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  1. After Malheur, the end of the beginning: war for America's public lands rages on
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    Those who value public lands - for economic, environmental, recreational and aesthetic values - owe a debt of gratitude to Harney County, Oregon, writes Peter Walker. A violent branch of the Sagebrush Rebellion came to town, and the community told it to go away: the decisive factor in the occupiers' defeat. But the greater war for America's public lands has only just begun.
  2. Biggest criminals write laws that make their crimes legal
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Giannina Segnini discusses her bribery investigations that helped put two former presidents of Costa Rica in jail, and offers advice to aspiring investigative journalists.
  3. Contamination: The Poisonous Legacy of Ontario's Environmental Cutbacks 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    The story of Ontario's right-wing Harris government, which gutted health and environmental protection polices, leading to the Walkerton water disaster.
  4. Does the United States Still Exist?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    To answer the question that is the title, we have to know of what the US consists. Is it an ethnic group, a collection of buildings and resources, a land mass with boundaries, or is it the Constitution? Clearly what differentiates the US from other countries is the US Constitution. The Constitution defines us as a people. Without the Constitution we would be a different country. Therefore, to lose the Constitution is to lose the country.
  5. Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption
    Millions of documents show heads of state, criminals and celebrities using secret hideaways in tax havens

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    A massive leak of documents exposes the offshore holdings of current and former world leaders, politicians , public officials, and wealthy individuals around the world.
    Resource Type: Website
    A portal with information about government, Canadian and international, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools make it possible to find additional resources and information.
  7. I'll bet you didn't know you own billions of dollars in coal stocks
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    Exposing the investments and other involvements of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in the fossil fuel industry.
  8. In Spain they are all indignados nowadays
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The indignado protests that flared up two years ago have become a Spanish state of mind.
  9. Indonesia
    Law, Propaganda, and Terror

    Resource Type: Book
    In this study of Indonesia under the Suharto regime, the authors describe and explain the violent means the regime has consistently resorted to in order to maintain and legitimize its position. The significance of this book lies in the detailed account which illuminates the complex ways in which such regimes combine terror, a perverted legal system, and propaganda to force entire populations into submission.
  10. International Forum on Globalization
    Resource Type: Website
    An alliance of activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization.
  11. Key findings: The Panama Papers by the numbers
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    The largest cross-border journalism collaboration ever has uncovered a giant leak of documents from Mossack Fonseca, a global law firm based in Panama.
  12. Let the People Know
    Put Full Texts of Government Contracts Online

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Openness in our government is essential for a healthy democracy
  13. The Panama Papers
    Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry That Hides Their Cash

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    The Panama Papers is a global investigation into the sprawling, secretive industry of offshore that the world’s rich and powerful use to hide assets and skirt rules by setting up front companies in far-flung jurisdictions. Based on a trove of more than 11 million leaked files, the investigation exposes a cast of characters who use offshore companies to facilitate bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, financial fraud and drug trafficking.
  14. Panamanian Law Firm Is Gatekeeper To Vast Flow of Murky Offshore Secrets
    Files show client roster that includes drug dealers, Mafia members, corrupt politicians and tax evaders - and wrongdoing galore

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    Founding partners of Mossack Fonseca had international pedigrees and backgrounds in the worlds of money, power and secrets. The law firm helps clients respond swiftly to changes in laws, shifting business from one secrecy jurisdiction to another. Among additional services offered are yacht and plane registrations, and, for some clients, handling of finances. Mossack Fonseca kept a low profile -- until recent scandals brought international attention.
  15. Preparing for a Digital 9/11
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In recent years, in one of the more dangerous, if largely undiscussed, developments of our time, the Bush and then Obama administrations have launched the first state-planned war in cyber space. First, there were the "Olympic Games," then the Stuxnet virus, then Flame, and now it turns out that other sophisticated malware programs have evidently followed.
  16. Revealed: Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centres
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the "dirty wars" in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from insurgents.
  17. The Secret Secret
    Of Wikileaks and Literacy

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret prisons, air strikes, etc.), our collective behavior towards other nations and peoples (foreign policy discussions) and more are often obscured by state secrecy. Like the medieval clergy, those holding classified clearances are the sole legitimate interpreters of the 'really important' knowledge. In effect, they are a caste that guides our political and technological cosmologies.
  18. Stairway to Tax Heaven
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    A news role-play game featuring three fictitious characters: Juan Penalti (Soccer Player), Polly Tissien (Politician) and Edmund von Kronen (Business Executive). Welcome to the secret world of offshore. Your goal is to navigate this parallel universe and hide your cash away. Don’t worry! Lawyers, wealth managers and bankers are there to help you. Pick a character and don't get caught.
  19. Why Occupy Wall Street Must Include Deamdn for Honest, Observably Counted, Unrigged Elections
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    Too many critical parts of our electoral process are controlled by private partisan corporations. The counting of our votes is now controlled by these corporations' software inside computerized "black boxes" – entirely in secret.

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