Federal complaint challenges Texas town's new ban on housing any border kids

By Susan Ferriss

Civil rights groups are challenging ordinances that prohibit cooperation with federal officials if they ask to shelter kids in towns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "League City":

"… es in at the border. The complaint against an ordinance adopted July 8 by League City, a Houston suburb, was filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Edu …"

"… of 1964. “There is particularly ugly language about Muslims in this League City ordinance also,” said Maddie Sloan, an Appleseed attorney. The number o …"

"… ng at home.” Marisa Bono, a MALDEF attorney, said the complaint against League City “is a warning to other municipalities that are considering similar resol …"

"… e and halt ordinances aimed at “vulnerable children.”   The League City ordinance, approved in a 6-2 vote, lists a number of allegations that elec …"

Trains, amputations and the roots of why kids are on the run

By Susan Ferriss

Reports have long warned of chaos in Central America many minors say they want to escape.

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

"… nd other crimes. To accord them political asylum would have undermined the U.S. government's policies.” The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees produced …"

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

Kids whose dad was killed by gangsters are among the plaintiffs in a suit arguing that children should have lawyers in immigration court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… angsters who objected to the father’s anti-gang rehabilitation center in El Salvador, according to the suit. Typically, “in court, the Department of Homelan …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… break down until reaching victims’ kidneys. A study in Sri Lanka by the World Health Organization detected both cadmium and glyphosate, as well as other pesticides and heav …"

Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… ies, and glyphosate is used widely in the country. Dr. Carlos Orantes, the director of El Salvador’s national research program into the epidemic, said his t …"

United Nations report: 'Children on the Run' from violent homelands

By Susan Ferriss

Numbers of Central American and Mexico minors who say they're fleeing violence are surging.

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

"… ies at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law. “The U.S. government usually does not appoint counsel for unaccompanied children in immigration …"

CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

The CDC launches industry-funded research into a kidney disease killing thousands of Central American agricultural workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… ons such as more water, rest and shade for workers, said Jason Glaser, the director of La Isla Foundation. The studies will also explore how dehydration may i …"

Money, research target mystery kidney disease in Americas

By Sasha Chavkin

Escalating a search for the cause of a mysterious kidney disease, health ministers from the Americas target money and research to CKD.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… ltural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. A recent study estimated that the ailment has killed …"

Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… ral pesticides following a multi-year study by its health ministry and the World Health Organization, which concluded that the heavy metal cadmium had entered the food supply …"

New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… ths increasing more than threefold since 1990, according to an analysis of World Health Organization data. In El Salvador, CKD has become the leading cause of hospital deaths …"

"… there, conducted by the Sri Lankan health ministry in partnership with the World Health Organization, documented elevated levels of cadmium and arsenic contained in agrochemic …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… Yet the search for clues was slow to begin, with governments including the United States moving with little urgency despite warnings of the disease’s toll. And s …"

"… some experts say is necessary.At a 2011 health summit in Mexico City, the United States beat back a proposal by Central American nations that would have listed CK …"

New voting rules make getting Latinos to the polls harder than ever

By Lindsey Ruta and Annelise Russell

Latinos could be a potent voting force in the Southwest, but traditionally low voter turnout could get even lower with new ID laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ident Juan Rosa said the ID law is a valuable safeguard. Rosa, who is from El Salvador, became a citizen in 2002 and has voted since then, he said. Latinos will …"

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

By Sasha Chavkin

In Costa Rica, health officials and one company step up against a disease that's claimed thousands of lives in Central America

Excerpts from this story referencing "disease":

"… ta Rican government has launched a study into the causes of chronic kidney disease in its sugarcane producing northern region. At the same time one of the co …"

"… explored the mysterious and largely overlooked epidemic of chronic kidney disease — or CKD — that is killing thousands of sugarcane workers and other ma …"

"… l an epidemic: whether the illness should be classified as an occupational disease. Many workers believe the malady is caused by pesticide exposure and worki …"

"… ional health service and lead investigator for the study. The cause of the disease’s outbreak remains unknown, although a growing body of research has show …"

The weekly watchdog: Dec. 12 - Dec. 16

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ple died each year — mostly manual laborers in harsh sugarcane fields of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. As the death toll rises, those in a position to …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… national Consortium of Investigative Journalists‘ analysis of the latest World Health Organization data. In El Salvador and Nicaragua alone over the last two decades, the nu …"

Miles de trabajadores de caña de azúcar mueren ante escasez de acción oficial

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Miles de trabajadores de caña de azúcar mueren ante escasez de acción oficial

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… e Periodistas de Investigación (ICIJ, por sus siglas en inglés). Solo en El Salvador y Nicaragua, en las últimas dos décadas el número de hombres que murier …"

"… e debería morir de enfermedad renal”, dijo Ramón Trabanino, médico de El Salvador que ha estudiado la epidemia durante una década. La oleada de casos de e …"

"… o “nefropatía azucarera”. El director del programa nacional de ERC de El Salvador ha escrito acerca de una “nefropatía regional mesoamericana” que alg …"

"… tidad de trabajadores jóvenes y de edad mediana llegaban a su hospital en El Salvador, todos con casos avanzados de ERC. “Por algún motivo esto le parece nor …"

About this project

A look at the reporting process behind 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ein (CPI) …"

"… 2005 to 2009, CKD claimed more than 2,800 men each year in the region; in El Salvador it is now the second-leading cause of death among adult men.This was the p …"

