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  • Rogue Nation U.S.A.

    Mother Jones looks at how "the United States exempts itself from the standards that it applies to others." The report finds that the country often "refuses to sign international treaties and ignores U.N. resolutions." The author points to a number of cases - the Washington's refusal to recognize the jurisdiction of the World Court for the crime of mining civilian harbors in Nicaragua, the invasion of Panama in 1989, the government's reluctance to impose economic sanctions on repressive China - that exemplify "this fat and superior mentality." The story sheds light on "the U.S. refusal to pay U.N. membership" and "to sign on to the land-mines treaty." It also reveals that the U.S.A and Somalia are the only country that have "not yet ratified the convention that forbids the execution of minors."
  • Drug Control or Biowarfare?

    "The story unveiled a secret government plan to use Colombia as a testing ground for Fusarium oxysporum, a fungus-based herbicide, as a new biological weapon in the war on drugs; the power and personage behind the effort, and the lack of oversight, monitoring, and informed consent from stakeholders on health and environmental concerns. (The) story detailed how the fungus was initially clandestinely isolated and developed by various government agencies and how the U.S. worked to force the experimental agent on Colombian authorities for use against coca, poppy, and marijuana."
  • The Opportunist

    Esquire tells the story of Nick Karras, an American businessman who's using the unrest in Sierra Leone to make million's off of the region's bountiful diamond mines.
  • Behind the Rings

    "For decades, the Olympic movement has promoted itself as the United Nations of Sport, a force for fair play. Then came reports of gift-giving and other corruption in Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Olympics." This 7-part series looks behind the commercial "U.N." reputation of the games to reveal disparities in training, facilities and IOC payments between rich nations and developing countries, where athletes may train in 4-year-old running shoes and are given pasta to stave off malnutrition. The IOC raked in $3.65 billion in 1997. The IOC spends $406 million to help countries build their Olympic teams, half of which goes to the U.S. Also looks at the predominantly male and elite membership of IOC, television rights, doping, reforms, loopholes in the reforms, and $100K parties in Rio.
  • After-Action Report

    "After-Action Report" tells the story of Garrett Jones and John Spinelli, two CIA agents who worked in Somalia in 1993. Their account of the CIA involvement in the Somalian conflict is "one of the fullest descriptions yet of a CIA operation in the post-Cold War period -- a narrative that illuminates the hazards of 'mission creep,' when peacekeeping operations becomes heavily armed exercises in 'nation building,' and the limitations of on-the-fly intelligence in a spy paradigm that mixes special operations and law enforcement.
  • Keeping the Peace?

    Dateline NBC reports "An investigation of atrocities committed around the world by United Nations peacekeepers against civilians they are supposed to protect. We obtained actual 'trophy photos' of torture sessions which were taken by UN soldiers themselves as souvenirs.... we also documented the systemic failures that led to these atrocities -- lax screening, training and punishment of peacekeepers by the UN."
  • The Ugly Americans: Child Sex Tourism

    KOMO-TV reports about "the tragedy of child sex tourism, and Americans' involvement in it... examples of American tourists who traveled abroad to third-world countries to have sex with children... we got a tip from Central America that someone in our region, the Pacific Northwest, was doing more than just having sex with children. Child prostitution opponents had heard he was selling girls, some as young as 14, for sex. We traveled to the man's club in Honduras and discovered the tip was true. We also discovered that man had been a registered sex offender in the US."
  • Shame of Srebrenica

    CBS News reports about "the single worst war crime of the Bosnia war: the Serb massacre of approximately 8 thousand Muslims after the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995. It was the Serbs who murdered the Muslims, but our troubling story focuses on the shame that has fallen on a group of Dutch soldiers sent to Srebrenica as peacekeepers. They were sent by the UN to stop the threat of an attack by the Serbs, ... but when Srebrenica fell.. the Dutch handed over the Muslim people of the town to Serb troops commanded by General Ratko Mladic..."
  • The Kosovo Connection

    The Montreal Gazette investigates the criminal connections of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the Albanian rebel group defended and entrenched in power by NATO's campaign in Yugoslavia. The report exposes the KLA's links to heroin and prostitution rings that have flourished throughout Europe and North America largely through its help and contends that the group's profit from crime has continued since the war.
  • The Unwanted Children of Russia

    "ABC News 20/20's (story) exposed the institutionalized system of neglect, even abuse, enclosing and stunting the lives of tens of thousands of abandoned children in (Russia.) ... (an) undercover investigation, spending time at a balanced range of institutions... The report uncovers handicapped children virtually imprisoned in their beds. Other, apparently healthy, children are officially labeled as 'imbeciles,' and institutionalized, possibly for life. Babies are warehoused in roach-infested hospital cribs, some for as long as two years, without stimulation, and kept on limited diets to reduce the number of diaper changes required. Strong sedatives are used to control, even punish children..."