Last weekend, Buzzfeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) triumphantly lifted the curtain on big banking’s entanglement in the global money-laundering trade.
The FinCEN files tell a story of capitalism run amok. They reveal how 90 major financial institutions positioned themselves as the collective washing machine through which drug cartels, crime rings and kleptocrats laundered $2 trillion of suspected dirty money. And “profits from deadly drug wars, fortunes embezzled from developing countries and hard-earned savings stolen in a Ponzi scheme” have been spinning unchecked inside this financial washing drum for two decades.
The journals are based on…
When Netflix dropped its highly anticipated docudrama ‘The Social Dilemma’ earlier this month, there was a palpable chill across social media.
The fascinating and frequently sombre documentary explored the future of social platforms through the eyes of ex-Silicon Valley executives. What started out as a fun way to communicate, they lamented, was now an ad-driven source of societal decay with no space for moral considerations. “We want to psychologically figure out how to manipulate you as fast as possible,” warned one social media executive. …
It’s a pleasant Wednesday afternoon in Cody, Wyoming, and Kanye West is doing what he does best. Tweeting.
Scrolling through Kanye's Twitter account is like diving headfirst down a rabbit hole. The more you read, the further you’re sucked into his stream of consciousness, into a world where Bible extracts, presidential announcements and personal attacks merge into one. And in this Twitterverse, Kanye’s the protagonist.
So on Wednesday (Sept. 16), the rapper picked up his phone and embarked on a new Twitter quest. In a rant that culminated in him urinating on his Grammy Award, Kanye screenshotted and uploaded decades…
Ever since Trump threatened to ban TikTok unless it was sold to an American company by Sept. 15, the app has become America’s most eligible bachelor.
And, as with every season of The Bachelor, an early fan favourite emerged. In August, Microsoft launched a charm offensive to win over TikTok and its userbase, honouring to “build on the experience TikTok users currently love.” But China put a dagger through…
Divorce rates have spiked during the pandemic. And it seems the trend is spilling over into corporate marriages.
In November last year, LVMH got down on one knee and proposed to Tiffany & Co. The luxury goods giant announced it would be acquiring the American jeweller for $16 billion in the largest deal the industry had ever seen. The deal would pull Tiffany from its recent slump and expand LVMH’s 75-brand-strong portfolio. Unsurprisingly, Tiffany said yes.
None of us will ever comprehend the fear Beirut felt at 6:08 pm on the 4th August when a warehouse of ammonium nitrate erupted, wiping out half the city and leaving more than 300,000 homeless. Neither can we comprehend the grief and anger the Lebanese community — both local and diaspora — felt and still feel in the aftermath. Protestors immediately took to Beirut’s glass-cobbled streets to demand accountability for the negligence and corruption that have traumatized an already exhausted population beyond belief. One week after the blast, the government resigned.
A step in the right direction? Sure.
Last July, on the hottest day of the year, I put on a thick fur-trimmed black gown and was handed a law degree in front of all my family and friends. During my graduation ceremony, I remember feeling like I was coming out of university an entirely different person than when I started, enriched with knowledge that would stay with me for a lifetime.
Looking back, my naivety makes me laugh.
Around three months ago, I got a message on LinkedIn from a high school student.
“I wonder if you could answer a few questions I have about studying law…
“Guys, I’m having an existential crisis”, I said to my parents over coffee last week. They looked puzzled.
“You’re only 21”, they replied.
“I’m almost 22”.
“22 is still young”.
“It’s halfway to 44”.
The conversation went on like this for a while. But, after I convinced my parents 50 year-olds don’t get complete ownership over the world’s life crises, they began to understand what I meant.
It’s been over a year since I graduated with a law degree. And, although I’m lucky enough to have a corporate job lined up, I keep asking myself: is this it?
Cambridge is an absurd place. To be honest, I’m not sure how I snuck my way in. I still believe my going there was the result of a mistake made by an overly fatigued admissions officer who accidentally tossed my application into the acceptance pile four years ago. It’s now been over a year since I graduated with a law degree, and I’ve had more than enough time to reflect on my Cambridge experience.
Here’s what it’s really like.
Cambridge has 31 different colleges. I remember I couldn’t care less about the differences between these colleges during the application process…