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This is the Kochs’ right-wing coup: Deny voting rights, flood politics with dark money, capture the courts

<b>Charles Koch, David Koch (MSNBC/AP/Evan Agostini/M DOGAN via Shutterstock/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The right maintains power with three tricky, connected schemes that have led to rule by a minority, the 1 percent<p>Michael Keegan<p>April 3, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>Most people would agree that our democracy is …

Government

Put the blame where it belongs: Bush, Reagan, Kissinger and the real history of the rise of ISIS

<b>(AP/Scott Stewart/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Conservative intellectuals are now trying to blame Marxism for ISIS. Time for a history lesson<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>April 3, 2016 9:30pm (UTC)<p>If you think it's a bit crazy when elite conservatives try to blame Obama for the rise of Donald Trump, you ain't seen nothin' …

Political Science

Meet the Thai Sex Workers Fighting for Their Right to Earn a Living

Members of Thailand's Empower organization want the sex trade industry to be treated just like any other profession.<p><i>This article appeared in the March issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe</i>.<p>One evening in Chiang Mai, Thailand, toward the back of a modest two-story building in one of the …

The Law Firm That Works with Oligarchs, Money Launderers, and Dictators

If shell companies can be said to be getaway cars for bank robbers, then Mossack Fonseca may be the world's shadiest car dealership.<p><i>Read on VICE NEWS:</i> <i>The Panama Papers: Massive Leak Reveals the Global Elite's Secret Cash Havens</i><p>One purpose of a so-called shell company is that the money put in it …

How Cops Terrorize People Without Even Arresting Them

Anger at police brutality usually revolves around the shooting of unarmed people, but cops don't have to physically harm—or even arrest—to do lasting damage.<p>Around 5 PM on an icebox cold Tuesday evening this month, Shagwaina Clark* began hyperventilating in the lobby of the Detroit Police …

The Panama Papers: Massive Leak Reveals the Global Elite's Secret Cash Havens | VICE News

An enormous trove of confidential documents from the notorious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca was made public on Sunday, exposing a vast web of offshore shell companies used by members of the global elite to evade taxes, hoard money, and skirt economic sanctions.<p>The massive leak — dubbed the …

Music industry pushes for digital copyright law reform

Think the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is broken, leading to all kinds of abuse? So does the American music industry... just not for the same reasons. The RIAA and other groups have responded to a US Copyright Office request for comment on the DMCA by calling for broad reforms of the "harmful" …

UPDATE: Reddit’s firing up a thread on the Panama Papers leak

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story linked to an earlier expose’ conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on offshore companies. The post has been edited.<p>The good folks at Reddit are already getting their Redditors fired up about the massive document dump we …