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Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill

Daryl Hannah on Harvey Weinstein trying to get in.

[June 26  The Slider 2017 release; “Sense8” cancelled ]

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The Slider (2017)
Drama

 

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“Sense8” an edgy sci-fi drama is gone after two seasons, “Sense8” Created by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (of the “The Matrix” fame) followed a small group of people around the world who were hunted by a mysterious organization because they shared a mental connection that allowed them to tap into one another’s thoughts and skills.

 

[June 20 2015 stars in Sicilian Vampire ]

Sicilian Vampire (2015), Thriller | 10 September 2015 release(Canada)

[June 9 Daryl Hannah: Sense8 downloaded by pirates, left-handed praise]

Daryl Hannah “persecution, bigotry and fear.”

Sense8 – season one, 5 June
“Eight people. Eight cities. One mind.” in a schoolyard premise that holds enough intrigue to call viewers back, has been downloaded by pirates more than half a million times less than three days after its release.

[January 26 Daryl Hannah stars in Death Squad [ 2047 – Sights of Death (2014)]]

Daryl Hannah in Death Squad.   Death Squad [ 2047 - Sights of Death (2014)]   perhaps 2047 Sights of Death isn't really designed for theatrical release.

Daryl Hannah in Death Squad. Death Squad [ 2047 – Sights of Death (2014)] perhaps 2047 Sights of Death isn’t really designed for theatrical release.

[September 9 2014 Daryl Hannah signs for Sense8]
The state of California filed a $62,622,tax lien against Daryl Hannah on March 24th with the EL Lay County CA Recorder of Deeds, said to get cleaned up.

On August 25, Daryl Hannah joined the film Michael to play Deborah, who runs a Colorado Buddhist retreat where Michael goes to find solace.

[Jun 29]

Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill”)joins the international cast. of the upcoming 10-episode Netflix sci-fi series “Sense8” . Sense8 will follow a group of people who are somehow physically linked and find themselves on the run from an unknown force because of their “unique gift,” which is an “evolutionary leap, which was caused by technology.” Major themes of the series will reportedly be “persecution, bigotry and fear.” The cast has signed for all 5 Seasons of the show (should they be made).


[May 14]

[February 21]

Daryl Hannah in Rome January 2014

Daryl Hannah in Rome January 2014

Blade Runner 1982

Blade Runner 1982

Principal photography will commence this month in Rome on the action thriller in which Major Anderson (Daryl Hannah) and some unscrupulous mercenaries led by Lobo (Michael Madsen), do the dirty — both just out of “Skin Traffik” where they did the same in Britain.

AMBI Pictures, the Italy-based film development, finance and production company run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, today announced that Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon” series, “Saw” “The Color Purple”), Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill” “Blade Runner” “Splash”), Rutger Hauer (“Blade Runner” “Sin City” “Batman Begins”), Stephen Baldwin (“The Usual Suspects” “Born on the 4th of July”) and Michael Madsen (“Reservoir Dogs” “Kill Bill” “Donnie Brasco”) have signed on to star in the action thriller “Sights of Death” / “S.O.D,” which will be directed by Alessandro Capone (“L’amore nascosto” “Superstition 2”).
Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi,”
is the widow of drinks magnate Lord Luis Bacardi. The pair set up AMBI Pictures late last year.

[February 19]


Director Ara Bradley Paiaya: his debut ‘Hollywood’ feature film is ‘Skin Traffik’ . Rugby League player Keith Mason is set to appear on screens in just a few months’ time alongside Mickey Rourke and Daryl Hannah in Skin Traffik, directed by Ara Paiaya (The Suppressor, Maximum Impact). The film is a dark tale set in the world of human trafficking, with a jaded hit man regaining his humanity amidst a brutal underworld, in which daily survival is not so much a skill, but an instinct. The cast is headed by British action star, Gary Daniels and sees Michael Madsen, Mickey Rourke and Darryl Hannah all popping up to phone in performances. Skin Traffik is due out in the UK at the end of Summer 2014, maybe.

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Elizabeth Olsen’s Wind River has severed the connection between the film and the scandal-scarred Harvey Weinstein and his former The Weinstein Company label. A deal has been completed that will excise all mention of Weinstein both on its home video release through Lionsgate and streaming release through Netflix, and also on awards-season screeners.
This removal of the Weinstein name came after heavy lobbying from Director Sheridan, the film’s stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen (the latter a rape treatment center volunteer), producer Basil Iwanyk, and the willingness of Acacia, led by Matthew George , to fund the campaign.

[January 12 2012

Vancouver critics okay Elizabeth Olsen, pass over Michelle Williams, O tempora o mores

Elizabeth Chase Olsen in Martha etc

 

Vancouver Film Critics Circle January 9: Elizabeth Olsen won the prize for best actress as a result of her jaw-dropping portrayal of a cult member attempting to re-assimilate to the status quo in Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene. Michelle Williams was passed over as Marilyn Monroe, but scored Canadian best actress gold as a woman in marital crisis in Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz.

