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Bob Woodward Compares Benghazi To Watergate (VIDEO) #Libya #US #Obama #Hillary

Bob Woodward Compares Benghazi To Watergate (VIDEO) #Libya #US #Obama #Hillary | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Famed journalist Bob Woodward on Friday said he would not dismiss the investigation into last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya, comparing the emails released by the White House earlier this week to the political scandal he helped break.
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REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LIBYA RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA mde190122012en.pdf - Google Drive

REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LIBYA RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA mde190122012en.pdf - Google Drive | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Amnesty removed the report from their web site ... I kept a Copy of Amnesty PDF. Pls check and see what is Amnesty hidding from you. Ask @Amnesty why they removed the report. Ask @Amnesty why they want by hidding Libya reality? How far they go on Helping Torture as a HumanRight for Libya Rebels? How Torture can become a sport with @Amnesty help. 

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Breaking: Hillary Clinton to be Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges [?]

Breaking: Hillary Clinton to be Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges [?] | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
This article was first published by The Huffington Post. The author of the article is distinguished film producer Frank Huguenard

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-to-be-indicted-on-federal-racketeering_us_574af94be4b0009f3d848d20
Since its posting on the Huffington Post, the article has been removed.
The above link leads to an error message.The text below is the original post, which appears on Frank Huguenard’s Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=frank%20huguenard
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The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a United States Federal Law passed in 1970 that was designed to provide a tool for law enforcement agencies to fight organized crime. RICO allows prosecution and punishment for alleged racketeering activity that has been executed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.

Activity considered to be racketeering may include bribery, counterfeiting, money laundering, embezzlement, illegal gambling, kidnapping, murder, drug trafficking, slavery, and a host of other nefarious business practices.

James Comey and The FBI will present a recommendation to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the Department of Justice, that includes a cogent argument that the Clinton Foundation is an ongoing criminal enterprise engaged in money laundering and soliciting bribes in exchange for political, policy and legislative favors to individuals, corporations and even governments both foreign and domestic.
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Brazil: The Provisional Banana Scoundrel Republic - Pepe Escobar

Brazil: The Provisional Banana Scoundrel Republic - Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Every political junkie on the planet has to be glued to the ongoing Brazilian House of Cards, consistently offering an unparalleled feast of cheap thrills.

The latest cliffhanger was the leak of a conversation between one of the key operators involved in the oil giant Petrobras corruption scandal and a senator and short-lived Minister of Planning in the usurper interim government currently replacing President Dilma Rousseff while she is undergoing an impeachment trial by the Senate.

Call the leak a short autopsy of what from the beginning should have been defined as golpeachment; a mix of coup (“golpe”, in Portuguese) and impeachment, which took place in a one/two sequential vote in the Brazilian Congress and Senate, as a notorious congregation of crooks investigated for myriad offenses and crimes seized power in Brasilia in a full-fledged Buffon’s Opera. I call their scam Provisional Banana Scoundrel Republic (PBSR).

Meet the interim Walking Dead

The leak/autopsy duly unveiled how the PBSR cancer progressed. One of the key plotters outlines the coup; stresses how it should protect Brazilian plutocracy/kleptocracy from unintended consequences of the ongoing, two-year-old Car Wash corruption investigation; and how the Left – from President Rousseff to Lula and the Workers’ Party – should be criminalized for good.
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MANDATORY »»» Silencing America as It Prepares for War by John Pilger

MANDATORY »»» Silencing America as It Prepares for War by John Pilger | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun.

The first to be assassinated that year, Martin Luther King, had dared link the suffering of African-Americans and the people of Vietnam. When Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”, she spoke perhaps unconsciously for millions of America’s victims in faraway places.

“We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom. Now don’t you forget it.” So said a National Parks Service guide as I filmed last week at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. He was addressing a school party of young teenagers in bright orange T-shirts. As if by rote, he inverted the truth about Vietnam into an unchallenged lie.

The millions of Vietnamese who died and were maimed and poisoned and dispossessed by the American invasion have no historical place in young minds, not to mention the estimated 60,000 veterans who took their own lives. A friend of mine, a marine who became a paraplegic in Vietnam, was often asked, “Which side did you fight on?”

A few years ago, I attended a popular exhibition called “The Price of Freedom” at the venerable Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The lines of ordinary people, mostly children shuffling through a Santa’s grotto of revisionism, were dispensed a variety of lies: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved “a million lives”; Iraq was “liberated [by] air strikes of unprecedented precision”. The theme was unerringly heroic: only Americans pay the price of freedom.

The 2016 election campaign is remarkable not only for the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders but also for the resilience of an enduring silence about a murderous self-bestowed divinity. A third of the members of the United Nations have felt Washington’s boot, overturning governments, subverting democracy, imposing blockades and boycotts. Most of the presidents responsible have been liberal – Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama.

The breathtaking record of perfidy is so mutated in the public mind, wrote the late Harold Pinter, that it “never happened …Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest. It didn’t matter … “. Pinter expressed a mock admiration for what he called “a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”

Take Obama. As he prepares to leave office, the fawning has begun all over again. He is “cool”. One of the more violent presidents, Obama gave full reign to the Pentagon war-making apparatus of his discredited predecessor. He prosecuted more whistleblowers – truth-tellers – than any president. He pronounced Chelsea Manning guilty before she was tried. Today, Obama runs an unprecedented worldwide campaign of terrorism and murder by drone.

In 2009, Obama promised to help “rid the world of nuclear weapons” and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. No American president has built more nuclear warheads than Obama. He is “modernising” America’s doomsday arsenal, including a new “mini” nuclear weapon, whose size and “smart” technology, says a leading general, ensure its use is “no longer unthinkable”.

