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Bolsonaro – fascist Brazil

Post by Firestarter » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:26 pm

How will the new, fascist president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, turn Brazil into a full-blown- police state?
Bolsonaro has previously said that cops who kill criminals should be given medals and have to be legally protected.

120 sharpshooters for the Rio de Janeiro police will get a “license to kill” anybody in the city's slums that looks to have a rifle.
Former Brazilian marine, federal judge and Governor-elect of Rio Wilson Witzel explained on 12 December:
The protocol will be to immediately neutralize, slaughter anyone who has a rifle. Whoever has a rifle isn't worried about other people's lives, they're ready to eliminate anyone who crosses their path. This is a grave problem, not just in Rio de Janeiro, but in other states.

Witzel will create a security council that answers only to him to control the war against the poor.
Central to Witzel's plans for a police state is a planned surveillance network with 30,000 security cameras. Witzel travelled to Israel to meet with Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries, which develop drone technology.

Rio's police are known for resorting to force. In only the first 11 months of 2018 the Rio cops murdered 1,444 suspects; an increase of 39% over 2017 and more than any year since 2003.
This includes completely innocent people, like a 26-year-old man with an umbrella that was shot and killed by the cops, because it “looked” like a rifle.

Rio's acting security secretary, General Richard Nunes, said that violence alone can't completely solve crime.
Nunes called the jump in police killings in 2018 "totally undesirable and unexpected"; and:
If we don't address public security with a broader vision, instead of thinking things get resolved by tactical, direct confrontation, the tendency for indicators is to worsen.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... de-janeiro


Not really surprising either...

In his first week in office, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced plans to privatise 44 airports, slash taxes for the rich, cut pensions, and set the minimum wage lower than was planned by his predecessor.
Critics say this will worsen inequality across Brazil, putting corporate profits above the well-being of middle- and lower-class families.

Bolsonaro unveiled plans to raise the miniumum wage at a lower rate than what was recommended by Michel Temer's outgoing government - to about $260 per month, 8 dollars (3.1%) less than previously planned.

Finance Minister Paulo Guedes announced plans to privatise state power company Eletrobas.
Guedes also announed on Twitter that 12 airports and 4 seaports will be privatised, claiming Brazil is burdened by "hundreds of bureaucratic governing bodies" and that this will earn $1.85 billion in private investments.

Guedes also expressed the need for “tax simplification and reduction” – which sounds like an euphemism for slashing taxes for the rich so that low and middle income families can pay more taxes: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/ ... -and-wages
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Icahn – Brazilian iron

Post by Firestarter » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:24 pm

Thanks to our (supposedly “anti-Trump”) dumb, deaf and blind media I can bring you another exclusive.
Please don’t tell a soul and keep this all hushed up!

Firestarter wrote:Thirteen percent of Brazil is protected indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest.

One of the campaign promises of Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, is to sell the rainforest to agribusiness, mining and hydro-power. Bolsonaro has said openly “Minorities have to adapt to the majority, or simply disappear”, and “not one square centimetre” of Brazil will be reserved for the country’s indigenous peoples”.
(...)
Jair Bolsonaro has promised that he will strip Brazilian government’s environment agencies of their powers to impose “fines”
Trump’s long-time friend and adviser, the billionaire Carl Icahn, will profit from ending those silly laws that prevent corporations polluting Brazil by the Bolsonaro government. How many people will die because of this?
On 18 August 2017, Icahn resigned his presidential advisory post after some media claimed that he had profited from his position by pushing regulatory changes that benefited his business interests.


In 2012 Carl Icahn bought a large stake in Ferrous Resources Ltd., which mines iron in Brazil.
In 2015, Appleby’s Isle of Man offices assisted Icahn in his purchase of additional shares of Ferrous Resources to give him majority stake.

Appleby set up a complex offshore structure for Icahn to evade taxes. It utilises holding companies in tax havens — Atlantic Iron in Luxembourg and Mediterranean Iron in Malta — to control Ferrous in Brazil.
The structure of Ferrous Resources means it escapes disclosure requirements under an Obama-era law to prevent offshore tax evasion: http://archive.vn/VDFQV


The rabbit hole runs even deeper...

On 8 March 2018, President Trump signed an order to impose a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminium imports in 15 days.
Gullible fools might think that this will hurt the Brazilian business interests of Carl Icahn (iron is the most important ingredient of steel)...

But then on 30 April, in a “surprising move”, President Donald gave Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, South Korea, and Brazil exemption from the steel and aluminium tariffs.

