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Mistrial declared in Menendez corruption trial, as jury deadlocks — RT US News

A mistrial was declared in the bribery, conspiracy and fraud trial of Senator Bob Menendez (D-New...
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Video: Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman Consolidates Power & Purges Rivals Under “Anti-Corruption” Pretense

https://democracynow.org - Saudi authorities arrested scores of prominent officials over the weekend, including 10 princes, four ministers and dozens of former ... Via Youtube
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Video: ‘Anti-Corruption Push’: Dozens of Saudi royals detained unexpectedly

Saudi Arabia has detained dozens of royal figures and ministers - in what it calls Phase One of its 'anti-corruption push' - 11 princes,...

Trump says Saudi elites caught in anti-corruption probe were ‘milking’ kingdom for years —...

The US president has backed Saudi Arabia’s corruption purge initiated by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman...

Head of Puerto Rico Electrical Workers’ Union Demands Corruption Probe of Whitefish Energy Contract

Democracy Now! has just returned from Puerto Rico, where we interviewed Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, head of the Puerto Rico electrical workers' union, just as...
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Video: Head of Puerto Rico Electrical Workers’ Union Demands Corruption Probe of Whitefish Energy...

https://democracynow.org - Democracy Now! has just returned from Puerto Rico, where we interviewed Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, head of the Puerto Rico ... Via Youtube

Rolling Back the Tide of Pesticide Poison, Corruption and Looming Mass Extinction   

An anthropogenic mass extinction is underway that will affect all life on the planet and humans will struggle to survive the phenomenon. So claims...

British banks possibly ‘conduits for laundered money’ in South African corruption scandal — RT...

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 09:31 Edited time: 20 Oct, 2017 08:15 It has emerged...

Jury to decide fate of US senator in corruption & bribery trial — RT...

The judge overseeing the corruption case involving US Senator Bob Menendez said he won’t dismiss any...
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Video: Weapon Corruption Scandal Threatens Netanyahu’s Administration

Israeli police investigate three corruption cases involving the prime minister Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating ... Via Youtube

Mozambique Audit Reveals Corruption and Short Falls in Financial System

Jubilee USA NetworkAhead of President Trump's first G20 meeting in Germany this weekend, Mozambique released an audit exposing violations of the country's laws to...
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Video: Cameron & Prince William implicated in FIFA corruption probe – reports

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William are implicated in a corruption scandal, over England's bid for the 2018 World Cup, according...
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Video: ‘If Russia was involved in a FIFA corruption scandal, it would be punished’

Football and England's World Cup bidding team has been implicated in a corruption scandal, over its failed bid to host the 2018 tournament. A...
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Video: Brazilian President Michel Temer Charged with Corruption, a Year After He Backed Ouster...

https://democracynow.org - In Brazil, President Michel Temer has been formally charged with corruption, a year after he backed the ouster of President Dilma ... Via...
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Video: Arrests made at unauthorized anti-corruption protest in Moscow

Arrests have been made in central Moscow, after anti-corruption protests coincided with Russia Day celebrations. Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny was ... Via Youtube
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Video: Brazil’s Corruption Investigation Expands to Almost Entire Political Class

The corruption investigation of Brazilian politicians expanded dramatically and is less biased against the center-left. However, the danger is that it will lead to...
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Video: Glenn Greenwald: Ousting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Empowered Criminality & Corruption

https://democracynow.org - We spend the hour looking at the growing political crisis in Brazil and air an exclusive interview with former Brazilian President Dilma...
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Video: Assange: Ecuador can be ‘confident’ WikiLeaks will publish any evidence of corruption

Responding to comments from newly elected Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno warning Julian Assange not to 'interfere' in South American politics, ... Via Youtube

WikiLeaks’ Assange defies Ecuadorian warnings, will publish any evidence of corruption

Published time: 26 May, 2017 13:18 Edited time: 26 May, 2017 19:07 ...

Calling for an End to Corruption, 23 Arrested at the Pennsylvania State Capitol

Chanting “Pass the gifts ban, do your job” and “Drain the swamp,” a boisterous crew of March on Harrisburg participants and members of the...
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Video: Could Narrow Scope of New Special Counsel Miss Wider Corruption in Trump White...

http://democracynow.org - It has been another extraordinary 24 hours in the nation's capital. In the biggest news of the day, Deputy Attorney General Rod...

The Audacity of Sleaze: Profiles in Corruption

Photo by Carlos Pacheco | CC BY2.0 It actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already...

"Corruption, Plain and Simple": Kushner Visa Scandal Snowballs

The latest White House scandal over the president's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner benefiting from the recent extension of the so-called "golden visa"...

Bouncing Back Against the Corruption of Science in Capitalist Society

Part 2 of a 2-part series: The Role of Science in Capitalist Society and Social Change Continuing from the first part of this series, one...
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Video: Minus Gyrocopter: Anti-corruption activist Doug Hughes finally sends Congress protest mail

Getting your message across can be hard especially if you are an anti-corruption activist trying to get members of congress to listen. Doug Hughes...

Wells Fargo Directors Face Wrath for Complicity In Bank Corruption

Met by fierce protests both inside and out the annual shareholder meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Tuesday, members of the Wells Fargo...
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Video: Protesters detained during anti-corruption protest in Moscow (Streamed live)

Several opposition rallies, most of which were unsanctioned, took place in Russia on Sunday. A number of people were detained for disorderly conduct. Via Youtube
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Video: RAW: 500 people detained as anti-corruption protest hits Moscow

Several opposition rallies, most of which were unsanctioned, took place in Russia on Sunday. A number of people were detained for disorderly conduct. Via Youtube
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Video: ‘Reform Iraq!’: Protesters gather against political corruption in Baghdad

Followers of Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gathered in Baghdad in protest against political corruption. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to ... Via Youtube

Hundreds Arrested as Unsanctioned Anti-Corruption Protests Erupt Across Russia

Hundreds of people, including a key opposition leader, were arrested in Russia on Sunday as thousands participated in unsanctioned protests against corruption and the...
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Video: ‘French parties use system to get rich’ – Analyst on election candidates corruption...

The main candidates for the French election have been surrounded by corruption scandals since they set out on the campaign trail with some calling...

Fmr LA County sheriff guilty of corruption, faces 20yrs in federal prison

Published time: 15 Mar, 2017 22:32 A federal jury has found former Los Angeles County sheriff Lee...
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Video: How to Remove a President: Mass Protests Force Out South Korean Leader Amid...

http://democracynow.org - On Sunday, ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye left the Blue House presidential compound and returned to her private ... Via Youtube
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Video: Anti-corruption demo continues to draw thousands in Bucharest

Several thousand demonstrators took the streets of Bucharest on Sunday to march against government corruption. The anti-corruption protesters gathered in ... Via Youtube
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Video: “Shadow World:” Arms Dealers Boasting of Bribes, Corruption, and Impunity (4/5)

In part four, Andrew Feinstein discusses the story of now jailed arms dealer Riccardo Privitera, featured in "Shadow World" Help support The Real News...

Alabama governor under investigation for corruption, state AG recuses himself

When Alabama’s new attorney general issued a statement announcing he was recusing himself from an investigation...

With 'Valentine to Corruption,' Trump Officially Kills Big Oil Transparency

In a move global rights groups are decrying as a Valentine's Day gift to Big Oil, President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially voided a...

Netanyahu scandals reflect corruption at the heart of Israeli society

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in danger of being brought down, possibly soon, over what initially appears to be little more than an...
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Video: Clashes erupt in Bucharest following enormous anti-corruption rally

Up to 150000 people rallied in front of the cabinet building in Bucharest on Wednesday, in addition to at least 100000 across dozens of...

House Poised to Repeal Global Anti-Corruption Measure

WASHINGTON - Within the next 24 hours, the US House of Representatives could repeal a bipartisan transparency initiative that affects the oil, gas and...

Britain’s ‘failure to tackle tax havens’ draws ire of anti-corruption campaigners

Anti-corruption campaigners have accused the British government of falling short on its longstanding commitment to...
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Video: Keiser Report: Bull Market in Corruption (E 1018)

In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy discuss the bull market in corruption. In the second half Max continues his interview...

'No smoking gun': Mistrial declared in LA County Sheriff corruption case

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s corruption trial ended after jurors said they were deadlocked...

Corruption, Socialism, and Banksterism

This article was submitted by Shubhendu Pathak, a finance professional working in the Bay Area. Past: Capital One Shubhendu earned his Bachelors (B.Tech) and Masters...
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Video: BREAKING: Jill Stein Exposed For Corruption With DNC

In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Christina Tobin Founder and Chair at The Free and Equal Elections Foundation and former close friend of Jill...

Why Are Public Officials Protecting the Pesticides Industry? Digging Down into the Cesspool of...

Colin Todhunter It is based on a cesspool of corruption that is most probably responsible for more death and disease than the combined efforts of...
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Video: ‘Loss of confidence’: Putin dismisses Economy Minister Ulyukayev amid corruption probe

Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev has been dismissed from his post as a court in Moscow ordered him to be placed under house arrest....
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Video: Russia’s Minister of Economic Development arrested over corruption

Russian Economy Minister Alexey Ulyukayev was detained on suspicion of taking a $2 million bribe that allowed Rosneft to complete the deal on purchasing...

America to choose either ‘proto-fascist’ or ‘corruption queen’ – Jill Stein to RT (VIDEO)

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein has told RT that this year’s presidential election is...

The Corruption of Bill Clinton, Inc.

The latest hacked email released by WikiLeaks details how one of Bill Clinton’s closest aides helped rake in tens of millions for the former...

Agrochemicals and the Cesspool of Corruption: Dr. Mason Writes to the US EPA 

Colin Todhunter (RINF) - In her recent open letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason documents what amounts to...

We Are Living in the Golden Age of Defense Waste and Corruption; Trump Will...

(Photo: Paul Hohmann; Edited: LW / TO) In October 2015, when he was a very, very long shot for the Republican nomination, Donald...

An ‘Epidemic of Graft’–Anti-Corruption Efforts in Afghanistan Fail Hard

The U.S. spends spends $5 billion of your tax money a year in “aid” to Afghanistan, plus billions more for the cost of the...

Corruption and waste in Afghanistan: Role of US gov’t exposed in new report

A new report examining widespread corruption and waste in Afghanistan found that the practice blossomed following...

Raid on police corruption whistleblower was unconstitutional, court rules

Police officer Wayne Anderson took a risk when he shared evidence of corruption in the Terrebonne Sheriff’s Office. He was finally vindicated, however, when...

Charter Schools Increase Fraud, Corruption, Chaos, and Anarchy

Every day, more than a few news items, journal articles, books, and blogs expose a range of scandals, crimes, fraud, and corruption associated with...
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Video: #PayToPlay: Clinton faces corruption scandal after links between donors & State Dept exposed

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who often lectured African countries about corruption as Secretary of State, now faces her own scandal for ... Via Youtube

FBI to Investigate Clinton Foundation Corruption

Having detailed Clinton-appointee Loretta Lynch's DoJ push-back against the FBI's Clinton Foundation probe, it seems Director Comey has decided to flex his own muscles...

Airbus probed over corruption, bribery & fraud allegations

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched a criminal investigation into aircraft manufacturer Airbus over...

The Rio Games in a World of Global Sporting Corruption

Wounds have opened; recriminations are all around. The Rio Olympic Games, even before the first act, has already shown how it will be one...
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Video: ‘They have a history of corruption’: Clinton Cash documentary author Peter Schweizer

RT spoke to the author and executive producer of the documentary 'Clinton Cash' - Peter Schweizer, who believes Hillary Clinton needs power to keep...
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Video: U.S.-Controlled Chaos and Corruption Fuels ISIS Terrorism in Iraq

Professor Sabah Alnasseri says ISIS attacks poor working-class neighborhoods in order to turn the people further against an already despised government. Via Youtube
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Video: Chris Christie Stages Mock Trial of Hillary Clinton Despite Corruption Charges Dogging His...

http://democracynow.org - One of the most animated moments of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night came during a speech by New Jersey ... Via...

29 Pages Revealed: Corruption, Crime and Cover-up Of 9/11

First and foremost, here is what you need to know when you listen to any member of our government state...

VIP child sex abuse: 14 new corruption inquiries leveled against London police

British police are alleged to have covered up cases of child sex abuse perpetrated by...

More Clinton Corruption

In 1996 President Bill Clinton, at a fundraising dinner in New York City said this: “There are no more nuclear missiles pointed at any...
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Video: Neil Hamilton “Cameron and Osborne Are Liars & The Vote Remain Camp Is...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

The Corruption of the TWA 800 Case

As I was writing my new book on TWA Flight 800 –TWA 800: The Crash, The Cover-Up, The Conspiracy, now available wherever you buy...

Supreme Court makes major rulings on abortion, gun rights, corruption

The US Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas, ruled that domestic violence misdemeanor convictions are grounds to lose gun ownership rights, and...

Clinton superdelegate & long-time congressman found guilty on 22 counts in corruption trial

Representative Chaka Fattah, one of Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates, was found guilty on over 20 separate federal...

3 NYPD commanders, including deputy chief, arrested on corruption charges

Three ranking officials with the New York Police Department have been arrested and charged with violating...

