Terrorist fund – Capperi http://capperi.net/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 22:06:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://capperi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-01T215521.666-150x150.png Terrorist fund – Capperi http://capperi.net/ 32 32 Lubbock council approves budget with police pay increases and more street funding https://capperi.net/lubbock-council-approves-budget-with-police-pay-increases-and-more-street-funding/ https://capperi.net/lubbock-council-approves-budget-with-police-pay-increases-and-more-street-funding/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 21:33:45 +0000 https://capperi.net/lubbock-council-approves-budget-with-police-pay-increases-and-more-street-funding/ Lubbock executives carried the city’s upcoming budget “across the finish line” on Tuesday evening, committing to a plan that includes wage increases for city workers and investments in infrastructure at the price of a slight increase in property taxes for most residents. At its Tuesday meeting, city council took a second final vote on the […]]]>

Lubbock executives carried the city’s upcoming budget “across the finish line” on Tuesday evening, committing to a plan that includes wage increases for city workers and investments in infrastructure at the price of a slight increase in property taxes for most residents.

At its Tuesday meeting, city council took a second final vote on the budget for fiscal year 2021-22, which is due to begin on October 1. a process that required over a month of working sessions and public hearings and countless hours of planning by city staff.

“It’s a great budget – it meets a lot of needs,” Pope said. “Everything from parks, streets to the employees and the men and women who protect us every day.”

The budget presents a tax rate of $ 0.523230 per $ 100 assessment – a decrease of $ -0.018343, or -3.39%, from the current rate. Although the rate would decrease, it would generate about $ 4.1 million in additional revenue for the city due to the higher appraisal values ​​and growth.

A comparison of the city of Lubbock's current, 2020 and proposed, 2021 property tax rate and its impact when factoring in the increase in property values.

For the average Lubbock homeowner, that would translate into an additional $ 25 on what would be roughly $ 880 in municipal property tax for an average home valued at $ 168,000. More than half – about $ 2.2 million – of the additional revenue is attributed exclusively to new property on tax rolls.

Overall, the city’s general fund would increase 1.7% to just under $ 946 million.

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Two decades after 9/11, UK authorities continue to allow Taliban to launder money in UK https://capperi.net/two-decades-after-9-11-uk-authorities-continue-to-allow-taliban-to-launder-money-in-uk/ https://capperi.net/two-decades-after-9-11-uk-authorities-continue-to-allow-taliban-to-launder-money-in-uk/#respond Sat, 11 Sep 2021 17:37:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/two-decades-after-9-11-uk-authorities-continue-to-allow-taliban-to-launder-money-in-uk/ It was also the subject of a 2012 report by the United Nations Security Council. However, Ms Peters said hawala networks suspected of being involved in the Taliban and other terrorist funding via the UK were “still 100% ongoing”. “When I was working for the DoD (Department of Defense), we came to London and met […]]]>

It was also the subject of a 2012 report by the United Nations Security Council.

However, Ms Peters said hawala networks suspected of being involved in the Taliban and other terrorist funding via the UK were “still 100% ongoing”.

“When I was working for the DoD (Department of Defense), we came to London and met with the British about it,” she said.

“There was never really a comprehensive effort to track the money around Taliban drug trafficking – I begged that to happen.”

Accepting more sophisticated terrorist financing could ‘open a box of worms’

The United States has had some success against financial networks, for example by persuading the UAE Central Bank to revoke the Al Zarooni Exchange license for violating anti-money laundering regulations.

Ms Peters also echoed her former colleague’s concern over the UK authorities’ ability to deal with more sophisticated terrorist financing.

“Because the City of London has become such an important center for money laundering in general, there is reluctance on the part of the British to open this box of worms to look too closely,” she said. declared.

In January, Graeme Biggar, managing director of the National Economic Crime Center, warned the city that up to half of all the dirty money laundered by Russia was going through the UK.

Dr Rakib Ehsan, researcher at the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank, said: “We know that much of the financial and logistical support the Taliban has received comes from Pakistan, but that the ultimate origin of it. ‘part is the west.

“This is something that we, as a country, have not been as urgent as we should have been in terms of cracking down on these transfer activities.

“This is something we have to take very seriously.”