There are also quotas to reduce the imports of steel and aluminium to the US.
But then in August, President Donald allowed relief from the quotas on aluminum from Argentina and on steel from South Korea, Argentina and Brazil: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1LF02B
archived here: http://archive.vn/zCmv8)


I had earlier found out that the Freeport McMoRan, reportedly also controlled by Carl Icahn, is massively polluting New Guinea in Indonesia: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1191
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Bolsonaro – UKCG, Soros; Facebook lawsuit

Post by Firestarter » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:17 pm

Steve Bannon´s strategy couldn´t possibly have worked without the backing of a strong media presence in Brazil.
It looks like the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UKCG) that was founded by Edir Macedo in 1977 was one of the most important supporters of Jair Bolsonaro´s presidential campaign.

The media empire controlled by the UKCG has blatantly attacked anybody that criticised Jair Bolsonaro, while Bolsonaro (like Donald Trump) simply called any criticism “fake”...

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God receives more than $800 million in donations every year across Brazil. Between 2001 and 2008, the UKCG church earned $8 billion in donations from some 8 million followers in Brazil.
Tax authorities charged the UKCG of using shell companies to launder the money. Macedo became a billionaire by taking a chunk of the donations with his co-conspirators for “private and commercial purposes”; $2 billion in donations from 2003 to 2008 alone.

Brazil’s tax agency found that Macedo used interest-free loans from the UKCG Church to buy Rede Record in 1990, Brazil´s second largest media network, and fined him for failing to declare the loans as income.
A federal judge ultimately rejected criminal charges that Rede Record was acquired through fraudulent means, arguing that it couldn´t be proved that frontmen were used to mask the real ownership.

Bishop Edir Macedo and his wife, Ester Eunice Rangel Bezerra, own 2 luxury apartments in Miami, Florida.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office discovered that the money was laundered through facade companies controlled by UKCG: https://theintercept.com/2018/10/20/in- ... intercept/
(archived here: http://archive.is/oikxc)

Macedo also heads a bank.
The Universal Church of God places a strong emphasis on money and employs “tithing”, a practice whereby members have to donate 10% of all income.

The UCKG is banned in several countries.
In 2005, the UCKG church was banned for a second time in Zambia for allegations including satanic worship, child sacrifice and drugs trafficking. Similar accusations were made against UKCG in South Africa.

Marie Therese Kouao was found guilty of murdering the 8-year-old Victoria Climbie in February 2000 during an “exorcism” at a UCKG centre in London.
The UCKG church was cleared of wrongdoing, but the Charity Commission recommended implementation of child protection policies.

In December 2017, Portugal’s Attorney General’s Office opened an inquiry into the illegal adoption of babies by a centre run by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.
According to a Portuguese TV station at least 10 Portuguese children were stolen from their mothers in the 1990s from a UCKG centre in Lisbon and sold to couples abroad: https://culteducation.com/group/1211-un ... lfast.html
(archived here: http://archive.is/NBao6)


I’m not even suprised to find links between George Soros - Clinton-supporter, who has lent hundreds of millions of dollars to Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner – and Jair Bolsonaro’s minister of Economy Paulo Roberto Nunes Guedes.

Guedes is the cofounder of the BTG Pactual investment bank.
In July 2017, BTG Pactual went in business with the Brazilian investment boutique that was founded in 2003 by Arminio Fraga.
Fraga had previously been president of Brazil’s central bank and a manager in George Soros’s fund: https://citywireamericas.com/news/btg-p ... e/a1035423

Resumidamente, an investor in BTG Pactual, handles Brazilian investments for George Soros.
Guedes’ Instituto Millenium, a Brazilian right wing legal think tank, also was aided by the Open Society Foundation of George Soros (in Portuguese, which I don’t speak well): http://novaresistencia.org/2018/09/21/p ... rge-soros/


On 19 December 2018, Karl Racine, attorney general of the District of Columbia, filed a court case against Facebook for violating the privacy of 340,000 residents. The district attorney said the maximum penalty is $5,000 "per violation". It is not clear what a single violation is, according to the law, but it means that Facebook could face a fine of up to $1.7 billion (for Columbia alone).
Predictably Facebook’s shares took a plunge after this news hit the press.

In 2013, Facebook allowed Aleksandr Kogan, and his Global Science Research (GSR), affiliated with England's Cambridge University, to launch an app on Facebook called "thisisyourdigitallife". The app offered to generate a personality profile in exchange for access to their Facebook data. Although only 852 Facebook users in Columbia installed Kogan's app, it also collected information on all of their Facebook friends who didn’t give permission — amounting to nearly half of all its residents.
GSR sold the information to Cambridge Analytica, which used it in the 2016 presidential campaigns to target voters.

