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Posted on: May 9, 2011, Source: AlterNet

It's a good rule of thumb: If the Chamber is whipped up about something, there's probably good reason for the public to back whatever has sent them into fits.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2009, Source: Multinational Monitor

$5 billion in lobbying to Congress got the finance industry lucrative legislative favors that paved the way for Wall Street's devastating collapse.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2008, Source: Multinational Monitor

The financial meltdown and economic crisis illustrated that corporations will destroy even themselves in search of profit.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2008, Source: Middle East Online

Don't shed any tears for the death of the WTO talks -- the whole thing should have been called the Doha Anti-Development Round.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2005, Source: CorpWatch

Wouldn't it be romantic if flower producers were able to unionize and pay their workers a decent wage?

Posted on: Jan 25, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The year's most egregious price gougers, polluters, union-busters, dictator-coddlers, fraudsters, poisoners, deceivers and general miscreants.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Expanding the boundaries of corporate malfeasance to new lows of dirty dealing, these ten companies are the worst offenders in a year that saw a lot of offenses.

Posted on: May 1, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Why and how did the Feds choose Grace Digital Media as the production house for a TV channel for Muslim Iraq? Nobody's telling.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet

There is more debate over the pending war in Iraq in the Pentagon than there is on the Post editorial pages.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Apparently, some of our best and brightest young thinkers are afraid to bite the corporate hand that feeds them.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Featuring a collection of polluters, pill peddlers, mercenaries, enablers of human rights abuses and merchants of death.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The tragic history of the caviar industry provides a clear example of how free markets by their very nature tend towards excess and destruction of the natural world.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A recent Newsweek cover story promoting television watching may have more to do with the magazine's ownership than valid research.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

If the World Bank has its way, the public water systems of several regions, including Ghana, would be taken away from the control of the people, and placed into their own profit schemes.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Washington policymakers by and large are not acting to restrain corporate abuses, they are continuing to aid and abet them.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2002, Source: AlterNet

So, you want to buy some stock in an American corporation?<br>&nbsp;

Posted on: Jun 16, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Prescription drug prices are outrageously high, and the justifications for keeping them there are based on faulty assumptions and disinformation.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2001, Source: AlterNet

For years, the government has been cutting secret deals with major U.S. corporations and banks -- who are cutting deals with terrorist organizations. Why don't we hear about it?

Posted on: Oct 2, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Fast track and FTAA. Corporate tax cuts. Drilling in Alaska. Star Wars. These are some of the "solutions" to the terror attack offered by corporate mouthpieces.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Fast track and the FTAA. Corporate tax cuts. Drilling in Alaska. Star Wars. These are some of the "solutions" and responses to 9-11 offered by corporate mouthpieces.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The maturing anti-corporate globalization movement is poised to make history.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Last month in Genoa, Italy, George Bush decried the activists, saying corporate globalization will advance the interests of the world's poor. Unfortunately, it is frighteningly easy to prove him wrong given the facts.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Last month, Sara Lee pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts in the case of 21 people who ate Ball Park Franks and died. Why didn't the company get the death penalty?

Posted on: May 14, 2001, Source: AlterNet

One of the perquisites of power is being forgiven for past crimes and misdemeanors, and even current misdeeds. Consider the case of the pharmaceutical industry and the issue of access to HIV/AIDS and other essential medicines.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

We've heard it said that commercialism will keep expanding its frontiers until every boundary has been smashed and non-commercial values are completely extinguished. Now that Dr.King is being used to hawk telecom products, we are rapidly approaching that point.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2001, Source: CorpWatch

Tobacco activists are demanding that the Bush administration oppose Philip Morris' efforts to increase overseas sales, and to support -- or at least not undermine -- efforts to negotiate an international tobacco control treaty.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

We decided recently to test White House press secretary Ari Fleischer's knowledge of the workings of the corporate state by attending the daily White House Press Briefing and asking Ari questions. He did not see Bill Moyers special on the chemical industry. Nor would he comment on its allegations.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Environmental activist Dave DeRosa inflitrated a recent chemical industry meeting about the Bill Moyers special. Here's the strategy the industry's spinmeisters came up with.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Corporate espionage of corporations, citizen groups, and governments is the dirty little secret of big business in America today.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Corporations are fundamentally different than you and me. That's a simple truth that Big Business leaders desperately hope the public will not perceive.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Pushing beyond the corporate corrupting frontiers blazed by the Clinton administration, the Bush team is making clear that it intends to deliver on its campaign promises to strengthen Big Business's grip over government policy-making.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The FBI has developed a very close working relationship with a Chicago area crime-busting group funded by the insurance industry to investigate crimes against insurance companies. Wouldn't it be great if consumers had a direct line to the FBI when insurance companies rip them off?

Posted on: Jan 1, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Too often, corporations choose to despoil the natural environment, deny care to the sick, smash workers' unions, endanger consumers, and more. Need evidence? That's why we've compiled this list of the Ten Worst Corporations of the Year.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Police ousted reporters invited to attend a Coca-Cola publicity stunt at the Library of Congress when the reporters asked why Coke was using a public institution to promote junk food.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Corporate rule is not built on a conspiracy. But that does not mean that corporations never conspire. Just last week the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, a meeting between European and American corporate executives, was held to plot more deregulation of national consumer protections.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Want to mandate payment of a living wage to all workers? Get ready to face the threat of plant closures and job shifting. Corporate control of the tax, trade and investment rules which enhance capital mobility, gives corporations enormous leverage over the political process.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2000, Source: AlterNet

If the World Bank and IMF do not stop requiring patients and students to pay for their basic healthcare and education, the U.S. House of Representatives wants to deny them future funding. But first, the House must win the support of the Department of the Treasury.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Research shows computers are less central to educating kids than caring adults, creative play, the arts, outdoor experiences with nature, and hands-on learning. So a group of 75 prominent educators and doctors is calling for a time-out from the overwhelming pressure on educators and parents to computerize childhood.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2000, Source: AlterNet

There is little doubt that the U.S. campaign finance system is corrupt. But it would be a mistake to conclude that the current system of private contributions must be replaced by a system of public financing, without failing to dig further.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Less than 3.6 percent of the roughly thousand papers written by America's political science professors for this year's American Political Science Association's convention address money in politics. For intellectual leadership of anti-globalization, it appears we should look to the undergraduates in the streets.