Links Sep 9

EU tax haven blacklist—a misguided approach? LexisNexis
TJN’s Markus Meinzer and Andres Knobel on the misleading nature of the EU tax haven blacklist, and why blacklists might not be the right approach to tackle tax dodging. (This article was first published on Lexis(r)PSL Financial Services on 7 September 2015. Click for a free trial of Lexis(r)PSL here.)

A Europe For The Many, Not The Few: Time to reverse the course of inequality and poverty in Europe Oxfam

$50b lost annually to illicit cash flows in Africa —Mbeki The Nation

The New Money-Laundering Sting: Come to the U.S., Get Arrested Bloomberg
“Undercovers lure `incorporators’ from overseas havens. Investigations grew out of taxpayer amnesty programs.”

France hands Cyprus controversial list of HSBC depositors Famagusta Gazette

‘Britain’s FBI’ target more than 20 of the world’s most corrupt politicians laundering millions of pounds through City of London The Independent

New Swiss Banking Norms May Not Help India’s Hunt for Black Money The Wire

Won’t somebody please think of the tax havens? FT Alphaville
A different kind of view on the tax haven issue. See also: Greetings From Bitcoin Island Bloomberg “No place on the planet has welcomed digital currencies as warmly as the Isle of Man.”

George Stigler and the ‘Noble Lie’ of the Perfectly Competitive Economy Fools’ Gold – rethinking competition

UK Parliament: Record of question on level of corruption in the United Kingdom in the light of the recent report of Transparency International UK, Corruption on your Doorstep—How corrupt capital is used to buy property in the UK.
“More than £180 million-worth of property in the UK has been brought under criminal investigation as the suspected proceeds of crime since 2004. This is believed to be the tip of the iceberg.”

UK: PFI is still crippling our public services Left Foot Forward
“Hospitals and numerous NHS PFI projects are now based offshore.” By Prem Sikka.

 

 


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