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Sierra Leone Activists Released After Six Weeks Jail For Protesting Socfin
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 21st, 2016
Sierra Leonian courts have started to release a group of community activists from the Malen Land Owners and Users Association (MALOA) who were jailed recently for taking part in a October 2013 protest at a palm oil plantation operated by Societe Financiere des Caoutchoucs (Socfin).

VimpelCom Pays $795 Million To Settle Uzbekistan Bribery Investigation
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
February 18th, 2016
Netherlands-based telecommunications giant VimpelCom announced today that it would pay U.S. and Dutch authorities $795 million to end an investigation into bribery in Uzbekistan. While the settlement does not reveal the recipient of the bribes, most sources point to Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the Uzbek president.

In Memoriam: Chris Thompson
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
January 24th, 2016
Chris Thompson, CorpWatch investigative reporter, died January 21, 2016, at his home in Berkeley, California. He was a fearless reporter and progressive activist and will be missed sorely by his readers, family and friends. This week, CorpWatch republishes some of his work for us and with us.

Failed Watchkeeper Drone To Be Weaponized For Sale To Poland
by Chris ThompsonSpecial to CorpWatch
January 13th, 2016
Thales, the French aerospace company, is hoping to develop a weaponized version of the Watchkeeper drone to sell to Poland. This is despite a series of software glitches and accidents that resulted in many of the first 54 Watchkeepers that were delivered to the UK to be sitting idle.

China Cracks Down On Guangdong Labor Activists
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
December 28th, 2015
Seven activists in Guangdong province, a key manufacturing hub in China, have been detained in a major crackdown on labor rights organizers. The arrests follow a steep rise in protests and strikes at factories that have long exploited migrant workers from rural areas with low pay and working conditions.

Sun Pharma, India's Biggest Drug Producer, Violated Manufacturing Rules
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
December 25th, 2015
Sun Pharma, India's biggest drug manufacturer, has been sent a warning letter about violations of manufacturing regulations at its Halol plant in Gujarat by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Indian companies supply as much as 40 percent of the drugs sold in the U.S.

U.S. Air Force Hires Private Companies To Fly Drones In War Zones
by Chris ThompsonCorpWatch Blog
December 16th, 2015
U.S. Air Force officials has begun to hire private companies to fly drone aircraft operating over Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The unprecedented move is in response to demands from the Obama administration to dramatically expand the drone war just as the Pentagon faces a critical shortage of military pilots.

New Evidence Shows Main Chevron Witness Lied In $9.5 Billion Ecuador Lawsuit
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
October 26th, 2015
A key witness has admitted under oath that he lied on behalf of Chevron, the California oil multinational, when the company sued to overturn a $9.5 billion verdict for pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Swedish Companies Accused Of Profiting Off Refugee Housing
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
October 23rd, 2015
Swedish companies have been accused of profiting excessively from the recent influx of refugees to Europe, taking advantage of the government expenditures of some $7 billion to house and support over 150,000 new immigrants this year.

Nicaragua Grand Canal Project Hits Obstacles After Protests Against Developer
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
October 8th, 2015
A $50 billion plan by a Hong Kong based developer to cut a canal through Nicaragua to allow ocean going cargo ships cross back and forth from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean has suffered major setbacks after fierce opposition by environmentalists and local communities.

Angolan Fishing Community Asks Chevron For Oil Spill Compensation
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
October 5th, 2015
Some 500 Angolan fisherfolk have demanded compensation from Chevron after an oil spill polluted the Mandarin and Mpuela shoreline in Cabinda last month, close to the California company's drilling operations. Under government orders, all fishing activity was banned for almost two weeks.

U.S. Doctors Associations Cancel Collaborations With Coca-Cola After Protests
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
October 1st, 2015
Three major U.S. medical associations - the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology - have bowed to pressure from activist doctors to stop accepting corporate donations from Coca-Cola. The campaigners say Coke exerted undue influence over the medical groups.

“Project Omega” Reveals Secrets Of Dark Pools Stock Trading
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 14th, 2015
Investment Technology Group (ITG), a U.S. stock broker, paid a $20.3 million fine for running a secret operation named Project Omega to take advantage of “dark pools” trading orders made by its clients. Experts say that Barclays and Credit Suisse may also soon pay fines for dark pools trading scams.

Music Video Asking Unilever to Clean Up Mercury Waste in India Goes Viral
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 7th, 2015
A music video asking Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, to clean up mercury waste from their former Indian factory notched up two million views in less than a week, prompting a reply from the company CEO. 'Kodaikanal Won't,’ the video by Sonia Ashraf, parodied Nicki Minaj’s song 'Anaconda.’

Soma Oil & Gas Faces UK Criminal Investigation for Somalia Deals
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
August 5th, 2015
British regulators are investigating Soma Oil & Gas, a UK-based company, for allegedly paying bribes to the Somali government in exchange for exploration rights. Under scrutiny is the payment of $580,000 for “capacity building arrangements” at the Ministry of Petroleum in Mogadishu, according to Financial Times sources.

Outsourcing the Kill Chain: Eleven Drone Contractors Revealed
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 3rd, 2015
Hundreds of private sector intelligence analysts are being paid to review surveillance footage from U.S. military drones in Central Asia and the Middle East, according to a new report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Shell’s Plans to Drill for Oil in the Arctic Blocked by Greenpeace Climbers
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
July 31st, 2015
Greenpeace temporarily blocked Shell from drilling for oil in the Arctic by blocking the path of a specialized ice-breaking ship in Portland, Oregon. Thirteen climbers suspended themselves from a bridge while hundreds of local supporters paddled below in kayaks forcing the company to delay operations for almost two days.

Drugs Tested By GVK Biosciences Banned From European Union
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
July 27th, 2015
Hundreds of drugs tested in India have been banned from sale in the European Union after French inspectors found flaws in clinical trials conducted by GVK Biosciences, a company based in Hyderabad. The Indian government has threatened to take legal action against the ban under international trade rules.

French Tribunal Investigates Qosmos Over Surveillance Software Use In Syria
by Fatima HansiaCorpWatch Blog
July 21st, 2015
Qosmos – a French technology company – is being investigated for acting as an “assisted witness” in alleged torture in Syria. The specialized crimes unit of the Paris Tribunal has agreed to study the use of Qosmos surveillance software by Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, following complaints filed by two human rights NGOs.

Agrica’s Tanzania Rice Scheme Has Devastated Local Farmers, Say NGOs
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
July 7th, 2015
A flagship rice plantation in Tanzania run by UK investors has allegedly destroyed the livelihoods of local smallholder farmers, driven them into debt and impacted the local environment, according to a new report published by the Oakland Institute. The report was co-authored with Greenpeace Africa and Global Justice Now.

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