Recent Corporate Corruption Round-up

Former high-ranking Bush officials enjoy war profits – Salon 5/29/08

“Now working inside America’s “shadow” spy industry, George Tenet, Richard Armitage, Cofer Black and others are cashing in big on Iraq and the war on terror.”


10 tough questions on oil and gas prices – Nieman Watchdog 5/5/08


US Congress protects record oil company profits – AP/Newsday 6/11/08


Richmond, California could be the first US city to decide to stand up to the Chevron oil company and impose a cap on its plans for further expansion.  – Alternet 7/8/08


Hunt Oil and the Bush Admin: A Timeline of Correspondence – TPMuckraker 7/2/08


Obama Camp closely tied to Ethanol Industry – NYTimes 6/23/08


Ralph Nader on Barack Obama: “It is Quite Clear He is a Corporate Candidate from A to Z” – audio, video or transcript Democracy Now 6/18/08


2 minute Video: Big Oil Fuels the ‘Straight Talk Express’ – TheRealMcCain.com


UK Channel 4’s 46minute documentary on Coca-Cola – via Polaris Institute 12/4/07


KBR driver caught with child porn, fired, rehired, and caught with more child porn – Think Progress 5/7/08


California files suit against Avalon ‘Natural’ Products and Whole Foods – TransWorld News 7/7/08

EXCERPTS: “the Attorney General of California has filed a major lawsuit against body care household-cleaning product companies whose products recently tested highest for the carcinogenic contaminant 1,4-Dioxane….The suit, California v. Avalon Natural Products (manufacturer of the Alba brand), also names Whole Foods Market California (manufacturer of the Whole Foods 365 brand), Beaumont Products (manufacturer of the Citrus Magic brand), and Nutribiotic.”


U.S. Arms Dealer Tests Legal Bounds in Middle East Arms Bazaar – Wired 7/3/08


Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater is Still in Charge, Deadly, Above the Law and Out of Control – Alternet 6/19/08


Major tech companies joining forces to create massive patent shell company – EnGadget 7/1/08


Monsanto has to Accept Full Responsibility for Genetic Contamination – Global Research 7/3/08


GM Foods: The U.S. Fights Mandatory Labeling in An Untested Human Experiment – Natural News 6/30/08


Sick patients used as human guinea pigs in GM foods experiment – Natural News 4/3/07


Meet the Nuclear Power Lobby – PR Watch 7/1/08


Judge finds Wal-Mart violated Minnesota labour laws – Reuters 7/1/08

“A Washington Post story Tuesday reported that there are over 900 whistle-blower cases in limbo at the Department of Justice that allege government contractors and drug companies have defrauded taxpayers out of billions of dollars.There have been 300-400 new cases brought each year since 2001 but the branch of the Justice department assigned to investigate them has only been able to get through approximately 100 per year.” – via BuzzFlash 7/2/08


How much does corporate fraud cost you? – CNet 6/30/08


The Corporate Fraud Task Force claims more than 1,300 corporate fraud convictions since its inception less than six years ago. That includes more than 200 CEOs and presidents, 50 CFOs, and 120 vice presidents. That’s a lot of fraud.”


Tesla to supply Mercedes-Benz with lithium-ion batteries? – EnGadget 6/30/08


Tesla promises all-electric car for under $30k in under four years – EnGadget 6/30/08


VW’s 660 lb, 235mpg car set for limited 2010 production, for approximately $32-48,000 – Wired 7/3/08


Der Spiegel reporting that German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom tracked journalists’ movements using mobile phone data. And the company may have hired ex-Stasi spies to help. 5/30/08





Video: Is “Clean Coal” Causing Blood Cancer? – CoalIsDirty

In a single year, a rate of fewer than one in 100,000 Americans contract a rare form of blood cancer. In Pennsylvania coal country, the rate is nearly five times higher. Many suspect “clean” coal is the cause.”


Biodiversity: Privatisation Making Seeds Themselves Infertile – IPS 5/22/08


Pesticides: Germany bans chemicals linked to honeybee devastation – Guardian UK 5/23/08


U.S. rice farmers want class action against Bayer – Reuters 5/23/08


Groundbreaking Lawsuit Accuses Big Oil of Conspiracy to Deceive Public About Climate Change – Democracy Now! 7/3/08

Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says leading climate change scientist – Guardian, UK 6/23/08

EXCERPT: “James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.  Hansen will use the symbolically charged 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking speech (pdf) to the US Congress – in which he was among the first to sound the alarm over the reality of global warming – to argue that radical steps need to be taken immediately if the “perfect storm” of irreversible climate change is not to become inevitable.”
“Speaking before Congress again, he will accuse the chief executive officers of companies such as ExxonMobil and Peabody Energy of being fully aware of the disinformation about climate change they are spreading. In an interview with the Guardian he said: “When you are in that kind of position, as the CEO of one the primary players who have been putting out misinformation even via organisations that affect what gets into school textbooks, then I think that’s a crime.”  He is also considering personally targeting members of Congress who have a poor track record on climate change in the coming November elections. He will campaign to have several of them unseated.”

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