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SWISS ECONOMIC POLICIES QUESTIONED
Ron HOLLAND marshals history and facts, asking: "Has Switzerland Sold Out to Washington, London & Wall Street?"More on this story here.
The Swiss freeze bank accounts of Pakistan ex-president BHUTTO.More on this story here and here.
NEW CANADA LAW BLASTED
An attorney says Canada's new anti-dirty cash law wont catch terrorists, but will boost taxes, costs and hurt civil liberties.More on this story here.
NON-HAVEN CYPRUS DOUBLES I.B.C. TAXES
NICOSIA. Ending its role as a tax haven, Cyprus more than doubles its tax on offshore corporations, just to please the EU.More on this story here and here.
MAN BITES TABLOIDS
Officials of the ISLE of MAN want an end to unfounded "tax haven bashing" by the sensationalist British press.More on this story here.
TAX HAVEN ICELAND?
REYKJAVIK, Iceland. This northern most nation lays official plans to become a world class offshore tax haven.More on this story here and here.
BILLIONS IN SPANISH INVESTMENTS GONE
MADRID. 16.7 billion pesetas ($US90 million) missing from the Spanish investment firm Gescartera, hidden in an unknown tax haven.More on this story here.
BARBADOS LAWYERS WARNED
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados. The attorney general of this free enterprise Caribbean nation says lawyers must expose dirty cash, or else.More on this story here and here.
HONG KONG CLAIMS LEADERSHIP STATUS
This special area of Communist CHINA says the stats show HONG KONG is still a leader offshore center for the Asian economic area.More on this story here.
NICARAGUA CHOOSES FREEDOM
MANAGUA, Nicaragua. Leftist Sandinista ex-president, Daniel Ortega, is easily defeated for president by conservative VP Enrique Bolanos.More on this story here.
C.F.P. FIGHTS IRS REGULATIONS
WASHINGTON. The Center for Freedom and Prosperity continues its campaign against IRS plans to help foreign governments tax income earned in the US by non-resident aliens.More on this story here and here.
OFFSHORE SAVINGS FOR BRIT RETIREES
LONDON. We say it again; for retired Brits who want to save lot of taxes, the place to go is way offshore.More on this story here.
DUMB TAX IDEA DIES HARD
Just what a worldwide recession needs to make it a depression; a tax on each and every international capital transfer.More on this story here.
COMING ANARCHY? RICH VS. POOR
A new book claims "the end of the cold war merely set the parameters for the next struggle for survival".More on this story here.
HOW DO ISLAMIC “HAWALAS” OPERATE?
Exactly what goes on in the money transfer systems subjected to US police raids?. A graphic & article that explains.More on this story here and here.
NEW U.S. ANTI-TERROR LAW
Two views of what that new USA PATRIOT law means,More on this story here and here.
U.S. VIOLATES RIGHT TO ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE
On an “emergency” basis, the US government will listen in on all talk between detained federal suspects and their lawyers.More on this story here.
BUSH OPPOSES I.D. CARDS?
Small comfort! A top administration official denies any plans for a US national identification card.More on this story here.
E.U. WANTS MORE SNOOP POWERS
The European Union wants power for secret surveillance of e-mails, Internet and phone usage without a warrant.More on this story here.
SO DO BRITISH TAX COLLECTORS
Sweeping UK proposals for police access to user records of every British telephone and Internet user will apply to minor crimes and tax collection, not just anti-terrorist investigations.More on this story here.
CAMPIONE UNFLUSTERED BY SCANDAL
Every few years, scandal descends on Campione d'Italia. The latest terror inquiry may be its most clamorous case.More on this story here.
But the Campione case shows why tracing alleged terror cash verges on the impossible, in Switzerland or elsewhere.More on this story here.
For more information about Campione d'Italia see,More on this story here.
GIBRALTAR CHIEF WILL BOYCOTT
Peter Caruana, Chief Minister, will boycott British-Spanish talks on Nov. 20th in Brussels. He wont be party to a UK sellout of his colony.More on this story here.
IGNORING E.U., IRELAND PROSPERS
The Irish economy is the best in Europe because they refused to kowtow to EU orders, says Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.More on this story here.
NASSAU. The government crows about turning over records of a dormant Muslim bank to the US anti-terror police.More on this story here.
U.S. LIKES SOME TERRORISTS MORE THAN OTHERS
Lebanese bankers say the US is unlikely to press its request for the freezing of assets held by Hizbollah, the Shia Muslim group.More on this story here.
U.K. SUPER AGENCY CLAMPS DOWN ON FINANCE
LONDON. N2 is about to strike every UK financial business. What's N2? Consolidated regulatory regimes for banking, insurance and investments with a 12-volume rule book.More on this story here.
