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Tax Havens: International Tax Avoidance and Evasion

CRS Report – Tax Havens: International Tax Avoidance and Evasion. Jane G. Gravelle, Senior Specialist in Economic Policy. January 15, 2015 “Addressing tax evasion and avoidance through use of tax havens has been the subject of a number of proposals in Congress and by the President. Actions by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentContinue Reading

The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025

“CBO projects that, under current law, the federal budget deficit will fall to $468 billion in 2015 – 2.6 percent of GDP – and remain roughly stable, as a percentage of GDP, through 2018. After that, the gap between spending and revenues is projected to grow, raising the already high level of federal debt. CBOContinue Reading

The Cobweb Can the Internet be archived?

Jill Lepore, The New Yorker:  “The Wayback Machine has archived more than four hundred and thirty billion Web pages. The Web is global, but, aside from the Internet Archive, a handful of fledgling commercial enterprises, and a growing number of university Web archives, most Web archives are run by national libraries. They collect chiefly what’sContinue Reading

Guardian – WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government

Ed Pilkington and Dominic Rushe: “Google took almost three years to disclose to the open information group WikiLeaks that it had handed over emails and other digital data belonging to three of its staffers to the US government, under a secret search warrant issued by a federal judge. WikiLeaks has written to Google’s executive chairman,Continue Reading

Currency depreciation against the dollar affects oil importers and exporters differently

EIA – “Widely traded futures contracts for North Sea Brent crude oil in global financial markets are typically priced in U.S. dollars (USD). The appreciation, or increase in value, of USD against most other currencies since last summer can either mitigate or exacerbate the effects of the recent sharp decline in USD-denominated crude oil prices,Continue Reading

Yemen: Background and U.S. Relations

CRS Report – Yemen: Background and U.S. Relations. Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. January 21, 2015. “This report provides an overview and analysis of U.S.-Yemeni relations amidst evolving political change in Yemeni leadership, ongoing U.S. counterterrorism operations against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operatives in Yemen’s hinterlands, and international effortsContinue Reading

Paper – The Creative Wealth of Nations

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7118. The Creative Wealth of Nations – How the Performing Arts Can Advance Development and Human Progress – by Patrick Kabanda, Foreword by Amartya Se. “Cultural activities are increasingly noted as drivers of meaningful development. But they have yet to gain a prominent place in the architecture of development strategy.Continue Reading

OCC Issues Government Securities Act booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook

“The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued today the Government Securities Act” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This new booklet, part of the Securities Compliance series, consolidates certain guidance from the Comptroller’s Handbook for Compliance, “Securities Activities” booklet, issued in September 1991, and the Comptroller’s Handbook booklet “Investment Securities,” issued in MarchContinue Reading

How Chicago Solved Its Open Data Dilemma

How Chicago Solved Its Open Data Dilemma, Loraine Lawson – “In New York City, obtaining a public data set required an open records request and the researcher toting in a hard drive. So grab a notepad, Big Apple, and let the Windy City show you how to do open data. A recent GCN article describes howContinue Reading

SIGAR Report Documents 300 Million Dollar Waste on Afghan Police

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction – More than $300 Million in Annual, U.S.-funded Salary Payments to the Afghan National Police Is Based on Partially Verified or Reconciled Data. SIGAR 15-26 Audit Report, January 15, 2015. “Despite 13 years and several billions of dollars in salary assistance to the Afghan government for the ANP, thereContinue Reading

Safeguarding the Arctic

By Cathleen Kelly & Miranda Peterson |Why the U.S. Must Lead in the High North |Thursday, January 22, 2015: “While many Americans do not consider the United States to be an Arctic nation, Alaska—which constitutes 16 percent of the country’s landmass and sits on the Arctic Circle—puts the country solidly in that category. Consequently, itContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – African Growth and Opportunity Act, Higher Education, Job Corps

African Growth and Opportunity Act: USAID Could Enhance Utilization by Working with More Countries to Develop Export Strategies, GAO-15-218: Published: Jan 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2015. Higher Education: Education Should Strengthen Oversight of Schools and Accreditors [Reissued on January 22, 2015], GAO-15-59: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. Job Corps:Continue Reading