Dirt Diggers Network: Digest No. 13
July 25, 2002

Editor: Philip Mattera

1. Global Security Risk Monitor

2. "Bushology" website

3. Info on largest bankruptcies

4. Full archives of New York Times available in digital form

5. Source for data on UK companies and their advisers


1. Global Security Risk Monitor

Those of you with a big research budget and concern about

corporate investment in so-called rogue states will be interested

to know about a new database called the Global Security Risk

Monitor. It is produced by the Investor Responsibility Research Center

<www.irrc.org> and Conflict Securities Advisory Group, both based

in Washington, DC.

The service is described as "the world's first global security risk profile

and assessment product in the areas of terrorism and proliferation.

Consistent with IRRC's impartial assessments, the risk monitor is designed

to provide a profile of companies (both domestic and foreign), whose

operations in six countries (designated by the U.S. Government as

state-sponsors of terrorism and in possession of weapons of mass

destruction and ballistic missiles) or ties to proliferation related concerns

pose potential material risks to investors. These risks can be reputational

or financial." The six countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan

and Syria.

Since the service is being marketed to institutional investors, the price is

not cheap: $12,500 a year. For more information, go to:


Thanks to Mafruza Khan for bring this source to the moderator's attention.


2. "Bushology" website

Mark Brooks has written to note

that the website of investigative reporter Dan Moldea

<www.moldea.com> now has a page called Bushology

Interactive <http://www.moldea.com/bushology.html>

that contains links to a wide range of material about

the Bush Family and their political and business deeds

and misdeeds.


3. Info on largest bankruptcies

The recent Chapter 11 filing by WorldCom puts that company at the

top of the list of bankrupt companies (ranked by assets). For a

list of the 15 largest bankrupts, see the website of BankruptcyData.com

at: http://www.bankruptcydata.com/Research/15_Largest.htm

The site also has a database of corporate bankruptcies since 1986,

links to federal bankruptcy court online records, a history of

bankruptcy and a glossary of bankruptcy terms. Additional info

is available by paying a subscription fee.


4. Full archives of New York Times available in digital form

For those of you doing historical business research, you'll be interested

to know that all back issues of the New York Times (back to 1851) have

been digitized by ProQuest and are being made available via the company's

Historical Newspapers program. The cost of the service is beyond the means

of individual researchers or most organizations, but it should be available via

larger university libraries. For more information, see:



5. Source for data on UK companies and their advisers

One of the most useful sites for information on UK publicly traded companies

is Hemscott <www.hemscott.net>. It has some similarities to Hoover's, but

it provides more extensive data, including list of each company's advisers

(including investment bankers, auditors, law firms, p.r. companies, etc.). Some

material is available for free (though registration is required), while other content

is contained in a subscription service that has just been introduced. Hemscott

is currently offering free seven-day trials of the latter. See



Philip Mattera