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 "disease":

"…      …"

"… across the Americas passed a resolution last week formally recognizing the disease as a serious threat to public health. For more than two years, the Intern …"

"… f Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pac …"

"… (PAHO) called on member states to conduct research and surveillance of the disease, and to strengthen their occupational and environmental health programs.&n …"

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 "Pesticide":

"… ome the leading cause of hospital deaths among adult men. The Debate over Pesticides Although the declaration reflected broad agreement to take action, the t …"

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 "dialysis":

"… time negotiating the more than 100-mile bus trips he takes to receive the dialysis treatments that keep him alive.Ten thousand miles away, in the Nicaraguan …"

"… rea. Local doctors say that as few as one of every five patients that need dialysis are approved to receive it. Public hospitals offer kidney transplants if p …"

"… ermine if he is a match, he travels more than 60 miles twice a week to get dialysis, sleeping on the concrete floor of the hospital when his treatment goes to …"

"… m trees, Narayna spends his days resting and traveling back and forth from dialysis in Visakhapatnam. “Now, I do nothing,” he said. “I take medicines an …"

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 "dehydration":

"… shown links between declining kidney function and repeated heat stress and dehydration — the result of strenuous labor in hot climates. The Costa Rican study w …"

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 "Americas":

"… low health ministers to include CKD among the top chronic illnesses in the Americas, a step that could attract U.N. funding for studies. Rodriguez’s propos …"

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 "intelligence services":

"… ogle also has long-standing relationships with federal law enforcement and intelligence services, some shrouded in secrecy. The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administratio …"

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 "London":

"… of dollars from Mexican drug lords.Then, last April, documents emerged in London concerning Russia's largest tax fraud, an alleged $230 million heist that …"

"… t AU$40 million of the proceeds using Latvian bank accounts and Wachovia's London branch.The U.S. investigation provided a suggestion that the Taylor name w …"

"… ne Barron's reported that in late April documents emerged out of London that linked a shell company called Bristoll Export, registered in New Zeal …"

"… cops and the tax officials.The case may have ended there, but Hermitage's London-based chief Bill Browder devoted himself to pursuing those he holds respon …"

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 "Americas":

"… ember Rosenthal Alves, director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas (which helped found Abraji eight years ago), said in a Knight Center blog …"

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 "Kenya":

"… Center for Public Integrity, including in-country reporting from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Haiti, India and Thailand, disclosed that …"

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 "Americas":

"… ently works in 32 countries — 14 in Africa, nine in Asia and nine in the Americas. The nonprofit Christian humanitarian organization says it currently serve …"

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 "Africa":

"… te from Swiss banks. And attempts by the newest petroleum hot spot in West Africa, Equatorial Guinea, to enter into an IMF loan program were put on hold by …"

"… in.'Turning a Blind Eye'The motor of Angola's economy floats 100 miles off Africa's Atlantic coast on a ship the size of a football field. Rigs rise hundred …"

"… ne in every seven barrels of oil that the United States imports comes from Africa, and that figure will likely increase as the United States continues to di …"

"… il predicted, a quarter of all the oil America imports will come from West Africa.Angola will be one of the prime beneficiaries of that diversification. The …"

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 "Middle East":

"… ary career. He immediately took up a new post as the British government's "Middle East adviser." The job involved selling military services to and obtaining or r …"

'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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… nto Argentinean law. (Under this standard first articulated in 1964 by the U.S. Supreme Court in The New York Times v. Sullivan case plaintiffs must prove not only that …"

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 "Society of Professional Journalists":

"… who had done this. The report, entitled “Fat Cat Hotel,” later won the Society of Professional Journalists’ “Public Service” award.The Clinton White House denied that donors w …"

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 "Israel":

"… ri Government in Peru has been even more dramatic. When Baruch Ivcher, the Israeli-born owner of a television station, began to broadcast investigative repo …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nicaragua":

"… ration, the World Bank approved a new loan to expand a sugar plantation in Nicaragua, renewing its support for an industry whose workers have been devastated b …"

"… tated by the disease. The $15 million loan to the Montelimar plantation in Nicaragua is estimated to create 1,300 new rural jobs, according to World Bank docum …"

"… sure. ICIJ’s initial report, Island of the Widows, focused on a leading Nicaraguan sugar plantation that received substantial loans in 2006 from the World B …"

"… upational health and safety.” The sugar industry is a major exporter in Nicaragua and elsewhere in Central America, and in some rural communities it is one …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… rmers.In March, at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Former President Bill Clinton said it was a mistake to pressure Haiti into reducing tariffs on food impo …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "patent attorney":

"… in partnership with the Haitian government.Albert Cady, a Washington, D.C. patent attorney attended State Department and USAID outreach events and workshops and foun …"

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

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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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… , Belize — I met Bobby on my last night in Belize, the night before this Central American nation celebrated its 30th anniversary of independence.I was standing out …"

"… try. Mexico’s powerful drug cartels have recently muscled their way into Central America, looking to open new smuggling routes for the multi-billion-dollar cocaine …"

"… vernment had pledged more than $200 million in new security assistance for Central America. But politicians in the region want more, saying sovereignty and stability …"

"… in fast boats, traffickers can dodge Mexico’s army and navy patrols. As Central America’s least-populated and least-defended country, the worry was that Belize …"

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 "Facebook":

"… a couple of times. He became furious and later that day Julio updated his Facebook status to: “No balloons or chocolate cake for me today, today they kille …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "José Ortiz":

"… stomed to minimal accountability. “The seizure was a media show,” said José Ortiz, CEO of Tabacalera del Este (Tabesa), the top cigarette factory in Paragua …"

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