Rough Diplomacy


Murky Cash

Banking Giant HSBC Sheltered Murky Cash Linked to Dictators and Arms Dealers By Gerard Ryle, Will Fitzgibbon, Mar Cabra, Rigoberto Carvajal, Marina Walker Guevara, Martha M. Hamilton and Tom Stites Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to…

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Breaking Policy

Continued from Murky Cash Breaking the bank’s own policy The documents raise new questions about past public statements by HSBC that staff did not help customers engage in tax evasion. In July 2008, for example, Chris Meares, the then head of private banking for HSBC, told a British parliamentary hearing:…

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Black Money

The Biggest Leak In Black Money Probe – HSBC Swiss Leaks – Real Reason Why HSBC Shut In India By Aniket Pendharkar Hervé Falciani, was convicted to five years in prison for what is termed as the biggest leak in banking history- the Swiss Leaks. In 2008, the Franco-Italian systems engineer…

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Indicted? No reason to resign.

Rod Blagojevich,  served as the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 Blagojevich was a state representative before being elected to the United States House of Representatives representing parts of Chicago. He was elected governor in 2002,the first Democrat to win the office in  30 years . Blagojevich was…

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The Feds are Listening: the Blagojevich investigation pt 2

The Beginning of the End October 2008 Federal agents are tracking the governor’s dash for cash. They close in on one of his last remaining confidants. In a breathtaking development that won’t be made public until weeks later, federal agents begin to covertly record Blagojevich and his inner circle. As…

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Split decision: the Blagojevich investigation pt 3

Guilty pleas vs. media appeals Feb. 2009-June 2010 The ex-governor and his wife blanket the airwaves on a national media tour to proclaim his innocence, hitting everything from talk shows to reality television. Federal prosecutors negotiate guilty pleas and cooperation deals with key members of the Blagojevich inner circle, but…

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The map trying to record every battle ever fought

A Dutch company is attempting to map all the battles in history using Wikipedia. But what does it really tell us? It looks like Europe and the US are the bloodiest parts of the world. But the details – shown on a newly released map of all the recorded conflicts…

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