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  • Phillips in Africa: Coltan (Colombite Tantalite); Zimbabwe business grab

    CBS News reports on the Congo civil war. The first part of the investigation finds that the efforts to stop the war have failed, "in part because Western companies are helping pay for it." Coltan, a mineral essential for the production of computer chips and high-tech devices, has kept the war going because African governments, middlemen and rebels have become "interested in loot as much as politics." The second segment reports on a land dispute in Zimbabwe, which has caused racial conflicts. The threats to white farmers and business-owners have forced some of them to try to escape to South Africa.
  • Drama in three acts

    A Polish Public Television investigative report exposes the scams of corrupt Polish politicians in the beginning of the 90s. The series reveals that most of the key players are "still active and herald the idea of "clean hands in politics." The major finding is that -- with the support of those in power -- huge amount of public money has been illegally transferred to private pockets and enterprises. The investigation focuses specifically on the embezzlement of money from the Foreign Debt Fund, an institution created to manage the debt of the country to foreign creditors. The reporting took place both in Poland and Venezuela, as one of the main players lives in Latin America.
  • A Taste of Slavery

    An investigation by the Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau reveals that boys enslaved on Ivory Coast farms harvest cocoa use to make chocolate that Americans consume.
  • Murder or Suicide?

    CBS 60 Minutes shadows "the most extensive foreign murder investigation in FBI history" - the death of Father John Kaiser, an American Catholic Priest in Kenya. While the FBI final conclusion was that Kaiser killed himself, several members of Congress believed he was murdered. CBS reported on "a strong potential motive for killing - that the priest was helping several young women sue a powerful Kenyan cabinet minister for rape." The priest also documented severe ethnic clashes in Kenya, and developed evidence that the brutal regime of President Daniel arap Moi was behind the violence. The reporters expose sloppy detective work on the case.
  • The Crossroad

    "'The Crossroad' is the story of the intersection between the main Gaza highway trafficked by Palestinians and the road from Israel to the Jewish settlement of Netzarim. This crossroad has gained infamy over the past few months not only for the number of people killed there, but also for being the place where 12-year-old Mohammad al-Dura was killed in his father's arms - a television image which has come to symbolize the current conflict. ... We hold up the crossroad as an emblem of the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By using two mothers - one a Jewish settler and the other a Palestinian resident - as our main characters, our story makes some sense of a conflict that seems to make no sense at all."
  • Target America: The Terrorist War

    An ABC News one-hour report examined the details surrounding the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in which hundreds died. In exploring the man the US had suspected was responsible - Osama Bin Laden - the report established for the first time a link between Bin Laden and President Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
  • Keeping the Peace?

    Dateline NBC reports "An investigation of atrocities committed around the world by United Nations peacekeepers against civilians they are supposed to protect. We obtained actual 'trophy photos' of torture sessions which were taken by UN soldiers themselves as souvenirs.... we also documented the systemic failures that led to these atrocities -- lax screening, training and punishment of peacekeepers by the UN."
  • The Men on the Inside Track

    A computer-assisted reporting project in Hong Kong reveals that Chinese politicians frequently draw support from business interests, even soliciting political advice from wealthy individuals not connected to the government, all while maintaining a facade of political neutrality.
  • Evidence indicates Bosnia massacre

    The Christian Science Monitor exposed Europe's worst massacre since the Holocaust. The CSM visited four of the six suspected mass graves around the fallen UN safe area of Srebrenica, found nine credible survivors of the mass executions, and exposed those responsible for the tragedy and the Clinton administration's inconsistent record on the issue.