…which a government report has estimated accounts for $300bn in lost exports, roughly the equivalent of the current American trade balance with Asia.
Archive for the ‘Public Policy’ Category
“Google is following the international tax regime … Virtually all American companies operate like this”Posted: 2013/05/23 in Education / Awareness, Google, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Neglects Spirit Of Tax Law, Argues That The Netherlands Is In Compliance With International LawPosted: 2013/05/22 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Rutte: “Currently there are no things happening that are not allowed”
Lots of Dutch academics would beg to differ however, since there’s such a thing as “the spirit of the law” (why have these laws been designed in the first place and to what extent are you moving away from the goal the legislator wanted to achieve), and secondly, many experts have made a plea that IF businesses decide to evade taxes by making (mis)use of tax havens or lack of adequate laws or would engage in creative interpretation of relevant laws for that matter, they should try and restrain themselves on the basis of ethical principles. That essentially means that a business should NEVER try and create a situation where it doesn’t have to pay ANY taxes at all…
As such, a ‘global facilitator’ such as The Netherlands should probably know better too…
Rutte seems to be waiting for other countries to make their move, or the European Union for that matter. It’s probably better for individual countries to see which of their ‘national treasures’ is using The Netherlands as a tax safe haven, to escape local tax obligations, and remedy that situation themselves.
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UK Independence Party Draws Attention To Bilderberg 2013. Who is paying for the expenses of all this policing?Posted: 2013/05/22 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Undemocratic session that doesn’t exist costs a lot of taxpayers money…
There’s a disconnect between how Apple CEO Tim Cook sees his company’s tax strategies and how some members of the US Senate see it
Disguise. Database containing classified information about suspected spies, agents, and terrorists on Google’s corporate serversPosted: 2013/05/22 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
All under surveillance by the US government, according to a published report. The revelation came in an article published Monday by The Washington Post, and it heightens concerns about the December, 2009 hack. When Google disclosed it a few weeks later, the company said only that the operatives accessed Google “intellectual property”—which most people took to mean software source code—and Gmail accounts of human rights activists.
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Oban provoked anger in Berlin after comparing Angela Merkel’s policies to methods used by the Nazis during the Second World WarPosted: 2013/05/20 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Business Magazine Compares Angela Merkel To Hitler In New Ad Campaign
…and I want to look her in the eyes and I want to say, on behalf of all Americans that you’ve killed, on behalf of the Navy SEALS, the families of Navy SEAL Team Six who were involved in the fake hunt down of this Obama, Obama bin Laden thing, that whole fake scenario, because these Navy SEALS know the truth, they killed them all. On behalf of all of those people, I’m supporting our troops by saying we need to try, convict, and shoot Hillary Clinton in the…
Dutch Banks To Block Accounts Of Cyber Criminals (But Probably Not The Ones They Are Allegedly Profiting From Or Have Invested In)Posted: 2013/05/19 in Blocking, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports
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Dutch Judge: ING Bank Cannot Be Forced To Hand Over Personal Details Of Pirate Site Operator To BREIN
BREIN Threat Of Criminal Prosecution Meaningless Because Dutch Government Issued Guideline Never To Criminally Prosecute Online Piracy
Dutch ING Bank has agreed to pay a $619 million penalty for moving billions of dollars through the U.S. financial system at the behest of Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Libya and Sudan, falsifying the records of New York financial institutions
Italian Anonymous Members Were IT Professionals Who Offered Their Services To Their Victims. They Also Ratted Out 30 Fellow HackersPosted: 2013/05/19 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Pirates and black hats both cowards when AFK. 4 Italian Anonymous members have been arrested after 10 homes were raided. 6 others under investigation
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Dear Ad Brokers, If You’re Going To Distribute Ads, Please Take Into Account The Security Of Consumers…Or ElsePosted: 2013/05/19 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Online advertising, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
The German government will still recommend people to install ad-blocking applications…
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Amnesty International Will Probably Be Focusing More And More On Countries Deemed “Civilized” In The Recent PastPosted: 2013/05/19 in Education / Awareness, Future Developments?, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Human rights group Amnesty International has questioned Sweden’s pension fund over its investment in companies that produce drugs used for executions
Amnesty International: Canada blocking efforts to compensate three men tortured in Syria
David Cameron should challenge the deteriorating human rights record of the United Arab Emirates during a state visit by the country’s president to Britain next week, a coalition of seven international human rights organisations said
Forcibly returning people to a volatile security situation in Somalia would violate international law, Amnesty International said as the Danish Refugee Board is due to consider returning five Somali asylum seekers
Amnesty International Participates in Vigil at White House to Mark 100th Day of Hunger Strike at Guantanamo
The execution of two death row inmates in Japan shows that a “chilling” escalation of death penalty use under the new Liberal Democratic government is intensifying, Amnesty International said
Catholic church review not showing extent of child abuse says Amnesty International
Court decided that the Alien Tort Statute does not allow tort cases to be brought in U.S. federal courts when the actors and territories involved are outside the U.S. The New York Times editorial board and Amnesty International have decried the decision as an assault on human rights.