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Harvey Weinstein took a private jet from Van Nuys Airport bound for Arizona. He’s set to land in the city of Wickenburg near the highly respected Meadows rehab center.

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Winona Ryder at Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party in Beverly Hills 01/08/2017 with Stranger Things cast

I have chosen to leave my husband.
Harvey Weinstein’s Wife Georgina Chapman Is Leaving Him: ‘My Heart Breaks for All the Women Who Have Suffered’

 

“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days” the board informed “Weinstein that his employment is terminated, effective immediately,” the company said in an email Sunday, October 8.

Harvey Weinstein won’t physically be a part of the awards race, not in 2017 and probably never again. But his fingerprints will be all over it. The push for “Wind River” will continue without Weinstein. And if the campaign seems more muted, the reason may less be Weinstein’s absence than the cash-flow problems that in recent years have made it impossible for TWC to carry out the kind of scorched-earth campaigns for which he was once known.

[October 6]

The Weinstein Company said it has retained an outside legal firm to conduct an independent investigation into the NYT allegations. TWC has retained John Kiernan of the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton “to undertake a thorough and independent investigation.” Kiernan will be assisted by his partners Matthew Fishbein, a former chief assistant U.S. attorney, and Helen Cantwell, a former federal prosecutor who also has worked for the New York County District Attorney’s sex crimes unit.
Weinstein and his brother Bob own 42% of the company,[or Harvey Weinstein owns 23% of TWC with Bob Weinstein owning the same and the board holding the remainder].; other investors include Goldman Sachs, French TV company TF1, and ad firm WPP Group. The Weinstein Company Inc. operates as a subsidiary of The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC. 345 Hudson Street. 13th Floor. New York, NY 10014.

Harvey Weinstein is facing calls to be stripped of his CBE over revelations he has sexually harassed female employees and movie stars for decades. Weinstein, 65, was named an honourary Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, by the Queen for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004. THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY (UK) LIMITED,  71 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4BE.   “The reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values”.   France has started the process of stripping Harvey Weinstein of his Legion of Honour, France’s highest civilian distinction, after allegations of sexual harassment against the film producer, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Saturday, October 14.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/10/harvey-weinstein-apology/542193/

The Weinstein Company had a “code of silence,” and that contracts included a “non-disparagement” clause that applied to the company itself and its leader. Additionally, “most of the women accepting payouts agreed to confidentiality clauses prohibiting them from speaking about the deals or the events that led to them.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/10/ashley-judd-rose-mcgowan-harvey-weinstein-sexual-harassment

 

Harvey Weinstein Won’t Be Charged In Alleged Groping Incident – Update

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/harvey-weinstein-lawyer-allegedly-donated-10g-manhattan-da-article-1.3544121

‘It won’t happen again.’

BURBANK, Calif., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ARCHSTONE PICTURES – Principal/Partner Michael Slifkin announced that the company has entered into an agreement with Ambra Battilana during the final days of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to co-produce a film based on the events pertaining to her experiences with Silvio Berlusconi the former prime minister of Italy.

The untitled feature film, a political drama, highlights the demise of one of the most powerful, wealthy and influential leaders in Italian History. The film will chronicle Berlusconi from the height of his power and political reach as the Billionaire Italian Prime Minister and owner of world renowned football club, A.C. Milan, to his dramatic and public fall from grace for corruption and sexual misconduct.

Production is scheduled for early 2017 with worldwide distribution to be handled exclusively by Archstone Distribution.

Archstone Pictures’ Michael Slifkin and Scott Martin will be producing the film along with Executive Producers Scott Weissman and Ambra Battilana.

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Ambra Battilana Who Once Accused Harvey Weinstein of Groping Her in Bikini at a Beach in Miami 10/09/2017

 

 

 

harvey-weinstein-georgina-chapmanThe movie mogul, 65, and the fashion designer, 41, are together at a hotel in Los Angeles.

Of his wife, Marchesa fashion designer Georgina Chapman, Weinstein added, “She stands 100 percent behind me.”

 

 

 

 

[November 19 2010]Aspiring actress Lucia Stoller (now Lucia Evans), Italian actress Asia Argento

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

“Blue Valentine,” a dark romantic look at two young lovers in a crumbling marriage, was given an NC-17 rating because of a scene involving oral sex. “It’s just a credit to the persuasiveness of Derek Cianfrance’s directing skills. There’s no oral sex. Michelle Williams isn’t even naked. It looks like she is, but it’s just the angle of the shots.”
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https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/lindsay-lohan-harvey-weinstein-and-the-draw-of-the-despot

Lindsay Dee Lohan
July 2, 1986 (age 31)

Lindsay Lohan extends remarks: “I encourage all women who believe Harvey harmed them to report their experiences to the relevant authorities.”

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[July 7 2013 Lindsay Lohan: Born: July 2, 1986 (age 28), New York City, NY ]

Born: July 2, 1986 (age 28), New York City, NY

[June 8 2013]

LiLo, producer and financier Randall Emmet

LiLo, producer and financier Randall Emmet

LiLo clubbing at Sundance

LiLo clubbing at Sundance

The 27-year-old announced that she will produce and star in a film called “Inconceivable,” set to start shooting in March.
She was joined by producer and financier Randall Emmett, who called Lohan “one of the greatest young actresses of her generation.”
Lohan said she is grateful to be at Sundance and back in the movie business.
“I’ve never had the honor of coming here before … to bring something to the table, which is starting fresh for me,” said Lohan, smiling broadly.

