In 2012, 11000 Nigerian farmers brought a case to court in the UK in which they claimed that Royal Dutch Shell caused two severe oil spills in 2008 in southern Nigeria and contaminated around 35 sq miles (90 sq km), partly inhabiting sensitive mangroves. The affected stakeholders are mainly farmers and fishermen due to the destruction of their working environment which affectected their business. ... →
NGO report identifies continuing financial ties with cluster munition producers amounting to $27 billion – German banks in retreat
(Berlin, 27.11.14) Worldwide there are still 151 financial institutions with relationships to the seven remaining producers of prohibited cluster munitions, worth $27 billion. The majority of financial institutions are located in countries that have refused to sign the treaty on the prohibition of cluster munitions. ... →
The Swiss bank giant UBS (NYSE:UBS) which is the largest private lender, has come to an agreement during negotiations with American, British and Swiss authorities which have been going on for almost a year now. The bank was accused of misconduct at its precious metals business as well as manipulation in the forex market.
UBS is only one of four other large banks involved in the scandal. ... →
The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, under development by Lockheed Martin for the US Air Force and Navy, can act autonomously on targets. Recent testing of the missile proved it is able to manoeuvre on its own out of radio contact with human controllers.
Alone, with no human intervention, the missile is able to decide which ships to attack. ... →
After 15 years of the Public Eye, the Berne Declaration and Greenpeace Switzerland are taking stock and, in their farewell to Davos and the WEF, will present a final award to one company for its lifetime achievements in corporate irresponsibility. The six nominees in the online voting starting today on www.publiceye.ch are Chevron, Dow Chemical, Gazprom, Glencore, Goldman Sachs and Walmart. ... →
(Geneva, 13 November 2014) – Nations must continue and deepen their deliberations in 2015 on the questions relating to ‘lethal autonomous weapons systems’ with the ultimate objective of creating new international law prohibiting such weapons, said the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots today.
“The diplomatic talks must continue if we are to avoid sleepwalking into a world where decisions about who, where and when to kill are delegated to computer programs,” said Professor Noel Sharkey, Chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), a co-founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. ... →