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  • The Center for Public Integrity: Abandoned in America

    President Donald Trump has declared the United States’ economy to be “the best economy we've ever had in the history of our country.” His administration likewise declared the nation’s decades-long war on poverty “largely over and a success.” So during the summer of 2018, Center for Public Integrity reporters visited six communities where residents say the crushing effects of poverty and government neglect aren’t improving — they’ve gone from bad to worse. Problems range from broken education systems to unlivable housing to infrastructure fit for the third world. One factor bound them together: a profound lack of political clout on the eve of the 2018 midterm election that would determine the balance of power in Washington. Our work led to the publishing of “Abandoned in America” — a six-part, 27,000-word series published over two weeks during October 2018.
  • A Crime So Monstrous

    "Skinner digs deep to find slaves, slave traders and slave masters in the frontlines of the third world war zones, in rotting urban ghettos, even in suburban America."
  • The Wasteland

    CBS News found that when well-meaning American consumers give their electronics to so-called recyclers, the waste is often smuggled to China and other parts of the Third World, where it is broken down or melted for the precious metals inside. They investigated a major electronic waste recycler in the Denver area, Executive Recycling, and tracked a container that had been filled with cathode ray tubes at the company's loading docks. They followed this container from Denver, to the port of Tacoma, to Hong Kong, which is the main entryway to the part of southern China where electronic waste is broken down in the worst conditions. There, seven out of ten kids have dangerous levels of lead in their blood. Pregnancies are six times more likely to end in miscarriage. The reporters also went to China and found that wasteland, where workers were cooking circuit boards over open flames and separating the gold from other metals in acid baths on the edge of a river. While filming, the crew was attacked by a gang that protects this gray market enterprise. Back in Denver, CBS News confronted the CEO of Executive Recycling. He denied that his company had sent the CRTs overseas, but the evidence was all but irrefutable.
  • Plagued By Fear

    Dr. Thomas Butler, a plague researcher who "had treated the Black Death's bloated victims in the Third World," was accused of stealing vials of the plague that disappeared from laboratories where he was doing research in the United States, setting off a federal investigation and a trial. Mangels tells Butler's story in seven parts, detailing lax lab security, the trial and Butler's attempt to rebuild his life.
  • The Black Belt: Alabama's Third World

    Twelve counties in Alabama make up "The Black Belt," a portion of the state with low life expectancy, high poverty and populated mostly by blacks. In this exhaustive investigation, the Birmingham News examines the plight of the Black Belt, the roots and the reality. Also, reporters found that the majority of land inside the area is owned by people who live in other counties, or, in some cases, other states altogether.
  • Tobacco Companies Linked to Criminal Organizations in Lucrative Cigarette Smuggling

    This nine-part investigative report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, reveals "how Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and British American Tobacco became enmeshed with organized crime worldwide as they fought to expand markets and increase profits through cigarette smuggling." While corporate officials were pleading ignorance in explaining how one-third of the world's exported cigarettes end up on the black market they were in fact working closely with companies and officials directly connected to organized crime in the United States, Canada, Italy, China, Taiwan and other countries, the investigation reports.
  • Epidemic Proportions

    The American Prospect looks at the everyday health-seeking practices in third-world countries. "If there is one thing AIDS has taught us, it is to be wary of interactions between medical technology and local sociocultural factors," points out the author, a PhD holder and resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The main findings are that poorly trained doctors in developing nations are prescribing aggressive and inappropriate medical treatments in order to comply with patients' expectations, and that many residents of third-world countries seek effective treatment for their illnesses only after repeatedly visiting untrained doctors.
  • New Regimen: AIDS-Drug Price War Breaks Out in Africa, Goaded by Generics

    A Wall-Street Journal analysis looks at the AIDS-drug market, and finds that "pharmaceutical giants seek to blunt a growing threat from generic-drug companies and recoup some moral high ground amid the crippling epidemic." The story reports on the slashing of the prices by the biggest drug-makers. It also includes a table of prices for AIDS per patient per year in the U.S. and Africa offered by large drug makers and two Indian generic drug companies.
  • Beneath Native Land: Occidental Petroleum in South America

    Much of the oil sought by Occidental Petroleum is under Indian land. In the Peruvian Amazon, OXY "polluted principal water sources used by several groups of Indians in the Peruvian Amazon. It did so for close to 30 years, at a time when the region lacked the protection of environmental laws. People in the region say they're still living with this legacy. The second half of the story takes place in Ecuador [where] ... the company uses more modern technology and is notably cleaner. But as the indigenous movement has strengthened and sometimes hampered oil drilling, Occidental has used coercive methods to gain approval for exploration."
  • The Shame of Medical Research

    American medical researchers increasingly are conducting AIDS research in third world countries and arguably violating international standards of experimentation such as the Helsinki Declaration. Countries in which clinical trials are now conducted are often too poor to pay for the medicines that are successfully tested, and the people recruited for those trials very seldom get the medical care participants in trials in prosperous countries can expect.