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  • Inequality Calculator

    The Inequality Calculator is an application based on the massive data analysis of the income of citizens of 16 countries that reveals, in an interactive and comparative way, the enormous income gaps that exist between the poor and multimillionaires of Latin America and the Caribbean. The INEQUALITY CALCULATOR is based on an algorithm that divides a household's monthly income among its members and compares this with the country's population ordered from poorest to richest in 10 groups, or deciles, plus the group of multimillionaires. The result of these calculations will provide the user with an estimate of the time he or she would need to work to attain the average monthly income of a multimillionaire and will also allow comparison to the country's other income groups. The timeframe—some will need to work for several centuries to achieve this income—will highlight, in an amusing but direct fashion, the insuperable gap that separates the ordinary citizen and the multimillionaire.
  • Sins of the Family

    Arizona is a state not that far removed from the frontier. It is a place to which someone can move and establish themselves anew, a place where a boy can come for college, make a fortune in business, enter politics, and be elected governor, without having to talk about his past. In Doug Ducey's case, it was as if his life began when he first signed up for classes at Arizona State University. Ducey, the Republican who became Arizona governor in November, talked continually during his campaign about his Midwestern family values, but even under questioning, only provided scant details about his upbringing. The Toledo-reared Arizona state treasurer at the time never talked about his family, except to say his father was a police officer and his mother was a homemaker back home. In their report, headlined "Sins of the Family," Phoenix New Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting discovered that Ducey's maternal relatives made up a powerful, organized-crime family in Toledo, Ohio, some having served prison time for their crimes. Indeed, his uncle has fled to a Caribbean island to escape prosecution. To this day, Ducey has not talked about his maternal family's criminal endeavors, though his reluctant campaign confirmed the facts of New Times and CIR's report after it was published. The report established that his convicted maternal grandparents played a big role in his upbringing. While running for governor, he said repeatedly that they taught him the meaning of family. This is a story of obfuscation by a political candidate, who claimed that everything about him was transparent, not of political corruption, since no evidence was uncovered that candidate Ducey benefited financially from the family business.
  • The Trials of Jamaican Gays Can the national culture move toward tolerance?

    Jamaica is famous for its Caribbean beaches, relaxed attitudes. Behind that veneer is a hostile home for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people. After one recent grizzly death, where a mob that killed 16-year-old Dwayne Jones, the nation’s top law enforcement officer proclaimed that Jamaica did not have a problem with intolerance. Documents, data and interviews told a much different story. Plus a strong US connection: how our country is feeling the effects of Jamaica’s anti-gay climate, as gay refugees seek political asylum in the United States, and many are getting that protection.
  • "Cruise Ships Dodge Rules"

    This investigation takes a look at the claims of cruise ships boasting "green" cruising and whether or not it can truly reduce the "impact on the environment." Despite the claims, reporters found that ships are playing the system and continue to dump harmful waste along their cruise routes, in areas where the rules are "less stringent."
  • Corrupting Congress

    The AP reporters revealed that lawmakers of both parties used frequent flier miles for airline tickets bought by lobbyists to pad their own mileage totals and to secure free travel. They exposed Bill Frist's controversial stock transaction, which prompted the SEC's insider trading probe and scrutiny of how the GOP Senate leaderused an AIDS charity to enrich his inner political circle. They also documented how Tom DeLay and his successor as House Majority Leader, Roy Blunt, orchestrated a carousel of donations that enriched their personal causes. Furthermore, they showed how DeLay underwrote more than a million dollars in luxury travel to Caribbean resorts, five-star restaurants and exclusive golf courses with political donations. Finally, they revealed that nearly five-dozen lawmakers in both parties wrote letters, sponsored legislation and made other official acts for Jack Abramoff's clients while simultaneously collecting money from them.
  • Who's Hispanic?

    A lack of precise definition of the word "hispanic" has caused confusion and some ruffles in the past. The National Journal chronicles the various definitions and approaches to "hispanic" and reasons as to why Alberto Gonzales might be Bush's favorite candidate for the Supreme Court, after all. The author explains in detail why the Portuguese and the Haitians have still not been included under the now-famous umbrella of "hispanics".
  • Taking Off With Your Money

    An NBC 6/WTVJ-TV investigation examines potential waste of public money which Miami International Airport has given over three years to the Latin Chamber of Commerce, known by the acronym CAMACOL The story reveals that "to pay for its annual hemispheric trade conference, the county [Dade] has given CAMACOL nearly a million and a half dollars" taken from a fund meant to promote the airport. The investigation discovers that CAMACOL "could not justify how it directly benefits the airport," and sheds light on the Latin chamber's significant political clout and close relationships with "politicians like Miami-Dade mayor Alex Penelas." The report details "serious questions raised by auditors and other government officials about how CAMACOL had spent the money."
  • Forbidden Friendships Between Cops and Criminals

    The Tribune investigates connections between the Chicago police force and organized crime. The investigation centers on several unsolved murder cases, money laundering at a Caribbean hotel and casino, "the million-dollar rip-off of a drug courier" by police, kick backs and failed internal investigations. "I'm not gonna spell out nothing, but knows how it works, " one suspected officer said, "Everybody who's been in Chicago for years knows how Chicago operates. It's always been like that and it ain't gonna change."
  • Fruit of Labor: The Banana Business is Rotten, So Why Do People Fight Over It?

    The Wall Street Journal reports that "For more than a century (bananas) have provoked riots and coups. Troops have been dispatched to protect them. Now they are at the center of a bitter trade war between the U.S. and Europe. Any business worth fighting for so fiercely must be great, right? Guess again. Banana farming is a brutal business, from the sprawling plantations of Latin America to the struggling plots of the Caribbean islands. .... Are the U.S. and European trade warriors crazy?"
  • The Caribbean Connection

    Ten years ago, the U.S. government made a deal with a dangerous character names Charles "Little Nut" Miller, a member of a violent Jamaican drug gang: Testify against your fellow gangsters and you can go free. Miller took them up on it, and he's been back in "business" -- drugs, mayhem and political persuasion -- unimpeded on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts ever since.