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Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital


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Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital

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SEOUL (Reuters) – A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border to South Korea has been transferred to a military hospital, a South Korean intelligence official said on Saturday.

The North Korean soldier, 24-year-old Oh Chong Song, was transferred to the military hospital on Friday from a trauma center at Ajou University Hospital south of Seoul, where his treatment for gunshot wounds and pre-existing conditions included two major operations.

“Oh has been transferred to South Korea’s military hospital and South Korea’s intelligence services will soon schedule the security questioning process depending on Oh’s condition,” the intelligence official told Reuters.

The official, who declined to be identified, also declined to provide a specific schedule for Oh’s questioning.

Oh was shot and badly wounded by his fellow North Korean soldiers while fleeing across the border into the South in November.

Three South Korean soldiers brought Oh to safety and he was immediately taken aboard a U.S. Black Hawk military helicopter and rushed into surgery.

“Medical staff at the Armed Forces Hospital will continue to provide proper care and treatment for Oh,” a South Korean defense ministry official.

Surgeon John Cook-Jong Lee accompanied Oh, along with a few South Korean intelligence services agents and other medical crew, as he was airlifted by a South Korean military helicopter to the Korean Armed Forces Capital Hospital in Seongnam, south of Seoul.

“Oh is still recovering from two major surgeries and other minor injuries. He has not gained full strength yet, but his condition has been much stabilized,” said a person familiar with Oh’s condition, who declined to be identified.

Yeah, this is the end…


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Numar foarte mare de firme cu actiuni la purtator in Romania: “Toate lucreaza cu statul” – Aktual24


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16 decembrie 2017

Numar foarte mare de firme cu actiuni la purtator in Romania: „Toate lucreaza cu statul”

AK-24 | 15 DECEMBRIE 2017

POLITICA

Europarlamentarul Catalin Ivan a declarat vineri, la Iasi, ca in Romania sunt 384 de firme cu actiuni la purtator, fapt care le confera proprietarilor confortul anonimatului si le da posibilitatea incheierii contractelor cu statul.

„In Romania sunt 384 de firme. Toate lucreaza cu statul. De-a lungul ultimilor zece ani de zile niciuna nu a avut sincope, adica sa mearga mai bine sau mai prost, in conditiile in care la guvernare au fost toate partidele din spectrul politic, ceea ce inseamna ca relatia dintre ele este dincolo de politica unui partid sau ideologia unui partid”, a declarat eurodeputatul Catalin Ivan in cadrul unei dezbateri privind „Actiunile la purtator”, informeaza Agerpres.

La evenimentul desfasurat la Facultatea de Economie si Administrare a Afacerilor, din cadrul Universitatii „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” din Iasi, europarlamentarul a subliniat dificultatea infiintarii unei astfel de firme. In acest sens, Catalin Ivan a mentionat ca „intr-o economie in care oamenii nu isi asuma activitatea pe care o depun, e cel putin periculos din toate punctele de vedere”.

„Dau un exemplu aleatoriu. Sunt presedinte de Consiliu Judetean si privatizez o firma din subordine, o dau unor prieteni, o transform inapoi in actiuni la purtator iar prietenii imi dau fizic actiunile, si mi le pun in sertar eu mie. Pot sa imi dau mie contracte, firmei mele fara ca nimeni sa poata face legatura intre firma respectiva si mine. Sigur, de-a lungul vietii drumurile noastre se intersecteaza, pentru ca eu am nevoie de banii pe care mi-i dau. Atunci imi garantez niste imprumuturi pe care poate nu le mai platesc niciodata, beneficiez de tot felul de servicii din partea firmei respective, dar niciodata nu iau bani fizic din firma respectiva, ca sa nu urmareasca nimeni banii pe principiul ‘follow the money’ si sa ajunga la mine. Este un mod de lucru care se practica”, a declarat Catalin Ivan.

Conform afirmatiilor acestuia, transferurile din Romania catre firmele de offshore se ridica la peste 40 de miliarde de euro.

„Fenomenul exista. Suspiciunile sunt reale. Este evident pentru toata lumea ca avem cativa foarte bogati si majoritatea averilor din Romania sunt facute din contracte cu statul. Este evident si ca avem o populatie tot mai saraca. Aceasta diferenta nu poate fi acoperita daca bugetul Romaniei nu se insanatoseste si pe parte de venituri si pe parte de cheltuieli”, a spus Catalin Ivan.

Eurodeputatul a subliniat ca paradisurile fiscale lovesc statele atat din perspectiva veniturilor, cat si a cheltuielilor.

„Ultimele studii arata ca la nivel european averea scoasa de europeni in afara Uniunii si neimpozitata se ridica in jurul cifrei de 6.000 de miliarde de euro. Va dati seama ce ar insemna 6.000 de miliarde de euro impozitati? Nu sunt 6.000 de miliarde de euro care nu ajung la bugetele statelor membre, dar sunt 6.000 de miliarde care nu sunt impozitati in niciun fel”, a spus Catalin Ivan.

El a mentionat ca in astfel de situatii nu putem vorbi doar de coruptie.

