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Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge: Karzai’s Alleged Drug Problem

Peter Galbraith, the former U.N. envoy who claims he was fired for trying to confront the election fraud in Afghanistan, says of Hamid Karzai: “In fact, some of the palace insiders say that he has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports.” (video after the jump)

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Karzai Blames U.N. for Election Fraud

Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged Thursday that last year’s presidential election had been greatly hindered by fraud, his assessment as to the source of the problem came as a surprise to the president’s main target.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jessica J. Wilkes

They Don’t Build Democracies Like They Used To

Iraq’s recent election was supposed to remove Nouri al-Maliki from power, but the prime minister, sounding rather like a Bond villain, declared “the game is still very much on.” Now a governmental commission created to keep Baathists out of public life says that on the night before the election it banned six candidates who went on to win.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Don Hankins

Internet Fraud Losses Doubled in 2009

From Nigerian “millionaire” plans to “FBI agent” schemes, millions of dollars have been lost to scams on the Internet. Last year saw reported losses from Internet fraud more than double, rising from $264.6 million in 2008 to $559.7 million in 2009.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Slams ‘Insurance Company Abuses’ at Health Care Rally

“Improper payments” figured among the many symptoms of an ailing health care system that President Obama railed against during a pep rally for health care reform near St. Louis on Wednesday—the latest stop in his U.S. tour to drum up support for his controversial cause.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal in Afghanistan
AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Keeping Afghanistan Safe From Democracy

The most idiotic thing being said about America’s involvement in Afghanistan is that the best way to protect the 68,000 U.S. troops there now is by putting an additional 40,000 in harm’s way. 

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


Hamid Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / Tapand

Without an Opponent, Karzai Declared Winner

Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission has declared President Hamid Karzai the winner of a second five-year term after his rival Abdullah Abdullah dropped out of the race. Abdullah said the runoff would be just as corrupt as the original election and withdrew in protest. (continued)

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


Abdullah
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Karzai, Abdullah at Odds About Afghan Election Official

Considering the outcome of the last presidential election, or attempt at same, in Afghanistan, it’s not surprising that Hamid Karzai’s challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, would balk at the idea of letting the same polling officials head the voting effort during the runoff slated for Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai votes

Afghanistan: Fraud, Opium and Taliban

If an athlete is caught cheating in the Olympics or another sports competition, that person is disqualified, and it is seen as a disgrace. In the case of the recent election in Afghanistan, however, cheating has been rewarded and even praised by no less than the president of the United States, says Link TV’s Jamal Dajani in this week’s “Mosaic Intelligence Report.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Afghan election runoff

Afghanistan Prepares for Election Runoff

Ballots are being distributed to voting centers throughout Afghanistan for the runoff between incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his top challenger from Round 1, Abdullah Abdullah, slated to take place on Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



White House / Lawrene Jackson

Karzai Gives In, Agrees to Runoff

Afghanistan will hold a runoff election on Nov. 7 after a U.N. commission stripped President Hamid Karzai of his victory, citing rampant fraud. Karzai, under heavy foreign pressure, accepted the commission’s findings Tuesday and agreed to the runoff.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Political Crisis Brews in Afghanistan

Afghanistan may be nearing yet another political crisis as officials fear that President Hamid Karzai will not accept results of an investigation outlining massive fraud in the country’s presidential elections two months ago. The inquiry is expected to drop Karzai’s vote total to under 50 percent, requiring a runoff election.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009 READ MORE



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U.N. Official Sees ‘Widespread Fraud’ in Afghan Election

After facing allegations of a cover-up, Kai Eide, the most senior U.N. representative in Afghanistan, acknowledged that “widespread fraud” has tainted the country’s presidential election but denied that he tried to hide evidence of cheating.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Ken Denny

