Russian gas company hires D.C. lobbyists

By Alexander Cohen

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… s and individuals.” Among its other clients are Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Sri Lanka and Bahrain. The news was first reported by the National Journal. Accordi …"

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 "Sri Lanka":

"… . …"

"… a setback to efforts by some scientists and health officials, primarily in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, to remove the herbicide for its potential link to the mys …"

"… sands of agricultural workers. Monsanto, other agrochemical producers and Sri Lankan officials, including Registrar of Pesticides Anura Wijesekara, have pushe …"

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

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 "Medicine":

"… jective science,” said Dr. Cary Gross, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and its Program for Biomedical Ethics. The “occupational illness” div …"

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 "Health":

"… Last week’s declaration from the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) called on member states to conduct research and survei …"

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 "Andhra Pradesh":

"… Meanwhile, in India, new research from Harvard University and the state of Andhra Pradesh found local drinking water to be contaminated with high levels of silica …"

"… yasumana said. Perhaps the most striking new clues come from the state of Andhra Pradesh in eastern India. Preliminary findings by a research team from Harvard Un …"

"… . Preliminary findings by a research team from Harvard University and the Andhra Pradesh state government showed that groundwater in affected villages contained th …"

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 "chemicals":

"… stigate and treat the disease, and promotion of stronger regulation of agrochemicals. The declaration represented a major victory for El Salvador and its heal …"

"… hether there was adequate evidence to declare the disease is linked to agrochemicals and respond by restricting their use. At the conference, El Salvador pres …"

"… zation, documented elevated levels of cadmium and arsenic contained in agrochemicals and within environmental samples from the endemic region — and found the …"

"… h El Salvador and Sri Lanka’s reports, including evidence of how the agrochemicals are entering victims’ bodies or what products are at fault. Despite the …"

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 "chemicals":

"… se tighter controls on pesticides and fertilizers amid growing concern the chemicals are helping fuel a mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease devastati …"

"… Mahinda Rajapaksa pledged to take action to crack down on contaminated agrochemicals.“There is a theory that pesticides and chemical fertilizer contribute to …"

"… ations will be formulated to require suppliers and distributors of all agrochemicals to comply with quality standards.”A committee of government ministers is …"

"… kera. Wijesekara, whose office oversees imports and permitting of agrochemicals, said Sri Lanka had already taken a significant step earlier this year: es …"

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 "Harvard":

"… lsewhere in the district, according to unpublished results from a study by Harvard Medical School.As the death toll mounts, the seemingly idyllic region has …"

"… nal role in the fields, both sexes are affected almost equally, teams from Harvard and Stony Brook University found. Farmers of several different types of cr …"

"… r both, is responsible for this,” said Dr. Ajay Singh, a nephrologist at Harvard Medical School and the co-leader of the Harvard study.The research has yet …"

"… y Singh, a nephrologist at Harvard Medical School and the co-leader of the Harvard study.The research has yet to offer definitive answers. Not a single study …"

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 "Medicine":

"… , was a paper by Dr. Irving Selikoff of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine reporting that insulation workers with relatively light exposures to asbes …"

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 "Burundi":

"… t contracts, widely throughout the continent, including in Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire. It also noted the new modus operandi, which Buckingham and Mann …"

Making a killing

By Phillip van Niekerk

Overview story for Making a killing: The business of war

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… e found their way to Angola, Sudan, Ethiopia, Colombia, Congo-Brazzaville, Sri Lanka, Burundi and Afghanistan – conflicts in which up to an estimated 10 mill …"

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 "coach":

"… on. The 1999 Ahmedabad Test against New Zealand, where Kapil was the team coach, is a case in point. Everyone interrogated, including Sachin Tendulkar, ma …"

"… ms were raked in. Many eyebrows were raised, yet the board did not ask the coach or the manager for an explanation, nor did the latter submit a report on i …"

"… if the board had not turned a blind eye to the goings-on. The selection of coaches, the arbitrary changes in managers and the absence of a clear policy of …"

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 "General":

"… ave and appointed a court of inquiry, chaired by Army Chief of Staff Major General Lionel Balagalle, to investigate the defeat. A report is expected to be pr …"

"… harif, this co-operation has been continued by the man who has ousted him, General Pervaiz Musharraf.While in Colombo for the Sri Lankan Army’s 50th annive …"