July 2018

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Israelis attempting to transfer large sums of money into their bank accounts from overseas have encountered difficulties of late. One young man, an early investor in Bitcoin, told The Times of Israel that when he tried to repatriate several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of Bitcoin earnings from Gibraltar to Israel, his local Bank Hapoalim branch […]

Partit Demokratiku today highlighted the government’s aggressive attitude towards politicians and/or journalists following the publication of the Egrant inquiry conclusions, saying this is further threatening people’s freedom of speech. The publishing of a redacted report would still be totally unacceptable and would further fuel speculation that the report actually contains information that is detrimental to […]

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt at a June Cabinet meeting. He resigned the next month. (AP) Even though Washington has seen the last of beleaguered ex-Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, the Trump administration remains the most ethically challenged in recent decades. With new revelations in recent days, the race to replace Pruitt as […]

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s legendary World Cup-winning cricket captain, is vying to become the country’s new prime minister as voters go to the polls on Wednesday. Leader of the centre-right Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Mr Khan, 65, is running on an anti-corruption platform against the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (PML). His opposition is the party of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, […]

Over the past few years, leaks of documents such as the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers have exposed the dark underbelly of globalisation and provoked indignant denunciations of tax avoidance around the world. Workers have no choice but to pay their taxes but, apparently, multinational corporations and wealthy individuals can get away with paying […]

The London-based financier has lived in fear of Russian retaliation for years, but Browder spent hours in front of television cameras after Putin singled him out. “I’m not backing down,” Browder told Barron’s. “I’m doubling down.” Browder has gained Putin’s enmity by persuading the U.S. and other western nations to sanction Russian officials who Browder […]

Wikimedia Commons/DonkeyHotey Almost certainly, we are in the middle of the biggest political scandal in American history. After Trump’s obsequious performance in Helsinki, it feels like The Manchurian Candidate on LSD directed by David Lynch. Most likely, Trump is tangled up in financial crimes with Russian oligarchs and is being blackmailed by Putin. Adam Davidson […]

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New legislation to tackle ticket touting at large concerts and sporting events has been agreed by the Government. That’s good news: ticket reselling – the polite term for ticket touting – has long been a hot button issue for music fans and consumers. Little angers people more than the appearance of tickets on so-called secondary […]

Rep. Robert Aderholt. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images. By Ken Klippenstein Maria Butina, the alleged Russian agent arrested by the FBI last week, is said to have attended the National Prayer Breakfast in order to cultivate Republican officials. But Butina is far from the religious group’s only questionable association. The organization that runs the […]