AG Racine wrote in his statement:
Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used.
Facebook put users at risk of manipulation by allowing companies like Cambridge Analytica and other third-party applications to collect personal data without users’ permission. Today's lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users' privacy.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/19/dc-atto ... ytica.html
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SCL - British royals

Post by Firestarter » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:31 pm

Everybody “knows” that it was really Russia that rigged the US, but who knew that the Capital of Russia is London?


Queen Elizabeth’s third cousin, the openly gay Lord Ivar Mountbatten, was also sitting on SCL’s advisory board but it’s unclear if he still holds that role. He is even closer related to Elizabeth´s husband Philip and descends directly from Queen Victoria.

The Chief Executive of SCL Group is Nigel Oakes, another old Etonian, who has links to the British royals and was once rumoured to be an Mi5 spy.
Nigel Oakes was once the boyfriend of Lady Helen Windsor.
Oakes previously worked for Margaret Thatcher’s favourite advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi.

SCL President Sir Geoffrey Pattie was a defence undersecretary in the Thatcher government.

Former Conservative Party Treasurer Jonathan Marland is also on the board of directors of SCL.

Others associated, past or present, with SCL include:
Rear Admiral John Tolhurst, aide de camp to Queen Elizabeth and former MoD assistant director of naval warfare at the Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Sir James Allen Mitchell, privy counsellor since 1985;
Gavin McNicoll, creator of the Eden Intelligence firm, which was contracted by the British government.

In 2005, SCL went public promoting itself as the first private company to provide psychological warfare services to the British military.

SCL received £548,000 for training NATO. This was “subsequently passed on to Georgian, Ukrainian and Moldovan government officials”.
An offshoot, SCL Defense, received $775,000 to support NATO operations in Eastern Europe.

Mark Turnbull is head of Cambridge Analytica Political Global. He was previously employed for 18 years at Bell Pottinger where, he headed the Pentagon funded PR drive in occupied Iraq which included production of fake al-Qaeda videos.
The US State Department has a $500,000 contract with SLC to provide “research and analytical support in connection with our mission to counter terrorist propaganda and disinformation overseas”.

SCL has a higl level secret clearance as “list X” contractor for the MOD.
In 2010/11, the MoD hired SCL for £40,000 for “training”.

In 2014/15 the MoD paid SCL £150,000 for the “procurement of target audience analysis” on “Project Duco” to analyse how people would interact to government propaganda.
The intellectual copyright is held by the government’s science and technology laboratory at Porton Down: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/0 ... b-m26.html
(archived here: http://archive.is/t4Ond)


Nigel Oakes has founded Emerdata to take over the business of the SCL Group and Cambridge Analytica (that were dissolved after all the controversy).
Directors of Emerdata include Oakes, Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer (daughters of Robert Mercer), Julian Wheatland and Alexander Nix.

Another interesting name on Emerdata’s board is Johnson Chun Shun Ko, who is also deputy chairman of Frontier Services Group.
The Frontier Services Group is chaired by Erik Prince is best known as the founder of private mercenary group Blackwater and is the brother of US education secretary Betsy DeVos: https://www.businessinsider.nl/cambridg ... ta-2018-3/


There is also a connection between Paulo Zampolli, who introduced model Melania Knauss to a quickly smithen Donald Trump and was also a business partner of Jeffrey Epstein, and the Henley and Partners that was in business with Cambridge Analytica
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:21 pm
Paulo Zampolli also introduced Dominica’s ambassador to the US to the head of Dubai-based Range Developments, a property firm that now markets the real estate investment program in Dominica and St. Kitts
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1485#p5749
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Facebook sues Korean Rankwave

Post by Firestarter » Tue May 14, 2019 4:36 pm

On 10 May, Facebook announced:
Today Facebook filed a lawsuit in California state court against Rankwave, a South Korean data analytics company that ran apps on the Facebook platform. Facebook was investigating Rankwave’s data practices in relation to its advertising and marketing services. Rankwave failed to cooperate with our efforts to verify their compliance with our policies, which we require of all developers using our platform.

Facebook has already suspended apps and accounts associated with Rankwave, and today’s suit asks the court to enforce the basic cooperation terms that Rankwave agreed to in exchange for the opportunity to operate apps on the platform.

By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message to developers that Facebook is serious about enforcing our policies, including requiring developers to cooperate with us during an investigation.

