Britain: The World’s Tax Evasion Capitol.

by Jerry Alatalo

cropped-suits-333.jpgTax evasion whistleblower Herve Falcioni produced evidence to the French government in 2008 containing the names of thousands of moneyed people from HSBC computers. Of those names, around 6,800 were of residents of Britain. In the seven years since, only one of those thousands has faced prosecution by British tax authorities. That is because Britain is a world “leader” in facilitating tax evasion, accounting for around 50% of the approximate 70-80 tax haven jurisdictions globally.

So, while the United States and European countries maintain crippling sanctions against Iran, Russia, Venezuela and other geopolitically-independent nations, Britain and the other 35-40 tax havens around the planet go on with their merry, massive tax-evading ways. So, all the remaining 6,799 Brits on the list of tax evaders need to do is wait until the statute of limitations runs out, with help from British government officials who have sat on their hands.

HSBC is the world’s second largest bank, based in Britain, and currently experiencing one more in a long line of scandals associated with illegal actions that run the gamut of crimes possible for large banks to commit. The firm supplies training manuals to its staff on how to violate U.S. tax laws for its wealthy clients and get away with it. For a period of ten years HSBC laundered illicit money for a Mexican drug cartel in the range of a billion dollars. The drug cartel has murdered more people than ISIS.

Those who follow non-prosecution of white-collar criminals in the financial industry remember U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s statements to Congress where he made a connection between prosecuting and jailing criminal banking executives to the consequences of doing so. Putting white-collar criminals behind bars would “damage the economy”, according to Mr. Holder. Worth noting is that Mr. Holder’s successor, Loretta Lynch, was the prosecutor in charge of the HSBC Mexican drug-money laundering case, and that no HSBC official went to jail.

Returning to the global tax evasion industry, facilitated by the world’s largest accounting and legal firms for decades simultaneously “in secret” while every aware politician knew about it, researchers have shown that more tax evasion “whistleblowers” have become prosecuted than actual tax evaders themselves. In the world’s tax evasion capitol of Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron could easily move for transparency in the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands and the remaining crown tax haven jurisdictions, but after seven years since the first massive revelations of their existence hit the international press he has done zero but talk before the media about how wrong tax evasion is.

While low-level criminals languish in prisons, many for drug-related crimes which harmed only themselves, white-collar criminals who’ve inflicted massive harm to the people and economies of their nations and nations around the planet walk the streets as free men and women. Unless those white-collar, “pinstripe mafia” members become prosecuted and jailed for their clearly repetitive criminal actions, a sufficient deterrent effect will not become manifested, and nations around the Earth will continue to lose an estimated combined trillion dollars every year to tax evasion.

Perhaps British Prime Minister David Cameron can meet with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the Rothschild clan to come up with real solutions that offer precisely that deterrent.

Just saying…

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For more information visit the Tax Justice Network’s website: www.taxjustice.net

John Pilger: Why The Rise Of Fascism Is Again The Issue

Jerry "Peacemaker":

“To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

John Pilger is undoubtedly one of this world’s, this generation’s, finest warriors for truth. Read this article by Mr. Pilger with eyes wide, wide open, then try to deny that the points he makes absolutely must become shared far and wide… everywhere on this Earth. Humanity can and must handle the truth, and finally begin working in unity for the health and well-being of this and future generations. Thank you, John Pilger.

Originally posted on Stop NATO...Opposition to global militarism:

John Pilger

Why the rise of fascism is again the issue
February 26, 2015

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The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism.

“To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Had the Nazis not invaded Europe, Auschwitz and the Holocaust would not have happened. Had the United States and its satellites…

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Mr. Netanyahu Goes To Washington: War Criminal In Congress.

 

by Jerry Alatalo

World Map1Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner’s blatant breaking of foreign policy protocol in inviting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before Congress may backfire in ways unimagined by both Mr. Boehner and Netanyahu. First and foremost on the list of negative unintended consequences for the most powerful man in the republican party is the American people becoming aware that Benjamin Netanyahu committed war crimes during the war on Gaza in the summer of 2014, known as “Operation Protective Edge”.

After three teenage Israeli males became kidnapped, Israel unleashed a harsh military assault on Gaza – Operation Protective Edge – in what resulted in more than 2,500 Palestinian deaths, over 10,000 injured, and, in the words of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon upon traveling to Gaza in the aftermath: “unimaginable destruction”.

One can imagine an analogous situation where two adjacent cities/populations anywhere on Earth experience the same circumstances. As an example, let us say that the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota in America experienced an incident of kidnapping where three teenage boys became abducted. Let us say that Minneapolis is Israel and its neighboring city St. Paul is Gaza. In this imagined situation illustrating what Benjamin Netanyahu ordered during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, the mayor of Minneapolis orders a blanket, indiscriminate, disproportionate bombing campaign over a 50-day period leading to the deaths of over 2,500 residents of St.Paul, over 10,000 injured – mostly innocent civilians, and “unimaginable destruction”.

Now, if such massive human killing and physical destruction ever occurred in Minnesota, Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas, or any neighboring cities/populations in America, the mayor who ordered it would be in some extremely hot legal water, and without a doubt he or she would end up in prison for the rest of his/her natural life – if not facing the death penalty.

As unbelievable as Benjamin Netanyahu being granted the opportunity, the “honor”, to address the United States Congress in a matter of days is, what is of highest importance for the American people is becoming aware that the Israeli prime minister is guilty of horrific war crimes. Through America’s history, men and women foreign leaders have received what they understood as the honor of speaking to America’s elected representatives. With the exception of Benjamin Netanyahu, it is near impossible to produce names of any of those honored foreign guests/dignitaries who were in reality perpetrators of crimes against humanity.

Mr. Netanyahu coming to Washington is a matter of profound seriousness necessitating equally profound soul-searching by all equally capable serious persons, and raises clear, unavoidable questions of whether fundamental justice exists on this Earth. Furthermore, of paramount concern is tackling the questions raised when considering that the current prime minister of Israel – a nation historically connected to the Middle East region where wars and violence have resulted in millions of men, women and children perishing – is an unprosecuted war criminal who has a proven record of willingness to unleash weapons and kill innocent human beings by the thousands.

Given the seemingly endless war and violence suffered by the people of the Middle East for decades, the time has come for the International Criminal Court to carry out the difficult-but-necessary reason for its creation. Perhaps the only deterrent to crimes petty and of great magnitude is the moral, wise, effective implementation of true justice. According to the findings of the Nuremburg trials held after World War II, crimes of aggression represent the “supreme crime against humanity”.

John Pilger recently wrote: “To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

The highest-priority question becomes, with regard to Benjamin Netanyahu and other willing, able, and active military aggressors the world over, “how will humanity act in response to destructive actions taken by supreme criminals?”

In these days leading up to Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the United States Congress, it is impossible to answer that truly all-important question in any way whatsoever conveying association with the commonly understood moral, ethical concept of bestowing upon another human being an “honor”.

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For information on war crimes committed during Operation Protective Edge in summer 2014 against the people of Palestine, please visit:

http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com

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(Thank you to Frank Barat at YouTube)