several South African companies and businessmen were being investigated by SAPS Crimes Against the State Unit (CASU) detectives for recruiting former specialised policemen and soldiers to work in Iraq.

SOUTH AFRICA: Police Investigate Companies for Illegally Hiring Contractors for Iraq
by Graeme Hosken IOL
February 17th, 2005
At least 10 South African companies and businessmen are being investigated on suspicion of recruiting former specialised police officers and soldiers to work in Iraq.

IRAQ: Congress Missing in Action as Questions Grow Over Handling of Seized Iraqi Assets
February 17th, 2005
Six congressional committees are investigating the United Nations Oil-for-Food (UN) scandal, yet not a single Republican committee chairman will call a hearing to investigate the mishandling of $9 billion dollars by the Coalition Provisional Authority.

IRAQ: Waste, Fraud and War
by Jim HoaglandThe Washington Post
February 17th, 2005
The picture that emerges from multiple, overlapping inquiries into the world's management of Iraq's people and oil wealth since 1991 is appalling. It is a portrait inhabited by crooks, inept managers and ostensibly well-meaning diplomats and security experts with hidden agendas.

US: Questions Asked About State Department Iraq Pick
by Rep. Henry Wasman, D-Calif.U.S. House of Representatives
February 17th, 2005
Rep. Waxman, D-Calif., Asks Questions about Role of Ambassador Richard Jones in Controversial Halliburton Contract

US: State Department Appointment on Iraq Has Ties to Halliburton Contract Probe
by Farah StockmanThe Boston Globe
February 17th, 2005
Richard Jones, a former ambassador to Kuwait and deputy of the Coalition Provisional Authority who has been linked to the Halliburton Iraq contract inquiries, has been selected by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as her new coordinator for Iraq.

IRAQ: Private Security contractors Largely Unregulated
by By Lisa Myers & the NBC investigative unitNBC News
February 16th, 2005
Though contractors can use lethal force, the U.S. government does not vet who is hired. The Pentagon says it does watch how companies perform and investigates any alleged misconduct.

LIBERIA: U.S. Hires Private Company to Train 4,000-Man Army
February 15th, 2005
A U.S. State Department official said that Washington had earmarked $35 million to recruit and train a new army in Liberia and Dyncorp was ready to start the project within the next few weeks.

IRAQ: Millions of Dollars Paid in Cold, Hard Cash to Some Defense Contractors
by John E. MulliganThe Providence Journal
February 15th, 2005
Franklin Willis, a former official with the Coalition Provision Authority, told the Senate Democratic Policy Commmittee that after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq was "like the Wild West -- awash in $100 bills." One contractor, Custer Battles, was paid with $2 million in fresh U.S. bills, stuffed into a gunnysack, he said.

CHINA: An Arms Cornucopia? Europe Will Probably Lift its Embargo
by John Rossant with Dexter RobertsBusinessWeek
February 15th, 2005
The prospect of supplying the nation with the world's fifth-largest military budget is enough to make any European defense contractor take notice. Beijing's defense outlay has been growing by 10% to 12% a year for the past decade, to an estimated $151 billion.

IRAQ: U.S. Hired South African Mercenaries as Bodyguards in Iraq
by Tom GjeltenNational Public Radio
February 15th, 2005
The U.S. government hired South-African mercenaries as bodyguards and police trainers. The contract later proved embarrassing when two of the former bodyguards were arrested in Zimbabwe on charges of plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea.

IRAQ: Contractor Employees Say Brutality Against Iraqis Led Them to Quit
by Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative UnitNBC News
February 15th, 2005
There are new allegations that heavily armed private security contractors in Iraq are brutalizing Iraqi civilians. In an exclusive interview, four former security contractors told NBC News that they watched as innocent Iraqi civilians were fired upon, and one crushed by a truck. The contractors worked for an American company paid by U.S. taxpayers. The Army is looking into the allegations.

IRAQ: Poor Oversight of Seized Iraqi Funds Blamed on Coalition Policy
by Elise CastelliThe Los Angeles Times
February 15th, 2005
just two weeks after an audit by the special inspector general for Iraqi reconstruction found inadequate oversight of unauthorized contracts and a loss of $9 billion in Iraqi funds, a witness told Democrats on Capitol Hill said key decisions by the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq enabled contractors to bilk billions in reconstruction funds.

U.S.: State Department List of Security Companies Doing Business in Iraq
by Consular Information Sheets (as of date posted by Corpwatch)U.S. Department of State
February 15th, 2005
The U.S. government assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms whose names appear on the list.

