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28 декабря 2016, 22:44

Профессионал года – основатель Международного консорциума журналистов-расследователей (ICIJ) Чарльз Льюис

Благодаря ему мир узнал о финансовых тайнах фигурантов «панамского досье»

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28 декабря 2016, 22:44

Профессионал года – основатель Международного консорциума журналистов-расследователей (ICIJ) Чарльз Льюис

«Будущее журналистики в трех словах: сотрудничество, сотрудничество и еще раз сотрудничество», – считает 63-летний профессор журналистики из Вашингтона, в прошлом сам успешный репортер-расследователь. Основанный им 20 лет назад консорциум ICIJ доказал: объединение независимых профессионалов способно решить задачи, непосильные для правоохранителей и налоговиков отдельных стран.

23 декабря 2016, 14:01

Photos Of Iranian General Linked To U.S. Deaths Suggest Trouble For Trump's Syria Plan

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Recently released photographs from Aleppo cast fresh doubt on President-elect Donald Trump’s apparent plan to align with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran, the leaders of the alliance that has killed thousands of civilians in the shattered Syrian city. The pictures show Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani visiting Aleppo after pro-Assad forces’ brutal conquest of the city this month. Suleimani has been blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq through funneling Iranian support to trusted militias and aiding Al Qaeda when useful. Since 2014, Suleimani has used increasingly frequent appearances at Middle East battlegrounds to boost the idea that Iran — not the U.S. or its traditional partners, such as Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia — is the most important power in the region. His name has come to represent Iran’s ambitions even in U.S. congressional debates, in which lawmakers have railed against benefits he could receive from President Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Tehran. So analysts and social media accounts rushed to highlight the photographs over the weekend as a signal of Iran’s policies and assertiveness at a moment of triumph for Assad. The State Department confirmed Monday that the images are real. Now the incoming Trump administration faces an awkward choice. Trump has indicated that he wants to work with the pro-Assad alliance — and, by extension, the Iranians. But his party’s top foreign policy figures have spent years condemning Iran, particularly Suleimani’s wing of the hard-line Iranian military. And retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the president-elect’s choice for national security adviser, has a long history with the Iranian general. They’re not friends.  قائد فيلق القدس في الحرس الثوري #ايران #قاسم_سليماني في #حلب #سورية pic.twitter.com/JU41ahvJ5k— Ibrahim Hamidi (@ibrahimhamidi) December 17, 2016 Flynn spent years in Iraq, serving under Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top intelligence officer at the Joint Special Operations Command. He was there as Suleimani trained and armed Iraqi Shiite militias, then began to funnel roadside bombs across the Iran-Iraq border. Once inside the U.S.-occupied country, those weapons killed hundreds of American soldiers. McChrystal held Iran responsible for the American deaths, he told The New Yorker. In the fall of 2006, Flynn’s boss established a task force to lead U.S. operations against the Iranian proxies and Suleimani’s division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the Quds Force. After the U.S. team targeted Suleimani in a January 2007 raid and captured a group of Quds Force agents, the “Erbil Five,” one of Suleimani’s militias promptly killed five Americans. In the years that followed, the top U.S. general in Iraq, David Petraeus, developed a deep understanding of Suleimani’s effect on his forces and on Iraqi politics. He called the Iranian “truly evil.” Flynn has cited his experiences in Iraq, with obvious references to Suleimani, in criticizing the rise of Iranian power under Obama’s watch. In a 2015 interview with Fox News a few months after the release of a string of photographs of Suleimani on Iraqi battlefields, he said Iranian “leadership are actually acting as sort of field commanders in some of these battles inside of Iraq.” Flynn went on to say he would be more worried about Iran controlling Iraq than he would be about the vicious Islamic State group running Baghdad. In congressional testimony on June 10, 2015, he bashed the nuclear deal with Iran by saying, “Evil doesn’t recognize diplomacy.” Now Flynn is working for a man who appears to be willing to cut a deal with any foreign power so long as it might bring some benefit to the U.S. The president-elect has consistently presented himself as tough on Iran. He has said he would tear up the nuclear deal, an outcome even opponents of Iran, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, now oppose. But Trump may have gone so far in his pledge simply because he knew he needed to sound aggressive — the way he tried to court the right by going far beyond GOP talking points on reproductive rights and immigration, suggesting he would punish women who had abortions and ban Muslims from entering the U.S. He eventually softened both statements. There is no guarantee Trump’s statement indicates a real fear of Iran’s potential danger to the U.S. or a true desire to rein it in. In fact, Trump attacked Obama’s deal in a way few others have: He said it does not provide enough money-making opportunities for U.S. companies. That suggests a more lucrative agreement might assuage his concerns. Moreover, Trump has already shown a tolerance of unsavory regimes — including the one in Tehran. Trump did business with an Iranian bank for five years, from 1998 to 2003, despite a U.S. Treasury guidance that the entity was controlled by the government he now calls a “big enemy,” the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed in October. Trump has also long admired strongmen such as Iran’s allies Assad and Putin. Over the past quarter-century, the president-elect has praised Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein (angering the Kurds that Hussein massacred and that Trump now says he wants to befriend), China’s Communist rulers, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and, of course, Iran’s partners in Syria, noted Tom Wright, a scholar at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, in an interview with The Atlantic. Although Assad has destroyed his country by pummeling his own population and encouraging the rise of the Islamic State, Trump has said the Syrian leader is “much tougher and much smarter” than Obama. So many in the Middle East doubt that Suleimani’s history will prevent the Trump administration from helping Iran and Assad. Last month, an influential Iranian general publicly described Trump’s rise as an opportunity for Tehran in Syria. Damascus sees Flynn, a skeptic of the opposition in Syria, and potential secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a critic of the kind of sanctions Iran is currently under, as figures who could guide an Assad-friendly policy, Kamal Alam, a scholar at the Royal United Services Institute in London and Levant consultant for the security firm Hoplite Group, told The Huffington Post. The Syrian leader appears keen to engage with Trump. There is “cautious optimism” in Iran because of Trump’s deal-making inclinations and his relationship with Putin, according to Matthew McInnis at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. It’s unclear whether Flynn, Iran skeptics tapped to lead the Pentagon and CIA or Republicans on Capitol Hill can force a different path. Some action against Iran is inevitable in the post-Obama era, argued Brian Katulis, a scholar at the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress. Congress pushing through new sanctions on Iran’s missile programs, U.S. officials demanding tighter enforcement of the nuclear deal after repeated Iranian violations in its first year, the Treasury Department forming interpretations that make trade with Tehran even more difficult, and U.S. military routines becoming more robust in the Persian Gulf are all possibilities, AEI’s McInnis said. But Trump will ultimately prioritize counterterrorism and combating the Islamic State above pushing back Iran, McInnis predicted, and that necessitates some degree of coordination. That could mean Suleimani’s triumphant travels around the region — a bugaboo for Republican senators such as Arkansas’ Tom Cotton, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Texas’ Ted Cruz — are far from over. Still, U.S. officials considering closer cooperation with the Iranian general should be cautious, McInnis warned. “He’s not crazy. He’s not a wild-eyed mullah. He’s not that type of person,” he said. “There may be certain tactical points, like when it comes to ISIS, when our goals can align. But not long term…. I could never really see some type of strategic alliance.” Trump’s transition team did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did Flynn. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

13 декабря 2016, 10:49

Итоги недели Украины. Приближение «европейской прелести» вручную

Очередная семидневка невероятно приблизила киевский режим к обладанию «европейской прелестью». Приближение двигали всем кагалом – от Гройсмана до Порошенко, невзирая на шумные привокзальные флешмоб-песни, разработанные Сурковым в его плане «Шатун», и пленки Онищенко, которыми тот пытается удивить видавших виды англосаксов.

