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Iraq: Millions Misspent in Contracts
by Patrick E. Tyler and Raymond BonnerNew York Times
October 3rd, 2003
Iraqi officials and businessmen charge that millions of dollars in contracts are being awarded without competitive bidding, some of them to former cronies of Mr. Hussein's government.


Iraq: 'A Fox Left To Mind Chickens'
by Tim ReidThe Times (London)
October 3rd, 2003
There is one man perhaps even more eager than President Bush to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq: David Kay, the former Iraqi nuclear inspector told by the Administration to uncover them and former employee of Science Applications International Corporation.

Brazil: Rio to Buy Fighter Jets
by Kevin G. HallKnight Ridder
October 2nd, 2003
A decision by Brazil's government to proceed with a $700 million purchase of supersonic fighter jets is raising questions at home and abroad about the country's military objectives. Brazil announced this week that it plans to replace at least 12 aging Mirage fighter jets, in what is believed to be Latin America's largest military hardware purchase since the end of the Cold War. Chile purchased 10 American-made F-16 jets for $660 million in 2002.

Liberia: Northbridge Services Group Under Investigation
by Bruce ZagarisInternational Enforcement Law Reporter
October 1st, 2003
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the role of the Northbridge Services Group, an Anglo-American private military company (PMC), about its role in the Liberia civil strife on behalf of the rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd), especially a plan to arrest former Liberian President Charles Taylor and take him to the Sierra Leone Ad Hoc Tribunal to answer charges.

US: Insiders' New Firm Consults on Iraq
by Douglas JehlNew York Times
September 30th, 2003
A group of businessmen linked by their close ties to President Bush, his family and his administration have set up a consulting firm to advise companies that want to do business in Iraq, including those seeking pieces of taxpayer-financed reconstruction projects.

Iraq: Total, ENI, Royal Dutch/Shell In Oil Development Talks
Reuters
September 29th, 2003
Iraq has begun to court several European oil company investors (Total, ENI, Royal Dutch/Shell) as it seeks to spur development of the country's massive oil reserves before Washington hands over power, a senior Iraqi official said Monday.

Iraq: Imposing US Mobile Phone System
by Brian WhitakerThe Guardian (London)
September 29th, 2003
Any day now, the authorities in Iraq will announce the winners of a contest to provide Iraq's long-awaited mobile phone service. This is one area where Halliburton - vice-president Dick Cheney's old firm - isn't a front-runner, so the outcome could be interesting. Last July, the US-run coalition provisional authority invited bids from phone companies for up to three licences, covering northern, central and southern Iraq. Licences, it said, would be issued on the basis of "best value".

US: Military Contractor, Reviewer Used Same Lobbyist
by Ovetta WigginsWashington Post
September 28th, 2003
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has asked state investigators to look into the opposite interests of a well-known Annapolis lobbyist who represents two companies involved in the overhaul of the state's voting machine system: Diebold Election Systems Inc., the company that has a $ 55 million contract to provide the state with its electronic voting system, and Science Applications International Corp., the computer security company the state recently hired to examine the Diebold voting machines for flaws.

Private Company Manages Daily Bombing of Korean Village
by Aaron GlantzSpecial to CorpWatch
September 27th, 2003
Six days a week, US military fighter planes drop bombs a mile from the South Korean village of Maehyang-ri. The bombing range isn't run by the US Air Force and it isn't run by the US Army. It's been privatized and is under the management of Arctic Slope World Service.

US: Cheney Continues to Have Financial Ties to Halliburton
by Mike AllenWashington Post
September 26th, 2003
p>A Congressional Research Service report released yesterday concluded that federal ethics laws treat Vice President Cheney's annual deferred compensation checks and unexercised stock options as continuing financial interests in the Halliburton Co. Democrats have aggressively challenged Cheney's claim that he has no financial ties to Halliburton, despite those arrangements.


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