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 "Central America":

"… chronic kidney disease is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. A recent study& …"

"… tudy estimated that the ailment has killed more than 20,000 people in Central America alone, but scientists have yet to definitively uncover the cause of the pa …"

"… occupational and environmental health programs. It designated several Central American groups, including governments and NGOs, to collaborate. The policy marks …"

"… ware of the ailment’s severity. El Salvador has since led a campaign by Central American nations demanding greater attention to the disease, and contended that ag …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… gricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have yet to definitively uncover the cause of the ma …"

"… years in which researchers battling parallel epidemics in Central America, Sri Lanka and India failed to compare results, Sri Lanka sent an official delegation …"

"… idemics in Central America, Sri Lanka and India failed to compare results, Sri Lanka sent an official delegation to El Salvador and urged Central America to co …"

"… gical evidence to say this is the same disease,” said Channa Jayasumana, Sri Lanka’s delegate in El Salvador. The disease has felled thousands. In Sri Lan …"

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 "kidney failure":

"… But the death toll reaches tens of thousands.More than 16,000 men died of kidney failure in Central America from 2005 to 2009, with annual deaths increasing more t …"

"… s along a nearly 700-mile stretch of the Pacific coast. Across the region, kidney failure has killed more than 2,800 men each year from 2005 to 2009, according to a …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… and other Central American nations to include CKD in an initiative by the World Health Organization and United Nations to battle chronic diseases in the Americas. Even as tho …"

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 "Columbia University":

"… pulation impact,” said Victor Penchaszadeh, a clinical epidemiologist at Columbia University and frequent consultant to the Pan American Health Organization on chronic …"

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 "P":

"… bal wealth.Within this context, Taylor has led an astonishing double life. Publicly, he has served as a comPany director and chairman of sharemarket-li …"

"… rman of sharemarket-listed comPanies both in Australia and in New Zealand. Privately, his shell comPany structures are used by those behind them in a v …"

"… t for this article. But he continues to go by several aliases and titles - Professor Geoffrey Taylor, Sir Geoffrey Taylor, Lord Stubbington and as high …"

"… New Zealand in 1964 and how he studied Part-time to gain two degrees and a PhD.But the degrees he boldly disPlays are from a discredited internet-based …"

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 "Iraq":

"… contributed to this story. …"

"… e Department. That is the about same amount spent in three weeks of war in Iraq.Less than $1 billion has actually been spent preventing people from contra …"

"… s — about the same amount of money that is spent in three days of war in Iraq.Meanwhile, the number of people who become infected with HIV continues to …"

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 "HIV":

"… of a wider prevention plan implemented by the Bush administration to fight HIV/AIDS, called "ABC" — which is short for "Abstinence, Be faithful and cor …"

"… a five-year program focusing in the 15 countries with some of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, the majority of which are located in Africa …"

"… ograms.Funded by a $7 million award since February 2004, ARC has worked in HIV prevention, implementing the "Together We Can" (TWC) program in partnershi …"

"… ools to take part in workshops.Each workshop participant is asked to share HIV prevention messages with 10 peers, a tactic called the "multiplier effect. …"

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 "Americas":

"… tarian arm of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA).Since 1960, SCOBA has brought together Orthodox religious leaders …"

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 "Hungry":

"… , said Ben Homan, president of AERDO and president and CEO of Food for the Hungry.WC and eight other member organizations formed the AERDO HIV/AIDS Alliance …"

"… eived two grants directed to two of its lead agencies, WC and Food for the Hungry.Homan noted that "AERDO is a membership organization and has no governing …"

"… ntry; they include Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Food for the Hungry, Medical Ambassadors International, Medical Assistance Program, Nazarene C …"

"… ia and the Seventh Day Adventists in Haiti.Prevention in HaitiFood for the Hungry is the lead administrative agency for the AHA Abstinence and Be Faithful f …"

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 "oil production":

"… rated as a movement by the late 1970s.The war barely touched Angola's oil production, largely because the bulk of the reserves are offshore. Angola produced an …"

"… $355 million. The company also announced it would annually publish data on oil production as well as any payments or taxes paid under its contracts with the Angolan …"

"… golan Finance Ministry in summer 2002 posted sales on its Web site showing oil production and value figures in 2001 – economists say the move is only one small st …"

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 "Army":

"… t to be summarily executed. Police found he was carrying $400,000 in cash. Army chiefs accused his company, Sandline, of having made corrupt payments thro …"

"… SAS on an exercise in Germany. In 1974, after failing to pass the British Army officer's selection board, he contemplated trying to enter the SAS world s …"

"… se his father. The Dhofar operation involved a continual stream of British Army officers, especially from the SAS, swapping in and out of their British un …"

"… the Gulf. Spicer, who had spent the Gulf War as a lecturer at the British Army's staff college, heard that de la Billiere would need a military assistant …"

'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 "London":

"… f war has come full circle. Before William Howard Russell of The Times [of London] became the first civilian war correspondent in the Crimean War (1854-56), …"

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 "Americas":

"… r American Press Association, the executive director of Human Rights Watch/Americas, and the vice-president of the Inter American Commission of Human Rights. …"

"… ile jail sentences in criminal defamation cases are relatively rare in the Americas, prosecutions are not. In 1997, the CPJ documented the prosecution of two …"

"… position, argued in his annual report on the state of press freedom in the Americas, presented last month in Washington, D.C., that laws penalizing expression …"

"… ening the conference, “Political leaders and government officials in the Americas are hardly unique in believing that they need [criminal defamation] laws t …"

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 "Americas":

"… 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-ra …"

"… es. Today, 41 of 50 state legislatures are part-time, meaning that most of Americas state lawmakers have day jobs. We have a long tradition of “citizen legi …"

"… did a 50,000-word report this past May about the conflicts of interest in Americas state legislatures, and at the same time we put 6,000 financial disclosure …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… , with Michael Morse …"

"… itories, Oklahoma and Hawaii as preconditions for them attaining statehood.Congress did require in some cases that new states conduct government business in E …"

"… statehood, and that’s simply what I’ve said."Santorum is correct that Congress has made some English-language requirements for territories seeking to bec …"

"… e and that it be taught and spoken universally in those states.”In 1811, Congress passed the Louisiana Enabling Act which required that government …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida Center for Investigative Reporting":

"… r such media as the Associated Press, Newsweek, Global Post, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and the Nation Institute. See more of Kushner's work for the Pulitzer …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "René Préval":

"… ck of leadership in the chaotic days after the earthquake.Former President René Préval was roundly criticized for a failure to coordinate an orderly, dignified r …"

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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

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 "Colombia":

"… nothing in particular. Some neighbors stare at us curiously. It must be my Colombian accent that gets their attention.As we reach Blanca’s car, a disproport …"

"… r of El Diario of Juárez the guards are nowhere to be seen. For me, being Colombian, this is quite strange. Even today, with violence on the wane, there isn …"

"… l support for journalists published by the Foundation for Press Freedom in Colombia. Bursts of anger come unexpectedly. Focusing becomes hard. Strong feelings …"

"… murders, because they silence the people by silencing the spokesperson.In Colombia, justice has a poor record as well. Out of the 138 cases of murdered journ …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… s from the country’s growing leadership role among developing countries. Environmental considerations get subordinated to other matters of regional interest. …"

When cracking down seems impossible

By Marina Walker Guevara and Mabel Rehnfeldt

Paraguay's corruption fuels a criminal economy

The secret factory: Take an undercover tour of Baltic Tobacco

By ICIJ

Take an undercover tour of Baltic Tobacco

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