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Media Blackout as Israel’s Largest Banks Pay Over $1 Billion in Fines for US Tax Evasion Schemes

    Media Blackout as Israel’s Largest Banks Pay Over $1 Billion in Fines for US Tax Evasion Schemes

WASHINGTON — Israel’s three largest banks — Hapoalim Bank, Leumi Bank and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank — have all been ordered to pay record fines, which collectively are set to total over $1 billion, to the U.S. government after the banks were found to have actively colluded with thousands of wealthy Americans in massive tax-evasion schemes.…

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American-Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi Released From FBI Custody Without Charge

    American-Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi Released From FBI Custody Without Charge

U.S. citizen Marzieh Hashemi, an anchor on Iran’s English-language service Press TV, has been released without charge after being illegally detained for ten days by the FBI. Hashemi was arrested earlier this month while boarding an internal U.S. flight from St. Louis to Denver where she had been filming a documentary on the Black Lives Matter movement. The…

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US Detention of American-Iranian Journalist Draws Local, International Protests

    US Detention of American-Iranian Journalist Draws Local, International Protests

WASHINGTON — It has been more than 10 days since the FBI arrested Iranian American journalist for Iran’s Press TV Marzieh Hashemi. She is due to testify before a grand jury for a third time in an unknown criminal case on Wednesday, as protesters rally for her release outside the courthouse. Her three children are…

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Twitter Calls on US to #FreeMarziehHashemi as Lawyers Attempt to Unseal Case

    Twitter Calls on US to #FreeMarziehHashemi as Lawyers Attempt to Unseal Case

American journalist Marzieh Hashemi was arrested on Sunday by the FBI as a witness in a criminal case with no further information provided. On Friday, a motion was introduced to at a DC court to unseal proceedings in her case in an apparent effort to shed some light on what has become an international incident…

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Detained American Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi to Appear in Court

  Detained American Iranian TV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi to Appear in Court

AP update: Iran’s state-run English-language channel is reporting that its American anchorwoman detained in the U.S. will appear in court in Washington. Press TV said Marzieh Hashemi’s court appearance is Friday. It did not elaborate. The newscaster’s son has said his mother was arrested Sunday in St. Louis by the FBI on a material witness…

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Has Time Run Out For Julian Assange? Signs Point to Imminent Extradition

  Has Time Run Out For Julian Assange? Signs Point to Imminent Extradition

It appears increasingly likely Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange will wind up in the clutches of the U.S. government. It’s hardly surprising, given that in ten years’ time, Wikileaks published more classified information than all other media combined. It exposed human rights abuses, government spying, torture, and war crimes on an unprecedented scale. WikiLeaks put…

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FBI: Neo-Nazi Militia Trained by US Military in Ukraine Now Training US White Supremacists

  FBI: Neo-Nazi Militia Trained by US Military in Ukraine Now Training US White Supremacists

LOS ANGELES — According to a recent FBI indictment, several American white supremacists were allegedly radicalized by and received training from Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, which receives funding from the current government of Ukraine as well as the U.S. government. The group has also received weapons from the Israeli government. The indictment, filed in Los…

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Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Arrested For Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Two-Year-Old

  Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Arrested For Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Two-Year-Old

NEW YORK – The 22-year-old co-founder of a charity that advocates for victims of sexual violence was arrested on Tuesday in New York for possession of child pornography and for working to arrange sexual encounters with children as young as two years old. Joel Davis — who helped found Youth to End Sexual Violence, and…

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In ‘Chilling’ Attack on Press Freedom, Trump’s DOJ Seizes Records of Reporter

  In ‘Chilling’ Attack on Press Freedom, Trump’s DOJ Seizes Records of Reporter

Crossing a line that the Obama administration was previously attacked for breaching, the Department of Justice seized the phone and email records of a national security reporter at the New York Times in the Trump administration’s effort to stop government leaks. One of the most extreme attacks on press freedom under Obama was when DOJ obtained the…

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Someone Tell Trump: There Is No ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card for Presidents

  Someone Tell Trump: There Is No ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card for Presidents

Someone needs to alert Donald Trump: there is no “Get Out of Jail Free” card just for being president. According to Trump’s Twitter feed, he believes that he has an absolute right to pardon himself of any crimes for which he might be charged while serving in office. He’s not alone in this imperial belief. Two of Trump’s…

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