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'Paradise Papers' Show Tax Havens Are Central to Western Capitalism

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Author Thomas Frank discusses the revelations regarding tax avoidance by some of the world’s richest people; meanwhile, an analysis of Wikipedia reveals a surprising fact. These discoveries and more below.

Why Have We Built a Paradise for Offshore Billionaires?
We endure potholes and live in fear of collapsing highway bridges because our leaders wanted these very special people to have an even larger second yacht.

LA’s Last Remaining Green Book Locations
The safest places for black travelers to eat, sleep, shop, and play in segregated America.

Is Israel Seeking Role as Leader of the Sunni Bloc?
Leaked cable shows Israel told diplomats to support Saudi Arabia’s war of words with Iran and Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Are We Environmental Criminals?
Are we responsible for the environment? What is environmental crime?

Senate Bill Would Impose Endowment Tax but Keep Tuition Waivers Tax-Free
Republicans in the U.S. Senate late Thursday released their proposal to overhaul the tax code, taking a somewhat different approach on higher education from their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nearly All of Wikipedia Is Written By Just 1 Percent of Its Editors
Researchers found that 77 percent of Wikipedia articles are written by 1 percent of Wikipedia editors, and they think this is probably for the best.

Museum Fees Are Killing Art History, Say Academics
Historians say that they are abandoning academic projects because of a “tax on scholarship” imposed by museums.

What Does the Rise of China Mean for Western Values?
Chinese philosophy advocates virtue and social harmony – two things badly needed in public life.

The Famously Photo-Wary Barnes Foundation Makes Its Art More Accessible Online
The museum has a notoriously strict no-photos policy, but has now made much of its collection available for digital download and sharing.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Has an Incredibly Clear Explanation for Why White People Shouldn’t Use the N-Word
He said that white people could learn something from not being able to use the word.

The Uncertain Future of Handwriting
Computers and tablets are changing how we write – will the ability and need to wield a pen die out altogether?

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