Reading Time: 5 minutes If it passes, the U.S-EU trade deal will be the biggest pact of its kind in the world. But the precise terms are a closely guarded secret. What are the corporate lobbyists who drafted it hiding from the billions of people it will affect?
Reading Time: 4 minutes The headlines surrounding the Iranian nuclear talks are all about building the bomb. Yet the lucrative commercial interests of the countries pushing Iran for a deal are never discussed.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Most people know what Hollywood agents do: but how Paul Alan Smith does it is unlike anyone else.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Washington’s cyber-spies haven’t been resting on their laurels. Computer security researchers have uncovered a powerful new malware built for spying. And its targets are far from the usual national security threats that intelligence agencies say they need to watch.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Two recent crashes of commercial spacecraft have unearthed a new risk to the heavens: the possibility that money-driven incompetence is replacing the nobler aims of space exploration echoed in the phrase “for all mankind.”
Reading Time: 5 minutes The headlines about Russia, the West and Ukraine are all about a resurgent Cold War. Don’t be fooled: What’s happening is a much older kind of European conflict, one that has reshaped the geography of power there for a thousand years. And is doing it again.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Here’s a hint: It’s not in first place….
Reading Time: 4 minutes The Occupy movement just wiped out $4 million in student debt. It’s a drop in a $1.2 trillion bucket, but it’s a start toward tackling what could be another economic bubble waiting to explode.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Who can forget the subprime economy that launched the Great Recession? Don’t worry if you have—it’s back again, with a different face. Wall Street has found rich pickings in the financial ruins from the last crash. Here’s how the new subprime economy is growing from the struggle to make ends meet and the mountain of debt affecting more than one in three Americans
Reading Time: 5 minutes The Ukraine crisis has given the U.S. another front to fight its war for global energy dominance with Russia. Here’s the story of the pipeline at the heart of the Moscow-Washington battle to sell oil and gas to one of the world’s biggest consumers: Europe.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Begun in 1989, America’s biggest radioactive contamination waste site—run by the Department of Energy—has cost taxpayers roughly $40 billion so far and may take another 40 years and an additional $100 billion before the cleanup is done, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And critics argue workers are getting sick while waste is still leaking.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Some things you just can’t make up. The Carlyle Group is funding a facelift for the John F. Kennedy museum and archives. It’s just the kind of huge global company Kennedy did battle with before his assassination. Sadly, the irony has been lost on a lot of people.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Are the Bilderbergers an evil cabal ruling the world? Or just business as usual?
Reading Time: 5 minutes The U.S. watchdog in charge of overseeing the billions of dollars the U.S. is spending to rebuild Afghanistan finds an $11 million prison with broken walls, no fence and a trail of graft. WhoWhatWhy takes a look at what that tells us about our $103 billion investment in Afghanistan.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, an important voice in climate change research, is about to take oil company funding. Is it going to be another case of industry buying academic influence? WhoWhatWhy takes a closer look.
Reading Time: 11 minutes Plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline—designed to pump 35 million gallons of tar sands oil a day through the heart of America—are on hold, stalled by legal challenges about its route to Gulf Coast refineries from Canada. Yet there are very few answers to questions about the health risks involved in moving that kind of oil, as pipeline accidents in Michigan and Arkansas are demonstrating. WhoWhatWhy takes a look at those questions in the second part of a series.
Reading Time: 6 minutes If you’re not big on the idea of antibiotics injected into your chicken dinner, you may be even less so after reading our story. It turns out that in the uber-quest to build the perfect cluckers, consumers may have been taken for suckers.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Who really killed Colombia’s trade union organizer, Luciano Romero? Paramilitary thugs did the deed, but his family blames Nestlé—the company Romero was preparing to testify against when he was murdered nine years ago. Now, a court is to decide whether corporate executives high up the ladder in Switzerland will be investigated.
Reading Time: 14 minutes When Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant released radioactive plumes to the air, US sailors were there to help. Now, as some grow seriously ill from illnesses consistent with radiation exposure, who is helping them?
Reading Time: 7 minutes As tough new laws squeeze the so-called “payday” lending industry, big investors are stepping in to help push triple-digit interest rates on customers who can least afford it.
An exclusive WhoWhatWhy investigation has uncovered new tactics—and in some cases “front” companies—allowing payday lenders to profit just beyond reach of state and federal laws.