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  • Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts

    01/12/2018 3:33:05 PM PST · by Cats Pajamas · 27 replies
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, January 12, 2018 Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme Executive Allegedly Paid Bribes to a Russian Official So His Company Could Win Highly Sensitive Nuclear Fuel Transportation Contracts....Mark Lambert, 54, of Mount Airy, Maryland, was charged in an 11-count indictment with one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering. The charges stem from an alleged...
  • Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted (trunc)

    01/12/2018 6:13:37 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 31 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | 1-12-18 | Dept. of Justice
    Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme Executive Allegedly Paid Bribes to a Russian Official So His Company Could Win Highly Sensitive Nuclear Fuel Transportation Contracts An indictment against a former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the United States and abroad, was unsealed today for his alleged role in a scheme that involved the bribery of an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of...
  • Former Pres of MD-Based Transport Co Indicted on 11 Counts...Foreign Bribery, Fraud & $$$ Laundering

    01/12/2018 6:35:04 PM PST · by smileyface · 7 replies
    An indictment against a former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the United States and abroad, was unsealed today for his alleged role in a scheme that involved the bribery of an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning of the District of Maryland, Principal Deputy Inspector General April G. Stephenson of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG) and Assistant Director in...
  • Feds File First Russian Uranium-Linked Indictment: Bribery, Money Laundering, Kickbacks

    01/12/2018 7:12:35 PM PST · by bitt · 46 replies
    TRUEPUNDIT ^ | ADMIN
    The founder and owner of Frederick’s Dragon Distillery was indicted Friday for his alleged role in bribing a Russian atomic energy official to win government contracts for the company he formerly co-owned. Mark Lambert, 54, of Mount Airy, faces 11 charges including violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and wire fraud, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement released Friday. “We categorically reject the charges and are eager to dispute and defeat them in court,” William M. Sullivan Jr., attorney for Lambert, said in an email Friday. Lambert, who owns Dragon Distillery in Frederick, is the former...
  • U.S. charges Maryland businessman with bribing Russian official

    01/12/2018 4:30:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/12/18 | Joel Schectman
    U.S. authorities have charged a Maryland businessman with bribing a Russian official in an effort to win contracts to ship uranium to the United States. U.S. prosecutors unsealed money laundering, foreign bribery and wire fraud charges against Mark Lambert, 54, in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Friday. Lambert denies the allegations and plans to fight them in court, his attorney William Sullivan said during a pre-trial hearing. Prosecutors allege Lambert, former co-president of a Maryland-based shipping company Transport Logistics International (TLI), bribed a Russian energy official through a series of shell companies in Cyprus, Latvia and Switzerland in exchange...
  • French president: U.S., Israel, Saudi Iran policies ‘would lead us to war'

    01/08/2018 12:38:53 AM PST · by caww · 35 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan. 7, 2018 | JTA
    Macron's statement lays blame on France’s allies rather than its estranged trade partner Iran for a perceived risk of escalation. ...“The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is almost one that would lead us to war,” Macron said in his statement,.... which is unusual in that it lays blame on France’s allies rather than its estranged trade partner Iran for a perceived risk of escalation.
  • Norway wanted to assist Israel-Palestine peace process: foreign minister

    01/09/2018 9:46:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 9 January 2018 10:19 CET+01:00
    Both Israeli and Palestinian leaders want Norway to facilitate future peace talks, says Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, who met with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Monday. Søreide also met with Palestinian lead negotiator Saeb Erekat. Following the meetings, the foreign minister told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that leaders in both Palestine and Israel want Norway to facilitate future peace talks between the two countries. “Both Israeli and Palestinian leaders would like Norway to facilitate potential future peace talks,” she told NRK. Søreide also stressed that the situation remains difficult and that she was realistic about the peace process. The minister...
  • Iran votes to declare Jerusalem 'capital of Palestine'

