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  • Paris wants to remove Bermuda and Jersey from tax haven list

    01/06/2014 9:47:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 06 January 2014 | Aline Robert
    France has decided to remove Jersey and Bermuda from its tax haven blacklist as they have been cooperative in sharing fiscal information. EurActiv France reports. According to a letter from the French finance minister, Pierre Moscovici, and the budget minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, to the rapporteur of the finance committee of the French parliament, Christian Eckert, the two island states gave positive responses to the requests for fiscal cooperation that France had demanded after they were added to the blacklist last August. The blacklist consists of non EU member countries that do not have an administrative assistance convention with France, which...
  • Bloomberg a no-show at derailment tragedy

    12/01/2013 1:53:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/1/13 | Beth DeFalco and David K. Li
    Where’s Bloomy? While Gov. Cuomo, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly and FDNY commissioner Sal Cassano rushed to the deadly Metro-North crash in the Bronx, lame duck Mayor Bloomberg was nowhere to be found. It took five hours for Bloomberg’s office to tweet: “Thoughts and prayers with those impacted by today’s train derailment. If you are looking for a loved one who was onboard, call 311.” It’s not known where Bloomberg was on Sunday morning, and City Hall staffers declined to reveal their boss’ whereabouts.
  • Google insider exposes ‘immoral’ tax scam [ Uber Libs don't pay taxes ]

    05/18/2013 5:29:53 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 16 replies
    thesundaytimes.co.uk/ ^ | May 18 2013 | Simon Duke and Jon Ungoed-Thomas
    A FORMER Google executive has blown the whistle on a massive and “immoral” tax avoidance scheme that has “cheated” British taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of pounds over the past decade. Barney Jones, 34, who worked for the internet search giant between 2002 and 2006, has lifted the lid on an elaborate structure which diverts British profits through Ireland to the Bermuda tax haven. Although Google’s London sales staff would negotiate and sign contracts with British customers, and cash was paid into a UK bank account, deals were technically booked through its Dublin office to minimise its liabilities here....
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • On Obama Adviser’s Disclosure Form: ‘Bermuda’

    07/10/2012 11:48:05 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 6 replies
    On Obama Adviser’s Disclosure Form: ‘Bermuda’ A lot of attention has been focused lately on Mitt Romney’s offshore finances in places like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. But the word Bermuda pops up on the financial disclosure forms of one of President Obama’s top advisers too. Valerie Jarrett’s financial disclosure form filed May 4 lists a line of credit from a Bermuda insurance company valued between $100,000 and $250,000. We’ve asked the White House what exactly this mark is, and we’re waiting to hear back. In the meantime we’ve spoken to tax experts who have said that the filing could...
  • Obama headlines Google fat cat fundraiser; crickets chirp over Google’s $60 bil tax avoidance

    10/21/2010 10:42:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 10/21/10 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama is all for demonizing large American corporations that avoid taxes through income shifting…except when those large American corporations are dumping money in his campaign coffers. Bloomberg is running a big story on Google’s lucrative use of the very loopholes Team Obama wants to eliminate: Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda. Google’s income shifting — involving strategies known to lawyers as the “Double Irish” and the “Dutch Sandwich” — helped reduce its overseas tax rate...
  • STRANGE BAGGAGE HANDLER AT AIRPORT CAUSES PLANE EVAC

    10/07/2010 11:00:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies · 2+ views
    PHILLY.com ^ | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "According to police, three baggage handlers were loading luggage on to a flight bound for Bermuda around 10:56 a.m. when two of the handlers noticed a third was not wearing an identification badge. When questioned about it, the third man took off and has yet to be found by police." SNIPPET: "Investigating agencies include the Philadelphia Police, the F.B.I. and Homeland Security."
  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via WTOP.com News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
  • R&R FOR BILL & HILL

    08/21/2009 1:13:53 PM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies · 1,036+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 21, 2009 | JENNIFER FERMINO
    Looks like the country's top diplomat and her headline-grabbing hubby have reached a détente while on a romantic Bermuda vacation yesterday. The laid-back Clintons looked like any other happily married couple outside the Cambridge Beaches resort, where they are staying for a brief vacation. The getaway comes less than two weeks after a feisty Secretary of State Hillary, during a visit to the Congo, lashed out at a university student who she thought had asked her Bill's opinion on an international issue. And on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows when she skipped a meeting between President Obama and Bill Clinton...
  • Does Mother Nature Hate Democrats?

