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Denmark to ‘confiscate’ Gold, Jewellery, and other Valuables from Refugees*

Denmark to ‘confiscate’ Gold, Jewellery, and other Valuables from Refugees*

By Simon Black

It started on December 8, 1931.

Germany was in a world of pain at the time. They were still financially debilitated from having to make reparation payments after losing World War I, and had just barely recovered from one of the worst bouts of hyperinflation in recorded history.

By the early 1930s, the onset of the Great Depression had taken hold in Germany, driving the government to desperation once again.

They needed cash. And rather than go back to the printing press and risk hyperinflation again, German President Paul von Hindenburg signed a decree to create a new tax called the Reichsfluchtsteuer, nearly 84 years ago to the day.

It was an exit tax… a type of capital control to dissuade people from leaving with their savings.

So any German citizen with a certain level of income or assets who left the country would be charged a 25% wealth tax.

The following year, in 1932, the government generated about 1 million marks in revenue from the tax.

Of course since the tax was a ‘temporary’ measure, it was set to expire at the end of 1932.

But they extended it. And kept extending it.

By 1938, the German government collected an astounding 346 million marks from this tax.

This nearly 350x increase in tax revenue over 6 years is incredible, making the Reichsfluchtsteuer one of the fastest growing taxes in human history.

(By comparison, income tax receipts in the United States grew about 9-fold in the first six years of its history.)

So what was the German government’s secret in having so much success with this tax?

Simple. Their secret was the Secret Police.

By the late 1930s, the Nazis had taken over.

And even though there was no longer a reason to keep the Reichsfluchtsteuer on the books since the Depression had largely subsided, the Nazi regime kept extending the law, using it almost exclusively to target Jewish citizens.

In fact, the Reichsfluchtsteuer became one of the core components of the Nazi’s confiscation strategy to plunder Jewish wealth.

Now, I couldn’t help but think of the Reichsfluchtsteuer when I heard about the government of Denmark’s latest tactic against refugees today.

This isn’t even something that has made the international, English-language news. We just happen to have a Danish-speaking member of our team.

Danish Justice Minister Soren Pind

As he explained to me, Danish Justice Minister Soren Pind recently announced his intention to have border guards confiscate gold, jewellery, diamonds, and other valuables from refugees as they enter the country.

After a bit of popular backlash, wedding rings are now off limits.

But just about anything else ranging from cash to expensive wristwatches, is fair game for confiscation, as long as the ‘loot’ (as they call it) is valuable.

So apparently Danish border guards are expected to discern whether a refugee is wearing a $15,000 IWC Schaffhausen or a $15 knock-off.

(Clearly they spent a lot of time thinking about this policy and how to implement it.)

Having armed men indiscriminately seize refugees’ personal belongings doesn’t strike me as the best representation of a free society. Not that this matters anymore.

The Danish government’s excuse is that they need to confiscate assets from refugees in order to pay for the services they’re providing to those same refugees.

This might even sound reasonable… until you realize that a government could make the same argument for every other public service they provide.

It’s the same logic as confiscating funds from your bank account in order to provide you with the FDIC. Or seizing other assets to provide ‘free’ healthcare or education.

When a government awards itself the authority to attack one particular group, they give themselves that same power to attack everyone.

In the Land of the Free, they call it Civil Asset Forfeiture– a legal form of theft in which the government can administratively steal your assets with no Constitutionally guaranteed due process.

The U.S. government stole $4.5 billion worth of private property from its citizens last year alone, far more than the $3.9 billion stolen by common thieves according to FBI data.

The trend is pretty obvious—governments are not shy at awarding themselves the authority to take whatever they want, whenever they want, from whomever they want.

And they’ll always come up with a good excuse to justify it.

This risk is not negligible. So as an insurance policy, it makes sense to ensure that you’re not holding 100% of your assets and savings within the control of a single government.

After all, they may one day be so desperate that they’ll steal from you in the name of protecting you.

Our goal is simple: To help you achieve personal liberty and financial prosperity no matter what happens.


