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  • #UkraineDocs

    Our principal three stories — written by Smith and published on Dec. 13, Dec. 20, and Jan. 2 — revealed first that the Trump administration was hiding critical information about the potential legality of the President’s holdup of Ukraine aid, second that officials at the Pentagon were worried that the holdup violated a spending law, and third that the holdup ignited increasingly strident protests by Pentagon officials who said it was illegal and that it should have been disclosed to Congress.
  • Jeffrey Sachs and The Quest to End Poverty

    A deeply reported investigation of one of the most ambitious experiments to end extreme poverty in Africa, The Idealist tracks the celebrated economist Jeffrey Sachs and his widely promoted Millennium Villages Project. For more than six years, beginning in 2006, I returned again and again to rural Africa, detailing the initial success and eventual disappointment of the Millennium Villages Project, a $120 million experiment designed to put into practice Sachs's controversial theories on ending poverty. The result is a powerful, sweeping narrative that has re-ignited a vital and longstanding debate about foreign aid, raised serious questions about the accountability of the Millennium Villages Project and other anti-poverty NGOs, and helped reveal why, for all the billions of dollars spent on humanitarian and foreign aid, we've made so little headway in helping the world's most desperate people.
  • Exporting Faith

    The Boston Globe used "a complete raw database of all USAID awards (prime contracts, grants and agreements) obligated from FY 2001 to FY 2005" to investigate the results of President Bush's Executive Orders that "created the faith based initiative and relaxed federal regulations for religious groups using government funds that once sought to protect church-state separations." The series shows that the percentage of USAID awards going to ngo faith based organizations in 2005 was almost doubled the percentage in 2001, from 10.5% to 19.9%. This creates the potential for problems where aid recipients "might forgo assistance because they don't share in the religion of the provider."
  • The McConnell Machine

    The Herald-Leader investigates U.S. Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, whose campaign fundraising has reached impressive levels to the tune of $220 million, largely on behalf of fellow Republican senators. As the 2006 mid-term elections approached, McConnell was seen as a likely contender for Senate Majority leader, should the Republicans retain control (they did not, and he is now Senate Minority Leader). Anticipating this news, the Herald-Leader "examined McConnell's 22-year record of aggressive fundraising, cozy ties with top donors and related actions in the Senate." The newspaper found that McConnell benefited from his "influence over a little-known foreign aid committee; his marriage to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who regulates his corporate donors; and a former McConnell chief of staff turned Washington "gatekeeper lobbyist," whose clients tend to receive appropriations earmarks and helpful legislation from McConnell." McConnell has gained a reputation as an opponent of campaign-finance reform.
  • Aids in Africa: In Search of the Truth

    AIDS is a major crisis in African countries and there seems to be no end in sight. Malan charts the beginnings of the epidemic and what's been done and what's not being done to stop it.
  • Bird Brains

    "While 2.3 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder, the National Institute of Mental Health is studying how pigeons think." Only eight percent of NIMH's grants go toward research of clinical or treatment aspects of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. In 1997, NIMH spent more money on AIDS research than on schizophrenia research. "Therefore, the total amount of federal funds spent upon individuals with severe psychiatric disorders is over $40 billion per year. This is three times the annual cost of the nation's space program, four times the cost of all our foreign aid programs, and more than 10 times the cost of the federal prison service."
  • The Global Willowbrook

    The story documents a small organization called Mental Disability Rights International, which travels worldwide to document the treatment of the mentally disabled. The group's aim is to get the U.S., European nations, the U.N. and the World Bank to include the care of mental patients among the other human rights when considering foreign aid and trade decisions.
  • Amy's Story

    CBS News 60 Minutes reports that "Amy Biehl went to South Africa to study and write about women in emerging democracies and to realize a life-long dream of working to build a free South Africa. Most people remember her story: Biehl, a Fullbright scholar and All-American athlete was murdered in South Africa in 1993 by a mob of black teenagers -- some of the very people she was there trying to help..... To cope with her death, (her parents) did not seek vengeance, justice or therapy.... The Biehls now spend more than half their time in South Africa, and in the five years since Amy's death, they've met their daughter's killers who have been released from prison and forgiven them. And they've picked up where their daughter left off...."
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    KDTV-TV investigates the methods of distribution for foreign aid arriving in Honduras. The story looks at who receives most of the aid.
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    Center for Public Integrity (Washington, D.C.) documents how human rights-abusing nations hiring top lobbyists to represent them before Congress, assisting them in getting American foreign aid dollars sent to their regimes, 1992.