Special Investigations

The Playbook for Poisoning the Earth

Though neonicotinoids are banned in the EU, a sophisticated information war has kept these insecticides — toxic to bees and birds — on the U.S. market.

We Scoured the Streets of Rio de Janeiro After Gun Fights. Here’s the Story the Bullet Shells Tell.

The gun violence that plagues Rio is made possible by ammunition made largely in Brazil, but also from all over the world. We collected the evidence.

By Any Measure, Capital Punishment Is a Failed Policy

Most people who have been sentenced to death in the U.S. are no longer on death row, and they haven’t been executed. Where did they go?

What Happens When a Reform Prosecutor Stands Up to the Death Penalty

Prosecutors wield enormous discretion in the U.S. criminal justice system — unless they decide that capital punishment is unjust.

Special Feature

Snowden Archive: The SidToday Files

SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. The Intercept released four years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003, after editorial review.


The Condemned

Race Looms Ever Larger as Death Sentences Decline

The Supreme Court restarted the death penalty in 1976 after ruling it unconstitutional. Our numbers show that race remains an overwhelming factor.

Climate Crimes

Emboldened by Bolsonaro, Land-Hungry Ranchers Are Destroying a Pioneering Project to Help the Poor and Save the Amazon

American Catholic nun Dorothy Stang died defending a sustainable development model for the Amazon. Can her legacy survive in Bolsonaro’s Brazil?


The Iran Cables

Targeting IranFrom the Rubble of the U.S. War in Iraq, Iran Built a New Order

The chaos unleashed by the U.S. invasion allowed Iran to gain a level of influence in Iraq that was unfathomable during the reign of Saddam.