January 2017

web_tax_shutterstock_313474802.jpg   Under new rules that came into force on 1 January, all 27 countries in the bloc will have to compile and exchange biannual reports on the special tax deals they offer to multinational companies. The measures are intended to ensure greater cooperation between member states on tax avoidance, and prevent companies operating across […]

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Seven months after the leak of 11.5 million documents from a law firm in an incident that has come to be known as the “Panama Papers”, the world is right to ask what has been done since to fight global tax evasion and promote financial transparency. As president of Panama, and in particular through my […]

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REYKJAVIK: Iceland is ending an eventful year in a political quagmire, left without a government for two months after the Panama Papers scandal and a snap election reflecting deep divisions in the island nation. “In recent years we thought we were seeing the craziest, but we were proven wrong every time – Iceland found ways […]

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These are the main events that took place in February 2016. 3 February The government proposed to completely repeal two articles in the Criminal Code which make it illegal to vilify religion “by words, gestures, written matter, whether printed or not, or pictures or by some other visible means. Another of the amendments proposed was […]

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January  Taiwan, an autonomous region in East Asia, elected its first female president in a landmark election that could unsettle relations with Beijing. But Tsai Ing-wen, in her victory speech, vowed to preserve the status quo in relations with China, saying Beijing must respect Taiwan’s democracy and both sides must ensure there are no provocations. […]

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PHOTO: GIJN It is often said that the media’s role is that of a watchdog; to remain curious and have a relentless desire to dig in order to hold to account those in power. In his opening remarks at the second Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, Uncovering Asia, GIJN Executive Director David Kaplan stated: “The world […]

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