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Engineered Chaos in Burundi is Spiraling as Pathocratic World Leaders Wait for the Prize*

Engineered Chaos in Burundi is Spiraling as Pathocratic World Leaders Wait for the Prize*

By Claire Bernish

Bujumbura, Burundi — Bodies, dozens of them — some with their hands tied behind their backs — lay bloodied in the streets in the capital city of Bujumbura, Burundi on Saturday, after gunmen lay siege to government military camps on Friday, killing nearly 90 people. U.S. citizens are now warned by the State Department to leave the small east African country “as soon as it is feasible to do so” — and nonessential personnel are being evacuated.

This attack was the latest in escalating violence since President Pierre Nkurunziza ignored constitutionally-dictated term limits in April to run for a third term — and, despite a failed coup attempt in May, ultimately won the July election. Armed opposition forces have recently intensified their efforts against the government’s military, and Friday’s action signified the first such organized assault.

Though Nkurunziza’s forces claimed they had only clashed with the rebels, local residents told the AP civilians had been dragged from their homes by police forces into the streets and shot — some of whom had been killed after having their hands tied behind their backs. Despite worldwide circulation of pictures on social media evidencing these claims, police flatly denied the allegation.

“What is the international community waiting for?” pleaded Gerald Bigirimana, a businessman in Nyakabiga, while gesturing toward a body in the street. “Will they intervene when there are no more people in Burundi?”

On Friday evening, following a meeting of the Security Council on the situation, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, stated in an address:

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the recent attacks by unidentified assailants in Bujumbura, and urged all actors to refrain from violence. The members […] reiterated their deep concern regarding the protection of civilians and stressed the urgent need to end impunity in Burundi. They also stressed their readiness to consider further steps as necessary. [We] demand that all armed groups put aside their arms and cease all forms of destabilizing activities in order to end the cycle of violence and retaliation.”

Burundi’s Parliament Head, Pie Ntavyohanyuma was the Second top official to flee Burundi

The Security Council also urged the government of Burundi and other parties to exercise restraint and continue to seek political resolution to the violence in the capital and around the country. Fearful residents wonder if strong words are enough.

Witnesses, who largely spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for their safety, said unarmed men had been shot in the head, including a 14-year-old boy who had simply gone to purchase sugar.

“I fear I can be killed like my friend yesterday, police came to search our house and by chance I escaped,” said one 22-year-old.

“If I had money, I would go buy a passport and flee.”

Since conflict began, hundreds of Burundians have been killed, and according to the UNHCR, nearly 225,000 have fled amidst ensuing chaos. Though the fighting remains political for now, concerns persist regarding the potential for ethnic tensions to erupt between Hutus and Tutsis — the same groups who were involved in the 1994 genocide against each other in neighbouring Rwanda.

Thierry Vircoulon, Project Director for Central Africa at the International Crisis Group, explained the ongoing crisis in depth for the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory:

There is now a dictatorial atmosphere within the country: the opposition and most civil society leaders are in exile; international non-governmental organizations are under surveillance; independent media have been shut down, with about 100 Burundian journalists — most of the profession — leaving the country; and the government is reviving rhetoric from the civil war of 1993-2005. Meanwhile, isolation is growing: most international donors have suspended aid programs and the largest among them, the European Union, is looking to follow suit. The United States, EU, and African Union have implemented targeted sanctions, while relations with Rwanda and Belgium have also been strained […]

“Peace-building requires a long-term political engagement to have any degree of success. This is something that those seeking an end to the current Burundian crisis must bear in mind if they are to achieve more than a brief interruption of the country’s fighting and instability.”

Vircoulon also stated, according to the Wall Street Journal, “A real targeted ethnic killing could revive the Hutu-Tutsi confrontation.” And, in the meantime, the strain has made one thing ominously evident, as he added: “There’s only one direction it’s going in. It’s going to get worse.”


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Turkish Forces Watch on as the Syrian Army Seizes Large Parts of the Border in N. Latakia*

Turkish Forces Watch on as the Syrian Army Seizes Large Parts of the Border in N. Latakia*

By Leith Fadel

Each day, the Turkish-back Islamist rebels lose large chunks of territory to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies in the Turkmen Mountains (Jabal Al-Turkmen) and the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) of northern Latakia.

If this were to happen four months ago, the Turkish Armed Forces would have most certainly helped the Islamist rebels deter the Syrian Arab Army’s advance towards the border-crossing; however, Turkey is now at the mercy of the Russian Air Force’s fighter jets, who relentlessy target groups like Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham along the Latakia-Turkey axis.

