Weekly Watchdog 1/26/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… an 3 million metric tons in just two decades. The oily fish is a staple in Africa, but people elsewhere are unaware that it is in their forkfuls of farmed s …"

"… still be a larger budget, even after inflation is taken into account.West Africa oil boom overlooks tattered environmental safety netThe Jubilee offshore o …"

"… ked the ability to properly oversee offshore oil operations. Located along Africa’s Atlantic Coast, Ghana is slipping down the same unregulated slope as o …"

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 "Africa":

"… police the industry and equipment needed to react to spills.Located along Africa’s Atlantic Coast, Ghana is slipping down the same unregulated slope as o …"

"… $3 billion Jubilee field ready in record time.Ghana became the latest West African country to share in an oil exploration boom that had taken on new emphasi …"

"… 90s. After the terrorist attacks, the United States looked increasingly to Africa as a “safe” alternative to Middle Eastern oil.Then-President George W. …"

"… le Eastern oil.Then-President George W. Bush traveled twice to sub-Saharan Africa and met with a number of African heads of state. Exploration in the Gulf o …"

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 "financial management":

"… .” The report examined everything from licensing and contracts to public financial management of the oil sector. But the group gave the government a “D” for its han …"

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 "Ghana":

"… near the bottom of the index were Turkmenistan, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia.The two non-profit groups plan to update the index in 20 …"

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 "Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers":

"… onal oil patch stance of “bitch, moan and whine” as represented by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.“They want to work with environmentalists to find a solution,” Rudolph …"

"… maintains a foothold in both camps. It is still part of the hard-line Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), which has lobbied heavily to undermine climate change legisla …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "al-Qaeda":

"… this 2,000-mile corridor.Among those who control this underground trade is al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Algeria-based terrorist organization wid …"

"… rly lucrative, low-risk way to fund operations.Hezbollah, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda are involved in smuggling cigarettes; so are the Real Irish Republican Arm …"

"… gangs, who find the big profits and low risk hard to resist.In addition to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, at least a half-dozen terrorist groups and insurgen …"

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 "general election":

"… ial bazaar known as “the buying of the president.” As the 2008 general election campaign picks up and the campaign money flows, there is no way to know wh …"

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 "Europe":

"… 100 million food parcels, the legendary "CARE packages," were delivered in Europe.In 1966, CARE started phasing out the food packages as the core of its mis …"

"… rengthen the capacity of community and faith-based groups in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.In a letter addressed to President George …"

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 "Guinea":

"… S. initiative to fight AIDS abroad. It is bordered by Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Mali, with its southern coast on the Atlantic Ocean.A former …"

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 "congressman":

"… executive later pleaded guilty to bribing him. In April of that year, the congressman led a delegation that included several U.S. lawmakers on a weeklong tour o …"

"… Smith, declined to comment for this story. In media reports, the Louisiana congressman has denied the government's allegations.Why Brazil?According to its Web si …"

"… than $400,000 since 2001 through a company maintained in the names of the congressman's wife and children.Jefferson, in turn, is alleged to have touted iGate's …"

"… ds that describe meetings between the African politician and the Louisiana congressman. Jefferson is still under investigation by federal authorities.Brent Pfeff …"

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 "editor":

"… pillar of any working democracy. For her efforts, Lister, the founder and editor of the The Namibian, was honored in April 2000 as one of the “50 World P …"

"… ast half-century by the International Press Institute, a global network of editors and media executives.In the almost century and a half since those words w …"

"… imprisoned by the Nigerian government. Pius Njawe of Cameroon, founder and editor of Le Messager, was arrested more than 30 times for his newspapers indepen …"

"… spapers independent and sometimes critical reporting. Kabral Blay-Amihere, editor of The Independent newspaper in Ghana and president of the West African Jo …"