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Even More Corporate Crime: War Profiteers, Polluters, Exploiters

U.S. Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – Alternet 4/24/09

Some estimate that private security inside the US actually outnumber police 5-to-1.

Is KBR’s Decade-Long Crime Spree Finally Coming to an End? – Alternet 5/20/09

Bribes, kickbacks, concealing gang rapes, and engaging in human trafficking are among the crimes listed in a new class action lawsuit

Pentagon may have been ordered to cover up Iraq probe; Inspector general went to work for Blackwater – Raw Story 5/7/09

Swine Flu Scare: Stock Market Bonanza for “Politically Connected” BioTech Companies – Global Research 4/28/09

Bill Moyers: The Rise of Private Armies — Mercenaries, Murder and Corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan – Alternet 6/9/09

BREAKING: KBR Was Paid $83 Million in Bonuses for Work That Electrocuted US Soldiers – Rebel Reports 5/20/09

Obama Has 250,000 ‘Contractors’ Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and is Increasing the Use of Mercenaries – Alternet 6/1/09

Your Credit Card Company Is Building A Psychological Profile Of You – Consumerist 5/16/09

Big pharma to chip in $80B to Medicare – Raw Story 6/21/09

The Video Shell Oil Desperately Doesn’t Want You to See – Alternet 5/26/09

Coca-Cola’s Troubling History: Drug Addicts, Nazis and MLK’s Condemnation – Alternet 6/27/09

Japan Slaps Sanctions on Citibank – NYTimes 6/26/09

Japanese regulators ordered the bank to suspend all sales operations in its retail banking unit for a month, saying it failed to monitor suspicious transactions

Corporations Now Widely Using Wal-Mart Tactics, New Report on Unionbusting Finds – Alternet 5/20/09

How Goldman Sachs Is the Most Greedy Corporation in History – Alternet 5/22/09 

GM-Soy: Destroy the Earth and Humans for Profit – Natural News 5/27/09

Is Whole Foods Just Another Evil Corporation? – Alternet 5/11/09

Beneath the surface of Whole Foods’ fuzzy, progressive image is a company hell-bent on preventing its workers from unionizing

Sharon Smith : Something Stinks at Whole Foods – CounterPunch 5/8/09

Pork’s Dirty Secret: The nation’s top hog producer is also one of America’s worst polluters – Global Research 5/4/09

Why Johnny Can’t Eat Just One – Center for Media & Democracy 4/28/09

The law requires nutritional labels on retail groceries, but not on restaurant meals, so when former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David A. Kessler asked to see the nutritional labels for foods he likes at Chili’s restaurant, like Southwestern Eggrolls and Boneless Shanghai Wings, Chili’s refused. Ever an inveterate researcher, Kessler resorted to late-night dumpster-diving to obtain them. That’s how he discovered that a single serving of Chili’s Southwestern Eggrolls contains a whopping 910 calories, 57 grams of fat and 1,960 milligrams of sodium. The labels mentioned salt eight different times, and sugars five times. After leading efforts at FDA in the 1990s to regulate nicotine as a drug, Dr. Kessler has now explored the phenomenon of American overeating and the reasons behind the skyrocketing weight gain among the general U.S. population over the last three decades. Dr. Kessler, who has struggled with his own weight over his adult life, discovered that the combination of salt, sugar and fat in foods triggers a chemical change in peoples’ brains that makes them crave more foods containing that same combination. Dr. Kessler sees a parallel between the food industry and the tobacco industry, in that that the food industry manipulates this special salt-sugar-fat combination to induce this neurological response and influence people to eat more. In his new book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, Dr. Kessler describes how the food industry manipulates this chemical combination to “hijack” peoples’ brains and sell more food.


The Monsanto Connection – Dissident Voice 5/2/09

Monsanto and Its Philanthropy – Dissident Voice 5/2/09

The makers of Agent Orange, Round-Up and Terminator Seeds seek control of world food supply:

GTM (Gaming The Market) gives a short list of grievances against Monsanto5 :

1. 1917 US government suit against Monsanto over the safety of saccharin;
2. 1965-1972 UK landfill illegal toxic waste dumping;
3. Agent Orange chemical warfare;
4. 1979 dioxin chemical spill Kemner v. Monsanto longest civil jury trial in U.S. history;
5. Responsible for 56 contaminated Superfund sites;
6. Anniston, Alabama mercury and PCB-laden waste discharged into local creeks over 40 years;
7. Terminator seeds that lead to world food shortages, poverty, and death;
8. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone Posilac (rBST) (rBGH);
9. Using coercive tactics to monopolize world markets;
10. Pursuing 500 cases annually against customers for “seed fraud”;
11. Andhra Pradesh Government vs. Monsanto on India seed price fixing;
12. US Department of Justice and US Securities and Exchange Commission criminal and civil charges for international bribing;
13. False advertising for “biodegradable” Roundup weed killer;
14. India child labor abuse in the manufacture of cotton-seeds;
15. Farmers suicides in India;7
16. Corporate tax evasion at Sauget, Illinois facility;
17. Campaign against dairies which do not inject bovine growth hormone from advertising.

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