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Posted inAccountability

The Middleman

Asher Karni was “a genius” in South Africa’s military electronics trade. Now he’s in jail in Brooklyn, accused of orchestrating a nuclear black market deal. On New Year’s Day 2004, conditions in the Rocky Mountains seemed ideal for the ski vacation that Asher Karni had long anticipated. Fresh snowfall had slowed Denver to a cool […]

Posted inEnvironment

The Nuclear Underground

With Mark Schapiro’s investigative report, “The Middleman,” FRONTLINE/World begins an ongoing series about the frightening world of nuclear smuggling. In a rare moment of agreement during last year’s presidential debates, George Bush and John Kerry both declared nuclear proliferation as the single most serious threat the United States faces. Their bipartisan concern followed revelations that the […]

Posted inEnvironment

Chronicle of a Flood Foretold

For many island states, the tsunami hit like a fast-action version of what they have long feared would be the result of global warming. CIR’s editorial director talks with the diplomatic mission from the Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives, long at the forefront of the campaign against global warming, about the ominous parallels from […]

Posted inEnvironment

Troubling Tales on the High Seas

Aging oil tankers with little oversight are environmental time bombs In the second week of December, an aging Russian oil tanker called the Hero of Sebastopol left the Latvian port of Ventspils to traverse a well-traveled route toward Singapore. Chartered by Pasadena-based Westport Petroleum, the Hero passed through the Baltic Sea into the narrow straits […]