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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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Trump, tax evasion and what Americans really need to do: #abolishtaxhavens

Trump, tax evasion and what Americans really need to do: #abolishtaxhavens »

April 16, 2017 - The “Trump pay your taxes/tell us what you paid” protests around the country on Tax Day April 15th matter only if they are the beginning of a movement by the Berniecrats...

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How German pastors collected church bells for Hitler

How German pastors collected church bells for Hitler »

March 24, 2017 - I just saw a fascinating film, “The Pastor’s Children,” in which I learned to some astonishment that during World War II, Protestant pastors in Germany collected iron church bells for Hitler...

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Robert Silvers, NY Review of Books editor, just died; he printed fake news

Robert Silvers, NY Review of Books editor, just died; he printed fake news »

March 20, 2017 - Robert Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books, just died. You will read the expected hagiographies. You won't read how he censored comments on his neocon vision of Russia. He...

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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 »

Dec 2, 2016 - Today, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton banned me from attending a talk by William Browder, a controversial American-born investor whose undocumented stories about the theft of several of his...

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Mayor and Greenwich Villagers organize against Trump

Mayor and Greenwich Villagers organize against Trump »

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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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

“As You Like It” cut down, and it’s still a charmer »

“As You Like It” cut down, and it’s still a charmer

A modern trippy jazzy smart take on Shakespeare’s couples play (“As You Like It”) about males and females going after each other, circling each other in real life before internet dating sites. In modern dress with a jazzy Elizabethan piano. And with the rather austere...

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Travel

Favorite Key West Museums: Butterfly Conservancy and Customs House Art & History »

Favorite Key West Museums: Butterfly Conservancy and Customs House Art & HistoryThough most of your Key West time will be outside, here are two museums you should visit even when it’s typically delicious outside. And certainly if it’s cool or rainy, as alas, it has been...

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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

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

Dec 2, 2016 - Today, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton banned me from attending a talk by William Browder, a controversial American-born investor whose undocumented stories about the theft of several...

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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. In four days at the Rose Theatre,...

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Restaurants

Sunset Key’s Latitudes is a magical place for lunch in Key West

Sunset Key’s Latitudes is a magical place for lunch in Key West

The best food in Key West is at the Latitudes restaurant on Sunset Key. There is a magical feel to this exceptional place which is on a small island you reach via a...

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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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