Democrats seize air supremacy in Senate battlegrounds

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Liberals aired more TV ads last week than their conservative foils in seven of the nine top Senate battlegrounds races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Des Moines":

"… ated 757 such ads last week, WMUR easily surpassed runners-up WHO-TV 13 in Des Moines, Iowa; KUSA-TV 9 in Denver; and KTUU-TV 2 in Anchorage, Alaska. Incumbent …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… break down until reaching victims’ kidneys. A study in Sri Lanka by the World Health Organization detected both cadmium and glyphosate, as well as other pesticides and heav …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… blished last August by Sri Lankan health officials in partnership with the World Health Organization found that urine samples of sick patients had elevated levels of cadmium, …"

Facing lawsuits over deadly asbestos, paper giant launched secretive research program

By Jim Morris

Facing 60,000 asbestos claims over a product it once sold, Georgia-Pacific responded with a legal pushback — and secretive science.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Childs":

"… ould be acquired by Koch Industries for $21 billion later that year, hired John Childs as its chief litigation counsel. Childs had been in private practice in Ch …"

Shining examples of cross-border journalism recognized at international conference

By Bill Buzenberg

ICIJ presented its annual Daniel Pearl awards at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Daniel Pearl":

"… ample, six finalist  organizations were honored with ICIJ`s Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, which are na …"

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 …"

Industry muscle targets federal 'Report on Carcinogens'

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

Chemical industry groups are pursuing hearings and legal fights challenging a government cancer report — part of a growing rift with HHS.

Excerpts from this story referencing "researcher":

"… sophisticated,” said Huff, 75, who retired this year but remains a guest researcher at NIEHS. “They spend a lot of time in Congress.” Increasingly, indus …"

"… he committee has become a surrogate for industries that feel threatened by researchers like Birnbaum, who told the Center for Public Integrity her article was …"

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 …"

U.S. asbestos imports condemned by health experts, activists

By Jim Morris

More than 50 countries have banned asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to cancer and other diseases. The United States isn't one of them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… otect public health over the profits of these companies,” she said. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people worldwide die of asbestos-related diseases e …"

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 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 "hypertension":

"… ms are mostly male agricultural workers who do not suffer from diabetes or hypertension, the usual causes of the illness. The government and WHO call it CKDu: chr …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… ths increasing more than threefold since 1990, according to an analysis of World Health Organization data. In Sri Lanka, the WHO says at least 8,000 people suffer from chronic …"

"… e country, and estimates of the number of patients range from 8,000 by the World Health Organization to nearly 19,000 in a tally based on hospital records compiled by independ …"

Traceability elusive in global trade of human parts

By Kate Willson and Mar Cabra

The paper trail following human remains is not foolproof — in some cases, infected tissue can be impossible to track down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… r the past 15 years — and despite continuing concerns by the CDC and the World Health Organization. Read more at ICIJ.org. …"

Diesel engine exhaust earns 'carcinogenic' label

By Jim Morris

An international health body declared Tuesday that diesel engine exhaust is 'carcinogenic to humans.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "France":

"… recently in the United States.After a weeklong meeting of experts in Lyon, France, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World …"

Long-delayed diesel study published

By Jim Morris

Landmark study of miners shows elevated risk of cancer from engine exhaust

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… matter.The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, considers diesel exhaust "probably carcinogenic to humans." But IARC is s …"

Asbestos deaths bring 16-year sentence

By Jim Morris

In a case followed around the world, two former business executives were convicted in Italy of manslaughter in 3,000 deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… sage to corporate officials who fail to control toxic exposures. The World Health Organization estimates that 125 million people are exposed to asbestos on …"

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

By Sasha Chavkin

In Costa Rica, health officials and one company step up against a disease that's claimed thousands of lives in Central America

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… and other Central American nations to include CKD in an initiative by the World Health Organization and United Nations to battle chronic diseases in the Americas. Even as tho …"

