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 "kidney failure":

"… hat remains latent until its advanced stages. More than 16,000 men died of kidney failure in Central America from 2005 to 2009, with annual deaths increasing more 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 "Americas":

"… re linked together.The new form of CKD is not officially recognized in the Americas even though kidney disease has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicar …"

"… tral American nations that would have listed CKD as a top priority for the Americas and adopted an official consensus that the Central American epidemic had d …"

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 "Americas":

"… d Health Organization and United Nations to battle chronic diseases in the Americas. Even as those nations press for answers, and Costa Rica launches a study, …"

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 "U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… mean temperature in the fields was 96 degrees. Their report noted that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which oversees safety at U.S. workplaces, calls for 45 minutes of rest fo …"

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 "Richard Blumenthal":

"… y different story in the United States. When Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal investigated on behalf of 39 other states and requested to see the same da …"

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 "crude oil":

"… re in late 2008 to win a contract to ship 1 million barrels of Azerbaijani crude oil, worth $75 million. Another New Zealand firm, also with no history of doin …"

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 …"

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 …"

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":

"… t responsive to situations of violence and gender inequality.And while the president set a goal of preventing 7 million new AIDS infections, the proportion of …"

"… o run abstinence-centered programs in Uganda, Zambia and South Africa. The president of CAF, Anita Smith, a longtime vigorous promoter of abstinence programs, …"

"… een the co-chairwoman of president Bush's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.The president was an early subscriber to Smith's abstinence education views and he pushe …"

"… epidemic. Here are some salient facts regarding the U.S. response and the president's global plan and actions:How well has PEPFAR worked?About 40 million peop …"

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 "Greece":

"… e countries, most with a strong Orthodox Church presence, include Albania, Greece, Romania, Georgia, Turkey, the former Yugoslavia and Russia.A newcomer to …"

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 "Angolan Petroleum Ministry":

"… age of five, and average life expectancy is just 45 years.According to the Angolan Petroleum Ministry, Angola exported $6.9 billion worth of oil in 2000, $2.9 billion of that e …"

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 "insurance industry":

"… nt when he spoke to reporters for Lloyd's List, the daily newspaper of the insurance industry. The paper was told that the London War Risks Committee were "set to lift …"

'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 "journalist":

"… arges against you. The Supreme Court ratifies the charges.It sounds like a journalist’s nightmare, but it happened to Argentine columnist and investigative re …"

"… ulting a judge. In another 1999 case, charges were brought against Chilean journalist Alejandra Matus, who was forced to flee into exile to avoid arrest after h …"

"… Supreme Court judge.The good news is that there is growing awareness among journalists in Latin America that these punitive press laws must be repealed. Last De …"

"… only that published information is false and defamatory, but also that the journalist who published it knew or should have known it was false at the time of pub …"

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 "insurance industry":

"… airwaves if the committee would make substantive policy concessions to the insurance industry. It was a done deal. The only reason it fell apart is that Rostenkowski wa …"

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 "ICIJ":

"… . …"

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 "Daniel Brooks":

"… or and the disease has been established.” It’s an interpretation that Daniel Brooks, the lead scientist for the Boston University team, said is technically ac …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… hat’s the extent of the English requirements,” said Karin Davenport, a spokeswoman U.S. English, a group that seeks to have English made the official languag …"

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 "food imports":

"… to Haiti in this program equals a small fraction of the country’s total food imports. Just on rice, Haiti imports 26,000 metric tons each month, or 80 percent …"

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 "director":

"… airs.The upgrade from tents to T-shelters is going slowly.Judith St. Fort, director of the Haiti Assistance Program of the American Red Cross, which received …"

"… ide details about the allegations, or what its investigation found but the director of Haiti operations for Oxfam Great Britain resigned in August, 2011. A mo …"

"… blic specific details about their activities, said Ben Smilowitz executive director of the Disaster Accountability Project. Many NGOs simply use their we …"

"… es 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 "Miami":

"… d the Center after serving as investigations and government editor for The Miami Herald. He also spent nine years at the paper exposing slave-like conditio …"

"… investigating deadly air cargo plane crashes and uncovering corruption at Miami’s airport. Greene is author of Night Fire: Big Oil, Poison Air, And Marg …"

"… rld (radio)BBC World Service (radio)Univision (television)El Nuevo Herald, MiamiLa Nacion, Costa RicaEl Faro, El SalvadorSemana, NicaraguaHoy, ChicagoAl Di …"

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 "Miami":

"… for violating human rights,” said Rebecca Sharpless of the University of Miami Law School Immigration Clinic, which helps immigrants appeal deportation o …"

"… ght through me.”Dr. John May, president of Health Through Walls, a North Miami nonprofit that works to improve jail conditions in foreign nations, travel …"

"… e pain or suffering.” In April, a mentally ill Haitian immigrant in Miami had his deportation deferred on the grounds that the conditions …"

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 "driver":

"… the Buick and federales had entered, the police were already searching the driver. Julio jumped out of the car with his camera all set and started shooting …"

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 "greenhouse gas":

"… the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, a research center that conducted the first greenhouse gas inventory in Brazil. Tests show that extraction of subsalt oil, because it …"

"… se countries in his weekly radio address. “If they are emitting too much greenhouse gas, they’ll have to diminish. This means to reduce their consumption patter …"

"… international markets.Although Minister Minc sees a lot of room to offset greenhouse gas emissions just by fighting deforestation, resistance to such “green tape …"

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


Take an undercover tour of Baltic Tobacco

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baltic Tobacco Factory":

"… ent in contraband tobacco: Jin Ling cigarettes. Made in Kaliningrad by the Baltic Tobacco Factory, Jin Lings are flooding the black market across the European Union.ICIJ re …"