09 декабря 2016, 15:19

DEMS threaten shutdown -- EXCLUSIVE: New DCCC comms director; top candidates for DSCC E.D. -- GOP jockeying to replace CMR -- ROMNEY spotted near Trump Tower -- B’DAY: Terry Moran

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2gjREEC … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6EayGood Friday morning. 42 days until Donald Trump is president.WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Savannah Guthrie and Mike Feldman welcomed Charles Max Feldman into the world. Pictures, courtesy @TODAYshow http://on.today.com/2gIDdWGYOUR FRIDAY MUST READ -- “10 Crucial Decisions That Reshaped America: Nothing about the most dramatic campaign in memory was a foregone conclusion. The inside story of the pivotal choices that got us to President Trump,” by Glenn Thrush http://politi.co/2hsu0BO **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbXTO SHUT DOWN, OR NOT TO SHUT DOWN? -- “Dem blockade threatens brief government shutdown,” by Burgess Everett, Seung Min Kim, and Ben Weyl: “Democrats are pushing the government to the brink of a shutdown, with coal country Senate Democrats leading a strategy to oppose a GOP spending bill if their demands aren’t met for a longer extension of expiring health care benefits for coal miners. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio), two senators up for reelection in 2018 from states won by Donald Trump, are leading the charge to get a better deal from Republican leaders. And their push helped hardened resistance to the GOP throughout the rest of the 46-member Democratic caucus as the day went on. “But Republicans say they will not renegotiate a four-month extension of coal miner health benefits and that Democrats have lost all leverage after the House passed the spending bill, 326-96, and then promptly left town. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set in motion votes to pass the bill, leaving Democrats only procedural tactics to delay the measure through Friday's funding deadline — which would put Senate Democrats in line to be blamed for a potential government shutdown. Flanked by coal miners during a bitingly cold outdoor press conference on Thursday evening Manchin insisted this is ‘not a shutdown issue’ and maintained he has a ‘strong commitment’ from his Democratic colleagues to stand firm and demand a year-long health care extension.” http://politi.co/2hcbxwV-- Worth noting: House Republicans have taken their last vote of the year, and left down. They passed a bill that would fund the government through April 28.THERE’S BUZZ that Donald Trump will tap Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to be Interior secretary. If he does, it would have the unintended consequence of sparking what could be one of the most competitive races for House Republican leadership in recent memory. Since McMorris Rodgers -- known in D.C. as CMR -- is the only woman in the top rung of Republican leadership, there would be pressure to replace her with another woman. PEOPLE YOU SHOULD WATCH: Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks, California Rep. Mimi Walters, Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Utah Rep. Mia Love. Rachael Bade and Kyle Cheney http://politi.co/2h3XFUT. DSCC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has started to interview candidates to run the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is sitting in on the interviews. Top picks Democrats are talking about: Paul Tencher, who most recently ran Evan Bayh’s race; Brandon Davis, former SEIU political director and DNC chief of staff; Dan McNally, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet 2016 campaign manager; Addisu Demissie, who worked for the Clinton campaign; Mindy Myers, who ran the DSCC I.E.; and Anne Caprara from Priorities. BREAKING OVERNIGHT -- From AP in Seoul, “South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall”: “South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury. After the vote, parliamentary officials hand-delivered formal documents to the presidential Blue House that stripped Park of her power and allowed her No. 2, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, to assume leadership until the country's Constitutional Court rules on whether Park must permanently step down. The court has up to six months to decide.” http://apne.ws/2grFEPyFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Republicans ready to launch wide-ranging probe of Russia, despite Trump’s stance,” by WaPo’s Karoun Demirjan http://wapo.st/2grIkNkCABINET TALK -- “Trump builds a brass Cabinet: Infatuated with military swagger and Hollywood’s Patton, the president-elect sets outlines of military-run civilian government,” by Shane Goldmacher: “As President-elect Donald Trump began building the top tier of his administration, he has turned to friends and advisers to ask just how many generals would be too many — suggesting he may want to tap as many as five — to fill his Cabinet and the highest rungs of the White House … Even before all his picks are finalized, Trump is on pace to assemble the most military-heavy White House and civilian administration since at least World War II. Military leaders have long held a special allure for Trump, according to people who have spoken to the president-elect both during the formation of his Cabinet and in the years before, including some Hollywood portrayals.” http://politi.co/2haGe2t-- “Trump on Cabinet: ‘I want people that made a fortune’,” by Ken Vogel and Madeline Conway in Des Moines, Iowa: “Donald Trump on Thursday brushed aside concerns that he had tapped too many super-rich people for his cabinet, saying ‘I want people that made a fortune!’ and boasting that he was ‘putting together one of the great cabinets that has ever been assembled in the history of our nation.’ In a campaign-style speech at a convention center here, he playfully rejected criticism that his nominees - a group that includes four billionaires with Thursday's appointment of former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration - are not reflective of the American public. Seemingly focusing on those who would renegotiate trade deals on behalf of his administration, Trump said ‘some of the people I’ve put on to negotiate ... are some of the most successful people in the world.’” http://politi.co/2hc4ww9-- “Romney spotted near Trump Tower amid cabinet talks,” by Page Six’s Emily Smith: “Mitt Romney, still in the running for President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state, is certainly hustling for the job. A sharp-suited, carefully coiffed Romney was seen with a briefcase briskly walking on 56th Street, near Fifth Avenue, on Thursday. A witness said, ‘Romney was walking away from Trump Tower and seemed in a hurry, like he didn’t want to be seen.’” http://nyp.st/2gjLi7STRUMP TOWER INTRIGUE -- GABE SHERMAN in NYMag.com, “Trump’s Transition Team ‘Is Like Game of Thrones’”: “According to interviews with seven transition officials and senior Republicans in recent days, the question of whether senior counselor and chief strategist Steve Bannon or chief of staff Reince Priebus — represented by Trump as ‘equal partners’ in the White House — has more power is one that is being widely discussed in Trumpworld. ‘In this administration, titles will not matter,’ one transition staffer said. ‘It’s like Game of Thrones.’ ... Some Trump advisers are dismayed by Priebus’s influence because they question the Washington insider’s loyalty to the president-elect. Three sources told me that shortly after the Access Hollywood tape leaked in early October, Priebus went to Trump’s penthouse and advised the candidate to get out of the race. Priebus told Trump that if he didn’t, he ‘will go down with a worse election loss than Barry Goldwater’s.’” http://nym.ag/2gjdfNa-- @maggieNYT: “The challenge of covering Trump isn’t just whether people are telling truth to reporters. It’s that advisers are at times lying to each other”WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE … -- “Trump ‘originals’ say they’re getting frozen out,” by Alex Isenstadt and Ken Vogel: “[A]s President-elect Donald Trump builds out his administration, the loyalists who helped launch his campaign and powered its stunning early victories are growing worried they won’t be getting plum jobs. Many of them say they’ve heard nothing about their career prospects and, during furtive huddles, have been commiserating with one another about how they can’t seem to get their calls to top Trump transition brass returned. Some are convinced that party establishment figures who’ve taken the reins of the transition are giving them short shrift ...“That includes people like George Gigicos, Trump’s director of advance; Michael Glassner, the former deputy campaign manager; and Stuart Jolly, the former national field director. The staffers who led Trump’s campaign in early primary states — like Matt Ciepielowski, Charles Munoz and James Merrill — haven’t been offered positions, either. Nor has Mike Rubino, who oversaw Trump’s campaign in several states, or Stephanie Milligan, who ran his Oklahoma campaign.” http://politi.co/2gjdAiX HOW ABOUT THAT… -- “Trump Paid Nearly $2.9 Million to Family-Owned Businesses as Campaign Wound Down: Trump also gave $10 million to his campaign in the final weeks of the election,” by WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus. http://on.wsj.com/2hsvsEg RNC WATCH -- “Trump zeroes in on RNC chair pick,” by Eliana Johnson, Ken Vogel and Alex Isenstadt: “The Republican National Committee may sit on Capitol Hill, but its fate is being decided in Manhattan, where the field of contenders to run it has narrowed to two leading candidates, Michigan GOP chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Nick Ayers, a Republican operative currently serving as an aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. High in Trump Tower, dueling factions in President-elect Donald Trump’s orbit have lined up behind each of the candidates, according to half a dozen people familiar with the discussions. The situation is fluid, transition sources cautioned: Others in the mix include RNC official Matt Pinnell and veteran Bush operative Mercedes Schlapp, whose names are being floated as potential co-chairs as the two sides work toward a solution.” http://politi.co/2hmqjlcHILL WATCH -- “Free-market Republicans contort to defend Trump: Lawmakers who slammed Barack Obama’s stimulus say they’re fine with Trump’s — among other ideological accommodations they’re making for the president-elect,” by Rachael Bade and Jake Sherman. http://politi.co/2hsohfp AARON SCHOCK will not be silenced! The former congressman, who has been indicted on 24 criminal counts that essentially allege he used his public office to make money, filed opposition to a gag order requested by the government ahead of his arraignment next week. Our favorite line: “[T]he government suggested that Mr. Schock sought to ‘screen himself’ from public scrutiny and turn himself into a ‘super-citizen, immune from criminal responsibility.’ … Comments such as these were picked up and repeated in the media, where coverage has been extensively one-sided.”FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- ANDY KEISER, former deputy national security adviser for the Trump for America transition team, is joining Navigators Global as a principal of the firm. Keiser also served as chief of staff to former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and senior adviser to the committee. -- MEREDITH KELLY, the DCCC’s national press secretary last cycle and an alum of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s communications shop, has signed on to be the party committee’s communications director for the 2018 cycle. From DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján: “Meredith is a smart tactician and her aggressive approach put House Republicans on defense last cycle. I know that she will play a crucial role in driving strategy that protects our incumbents and maximizes House Democratic gains in 2018.”BUZZ -- Tim Huelskamp, who lost his primary in Kansas, is talking about running for Rep. Mike Pompeo’s House seat. Pompeo is Trump’s nominee for CIA director.HOT DOCS -- Marlene Ricketts gave Speaker Paul Ryan’s main political committee $100,000 on Oct. 25. Facnudo Bacardi gave him $25,000 on Oct. 24… Hotelier Andre Balazs gave Hillary Clinton $100,000 on Oct. 27 … New York supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis gave Clinton $50,000 on Oct. 25 … Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Capitals and Wizards, and his wife gave Clinton $100,000 on Oct. 28 … Trump’s victory fund got $249,000 from Robert Johnson of the Johnson Company … Bridget Rooney Koch gave Trump’s victory effort $50,000 … Ray Washburne kicked in $50,000-- FINAL TALLY by POLITICO’s Isaac Arnsdorf: “Clinton and her allies, including her joint committees with the Democratic Party and the super PACs supporting her, raised more than $1.2 billion for the full [2016] cycle, according to the last reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. Trump and his allies collected about $600 million.” http://politi.co/2hcDrXbHAPPENING TODAY -- Donald Trump is holding a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at 10 a.m. followed by a 7 p.m. rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. … Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will participate in a Brookings Institution discussion on cities in the age of Trump and Brexit at 10 a.m. today http://brook.gs/2h3TkRI VIDEO DU JOUR -- “Harry Reid Senate Farewell Speech 12/8/16” http://bit.ly/2hdnsIp FIRST PERSON – CHUCK JONES in the WaPo, “I’m the union leader Donald Trump attacked. I’m tired of being lied to about our jobs”: “Though Trump said he’d saved 1,100 jobs, he hadn’t. Carrier told us that 550 people would get laid off. Trump didn’t tell people that, though. When he spoke at our plant, he acted like no one was going to lose their job. People went crazy for him. They thought, because of Trump, I’m going to be able to provide for my family. All the while, I’m sitting there, thinking that’s not what the damn numbers say.” http://wapo.st/2gI91uV --“Carrier to ultimately cut some of jobs Trump saved,” by CNN Money’s Chris Isidore: “The company’s deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep a furnace plant from moving to Mexico also calls for a $16 million investment in the facility. But that has a big down side for some of the workers in Indianapolis. Most of that money will be invested in automation said to Greg Hayes, CEO of United Technologies, Carrier’’ corporate parent. And that automation will replace some of the jobs that were just saved.” http://cnnmon.ie/2hc1Ezi MUST READ -- “This is what happens when Donald Trump attacks a private citizen on Twitter,” by WaPo’s Jenna Johnson: “About a year ago, 18-year-old college student Lauren Batchelder stood up at a political forum in New Hampshire and told Donald Trump that she didn’t think he was ‘a friend to women.’ The next morning, Trump fired back on Twitter — calling Batchelder an ‘arrogant young woman’ and accusing her of being a ‘plant’ from a rival campaign. Her phone began ringing with callers leaving threatening messages that were often sexual in nature. Her Facebook and email inboxes filled with similar messages. As her addresses circulated on social media and her photo flashed on the news, she fled home to hide. ... This is what happens when Trump targets a private citizen who publicly challenges him.” http://wapo.st/2hc1wzD REMEMBERING JOHN GLENN -- NYT’s John Noble Wilford, who also wrote the Times front-page moon landing story (!) in 1969: “John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. ... In just five hours on Feb. 20, 1962, Mr. Glenn joined a select roster of Americans whose feats have seized the country’s imagination and come to embody a moment in its history, figures like Lewis and Clark, the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh. To the America of the 1960s, Mr. Glenn was a clean-cut, good-natured, well-grounded Midwesterner, raised in Presbyterian rectitude, nurtured in patriotism and tested in war, who stepped forward to risk the unknown and succeeded spectacularly, lifting his country’s morale and restoring its self-confidence.” http://nyti.ms/2grl4in TRUMP INC. -- “Donald Trump to Remain Executive Producer on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’” by Variety’s Cynthia Littleton: “NBC’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ ... is returning Jan. 2 after a two-year hiatus with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger. MGM confirmed to Variety that Trump has retained his EP credit on the series. ... The larger issue for MGM, NBC, and the White House is the payment that Trump will receive for the series. It’s unclear what his per-episode fee is, but it is likely to be in the low five-figures, at minimum.” http://bit.ly/2hmbzCO … Trailer for the new season http://bit.ly/2gIAM6FK-FILE – “Michael Flynn once claimed Arabic signs on southern border guide ‘radicalized Muslims’ into US,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski: http://cnn.it/2grhbdqHMM -- C.T. POST: “Report: Bobby Valentine pitched as Japan ambassador”: Bobby Valentine as U.S. ambassador to Japan? WEEI.com reports that multiple sources are telling the Boston station that Valentine is on a short-list of candidates for the job of United States Ambassador to Japan. The 66-year-old, who currently serves as Sacred Heart University’s athletics director, has engaged in ‘preliminary discussions’ with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team regarding the position. When contacted Thursday night, Valentine refused comment.” http://bit.ly/2grKzAb -- NOTE: Valentine is a former manager of the Mets and Red Sox. He also managed a team in Japan and is from Stamford, Connecticut.DAVID CORN in Mother Jones, “Does Donald Trump Believe Nuclear War Is Inevitable? The man about to take control of US nukes has a very fatalistic view”: “During a 1990 interview with Playboy, he was asked about running for president (yes, even then) and to describe what ‘would be some of President Trump's longer-term views of the future.’ Trump replied, ‘I think of the future, but I refuse to paint it. Anything can happen. But I often think of nuclear war.’” http://bit.ly/2haiQSH … The interview http://bit.ly/2hcedKKICYMI -- “How Trump got yanked into GOP’s IRS impeachment fight,” by John Bresnahan and Rachael Bade: “In the frenzied hours as the impeachment showdown neared, multiple conversations ensued between Priebus and Freedom Caucus leaders. There are conflicting accounts of where the outgoing Republican Party chairman came down. GOP leaders say Priebus remained opposed to [John] Koskinen’s impeachment. Freedom Caucus sources counter that Priebus called them back several times to retract any such opposition and say Trump’s inner circle would remain neutral.” http://politi.co/2han2Ss LIVE FROM WALL STREET -- “Eric Cantor column: Rebuilding a responsive Virginia GOP” in the Richmond Times Dispatch with the header “Turn Virginia Red Again” http://bit.ly/2gjMZlN FRED SMITH SPEAKS -- From our Morning Trade colleagues: “The free-traders are fighting back. In a speech this morning at the National Competitiveness Forum, Fedex Chairman Fred Smith extols the benefits of trade and free trade agreements in sunnily optimistic terms that stand in stark contrast to President-elect Donald Trump’s dark view of the pacts. ‘Trade has made America great, and expanding trade has been a bi-partisan pursuit for over 80 years,’ Smith plans to tell the Washington meeting, according to excerpts … The 72-year-old business leader warns that withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, as Trump has threatened to do, ‘would be catastrophic for the U.S. economy’ and expresses hope the 23-year-old pact will be ‘updated and strengthened’ instead.”HILLARY ALUMNI -- “Former Clinton staffer launches new anti-Trump site: corrupt.af,” by Blake Hounshell: “Matt Ortega, who served as Clinton’s digital director for communications until he left the campaign in June, told POLITICO that he launched the site ‘completely on my own and out of my own pocket.’ Officially, the ‘af’ in the site’s web address is the country code for Afghanistan ... Unofficially, in the abbreviated argot of texting and online chatting, ‘af’ stands for ‘as f***.’” http://politi.co/2hs3V5S PRESIDENT OBAMA will appear next Monday on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” in an interview that will be taped at the White House. http://on.cc.com/2gqB2t8MEGATRENDS – “Barely Half of 30-Year-Olds Earn More Than Their Parents,” by WSJ’s Bob Davis: “In 1970, 92% of American 30-year-olds earned more than their parents did at a similar age, they found. In 2014, that number fell to 51%.” http://on.wsj.com/2hdnUX2 MEDIAWATCH -- “Could a Last-Minute Suitor Woo Megyn Kelly Away from Fox News?” by Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison: “Within the last month, according to a person familiar with the discussions, ABC has renewed, and perhaps sweetened, its effort to woo Kelly. At one point, in an overture, Kelly was shown a recruitment presentation depicting the so-called legends of ABC, which started, oddly enough, with an image of Willy Wonka, and ended with one of Kelly.” http://bit.ly/2hmd1VM --“Clinton decries fake news ‘epidemic,’” by Elana Schor: “‘This is not about politics or partisanship,’ Clinton said during remarks at a tribute to retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). ‘Lives are at risk.’” http://politi.co/2gI9mxw --The owner of Comet Ping Pong has created a GoFundMe campaign http://bit.ly/2grn0Yp --NYT Business Day front, “Nonprofit Journalism Groups Are Gearing Up With Flood of Donations,” by Nicholas Fandos: “At the Center for Public Integrity in Washington and its international investigative arm, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, individual donations are up about 70 percent compared to the same period last year. ... From local public radio affiliates to established watchdog groups to start-ups that focus on a single issue, nonprofit, nonpartisan media is having a moment.” http://nyti.ms/2hdmo7a --BuzzFeed has hired Anthony Cormier, most recently an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, and Nancy Youssef, currently of the Daily Beast and formerly with McClatchy. http://politi.co/2hmGWx8 -- “The Washington Post honors David Fahrenthold with inaugural Ben Bradlee Prize”: http://wapo.st/2h3VxfITHE LEGENDARY JOHN MARKOFF on Medium, “I Covered Tech for the Times for 28 Years, And Now My Time Is Over”: http://bit.ly/2hc9rNESPOTTED: Ronan Farrow with Rich McHugh at the Ritz yesterday ... The Denver Nuggets staying at the Ritz Carlton in the West End … Frank Luntz at DCA boarding a 10:25 a.m. flight to Charlotte … Jay Carney last night at the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Awards at the National Portrait Gallery (Jeff Bezos was one of the winners) -- Mary Jordan, Jay Newton-Small, Kimball Stroud, Chris Wilson, Nika Nour, and Suhail Khan also attendedOUT AND ABOUT -- SPOTTED at the VIP grand opening party for the MGM National Harbor last night: former Speaker John Boehner, Geoff Freeman, Michael Steele, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), CBC chair Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Rep.-elect Ruben Kiheun (D-Nev.), former Ambassador Andrew Young, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings–Blake, Roger Dow, Wolf and Lynn Blitzer, Jerome Bettis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Andrés, Tom Burr, Jeffrey Ballou, Ryan Zimmerman, Heather Zimmerman, Tammy Haddad, Marc Adelman, Ambassador Peter Selfridge, Franco Nuschese, Andrea Roane, Steve Chenevey, Jim Murren, Erin Como, Chris Smith, Kate Bennett. Pic of Boehner http://bit.ly/2hsmGGi ... Two pix by Dan Swartz – outside of the hotel: http://bit.ly/2hmGsXD ... View of the hotel tower through the skyglass of the casino atrium http://bit.ly/2hsELnP SUNDAY SO FAR -- “Fox News Sunday”: Exclusive with Donald Trump ... Panel: George Will ... Julie Pace, Jason Riley, Charles LaneCNN’s “State of the Union”: Exclusive with Vice President Joe Biden ... Panel: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Dana Loesch, Marc Morial--CNN’s “Inside Politics,” anchored by John King: Jen Jacobs, Mary Katharine Ham, Matt Viser, Manu Raju--ABC’s “This Week”: Reince Priebus ... panel: E.J. Dionne, Sarah Huckabee, Rich Lowry, Jamal Simmons--CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Kellyanne Conway, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) ... Mike Rowe ... panel: Michael Lewis ... Rick Stengel ... Kimberley StrasselOBAMA ALUMNI -- MIKE BLAKE, a N.Y. State assemblyman, is running for DNC vice chairman. He was the Iowa caucus deputy political director for Obama in 2008, and then worked in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House. Press release http://politi.co/2gjjJvx WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Ed Mullen, partner at The Georgetown Group and Erin Book Mullen, principal at Williams and Jensen, on Wednesday welcomed Caroline Caldwell “CC” Mullen. Her big sister Amelia turns two later this month. Pic http://politi.co/2hajLCJ-- Richard VanOrnum, a director in APCO Worldwide’s DC office, just welcomed a new addition to his family. “We checked into the hospital Monday at 4:00 pm and welcomed baby Hunter into the world about 30 hours [on Tuesday] night! He was born 8lbs, 14 oz. and is an alert, happy, healthy (and hungry!) baby.” Pic http://bit.ly/2h8JJJQ OUT AND ABOUT -- CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sam Feist, Ed O’Keefe, Rachel Smolkin and Brian Stelter last night celebrated the first book by CNN Politics, “Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything” (out Dec. 6), with a party at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle. Pre-order -- $25.47 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2gIpsaB SPOTTED: Jonathan Martin, Betsy Fischer Martin, Al Cardenas, Mike Shields, Jeffrey Lord, John Tass-Parker, Armstrong Williams, Sergio Gor, Ashley Parker, Ben Ginsberg, Alice Stewart, Ana Navarro, Amanda Carpenter, Brittany Bramell, Bill Press, Steven Sloan, Amos Snead, Lauren Pratapas, Jennifer Tapper, Polson Kanneth, Ben Ginsberg, Rob Collins, Juana Summers, David Chalian, Roger Simon. HOLIDAY PARTY CIRCUIT -- Bruce Josten celebrated his last Chamber holiday party after 42 years of service. SPOTTED: President and CEO Tom Donohue, Jack Howard, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rick and Debbie Hohlt, Elizabeth Hays Taylor, Josh Holmes, John Ashbrook, Lauren Ehrsam, Jared Parks, Tommy Joyce, Michael Duncan, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga), Kevin McLaughlin, Zach Graves, Chris Merida, Bill Behrens, Stephen Aaron, Carl Hulse, Alex Conant, Gregg Nunziata, Eli Yokley, Robert Flock, Evan Hollander, Lauren Weber, Patrick Kilcur, Reid Wilson.-- SPOTTED at the Blair House (“The President’s Guest House”) State Department holiday party last night: Peter Selfridge, Tom Kartsotis, Tammy Haddad, Ben Chang, Jeannie Rangel, Lena Lee, Larry La and Alisa La, Tim Lowery and Michael Zingali, Natalie Jones, Mike Hammer, Thomas Debass, Gary Lee, Kate Gage, Marc Adelman, Fran Holuba, Amy Selco, Ann Stock. Pics -- the recipe for George and Martha Washington’s holiday eggnog: http://bit.ly/2h4eDT5 … The gingerbread house http://bit.ly/2ghNJmV --PIC from Wednesday night’s White House holiday press party - reunion shot of party attendees who have worked for Obama: http://bit.ly/2grN855BGR GROUP celebrated its 25th anniversary at the St Regis Hotel on Thursday evening. Former Gov. Haley Barbour, a founder of the firm, joked in his remarks that as a lawyer, politician and lobbyist he had achieved the “trifecta.”SPOTTED: North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, Harold Ickes, Texas Rep. Mike Burgess, Ted Olson, Susie DeFrancis, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, Tammy Haddad, Ted Olson.BIRTHDAYS OF THE DAY: former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) is 69 -- he’s celebrating with his team from The Daschle Group over lunch and then having a nice dinner with his wife Linda, and some friends -- read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2gjJcFh ... Terry Moran, chief foreign correspondent for ABC News, celebrating at home with his wife and four kids – Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2gIA213BIRTHDAYS: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is 5-0 ... Nathan Daschle (h/t dad Tom) … Samantha Tubman (h/t Meredith Carden) … Treasury alum Neal Wolin, now a senior counselor for Brunswick Group, is 55 … Jonathan Wald, EP at “CNN Tonight” ... N.H. political reporter James Pindell of the Boston Globe and the pride of New Castle, Ind. ... Jeff Smith, “Mr. Smith Goes to Prison” author and proud St. Louis native, is 43 … Cris Turner, VP and head of office of Americas gov’t affairs at Dell ... Kyle Roberts, president of Smart Media Group ... Treasury's John E. Smith (h/t Peter Baker) ... Politico alum Emily Kopp ... Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin is 62 ... Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) is 54 ... former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.) is 7-0 ... Levick VP Andrew Ricci ... Laena Fallon, VP of comms. at the Financial Services Forum, a Cantor and Judd Gregg alum and a native Granite Stater … Kathryn Cameron Porter ... Fernando Lujan ... Richard Allen Smith ... Graham Wilson, DLCC’s national field director ... Veronique “media maven” Rodman … Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney Josh Katcher … … Ryan Whalen, once a Chuck Schumer body guy, Mayor Bloomberg alum, and now director of initiatives and strategy at The Rockefeller Foundation … Pie Sister Alli Blakely Sydnor is 37 (h/t Ed Cash) ... Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (h/t Blair Latoff Holmes) ... Megan Devlin of the Meridian International Center, formerly at the Atlantic (h/t Ben Chang) ... Shoshana Weissmann, digital director at Opportunity Lives and Weekly Standard alum, is 24 ... Roll Call’s Eric Garcia, a National Journal alum, is 26 (h/t Tara Jeffries) ... Dottie Suggs ... Tricia Enright (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Derrick Johnson … Bush 43 WH alum Anne Dudro, now a senior associate at HCM Strategists ... Richard Wachtel is 34 ... Rhett Dawson ... Rick Horten is 48 ... Dawn Wilson ... Diane Kopp ... Robert Kraig (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Kirk Douglas is 100 … Dame Judi Dench is 82 … Beau Bridges is 75 … John Malkovich is 63 (h/ts AP)

