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David Smith
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An English journalist who, when he's not exploring the social consequences of political actions, likes to write about cricket for some light relief.

The UK & The US: Same Problems, Different Results

Date: 6 July 2011

7 July 2011. Over the past decades the UK has shadowed the US in seeing growing inequalities of income, declining social mobility and rises in mental illness. But the UK is still demonstrably better off on most measures of social cohesion and social capital.

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Corruption & Money: The Language of FIFA

Date: 29 June 2011

30 June 2011. Everyone knows Fifa is corrupt, but the world football’s governing body is a Papal institution, with the power to excommunicate any opponent. This threat is one of several reasons why Fifa’s power is untouchable, and it remains unaccountable. IT seems as long as Blatter is bringing in money for Fifa – and they have a $1.2 billion surplus – there’s not that much concern in most countries about the corruption.

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Illegal Bookies, Crooked Players & Asian Gangs

Date: 22 June 2011

22 June 2011. Illegal gambling exists everywhere, but in Asia its present on a different scale compared to anywhere else. Asian gangs not only corrupt their own leagues, but have infiltrated every major football tournament, and several international cricket teams. David Smith investigates the secret world of illegal sports gambling and match fixing in this week’s expose.

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Unemployment and Low Wages Paint Bleak Picture for US Workers

Date: 15 June 2011

15 June 2011. Shareholder profits have risen steeply in the US at the same time as wages have spiralled downwards. So many Americans are now out of work, or only able to find part-time work, that the business-owners are calling all the shots. Weak employment protection laws and low trade union membership complete a bleak picture for the American worker.

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Black Money: The Business of Money Laundering

Date: 7 June 2011

8 June 2011. Billions of dollars of illicitly-earned money is laundered every year, often through reputable banking systems. One of the most shocking cases involved the Miami-based Wachovia Bank, which admitted responsibility in 2009 for moving $420 billion for account holders thought likely to be involved in the laundering of drug proceeds. Yet the measures taken to control these crimes don’t appear to be working. David Smith looks at the scale of the problem and assesses the far-reaching consequences of money laundering crimes.

 

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The World's Richest Family - You Didn't Know About (Part 2)

Date: 31 May 2011

1 June 2011. The Rothschilds are the most famous banking family in history. In the 19th century they lent money to Kings and Governments and funded both sides in the Napoleonic wars. They once saved the Bank of England from collapse with their own money. But how did they come to be so fabulously wealthy? In this two-part feature we first look at their rise from the ghettoes of Frankfurt, and then in part two we ask why they have been accused of everything from deliberately starting wars, to assassinating presidents and controlling the entire global financial system.

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The World's Richest Family - You Didn't Know About (Part 1)

Date: 25 May 2011

25 May 2011. The Rothschilds are the most famous banking family in history. In the 19th century they lent money to Kings and Governments and funded both sides in the Napoleonic wars. They once saved the Bank of England from collapse with their own money. But how did they come to be so fabulously wealthy? In this two-part feature we first look at their rise from the ghettoes of Frankfurt, and then in part two we ask why they have been accused of everything from deliberately starting wars, to assassinating presidents and controlling the entire global financial system.

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World Corruption Special Report

Date: 8 May 2011

9 May 2011. Iraq and Afghanistan sit near the top of a list of the world’s most corrupt nations despite years of occupation by Anglo-American forces and more than $1 trillion of US taxpayers’ money having been spent on the two nations since 2001. The 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) from the Berlin-based watchdog rated Somalia, with a score of 1.1 out of 10, as the world’s most corrupt nation, closely followed by Afghanistan and Myanmar with scores of 1.4, and Iraq on 1.5. This special report on world corruption uncovers the stories behind the most corrupt capitals of the world.

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Drug Capitals of the World

Date: 5 May 2011

6 May 2011. Afghanistan, which produces 90% of the world’s heroin, as well as the largest share of cannabis resin, could stake a claim as the “drug capital of the world”. But, in reality, there are many “drug capitals” when it comes to drug consumption and production. Naturally, most of the poison is consumed in richer nations, while it's produced in poorer countries. The picture, however, is complicated and ever-changing. Follow the drug trade around the worlds' drug capitals in this expose by EconomyWatch journalist, David Smith.

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