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Corruption-fest 2016

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The Noos case began today. Despite a plethora of pre-trial motions the charges against Princess Cristina were not dismissed.

Also in Spain, the Taula case is taking shape. It involves 30 to 50 PP (right wing) politicians from Valencia in a complicated web of illegal secret donations and money laundering. The laundering was actually quite straightforward, which isn’t always the case. Members of the party were asked to regularly “donate” certain amounts to the PP, usually around €1000 each time; they then received those amounts back in cash. The cash came from businesses who paid the PP 3% of government contracts awarded to them.

Meanwhile in France the Cahuzac case also began this week. The former Budget Minister and his wife are accused of squirreling away millions in offshore accounts thereby avoiding tax. That was of course while Mr. Minister was promoting “stiff penalties for tax dodgers.” Early on in the case he stood up in parliament and announced he’d never had an account outside of France.

Other interesting news:

And it’s only Tuesday morning.

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10 comments on “Corruption-fest 2016

  1. john zande
    February 9, 2016

    The abortion “debate” is raging here online over Zika… And i actually have Diniz’s article here today for translation.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      February 9, 2016

      It’s good, but Brazil needs more aggressive voices. She states the facts, which of course are already known to most educated people. We’ve known them for years.

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      • john zande
        February 9, 2016

        As you know, people (generally) don’t “think” here, not really, not in any meaningful way, and that is a recipe for silliness, especially when it’s all superimposed over a Catholic backboard.

        You know, through this whole Petrobras debacle, there is not a single voice calling for the company to be sold. To me, that would be the FIRST thing to do to sort out that particular thread of political corruption… but no, not a word. Not a single word.

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      • Mr. Merveilleux
        February 9, 2016

        Infuriating and exhausting. There’s an aspect of it that’s even worse than not thinking. Not thinking is at least passive. In Brazil there’s an active refusal to think. “We shall not consider the evidence.”

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      • john zande
        February 9, 2016

        Bingo.

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      • Cara
        February 9, 2016

        Unfortunately the women of Brazil (and other Catholic countries) only have bad choices. They can carry their unwanted/Zika-infected/deformed babies to term or they can do what American unmarried girls in the 1950s did–throw themselves down flights of stairs in an effort to induce misscarriage/have a “friend” beat them in the stomach in an effort to induce miscarriage/visit a back alley butcher for an illegal abortion–no good options.

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  2. Clare Flourish
    February 9, 2016

    This is a very nineties blog. Early blogs were web logs, records of the blogger’s web-surfing, interesting things found on the world wide web.

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  3. Sirius Bizinus
    February 9, 2016

    Coverage of the trials is similar to when powerful people here in the U.S. were tried. I have to commend European courts for actually getting better charges than what U.S. elites are typically charged with. It all seems like a circus, though.

    The things that helped the elites get around the rules still exist. In a very real way, these people are simply guilty only of getting caught.

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  4. Helen Devries
    February 12, 2016

    Nothing doing in the U.K.,needless to say…the CPS knows its place.

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