8:07 AM 11/21/2017 – Trump Ocean Club, and other Selected Articles

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Trump Ocean Club
Trump Family Made A Fortune Through Drug Cartels And Money Laundering – Carbonated.tv (blog)
North Korea’s latest tirade: Trump is a ‘mean trickster and human reject’ – Washington Post
Putin to Speak to Trump on Syria After Surprise Assad Visit – Bloomberg
Foreign Ministry again requires permit for medical examination of Pavlo Hryb – Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news
Assad meets Putin in surprise visit to Russia – Ynetnews
Vladimir Putin Will Call Donald Trump After Syria’s Assad Visits Russia – Newsweek
Is The Trump Administration The Most Nepotistic In Modern American History? – The National Memo (blog)
Donald Trumps Pricey New Christmas Hat Gets Exactly The Reception Youd Expect
Marc Thiessen: Yes, the Clintons should be investigated – Fox News
One and a half years before the election: Is Ukraine dreaming of Belarus? – New Eastern Europe
Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump’s ‘Racist Slurs’ Won’t Shut Me Up
Assad tells Putin: Ready to move with political process in Syria – The BRICS Post
Donald Trump’s science office is a ghost town – CBS News
Britain needs to spell out how it hopes to achieve post-Brexit security soon – Telegraph.co.uk
It’s time to investigate the sexual assault charges against Donald Trump – Salon
Putin, Trump to discuss issues they consider necessary Kremlin spokesman – TASS
Trump Jr. Second Meeting With Russian Official Investigated – CBS Miami
Note to Robert Mueller: Hope Hicks Was Part of the Cover-Up – Mother Jones
The Trump administration is suing AT&T to stop its purchase of Time Warner – Recode
How the Mafia Fueled Richard Nixon’s Political Career – VICE
Donald Jr. Met With Russian Ex-Banker Accused Of Money Laundering – TPM
Trump urged to sell $50 million in lethal weapons to Ukraine – Los Angeles Times
Justice department aims to block AT&T’s $85bn takeover of Time Warner
Carter Page held high-level meetings with pro-Putin Hungarian government: report – The Hill

 

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Trump Ocean Club

My friend Ken Silverstein has a great new story out via Global Witness about Trump’s tower in Panama.

Put simply, it’s is the most revealing look we’ve had into how Russians were recruited for Trump’s towers.

Part of the business strategy at Trump Ocean Club was luring wealthy and “secretive” Russians — who didn’t want any questions asked about where their money came from.

The money quote in this story for me comes from a broker involved with the project named Alexandre Henrique Ventura Nogueira. Half of Nogueria’s customers were Russian.

I had some customers with some, you know, questionable backgrounds. He also said that he found out later that some customers were part of the Russian Mafia.

Another real estate broker who worked in Panama during the TOC pre-construction sales period told Global Witness that Eastern European and Russian investors at the TOC were very secretive, especially when setting up shell corporations, so you dont know their names and didnt know where their money came from.

Rich Russians whom he called the whales were prized clients because brokers could earn substantial commissions working with them. These were exactly the kind of purchasers needed by Trump and others to secure early sales, and therefore the financing through Bear Stearns to develop the project.

Ventura Nogueira was asked point blank about this: Did the Trump Organization know there were some Russians there with strange backgrounds involved in buying? I dont know.

There are a lot of things to like about this story. (Story is the wrong word. It’s a 28-page report.) Not only does it reveal the corruption that built the Trump Ocean Club, but it goes a step further. Ken’s story offers solutions — a rarity in journalism — to eliminate the pervasive money laundering in real estate that built not only Trump’s tower in Panama, but his tower Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, Azerbaijan, and other places.

The story calls the Trump Ocean Club one of Trump’s most lucrative deals. How lucrative? We don’t know.

But what was in it for Trump? There is little transparency around Trumps financial agreement with Newland, a company that filed for bankruptcy in 2013. In fact, according to Univision News reporting of a New York courts hearing on the bankruptcy, Newland refused to turn over the agreement with Trump to license his name. This prompted the judge to say to Newlands attorney: Go to Panama. If you want to do your deals in secret, go and do it in Panama. Dont do it in my court.

You should also check out Ken’s popular blog, Washington Babylon.

