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April 28, 2017

Food bank Britain: Millions at risk of starvation

As much as 1.2 million emergency food bank supplies were given out to hungry families over the past year with the government’s changes to benefits largely blamed for the record-high figures....

Assange saga taints freedom of speech cause

Estelle Shirbon and Alessandra Prentice Julian Assange's supporters outside the London embassy where he is confined say he is being persecuted for speaking truth to power.However, free speech campaigners further afield say the WikiLeaks founder has lost hi ...

Top US bank guilty of race-based lending

Wells Fargo, America’s largest home mortgage lender, has agreed to pay $175 million to settle allegations of discriminatory lending practices against African-American and Hispanic borrowers, writes Travis Sandford. Between 2004 and 2009 Wells Fargo steered ...

'Selfish' UK rich condemned as rocketing wealth is exposed

Britain's richest 1,000 people calmly raked in record profits last year, booming to a combined wealth of £414 billion despite an economic meltdown. The 2012 rich list released on Sunday sparked outcry from campaign group UK Uncut who said it “lays bare sta ...

LA riots' toll of unsolved murders 20 years on

For five days in 1992, the nation watched as entire neighbourhoods in Los Angeles descended into violent chaos, writes Jim Crogan.This came after four cops were acquitted in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, but during an uprising supposedly in the na ...

Conference empowers young in fight against worldwide corruption

Organised crime and global finance are now closely linked, and it is up to civil society to raise awareness of this and empower a system of legality and justice to fight it, writes Cecilia Anesi. These are the conclusions reached during the first five days ...

After Leveson: chilling effect on freedom of expression predicted

Following the publication of the Leveson Report, the Royal Charter, accompanied by various statutes, was agreed through a process of cross-party negotiation (often behind closed doors), say international campaign group Index on Censorship.It is highly conc ...

Army poisoned Black people in '50s claims new lawsuit

Monsanto, a multinational agricultural biotechnology company and others in the US conspired with an army experiment to secretly poison people with toxic chemicals in a giant segregated housing complex in the 1950s, according to a class action personal ...

UK squatting ban used to tackle 'anarchist' threat

Simon Hooper"Todd" was 18 when he came to the UK from Lithuania in 2005 in search of a better life. But things didn't work out. By 2009, with the British economy ravaged by recession, he had lost his job and had nowhere to live. "I had really bad depressio ...

Top recording studio ditches Barclays after rate rigging scandal

Graham HiscottPremises Studios, used by hundreds of stars from Girls Aloud and Tom Jones to Blur and Ben E King, has decided to move its business account elsewhere in the wake of the Libor rate fixing controversy. Managing director Julia Craik said: “We’ve ...

Blogger pays heavy price in defamation lawsuit

A self-styled investigative blogger in the US must pay a financial company $2.5 million for a single blog post in which she accused it of tax fraud, after a federal judge refused to grant her request for a new jury trial. Obsidian Finance Group and its co- ...

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