Angolan Fishing Community Demands That Chevron Compensate Them For Oil Spill
Richard Smallteacher
October 5th, 2015

Some 500 Angolan fisherfolk have demanded compensation from Chevron after an oil spill polluted the Mandarin and Mpuela shoreline in Cabinda last month, close to the California company's drilling operations. Under government orders, all fishing activity was banned for almost two weeks.

Elias Isaac of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa-Angola Speaks After Chevron AGM. Photo: Tonya Hennessey, CorpWatch


U.S. Doctors Associations Cancel Collaborations With Coca-Cola After Protests
Pratap Chatterjee
October 1st, 2015

Three major U.S. medical associations - the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology - have bowed to pressure from activist doctors to stop accepting corporate donations from Coca-Cola. The campaigners say Coke exerted undue influence over the medical groups.

Report from Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Financial Services, Insurance and Banking

“Project Omega” Reveals Secrets Of Dark Pools Stock Trading
Pratap Chatterjee
August 14th, 2015

Investment Technology Group (ITG), a U.S. stock broker, paid a $20.3 million fine for running a secret operation named Project Omega to take advantage of “dark pools” trading orders made by its clients. Experts say that Barclays and Credit Suisse may also soon pay fines for dark pools trading scams.

Barclays bank protest. Photo: Global Justice Now. Used under Creative Commons license.

Music Video Asking Unilever to Clean Up Mercury Waste in India Goes Viral
Pratap Chatterjee
August 7th, 2015

A music video asking Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, to clean up mercury waste from their former Indian factory notched up two million views in less than a week, prompting a reply from the company CEO. 'Kodaikanal Won't,’ the video by Sonia Ashraf, parodied Nicki Minaj’s song 'Anaconda.’

Still from 'Kodaikanal Won't’ a video by Sonia Ashraf.

Soma Oil & Gas Faces UK Criminal Investigation for Somalia Deals
Richard Smallteacher
August 5th, 2015

British regulators are investigating Soma Oil & Gas, a UK-based company, for allegedly paying bribes to the Somali government in exchange for exploration rights. Under scrutiny is the payment of $580,000 for “capacity building arrangements” at the Ministry of Petroleum in Mogadishu, according to Financial Times sources.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia at a conference in London. Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Used under Creative Commons license.

Outsourcing the Kill Chain: Eleven Drone Contractors Revealed
Pratap Chatterjee
August 3rd, 2015

Hundreds of private sector intelligence analysts are being paid to review surveillance footage from U.S. military drones in Central Asia and the Middle East, according to a new report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Imagery analysts. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Shell’s Plans to Drill for Oil in the Arctic Blocked by Greenpeace Climbers
Richard Smallteacher
July 31st, 2015

Greenpeace temporarily blocked Shell from drilling for oil in the Arctic by blocking the path of a specialized ice-breaking ship in Portland, Oregon. Thirteen climbers suspended themselves from a bridge while hundreds of local supporters paddled below in kayaks forcing the company to delay operations for almost two days.

Greepeace climbers hang off Portland bridge. Photo: Sam Churchill.. Used under Creative Commons license.

Drugs Tested By GVK Biosciences Banned From European Union
Pratap Chatterjee
July 27th, 2015

Hundreds of drugs tested in India have been banned from sale in the European Union after French inspectors found flaws in clinical trials conducted by GVK Biosciences, a company based in Hyderabad. The Indian government has threatened to take legal action against the ban under international trade rules.

Pills. Photo: Used under Creative Commons license
War & Disaster Profiteering

French Tribunal Investigates Qosmos Over Surveillance Software Use In Syria
Fatima Hansia
July 21st, 2015

Qosmos – a French technology company – is being investigated for acting as an “assisted witness” in alleged torture in Syria. The specialized crimes unit of the Paris Tribunal has agreed to study the use of Qosmos surveillance software by Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, following complaints filed by two human rights NGOs.

The aftermath of a bombing in Syria. Photo: Freedom House. Used under Creative Commons license.