FIFA Gets Tangled In Its Own Web Of Corruption on
Sunday September 24, 2017
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05
Jun

Sepp Blatter (right) and the Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa al Thami (left) in Zurich, 2010 - Reuters/Christian Hartman

Sepp Blatter (right) and the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al Thami (left), 2010 – Reuters/Christian Hartman

It was and will be the least surprising headline ‘scoop’ of the year, Qatar bribed officials to win their bid for the 2022 World Cup. The only surprising part of the tale being that such a vast paper trail exists of the money. I always thought bribes are supposed to be discreet. Isn’t this how the right to host sports events are won? When an undemocratic country are bidding, the potential for interference in the process is both too tempting and too easy for it not to degenerate into grubby handshakes and proverbial brown paper envelopes.

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12
Mar
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Flannery Got 60,000 Euro a Year to Lobby for Charity – The Irish Times

The Melt

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery was paid €60,000-a-year by a charity in a campaign to seek tax changes from the Government to boost philanthropic donations from wealthy people. The contract was with Philanthropy Ireland, an association of foundations which was a member of a forum chaired by Mr. Flannery that brings State and private interests together to promote philanthropy.

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Charity in its most egregious form is not a friend of the poor but of poverty. What Flannery’s lobbying exemplifies is the rich’s desire to use charity as a vehicle to legitimize their wealth and tax avoidance by giving nominal amounts of their wealth to causes of their own choosing. Flannery’s associations with the Rehab group also sum up what a boondoggle a large part of the Irish charity sector is, with massive executive salaries and little impacting results.

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05
Mar
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Russia test-fires ICBM amid tension over Ukraine - Reuters

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Russia launched a test nuclear missile during the middle of the Ukrainian-Crimean crisis.  Although the launch was scheduled before the current international tensions, and the US was notified well in advance.

The Melt

Although the article itself clears up the circumstances the headline is nothing but sensationalist click bait. The fact that this test fire is being flaunted as a headline all over the web is completely absurd, and just seems to be attempting to milk what has been just short of a hysterical look at Russian actions and potential actions concerning Ukraine and Crimea.

China announces military spending increase – Aljazeera

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28
Feb
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Armed Men Take Over 2 Airports in Crimea – The New York Times

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Amid fears of a Kremlin-backed separatist rebellion against Ukraine’s fledgling government, armed men in military uniforms took up positions at two Crimean airports as Ukraine’s interior minister warned of “a direct provocation,” but there was no sign of any violence.

The Melt

Despite being described as “self-defence squads” by the Russian media, it is probable that these men are at the very least funded and armed by the Kremlin. Western media is of course quick to emphasis Russian involvement but paid very little attention to who was arming and funding pro-European paramilitary squads to date much more violent than Russian-backed militias.

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27
Feb
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IMF Study Finds Inequality is Damaging to Economic Growth – The Guardian

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The International Monetary Fund has backed economists who argue that inequality is a drag on growth in a discussion paper that has also dismissed right wing theories that efforts to redistribute incomes are self-defeating. Backing analysis by the Keynesian economist and Nobel prizewinner Joseph Stiglitz, it warned that inequality can also make growth more volatile and create the unstable conditions for a sudden slowdown in GDP growth.

The Melt

The IMF is basically an offshoot of the U.S.treasury. Since the Second World War it has wrecked Africa, Latin America and now Europe with its commitment to “economic liberalization”, essentially looting countries of their wealth in the service of multinationals and the financial industry. This report is a bit like a serial arsonist discovering that petrol is highly flammable.

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24
Feb
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Egyptian government offers shock resignation in live announcement broadcast on state TV – The Independent

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Egypt’s military-backed government has issued a shock resignation in an announcement broadcast today on Egyptian state TV. Interim prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi said his entire cabinet will now stand down, but has provided no explanation for their decision or information on who will take over.

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A military coup took place in Egypt last year overthrowing democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and replacing him with a military dictatorship of sorts under General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Al-Sisi is also the country’s current Minister of Defense, a position that would have prohibited him from running for President in an election scheduled for later this year. The resignation of the entire interim cabinet will pave the way for al-Sisi to run for President, an attempt that will likely be successful given his designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, criminalising all its activities, its financing and even membership to the group

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22
Feb
Written by Tadhg Prendiville

I visited Ukraine for several days back in 2010 and although the Ukraine I saw was very different to the one flooding news and social media streams in recent weeks, there were signs of the factors that brought the country to a boiling point over the last few months. Of the week I spent in the country, during a peaceful summer, one thing that stood out even then was that it was a divided country. The divide I noticed didn’t seem like a clear cut case of the Ukrainian people vs a pro Russian government as has largely been reported by various news outlets up until the tail end of this week. The divided country I experienced was a cultural one, it included the two sides that have been presented to us time and again on major news outlets, and also many other groups both large and small in the middle ground and on the extremities of the political spectrum.

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17
Feb
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Kerry Blames Syrian Government for Stalled Peace Talks – The New York Times

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has pointed his finger firmly at President Assad’s regime and their largest ally, Russia, as the main obstacles to furthering current peace talks dubbed “Geneva 2”. More than 200,000 Syrians remain cut off from vitally necessary humanity assistance prompting the United Nations special envoy to the negotiations, Lakhdar Brahimi, to apologise to the Syrian people for the failure of the current peace talks to offer any sort of solution.

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13
Feb
Written by Sherman Balderdash

The Melting Press can exclusively reveal that John Waters fled the country late last week and has spent the last several days  in Moscow by personal invitation of Vladamir Putin. Waters, aged 58, was recently accused by gay rights activist Rory O’Neill of being a homophobe live on national broadcaster RTÉ’s Saturday Night Show. The veteran Irish Times columnist was part of a group that threatened legal action on the grounds of defamation and reports suggest that RTE paid out a sum of €40,000 alone to Mr.Waters in a premptary settlement.

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