In turn, Szeniawska said, “citizens, journalists and campaign groups won’t get the information they need to scrutinize multinationals’ global tax affairs, and there’s no assurance that the world’s poorest countries will get the information either.” Meanwhile, noted Owen Espley, tax campaigner at War on Want, between 85-90 percent of the world’s corporations will not have to report under the proposal.Indeed, said Szeniawska, the deal “lets off the hook the vast majority of multinational companies by setting a very high threshold for companies covered by the requirement.” Political economist Richard Murphy, who calls himself “the person who created the idea of country-by-country reporting,” says what the Commission is suggesting is “nothing like” the system for which he advocates.When protests in Hong Kong exploded, knowledgeable people looked for US involvement. The overt intrusion of the US is available in budgets, documents and websites; the covert involvement has not yet been uncovered but is no doubt there.What does US involvement mean for the credibility of the protest movement and the future of Hong Kong? The issues raised by the protests, lack of democracy and an unfair economy, are very real.To start, we actually need to ask what is being sold?Ten billion dollars is not an order for cargo trucks; it’s clearly an order for armored vehicles meant for combat.Though Riyadh didn’t exactly come out screaming that all Shiite Muslims and other religious minorities should be disappeared, Hasan Sufyani, a leading political analyst at the Sana’a Institute for Arabic Studies, argues that the kingdom’s henchmen are laying the groundwork for a religious cleansing movement.
Now that the US has been exposed, it needs to be removed.
The huge news in the industry last week was huge contract that General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) Canada won in Saudi Arabia.
Only governmental announcements and filings in Canada and the US have revealed the identity of that buyer, as the terms of the contract preclude such an admission directly from GDLS. But even a quick analysis tells us how useful this deal will be to sustaining the industry in North America.
Christians in Iraq and Syria have been massacred en masse, Shia Muslims have been persecuted, their faith belittled and chastised by radicals on Riyadh’s payroll,” Sufyani told Mint Press News.
“Worse still,” he added, “the kingdom has simultaneously funded a grand regional anti-Shia political campaign to better ostracize its political and religious representants while the world’s communities have become accustomed to such public flagellation.” But if religion has been propelled to the forefront of this engineered divide, the root cause of Saudi Arabia’s ire remains tied up to geo-economics — namely, control over oil and gas resources.
We further can surmise that the order is for large, wheeled armored vehicles, and for four reasons: That deliveries will not begin until 2016 suggests that some modest development work remains, so most likely, the winning product is some extension on GDLS’s Piranha V prototypes.