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US: Spitzer Criticizes Talks Between FCC, Stations
by Charles DuhiggThe Los Angeles Times
April 4th, 2006
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer said Monday that federal regulators were negotiating behind his back with radio station groups to settle allegations of illegal payments for airplay, potentially helping the companies avoid serious punishment.

LIBERIA: Before UN Sanctions Are Lifted, a Timber Industry Clean-Up
by Abdullah DukulyInter Press Service News Agency
March 31st, 2006
Liberia's newly-elected but cash-strapped government has begun to find ways that the U.N. sanctions can be lifted to allow the country to exploit its immense timber resources for the benefit of its war-ravaged people.

KATRINA: FBI investigating Katrina contracts
by Karen Turni BazileNew Orleans Times-Picayune
March 30th, 2006
The FBI has launched a multifaceted investigation into post-Hurricane Katrina spending in St. Bernard Parish, examining several public contracts including a $370 million debris pickup deal that parish officials granted without bids five days after the storm and gave again to the same firm later last year despite receiving lower offers, according to interviews with competitors and a parish official who have been questioned by federal agents.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Equatorial Guinea hosts ethics workshop
by DONNA BRYSONAssociated Press
March 27th, 2006
Is a traditional tribal leader a government official, and could giving money to him be considered bribery? These questions, which oil and gas company executives grappled with recently during a workshop in Equatorial Guinea, are more than an academic exercise.

US: Proposals Call For Disclosure of Ties to Lobbyists
by Jonathan WeismanWashington Post
March 27th, 2006
As long as there is no explicit quid pro quo, lawmakers can channel clients to lobbyists, who help secure home-district pet projects, or "earmarks," and in turn, those lobbyists can send part of their fees back in the form of campaign contributions. But in the wake of the corruption scandals of former representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, congressional reformers want to shine a light on dealings that have even a whiff of impropriety.

US: Pentagon Orders Investigation Of Cunningham's MZM Earmark
by Walter Pincus Washington Post
March 24th, 2006
Undersecretary of Defense Stephen A. Cambone ordered an internal study of how funding earmarked in a bill by then-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) led to contracts for MZM Inc. to do work for the Pentagon's new agency: the Counterintelligence Field Activity.

INDONESIA: U.S. Aid to Corrupt TNI Risks More Rights Abuses
by Lisa MisolThe Jakarta Post
March 14th, 2006
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to Jakarta follows the Bush Administration's controversial decision to reestablish full relations with the Indonesian Military (TNI). That move opens the door to renewed U.S. assistance, but pumping aid to an unreformed Indonesian military would serve only to encourage further rights abuses and undermine civilian governance.

US: Fastow grilled about 'smoking gun' document
by Greg FarrellUSA TODAY
March 9th, 2006
A defense lawyer in the trial of former Enron CEOs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling spent Thursday morning trying to undermine the testimony of the government's star witness and questioning the authenticity of a "smoking gun" document.

US: Spitzer sues major radio chain in 'payola' suit
Associated Press
March 8th, 2006
Gifts, trips and cash were used to pave the way for air time for certain songs and artists at radio stations owned by one of the nation's largest chains, according to lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

US: How Congress Benefits from Corporate Flights
by Jim DrinkardUSA TODAY
March 7th, 2006
BellSouth’s McCloskey said providing transportation to federal officials “gives us an opportunity to form relationships, to have a long stretch of time to explain issues that are technical and complicated. If it wasn’t useful, we wouldn’t do it.”

US: Fastow: "I was being a hero for Enron."
by John C. RoperHouston Chronicle
March 7th, 2006
Andrew Fastow considered himself "a hero for Enron'' for hiding losses and bolstering earnings for the company through partnership deals he created.

US: Enron Secretary Defends Her Criticism of Executives
by Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
February 23rd, 2006
For the first time in the four-week trial of two former Enron executives, the actions of the company's directors in a critical month in 2001 came under scrutiny during a cross-examination.

AUSTRALIA: Lobbyists hired by AWB
by Richard BakerSydney Morning Herald
February 22nd, 2006
AWB enlisted the help of an influential Washington lobby firm headed by the former US defence secretary, William Cohen, to deal with a United Nations investigation into kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein.

UK: British Court Backs Extradition of Three in Enron-Related Case
Associated Press
February 22nd, 2006
Three British bankers may be extradited to the United States to face Enron-related fraud charges, the High Court ruled on Tuesday in a ruling that was the first test case of laws introduced to speed the transfer of suspected terrorists.

US: Skilling's Lawyer Portrays an Accuser as Out of Touch
by Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
February 16th, 2006
A lawyer for Jeffrey K. Skilling, a former Enron chief executive, tried Wednesday to portray the head of the company's broadband unit as an out-of-touch manager who was criticized for his free-spending ways and did not even know how many employees were working under him.

WORLD: Hidden World Bank Whistleblower Report Made Public
Environmental News Service
February 10th, 2006
The Government Accountability Project (GAP) today released the Vaughn Report, commissioned by the World Bank as a guide to modernize the Bank's whistleblower protection policies. In the nine months since the Vaughn report was released on April 30, 2005, the World Bank has refused to publicly release the report, consult staff on Vaughn’s recommendations, or accept any offers from experts to help implement Vaughn’s analysis.

US: A.I.G. to Pay $1.6 Billion to Settle Charges
by Vikas BajajThe New York Times
February 9th, 2006
The American International Group, the insurance giant, agreed today to pay more than $1.6 billion to settle New York State and federal charges that the company engaged in fraud, bid-rigging and improper accounting.

US: The Secret World of Stephen Cambone: Rumsfeld's Enforcer
by Jeffrey St. ClairCounterPunch
February 7th, 2006
A Republican staffer on the Senate foreign relations Committee tells CounterPunch the little-known Cambone, who like so many others on the Bush war team skillfully avoided military service, has quietly become one of the most powerful men in the Pentagon, rivaling even Paul Wolfowitz.

US: Top Enron Execs Knew of Changes
by Kristen HaysAssociated Press
February 7th, 2006
Enron Corp.'s former investor-relations chief grew tense Tuesday when challenged about his testimony that suggested former CEO Jeffrey Skilling participated in schemes to hike earnings estimates or minimize how much revenue stemmed from asset sales.

US: 4 Charged With Fraud in Insurance Inquiry
by Timothy O'BrienThe New York Times
February 2nd, 2006
Three former executives of the General Reinsurance Corporation and a former executive of American International Group have been indicted on charges that they fraudulently manipulated A.I.G.'s finances in order to mislead analysts and investors, the Justice Department said today.

US: 10 Enron Players: Where They Landed After the Fall
by staffThe New York Times
January 29th, 2006
KENNETH L. LAY and his second in command, Jeffrey K. Skilling, were the public faces of Enron, painting a rosy picture of strong profits and healthy businesses. But as the facts began to tumble out, in the fall of 2001, the company swiftly collapsed, taking with it the fortunes and retirement savings of thousands of employees.

INDONESIA: New York Urges U.S. Inquiry in Mining Company's Indonesia Payment
by Raymond Bonner and Jane PerlezThe New York Times
January 28th, 2006
The New York City comptroller has charged that the American mining company Freeport-McMoRan knowingly made ''false or misleading'' statements about payments to the Indonesian military, and has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department to investigate.

KATRINA: Louisiana Tires of Its Rogues
by Miguel BustilloLos Angeles Times
January 27th, 2006
Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho), who sits on the pivotal appropriations committee which oversees all major spending bills, compared fraud in Louisiana to fraud in Iraq.

INDONESIA: A Widow Who Won't Let Indonesia Forget
by Raymond Bonner and Jane PerlezThe New York Times
January 26th, 2006
In more than six hours of questioning by Indonesian police investigators, Patsy Spier described how attackers fired into the convoy carrying her, her husband and eight other Americans up a mountain road inside the concession of Freeport-McMoRan, an American mining company. Then she repeated her pitch for justice.

US: Big Test Looms for Prosecutors at Enron Trial
by Kurt EichenwaldThe New York Times
January 26th, 2006
"For the government, if they lose the Enron case, it will be seen as a symbolic failure of their rather significant campaign against white-collar crime," said John C. Coffee Jr., a professor at Columbia Law School. "It will be seen as some evidence that some cases are too complicated to be brought into the criminal justice process."

US: Hard Times Haunt Enron's Ex-Workers
by Simon RomeroThe New York Times
January 25th, 2006
For Angelique Chappell, a former administrative assistant at Enron, it all now seems like a mirage.

US: Ex-Atlanta Mayor on Trial for Corruption
January 24th, 2006

KATRINA: FBI uncovers fraud, creates hurricane task force to probe corruption
Associated Press
January 23rd, 2006

KATRINA: FBI uncovers fraud, creates hurricane task force to probe corruption
Associated Press
January 23rd, 2006
Federal dollars are rolling into the Gulf Coast for hurricane recovery -- and the FBI is finding some fraud, on the part of public officials.

BOLIVIA: Bolivia’s Morales rejects US domination
by Hal WeitzmanThe Financial Times
January 22nd, 2006
Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as Bolivia’s first indigenous president in a historic and emotional ceremony that set the tone for his new government, promising to move much the profits of Bolivia's natural resources to the people of Bolivia.

