Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks

Authorities across the globe have opened investigations into the activities of the world's rich and powerful after a cache of leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm showed possible wrongdoing using offshore company structures.

The "Panama Papers" have cast light on the financial arrangements of high profile politicians and public figures and the companies and financial institutions they use for such activities. Among those named in the documents are friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin and relatives of the leaders of China, Britain, Iceland and Pakistan, and the president of Ukraine.

Leading figures and financial institutions responded to the massive leak of more than 11.5 million documents with denials of any wrongdoing as prosecutors and regulators began a review of the reports from the investigation by the U.S.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and other media organizations.

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[Audio] Rachel Parent (@RachelsNews) Confronts Hugh Grant at #Monsanto Shareholders Meeting #righttoknow

On January 29, 2016, thanks to a Monsanto shareholder that kindly provided me with proxy (authority to stand in their place), I was able to participate in Monsanto’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders held in St. Louis, Missouri. By my side were Anne Temple of Moms Across America (standing in for Zen Honeycutt, Founder) and Dr. Beth Savitt of the SHAKA Movement Maui.

Our purpose for attending the meeting was to inform the shareholders of the dangers of GMOs and glyphosate (RoundUp), to present the board with a binder full of studies outlining the harmful effects of glyphosate, and to insist that they stop using this harmful chemical. Read more about their presentations here and here.

From the beginning, it felt like entering the “lion’s den.” Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant didn’t acknowledge me as a proxy holder at the meeting, instead he lied to the shareholders by treating me as a Guest, and then when he profusely greeted the obviously planned Guests attending the meeting, he completely ignored my name. I may be young, but my eyes and my heart always know when adults are lying, and I’m certainly old enough to notice when a Corporation is destroying our planet.

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[Video] Brazilian wasp venom kills cancer cells - Polybia-MP1 #cancer #biophysical #mp1

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The social wasp Polybia paulista protects itself against predators by producing venom known to contain a powerful cancer-fighting ingredient. A Biophysical Journal study published September 1 reveals exactly how the venom's toxin—called MP1 (Polybia-MP1)—selectively kills cancer cells without harming normal cells. MP1 interacts with lipids that are abnormally distributed on the surface of cancer cells, creating gaping holes that allow molecules crucial for cell function to leak out.

Read more: [Video] Brazilian wasp venom kills cancer cells - Polybia-MP1 #cancer #biophysical #mp1

Volunteer Lifeguards Arrested while helping refugees ‪#‎ISTANDWITHPROEMAID‬ ‪#‎ProemAidLibres‬ via @roryrichards

Last night, while volunteer lifeguards were locked in a jail cell after their arrest, 3 young children died in the Aegean sea last night during crossing. This is the video shot last night, and it is a difficult watch, friends. But this is the reality that both refugees and volunteer rescuers are facing every day. To arrest these heroic volunteers and hinder life saving rescue operations like these is just wrong.

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Open Letter to @haberdasherytc via @marilonunez9 #TheatreMatters #LatAm #arts

Dear Members of the Haberdashery Theatre Company,

My name is Marilo Nuñez. I am an actor, producer, playwright and director from Ontario. I am writing to tell you why I think casting non-Latino/a actors in the roles of the three Latino/a characters in your production of Motherfucker With The Hat is doing more harm than good, to our theatre(s) and to our community. More harm than you may realize.

Firstly, you deny trained, professional Latino/a actors from performing in plays that feature Latino/a characters in the leading roles. Plays in this country usually do not feature “people like us” in main roles, and therefore opportunities to play leading characters are few and far between.

Secondly, what kind of example are you setting for younger generations of Latino/a artists who may be thinking about entering the theatre/film industry? That it is okay for non-Latino/a actors to portray Latino/a characters? You are inadvertently saying that Latino actors aren’t good enough, talented enough, or big enough names to be able to portray these characters.

We are living in a time in history where you can no longer ignore that there is a huge inequity in the theatre and film industry in this country. Canada’s colonial past can no longer be ignored and the number of people from other parts of the world is rapidly becoming the majority. We are still invisible, no longer the minority, but invisible nonetheless. Your actions definitely underline this invisibility. Just so you are aware, we, as actors of “colour” are never given the equal opportunities to be on Canadian stages as white actors and we are constantly relegated to playing secondary and mostly stereotypical characters. This practice does not make for an impressive example for young artists who want a chance to become actors in this country.

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How #Uber is ending the dirty behind #Toronto's cabs #TryUberFreeCode: rodp3


On the streets of Toronto, there’s a story that’s gone on for way too long – the dirty dealings behind the cab business. But things are changing. Let’s have a look.

In September 2012, one of Toronto’s taxi licenses sold for $360,000. As it turned out, this was a peak that presaged a major slide. By 2013, the average selling price of a cab plate had fallen to $153,867. In 2014, it was $118,235. The reason behind this plunge is Uber, the online service that lets you order a ride through your smartphone. By the looks of it, Uber may drive a stake through the heart of the cab business. It’s about time.