„Nu stim daca este coruptie. Poate fi crima organizata. La fel de bine poate fi terorism, finantarea terorismului. Cum spunea David Cameron pe vremea cand era prim-ministru al Marii Britanii: ‘lumina soarelui este cel mai bun dezinfectant’. Daca ai lumina si stii ce se intampla acolo, stii sa iei decizii. Poti sa stii daca este bun, poti sa evaluezi daca este bun sau nu pentru economie”, a spus eurodeputatul in timpul dezbaterii.

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American Microsoft abandoning Hungary because of corruption – Daily News Hungary


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Home » American Microsoft abandoning Hungary because of corruption AMERICAN MICROSOFT ABANDONING HUNGARY BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION Posted by Gergely Lajtai-Szabó | Dec 13, 2017 | Business | 0 According to 24.hu, Microsoft’s Hungarian subsidiary was checked recently. Last year, the investigation related to the corrupted business between the Romanian government and the local Microsoft became a nationwide scandal. Microsoft Hungary also has things to explain. The documents of Microsoft’s office in Bucharest were connected to nine former Romanian ministers. The court sentenced multiple people to 2-6 years of prison and a total of 17 million euros of reparations. They were accused of accepting bribes for accepting state contracts for software licences for prices 30-40 percent higher. Hungary was also investigated in parallel to Romania, but it has not been made public until now. The American parent company examined the contracts made mostly during the leadership of chairman István Papp.

In response to 24.hu message, Microsoft Hungary did not deny the fact that an investigation was in progress, and they replied that the company’s “mission is to help every person and organization in the world to be more efficient. In order to fulfill our promise — due to our global strategy — we are constantly evaluating our cooperation with our partners all around the world.” Meanwhile, Microsoft Hungary aborted their contracts with three of their four greatest partners in Hungary, all of a sudden. They have cancelled the selling rights of their software and other products from their LAR (Large Account Reseller) partners out of the blue, referring to ethical reasons. It was a huge suicidal act coming from Microsoft. We must mention that Microsoft Hungary did not sell their products directly before, they were only acting as a marketing and management company. It was their LAR partners’ business to trade with the government — with a high level of independence — and they transferred the orders to Microsoft’s center in Ireland. The removal of Humansoft Ltd., Racionet Ltd. and Euro One Ltd. — which all contributed to the business with tens of millions of euros — from the picture caused serious problems in the operation of state organizations. Sagyibó was appointed as a state commissioner on 7 November. He was given a significantly large authority, according to Magyar Közlöny: he was entrusted with the overseeing of Hungarian and Union projects. He was also entitled to monitor Public Administration and Public Service Development Operational Program, which includes several significant IT developments. Sagyibó made a peculiar move before he was appointed. He became the chief manager at 4IG Ltd., which is the owner of one of Microsoft’s LAR partners, Humansoft. He did this half a year after Microsoft (though its CEO paid a visit in Budapest this year) abandoned Hungary. He was manning the office for only two weeks. The company announced that the new chief manager resigned because of unnamed personal reasons. Gossips claim that Microsoft is behind the quick resignation. 24.hu asked Microsoft Hungary about Sagyibó’s governmental appointment. Microsoft Hungary replied the following: “We have decided that we take a different direction in the operation of our local partners. Please note that Microsoft does not give away any data concerning their business relations and former colleagues.” 24.hu also approached the government with questions about the investigation at Microsoft and its relation to corruption issues. They have not replied yet. 

(Source: 24.hu)

Palestinian terror group PFLP celebrates 50th anniversary in Berlin


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Palestinian terror group PFLP celebrates 50th anniversary in Berlin

Benjamin Weinthal

Palestinian members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) take part in a military show in Gaza . (photo credit: REUTERS)

BERLIN — Supporters and a high level official of the international designated terrorist organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine celebrated the group’s 50th anniversary in Berlin.

A video was posted Monday on YouTube by the German left-wing extremist organization “Youth Resistance Media” showing supporters and likely members of the PFLP at the anniversary event calling for the “Death to Zionism” with the use of “rifles.”

Dr. Elvira Grözinger, the head of the German section of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), told The Jerusalem Poston Thursday that the “presently prevailing and growing pogrom atmosphere against the Jews as ‘Zionists’ and the Israel-related antisemitism in Muslim circles in Germany are only made possible because there are German supporters like these still existing — Stalinist fanatics and other ignorant contemporaries.”

Grözinger, who organized a conference on German antisemitism last week in Berlin, added, “When the democratic state does not immediately start to enforce the existing laws against hate speech and incitement against the Jews living here, these forces calling for terror will remain active. And the Jews, when unprotected, will know the answer — it will not be a pleasant one for the declining democracy in a once so exemplary country.”

The US, Israel and EU classify the PFLP as a terrorist organization. Israeli MKs such as Yair Lapid from Yesh Atid and German MPs have urged Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maizière to ban the PFLP in Germany. Two members of the PFLP murdered four rabbis with axes in a November 2014 attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem.

The Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany announced on Thursday that a “representative of the central committee of the PFLP came directly from the Gaza Strip” to meet with the Marxist party. Gabi Fechtner congratulated PFLP supporters on its 50th year. Her party has called for the PFLP to be delisted as a terrorist entity. After thePost reported on the PFLP connection to the Marxist party, Deutsche Bank and Postbank closed all the accounts of the Marxist-Leninist Party in November.

When asked by the Post if the German interior ministry plans to clamps down on the PFLP and Hezbollah in Germany, Rogel Rachman, the head of Israel’s public diplomacy at the embassy in Berlin, said the German government knows Israel’s position. Rachman spoke on Sunday at the conference on Antisemitism in Germany organized by SPME, the German foreign ministry and the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

He declined to comment further on discussions between the German government and Israel over the push by lawmakers in both countries to outlaw Hezbollah’s entire organization and the PFLP in Germany.

Writing in the embassy’s newsletter in June, Rachman urged Berlin Mayor Michael Müller to ban the annual al-Quds march organized by Iran’s regime and Hezbollah supporters and members.

Rachman wrote the the mayor’s decision to allow the al-Quds march was “not to be tolerated and wrong as wrong can be. Today, like every year, tens of thousands haters of Israel are demonstrating under the disguise of anti-Zionism for the destruction of Israel… It [al-Quds Day] deals with a hate festival where flags of various terrorist organizations are waved.”

German authorities allowed thePFLP terrorist Leila Khaled to deliver talks in Germany in 2016. Khaled was a key member of the terrorist cell that hijacked TWA Flight 840 in 1969. A year later, she participated in the attempted hijacking of EL AL Flight 219.

The PFLP works closely with the head of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign, Doris Ghannam, in Germany. She spoke in Berlin at a 2014 celebration event to honor the founding of the PFLP.

Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control


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Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control.

Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The law required most companies to cover birth control at no additional cost, though it included exemptions for religious organizations and some private companies.

The new policy would allow more categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing free contraception to women by claiming religious objections. It would allow any company that is not publicly traded to deny coverage on moral grounds.

Beetlestone, appointed to the bench by Obama, called the Trump administration’s exemptions “sweeping” and said they are the “proverbial exception that swallows the rule.”

She was particularly critical of the power to object on moral grounds, saying it “conjured up a world where a government entity is empowered to impose its own version of morality on each one of us. That cannot be right.”

Attorneys for the Trump administration had argued in court documents that the rules are about “protecting a narrow class of sincere religious and moral objectors from being forced to facilitate practices that conflict with their beliefs.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the new policy in October. It marked another step in the Trump administration’s rollback of the Affordable Care Act, and supporters say it promotes religious freedom.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, said that Trump broke the law to undermine women’s health and that the ruling will protect women.

“This is just the first step, but today is a critical victory for millions of women and families and for the rule of law,” Shapiro said.

The injunction will block the rule from being implemented around the country while the case brought by Shapiro moves forward in Pennsylvania. Shapiro’s suit said the rules violate the Fifth Amendment because they pertain to women and not men and the First Amendment, by putting employers’ religious beliefs over the constitutional rights of women.

California, Washington and Massachusetts have also sued the Trump administration over the rules. Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia joined California in its effort.

A federal judge in Oakland, California, heard arguments on Tuesday on the state’s request to block the new rules and is expected to issue a ruling in that case soon.

Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women’s Law Center, praised the decision and said the group will continue to fight against the rules.

“Employers’ religious beliefs should never determine the care a woman receives,” she said.

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Thanawala reported from San Francisco.

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This story has been corrected to show that only companies that are not publicly traded could rely on the moral exemption.

100 million Americans live in areas where every single ISP has admitted to violating net neutrality / Boing Boing


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100 million Americans live in areas where every single ISP has admitted to violating net neutrality

Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — a former Verizon exec — says that we can count on ISPs to voluntarily refrain from abusing their natural monopolies to degrade service to their customers in order to maximize their profits.

But Pai’s FCC also wants to be sure that companies like Verizon face no competition when they provide internet access, banning cities from creating municipal networks, even in places where no ISP is willing to provide internet access. In this regard, Pai’s FCC is carrying on the work of the GW Bush years, which killed the pro-competitive practice of requiring incumbent phone companies to lease their equipment to new entrants to the market, who could discipline these old companies by offering competition.

The result of years of Republican opposition of telcoms competition means that most Americans only have one or two options for broadband. What’s more, lax anti-competition enforcement opened the door to those ISPs merging and abusing their power, repeatedly breaching net neutrality rules and degrading their customers’ connections to the internet in order to solicit bribes from internet companies to be “protected” from this discriminatory treatment.

new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance reveals the full scale of the problem: of the 129,000,000 Americans served by a single ISP, 50,000,000 have to rely on monopolist providers that have been convicted of breaching Net Neutrality. Another 50,000,000 Americans are served by only two ISPs, and all of those duopolists have also been convicted of breaching net neutrality.

For our analysis, we focused on the two biggest cable and telephone monopolies: AT&T, Verizon, Charter, and Comcast. These firms have multiple violations of both the letter and spirit of the rules around network neutrality and have spent millions to prevent the FCC from enforcing the rules.

