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If everyone in the Business, Economic and Political world would play by the rules and be ethical - what kind of world would we have?
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Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens - BBC News

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A huge leak of confidential documents has revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth.
Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
They show how Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.
The company says it has operated beyond reproach for 40 years and has never been charged with criminal wrong-doing.
The documents show links to 72 current or former heads of state in the data, including dictators accused of looting their own countries.
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'Record global haul' of illicit food and drink - BBC News

'Record global haul' of illicit food and drink - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
More than 10,000 tonnes of illicit food and drink, including monkey meat, have been seized as part of the biggest-ever global crackdown on such goods.
The three-month operation involved police forces in 57 countries, European police agency Europol said.
The raids uncovered enough fake alcohol to fill 12,000 baths, including 10,000 litres of adulterated liquor in the UK.
Italian officers found 85 tonnes of olives painted with copper sulphate to enhance their green colour.
The Europol-Interpol initiative, now in its fifth year, yielded the largest-ever haul, running from November 2015 until February 2016.
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U.S. Oil Industry Giant Paid Millions To Company At Center Of Huge Corruption Scandal

U.S. Oil Industry Giant Paid Millions To Company At Center Of Huge Corruption Scandal | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The American engineering and construction firm KBR hired Unaoil — an obscure Monaco-based company now involved in a massive international bribery scandal — to help it win oil and gas contracts in Kazakhstan. KBR, which until 2007 was part of the oilfield services giant Halliburton, paid Unaoil millions of dollars from 2004 until at least 2009, according to thousands of internal documents obtained by The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media.
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malek's comment, March 31, 5:54 PM
Shocked, shocked...not a bit..business as usual
pdeppisch's comment, March 31, 5:57 PM
Are you sure? :) I think it is more "business as usual" than we think? GM, VW, Ford, Don't know about Monsanto for sure, Nigeria, Putin, Russia, China, Just Kidding - or am I? ggrrrr
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Billionaires Try to Buy the Supreme Court

Billionaires Try to Buy the Supreme Court | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
“Let the people decide” is the refrain of Republicans opposed to holding hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland, but they’re being bankrolled by an anonymous collection of billionaires—1 percenters so cowardly that they’re hiding behind tax laws to avoid revealing their identities.
Case in point: the “Judicial Crisis Network,” the right-wing front organization doing ad buys across the country to oppose Judge Garland getting a hearing. JCN is one of many 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations on the right and the left, and C4s don’t have to disclose their donors.That is the major reason that political spending by C4s increased more than 8,000 percent between 2004 and 2012.
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Top US Navy officer jailed over massive bribery scandal - BBC News

Top US Navy officer jailed over massive bribery scandal - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A high-ranking US Navy captain has been sentenced to nearly four years in jail for passing classified information to a Malaysian defence contractor.
Daniel Dusek provided the information in exchange for luxury hotel stays and the services of prostitutes.
Dusek was also ordered to pay a $70,000 (£50,000) fine and $30,000 in restitution to the navy.
He is the highest-ranking officer to be charged in one of the US military's worst bribery scandals.
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Netflix Admits Throttling Video On AT&T And Verizon Phones

Netflix Admits Throttling Video On AT&T And Verizon Phones | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
AT&T and Verizon were recently taking heat over their quality of Netflix videos. Now it looks like blame may lie somewhere else.
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Poor Kids Don't Count in Rick Snyder's Michigan

Poor Kids Don't Count in Rick Snyder's Michigan | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
When Michigan can’t ensure safe drinking water in a major city and can’t figure out how to educate children in its biggest school district, it’s safe to say that our state’s vaunted “comeback” is incomplete — if we’re being generous.

But even beyond the Flint water crisis and Detroit Public Schools’ myriad woes, cracks in Gov. Rick Snyder’s “comeback” claim have started to show.

U.S. census data released in December painted a sobering picture. In the last five years, three-quarters of Michigan cities and villages have had median income declines. Two-thirds of municipalities saw an increase in the share of people living in poverty.

It gets worse. There’s been a 17 percent increase in poverty statewide. Now more than one in six people are poor. And Michigan’s median household income was $49,087 per year, down 8.7 percent adjusted for inflation.
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UN envoy warns of environmental activist murder ‘epidemic’

UN envoy warns of environmental activist murder ‘epidemic’ | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"The killings of indigenous activists in Honduras signal a growing “epidemic” around the world, a UN envoy has declared.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, urged governments to give protection to forest defenders in an interview.

Prize-winning campaigner Berta Caceres was slain by gunmen earlier this month weeks after opposing a hydroelectric dam in the dangerous central American state."

