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 "official":

"… 970s, and now he’s at it again — lecturing at symposia, standing up at official meetings, and confronting nuclear industry representatives with warnings a …"

"… ited States — has mostly been greeted by public silence among government officials in allied capitals. But there is little dispute the consequences could b …"

"… ittee expert on arms control. Henry Sokolski, a former Defense Department official who now runs the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center in Washington, s …"

"… rs ago this week, is proceeding with the Rokkasho plant, its atomic energy officials say, because abandoning it would kill jobs, bankrupt utilities, and under …"

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 "Congress":

"… uding at least 15 of China’s richest, members of the National People’s Congress and executives from state-owned companies entangled in corruption scandals …"

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 "John Bolton":

"… ya. Clinton had sustained a concussion after taking a 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 "National Intelligence":

"… In a new report entitled “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds”, the National Intelligence Council said global power in that year will be reflected instead by a mix …"

"… he report, prepared by an analytic unit of the White House’s Director of National Intelligence.Military spending in the United States won’t remain at the current level …"

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 "Associated Press":

"… would continue to rise, just not as fast. ___ Associated Press writers Tom Raum, Jonathan Fahey, Tom Krisher, Stephen Ohlemacher, Andrew …"

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 "Greenpeace":

"… uotas will be mandatory and vessels that flout the rules will be penalized.Greenpeace, which has campaigned hard for years in Chile, issued a triumphant stateme …"

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 "Washington Times":

"… icans for Prosperity ads cite a Sept. 9, 2010, story in the Washington Times, which reported that “as much as 80 percent of some green programs, …"

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 "Baltimore":

"… ded together onboard.The investigation began after the shipped pulled into Baltimore port in February 2011, and an engineer handed Coast Guard investigators hi …"

"… 2010, court records say, when a crew member, after the ship’s arrival in Baltimore, passed a note telling a Customs and Border Protection inspector that the …"

"… Guard inspection a year earlier.The investigation, launched at the Port of Baltimore, began after a crew member told a clergy member, on board as part of a pas …"

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 "Eric Cantor":

"… Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Gov. Rob …"

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 "Asia":

"… stically. “Rebalancing our global posture and presence to emphasize the Asia-Pacific and Middle East areas … requires an Air Force that is able to pe …"

"… e Obama administration — which announced a “strategic pivot” towards Asia in recent months — has expressed concern that a failure to provide a U.S …"

"… tes that other factors are at play besides military need. “You have new [Asia-centered] strategy which, on the surface, would seem indicate some rationa …"

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 "Humacare":

"… ng Kong and three others with Norwegian investment.Two Peruvian companies, Humacare and Exalmar, stood out among the numbers. For Humacare, 90 percent of land …"

"… Peruvian companies, Humacare and Exalmar, stood out among the numbers. For Humacare, 90 percent of landings had irregularities of more than 10 percent. For Ex …"

"… thus weight — as they are transferred from the vessel to the factory. Humacare did not respond to requests for comment.Richard Inurritegui, president of …"

Sin control, gigantes pesqueros diezman el Pacífico Sur

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

La depredación del Pacífico Sur

Excerpts from this story referencing "Norteamérica":

"… úfalos” contó al ICIJ en referencia a la época de la colonización de Norteamérica. “Cuando se haya ido, entonces todo lo demás habrá desaparecido con é …"

'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 "Greenpeace":

"… illion and Russia’s at $1.48 billion.A report by the environmental group Greenpeace released in December 2011 looked hard at PFA, the Dutch-based association …"

"… on from 2006 to 2011.The report, produced by an independent consultant for Greenpeace, said that by a conservative calculation PFA’s average yearly profit of …"

"… ources,” he said.Martini Gotje, a Dutch expatriate who crewed aboard the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior when French agents sank it in New Zealand’s Auckland har …"

"… he same from the idyllic island of Waiheke, near Auckland.Gotje compiles a Greenpeace blacklist, which helps activists and authorities. But, like Album, he most …"

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 "Asia":

"… s a slump in the electronics industry and price-slashing by competitors in Asia helped force DDi to seek bankruptcy protection last week.”Said current D …"

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 "Asia":

"… 2002 to 2009, Alabama records show, 44 percent of basa fish it tested from Asia tested positive for fluoroquinolone, prompting the state to issue nine "su …"

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 "bank":

"… nce business and rose to become head of the board of directors of a Moscow bank.Mercury owns Megapolis, which employs 13,000 people and distributes cigare …"

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 "secret services":

"… ozen journalists have been killed, kidnapped or tortured by the government secret services and insurgent groups since 2009. A few broadcast journalists have met thei …"

"… back home in Pakistan attribute the reporters’ targeted murders to state secret services and death squads. The authorities have not investigated or punished those …"

"… her members. The group, nationalists allege, is sponsored by the Pakistani secret services and paramilitary forces.“The threats are consequential,” he whispered …"

"… s of political workers from the Baloch ethnic minority at the hands of the secret services. His friends later disclosed Eido had received threatening phone calls fro …"

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 "bank":

"… nt made time for three separate speeches to hedge fund executives, a Swiss bank sanctioned for keeping secret bank accounts,and a pro golf event underwrit …"

"… eches to hedge fund executives, a Swiss bank sanctioned for keeping secret bank accounts,and a pro golf event underwritten by the accounting firm involved …"

"… e a talk with Clinton to the wealth management arm of UBS. The giant Swiss bank in 2009 cut a deal with the Justice Department to pay $780 million to sett …"

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 "mining":

"… al ostracism, and other hardships during her quarter-century fight against mining, manufacturing, and shipping interests in Brazil, the world’s third-larg …"

"… tos trade, is fighting charges leveled in two court cases. In one case, a mining company, SAMA, whose raw asbestos was held up in port by Giannasi, is aski …"

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 "El Salvador":

"… ers — his absence hardly noticed amidst the season's normal holiday fare.El Salvador’s military, embroiled in civil war, was losing American confidence as re …"

"… out of the game, real quick.”The next morning Bush’s jet departed for El Salvador, and the crew made a re-fueling stop in Panama.There, Bush asked Panamania …"

"… ed to bring real democracy to Panama,” North recalled.Then it was off to El Salvador. The official report of the trip states that Bush visited with the Salvado …"

"… saw curbing death squad violence as the key to accomplishing U.S. goals in El Salvador,” Arnson told the Center.The civil war, however, would rage on for years …"

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 "Court of Appeals":

"… at one of the federal courts taking a harder line was the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Arizona.Federal prosecutors declined to bring the case. But …"