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    Helmut’s Angels Included Future Liechtenstein Power Broker

    I am not a crookAccused hedge fund fraudster Helmut Kiener certainly has a knack for hitting it off with insignificant countries. The K1 Group founder, last seen trying to bust out of a German jail by claiming to be an attaché of the embassy of Guinea-Bissau in The Netherlands, saw something in this pretty little […]

    / Dec 1, 2009 at 2:36 PM
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    Too Small To Fail(ed States)

    Liechtenstein, and its citizens, have long been more than a little strange. All microstates are a little strange, being, like Liechtenstein the, polar political opposite of failed states. Failed states are plagued by institutions too weak to prop up the flaccid rule of law, and thereby permitting “shadow institutions” (the black market, organized crime, official […]

    / Aug 11, 2009 at 2:14 PM
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    Something Is Rotten In The Confederation of Helvetica

    It was the little mouse that roared. Again. Liechtenstein, darling principality and sometime haven for revenues seeking shelter from Departments of Inland (and Outland) Revenue, neatly slid the thin blade of a double edged dagger between Switzerland’s sixth and seventh rib. The tiny country announced today that it would push through legislation to cooperate with […]

    / Mar 12, 2009 at 1:09 PM

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