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    • Released April 1, 2007
    Challenging Corporate Investor Rule
    By Sarah Anderson and Sara Grusky

    In Spanish:  Desafiar el poder corporative de los inversionistas

    This report examines how global corporations have increased their power through rules and institutions designed to provide unprecedented and sweeping protections to private foreign investors. These increasingly controversial protections are promoted by the World Bank and other international financial institutions, codified by bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements, and enforced through international arbitration tribunals. Civil society groups – including labor, environmental and human rights groups -- have been harshly critical of these rules, charging that they elevate the narrow interests of global corporations above social and environmental goals. They have been joined by an increasing number of legislators around the world, including in the United States, who have attacked these measures as fundamentally undemocratic. And now, new political leaders, particularly in South America, are beginning to explore ways of challenging these excessive investor protections and putting forth proposals for more just trade and investment regimes.

    Co-published by Food and Water Watch.

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    • Released August 30, 2006
    Executive Excess 2006
    By Sarah Anderson, Eric Benjamin, John Cavanagh, Chuck Collins

    This 13th annual study of executive compensation focuses on the two corporate sectors where excessive pay may be the most inexcusable, the defense industry and the oil industry. In both these sectors, windfalls from war are driving executive pay to record levels.

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    • Released March 1, 2006
    Debt Boomerang
    By Sarah Anderson

    Unmanageable foreign debts are dragging down many of the most impoverished countries in the world. The impacts of these debts are most direct and life-threatening in the Global South, but they also boomerang back to undermine jobs and the environment in our own country. For people in the United States, joining the global calls for debt cancellation is the right thing to do. And as this study shows, it is also in our interest.

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