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 "Europe":

"… y, when a handful of companies based in loosely regulated jurisdictions in Europe and the Caribbean began offering online gambling games worldwide, includin …"

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 "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 …"

"… ientific debate still churns. Government-backed studies in El Salvador and Sri Lanka have found pesticides and fertilizers to be the primary causes of the ailm …"

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 "X-ray":

"… ne Johns Hopkins doctor was involved in reading a total of more than 3,400 X-rays since 2000 at the behest of the coal industry. In these cases, he never f …"

"… ese cases, he never found a case of complicated black lung, and he read an X-ray as positive for the earlier stages of the disease in less than 4 percent o …"

"… he disease in less than 4 percent of cases. Other doctors reading the same X-rays found  black lung indicated again and again. The upshot of this pro …"

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 "China":

"… unique and unprecedented challenges encountered during this deep-dive into China's offshore economy:  The tight group of journalists gathering in Ho …"

"… d about the “historic” nature of the meeting: journalists from Greater China coming together to work on a highly sensitive investigation alongside coll …"

"… he meeting kicked off a six-month probe into the offshore holdings of China’s elite that the International Consortium of Investigative Jou …"

"… ask of sifting through thousands of secret financial records. The Greater China files are the largest segment of the 2.5 million leaked offshore records I …"

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 "Bladder cancer":

"… ack at 48 after being struck in the chest by a piece of equipment at work. Bladder cancer came on in 1997 and reappeared a year later. “He is still getting suspic …"

"… is to keep the cancer from breaching the bladder wall and metastasizing. Bladder cancer is often survivable if caught early. Once unleashed, it’s horrific. Dur …"

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 "India":

"… l standards are enforced arose earlier this year amid a banking scandal in India. The case began when a man introducing himself as an operative for a corr …"

"… as an operative for a corrupt politician visited dozens of bankers across India, explaining candidly that he was seeking to launder “black money” and …"

"… a journalist doing a hidden-camera sting for Cobrapost, a muckraking Indian magazine that codenamed its undercover effort “Operation Red Spider.” …"

"… necessarily downgrade ourself,” a deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India, the nation’s central bank, told reporters. “Our system to preven …"

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 "Congress":

"… be years before the road is built — if it is built at all — last year Congress designated the road as an interstate corridor, a largely symbolic gesture …"

'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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… rison: The federal government is stuck in time, forcing states to act. The Government Accountability Office has also raised questions about the pace of EPA reform. Even wit …"

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 "India":

"… ave been launched in Israel, South Korea, the Philippines, Greece, Canada, India, Mongolia, Austria and Australia. In Europe, the EU’s top tax official …"

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 "Europe":

"… ounts of smuggled plutonium were recovered by law-enforcement officials in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, according to the International Atomic Ener …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… tralia. Adam Wollner contributed to this report.     …"

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 "Europe":

"… pons: strategic or long-range; tactical — meaning those deployed in Europe; and the large U.S. inventory of bombs and warheads held in reserve. Obam …"

"… deploying tactical nuclear weapons aboard bombers and fighter aircraft in Europe, a posture that independent arms control advocates and some European gover …"

"… raft in Europe, a posture that independent arms control advocates and some European government officials have criticized as a relic of the Cold War. UPDATE: …"

"… the directive requires a persistent capability to deploy these weapons in Europe, it does not specifically order their deployment -- a circumstance that le …"

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 "Europe":

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

"… that tax transparency overrides the principle of data privacy. Likewise, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy says there has been a "real breakthr …"

"… s ago. . . . There is a strong political will by the leaders, not only the Europeans but also on a global level, to go forward in attacking tax fraud and ta …"

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 "Lockheed Martin":

"… ices Committee at a May 9 hearing. The manufacturer of these new targets, Lockheed Martin, disagrees. Noting that on May 13 it had successfully dropped a prototype …"

"… y 2008 intercept test was postponed for three years due to problems with a Lockheed Martin LV-2 intermediate-range target missile and other issues, according to audi …"

"… y,” Lewis said. Consider what happened on Jan. 31, 2010 after a 45-foot Lockheed Martin missile target was launched from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islan …"

"… ies the agency had overseeing a long-term contract awarded to Denver-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems in December 2003. The military had decided to abandon its pi …"

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 "Europe":

"… revealed: A total of 40,000 U.S. and NATO troops were moved across Western Europe, with 16,044 more U.S.-based troops being airlifted overseas in …"

"… s, and pressed for the deployment of new Pershing II missiles in Europe capable of reaching Moscow in less than ten minutes. Considered in a vacu …"

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

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 "Europe":

"… ed from getting funding from the budget or from state banks.   The European Parliament voted last week to strengthen its requirements for automatic …"

"… nues in the EU,” stated a summary of the reform that was prepared by the European Parliament’s Green Party. The Danish Tax Minister announced a plan …"

"… ian tax authorities. The Chief Executive Officer of one of Europe’s biggest banks, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, has resigne …"

"… ed with the Raiffeisen banking group for four decades and took its eastern European division public, used companies in Hong Kong and the British Virgin …"

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 "law enforcement":

"… ve declined to turn over such material.  “The ICIJ is not an arm of law enforcement and is not an agent of the government. We are an independent reporting org …"

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 "India":

"… , Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherl …"

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 "Perry":

"… bers came up with a 26-point plan that they proposed in 2011, said William Perry, executive director of Common Cause Georgia, but no legislators adopted th …"

"… and eventually published several columns and editorials. Then, McKoon and Perry said, the state’s ranking in the State Integrity Investigation helped tr …"

"… worst in the nation in ethics, what do you intend to do about that?’ ” Perry said.The central issue now is a possible cap on gifts from lobbyists, whic …"

"… introduce several bills in the coming months to write a $100 cap into law.Perry said that after a gift cap, his second priority is to restore the Governme …"

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 "Africa":

"… re going to be significant for plastics workers in Europe, India, China, Africa, the United States. The chemicals will have the same toxic effects. The sa …"