|RUSSIA: In Russia, Pollution Is Good for Business|
by Andrew E. Kramer, The New York Times
December 28th, 2005
One of the paradoxes of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change is that companies in Russia and other Eastern European countries, which are among the world's largest producers of greenhouse gases, are poised to earn hundreds of millions of dollars through trading their rights to release carbon dioxide into the air.
|US: U.S. Arranges 'Pre-Deployment' Training for Haiti-Bound Private Police|
by Stephen Peacock, NarcoNews
December 13th, 2005
The U.S. State Dept. is reaching out to independent contractors to train other private contractors who will be deployed as “civilian police” -- hired guns for so-called peacekeeping missions taking place in Haiti and other geopolitical hotspots. The senior adviser selected for the task “must oversee pre-deployment training currently being conducted” by Dyncorp International, Civilian Police International and Pacific Architects and Engineers/Homeland Security Corporation, according a recently released procurement document.
|US: The Prophet of Prison|
by Sep 1st 2005, The Economist, The Economist
September 1st, 2005
Is John Ferguson the saviour of America's prison system or its destroyer?
|ROMANIA: An oil fortune bound in red tape
by Terence O'Hara, Washington Post
August 16th, 2005
G. Philip Stephenson does not cut the figure of an Eastern European oil baron, clashing with formerly communist security officials over the legality of his budding empire.
|JAPAN: Koizumi's Postal Bomb|
by Ian Rowley , Business Week
August 8th, 2005
The Prime Minister's rejected reform legislation by Japan's Upper House is grave news for him and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
|US: A Company's Troubled Answer for Prisoners With H.I.V.|
by Paul von Zielbauer, New York Times
August 1st, 2005
Even within the troubled Alabama penal system, this state compound near Huntsville was notorious for cruel punishment and medical neglect. In one drafty, rat-infested warehouse once reserved for chain gangs, the state quarantined its male prisoners with H.I.V. and AIDS, until the extraordinary death toll - 36 inmates from 1999 to 2002 - moved inmates to sue and the government to promise change.
|IRAQ: Contractors and Military in 'Bidding War'|
by Matt Kelley, USA Today
July 31st, 2005
The U.S. military has hired private companies at a cost approaching $1 billion to help dispose of Saddam Hussein's arsenal in Iraq. That spending has created fierce competition for specialized workers that's draining the military's ranks of explosives experts. Experienced military explosives specialists can earn $250,000 a year or more,
|WORLD: A Responsible Balancing Act |
June 1st, 2005
Public expectations of companies are rising everywhere - but consumers' top concerns vary substantially between countries and regions, according to a new study by GlobeScan, an international opinion research company.
|US: Memphis '68, Revisited|
by Si Kahn, AlterNet
May 6th, 2005
With help from some unlikely places, Corrections Corporation of America is hoping to build the largest for-profit private prison in the United States.
|MALAYSIA: Workers to March Against Privatization|
by Anil Netto, IPS
April 29th, 2005
Malaysia's workers will mark International Labor Day on May 1 with a strong protest against globalisation, which they feel is gradually eroding away their rights and making poor Malaysians poorer.
|CANADA: Water - Bottles Versus Faucets|
by Stephen Leahy, IPS
March 12th, 2005
Four large corporations control much of the world's booming bottled water industry and pose a threat to public water utilities, according to a report by the Canadian non-governmental Polaris Institute.