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Published:May 23rd, 2008 10:54 EST
Can Halliburton Improve It's Image?

Can Halliburton Improve It's Image?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Halliburton Energy Services is a United States-based multinational corporation with operations in more than 120 countries. It has been at the forefront of several media and political controversies in relation to its work for the U.S Government, its political ties, and its corporate ethics."

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Halliburton is involved in myriad businesses, but its major source of revenue comes from providing technical products and services for oil and gas exploration and production.

Halliburton thrives in times of war, it has profited from the Iraq war to the tune of billions of dollars.

Vice President Dick Cheney retired from Halliburton with a severance package worth $34 million. Call me a cynic, but I`m not surprised that Cheney was the Bush administration official most responsible for the illegal and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Halliburton is guilty of war profiteering, a callous disregard the environment, and an allegiance and concern only for its bottom line.

It would take a public relations genius to improve the image of Halliburton. A public relations guru would have an easier time representing the president of Iran -- after he has nuked Israel.

But the shareholders of this despised corporation have taken on this Quixotic task:

"Halliburton Company shareholders - with the firm facing bribery charges worldwide - will vote on two shareholder-authored proposals Wednesday that address the corporation`s mishandling of human rights questions, including the rape of one of its employees in Iraq.

Harrington Investments CEO, John Harrington, will present a proposal to amend the corporate bylaws by creating a board-level committee on human rights. The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will present a proposal for the company to review its human rights policies and report what additional policies are required."

The shareholder-authored proposals offer a band-aid solution to a cancerous tumor. They don`t address the systemic problems of war-profiteering and disdain for the environment.

How about a shareholder-authored proposal that places a 10-year moratorium on bidding on contracts in countries that are at war?

The shareholders should demand that Dick Cheney be held responsible for his unethical and possibly criminal behavior. They should insist that Cheney appear before a congressional committee and testify under oath about his relationship with Halliburton. The American public has a right to know if Cheney`s ties to Halliburton influenced him to be a bellicose advocate for invading Iraq.

No individual, not even the Vice-President of the United States, and no corporation, even if it does business in over a hundred countries, is above the law. Cheney and Halliburton must be forced to face the music.