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Offshore News Digest for Week of April 22, 2002


AT LAST: TRUTH ABOUT O.E.C.D. BLACKLISTING

Finally, an accurate news report exposing the meaningless 'commitment' letters signed by offshore havens that got off the blacklist.

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THE BLACKLISTED SEVEN

A profile of the seven nations that refused to surrender sovereignty to the OECD, getting them star billing on its latest phony blacklist.

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OECD Lifts Veil on 31 Tax Havens.

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It's Not Easy Being Liechtenstein.

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INSATIABLE O.E.C.D. THREATENS SWISS, LUXEMBOURG

Both nations have refused to compromise on their financial privacy laws, so now OECD bureaucrats are planning to propose sanctions.

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SWISS-E.U. NEGOTIATIONS AT DEAD END

BRUSSELS. Refusing to compromise their bank secrecy, Swiss and European Union negotiators are deadlocked.

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BERMUDA SLAMS U.S. POLITICIANS

HAMILTON. Business leader condemns bad US laws and lawmakers.

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AMERICAN CHUTZPAH

US Treasury Sec. O'Neill claims meaningless OECD tax info sharing commitments from offshore havens resulted from US policy.

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JERSEY ANSWERS BRITISH THREAT

Channel Island tells London it will not be bullied by threats to change its offshore friendly laws unless major nations do the same.

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Ignoring the historic Crown dependency's constitutional status, London may try to tax Channel Island corporations over EU tax issue.

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ANOTHER SIDE OF PANAMA

We recommend Panama as a preferred offshore financial center, but here's a darker side; government corruption, press coercion.

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But Panama's newly clean banks now meet almost all global standards.

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U.K. CITIZENSHIP FOR OVERSEAS COLONIES

Full British citizenship for those living in the few remaining UK overseas territories will soon become law.

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BELGIAN HYPOCRITES SEEK TAX HAVEN ADVANTAGES

BRUSSELS. Home of the high tax EU and a loud critic of offshore tax havens turns out to be seeking tax haven advantages itself.

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PROPOSED U.K. TAX UPSETS LONDON OFFSHORE BANKS

Labour's new budget hits 750 foreign banks in the UK with 1bn (US$1.4bn) in new taxes; mass exodus of banks predicted.

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But bankers say they will fight those new taxes.

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HEDGE FUNDS FACE MONEY LAUNDERING CRACKDOWN

Interesting look at how the US government is using the USA Patriot law to destroy financial privacy using the 'terrorism' excuse.

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THE CASE FOR GLOBAL INVESTING

Finally, a good time to go global. Foreign markets hold bargains, maybe the best in 30 years. And emerging markets are included.

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CALL FOR A WORLD CURRENCY

A Nobel Prize economist says the world needs a common currency.

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SWISS POLITICIANS MAY SELL OUT BANK SECRECY

A majority of the Swiss Cabinet is said to favor a compromise on bank secrecy to appease the European Union.

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BRITISH TO TAX OFFSHORE INCOME

LONDON. The Labour government proposes annual income taxes on offshore funds.

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GUERNESY ALSO UNDER LABOUR THREAT

Both the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey are now under threat from Tony Blair's Labour tax collectors.

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U.S. MAY ACCEPT WORLD CRIMINAL COURT

After opposing creation of a UN lead world criminal court, the Bush administration now says it may go along with the tribunal.

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INTERPOL TO TRACK PASSPORTS

The global police organization now has a worldwide passport watch list.

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U.S. NATIONAL I.D. PLANS QUESTIONED

A new report says ID plans not thought out, threaten privacy.

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NEW SOFTWARE MAY BLOCK CARNIVORE

The new PC system program will protect against FBI invasions of privacy.

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CANADA SPY CAMERAS ILLEGAL

A judge says they violate the Charter of Rights.

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SWISS BANK SECRECY CAMPAIGN PROPOSED

ZURICH. In response to rumors the Swiss cabinet may weaken bank secrecy to appease the European Union, a campaign for a national vote on a constitutional amendment to protect bank privacy is launched.

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JERSEY TAKES IT'S TIME

ST. HELIER. Under threat from Blair's Labour government, the Channel Island's leaders are in no hurry to jump through any EU tax hoops.

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U.K. GIBRALTAR SELLOUT HISTORY

LONDON. British plans to dump The Rock date back over 30 years.

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MALTA E.U. MEMBERSHIP HAS HIGH PRICE

VALLETTA. The European Union demands Malta abandon its low tax status in order to join; Maltese politics is in an uproar.

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U.S. FUNDS USE LUXEMBOURG AS E.U. GATEWAY

American mutual funds located here now have 22.5% of all investments.

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SPANISH JUDGE CHASES OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS

MADRID. The same grandstanding judge who hounded Chile's Pinochet now pursues a major bank's secret offshore accounts.

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HONG KONG FREEDOM SLIPPING AWAY?

As Red China's grip tightens, Hong Kong's status as a free market economy is questioned as SINGAPORE wants to move up.

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ARGENTINA SHUTS DOWN

BUENOS AIRES. Fumbling politicians bring a once proud nation down as banks close for an indefinite 'holiday'.

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FRENCH POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE

PARIS. Frenchmen are fed up with politics as usual. Enter M. Le Pen.

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U.S. ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING RULES SPREAD WIDE NET

WASHINGTON. New Treasury rules based on the USA Patriot Act cover everything from your wallet to your will and all in between.

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THE ECONOMIST BIG MAC INDEX

The latest Big Mac index shows the US dollar to be way overvalued.

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GOLD HITS A TWO-YEAR HIGH

LONDON. As world events sour, the safe haven of gold returns.

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And Barrick gold announces a new Peruvian gold strike.

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AMERICAN DEATH TAX MAY FINALLY DIE

WASHINGTON. Congress may vote full repeal within 90 days.

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SOCIALISTS RAP BRITISH RICH TAX LOOPHOLE

LONDON. It's from the Left, but this summary of UK tax laws that permit wealthy foreigners to live tax free in the UK is a good explanation.

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GREEK EXODUS FORESEEN

LONDON. If the rich live-in tax free loophole goes, so do Greek shipping magnets and 100 million in business.

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SOUTH AFRICANS MUST GO OFFSHORE

JOHANNESBURG. In the faltering RSA economy, offshore offers the only real profits for South African investors.

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