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  • ProPublica: Unprotected

    Katie Meyler leveraged the internet and a compelling story to launch a charity to educate vulnerable Liberian girls and save them from sexual exploitation. ProPublica revealed how, as Meyler gained international plaudits and fundraised over $8 million, girls as young as 10 were being raped by founding staff member Macintosh Johnson, with whom Meyler had a sexual relationship. The charity then misled donors and the public about what had happened, failed to safeguard all his possible victims even once they knew Johnson had AIDS when he died, and later abandoned to prostitution at least one of the girls who had testified against him in court.
  • Ebola Crisis: Unprepared in Dallas

    For months in the summer of 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had warned the country’s health-care community that an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Western Africa could make its way here. The feds assured the public that America’s modern medical resources and infrastructure could avert a crisis. We were told hospitals had prepared and trained their staffs, using CDC guidelines, to address a virus they had never seen. Yet in late September, when a Liberian man named Thomas Eric Duncan walked into a Dallas emergency room with fever, headache and abdominal pains, his doctor and nurses found him unremarkable – just another of the night’s many victims of mishap and contagion. He was sent away after a few hours with antibiotics. None of the caregivers realized the encounter would soon become part of U.S. medical history.
  • Firestone and the Warlord

    "Firestone and the Warlord" investigates the secret relationship between the American tire company Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. The multiplatform investigation is a revelatory window into how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war, drawing on previously unreported diplomatic cables, court documents, and inside accounts from Americans who helped run the company's rubber plantation as Liberia descended into chaos. The Liberian civil war resulted in the deaths of more than 200,000 people. Half the country’s population was displaced. Taylor later became the first person convicted of crimes against humanity since the Nazi era. Through most of the conflict, Firestone continued to export rubber to the United States and elsewhere to produce tires, condoms and medical supplies.
  • Brian Ross Investigates: Blood Diamonds

    The story investigated the charge that ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor used blood diamonds to pay for weapons in the way against the neighboring nation of Sierra Leone. The story ultimately forced fashion model Naomi Campbell to testify at Taylor's trial for receiving diamonds from Taylor during a visit to Nelson Mandela's home.
  • Investigating Sierra Leone

    Last summer, the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone indicted Charles Taylor, then president of Liberiann fir crimes allegedly committed during the civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone. It was only the second time a head of state had been indicted for international war crimes while in office. Prosecutors alleged Taylor was a central figure in a global criminal network that controlled rebels in Sierra Leone who committed murder, enslavement, rape and forced children into combat. American Radio Works journalists Deborah George and Michael Montgomery closely follow the work of investigators and prosecutors as they developed the cases against Taylor and other warlords. The Special Court was established last year in a treat between the UN and the Sierra Leone government and uses a mix of national and international law.
  • Gunrunners

    PBS Frontline broadcasts a Center for Investigative Reporting report on arms smuggling. The story details illegal arms shipments from eastern Europe to rebels in Africa and failed international efforts to curtail the smuggling. The investigation also sheds light on the activities of Leonid Minin, a trafficker linked to Russian and Ukrainian organized crime.
  • A mother-and-child reunion

    West Africa is filled with children searching desperately for one another, reports Time. The article follows the story of a girl who has been kidnapped, sold in slavery and finally reunited with her family due to the effort of the International Rescue Committee. The report looks at the hardships faced by two other children dislocated by Africa's wars, and a foster mom.
  • For Cruise Ships' Workers, Much Toil, Little Protection

    The New York Times investigates the working conditions of cruise ship dishwashers, cooks and cabin cleaners. The newspaper found that cruise lines avoid "American minimum wage requirements and other labor laws" by registering their "corporations and ships in countries like Liberia and Panama, where laws are lax and enforcement is weak."
  • The devil they know

    The New Yorker looks at the regime of Liberian President Charles Taylor? Critics say that corruption, misappropriation, ostentation, oversized security and self-aggrandizement have characterized his regime. But why are so many American liberal on his side?
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    Spy Magazine (New York) examines the U.S. public relation firms and lobbyist groups that represent Third World dictatorships with terrible human rights records, such as Iraq, Romania, Haiti, Zaire, Liberia, El Salvador, the People's Republic of China and Guatemala; lobbyists rationalize their representation as attempting to reform the countries' leaders by encouraging dramatic changes in the governments; Spy reporter impersonates neo-Nazi leader in Germany wanting an American public relations firm to represent her party; the public relations official agrees to represent the party, February 1992.