Monday 25th of September 2017

the panama papers explained by uncle rupe in a toon and surveyed by offguardian...

panama papers

The Panama Papers broke, yesterday. Dozens of MSM outlets joined together in echoing this startling piece of investigative journalism: Rich people avoid paying their taxes. I know, I was shocked too.

Most of the BIG HEADLINES and threatening looking diagrams were reserved for Vladimir Putin (The Guardian) and Bashar al-Assad (The Independent), despite the fact that (as we covered last night) neither are named in any of the leaked documents.

The names that ARE mentioned? A who’s who of disposable despots, monsters of the week and inconveniently uncooperative politicians…with a few minor British political figures to add some verisimilutude.

Petro Poroshenko, a slow, stupid, politically inept post-Soviet fossil thrown into the least appealing Presidency on the planet.

Pavlo Lazarenko – convicted criminal and former Ukrainian PM.

Bidzina Ivanishvili – former PM of Georgia under the bufoon Saakashvili.

Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE and Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Mohammed bin Thani Al Thani former PM of Qatar, both magnets for acceptable criticism.

The King of Saudi Arbia, the perrenial boogeyman of “alternative” thinkers, and reposit of all mainstream criticism of any Western foreign policy – a sock puppet with a scary face, that we’re all encouraged to boo and hiss at so we can feel we have made a stand.

Ten-a-penny climbers, idiots and monsters. Lizard tails all. Cut them off and grow a new one.

No American citizens were named. No American companies were implicated. In espionage terms this is what they call a “limited hangout”: a vaguely worded and dishonestly presented partial truth, used to add credence to a backstory and increase the believability of the source.

In more coloquial, and honest, terminology: It is agenda-driven bullshit.

The cooperative of intelligence-backed hacks who “broke” this “story” all hail from The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) a “special project” (their website tells us) of the not-at-all-Orwellian-sounding “Center for Public Integrity”.

Now, we’ve been here before – see our work on The New East Network – let’s just take a stroll down the About page of the Center for Public Integrity, and find out where they get their money from:

  • The Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Foundation – they don’t have a website, but their President does. He’s a “philanthropist and entrepeneur”. In case you’re wondering…yes, that is “Goldman” as in “Goldman Sachs”.
  • The Ford Foundation – yes, as in Henry Ford. Business magnate and Nazi collaborator.
  • Open Society Foundation – we’ve tangled with these fine folks before. The OSF are an NGO set up by billionaire George Soros. Because billionaires love justice and freedom.
  • The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller Family Fund – how exactly these two things differ I’m not sure, however they do both exist, and they both give money to the CfPI, because the Rockefellers are all about that integrity.
  • The Carnegie Corporation of New York – As in Andrew Carnegie, the billionaire. As in the Carnegie Endowment for American Hegemony…sorry, I mean International Peace.

So – to sum up:

George Soros, David Rockefeller, the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, Goldman-Sachs et al. – who are all rabibly anti-corruption and always pay their taxes – all pooled their resources to fund the “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists” and tasked them with investigating shady international financial practices.

The result is this “leak”, a list of geo-political nobodies, has-beens, easy targets and dead ancestors. The tenuous and absurd connections to “enemies” of the West are exaggerated and plastered all over the headlines, whilst the names of allies and relatives are sidelined and barely mentioned – the majority of the information will “never be made public” according to the Guardian.

This is what “investigative journalism” has come to, printing billionaires’ enemy lists under the guise of “leaks”. Maybe this is a sign they feel cornered or threatened – because all they offer us here is a brief distraction and a small meal.

read more: http://off-guardian.org/2016/04/04/panama-papers-revealing-details-live-in-the-gaps-between-the-lines/

 

kept out of the loop...

The list of participants in the ICIJ is staggering in the omission of the most powerful media organisations in the world. Uncle Rupe's News Corp. is not directly privy to the "news" contained in the Panama Papers. I don't think he cares. Nor was he privy to the "Big Oil Bribe Factory" that came out of the Fairfax/Huff post stable. He's got his own agenda. He has his own disinformation channels (often directly from the US presidents themselves). All he needs is someone else to rock the boat and his right-wing commentators will do the most damage. Keeps his hands clean.

Now a few facts need to be set out: here we need to remember how our own John Howard got involved in the "Firepower" con-trick, through Austrade, Julie Bishop and Howard himself. Water on the duck's back. Same with our Turnbull and his Russian Rain inducing scheme... Both crazy schemes that simple investigation could see to be crooked, but the ministers were either guilible or crooked. Not a good indication of intelligence. And I did not mention "Saddam's Weapons of Mass Distraction" for Howard to wage an illegal war along with his mates. I think he still is working hard at deluding himself about this one...

 

Here we must mention Arianna Huffington. She is now on the board of the Center for Public Integrity... Not long ago she was taken to court:

 

"... her website and AOL were on the receiving end of a $105m (£64.5m) lawsuit by a group of angry bloggers unhappy that she sold the Huffington Post for $315m without them being paid a penny.

The class action is led by Jonathan Tasini, a writer and trade unionist, who wrote more than 250 posts for Huffington Post on an unpaid basis until he dropped out shortly after the news and comment site was sold to AOL earlier this year.

Tasini complained that "Huffington bloggers have essentially been turned into modern day slaves on Arianna Huffington's plantation" and said he was bringing the action because "people who create content ... have to be compensated" for their efforts.

 

One must say that Arianna has been floating between the right wing Republicans — for which her bisexual husband failed an attempt at congress — and the liberal values encompassing climate change. 
It is difficult to know where loyaty lie in this day and age. But "contrary to the OffGuardian, we've been promised more data about the yankees who cheat on their tax returns by using offshore havens. The Süddeutsche Zeitung said so... 
And by the way, Goldman Sachs got fined US$5 billion for having deliberately sold substandard crappy products. No one went to prison either.

 

please, not our ABC...

Like the Guardian and its rubbish, our ABC plasters Vladimir Putin in the list of "corrupts because one of his associate "may be" wealthy through an offshore empire...:

 

 

The leak uncovered a suspected money laundering ring involving close associates of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

A close friend of Mr Putin's was put at the top of the offshore empire worth more than $2 billion which has made his circle extremely wealthy.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the reports were aimed at discrediting the Russian President.

He also claimed the journalists involved were "former officials from the (US) Department of State, the CIA and other special services". [Dmitry could be right about the source of the Panama Papers to the German newspaper — re the timing and the slant pushed by most newspapers. Mr John Doe is likely to be a few officials from the (US) Department of State, the CIA and other special services, undercover spreading believable shit alla double-cross. We shall see when the papers embarrass a few top yankees.]

"Putin, Russia, our country, our stability and the upcoming elections are the main target, specifically to destabilise the situation," Mr Peskov said.

 

a limited hangout...

 

HONG KONG — At least three of the seven people on the Chinese Communist Party’s most powerful committee, including President Xi Jinping, have relatives who have controlled secretive offshore companies, the organization that has publicized a trove of leaked documents about hidden wealth reported on Wednesday.

The disclosures by the organization, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, risked new embarrassment for the Chinese authorities, already unnerved and infuriated by the organization’s leaks of the documents, known as the Panama Papers.

Chinese government censors have moved aggressively since the first release of leaked documents on Sunday to purge any media’s mention of them in China, going so far as to block Internet searches and online discussions that involve the words “Panama Papers.”

 

 

read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/07/world/asia/china-panama-papers.html?_r=0

 

 

As suggested by the article at top, so far only the so-called "recalcitrant" regimes have been "exposed", including China, Russia, Iceland (went broke for buying a lot of crooked American stocks before the GFC), the UK (threatening Brexit which the US does not want, because it wants a "five-eyes" member in the EU)), Arabic Tinpot Kingdoms and a few African leaders. A few Aussies are also in the collateral damage exposure to make it "believably" untargeted to Russia and China... The whose saga started with the exposure of Unaoil payola. 

 

Makes the union thugs look like choir boys... But our Turdbutt is not going to have RC into our banking institutions for doing things they should not have. And I trust his own cash is safe under a couple of palm trees in the Cayman Islands, away from possible investments into high risk Australian innovations...

 

Kick him in the nuts at the next election. He deserves more but that would be a good start.

 

The Yanks are so clean... in this “limited hangout”

the pyjama papers...

 

From the OffGuardian...

What is significant here is that these scandals all involved Anglo-American financial/banking interests. It is a matter of record that the international financial system is dominated by Anglo-American banks and financial firms, based in London and New York. And corruption and malpractice is endemic in this business. In fact, a number of US investment banks have decamped to London since the light touch regulation in the UK allowed them to do things that they couldn’t get away with on the other side of the pond. Not for nothing was the City of London referred to as the US’s financial Guantanamo.

Moreover a recent publication Gomorrah, by Roberto Saviano, an internationally acclaimed crime expert, cites the City of London as the money-laundering centre of the world’s drug trade, according to him UK banks and financial services have ignored so-called “know your customer” rules designed to curb criminals’ abilities to launder the proceeds of crime, warned Mr Saviano, author of the international bestseller which exposed the workings of the Neapolitan crime organisation Camorra, said: “The British treat it as not their problem because there aren’t corpses on the street.” (The Independent, July 2015)

All par for the course in elite financial circles. But according to the Graun:

The temptation to conclude that all those names found in the papers are equivalent and rotten to the core is strong. But it is a temptation to resist: every case must be carefully judged on the specifics. David Cameron, whose father’s Blairmore investment fund is shown to have got up to all sorts of offshore antics to avoid ever paying UK tax, is not Vladimir Putin, whose cronies are documented to have amassed vast fortunes through financial engineering backed by apparent state fiat. The evidence for corruption at the Kremlin looks devastating, whereas Mr Cameron can fairly protest that the son is not responsible for the deeds of the father, especially not as he has taken some steps – such as banning the “bearer shares” that Cameron Sr’s fund long ago used – to protect the public interest.

So you see that Anglo-American finance capital which is scandal-ridden and rotten to the core, is not nearly as bad as Putin – who physiognomy is plastered over all the Guran’s front pages – maximising the demon-image. But note it was not Putin but his cronies who amassed fortunes. But the smear is enough.

