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Aukus: Making waves in the Pacific

If the 20th century was the American century, then the 21st looks set to be Asia’s. Whether this be China’s increasingly important role as the ‘factory of the world’, India’s boasting of the fastest-growing economy globally, or the relentless ‘future-focus’ of the nations in developing business, tech and urban evolution, it is indeed, difficult to …

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The company we keep

If we were to create an ‘alphabet soup’ of the business world, it would start pretty conventionally: CEO, CISO, CFO. Going deeper, we might find rarer ingredients: FTSE, ISO, CRM. But the most vital elements are sometimes left in the tin: DD, KYC and AML. Without them, the meal can turn sour, so why are …

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Pandora the offshore explorer

The latest tranche of leaked documents exposing the financial set-up of the world’s great and good arrived with much fanfare. It is by far the largest to-date, totalling some 2.94 terabytes of memory space. For comparison, the Pandora Papers are more than 1,700 times larger than the infamous Wikileaks dump of U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010. …

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Sleaze of doing business

Let’s get political for a moment. (Yes, we do have to!). The MP, Owen Paterson, has resigned following a U-turn – imagine – from the government regarding their naked attempt to rewrite the rules of political standards scrutiny. And, while the number of the Johnsonian failures, gaffes and inadequacies may be greater than the number …

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Puppi Love

Influencing, it seems, is a young man’s game. When the pandemic lockdowns hit, influencers were suddenly at great pains to convince us all that lounging in Dubai jacuzzis and attending Miami photoshoots was totally necessary and strenuous. Make of this what you will. One influencer undoubtedly busy throughout the pandemic, however, was Ramon Abbas, better …

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Theranos, The Mad Titan?

The much-delayed trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is underway, potentially providing fascinating insight into the biggest American corporate scandal since Enron. While Holmes has denied all the charges of fraud against her, the true scope and scale of exactly what transpired at Theranos may never be known. The mere theatre of proceedings, coupled with …

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Malta Mark 111

In February of this year, one of the men accused of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia changed his plea to guilty and was sent to jail. The two others charged still maintain their innocence. This came after months of revelations that should have struck at the heart of justice, institutions and European values on …

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Public Enemies No. 1, 2, 3…

Is the threat picture irrevocably changing? That’s the question posed by Director of MI5, Ken McCallum, in his second yearly annual threat update recently. Tellingly, ‘disruptive threats’ from states – defined by McCallum as ‘less visible’ when compared to the typical terrorist atrocities – are now put on a par with the latter – and …

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Currency speculating…

Cryptocurrencies continue to make waves in the vast ocean of the global economy. The concept has taken off massively in recent years and may be about to step out onto the biggest stage yet: becoming legal tender in the country of El Salvador. The venture is being touted as ‘a great leap forward for humanity’ …

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