The Ahsanis, who are British citizens, conspired with others, including multiple companies and individuals, to bribe government officials in Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya and Syria from around 1999 to 2016, The U.S. Department of Justice said on October 30 2019 that Cyrus Ahsani, 51, and his 46-year-old brother Saman each pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) on behalf of companies to secure oil and gas contracts. They will be sentenced on April 20, 2020.

Australia, Canada, France, Guernsey, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and UK provided significant assistance


Lindsay Lohan platonic

30 October, 2019



According to dad Michael, while Lindsay does know MBS, their relationship is “platonic and respectful.” Lindsay Lohan is back stateside.

[August 5 2019 working in Australia ]
Now a rep for Lohan, 33, says she met MBS just once — around a year ago [2018] at a Formula One Grand Prix race.

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Is MBS flying Lindsay Lohan around in his private jets, giving her plenty of presents, and even a gift-wrapped credit card.or do they just “know each other.”aka Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud

Osher Günsberg says Lindsay Lohan has been a professional on Australian TV set.

[July 15 2019]
Screenshot 2019-07-15 at 10.15.21 PM - EditedLindsay Lohan will join the judges’ panel on the Australian edition of “The Masked Singer.” She most recently appeared on the MTV reality series “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club,”a rep for Lindsay announced she cancelled the show after its inaugural season.

When it comes to TV, it’s all about the ratings, so there’s no surprise MTV decided to give Lohan the ax. Sheiresa Ngo

[April 14 2016 stars in ‘The Shadow Within’ ]


Lindsay Lohan, center, ‘The Shadow Within’

Shown at  Berlinale, the annual festival from 11-21 February, Archstone handles worldwide sales on the Lindsay Lohan horror-thriller The Shadow Within. Tiago Mesquita directed from Mark Morgan’s screenplay about a private investigator forced to reveal her werewolf alter-ego when faced with evil-doers. Filming took place in Belgium, and in addition to Lohan the cast includes Charlotte Beckett and Gianni Capaldi.

In a world where supernatural creatures roam amongst us, KRISTY WOLFE, a tough private investigator, tries desperately to keep her secret hidden. She has descended from a long line of werewolves. When her uncle is brutally murdered, Wolfe must use her natural instinct and risk her secret to unravel the mystery before she becomes the next victim.

It has a certain ring to it. Egor and Lindsay? Egor Tarabasov, 22, , seven years Lohan’s junior, wealthy Russian rich kids in London are often strictly forbidden by their family from drawing attention to themselves on pain of losing their allowance (the ultimate threat).
Tarabasov’s father is said to be less than thrilled with his son’s new love and the light it is shining on the family. He’s a trust-fund kid with a day job as a real estate agent. He has a generous allowance, but doesn’t have his own money yet,” . “His father is a wealthy man who owns a construction firm and a couple of stores similar to Home Depot in the Moscow region, but he is no oligarch.”

[September 29 2014 Lindsay Lohan opens in London in Speed-The-Plough ]

Lindsay Lohan, 28,  was said to have fluffed her lines on her opening night but by her third the Mean Girls actress had been word-perfect, in performance in Speed-The-Plough at  the Playhouse Theatre in London September 26.

Lindsay Lohan, 28, was said to have fluffed her lines on her opening night but by her third the Mean Girls actress had been word-perfect, in performance in Speed-The-Plough at the Playhouse Theatre in London September 26.

[November 13 2009 Heath Ledger Lindsay Lohan]

Heath Ledger Nov. 22, 2007

Lindsay lohan January 19, 2008

Lindsay[ 2007] , who was rumored to have been dating Heath Ledger in Lindsay Lohan ditched snowboarder lover Riley Giles after hooking up with single Oscar-nominated star Heath Ledger, according to reports.

The actress split with Giles–who she met in rehab–last week, supposedly so the actress could concentrate on her career.

But Australian magazine NW claims she dumped Giles after meeting Ledger in a New York club over Thanksgiving. [Lindsay Lohan went home for Thanksgiving November 22, 2007… or out for dinner with them in NY]

The magazine reports, “Lindsay and Heath hit it off straight away. When she left the club she started texting him straight away and they hooked up a few times while she was still in New York. They were meeting late at night for sex. It was purely physical.”

Ledger has been single since splitting from fiancée Michelle Williams in September.

