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 "Central America":

"… sands of people in rural, agricultural communities in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. The struggle to identify its causes is baffling researchers across multip …"

"… l 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 than threefold since …"

"… ling, the regional director for the Program on Work and Health (SALTRA) in Central America, which pioneered the initial studies of the region’s unsolved outbreak. …"

"… its exist, with different causes in each region?From Sri Lanka to India to Central America, all the victims know is that something in their lush, hauntingly beautifu …"

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 "chronic kidney disease":

"… plight of those who harvest it. Little noticed by the rest of the world, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is cutting a swath through one of the world’s poorest populations, …"

"… Deadly enigma and a handful of researchers In the U.S., leading causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and hypertension. But the ailment — leading to a progressiv …"

"… would one day be internationally recognized. “It is important that the chronic kidney disease afflicting thousands of rural workers in Central America be recognized as …"

"… ed men coming into his hospital in El Salvador, all with advanced cases of chronic kidney disease. “For some reason, to the rest of the world this seemed normal,” he re …"

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 "CEO":

"… t Barack Obama’s personal ties to Eric Schmidt, who served as Google’s CEO until January, may have something to do with it. Google representatives r …"

"… te January, Schmidt announced that he would be stepping down as Google’s CEO and moving into an emeritus role. To be sure, Google has hit a few bumps …"

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 "Americas":

"… ased in the tax haven of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the smallest nation in the Americas, and in the tiny Central American tax haven of Belize, and offers degree p …"

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 "Americas":

"… for infection.Haitian women have the highest rate of new AIDS cases in the Americas. But while the World Health Organization says that violence against women …"

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 "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 "economist":

"… riticize oil-backed loans because they allow money to vanish into what one economist called a "black hole." Financial institutions like the IMF also frown on t …"

"… sales on its Web site showing oil production and value figures in 2001 – economists say the move is only one small step toward true transparency.Meanwhile, t …"

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 "Northern Alliance":

"… ." He went further still, arguing that PMCs were ideal vehicles to aid the Northern Alliance forces that fought against the Taliban or the Iraqi resistance to Saddam H …"

"… ce. I don't think people would have objected if a PMC was working with the Northern Alliance. Other countries, it's more complicated. Sudan is a complicated issue. I s …"

'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 "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 "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 "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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… ueling labor in the fields. …"

"… ic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have yet …"

"… the controversy emerged, the World Bank has approved a new loan to another Central American sugar plantation within the affected region. In its environmental and soc …"

"… sures are most likely to be playing a role.” The declaration adopted by Central America’s Council of Health Ministers in April sounded a similar note. The agree …"

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 "Environment":

"… d corn growers. The $127 million Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources hopes to boost Haitian agriculture through training, better se …"

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 "Costa Rica":

"… n working in the Pacific Coast sugarcane fields of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and neighboring countries have been dying of chronic kidney disease, an ai …"

"… ICIJ members Carlos Fernando Chamorro in Nicaragua and Giannia Segnini in Costa Rica also contributed reporting to this project.Questions? Comments? Let us kno …"

"… orld Service (radio)Univision (television)El Nuevo Herald, MiamiLa Nacion, Costa RicaEl Faro, El SalvadorSemana, NicaraguaHoy, ChicagoAl Dia, DallasLa Opinion, …"

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 "Georgia":

"… 0-foot cells, along with Filis-Aime, another New Yorker and deportees from Georgia and Michigan. Over the next seven days, they shared the cell with two to 1 …"

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

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 "Al Gore":

"… cations and events, including one which honored former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the group argues that Brazil should not rush to take a climate change pos …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… In April 2008, ICIJ reporters went undercover to investigate the source of Europe’s “most disturbing” new development in contraband tobacco: Jin Ling …"

"… Baltic Tobacco Factory, Jin Lings are flooding the black market across the European Union.ICIJ reporters, carrying concealed video gear, posed as smugglers …"

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