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  • Deceptive Diplomacy - Cover-up by the UN

    An international team of investigative reporters revealed how top UN officials covered up crucial information about the murder of the UN experts Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.
  • Deceptive Diplomacy - Cover-up by the UN

    An international team of investigative reporters revealed how top UN officials covered up crucial information about the murder of the UN experts Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.
  • Rare Earth Elements

    The U.S. began the march toward the use of rare Earth metals - essential ingredients in everything from smart phones and computers to cars and missiles - but has left most of their mining and processing to others. China now dominates this crucial industry, which worries the U.S. government.
  • Firestone and the Warlord

    "Firestone and the Warlord" investigates the secret relationship between the American tire company Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. The multiplatform investigation is a revelatory window into how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war, drawing on previously unreported diplomatic cables, court documents, and inside accounts from Americans who helped run the company's rubber plantation as Liberia descended into chaos. The Liberian civil war resulted in the deaths of more than 200,000 people. Half the country’s population was displaced. Taylor later became the first person convicted of crimes against humanity since the Nazi era. Through most of the conflict, Firestone continued to export rubber to the United States and elsewhere to produce tires, condoms and medical supplies.
  • Blackwater: Inside America's Private Army

    This series focuses on Blackwater USA, one of the most visible players in the private military industry. Tens of thousands of private military soldiers are on the ground in Iraq, armed and engaging in combat, but they are not subject to military justice or chain of command. This situation raises questions about oversight, standards, coordination and accountability. Blackwater's presence in Iraq escalated the war in 2004, when four of its contractors were killed and strung up from a bridge in Fallujah. Now, Blackwater is seeking out new markets, offering itself as an army for hire to police the world's trouble spots.
  • 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.
  • Nice Work, If You Can Get It

    The National Journal looks at "the tradition of tapping well-heeled donors for diplomatic posts." The story focuses on the case of William Farish, the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Britain, who "is one of more than two dozen people now on track to lead the good life ... to some desirable place because they bet big bucks on the Election 2000 winner." The report reveals that "Bush's first 35 political appointees to the diplomatic corps gave an average of $141,110 to him and other Republican campaigns and committees during 1999-2000." The author cites a number of critics who question "whether the spoil systems ... befits the United States at the cusp of the 21st century," and points to examples of untested diplomats' gaffes.
  • Distress, Deregulation And Diplomacy Breach Walls of Fortress Japan

    A two-part series from the Journal explaining the thaw in Japan's trade practices. The paper reveals that West's 150-year long trade conflict with Japan is winding down and Japan's decade of drift has altered the dynamics that fanned past trade fires. Though not as open as America, the Japanese economy is no longer an alien landscape. The Journal writes how Silicon Valley dominates the Japanese markets and the reason for the country's its economic expansion.
  • The 1980 'October Surprise' Revisited

    Three-part article describing allegations about 1980 October Surprise, in which Republicans were accused of cooperating with the Iranian government to delay the release of American hostages until after the presidential election. Includes interview with Jamshid Hashemi, an Iranian participant in secret negotiations. Also includes allegations of President Bush's and the Israeli government's involvement in the incident.
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    The Washington Post Magazine looks at the 1992 resignation of junior State Department official, George Kenney, in protest of the Bush administration's failure to intervene in Bosnia. Kenney was the first U.S. official to utter the word "genocide" in Washington. The article describes Kenney's attempts to force U.S. officials to take a stand on the issue of the killing in Bosnia and Kenney's attempts to keep the issue in the national limelight. (June 30, 1996)