Lindsay Lohan’s Thanksgiving Holiday

Lindsay Lohan leaves her Long Island home and spends time in New York City with her family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lindsay, 21, dined at at Nick Deangelo’s in Merrick, Long Island, accompanied by mom Dina, little brother Cody and snowboarder boyfriend Riley Giles.

“Lindsay is home [for the holidays],” Dina told Life & Style recently. “And my son Michael is home from college. We all have so much to be thankful for!”

Saturdays are meant for shopping, and that’s exactly where shopaholic Lindsay Lohan could be found yesterday afternoon (January 19). 08

With a wire-to-wire victory at the inaugural ZOZO Championship, Woods notched career win No. 82 to tie Sam Snead for the most in PGA TOUR history.

Woods pocketed $1.75 million

Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 - Arrivals

Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 – Arrivals


jordan_cameron_and_elin_nordegren’s baby

[Ocrober 26 2019 PGA season early lead ]

Woods tops the leaderboard at 12 under par, leading American’s Gary Woodland (-10) and Keegan Bradley (-8). Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is tied with Bradley for third place. Rory McIlroy — the No. 2 golfer in the world — is tied for 21st at 3-under par. World No. 1 Brooks Koepka is not playing in the tournament.

[August 9 2019    Northern Trust, “a mild oblique strain.”    ]

Tiger Woods withdrew from The Northern Trust before his second-round tee time (12:33 p.m. ET) on August 9 2019 with “a mild oblique strain.”  Woods shot a first-round, 4-over 75.

[July 19 2019   British Open: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson miss cut   ]

British Open: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson will miss same major cut for first time ever

Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban were two of the best dressed at the 2019 ESPYs. The hockey player took a risk with wide-leg pants while the skier showed off her incredible legs with a waist-grazing slit.



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Mehmet Hakan Atilla, Reza Zarrab, accused

On October 21 2019, Turkey named a former Turkiye Bank Halkasi AS executive who was convicted in a U.S. trial over the sanctions scheme as the new chief executive of the Istanbul stock exchange. The executive, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, was released from U.S. custody earlier this summer. A U.S. prosecutor called Turkey’s Halkbank a “fugitive” after lawyers for the state-owned bank failed to appear in an American courtroom on charges that it evaded sanctions on Iran.Turkiye Bank Halkasi AS was charged last week with scheming to help Iran tap $20 billion in frozen overseas accounts.

[July 6 2019 Hormuz: focus on sanctions ]


[May 16 2018 Turkish banker gets 32 months for helping Iran launder money ]

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker at Turkey’s state-controlled Halkbank (HALKB.IS), was sentenced to 32 months in prison on Wednesday, May 16, after he was found guilty of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab bribed Turkish officials, and said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan personally signed off on parts of the scheme while serving as Turkey’s prime minister.

[January 5 Turkish executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla convicted of bank fraud and conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions law ]

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank (HALKB.IS), was convicted on five of six counts he faced, including bank fraud and conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions law, in Manhattan federal court.

[December 3 2017 Erdogan approved, Turk tried for laundering millions of dollars for Iranians ]

December 3, 2017 The gist of a story: The then-PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan took Zarrib’s side and changed the story, claiming that Zarrib was a philanthropist and an asset for Turkey. In an early sign of the way Turkey’s president deals with opposition, all the officials involved in the investigation into the Iran scheme were relocated, dismissed, or even jailed. Then Erdogan blamed the whole thing on exiled opponent Fethullah Gulen, a favorite external enemy of the Turkish president.
When U.S. prosecutors arrested Zarrib, it strained bilateral relations between Washington and Ankara, and these have been getting increasingly strained.

Turkish authorities on December 1 issued an arrest warrant for former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer Graham Fuller over suspected links to the abortive putsch.


The warrant accuses Fuller, a former vice chairman of the CIA’s National

Intelligence Council, of “attempting to overthrow the government of the Republic of Turkey” and “obtaining state information that must be kept secret for political and military espionage purposes,” among other charges, according to Turkish media.

Experts, however, say Turkey is attempting to get back at the U.S. for bringing a Turkish citizen to court. The U.S. is currently trying a Turkish banker for allegedly helping Iran launder money and violate U.S. sanctions. This week, Reza Zarrab, a key witness in the case, implicated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, claiming that he instructed Turkish banks to participate in the multimillion-dollar laundering scheme. [December 2]  A Turkish prosecutor yesterday ordered a seizure of the assets of gold trader Zarrab and at least 20 of his family members and contacts. Istanbul Deputy Chief Prosecutor Hasan Yilmaz cited “Zarrab’s espionage, revealing secret information for benefits of foreign states” as the reason for seizure assets.

