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13.02.2019 - 23:43 [ Brown.edu ]

Indictments and Pleas: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ELLIOTT ABRAMS, Defendant.

(7. Oktober 1991) From July 1985 through 1988, ELLIOTT ABRAMS was Assistant Secretary of State and headed the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.

As Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, MR. ABRAMS chaired a Restricted Interagency Group („RIG“) comprised of, among others, representatives of the United States Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Central Intelligence Agency („CIA“), the National Security Council („NSC* 1 ), and the Department of State. During 1985 and 1986, the RIG met regularly to coordinate the activities of these agencies in Central America.

13.02.2019 - 23:33 [ New York Times ]

Elliott Abrams Admits His Guilt On 2 Counts in Contra Cover-Up

(8. Oktober 1991) As the State Department’s point man on Latin America, Mr. Abrams headed the Restricted Interagency Group, a panel that coordinated the Administration’s Central America policy among officials at the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon.

Other members included Mr. North, the Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and White House aide who managed the day-to-day operations of secretly aiding the Nicaraguan rebels, and Alan D. Fiers Jr., who supervised Central Intelligence Agency activities in Central America.

In this capacity, Mr. Abrams operated as a high-visibility figure who seemed to relish his combative public role in defending Administration policy in Central America, while at the same time working closely with officials who were engaged in secret efforts to supply the rebels with arms after Congress barred direct military assistance in late 1984.

12.02.2019 - 16:33 [ Cato Institute ]

A Guide to Saudi Arabia’s Influence in Washington

(6.12.2018) The United States has long pursued a generally pro-Saudi policy in the Middle East, a legacy of the Cold War when the United States relied heavily on the Saudis to push back against Soviet influence. Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical importance-and its position as the world’s swing producer of oil-has often led U.S. policymakers to minimize criticism of Saudi Arabia. Even as fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were shown to be Saudi citizens, for example, the George W. Bush administration pushed to maintain the close U.S.-Saudi relationship while privately criticizing Saudi support for religious extremism. The Trump administration, however, has taken the United States’ selective vision on Saudi Arabia to new extremes.

12.02.2019 - 16:30 [ New York Times ]

Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

(25.August 2016) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do not agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia’s support for “radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.” He has called the Saudis “the world’s biggest funders of terrorism.”

12.02.2019 - 16:16 [ Reuters ]

UAE offers Egypt $3 billion support, Saudis $5 billion

(9.7.2013) Saudi Arabia approved $5 billion in aid to Egypt on Tuesday and the United Arab Emirates has offered $3 billion in desperately needed support for the economy after the army ousted the Islamist president last week.

12.02.2019 - 16:15 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Ayman Nour: Saudi planned the coup in Egypt, UAE carried it out

(23.8.2018) Nour explained that the pre-coup phase was pivotal in the decision to overthrow the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and the democracy that brought them to power. Manifestations of efforts to do this were evident in the run up to the coup with the UAE intervening in the local media and bribing politicians who were flocking to the Emirates to set up home.

11.02.2019 - 11:33 [ Phil Stone / Youtube ]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Dark Money

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Dark Money ‘We have a system that is fundamentally broken.’

12.01.2019 - 21:33 [ The Guardian ]

UK councils invest £566m in arms firms linked to Yemen war

More than half a billion pounds of council workers’ pension money has been directly invested by local authorities in arms companies implicated in Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, in which thousands of civilians have been killed.

Council pension funds have sizeable shareholdings in BAE Systems, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, according to nearly 100 freedom of information requests.

20.11.2018 - 10:10 [ Politico.eu ]

Libyan fund: 5 EU countries released Gaddafi’s frozen money

(16.11.2018) Questions about mystery payments from the Libyan dictator’s supposedly frozen billions in Europe have already become a hot political issue in Belgium, because significant sums flowed out of accounts in Brussels.

But the Libyan Investment Authority’s announcement is the first time an official state body has said that countries other than Belgium may also have wrongly implemented the U.N.’s 2011 sanctions regime against Libya, and raises more questions about how much of Libya’s wealth has been transferred to unknown recipients since 2011.

14.11.2018 - 06:44 [ CNN ]

Suitcases of $15M in cash from Qatar bring relief for Gaza

(11.11.2018) Negotiations for the financial package to Gaza began months earlier, following the Palestinian Authority’s decision to cut salaries of employees in Gaza last year, an Israeli government source with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The sanctions against Gaza were an attempt to put economic pressure on Hamas to relinquish control of the coastal enclave to the Palestinian Authority.

06.09.2018 - 19:48 [ ]

In Secret Program, Israel Armed and Funded Rebel Groups in Southern Syria

Israel also provided salaries to rebel fighters, paying each one about $75 a month, and supplied additional money the groups used to buy arms on the Syrian black market, according to the rebels and local journalists.

The payments, along with the service Israel was getting in return, created an expectation among the rebels that Israel would intercede if troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad tried to advance on southern Syria.

When regime forces backed by Russian air power did precisely that this past summer, Israel did not intervene, leaving the rebel groups feeling betrayed.

