Update: Dam Collapse in Brazil: Lawsuit against Executives

Der brasilianische Ort Bento Rodrigues im Bezirk Mariana des Bundesstaates Minas Gerais nach dem Dammbruch am 5. November 2015 © Flickr, Senado Federal

The Brazilian village of Bento Rodrigues, a subdistrict of Mariana in Minas Gerais state, after the dam collapse on November 5, 2015 © Flickr, Senado Federal

Since the disastrous collapse of the tailings dam in the Brazilian state of Minas   ... →

Munition as Export Hit: German exports increased tenfold

Heckler & Koch Sturmgewehr G36, Dirk Vorderstraße, Flickr

Heckler & Koch Sturmgewehr G36 © Dirk Vorderstraße, Flickr

According to the Government Report on Military Equipment Exports for the first half of 2016, Germany’s export licenses for small arms ammunition increased tenfold, compared to the same period of the   ... →

Swakop uranium: promotion of uranium in “Husab” Mine begins in Namibia

This month the mining company, Swakop Uranium, will start uranium mining in the “Husab” uranium mine located on the west coast of Namibia, as reported by Zheng Keping, the managing director of Swakop Uranium. The company is 90% owned by   ... →

European companies profit at the expense of Indian workers in the shoe and leather industry

Leather shoes Source: Pixabay, fudowakira0

Leather shoes
Source: Pixabay, fudowakira0

Wages that are linked to the number of units produced and that are below those needed to survive; overtime due to high production pressures; inadequate work and health protection measures; weak or even non-existent trade   ... →

Are Samsung and LG & Co. manipulating the power consumption of TV sets?

SAMSUNG CES2015 SUHD TV Highlight Zone © REDHOOD

SAMSUNG CES2015 SUHD TV Highlight Zone © REDHOOD

Research by the US Environmental Protection Agency NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has shown that the electricity consumption of television sets manufactured by Samsung, LG and Vizio as measured by official energy   ... →

Sampoerna Agro: Indonesian Palm Oil producer fined for rainforest destruction

Für Palmöl gerodeter Regenwald, Quelle: flickr, © H Dragon

Rainforest destroyed for palm oil, Quelle: flickr, © H Dragon

In a court decision of August 2016, the Indonesian court in Jakarta sentenced the Indonesian palm oil producer Sampoerna Agro to the highest ever penalty for illegal slash and burn   ... →

German companies profiting from rising tensions in the South China Sea:

ype 054A frigate (Jiangkai II-class)

Type 054A frigate (Jiangkai II-class) © Wikipedia

According to the German Handelsblatt, German companies along with French and British arms exporters are providing engines and other defence equipment to both sides of the conflict in the South China Sea, including   ... →

Abuse of migrant workers in Thai Chicken production

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Cover des Finnwatch-Berichts “Employment available in exchange for debt”

The four major companies producing broiler chicken in Thailand have been shown to violate labour rights in the production facilities. The companies Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL, Laemthong Corporation Group, Centaco Group   ... →