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The invasion and occupation of the Indigenous Land Marãwasitsédé of the Xavante people by non-indigenous is over, after 46 years. It has taken 17 years of hard struggle and patience, but the Xavante people can finally return to the homeland from which they were expelled in 1966. The removal of the illegal squatters was completed on 27 January 2013. Says Chief Damian Padridzane: “We now want to recover the nature of our land that they (the squatters) destroyed.”

 

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Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions - Evonomics

Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions - Evonomics | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
When a leader gives his daughter a government contract, it’s nepotism. But it’s also cooperation at the level of the family, well explained by inclusive fitness [2], undermining cooperation at the level of the state. When a manager gives her friend a job, it’s cronyism. But it’s also cooperation at the level of friends, well explained by reciprocal altruism [3], undermining the meritocracy. Bribery is a cooperative act between two people, and so on. It’s no surprise that family-oriented cultures like India and China are also high on corruption, particularly nepotism. Even in the Western world, it’s no surprise that Australia, a country of mates, might be susceptible to cronyism. Or that breaking down kin networks predicts lower corruption and more successful democracies (Akbari, Bahrami-Rad & Kimbrough, 2017; Schulz, 2017). Part of the problem is that these smaller scales of cooperation are easier to sustain and explain than the kind of large-scale anonymous cooperation that we in the Western world have grown accustomed to.
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The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party | Dana Nuccitelli

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party | Dana Nuccitelli | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion.

The Initiative on Global Markets’ panel of economic experts was recently asked about the Republican tax plan. Among the experts who took a position either way, there was a 96% consensus that the plan would not substantially grow the economy more than the status quo, and a 100% consensus that it would substantially increase the national debt.
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Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth — ProPublica

Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Underneath the numb despair was a profound sense of failure — and an acute understanding of what Shalon’s death represented. The researcher working to eradicate disparities in health access and outcomes had become a symbol of one of the most troublesome health disparities facing black women in the U.S. today, disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality. The main federal agency seeking to understand why so many American women — especially black women — die and nearly die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth had lost one of its own. Even Shalon’s many advantages — her B.A. in sociology, her two master’s degrees and dual-subject Ph.D., her gold-plated insurance and rock-solid support system — had not been enough to ensure her survival. If a village this powerful hadn’t been able to protect her, was any black woman safe?
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Jared Kushner By Day: Mideast Peace. Kushner Companies By Night: Donating to a West Bank Settlement. — ProPublica

Jared Kushner By Day: Mideast Peace. Kushner Companies By Night: Donating to a West Bank Settlement. — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
While Jared Kushner is working on a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Kushner Companies Charitable Foundation is funding a controversial West Bank settlement.
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Facebook Allowed Political Ads That Were Actually Scams and Malware — ProPublica

Facebook Allowed Political Ads That Were Actually Scams and Malware — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Update: This story has been updated to clarify Facebook’s ad-review process.

In September, an ad with the headline, “New Approval Ratings For President Trump Announced And It’s Not Going The Way You Think,” targeted Facebook users in the U.S. who were over 40 and labeled as “very liberal” by the tech company.

“Regardless of what you think of Donald Trump and his policies, it’s fair to say that his appointment as President of the United States is one of the most…,” ran the text. “Learn more.”
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Why America Fails at Gathering Hate Crime Statistics — ProPublica

Why America Fails at Gathering Hate Crime Statistics — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In the early hours of June 5, 2015, Gary Bravo was leaving Sammy T’s in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. The club was hosting a gay night because the last of the city’s few gay bars had closed and some downtown bars were picking up the slack.

As Bravo walked out with two co-workers, they encountered a group of young men. One grabbed Bravo’s friend, and Bravo intervened. The next thing he remembers, someone spun him around, and he was on the ground being punched and kicked while his attackers shouted homophobic slurs. Faggot. Cocksucker.

“A couple more hits and I would have ended up being brain dead,” he recalled.

Bravo suffered extensive injuries from the attack. His right eye was bloodied and swollen, and he couldn’t see from it for weeks. His eye socket had to be reconstructed.
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SBM Offshore to Pay $238 Million in Bribery Case Spanning Five Countries – gCaptain

SBM Offshore to Pay $238 Million in Bribery Case Spanning Five Countries – gCaptain | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Netherlands-based offshore company SBM Offshore and its U.S. subsidiary SBM Offshore USA have reached an agreement to pay a criminal penalty of $238 million to resolve criminal charges in the U.S. in connection with schemes involving the bribery of foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq, the Justice Dept. announced Wednesday. SBM …
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Opinion | When Elites Get a Taste of Their Own Medicine

Opinion | When Elites Get a Taste of Their Own Medicine | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia’s royals and rich had long been immune to the worst failures of the kingdom’s brutal system. Not anymore.
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Tax bills must be stopped before they do major damage to poor

Tax bills must be stopped before they do major damage to poor | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Harry Holzer says tax plans in the House and Senate would add to the deficit and threaten social programs that benefit the poor.
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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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Proposed rule would protect employers who steal workers’ hard-earned tips