Who will stand up to corruption?

To some, corruption may appear a victimless crime. But for a vast number of people, especially in the developing world, corruption manifests itself as...

Netanyahu’s Petty Corruption

Many years ago I received a phone call from the Prime Minister’s office. I was told that Yitzhak Rabin wanted to see...
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Video: Carnival of Corruption May Leave Back Door Open for the Return of Rousseff

Prof. Bonaventura de Sousa Santos says the current domino effect of corruption is wiping out the political leadership class includes the minister of Transparency. Via...

Fraud, Corruption, Harassment Charges Rise Inside World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is reeling after an internal audit discovered that reported incidents of fraud, corruption, harassment, failure to comply with professional standards...

EU ‘violates international law’ by failing to tackle corruption, says justice minister

The European Union is failing to take steps to tackle the “corruption” and “systemic fraud”...

Glyphosate in the EU: Product Promoters Masquerading as Regulators in a “cesspool of corruption”?

On 13 April, the EU Parliament called on the European Commission to restrict certain permitted uses of the toxic herbicide glyphosate, best known in...

Cameron will use anti-corruption summit to call on wealthy to admit sources of cash

Those suspected of money laundering may be forced to disclose the origins of their wealth...

Nigeria president doesn’t want Cameron corruption apology… just all the country’s money back

Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari used a keynote speech at a major anti-corruption conference in London...

NYPD highway inspector commits suicide following corruption investigation

NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri was found dead in his parked car on Friday. Ameri was the...

Anti-corruption protesters turn Trafalgar Square into ‘tropical tax haven’ (VIDEO)

London’s Trafalgar Square has been turned into a ‘tropical tax haven’ as part of a protest coinciding with the city’s anti-corruption summit in a...
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Video: Glenn Greenwald on Brazil: Goal of Rousseff Impeachment is to Boost Neoliberals &...

http://democracynow.org - Brazil's Senate has forged ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, despite an earlier move by the ... Via Youtube

(Anti-) Corruption experts? Who’s who at Cameron’s post-Panama Papers transparency summit

Prime Minister David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit will bring together a bevy of political leaders, officials from the financial world and sports representatives of FIFA...

Cameron proposes global anti-corruption body … with zero law enforcement powers

A global anti-corruption agency designed to track dirty money and crack down on tax evasion,...
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Video: Anti-corruption protesters storm Iraqi paraliament in Baghdad (SPECIAL COVERAGE)

Hundreds of supporters of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who have been protesting corruption, have stormed Baghdad's Green Zone. Via Youtube
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Video: UC Davis Spends $175,000.00 To Censor The Internet And Their Corruption

In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest news of how the UC Davis recently spent $175000 public funds to hire a company...

‘Great rhetoric, now act!’ Fight money laundering, anti-corruption group tells govt

Government proposals to crack down on vast sums of dirty money pulsing through the heart...

Corruption & bribery rife in UK, 28% of bosses say

Corruption and bribery is widespread in Britain, according to more than one in four top...
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Video: Keiser Report: Systemic Nature of Corruption (E903)

Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/ In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy discuss royal scum threatening to dump ... Via...

Don’t be fooled: Panama leak barely scratches the surface of elite corruption

The Panama Papers are a drop in the ocean of offshore tax havens. In total, between $7 trillion and $32 trillion is stashed across the...
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Video: Democracy Spring: Over 400 Arrested at U.S. Capitol Protesting Corruption & Money in...

http://democracynow.org - More than 400 people were arrested Monday in a massive sit-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the influence...
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Video: CrossTalk on Panama Papers: Corruption PSYOPS

The so-called Panama Papers are sold to us as a vast leak chronicling the financial misdeeds of the rich and powerful. But is this...

Imperialism, political corruption and the real face of capitalism

The “Panama Papers” claimed its first casualty Tuesday, when Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was forced to resign following protests by thousands of...

Gagging orders stifling whistleblowers risk spreading council corruption

Britain’s gagging orders used to silence former employees-turned-whistleblowers, which have cost local authorities over £220...

‘Corruption’ as a Propaganda Weapon

Exclusive: Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of “corruption” stories aimed at...

Currency Wars, Corruption, and Volatility Will (Eventually) Cause the Next Big Bull Market

Impeachments, currency wars, and volatility are now the new normal... and they will eventually usher in a new bull market in gold. Take, for example,...

Fresh corruption allegations undermine Malaysian prime minister

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. John Roberts Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has come under increasing...

Protesters storm Brazilian capital after bugged phone call goes public which reveals President gave...

  Protests have erupted in Brazil's capital after a recorded phone call between President Dilma Rousseff and her once-popular predecessor was released, suggesting that she...

This Is How Corruption Works: A Hillary Clinton Example

Eric Zuesse Hillary Clinton approved the construction in South Africa of the world’s two largest coal-fired power-plants, and helped them get Export-Import Bank financing (U.S....
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Video: Media and Opposition Accuse Brazil’s Ex-President Lula da Silva of Corruption

Political scientist and media analyst Joao Feres Jr. talks about who is behind the latest corruption accusations against Brazil's former President Lula da Silva...

Hillary’s Secret Letter And The Whole Matter Of Endless War And The Almost Complete...

John Chuckman (RINF) - An almost perfect measure of the decay of democratic values in American politics is found in a letter from Hillary Clinton to Haim...
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Video: Will the ECB Freeze of Printing Large Currency Help End Corruption and Tax...

Economist James Henry says the European Central Bank is 16 years too late. Via Youtube
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Video: Will the ECB Freeze of Printing Large Currency Help End Corruption and Tax...

Economist James Henry says the European Central Bank is 16 years too late. Via Youtube

Leading California Democrat sentenced to five years in prison for corruption

  Alan Gilman Former California State Senator Leland Yee, a San Francisco Bay Area Democrat, was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge to five years in...

How Corruption Cripples America’s Military

Eric Zuesse America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that...
Hidden corruption in Britain is an international scandal

Latest corruption index does not reveal Britain’s real place in global crime wave

Transparency International (TI) releases its latest report entitled the Corruption Perceptions Index and continues to find that corruption is rife globally and remains a...
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Video: Putin: a ‘picture of corruption’ or just another mere allegation

Russian President Vladimir Putin faced yet another accusation. It is thought to be the first time the US official of such level has directly...
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Video: El Chapo is Caught, But Corruption, U.S. Consumption & Failed Drug War Keep...

Democracynow.org - The Mexican government has moved toward extraditing drug lord Joaquín "Chapo" Guzmán to the United States after his recapture in ... Via Youtube

Top Democrat in New York legislature convicted of corruption on all counts

By Philip Guelpa Democrat Sheldon Silver, the former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, was convicted Monday on all seven charges of corruption brought before...

America’s Awesome Corruption – Especially in the Military

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On November 16th, the great journalist on international strategic and military issues, F. William Engdahl, headlined at journal-neo, “Do We...
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Video: Greece, Europe hid Athens’ debt to keep it in Eurozone: corruption expert

The world is losing the battle against corruption despite a great amount of resources being directed at the problem. And while some countries have...

US states score poorly on cronyism & corruption test

The majority of state governments are hotbeds of cronyism, with the public shut out from true accountability by loophole-ridden open-records laws, according to a...

Seeds of Corruption: “Unneeded, Unwanted and Unsafe,” the Case of Genetically Modified Mustard in...

In India, genetically modified (GM) mustard is edging closer to becoming the first officially approved GM food crop to be placed on the commercial...

“UK arms sales contribute to corruption”

A newly-conducted study has found that the vast amounts of arms sold with minimal oversight to Middle Eastern and North African states by the...

Met police close investigation into politcian corruption reports

UK police have closed an investigation into reports on a high-ranking politician’s corruption because of “insufficient evidence” against him. Police said in a statement that...

Is 200 years of Tory corruption about to come to an end?

RINF Alternative News It's no secret that UK politics has always been a hotbed of sleaze. From its earliest days, the political scene has been...

How Jeb Bush’s Florida Plan for School ‘Choice’ Created an Industry of Corruption and...

"Reading the emails make(s) me want to throw up" tweeted the Food Babe after reading a lengthy series of them posted online by The...

US Justice Department: Corruption charges against Menendez ‘clear and unmistakable’

The US Justice Department has sharply rebuked Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey and his lawyers for seeking to have federal corruption charges against...

Video: Jim Marrs Talking About His New Book “Population Control”, Vaccines And Corruption In...

Please Support The Show — http://richieallenshow.com/donate/ http://richieallenshow.com/ https://www.facebook.com/richieallenshow ... Via Youtube

Video: Dr. Rima Laibow: “Doctors Are Being Assassinated For Taking On Big Pharma Corruption!”

Please Support The Show — http://richieallenshow.com/donate/ http://richieallenshow.com/ https://www.facebook.com/richieallenshow ... Via Youtube

‘There Is Effectively No Limit on Money in Politics’ – CounterSpin interview with Brendan...

(cc image: DonkeyHotey) Janine Jackson interviewed Brendan Fischer of the Center for Media and Democracy about Scott Walker’s campaign finance case for the July 24 CounterSpin. This is...
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Video: Full Show – 06/16/2015 – Hillary’s Election Corruption Exposed

On this jam-packed Tuesday, June 16 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover how Pope Francis is now pushing a New World Order...

FIFA Scandal Highlights Corruption in Global Financial System

WASHINGTON - The President of international soccer's governing body, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), is resigning amid corruption allegations. Sepp Blatter led...

Hillary Clinton’s corruption is legendary: Political analyst

The increase in exports of chemical and biological weapons from the United States to totalitarian regimes in the Middle East and Africa during the...
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Corruption is Legal in America

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US Senator Bob Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

by Jon Queally U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was indicted on multiple charges Wednesday related to accusations of corruption and misuse of power. The allegations stem...

The Path to Freedom From Corruption Goes Through My State – And Your State

The system is rigged and broken. A small number of people have far too much political power in America. There is a clear way...

Corruption Without Consequences

The Dot-Com darling Uber has been getting quite a bit of critical press lately, and deservedly so. Uber is a start-up company that connects...

Corruption Is Now Officially Legal in the U.S., But Must Be Done Right

Eric Zuesse On December 10th, Wall Street’s federal appeals court, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled that if inside information about what is going...

Study: Corporate Bribery and Corruption Grease the Gears of Global Capitalism

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that large multinational corporations, led by top managers, are behind majority of documented bribery cases Sarah Lazare Large...

Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive takes a great leap forward

Upon becoming general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012, President Xi Jinping put forward a frank assessment that endemic corruption among party elites and cadres threatens to delegitimize the reform process and undermine the CPC’s rule. Xi announced a broad anti-corruption campaign and vowed that the party’s graft watchdog would be“striking tigers and flies at the same time” – a signal that both prominent officials and grassroots cadres would be equally held accountable.

In the two years since the anti-corruption campaign began, it has proven to be the longest reaching and most impactful clampdown effort since the reform era began in 1978. Anti-graft inspectors have launched thousands of investigations, ending the political careers of hundreds of officials engaged in bribery, embezzlement and acquiring illicit funds through land deals, official infrastructure projects and land development. The scope of the anti-corruption efforts has not spared those in the CPC’s inner circle, creating anxiety within the party.

Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s most powerful men until his retirement in 2012, has been the most prominent official probed for abuses of power. During his tenure as the head of the CPC’s political and legislative affairs committee, Zhou’s only superiors were the president and prime minister. He was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) and oversaw the state’s internal security, judicial system, law enforcement, and paramilitary operations, operating with a larger budget than China’s military.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) – the party’s formidable anti-corruption agency – has also detained reputable officials known to be Zhou’s protégés and opened investigations into the extraordinary wealth of his family members. It is widely believed that the long delays in announcing the probe against Zhou were due to huge inner-party resistance, indicating that Xi engaged enormous political capital in order to create conditions for the investigation.

Read the full story on New Eastern Outlook

Nile Bowie is a columnist with Russia Today, and a research affiliate with the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), an NGO based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He can be reached at [email protected].

Spain arrests dozens in anti-corruption raids

Police in Spain have arrested over 50 people across the country, including senior members of the ruling party, in the biggest anti-corruption sweep in...

Whistleblower Releases Tapes Exposing Federal Reserve Corruption

Do you believe that the Federal Reserve is regulating big banks? Recordings released by a whistleblower show the cozy relationship between banks “too big...

Robert McDonnell guilty of 11 corruption counts

A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption – sending a message that...

Anti-poverty group urges G20 to tackle corruption

RINF EDITOR'S NOTE: Good luck with that, seeing how most of the G20 only survive as a result of corruption.  ### Anti-poverty organization ONE is urging leaders of the...

Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?

David Sirota Wall Street is one of the biggest sources of funding for presidential campaigns, and many of the Republican Party’s potential 2016 contenders are...

Police files reveal ‘endemic corruption’ at the Met

Documents show how organised crime networks were able to infiltrate the force 'at will'  Scotland Yard holds an astonishing 260 crates of documents on police...

Big Business Institutionalised Corruption and Financial Fraud in the European Union

Colin Todhunter  RINF Alternative News The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) is a coalition of about 200 civil society groups, trade unions, academics...

