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  • The Real Clinton Platform

    08/01/2016 6:03:12 AM PDT · by cgbg · 13 replies
    Vanity | 8/1/2016 | cgbg
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  • Now We Know Who Really Runs Ukraine

    02/20/2016 2:14:53 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 02/17/2016 | Maxim Eristavi
    After hours of public bashing by lawmakers in the session hall of Ukraine's parliament, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk rose from his chair, visibly nervous. These were the last minutes before a no-confidence vote. But suddenly, Mustafa Nayyem, a well-known reformist legislator, saw a sight that must have chilled him to the bone. Moments before the vote, dozens of legislators from a range of parties suddenly left the session floor — they weren't going to vote against the government. Nayyem rushed to Twitter to warn the country: a backdoor deal had been reached, and the no-confidence vote would likely fail. But...

    04/01/2015 8:25:03 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    The Hillary Clinton confidant who was caught running a clandestine intelligence service for her may have also illegally lobbied for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally in the nation of Georgia. According to a Gawker report, Sidney Blumenthal, the top Clinton confidant, and “another former official from Bill Clinton’s administration were secretly lobbying the secretary of state on behalf of a billionaire in the former Soviet state of Georgia who was seeking closer ties with Putin’s Russia—seemingly in violation of a federal law designed to prevent foreign powers from covertly wielding influence within the United States.” Blumenthal “passed along a note...
  • Ukrainian steelworkers and minors rout pro-separatists.

    05/17/2014 4:23:03 AM PDT · by meatloaf · 10 replies
    NYT via the Globe ^ | May 15, 2014 | Andrew E. Kramer
    "... thousands of steelworkers fanned out Thursday over the city of Mariupol, establishing control over the streets and routing the pro-Kremlin militants who seized control several weeks ago."
  • Avakov says illegal schemes...Yanukovych front man, robbed $2.2 billion from Ukraine

    05/16/2014 6:46:57 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 16, 2014, 5:53 p.m | Evan Ostryzniuk
    While visiting Ukrainian troops out east, Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page that his office’s investigation of Serhiy Kurchenko, previously known as Ukraine’s youngest billionaire, revealed that his schemes with petroleum products cost the country Hr 26 billion, or $2.2 billion. Avakov said: “I told them (people in Luhansk Oblast's Svatovo) that Kurchenko’s scams with petroleum products cost the country Hr 26 billion last year alone, and that they were done with false re-export and fake invoices.”
  • Boris Berezovsky was looking forward to Israel holiday before death

    04/01/2013 1:15:21 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1st April, 2013 | Steven Swinford
    Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch found lying on his bathroom floor with a ligature around his neck, was in good spirits the night before his died and was looking forward to a holiday to Israel, according to his girlfriend. Katerina Sabirova, 23, said she did not believe he had killed himself and said that he sounded “better than usual” when she spoke to him. She said they were due to go to the Dead Sea three days later. A post-mortem conducted last month found that Mr Berezovsky's death was "consistent with hanging" and that there were no signs of violence...
  • Is the entitlement class the oligarch of an unsuspecting and diverse liberal plutocracy?

    08/21/2012 7:33:31 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    Despair ^ | Now | Me
    (Just Asking) Is the entitlement class the oligarch and puppet master of an unsuspecting and diverse liberal plutocracy? Is the entitlement class the ultimate oligarch and puppet master of an unsuspecting and diverse liberal plutocracy manipulated into providing free cable TV, free money, cheap illegal drugs and politically connected corporately produced Scooby Snacks? Or does something else drive the entitled where they are going? Most economists say there is but one variable to the economic equation of the United States: the three letter word “jobs”. Without jobs we are without the gluttonous want that needs to be taxed to keep...
  • As Money Flees Russia, Tycoons Find Tough Times

    12/12/2011 2:34:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/10/11 | ANDREW E. KRAMER
    December 10, 2011 As Money Flees Russia, Tycoons Find Tough Times By ANDREW E. KRAMER MOSCOW NIKOLAI MAKSIMOV, one of the richest men in Russia, was sitting in a grimy jail cell in the Ural Mountains. Through the murk, Mr. Maksimov saw his cellmate — a man, he says, who appeared ill with tuberculosis, a scourge in Russian prisons. “I had the feeling that I was put in this cell on purpose,” Mr. Maksimov, now free on bail, recalled recently. Mr. Maksimov, who was arrested in February on suspicion of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars, is hardly the only...
  • When oligarchs attack: Moment Russian media mogul Lebvedev 'neutralised' fellow billionaire on TV

