May 10, 2019

With a remaining wild population estimated at fewer than 10,000 individuals, the red panda is listed as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. Visual: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images Humanity has long proven to be a planet-altering colossus, but an exhaustive and damning report from the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Science-Policy […]

Inequality and corruption This week, we’re looking at Panama and South Africa, where corruption and inequality have been at the top of the agenda in recent elections. While Panama’s economic growth is outpacing most of its neighbours, it has one of the highest inequality rates in the Americas. At the same time, the country has […]

Chinese OTC Bitcoin trader Dong Zhao has once again taken to Chinese mega social platform WeChat to talk up an IEO (initial exchange offering) being issued by Bitfinex, the troubled cryptocurrency exchange in which Zhao reportedly holds equity, Coindesk reports. Bitfinex is owned by iFinex, which also owns Tether, the company behind tethers, a “stablecoin” […]

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-ministerial body that aims to curtail international money laundering and terrorist financing by setting standards for national financial architectures. It is a voluntary body comprising 40-odd countries, with affiliate regional groups including the Asia-Pacific Group (APG), which Pakistan joined as a Senior Associate (but not full) Member. […]

In 2018 a Russian oligarch living in Greece was secretly funding efforts to prevent the then-country of Macedonia from changing its name and becoming part of the European Union and NATO, the New York Times has reported. The effort fell apart when U.S. intelligence intercepted the communications of the oligarch, Ivan Savvidis, and alerted both […]

Ever seen ‘Scarface’? Fantastic film, right? Well, imagine that for every minute of that 170-minute movie featuring guns, mountains of cocaine, and greed, a real life greedy Icelander was there, making bank, stacking it up and burying their face in it, before promptly dumping it abroad in off-shore accounts. Well, welcome to Iceland and the […]

Donald Trump arrives to speak during a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. From left, Eric Trump, Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Mike Pence, Karen Pence, Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Tiffany Trump. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Trump allowed his name to be used in transactions that appear 3,450 times in […]