Weekly Watchdog 1/26/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… d two-thirds, to nearly $720 billion. Before Obama announced his plan, the Pentagon was counting on an annual boost over the next 10 years. While there may be …"

West Africa oil boom overlooks tattered environmental safety net

By Christiane Badgley

Industry regulation and disaster plans missing as Ghana ramps up production

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… new emphasis after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.Companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron-Texaco had been major players in Equatorial Guinea, Angola and …"

"… companies monitor themselves and handle their own cleanups.The ICIJ asked ExxonMobil, how the oil companies conduct self-monitoring in the region and to whom t …"

"… ring in the region and to whom they report.David Eglinton, a spokesman for ExxonMobil, promised a response. He has yet to give one.Dead whalesIn Sekondi-Takorad …"

Fishing and the offshore oil industry: A delicate imbalance

By Christiane Badgley

Fishing and the offshore oil industry in Ghana

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil production":

"… vironmental agency.”At its current pace of around 120,000 barrels a day, oil production will account for about 5 percent of Ghanaian GDP in the next few years. Th …"

New global energy payments index may get boost from SEC

By Julie Vorman

A new Revenue Watch Index that measures disclosure about oil industry payments in 41 countries may soon have access to a gusher of details a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colombia":

"… enness about energy management, followed by Norway, Russia, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Peru, Azerbaijan, and Ecuador, according to the index. The Un …"

Canada's about-face on climate

By William Marsden

Tar sands and a tough business lobby pull Ottawa far from Copenhagen

Excerpts from this story referencing "Quebec":

"… rsden is an investigative reporter with The Gazette in Montreal, Quebec. Data analysis on this story was performed by M.B. Pell, with the assistan …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congo":

"… les from the coca-rich plains of Colombia, in the dense jungles of eastern Congo, rebels allegedly profit from a millionaire tobacco tycoon who recently pl …"

"… ilty to cigarette smuggling.More than five million people have died in the Congo since 1998, making it among the most lethal conflicts since World War II. …"

"… rity of fighting now occurs in the east between three opposing forces: the Congolese military, a Hutu-backed rebel group, and a Tutsi-backed rebel group ca …"

"… jugiro owns Mastermind Tobacco Company, which produces Yes cigarettes, and Congo Tobacco Company, which produces Supermatch cigarettes, according to compan …"

Checkbook diplomacy

By Stephanie Mencimer

In October of 1969, Vincent de Roulet, the newly appointed ambassador to Jamaica, arrived in Kingston aboard his 90-foot yacht, soon to be j

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… Darling Shops, a huge chain of women’s clothing stores, to serve in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). At his confirmation hearing, in closed session, Gluck candi …"

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere Inc. (CARE)

By Alejandra Fernández Morera

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere reaches over 7 million people in 40 countries with their HIV/AIDS programs

Excerpts from this story referencing "ABC":

"… ach to HIV prevention policy.PEPFAR's prevention strategy is known as the "ABC" approach: "Abstinence" from sex until marriage, "Being faithful" to one s …"

Côte d'Ivoire

By Victoria Kreha

Background, challenges and relief efforts related to the AIDS epidemic in Côte d'Ivoire

Excerpts from this story referencing "ABC":

"… eating innovative prevention efforts using the components of the so-called ABC approach (for Abstinence, Be Faithful, and correct and consistent Condom u …"

A gateway to Brazil

By Kevin Bogardus

Telecom firm linked to Jefferson bribe probe helped pay for his, others' travel

Excerpts from this story referencing "Atiku Abubakar":

"… es abroad — even allegedly attempting to bribe Nigeria's vice president, Atiku Abubakar — to secure multimillion-dollar deals for the telecom company.Abubakar h …"

Commentary: Protecting the rights of the people through investigative reporting

By Charles Lewis

The most beloved American president, Abraham Lincoln, once said, "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depend

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… nvestigative Journalists (ICIJ). It was begun and sponsored in 1997 by the Center for Public Integrity.The ICIJ was created because there is a need for in-depth information that …"