Archive for May 12th, 2016

12/05/2016

Mass Migration, EU, European Nationalisms

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

Antwerpen, Alfaz, 12 May 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service – We are dealing with mass migration, basically into EU, and European nationalisms, many in favor of exits from the EU.

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Johan Galtung

Why this mass migration, maybe to the point of Völkerwanderung, mainly into EU–but then what kind of EU–and why the European nationalisms now found one way or the other in many member states?

The forecast for migration from Africa into Italy in 2016 is about 100,000; 28,000 already arrived in the first quarter, with 1,000 drowning in the Mediterranean (INYT, 6 May 2016).  Big numbers.  They knew the risks they were taking, so the push away from Africa and the pull towards Italy, and beyond, must have been considerable.

Better think in terms of 50 million migrants over 50 years, from regions considered uninhabitable to inhabitable regions.  There seem to be five major causes underlying this basic world asymmetry:

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12/05/2016

Why Set Up a Shell Company in Panama? The Psychology Driving Illicit Financial Flows

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

Daylesford, Australia, 12 May 2016 – A previously little-known law firm called Mossack Fonseca, based in Panama, has recently been exposed as one of the world’s major creators of ‘shell companies’, that is, corporate structures that can be used to hide the ownership of assets. This can be done legally but shell companies of this nature are widely used for illegal purposes such as tax evasion and money laundering of proceeds from criminal activity.

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**These are the countries, where country leaders, politicians, public officials, or their close family/associates are implicated in the Panama Papers. | Author: JCRules | 3 April 2016 |  Brown: Countries of people implicated | Grey: Countries without people implicated (excludes businesspeople and celebrities) | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. | Wikimedia Commons.

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See ‘Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption: The Panama Papers

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