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Biden leads hostage negotiation with Taliban https://capperi.net/biden-leads-hostage-negotiation-with-taliban/ https://capperi.net/biden-leads-hostage-negotiation-with-taliban/#respond Wed, 08 Sep 2021 18:21:12 +0000 https://capperi.net/biden-leads-hostage-negotiation-with-taliban/ In late August, CIA director William Burns met with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul, presumably to negotiate the evacuation of US citizens and Afghan allies. For all intents and purposes, the Biden administration is conducting a hostage negotiation with a terrorist organization. The question for policymakers: What does US President Joe Biden offer […]]]>

In late August, CIA director William Burns met with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul, presumably to negotiate the evacuation of US citizens and Afghan allies. For all intents and purposes, the Biden administration is conducting a hostage negotiation with a terrorist organization. The question for policymakers: What does US President Joe Biden offer to pay now that the last remaining US forces have withdrawn?

Thousands of U.S. and Western citizens, along with their Afghan allies, remain trapped in Taliban-controlled territory following Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from bases and airfields that could have been used to protect them. and evacuate them. These stranded individuals depend entirely on the cooperation of the Taliban to enter and exit Kabul and other airports.

The prospect of thousands of American and allied hostages remaining in Afghanistan without American military assistance leaves the United States and its democratic counterparts vulnerable to extortion. International recognition as the legitimate government of Afghanistan will be the Taliban’s critical first step towards securing additional concessions and resources, such as direct economic aid. Official recognition, in turn, would likely help the Taliban meet another demand: access to hard currency, including Afghan government assets that have been stranded by the United States and others.

In late August, CIA director William Burns met with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul, presumably to negotiate the evacuation of US citizens and Afghan allies. For all intents and purposes, the Biden administration is conducting a hostage negotiation with a terrorist organization. The question for policymakers: What does US President Joe Biden offer to pay now that the last remaining US forces have withdrawn?

Thousands of U.S. and Western citizens, along with their Afghan allies, remain trapped in Taliban-controlled territory following Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from bases and airfields that could have been used to protect them. and evacuate them. These stranded individuals depend entirely on the cooperation of the Taliban to enter and exit Kabul and other airports.

The prospect of thousands of American and allied hostages remaining in Afghanistan without American military assistance leaves the United States and its democratic counterparts vulnerable to extortion. International recognition as the legitimate government of Afghanistan will be the Taliban’s critical first step towards securing additional concessions and resources, such as direct economic aid. Official recognition, in turn, would likely help the Taliban meet another demand: access to hard currency, including Afghan government assets that have been stranded by the United States and others.

Afghanistan’s reserve assets, estimated at around $ 9 billion, are mostly parked in the United States. The Taliban face two obstacles in getting their hands on these funds. First, the United States does not recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as the legitimate government of the country and, therefore, the owner of these assets. Second, the Taliban are named as a terrorist entity by the US Treasury Department, as are many of the group’s leaders. For now, most of Afghanistan’s reserves remain frozen at the US Federal Reserve.

Another potential source of hard currency for the Taliban is funds held and distributed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As part of the IMF’s response to the global economic crisis triggered by COVID-19, Afghanistan was expected to receive $ 455 million in aid this month. IMF officials suspended this transfer and also blocked access to other IMF resources, such as Special Drawing Rights. Clearly, the Taliban are keen to get their hands on these funds.

The Taliban probably have other diplomatic and economic demands. The group hopes to be officially recognized as Afghanistan’s representative in the United Nations General Assembly, a key source of legitimacy denied to them when they ruled Afghanistan prior to 2001. The Taliban will also call for the lifting of sanctions on the United Nations and the United States that could hamper trade relations with the rest of the world.

China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and Qatar already appear willing to help the Taliban avoid international pariah status. For his part, Biden did not accept the recognition or release of funds, perhaps naively believing that such inducements would induce good behavior on the part of the Taliban. In the president’s mind, the Taliban are grappling with what he called an “existential crisis” over whether or not they want to be internationally isolated. The State Department told reporters the administration would consider a carrot and stick approach.

Biden might be tempted to pay for the Taliban racketeering if only to prevent Afghanistan from making headlines ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. But appeasing an al-Qaeda-allied terrorist organization would be a mistake catastrophic that would endanger the national security of the United States.

The Taliban maintained close ties with al-Qaeda before and after the September 11 attacks. For example, one of the Taliban’s deputy emirs, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is a long-time al Qaeda ally and the leader of the Haqqani network, the most sophisticated and experienced faction of the Taliban. Since taking power, the Taliban have already freed thousands of Al Qaeda and ISIS prisoners and appointed former al Qaeda-linked commanders and Guantánamo Bay detainees to key positions of the government. The US military is now warning that Al Qaeda’s operational capabilities are developing rapidly. Given the relationship between the Taliban and al-Qaeda, a de facto exchange of money for hostages could end up funding future terrorist attacks against Americans.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are already demanding that the Biden administration reveal all the details of its negotiations with the Taliban since the fall of Kabul. This would provide the transparency and accountability that is essential to any quid pro quo offered to the Taliban.