AUSTRALIA: Inquiry into oil-for-food scandal stretches to Pakistan
Agence France Press
January 20th, 2006
The Australian wheat exporter caught up in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal could potentially also have made illegal payments to agents in Pakistan to ensure contracts, an inquiry heard Friday.

ROMANIA: Government Official Investigated for Corruption
by Alex IancuBucharest Daily News
January 20th, 2006
Deputy Prime Minister George Copos, who is the richest member of the government, is under investigation in relation to the alleged illegal acquisition of a commercial area by the Romanian Lottery from Ana Electronic, a group of companies owned by the politician.

GERMANY: Daimler 'acts over Iraq bribes'
BBC News
January 19th, 2006
DaimlerChrysler has suspended at least six managers over bribery allegations linked to the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq, the Financial Times says.

SOUTH AFRICA: Shaik asset seizure in SA court
BBC News
January 19th, 2006
Mr Shaik was found guilty of receiving money from the French arms company, Thomson-CSF, to facilitate a deal worth more than $4bn.

US: Writer Says Ex-Chief of HealthSouth Paid for Positive Coverage
Associated Press
January 19th, 2006

US: Taking Enron to Task
by Carrie JohnsonWashington Post
January 18th, 2006
Sean M. Berkowitz and a small group of government lawyers will be in the spotlight in the Jan. 30 trial of Enron's former leaders. The case is the capstone in the cleanup after an era of business misconduct that left investors billions of dollars poorer. The outcome could shape the public's -- and history's -- judgment of how effective it was.

LIBERIA: Can Africa's first woman president get Liberia back on track?
by Emira WoodsChristian Science Monitor
January 17th, 2006
Now that Liberia is struggling to transition to peace and democracy, the US government cannot turn its back on this resource-rich, yet fragile country.

JAPAN: Livedoor shares suspended after new allegations
January 17th, 2006
The Tokyo Stock Exchange suspended trading in shares of Livedoor Co. on Wednesday after media reports that the Internet company, which was raided by prosecutors on Monday, had tampered with its earnings reports.

FRANCE: Nike Unit Is Placed Under Investigation
Associated Press
January 17th, 2006
Nike Inc.'s French unit has been placed under judicial investigation as part of a fraud probe linked to its sponsorship of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer club, a judicial official said Tuesday.

US: Judge Sends Ex-Westar Energy CEO to Prison
Associated Press
January 17th, 2006
David Wittig, the former chief executive of Westar Energy Inc., was sent to federal prison Tuesday after a judge ruled he had violated terms of his release pending an appeal of his bank fraud convictions.

The Incredible Shrinking Company
by Christopher Moraff Dollars and Sense
January 15th, 2006
Between 2002 and 2005, St. Augustine, Fla., exercise equipment vendor Raul Espinosa watched mystified as, one after another, a series of Air Force contracts he had placed bids on were given to other companies. Of the 14 bids that Espinosa has documented, his company, FitNet International, did not win one. To his surprise, Espinosa learned that some of the competitors he was losing contracts to had never even bothered to bid on them.

US: 600 People Monitoring Hurricane Contracts
by Charles R. BabcockWashington Post
January 13th, 2006
The federal government has sent nearly 600 auditors and investigators to the Gulf Coast region to monitor $8.3 billion in contracts awarded to help victims of last year's hurricanes, according to year-end figures released by the Department of Homeland Security.

US: AIG May Pay Up to $1.5 Bln in Settlement
January 13th, 2006
American International Group Inc. may pay as much as $1.5 billion to settle civil investigations by state and federal authorities into an accounting scandal.

US: Defendants File a Flurry of Motions Challenging the KPMG Tax-Shelter Case
by Lynnley BrowningThe New York Times
January 13th, 2006
A revised indictment, handed up last October, accused the 19 of "devising, marketing and implementing fraudulent tax shelters" as well as preparing "false and fraudulent" income tax returns containing the shelter losses, and with hiding all of this from the government. The case is the largest criminal tax case ever filed by the government.

US: Former Biogen Executive Settles Insider-Trading Charges
by John HechingerWall Street Journal
January 12th, 2006
The former general counsel of Biogen Idec Inc. settled securities-fraud and insider-trading charges, agreeing to pay more than $3 million related to his sale of company shares on the day the biotech company learned that a patient taking its new multiple sclerosis drug was sick with a deadly infection.

US: Blunt, DeLay shared connections to lobbyist Abramoff
USA Today
January 11th, 2006
Roy Blunt, R-Mo., wrote at least three letters helpful to Abramoff clients while collecting money from them. He swapped donations between his and DeLay's political groups, ultimately enriching the Missouri political campaign of his son Matt.

US: Prosecutors Shift Focus on Enron
by Alexei BarrionuevoThe New York Times
January 11th, 2006
Government lawyers who will try the case against Enron's former chief executives, Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling, have signaled that they intend to spend less time befuddling jurors with talk of Enron's accounting.

US: DeLay Tried, Failed to Aid Abramoff Client
by Suzanne GamboaAssociated Press
January 10th, 2006
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tried to pressure the Bush administration into shutting down an Indian-owned casino that lobbyist Jack Abramoff wanted closed — shortly after a tribal client of Abramoff's donated to a DeLay political action committee.

US: Lobby Firm Is Scandal Casualty
by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and James V. GrimaldiWashington Post
January 10th, 2006
One of Washington's top lobbying operations will shut down at the end of the month because of its ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former House majority leader Tom DeLay.

US: AmeriDebt Founder to Settle With the FTC
by Steven ManningAssociated Press
January 9th, 2006
The founder of the credit counseling firm AmeriDebt on Monday agreed to pay $35 million to settle suits filed by regulators and former customers over $172 million in allegedly hidden fees the company collected from financially strapped debtors.

US: Lobbyist's Work for Publishers of Magazines Under Scrutiny
by By Katherine Q. Seelye KATHARINE Q. SEELYEThe New York Times
January 9th, 2006

US: Call It the Deal of a Lifetime
by Landon Thomas, Jr.The New York Times
January 8th, 2006
It has been a wrenching professional and personal reversal for Michael Kopper, who three years ago became the first Enron executive to plead guilty to criminal charges and cut a deal with the government. Mr. Kopper was also the first high-ranking Enron employee to publicly admit to lying and stealing - in his case, more than $16 million - from the company.

US: Officials Focus on a 2nd Firm Tied to DeLay
by Anne E. Kornblut and Glen JusticeThe New York Times
January 8th, 2006

US: Lobbyist's Firm Escapes Fallout From a Scandal
January 8th, 2006
Greenberg Traurig was a politically well-connected law firm long before Jack Abramoff, the disgraced lobbyist who pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion, joined it about six years ago.

US: Ex-Wal-Mart Executive Expected to Plead Guilty to Fraud
by Michael BarbaroThe New York Times
January 7th, 2006
The former vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Thomas M. Coughlin, has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges that he defrauded the company of at least $350,000, people close to the negotiations said yesterday.

US: Two Linked to Dynegy Scheme Are Given Shorter Prison Terms
Associated Press
January 6th, 2006
The two people who helped a former Dynegy Inc. executive hatch a fraudulent accounting scheme that landed him two dozen years behind bars will serve dramatically shorter prison terms.

US: Appeals Court Upholds Martha Stewart's Conviction
Associated Press
January 6th, 2006
A federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction of celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart for lying to investigators about selling stock that plunged in price soon after her trade. Stewart completed her sentence in the case last summer but pursued the appeal anyway.

US: Lobbyist's Guilty Plea Seen as Threat to DeLay Return
by Carl Hulse and Adam NagourneyThe New York Times
January 5th, 2006
The decision by Mr. Abramoff to cooperate in a broadening federal inquiry reaching deep into Mr. DeLay's inner circle led some influential Republicans on Wednesday to issue new calls for Mr. DeLay to abandon his goal of regaining his post.

US: Shell Trader, Unit Are Fined Over Bogus Oil Trades
by Chip CumminsWall Street Journal
January 5th, 2006
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined a top oil trader at Royal Dutch Shell PLC and one of the energy titan's trading subsidiaries a combined $300,000 for a series of bogus oil-futures trades on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

US: Jury Asks Judge for Aid in Cendant Trial
Associated Press
January 5th, 2006
Jurors considering the fate of former Cendant Corp. Chairman Walter Forbes asked a federal judge for assistance Thursday after being unable to reach a verdict during their 12th day of deliberations in his accounting fraud trial.

US: Crime and Consequences Still Weigh on Corporate World
by Floyd NorrisThe New York Times
January 5th, 2006
The Securities and Exchange Commission, trying to put several years of angry battles behind it, announced yesterday an agreement on principles governing when the commission will impose financial penalties on companies and when it will refrain from doing so.

US: Four Years Later, Enron's Shadow Lingers as Change Comes Slowly
by Stephen LabatonThe New York Times
January 5th, 2006
Four years after the company's ignominious collapse, Enron's former top executives are about to head to a climactic criminal trial later this month, serving as a reminder that changes in the behavior of many American companies have been more muted than many once expected.

US: Corporate Crime: Execs Taking Fall While Corporations Go Free
by Niko
January 4th, 2006
With help from the U.S. Justice Department and state prosecutors, corporations are getting away with serious crimes by using their executives as cannon fodder, according to a new report, which questions whether this new legal strategy is hindering or enabling corporate malfeasance.

