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15 Sep 17

Pentagon Hires Scandal-hit Brokers for Syria Arms Buy-up

The Pentagon’s battle against ISIS relies on an Eastern European arms supply-line operated, in part, by firms and executives linked to fraud, foreign bribery, Bulgarian organised crime and the death of a contractor.

serbian-mortars-traced-to-banned-kurdish-militia-09-13-2017
14 Sep 17

Serbian Mortars Traced to Banned Kurdish Militia

Former US President Obama vowed not to arm Kurdish groups in Syria to appease Turkey, but reporters have traced Serbian mortar shells purchased by the Pentagon to a banned militia.

german-concerns-spark-pentagon-reroute-of-syria-bound-arms-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

German Concerns Spark Pentagon Reroute of Syria-Bound Arms

The Pentagon has rerouted its weapons supply-line to Syria after officials in Berlin became concerned at the surge in arms being transferred through US bases in Germany.

the-pentagon-s-2-2-billion-soviet-arms-pipeline-flooding-syria-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

The Pentagon's $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria

The Pentagon is on a spending spree as it scrabbles to amass vast quantities of Soviet-style weapons and ammunition. But it’s running into problems sourcing them, and is using misleading legal documents to disguise their final destination: Syria.

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09 Jun 17

Macedonia’s VMRO DPMNE Spends $1 Million on US Lobbying

In just over a year, Macedonia's former ruling VMRO DPMNE party spent over $1 million on lobbying services in the United States, a BIRN investigation has revealed.

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09 May 17

The Coyote’s Trail – A Machine Gun’s Path from Serbia to Syria

A batch of heavy machine guns travelled from a Serbian state-owned factory to Syrian rebels, via a Bulgarian arms tycoon and a Saudi training camp, BIRN and OCCRP can reveal.

tirana-offloads-ancient-arms-to-controversial-broker-03-30-2017
31 Mar 17

Tirana Offloads Ancient Arms to Controversial Broker

Albania sold part of its vast stockpiles of aging weapons and ammunition to a controversial Bulgarian firm linked to a deadly explosion which killed a Pentagon contractor.

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23 Mar 17

‘Patriotic’ NGOs Crowd out Macedonian Civil Society

A clutch of new ‘patriotic’ NGOs, whose proclaimed goals are the protection of Macedonia’s integrity and unitary character, is changing the shape of civil society - in line with the ruling party’s wishes.

croatia-profits-from-syria-s-gruesome-war-02-20-2017
21 Feb 17

Croatia Profits from Syria’s Gruesome War

Zagreb made record-breaking sales of aging ammunition and weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2016 - ignoring well-founded concerns that the stocks would be diverted to Syria.

hiding-in-plain-sight-kosovo-s-protected-witnesses-02-13-2017
14 Feb 17

Hiding in Plain Sight - Kosovo’s Protected Witnesses

A new court faces old problems in protecting witnesses to a dark chapter in Kosovo’s fight for freedom.

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25 Jan 17

Patrolling with Impunity in Eastern Europe

Publicity-hungry migrant hunters are a symptom of bigger problems in Eastern Europe.

scrapped-us-health-conference-costs-bosnia-canton-dear-01-16-2017
16 Jan 17

Scrapped US Health Conference Costs Bosnia Canton Dear

The former director of the Health Insurance Institute of Sarajevo Canton faces a lawsuit after spending more than 20,000 euros on a conference in the US that never took place.  

depleted-divided-and-dispirited-the-syrians-of-bulgaria-01-12-2017
12 Jan 17

Depleted, Divided and Dispirited - The Syrians of Bulgaria

The war in Syria has created tensions in Bulgaria's Syrian community, one of the largest in Eastern Europe, and given some members a pretext to seek asylum elsewhere.

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21 Dec 16

Greeks Take Health into Their Own Hands

Let down by the public health system, some Greeks are sharing pills, skipping medicine or putting their faith in a growing industry of nutritional supplements.

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09 Dec 16

Cleaning Up Romania

A team of technocrats had a year to try to turn around Romania’s abysmal record on recycling.