Latitude News‘ picks for the most interesting reports on what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
WikiLeaks leaks public documents
WikiLeaks has published more than 1.7 million U.S. documents from the 1970s. The documents include diplomatic and intelligence communications, including messages sent to and from former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The documents have implications for public figures as far afield as India and Australia, but Al Jazeera reports that “the files have not been leaked to WikiLeaks, and are available to view in US national archives databases.” If you’ve got a few days to spare, thumb through the documents here.
As the European Union was recently debating bailing out Cyprus, Russian oligarchs were repeatedly brought into the spotlight, as Cypriot banks have long been a tax haven for wealthy Russians. But Cyprus isn’t alone as a tax haven, Germany’s Der Spiegel reports. A new study shows that at least 130,000 people from around the world are stockpiling tens of trillions of dollars in countries that protect their anonymity.
The story says the U.S. and European countries are starting to address these abuses, saying, “debt-ridden countries of the Western world can no longer afford to be deprived of such massive revenues.” But it then goes on to quote a 2009 speech by President Obama, citing no further U.S. action. Read the full story to see how Germany is working to funnel some of those euros back to the homeland.
Pennsylvania-based company stiffs Taiwanese workers
Taiwanese workers went on strike after not being paid for their work on a new “de facto” American embassy in Taipei, reports the South China Morning Post. The workers claim Pennsylvania-based Weston Solutions, which is in charge of construction, has stiffed them for $15 million dollars. The U.S. has had no official embassy in Taiwan since 1979 when it recognized the Communist regime in Beijing as China’s official government. Instead, the so-called American Institute in Taiwan handles the U.S.’s diplomatic functions on the island.