Posts Tagged ‘tax’

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Eritrea embassy in Kenya pays jihadists

September 13, 2011

A follow-up from the U.N.’s monitoring group’s report on the Horn of Africa has crossed our path.  According to this article from the East African on Aug. 7, Eritrea is an active state sponsor of al-Shabaab’s terror, and it uses its embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, to distribute funds to jihadi operatives:

The bad boy of the Horn of Africa: How Eritrea’s strongman uses Kenya as a terror finance hub

In early July, as Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki headed to Addis Ababa to chair a meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad), a six-country partnership formed to address issues of drought, security and development in the Horn of Africa, he sounded a stern warning to Eritrea.

For Kibaki, a president who is not known for his love of dramatic public gesture, to adopt a hostile posture against another country, there must have been more to the issue than the government was revealing to the public.

In March, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi — whose country has a strong security partnership with Kenya — had also warned that his government would use “all possible means” to depose Eritrea’s 67-year old strongman Isaias Afewerki, with whom he had fought a bloody secessionist war that killed 70,000 people between 1998 and 2000.

However, with the release of the UN Monitoring Group report on Somalia and Eritrea last week, it is now becoming clearer why Afewerki has gained the reputation of the bad boy of the Horn of Africa, a pariah state under international sanctions for sponsoring terrorism in the region.

While Eritrea has in the past been repeatedly accused of supporting Somalia’s Islamist militia Al Shabaab, a charge it strenuously denies, the current report catalogues Afewerki’s growing notoriety in the world of terrorism finance, and in particular the global web through which these funds are routed, with Kenya serving as a global transaction distribution hub.

The report details the country’s activities in funding the terror group, following the money trail from its citizens in the diaspora in Europe and North America, through Dubai and the Eritrean embassy in Nairobi, and into the hands of Al Shabaab, all the while concealed in convoluted and opaque informal financial networks.

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Taxes & fees to buoy sharia

May 10, 2011

Any time sharia seems to recede to a low ebb in the West, we do our darnedest to keep it afloat.  Even if that means forcing Western citizens to pay increased taxes or fees to assuage the perceived hurt feelings of immigrant Muslims who are too busy embracing the most irrational idiosyncrasies of political Islam to bother adapting or assimilating to their host countries.

Monash, South Australia, will pay $45,000 AUD toward sharia’s rising tide.  From the Herald Sun, h/t to GoV on May 6:

RATEPAYERS will finance a $45,000 screen at a public pool so Muslim women can have privacy at female-only swim sessions.

The City of Monash has approved the financing despite dissent from a female councillor.

Cr Denise McGill said the issue had been divisive.

An Islamic women’s group agreed the screen was unnecessary, Cr McGill said.

“There are sharia swim suits and other modest forms like three-piece swim suits that are generally acceptable for the Muslim community,” she said.

Cr McGill said she supported women-only swim sessions at Clayton pool but said the $45,000 earmarked for curtains could be better spent.

In February, Monash won an exemption from equal opportunity laws to offer fortnightly classes.

But the Victorian Multicultural Commission rejected the council’s application to help meet the cost of privacy curtains.

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U.K. tax break for Muslims & Muslim posers

April 1, 2011

If you’re a Muslim, a new Muslim convert, or you’re willing to pose as a Muslim, you can obtain a valuable tax break when buying a house in the U.K. 

British homebuyers normally pay a stamp tax at the time of purchase.  However, if the property is immediately resold, the buyer is exempt from the tax.  This loophole was designed by the Labour party in 2005, which enabled Muslims to avoid the “evil” of paying home mortgage loan interest by selling their property to a company that then leases the property back to the Muslim occupant.  No interest is paid and no stamp tax is paid. 

Now, to the dismay of some British officials, the loophole is being exploited by those willing to behave like Muslims.  From the Daily Express on Mar. 21, with a hat tip to Islam versus Europe:

SHARIA law is being used by house buyers posing as Muslims to dodge stamp duty, it was revealed yesterday.

A scheme, brought in by Labour in 2005, allows followers of Islam to buy property without paying the tax.

Paying interest is banned under Sharia law, so Muslims are allowed to buy a house and then sell it on to an offshore financial company.

They then lease the house from the company instead of taking out a mortgage, which would include interest payments. Stamp duty, which is applicable to all properties worth £125,000 and over, does not have to be paid on properties which are immediately sold on.

But the loophole, which costs the Treasury £40million a year, is now being used by some who pretend to be Muslim.

Sultan Choudhury, from the UK Islamic Finance Secretariat, said: “It was certainly not envisaged that some tax advisers would manipulate the legislation on behalf of their clients to avoid paying stamp duty at all.”

Although it may not have been the intent, the policy is in harmony with Islamic tax law, which consistently requires preferential tax treatment of Muslims and inferior tax treatment for non-Muslims.

