Motherless Brooklyn

15 December, 2019

Box Office December 12 2019
Grosses
DOMESTIC (61.1%)
$9,259,297
INTERNATIONAL (38.9%)
$5,900,000
WORLDWIDE
$15,159,297
Motherless Brooklyn’s imposing length requires patience, but strong performances and a unique perspective make this a mystery worth investigating.

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[October 29 2010 L.A. premiere ]
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Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Seth Rogen, Minnie Driver and more were among the stars to attend the L.A. premiere of “Motherless Brooklyn” on Oct. 28, 2019

 

 

 

[October 13 2019 at New York Film Festival ]

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Edward Norton

Motherless Brooklyn was the closing selection at the New York Film Festival and New York premiere in a screening at Alice Tully Hall on October 11, 2019

[March 3 2019 Gugu Mbatha-Raw toplines a dystopian fantasy by Julia Hart ]
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March 29 2019 marks the release of writer-director Julia Hart’s “Fast Color.” Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Writing with her producer husband, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Julia Hart has fashioned Fast Color, a tale of matriarchal inheritance.
Opening Night (May 4) guests Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, A Wrinkle in Time) and producer/co-writer Jordan Horowitz (La La Land) with their film Fast Color. It’s a favorite from the SXSW Film Festival, about a woman whose superhero powers send her on the run.

[March 28 2019 Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Bruce Willis star in Motherless Brooklyn (2019) ]

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Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna. Norton also is listed as director and writer. Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin are also in the cast. Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna.

“Motherless Brooklyn,” the film being shot in the Harlem building, 773 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10031, that caught fire Thursday night, March 22, has been a passion project for Edward Norton, who spent nearly 20 years trying to get the film off the ground.

The film is an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s acclaimed 1999 novel about a detective with Tourette syndrome living in 1950s Brooklyn. In addition to playing the lead role, Norton also wrote the script and serves as producer and director — only his second time behind the camera after the 2000 comedy “Keeping the Faith.” Norton first began trying to adapt Lethem’s novel the year it was published and had announced the project as a go in 2014.

The film, which also stars Bobby Cannavale,  Cherry Jones, began shooting in New York City in February. It also touched down at two Long Island locations — Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage and, earlier this week, the Wantagh State Parkway near Jones Beach.

Norton went on to say in his Instagram message that media reports stating the fire “started on the set” of his movie are incorrect.

St. Nick’s Jazz Pub closed its doors in 2011, but Edward Norton chose to use the Harlem locale as a set for his upcoming movie Motherless Brooklyn.

“It appears to have started in the basement cellar of the building we were working in. We were filming in a bar and an apartment within the building and our crew noticed smoke rising up into where we were working,”

Many of you know that the crew of our film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ experienced a dramatic and ultimately tragic event on Thursday night, in which a fire engulfed the building we were working in and an FDNY firefighter died fighting the blaze. Thanks to the many, many people who have written to us supportively. Our team’s formal statement on the event is here in the slideshow. It has been reported in some news outlets that the fire ‘started on the set’. This is incorrect. It appears to have started in the basement cellar of the building we were working in. We were filming in a bar and an apartment within the building and our crew noticed smoke rising up into where we were working. It has been reported that I was the one who smelled smoke and raised an alarm. This is incorrect. I was outside setting up a shot outside the building. Our fantastic 1st AD was the first to notice the smell of smoke before anyone even saw it and it was he and others on the crew who acted decisively and quickly to try to locate the source of the smoke, evacuate cast and crew, call the fire department and then rapidly move our equipment and vehicles away so that the FDNY had clear access. I cannot praise the professionalism of our crew highly enough. Had our team not noticed the situation and responded and alerted the fire department with the speed they did, I believe the residents of the building above would have perished. And though we described what we saw the FDNY do in our statement and articulated our feelings, it’s worth doubling down. I have never witnessed firsthand that kind of bravery. I’m in awe of that kind of selfless courage. It’s devastating to contemplate that one of the men we watched charging in there lost his life. Please send a prayer of thanks for the spirit and courage of Michael Davidson. Our team is committed to honoring him and assisting his family and, in due course, when we can determine with his family what form they’d like that to take, I’ll pass along any information I have about a verified way people can contribute.

