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  • How to Spin the Science News

    This story is an exploration of the tactics used by the Food and Drug Administration to control media coverage. The agency cultivates a coterie of journalists whom it keeps in line with threats, while it denies others access, even deceiving them with half-truths in attempts to handicap them in their pursuit of a story. At the same time, it uses a controversial tool -- the so-called "close-hold embargo" -- to exert control over the media, even though using that tool is a direct violation of FDA's (and HHS') written policy. https://www.documentcloud.org/public/search/Project:%20%22FDA%20Embargo%20documents%22
  • 'Perversion files' show locals helped cover up

    On June 14, 2012, following a civil trial, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that decades of the Boy Scouts’ confidential files would be made public. They would first need to allow the Scouts and plaintiffs’ attorneys time to redact the files of sensitive information. Given a months-long head start, editor Terry Petty and reporter Nigel Duara began the process of negotiating the unredacted files from a longtime source. The negotiations took two months and required the guarantee of an embargo. In August, they received a CD with 20,000 pages of perversion files. Duara and Petty combed through the files, looking for patterns. The Scouts’ concealment of the abuse has been reported before, beginning with an exhaustive series in the early 1990s from the Washington Times. But the AP team found something else: Locals helped. County attorneys, newspaper editors, mayors and police officers were all detailed in the files helping keep the Scouts’ name out of charging documents and off the front page. Indeed, a local county attorney proudly reported to Scouts leaders that he quashed an investigation in which a man confessed to sexually abusing two brothers “to protect the name of Scouting.”
  • Made in the U.S.A.

    Despite a U.S. embargo against Iran, hundreds of people and companies in the U.S. have been caught smuggling the goods to Iran. CBS shows how vast the underground smuggling network is and how smugglers are moving the weapons from the U.S. to Iran through third countries like Malaysia or Dubai.
  • Cuba: An Elusive Truth

    This story is a ten month, in depth investigation of Cuba. The students completed hundreds of interviews to synthesize three distinct perspective: those of the Miami exiled community, the Cuban government and the Cuban people. The students found that there is no absolute truth about the country; the embargoes, government programs, media, and tourism all have both positive and negative consequences for the country. The story has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for international journalism.
  • Treasury Leak Exposed

    A Dow Jones investigation reveals that a private consultant has attended supposedly press-only briefings at the Treasury Department and, during the news embargo time set by the Treasury, has told clients that the government is about to cancel bond auctions. The stories report on how the inside and possibly illegal knowledge has "wildly" affected the price of a key government bond well ahead of the news release. The series resulted in tightening up of the Treasury Department's news disseminating policy. The SEC opened an investigation.
  • Shopping with Saddam Hussein

    A Commentary investigation sheds light on how Iraq has been smuggling weapons in the 90s, using middlemen in Jordan, and violating the international restrictions imposed after the Gulf War. The reporters base their findings on confidential UN reports, which have never been published. The article details how Iraqi delegations have negotiated purchases of parts, weapons or technical assistance from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Romania. Firms from these countries participated in shady arms deals negotiations and were ready to sell weapons and missile parts in violation of the embargo. Reporters however have found no clear proof for the realization of the deals.
  • Coal Synfuels: A $1 Billion Federal Tax Scam?

    The Charleston Gazette investigates the many coal synfuel plants that opened up in Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky in the fall of 1999. Synthetic fuel, or synfuel, has become more popular with energy providers since 1979. That year, Congress passed a bill that would give a tax credit to those who produce synfuels. The hope was that the bill would help make the U.S. more energy independent in the wake of the Arab oil embargo. While the bill has made the nation less dependent on foreign oil, it has also caused problems for traditional, domestic coal miners. Because they receive a tax credit, synfuel producers charge less for their product than traditional coal miners. Thus, energy suppliers are turning more and more to the cheaper synfuel. Synfuel producers are threatening to put traditional miners out of business.
  • Family baggage

    Miami New Times chronicles the life of brothers Octavio and Antonio, native Cubans who frequently smuggle goods from Miami exiles into Cuba for the exiles' family members. Glasgow concentrates on how smoothly the operation runs, citing examples of the brothers bribing customs agents among other antics.
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    This article reveals secrets of the Clinton Administration involving the creation of an Iranian arms smuggling pipeline into Bosnia. The President approved the pipeline and violated a United Nations arms embargo that the United States had pledged to uphold. (Apr. 5, 1996)
  • Held Without Hope

    Parade Magazine reports that "...there are the 1843 Cubans who ... sit in prisons year after year as detainees of the INS. Although many have long since served out sentences for crimes, from petty to major, they remain behind bars today. The detainees live in a kind of limbo - with no new charges against them and, under current immigration law, often no prospect of release. They cannot predict whether they might be free tomorrow, or in 10 years, or in 20 years - or ever."