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Japan: Consortium To Bid For Iraq Gas Project
by Bayan Rahman and Carola HoyosFinancial Times
December 18th, 2003
A consortium led by Mitsubishi, the Japanese trading company, is preparing to bid for a gas development project in Iraq. The consortium is made up of nine Japanese trading and plant engineering companies and KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton, the US energy services group formerly led by US vice-president Dick Cheney.

Umm Qasr -- From National Pride to War Booty
by David BaconSpecial to CorpWatch
December 15th, 2003
The Iraqi port of Umm Qasr -- once a crown jewel of the Iraqi economy -- is now a symbol of a new era of foreign domination. It's run by SSA, a politically-connected firm with an ugly history of anti-labor policies.

Iraq: One Newsman's Take On How Things Went Wrong
by Don North Television Week
December 15th, 2003
Don North, a former correspondent in Vietnam, Washington and the Middle East for ABC and NBC News, tells the story of his work for the Iraqi Media Network as an employee of defense contractor Science Applications International between January 2003 and July 24, 2003, when he quit because he believed that the network had become an irrelevant mouthpiece for occupation propaganda, managed news and mediocre programs.

Iraq: Rebuilding Iraqi TV Costly
by Doug Halonen and Alex Ben BlockTelevision Week
December 15th, 2003

Iraq: Halliburton Accused of Overcharging $61m
by Julian BorgerGuardian (London)
December 13th, 2003
A Pentagon audit has found that Halliburton, the company formerly run by the US vice-president, Dick Cheney, overcharged the government by $61m (about 35m) for delivering petrol to Iraq.

US: Neil Bush's Business Dealings
by Thomas Catan and Stephen FidlerFinancial Times
December 12th, 2003
While many newspapers focused on the lurid revelations of "sex romps" on his trips in Asia, Mr Bush's deposition also gave important insights into his business dealings. Among other things, Mr Bush said he was co-chairman of the Houston-based Crest Investment Corporation and was paid Dollars 15,000 every three months for providing "miscellaneous consulting services . . . such as answering phone calls when Jamal (sic) Daniel, the other co-chairman, called and asked for advice".

POGO Calls for Halliburton To Disclose Details of Iraq Contracts
Project On Government Oversight
December 12th, 2003
The recent allegations that Halliburton is overcharging in its Iraqi contracts come as no surprise to the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). "Although everyone anticipates that contractors will make a profit, the types of contracts that are involved and the lack of transparency of the entire Iraq contracting process are at fault," states Scott Amey, a senior investigator at POGO.

Middle East: Bush's Brother Helped New Bridge Strategies Businessmen
by Stephen Fidler and Thomas CatnFinancial Times
December 11th, 2003
Two businessmen instrumental in setting up New Bridge Strategies, a well-connected Washington firm designed to help clients win contracts in Iraq, have previously used an association with the younger brother of President George W. Bush to seek business in the Middle East, an FT investigation has found.

World: The Privatization of War
by Ian TraynorGuardian (London)
December 10th, 2003
Private corporations have penetrated western warfare so deeply that they are now the second biggest contributor to coalition forces in Iraq after the Pentagon, a Guardian investigation has established.

US: The Booming Defense Business
by William D. HartungLos Angeles Times
December 10th, 2003
It's not every day that the chief executive of a major defense contractor steps down because of ethical wrongdoing on his watch, as Boeing CEO Phil Condit did Dec. 1. But let's be clear about one thing: This mounting scandal, which centers on whether Boeing improperly offered Pentagon procurement official Darleen Druyun a job while she was negotiating the terms of a $20-billion deal to lease 747s from the company, goes well beyond a few misguided executives at one corporation.

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