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The secret deals of “corruption fighter” William Browder: an offshore profit-launderer

100Reporters, May 21, 2014

As U.S and European governments impose sanctions on bankers, businessmen and officials close to Vladimir Putin to pressure him over Crimea, the asset freezes will lead investigators not to the Kremlin alone, but to the western-built offshore system that has helped the Russian leader and friends loot their country and consolidate power.

A case – details not public before – shows how westerners – lawyers, accountants, bankers, investors—used the offshore system to facilitate and benefit from Russian corruption.

It involves William Browder (opposite), self-described anti-corruption fighter, known in Washington for winning passage of 2012 “Magnitsky Act,” which presaged current law by blocking visas, freezing assets of Russians accused of rights violations and corruption.

Browder and fellow investors stole funds diverted via an Isle of Man shell from a Russian company they controlled.

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Blog

Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis reveals how European powers’ Troika abolished Greek anti-tax evasion unit

Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis reveals how European powers’ Troika abolished Greek anti-tax evasion unit »

April 26, 2016 - A drumbeat of the Troika that ended Greek sovereignty last year was that the government wasn’t collecting taxes. The Troika was the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund, and the...

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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker finesses the truth about TPP

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker finesses the truth about TPP »

April 7, 2016 - Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appeared at the Council on Foreign Relations a few days ago and treated the members to misinformation about the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, which is being...

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Poitras exhibit at Whitney turns U.S. govt threat to liberty into political art

Poitras exhibit at Whitney turns U.S. govt threat to liberty into political art »

Feb 4, 2016 - Art as politics reaches new intensities in the Whitney Museum’s disturbing and powerful new exhibit of film maker Laura Poitras’ selection of videos and documents to define the U.S. government’s threats...

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Fed Co-chair Fischer deflects call for numbers on wages

Fed Co-chair Fischer deflects call for numbers on wages »

Feb 2, 2016 - At the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, I pointed out to Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, that the current low unemployment rate he cited in...

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At a Berlin refugee center

At a Berlin refugee center »

Sept 21, 2015 - Before the refugee crisis exploded in September, there were already people seeking help in Germany. On August 19th, I visited a reception center in Berlin, taken there by Karsten Voigt, who...

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Scoops

Betty Friedan would vote for Bernie: Gloria Steinem and other feminists need to hear this »

Betty Friedan would vote for Bernie: Gloria Steinem and other feminists need to hear this

Salon, Feb 24, 2016 - Betty Friedan would vote for Bernie Sanders. I say that having known Betty near the start of the women’s movement in the late ‘60s and at the end of...

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At the End, Betty Friedan Broadened Her Vision »

At the End, Betty Friedan Broadened Her Vision

UPI (Womens eNews), March 29, 2013 - Betty Friedan's parting words: "We didn't challenge the system enough." She helped start the women's revolution but came to realize--along with many of us--that the problem everyone faced...

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New York Ethics: It takes a Fed »

New York Ethics: It takes a Fed

100Reporters, March 19, 2012 - One could be forgiven for thinking that the New York State Legislature was a criminal enterprise. It had its mafioso style assemblyman, Democrat Tony Seminerio, telling a prospective “client” that...

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Romney on Board: Marriott accused of cheating clients on his watch »

Romney on Board: Marriott accused of cheating clients on his watch

100Reporters, Jan 19, 2012 -- Mitt Romney, who makes his hands-on business experience a talking point in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, was a member of the board of directors and audit committee...

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Theater

Compelling “Echoes” shows how Caliphate follows on British empire »

Compelling “Echoes” shows how Caliphate follows on British empire

“Echoes” is a powerful and intense play that explores the imperialist mindset as it compares the experiences of two women who lived 175 years apart in Ipswich, England, and were each swept up in the murderous rampage of "godly" imperialist killers. It won a Spirit...

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Travel

Ramón Valle at Berlin’s A-Trane: “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz” »

Ramón Valle at Berlin’s A-Trane: “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz”I saw jazz pianist Ramón Valle at the A-Trane in Berlin. He bills himself as “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz.” He and the members of his trio are Cubans, but they don't play with...

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Banks

The Wall Street ICEcapade

The Wall Street ICEcapade

The American Interest, July-Aug 2010 (online May 18, 2010) - As I write this, the U.S. Senate is debating a major financial reform bill in which the credit default swap, a kind of derivative,...

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AIG

The Real AIG Scandal: How the Game is Rigged at Wall Street’s Casino

The Real AIG Scandal: How the Game is Rigged at Wall Street’s Casino

AlterNet, March 26, 2009 - Congress has deftly avoided the real story of AIG's collapse, which will make a few million in bonuses seem like peanuts. Most legislators at a House Finance subcommittee hearing...

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arms trade

French Finance Minister not “sufficiently aware” of frigates case

French Finance Minister not “sufficiently aware” of frigates case

Oct 23, 2007 - In the continuing saga of the Frigates of Taiwan, involving about $1 billion in bribes and kickbacks paid by the French company Thomson to win a bid on the...

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tax evasion

Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis reveals how European powers’ Troika abolished Greek anti-tax evasion unit

Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis reveals how European powers’ Troika abolished Greek anti-tax evasion unit

April 26, 2016 - A drumbeat of the Troika that ended Greek sovereignty last year was that the government wasn’t collecting taxes. The Troika was the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund,...

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Audio/Video

Lucy’s speeches & interviews

Lucy’s speeches & interviews

TV interview about the Allen Stanford case and the Sodexo kickbacks revealed by whistleblowers Jay and John Carciero on “Conversations with Harold Channer,” Oct 29, 2009, MNN – Channel 34, New York.  You...

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Cabaret & Jazz

Key West: Bobby Nesbitt brings panache and glitter to celebration of Las Vegas icons

Key West: Bobby Nesbitt brings panache and glitter to celebration of Las Vegas icons

Bobby Nesbitt’s tribute to the cabaret greats of Las Vegas is much richer than any medley of songs from the star singers of the time. His performance at the Tennessee Williams Theatre reprises...

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Restaurants

Venice’s elegant Bauer and boutique 18th-century Il Palazzo

Venice’s elegant Bauer and boutique 18th-century Il Palazzo

Sitting on the “Bar Canale” terrace for breakfast, gazing at the 17th century Church of Santa Maria della Salute across the Grand Canal, I could imagine the lazy mornings of the Venice nobles...

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Gadgets & Gear

Noise-canceling headsets: How they work and which to get

Noise-canceling headsets: How they work and which to get

A comparison of the best: the Sennheiser and the Bose Ready for a nice, relaxing airplane ride? You climb into your hard plush seat, fasten the safety belt, pull out a magazine or book...

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