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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...
  • REPORT ACCUSES HILLARY ADVISER WHO RAN INTEL SERVICE OF ILLEGALLY LOBBYING FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN ALLY

    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
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 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)
  • GM BANKRUPTCY PLAN CALLS FOR QUICK SALE TO GOV'T

    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...