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  • Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan

    For six weeks in the Spring of 2015, award-winning journalist Nick Turse traveled on foot as well as by car, SUV, and helicopter around war-torn South Sudan talking to military officers and child soldiers, United Nations officials and humanitarian workers, civil servants, civil society activists, and internally displaced persons–people whose lives had been blown apart by a ceaseless conflict there. In fast-paced and dramatic fashion, Turse reveals the harsh reality of modern warfare in the developing world and the ways people manage to survive the unimaginable.
  • Can You Fight Poverty With A Five-Star Hotel?

    My story is about the World Bank’s private investing arm, the International Finance Corporation, the IFC. It reveals that the IFC is a profit-oriented, deal-driven organization that not only fails to fight poverty, its stated mission, but may exacerbate it in its zeal to earn a healthy return on investment. The article details my investigation through hundreds of primary source and other documents, dozens of interviews around the world and my trip to Ghana to see many projects first-hand, to recount that the IFC hands out billions in cut-rate loans to wealthy tycoons and giant multinationals in some of the world’s poorest places. My story details the IFC’s investments with a who’s who of giant multinational corporations: Dow Chemical, DuPont, Mitsubishi, Vodafone, and many more. It outlines that the IFC funds fast-food chains like Domino's Pizza in South Africa and Kentucky Fried Chicken in Jamaica. It invests in upscale shopping malls in Egypt, Ghana, the former Soviet republics, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. It backs candy-shop chains in Argentina and Bangladesh; breweries with global beer behemoths like SABMiller and with other breweries in the Czech Republic, Laos, Romania, Russia, and Tanzania; and soft-drink distribution for the likes of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and their competitors in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mali, Russia, South Sudan, Uzbekistan, and more. The criticism of most such investments -- from a broad array of academics, watchdog groups and local organizations in the poor countries themselves -- is that these investments make little impact on poverty and could just as easily be undertaken without IFC subsidies. In some cases, critics contend, the projects hold back development and exacerbate poverty, not to mention subjecting affected countries to pollution and other ills.
  • Making money, raising eyebrows

    "An examination by the Sun shows that the pension fund's $23 billion portfolio contains investments in companies that do business with rogue nations or whose practices contribute to social or environmental ills in direct opposition to the United States and Nevada policies."
  • Searching For Jacob

    While individualizing the story by centering on the search for a refugee named Jacob Arga, "whose village was destroyed as part of the ethnic 'cleansing,'" CBS News tells the story of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. The reporters did find Jacob "in a refugee camp on the Chad border."
  • A Man's Asylum Fight in the Land of the Free, Judge's Behavior Sparks Outrage but Little Relief, Few Applicants Succeed in Immigration Courts

    These articles address the cases of two political refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. and their trials at the hands of the INS and the U.S. Immigration Court. There are no written standards for immigration judges. In these stories, Judge Thomas M. Ragno decides a Sudanese refugee is not Catholic because the man did not what parochial schools were (there are none in Sudan). The refugee spends three years in jail before his case is overturned. Myanmar activist Tialhei Zathang still waits on an appeal trial after Judge Joan V. Churchill decides he is an Indian citizen, despite the testimony of U.S. professors and Myanmar parliament members who support him.
  • Hidden Wars

    The Dallas Morning News reveals that wars rage in many countries even today and the victims are not just soldiers. Hidden War points out peace is a dream in many places around the globe and the resources that could have been used to feed the hungry, cure the sick are still used for war. In Sudan, two million people have died so far. The Kurds' long struggle for identity has encountered stiff resistance. A dozen forces, including the armies of six nations, fight in Congo. And the main casualty in all these are ordinary people.
  • On Target?

    NBC News Dateline "examined whether the United States made a mistake when it bombed a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan on August 20, 1998. U.S. officials said the plant was helping Osama Bin Laden's terrorist network produce chemical weapons. The plant's owner denied those charges and said the U.S. destroyed an impoverished country's main source of medicine..."
  • The False Promise of Slave Redemption

    Around 20,000 people in Sudan have been enslaved. The Atlantic Monthly investigates humanitarian efforts to buy freedom for Sudanese slaves -- the practice of slave redemption. Some Africans and Westerners say slave redemption actually encourages the practice of taking slaves and promotes hoaxes..
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    The Baltimore Sun investigates slavery in Sudan. Two reporters traveled to the African nation and were able to buy slaves, providing irrefutable proof that slavery does exist. The article was widely reprinted in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. (June 16, 17, 18, 1996)
  • Series on Sudan/Terrorism

    ABC News reveals that the plot by terrorists to bomb the United Nations headquarters in New York, uncovered by the FBI, was linked to the highest levels of the Sudanese government; the series contributed to the state department putting Sudan on a list of governments that sponsor terrorism, June 1993.