Money, research target mystery kidney disease in Americas

By Sasha Chavkin

Escalating a search for the cause of a mysterious kidney disease, health ministers from the Americas target money and research to CKD.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americas":

"… g agricultural laborers by the thousands, health ministers from across the Americas passed a resolution last week formally recognizing the disease as a seriou …"

New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americas":

"… back an effort by El Salvador to declare the malady a top priority for the Americas. The CDC now says it has devoted “several hundred thousand” dollars to …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Antonio":

"… e, and his family was struggling. After three years of work at the Ingenio San Antonio plantation, he was diagnosed with CKD at 17.He continued to work — provi …"

"… ing that the ailment be compensated as an occupational illness.The Ingenio San Antonio sugar plantation is the epicenter of the fight. There, workers have been p …"

"… or practices caused the disease. After the World Bank provided the Ingenio San Antonio with a $55 million loan in 2006, workers complained to the Bank’s ombuds …"

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

By Sasha Chavkin

In Costa Rica, health officials and one company step up against a disease that's claimed thousands of lives in Central America

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… outbreak. In February 2011, the United States helped defeat a proposal by El Salvador and other Central American nations to include CKD in an initiative by the …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… e Journalists‘ analysis of the latest World Health Organization data. In El Salvador and Nicaragua alone over the last two decades, the number of men dying fro …"

"… dy should die of kidney disease,” said Ramon Trabanino, a physician from El Salvador who has studied the epidemic for a decade. The surge of kidney disease is …"

"… dgets, and leaving a trail of widows and children in rural communities. In El Salvador, CKD is the second leading cause of death for men. In the province of …"

"… ltural nephropathy” or “sugarcane nephropathy.” The director of El Salvador’s national CKD program has written of a “Mesoamerican Regional Nephrop …"

U.S. lawmakers frustrated by lack of answers about Google Street View Wi-spying

By Chris Thompson

Obama administration barely takes notice of Google Wi-spy incident

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americas":

"… and subjected Alan Davidson, Google’s director of public policy for the Americas, to the first serious public grilling about the Wi-Spy affair. “The com …"

Inside the shell: Drugs, arms and tax scams

By Gerard Ryle

The man behind shell companies linked to arms deals, drug lords and tax fraud.

Excerpts from this story referencing "bank":

"… that was no stranger to controversy. In 1999, U.S. authorities accused the bank of accepting millions of dollars in deposits that turned out to be the pro …"

"… a massive credit card fraud.In a separate action, a former director of the bank, Robert Bohn, was later convicted of racketeering in the US for his part i …"

"… River as Australia's very own tax haven, drafting a set of commercial and banking laws for the make-believe nation. He offered to incorporate internation …"

"… to incorporate international business companies in Hutt River and to sell banking licenses and gambling rights to offshore internet companies that wished …"

Investigative journalists gather in Brazil

By Marina Walker Guevara

Elections, sports, and the environment will be the big three topics on the table when Brazilian journalists and their international peers ga

Excerpts from this story referencing "ICIJ":

"… ras) and the links between literary journalism and investigative reporting.ICIJ member Rosenthal Alves, director of the Knight Center for Journalism in th …"

Bush's AIDS initiative: Too little choice, too much ideology

By Wendell Rawls Jr.

Restrictive funding, emphasis on abstinence hinder $15 billion effort

Excerpts from this story referencing "President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief":

"… eatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in developing countries. The subsequent President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) served to burnish his "compassionate conservative" credentials ev …"

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has received funding from the U.S. government to implement abstinence-until-marriage programs

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americas":

"… , the American Red Cross' international services regional director for the Americas.Besides abstinence until marriage, the program emphasizes delaying youths' …"

International Orthodox Christian Charities

By Alejandra Fernández Morera

A newcomer to the HIV/AIDS battle, International Orthodox Christian Charities stress the 'A' and 'B' of ABC message

Excerpts from this story referencing "Canada":

"… rainian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Russian Orthodox churches in the U.S. and Canada. IOCC is one of six charity and outreach agencies supported by SCOBA.Since …"

World Concern Development Organization

By Alejandra Fernández Morera

World Concern Development Organization uses government money to operate a program for children orphaned by AIDS

Excerpts from this story referencing "Haiti":

"… partners a five-year $9.9 million grant to fight HIV and AIDS in Haiti, Kenya and Zambia.HIV/AIDS initiativeWC's first standalone care program fo …"

"… the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) in Africa, Guyana, Haiti and Vietnam, WC's program for orphans and vulnerable children had been inc …"

"… the AHA Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project in Kenya, Zambia and Haiti. Different partners join the OVC project in each country; they include Chr …"

"… roups to respond to the children's AIDS-related needs in Kenya, Zambia and Haiti. Some of the church denominations are the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Pi …"

Greasing the skids of corruption

By Phillip van Niekerk and Laura Peterson

Money from multinational oil companies moves through labyrinths of international bank accounts, avoiding national budgets and banks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Amoco":

