April 04, 2016

#panamapapers And Leaked IMF Calls






Nobody had a better weekend than the bull that was rescued by Jon Stewart

#panamapapers: Huge Data Leak Reveals That Politicians Are ShadyVladimir Putin, an Icelandic PM, a Panamanian law firm and a series of shell companies are coming together in a James Bond style plot that threatens to make tax law sound interesting. Mossack Fonseca, an offshore law firm based in Panama, has allegedly helped clients launder money and avoid taxes, revealing that your favorite celebrity and your least favorite world leader might have a lot in common. German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung broke the news. The data links several current and former world leaders, at least 143 politicians, and of course, celebrities (like Jackie Chan).

In the meantime, figure out how to set up your own Panamanian shell company here, and like us on Facebook as we give you more information on this developing story. GOOD PORTAL: Everything You Need To Know About The Panama Papers  Greece: Refugees And Debt Stage 2016 ComebackFirst, refugees: A controversial new plan to deport migrants who don’t get asylum in the EU is facing a rough start today. The plan, akin to a “free returns, store credit” policy, allows Greece to deport migrants back to Turkey whose asylum claims aren’t accepted by the EU. For every Syrian refugee returned, the EU will accept another from Turkey directly. With riots breaking out at detention centers and no clear plan for how the deportations will work, it’s safe to say things aren’t going smoothly. Now, debt: Remember the Greek debt crisis from last summer? It didn’t really go away. Leaked phone calls of IMF officials showed just how frustrated they were that Germany wasn’t giving Greece debt relief — yes, the IMF wants Greece to default. Officials alluded to an “event” (read: bankruptcy) around the time of the Brexit referendum in June that might force Germany’s hand. Greece, naturally uncomfortable with this conversation, asked the IMF to clarify what said “event” might be. 

NUTS AND BOLTS: SHOULD KNOWAzerbaijan Claims Ceasefire And Armenia Claims LOL Yeah SureJust as 2013 was the year that literally came to mean figuratively 2016 is the year that ceasefire officially means more violence. Azerbaijan is the latest country to defy Webster’s Dictionary when they announced a unilateral ceasefire in its conflict with Armenia, but then, according to Armenian News Agency, continued to attack with missile artillery systems anyway. The tension between the two countries has been brewing for years but recently turned violent in a dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave that is controlled by Azerbaijan but is inhabited by an Armenian majority.  The Polish Protest A Proposed Abortion BanThousands of people marched outside Warsaw’s parliament carrying coat hangers in an intense and desperate call for women’s rights. Poland already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, but the leader of Poland’s ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) backed a call from Catholic bishops for a full ban on all forms of pregnancy termination. “Even Iran’s abortion laws are more liberal than this proposal,” said one protester. PiS also plans to end state funding for in vitro fertilization and reinstate a prescription requirement for the “morning after” pill.

Keeping Our Eye On…
  • Brussels: Just 12 days after the attacks, Brussels airport has partially reopened to a small number of travelers. 
  • Amtrak: Two are dead after an Amtrak train derailed south of Philadelphia and hit a backhoe left on the tracks. While at least 31 passengers were taken to the hospital with injuries, the two people who were killed were not on the train. 
  • Mississippi: Governor Phil Bryant faces backlash after establishing April 25 as “Confederate Memorial Day” and the whole month as “Confederate Heritage Month.” Bryant gave a lengthy proclamation to defend the new initiative, but, as critics point out, failed to mention a central cause of the struggle: slavery. 


Marijuana Activists Smoke Up Outside The White House  Proponents of legal marijuana tried to make their case for relaxed laws by relaxing outside the White House lawn. But this wasn’t your typical weekend drum circle. More than 100 activists arrived carrying a 51-foot inflatable joint and began smoking much smaller joints in unison at approximately — you guessed it — 4:20pm. 

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