But Congress should not stop there. It should also ban the release of funds to the Taliban through the Federal Reserve, the IMF or other international organizations over which Washington has leverage. In addition, Congress is expected to pass legislation prohibiting recognition of a Taliban-led government, including the United Nations, and significantly expanding US financial sanctions to target the central bank and economic sectors of the Taliban government.

The administration, for its part, must not capitulate to the demands of the Taliban; it should be clear that any attempt to obstruct the continued departure of US citizens, other Westerners or Afghan allies will be fought by force.

The Trump administration’s decision to negotiate with the Taliban and undermine the Afghan government was wrong. Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan was even worse, and his withdrawal process was a disaster. Doubling down by giving in to Taliban extortion will not stop the group from helping al-Qaeda launch terrorist attacks against the United States. This will ensure that they will.

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BlackRock Multi-Sector Opportunities Trust Announces Distribution https://capperi.net/blackrock-multi-sector-opportunities-trust-announces-distribution/ https://capperi.net/blackrock-multi-sector-opportunities-trust-announces-distribution/#respond Wed, 01 Sep 2021 22:00:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/blackrock-multi-sector-opportunities-trust-announces-distribution/ NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Board of Directors of BlackRock Multi-Sector Opportunities Trust (the “Trust”) (CUSIP: 09190C104) today announced the quarterly distribution of the Trust, payable on September 30, 2021. Details are as follows: Ex-Date- 9/14/2021 Record Date-9/15/2021 Payment date- 9/30/2021 Confidence Teleprinter Quarterly per share Distribution Annualized current distribution Rate expressed as a percentage […]]]>

NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Board of Directors of BlackRock Multi-Sector Opportunities Trust (the “Trust”) (CUSIP: 09190C104) today announced the quarterly distribution of the Trust, payable on September 30, 2021. Details are as follows:

Ex-Date- 9/14/2021 Record Date-9/15/2021 Payment date- 9/30/2021

Confidence

Teleprinter

Quarterly per share

Distribution

Annualized current distribution

Rate expressed as a percentage

of the net asset value (“NAV”) *

BlackRock Multi-Industry Opportunities Trust

XMSOX

$ 1.521

6.8%

* The current annualized distribution rate expressed as a percentage of the net asset value shown above is calculated by dividing the quarterly distribution per trust share by the net asset value of the trust as of 8/31/2021 and annualizing the results.

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Dallas plans special ceremony to commemorate 20th anniversary of September 11 https://capperi.net/dallas-plans-special-ceremony-to-commemorate-20th-anniversary-of-september-11/ https://capperi.net/dallas-plans-special-ceremony-to-commemorate-20th-anniversary-of-september-11/#respond Wed, 25 Aug 2021 09:00:39 +0000 https://capperi.net/dallas-plans-special-ceremony-to-commemorate-20th-anniversary-of-september-11/ Dallas will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a special town square ceremony on Saturday September 11 at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony has a dual purpose, according to Starletta Hairston, a retired flight attendant who sits on the memorial committee that organizes the event. “Number one, we want to […]]]>

Dallas will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a special town square ceremony on Saturday September 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The ceremony has a dual purpose, according to Starletta Hairston, a retired flight attendant who sits on the memorial committee that organizes the event.

“Number one, we want to take a moment and remember all of those who lost their lives that day,” she said. “And, number two, we want to honor the courage of the firefighters, police officers and first responders who risked their lives doing their duty.”

The reverse side of the commemorative coin will be distributed at the September 11 remembrance service in Dallas.

Jim Bailey, owner of Sammy’s Neighborhood Pub in downtown Dallas, and director of parks and recreation Brandon Whitener, first spoke about the need to commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11 in April.

“The response from the community has been simply exceptional,” said Whitener. “Businesses, city leaders, all of our public safety agencies have really come together to make this happen.”

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Hurriyat factions could be banned under UAPA https://capperi.net/hurriyat-factions-could-be-banned-under-uapa/ https://capperi.net/hurriyat-factions-could-be-banned-under-uapa/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 20:05:48 +0000 https://capperi.net/hurriyat-factions-could-be-banned-under-uapa/ Later, JKLF leader Yaseen Malik, DeM leader Asiya Andrabi and pro-Pakistani separatist Masarat Alam were also named in a supplementary indictment in a terrorism financing case. Another case that is likely to be cited to ban the two factions from the Hurriyat Conference is that against PDP youth leader Waheed-ur-Rahman Parra, who allegedly paid Rs […]]]>

Later, JKLF leader Yaseen Malik, DeM leader Asiya Andrabi and pro-Pakistani separatist Masarat Alam were also named in a supplementary indictment in a terrorism financing case.

