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WORLD: GM crops slow to win over the world
by Stephen LeahyMail & Guardian Online
January 10th, 2007
Widespread use of GM crops remains limited worldwide, even as growing weed and pest issues are forcing farmers to use ever greater amounts of pesticides.

US: Ads Test Payola Case Settlement
by Jeff LeedsThe New York Times
October 25th, 2006
Hardly more than a year has passed since the nation’s biggest record labels started agreeing to a series of measures that were intended to end the industry’s long history of employing bribes and other shady practices to influence which songs are heard on the radio.

US: Tobacco firms to face US class action over 'light' cigarettes
by Simon BowersThe Guardian (UK)
September 26th, 2006
Leading tobacco firms in the US, including British American Tobacco, are to face a class action lawsuit seeking punitive damages of up to $200bn (£105bn) relating to the alleged fraudulent promotions suggesting "light" branded cigarettes are safer, or less addictive, than regular ones.

US: Schering-Plough Agrees To Plead Guilty, Pay Fine
by Denise LavoieAssociated Press
August 30th, 2006
Schering-Plough Corp. on Tuesday agreed to pay $435 million and plead guilty to conspiracy to settle a federal investigation into marketing of its drugs for unapproved uses and overcharging Medicaid for certain drugs.

INDIA: Pesticide Charge in India Hurts Pepsi and Coke
by Amelia GentlemanInternational Herald Tribune
August 22nd, 2006
When claims were first published on the front pages of Indian newspapers this month that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo beverages were contaminated with pesticides, executives at the two companies were breezily confident that they could handle the issue. Three weeks later, though, they are still struggling to win back Indian consumers. One-quarter of India’s component states have imposed partial bans on their products, and a complex legal battle to overturn those bans is only just beginning.

US: Study Documents ‘Ghetto Tax’ Being Paid by the Urban Poor
by Erik EckholmThe New York Times
July 19th, 2006

US: The Next Niche: School Bus Ads
by Caroline E. MayerThe Washington Post
June 4th, 2006
BusRadio, a start-up company in Massachusetts, wants to pipe into school buses around the country a private radio network that plays music, public-service announcements, contests and, of course, ads, aimed at kids as they travel to and from school.

IRAQ: U.S. Urged to Stop Paying Iraqi Reporters
by David S. CloudThe New York Times
May 24th, 2006

IRAN: Iran Target of Apparent Disinformation Campaign
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
May 23rd, 2006
A story authored by a prominent U.S. neo-conservative regarding new legislation in Iran allegedly requiring Jews and other religious minorities to wear distinctive colour badges circulated around the world this weekend before it was exposed as false. The article by a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Iranian-American Amir Taheri, was initially published in Friday's edition of Canada's National Post, which ran alongside the story a 1935 photograph of a Jewish businessman in Berlin with a yellow, six-pointed star sewn on his overcoat, as required by Nazi legislation at the time. The Post subsequently issued a retraction.

US: Wal-Mart Tries to Enlist Image Help
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
May 12th, 2006

UK: Roddick Targets Nestlé after Corporate 'Sell-Out'
by Jonathan BrownThe Independent
May 11th, 2006
Dame Anita Roddick has admitted that she harbours concerns over the ethical record of Nestlé, a major shareholder in the French cosmetic giant L'Oréal, which bought the Body Shop for £652m.

US: Disney Loses Its Appetite for Happy Meal Tie-Ins
by Rachel AbramowitzLos Angeles Times
May 8th, 2006
Disney is not renewing its cross-promotional pact with the fast-food giant, ending the arrangement with this summer's release of "Cars" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." One reason, say multiple high-ranking sources within Disney, is that the company — which prides itself on being family friendly — wants to distance itself from fast food and its links to the epidemic of childhood obesity.

GERMANY: EU to take Germany to court over tobacco ads
Reuters
April 12th, 2006
Germany could face legal action for failing to implement a ban on advertising tobacco, a European Commissioner was quoted on Wednesday as saying.

UK: Body Shop's Popularity Plunges after L'Oreal Sale
by Cahal MilmoThe Independent (UK)
April 10th, 2006
The sale of the Body Shop to the French cosmetics giant L'Oréal last month has dented the reputation of the British high street retailer once vaunted as the champion of ethical beauty products.

US: America's Fake News Pandemic
by Timothy KarrMedia Citizen
April 7th, 2006
A report released yesterday by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and Free Press exposes corporate propaganda’s infiltration of local television news across the country.

US: Food Companies Criticized Over Health Commitments
by Kate HoltonReuters
April 4th, 2006
Many of the world's top food companies are not doing enough to help cut the salt, fat and sugar which are contributing to a global, diet-related health crisis, according to a report on Tuesday.

US: Unwitting Shoppers Recruited for Wal-Mart PR Fight
by Marilyn GeewaxCox News Service
April 4th, 2006
Last December, Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., created its own grassroots group, Working Families for Wal-Mart. It hired Edelman, a global public relations firm, to organize the group out of its Washington office and launch a nationwide campaign.

US: Wal-Mart Begins Quest for Generals in P.R. War
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
March 30th, 2006
Wanted: two people to help defend the nation's largest retailer against critics. Requirements: plenty of experience managing a crisis.

US: The Conservative Hand of Hollywood
by Justin ClarkNerve.com
March 29th, 2006
The Christian leader of megaplex Regal Cinemas is trying to shape what audiences see -- and don't see -- at the movies.

US: Google hires D.C. lobbyist with a friend in high places
by Verne KopytoffSan Francisco Chronicle
March 16th, 2006
Facing increasing congressional scrutiny, Google Inc. has hired a lobbying firm that includes the son of U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.