A despot in disguise: one mans mission to rip up democracy | George Monbiot

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James McGill Buchanans vision of totalitarian capitalism has infected public policy in the US. Now its being exported George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist Its the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. To read Nancy MacLeans new book, Charles Koch. Her discoveries in that house of horrors reveal […]

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Romania hits Canadian firm with $9m ‘retaliatory’ tax bill over gold mine

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Move comes after Gabriel Resources sues government for $4.4bn over failed bid to establish goldmine in Apuseni mountains Romania has served a Canadian mining company with a $8.6m back taxes bill days after the company filed a $4.4bn compensation claim over a stalled project in the country. Gabriel Resources tried for more than 18 years […]

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Tobacco companies tighten hold on Washington under Trump

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Top White House figures including the vice-president and health secretary have deep ties to an industry whose donations began pouring in on day one Tobacco companies have moved swiftly to strengthen their grip on Washington politics, ramping up lobbying efforts and securing significant regulatory wins in the first six months of the Trump era. series […]

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Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry’s dirty war for the African market

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Revealed: In pursuit of growth in Africa, British American Tobacco and others use intimidatory tactics to attempt to suppress health warnings and regulation British American Tobacco (BAT) and other multinational tobacco firms have threatened governments in at least eight countries in Africa demanding they axe or dilute the kind of protections that have saved millions […]

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Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster

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The long read: After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor There have been times in my reporting from disaster zones when I have had the […]

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Japan and EU expected to sign trade deal on Thursday

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Shinzo Abe to meet Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels but UK exporters likely to see no gain due to Brexit The European Union and Japan are on course to sign a trade deal on Thursday, after talks gained impetus in the wake of Donald Trumps G20 gathering in Hamburg. The timing is no […]

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