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  • Profiting from Thrift

    “Profiting from Thrift” by Francesca Lyman is an investigation into how the privately held Savers chain of thrift stores, with hundreds of stores in 30 states, plus Canada and Australia, has profited from a charitable veneer, misleading consumers, drawing the ire of regulators, and even drawing revenue away from public tax coffers. For years the company has been the single largest player in the prosperous and growing industry of for-profit thrift stores, doing $1.2 billion in business annually, but InvestigateWest reporting found its claims about doing good for charities appear to be vastly overblown. http://invw.org/2015/10/28/map-savers-has-stores-in-29-states-across-the-u-s/
  • The Torrent

    Of all the stories to emerge form the catastrophic floods that hit Queensland in the summer of 2011, the most starkly tragic and dramatic were those that emerged form Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley. "The Torrent" is a unique and powerful account of human courage in the face of the devastating force of nature, and the enduring resilience of ordinary Australians.
  • Fatal Extraction

    Australia is a giant in African mining, but its vast, sometimes deadly footprint has never been examined – until now. Australian-listed mining companies are linked to hundreds of deaths and alleged injustices which wouldn’t be tolerated in better-regulated nations. “Fatal Extraction” combines traditional investigative reporting with innovative mobile and web-native presentation to reveal deaths, injuries and allegations of labor abuse involving Australian mining companies operating in Africa.
  • Operation Falcon Claw

    The investigation, panning over a year, exposes 11 Members of Parliament from major political parties in India willing to issue letters of recommendation to promote a fictitious Australian oil exploration company in exchange for fees ranging between Rs 50,000 to Rs 50 lakh. The political parties include Congress, BJP, BSP, JDU and AIADMK. Six of these MPs even wrote the letters for a fee. The parliamentarians who are willing to not only write recommendation letters for a fee but also lobby with the Union Ministry of Petroleum for a foreign company to help it secure oil exploration and rigging rights in the Northeast. A total of 11 MPs from the Congress Party, BJP, JDU, AIADMK and BSP are on camera willing to help an oil exploration company to set up shop in India. However, none of them bothered to check the antecedents of the company or check if the company was real. What they hankered after was money, quoting as low as Rs. 50,000 to a mind boggling Rs. 50 lakh as the price for a letter of recommendation, delivered all in cash; one MP even had the audacity to demand that his fee be delivered through a hawala operator. Six MPs issued letters of recommendation to Cobrapost. Cobrapost reporter Ashish Jadon approached these MPs as a representative of fake foreign oil company, Mediterranean Oil Inc. of Queensland, Australia. He had already prepared a functional website, printed a modest brochure, and carried with him a few copies of the company profile. Our reporter introduced himself as a consultant working for Mediterranean Oil Inc. entrusted with the onerous task of rallying support from MPs across the political spectrum for its oil exploration bid in the Northeast, pegging the project at Rs. 1000 crore. He requested the MPs he met to write a recommendation letter. Their recommendation letter will help boost the profile of his company and assist the company in being awarded with oil exploration rights in the Northeast India. To our surprise, far from being turned down, which should have been the ideal case, all parliamentarians agreed to help. If some of them wrote letters of recommendation addressing the Joint Secretary with the Petroleum Ministry, others offered to either lobby directly with the ministry mandarins or get the project sanctioned with help from the most mighty among the ruling party.
  • Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze (Offshore Leaks)

    Secrecy for Sale made front page news around the globe, including in the U.K., the United States, Switzerland, Germany, France, China, and Russia. Also known as the “Offshore Leaks” investigation, it sparked official investigations around Europe, Asia, Australia, and in North and South America, and several high-profile resignations. It prompted the French president to call for the eradication of tax havens, the UK prime minister to announce—alongside the U.S. President—that the two nations had agreed to “tackle the scourge of tax havens,” and EU officials to say it “transformed” tax politics in Europe. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, struck a blow for transparency against one of the world’s most important and contentious public issues—tax havens and the illicit flow of money around the globe.
  • Inland Tsunami

    The story investigates the man-made causes of the deadly flash flooding that killed 24 people in the Australian mountain-top city of Toowoomba.
  • Genetic Modified Food

    In a two-part series, senior investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian examined the business of genetic engineering and the growing impact it is having on the way we grow food, and what we eat. Part one take a look at the business practices of Mondsanto, a major bio-tech seed maker, which patents its genetically modified seeds. Monsanto sells the seed to farmers but prohibits them from replanting their seeds after harvest, a practice known to farmers for 11,000 years. In the story, the team found that Monsanto has been coming after small farmers for seed piracy, suing them when Monsanto suspects farmers of planting its patented seeds "illegally" even when those farmers have never purchased or planted and Monsanto products. Part two examines the secret changes to our foods and asks, why don't we, in the U.S., label genetically modified ingredients when it is done with regular practice in Europe, Japan, Australia and our trading partners? Whether we realize it or not, we probably ate something for dinner last night that had a DNA-altered ingredient in it, but the FDA says that these ingredients do not have to be labeled and therefore no one knows when they are eating genetically modified foods.
  • Overseas Donors

    The Associated Press investigated whether any donors to presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain with foreign addresses were illegal foreign donors; whether the two campaigns were guarding against illegal foreign money by asking overseas donors for copies of their current U.S. passports as the Federal Election Commission instructs; and to what extent the two campaigns were failing to disclose basic information about donors such as their employers and occupations. The AP reviewed hundreds of thousands of donations from around the globe and found evidence that both campaigns took money first and asked questions later. The reporters found a smattering of illegal foreign donations to Obama as well as missing details in federal paperwork the law requires from Obama and McCain. During interviews with 123 donors in 11 countries, The AP found that Obama accepted illegal contributions from at least three foreigners. In one case, a Canadian noted with is donation that he was not an American; the Obama campaign accepted his money anyway, and the Canadian's note about his foreign citizenship actually appeared in Obama's campaign finance report. A donor in Australia admitted to the AP that he entered a phony passport number when making an Internet contribution to Obama. Just five donors, three for Obama and two for McCain, told the AP that the campaigns asked to see copies of their current U.S. passports.
  • LNG Controversy Dogs Every Step of the Policy Process

    Reporting for the Malibu Times at first, Hans Laetz looks into Australian Energy Conglomerate BHP Billiton's plans to "build a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal floating off the local coast." But after two months, Laetz was removed from coverage by the Times amid criticism, possibly due to the fact BHP Billiton was an advertising client of the Times. He then was picked up by the Malibu Surfside News, and continued to tell a tale of the various aspects of the deal: how BHP got a smog waiver after White House officials overruled local Environmental Protection Agency officials, the safety and pollution risks of the project; citizens' letters supporting the project to the government, which turned out mostly to be fake; and the opposition of state and federal parks officials to the project.
  • Australia's War Crimes Fiasco

    The investigation revealed how Australia has become a safe-haven for suspected war criminals, including a relative and former bodyguard of Saddam Hussein. The authors exposed the government's systematic failure to prosecute or even investigate the crimes of more than 30 men, from different regions around the world.