Actions to reduce harm 2021

(Certainly governments, corporations and other organizations do take actions to reduce harm or otherwise improve the lives of the people. This is often, even typically, the result of political action by citizens. This post gives examples.)

Deutsche Bank whistleblower gets $200 Million bounty for tip on Libor misconduct Mengqi Sun and Dave Michaels Wall Street Journal October 21, 2021
The payout is the largest ever by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

International Criminal Court authorizes investigation into bloody Philippine drug war led by Duterte Regine Cabato Washington Post September 17, 2021 Amazon’s warehouse rules lead lawmakers to press for worker protections Jay Greene Washington Post September 10, 2021
Concerns about the high injury rate at Amazon’s warehouses are leading policymakers to push for legislative and regulatory reforms that limit the e-commerce giant’s ability to use performance metrics.

Three articles critical of mainstream media coverage. New York Times cites U.S. torturer Michael Chertoff on Chinese “repression” Andre Damon World Socialist Website August 30, 2021 The media myth of ‘once prosperous’ and democratic Venezuela before Chávez Joe Emersberger and Justin Podur Fair August 26, 2021 Corporate media politicize WHO investigation on Covid origins to vilify China Joshua Cho Fair August 26, 2021

Tentative opioid deal would provide $26 billion and a new way to regulate painkillers Meryl Kornfield and Lenny Bernstein Washington Post July 21, 2021

Biden ramps up fight against corruption Dylan Tokar Wall Street Journal June 4, 2021
Anticorruption push could lead to broader focus among federal prosecutors on corruption and bribery.

A Dutch court rules that Shell must step up its climate change efforts Stanley Reed and Claire Moses New York Times May 26, 2021

Christopher Stone, environmental scholar who championed fundamental rights of nature, dies at 83 Emily Langer Washington Post May 19, 2021

Biden seeks $80 billion to beef up I.R.S. audits of high-earners  Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport New York Times April 27, 2021
The president’s “American Families Plan,” which he will detail this week, will be offset in part by a tax enforcement effort that administration officials believe will raise $700 billion over a decade.

Global brands find It hard to untangle themselves from Xinjiang cotton Peter S. Goodman, Vivian Wang and Elizabeth Paton New York Times April 6, 2021
Under pressure to renounce cotton harvested in a Chinese region marked by gruesome repression, they face a backlash from nationalist Chinese consumers.

National civic space ratings from the CIVICUS Monitor, which uses up-to-date information and indicators to assess the state of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression for all UN Member States. Credit: CIVICUS Monitor/IPS

Is the USA fit to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council? Emily Standfield Inter Press Service February 24, 2021
The United States has rejoined the UN Human Rights Council as an observer. This article looks at the human rights record of HRC members.

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