[December 2 ]

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On the third day of the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank, Reza Zarrab told jurors that he helped Iran use funds deposited at Halkbank to buy gold, which was smuggled to Dubai and sold for cash. On November 30, he said that he had to stop the gold trades and start moving money through fake food purchases instead in 2013, after U.S. sanctions changed.

Zarrab has said that Atilla helped design the gold transactions, along with Halkbank’s former general manager, Suleyman Aslan.
Zarrab said he had learned from Zafer Caglayan, who was Turkey’s economy minister, that Erdogan and then-treasury minister Ali Babacan had authorized two Turkish banks, Ziraat Bank and VakifBank, to move funds for Iran. Recep Tayyip Erdogan was then Turkey’s prime minister.

Both Ziraat and VakifBank denied taking part in the scheme.

[November 30 Zafer Caglayan named ]

Prosecutors allege Turkey’s former economy minister Zafer Caglayan was involved in the conspiracy. He denies the charges. In Turkey where a court issued warrants for the arrest of two men for providing fake evidence in the case. It identified the men as a former opposition politician and a banking auditor, both of whom were named on the witness list at the New York trial.

[ November 28 ]


Mehmet Hakan Atilla, Reza Zarrab, accused

28 November 2017 A Turkish trader, Reza Zarrab, had been headed to trial with Turkish banker in Manhattan federal court until he suddenly stopped appearing at pretrial hearings. That’s prompted speculation he could testify against the banker.

The trial is of Halkbank Deputy CEO Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a top executive for a state-run bank in Turkey, accused of conspiring to help Iran evade economic sanctions.

Attilla has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he violated U.S. sanctions against Iran by processing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of financial transactions for Iranian businesses or Iran’s government through American banks.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on November 27 that the case against Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab and banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla had “no legal basis” and should be “dropped or terminated.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, the top U.S. prosecutor in the case, has called Ankara’s conspiracy allegations “ridiculous.”

“It displays a fundamental misunderstanding of how our justice system works,” Kim said. “The defendants are charged with serious crimes. That’s why the case is being brought and that’s the only reason.”

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who is overseeing the case, said Turkey’s government should provide evidence if it thinks the defendants are being unfairly prosecuted, rather than hurling criticism at prosecutors.

[January 18 2016 Iranian-linked entities sanctioned for Missile rôle, Iranians violating American trade sanctions get clemency ]


The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned nearly a dozen Iranian-linked entities January 17 for their alleged role in Tehran’s ballistic-missile program.
Hossein Pournaghshband, Mabrooka Trading,
Chen Mingfu, Anhui Land Group Co.
Rahim Reza Farghadani, Candid General Trading
Sayyed Javad Musavi, Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG)
Seyed Mirahmad Nooshin, Sayyed Medhi Farahi, Seyed Mohammad Hashemi
Mehrdada Akhlaghi, Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group
Read Treasury

Seven Iranians accused or convicted of violating American trade sanctions against Iran were granted clemency by President Obama as part of a prisoner release between the two long-estranged nations.
Nader Modanlo, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afghahi, Tooraj Faridi, Arash Ghahreman, Nima Golestaneh and Ali Saboonchi. One was an aerospace expert convicted of helping Iran launch its first satellite into space. Another was a maritime engineer found guilty of providing navigation technology to the Iranians. And three men had ties to a company accused of illegally exporting millions of dollars in American technology with military applications to Iran.

[April 4 2011 Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt am Main, will pay U.S penalty, posted profit of 264 million euros]

Germany’s second-largest lender, via Commerz New York, will pay$ 1.45 billion t to defer prosecuting the lender for violating U.S. laws, including sanctions on doing business with Iran and Sudan, to government agencies including the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department. The Frankfurt-based bank conceded the allegations, which included aiding accounting fraud at Olympus Corp.
From at least 2002 to 2008, the bank used a series of measures, including stripping out information identifying sanctioned clients, to process transactions valued at more than $250 billion on behalf of Iranian and Sudanese entities, according to authorities.
The bank is expanding lending to German consumers and companies while winding down soured shipping and real estate loans. Blessing has also pledged to cut at least 5,200 staff as he seeks to reach profitability targets set for 2016. The company posted profit of 264 million euros in 2014, up from 81 million euros a year earlier.