James Bradley, the best-selling author of Flags of Our Fathers and son of one of the US marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima, said, “[One] great myth we’re seeing play out is that of Obama as some kind of peaceful guy who’s trying to get rid of nuclear weapons. He’s the biggest nuclear warrior there is. He’s committed us to a ruinous course of spending a trillion dollars on more nuclear weapons. Somehow, people live in this fantasy that because he gives vague news conferences and speeches and feel-good photo-ops that somehow that’s attached to actual policy. It isn’t.”

On Obama’s watch, a second cold war is under way. The Russian president is a pantomime villain; the Chinese are not yet back to their sinister pig-tailed caricature – when all Chinese were banned from the United States – but the media warriors are working on it.

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders has mentioned any of this. There is no risk and no danger for the United States and all of us. For them, the greatest military build-up on the borders of Russia since World War Two has not happened. On May 11, Romania went “live” with a Nato “missile defence” base that aims its first-strike American missiles at the heart of Russia, the world’s second nuclear power.

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In Asia, the Pentagon is sending ships, planes and special forces to the Philippines to threaten China. The US already encircles China with hundreds of military bases that curve in an arc up from Australia, to Asia and across to Afghanistan. Obama calls this a “pivot”.

As a direct consequence, China reportedly has changed its nuclear weapons policy from no-first-use to high alert and put to sea submarines with nuclear weapons. The escalator is quickening.

It was Hillary Clinton who, as Secretary of State in 2010, elevated the competing territorial claims for rocks and reef in the South China Sea to an international issue; CNN and BBC hysteria followed; China was building airstrips on the disputed islands. In its mammoth war game in 2015, Operation Talisman Sabre, the US practiced “choking” the Straits of Malacca through which pass most of China’s oil and trade. This was not news.

Clinton declared that America had a “national interest” in these Asian waters. The Philippines and Vietnam were encouraged and bribed to pursue their claims and old enmities against China. In America, people are being primed to see any Chinese defensive position as offensive, and so the ground is laid for rapid escalation. A similar strategy of provocation and propaganda is applied to Russia.

Clinton, the “women’s candidate”, leaves a trail of bloody coups: in Honduras, in Libya (plus the murder of the Libyan president) and Ukraine. The latter is now a CIA theme park swarming with Nazis and the frontline of a beckoning war with Russia. It was through Ukraine – literally, borderland — that Hitler’s Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, which lost 27 million people. This epic catastrophe remains a presence in Russia. Clinton’s presidential campaign has received money from all but one of the world’s ten biggest arms companies. No other candidate comes close.

Sanders, the hope of many young Americans, is not very different from Clinton in his proprietorial view of the world beyond the United States. He backed Bill Clinton’s illegal bombing of Serbia. He supports Obama’s terrorism by drone, the provocation of Russia and the return of special forces (death squads) to Iraq. He has nothing to say on the drumbeat of threats to China and the accelerating risk of nuclear war. He agrees that Edward Snowden should stand trial and he calls Hugo Chavez – like him, a social democrat – “a dead communist dictator”. He promises to support Clinton if she is nominated.

The election of Trump or Clinton is the old illusion of choice that is no choice: two sides of the same coin. In scapegoating minorities and promising to “make America great again”, Trump is a far right-wing domestic populist; yet the danger of Clinton may be more lethal for the world.

“Only Donald Trump has said anything meaningful and critical of US foreign policy,” wrote Stephen Cohen, emeritus professor of Russian History at Princeton and NYU, one of the few Russia experts in the United States to speak out about the risk of war.

In a radio broadcast, Cohen referred to critical questions Trump alone had raised. Among them: why is the United States “everywhere on the globe”? What is NATO’s true mission? Why does the US always pursue regime change in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine? Why does Washington treat Russia and Vladimir Putin as an enemy?

The hysteria in the liberal media over Trump serves an illusion of “free and open debate” and “democracy at work”. His views on immigrants and Muslims are grotesque, yet the deporter-in-chief of vulnerable people from America is not Trump but Obama, whose betrayal of people of colour is his legacy: such as the warehousing of a mostly black prison population, now more numerous than Stalin’s gulag.

This presidential campaign may not be about populism but American liberalism, an ideology that sees itself as modern and therefore superior and the one true way. Those on its right wing bear a likeness to 19th century Christian imperialists, with a God-given duty to convert or co-opt or conquer.

In Britain, this is Blairism. The Christian war criminal Tony Blair got away with his secret preparation for the invasion of Iraq largely because the liberal political class and media fell for his “cool Britannia”. In the Guardian, the applause was deafening; he was called “mystical”. A distraction known as identity politics, imported from the United States, rested easily in his care.

History was declared over, class was abolished and gender promoted as feminism; lots of women became New Labour MPs. They voted on the first day of Parliament to cut the benefits of single parents, mostly women, as instructed. A majority voted for an invasion that produced 700,000 Iraqi widows.

The equivalent in the US are the politically correct warmongers on the New York Times, the Washington Post and network TV who dominate political debate. I watched a furious debate on CNN about Trump’s infidelities. It was clear, they said, a man like that could not be trusted in the White House. No issues were raised. Nothing on the 80 per cent of Americans whose income has collapsed to 1970s levels. Nothing on the drift to war. The received wisdom seems to be “hold your nose” and vote for Clinton: anyone but Trump. That way, you stop the monster and preserve a system gagging for another war.
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Irã inaugura primeiro parlamento da história com mais mulheres que clérigos

Irã inaugura primeiro parlamento da história com mais mulheres que clérigos | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
O parlamento iraniano inaugurou neste sábado (28/05) sua décima legislatura, a primeira com mais mulheres que clérigos desde o triunfo da Revolução Islâmica em 1979 e marcada pela presença reforçada de deputados reformistas que arrebataram o domínio da câmara dos conservadores "principalistas".

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No total 18 mulheres, todas reformistas, entraram na câmara do Irã como deputadas neste sábado

Em cerimônia que contou com uma inusitada presença da imprensa internacional, os deputados que venceram as eleições de 26 de fevereiro e o segundo turno disputado em 29 abril assumiram suas cadeiras e formaram o parlamento iraniano mais "liberal" em mais de uma década.