What the World Cup Can Teach About Corruption

Fighting corruption is a proven means to reduce inequality. But the issue has often been co-opted by elites looking to do just the opposite. Walden...

The lives of others: the hacking trial and the establishment’s corruption

The phone hacking trial reveals the normally hidden relationship between newspaper barons, journalists and the cops. Simon Basketter lifts the lid on the corruption...

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrested in corruption case

Alex Lantier The French judiciary took the unprecedented step yesterday morning of arresting former president Nicolas Sarkozy and placing him in 48-hour investigative detention in...

Congress to Grill Ex-Im Bank Chairman Over Corruption Charges

On Thursday, Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank, will be grilled by members of the House Financial Services Committee over charges of corruption...

Charter school companies in US face corruption charges

Kristina Betinis Two recent episodes expose the corruption rampant in large privately run and publicly funded charter school companies. Charter schools have aggressively expanded in...

Monsanto, Syngenta, Pioneer et al.: Through Political Cooptation and Corruption, the GMO Biotech Sector...

Colin Todhunter The proposal to hand back some decision powers to member states of the European Union regarding GMO approvals is currently being discussed (1). It...

Freedom of the Press Geared Towards Protecting Critics of Government Corruption, Not Government Apologists

Washington's Blog  Reprinted with permission  The First Amendment to the Constitution provides: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging...

Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity – A History of Corruption

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One of the many ways by which rich corporations exert their influence over and hijack government bodies is via the ‘revolving door’ process (1,2). Big business is highly adept at positioning its (former) employers within policy and regulatory bodies in order to slant legislation in its own interests. And employees from the government sector have often left highly paid, politically well-connected jobs to take up even higher paid jobs lobbying or working on behalf on behalf corporations, with former British PM Tony Blair being a prime example, working on behalf of big oil and big finance (3).   


On its website, Corporate European Observatory (CEO) provides a list of top European bureaucrats who have taken a spin through the revolving door and how the European Commission (EC) has failed to regulate the potential conflicts of interest (4).


As a result, European commissioners have now been reminded of the need to avoid conflicts of interest which undermine public trust in EU policy-making, as they near the end of their term in office. The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has sent individual letters (see 5) to every serving European commissioner to remind them of their responsibilities under the revolving door rules.


ALTER-EU is a coalition of about 200 civil society groups, trade unions, academics and public affairs firms campaigning against the increasing influence exerted by corporate lobbyists on the political agenda in Europe.

When the last Barroso Commission (6) left office in 2010, a number of former commissioners went through the revolving door by taking private sector jobs, which raised concerns about the risk of conflicts of interest (7).


For example, Günter Verheugen who had been the European commissioner for enterprise and industry founded the European Experience Company, a consultancy firm together with his former head of cabinet Petra Erler. Meanwhile, Charlie McCreevy who had been the European commissioner for the internal market joined the boards of Ryanair, Sentenial and the bank BNY Mellon.


The letters were sent out because ALTER-EU is keen to ensure there is no repeat of these scandals when the current commissioners leave office later this year.


Olivier Hoedeman of CEO, a member of the ALTER-EU steering committee said:


“Our letter reminds the current crop of commissioners about the revolving door rules, but also recommends some higher standards, which we encourage all commissioners to follow. After all, if former commissioners are entitled to a generous three-year transitional allowance, it is not unreasonable to ask that they also refrain from lobbying for three years.”


Jorgo Riss, director of the Greenpeace European Unit and a member of the ALTER-EU steering committee said:


“We don't want to see a repeat of the Verheugen and McCreevy scandals in 2014. In January ALTER-EU asked President Barroso to remind his team about the revolving door rules before they left office. The Commission has seemingly ignored our request, so we thought we had better take action into our own hands.”


Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists and another member of the ALTER-EU steering committee said:


“Commissioners should be leaders in complying with the highest ethical standards, even after the end of their term in office. It is clearly against what they have worked for if they jump straight into the arms of big business as lobbyists once they have left the Commission.”


The individual letter to each commissioner reminds them that there is an 18-month notification period after they leave office during which time they must notify the Commission if they plans to take up new professional activities. Former commissioners also face an 18-month lobbying ban. These rules are included within the code of conduct for commissioners (6). However, ALTER-EU considers that both of these rules should be extended to three years to match the transitional allowance to which former commissioners are entitled and to better rule out the risk of conflicts of interest from arising.

In 2010, 17 former members of the European Commission received at least €96,000 per year in transitional allowances, money intended to help them ease back into the labour market. Many received this money despite the fact that some of them were already working as politicians or lobbyists.

The ongoing failure of the EC to address the issues surrounding the revolving door between big business and EC bodies smacks of institutionalized corruption. On top of the current secretive, business-led free trade deals with the US and India, it is one more reason why the European public has little reason to place little trust in the EC and its policy making.


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Turkey is a democracy in name only. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ruling despot. 

He's led Ankara's Justice and Development Party (AKP) since August 2001. He's been prime minister since March 2003. Why Turks put up with him they'll have to explain.

Last spring, anti-government protests rocked Ankara, Istanbul and other Turkish cities. Police violence followed. Brutality is longstanding policy. Corruption is deep-seated. 

It's rife in Turkey's construction sector. Erdogan established a land sales office. Ostensibly it was to build affordable public housing. 

Widespread privatizations followed. Billions of dollars worth of government assets were sold. 

Sweetheart deals and bribes accompanied them. Well-connected companies got no-bid contracts. State banks provided generous financing. 

Projects developed had nothing to do with public housing. Berat Albayrak heads Calik Holding. He's well connected. He's Erdogan's son-in-law. 

He may be linked to the corruption probe. He builds power plants in Turkmenistan. He's involved in an AKP backed oil pipeline project. He has other government related business.

The current scandal stems from a year ago anonymous letter. It was sent to police. It alleged Ankara and local government authorities illegally facilitated construction projects. Huge profits were involved.

Surveillance, phone tapping, and other investigatory methods followed. They produced considerable evidence of corruption. Government ministers are involved. Million dollar bribes were paid.

State-run Halk Bank head was found with about $4.5 million in cash. It was at home. It was stashed in shoe boxes. 

Millions more were seized from other suspects. Over a dozen are accused of bribery and money laundering, as well as gold and antiques smuggling.

On December 17, Turkey's Financial Crimes and Battle Against Criminal Incomes department detained 47 people. 

Sons of Ankara's Economy, Interior and Environment and Urban Planning ministers are involved. 

So is Fatih district municipality major Mustafa Demir and real estate tycoon Ali Agaoglu. Minister of European Union Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis is being investigated.

Whether scandal touches Erdogan remains to be seen. He claims attempts to do so will be "left empty handed."

On Christmas day, he reshuffled his cabinet. Three ministers resigned. He sack 10 others. He replaced them. Events are fast-moving.

Erdogan Bayraktar was Minister of Environment and Urban Planning. He was a member of parliament. He felt forced to resign both posts. 

He said Erdogan should do so. He claimed suspect construction projects under investigation were approved with Erdogan's full knowledge.

"With your permission, I want to make very short statements in the form of a press statement," he said.

"It is of course a right and an authority for Mr. Prime Minister to work with whichever minister he wants and to remove whichever minister he wants from office." 

"But I do not accept the pressure being put on me which says, 'Resign because of an operation in which there are statements of bribery and corruption and release a declaration that will relieve me.' "

“I do not (accept it) because a big part of the zoning plans that are in the investigation file and were confirmed were made with approval from Mr. Prime Minister."

"For the sake of the well-being of this nation, I believe the prime minister should resign."

He accused him of involvement in suspect property deals. He's linked to profiteering business interests. 

Scandal heads closer to directly connecting him. Perhaps it will as investigations continue. Turkish Professor Soli Ozel called Bayraktar's call for Erdogan's resignation "extraordinarily dramatic."

He's "someone who was very close to the prime minister. This is someone you'd expect to fall on his sword without question."

Other analysts see things potentially spinning out of control. Whether Erdogan can prevent it remains to be seen. 

He may end up victimized by his own transgressions. It depends on how much public anger grows. He weathered previous crises. It's hard to know if this one is too great to contain.

Investigations targeted over 90 suspects. Over two dozen were arrested. Dozens of police chiefs were sacked. Erdogan is far from squeaky-clean. 

On December 21, Ankara's police department Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Unit head Hakan Yuksekdag was found dead in his car. Officially it was pronounced suicide. 

Further investigation is being conducted. The incident occurred a day after 14 senior Ankara National Police Department officials were removed from their posts.

Erdogan blamed ongoing events on an international conspiracy. He vowed revenge on figures connected to Muhammed Fethullah Gulen. 

He heads the movement bearing his name. He claims a million or more followers. They include judges and senior police officials.

He's currently in self-imposed exile. He's in Pennsylvania. He's a writer, former imam, and Islamic opinion leader. He's an important figure. 

He's involved with issues relating to Turkey's future. He and Erdogan haven't gotten along for years.

Former Minister of Internal Affairs Idris Naim Sahin said Erdogan's actions fall short of law and justice. He's trying to defuse public anger, he said. He's shifting blame to do it.

Thousands of Istanbul, Ankara, and Ismir protesters demanded Erdogan's resignation. They did so on Christmas. They did it in other cities. They protested last spring. 

They're justifiably outraged. Their longstanding anger hasn't waned. Erdogan works against their well-being. Clashes with police erupted. Arrests followed.

Protesters chanted; "Three ministers aren't enough. The whole government should resign. Corruption is everywhere. Resistance is everywhere."

Opposition party members accused Erdogan of deepening despotic rule. Critics use the term "deep state." It refers to a shadowy power structure. It lacks checks and balances.

Turkey's Republican People's Party (CHP) is Erdogan's main rival. It's Turkey's oldest political party. It's AKP's Main Opposition in the Grand National Assembly. Kemal Kilicdaroglu heads it.

"Erdogan has a 'deep state,' " he said. His AKP "has a 'deep state.' " Efkan Ala is new Interior Minister. 

He's an Erdogan crony. He formerly was Diyarbakir Province governor. He's part of what's ongoing, said Kilicdaroglu.

He believes Ala's appointment is part of an Erdogan power grab. He wants greater police control. Outgoing Interior Minister Muammer Guler fired hundreds of police officers. Senior commanders were sacked.

Erdogan's new ministers were carefully chosen. He appointed officials "that will not show any opposition to him," said Kilicdaroglu.

Turkey is more police state than democracy. Press freedom is compromised. Censorship is standard practice. Dissent is verboten. Challenging government authority is called terrorism. 

No country imprisons more journalists than Turkey. Corruption is deep-seated. Neoliberal harshness writ large is policy. Popular interests are spurned.

Erdogan represents wealth, power and privilege. It's hard imagining he's not involved in corruption in some way. He's gotten his son-in-law business tycoon sweetheart deals.

He prioritizes Turkey's business model. It reflects capitalism's dark side. It includes unrestrained profit-making, privatizations, cheap labor, deregulation, corporate-friendly tax cuts, marginalized worker rights, and speculative capital inflows. 

Economic conditions are inherently unstable. Turkey suffers rolling recessions, crisis conditions, and fragile largely jobless recoveries. It's increasingly dependent on imports of resources and capital goods.

Youth unemployment tops 22%. An entire generation is affected. Conditions are socially and economically unstable. 

Privation fuels public anger. Eventually it may spiral out-of-control. It may be just a matter of time. Turkey has a long history of rebellion. 

Erdogan is increasingly hated. He weathered last spring's anti-government protests. It remains to be seen what's next.

Nicolas Spiro heads Spiro Sovereign Strategy. "The dismissal of half an entire cabinet is worrying enough," he said. "The corruption probe is escalating by the day."

It's "causing a further deterioration in market sentiment towards Turkey." Erdogan's new cabinet includes four deputy prime ministers. 

Ayse Islam is the only woman appointed. She's Family and Social Policy Minister. Others include:

Deputy prime minister: Bulent Arinc

Deputy prime minister: Ali Babacan

Deputy prime minister: Besir Atalay

Deputy prime minister: Emrullah Isler

Justice: Bekir Bozdag

Defense: Ismet Yilmaz

Interior: Efkan Ala

Foreign Affairs: Ahmet Davutoglu

European Union: Mevlut Cavusoglu

Finance: Mehmet Simsek

Economy: Nihat Zeybekci

Energy and Natural Resources: Taner Yildiz

National Education: Nabi Avci

Labour and Social Security: Faruk Celik

Environment and Urban Development: Idris Gulluce

Health: Mehmet Muezzinoglu

Transport: Lutfi Elvan

Food, Agriculture and Husbandry: Mehmet Mehdi Eker

Science, Industry and Technology: Fikri Isik

Culture and Tourism: Omer Celik

Forestry and Water Affairs: Veysel Eroglu

Customs and Trade: Hayati Yazici

Development: Cevdet Yilmaz

Youth and Sports: Akif Cagatay Kilic

Scandal erupted months ahead of next March's local elections. Parliamentary elections involving Erdogan are scheduled in 2015. 

If held today, voters might oust him. It's way too early to know how they'll react in 2015. Istanbul-based Global Source Partners analyst Atilla Yesilada said ongoing events suggest Erdogan is losing control.

