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And the mega rich just become richer and richer

December 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The richest 1% of the global population took 27% of the world’s wealth growth between 1980 and 2016, while the richest of the rich increased their wealth by even more. The top 0.1% gained 13% of the world’s wealth, and the top 0.001% – about 76,000 people – collected 4% of all the new wealth […]

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Robert Mugabe: my son’s part in his downfall

November 25th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This week saw the departure from power of Robert Mugabe after his 37 years leading Zimbabwe and the departure from Africa of my son Richard after his two years working in the continent. His most recent blog posting for his Kenyan employer Well Told Story comments on his work in Zimbabwe and you can read […]

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Is it over for Germany’s Angela Merkel? Nein – not yet anyway

November 21st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The electoral system in the German political system means that coalition governments are very common. The Social Democratic Party was in coalition with the Greens – the Red/Green coalition – from 1998-2005 and then, from 2005-2009, there was a ‘grand coalition’ between the Christian CDU/CSU and the SPD. Between 2009-2013, the CDU/CSU was in a […]

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Monaco and the crazy world of the super-rich

November 20th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

As has recently been underlined by the Paradise Papers, the super-rich live in a world of their own, financially, geographically, and morally. An example of this is Monaco.  This is one of the few European countries that I’ve never visited – it has nothing to interest me. But it attracts the super-rich big time. Less […]

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It’s World Toilet Day – and that’s no joke

November 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their […]

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Just !% of the world’s population owns half the total wealth of the planet

November 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

According to Credit Suisse’s latest annual global wealth report published earlier this week,  the globe’s richest 1% now owns half the world’s wealth. The world’s richest people have seen their share of the globe’s total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to 50.1% in 2017, or $140tn (£106tn), At the […]

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Please don’t forget the suffering in eastern Ukraine

November 12th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“In February it will be four years since Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, annexed Crimea and helped foment a rebellion in Ukraine’s industrial east. Since then about 10,000 people have died, including 3,000 civilians, and more than 1.7 million have been displaced. Aid agencies say that 4.4 million people have been directly affected by the continuing […]

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What are the Paradise Papers and what do they tell us?

November 6th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

What are the Paradise Papers? The name refers to a leak of 13.4m files. Most of the documents – 6.8m – relate to a law firm and corporate services provider that operated together in 10 jurisdictions under the name Appleby. Last year, the “fiduciary” arm of the business was the subject of a management buyout […]

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How can you cope with Brexit, Trump, North Korea and all the crazy things happening in the world right now?

November 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

A feature in the colour supplement of this weekend’s “Guardian” newspaper concludes with five pieces of advice. 1 Look after yourself “Self-care” has become a cliche, but while it is far from the panacea it is sometimes claimed to be, it is a crucial ingredient in staying sane. You may be surprised how frequently even the […]

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Who would want to be Prime Minister of Lebanon?

November 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

It is disturbing news that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia that he feared for his life. Hariri’s father, former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. In 2011, I visited Lebanon (having previously toured Syria). During the trip, I read a fascinating book called “Beware Of […]

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