Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

By Alexander Cohen

U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… petitioning former colleagues on behalf of clients, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2008, they started a lobbying firm with their sons, Breaux Lott Leader …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… online gambling bills in seven others right now. In Washington, meanwhile, Congress is facing increasing pressure to either bar or regulate the fledgling indu …"

"… tive political causes, has pledged to spend “whatever it takes” to get Congress to ban Internet gambling outright, while industry giants like Ca …"

"… gambling industry was essentially relegated to just a few cities. But when Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988, which allowed tribes to r …"

"… d none tried to license the practice. It all came to a head in 2006, when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or UIGEA, which pre …"

Japan reaffirms its plan to produce plutonium

By Douglas Birch and Jake Adelstein

The Abe government’s new energy plan calls for completing the Rokkasho plutonium fuel factory despite U.S. concern it poses terrorism risks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… pile of 44 tons of plutonium, some of which is stored in Japan and some in Europe. U.S. officials have complained to their Japanese counterparts that the p …"

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 "El Salvador":

"… growing, but scientific debate still churns. Government-backed studies in El Salvador and Sri Lanka have found pesticides and fertilizers to be the primary caus …"

"… ysterious ailment has become a political Rorschach test. The left-leaning El Salvadoran government, backed by Cuban doctors, blames pesticides imported by Weste …"

Two Center projects are finalists for esteemed Goldsmith Prize

By Bill Buzenberg

'Secrecy for Sale' and 'Breathless and Burdened' up for investigative reporting award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… weeping policy changes and high-profile resignations around the world. The European Union’s top tax official has called Offshore Leaks “the most signifi …"

"… ficial has called Offshore Leaks “the most significant trigger” behind Europe’s newfound resolve to crack down on offshore hideaways and global tax do …"

How ICIJ reported on China's offshore leaks

By The Center for Public Integrity

ICIJ reporter Marina Walker Guevara takes you behind the China leaks story.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… ther to work on a highly sensitive investigation alongside colleagues from Europe and the U.S.  The meeting kicked off a six-month probe into the  …"

ICIJ offshore records reveal tax haven clients in China, Hong Kong

Files shed light on more than 20,000 tax haven clients from Hong Kong and mainland China.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… ICIJ has sifted through with help from more than 50 reporting partners in Europe, North America, Asia and other regions. Since last April, ICIJ’s storie …"

Highlights of Offshore Leaks so far

By Kimberley Porteous and Emily Menkes

Highlights of ICIJ's offshore leaks investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… for his unpaid fine of 167.2 billion won ($149.3 million).   One of Europe’s top bankers offered his resignation one day after news broke that he s …"

"… Zurich-based law firm Lenz & Staehlin has aided some of Europe's richest families park their wealth offshore. “People don’t set …"

"… ne Zurich-based law firm, Lenz & Staehlin, has aided some of Europe's richest families park their wealth offshore. “People don’t set …"

High bladder cancer rate shrouds New York plant, exposing chemical hazards in the workplace

By Jim Morris

A decades-long spate of bladder cancer at a Goodyear plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y. spotlights limits of regulation over dangerous chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Monsanto":

"… cal, Zapp said, was gone from the plant by 1957. It was also in 1955 that Monsanto, which had been buying ortho-toluidine from DuPont for at least 15 years, …"

"… no longer made in the United States. The four domestic users — Goodyear, Monsanto, Lanxess Corp. of Pittsburgh and AC&S Inc. of Nitro, W.Va., accor …"

"… n Cancer considers it a Group 1 — known — human carcinogen. Monsanto brought in more than 23 million pounds of ortho-toluidine last year to mak …"

"… h Administration. The raw chemical, he wrote, “is not handled at any of Monsanto’s facilities.” It’s shipped first to an intermediate manufacturer in …"

Push against offshore secrecy an uphill battle

By Michael Hudson

Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tax haven":

"… banks and nations hit by economic crisis sought to boost tax revenues. “Tax havens and bank secrecy are finished,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy declar …"

"… tria and Luxembourg, two EU members with traditions of banking secrecy. “Tax havens give EU commissioner the runaround,” a headline in the indepe …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Don Cardon":

