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Issue 23:April/May 2005

DEMOLISHING THE COMMUNTY
What this country's poorest really need is higher house prices. That's the basis of the government's Housing Renewal Pathfinder schemes - demolishing 400,000 houses across the North of England to build more expensive homes.


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May 18, 2005

BRAZIL: MURDER IN THE GREEN DESERT

Aracruz is both a massive paper and cellulose company, which plants mono-culture eucalyptus plantations, all in the name of a sustainable environment, and also the name of the capital city in Espirito Santo, Brazil, an area where many indigenous communities live, who suffer from this agri-business' domination of their political and legal system.

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BOB GELDOF: COURT JESTER OF THE G8
Self-appointed saviour of Africa, 'Saint' Bob Geldof recently hit out at world leaders, appearing to blame them for slow progress on meeting the Development Goals set for Africa. Within the G8 charade Geldof plays a very important role. Read more...

IRAQ: UNION CALLS ANTI-PRIVATISATION CONFERENCE
May 25-26 will see Iraqi trade unionists and civil society activists gather at the Oil Institute of Basra for a two-day conference aimed at fighting the privatisation of Iraqi oil.The organisers of the conference, the General Union of Oil Employees, is a union resolutely opposed to the Occupation, to the former regime and to current plans to privatise Iraq’s oil industry. Read more...

LONDON OLYMPICS: EVICTIONS BEGIN
Students are being evicted from the site of the proposed Olympic Village at Clays Lane, Stratford, East London, even before London knows if it will get the Olympics, and local traveller sites and a housing co-op are also under pressure. Read more...


CORPORATE WATCH LAUNCHES G8 SPECIAL REPORT
In 2005, the annual G8 summit - the meeting of the leaders of world's most powerful countries - is coming to the beautiful glens of Perthshire. In some respects, the G8 leaders are coming home to their roots: Scotland was home to 18th century philosophical movement, 'the Scottish Enlightenment' that gave us 'free market ideology' in the first place. Scotland gained huge financial wealth from colonial rule, and today it is the regional centre for the oil industry, making it an appropriate place for the G8 leaders, the new colonial masters, to be discussing pressing issues such as climate change and poverty in Africa.

The Scottish Executive has made clear that it wants to take the opportunity of the G8 to promote Scotland i.e. Scotland PLC. In response, Corporate Watch aims to highlight the darker side of some of the corporations with bases in Scotland that stand to gain profile and wealth from the G8 summit. Besides the direct financial benefit of the Gleneagles summit, Scotland is a very good example of corporate globalisation in microcosm.
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Profile
ASDA Wal-Mart

Since 1999 Asda has been wholly owned by Wal-Mart – the largest company and arguably 'the most ruthless employer' in the world.
November 2004

Profile
Tesco

Britain's biggest and most profitable supermarket chain, is the darling of the City. But behind the fascia of the 'under one roof' out-of-town Tesco Extra, or the friendly high street Tesco Metro, lies a ruthless billion pound operation.
September 2004

Profile
News Corporation
Murdoch's media empire revealed. May 2004

Agriculture
A Rough Guide to the UK Farming Crisis
(pdf)
Farmers have taken a battering from
environmentalists, and from the public in
general, for not carrying out these responsibilities as well as they should. Much of this criticism is justified. However, this report argues is that it is not entirely the farmers' fault if they have failed in these undertakings. The problems that surround the farming industry are very largely attributable to one elementary fact which is beyond the farmers' control. May 2004

Agriculture
What's Wrong with Supermarkets
(pdf)
In this updated booklet, 'What's Wrong with Supermarkets', Corporate Watch introduces the reader to the 'dog eat dog' world of the major UK supermarket chains and exposes the dark side of Britain's favourite shops. April 2004

Profile
UK Construction Industry Overview

Taking an industry overview looking at the role of PFI and the sectors economic importance. Profiling themajor players including Tarmac, Carillion, Alfred McAlpine, AMEC and Balfour Beatty, as well as government influence, trade bodies profiled and resources for taking further action. March 2004

Profile
Sodexho

War, prisons, anti-unionism and oil - this company are involved in the lot. A specialist in outsourcing and privatised utilities campaigners are most likely to associate Sodexho with its ill-fated government contract to provide benefits to asylum seekers in the form of vouchers. However, there's more to them than that... March 2004

Profile
Microsoft
The biggest computer company on earth, run by the richest man on earth but there's more to Microsoft than meets the eye. Feb 2004

 
   

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