Com 121 deputados, a lista de reformistas e moderados que expressaram nas eleições apoio às políticas de abertura ao mundo, reforma econômica e melhora das relações com Ocidente do presidente Hassan Rohani, é a força majoritária na câmara.

Os reformistas, que na passada legislatura tinham apenas nove cadeiras e que cimentaram seu triunfo com um êxito absoluto em Teerã, a maior circunscrição e mais disputada do país, onde obtiveram todas as cadeiras em disputa, arrebataram o domínio que os "principalistas" mantiveram na câmara nas duas últimas legislaturas.

Estes perderam quase uma centena de cadeiras até ficar em 83 deputados agora, entre os quais encontram-se, além disso, os menos radicais de entre suas fileiras, enquanto o resto dos 290 legisladores da câmara são de listas independentes de muito variadas tendências.

No total 18 mulheres, todas reformistas, entraram na câmara como deputadas, o maior número na história parlamentar iraniana, enquanto apenas 16 clérigos xiitas, frente aos 27 do parlamento saliente, foram escolhidos deputados nesta legislatura.

Esta simbólica mudança ficou prejudicada pelas tentativas dos setores conservadores de anular a eleição de uma das legisladoras devido à publicação de fotos suas sem véu durante uma viagem ao exterior do país, caso cuja resolução definitiva ainda está pendente.

A abertura desta legislatura implica, além disso, que os setores reformistas e moderados dominam os dois únicos poderes do Estado iraniano (Executivo e Legislativo) que são escolhidos democraticamente pelo povo.

Precisamente, a nova câmara foi inaugurada em presença de Rohani, que a partir de agora contará com um parlamento mais afim a seus interesses e do qual espera que não torpedeará suas tentativas de reforma, particularmente no âmbito econômico.
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MANDATÓRIO »»»» “Temer, o Breve: novo capítulo da House of Cards brasileira”, por Pepe Escobar #Brasil

MANDATÓRIO »»»» “Temer, o Breve: novo capítulo da House of Cards brasileira”, por Pepe Escobar #Brasil | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Parece que todos os pervertidos políticos do planeta estão conectados na atual House of Cards à brasileira, para oferecer festim sem interrupção de emoções baratas.

A mais recente reviravolta do script foi o vazamento de conversa entre um dos operadores chaves envolvidos no escândalo de corrupção na gigante Petrobras e um senador que acabou por ter vida curta como Ministro do Planejamento do governo provisório usurpador que atualmente substitui a presidenta Dilma Rousseff, enquanto ela enfrenta processo de impeachment pelo Senado.

O vazamento pode ser descrito como rápida autópsia do que, desde o início nunca passou de golpeachment; mistura de "golpe" e "impeachment" que aconteceu em votação em duas etapas no Congresso (Câmara de Deputado e Senado) do Brasil, e quando uma conhecida congregação de escroques investigados por incontáveis crimes e infrações tomaram o poder em Brasília, numa espantosa ópera bufa. Para mim, são a República das Bananas dos Escroques Provisórios (ReBEP).

Conheçam o Morto Vivo interino

O vazamento/autópsia revelou como avançou o câncer ReBEP. Um dos conspiradores-chefe delineou o golpe; explica que é indispensável proteger a cleptocracia/plutocracia brasileira contra consequências não desejadas da investigação da corrupção que já dura dois anos, chamada "Operação Lava-jato"; e como a esquerda – da presidenta Rousseff até Lula e o Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT – têm de ser criminalizados a qualquer custo.

O resto seria história, inclusive a demolição – pela imposição de uma restauração neoliberal – dos direitos sociais e trabalhistas recentemente conquistados no Brasil; reversão total na política exterior, com as relações geopolíticas e geoeconômicas devolvidas ao quadro mental mais colonizado que o Brasil conheceu; e o restabelecimento no poder hegemônico, de uma classe conservadora, neoliberal rentista, com plenos poderes sobre uma sociedade que chegou a ser democrática e socialmente orientada.

Combina perfeitamente com a atual configuração do Congresso brasileiro hoje dominado por interesses "BBB" – as bancadas do Boi (o poderoso lobby do agronegócio); da Bala (o complexo de armas e da segurança privada); e da Bíblia (fanáticos evangélicos) – todos esses apoiados pela mídia-empresa. Muitos desses impalatáveis personagens são conectados e/ou representam a tóxica aristocracia rural brasileira – que são de fatos herdeiros de títulos nobiliárquicos distribuídos aos proprietários de escravos do Brasil colonial.

Tudo estava indo muito bem nos primeiros dias – e até o ex-presidente da Câmara de Deputados e escroque conhecido, Eduardo Cunha, havia sido temporariamente afastado; Cunha – coordenador de uma máfia de financiamento de campanhas eleitorais dentro do Congresso – atuava como um primeiro-ministro de facto do então vice-presidente fantoche e hoje presidente interino Michel Temer.

Temer O Usurpador – que na verdade pode tornar-se Temer O Breve – sempre esteve sob sítio, desde que tomou o poder. A impopularidade do homem alcança níveis de Kim Jong-Un reverso, e já chega a quase 99%. A vasta maioria dos brasileiros o quer impichado. É mencionado em vários escândalos de corrupção. Hoje, nada faz além de nomear, como nomeador serial, lista que parece infinita de ministros envolvidos, eles também, em incontáveis escândalos de corrupção.

Problema é que a gangue da República das Bananas dos Escroques Provisórios (ReBEP) simplesmente não pode separar-se de Temer [vice-presidente legal, cuja presença no atual governo é o único tênue fiapo de legalidade que ainda impede que o golpeachment seja exposto como o golpe que é (NTs)] – porque sem Temer a gangue golpista perde todo o poder.

