Category Archives: Corruption

New Editor of Phnom Penh Post Defends His New Start

For the new Year Zero:

The new owner of Cambodia’s beleaguered Phnom Penh Post on Friday denied links to the country’s authoritarian government and defended a stormy takeover which saw journalists resign en masse over fears for editorial independence.

The May 4 takeover of the English-language daily by Malaysian investor Siva Kumar G after he purchased the paper last month sent a shudder of dread through advocates of free expression in the kingdom, where premier Hun Sen has crushed all criticism in the run-up to July elections.

The buyer also owns Asia PR, a company that once worked for Cambodia’s government, stirring alarm over apparent cosy links with the ruling party.

Hun Sen has dismantled the fragile democracy’s once-vibrant media scene over the past year, with the Post one of few remaining watchdogs in the graft-riddled country.

The paper’s main rival, the Cambodia Daily, was among media closed last year as part of a wider crackdown on critics ahead of 2018 polls that Hun Sen is determined to win.

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Putin’s Bridge to Chechnya Another Example of Russian Plutocracy

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened a $4 billion bridge directly linking Russia to Crimea, giving him a propaganda victory that drew condemnation from the West and served as the latest demonstration of Putin’s personalized system of power.

Putin, clad in jeans and a jacket, walked on the Russian end of the 19-kilometre long, four-lane bridge alongside the business mogul who built it — Arkady Rotenberg, the president’s former judo partner. Then Putin took to the wheels and drove over the Kerch Strait of the Black Sea in an orange Kamaz dump truck — manufactured by a state-owned company headed by Sergey Chemezov, Putin’s KGB colleague in East Germany in the 1980s. Both men are under U.S. sanctions.

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Kinder Morgan CEO “Appreciates” That Government Will Compensate Investors

With our money, no doubt:

The CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. says he “appreciates” an announcement by Finance Minister Bill Morneau that the government will compensate investors in the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if “unnecessary delays” cause costs to rise.

Morneau says the government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors, be they the project’s original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C. project is able to proceed.

 

When not being drunk (hat tip: SDA), Justin is finding ways to destroy the economy.

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BOOM! Devin Nunes (R-CA): No Official Intelligence Used in Witch Hunt Against Trump

Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) engaged in an explosive interview on Sunday – where he not only called out the criminal behavior of several members of the Obama Regime – but stated that “no official intelligence” was used in the efforts to investigate President Trump or his campaign for “Russian collusion” – instead suggesting that the entire investigation is based upon a political motivation.

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Here are the full talking points the White House approved ahead of James Comey’s book tour

The Republican National Committee worked with the White House to draft a 1,000-word talking points memo for President Trump, his administration, and GOP state officials across the country to use amid coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s book release and publicity tour later this month.

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John Brennan’s President… Comrade Gus Hall

Obama’s CIA director would sooner vacation in North Korea than at Mar-a-Lago.

bama CIA director John Brennan, a subject of ongoing analysis at The American Spectator, recently uncorked an epic Twitter rant. Enraged by President Trump’s words aimed at FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, Brennan steamed at the president: “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America … America will triumph over you.”

More than one faithful reader of this fine publication emailed me about the irony of such words coming from a man who wanted Gus Hall to be president of the United States.

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New Text Msgs Reveal FBI Agent was Friends with Judge in Flynn Case

Newly redacted text messages discovered by congressional investigators reveal that an embattled FBI agent at the center of the Russia investigation controversy was close friends with a District of Columbia judge who recused himself from the criminal case over former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, congressional members said, and text documents show.

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Senate documents show FBI trying to suppress release of new Trump dossier info

The FBI secretly used the Steele dossier to convince a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to permit one of the most sensitive invasions of privacy against a U.S. citizen: electronic surveillance by the government. Top Obama and Trump officials signed four wiretap applications against Trump adviser Carter Page starting in fall of 2016 — a month before the presidential election — relying, in part, on the dossier. That’s according to House Republicans who, on Friday, released a summary of classified documents they reviewed.

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Nancy Pelosi Ratchets Up Divisive Rhetoric… Nunes Memo Could Lead to ‘Constitutional Crisis’

The rhetoric coming from Democrats is off the charts nuts. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is now saying that the release of the FISA memo alleging abuse by the FBI and the Justice Department could easily lead to a “constitutional crisis.” Yesterday, Donny Deutsch on MSNBC called for a revolt and an uprising in the streets to remove Trump from office. But Pelosi’s fighting words are a bit more nuanced. “It’s appalling. It’s a misrepresentation. It isn’t even a release of intelligence material. It’s a release of a distortion of it. Its purpose is, of course, to thwart the Mueller investigation,” Pelosi said Friday. “If the President uses this fake, horrible release of distorted intelligence as an excuse to fire [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein or [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller, it could lead to a constitutional crisis.” Is that a threat?

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FOX NEWS FIRST: Exclusive – DOJ begins recovering missing FBI texts

The Justice Department has started recovering some of the missing texts between two FBI officials under scrutiny for alleged anti-Trump views, Fox News’ Sean Hannity reported on Wednesday’s “Hannity,” citing DOJ sources … 50,000 missing text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page over a five-month period have been at the center of controversy on Capitol Hill since the DOJ notified congressional committees that there was a gap in records between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. Strzok and Page – and the integrity of the FBI – have been under the microscope after it was revealed that the two former members of Robert Mueller’s team exchanged a series of anti-Trump texts during the presidential campaign.

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