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'Contradictory' ethics rulings on Clement, Paradis and Guergis: Democracy Watch | The Hook

'Contradictory' ethics rulings on Clement, Paradis and Guergis: Democracy Watch | The Hook | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Three recent rulings by Federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson are contradictory and further erode confidence in her ability to do her job, according to Duff Conacher of the Democracy Watch, a non-profit that monitors government transparency and...
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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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NHS 'overcharged by millions for key drug'

NHS 'overcharged by millions for key drug' | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

A 6,000% price rise in an essential thyroid drug led the NHS to overpay, the UK competition body says.


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Graham Watson's curator insight, November 21, 11:57 AM

This article alleges that a Canadian drug company overcharged the NHS for an essential drug. But it doesn't strike me as a particularly difficult case for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to prove.


According to the article, "The amount the NHS paid per pack rose from around £4.46 in 2007 to £258.19 by July 2017, an increase of almost 6,000%." At the same time, the former President of the British Thyroid Association, observes that "Patients were telling me they could go to a foreign capital and pay about £4-5 a month, so there was a massive difference in what the NHS was being charged versus what people were accessing it at at a European level."


This strikes me as abuse of a dominant position, although, I'm sure that the pharma company will claim that they didn't segment the market and that they weren't stopping people from accessing European suppliers. I'm not sure that will wash. Come back, Martin Shkreli, all is forgiven...

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UK trade minister lobbied Brazil on behalf of oil giants

UK trade minister lobbied Brazil on behalf of oil giants | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A telegram obtained by Greenpeace shows that Greg Hands met a Brazilian minister to discuss relaxation of tax and environmental regulation
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People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids

People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
This is false. Beginning in the late 1960s, the heroin crisis played out in a similar fashion, except that the face of the heroin addict then in the media was black, destitute and engaged in repetitive petty crimes to feed his or her habit. One solution was to lock up users, especially after passage of New York State's infamous Rockefeller drug laws in 1973. By the early 2000s more than 90 percent of those convicted under those laws were black or Latino, far out of proportion to the fraction of users they represented.
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Please Advise! Am I the Only One Not Surprised By the Paradise Papers? | The Tyee

Yes, the super-rich shift money offshore and pay less in taxes. But we knew that.
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How Proportional Representation Empowers the Far-Right | The Tyee

Rise of extremism is helped by electoral systems that give fringe parties seats.
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Tycoon made $41m from ‘people’s fund’

Tycoon made $41m from ‘people’s fund’ | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
An entrepreneur charged with managing the oil wealth of the struggling African state of Angola was paid more than $41m in just 20 months, leaked documents reveal.
The payments were made via a complex web of companies set up in the offshore jurisdiction of Mauritius.
Jean-Claude Bastos also used his position to help set up large investment deals he stands to further profit from, the Paradise Papers show.
All sides deny any wrongdoing.
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Too poor to vote: how Alabama’s ‘new poll tax’ bars thousands of people from voting

Too poor to vote: how Alabama’s ‘new poll tax’ bars thousands of people from voting | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In Alabama, money keeps thousands of people away from the ballot box – and the state’s felon disenfranchisement policies are probably unconstitutional

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Trump Finds a Way to Make the G.O.P.’s Tax Bill Even Worse

Trump Finds a Way to Make the G.O.P.’s Tax Bill Even Worse | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The world’s most self-sabotaging president suggested Republicans make an eleventh-hour tweak that would doom the plan.
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European Public Prosecutor’s Office: a breakthrough in the fight against corruption

European Public Prosecutor’s Office: a breakthrough in the fight against corruption | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Today, the decision by 20 EU Member States to create a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) is a breakthrough in the EU’s efforts to fight corruption, according to Transparency International EU, the anti-corruption NGO. The EPPO, which will be an independent EU body based in Luxembourg, will have the authority to investigate and prosecute fraud, corruption and other crimes involving EU funds.
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The Temp Work Trap: No Security, Low Pay and Lax Employment Law Enforcement | The Tyee

Temp agencies are replacing regular jobs, and BC response hasn’t kept pace.
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Will the GOP roll back Obama-era mining bans?

Will the GOP roll back Obama-era mining bans? | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Attacks on public lands continue Staff Report After more than a century of reckless mining that created a toxic legacy of pollution, the Obama administration finally started trying to prevent even more destruction by placing a few areas, including watersheds around the Grand Canyon, off-limits. Even those modest restrictions are apparently too much for the…
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Senator: Someone Needs to Be Fired Over Wasted $65 Million Plane — ProPublica

Senator: Someone Needs to Be Fired Over Wasted $65 Million Plane — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Sen. Chuck Grassley tells the Defense secretary “if heads don’t roll nothing changes.” The plane, which never flew a mission in Afghanistan, is part of a…
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Enbridge, TransCanada Among 11 Canadian Oil and Gas Firms Using Tax Havens

Enbridge, TransCanada Among 11 Canadian Oil and Gas Firms Using Tax Havens | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Eleven of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies have dozens of subsidiaries and related companies in known tax haven jurisdictions, according to a new report from the Ottawa-based non-profit Canadians for Tax Fairness.

Those companies include Suncor, Enbridge, CNRL, TransCanada, Imperial Oil, Cenovus and Husky.

The report, titled “Bay Street and Tax Havens: Curbing Corporate Canada’s Addiction,” examined the largest 60 companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and found that just four didn’t have a publicly listed subsidiary in a known low-tax or no-tax haven.

“If you can afford the lawyers and accountants and it’s legal to do, you’ll do it,” report author Diana Gibson, told DeSmog Canada.

