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 "Microsoft":

"… e Sunday Times in London. He also spent more than four years at Microsoft, where he was Editorial Director of MSN in the UK and then International P …"

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 "United States":

"… v was running the Soviet Union from his Moscow hospital bed in 1983 as the United States and its NATO allies conducted a massive series of war games that seemed to …"

"… of forces “is probably adequate to deter a direct nuclear attack on the United States.” It did not acknowledge the possibility of nuclear war through miscalcu …"

"… perceive, a genuine danger of imminent conflict or confrontation with the United States,” its authors wrote. It acknowledged, however, that since the Able Arch …"

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

By Harry Karanikas

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

Excerpts from this story referencing "deputy director":

"…  Offshore Leaks investigation started in September 2012. ICIJ's deputy director, Marina Walker Guevara, sent me a list of Greek names they had extrac …"

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 "George Soros":

"… otable federal hard money and 527 contributions: Between 2004 and 2008, George Soros contributed $32.2 million to a variety of Democratic-aligned 527 committee …"

"… ros and Gregory Soros Biography: Billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros, a well-known and prolific donor to liberal causes, took it easy in 2012, …"

"… Tamiko Bolton, who is 42 years his junior. Last updated: Jan. 30, 2013 *George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundation, which provides funding for …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… the presidential guidance governing those forces was written by President George W. Bush in 2002.The last time the White House instructions were translated by the …"

"… s not embraced. Keith Payne, a deputy assistant secretary of defense under George W. Bush who testified alongside Cartwright, said “there’s no disagreement betw …"

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. military":

"… Similarly, the State Department also says on its website that “U.S. military aid to Egypt totals over $1.3 billion annually.”However, the CRS says in …"

"… bring an ironic end to years of legal wrangling over prisoners held by the U.S. military. The ruling, unless overturned by the Supreme Court, appears to the give t …"

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 "Vermont":

"… t set up a warehouse and manufacturing plant across the Canadian border in Vermont, which it has maintained to this day in the town of Georgia, even after mo …"

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 "Iraq":

"… allegations of forced labor and debt bondage against a U.S. contractor in Iraq.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accoun …"

Overview: The tobacco lobby goes global

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos

The tobacco lobby goes global

Excerpts from this story referencing "Greece":

"… Tobacco Monopoly, which controls the nation’s cigarette industry. And in Greece, China, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, and Mozambique, Alliance and Universal executi …"

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 "ArmorGroup":

"… ws that their clients were mostly Western men. In late 2007, officials at ArmorGroup, a company providing private security guards for the U.S. embassy in Kabul …"

"… e company. The matter is still being litigated. A management official for ArmorGroup “boasted openly about owning prostitutes in Kabul,” according to the s …"

"… according to the suit filed by James Gordon, who was at the time a senior ArmorGroup supervisor. Also, an ArmorGroup trainee had been caught bragging that he h …"

"… James Gordon, who was at the time a senior ArmorGroup supervisor. Also, an ArmorGroup trainee had been caught bragging that he hoped to make some “real money …"

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 "Beijing":

"… Kavowras, who met his wife while monitoring a neighbor’s sales front in Beijing, “and ultimately, they believe us.” (For the first year of their court …"

European ambitions hit a wall of carbon

By Brigitte Alfter

Business and industry pare back EU climate goals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Silvio Berlusconi":

"… lace.But in the end, Wyn says, industry had Angela Merkel, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, and the financial crisis to help them out. In an unusual move, during las …"

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 "Crime":

"… rding to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.“West Africa has everything that criminals need: resources, a strategic …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… containing 10 million cigarettes costs as little as $100,000 to produce in China, but can bring as much as $2 million in the United States. Cigarette smugg …"

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 "United Kingdom":

"… China — prompted OLAF to post its first-ever officer to Beijing. In the United Kingdom alone, the illicit trade costs the government nearly $5 billion a year. …"

"… d industry forensics are needed to identify China’s counterfeits. In the United Kingdom, where authorities in some areas report that up to one-third of all cigare …"

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

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 "president":

"… loy more missiles themselves. Obama’s aides have said repeatedly the new president would support the system only “when the technology is proved to be worka …"

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 …"

Blame the distributor

By Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu

How Gallaher stayed in the smuggling game

Excerpts from this story referencing "Greece":

"… arm of the European Commission. In 2005, he was charged with smuggling in Greece after an OLAF investigation found that transit cigarettes sold by Tlais fo …"

"… ansit cigarettes sold by Tlais for Bulgaria were instead being sold off in Greece. Tlais was considered an accessory to the crime because he had sold the ci …"

An interrogation role model

By Yossi Melman

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… as no surprise, given the traditionally close cooperation between the United States and Israel on security matters. The controversial techniques Jabour says h …"

"… nal Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has found, has been the United States. For its part, the United States reciprocates through continued massi …"

"… lists (ICIJ) has found, has been the United States. For its part, the United States reciprocates through continued massive military aid and assistance to Isra …"

"… lobbying Congress and the executive branch.Since the late 1940s, the United States has given Israel nearly $50 billion in military assistance — financial a …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Public Radio":

"… troops [to] Iraq," then-Romanian Deputy Defense Minister George Maior told National Public Radio in 2003. "I think the risk for our national security coming from the area …"

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 "Greece":

"… e countries, most with a strong Orthodox Church presence, include Albania, Greece, Romania, Georgia, Turkey, the former Yugoslavia and Russia.A newcomer to …"

Private interests

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "PSD":

"… h 2004, a former member of the Romanian Parliament and of the ruling party PSD (Social Democratic Party), Gabriel Bivolaru, was sentenced to five years i …"

"… he main opposition political parties that challenged the ruling party, the PSD, in the November 2004 general elections.The very lengthy report, of which …"

A human rights issue

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Austria":

"… er Western European countries that prohibited reproductive cloning include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portug …"

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 "Vice President":

"… Luc Trancart, director general at Suez.Another Suez executive, Senior Vice President Gérard Payen, said French companies were simply better at landing the 500 …"

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 "Indonesia":

"… onstruction. In countries such as South Africa, Argentina, Philippines and Indonesia, the World Bank has been advising the leaders to "commercialize" their uti …"

"… inessman, earned a profit of $100 million on the privatization.In Jakarta, Indonesia, the ICIJ investigation showed that World Bank officials not only encourag …"

"… erest in Buenos Aires. And Thames and Suez, with the support of the former Indonesian dictatorship, divided up Jakarta.Finally, the private water companies mak …"

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 "Economic Community of West African States":

"… RUF to better the country. In 1990, a peacekeeping force assembled by the Economic Community of West African States – including two units of troops from Sierra Leone – thwarted Taylor's …"

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