Buzzfeed Reveals a Banking Virus That Could Become a Pandemic

September 23, 2020

Buzzfeed has made what many take to be a shocking revelation about how the world’s most powerful financial institutions skirt morality and the law. Others who have followed the activities of the biggest international banks over recent decades may simply wonder why anyone should be surprised....

Democracy Faces a Global Crisis

June 14, 2019

Democracy faces a global crisis. And this crisis couldn’t be coming at a worse time. If you’re a supporter of Donald Trump — or Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Matteo Salvini in Italy — you probably think that democracy has never been in better health. Recent elections in these countries...

Will Deutsche Bank Survive Its Latest Crisis?

December 08, 2018

Deutsche Bank is in hot water after recent raids by police. What will happen next? Deutsche Bank faces its most severe test yet in the wake of police raids on its Frankfurt offices on November 29 over suspicions of helping its clients in money laundering. The scene was dramatic: 170 officers...

The Legacy of Colombia’s Peacemaker

Juan Manuel Santos leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in Colombia’s modern history. On August 7, the presidency of Juan Manuel Santos — Colombia’s peacemaker — comes to an end after two terms in office. Santos, who turns 67 on August 10, has stated in numerous...

Trump’s Dirty Money

July 26, 2018

Russian money saved Trump when his projects were on the verge of collapse. Will it now be the cause of his political demise? Marty Byrde has a problem. His partner at the financial services firm has been skimming off the top of the money-laundering service they’re providing a Mexican...

2018 Press Freedom Index: Documenting the Decline of Democracy

June 26, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Rebecca Vincent, UK bureau director for Reporters Without Borders. Reporters Without Borders, known internationally as Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), recently launched its 2018 Press Freedom Index that chronicles the decline of press...

The Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Six Months On

April 16, 2018

Six months after Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination shook the world, attacks on journalists across the EU are becoming a new reality. On a Monday afternoon last October, six months ago today, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia finished what would be her last blog post, closing with the now...

Prince Al-Waleed Challenges the Saudi Crown Prince

December 28, 2017

A legal battle with Prince al-Waleed that publicly puts to the test the government’s assertions could upset the apple cart. Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage at Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal appears to be putting up a...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Investing” in Cake

December 06, 2017

The rich rise up against women, booze and movies. In the wake of the Senate’s vote on tax reform, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, a key member of the Senate Finance Committee, explained the real reason for abolishing the estate tax, which is currently applied to personal wealth valued...

The World This Week: Paradise Papers Reveal to be Rich is Glorious

November 12, 2017

Wealthy individuals, fund managers and corporations continue to avoid taxes by using offshore havens at a time of increasing inequality and declining public goods. This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. November...

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