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 "chronic kidney disease":

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

"… nd for PAHO, which in 2011 rejected a proposal by El Salvador to recognize chronic kidney disease in agricultural workers as a distinct new form of illness and designate it …"

"… disease, and contended that agrochemicals are the primary culprit. Today, chronic kidney disease is the leading cause of hospital deaths in El Salvador, the PAHO resolutio …"

"… aid. “The science advanced together with political advocacy. People with chronic kidney disease of non-traditional causes are people who are not recognized, who are exclu …"

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 "chronic kidney disease":

"… two years, the Center for Public Integrity has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America …"

"… esearch of the disease, created a multidisciplinary internal task force on chronic kidney disease in Central America, and pledged to help fund a national survey by El Salva …"

"… ide, including in countless areas not affected by this distinctive form of chronic kidney disease. The El Salvador sample of CKD patients from Ciudad Romero — the commun …"

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 "chronic kidney disease":

"… tery: their kidneys are failing, and no one knows why.A mysterious form of chronic kidney disease — CKD — is afflicting thousands of people in rural, agricultural commu …"

"… ization data. In Sri Lanka, the WHO says at least 8,000 people suffer from chronic kidney disease of unknown cause, though other sources put the number more than double tha …"

"… tronomical 9.45 mg/dL — more than seven times higher than normal. He had chronic kidney disease, advanced into its late stages.Rajaratna’s illness is part of an epidemi …"

"… ministry and WHO.The government has even come up with a name for it: CKDu, chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology.Since 2009, the health ministry and WHO have embarked …"

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 kidney disease":

"… report. …"

"… ournalists that explored the mysterious and largely overlooked epidemic of chronic kidney disease — or CKD — that is killing thousands of sugarcane workers and other ma …"

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 "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 "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 "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 "Americas":

"… ment of retired U.S. Special Forces Col. Bernie McCabe as director for the Americas. His task was "to develop Sandline business, and exploit opportunities for …"

'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 "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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… al Consortium of Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America …"

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. backtracks from inaccurate statement on nation's language requirement

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By Jacob Kushner

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By Marjorie Valbrun

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