Corporate Crime

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Banacol: A company implicated paramilitarism and land grabbing in Curvarado and Jiguamiando
Interchurch Justice and Peace Commission
Article
2012
This study focuses on the International Banacol Marketing Corporation’s actions in the Afro-Colombian and Mestizo communities’ collective territories of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó in the Lower Atrato r...
Bangladesh's exploitation economy
Cyran, Olivier
Article
2013
Before the collapse of Rana Plaza, which killed over a thousand people, most of them textile workers, there was the fire that killed a hundred at the Tazreen factory. A major cause is western companie...
Banks Are "Where the Money Is" In The Drug War : Big Lenders Face Few Hard Consequences for Violating Anti-Money Laundering Laws
Conroy, Bill
Article
2012
Man of the largest banks in the world have been accused of failing to comply with anti-money laundering laws — thereby enabling, collectively, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of suspicious trans...
Beyond Panama: Unlocking the world's secrecy jurisdictions
Article
2016
The 21 jurisdictions covered by the Panama Papers data vary from the rolling hills of Wyoming to tropical getaways like the British Virgin Islands. But all have at least one thing in common - secrecy ...
Big Oil's Ethical Violence: BP and the Armed Suppression of Dissent in Colombia
Coleman, Lara Montesinos
Article
2015
To challenge impunity is not just to attempt to confine abuses to the past. It serves to expose crimes committed, to preserve memory of the past within the present, and to highlight contradictions bet...
Bigger Slicks, Sicker Society: Against The Current vol. 147
The Editors
Article
2010
Corporate crime is strikingly analogous to the BP slick. The visible stuff is the slime on the surface that gets most of the attention. You can see it, taste it, smell it. The bigger part stays underw...
Biggest criminals write laws that make their crimes legal
Segnini, Giannina
Article
2013
Giannina Segnini discusses her bribery investigations that helped put two former presidents of Costa Rica in jail, and offers advice to aspiring investigative journalists.
Billionaires, Crime, and Corruption
Spritzler, John
Article
2001
What does it really mean when somebody claims to own hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars? What is a billionaire like David Rockefeller really telling us? He's saying that land he may neve...
Books of Interest - Sources 58
Tudor, Dean
Article
2006
Reviews of books about journalism, media, and research.
The Borrower and the Billionaire: A Foreclosure Story
Hudson, Michael W.
Article
2010
In this excerpt adapted from The Monster, Michael W. Hudson writes about the nation’s largest subprime lending empire through the fortunes of its owner and one of its customers.
Canada Is Now To Climate What Japan Is To Whaling
Monbiot, George
Article
2009
Here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, dive...
Chevron Whistleblower Videos Show Deliberate Falsification Of Evidence In Ecuador Oil Pollution Trial
Gaworecki,Mike
Article
2015
Chevron lost the lawsuit filed against the company by Indigenous villagers who say Texaco, which merged with Chevron, left hundreds of open, unlined pits full of toxic oil waste in the Amazon rainfore...
Chile Report: Enterprise and Repression Multinational Goes to Chile
Article
1976
Looks at Noranda Mines' copper mine investment in Chile.
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Complaints filed against telecom companies for their role in UK mass surveillance programme
Privacy International
Article
2013
On 5 November 2013, Privacy International filed formal complaints with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the UK against some of the world's leading telecommunication ...
Connexions Library: Economy, Poverty, Work Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the economy and economics.
Connexions Other Voices - June 26, 2017: Public Safety
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
The June 26, 2017 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter is about public safety.
Corporate Corruption And The Special Interest State: Regulatory Capture at the FCC
Rosen, David
Article
2013
With Tom Wheeler's nomination, expect pro big-telecom policies such as ending net neutrality, further industry consolidation, limiting meaningful competition and increasing user fees, among other poli...
Corporate crime wave: New Internationalist July 2003
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
A look into corporate crime, people who have been involved, and what happens to the money. Also discusses what can be done to stop corporate crime.
Corporate Terrorism in West Texas: The Full Weight of Justice
Mokhiber, Russell
Article
2013
Make no mistake, if it becomes clear that the Texas explosion was triggered by a terrorist attack, a la the Oklahoma City bombing, then Obama will begin talking about “the full weight of justice.”
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
Bakan, Joel
Book
Makes the case that corporations function as a psychopathic entity. A companion to Mark Achbar's 2003 documentary of the same name.
The Corporation
Achbar, Mark; Abbott Jennifer
Film/Video
2004
The Corporation explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time.
Corporation Nation
Derber, Charles
Book
1998
Derber writes that undemocratic corporations, not governments, are controlling society.
