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 "Wimal Rajaratna":

"… …"

"… taken hold: Couples decline to marry at all.In Sri Lanka, a Suspect EmergesWimal Rajaratna has worked in the rice paddies since he was 20. He enjoyed good health unt …"

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 "chronic diseases":

"… n initiative by the World Health Organization and United Nations to battle chronic diseases in the Americas. Even as those nations press for answers, and Costa Rica l …"

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 "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 "JPMorgan Chase":

"… io investor in Russia.The money was funneled through accounts at Citibank, JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse via a series of shell companies, one of which was allege …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… d Cup and the Olympics. Computer-assisted reporting experts, including The Center for Public Integrity’s data editor, David Donald, will focus on how to build and analyze data …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… . In some communities in Haiti, people eat just one meal a day. Along with Afghanistan and Somalia, Haiti has one of worst caloric deficits per inhabitant in the …"

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 "Condom":

"… nt with their beliefs, they do not comment on Condoms (correct and consist Condom use is the "C" in the ABC approach) during AB activities. But IOCC says th …"

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 "Christian Reformed":

"… iti. Different partners join the OVC project in each country; they include Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Food for the Hungry, Medical Ambassadors Internati …"

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 "Americas":

"… k Road Strategy Act, European Energy Charter and the Free Trade Act of the Americas, as well as annual foreign appropriations bills.Sanctions have been a long …"

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 "non-executive director":

"… ckingham and pointed out that British liberal politician David Steel was a non-executive director of Buckingham's oil company. The event was the start of trouble and public …"

'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 "spokeswoman":

"… of trusting only official sources emerged when the U.S. Defense Department spokeswoman admitted that a 1,000 pound bomb aimed at a Taliban vehicle depot had gone …"

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 "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 "Peru":

"… e press almost as high as the Roman Catholic Church. In both Argentina and Peru, where journalists have a contentious relationship with the ruling regimes …"

"… s about several other current and former leaders, like Alberto Fujimori of Peru, Carlos Saúl Menem of Argentina, Ernesto Samper of Colombia and Carlos Sa …"

"… confrontation between the independent press and the Fujimori Government in Peru has been even more dramatic. When Baruch Ivcher, the Israeli-born owner of …"

"… , torture and murder, he was promptly stripped of both his station and his Peruvian citizenship.The Fujimori regime has also tried to frighten, discredit …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Agency for International Development":

"… benefited U.S. farmers but has been blamed for hurting Haitian farmers.The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sent 90,000 metric tons American of crops to Haiti as part of the …"

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 "U.S. Agency for International Development":

"… d analysis over the last two years — two by the inspector general of the U.S. Agency for International Development — found problems that have hampered reconstruction and has officials fal …"

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 "acting director":

"… mmunities in which we work," said Cecilia Millán, Oxfam Great Britain’s acting director in Haiti.Blanchet said her Oxfam neighbors displayed no such respect on th …"

About this project

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Peru":

"… nd private programs. He has also reported abroad from Nigeria, Bolivia and Peru.Ronnie Greene joined the Center after serving as investigations and govern …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Homeland Security":

"… an give to Haiti is to suspend the forced return of Haitians.”Still, the Department of Homeland Security resumed deportations to Haiti on Jan. 20 — the very same day the U.S. St …"

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 "high-speed car chases":

"… nding the night chasing dead bodies that I feel I’m in a movie, one with high-speed car chases over highways in the middle of nowhere. A Buick with two big men and reall …"

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 "Atlantic Ocean":

"… reserve of crude recently discovered under the salt layer of the Atlantic Ocean some three miles deep and 200 miles off the São Paulo coast. That was on …"

When cracking down seems impossible

By Marina Walker Guevara and Mabel Rehnfeldt

Paraguay's corruption fuels a criminal economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "prosecutor":

"… a and Brazil — increased six fold, Ovelar said. More often than not, the prosecutor said, customs officials refused to classify smuggling cases as a crime, op …"

"… ] in Ciudad del Este have become the pressure and money group,” said the prosecutor. In contrast, he added, traffickers of narcotics have never personally app …"

"… cotics have never personally applied pressure to him.No Lone RangersFormer prosecutor Eduardo Petta got a taste of the politics behind cigarette smuggling back …"

The secret factory: Take an undercover tour of Baltic Tobacco


Take an undercover tour of Baltic Tobacco