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EU Goes After Multinational Tax Avoiders with New Laws

The controversial Panama Papers leaked the names of government officials, celebrities and multinational companies using offshore tax havens to stash away undisclosed funds. As the dust settles, the European Commission is tightening its tax disclosure laws.

Transparency, the Panama Papers and the Future of Sustainable Development

Of course it’s no surprise that the world’s most wealthy and powerful people use whatever means at their disposal to protect their wealth. On the other hand, the Panama Papers leak is a stark reminder of the need to align our values with our functioning global economy if there is any hope of achieving our higher aspirations.

These Prison Bars Help Ex-Cons Build New Lives

Former NBA player Seth Sundberg’s experience as a convict led him to launch Prison Bars, a social enterprise that aims to market healthful snack bars while giving a second chance to former inmates.

Companies Push Back Against Hate Laws

Sure, North Carolina’s anti-LGBT “bathroom law” is terrible. So is the new Mississippi law that allows businesses to refuse service to gay people. But the swift negative reaction to these laws says a lot about where the country is going.

Ecology and Economics: Oikos 101

What do ecology and economics have in common? A great deal, as it turns out, including the same Greek root, oikos. Tracing this root back to its original meaning, we learn that both ecology and economics deal with good housekeeping, budgeting and family planning.

No, Chocolate Milk Doesn’t Help with Concussions After all

A research fiasco at the University of Maryland College Park finally ended last week when the university’s administration returned over $228,000 in funds. The cash contributed to a dubious study that claimed a brand of chocolate milk alleviated the health effects of concussions.

Supporting Local Economies Supports the Nation

Ignoring local businesses, and sending our money solely to a national or international business, breaks the chain of growth and supports the monopoly of big businesses that can potentially minimize local growth and leave our communities stagnant.