Another case that is likely to be cited to ban the two factions from the Hurriyat Conference is that against PDP youth leader Waheed-ur-Rahman Parra, who allegedly paid Rs 5 crore to Geelani’s son-in-law for keeping the Cashmere. in turmoil after the death of Hizbul terrorist commander Mujahideen Burhan Wani in 2016, officials said.

The NIA alleged that after the death of Wani, who was killed during a meeting with the military in July 2016, Parra contacted Altaf Ahmad Shah, aka Altaf Fantoosh, and asked him to ensure what the valley remains boiling. with generalized unrest and stone strikes.

In addition, Counter Intelligence (Kashmir), a branch of the CID Department of Jammu and Kashmir Police, recorded a case in July last year following reports that several unscrupulous people, including some Hurriyat leaders, were hand in hand with education consultants and were selling Pakistan based MBBS seats and admission to other professional courses at various colleges and universities.

At least four people, including Mohammad Akbar Bhat alias Zaffar Bhat, self-proclaimed president of the Salvation Movement which is part of the moderate Hurriyat Conference, have been arrested in the case.

It is alleged that members of the Hurriyat conference “sold” MBBS seats in Pakistan to Kashmiri students and used the money collected, at least in part, to support and finance terrorism.

During the investigation, it was revealed that the individual leaders of the Hurriyat had their quota of seats which were sold to people seeking MBBS and other professional degrees in one way or another, said. the responsibles.

Officials said the evidence showed the money was “invested in channels that ended up supporting programs and projects relating to terrorism and separatism, such as payment for organizing the shooting.”

Citing a survey, officials said the average cost of an MBBS headquarters in Pakistan was between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12 lakh. In some cases, fees were reduced on the intervention of the Hurriyat rulers. Depending on the political weight of leader Hurriyat who intervened, concessions were given to aspiring students, officials said.

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The two factions of the Hurriyat conference will likely be banned under the UAPA https://capperi.net/the-two-factions-of-the-hurriyat-conference-will-likely-be-banned-under-the-uapa/ https://capperi.net/the-two-factions-of-the-hurriyat-conference-will-likely-be-banned-under-the-uapa/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 10:57:32 +0000 https://capperi.net/the-two-factions-of-the-hurriyat-conference-will-likely-be-banned-under-the-uapa/ Center banned Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF under the UAPA. The ban was imposed in 2019. A ban under the strict Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) could be imposed on the two factions of the breakaway conglomerate Hurriyat Conference, which has led the separatist movement in Jammu and Kashmir for more than two decades, said responsible. They […]]]>

Center banned Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF under the UAPA. The ban was imposed in 2019.

A ban under the strict Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) could be imposed on the two factions of the breakaway conglomerate Hurriyat Conference, which has led the separatist movement in Jammu and Kashmir for more than two decades, said responsible.

They said a recent investigation into the granting of MBBS seats to Kashmiri students by institutions in Pakistan indicates that money collected from aspirants by some organizations that were part of the Hurriyat Conference conglomerate was being used to fund organizations. terrorists in the territory of the Union.

Officials said the two factions of the Hurriyat are likely to be banned under section 3 (1) of the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act or the UAPA, under which “if the government central is of the opinion that an association is, or has become, an illegal association, it may, by notification to the Official Journal, declare such an association illegal. They said the proposal was raised in accordance with the Centre’s zero tolerance policy against terrorism.

The Hurriyat conference began in 1993 with 26 groups, including pro-Pakistani and banned groups like Jamaat-e-Islami, JKLF, and Dukhtaran-e-Millat. It also included the People’s Conference and the Awami Action Committee headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.

The separatist conglomerate split into two factions in 2005, the moderate group being led by the Mirwaiz and the hard line led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

So far, the Center has banned Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF under the UAPA. The ban was imposed in 2019.

Officials said an investigation into terrorist group funding revealed the alleged involvement of secessionist and separatist leaders, including members and cadres of the Hurriyat Conference who colluded with active militants of banned Hizb terrorist organizations. -ul-Mujahideen (HM), Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Executives have raised funds at home and abroad through various illegal channels, including hawala, to fund separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

Funds raised were used to disrupt the Kashmir Valley by throwing stones at security forces, systematically burning schools, damaging public property and waging war on India as part of a criminal plot , they said.

