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I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one and I said, ‘ You were.’ ”
“I said, ‘If you’re a believing Christian, you understand God’s plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government,’ ” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a portion of an interview released by “Fox & Friends” this past weekend.

The United States imposed sanctions on Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran’s information minister on November 22 2019, for his role in “widescale internet censorship,” a reference to a five-day-long nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle protests against fuel price hikes in Iran.

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Fuel prices rose by at least 50% on October 15 2019 as subsidies on gasoline were reduced. Protests have erupted across Iran after the government unexpectedly announced it was rationing gas and increasing its price. Cities affected included Tehran, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Tabriz, Karadj, Shiraz, Yazd, Boushehr and Sari. The authorities say they want to free up money to help the poor.
Iran has limited refining capacity and sanctions have made it difficult to obtain spare parts for oil plants.


November 21, 2019 Lawyers for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd filed an application to a Canadian court to immediately stay the extradition proceedings of the company’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States, Because Canada did not have sanctions against Iran at the time Canadian officials authorized commencing with the extradition process, double criminality cannot be met. The standard of double criminality means that the alleged conduct for which Meng was arrested in 2018 has to be illegal in both countries for her to be extradited

Jean Boustani talks about his relationship with Armando Guebuza
– The Lebanese said he met the former president of Mozambique at his birthday party in Maputo and persuaded him to approve the hidden debt bill

Privinvest submitted the project for the protection of Mozambique’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to the office of the President of the Republic on 31 December 2011 and a long 13 months of negotiations followed, leading Jean Boustani and his boss Iskandar Safa to lose hope. to see the project move forward. Everything changed when in January 2013, the young Lebanese traveled from Abu Dhabi to Maputo and attended Armando Guebuza’s 70th birthday party, where he approached the then head of state about the project and 24 hours later had everything approved .

“Safa said, ‘Jean, if we can’t find the [Mozambican] president, this project won’t happen,’” said Boustani. “So I went to Mozambique to do everything to find the president,” he said.

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Jean Boustani denied that he had committed any crime under US law, although he assumes that he paid money to third parties to facilitate the business of the three. Mozambican companies with Privinvest, “normal practice” in several countries.

The businessman, however, added that his intermediary business model, which he uses in exchange for contacts for money, “is very simple” and happens in many parts of the world, including America.

“They say ‘I will do my best to make sure your project is approved and I will charge you a percentage of the total value of the project,’ explained Jean Boustani, to whom“ this is called the success rate, commission, intermediary fee, can call multiple names ”.

“In Africa and the Middle East, you always have so-called agents, or intermediaries, who in America call lobbying. Its role is to open the door to secure the market for investors, ”he said.