Free Press compiled a list of violations and here is some additional evidence: AT&T exempted DirecTV from its data caps; AT&T and Verizon on data cap exemptions; Verizon throttling Netflix; Verizon Lawyer tells federal court it wants paid prioritization; Comcast removes pledge against paid prioritization; Charter messes with inter-connection points to create fast lanes. There is more – such as Comcast’s throttling BitTorrent while lying to subscribers about it

Repealing Net Neutrality Puts 177 Million Americans at Risk [Institute for Local Self-Reliance]

https://bcp.crwdcntrl.net/5/c=8753/rand=529109750/pv=y/rt=ifr

White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel


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White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem’s Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East.

Although they said the ultimate borders of the holy city must be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the officials — speaking ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to the region — essentially ruled out any scenario that didn’t maintain Israeli control over the holiest ground in Judaism. The issue is sensitive because the wall is beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders and abuts some of the Islamic world’s most revered sites.

“We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel. But as the president said, the specific boundaries of sovereignty of Israel are going to be part of the final status agreement,” a senior administration official said. Another official later added by email, “We note that we cannot imagine Israel would sign a peace agreement that didn’t include the Western Wall.”

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the vice president’s upcoming trip.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reacted indignantly to the comments.

“We will not accept any changes on the borders of east Jerusalem, which was occupied in 1967,” Abu Rdeneh told The Associated Press. “This statement proves once again that this American administration is outside the peace process. The continuation of this American policy, whether the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, or moving the American embassy, or such statements, by which the United States decides unilaterally on the issues of the final status negotiations, are a violation of international law and strengthen the Israeli occupation. For us, this is unacceptable. We totally reject it. And we totally denounce it.”

Pence plans to visit the Western Wall next week. The administration officials said he would be accompanied by a rabbi to preserve the spiritual nature of his planned visit to the hallowed wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. The officials said Pence’s Wednesday visit would be conducted in a similar manner to when President Donald Trump visited in May.

Jerusalem’s status has been a central issue in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump’s announcement last week declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital shook up decades of U.S. foreign policy and countered an international consensus that Jerusalem’s status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Pence plans to depart for the Middle East on Tuesday after presiding over the Senate’s vote on a sweeping tax overhaul. The vice president will meet Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo and then travel to Israel. Pence’s two-plus days in Israel will include meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a speech at the Knesset and a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has sparked protests in the Middle East, and Abbas pulled out of a planned meeting with Pence. Abbas had originally been scheduled to host Pence, a devout Christian, in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem.

A third senior administration official noted the reaction to the Jerusalem decision and “a lot of the emotions that have been displayed on that.” The official said Pence’s trip is viewed as part of “the ending of that chapter and the beginning of what I would say the next chapter.”

Trump officials said Pence would reinforce Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, but the administration also understands the Palestinians may need a cooling-off period.

Israel captured the Old City, home to important Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious sites, along with the rest of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over territory occupied in 1967, including east Jerusalem. For this reason, U.S. officials have refused to say explicitly that the wall is part of Israel.

The Western Wall, a retaining wall from the biblical Jewish Temple, is considered the holiest site where Jews can pray. Israel controls the wall and treats it like Israeli territory, routinely holding solemn state ceremonies there.

It is widely assumed that Israel would retain control over the site under a potential peace deal. But complicating any deal is the adjacent hilltop site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and Jews as the Temple Mount. The compound is home to Al Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, and is where the Jewish Temple once stood. It is considered the holiest site in Judaism.

(Sourse: AP)

American Imam called Jews ‘apes and pigs’ and blamed them for Isis attack


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American Imam called Jews ‘apes and pigs’ and blamed them for Isis attack

James Tennent

A New Jersey Imam is to sit down with interfaith scholars and who will “retrain him” after two sermons in which he blamed Jewish people for Isis attacks and made anti-semitic remarks. In a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), sermons by Imam Aymen Elkasaby made at the Islamic Centre of New Jersey were translated from their original Arabic, prompting the response from the centre’s president. During a sermon on 24 November, Elkasaby questioned the attack on a Sufi mosque in Egypt’s Sinai province in which suspected Isis militants killed over 300 people. Elkasaby said it was “ridiculous” that Isis carried out the attack: “For the sake of whose interests are Muslims being killed in Sinai and all over the Islamic world?” he asked. “This could have only been done by the enemies of Islam, the Jews and their subordinates from among the Muslim rulers,” the MEMRI translation shows Elkasaby saying before adding: “Oh Allah, count the oppressors one by one, and kill them down to the very last one. Do not leave a single one upon the earth!” In a second sermon focused on the decision by US President Donald Trump’s adminstration to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Elkasaby calls Jews “apes and pigs”. “So long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews, this nation will remain humiliated,” Elkasaby says. “So long as the Al-Aqsa Mosque remains under the feet of the apes and pigs, this nation will remain humiliated.” The Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem and considered one of the holiest sites in Islam. President of the Islamic Center of New Jersey, Ahmed Shedeed, who has previously been recognised for his work on religious tolerance, said in a statement quoted by the Times of Israel that Elkasaby would be speaking with interfaith scholars who could “consult with and retrain him”, he added they would “help him to learn to deal with these issues.”

