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 "president":

"… in three installments beginning May 16 and ending Thursday. Ranging from presidential note cards to previously secret CIA reports, the documents describing A …"

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 "finance":

"… s and daughter Andrea Soros Colombel to Friends of Democracy (pro-campaign finance reform) $1 million to Priorities USA Action (pro-Barack Obama) $1 millio …"

"… n London. He moved to New York City in the mid-1950s to pursue a career in finance and started his signature hedge fund, the Quantum Fund, in 1969. Soros is …"

"… lf as an anti-super PAC super PAC, supporting candidates who back campaign finance reform. Jonathan and his siblings accounted for the bulk of the money the …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. intelligence":

"… nbsp;— one of the debate sponsors — wrote that Bachmann’s claim that U.S. intelligence operatives have no place to detain captured terrorists is simply false.Nat …"

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 "Eastern Europe":

"… and H1N1 flu pandemic to the world of human trafficking and sex slavery in Eastern Europe. The seven finalists represent some of the world’s best investigative re …"

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

"… eport by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project uncovers how Eastern European criminals and corrupt politicians are using offshore havens as fronts fo …"

"… n riveting detail the underground criminal networks and the experiences of Eastern European women forced into prostitution abroad.  Pirates, Smugglers and …"

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 "dealer":

"… declared to be American-made and shipped through wholesalers to local gun dealers for sale with high-capacity magazines, bayonets and the other features of …"

"… . The discovery followed a deadly shootout between federal agents and drug dealers in Culiacán, the capital of the Pacific state of Sinaloa. Eight police o …"

"… gun laws, among the most prohibitive in the world, continue to drive drug dealers and their agents to the United States and its more permissive laws.But th …"

"… declared to be American-made and shipped through wholesalers to local gun dealers for sale with high-capacity magazines, bayonets and the other trimmings o …"

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 "Eastern Europe":

"… ST FACT: In 2002, a news report alleged that trafficked women from Russia, Eastern Europe and the Philippines were forced into prostitution in South Korean bars fre …"

Overview: The tobacco lobby goes global

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos

The tobacco lobby goes global

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eastern Europe":

"… cent of women smoke. Russia is also an important exporter of cigarettes to Eastern Europe. By 2012 – four years after signing the WHO’s tobacco control pact – …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… existence of an investigation or any grand jury matters. Stacy DeLuke, a spokeswoman for Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, said the firm “vehemently deni …"

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 "BP":

"… ariat. According to Corbach, the leader of the secretariat was employed by BP, and even represented AGE in meetings in Brussels, where in the past the g …"

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 "Eastern Europe":

"… s GDP and oil smuggling rivals Sierra Leone’s GDP.)Ships from China and Eastern Europe dock in major West African ports carrying containers of smokes that lack l …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mastermind Tobacco Company":

"… ren, and slavery, according to the U.N.’s Group of Experts.Rujugiro owns Mastermind Tobacco Company, which produces Yes cigarettes, and Congo Tobacco Company, which produces …"

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 "Indonesia":

"… erfeit Marlboros and 555s — were shipped as far as South Africa, Greece, Indonesia and the United Kingdom, they’d all been manufactured in southwest Fujian …"

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 …"

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 "Switzerland":

"… ficials, and diplomats from an estimated 160 countries gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, to push for what has eluded governments for decades: a global crackdown o …"

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. …"

An interrogation role model

By Yossi Melman

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Italy":

"… eral occasions we provided names of charities and bank accounts in the UK, Italy, Paraguay, Argentina and a few other countries, and the security services …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… European nation's overthrow of Ceauşescu and the impending U.S. attack on Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq."The people of Romania understand that aggressive dictato …"

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 "Ethiopia":

"… A newcomer to the AIDS battleIOCC's first HIV/AIDS program was launched in Ethiopia in January 2004 after the organization received a $4.6 million, three-year …"

"… grant from the U.S. government. Its preexisting partnership there with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC), which has more than 40 million followers and 35,00 …"

"… -called ABC approach).Though IOCC is new to the battle against HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, its faith-based ally is more familiar with the country and the disease. " …"

"… r major partner, EOC-DICAC, has been implementing humanitarian programs in Ethiopia since 1972," said spokeswoman Amal Morcos. "They have been on the frontlin …"

Private interests

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… lion 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 …"

"… , Romania, a nation of 22.6 million people, plays an important role in the European oil economy.From the end of the Second World War until December 1989, wh …"

"… tured and its refining capacity downsized.Romania is scheduled to join the European Union in 2007. Privatizing the country's main oil company, the National …"

"… process.Petrom is the biggest national oil company in central and eastern Europe. It is the main crude oil producer in Romania and accounts for roughly a t …"

A human rights issue

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "scientist":

"… told the British media that he would clone human embryos for research. The scientist's application will be the first submitted to the Human Fertilisation and E …"

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 "France":

"… PARIS — While peddling the benefits of free-market privatization abroad, France carefully guards its own borders against foreign companies, claiming water …"

"… nvironnement. They included the state-owned power company, Electricité de France (EdF), which took 4 percent, with an option to buy another 4 percent, and …"

"… reign participation in French water supply," the water union of the Ile-de-France, the province surrounding Paris, warned in September 2002.Vivendi's leadin …"

"… e simply better at landing the 500 water tenders that come up each year in France because they have "more experience than foreigners.""It is true that forei …"

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 "Ontario":

"… es and the private companies argued over responsibility. In Hamilton, Ontario, a private company took several years before it agreed to settle fines aft …"

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 "Cyprus":

"… o di Lugano, a Mr. Pessina, to pay $850,000 to Alpha Bank Ltd, in Nicosia, Cyprus, in the name of Aviatrend Limited. The transfer was purportedly for the "p …"

The influence peddlers

By Yossi Melman and Julio Godoy

Arcadi Gaydamak epitomized the business of war in the post-Cold War era – an entrepreneur with global ties to resource exploitation

Excerpts from this story referencing "head":

"… e Forces. He numbered among his other business associates Danny Yatom, who headed Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, before being appointed security ad …"

"… ime Minister Ehud Barak. Gaydamak also employed Avi Dagan, Mossad's former head of intelligence gathering."Here I am a respected citizen," Gaydamak boaste …"

"… mpresa de Diamantes de Angola (Endiama). Leviev, who was close to the then-head of Alrosa, Valery Rudakov, said he helped bail out the financially ailing …"

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