"Forced to act, (he) tried to get rid of his burdens," he said. "But this is a political crisis, and it is hard to tell how it will unfold. These investigations may expand in coming months."

Doing so perhaps may link Erdogan to deep-seated corruption. If so, he may be forced to resign. The fullness of time will tell.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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It’s a serious offense. But let’s get real. How different is bribing China’s “princelings,” as they’re called there, from Wall Street’s ongoing program of hiring departing U.S. Treasury officials, presumably in order to grease the wheels of official Washington? Timothy Geithner, Obama’s first Treasury Secretary, is now president of the private-equity firm Warburg Pincus; Obama’s budget director Peter Orszag is now a top executive at Citigroup.

Or, for that matter, how different is what JP Morgan did in China from Wall Street’s habit of hiring the children of powerful American politicians? (I don’t mean to suggest Chelsea Clinton got her hedge-fund job at Avenue Capital LLC, where she worked from 2006 to 2009, on the basis of anything other than her financial talents.)

And how much worse is JP Morgan’s putative offense in China than the torrent of money JP Morgan and every other major Wall Street bank is pouring into the campaign coffers of American politicians — making the Street one of the major backers of Democrats as well as Republicans?

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, under which JP Morgan could be indicted for the favors it has bestowed in China, is quite strict. It prohibits American companies from paying money or offering anything of value to foreign officials for the purpose of “securing any improper advantage.” Hiring one of their children can certainly qualify as a gift, even without any direct benefit to the official.

JP Morgan couldn’t even defend itself by arguing it didn’t make any particular deal or get any specific advantage as a result of the hires. Under the Act, the gift doesn’t have to be linked to any particular benefit to the American firm as long as it’s intended to generate an advantage its competitors don’t enjoy.

Compared to this, corruption of American officials is a breeze.  Consider, for example, Countrywide Financial’s generous “Friends of Angelo” lending program, named after its chief executive, Angelo R. Mozilo, that gave discounted mortgages to influential members of Congress and their staffs before the housing bubble burst. No criminal or civil charges have ever been filed related to these loans.

Even before the Supreme Court’s shameful 2010 “Citizens United” decision — equating corporations with human beings under the First Amendment, and thereby shielding much corporate political spending – Republican appointees to the Court had done everything they could to blunt anti-bribery laws in the United States. In 1999, in “United States v. Sun-Diamond Growers,” Justice Scalia, writing for the Court, interpreted an anti-bribery law so loosely as to allow corporations to give gifts to public officials unless the gifts are linked to specific policies.

We don’t even require that American corporations disclose to their own shareholders the largesse they bestow on our politicians. Last year around this time, when the Securities and Exchange Commission released its 2013 to-do list, it signaled it might formally propose a rule to require corporations to disclose their political spending. The idea had attracted more than 600,000 mostly favorable comments from the public, a record response for the agency.

But the idea mysteriously slipped off the 2014 agenda released last week, without explanation. Could it have anything to do with the fact that, soon after becoming SEC chair last April, Mary Jo White was pressed by Republican lawmakers to abandon the idea, which was fiercely opposed by business groups.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is important, and JP Morgan should be nailed for bribing Chinese officials. But, if you’ll pardon me for asking, why isn’t there a Domestic Corrupt Practices Act?

Never before has so much U.S. corporate and Wall-Street money poured into our nation’s capital, as well as into our state capitals. Never before have so many Washington officials taken jobs in corporations, lobbying firms, trade associations, and on the Street immediately after leaving office. Our democracy is drowning in big money.

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On Tuesday evening, September 17, 2013, Seema Kalia was scheduled to give testimony before the first public hearing of the New York State Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.  But according to Michelle Duffy, a spokesperson for the Commission, when Kalia’s name was called that evening, there was no response.

Kalia could not respond because she was abruptly arrested in the foyer of a courtroom on the very morning she was set to give testimony, ostensibly for contacting her ex husband, a portfolio manager on Wall Street, seeking back support payments. Kalia is being charged with violating a court order barring her from contact with her husband because she is alleged to have thrown one of his own men’s shoes at him in 2012 – a device characterized by the District Attorney’s office as a “weapon.” Typically, a misdemeanor charge of this nature would not result in jail time.

In Kalia’s case, however, she has been jailed at Rikers Island since September 17 and when she went before a Judge on October 4, she was sent back to jail for another 33 days after she declined to plead guilty to attempting to do bodily harm with a “weapon.” Her bond was doubled from $7,500 to $15,000. The earliest she might be released is November 7, her next court date.

Kalia alleges that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has stalled her case for almost a year by getting the court to agree to repeated adjournments. Two separate phone requests to the DA’s office yielded no response to clarify the allegation. (A faxed letter of inquiry to Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan DA, and Jocelyn Samuels at the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department have also failed to elicit a response.)

The Moreland Commission testimony that did occur on September 17 at Pace University, in a room ridiculously too small to handle the mushrooming numbers of victims of the crime wave that New York is experiencing, mirrored the kinds of charges that Kalia has been making since 2011.  (The overflow of people wanting to testify, who were left outside on the sidewalk, staged protests.)

Preet Bharara, representing the U.S. Department of Justice as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the district that has failed to rein in the serial crimes by Wall Street’s biggest firms, said that “Public corruption, based on all the evidence, appears rampant. And the ranks of those convicted in office have swelled to absolutely unacceptable levels.” Bharara said that his office has had to prosecute “State Senators as well as State Assemblymen; elected officials as well as party leaders; city council members as well as town mayors; Democrats as well as Republicans.” It was likely little comfort to the audience that it’s a bipartisan crime wave.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta Lynch, testified that there is a “pervasive problem of corruption by elected and appointed officials” in New York, citing former State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada who was convicted of stealing funds from Soundview Health Clinic, a federally funded clinic he operated in the Bronx. Lynch also called out former State Senator Shirley Huntley, who was sent to prison for her role in stealing funds from Parents Information Network, a non-profit organization she established to assist parents of New York City public schoolchildren.

Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, testified that “there is a crime wave of corruption” and it has been increasing over the past 12 years.

When it came time for the general public to testify about public corruption, it wasn’t legislative leaders the witnesses railed against, it was corrupt judges. Multiple witnesses testified to having real estate property stolen through corrupt court proceedings. One witness, Dale Javino, said he was cheated out of his life savings in bankruptcy court and what happened to him “is like what happens in Nazi Germany…”

Leon Koziol testified that the retribution he sustained after reporting unethical judges to authorities “reads like a John Grisham novel…” Echoing the testimony of others, Koziol said a series of complaints over the years to the Committee on Judicial Conduct failed to reach the investigative threshold, “leading the common citizen to logically conclude that such commissions are a mere window dressing, which does more to facilitate misconduct than it does to rectify it.” Koziol concluded by saying it is one thing to ignore public corruption but quite another to target and punish the whistleblower.

Ellen Oxman said “I believe the topic that you all wanted to hear was the unethical conduct by elected public officials – they would be the judges of the courts of this state.” Oxman went on to say that “If you can have litigation in this state, in this country, with a judge who accepts forged documents, by lawyers who are not admitted into the case, and you don’t even know the litigation has come to pass, then we don’t have a democracy.”

Much of the focus was on judges said to have been corrupted by the more powerful party in divorce or custody matters. Nora Renzulli, reading from a previous complaint letter she had written, explained to the Commission that “Just as in the Catholic Church hierarchy’s longstanding tolerance for sexual abuse of children by priests, there is a broader scandal brewing in New York Court System’s tolerance for legally sanctioned judicial misconduct when judges reward an aggressive and litigious parent with custody and child support, who then excludes the other parent from relationship with the children.” This was a refrain that would be heard over and over again that night.

Janice Schacter, a retired attorney, said that the Thomas Street location of the New York State Supreme Court “is pay to play; orders are not enforced, laws are not applied, domestic violence is treated with derision and conflicts of interest are ignored. Deference and preferential treatment are given to wealthy spouses and lawyers of prestigious firms.” Schacter also testified that the judge involved in her case attempted to censor her contact with the press by threatening to send her to jail at Rikers Island for 20 days. She said she was still having nightmares about it.

William Galison explained how he has spent years providing testimony “regarding egregious corruption in the nomination and confirmation” of Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, only to have his evidence ignored by investigatory bodies. After citing a litany of conflicts of interest in the confirmation process, Galison played a tape recording of a voice mail message left on his answering machine by a member of the Judicial Nomination Commission telling him that his evidence against the judge was going to be shredded.

A woman who stated at the outset that she would attempt to get through her testimony without breaking down, Margarita Walter, said her family had fled communist Cuba in 1959 seeking freedom and human rights in the United States. Instead, over the past 12 years, Walter said she has been subjected to “cruel and retaliatory tactics for exposing egregious misconduct and racketeering” in the Westchester courts, a wealthy suburb on the outskirts of New York City.

Walter’s allegations parallel those of Seema Kalia, the woman arrested on the same day she was to present testimony before the Moreland Commission. Both women have been denied access to seeing their children. Both have been stripped of their assets. Both believe their court cases were rigged. Both have filed complaints with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and the Commission on Judicial Conduct, to no avail.

The one thing that sets the two apart is that Seema Kalia is behind bars in Rikers Island over a misdemeanor charge which is incorrectly listed as a Class D Felony at the New York City Department of Correction inmate lookup web site. I provided the correct information to the Department of Correction, showing that the shoe-throwing incident had previously been reduced to a misdemeanor by the District Attorney’s office, and asking if someone might have provided phony documents to incarcerate Ms. Kalia. A response was promised by my deadline. None was forthcoming.

The idea that judges could be bribed or have quid pro quo arrangements with high powered lawyers is not charting new ground in New York City.

In 2007, New York State Supreme Court Judge Gerald P. Garson was convicted of accepting bribes from divorce attorney Paul Siminovsky. During an eight-month investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, a video camera secretly placed in Garson’s chambers captured Siminovsky plying Garson with expensive cigars and cash. In court proceedings, Siminovsky testified that he entertained the judge with drinks and meals in exchange for favorable courtroom treatment. Siminovsky pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail.

A Brooklyn rabbi, Ezra Zifrani and his daughter, Esther Weitzner, pleaded guilty to giving $5,000 to an intermediary who “clearly implied he was going to bribe Judge Gerald Garson” in November 2002. Garson, at the time, was the judge hearing a child custody dispute between Weitzner and her ex-husband.

To get around the random computer selection of judges to hear cases, court employees were brought into the conspiracy and given bribes to steer cases to Garson, according to the District Attorney’s office.

After years of appeals, Garson, who had heard over 1,100 divorce cases, served only 2 ½ years in prison before being paroled on December 23, 2009. His maximum term could have been as much as 15 years at the time of sentencing but he received a sentence of 3 to 10 years. His early release set off protests with signs saying “Crime Pays In New York City” and “Justice for Sale.”

At the time all of this was playing out, Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn District Attorney, said judgeships were for sale in New York. Wayne Barrett, writing for The Village Voice, published an in-depth investigative report on January 9, 2007, writing: “It wasn’t just that a case could be fixed. The darker secret was that the bench itself had been bought, that its polyester black robes were on a perpetual special-sale rack, that smarmy party bosses, ensconced at 16 Court Street across from the supreme court they ruled, demanded cash tribute to ‘make’ a judge. The district attorney, Joe Hynes, who first heard the rumor 36 years ago when he was a young prosecutor running the office’s rackets bureau, said in 2003 that he’d have to be ‘naive to think it didn’t happen,’ that it was ‘common street talk that this has been going on for eons.’ ”

For years, myself and others warned that Wall Street was destined to collapse under the weight of its own corruption. It did. Now civic minded members of the public are blowing the whistle on a systemically corrupt court system desperately in need of a Federal investigation, not a state-run commission investigating fellow cronies.

If one needs the ultimate proof that New York cannot heal itself, consider the amount of the bail bond that was set prior to sentencing after Judge Garson was convicted of accepting bribes while seated as a New York State Supreme Court Judge. His bond was set at $15,000.  That’s the amount set in Seema Kalia’s case for a misdemeanor charge stemming from throwing a man’s shoe.

Pam Martens has been a contributing writer at CounterPunch since 2006. Martens writes regularly on finance at www.WallStreetOnParade.com.

 

 

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This week, Florida Atlantic University announced a deal to rename its football stadium after GEO Group, one of the largest private prison companies in the world. The deal came with a $6 million dollar price tag, the "largest one-time gift in the history of FAU athletics."

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Guest Post: On Corruption And The Status Quo

Submitted by Martin Sibileau of A View From The Trenches,

“…The two pillars of the current global financial system are therefore (a) the illusion of the existence of a risk-free asset and (b) the repression of that market which demonstrates that the risk-free asset and its derivatives (stocks, bonds, the Euro, all bred in the repo market) are an illusion….”

During the past weeks I have been on the sidelines, waiting for a relevant event to take place but fully aware that I was wrong. I just wanted to hope. Sometimes, it feels good to hope. But since last September, nothing has really changed. At least not fundamentally and that which seems new, is simply the result of the tectonic shift we had back at the end of the summer (of 2012).

It is vox populi that the rise of Spanish and Italian sovereign yields was triggered by corruption scandals that may be of political consequence. They were not alone, as the Libor affair is still making news. I don’t think scandals by themselves bring consequences, but before I go further, let me discuss the topic of corruption itself, for as I will explain, the ongoing policies will bring nothing else but more corruption.

Corruption in government is simple arbitrage. Whenever governments intervene in a market either by restricting supply or demand, capping or flooring prices, the affected goods will have two prices: The government fixed price and the market price. And because prices are nothing else but critical signals for the process of social cooperation (also known as “market”) to work, markets get confused by two different signals from the same good.

If there is restricted supply of a good, or if the price of a good is capped, the market will be willing to bid more than the current price for that good. That bid will be noticeable and the only economic agent capable of acting on the signalled gap will be someone in power: a government official or a politician. This person’s responsibility will be to allocate scarce resources where they are most needed. The public will call him corrupt, but he will just be an arbitrageur. He will offer an additional quantity of that good which is restricted at a higher price, including his fees (also called “bribes”), of course. He will be simply taking over a function that a repressed market cannot perform at that time.

Government corruption is nothing else but the reflection of a repressed market. The immorality lies not in the act of corruption (i.e. arbitrage), but in the market repression that enables it. And as we all know by now, the repression in the financial markets has only grown exponentially in the past years. This may only mean that more corruption is underway. Above all, the two repressed markets we should all be very familiar with are the ones for US Treasuries and gold.

The US Treasuries market is not really a market. As I understand, about 75% of the issuance expected for February will be purchased by the Fed, whose SOMA account already represents about a third of the stock of Treasuries outstanding, across the curve. How an asset that requires that 3/4ths of its flow be purchased by a central bank to maintain its price can be deemed to have 0% risk and be used as collateral is beyond me! As well, I am completely amazed that we still have analysts from the main banks publishing research notes where they try to assess implied future rates…Implied??? By whom?

This brings me to the gold market. As I mentioned in past letters, Keynesians give a lot of weight to the role of expectations. If they manage expectations to make the public believe that the purchasing power of their salaries has not decreased in real terms, they believe they may get an economic system from recession back to growth. In the same fashion, if they already have a benchmark for real value, say gold, all they need is to suppress the price of this benchmark, to control their expectations. They need not lower the value of the benchmark. Making it volatile enough to discourage any inclination to have that asset used as a store of value is enough. Hence, the endless take down in the price of gold triggered by leveraged sales during thin trading. It has coincidentally taken place ever since the rating on the US Treasuries was challenged by those martyrs at S&P. Below, I show the interventions during the last month (source: Bloomberg).

Feb 10 2013

The two pillars of the current global financial system are therefore (a) the illusion of the existence of a risk-free asset and (b) the repression of that market which demonstrates that the risk-free asset and its derivatives (stocks, bonds, the Euro, all bred in the repo market) are an illusion.

On the subject of a risk-free asset, back on September 16th, I suggested that  “… for all practical purposes (…) the European Central Bank would set the value of the world’s risk-free rate…”. The assumption behind this conclusion was that, thanks to Draghi’s offer to establish Open Monetary Transactions, “…the market (would) arbitrage between the rates of core Europe and its periphery, converging into a single Euro zone target yield…”. The two charts below (source: Bloomberg) help us visualize the status of the predicted convergence, as well as the relative stability in the long-term German sovereign debt vis-à-vis that of the United States.

Feb 10 2013 II

With obvious “noise”, the underlying convergence (shown above left) is clear. On the right, we can appreciate how the yield in the 30-yr Treasuries is on the rise, thanks to in spite of billions being bought by the Federal Reserve, while the yield on the German bunds remains within range. We also still have the usual flags I have been calling collective attention to for the past year, and they are all related to repressed markets. The zero-interest rate policies were going to encourage share buybacks, dividend payments and any method to allow the extraction of whatever real value is still available to extract from corporations/businesses by their owners. This meant leverage was going to increase, unemployment would remain high, capital expenditures were going to decrease and the risk of defaults was to going to rise.

A year later, all these symptoms are starting to surface. One more reason to avoid stocks and be long gold. But in my view, it will take longer than many believe, for these imbalances to burst. This is the point I made at the start of 2013, when I wrote that “…during 2013, I expect imbalances to grow…”. Those who hold a view more bearish than mine point to inconsistencies, gaps between valuations expressed by different asset classes. But how can we point to such dislocations and at the same time sustain that markets are being repressed? We must be consistent: If the signals prices send to us are detached from fundamentals, we cannot at the same time call upon them to make our case! That would only be appropriate in a world where markets are not repressed.  So… If I am not that bearish but still believe that imbalances in the long term will burst, what will make them burst? On this point, I stick to what I said at the start of 2012:

…As long as the people of the EU put up with this situation and the EU Council (…) effectively kills democracy at the national level AND as long as the Fed continues to extend US dollar swaps, this status quo will remain…(…)…Whenever the political sustainability of the EU is challenged, we will see a run for liquidity…(…)…The trend is for asset inflation, and will last as long as the people of the EU and the US do not challenge the political status quo…” . Unemployment and the tolerance of those unemployed will tell us when the time has come. If it is not that, it will be the wave of defaults the same unemployment produces. There will still be corrections in between, but they will be just that: corrections. That tolerance, of course, is always tested by corruption cases made public. And as I explained above, the more repressed markets become, the higher the number of corruption cases we will learn from.

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As we regularly note, corruption only works as long as the benefits of being “on the take” outweigh the consequences of getting caught. As soon as the consequences become real (namely someone gets in major trouble), then everyone starts to talk.

This process has now begun in Spain.

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The treasurer, Luis Bárcenas, resigned from his job in 2009, after being indicted in the early stages of an investigation, which is still ongoing, into a scheme of kickbacks and illegal payments allegedly involving other conservative party politicians…

Nonetheless, the revelations have brought a fast-growing list of corruption investigations, which have unspooled across Spain, to the doorstep of the conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who has so far remained silent. About 300 Spanish politicians from across the party spectrum have been indicted or charged in corruption investigations since the start of the financial crisis. Few have been sentenced so far.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/19/world/europe/corruption-scandals-widen-in-spain.html?_r=0

The above story illustrates some key elements that all investors need to be aware of:

  1. EU politicians are so corrupt they make their US counterparts look clean by comparison.
  2. Having been put off for years, investigations into corruption are now reaching the point at which the rich and powerful are actually at risk of serious consequences.

Note in the above story that former Spanish Treasurer Luis Bárcenas has been under investigation since before 2009. The fact that the real smoking gun (his hidden Swiss bank account containing over $29 million) is only just coming to light should give you an idea of how corrupt the system in Europe has become (there is no way on earth it would take four years to find this information).

That this information is coming out now also tells us that things are getting so bad in Spain that heads are going to start to role. As we stated earlier, corruption only works until the consequences outweigh the benefits of being “on the take.” The above story tells us that we have finally reached that point in Spain. It’s taken five years for this to happen (the Crisis begin in 2008). But the system has finally reached the inflection point at which key players will face real consequences for their corruption.

With that in mind we can expect more and more such cases to begin to emerge in Europe. The fallout from this will be major both for the political class and for the financial markets.

Indeed, later in the same story we find the following tidbit:

On Wednesday, amid another property investigation, the president of Madrid’s regional government, Ignacio González, revealed that he and his wife purchased a penthouse last month in the holiday resort of Marbella for 770,000 euros, or more than $1 million. Mr. González, who earns 4,800 euros a month, about $6,380, is denying any wrongdoing, as well as any link between his acquisition and the property investigation undertaken by a local judge.

A regional President, earning less than $80K a year just bought a $1 million penthouse in a country where youth unemployment is above 50%, workers have gone over six months without being paid, and pharmacies are running out of medicine due to having not been paid some €500 million by the government.

The reason this is so important is because politics, not economics, drives everything in Europe. Please note that the entire EU banking system was pulled back from the brink of collapse last summer by Mario Draghi and other EU officials promising to do whatever it takes to end the crisis.

Since that time, the economy has actually worsened in Europe. Unemployment has hit a new record and the vast majority of the EU has re-entered recessionary territory. Thus, it has been the credibility of various EU officials, not any fundamental improvement in things that has made the whole system work

Now that major corruption scandals are breaking out regarding key EU figures, it’s going to be increasingly difficult for the EU political class to continue to convince the markets that the “everything is OK.”

With that in mind, it’s only a matter of time until the EU Crisis begins anew.  We’ve already scandals roil the markets in Italy and Spain. Sooner rather than later, this situation will spread to the point that the ECB’s backstopping of the system is called into question. When that happens, things could get very ugly.

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Italy activist torches self over corruption

Italian anti-racketeering activist Frediano Manzi set himself on fire in Milan on February 5, 2013, to protest illegal loans. (File photo)

The head of an anti-corruption organization in Italy has set himself on fire in a show of protest against illegal loans.

Frediano Manzi torched himself in front of the Milan headquarters of Italian media company RAI on Tuesday night.

Manzi had written a letter to the company earlier, explaining why he was setting himself on fire.

I am “doing it for the victims of usury that no one helps,” Manzi wrote in his letter.


He was found by a passing tram driver who quickly put out the flames.

The activist is in a serious but non-life threatening condition after suffering third-degree burns all over his body.

Many Italians can no longer obtain bank loans due to the economic crisis, causing them to turn to unlawful entities who offer loans in return for exorbitant interest rates.

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Sacre Bleu! France Collapses Right as Spain, Italy and Greece Become Embroiled in Corruption...

The following is a excerpt from a recent client letter.

The house of cards that is Europe is close to collapsing as those widely held responsible for solving the Crisis (Prime Ministers, Treasurers and ECB head Mario Draghi) have all been recently implicated in corruption scandals.

Those EU leaders who have yet to be implicated in scandals are not faring much better than their more corrupt counterparts. In France, socialist Prime Minister Francois Hollande, has proven yet again that socialism doesn’t work by chasing after the wealthy and trying to grow France’s public sector… when the public sector already accounts for 56% of French employment.

France was already suffering from a lack of competitiveness. Now that wealthy businesspeople are fleeing the country (meaning investment will dry up), the economy has begun to positively implode.

The first sign of this came actually came from Germany. As we noted a few months ago, Germany had prepared a working group to examine the impact of an economic collapse in France.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has asked a panel of advisers to look into reform proposals for France, concerned that weakness in the euro zone's second largest economy could come back to haunt Germany and the broader currency bloc.

 

Two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters this week that Schaeuble asked the council of economic advisers to the German government, known as the "wise men", to consider drafting a report on what France should do…

 

"The biggest problem at the moment in the euro zone is no longer Greece, Spain or Italy, instead it is France, because it has not undertaken anything in order to truly re-establish its competitiveness, and is even heading in the opposite direction," Feld said on Wednesday.

 

"France needs labour market reforms, it is the country among euro zone countries that works the least each year, so how do you expect any results from that? Things won't work unless more efforts are made."

 

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/09/uk-germany-france-economy-idUKBRE8A80MN20121109

This German concern has proven to be well founded, as the recent spate of French economic data has been truly horrific.

Auto sales for 2012 fell 13% from those of 2011. Sales of existing homes outside of Paris fell 20% year over year for the third quarter of 2012. New home sales fell 25%. Even the high-end real estate markets are collapsing with sales for apartments in Paris that cost over €2 million collapsing an incredible 42% in 2012.

Since the EU Crisis began in 2008, France and Germany have been the two key countries backstopping the implosion. The fact that France is now facing an economic implosion does not bode well for the future of the Euro or the EU.

The other sovereign backdrop for the EU, Germany, is also experiencing an economic slowdown.

 

The German economy was hit hard by the euro zone crisis in the final quarter of last year, shrinking more than at any point in nearly three years as traditionally strong exports and investment slowed, the Statistics Office said on Tuesday…

 

Gross domestic product shrank by 0.5 percent in the final three months of 2012, the worst quarterly performance since Germany fell into a recession during the global financial crisis in 2008/2009 and only the second contraction since it ended.

 

The parlous fourth quarter pushed overall growth for the year down to 0.7 percent, a sharp slowdown from the 3.0 percent registered in 2011 and a post-reunification record of 4.2 percent in 2010. The 2012 figure was a tad below a Reuters consensus forecast for growth of 0.8 percent.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-germany-gdp-idUSBRE90E09Q20130115

Thus, we find that Europe’s primary political market props (EU leaders including ECB head Mario Draghi) are coming unraveled at the precise time that EU banks are showing warning signs and the most important EU economies are heading sharply south.

2013 is going to be a very interesting year for Europe.

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The EU’s Systemic Corruption Makes Solving the Crisis Impossible

The single most difficult aspect about analyzing market moves in Europe is the impact of the political class on just about everything.

Worldwide, politicians are not exactly famous for honesty. However, Europe is a very special case… where just about everyone is lying on just about everything involving the economy and banking system.

This notion is illustrated wonderfully by Spain’s Prime Minister Rajoy, who was recently embroiled in a scandal in which he and many of the politicians in his party were receiving illegal payments for decades via a slush fund.

Rajoy himself allegedly received roughly $34,000 per year… from 1997-2008. This doesn’t bode well in any country, least of all one that has broken down to the point that pharmacies are running out of medicine and over 50% of youth are unemployed.

Rajoy first denied all of the allegations… then this morning stated that, "I repeat what I said Saturday: everything that has been said about me and my colleagues in the party is untrue, except for some things that have been published by some media outlets."

At this point, why would anyone listen to what Rajoy had to say about anything?

Those investors who can remember back to last May, before Europe was fixed (by another massive lie, this one from Mario Draghi), Spain’s banking system was on the verge of collapse. What’s striking is that as late as May 28, Rajoy continued to maintain that Spain would not need a outside funding, stating, "there will be no rescue of the Spanish banking sector."

At this point, Bankia had already requested its bailout and Spanish banks’ shares were in a free-fall. Moreover, Spain itself was just days away from requesting outside aid from the EU.

The timeline says it all:

  • May 9th: Bankia requests €4.5 billion loan, Spanish Government states that the bank is “solvent.”
  • May 21st: Spain meets Bankia’s request for loan and takes a 45% stake in the bank thereby instigating a partial nationalization.
  • May 23rd:  Bankia’s bailout needs grows to €11 billion/ Rajoy retorts to France’s Hollande, "Hollande does not know the state of Spanish banks."
  • May 24th: Bankia’s bailout needs grow to €15 billion
  • May 25th: Bankia’s bailout needs are now €19 billion (2011 profits revised to €4 billion loss)… the Spanish Bailout Fund has just €5 billion in cash.
  • May 28th: Rajoy comments, "there will be no rescue of the Spanish banking sector."
  • Weekend of June 8-10th: Rajoy texts to his finance minister: “Aguanta, we are the fourth European power. Spain is not Uganda… If they want to force the rescue of Spain, they need to start getting ready €500 billion and another €750 billion for Italy, which will have to be rescued afterwards.”/ Spain informally asks for €100 billion bailout/ EU Finance Ministers OK the bailout.
  • Sunday June 10th: Rajoy states that the bailout is a “victory” before commenting, "This year is going to be a bad one: Growth is going to be negative by 1.7 percent, and also unemployment is going to increase."

Thus, in just one month’s time, Spain implements the largest bank nationalization in its history and requests €100 billion from the EU to recapitalize its banks. And yet, throughout this time, Spanish politicians maintain that Spain’s banking system is “solvent” or in great shape… right up until they get the €100 billion at which point the truth comes out: “This year is going to be a bad one.”

Also note that Rajoy sealed the deal and which he proclaimed a “triumph”  (along with the above statement about 2012 being a bad year) before hopping a plane to watch Spain’s soccer team play Poland.

So… Spain’s economy is lead by a man who denies that its banks are in trouble (despite one of the largest already being nationalized), then demands €100 billion for a bailout, calls said bailout a “triumph” before flying to watch a soccer match… all the while sitting on over €300,000 in illegal payments that he received in the decade leading up to the crisis.

There can be absolutely no trust in a system like this, nor can there be any transparency. The EU Crisis will not end until this sort of corruption and fraud is cleared from both the political class and the banking system (Spain itself recently admitted that several of its biggest banks have negative value).

We have produced a FREE Special Report available to all investors titled What Europe’s Collapse Means For You and Your Savings.

This report features ten pages of material outlining our independent analysis real debt situation in Europe (numbers far worse than is publicly admitted), the true nature of the EU banking system, and the systemic risks Europe poses to investors around the world.

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Spain PM denies corruption allegations

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy denies media claims that he and other leaders of the ruling Popular Party received secret payments for years.

Rajoy said Saturday that the allegations were “false,” vowing not to resign despite the publication of documents showing secret payments to him.

"I have never received nor distributed undeclared money," the PM said, adding he would publish on the Internet "statements of income, patrimony and any information necessary" to prove the claims false.

Center-left newspaper El Pais on Thursday published account ledgers showing donations were channeled into secret payments to Rajoy and other party leaders.

The newspaper claimed the premier received 25,200 euros a year between 1997 and 2008. It also said that the fund was collected mostly from construction firms, adding that such payments would be legal if they were fully declared to the taxman.

The allegations sparked anger among people who have been asked to accept harsh austerity measures as the government tried to prevent an international bailout.


Protesters gathered outside the ruling party headquarters on Saturday while Rajoy was speaking at an emergency party meeting, asking him to step down.

Protesters blamed the politicians for the country’s economic crisis, and yelled “thieves” while demonstrating outside the building.

"My sister is on the verge of being evicted and I didn't get my Christmas bonus, while those ladies and gentlemen not only got their Christmas bonuses but have also been robbing our money," said Maxi Sanchez Pizarro, who was among the protesters.

"They are shameless crooks and thieves. I hope they have the honor to resign and call an election," he added.

Battered by the global financial downturn, the Spanish economy collapsed into recession in the second half of 2008, taking millions of jobs with it.

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Supreme Court orders arrest of Pakistani PM for corruption amid protest

Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri look on during a protest march in Islamabad on January 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Farooq Naeem)

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Pakistani officers scuffled with followers of a cleric at a mass anti-government protest, firing shots in the air to disperse the demonstrators. Thousands gathered in Pakistan’s capital to call for revolution and the resignation of the government.

Followers of Canadian-Pakistani Sufi cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri marched through Islamabad as part of a two-day mass protest again government corruption. Qadri demanded that the Pakistani parliament dissolve itself by 11:00am local time (06:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

"Morally, your government and your assemblies have ended tonight," he said in a public address on Monday. "I will give [the government] a deadline until tomorrow to dissolve the federal parliament and provincial assemblies. After that, the people's assembly here will take their own decision."

The situation spiraled out of control when the deadline passed, as scuffles broke out between protesters and the police. Officers fired tear gas shells at the ground and shots into the air to disperse the crowd.

Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, leader of Minhaj-ul-Quran movement speaks before a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad January 13, 2013.(Reuters / Mohsin Raza)
Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, leader of Minhaj-ul-Quran movement speaks before a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad January 13, 2013.(Reuters / Mohsin Raza)

Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri rest during a protest march in Islamabad on January 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Farooq Naeem)
Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri rest during a protest march in Islamabad on January 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Farooq Naeem)

Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri shout slogans during a protest march in Islamabad on January 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Farooq Naeem)
Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri shout slogans during a protest march in Islamabad on January 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Farooq Naeem)

Qadri’s supports pelted police with stones and beat them with sticks. Six activists were allegedly injured in the altercation. In an email to AP, Qadri blamed the security forces for the violence, claiming that they attempted to arrest him.

Thousands continued to rally in central Islamabad in support of the cleric after the spate of violence. A city official told Reuters that there were around 30,000 people remaining the streets.

Barricades were set up around government buildings in the center of Islamabad, and additional security personnel have been deployed. Mobile phone networks have also been shut down in the area, as authorities fear cellphones could be used to detonate bombs.

Qadri has demanded that the Pakistani governmental elections scheduled for this spring should be delayed until corruption is stamped out in the current regime.

The Pakistani government warned that they will not concede the cleric’s demands following the outbreak of violence. "We will not accept Qadri's pressure because his demands are unconstitutional," Interior Minister Rehman Malik told local television channels

Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri hold placards during a protest march in Islamabad on January 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Farooq Naeem)
Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri hold placards during a protest march in Islamabad on January 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Farooq Naeem)

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Military puppet?

Although Qadri enjoys significant support among Pakistan’s lower- and middle-class, some suspect that he is being backed by the Pakistani military.

The cleric has denied any involvement with the military, although he said that the army could form a transitional government while new rulers are elected, giving rise to speculation over his connections to the military.

"I have no link with military institutions,"
he told Reuters earlier. "I am one of the biggest staunch believers… of democracy in the whole world."

If the Pakistani elections proceed as planned this year, it will be the first time a civilian government has conducted democratic elections in the country’s history.

Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri chant slogans during a protest march in Islamabad on January 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Farooq Naeem)
Pakistani supporters of Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri chant slogans during a protest march in Islamabad on January 15, 2013.(AFP Photo / Farooq Naeem)

Slovenia PM to resign over corruption

Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Jankovic speaking after an anti-corruption watchdog found irregularaties in his assets and bank accounts, and those of Prime Minister Janez Jansa, on January 9, 2013.

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa has offered to resign as party chief over allegations of fraud from the country’s anti-corruption watchdog.

The premier offered a conditional resignation on Wednesday based on the opinion of his center-right wing party, who will cast a vote of confidence over the accusations and the leader’s defense.

“I will offer my resignation from the SDS (Slovenian Democratic Party) leadership to the party's council on Wednesday,” Jansa said on Tuesday.

"If my arguments do not satisfy them that will also mean my resignation as prime minister," he added.


Slovenia’s anti-corruption watchdog accused Jansa of withholding information of bank accounts and personal assets with a value of 210,000 euros between 2004 and 2012.

Mayor of Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana, Zoran Jankovic had also apparently concealed 2.4 million euros in assets and bank accounts, which the watchdog revealed on Tuesday.

Jankovic, also leader of the center-left opposition group Positive Slovenia, came under fire after the watchdog opened an investigation in 2011 on all parliamentary leaders to clear out corruption in Slovenia.

The commission's findings come as thousands of Slovenians have protested over corruption in political parties and the government’s austerity measures.

On Monday, protesters demanded the resignation of all City of Maribor council members because of their association to former Ljubljana Mayor Franc Kangler, who resigned over corruption allegations on December 6, 2012.

A similar protest was held in the city on December 3, 2012. Police forces arrested some 40 people during the demonstration.

The recession-hit eurozone state has seen a wave of protests in recent months over public sector spending cuts and tough austerity measures.

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Hypocrisy, Cynicism, Corruption and the Persecution of the Cuban Five




Toronto, Canada in late September was the setting for a Peoples’ Tribunal established to secure justice for the five Cuban patriots victimized by the US criminal justice system. Appropriately dubbed “Breaking the Silence,” the tribunal sought to bring attention to a gross injustice largely ignored or distorted by the North American media.

Held over the September 21-23 weekend, the tribunal drew several hundred participants to a review of the bogus case brought against five Cuban agents planted in the midst of the virulently anti-Communist, Miami-based Cuban defector community. As instruments of Cuban State Security, the Cuban Five were charged with ferreting out violent plots concocted to overthrow the Cuban government and harm the Cuban people and their friends. Necessarily operating clandestinely, they were essential counterweights to the US government's long established and deep engagement with organized criminal elements freely operating out of South Florida with CIA support.

To not employ all available means, including infiltration, would have been tantamount to abandoning the Cuban revolution. No honest person could but see the intervention of the five Cubans in the Miami cesspool of reaction and crime as anything other than an act of national defense and internationalist vigilance.

The Peoples’ Tribunal drove these points home. Speakers developed a detailed case supporting the existence of a dangerous nest of violent, reactionary ex-Cubans organizing in the Miami area with the knowledge and support of US security agencies. Reports to the tribunal established a long history of subversion and assassination on the part of Miami-based paramilitary organizations with the complicity of US officials. Testimony left little doubt of both the reasonableness and urgency of infiltrating these organizations. Nothing underscored the unchecked violence of the Miami murderers more movingly than the testimony of Livio Di Celmo, the brother of Italian tourist, Fabio Di Celmo, who was killed in a brutal bombing of a Havana hotel. The attack was orchestrated by the US government agent and career assassin, Luis Posades Carriles. Carriles bragged openly to the media that “The Italian was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” 

Further, tribunal witnesses exposed the hand of the US government in railroading these patriots with exaggerated charges, a polluted political atmosphere, extra-judicial pressure, and corrupted evidence. A clear picture emerged that nothing even approaching a fair trial landed the Five in Federal penal facilities, an unjust incarceration that has taken 14 years of freedom from them.

Speaker after speaker stressed the necessity of building an international campaign for their freedom. As Elizabeth Labañino, wife of imprisoned Ramón Labañino, stated so eloquently, “We don’t trust in this system, we trust in solidarity.”

Serving on a panel of “magistrates of conscience”-- de facto jurors-- in the proceedings were fourteen distinguished figures including leading US anti-war activist, Cindy Sheehan, and noted US filmmaker, Saul Landau. Adding gravity to the panel were leaders of the Canadian labor movement: Marie Clarke Walker (Vice-President of the Canadian Labor Congress), Denis Lemelin (National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers), Ken Neumann (National Director for Canada of the United Steelworkers), and Naveen Mehta (General Council of United Food and Commercial Workers Canada). Joining the panel from the UK was Tony Woodley (Former Joint General Secretary and current Head of Organizing of the 1.5 million members of UNITE the UNION). 

The panel asserted that “…this Peoples’ Tribunal concludes that the Cuban Five were unjustly detained, unjustly prosecuted, and unjustly sentenced, all contrary to international and U.S. domestic law including the U.S. Constitution.  This Peoples’ Tribunal proposes the convictions be quashed, and that Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González Llort and René González be set free immediately, without any restrictions on their liberty.”

But the tribunal served as more than an urgent call for solidarity with the Cuban Five; it also exposed the corruption, hypocrisy and cynicism of the US government.

Judicial Corruption: The collusion of the highest levels of government with the judicial frame-up demonstrated what should be in no need of demonstration, namely, that the US judicial system answers to the needs of the rich and powerful. There are no broad interests of the US people served by maintaining a nest of violent anti-Communist thugs in Southern Florida. Nor do the US people support them anymore than they support an internationally abhorred, legally unsanctioned blockade of Cuba. Judicial rulings are fitted to conform to the interests of the US ruling class, just as they were in the Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision.

The Hypocrisy of “Terrorism”: The term “terrorism” has been appropriated by colonial and imperial powers to demonize the resistance of subjugated or weaker peoples. Whenever the oppressed rise up, they are labeled “terrorists.” Whether it was the anti-colonial Mau Mau movement, the Algerian National Liberation Front, or the African National Congress in South Africa, those audacious enough to defy British or French imperialism or colonial settlers were tagged as agents of terror. Perhaps the original “terrorists” were the aboriginal peoples of the New World who refused to acquiesce to those stealing their lands.

It is deemed “unsporting” of the weak to use extreme or unorthodox methods in the face of the powerful, overwhelming killing machines of bullies. Hence, they are guilty of terror!

It is another story when powerful states or their agents slaughter defenseless civilians or political adversaries. The North American and European media never saw terrorism when the Indonesian military killed over a million civilian Communists and their supporters. Nor do they see terrorism in the daily violence against Palestinian civilians by the Israeli Defense Force. And, of course, the capitalist media is incapable of finding terrorism in the acts of the Miami mafia and their bombings, assassinations, and intimidation at the behest of US security agencies. It was left to the Cuban Five to expose these dangers and work to prevent their realization. Every day the fear-mongering of a hypocritical “War on Terror” justifies another act of terror inflicted on innocent civilians in some far-away country by the US military.

The Cynicism of Human Rights: One of the most inviolable of rights is the right of self-defense, a right that applies equally to a person or a state. Through most of the twentieth century, aggression against another country, regardless of how illegitimate the government or how odious the country's internal policies, was recognized as a violation of the country’s sovereign rights. Conversely, any victim of aggression had a right to respond in self-defense. While Western “democracies” often fell short in aiding those exercising this right against aggression (Abyssinia, Spain, etc), they enshrined the doctrine as an essential condition of peace in both the League of Nations and the United Nations. Recently—especially since the demise of the Socialist bloc as a counter force—the US and its NATO allies have openly and often violated the right under the cynical and illegal excuse of “humanitarian intervention.” At the same time, the US shamelessly embraces its own right of self-defense with its global and perpetual “War on Terror,” a war that has brought death and destruction throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

But the violations of sovereignty in the former Yugoslavia, Libya, and Syria and other victims of Western “humanitarianism” are preceded by the example of Cuba. Since the revolution, the US and its Cuban-renegade mercenaries have used invasion, infiltration, bombings, assassinations, sabotage, and other forms of aggression to undermine and destroy the revolutionary government. The US and its allies have trampled Cuba’s right of self-defense, but the revolution has persevered. The judicial persecution of the Cuban Five is another instance of the denial of Cuba’s right to self-defense against outside aggression.

There is no excuse for the North American media silence or popular hesitation in defense of the Cuban Five. These brave, selfless and principled fighters have suffered 14 years of imprisonment for values that any fair-minded person would acknowledge. Their honor is secure, standing up to the corruption, hypocrisy, and cynicism of a ruthless imperial power.

Zoltan Zigedy


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Photo by Roger Jones | CC BY 2.0 Throughout the nineteenth century, the United States had presidents who, by today’s standards, make even twentieth and...

Tillerson & Mnuchin to oversee US sanctions on Russia, North Korea

Published time: 30 Sep, 2017 17:57 President Donald Trump has delegated some of his functions and...

Tyranny, Theft, Lying, Mass-Murder

You think your president really, truly represents you and has your best interests in mind? You think that by voting you make a difference?...

How America’s Corrupt Government Wastes Its Taxpayers’ Money

Eric Zuesse First, just look at these billions of dollars of U.S.-taxpayer-purchased weapons being exploded — simply wasted — in Ukraine, instead of killing people...

Bannon-backed judge trounces Trump’s pick in Alabama GOP Senate primary

Published time: 27 Sep, 2017 02:24 Edited time: 27 Sep, 2017 02:28 Firebrand judge Roy Moore...

“Bernie is the most honest person in the Senate” Says Senator Lindsey Graham

Eric Zuesse In the CNN Town Hall debate between Senators Bernie Sanders and Lindsey Graham (plus Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Bill Cassidy) that was telecast...

Kap, Cops and Confederate Statues: a Better World Without Double Standards

I am a former NYC Narcotics Police Detective who exposed citywide endemic police corruption during my 12-year police career, from 1959 to 1972. After...

Western Propaganda in Southeast Asia: A True “Success Story”

It is all done in a fully barefaced manner. Those who are not part of this world could never even dream about such a...

Trump Administration Doubles Down on Plans to Withdraw from Paris Deal as UNGA Makes...

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: At the United Nations, President Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said...

Tom Price Is Enhancing the Health of the American People By Wasting $60,000 On...

   Hypocrisy, thy name is the malignant gang of grifters, liars and swamp monsters now in control of many American institutions. Thus on Wednesday, we...

Is Facilitating a Paid Informant Program Part of Journalism’s Job?

New York City news channel NY1 (7/20/17) aired a segment on a parolee from a narcotics conviction who was “seen committing some type of...

Antifa and neo-Nazis in Ukraine

“I knew some anarchists resisting in the Black Bloc, who never seem to set foot on any black blocks.” - hip hop artist Son...

Gallup: 71% of Americans are “Dissatisfied with the way the nation is governed”

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A Gallup poll headlined on September 17th, "Seven in 10 Dissatisfied With Way U.S. Is Being Governed”, and reported...

Vox Hedges Headline in Fit of Single-Payer Skepticism

It could not be determined whether a scarier-looking image of Bernie Sanders was available to Vox. Vox.com, which brands itself as both a news source...

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pseudo-sincerity flows from their pores as they invoke their deity’s name… natural disasters terrorism war famine and other “evils” are their favorite subjects for invocations while… corruption poverty injustice exploitation neglect abuse adultery etc. remain whispers in poorly illuminated halls of justice Read...

America’s Slow-Motion Military Coup

In a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never...

Is it really true that America’s richest 1% are ‘overwhelmingly Jewish’?

Eric Zuesse, originally published at The Saker (where the author’s responses to reader-comments challenging this report, can also be seen) On September 8th, an article...

Ethiopia’s Economic Growth Hides Fear and Oppression in the One-Party State

Scan the mainstream media for news about Ethiopia and discover headline after headline describing the country’s economic successes: double-digit economic growth, foreign investment and...

Pentagon falsifying paperwork to send arms worth $2bn to Syria, report finds

The Pentagon continues to ship billions of dollars of weapons to Syria, according to a damning...

Has the NYT Gone Collectively Mad?

Special Report: Crossing a line from recklessness into madness, The New York Times published a front-page opus suggesting that Russia...

Rep. Walter Jones Asks Speaker Ryan To Allow a Debate on Getting Out of...

September 8, 2017 The Honorable Paul RyanSpeaker of the HouseH-232, U.S. CapitolWashington, D.C. 20515 Dear Speaker Ryan, Mr. Speaker, members of Congress have written to Speaker Boehner...

Criminal Indictments Loom Large for Israeli PM

Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife are both facing potential charges, raising questions about the prime minister’s future The threat of criminal indictment that has hung...

Bannon: McConnell, Ryan 'Trying to Nullify the 2016 Election'

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told CBS this week that Washington’s “Republican establishment,” including the top GOP leaders in both...

As London lures Saudi oil giant, RT looks at UK’s history of rule-bending for...

Serious questions are being raised over controversial proposals that could lure the multi-trillion share listing...

Dreamers Lost This Battle, but We're Not Done Fighting

Demonstrators block traffic on H Street during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after the Trump Administration...

An Empire Upside Down

In the early months of the Trump administration, high-profile White House visits from foreign leaders from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East garnered headlines...

Defense Secretary Mattis signs order to send additional US troops to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has announced he’s signed an order to send more troops into...

Time To Listen to South Korea

Old Chinese saying: ‘when elephants battle, ants get crushed.’  Think of the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula in which the government in Seoul...

Russian TV Reports U.S. Secretly Backing ISIS in Syria

Eric Zuesse Russian television headlined on September 1st, "Syrian rebel defector says his US-trained unit sold arms to ISIS”, and reported statements by a defector...

Why Google Made the NSA

Read Part I Mass surveillance is about control. It’s promulgators may well claim, and even believe, that it is about control for the greater good,...

Should Mike Pence Become America’s President?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On August 26th, Morning Consult headlined “More Voters Want Pence as President Than Trump, Poll Shows” and reported that...

The Next Ginned-Up War of Aggression

When politicians are feeling the heat, they start a war and their popularity goes up even if the war is unnecessary or completely ridiculous....

Anti-tax avoidance Guardian newspaper sets up tax-exempt company in the US

Published time: 29 Aug, 2017 15:38 The left-wing Guardian newspaper has registered as a tax-exempt...

The Stomach-churning Violence of Monsanto, Bayer and the Agrochemical Oligopoly

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to...
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Video: ‘Let her go!’: Supporters rally for release of former South Korean president Park

Supporters rally for the release of former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached due to corruption scandal RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air ... Via Youtube

Capitalism and the Houston flood catastrophe

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Trump protesters & supporters converge ahead of Phoenix rally

Protesters and Trump supporters are outside the Phoenix venue where the president will hold his first...

USAID spent $160mn on failed e-payments program for Afghanistan – watchdog

A program to implement an electronic payments system for collecting taxes in Afghanistan to fight corruption...

In Alabama, You Can't Keep a Good Man Down…

Old times there are not forgotten... Dixie Land Alabama is back. It hadn't gone far, but whenever it returns, it fills the heart of the observer...

Boris Johnson’s ‘advice’ for Libya – don’t jump the gun on elections like Theresa...

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took an almighty swipe at his boss, Prime Minister Theresa...

How Life got Intolerable for Ghulam’s Mother and his Afghan Family

by Dr. Hakim / August 23rd, 2017 Ghulam (second from left) working on our community’s greenhouse, together with Zek, Khamad and Ali Ali, Zekerullah, Khamad and...

Fixing Cameron’s ‘sh*t show’? Boris Johnson pledges cash to stabilize lawless Libya

Britain has vowed to bring stability to war-torn Libya – six years after helping to...

Unrepentant Trump fires back at media over Charlottesville, hints at Arpaio pardon in Phoenix

President Donald Trump hammered the “very dishonest media” as he repeated his statements on deadly political...

The Goal of ‘Not Losing’ in Afghanistan

Exclusive: America’s adventures in Afghanistan – dating back to the 1980s – have led to one disaster after another with...

A Ukraine Link to North Korea’s Missiles?

Exclusive: By orchestrating the 2014 “regime change” in Ukraine, U.S. neocons may have indirectly contributed to a desperate Ukrainian factory...

Ten Years After Financial Crisis, Our Elites Have Learned Nothing

(Photo: BrianAJackson / iStock / Getty Images Plus) Last week, I heard BBC announce the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the financial crisis. This...

From India to Copenhagen, Humanity and Sludge: To Give up Would Be to Give...

It would be easy to say, “to hell with India.” It is easy to say, “to hell with India.” To hell with the whole...

The Rise of Neoliberal Culture and the Making of an Indecent State and Society

Maybe it was in the 1990s and the chaos of Somalia when the notion of “failed-states” made its way into the headlines. Somalia’s public...

US govt spends $76bn to arm & equip Afghan forces – new report

The Pentagon has spent $76 billion on weapons and equipment for the Afghan army and police...

New Cracks in Russia-gate Foundation

The Russia-gate groupthink always rested on a fragile foundation of dubious analysis and biased guesswork, but now has been shaken...

Turning Churches into Super PACs

You know what’s wrong with American politics? It’s that there just aren’t enough ways for giant corporations and mega-rich political donors to funnel their...

‘Russiagate’ — The Most Trustworthy Current Information

Eric Zuesse This summary is up-to-date as of August 6th, but it will start with a leak from a phone-conversation on August 1st, in which...

U.S. Heroin Trade Rooted in Mexico’s ‘Corridor of Death’

Drug gangs and graft conspire to turn one Mexican state into a violent and dominant force in the drugs trade A lethal...

Swamp for Trump: Third US President vows to win 16-year Afghan War

Clearly frustrated by the Pentagon’s ineffective strategies, Donald Trump has vowed to fire some of his...

Bipartisan Senate ‎and House Bills Tackle Abusive Shell Company Practices

Jubilee USA NetworkSenator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Corporate Transparency Act. The bill requires corporations to register the identities...

Collusion Collapses

In truth, the Russians “colluded” through GPS Fusion to harm, not help, Trump and the evidence of that is coming out. It’s time to...

A Blacklisted Film and the New Cold War

Special Report: As Congress still swoons over the anti-Kremlin Magnitsky narrative, Western political and media leaders refuse to let their...

Seymour Hersh Cracks ‘RussiaGate’ as CIA-Planted Lie — Revenge Against Trump

Eric Zuesse This report has now been updated to August 6th: During the later portion of a phone-call, by the world’s greatest investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh,...

Venezuela unrest used to target Labour leader Corbyn

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and a number of backbench MPs...

IT Hacker Imran Awan

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT specialist could very well bring down the entire fake news Russia story that Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff put together...

Being Rich Wrecks Your Soul. We Used to Know That.

With a billionaire real estate tycoon occupying America’s highest office, the effects of riches upon the soul are a reasonable concern for all of...

Going Soft on Corporate Crime a Bipartisan Affair

Donald Trump is not a fan of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the law that says it’s illegal for any person — corporate...

US & South Korea discuss 'military response' to North Korean missile test

Top US and South Korean military officials discussed “military options” in response to North Korea’s latest...

From Watergate to Russiagate: the Hidden Scandal of American Power

Photo by Kathleen Tyler Conklin | CC BY 2.0 Political corruption often leads to a constitutional crisis. The Watergate scandal that took down Richard Nixon...

Peter Van Buren: Drinking Rum Until I Understand the Cuban Embargo

It was easier for me to pass through Cuban customs and immigration than it was for me to come home to the U.S. “Be...

The Biotech Industry Is Taking Over the Regulation of GMOs From the Inside

The British non-profit GMWatch recently revealed the agribusiness takeover of Conabia, the National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology of Argentina. Conabia is the GMO...
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Video: South African Demonstrators Demand Zuma’s Resignation

ANC's leadership in SA itself called into question as Zuma's corruption ridden Presidency may be coming to at end, who will lead the country...

What Trump Is Learning From His Presidency

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It is now clear that Donald Trump had never cared about public policy except to the extent it affected...

Trillions of Dollars in U.S. Military Spending Is Unaccounted-For

Eric Zuesse Now, and for many decades past, the American public has displayed far higher confidence and trust in “The Military” than in any other...

Codex Alimentarius and Monsanto’s Toxic Relations

“Our soils are sick from greed-based, irresponsible agricultural practices, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, erosion and mineral depletion, all of which stop or reduce adequate microbial...

Pound plunges before inflation data release, sparking fresh ‘leak’ concerns

A sharp fall in sterling just before surprisingly weak June inflation data was released has...

Why ISIS Fighters are Being Thrown Off Buildings in Mosul

Photo by DVIDSHUB | CC BY 2.0 Iraqi security forces kill Isis prisoners because they believe that if the militants are sent to prison camps...

Govt ‘powerless’ to stop revolving door between civil service & big business – report

Whitehall bosses failed to stop any of their employees from joining the private sector for...

Temer Signs Law That Could See Millions of Acres Lost in the Amazon

BRASILIA, Brazil: On 11 July, President Michel Temer signed into law important new legislation (MP 759) that paves the way for land thieves, who...

Peter W. Smith, GOP Operative who Sought Clinton's Emails, “Committed Suicide”

Editor’s note: It bears repeating that the so-called “Russian hacking” narrative is a false, weaponized meme. The Democratic Party and the mainstream...
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Video: A Further Blow to Democracy in Brazil? Glenn Greenwald on Conviction of Lula...

https://democracynow.org - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to nine-and-a-half ... Via Youtube

Russia Baiters and Putin Haters

APPIP ERROR:nodata[ (0) NO DATA APPIP ERROR:nodata[ (0) NO DATA APPIP ERROR:nodata[ (0) NO DATA “Is Russia an enemy of the United States?” NBC’s...

Mass Arrests of Protesters: Outrageous in Russia, Barely Worth Mentioning in US

Major media’s relative lack of interest in the mass arrests by Metro DC police on Inauguration Day is a fact noted by activists and...

In OtherWords: July 12, 2017

This week the RussiaGate scandal, which had actually simmered down for a time, got a huge boost when reporters discovered emails about a meeting...

In India, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences Ditches Science for Spin in Push for...

The case surrounding the approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is coming to a head on the back of the Genetic Engineering...

Impeachment of President Trump Now Much More Likely

The Trump-Qatar Scandal that Could End His Presidency Eric Zuesse On the morning of Monday July 10th, broke online from three reporters at The Intercept —...

Dismantling Power: The Zapatista Indigenous Presidential Candidate's Vision to Transform Mexico from Below

The Zapatistas and National Indigenous Congress (CNI) held an assembly in May in which they chose , and coalesce as agreements as peoples that...

Whom Do You Trust?

The answer will tell your politics. Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On June 27th, Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, headlined "Latest Example of Media Recklessness...

When Will Co-opted Figures and Board Members of Companies like Monsanto and Bayer Be...

The public is being poisoned, disease rates are spiralling, waterways are contaminated, soil is being degraded, insects, birds, invertebrates and plant diversity are in...

Joe And Mika Owe America An Apology

Most media reports have portrayed Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski as aggrieved victims of Donald Trump’s Thursday Twitter tantrum. It can’t be pleasant to...

The Economic Motive for America’s Current Wars

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Russia has long been the chief seller of energy — mainly gas and oil — in the world’s largest...

William J. Astore on The Ecology of War in Afghanistan

There are many ways of looking at war: as a continuation of politics by violent means, as a biological imperative, as the extreme end...

CNN’s Van Jones admits Russia story a ‘big nothing burger’ in undercover video

Published time: 28 Jun, 2017 21:04 Project Veritas has released another video showing a CNN employee...

Liberty lost? Americans increasingly unhappy with levels of freedom, survey says

Published time: 28 Jun, 2017 11:07 America is often referred to as the "Land of the...

CNN producer admits Russia narrative is ‘bullsh*t,’ just for ‘ratings’ (VIDEO)

A senior producer at CNN has described the intense speculation that Russia aided the Trump presidential...

Congo Still Struggles for Genuine Independence

On 29 June 2017, the Congolese Solidarity Campaign (CSC), a grassroots human rights based social movement will once again hold its Un-Independence Day event...

LA deputies kill teenager while shooting at a dog

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies accidentally killed a teenager when bullets meant for an aggressive pit...

Watch What Trump Tweets But Also What He Does

I’m the last guy to turn my eyes away from the sub-Shakespearian maneuvers that may (or may not) be shuffling personnel behind closed doors in...

Putin: U.S. Routinely Meddles in Russian and Other Nations’ Elections

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org In a Showtime interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin by American film-maker Oliver Stone, which started airing on June...

The Truth About Trump's Golden Boy

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump gather in the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 5, 2017. (Photo:...

A ‘Revolution’ Grows in Chicago

“I want to tell you something, sisters and brothers,” former Ohio state senator Nina Turner belted from the stage on the first day of...

Miami Conference Signals Further Militarization of US Policy in Central America

In a high-level meeting Friday, the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will discuss the region’s security with American and Mexican officials. Innocuous...

Corrupt & Corrupter: US govt seeks rights to ‘Dumb & Dumber To’ from Malaysia’s...

The Justice Department is going Hollywood as a way to recover $540 million in assets that...

William J. Astore on Trump and the Afghan War

A concept that you learn quickly in the military is that you can delegate authority but not responsibility. The buck stops with the guy...

Red Alert: Russian Focus Might Save Trump’s Hide

The “historic” appearances of James Comey Chameleon and Jefferson Davis Andersonville Sessions before a Senate committee have come and gone, leaving us … pretty...

Gallup Finds Stunning Decline in Americans’ Respect for U.S. Government

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On June 9th, Gallup’s Editor-In-Chief, Frank Newport, headlined "Americans Want More Than Just Budget Cuts” and reported that, “Gallup's latest update...

NBC Butchered Putin’s Responses to Megyn Kelly

Dear NBC News Team, Congratulations! You have graduated from fake news to falsified news, arriving at a journalistic level that is identical to that in...

Saudi Arabia is Destabilizing the World

Just a few months ago, the governor of Indonesia’s largest city, Jakarta, seemed headed for easy re-election despite the fact that he is a...

The Tyranny of Gov’t Science

We have reached a dangerous state of scientific tyranny. People are ridiculed and even vilified for questioning the prevailing narratives about the nature of...

Crooked Hillary in Hot Water Again

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has launched a new investigation into Hillary Clinton over whether the former secretary of state meddled in...

DOJ bans Holder-era settlement payouts to 'slush fund' third parties

The US Justice Department will no longer pay settlements to third parties that were “neither the...

‘This Is the Only Way to Restore Democracy in Brazil’

Janine Jackson interviewed Maria Luisa Mendonça about Brazil’s presidential crisis for the June 2, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.       1. CounterSpin170602Mendonca -...

This Could Sink the Clintons

A quick internet search for Linda Ives pulls up an intriguing email. “I have never claimed any direct connection between Clinton and my son’s murder,” the...

Pulp Friction

Do the righteous amongst us choose formulaic thinking over science-based deductive observation? Pulp Fiction, released in 1994 as an American black comedy neo-noir crime film...

Hillary Goes Bitter and Ballistic Again

A former Democratic National Committee staffer had a couple of four letter words for his party’s former nominee, after Hillary Clinton blasted the DNC’s...

Revealed! Big money bankrolling Tory campaign linked to claims of fraud, tax dodging

Theresa May’s Conservative Party has scooped almost three times more in cash donations than Jeremy...

End the Greedy Silence

It is time Americans rise up against the corruption, inefficiency, and cruelty of our healthcare system and tell its corporate captors and Congress –...

End of the Silk Road: Court upholds life sentence for dark web drug kingpin...

A court has upheld the life-without-parole sentence for Ross Ulbricht, the creator and administrator of Silk...

Toxic Relations: Stop Colluding with Monsanto and the Agrochemical Industry!   

By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the UK’s Policy Advisor Nigel Chadwick at the Chemicals Regulation...

‘Even US doesn’t call me a hacker’: Assange hits back at Ecuador’s new president

Published time: 30 May, 2017 11:39 New Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno says that, although he...

It’s Time To Flush The Toilet

The Other Special Prosecutor We Need

Instead of divesting from his international real estate holdings and ventures, Trump turned the day-to-day operations over to his. This means he gets to...

Song of the Sioux

A tribute by Esther Vincent / May 28th, 2017 There is a song that must be sunga new anthem that must be writtenfor all First Nations...

Programmer denied prize money from UK data challenge because of his Russian citizenship

A Russian programmer says, despite his success in a challenge held by the British military,...

Why Pence Might be Even Worse Than Trump

The thought of Donald Trump’s monstrous ego being swiftly turned out of office because of his incompetence and corruption can’t help but give us...

Judge overturns life sentence of DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

Published time: 26 May, 2017 23:24 Lee Boyd Malvo’s life sentence for his involvement in the...

Rex Tillerson: US takes ‘full responsibility’ for leaked Manchester attack intelligence

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued an unprecedented apology to Britain, saying the...

Add Another to the List of Former Trump Campaign Staffers Lobbying for Foreign Clients

Former Trump campaign officials haven't exactly been bashful about cashing in on their ties to the president in the lobbying sphere. Take Corey Lewandowski,...

Trump Meets the New Leader of the Secular World, Pope Francis

Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0 After two days lecturing a collection of head-choppers, dictators, torturers and land thieves, Donald Trump at last met a good guy...

Pro-Democracy Activists Arrested at Pennsylvania Capitol Demanding Reforms

After marching 100 miles from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, a group of activists demanding that the Pennsylvania state government "get big money out of the...
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Video: Chinese Telecom Giant Pays DoJ $892 Million Fine for Practices Trump Wants Legal...

Bill Black says Trump wants to gut the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to enable U.S. firms to engage in corruption Visit http://therealnews.com for more...
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Video: Protest turns violent: Brazilians call for impeachment of Temer over bribery allegations

Violence erupted late on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro after protesters rallying for the resignation of President Michel Temer, who is engulfed in a...

Corrupt Canadian Banking Practices

A recent photo in French daily Liberation hints at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s role in facilitating tax avoidance, which is partly an...

Thousands of un-vetted police officers on Britain’s streets

Published time: 19 May, 2017 10:01 Edited time: 20 May, 2017 13:13 Thousands of police...

The Nixonization of Donald Trump

The comparisons are multiplying. There was Trump’s appeal to the “silent majority” during the presidential election, his later adoption of the “mad man” theory...

Freed 28 Years Early, Chelsea Manning Can Finally Go Home

Chelsea Manning was the first of her kind, bringing a new type of whistleblowing to the public eye. In 2010, Manning leaked an impressive...

Hate as a Rational Political Category

… the last time I saw Eddie he was an intern at the Nation in the late 1980s or early 1990s…  I asked...

Who’s Responsible for the Ransomware Hack?

What should we make of the global ransomware attacks which happened today? We’ve documented that the intelligence services intentionally create digital vulnerabilities, then intentionally leave...

Beleaguered head of NYC prisons retires early amid scandals

The head of New York City’s embattled jails has resigned following a series of scandals. While...

Philly DA federally indicted for 2nd time in 2 months, now faces 29 charges

Published time: 9 May, 2017 22:46 Corruption charges are stacking up against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth...

Why Americans Distrust the Press More Than They Distrust Trump

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A Morning Consult poll published on April 28th showed that “roughly half (51 percent) of Americans said the national...

Britain Must Break Free from the Agrochemical Cartel: Rosemary Mason Calls on ECP to...

Agrochemical manufacturers are knowingly poisoning people and the environment in the name of profit and greed. Communities, countries, ecosystems and species have become disposable...