Haiti Must Invalidate Decree to Cede La Gonave

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Editorial comment Has Haiti’s 38-square-mile offshore island, Ile de La Gonâve been sold outright to foreign interests or transformed into a tax haven where Haiti maintains ownership only of the territory? Neither of these. Not if we fight. On January 7, 2016 Michel Martelly published a … Continue reading

Outsourcing Customs Tax Collection in Haiti and Elsewhere

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. A contract was granted under irregular circumstances by Haiti’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Marie Camelle Jean-Marie, that grants control of all customs tariffs of the Republic of Haiti to the Swiss multinational company Societe Generale de Surveillance SA (SGS), for 10 years.

Nurses Lead Protest Against NATO, For Financial Transactions Tax

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By David Moberg, In These Times | Haiti Chery. Nurses around the world are calling for a tax on financial sector speculation, which caused the ongoing crisis, so the proceeds may be used to reduce inequality, provide for health and other public needs, and create a healthy economy with full employment. At a Friday May 18 rally in Chicago kicking off the no-NATO protests, the nurses wore Robin Hood attire — red shirts and green caps — to demand the Financial Transaction Tax, also called the “Robin Hood Tax.”

EU Transaction Tax in Law by Year End

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By Harry Wilson, The Telegraph | Guardian (photo) | Richard Curtis and Bill Nighy, You Tube (video). The European Union is set to move ahead with plans for a financial transaction tax — also called the Robin Hood Tax — by the end of the year, despite opposition from Britain and Sweden. (Very funny video)

Inequality: of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Illustration by Stephen Doyle, Vanity Fair. Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.