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My newest poem. I tried a new font on this one which I thought very appropriate considering the theme of the poem. Those into graphic arts, I would appreciate your opinion. Although, content is more important.


http://mnhopkins.blogspot.se/2018/02/we-live-in-world-poem-by-mn-hopkins.html

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Part 1: Kevin Shipp, CIA Officer Deep Exposes the Shadow Government
Kevin Shipp
Feb 19, 2018

Part 1 full video now available here.

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Part 2: Kevin Shipp, CIA Officer Deep Exposes the Shadow Government
Kevin Shipp
Feb 21, 2018

Just opened to the public. Further expose' of the structure and function of the Shadow Government/Deep State.

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In an era of scams why do we people pay taxes?

NEWS AGENCIES | Updated on: 21 February 2018, 16:58 IST

There is hardly a day when the government, through expensive advertisements in the newspapers and on television, is not reminding us all to pay our due taxes on date, pay the advance tax and so on, or suffer the consequences. Then these advertisements also tell us - you and me - that the money is going to be used for national building activities, and that we should be a part of that nation-building.

You and me are also told that the money is used to protect us by ensuring the defence of India. We are made to feel as though we are anti-national if we do-not pay up on time. We are made to feel that the defence of the country may suffer and that we would be responsible for it.

All of the above is correct, and perhaps also, that is what the government is trying to convey about the usage of money so collected, but only to a limited extent.

Yes, it is a fact that the government runs on the basis of taxes received on time and having a healthy treasury. To have a healthy treasury, the tax money so collected is to be used in an efficient and diligent manner. That is the prime condition, if any government wishes to retain the confidence of its people.

Is India's tax money so collected used in an efficient manner? Is there due diligence in managing the affairs of the government and the disbursal of funds? One would expect this to be so? But, it must be stated here emphatically that ever since the then government decided to usher in a "socialist pattern of society", the funds collected by bleeding the taxpayer have been squandered. Basically, the hard-earned money of the needy has gone to feed the unending desires of the greedy.

The government nationalised banks in 1969 with the objective of serving the poor, but in reality, it was aimed at protecting the minority government of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. That government was dependent upon the support of Communists and left-wingers. To protect the then government, not only were banks nationalised, but also, India's economy was moved into "Licence Permit Raj", a system through which nothing could be done without government approval, thus giving unchecked power to a handful of people.

We are told that in the last decade the government, whether run by the Congress or by the BJP, has pumped in 2.6 lakh crores of tax payers money to prop up nationalised banks known as the "White Elephants". This proves that governments have successively failed to keep a sharp eye on the managements of these banks. Political favourites were appointed as directors to boards of management of the banks and the result is there for all of us to see. The politicians, in connivance with their industrial business friends and supporters, have siphoned off huge sums of money, and in the process, ruined India's banks.

In this loot of public money, bank staff have been willing and obliging tools. Yes, they too enriched themselves with their share from the scamsters. No wonder then bank employees unions oppose the denationalisation of these banks! Bank staff are today among the most highly paid employees in India getting far more than what is earned by those who defend us!

Time has come for us, the tax payers, to demand due audit of the kind of management we have of India's treasury.

Will the government tell the people of India as to why are the Members of Parliament getting a hefty sum of Rs. 15000/-per month as telephone allowance when mobile companies are offering data and unlimited calls for as small a sum as Rs. 399/-per month. When taxpayers are asked to surrender anything that has a subsidy element, should not that rule also apply to those who represent the people in Parliament. Sadly, it does not seem to work that way.

Again why do these worthies known as Members of Parliament become eligible for pension by serving only one term of five years when others have to work for their pension for decades? Why should they get a pension? What is the total amount that goes out each year in pensions on this account? This must stop forthwith.

How many companies and so called trusts in India have been given exemption from paying income tax and GST? There is an urgent need for a White Paper on this, for this amount alone, runs into a staggering figure. This is a clear evasion of tax in which the government is a willing party. Some of these companies pay their executives salaries as high as two crores per year, have huge reserves, and yet, the tax payer is bled to fatten them. The trusts undertake strange tours abroad and locally. There is a need for an independent audit of all of these.

The list of utter misuse of taxpayer money is unending. Look at the security cover given to all kinds of people. Why? Cities like the capital of India lack security and traffic management because there are not enough police personnel around. How many of them have been detailed to providing security cover to individuals and politicians. Why should the security cover of politicians be not borne by their own political parties? Yes, it should be the responsibility of the political party to take care of its worthies.

It is high time that the government comes out clean and transparent on this issue of misuse of tax payers money. There is an urgent need for a White Paper on the issues raised above and many more that will come to light when such a document is worked on and made public. It is high time that we as a nation get answers to all this and more. The country has suffered enough and is destined to suffer more when inflation sets in with such blowing up of taxpayers money. Save India and her economy.

The author is the Chairman of Asian News International

--  ANI

http://www.catchnews.com/national-news/in-an-era-of-scams-why-do-we-people-pay-taxes-100219.html

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Why Pakistan is sending 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia
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Analysts say Pakistani forces are probably deployed to protect the Saudi royal family after purge of relatives left them vulnerable

Dania Akkad
Wednesday 21 February 2018 04:07 UTC
Last update: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10:40 UTC

A leading Pakistani newspaper has called it a mystery. Politicians have demanded a debate. The defence minister was summoned.

