HERE IT COMES: BILL GATES AND HIS GAVI VACCINE ALLIANCE LAUNCHING AI-POWERED ‘TRUST STAMP’

Article by Geoffrey Grider from NowTheEndBegins.com:

Digital identity capabilities from Trust Stamp are now being integrated with Mastercard’s Wellness Pass solution, which it will launch in cooperation with Gavi in West Africa. Proving identity without revealing any information about it is the idea behind Trust Stamp’s zero knowledge approach to online identity verification, according to a profile by Mastercard.

A biometric digital identity platform that “evolves just as you evolve” is set to be introduced in “low-income, remote communities” in West Africa thanks to a public-private partnership between the Bill Gates-backed GAVI vaccine alliance, MasterCard and the AI-powered “identity authentication” company, Trust Stamp.

We have been warning you night and day since March that this was coming, now it’s here, the first iteration of Bill Gates fever dream masterpiece of a vaccine tied to digital identification. Under the banner of his GAVI Vaccine Alliance and through a partnership with MasterCard, AI is being used from a company called TrustStamp that ‘creates tokenized identities from any biometric modality, or other identity data, from any source’. Of course, Bill Gates is launching this in Africa where his bought and paid for credentials from the WHO give him an open door to use the people of Africa as guinea pigs. Welcome to Phase 1, in just a little under 4 months from the date we told you it was ‘coming soon’.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”Revelation 13:16-18 (KJB)

In the old-time baseball games, stadium hawkers would walk up and down in the stands shouting, ‘Get your programs here! Can’t tell the players without a scorecard!’ So with that in mind, let’s unpack what we’re looking at here. Bill Gates created the GAVI Vaccine Alliance in 2000, he created the ID2020 Alliance in May of 2016, you can read the ID2020 UN Manifesto here. MasterCard, the company who has vowed to ‘take the world cashless‘ created the ‘Digital Wellness Pass‘ in 2018, and shortly after began financing an AI biometric ID company called TrustStamp. With me so far? Good.

All of these forces have been swirling together for quite sometime, but it took the manufactured hysteria surrounding the real virus COVID-19 to pull it all together. Now Bill Gates and company had advanced things to the point where they have a working model combining a vaccine with biometric digital identification, and it is rolling out in West Africa right now. After Africa it will be launched in Europe, Asia and then the United States. You can expect it to hit sometime between the end of 2020 and the first few months of 2021.  Are you ready for what comes next?

Africa to Become Testing Ground for ‘Trust Stamp’ Vaccine Record and Payment System

FROM MINT PRESS NEWS: The program, which was first launched in late 2018, will see Trust Stamp’s digital identity platform integrated into the GAVI-Mastercard “Wellness Pass,” a digital vaccination record and identity system that is also linked to Mastercard’s click-to-play system that powered by its AI and machine learning technology called NuData. Mastercard, in addition to professing its commitment to promoting “centralized record keeping of childhood immunization” also describes itself as a leader toward a “World Beyond Cash,” and its partnership with GAVI marks a novel approach towards linking a biometric digital identity system, vaccination records, and a payment system into a single cohesive platform. The effort, since its launch nearly two years ago, has been funded via $3.8 million in GAVI donor funds in addition to a matched donation of the same amount by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In early June, GAVI reported that Mastercard’s Wellness Pass program would be adapted in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Around a month later, Mastercard announced that Trust Stamp’s biometric identity platform would be integrated into Wellness Pass as Trust Stamp’s system is capable of providing biometric identity in areas of the world lacking internet access or cellular connectivity and also does not require knowledge of an individual’s legal name or identity to function. The Wellness Program involving GAVI, Mastercard, and Trust Stamp will soon be launched in West Africa and will be coupled with a Covid-19 vaccination program once a vaccine becomes available.

Bill Gates, his global vaccinations, ID2020 digital identification and the coming Mark of the Beast. Don't take it.

