That wretched VAT


The ultimate insult to a tax enslaved society

When it first came into being to enable Europe to start off with a big bang, most people did not have a clue as to what this thing was really all about. It seemed like a game of musical chairs where nobody actually paid anything and everybody passed it on to someone else.
Today it is the biggest threat to democracy the Western world has ever seen as politicians and bureaucrats dig their talons deep into the fabric in the national economy to cover up for decades of financial abuse and subject the average family to the indignity of paying through the nose for everything.
What makes it even more painful and difficult to swallow is that this wretched tax that should have been abolished the very day it was created, has literally turned a liberal society a reluctant partner of the State. Never in the history of taxation, which in itself is a borderline case of democratic principle, has the bureaucrat had such an important hold over the national pockets as the only winners in the game of consumer sales. The tax in fact is a dragnet of the crudest kind and today, it is the thin edge of the wedge which is driving whole sections of society out into the streets pleading for clemency.
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Here’s what you should know about Syriza and the Greek election.


Explainer: why the Greek election is so important ?

This Greek election is the most important in recent memory. It appears Syriza has won win by a large margin, ending four decades of two-party rule in Greece.

Since 2010 – and as a result of austerity measures – the country has seen its GDP shrink by nearly a quarter, its unemployment reach a third of the labour force and nearly half of its population fall below the poverty line.

With the slogan “hope is coming” Syriza, a party that prior to 2012 polled around 4.5% of the vote, seems to have achieved the impossible: creating a broad coalition that, at least rhetorically, rejects the TINA argument (There Is No Alternative) that previous Greek administrations have accepted. In its place, Syriza advocates a post-austerity vision, both for Greece and Europe, with re-structuring of sovereign debt at its centre.

How significant is this victory for Europe and the rest of the world? Comments range from grave concerns about the impact on the euro and the global economy to jubilant support for the renewal of the European left. For sure, Syriza is at the centre of political attention in Europe.

But, what is Syriza?

The origins of the party are to be found in a series of splits and consolidations involving various left-wing political groupings that, in one form or another, were originally related to the Communist Party of Greece. Syriza in its current form is a strategic coalition comprising a variety of political platforms that include social democrats, radical socialists and communists, environmentalists, anti-globalisation campaigners and human rights advocates.
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Pangs of a great nation


Turkey by name but hardly by nature, the great struggle for a threatened free state begins with impressive public outcry.

The Ottoman Empire which emulated the great conquests of Alexander saw a different revival with the elegant Ataturk who inspired the west towards a more benevolent approach. Those early days of fresh aspirations and relative democracy has now found a champion in the majority of its people who will not tolerate oppressive religious regimes.
The present mass demonstration against the acceptance of a religious radical in power demonstrates the acute sensitivity that moderate Muslims in Turkey and other parts of the Islamic world experience as a result of the carnage being caused in the name of the Prophet.
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Terrorism and the other Religions


Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher, Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States.
As for political violence, people of Christian heritage in the twentieth century polished off tens of millions of people in the two world wars and colonial repression. This massive carnage did not occur because European Christians are worse than or different from other human beings, but because they were the first to industrialize war and pursue a national model. Sometimes it is argued that they did not act in the name of religion but of nationalism. But, really, how naive. Religion and nationalism are closely intertwined. The British monarch is the head of the Church of England, and that still meant something in the first half of the twentieth century, at least. The Swedish church is a national church. Spain? Was it really unconnected to Catholicism? Did the Church and Francisco Franco’s feelings toward it play no role in the Civil War? And what’s sauce for the goose: much Muslim violence is driven by forms of modern nationalism, too.

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A case of mistaken identity ?

Despite the obvious maladies which have afflicted Spain, Portugal and Greece, there are emerging doubts about the role of banks in all these societies. Apart from Politicians, Spanish citizens view banks with increasing distrust and obviously expressed disgust. But is this just a question of misplaced frustration ? Is there anything banks can do after their induced property bubble ? Did a great deal of money from those golden years of outright overdrive exploitation of a single market, go sideways for future main shareholder platforms abroad ? These are disturbing issues which are now beginning to be understood in a country much better acquainted with dictatorships than controlled democracy.
A close study of events and the banking structure in Spain reveals that the failure lies in the calculated strangling of the traditional service which banks were set up to provide – the citizen´s financial support and guidance and corporate development with an eye to creation of employment. The mystery sheds few clues as to where the banking administration went to in view of the strict controls which central banks are supposed to exert (without taking into account the international institutional sensitivity which eventually brings anomalies to the fore – albeit always too late).
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The European blind alleyway


Are objectives clouding progress ?

The plaintiff cry of a wounded Europe accusing its main contributors of failing to show camaderie in dangerous times, will forever remain fixed in the disdainful and unprofessional looks of the glitterati of the EEC bureaucracy unwilling to accept a no to increases in member funding. It was the picture that provided the not so palatable clue to the meaning of the whole thing which aspires to become a powerful nation. Is it equipped to run a motley of individual states with little or nothing in common between them other than access to central and vividly seen, rash, unsupervised handouts ? Is this perhaps the only thing that keeps them all together – panting at the leash for the next servings ? Has Europe in fact provided anything other than sponsors for ungrateful, corrupt and demanding undemocratic members at the expense of those they vilify ? It appears to be the case.
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Templar secrets in Portugal


Lost or carefully guarded knowledge?

The Knights of the Order of the Temple, who took it upon themselves to create Gods Kingdom on earth in accordance with Jesus’ own aspirations, may have created their own internal suppressors by virtue of their alliance with the Vatican. Hidden artifacts and writings taken from various sources in the Near East, Asia and Ethiopia, may have well fallen to the members of families privy to such secrets and to whom their whereabouts were entrusted.
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