 

 

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Trump Family Made A Fortune Through Drug Cartels And Money Laundering – Carbonated.tv (blog)


Carbonated.tv (blog)
Trump Family Made A Fortune Through Drug Cartels And Money Laundering
Carbonated.tv (blog)
Neither of these international business ventures worked out for the Trump Organization, as the luxury resort in Panama City later dismissed Trump’s management company over reported budget misuse and the hotel in Baku never opened due to budget overruns 

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North Korea’s latest tirade: Trump is a ‘mean trickster and human reject’ – Washington Post


Washington Post
North Korea’s latest tirade: Trump is a ‘mean trickster and human reject’
Washington Post
TOKYO North Korea on Tuesday criticized Donald Trump in the way that only North Korean propagandists can, calling the American president an old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject over a speech he made in South Korea earlier this month. 
Despite Trump lobby, only ‘some’ leaders condemn PyongyangFox News

Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism – CNNPolitics CNN
Trump Says US Will Label North Korea a State Sponsor of TerrorBloomberg 
Trump puts North Korea back on list of ‘state sponsors of terrorism’Los Angeles Times

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Putin to Speak to Trump on Syria After Surprise Assad Visit – Bloomberg


Bloomberg
Putin to Speak to Trump on Syria After Surprise Assad Visit
Bloomberg
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, kicking off a diplomatic drive this week to outline the terms of an end to the Middle Eastern country’s bloody civil war. Putin will speak by phone 
TrumpPutin to talk over phone on Tuesday after Assad’s visit to Russia: IfxReuters
Putin to Speak With Trump After Hosting Syria’s Assad in SochiDaily Beast
Dan Hannan: The Republicans’ astonishing, Orwellian change of heart on PutinWashington Examiner
Times LIVE –The Moscow Times –Haaretz
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Foreign Ministry again requires permit for medical examination of Pavlo Hryb – Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news


Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news
Foreign Ministry again requires permit for medical examination of Pavlo Hryb
Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news
As reported, a 19-year-old son of the State Border Service officer, Pavlo Hryb, disappeared in Belarus on August 24. Later it became known that he was kidnapped by Russian intelligence services and transferred to the Krasnodar detention facility (Russia).

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Assad meets Putin in surprise visit to Russia – Ynetnews


Ynetnews
Assad meets Putin in surprise visit to Russia
Ynetnews
Syrian president leaves his country for first time in 2 years to meet with Russian patron; Putin congratulates Assad on ‘accomplishments’ in war on terror, says Syria nearing completion of mission; Assad says now is time to move forward to reach

Vladimir Putin Will Call Donald Trump After Syria’s Assad Visits Russia – Newsweek


Newsweek
Vladimir Putin Will Call Donald Trump After Syria’s Assad Visits Russia
Newsweek
Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak to President Donald Trump after a surprise meeting with Moscow ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. During Assad’s visit to the city of Sochi, Putin said he would shortly phone the White House and a handful 
Putin to Talk to Trump on Syria After Surprise Assad VisitBloomberg
TrumpPutin to talk over phone on Tuesday after Assad’s visit to Russia: IfxReuters
Putin to speak with Trump after AssadGood4Utah
Daily Beast –TASS
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Is The Trump Administration The Most Nepotistic In Modern American History? – The National Memo (blog)


The National Memo (blog)
Is The Trump Administration The Most Nepotistic In Modern American History?
The National Memo (blog)
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, was once rumored to be among Trump’s picks for attorney general. He never made it, but Andrew Giuliani, his son, landed a plum position as the associate director of the White House Office of Public Liaison.

Donald Trumps Pricey New Christmas Hat Gets Exactly The Reception Youd Expect

GOP claims this hat will “make Christmas great again.”

Marc Thiessen: Yes, the Clintons should be investigated – Fox News


Fox News
Marc Thiessen: Yes, the Clintons should be investigated
Fox News
None of this absolves the Trump campaign or calls into question the intelligence community’s conclusion that Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help . . . Trump’s election chances. But it does underscore that the Russians were smart in what 

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One and a half years before the election: Is Ukraine dreaming of Belarus? – New Eastern Europe


New Eastern Europe
One and a half years before the election: Is Ukraine dreaming of Belarus?
New Eastern Europe
Launching the meeting of the Central European Initiative in the summer Lukashenko lauded Minsk’s multi-vector foreign policy, avoiding an artificial choice between the East and the West and stressed that Belarus shall play a more active role in 

Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump’s ‘Racist Slurs’ Won’t Shut Me Up

“Give it up.”

