"The first peace, which is most important, is that which comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."
- Black Elk, Sioux Holy Man
May the circle of brotherhood and friendship travel around the world.
fter Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Bill Browder by name during his joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland with United States President Donald Trump, interest and awareness related to the controversy surrounding Mr. Browder and Magnitsky Act legislation has grown enormously around the Earth.
One might describe what has been up until now a seemingly impenetrable wall separating the Browder-Magnitsky narrative and Russian government’s narrative – the irresolution of fact and fiction, unresolved for years since passage of U.S. Magnitsky Act laws – starting to crumble and erode, to the point of imminent collapse and overdue identification of the truth.
It is now very difficult to imagine the massive, history-making scandal enduring for much longer, or for any significant length of time. Due to rising awareness and the accompanying concern, shock and outright outrage of those who’ve learned the facts and truth about the Browder-Magnitsky fraud, one might have to travel beyond the boundaries of imagination to come up with a scenario where the deception can possibly become sustained.
The magnitude of the truth behind the Browder-Magnitsky scandal will – once the scandal becomes exposed and the “big boys” calling the shots become identified – shock the human race to a greater extent than if just hearing about your normal, run-of-the-mill, scheming, tax evading billionaire.
This is ultimately the jaw-dropping, universally-relevant story of powerful behind-the-scenes people whose intention was taking control over the assets, resources, economy and monetary systems of the largest landmass nation on Earth: – Russia.
Men and women interested in watching the hugely important documentary film “The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes” can rent it now on Vimeo.com, through the following link:
Co-hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan of “Fault Lines Radio” are part of a (growing) handful of media organizations and individuals who have been reporting on the Browder-Magnitsky scandal. They talk to director Andrei Nekrasov in the following video, where Mr. Nekrasov strongly emphasizes – “..not because I made the film” – the extremely important nature of the astounding information conveyed.
How long will the colossal Browder-Magnitsky Act scandal persist – further eroding U.S.-Russia relations with each passing day – before becoming exposed? For veteran investigative journalist and expert on this hugely important, controversial matter Lucy Komisar, total collapse of the disastrous fraud behind Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act is long, long overdue.
Lucy Komisar is an investigative journalist who focuses on financial and corporate corruption, particularly the use of offshore bank and corporate secrecy havens. She began investigating William Browder nearly 20 years ago when she learned of his use of an offshore company in the Isle of Man to siphon off profits from the Russian company Avisma, cheating minority investors of dividends and the Russian Treasury of taxes.
Her expose was published by 100Reporters, a highly regarded website that has received funding from the Ford and MacArthur Foundations.
Last October, 100Reporters ran her story about tax cheating in Russia by Browder’s company Hermitage and his use of Sergei Magnitsky’s death to build a campaign to block Russian attempts to…
Former hedge fund manager Bill Browder, the faux crusader for human rights, has made very serious claims of corruption against Vladimir Putin, claims which many media personalities in the West have treated as true and factual without ever challenging them. Browder, the go-to expert on Putin’s corruption, presents these claims in his bestseller, “Red Notice.” At first blush, they show Vladimir Putin in a very negative light that may shock the reader. A more careful scrutiny of Browder’s case shows it to be a disingenous, baseless smear, which further begs the question: if this is the best (worst) Browder can offer as proof against Putin, what exactly do the ceaseless allegations of his corruption amount to? The following excerpt from my book (currently banned, but available here in electronic format) examines the merits of Bill Borwder’s assertions.
“Government was intended to suppress injustice, but its effect has been to embody and perpetuate it.”
– WILLIAM GODWIN (1756-1836) English minister, reformer, philosopher
wiss bank whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld praised the work of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange recently at an event in Malta. Like Julian Assange, Mr. Birkenfeld was targeted for persecution after revealing inconvenient truth concerning corruption and imprisoned.