Reporters were told that if they asked personal questions, they would be escorted out.
Emmett said Lohan found the script and insisted they make it together.

[June 8 2013]

“I think there are celebrities who create a brand and create a business and a whole job, a whole life, out of other people’s interest in their lives,” she told a press conference in Cannes.” Emma Watson at Cannes 2013
Lindsay Lohan: “She is upset that her parents are turning this into a circus and making money from TV appearances while she is in rehab.
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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay on Red Carpet

Same borrowed dress cut mini later

Same borrowed dress cut mini later

[March 23]
Lindsay Lohan will not face charges for allegedly punching a psychic in a New York nightclub.

The troubled actress, 26, who was recently sentenced to 90 days in rehab, will not be prosecuted after a security camera outside the club captured Tiffany Mitchell falling and sustaining the same injuries she said were caused by Lindsay
[March 1]
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — Lindsay Lohan’s attorney returns to court March 2 for a hearing in the actress’s latest criminal case, as discussions continue about a possible plea deal before trial.

The 26-year-old isn’t required to attend the hearing.

The hearing is intended to take care of any issues before a March 18 trial on misdemeanor charges that Lohan lied to police about a June car crash and was driving recklessly.

Attorney Mark Heller also plans to meet with prosecutors Friday to try to negotiate a plea deal. He wants to delay the case so Lohan can pursue psychotherapy and perform community service.

Lohan was on probation at the time of the accident and she faces jail time if a judge determines she violated her sentence in a 2011 theft case.
[February 21]
Lohan is in serious financial straights after the IRS seized her bank accounts in December. With few if any acting jobs lined up, she is getting by on red carpet appearance fees for parties and products, which can pay in the six figures. She is back living in North Merrick.

[May 6 2010]

North Merrick




The U.S. announced Thursday October 12 the arrival of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in a Polish NATO outpost located about 100 miles from Russia’s militarized enclave of Kaliningrad.

[March 21 Moldova: Russian money laundering on vast scale

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Vladimir  Plahotniuc, right

 

 

A money laundering investigation led by police in Moldova and Latvia has been running for three years. Registered firms played a prominent role in the money laundering network – and the UK’s high street banks processed $740m from the operation without turning back any of the payments
The banking records were obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Novaya Gazeta from sources who wish to remain anonymous. OCCRP shared the data with the Guardian and media partners in 32 countries.

The documents include details of around 70,000 banking transactions, including 1,920 that took place in the UK and 373 in the U.S.
NCA had been in touch with the authorities in Moldova since 2014 about the Global Laundromat, which he described as “big and pretty unusual”.
Twenty million transactions go through the City and in trades through the money markets each day. A vast amount of business, and only a small amount will be money laundering.

“It’s the size of the challenge which is the problem. It’s beyond a human scale. The sophisticated money launderer will know the tolerances that will trigger alerts. There are pretty smart guys out there. This needs more sophisticated solutions than throwing people at it. It’s not just about the size of the staff.

[December 12 2016 Vladimir Plahotniuc, the country’s main nominally pro-European oligarch]

The election of the pro-Russian socialist Igor Dodon as Moldova’s new president obscures the fact that Vladimir Plahotniuc, the country’s main nominally pro-European oligarch won most from the outcome.Throughout the whole of last year and the first half of 2016, the small, poor republic was shaken by anti-government protests in which tens of thousands of angered citizens took to the streets. The catalyst for the protests was that $1 billion had been syphoned out of three Moldovan banks, seemingly with the connivance of high-level officials.

An apparent paradox of the protests was that people flew European Union flags while demanding the resignation of a pro-European government. But a broad coalition of forces supported the protests, including both the pro-Russian Dodon and the pro-European Sandu.

Throughout its post-independence history, Moldova has fractured on East-West lines, so this union of different forces was unprecedented. Opposition politicians of different allegiances put away their party flags and selected white chrysanthemums as the neutral symbol of the protests.

They were united by an anti-corruption agenda and by a common enemy—the oligarch, Deputy Chairman of the ruling Democratic party Vladimir Plahotniuc. Despite not holding the highest office, Plahotniuc was well known to control the government, the parliament, and the largest media conglomerate in the country.

Moldova’s Constitutional Court had frequently made rulings in Plahotniuc’s favor, and on March 4 this court put an end to the short-lived protest movement. One Friday evening, it decided to repeal the amendment to the Moldovan constitution, enacted in 2000, under which the head of state, the president, has limited powers and is elected by parliament. As the current president, Nicolae Timofti, was set to leave office in March, the court effectively fired the starting gun for the next presidential election.

