martedì 22 settembre 2020

An arms depot of the powerful Shia Muslim group Hezbollah exploded in southern Lebanon, sending a new shockwave across the country still reeling from a blast in the capital that killed almost 200 people in August.........

 

Southern Lebanon is a political stronghold of Hezbollah [Screengrab/Al Jazeera]
Southern Lebanon is a political stronghold of Hezbollah [Screengrab/Al Jazeera]

An arms depot of the powerful Shia Muslim group Hezbollah exploded in southern Lebanon, sending a new shockwave across the country still reeling from a blast in the capital that killed almost 200 people in August.

Lebanon's official news agency, NNA, said the explosion took place in the southern village Ein Qana, about 50km (30 miles) south of the capital Beirut, on Tuesday.

Hezbollah's media office told Al Jazeera the explosion was caused by a "technical error" at their arms depot.

"This explosion was at a house that stored weapons - result of technical error. No one was killed or injured. The building belonged to a Hezbollah affiliated de-mining association," said Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Beirut.

southern village of Ein Qana Lebanon

It was not immediately clear what the "error" was that caused the powerful blast that was heard kilometres away.

A security source said Hezbollah set up a security cordon in the area, where the blast sent a huge cloud of smoke into the sky.

The explosion comes seven weeks after the powerful explosion at Beirut port, caused by the detonation of nearly 3,000 tonnes of improperly stored ammonium nitrate.

The explosion killed nearly 200 people, injured 6,500 and damaged tens of thousands of buildings in the capital, Beirut. 

It is still not clear what caused the initial fire that ignited the chemicals, and so far no one has been held accountable.

da "aljazeera.com"

A Hezbollah civil defense ambulance block a road that leads to the site of an explosion that rocked a Hezbollah stronghold, in the southern village of Ain Qana, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The p
An ambulance blocks a road that leads to the site of an explosion that rocked the village of Ain Qana [Mohammed Zaatari/AP Photo]


Che cosa poteva dire di nuovo il neo amministratore delegato di Mps Guido Bastianini (in carica da maggio 2020) della rovinosa acquisizione di AntonVeneta che la banca senese effettuo’ nel 2007? Niente. Se non ripercorrere, sulla base dei documenti “degli uffici della banca”, i fatti gia’ noti ed emersi dalle cronache finanziarie e dalle inchieste giudiziarie. ....

 

</span></figure></a> Guido Bastianini, ad di Banca Mps
Guido Bastianini, ad di Banca Mps

Che cosa poteva dire di nuovo il neo amministratore delegato di Mps Guido Bastianini (in carica da maggio 2020) della rovinosa acquisizione di AntonVeneta che la banca senese effettuo’ nel 2007? Niente. Se non ripercorrere, sulla base dei documenti “degli uffici della banca”, i fatti gia’ noti ed emersi dalle cronache finanziarie e dalle inchieste giudiziarie. Eppure la Commissione parlamentare d‘Inchiesta sul sistema bancario e finanziario, presieduta da Carla Ruocco (M5S), aveva posto il tema AntonVeneta al primo punto dell’audizione di Bastianini calendarizzata da tempo per martedì’ 22 settembre, subito dopo l’esito delle elezioni regionali e del referendum.

Sarà’ perché’ il pareggio 3-3 ha stemperato il clima politico, sarà’ perché’ ora il Governo Conte può’ veleggiare senza scossoni, l’occasione del dibattito su AntonVeneta e sulle responsabilità’ autorizzative della Banca d’Italia all’epoca guidata da Mario Draghi (citate solo en passant in una domanda del deputato 5Stelle Elio Lannutti) non sono state approfondite nella seduta pubblica che è’ durata poco più’ di un’ora. Non e’ dato sapere cosa di abbiano brevemente discusso i parlamentari e Bastianini nei 3 minuti (dalle 13.39 alle 13.42) in cui si è’ tenuta, su proposta della presidente Ruocco, la “seduta segreta”.