    09/18/2011 8:24:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/19/11 | Ted Thornhill
    When oligarchs attack: Moment Russian media mogul Lebvedev 'neutralised' fellow billionaire on TV By Ted Thornhill Last updated at 1:30 AM on 19th September 2011 Alexander Lebedev, who owns The Independent and Evening Standard, unleashed a flurry of punches on another businessman taking part in a TV debate on the global economic crisis. In front of an astonished studio audience, the Russian billionaire landed a series of blows on oligarch Sergei Polonsky's head, knocking him off his chair. Afterwards Lebedev claimed that he’d had to ‘neutralise’ Polonsky because he feared he was going to be hit first. The incredible scene...
  • GM chief pushing for higher gas taxes. (Obama Motors Shafts Public)

    06/07/2011 8:23:45 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 68 replies
    The Detroit News ^ | 06-07-11 | David Shepardson
    Detroit — General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he's confident the government will soon shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker. "I actually think the government will be out this year — within the next 12 months, hopefully within the next six months," Akerson said in a two-hour interview with The Detroit News last week. He is grateful for the government's rescue of GM — "I have nothing but good things to say about them" — but...
  • Catholics and immigration in Arizona

    07/13/2010 7:42:37 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 51 replies ^ | 6-28-10 | Crista Cloutier
    Illegal immigration is at the centre of a renewed American debate. Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer recently signed SB1070, also known by the cheerful misnomer "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act." At present, immigration is regulated by federal law. SB1070 will give the state of Arizona special powers to enforce this. It allows police to question a person's legal status when reasonable suspicion exists that the person is not an American citizen. Their "illegal" status is the primary accusation against Mexican immigrants. But Father Charlie argues that this is a bureaucratic documentation problem, not a criminal act. "We are...
  • Ex-KGB agent Alexander Lebedev pays £1 for Indy (Independent taken over by Russian oligarch)

    03/01/2010 3:54:23 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 522+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 02/28/10 | James Ashton
    February 28, 2010 Ex-KGB agent Alexander Lebedev pays £1 for Indy Standard owner set to pour millions into ailing Independent newspapers James Ashton ALEXANDER LEBEDEV, the former KGB agent turned media mogul, will this week pay a token £1 to take control of The Independent — the same price as buying one copy of the paper from the newsstand. But he will pledge to invest millions in the loss-making title and the Independent on Sunday over five years. The final hurdle to a sale is close to being overcome this weekend after Independent News & Media agreed to take part...
  • Glenn Beck Responds to Liberal "Spelling Police" Concerned he Can't Spell "Oligarch" - Video 8/28/09

    08/28/2009 3:10:58 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 47 replies · 1,313+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 28, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Glenn Beck's opening segment today where he responded to the leftwing "Spelling Police" who went berserk yesterday because Glenn Beck spelled "Oligarch" on his chalkboard without the "c". Beck was so impressed by their desire to assist him, that he went out and found the perfect part of Obama's agenda tha fits very nicely with "Oligarch" - "Czars." He's been talking about them anyway this week! . . . . (Watch Video)

    05/19/2009 12:29:20 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 287 replies · 13,297+ views
    Reuters Via Drudge Report ^ | 05/19/2009 | Chelsea Emery and Tom Hals
  • Obama Loves The Rich

    05/03/2009 9:23:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1,783+ views
    Forbes ^ | 04/27/09 | Michael Maiello
    Obama Loves The Rich Michael Maiello, 04.27.09, 12:00 AM EDT The president is no socialist. If anything, he's an oligarch. The tax protests are over and folks aren't picketing the homes of AIG traders anymore. Barack Obama's approval ratings remain high at 60.8% as measured by the Real Clear Politics average. Still, all the major polls tracked by Real Clear have majorities saying that the country is headed in the wrong direction, and Obama's opposition is hardening around the question of the president's socialist tendencies. Are America's most productive citizens being asked to care for the dispossessed? Are the winners...
  • The Quiet Coup (by Wall St. oligarchy)

    04/15/2009 9:07:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 1,399+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May, 2009 | Simon Johnson
    The Quiet Coup The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent...
  • Billionaires Reluctant to Give Up Their Toys

    04/11/2009 9:50:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 4,563+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | 04/10/09 | Ira Iosebashvili
    Billionaires Reluctant to Give Up Their Toys 10 April 2009 By Ira Iosebashvili / The Moscow Times For most of the decade, the country's billionaires spent hundreds of millions of dollars on boats, jets, expensive art and the occasional football team. But, despite strained bank accounts and public outrage, the tycoons have been loath to part with their expensive trinkets, choosing instead to hunker down and wait for better days. To be sure, these are not happy days for the country's superrich. In Forbes magazine's latest ranking of the world's wealthiest people, Russia's billionaires had an estimated collective loss of...
  • New Russian Roulette

    03/10/2009 5:35:13 PM PDT · by ihatedemocrats · 2 replies · 389+ views
    Taki 's Magazine ^ | November 25, 2007 | Andrei Navrozov
    In the 1930s even some of the older and more intellectual Russians, including those who had seen a bit of the world in their youth, believed that the United States was the land of the Yellow Devil, meaning gold. It was said that when one American met another in the street, he greeted him as follows: “Make money?” To which the other replied, with Puritan candour: “Very much, thank you.” To those Americans, our grandfathers knew, nothing was sacred. Their tabernacles were to Moloch, their culture was as venal as their women, and needless to say their women were all...
  • Russia: DAS CAPITALISTS REELING (fall of oligarchs)

    02/17/2009 8:28:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 533+ views
    NY Post ^ | 02/17/09 | KAJA WHITEHOUSE
    DAS CAPITALISTS REELING By KAJA WHITEHOUSE February 17, 2009 -- Talk about a red scare. The burgeoning ranks of Russia's billionaires shrank by more than half over the past year, as the uber-rich from that country got slammed by plummeting energy and mineral prices. According to Russian business magazine Finans, Russia had just 49 billionaires this year, down from 101 the year before, as the credit crunch finally took its toll on a group that at one point had a combined net worth of $522 billion - almost half the country's gross domestic product. The resources-rich country had been benefiting...
  • Russians Who Invested in 'People's IPOs' See Their Savings Vanish(Putin screws his base)

    12/12/2008 11:28:50 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1,374+ views
    WP ^ | 12/12/08 | Philip P. Pan
    Russians Who Invested in 'People's IPOs' See Their Savings Vanish By Philip P. Pan Washington Post Foreign Service Friday, December 12, 2008; A01 MOSCOW -- Anatoly Sisoyev always considered himself a patriot. As a child, he lost his father to an accident in the Soviet space program. As an adult, he served 30 years in the military, retiring at the rank of major. His son followed him into the army and was killed in Chechnya at the age of 18. Through it all, he said, his faith in the Russian government never waned. So when he heard radio ads two...
  • Caption the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit

    08/27/2008 10:28:54 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 47 replies · 946+ views
    New York Senator Hillary Clinton acknowledges a 3-minute ovation during the Democratic National Convention 2008 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, August 26. Democratic women Senators appears on stage at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, August 26, 2008. U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) is expected to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at the convention on August 28. US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama watches New York Senator Hillary Clinton addressing the Democratic National Convention on a TV screen in Billings, Montana on August 26. Vice Presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden (R) (D-DE) stand at the podium...
  • We Are All in It Together, Clinton Says [Shared Prosperity Should Replace "On Your Own' Society"]

    05/29/2007 9:13:29 AM PDT · by HarmlessLovableFuzzball · 211 replies · 6,149+ views
    AP ^ | May 29, 2007 | Holly Ramer
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it's time to replace an "on your own" society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity. The Democratic senator said what the Bush administration touts as an "ownership society" really is an "on your own" society that has widened the gap between rich and poor. "I prefer a 'we're all in it together' society," she said. "I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none."...
  • Disgusting Cartoon attacking 2nd Amendment (RKBA) in Oregonian today.(Barf Alert)

    04/21/2007 10:01:17 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 123 replies · 5,290+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 20APR07 | Jack Ohman
    Jack Ohman/The Oregonian
  • Federal Judge Declares Fishing, Boating, Hunting Illegal

    09/16/2006 7:15:04 AM PDT · by TimesDomain · 69 replies · 5,861+ views
    Arkansas Conservative Action Network ^ | 14 September 2006 | Paul Hurd
    From the Law Offices of Paul Hurd PRESS RELEASE U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE DECLARES RECREATIONAL BOATING AND FISHING ILLEGAL ON MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND AMERICA’S OTHER NAVIGABLE WATERS In the case of Normal Parm, et al v. Sheriff Mark Shumate, of East Carroll Parish, (Civil No.3:01-CV2624; United States District Court; Western District of Louisiana, Monroe Division) United States District Judge Robert G. James has declared it to be criminal trespassing for the public to boat, fish or hunt on the Mississippi River and other navigable waters of America, affirming the arrest of fishermen and boaters utilizing the waters of the Mississippi River....
  • THE POLITICS OF PIPES: Russia Courts Israel with Gas

    08/17/2006 5:36:16 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 9 replies · 349+ views
    SPIEGEL Online ^ | August 16, 2006 | dsl/spiegel
    THE POLITICS OF PIPES Russia Courts Israel with Gas As part of its effort to increase its role in the Middle East, Russia is mulling the construction of a pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea to Israel. The deal would give mega-utility Gazprom a new market, the Kremlin new influence and Israel freedom from relying on its Arab neighbors for energy needs. Russian energy giant Gazprom has a new plan for its octopus-like network of gas pipelines: It wants to extend one of its highly lucrative tentacles to Israel. Experts at the firm -- which is 50 percent state-owned and run...
  • Warriors and wusses-Why I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. (Barf alert-LA TIMES)

    01/24/2006 8:58:49 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 63 replies · 2,102+ views
    LA ^ | 24 JAN 06 | Joel Stein
    Warriors and wusses I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car. Supporting the troops is a position that even Calvin is unwilling to urinate on. I'm sure I'd like the troops. They seem gutsy, young and up for anything. If you're wandering into a recruiter's office and signing up for eight years of unknown danger, I want to hang with you in Vegas.
  • Mummification becomes popular as a way of becoming immortal

    10/28/2005 9:21:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies · 536+ views
    Pravda ^ | 10/20/2005 | Anastasia Pulich
    Anyone would probably remember famous Stephen Sommers' movie The Mummy about the adventures of the treasure hunters in Sahara desert in 1925. When discovering an ancient tomb they accidentally freed the evil that had been hiding Mummyin the priest's body for three thousand years. Of course, that is just a fiction. To be precise it is impossible, speaking about Egyptian mummies. In order to preserve the body of the dead it was disbrained and exenterated (with the exception for the heart). After that the body was kept in saline solution. After the ritual 70 days the body was taken away...
  • Yukos Trial Ends With Applause

    04/12/2005 10:21:45 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 19 replies · 509+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | 04-12-2005 | Valeria Korchagina
    In an impassioned and at times emotional appeal, Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Monday closed his defense with a 39-minute address to the court that left his relatives, lawyers and even reporters applauding and some supporters wiping away tears. The verdict for Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev is to be delivered at noon on April 27, Judge Irina Kolesnikova said after Khodorkovsky's speech was over. Both men face up to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence demanded by prosecutors on charges of fraud, embezzlement and tax evasion. Addressing the court from the defendants' cage he has shared for the...

    04/04/2005 2:05:27 PM PDT · by jb6 · 6 replies · 275+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2005-04-04 16:00 | Tara Burnos
    KIEV, April 4 (RIA Novosti, Tara Burnos) - Exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky can visit Ukraine anytime, representatives of the Ukrainian State Border Service Committee and Security Service told RIA Novosti on Monday. "Any person having proper documents can enter our country," said Anatoly Samarchenko, spokesman for the State Border Service Committee. "If Berezovsky's visit is legitimate and Ukrainian law enforcement bodies have nothing against it, he can arrive in Kiev anytime," he noted. According to Marina Ostapenko, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Security Council, security services have no claims against the exiled Russian businessmen. "No one, including border guards, has...
  • Ukraine: Left is Right, Right is Left, Left is Left,...

    11/28/2004 2:42:09 PM PST · by forty_years · 22 replies · 1,593+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | 11/28/04 | Andrew Jaffee
    I’d love to have a talk about the current situation in the Ukraine with my left-wing friends, but I don’t think they would be interested, and probably not even capable of an intelligent discussion. Not only is the Ukraine so far off and seemingly unimportant to them, the intricacies of its politics defy the usual “left” vs. “right” stereotypes. I truly believe that many long-time lefties pine for the days of the Soviet Union. It gave them a glimmer of hope for world-wide socialism in their otherwise very comfortable, cushy, American lives. Too much guilt about living in the midst...
  • End of the rose tinted spectacles

    06/11/2004 11:55:38 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 2 replies · 227+ views
    Russian Journal ^ | May 31, 2004
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky (TRJ) E-Mail this article Comments to Editor Discussion Forum Printer-Friendly Advertisement The spectacle of the trial of two of Russia’s richest men has now begun in Moscow. The charges against Platon Lebedev and Mikhail Khodorkovsky are serious, laboriously documented and damning. The clumsiness of the Russian prosecutorial, judicial and prison system notwithstanding, the way in which the charges, evidence, and defence testinomy are handled by the court will have long standing ramifications. The Russian and world media, human rights groups, think tanks, foreign embassies, investment institutions, banks with loan exposure to Russia, share-buyers and speculators are all watching...