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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

  • CorpWatch’s Pratap Chatterjee on Iraq’s Missing Oil and Halliburton’s Houston Send-Off


    A draft report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq’s declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling. The news comes as the Iraqi Parliament is preparing to vote on a new law that would open up Iraq’s oil reserves to multinational oil companies. CorpWatch director Pratap Chatterjee has closely monitored the Iraqi oil industry. He speaks to us from Houston, where Halliburton is preparing to hold its last annual shareholders meeting in Texas before moving headquarters to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. [includes rush transcript]

  • Displaced, Imprisoned Darfurian Refugee Daoud Ibarahaem Hari on His Return to Darfur to Help Expose the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis


    Daoud Ibarahaem Hari is one of only three Darfuris who have reportedly been granted refugee status in the United States in the past four years. Daoud fled Sudan in 2003 after an attack on his village in northern Darfur. Then, he did something that few of his fellow hundreds of thousands of refugees have done: He went back to Darfur. In August 2006, he and American journalist Paul Salopek–a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune–and their driver were imprisoned in Darfur by the Sudanese government for 35 days. Daoud endured harsh treatment including torture and threats to his life. After international pressure, the three were eventually released. [includes rush transcript]

  • Philadelphia Court Hearing Could Decide Fate of Imprisoned Journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal


    In Philadelphia, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s legal team is preparing for a hearing that could decide the fate of the imprisoned former Black Panther. Abu-Jamal has been on death row for 25 years after being convicted of killing a police officer following a controversial trial before a predominantly white jury. On Thursday, the Third Circuit Court Of Appeals will hear oral arguments to decide whether Mumia gets a new trial, life in prison without parole, or execution. Hundreds of supporters are planning to rally outside the courthouse. We’re joined by Linn Washington of The Philadelphia Tribune, and hear a recent audio commentary Mumia recorded behind bars. [includes rush transcript]