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Today Reuters reports:
President Michel Suleiman called on Monday for international action to help Lebanon cope with a deluge of refugees from the war in neighboring Syria which he said threatened to set his volatile country ablaze.
The Reuters article reads: “Lebanon says it is now hosting 1 million Syrians, one third of them officially registered as refugees fleeing a conflict which has killed 70,000 people, according to the United Nations.”
Here’s a glimpse into the lives of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Today the BBC reports the death in prison of a suspect in the rape and murder of a female student in Delhi.
According to the article:
Police say Ram Singh hanged himself in Delhi’s Tihar jail, but defence lawyers and his family suspect he was murdered.
Mr Singh, age 33, was one of five men being held in the Delhi gang rape case that sparked outrage in India and abroad last year.
IN OTHER NEWS
Imara Jones pointed out in a Colorlines.com article published on March 8 that although corporate profits have never been higher, wages are at a 40-year low. But an alternate economy designed to meet human needs might provide some hope.
The article reads:
The good news is that in thousands of communities across America, people are working together to bring about what may be the beginning of a new national economic contract. Where Washington and Wall Street are falling down citizens are banding together, not just to ameliorate the suffering caused by national stagnation, but to launch innovative economic initiatives that might create a brighter, fairer future for everyone.
And speaking of corporate profits, today The Raw Story ran an AFP article titled “Report: U.S. companies keeping $166 billion in offshore tax shelters.”
According to the article:
US companies are keeping more of their profits offshore, choosing overseas tax havens amid talk in Washington about closing corporate tax loopholes, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The business newspaper said its analysis of 60 big American companies had found that they had collectively parked a total of $166 billion offshore last year.
That shielded more than 40 percent of their annual profits from US taxes, the report said.
Here’s an in-depth look at tax havens, courtesy of Al-Jazeera.
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