A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Japan":

"… control and proliferation experts — is a seemingly puzzling decision by Japan to ready a new $22 billion plutonium production plant for operation as ear …"

"… tors resembling those canceled in America a generation ago. Critics of the Japanese project worry that its completion in just a few months will create a cr …"

"… ly one in a country without nuclear weapons. The metal is to be burned by Japanese utilities in dozens of fast breeder reactors, so named because they hav …"

"… capability to both consume and produce plutonium. The ambition is to make Japan, a craggy, energy-starved island, nearly self-sufficient in generating ele …"

ICIJ offshore records reveal tax haven clients in China, Hong Kong

Files shed light on more than 20,000 tax haven clients from Hong Kong and mainland China.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… h with help from more than 50 reporting partners in Europe, North America, Asia and other regions. Since last April, ICIJ’s stories have triggered  …"

A fast, agile Navy ship is prone to embarrassing glitches

By Douglas Birch

Some Senate lawmakers are pushing back against the Navy's effort to accelerate production of the troubled Littoral Combat Ships.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… it of Hormuz, the Gulf chokepoint for oil exports, he said, “but for the Asia pivot, it’s not what you want.” Rear Admiral Richard Hunt, director o …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… fall.     …"

Global power will shift by 2030

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A new US intelligence report forecasts an end to US predominance

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… economy), population size, and military spending.And by 2030, countries in Asia will have surpassed the United States in many of these power metrics, mean …"

"… 8 years but instead a collection of “networks and coalitions” in which Asian nations and rising economic powers such as India, Brazil, Colombia, Indon …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… cause global demand is reaching new heights as the developing economies of Asia use more oil. Other energy prices have fallen during Obama's …"

FACT CHECK: Is Romney to blame for cancer death?

By FactCheck.Org

Factcheck.org takes on a controversial new ad from the a pro-Obama super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… id it certainly didn’t help. Others blamed the union or competition from Asia. In a 1999 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, t …"

"… stated, “Distressed economic conditions in other countries, particularly Asia, have resulted in record levels of imported steel products into the domest …"

IMPACT: Key vote clears way to stop fish plundering in the South Pacific

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

Long overdue Chilean vote unblocks efforts to impose binding regulations on fishing quotas across the southern Pacific

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… oluntary, allowing a free-for-all among large industrial fleets from Asia, Europe and Latin America.An investigation by the International Consortium of Inve …"

What would your Pentagon budget look like?

How would you cut military defense spending?

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative advocacy ad avoids the facts about Obama administration investments into sustainable energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… rue that for a time they were put together using LED lights made mostly in Asia, under a waiver the Department of Energy issued in February 2010 — and t …"

"… new SunPower facility in Mexico, as well as from other SunPower plants in Asia, company spokeswoman Natalie Wymer told us. But the overwhelming majority …"

"… bsp;investigation found most of those components were being purchased from Asia.However, that waiver was withdrawn on Dec. 1, 2010, after the EE …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… ated $21.5 billion. His casino empire extends across the United States and Asia, and the company’s annual report shows more than $9.4 billion in revenue …"

Illegal ocean dumping persists despite DOJ crackdown

By Ronnie Greene

Federal prosecutors target dumping on the high seas, which taints global waterways with oil and other contaminants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Atlanta":

"… of the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal enforcement program in Atlanta, in June 2010. A company attorney declined comment.That Department of Just …"

Casino billionaire expected to move millions to GOP groups

By Peter H. Stone

Casino mogul hosts private dinner for GOP bigwigs in Las Vegas digs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… s previous high.The day after the March 22nd dinner, Adelson jetted off to Asia on casino business and missed much of the RJC conference itself.At this po …"

Will the $55 billion bomber program fly?

By David Axe

The pricetag is at least $55 billion, the design is unsettled and the mission is controversial.

Excerpts from this story referencing "fighter pilot":

"… r Force's bomber efforts than Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, a former fighter pilot who served as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 unt …"

"… tement was actually something of an anomaly,” counters Deptula, a former fighter pilot and air power champion. “OMB has no military competence and should not b …"

Peru’s vanishing fish

By Milagros Salazar

Rampant cheating and lax controls allowed companies to overfish their quotas and avoid taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… d fish and pigs. Peru exported more than a million tons in 2010, mostly to Asia, worth $1.6 billion.Each year up to 6 million metric tons of anchoveta rea …"

"… stock of about 30 million metric tons to less than 3 million metric tons. Asian and European fleets that have depleted other oceans now head south to wat …"

Sin control, gigantes pesqueros diezman el Pacífico Sur

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

La depredación del Pacífico Sur

Excerpts from this story referencing "oeste de Chile":

"… sobrepesca subvencionadaEl Trachurus murphyi o jurel chileno se captura al oeste de Chile y Perú, a lo largo de una franja costera de 6.600 kilómetros, hasta apro …"

