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  • 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.
  • Other People's Wars

    The book is the story of a close US ally's role in the wars and international politics of the decade after September 11, 2001. Nearly everything about New Zealand's post 9-11 military and intelligence roles was kept secret from the New Zealand public, while news was controlled through an intense military public relations campaign.
  • Hillary's Mystery Money Men

    This article looks at the use of bundling and fundraising by people formerly tied to transnational interests and foreign dictators as a means to get the ear of a prospective U.S. president. This story revealed the influence of Alan Quasha, an international businessman and early key benefactor of George W. Bush, in Hillary Clinton's campaign.
  • Plan for Colombia

    The Express-News looks at the United States' efforts to eradicate drug trade in Colombia by spending $1.3 billion on army operations aiming to destroy coca fields. The series questions the effectiveness of the plan. Coca farmers account for the majority of the population in Columbia, and the project would be more successful, if they were provided some alternatives. The reporter examines how the drug war combines with the civil war that has been going on for decades, and finds "that it's unlikely that any significant change will come in Colombia's status as a drug exporter until the civil war is ended."
  • The Last Amigo: Karlheinz Schreiber and the Anatomy of a Scandal

    Cameron and Cashore tell the inside story of a "notorious middleman and arms dealer, Karlheinz Schreiber, and his connections to elite circles of power in Germany, Canada and all over the world." The book reveals that Schreiber was a key player in the party finance scandal that discredited the former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl. The coauthors shed light on the police findings that led to the arrest of the businessmen, and find letters and bank records that document Schreiber's tireless dealmakings. Schreiber was charged with tax evasion and bribery. In fact the scope "disguised web of power and money" was much larger, including shameless political influence and pressure on media coverage.
  • Untouchable: A Swiss Probe Finds a Kremlin Connection And a Wall of Silence

    The Wall Street Journal sheds light on a case that ties Pavel Borodin, the old boss of the Russian prime-minister Vladimir Putin, to money laundering in Switzerland. The story reveals that Borodin opened two private accounts at SBS, a big Swiss bank, and in two years "more than $15 million sluiced through these private accounts..." The reporter cites Swiss officials who say the money came from Mercata Trading & Engineering SA, a Swiss-based, Russian run company." The article describes Borodin's detention in New York and the investigation against him, and points out that Russian officials have been unwilling to provide help on this case.
  • 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.
  • The Last Days of the Mountain Kingdom

    The Outside Magazine looks at the new development of the "people's war" declared by a hard-line faction of communists in Nepal. The story describes how, after the royal family has been murdered, "Maoist guerrillas prowl the countryside, killing police with handmade grenades, extorting protection money from trekkers, and fomenting agrarian revolution." The author analyses the risk of a new "Asian apocalypse."
  • Campaign Finance Goes Global

    In this article, Bussey, who covers international politics, economics and business for the Miami Herald, writes that leaders such as Helmut Kohl, Ehud Barak, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Boris Yeltsin "have seen their legacies sullied or their parties shaken by campaign finance scandals." Bussey discusses the financial demands of modern political campaigning in various countries, and how tycoons are increasingly buying access to these politicians.
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    The city of Atlanta is 67% black and one of the poorest, most crime-ridden, least educated, worst-housed municipalities in the U.S. - not a likely site for the 1996 Olympic Games. This Fortune magazine article looks at how two natives of Atlanta, a civil rights hero and a real estate lawyer, traveled the globe selling Atlanta as a Third World city in order to win the votes of Third World Olympic delegates and bring the Games to Atlanta. (July 22, 1996)