Russian gas company hires D.C. lobbyists

By Alexander Cohen

D.C. firm will fight U.S. sanctions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gazprombank":

"… tek, along with the oil giant Rosneft and one of Russia’s largest banks, Gazprombank. …"

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 …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… e chemical may be linked to a kidney disease killing agricultural workers, Sri Lanka this week ordered a ban on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto …"

"… rbicide Roundup. The move comes weeks after publication of a new study in Sri Lanka suggesting glyphosate as the leading culprit for the illness. The paper di …"

"… t has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. The malady is suspected by scientists to be caused by a combina …"

"… its origins have yet to be fully uncovered. Wednesday’s announcement by Sri Lanka was the most dramatic measure taken to date to combat the illness. The leg …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… cross Central America. One village of sugarcane workers near Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, called La Isla, or “The Island,” has lost so many men to the disease …"

"… to the disease it is now known as the “Island of the Widows.” Ailing Nicaraguan sugarcane workers have staged angry protests, demanding compensation and …"

"… rs were subsequently discharged following an internal investigation by the Nicaraguan National Police. The bitter dispute over the role of work practices in C …"

"… ducted in the sugarcane industry,” said Mario Amador, general manager of Nicaragua’s National Committee of Sugar Producers, one of the groups funding the C …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… ltural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. A recent study estimated that the ailment has killed …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… gricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, as well as in Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have yet to definitively uncover the cause of the pa …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… ilarity of kidney disease afflicting primarily male farm workers in India, Sri Lanka, and Central America,” judges wrote. “This work is also notable for do …"

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 "Le Monde":

"… J collaborated with journalists from The Guardian and the BBC in the U.K., Le Monde in France, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Germany …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… ths increasing more than threefold since 1990, according to an analysis of World Health Organization data. In El Salvador, CKD has become the leading cause of hospital deaths …"

"… there, conducted by the Sri Lankan health ministry in partnership with the World Health Organization, documented elevated levels of cadmium and arsenic contained in agrochemic …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… s.Following years of official research, the Sri Lankan health ministry and World Health Organization declared in June that low level exposures to the heavy metals cadmium and …"

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 "medical officer":

"… don’t want to come for marriage,” said Dr. Priya Prathibha, the state medical officer in the hard-hit village of Varaka. “They are not giving any bride or bri …"

"… ull time nephrologists stationed within 100 miles of the region, and local medical officers must refer their patients to distant urban facilities. Dr. Prathibha, the …"

"… must refer their patients to distant urban facilities. Dr. Prathibha, the medical officer who lives in Varaka, says the fear surrounding the disease has left “eve …"

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… ent Linked to Farm Chemicals" from PRI's "The World."  …"

"… o decades, chronic kidney disease has been a mystery and death sentence in Sri Lanka, striking 15 percent of the residents of its north central region.This sum …"

"… ation announced in June that they identified a key cause of the disease in Sri Lanka: chronic exposure to arsenic and cadmium, likely consumed in food.Yet in a …"

"… tion: the extent fertilizers and pesticides contributed to the outbreak.In Sri Lanka’s lush northern farmlands, the mystery and the death sentences continue. …"

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 "Harvard":

"… tween these different outbreaks,” said Dr. Ajay Singh, a nephrologist at Harvard Medical School who is leading a study of the epidemic in India. “Our pre …"

"… outbreaks — but highly concentrated. Unpublished results from a study by Harvard Medical School found that 37% of the population in the hardest hit village …"

"… women roughly equally, according to separate findings by researchers from Harvard and Stony Brook University. The gender equality and geographic concentrati …"

"… is seemed to be an exposure to the community as a whole,” said Singh, of Harvard. Dr. Ravi Raju Tatapudi, a leading nephrologist in Andhra Pradesh and the …"

About the 'Mystery in the Fields' project

By Ronnie Greene

About the Project: Mystery in the Fields

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… crippling communities in three different regions, from Central America to Sri Lanka to India. As death tolls mount, researchers remain puzzled, unable to defi …"

"… in discovered that the disease had also developed in clusters in India and Sri Lanka. Over several months this year, he and video journalist Anna Barry-Jester …"

"… in news outlets including PRI’s The World, the BBC, The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka and The Week in India.Project staffReporter: Sasha ChavkinPhotographer/vid …"

Exporting an epidemic

By Jim Morris

Human toll reaches millions as asbestos industry expands worldwide

Excerpts from this story referencing "Canadian government":

"… in Swaziland.”The Chrysotile InstituteAt the center of the debate is the Canadian government-backed Chrysotile Institute. The institute’s president, Clement Godbout, …"

"… 00 times. In a telephone interview, McDonald said he was approached by the Canadian government in 1964to study asbestos miners and millersin Quebec; he, in turn, appeale …"

Checkbook diplomacy

By Stephanie Mencimer

In October of 1969, Vincent de Roulet, the newly appointed ambassador to Jamaica, arrived in Kingston aboard his 90-foot yacht, soon to be j

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… Darling Shops, a huge chain of women’s clothing stores, to serve in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). At his confirmation hearing, in closed session, Gluck candi …"

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 "U.S. government":

"… Central, and South America. He is also to develop our image/contacts with U.S. government agencies." The memorandum was copied to Spicer, Mann and Grunberg of Sandl …"

Making a killing

By Phillip van Niekerk

Overview story for Making a killing: The business of war

Excerpts from this story referencing "Victor Bout":

"… authorities issued an international arrest warrant for Russian arms dealer Victor Bout on charges of money laundering and conspiracy. Days later, Bout – who al …"

Fixing the fixers

By Murali Krishnan

NEW DELHI, India, November 13, 2000 — This article was originally published in the Nov. 13, 2000 edition of Outlook India. It is reproduced

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Zealand":

"… by Chennai bookie Chand to Jadeja during the Test series between India and New Zealand in 1999, which Jadeja tried to explain away as a well-wisher’s good luck …"

"… conduct it could not get a clear lead on. The 1999 Ahmedabad Test against New Zealand, where Kapil was the team coach, is a case in point. Everyone interrogated …"

Sri Lanka's endless war

By Iqbal Athas

COLOMBA, Sri Lanka, January 12, 2000 — This article was originally published in the January 12 edition of Jane's Defence Weekly. It is repro

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"… Divisions on compulsory leave and appointed a court of inquiry, chaired by Army Chief of Staff Major General Lionel Balagalle, to investigate the defeat. …"

"… roll of honour’ in a newly-published official history of the Sri Lankan Army reveals that more than 2,180 Army personnel died during ‘Jaya Sikurui’ …"

"… ousted him, General Pervaiz Musharraf.While in Colombo for the Sri Lankan Army’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Gen Musharraf discussed increasing the …"

"… defence colleges and various other forms of assistance. A senior Pakistan Army officer has since been sent to help improve the Sri Lankan Army Staff Coll …"