Supporting arguments for banning the two factions of the Hurriyat Conference under the UAPA, officials cited several cases related to terrorist financing, including one under investigation by the National Investigation Agency ( NIA) in which several of the conglomerate’s executives were arrested and imprisoned. .

Many second-tier executives from both factions have been in prison since 2017, they said.

Among the detainees are Altaf Ahmed Shah, Geelani’s son-in-law; businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali; Geelani’s close associate, Ayaz Akbar, who is also the spokesperson for the radical separatist organization Tehreek-e-Hurriyat; Pair Saifullah; Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesperson for the Moderate Hurriyat Conference; Mehrajuddin Kalwal; Nayeem Khan; and Farooq Ahmed Dar aka “Bitta Karate”.

Later, JKLF leader Yaseen Malik, DeM leader Asiya Andrabi and pro-Pakistani separatist Masarat Alam were also named in a supplementary indictment in a terrorism financing case.

Another case that is likely to be cited to ban the two factions from the Hurriyat Conference is that against PDP youth leader Waheed-ur-Rahman Parra, who allegedly paid Geelani’s son-in-law 5 crore for keeping Kashmir. . in turmoil after the death of Hizbul terrorist commander Mujahideen Burhan Wani in 2016, officials said.

The NIA alleged that after the death of Wani, who was killed during a meeting with the military in July 2016, Parra contacted Altaf Ahmad Shah, aka Altaf Fantoosh, and asked him to ensure what the valley remains boiling. with generalized unrest and stone strikes.

In addition, Counter Intelligence (Kashmir), a branch of the CID Department of Jammu and Kashmir Police, recorded a case in July last year following reports that several unscrupulous people, including some Hurriyat leaders, were hand in hand with education consultants and were selling Pakistan based MBBS seats and admission to other professional courses at various colleges and universities.

At least four people, including Mohammad Akbar Bhat alias Zaffar Bhat, self-proclaimed president of the Salvation Movement which is part of the moderate Hurriyat Conference, have been arrested in the case.

It is alleged that members of the Hurriyat conference “sold” MBBS seats in Pakistan to Kashmiri students and used the money collected, at least in part, to support and finance terrorism.

During the investigation, it was revealed that the individual leaders of the Hurriyat had their quota of seats which were sold to people seeking MBBS and other professional degrees in one way or another, said. the responsibles.

Officials said the evidence showed the money had been “invested in channels that ended up supporting programs and projects relating to terrorism and separatism, such as payment for organizing rock bombings.” Citing a survey, officials said the average cost of an MBBS headquarters in Pakistan was between ₹ 10 lakh and ₹ 12 lakh. In some cases, fees were reduced on the intervention of the Hurriyat rulers. Depending on the political weight of leader Hurriyat who intervened, concessions were given to aspiring students, officials said.

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Epstein’s victim fund ends after paying over $ 120 million in claims https://capperi.net/epsteins-victim-fund-ends-after-paying-over-120-million-in-claims/ https://capperi.net/epsteins-victim-fund-ends-after-paying-over-120-million-in-claims/#respond Wed, 11 Aug 2021 12:09:58 +0000 https://capperi.net/epsteins-victim-fund-ends-after-paying-over-120-million-in-claims/ A Jeffrey Epstein victims’ compensation fund is ending its claims process after awarding more than $ 120 million, its administrator said. Monday’s announcement comes a day before the second anniversary of Epstein’s death in a New York prison awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking. Fund administrator Jordana Feldman has said she wants to approve […]]]>

A Jeffrey Epstein victims’ compensation fund is ending its claims process after awarding more than $ 120 million, its administrator said.

Monday’s announcement comes a day before the second anniversary of Epstein’s death in a New York prison awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking. Fund administrator Jordana Feldman has said she wants to approve the final awards before then.

“I have been continually struck by the resilience and courage of the victims who have put their faith and confidence in this process,” Feldman said in a statement.

About 92% of the roughly 150 eligible claimants accepted their offers of compensation, Feldman said. The number of claims submitted to the program, around 225, far exceeded initial expectations of around 100, according to Feldman.

The fund opened in June 2020 after feuds over privacy, legal liability and other issues between the estate and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned property and took many girls he was accused of. to have assaulted. After his death, executors valued the financier’s estate at over $ 600 million.

The program was designed by Feldman, Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros. Feinberg and Feldman oversaw the compensation fund for those killed in the September 2001 terrorist attacks. He and Biros designed and administered a fund for sexual abuse complaints against the Catholic Church.