    08/21/2009 11:45:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies · 954+ views
    NBC ^ | Fri, Aug 21, 2009 | Jim Iovino
    The Clintons are walking hand in hand in Bermuda this week. The Obamas will be vacationing in Martha's Vineyard starting this weekend. Sounds like a lot of R&R for Democratic leaders on the East Coast. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has other ideas. Hurricane Bill could cause plenty of havoc for Washington's power couples starting Saturday. Near-hurricane force winds are expected to ruin the Clintons' romantic walks on the pink sand beaches of an island where Chelsea was conceived 30 years ago. While the brunt of the storm is expected to pass 100 miles west of the Clintons' location, they still could...
  • Nation of Islam leader takes message to gangs, Westgate

    07/24/2009 12:28:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 523+ views
    Once, the idea of gangs and gang-related violence in Bermuda was dismissed by many, but today it is an accepted part of life. Minister Louis Farrakhan, who lived in Bermuda as a child, was driven to come to the Island last Saturday to use his influence to try and stem the tide of gang violence. Since arriving and out of the public eye, the Nation of Islam leader has reached out to gang members, visiting 42nd Street, Park Side and both gangs in St. George's, bringing conflict resolution and a measure of peace. "There are people that can't go from...
  • Why Bermuda took the Uighurs

    06/27/2009 11:24:24 AM PDT · by freespirited · 8 replies · 801+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/27/09 | Ben Smith
    The government of Bermuda has staunchly denied that they were compensated for accepting Uighur detainees from Guantanamo, but the local press is now seizing on an aside in the Times of London as a likely explanation: Colonel David Burch, Bermuda’s Home Affairs Minister, who flew to Guantánamo Bay to pick up the Uighurs, said that the idea for them to be resettled in Bermuda originated with the Government’s US lobbyists before the premier’s trip to the White House in mid-May and that Mr Brown had put the proposed to US officials. Bermuda is eager to avoid a crackdown by...
  • Bermuda's Prime Minister apologises over Uighurs and wins election (Rev Al on the way!)

    06/21/2009 4:04:43 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 12 replies · 792+ views
    The Times ^ | June 22 | James Bone
    ...The Rev Al Sharpton, the headline-grabbing US civil rights leader, has announced plans to visit the four Uighurs in Bermuda today to support Bermuda’s “humanitarian gesture”. The Uighurs say that they are tired and may not attend the meeting...
  • Al Sharpton set to meet Uighurs: Rev. heads for Bermuda to see ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoners

    06/21/2009 4:29:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies · 743+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | June 19, 2009 | Corky Siemaszko
    Guess who's going to meet the Uighurs? The Rev. Al Sharpton is Bermuda-bound, hoping to meet with the four former Gitmo prisoners. He'll also show some love for the island nation's embattled prime minister, who has caught heat for allowing them to be resettled in the Atlantic paradise. "I am going to Bermuda to show support for the humanitarian gesture extended to these four men by the nation of Bermuda when even the courts said they deserved to be released," Sharpton said in a statement Friday.
  • Media's Bizarre Embrace of Terrorists in Paradise Program

    06/19/2009 11:49:36 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies · 347+ views
    Fox Forum Blog ^ | Joel Mowbray
    It did not come with the promise of 72 virgins, but newly released Guantanamo Bay detainees managed to make it to paradise after all. What the fawning media neglected to mention was that these supposedly friendly lads all trained at an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist camp in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Not that you’ll hear any such inconvenient facts from the mainstream media, of course. While many in the mainstream media are not-so-privately cheering Obama’s planned closure of Guantanamo Bay, does their fervor excuse them from meeting even minimal journalistic standards?/ ... Assuming that the facts are actually as they appear, though, paying...
  • Local Muslims reach out with gifts for Uighurs [Bermuda]