But several days after Pakistan announced it was sending over 1,000 new troops to Saudi Arabia, details about what they will do and why they are being dispatched now remain murky.

The decision comes three years after Pakistan refused to send soldiers to join the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen.  

The Pakistani military has officially said that the troops are on a "training and advise mission" and will not be deployed outside of the kingdom - and specifically not in Yemen. There are already 1,600 personnel in the country, Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir told Pakistan's Senate on Monday.

But even after Dastgir's explanation of the new deployment, politicians were still puzzled - and frustrated. 

"This is shedding no light on the decision that has been taken," Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani said in response to Dastgir. "I'm sorry. The statement is inadequate."

Rabbani later threatened Dastgir with "contempt of parliament" after he refused to provide further detail, according to Pakistani daily Dawn.

Amid the grilling and obfuscation, analysts speculate that the real mission of the Pakistani troops may be to protect the Saudi royal family, months into a purge that has seen hundreds of the kingdom's richest citizens and relatives rounded up for alleged corruption.

"The Saudis may think there is an internal issue - they can't trust their guys, so they are getting the Pakistanis," Kamal Alam, a visiting fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, told Middle East Eye. 

It wouldn't be the first time Pakistanis have guarded the royal family. In the early 1970s, King Faisal, whose foreign policy was guided by pan-Islamism, and then-Pakistani prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, developed a warm relationship which saw the first Pakistani military presence in the kingdom, Alam said.

At the request of King Fahd in 1982, General Zia ul-Haq, then Pakistan's president, sent an armoured brigade to the kingdom. It served as "an elite fighting force to defend the monarchy from any foe at home or abroad," wrote Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst and director of the Brookings Intelligence project, this week.

Riedel told MEE that he believes the new deployment will primarily be used as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's personal guard force, backing up royal bodyguards.

The unit "will be loyal to him and Pakistan just in case his enemies move to oust and/or kill him," Riedel said. "He has made a lot of enemies in three years, including many in the royal family."

Why this is sensitive

The deployment is a sensitive one for Pakistan. While Islamabad and Riyadh have a close relationship, in recent years, the Pakistanis have tried to break free from the impression that they are Saudi puppets, Alam said.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan's current army chief who took command in November 2016, has focused on building relationships around the Gulf including, for the first time, with Iran. The new Saudi deployment could disrupt those efforts, although Bajwa reportedly contacted Iran, Turkey and Qatar ahead of the announcement.

Having Pakistani troops in Yemen - where the Saudi-led coalition is fighting the Iran-backed Shia Houthi group - could spark sectarian tensions in the country which has 35 million Shia among its nearly 200 million population and shares a border with Iran.

When the Saudis requested Pakistani support in 2015, the parliament debated for four days, eventually passing a resolution to maintain neutrality in the conflict. 

Alam said it is very unlikely that Pakistani soldiers will be deployed into Yemen if only because they don't speak Arabic. "So they will be sitting ducks going to war into Yemen . . . It would make no sense," he said.

But the Saudi-Yemeni border area might be a different story. Last year, senior Pakistani security sources told MEE that Pakistan's army planned to send a brigade of combat troops to protect the vulnerable border from Houthi reprisal attacks.

Without greater clarification, Alam said, speculation will continue. "Either they are hiding it or genuinely haven't decided it," he said.

The Saudi embassy did not respond to a request for comment ahead of publication.

This article is available in French on Middle East Eye French edition.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/pakistan-saudi-troops-yemen-royal-family-parliament-159951688

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Has Pakistan adopted Chinese language 'Mandarian' officially?

SPEED NEWS DESK | Updated on: 21 February 2018, 15:12 IST

On February 19, the Pakistan Senate has approved a motion and declared Chinese language 'Mandrian as its official language. After which India media reported the news with great relish that Pakistan had confirmed to make Mandarin as country's official language. The country has Urdu and English as its official language before Mandarian.

Pakistan's TV channel AbbTak reported the story but it, unfortunately, went wrong. However, the facts are not what it the channel reported.

In fact, the country has only permitted the Mandrian Chinese language for businessmen and other professionals to provide opportunities who are willing to do business in China.

Mushahid Hussain, head of the Pakistan-China Institute, said it is important to enhance people-to-people contact between the two countries.

The Pakistan Senate's move comes at a time when diplomatic ties between Beijing and Islamabad are strong - often to India's detriment.

However, the report is not clear that which the Chinese language would be officially allowed as for there is no single 'Chinese language,' but a group that includes Mandarin and Cantonese. In China, Maradian has widely spoken language.

In the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, China has invested $60 billion, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). However, economic expert says, Pakistan may not be able to pay the project amount back as it is a long-term loan.

The media reported the news that the Chinese language had been approved in the Pakistani Senate with a mention of CPEC and referring 'official' in it. While the fact about the motion is it is not about making Mandrian an official language of Pakistan. Instead, it was about teaching the official language in Pakistan.

Hence, the news has been misreported and that's by Pakistan's TV news channel in the first row that Indian media followed.

http://www.catchnews.com/world-news/has-pakistan-adopted-chinese-language-mandrian-officially-100169.html

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