Ex-U.N. Official Slams Afghan Elections

A former U.N. diplomat has attacked the process and results of the recent Afghan elections, claiming that almost one in three votes cast for incumbent President Hamid Karzai was fraudulent and that the elections seriously weakened the democratic process in the eyes of the Afghan people. As a consequence, the Taliban is stronger, says Peter Galbraith, who was fired in a dispute over the voting.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Jason DeCrow

Legal Trouble Spreads to Madoff Family Members

Fallen financier Bernard Madoff’s brother, sons and niece are now in legal hot water after a court-appointed trustee filed suit against them on Friday for allegedly pocketing “ill-gotten gains” they received from Madoff’s fraudulent business ventures, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan election
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Over 1M Afghan Election Votes May Be Fraudulent

A European Union election watchdog group has determined that as many as a third of the votes cast in the recent presidential election in Afghanistan might be fraudulent, which translates to as many as 1.1 million bogus votes—making Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s re-election seem suspect just as the tally tilted in his favor.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / Army.mil

Getting a Read on Afghanistan

Hey, so what exactly are we doing fighting in Afghanistan again? What’s the U.S. role, if any, in sorting out the recent, trouble-plagued Afghan presidential election? It’s not likely that this Los Angeles Times “primer” on Afghanistan is going to get to the more uncomfortable answers to these questions, but here’s what the paper has to say for starters.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Matthew Freire

Afghans React to Vote Fraud

The BBC has collected testimonials from Afghan citizens on their country’s troubled election. A university student says he survived an encounter with the Taliban only to find a corrupt policeman at his polling place who “asked me to give him my card so that he can vote for me.” He ended up not voting.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Ken Denny

Karzai Closes In, but U.N. Orders Recounts

U.N. monitors found “clear and convincing evidence of fraud” in Afghanistan’s recent election and have cast doubt on results from 600 polling places. Hamid Karzai has so far secured more than the 50 percent needed to win, but U.N. officials have ordered recounts and investigations of the suspect precincts.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai: Fraud Happens in a Young Democracy

The official results have yet to be announced for Afghanistan’s presidential election, and incumbent President Hamid Karzai is facing pressure to agree to a do-over, but for his part, Karzai is pushing back against critics who claim that thousands of votes were forged to keep him in his country’s top position.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff affair book
gawker.com

Nobody Wants to Read About Bernie Madoff’s Steamy Affair

Disgraced former Wall Street baron Bernard Madoff might have made millions swindling others for profit during his heyday, but he doesn’t seem to have made much of a literary cottage industry for writers presumably looking to cash in on his downfall. Not even the “I-was-Bernie’s-mistress” angle is tempting book buyers at this point.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff
AP / Louis Lanzano

SEC Missed Multiple Opportunities to Bust Madoff

It was a sad case of too little, too late when it came to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s readings of Bernie Madoff’s now-collapsed house of cards. On Wednesday, the SEC released a report about Madoff’s massive financial boondoggle, detailing the many moments in which chances were missed to stop the damage from spreading as far as it did.

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
Air Force / Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

Democratic Fundraiser Arrested in $74 Million Fraud

Hassan Nemazee has raised millions for Democratic candidates, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He was arrested Tuesday for allegedly using bogus documents and phone numbers to try to sucker Citibank out of $74 million.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan election
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Afghan Election Dogged by Fraud Claims

Corruption rumors and threats of violence preceded last week’s Afghan presidential election, so it’s not surprising that similar concerns are cropping up after the fact.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan election
AP / Rahmat Gul

Report: Pre-Election Corruption Crops Up in Afghanistan

This week’s presidential election in Afghanistan may not be the cleanest polling event, if the BBC’s findings about corruption and voting fraud are indicative of larger trends. The British news outlet reported Tuesday that bribery and bids to buy voting cards, combined with threats of violence from militant groups, could muck up the works come Thursday.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC1 Nicholas Lingo

Contractor Waste of Tax Dollars Continues

DynCorp International got caught charging the government $50 million over contract for providing living facilities in Kuwait. The company’s CEO told a congressional commission, “If we’re not competitive [in costs], it’s possible for the government to replace us.” But the opposite seems to be true when it comes to contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, where fraud, waste and abuse have been all too common for years.