    06/19/2009 8:57:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 397+ views
    Bermuda Sun ^ | 6-19-09
    A Muslim leader has handed over gifts to the Guantanamo Bay refugees saying: "they are just regular people." Saleem Talbot wanted to personally welcome the four Uighur men to our shores and to let them know that he was there to help. Mr. Talbot - who is an Iman and leads the recitation of prayer - visited the men and presented them with "what he thought they would need" - a prayer rug and a copy of the Qur'an. He said he was representing himself as a "concerned resident" and the Muslim community as it's "our faith to help others."...
  • Foreign Office Fury as Settlement of Uighurs in Bermuda [Hillary made a boo-boo, didn't tell Brits]

    06/17/2009 1:06:45 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 930+ views
    Times Online ^ | 6-17-09
    The British Government responded with ill-disguised fury tonight to the news that four Chinese Uighurs freed from Guantanamo Bay had been flown for resettlement on the Atlantic tourist paradise of Bermuda. The four arrived on Bermuda in the early hours, celebrating the end of seven years of detention after learning that they were to be accepted as guest workers. But it appears that the Government of Bermuda failed to consult with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the decision to take in the Uighurs – whose return is demanded by Beijing – and it could now be forced to send...
  • Bermuda protesters denounce Guantanamo decision

    06/16/2009 3:24:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 540+ views
    Hundreds of protesters called for Bermudian Premier Ewert Brown to step down on Tuesday and accused him of acting like a dictator in allowing four Guantanamo prisoners from China to settle on the mid-Atlantic island. Some 600 people gathered outside Parliament in the island's capital Hamilton, waving banners and chanting "Brown must go" as they marched to the Cabinet office. Tuesday's protest was aimed not so much at the Uighurs as at Brown for his failure to consult the island's people or governor and his perceived snub of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, whom the governor represents. Bermuda, a banking centre and...
  • Bermuda protestors call for 'dictator' PM to step down after secret US Guantanamo deal

    06/16/2009 6:06:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 890+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | June 17, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Hundreds of demonstrators protesting against the transfer of four Guantanamo Bay inmates to Bermdua branded their prime minister Ewert Brown a "dictator" and demanded he step down after negotiating a secret deal witht he United States. About 600 people gathered outside Parliament in Hamilton, the island's capital, chanting "Brown must go" and waving banners as they marched to the Cabinet office. But Mr Brown was defiant. "As some of you might know, I grew up in the protest era," he shouted at the booing crowd. "This is nothing new to me. I have seen them larger and longer," he said....
  • Protesters demand Bermuda premier's resignation

    06/16/2009 5:02:59 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 15 replies · 844+ views
    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Nearly 1,000 protesters demanded Tuesday that Bermuda's premier resign, saying he should have consulted with high-ranking officials before accepting four released Guantanamo inmates. . . . Britain has suggested that Bermuda accepted the Uighurs so the U.S. would go soft on their tax haven status, a charge local officials have denied. Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he complained to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and feels the territory should not have agreed to the deal without consulting London.
  • Gitmo Terrorists Released in Bermuda w/ U.S. Taxpayer Funded Resort Lifestyle

    06/15/2009 8:22:49 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 33 replies · 1,618+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-15-09 | Mike's America
    Compare their story to that of John McCain as a prisoner of war who WAS tortured!"It Don't Gitmo Better Than This!"Four of the Uighur terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay have been released in Bermuda. All expenses paid by the U.S. taxpayer. Life in paradise as Guantanamo Four take a dip, eat ice cream, and plan first Uighur restaurant in British territory of Bermuda The Daily Mail 15th June 2009 ...[The four men] have traded drab prison jumpsuits for comfortable cotton pants and knit shirts, and razor wire-encircled jail compounds for beach cottages, where they are staying at U.S. taxpayers' expense....
  • A Fast One On An Ally