IRAQ: No Shortage of Applicants Wanting to Work as War Zone Contractors
by Particia Kitchen Newsday
February 13th, 2005
Despite extensive media coverage of the kidnappings, beheadings and suicide attacks on civilian workers, one in ten applicants for jobs with the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root, remain willing to take those well-paying truck driver, food service, laundry and maintenance positions in Iraq.

IRAQ: Civilian Contractors Working for U.S. Make a Bundle to Destroy Munitions
by Kevin Begos and Phoebe ZerwickWinston-Salem Journal
February 13th, 2005
The Army Corps has set aside as much as $1.47 billion for explosives-demolition contracts with 10 private companies. Neither Zapata Engineering nor the Army Corps of Engineers would reveal exact salaries, but the first one-year contract the company received in September 2003 totaled $3.8 million for five management positions in Iraq.

IRAQ: Suspicion Surrounds Dead Associate of Missing Contractor who Complained of Kickback Schemes
by Colin FreemanThe San Francisco Chronicle
February 13th, 2005
Former associates say Ryan Manelick had told Army investigators looking into a fellow contractor's disappearance that large sums of money were being paid in kickbacks to a U.S. Army officer in Iraq in return for doling out lucrative contracts. Two months later Ryan Manelick was shot dead.

IRAQ: Contractors Received Millions of Dollars in 'Wild West" Cash Payments
by Larry MargasakAssociated Press
February 13th, 2005
U.S. officials in postwar Iraq paid a contractor by stuffing $2 million worth of crisp bills into his gunnysack and routinely made cash payments around Baghdad from a pickup truck, a former official with the U.S. occupation government says.

SOUTH AFRICA: Eyeing Tough New Mercenary Laws
by Gordon BellReuters
February 12th, 2005
With South African mercenaries having shown up in civil wars in Sierra Leone, Angola, Ivory Coast, Papua New Guinea, and, now being active in Iraq, South Africa will review tough new laws to try to dissuade citizens from becoming embroiled in war zones.

IRAQ: U.N. Oil-for-Food Head Blocked Audit
by Desmond ButlerAsscociated Press
February 12th, 2005
The U.N. oil-for-food program chief under scrutiny for alleged corruption and mismanagement blocked a proposed audit of his office around the same time he's accused of soliciting lucrative oil deals from Iraq, according to investigators.

IRAQ: Private Contractors Train Much of the Fledging Police Force
by Spencer E. Ante BusinesWeek Online
February 10th, 2005
In a little-noticed shift, for-profit outfits have replaced the Pentagon as the chief trainers of the country's fledging police force. Just over 700 contractors -- more than previously disclosed -- are now training more than half the Iraqi Police Service.

U.S.: Private Armies March into Legal Vacuum
by Thomas Catan Financial Times
February 10th, 2005
"Private soldiers" have been operating in a legal limbo, with precious few rules governing their activities. However, a handful of legal cases in the U.S. are beginning to define the legal boundaries under which these companies can operate.

IRAQ: Forget the UN, the US Occupation Regime Helped Itself to $8.8 Billion
by George MonbiotGuardian Unlimited
February 8th, 2005
Republican senators who have mauled the United Nations in its handling Iraqi oil revenues went strangely quiet over the news that the Coalition Provisional Authority saw $8.8 billion go absent without leave in just 14 months. It is 55,000 times as much as Mr Sevan is alleged to have been paid.

BRAZIL: Investigation into Hiring of Mercenaries to Work in Iraq
February 8th, 2005
O Globo newspaper says that more than 500 Brazilians have been hired as mercenaries to watch US military facilities in Iraq and the Brazilian Labor Ministry will investigate whether there were irregularities or not in the employment of Brazilians.

U.S.A.: Pentagon Inspector General to Probe Web Site Payments
by Robert BurnsAssociated Press
February 5th, 2005
The Balkans Web site has articles and commentary by about 50 journalists who are said to have be paid by European Command through a private contractor, Anteon Corp., an information technology company based in Fairfax.

IRAQ: U.S. Army Won't Withhold Payment to Halliburton
by Sue PlemingReuters
February 3rd, 2005
The U.S. Army has decided not to withold payment on disputed bills involving billions of dollars for Iraq contract work after Halliburton threatened that delays in payment could lead to an interruption of crucial support services to the U.S. military.

