Salvador Rizzo, The Washington Post Published 2:48 am PDT, Monday, June 17, 2019 Dreamers protest outside the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers in Washington on Jan. 18, 2018. Dreamers protest outside the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers in Washington on Jan. 18, 2018. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Astrid Riecken. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Astrid Riecken. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Dreamers protest outside the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers in Washington on Jan. 18, 2018. Dreamers protest outside the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers in Washington on Jan. 18, 2018. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Astrid Riecken. Does the 'Dream Act' give green cards to gang members? 1 … [Read more...] about Does the ‘Dream Act’ give green cards to gang members?
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By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: April 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm | UPDATED: April 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm By Philip Bump | Washington Post On Thursday, the Department of Justice is expected to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s summary of his team’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination with President Donald Trump’s campaign. The Mueller investigation, as it’s known in shorthand, has been the center of the political universe for months but, since most Americans likely only visit that universe as tourists, the extent of its overlap with broader culture is certainly more limited. With that in mind, here’s an overview of Thursday’s release, that covers the basic whos, whats, whens and whys for a framework for understanding a complex document and a complicated situation. 1) Who’s involved It’s important at the outset to establish the cast of characters. … [Read more...] about The Mueller report is coming: What does that mean?
Erik Larson Bloomberg Published 3:23 PM EDT Mar 25, 2019 This week, New York developer Felix Sater is set to testify before Congress about his role in Donald Trump’s attempt to build a tower in Moscow. A lawsuit filed Monday may provide new fodder for his inquisitors, with its claim that Sater, a longtime associate of Trump’s, sought to use money stolen from a bank in Kazakhstan to help develop the building. The suit by BTA Bank JSC alleges that Sater and the wealthy Kazakh businessman Ilyas Khrapunov explored financing the tower deal in 2012 with some of the $4 billion stolen a decade ago by Khrapunov’s father-in-law, ex-BTA Chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov. While the Moscow plan fizzled, other transactions tied to Sater helped launder the purloined cash, the bank says. “Sater helped Ablyazov, Khrapunov and others launder tens of millions of dollars in those stolen funds into the United States,” according to the complaint filed Monday in Manhattan federal … [Read more...] about Bank: Sater eyed Trump Moscow tower to launder money
By John O'Donnell and Tarmo Virki TALLINN (Reuters) - Estonia’s push to become a digital society has left it vulnerable to dirty money and sanction breaches, the country’s top banking regulator has warned. The Baltic state took centre stage in one of the largest-ever money laundering scandals last year - the Estonian branch of Danske Bank helped funnel money from Russia and other ex-Soviet states, a report by the Danish lender showed. Danske Bank is now being investigated in Denmark, Estonia, Britain and the United States over the 200 billion euros ($227 billion) of suspicious payments. The Danske debacle was rooted in old school subterfuge – offshore shell companies were used to disguise where the money was coming from. But Estonia’s population of e-residents, some of whom bank in the country even though they live abroad, potentially offers a high-tech route for suspect funds. "The lesson of Danske is, I hope, enough for us,” Kilvar Kessler, the head of … [Read more...] about Dirty money risks encroach on Estonia’s digital utopia
Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy Criminal gangs from Việt Nam are running a vast network of illegal cannabis farms across the United Kingdom, with many trafficking unsuspecting children into Britain to carry out the dirty work. ECPAT UK, one of the UK’s leading children’s rights organisations, says there has been a huge rise in the number of farms in recent years, with many using youngsters from Việt Nam as ‘gardeners’ to work in dangerous conditions. In the past, cannabis was smuggled into the United Kingdom from mainland Europe but because the risks were too high, most is now cultivated in the UK. And officials say it is Vietnamese gangs who are controlling the supply. ECPAT’s work has uncovered horror stories of children trafficked from Việt Nam being beaten and threatened with death if they refuse to do as they are told. Many are also arrested during police raids, and end up in prison because they are too scared to tell officers … [Read more...] about The farms where no Vietnamese should ever work