Suicide ends prosecution

After securing a previous non-prosecution agreement with federal officials in Florida, Epstein was arrested in July 2019 and charged by US prosecutors in Manhattan with sexually abusing dozens of girls. The following month, on August 10, he was found dead in a federal dungeon in which authorities ruled a suicide.

In July 2020, federal prosecutors in New York City laid sex trafficking charges against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and confidante, accusing her of participating in the scheme. She has denied committing wrongdoing and is due to stand trial in November.

Denise George, attorney general for the Virgin Islands, blocked an earlier proposal for a compensation fund from Epstein’s estate and questioned his requirement that those who received money from the fund agree to a broad disclaimer. An agreement was then made after the estate agreed not to use the information provided by the victims to defend themselves against any other claims or lawsuits that might be filed against them.

George declined to comment on Monday’s announcement.

Feldman said in the statement that preserving the privacy of applicants and treating them with compassion and sensitivity was essential to the success of the program.

“This important and independent program has enabled victims / survivors who have been sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein to resolve their claims out of court through a voluntary, confidential, fair, empathetic and expeditious process – beyond l ‘radiance of public proceedings and without the costs and confrontation of litigation,’ she said.

Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, co-executors of the Epstein estate who created and funded the program, said they were “extremely happy” that he had achieved his goal of offering compensation to those who suffered. sexual abuse as a result of Epstein’s actions.

“They applaud the work Ms. Feldman and her staff have done to successfully resolve these claims, and are proud to have supported approximately $ 125 million in compensation in the very first compensation program implemented by an estate,” Daniel Weiner, counsel for the co-executors, said in a statement.

Top photo: A protest group holds up Jeffrey Epstein signs outside the New York Federal Courthouse on July 8, 2019. Getty Images.

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Muslim charity in Canada to host speaker with history of defamation against Jews https://capperi.net/muslim-charity-in-canada-to-host-speaker-with-history-of-defamation-against-jews/ https://capperi.net/muslim-charity-in-canada-to-host-speaker-with-history-of-defamation-against-jews/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 19:56:45 +0000 https://capperi.net/muslim-charity-in-canada-to-host-speaker-with-history-of-defamation-against-jews/ (August 6, 2021 / JNS) A well-known Muslim and charity in Canada is hosting a speaker with a story of demonizing Israel and Jews at its annual conference this weekend. Tareq Al-Suwaidan is listed on the homepage of the “Deep Rooted and Upright, Strong Muslim Student Leadership Conference,” although his bio is not included with […]]]>

A well-known Muslim and charity in Canada is hosting a speaker with a story of demonizing Israel and Jews at its annual conference this weekend.

Tareq Al-Suwaidan is listed on the homepage of the “Deep Rooted and Upright, Strong Muslim Student Leadership Conference,” although his bio is not included with other speakers at the event. Kuwaiti writer and businessman, he is the author of the book in Arabic, Al Yahood Al Mawsua Al Musawra (The Jews, The Illustrated Encyclopedia), has direct links with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is designated as a terrorist organization by a number of countries.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Al-Suwaidan’s book “includes classic anti-Semitic accounts, Holocaust denial, and other fallacies to defame Jews. The book devotes entire sections to discussing how Jews control media and politics, while another chapter explains how Jews exploit women.

Its introduction describes an objective of teaching about the Jews and “their wickedness, their betrayal and their deception which they practiced with all the nations so as not to be deceived by them and by their promises of false peace”.

The conference is sponsored by the Muslim Association of Canada, a registered charity in Canada that has received government grants at the national and provincial levels. Last month, the association received more than $ 300,000 from the Canadian government for an initiative to “address systemic barriers to the social participation of young Muslim girls,” particularly in sport as part of a initiative to finance “anti-racist projects fighting against Islamophobia”.

“It is shocking that an organization, especially a registered charity in Canada, provides a platform for those promoting a genocidal form of anti-Semitism,” said Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and Chief Executive Officer. the direction of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). Worse, the show in which Al-Suwaidan is scheduled to speak targets young Canadians under the guise of ‘social impact’. “

“We are also calling on the Government of Canada to review its grant process to ensure that organizations that receive funds to combat racism do not themselves need anti-racism training,” he said. -he declares.

In July, the Canadian government hosted two days of hate talks, one on anti-Semitism and the other on Islamophobia.

According to statistics from B’nai Brith Canada’s annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, a record 2,610 acts were recorded in 2020, while in May 2021, following the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, more than 250 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded across Canada, of which more than 60 were “violent” attacks.

