Island of secrets
"Tax havens helped the world’s wealthiest keep a disproportionate share of the benefits of globalisation, by preventing the rest of us from seeing how much they own," writes Oliver Bullough in The Guardian. "This has eroded trust in democracy and capitalism." Yet, as tax havens are eradicated, a few holdouts remain, including Nevis, a volcano in the Caribbean. Bullough reports on its history, allure and "curious constitutional situation."
Still seeking justice
As Jina Moore reports for the New Yorker, it has been more than 20 years since trials with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda began in an attempt to seek justice for victims of the genocidaires. The guilty — who have been imprisoned in 17 countries around the world — are now asking to get out early. But, as one interviewee put it, is early release “a new form of impunity"?
Comparing Mexico's president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to Donald Trump or Hugo Chavez would be a mistake, writes Jon Lee Anderson in the New Yorker. His populism is built "not on a hatred of 'the other'... but rather on an intuitive faith that Mexicans can overcome their current reality... In the face of Trump’s proposed wall, López Obrador has proposed greater togetherness."
For Haaretz, journalist Ravit Hecht speaks with Israel's former security adviser, Eran Etzion. His opinions, not always shared by the Israeli public, are both frank and eye-opening on the state of tensions and politics in the region: "Something dramatic is happening in Syria: For the first time, there is direct military friction between Israel and Iran. There is now a higher probability than ever before of deterioration into an open war."