Per chi ha assistito all’audizione, l’impressione è’ che il dossier Mps interessasse soprattutto al Movimento 5 stelle. Sarà’ perché’ nella recente spartizione delle cariche pubbliche, il Monte è’ stato considerato in quota M5S. Sarà’ perché’ vari esponenti del Movimento si sono espressi in più’ occasioni a favore di una permanenza dello Stato nel capitale della banca e contro la sua ri-privatizzazione concordata con la Ue. E’ un fatto che le uniche domande a Bastianini sono arrivate, con la sola eccezione del leghista Alberto Bagnai, da parte di parlamentari pentastellati: Elio Lannutti, Raphael Raduzzi, Daniele Pesco, Laura Bottici. Tutti giustamente preoccupati per la prospettiva della banca e interessati a capire se essa possa procedere in autonomia oppure, se come sembra preferire il Mef, accelerare con la privatizzazione preferibilmente attraverso un’aggregazione. Sul tema Bastianini ha mantenuto un profilo neutrale (“decide l’azionista, non il management), concedendo speranze su un possibile percorso “stand alone” quando ha preannunciato che il cda ha iniziato a lavorare per la messa a punto di un nuovo piano industriale pluriennale, da presentarsi tra qualche mese, anche su basi “stand alone”. 

Tutto sommato, poche novità’. Ma tutti gli esponenti dei 5Stelle si sono mostrati molto soddisfatti e hanno più’ volte ringraziato il manager. Dopodiché’ sono scattati i tre minuti di seduta segreta.

di Alessandro Graziani per "alessandrograziani.blog.ilsole24ore.com"

Potrebbe essere Unicredit ad acquisire la quota di Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in mano al Tesoro......

 


Potrebbe essere Unicredit ad acquisire la quota di Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in mano al Tesoro. Secondo quanto riferito da La Repubblica, che cita tre diverse fonti, l'esecutivo starebbe spingendo sulla banca guidata da Jean Pierre Mustier come possibile compratore dell'istituto senese. 

Ma Unicredit avrebbe chiesto, per sedersi al tavolo negoziale, una cornice finanziaria di assoluta neutralità circa l’impatto sul capitale. Sempre secondo le fonti, questo si declinerebbe in una contropartita in contanti per assorbire lo sbilancio dovuto all’acquisizione dell’attivo Mps (pari a 141 miliardi nei conti semestrali), oltre che i rischi legali della banca, che ha richieste danni per totali 10 miliardi. Il secondo nome in agenda - sempre secondo il quotidiano - sarebbe Banco Bpm, anche se finora non risulta che il Tesoro abbia contattato i vertici dell'istituto.


lunedì 21 settembre 2020

У повјерљивим извјештајима одјељења америчког трезора (ФинЦЕН) које се бави спречавањем финансијског криминала помиње се и 15 сумњивих трансакција из Црне Горе, вриједних око 2,8 милиона долара, пише „Дан“........

 

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Ана Ђукановић и њен син Един Коларевић

У повјерљивим извјештајима одјељења америчког трезора (ФинЦЕН) које се бави спречавањем финансијског криминала помиње се и 15 сумњивих трансакција из Црне Горе, вриједних око 2,8 милиона долара, пише „Дан“.

То се може видјети у бази података под називом „ФинЦЕН“ досијеи, коју је објавио Међународни конзорцијум истраживачких новинара (ИЦИЈ), у заједничком истраживању са БуззФеед-ом, али и са неколико партнерских новинарских организација широм свијета.

Све трансакције обављене су преко Запад банке у Подгорици.

Ради се о банци која је добила дозволу за рад Централне банке Црне Горе (ЦБЦГ) крајем јануара 2015. године, пише „Дан“.

Захтјев за одобравање дозволе за њен рад поднијела је адвокатска канцеларија Ане Ђукановић, сестре предсједника Црне Горе Мила Ђукановића.

Према подацима из истраживања, сумњиве трансакције из Црне Горе су ишле ка Шангају, Чешкој и Хонгконгу.

Прве четири сумњиве трансакције обављене су у периоду од 23. децембра 2015. до 29. јануара 2016. године. Ради се о укупно 290.000 долара послатих ка банци Схангхаи Пудонг Девелопмент у Шангају, пише „Дан“.

Друге четири сумњиве трансакције евидентиране су у периоду од 4. новембра 2016. до 2. децембра 2016. године, а реализоване су из Запад банке у највећу чешку банку „Чешка Спорителна А.С“.

Ради се о укупном износу од 1.281.000 долара.

Потом је, како пише „Дан“, у периоду од 16. новембра 2016. до 27. јануара 2017. године, реализовано седам сумњивих трансакција из Запад банке ка ХСБЦ банци у Хонгконгу (Хонгконг анд Схангхаи Банкинг Цорпоратион), у укупном износу од 1.262.699 еура.