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Osborne's war on the disabled an immoral obscenity says @terrychristian

Osborne's war on the disabled an immoral obscenity says @terrychristian | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Sunday People columnist Terry Christian on the madness of a Chancellor who believes the most vulnerable should pay for his own blundering incompetence

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Over 128,880 people have signed this petition asking the government to Reverse the £30 per week ESA Disability cut, please show your support for our most vulnerable; this money is needed to pay for the extra costs of been sick and disabled like heating to stay warm, eating healthy and or special diets, paying for care and someone to do for them what they can't do for themselves,. etc., etc. Support Disabled people, please sign and share https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/124016
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#FF #Democracy, #freedom and the rule of law’ have no value, #Erdogan #Turkey says ( #EU seems to agr$$ with him )

#FF #Democracy, #freedom and the rule of law’ have no value, #Erdogan #Turkey says ( #EU seems to agr$$ with him ) | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Democracy, freedom and the rule of law have no value any longer, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. He added that those who don’t support Ankara’ efforts to combat terrorists in the country are Turkey’s “enemies.”

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Buhari's battle to clean up Nigeria's oil industry - BBC News

Buhari's battle to clean up Nigeria's oil industry - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The revelation by Nigeria's auditor general that $16bn (£11bn) of oil revenue went missing in 2014 has emphasised the scale of the task facing President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to clean up the oil sector. Neil Ford, an expert on oil, crime and security in Nigeria, outlines some of the ways in which huge amounts of money are stolen and assesses the president's chance of success.
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10 mammoth corporations that will do anything to cheat the free market — and their consumers

10 mammoth corporations that will do anything to cheat the free market — and their consumers | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
One of the fundamentals of free-market capitalism is that consumers benefit when competition is plentiful. If a business is selling a weak or inferior product, consumers can turn to the competition for a better deal. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood that, which is why a key element of his New Deal was the anti-trust, anti-monopoly legislation of the 1930s. Roosevelt firmly believed that large companies should be forced into a competitive environment whether they liked it or not, and that belief served the U.S. well for many years. But in recent decades, a variety of corporate lobbyists, far-right Republicans and neoliberal Democrats have shredded the New Deal and undermined anti-trust laws—thus encouraging corporations to grow larger and larger and engage in monopolistic practices.
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Big Food Found Guilty in Multimillion Dollar Cover Up in GMO Labeling Fight

Big Food Found Guilty in Multimillion Dollar Cover Up in GMO Labeling Fight | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—the world’s largest trade association for food, beverages and consumer products—violated “the spirit and letter” of Washington’s campaign-finance disclosure laws by trying to hide the identities of corporations that poured millions into a campaign to defeat a 2013 food-labeling initiative, a Washington Superior Court judge ruled Friday.
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The Man Who Married Putin's Daughter, Then Made A Fortune

The Man Who Married Putin's Daughter, Then Made A Fortune | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
With his secret wedding to Putin’s daughter and his financial good fortune, Kirill Shamalov encapsulates key aspects of today’s Russia.
03/31/2016 10:32 am ET
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pdeppisch's comment, March 31, 6:09 PM
In a lot of countries - democracy is not an option
malek's comment, March 31, 6:23 PM
Dare to say "a luxury" in most of the world
pdeppisch's comment, March 31, 6:29 PM
Yup! Sad state of affairs! :(
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Qatar 2022: 'Forced labour' at World Cup stadium - BBC News

Qatar 2022: 'Forced labour' at World Cup stadium - BBC News | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Rights group Amnesty International has accused Qatar of using forced labour at a flagship World Cup 2022 stadium.
Amnesty says workers at Khalifa International Stadium are forced to live in squalid accommodation, pay huge recruitment fees and have had wages withheld and passports confiscated.
It also accuses Fifa of "failing almost completely" to stop the tournament being "built on human rights abuses".
Qatar said it was "concerned" by the allegations and would investigate.
The government said the welfare of migrant workers was a "top priority" and insisted it was committed to systematic reform of Qatar's labour laws.
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How The World's Biggest Bribe Scandal Unfolded In Iraq

How The World's Biggest Bribe Scandal Unfolded In Iraq | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
There was little about the man walking through Heathrow Airport to show he held secrets that could bring down some of the most powerful men in Iraq.

Moustached, olive skinned, hair receding, eyes sharp. His name was Basil Al Jarah. His British passport showed he lived in Hull, an unremarkable town in the north of England, but it bore the stamps of a frequent traveller: London, Baghdad, Basra, Amman, Paris, Istanbul, Kuwait.

Basil Al Jarah was an oil industry fixer. But had authorities known his true business, they might have taken a far keener interest in the man waiting for a plane to Amman in 2011. Because by that stage, Al Jarah and his employer, a Monaco-based company called Unaoil, had cultivated an astonishing web of influence in the upper echelons of Iraqi power – all based on the simple expedient of bribing the right man at the right time.
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Death of a Shale Gas Salesman | The Tyee

Death of a Shale Gas Salesman | The Tyee | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Aubrey McClendon was fracking's greatest advocate -- until he drove his car into a concrete wall.
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The Supreme Court's Conservatives Don't Seem To Know What Obamacare Actually Does

The Supreme Court's Conservatives Don't Seem To Know What Obamacare Actually Does | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON —  The Supreme Court has taken four big whacks at the Affordable Care Act in as many years. But the conservative justices still don’t seem to understand how it works.