US: Fannie Mae Report May Be Delayed
by Dawn KopeckiDow Jones Newswires
January 4th, 2006
A report due this month detailing Fannie Mae's accounting troubles could be delayed into early February as investigators sift through volumes of new documents, some of which were just delivered last week, according to the lead investigator of Fannie's internal probe.

US: McAfee to Pay $50 Million Fine To Settle SEC Fraud Charge
by Judith BurnsThe Wall Street Journal
January 4th, 2006
McAfee Inc. will pay $50 million to settle accounting fraud charges, ending a long-running investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

US: Enron Prosecutors, After Plea Bargain, Can Reduce Technical Jargon in Trial
by John R. EmshwillerThe Wall Street Journal
January 4th, 2006
The plea bargain last week by former Enron Chief Accounting Officer Richard Causey gives federal prosecutors the chance to present a shorter and less technical case against former company Chairman Kenneth Lay and former President Jeffrey Skilling. The pair's trial on conspiracy, fraud and other charges is scheduled to start in Houston on Jan. 30.

US: Re-Sentencing Set for Ex-Dynegy Executive
Associated Press
January 4th, 2006
A former executive at energy company Dynegy Inc. whose 24-year prison sentence for accounting fraud was thrown out by a federal appeals panel should serve no more than five years, his attorney said in court papers.

US: Shell Subsidiary Agrees to Settle Charges
Associated Press
January 4th, 2006

US: Judge Orders Ex-HealthSouth Chief to Repay Nearly $48 Million
by Kyle WhitmireThe New York Times
January 4th, 2006
A judge in Alabama ruled Tuesday that the former chief executive of HealthSouth, Richard M. Scrushy, must repay his former company more than $47.8 million in bonuses.

US: Lobbyist Pleads Guilty in Florida; Second Plea in 2 Days
by Abby Goodnough and Anne E. KornblutThe New York Times
January 4th, 2006
A day after he pleaded guilty to three felony counts in Washington, Jack Abramoff, a once prominent Republican lobbyist, pleaded guilty today to two felony charges of conspiracy and fraud in a case stemming from his purchase of a casino boat line in 2000.

US: U.S. says Skilling mislead the SEC
January 4th, 2006
Prosecutors intend to argue that former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling attempted to deceive the Securities and Exchange Commission in a deposition he gave soon after the company's bankruptcy about his reason for selling 500,000 shares of Enron stock, according to a motion filed in a Houston federal court Tuesday.

US: Businesses behaving (less) badly
by Stephen LabatonThe New York Times
January 3rd, 2006
Even as the former top executives of Enron head to a climactic criminal trial soon, the impact of the company's ignominious collapse on the behavior of corporations across America has begun to show its limitations.

US: SEC Accuses 6 Ex-Putnam Execs of Fraud
Associated Press
January 3rd, 2006
Federal regulators have accused six former executives of Putnam Fiduciary Trust Co., the transfer agent for a big mutual fund company, of defrauding several funds and a 401(k) plan client of some $4 million in 2001.

US: Lobbyist admits kickbacks, influence peddling
January 3rd, 2006

US: The Big Winner, Again, Is 'Scandalot'
by Gretchen MorgensonThe New York Times
January 1st, 2006
Same stuff, different year. That's one way to look at 2005, the fourth consecutive year in which corporate chicanery loomed large. But while business titans' transgressions may have lacked creativity last year - there was the usual hubris, greed and accounting tricks to prop up stock prices - at least the cast of "Scandalot 2005" involved a few new characters.

US: The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail
by R. Jeffrey SmithThe Washington Post
December 31st, 2005
The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization, was funded almost entirely by corporations linked to embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to tax records and former associates of the group.

INDONESIA: Military Admits Accepting Payments from Mining Company
Associated Press
December 29th, 2005

US: Profiting From Cures for the Sarbanes-Oxley Blues
by Eve TahminciogluThe New York Times
December 29th, 2005
New regulations that sprang from systematic fraud at those Enron and WorldCom have created a cottage industry of businesses that provide consulting, accounting, computer security and other services to help companies cope with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. That law was passed in an effort to clean up corporate accounting.

INDONESIA: Mining Company Paid Military, General Says
Associated Press
December 29th, 2005
A senior Indonesian general has admitted that the military received massive payments from a U.S. mining company for providing security at a gold and copper mine in the remote eastern province of Papua.

US: Ex-Qwest Executive Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud
December 28th, 2005
A former top executive of Qwest Communications International Inc on Wednesday pleaded guilty to wire fraud, avoiding a five-week trial that had been set to start on Tuesday.

US: Timeline of Qwest Woes
The Associated Press
December 28th, 2005

US: Former Top Enron Accountant Pleads Guilty to Fraud
by Simon Romero and Vikas BajasThe New York Times
December 28th, 2005
The former chief accounting officer of Enron pleaded guilty today to a single felony charge of securities fraud and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors, giving a significant lift to the government's case against the two leading figures in the scandal over Enron's collapse.

NEW GUINEA: Below a Mountain of Wealth, a River of Waste
by Jane Perlez and Raymond Bonner, with Evelyn RusliThe New York Times
December 27th, 2005
It is hard to discern the intricate web of political and military ties that have helped shield Freeport-McMoRan from the rising pressures that other gold miners have faced to clean up their practices. Only lightly touched by a scant regulatory regime, and cloaked in the protection of the military, Freeport has managed to maintain a nearly impenetrable redoubt on the easternmost Indonesian province as it taps one of the country's richest assets.

INDONESIA: The Cost of Gold: The Hidden Payroll
by Jane Perlez and Raymond BonnerThe New York Times
December 27th, 2005
Months of investigation by The New York Times revealed a level of contacts and financial support to the military not fully disclosed by Freeport, despite years of requests by shareholders concerned about potential violations of American laws and the company's relations with a military whose human rights record is so blighted that the United States severed ties for a dozen years until November.

US: Judge Orders Lucent to Pay $224 Million
The Associtaed Press
December 23rd, 2005

US: HealthSouth Founder Is Arraigned
Associated Press
December 22nd, 2005
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth Corp. Chairman Richard Scrushy both proclaimed their innocence Wednesday at an arraignment on government corruption charges.

US: Deutche Bank Settles Arms-Trade Fraud Case
by Tim HuberPioneer Press
December 22nd, 2005
German financial giant Deutsche Bank has agreed to a $270 million settlement of claims that it participated in a complex securities fraud orchestrated by a fugitive Saudi arms merchant that bankrupted Minneapolis-based securities firm Stockwalk Group four years ago.

AUSTRALIA: Billionaire Pratt Faces Price-Fixing Charge
by Chris NoonForbes
December 21st, 2005
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has alleged that billionaire Richard Pratt--the chairman of paper recycling and packaging company Visy Industries--engaged in price fixing and market sharing in the cardboard box market.

US: Another Former HealthSouth Exec Gets Jail Time
by Verna GatesReuters
December 21st, 2005
A former HealthSouth Corp. finance executive was sentenced to a year and a day in prison on Wednesday for his part in the multibillion-dollar accounting fraud that rocked the company.

GERMANY: Germany's Top Banker Faces Retrial
Associated Press
December 21st, 2005
A federal court ordered a retrial for Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann and five others on Wednesday over large payments to executives during Vodafone PLC's 2000 takeover of rival mobile phone company Mannesmann AG.

US: New licenses for RV sales halted in Louisiana
by Melinda DeSlatteAssociated Press
December 20th, 2005
Hoping to protect Louisiana businesses and stem an onslaught of out-of-state trailer salesmen setting up shop after the hurricanes, a state panel on Tuesday halted the issuance of new licenses for people to sell motor homes and travel trailers.

ZIMBABWE: Mining Firms Scandal Unearthed
by Martin KadzereThe Herald (Harare)
December 20th, 2005
At least five small and medium mining firms are said to have smuggled minerals worth more than US$100 million since the beginning of this year.

US: $64B diamond industry rocked by fraud
December 20th, 2005
A scandal has rocked the $64 billion global diamond business and tarnished the credibility of one the industry's biggest players,according to a news report Tuesday.

NETHERLANDS: ABN to Pay $80 Million for Violations
by Barnaby J. FederThe New York Times
December 20th, 2005
ABN Amro Bank, a global banking giant based in the Netherlands, has agreed to pay a total of $80 million in fines for violating regulations to prevent money-laundering, regulators and the bank said yesterday.

US: Ex-Chief of Qwest Is Indicted
Associated Press
December 20th, 2005
Joseph Nacchio, the former chief executive of Qwest Communications during its multibillion-dollar accounting scandal, was indicted Tuesday on 42 counts of insider trading accusing him of illegally selling off more than $100 million in stock.

US: Donors underwrite DeLay's luxury lifestyle
by Larry Margasak and Sharon TheimerAssociated Press
December 20th, 2005
As Tom DeLay became a king of campaign fundraising, he lived like one too. He visited cliff-top Caribbean resorts, golf courses designed by PGA champions and four-star restaurants - all courtesy of donors who bankrolled his political money empire.