O vazamento do Diálogo dos Grandes Escroques prova conclusivamente que a Operação Lava-jato foi instrumentalizada para criminalizar o Partido dos Trabalhadores e derrubar a presidenta Rousseff, ao mesmo tempo em que a farsa do golpeachment avançava paralelamente, de modo a assegurar que forças políticas tradicionais jamais fossem apanhadas na rede da Lava-jato.
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Dilma Rousseff: Old Brazilian oligarchy behind ‘coup’ (FULL INTERVIEW)

Dilma Rousseff: Old Brazilian oligarchy behind ‘coup’ (FULL INTERVIEW) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Unseated Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has spoken to RT in her first TV interview since being suspended from office by the country’s Senate. She says that the old Brazilian oligarchy is behind the impeachment process, and vows to fight the “coup.”
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‘Coup took place in Brazil’: Film crew stages red carpet pro-Rousseff protest in Cannes

The cast and crew of the Brazilian film Aquarius have staged an improvised protest on the red carpet of the Cannes competition in the south of France t
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Racism is a rampant disease in the Libyan culture - Fezzan LIbya Media Group

Racism is a rampant disease in the Libyan culture You cannot cure a disease until after it is detected and recognised, and no matter how many corridors it has it is strongly present in the culture of the Libyan culture and most notably in the South. There are different aspects of racism in the South  …

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Unknown security forces storm Benghazi Municipality | The Libya Observer

Unknown security forces storm Benghazi Municipality | The Libya Observer | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Mayor of Benghazi, Omar Al-Berasi, confirmed that an armed group claiming to be related to military leaders stormed Monday the Municipality’s building, holding some of the municipal members and employees both males and females as hostages, yet the females were later freed by the armed group after many persuasive attempts.

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Brazil's Dilma Out: Hybrid War Hyenas Set 54 Million Votes on Fire By Pepe Escobar

Brazil's Dilma Out: Hybrid War Hyenas Set 54 Million Votes on Fire By Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Never in modern political history has it been so easy to “abolish the people” and simply erase 54 million votes cast in a free and fair presidential election.

Forget about hanging chads, as in Florida 2000. This is a day that will live in infamy all across the Global South – when what was one of its most dynamic democracies veered into a plutocratic regime, under a flimsy parliamentary/judicial veneer, with legal and constitutional guarantees now at the mercy of lowly comprador elites.

After the proverbial marathon, the Brazilian Senate voted 55-22 to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for “crimes of responsibility” – related to alleged window dressing of the government’s budget.

This is the culmination of a drawn-out process that started even before Rousseff won re-election in late 2014 with over 54 million votes. I have described the bunch of perpetrators of what Brazilian creativity has termed ‘golpeachment’ (a mix of coup – “golpe” in Portuguese – and impeachment) as Hybrid War hyenas.

Sophisticated golpeachment – supported by what amounts to an Electoral Inquisition College – has propelled Hybrid War to whole new levels.

Hybrid War as applied to Brazil exhibited classic elements of a color revolution. Of course there was no need for no-fly zones or humanitarian imperialism to “protect human rights” – not to mention provoking a civil war. But considering the high resistance level of the victim state, where civil society is very dynamic, Hybrid War designers in this case bet on a mix of capitulation – and betrayal – of local elites, mixed with “peaceful protests” and a relentless mainstream media campaign. Call it ‘Civil War Light.’

That carried with it a fabulous cost-benefit ratio. Now the (immensely corrupt) Brazilian political system and the current executive/legislative/judiciary/mainstream media alignment can be used by the usual suspects for their geopolitical agenda.

Welcome to regime change light – politics, in a nutshell – as war by other means on the BRICS. A new software, a new operating system. Carrying a pathetic corollary; if the US is the Empire of Chaos, Brazil has now gloriously reached the status of Sub-Empire of Scoundrels.
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The Real Target of the Panama Papers By PEPE ESCOBAR #PanamaPapers

The Real Target of the Panama Papers By PEPE ESCOBAR #PanamaPapers | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
So this is the way the Panama Papers end. Not with a bang—as in “Putin hiding US$2 billion”; you all remember the original headlines. But with a whimper; everyone lining up to duly access a prosaic database and find out the names of nearly 320,000 entities/offshore companies/trusts/foundations engaged in beautifying the finances of the rich and powerful.

EXCLUSIVE:
Clinton Donors Caught up in New Panama Papers Scandal

The Soros-financed International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has not exactly fulfilled its mandate of heaping dirt on selected BRICS nations and the odd enemy of imperial interests/values—based on a NSA-style hack of Mossack Fonseca.

So what’s left is for everyone to freely peruse names and addresses of companies in 21 jurisdictions—including Hong Kong and Nevada in the U.S. Yet don't expect to see bank account numbers, phone numbers or compromising emails.

Panama—where no one can flush a toilet without the U.S. government knowing about it—is for suckers; the real elite, connected (or profiting) even indirectly from the real Masters of the Universe and the liquid modernity enablers of top of the line turbo-capitalism use hack-proof Luxembourg, Virgin Islands or Cayman Islands connections – not to mention secure, Empire-based Delaware and Nevada loopholes.

Fictional scenarios, anyway, will continue to prosper, such as the myth the Panama Papers leak came from one John Doe—an “anonymous” whistleblower who allegedly contacted the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and the ICIJ with a mini-manifesto titled “The revolution will be digitized”.

John Doe justified his alleged leak by arguing that tax evasion was one of the great issues of our time, and governments must do more to prevent it. Thus his pledge—"I want to make these crimes public"—as he unloaded 11.5 million files (2.6 terabytes of data), which took over a year to be perused by ICIJ hacks, in absolute secrecy, with no leaks whatsoever.

