Afghans don’t like soybeans, despite a big U.S. push

By Alexander Cohen and James Arkin

Washington ignored warnings that Afghans were unlikely to embrace protein-rich soy products.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… -e-Sharif — constructed and managed by a nonprofit organization based in Iowa at a cost of at least $1.5 million — that was meant to create a local so …"

"… would use existing soybean association affiliates as subcontractors. So an Iowa-based nonprofit, SALT International, whose president had done previous wor …"

Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?

By Rosalind Adams

Lawsuits allege Alabama-based Drummond Co., which mines coal in Colombia, has financial ties to groups that have threatened union leaders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "union leader":

"… in a country known for some of the world’s most severe violence against union leaders. Florez has been a Drummond employee for 17 years and active in the union …"

"… nta Marta, where its coal is shipped out on barges. But his position as a union leader has also meant he’s attracted a significant number of threats, including …"

"… g to its workers, intimidation has become routine in a country where trade union leaders are often viewed as subversives. Killings, threats and lawsuits On March …"

"… alleges that Drummond is responsible for the deaths of the three Colombian union leaders and financially supported the AUC. The case was dismissed, but an appeal …"

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, …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… continue to sicken and die. Ezekiel Ramirez, a former sugarcane worker in Nicaragua who suffers from CKD, expressed his frustration with the lengthy debate ov …"

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 "European Union":

"… t Nicaragua had entered an agreement to export 40,000 tons of sugar to the European Union. As the mysterious kidney epidemic continues to afflict sugarcane workers …"

In India, verdant terrain conceals clues to a fatal kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nicaragua":

"… ounts, the seemingly idyllic region has become stigmatized. In contrast to Nicaragua’s “Island of the Widows,” which is named for the alarming rate of ch …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… he dialysis treatments that keep him alive.Ten thousand miles away, in the Nicaraguan community of La Isla, Maudiel Martinez dreads returning to the rolling su …"

"… l Brooks, an epidemiologist at Boston University who is leading a study in Nicaragua of the new form of CKD. “I’m very convinced that what is happening to …"

"… ricas even though kidney disease has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, HIV/AIDS and leukemia combined in the last five years on re …"

"… beautiful surroundings is wasting away their lives. In one patch of rural Nicaragua, so many men have died the community is called “The Island of the Widows …"

Support our new investigation into a deadly disease killing agricultural workers

By Ellen Weiss

Support our investigation of a disease that is killing workers around the world.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nicaragua":

"… decade. The disease has so decimated one community of sugarcane workers in Nicaragua called La Isla, or The Island, that it is now known to locals is La Isla d …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… 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 fight the …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… e and I look normal now, but inside I feel like I’m burning.” …"

"… analysis of the latest World Health Organization data. In El Salvador and Nicaragua alone over the last two decades, the number of men dying from kidney disea …"

"… atients with other ailments. So many men have died in some parts of rural Nicaragua that Maudiel Martinez’s community, called The Island, now is known as th …"

"… Dr. Ramon Vanegas, a nephrologist who assesses applications by workers to Nicaragua’s Institute of Social Security for occupational illness pensions, said c …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… stoy como en llamas”. …"

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

"… otras dolencias. Tantos hombres han muerto en algunas regiones rurales de Nicaragua que la comunidad de Maudiel Martínez, llamada La Isla, se conoce ahora co …"

"… nales presentadas por los trabajadores al Instituto de Seguridad Social de Nicaragua, sostiene que los casos que él califica como ERC ocupacional siguen un pa …"

About this project

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Peru":

"… nd private programs. He has also reported abroad from Nigeria, Bolivia and Peru.Ronnie Greene joined the Center after serving as investigations and govern …"

Methodology

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nicaragua":

"… ies and our interviews and observations indicated the ailment was present: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Studies have indicated the disease …"

"… this increase pales compared to men in Central America. In El Salvador and Nicaragua, the countries where data is complete from 1990 to 2009, male death rates …"

Assessing RNC police tactics, part I

By G.W. Schulz

Intelligence-led policing played a starring role in 2008's Republican National Convention, and eight political activists stand accused of co

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nicaragua":

"… enlistment storefront in response to Ronald Reagan’s plans for invading Nicaragua with U.S. troops. Someone else in the video appears to throw rocks at peop …"

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America":

"… by Kevin Boettcher, Alexander Cohen, Victoria Kreha and Emily McNeill. …"

Marketing the new 'Dogs of War'

By Duncan Campbell

Sri Lankans hire Tim Spicer, a man already involved in global mercenary activities

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sierra Leone":

"… rican businessmen and ex-military officers. Their interventions in Angola, Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea during the mid 1990s aroused repeated concern, settin …"

"… ceration and deportation.Spicer's exploits in Papua New Guinea in 1997 and Sierra Leone in 1998 left a trail of judicial, government and parliamentary inquiries i …"

"… d information from the government about Sandline's plans to export arms to Sierra Leone in violation of United Nations sanctions. Until the row broke out, Spicer …"

"… e and Executive Outcomes colleagues intervened – particularly Angola and Sierra Leone – remain poor, unstable and underdeveloped, despite having rich resource …"

Party machines, lobbyists and special interests: Part five

For months, disarray was the hallmark of Vice President Al Gore's campaign. Last October 6, he moved his campaign to Nashville from Washingt

Excerpts from this story referencing "Roy Neel":

"… ate clients. Three of them — Peter Knight, John M. “Jack” Quinn, and Roy Neel — are all former Gore chiefs of staff and now are wealthy lobbyists. Mea …"

"… . Peter Knight, who heads fund-raising for Gore, represents Bell Atlantic. Roy Neel is president of the United States Telecom Association, which represents th …"

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 "Washington":

"… e morning in 1986, I was riding the bus to my job at the New York Times‘ Washington bureau. I was reading The Washington Post and turned to the daily piece by …"

"… us to my job at the New York Times‘ Washington bureau. I was reading The Washington Post and turned to the daily piece by Jack Anderson, a syndicated columnis …"

"… ounds like an agency operation to me,” growled Bill Kovach, the Times’ Washington bureau chief. “Better get on it.” It seemed implausible. For those of …"

"… CIA’s officers in Central America had done exactly what I and most other Washington-based savants believed unlikely. They had played a direct role in the cont …"