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 "United States":

"… sian president Vladimir Putin, was similarly targeted for sanctions by the United States. …"

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 "Costa Rica":

"… tition from more established online companies based in exotic locales like Costa Rica and Gibraltar. One casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, a prominent backer of co …"

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 "United States":

"… weeks after Japan pledged to return hundreds of pounds of plutonium to the United States for disposal, the Japanese government on April 11 formally endor …"

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 "United States":

"… s and NGOs involved in groups such as CENCAM, many of them from Europe and United States, focus on brutal working conditions in the sugar industry. For its part, …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… nstigating real change. And sometimes, it even wins awards. A pair of The Center for Public Integrity’s deepest investigations have just been named as two of the six finalist …"

"… long by the investigative journalists, men and women, associated with the Center for Public Integrity and our global reporting arm, the International Consortium of Investigativ …"

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 "law":

"… for offshore tax evasion,” as well as more than 200 UK accountants, lawyers and other middlemen who helped set up the offshore structures. A …"

"… know where the Virgin Islands  are located.”   Zurich-based law firm Lenz & Staehlin has aided some of Europe's richest …"

"… p;listed in the records, at least 30 are American citizens accused in lawsuits or criminal cases of fraud, money laundering or other serious financi …"

"… ffshore trusts and an offshore company.   A prominent Canadian lawyer, husband to a Liberal senator, moved CA$1.7 million (US$1.1 million) to …"

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 "United States":

"… ying unknown or little-understood health effects, are on the market in the United States. Workers can become unwitting test subjects, made vulnerable by employers …"

"… the study was translated into English for both Allied and DuPont. In the United States, the National Cancer Institute found that ortho-toluidine triggered bladde …"

"… ed’ standards, few inspections Ortho-toluidine is no longer made in the United States. The four domestic users — Goodyear, Monsanto, Lanxess Corp. of Pittsbur …"

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 "economist":

"… roadblocks. In 2012, the European Union’s tax commissioner, Lithuanian economist Algirdas Semeta, found his efforts to fight cross-border tax evasion schem …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… nsidered the proposition only to study it and abandon the idea. North Carolina is currently in the process of transferring at least some of its economic …"

'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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… bsp;German newspaper partner, Süddeutsche Zeitung. Our goal, both at The Center for Public Integrity and ICIJ, which is a 15-year-old project of the Center, is not simply to w …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… SCA. “We’re not getting much leadership at the federal level,” said North Carolina Rep. Pricey Harrison, who has attempted reform efforts in her state for si …"

"… kind of a shame, because I thought it was a good bill,” Danish said. In North Carolina, Democratic Rep. Harrison proposed the Toxic Free Kids Act this …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… 160 investigative journalists in 60 countries. It operates as part of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington. More than a year and a half in the making, the Offshore Le …"

"… cant changes in international policies aimed at fighting tax evasion. The Center for Public Integrity is currently seeking support for ICIJ that will allow us to continue this …"

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 "energy":

"… ure more plutonium than they consume, inspiring dreams of almost limitless energy. By generating fast-moving neutrons that transform the uranium mixed into …"

"… eir fuel into additional plutonium, they hold the promise of a significant energy reward: One gram of plutonium can produce more energy than a ton of oil. A …"

"… ise of a significant energy reward: One gram of plutonium can produce more energy than a ton of oil. At one time or another, breeders have been pursued by e …"

"… til his retirement in 2011. “The Russians have always looked at it as an energy source,” ideal for use in breeders. In early discussions, Nikolai Yegor …"

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 "Office of Personnel Management":

"… also announced his picks for eight other ambassadorships, including former Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Australia. Adam Wo …"

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 "Costa Rica":

"… ingapore. The Offshore Leaks web app, developed by La Nación newspaper in Costa Rica for ICIJ, displays graphic visualizations of offshore entities and the net …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… Postol, professor of Science, Technology and International Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As the missile turned, the spent rocket stage be …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… tern maneuvers that autumn, called Autumn Forge, were depicted by the Pentagon as simply a large military exercise. But its scope was hardly routine, as …"

"… e was sure, were not even aware of troop activity at the airport. But the Pentagon knew that the Soviets were monitoring his troops’ every move. “The ser …"

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 "bank":

"… prominent soccer club manager and former star player that he had a secret bank account in Switzerland. The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Igor Shuv …"

"… abroad would be barred from getting funding from the budget or from state banks.   The European Parliament voted last week to strengthen its requ …"

"… The documentaries exposed reliance on offshore havens by a leading Danish bank as well as a major law firm. One film used a hidden camera to reveal Jyske …"

"… lm used a hidden camera to reveal Jyske bank, Denmark's third largest bank, advising an undercover journalist posing as a wealthy client to stash his …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… nsortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the international arm of The Center for Public Integrity. As the Guardian reported in a page one story on Friday, more than 100 of …"

"… ederal agencies and foreign governments, including the IRS, have asked The Center for Public Integrity to give them the ICIJ leaked data. In each case, based on our long-standin …"

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 "Pakistan":

"… via, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… y by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Center for Public Integrity’s international project, draws from a cache of 2.5 million secret record …"

"… am at White House Correspondents' Association dinner Three excellent Center for Public Integrity environmental reporters will be in black tie Saturday night for the gala a …"

"… y others are cheated of wages and abused. Under the banner Hard Labor, The Center for Public Integrity publishes stories exploring threats to workers — and the corporate and r …"

"… te and regulatory failings that endanger them. This is the first time The Center for Public Integrity has won a WHCA award, and one of the very first ever digital winners. Here …"

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 "Greece":

"… g to come in from various governments, including the U.S., France, Canada, Greece, the Philippines and others. French budget minister Bernard Cazeneuve, for …"

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 "general counsel":

"… ld give the investigative power to the Ethics Commission. Cathy Hazelwood, general counsel for the commission, said it’s too soon to say what that would cost but g …"

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 "Europe":

"… in Scotland. “They’re going to be significant for plastics workers in Europe, India, China, Africa, the United States. The chemicals will have the same …"