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[March 6 2018 Elisabeth Shue in Death Wish, “really about family” ]

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Elisabeth Shue “Death Wish” (2018)

“I wanted to really make it about family, and stick to the central issue of what would you do if this happened to your family,” director Eli Roth said. “The movie for me really is about family and protecting your family and what do you do when you can’t get justice for your family?”
Death Wish (MGM), 2,847 theaters / $4.2m Fri (includes $650K previews)/$5.2M Sat/ $3.5M Sun/3-day: $$13,025,000 /Wk 1(+23% on Saturday)

Domestic Total as of Mar. 21, 2018: $31,104,759

Domestic Total as of Mar. 16, 2018: $27,533,685

Domestic Total as of Mar. 11, 2018: $23,856,431

Domestic Total as of Mar. 9, 2018: $19,012,301
Elisabeth Shue gets killed off early in the film. “I get shot in the head, they have special effects to stop your eyes and to stop your breathing,” she says of the film, which centers on a man avenging the brutal murder of his wife. Willis’s last official movie, “Extraction,” made $16,775 domestic so “Death Wish” can only go up from there.

Donald Trump cited the 1974 vigilante film ‘Death Wish’ to defend the Second Amendment at a Nashville rally, October 3, 2015. Trump encouraged the Nashville crowd to repeatedly chant “Death Wish!” before alerting them, “Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct.”

Death Wish given MGM’s TV deals is in the black after ancillaries.

Based on early Friday, March 2 returns, Death Wish is projected to open in the $12 million-$13 million range from 2,847 theaters after earning $650,000 in previews.   The movie, cost a reported $30 million to produce after tax rebates and incentives.

[March 3 Elisabeth Shue stars in Splat Pack remake of Death Wish, March 2 ]

Releases March 2 (Friday)
Death Wish
Red Sparrow
Foxtrot (Limited)
Souvenir (Limited)
Submission (Limited)
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (Limited)

Death Wish is MGM’s first self-distributed title in a while, complete with roaring Lion logo and credits. eOne is handling Canada with this $30M production booked at 2,750 locations with Thursday previews at 7PM counting 2,000 locations.

Elisabeth Shue is cast opposite Bruce Willis in Death Wish{2018). In June 2017, it was announced Annapurna Pictures would distribute the film on behalf of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and release it on November 22, 2017. However, in October 2017, it was announced it was being delayed until March 2, 2018 “in order to evacuate the crowded Thanksgiving season”.

[June 27 2017 Was scheduled to open November 22 ]

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The Wife in Death Wish

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures distribution operation has set MGM’s “Death Wish” reboot for a Nov. 22 launch.   The new “Death Wish” stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kimberly Elise, Mike Epps, and Elisabeth Shue. It will open against Disney-Pixar’s animated family comedy “Coco” and Broad Green’s comedy “Villa Capri,” starring Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo.

Hulu and Annapurna Pictures have an output-licensing agreement that grants Hulu pay-one window streaming rights following their theatrical release.

[January 13

Bruce Willis will play the role originated by the late Charles Bronson. He will star alongside Elisabeth Shue and Vincent D’Onofrio.
In Chicago,Eli “Hostel” Roth has directed the filming of some action sequences in the Loop and in the Pilsen neighborhood. Most of the picture is being shot in cost-effective and versatile Montreal. Originally released in 1974, the Michael Winner-directed picture relaunched then-53-year-old Charles Bronson’s career and drove the vigilante craze during the ’70s and ’80s. Death Wish spawned four sequels and a reboot has circled Hollywood since Sylvester Stallone expressed interest in the series back in 2006. The first major efforts, though, crystallized in 2012, when a script from Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski was optioned, with Joe Carnahan to direct. However, after several sets of directors, the MGM/Paramount remake’s future still remained questionable.

Now that Roth is attached, he’ll likely bring his own sensibilities to the reboot. Known for hyperstylized elements similar to those of pop-auteur Quentin Tarantino (a clear influence, citing his NYU student film, Restaurant Dogs), Roth brings his own bloody aesthetic – which got him named as a member of the modern horror influencers, known as the Splat Pack – to Death Wish. Beyond his gruesome methods, though, the filmmaker clearly has a deep appreciation for gritty, grindhouse-style films of the era.

[March 29 2012 House at the End of the Street: releasing after Hunger Games, natch ]

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Jennifer Lawrence & Elisabeth Shue

A mother [Elizabeth Shue[and daughter [Jennifer Lawrence] move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over. House at the End of the Street, which just released its first trailer. (Days after Hungers Games’ record-breaking opening weekend. Coincidence? We think not.)

The overall settlement — meant to close out the Weinstein Company’s obligations as it works through bankruptcy proceedings — would reportedly “bring to an end” to nearly all sexual harassment and rape lawsuits against Weinstein.
The settlement would be paid by insurance companies representing the Weinstein Company .
More than $12 million of the current deal would cover legal costs for Weinstein and his brother, as well as other ex-members of the Weinstein Company’s board.

