How poor countries are used to feed rich countries uncovered how the world’s poor are used to feed rich nations. Reporters focused on the most popular crops in Europe, sugar, cacao, bananas, coffee and African palm in Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and the Ivory Coast. The story covers tax evasion from Guatemalan sugar barons, Colombian farmers relying on the whims of speculation, the destruction of the Honduran environment from growing only African…

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Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism

CNN and CNN en Español teamed up in a year-long joint investigation that uncovered serious irregularities in the issuing of Venezuelan passports and visas, including allegations that passports were given to people with ties to terrorism. The investigation involved reviewing thousands of documents and conducting interviews in the U.S., Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom.

Multi-country collaboration shows Canadians’ role in Cuba’s child sex market

Canadians are travelling to Cuba in surprising numbers to sexually exploit young people trapped in the socialist country’s underground sex tourism industry, a joint investigation by the Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister publication of the Miami Herald, has found. Havana’s conspicuous scenes of street-level prostitution are the public face of a…

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Florida’s failing public education system

“Florida’s K-12 public education system has graduated hundreds of thousands of students in the past decade who couldn’t read, write or solve math problems well enough to take some college-level courses.” “The series “13th Grade” is the result of a collaboration between the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida.”

The business of human body parts

“ICIJ launches today its new investigation “Skin & Bone: The Shadowy Global Trade in Human Body Parts.” A team of reporters spent eight months, across 11 countries, exploring the little-known trade in medical implants made from cadavers.” “Their investigation found the business of recycling dead humans has grown so large over the past decade that…

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Poverty and homelessness on the rise for Florida students

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, along with the Miami Herald and Florida NPR, has found that “since the collapse of the economy in 2008, Florida’s student population has become poorer each year, with almost all school districts in the state experiencing spikes in the number of kids who qualify for subsidized meals.“ “The Center…

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