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Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors?
by Rachel MartinNational Public Radio
October 26th, 2014
In war zones, private contractors can outnumber U.S. troops, but who controls them? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Stanford's Joseph Felter and journalist Pratap Chatterjee about current safeguards.

U.S. Contractors Convicted in 2007 Blackwater Baghdad Traffic Massacre
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
October 23rd, 2014
A federal jury here Wednesday convicted one former Blackwater contractor of murder and three of his colleagues of voluntary manslaughter in the deadly shootings of 14 unarmed civilians killed in Baghdad’s Nisour Square seven years ago.

Das Prism-Paradox
by Steffan Heuer und Thomas RamgeBrand Eins (Germany)
October 31st, 2013
Article in German about how Silicon Valley has profited out of the NSA. (Wenn sich die Entrüstung über den NSA-Skandal gelegt hat, wird die IT-Branche Kassensturz machen. Und feststellen: Die Aufregung hat sich gelohnt.)

Testimony Before the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
by Pratap ChatterjeeCenter for American Progress
July 7th, 2011
Testimony By Pratap Chatterjee, speaking for the Center for American Progress, before the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on July 7, 2011

Struggling for Power in Afghanistan
by Glenn ZorpetteNew York Times
July 6th, 2011
A New York Times op-ed cites CorpWatch's expose of the problems at the Tarakhil power plant in Afghanistan

Testimony Before the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan
by Pratap ChatterjeeCenter for American Progress
May 5th, 2011
Testimony By Pratap Chatterjee, speaking for the Center for American Progress, before the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan on May 2, 2011

AFGHANISTAN: Maladies of Interpreters
by Joshua FoustNew York Times
September 21st, 2009
For most American troops, the only connection they have to the locals — whether soldiers in the Afghan army or villagers they’re trying to secure — is through their interpreters. Yet the way the military uses translators is too often haphazard and sometimes dangerously negligent.

Bush is gone, but Halliburton keeps cashing checks
by Pratap
June 3rd, 2009
All was remarkably staid as shareholders celebrated Halliburton's $4 billion in operating profits in 2008 at the company's recent AGM in Houston, a striking 22 percent return at a time when many companies are announcing record losses. At the same time, Sen. Byron Dorgan's Senate Democratic Policy Committee was holding a hearing on Capitol Hill focused on abuses by former subsidiary KBR.

5 Steps to Finding Out if a Company Is Green
by  Eileen P. GunnU.S. News & World Report
October 9th, 2008
If it's important to you that your employer be environmentally responsible, how can you know for sure that a company is green enough—or even as green as it says it is? Here are five steps to help you find out all that you want to know about how green—or greenwashed—a company might be.

KBR puts more emphasis on construction
by John PorrettoAssociated Press
May 7th, 2008
KBR Inc.'s proposed $550 million acquisition of an Alabama engineering and construction company is further evidence of its drive to expand its presence in industrial construction, the top executive of the military and engineering contractor said Tuesday.

CorpWatch’s Pratap Chatterjee and Ex-Titan Translator Marwan Mawiri on Corporate Cronyism and Intelligence Outsourcing in Iraq
by Juan GonzalezDemocracy Now!
April 30th, 2008
A Senate Democratic committee heard testimony Monday alleging fraud and waste by the Pentagon’s largest contractor in Iraq, Kellogg Brown and Root, or KBR. KBR denied all the allegations. It used to be a subsidiary of Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney.

5th Circuit to Weigh Jurisdiction Over Contractors in Iraq
by Daphne EviatarThe American Lawyer
January 29th, 2008
CorpWatch's Pratap Chatterjee is referenced regarding the Iraq War outsourcing of military functions to KBR

The Great Iraq Swindle
by Matt TaibbiRolling Stone
August 23rd, 2007
Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi chronicles how the U.S. government botched the reconstruction of Iraq, drawing on examples from CorpWatch's new book: Baghdad Bonanza (City Lights Books, 2008)

Houston Chronicle: Though CEO leaving for Mideast, he says city is still key
by Brett ClantonHouston Chronicle
May 17th, 2007
Halliburton CEO David Lesar distances himself from problems with former subsidiary in Iraq, in reply to CorpWatch questions at the company annual meeting.

Democracy Now! Iraq's Missing Oil and Halliburton's Houston Send-Off
by Amy Goodman
May 15th, 2007
Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman interviews CorpWatch about the new "Goodbye, Houston" alternative annual Halliburton report on the eve of CEO David Lesar's departure for Dubai

Independent: Halliburton: From Bush's favourite to a national disgrace
by Andrew BuncombeIndependent (UK)
March 14th, 2007
CorpWatch's Pratap Chatterjee is prominently featured in this article about Halliburton's move to Dubai.

Sunday Times (UK): How the West short-changed Afghanistan
by Fariba NawaSunday Times (London)
October 29th, 2006
CorpWatch's Fariba Nawa reports on the troubles of her homeland, Afghanistan, in the Sunday Morning Times.

CNN International: Hurricane Katrina One Year Later
by Jonathan MannCNN International
August 29th, 2006
CNN International interview about CorpWatch's new report on disaster profiteering after Hurricane Katrina

Independent: Katrina: disaster profiteers pocket millions in deals
by Andrew BuncombeThe Independent (UK)
August 20th, 2006
The Independent examines CorpWatch's report on the reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans Times Picayune: FEMA contracts reignite protests
by James VarneyNew Orleans Times Picayune
August 18th, 2006
The Times Picayune references CorpWatch's report on Hurricane Katrina in this article discussing how travel trailer contracts were awarded to a Californian and Texan firm that were supposed to benefit small local firms.

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