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Eye on Malawi's EITI: Signing up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative - Mining Review (January 2015)

The following piece “Eye on Malawi’s EITI: Signing up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative”, written by Rachel Etter (who is also editor of http://www.mininginmalawi.com… 704 more words

Malawian Government

Clare Rewcastle, can we have the truth?

I am unimpressed with the antics of Sarawak Report, Bruno Manser Fund and Global Witness. This is not because I want to deflate the debate on the future of Sarawak, because this debate has huge implications for Malaysia, and the choices are not straightforward. 1,172 more words

Socio Politics

Stunning indictment of Sarawak Report

Winifred Poh who writes for Free Malaysia Today has taken up the challenge. Some weeks ago, she had written a piece (see here) which Clare Rewcastle of Sarawak Report subsequently took offence ( 1,251 more words

Socio Politics

Foreigners can help Cambodia by cleaning up their investments

One of the biggest social problems in Cambodia today is the relentless issue of land concessions to foreign (and some local,) owned companies who present the Government with grand plans of turning subsistence farm holdings into consolidated wealth-producing fields of rubber, palm-oil production or similar. 786 more words

Cambodia

Foreign activists with an agenda against Sarawak

In the last few years, the Sarawak government of Abdul Taib Mahmud has been defined by two issues – the ambitious plans for industrial and agricultural development, with the rather ugly name SCORE, and the powerful, almost manic voices of the opposition. 1,145 more words

Socio Politics

EU makes it a bit harder to launder money

Europe to disclose the true owners of companies – but not trusts | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

“Today the EU has gone a long way towards making life harder for the corrupt politicians, money launderers and other criminals who hide their loot behind European shell companies,” said Robert Palmer, anti-money laundering campaign leader at Global Witness. 68 more words

Announcing Who Controls It: a proof-of-concept beneficial ownership register

Beneficial Ownership is a terrible expression. Outside of the NGO and anti-money-laundering community, nobody knows what it means, or why it’s important. In fact the UK now refers to this information as Persons of Significant Control, which is another bit of jargon, but does a slightly better job of explaining what we mean – which is to be able to answer the central question about any company that you are thinking of doing business with/working for/regulating: who or what is controlling it. 321 more words

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