On the trail of corporate accountability — from the boardroom to the courtroom.
Coca-Cola may be the perfect consumer product. Ultra-cheap to make, the stuff is transformed — with the help of savvy marketing and zillions of advertising dollars — from mere carbonated sugar water into an object of desire. The company offers what former Coke CEO Don Keough called “a small moment of pleasure.”
President Bush is promising an investigation into America’s intelligence business. An independent commission, we’re told, will help us understand why the CIA and the White House were so wrong about Saddam Hussein’sstill-missing arsenal of nasty weapons.
Earlier this month, federal prosecutors worked out a plea bargain that allows Lea Fastow, wife of Andrew Fastow, the former chief financial officer at Enron, to serve just five months in prison.
Halliburton, the Texas company which has been awarded the Pentagon’s contract to put out potential oil-field fires in Iraq and which is bidding for postwar construction contracts, is still making annual payments to its former chief executive, the vice-president Dick Cheney.
There are no family photos or mementos. not a single plaque, diploma or trophy. the white walls in Jack Kilby’s office are ready and waiting for someone – anyone – to hang something on them.What’s the deal?
The blame game started just after the last body bag was zipped up. Four agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and six Branch Davidians were dead.
What does Mumia Abu-Jamal have that David Koresh doesn’t? From Ed Asner to Alice Walker, liberals have flocked to defend Mumia — convicted in 1982 of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner — criticizing the way police and prosecutors handled his case and demanding a new trial. Luminaries of the left marched, chanted and purchased full-page ads in the New York Times to appeal to state and federal authorities to provide for Mumia, who has been on Pennsylvania’s death row for 18 years.