 

 

[June 20 interoperability of Moldovan forces proceeds ]

Moldovan forces receive American training

According to LTC Tudor Martea, Commander of Special Forces Battalion “Fulger”, the exercises included 4 modules of training: advanced firing techniques, close quarters combat, artillery fire call, and a field training exercise.

U.S.role

Several media outlets surround the Minister of Defense of Moldova, Aratal Salaru, to ask him some questions regarding America’s presence in Moldoava during a static display in Chisinau, Moldova, May 5, 2016.

LTC Martea mentioned that within the exercise, over 80 service members were trained by their American colleagues to carry out different missions. Also, they carried out shooting drills with heavy and light infantry weapons of National and US Armies.
June 7, 2016 WARSAW, Poland — Poland has kicked off its joint multinational exercise with heavy US Army participation in order to test readiness and interoperability using 31,000 soldiers from 24 countries, 100 aircraft, 12 vessels and 3,000 vehicles.

[October 8 2015 nuclear smuggling

Oleg Balan, Moldovan Minister of Interior

Oleg Balan, Moldovan Minister of Interior

The United States and Moldova have been working together for years to counter nuclear smuggling, said Eric Lund, spokesman for the Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

• In July 2010, police seized 1.8 kilograms of Uranium 238, known as yellowcake, in a garage in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. The uranium was worth €9 million ($10.1 million at today’s rates), but the suspects had tried to sell the uranium for €5 million ($5.6 million). Seven people were arrested, including two officers of the former Soviet army.

At the time, Moldova said it wasn’t sure where the uranium came from.

• In 2011, seven people were caught trying to sell 1 kilogram of Uranium 235 that had come from Moldova’s separatist Transnistria region. The suspects had sold a sample to undercover investigators. One of the suspects escaped, though others were arrested. A year later, an appellate court in Chisinau freed three and sentenced the rest to three to five years in jail.

When uranium is mined, it is 99.3% Uranium 238 and 0.7% Uranium 235, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says.

Nuclear reactors must have a higher concentration of Uranium 235 than naturally exists in the mined material, so the U 235 isotope is enriched to about 5%, the commission says.

• In February 2015, authorities arrested two Moldovans in the capital on suspicion of trying to sell a half kilogram of radioactive Caesium 135. The arrest came after the suspects sold a sample of 83 grams for €100,000 ($112,440).

Moldovan authorities cooperated with the FBI in all three investigations, Balan said.

[August 10 Moldova: bank failures prompt IMF visit]

An IMF mission was now expected to visit from September 21 to look at prospects for a new support program after bamk failures.
Fraudsters in Moldova in November 2014 pulled off a $1 billion bank theft, led in turn to the bankruptcy of the country’s three major banks, a currency crisis, and a sharp economic slump. The mechanisms used for shifting the funds from BEM and Banca de Sociala – in particular the tell-tale use of Scottish shell companies established at the same addresses – repeat the mechanisms used in previous corporate raids and major money-laundering schemes in Moldova. This suggests that at least the engineers of the scheme were high-placed Moldovan insiders. But why would high-placed insiders implement such a scheme for the benefit of an outsider such as 28-year-old businessman Ilan Shor ? Or is Shor rather a proxy or fall guy for them?
The Scottish shell companies involved, Manitoba Management Limited, was registered at the 41 Duke Street address; another two companies, Dixon Corporation and Ayden Management Limited, were registered at 69 Brunswick Street and 71 Brunswick Street, respectively. Fortuna Limited and Novland Limited, were registered at the 18/2 Royston Mains Street address.

[May 21 Moldova at Riga EU meeting tempted by Russia]

While the European market is much bigger and richer than Russia’s, Mr. Putin imposed tight trade restrictions in 2013 on Moldova in retaliation for its flirtation with the West. For now, exports to Europe have not yet risen enough to make up for what was lost in Russia

Apr 21, 2015 “Wind Spring 15” – NATO military exercise in Romania, near the Moldovan and Ukrainian border
“Wind Spring 15” – Over 2.000 military and 500 army vehicles, of which 400 tanks and armored vehicles, involved in a NATO military exercise in Romania, at the Smardan firining range in Galati county, near the Moldovan and Ukrainian border.

[March 21 Russia warns against U.S. military maneuver, convoy of 120 U.S. Army Strykers departs Estonia]

Comanche Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment provide security in Stryker armored vehicles) in Hohenfels, Germany,

Comanche Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment provide security in Stryker armored vehicles in Hohenfels, Germany,

A “Dragoon Ride” will take 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, troops from training locations in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland and convoy them through Latvia and the Czech Republic to Vilseck.The US Army squadron wrapping several months of training with allies in Poland will take its Strykers through the Baltics March 21 through April 1, stopping in a new community each night. The vehicles are part of an armored brigade’s worth of equipment the Army plans to station in Europe. The U.S. military maneuver, set to begin March 21, will involve a convoy of 120 U.S. Army Strykers. Over ten days, the eight-wheel-drive combat vehicles will stop in a different border area community each night to showcase the ability of U.S. forces to transport troops quickly, and to assure Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland of NATO’s commitment.