[December 11 2011 Germany: We have been trying for 50 years not to lead]

Angela Merkel as the Greeks see her

Angela Merkel as the Greeks see her

Berlin’s dominance has shaken the Franco-German equilibrium at the heart of the post-World War II balance of power. Debt contagion and slumping growth have driven French borrowing costs to a euro-era record against Germany. The result may be a remade political map with even Poland, invaded by Adolf Hitler in 1939, calling for a stronger German role.
“We are an unwilling leader,” Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to Britain and the U.S. and now chairman of the Munich Security Conference, said in an interview. “We have been trying for 50 years not to lead. Germany will have to grow up now. It’s new and there will be a learning curve and mistakes will be made.”
[December 3]Euro-zone banks’ overnight deposits with the European Central Bank hit yet another fresh 2011 high December 2. Banks deposited €332.705 billion ($445.49 billion) with the ECB, the ECB said December 5, hitting a 2011 record for the third day in a row. The deposits were up from €313.763 billion Thursday, hitting a level last seen in June 2010 while edging closer to the all-time high.

When markets are functioning properly, banks deposit a few hundred million euros at the ECB overnight. With the deepening of the euro-zone debt crisis, banks have become reluctant to lend to one another and place their funds with the ECB instead, in the fear that their counterparty may be exposed to week euro-zone sovereign debt.
[December 3]SchnittsKrieg, a war of cuts, deep, damaging austerity that amputates and excises and rearranges the targeted economies

By robbing a currency of its value, inflation wipes the slate clean for debtors and savers alike. Germans say they like the slate the way it is because they are on the plus side of the ledger.

Consumer debt, whether credit cards or in many cases even home mortgages, is frowned upon in Germany. According to figures of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German savings rate was more than 10 percent every year between 2003 and 2009, while during the same period it bottomed out at 1.5 percent in the United States, and never rose above 6.2 percent. As a result German households had net savings of $4.3 trillion, according to the Bundesbank, in a country of fewer than 82 million people.
German focus on inflation is woefully misplaced during a time of little or no growth and severe market turmoil. If Europe slashes spending while the economy is still in a depression they will kill the Euro.


The EU will be better off without the UK, and the UK will be better off without the EU, according Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn believes Brexit will benefit everyone

[July 2 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn exits Scalinatella restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan ]

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn exits Scalinatella restaurant on the Upper East Side

The former head of the International Monetary Fund celebrated the lifting of his bail conditions over rape allegations by enjoying a $600 meal with his wife at one of New York’s smartest restaurants. The case is People v. Strauss-Kahn, 2526/11, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County (Manhattan).

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images taken Sep.8 2019 show another smaller vessel nearby

Britain’s foreign office said it was clear Iran had breached assurances and that the oil had been transferred to Syria.
“Iran has shown complete disregard for its own assurances over Adrian Darya 1,” foreign minister Dominic Raab said in the statement.


[Sep 10 2019 laden ]

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September 6 2019 off Tartous

With the time of day and the size of the vessel known, the width of a vessel’s shadow as seen from space can be used to calculate draft; based on this method, TankerTrackers asserts that as of Monday, the Darya is still carrying her full cargo of 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude.

[September 7 2019 to Tartous ]

[September 3 2019 70 km to Russian base?   ]

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Goes dark off Syria

[August 31 2019]

As part of today’s action, the Adrian Darya 1’s captain, Akhilesh Kumar, is also designated pursuant to E.O. 13224

[August 20 2019 to Tripoli? ]
Adrian Darya

The tanker, which was located west of Cyprus and facing north August 30 1019 could conduct a ship-to-ship transfer to discharge its cargo offshore towards Lebanon’s Tripoli port.

[August 24 2019]

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Baniyas refinery is the biggest oil refinery in Syria. Russian officers and technicians now run the refinery.

Screenshot 2019-08-24 at 8.45.57 AMThe closely-watched Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as Grace 1, has altered her AIS destination to Mersin, Turkey, The port of Mersin, Turkey also lacks the water depth to accommodate a vessel of Adrian Darya’s draft within the harbor.

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