08 декабря 2016, 18:40

Бывший министр бюджета Франции приговорен к трем годам тюрьмы

Жерома Каюзака обвинили в налоговом мошенничестве и отмывании денег.

05 декабря 2016, 12:34

Украина стала одной из семи стран, где нет расследований после "панамского досье"

На ряду с Украиной в списке проигноривших расследования стран - Саудовская Аравия и Катар.

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03 декабря 2016, 19:04

Panama Struggles to Shed Its Image as a Magnet for Shady Deals

The president named a panel to recommend how to make Panama’s financial sector more transparent, but that effort did not work out as planned.

23 ноября 2016, 01:50

TRUMPUTIN: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

Do you want to solve the mystery of who Donald Trump really is? Well here is the answer. All you have to do is substitute the name Putin for Trump. Vodka is usually chilled. Now you will be. Welcome to the U.S.S.R.U.S.A. Critics state that Putin has moved Russia in an autocratic direction. Putin has been described as a "dictator" by political opponent Garry Kasparov, as a "bully" and "arrogant" by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and as "self-centered" and "isolationist" by the Dalai Lama. Many Russians credit Putin for reviving Russia's fortunes.[328] Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, while acknowledging the flawed democratic procedures and restrictions on media freedom during the Putin presidency, said that Putin had pulled Russia out of chaos at the end of the Yeltsin years, and that Russians "must remember that Putin saved Russia from the beginning of a collapse." In 2015, opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov, said that Putin was turning Russia into a "raw materials colony" of China.[330] Chechen Republic head and Putin supporter, Ramzan Kadyrov, states that Putin saved both the Chechen people and Russia. Putin cultivates an outdoor, sporty, tough guy public image, demonstrating his physical prowess and taking part in unusual or dangerous acts, such as extreme sports and interaction with wild animals,[335] part of a public relations approach that, according to Wired, "deliberately cultivates the macho, take-charge superhero image. For example, in 2007, the tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda published a huge photograph of a bare-chested Putin vacationing in the Siberian mountains under the headline: "Be Like Putin." Some of the activities have been criticized for being staged. Outside of Russia, Putin's macho image has been the subject of parody. Putin's name and image are widely used in advertisement and product branding.[336] Among the Putin-branded products are Putinka vodka, the PuTin brand of canned food, the Gorbusha Putina caviar and a collection of T-shirts with his image. Putin is known for his often tough and sharp language, often alluding at Russian jokes and folk sayings. Putin sometimes uses Russian criminal language (fenya), not always correctly.] On 28 July 1983, Putin married Lyudmila Shkrebneva, and they lived together in Germany from 1985 to 1990. They have two daughters, Mariya Putina, born 28 April 1985 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Yekaterina Putina, born 31 August 1986 inDresden, East Germany. On 6 June 2013, Putin announced that their marriage was over, and on 1 April 2014, the Kremlin confirmed that the divorce had been finalized. Figures released during the legislative election of 2007 put Putin's wealth at approximately 3.7 million rubles (US$150,000) in bank accounts, a private 77.4-square-meter (833 sq ft) apartment in Saint Petersburg, and miscellaneous other assets. Putin's reported 2006 income totalled 2 million rubles (approximately $80,000). In 2012, Putin reported an income of 3.6 million rubles ($113,000). According to Russian opposition politicians and journalists, Putin secretly possesses a multi-billion fortune[371] via successive ownership of stakes in a number of Russian companies. In April 2016, 11 million documents belonging to a Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were leaked to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The name of Vladimir Putin does not appear in any of the records, and Putin denied his involvement with the company.  However, various media has reported on three of Putin's associates on the list. According to the Panama Papers leak, close trustees of Putin own offshore companies worth two billion US-Dollar in total. The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung regards the possibility of Putin's family profiting from this money as plausible. According to the paper, the US$2 billion had been "secretly shuffled through banks and shadow companies linked to Putin's associates", and Bank Rossiya, previously identified by the U.S. State Department as being treated by Putin as his personal bank account, had been central in facilitating this. It concludes that "Putin has shown he is willing to take aggressive steps to maintain secrecy and protect [such] communal assets." and his press-secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said the leak was a conspiracy aimed at Putin. Not long after Putin returned from his KGB service in Dresden, East Germany, Putin built a dacha in Solovyovka on the eastern shore of Lake Komsomolskoye on theKarelian Isthmus in Priozersky District of Leningrad Oblast, near St. Petersburg. The dacha had burned down in 1996. Putin built a new one identical to the original and was joined by a group of seven friends who built dachas beside his. In the fall of 1996, the group formally registered their fraternity as a co-operative society, calling itOzero ("Lake") and turning it into a gated community. As President and then Prime-Minister, apart from the Moscow Kremlin and the White House, Putin has used numerous official residences throughout the country. In August 2012 Nemtsov listed 20 villas and palaces, nine of which were built during Putin's 12 years in power. Some of the residences include: Gorki-9 near Moscow,Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi, Dolgiye Borody in Novgorod Oblast, Novo-Ogaryovo in Moscow Oblast and Riviera in Sochin. Furthermore, a massive Italianate-style mansion costing an alleged US$1 billion and dubbed "Putin's Palace" is under construction near the Black Sea village of Praskoveevka. The mansion, built on government land and sporting 3 helipads, a private road paid for from state funds and guarded by officials wearing uniforms of the official Kremlin guard service, is said to have been built for Putin's private use. In 2012 Sergei Kolesnikov, a former business associate of Putin's, told the BBC's Newsnight programme, that he had been ordered by deputy prime minister, Igor Sechin, to oversee the building of it. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 ноября 2016, 01:17

Asian Development Bank: Finance for Development or Finance at All Costs?