    06/15/2009 5:46:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 575+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 15, 2009 | Investors Business Daily
    Diplomacy:Should the U.S. scrap its special relationship with the U.K. to fulfill an ill-considered campaign vow? That's the trade-off the Obama administration made by secretly foisting terrorists onto Bermuda. It's wrong.The British Foreign Office had a right to be angry at the U.S. transfer of four Uighur terrorists from Guantanamo detention to the U.K. colony of Bermuda without its knowledge. After all, Britain is a sovereign state and, like any nation, has a right to know who's on its territory. Instead, it got treated like some banana republic. It didn't learn of the move until after the four Gitmo detainees...
  • THE TASTE OF FREEDOM EX-GITMO GUYS EYE EATERY BIZ (Sunny Bermuda welcomes Uighur terrorists)

    06/15/2009 1:43:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 1,036+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/13/2009 | Selim Algar
    Four Muslim Chinese Uighurs who spent more than seven years in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp plan to open a restaurant serving their native cuisine in breezy Bermuda, where the United States deposited them this week, The Post has learned. The men said they were ecstatic to be restarting their lives and expressed deep gratitude to Bermuda for taking them in after the United States determined they were not "enemy combatants" -- even as the relocation set off diplomatic fury among allies. Café Kashkar in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn is a local Uighur spot and could show the budding restaurateurs a...
  • Life in paradise for Guantanamo Four

    06/15/2009 1:32:01 PM PDT · by jdfromny · 14 replies · 650+ views
    dailymail ^ | 6/15/09 | Sarah Titterton
    They look like ordinary tourists as they stroll along the seafront on the British territory of Bermuda, but these four men are far from regular sunseekers for they have spent the last seven years locked up in Guantanamo Bay. The former terror suspects are Uighurs - members of China's Muslim Turkic-speaking minority - and hail from a rugged province in the far west of the country.
  • Former Guantanamo detainee Uighurs give Bermudans closer look

    06/15/2009 4:53:24 AM PDT · by ubme4aday · 8 replies · 675+ views
    Daily News ^ | 06/15/2009 | Christina Boyle
    ST. GEORGE'S, BERMUDA - It was time for a Uighur walkabout. After days of relaxing, the four released Guantanamo Bay detainees stepped into the Bermuda sunshine Sunday and started getting to know the locals. The Muslims from China spent their fourth day of freedom walking around historic St. George's with their two minders and a translator. There was no chance of going unnoticed. "We wish you all the best," shouted one passerby, giving them the thumbs up. The new arrivals walked around the main square and checked out the sailing boats floating on turquoise waters. "I imagined turbans, they look...
  • Freed From Guantánamo, Uighur Muslims Bask in Bermuda [0's Happy]

    06/14/2009 6:52:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 757+ views
    June 14, 2009
    Freed From Guantánamo, Uighur Muslims Bask in Bermuda Justin Maxon/The New York Times "I went swimming in the ocean for the first time ever yesterday and it was the happiest day of my life," said Salahidin Abdulahat, left, swimming with another former prisoner, Khaleel Mamut. By ERIK ECKHOLM June 14, 2009 ST. GEORGE, Bermuda — Almost exactly seven years after arriving at Guantánamo in chains as accused enemy combatants, and four days after their surprise predawn flight to Bermuda, four Uighur Muslim men basked in their new-found freedom here, grateful for the handshakes many residents had offered and marveling at...
  • Freed From Guantánamo, Uighur Muslims Bask in Bermuda

    06/14/2009 6:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 847+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 14, 2009 | Erik Eckholm
    ST. GEORGE, Bermuda — Almost exactly seven years after arriving at Guantánamo in chains as accused enemy combatants, and four days after their surprise predawn flight to Bermuda, four Uighur Muslim men basked in their new-found freedom here, grateful for the handshakes many residents have offered and marveling at the serene beauty of this tidy, postcard island. In newly purchased polo shirts and chinos, the four husky men, members of a restive ethnic minority from western China, might blend in except for their scruffy beards. Smelling hibiscus flowers, luxuriating in the freedom to drift through scenic streets and harbors, they...
  • Guantánamo Uighurs hope to open restaurant in millionaires’ paradise

