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CIA behind Panama Papers leaks, says ‘most significant financial whistleblower of all time’

Financial whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, who helped expose American tax evaders hiding assets in Swiss banks, has little doubt the Panama leaks scandal was crafted and orchestrated by the CIA… Source: CIA behind Panama Papers leaks, says ‘most significant financial whistleblower of all time’ — RT News Read More »

Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move

Victoria has become the first state to make medicinal cannabis available to people in exceptional circumstances, with the passing of historic legislation in parliament. Children with severe epilepsy will be given first access to medicinal cannabis from early 2017, following the passing of the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 on Tuesday, a state government statement… Source: Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move | SBS News Read More »

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters

To understand the significance of Hillary Clinton’s repeated dealings with Goldman Sachs and its top executives since the financial crisis, we have to bring together two strands of history. One concerns Bill and Hillary Clinton’s long-running connections to Goldman, among their closest with… Source: Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters by Simon Head | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books Read More »

The Global Refugee Crisis: Statement by the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group

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The challengeThe Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group calls on world leaders to take more coordinated, better principled action to address the global refugee crisis. The scale of the tragedy shines the spotlight on just how remiss the international order has been in managing, much less settling, the conflicts that… Source: The Global Refugee Crisis: Statement by the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group – International Crisis Group Read More »

If Britain votes to leave the E.U., Germany could be one of the biggest losers

Officials fear an “out” vote could splinter the bloc, an institution central to modern German identity… Source: If Britain votes to leave the E.U., Germany could be one of the biggest losers – The Washington Post Read More »

10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism

“I am odd, I am new.” A class assignment turned into something more for one family after their son wrote a touching poem and gave a peek into life with autism. Benjamin Giroux, a 10-year-old boy who is on the spectrum, wrote a poem titled “I… Source: 10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism Read More »

Barack Obama’s biggest mistake as president? His failure to explain big picture

Washington: Libya? Really, Mr President. Had Obama deflected Fox News’ question on the “worst” mistakes of his presidency, he might have delayed the inevitable end-of-term scrutiny, in which analysts, hacks and opportunists pile on, to identify the failures of the most powerful office in the world. But in focusing attention on just a part of the… Source: Barack Obama’s biggest mistake as president? His failure to explain big picture Read More »

Why the Panama Papers might not lead to a tax crackdown

Massive leak has sparked a global uproar and calls for action, but concrete measures will be tricky. Much ado about Panama? Maybe not. This month’s release of “the Panama Papers” — more than 11 million files on the alleged offshore tax arrangements of politicians, corporate chieftains and… Source: Why the Panama Papers might not lead to a tax crackdown – POLITICO Read More »

If Britain leaves EU, Germany could be one of the biggest losers

BERLIN – The Germans are not known for emoting, and the country’s famously flinty finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, is no exception… Source: If Britain leaves EU, Germany could be one of the biggest losers – Houston Chronicle Read More »

Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead

Tensions around coal-fired power are reaching breaking point in Bangladesh, after four protestors were shot dead by the police on April 4, and a witch-hunt for more than 3,000 unnamed others began. Villagers in the coastal area of Banskhali, near Chittagong, admit to burning a vehicle well before the April 4 shootings, but deny theyMore… Source: Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead – New Matilda Read More »

Australian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report

Australia’s oil and gas industry lobby group spent $3 million last year “obstructing” ambitious climate change policy through its advocacy work, according to an assessment by not-for-profit research group InfluenceMap… Source: Australian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report Read More »

Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment

Princess Margaret Hospital’s ethics committee was ‘divided’ on whether Perth six-year-old Oshin Kiszko should have active treatment to attempt to cure his brain cancer, court documents show. A state-first Family Court ruling meant Oshin is now undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer, and a second action to enforce radiotherapy is imminent… Source: Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment Read More »

Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia

Former prime minister says he has discussed end-of-life options with his wife, Blanche D’Alpuget. Bob Hawke has put his political influence behind the campaign to introduce assisted dying laws in Australia, saying it is “absurd that euthanasia is not legal in this country”… Source: Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition

Evidence of widespread literacy around 600 BC in mundane requests for wine and flour. Eliashib, the quartermaster of the remote desert fortress, received his instructions in writing – notes inscribed in ink on pottery asking for provisions to be sent to forces in… Source: Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition Read More »

The dark side of Guardian comments

As part of a series into the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the ten most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black… Source: The dark side of Guardian comments | Technology | The Guardian Read More »