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“Whenever I speak as head of state, I speak about peace. I will say it as often and as long as necessary,” the straight-talking President Vigdis Finnbogadöttir told me. It was the winter of 1980, shortly after she won the presidency, the first female in the world to win a democratic presidential election. “Think what […]

(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! “What can I do to fix a broken global economy?” It’s a question I’ve been asked a lot these past […]

Autocratic regimes may differ in their policies and tactics, but their motives are usually the same. To secure their leadership, they usually seek to turn their societies into secretive and closed public domains. North Korean president Kim Jong-Un, the world’s most enigmatic leader, has successfully limited his country’s access to the global internet. Other than […]

The name of Lionel Messi’s Panamanian shell company sounds a little showy, but not entirely unfitting: Mega Star Enterprises. The company is run by five unknown nominee directors, but the man who evidently is really in charge is the megastar of world football. His name appears in a document dating from June 2013 discovered by […]

Their country is divided by a war that has killed thousands and displaced more than a million people. And yet when polled on which is more urgent — the war against pro-Russian rebels or the war against corruption — Ukrainians say it’s corruption, by a margin of more than two-to-one. Such is the scale of […]

GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump sent shudders through US foreign policy circles and the international community this week, when he suggested that, as president, he might not fulfill America’s promises to defend NATO members against a Russian attack. That departure from historical American policies, and Republican wisdom, came days after the Trump campaign reportedly […]

President Putin is known to be loyal to his friends. He’s shown that with his friend the cellist Sergei Roldugin, who was named in the Panama Papers as being worth around $2 billion (1.8 billion euros) and the key in a series of off-shore transactions that look a tad too close to the Kremlin for […]

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, must stand trial in France over a payment of €403 million (now £340m, then £290m) to tycoon Bernard Tapie, a France’s highest appeals court has ruled. The court rejected Ms Lagarde’s appeal against a judge’s order in December for her to stand trial over allegations of negligence in her handling of the affair. […]

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels 22 July 2016 Following an internal investigation, Nordea Bank S.A. has announced that its Luxembourg unit did not encourage clients to evade taxes by establishing corporate structures registered offshore. Nordea’s President and CEO, Casper von Koskull, initiated the investigation in response to the Panama Papers affair but concluded that Nordea […]

From 2009 to at least 2013, private individuals were allegedly able to siphon off more than $3.5 billion from the wealth fund of Malaysia and go on a high-end luxury shopping spree in several countries including the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland for property, museum-quality art and a private jet. Gatekeepers such as […]

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday held a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ahead of today’s key meeting of the Nation Security Committee (NSC), Samaa reported. According to our correspondent, the two high-ups discussed internal and regional security matters, the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation and aftermaths of the recent […]