[July 9 2019 on skids? ]

The role of Alan Dershowitz in Epstein case prejudicial here?

A so-called $44 million “global settlement” announced in May of the claims of dozens of women against Weinstein has seemingly hit the skids after various accusers cried foul over the hefty sums being paid out to lawyers and other reps for the now defunct board of the bankrupt The Weinstein Company.

A now July 15-set hearing in front of U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Walrath in the District of Delaware may see the settlement matter revived in a discussion over the TWC estate appointing law firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann as special litigation counsel.

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The money comes from insurance policies.

“We now have an economic agreement in principal that is supported by the plaintiffs, the AG’s office, the defendants and all of the insurers that, if approved, would provide significant compensation to victims, creditors and the estate, and allow the parties to avoid years of costly, time consuming and uncertain litigation on all sides,” Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge in Wilmington, Delaware, on May 23 2019.

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Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a $44 million settlement with a number of UK and US women over allegations of sexual harassment. Mr Weinstein will pay out £24million in compensation and an additional £11million in legal fees.

The money will be divided between 15 alleged victims and creditors who lost money when Mr Weinstein’s studio collapses following the allegations.

According to the Wall Street Journal the settlement was revealed by Adam Harris, a lawyer to Mr Weinstein’s brother.

Addressing a bankruptcy court in Delaware on Thursday he asserted: “We now have an economic agreement in principle that is supported by the plaintiffs, the New York attorney general’s office, the defendants and all of the insurers.”

[2010 Things that aren’t quite deserving ]

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Michelle Williams, Alex Orlovsky, Blue Valentine

The party was for “The King’s Speech,” which, like “Blue Valentine,” is distributed by the Weinstein Company. So there Derek Cianfrance was, glass in hand, gamely chatting with every comer. “The film deserves it,” Jennifer Ehle, who plays Myrtle Logue, wife of the speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) said. “It must be such a pleasure if you’re somebody who has a film that you feel getting it out there won’t embarrass you in any way and you can be proud of it. These people –” she gestured to the various publicists and Weinstein assistants lingering over the mixed nuts at the bar -– “must have to do that all the time for things that aren’t quite deserving of it.”

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Abdolhossein Khedri

Sanctions for smuggling lethal aid from Iran to Yemen on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF): Khedri Jahan Darya Co is a shipping line that operates out of Iran, and is the registered owner, ship manager, and commercial manager of the merchant vessels Genava 11 and Genava 12. The Genava 12 was suspected of involvement in the transport of IRGC-QF cargo from Iran, ultimately destined to Yemen.

Khedri Jahan Darya Co is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 for being owned, controlled, or directed by Abdolhossein Khedri. Furthermore, the Genava 11 and Genava 12 are being identified as property in which Khedri Jahan Darya Co. has an interest.

Maritime Silk Road LLC is a shipping company which, between 2015 and 2017, used the Genava 12 to ship cargo for an IRGC-QF-affiliated company. Maritime Silk Road LLC is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 for being owned, controlled, or directed by Abdolhossein Khedri.

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Sen. John McCain with Vladimir Filat

Former Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat, sentenced in 2016 to nine years in prison for abuse of office, was released on parole on December 3 2019 after the Chisinau Court of Appeal reduced his sentence.
February 7 2019 A district judge
at the City of London Magistrates Court approved forfeiture orders on three HSBC accounts linked to Vlad Luca Filat, compelling him to surrender £466,321 (US$600,817).

The funds in the young Filat’s bank accounts are thought to be the proceeds of illegal activity perpetrated by his father, Vladimir Filat, 49. The son’s accounts and expenses were funded by large deposits from overseas companies, including in Turkey and the Cayman Islands.

[December 6 2018 USAF Open Skies OC-135B takes off from Kiev ]

The U.S. Air Force has flown the first observation flight under the much-debated Open Skies Treaty in 2018 over Ukraine. The mission comes as Russian and Ukranian forces hold dueling missile drills amid inflamed tensions following a violent skirmish in the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

[November 27 2018   Souda Bay Crete USAF flies close to the Crimean Peninsula   ]

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[27 November 2018, 7:24 am] According to the Ukrainian military portal, A USAF Boeing RC-135V intelligence aircraft was deployed for a reconnaissance mission headed east.

Flight radar monitors show the plane has been flying close to the Crimean Peninsula, a Russian-held territory in the Black Sea. The jet is said to be flying over the Black Sea after leaving a US naval base at Souda Bay on Crete at 5.50am today. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay enables the forward operations and responsiveness of U.S. and allied forces.

