April 2019

Kenya’s High Court has struck down a tax agreement with offshore haven Mauritius, a potentially significant precedent for other African nations’ efforts to staunch billions of dollars in lost revenue. Justice Weldon Korir sided with Nairobi-based nonprofit Tax Justice Network – Africa, finding that the double tax avoidance agreement was unconstitutional. Kenya’s government had failed […]

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<!– Social media Button BEGIN http://api.bit.ly/v3/twitter_tweet_button.js?login=utknightcenter&apiKey=%20R_31895f56351b3751b0727d8dcd829cec Tweet –> <!– Original Tweet Button http://api.bit.ly/v3/twitter_tweet_button.js?login=utknightcenter&apiKey=%20R_31895f56351b3751b0727d8dcd829cec Tweet –> Journalists from Nicaragua, Mexico and Panama are now among the 54 professionals from Latin America in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The ICIJ, the collaborative network behind investigations like the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, welcomed 18 new […]

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FedEx is pushing for the creation of a standardised ledger for manufacturers and shipping companies, ComputerWorld writes. According to FedEx CIO Rob Carter, enterprise blockchain adoption should be enforced by the government. He noted that enforcing mandated blockchain standards would enable a chain of custody for border agents to track goods. Currently, the information that accompanies […]

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Despite the recent lawsuit against them, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex may be planning to issue a proprietary exchange token, a Bitfinex shareholder told CoinDesk. Chinese trader Dong Zhao claims that while the “details are not 100 percent confirmed,” the exchange is planning the issuance. Zhao suggests Bitfinex could issue $850 million-worth of tokens, approximately the same amount […]

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Rating agency Moody’s has issued a warning against private, centralised blockchains, CoinDesk writes. Moody’s report entitled “Blockchain Improves Operational Efficiency for Securitizations, Amid New Risks” noted that private blockchain may not have consensus mechanisms as secure as public blockchains. In fact, those safeguards may be completely absent from some private chains, exposing them to fraud […]

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Tony Abbott has come under pressure from Warringah independent candidate Zali Steggall over the government’s decision to approve the sale of the new Northern Beaches Hospital, and 42 other Australian hospitals, to an obscure company in the Cayman Islands. Ms Steggall, an Olympic skier turned barrister, and Alice Thompson, the independent candidate for Mackellar in […]

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Michiko Yoshida, Japan, is a journalist with the newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Yoshida participated in the Paradise Papers investigations. She has more than 15 years experience as a reporter with Asahi Shimbun and has written about public prosecutors, the judicial system, education, and immigration. She has also covered the European Union and NATO as bureau chief […]

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By Barrington M. Salmon (Trice Edney Wire) – America and the administration of President Donald Trump continue to reel from the fallout caused by the release of the redacted report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The 448-page document, produced after a 22-month investigation into alleged ethical and possibly criminal and illegal behavior by Trump, members […]

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In this issue: • Banks Announce Blockchain Initiatives, Stablecoins Launch, France Passes New Law • Reports Detail Blockchain Solutions Across Industries, Provide New Data on Growth • New Reports Provide Details on Hacks, Ransomware and Criminal Use of Bitcoin • Enforcement Actions Involving Cryptocurrency Continue in US and Abroad • New York Attorney General Announces […]

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Shyamlal Yadav, India, is a member of the Investigative Bureau of The Indian Express and one of the pioneers of the effective use of RTI (Right to information) for investigative reporting. He was part of ICIJ’s Paradise Papers investigation. His reporting on polluted rivers, foreign travel of public servants, MPs appointing their relatives as their […]

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Joaquín Castellón, Spain, is investigations and data editor at LaSexta TV, where he has worked since 2008. LaSexta TV is the first Spanish TV private channel ever with a data team. His work focused on corruption in government and corporations and conflict of interest; and he has uncovered a number of scandals, leading to the […]

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