Posts by: Jo Breiner

Whistleblower to turn over files to WikiLeaks

Rudolf Elmer, a former Swiss banker, is set to hand over files to WikiLeaks that show offshore bank accounts of high net worth individuals and corporations to evade tax payments. Law professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, offers the following comment: “Rudolf Elmer has demonstrated that the ‘shadow […]

Goldman Sachs releases report on changes in business practices

Goldman Sachs has released a report which sets force changes in the way it will do business. Law professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, sees the changes as a positive move. “Goldman’s plan to take the creation of structured financial products out of the hands of traders and […]

Tax bill passed

Boston University School of Law professor Daniel Berman, director of the Graduate Tax Program, offers his view on the future of tax reform after passage of the tax compromise bill. “This tax package is a temporary compromise that deserves its widespread condemnation. The only optimistic sign for tax policy is some new support for tax […]

Comments on latest release of Wikileaks documents

Three BU International Relations professors offer the following comments on the latest release of WikiLeaks documents: Arthur Hulnick, a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, mostly with the CIA. Contact 617-353-8978, ahulnick@bu.edu “These leaks are as dangerous to the U.S. as a terrorist attack, and the people who stole this material ought to be tracked […]

Experts available on WikiLeaks scandal

The following Boston University experts are available to give expert commentary and analysis on the current Wikileaks scandal: Arthur Hulnick, International Relations professor; a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, mostly with the CIA Contact 617-353-8978, ahulnick@bu.edu     Joseph Wippl, International Relations professor; a 30-year CIA veteran Contact 617-353-8992, jwippl@bu.edu      Tom Fiedler, […]

New N. Korean nuclear enrichment facility surprises S. Korea

The South Korean government was apparently caught by surprise when it was revealed that  North Korea had built a uranium enrichment site near their main nuclear facility. International Relations professor William Keylor offers the following comment: “The key intelligence challenge will be to discover how the North Korean government succeeded in what seems to be […]

Airport security controversy

Travelers continue to complain that the current security checks by the Transportation Security Administration are intrusive and humiliating. The TSA has announced that some changes may be made if it is determined that the measures have gone too far. International Relations professor Arthur Hulnick, a 35-year veteran of the intelligence profession, offers the following view: […]

Will shoppers come out in force on Black Friday?

The holiday shopping season is one week away. The National Retail Federation predicts that 138 million shoppers are expected to hit the stores on Black Friday. Boston retailers are expecting a good season. School of Management marketing professor Frederic Brunel is available to offer expert analysis and commentary on Black Friday and what it means to […]

Ex-Madoff employees arrested

Two former employees of Bernard Madoff have been arrested and charged with securities fraud in connection with Madoff’s Ponzi scheme to defraud investors of billions of dollars. Law professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and author of “Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroads,” says a massive fraud like this cannot […]

Rivlin/Domenici proposal

A bipartisan task force, led by Alice Rivlin, a member of President Obama’s debt commission, and former senator Pete Domenici, released their plan to cut the deficit. The plan would rely on spending cuts and a debt-reduction sales tax which the task force believes would save $6 trillion by 2020. Law professor Daniel Berman, director […]