Scorched Earth Policy


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Scorched Earth Policy

An antitakeover measure in which a company sells many or all of its "good" or desirable assets and/or issues an extraordinary amount of debt. A scorched earth policy is designed to make the company less attractive to potential acquirers. The obvious disadvantage to a scorched earth policy is the possibility that, even if the company remains independent, it may have acquired so many liabilities that it may not be able to maintain its operations easily. See also: Poison pill, Suicide pill.
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Ramcharan charged the Sudanese government with adopting a scorched earth policy and condoning, if not committing, ''repeated war crimes and crimes against humanity.
I'm not talking about a scorched earth policy, but we have to get away from the idea that settlement is the goal.
The contractors operated a scorched earth policy leaving track-sides desolate,' said Mr McCabe.
Rios Montt has been accused of genocide because of his scorched earth policy against recalcitrant indigenous during the early 1980s and by most accounts should be locked away in a prison and not--as he is today--contemplating a return to the presidency in 2003.
Government's scorched earth policy clears villagers from lucrative lands
According to the report, oil is the primacy justification for the Sudanese government's scorched earth policy.
The Turkish media issue fake condemnations of the "carelessly caused" forest fires in the west but remain completely silent on the far more sinister scorched earth policy in the southeast, which has left no stable ecosystem in the region.
The dirty little secret of American politics is by now a wide open secret: the Republican Party advanced so far and so fast with its scorched earth policy because it was able to recruit so many Democrats as footsoldiers.
By ratcheting up the volume, they are turning their paranoia into a scorched earth policy.
The SPLM-N says the army systematically targets civilians, implementing a scorched earth policy to empty rebel-controlled areas from civilians.
Certainly if a bus company were to adopt a scorched earth policy or anything similar in the face of a local authority wishing to exercise its right under the 2008 Act to have a quality contract, I would take a very dim view of that.
Another witness said government troops were also burning crops on nearby hillsides in an apparent scorched earth policy.