November 21, 2017
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Investigations: Muckreads Weekly

By Adam Harris, ProPublica.Org


Wal-Mart is one of the largest corporations in the world, but its cost-cutting measures are causing security problems that go well beyond petty theft. According to this investigation, there is about one violent crime every day at one of the company's 4,500 locations across the country. (Bloomberg)

Estimates suggest that between 1980 and 2012 nearly 1,200 indigenous women in Canada went missing or were murdered, though advocates say that understates the problem. This is the story of one of those women, and the factors that contribute to these types of crimes in Canada. (The Globe and Mail)

This election cycle has seen its fair share of finger-pointing about who is responsible for the rise of ISIS. The answer, of course, is multidimensional, but an intensive review of the record reveals how cost-cutting and other decisions by the State Department during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State aided in the militant group's rise. (ProPublica/Washington Post)

United States officials downplay the role of ground troops in the fight against ISIS in Iraq, in favor of a narrative that hinges on targeted airstrikes and drones. But this investigation found that U.S. commandos play a much larger role in the ground war than White House officials let on. (Buzzfeed)

Making videos of police conduct and misconduct available to the public is critical to police accountability and transparency. California law allows police to keep such videos a secret, but ProPublica obtained two that document how Vachel Howard died after an incident in an LAPD jail. (ProPublica)