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 "Environment":

"… documentation prepared by the IFC, the Environmental organization Pacific Environment also questioned IFC support for the project, citing: “Inadequate assessm …"

"… have touted the pace at which the Jubilee field was brought to production.Environmentalists point out that the country’s first deep-water oil project was its …"

"… resolution of several issues:  “Kosmos and the Ministry of Science, Environment and Technology have agreed to a solution with respect to the accidental mu …"

"… Ogoniland in 2008 – pollution in the Niger Delta that the United Nations Environment Program said would cost $1 billion to clean up.Shell said sabotage is thwa …"

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 "Petroleum":

"… an investment of about $3.4 billion. U.S. firms Kosmos Energy and Anadarko Petroleum are part of an operating consortium headed by U.K.-based Tullow Oil PLC. …"

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 "Encana":

"… You had Gwyn Morgan, who was the CEO of [oil, gas, and tar sands company] Encana, characterize the discussions around cap and trade as ‘an encroaching ca …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tobacco":

"… na. His projected release date: September 2135.The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating a number of cigarette smug …"

"… avery, according to the U.N.’s Group of Experts.Rujugiro owns Mastermind Tobacco Company, which produces Yes cigarettes, and Congo Tobacco Company, which p …"

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

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 "fundraiser":

"… , especially with ambassadors,” says Melvin Sembler, the veteran GOP fundraiser whom President George H.W. Bush appointed ambassador to Australia and the …"

"… embourg. Mesta’s credentials: She was a wealthy widow and Democratic fundraiser known for the lavish Washington parties she threw. Her service as ambassad …"

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 "Ghana":

"… HACI is currently active in nine countries, among them Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal and Uganda.Other CARE programs targeting AIDS include Local Links …"

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 "GlaxoSmithKline":

"… number of sponsors, including iGate, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Odebrecht, the Cong …"

"… iscussed "access to medicine issues" with executives for drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, as well as a "broader commercial relationship" with members of the city's …"

"… lpatrick, D-Mich.Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Citigroup; PhRMA; General Motors; GlaxoSmithKline; Port of New Orleans; iGate Technologies; Odebrecht; Coca-Cola; Congressio …"

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 "Ghana":

"… cal reporting. Kabral Blay-Amihere, editor of The Independent newspaper in Ghana and president of the West African Journalists Association, was taken into …"