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

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

June 3, 2016 - Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize-winning former chief economist of the World Bank, says that the way to solve corruption and money-laundering facilitated by offshore banks that run secret accounts is to “shut...

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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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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker finesses the truth about TPP

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker finesses the truth about TPP »

April 7, 2016 - Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appeared at the Council on Foreign Relations a few days ago and treated the members to misinformation about the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, which is being...

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Poitras exhibit at Whitney turns U.S. govt threat to liberty into political art

Poitras exhibit at Whitney turns U.S. govt threat to liberty into political art »

Feb 4, 2016 - Art as politics reaches new intensities in the Whitney Museum’s disturbing and powerful new exhibit of film maker Laura Poitras’ selection of videos and documents to define the U.S. government’s threats...

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Fed Co-chair Fischer deflects call for numbers on wages

Fed Co-chair Fischer deflects call for numbers on wages »

Feb 2, 2016 - At the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, I pointed out to Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, that the current low unemployment rate he cited in...

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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 »

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

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

UPI (Womens eNews), March 29, 2013 - Betty Friedan's parting words: "We didn't challenge the system enough." She helped start the women's revolution but came to realize--along with many of us--that the problem everyone faced...

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Theater

“Hadestown” a powerful, political, jazzy retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice myth »

“Hadestown” a powerful, political, jazzy retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice myth

Hades of course is hell. And singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s script and music, directed by Rachel Chavkin, is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, who journeys to Hades in order to find his love, the nymph Eurydice, who has been killed by a poisonous snake. Here...

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Travel

Ramón Valle at Berlin’s A-Trane: “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz” »

Ramón Valle at Berlin’s A-Trane: “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz”I saw jazz pianist Ramón Valle at the A-Trane in Berlin. He bills himself as “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz.” He and the members of his trio are Cubans, but they don't play with...

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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

The Real AIG Scandal: How the Game is Rigged at Wall Street’s Casino

The Real AIG Scandal: How the Game is Rigged at Wall Street’s Casino

AlterNet, March 26, 2009 - Congress has deftly avoided the real story of AIG's collapse, which will make a few million in bonuses seem like peanuts. Most legislators at a House Finance subcommittee hearing...

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arms trade

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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tax evasion

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

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

June 3, 2016 - Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize-winning former chief economist of the World Bank, says that the way to solve corruption and money-laundering facilitated by offshore banks that run secret accounts is...

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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

Key West: Bobby Nesbitt brings panache and glitter to celebration of Las Vegas icons

Key West: Bobby Nesbitt brings panache and glitter to celebration of Las Vegas icons

Bobby Nesbitt’s tribute to the cabaret greats of Las Vegas is much richer than any medley of songs from the star singers of the time. His performance at the Tennessee Williams Theatre reprises...

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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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