On November 25, the Asian Development Bank's board will decide whether to provide US $1 billion to expand Azerbaijan's gas fields. A few weeks later, the bank will decide whether to directly fund the government's budget. The Azerbaijani government has been campaigning for these loans while simultaneously waging a vicious crackdown on critics and dissenting voices. The bank's decisions will reveal whether it is truly committed to inclusive, sustainable development. Or does it simply finance, at all costs? Independent organizations in Azerbaijan are struggling to survive in the face of the government's arrests, harassment, and intimidation, as well as laws and regulations restricting their activities and ability to secure funding. The Azerbaijani government's repression is a serious impediment to public participation, transparency, and accountability, principles that the Asian Development Bank has highlighted as essential for achieving its laudable goal of eradicating poverty in Asia. The risk of corruption in Azerbaijan is high. The "Panama Papers," which came to light this April, included documents showing that President Ilham Aliyev's family has, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, "built an empire of hidden wealth." Instead of working to eliminate corruption, the Azerbaijani government has attempted to silence those reporting on allegations of the ruling family's misuse of government funds. The government has attacked people pressing the government to use its oil and gas wealth to invest in the urgent social and economic needs of the people. In May 2013, the authorities arrested Ilkin Rustamzade, a blogger and youth activist who had frequently posted criticism about alleged government corruption on social media. A year later, a court convicted Rustamzade of inciting violence and organizing mass disorder, and sentenced him to eight years in prison. Prison authorities placed Rustamzade in solitary confinement twice in December 2014 as apparent retribution for his letters from prison that were critical of the government and his statement at the appeal hearing, in which he reported ill-treatment and abuses against other inmates. Another critical blogger who has worked to expose corruption, Faraj Karimov, and his brother Siraj, similarly were arrested and sentenced to long prison terms on bogus drug charges, before being released under an amnesty. While the authorities released the prominent investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, a member of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, on May 25 following intense international pressure, her conditional release does not allow her to travel outside of the country. Meanwhile, Ismayilova's lawyer, Yalchin Imanov, is facing retaliation. The government continues to harass and intimidate people linked to Meydan TV, one of Azerbaijan's last surviving independent media outlets that carries material critical of the Azerbaijani government and its policies related to human rights, corruption, and similar issues. Meydan TV is only able to operate out of Germany. Like the other multilateral development banks, the Asian Development Bank has endorsed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a multi-stakeholder effort to promote better governance of resource-rich countries by fostering open public debate about how oil, gas, and mining revenues are used. Azerbaijan was the first state to become compliant within EITI. But in April 2015, Azerbaijan was at the vanguard again when the EITI board downgraded it to a candidate country, recognizing that the government's crackdown on independent groups ran contrary to its EITI commitments. This October, EITI upheld its demotion of Azerbaijan, which now risks suspension from EITI if the government does not carry out reforms to allow independent groups to operate freely before the next EITI board meeting in late February 2017. EITI highlights the importance for a country to have a framework in which natural resource revenues can actually benefit inclusive development. The Asian Development Bank is already a significant financier of Azerbaijan's gas fields. If it agrees to invest US $1 billion to expand Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Gas Fields, it will indicate that the bank's endorsement of EITI and commitments to public participation, transparency, and accountability are not worth the paper they're written on. It will also create a dangerous precedent. The World Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which have similarly endorsed EITI and committed to participation, transparency, and accountability, are considering financing the Southern Gas Corridor, designed to deliver natural gas from the Caspian Sea and the Middle East to Europe. The government of Azerbaijan partially owns each segment of the pipeline either directly or through the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) or its subsidiary. The easiest path for the Asian Development Bank is to give Azerbaijan the money. But if it does, it will undermine its--and its shareholders'--credibility, particularly its largest shareholders, Japan and the United States. Development banks have an important role to play in Azerbaijan, provided they actively work to invest in the social and economic needs of the people by supporting appropriate projects. The banks should be careful to ensure that they don't undercut efforts, including by the EITI, to reverse the government's crackdown on independent voices. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

17 ноября 2016, 17:36

Во Франции проведут 560 налоговых проверок на основе "Панамских документов"

Министерство экономики и финансов Франции проверит налоговое положение 560 французских налогоплательщиков на основе информации из так называемых "Панамских документов". Об этом сообщает французская газета Le Monde со ссылкой на собственные источники. Таким образом, через семь месяцев после публикации результатов расследования, скоординированного Международным консорциумом журналистских расследований (ICIJ), французские налоговые власти завершили работу по исследованию данных, обнародованных в "Панамских документах", говорится в статье. Теперь компетентные органы проверят налоговое положение более 500 человек, которые, возможно, обманули государство, скрывая деньги в офшорах при помощи подставных компаний. "Проверки начались", - сообщил госсекретарь по бюджету при Министерстве экономики и финансов Франции Кристиан Экерт. Еще с момента начала резонансных публикаций ICIJ в 2013 году о налоговых махинациях, связанных с Люксембургом, Швейцарией и рядом офшорных зон, при экономическом блоке правительства Франции была создана отдельная служба, призванная способствовать возвращению во Франции авуаров, скрытых за рубежом, отмечает ТАСС. По сведениям Le Monde, Служба обработки уточненных налоговых деклараций (STDR) уже имела в своей базе дел о легализации неуплаченных налогов 724 досье, связанных с Панамой. С тех пор налоговики вернули государству внушительные суммы. В этом году, согласно последнему балансу по состоянию на конец октября, процедуры легализации уже принесли Франции более 2 млрд евро налогов и штрафов. Таким образом, общая сумма "вызволенных" денег с момента создания STDR в 2013 году достигает 6,7 млрд евро, а всего на родину удалось возвратить 29,4 млрд евро авуаров, отмечает газета. Франция не первая страна, которая решила воспользоваться данными из "Панамских документов" для выявления граждан, уходящих от уплаты налогов. Так, ранее сообщалось, что власти Дании выкупили часть документов "Панамского архива" с данными об офшорных компаниях и гражданах Дании, которые могут уклоняться от уплаты налогов. В документах фигурировали около 600 человек. Правительство страны планировало потратить на покупку архива миллион датских крон (около 144 тыс. долларов США). В Исландии было запущено 108 налоговых проверок на основе "Панамских документов". Базирующийся в Вашингтоне Международный консорциум журналистских расследований обнародовал 3 апреля выдержки из 11,5 млн документов с данными об офшорных счетах ряда действующих и бывших мировых лидеров. В масштабном расследовании об офшорах также участвовали несколько изданий и организаций, в том числе Süddeutsche Zeitung, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), The Guardian. Отчеты, которые в прессе называют "Панамские документы", основаны на утечке информации из панамской компании Mossack Fonseca, которая оказывает юридическую поддержку при регистрации компаний в офшорах. В результате утечки информации из базы данных компании Mossack Fonseca появилась информация о причастности мировых лидеров к схемам по отмыванию денег и ухода от налогов. В частности, в офшорном скандале упоминались люди из окружения президента РФ Владимира Путина.(http://rus.delfi.lv/news/...)

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17 ноября 2016, 16:38

Le Monde: во Франции проведут 560 налоговых проверок на основе "Панамских документов"

Через семь месяцев после публикации результатов расследования, скоординированного Международным консорциумом журналистских расследований (ICIJ), французские налоговые власти завершили работу по исследованию данных, обнародованных в "Панамских документах", говорится в статье.

15 ноября 2016, 19:44

Mossack Fonseca оштрафовали на $440 000

Регулятор финансового сектора Британских Виргинских островов оштрафовал на $440 тыс. местный филиал панамской юридической фирмы Mossack Fonseca, ставшей источником скандального «Панамского досье».

30 октября 2016, 19:39

Правительство Исландии подало в отставку

Правительство Исландии официально подало в отставку, утратив парламентское большинство по итогам прошедших в субботу досрочных выборов в альтинг (парламент островного государства); премьер-министр страны и председатель Прогрессивной партии Сигурдур Инги Йоханнссон передал мандат правительства президенту Исландии Гудни Йоханессону Президент Исландии принял отставку премьера и объявил о том, что правительство останется у власти на время, необходимое для того, чтобы определился состав новой правящей коалиции, передает ТАСС. За правом сформировать правительство к главе государства пока что обратились две партии – правоцентристская Партия независимости (ПН), входившая в правящую коалицию и набравшая наибольшее число голосов (29%) по итогам выборов, а также либеральная проевропейская партия «Возрождение», сформированная в мае этого года после раскола в рядах ПН. Она показала небывало хороший результат для новичка, получив 10,5% голосов и 7 депутатских кресел в 63-местном однопалатном парламенте. Пока что неясно, когда президент огласит свое решение. В парламент страны прошли семь партий и в настоящий момент состав новой правящей коалиции неясен. Большинство в парламенте не могут самостоятельно получить ни члены прежнего правительства (ПН и правоцентристская Прогрессивная партия), ни квартет оппозиционных партий во главе с «пиратами» и левыми «зелеными», перед выборами договорившихся о союзе. Именно «Возрождение», пока что не определившаяся с тем, к которой из сторон примкнуть, может определить состав будущего кабмина. Возможен также вариант создания трехпартийной коалиции без участия прогрессистов, в которую войдут ПН, «Возрождение» и одна из партий, до выборов находившихся в составе парламентской оппозиции. Впрочем, как отмечают местные наблюдатели, «Возрождению» будет сложно договориться со своими недавними коллегами из ПН, так как крупнейшее политическое объединение страны выступает против вступление Исландии в ЕС, а в молодой и на удивление популярной партии эту идею, напротив, поддерживают, что и стало одной из главных причин раскола. Досрочные выборы были назначены в связи с политическим кризисом, который страна пережила весной. После публикации отчетов Международного консорциума журналистских расследований (так называемых «Панамских документов») у занимавшего в то время пост премьер-министра Исландии и главы ПП Сигмундура Давида Гуннлейгссона обнаружились связи с офшорной компанией, зарегистрированной на Британских Виргинских островах. На фоне массовых демонстраций 5 апреля он подал в отставку, однако его правительство смогло избежать вотума недоверия, хотя под давлением общественности и было вынуждено назначить на конец октября досрочные выборы, хотя многие представители оппозиции требовали провести голосование как можно скорее.

