A few weeks ago, a Latvian official complained to me that he had been askedto take off his shoes during a security inspection before boarding anairplane in New York. Despite his rank and status, he had been treated likeall the other passengers. Not pleasant.During a conversation in June between a Latvian banker and an Americanbanker, I heard them discussing "bank secrecy" - the kind for which someislands in the Caribbean were once famous.With a shake of the head, one of the bankers lamented, "you can keep secretfrom your wife or your competitors your finances or your bankingtransactions, bu...
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