The push to implement biometrics as part of national ID registration systems has been ongoing for many years on the continent and has become a highly politicized issue in several African countries. Opposition to similar projects in Africa often revolves around the costs surrounding them, such as the biometric voter management system that the Electoral Commission of Ghana has been trying to implement ahead of their 2020 general election in December. Bright Simons, honorary VP of the IMANI policy think tank, has questioned the “budgetary allocation” for the new system, claiming that the “unnecessary registration of 17 million people all over again” represents millions of dollars “being blown for reasons that nobody can explain in this country.”

Masking ulterior motives

Trust Stamp’s biometric identity system, largely funded by Mastercard’s massive investment in the company in February, utilizes a technology it calls Evergreen Hash that creates an AI-generated “3D mask” based on a single photo of a person’s face, palm or fingerprint. Once this “mask” is created, much of the original data is discarded and encryption keys are created in place of a person’s name or other more traditional identifiers.

“ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE DATA THAT ORIGINALLY EXISTED IS IN THE HASH,” TRUST STAMP CEO GARETH GENNER HAS STATED. “WHAT YOU HAVE IS SOMETHING SAFER FOR STORING BECAUSE IT CAN’T BE USED TO DIRECTLY IDENTIFY YOU. NO ONE WOULD RECOGNIZE YOU IN THIS HUGE JUMBLE OF NUMBERS.” THE RESULT, ACCORDING TO GENNER, IS AN “IRREVERSIBLE NON-PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION” SYSTEM THAT “PROTECTS PRIVACY, REDUCES POTENTIAL FOR MISUSE AND ALLOWS EFFECTIVE INCLUSION WHEN THERE IS NO OTHER FORM OF LEGAL RECORD.”

Genner also explained in a recent press release that the unique “hash” is capable of “evolving” as a new hash with updated health information is created every time a child or individual gets a vaccine. Trust Stamp’s AI algorithms can accurately determine if different hashes belong to the same individual, meaning that “the hash evolves over time just as you evolve,” said Genner.

It is unclear how much the Wellness Pass initiative is motivated by public health concerns as opposed to free market considerations. Indeed, the GAVI alliance, largely funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundations, as well as allied governments and the vaccine industry, is principally concerned with improving “the health of markets for vaccines and other immunization products,” rather than the health of individuals, according to its own website. Similarly, Mastercard’s GAVI partnership is directly linked to its “World Beyond Cash” effort, which mainly bolsters its business model that has long depended on a reduction in the use of physical cash.

Dual use tyranny

Trust Stamp also shares this market-focused vision for its digital identity system as the company has stated that it is looking for new commercialization options for its Evergreen Hash technology, specifically with prison systems. Talks with private and public prison systems have revealed an interest in their utilization of Trust Stamp’s technology to provide identification for individuals on parole “without making them pay for pricey ankle bracelets that monitor their every move,” as Trust Stamp’s platform would ostensibly provide that same function but in a “touchless” and less expensive manner.

TRUST STAMP’S INTEREST IN PROVIDING ITS TECHNOLOGY TO BOTH COVID-19 RESPONSE AND TO LAW ENFORCEMENT IS PART OF A GROWING TREND WHERE NUMEROUS COMPANIES PROVIDING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS TO  COVID-19 ALSO OFFER THE SAME SOLUTIONS TO PRISON SYSTEMS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF SURVEILLANCE AND “PREDICTIVE POLICING.”

For instance, contact tracing software originally introduced as part of the COVID-19 response has since been used by police departments across the U.S. to track protesters during the country’s recent bouts of protests and civil unrest. Similarly, a controversial Israeli tech firm currently being used in Rhode Island offers AI-powered predictive analytic to identify likely future COVID-19 hotspots and individuals likely to contract COVID-19 in the future, while also offering governments the ability to predict future locations of and participants in riots and civil unrest.

What is perhaps most alarming about this new “Wellness Pass” initiative, is that it links these “dual use” digital solutions to cashless payment solutions that could soon become mandated as anything over than touchless, cashless, methods of payment have been treated as potential modes for contagion by GAVI-aligned groups like the World Health Organization, among others, since the pandemic was first declared earlier this year.