[ Moldova laundromat: “we are not going to let it happen any more.” -U.K. ]
The “Laundromat” inquiry demonstrated an alleged Russian-led money laundering scheme, in which $22.3 billion passed through Moldova using Russian shell companies and fictitious loans from offshore companies based in Britain in 2011-2014. [below]

The orders were introduced in the Criminal Finance Act last year but are only now coming into effect. They will force wealthy individuals to explain to UK officials how they acquired assets worth more than £50,000.

Officials estimate that around £90bn of illegal money is laundered through the UK every year.

10 January 2018- The Moscow City Court upheld an order to arrest the Moldovan  oligarch and chairman of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vladimir Plahotniuc, charged with attempted murder.   The oligarch is charged with attempted murder- possibly connected to the attempted assassination of the Russian banker Herman Gorbuntsov, seriously wounded in London, in 2012.   INTERPOL refused to distribute the international arrest warrant.

Russian assassins have been able to kill in Britain with impunity over the past decade, 17 current and former British and American intelligence officials told BuzzFeed News. The reasons for Britain’s reticence, they said, include fear of retaliation, police incompetence, and a desire to preserve the billions of pounds of Russian money that pour into British banks and properties each year. As a result, Russia is making what one source called increasingly “bold moves” in the UK without fear of reprisals.

[ November 12 2017: U.S. Cav 100 miles from Russia’s Kaliningrad ]

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CHISINAU, Moldova – May 8, 2016

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.

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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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  Khamis Farhan al-Khanjar al-Issawi


Iranian officials including the powerful commander of its Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, stepped in to prevent Abdul Mahdi’s resignation in October. Soleimani was reported to be in Baghdad, negotiating with political leaders for a new consensus candidate for prime minister. https://wp.me/p1kUZv-14O

OFAC designated Qais al-Khazali, Laith al-Khazali, and Husayn Falih ‘Aziz al-Lami pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 for their involvement in serious human rights abuse in Iraq. Additionally, OFAC designated Iraqi millionaire businessman Khamis Farhan al-Khanjar al-Issawi for bribing government officials
https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm847

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“Since 1973, you can’t say that the British have helped us much,” Dominique Strauss-Kahn wrote in an editorial for French newspaper Les Echos. “Apart from a long period of Labour rule from 1997-2010, their actions have only aimed at slowing the European project, according to what they judge to be their interests. Without them, the Union today would have advanced much further, been much stronger and much more united.”

The piece, entitled in English “I am a sad Brexiteer”, the former French economy minister begins: “I have too much admiration for the intelligence and capacity of the British to underestimate the risk they pose to the European project…”

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President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on December 5 2019 to void a subpoena from the House of Representatives that seeks the president’s financial records from his accounting firm.

The justices already have shielded the documents from being turned over while they consider whether to hear Trump’s case and his separate appeal of a court order that requires the same accounting firm, Mazars USA, to give his tax returns to the Manhattan District Attorney. The court could say as early as mid-December whether it will hear and decide the cases by the end of June.

[April 30 2019]

DONALD J. TRUMP,
v.
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, in his official capacity
as Chairman of the House Committee on
Oversight and Reform

“Regarding the House Oversight Committee’s request for the Trump Organization’s financial records from its accounting firm Mazars USA LLP. Mr. Cox opines that short of a subpoena, the firm is unlikely to comply with a letter request from the committee. Under state statutes and regulations, accountants have a duty to maintain the confidentiality of client confidential information. Mr. Cox states that there are certain exceptions under the AICPA’s ethics rules where an accountant can turn over records in response to a subpoena or documents that are already publicly available.”

Mazars, through its outside counsel, wrote back to Chairman Cummings on March 27.
Mazars informed Chairman Cummings that it “cannot voluntarily turn over the documents….Despite the Ranking Members’ objections, Chairman Cummings issued the subpoena to Mazars”

https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000016a-4546-d50f-a96a-ed5763d30000

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“We believe the subpoena is invalid as issued,” Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Trump said. “In light of the 2nd Circuit decision, we are evaluating our next options including seeking review at the Supreme Court of the United States.”

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Deutsche Bank and Capital One must comply with a House subpoena seeking a broad range of financial documents related to President Trump and his businesses,

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on December 3 2019 ruled 2-1 in favor of ordering “prompt compliance” with the subpoenas from the House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees.

 

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 https://www.scribd.com/document/438067498/Appeals-Court-on-Deutsche-Bank-Subpoenas