WHY MUSLIM FINANCE TAKES A BACK SEAT
Traditional Muslim law has curbed business and financial development.More on this story here.
JAPANESE BANKS TOTTER ON THE BRINK
TOKYO. The question is, when will they fall?More on this story here.
SOFTWARE WONT SPOT TERROR CASH
The makers of anti-money laundering software used in 75 major banks admit their programs cannot find terrorist cash.More on this story here.
I.M.F. MULLS ANTI-TERROR ROLE
US pressure to act on terrorist financing has the International Monetary Fund puzzled as to how it should respond.More on this story here.
ISRAEL DIRTY CASH AGENCY PROBLEMS
JERUSALEM. Head of the anti-money laundering agency quits.More on this story here.
UNITED KINGDOM, HOME OF DIRTY CASH
LONDON. At last the sanctimonious UK begins to admit it may be the money laundering capital of the world.More on this story here.
BRITISH LABOUR CREATES POLICE STATE
LONDON. Tony Blair declares a “public emergency”, suspends human rights, will hold suspects indefinitely without charges. Minister says concerns about liberty are "airy, fairy."More on this story here and here and here.
CANADIAN LAWYERS CHALLENGE “HITLER LAW”
VANCOUVER. Canada's 81,000 lawyers should not be government informers, so leading attorneys sue to block a law that does just that.More on this story here.
U.S. SNOOPS WANT HIGH TECH SPYING
WASHINGTON. A government wish list of techno-goodies to spy on you.More on this story here.
WORLD CRIMINAL COURT NIXED
US Congress prohibits cooperation in the establishment of the International Criminal Court.More on this story here.
“Reasonable Doubt: The Case Against the Proposed International Criminal Court,”More on this story here and here.
SWITZERLAND IN THE NEWS
Swiss police officials says they were rushed into acting against alleged terrorist groups before they were ready.More on this story here and here.
The head of the Swiss Bankers Assoc. says naming and shaming bankers who violate money laundering laws is the new rule.More on this story here.
And here is one of those shameful Swiss bankers.More on this story here.
SWISS FREEZER BURN
CULLY, Switzerland. Freezing assets here is easy. Thawing out assets is an entirely different story.More on this story here.
U.S. LUXEMBOURG TAX TREATY
The two nations agree on rules for combating tax evasion and double taxation.More on this story here.
LEICHTENSTEIN SQUEAKY CLEAN
This once secretive principality wants to world to know it is now clean.More on this story here.
JERSEY CLEANS UP
This once suspect Channel Island has also cleaned up its image, says TIME Magazine.More on this story here.
FREE OR NOT FREE?
HONG KONG is found to be the freest economy in the world for the 8th straight year.More on this story here and here.
But HK also boosts its power to seize cash and assets.More on this story here.
SUPER POWER E.U.
The head of the EU wants it to be a super power, but not everyone agrees.More on this story here and here and here.
And the EU wants total eavesdropping power over the Internet.More on this story here.
ACCUSED BARAKAT BANK DENIES TERROR TIES
LONDON. The chairman of a financial organization accused of funding Osama bin Laden's terrorist network denies the allegations.More on this story here.
ISLAMIC BANKERS CLAIM CLEANLINESS
Muslim bankers say they are less likely than their western counterparts to allow money laundering and tax evasion.More on this story here and here.
But INDIA’s largest, the Bombay-based State Bank of India, is fined $7.5 million by the US government for money laundering.More on this story here.
FRENCH INSURERS SUSPECT
PARIS. French insurance companies are accused of being lax on dirty cash.More on this story here.
GERMAN FINANCIAL CRIMES SOAR
There's been a huge increase in suspected money laundering and tax evasion cases reported since the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.More on this story here.
GOLD IN THE NEWS
Sales of gold as an investment soared 400% after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.More on this story here and here.
And a multi-billion dollar merger is about to create the world's number one gold mining company.More on this story here.
TERRORIST DEFINITION EXPANDS
New US anti-terrorist laws can be used for routine criminal investigations unrelated to terrorism.More on this story here.
The Bush administration ignores lawmakers as it makes its own laws.More on this story here.
MILITARY TAKES OVER COURTS
Bush orders military tribunals to replace US courts.More on this story here.
1 800 + REPORT A TERRORIST
150,000 people have phoned in terrorist tips to the FBI.More on this story here.
BLAIR THE ARROGANT CONTROL FREAK
LONDON. Labour's darling is turning the UK into a police state.More on this story here and here.
And Amnesty International denounces UK threats to freedom.More on this story here.
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