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Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers | TheHill


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Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers

John Solomon

A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.

California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

The women’s accounts were chronicled in contemporaneous contractual documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supportingHillary Clintonwere contacted during the effort.

Bloom, who has assisted dozens of women in prominent harassment cases and also defended film executive Harvey Weinstein earlier this year, represented four women considering making accusations against Trump last year. Two went public, and two declined.

In a statement to The Hill, Bloom acknowledged she engaged in discussions to secure donations for women who made or considered making accusations against Trump before last year’s election.

“Donors reached out to my firm directly to help some of the women I represented,” said Bloom, whose clients have also included accusers of Bill Cosby and Bill O’Reilly.

Bloom said her goal in securing money was not to pressure the women to come forward, but rather to help them relocate or arrange security if they felt unsafe during the waning days of a vitriolic election. She declined to identify any of the donors.

And while she noted she represented sexual harassment victims for free or at reduced rates, she also acknowledged a standard part of her contracts required women to pay her commissions as high as 33 percent if she sold their stories to media outlets.

“Our standard pro bono agreement for legal services provides that if a media entity offers to compensate a client for sharing his or her story we receive a percentage of those fees. This rarely happens. But, on occasion, a case generates media interest and sometimes (not always) a client may receive an appearance fee,” she said.

“As a private law firm we have significant payroll, rent, taxes, insurance and other expenses every week, so an arrangement where we might receive some compensation to defray our costs seems reasonable to us and is agreed to by our clients,” Bloom added.

Bloom told The Hill she had no contact with Clinton or her campaign, but declined to address any contacts with super PACs that supported the Democratic presidential nominee.

Josh Schwerin, the communications director for Priorities USA Action, the largest pro-Clinton super PAC, told The Hill that the group had no relationship with Bloom and had no discussions with her about supporting Trump accusers.

One Bloom client who received financial help from Bloom was New York City makeup artist Jill Harth.

The former beauty contestant manager filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Trump in 1997 and then withdrew it under pressure. The news media discovered the litigation during the election, and Harth’s name became public in the summer of 2016. She asked Bloom to represent her in the fall after hearing Trump describe her allegations against him as false, and became a vocal critic of Trump.

“I consider myself lucky to have had Lisa Bloom by my side after my old lawsuit resurfaced. She advised me with great competence and compassion,” Harth told The Hill.

Harth said she did not originally ask Bloom for money, even though her cosmetics business suffered from the notoriety of the campaign stories about her.

But later, Bloom arranged a small payment from the licensing of some photos to the news media, and then set up aGoFundMe.com account to raise money for Harth in October 2016. “Jill put herself out there, facing off with Donald Trump. Let’s show her some love,” the online fundraising appeal set up by Bloom’s husband declared.

The effort raised a little over $2,300.

Bloom then arranged for a donor to make a larger contribution to help Harth pay off the mortgage on her Queens apartment in New York City. The amount was under $30,000, according to a source directly familiar with Harth’s situation. Public records show Harth’s mortgage was recorded as extinguished on Dec. 19, 2016.

Harth said the payments did not affect the merits of her allegations. She alleges that during a January 1993 meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the future president pushed her up against a wall and groped her, trying to get his hands up her dress.

“Nothing that you’ve said to me about my mortgage or the Go Fund Me that was created to help me out financially affects the facts or the veracity of my 1997 federal complaint against Donald J. Trump for sexual harassment and assault,” she told The Hill.

“Having to retell my experiences of Donald Trump’s harassment is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

Trump has steadfastly denied assaulting or harassing women, even after a videotape surfaced in September 2016 in which he can be heard boasting that famous men like him can grab women by the genitalia without consequence. Trump has dismissed the tape as “locker room talk.”

Harth is currently writing a memoir about her whole experience, but without Bloom’s help.

Bloom acknowledged arranging financial help for Harth, who she said had lost income because of the publicity surrounding her allegations.

“She endured a tidal wave of hate for it. It was very painful for her. And as a New York City makeup artist, Jill lost jobs after she came out publicly against Donald Trump. I believed that people wanted to donate to help her, so we set up the GoFundMe account,” she told The Hill.

The Hill does not identify the names of victims of sexual assault or harassment unless they go public on their own, like Harth.

But one woman who did not go public with allegations agreed to share her documents and talk to The Hill about her interactions with Bloom if The Hill honored its commitment to maintain her anonymity.

Both that woman and Harth, who were friends, stressed that Bloom never asked them to make any statements or allegations except what they believed to be true.

Their texts and emails indicate Bloom held a strong dislike of Trump though. Bloom is the daughter of Gloria Allred, another prominent attorney who is representing a number of women who have made accusations of sexual misconduct against Trump.

In an email to the unnamed woman, Bloom said that her story was “further evidence of what a sick predator this man is,” referring to Trump. 

Documents also show Bloom’s efforts to get alleged victims of sexual assault or harassment to come out against Trump intensified as Election Day 2016 approached.

When Harth, for instance, informed Bloom she had just made a Facebook post urging other women to come forward about Trump in October 2016, the lawyer texted back: “Wow Jill that would be amazing. 27 days until the election.”