"… yrocketed in hot markets such as Angola. The $870 million bonus paid by BP-Amoco, TotalFinaElf and Exxon for the ultra-deepwater blocks 31, 32 and 33 in 19 …"

"… e its merger in 1999 with BP, the list of foreign issues that U.S. company Amoco regularly lobbied on surpassed energy or even environmental issues, normal …"

"… , normally the first priority of petroleum companies. For example, in 1998 Amoco lobbied on U.S. relations with Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, China, …"

Marketing the new 'Dogs of War'

By Duncan Campbell

Sri Lankans hire Tim Spicer, a man already involved in global mercenary activities

Excerpts from this story referencing "Germany":

"… icer flunked the law course, but was able to join 21 SAS on an exercise in Germany. In 1974, after failing to pass the British Army officer's selection board …"

'Tell them nothing till it's over and then tell them who won'

By Philip Knightley

LONDON, October 31, 2001 — There is an irreconcilable conflict in the way war is reported, highlighted once again by the allied attack on Af

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americas":

"… Robin Day pondering on whether uninhibited reporting in Vietnam had led to Americas defeat there, doubted whether a democracy would ever be able to fight a wa …"

When criticism becomes a crime

By Joel Simon

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, August 1, 2001 — Imagine you’ve just broken a story about how the president’s cronies, including members of the Sup

Excerpts from this story referencing "Horacio Verbitsky":

"… ghtmare, but it happened to Argentine columnist and investigative reporter Horacio Verbitsky, who published a book in 1992 called “Robo Para la Corona” (I Rob for …"

Commentary: Everything I'm telling you is entirely legal

By Charles Lewis

December 21, 2000 — Remarks at the 22nd annual conference of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws in Tampa, Fla., December 5....

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… w I mention are illustrative of legal corruption.In 1990, we did a report, Americas Frontline Trading Officials, in which we found that half of the highest-r …"

"… s during the mark-up sessions. One interest group, the people that brought America the “Harry and Louise” commercials, the Health Insurance Association o …"

"… he “Harry and Louise” commercials, the Health Insurance Association of America, made a deal with then-House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenk …"

"… de the Senate as the “Gallo amendment.”Now, ladies and gentlemen, most Americans never meet their member of Congress. Ninety-six percent of the American …"

Where journalists still get respect

By Gustavo Goritti

PANAMA CITY, July 21, 1999 — Investigative reporter Gustavo Gorriti, an ICIJ member and associate director of La Prensa in Panama, published

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americas":

"… erous place in the world to be a journalist, Joel Simon, the committee’s Americas program coordinator, points out.There are other forms of reprisal, too, li …"

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.

FACT CHECK: Santorum says English before statehood?

By FactCheck.Org

Former Pennsylvania Sen. backtracks from inaccurate statement on nation's language requirement

Haitian farmers undermined by food aid

By Jacob Kushner

After the quake, Haitian grain farmers watched as the U.S. government sent tons of food aid to the island

Haitian firms few and far between on reconstruction rosters

By Marjorie Valbrun

U.S. government data shows Haitians winning just a fraction of post-earthquake rebuilding contracts

After the quake, praise becomes resentment in Haiti

By Marjorie Valbrun

Amid a slow rebuilding effort, Haitians move from praise to resentment of aid groups

About this project

A look at the reporting process behind 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "member":

"… ador offices of El Faro, an investigative website edited by Carlos Dada, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a network of …"

"… nvestigative Journalists, a network of 115 journalists in 51 nations. ICIJ members Carlos Fernando Chamorro in Nicaragua and Giannia Segnini in Costa Rica a …"

U.S. deportees to Haiti, jailed without cause, face severe health risks

By Jacob Kushner

U.S. deportees to Haiti face incarceration, severe health risks

Cartels carve new drug routes in Central America

By Nick Miroff

In a Belizean town known for its trade in contraband, illicit drugs cast a new shadow

Excerpts from this story referencing "Heineken":

"… om a man sitting on a crate next to the entrance to the market, drinking a Heineken beer.“Where you from, man?” he asked.States, I told him. And, no, not …"

"… . Not a DEA agent.We sat there for another few minutes, him working on the Heineken, me gulping down bottled water. Bobby seemed like a nice guy, but then he …"

The loneliness of El Diario of Juárez

By María Teresa Ronderos

A Colombian journalist spends three days with reporters from Juárez, Mexico’s most violent city

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… agreement with the National Commission for Human Rights, the office of the attorney general and other organizations to put it in motion.But the mechanism is in a bure …"

"… ’s murder, like so many others, wasn’t considered a federal crime. The attorney general’s office investigated but declined to prosecute.The case wasn’t even r …"

Caught between competing interests in Brazil

By Fernando Rodrigues and Marcelo Soares

Plentiful oil, politics, in addition to fast growth, all making it tough to reduce carbon emissions

When cracking down seems impossible

By Marina Walker Guevara and Mabel Rehnfeldt

Paraguay's corruption fuels a criminal economy

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