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Nexa Investigated For Sale Of Surveillance Equipment Linked To Egypt Abuses
Erin Gifford
January 17th, 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, courtsey Wikileaks


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 8th, 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
CorpWatch
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.

Manufacturing

Bangladeshi Government Cracks Down On Garment Workers Sweatshop Wage Protests
Pratap Chatterjee
January 25th, 2017

As many as 3,500 Bangladeshi workers are reported to have been suspended or fired for taking part in protests against sweatshop wages at garment factories on the outskirts of Dhaka over the last six weeks. Dozens have been thrown in jail amid a major police crackdown on the organizers.
Photo: New York University. Used under Creative Commons license

Manufacturing

Takata Fined $1 Billion For Hiding Information on Exploding Car Airbags
Kavya Padmanabhan
January 20th, 2017

Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker, will pay a $1 billion fine to the U.S. government after pleading guilty to hiding information about the likelihood that the company’s car air bags could accidentally explode. Takata air bags have been linked to at least 17 deaths around the world.
Photo: Alexauto321. Used under Creative Commons license.

War & Disaster Profiteering

Publish, Punish, and Pardon: Nine National Security Changes Obama Should Make Before He Leaves Office
Pratap Chatterjee
December 6th, 2016

Nine recommendations for action by President Obama to reverse his deadly legacy of drone warfare, surveillance and entrapment, including revealing flawed government contracts with companies like AT&T & Yahoo.
Drone analysts. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Money & Politics

Billionaires & Big Business Line Up To Help U.S. President Elect-Donald Trump
Pratap Chatterjee
November 14th, 2016

Billionaire businessmen and lobbyists are lining up to help Donald Trump after his victory in the U.S. presidential election. Trump appears to be welcoming them with open arms, despite his claim to bring change to Washington DC and get rid of special interests.
Photo: Gage Skidmore. Used under Creative Commons license.