And when a potential client abruptly backed out of a pre-election news conference in which she was supposed to allege she was sexually assaulted at age 13, Bloom turned her attention to another woman.

That woman, Harth’s friend, went back and forth for weeks with Bloom in 2016 about going public with an allegation of an unsolicited advance by Trump on the 1990s beauty contest circuit.

“Give us a clear sense of what you need and we will see if it we can get it,” Bloom texted the woman a week before Election Day.

“I’m scared Lisa. I can’t relocate. I don’t like taking other people’s money,” the woman wrote to Bloom.

“Ok let’s not do this then,” Bloom responded. “We are just about out of time anyway.”

The woman then texted back demanding to know why there was a deadline. “What does time have to do with this? Time to bury Trump??? You want my story to bury trump for what? Personal gain? See that ‘s why I have trust issues!!”

The woman told The Hill in an interview that Bloom initially approached her in early October through Harth. She said she considered coming forward with her account of an unsolicited advance by Trump solely to support her friend Harth, and not because she had any consternation with Trump, who ended the advance when she asked him to stop, she said.

The woman said Bloom initially offered a $10,000 donation to the woman’s favorite church, an account backed up by text messages the two exchanged.

“Please keep the donation offer confidential except to your pastor,” Bloom wrote the woman on Oct. 14, 2016.

When Bloom found out the woman was still a supporter of Trump and associated with lawyers, friends and associates of the future president, she texted a request that jarred the woman.

“When you have a chance I suggest you delete the August 2015 Facebook post about supporting Trump,” Bloom texted. “Otherwise the reporter will ask you how you could support him after what he did to you. Your call but it will make your life easier.”

The woman declined. “I hate to say it, but i still rather have trump in office than hillary,” the woman texted back. Bloom answered, “Ok I respect that. Then don’t change anything.”

Eventually the two decided the woman’s continued support of Trump was a benefit to her narrative if she went public with her accusations, the messages show. “I love your point about being a Trump supporter too,” Bloom texted on Oct. 14, 2016.

The text messages show the woman made escalating requests for more money.

By early November, the woman said, Bloom’s offers of money from donors had grown to $50,000 to be paid personally to her, and then even higher.

“Another donor has reached out to me offering relocation/security for any woman coming forward. I’m trying to reach him,” Bloom texted the woman on Nov. 3, 2016. Later she added, “Call me I have good news.”

The woman responded that she wasn’t impressed with the new offer of $100,000 given that she had a young daughter. “Hey after thinking about all this, I need more than $100,000.00. College money would be nice” for her daughter. “Plus relocation fees, as we discussed.”

The figured jumped to $200,000 in a series of phone calls with Bloom that week, according to the woman. The support was promised to be tax-free and also included changing her identity and relocating, according to documents and interviews.

Bloom told The Hill that the woman asked for money as high as $2 million in the conversations, an amount that was a nonstarter, but the lawyer confirmed she tried to arrange donations to the woman in the low six figures.

“She asked to be compensated, citing concerns for her safety and security and over time, increased her request for financial compensation to $2 million, which we told her was a non-starter,” Bloom told The Hill. “We did relay her security concerns to donors, but none were willing to offer more than a number in the low six figures, which they felt was more appropriate to address her security and relocation expenses.”

The woman said that when she initially talked to Bloom she simply wanted to support Harth and had no interest in being portrayed as an accuser or receiving money. But when Bloom’s mention of potential compensation became more frequent, the woman said she tried to draw out the lawyer to see how high the offer might reach and who might be behind the money.

Just a few days before the election, the woman indicated she was ready to go public with her story, then landed in the hospital and fell out of contact with Bloom.

The lawyer repeatedly texted one of the woman’s friends on Nov. 4, 2016, but the friend declined to put the woman on the phone, instead sending a picture of the client in a hospital bed.

Bloom persisted, writing in a series of texts to the friend that she needed to talk to her hospitalized client because it could have “a significant impact on her life” and a “big impact on her daughter” if she did not proceed with her public statement as she had planned.

“She is in no condition for visitors,” the friend texted Bloom back.

“If you care about her you need to leave her be until she is feeling better,” the friend added in another text.

Bloom hopped on a plane from California to come see the woman on the East Coast, according to the text messages and interviews.

The next day, the woman finally reconnected with Bloom and informed her she would not move forward with making her allegations public. Bloom reacted in a string of text messages after getting the news.

“I am confused because you sent me so many nice texts Wednesday night after my other client wasted so much of my time and canceled the press conference,” Bloom texted on Nov. 5, 2016. “That meant a lot to me. Thursday you said you wanted to do this if you could be protected/relocated. I begged you not to jerk me around after what I had just gone through.”

A little later, she added another text. “You have treated me very poorly. I have treated you with great respect as much as humanly possible. I have not made a dime off your case and I have devoted a great deal of time. It doesn’t matter. I could have done so much for you. But you can’t stick to your word even when you swear you will.”

After the woman was released from the hospital, she agreed to meet Bloom at a hotel on Nov. 6, just two days before Trump unexpectedly defeated Clinton.

