Monday, August 10, 2020

As UNSG Refuses Press Qs on His Sexual Abuse FP Insiders Virtue Signal But Cover Up #MeToo

 

By Matthew Russell Lee Patreon Periscope Song
BBC - Decrypt - LightRead - Honduras - Source

UN Gate, August 9 – The United Nations under Antonio Guterres sinks ever lower into complicity with sexual abuse and trafficking, and lack of accountability. Now this from whistleblowers, about those who help cover up:

On July 30 Inner City Press while covering a UN Press Briefing Room propaganda session by Germany's Mission to the UN that it was banned from attending even virtually and even asking questions at tweeted, "This guy, who also tried to use UN Security against the press, is now praising Germany for being so good with him. No amount of hand-painting can make up for abusive sleaze - he once drunkenly hugged an Ambassador who demanded, Who *are* you?"

   Nearly immediately complaints rolled in, as this UN Correspondents Association official who is Ali Barada of France 24 and An-Nahar is widely known in the UN as engaged in sexual harassment and abuse. Several complainants, stating that Barada used his media company position to inappropriately touch them, said they want him identified and something done, that they still suffer PTSD.

   Two days after Inner City Press, banned 768 days from any entry into the UN including its Zoom room, reported on this, a UN insider chimed in publicly about the UN and gender: "Over time I have reduced my reading about the UN to two sources: @RichardGowan1 and @columlynch. This is why: rock solid analysis."

  Four days after this clanker, the two named men tried to distance themselves from it:

Richard Gowan @RichardGowan1 Replying to @AdamDayNYC: + @sarah_cliffe, @TCarayannis, @SherineT, @savita_pawnday, @AditiGorur, @wwwmac, @e_cousens, @kaysiebrown, @MeganMRoberts1, @sarahWPS, @KaavyaAsoka, @AAbdenur, @DeSachenka, @akd2003, @AkshayaSays, @joycebukuru, @renaticas, @AM_OMalley

and then


Colum Lynch [of Foreign Policy FP] @columlynch on reporting side, I'd add  @michellenichols   @whitney_hurst  ,  @SominiSengupta   @EdithLedererAP   @mbesheer   @PamelaFalk   @carrienooten    @pass_blue   @fillionsteph10 . sure I'm missing more

  Yes. And also missing UNCA Executive Board(s) #MeToo abuses, and Guterres' cover ups.

We'll have more on this - including if the media and UN who have known but not acted act now.

   UNCA despite a false policy has done nothing about the sexual harassment and worse of its own officials. Stories are also legion from the victims of a Middle East-based news / propaganda channel, whose in action is perhaps more expected that the collusion with Barada of Guerres, Melissa Fleming, Stephane Dujarric and the German mission. But this Gulf country, at least in the UN, makes many claims about its record on gender. We'll have more on this.


Ghislaine Maxwell used the United Nations, as reported by Inner City Press whose questions about it Guterres refuses.

  First Inner City Press showed that on the board of Maxwell's Terramar Project Inc. was Guterres chief Partnerships official, Amir Dossal, below.

  Now while UNEP official Lisa Svensson appears in the documents unsealed July 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York which Inner City Press covers since ousted from the UN by Guterres for is reporting, Inner City Press is continuing its exclusive 2018 reporting in Svensson's "Volvo Boating" and other scams at UNEP, here, where we published in full, on Scribd and Patreon, the agreement with Volvo Ocean Races signed by Erik Solheim, here, and the EUR 500,000 agreement signed by UNEP's Lisa Emilia Svensson, here and here. [Aug 1, 2020 song here
on SoundCloud with more leaked Guterres audio

Friday, August 7, 2020

On OneCoin Ruja Link to Amanatidis Exposed By Inner City Press During Trial Fraud on Fraud


By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - The Source 

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Aug 6 – As Inner City Press covered the OneCoin trial in October 2019, a number of names of indicted co-conspirators emerged on which we followed up.

  One of them was Gilbert Armenta, who  recorded Ruja Ignatova. Inner City Press has repeatedly asked the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York for more information; it continues even now to withhold the exhibits it flashed on the screen at trial. Inner City Press had to file a FOIA request; the Department of Justice denies expedited processing.

 While some of what Inner City Press has managed to pry out has been used without credit, now we can report one of the linsk we had  we had been seeking through FOIA and elsewhere: a connection to Hristoforos Amanatidis, Taki, whose main squeeze was paid by One Coin, and who is also connected to Krasimir "Karo" Kamenov and Hrant "Jesus" Varteryan, previously to Georgi and Vasil Iliev, and to Metodi Metodiev, aka “Meto Ilienski” who like Ruja Ignatova disappeared mysteriously, earlier. If the search for Ruja is a competition, game on.

