Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 10, 2017
By Will Fitzgibbon, Emilia Diaz-Struck and Michael Hudson

Police in Panama (click here) arrested the founders of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, on money-laundering charges Thursday after authorities raided the firm’s headquarters as part of investigations into Brazil’s largest-ever bribery scandal.

The firm’s founding partners, Ramón Fonseca and Jürgen Mossack, spent Thursday night in police cells, according to the men’s lawyer. Kenia Porcell, Panama’s attorney general, released a statement that said evidence gathered by her office indicated that the law firm was a potential “criminal organization” that concealed and removed evidence related to “illegal activity.”...

The USA? Really? 

April 8, 2016

President Vladimir Putin (click here) on Thursday denied having any links to offshore accounts and described the Panama Papers document leaks scandal as part of a US-led plot to weaken Russia....

...The Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists said the documents it obtained indicated that Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin acted as a front man for a network of Putin loyalists, and, perhaps, the president himself.

The ICIJ said the documents show how complex offshore financial deals channeled as much as $2 billion to a network of people linked to the Russian president.

Putin said Roldugin, a longtime friend, did nothing wrong. He said he was proud of Roldugin, adding that the musician spent his personal money to advance cultural projects.

Roldugin used the money he earned as a minority shareholder of a Russian company to buy rare musical instruments abroad and hand them over to the Russian state, Putin said....


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They have a right to do it. Do they know if they are deporting the intended people?

It is a silly question, but, are there refugees among them? Most of the people that come across the border are coming out of fear of someone. 

February 11, 2017
By Lisa Rein, Abigail Houslohner and Sandhya Somashekar

...Christensen said the raids, (click here) which began Monday and ended Friday at noon, found undocumented immigrants from a dozen Latin American countries. “We’re talking about people who are threats to public safety or a threat to the integrity of the immigration system,” she said, noting that the majority of those detained were serious criminals, including some who were convicted of murder and domestic violence.

Immigration activists said the crackdown went beyond the six states DHS identified, and said they had also documented ICE raids of unusual intensity during the past two days in Florida, Kansas, Texas and Northern Virginia.

That undocumented immigrants with no criminal records were arrested and could potentially be deported sent a shock wave through immigrant communities nationwide amid concerns that the U.S. government could start going after law-abiding people....