"… ors awarded a three-year contract worth about $1 million to its first CEO, Don Cardon. That worked out to almost twice Cardon’s previous annual salary of $183 …"

'Offshore Leaks' investigation earns ICIJ an honorary doctorate from Belgian university

By Bill Buzenberg

Director Gerard Ryle accepts honorary degree from University of Liège in Belgium this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… ing some gratifying recognition for our major tax haven investigation from Europe, where the project has been one of the year’s biggest stories. Just this …"

In new battleground over toxic reform, American Chemistry Council targets the states

By Ronnie Greene

The fight between industry and activists over regulation of toxic chemicals has shifted from Washington, D.C., to state venues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… to smother toxics reform bills filed in states fed up with logjams at the Environmental Protection Agency. Connecticut is just one snapshot of a larger picture …"

"… rk,” said Steve Lester, science director for the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a nonprofit headquartered in Falls Church, Va., and founded …"

"… dding of an ACC lobbyist. In Maine, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patricia Aho, was an ACC lobbyist before taking office in 20 …"

"… ildren's Products Are Free of Cadmium An Act To Provide the Department of Environmental Protection with Regulatory Flexibility Regarding the Listing of Priority …"

Global impact of ‘Offshore Leaks’ grows

By Bill Buzenberg

The global impact of our latest international investigation has been astonishing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… nt, hauling away paintings and other big-ticket items; In Austria, one of Europe’s most famed bankers abruptly resigned; And, in Great Britain and Franc …"

"… e Philippines, Greece, Canada, India, Mongolia, Austria and Australia. In Europe, the EU’s top tax official credits ICIJ with transforming tax politics, …"

"… cretary of state says “Offshore Leaks woke up many Belgians” and other Europeans as well. “We're in a completely different context today,” he says. …"

Nuclear Waste: How a huge U.S. nonproliferation program became a major proliferation concern

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART ONE OF A SERIES: More than a decade of negotiations with Russia produced a clear winner, and it was not the United States.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clinton administration":

"… resolving the early impasse, while serving as a special negotiator for the Clinton administration. His June 2000 deal, approved by the two country’s presidents, called fo …"

More bundlers picked for plush ambassador posts

By Michael Beckel

Obama picks campaign fundraisers for diplomatic posts in Belgium and the Dominican Republic.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… fter Obama picked three major campaign moneymen to serve as ambassadors in Europe. Denise Bauer — who served as the finance chair for Women for Obama dur …"

Obama’s nuclear targeting revisions create a path to smaller arsenals

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Obama's plan embraces cuts that Moscow remains reticent to endorse.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… another U.S.-Russian summit is scheduled, this time for Moscow. …"

"… rope; and the large U.S. inventory of bombs and warheads held in reserve. Obama signed the classified directive to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Jun …"

"… on June 18, a senior administration official said. That was one day after Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin had what several officials describe a …"

"… licy, the conflagration in Syria, and other thorny foreign policy issues. Obama’s speech thus signaled his determination to press for deeper bilateral a …"

ICIJ releases offshore leaks database revealing names behind secret companies, trusts

By Marina Walker Guevara

Users can search ICIJ information about more than 100,000 offshore entities and discover the networks around them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… e of cards; when food distributors passed off horsemeat as beef lasagna in Europe; and when Apple, Google and other American companies set up structures to …"

"… ion – knocking down what the EUobserver called “a wall of apathy” in Europe that had thwarted previous attempts to attack offshore secrecy. “I pers …"

"… resident Francois Hollande called for the “eradication” of tax havens. Europe’s largest economic powers — the U.K., France, Spain, Italy and Ge …"

"… tive tax havens, said it will share information with tax authorities about European and U.S. citizens with bank accounts in the country. Another “onshore …"

Obama campaign fundraisers picked for plum ambassadorships

By Michael Beckel

Obama’s new picks for ambassadorships in Denmark, Germany and Spain are all major fundraisers.