During oral arguments this week in Zubik v. Burwell — a set of seven challenges to Obamacare’s contraceptive-coverage mandate on behalf of religious nonprofits — Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues on the court’s conservative wing gave the impression that they don’t really grasp what the ACA’s health insurance exchanges do, or indeed how the market for health insurance itself even functions.
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Mark Ruffalo and Annie Leonard: We Must Rebuild Our Democracy

Mark Ruffalo and Annie Leonard: We Must Rebuild Our Democracy | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
It started with the founding fathers. In America’s very first election, in 1788, the government officially barred all women, all people of color and any man without land from voting.

This was American democracy in the 18th century.

Almost 90 years later, the 15th amendment officially removed “race, color or history of servitude” as a barrier to the vote, but women remained wholly disenfranchised.

This was American democracy in the 19th century.

Then, 50 years after that, the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote, but poll taxes, literacy tests and other calculated means kept the unofficially disenfranchised from exercising their rights as citizens.

This was American democracy in the 20th century.

And now, what is American democracy in the 21st century?
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A sinking jail: The environmental disaster that is Rikers Island

A sinking jail: The environmental disaster that is Rikers Island | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
There’s a known stench on Rikers Island in the New York summertime. Neither the people incarcerated there, nor the correction officers working there, can escape it. “The smell alone would torture you,” says Candie Hailey-Means, who was incarcerated at Rikers until May 2015. “It smells like sewer, mixed with fertilizer, mixed with death.”
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‘Never seen it so bad’: violence and impunity in Brazil’s Amazon

‘Never seen it so bad’: violence and impunity in Brazil’s Amazon | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
One of the perpetrators of arguably Brazil’s most internationally high-profile murders in recent years is currently walking around free. In 2013, amid much media coverage, Lindonjonson Silva Rocha was sentenced to 42 years prison for killing two nut collectors-turned-environmental activists in southern Pará, but then in November last year he escaped.

One man who knew both victims, “Zé Cláudio” Ribeiro da Silva and his wife Maria do Espírito Santo, is Felipe Milanez, a political ecologist at the Federal University of Recôncavo of Bahia, activist, film-maker, former deputy editor of National Geographic Brazil, and the editor of the recently-published book, Memórias Sertanistas: Cem Anos de Indigenismo no Brasil. Here I interview Milanez, via email, about Zé Cláudio and the Brazilian Amazon:
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Kenya's market regulator to tighten rules against money laundering | East & Horn Africa

Kenya's market regulator to tighten rules against money laundering | East & Horn Africa | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Kenya's capital markets regulator has published new regulations requiring stock and fixed-income brokers to report suspicious trades and transactions above $10,000 to a government body set up to fight money-laundering.

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"It was not that we have identified money laundering and we must combat it ... Kenya has an ambition towards becoming an international financial centre."

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"It was not that we have identified money laundering and we must combat it ... Kenya has an ambition towards becoming an international financial centre."

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'Monsanto Rider' Would Shield Chemical Giant From Liability for Injuries Caused by PCBs in Public Schools

'Monsanto Rider' Would Shield Chemical Giant From Liability for Injuries Caused by PCBs in Public Schools | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The New York Times reported last month that Congressional Republicans have clandestinely inserted a provision into the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reauthorization bill that will give Monsanto permanent immunity from liability for injuries caused by its toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The long awaited and grievously needed bill is now in the Conference Committee for reconciliation with a companion Senate bill. The so-called “Monsanto Rider” would shield the chemical colossus from thousands of lawsuits by cities, towns, school districts and individuals, who have been injured by exposure to PCBs.
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Corporate Criminals Cheat Because They Don't Fear Jail Time. That Must Change. Now.

Corporate Criminals Cheat Because They Don't Fear Jail Time. That Must Change. Now. | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
There's been no shortage of reactions to the Volkswagen cheating scandal. One proposal called for the deployment of already existing technology to do emissions testing out on the road, as opposed to in a lab or in some kind of artificial testing station where an automaker can much more easily monkey with the results, as Volkswagen has apparently been doing for years.
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How Big Corporations Cheat Public Education

How Big Corporations Cheat Public Education | Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Corporations have reaped trillion-dollar benefits from 60 years of public education in the U.S., but they're skipping out on the taxes meant to sustain the educational system. Children suffer from repeated school cutbacks. And parents subsidize the deadbeat corporations through increases in property taxes and sales taxes.
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