“We are facing an alarming rise in hatred against minorities in Canada, particularly Jewish and Muslim Canadians,” said Koffler Fogel. “What we need are initiatives that bring young people together, not a preacher who promotes extreme hatred and incites religious violence. We urge the Muslim Association of Canada to examine the backgrounds of the speakers they continue to promote and determine whether they reflect the values ​​of the organization.

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Qatar-based travel company Mosafer, Inc. takes legal action against Elliott Broidy and George Nader in the United States Federal Court for illegally orchestrating and carrying out covert assaults on Qatari and Qatari companies; Suit claims they violated Fara and other reporting obligations US – French US – French https://capperi.net/qatar-based-travel-company-mosafer-inc-takes-legal-action-against-elliott-broidy-and-george-nader-in-the-united-states-federal-court-for-illegally-orchestrating-and-carrying-out-covert-assaults-on-q/ https://capperi.net/qatar-based-travel-company-mosafer-inc-takes-legal-action-against-elliott-broidy-and-george-nader-in-the-united-states-federal-court-for-illegally-orchestrating-and-carrying-out-covert-assaults-on-q/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 13:07:00 +0000 LOS ANGELES, August 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A lawsuit was filed last night by Mosafer, Inc., in United States District Court of Los Angeles vs Elliott Broidy and Georges nader to “illegally orchestrate and execute a sophisticated and secret assault on Qatar and Qatari companies on behalf of United Arab Emirates (“UNITED ARAB […]]]>

LOS ANGELES, August 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A lawsuit was filed last night by Mosafer, Inc., in United States District Court of Los Angeles vs Elliott Broidy and Georges nader to “illegally orchestrate and execute a sophisticated and secret assault on Qatar and Qatari companies on behalf of United Arab Emirates (“UNITED ARAB EMIRATES”).”

According to the lawsuit, this assault, which included a massive disinformation campaign targeting Qatar and Qatari-American companies, was “in violation of numerous reporting and labeling obligations under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (” FARA “), 22 USC § 611 et seq., and other federal and state laws. “

Mosafer, Inc. is a destination management company for foreign tourists from Asia, the European Union, the United States and the Middle East and North Africa region (“MENA”). Prior to 2015, Mosafer was a recognized global brand synonymous with luxury. The Mosafer brand was present in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Turkey, and South Africa. He has long been one of the from Qatar leading tourism companies, has been recognized as the market leader in innovation

Broidy was the former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee (“RNC”), vice chairman of Trump’s Victory Committee, and top fundraiser for Donald trump. Nader was the former advisor to that of Donald Trump presidential transition team. Broidy pleaded guilty in 2020 to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws as part of a covert campaign to influence the Trump administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests. He was later pardoned by President Trump. Nader is currently serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison and life supervised release for transporting a child into the country for sexual purposes and possession of child pornography.

The lawsuit states: “As prosecutors confirmed, Broidy’s unregistered foreign lobbying efforts extended far beyond those he pleaded guilty to. In March and april 2018, hundreds of pages of documents, which included emails, business proposals and contracts between Broidy and Nader, were provided to various sources of information, such as the New York Times and the Associated Press (“AP”). After information and belief, these documents show that Broidy and Nader acted as unregistered agents of the UAE in violation of FARA. “

“In exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars, the lawsuit says: ‘Broidy and Nader ceded their enormous political influence to lobby United States government officials to take anti-Qatari positions. Broidy and Nader’s efforts weren’t limited to mere lobbying, however… Broidy and Nader’s efforts went far beyond lobbying the White House on behalf of the United Arab Emirates… Instead, they carried out a widespread disinformation campaign (the “disinformation conspiracy”) that targeted Qatar and Qatari-American companies – with the aim of inflicting catastrophic financial losses – using tactics remarkably similar to those employed by the Russians in meddling the 2016 presidential election. “

“… They hired American companies (including Broidy’s BCM and Circinus) and American actors to use conventional print media and social media to spread disinformation aimed at crippling Qatar companies, including from Qatar then flourishing tourism businesses and, mainly, Mosafer. In essence, the defendants waged an information war, intentionally deceiving the media and consumers by using internet trolls, fake websites and influencers to manipulate the American public into mistakenly believing that companies Qatari were sponsors of terrorist groups, making it impossible for Qatari businesses, including Mosafer, to maintain a client base.

