The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Taiwan" ...
Ractopamine, a controversial veterinary drug used widely in pork production to boost growth and leanness, is limiting US meat exports. An investigation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration records found that more pigs were reported to have suffered adverse effects from ractopamine than any other pork drug. The report, produced by the Food and Environment Reporting Network and published on msnbc.com, found that ractopamine had not only sparked complaints about animal welfare, but had also raised concerns about potential human health impacts. China, Taiwan, the EU and others had all raised concerns about the gaps in science backing the safety of the drug, which as been approved as safe by the FDA. Much of the available research used in international and US safety assessments was sponsored by Elanco, the drug company that makes ractopamine.
California set up foreign-trade offices around the world to boost the state's exports and lure investors from other countries. However, documents obtained by the Register showed the trade offices repeatedly made false and overblown claims about the business deals they said they were instrumental in landing. In their last annual report, the offices took credit-at least 31 times on deals totaling $4.2 million-for export or investment deals in which they played little or no role. Six times, they took credit for deals that, in reality, did not happen. Officials in the state agency that had oversight responsibility for the offices said they never checked the accuracy of the offices' claims and believed they had no reason to.
Tags: commerce; trade offices; annual report; California Legislature; California Technology Trade and Commerce Agency; California Assembly; California Senate; brokerage; toxic-cleanup; Gigante USA; South Africa; Tokyo; Taiwan; Singapore; Tri-C Manufacturing; exports; Onlyone Products Inc.; H/A International; United Food and Commercial Workers union; U.S. Department of Commerce; California Bureau of State Audits; Department of Finance; private enterprise
During World War II, General Sun Li-Jen was a general for China. He never lost a battle. He was awarded four Legion of Merit awards by the United States, and he received the Commander of the British Empire medal from King George VI. In 1955, however, Li-Jen was forced to resign, taking blame for his subordinate's spy case. After the resignation, he was under house arrest for 33 years. In the year 200, however, Taiwan's opposition party won the presidential election for the first time and the case was re-examined by the new government. This documentary investigates the case and the US' involvement in the events.
This nine-part investigative report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, reveals "how Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and British American Tobacco became enmeshed with organized crime worldwide as they fought to expand markets and increase profits through cigarette smuggling." While corporate officials were pleading ignorance in explaining how one-third of the world's exported cigarettes end up on the black market they were in fact working closely with companies and officials directly connected to organized crime in the United States, Canada, Italy, China, Taiwan and other countries, the investigation reports.
Tags: Sicilian Mafia; Latin America; Cocaine barons; crime; smoking; smokers; business; government; tax evasions; Third World countries; money laundering; financial crimes; customs; witness protection; transit trade; exports; imports; racketeering
"The Hualien No. 1, a bulk carrier with a cargo of 5,300 tonnes of gravel, vanished off Taiwan's coast together with 12 crew members aboard after leaving Hualien Port for a 14-hour voyage to Tamsui on Feb. 28, 2000. No distress call was received. Neither flotsam nor fuel slick were found by related rescue teams. Experts also said it was unlikely that a substandard gravel ship such as the Hualien No. 1 would be of interest ot pirates."
Tags: diskette; ship; vessel; East Shipping Company; maritime safety regulations; domestic shipping; lumber; Central Weather Bureau; Hualien harbor Bureau; Coastal Guard Administration; Ministry of Transportation; National Taiwan Ocean University
The New Yorker details the scandal known as the "China Connection" and explores the financial relationship between the Gore Campaign, Maria Hsia and the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple.
ABA Journal investigates the struggle of Nancy Hsu Fleming, a U.S. immigrant from Taiwan who exercised her constitutional right by voicing concerns about the safety of water in her community. Instead of being protected under the First Amendment, Hsu found herself struck with a strategic lawsuit against public participation, or a SLAPP suit. As SLAPP suits become more popular, courts offer less protection for freedom of speech. (Sept. 1996)
New Yorker profiles efforts by the U.S. government and tobacco companies, such as Philip Morris, successfully pressured Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand into breaking their domestic tobacco monopolies and allowing the sale of American cigarettes; reports that the next target of the tobacco companies is China, Sept. 13, 1993. # NY Sesser
Center for Investigative Reporting (San Francisco) investigates the international traffic in hazardous waste; finds that it exploits a loophole in U.S. law, which allows the shipments of hazardous materials for recycling purposes; U.S. waste is sent to Taiwan, where it poses an environmental and health hazard, November/December 1990.
Tags: CA Noyes Environment
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists tracks the proliferation of weapons in Third World countries; there is a growing risk that military encounters among these nations could cause massive destruction and escalate into nuclear war, May 1990.