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 "Syria":

"… le East, including “Orange” — that is, Soviet — arms deliveries to Syria, coupled with unrest in Eastern Europe. Rising tensions and a change in t …"

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

By Harry Karanikas

Onshore and offshore realms equally secretive in Greece

Excerpts from this story referencing "Greece":

"… t the airport on time. I still am not sure if I tracked them all. Back in Greece the crosschecking continued. With the help of another ICIJ colleague in Sp …"

"… to the Ministry of Finance of the list of foreign companies registered in Greece. I still haven't received an answer. Although the list with the foreign e …"

"… essible, it wasn't. That's not an exception, it's the rule that applies in Greece to tons of information which should be available to the public. From sour …"

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 "California":

"… otable state-level contributions (see here): $1.4 million in support of California’s Proposition 5, the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (2008) $1 m …"

"… he Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (2008) $1 million in support of California’s Proposition 36, which modified the state’s “Three Strikes” law ( …"

"… ied the state’s “Three Strikes” law (2012) $1 million in support of California’s Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana in the state (201 …"

"… ’ son Alexander, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Berkeley, has started his own philanthropic organization. The Alex Soros …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… ege in Spartanburg, S.C., among eight candidates: Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah …"

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 "American Rifleman":

"… bsequent modification is the owners’ problem,” Romarm said.A review in American Rifleman, an NRA publication, said the WASR-10 “represents an exceptional deal to …"

"… th a legal imported weapon. Break it down. Apply some Yankee ingenuity.The American Rifleman article described the process. After arriving in the U.S., the rifles are …"

"… ssories, including two 30-round magazines, and a bayonet, according to the American Rifleman report.J&G Sales — a top online dealer based in Prescott, Arizona …"

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 "president":

"… e trade-dispute settlement branch of the World Bank.  Uruguay’s new president José Mujica, unwilling to take on the corporate giant, initially backed d …"

"… ges of legal support from international anti-tobacco groups, the Uruguayan president now says his government may go ahead with some reforms.Some tobacco compan …"

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 North America":

"… nt company, Wackenhut Services Incorporated, said in an e-mail that due to ArmorGroup North America’s “contract with the State Department, AGNA may not respond in the pre …"

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 "Eastern Europe":

"… ntly reduced in the 1990s after the collapse of industry in large parts of Eastern Europe, did counting those reductions accurately reflect the EU’s overall attem …"

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 "al-Qaeda":

"… h Africa and Europe.The route north is largely controlled by smugglers for al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Islamic extremist group widely believed …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "al-Qaeda":

"… this 2,000-mile corridor.Among those who control this underground trade is al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Algeria-based terrorist organization wid …"

"… rly lucrative, low-risk way to fund operations.Hezbollah, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda are involved in smuggling cigarettes; so are the Real Irish Republican Arm …"

"… gangs, who find the big profits and low risk hard to resist.In addition to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, at least a half-dozen terrorist groups and insurgen …"

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 "manufacturing":

"… rlboros. As of last year, though, PMI reports, Chinese counterfeiters were manufacturing separate versions of Marlboro tailored for some 60 countries — down to t …"

"… everyone knows that the investment can be recouped in just a few months of manufacturing,” says a Yunxiao broker. Some factories boast up to 500 workers and over …"

"… orner packaging the tobacco industry has introduced in recent years.And as manufacturing technology has improved, so, too, has the speed with which counterfeiters …"

"… which churns out some 80 million cigarettes a week—promises a six-day manufacturing turnaround, door-to-door delivery for certain overseas clients, and impecc …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… diately.”Gallaher cigarettes were even sold to Iraq and to the regime of Saddam Hussein, then under U.N. sanctions. In an interview, Clarke said he and Jack did b …"

An interrogation role model

By Yossi Melman

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rafi Eitan":

"… Argentina."He [Eichmann] passed our car, which was parked on the margin," Rafi Eitan, the Mossad officer in charge of the operation, recounted in an interview …"

An opportunity seized

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asad Abrar Qureshi":

"… usuf Ali Mohamed Al Balushi of Oman; Aymen Ahmed Fouad Jadkareem of Sudan; Asad Abrar Qureshi of Pakistan; and Khaldoon Walid Monir Nabham, whose citizenship wasn't dis …"

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 "managing director":

"… ed by Willem Matser.Earlier in the year, in March 2003, Guenter Nolte, the managing director of Halliburton Europe, left the company to serve as chief executive in Reg …"

A human rights issue

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Spain":

"… lgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland."Issues of human genetics and bioethics in Europe …"

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 "Bechtel":

"… and United Utilities of England working in conjunction with Bechtel of the United States, have also successfully secured major internatio …"

"… Cochabamba, Bolivia. After Aguas del Tunari, a consortium jointly owned by Bechtel and United Utilities, took control of the city's waterworks in 1999 withou …"

"… he Bolivian government claiming losses of a reported $25 million, although Bechtel has stated that it has not put a number on its claim. The suit is before t …"

"… cause it believed it was not financially viable.In an interview with ICIJ, Bechtel spokesman Jeff Berger blamed the Bolivian government for the Cochabamba de …"

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 "Commonwealth of Independent States":

"… h confirmed members of the (criminal underworld) originating from CIS [the Commonwealth of Independent States, the successor entity to the Soviet Union], such as Viatcheslave Ivankov, …"

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 "Ariel Sharon":

"… out for the Dec. 10, 2001, banquet in his honor, including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Jerusalem's Mayor Ehud Olmert and, one of the most extraordinary operator …"

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