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May 19, 2005 - Greetings Facing South readers, especially new readers coming in from DKos, CounterPunch, Cursor and elsewhere. We're glad to have you here at the blog of the Institute for Southern Studies, a progressive research, education and action center.

For-Profit Jail Battle Heats Up in Memphis

May 19, 2005 - Last week, we gave you the run-down on the Correctional Corporation of America and their plans to build the world's largest privatized, for-profit jail and "penal farm" in Shelby County, Tennessee.

Halliburton Leaving Iraq? The Plot Thickens

May 19, 2005 - Yesterday we brought attention to a news clip about protests at Halliburton's annual shareholder's meeting in Houston, which included the startling news that the energy services giant and military contractor was considering leaving Iraq.

Blaming the Victims

May 18, 2005 - Taking a page from the Pentagon's Abu Ghraib playbook, BP Amoco has decided where the blame lies for the deadly March 23 blast at its Texas City refinery: with a few bad apples "low-

Houston, We Still Have a Problem

May 18, 2005 - Executives and investors will be gathering in downtown Houston today for the annual shareholders meeting for Halliburton Co. Inside, CEO David Lesar will be congratulating himself on the astonishing $7.1 billion revenue the company has made off its military contracts in Iraq, which boosted Halliburton's overall revenue some 25 percent, bringing it to over $20 billion for 2004.

Bye Bye, Outer Banks

May 17, 2005 - Southern Exposure contributor Sue Sturgis surveys the disappearing coast of North Carolina and the state's growing movement to address climate change in the latest Independent: