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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

German Finance Minister Schäuble spins why Greeks have to pay back loans and Germany doesn’t

German Finance Minister Schäuble spins why Greeks have to pay back loans and Germany doesn’t »

April 18, 2015 - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday. With a politician’s practiced spin, he declared that Germany didn’t owe any money from billions it had...

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Afghanistan’s president favors offshore transparency, Robert Rubin not so much?

Afghanistan’s president favors offshore transparency, Robert Rubin not so much? »

March 30, 2015 - In a talk to the Council on Foreign Relations Thursday, Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, spoke of the international drug trade and grand corruption damaging his country. He said: “The global criminal...

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CIA Director John Brennan dodges question about offshore

CIA Director John Brennan dodges question about offshore »

March 16, 2015 - You don’t expect the CIA director to give away the crown jewels, but you do expect him to take seriously a question about the offshore bank and corporate secrecy system. That...

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Janet Napolitano evades issue of U.S. weakening cybersecurity

Janet Napolitano evades issue of U.S. weakening cybersecurity »

Jan 29, 2015 - Even out of office, U.S. officials evade crucial questions about U.S. policy. Here is Janet Napolitano, former head of the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, 2009-13, also former Gov. of Arizona,...

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NY Review of Books reports this comment, but won’t print it

NY Review of Books reports this comment, but won’t print it »

Jan 15, 2015 - Anne Applebaum wrote an article about Putin's Russia in the Dec. 18, 2014 issue of the New York Review of Books that was filled with distortions. When I saw NYRB editor...

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Scoops

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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How the Food Industry Eats Your Kid’s Lunch »

How the Food Industry Eats Your Kid’s Lunch

The New York Times, Dec 3, 2011 - An increasingly cozy alliance between companies that manufacture processed foods and companies that serve the meals is making students — a captive market — fat and sick...

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Theater

“On The 20th Century” is a Kristin Chenoweth musical tour de force   »

“On The 20th Century” is a Kristin Chenoweth musical tour de force  

Part operetta, part farce, part screwball comedy, this musical revival is about the behind-the-scenes relationship of Lily Garland (Kristin Chenoweth), a temperamental actress, and Oscar Jaffee (Peter Gallagher), a bankrupt theater producer. On a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York, Oscar tries to...

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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

NY Review of Books reports this comment, but won’t print it

NY Review of Books reports this comment, but won’t print it

Jan 15, 2015 - Anne Applebaum wrote an article about Putin's Russia in the Dec. 18, 2014 issue of the New York Review of Books that was filled with distortions. When I saw...

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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

Nathalie Schmidt’s “Forgotten Lovers” are characters in a comic-dramatic cabaret story

Nathalie Schmidt’s “Forgotten Lovers” are characters in a comic-dramatic cabaret story

Nathalie Schmidt is a French cabaret singer – and a playwright and screenwriter, theater and film director, artist and actress in plays by Shakespeare, Racine, Sartre and other European classics. A full creative...

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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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