Gold smuggled out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, some from rebel areas, has been sold on the international market through Uganda and the United Arab Emirates in the past year, according to a report published yesterday by the United Nations.
Few people would associate Tokyo’s iconic skyline with the rugged rainforests of Malaysia, but the rise of one is literally being built on the fall of the other. Our new multimedia exposé shows how Japan’s construction industry is hooked on cheap timber from one of the world’s most imperilled rainforests. Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and an expected construction boom, we ask whether Japan will change its ways.
Diamond billionaire Beny Steinmetz has failed in a bid to force Global Witness to hand over source material gathered in a corruption investigation after the UK’s data watchdog upheld statutory protections for public-interest journalism (Image copyright Rio Tinto 2014)