CANADA: Bank of Canada Governor Dodge Testifies at JTI Tobacco Hearing
December 20th, 2005
JTI-Macdonald Corp., a unit of Japan Tobacco Inc., and other defendants are accused of exporting cigarettes to the U.S. in the 1990s knowing they would be smuggled back into Canada for sale on the black market.

Europe: EU fines likely for Bayer and Chemtura
by Matthew NewmanBloomberg News
December 19th, 2005
European Union regulators plan to fine Bayer and Chemtura this week for fixing prices of rubber chemicals, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

ITALY: Italy bank chief hands in resignation
by Aidan LewisAssociated Press
December 19th, 2005

US: SEC charges 2 with trading on Stern deal
December 19th, 2005
U.S. regulators said on Monday they charged two individuals with insider trading ahead of news in 2004 that radio shock jock Howard Stern was moving to Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.

US: Presidential Pipeline: Bush's Top Fund-Raisers See Spoils of Victory
by Jim Tankersley, Joshua Boak and Christopher D. KirkpatrickToledo Blade
December 18th, 2005
President Bush's corporate champions see the spoils of his administration in coal. And timber. And credit-card payments, Afghan electric lines, Japanese bank transfers and fake crab.

US: Ex-Medical Manager Execs Charged With Fraud
The Associated Press
December 16th, 2005
The Justice Department has indicted 10 former executives at a one-time unit of WebMD Corp., alleging the executives conspired to inflate earnings at the unit by more than $16.8 million from 1997 to 2001.

US: Diebold Sued by Two Groups of Investors
by Connie MabinAssociated Press
December 16th, 2005
Two groups of investors are suing Diebold Inc., claiming that misleading comments about the company's electronic voting machine business artificially inflated share prices.

ITALY: Bank chief faces new probe
BBC News
December 16th, 2005
Embattled Bank of Italy governor Antonio Fazio is being investigated for alleged insider trading.

US: Shining Light on Corporate Political Gifts
by Floyd NorrisThe New York Times
December 16th, 2005
Which politicians - and which political causes - are your companies financing? Will those contributions come back to haunt them as prosecutors go after lobbyists for expenditures that could be deemed contributions - or bribes?

IRAQ: Second Army Reserve officer arrested in contract bribe conspiracy
by Mark ShermanAssociated Press
December 15th, 2005
An Army Reserve lieutenant colonel was arrested Thursday on charges she was part of a conspiracy to steer Iraqi reconstruction contracts to a businessman in exchange for money and gifts, including a Cadillac SUV.

US: Emdeon says 10 former employees indicted by US
December 15th, 2005

US: Conrad Black Indicted on Additional Charges
Associated Press
December 15th, 2005
Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black, already accused of fraud, was indicted by federal prosecutors Thursday on additional charges including racketeering and obstruction of justice. He now faces a maximum prison sentence of 95 years if convicted.

US: Report Says Ex-A.I.G. Chief Defrauded Foundation 35 Years Ago
by Gretchen MorgensonThe New York Times
December 15th, 2005
Eliot Spitzer, the New York attorney general, submitted a report yesterday as part of his lawsuit against Maurice R. Greenberg, the former chief executive of American International Group, contending that Mr. Greenberg unfairly enriched himself and other A.I.G. executives in a series of transactions that violated the will of Cornelius Vander Starr, the company's founder, and defrauded a foundation he created.

ENRON: Ken Lay's Very Public Appeal
by Kate MurphyBusinessWeek
December 14th, 2005
Soon heading to trial, the former Enron CEO implores -- before a wealthy crowd -- company employees to "stand up" for him.

US: Biloxi Axes Corps, Ashbritt
December 14th, 2005
Jackson County supervisors disappointed in Army Corps and Ashbritt, who have hardly done any cleanup in and around Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pascagoula since Katrina.

US: Bush Pal O'Dell Resigns As Diebold CEO, Chairman
Associated Press
December 12th, 2005
Bush booster Walden O'Dell has resigned from Diebod Inc. - maker of ATMs and electronic voting machines - for "personal reasons."

US: Poll Shows Americans Distrust Corporations
by Claudia H. DeutschThe New York Times
December 10th, 2005
Pollsters, researchers, even many corporate chiefs themselves say that business is under attack by a majority of the public, which believes that executives are bent on destroying the environment, cooking the books and lining their own pockets.

EUROPE: How America Plotted to Kill Kyoto
by Andrew BuncombeIndependent UK
December 8th, 2005
A detailed and disturbing strategy document has revealed an extraordinary American plan to destroy Europe's support for the Kyoto treaty on climate change.

US: Congressmen Took Bribes to Steer Defense Contracts to Conspirators
by Chris CillizzaThe Washington Post
November 28th, 2005
Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) pleaded guilty today to fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and tax evasion. Shortly after entering his plea, Cunningham announced that he is immediately resigning his seat. His resignation comes after he admitted "he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators."

CAMEROON: Frustrations Grow in Cameroon over Oil Pipeline
November 18th, 2005
Oil was meant to bring hope and money to this sleepy fishing town in Cameroon, but Kribi's residents say they can barely make ends meet.

US: Parish Official Charged in Louisiana Storm Case
by Leslie eatonThe New York Times
November 18th, 2005
In the first corruption arrest stemming from the federal money flooding into Louisiana for hurricane cleanup, federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a parish official with taking kickbacks to arrange a debris-removal contract.

US: News Tycoon Stole Millions, US Charges
by Geraldine FabrikantThe New York Times
November 18th, 2005
Conrad M. Black, once a major force in business, political and social circles in Manhattan and London, was indicted in Chicago yesterday on charges that he and three former colleagues stole $51.8 million from Hollinger International, the giant international newspaper publisher he helped create.

US: Testimony by Oil Executives Is Challenged
by Edmund L. AndrewsNew York Times
November 17th, 2005
Senators from both parties demanded Wednesday that several oil executives explain statements they made to Congress last week about their ties to the energy task force led by Vice President Dick Cheney.

CANADA: Ex-Chairman of Hollinger Black Indicted on Fraud Charges
Associated Press
November 17th, 2005
Press lord Conrad Black and three other executives were charged in a federal fraud indictment Thursday involving the $2.1 billion sale of several hundred Canadian newspapers and the abuse of corporate perquisites at newspaper publishing company Hollinger International Inc.

US: Democrats want industry executives to testify again
by Edmund L. AndrewsThe New York Times
November 16th, 2005
Senate Democrats demanded on Wednesday that several oil executives explain statements they made to Congress last week about their ties to Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force.

INDIA: Jharkhand tribal groups up in arms against projects
Press Trust of India (PTI)
November 15th, 2005
Tribal outfits and political parties in mineral-rich Kolhan region of Jharkhand are up in arms against development projects, including industries, fearing they would result in large scale displacement of inhabitants and loss of their sources of livelihood.

GERMANY: Auditors Detail VW Corruption in India and Czech Republic
Deutsche Presse-Agentur
November 11th, 2005
Independent auditors confirmed Friday to Volkswagen's senior board many of the details published in news reports in recent months about corrupt dealings by managers in the car company's personnel department.

US: Questions Over Deals at Refco Dating to '98
October 12th, 2005
Questionable transactions at Refco, one of the world's biggest commodities brokerage firms, began in 1998 and continued until this year, the company said yesterday.

US: Ex-Broker Reaches Settlement With S.E.C. on Fund Trading
by  Riva D. Atlas and Andrew Ross SorkinThe New York Times
October 12th, 2005
A former broker with the Bank of America Corporation who was acquitted in June on 29 of 33 criminal charges linked to improper mutual fund trading reached a separate settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.

US: Lobbyists Advise Katrina Relief
by Alan C. Miller and Ken SilversteinThe Los Angeles Times
October 10th, 2005
Lobbyists representing transportation, energy and other special interests dominated panels that advised Louisiana's U.S. senators crafting legislation to rebuild the storm-damaged Gulf Coast, records and interviews show.

US: Refco Suspends Chief as Accounting Issues Emerge
by Vikas Bajaj and Floyd NorrisThe New York Times
October 10th, 2005
Refco Inc., a futures trading company that went public two months ago, ousted its chief executive today after discovering that a firm he controlled owed the company $430 million. Refco's shares fell 45 percent, reducing the company's market value by $1.65 billion.

JAPAN: Toyota steers into controversy over role in Japanese politics
by David IbisonThe Financial Times
October 7th, 2005
Not content with running the world's most profitable carmaker, the top executives at Toyota have made the leap from camshafts to the campaign trail and are now seeking a larger role in deciding who runs the country.

US: Katrina work goes to officials who led Iraq effort
by Adam EntousReuters
October 6th, 2005
Top officials who managed U.S. reconstruction projects in Iraq have been hired by some of the same big companies that received those contracts and which are now involved in a rush of deals to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

RUSSIA: Prosecutors raid Yukos-affiliated cos.
The Associated Press
October 5th, 2005
Investigators raided a number of companies connected to the shattered Yukos oil empire, prosecutors said Wednesday, as part of a $7 billion money-laundering probe.

Britain: Clarke's evidence on BAT to be investigated for 'contradictions'
by Michael White and David LeighThe Guardian
October 4th, 2005
The chairman of the Commons health committee is to investigate allegations that Kenneth Clarke gave false evidence to parliament about the activities of his company British American Tobacco.

