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Protests Force CoreCivic To Cancel Plan To Build Indiana Immigration Prison
Erin Gifford
February 6th, 2018

CoreCivic, one of the largest U.S. private prison companies, has shelved a proposal to build a detention facility for undocumented migrants in Indiana after a series of community protests. The company is hoping for a $100 million contract from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Chicago office.

Protest Against CoreCivic, then known as CCA. Photo: VOCAL-NY. Used under Creative Commons license.


German Court Allows Peruvian Farmer To Sue RWE Over Climate Change
Richard Smallteacher
January 29th, 2018

Saul Luciano Lliuya, a farmer who lives near Lake Palcacocha in the Peruvian Andes, has sued Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk (RWE), a major German utility company, to pay for the impact of climate change on his community. A court in Hamm, Germany, has agreed to hear the case.
Saúl Luciano Lliuya. Photo: Alexander Luna.


New York City Sues Purdue Pharmaceutical And Others Over Opioid Deaths
Pratap Chatterjee
January 25th, 2018

New York city is the latest U.S. city to bring a lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceutical and other companies involved in manufacturing and distributing prescription painkillers, known as opioids. Some 250 such lawsuits have been filed alleging that deceptive industry marketing practices have caused opioid overdose deaths to skyrocket.
Photo: User:51fifty. Used under Creative Commons license.

Technology & Telecommunications

Nexa Investigated For Sale Of Surveillance Equipment Linked To Egypt Abuses
Erin Gifford
January 22nd, 2018

The Paris High Court has opened an investigation into Nexa Technologies Inc., formerly known as Amesys, for the sale of surveillance technology to Egypt that was allegedly used for torture and enforced disappearances under the authoritarian regime of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Image from Cerebro brochure, courtesy Wikileaks

Technology & Telecommunications

Uber Used Clandestine Technology Tool To Thwart Police Raids
Pratap Chatterjee
January 17th, 2018

Uber, the global taxi technology company, has been using a clandestine tool named "Ripley"to thwart government oversight of the ride-sharing company by restricting access to company computers. Ripley is likely to increase scrutiny of the company by government authorities given Uber's questionable use of several other high-tech tools.
Photo: Un Yarat. Used under Creative Commons license.

Food and Agriculture

Activists Boycott Wendy's Over Treatment Of Women Tomato Pickers In Mexico
Erin Gifford
January 9th, 2018

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) plans to hold a protest outside the offices of Nelson Peltz, board chair of Wendy’s fast food restaurants from March 15-18. The protest will highlight ongoing human rights abuses faced by the agricultural workers in Mexico who pick tomatoes for the chain.
Iryna Yafimchyk for Working Families. Used under Creative Commons license.

Retail & Mega-Stores

One in Ten Amazon Workers In Ohio Uses Food Stamps To Survive
Pratap Chatterjee
January 5th, 2018

One in ten Amazon employees in Ohio needs government assistance to make ends meet, according to analysis conducted by Policy Matters Ohio, a Cleveland-based research group. This is despite the fact that, since 2014, the state has given Amazon over $125 million in subsidies to expand.
Tony Webster via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.

War & Disaster Profiteering

Drone Inc.: Marketing the Illusion of Precision Killing
August 7th, 2017

Drone Inc.: Marketing the Illusion of Precision Killing, reveals the contractors and technology behind the targeted killing machinery of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, demonstrating how critical errors and assumptions in this remotely controlled war has resulted in the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent civilians.

War & Disaster Profiteering

Drone, Inc. FAQ
August 6th, 2017

Drone, Inc. is a guide to the contractors and the technologies used in targeted killing by remotely piloted aircraft operated by the U.S. intelligence agencies and the U.S. military.