Article: Ban offshore banks with account secrecy from US correspondent accounts: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz

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Ban offshore banks with account secrecy from US correspondent accounts: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz

Lucy Komisar

The Komisar Scoop, 3 June 2016

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize-winning former chief economist of the World Bank, says that the way to solve corruption and money-laundering facilitated by offshore banks that run secret accounts is to “shut them down.” And the way to do that is to ban non-transparent banks from US correspondent accounts. He spoke at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting today.

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Article: Offshore Banking: The Secret Threat to America (Dissent Magazine)

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Offshore Banking: The Secret Threat to America

Lucy Komisar

Dissent Magazine, Spring 2003

In November 1932, deputy Fabien Albertin took the floor of the National Assembly in Paris to denounce tax evasion by eminent French personalities-politicians, judges, industrialists, church dignitaries, and directors of newspapers-who were hiding their money in Switzerland.

“The minister of finance knows very well that for ten years, the concern of all his predecessors has been to track down this fraud . . . ” he declared. “However, till now, the information one has gotten has been extremely vague. When documents arrive, they are formless notebooks in which holders of accounts are represented only as numbers. Employees of the banks don’t know the names of account holders. These names are known only to the director of the bank, who the clients forbid to correspond with them, so anxious are they to preserve anonymity.”

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