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  • Uncover: Escaping NXIVM - CBC

    NXIVM calls itself a humanitarian community. Experts call it a cult. Uncover: Escaping NXIVM is an investigative podcast series about the group, its leader Keith Raniere and one woman's journey to get out and take the group down.
  • NYT Mag: From Arizona to Yemen - The Journey of an American Bomb

    In one narrative feature, rendering the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe on a small, personal scale, in order to make it feel relevant, tactile, and immediate to western readers. The hope was to collapse the distance and let Western readers feel what it was like to be the victim of an airstrike in Yemen, and to be a patient in hospital deprived of resources by a blockade. We wanted the crisis to feel familiar and close, rather than distant and exotic. By investigating the provenance of a bomb used and telling the story of its journey from an American assembly line to the planes above people we’d come to care about, showing readers how intertwined their own lives are with the lives of Yemenis.
  • FRONTLINE / NPR: Blackout in Puerto Rico

    FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, examining how the federal response, Wall Street and years of neglect have left the island struggling to survive.
  • Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan

    For six weeks in the Spring of 2015, award-winning journalist Nick Turse traveled on foot as well as by car, SUV, and helicopter around war-torn South Sudan talking to military officers and child soldiers, United Nations officials and humanitarian workers, civil servants, civil society activists, and internally displaced persons–people whose lives had been blown apart by a ceaseless conflict there. In fast-paced and dramatic fashion, Turse reveals the harsh reality of modern warfare in the developing world and the ways people manage to survive the unimaginable.
  • Coming to America

    From the U.S. to Europe, amid a global struggle with a humanitarian and security crisis, our series focused on the nexus between immigration, terrorism and refugees.
  • Cuba Twitter

    To the annals of American subterfuge in Fidel and Raul Castro’s Cuba, The Associated Press revealed a new and astonishing case: the curious story of a fake “Cuban Twitter.” The idea was to create a cellphone text messaging service to provoke unrest and undermine Cuba’s communist government. It was hatched in 2010 by the U.S. Agency for International Development, an agency best known for distributing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. This package not only details the "Cuban Twitter" program, but describes other covert operations run out of USAID over the past year.
  • 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.
  • Spin the Bottle

    Fiji Water, once an untouchable brand, is exposed as a company violating environmental and humanitarian principles that consumers once believed it held dear. Reporter Anna Lenzer traveled in dangerous territory to bring to light the real face of Fiji Water as the Fiji Junta demonstrated a vested interest in the company's reputation.
  • Borderline Logic: Immigration lessons from the first U.S war with Iraq

    In the wake of large arrests of people from Muslim countries, LAWeekly talks about the immigration issues the U.S faced after 1991 Gulf War. The story revolves around war refugees temporarily housed in two camps at Rafha and Al Arwatiyah in Saudi Arabia. The Weekly details the experiences of Rob Frazier who was then posted as political official at the American embassy in Riyadh. After having finally made a repatriation agreement with the U.N, it was discovered that "sleeper agents" of Saddam Hussein could well have sneaked in. And some of them might well be in the U.S now after being allowed in through a rather humanitarian security system.
  • The Catalyst Behind Cipla's Offer of Cheap AIDS Drugs: Potent Mix of Motives

    "Yusuf K. Hamied is a man with impressive humanitarian credentials. His pharmaceuticals company, Cipla Ltd. runs a free cancer-free hospital in India. And yet, even Dr. Hamied's friends say it wasn't simply compassion that drove the generic-drug pioneer to make his attention-grabbing offer last month to sell AIDS drugs at deep discounts.... One friend...says Dr. Hamied's offer was 'very much a business deal' designed to build Cipla's brand name outside India."