In this stunning investigation by the New York Times, Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal uncover a disturbing pattern of civilian casualties in the war against ISIS. After 18 months of investigation, and having visited 150 sites across northern Iraq, they found that one in five airstrikes resulted in a civilian death, at “a rate more than 31 times that acknowledged by the coalition.”
A flawed model
The neoliberal model of more markets and less governments has become an ideology that fundamentally goes against the field of economics, argues Dani Rodrik for The Guardian. He takes the reader on a deep dive through the history and significance of the economic movement, before concluding “the fatal flaw...is that it does not even get the economics right. It must be rejected on its own terms for the simple reason that it is bad economics.”
With yet another leak detailing offshore tax havens, this week’s release of the Paradise Papers has some of the biggest revelations yet. The documents show how the global elite — including present and former world leaders and some of the world's best known brands — use tax havens to hide their wealth. The Toronto Star provides a summary of the findings.
In The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer examines an often-forgotten symptom of climate change. While much has been made of the polar ice caps melting leading to sea level rise, Meyer is concerned with the pathogens that have been stored in the now melting permafrost. Resistant to modern antibiotics, these viruses and bacteria pose a unique threat to people across the world.