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UK: Save the Children UK Silenced on Iraq
by Kevin MaguireGuardian (London)
November 28th, 2003
One of Britain's most high-profile charities was ordered to end criticism of military action in Iraq by its powerful US wing to avoid jeopardizing financial support from Washington and corporate donors, a Guardian investigation has discovered. Internal emails reveal how Save the Children UK came under enormous pressure after it accused coalition forces of breaching the Geneva convention by blocking humanitarian aid.

Iraq: "Free Media" Run by Pentagon Contractor
by Walter PincusWashington Post
November 22nd, 2003
Now called the Iraq Media Network, the operation has come under criticism for carrying television and radio programming that features primarily occupation authority officials and announcements along with a weekly broadcast by L. Paul Bremer, head of the occupation authority.

US: Contractors Complain of TSA Limits
by Sara Kehaulani GooWashington Post
November 21st, 2003
A pilot program to test the effectiveness of privately employed screeners at U.S. airports is yielding few security innovations or cost savings because of constraints imposed by the Transportation Security Administration, government investigators and private contractors said.

Iraq: Siemens Lands $95M Deal
Reuters
November 21st, 2003
German industrial company Siemens AG has won a $95 million deal to develop a power station in Iraq, an industry source said Friday, days after Washington vowed to share post-war reconstruction work.

Iraq: Contracts Leave Local Business Out
by Peyman PejmanInter Press Service
November 21st, 2003
U.S. officials have shut Iraqis out of the business of reconstruction contracts, many local businessmen say. U.S. officials and the contractors working for them favour a few high-profile Iraqi companies they trust, and set excessively high contract standards that most Iraqi companies cannot meet, they say.

Iraq: Members of Occupation Authority in Bribes Probe
by Demetri Sevastopulo, Nicolas Pelham and Roula KhalafFinancial Times
November 21st, 2003
Two officials of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and the Iraqi minister of communications are being investigated by the Pentagon over allegations of taking bribes. Potentially lucrative licences to build and operate mobile phone networks in Iraq were announced last month by Haider al-Abadi, communications minister, in favour of three Middle-Eastern consortia - Orascom Iraq, Asia Cell and Atheer.

Iraq: Hopes Grow for UK Firms Winning Contracts
BBC
November 21st, 2003
UK firms could secure a "significant proportion" of new contracts to help rebuild Iraq, a government minister has told company bosses. Industry must "play its full part" in the reconstruction of the country, said trade minister Mike O'Brien.

USA: Deadline Set for $19bn in Iraq Contracts
by Joshua ChaffinFinancial Times
November 19th, 2003
US authorities on Wednesday laid out an ambitious timetable to rebuild Iraq, saying they planned to award $18.7bn in contracts for reconstruction projects by the beginning of February.

US: Computer Technicians Sue CSC to Seek Overtime Pay
by Lisa GirionLos Angeles Times
November 13th, 2003
Computer Sciences Corp. was accused Wednesday of cheating thousands of computer technicians out of overtime pay in a lawsuit that could open the technology industry to the same class-action litigation that has forced millions of dollars in back wages from fast-food chains and retail outlets.

Iraq: Is Anyone Watching The Iraqi Media Network?
by Cynthia CottsVillage Voice (New York)
November 12th, 2003
In October 2003, the Pentagon began soliciting bids for a $100 million renewable contract to run the Iraqi Media Network (IMN). The project is overseen by the U.S. military occupation (a.k.a. Coalition Provisional Authority, or CPA) and is rising out of the infrastructure of Saddam Hussein's state-run news network. The dream is for IMN to become a "world-class" media operation, including a 24-7 satellite channel, two land-based TV channels, two radio channels, a national newspaper, and TV and film studios in every major region of Iraq.

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