As in Mozambique, according to the businessman, “In the Middle East and Africa, unless you know the policy makers personally, you need an intermediary to be able to propose projects, especially in the Ministry of Defense.”
For six weeks Jean Boustani, a Lebanese salesman at a shipbuilding company, sat quietly in a New York court as prosecutors summoned 20 witnesses to support charges he defrauded U.S. investors in a $2 billion Mozambican kickback scam.
On Monday, Boustani began to tell his side of the story to the jury, something many lawyers generally advise against because it exposes their clients to cross-examination.
Lebanese citizen Jean Boustani, 41, said in his first trial speech that his first trip to Mozambique was in March 2011, at a presentation by the Mozambican Ministry of Science and Technology.
As a negotiator for Privinvest, “the world’s largest private shipbuilder,” Jean Boustani said he was “very interested” in “development opportunities” in Africa and took advantage of an invitation by a “business agent” named Basetsana Thokoane, former agent of the South African Secret Service.
Jean Boustani said he had frequent professional contact with Basetsana Thokoane, whom he called “Bassi”, a business intermediary or lobbyist for Privinvest, who “presented him with business ideas in Africa.”
According to the statement, the South African business agent has put forward proposals on Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Mozambique.
It was through Basetsana Thokoane that the accused claimed to have met Rosario Mutota, former agent of the Mozambican State Information and Security Service (SISE) and “business partner” Teófilo Nhangumele, at a meeting hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology. .
Jean Boustani told in court that he met the minister, Venâncio Massinga, who gave him “a presentation on the opportunities in Mozambique”.
The Lebanese said Rosario Mutota (or Cipriano Sioínio Mutota) had a “business partnership” with Teófilo Nhangumele.
Boustani said that at the first meeting with Mozambicans, “he spent a lot of time” with Minister and Teófilo Nhangumele on opportunities in the country: from “discoveries of natural gas reserves, oil explorations, mines, tourism, agriculture, industry”.
The defendant narrated that the Mozambicans were “willing, hopeful and powerful to attract foreign investors”.
“Because they also informed me about their wealth, gas, natural and offshore resources, it was crucial for them to start focusing on protecting resources and how to develop the blue economy,” said Jean Boustani, stressing that the country had “three thousand kilometers of coastline”.
In 2011, Jean Boustani introduced Privinvest: “who we are, what we do, what we can do, what our added value” in the shipbuilding sector, according to his statement on Monday.
At first impression, Jean Boustani called Theophilus Nhangumele “very polite, very intelligent, professional and a pleasant man.”
“The first time I was presented with an opportunity in Mozambique was, of course, thanks to Bassi,” said the accused, explaining that Mozambique and South Africa are border countries, “very close politically and culturally” and “share a lot of common history.” ”
According to the argument because of the process of decolonization of African countries, Basetsana Thokoane met people who “hid and took refuge in Mozambique” even in the “times of political independence”.
“She told me that Mozambique was thriving because they had found massive reserves of natural gas and oil,” said Jean Boustani, referring to the period 2010-2011.
Arrested in a Brooklyn prison in the United States since Jan. 2, Jean Boustani filed a statement on Monday led by his lawyer, Michael Schachter, and has again pleaded not guilty to two felonies: conspiracy to commit fraud. and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Jean Boustani was the representative of the shipbuilding company Privinvest, a service and equipment provider for three Mozambican state-owned companies that took out international loans of about $ 2.2 billion (two billion euros) and defaulted, leading to the discovery of Mozambique’s hidden debts.

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M.T. Dragon, IMO 9244635, a massive oil tanker flying the Liberian flag, is supposed to be floating somewhere off the coast of France, according to its last GPS signal.

Instead, it’s currently thousands of miles away in Venezuela where, under contract for the Russian state-oil giant Rosneft Oil Co PJSC, it loaded 2 million barrels of oil. The ship’s transponders were turned off before it slipped into Venezuelan waters.
Evasive behavior, perfected by rogue ships transporting oil for Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions is being used to evade sanctions on Venezualan crude. Most of the cloaked crude is going to China or Russia for whom U.S. sanctions are less of a deterrent — as well as India.
Other tricks companies use to duck detection are reporting a false destination, frequently changing management or carrying out high-risk ship-to-ship transfers in which “dark” vessels come together on the high seas to hand over their cargo.


FX swap volumes have grown to represent 49% of total currency trading, from 42% in 2013, Bank for International Settlements (BIS) figures from August show. Unlike regular ‘spot’ currency transactions, swaps involve two parties swapping one currency for another. Repayment is after a set period and fixed at a forward exchange rate determined by the gap in interest rates on the two currencies.

modestly but fashionably

13 November, 2019

Dressing modestly but fashionably is already popular with young Muslim women but it’s not exclusive to people of any one religion or belief.

[November 5 2009 A little bit rock-and-roll, a little bit Euro-cool ]

 neutral basics

A little bit rock-and-roll, a little bit Euro-cool

A collection of neutral basics — a loose Zara cardigan, simple T-shirt and skinny Nudie jeans — paired with Gucci sunglasses, a flowing scarf picked up in Barcelona and a pair of flat leather Bronx boots.