Facebook has accused the South Korean Rankwave of using at least 30 apps to track and analyse comments and likes. Facebook demands $9.8 million for the value of the data and to cover the legal fees, Facebook also requested an injunction to prohibit Rankwave from accessing Facebook, to allow Facebook’s audit, and delete all Facebook data.
Rankwave is accused of misusing Facebook data, delaying to respond to a cease-and-desist order, lying about not violating Facebook policy and not using its apps since 2018 when they were still accessed in April 2019, and refusing to comply with a mandatory audit.
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Rankwave had a consumer app that asked for consent to provide a "social influence score". Then it would pull data about Facebook activity like location checkins. Until 2015, this kind of app could also access the data on their Facebook friends.
Rankwave used the user data for targeted advertisements. If the location checkins showed checking into a baseball stadium, for example, Rankwave for a price would help clients target these with ads for baseball tickets.
Rankwave describes how it extracts contact info for ad targeting data from Facebook data.
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Isn´t it strange that Rankwave was openly selling these services for years before Facebook took action? Only in January 2019, Facebook first asked Rankwave for proof it complied with its “policies”. After receiving no response, Facebook issued a cease-and-desist order in February.
According to Facebook, Rankwave has been illegally using this information since 2014, "for its own business purposes, which include providing consulting services to advertisers and marketing companies".
Would it simply be allowed if a company paid Facebook for this data to be used or only if Facebook sells the information itself?

Rankwave still offers an Android app that asks you to login with Facebook so it can assess your posts to give you a “Social Influencer Score”: https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/10/faceb ... e-lawsuit/
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Brexit illegal campaign financing

Post by Firestarter » Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:12 pm

I´ve earlier posted in another thread on the fact that Brexit was orchestrated by the Queen Elizabeth controlled SCL Group to keep the UK the money laundering paradise of the world:
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In 2015, Arron Banks’ insurance business Southern Rock was bailed out, just months before Banks began bankrolling the Leave.EU referendum campaign to which he donated £8.4 million.
One of the 2 campaign vehicles that received Banks’ £8.4 millions, Better for the Country Ltd, was set up by STM.

If Southern Rock Insurance had gone bankrupt this could have made Banks’ UK insurance broker Eldon collapse.
Regulators made Southern Rock promise not to make any payments to Banks without their prior written consent. After in 2014 PwC concluded that Southern Rock wasn’t a healthy company, Banks had to resign as CEO, with his longstanding associate Alan Kentish (another Southern Rock director).
Banks’ ties to Kentish and STM go back to at least 2004, when Kentish became a founding director of Southern Rock. Banks invested in STM and became its largest shareholder before selling his stake in early 2015. More recently, Kentish, Banks and another STM founder invested in Legal Protection Group, a broker of insurance for lawyers and doctors.

ICS Risk Solutions, a holding company on the Isle of Man, pumped £77.7 million into Southern Rock to save it from collapse. Banks owned both ICS and Southern Rock; it is not clear where the money came from.
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1477&p=5494#p5494

Here´s a nice table, picture that shows the United Kingdom, and its offshore money laundering paradises; are responsible for about 1/3 of global tax evasion.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a distant second, with less than a quarter of the UK´s tax evasion “performance”.
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https://corporatetaxhavenindex.org/intr ... 19-results

Here´s some more information on the controversial Brexit campaign of Vote Leave...


In September 2018, the High Court ruled that Vote Leave had broken the law by overspending. It did this by illegally paying £625,000 to Darren Grimes for his BeLeave campaign, mostly through the Canada-based AggregateIQ, partner of the notorious SCL Group.
In July 2018, the Electoral Commission had already ruled that Vote Leave broke electoral law by colluding with Grimes. It appears that the police investigation was stopped from some reason.

In February 2019 the Leave.EU campaign, fronted by Nigel Farage and Eldon Insurance, and owned by Arron Banks, were fined £60,000 each for breaking direct marketing rules: http://archive.is/WiPkS


For some reason the police investigation into multiple criminal offences by Arron Banks and the Leave.EU campaign was stopped.

The Remain campaign was forced to stop its digital advertising on the last day of the June 2016 campaign because it had reached its spending limit but Vote Leave continued, breaking the law after reaching it spending limit 2 days before the vote.

According to Professor Philip Howard:
My professional opinion is that it is very likely that the excessive spending by Vote Leave altered the result of the referendum.

A swing of just 634,751 people would have been enough to secure victory for Remain.

