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 "Eastern Europe":

"… — that is, Soviet — arms deliveries to Syria, coupled with unrest in Eastern Europe. Rising tensions and a change in the Soviet leadership triggered an invas …"

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 "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 "Asia":

"… an named Manny Weigensberg — he would scour the warehouses of Europe and Asia for surplus military arms. Sucher told government officials in 1964 that h …"

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 "Gro Harlem Brundtland":

"… in the United States or Western Europe.“This was our experience,” said Gro Harlem Brundtland, former WHO director general who led the international body in the years b …"

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 "Eastern Europe":

"… ees were implicated in Bosnia for buying and selling women from throughout Eastern Europe — and not prosecuted — the U.S. Army was told this February that super …"

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 "Tobacco":

"… industry as an example, companies like Philip Morris and British American Tobacco work with dozens of investigators and informants around the world.Of cours …"

"… local manager for that firm had developed close ties to the official State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, which itself is charged with investigating counte …"

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 "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 "Paraguay":

"… d the world. Huge tobacco black markets have arisen from New York State to Paraguay to Eastern Europe, as smugglers move cheap and counterfeit cigarettes to s …"

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 "Tobacco":

"… 430 percent. That, though, didn’t deter companies like British American Tobacco from smuggling their products into China — or Chinese enterprisers like …"

"… ep its supply counterfeit-free.Certainly the relevant authority, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, has spared no resources in trying. By 1995, long …"

Ukraine’s ‘lost’ cigarettes flood Europe

By Vlad Lavrov

Big tobacco’s overproduction fuels $2 billion black market

Excerpts from this story referencing "Moldova":

"… rainian excise stamps is also flourishing on the Internet through numerous Moldova-based online stores, which deliver them to customers worldwide.“Tobacco …"

"… yields about two dozen online stores, most of them located in neighboring Moldova. The sites offer all the well-known brands, from Marlboro to Winston, with …"

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 "Paraguay":

"… ting industry. Once a minor problem, today underground factories in China, Paraguay, and Eastern Europe manufacture literally billions of fake cigarettes — …"

"… South America’s notorious Tri-border area between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. The distribution systems are complex, the smuggling routes circuitous and …"

"… at include insect eggs and human feces.• Smuggling Made Easy: Landlocked Paraguay Emerges as a Top Producer of Contraband Tobacco. Paraguay’s renegade fac …"

"… Easy: Landlocked Paraguay Emerges as a Top Producer of Contraband Tobacco. Paraguay’s renegade factories produce more than 20 times what the country consume …"

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 "Paraguay":

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

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 "Canada":

"… rainian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Russian Orthodox churches in the U.S. and Canada. IOCC is one of six charity and outreach agencies supported by SCOBA.Since …"

Private interests

By Paul Radu

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Balkan Petroleum":

"… d in the autumn of 2003 when the company became, through a British company Balkan Petroleum, the largest shareholder of one of the biggest Romanian oil refineries, Ra …"

"… te by a group of companies led by a member of the ruling party.Eventually, Balkan Petroleum (BkP) became the refinery's main shareholder and vowed to resuscitate it. …"

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 "Poland":

"… oncessions in at least 23 major cities and districts in Slovenia, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria and Armenia. The …"

"… ever. The EBRD has also helped finance improvements to public utilities in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. …"

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 "Jakarta":

"… water privatizations around the world — such as Buenos Aires, Manila and Jakarta – the ICIJ investigation showed that the World Bank flexed its financial …"

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

"… d Suez, with the support of the former Indonesian dictatorship, divided up Jakarta.Finally, the private water companies make promises they often can't keep …"

"… ontracts remain secret. Regulatory authorities in Buenos Aires, Manila and Jakarta told ICIJ they often feel powerless in the face of demands from the water …"

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 "Monrovia":

"… Sierra Leone – thwarted Taylor's attempt to seize the Liberian capital, Monrovia. An angry Taylor warned in a radio broadcast that neighboring Sierra Leone …"

"… hed the U.N. account of the route that weapons shipped from Ouagadougou to Monrovia in March 1999 had taken. On March 6, Minin had left Odessa for Kiev and, o …"

"… en. On March 6, Minin had left Odessa for Kiev and, on March 8, he went to Monrovia via Ibiza, in the Mediterranean. The records suggested that Minin, himself …"

"… o. And, according to the papers, the plane made several roundtrips between Monrovia and Ouagadougou during March to carry "Liberian Gov Cargo." The Monza poli …"

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 "World Bank":

"… tplace in a desperate scramble to keep up with inflation, estimated by the World Bank at 1,800 percent. Anything with the slightest value was bartered or sold. …"

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