Such an exercise, Russia’s foreign ministry said March 20, undermines the Russia-NATO Founding Act. “According to our estimates, in case of the deployment of U.S. armour on the permanent basis on NATO’s eastern flank in the mentioned amounts there will emerge solid reasons for calling in question the alliance’s compliance with these liabilities.”

March 6 Riga summit, on 21-22 May 2015: “deliverables”]

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is the EU initiative covering relations with Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is the wish of the hosts that all countries be represented at the level of heads of state and government, this was a decision to be taken by consensus among the 28 member countries. The previous such summit, held in Vilnius in November 2013. Member states had no consensus on offering membership perspective to the Union to any of the countries covered. Some EU countries wanted “deliverables” a jargon term for the possibility of granting a visa-free regime to Ukraine and Georgia. In EU jargon, this is called “visa liberalisation”, while “visa facilitation” is offered to countries less advanced in the process of lifting the visa barrier with the EU.

[February 25 2015 U.S. Army Second Cavalry Regiment in military parade to mark Estonia’s Independence Day.]

The soldiers from the U.S. Army’s Second Cavalry Regiment were taking part in a military parade to mark Estonia’s Indepen- dence Day.

[February 24 Moldova:pro-Western businessman the country’s next Prime Minister.]

Moldovan lawmakers voted February 20 to appoint pro-Western businessman  Chiril Gaburici as the country’s next Prime Minister.

Moldovan lawmakers voted February 20 to appoint pro-Western businessman Chiril Gaburici as the country’s next Prime Minister.

[February 17 Moldova: a slumping domestic economy]
The leu has lost 25 percent against the dollar since the start of 2015, pressured by a rapidly slowing domestic economy, a currency crisis in Russia and conflict in Ukraine. Former Soviet countries are feeling the pain as Russia, for many the main trading partner, suffers from Western sanctions over Ukraine and a weak oil market, which sent the rouble down about 40 percent against the dollar last year. Moldova’s economy, which grew 9.2 percent in 2013, is expected to have contracted by up to 2 percent last year. “The national exchange rate mirrors the economic situation, which was hit by three shocks,”citing a Russian embargo on Moldovan wine and certain food products, a decline in exports, and a fall in remittances from migrant workers, 400,000 of whom work in Russia.

[January 27 Moldova: Two pro-European parties plus Communists may form government]
Two pro-European parties have agreed to form a minority government in Moldova but will need support from the Communist Party to pass legislation. They have 42 seats in the 101-seat legislation. The Communists, with 20 seats, say they will support the government depending on who is proposed as prime minister.

[January 1 Putin Christmas wish, U.S. Marines in Balti]

U.S. Marines train with Moldovan Force

U.S. Marines train with Moldovan Force

December 31 2014: In a New Year’s address Russian President Vladimir Putin wished Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti a Merry Christmas and “expressed hope” that the two countries would work together “in order to strengthen regional stability and security.” Some experts fear that the eastern pro-Russian Moldovan territory of Transnistria, which borders Ukraine, will be the next area in Eastern Europe to take up a violent separatist campaign with the help of Russia.

January 1, 2015: U.S., Marines headed into the small, former Soviet republic to talk anti-armor best practices with local troops. A mix of about 15 assaultmen and anti-tank missilemen with the Romania-based Black Sea Rotational Force arrived in Balti, Moldova for the weeklong joint training exercise.
The detachment of Marines led a mix of conscripts and career soldiers with varying specialties — most were artillerymen — in discussions about doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures. The event, which included a live-fire exercise, saw the troops use the FGM-148 Javelin, AT4 Anti-Tank Weapon and shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapons, as well as Moldova’s rocket propelled grenade system and 70mm recoilless rifle.
First Lt. Ben Skarzynski, executive officer for the rotational force’s weapons company who oversaw the exercise, would only go so far as to describe it as giving the Moldovans the “capability to provide for themselves.”

;December 20 Putin forgets Moldova]

Russia is estimated to have approximately 1,500 soldiers in Transnistria who are there to guard old Soviet weapon stockpiles. Russia also claims to enforce peacekeeping purposes following the 1992 conflict between the region and Moldova.

Russia is estimated to have approximately 1,500 soldiers in Transnistria who are there to guard old Soviet weapon stockpiles. Russia also claims to enforce peacekeeping purposes following the 1992 conflict between the region and Moldova.

“We have basically only two bases abroad, and those are in terroristically dangerous directions: in Kyrgyzstan after militants from Afghanistan entered that country, at the request of the Kyrgyz authorities, and in Tajikistan — also on the border with Afghanistan.”
in Transnistria, Russia keeps about 1,500 troops in the Moldovan breakaway republic, based in the de facto capitol Tiraspol as well as in the Bender Fortress. On August 4, Moscow accused Moldova and Ukraine of trying to block Russia’s access to its troops in Transdniester.

Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, and it relies heavily on remittances from the several hundred thousand Moldovan citizens working in Russia. Most Moldovans convert the rubles they earn into dollars or euros before
[December 17 MEPS compensate Moldova’s producers for their Russian losses]

Moldova will be able to export up to 40,000 tonnes of fresh apples, 10,000 tonnes of fresh table grapes and 10,000 tonnes of fresh plums to the EU duty free, thanks to a proposal backed by MEPs on Wednesday. This should compensate Moldova’s producers for their losses due to Russia’s politically-motivated ban on imports of Moldovan produce.

