World update: January 22 2018

INEQUALITY Whatever else may be going on the world, it’s nice to see that unfettered crony capitalism is keeping on keeping on: The gap between the super rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, Oxfam has claimed.   Some 82% of money… Continue reading World update: January 22 2018

Europe/Americas update: November 4-5 2017

LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS ASSHOLES There’s been a new massive leak from a big Caribbean law firm/offshoring factory akin to the 2015 Panama Papers leak. This new material, called the “Paradise Papers,” comes primarily from Appleby, a law firm that specializes in offshore tax havens and has several offices in the Caribbean and in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 4-5 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 3 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE The rest of world, sans Donald Trump, is gearing up for a big climate meeting in Germany: Governments, scientists, industry groups and environmental campaigners are meeting in Germany next week to discuss implementing a global agreement to curb climate change, despite uncertainty over how the United States will figure into the effort.  … Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 3 2017

World update: November 2 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Eurasianet helpfully tries to counter the emerging media narrative that Uzbekistan is little more than ISIS’s training facility: Such instant analysis falls short, mainly because it has to oversimplify in order to make a pattern plausible, many regional scholars contend. Edward Lemon, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, warned… Continue reading World update: November 2 2017