US: Minority Firms Getting Few Katrina Pacts
by Hope YenAssociated Press
October 4th, 2005
Minority-owned businesses say they're paying the price for the decision by Congress and the Bush administration to waive certain rules for Hurricane Katrina recovery contracts.

US: Watchdogs Frustrated By Sarbanes Extension
by Michael RapoportDow Jones Newswire
October 4th, 2005
The Securities and Exchange Commission's decision late last month to give the smallest public companies more time to comply with the so-called internal-controls rule of Sarbanes-Oxley has got some corporate-governance watchers crying foul.

US: Court Denies Bail for Former Tyco Execs
by Samuel MaullThe Washington Post
October 3rd, 2005
A state appeals court Monday refused to allow bail for former Tyco International executives L. Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz while they appeal their convictions on charges of stealing some $600 million from the company.

US: Spitzerism
by NOAM SCHEIBERThe New York Times
October 2nd, 2005
If recent history is any guide, Eliot Spitzer's chances of becoming governor of New York next year are greatly enhanced by the presence of the words "attorney general" on his résumé. Since 2002, Democrats nationwide have won 18 open seats for governor or senator. Six of the winners had served either as state attorney general or United States attorney. Two others were prosecutors before entering politics. Not even mayors or congressmen were as well represented.

US: U.S. Paying a Premium to Cover Storm-Damaged Roofs
by Aaron C. DavisKnight Ridder
September 30th, 2005
Across the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast, thousands upon thousands of blue tarps are being nailed to wind-damaged roofs, a visible sign of government assistance. Construction crews working with TJC Defense, out of Alabama, install a blue tarp on a home in Kenner, Louisiana. Ian McVea, Fort Worth Star-Telegram The blue sheeting - a godsend to residents whose homes are threatened by rain - is rapidly becoming the largest roofing project in the nation's history. It isn't coming cheap.

US: Delay Is Indicted in Texas Case and Forfeits G.O.P. House Post
by Philip Shenon and Carl HulseThe New York Times
September 29th, 2005
Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader and a driving Republican power in Washington, was forced to step aside from his leadership post on Wednesday after a grand jury in Texas indicted him on a charge of conspiring to violate election laws in his home state.

ITALY: Parmalat fraud trial is suspended
September 28th, 2005
The trial of Calisto Tanzi, founder of scandal-hit Italian dairy giant Parmalat, and other company executives has been suspended on its first day.

US: Deep Pockets, Small Government and the Man in the Middle
by Dana MilbankThe Washington Post
September 27th, 2005
Ideology and party loyalty are clashing among congressional Republicans these days, and the smart money is on party loyalty. Conservatives, enraged by talk of spending $200 billion on the Hurricane Katrina recovery, are calling on the leadership to slow down popular programs and to find spending cuts to offset the expenses. But congressional leaders have rejected most of the conservatives' entreaties.

US: Many Contracts for Storm Work Raise Questions
by Eric Lipton and Ron NixonThe New York Times
September 26th, 2005
Topping the federal government's list of costs related to Hurricane Katrina is the $568 million in contracts for debris removal landed by a Florida company with ties to Mississippi's Republican governor. Near the bottom is an $89.95 bill for a pair of brown steel-toe shoes bought by an Environmental Protection Agency worker in Baton Rouge, La.

US: US Companies Lag in Responsibility, Accountability
by Abid
September 25th, 2005
U.S. companies remain less accountable than European and Asian ones despite recent years' damaging revelations of management chicanery involving finances, labor relations, environmental performance, and consumer protection, a global survey said Friday.

US: Auditors investigate Katrina contracts
by Hope YenAssociated Press
September 22nd, 2005
Government auditors are questioning whether several multimillion-dollar Katrina contracts” including one involving a subsidiary of Houston-based Halliburton Co.” invite abuse because they are open-ended and not clearly defined.

US: Conrad Black's right-hand man pleads guilty to $32m fraud
by David TeatherThe Guardian, UK
September 21st, 2005
David Radler, the former right hand man of disgraced media tycoon Conrad Black, pleaded guilty to fraud charges yesterday in a Chicago courtroom.

US: Ex-Tyco Executives Get 8 to 25 Years in Prison
by Andrew Ross SorkinThe New York Times
September 20th, 2005
L. Dennis Kozlowski, the former chief executive of Tyco International who was convicted of looting the company of $150 million, was sentenced yesterday to 81/3 to 25 years in a New York State prison, the latest corporate figure to be handed a lengthy prison term in a corruption case.

CHILE: Detective Story that Linked £1m Pinochet Cash to BAE
by David Leigh, Jonathan Franklin in Santiago and Rob EvansThe Guardian, UK
September 15th, 2005
Augusto Pinochet, the 89-year-old former strongman of Chile and alleged torturer and murderer, has frequently slipped his pursuers, pleading ill health or relying on protectors at home in the Chilean military. But now an unexpected nemesis is pursuing him, in the shape of his tax returns.

US: Caremark to Settle Whistle-Blower Suit
by Milt FreudenheimThe New York Times
September 9th, 2005
Caremark Rx, the prescription drug plan manager, agreed yesterday to pay $137.5 million to settle federal lawsuits filed by whistle-blowers that accused a company it acquired in 2003 of improper dealings with pharmaceutical manufacturers.

US: KPMG Partners Lucked Out -- Thanks to Enron and Arthur Andersen
by Allan SloanWashington Post
September 6th, 2005
There's one group of people who should be giving thanks daily for the Enron scandal: the partners of KPMG, one of the Final Four accounting firms. That's because the fallout from Enron is what allowed KPMG to extract a favorable settlement from the Justice Department last week. The firm agreed to fork over less than a year's profit in return for not being indicted on a zillion counts of cheating the government by peddling sleazy, dishonest tax shelters for six years.

US: How an Accounting Firm Went From Resistance to Resignation
by Lynnley BrowningThe New York Times
August 28th, 2005
The US authorities are expected to unveil a setlement with KMPG over its past sales of allegedly abusive tax avoidance schemes in order to avoid trial.

US: Settlement Seen on Tax Shelters by Audit Firm
by Jonathan D. GlaterThe New York Times
August 27th, 2005
KPMG, the accounting firm under investigation for selling questionable tax shelters, will pay $456 million and accept an outside monitor of its operations under terms of an agreement with prosecutors that heads off an indictment of the firm, people briefed on the deal said yesterday.

US: Many Contracts for Storm Work Raise Questions
by Eric Lipton and Ron NixonThe New York Times
August 26th, 2005
Topping the federal government's list of costs related to Hurricane Katrina is the $568 million in contracts for debris removal landed by a Florida company with ties to Mississippi's Republican governor. Near the bottom is an $89.95 bill for a pair of brown steel-toe shoes bought by an Environmental Protection Agency worker in Baton Rouge, La.

US: Mobil, CIA Secrets May Come Out un Bribery Trial of Oil Adviser
by David GlovinBloomberg
August 24th, 2005
Federal prosecutors say Giffen, a New York investment banker who became an official in Kazakhstan's government, cemented his power by bribing Kazakh leaders with $84 million that Amoco Corp., Mobil Oil Co., Phillips Petroleum Co. and Texaco Inc. paid to win access to Kazakh fields. In January, Giffen goes on trial in federal district court in New York in one of the largest overseas criminal bribery cases ever.

Britain: British Upset by Scale of Iraqi Ministry Corruption
The Guardian
August 23rd, 2005
British officials are seriously concerned about the level of corruption in the Iraqi defense ministry, after the embezzlement of vast amounts of money earmarked for the country's security forces. Officials from the British Ministry of Defense had already warned US and Iraqi authorities against the squandering of money -- and have been proved right, on a catastrophic scale.

Ghana: Comparing "Hotel Kufuor" to other Presidential Scandals
by Katie Bell Home Page Ghana
August 21st, 2005
COUNTS of massive corruption within governments weave their way through almost every nation. Yet, the accusations surrounding President Kufuor’s involvement in the ‘Hotel Scandal’ seems negligible and overhand when compared to past and ongoing corruption scandals hitting the headlines elsewhere. It seems a bit of underhand dealing comes with the job. The question arises however, of where does one draw the line?

ROMANIA: An oil fortune bound in red tape
by Terence O'HaraWashington Post
August 16th, 2005
G. Philip Stephenson does not cut the figure of an Eastern European oil baron, clashing with formerly communist security officials over the legality of his budding empire.

CHINA: Southern exec arrested in brokerage fallout
The Standard, Hong Kong
August 16th, 2005
A top executive with China's biggest airline has been arrested for economic crime, an executive with the carrier's parent said Monday, as the fallout from a major brokerage's failure widened.

US: WorldCom Figure Is Sentenced
by Reuters
August 10th, 2005
The former director of accounting at WorldCom, Buford Yates Jr., was sentenced to a year and a day in prison on August 9, 2005 for his role in the large fraud at the company.

GERMANY: Germany ponders extent of corruption as heads roll
by Patrick Jenkins and Hugh WilliamsonFinancial Times
July 28th, 2005
Four big scandals have come to light in as many months at big blue chip companies - Volkswagen, DaimlerChrysler, Infineon and Commerzbank. In each case, allegations of bribe taking, money-laundering and related crimes have led to the resignation of senior executives.

