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15 March 2001

Boom time for few signals misery and death for many [Sudan]

Author: Mark Curtis, Head of Advocacy at Christian Aid, in Guardian [UK]

The foreign oil companies in Sudan are choosing to wall themselves off from these realities. Many, such as Talisman (Canada), Lundin (Sweden) and CNPC [China National Petroleum Corporation] (China), are complicit in the atrocities through their inaction.

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25 August 2001

Unsanctioned Action: Political Power Does Not Grow From The Barrel Of An Economic Gun

Author: editorial, Thomas G. Donlan, Barron's [USA]

The [U.S.] Administration opposes a new form of economic sanction that might be applied to the government of Sudan. The House of Representatives recently passed the "Sudan Peace Act," which includes an amendment prohibiting foreign companies that do...

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23 October 2001

Russia republic, Sudan seek deals on arms, oil - New wealth could tip long African civil war

Author: Will Englund, SunSpot [Maryland, USA]

...A delegation led by the Sudanese external trade minister, Abdel Hamid Mussa Kasha, was in the autonomous Volga River republic of Tatarstan over the weekend, talking oil with the Tatneft company and checking out Mi-17 helicopters, optical sighting...

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7 February 2002

Oil brings death, war to southern Sudan

Author: Tervil Okoko, PANA

A report issued this week says hundreds of Sudanese civilians were being killed, raped and displaced in a "war for oil" that has gripped the vast African nation for the past three years. The report by Christian Aid, an international NGO, says human...

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21 May 2002

In Khartoum's Oil Pipelines flow Blood [Sudan]

Author: Peter Wanbali, The Nation [Kenya]

Two documents on the Sudan released almost simultaneously last week expose the complexities and contradictions inherent in the search for peace in that country's conflict that has lasted two decades, killed two million people, displaced 4.5 million...

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1 January 2003

Deconstructing Engagement: Corporate Self-Regulation in Conflict Zones – Implications for Human Rights and Canadian Public Policy

Author: Georgette Gagnon, independent human rights consultant; Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto; Penelope Simons, University of Toronto

This paper examines the existing governance gap in the accountability of TNCs for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law associated with their extraterritorial operations. It assesses the adequacy of efforts at self-regulation...

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14 May 2003

Caspian Oil Windfalls: Who Will Benefit?

Author: Svetlana Tsalik, Caspian Revenue Watch, Open Society Institute

[This report] calls for greater accountability, transparency, and public oversight in the oil and natural gas industries of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. It urges foreign oil companies, their home governments, and international financial institutions to...

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25 November 2003

Sudan: Oil Companies Complicit in Rights Abuses

Author: Human Rights Watch

The Sudanese government's efforts to control oilfields in the war-torn south have resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Foreign oil companies operating in Sudan have been...

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25 December 2003

Nearly 200 die in China gas blast

Author: BBC News

The [gas] field belongs to the China National Petroleum Corporation.

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12 January 2004

Tragedy of errors in gas blowout [China]

Author: China Daily

[China]: Five days of investigations...yielded the conclusion that it was a grave accident caused by workplace negligence of Eastern Sichuan Drilling Company under the China National Petroleum Corporation...

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