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  • "Losing the Peace? As Afghanistan struggles to recover, the U.S. prepares to move on"

    Massing spent about two and a half weeks in Afghanistan interviewing everyone from provincial governors to aid workers, people on the street and U.S. troops. He found good security in Kabul but discontent brewing throughout the countryside. Locals expressed fear at the rise of Northern Alliance officials to positions of power in the fledgling state. Detailed descriptions provide a glimpse into the post-war nation building phase of U.S. operations in Afghanistan.
  • Hungry for Answers

    Kids Care, INC. is a charity institution in Houston. Proclaimed as the nation's first meals-on-wheels program for kids, the charity has been honored by two presidents and the United Nations. The charity takes more than a million dollars a year in donations. KTRK-TV began a review of these finances. The investigation revealed a disturbing portrait of how donations were spent -- including thousands of dollars spent at a Houston topless bar, expensive restaurants, trips to lavish day spas and hair bills that exceeded $800 a month. Using the companies own ledger, the station documented false tax returns, exposed the practice of giving gifts to employees and relatives of the charities' founders by disguising the payments as crisis intervention for the needy.
  • 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.
  • The War Crimes of Afghanistan

    Newsweek reveals that, in Nov. 2001, "America's Afghan allies suffocated hundreds of surrendering Taliban prisoners in sealed cargo containers." Although surrendered fighters were killed by a regional warlord, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, the investigative team finds evidence that American soldiers had advanced knowledge of the killings or participated in them. The story has been mostly based on a confidential U.N. report on the killings, as well as investigations into a mass grave site.
  • Kuchma Approved Sale of Weapons System to Iraq

    An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Center for Public Integrity revealed that "Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma personally authorized the clandestine sale of $100 million worth of high technology anti-aircraft radar systems to Iraq on July 10, 2000, in violation of United Nations sanctions."
  • Gunrunners

    This Web site was done jointly with a PBS Frontline/Word episode, "Gunrunners," which examined the "secret activities of international gun smugglers and the efforts of United Nations investigators to track and stop this trafficking," according to the contest questionnaire.
  • Enemy of the state

    The Pioneer Press investigates the death of Father John Kaiser, a Minnesotan missionary in Kenya, who died mysteriously of a shotgun blast to the head alongside a road north of Nairobi in August 2000. The series reveals that Kaiser had undertaken a courageous campaign against President Daniel Moi. The stories refute the Kenyan authorities' conclusion that the priest committed suicide. "In fact, [we] were told by a member of the Kenyan government how he was killed by police officers," Laszewski reports.
  • Unstable Element: Suddenly, Small Gaps In Nuclear Security Look Like Chasms

    The Wall Street Journal examines evidence that al Qaeda, the organization of Osama bin Laden, has tried to obtain weapons-grade nuclear material. The article looks at the possibilities for terrorists to build nuclear weapons by using resources of current or former nuclear-power countries. Even though the reporters have found the evidence related to al Qaeda to be "sketchy and unverified ... it has sent authorities around the world rushing to shore up security measures that are in some cases surprisingly weak." The story finds that "armed guards at nuclear-weapons depots often lose in exercises with mock assailants," and that "materials for making a nuclear bomb are accessible enough to support a black market."
  • Global Apartheid

    The Nation looks at the AIDS pandemic fueled by unequal access to medical care, and by social and economic conditions. The article reveals that Bush administration and the corporate interests of the giant American pharmaceutical companies prevents Africans from receiving lifesaving AIDS treatment. The author points out that African countries are "forced to give priority to paying illegitimate foreign debts over making investment in public health."
  • 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.