Fauci says masks might be necessary ‘into 2022,’ in spite of vaccine

One critic, Dr. Lee Merritt, called masks ‘Orwell’s boot on a human face.’

By Patrick Delaney,

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the most prominent member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, recently proposed that even with a vaccine, social distancing and mask mandates may be necessary through 2021 and “into 2022.”

The immunologist, who has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for 36 years, made these statements during a Zoom meeting with the medical community of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia earlier this month.

When asked how long masks and social-distancing will be needed, Fauci stated that, presuming a vaccine is 70% effective, many months will pass prior to society reaching herd immunity, according to the Inquirer.

“You’re not going to have a profound degree of herd immunity for a considerable period of time, maybe toward the end of 2021, into 2022,” he said. “I feel very strongly that we’re going to need to have some degree of public-health measures to continue.”

Fauci also advised against expectations a vaccine would be a “knockout punch” for COVID-19, stating that for respiratory viruses, vaccines are often less effective.

“It’s not going to be the way it was with polio and measles, where you get a vaccine, case closed, it’s done,” he said. “It’s going to be public-health measures that linger for months and months.”

In a later CNN interview, Fauci was more explicit on the public health measures he had in mind, emphasizing his strong support for mask mandates.

He stated, “If people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it … I think that would be a great idea to everybody doing it uniformly.”

Dr. Fauci’s comments come following a recent “White Coat Summit” gathering in the nation’s capital, where a group of well-credentialed doctors, called “America’s Frontline Doctors,” was most critical of the government’s and the media’s response to the coronavirus.

With regards to efficacy of masks, physician and attorney Dr. Simone Gold stated, “The facts are not in dispute: masks are completely irrelevant to blocking the SARS-CoV-2 virus … Prior to masks becoming political in March 2020, there was never even an attempt at a pretense that masks, let alone bandanas, stop a virus. It’s a complete fabrication.”

Gold cited a March 2020 interview of Dr. Fauci himself to confirm her point. On 60 Minutes, the immunologist said, “When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And often there are unintended consequences; people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.”

In addition, Gold cited the New England Journal of Medicine which acknowledged that “masks serve symbolic roles” and are thus mere talismans “that may help increase” a person’s “perceived sense of safety.”

Dr. Lee Merritt, a spine surgeon and member of the group, explained, “I spent 40% of my life in a mask. And I can tell you in my entire career … nobody was talking about masks as a control mechanism for viruses.”

Viruses are passed by tiny “.12 micron” particles “that sneak out through the mask and around the mask … Even the very best medical masks cannot screen out, cannot protect, from this type of small particle virus.”

Indeed, she continued, “the atmosphere and the whole air fluidity is filled with viruses. We have it around us all the time. You can’t mask that away.”

Therefore, she concluded, “masks don’t control viruses, they control you.” They “may look like they are not much … just a little soft piece of cloth over your face. What’s the big deal? The big deal is, they may be soft, and they may look okay, but this is George Orwell’s boot on a human face forever if we don’t get this off.”

 

Source: https://www.lifesitenews.com

Planned Chaos Video 4 – No Ordinary Election

 

This is the last of four videos created by the Prepare For Change Media Team in order to provide alternative information to the public.  This past year has offered a great opportunity for most of humanity to consider their world and what might be important to them.  Perhaps you or someone you know has been questioning the madness we are experiencing and its purpose in our lives as a result of this mess.

If so these videos may offer a new perspective regarding what is happening today and why.  We are not attempting to change anyone’s mind or dictate that it is the truth for you.  We offer some possible perspectives and viewpoints in order that you can draw your own conclusions by considering options that you may not find in other places.

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Planned Chaos Video 3 – Racial Divide = Civil War

 

This is the third of four videos created by the Prepare For Change Media Team in order to provide alternative information to the public.  This past year has offered a great opportunity for most of humanity to consider their world and what might be important to them.  Perhaps you or someone you know has been questioning the madness we are experiencing and its purpose in our lives as a result of this mess.