John Doe is no Daniel Ellsberg or Edward Snowden. Apart from the resignation of Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, prime minister of Iceland, and the offshore trust set up by David Cameron’s Dad, the Panama Papers did not yield anything really groundbreaking, as much as the bombastic headlines in the first four days insisted to demonize powerful players in Russia and China, especially Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Washington lança o seu ataque contra BRICS, por Paul Craig Roberts

Washington lança o seu ataque contra BRICS, por Paul Craig Roberts | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Tendo removido a presidente reformista da Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Washington agora se livra da presidente reformista do Brasil, Dilma Rousseff.

Washington usou um juiz federal para pedir a Argentina para sacrificar seu programa de reestruturação da dívida, a fim de pagar para os fundos abutre americanos o valor total de títulos argentinos que os fundos abutre tinham comprado por alguns tostões sobre o dólar.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/27/us-vulture-funds-argentina-bankruptcy

Estes abutres foram chamados de “credores” que tinham feito “empréstimos”, independentemente do fato de que eles não eram credores e não tinha feito nenhum empréstimo. Eles eram oportunistas atrás de dinheiro fácil e foram usados por Washington para se livrar de um governo reformista.

O Presidente Kirchner resistiu e, por isso, ela teve que ir. Washington inventou uma história que Kirchner encobriu um suposto ataque a bomba iraniano em Buenos Aires em 1994. Esta fantasia implausível, para o qual não há nenhuma evidência de envolvimento iraniano, foi alimentado a um dos agentes de Washington no escritório do procurador do Estado, e um evento duvidoso de 22 anos atrás foi usado para tirar Cristina Kirchner do caminho do saque americano da Argentina.

No Brasil, Washington usou insinuações de corrupção para obter a cassação da presidente Dilma Rousseff pela Câmara. Evidências não são necessárias, apenas alegações. Não são muito diferentes de “armas nucleares iranianas”, “armas de destruição em massa”, de Saddam Hussein “uso de armas químicas,” de Assad ou, no caso de Dilma, meramente insinuações. O Secretário-Geral da Organização dos Estados Americanos, Luís Almagro, observa que Rousseff “não foi acusada de nada.” As elites apoiadas pelos americanos estão simplesmente usando o impeachment para remover um presidente que eles não podem derrotar eleitoralmente.

Em suma, este é o movimento de Washington contra os BRICS. Washington está se movendo para colocar no poder político um partido de direita que Washington controle, a fim de encerrar as crescentes relações do Brasil com a China e a Rússia.

A grande ironia é que o projeto de impeachment foi presidido pelo presidente corrupto da câmara inferior, Eduardo Cunha, que recentemente descobriu-se ter escondido milhões de dólares em contas bancárias suíças secretas (talvez o seu pay-off de Washington) e que mentiu sob juramento quando negou ter contas bancárias estrangeiras. Você pode ler a história sórdida aqui:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-complicity-after-vote-to-remove-brazils-president-key-opposition-figure-holds-meetings-in-washington/5521059

Kirchner e “crimes” de Dilma são os seus esforços para que os governos da Argentina e do Brasil representam a Argentina e os povos brasileiros, em vez das elites e Wall Street. Em Washington estes são crimes graves, e Washington usa as elites para controlar os países da América do Sul. Sempre que os latino-americanos elegem um governo que os representa, Washington derruba o governo ou assassina o presidente.

Washington está perto fazer a Venezuela voltar para o controle da elite espanhola aliado com Washington.
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Lavrov: Gadaffi's Murder in Libya Was a 'War Crime' #VivaGaddafi #Gaddafi #Libya #ICC #Justice

Lavrov: Gadaffi's Murder in Libya Was a 'War Crime' #VivaGaddafi #Gaddafi #Libya #ICC #Justice | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 was a war crime, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In 2011, as the civil war broke out in Libya, a multi-state coalition, consisting mostly of NATO members, began a military intervention in the country with the declared aim of establishing an immediate ceasefire. The operation led to the escalation of the conflict in the country and the subsequent killing of the country's long-standing leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

"It was a mistake not because they violated the [UN] Security Council mandate that proposed to close the [Libyan] airspace, not allowing aviation to fly. They [NATO] simply bombed [Libya] flying in that airspace and in the end Gadaffi was violently killed. Whichever way you look at this, this is also a war crime," Lavrov said during a live linkup on kp.ru.

The picture of Muammar Gaddafi being burned
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Gaddafi's Cousin: Libya Ruined and 'Humiliated' After NATO Invasion
The instability triggered the rise of numerous Islamic militant and terrorist groups, particularly Daesh, which has been carrying out attacks on Libyan oil and other infrastructure.

In December 2015, Libya’s rival governments (the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress) agreed to create a Government of National Accord and end the political struggle. Fayez Sarraj currently heads Libya's Government of National Accord.
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Drone for Obama – Anyone? Extrajudicial Killings "in the Name of Peace"

Drone for Obama – Anyone? Extrajudicial Killings "in the Name of Peace" | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it








Thousands of extra-judiciary drone killings, all personally approved by Peace Nobel Laureate, Obama, and all with casualties and so-called ‘collateral damage’, costs the affected, mostly poor communities, tens of thousands of lives and destroyed properties and public infrastructure valued at millions of dollars; an assurance to keep them poor and submissive.

Do not such horrendous criminal acts by the self-declared western caliph Obama beg the question – who will eventually send a drone to neutralize the killer? – Or for that matter, anyone who dares following in the murderer’s footsteps, Democrat or Republican, two faces of the same coin?

It could be a pretty long chain, because none of the potential successors have a mind of their own. All of them are spineless miserable puppets, bought by the globalized Corporate Empire. But no matter how long the chain of official governmental murderers, stopping them has to begin at some point. Lest, it becomes like everything else, normal daily business.

Imagine! – We are living in a world where open killings, open assassinations by an Über-Mensch, the proclaimed and admitted leader of the Exceptional Country, the self-proclaimed Master of the Universe, becomes the order of the day. And nobody blinks an eye.