GERMANY: Commerzbank is at center of probe
by Glenn R. Simpson, David Crawford and Gregory L. WhiteWall Street Journal
July 25th, 2005
One of Germany's biggest banks is at the center of an intensifying money-laundering investigation into whether Russian telecommunications assets now worth hundreds of millions of dollars were diverted through a company set up by a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

US: Sony Agrees to Halt Gifts for Airtime
by Jennifer BayotThe New York Times
July 25th, 2005
Sony BMG Music Entertainment, one of the world's largest record companies, agreed today to stop providing lavish gifts, free trips and other giveaways in exchange for airtime for its artists on radio stations, under the terms of a settlement with the New York attorney general's office.

US: Accounting firms complain to watchdog
by Andrew ParkerFinancial Times
July 17th, 2005
The big four accounting firms are trying to water down plans by the US regulator to hold their staff responsible for violations of securities laws.

US: Ebbers Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for $11 Billion Fraud
by Jennifer BayotNew York Times
July 13th, 2005
Bernard J. Ebbers, the founder and former chief executive of WorldCom, was sentenced to 25 years in prison today for his role in the record $11 billion accounting fraud that brought down the telecommunications company in 2002.

US: Whistleblower suit against Custer Battles can proceed
by Matthew BarakatAssociated Press State & Local Wire
July 11th, 2005
Two whistleblowers who allege that a Fairfax-based contractor cheated taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars on reconstruction projects in Iraq can proceed with their lawsuit, a judge has ruled. But parts of the ruling could have negative consequences for those who file similar claims against other contractors, according to a lawyer for the whistleblowers.

US: A.I.G. Role for Ex-Chief of S.E.C.
by  Jenny AndersonNew York Times
July 6th, 2005
The American International Group has hired Arthur Levitt, a former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, as a consultant to the board in an effort to quell dissent from institutional investors.

US: HealthSouth probe continues despite Scrushy acquittal
by Jay ReevesAssociated Press
July 2nd, 2005
Federal prosecutors aren't done with HealthSouth Corp., despite the acquittal of ousted CEO Richard Scrushy in a $2.7 billion earnings overstatement.

US: Ebbers Set to Shed His Assets
by Gretchen MorgensonNew York Times
July 1st, 2005
Bernard J. Ebbers, the founder and former chief executive of World Com who was found guilty of fraud by a New York jury in March, agreed yesterday to surrender nearly all of his personal fortune - about $40 million - to investors who lost billions when the company spiraled into bankruptcy almost three years ago.

ITALY: Italy judge sentences 11 to jail in Parmalat case
by Clara Ferreira-Marques and Emilio ParodiReuters
June 28th, 2005
A Milan judge sentenced 10 former Parmalat executives and a lawyer to jail on Tuesday in the first guilty ruling over the 14-billion-euro (9.3-billion-pound) collapse of Italy's biggest listed food group.

US: J. P. Morgan Chase to Pay Investors $2.2 Billion
by Julie CreswellNew York Times
June 15th, 2005
J. P. Morgan Chase announced that it had agreed to pay $2.2 billion to Enron investors who accused the bank of participating in the accounting scandal that led to Enron's collapse.

RUSSIA: Oil Tycoon Convicted and Sentenced to 9 Years in Jail
by C.J. Chivers and Erin Arvedlund New York Times
May 31st, 2005

US: New Report on CEO Earnings
by John Burton and Christian WellerCenter for American Progress
May 23rd, 2005
A report form the Center for American Progress details how Corporate CEOs have enjoyed record levels of compensation and corporations have seen record profits, as more and more middle-class Americans are experiencing stagnant wages and vanishing benefits.

US: Telecom Tycoon Used International Financial Labyrinth
by David S. HilzenrathWashington Post
April 18th, 2005

US: Shareholders Must Push To Stop Ridiculous Pay
by Terry KeenanNew York Post
February 20th, 2005
Think the post-Enron era has brought at least a small degree of restraint and accountability when it comes to CEO compensation? Think again.

US: HealthSouth Officer Says He Was Told to 'Fix' Profit
by Reed AbelsonNew York Times
January 26th, 2005
Richard M. Scrushy, former chief executive of HealthSouth, allegedly directed staff to "fix" the numbers so the company would continue to meet Wall Street earnings expectations. The company inflated earnings by $2.7 billion.

COSTA RICA: Financial Row Deepens
October 27th, 2004
A former president of Costa Rica has admitted receiving almost $1m from a French telecoms company, but claimed he took no money while in office.

NEPAL: Maoists Step Up Pressure on Firms
BBC News
September 14th, 2004
Renewed threats from Maoist rebels in Nepal have forced another 35 private firms to shut indefinitely, business leaders say.

BRAZIL: Investigates American Corporation for Spying
by Kevin G. HallKnight-Ridder
July 24th, 2004

USA: DeLay's Corporate Fundraising Investigated
by R. Jeffrey SmithWashington Post
July 12th, 2004

USA: Prosecutors On Verge Of Lay Indictment
by Adrian Michaels Financial Times
July 3rd, 2004

UK: British Bankers Fight Against Enron Extradition
by Simon Bowers The Guardian
June 22nd, 2004

USA: Corporate Governance Law 'Too Strict'
by Mark Tran The Guardian
June 22nd, 2004

USA: The spectacular fall of Wall Street's heroes
by Simon English Daily Telegraph
June 1st, 2004

ITALY: Grapples With the Parmalat Effect
by Tony Barber and Fred Kapner Financial Times
May 7th, 2004
Italian companies, their image stung by the Parmalat scandal, are scrambling to improve transparency and corporate governance.

IRAQ: US Unearths Iraqi Front Companies
April 16th, 2004
Eight firms and five people have been named by US and UK investigators as fronts used to finance the activities of the former Iraqi regime.

Iraq: Halliburton's Role In Iraq - from Meals to Oil
by Sue PlemingReuters
April 12th, 2004
Texas company Halliburton, which has seven workers missing in Iraq, is the U.S. military's biggest contractor there, responsibe for everything from preparing meals for U.S. troops to repairing Iraq's oil infrastructure.

US: Boeing Sex-Bias Case to Go to Trial
by David BowermasterThe Seattle Times
April 10th, 2004
class-action lawsuit that accuses Boeing of discriminating against 28,000 current and former female workers in Puget Sound will go to trial May 17, a federal judge ruled yesterday.

US: Pentagon Asks Congress For Environment Waivers
The Associated Press
April 7th, 2004
The Defense Department wants the government to ease environmental laws to avoid costly cleanups of military ranges and give states more time to handle air pollution from training exercises.

US: Don't Expect Fed To Limit Banks' Bad Behavior
by Steven PearlsteinWashington Post
March 17th, 2004
How many financial scandals does a banking company have to be involved in before the Federal Reserve will finally conclude it isn't up to the task of taking control of yet another big bank?

US: Federal Prosecutors Seek to Indict Reliant
by Elizabeth DouglassLos Angeles Times
March 9th, 2004
Federal prosecutors plan to indict a Reliant Resources Inc. unit on charges that it withheld much-needed electricity to boost prices during California's energy crisis, the Houston-based power company said Monday.

US: Ex-Enron Boss Charged with Fraud
by Mark TranGuardian (London)
February 19th, 2004
Jeff Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron, has been charged with 42 counts of fraud, insider trading and giving false statements to auditors in a federal indictment released today. The indictment also includes new charges against former Enron chief accounting officer, Rick Causey, who pleaded not guilty to six fraud counts last month.

US: A WorldCom Settlement Falls Apart
by Gretchen MorgensonNew York Times
February 3rd, 2004
A landmark settlement last month that had 10 former WorldCom directors agreeing to pay $18 million from their own pockets to investors who lost money in the company's failure was scuttled after the judge overseeing the case ruled that one aspect of the deal was illegal.

US: Enron Accountant Pleads Not Guilty To Charges
by Christine HauserNew York Times
January 22nd, 2004
Enron's former chief accounting officer, Richard A. Causey, has been charged with five counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit security fraud related to the collapse of the company more than two years ago, the Department of Justice said today. The charges follow guilty pleas entered earlier this month by Enron's former chief financial officer, Andrew S. Fastow, and his wife, Lea.

US: Liquidation of the Commons
by Adam WerbachIn These Times
November 21st, 2003
There has not been such a wholesale giveaway of our common assets to corporate interests since the presidency of William McKinley. In the 1896 presidential election, McKinley was aided in his battle against the great American populist, William Jennings Bryan, by coal and oil magnate Mark Hanna. Hanna has been cited by Karl Rove, President Bushs key political adviser, as a major influence and inspiration.

USA: JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup to Pay in Enron Case
by Erin Mc ClamAssociated Press
July 28th, 2003
JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup agreed Monday to pay a total of nearly $300 million for their roles in Enron's manipulation of its financial statements.

USA: Cheney Had Iraq in His Sight
by Simon English in New YorkThe Daily Telegraph/UK
July 22nd, 2003
Documents released under America's Freedom of Information Act reveal that an energy task force led by vice-president Dick Cheney was examining Iraq's oil assets two years before the latest war began.

