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High Street Banks
October 13th, 2010
The watchdog organization Global Witness released a report this week exposing ties between a number of British High Street bankers and corrupt Nigerian officials. The report detailed the reprehensible actions of Barclays, NatWest, RBS, HSBC and UBS, which for years took money from Nigerian officials. As we are all acutely aware, such corruption fuels poverty, entrenches dishonest politicians, and exacerbates obstructions to development for many countries. I want to be surprised. Really, I do. They just make it so hard for me. Each of those banks has been embroiled in scandal at one point or another in the...
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A Change of a Name
September 9th, 2010
You’ve heard the story before. A corporation with something to hide uses a tax haven as a host for its phony subsidiaries. In the classic tale, it is for the purposes of evading millions in taxes. Sometimes the corporation exploits the tax haven for other evils, like hiding losses from investors. My favorite example is Enron’s executives, who used shell corporations with snazzy names like “Raptor” and “JEDI” to hide losses and fabricate earnings—with disastrous results. But never before have I heard of companies using tax havens to win U.S. government contracts. That sentence sounds shady...
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Global Witness Releases New Report on Obiang, Stalled U.S. Investigation
November 18th, 2009
Task Force Member Global Witness released a new report yesterday detailing the corrupt lifestyle of Equatorial Guinea's Teodorin Obiang, while also detailing the conspicuous inaction on the part of the U.S. government. Global Witness issued the following statement in releasing the report:

Confidential U.S. government documents uncovered by campaign group Global Witness and reported on in today's New York Times, strongly suggest that Teodorin Obiang, son of the dictator of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, purchased a $33 million private jet, a $35 million Malibu mansion, speedboats and a fleet of fast cars using corruptly...

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