“Maximizing shareholder returns is the job of the CEOs and if it’s legal to avoid taxes then they will.”
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Thinking Intersectionally About Race and Class in the Trump Era

Thinking Intersectionally About Race and Class in the Trump Era | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
More than a year after the 2016 election, progressive analysis and strategy continue to be limited by the ping and pong of class-not-race and race-not-class accounts, and recriminations they provoke. Understanding what happened and charting a way forward require an alternative, a thoroughly intersectional analysis of race and class. On such a view, taking race seriously is necessary to understand how class works, not to diminish its importance.

“Intersectionality” risks depletion with its rise as a buzzword, but I mean to invoke specific insights animating the pathbreaking work of Kimberlé Crenshaw and other feminist scholars of color. In particular, they argued that understanding race and racial oppression requires an analysis of how race is gendered and gender is racialized. As Sarah Haley argues in a recent tour de force in this tradition, “gender is constructed by and through race.” So, too, we cannot understand and respond to the racism on display in the 2016 election and since without understanding its intersection with class, and how class is constructed by and through race.
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Worker rights preemption in the US: A map of the campaign to suppress worker rights in the states

Worker rights preemption in the US: A map of the campaign to suppress worker rights in the states | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Cities, counties, and other local governments are enacting policies that raise standards for working people, but state legislatures are lowering those standards back down with preemption—the use of state law to void local ordinances. Twenty-six states have preemption laws that target five key worker rights. Select a category above or click on the map to see the laws in each state.
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What matters about the Paradise Papers

What matters about the Paradise Papers | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
A cursory glance at the World’s leading tax havens illustrates the hypocrisy of politicians getting wound up about the revelations in the recently released Paradise Papers and the Panama Papers before them. Many of the havens are within the direct legislative jurisdiction of nations such as the US (which is itself a tax haven) and the UK, for example. And we should not forget that Luxembourg, Switzerland are key European homes of tax avoidance. Remember that the current President of the European Commission “spent years in his previous role as Luxembourg’s prime minister secretly blocking EU efforts to tackle tax avoidance by multinational corporations” (Source) ably supported by the Netherlands, another nation engaged in the practice. If the politicians were truly worried about this issue they could do something about it directly with the stroke of a legislative pen. Britain could, for example, eliminate Jersey, the Isle of Man, and its Overseas Territories from this corporate scam. The US could do similarly. The EU could bring in new rules to stop Luxembourg. But they don’t stop it, which tells you everything. But, the problem of tax avoidance and evasion is not fiscal. Progressives get stuck on that point. It is largely irrelevant. The real issues are inequality, power and macroeconomic stability. That is what this blog is about.
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Why have governments struggled to tackle offshore cash?

Why have governments struggled to tackle offshore cash? | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
If we needed reminding, the Paradise Papers have shown how attractive it can be to keep money offshore.
Wealthy individuals do it, companies do it. So can governments do anything about it?
Can they get big firms and the rich to pay what many regard as their fair share of tax?
In some cases the appeal of going offshore is to hide illegal behaviour from the gaze of law enforcement authorities.
But much of what has been revealed in this massive leak of documents is lawful.
In many cases it's about avoiding tax, which is legal, though it involves gaining a tax advantage in a way that the legislation did not intend.
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Paradise Papers reveal how tax havens damage Africa | Africa

Paradise Papers reveal how tax havens damage Africa | Africa | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The new leaks of financial records illustrate how powerful individuals and companies across Africa use offshore havens to not only avoid paying taxes, but also to hide bribery and illegal dealings.
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Twisted Terms: SAVES Act Actually Harms Endangered Species

Twisted Terms: SAVES Act Actually Harms Endangered Species | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Congress wants to weaken the Endangered Species Act with the new SAVES Act. In reality, SAVES will harm threatened and endangered wildlife all over the world.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, November 7, 8:59 PM
An interesting example of green washing...
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The shocking numbers behind the modern slave trade

The shocking numbers behind the modern slave trade | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Slavery is more common than you might think, and here are the figures to prove it.
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How the IMF can have real impact on fighting corruption

How the IMF can have real impact on fighting corruption | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is meeting in Washington DC this week. We want to send a strong message about what the multi-lateral lender can do to have greater impact on fighting corruption.
Yesterday, Wednesday October 11, we handed Christine Lagarde a summary of this article. She publicly thanked us then. Now it is time to deliver.
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State Audit Slams New York’s Oversight of Nurses — ProPublica

State Audit Slams New York’s Oversight of Nurses — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Echoing the findings of a 2016 ProPublica investigation, New York’s comptroller says the state does not investigate complaints swiftly and lets nurses with…
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The Facts are Piling Up Against the Site C Dam | The Tyee

This is our chance to finally make the right decision.
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The growing use of mandatory arbitration: Access to the courts is now barred for more than 60 million American workers

The growing use of mandatory arbitration: Access to the courts is now barred for more than 60 million American workers | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In a trend driven by a series of Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1991, American employers are increasingly requiring their workers to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. Under such agreements, workers whose rights are violated can’t pursue their claims in court but must submit to arbitration procedures that research shows overwhelmingly favor employers. This study finds that since the early 2000s, the share of workers subject to mandatory arbitration has more than doubled and now exceeds 55 percent. In October 2017, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision on three cases that could have wide-reaching implications for the future of mandatory arbitration and workers’ rights.
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ProPublica Seeks Source Code for New York City’s Disputed DNA Software — ProPublica

ProPublica Seeks Source Code for New York City’s Disputed DNA Software — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
We’re asking a federal court for the code behind a technique that critics say may have put innocent people in prison.
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