USA: Enron Used U.S. Government to Bully Developing Nations
by Emad MekayInter Press Service
May 30th, 2003
Defunct energy giant Enron used the U.S. government to coerce the World Bank and poor nations to grant concessions and resolve its investment problems, according to documents and correspondence released by the Treasury Department.

WORLD: Internal Review Criticizes World Bank Mining, Oil and Gas Projects
by By Emad MekayInter Press Service
April 2nd, 2003
The World Bank should revamp its lending policies for mining, oil and gas projects to avoid corruption, mismanagement and poor economic performance spreading in countries that rely on such industries, says a confidential study by the Bank's internal review body.

USA: Congressional Panel Finds Outrageous Enron Pay Deals, Tax Evasion
by Marcy GordonAssociated Press
February 12th, 2003
A congressional panel has uncovered "eye-popping" pay deals for Enron executives and an elaborate scheme to manipulate the failed company's taxes and accounting, the Senate Finance Committee chairman said Wednesday.

USA: The Ten Worst Corporations of 2002
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanMultinational Monitor
January 3rd, 2003
2002 will forever be remembered as the year of corporate crime, the year even President George Bush embraced the notion of "corporate responsibility."

USA: Enron Election Fallout Expected to be Minor
by Michael HedgesHouston Chronicle
October 22nd, 2002
WASHINGTON -- After Enron went through its high-profile collapse, elected officials trembled at the price they might have to pay this November.

US: Energy Industry's Dirty Little Details About to Come to Light
by David LazarusSan Francisco Chronicle
October 20th, 2002
The betting in energy circles is that Enron's erstwhile big cheeses are in deep trouble now that the company's former top trader has pleaded guilty to manipulating the California power market.

US: Lawsuit Seeks IPO Profits From Five Executives
Washington Post
October 1st, 2002
NEW YORK (September 30) -- New York's attorney general today sought to force five telecommunications executives to give up millions of dollars in profits they earned selling shares in companies going public during the Internet boom.

US: Telecom Swap Meet
by Cynthia L.
September 25th, 2002
Surprise, surprise. Some big telecoms, just like a variety of other New Economy firms, engaged in questionable accounting practices to inflate revenues. In the case of several brand-name telecoms, the companies swapped bandwidth capacity with each other and then booked the deals as revenue. Revelations of just how far many companies took this scheme -- including allegations of verbal agreements made in tandem with written contracts -- were highlighted at a congressional hearing yesterday.

USA: The Vast Sucking Sound of White Collar Crime
by Farai ChedeyaPop and
September 18th, 2002
The only paper I read with regularity these days is the Wall Street Journal. Although its editorial writers are patently insane, the news and feature writers have recently dedicated themselves to thoughtful pieces on what should be the most important story of our day: the collapse of our economy.

US: Enron's Giant Bandwith Scam
by Stephen PizzoDaily Enron
September 13th, 2002
At some point it dawned on the wheeler-dealers at Enron that selling real things - like gas and oil - had it limits. What they needed were products that had no physical limits. Energy contract futures were their first discovery, and how sweet they were. No more messy oil or smelly gas to deliver - just electronic bookkeeping notations. That's when Jeffrey Skilling discovered a product so ephemeral it bordered on metaphysical - bandwidth.

USA: IRS Kicks Back Corporate Fines
by Stephen PizzoDaily Enron
September 4th, 2002
Ever wonder why it is that when a company gets caught lying to, and/or cheating investors that they so often settle the case quickly, agreeing to pay millions of dollars back but ''without admitting or denying'' they did anything wrong?

USA: What Do You Mean 'Us,' Boss?
by Steven GreenhouseNew York Times
September 2nd, 2002
Not long ago, before the accounting scandals at Enron, WorldCom and other companies, workers often saw themselves as management's best buddies. Gone was the old, us-against-them mentality in which workers viewed C.E.O.'s as robber barons intent on squeezing them for every last dollar.

USA: Enron Puts Assets Up for Sale
August 27th, 2002
NEW YORK -- Bankrupt energy trader Enron Corp. started taking bids Tuesday for 12 assets, including electric utilities and natural gas pipelines, that make up a large portion of Enron's total holdings.

US: Government Secrecy and Corporate Crime
by Stephen PizzoDaily Enron
August 27th, 2002
What began with Vice President Dick Cheney's refusal 15 months ago to make his energy task force documents public expanded quickly to include policy making at virtually every level of government. And, after September 11, the blanket of secrecy - which had until then only covered the brass breasts of the DOJ's Lady Justice statue - darkened some of America's most valued constitutional protections.

USA: Enron Exec Kopper Cops a Plea
by Stephen PizzoDaily Enron
August 22nd, 2002
Yesterday former Enron insider Michael Kopper copped a plea. The former assistant to former Enron CFO, Andrew Fastow, jumped the first deal-express leaving the Department of Justice.

ASIA: Globalization Critics Gain from US Corp Scandals
by Marwaan Macan-MarkarInter Press Service
August 13th, 2002
The timing of the scandals is apt, say some critics from South and South-east Asia, who ended a three-day conference here Monday. The crisis in corporate America comes at a moment when the Anti-Globalization movement in the region is reasserting itself after losing some steam following the September 11th attacks on the United States, they add.

USA: Cheney Dodges Halliburton Questions
by Stephen PizzoDaily Enron
August 8th, 2002
Vice President Dick Cheney ventured out of hiding yesterday. It was his first public appearance since becoming embroiled in allegations that his former company, Halliburton, cooked its books during his tenure as CEO.

USA: Harken Had Offshore Tax Shelter
by Stephen PizzoDaily Enron
July 31st, 2002
The New York Daily News reported today in an exclusive story that Harken Energy Corp. set up an offshore subsidiary in the Cayman Islands to avoid US taxes during the time President Bush saton Harken's board of directors.

USA: Politics Cleared Way for Financial Scandals
by Molly IvinsBoulder Daily Camera
July 31st, 2002
The New Yorker magazine published an amusing parody on recent business scandals last week, including this gem: "Mr. Cheney called for an end to innuendo about his activities in a now bankrupt Pitcairn Island firm that sold itself the air rights to a million acres of West Texas flatlands, deducted the transaction from its taxes as an entertainment expense, then borrowed $14 million interest-free from the Lichtenstein bank it owned, using its assets of company-acquired Callaway golf clubs as collateral, to finance the purchase of gifts for some Bessarabian oil prospectors who were then passing through Dallas."

USA: Enron-New York Times Deal Highlights Media's Dilemma
by Howard KurtzWashington Post
July 18th, 2002
When Enron collapsed amid spectacular scandal, the New York Times repeatedly assailed the company in editorials for its tangled finances.

USA: Tricky Dick
by Robert ScheerCreators Syndicate
July 17th, 2002
Vice President Dick Cheney has spent most of the past year in hiding, ostensibly from terrorists. But increasingly it seems obvious that it is Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the media and the public he fears. And for good reason: Cheney's business behavior could serve as a textbook case of much of what's wrong with the way corporate CEOs have come to play the game of business.

USA: Corporate Misdeeds Foment Corruption in Developing Countries
by Emad MekayInter Press Service
July 12th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The multinational firms recently fingered for corrupt practices in the United States may be practicing similar operations on a larger scale in developing countries, say long-time corporate watchdogs.

USA: Bush Wall Street Road Show Flops
by Stephen PizzoThe Daily Enron
July 10th, 2002
There was more than a little of the surreal to President Bush's speech yesterday. The speech, billed as a major policy address on Bush's get-tough-on-corporate-crime agenda, came amidst days of news revelations of President's own questionable behavior as an executive of Harken Energy.

USA: In Effort to Save Self Bush Undermines Reform
The Daily Enron
July 9th, 2002

Over the 4th of July weekend, stories about Bush's questionable behavior as an executive of Harken Energy became grist for the weekend talk shows. With today's Wall Street policy speech looming, the President and his men hoped that addressing the inevitable press questions about Harken the day before would take the steam out of the issue today.

USA: Cracking Down on Corporate Crime, Really
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert
July 4th, 2002
Here is one of the most remarkable aspects of the still-unfolding financial scandals swirling around Worldcom, Xerox, Global Crossing, Enron, Arthur Andersen, Tyco and a growing number of other companies: The fraud occurred in the most heavily regulated and monitored area of corporate activity

USA: Dynegy CEO is Much Richer for Being Forced Out
by Floyd NorrisNew York Times
May 30th, 2002
The chairman and chief executive of the struggling energy company Dynegy, whose departure was announced on Tuesday, is entitled under his contract to a huge severance check -- one that is about $33 million more than he would have made had the company allowed him to serve out the eight months remaining on the contract.

EU: ''Enronitis'' Spreads
Toronto Globe & Mail
May 23rd, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC -- An Enron Corp. backlash is rolling across Europe, feeding skepticism about the United States as a financial role model as top U.S. and European Union market regulators prepare to meet here next week.

US: Internal Memos Connect Enron to California Energy Crisis
by Mark MartinSan Francisco Chronicle
May 7th, 2002
Energy traders for Enron used elaborate schemes with nicknames like ''Death Star'' and''Get Shorty'' to manipulate California's electricity market and boost profits, according to internal company memos released by federal regulators Monday.

