Pandora Papers, Scandal in the French Catholic Church, the Czech Republic’s new defense system – WKUHerald.com
There is no shortage of hot topics here in the United States. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in all of this, but equally crucial things are happening all over the world. They can shed light on political relations, humanitarian issues, and can keep you abreast of world events.
Here’s a quick look at some of the global events that made the news last week. These titles are complex in nature, and this column is just an overview. You are strongly encouraged to follow the links to the stories provided and to read the story in its entirety.
Many Politicians Have Offshore Accounts, Reports Pandora Papers
The Pandora Papers have linked 35 former and current executives with offshore financial accounts, according to Reuters.
CNN reports that 600 journalists from 150 outlets of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists investigated more than 12 million documents to compile the Pandora Papers, the collective name of the report.
“Many powerful players who could help end the offshore system are profiting instead – hiding assets in secret societies and trusts while their governments do little to slow a global flow of money. illicit that enriches criminals and impoverishes nations, ”he added. International Consortium of Investigative Journalist said in its opening statement.
According to the report, it reveals how widespread the use of offshore financial accounts has become in global politics.
In the Reuters article, the Russian government said there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Vladimir Putin or his entourage.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a network of journalists and media organizations based in Washington, DC, said about 35 current and former national leaders, and more than 330 politicians and officials from 91 countries and territories are linked upon publication of this detailed report. .
Reuters makes it clear that the existence of offshore accounts is not illegal or does not involve any wrongdoing, but such accounts could be used to hide wealth from other officials and, therefore, the accounts must be made clear. ‘subject to further investigation.
To read the ICIJ report and see who was linked to the offshore accounts, click here.
Minors sexually abused by the French Catholic Church over a period of 70 years
An independent report filed last Tuesday claims that around 216,000 minors have been sexually abused by French Church staff and clergy over a period of seven decades, according to CNN.
The commission wrote its report at the request of Church officials. According to CNN, the Church has prioritized the institution over the well-being of the victims.
“Faced with this scourge, for a very long time the immediate reaction of the Catholic Church has been to protect itself as an institution and it has shown total indifference, even cruel, towards those who have suffered abuse, ”according to the report.
According to a similar Reuters article, it is estimated that there have been 3,000 pedophiles in the church over the past 70 years.
French Church officials declined to comment until the full report was released.
According to the same article, since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has taken important steps to eliminate sexual abuse. In 2019, the Pope issued a major decree making bishops directly responsible for the abuses or their cover-up.
The report made 45 recommendations to the Church, including the revision of canon law.
“It’s not about handing out donations or saving victims. It is simply a matter of repairing the… damage for which the Church is responsible, ”declared Jean-Marc Sauvé, head of the commission. “It is in fact a debt that the Church owes to the victims.”
Czech Republic buys new defense system from Israel
The Czech Republic signed a $ 630 million defense system deal with the Israeli government last Tuesday, according to AP news.
The SPYDER system can defend against airplanes, helicopters, bombers, cruise missiles and other weapons.
It will replace the obsolete Soviet system used previously. According to DefenseNews, the contract states that the Czechs will provide goods and services equal to more than 30% of its value.
“I appreciate the willingness of the Israeli government to share with us a state-of-the-art defense system that will advance our army to the capabilities of the 21st century,” Czech Defense Minister Lubomír Metnar said, as quoted in the statement. “Finally, we will get rid of our addiction to Soviet Kub [systems] 1970s that do not meet current airspace protection requirements.
Russia becomes first nation to film in space
According to AP newsOn Tuesday, Russian actors and a director went to space to shoot scenes for a new movie. Which makes it the first nation to shoot a film in space.
The three Russian astronauts docked at the International Space Station to film scenes from their upcoming film “Challenge” about a doctor who is due to perform surgery on the station, AP reports.
“I feel like I’m dreaming,” said Peresild, one of the cast.
According to CNN, the three underwent rigorous training for take-off.
Also in the article, in 2020, Tom Cruise was working with NASA and companies such as SpaceX to be the first to film in space. An objective supplanted by the Russian launch.
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