    12/28/2017 9:53:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/27/17 | Olivia Beavers
    Iran declared Jerusalem the "capital of Palestine" on Wednesday following a parliamentary vote, according to the country's semi-official Fars news agency. Iran's announcement to recognize the holy city as the “Palestinian capital forever” comes in direct response to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “It comes in response to the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in hopes of dealing a blow to Muslims,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, according to Turkey's Anadolu news agency.
  • trump’s principled move vs. eu’s cowardice

    12/26/2017 5:48:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 26, 2017 | Joseph Puder
    Why the president's Jerusalem decision was the right thing to do. The Trump administration vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution last week that called on the U.S. to rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and ultimately move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the seat of Israel’s parliament (Knesset), the Supreme Court, and where the Prime Minister and President of the Jewish State reside.  The UNSC resolution drafted by Egypt and backed by 13 other members of the Security Council affirms that “any decision and actions which purport to have altered the character,...
  • Winston Churchill and the Foundation of Israel

    12/26/2017 1:19:41 PM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    MartinGilbert ^ | May 2, 2016 | Sir Martin Gilbert
    For the first half of this century, during one of the longest active political careers in this country, Winston Churchill was interested and sympathetic to Zionism. Hating tyranny in all its forms, he had reacted strongly against the Tzarist pogroms in the first years of the century and always understood the desperate need of a haven for Jews. “I recognise,” he wrote in a private letter on 2 January 1906, “the supreme attraction to a scattered and persecuted people of a safe and settled home under the flag of tolerance and freedom.” Two years later, on 30 January 1908, he...
  • Even Arabs are now weary of Palestinian foot-stomping over Israel

    12/25/2017 3:28:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 26, 2017 | COLIN RUBENSTEIN
    On December 6, Donald Trump “opened the gates of hell” and “set the Middle East aflame” by acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, or at least that’s what various prophets and practitioners of doom predicted. The reality was somewhat different. While violent demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza, and in various Muslim and European countries, followed Palestinian Authority and Hamas calls for “days of rage”, these were hardly of the magnitude expected. Indeed, Jerusalem itself was relatively quiet. The diplomatic storm from the Arab world also was less intense than predicted. This unexpectedly mild reaction was due to...
  • Israel says 10 more countries in talks about moving embassies to Jerusalem

    12/25/2017 2:32:51 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 25 replies
    Geller Report ^ | December 25, 2017 | Pamela Geller
    Goodness is contagious. The Trump presidency will go down in history as a triumph for American freedom and goodwill towards men, a return to America being a force for good across the world. Merry Christmas! Israel says 10 more countries in talks about moving embassies to Jerusalem Honduras reportedly next in line after Guatemala announces relocation of mission; Togo, Paraguay, Romania and Slovakia also floated Following Guatemala’s announcement Monday that it would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, at least 10 other countries are in talks to move their own missions, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said. In...
  • Hamas leader to U.S.: We will shut down your embassy

    12/25/2017 8:31:00 PM PST · by Lera · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/25/17 | Ben Ariel
    Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar says the group will shut down the U.S. embassy in Israel once it “liberates Palestine”. Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar recently threatened that the terrorist group will shut down the U.S. embassy in Israel once it “liberates Palestine”. In an interview on Al-Jazeera on December 17, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Hamas leader also made clear that the group "would not relinquish a single gun, not even a single bullet." “Annihilation will be the fate not only of the Jews, but also of their helpers and of the people...
  • Turkish lawyers say decree grants impunity for political violence

    12/25/2017 12:29:11 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2017 / 1:27 PM / Updated 3 hours ago | Tuvan Gumrukcu, Ece Toksabay
    A new emergency decree in Turkey could allow vigilantes to carry out political violence with impunity against opponents of the government suspected of involvement in last year’s coup attempt, Turkey’s main lawyers’ groups said on Monday. snip A separate decree on Sunday dismissed 2,756 more people from their jobs, accusing them of links to terrorist organizations. snip In a joint statement, the Ankara and Istanbul bar associations called Sunday’s two decrees “the last two nails in the coffin of the law”.
  • Trump: Israel not the root of Middle East's problems