Према подацима које је јуче објавио истраживачки портал КРИК, до докумената „ФинЦЕН“ који пружају јединствен поглед на незаконите свјетске токове новца дошли су новинари америчког БуззФеед-а и подијелили их са ИЦИЈ-ом и са више од 400 колега новинара из 108 редакци ја у 88 држава.

У овом међународном новинарском пројекту учествовао је и КРИК, који је истраживао сумњиве трансакције повезане са компанијама у Србији.

У „ФинЦЕН досијеима“ је више од 2.000 докумената која откривају новчане трансакције за које су банке исказале сумњу да је у питању прање новца или неко друго кривично дјело и пријавиле их одјељењу америчког трезора које се бави борбом против финансијског криминала.

Извјештаји се односе на период од 18 година, а састављани су од 1999. до 2017. године. „ФинЦЕН досијеи“ откривају да су банке у овом периоду откриле више од два билиона (двије хиљаде милијарди) долара сумњивих новчаних трансакција широм планете.

Цурење тајних докумената открива да и је више великих свјетских банака ЈПМорган, ХСБЦ, Стандард Цхартеред, Деутсцхе Банк и Неw Yорк Меллон наставило да спроводи трансакције криминалаца, олигарха и корумпираних политичара, иако су их америчке власти раније већ казниле због тога што нису успјеле да зауставе токове прљавог новца.

Документа откривају корупционашке афере које су осакатиле економије у Африци и Источној Европи, мистериозне и фиктивне компаније које помажу преварантима да преваре мале породичне бизнисе и усамљене пензионере, пљачкаше гробница који су заложили древне будистичке предмете галеријама у Њујорку, венецуеланске тајкуне који испумпавају новац намијењен локалном становништву за социјално становање и школе, као и да су амерички званичници највећу рафинери ју злата на Блиском истоку осумњичили да је помагала у прању новца.

БуззФеед није открио ко је узбуњивач од кога је добио документа.

У октобру 2018. године, међутим, ухапшена је Натали Едвардс, запослена у „ФинЦЕН“.

Она је у јануару ове године признала да је прекршила закон тако што је учинила јавним извјештаје о сумњивим трансакцијама.

Њен адвокат је тада изјавио да је Едвардс то учинила јер је сматрала да се владине агенције нису на прави начин бавиле битним стварима.

„Отишла је у медије и рекла: Ако не могу да вјерујем да ће ово да ријеше владини службеници, мислим да могу да вјерујем медијима да ће то да ураде и да скрену пажњу америчког народа препричао је адвокат њене речи. Едвардсовој ће бити пресуђено у октобру“, пренио је КРИК.

Кредити за фирму Едина Коларевића

Ана Ђукановић је са Запад банком од самог њеног оснивања имала уговор о генералном правном заступању у Црној Гори.

Мрежа за истраживање организованог криминала и корупције ЛУПА, у партнерству са естонским листом „Арипаев“, објавила је у априлу 2019. године истраживање у вези са имовином њеног сина Едина Коларевића.

То истраживање је показало да је већи дио новца за градњу туристичког комплекса „Доброта Палаззи“, вриједног око 20 милиона, који је данас у власништву фирме Едина Коларевића Серзман Инцорпоратед, обезбијеђен из кредитне подршке управо Запад банке, у којој је један од власника украјински бизнисмен Владимир Костелман.

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When Christine Baglow moved from New Orleans to South Bend, Indiana, two years ago, she found herself at a dinner party with a woman with a formidable resume: former supreme court clerk, professor at Notre Dame Law School, a judge on the US district court of appeals for the seventh circuit........


Progressives fear the judge reportedly close to being picked to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg will reverse abortion rights. Friends and colleagues say a focus on her religion is unfair

Amy Coney Barrett, in a picture provided by Notre Dame Law School.
 Amy Coney Barrett, in a picture provided by Notre Dame Law School. Photograph: Julian Velasco/AFP/Getty Images

When Christine Baglow moved from New Orleans to South Bend, Indiana, two years ago, she found herself at a dinner party with a woman with a formidable resume: former supreme court clerk, professor at Notre Dame Law School, a judge on the US district court of appeals for the seventh circuit.

The woman was Amy Coney Barrett, and she and Baglow had mutual friends.

The judge came across as “tremendously friendly”, Baglow said. “I found her a very gracious and very thoughtful person. Very kind and authentic.

“I probably had the least degrees or education of anyone at that table, but to be courteously listened to and have my opinion sought, particularly on things related to kids and teens, I thought was very nice.”