Now we can report this, not yet stolen: the US Attorney's Office gave Armenta his own secret docket number and kept it sealed for three years, until AFTER Inner City Press exclusively reported on Armenta's continuing dubious business activities even while a "cooperator." The case was initially assigned to SDNY Judge Willian H. Pauley III, then moved to Judge Edgardo Ramos - who to his credit has now put an end to continued extensions, and set a sentencing date for October 21, 2020. The unsealed indictment is now on Patreon here.

  Now on August 6, this - Konstantin Ignatov has gotten himself released from the civil suit, full filing here: "WHEREAS, Lead Plaintiff Donald Berdeaux and Plaintiff Christine Grablis (together, “Plaintiffs”) and defendant Konstantin Ignatov are interested in resolving the issues alleged against Defendant Ignatov in the Amended Complaint in this action, and have negotiated in good faith for that purpose; and WHEREAS, Plaintiffs and defendant Konstantin Ignatov (together, the “Parties”) wish to discontinue between them without prejudice the claims asserted against Defendant Ignatov while not impeding in any way Plaintiffs’ further prosecution of their claims against the other defendants in this action; IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between the Parties and/or their respective counsel as follows: 1. Plaintiffs hereby agree that the above-captioned action is dismissed and discontinued without prejudice solely as to defendant Konstantin Ignatov pursuant to Rule 41(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure."  Full filing on Patreon here. We'll have more on this.

  The willingness to hide Armenta and the case against him, as he continued dubious business presumably for others, has Inner City Press wondering about these individuals it is researching through links to  Ruja Ignatova's RavenR:

Thomas Christodoulou
Maria Serbina
Joanna Hilary Alinson
Simon John Longworth
Anna Marie Longworth
Robert Henry Rothenberg
Gary Michael Gilford
Nikolaou Nikolaos
Louca Theocharis
Mary Skoullou
Giannakis Tsiannaros
Svitlana Kolesnyk
Cyprus Development Bank
Vladislav Velkov

We'll have more on this.   Here are the Armenta business moves Inner City Press exclusively reported on December 1, 2019, here:

  ESOL B.V. LLC was incorporated on July 8, 2019; the manager is Gilbert Armenta and the agent is Giselle Valentin, both of 500 E. Broward Boulevard, PH 2, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394. See here. And here.

   Armenta's Tblisi, Georgia-based money laundering bank JSC Capital Bank had as its parent a company of exactly this name. See KPMG review of Georgia banking sector here. More on Armenta's ongoing companies on Patreon here.

  Inner City Press asked, on December 1, 2019: Is the US Attorney's Office allowing its cooperator to keep on money laundering? Or looking the other way while whatever cooperation agreement exists is openly violated?
Perhaps these and other quesitons will be answered in connection with Armenta's sentencing in the too long seal case against him. Watch this site.

More on Patreon here.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Mercer Hotel Is Sued For Sexual Harassment By Lobby Management Threatens Sanctions SDNY


By Matthew Russell Lee, PatreonBBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - The Source
SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 27 – P. O'Gorman claims sexual harassment by the "lobby manager of the Mercer Hotel, whose conduct was well-known to his employers."
On July 24 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.  
 Claudia Costa, an insurance carrier-paid lawyer representing Mercer Hotel Corporation, argued for sanctions against the plaintiff's attorney Joshua Bernstein. He in turn expressed skepticism that Mercer Hotel is unrelated to Mercer Kitchen.  
 Judge Liman declined to stay discovery and said he would only address motions actually before him. Ms Costa, repeatly saying "with all due respect," said she will be filing a sanctions motion.
The case is O'Gorman v. Mercer Kitchen L.L.C. et al., 20-cv-01404 (Liman)
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Federal Defender Pushed for Freedom for VOSR But Redacts From Filing At SDNY


By Matthew Russell Lee, PatreonBBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - The Source
SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 27 – Javier Lavayen was released from prison on May 10, 2019. On July he appeared on an alleged Violation of Supervised release in the on July 24 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York before Second Circuit Judge Richard J. Sullivan, sitting be designation. Inner City Press covered it. 
 Federal Defender Martin Cohen, in a partially redacted filing, argued that it has been a hard year all around that this client should remain at liberty.
During the July 24 hearing, Judge Sullivan recount past violations. The filing remain redacted.
The case is US v. Lavayen, 14-cr-774 (Sullivan)
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Sandoz Denied Cediprof Restraining Order But Wants Portions of Request Withheld From Press