Landmark diesel exhaust study stalled amid industry and congressional objections

By Jim Morris

Publication of a landmark government study of lung cancer in miners is delayed by an industry group and its congressional allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… d a House committee to review the materials and has held the Department of Health and Human Services in contempt for not producing all of them.The much-anti …"

"… al Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are under lock and key.Richard Clapp, emeritus professor of environmental …"

"… ns since. Last August, MARG won a contempt order against the Department of Health and Human Services, parent of the two institutes that conducted the study. …"

"… he International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, which considers diesel exhaust "probably carcinogenic to hum …"

Methodology

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… of the epidemic’s death toll in the region. …"

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 "LA ISLA":

"… look at me and I look normal now, but inside I feel like I’m burning.” …"

Daniel Pearl Awards winners announced

ICIJ announces the winners of the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards

Excerpts from this story referencing "Daniel Pearl":

"… nment. I congratulate some magnificent journalism." …"

ICIJ unveils Daniel Pearl Awards finalists

By Steve Carpinelli

ICIJ Announces the Finalists for the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting

Excerpts from this story referencing "Latin America":

"… ing and include stories from Afghanistan and Iraq, Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.“I’m honored to present this outstanding work, …"

"… , brokers, and doctors involved in illicit organ transplant trafficking in Latin America.The Invisible Army: Freelance writer Sarah Stillman’s story appeared in …"

"… ff of journalists at one of the most important daily newspapers focused on Latin America.Ginger Thompson - staff writer, The New York Times; former Mexico bureau c …"

Public health suffers as Indonesia ignores calls for tobacco reform

By Andreas Harsono

Home of the 'smoking baby,' 200,000 Indonesians die every year from smoking-related illnesses

Excerpts from this story referencing "Putera Sampoerna Foundation":

"… ntly chairman of PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna Tbk., while also running his Putera Sampoerna Foundation.Power of the PressIn the Sampoerna family, Phillip Morris has an ally tied …"

"… down from the newspaper board in the January 2010 shareholder meeting.The Putera Sampoerna Foundation is also into journalism, with its Adiwarta Sampoerna Award for reporters c …"

In India, bidi industry's clout trumps health initiatives

By Murali Krishnan and Shantanu Guha Ray

Bidi makers in India adopt Big Tobacco tactics to avoid reforms on smoking and excise taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… than from all other forms of tobacco combined, according to studies by the World Health Organization and the Voluntary Health Association of India.Bidis are distributed primar …"

Canada resists adding deadly asbestos to toxics blacklist

By Jim Morris

Major producer resists adding substance to toxics blacklist

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… safely under controlled conditions.Many scientists and bodies such as the World Health Organization dispute this, saying that no form or quantity of asbestos can be used with …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "investigative reporter":

"… ect business strategy. Everything else is just details.”Roman Anin is an investigative reporter for the Moscow-based weekly, Novaya Gazeta. He authored the International …"

Mexican tobacco growers: Economically shunned by industry, still used as lobbyists

By Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab

Big Tobacco cultivates more people, less land, in Mexico

Excerpts from this story referencing "tough anti-tobacco law":

"… ers from tobacco regions. The result: It was not until 2008 when the first tough anti-tobacco law was approved in Mexico. And only in 2010 did the nation’s most important …"

Activist asbestos inspector faces threats, industry backlash

By Jim Morris and Marcelo Soares

Official endures threats, ostracism – and now a lawsuit for activism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal labor inspector":

"… gling with the asbestos industry in Brazil is not for the faint of heart. Federal labor inspector Fernanda Giannasi knows this better than anyone, having endured threats, p …"

Food safety labs may not have capacity to handle a crisis like Japan's

By Aaron Mehta and Laurel Adams

IG criticizes agencies charged with protecting American food safety as unprepared and understaffed

Excerpts from this story referencing "Denver":

"… the facilities, located in in Jamaica, N.Y.; Athens, Ga.; St. Paul, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and, Alameda, Calif., found that FSIS has only one employee each a …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… they supported last year was Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat elected governor of New York with $87,000 from the Koch family.The emergence of “the Koch web — pol …"

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