    12/18/2017 4:27:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/17 | David Rosenberg
    President Donald Trump is scheduled to publicize his administration’s national security doctrine on Monday, two years after then-President Barack Obama released his own strategy document, which emphasized global warming as a major threat to global security. The new doctrine, laid out in a 70-page document, includes significant departures from past American policy on the Middle East, including the Israeli-Arab conflict and the influence that conflict has had on Middle East stability. According to the Associated Press, which obtained a draft of the new national security document, the president is expected to emphasize that Israel is not the cause of the...
  • OIC in legal fantasyland over Trump, Jerusalem and Israel

    12/17/2017 11:52:16 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/17/17 | David Singer
    Cherry-picking bits and pieces of International law or even worse--making it up and refusing to acknowledge its falsity--is a recipe for continuing chaos and disorder The 57 member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) are living in a legal fantasyland of their own creation where non-existent principles of international law supposedly apply. The final communique issued by the OIC following its Extraordinary Summit held in Turkey on 13 December 2017 makes their flight into legal unreality crystal-clear:
  • UN Ambassador slams resolution to cancel Jerusalem recognition

    12/16/2017 5:49:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 12/16/17 23:13 | Uzi Baruch
    Israel Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon slammed the resolution submitted to the UN Security Council calling on it to rescind US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “In these days, when the Jewish nation is celebrating when Jerusalem was liberated thousands of years ago, the Palestinians continue to try and reinvent history,” Danon said. “No vote or discussion will change the clear facts: Jerusalem is and has always been the capital of Israel. This time, too, we will continue to defend our historical truth, together with our allies.” […] According to the draft, “any decisions...
  • Turkey hits back, saying Israel 'massacres thousands of Palestinians'

    12/15/2017 11:18:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 10, 2017 | Raphael Ahren
    ..."It is not possible to take seriously the allegations and accusations made by a mentality which massacred thousands of Palestinians, turned the lands of the Palestinians into an open-air prison, in order to suppress its guilt," Erdogan's spokesperson Ibrahim Kal?n said... Israel disregards international law, has "occupied Palestinian people's hundreds-of-years-old homeland and systematically violates United Nations resolutions," ...adding that Israel "must first account for its own actions." "Those, who think they will make Al-Quds, our first Qibla, the capital of the occupying state, are wasting their time. Israeli authorities should end the occupation of Palestinian lands instead of attacking our...
  • The Iranian Plan to Destroy America's Allies

    12/15/2017 12:10:24 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 03 Nov 2017 03:51 PM | Lela Gilbert
    Have the ancient Christian communities in northern Iraq fallen prey to Iran’s radical Islamist aspirations?Will Iran be permitted to complete its “Shi’a Crescent” or “land bridge,” stretching from Tehran through Iraq, into Syria and on into Lebanon, where Iran’s proxy Hezbollah already asserts enormous power? Is President Donald Trump’s bold assertion that Iran will be denied hegemony in the Middle East being refuted by the facts on the ground? Just last week, I wrote about the renewed hope that surged across displaced Christian communities in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain following Vice President Mike Pence’s encouraging speech at an Washington D.C. event.
  • [2015] Massive water pipeline from Turkey to Cyprus will open on October 28

    12/14/2017 9:30:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Famagusta Gazette ^ | unattributed
    The full switch-on of a pipeline pumping water from Turkey to Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus will take place on October 28. Onder Sennaroglu, the official responsible for the project, confirmed the new date during meetings in Ankara. The project has been blighted by delays, due to bad weather and rough conditions in the Mediterranean. The grand opening of the multi-million euro project was supposed to take place last month, to coincide with the anniversary if the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974. However, the Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroglu, did conduct a ceremonial 'fitting' of a...