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 "analyst":

"… ony H. Cordesman, a Middle East specialist and former defense intelligence analyst who is now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpro …"

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 "United States":

"… completely escaped the attention of the international community. When the United States signed a Free Trade Agreement with the country in 2006, Congress hesitated …"

"… em. Some union workers see court cases like the ones Drummond faces in the United States as an important step toward creating greater corporate accountability. Wi …"

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 "El Salvador":

"… growing, but scientific debate still churns. Government-backed studies in El Salvador and Sri Lanka have found pesticides and fertilizers to be the primary caus …"

"… ysterious ailment has become a political Rorschach test. The left-leaning El Salvadoran government, backed by Cuban doctors, blames pesticides imported by Weste …"

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 "Latin America":

"… ” Monsanto confirmed it sells glyphosate in El Salvador and across Latin America, but said it is confident the product does not cause renal disease. "When …"

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 "Andhra Pradesh":

"… riking down the villagers of this remote agricultural belt in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. In some villages, the disease has impacted from 24 to 37 percent o …"

"… ad karma, full of suffering.”Since their deaths, the state government of Andhra Pradesh has established new programs that assist Uddanam’s victims. A statewide …"

"… y Dr. Ravi Raju Tatapudi, a leading nephrologist who served three years as Andhra Pradesh’s director of medical education.But almost all of the area’s nephrolog …"

"… oor-to-door surveys in Uddanam for the Harvard study and grew up nearby in Andhra Pradesh, said the heat was so overwhelming one day, he had to stop and lie down wh …"

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 "El Salvador":

"… nized in the Americas even though kidney disease has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, HIV/AIDS and leukemia combined in the last fi …"

"… year from 2005 to 2009, according to an analysis of data from the WHO. In El Salvador, the kidney disease has become the second leading cause of death among adu …"

"… ydration that may come from this difficult work,” he said.Researchers in El Salvador have also uncovered intriguing clues. A study published in April found tha …"

"… osts mount, governments have begun to fund studies and treatment programs. El Salvador has launched an initiative called NefroLempa that targets chronic kidney d …"

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 "El Salvador":

"… ple died each 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 …"

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 "Ronnie Greene":

"… ns, as well as researchers in the region. Reporting from Washington, D.C., Ronnie Greene, a senior reporter at the Center, joined Chavkin in pursuing answers and d …"

"… uestions? Comments? Let us know.The Team:Lead reporters: Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie GreeneSasha Chavkin is a reporter at The New York World, an online publication th …"

"… ivate programs. He has also reported abroad from Nigeria, Bolivia and Peru.Ronnie Greene joined the Center after serving as investigations and government editor fo …"


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

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

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

"… ystem. But even this increase pales compared to men in Central America. In El Salvador and Nicaragua, the countries where data is complete from 1990 to 2009, mal …"

"… a cause of death being recorded. Dr. Mario Melendez Montano, who works in El Salvador, said that a significant proportion of CKD deaths are never recorded at al …"

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 "Latin America":

"… lush community bounded by vast sugarcane fields looks like many places in Latin America: children ride bicycles over dirt roads and play alongside dogs, pigs and …"

"… consultant to the Pan American Health Organization on chronic diseases in Latin America. Dr. Ramon Vanegas, a nephrologist who assesses applications by workers t …"

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 "Ronald Reagan":

"… riety by shattering the windows of an enlistment storefront in response to Ronald Reagan’s plans for invading Nicaragua with U.S. troops. Someone else in the vid …"

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 industry":

"… ps accuse the industry of using the USTR to pressure other countries."[The pharmaceutical industry] wants to extend their protection in other parts of the world," said Rober …"

"… trim billions of dollars from the industry's bottom line. In response, the pharmaceutical industry has been lobbying the U.S. government to lobby on its behalf.In addition t …"

"… nations' price caps, the USTR has made intellectual property rights, a key pharmaceutical industry concern, into a top-priority issue.The industry appears to also have a big …"

"… l for violators—were named specifically by PhRMA.USTR's deference to the pharmaceutical industry's priorities has been noted—and criticized—by some in Congress. "The U …"

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 "King":

"… he conduct of the City of London, the financial nerve center of the United Kingdom. Brokers at the Lloyd's of London insurance market imposed massive war …"

"… t the SAS in 1985, later went on to found Executive Outcomes in the United Kingdom in 1993.According to Spicer, de la Billiere and Mann were employed "as …"

"… e Oil, which he ran from the modern, glass-fronted "Plaza" building at 535 King's Road, Chelsea. A first floor suite in the building provided offices for …"

"… ingham had been gaining influence, but his area of interest was the United Kingdom. He added corporate financial and lobbying expertise to Plaza 107, whic …"

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 "Tony Coelho":

"… ly to the corporate elite.With so much baggage to shed, Gore’s choice of Tony Coelho as his campaign’s chairman was an unusual one. Though few could assail t …"

"… t John Doerr, serve another role — as fund-raisers.The political advisersTony Coelho: Chairman of the campaign. Gore brought him in to discipline the operation …"

"… ion. Coelho’s management was criticized by federal investigators (see “Tony Coelho”).Tom Nides: Part of Coelho’s kitchen cabinet. He’s a senior vice pr …"

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 …"