Corporations Spy on Nonprofits with Impunity: Dow Chemical vs. Greenpeace
Nader, Ralph
Article
2014
Here's a dirty little secret you won't see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice.
Deutsche Bank Pays $2.5 Billion Fine For Interest Rate Rigging
Chatterjee,Pratap
Article
2015
Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay out $2.5 billion fine to settle U.K. and U.S. government investigations into allegations of fixing global interest rates, months after 6 other banks paid out $4.3 billi...
The Empire Strikes Back
Murray, Craig
Article
2016
If you argue a case strongly on the internet you must expect to receive robust argument back. Plus the odd insult. There has been plenty of both in reaction to my posts about corporate media control o...
EnvironmentSources.com
Website
Web portal with information about environmental issues and resources, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and importa...
Ernst & Young Pays $10 Million To Settle Lehman Brothers Audit Failure Lawsuit
Chatterjee, Pratap
Article
2015
Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four auditing firms, has agreed to pay a $10 million to New York state to settle a lawsuit for overlooking accounting gimmicks by Lehman Brothers, the defunct Wall Street...
Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution Was A Global Threat By Late 1970s
Grandia, Kevin and DeMelle, Brendan
Article
2016
Throughout Exxon’s global operations, the company knew that CO2 was a harmful pollutant in the atmosphere years earlier than previously reported. Exxon corporate documents from the late 1970s state un...
Ford & the Nazi War Efforts: Henry Ford was no Oskar Schindler
Karliner, Joshua
Article
1998
The Ford Motor Company's commercial-free sponsorship of NBC's airing of Schindler's List, the epic movie about the Holocaust, was a class act. Nevertheless, it would be remiss of us here at CorpWatch,...
Getting Serious About Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground Means Getting Serious About a Just Transition
Young, Patrick
Article
2016
If the climate movement is going to get serious about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, the movement needs to get serious about cultivating a real vision for a just transition. If we’re going to se...
How Human Rights Watch Covers for Companies in Colombia: Down Where the Death Squads Live
Kovalik, Daniel
Article
2013
Human Rights Watch fails to name the names in its recent report on Colombia entitled, “The Risk of Returning Home, Violence and Threats against Displaced People Reclaiming Land in Colombia.” And, this...
IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation
Black, Edwin
Book
2001
Nazi Germany employed IBM Hollerith punch-card machines to perform critical tasks in carrying out the Holocaust and the German war effort, cranking out lists of Jews which were then turned over to th...
Iceland Jail Top Bankers For 46 Years, Europe 'Outraged'
Dmitry, Baxter
Article
2016
Iceland has differed from the rest of Europe and the US by allowing bankers to be prosecuted as criminals, rather than treating them as a protected species.
If boycotts could change the system they'd be illegal
Mortinston, Peter
Article
1996
A ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal says that boycotting by a grassroots group Friends of the Lubicon Lake Cree Nation of Daishowa paper products was illegal because it resulted in economic harm t...
The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Pearce, Fred
Book
2012
How Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheikhs, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.
Monsanto: Contamination By All Means Necessary
Todhuner, Colin
Article
2013
What happens when you allow commercial interests free rein over a nation state's food and agricultural policies? Consumers and farmers end up paying the price.
The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America -- and Spawned a Global Crisis
Hudson, Michael W.
Book
2010
Hudson explains the rise and fall of the subprime mortgage business by chronicling the rise and fall of two corporate empires: Ameriquest and Lehman Brothers, who did more than any other institutions ...
Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail
Elgin,Benjamin
Article
2015
The billionaire CEO of Continental Resources told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed.
On a Cross of Coal: How Massey Crucified Miners
Macaray, David
Article
2011
Federal investigators investigated the Massey mine disaster in which 29 miners died discovered that Massey Energy was keeping two sets of books (safety logs). One log reflected actual mine conditions...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2015: Corruption
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Richwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Corruption - or at least some types of corruption - are much in the news, with the ongoing scandals in the Canadian Senate and the recent U.S. targeting of the Swiss-based football federation FIFA for...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 9, 2016: Corporate Crime
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Corporations have increasingly become legally unaccountable for their behaviour. Yet all too often corporations break the law and engage in criminals acts which would be severely punished if they were...
Perspectives On Power: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1997
Chomsky sets down his thoughts on topics ranging from language and human nature, to the Middle East and East Timor.
The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment
Ross, Benjamin; Amter, Steven
Book
2010
Provides an account of the American chemical industry and its effect on the environment.
Press for Conversion #53: March 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
Few realize that during the early 1930s, there was a homegrown fascist plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a dictatorship.
