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Ukraine Update: Blinken’s visit and external governance

Anthony Blinken and Victoria Nuland visited Kiev in May for multiple reasons. What has unfolded in Ukraine as a result? Protesters are increasingly holding rallies in front of the US embassy, having realized on whom the solution of their problems depends | Dmitriy Kovalevich
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(June 1) – For Ukrainian politicians, the month of May was kicked off with the visit of Anthony Blinken and Victoria Nuland to Kiev. The same Victoria Nuland who in 2014 supported ultra-right nationalists on the Maidan and became known amongst Ukrainians for distributing cookies.

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Press corruption

Every country’s history has been marred by scandals of covert newspaper-buying by economic magnates. This is happening today at the European and U.S. level.

For example, in 2019 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made the following donations:

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Ukraine Update: A year of broken promises in Ukraine and Biden’s corruption affair

The first year of Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky and the leaked conversations between ex-president Poroshenko and Joe Biden | DMITRIY KOVALEVICH

A year has passed since Vladimir Zelensky became president of Ukraine. Twelve months ago, three quarters of the country’s electorate voted for him; optimistically, they associated him with being able to reboot the country’s political power. Voting for Zelensky was essentially a protest vote. People were casting their votes against the nationalist Maidan government and the main requirement was to hold to account corrupt officials and war criminals from the coterie of ex-president Petro Poroshenko. The focus of Zelensky’s campaign was a promise to hold them responsible. “I am your sentence,” the young actor boldly declared to the ex-president. Continue reading

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Cuba’s temerity – The Tomakjian case

Statement by the Canadian Network On Cuba, October 2, 2014

Cuba flagMuch bile has been spilled in the Canadian media condemning Cuba regarding the conviction and sentencing of Toronto businessman Cy Tokmakjian and two of his executives (Claudio Vetere and Marco Puche) for corruption, bribery and suborning of Cuban officials. Under Cuba law they were convicted of acts “that are contrary to the principles and ethics that should characterize commercial activity, and contravene the Cuban judicial order.” Continue reading

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Tokmakjian case: Cuba sentences former deputy minister to 20 years

usaid-cashHAVANA TIMES (Oct. 3) — A Cuban court sentenced a former deputy minister of the defunct Ministry of Sugar, Nelson Ricardo Labrada Fernández, to 20 years in prison on charges of corruption in the case involving a Canadian firm, its nationals and over a dozen Cuban officials who were also sentenced, the Granma daily confirmed today in Havana. Continue reading

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Former finance minister and conflict of interest

Facts defy self-serving eulogies, undeserved praise and the Conservative’s crass opportunism. The glue that bonded Flaherty’s team was money and access to the federal treasury.

120311-TorontoRobocallProtestcr2(Excerpt from Wikipedia) – Flaherty said his office broke government contracting rules in hiring MacPhie & Company to help write the 2007 budget speech and provide advice on how to sell the document. MacPhie & Company was awarded the $122,000 contract without tender by Flaherty’s office.[37] On February 7, 2008, Liberal finance critic John McCallum formally called on Auditor General Sheila Fraser to conduct an audit into the untendered contract awarded by Flaherty to MacPhie & Company for work done in advance of the 2007 budget.[38] Continue reading

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Selling hope and the bobblehead boys

This article is reposted from our Amateur Sports web blog

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerRogers Sportsnet is blowing its own horn. “Our own Damien Cox,” it reported tonight, to paraphrase, has the scoop on the appointment of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s (MLSE) new president, Brendan Shanahan. The NHL executive is being called “the former Olympic champion.” Damien Cox is a Toronto Star columnist and a regular on the PrimeTimeSports program. Continue reading

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CBC’s flagship news program sold favourable coverage to the Harper government, then lied about it

mediaculpaheader.stretchedBoing Boing (Nov. 13) – Jesse Brown from the Canadaland podcast (RSS) writes: “CBC News has made a bad error in judgment. They sold news coverage to the Harper government, who were seeking publicity for a shipwreck salvaging expedition which, in a federal Minister’s words, is an effort to ‘enhance’ Canada’s sovereignty claims in the Arctic. The government is embroiled in a land claim dispute with Russia; both nations covet the massive oil and gas deposits that are thought to reside beneath the the Arctic Ocean. The CBC covered the government’s (fruitless) salvage expedition with fawning stories across its platforms: there’s a dedicated news website and a two-part documentary that aired on The National, CBC’s flagship newscast. CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge himself reported live from the Arctic on a Parks Canada boat, at no time informing viewers that the subjects of his story had paid for his presence.”

You can read the confidential contract (unearthed through an anonymous Access to Information request) here, and the CBC’s evasively-worded denial here.

“We do not get paid to provide coverage. Ever.” – CBC News Editor in Chief Jennifer McGuire

“CBC will provide news coverage on various platforms” – invoice for services provided by CBC to the government in exchange for $65,000 (p.147)

The CBC’s secret deal with the Harper government

TS comment: The report begs the question: Was CBC also paid to despatch Peter Mansbridge to the Halifax International Security Forum aka HalifaxWar Conference in 2012 and 2013, with fawning interviews with Harper’s ministers?

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