October 2008
Wanted! - For dodging tax justice

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Cut, cut, cut! 'Read my lips - no more taxes! For the better part of a generation, political mantras about tax have been deliberately misleading. 'Small' government and 'lower' taxes have not cut the tax bill or government budgets. They have camouflaged a switch from taxes on personal and corporate wealth to taxes on anyone and anything else. Today, the more political power you have, the less tax you are likely to pay. A tax 'consensus' has been quietly engineered by the IMF and imposed worldwide, regardless of democratic preference or absolute human needs. As globalization goes mental and public funds prop up the worldfs banks, next month the NI uncovers the global tax scandal - and suggests where justice might lie.

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NI

No.416

Contents

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2 Letters

4 Tax justice and the global fiddle
David Ransom listens to the false notes being played by an orchestra of financial instruments.
Top dodgers: Bono, Rupert Murdoch

9 Can pay... won't pay!
How John Christensen made a banker hide his head in his hands in the tax haven of Jersey.
Top dodgers: Leona Helmsley, The Prince of Liechtenstein

12 TAX INJUSTICE - THE FACTS

14 Tax the richest: why are we waiting?
As the UN goes in search of more funds to eliminate poverty, David Hillman reckons he knows where they're hiding.
Top dodger: Tesco

16 A short history of taxation

18 Why ecotaxes may not be the answer
Tax will, sooner or later, have to follow the environmental agenda. Nicola Liebert reports on mixed experiences so far, even in Germany.
Top dodger: The British Monarchy

20 Rebels with a cause
Where there's a tax there's a revolt.

21 SPECIAL FEATURE
Queer India...
The wildly erotic imagery on India's temples hints at a history of sexual freedom; so too does traditional acceptance of transgenders (hijras). But the reality for Indian gays and lesbians has been very different - at least until the last few years. Nick Harvey explains the background on gay rights - and then talks to lesbian activists about a cause that is
beginning to catch fire.

25 Currents
Australian Aborigines win sea rights; Burma's Karen fight back in the longest war; new worldwide campaign on Darfur.
PLUS NEW monthly CARTOON STRIP: Marc Roberts' intergalactic health & safety inspectors Gort and Klaatu make their début.

28 Big Bad World
Polyp discovers oil in the Garden of Eden.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

29 Worldbeaters
Russia's massive energy company Gazprom plans to be the biggest corporation in the world by 2014 - and who would bet against it?

30 Mixed Media
Win a CD in our music competition; a five-star film from Brazil - and a four-star one from Russia about the war in Chechnya; books include John Berger's wonderful new novel.

32 Southern Exposure
Circus antics captured by Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh.

33 Making Waves
Martha Lucía Micher Camarena has been battling to defend women's rights in Mexico for decades - and last year she achieved two landmark victories.

34 Essay: Timor, Cuba - and the making of a medical superpower

36 Country Profile: Tanzania

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NI Japan

No.104

Contents

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<This month's translation>

- Tax justice and the global fiddle (NI p4-8)

- TAX INJUSTICE - THE FACTS (NI p12-13)

- A short history of taxation (NI p16-17)

- Top dodgers: Bono, Rupert Murdoch, The Prince of Liechtenstein(NI p5, 7, 11)

- Why ecotaxes may not be the answer (NI p18-19)

- Country Profile: Tanzania (NI p36)




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