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 "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency":

"… se among agricultural workers, which has not been reported in Brazil. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is now engaged in a registration review process for glyphosate, bu …"

Japan confirms it will return some nuclear explosive materials to U.S.

By Douglas Birch

The amount of plutonium is a small fraction of what the country could soon begin making annually.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… r fuels. Japan’s expected, public pledge came in a joint statement with Washington that was timed to coincide with the first day of a U.S.-led, international …"

"… ostly to reduce the risk of its theft by terrorists, and a global drive by Washington to convince other nations to do the same. As part of its effort to preven …"

Improving security for nuclear explosives remains a diplomatic struggle

By Douglas Birch

A two-day international summit attended by President Obama next week is unlikely to move beyond stopgap measures and vague promises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vladimir Putin":

"… e House over the past several days have been careful to say that President Vladimir Putin’s decision not to attend the Nuclear Security Summit was not a result of …"

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 "disease":

"… Dr. Catharina Wesseling. …"

"… reas with heavy metals in the drinking water is causing the chronic kidney disease. Roundup is the top selling herbicide in the world, and Monsanto said the …"

"… tium of Investigative Journalists has examined a mysterious form of kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers in Central Ameri …"

"… carried out by medical specialists and scientists has revealed that kidney disease was mainly caused by glyphosate,” Special Projects Minister S.M Chandras …"

Japan agrees to return some plutonium

By Douglas Birch

After years of resistance, Japan agrees to return a portion of plutonium to the U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… uldn’t post armed guards with security clearances at the sites in Texas, New Mexico, and California where most of its bomb fuels are stored. With the encoura …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ears since specks of plutonium were first synthesized at the University of California, Berkeley. Japan, still reeling from the nuclear reactor disaster at Fuku …"

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 "Europe":

"… e scientists and NGOs involved in groups such as CENCAM, many of them from Europe and United States, focus on brutal working conditions in the sugar industr …"

Global progress seen in securing nuclear materials

By Douglas Birch

Ranking given to the United States for its security of nuclear materials slips over the past two years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kazakhstan":

"… ries — including Argentina, Australia, China, France, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United St …"

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 "Ohio":

"… ientific support. In 1975, Peter Infante, then an epidemiologist with the Ohio Department of Health, reported significant excesses of birth defects in th …"

"… artment of Health, reported significant excesses of birth defects in three Ohio cities with PVC production sites. His study, he wrote, “demonstrated tha …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… ation. American support didn’t hold, though, after the 2000 election put George W. Bush in the White House. The Center for Freedom and Prosperity — a Washingto …"

Shining examples of cross-border journalism recognized at international conference

By Bill Buzenberg

ICIJ presented its annual Daniel Pearl awards at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago Tribune":

"… regimes,” wrote the judges. A special citation was awarded to the Chicago Tribune for its report on of how fugitives charged with rape, murde …"

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 "disease":

"…      …"

"… across the Americas passed a resolution last week formally recognizing the disease as a serious threat to public health. For more than two years, the Intern …"

"… f Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pac …"

"… (PAHO) called on member states to conduct research and surveillance of the disease, and to strengthen their occupational and environmental health programs.&n …"

Julie Patel joins Center for Public Integrity's federal politics reporting team

By The Center for Public Integrity

Veteran reporter Julie Patel previously worked for San Jose Mercury News, South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… 's degree in communications from Stanford University. She was born in India and raised in Chicago. Before working at the Chicago Sun-Times as a report …"

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 "disease":

"… ing down on pesticides as a potential cause of a mysterious form of kidney disease killing agricultural workers. In El Salvador, the congress approved a ban …"

"… second nation to ban top-selling pesticides for a potential link to kidney disease. Meanwhile, in India, new research from Harvard University and the state …"

"… f Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease, CKD, is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pa …"

"… ause of the parallel epidemics. Following its emergence in the 1990s, the disease was widely ignored by authorities even as it devastated impoverished rural …"

Coal industry, Hill allies target fine print of Obama climate plan

By Kristen Lombardi

President Obama's climate plan, vital to his green agenda, is drawing close scrutiny — and sharp critiques — from powerful coal forces.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… easonable as possible.” ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Public Integrity investigation on the environment.  Sign up now to receive special new …"

"… tions — the clean-coal coalition and National Mining Association — the Center for Public Integrity found. And that’s just a fraction of the groups’ total lobbying budget …"

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ombudsman":

"… been investigated through studies requested by the IFC Compliance Advisor Ombudsman,” stated the IFC’s review documents, referring to the Boston Universit …"