If so these videos may offer a new perspective regarding what is happening today and why.  We are not attempting to change anyone’s mind or dictate that it is the truth for you.  We offer some possible perspectives and viewpoints in order that you can draw your own conclusions by considering options that you may not find in other places.

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Benjamin Fulford 10/26/20 Report: Tensions Rise as World Wakes Up to U.S. Election Theater

Geopolitical tensions are reaching a boiling point as military leaders wake up to the U.S. election theater now in the third act, multiple sources agree.  It’s now clear that somebody is trying to use this election to trigger a war between the U.S. and China.  The White Dragon Society will move swiftly to eliminate the cabal members responsible in Shanghai, Peking, New York, and Washington DC if necessary to stop the plot.  The gnostic Illuminati are also promising the use of targeted weapons against the leadership in these cities so the stakes are high to avoid war.

In a sign the threat to Washington DC is being taken seriously, a special nuclear radiation detection helicopter has been flying over the city in a systematic search for a nuclear device.  They are wasting their time because any attack is likely to use a kinetic device, i.e. a meteorite with blue beam fireworks on November 2nd, WDS sources say as forewarned in the eye chart Economist cover at the end of 2019. https://www.zerohedge.com/political/radiation-sniffer-helicopter-deployed-above-washington-dc

Here is what has been happening under the surface.  Self-described Satanist and human fetus eater Leo Zagami sent us the following message:

“China will invade Taiwan and trigger a Third World War if Trump wins or if the elections are contested.”

When we ran this by some Asian secret society sources they said, “We thought Leo Zagami was your friend.”  Leo Zagami has tried various ways to criminally entrap me, destroy my mind with PCP, and murder me with a lung destroying poison so – emphatically – he is not my friend.

It turns out the Chinese nearly fell for a very clever Satanist trap.  They were told that if Joe Biden was elected, then they would be given their dream of a United States of China.  In other words, the Rockefeller faction using Biden repeated the promise made by Hillary Rockefeller Clinton.  That is they would hand over Japan, Taiwan, ASEAN, and the Korean Peninsula to China if they were in power.

U.S. President Donald Trump is part of this trap, wittingly or otherwise.  That was seen when his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner were witnessed last week praying at Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shceerson’s grave for her father’s reelection. https://www.timesofisrael.com/ivanka-trump-visits-tomb-of-the-lubavitcher-rebbe-as-election-nears/

https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/featured/1912920/watch-ivanka-trump-visits-ohel-of-lubavitcher-rebbe-ahead-of-election.html

Sheerson is also known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe and is one of the key architects of the Satanic plan to murder 90% of humanity and enslave the survivors.  Since Trump has not publicly denounced his daughter or Kushner, we are forced to conclude he is aware of the plot.  He also insists on calling SARS-Cov-2 the “China virus,” which is tantamount to a declaration of economic war.

When Giuliani returned from Ukraine and announced he had the goods on the Biden crime family, Joe suddenly decided to become a candidate in a desperate attempt to gain presidential immunity from prosecution.  Recently he accidentally spoke the truth while freewheeling without a teleprompter.  “We have put together…the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” https://www.zerohedge.com/political/joe-biden-brags-about-assembling-most-extensive-inclusive-voter-fraud-organization

Then there are all the porno videos of his son Hunter Biden being released.  What is interesting is that many of them feature Chinese honey traps.  It is as if Zagami and his goons deliberately let the Chinese create compromising videos as a sort of guarantee that Biden would do their bidding if elected.

We also note the new fake Chinese President Xi Jinping said:

“A war must be fought to deter invasion, and violence must be met by violence.  Victory is needed to win peace and respect.  China will never cower before threats, or be subdued by suppression.” https://twitter.com/PDChina/status/1319470096541126656

The fact that Asian secret society sources confirmed a Chinese attack on Taiwan would happen if their man Biden did not win shows they took the bait hook line and sinker.