Moldova will be able to import duty-free

40,000 tons of fresh apples (= 0.4% of EU output)

10,000 tons fresh table grapes (= 0.6% of EU output)

10, 000 tonnes fresh plums (= 0.7% of EU output)

Most of these imports are likely to go to Romania.

MEPs approved the concession by 551 votes to 67, with 23 abstentions.

[December 2 pro-EU parties had around 44% while the opposition had around 40% in parliamentary elections]

Wedged between Ukraine and EU member Romania, Moldova has a breakaway region, Transnistria, which appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for recognition in April. The government joined Ukraine and Georgia in signing association agreements with the EU in June.

Wedged between Ukraine and EU member Romania, Moldova has a breakaway region, Transnistria, which appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for recognition in April. The government joined Ukraine and Georgia in signing association agreements with the EU in June.

The United States congratulates the people of Moldova on the November 30 parliamentary elections, another milestone in their nation’s democratic development. The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) found that the technical conduct of the elections yesterday was in line with international standards and norms. We share ODIHR’s concern with the decision of Moldova’s Central Election Commission to remove one party from the ballot only a few days before the elections.

[earlier]With nearly 80% of votes counted, the three pro-EU parties had around 44% while the opposition had around 40%.

The subsequent inevitable tough bargaining will be watched closely by Russia.

[November 30 Moldova’s central election committee declares elections valid]
With about 30% of the vote counted, the pro-Russian Socialist Party was in the lead with about 23%, election officials said. The main opposition party – the Communist Party – was running a close second with 20%.

The Liberal Democrats, who want Moldova to achieve EU candidate status by 2017 and full membership by 2020. They were polling about 18%.

Its coalition partner, the Democratic Party, was polling about 16%.

The most strongly pro-EU and pro-Nato party, the Liberals, was on about 7%.

Tough post-election bargaining is predicted.

About 2.7 million people are eligible to cast their ballots, electing a single-chamber 101-seat parliament by a system of proportional representation. The turnout was just under 56%.

[Earlier]Moldovans are voting in parliamentary elections November 30. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation not to attempt to destabilize Moldova, on March 23.
On March 23, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s top military commander warned that Russia had a “very sizable” force on Ukraine’s eastern border that could easily pass through Ukraine to seize Moldova’s breakaway region of Transnistria.
The Russian annexation of Crimea is threatening to reignite a conflict in an often forgotten corner of Europe: the self-styled breakaway republic of Transnistria.
Transnistria, a thin strip of land sandwiched between Ukraine and the former Soviet republic of Moldova, has close ties with Moscow. Last week lawmakers in the region formally asked the Duma, Russia’s parliament, if it could
Ms. Merkel nonetheless reiterated Germany’s position that it won’t recognize the annexation of Crimea, Mr. Seibert said.
Moldova’s central election committee declared the elections valid with turnout at 39.2 percent of voters as of 3:30 p.m. local time, Interfax reported, citing the body’s chairman, Yury Chokan.

[February 28 MAKO Group’s Oleksandr Yanukovych and deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych have Swiss assets seized, also Austria and Liechtenstein]

In early 2014 Oleksandr Yanukovych personal assets were claimed to be over $500 million

In early 2014 Oleksandr Yanukovych personal assets were claimed to be over $500 million

Geneva’s chief prosecutor’s office searched the premises of a company owned by Oleksander Yanukovych. The Swiss authorities have frozen all assets of Ukraine’s deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych, and launched a money laundering investigation into him and his son.
The foreign ministry said all assets and bank accounts held by Yanukovych and 19 other people of his entourage in Switzerland were blocked

Austria and the principality of Liechtenstein announced a similar asset freeze.

Yanukovych’s MAKO Group of companies (majority shareholder is Oleksandr Yanukovych) was assessed by (auditor) PricewaterhouseCoopers as having $212 million in assets in 2011, grossing $663,000 from sales.[10] (In March 2012 Yanukovych’s net worth was estimated to be at least $130 million by Kyiv Post.[2]) In 2011 time MAKO consisted of 16 enterprises located in Ukraine, Switzerland and the Netherlands and it employed some 700 people in 2011.MAKO Group is primarily involved in property development and construction, banking, and the export of high-grade coal. MAKO started to grow heavily since 2010. Before 2013 the company had denied it has bid for government public procurement contracts, taking part in government privatizations of state assets, or being involved in the extraction of natural resources. In November 2012 Forbes Ukraine reported that companies linked to (Oleksandr) Yanukovych in 2012 at no cost had taken over majority stakes worth an estimated $10 million in five coal enrichment plants from the state.[ This had been denied by Yanukovych; he claimed it was Black PR aimed against his father. As of February 2013 Forbes Ukraine claims (Oleksandr) Yanukovych earned most in Ukrainian Public Procurement contracts then any other businessmen since the beginning of 2012.[12] Forbes.ua reported in February 2014 that in January 2014, for example, his businesses won 50% of all state tenders.
In early 2014 his personal assesses were claimed to be over $500 million

