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As Climate Change Hits Economies, Small Island States Turn to Selling Passports

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.28.2016 | Business
Till Bruckner

Such economic citizenship programmes, which are being run by several small island states in the region, have raised concerns that terrorists, criminals and other shady characters could buy Caribbean passports to evade justice, slip into Europe and North America through the back door, or squirrel away billions in stolen public money in tropical tax paradises.

IMF Caught in Moldova's Corruption Vortex, Time For The West To Wake Up

Luke Coffey | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Luke Coffey

Once again Eastern Europe is the location of a geo-political struggle that could define Europe's security for a generation. Moldova, a small country with a long history of foreign meddling, is at the epicenter of Eastern Europe. It is time for policymakers in the West start giving this tiny country more attention.

On Brexit, Luxembourg and Swiss justice

Martin de Sa'Pinto | Posted 07.21.2016 | World
Martin de Sa'Pinto

What have the UK government, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Swiss justice system got in common? From the evidence it would appear that, despite...

U.S. Lawsuits Implicate Malaysia's PM In Massive Stolen Money Scandal

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.21.2016 | World

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday judgment should be withheld until all the facts are known after the U.S...

Key Democrat Reprimands Loretta Lynch For Going Easy On Wall Street

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) sent a sharply worded letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday, calling on the government’s t...

The Mortgage Industry Needs More, Not Less, Oversight

Bernie Navarro | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Bernie Navarro

I have read the recent articles about the Panama Papers with great interest, because the way these shell companies are used has a direct impact on local real estate markets. Although many of these offshore vehicles have a legitimate purpose, a significant number are set up to wash ill-gotten gains from their owners.

NIGERIAN CORRUPTION

akhtar khan | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
akhtar khan

It's a well known fact, and thanks to British Prime Minister David Cameron's recent comment to Her Majesty The Queen Nigeria is 'fantastically corrupt...

Panama Raids Offices Of Law Firm At Center Of 'Panama Papers' Leak

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.13.2016 | World

PANAMA CITY, April 12 (Reuters) - Panama's attorney general late on Tuesday raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm to search for any evide...

What You Need to Know About Shell Companies and Corruption in the Wake of the Panama Papers

Hera Hussain | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Hera Hussain

On Sunday, the Internet experienced a meltdown of a different kind. With an unprecedented 2.6 terabytes of data, or 11.5 million confidential documents leaked from a popular Panamanian corporate service provider,  there is now an impressive amount of investigation going on.

This Bank Got Caught In The Middle Of Two Massive Corporate Scandals In One Week

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business

When leaked documents expose dirty money or hidden wealth, international lender HSBC has an unfortunate knack for being involved. In the last five day...

Conceal Estate, US Cracks Down on Hot Money Condo Loophole

Diane M. Francis | Posted 03.01.2016 | Crime
Diane M. Francis

New York's swankiest sky­ scrapers have become the new Swiss banks for the world's rich­est undesirables. It's ironic, considering that for de­cade...

How U.S. Sidelines Some of the Corrupt in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Stock Photo. FreeImages.com/Evgenia Pronina Most residents of the former Soviet Union hate the corruption that prevents everyone but a tiny mi...

Elizabeth Warren: American Justice Is 'Rigged' In Favor Of The Rich

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a scorching speech from the Senate floor on Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said the American criminal justice system is r...

Diplomatic Passports For Sale, Claims Dominica's Opposition Leader

Till Bruckner | Posted 01.20.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

Lennox Linton is the Leader of the Opposition in the Commonwealth of Dominica, an independent island-state in the Caribbean with just 72,000 inhabitan...

Justice for US Terrorism Victims -- Paid for by a Major French Bank

Frank Vogl | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Frank Vogl

Finding an appropriate source of funds for restitution to U.S. victims of state-sponsored terrorism has been difficult, but the $9 billion fine imposed by U.S. authorities in a settlement with BNP Paribas in late June 2014 has proven to be ideal.

Can the U.S. and Partner Governments Crush ISIL Finance?

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Frank Vogl

United States Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will chair an unprecedented session of the United Nations Security Council on December 17. For the first ti...

Silver Heads for Slammer in Major New York Corruption Case

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.02.2015 | Crime
Frank Vogl

The need for honest politicians serving the public's interests is at the core of the American system of democracy. Nevertheless, in the U.S., as in every country, politics and corruption too often go hand-in-hand.

Terrorist Financing Must Be Destroyed

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Frank Vogl

A sprawling dark network of financial agents has long supported terrorist operations. The U.S. Patriot Act, pushed by the last Bush Administration following the 9/11 disaster explicitly sought to strengthen efforts in this area. But, still more must be done.

Restoring Banking Integrity - 10 Reform Proposals

Frank Vogl | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Frank Vogl

Public trust in the biggest banks is low. I have 10 specific recommendations to cure the banks of their evil ways. Bankers will not like most of my proposals, but the time has come for radical reform.

Money Laundering Scourge of the World

Diane M. Francis | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Diane M. Francis

A recent report by Washington think tank Global Financial Integrity reveals the fatal flaw in the world's globalized financial architecture: It has not been accompanied by a globalized governance and regulation system.

Market crashes and Migration Linked by Hot Money Flows

Diane M. Francis | Posted 08.31.2015 | World
Diane M. Francis

The collapse in stock markets and the surge in the migrants flooding into Europe captured August headlines. There are many underlying causes for each phenomenon, all linked. Unprecedented flows of illicit money are damaging most economies. Investors are fleeing this, as are migrants.

Francis, Don't Pontificate Environment!

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Nigel Barber

Pope Francis recently published his statement on global warming as a moral problem. The Pontiff may be the best liked public figure on the planet but his credibility on environmental issues is close to zero. More specifically, Catholic Church policies hurt both the poor, and the environment.

The Brazenly Illegal Behavior of Big Banks

Frank Vogl | Posted 05.27.2016 | Business
Frank Vogl

Three strikes and you are out in baseball. Three strikes -- irrespective of the crime -- and you're in prison long-term in the United States. Now, the bankers need to be subjected to the "Three Strikes and You're Out" rule.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Satoshi Nakamoto, Founder & Creator of Bitcoin

Martin O’Leary | Posted 05.05.2016 | Technology
Martin O’Leary

Just as a true artist lives by his or her art--creating and being remembered through a legacy of masterpieces--Nakamoto's anonymity perfectly mirrors the anonymity of his Bitcoin masterpiece.

Petrobras's Billion-Dollar Scandal: Behind The Chaos In Brazil's Biggest Company

Brasil Post | Diego Iraheta | Posted 02.06.2015 | World

The chief executive of Brazil's biggest company, Petrobras, as well as five members of the state-run oil giant's board of directors were forced to res...