Of course the Chinese are not stupid and have been playing both sides in the U.S.  For example, Sheldon Adelson, a major Trump financier, gets most of his money from Chinese controlled Macau.  Now we get reports Trump has a secret Chinese bank account. https://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/amp/ncna1244505

Meanwhile, our Pentagon sources informed us that:

”With Amy Coney Barret confirmed for the Supreme Court on October 26, Trump is poised to win a landslide with indictments of BIG names, mass arrests and financial-political reboot after the election.”

The White Dragon Society, for its part, was forced to warn both the Chinese and the Americans that the world did not want to be forced to choose between an American or Chinese dictatorship.

It doesn’t appear that Trump and his supporters want to be involved in the global “financial-political reboot,” because they have failed to offer any solutions to the ongoing mass extinction, poverty, or other existential crises that face this planet.  Trump has offered only an American centric world view and is telling the rest of the world to “mind its own business.”

In this context, sources in British, French, Chinese, and Russian intelligence have agreed on a plan that will decapitate the…

 

Rothschild family controllers and their complicit world leaders.

MI6 sources say “in James Bond speak, the whole thing stinks to high heaven.” The British, French, Chinese, and Russian intelligence sources agree the entire COVID-19 affair is an act of war that will be met with extreme prejudice.

“We have seen evidence of deliberate mass murder so that commutes the whole thing to section 7 of the International Criminal Code.  What this means is that we see this as an undeclared act of war.”

This means there is a “mandate for military intervention,” the sources say.  “Were I on the side of the perpetrator I would be making a will at this stage.” The source continued by saying “many heads of state and government have been complicit in this whole crime against humanity.”

Needless to say, the world’s military and intelligence community know that the entire COVID “public health emergency came about when the 5G microwave network went online…and they killed millions in China.”

Mass deaths in the rest of the world were prevented after the Japanese confirmed what the NSA warned us about, that 5G is a killer.  The fact that the 5G rollout was paused in most of the world has saved countless lives and the executives of the telecommunications firms involved are being systematically hunted down and killed.

Of course, the purpose of this entire operation is to protect the “Rothschild family’s FIAT Currency and Country Debt Money Laundering and Stealth State Capture operations of the Khazarian Mafia,” MI6 confirms.

We note that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will be among those executed because he is trying to pass a law protecting pharmacidical companies from liability if their planned vaccines cause injury.  Since there is no need for a vaccine against what is an electromagnetic attack, Suga has publicly admitted guilt.

Pentagon sources say they have already killed Samsung Chairman Lee Kunhee “who appears to run South Korea.” This may have been revenge for the murder of Kim Jong Un, the Pentagon sources say.

The sources also say Israeli Prime Minister and mass-murderer Benjamin Netanyahu has been executed.  They add “the death toll in Israel has now exceeded 2300.”  We have been unable to independently confirm this but, we did note an attempt to anoint Netanyahu’s son Yair as his heir designate.  https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/yair-netanyahu-the-rise-of-the-son-646566

There is also major trouble brewing in the Israeli colony of Saudi Arabia.  Saudi’s oil revenue and non-oil revenue fell by over 70% in the first half of this year.  This means the 2016 prediction by Saudi deputy economy minister Mohamed Al Tuwaijri is coming true:

“If we [Saudi Arabia] don’t take any reform measures, and if the global economy stays the same, then we’re doomed to bankruptcy in three to four years.” https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/saudi-arabia-suffering-consequences-its-failed-oil-price-war

Low oil prices are a boon for China and India but spell trouble for the big oil families like the Rockefellers.  That is why we are certain to see increased attempts to raise the price of oil by fomenting war in the Middle East.  Already, we note fires and explosions at an Iranian petrochemical plant, a typical Rockefeller strategy. https://www.rt.com/news/504394-fire-explosion-iran-petrochemicals-plant/

In South America meanwhile, the attempt by Elon Musk to steal Bolivia’s lithium resources has failed miserably. What these people are fighting to avoid is hydrogen fuel with its exponentially greater driving range per kilogram of fuel versus battery onboard weight. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/19/democracy-has-won-year-after-right-wing-coup-against-evo-morales-socialist-luis-arce

Getting back to the U.S., we note increasing signs of the civil war there is intensifying.  For example, a reader in Texas sent us a report that Walmarts in Texas, Arizona, and California had been closed and not because they were fixing “plumbing issues.”  Instead, a “friend connected to construction,” reported they were building underground facilities.

