London property boom built on dirty money

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Billions of pounds of corruptly gained money has been laundered by criminals and foreign officials buying upmarket London properties through anonymous offshore front companies – making the city arguably the world capital of money laundering. The Independent - JIM ARMITAGE  Some 36,342 properties in London have been bought through hidden companies in offshore havens and while a majority of those will ... Read More »

Ukip call for five year ban on unskilled migrants entering Britain

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NO MORE unskilled migrant workers should be allowed into Britain for at least five years, Ukip will say today. Express – By MACER HALL Urgent measures are required to stop the surge of newcomers that has sent annual net migration soaring to record levels, according to the anti-Brussels party. But a new “ethical” visa system that does not discriminate between EU ... Read More »

Turkey blocks website of its first atheist association

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Hurriyet – It took less than a year for a Turkish court to block the website of the country’s first official atheism association. The Atheism Association, the first of its kind in any Muslim-majority country, was officially founded in Istanbul’s Asian-side neighborhood of Kadıköy in April 2014. However, the Gölbaşı 2nd Civil Court of Peace in Ankara has finally moved to ... Read More »

Olive Oil Museum Tops CNN’s List

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TV channel CNN compiled a list with the 11 top food museums in the world. Among them, the Museum of Olive Oil Production, on Lesvos island, Greece, focuses on how Greece’s olive oil industry was transformed by the introduction of machinery. The museum, which is located at the village of Agia Paraskevi, is housed inside a beautiful stone building, where ... Read More »

Greece Can Teach The World A Needed Lesson

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This story appears in the March 23, 2015 issue of Forbes. By Steve Forbes, Forbes Staff DEAR PRIME MINISTER Tsipras and Finance Minister Varoufakis: You may have won a four-month reprieve of sorts from your creditors, but your situation is desperate, and everyone knows it, most particularly Europe’s paymasters, the Germans. As you just painfully learned, your ability to blackmail your creditors ... Read More »

Bank of England hands FCA dozens of instances of potential market abuse

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Mark Carney reveals that new escalation policy following foreign exchange rigging scandal has handed fellow regulator several leads. The Telegraph – By James Titcomb The Bank of England has handed the Financial Conduct Authority dozens of instances of possible market rigging since bringing in new whistleblowing rules in the wake of the foreign exchange scandal. Mark Carney told MPs on Tuesday ... Read More »

Haiti and the Greek revolution

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“Haiti’s connection with Greece has more to do with modern Greece than with Ancient Greece,”  writes Caribbean writer Jean Charles. He goes on to say: “The culture of faking the sentiment of patriotism ….is now ingrained in insidious ways where upper echelons of Greek media intertwined with the political structure prevented reporting of financial mismanagement that may cloud any hope ... Read More »

Croatian President Eases Tensions on Bosnia Visit

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On her first official foreign visit since becoming Croatia’s new President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has sought to play down controversies over the status of Croats in Bosnia. BalkanInsight – Elvira M. Jukic BIRN Sarajevo Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic sought to calm concerns about her views on Bosnia on her first official visit abroad, to Sarajevo on Tuesday. After meeting Bosnia’s Presidency, members of parliament ... Read More »

Why the silence of the left on anti-Semitism?

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On  February 15, 38-year-old volunteer security guard Dan Uzan was shot and killed outside a Copenhagen synagogue during a bat mitzvah celebration. A month earlier, a gunman executed four customers at a kosher grocery store in Paris. The Age – Nick Dyrenfurth * In May 2014, a gunman killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. In 2012, a gunman ... Read More »