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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Iraq 'oil-for-food' corruption trial opens in Paris
[FRANCE24] The head of French oil giant Total and a former cabinet minister appeared in court on Tuesday on charges related to corruption in the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
oil-for-food programme in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

Total, Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie, Swiss oil trading firm Vitol and ex-interior minister Charles Pasqua, as well as 16 other individuals, face various charges ranging from corruption to influence peddling or complicity.

The oil-for-food programme operated in Iraq between 1996 and 2003
Ten years to bring this to court? Any slower and I'd have to bet that Carla del Ponte was involved in the investigation...
and was meant to ease the suffering of the Iraqi people by allowing the country to sell some of its oil, despite the embargo imposed after the first Gulf War.

According to a U.N. report, the programme gave rise to graft on an international scale, amounting to billions of dollars.
Posted by: Fred || 01/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336115 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Where is Kofi in all this?

He makes Zardari lok small time.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 01/23/2013 7:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't know when it ended, but the Oil For Food folks were working out of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad as early as April of 1994. They definitely had a thing going and cared little about the filthy Ameericaans and their WMD inspection regimes (spit, spit, spit). And with Euro frowning emphasis and disgust....we hate you, we hate you.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2013 7:58 Comments || Top||

#3  That was the Great Age of the Chiracs.
Posted by: Fred || 01/23/2013 15:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Kojo get his subpoena yet?
Posted by: tu3031 || 01/23/2013 21:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Sudden rash of elevator accidents.
Posted by: mojo || 01/23/2013 22:21 Comments || Top||

Sarkozy's plans 'to dodge new 75% French tax rate by moving to London
[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] Nicolas Sarkozy is preparing to move to London to set up a billion pounds plus investment fund, it was claimed today. If the move goes ahead, the controversial Frenchman will become the latest to escape a potential top tax rate of 75 per cent in his home country.
He's moving to Britain even though Brits are leaving because of high taxes. Rather tells you everything you need to know about Hollande's France...
He and his former supermodel third wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy would be likely to settle in an affluent district like South Kensington -- so becoming the most high profile Gallic celebrity couple in the city.

But the former president is under investigation for corruption in France, and if he does cross the Channel there will be outrage.
French ex-Presidents are always investigated for corruption. The investigators are usually right...
Details of the planned move were uncovered during a raid by fraud police on Sarkozy's Paris mansion last June.

It came within weeks of Mr Sarkozy losing his immunity against prosecution after being defeated by Socialist rival Francois Hollande in the May presidential election.

Now the hugely respected investigative news site Mediapart reports that the 'first draft' of Mr Sarkozy's London project was found by detectives examining his computer files.

A judge has since made Sarkozy an assisted witness in the so-called Bettencourt Affair, in which he is accused of using illegal cash from France's richest woman to fund his 2007 election campaign.
Posted by: Fred || 01/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336096 views] Top|| File under:

#1  French ex-Presidents are always investigated for corruption. The investigators are usually right...

Maybe they can set up an exchange program for former Presidents of Mexico.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/23/2013 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  A lot of wealthy + super-wealthy Frenchies are leaving France to SSSSSHHHHH save their wealth.

Enjoy the next two years while youse can - come 2015 or ASAP after, once the USA surrenders to NAU andor higher levels of OWG governance, THE ONLY REAL WAY FOR ANYONE ON EARTH TO SAVE THEIR WEALTH IS TO PHYSICALLY HIDE OR BURY IT.

Gold-n-Silver Bullion will be needed for use in Deep Space, both as a matter of Accounting-Budget Appropriation as well as being melted + reformed for Spaceship operating or engineering systems.


Oh wait, the Bammer said "No" ... ...


Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/23/2013 0:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps they go there "for the waters".
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2013 3:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Wealthy French people don't live in France. They live in London. They bank in Switzerland. They Shop in Singapore. They Party in Dubai. And they invest their money in whatever country that makes them the most profit. (Which usually excludes France, Greece, Great Britton, and the USA).

They do however take extended vacations (usually about 280 to 300 days a year) in France. Of course they never bring their money, or business records, or anything else the French Government can get its hands on, into the country.

Or in other words.... they live a lot like wealthy Americans.

Like the USA, what France needs more than anything else is economic growth. But also like the USA, economic growth will never happen as long as they continue to tax wealthy investors (and their money) out of their country.

Posted by: junkiron || 01/23/2013 10:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Globalization - it's all about the flow of goods, capital, information, and labor. And Frenchmen.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/23/2013 14:34 Comments || Top||

#6  He should cut a deal with the new government and act as the UN Ambassador for France. He can then relocate and move his assets without embarrassing the government of France.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/23/2013 15:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Well actually, the only thing I really want to know is:

What's Carla Bruni gonna do?
Posted by: junkiron || 01/23/2013 21:25 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Rangel on Guns: 'Some of the Southern Areas Have Cultures that We Have to Overcome'
[CNSNEWS] Rep. Charlie Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Rangel
Congressman-for-Life from Harlem, who became what 20 terms in Congress turns you into ...
(D-N.Y.), speaking on "MSNBC Live" on Jan. 16 said that "some of the southern areas have cultures that we have to overcome" when it comes to gun control.

