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World Environment Day: a good time to reflect on unintended consequences

Martin Atkin

04 Jun 2017 22:15:36

Few would disagree with protecting our fragile and increasingly under-pressure environment, nor with the joys of getting back to nature - especially since more than half of us are now urban dwellers. This year’s World Environment Day urges us to reconnect to the natural world around us, suggesting a stroll in the park or a day on the beach - if you are lucky enough to live near one. As the organisers point out, we are all part of nature and we all intimately depend on it. The call to reconnect with nature will, however, have a hollow ring for countless people in developing countries whose own natural resources and livelihoods have been put at risk by harmful business practices and investments. You don’t have to look far to find examples of communities and ecosystems suffering from the ...

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Why a free press is vital for exposing financial injustice.

Martin Atkin

03 May 2017 09:13:38

As Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet - better known as the Luxleaks whistleblowers - prepare for the next legal battle to clear their names, it’s worth remembering that it was only thanks to the much-vilified “mainstream media” that the tax avoidance scandal was exposed. Leaked documents do not make a story by themselves - it also takes independent, determined journalism. The two former PwC employees are appealing against revised sentences handed down by a Luxembourg court for their part in exposing how multinational corporations used secret tax deals with the Grand Duchy to dodge taxes around the world. Although the court reduced their original punishments, the pair are fighting to clear their names altogether. But the whistleblowers deserve praise – not punishment. They were prosecuted ...

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New figures show the poorest countries could miss out due to weak aid rules.

New figures show the poorest countries could miss out due to weak aid rules. Brussels, April 11 2017. New global aid figures released today [April 11] have been criticised by campaigners as evidence that rules governing aid aren’t working. According to the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad), proposed changes to the rules could actually make things worse. The Official Development Assistance (ODA) figures, compiled by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ...

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“Global Laundromat” scandal emphasises the need for strong EU action

Brussels, March 20 2017 Campaigners pushing for strong anti-money laundering measures say the “Global Laundromat” scandal shows just why the EU must take urgent action. Just as the EU is about to enter the final stages of negotiations over whether or not to ban anonymous trusts and shell companies, Eurodad (European Network on Debt and Development) says the scandal reveals why member states must ensure greater transparency around the ownership of companies and trusts.Tonight [March ...