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn has married Myriam L’Aouffir

 

Dominique Strauss Kahn married Myriam L’Aouffir in Marrakech this weekend. In 2013, Myriam L’Aouffir, was responsible for social networks and communication in France 2. She then briefly took charge of external relations at the Moroccan Embassy. At 49, this dynamic woman is today at the head of the agency Daenery’s,com, specializing in digital marketing, headquartered in Casablanca, Morocco. Moroccan nationality, Mariem Laouffir, who had her name changed and added an apostrophe, owns a magnificent property in Casablanca, where DSK also owns a place.
Considered a “woman of networks”, she is notably close to the filmmaker Elie Chouraqui.

[June 12 2015 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “What a waste.” ]

 “aggravated pimping” charges

“aggravated pimping” charges

Vanessa

Myriam

Myriam

“All that for this?” Strauss-Kahn said as he rose to leave the courtroom with his girlfriend and adult daughter. “What a waste.”
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cleared by a French court of “aggravated pimping” charges.The judges said there was no proof he knew that some of the women he had sex with at orgies were prostitutes. The judge Bernard Lemaire read out in Lille’s courthouse on Friday (12 June).he 147 pages-long judgment, the soirées organised in Washington were outside French jurisdiction.

[February 21 Carlton – A verdict by the Lille court will be read on June 12]


A verdict by the Lille court will be read on June 12. The withdrawal from the case of four prostitutes and an association appeared to show the case against Mr Strauss-Kahn weakening.

[February 17 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: The Next French presidential election in April and May 2017.]

Chief judge Bernard Lemaire

Chief judge Bernard Lemaire

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre called for the acquittal of the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on charges of pimping. He said neither the investigation nor the evidence heard in court had established that he was guilty. Lawyers for an association that had filed suit announced February 17 that it was abandoning its pursuit of Strauss-Kahn. Only one association, a group pushing to abolish prostitution called Nid or “nest,” maintained its accusations against Strauss-Kahn and his 13 co-defendants. Chief judge Bernard Lemaire opened the trial by stressing the court would not judge sexual activities among consenting adults. “The court,” he said, “is not the guardian of moral order, but of the law.”

[February 16 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “We did not have that quantum of confidence.”]

Invasion of privacy? 2012/09/24 Condoleezza Rice and Dominique-Strauss-Kahn in Ukraine

Invasion of privacy? 2012/09/24 Condoleezza Rice and Dominique-Strauss-Kahn in Ukraine

Strauss-Kahn, “didn’t give up” during questioning by judges, repeatedly denying knowledge that the women were prostitutes. Lawyers for the four prostitutes who participated in sex parties organized for Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on February 16 they were giving up their claim of damages, saying it would be too hard to prove the pimping charge against the former IMF head.
Terms of the confidential settlement of New York chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo’s civil suit against Strauss-Kahn have never been disclosed. The chambermaid and her daughter are doing well she runs Chez Amina, serving up African, American and Spanish food. New York Prosecutors dismissed all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, stating that the Manhattan maid who accused him of sexual assault had told so many lies that her story could no longer be considered reliable. The New York prosecutor said “We did not have that quantum of confidence.”

[February 12 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: using the word ‘equipment’ to refer to women was “inappropriate”]

 Leyne Strauss-Kahn & Partners (LSK) Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his partner Thierry Leyne recently visited Nicosia.

Leyne Strauss-Kahn & Partners (LSK)[insolvent] Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his late partner Thierry Leyne recently visited Nicosia.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn testified February 12 that using the word ‘equipment’ to refer to women was “inappropriate” but the use of the phrase doesn’t mean he saw them as sex workers.

[February 10 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “If I had known that I would not have gone along,”]

DSK on first day. He did not attend later and witnesses may not testify as to accused not present, but descriptions are allowed

Strauss-Kahn took the stand to answer questions from the lead judge. Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that despite the idea given in court papers of “frenetic activity”, the group-sex sessions were organised four times a year, in a period when he was very busy “saving the world from catastrophe” at the time of the sub-prime crisis. At the same time, he said, he had a “complicated relationship” with his wife, Anne Sinclair, a French journalist. Asked whether he never suspected that any of the seven women who came to the “swingers’ parties – often alone- were prostitutes, Mr Strauss-Kahn said “never”.“If I had known that I would not have gone along,” he said, adding: “I thought they were coming for the excitement and the adventure. I never thought they were coming just for me.”

[February 6 ]
Testifying on February 5, Dominique Alderweireld, better known as “Dodo le Saumure” (which roughly translates as Dodo the Pimp), whose businesses are based in Belgium, accused of bussing prostitutes over the border to work in Lille’s Carlton Hotel, denied shipping prostitutes to France for profit, including the orgies in which DSK was reported to have participated. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is due to give evidence next February 10.

