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  • Making a Killing: The Business of War

    This 11-part series by the International Consortium of International Journalists and the Center of Public Integrity examines the "economic conflict in the post-Cold War era and those who profit from it. Individual stories looked at how, amid the military downsizing and increasing number of small conflicts that followed the end of the Cold War, governments are turning increasingly to private military companies -- a newly coined euphemism for mercenaries -- to intervene on their behalf in war zones around the globe. Often, these companies work as proxies for national or corporate interests, whose involvement is buried under layers of secrecy. ICIJ also found that a handful of individuals and companies with connections to governments, multinational corporations, and sometimes criminal syndicates, in Europe, the Middle East and the United States, profited from these wars.Entrepreneurs selling arms and companies drilling and mining in unstable regions have prolonged the conflicts, in which up to 10 million people have died. "
  • Gunrunners

    This Web site was done jointly with a PBS Frontline/Word episode, "Gunrunners," which examined the "secret activities of international gun smugglers and the efforts of United Nations investigators to track and stop this trafficking," according to the contest questionnaire.
  • The Secret Behind the Sanctions: How the U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water Supply

    Thomas Nagy and The Progressive discover that government documents from the Defense Intelligence Agency prove "beyond a doubt that, contrary to the Geneva convention, the U.S. government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the country's water supply after the Gulf War."
  • Shopping with Saddam Hussein

    A Commentary investigation sheds light on how Iraq has been smuggling weapons in the 90s, using middlemen in Jordan, and violating the international restrictions imposed after the Gulf War. The reporters base their findings on confidential UN reports, which have never been published. The article details how Iraqi delegations have negotiated purchases of parts, weapons or technical assistance from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Romania. Firms from these countries participated in shady arms deals negotiations and were ready to sell weapons and missile parts in violation of the embargo. Reporters however have found no clear proof for the realization of the deals.
  • The Secret Behind the Sanctions

    A Progressive Magazine investigation reveals that "contrary to the Geneva Convention, the U.S. government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the county's water supply after the Gulf War." The story reports on documents of the Defense Intelligence Agency proving "the United States knew the cost that civilian Iraqis, mostly children, would pay, but it went ahead anyway." The article describes multiple death cases, mostly of children, that resulted from the degraded water supply. The author points out that "over the last decade, Washington extended the toll by continuing to withhold approval for Iraq to import the few chemicals and items of equipment it needed in order to clean up its water supply."
  • Arming Iraq/Made in America

    San Francisco Bay Guardian documents how the U.S. government and Western corporations are largely responsible for Iraq obtaining the necessary knowledge and know-how to create weapons of mass destruction, including how to detonate nuclear weapons.
  • Her Own Private Tailhook

    The New York Times Magazine reports that "after the Gulf War, the Air Force Academy beefed up cadet training with a mock rape 'scenario.' Elizabeth Saum was the first casualty.
  • Anatomy of a scandal

    Village Voice (New York) discloses how the Reagan and Bush administration covertly and illegally armed Iraq and Saddam Hussein for a decade, ignoring dozens of warnings about his instability, before doing an about-face and starting the Gulf War; examines how agricultural loan guarantees were misused and an Italian bank exceeded credit lines to Iraq.
  • Radical Movements Thrive on Loose structure, strict Ideology; Global Network Provides Money, Haven

    Washington Post details the origins, nature and interrelations of violent Islamic movements around the world; finds that most are a part of a loose international network inspired, trained and often financed by sheiks, foundations, government agencies and freelance activists throughout the Persian Gulf and the United States.
  • From Boca to Baghdad

    The News (Boca Raton, Fla.) finds that a cherry flavoring plant in Boca Raton that was used as a front by an arms dealer to funnel $2 billion in military equipment to Iraq; the shipments were funded by a U.S. program of government-guaranteed loans which were meant to give the country agricultural assistance, and will not be paid back by Saddam Hussein.