More politicians and tycoons appear to be marred by scandal as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) keeps adding names to its list of owners of secret offshore firms. ICIJ promises two more weeks of exposures.
A third of the world’s wealth is tied up in the offshore, according to the Tax Justice Network, cited byICIJ’s website. That’s estimated at US$20 trillion.
Tax Haven Number One appears to be the UK-controlled British Virgin Islands (BVI), home to more than a million offshore entities, while Britons act as nominee directors for such companies, renting out their names to the actual business owners.
British MP’s urged Prime Minister David Cameron to act against the offshore industry and address the issue of tax havens at June’s G8 summit, to be hosted by the UK.
Meanwhile, the fresh portion of names released by ICIJ includes Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. Apart… Continue reading
The reality of life on America’s railroads has been captured in a series of moving and stunning photographs by Arizona-born photographer Mike Brodie. Thousands bedded down on the country’s train tracks during Great Depression of the 1930s, many of whom had no where to go. Nearly a century on and the tracks remain alive with some of the country’s poorest people or simply those that are enchanted by the romance of the railroad.
For over 14 years, Daniel Estulin has investigated and researched the Bilderberg Group’s far-reaching influence on business and finance, global politics, war and peace, and control of the world’s resources and its money.
His book, “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group,” was published in 2005 and is now updated in a new 2009 edition. He states that in 1954, “the most powerful men in the world met for the first time” in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, “debated the future of the world,” and decided to meet annually in secret. They called themselves the Bilderberg Group with a membership representing a who’s who of world power elites, mostly from America, Canada, and Western Europe with familiar names like David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Lloyd Blankfein, George Soros, Donald Rumsfeld, Rupert Murdoch, other heads of state, influential senators, congressmen and… Continue reading
Painting of the Betrayal of the Cossacks at Lienz, Austria
In 1944, General Krasnov and other Cossack leaders had persuaded Hitler to allow Cossack troops, as well as civilians and non-combatant Cossacks to permanently settle in the sparsely settled Carnia, in the Italian Alps. The Cossacks moved there and established garrisons and settlements, requisitioning houses by evicting the inhabitants, with several stanitzas and posts, their administration, churches, schools, and military units. There, they fought the partisans and persecuted the local population, committing numerous atrocities. When the Allies progressed from central Italy to the Italian Alps, Italian partisans underGeneral Contini ordered the Cossacks to leave Carnia and go north to Austria. There, on the river Drava, near Lienz, the British army imprisoned the Cossacks in a hastily established internment camp. For a few days, the British fed them, giving the… Continue reading
Joseph Stalin was born in the Russian peasant village of Gori, Georgia on 18thDecember, 1879. His birth name was Josif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, until he adopted the name “Stalin” from the Russian word for steel in 1902. He was his mother’s fourth child to be born in less than four years. The first three died and as Joseph was prone to bad health; his mother feared on several occasions that he would also die. Understandably, given this background, Joseph’s mother was very protective towards him as a child.
Joseph was the son of Besarion Jughashvili, a cobbler, and Ketevan Geladze, a washerwoman. As a child, Joseph experienced the poverty that most peasants had to endure in Russia at the end of the 19th century. At the age of seven he contacted smallpox, leaving… Continue reading
If you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, you might want to choose your wardrobe wisely. A federal judge says that a Florida man was not wrongly arrested for wearing an “Occupy Everything” jacket inside the Supreme Court. Fitzgerald Scott of Tampa, Florida was inside of the Supreme Court building last year when a guard told him he had to do something about the homemade jacket he was wearing. The slogan that was painted on his coat, “Occupy Everything,” constituted a form of demonstration, the security guard said.
According to court papers, Supreme Court Police officer Justen Freeman told Mr. Scott on Jan. 20, 2012 that the words “Occupy Everything” weren’t allowed inside of the building.… Continue reading
Marshall was afraid of being silenced for his revelations about 9/11, Madsen said, noting that a side door the investigator never used was wide open when his dead body was found. Along with Marshall, 14-year-old Micalia and her 17-year-old brother Alex were also found dead. Madsen suggested that Marshall, who had observed many covert operations, had decided to shed light on mysterious issues in the last years of his life. Marshall believed the former US President George Bush had pulled off the 9/11 attack to foment a government… Continue reading
Yesterday at The Ritz hotel in London, the Professor Clive Palmer show rolled into town. And what a show. He is still relatively unknown in this country, but surely not for long. For Prof Palmer is the Australian businessman who is going to bring back the Titanic… or at least a modern-day replica of it. Unveiling his plans for Titanic II, the ebullient mining magnate insisted the new ship will set sail in 2016, and dismissed his doubters with a single word.