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  • Toncev's Mafia Ties

    Ivica Toncev appeared out of nowhere and became a major figure in Serbian government. He became the right hand man of Serbian Prime Minister and Minister of Police Ivica Dacic, who had made his name through high profile arrests of crime figures. But the powerful national security adviser was not who he seemed. In fact, he had long-time friendships and was as an ongoing business partner with some of the most ruthless organized crime figures in the Balkans. OCCRP also proved that the Prime Minister was warned of these connections early on but chose not to act. The story raised serious questions about the leading political party in Serbia and its ties to organized crime.
  • Power Brokers

    A transition to a competitive energy market was supposed to lower energy prices for residents of the Balkan nations. Instead, "many people across the Balkans are facing energy shortages AND higher energy bills." Much of the infrastructure remains outdated, "and some state-run energy companies have been plagued by waste and corruption." Meanwhile, private energy companies are benefiting greatly from deals with government energy companies.
  • Waiting for Justice

    After the ethnic slaughter in the Balkans, Bosnia-Herzegovina's state court was going to take over trying war criminals charged with genocide, mass rape and torture. It has not happened. Millions of euros were spent to build a War Crimes Chamber, but not a single trial has been held, and hundreds of suspects live free among the same people they are charged with terrorizing.
  • Masters of chaos: The secret history of the special forces

    This book recounts the Special Forces missions over the past 15 years, including Desert Storm, Just Cause, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. It is based on interviews with soldiers of all ranks, access bestowed upon a reporter with 10 years of experience covering insurgencies in Latin America.
  • Slavery of the Brothel

    An extensive account of the growing sex slave trade in the Balkans -- particularly Kosovo. "A virulent Mafia business is thriving in postwar Kosovo: the $7 to $12 billion traffic in Eastern European women lured by promises of work, then forced into prostitution. Despite international efforts, sex slave traders have been nearly impossible to prosecute, thanks to corruption, local laws, and the victims' fear of testifying. Tracing the path of one young Moldovan woman, Sebastian Junger conducts his own investigation of a vicious cycle that traps as many as 200,000 women a year."
  • War on Error

    An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Center for Public Integrity reveals that "more than six months of live pictures from U.S. aerial spy missions had been broadcast in real time to viewers throughout Europe and the Balkans. The spy flights, conduct by U.S. Army and Navy units and AirScan Inc, a Florida-based private military company, were used to monitor terrorist and smugglers trying to cross borders. The broadcasts were not encrypted, meaning that anyone in the region with a normal satellite TC receiver could spy on U.S. surveillance operations as they happened. Live pictures from the spy planes had been transmitted over the Internet by satellite enthusiasts. The stories pointed to a major security lapse at a time when questions were being asked about intelligence failures prior to September 11, 2001.
  • Made in the U.S.A.

    Kaplan sheds light on the underground jihad movement in America. The story reveals that up to 2,000 Americans have fought in holy wars around the world - Afghanistan, the Balkans, Kashmir and Chechnya - since the early 1990s. "Most of the jihadists are Arab Americans, but other are as diverse as America itself, and include native-born whites, blacks, and at least one Puerto-Rican," according to the contest questionnaire.
  • Eye on America Investigation: The Apache Helicopter

    A CBS investigative series examines the reasons for the growing accident rates of the Apache helicopter, "widely toted as the best attack helicopter in the world." The investigation finds that "over the last 20 years the Army has spent $ 14 billion on 700 Apaches" in spite of serious safety problems that the army decision-makers have been aware of. The story reveals that "the Apache's back up control system, thought to be a state-of-art safety device ... was actually being blamed for causing accidents." It also details how the "Apache operation were brought to a virtual standstill when the army grounded nearly the entire fleet just after the Kosovo war, " and how this cessation "forced the army to suspend routine training...." The story depicts the covered-up fears of most army aviators and cites an army top-expert admitting that "the Apache has a nasty history."
  • "A Family's Terrifying Odyssey," "Eyewitness to Terror," "The Fire This Time," "The Missing Men of Djakovica"

    This series of stories, reported by Newsweek's Berlin bureau chief over a six-month period from Kosovo, attempts to put a human face on the tragic events unfolding in the region, both during and after NATO involvement.
  • The Looting of Yugoslavia

    With a fragile peace in place, most Americans would undoubtedly like to forget the eight years of war, atrocities and suffering that have been visited upon the Balkans. But the man most responsible for this modern tragedy, Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, remain in power, unchastened by the West and emboldened by his own survival. In "The Looting of Yugoslavia," U.S. News & World Report reveals how Milosevic has secretly turned his sights on his own country, raiding its banks and businesses to sustain his despotic rule and enrich his family and courtiers. The story details how more than a dozen of Milosevic's top ministers not only run the government, but also control the nation's largest, state-owned companies, funneling money form these businesses into their own private firms and their own pockets.