Oleg Khintsagov left his apartment in southern Russia in February 2006 with 80 grams of highly enriched uranium stuffed in his pocket and a plan to make a million dollars. After slipping past border guards in neighboring Georgia, he traveled to the capital, Tbilisi, to meet a buyer who claimed he was from “a serious […]
When South African police raided the warehouse of a company called Tradefin Engineering, a manufacturer of pipes and valves, in September 2004, they discovered stacks of shipping containers eleven stories high loaded with parts marked for reassembly in Libya, that would have given the Libyans the ability to process enough enriched uranium for several nuclear […]
To help spread the word about his laboratory’s ability to produce nuclear weapons, Pakistani engineer A.Q. Khan produced a marketing video that he sent to potential clients around the world. Police from South Africa’s Crimes Against the State division discovered the video when they raided a small factory on the outskirts of Johannesberg called Tradefin […]
The number of nations seeking nuclear technology is rising. An hour-long radio documentary by CIR and American RadioWorks investigates the most serious threats of nuclear proliferation today. >> Listen to the radio story on ARW >> Read the story by Mark Schapiro >> More about South Africa’s nuclear underground
CIR’s new international blog spotlights investigative reporting from around the world.
Protecting Americans from toxic products hangs like a ripe fruit for any candidate willing to pick it.
Why poisonous, unregulated chemicals end up in our blood. This excerpt of Schapiro’s book appeared in the October 2007 issue of Harper’s magazine. >> Visit the Harper’s website.
New evidence seems to arrive daily—from stories about tainted pet food to toxic toys— of the dangerous consequences that lax environmental policies are having on the consumer products that we, and our children, use daily thanks to lobbying efforts by the U.S. chemical industry. Meanwhile, the European Union is forcing these global corporate giants to […]
An interview with Mark Schapiro, author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power. How did you become interested in the topics in Exposed? What inspired you to write this book? As a journalist, I’ve spent much of my career working and living in Europe and following the […]
CIR correspondents win award for their story on lead-poisoning in Peru.