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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… te, according to interviews and government audit documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. Warnings by agronomists that the effort was unwise were ignored. The cou …"

"… ation of the program financed by USDA, a copy of which was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. Sowing but not reaping The program ran into early trouble when its new p …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ;Urbanos, an active paramilitary group with ties to drug trafficking. The Center for Public Integrity made numerous attempts to reach Drummond for comment on allegations that i …"

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 "World Bank":

"… eviously conducted a study of CKD in Chichigalpa that was organized by the World Bank and funded by the sugar industry as part of a mediation process triggered …"

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 "Roundup":

"… leading products such as glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, and 2-4,D, produced by Dow Chemicals. The proposed law would prohibit va …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… ration, the World Bank approved a new loan to expand a sugar plantation in Nicaragua, renewing its support for an industry whose workers have been devastated b …"

"… tated by the disease. The $15 million loan to the Montelimar plantation in Nicaragua is estimated to create 1,300 new rural jobs, according to World Bank docum …"

"… sure. ICIJ’s initial report, Island of the Widows, focused on a leading Nicaraguan sugar plantation that received substantial loans in 2006 from the World B …"

"… upational health and safety.” The sugar industry is a major exporter in Nicaragua and elsewhere in Central America, and in some rural communities it is one …"

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 "diabetes":

"… a. They come from farming communities and are mostly poor. Few suffer from diabetes or hypertension. The climate is sweltering, toxic pesticides are used libe …"

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 "Boston University":

"… think that it’s preventable,” said Daniel Brooks, an epidemiologist at Boston University who is leading a study in Nicaragua of the new form of CKD. “I’m very …"

"… s ombudsman — leading to an agreement that the company fund the ongoing Boston University study.The BU team has pinpointed evidence suggesting that heat stress and …"

"… s — suggesting a pre-existing exposure as well.Brooks, the leader of the Boston University team, hypothesizes that a toxic exposure may render the population vulnera …"

"… are beginning to study each other’s work independently. Scientists from Boston University, the Central American NGO SALTRA, and Sri Lanka have shared notes, and man …"

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 "diabetes":

"… dney disease is a manageable illness that mostly affects older people with diabetes and high blood pressure. But in Central America, each year thousands of ag …"

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 "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… ease in Central America. David McQueen, a United States delegate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ICIJ that the U.S. opposed mentioning CKD to keep the focus on diabe …"

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 "You":

"… me miras ahora y parezco normal, pero por dentro estoy como en llamas”. …"

About this project

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nicaragua":

"… sands of men working in the Pacific Coast sugarcane fields of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and neighboring countries have been dying of chronic kidney di …"

"… s of CKD has grown — so much that one community near sugarcane fields in Nicaragua, called La Isla, or The Island, is now known locally as the Island of the …"

"… of 115 journalists in 51 nations. ICIJ members Carlos Fernando Chamorro in Nicaragua and Giannia Segnini in Costa Rica also contributed reporting to this proje …"

"… ion)El Nuevo Herald, MiamiLa Nacion, Costa RicaEl Faro, El SalvadorSemana, NicaraguaHoy, ChicagoAl Dia, DallasLa Opinion, Los AngelesProject editors: Ricardo S …"

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 "Republican National Convention":

"… ng seemed like serious business. The city was deep in preparations for the Republican National Convention, scheduled to take place in September of 2008. Security was their paramoun …"

"… engage in “unlawful assembly,” all for the purposes of undermining the Republican National Convention.But there wasn’t a consensus about the threat among officials in St. Pau …"

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dominican Republic":

"… g appears to have paid off.Recent trade negotiations, such as the proposed Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement involving the United States, Costa R …"

"… ed States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, have incorporated the pharmaceutical companies' primary demands.For examp …"

"… porated the pharmaceutical companies' primary demands.For example, a CAFTA-Dominican Republic draft document stipulates that "export and import price requirements" are …"

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 "president":

"… to legitimate governments."In May 1997, Kabbah, the democratically elected president of Sierra Leone, and his government were overthrown in a violent coup. San …"

"… cer, has no naval or maritime experience or qualifications. Trident's vice president of marketing – according to a personnel list published by Trident – is …"

"… erved in the Royal Navy or any other maritime organization. Trident's vice president of business development, Jared Feit, graduated from the University of Mary …"

"… didn't pay attention to it," he explained. The names of the Trident "vice presidents" presented with Spicer and Pearson were "all [students] that Jared put on …"

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 "Secretary":

"… the administration to land a spot for his boss on one of the late Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown’s trade missions to Hong Kong and China.Last October, the C …"

"… domestic policy for the campaign. According to an Energy Department aide, Secretary Bill Richardson attended some political debates at Gore’s invitation and …"

"… tes at Gore’s invitation and had been to Iowa. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala went to New Hampshire, and the campaign paid for her ticket. …"

"… Donna Shalala went to New Hampshire, and the campaign paid for her ticket. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman is also actively advising on political strategy.Ela …"

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 "New York":

"… but instructive.One 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 t …"

"… worth checking out. So the next day, I talked to my colleague Les Gelb, a New York Times reporter who had once been a high-level official at the State Depart …"

"… as usual. It had been an agency operation. It is worth recalling that The New York Times was the first paper to report, in September 1985, that North was att …"

"… l.Ten years later, having managed to find a few stories of note, I came to New York as an editor on the foreign desk. When Flight TWA 800 exploded in the skie …"