30 октября 2016, 12:02

Пиратская партия стала второй на парламентских выборах в Исландии

Пиратская партия Исландии получила 18% голосов избирателей на досрочных парламентских выборах, прошедших в субботу на территории островного государства; как свидетельствуют первые данные экзитполов, она может рассчитывать на 12 мандатов в 63-местном однопалатном парламенте страны – альтинге. Лучший результат показала лишь правящая в составе коалиции правоцентристская Партия независимости с 27,1%. Она получит 19 кресел в альтинге. Ее союзник Прогрессивная партия потеряла в популярности, завоевав 9,4% голосов, что даст ей шесть мандатов. Итого у членов коалиции их будет 25, передает ТАСС. Члены оппозиционного альянса во главе с «пиратами», перед выборами заявившие о готовности сформировать коалиционное правительство, в сумме могут рассчитывать на 32 места. Социал-демократический альянс получил 7,4% голосов (пять мандатов), Движение левых «зеленых» – 16,4% (11), а партия «Светлое будущее» – 6,7% (четыре). Пока не определившаяся с выбором союзников партия «Возрождение», которая была создана в мае этого года в результате раскола внутри Партии независимости, получит шесть мандатов, обеспечив себе поддержку 8,8% проголосовавших. Остальные партии не смогли набрать больше 5% голосов. Оглашенные исландскими СМИ результаты носят пока лишь предварительный характер, подсчет голосов только начался. Окончательных данных по явке еще нет. За два часа до закрытия участков в столице страны – Рейкьявике – она составила 61%. Парламентские выборы должны были состояться в апреле 2017, однако были перенесены из-за острого политического кризиса, разразившегося в стране этой весной. На фоне массовых демонстраций 5 апреля в отставку подал тогдашний премьер-министр Исландии Сигмундур Давид Гуннлейгссон, у которого обнаружились связи с офшорной компанией, зарегистрированной на Британских Виргинских островах. Его правительство смогло избежать вотума недоверия, однако под давлением общественности было вынуждено назначить на конец октября досрочные выборы, хотя многие представители оппозиции требовали провести голосование как можно скорее. Экс-глава кабмина, впоследствии лишившийся также поста председателя Прогрессивной партии, стал жертвой скандала, разразившегося из-за публикации отчетов Международного консорциума журналистских расследований – так называемых «Панамских документов». При этом на выборах он все равно боролся за парламентское кресло. Депутаты в Исландии избираются путем прямых выборов по системе пропорционального представительства (закрытые партийные списки). 54 места в альтинге распределяются по результатам голосования в шести избирательных округах. Остальные девять являются дополнительными, они отдаются партиям, набравшим не менее 5% голосов по всей стране. Вместе с депутатами избираются их заместители, которые занимают вакантные должности в случае их появления. Всего в этом году в выборах принимали участие 12 партий, выставившие в общей сложности 1300 кандидатов. Из 330 тыс. жителей страны льдов право голоса имеют 254 тыс. Все избирательные участки на территории страны закрылись в 22.00 по местному времени (01.00 воскресенья мск).

07 октября 2016, 05:36

Частные компании сосредоточили в офшорах до 25 триллионов долларов – эксперты ООН

Секретность, которой окутаны офшорные зоны, не позволяет иметь достоверные сведения о размерах частных состояний, скрытно выведенных в "налоговые гавани".

