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Echoes of Colombia?

 Colin Powell visits Colombia in support of Plan Colombia. Immigration fueled by drug-related violence and lawlessness is not unprecedented. Over the past decade, thousands of Colombians have sought asylum in the United States as the U.S. government sent billions of dollars to South America to attack coca production. The aid package, known as Plan Colombia, […]

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Gannett Papers Shocked by Taser’s Claims

Taser International Inc., the world’s largest stun-gun manufacturer, allegedly made false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning an agreement with two of the nation’s largest newspapers, according to the newspapers’ representatives and documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The statements stem from the 2006 settlement of Taser’s libel suit against Gannett […]

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Report from Baghdad

Anna Badkhen has covered wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Chechnya and Kashmir. She recently returned to Iraq—her 10th trip since 2003—and wrote a series of journals for The Muckraker. During her month in Baghdad, Badkhen met the wives of detained Iraqis, followed soldiers out on home searches, and witnessed the […]

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The High Price of Diplomacy with China

The Bush administration is trying to scuttle a federal human rights lawsuit that threatens to embarrass one of China’s top political leaders. The administration says the case could jeopardize trade and “has already had a chilling effect on U.S.-China relations,” documents show. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. district court, accuses Bo Xilai—a member […]