"… heehy for Public Radio International’s The World. Sheehy is based in the El Salvador offices of El Faro, an investigative website edited by Carlos Dada, a memb …"

"… )Univision (television)El Nuevo Herald, MiamiLa Nacion, Costa RicaEl Faro, El SalvadorSemana, NicaraguaHoy, ChicagoAl Dia, DallasLa Opinion, Los AngelesProject e …"

Methodology

A note of the data and analysis for 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "disease":

"… ’s death toll in the region. …"

"… the lack of formal recognition or classification for the new strain of the disease.We used data for each of the countries where scientific studies and our in …"

"… caragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Studies have indicated the disease is spreading in Honduras and Mexico as well. No data were available for Ho …"

"… ecause the lack of a distinct category for the epidemic resulted in kidney disease deaths being classified in different ways. It is also because prior to 200 …"

Nixon to grand jury: $100,000 cash contributions and rewarding donors with ambassadorships

By John Aloysius Farrell

Nixon's description of campaign largesse in the Watergate era echoes today's environment

Excerpts from this story referencing "ambassadors":

"… olarizing figures in modern history.In a long discussion about the sale of ambassadorships during his administration, Nixon insisted that, at least for the plum …"

"… e plum positions, there was never a quid pro quo with campaign donors. For ambassadors to important allies like France or Great Britain, “the most important th …"

"… American practice of naming rich donors to the posts.“Some of the finest ambassadors…have been non-career ambassadors who have made substantial contributions …"

"… nors to the posts.“Some of the finest ambassadors…have been non-career ambassadors who have made substantial contributions,” Nixon argued, parrying the pro …"

Cartels carve new drug routes in Central America

By Nick Miroff

In a Belizean town known for its trade in contraband, illicit drugs cast a new shadow

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… lvatrucha — 18th Street rivalry that has spread from Los Angeles to El Salvador.One reason for the violence, Belize’s top police official told me: big t …"

Salmonella outbreak traced to cantaloupes in Guatemala

By Brandon Quester and Tarryn Mento

Cantaloupe, a frequent carrier of pathogens that cause foodborne illness, is imported by the U.S. more than any other nation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Health":

"… pathogens, said Dr. Kirk Smith, epidemiology supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Health. By the time symptoms occur and a foodborne illness is reported and confir …"

"… demiological information.”Tim Jones, an epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health, said if public health officials like him are constantly worried about law …"

Limousine liberals? Number of government-owned limos has soared under Obama

By Joe Eaton

The number of limousines owned by the federal government has jumped 73 percent in the first two years of the Obama administration

Excerpts from this story referencing "ambassadors":

"… he department said it also purchased a limited number of 7-Series BMWs for ambassadors in countries where vehicles are right-hand drive.The Department of Homelan …"

Daily Watchdog: Deteriorating conditions in Central America pose security threat

By Laurel Adams

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… evels of violence and corruption of government officials, according to the Congressional Research Service.The Obama Administration has sought partnerships wit …"

"… y over 50 percent since 2008, Central American leaders and some members of Congress believe the resources provided are insufficient given the scope of the sec …"

George H.W. Bush — Revisited

By John Solomon

He’s 86 now, his eyebrows silver and his legs weakened by Parkinson’s-like symptoms. But as George Herbert Walker Bush approaches his twilig

Excerpts from this story referencing "current president":

"… cap it off, well into his 80s, he decides to jump out of airplanes,” the current president said adoringly as he secured the blue-and-white ribbon around Bush’s nec …"

Latin American investigative conference keen on collaborations

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos

In only its second run, the Latin American Conference on Investigative Journalism – held last weekend in Buenos Aires – has become one of th

Excerpts from this story referencing "Journalism":

"… ree. …"

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

Drug makers' trade group makes the industry's priorities U.S. trade policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… orcing its provisions. Last year, when the Guatemalan legislature passed a law that permitted lower priced generic drugs to be marketed alongside their b …"

A Spy Inc. no stranger to controversy

LONDON / WASHINGTON, June 12, 2002 — Even within the secretive world of private military companies, AirScan is noted for being unforthcoming

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colombia":

"… r Force Base in California. AirScan also has contracts in the war zones of Colombia and Angola, where it guards oil pipelines for U.S. companies, and is part …"

"… ines for U.S. companies, and is part of the U.S. anti-drug operation, Plan Colombia.Most recently, three AirScan pilots were sought for questioning by the Col …"

"… bia.Most recently, three AirScan pilots were sought for questioning by the Colombian attorney-general for their role in providing intelligence to the Colombia …"

"… Colombian attorney-general for their role in providing intelligence to the Colombians before the Colombian air force bombed the village of Santa Domingo on De …"

Pentagon trained troops led by officer accused in Colombian massacre

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 30, 2000 — Pentagon officials, under pressure to investigate alleged links between elite U.S. military trainers and C

Excerpts from this story referencing "Brian Sheridan":

"… ery single class,” Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Brian Sheridan told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations two days …"

Open your mind

By Stephen Engelberg

NEW YORK, March 1, 1999 — Day-to-day, investigative reporting is about sweat and perseverance. Forget about the widely held view that govern

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maryland":

"… ernet and search engines, and so I turned to my secret files, the suburban Maryland phone book, to find the phone number. Ledeen turned out to be a somewhat e …"

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