Most taxpayers know that evading tax is a crime, but how many of us know that paying tax, council tax, fines, PAYE, can also be a war crime?
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The timing of the release coincided with the sixth anniversary of WikiLeaks “Cablegate” release, which exposed the machinations of the underbelly of the U.S. empire. The latest release, known as the “Carter Cables,” adds 531,525 new diplomatic cables to the WikiLeaks’ already voluminous Public Library of U.S. Diplomacy (PLUSD).
Author and investigative journalist Nicky Hager and war correspondent Jon Stephenson have teamed up, in a book just released, to tell the story of a dark and guilty secret of New Zealand’s recent history. The book is about what the New Zealand military – and especially the Special Air Service (SAS) – did in Afghanistan in response to the first New Zealander dying in combat in August 2010.
A young man I know joined the armed forces to fight in Afghanistan because he wanted to have an experience that money couldn’t buy. He is not an ardent patriot or believer in any particular cause. He just wanted a unique experience in his life; to have done something difficult, something money cannot buy.
Due to the Bill not being high enough on the Parliamentary Agenda, it is almost certain that the Taxes for Peace bill will not be debated on the 24th of March.
We realise this might be disappointing, but this campaign has already had a substantial impact on Parliament. We have:
But this is not the time to be disappointed. This is the time for action. We want to shout our support for a foreign policy that rejects violence and focuses on development and diplomacy as peaceful means of conflict resolution.
The image has spread quickly across the Internet: a man listening to a gramophone in what’s left of his bombed-out bedroom in Aleppo, Syria. The AFP photographer who captured the moment, Joseph Eid, says he thinks knows why it struck a chord with so many.
The victims were carrying UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) papers, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
A total of 77 survivors were pulled out of the water and taken to a detention center in nearby Hodeida, according to IOM’s Yemen chief of mission Laurent De Boeck.
De Boeck said the agency believes everyone on board were refugees, though it was not immediately clear where they came from in Somalia.
The war in Syria is not a fight for democracy. The U.S. is fighting alongside and supporting the cause of 80,000 jihadist from 90 different countries. Nearly a half-million Syrians have died in the war fuelled by this sinister worldwide participation.
Assad gave an amazing interview to Chinese media in which he stated very clearly that U.S. troops in Syria are “invaders” who have lost “nearly every war”.
We found the full interview, and it’s a gem.