Baglow, 49, is director of youth ministry at St Joseph Catholic Church in South Bend, which Barrett and her family attend.

“Not everyone with her level of education responds that way to people and she definitely did,” Baglow said.

Now, as America absorbs news of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, amid frenzied speculation over who will replace the liberal justice and when, Barrett’s name has come to the fore.

Donald Trump tweeted that he would select Ginsburg’s replacement “without delay”, then said he would select a woman.

But the presidential election is on 3 November and early voting has started. In a bitterly divided country, Senate Republicans’ rush to fill the supreme court vacancy has become yet another lightning rod. On Sunday, the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, called Trump’s plan to immediately fill Ginsburg’s seat an “abuse of power”.

Barrett has some experience of the storm. She was on Trump’s list of possible nominees in 2018, when he was considering who would replace Anthony Kennedy, a justice who retired. But the president had other plans for Barrett.

“I’m saving her for Ginsburg,” Trump said, according to an Axios report last year.

In Barrett, 48, conservatives see a young, strict constructionist who interprets the constitution through what she thinks its writers intended – a jurist in the mold of Antonin Scalia, the conservative justice (and close friend of Ginsburg), who died in February 2016 and for whom Barrett clerked.

That the devout Catholic mother of seven – she and her husband, Jesse M Barrett, have five biological children and adopted two from Haiti – is seen as a potential successor to Ginsburg has raised concerns among progressives. Many fear that if confirmed on the bench, Barrett would vote to overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling which safeguards the right to abortion.

Barrett opposes abortion. And she has already fielded questions about her faith and its role in how she views the law.

During a 2017 confirmation hearing, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California commented: “The dogma lives loudly in you.”

Some said the remark was discriminatory against Catholics. But some who know Barrett said the line of questioning went to the heart of what makes her a good candidate for the supreme court, as her responses showed a dispassionate temperament and calm demeanor.

“Some of the senators raised the question of whether her religious convictions might affect the way she interprets the law,” said a colleague, Notre Dame law professor Paolo G Carozza. “I just found it, to be honest, kind of laughable.

“Knowing her as well as I do and having seen the way she operates, the only way in which her religious convictions are going to affect what she does as a judge is that they give her the humility to say, ‘What I do is all about the law and all about interpreting the law and the basic values of upholding the rule of law and the legal system and nothing else.’”

 Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Republicans and Democrats draw battle lines over replacement – video

As Barrett’s star has risen, the media and Democrats’ focus on her views on abortion has frustrated others in the Notre Dame community. Former student Alex Blair, now an attorney at the Chicago firm Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, referred the Guardian to a comment he gave to the South Bend Tribune.

“It’s been disorienting to see the smartest person I know reduced to how she might vote on one issue when she is so much more than that,” he said in 2018.

Carozza remembers Barrett as a top law student when he came on to faculty at Notre Dame in 1996. He said he found such questioning from Senate Democrats unfair, in that Barrett does not write her religion into her opinions and is not one to proselytize.

“I don’t think it’s unfair to question someone who’s a judicial appointee about their religious beliefs,” he said. “If someone says, ‘I’m going to interpret the law according to what the Qur’an says or what the Bible says,’ that’s something that in our republic we wouldn’t want.

“What makes it unfair in her case is that it was asserted on solely on the basis of knowing that she is a religious person, rather than any evidence in the things that she’s written or in the way that she behaved that might interfere with the administration of the law.”


di  per "theguardian.com"

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, made an urgent plea on Sunday to the conscience of Senate Republicans, asking them to defy Donald Trump and refuse to ram through his nominee to the supreme court before the November election...


 'Follow your conscience,' Biden urges Republicans as Trump pushes for supreme court nominee – video

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, made an urgent plea on Sunday to the conscience of Senate Republicans, asking them to defy Donald Trump and refuse to ram through his nominee to the supreme court before the November election.

Trump has said he plans to nominate a woman in the coming days, to fill the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal justice who died on Friday at age 87.

Speaking in Philadelphia, Biden demanded that the people be heard. He accused Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, of hypocrisy after he stonewalled Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s pick for the court in 2016, also an election year.

“Look, I’m not being naive,” the former vice-president said. “I’m not speaking to President Trump, who’ll do whatever he wants. I’m not speaking to Mitch McConnell, who’ll do what he wants, and he does.

“I’m speaking to those Republicans out there, Senate Republicans, who know deep down what is right for the country and consistent with the constitution.”

