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GERMANY: AUB chief says Siemens funded union
by Richard Milnein FrankfurtThe Financial Times Limited 2007
May 31st, 2007
Siemens' senior management sanctioned the funding of an alternative labour organisation to the German industrial group's main trade union, according to claims made by the former head of the rival union.

US: Executive Pay: A Special Report. More Pieces. Still a Puzzle.
by Eric DashNew York Times
April 8th, 2007
In response to a barrage of criticism that regulators have not kept up with the complexities of swelling pay packages, the Securities and Exchange Commission now requires corporate America to disclose details of executive compensation more fully. As this year’s proxies pour in, they are packed with fresh information aimed at making pay more transparent. Of course, it also is a lot more confusing.

US: Gore needs a greener Apple
by Marc Gunther CNN Money
April 3rd, 2007
Environmental groups tell Al Gore to push the computer maker to improve its practices and limit its impact on the environment.

NETHERLANDS: Gimme Tax Shelter
by Lynnley BrowningNew York Times
February 4th, 2007
When it comes to attracting celebrity wealth seeking shelter from taxes, the Cayman Islands and other classic Caribbean tax havens are receding in favor, according to tax experts here and overseas. But for earnings derived from intellectual property such as royalties, the Netherlands has become a tax shelter of choice.

US: PUC Not Letting Verizon off Hook
by Ann S. KimPortland Press Herald (MAINE)
January 30th, 2007
The Maine Public Utilities Commission decided Monday to begin contempt proceedings against Verizon Communications for failing to affirm the truthfulness of statements the company made about its possible role in the government's warrantless surveillance program.

US: Gates Foundation faces multibillion-dollar dilemma
by Kristi HeimSeattle Times
January 14th, 2007
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation owns shares of BP — a company accused of fouling the air with its oil refinery and paper mill in South Africa. Since the foundation spends billions of dollars to improve the health of Africans, that investment strategy would seem to conflict with its mission.

US: Money clashes with mission
by Charles PillerLA Times
January 8th, 2007
The Gates Foundation invests heavily in sub-prime lenders and other businesses that undercut its good works.

US: Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation
by Charles Piller, Edmund Sanders and Robyn DixonL A Times
January 7th, 2007
An ink spot certified that he had been immunized against polio and measles, thanks to a vaccination drive supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But polio is not the only threat Justice faces. Almost since birth, he has had respiratory trouble. His neighbors call it "the cough." People blame fumes and soot spewing from flames that tower 300 feet into the air over a nearby oil plant. It is owned by the Italian petroleum giant Eni, whose investors include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

CHINA: Net giants 'still failing China'
by Thembi MutchBBC News
December 18th, 2006
Earlier this year net giants Google and Yahoo came under fire from Human Rights Watch and Reporters Sans Frontieres, for their activities in China. But is the criticism warranted?

CHINA: Net giants 'still failing China'
by Thembi MutchBBC News Online
December 18th, 2006
Earlier this year net giants Google and Yahoo came under fire from Human Rights Watch and Reporters Sans Frontieres, for their activities in China. But is the criticism warranted?

US: Noose incident sparks bias suit
by Collin NashNewsday
December 16th, 2006
A group of African-Americans employed as installers for a Cablevision subcontractor filed a discrimination complaint Friday against their employer and the media giant, alleging intimidation by white managers who the workers say dangled a noose from the rafters.

US: Apple gets low score in Greenpeace e-waste report
by Jim DalrympleMacworld
December 6th, 2006
Environmental group Greenpeace on Wednesday issued the first quarterly update on the technology industry’s performance on environmental issues. While the group recognized many companies are improving Apple does not appear to be among them — Apple remains in last place.

WORLD: Safety of Nanotechnology Needs More Attention
Environment News Service
November 28th, 2006
The number of consumer products made with nanotechnology is exploding, with a 70 percent increase in the past eight months. While recognizing the value of these molecular-level advances, critics say the Bush administration is doing too little to ensure the safety of nanotechnology for workers and the public.

GERMANY: Siemens Executives Held Over Bribery Allegations
Der Spiegel
November 17th, 2006
Five Siemens executives have been arrested in raids at Siemens offices across Germany this week. Prosecutors are investigating charges of embezzlement and bribery at the company.

US: Mailed Diebold Disks Raise Voting Machine Fears
Associated Press
October 20th, 2006
Disks containing what appears to be software code used in Maryland's touchscreen voting machines in 2004 were delivered anonymously to a former state legislator, raising fresh concerns about the reliability of the voting system.

US: Democrats On FCC Criticize Justice Dept.'s OK Of Merger
by David Hatch National Journal
October 12th, 2006
The FCC's two Democratic members harshly criticized the Justice Department for approving the $78 billion AT&T- BellSouth merger without conditions.

US: Rep. Ney Admits Selling Influence
by James V. Grimaldi and Susan SchmidtWashington Post
September 16th, 2006
Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) agreed yesterday to plead guilty to corruption charges after admitting to performing a variety of official acts for lobbyists in exchange for campaign contributions, expensive meals, luxury travel, sports tickets and thousands of dollars in gambling chips. He is the first elected official to face prison time in the ongoing influence-peddling investigation of former GOP lobbying powerhouse Jack Abramoff.

US: FBI, congressional panel open their own HP probes
by 
Benjamin Pimentel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12th, 2006
The scandal surrounding Hewlett-Packard Co. escalated Monday when members of Congress and federal law enforcement officials announced they would launch inquiries into the tech giant's practices during a controversial probe of media leaks that began last year.

WORLD: Nokia, Dell Get 'Light Green' Rating from Greenpeace; Apple in the Red
by Aaron GlantzOneworld.net
September 6th, 2006
Consumers interested in buying toxin-free electronics should consider purchasing products made by Nokia and Dell, says the environmental group Greenpeace in its new "Guide to Greener Electronics," which ranks companies on their use of harmful chemicals and electronic waste recycling.

JAPAN: Five Executives Are Arrested in Japan
by Martin FacklerThe New York Times
August 25th, 2006
Five executives of the Mitutoyo Corporation, a precision instruments maker, were arrested today on suspicion of illegally exporting equipment to Malaysia that could be used in making nuclear weapons.

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