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Go To Town With This Offshore Leaks Database

By The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Today in the Paradise Papers: You can explore thousands of Paradise Papers files!

Dear Steve,

It's finally here! Today, we give you access to the first lot of Paradise Papers data with thousands of new records added to our Offshore Leaks Database.

Don't forget - tell us what you find!

The secrecy of the offshore world was also highlighted by the revelation of an Isle of Man trust fund linked to Nelson Mandela. The trust existed in near-total secrecy until 2015, when lawyers representing Mandela's estate tried to wrest control of its million-dollar bank accounts.

Meanwhile, in Europe, members of the EU have been urged to clamp down on tax avoidance schemes. Experts from the United Nations also said law firms facilitating tax avoidance should assume their responsibility.

The ICIJ team.

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Posted on November 17, 2017

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Go To Town With This Offshore Leaks Database

By The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Nelson Mandela!

Posted on November 17, 2017

Today In Tax Avoidance Of The Ultra-Wealthy

By The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Hundreds of thousands of leaked documents from another offshore law firm.

Posted on November 16, 2017

Three Richest Americans Now Own More Wealth Than Bottom Half Of U.S. Combined

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
"The elite ranks of our billionaire class continue to pull apart from the rest of us," a new Institute for Policy study analysis finds.

Posted on November 9, 2017

'Paradise Papers' Reveal Tax Avoidance, Shady Dealings Of World's Rich And Powerful

By Jon Queally/Common Dreams
From multiple members of Trump's cabinet to the British Royal Family, document dump of offshore dealings shows how political leaders - joined by wealthy celebrities and the ultra-rich - shelter their assets, keep shady relationships secret, and game the tax systems of nations around the globe.

Posted on November 7, 2017

Despite Trump Campaign Promise, Billionaires' Tax Loophole Survives Again

By Alec MacGillis/ProPublica
The notorious tax break allows highly compensated private-equity managers, real estate investors and venture capitalists to be taxed at a much lower rate than other professionals.

Posted on November 6, 2017

A Russian Facebook Page Organized A Protest In Texas. A Different Russian Page Launched The Counter-Protest.

By Claire Allbright/Texas Tribune
Interactions between the two groups eventually escalated into confrontation and verbal attacks.

Posted on November 2, 2017

New Research Finds It Hasn't Gotten Easier For Poor Kids To Catch Up

By Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report
Parental involvement and pre-K programs haven't made a dent in the early childhood achievement gap.

Posted on November 1, 2017

Why It's Time To Lay The Stereotype Of The 'Teen Brain' To Rest

By Dan Romer/The Conversation
We found that much of the risk behavior attributed to adolescents is not the result of an out-of-control brain. As it turns out, the evidence supports an alternative interpretation: Risky behavior is a normal part of development and reflects a biologically driven need for exploration - a process aimed at acquiring experience and preparing teens for the complex decisions they will need to make as adults.

Posted on October 30, 2017

Wealthy Students Pushing Out Low-Income Students At Top Public Universities

By Meredith Kolodner/The Hechinger Report
The shift towards enrolling wealthier students is not only occurring at flagship universities and prestigious public research institutions, but also at regional universities that have traditionally provided access to college for a broad range of students, regardless of their socio-economic background.

Posted on October 26, 2017

The Real News Is "Old"

By Todd Gitlin/
If you lose your ability to feel disgusted, you have lost your moral purchase.

Posted on October 24, 2017

Most Fortune 500 Companies Used Tax Havens In 2016

By The Illinois Public Interest Research Group
Thirty-four companies headquartered in Illinois maintain at least 824 tax haven subsidiaries holding $130.3 billion in profits offshore.

Posted on October 23, 2017

The Sun-Times Paid Mary Mitchell To Write This Astounding Column About The Las Vegas Shooter

By Steve Rhodes
Does she know something the FBI doesn't?

Posted on October 3, 2017

Indiana Farmer Complaining About Estate Taxes With Trump Cashed $3.3 Million In Farmer Subsidy Checks

By Chuck Collins/Common Dreams
How billionaires try to use farmers as props for tax cuts for the ultra-rich.

Posted on October 5, 2017

Lincoln Square vs. Hate

By Jason Rieger
For every sign they vandalize, we will put up a thousand new signs.

Posted on September 30, 2017

Saving The Rohingya: Stopping Genocide And Volunteering In Chicago

By Steve Balkin and Phil Hultquist
How you can help.

Posted on September 29, 2017

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