She said, “the Chinese arrived Aug 1 and are housed in these sites.”  In the case of a Walmart in Midland, Texas, after the local sheriff “died unexpectedly in his sleep, we have had dozens of brothels popping up.  The Chinese opened a nail salon where the money is laundered.”

Pentagon sources say they are on the case noting that “After 2 weeks ‘quarantine’ because of COVID, the Joint Chiefs of Staff returned to work at pentagon with a bang, a 7.5 quake off Alaska.”  The sources note:

“Many deep underground bases from down under to Europe, Asia, and North America have been emptied of children, gold, diamonds, precious metals, treasures, documents and then destroyed, as military forces mop up defeated cabal minions who don’t even realize the war is over.”

There are many publicly available signs a secret war really is being waged.  For example, there have been 911 outages all across the United States, presumably meant to prevent local police from showing up during special operations.   https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/09/whos-behind-mondays-14-state-911-outage/

We also note power is being cut off to over a million people in areas of California where big tech companies like Google are located.  These cut-offs of electricity happened after the Justice Department formally sued Google over monopolistic practices. https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/california-power-utility-1-million-cut-wildfires

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-sues-monopolist-google-violating-antitrust-laws

We further note increasing public signs the Khazarian mafia is trying to negotiate a surrender.  This can be seen by the increasing calls on corporate media outlets for a South African style “truth and reconciliation.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDrUQ0dUOWw

The increasing violence at the very tip of world power is also distracting us from increasing amounts of good news.  For example, a cure for Alzheimer’s has apparently been found. https://libin.ucalgary.ca/news/research-team-discovers-breakthrough-potential-prevent-reverse-alzheimers

If the WDS and its allies win this war (and we will), premature aging and childhood illnesses will become treatable.

On a final note, we hear from esoteric sources the blue full moon on Halloween will actually be pumpkin-colored.  If this turns out to be true, it will be a clear sign from the heavens.  If it doesn’t turn out to be true, it means we are on our own.  Either way, humanity will emerge victorious.

 

Source: https://benjaminfulford.net/

US, Global Corporate Giants Not Amused Mexico Finally Forces Them to Pay the Taxes They Owe

American Bar Association, Mexican business lobby, ambassadors from the US, Canada, etc. in uproar over holding executives accountable and threatening them with criminal probes. 70 Mexican officials also investigated.

By Nick Corbishley,

The American Bar Association (ABA) this week lambasted the Mexican government for using heavy handed tactics, including criminal probes into tax fraud, to motivate corporate tax dodgers to finally settle their tax bills. The complaint echoes a similar broadside from the International Bar Association last month and reflects growing frustration among companies about the government’s use of more stringent audits, tighter surveillance methods, and the threat of tough legal action to crack down on corporate tax dodgers and tax frauds.

The Government says it has launched criminal proceedings against 43 companies that owe 55 billion pesos ($2.6 billion) to the treasury in unpaid taxes dating back to 2010. Most other companies that have been subject to audit in recent months have agreed to settle their tax debts.

Thanks largely to its zero tolerance approach toward corporate tax dodging,the government so far this year through August has already collected over 60% more in taxes from large corporate taxpayers — 155 billion pesos ($7 billion) — than in the entire year 2019, Raquel Buenrostro, who heads Mexico’s SAT tax authority, told Reuters.

But authorities had reviewed only 627 large companies so far, she said, and over 11,000 companies, each with annual income above 1.52 billion pesos ($72 million), have not yet been audited, and more work needs to be done.

