FT Investigations

Afghanistan has made great strides in areas of womens’ education and employment, in spite of the insecurity and violence that dominate the headlines. Freelance producer Catriona Oliphant visited the country for the FT and produced this feature on Afghan women who are blazing a trail.

 

China has a controversial history in Cambodia, where it was the main foreign supporter of the genocidal Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. These days China is pouring money into the country at an unprecedented rate but, as the FT’s James Kynge reports, not everyone is benefiting from the billion dollar investment deals.

 

Was Omar Mateen persuaded by Islamist propaganda to carry out his attack on the Orlando nightclub? How can western security agencies fight back against jihadi websites or predict those most likely to be influenced by them? Tom Burgis puts these questions to Kara Scannell, FT investigations correspondent, and Erika Solomon, Middle East correspondent.

 

McKinsey, one of the world’s most influential consulting firms, has built up a secretive $5bn internal investment arm that manages the fortunes of its past and present partners, raising questions over possible conflicts of interest. Andrew Hill talks to the FT journalists who investigated the fund about how it operates and why it may be a cause for concern.

 

Through his investigation into the London operations of Swiss bank BSI, Tom Burgis has looked into the nuts and bolts of how some banks help clients hide their money from tax authorities. He talks to Christine Spolar and Ralph Atkins about what he found.

 

South Dakota’s role as a prairie tax haven has gained unwanted attention since the release of the Panama Papers, an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which has drawn attention to the anonymity that is available in the US. The FT’s Kara Scannell travelled to South Dakota to investigate. She talks to Christine Spolar and Vanessa Houlder about what she found.

 

The leaked “Panama Papers” show how a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, secretly shepherded a web of offshore accounts that resulted in billions of dollars in transactions passing through its doors. Its client list includes some of the world’s wealthiest people, from members of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s inner circle to the prime minister of Iceland. Tom Burgis talks to Vanessa Houlder, FT tax correspondent and Alex Cobham, head of research at the Tax Justice Network about the significance of the revelations.

 

Britain’s nuclear plans are in trouble after the French company building and designing a new facility at Hinkley Point said it needed more funds to proceed. Tom Burgis discusses what’s behind the delays and cost overruns with French nuclear scientist Bertrand Barré, and FT energy correspondent Kiran Stacey.

 

Global market forces are coming into conflict with local populations as the commercial value of land increases. Tom Burgis, Michael Peel and Pilita Clark travelled to Ethiopia, Myanmar and Indonesia to look at some of the disputes that have arisen over the sale and ownership of land. They discuss their findings.

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In May last year Hanergy, a little known Chinese solar energy company, was worth almost $40bn, at least on paper. But in one brutal half hour of trading in Hong Kong, its shares came crashing down. FT reporters Miles Johnson, Lucy Hornby and Cynthia O’Murchu investigate the trail of debt that led to its spectacular decline.

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