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Monsanto tribunal for crimes against nature and humanity #COP21

Monsanto was accused of 'crimes against humanity and the environment' at COP21 in Paris this week, writes Pavlos Georgiadis. And now the evidence against it is being gathered for presentation at a 'Monsanto Tribunal' taking place next October in The Hague.

"The answer lies in scaling up regenerative agriculture, not extractive systems based on greed and ecological injustice. The most efficient way for taking carbon out of the atmosphere is to put it in the soil by building healthy farming systems."

Civil society groups are putting Monsanto on trial for alleged crimes against nature and humanity in The Hague next October, on World Food Day.

The announcement of the 'Monsanto Tribunal' was made in a press conference in Paris this week on the fringes of COP21, by an alliance of organic, food sovereignty and environmental groups.

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Currency Wars: Race to dump U.S. debt #economy #USPOL

China is one of the largest holders of U.S. debt, and right now China is selling its U.S. debt in a hurry. Not only that, but other large purchasers of U.S. debt like Russia and Brazil, are also looking to dump their own U.S. debt. As of June this year, China owned at least $1.3 trillion of U.S. treasuries.This recent sell-off marks the biggest since 1978, and the flurry of those who are newly unloading bonds; is prompting some to worry.

The Bank of China has been busy selling U.S. dollars and instead buying yuan, in a supposed effort to prevent its own currency from dropping below its target rate. Russia, Brazil, and China aren't the only ones looking to unload U.S. debt either. Others looking to join the effort include Taiwan and Norway. Aside from China still holding the leading position in owning the most amount of U.S. debt, Japan is a close second with at least $1.231 trillion of their own.

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#CdnPol on GMO Labelling #elxn42 via @RachelsNews

The federal election is only three months away, and I think it's good to know where all the parties stand on mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods and ingredients.

The NDP have been clear about their position. NDP MP Murray Rankin, health critic for the opposition is very supportive of mandatory GMO labelling, so much so, that he introduced a motion (M-480) to label GMOs. Elizabeth May and the Green Party support Minister Rankin's motion. Both parties are committed to full transparency in food labelling.

The Conservatives have also been clear in their position, as they have consistently ignored consumer demand for GMO labelling during their term in office. After meeting with our Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, and the follow up meeting with scientists from Health Canada, their position became even clearer -- they aren't interested in labelling GMOs!

In fact, our Minister of Agriculture, Jerry Ritz is clearly opposed to giving Canadians the Right to Know what's in our food. In the September 22, 2014 issue of The Hill Times Ritz said, "Mandatory GM labelling is an ill-informed, ideologically-driven proposal that would increase red-tape on businesses, decimate Canadian farmers, and drastically increase costs for Canadian consumers." It's funny, none of these problems occurred in the 60+ countries around the world that have mandatory GMO labelling. I wonder where Mr. Ritz gets his information from... Monsanto?

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My Purple Politics via @MagdadelaTorrec #cdnpol

The reason - two articles and a comparison with U.S. President, Barack Obama:
1. Trudeau’s all ‘heart’ when it comes to economy by Maryam Shaw
2. Sappy line from Liberal leader doesn’t work in real world by Todd Mackay.
3. The comparison by Maryam Shaw - WHOSE LINE IS IT?

I had the pleasure of personally meeting Mr. Trudeau back in November 2009, at that time, a Liberal MP from Papineau, Quebec. The Canadian Ethnic Media Association, holds the Speaker Series of CEMA, to welcome lively exchange of ideas to foster ethno-cultural awareness and promote dialogue on identifying ways to bring different cultural groups together.

He was definitely charismatic, and spoke about his work, looking after the Multiculturalism and Youth portfolio in the Liberal caucus. He told CEMA members that Multiculturalism should be regarded as a collective set of values and hence become a tremendous strength in building a better life for us all. ‘There is truth in the phrase - the kindness of strangers’, he said.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Is Starting a GMO Food Fight With Congress #StopMonsanto #NoGMO

Gwyneth Paltrow wants Congress to put a label on it—genetically modified food, that is.

The Academy Award winner and her mother, the actor Blythe Danner, went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby against the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015—better known to its opponents as the Denying Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act—which would prevent states from requiring GMO labels. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives in late July.

Paltrow, one of several celebrity supporters of the “Just Label It!” campaign, which is being mounted by a group of organic food companies working to defeat the bill in the Senate, voiced her concerns over buying genetically modified food without prior knowledge.

“Much the way I want to know if my food is farm-raised or wild or if my orange juice is fresh or from concentrate, I also believe I have the right, and we as Americans all have the right, to know what’s in our food,” she said at an event marking the delivery of a petition with 200,000 signatures asking President Obama to veto the bill.

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