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The Panama Papers

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Lot to go through here, but it looks interesting:

  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    This should serve as a reminder that the One-Percenters need more tax cuts.
  3. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    This whole thing sounds like The Syndicate from Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.
  4. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    Great work, but the only real shocker was about the prime minister of Iceland. Not that I know anything about that nation's politics but really, who would've suspected?

    The other eleven? Round up the usual suspects.
  5. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    Interesting. But if no American politician or celebrity is on the list, it won't make a ripple.
  6. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Keeping money offshore isn't illegal in any country that doesn't have capital controls. It's illegal if you are Chinese, for example, past a certain amount, but that is because they try to control their citizens and their property and their economy isn't entirely free.

    If the money is offshore because you are trying to hide something illegal -- for example, you are a politician who stole the money or you are a criminal who gathered the money illegally -- this is a big deal. I hope the stories start to focus entirely on those people. So far, a lot of the stories I have read have conflated the offshore accounts in and of themselves with something insidious. They aren't. Most of the people whose names came up in those leaks aren't doing anything illegal. Simply putting funds offshore isn't a bad thing in and of itself. In fact, if I was Russian (and had somehow earned a lot of money legally), I'd keep as much of my money out of the country as possible -- I wouldn't trust it NOT to be stolen from me if I left it in the hands of a Russian financial institution. It doesn't make me a criminal. It makes me someone trying to keep my wealth hidden and safe.

    If this focuses on a bunch of dictators and corrupt politicians having used their position to enrich themselves -- and these accounts help to expose their sliminess -- it is great. Those people are sickening. That looked to be the intent of the project.

    I have read some head-scratching stories, though, that didn't seem to understand that when you earn money LEGALLY in most countries, you are still free to do whatever you want with it.
  7. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Wait, all those files came from one firm?
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  10. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

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