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Sanctioned Belarussian Oligarch gets Lucky in Latvia

  • Corruption

RIGA - Belarusian businessman Aliaksandr Shakutsin (Aleksandr Shakutin) was sanctioned two years ago for benefiting from and supporting the regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka.

Missing funds of West African shea collectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economy

OYO - The Danish government's Danida Market Development Partnerships (DMDP) disbursed DKK 9 million to its Canadian partner Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA) in 2019 for a 4-year project to support Nigerian women shea collectors, but the project was terminated before the predetermined four years. The team looked into the project's effects and the reasons behind its abrupt termination in 2020.

Pharma sector keeps medical news in tight grip

  • Healthcare
  • Industry

BRUSSELS - The flip side of pharmaceutical companies' staggering profit figures is that the marketing for their products is incredibly important. Dutch research shows that pharma even spends twice as much money on this than on the development of new drugs. In this study we examine to what extent and in what way health information in the professional media is influenced by the pharmaceutical industry.

The Mexican method

  • Corruption
  • Organised crime
BRUSSELS/AMSTERDAM - In Belgium and the Netherlands, Mexican laborers have raised a new branch of the drug industry: crystal meth. Arthur Debruyne portrays all those involved. 'Buying gloves? Just tell those mexi to work'.

Wardrobe fasting, uravelling the textile supply chain

  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Industry
  • Exploitation

BRUSSELS - You never wear one third of the clothes in your wardrobe. Another third you rarely ever put on. You have not touched nine out of ten outfits for a whole year. You throw away more clothes than any other European. And yet you keep buying new clothes. Because you feel that you need them. Because every morning you wake up and think you have nothing to wear.

Why Banned Toxic Pesticides from EU markets are a Concern for Cameroon and Kenya

  • Agriculture
  • Environment

KENYA/CAMEROON - An investigation has established that Chemical Pesticides that are already banned within European Union markets are still used in Kenya and Cameroon Markets.

Self-service at Action Damien

  • Corruption

BRUSSELS - Experienced staff are being fired, volunteers are dropping out and losses are piling up. Meanwhile, external consultants earn up to €20,000 a month. What is going on at Action Damien?

Stop air pollution in Bosnia and Herzegovina

SARAJEVO - Fokus.ba is training journalists and doing a research on air pollution in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mass Misinformation: The UK Catholic Charity Funding the Italian Far Right

ROME - An investigation for Byline Times by the Citizens and il Fatto Quotidiano can exclusively reveal how a Catholic charity is being run by a former National Front member who has promoted a number of conspiracy theories and fundraised for a far-right Italian politician who was arrested and imprisoned for his part in violence which erupted at anti-Green Pass protests in 2021.

The exploited Bangladeshi migrants at the heart of Sicily's new food revolution

  • Exploitation
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Security
  • Trafficking

PALERMO – The Italian market for sushi has surged over the last decade and is now one of its most popular foreign cuisines. Sicily – which like many regions of Italy is fiercely proud of its regional food culture – has nevertheless seen a recent food revolution with sushi restaurants and poke bowl joints appearing across its cities, helped along by the lockdown surge in delivery culture, and the popularity of apps such as Glovo, UberEats and Deliveroo.