“Through the disinformation plot, Broidy and Nader conspired to represent to the public that: (1) Qatar and Qatari businesses were unstable and untrustworthy; (2) the political state of Qatar was extremely unstable, making the journey to and through Qatar unsafe; and (3) boycott Qatar companies were needed to counter their terrorist financing activities.

“… As part of the disinformation plot, the September 21, 2017, based on information and beliefs, Broidy orchestrated – through proxies – a full-page advertisement published in the Washington Post. This ad, which used the same burgundy color found in both from Qatar flag and Mosafer brand, shown in large bold letters “QATAR IS A SAFE MAGAZINE FOR TERRORISTS. Qatar has become a privileged refuge for terrorists around the world. More than 60 terrorist organizations, individuals or NGOs. . . are currently based or supported by the government of Qatar“This advertisement was intentionally false and misleading – Qatar did not support terrorists or provide them with refuge.”

“… As a direct result of the disinformation plot, the Mosafer entities, which were synonymous with Qatar, and included an integrated network of retail, e-commerce, distribution and travel businesses, losing existing and potential customers, many in California. Revenues have dropped precipitously, by hundreds of millions of dollars globally, at least twenty percent of which is attributed to Mosafer’s U.S. entities. ”

The lawsuit continues: “To execute their disinformation plot with these predicted catastrophic effects, Broidy and Nader enlisted Broidy’s two companies, Broidy Capital Management, LLC (” BCM “) and Circinus, LLC (” Circinus “), as well a network of entrepreneurs and mercenaries: The Iron Group Inc., doing business as Ironistic.com, (“Ironistic”), SCL Social Limited (“SCL”), Project Associates UK Ltd (“Project Associates “), Matthew Atkinson (“Atkinson”), and numerous other contractors, including public affairs, advocacy and strategic advisory groups (including, for example, Bullpen Strategy Group, Inc. doing business as, and formerly known as Definers Corp. (“Definers”)), as well as John Does 1-100 (collectively, the “Defendants”).

“Hidden behind aliases, companies, contractors, mercenaries and agents – and in violation of numerous reporting and labeling obligations under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (” FARA “), 22 USC § 611 et seq., and other federal and state laws — Broidy and Nader orchestrated and implemented a large and sophisticated campaign against Qatar and companies based in Qatar.

“The objective of the disinformation plot was simple: to prevent government and private actors from doing business with Qatar and Qatar-related businesses with the aim of crippling the Qatari economy and usurping its business and political opportunities for the UAE and UAE-related businesses. To achieve this, their campaign used conventional print media, websites and social media accounts to post false and misleading information regarding the security, stability and nature of Qatar and companies based in Qatar. Using these mediums, the defendants, along with their co-conspirators, created an ecosystem that channeled American consumers into a vortex designed to drive them a way of Qatar and any business affiliated with it. The aim was to strangle and starve these consumer businesses, so that in the end, they collapse.

“To achieve this goal, the defendants ensured that at every stage of the process of consuming information about Mosafer entities and similar businesses, the person seeking the information was directed directly to the door. works a series of steps to achieve this effect.

“First, the defendants directly, aggressively and illegally pressured members of the United States government to sever all ties with anything Qatar and effectively boycott its economy.

“Second, the defendants paid influencers to create conferences to further entrench the lies among influential US consumers. California residents and other consumers were once again misinformed.

And third, the defendants relied on a vast Internet network that used malicious ‘hashtags’ concocted to ensure that when a consumer in California, for example, decided to search the internet for information on applicants and similar businesses, simply including the word “Qatar“In a research ingot would accelerate this researcher into the universe of fake news websites, Twitter accounts, YouTube accounts and other information implanted on social media, all of which were creatures of manipulation.

“Through these coordinated means, the defendants’ disinformation plot has achieved an extraordinary degree of success, creating, at the behest of the UAE, a toxic ecosystem of pervasive, inflammatory, false and misleading information about Qatar and Qatar-based businesses and ensuring that this information is widely disseminated through conventional print and broadcast media, websites and social media.

“As a direct and intentional result of this illegal campaign, designed and executed by Defendants Broidy and Nader on behalf of their UAE client, innocent businesses linked to Qatar, including the Mosafer Plaintiffs entities, suffered catastrophic loss. . Through this lawsuit, the Mosafer entities seek to hold defendants accountable for their anti-competitive, deceptive, unfair and illegal conduct and to permanently prohibit them from continuing to perpetrate such conduct. ”

Capital Management LLC, Circinus LLC, The Iron Group, Inc., Ironistic.com, SCL Social Limited, Project Associates UK Ltd., Matthew Atkinson and John is doing 1-100.

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