Boris Kollár, a Slovak politician, and businessman, Chairman of the party We Are Family, has spoken to Sputnik about the country’s take on the EU migrant crisis.
Sputnik: Is your attitude to the migration crisis still negative?
Boris Kollár: Our attitude has not changed. We have a rather balanced view on the refugee issue, our party will never support the hosting of refugees, but it would be misleading to think that this has given us votes, as is claimed by the media. Only 5,000 out of 170,000 of the electorate voted for us owing to our position towards migrants.
Sputnik: You will probably agree that the majority of those who come to Europe need help, don’t they?
Boris Kollár: Of course, I agree that these people need help, but let them receive it not in our country.
Sputnik: What do you think this help should look like?
Boris Kollár: One way is the hotspots on the territory of those countries from which the refugees come, mainly in South Africa. Another way is economic assistance to these countries. In other words, we should teach them how to fish rather than just handing them the fish.
Sputnik: The migrants come to Slovakia mainly from Serbia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria, not from North Africa and the Middle East.
Boris Kollár: I see no problem with regard to Romania and Bulgaria. Our countries are members of the EU and Slovak citizens can go to work in London, Vienna, Munich or other cities, so the Romanians and the Bulgarians can also come to our country. People from these countries and from any other country within the Free Trade Area do not bother me. The problem is the migrants from Ukraine, Serbia and other third world countries, for example, Vietnam. In our view, they decrease the possibility for our citizens to obtain a higher salary because the migrants agree to work for less money.
Sputnik: Could the government formed by the opposition (such as LGBT groups and others) work out a coordinated position on the issues like the above-mentioned migration crisis?
Boris Kollár: It depends on certainconditions. I think that if we could come to an agreement on the issues of national importance then it would make it possible to solve other problems. LGBT is an insurmountable obstacle for us, no doubt. <…>. We cannot concede this point. As for me, I would rather go back into the opposition than support gay marriage, the Istanbul Convention and things like that.
The views expressed in this article are those of the speaker do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.
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A special body has been set up by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which advises the Finance Ministry on income tax policies. It was tasked to come up with a set of rules to make people pay if they are looking to migrate.
A report this month by Morgan Stanley revealed that 7,000 millionaires left India in 2017. In total, over 23,000 have left over the last four years. According to Credit Suisse, there were about 245,000 millionaires in India as of last November.
“Some of the countries across the globe have an exit or a departure tax,” Jiger Saiya, tax and regulatory partner at the law firm BDO, told Quartz.
He added: “For instance, individuals moving out of Canada are imposed tax on the deemed disposition of assets owned by the individual.”
In Canada, when a person is leaving the country permanently, the government considers that he or she has disposed of all property, even if it is not actually sold. This so-called ‘deemed disposition’ leads to capital gains or losses that the person is liable to pay before leaving.
Similarly, in Singapore, foreign employees or permanent residents leaving the country for good are deemed to have derived gains from unexercised or restricted stock options held by them. According to Saiya, citing alternatives to an ‘exit tax,’ those migrating must pay tax on such deemed gains before leaving the country.
“The (CBDT) working group may also consider introducing reporting and compliance laws, like in the US,” he said.
The expert explained that “With the surfacing of scams worth crores [a unit in the Indian numerical system], a surge in the use of virtual unregulated cryptocurrencies, investment opportunities overseas for the ultra-rich etc., tax aspects surrounding the ultra-rich were bound to draw attention.”
Many of India’s rich have been named in lists of alleged tax evaders, including the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. At least 121 have been put on trial based on probes.
“While the fear of prosecution is a strong reason for people who have the means, money, and motive to migrate abroad, it is not the only one. The exodus is also on account of other factors such as the chance of an improved quality of life overseas, social security, healthcare, better investment opportunities, low tax rates, etc.,” said Saiya.
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Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia will be offered relocation to the US or one of its allied countries under new aliases, according to Sunday Times, citing intelligence sources.
“They will be offered new identities,” a senior government official said, adding that MI6 and the CIA were discussing the issue.
High-ranked sources told the newspaper that the recovery of Sergei Skripal is “further behind” that of his daughter, and the government believes “they can both assist us with what happened soon.” Concern over the Skripals’ safety has been cited by the Sunday Times as one of the reasons for relocation.
