Countercurrents News Letter 22 July

Global Super Rich Hoard $31 Trillion In Tax Havens and more...

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Global Super Rich Hoard $31 Trillion In Tax Havens
By Common Dreams

A new report by the Tax Justice Network released Sunday reveals that between $21 trillion and $31 trillion is currently tucked away in global tax havens by the global super-rich--an amount that far exceeds previous estimates. Through exploiting gaps in global tax rules, the global financial elite are managing to hide "as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together" from taxation, leaving the world's poor to carry the burden of global debt through harsh austerity measures

Sectarianism Bites Into Syria's Rebels
By Robert Fisk

Sectarianism is biting into the Syrian revolution. At the end of last week, one Syrian told me that "they are bayoneting people in the villages around Damascus". Women, they say, have been raped outside the city of Homs – one estimate puts the number of victims as high as 200 – and the rapists are on both sides

Now’s Not The Time For Hezbollah To Cut-and-Run
By Franklin Lamb

Concerned friends of Hezbollah sometimes over react out of sincere solidarity and friendship and a desire to protect the Resistance from surrounding events that are swirling out of control around them. Perhaps it is in this context that the editor in chief of the pro-Hezbollah Beirut newspaper, Al Akbar, Ibrahim al Amin is demanding that Hezbollah throw in the towel and withdraw from Lebanese politics

Obama Calls Shooting People "Evil Senseless"
But Righteously Continues To Order Thousands Shot
By Jay Janson

Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason." Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason." Astoundingly Obama, speaking of the Colorado movie house massacre said, "We may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason." By these words Obama shows that he is not insane and can recognize right from wrong and is prosecutable for crimes against humanity

Occupy The Conventions -- BOTH Conventions
By Mickey Z.

In 2012: Let's recognize that choosing to #Occupy is more powerful than choosing to vote. Let's Mic Check the bogus debates. Let's expose and reject the Lesser Evil ploy. Let's make it clear that we're on to their bullshit and we're ready to protect the future we share with all life on the planet

Taxing The Rich And The Jobs Crisis
By Ann Robertson & Bill Leumer

In a recent article, “Pensions Under Attack in America,” Mr. Leo Kolivakis took issue with a proposal by Mark Vorpahl, a union steward, to defend pensions by taxing the rich in order to create jobs (see Pensions Under Attack). Both authors agree that solving the jobs crisis is indispensable to solving the pension crisis, but their divergence occurs with Mr. Kolivakis’ assertion that “taxing the rich to create jobs is not a long-term solution to this jobs crisis.”

Paving The Way For A U.S.-Canada Economic And Security Perimeter
By Dana Gabriel

Over the past several months, the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border action plan has taken significant steps forward. This includes efforts to modernize and expand infrastructure at key land ports. In a move that went largely unnoticed, both countries also recently agreed on a statement of privacy principles that will guide information sharing across the border. Meanwhile, a separate joint initiative has been announced which addresses energy and environmental issues

Myanmar Muslims Suffering Amid Media Blackout
By Kourosh Ziabari

As the Muslims around the world cheerfully get prepared for the holy month of Ramadan, the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are painfully subject to the barbaric and appalling atrocities of the extremist Buddhists, finding their life in a constant state of trepidation and suffering

Lt. Col Purohit: Acts of Terror And Finding Escape Route
By Ram Puniyani

The Purohit affair is getting murkier and murkier. The agenda of Hindu nation, the role of Bhosala military school and other army officers in the whole chain of command cannot be accepted at the face value. It needs a deeper probe and investigation of the whole terror network and the role of army officers, as it is clear that Col Purohit’s statement that he was keeping other army officers in the loop for an operation which was not the part of the army intelligence work, is a matter of worry

An Unconventional Man of 'Will'
By Yoginder Sikand

Story of an unconventional will prepared by a 40 year old man

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