Asylum Seekers Who Are Imprisoned In The Netherlands Face Isolation, Sleep Deprivation And Abuse, Possibly By G4S Staff, Dutch Physician ClaimsPosted: 2013/05/19 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
She is unable to get access to medical dossiers or asylum seekers themselves. Physician also suggests that asylum seekers are facing physical abuse when they choose to cooperate with news media to expose the situation in Dutch detention centers.
In The Netherlands asylum seekers are being imprisoned not because they committed a crime, but because they are seeking asylum. A lot of the enforcement related activities have been outsourced to the private sector.
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Another Ghost Is Back In Europe: Dutch Government To Label And Treat Fugitives As Criminals
Goldman Sachs Just Predicted Your Future: “It would be extremely bad for Europe and the rest of the world if the European experiment were to fail”Posted: 2013/05/19 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Or was the bank issuing a threat?
Banks & Bankers: +
European citizens: -
But at least we know now that Europe is still being regarded an “experiment”
Google isn’t just the backbone of the Internet anymore. It’s rapidly becoming the backbone of your entire lifePosted: 2013/05/19 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Google to become yet another unstoppable, all-knowing force governments will have to reckon with…
Thanks to data you’re voluntarily giving up to a private company based on your Web searches, photos, Gmail messages, and more.
After spending three days at I/O this week, it became more apparent than ever that unless millions (billions?) of people suddenly change their mind and start using alternative tech tools, or unless the government steps in waving the anti-trust banner, our lives, our history, and our personal wealth could be managed by one company –– Google.
Google Now scans your email and knows when your Amazon package is arriving. It knows what sports scores to show you based on the teams you’ve searched for. It knows what stock prices to show you based on the companies you search for. It scans your calendar and reminds you when to leave to make your appointment on time. And all that data is delivered to you without you having to ask.
The question to ask now is, are we OK with this? Does the benefit of faster search, better transportation, and automated news updates outweigh giving up so much of our lives to a computer run by a private company that mines our data?
They’re issues we’d have to tackle gradually, but hopefully not before Google advances faster than we can adapt.
It tells us that the Federal Reserve sees no way out of printing money in order to support the federal deficit and the insolvent banks. If the dollar came under attack and the Federal Reserve had to stop printing dollars, interest rates would rise. The bond and stock markets would collapse. The dollar would be abandoned as reserve currency. Washington would no longer be able to pay its bills and would lose its hegemony. The world of hubristic Washington would collapse.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed to the paper that 14 agreements had been signed in the past three years, with a further 17 being signed by Nothumbria Police.
London’s Metropolitan Police is also implicated, having gagged 230 of its police officers over a seven year period, with its former head of human resources, Martin Tiplady, being handed 259,462 pounds after he put his name to one of the agreements. The former commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson received 176,838 pounds in a single payment: more than 1.8 times his annual salary.
James Patrick, a constable in the Metropolitan Police, was investigated for gross misconduct and told not to use Twitter or his blog last December, after he expressed concerns over the impact of the cuts on the force.
“This is someone who has tried to raise his concerns through the legitimate channels, but was not able to do so,” his lawyer Karen Todner told the Guardian at the point of investigation.
“They are gagged in the NHS, arrested in our police forces and blacklisted in many industries,” Cathy James, chief executive of the charity Public Concern at Work told the Guardian earlier this week, prompting calls for a review of legislation.
In the case of the NHS, potential whistleblowers have been gagged, threatened and stopped from raising concerns pertaining to patient safety.
Piers Morgan: I think what the IRS did is bordering on tyrannical behavior. I think what the Department of Justice has done to the AP is bordering on tyrannical behaviorPosted: 2013/05/19 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Stats / reports
If someone has their cell phone turned on, their location data does not deserve protection under the Fourth AmendmentPosted: 2013/05/19 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Jurisprudence, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
A whistleblower has revealed extraordinary information on the U.S. government’s support for international terrorist networks and organised crimePosted: 2013/05/19 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Stats / reports
The government has denied the allegations yet gone to extraordinary lengths to silence her. Her critics have derided her as a fabulist and fabricator. But now comes word that some of her most serious allegations were confirmed by a major European newspaper only to be squashed at the request of the U.S. government.
In a recent book Classified Woman, Sibel Edmonds, a former translator for the FBI, describes how the Pentagon, CIA and State Department maintained intimate ties to al-Qaeda militants as late as 2001. Her memoir, Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story, published last year, charged senior government officials with negligence, corruption and collaboration with al Qaeda in illegal arms smuggling and drugs trafficking in Central Asia.
In interviews with this author in early March, Edmonds claimed that Ayman al-Zawahiri, current head of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’s deputy at the time, had innumerable, regular meetings at the U.S. embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, with U.S. military and intelligence officials between 1997 and 2001, as part of an operation known as ‘Gladio B’. Al-Zawahiri, she charged, as well as various members of the bin Laden family and other mujahideen, were transported on NATO planes to various parts of Central Asia and the Balkans to participate in Pentagon-backed destabilisation operations.