Trade, Elvis, Chalabi, priest abuse, VW, global unknowns — and World Indigenous Games: F&O this week

World Indigenous Games, a photo-essay by Ueslei Marcelino

Ahead of the Summer Olympics in 2016, Brazil is host to a new event – the World Indigenous Games.

Ahmed Chalabi: Death of a Salesman, by Jonathan Manthorpe, F&O International Affairs column

Ahmed Chalabi is lucky he died this week. Had he lived longer, he would have faced yet more charges that he is personally responsible for Middle East death and destruction.

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in 'Spotlight.' Publicity Photo: Kerry Hayes, © Open Road Films

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in ‘Spotlight.’ Publicity Photo/Kerry Hayes © Open Road Films

Priest sex abuse: before Boston, there was Newfoundland, by Tom Regan, Summoning Orenda columnist

It was a bombshell: a local paper printed an exposé on sexual abuse by Catholic religious figures. No, I’m not talking about the story of the new film “Spotlight.”

The Feeling of Being Displaced All the Time: Andy Williams. Brian Brennan’s Brief Encounter (*subscription)

Andy Williams cracked open his fourth bottle of beer and pointed it at my notebook. “What’s this story you’re writing going to be about anyhow?” he asked. “You’re not looking for dirt, are you?”

Known Unknowns in Global Economics, by Jim McNiven, Thoughtlines column

As a global society we are slowly beginning to explore a couple of the ‘known unknowns’ that need to be managed right.

VW took corporate ethics industry to the brink. By Kelly Kollman & Alvise Favotto, University of Glasgow

The Volkswagen emissions scandal undermines claims that corporations care about being benign and useful participants in society.

Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations in Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers meeting post in TPP Ministers "Family Photo" in Atlanta, Georgia October 1, 2015. REUTERS/USTR Press Office/Handout

Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations in Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers meeting  in Atlanta, Georgia October 1, 2015. REUTERS/USTR Press Office/Handout

Trans-Pacific Partnership details released. By Krista Hughes and Matt Siegel.

The long-awaited text of the landmark Pacific trade deal reveals details of a pact aimed at freeing up commerce in 40 percent of the world’s economy — and criticized for opacity.

Myanmar’s abuses yield ready supply of slaves. By Penny Green,  Alicia de la Cour Venning & Thomas MacManus.

Myanmar’s historic election raises both hopes for democracy, and fears for worsened discrimination and violence bordering on genocidal against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.

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Terror in Little Saigon, by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica/Frontline.

In the 1980s five Vietnamese-American journalists were killed in what the FBI suspected was a string of political assassinations. They garnered little attention, until now, as ProPublica and Frontline investigate. …  read Terror in Little Saigon, on ProPublica’s site

Last but not least, Elvis Presley is still breaking records nearly four decades after his death. Official Charts reported Nov. 6 that “If I Can Dream,” a collection of Elvis classics reworked by the British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, topped the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart this week. Have a listen:

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