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  • Evicted and Abandoned: The World Bank’s Broken Promise to the Poor

    Evicted and Abandoned is a global investigation that reveals how the World Bank Group, the powerful development lender committed to ending poverty, has regularly failed to follow its own rules for protecting vulnerable populations. The Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists teamed with the Huffington Post, the GroundTruth Project, the Investigative Fund, the Guardian and more than 20 other news organizations to develop this series of stories. In all, more than 80 journalists from 21 countries worked together to document the bank’s lapses and show their consequences for people around the globe. The reporting team traveled to affected communities in more than a dozen countries – including indigenous hamlets in the Peruvian Andes, fishing settlements along India’s northwest coast and a war-scarred village in Kosovo’s coal-mining belt. http://projects.huffingtonpost.com/projects/worldbank-evicted-abandoned
  • Slavery of the Brothel

    An extensive account of the growing sex slave trade in the Balkans -- particularly Kosovo. "A virulent Mafia business is thriving in postwar Kosovo: the $7 to $12 billion traffic in Eastern European women lured by promises of work, then forced into prostitution. Despite international efforts, sex slave traders have been nearly impossible to prosecute, thanks to corruption, local laws, and the victims' fear of testifying. Tracing the path of one young Moldovan woman, Sebastian Junger conducts his own investigation of a vicious cycle that traps as many as 200,000 women a year."
  • Burning the evidence

    Minnesota Public Radio investigates the incineration of the remains of thousands of ethnic Albanians by Serbian forces under the command of Slobodan Milosevic during the 1999 war in Kosovo. The secret operation was part of a highly-organized effort by Serbia's leadership to conceal evidence of possible war crimes from international investigators. Documentation shows that the operation was carried out by an elite unit of the Serbian security service.
  • Peace Is Hell

    "Every six month the Pentagon sends nearly 4,000 soldiers to Bosnia and brings nearly 4,000 soldiers home. To see how it's done is to understand why keeping peace has become harder than waging war - and why the Pax Americana has stretched the mighty American military to the limit," reports the Atlantic Monthly. The story details the everyday life, preparation and responsibilities of the Amerian troops in Bosnia, and sheds light on their training and equipment. The article finds that the Bosnian mission requires "all of the subtlety, patience and personal wariness that operating in international coalitions and ambiguous civilian environments entails."
  • Eye on America Investigation: The Apache Helicopter

    A CBS investigative series examines the reasons for the growing accident rates of the Apache helicopter, "widely toted as the best attack helicopter in the world." The investigation finds that "over the last 20 years the Army has spent $ 14 billion on 700 Apaches" in spite of serious safety problems that the army decision-makers have been aware of. The story reveals that "the Apache's back up control system, thought to be a state-of-art safety device ... was actually being blamed for causing accidents." It also details how the "Apache operation were brought to a virtual standstill when the army grounded nearly the entire fleet just after the Kosovo war, " and how this cessation "forced the army to suspend routine training...." The story depicts the covered-up fears of most army aviators and cites an army top-expert admitting that "the Apache has a nasty history."
  • The Road to Racak

    CBC Radio News investigated the "January 15, 1999 massacre of Kosovar Albanians in the village of Racak. the discovery of dozens of bodies lying slaughtered in a village ravine was widely viewed as 'The Event' which triggered NATO's intervention in Kosovo. The documentary aimed to investigate the many suspicious questions surrounding the massacre, reconstruct the events leading up to it and assess the extent to which the massacre was 'orchestrated' as a means of precipitating NATO's intervention."
  • Revealed: the Cruel Fate of War's Rape Babies

    "This story exposes the drama of the thousands of Kosovar Albanian women who were raped by Serbian forces in the run-up to the 1999 NATO bombing campaign - women whose plight had otherwise been ignored by the international community." The correspondent reveals that "up to 20,000 women were raped during the Kosovan carnage." "The story reveals how taboo not only brought social stigma on the women, but ultimately caused international organisations to cover-up the crimes as well." It also "describes ...how rape-babies came to be abandoned across Kosovo."
  • The Kosovo Cover-Up

    This Newsweek article uncovers a "suppressed on-site survey of Serb military targets" and a "cover-up study on the Kosovo air war." The investigation shows that the "the air campaign against the Serb military in Kosovo was largely ineffective," as "NATO bombs ... barely dented Serb artillery and armor." The reporter reveals that "the bombing ... was highly effective against fixed targets, like bunkers and bridges," as well as faked targets, but in reality only a few tanks and military targets have been hit. The story exposes the attempts of the Defense Department to fudge.
  • The Kosovo Cover-Up

    Barry and Thomas write about what went on during the bombing of Kosovo that many people did not know about. By obtaining a suppressed Air Force Report, they discovered that many of the targets destroyed were only a fraction of what was originally reported.
  • The Uglies American

    The New York Times Magazine tells the story of Frank Ronghi, a 35-year-old United States Army staff sergeant charged with the rape and murder of an 11-year-old Albanian girl in Kosovo.