People have already begun voting in an election that is just six weeks away, Biden added. “The people of this nation are choosing their future right now, as they vote. To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise in raw political power and I don’t believe the people of this nation will stand for it.”

Biden said he spoke to Ginsburg’s family on Saturday night and noted that the justice dictated a statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Biden said: “As a nation, we should heed her final call.”

The right to healthcare, clean air, clean water, equal pay for equal work and the rights of voters are all at stake, Biden insisted. “Healthcare in this country hangs in the balance before the court.”

Biden, who often reached across the aisle in a decades-long career as a US senator from Delaware, added: “We need to de-escalate, not escalate, so I appeal to those few Senate Republicans, the handful who really will decide what happens: please follow your conscience. Don’t vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances President Trump and Senator McConnell have created.

“Don’t go there. Uphold your constitutional duty, your conscience, let the people speak, cool the flames that have been engulfing our country. We can’t keep rewriting history, scrambling norms, ignoring our cherished system of checks and balances.”

 Donald Trump pledges to nominate a 'very brilliant' woman to supreme court – video

On Saturday night, Trump told a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he would select a female justice. “I actually like women much more than I like men, I have to say,” said a man who has denied accusations of sexual misconduct from more than 20 women, eliciting laughter from a crowd that chanted: “Fill that seat!”

On Sunday, Trump’s campaign sent out a fundraising email that said “the People want to FILL THAT SEAT!”

Whether enough Republican senators will consent to ram through Trump’s nomination remains on a knife edge. On Sunday, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined fellow moderate Susan Collins of Maine in arguing that the Senate should wait.

“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential supreme court vacancy this close to the election,” Murkowski said. “Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.”

The nine-member court has the power to hold presidents to account and rule on issues including abortion rights, gay rights and voting rights. A week after the election it is set to rule on a healthcare law that protects millions with pre-existing conditions.

Trump has already appointed two justices but both were conservatives succeeding conservatives. A pick to replace Ginsburg could tilt the court right for decades, imperiling precedents such as Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that effectively legalised abortion.

The current frontrunner for the vacancy is Amy Coney Barrettof Chicago, a federal appeals judge and the ideological opposite of Ginsburg. A Catholic and outspoken opponent of reproductive rights, Barrett was described by the New York Times as having “a rock-star reputation in conservative circles”.

Another leading contender is Barbara Lagoa, an appeals judge in Atlanta. She is Cuban American and the first Hispanic woman appointed to the Florida supreme court. Either choice might rally conservatives wavering over Trump because of his behaviour and pandemic response.

The struggle threatens to be among the most explosive Washington has seen for decades, stress-testing a system many see as broken and rattling a country already reeling from the coronavirus, economic collapse and a racial reckoning.

McConnell has vowed to grant Trump’s pick a hearing. On Sunday he received backing from some prominent colleagues.

Ted Cruz, senator for Texas, told ABC’s This Week “the right thing to do is for the Senate to take up this nomination and to confirm the nominee before election day”. Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate judiciary committee and previously said he would oppose filling a vacancy in an election year, pledged to support Trump in “any effort to move forward”.

But if McConnell does hold a vote before the election, he will need to hold together at least 50 of his 53-strong caucus, aware Vice-President Mike Pence would break any tie. Having lost both Collins and Murkowski, the margin of error is wafer thin with Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Mitt Romney of Utah seen as potential obstacles.

A makeshift memorial for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in front of the US supreme court in Washington.
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 A makeshift memorial for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in front of the US supreme court in Washington. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Democrats have limited options but could strike back quickly. If they win the White House and a Senate majority, they could expand the supreme court to from nine to 11 justices.

Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House judiciary committee, tweeted: “If McConnell and Senate Republicans were to force through a nominee during the lame duck session – before a new Senate and president can take office – then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the supreme court.”

Asked if Democrats might even move to impeach Trump or attorney general Bill Barr during a lame duck session, in a bid to stall the process, Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, told ABC: “Well, we have our options.

“We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country. This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election with statements that he and his henchmen have made.”

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sunday found that 62% of respondents thought Ginsburg’s replacement should be chosen by winner of the election. But the issue will fire up both party bases.

Democrats took in a record $91.4m in fundraising in just over 24 hours after Ginsburg’s death. Republicans hope this late plot twist could yet rescue Trump in an election where an NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll on Sunday showed Biden leading by nine points, 51% to 42%.


di  per "theguardian.com"

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