    06/14/2009 4:52:06 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 1,798+ views
    Guantánamo Uighurs hope to open restaurant in millionaires’ paradise James Bone in Hamilton Parish, Bermuda For seven long years in Guantánamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, the four Central Asian friends gazed longingly at the azure sea from their cells. They were never allowed through the razor wire to paddle in the water. Now, suddenly set free in Bermuda, the former terror suspects can watch the ocean at leisure from the pastel-pink clifftop holiday cottage where they are staying at US taxpayers’ expense. They have already taken a sunset swim and caught a fish at their first attempt at fishing....
  • Detainees Freed in Bermuda Say China Worse Than Gitmo

    06/13/2009 12:41:22 PM PDT · by Son House · 35 replies · 1,274+ views
    FOXNews ^ | June 13, 2009 | FOXNews
    FOX News spotted the newly freed detainees at a guest cottage complex on the island without security or electronic monitoring, but their attorney said they will have to periodically check in with local police The four of the Chinese Muslims, or Uighurs, released to Bermuda from the Guantanamo Bay prison told FOX News that they are innocent, glad to be free and hold no grudges against the United States for their captivity. "We are not terrorists," they told FOX News with the help of a translator. "We don't know what Al Qaeda is. We don't know Usama bin Laden. The...
  • Smart Power: Obama’s Uighur deal undermines Bermuda government

    06/13/2009 11:23:56 AM PDT · by freespirited · 11 replies · 728+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 06/12/09 | Ed Morrissey
        Perhaps the Bermuda parliament is “fear-gripped”, too — or maybe just angry that their Premier cut a deal to admit al-Qaeda trained Uighur separatists into their country without consulting them or the British.  Bermuda’s House of Assembly scheduled a no-confidence vote against Ewart Brown, which would result in immediate elections and throw the Bermuda government in disarray: The United Bermuda Party today moved for a motion of no confidence against the Government led by Premier Ewart Brown.Opposition leader Kim Swan proposed the motion in the House of Assembly this morning.He said it was necessary as the Island is...
  • The Surreal Presidency and the Bermuda Triangle

    06/13/2009 11:42:14 AM PDT · by paustin110 · 7 replies · 587+ views
    How do we solve that problem? We pay Palau $200 million to take 13 of them and we dump four off in Bermuda. Oh, but there's a problem there, too. Our United States government LIED to Britain about that. We purposely deceived them for their own good. A senior U.S. official "told the BBC that Washington was attempting to shield the UK from Chinese anger." China considers the Uighurs terrorists and would like to have them back. We were just trying to help the UK by lying to them. Meanwhile, we're shipping the rest of the Uighurs, along with a...
  • 'We'd never heard of al Qaeda' [claim the Uighurs in Bermuda]

    06/13/2009 11:08:23 AM PDT · by freespirited · 26 replies · 807+ views
    Royal Gazette Bermuda ^ | 06/13/09 | Jonathan Kent
    The four Chinese Muslims released from Guantánamo Bay to come to Bermuda say they had never even heard of al Qaeda until they arrived at the US prison camp where they have been confined for the past seven years. And in an interview with The Royal Gazette, the ethnic Uighurs said they had never seen pictures of what happened on September 11, 2001, but they did not approve of the terrorist attacks that killed about 3,000 people in the US. The four men — Abdulla Abdulqadir, Salahidin Abdulahad, Ablikim Turahun and Khalil Mamut — spoke last night of their excitement...
  • Barack Obama ignores British over sending Guantanamo four to Bermuda

    06/12/2009 9:49:14 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 700+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 12, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Late on Wednesday night, British officials received a telephone call from the Obama administration informing them that four Uighurs - Chinese Muslims - were about to board a plane at Guantanamo Bay bound for Bermuda. It was a fait accompli, arranged directly between the Obama administration and Ewart Brown, the Bermudan premier. The UK had no choice - it was too late for any debate about the issue. The Uighurs (lucky them, for the alternative was Albania) would be on Bermudan soil by Thursday morning. The problem is that Bermuda is one of 14 British sovereign territories - the oldest...
  • Britain snubbed as Bermuda takes in Uighurs after deal with US

