Weekly Watchdog 1/26/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Ghana":

"… erlooks tattered environmental safety netThe Jubilee offshore oil field in Ghana has proven a blessing for investors and curse for locals. Even as the fiel …"

"… ists, official silence surrounding a November 2011 spill was evidence that Ghana lacked the ability to properly oversee offshore oil operations. Located al …"

"… oversee offshore oil operations. Located along Africa’s Atlantic Coast, Ghana is slipping down the same unregulated slope as other countries that hug th …"

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 "Ghana":

"… 2011, fishermen working near the Jubilee oil field 60 km. off the coast of Ghana spotted a large oil slick floating towards land.The next day a dark, syrup …"

"… e, coating beaches of several fishing communities and waterfront hotels in Ghana’s Ahanta West District, the coastal strip closest to the country’s new …"

"… out the future,” said Kyei Kwadwo Yamoah of the Friends of the Nation, a Ghanaian community development organization.Even as the Jubilee field was in dev …"

"… ists, official silence surrounding the November incident was evidence that Ghana lacked the ability to properly oversee offshore oil operations.Reports by …"

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 "Ghana":

"… dents along the Gulf of Mexico stood by the oil industry.In December 2010, Ghana, a nation of 24 million people, became the latest African nation to join t …"

"… the petroleum club. Its Jubilee field, approximately 60 km. (40 miles) off Ghana’s coast, is the first of what will likely be several deep-water oil deve …"

"… t will likely be several deep-water oil development projects. Drilling off Ghana over the next 20 years may be worth as much as $20 billion in export reven …"

"… ts on the Delta ecosystem.Ishac Diwan, the World Bank country director for Ghana, believes the country can manage and benefit from its oil. The Internation …"

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 "Ontario":

"… ade only a brief stop and was soon back home, at a media event in suburban Ontario. There, in the town of Oakville, he declared that his corporate tax cuts h …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Algeria":

"… buktu, across the sand plains of Niger, and into the mountain oasis of the Algerian south.Smugglers take the same routes today — driving SUVs along paved r …"

"… ntrol this underground trade is al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Algeria-based terrorist organization widely believed to have been backed by Osama …"

"… for the 2003 kidnappings of 32 European tourists and the 2006 murder of 13 Algerian customs officials. “They are a significant threat,” says Lorenzo Vidi …"

"… by Gauloises and American Legend, as well as counterfeited Rym, a popular Algerian brand.Al-Qaeda’s North Africa affiliate isn’t alone. After crackdowns …"

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 "Spain":

"… wife) C.V. “Sonny” Whitney would be nominated as ambassador to Spain, Nixon exclaimed: “Hell, if we did it, it was a great sale. He gave …"

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 "President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief":

"… according to agency spokeswoman Alina Labrada.The announcement of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a five-year, $15 billion initiative launched in 2003 to fight HI …"

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 "Ghana":

"… lion U.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 …"

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 "Gregory Meeks":

"… p. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. — did not respond to questions about the trip.In his column in t …"

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 …"