An Open Source Protocol for Digital Sovereign Identity

  Ashley Brooke Taylor cooperative systems for a circular economy September 7, 2017 Blockchain holds the potential to be a powerful accounting system for many transactions taking place today. Most importantly it can be a tool to account for sustainability and impact investment, things that money has had trouble accounting for truly. The decentralization blockchain…

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Virtual currency offerings banned

By Wu Yiyao in Shanghai 2017-09-06 Initial coin offerings, raising funds through the launch of token-based virtual currencies, have been banned in China, according to an announcement made by several authorities on Monday. Analysts said that authorities move to ban ICOs is not surprising given that ICOs, with strong liquidity and great risk exposure, have…

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UK at centre of secret $3bn Azerbaijani money laundering and lobbying scheme

The Guardian   Exclusive: Leaked data reveals thousands of covert payments, including to European politicians and journalists Some of the money went towards an international lobbying operation to deflect criticism of Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, pictured with his wife Mehriban outside 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters Luke Harding, Caelainn Barr and Dina Nagapetyants Monday…

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Germany Questions Siemens on Equipment That Made It to Crimea

Wall Street Journal Two turbines that the corporation sold to Technopromexport for use in Russia were apparently instead shipped to Russian-occupied Crimea   Siemens filed a lawsuit in Moscow this week against Technopromexport, a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned Rostec State, after learning from what it called reliable sources that two turbines it had sold to…

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North Korea’s surprising, lucrative relationship with Africa

Washington Post   These giant statues of African dictators and monuments were built by North Korea View Photos Dozens of monuments throughout Africa were built by the Pyongyang-based Mansudae Overseas Project. By Kevin Sieff July 10 WINDHOEK, Namibia — Near the southern tip of Africa, 8,000 miles from Pyongyang, this capital city is an unlikely…

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Ghadhafis Milliarden — 560 Millionen Dollar in Metallbehältern versteckt

NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG Fabian Urech 5.7.2017 Der einstige libysche Diktator Muammar al-Ghadhafi galt als reichster Staatsführer der Welt. Was nach seinem Tod mit den von ihm abgezweigten Milliarden geschah, war lange unklar. Ein Bericht der Uno bringt nun Licht ins Dunkel – zumindest teilweise. Muammar Gaddafi 2007 bei einem Besuch in Spanien. (Bild: Javier Barbancho…

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Im dürregeplagten Südsudan: Tierhäute, Brautpreis und Goldrausch

 Neue Zürcher Zeitung David Signer, Kokoro 30.6.2017 Das südsudanesische Dorf Kokoro ist bisher vom Bürgerkrieg verschont geblieben. Aber die Bewohner haben Angst vor den Soldaten, vor Überfällen und misstrauen der Regierung. «Selbst wenn es jetzt regnet, dauert es Wochen, bis wir etwas zu essen haben», sagt Marchelo Lozo aus Kokoro. (Bild: David Signer) Es ist…

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France starts inquiry into LafargeHolcim’s Syria activities: source

Reuters Tue Jun 13, 2017 FILE PHOTO: The logo of LafargeHolcim is seen at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo France has launched a judicial inquiry into the Syrian activities of cement and construction group LafargeHolcim, a judicial source said on Tuesday, investigating the “financing of terrorist enterprise” and endangering…

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