Proposed rule would protect employers who steal workers’ hard-earned tips | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Today the Trump administration took their first major step towards allowing employers to legally take tips earned by the workers they employ. The Department of Labor released a proposed rule rescinding portions of its tip regulations, including current restrictions on “tip pooling”—which would mean that, for example, restaurants would be able to pool the tips servers receive and share them with untipped employees such as cooks and dishwashers. But, crucially, the rule doesn’t actually require that employers distribute pooled tips to workers. Under the administration’s proposed rule, as long as the tipped workers earn minimum wage, the employer can legally pocket those tips.
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When Buying Prescription Drugs, Some Pay More With Insurance Than Without It — ProPublica

When Buying Prescription Drugs, Some Pay More With Insurance Than Without It — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
As insurers ask consumers to pay a greater share of their drug costs, it may be cheaper to pay cash than use your insurance card. One expert estimates that consumers could be overpaying for as many as 1 in 10 prescriptions.
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How Fossil Fuel Donors Shaped the Anti-Climate Agenda of a Powerful Congressional Committee

How Fossil Fuel Donors Shaped the Anti-Climate Agenda of a Powerful Congressional Committee | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
FREDERICKSBURG, Texas—It's midway through fall, and cold has yet to settle over the Eckhardt family orchard. So, Diane Eckhardt waits with rising apprehension.

Cold is the switch that triggers the growing sequence that by summer has limbs sagging with ripe, juicy peaches. The reliable chill season in Texas Hill Country allowed Eckhardt's grandfather, Otto, to start the family business here in the 1930s.

But last year, with temperatures the warmest since 1939, Eckhardt's trees produced just 10 percent of their usual yield. And the year before, warm weather reduced production between 60 and 70 percent. Now, Eckhardt worries not only about the next crop, but about the future of a business she hopes will be passed on to her niece and nephews.

"We know climate change is happening," she said.
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Illinois Legislators Pledge to Deal with ‘Pipeline to Prison’ at Juvenile Correctional Facility — ProPublica

Illinois Legislators Pledge to Deal with ‘Pipeline to Prison’ at Juvenile Correctional Facility — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
Sending teenage inmates to adult prisons for minor incidents undermines state’s reform efforts, witnesses say.
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How Students Get Banished to Alternative Schools — ProPublica

How Students Get Banished to Alternative Schools — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
In this era of so-called “school choice,” a pattern has emerged: Students don’t choose their alternative schools. They’re sentenced to them.
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Fighting corruption in mining poses tough challenges | Business | DW |  

Fighting corruption in mining poses tough challenges | Business | DW |   | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"Rampant graft afflicting the mining industry has led to a massive loss of public revenue in many countries. A new report shines a light on the risks of corruption occurring at the very start of the mining process.


Corruption is a widespread problem in many natural resource-rich countries. Mining in these places is a contentious, graft-prone trade and enjoys poor reputation, epitomizing rampant loot of raw materials and crony capitalism while contributing to enormous environmental degradation and social unrest.    
A new report now shines a light on the risks of corruption occurring at the very start of the mining process, where key decisions are made about whether, where and under what conditions mining is permitted.
The approval process is the first link in the mining value chain and ensuring that this process is graft-free could lead to more transparency and accountability in the sector.
The report, titled Combatting corruption in mining approvals: assessing the risks in 18 resource-rich countries, was published by Berlin-based NGO Transparency International on Tuesday, December 5."

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A Dubious Arrest, a Compromised Prosecutor, a Tainted Plea: How One Murder Case Exposes a Broken System — ProPublica

A Dubious Arrest, a Compromised Prosecutor, a Tainted Plea: How One Murder Case Exposes a Broken System — ProPublica | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
One innocent man’s odyssey through the justice system shows the cascading, and enduring, effects of a bad conviction.
by Megan Rose Dec. 4, 6 a.m. EST
The case of Demetrius Smith reads like a preposterous legal thriller: dubious arrests, two lying prostitutes, prosecutorial fouls and a judge who backpedaled out of a deal.

It also delivers a primer on why defendants often agree to virtually inescapable plea deals for crimes they didn’t commit.

ProPublica has spent the past year exploring wrongful convictions and the tools prosecutors use to avoid admitting mistakes, including an arcane deal known as an Alford plea that allows defendants to maintain their innocence while still pleading guilty. Earlier this year, we examined a dozen such cases in Baltimore.
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Shell Reveals 22% Gender Pay Gap in UK – gCaptain

Shell Reveals 22% Gender Pay Gap in UK – gCaptain | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it
By Ron Bousso LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Female employees of Royal Dutch Shell in Britain earned on average 22 percent less than male colleagues, the oil and gas firm said on Thursday, a difference that is more than double the national average.
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How to rig an election in three not-so-easy steps

How to rig an election in three not-so-easy steps | Politcs? Ethics? Rules? Cheating? | Scoop.it

"The 2016 presidential election will be remembered for many things, but one of the most unusual was the repeated claims, by leaders in both parties, that the election was “rigged.” We now know that many of these accusations were promoted by Russian hackers intent on aggravating divisions between and within the political parties and fomenting distrust in the democratic system. But as citizens we may have been better able to see through the disinformation spewed out had anyone asked the simple question: “How?” Or, “What does it mean to rig an election?”"

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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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