On Monday morning in northern Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – backed by the National Defence Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – continued their significant push along the Turkish border by intensifying their assault on the Firlalaq Forest and the mountains to the east of Jabal Al-Zahiyah.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade and their allies were able to push further east towards the northern flank of Al-Rubayah (rebel stronghold), where they encountered heavy resistance from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – fighting has resumed this morning.

In the southern part of Jabal Al-Turkmen, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade pounded the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra at Jabal Al-Nuba; this attack led to a much needed advance for the Syrian Armed Forces and another defeat for Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies.


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Turkish MP Faces Treason Charges after Admitting ISIS Used Turkey for Transiting Sarin*

Turkish MP Faces Treason Charges after Admitting ISIS Used Turkey for Transiting Sarin*

Erdem noted that the chemicals used for the production of weapons did not originate from Turkey. “All basic materials are purchased from Europe. Western institutions should question themselves about these relations. Western sources know very well who carried out the sarin gas attack in Syria,” Erdem told RT.

Istanbul MP Eren Erdem of Republican People’s Party (CHP)

Ankara’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office opened the case against Istanbul MP Eren Erdem of Republican People’s Party (CHP) after his interview about sarin was aired on RT on Monday.

“Chemical weapon materials were brought to Turkey and put together in ISIS camps in Syria, which was known as the Iraqi Al-Qaeda at that time.” 

Erdem noted that the chemicals used for the production of weapons did not originate from Turkey.

“All basic materials are purchased from Europe. Western institutions should question themselves about these relations. Western sources know very well who carried out the sarin gas attack in Syria,” Erdem told RT.

As Turkish media reported Wednesday, the prosecutor’s office is planning to send a summary of proceedings to the Ministry of Justice on Thursday. Following that, the summary may be forwarded to the Turkish parliament, which could vote to strip Erdem of his parliamentary immunity.

Once Turkish mass-media reported the criminal investigation had been opened against Erdem, the hashtags #ErenErdemYalnızDeğildir – #ErenErdemYouAreNotAlone began to circulate in Turkish social networks.

On Tuesday, MP Erdem issued a written statement in his defence, saying he had become the target of a smear campaign because of his statements made in parliament.

As for his accusations about Turkish businessmen being involved in supplying Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) with the poisonous gas sarin and other reactants needed for chemical warfare, Erdem maintained this statement was made based on the results of a Turkish court investigation in 2013.

Erdem revealed that five Turkish citizens had been arrested by the Adana Chief Prosecutor’s Office as a result of an investigation coded 2013/139. A Syrian national was prosecuted in Turkey for procuring chemical agents for Islamist groups in Syria. At the same time, Erdem noted all the persons arrested within the framework of the 2013/139 investigation were released a week later.

In his statement Eren Erdem claimed he had received death threats over social media following the publication of his interview to RT.

Eren Erdem said that the Turkish paramilitary organization Ottoman Hearths has published his home address on Twitter in an effort to enable at an attack on his house.

“I am being targeted with death threats because I am patriotically opposed to something that tramples on my country’s prestige,” MP Erdem said.

In an interview to Turkey’s Kanal 24 on Tuesday, Cem Küçük, a columnist at the pro-government Star daily, said that Erdem’s claims about sarin gas should be regarded as treason. Erdem should be stripped of his parliamentary immunity to “pay for his deeds,” Today’s Zaman cited Küçük as saying.

The Turkish public is “very much polarized” and those supporting the government and followers of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) make up “about half of the country,” Hisyar Ozsoy, Turkish MP for leftist HDP party, told RT.

“They really do not care about what is happening in terms of freedom of expression,” Ozsoy said, adding that “anybody who is critical of the government is facing incredible pressure: indictments, court cases, even imprisonments.”

The Turkish government – and the president in particular – use polarization of the Turkish community as a mode of carrying out politics that very much worries the other half of the citizenry.

The most widely-reported chemical attack in Syria took place in the early hours of August 21, 2013, in Ghouta, on the outer fringes of Damascus. Rockets containing sarin gas were reportedly fired, killing more than 1,400 people, including no fewer than 426 children. It was on the very day a UN team of inspectors arrived in the city to investigate the alleged March 19 chemical attack in Khan al-Assal, northern Syria.


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