Assad tells Putin: Ready to move with political process in Syria – The BRICS Post

Assad tells Putin: Ready to move with political process in Syria
The BRICS Post
SANA said that Al Assad informed Putin that he was ready to move forward with a political process which will put an end to the Syrian civil war. We believe that the situation we now have on the ground and in the political sense permits us to expect 

Donald Trump’s science office is a ghost town – CBS News


CBS News
Donald Trump’s science office is a ghost town
CBS News
In its 41-year-old history as the White House hub of innovation, the Office of Science and Technology Policy has never gone this long without a leader or official mandate. The science office, which takes up half of the fourth floor of the Eisenhower 

Britain needs to spell out how it hopes to achieve post-Brexit security soon – Telegraph.co.uk

Britain needs to spell out how it hopes to achieve post-Brexit security soon
Telegraph.co.uk
The European Union plays an active role in most aspects of security related to criminal activity, terrorism and organized crime. And, as we argue in a detailed new report published today, if disruption to ongoing cooperation between the UK and the EU 

It’s time to investigate the sexual assault charges against Donald Trump – Salon


Salon
It’s time to investigate the sexual assault charges against Donald Trump
Salon
The allegations of sexual misconduct deserve a separate investigation. Ideally, the Justice Department would hire a prosecutor who has experience in dealing with sex crimes, much in the way that Mueller has experience dealing with criminalcorruption …

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Putin, Trump to discuss issues they consider necessary Kremlin spokesman – TASS

Putin, Trump to discuss issues they consider necessary Kremlin spokesman
TASS
SOCHI, November 21. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will discuss issues they consider necessary during their upcoming telephone conversation, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “They [the …

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Trump Jr. Second Meeting With Russian Official Investigated – CBS Miami


CBS Miami
Trump Jr. Second Meeting With Russian Official Investigated
CBS Miami
As a deputy head of Russia’s Central Bank, he has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and reportedly has links toorganized crime which is why his meeting with Donald Trump Jr. in May 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, has gotten 

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Note to Robert Mueller: Hope Hicks Was Part of the Cover-Up – Mother Jones


Mother Jones
Note to Robert Mueller: Hope Hicks Was Part of the Cover-Up
Mother Jones
Though the US intelligence community, a month before the election, released an assessment stating that Russia was trying to subvert the presidential contest, Trump and his lieutenants constantly claimed there was no evidence of Moscow involvement.

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The Trump administration is suing AT&T to stop its purchase of Time Warner – Recode


Recode
The Trump administration is suing AT&T to stop its purchase of Time Warner
Recode
That includes Time Warner-owned properties like HBO, TBS, TNT and CNN, the latter of which Trump has criticized. For its part, AT&T sharply rejected the U.S. … We are confident that the Court will reject the Government’s claims and permit this merger 

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How the Mafia Fueled Richard Nixon’s Political Career – VICE


VICE
How the Mafia Fueled Richard Nixon’s Political Career
VICE
With corruption rampant and looking increasingly unstoppable in today’s political landscape, it’s worth reflecting on the storied tradition of American politicians galavanting with the mob. Thanks in part to the … got tied up with the mob. VICE 

Donald Jr. Met With Russian Ex-Banker Accused Of Money Laundering – TPM


TPM
Donald Jr. Met With Russian Ex-Banker Accused Of Money Laundering
TPM
The younger Donald met with Torshin for only a few minutes at an NRA event in 2016, according to the network’s anonymous source. Torshin had proposed meeting with the senior Donald Trump during an event scheduled to take place during the NRA’s …

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Trump urged to sell $50 million in lethal weapons to Ukraine – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times
Trump urged to sell $50 million in lethal weapons to Ukraine
Los Angeles Times
It was later revealed that Manafort had worked for pro-Russian Ukrainian leaders opposed to U.S. support for the government in Kiev. Manafort was indicted last month on charges of failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering and conspiracy.

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Justice department aims to block AT&T’s $85bn takeover of Time Warner

AT&T has already signaled it will go to court if the deal is blocked, potentially setting up one of the biggest legal battles over a corporate merger in decades

The US Department of Justice on Monday moved to block AT&Ts $85bn takeover of Time Warner, one of the largest media deals ever announced.

Related: Trump administration uses CNN as bargaining chip in Time Warner-AT&T deal

While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is. Loser!

Continue reading…

Carter Page held high-level meetings with pro-Putin Hungarian government: report – The Hill


The Hill
Carter Page held high-level meetings with pro-Putin Hungarian government: report
The Hill
… with pro-Russia Hungarian officials leading up to the 2016 election, ABC News reported on Monday. Page reportedly met in September 2016 in Budapest with Jeno Megyesy, a close adviser to the Hungarian prime minister who focuses on U.S.relations, …
Trump campaign adviser Carter Page held high-level meetings with Hungarian officials in BudapestABC News

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