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Retail & Mega-Stores

Amazon Workers in Germany Strike for Better Pay
Richard Smallteacher
September 23rd, 2014

Some 2,000 German employees of Amazon, the internet retail giant, walked off their jobs this week at four sites - Bad Hersfeld, Graben, Leipzig and Rheinberg. The strike action was coordinated by Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (United Services Union), a Berlin trade union commonly known as Ver.di.

Ver.di workers on strike outside an Amazon warehouse in Germany. Photo: ver.di Facebook

Energy

Kosmos Energy Prepares to Drill for Oil in Disputed Western Sahara
Pratap Chatterjee
September 19th, 2014

Kosmos Energy, a Texas oil company, is preparing to drill for oil in Western Sahara, a disputed territory currently controlled by Morocco. The company has dispatched a state of the art oil rig to begin operations later this year, according to Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW), an activist group.

Western Sahara activists in Spain protests against Kosmos drilling. Photo courtesy Western Sahara Resource Watch
Pharmaceuticals

Actavis Sued To Stop Forced Switch To New Alzheimer's Drug
Richard Smallteacher
September 16th, 2014

Actavis, the world's third-largest generic drug manufacturer, has been sued by New York state to prevent it from forcing patients to take a new version of a popular Alzheimer's drug. The company is attempting to hook patients on an extended release version before its U.S. patent expires next year.

Pills. Photo: e-magineart.com.. Used under Creative Commons license
Food and Agriculture

Migrant Rights Activist Fights Thai Pineapple Company Lawsuit
Pratap Chatterjee
September 12th, 2014

Natural Fruit, one of Thailand’s largest pineapple processors, has sued Andy Hall, a British researcher, over a report that he worked on for Finnwatch on labor abuses in the industry. Hall faces some seven years in jail and $10 million in fines.


Private label pineapple juice products on sale in Finland. Photo: Finnwatch
Energy

“Operation Car Wash” Uncovers Alleged Political Bribery by Petrobras
Richard Smallteacher
September 9th, 2014

Paulo Roberto Costa, former head of Petrobras' refining and supply unit, has named dozens of politicians who allegedly took bribes from the Brazilian company. Costa claims that Petrobras paid out three percent of the value of new contracts to the politicians in return for favorable votes for the government.

Petrobras driller. Photo: Nestor Galina. Used under Creative Commons license
Food and Agriculture

Fast Food Workers Hold Biggest Ever Strike For Wages in U.S.
Pratap Chatterjee
September 5th, 2014

Hundreds of low wage fast food workers were arrested at strikes and protests in some 100 cities around the U.S. on September 4. They were demanding that companies like Burger King, KFC, McDonald's and Wendy's pay workers a living wage of $15 an hour.

Screen shot from a McDonald's video. When the company took it down after it was used by protestors.
Natural Resources

Ten Killed At African Barrick Operations in Tanzania
Richard Smallteacher
August 26th, 2014

As many as 10 people have been killed by police this year at African Barrick Gold's operations in Tanzania, according to a new report from two NGOs - MiningWatch Canada and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) in the UK.

Woman panning for gold at North Mara. Photo: Plenty's Paradox. Used under Creative Commons license.
Financial Services, Insurance and Banking

Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion to Settle Mortgage Fraud Charges
Pratap Chatterjee
August 21st, 2014

Bank of America has agreed to pay the government $9.65 billion to settle charges of misleading investors over mortgage lending in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis. The bank will also pay out an additional $7 billion to help borrowers and communities affected by the loans.

Bank of America protest. Photo: Rainforest Action Network. Used under Creative Commons license.
Pharmaceuticals

Gilead Sciences Under Investigation for Over Charging for Hepatitis C Pill
Pratap Chatterjee
July 21st, 2014

Gilead Sciences of San Francisco is under investigation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for charging $84,000 for a 12 week course of a new drug to treat hepatitis C. Gilead sells the exact same course for $900 in poor countries like Egypt and India.