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EU, el verdadero perdedor en la guerra contra el terrorismo
by Marcelo RaimonEl Proceso (Mexico)
May 4th, 2012
El Proceso quotes Anna Feigenbaum and Pratap Chatterjee of CorpWatch on how the private security industry has cashed in on the War on Terror.

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

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

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

CHILE: Bachelet asiste hoy a cena auspiciada por Barrick Gold en Nueva York
by Claudia UrquietaEl Mostrador
September 23rd, 2009
El hecho contrasta con la postura adoptada por Al Gore, quien rehusó participar en un seminario sobre Cambio Climático en Chile el 2007 si la minera impulsora del polémico proyecto Pascua Lama actuaba como sponsor. Organizaciones norteamericanas cuestionan la asistencia de la Presidencia y aseguran que esta va en dirección contraria a la línea de protección social impulsada por la mandataria.

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

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

An extended interview with the author of Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War.
by Mike SheaTexas Monthly
January 31st, 2009
Interview with CorpWatch managing editor Pratap Chatterjee, on his forthcoming book, "Halliburton's Army," published by Nation Books and available in books stores on February 2, 2009.

Calls grow for a new model for global trade
by Robert WeismanBoston Globe
October 9th, 2008
Now come the second thoughts on globalization, as never before have world markets been so integrated. The current financial crisis could mark the start of an effort to overhaul the global financial system conceived at the 1944 summit in Bretton Woods, N.H., which set the rules of international commerce for industrial countries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marketplace (National Public Radio): Katrina Profiteering
by Kai Ryssdal Marketplace Radio
August 17th, 2006
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal speaks to CorpWatch's Pratap Chatterjee about the parallels between Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, where reconstruction has been marred by profiteering.

Financial Times: Weapons and dice, and all things vice
Financial Times
June 1st, 2006
Financial Times Money Management feature cites CorpWatch as a source in review of 'corporate social responsibility'

Bergen Record: Watchdog group accuses contractor of shoddy Afghan work
by Hugh R. MorleyBergen Record
May 21st, 2006
New Jersey newspaper reports on CorpWatch criticism of a local multinational, the Louis Berger group, in our new report, "Afghanistan, Inc."

Morning Edition: Report Takes Dim View of Afghan Rebuilding Work
by Renee MontagneMorning Edition (NPR)
May 5th, 2006
Writing for the non-profit group CorpWatch, journalist Fariba Nawa tells Renee Montagne she found evidence of flawed work on schools, health clinics, roads and other public projects financed by the United States and other countries.

Denver Post: Lewis: Dubai deal business as usual
by Al LewisThe Denver Post
February 25th, 2006
CorpWatch's Pratap Chatterjee is quoted in a Denver Post article about the Dubai Ports World acquisition.

Press Releases


Barrick's Dirty Secrets: Communities Respond to Gold Mining's Impacts Worldwide
May 1st, 2007
A new CorpWatch report details the operations of Barrick Gold in nine different countries, focusing on the efforts on the part of the communities to seek justice from this powerful multinational.
Download Spanish version of report

Big, Easy Money
August 17th, 2006
Disaster profiteers make millions while local companies and laborers in New Orleans and the rest of the Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast region are systematically getting the short end of the stick, according to a major new report from the nonprofit CorpWatch.
Click here for the press release, to see key findings, get quick facts, read the text version or to download the report.
Listen to audio of the August 18th press conference, with Rita J. King, Pratap Chatterjee and Brooke Biggs.