Reform pushed to G-8 meeting agenda after ICIJ's offshore tax haven investigation

By Bill Buzenberg

Series hardened political will to tackle problem of tax evasion, EU commissioner says.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tax haven":

"… igative Journalists (ICIJ) continues to reverberate, especially in Europe. Tax havens will be high on the agenda when the G-8 countries sit down for their summ …"

Target malfunctions imperil U.S. missile defense effort

By Richard H.P. Sia

The Pentagon is repeatedly taking risks by using old or untested missile parts, and paying hundreds of millions of dollars in extra costs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… e military plans its first test of the missile defense system intended for Europe. In one of the most complex such experiments the Pentagon has ever attempt …"

"… then with a presidential announcement in 2009 on U.S. missile defenses in Europe,” Chaplain told the senators. Budget constraints “have already ne …"

"… critical piece of land- and sea-based defenses scheduled to be deployed to Europe beginning in 2015. The GMD system has not had a successful interceptor te …"

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 "Belgium":

"… Considered in a vacuum, Able Archer 83, in which officer’s at NATO’s Belgium headquarters practiced their response to a hypothetical chemical and nucle …"

Release of offshore records draws worldwide response

By Kimberley Porteous and Michael Hudson

Tax commissioner in China vows crackdown on offshore tax avoidance and tax fraud, following ICIJ reports.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Italy":

"… nk accounts in their jurisdictions with the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.    The South China Morning Post reported  …"

"… Europe’s five biggest economic powers — Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain —announced they would begin regularly exchanging banking …"

ICIJ tax havens investigation pushes countries to launch investigations

By Bill Buzenberg

U.S., U.K. and Australia jointly announce investigations into offshore tax haven accounts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… e ICIJ investigation into tax havens has become a major political issue in Europe, and the results of our investigation have been cited more than 9,000 time …"

Authorities in the U.S., U.K. and Australia announce new international tax haven investigation

Government data appears similar to 2.5 million secret files unearthed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… uay, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, an …"

EU continues to seek action after ICIJ 'Secrecy for Sale' investigation

By Bill Buzenberg

Europe continues to seek action after ICIJ tax havens investigation; Center environment team to be honored at White House association dinner

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… reaction from around the globe and appears to be having a major impact in Europe. The investigative series on offshore secrecy by The International Consort …"

"… s of the records and the reporting. Among the latest developments: The European Commissioner on Taxation Algirdas Šemeta and Irish Finance Minister Mic …"

"… us" on tax fraud, and says it will ask ICIJ to supply names and details of European citizens from its data. Finance ministers and central bankers at the G2 …"

"… as the global standard for overcoming international tax evasion. Skeptical European leaders reportedly "became more enthusiastic" after the public outcry ov …"

Continuing our investigation into the trillion-dollar world of offshore tax havens

By Bill Buzenberg

Our investigation into the previously secret world of tax havens from the British Virgin Islands to Singapore continues throughout 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… bsp; Already we can see the impact the stories are having, especially in Europe, where governments have been moving toward more transparency: French Pr …"

"… -Claude Juncker announced his country plans to lift bank secrecy rules for European Union citizens who have savings based in the country, ending decades of …"

"… d by the ICIJ investigation have evaded taxes or laundered money. And the European Commissioner for Taxation, Algirdas Šemeta, called for an automatic exc …"

Georgia House approves ethics reform package

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Calls for change followed F from State Integrity Investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… e. In 2010, for instance, Ralston and his family went on a $17,000 trip to Europe paid for by high-speed rail lobbyists. In a blog post written after the H …"

Lawmakers in Southeast call for ethics reform

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislators in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina want change

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… y have no limits. In 2010, for example, lobbyists funded a $17,000 trip to Europe for GOP House Speaker David Ralston and his family to learn about high-spe …"

Study spotlights high breast cancer risk for plastics workers

By Jim Morris

Researchers cite breast cancer risks in Canadian plastic auto parts factories — with potential implications in the U.S. and beyond.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diseases":

"… usually in private, about what seemed to be an excess of cancer and other diseases in the factories across the river from Detroit. “People were getting sic …"

"… he United States. The chemicals will have the same toxic effects. The same diseases will develop.”Even minuscule amounts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals l …"

"… e Ontario Ministry of Labor is committed to the prevention of work-related diseases, a spokesman said in a statement. The ministry uses a multifaceted approac …"

"… earlier, even though an estimated 150 workers die each day of work-related diseases.Limits for only 16 substances have been updated, a consequence of industry …"