Russian gas company hires D.C. lobbyists

By Alexander Cohen

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… a Washington, D.C., public relations firm to lobby the administration and Congress after one of its largest shareholders, an associate of Russian president V …"

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 "India":

"… disease devastating agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. Scientists suspect the malady is caused by a combination of factors inclu …"

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 "India":

"… ens of thousands of agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. The malady is suspected by scientists to be caused by a combination of fa …"

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 "CDC":

"… fully the studies will address the industry’s role in the outbreak. The CDC said it has protocols in place to prevent undue influence. For more than …"

"… a’s National Committee of Sugar Producers, one of the groups funding the CDC studies. “A sign of our good faith and our conviction about this is the …"

"… is the support we give to scientific studies.” The team conducting the CDC and industry-backed study will be led by Boston University epidemiologist …"

"… nal, and more research is needed to identify the specific factors.” The CDC said in a statement that “we don’t know” if labor practices are to b …"

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 "India":

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

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 "India":

"… -selling pesticides for a potential link to kidney disease. Meanwhile, in India, new research from Harvard University and the state of Andhra Pradesh foun …"

"… workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, and in Sri Lanka and India. A recent study estimated that the ailment has killed more than 20,000 peo …"

"… e most striking new clues come from the state of Andhra Pradesh in eastern India. Preliminary findings by a research team from Harvard University and the …"

"… isk of CKD. Silica is used in some pesticides, including in brands used in India. Dr. Ajay Singh of Harvard University, one of the study’s directors, sa …"

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 "International Finance Corporation":

"… tial loans in 2006 from the World Bank’s private sector lending arm, the International Finance Corporation. Sick former workers from the plantation filed a complaint to the IFC’s …"

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 "India":

"… the similarity of kidney disease afflicting primarily male farm workers in India, Sri Lanka, and Central America,” judges wrote. “This work is also not …"

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 "Singapore":

"… panies and private trusts in the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands, Singapore and other offshore hideaways. The hoard of documents obtained by ICIJ rep …"

"… sive use of such entities organized in a number of jurisdictions including Singapore, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and the Cook Islands.” It s …"

"… companies and trusts in a number of territories around the world including Singapore, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and the Cook Islands,” t …"

"… Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, U …"

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 "epidemic":

"… mysterious disease. Following years in which researchers battling parallel epidemics in Central America, Sri Lanka and India failed to compare results, Sri La …"

"… , said she also hopes to ban pesticides that are potentially linked to the epidemic. Yet other researchers questioned the weight of evidence pointing to pest …"

"… p is virtually nil” between glyphosate and the Sri Lankan kidney disease epidemic, Goldstein said. Dow Chemicals, which developed 2,4-D, did not respond to …"

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 "India":

"… rm of chronic kidney disease is killing agricultural workers in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. Scientists in each region are struggling to identify …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… s victims have much in common with those of the unexplained epidemics in Sri Lanka and Central America. They come from farming communities and are mostly poo …"

"… raphic and humanitarian scope is more contained than in Central America or Sri Lanka.“Our hypothesis is that an exposure to something in the environment, whe …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… think there’s a good chance they are in fact connected.” …"

"… nce they are in fact connected.” …"

"… is afflicting thousands of people in rural, agricultural communities in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. The struggle to identify its causes is bafflin …"

"… ch affected region — and a potentially noteworthy discovery this year in Sri Lanka — scientists have yet to prove a chemical at fault or a means of exposur …"

About the 'Mystery in the Fields' project

By Ronnie Greene

About the Project: Mystery in the Fields

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ronnie Greene":

"… Williams, Sarah WhitmireFact-checking: Peter Newbatt SmithProject Editor: Ronnie Greene  …"

Exporting an epidemic

By Jim Morris

Human toll reaches millions as asbestos industry expands worldwide

Excerpts from this story referencing "European Union":

"… 2030, the asbestos trade remains alive and well.Asbestos is banned in the European Union. In the United States it is legal but the industry has paid out $70 billio …"

"… one: White asbestos can be used safely around the world. That the WHO, the European Union, and dozens of national governments disagree doesn’t bother him. “It …"

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 "Angola":

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

"… his Sandline and Executive Outcomes colleagues intervened – particularly Angola and Sierra Leone – remain poor, unstable and underdeveloped, despite hav …"

"… in the Special Forces directorate, Mann offered him a military contract in Angola, which Spicer declined. Instead, he continued his military career until ea …"

"… s PMC project."Unsettling outcomesLike the offer of a military contract in Angola, the "PMC project" was offered to Spicer by his former Scots Guard colleag …"

Making a killing

By Phillip van Niekerk

Overview story for Making a killing: The business of war

Excerpts from this story referencing "Italy":

"… rphan childThere have been notable attempts – in France, Switzerland and Italy – to clamp down on criminal networks that have profited from war. But th …"

"… amonds in his pockets and prostitutes on his lap in a hotel room in Monza, Italy, it took weeks for the authorities to find out that he already had been co …"

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 "bank":

"… life in the grimy bylanes of Mohalla Dassan in Old Delhi as a nondescript bank clerk and then was pitchforked into the glitzy world of power and money, p …"

"… task. But finally, when told that his properties would be confiscated, his bank accounts frozen and that he would be sent to jail, MK cracked.Over three s …"

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 "Navy":

"… ly they lament, that despite New Delhi’s official assurances, the Indian Navy has failed to intercept vessels bringing in military supplies through the …"

"… hat no such things have happened and would never happen”.Yet, Sri Lankan Navy patrols intercepted more than four boats carrying medical supplies in the …"