As a poisoned town sought justice, top chemical giant executive moved millions to tax havens Leaked records show Bernard de Laguiche stashed Solvay shares in offshore accounts as the company faced water contamination claims in Italy and the US.

5 ways celebrities in the Pandora Papers use the offshore system

Alongside politicians and billionaires, the Pandora Papers reveals how the rich and famous also make use of offshore havens, from Jackie Shroff to Shakira, Ringo Starr to Sachin Tendulkar.


WORD OF THE DAY Amalgamate ə-MAL-ɡə-mait Part of speech: verb Origin: Latin, early 17th century 1 Combine or unite to form one organization or structure. Examples of Amalgamate in a sentence "Lourdes wanted to amalgamate the metals to see if the hybrid was stronger." "Mark was excited to amalgamate his work and living space under one roof."


The largest investigation in journalism history exposes a shadow financial system that benefits the world’s most rich and powerful


October 9, 2021 I Defer a Second Opinion Joan Naviyuk Kane The light unevenly gray beyond the triple-pane: maybe neglected, or itself, self-filtering. Obscuring as it crystals into existence, as it opaques the hoar on the fence & bract to branch of all my trees. Our yard, my debt. Unpruned lilac, two liability spruce to … Continue reading POEM OF THE DAY via


WORD OF THE DAY October 9, 2021 fret  verb | FRET What It Means Fret means "to become worried or concerned." // The director fretted over every detail of the show's opening night performance. See the entry > Scroll down for more about fret PEOPLE ARE READING Merriam-Webster's Words of the Week - Oct. 8 The Difference Between 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' … Continue reading FRET


Friday 8th October 2021 , Here's your weekly rundown of the global security landscape, highlighting key incidents that have taken place from each region in the last seven days;  MIDDLE EAST & ASIAAzerbaijan and IranRelations between Azerbaijan and Iran have remained tense this week as both sides held large military drills close to their shared border. … Continue reading INTELLIFUSION NEWSLETTER: 5 INCIDENTS TO CATCH UP ON

The COVID Communication Breakdown

How to Fix Public Health Messaging By Baruch Fischhoff October 4, 2021

Taiwan and the Fight for Democracy

A Force for Good in the Changing International Order By Tsai Ing-wen November/December 2021

The Last Days of Intervention

Afghanistan and the Delusions of Maximalism By Rory Stewart November/December 2021

How the Good War Went Bad

America’s Slow-Motion Failure in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Corruption Was Made in America

How Self-Dealing Elites Failed in Both Countries

From Austin Kleon’s Newsletter

A tingle in the scalp Monday, October 4, 2021 How do we know when we have something? * * * Of his recording work on Thriller, Quincy Jones says, “We simply did what gave us the goosebumps.” * * * “Goosebumps are the result of tiny muscles flexing in the skin, making hair follicles rise up a bit. This causes … Continue reading From Austin Kleon’s Newsletter

Argue better by signalling your receptiveness with these words

Argue better by signalling your receptiveness with these words Argue better by signalling your receptiveness with these words Photo by Richard Kalvar/Magnum Photos Michael Yeomansis Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Imperial College Business School in London. His research focuses on how machine learning can be used to improve human judgment and decision-making – in … Continue reading Argue better by signalling your receptiveness with these words

els are older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge

Saudi Arabian stone camels are older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge The stone camel sculptures, seven in total and originally uncovered back in 2018, far predate more famous monuments. KEY TAKEAWAYS A series of camel sculptures found in the Saudi Arabian province of Al-Jawf was initially believed to be around 2,000 years old.  Using a variety … Continue reading els are older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge

s Holbein hid a creepy skull in “The Ambassadors”

Optical illusion: Why Hans Holbein hid a creepy skull in “The Ambassadors” The German artist painted death as it appeared in life – omnipresent and hidden in plain sight. KEY TAKEAWAYS Holbein’s The Ambassadors would seem like an ordinary 16th century portrait were it not for an indiscernible shape appearing in the foreground.  When looked at from a … Continue reading s Holbein hid a creepy skull in “The Ambassadors”

What are Flinders?

WORD OF THE DAY Flinders FLIN-dərzPart of speech: noun (plural)Origin: Late Middle English, 15th century 1Small fragments or splinters.   Examples of Flinders in a sentence "The glass slipped from his hand and shattered into flinders." "When Scott rubbed his hand against the wood railing, he got a few flinders in his palm."

10 Facts About the Haunting Painting “The Hands Resist Him”

10 (More) Celebrities Who Had a Terrifying Ghostly Experience

Ten Books Burned by the Nazis

Ten Books Burned by the Nazis by Christopher Dalefact checked by Darci Heikkinen As far as free speech goes, May 10, 1933, was one of Western Civilization’s saddest, most frightening days. That’s the date the newly-empowered Nazi Party led a wholesale literary immolation—participated in by university students and broadcast on radio stations throughout Germany—at Bebelplatz, the square … Continue reading Ten Books Burned by the Nazis

In it Together

* “In it together” [ %5D That's not what we usually hear. To have “us” we often need “them.” To make a profit (or a commotion) in social media, the math is usually division, not addition. And as media has crept into every corner of our lives, it often thrives on discord. The irony is that … Continue reading In it Together

Did you know…

Did you know... ... that today is the birthday of Sigourney Weaver (1949)? Born Susan Alexandra Weaver, this American actress began using the name "Sigourney Weaver" in 1963 after a minor character (Sigourney Howard) in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. Sigourney is best known for her role as Ellen Ripley in the Alien … Continue reading Did you know…

12 Phrases Shakespeare Coined That We Still Use Today

12 Phrases Shakespeare Coined That We Still Use Today William Shakespeare’s influence on theater, literature and the English language is hard to overstate. He wrote some 39 plays and 154 sonnets, and is widely considered the greatest writer in the English language. A scribe of comedies, histories, tragedies and romances, he covered an enormous amount … Continue reading 12 Phrases Shakespeare Coined That We Still Use Today

What Prehistoric Cave Paintings Reveal About Early Human Life

Some of the oldest known art may hint at the beginning of language development, while later examples portray narratives with human and animal figures.