Pratap Chatterjee

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Pratap Chatterjee (b. Birmingham, United Kingdom) is an Indian/Sri Lankan investigative journalist and progressive author. He is a British citizen and grew up in India, although he lived in California for many years. He serves as the executive director of CorpWatch, an Oakland-based corporate accountability organisation.[1] He also works for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism[2] in London. He writes regularly for The Guardian[3] and serves on the board of Amnesty International USA[4] and of the Corporate Europe Observatory[5]

Previously he was a producer and radio host at KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California[6] and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress[7] Chatterjee has also served as a community advisor to KQED, the San Francisco public radio and television station. He was a member of the board of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network from 2001 to 2005, and was an Environmental Commissioner for the city of Berkeley from 1998 to 2003.[8]

His first book was a critique of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, written with Matthias Finger, titled The Earth Brokers: Power, Politics and World Development (Routledge Books, 1994) that analyses the United Nations response to global environmental crises.[9]

In the late 1990s, Chatterjee did a great deal of research surrounding the 1849 California Gold Rush and how it affected Californian American Indians[10] which resulted in a booklet titled Gold, Greed & Genocide [1] which he later turned into a DVD with a 16-page classroom activities and discussion guide distributed by Oyate.[11]

Chatterjee has travelled extensively in Central Asia and the Middle East to investigate the role of private military contractors working in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2004, Chatterjee published the well-received Iraq, Inc.: A Profitable Occupation (Seven Stories Press).[12] His footage was used in Michael Moore's 2004 film Fahrenheit 9-11 and he was interviewed in Robert Greenwald's film Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers[13]

In February 2009, Chatterjee published a detailed history of the role of Texas companies Halliburton and KBR titled Halliburton's Army: How A Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized The Way America Makes War (Nation Books).[14] In March 2009, he published several videos and an article of the failure of development aid in rural Afghanistan that was circulated via TomDispatch and on Salon.[15] He followed this up with an article on the poor treatment of Afghan translators working under contract with Ohio-based Mission Essential Personnel for the US military.[16]

He has been published in a number of popular media, including the Financial Times, The New Republic, The Guardian, and The Independent. He often appears as a guest expert in a wide variety of media ranging from Fox TV to Democracy Now!.[17] His writing has won a number of awards, from the National Newspaper Association and Project Censored, among others.

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Books[edit]

  • Chatterjee, Pratap (2009). Halliburton's Army: How A Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized The Way America Makes War. Nation Books. ISBN 1-56858-392-3. [12]
  • Chatterjee, Pratap (2004). Iraq, Inc.: A Profitable Occupation. Seven Stories Press. ISBN 1-58322-667-2. [12]
  • Chatterjee, Pratap (1996). Gold, Greed, and Genocide: Unmasking the Myth of the '49ers. Project Underground. 
  • Chatterjee, Pratap; Matthias Finger (1994). The Earth Brokers: Power, Politics and World Development. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-10963-9. 

Articles[edit]

  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "Diyarbakır Dispatch: Border Guard." The New Republic, 13 February 2003. [2]
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "Gold, Greed, and Cyanide." Dollars & Sense, 1 January 1999. Economic Affairs Bureau; 26 pages. ASIN B00098L4SK.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "Scramble for the Caspian: Big Oil Looks to Divvy up Caspian Sea Oil Riches." Multinational Monitor, 1 September 1998. Essential Information, Inc.; 11 pages. ASIN B00098K6R0.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "Guarding the Multinationals: DSL and the International Private 'Security' Business." Multinational Monitor, 1 March 1998. Essential Information, Inc.; 9 pages. ASIN B000986GQK.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "Toxic Racism: Chippewas Resist Deadly Dumping." Dollars & Sense, 1 May 1997. Economic Affairs Bureau; 6 pages. ASIN B00097N7RC.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "Peru Goes Beneath the Shell: Shell Oil Co.'s Natural Gas Operations in Peru." Multinational Monitor, 1 May 1997. Essential Information, Inc.; 7 pages. ASIN B00097O95G.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "The Mining Menace of Freeport-McMoRan." Multinational Monitor, 1 April 1996. Essential Information, Inc.; 11 pages. ASIN B00096JXP8.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "World Bank Brownout": Electricity Projects in India Displaces Slum Dwellers." Multinational Monitor, 1 December 1995. Essential Information, Inc.; 7 pages. ASIN B00093TTDW.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "Enron Deal Blows a Fuse." Multinational Monitor, 1 July 1995. Essential Information, Inc.; 12 pages. ASIN B00093O8GK.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "Invasion of the 'Body Shoppers': India's Information Technology Industry." Multinational Monitor, 1 May 1995. Essential Information, Inc.; 9 pages. ASIN B00093NROY.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "Slush Funds, Corrupt Consultants and Bidding for Bank Business." Multinational Monitor, 1 July 1994. Essential Information, Inc.; 9 pages. ASIN B00092XK5G.
  • Chatterjee, Pratap. "True Confessions of the World Bank." Multinational Monitor, 1 July 1994. Essential Information, Inc.; 7 pages. ASIN B00092XK60.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CorpWatch Staff and Board". CorpWatch. 
  2. ^ "TBIJ Who We Are". Bureau of Investigative Journalism. 
  3. ^ "Pratap Chatterjee". The Guardian Comment is Free (London). 17 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Amnesty USA Board Member Profiles". Amnesty USA Board. 
  5. ^ "About Corporate Europe Observatory". Corporate Europe Observatory. 
  6. ^ Hull, Dana (5 August 1999). "Employees Return to Berkeley, Calif., Radio Station after Lockout". Tribune Business News. 
  7. ^ "Recommendations for Overseeing Government Contractors". Testimony of Pratap Chatterjee. 
  8. ^ Margasak, Larry. "Protesters urge boycott of bonds for World Bank". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A07. 
  9. ^ "The Earth Brokers: Carving Up the Planet (Book Review)". Multinational Monitor. 1 July 1995. 
  10. ^ "Gold, Greed & Genocide". Berkeley, CA: Project Underground. 
  11. ^ "Oyate Catalog – Videos and DVDs". Oyate. 
  12. ^ a b c "Iraq, Inc: A Profitable Occupation (Book Review)". New Internationalist. 1 April 2005. 
  13. ^ "Pratap Chatterjee". IMDB. 
  14. ^ Holden, Anthony (9 March 2009). "Halliburton's Army: How A Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized The Way America Makes War (Book Review)". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Afghanistan's uncertain future". Salon. 23 February 2009. 
  16. ^ "Mission Essential, Translators Expendable". CorpWatch. 11 August 2009. 
  17. ^ Horne, Gerald (7 October 2005). "Book Review: Iraq, Inc, by Pratap Chatterjee". Political Affairs Magazine. 

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