Center kidney disease series honored by Society of Environmental Journalists

A CPI examination of a rare kidney disease that has afflicted laborers and vexed researchers across continents is honored.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… ey disease afflicting primarily male farm workers in India, Sri Lanka, and Central America,” judges wrote. “This work is also notable for doing an excellent job …"

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. …"

Canada buoyed by former U.S. ambassador

By Reity O'Brien

Former U.S. ambassador in Ottawa now representing Canadian governments, interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… for the Forest Products Association of Canada in in 2009. The Republic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — t …"

"… ic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agencies on the U.S.-India civil nuclear …"

"… ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agencies on the U.S.-India civil nuclear agreements, records show. Wilkins says he has not breached …"

Join ICIJ's 'Secrecy for Sale' reporters for Google Hangout

Six ICIJ reporters from around the world will answer your questions about 'Secrecy for Sale' in a live video event.

Excerpts from this story referencing "France":

"… gation into offshore tax havens. Since then, the project has made waves in France, Germany, Canada, Mongolia, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands, India, …"

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 "Costa Rica":

"… Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Irela …"

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about big banks’ devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

By Michael Hudson

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… cting as magnets for “flight capital” from rich tax dodgers from Latin America and other regions. The bank also played a part, lawsuits alleged, in massi …"

"… g network attracts large deposits to the U.S. from rich customers in Latin America and other regions. Much of this money isn’t reported to tax authorities …"

"… ealth tax-free offshore.” Rich history JPMorgan Chase is an amalgam of America’s two most storied banks. Historian Ron Chernow called the Morgan bankin …"

"… ate scandal, serving as a conduit for an illegal $55,000 contribution that American Airlines laundered through a foreign source and funneled into President N …"

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 "Pesticide":

"… ome the leading cause of hospital deaths among adult men. The Debate over Pesticides Although the declaration reflected broad agreement to take action, the t …"

Chris Christie on hunt for D.C. campaign cash

By Dave Levinthal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set to rake in campaign riches at home of powerful D.C. lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kazakhstan":

"… sp;energy giant Southern Co., Xerox and the governments of Kurdistan, Kazakhstan and India.   Christie, a Republican who faces re-election …"

Export push reframes debate over fracking

By Alexandra Duszak

Energy indepedence for the U.S. no longer at issue — exports would help industry's bottom line.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chesapeake Energy":

"… as producers, whose profits and stock prices spiraled downward. Shares of Chesapeake Energy, for example, the No. 1 producer in Pennsylvania and No. 2 nationwide, rea …"

"… dvent of widespread fracking by companies such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Chesapeake Energy made the facilities unnecessary. The industry invested “tons of money i …"

In Sri Lanka, new steps target mysterious kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

In Sri Lanka, the president vows controls on chemicals potentially linked to chronic kidney disease, as hospitals take steps for patients.

Excerpts from this story referencing "disease":

"… ern the chemicals are helping fuel a mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease devastating its north central region.In September, in Mystery in the Field …"

"… the Center for Public Integrity explored how a rare form of chronic kidney disease is killing agricultural workers in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. S …"

"… pesticides and chemical fertilizer contribute to increase non-communicable diseases,” Rajapaksa said, referring in oblique terms to the politically controv …"

"… factors” for the ailment – which they have named CKDu, chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology. Despite prior warnings from the WHO to reduce farmers …"

Global power will shift by 2030

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A new US intelligence report forecasts an end to US predominance

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… economy), population size, and military spending.And by 2030, countries in Asia will have surpassed the United States in many of these power metrics, mean …"

"… 8 years but instead a collection of “networks and coalitions” in which Asian nations and rising economic powers such as India, Brazil, Colombia, Indon …"

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 "Cancer":

"… we are doing so at our own peril.”Jeanne Rizzo, president of the Breast Cancer Fund, a San Francisco-based group that has pressed for more research into …"

"… he same time, Keith and Brophy convinced officials at the Windsor Regional Cancer Center to begin collecting work histories of Cancer patients. This led to …"

"… uto industry.The new study, funded by groups including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Ontario Region, examined a population twice as large and featur …"

"… d them from becoming so ubiquitous in the environment.”The President’s Cancer Panel, an advisory committee in the United States attached to the National …"

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

By The Associated Press

The nation decides: Voters choose between Romney, Obama as the man who'll best fix the economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pat McCrory":

"… In gubernatorial races, Republicans picked up North Carolina, where Pat McCrory won easily. The incumbent, Democratic Gov. Bev Purdue, did not seek re-ele …"

FACT CHECK: Slips in vice president's debate

By The Associated Press

Slips on Libya, Syria, auto bailout in vice presidential debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "health care law":

"… s, Catholic hospitals." THE FACTS: The requirement under the health care law that most employers cover birth control free of charge to female employees …"

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