Fresh facts, and opinions, this week


Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi: The Image And The Reality, by Jonathan Manthorpe, F&O International Affairs

It has come as a shock to Aung San Suu Kyi’s international groupies and fans that the Burmese freedom icon is not the ethereal Princess in the Tower of their imaginations.  Instead of the pure visionary of a silken and untainted transition from nearly 60 years of military rule to the sunny uplands of inclusive democracy, Suu Kyi is proving herself an assertive and determined knife fighter … read more

Panama Papers:  A Conflict of Whistleblowers vs Elites, by Arne Hintz

The Panama Papers have brought the powerful role of whistleblowers back into the public consciousness. The struggle over controlling this kind of information is one of the great conflicts of our times. … read more

Panama Papers: The Psychology of Tax Fairness, by Stian Reimers

The tax dealings of politicians are under scrutiny, following news of their offshore holdings in the Panama Papers. We want a fair tax system, in which everyone pays what they are meant to. The problem is that different types of fairness are pitted against each other… read more

Panama Papers: What are ‘Tax Havens’? by Tommaso Faccio

As well as charging minimal or no tax to residents and non-residents, tax havens lack transparency and information exchange. As the leaked files of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca show,  individuals and companies use them to stash cash away from prying eyes. How do they do this? … read more

A Dyeing Tradition in Egypt: Photo-essay, by Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt’s hard-currency crisis and competition from modern factories in Asia and at home threaten one of the last dyeing workshops in Egypt but one of its owners takes comfort in the trade’s ancient resilience. …read more

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Australia’s other ‘flying doctors, © David Maurice Smith/Oculi

Australia’s other ‘flying doctors,’ By Georgina Kenyon

How can modern medicine include traditional bush healers whose spirits fly around at night diagnosing people’s problems? … Read more

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