We, The People, are silent, when news reports of drone killings are flung around the world. No proof of guilt, no accusation, no trial, no conviction – nothing. It’s the new normal. Worse even – the puppets of the assassin-in-Chief, NATO and those who lead NATO, are doing the same by impunity. No morals left. The financial army – the Wall street tanks of money are killing entire countries. Nobody blinks. Elite imposed violence just grows exponentially. And so does fear. The more fear, the more police and military violence is justified – and even asked for by the people, whose minds have been utterly manipulated with false flag attacks, blaming of course always – the Islamists – who else?

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Brasil 2016: República das Bananas dos Escroques Provisórios - Pepe Escobar

Brasil 2016: República das Bananas dos Escroques Provisórios - Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Parece que todos os pervertidos políticos do planeta estão conectados na atual House of Cards à brasileira, para oferecer festim sem interrupção de emoções baratas.

A mais recente reviravolta do script foi o vazamento de conversa entre um dos operadores chaves envolvidos no escândalo de corrupção na gigante Petrobras e um senador que acabou por ter vida curta como Ministro do Planejamento do governo provisório usurpador que atualmente substitui a presidenta Dilma Rousseff, enquanto ela enfrenta processo de impeachment pelo Senado.

O vazamento pode ser descrito como rápida autópsia do que, desde o início nunca passou de golpeachment; mistura de "golpe" e "impeachment" que aconteceu em votação em duas etapas no Congresso (Câmara de Deputado e Senado) do Brasil, e quando uma conhecida congregação de escroques investigados por incontáveis crimes e infrações tomaram o poder em Brasília, numa espantosa ópera bufa. Para mim, são a República das Bananas dos Escroques Provisórios (ReBEP).

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Conheçam o Morto Vivo interino

O vazamento/autópsia revelou como avançou o câncer ReBEP. Um dos conspiradores-chefe delineou o golpe; explica que é indispensável proteger a cleptocracia/plutocracia brasileira contra consequências não desejadas da investigação da corrupção que já dura dois anos, chamada "Operação Lava-jato"; e como a esquerda – da presidenta Rousseff até Lula e o Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT – têm de ser criminalizados a qualquer custo.

O resto seria história, inclusive a demolição – pela imposição de uma restauração neoliberal – dos direitos sociais e trabalhistas recentemente conquistados no Brasil; reversão total na política exterior, com as relações geopolíticas e geoeconômicas devolvidas ao quadro mental mais colonizado que o Brasil conheceu; e o restabelecimento no poder hegemônico, de uma classe conservadora, neoliberal rentista, com plenos poderes sobre uma sociedade que chegou a ser democrática e socialmente orientada.

Combina perfeitamente com a atual configuração do Congresso brasileiro hoje dominado por interesses "BBB" – as bancadas do Boi (o poderoso lobby do agronegócio); da Bala (o complexo de armas e da segurança privada); e da Bíblia (fanáticos evangélicos) – todos esses apoiados pela mídia-empresa. Muitos desses impalatáveis personagens são conectados e/ou representam a tóxica aristocracia rural brasileira – que são de fatos herdeiros de títulos nobiliárquicos distribuídos aos proprietários de escravos do Brasil colonial.
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France paralyzed by the ‘War of the Lefts’ by Pepe Escobar

France paralyzed by the ‘War of the Lefts’ by Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Paris burns as Hollande fiddles. Take it as shorthand for nationwide protests in France against a proposed labor “reform” while the President poses at the G-7 in Japan as if he’s one of the Masters of the Universe.

France is semi-paralyzed - from dockworkers in the port of Le Havre (a key trade hub) to workers in refineries, oil depots, nuclear power stations (accounting for 75 percent of the national electricity supply), airports, and the metropolitan Paris rail system. This has translated into panic at myriad petrol stations – with much of the French transportation system brought to a standstill.

All this because the cataclysmically unpopular, nominally “socialist” Hollande administration has introduced a draft law that drastically modifies the French labor code and essentially adopts Anglo-Saxon neoliberal “hire and fire” in a deeply regulated, regimented nation where workers’ rights and protections are taken extremely seriously. Hollande and his astonishingly mediocre Prime Minister Manuel Valls defend it as the best way to fight chronic unemployment.
Scrap the bill to unblock the nation

May 2016 in France is certainly no May 1968 remix. It features a vortex of complicating factors, such as the “terra terra terra” psychosis (Paris is in a semi-disguised state of siege); the ongoing Nuit Debout movement at the Place de la Republique – the French version of Occupy Wall Street; and police with their nerves on edge complaining, and even demonstrating, that they are not getting all the love they need from the general population.

May 2016 is essentially configured as a battle between the socialist government and French unions. It’s bound to get nastier. Police figures suggest 153,000 strikers/demonstrators this past Thursday – a huge mobilization day that touched public services and air transport; unions claim there were almost 300,000. The executive is beginning to use force to unblock key refineries. Panic at empty petrol stations is becoming the norm.
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Pepe Escobar vê na NSA a raiz do impeachment de Dilma ( Entrevista)

Pepe Escobar vê na NSA a raiz do impeachment de Dilma ( Entrevista) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Segundo o correspondente internacional Pepe Escobar, em entrevista ao canal de mídia alternativo francês “Le Cercle des Volontaires”, a queda da presidente Dilma Rousseff decorre do desejo norte-americano de tomar as riquezas do pré-sal e que tudo começou com os grampos da NSA contra a presidente Dilma Rousseff
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Novo Abalo Político no Brasil: é Hora da Mídia Começar a Dizer “Golpe”?