The Price We Pay
Crooks, Harold
Film/Video
2014
This documentary, inspired by Brigitte Alepin's book La Crise fiscale qui vient, shines a light on the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, which has seen multinat...
Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor
Herivel, Tara; Wright, Paul
Book
2002
Essays on the cruelty and inhumanity of the American prison system.
Profit by Fiat
Bichler, Shimshon; Nitzan, Johnathan
Article
2012
The current bond rigging scandal, in which banks colluded to rig bids on municipal bonds, was a scam that the banks learned from the mafia, who in turn learned it from the Rockfellers and tehri partne...
Romania's 'occupy forests' movement demands clampdown on corporate crime
Besliu, Raluca
Article
2015
A growing protest movement is demanding strong controls on international investors and logging companies buying up Romania's forests. In its sights is Austria-based Schweighofer, which stands accused ...
Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze
Article
2013
Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough.
Six Banks Pay $5.6 Billion in Fines for Foreign Exchange Manipulation
Smallteacher, Richard
Article
2015
Six major international banks – Bank of America, Barclays, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Union Bank of Switerland (UBS) – have agreed to pay $5.6 billion in fines for rigg...
Spooky Business: A New Report on Corporate Espionage Against Non-profits: Sources News Release
Article
2013
Giant corporations are employing highly unethical or illegal tools of espionage against nonprofit organizations with near impunity, according to a new report by Essential Information.
The State as Protection Racket: Chapters in the History of Daylight Robbery
Wilkinson, T.P.
Article
2010
The debate about the current global economic "crisis" is obscenely counterintuitive and illogical to the point of incoherence. Who is willing to 'follow the money"? This dictum appears utterly forgott...
Swiss Leaks: Murky Cash Sheltered by Bank Secrecy
Article
2015
HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) offered services to clients who had been unfavourably named by the United Nations, in court documents and in the media as connected to arms trafficking, blood diamonds and b...
They Are Still Killing Trade Union Leaders: Global Capital's Death Squads and Night-Riders
Macaray, David
Article
2012
Question: So what happens these days in developing countries when a prominent, charismatic union activist - with the courage to stand up to sinister, government-supported business groups who have, on ...
Time to Jail Auto Executives?: Still Unsafe at Any Speed
Mokhiber, Russell
Article
2015
Rather than allowing automobile industry debacles to float by without inspiring systemic change that will save lives, criminal prosecutions should become an integral part of -- even a priority for -- ...
Too Big to Jail: Not Too Big to Resist
DeWalt, Dan
Article
2013
US rich evade punishment while the poor are criminalized in the two-tier justice system.
Two Systems of Justice: One for the Corporate Class; One for the Rest of Us
Mokhiber, Russell
Article
2011
We have two systems of justice. One for the corporate class. And one for the rest of us.
Veolia's dirty business: The Tovlan landfill
Article
2010
Ever since the first Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel in 2005, French multinational Veolia has been on campaigners' list of boycott targets. Corporate Watch has i...
Volkswagen and the Quandary of Hidden Code
Blunden, Bill
Article
2015
After Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, Blunden states that this company is not the only one engaging in the practice of secretly modifying technology. Rather, systematic hidden codes are embedd...
VW, GM and Takata: the Case for Jailing Corporate Executives
Mokhiber, Russell
Article
2016
Making the case that executives at VW, Takata and General Motors should be jailed for corporate crime. The crimes committed by the corporations they head are extremely serious, and have caused and wil...
Wall Street's Role in Narco-Trafficking: "Business is Booming"
Whitney, Mike
Article
2011
Every major bank in the US has served as an active financial partner of the murderous drug cartels.
Morris, Ruth; Glasbeek, Harry; Martin, Dianne
Article
1997
We've allowed our corporate dominated media and politicians to sell us a bill of goods that welfare fraud is a big problem. Meanwhile, corporations continue on their robber baron path, virtually untou...
What Bhopal Started: From Union Carbide to Exxon to BP
Sainath, P.
Article
2010
Bhopal marked the horrific beginning of a new era. One that signalled the collapse of restraint on corporate power. The ongoing BP spill in the Mexican Gulf -- with estimates ranging from 30,000 to ...
The Whistle-Blower as Deep Mole: Spying on Malfeasance
Macaray, David
Article
2014
There’s an intriguing idea based loosely on the turn-of-the-century union practice of "salting" a workplace. Salting consists of union activists secretly hiring into an anti-union shop in order to pro...
Who Profits?: Exposing the Israeli Occupation Industry
Database
In exposing companies and corporations involved in the occupation, we hope to promote a change in public opinion and corporate policies, leading to an end to the occupation.
