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Corporate Restructuring to Protect Nukes from Liability
by Karl GrossmanSpecial to CorpWatch
October 23rd, 2002
Not only have manufacturers of nuclear plants undergone globalization, but utilities in the U.S. have been engaged in consolidation and mergers in the last several years along with the increased use of limited liability and multi-tiered holding companies to own nuclear plants.

Soweto Stories
by Brian AsheEarthLife Africa eThekwini
August 16th, 2002
Some residents of Soweto, a township outside Johannesburg, have expressed anger at being sent bills by Eskom even though they either do not have electricity or their supply has long been cut off. Here's what they say.

Eskom's African Privatisation Footprint 2000-2002
by Brian AsheEarthLife Africa eThekwini
August 16th, 2002
Eskom, through Eskom Enterprises, currently has a presence in almost 30 countries on the continent.

Student Achievment in Edison Schools: Mixed Results in an Ongoing Enterprise
American Federation of Teachers
October 1st, 2000
The Preface and Executive Summary of a report by the American Federation of Teachers which looks at student achievment in 13 schools run by the Edison Project.

US: America's Private Gulag
by Ken SilversteinPrison Legal News
June 1st, 2000
What is the most profitable industry in America? Weapons, oil and computer technology all offer high rates of return, but there is probably no sector of the economy so abloom with money as the privately run prison industry.

US: Wackenhut's Free Market in Human Misery
by Gregory PalastThe Observer (London)
September 26th, 1999
New Mexico's privately operated prisons are filled with America's impoverished, violent outcasts -- and those are the guards. That's the warning I took away from confidential documents and from guards themselves who nervously spoke on condition that their names never see the light of day.

US: Virginia Prisons Open for Business
by Dan PensPrison Legal News
November 1st, 1998
In a warehouse near the Baltimore airport in 1997, California businessman Trek Kelly observed a supplier peeling tags off crates of merchandise. Later he found a tag that had been overlooked. A tag with the words ''Virginia State Prisons'' printed on it.

The Education Industry Facts: An Overview
CorpWatch
July 8th, 1998
Here is the information for our ''click-able'' schoolhouse. The data comes from Consumer Reports' ''Captive Kids: Commercial Pressures on Kids at School.''

What's on Channel 1?
Center for Commercial Free Public Education
July 8th, 1998
Eight Million U.S. students are required to watch Channel One -- a commercial filled current events program every day. Schools get satellite dishes, VCRs and TVs in exchange for providing a captive audience to advertisers. Check out this report from the Center for Commercial Free Public Education.

The CCPA Education Project
by Erika ShakerCanadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
July 8th, 1998
Erika Shaker, an analyst with the Center for Policy Alternatives looks at the education industry's inroads in Canada.

For-Profit Management of Public Schools
National Education Association
July 8th, 1998
A policy statement by the National Education Association, an organization of 2.4 million educators and public school and university employees throughout the United States. The NEA has compiled extensive research on corporate school management.

Teens Claim Abuse at Prison
by John AllardThe State
July 2nd, 1998
Eight boys formerly jailed at a privately run juvenile prison are claiming that employees assaulted them when they were hogtied.

Prisons for Profit, cont.
by Eric BatesThe Nation
May 4th, 1998
Alex Friedmann doesn't look like the kind of guy who would incite a prison riot. Slight and bespectacled, Friedmann measures his words carefully and is quick to point out his own biases. So it came as a bit of a surprise a few weeks ago when Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in the world, abruptly transferred Friedmann from its medium-security lockup in Clifton, Tennessee.

US: Juvenile Crime Pays
by Alex FriedmannPrison Legal News
February 1st, 1998
The juvenile justice system has become enormously profitable as youths are channeled from the schoolhouse to the jailhouse in ever-increasing numbers. From 1991 to 1995 the population of youthful offenders held in privately operated facilities grew 10% to an estimated 35,600, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Captive Kids: A Report on Commercial Pressures on Kids at School
Consumer Reports
January 1st, 1998
Excerpts from Consumer Reports' ground breaking study on commercialism in the schools.

US: Private Transportation Firms Take Prisoners for a Ride
by Alex FriedmannPrison Legal News
November 1st, 1997
On April 3, 1997, six prisoners were roasted alive when the privately-operated van that was transporting them to Florida caught fire on I-40 near Dickson, Tennessee. Both of the guards in the van escaped serious injury.

US: Strange Bedfellows
by Alex FriedmannPrison Legal News
June 1st, 1997
Corrections Corporation of America's (CCA) connection with local politics began when the Nashville-based company was formed during Governor Lamar Alexander's administration.

Schools for Globalized Business: The APEC Agenda for Education
by Larry KuehnBritish Columbia Teachers' Federation
May 1st, 1997
Larry Keuhn, the former head of British Columbia Teachers' Federation, looks at the reshaping of education to fit the needs of global corporations by critiquing a paper prepared by South Korea's Ministry of Labor and the economic integration of the Asia-Pacific region.

US: Out-Celling the Competition
by Dan PensNorth Coast Xpress
May 1st, 1996
Was your Microsoft Windows 95 packed and shrink-wrapped by a Washington State prisoner? According to one prisoner who works for Exmark, a company specializing in product packaging, approximately 90 prisoners at the Twin Rivers Correctional Center (TRCC) in Monroe shrink-wrapped 50,000 units of Windows 95.

Lessons of Chile's Voucher Reform Movement
by Martin CarnoyRethinking Schools
January 1st, 1996
Stanford University Professor Martin Carnoy, explains that while Chile's voucher experiment did little for poor schoolchildren, it was part of a broad trend towards privatizing social services. Originally published in Selling Out our Schools by Rethinking Schools.

The Commercialized Classroom
by Holley KnausMultinational Monitor
March 1st, 1992
Underfunded schools, desperate for resources, are increasingly receptive to corporate-sponsored educational materials and programs, and are ever more accepting of the associated commercialism and product promotion. ''We are paying for educational deficits by selling kids to advertisers,'' says Peggy Charren, president of the advocacy group Action for Children's Television