Novo Abalo Político no Brasil: é Hora da Mídia Começar a Dizer “Golpe”? | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
O país acordou hoje com a notícia das secretas e chocantes conversas envolvendo um importante ministro do recém-instalado governo brasileiro, que acendem uma luz a respeito dos reais motivos e agentes do impeachment da presidente democraticamente eleita, Dilma Rousseff. As transcrições foram publicadas pelo maior jornal do país, a Folha de São Paulo, e revelam conversas privadas que aconteceram em março, apenas semanas antes da votação do impeachment na Câmara. Elas mostram explícita conspiração entre o novo Ministro do Planejamento, Romero Jucá, e o antigo executivo de petróleo Sergio Machado – ambos investigados pela Lava Jato – a medida em que concordam que remover Dilma é o único meio para acabar com a investigação sobre a corrupção. As conversas também tratam do importante papel desempenhado pelas mais poderosas instituições nacionais no impeachment de Dilma, incluindo líderes militares do país.

As transcrições estão cheias de declarações fortemente incriminadoras sobre os reais objetivos do impeachment e quem está por trás dele. O ponto chave da conspiração é o que Jucá chama de “um pacto nacional” – envolvendo as instituições mais poderosas do Brasil – para empossar Michel Temer como presidente (apesar de seus múltiplos escândalos de corrupção) e terminar com as investigações uma vez que Dilma fosse removida. Segundo a Folha, Jucá diz que o Impeachment levaria ao “fim da pressão da imprensa e de outros setores pela continuidade das investigações da Lava Jato.”

Não está claro quem é o responsável pela gravação e pelo vazamento da conversa de 75 minutos, mas a Folha reportou que elas estão atualmente nas mãos do Procurador Geral da República. Jucá é líder do PMDB, partido do presidente interino Michel Temer, e um de seus três homens de confiança. Novas revelações serão provavelmente divulgadas nos próximos dias, tornando mais claras as implicações e significados destas transcrições.
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The Guardian view on Libya: a nation’s tragedy, a continent’s problem | Guardian had a role on it

The Guardian view on Libya: a nation’s tragedy, a continent’s problem | Guardian had a role on it | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Wednesday 18 May 2016 19.26 BST
Last modified on Wednesday 18 May 2016 22.00 BST



Libyans are the first victims of a dysfunctional state that has neither stabilised nor unified since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. But Europe can be affected, too. If Libya doesn’t find a way out of its current state of chaos, two things are likely to happen: refugee and migrant movements will pick up again this summer in large numbers across the central Mediterranean (as an alternative to the Aegean route), and Isis will be able to carve out an even larger foothold for itself, from which it will try to launch attacks across the region and beyond. So it is a good thing that more international attention is now being brought on Libya, whose stabilisation was the topic of an international meeting held this week in Vienna. But whether a new focus will bring the right strategy is a different question altogether.

Having failed so dismally to assist Libya in its post-Gaddafi transition after Nato intervened five years ago, Europeans and other international actors desperately need to do better now. The plan, as it currently stands, is to increase international support for Libya’s new fledgling central government, which last March managed to establish itself in the capital Tripoli. The west hopes this administration will replace rival factions that have vied for power since 2014, creating the vacuum that has helped Isis thrive. Weapon deliveries are being considered to help the unity government defeat the jihadi insurgency, which controls a 250km-long strip of coast around the city of Sirte. However, this initiative is currently being resisted by a rival group based in the east, whose leader is supported by Egypt.

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Pope criticises West for trying to export own brand of democracy to Iraq, Libya

Pope criticises West for trying to export own brand of democracy to Iraq, Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Pope Francis criticised Western powers for trying to export their own brand of democracy to countries such as Iraq and Libya without respecting indigenous political cultures, according to an interview published on Monday.

Speaking to France's Roman Catholic newspaper, La Croix, Francis also said Europe should better integrate migrants and praised the election of the new Muslim mayor of London as an example of where this had been successful.

"Faced with current Islamist terrorism, we should question the way a model of democracy that was too Western was exported to countries where there was a strong power, as in Iraq, or Libya, where there was a tribal structure," he said.

"We cannot advance without taking these cultures into account," the pope said.

"As a Libyan said recently, 'We used to have one Gaddafi, now we have fifty", Francis said in reference to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who was deposed and killed in 2011.

Francis has frequently attacked what he calls "cultural colonialism", in which Western countries seek to impose their values on developing ones in return for financial aid.

The pope said that "ghettoising" migrants was not only wrong but was also misguided in the fight against terrorism.

He cited the militant attacks in Brussels in March when three suicide bombers killed 32 people, in which "the terrorists were Belgians, children of migrants, but they came from a ghetto".

By contrast, the pope praised this month's election of Sadiq Khan as the first Muslim mayor of London [nL5N18306N].

"In London, the new mayor was sworn in in a cathedral and will probably be received by the queen. This shows the importance for Europe to regain its ability to integrate," Francis said.

Ten days ago, the pope lambasted Europe over what he sees as its inadequate response to the influx of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle-East and Africa. [nL5N1831UR]
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Misurata forces explode a bomb car in Abu Grein Preserve - Libyan Express

Misurata forces explode a bomb car in Abu Grein Preserve - Libyan Express | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The media bureau of Misurata forces, which are appointed under the Presidential Council’s Albunyan Almarsous, confirmed the forces had blown a car bomb near Abu Grein Preserve before it reached the front line. Meanwhile, the Misurata forces had advanced Monday morning in Abu Grein as clashes renewed in the district with ISIS militants.

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Pope criticises West for trying to export own brand of democracy to Iraq, Libya | News by Country | Reuters

ROME, May 16 (Reuters) - Pope Francis criticised Western
powers for trying to export their own brand of democracy to
countries such as Iraq and Libya without respecting indigenous
political cultures, according

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Brazil’s Democracy to Suffer Grievous Blow as Unelectable, Corrupt Neoliberal is Installed

Brazil’s Democracy to Suffer Grievous Blow as Unelectable, Corrupt Neoliberal is Installed | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
In 2002, Brazil’s left-of-center Workers Party (PT) ascended to the presidency when Lula da Silva won in a landslide over the candidate of the center-right party PSDB (throughout 2002, “markets” were indignant at the mere prospect of PT’s victory). The PT remained in power when Lula, in 2006, was re-elected in another landslide against a different PSDB candidate. PT’s enemies thought they had their chance to get rid of PT in 2010, when Lula was barred by term limits from running again, but their hopes were crushed when Lula’s handpicked successor, the previously unknown Dilma Rousseff, won by 12 points over the same PSDB candidate who lost to Lula in 2002. In 2014, PT’s enemies poured huge amounts of money and resources into defeating her, believing she was vulnerable and that they had finally found a star PSDB candidate, but they lost again, this time narrowly, as Dilma was re-elected with 54 million votes.