12.08.2018 - 13:48 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses ]

VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Legislation to Stop Arming Terrorists

(8.12.2016) Under U.S. law it is illegal for any American to provide money or assistance to al-Qaeda, ISIS or other terrorist groups. If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Yet the U.S. government has been violating this law for years, quietly supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and other terrorist groups with money, weapons, and intelligence support, in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government.

The CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. This support has allowed al-Qaeda and their fellow terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout Syria, including in Aleppo.

15.07.2018 - 10:46 [ Time.com ]

2018 Midterm Elections: This Republican Super PAC Raised $51 Million to Try and Save the Party’s House Majority

(12.7.2018) The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a Republican Super PAC aligned with retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Thursday that it raised a record-breaking $51 million in the second quarter of 2018, and has $71 million cash on hand.

This is more money than the group raised in the entire 2016 election cycle. $30 million of this haul came from mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, as Politico reported in May.

15.07.2018 - 10:42 [ New York Times ]

Michael Bloomberg Will Spend $80 Million on the Midterms. His Goal: Flip the House for the Democrats.

(20.6.2018) By siding so emphatically with one party, Mr. Bloomberg has the potential to upend the financial dynamics of the midterm campaign, which have appeared to favor Republicans up to this point. Facing intense opposition to President Trump and conservative policies, Republicans have been counting on a strong economy and heavily funded outside groups to give them a political advantage in key races, especially in affluent suburbs where it is expensive to run television ads.

15.07.2018 - 10:38 [ CNBC ]

Billionaire Koch brothers network unveils phase one of multimillion-dollar ad campaign against Trump’s tariffs

(20.6.2018) Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are unveiling a multimillion-dollar ad campaign against President Trump’s tariffs.
The first phase of the ad campaign, which is funded by the Koch network’s Freedom Partners organization, will air on TV and radio starting Monday.
The campaign will call on Congress to support free trade policies and abandon Trump’s protectionist goals.

15.07.2018 - 10:35 [ USA Today ]

Exclusive: Secret money funds more than 40 percent of outside congressional ads

(12.7.2018) Secret donors financed more than four out of every 10 television ads that outside groups broadcast this year to influence November’s high-stakes congressional elections, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Kantar Media data.

Leading the way: organizations affiliated with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, whose conservative donor network plows hundreds of millions of dollars into politics and policy debates each election cycle.

13.07.2018 - 16:49 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Trumps dine with UK Prime Minister after Trump made false claims about NATO spending

The President and first lady Melania Trump attend a formal dinner hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May. At an earlier unscheduled press conference in Belgium, Trump declared that all NATO members had „agreed to substantially up their commitment,“ adding „They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before.“ French President Emmanuel Macron rejected that claim.

12.07.2018 - 14:30 [ CBS News ]

Trump declares victory at NATO, says U.S. now „treated fairly“

Less than an hour before Mr. Trump addressed reporters in the hastily called news conference, NATO leaders reportedly declared an emergency session over the U.S. leader’s hammering of America’s allies over their defense spending. In a series of tweets from the Belgian capital before Thursday’s meetings, Mr. Trump complained the United States „pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe“ and demanded that members of the military alliance meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which „must ultimately go to 4%!“

12.07.2018 - 13:19 [ CNN ]

Trump says NATO allies agreed to boost defense spending after his pressure

President Donald Trump said Thursday in an unscheduled news conference that all NATO members have agreed to increase their defense spending after he told them he was „extremely unhappy.“
„Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before,“ Trump said.

11.07.2018 - 13:35 [ CNN ]

Trump opens NATO summit with blistering criticism of Germany

President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here ahead of NATO’s annual summit, accusing a close US ally of being „a captive of Russia“ and all-but ordering members of the alliance to increase their defense spending „immediately.“

06.05.2018 - 10:09 [ CBS News ]

U.S. freezes funding for Syria’s „White Helmets“

(3.5.2018) „Our meetings in March were very positive. There were even remarks from senior officials about long-term commitments even into 2020. There were no suggestions whatsoever about stopping support,“ Raed Saleh, the group’s leader, told CBS News.

Now they are not getting any U.S funding as the State Department says the support is „under active review.“ The U.S had accounted for about a third of the group’s overall funding.

03.05.2018 - 20:21 [ theHill.com ]

Rudy Giuliani sets off a firestorm

University of Michigan Professor Barbara McQuade, a former prosecutor, said that Giuliani “may just be building the case against [Trump]. Even demanding that Comey make a public statement that Trump is not under investigation would itself potentially be obstruction of justice.” Likewise, New York Magazine observed “many pundits were quick to note that firing Comey because he wouldn’t say what Trump wanted about the Russia investigation, sounds like the very definition of obstruction of justice.”

26.04.2018 - 10:27 [ Daily Sabah ]

France, US and Middle Eastern partners to discuss Syrian crisis in Paris

The meeting will bring together a group of nations – including France, the U.S., Britain, Saudi Arabia and Jordan – which belong to the U.S.-led coalition against the Daesh terror group, dpa learned from diplomatic sources on Tuesday. It was not clear which officials would be sent by the participating nations.

More than 70 countries and around 20 international organizations are expected in Paris on Wednesday for the „No Money for Terror“ conference.