Their lives “would likely never be the same again” because they will require “ongoing medical care;” and UK authorities maintain that they would be safer in one of the Five Eyes countries: Britain, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. “The obvious place to resettle them is in America, because they’re less likely to be killed there and it’s easier to protect them there under a new identity,” said an intelligence source familiar with the negotiations.
The source said that resettling the Skripals to a Five Eyes country was “a preference for them” because their case “would have huge security implications.”
Sergei Skripal is former double agent. He worked for several years for the GRU, the Russian army’s intelligence agency, until 1999 when he retired due to poor health, according to public sources. Following a career in the Russian Foreign Ministry, Skripal was arrested in 2004 for having cooperated with the British secret services since 1995. The former GRU officer was stripped of his rank and decorations, tried for high treason, and imprisoned for 13 years in 2006.
In 2010, he was released and pardoned by then-president Dmitry Medvedev as part of a deal in which Skripal, along with three other Russian nationals imprisoned for espionage, was swapped for 10 Russian intelligence agents captured in the US. Shortly after the spy swap, Skripal relocated to the UK and settled in Salisbury.
On March 20, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Skripal was clearly not of any interest to Russia after the 2010 spy swap. “He was handed to Britain as a result of an exchange. So, why should Russia hand in a man that is of any importance or that is of any value? It’s unimaginable,” the official said. He added: “If he’s handed in – so Russia quits with him. He’s of zero value or zero importance.”
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Not even one full day after he was appointed to the board of directors of the Country Music Association’s CMA Foundation, former Arkansas Governor and two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee resigned from his post, citing a barrage of bullying from the LGBT mafia over his religious and political beliefs.
A music-lover with some impressive guitar skills of his own, Huckabee had been chosen to help steer the CMA Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing the joys of music to children everywhere – including the less-fortunate. But LGBT hatred towards Huckabee simply wouldn’t tolerate his presence within the organization, as evidenced by the many Nashville music executives and activists who assaulted him on Twitter.
In a personal letter of resignation that was published by The Tennessean, Huckabee lamented the fact that a group which claims to support an agenda of “Love Trumps Hate” seems to always engage in the exact opposite whenever confronted with what it deems as opposing viewpoints.
“I hope this will end the unnecessary distraction and deterrent to the core mission of the Foundation which is to help kids acquire musical instruments and have an opportunity to participate in music programs as students,” Huckabee wrote about his resignation, highlighting how LGBT politics and mafia-like bullying is once again interfering in a humanitarian effort that should be apolitical for the benefit of all children.
“Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and come together. If the arts community becomes part of the polarization instead of bridging communities and people over the power of civil norms as reflected in the arts, then we as a civilization may not be long for this earth.”
The radical Left has ruined country music… is there anything they haven’t contaminated or destroyed with their unbounded bigotry?
There was also a time when country music was a type of safe haven of conservative ideals – or at least a place where they weren’t scorned, mocked, and treated with contempt and disdain. But this is apparently no longer the case, as the CMA seems to have been co-opted by the LGBT mafia, even at its highest levels.
Jason Owen, co-president of Monument Records, a country music label that has an occult obelisk for its logo, and owner of Sandbox Entertainment, a country music marketing firm, is one such LGBT extremist. An openly gay man who’s married to another man, currently has a son, and is looking to adopt twins, Owen reportedly wrote to CMA CEO Sarah Trahern and CMA Foundation executive Tiffany Kerns asking them to remove Huckabee from his post.
Huckabee was also bombarded with all sorts of vile, hateful messages via his social media accounts – with messages so extreme that he didn’t even have to be let go. Rather than have to face such threats against not only himself but also his family, Huckabee decided that it would be best to simply part ways before even getting started, but not without letting the world know the truth.
“Since I will not be able to continue in what I had hoped to be useful service in this endeavor, I wanted to at least put some things on the record,” Huckabee wrote in his resignation letter, explaining how he was the type of poor, under-privileged, music-loving child who was helped by the likes of the CMA Foundation back when he was a child.
“I have no expectation that it will change the irrational vitriol directed toward you or me for my religious or political views that necessitated my abrupt departure, but I want you to know what you would never know by reading intolerant and vicious statements on the internet about who I am or what led me to want to be a part of your efforts to empower kids with the gift of music.”
His entire letter can be read at this link.
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