Posted on Aug 12, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Louis Lanzano

Madoff’s Amazing Disgrace

Despite several occasions when he thought he had been nailed by the SEC, Bernard Madoff continued with his Ponzi scheme, revealing in his first jailhouse interview that he was “amazed” that he got away with it for so long. Madoff spoke to lawyers about his financial larceny Tuesday, during which he was called both candid and an “absolute gentleman.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 READ MORE


Ayatollah
blogspot.com

And the Ayatollah Says ...

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, said Friday there was no fraud in last week’s presidential election and demanded an end to massive street protests. He warned that political leaders supporting such protests—words aimed directly at losing candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi—would be responsible for any violence.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Ben Curtis

Learning to Live With the Devil We Know

The protests in Iran have captured the imagination of Western media, but the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should come as no surprise. The world needs to move past the controversy of the Iranian elections and, like him or not, find a way to deal with President Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ambitions.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Ben Curtis

Iran to Recount Disputed Votes

Iran’s Guardian Council has announced a recount of disputed votes from last week’s election as massive protests continued in the streets of Tehran. It’s not clear how extensive the recount will be or whether it could threaten to upset the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who flew to Russia on Tuesday for a meeting there.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Iranian Students News Agency / Arash Khamushi

Ahmadinejad Wins Dubious Election

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been re-elected president of Iran by a surprisingly wide majority, according to the country’s electoral commission. But his main rival also claimed victory and said, “I will not surrender to this dangerous charade.” The BBC reports that official figures show Ahmadinejad winning even in his opponent’s territory and among reformist voters.

Posted on Jun 13, 2009 READ MORE


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weblo.com

Wikipedia Slams Door on Scientology’s Editors

It’s been a rough week for the Church of Scientology. First there was the opening of a trial that could lead to the banning of the organization in France, and on Thursday L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial religion was banned from revising articles in Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia that is edited by Internet users.

Posted on May 29, 2009 READ MORE


Smash-Me Bernie
minimemodelworks.com

Madoff Investors Under Investigation

File under “honor among thieves?” A group of prominent investors in Bernard Madoff’s failed financial enterprise are being investigated by the U.S. attorney’s office in New York City for allegedly playing Madoff’s fraudulent system to their advantage.

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE


Blagojevich
wn.com

America’s Next Top Douche Bag

Only 24 hours after pleading not guilty to racketeering and fraud charges on Tuesday, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has accepted a reality television deal to be one of 10 contestants competing in “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!” As if his hair was destined for anything but television stardom?

Posted on Apr 15, 2009 READ MORE


Merkin
panacheprivee.com

Cuomo Sues Madoff’s ‘Middleman’ Over $2.4B Handoff

Manhattan financier and art aficionado Ezra Merkin may pay a high price for passing some $2.4 billion of his own clients’ money to Bernard Madoff, if New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has his way in the matter.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 READ MORE


Veteran Regulator Calls Geithner a Failure

William K. Black made a name for himself busting bad bankers and the lawmakers who loved them during the savings and loan scandal. His book, “The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One,” says it all. Here he tells Bill Moyers that the treasury secretary is a failed regulator engaged in the cover-up of a massive fraud.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Blagojevich
AP photo / Seth Perlman

Blagojevich Racks Up 16 Felony Charges

It’s now eminently clear that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s media blitz to gain sympathy after he was ousted from office in January hasn’t helped his case, as he was charged with a whopping 16 felony counts on Thursday. However, Blagojevich wasn’t in Chicago to receive the bad news in person—he was vacationing near Disney World with his family.