USA: Feds Reject Andersen Settlement Offer
by Marcy GordonAssociated Press
April 26th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has rejected a proposal from accounting firm Arthur Andersen for settlement of a criminal obstruction charge stemming from the shredding of Enron Corp. documents, an Andersen attorney said Friday.

USA: Enron Suit Targets Wall St. Firms
by C. Bryson Hull and Andrew QuinnReuters
April 8th, 2002
HOUSTON/SAN FRANCISCO -- Enron Corp. shareholders on Monday charged some of the biggest players on Wall Street with fraud, saying investment banks and securities firms colluded with Enron executives to bilk investors out of at least $25 billion.

USA: Andersen Operations Split
by Jane Merriman and Bill RigbyReuters
April 4th, 2002
LONDON/NEW YORK -- Andersen said most of its U.S. tax partners would join rival Deloitte and Touche on Thursday, as the world's No. 5 accounting firm, facing a criminal charge for its role in the Enron scandal, headed further toward disintegration.

USA: DeLay, Enron and the Marianas
The Daily Enron
April 4th, 2002
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) relishes in describing the Marianas as his personal Galapagos Islands. The 14-island chain of Pacific Islands has long been DeLay's image of a perfect business environment -- virtually devoid of business or environmental regulations. Only one other entity, Enron, curried more favor with DeLay.

World: Enron's Tactics Overseas Criticized
by Jennifer AutreyFort Worth Star-Telegram
March 24th, 2002
Ugly scenarios played out repeatedly on the world stage in the past decade as Enron emerged as the dominant force in the energy industry. While Enron built a reputation as a savvy deal maker and charitable giver in the United States, it has long been perceived quite differently abroad.

India: Few in U.S. Noticed Enron's 'Aggressive Behavior' in India
by Maria Recio and Jennifer AutreyDallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram
March 24th, 2002
Nowhere were Enron's efforts to wield power overseas more obvious than in its marquee project: a $3 billion power plant in Dabhol, India.

INDIA: Novelist Roy is Grassroots Hero
by Madeleine BuntingThe Guardian (UK)
March 7th, 2002
When Arundhati Roy woke up at 5.30am this morning in Tihar prison, New Delhi, it must have struck her that reality was proving stranger than any fiction. Over the past week terrible communal violence in India has claimed hundreds of lives while the forces of law and order stood by. This has now been juxtaposed with the spectacle of a diminutive, softly spoken novelist being sent to one of the country's most notorious prisons to uphold what the supreme court called the ''glory of the law'' because she dared to criticize it.

Latin America: Enron Fallout is a Hot Issue
Oil Daily
March 4th, 2002
The implications of Enron's dramatic fall extend far beyond US borders. The once-mighty energy giant's murky dealings in Latin America have emerged as a hot political issue throughout the region, where politicians in some countries are using it as an election tool or to take attention away from their own economic or political woes.

USA: Employees Win Round in Enron Suit
by Christian MurrayNewsday
February 21st, 2002
The thousands of Enron employees who saw their 401(k) plans wiped out will be able to take the energy trader to court Monday, following a federal bankruptcy ruling in Manhattan yesterday.

USA: Enron Lobbyist Plotted Strategy Against Democrats
by Mark Z. BarabakLos Angeles Times
February 11th, 2002
While the Bush administration was drafting its national energy policy, a leading lobbyist for Enron Corp. was plotting strategy to turn the plan into a political weapon against Democrats, according to a newly obtained memo.

US: Bush Sr.'s Ties to Global Crossing
by David LazarusSan Francisco Chronicle
February 11th, 2002
President Bush had good reason to take an interest in Enron's demise. Aside from his close personal ties to the Houston energy giant, nearly three dozen of his senior appointees owned Enron shares upon arriving at the White House last year.

India: Enron's Debacle at Dabhol
by Sandip RoyPacific News Service
February 8th, 2002
Enron's collapse may have begun with the kind of misadventures it engaged in half a world away among the quiet coastal villages of Dabhol, India.

USA: Halliburton -- To the Victors Go the Markets
by Jordan GreenFacing South
February 1st, 2002
The influence of big energy corporations in the Bush Administration is no secret. But the story of Dick Cheney and his former company, Halliburton Co., has received little attention -- and it may be the most important.

USA: Enron Chair Gave List of Favored Names to White House
by Marcy GordonAssociated Press
February 1st, 2002
A few months after the White House got a list of recommended candidates from former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay, a friend and backer of President Bush, two of them were appointed to a federal energy commission.

USA: Enron Got Its Money's Worth
by Robert ScheerLos Angeles Times
January 24th, 2002
The administration's energy program, developed by Vice President Dick Cheney in secret meetings -- six of them with Enron officials -- could have been written by lobbyists for the now failed company.

USA: Fired Andersen Partner Refuses to Testify on Enron
by Kevin Drawbaugh and Susan CornwellReuters
January 24th, 2002
A fired partner of auditor Andersen refused to testify to Congress on the destruction of evidence in the collapse of energy giant Enron, prompting lawmakers to say he was frustrating their probe.

USA: Enron's New $5 Billion Black Hole
by Jamie DowardThe Observer (UK)
January 20th, 2002
Investigators probing the accounts of collapsed energy giant Enron are examining what happened to more than $5 billion in loans and investments the company made to subsidiaries kept off its balance sheet. The scale of the black hole opening up looks as if it could dwarf previous estimates.

USA: VP Tried to Aid Enron in India
by Timothy J. BurgerNew York Daily News
January 18th, 2002
Vice President Cheney tried to help Enron collect a $64 million debt from a giant energy project in India, government documents obtained by the Daily News show.

USA: Bush Faces Flak Over Links to Defense Contractor
by Jason NissThe Independent (UK)
January 13th, 2002
President George W Bush's administration, already on the back foot over its connections with the collapsed energy giant Enron, faces questions over a massive defence contract which aided an investment firm with Bush family links.

USA: Auditor Says Enron Documents Gone
by Marcy GordonAssociated Press
January 10th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The firm that audited the books of collapsed Enron Corp., Arthur Andersen LLP, disclosed Thursday that a ''significant but undetermined'' number of documents related to the company had been destroyed.

USA: Don't Cry for Enron, Argentina
by Paul KrugmanSan Francisco Chronicle
December 12th, 2001
Not long ago Argentina, like Enron, was a darling of the financial community. And like Enron, Argentina was held up as a role model, to a large extent by the same people -- Argentina's monetary system, in particular, was lauded in the pages of Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, and feted at libertarian think tanks.

US: Enron's Legacy
by David MorrisAlterNet
December 3rd, 2001
Kenneth Lay is living proof that one person can change the world. His company, Enron, may be in shambles. In three months, it may no longer exist. But for the rest of our lives we will live in a world redesigned by Kenneth Lay.

USA: Enron on Brink of Bankruptcy
by Kristen HaysAssociated Press
November 29th, 2001
HOUSTON -- The slick financing that helped turn Enron Corp. into a mighty power-brokering dynamo became its Achilles' heel, leaving the energy trader teetering toward bankruptcy after a smaller rival abandoned plans to buy it.

USA: Enron, Dynegy Confirm Possible Merger Talks
by Jeff FranksReuters
November 8th, 2001
HOUSTON -- Enron Corp., plagued by investor doubts and under the gun to shore up its crumbling finances, said on Thursday it was talking with power trading rival Dynegy Inc. about a possible merger.

KENYA: Japan Suspends Funding for Sondu Miriu Dam
by Jennifer WanjiruEnvironment News Service
June 4th, 2001
Citing "environmental disruption and corruption" in a letter to the government of Kenya, Japan's Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka indicated that suspension of funding for the Sondu Miriu hydropower dam project was ''a response to criticism from environmental campaigners and differences between Kenya and Japan over further funding.''

US: Making World Trade Fair
by Doreen HemlockSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 6th, 2001
They're often portrayed as obstructionists to trade and the global economy. But the social movement that mobilized thousands in Quebec last month -- and earlier in Seattle and Prague -- is maturing beyond street protests.

USA: 500 Protest Enron Plant
by David FleshlerSun-Sentinel
March 27th, 2001
More than 500 people packed the Pompano Beach Civic Center on Monday night in a formidable display of opposition to Enron Corp.'s plans for a power plant next to Florida's Turnpike.

USA: Cheney Made Millions Off Oil Deals with Hussein
by Martin A. LeeSan Francisco Bay Guardian
November 13th, 2000
During former defense secretary Richard Cheney's five-year tenure as chief executive of Halliburton, Inc., his oil services firm raked in big bucks from dubious commercial dealings with Iraq. Cheney left Halliburton with a $34 million retirement package last July when he became the GOP's vice-presidential candidate

JAPAN: Police Raid Mitsubishi Motors
Business Recorder
August 28th, 2000
Japanese police investigators raided the offices of Mitsubishi Motors Corp on Sunday on suspicion of concealing customer complaints and recalls from government inspectors for decades, Kyodo news agency reported.

AFRICA: Illegal Diamond Trade Funds War in Sierra Leone
April 19th, 2000
Peace cannot be sustained in Sierra Leone until controls are imposed on the illegal selling of diamonds used to finance its civil war, according to a recent study.

US: Ebbers Set to Shed His Assets
by Gretchen MorgensonNew York Times

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