Who threatens us most – peaceful campaigners or a private militia run by police chiefs?
Monbiot, George
Article
2011
The people challenging corporate power are often defamed as destructive anarchists. Yet they are seeking to defend the fabric of our lives from the anarchic destruction of market fundamentalism. The p...
Why bananas are a parable for our times: Amost unnoticed, bananas are dying
Hari, Johann
Article
The corporations that control the banana industry have created a giant monoculture. Disease is now destroying the fruit, and because natural genetic diversity has been eliminated, there is no remedy. ...
Why Not Jail for Corporate Criminals?: When Regulation Fails to Restrain Corporate Villainy
Mokhiber, Russell
Article
2014
It's time to focus on corporate criminal prosecution. Get rid of deferred and non prosecution agreements. Criminally charge corporations and their top executives.
Why Not Jail?: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction
Steinzor, Rena
Book
2014
Analyzes five industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment. Steinzor recommends innovative interpretations of existing laws ...
'Yes, I Lied': Vindicating Villagers, Star Chevron Witness Busted for Perjury
Fulton, Deirdre
Article
2015
Chevron has taken the people of Ecuador and the U.S. court system on a ride, full of lies, deliberate delay, and obstruction of justice, says Amazon Watch.
The Yes Men Are Revolting
Servin, Jacques; Vamos, Igor; Nix, Laura (director)
Film/Video
2014
A documentary film about The Yes Men, a culture jamming duo who use the aliases Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. The film follows their exploits as they prank various organizations and corporations wh...

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Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
COAT is a national network of individuals and organizations in Canada that began in late 1988 to organize opposition to ARMX '89, which was the country's largest weapons bazaar. COAT has continued to ...
Corporate Watch
Corporate Watch is a not-for-profit co-operative providing critical information on the social and environmental impacts of corporations and capitalism. Since 1996 our research, journalism, analysis an...
CorpWatch
CorpWatch provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe and also talks with people who are directly affected by corporate abuses as wel...
New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.

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Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
COAT is a national network of individuals and organizations in Canada that began in late 1988 to organize opposition to ARMX '89, which was the country's largest weapons bazaar. COAT has continued to expose and oppose Canada's rol...
CorpWatch
CorpWatch provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe, and also talks with people who are directly affected by corporate abuses as well as with others fighting for...

Sources Library

Authorities ramp up pressure on media over banking disclosures
Sources News Release
2015
Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission has imposed fines of up to 80,000 euros each on several newspapers for disclosing information about the banking sector. Reporters Without Borders deplores th...
Bangladesh factory fire: brands accused of criminal negligence
Sources News Release
2012
Clean Clothes Campaign, along with trade unions & labour rights organisation, is calling for immediate action from international brands following the fire in Dhaka Bangladesh which killed over 100 wor...
Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case
Lobe, Jim
2014
In the latest twist in a 21-year-old environmental pollution case, a U.S. federal judge Tuesday ruled that the victims of massive oil spillage and their U.S. attorney could not collect on a nine-billi...
Companies that cooperate with dictatorships must be sanctioned
Sources News Release
2011
Reporters Without Borders condemns the criminal cooperation that exists between many western companies, especially those operating in the new technology area, and authoritarian regimes.
EFF To Court: Cisco Must Be Held Accountable For Aiding China's Human Rights Abuses
Sources News Release
2016
Company Built Customized Golden Shield System to Identify Falun Gong Members Who Were Later Tortured.
Guardian gagged from reporting parliament
2009
Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question ...
How the Trafigura story came to be told
2009
Gag defeated by press, web users and MPs.
Trafigura gag attempt unites house in protest
2009
Efforts by the law firm Carter-Ruck to stop reporting of a Commons question about Trafigura have outraged MPs on all sides.
U.S. Elites
The Original Gangsters
Alexandrov, Nick
2016
Donald Trump is at home in the underworld. Tom Robbins writes that the de facto GOP nominee "has encountered a steady stream of mob-tainted offers that he apparently couldn't refuse" in his decades in...
Vulture funds await Jersey decision on poor countries' debts
26 companies hope to double $1bn haul
Palast, Greg; O'Kane, Maggie; Madlena, Chavala
2011
Pressure grows to end trade that has made $1bn for speculators but has been blamed for delaying recovery of war-torn countries.

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Corporate Watch (UK)
Website
Radical research and publishing group supporting activism against large multinational corporations.
CorpWatch
Website
Corporate Watch provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe and also talks with people who are directly affected by corporate abuses...
Counterpunch
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Progressive U.S. website/newsletter.
New Internationalist
Serial Publication (Periodical)
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.