In sum, PT has won four straight national elections – the last one occurring just 18 months ago. Its opponents have vigorously tried – and failed – to defeat them at the ballot box, largely due to PT’s support among Brazil’s poor and working classes.
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Golpe no Brasil: a conexão internacional

Golpe no Brasil: a conexão internacional | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Auditórios cheios, carros de som, escritórios. Organizações como Instituto Millenium, Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL), Instituto Liberal, Instituto Ludwig Von Mises e Estudantes Pela Liberdade, como num passe de mágica, emergiram no cenário político brasileiro, publicando livros e realizando manifestações com enormes estruturas, treinamentos e palestras – um processo que encontrou terreno fértil no país, devido à crise mundial e à Operação Lava Jato.

Apesar das tentativas de seus fundadores e por parte da imprensa em pintar os projetos que defendem como algo “para o bem do Brasil”, oriundo “do povo brasileiro” e “espontâneo”, todas estas organizações contam com financiamento e articulação estrangeira, conforme detalhou a reportagem de Marina Amaral na Agência Pública, mostrando como uma rede de ONGs promove treinamento de lideranças, patrocina “intelectuais” para aglutinar consensos nas redes e movimentos para incendiar as ruas. Entre as organizações presentes na América Latina e leste europeu chama atenção, em especial, a Atlas Network.

Fundada em 1981 com objetivo de “promover políticas econômicas do livre mercado pelo mundo”, a Atlas é um think-tank que financia declaradamente as atividades da direita em mais de 90 países. Com um orçamento anual de US$ 11,5 milhões, ela atua patrocinando a formação de quadros neoliberais. Como a legislação dos EUA impede que essas entidades financiem agitações políticas mundo afora, cada movimento é amparado por “institutos de formação”, que estão liberados para receber os recursos. Esse é o caso da relação do centro de formação Estudantes pela Liberdade (EPL) com a militância profissional do MBL, por exemplo. O orçamento do EPL deste ano saltou para R$ 300 mil. “No primeiro ano, a gente teve mais ou menos R$ 8 mil, o segundo foi para R$ 20 e poucos mil, de 2014 para 2015 cresceu bastante. A gente recebe de outras organizações externas também, como a Atlas. A Atlas, junto com a Students for Liberty, são nossos principais doadores. No Brasil, as principais organizações doadoras são a Friederich Naumann, que é uma organização alemã, que não são autorizados a doar dinheiro, mas pagam despesas para a gente”, declarou Juliano Torres diretor executivo do EPL.
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Terremoto no Brasil ou É o petróleo, estúpido! Pepe Escobar #ImpeachmentDay

Imagine um dos líderes políticos mais admirados em todo o planeta na história moderna arrancado do apartamento onde mora, às 6h da manhã, por agentes armados da Polícia Federal Brasileira, enfiado num carro sem identificação e levado ao aeroporto de São Paulo, para ser interrogado por mais de quatro horas, sobre eventos conectados a um escândalo de corrupção de um bilhão de dólares que envolve a petroleira brasileira Petrobrás.Desse material se fazem os delírios de Hollywood. E a ‘lógica’ dos delírios de Hollywood é, exatamente, a ‘lógica’ por trás de mais essa elaborada produção.Os procuradores por trás da investigação chamada “Car Wash“[1], que já dura dois anos, não se cansam de repetir que há “elementos de prova” que implicariam Lula, o qual teria recebido fundos – no mínimo, 1,1 milhão de euros – do esquema de corrupção que envolveria grandes empresas de construção conectadas à Petrobrás. As acusações rezam que Lula teria – e é o máximo que se pode dizer: “teria” – sido pessoalmente beneficiado de grande parte desse dinheiro, sob a forma de um sítio (que não pertence ao ex-presidente), um apartamento modesto à beira-mar, de remunerações por palestras no circuito mundial da ‘palestragem’, de doações à fundação que leva seu nome.Lula é o mais consumadamente talentoso animal político – em nível Bill Clinton, de competência. Já havia avisado que esperava algum movimento desse tipo, porque a máquina da “Operação Car Wash” já havia prendido dúzia de pessoas suspeitas de manipularem contratos e concorrências comerciais entre suas respectivas empresas comerciais e a Petrobrás – mais de $2 bilhões – para subornar políticos do Workers’ Party (WT), ao qual Lula, então presidente da República, era/é filiado.O nome de Lula surgiu nas investigações, pela boca do proverbial gângster que se torna delator para reduzir a própria pena. A hipótese que ainda se mantém de pé – porque não há prova de nenhuma dessas acusações – é que Lula, quando governou o Brasil, entre 2003 e 2010, ter-se-ia beneficiado pessoalmente do esquema de corrupção que tem no centro a Petrobrás, e que teria obtido favores para si mesmo. Entrementes, a ineficiente atual presidenta Dilma Rousseff também está sob ataque, também por efeito de delação premiada feita pelo ex-líder de seu governo no Senado.Lula foi interrogado em conexão com acusações por lavagem de dinheiro, corrupção e ocultação de patrimônio. A blitz hollywoodiana foi autorizada pelo juiz federal Sergio Moro – que não se cansa de repetir que se inspira no juiz italiano Antonio di Pietro e a famosa investigação dos anos 1990s Mani Pulite (“Mãos Limpas”).E é aqui que, inevitavelmente, a trama engrossa.
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