Rangel was asked by anchor Thomas Roberts whether new gun control measures passed in New York State should serve as models for other states:

"If you're proud of what New York has done, obviously there is not going to be any perfect policy or perfect law that everybody is going to agree on from both sides saying that this is key perfection but do you think that New York, and what has been done in this state, could be used as a role model for other states that would like to enact something of New York's model?"

Rangel responded by saying: "Well I hope so. New York is a little different and more progressive in a lot of areas than some other states and some of the southern areas have cultures that we have to overcome."
Posted by: Fred || 01/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336112 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fuckin rednecks gotta get their minds right.
Go ahead, Charlie, you can say it. You know you want to...
Posted by: tu3031 || 01/23/2013 0:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Southern...Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah,...
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2013 0:23 Comments || Top||

#3  I suggest reeducation camps.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/23/2013 2:35 Comments || Top||

#4  A bit louder if you would congressman, so that those Americans resting here are able to hear you.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2013 2:58 Comments || Top||

#5  I will abuse my liver mightily once this parasite shuffles off this mortal coil.
Posted by: Elmoluns Elmugum5707 || 01/23/2013 7:03 Comments || Top||

#6  p.s. I'd launch a rigorous scientific inquiry[1] about the connection between melanin deficiency and (the well documented) anti-social behavior historically exhibited by the, so called, "whites".

[1] Given the history of the AGW recearch, there are lots of scientists who'd be glad to participate.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/23/2013 7:37 Comments || Top||

#7  That would be a no for funding g(r)om. I only contribute to non-trivial unknowns.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2013 8:05 Comments || Top||

#8  According to Albion's Seed, English settlers brought four distinct cultures to America: the Puritans in New England, royalist cavaliers in the south, Quakers in the Delaware Valley, and borderland English-Scots-Irish in the back country. Each has, among other cultural differences, a very different idea of liberty and the relationship between government and the citizenry.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/23/2013 8:18 Comments || Top||

#9  That's a good book, tw; snother interesting book is 'Genertations: the History of America's Future' by Strauss & Howe.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/23/2013 8:33 Comments || Top||

#10  Thanks for the tip TW, Fred's Amazon just picked up a few pence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2013 8:35 Comments || Top||

#11  Sure worked with moon-shining.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/23/2013 9:05 Comments || Top||

#12  Rangel on Guns: 'Some of the Southern non-Urban Areas Have Cultures that We Have to Overcome'

Fixed it for you Charlie. This 2012 election map by county is closer to that truth.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/23/2013 9:14 Comments || Top||

#13  He really meant to say "fly over states". Setting the conditions for the next civil war.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/23/2013 10:16 Comments || Top||

#14  "Back in CHAINS" Charley, "Back in CHAINS"!

Here, ....you dropped your EBT card.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2013 10:23 Comments || Top||

#15  The cultures he wants to "overcome" have a lower homicide rate than the "culture" he comes from.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/23/2013 10:35 Comments || Top||

#16  So much for Federalism.
Posted by: Iblis || 01/23/2013 11:18 Comments || Top||

#17  The cultures he wants to "overcome" have a lower homicide rate than the "culture" he comes from.

Yeah, but that's Bush's fault.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/23/2013 11:38 Comments || Top||

#18  "But I'm sorry, Mr. Rangel, with your repeat criminal history and ethics charges, it is against the law to sell you a firearm."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/23/2013 12:40 Comments || Top||

#19  "Cultures that We Have to Overcome' -Like the culture of Ignorance and stupidity called New York, like those who elected such an obvious fraud and scumbag ass like yourself. A culture of love for government and crooked politician whores that lecture people about morality with $50,000 in their freezer. A culture of race wars where You, YOU have blood on your hands. You are the third scummiest member of lawmakers. You should be neutered and stuffed into a prison in your district.

Come here ad talk to me about culture to my face you scum whore rangel.
Posted by: newc || 01/23/2013 12:52 Comments || Top||

#20  You're sooo wrong on funding, Besoeker.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/23/2013 13:46 Comments || Top||

#21  We badly need Ranges to Really see what slavery was like, he'd stop whining in a "New York Minute".
And thank GOD he doesn't live then.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/23/2013 18:22 Comments || Top||

#22  Culture of lower taxes, less government regulations, government budget surpluses, less gun control therefore less crime, more jobs and lower consumer prices at Walmart. Granted, not as third world as Harlem but when you can't stand the liberal cess pool anymore, don't come knocking for entitlements from the "Southern culture".
Posted by: wr || 01/23/2013 18:31 Comments || Top||

#23  big·ot   [big-uht]
a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

And I'll add culture.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 01/23/2013 19:00 Comments || Top||

#24  With all due respect*, Charlie, .FUCK YOU,

*That would be minus zero, you zero.
Posted by: Barbara || 01/23/2013 19:20 Comments || Top||

#25  THE MAN wants to keep me down!!!
Posted by: tu3031 || 01/23/2013 19:39 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Health Insurance Brokers Prepare Clients For Obamacare Sticker Shock
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/23/2013 18:50 || Comments || Link || [336083 views] Top|| File under:

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