Given the scale of the online advertising achieved with the excess spending, combined with conservative estimates on voter modelling, I estimate that Vote Leave converted the voting intentions of over 800,000 voters in the final days of the campaign as a result of the overspend.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 68771.html
(http://archive.is/qYo8X)


In the following video lawyer Jessica Simor explains that the Brexit referendum was unlawful because of the conclusion by the Electoral Commission on breaking the law by Vote Leave. The only reason that the referendum wasn´t declared invalid based on by the Electoral Commission findings of overspending is because it’s only “advisory”.
The Court of Appeal denied permission to appeal against the Brexit referendum because this could only have been done within 3 months after the expenses had been lodged at the Electoral Commission in December 2016: https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/ ... lt-stands/


Arron Banks funded Better for the Country with £6 million in donations funnelled through Leave.EU, and an additional £2 million in loans, of which £2.9 million was spent on funding the Brexit campaign of Leave.EU and other pro-Brexit groups.
Only companies registered in the UK were allowed to make campaign donations. Because the money was channelled through an “impermissible” company called Rock Holdings Limited, which is registered in the Isle of Man tax haven it´s not clear where Arron Banks got the money: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 12331.html


More recently, Yesterday, 11 justices of the UK's Supreme Court ruled that Queen Elzabeth’s suspension of Parliament on the “advice” of PM Boris Johnson is unlawful and therefore void so that Parliament had not been prorogued.
Yesterday, several MPs already returned to Parliament: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politic ... 44561.html


In one of those strange coincidences, the half-brother of Boris, Max Johnson, is advising investors to profit from the sterling’s weakness (caused by the Brexit hysteria) to scoop up assets in the UK. The pound sterling has fallen 11.7% since the referendum in June 2016 and 6.2% against the US dollar in the past 6 months.
In China, Max Johnson advised investors to buy British properties and products as the pound is worth only some 8.5 yuan today, compared to 15 in 2007: https://www.scmp.com/business/banking-f ... t-strategy
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Brexit finalised?

Post by Firestarter » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:39 pm

This looks like “breaking” news...

UK and EU negotiators have finally agreed on a Brexit deal that will now be voted upon by the 27 leaders of the European Union and the UK parliament.

President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted that a “fair and balanced agreement” has been struck with Britain to leave the EU.
UK PM Boris Johnson also posted that a “great new deal that takes back control” had been brokered.

According to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn the new UK-EU Brexit deal is a “sell out” that “won’t bring the country together and should be rejected.
The best way to get Brexit sorted is to give the people the final say in a public vote
”: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50084450
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Brexit, money laundering, and Richard Tice

Post by Firestarter » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:06 pm

UK Parliament has voted for more delay...
Here’s the (second) letter Bullingdon Boy Boris was forced to send to the EU. Image

In the letter, Boris Johnson also made it clear that if Brussels don't give the government more time, it could have serious consequences after Tory rebel Letwin blocked his new deal. He added that he hoped faced with his new deal or no deal, MPs would this time choose the latter as he intends to leave the EU in 12 days.
In a day of high-drama in the House of Commons, MPs voted for the Tory rebel’s wrecking amendment by 322 to 306, and torpedoed Boris' plans to pass a deal. The so-called Super Saturday turned into Pointless Saturday after the Tory rebel sabotage.
Instead the PM was going to be forced to ask the EU for a THIRD time to delay Britain's departure from the EU.
(...)
In his first letter last night, the PM outlined how Brussels could reject the delay as they are also aiming for Britain to leave the EU on Halloween. Mr Johnson pointed out that as the EU leaders "have made it clear they do not want more delay" they could well reject the idea altogether.
The Government decided to cancel the main Brexit vote after the plot won the day yesterday - prompting disgusted Tory MPs to walk out of the chamber in dramatic scenes.
(...)
Ten former Tories teamed up with Labour, the Lib Dems, SNP, DUP and a spread of independents to force the plot through.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/brexit/10 ... test-news/


I’ve looked for more information on the money laundering motive for staging Brexit...

In the situation of a “hard Brexit”, Britain would be immediately “free” from EU legislation, in the case of a “Brexit deal” there will be a “transition period” during which the UK has to implement certain EU legislation.

On 1 January 2019, the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD) took effect.
The Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive prescribes that EU-countries should implement anti-tax avoidance measures in line with the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. The UK has implemented part of of these OECD measures (according to most state propaganda, the UK isn´t a money laundering giant).

The UK has granted certain multinational companies reduced tax rates and special treatments. This will worsen the inequality and undermine (other?) “democratic states”: https://www.taxjustice.net/2019/01/23/b ... ax-havens/


In April 2019, the European Union ordered the U.K. to claw back illegal tax breaks for multinationals, , introduced in 2013, but the EU didn’t outlaw the entire program.

The European Commission said the UK gave certain multinationals a selective advantage by granting them an illegal exemption from U.K. anti–tax avoidance rules, so they could evade tax on financing income received from a foreign unit via an offshore subsidiary.
According to the EU’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, “The U.K. must now recover the undue tax benefits”.

Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands have already tried to battle the EU’s antitrust regulator over tax incentives that attract big companies: http://web.archive.org/web/201907111333 ... parliament


In April 2019, the European Union likewise ordered Ireland to implement key anti-tax-avoidance rules to prevent large companies to use interest payments to evade taxes: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/eco ... -1.3971144


The EU has planned the 5th Money Laundering Directive for January 2020, with requirements on the disclosure of beneficial ownership for companies operating in Europe.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party chairman, Richard Tice, was a director of Sunley Family Limited for 25 years until 2017, and remains one of its largest shareholders, alongside several family members.
From 2014 to 2017, Sunley Family Limited has paid (only) £1.2 million tax on a profit of £15.7 million – an effective tax rate of 7.6%.
The UK tax for dividends over £150,000 is 38%.

In the early 1990s, 40% of Sunley’s shares were transferred to 2 companies in tax havens – Sunciera Holdings Corporation (in Panama) and Shuttlecock Holdings Limited (in the British Virgin Islands). Because of secrecy rules, it is impossible to discover the identities of the companies’ owners.
Over the past 4 years, Sunley paid its shareholders £5.5 million in dividends – of which at least £2.7 million to Panama and the British Virgin Islands, exempt from UK tax. Panama has only a 5% tax on dividends and the British Virgin Islands 0.

In the year ending December 2015, a £5 million loan from parent company Sunciera suggests that profit generated in the UK by Sunley was transferred to Panama and then reinvested into the UK-registered company. This isn’t illegal, but maybe should be (especially when the owners of the companies aren´t even known)...
Tice has denied knowing about this deal and involvement in either company (even though he and his family are majority shareholders in Sunley).

Richard Tice has also denied to know who is behind Sunciera and Shuttlecock, which control a 42% stake in his family Sunley business.
According to John Christensen, the company directors should know who they are dealing with “otherwise you could be dealing with money launderers. You have to do due diligence”.

In another strange twist, Tice sits on the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee to implement tax, money laundering legislation!
According to fellow member of this Committee, Molly Scott:
If it turns out that Richard Tice has been dodging taxes then there would be an obvious conflict of interest with his role on the committee that oversees EU tax policy on behalf of European citizens.
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-m ... ven-links/
(http://archive.is/IRYhz)
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Facebook $1.6 million fine in Brazil

Post by Firestarter » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:18 pm

In a latest ploy to divert attention from the blatant manipulation of the presidential elections in Brazil, the “reputable” Guardian announced “explosive” new leaked documents by former Cambridge Analytica staffer Brittany Kaiser, 100,000 pages released...
If they are so “explosive”, where are the “bombshells” from this leak?!?

Maybe the most “explosive” from this leak, is that it proves that crooked politicians in Malaysia and India were lying when they denied having made use of the dirty practices of the Strategic Communication Laboratories Ltd. (SCL Group) to manipulate the elections.


First the news that they’re trying to hide…

On 30 December 2019, Brazil's Ministry Of Justice fined Facebook Inc 6.6 million-real ($1.64 million) for improperly sharing user data, related to the data used by Cambridge Analytica for the 2018 presidential election. That’s higher than the fine imposed on Facebook in Great Britain.
Brazil's Ministry of Justice claims that Facebook did not adequately inform its users "about the consequences of the default privacy settings", especially related to the data of "friends and friends of friends".

Facebook has denied any wrongdoing with “We are focused on protecting people’s privacy” and have restricted “the information which App developers can access”.
Facebook has said that it’ll probably appeal the decision (which should be done in 10 days) or the fine must be paid within 30 days.

Facebook estimated that data from 87 million users was shared with Cambridge Analytica in 2018.
Even after Facebook announced changes to its data privacy in November 2019, still over 100 apps had access to user data.

In July 2019, Facebook was fined a record $5 billion in the United States for not protecting the data of its users.
Italy has also fined Facebook for selling personal data to Cambridge Analytica: https://techerati.com/news-hub/facebook ... -purposes/
(http://archive.is/9mFzY)


In Malaysia, the SCL Group proposed to get data from the police Special Branch and Petronas to help the Better Nation (BN) party win the 14th general election.
The SCL Group started working with Petronas to influence opinions in Sabah and Sarawak for about $2 million. Communications between SCL and BN started in 2014 at the latest.

In September 2016, SCL helped to secure then Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s attendance at the Concordia Conference in New York (Zahid is now Deputy PM of Malaysia).
The SCL campaign in Malaysia resulted in BN’s first-ever win against GE in May 2018.

The email correspondences between Cambridge Analytica staffers were mostly with Azrin Zizal, the SCL’s representative in Malaysia.
Azrin won’t blow the whistle as he died of “cancer” in April 2019.