Posted on Apr 2, 2009 READ MORE


The Right’s Twisted Blame Game

Listening to the president’s critics, it would be easy to believe that Obama is responsible for the deficits, bailouts, bonuses, nationalized institutions and careening markets. It would be easy to believe but it’s entirely false.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff
msrb.wordpress.com

Madoff’s Victims Speak Out

Some of them have only their homes, while others have no remaining assets and no means to earn income, but all of the former clients of Bernard Madoff (above) whose statements were made public by the government on Friday described in nightmarish terms their experiences since Madoff’s fraudulent investment empire crumbled.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 READ MORE


Smash-Me Bernie
minimemodelworks.com

Madoff’s Businesses Worth $10M, Tops

Although $10 million is a lot of money, it’s not much compared with $50 billion in lost investments. The $10 million figure represents the upper limit of the current value of Bernard Madoff’s businesses, which Madoff had valued at $826 million before his proverbial fall. It doesn’t look good for his defrauded investors’ chances of reclaiming much of their missing funds.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff
AP photo / Jason DeCrow

Madoff Wants Out of Jail ... for Now

Citing such sketchy precedents as rulings in the cases of Enron’s Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, Bernard Madoff’s legal team filed an appeal at a New York federal court on Friday requesting that their client be released on bail until he is sentenced on June 16.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff pleads guilty
AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano

Madoff: ‘Deeply Sorry,’ ‘Ashamed,’ Guilty

The country’s most notorious scam artist, Bernard Madoff, pleaded guilty on Thursday to fleecing thousands of investors out of as much as $65 billion at the New York District Courthouse, where several of his defrauded clients turned up to hear him speak.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff
AP photo / Louis Lanzano

Madoff to Plead Guilty

It’s not as though he has many other options, but alleged fraudster Bernie Madoff is preparing to plead guilty on Thursday to swindling thousands of clients out of as much as $50 billion in investments.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 READ MORE


Thiermann

90-Year-Old Madoff Client Goes Back to Work

Even though this CBS report seems to want to make a feel-good story out of this one, it’s more the stuff of nightmares, despite 90-year-old Ian Thiermann’s good-natured take on his fate. After being retired for 30 years, Thiermann discovered that he’d lost his entire retirement fund due to Bernie Madoff’s shenanigans, and now Thiermann is working for $10 an hour in a California supermarket.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Stanford
AP photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

Stanford’s Billions Are MIA

The troubles of alleged rip-off artist Sir R. Allen Stanford are piling up in a big way: Not only does he stand accused of defrauding some 50,000 customers via his Stanford Financial enterprise, but now it seems that authorities are able to account for only $250 million of the $8.2 billion in assets that Stanford’s bank said it had.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 READ MORE


Monopoly Man
amnesta.net

Wall St. Scams a Go-Go

This information should shock no one by this point, but it seems that there are more tales of alleged fraud emerging from the general direction of Wall Street. Move over, Bernie Madoff.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


Smash-Me Bernie
minimemodelworks.com

Oh, Look ... You’ve Gone and Broken Your New Doll

Ah, capitalism. First, we had Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff making big money off his clients, and now here comes ModelWorks, a toy manufacturer with an enterprising plan for how to profit off the failed financier in turn.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE


Bacon
seemoresplayhouse.com

Six Degrees of Bernard Madoff

Not that anyone else who suffered losses at the hands of failed financier Bernard Madoff is any less important, but it turns out that actor Kevin Bacon is one member of the vast network of investors in Madoff’s collapsed company, along with famed pitcher Sandy Koufax.

Posted on Feb 5, 2009 READ MORE


Tsvangirai Beaten
dailymail.co.uk

Mugabe Learns How to Share ... Maybe

The ever-unfolding democratic drama in Zimbabwe has revealed a new, potentially less contentious chapter. Opposition leader and once-exiled politician Morgan Tsvangirai has said he will join a government as prime minister with President Robert Mugabe in a power-sharing agreement between the two rival parties.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff
AP photo / Jason DeCrow

An Insanity Plea for Madoff?

It might seem a stretch, but fallen financier Bernard Madoff’s legal team may be “exploring an insanity defense,” according to the New York Daily News.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE


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