Brad Birkenfeld wrote an extremely revealing book about his extraordinary experiences in the highest levels of global banking, government protection of the white-collar criminal rich and powerful, and all things corrupt in the arena of top-floor finance titled “Lucifer’s Banker”. Men and women interested in reading his book and learning more about the dark side of international banking can visit Mr. Birkenfeld’s website: https://LucifersBanker.com/
The following short presentation in Malta by Brad Birkenfeld in May 2018 is particularly relevant as it relates to the current uncertain situation of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Being a major whistleblower himself, Mr. Birkenfeld has focused his efforts on supporting and protecting fellow truth tellers – including Julian Assange, who he’s worked with personally – through advocacy for strong legislation around the entire world.
Reports suggest Mr. Assange faces an imminent eviction from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been held a virtual prisoner for more than 6 years. In the eyes of people familiar with the highly controversial situation with huge ramifications for journalism and free speech ideals, the most objectionable, bewildering aspect of Julian Assange’s years-long legal nightmare is the fact he has not been convicted of any crime – whatsoever.
Brad Birkenfeld calls attention to his association with and appreciation of Julian Assange toward the end of his presentation:
“But I’ll just end in one note … Is that when I met with Julian Assange in London – and I think this poor guy is going to be extradited out of the Ecuadorian Embassy soon – he told me a situation with respect to why this was going on with WikiLeaks, and how it paralleled with my whistleblowing – historic whistleblowing – at UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland). And he said ‘Look, some people have a gut instinct to do the right thing. Do you have the gut instinct to do the right thing if you see something wrong – to report something?’ ”
“I was fortunate enough to meet Daphne (investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia) here in Malta before her demise, her murder, and this was a very unfortunate thing for Malta. And we talked for a little bit about this situation, about transparency, and about offshore banking and so forth. And it brought it home to light that I had moved here from the United States and I live here in Malta.”
“And I got to know her very little, but we had this chat before she was murdered. And I think it’s important to understand her demise is so important for all of us, because she was a crusader; she was a fighter. Just as I was a fighter; just as Julian Assange is a fighter; Mr. Snowden’s a fighter.”
“You may not like some of these people; you may have an opinion, and that’s fine. But what their end result was … was better for all of society. And I think that’s the message here: you’re either part of the problem, or you’re part of the solution. Which one is it? (Responds to member of audience) ‘Yeah … there you go. Exactly. Precisely.’ And that’s where whistleblowing is paramount.”
“And I’ll sort of end on the whistleblowing note, because they think it’s … It’s important. I go around and lecture throughout Europe and Asia and America, and what I try to tell people is just think about it logically – if you’re not breaking the law you don’t need whistleblowers. Don’t break the law.”
“So, law enforcement should embrace whistleblowers, not attack them. They’re an extension of law enforcement. They do their job better, whether they’re understaffed, under budget, maybe even part of the problem. There are corrupt police out there in law enforcement. A whistleblower will come in and give you everything. Harry Markopolos – great friend of mine –, he exposed the (Bernie) Madoff fraud. He didn’t get paid anything, but he did the right thing. He yelled and screamed for a decade, until he did something about it.”
“So, the point I’m trying to make here is that whistleblowing … To protect whistleblowers – number one, and to compensate them – number two. And that’s a controversial part here in Europe, but it works. I’m a prime example of why it works. I even started whistleblowing before the program came in play, so it wasn’t about the money. Everyone says ‘Ah, you did it for the money’. Absolutely not. So my point is … Is that Europe needs to pass, and Asia needs to pass, positive whistleblowing laws to protect and compensate whistle blowers.”
“Because they make your life better; your children’s lives better; your grandchildren’s lives better. Or … we’ll just go and we’ll steal and cheat and lie, and we’ll just keep that going. So you have a choice. What society do you want to live in? So that’s why whistleblowing is so paramount.”
“And that’s why I go around lecturing and send the message out. Not just about what I did at UBS and in Switzerland, which was cataclysmic as I said before – but also because it might send a message to each and every one of you, and your children if you have children, that this is so important to go ahead and praise whistleblowing.”
“We’ve seen it time and time again. And as I said: if you’re not breaking the law you won’t need whistleblowers. So, let’s promote the whistleblowing angle, and let’s move forward to help everyone in that regard.”
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