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  • Payday Nation

    A new money­making venture is on the rise among American Indian tribes, especially in isolated parts of the country: online payday lending. About 3 million Americans take out an online payday loan every year. These are small loans with extremely high interest rates—typically 400% annually—and borrowers are mainly those who can’t get loans elsewhere because of bad credit histories. Many states have outlawed or limited the practice, citing exorbitant interest rates and often deceptive contracts.
  • Botswana: Diamond Hopes, Diamond Blues

    After diamonds were discovered 50 years ago, Botswana transformed itself from one the poorest countries in the world to an “African Miracle,” complete with one of the highest GDPs on the continent and stable democratic governance. This allusion of harmonious prosperity, however, is threatened by drastic changes to its geography. Rapid development has led to rapid desertification, marked by eroded land, dried rivers, deep boreholes, and the expanding Kalahari. Semi-arid and landlocked, Botswana is no stranger to droughts and low rainfall. Soon, it will be one of the first countries to experience the evaporation of its already limited groundwater supply, according to the World Economic Forum. What exhausts the water supply and threatens Botswana’s fragile ecosystems are exactly its most vital economic sectors. Livestock production, communal and commercial, expands further and further into the Kalahari Sandveld, uncontrolled and often encouraged by the government. As a result, boreholes are drilled 200 meters deep across the desert landscape of overgrazed vegetation. Meanwhile, Botswana’s diamond mines, accounting for more than a third of the national GDP, extract great amounts of water at no cost. Unrestricted, the mines continue to drain the aquifers and, in the process, limit the access rights of small farmers and minority tribes.
  • Strings Attached

    Councilwoman Helena Brown, known for her loony diatribes, is heavily -- some say completely -- influenced by senior advisor William Park, who last year was banned from the investments industry.
  • Native Americans Tribues Shield Parents from Child Support

    Many mothers in California, and around the country, can't get child support payments from Native American fathers or tribal casino employees. That's because tribes are sovereign nations and don't have to honor state or federal child support orders. Without the child support payments, many of the mothers survive on food stamps and welfare.
  • Death In The Desert

    Exposing trafficking and enslavement of African refugees in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula -- a lawless place ruled by Bedouin tribes. Crimes involved include, but are not limited to, extortion, torture, human and organ trafficking, and murder.
  • Death in the Desert

    "This story exposes the trafficking and enslavement of African refugees in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula--a lawless place ruled by Bedouin tribes. What CNN's Pleitgen found was not only trafficking and enslavement, but also organ trafficking."
  • The Terrorism Trade-Off

    "The Seattle P-I chronicled how the Bush Administration is paying for its domestic War on Terror by gutting the FBI's traditional crime-fighting capabilities."
  • Fast Forturne, Big Spending

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida has a "$1 billion-a-year gambling empire" and is one of the wealthiest tribes in America. The Sun-Sentinel looks at how tribal leaders "used millions of the tribes money for their personal benefit with virtually no outside scrutiny."
  • Tribes pull in profits, grants

    While Oklahoma Indian tribes earn more money than ever from gaming and other businesses, they continue to collect federal grant funds for housing, medical care, education and other needs at an increasing rate, federal records show. It turns out that there is no formula or relationship between a tribe’s ability to support itself and the amount the federal government decides to give it. Some of these grants, for housing and education, are required by treaties between tribes and the U.S. government, but many are not.
  • Legislature: Money: Funding, expenses reported; Politicians find ways to finance campaigns; Agriculture, energy leading PACs; Lawyers, energy executives top list of donors; Tribes favoring Dems in giving; Contributions used for rent

    WOrld reporters were able to show how campaign contributions are directed to a few legislative leaders and how little documentation of expenditures is required. They also were able to identify large contributors and, in some cases, get them to talk about their motivations. Reporters found a couple of national organizations that had circumvented the state's reporting laws, and that a lot of legislators either don't know the rules or don't pay much attention to them.