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“Not unusual nor improper”: Pandora Papers, leaders deny wrongdoing



Following the release of 12 million files exposing the dealings of the world’s elite, several world leaders say they’ve got nothing to hide.

World leaders deny any wrongdoing

Reports are calling the Pandora Papers the biggest leak in history with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Jordan’s King are among 35 current and former leaders who have links to the papers.

Jordan’s palace says it is “not unusual nor improper” that the nation’s King owns property abroad.

The papers state that the royal spent more than 100 million US dollars on building his property empire abroad throughout Britain and America.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has questioned the validity of the leaked information with a spokesperson calling it “unsubstantiated” information.

“For now it is just not clear what this information is and what it is about… the Kremlin didn’t see any hidden wealth of Putin’s inner circle in there”.

Further to this, India officials said they will launch a formal investigation into the “data dump”, with Pakistani Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin along with several other leaders named in the documents to be investigated.

The Panama Papers successor

The Pandora Papers were released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who are based in Washington DC in association with 140 media organisations.

As part of their investigation, more than 11.9 million records were acquired equating to around 2.94 terabytes of data.

Six hundred journalists were involved in the investigation.

It comes five years following the leak of the Panama Papers which exposed wealthy individuals hiding large sums of money from law enforcement.

ICIJ journalist, Scilla Alecci joined ticker earlier, saying the secretive nature of offshore accounts is dangerous, especially when used by politicians.

Scilla alecci, Journalist ICIJ

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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