04 октября 2016, 00:55

HUFFPOST HILL - Trump Takes Bold Anti-Veteran, Pro-Butt Stands

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening!     Donald Trump made ill-advised remarks about PTSD, though considering how stoically he handled his own personal Vietnam, you can’t blame him for not realizing everyone isn’t as brave as he is. Trump made those remarks during a speech on cybersecurity, which he’s learned a lot about from the people he’s urged to hack our government. And the RNC is airing an ad warning Americans that when Tim Kaine isn’t coaching pee wee football and buying Blue Oyster Cult box sets, he’s dispatching rapists to their local middle school. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, October 3rd, 2016: TRUMP DEALT WITH GROUP WITH TERROR TIES - Sasha Chavkin, Michael Hudson and Dave Levinthal: “Donald Trump’s real estate organization rented New York office space from 1998 to 2003 to an Iranian bank that U.S. authorities have linked to terrorist groups and Iran’s nuclear program. Trump inherited Bank Melli, one of Iran’s largest state-controlled banks, as a tenant when he purchased the General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, according to public records reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Center for Public Integrity. The Trump Organization kept the bank on as a tenant for four more years after the U.S. Treasury Department designated Bank Melli in 1999 as being controlled by the Iranian government. U.S. officials later alleged that Bank Melli had been used to obtain sensitive materials for Iran’s nuclear program. U.S. authorities also alleged that the bank had been used between 2002 and 2006 to funnel money to a unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that has sponsored terrorist attacks — a period that overlapped with the time the bank rented office space from Trump.” [CPI] TRUMP LIKES PEOPLE WHO WEREN’T CAPTURED ― OR WHO EXPERIENCE ANY MENTAL ANGUISH - Gives a political meaning to “Seeing the Elephant.” Veronica Stracqualursi and Adam Kelsey: “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is getting flak today for comments he made in response to a question about what he would do to address post-traumatic stress disorder and suicides among veterans. ‘When people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,’ Trump said, speaking Monday morning at a panel for the Retired American Warriors PAC in Virginia.... Reaction was quick on Twitter to some of his remarks, with many users saying a diagnosis of PTSD is no reflection on a person’s strength. The CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff, tweeted that Trump’s remark ‘perpetuates stigma.’” [ABC News] Trump was trying to move on from a disastrous week: “Donald Trump tried to put one of the toughest weeks in his campaign behind him Monday by using a cybersecurity speech to veterans to hammer away at Hillary Clinton’s email controversy. Trump hewed closely to his script Monday morning, promising as he read from a Teleprompter that he would order a complete review of the US cybersecurity capabilities and prepare offensives against global opponents.” [CNN] TRUMP PUTS THE WORKING-CLASS FIRST (IN CHINA) - Kurt Eichenwald: “Plenty of blue-collar workers believe that, as president, Donald Trump would be ready to fight off U.S. trade adversaries and reinvigorate the country’s manufacturing industries through his commitment to the Rust Belt. What they likely don’t know is that Trump has been stiffing American steel workers on his own construction projects for years, choosing to deprive untold millions of dollars from four key electoral swing states and instead directing it to China—the country whose trade practices have helped decimate the once-powerful industrial center of the United States. A Newsweek investigation has found that in at least two of Trump’s last three construction projects, Trump opted to purchase his steel and aluminum from Chinese manufacturers rather than United States corporations based in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.” [Newsweek] TRUMP LOVES WOMEN, ESPECIALLY HIS DAUGHTER - God help us if we ever learn anything like this about the hosts of the “Great British Bake Off.” Garance Burke: “In his years as a reality TV boss on ‘The Apprentice’” Donald Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language, according to show insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with. The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 people — former crew members, editors and contestants — who described crass behavior by Trump behind the scenes of the long-running hit show, in which aspiring capitalists were given tasks to perform as they competed for jobs working for him. The staffers and contestants agreed to recount their experiences as Trump’s behavior toward women has become a core issue in the presidential campaign. Interviewed separately, they gave concurring accounts of inappropriate conduct on the set. Eight former crew members recalled that he repeatedly made lewd comments about a camerawoman he said had a nice rear, comparing her beauty to that of his daughter, Ivanka.” [AP] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s new book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill HIGH COURT REJECTS WHITE HOUSE PETITION TO RECONSIDER IMMIGRATION ORDER - Cristian Farias: “Back from its summer recess, the Supreme Court on Monday declined a long-shot petition by the Obama administration to reconsider a deadlocked June ruling that left the president’s executive actions on immigration in limbo. One member short following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the court split evenly in that case ― a multi-state challenge to a plan that would have deferred the deportation of millions of undocumented parents of American citizens and permanent residents. The federal government pointed to the court’s vacancy as a justification for its petition and boldly asked the Supreme Court to agree to rehear the case, but only ‘before a full nine-Member Court.’” [HuffPost] NY AG ORDERS TRUMP FOUNDATION TO CEASE ACTIVITY - Ryan Grim and Cristian Farias:  “The Donald J. Trump Foundation is being ordered to cease its activities in New York state by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The charity was not properly registered under state law to conduct its activities and solicit donations, according to Schneiderman’s office. ‘The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fund-raising activities in New York,’ wrote James Sheehan, head of the NYS Attorney General’s Office Charities Bureau, in a letter sent Friday and released Monday.The foundation has 15 days to come into compliance with the law, and must also ensure that no other charities or third parties raise funds or conduct related activities on its behalf. Failing to take the required steps within that period will amount to ‘a continuing fraud upon the people of the state of New York,’ the letter stated.” [HuffPost] DEMS CATALOGING TRUMP SUPPORTERS - Everything you say on the internet is permanent...especially Trump endorsements. “Newly confident in Hillary Clinton’s November prospects, Democrats are now plotting a post-Election Day campaign against individual Republicans for nominating—and sticking by—Donald Trump.... Party operatives in key states, with help from a few Washington players, are starting to fluff the feathers on the Trump albatross they want to hang around the GOP’s neck in 2017, 2018, even 2020. Anyone who stood with Trump, these Democrats intend to say, enabled racism, irresponsibility and a departure from conservative principles. The Democratic Governors Association is starting with next year’s Virginia governor’s race, where they say they think they’ve got fertile ground in a swingy state to hit all three likely GOP candidates for backing the Republican nominee.” [Politico] TRUMP WANTS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, ALSO WET-WILLY A/V KIDS - Good thing he hasn’t said anything about mental disorders lately to exacerbate this perception. Abby Phillip: “The country’s largest labor union will kick off its final general election push on Hillary Clinton’s behalf this week with a campaign that links Donald Trump to a rise in schoolyard bullying. Citing a growing number of reports by its membership of Trump-like bullying in classrooms across the country, the National Education Association is planning to make the issue a centerpiece of its argument against Trump in ads and mailings in battleground states. ‘We are going to do everything humanly possible to make sure that we have a president who will be a good role model for children,’ NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said. ‘Donald Trump is not on that list, but Hillary Clinton is.’ Beginning on Monday, the union will hold conference calls and news conferences with teachers, principals and psychologists who link Trump’s comments on the national stage to a rise in bullying in the classroom.” [WaPo] PRO TIP: TIM KAINE’S PROBABLY GOING TO KILL YOUR FAMILY - That is, when he’s not buying Wrangler jeans and reading David Baldacci paperbacks. Niels Lesniewski: “The day before Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine takes the debate stage in his home state, Republicans are attacking his record on the death penalty. In a new web ad that recalls the Willie Horton attack on the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, the Republican National Committee is highlighting two of Kaine’s clients when he was a defense attorney. Richard Lee Whitley was convicted of murdering a 63-year-old neighbor in Fairfax County, while Lem Tuggle was found guilty of raping, sodomizing and murdering a 52-year old woman from Smyth County. While numerous executions took place on his watch as Virginia governor, Kaine had come up as a defense attorney working to keep people convicted of capital offenses from facing the death penalty.” [Roll Call] GOP DROPS A BIG FAT NOPE ON WI-SEN - Ron Johnson, America’s most capable legislator, might not be long for this congressional world. Reid Wilson: “The National Republican Senatorial Committee is canceling more than $1.1 million in television advertising reservations in Wisconsin, a likely sign the party believes Sen. Ron Johnson (R) trails by too much of a margin to win reelection. The NRSC has already spent a limited amount in hopes of reversing Johnson’s fortunes. But the party’s independent expenditure wing will drop its scheduled reservations beginning Oct. 17, according to a source watching the advertising market.... Polls show Johnson trailing Feingold, the Democrat he beat six years ago, by significant margins. An Emerson College survey conducted in mid-September put Feingold ahead 52 percent to 42 percent, and a Marquette Law School poll from the same period showed Feingold ahead 47 percent to 41 percent.” [The Hill] Mood music: “Saying relations with the United States have deteriorated in a ‘radically changed environment,’ President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia withdrew Monday from a landmark nuclear security agreement, in a troubling sign that the countries’ cooperation in a range of nuclear areas could be threatened. The treaty, on the disposal of plutonium, the material used in some nuclear weapons, was concluded in 2000 as one of the framework disarmament deals of the early post-Cold War period. It required Russia and the United States to destroy military stockpiles of plutonium, a deal that represented another encouraging step away from nuclear doomsday and an insurance policy against the materials falling into the hands of terrorists or rogue states.” [NYT’s Andrew E. Kramer] ANOTHER BUSH FOR CLINTON - If only we could announce all of our political views through parties in Paris. Elise Viebeck: “If you need a reminder that social media can break political news in 2016, look no further than this Instagram post. Vanity Fair’s Derek Blasberg is pictured here with Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, fashionista Lauren Santo Domingo and actress Dakota Fanning at a Clinton fundraiser in Paris. But who is that woman to Fanning’s right? We haven’t seen her in a while. That’s right — it’s Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush. And judging by the context, it looks like she’s the latest member of her family to share her support for the Democratic presidential nominee.” [WaPo] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a monkey concerned with your cleanliness. THE NRA REALLY KNOWS HOW TO CARPE THAT DIEM - Mollie Reilly: “The National Rifle Association decided it was appropriate to needle Kim Kardashian West about her position on gun control after the reality TV star was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. Kardashian West was robbed early Monday morning by armed thieves dressed as police officers. Her representatives said she was ‘badly shaken but physically unharmed’ during the incident, which took place at a private apartment she was renting during Paris Fashion Week…’Wait, criminals held @KimKardashian at gunpoint in Paris? How is that possible? Does anyone know if they passed a background check first?’ [the NRA tweeted].” [HuffPost] COMFORT FOOD - This machine literally digs trees from the ground, root and branch. - ICYMI: SNL’s Trump-Hillary mock debate. - A giant, bowling ball-firing slingshot. TWITTERAMA @aedwardslevy: IF HORSE RACING CO-OPTED CAMPAIGN TERMS INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND: “And...oh no! What a gaffe there from Mine That Bird.” @BobbyBigWheel: Adding “Sr.” to your jersey is a nice way to show everyone you’ve had sex @moshekasher: They have not yet invented a joke that the Internet won’t willfully refuse to get. Got something to add? 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03 октября 2016, 14:05

NEW Poll: Clinton up six in four-way contest -- TRUMP’s tax nightmare continues -- RYAN on the stump for GOP -- JIM ROBERTS leaves journalism

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30 сентября 2016, 11:54

Дания заплатила 810 тысяч евро за "панамский архив"

Дания выкупила данные о своих гражданах, имена которых упомянуты в так называемых "панамских досье". Анонимному источнику выплачено 6 млн крон (810 тысяч евро) за данные о фирмах - "почтовых ящиках", принадлежащих датским налогоплательщикам, сообщило налоговое ведомство Дании в четверг, 29 сентября. Представитель ведомства отметил, что объем и качество полученной информации соответствуют возлагавшимся на них ожиданиям и теперь эти материалы будут детально изучены.

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29 сентября 2016, 20:43

Часть «панамского досье» обошлась Дании в 900 тысяч долларов

Власти Дании заплатили за данные панамской юридической фирмы Mossack Fonseсa об офшорных счетах 900 тысяч долларов, обосновав эти затраты необходимостью более эффективно вести борьбу с коррупцией, передает Reuters. Дело в том, что в так называемом панамском досье упоминаются от 500 до 600 граждан Дании, которых в настоящее время проверяют на причастность к махинациям с налогами. Кроме того, датские власти пообещали в случае обнаружения в купленных ими документах сведений о нарушениях со стороны граждан других государств передать соответствующую информацию властям этих стран. Напомним, сведения о «панамском досье» появились в СМИ в апреле нынешнего года как итог расследования Международного консорциума журналистов-исследователей (ICIJ). В сентябре датские власти сообщили о поступившем в их адрес предложении приобрести часть документов.