Even the 2013 BN campaign ran by the BN in the 13th election bore similarities to SCL’s work.
That campaign was run by a consultancy firm owned by Shahid Shayaa, who later became SCL’s representative in Malaysia (before Azrin): https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/505736
(http://archive.is/r8zMs)



K.C. Tyagi, leader of the Janata Dal-United (JDU) party, was also a client of the infamous SCL Group.
Tyagi first denied that his son Amrish Tyagi’s Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI) was a partner of the London-headquartered SCL Group.

On 19 September 2016, Amrish Tyagi met Cambridge Analytica’s Mark Turnbull in New York.

On 1 July 2016, Alexander Nix sent an email to Matthew Swift (chairman of Concordia) to recommend K.C. Tyagi for Concordia's annual summit.
Tyagi's name was also in Cambridge Analytica's client list.

Even though Cambridge Analytica has denied having any Facebook data of Indian citizens, Facebook admitted to the government of India that data of some 562,455 Indians could have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/e ... 2020-01-05
(http://archive.is/y8tMX)


In another cover-up ploy, on 2 December 2019 President Donald Trump made another BS tweet, announcing to restore tariffs on Argentina, Brazil, calling out the countries for devaluing their currency.
Trump tweeted:
Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies. which is not good for our farmers. Therefore, effective immediately, I will restore the Tariffs on all Steel & Aluminum that is shipped into the U.S. from those countries

In 2019, Carl Icahn profited from the US importing about 3.8 million metric tons of steel from Brazil, about 3.5% of the 110 million tons of steel consumed in the US per year: https://business.financialpost.com/news ... pes-at-fed

On 20 December, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that US President Donald Trump told him by phone that the tariffs on Brazilian steel and aluminium won’t be restored at all (to 25% and 10% respectively), as tweeted 18 days earlier: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-braz ... SKBN1YO2EK


Here’s another financial scandal that involves Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who campaigned on the promise to eradicate corruption completely...

In December, the Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF) identified 1.2 million Reais ($305,000) that flowed through the bank account of Queiroz to the bank accounts of the president's eldest son, Member of Parliament, Flavio Bolsonaro, and Jair Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, in 2016-17.
The Bolsonaros and Queiroz have denied any wrongdoing; according to Jair Bolsonaro Queiroz repaid a personal loan to Michelle.

COAF later identified cash transfers worth almost 100,000 Reais ($26,665) in June and July 2017 into Flavio’s account.
In a TV interview, Flavio Bolsonaro said this was for an apartment he sold, but he didn’t clarify for what other reason the deposit was made in cash than to hide the origin.

Jair Bolsonaro has replied to the news with the comment that he “believes” in his son and that the accusations are “unfounded".
Bolsonaro’s son had earlier denied wrongdoing, claiming that he is the victim of a “defamatory campaign”, after reports that he employed the mother and wife of a former cop that ran a criminal organisation: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-braz ... SKCN1PQ4OI


The following from a 10-piece long series of articles, includes information on the Judge that sentenced former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to jail.
According to some experts Lula could have won the 2018 presidential elections in a landslide, if he wasn’t locked up (Lula has by now been released from prison by the way).

Judge Sergio Moro, who ruled in the corruption case against Lula, directed the prosecutors’ media strategy and advised them to mock the defence of Lula.
On 10 May 2017, Judge Moro sent a message to senior prosecutor in the Operation Car Wash task force Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima:
You should prepare a press release explaining the contradictions between his testimony and the rest of the evidence or with his previous testimony. After all, the defense already put on their little show.
https://theintercept.com/2019/06/17/bra ... -car-wash/
(http://archive.is/cpoUH)
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SCL, AggregateIQ, Serhiy Taruta

Post by Firestarter » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:38 pm

The SCL Group (Strategic Communication Laboratories, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica) was also working with the Palantir of Trump supporter Peter Thiel. Palantir has government contracts all over the world – including GCHQ and the NSA.

Cambridge Analytica has contacted Jamie McCauley from Robert Thomson News Corp office (controlled by Rupert Murdoch) to publish an article in the Wall Street Journal.

Invoices show that Advanced Skills Institute (a.k.a. ASI Data Science) did the modelling for Vote Leave.
ASI Data Science has a revolving cast of employees who have gone on to work with Cambridge Analytica and vice versa: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... -democracy
(http://archive.is/u8YuJ)


AggregateIQ (AIQ) was one of the most important contractors for the Trump and Brexit campaigns as it built most of the software platform Ripon used by the SCL Group (software and the database with information on voters).
Ripon was built for and largely funded by Ted Cruz’s campaign.

