Peter Bale named new head of the Center for Public Integrity

By William Gray

Peter Bale, former Vice President and General Manager of Digital operations at CNN International, named Center's CEO.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… International, where he ran CNN.com and other digital products outside the United States. The International edition of the CNN site recorded double-digit growth in …"

Practice attack on Moscow was anything but routine

By Douglas Birch

Did 1983 U.S.-NATO war game bring the world to the brink of Armageddon?

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… iam E. Overacker told Air Man. The impetus for the exercise came from the White House, “where they wanted to stare down the Soviet bear,” said Jones. Tensi …"

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

By Harry Karanikas

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… terial. She told me that I had two choices: either travel to a country in Eastern Europe to search the data myself now, or wait until November to get remote help f …"

"… olleague. Two months was too long to wait. A few days later I travelled to Eastern Europe. An ICIJ colleague showed me how to search the millions of records. Durin …"

Caribbean go-between provided shelter for far-away frauds

British Virgin Islands firm provided shelter for far-away frauds even as regulators prodded it to obey anti-money-laundering laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… er to fraudsters, money launderers and other shady characters from Russia, Eastern Europe and the United States. Click through to ICIJ.org to continue re …"

Donor profile: George Soros

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… vidual rights — since 1979. He worked to foster free speech in communist Eastern Europe and continued to support the creation of open societies in former Soviet b …"

U.S. nuclear targeting unaltered since 2008

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The more things change, the more they stay the same in U.S. planning for nuclear war.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… ocess over the past two decades — a period in which the political map of Eastern Europe was redrawn, NATO was expanded and wars erupted in the Balkans, the Persia …"

FACT CHECK: Foreign policy themed GOP debate full of falsehoods

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential candidates stretch the truth on international issues in South Carolina debate

ICIJ unveils Daniel Pearl Awards finalists

By Steve Carpinelli

ICIJ Announces the Finalists for the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… e reporting and include stories from Afghanistan and Iraq, Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.“I’m honored to present this out …"

"… ;Pirates, Smugglers and Corrupt Tycoons: Five reporters from the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) followed development projects in African c …"

"… or African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) followed development projects in African countries and found that criminal activities like piracy and oil smugglin …"

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 "China":

"… led in the U.S. using foreign parts.A Tucson-based importer of AK-47s from China was able to skirt the ban by tearing apart the weapons and re-assembling t …"

"… 0s, Century was one of the largest importers of SKS rifles from Russia and China, variants of a semi-automatic carbine that was once a staple of the Soviet …"

Pentagon’s anti-trafficking efforts need improvement

By Laurel Adams

For the past 10 years, the Pentagon has required a clause against human-trafficking on military contracts, but a review by the inspector gen

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… ontractor in Iraq.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

Overview: The tobacco lobby goes global

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos

The tobacco lobby goes global

Excerpts from this story referencing "Japan Tobacco International":

"… they operate, and they appear bullish about the future. In a 2009 report, Japan Tobacco International, the third most-active global tobacco trader, stated its commitment to mai …"

"… o not report lobbying expenditures abroad as they do in the United States. Japan Tobacco International said it does not discuss international lobbying expenses.Yet ICIJ found th …"

"… ss-border cigarette sales – Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, and Japan Tobacco International – as well as leading international marketing and political consultants.T …"

A million euros for Russian investigative reporting

By David E. Kaplan

Our colleagues at the Denmark-based Scoop, which funds investigative projects in Eastern Europe, have received some very welcome news: an im

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… lleagues at the Denmark-based Scoop, which funds investigative projects in Eastern Europe, have received some very welcome news: an impressive three-year grant by t …"

Despite allegations, no prosecutions for war zone sex trafficking

By Nick Schwellenbach and Carol D. Leonnig

Eight years ago, President George W. Bush issued a stern policy on sex trafficking in war zones — a policy that remains on the books to this

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… she said. But the message isn’t always getting through. A January 2010 Pentagon oversight report said nearly half the contracts it reviewed in Asia last y …"

"… Department declined to comment on the missing section. In 2009, a January Pentagon report noted “one report of preliminary investigative activity of a cont …"

The counterfeit cops

By Te-Ping Chen

Private investigators fight a hidden war against knock-off cigarettes, electronics, toothpaste, and more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… e per arrest, he adds, was a hefty $7,000.Death Threats and Dirty TricksIn Eastern Europe, an American who handled cigarette investigations in Latvia recounts how t …"

European ambitions hit a wall of carbon

By Brigitte Alfter

Business and industry pare back EU climate goals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Luxembourg":

"… g EU nations, whose membership spans countries from Estonia and Romania to Luxembourg and the United Kingdom.A Plan with LoopholesOr so it seemed. As debate gre …"

Black markets, organized crime ravaging West Africa

By Kate Willson

A thriving cigarette black market is depleting West African economies of tax dollars, fueling corruption, and possibly funding insurgencies,

Excerpts from this story referencing "United Nations":

