Zupta Scandal Causes South African Government To Intervene To Save Indian Investor
Richard Smallteacher
April 29th, 2016

The South African government has intervened to support the Indian-born Gupta brothers, owners of a sprawling conglomerate with interests from mining to media, following a scandal that suggested that the brothers had accumulated so much power that they could dictate cabinet-level decisions in the country.

President Zuma and Ajay Gupta. Photo: GovernmentZA. Used under Creative Commons license.

Natural Resources

Malaysian Palm Oil Giant, IOI, Suspended By Industry Body Over Environmental Record
Pratap Chatterjee
April 11th, 2016

IOI, the second largest producer of palm oil in Malaysia, has been kicked out of an industry group that certifies sustainability practices, for environmental and labor violations. As a result, dozens of companies, including the makers of Dove soap, M&M's and Kellogg's Corn Flakes, have stopped buying from IOI.

Palm oil harvest in Sarawak. PhotoL Wakx. Used under Creative Commons license
Financial Services, Insurance and Banking

Barclays Trial Over Interest Rate Rigging Raises Questions Over Supervision
Richard Smallteacher
April 8th, 2016

Did a few individual traders in London conspire to rig global interest rates in order to enrich themselves or were they just pawns in an ongoing conspiracy by major banks designed to routinely skim billions from the international financial system?


World Bank Orders Venezuela To Pay Crystallex $1.4 Billion For Gold Mine
Pratap Chatterjee
April 6th, 2016

The World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has ordered the government of Venezuela to pay US$1.386 billion to Crystallex, a bankrupt Canadian gold mining company, for canceling a 2002 permit to mine for gold in the Imataca Forest Reserve

Aerial view of gold mining at Imataca. Photo:

Ovarian Cancer Victims Win Talcum Powder Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson
Richard Smallteacher
April 4th, 2016

Johnson & Johnson has been sued by over 1,200 women who blame the company's talcum powder products for their ovarian cancer. Not only are U.S. courts beginning to agree with them, juries have started to award victims millions of dollars in compensation.

Photo: Rakka. Used under Creative Commons license

Global Oil Companies Allegedly Used Monaco Lobbyist To Pay Bribes For Deals
Pratap Chatterjee
April 1st, 2016

Unaoil, a lobbying firm based in Monaco, is being investigated by authorities in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. for allegedly helping companies around the world pay bribes for oil concessions and contracts. Among the companies under scrutiny is Texas-based Kellogg Brown & Root, former subsidiary of Halliburton.

Kashagan oil complex. Photo: Used under Creative Commons license
Retail & Mega-Stores

Garment Factories In Burma Often Violate Labor Laws
Richard Smallteacher
March 28th, 2016

A new report on garment factories in Burma issued by Action Labor Rights (ALR) estimates that nearly a third of workers were required to work 60 hours or more a week, with almost two thirds reporting that they had no choice in the matter.

Burmese garment workers. Photo: Action Labor Rights

Navajo DinÚ Fight Uranium Resources Inc. Mining Permits In New Mexico
Pratap Chatterjee
March 25th, 2016

The Navajo DinÚ community have notched up a victory over Uranium Resources Inc. decades old plan to dig for uranium at Crownpoint and Churchrock, New Mexico, by successfully appealing a state permit for the Colorado company to dump waste into the Westwater Canyon aquifer.

ENDAUM 2014 protest. Photo: Tahirah Cook

Volkswagen Dieselgate Scandal Should Be Used To Fund Clean Vehicle Program
Richard Smallteacher
March 23rd, 2016

Activists say fines paid by Volkswagen to settle the "Dieselgate" scandal should be paid into a fund to help vulnerable populations like school children and low income communities, as punishment for installing software in some 11 million vehicles to enable the cars to cheat on emissions tests.

Photo: Tim Wang. Used under Creative Commons.