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The American Interest – May 26, 2016

It will indeed, unless something changes, according to a member of a European Union delegation to the United States investigating shell companies.

An international agency could label the United States a tax haven as the result of America’s refusal to require the names of beneficial owners of companies registered in the U.S. So said European MP Eva Joly, a member of the European parliamentary delegation to the U.S. that met last week with government officials and Congressmen on the issue of America’s clandestine shell companies.

Joly, of the French Greens, told The American Interest, “We have international standards for beneficial owners, and what [the U.S. has] is not up to that.” She said the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) audited U.S. practices in January-February and predicted that the standards would be found lacking when the FATF releases its report in October.

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Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton bans Lucy Komisar from Wm Browder speech

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Greenwich Villagers organize against Trump

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Nov 20, 2016 - My neighborhood: Sunday night, and the meeting room of a community center on West 13th Street in the Village was jammed with hundreds of people, standing room only, all quite passionately...

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Tony Blair, Bush’s partner in Iraq disaster, reinvents himself as a humanitarian

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Ban offshore banks with account secrecy from US correspondent accounts: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz

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Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis reveals how European powers’ Troika abolished Greek anti-tax evasion unit

Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis reveals how European powers’ Troika abolished Greek anti-tax evasion unit »

April 26, 2016 - A drumbeat of the Troika that ended Greek sovereignty last year was that the government wasn’t collecting taxes. The Troika was the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund, and the...

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Tax Evasion Nation: Ending Tax Haven Abuse (what Obama gets wrong) »

Tax Evasion Nation: Ending Tax Haven Abuse (what Obama gets wrong)

The American Interest, May 12, 2016 - Solving the offshore money-laundering and tax evasion system is easy, but the Obama Administration’s proposal isn’t the way to do it. Stung by the Panama Papers revelations of...

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Betty Friedan would vote for Bernie: Gloria Steinem and other feminists need to hear this »

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Salon, Feb 24, 2016 - Betty Friedan would vote for Bernie Sanders. I say that having known Betty near the start of the women’s movement in the late ‘60s and at the end of...

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Russian Sanctions Highlight Role of Western Enablers »

Russian Sanctions Highlight Role of Western Enablers

The secret deals of "corruption fighter" William Browder, an offshore profit-launderer

100Reporters, May 21, 2014 - As U.S and European governments impose sanctions on bankers, businessmen and officials close to Vladimir Putin to pressure him...

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At the End, Betty Friedan Broadened Her Vision »

At the End, Betty Friedan Broadened Her Vision

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Theater

“Fiddler on the Roof” still brilliant political musical theater »

“Fiddler on the Roof” still brilliant political musical theater

When can it be more relevant to look at the politics of theater? In this year of bizarre reaction, “Fiddler” continues to be the quintessential representation of popular struggle. This is a brilliant production by Bartlett Sherr. Lucky to see it with Danny Bernstein and...

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Banks

The Wall Street ICEcapade

The Wall Street ICEcapade

The American Interest, July-Aug 2010 (online May 18, 2010) - As I write this, the U.S. Senate is debating a major financial reform bill in which the credit default swap, a kind of derivative,...

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AIG

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French Finance Minister not “sufficiently aware” of frigates case

French Finance Minister not “sufficiently aware” of frigates case

Oct 23, 2007 - In the continuing saga of the Frigates of Taiwan, involving about $1 billion in bribes and kickbacks paid by the French company Thomson to win a bid on the...

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Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton bans Lucy Komisar from Wm Browder speech

Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton bans Lucy Komisar from Wm Browder speech

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Audio/Video

Lucy’s speeches & interviews

Lucy’s speeches & interviews

TV interview about the Allen Stanford case and the Sodexo kickbacks revealed by whistleblowers Jay and John Carciero on “Conversations with Harold Channer,” Oct 29, 2009, MNN – Channel 34, New York.  You...

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Cabaret & Jazz

Best of New York’s cabaret singers, new talents and veteran stars, featured at festival

Best of New York’s cabaret singers, new talents and veteran stars, featured at festival

There were 70 singers telling stories to music, swinging to jazz beats, crooning emotion and trilling high notes at the annual Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention last week. In four days at the...

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Restaurants

Philippe Chow brings NY sophistication to Beijing cuisine

Philippe Chow brings NY sophistication to Beijing cuisine

Philippe Chow’s cuisine is delicate, subtle, an infusion of Chinese flavors into an American sensibility. One of the waiters told me, “It’s Americanized food. It’s Beijing style, but you won’t find this in...

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Gadgets & Gear

Noise-canceling headsets: How they work and which to get

Noise-canceling headsets: How they work and which to get

A comparison of the best: the Sennheiser and the Bose Ready for a nice, relaxing airplane ride? You climb into your hard plush seat, fasten the safety belt, pull out a magazine or book...

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