'Free-for-all' decimates fish stocks in the southern Pacific

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

Fishing fleets have devastated stocks in the southern Pacific, once among the world’s richest waters

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… hurried south. Chinese trawlers arrived en masse, among others from Asia, Europe and Latin America.One newcomer was at the time the biggest fishing vessel …"

"… Freezer-Trawler Association (PFA), which represents nine companies and 25 European Union-flagged vessels, confirmed the obvious: the Dutch, like others, we …"

"… that overcapacity has been driven by government subsidies, particularly in Europe and Asia, experts say.A landmark report by Rashid Sumaila, along with the …"

"… ies from 1994 to 2006, more than any other EU fishing vessel, according to European Commission data on the website fishsubsidy.org.Van Balsfoort, the PFA pr …"

FACT CHECK: Facts Strained in ‘King of Bain’

By FactCheck.Org

Pro-Gingrich super PAC offers one-sided, distorted view of Romney’s years at Bain Capital in a 28-minute 'doc'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… roduced by Barry Bennett, a former consultant to a super PAC that supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Bennett said the material for the movie came from opposit …"

"… andfired 275 employees as part of a consolidation with operations in Texas. Given that Bain made its initial investment nearly three years before tha …"

Billionaire backer may open wallet for Gingrich but bring unwanted baggage

By Peter H. Stone

Casino owner, Gingrich bond over Israel security issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… h in recent years was absent: multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson, who was in Asia tending to his sprawling and controversial casino empire.The absence of Ad …"

Joe Allbaugh, who helped put George W. Bush in White House, now running Perry campaign

By Peter H. Stone

Flagging Perry campaign turns to man who helped George W. Bush win White House

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… o Perry’s prospects for winning the GOP nomination.Allbaugh, who ran the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the start of the Bush administration, left after a couple years to go i …"

Center hires R. Jeffrey Smith as national security editor

By Steve Carpinelli

Veteran Washington Post investigative reporter R. Jeffrey Smith has been named managing editor at the Center

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… onflict and terrorism in the Middle East; politics and military affairs in Asia; and arms proliferation. Prior to that, Smith was a senior writer for the …"

Imported fish with banned chemicals reaching U.S. consumers

By Laurie Udesky

Mislabeled seafood leads to criminal charges and calls for more tests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… it was red listed more than a million pounds of shrimp to the U.S. through Los Angeles, Long Beach, Newark, New York, Seattle and Savannah. Sagar Grandhi officia …"

Canada resists adding deadly asbestos to toxics blacklist

By Jim Morris

Major producer resists adding substance to toxics blacklist

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… ns a major exporter of Chrysotile asbestos to India and other countries in Asia and Latin America.“The federal government’s sabotaging of the United N …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… at OJSC V.A. Degtyarev Works — which sells military equipment in Africa, Asia and the Middle East through the Russian government’s military goods expo …"

Death is one Pakistani reporter's constant companion

By Malik Siraj Akbar

COMMENTARY: Pakistani journalist Malik Siraj Akbar is seeing his colleagues die

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… r.  …"

"… complete blackout of the news concerning their deaths.Jacqueline Park, the Asia-Pacific Director of the International Federation of Journalists, has descr …"

After skipping Ground Zero event with Obama, Bush made three paid speeches

By Peter H. Stone

Bush skipped Ground Zero event but gave three paid speeches in the next week

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… speaking fee is reportedly between $100,000 and $150,000.David Sherzer, a spokesman for the former president, toldiWatch News that since Bush left office he h …"

Activist asbestos inspector faces threats, industry backlash

By Jim Morris and Marcelo Soares

Official endures threats, ostracism – and now a lawsuit for activism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… the world’s third-largest exporter of chrysotile asbestos, sending it to Asia and nations such as Mexico and Colombia. It is also the world’s fifth-la …"

George H.W. Bush — Revisited

By John Solomon

He’s 86 now, his eyebrows silver and his legs weakened by Parkinson’s-like symptoms. But as George Herbert Walker Bush approaches his twilig

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… urning with the elder Bush on a trip back from visiting tsunami victims in Asia, the two former presidents faced a dilemma aboard their small plane.“We …"

Analysis — An illuminating expedition to the world of the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Lawmakers questioning the need for health care reform should check out this weekend's effort to provide free medical care at a Nashville hig

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… ying doctors and medical supplies to villages in South America, Africa and Asia. It never occurred to Brock when he started RAM in 1985 that most of his …"

Romanian weapons modified in the U.S. become scourge of Mexican drug war

By Rick Schmitt and Rick Young

Center story focused on Romanian weapon now targeted by Feinstein legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… an named Manny Weigensberg — he would scour the warehouses of Europe and Asia for surplus military arms. Sucher told government officials in 1964 that h …"