From 2014 to 2016, AggregateIQ worked for the SCL Group. As it signed a non-disclosure agreement, it is not allowed to talk.
The contract stipulates that SCL becomes the sole owner of the Ripon developed by AggregateIQ.
It cost more than $5.8 million to build Ripon, about half the amount Robert Mercer poured into Cruz’s presidential campaign.
Later Mercer donated more than $15.5 million on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

AggregateIQ (AIQ) was one of the most important contractors for the Trump and Brexit campaigns as it built most of the software platform Ripon used by the SCL Group (software and the database with information on voters).
Ripon was built for and largely funded by Ted Cruz’s campaign.

From 2014 to 2016, AggregateIQ worked for the SCL Group. As it signed a non-disclosure agreement, it is not allowed to talk.
The contract stipulates that SCL becomes the sole owner of the Ripon developed by AggregateIQ.
It cost more than $5.8 million to build Ripon, about half the amount Robert Mercer poured into Cruz’s presidential campaign.
Later Mercer donated more than $15.5 million for Donald Trump’s campaign, $5 million of which was paid to Cambridge Analytica.

Roughly a week before the EU referendum, Vote Leave donated money to two other Leave groups – £625,000 to BeLeave (run by Darren Grimes), and £100,000 to Veterans for Britain, who both paid most of the money to AggregateIQ.
Whereas Leave.EU hired the SCL Group for the campaign, Vote Leave hired AggregateIQ, paying the firm roughly 40% of its £7 million budget.

On 20 September 2018, AggregateIQ was the first firm ever to be formally accused by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office for breaching the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation: https://web.archive.org/web/20180425073 ... 1824026565


On 25 November 2019, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien and his counterpart in British Columbia, Mike McEvoy, released a report about AggregateIQ violating the privacy of British voters during the Vote Leave campaign:
When the company used and disclosed the personal information of Vote Leave supporters to Facebook... it went beyond the purposes for which Vote Leave had consent to use that information.

The report also noted that AggregateIQ had probably had violated privacy laws in its work on the campaigns in the US (including Ted Cruz and Donald Trump).
You can understand what a heavy penalty was given to AggregateIQ! It had to promise that it would comply with Canadian privacy laws in the future: https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-cana ... SKBN1Y02DC
(http://archive.is/MuMHf)


AggregateIQ also worked on campaigns for Ukrainian steel magnate, billionaire Serhiy Taruta.
In 2008, according to a Wikileaks cable Taruta, a close ally of politician Yulia Tymoshenko at the time, played a role in the sale of a majority stake of a $2 billion valued steel group in the Ukraine. For some reason, Taruta wanted to keep the deal “hidden from public view”.

Serhiy Taruta was present at the 11th annual Yalta European Stategy meeting organised by Victor Pinchuk. In 2014, Taruta was appointed governor of Donetsk and was a Ukrainian MP.
See Ukrainian oligarchs from right: Victor Pinchuk, Serhiy Taruta and Rinat Akhmetov, Davos economic forum, January 2008.
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In September 2017, Anatoly Motkin, a one-time aide to Georgian oligarch Badri Patarkatsishvili and founder of Washington based think tank StrategEast, financed a lobby event for the Ukraine in Washington organized by amongst others former Rep. Connie Mack.
The high profile guests included former CIA director James Woolsey, who was once on Donald Trump’s team: http://archive.is/sVeS7


The following information posted in another thread is also relevant in this context:
Firestarter wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:28 pm
In the fall of 2016, Donald Trump Jr. and other aides to his father met Joel Zamel, founder of the Israeli company Wikistrat, and George Nader, emissary for the UAE, in Trump Tower.

Wikistrat was led by 3 Israelis: Daniel Green, Elad Schaffer and its founder and former CEO Zamel.
Wikistrat’s advisory council includes former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser James L. Jones, former deputy director of the National Security Council Elliott Abram, and former acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency David Shedd.

Zamel was introduced to Michael Flynn by Bijan Kian and wanted to hire Flynn for Wikistrat’s advisory board: https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-th ... ers-sights
(http://archive.is/3RxfY)

Firestarter wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:09 pm
In August 2016, Erik Prince introduced Psy-Group founder Joel Zamel to Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower. George Nader, who had worked for Prince at Blackwater, attended the meeting with Stephen Miller. Nader said that “the princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father [Donald Sr.] win election as president”.
Zamel was affiliated with an internet company based in the Philippines, WhiteKnight, which George Nader worked with.
https://www.lawfulpath.com/forum/viewto ... 1e50#p6574
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