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  • 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.
  • Trouble on the Land

    The story examines a massive agricultural project in Tanzania involving an Iowa-based company called AgriSol Energy. The investigation found tens of thousands of refugees living on the land AgriSol planned to farm -- land the company claimed was vacant.
  • Al Qaeda Terrorist Dupes FBI, Army

    The News & Observer tells the story of Ali Mohamed, a double agent, who served both "in the heart of the U.S. military at Fort Bragg and in the inner circle of Osama bin Laden's Islamic fundamentalist terrorists' network." Mohamed was among those arrested after the 1998 attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the story is used to exemplify how a terrorist can harness "the openness and modern technology of secular Western society, transforming them into weapons to be turned on America." Mohamed - who spent two decades working for the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and had three years of training and service with the U.S. Special Forces - acquired sensitive documents and passed them along to radical Muslims, the newspaper reports. Though the CIA, the FBI and the Defense Department knew all about Mohamed, they failed to stop him from playing a central role in the 1998 bombings.
  • New Taboos: To Help Fight AIDS, Tanzanian Villages Ban Risky Traditions

    This Wall Street Journal story focuses on the new rules that hundreds of communities on the shores of Lake Victoria have discovered as a "potential key to curbing the Africana AIDS epidemic." The story describes how "in the past few years, local governments and village councils have cracked down on a wide variety of traditional social and sexual practices..." The reporter sheds light on the new practices and the harsh punishment for social violations in different villages, and concludes that " laws can sometimes make progress where doctors and health workers alone have failed." The analysis cites some encouraging evidence on the basis of a survey conducted by a Dutch expert group.
  • Target America: The Terrorist War

    An ABC News one-hour report examined the details surrounding the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in which hundreds died. In exploring the man the US had suspected was responsible - Osama Bin Laden - the report established for the first time a link between Bin Laden and President Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
  • Greetings, America. My Name is Osama bin Laden. Now that I have your attention...: A Conversation with the Most Dangerous Man in the World

    Esquire reports the process and results of an interview with Osama bin Laden. Two months before the destruction of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by bin Laden's truck bombs, it was happening. It was after midnight on this mountaintop, and Osama bin Laden was not yet a household name in the United States. Still, a grand jury in New York had for a year been hearing evidence about his role as a key organizer and financier of anti-American terrorism. The FBI suspected that bin Laden- or at least bin Laden's money - had been behind everything from the World Trade Center bombing to the downing of American helicopters in Somalia to bombings that targeted American servicemen in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. And by now, bin Laden knew that his targets were beginning to wake up to the threat he posed.