"… possibly funding insurgencies, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.“West Africa has everything that criminals nee …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aruba":

"… same.The primary transit points for the cigarette black market run through Aruba and Panama. Panama customs authorities confirmed in April a seizure of cig …"

China’s Marlboro Country

By Te-Ping Chen

A massive underground industry makes China the world leader in counterfeit cigarettes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… wling network of middlemen and smugglers, notably from the Middle East and Eastern Europe.“In the last few years, pretty much every market has been targeted,” s …"

Ukraine’s ‘lost’ cigarettes flood Europe

By Vlad Lavrov

Big tobacco’s overproduction fuels $2 billion black market

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… ely about the tobacco industry in the former Soviet Union. “As a result, Eastern Europe is now one of only two regions in the world where both numbers of cigarett …"

Eastern Europe to U.S.: Wait, wait, now we want your missiles!

By Nikola Horejs

The controversy over the missile defense system the United States plans to build in Eastern Europe has taken almost a 360-degree turn recent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… oversy over the missile defense system the United States plans to build in Eastern Europe has taken almost a 360-degree turn recently. Until November the Bush admin …"

Blame the distributor

By Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu

How Gallaher stayed in the smuggling game

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… s its major distributor. The goods were soon diverted to Africa and across Eastern Europe, including to smuggling havens in Latvia, Ukraine, and Montenegro. When U. …"

Overview

By Marina Walker Guevara

Tobacco is the most widely smuggled legal substance, and it's trafficking fuels organized crime and corruption

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… Once a minor problem, today underground factories in China, Paraguay, and Eastern Europe manufacture literally billions of fake cigarettes — Marlboros, Camels, 5 …"

An interrogation role model

By Yossi Melman

U.S. picked up tactics — including torture — from Israeli intelligence

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

In its zeal to please U.S., Romania tramples foreigners' rights

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Diego":

"… rvices. U.S. military contractors active in Romania include Cubic Corp., a San Diego-based electronics manufacturer, which in December 2006 received $13.4 mill …"

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 "Eastern Europe":

"… AIDS initiative.The organization's fight against HIV/AIDS has also reached Eastern Europe. In April 2005, IOCC got $2 million from USAID for a three-year project in …"

Private interests

By Paul Radu

The privatization of Romania's oil industry has enriched the well-connected—and corrupt

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… 950 million barrels and with the largest refining capacity in Central and Eastern Europe, Romania, a nation of 22.6 million people, plays an important role in the …"

"… g with the country's standing as one of the biggest markets in Central and Eastern Europe, and its on-shore and off-shore oil and natural gas potential reserves, ma …"

"… ch officer working in NATO's Office of the Special Adviser for Central and Eastern Europe and an author of studies on NATO-Russia relationships.The announcement of …"

A human rights issue

By M. Asif Ismail

In Europe, nations ban reproductive cloning, but allow research to continue

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… ornia State University, Hayward.About half of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics in the Caucasus have ratified the Protocol on …"

Defending the internal water empire

They may talk free-market privatization abroad, but internally France closely guards its own borders against foreign water companies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… ial bureaucracies continue to pave the way for Vivendi and Suez in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia.At a November 2001 meeting of the World Trad …"

"… about laws that restrict their access to foreign markets, Hoedeman said.In Eastern Europe, Vivendi and Suez have obtained numerous privatization contracts with the …"

"… mplained about the lack of a "fair and transparent procurement process" in Eastern Europe, it has created joint funding projects with Suez and Vivendi for developme …"

"… as created joint funding projects with Suez and Vivendi for development in Eastern Europe that are not always transparent themselves.In November 2000, for example, …"

Cholera and the age of the water barons

By Bill Marsden

Cholera turned out to be a chronicle of death foretold by blind ideology

Excerpts from this story referencing "water services":

"… .It was on the advice of the World Bank that Bolivia began privatizing its water services in the mid 1990s. Discussions about Cochabamba's water began in 1995, Chri …"

"… tribution toward negotiations to reduce trade barriers in "water and waste water services" with a view to open these markets to European companies.On a third front, …"

"… ity."In many cases, when only public servants are involved with delivering water services or sanitation services, the goals which are expected by the political deci …"

Drugs, diamonds and deadly cargoes

By Alain Lallemand

Israeli Leonid Minin has an expensive drug habit, and a fondness for beautiful woman and polished diamonds

Excerpts from this story referencing "Burkina Faso":

"… r with several units of Taylor's armed forces, as well as mercenaries from Burkina Faso. The first target they hit was the diamond-rich district of Koindu. Throug …"

"… delivering 68 tons of weaponry from Eastern Europe supposedly destined for Burkina Faso, and 113 tons marked for the Ivory Coast, to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Doc …"

"… ned that there was "conclusive evidence of supply lines to Liberia through Burkina Faso. Weapons supplied to Burkina Faso by governments or private arms merchants …"

"… dence of supply lines to Liberia through Burkina Faso. Weapons supplied to Burkina Faso by governments or private arms merchants have been systematically diverted …"

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