Children’s charity under pressure for accepting JCB’s ‘dirty money’

Campaigners are calling on the the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to stop accepting money from British construction company JCB. JCB manufactures bulldozers used by the Israeli army to demolish Palestinian homes. The company is currently being investigated by a UK government body over whether it’s in breach of human rights guidelines. Demolitions of Palestinian homes and property are part of the Israeli state’s colonisation policy in Palestine, and are illegal under international law. New research by Shoal Collective shows that at least 160 children were made homeless by demolitions carried out by Israeli forces using JCB equipment during 2020. The research also…

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"Decades in the Making": How Mainstream Conservatives & Right-Wing Money Fueled the Capitol Attack

As more details emerge about those who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, it’s becoming clearer that the insurrection was not the work of a “fringe” group, but rather the result of a decades-long conservative effort to undermine democracy, according to author Brendan O’Connor. “The events of January 6 were not just months, but years, decades, in the making,” says O’Connor, who notes that major Republican donors and prominent conservative groups were connected to the Trump rally that immediately preceded the Capitol riot. Source link

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Leaked testimony shows MPs knew the names of peers implicated in money laundering for years

Leaked testimony by Bill Browder, an expert in money-laundering investigations, to a 2016 Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) shines a light on alleged criminality by British peers and their companies. Two years later, Browder provided similar testimony to the Intelligence & Security Committee (ISC) for its report on Russia. The ISC report was eventually published in July 2020, but excluded the peers and companies that Browder named. Why does this matter? Because what’s apparent is that certain MPs have known about these allegations for years. Specifically, they have known the names of those peers and UK businesses Browder claims assisted individuals in alleged money laundering operations. Browder’s campaign…

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Benefit shortfall leaves families without enough money to pay the rent

Half of the families privately renting depend on benefits to pay rent, but campaigners warn this isn’t enough. According to Generation Rent, there has been a 23% increase in families relying on benefits to afford their rent. This means that half of all families renting privately need benefits to afford their rent. Using data from the Department for Work and Pensions, Generation Rent calculated this included 1.82m children. However, the campaign group found that one in five families privately renting do not get enough in benefits to cover their rent. Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation Rent, said: After the country went into lockdown, 169,000 families claimed Universal Credit…

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FinCEN Imposes First of its Kind Civil Penalty against Cryptocurrency Money Service Business

On October 19, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released its assessment of a $60 million civil monetary penalty against the operator of two cryptocurrency “mixers” for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”).[1] The action marks the first effort by FinCEN to target the use of these “mixers” to facilitate money laundering and demonstrates FinCEN’s ongoing commitment to regulate entities that transmit cryptocurrencies as money service businesses (“MSBs”) under the BSA.[2] Factual Background: The action concerned Larry Dean Harmon (“Harmon”), a vendor on the “dark web” who operated a search engine, Grams. Grams allowed users to access and search the onion router network, commonly known as…

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Taxpayer’s money available for companies vs kids

Image descriptionThe image is titled “Taxpayer’s money, a guide”. On the lefthand side is a massive pile of gold, money and jewels. Underneath that is the caption, “Available for private companies (run by our mates)”. On the lefthand side is a piece of paper with the words “Empty platitudes” and a “U” grade written on it. Underneath that is the caption “Available for hungry children”. By Ralph Underhill Source link

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Dark Money & Barrett Nomination: The Link Between Big Polluters & the War on ACA, Roe & LGBT Rights

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. As we continue our coverage of the now-concluded hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett, we turn to Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. On Tuesday, he opted not to ask Judge Barrett any questions. Instead, he gave a 30-minute presentation on how right-wing groups, including the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis Network, have used dark money to reshape the nation’s judiciary. This is an excerpt. SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE: My experience around politics is that when you find hypocrisy in…

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Dark Money & Barrett Nomination: The Link Between Big Polluters & the War on ACA, Roe & LGBT Rights

During confirmation hearings this week for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island opted not to ask the judge any questions. Instead, he gave a 30-minute presentation on how right-wing groups, including the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis Network, use dark money to shape the nation’s judiciary. We air excerpts from his presentation and get reaction from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Source link

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Leaked files show Russian oligarch under investigation for money laundering is linked to major Tory donor

Leaked files show that Russian oligarch and Putin ally Suleyman Kerimov donated millions of pounds to the husband of major Tory donor Lubov Chernukhin. The payments were made via a family-owned offshore company.  Kerimov is currently under investigation for tax evasion in France and by US authorities for money-laundering. Donations to Tory Party Searches conducted by The Canary show Chernukhin donated 43 separate sums, mostly to Conservative Party central office. The total came to over £1.2m from April 2012 to July 2019. In 2014, she also paid £160k for a game of tennis with Boris Johnson and former prime minister David Cameron. And she paid £30k for dinner…

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MO MONEY MO-BILITY: Disability Scooter Bandit Holds Up Blackpool Bank in 12 HOUR Police Standoff

A MAN armed with a Mobility-scooter and a held up a branch of Halifax in Blackpool yesterday leading to a SIX HOUR police standoff.Eyewitnesses said the man “poured petrol on himself and furniture” inside the bank in Blackpool’s town centre.Lancashire Police rushed to the scene after reports that a man had poured petrol “on himself” inside the Church Street branch at around 2.10pm.The incident went on well into the hours with what an eyewitness described as an ‘old man’ leaving in an ambulance at around 2.25am this morning.Officers confirmed that no members of staff remained inside the bank and that nearby buildings were evacuated.Police later said a man…

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