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Politician opens eyes, sees zakat unfairness

March 31, 2011

Malaysians pay income tax.  Muslim Malaysian taxpayers receive a zakat “rebate” for being Muslim.  Non-Muslims receive no such rebate.  This is in accordance with Islamic law which forbids non-Muslims from receiving zakat.  This concept is so deeply ingrained within Islamic thought that when a politician simply observes that it is unfair to give Muslim Malaysians a rebate that non-Muslims do not receive, that observation makes the news.  From Malaysia Kini on Mar. 4:

The current tax policy is unfair as proceeds from zakat, an Islamic tax, is used exclusively for the development of Muslims through the building of mosques and other amenities, said senator S Ramakrishnan.

The senator, who is also an accounting lecturer, called on the government to be fair to all Malaysians by giving non-Muslims a similar tax rebate like zakat.

Ramakrishnan urged the government to amend the tax legislation so that Malaysians of all religions are treated fairly in the spirit of ‘1Malaysia’ when computing their income tax…

Malaysia is also well-known for its jizya-inspired discriminatory bumiputra tax system.

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Muslim Brotherhood nets halal tax revenues

January 6, 2011

The halal food movement in France was troublesome enough when we learned that a secret embedded Islamic tax was being added to each sale.  But CBN reported yesterday that it’s worse than that, because France’s $7 billion halal food industry has links to the Muslim Brotherhood.  Buying halal food doesn’t just mean a deeper penetration of sharia into the West–it could mean that a portion of the purchase price ends in the pockets of Muslim Brotherhood cohorts.

Here’s CBN’s full article:

PARIS — Halal food, food prepared according to Islamic sharia law, is becoming an increasing part of the Western diet and has become a multi-billion dollar global industry.

But CBN News has discovered that some of that money is funneled to groups tied to terrorism.

Muslim halal food is creeping into the food chain not only in France, but worldwide, including the United States.

CBN News visited a butcher shop in a Muslim area of Paris. But it was no ordinary butcher shop. Our camera operator was warned to stop taping.

Why would a butcher shop care if it was being photographed? One reason, according to an Islamic expert we consulted, may have been that our camera operator, who is not a Muslim, was unclean and this was a halal butcher shop.

Halal is the Arabic term meaning legal or permissible. For meat to be halal, a Muslim must chant, “In the name of Allah; Allah is the Greatest,” before slitting the throat of a fully conscious animal with a knife, and while facing the direction of Mecca.

The Fight AgainstHalal

The value of the halal food market in France alone is estimated at $7 billion, and has doubled in five years. France’s second largest fast food chain, Quick, now serves halal-only menus in 22 of its restaurants, targeting France’s large Muslim population.

But Quick’s halal burger stands in France are almost completely owned by the French government, which means the government, whose constitution mandates strict secularism, is in the religious food business.

Leading the fight against Quick’s sale of halal food is Charles Aslangul, a 21-year old city councilman, college student, and president of the Republican Order.

“We respect all religions, but I want to maintain the wall between the French state and the religious, and between a state-owned company and a religious food product. This should not happen with public money,” he told CBN News.

When Aslangul began his campaign, he said the media treated him like a fascist. He was eventually charged with hate speech. A court found him innocent, and now the young French politician is suing Quick for false accusation.

“Islam is trying to impose itself in the public area. I am not stigmatizing Islam. I am simply describing the situation when Islam’s radical wing tries to impose itself over our republican laws,” he explained.

A Shill for Sharia, Terrorism?

So what’s the big deal about halal food? To some Frenchmen who are seeing the growing Islamization of their country, it’s a very big deal.

“Islam is introducing sharia into our society and that’s not clear for people,” Alain Wagner, a French activist with the Alliance Against Sharia, said. “When you see halal food in shops you think, ‘Oh, it’s just a kind of food.’ No. it’s sharia.”

According to some experts, a portion of the proceeds from halal food sales in France go to groups tied to terrorism.

When a French consumer buys Halal food, part of the price paid goes as a fee to Halal Islamic experts. Some of those experts are certified by the UOIF, the Union of the Islamic Organizations in France, which the Simon Wiesenthal Center reports has strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational political organization that supports terrorism. 

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Second verse, same as the first, a little bit quieter, a little bit worse

December 17, 2010

Here’s a music-free version of our Jesus-Muhammad tax video:

The earlier version was disabled by YouTube because it included music from Sony.  But like life under Islam, it’s no fun without music.

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‘Tis the season!

November 28, 2010

Last year, this essay on the different approaches of Jesus and Muhammad toward taxation became one of the more widely read posts on Money Jihad.  Since then we’ve done some tinkering and managed to covert it from an essay into this new, short video:

Please take a look, share with friends this holiday season, and contact us with any feedback.  Have a blessed Advent!