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International Issues

CUBA'S LONG LIE EXPECTANCY

Cuba's storied long life expectancy is not the result of a healthy lifestyle, but an ability to distort statistics...

CANADA'S COSTLY TAX BUREAUCRACY

The total cost for complying with and administering Canada's tax system is between $18.9 billion (about U.S. $16.9 billion) and $30.8 billion (about U.S. $27.5 billion) in 2005...

AUSTRALIA'S TAX BURDEN OUTPACING INFLATION

In Australia, every dollar the country earned from New Year's Day up until April 24 has gone to the government in taxes...

NEW ZEALAND TAX OVERHAUL

New Zealand needs a major tax overhaul...

INDIA'S SAVING GRACE

India's new pension plan provides a model for tackling common problems with traditional pensions, says Ajay Shah...

CANADIANS' TAX BILL BIGGER THAN ALL NECESSITIES COMBINED

The average Canadian family paid almost 45 percent of its income in taxes in 2006...

THE REAL THREAT TO "SOCIAL EUROPE"

Europe's shrinking population isn't a problem in itself; rising "old-age dependency" is...

BJÖRN BORG, COME HOME

Getting rid of the wealth tax is a step toward making Sweden an entrepreneurial country, says Finance Minister Anders Borg...

MUM'S THE WORD IN MUCH OF THE WORLD

Despite strides toward democracy and freedom worldwide, "insult laws," which make it a crime to insult public officials -- or in some cases, to insult any individual, group or religion -- are still widespread...

TAKING AIM AT LOW TAXES

Should U.S. Senators force Hong Kong to raise its tax rates?...


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