Up To The Last Drop ~ The Secret Water War In Europe:

Al Jazeera | By: Yorgos Avgeropoulos | April 16, 2018: Is water a commodity or a human right? Cities across Europe are fighting water privatisation. In 2010, water was officially recognised as a universal human right by the United Nations. However, the European Union has yet to do the same. The management of water has long been in the hands…

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Swiss Regulator Censures Gazprombank After Panama Papers:

The Financial Times | February 01, 2018: Bank banned from taking new private clients over failings on money laundering checks. Swiss authorities have reprimanded Gazprombank, Russia’s third-largest bank, over “serious shortcomings in anti-money laundering processes” related to the Panama Papers. Finma, Switzerland’s financial regulator, said Gazprombank’s Swiss branch “failed to carry out adequate economic background clarifications into business relationships and…

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China Builds Bridges And Highways While The U.S. Mouths Slogans:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Andrew Browne | January 30, 2018: The Marshall Plan birthed a U.S.-led global order ~ now China is building a new world. The U.S. once had a grand strategy. Its post-World War II rescue program for Europe gave birth to a new global order. Dean Acheson, the U.S. secretary of state who sketched out…

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Interview With John Kostyack & David Gardiner ~ A New Wind Energy Foundation Report:

Clean Technica | By: Carolyn Fortuna | January 16, 2018: The Wind Energy Foundation has just released a new report. In it, they talk about the need for US transmission planners to modify their calculations based on the number of big companies that are increasingly signing deals to buy wind and solar power. In this CleanTechnica exclusive, we interview John…

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Water-Related Risks Strand $Billions In Energy, Mining, Power Projects:

Circle Of Blue | By: Keith Schneider | GPE – January 16, 2018: Droughts, floods, and civic opposition cause huge losses. Originally published April 28, 2016: In early November 2002, six years before Lehman Brothers melted down and the American economy came much too close to collapsing, John Cassidy wrote a prophetic article in the New Yorker magazine on ominous…

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Denver Has A Plan For Its Many Luxury Apartments ~ Housing Subsidies:

Wall Street Journal | By: Laura Kusisto | January 08, 2018: The Lower Income Voucher Equity Program will help lower-income tenants pay the difference between what they can afford and the market rent. Denver has a plan for its glut of sparkling new, high-end rental apartments with amenities like gyms, roof decks and sometimes even pet spas: It will use…

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Tax Overhaul Could Jolt Dollar As U.S. Companies Bring Home Cash:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Ira Iosebashvili | GPE – December 28, 2017: Corporations could repatriate as much as $400 billion in earnings and cash from abroad. Originally published on december 25, 2017: A provision of the tax overhaul is expected to release a tide of U.S. corporate cash from abroad, a development likely to jolt the dollar and…

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What Gallup Learned About Higher Education in 2017:

Gallup News | By: Zac Auter | December 27, 2017: Throughout 2017, Gallup investigated the current state of higher education in the U.S. We listened to the perspectives of critical audiences ranging from chief business and academic officers at colleges and universities to education consumers themselves to Americans in general. As 2017 comes to a close, we can address two…

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FinCEN Notice 2017-1 ~ FBAR Filing Requirement For Certain Financial Professionals:

FinCEN | GPE – December 23, 2017: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is announcing a further extension of time for certain Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) filings in light of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) FinCEN issued on March 10, 2016, which proposes to revise the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regarding FBARs.…

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DOJ Gives Compliance Chiefs Powerful New Ally:

The FCPA Blog | By: Richard L. Cassin | December 22, 2017: The DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program — giving companies declinations or reduced penalties if they self disclose, cooperate, and disgorge profits — has now been enshrined in the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual. It’s a permanent guideline for prosecutors. What it means for companies is more certainty. If they discover potential…

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9-47.000 ~ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Of 1977:

Offices Of The United States Attorneys | GPE – December 22, 2017: This chapter contains the Department’s policy regarding investigations and prosecutions of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA prohibits both United States and foreign corporations and nationals from offering or paying, or authorizing the offer or payment, of anything of value to a foreign government…

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The Morning Risk Report ~ Cost Of Compliance — And Noncompliance — Rising:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Ben DiPietro | GPE – December 20, 2017: The cost of compliance for organizations rose 43% between 2011 and 2017, while the cost for not being in compliance rose 45% in that time, according to new research from data-integration firm Globalscape and Ponemon Institute. The research, based on an analysis of 53 multinational companies…

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Restoration ~ One Of The Most Overlooked Opportunities For Economic Growth:

World Resources Institute | By: Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Caroline Gagné & Andrés Anchondo Ortega | December 19, 2017: Trees are obviously good for the planet. What’s not so clear to most people — governments, NGOs, investors, the public — are their socioeconomic benefits. Trees are essential for the economy, our health and our wellbeing. Research shows that every $1…

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Dismal Employee Engagement Is A Sign Of Global Mismanagement:

Gallup | By: Jim Harter | December 20, 2017: According to our recent State of the Global Workplace report, 85% of employees are not engaged or actively disengaged at work. The economic consequences of this global “norm” are approximately $7 trillion in lost productivity. Eighteen percent are actively disengaged in their work and workplace, while 67% are “not engaged.” This…

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Here Come The New EU Rules On Data Privacy:

The Wall Street Journal | GPE – December 20, 2017: Many U.S. companies may think they don’t have to worry about them. But, as Justin Antonipillai and Ajay Arora explain, they do. ‘There are thousands of companies that have no idea that you’re actually covered by this law.’ The Wall Street Journal’s Jeff Stone spoke with two experts to get…

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31 CFR § 1020.230 ~ Certification Regarding Beneficial Owners Of Legal Entity Customers:

FinCEN | GPE – December 20, 2017: The US Department Of The Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have produced a  form to facilitate conforming with the compliance requirements relating to Beneficial Owners. This is an optional form provided for your convenience. The required information may be provided in other f ormats. When completed, this form is provided to the…

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This One Weird Tax Trick Could Raise GDP, Shrink The Trade Deficit:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Greg Ip | December 18, 2017: GOP tax plan could lead companies to curb shifting of profits abroad—and could satisfy Trump’s protectionist instincts. Dublin has been a welcome port for U.S. companies engaging in ‘transfer pricing,’ moving millions of dollars in profits to low-tax countries like Ireland. But the proposed GOP tax overhaul may…

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North Korean Hackers Behind Attacks On Cryptocurrency Exchanges, South Korean Newspaper Reports:

Reuters | By: by Joyce Lee & Heekyong Yang | December 16, 2017: South Korea’s spy agency said North Korean hackers were behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges this year in which some 7.6 billion won ($6.99 million) worth of cryptocurrencies were stolen, a newspaper reported on Saturday. The cyber attacks attributed to North Korean hackers also included the leaking of…

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