UN offered Haitians “half apology” for peacekeepers’ role in 2010 cholera outbreak

UN peacekeepers were directly responsible for the 2010 cholera outbreak that claimed the lives of more than 9,000 people in Haiti. Before leaving office in December, former UN Sec-General Ban Ki-moon finally admitted “moral” responsibility.

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech

Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017. In his inauguration speech, the new president raised the spectre of a dystopian “American carnage” full of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation” and “crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.” 

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Africa’s tax avoidance crackdown nets US$260m as continent loses billions to “illicit financial flows”

There is nothing to celebrate about the US$260 million Africa recently netted by cracking down on tax avoidance. The figure pales in comparison to the billions the continent losses to “illicit financial flows” every year thanks to corporate tax avoidance by multinational corporations, corruption by African officials, and African countries’ weak audit capacities.

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