Paradise Papers- what next?
Posted: 07 November 2017 05:21 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The Paradise Papers Data Dump: What’s Been Reported So Far
By Marcus Wright and David Kocieniewski
November 7, 2017
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-07/the-paradise-papers-data-dump-what-s-been-reported-so-far

#2 - More than a dozen members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and top economic adviser Gary Cohn, held undisclosed offshore companies. Robert Mercer, a Republican donor who just said he would step down as Renaissance Technology’s co-CEO, was revealed to be a director of more than eight of RenTech’s offshore subsidiaries, who used other offshore firms to shelter money his family funneled to political causes. The Blackstone Group, co-founded by Trump economic adviser Stephen Schwarzman, used trusts and companies registered in tax havens to avoid paying taxes on two U.K. commercial properties.

#5 - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross faces questions about his financial disclosures to Congress and the government after a report that he didn’t disclose business ties to the son-in-law of Russian President Vladimir Putin and an oligarch under U.S. sanctions. The Appleby documents included details of Ross’s stake in a shipping company, Navigator Holdings, according to the New York Times.

#9 - Prominent Silicon Valley investor Yuri Milner, who was an early backer of Facebook Inc., partnered in two investments with the Russian state-controlled bank VTB Bank PJSC before it was sanctioned, his spokesman confirmed Friday. Details about the relationship between Milner and VTB surfaced in the wake of the Paradise Papers.

Total #13 revelations, so far, check it out.

Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth
Files from offshore law firm show financial dealings of the Queen, big multinationals and members of Donald Trump’s cabinet
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/paradise-papers-leak-reveals-secrets-of-world-elites-hidden-wealth

Interesting times, . . .

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Posted: 07 November 2017 06:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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A journalist was executed last month while investigating this story.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/world/europe/daphne-caruana-galizia-journalist-malta.html

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Posted: 07 November 2017 09:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Beltane - 07 November 2017 06:26 PM

A journalist was executed last month while investigating this story.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/world/europe/daphne-caruana-galizia-journalist-malta.html

Sad.  They’re ruthless and play for keeps.

Paradise Papers: Link to firm that sued murdered Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
by Neil Chenoweth - Nov 6 2017

http://www.afr.com/news/policy/tax/paradise-papers-link-to-firm-that-sued-murdered-malta-journalist-daphne-caruana-galizia-20171105-gzf1v0

What’s mind boggling is the unrelenting avarice, nothing is ever enough, how can that not end in disaster?

Here’s a good short interview with one of the main investigative reporters (out of 300 that have worked on these papers over the past year)

Frederik Obermaier, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Paradise Papers Reveal Tax Evasion & Shady Dealings by Nike, Apple, Queen of England & Trump Cabinet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HoKJu35y1Q&t

Published on Nov 6, 2017
https://democracynow.org - A slew of 13.4 million leaked documents revealed how the world’s richest men stash away billions of dollars in wealth in offshore tax havens. The revelations, known as the Paradise Papers, implicate more than a dozen of President Trump’s Cabinet members, advisers and major donors. We continue our conversation with Frederik Obermaier, co-author of the Paradise Papers. He is an investigative reporter at Germany’s leading newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. Obermaier also worked on a separate investigation, the Panama Papers, and is co-author of the book “Panama Papers: The Story of a Worldwide Revelation.”

1:40 re. Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross speaking at the confirmation hearing
2:00 Paradise Papers evidence of conflict of interest with Russians,
Wilber Ross and Putin’s son-in-law Kirill Shamalov (https://www.forbes.com/sites/katiasavchuk/2016/03/30/how-vladimir-putins-son-in-law-became-russias-youngest-billionaire/#19690cad2cc7)
Navigator Holdings
4:30 - Is Ross’s denials of knowing the principles realistic?
4:40 - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
(https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/07/steven-mnuchin-secretary-treasury-01)

And for this young men and women die while believing in jingoistic lies and doing the dirty deeds of the oligarchs who couldn’t give on flying fart for them or their families.
What a loss.  ln the seventies I dreamed of a society and people that had forced themselves to recognizing that it was time to shift our priorities,
There was more to life than greed and relentless demand for more than we know what to do with, what about living and experience the days of the arch of our individual unique lives?  But no they all glued on TV of one sort or another trying to someone else lives while hating their own.

Humanity had gotten so big and impactful, that our Earth couldn’t handle too much of it, for a number of reasons. 
But thanks a global Hollywood ad campaign and unquenchable consumerism was too alluring and too hell with being concern about seven stupid generations our into the future we had good times to experience damned the torpedo - give me another shot of my particular poison please.  snake

This is what it got us. 

Allowing companies to gobble one another until private greed driven enterprises grew bigger than governments.
And the people running them become Mad as Hatters, literally I ain’t speaking figuratively smirk

“Fiduciary Responsibility” somehow got morphed into Maximizing Profits, Minimizing Liabilities,
and the moral trick of classifying responsibilities as “externalities” to be eliminated and ignored.

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