    06/12/2009 11:22:35 AM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies · 1,609+ views
    The Times ^ | June 12, 2009 | Catherine Philp, Diplomatic Correspondent
    Britain was left scrambling to assert the vestiges of its colonial authority yesterday after Bermuda welcomed in four former Guantánamo detainees under a secret deal with the United States. British officials knew nothing of the arrangement until the men, all ethnic Uighurs from western China, were already airborne en route from Guantánamo to the British island territory, better known as a haven for tourists and tax exiles than former terrorist suspects. Alarm bells sounded in London when Ewart Brown, the Bermudian Premier, welcomed the men as “landed in Bermuda in the short term, provided with the opportunity to become naturalised...
  • Breaking News: UBP proposes motion of no confidence (Bermuda)

    06/12/2009 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Selene · 16 replies · 863+ views
    The United Bermuda Party today moved for a motion of no confidence against the Government led by Premier Ewart Brown. Opposition leader Kim Swan proposed the motion in the House of Assembly this morning. He said it was necessary as the Island is “increasingly subject to the politics of one man rule”. Said Mr. Swan: “Why have we moved a motion of no confidence? The public affairs of Bermuda are increasingly subject to the politics of one man rule under the Premier, Dr. Ewart Brown. We consider this unhealthy and not in Bermuda’s best interest. “This is not just about...
  • Rapid reaction to detainee decision (Bermuda)

    06/12/2009 9:54:28 AM PDT · by Shermy · 12 replies · 775+ views
    The Royal Gazette ^ | June 12, 2009
    Reaction to the announcement that four Guantánamo Bay detainees have been relocated to the Island, was swift and overwhelming with The Royal Gazette being inundated with e-mails as well as comments on our Facebook page. The number of e-mails was unprecedented, with no issue causing such an outpouring in recent memory. E-mails to the news desk yesterday indicated that born Bermudians and foreign workers alike were opposed to the resettling of four Chinese Muslim Uighurs released from Guantánamo Bay. Many who wrote in expressed outrage at Premier Dr. Ewart Brown's comment that the four former detainees will be "provided with...
  • Opposition calls move 'deeply troubling' (Bermuda)

    06/12/2009 9:44:27 AM PDT · by Shermy · 13 replies · 472+ views
    The Royal Gazette ^ | June 12, 2009
    The Opposition yesterday denounced the Premier's decision to offer asylum to four Guantánamo Bay detainees in Bermuda, accusing him of "one-man autocratic rule" and "supreme arrogance". Shadow Immigration Minister Shawn Crockwell told a press conference that he could recall no other decision "that so blatantly disrespects the people of Bermuda". The UBP MP also warned that the Chinese nationals of Uighur ethnicity, who were flown to the Island on Wednesday evening after seven years at the high-profile detention camp, may be "deeply angry" and potentially dangerous. But the Human Rights Commission praised Premier Ewart Brown's offer of sanctuary to the...
  • Britain, Cabinet left in the dark (Bermuda)

    06/12/2009 9:41:55 AM PDT · by Shermy · 2 replies · 327+ views
    The Royal Gazette ^ | June 12, 2009
    A huge political row appeared to be brewing last night after it emerged that neither the Governor nor the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) were consulted over a decision to bring four Chinese Muslims to Bermuda after their release from Guantánamo Bay. The four men arrived yesterday after an overnight in a flight direct from Cuba, accompanied by Home Affairs Minister David Burch. The decision to grant them asylum on the Island was revealed in a 9 a.m. press conference by Premier Ewart Brown, who said he met with Governor Sir Richard Gozney yesterday morning to discuss the issue. He...
  • Former Gitmo detainees in paradise: Uighurs enjoying stay in Bermuda after release