My experience of eastern Europe, which has included the former Yugoslavia, East Germany, Russia (Soviet Union) Ukraine (Soviet Union and Independent 1991) led me to the conclusion that corruption is pretty well endemic in these states and societies. The outstanding instance of this took place under the rule of Boris Yeltsin and his oligarch backers, including one Boris Berezovsky – Godfather of the Kremlin – during the 1990s when the rule of law broke down.

Interestingly enough when Berezovsky fell out of favour he was granted political asylum in the UK; this in spite of his nefarious criminal activities which ‘probably’ included the murder of Paul Klebnikov, an American journalist of Russian extraction who wrote a withering critique of Mr B in his book, published in 2000,Godfather of the Kremlin. Never let it be said that Russian Mafia Dons would not get a warm welcome in the UK. This aside, it would be interesting to know by what criteria does the Graun judge Putin and his cronies to be worse than ours?

But of course this is all beside the point. What the Graun is patently trying to do is to milk this global scandal for every ounce of anti-Putin value they can extract. It is all part of the hybrid war which is going on between the west/NATO and Russia. The western media has been mobilised as part of this offensive, spewing out disinformation, propaganda and outright lies. Putin, along with those impertinent little upstarts like Assad who don’t do what they are told, are to blame for everything bad in the world. Why? Because we say so. The neo-con playbook is apparently also the Graun’s playbook.

unny how all this has come out just after the success of the Syrian army’s success in its campaign against the jihadists. Would the Graun be that cynical – you bet they would.

read more: http://off-guardian.org/2016/04/05/holier-than-thou-the-guardian-view-on-the-panama-papers/

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And Gus would agree...

 

the mafia enters the room...

Tax havens are an ideal environment for organised crime to launder the piles of cash they accrue. There is evidence the Italian mafia have used tax havens and invested their dirty money in the legal economy for decades.

When the Berlin Wall came down, Italian prosecutors intercepted a phone conversation. A mafia boss in Italy told his counterpart in Germany to travel east.

Go to East Berlin.

Why? What should I do?

You must buy everything, everything, everything. Buy discos, bars, pizzerias. Everything, everything, everything.

Italy is home to five declared mafia groups. They have invested money made from illegal activities, such as drug trafficking, sex slavery, kidnapping, blackmail and extortion, for decades. It's a strategy they still use, as well as techniques revealed in the Panama Papers. While Europe and countries around the world face economic challenges, it can be hard for some to say no to cold, hard cash.

David Ellero is the senior specialist in the Top Organised Crime Group Team at Europol:

"In a society that struggles to get assets, somebody who comes with a bag full of money is seen as a saviour. The problem is once these people get their foot in the door, it's impossible to get them out," he said.

read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-07/agius-panama-papers-and-the-mafia/7307092

 

soros bats for regime change...

Following the recent revelation that Billionaire financier George Soros (among others) stands behind the release of the “Panama Papers,” it behooves us to remember what else Soros has funded over the years.

Recently it became clear that Soros was sponsoring disruptions at Donald Trump speeches in the US. But most of Soros’ money and time goes to trying to engineer “regime change” abroad – particularly in Eastern Europe. What a generous fellow.

http://off-guardian.org/2016/04/07/video-what-has-george-soros-funded-over-the-years/

this is not john doe...

An IT worker at the Geneva offices of Mossack Fonseca, the offshore law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, has been arrested in the hunt for the whistleblower behind the biggest ever leak to journalists.

Early last year, an individual using the alias John Doe approached the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, offering data from the internal files of Mossack Fonseca. The leak led to the resignation of the Icelandic prime minister in April this year and sparked international protests over the use of tax havens by financial and political elites.

“A procedure has been opened by the public ministry of Geneva following a complaint made by Mossack Fonseca,” a spokeswoman for the city prosecutor confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. She said further information would follow in due course. The person arrested has not been named.

Uncertainty surrounds the reasons for the arrest. Süddeutsche Zeitung believes that the person arrested is not the newspaper’s source. Bastian Obermayer, who jointly led the investigation at the German paper, told the Guardian: “According to our information this is not John Doe”.

read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/15/mossack-fonseca-worker-arrested-switzerland-panama-papers

 

matthew caruana galizia y malta...

Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the international consortium of journalists responsible for peeling Mossack-Fonseca documents, was censured by Facebook. The journalist has involved several personalities from the Maltese state summit.


Accused of having favored the election of Donald Trump, Facebook had promised to intervene in the political content published by its users, within the framework of the supposed fight against the fake news and the viral articles, revising its algorithms of SEO. But the social networking giant is now going farther, relying on its draconian rules of use, at the risk of censoring "real news".


A member of the international consortium of journalists investigating the Panama Papers saw his Facebook account blocked. Matthew Caruana Galizia, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize by his peers, allegedly violated the rules of use of the social network by posting excerpts from documents that had leaked and called into question the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat. The latter had already declared on May 10th his intention to prosecute the journalist, as reported by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

read more:

https://francais.rt.com/international/38609-panama-papers-facebook-bloqu...