The woman told The Hill in an interview that at the hotel encounter, Bloom increased the offer of donations to $750,000 but still she declined to take the money.

The woman texted Bloom that day saying she didn’t mean to let her lawyer down.

“You didn’t let me down,” Bloom texted back. “You came and spoke to me and made the decision that’s right for you. That’s all I wanted.”

Bloom confirmed to The Hill that she flew to Virginia to meet with the woman after she had changed her mind several times about whether to go public with her accusations against Trump.

“We invited her to meet with us at the hotel restaurant and she accepted. Ultimately, after another heartfelt discussion, she decided that she did not want to come forward, and we respected her decision,” Bloom told The Hill.

Bloom said the donor money was never intended “to entice women to come forward against their will.”

“Nothing can be further from the truth. Some clients asked for small photo licensing fees while others wanted more to protect their security,” she said.

Bloom declined to identify the name of any donors who would have provided money for women making accusations against Trump.

Harth and the woman who decided not to go public said they never were given any names of donors.

But Bloom told the woman who declined to come forward that she had reached out to political action committees supporting Clinton’s campaign.

“It’s my understanding that there is some Clinton Super Pack [sic] that could help out if we did move forward,” the woman wrote Bloom on Oct. 11, 2016. “If we help the Clinton campaign they in turn could help or compensate us?”

Bloom wrote back, “Let’s please do a call. I have already reached out to Clinton Super PACs and they are not paying. I can get you paid for some interviews however.”

The woman who ultimately declined to come forward with Bloom told The Hill that she stayed silent for an entire year afterward because she did not want to call attention to her family.

She said she supported Trump in 2016, and that he she held no resentment about the early 1990s advance because Trump stopped it as soon as she asked him.

She said she remains friends with many people associated with the president to this day, including one of his best personal friends and a lawyer who works for one of the firms representing Trump.

The woman said, however, no one associated with the Trump White House or the president forced her to come forward or made any offers to induce her to talk to The Hill. She said she agreed to do so only after she became disgusted to learn this past October that Bloom had agreed to work in defense of Weinstein.

“I couldn’t understand how she could say she was for people like me and then represent someone like him. And then all the money stuff I knew about. I just became frustrated,” she said.

Bloom dropped her representation of Weinstein as the accusations piled up against him, telling Buzzfeed that it had been a “colossal mistake.”

Nearly from the beginning, Bloom made clear to the woman she would have to pay her law firm a commission on any fees the attorney arranged from media outlets willing to pay for the woman’s story, according to a copy of a contract as well as a text message sent to the woman.

“Outlets with which I have good relationships that may pay for your first on camera interview, revealing your name and face: Inside Edition, Dr. Phil, LawNewz.com,” Bloom texted the woman just weeks before Election Day. “My best estimate of what I could get for you would be $10-15,000 (less our 1/3 attorney fee).”

“If you are interested I would recommend Inside Edition or Dr. Phil as they are much bigger. Dr. Phil is doing a show on Trump accusers next Tuesday in LA and would fly you here and put you up in a nice hotel, and pay for your meals as well, with your daughter if you like,” Bloom’s text added. “Media moves very quickly so you need to decide and then once confirmed, you need to stick to it.”

Representatives of “Inside Edition” and “Dr. Phil” said they did not pay any Trump accusers for appearances last year.

Bloom’s firm sent the woman a “media-related services” contract to represent her for “speaking out against Donald Trump” that laid out business terms for selling a story in the most direct terms.

“You will compensate the Firm thirty-three percent (33%) of the total fee that you collect, whether the media deal or licensing fees is for print, Internet, radio, television, film or any other medium,” Bloom’s proposed contract, dated Oct. 10, 2016, read. The woman said she signed the contract.

When Bloom found out in early November that the woman and the friend had discussions with CBS News about doing an interview on their own, the lawyer texted back: “CBS does not pay for stories.”

A little later Bloom sent another text suggesting the arrangements she was making could be impacted by the unauthorized media contacts. “You and your friends should not be shopping the story it will come back to bite you,” Bloom texted. “And this whole thing we have worked so hard to make happen will go away.”

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Ana Blandiana: Şi-a cerut cineva scuze pentru umilirea regelui Mihai?

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Regele Mihai va fi înmormântat sâmbătă la Curtea de Argeş (Sursa foto: familiaregală.ro)

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Regelui Mihai i se aduc omagii de către oameni care au fost printre cei care l-au alungat din România în anii 90. Este totul sfruntat şi jenant. Declaraţiile au fost făcute la RFI de poeta Ana Blandiana, care spune că pentru ea, moartea fostului suveran înseamnă „o mare singurătate”.