    06/12/2009 9:31:31 AM PDT · by freespirited · 26 replies · 1,042+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 06/12/09 | Christina Boyle
    The four Uighurs recently released from the Guantanamo terror prison have already begun to make themselves at home on the beautiful island of Bermuda. On their first full day of freedom after seven years behind bars, the Chinese Muslims took care of the basics: buying toothpaste, a few clothes and going for a much-longed after walk. They also spent a large chunk of their day phoning loved ones. "They came with basically nothing," their lawyer Sabin Willett told the Daily News. "They came with some prison garb, a caricature of street clothes, looking bearded and scraggly." In stark contrast to...
  • Brown: There was no 'quid quo pro' (Bermuda)

    06/12/2009 9:28:41 AM PDT · by Shermy · 12 replies · 553+ views
    The Royal Gazette ^ | June 12, 2009
    Four Chinese Muslims released from Guantánamo Bay arrived in Bermuda yesterday sparking a huge row overseas and on the Island. Premier Ewart Brown announced the four men Huzaifa Parhat, Abdul Semet, Abdul Nasser and Jalal Jalaladin would be given the opportunity to get Bermudian status, given a job and a place to live. But it emerged that neither the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or Governor Sir Richard Gozney had been consulted about the move before the men arrived on the Island. And it prompted an unprecedented number of people to contact The Royal Gazette expressing their criticism of the decision....
  • 'Why are the Brits upset?' (Bermuda)

    06/12/2009 9:23:15 AM PDT · by Shermy · 6 replies · 465+ views
    The Royal Gazette ^ | June 12, 2009
    A media briefing US State Department Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Ian C. Kelly concerning the resettlement for four Guantanamo Bay detainees in Bermuda. Question: Uighurs. Kelly: Uighurs. Question: It's becoming increasing clear that the five Uighurs who decided that they would agree to go to Albania really got the raw end of the deal here. What where do things stand with regards to Palau. And what kind of security assurances have you given Bermuda? And then why are the Brits upset? They seem not to have been consulted about this at all, even though they're responsible...
  • Britain snubbed as Bermuda takes in Uighurs after deal with US

    06/11/2009 10:43:27 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 18 replies · 762+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | June 12, 2009 | Catherine Philp
    Britain was left scrambling to assert the vestiges of its colonial authority yesterday after Bermuda welcomed in four former Guantánamo detainees under a secret deal with the United States. British officials knew nothing of the arrangement until the men, all ethnic Uighurs from western China, were already airborne en route from Guantánamo to the British island territory, better known as a haven for tourists and tax exiles than former terrorist suspects. Alarm bells sounded in London when Ewart Brown, the Bermudian Premier, welcomed the men as “landed in Bermuda in the short term, provided with the opportunity to become naturalised...
  • Obama aides traveled with freed Gitmo detainees [Uighurs relocated to Bermuda]

    06/11/2009 6:14:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1,591+ views
    Senior aides to President Barack Obama accompanied four Chinese Muslims and their lawyers on a flight from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to Bermuda. The four Chinese Muslims, called Uighurs (WEE-gurs), were resettled in Bermuda on Thursday. The U.S. government had determined they were not enemy combatants and should be released. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor says that White House counsel Greg Craig and the special envoy charged with overseeing the closure of the prison at Guantanamo, Daniel Fried, were aboard the plane.
  • Foreign Office fury over settlement of Guantánamo Uighurs in Bermuda

    06/11/2009 11:16:54 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 1,602+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | June 11, 2009 | Philippe Naughton
    The British Government responded with ill-disguised fury tonight to the news that four Chinese Uighurs freed from Guantanamo Bay had been flown for resettlement on the Atlantic tourist paradise of Bermuda. The four arrived on Bermuda in the early hours, celebrating the end of seven years of detention after learning that they were to be accepted as guest workers. But it appears that the Government of Bermuda failed to consult with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the decision to take in the Uighurs – whose return is demanded by Beijing – and it could now be forced to send...
  • Bermuda takes 4 Uighur (terrorists) detainees from Gitmo

