Tax havens a major contributor to rising inequality: Oxfam

The use of tax havens by hundreds of multinational corporations worldwide is one of the main causes of rising global inequality, according to a recent 44-page report by international not-for-profit Oxfam. Based on research by economist Gabriel Zucman, An Economy for the 1% reveals that corporate tax-dodging costs developing countries at least $100 billion annually. In an opinion piece for Al Jazeera, Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie Byanyima called on … Continue reading Tax havens a major contributor to rising inequality: Oxfam

Double-edged sword: how reporting terrorist violence can aid those that commit it

Coming into 2016, journalists and news organisations working in Pakistan find themselves at the centre of an interesting but increasingly dangerous situation. The Pakistani government has supplied them with a list of 72 outlawed terrorist groups and officially banned reporting on terrorist attacks perpetrated by these groups. This comes as another measure enforced as part of Pakistan’s ever-escalating struggle against terrorism, which kickstarted when extremists murdered 141 people, including 132 children, at a school … Continue reading Double-edged sword: how reporting terrorist violence can aid those that commit it

Threat overblown: there’s too much talk of terrorism in the media

More so than before the tragic events of September 11, 2001, media reporting around the world has become unnervingly inundated with stories concerning terrorism and the groups that perpetrate terrorist violence. In fact, the amount of media coverage given to terrorist activities on a daily basis far outweighs that given to other arguably pressing issues such as climate change and extreme poverty. In the US specifically, terrorism has taken over cable news, with CNN reportedly … Continue reading Threat overblown: there’s too much talk of terrorism in the media

Tensions rising: the South China Sea dispute explained

Saturday’s first-time landing of a Chinese civilian airplane on one of Beijing’s newly constructed island runways in the South China Sea has added more fuel to ongoing tensions about the disputed Indochinese region. The 3000 metre runway, located on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago, is one of three runways China has been building in the area in an attempt to support its expansive ownership claims over … Continue reading Tensions rising: the South China Sea dispute explained