The story behind the assassination of a Maltese investigative journalist

A Reuters investigation, in collaboration with more than 15 other media groups, sheds new light on journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s car bomb assassination in October 2017. The investigation pieces together in detail key elements of the plot to kill her. This story is the first in the Daphne Project, an investigation coordinated by Forbidden Stories,…

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Secretary of Commerce aide cuts trade deal with China while serving on board of shipping company tied to Russia

An APM Reports investigation found that Wendy Teramoto, chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, had a conflict of interest when she helped cut a trade deal with China to increase U.S. exports of natural gas. When she cut the deal, Teramoto was also serving on the board for Navigator Holdings Ltd.,…

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How poor countries are used to feed rich countries

Eldiario.es 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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Inside Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the global anti-tobacco treaty

A Reuters investigation revealed that Philip Morris International has for years run a secret global campaign to undermine the World Health Organization’s anti-smoking treaty, which was designed to save lives by curbing tobacco use around the world. In one of the largest-ever tobacco industry leaks, internal Philip Morris International documents, seen by Reuters, combined with…

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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.

Congolese cobalt mines that supply batteries to major tech companies are dangerous and poorly regulated

The western world’s increasing reliance on mobile technology comes with an increasing reliance on lithium-ion batteries. Cobalt, an essential ingredient in these batteries, is mostly mined in the African country of Congo. For thousands of people, including children, who work in Congo’s poorly regulated mines, it’s a difficult and dangerous job. The Washington Post traced…

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Investigation finds hundreds of workers confined to American fishing boats

An investigation by the Associated Press found that around 700 undocumented men from Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations are working dangerous fishing jobs on American boats where they are confined for years. They found instances of human trafficking, tuberculosis, insufficient food supplies and 20-hour work days on many of the boats. Some of the…

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Puerto Rico gives away more than $519 million to multinational seed

During a decade of fiscal crisis, Puerto Rican officials awarded multinational seed corporations preferential tax rates, tax exemptions, industrial incentives and wage subsidies. An investigation by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo) found that companies including Monsanto and Pioneer Hi Bred received more than $519.7 million in public funds. Both companies…

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‘Panama Papers’ expose crime and corruption hidden by offshore accounts

More than 100 news organizations collaborated to report on the “Panama Papers,” a cache of 11.5 million documents that illustrate the hidden financial dealings of current and former world leaders, politicians and public officials. Among their findings: Associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion through banks and shadow companies. Offshore…

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