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Iraq: The Pentagon's Private Corps
by Julian
October 22nd, 2003
Washington has long outsourced work to private firms. What's new is the size and variety of contracts being doled out, particularly by the Pentagon. Private military companies now do more than simply build airplanes -- they maintain those planes on the battlefield and even fly them; construct detention camps in Guantanamo Bay, pilot armed reconnaissance planes and helicopter gunships to eradicate coca crops in Colombia; and operate the intelligence and communications systems at the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado -- work that brings the various companies an estimated $100 billion a year.

Iraqis Call for Debt Write-Off
Jubilee Iraq
October 22nd, 2003
Wednesday 22nd October: The day before the world's most powerful nations meet in Madrid to discuss Iraq's future, a report from the NGO Jubilee Iraq [1] indicates that Iraqis themselves unanimously oppose the payment of Saddam's 'odious' debts and most also reject war reparations.

US: Halliburton Ceated Raised Prices of Gas
by Farhad
October 16th, 2003
Why is getting gasoline to oil-rich Iraq costing Americans so much money? The congressmen have a one-word, obvious answer: Halliburton.

GAO Study: Boeing Tanker Compromise Would Save Taxpayers $3.5-4.2 Billion
Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
October 16th, 2003
A GAO study released today confirmed that the taxpayers would reap huge savings if the Senate Armed Services Committee approves a compromise proposal to lease 25 and purchase 75 tankers offered last month by Senators John Warner and Carl Levin.

Iraq: Basra Crude Reaches California
by Verne KopytoffSan Francisco Chronicle
October 15th, 2003
ChevronTexaco and ConocoPhillips both imported Iraqi crude to California in August, according to a filing Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Iraq: Halliburton Accused of Overbilling
by Sue PlemingReuters
October 15th, 2003
A U.S. Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday accused Halliburton , the Texas oil services company once run by Vice President Dick Cheney, of overcharging the U.S. government for gasoline the firm imports into Iraq.

US: Big Media Gets Bigger
by Bill MoyersNOW with Bill Moyers on PBS
October 10th, 2003
Big media companies keep getting bigger with more and more power over our lives. This week's deal between General Electric (GE) and Vivendi means that GE'S NBC, which helped elect Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor of California, has just picked up not only Universal Studios, but the USA, Trio and Sci-fi cable channels, to go with CNBC and MSNBC, all now part of a $43 billion dollar empire.

Dangerous Nuclear Shipment Heading to South Carolina
Public Citizen
October 8th, 2003
With little public notice and short notification to emergency responders, nuclear energy officials early Tuesday began moving a highly radioactive reactor vessel from northern Michigan to South Carolina. The shipment has already run into trouble, indicating the folly of the governments plan to ship thousands of containers of nuclear waste throughout the country to a storage facility in Nevada.

It's Time to Stop the War Profiteers
Corporate Policy Project
October 8th, 2003

Hundreds of Americans soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice for a war that was sold to the American public through what is now clear were misleading assertions about an imminent threat from Saddam's weapons of mass destruction and ties to al Qaeda. Now American taxpayers are being asked to pay an additional $87 billion for the ongoing occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. As occupying powers, the U.S. and UK are obligated to provide for the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people and the reconstruction of the country's infrastructure. But this doesn't mean that taxpayers should hand over a blank check with no strings attached.

Iraq: News, But Not As We Know It
by Robert FiskIndependent (London)
October 7th, 2003
Iraqi Media Network reporters have twice gone on strike for more pay and have complained of censorship. They were told by John Sandrock - head of the private American company Science Applications International Corporation - which runs the television station - that "either you accept what we offer or you resign - there are plenty of candidates for your jobs".

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