Pentru Ana Blandiana, dispariţia regelui Mihai„înseamnă o mare singurătate, în primul rând. În mod evident, o să fim mult mai singuri fără el decât cu el, chiar dacă era departe. Toată această ceremonie care de altfel este foarte bine pusă la punct, tot protocolul, are ceva de-a dreptul cutremurător, prin faptul că reprezintă un sfârşit definitiv şi nu este vorba doar de faptul că regele Mihai este ultimul rege al României (…), dar ce este extraordinar este faptul că această ceremonie care în mod evident are anvergură europeană strânge la un loc o categorie ea însăşi care se apropie de sfârşit. Toţi aceşti regi care nu-şi mai conduc statele, cu excepţii ieşite din comun vorbesc despre sfârşitul unei istorii care cine ştie dacă nu este chiar sfârşitul istoriei europene. Mi se pare că trăim într-adevăr un moment cutremurător în felul lui”.

Scriitoarea deplânge faptul că nimeni nu i-a cerut scuze regelui Mihai pentru umilinţele la care a fost supus: „În primul rând, nu i-a cerut nimeni scuze. Se vorbeşte în permanenţă, făcându-se aluzie la toate umilirile la care a fost supus, despre faptul că el a fost iertător. Sigur, nu trebuie să mai demonstrăm extraordinarele lui calităţi umane, pe care a reuşit să le transforme în nişte calităţi ale regalităţii. Problema este: şi-a cerut cineva scuze pentru ceea ce a făcut? I se aduc omagii acum şi se fac declaraţii de dragoste de către oameni care au fost atunci alături sau chiar printre cei care l-au alungat de pe Şoseaua Piteşti. Este totul sfruntat şi jenant”.

Ana Blandiana, intervievată de Cosmin Ruscior, despre regele Mihai

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DEZASTRU pentru ROMÂNIA. Au anunțat!

Autor: Mădălina Bălăceanu 

România poate avea economia cu cel mai rapid ritm de creştere din Uniunea Europeană, dar de asemenea nu are rival la cel mai puţin flatant indicator: deprivarea socială, potrivit Agerpres.

Conform datelor publicate marţi de Eurostat, în Uniunea Europeană, 16% din populaţie (75 de milioane de persoane) suferea anul trecut din cauza deprivării materiale şi sociale, cea mai ridicată rată fiind în România (50%) şi Bulgaria (48%).

Potrivit Eurostat, persoanele care se confruntă cu deprivarea materială nu au mijloacele necesare pentru cel puţin cinci puncte din această enumerare: cheltuieli neaşteptate, o săptămână de vacanţă în fiecare an departe de casă, evitarea restanţelor (la plata creditului ipotecar, a ratelor, a chiriei şi a utilităţilor), la fiecare două zile o mâncare cu carne, sau echivalentul vegetarian, menţinerea locuinţei la un nivel de încălzire adecvat, o maşină/camionetă proprietate personală, schimbarea încălţămintei, îmbrăcămintei şi mobilei uzate, bani de buzunar (cheltuirea săptămânală a unei sume mici de bani pentru sine), activităţile de recreere în mod regulat, ieşire cu prietenii cel puţin o dată pe lună, conectare la internet.

Nivelul din România este de peste trei ori mai ridicat decât media din UE.

Economia României a crescut cu 8,8% în trimestrul trei din 2017, cel mai ridicat nivel din ultimii aproape zece ani.

În pofida faptului că Bulgaria este cea mai săracă ţară din Uniunea Europeană în funcţie de PIB per capita, România o duce mai rău decât vecina sa în raportul privind deprivarea materială şi socială.

Datele arată că unele state fost comuniste din UE vor trebui să menţină recentele lor performanţe economice pentru a atenua semnificativ decalajul faţă de ţările mai bogate din Europa Occidentală. Şi asta ar putea să nu fie uşor, se arată în analiza Bloomberg.

Guvernul României ”a redus investiţiile la un nivel scăzut record, a eşuat în absorbţia fondurilor europene şi a întreţinut incertitudinile în sectorul privat prin modificarea fiscalităţii. Toate acestea vor afecta potenţialul de creştere şi vor împiedica o convergenţă mai rapidă în domeniul standardelor de viaţă”, a afirmat Dan Bucşa, economist la UniCredit Bank AG la Londra.

Potrivit analizei, nu toate veştile sunt proaste pentru Europa de Est.

Nivelul deprivării materiale şi sociale în Cehia şi Polonia a scăzut sub cel înregistrat în Franţa şi Marea Britanie, ceea ce ar putea oferi speranţe României şi altor state care încă se zbat.

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Idiom of the Day:be kept in the dark (about something)


Idiom of the Day:
be kept in the dark (about something)

To be kept uninformed (about something); to be excluded from full knowledge or disclosure (of something). Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:monition


Word of the Day:
monition

Definition: (noun) A warning or an intimation of something imminent, especially of impending danger.
Synonyms: admonition, warning, word of advice
Usage: Verily, all too well do I understand the dream’s portent and monition.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

„Cele mai importante lucruri de dobândit, după libertate și democrație, sunt identitatea și demnitatea. Elita românească are aici o mare răspundere” – Regele Mihai.


„Cele mai importante lucruri de dobândit, după libertate și democrație, sunt identitatea și demnitatea. Elita românească are aici o mare răspundere” - Regele Mihai.

„Cele mai importante lucruri de dobândit, după libertate și democrație, sunt identitatea și demnitatea. Elita românească are aici o mare răspundere” – Regele Mihai.