Each peso is desperately needed, not only to finance the government’s ambitious programs aimed almost exclusively at the country’s most vulnerable, but also to plug the gaping balance sheet hole left behind by the state-owned and now bailed-out oil major Pemex.

Before the arrival of the current president Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), in late 2018, Mexico had the weakest tax take in the OECD and the fifth weakest of all economies in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2018, it collected the equivalent of 16.1% of GDP — just 1.5 percentage points higher than the notorious tax haven Panama and less than half the amount of tax revenue collected as a proportion of GDP by Latin America’s other alpha economy, Brazil (33%).

One major reason for the discrepancy is that in Mexico many large companies, both domestic and subsidiaries of multinational corporations, have a long history of not paying the taxes they owe — in some cases going back decades. But that is beginning to change. In recent months, Walmart’s Mexico unit, Coca-Cola bottler Femsa, and brewer Grupo Modelo, a division of the world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, have all agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in current taxes and back taxes.

The main reason companies are finally settling their debts is that the price for not doing so is a lot more punitive than it used to be. A few weeks ago, Audi agreed to an audit over some $4 million of unpaid local taxes, but only after the governor of Puebla threatened to close the German automaker’s plant.

The cases of two big companies that have refused to settle with authorities have been passed to the fiscal prosecutor’s office, Buenrostro said. Earlier this month, Mexico’s top fiscal prosecutor Carlos Romero said that the office may bring criminal charges against individuals that instigated or perpetrated the tax fraud, including executives and tax attorneys, who may face jail time.

When the AMLO administration took over almost two years ago, it “realized that there was no desire to collect taxes from certain companies,” Buenrostro, who heads the SAT tax authority, told El País. “Some businessmen were surprised to be summoned [to the tax office] because they had never had to pay the taxes. They told me that every three years they would simply waive the unpaid taxes.”

That is now changing. So far this year, executives of 627 companies have passed through Buenrostro’s office — except for the two — with check book in hand. Years-long and in some cases decades-long legal claims are being resolved in a matter of days, as the likes of Walmart, BBVA, Coca-Cola, and América Móvil finally settle their debts.

But not everybody’s happy about the new set-up. Four ambassadors, from the US, Canada, Japan and France, have paid Buenrostro a visit in recent months, all in the hoping of convincing Buenrostro to back off a little, but to no avail.

It’s this rough treatment of the executives and corporate tax attorneys — rough treatment meaning holding them personally accountable for their decisions — that has raised the hackles of the American Bar Association.

Mexico’s largest business lobby, Coparmex, complained that recent changes to the criminal code mean that companies that issue false invoices to avoid taxes are now being treated like organized criminal gangs. Some lobby members even accuse Buenrostro of “fiscal terrorism” for proposing to use photographs, videos and cell phones to gather information against tax frauds as well as threatening companies and their executives with legal action for failing to comply.

The SAT has also launched investigations against 70 public officials, half of them in customs, for looking the other way during previous administrations. Investigations that used to be resolved with a dismissal now often end up in the fiscal prosecutor’s office.

It appears that the powerful business groups active in Mexico no longer get coddled by the government, which also had the gall of steadfastly refusing to use taxpayer money to bail out shareholders and bondholders of large corporations during the virus crisis.

 

Source: https://wolfstreet.com

Planned Chaos Video 2 – CV19: Plan, Scam & Resulting Order

This is the second of four videos created by the Prepare For Change Media Team in order to provide alternative information to the public.  This past year has offered a great opportunity for most of humanity to consider their world and what might be important to them.  Perhaps you or someone you know has been questioning the madness we are experiencing and its purpose in our lives as a result of this mess.

If so these videos may offer a new perspective regarding what is happening today and why.  We are not attempting to change anyone’s mind or dictate that it is the truth for you.  We offer some possible perspectives and viewpoints in order that you can draw your own conclusions by considering options that you may not find in other places.

We hope you appreciate the effort and information and if you do, please share it with those you believe may have the same reaction.

Victory of the Light!