IRAQ: Military Faces $4 Billion Budget Gap With Halliburton
by Neil King Jr. and Greg JaffeThe Wall Street Journal
February 1st, 2005
The $4 Billion difference in what Halliburton says it will cost to provide food, housing and other services for U.S. troops this year dramatizes the cost crunch that is well beyond initial White House estimates.

IRAQ: Audit Slams U.S. Handling of Iraqi Funds
by T. Christian MillerThe Los Angeles Times
January 31st, 2005
The Coalition Provisional Authority may have paid salaries for thousands of nonexistent employees in Iraqi ministries, issued unauthorized multimillion-dollar contracts and provided little oversight of spending in possibly corrupt ministries, according to the report by Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

IRAQ: Audit Claims U.S Failed to Safeguard $8.8 Billion of Iraq Money
by Sue PlemingReuters
January 30th, 2005
The U.S.-led authority that governed Iraq after the 2003 invasion did not properly safeguard $8.8 billion of Iraq's own money and this lack of oversight opened up these funds to corruption, said a U.S. audit.

IRAQ: At least 232 Civilians Dead While Doing U.S. Contract Work
by Sue PlemingReuters
January 30th, 2005
At least 232 civilians have been killed while working on U.S.-funded contracts in Iraq and the death toll is rising rapidly, according to a U.S. government audit sent to Congress. n addition, 728 claims were filed for employees who missed more than four days of work. Several hundred more were reported from neighboring Kuwait where companies working in Iraq have logistics and support operations.

IRAQ: Contractors Hunker Down and Await Outcome of Elections
by David R. BakerThe San Francisco Chronicle
January 28th, 2005
If Sunday's election triggers a civil war between Sunni and Shiite Iraqis, reconstruction may grind to a halt. If, however, the election gives the country's government greater legitimacy among ever-skeptical Iraqis, it could make the work of companies far easier.

US: Halliburton Moves Up Among Top Grossing U.S. Defense Contractors
by Tony CapaccioBloomberg
January 27th, 2005
Halliburton Co., the world's second- biggest oilfield services company, became the sixth-largest U.S. military contractor last year on the strength of its work to help rebuild Iraq and care for U.S. troops, the Pentagon said.

US: Riggs Bank Fined for Not Reporting Suspect Accounts
by Laurence ArnoldBloomberg
January 27th, 2005
Riggs Bank pleaded guilty to helping former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and the leaders of oil- rich Equatorial Guinea hide hundreds of millions of dollars. The federal judge questioned whether a $16 million fine agreed to by prosecutors was enough.

IRAQ: Reconstruction Efforts 'Rife with Corruption and Waste'
by Thomas Catan and Jimmy BurnsThe Financial Times
January 24th, 2005
A new study is particularly critical of donors' tendency to use large western contractors to repair infrastructure damaged in the war, importing foreign personnel and equipment at a huge cost. In Iraq, that policy has proved disastrous, one of the authors said.

US: Titan to Pay Fine and Plead Guilty in Bribery Probe
by Jonathon Karp and Andy PasztorWall Street Journal
January 20th, 2005
Defense contractor Titan corporation tentatively agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay less than $30 million to end investigations by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. As part of the settlement, Titan will admit that payments by its overseas consultants violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

IRAQ: Vulnerability of Mess Tent Was Widely Feared
by Bill Nichols and Del Jones (Gannett News Service)The Olympian
December 22nd, 2004
The new dining hall being build by Halliburton was supposed to be ready by Christmas but is running behind schedule. It is believed the new reinforced mess building would have made a significant difference if it had been ready before Tuesday's attack.

IRAQ: UN to use Iraq Oil-for-Food Program funds for investigation
Wall Street Journal,
October 20th, 2004

USA: General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman Get Big Breaks in New Corporate Tax Bill
by Edmund L. AndrewsNew York Times
October 19th, 2004

AFGHANISTAN: Dyncorp Guards Chastised by U.S. State Department
BBC News
October 14th, 2004
The U.S. State Department has rebuked a private security firm, Dyncorp, over the "aggressive behavior" of guards hired to protect Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.

