Reading Time: 5 minutes The US offers safe havens to criminals using secret shell companies. Recent scandals are pushing Congress to act, but reforms are opposed by lawyers and by the states that profit from selling secrecy.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The media propelled Donald Trump to the head of the GOP ticket and made buckets of cash in the process. But now the press is turning on Trump.
Reading Time: 6 minutes While trade negotiators insist TTIP talks will continue as planned, critics of the deal are pushing for a change in direction.
Reading Time: 4 minutes TTIP’s fate remains unclear, but the EU continues to press for changes that could harm local governments and drug safety in the US.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Congress again does the bidding of the GMO industry as it tries to nix a Vermont food labeling law.
Reading Time: 6 minutes While the media focused on photo-ops during Barack Obama’s trips to Europe and Asia, the president tried to cement his legacy with trade deals that please only multinationals.
Reading Time: 4 minutes If Bayer completes its takeover of Monsanto, it would become a company with Orwellian control over how we grow our food and what we eat.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Some banks have had to pay impressive-sounding fines, but the executives that plunged the world economy into chaos have largely escaped any sort of punishment.
Reading Time: 7 minutes In late May, hundreds marched down Broadway to protest against Monsanto, which the marchers decried as a serial creator of toxic agricultural products, with as much corrupting influence over their government as Goldman Sachs.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Can one of the Administration’s top officials — the person who defends its trade secrets — also serve as its “Transparency Officer?” Openness advocates don’t think so.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Leaked trade document alarms public health, consumer and environmental activists on both sides of the Atlantic. Document shocks the conscience, says one.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Republican lawmakers’ push for “territorial taxation” is just another bid to help American business giants avoid paying their share of corporate taxes via foreign holdings.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The backstory on who booed Trump in South Carolina debate
Reading Time: < 1 minute Experian, one of the major credit bureaus, “discovered that an unauthorized party accessed certain Experian servers….Information you provided when you applied for an account at T-Mobile likely was acquired. That information includes your name, address, social security number, date of birth, identification number (such as driver’s license, military ID, or passport number) and additional information Read More
Reading Time: 5 minutes Can China turn its economy around by fighting pervasive corruption? More than its own future will be determined by the answer to that question. China has become too big to fail.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Western media conglomerates, aching for a piece of the pie, have been complicit in covering up China’s problems for many years. But recent catastrophes that could not be hidden from public view are evidence that the Great Firewall of China is showing its first cracks.
Reading Time: 4 minutes What you may not know about China and the remarkable events unfolding there — and why it is a problem for us all.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The 20 richest Americans now have as much wealth as the poorest 152 million Americans combined. This level of inequality is not sustainable and all of the ingredients are there for a massive change. But which way will it go?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Minerals found in thousands of products Americans use every day are paying for weapons in one of the bloodiest conflicts in Africa. Federal rules intended to get companies to stop buying them have proven ineffective.
Reading Time: 7 minutes In the final part of this five-part investigative series on the real (but still-hidden) backstory to the disastrous FEMA handling of Hurricane Katrina, we learn that no bad deed goes unrewarded, as those who ran FEMA into the ground joined the private sector as “experts,” and cashed in their access.