    06/11/2009 12:19:01 PM PDT · by pissant · 9 replies · 811+ views
    Houston Chron. ^ | 6/11/09 | Dev Barrett
    WASHINGTON — Four Chinese Muslims detained at Guantanamo Bay prison were freed Thursday and resettled in Bermuda, sparking complaints from China and Britain even as the Obama administration tried to iron out details for sending more detainees to the Pacific island of Palau. The four were among 17 Chinese Muslims, or Uighurs, picked up in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001. They remained at the military detention center in Cuba even after the U.S. government had determined they weren't enemy combatants and should be released. Their fate was in limbo for months while courts and nations debated their future. Their release...
  • I wish I was a Guantanamo inmate

    06/11/2009 11:49:06 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 278+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 11, 2009 | Adrian Michaels
    So much for Barack Obama having trouble working out where to send all the detainees from Guantanamo. It is true that lots of awful places in the American heartland were overcome by an attack of Nimbyism when Obama announced the Cuban prison was closing. All that is, except the residents of Hardin, Montana. Everyone else who had been moaning that Guantanamo was a frightful, frightful violation of human rights suddenly didn't seem so keen to help when the administration came looking for somewhere to park the inmates. But whoa! Who wants to spend the rest of their lives in Asskicker,...
  • Uighur detainees from Gitmo to wind up in Bermuda!

    06/11/2009 5:50:41 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 17 replies · 815+ views
    Chicago suntimes.com ^ | June 11, 2009 | Chicago suntimes.com
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AG THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009 (202) 514-2007 WWW.USDOJ.GOV TDD (202) 514-1888 UNITED STATES RESETTLES FOUR UIGHUR DETAINEES FROM GUANTANAMO BAY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF BERMUDAWASHINGTON - The Department of Justice today announced that four detainees, Chinese nationals of Uighur ethnicity who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, have been resettled in Bermuda. These detainees, who were subject to release as a result of court orders, had been cleared for release by the prior administration, which determined they would no longer treat them as enemy combatants. The detainees were again cleared for release this year...
  • Exploration of the Bimini Underwater Rectangles Yields Stunning Finds (Art Bell history)

    05/16/2009 3:44:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies · 1,918+ views
    Alternate Perceptions Magazine ^ | May 2009 | Dr. Lora Little with Dr. Greg Little
    Greg and I have just returned from our most recent expedition to Bimini in the Bahamas where we were filmed by the History Channel for a show about the search for Atlantis (tentatively scheduled to air in August 2009). They had filmed some footage for the Atlantis show during a trip with us back in January of 2009 while also filming with us for an upcoming Bermuda Triangle show.
  • McCain pledges to protect Bermuda's insurance sector

    08/23/2007 3:30:23 PM PDT · by Shermy · 14 replies · 523+ views
    .The Royal Gazette ^ | August 23, 2007 | Elizabeth Roberts
    US Republican Presidential candidate John McCain has pledged to protect Bermuda's international businesses if he is successful in his White House bid. The Arizona Senator, who spent three days on the Island this week meeting business and political leaders, said he understood the concerns of the insurance and reinsurance sectors about draft legislation proposing a clampdown on US business operations in so-called tax havens. He told The Royal Gazette: "The industry, the re-insurance that's had such phenomenal success has been good for both nations. I would oppose any measures that would upset that." He also pledged to back Bermuda as...
  • Vinod Gupta flays NYT over 'smear campaign' (CNN Pollster decries 'hatchet job on Hillary and me')

    05/28/2007 1:50:02 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 21 replies · 2,056+ views
    rediff.com (India) ^ | May 28, 2007 | Aziz Haniffa
    NRI entrepreneur flays NYT over 'smear campaign Vinod 'Vin' Gupta, 60, the multi-millionaire chairman and CEO of infoUSA and focus of a major article in the New York Times in the Washington Post on May 26 regarding a lawsuit that brands his using the company's private jet to fly former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on personal, business and campaign trips as a 'waste of corporate assets,' has said it's all an effort to embarrass Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. infoUSA is one of America's leading marketing information companies that provide electronic, print...