|Taking a Closer Look at the Stories Ignored by the Corporate Media|
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Archive for the Month of December, 2005.
Viewing Corporatism NEWS articles 1 through 15 of 15.
- "This starts a slow motion commercialization of the national park system...What will be allowed stops just short of licensing ads for "The Official Beer of Yosemite" or "Old Faithful, Brought to You by Viagara.’"
- ...union leaders and workers sympathetic to the drive were targeted by undercover security guards. One former guard said he patrolled the store in civilian clothes, watching employees. Another said the store's surveillance cameras were used to follow certain employees.
- For the past two decades, some of the poorest people on earth have been struggling against two of the world's biggest and richest corporations.
- ...the Bush administration’s energy policy was not based only on the dismantling of corporate regulations and the loosening of restrictions on oil exploration in the United States. It had an even more important foreign component: the plan to invade and colonize Iraq, and then privatize and expropriate its enormous oil wealth for the direct benefit of American oil concerns and US capitalism as a whole.
- Iraqis are not the only folks these days being served B.S. disguised as steak. If Iraqis want a preview of the kind of dis-/mis-information they will get should they ever fully join the Western world, just come on over to my place and watch a couple of evenings of American network and cable TV.
- Firestone, a multinational rubber manufacturing giant known for its automobile tires, has come under fire from human rights and environmental groups for its alleged use of child labor and slave-like working conditions at a plantation in Liberia.
- Corporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times, but it is increasingly difficult to hold them to account. Economic globalization and the rise of transnational corporate power have created a favorable climate for corporate human rights abusers, which are governed principally by the codes of supply and demand and show genuine loyalty only to their stockholders.
- December 2 marked the 21st anniversary of the methyl isocyanate gas leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in the city of Bhopal that killed some 15,000 people and left another 800,000 suffering from the after-effects of inhaling toxic fumes, according to figures from the Indian government.
- The Army Corps of Engineers paid profits and bonuses to Halliburton for oil transport and repair in Iraq even though the Pentagon's own auditors declared $169 million in costs for the work to be "unreasonable" and "unsupported..."
- Oil corporations have operated for decades in Nigeria, the world’s fifth-leading oil producer, with no fear of penalties for trashing the environment or violating the human rights of nine ethnic groups in the Niger Delta. The Ogoni, fishers and farmers like other peoples of the nine Niger Delta states, lived off the land until 1958 when Shell Nigeria began drilling oil. Gas flaring and river dredging for pipelines began almost immediately, transforming the fertile delta into a wasteland of oil, chemicals, and pollutants.
- "Coca-Cola in India is a perfect example of what goes wrong when institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO) give more powers to corporations..."
- Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA doesn't have to pay a $10.1 billion damage award to smokers of ``light'' cigarettes who accused the company of misleading them about health risks, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled
- Amid soaring CEO compensation, a number of companies are paying extra sums to cover executives' personal tax bills. Many companies are paying taxes due on core elements of executive pay, such as stock grants, signing bonuses and severance packages. Others are reimbursing taxes on corporate perquisites, which are treated as income by the Internal Revenue Service. They run the gamut from personal travel aboard corporate jets to country-club memberships and shopping excursions.
- At Goldman Sachs...CEO Henry Paulson will pocket a bonus this year of about $38 million. This will help compensate for the mere $30 million he received last year.
- Liability protection allows injuries from pharmaceutical products without penalty to manufacturers as Senate Majority Leader heralds "Fristmas"
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