Journalist Eliván Martínez, reporting for the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico, discovered a scheme by the City of San Juan to illegally collect money from property owners under the false pretense that it would be used to conserve green space. At least 648 private parcels, comprising nearly 3,000 acres in the southern green belt of San Juan, are crucial ...

Just released by Metropolitan Books, based on classified documents and first person interviews, “Kill Anything That Moves” by author Nick Turse, is a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians. From the book jacket: Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by ...

From Stephanie Woodard, for Indian Country Today Media Network: “On the Standing  Rock Sioux Reservation, tribal members who’ve lost family to suicide heal by  grieving together… youngsters kill themselves at a rate at least triple the United States average… ‘American Indian and Alaska Native youth have the highest suicide rates in  the country,’ said Richard McKeon, chief of the suicide prevention ...

Journalist and author Trevor Aaronson appeared on CBS This Morning to describe his investigation of the FBI war on terrorism, which found that many of the agency’s stings were designed with the means, methods, and planning details supplied by the government, not the alleged terrorists. “Few Americans,” Aaronson says, “realize that since 9/11 the FBI has been responsible for hatching and financing more terrorist plots in the United States than any ...

The Texas Tribune has launched an online database that allows citizens to investigate their legislators’ financial interests. “The Lawmaker Explorer is a first-of-its-kind interactive tool that gives Texans a window into the personal interests of the state legislators elected to represent them. The Explorer, a nine-month research endeavor, is the linchpin of the Tribune’s Bidness as Usual project, a session-long look at ethics ...

Freelance journalist Heather Smathers reports that progress on a Chinese solar power manufacturing project in Nevada is slow-going. “The company is still working on obtaining its power purchase agreement, which is needed before the land can transfer..” “Failure to secure a power purchase agreement with a qualified buyer could make the deal null and void. ENN officials were given 18 ...