US: Lockheed, BAE protest Boeing pacts
by Jonathan Karp and Andy PasztorWall Street Journal
October 13th, 2004

IRAQ: Oil-for-Food probe hits U.S. Oil Companies
by By Jess Bravin in New York, John D. Mckinnnon in Washington and Russel Gold DallasWall Street Journal
October 13th, 2004

IRAQ: Administration Chooses Anti-Feminist Group to Train Iraqi Women
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
October 5th, 2004

NIGERIA: How Cheney's Firm Routed $132m to Nigeria via Tottenham Lawyer
by Solomon Hughes and Jason
October 5th, 2004

IRAQ: U.S. Plans to Divert Reconstruction Funds to 'Security'
by Jonathan WeismanWashington Post
September 15th, 2004

USA: Halliburton Settles with SEC
by Jason LeopoldAlternet
September 7th, 2004

IRAQ:US army to axe Halliburton deal
BBC news
September 7th, 2004

US: Conflict of interest may hurt nuke security: Critics charge testing of security at power plants is fatally flawed
by Lisa MyersMSNBC
September 4th, 2004
Since drawings of U.S. nuclear power plants were found in al-Qaida caves in Afghanistan, the nuclear power industry says it has spent $1 billion beefing up security. That includes more frequent and more realistic mock-terrorist attacks to test the ability of plant guards.

AFGHANISTAN: Kabul tense after bombing of Dyncorps kills at least nine
by AFPAgence France Press
August 30th, 2004

IRAQ: Labor Upsurge Wins Support from U.S. Unions
by David BaconFor permission to reproduce, write
August 18th, 2004

USA: Outsourcing the Defense Budget
by Elizabeth BrownFirst published July 29, 2004
August 17th, 2004

CROATIA: Croatia pulls out of a highway construction deal with Bechtel
by Zeljka Vujcic
August 13th, 2004
Amid allegations of corruption and under pressure from Brussels, Croatia pulls out of a highway construction deal with U.S. giant Bechtel.

IRAQ: CACI Receives Army Contract for Interrogation
by Jody Brown, Senior Vice President, Public Relations, of CACI
August 10th, 2004

IRAQ: Contractors Are Bidding Amid Increasing Attacks
by Beth PotterMcGraw Hill Construction
July 26th, 2004
Some 50 Iraqi contractors listened recently at a Sunday bid meeting to Kellogg, Brown & Root project manager Glenn Powell via a translator. To get there, they had passed through four U.S. military checkpoints along a quarter-mile stretch through a heavily fortified Baghdad “green zone” for foreigners doing business in Iraq.

IRAQ: Security Firm's $293 Million Deal Under Scrutiny
by Charles M. SennottThe Boston Globe
June 22nd, 2004

Iraq: The Paper Trail. Did Cheney Okay a Deal?
by Timothy J. Burger and Adam Zagorin
May 30th, 2004

Iraq: CACI Contracts Blocked
by Ellen McCarthyWashington Post
May 26th, 2004
The Interior Department's inspector general is reviewing the contracting procedures that allowed the Army to hire civilian interrogators in Iraq and has blocked the Army from using the contract to place new orders with Arlington-based CACI International Inc., an agency spokesman said yesterday.

US: C-130’s Costs Soar Despite Reforms
by David PhinneyDefense News
April 12th, 2004
The Pentagon had high hopes it could keep costs low on a new model of the C-130 transport by treating it like any other commercial purchase, but despite the publicly intended purpose, the airlifter’s price nearly doubled.

US: A Case of Reprisal Against One Pentagon Auditor
by David PhinneyFederal Times
April 12th, 2004
Last year, Ken Pedeleose and two colleagues wrote a 90-page report, cross-referenced with hundreds of documents and correspondence, accusing DCMA officials and the Pentagon of routinely bypassing administrative safeguards. The report was delivered to more than 50 members of Congress.

US: Undermining the Auditors: ‘Collaborative Arrangement’ Lets DoD Contractors Slide
by David PhinneyFederal Times
April 12th, 2004
Many say the Pentagon's contract oversight system is crumbling under a burgeoning workload, sharp staff cuts, and a less aggressive oversight culture driven by acquisition reforms that promote more partnership and trust between the Defense Department and its contractors.

USA: Inside Lockheed's $250 Billion Pentagon Connection
by Geoffrey GrayVillage Voice
March 19th, 2003
George Bush has said if he is fortunate enough to be elected president, he is going to look at our whole military situation, including the tactical air account. He's noted that the 3000 number [of planes] seems a bit much.

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.

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.

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.

IRAQ: Filipino Workers Urged to Leave Iraq
Associated Press
Government officials on Sunday urged about 6,000 Filipino workers to immediately leave Iraq after a foiled kidnapping injured two Filipinos, stressing that the situation there remains very dangerous for foreign workers.

United Nations to use Iraq Oil-for-Food Program funds for investigation
Wall Street Journal

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