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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.

US: For Tobacco, Stealth Marketing Is the Norm
by Julie BosmanNew York Times
March 10th, 2006
Tobacco companies, which are able to vastly outspend antitobacco groups, may still be winning the marketing wars. While tobacco companies have abandoned most conventional advertising, they are using other means to get their point across. Antismoking groups, on the other hand, are now struggling to find the money to maintain even a small-scale campaign.

US: Chromium Evidence Buried, Report Says
by Rick WeissThe Washington Post
February 24th, 2006
Scientists working for the chromium industry withheld data about the metal's health risks while the industry campaigned to block strict new limits on the cancer-causing chemical, according to a scientific journal report published yesterday.

US: Wal-Mart to Loosen Health Insurance Limits
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
February 23rd, 2006
Wal-Mart Stores, facing a raft of state legislation that would require it to increase spending on employee health insurance, will lift several of its long-standing and most-criticized restrictions on eligibility over the next year, the giant retailer said this morning.

AUSTRALIA: Lobbyists hired by AWB
by Richard BakerSydney Morning Herald
February 22nd, 2006
AWB enlisted the help of an influential Washington lobby firm headed by the former US defence secretary, William Cohen, to deal with a United Nations investigation into kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein.

US: Advisories on Fish and the Pitfalls of Good Intent
by Marian BurrosThe New York Times
February 15th, 2006
SHOPPING for fish these days is fraught with confusion. There is so much contradictory information about what is safe and what isn't. Some nutritionists are worried that people will throw up their hands and choose steak instead.

US: Quick Rise for Purveyors of Propaganda in Iraq
by David S. CloudThe New York Times
February 15th, 2006
Mr. Bailey, a boyish-looking Briton, and Mr. Craig, a chain-smoking former Marine sergeant, then began winning multimillion-dollar contracts with the United States military to produce propaganda in Iraq.

US: Sales Brisk for "Wal-Mart" Docu As Accusations Fly
Reuters
February 15th, 2006
Berlin's European Film Market became the backdrop for yet another verbal battle between Wal-Mart and its filmmaker nemesis Robert Greenwald on Tuesday. The Greenwald-directed film "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" made for hot sales but heated words at the market.

UK: Drug firm censured for lapdancing junket
by Sarah BoseleyThe Guardian
February 14th, 2006
One of the world's largest drug companies has been disciplined by the industry's UK watchdog after admitting that its staff entertained doctors to greyhound racing, lapdancing and Centre Court tickets at Wimbledon.

US: Record Sales of Sleeping Pills Are Causing Worries
by Stephanie SaulThe New York Times
February 7th, 2006
Americans are taking sleeping pills like never before, fueled by frenetic workdays that do not go gently into a great night's sleep, and lulled by a surge of consumer advertising that promises safe slumber with minimal side effects.

IRAQ: Planted Articles May Be Violation
by Mark MazzettiLos Angeles Times
January 27th, 2006

SWITZERLAND: "Corporate villains" named and shamed
Swiss Info
January 25th, 2006
The Walt Disney Company, the Chevron Corporation and Citigroup have been awarded booby prizes by Swiss non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

GHANA: Ghana Journalists Condemn Gold Mining Campaign Aimed at Children
Environment News Service
January 23rd, 2006
The Ghana Institute of Journalism is objecting to a new public relations collaboration between the mining company Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd. and the weekly newspaper "Junior Graphic" to make positive information about gold mining available to children in Ghana.

US: Consumer Group to Sue Cereal Maker
ABC News
January 18th, 2006
A consumer group wants to keep Tony the Tiger from promoting sugary cereals on the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon show, or anywhere else kids are watching.

US: AmeriDebt Founder Settles Charges
by Caroline E. MayerWashington Post
January 10th, 2006
The founder of the defunct credit-counseling firm AmeriDebt Inc. yesterday agreed to pay up to $35 million to settle two lawsuits accusing him of misleading debt-burdened consumers into paying high fees to support his lavish lifestyle.

US: AmeriDebt Founder to Settle With the FTC
by Steven ManningAssociated Press
January 9th, 2006
The founder of the credit counseling firm AmeriDebt on Monday agreed to pay $35 million to settle suits filed by regulators and former customers over $172 million in allegedly hidden fees the company collected from financially strapped debtors.