This week we present the 17th piece in the series, ‘Declassified: Apartheid Profits’. While researching the recently published book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, Open Secrets collected approximately 40,000 archival documents from 25 archives in seven countries. This treasure trove contains damning details of the individuals and corporations that propped up apartheid and profited in return. Many of these documents were kept secret until now. Most remain hidden despite South Africa’s transition to democracy. OPEN SECRETS believes that it is vital to allow the public to scrutinise the primary evidence. This week we reveal a bizarre plan hatched in the 1980s by the South African and Argentinian militaries to engineer a trio of coup d’états involving Haiti, Yugoslavia and Albania.
The Paradise Papers, just like the earlier Panama papers, give ordinary people a glimpse into the parallel world constructed by the wealthy and powerful. This is a world where they park enormous wealth out of the reach of regulators and society in tax and secrecy havens. Yet these exposures continue a narrative that mystifies the nature and scope of what is really happening. It is not primarily about tax avoidance or evasion; in reality it is about wage evasion and the reinforcing of a low wage system in our societies. Law companies such as Appleby complement the auditing firms, such as KPMG and PWC, in structuring this parallel universe, as the Paradise Papers make clear. By BRIAN ASHLEY and DICK FORSLUND.
US President Donald Trump made his long-awaited big splash of a trip to Asia and all it did for him was to lower his standing as a man who can be trusted, who understands the world, and even has the clarity of his own thoughts. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a look.
J. BROOKS SPECTOR’s bookshelves host many curious coincidences and pairings, but perhaps none as much as on the one shelf that held Martin Luther’s ‘Three Treatises’, ‘The Selected Writings of Marx and Engels’, Leonard Shapiro’s ‘The Russian Revolutions of 1917’, John Reed’s ‘Ten Days That Shook the World’, and Solomon Grayzel’s ‘A History of the Jews’. Taken together, they help represent three remarkable anniversaries in history. Happening now.
Nearly 200 countries convene in Germany this week to tackle international climate change. The 23rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) is an important milestone to finalise technical aspects for implementing the Paris Agreement, which sets out international climate action post-2020. By ROMY CHEVALLIER.
It could not be better timing: 1,100 of the world’s most troublesome journalists will roll into Johannesburg in two weeks from 130 countries for the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. It is enough to keep the Zuptas awake at night – perhaps even during Budget speeches. By ANTON HARBER.