[February 3 Jade describes sex work with DSK in Lille, Belgium, and Washington, D.C.]
An ex-prostitute nicknamed “Jade” explained how Rene Kojfer, 74, former public relations manager for the Carlton and her employer Dominique Alderweireld, a notorious brothel owner in Belgium just across the border who is known as “Dodo the Pimp” would organize for her and other women to attend lunchtime sex parties at a private Lille apartment. The judge asked her directly what she was paid for: “Well, I wasn’t there doing the cleaning”, she retorted. Jade, who has two children, bespectacled and with a brunette bob, dressed in neutral colors with a scarf wrapped tightly around her neck. [3 novembre 2011 police trial of divisional commissioner Jean-Christophe Lagarde , head of the North departmental safety.] Jade’s first offer was to go to Paris to participate in a sexual afternoon in a hotel In 2009,l. There she met Dominique Strauss-Kahn. “We were 10 to 15 people. There was a buzz. Everyone kept saying “it will happen, ‘” she described. A few months later, when she stopped working for Dodo brine, David Pug offered again. This time it’s a trip to a swingers club in Belgium, again with the former director of the IMF. “I think he liked me,” she says, adding that “it has always been courteous and delicate.” Each time, she says Avoie paid by cash, Fabrice Paszkowski.
Jade tells a third and final meeting with Dominique Strauss-Kahn in early 2010, in Washington. She says she left with Fabrice Paszkowski and Jean-Christophe Lagarde, a divisional commissioner indicted in an alleged case of pandering. The young woman said to have had sex one night in a hotel. She tells of visiting IMF headquarters with DSK, who was then still CEO.
David Pug offered her another trip to Washington, which she can not participate, then stops the contact. Today, she says that the parties were “nice” but that “prostitution, it marks you for life.” “I can never forget,” she says.

[February 2

As his trial began, Strauss-Kahn arrived quietly through a side entry, avoiding the crowds of journalists, and his lawyers declined to comment as they entered.

As his trial began, Strauss-Kahn arrived quietly through a side entry, avoiding the crowds of journalists, and his lawyers declined to comment as they entered.

Strauss-Kahn was charged with “aggravated pimping” in the Lille case in 2012, as investigators said he played an organizing role in the ring. While prostitution and paying for sex aren’t illegal in France, procuring prostitutes for others is.
The accusations “contradict all good legal sense,” his defense team said in a December 2012 statement. Strauss-Kahn was “serene” about the trial and was confident the court will clear him.
The trial will run through Feb. 20, and may be extended by a week, though the judges’ verdict will come later, . If convicted, he could face 10 years in jail and a 1.5 million-euro ($1.7 million) fine.

[January 28 DSK trial opens February 2, 2015 on charge of procuring prostitutes]

Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille decided on January 23 to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group.   A total of 14 people, including Strauss-Kahn, are to be tried on aggravated pimping in a group. A more serious charge of organized pimping was dropped. No trial date was set.

Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille decided on January 23 to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group. A total of 14 people, including Strauss-Kahn, are to be tried on aggravated pimping in a group. A more serious charge of organized pimping was dropped.
It opens before the correctional tribunal February 2, 2015.

[March 27 2012 DSK will appeal charge of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an “organized gang.”]


Counsel for Dominique Strauss-Kahn announced plans to appeal the decision of indictment, stating that the latter state to be guilty of any of the facts alleged against him.

“It goes without saying that we will seek the annulment of that decision” of indictment, said lawyer Henri Leclerc, one of three lawyers Dominique Strauss-Kahn, after hearing of his client.

”proxénétisme aggravé en bande organisée”
Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, was released on bail of 100,000 euros (£84,000; $135,000) after questioning in the northern city of Lille.
[March 26]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged alleging with involvement in a French prostitution ring.
Investigating judges questioned Strauss-Kahn for several hours March 26. Strauss-Kahn was accused of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an “organized gang.”
The preliminary charges in Lille—procurement as part of a group of acquaintances based in Lille–meant the magistrates there concluded Strauss-Kahn’s conduct, along with the others, should be investigated further with an eye to putting him on trial. They did not mean he was accused of employing or profiting from the work of prostitutes.

Under French law, prostitution is tolerated but procurement is a crime punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment, meaning Strauss-Kahn in theory risks going to jail. The magistrates did not pursue the other allegations under investigation, which alleged Strauss-Kahn participated in corruption because his partners in the sex parties put prostitutes’ bills and other charges on their company expense accounts. His lawyer Malka says Strauss-Kahn denies wrongdoing. The lawyer also says it is wrong to prosecute Strauss-Kahn for “simple libertine activity.”
Under French law, preliminary charges mean authorities have reason to believe a crime was committed but allow more time for investigation.
Strauss-Kahn quit the International Monetary Fund after a New York hotel maid said he sexually assaulted her in May. The charges were later dropped. Using prostitutes is not illegal in France. But potential charges hang on whether investigating magistrates are convinced Mr Strauss-Kahn was aware the women he had sex with in restaurants, hotels and swingers’ clubs in Paris and several European capitals were prostitutes paid for using company funds.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn March 2012

Dominique Strauss-Kahn March 2012