By Matthew Russell Lee, PatreonBBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - The Source
SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 27 – : Inner City Press is covering a hearing in which Sandoz is requesting a TRO against Cediprof. Sandoz's lawyer, who is trying to seal filing, makes demand about the public and press on the line.
Cediprof's lawyer: Sandoz' 31 day delay in even asking for a TRO shows no irreparable harm. Anyway, this argued loss of customers and business is compensable. It's easy to calculate. They've already done it for AAA arbitration.
 Now, very quickly, Sandoz' partially sealed request for a Temporary Restraining Order is being denied. Will the request entirely disappear?
The case is Sandoz Inc. v. Cediprof, Inc., 20-cv-5568 (Marrero) 
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Knox Pleads Guilty To Violation of Supervised Released But No Prison If Clear 4 Months


By Matthew Russell Lee, PatreonBBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - The Source
SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 27 – William Knox on July 24 pled guilty to a Violation of Supervised Release, but had electronic monitoring removed by on July 24 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Engelmayer. 
The deal was, if Knox can avoid another arrest or violation before October 27, it will all go away.
Judge Engelmayer admonished the defendant.
 The case is US v. Knox, 15-cr-445 (Engelmayer)
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In Sarah Palin Case NYT Lawyer Says Bennet Negligence Is Not Defamation in SDNY


By Matthew Russell Lee, PatreonBBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - The Source
SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 27 –   In the ongoing case of Sarah Palin versus New York Times and James Bennet, on July 24 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff held oral arguments. Inner City Press live tweeted them:
NYT lawyer, Jay Brown of Ballard, says Bennet - since ousted or resigned - is able to bring this motion. Judge Rakoff: I was not persuaded by plaintiff's argument on that. NYT lawyer: This is Palin's contention that a jury might disbelieve Mr Bennet's testimony
 NYT: There's no need for the court to make credibility determinations. There's no dispute of material fact. Let me turn to the merits. Did Bennet act with actual malice when he wrote the sentences? Did he accuse her of inciting shooting? We say no, not with malice
 NYT: Bennet was unaware that his words would be interpreted that way. Judge Rakoff: Isn't it partly a function of what a reasonable jury could infer where the language is essentially unambiguous, like if the Defendant  said, "Mr Jones is a cold blooded murderer"
 Judge Rakoff: .. the jury could draw an inference. NYT: The defamatory statement can't be considered in isolation. "Under NYT v. Sullivan, the statement must be judged entire based on what the publisher intended it to mean."
 Judge Rakoff: But I'm to follow case law, and not treatises, no? Let me go back to my rather over-simple hypo. Supposing the defendant at his deposition, When I said Jones was a cold blooded murderer, I didn't mean that literally, I just meant he's nasty
 Judge Rakoff: Cannot a jury say, That's preposterous. The words were so without qualification we don't believe you didn't mean it literally? Can't that be part of the mix?
NYT: The language of the publication is part of the mix -- [then NYT lawyer is cut off]
 Judge Rakoff [after NYT lawyer is cut off]: I interpret that to mean he thought his rhetoric was so electric...
 NYT is back: Elizabeth Williamson prepared a draft of the editorial... In her draft, she said, "Just as in 2011, the rage in Virginia was nurtured," etc. Mr. Bennet removed the Virginia reference, there, but kept in "link to political incitement was clear."
NYT lawyer: Let's consider the 5:08 am email by Bennet: "I don't know what the truth is here... We may have relied too much on our own earlier editorials."
Judge Rakoff: Plaintiff says Bennet committed at his deposition that he had read a report in The Atlantic   Judge Rakoff: Why couldn't a jury infer that he had read it, and knew what he wrote was false, but after criticism was trying to cover his read end? NYT: Let's compare what Mrs. Palin said and what the Second Circuit ruled.
 lawyer: Mr. Bennet did not click on hyperlinks in [his] editorial... He relied on fact checkers to ensure his editorials were accurate
 Palin's lawyer: There's nothing binding from the Supreme Court imposing the defendant's standard here. Judge Rakoff: Even under your approach you have to show reckless disregard, no? Palin's lawyer: Correct.
 Palin's lawyer: The decision was already made to write about gun control, and "hate speech" of people on the Right.  Judge Rakoff: You're saying he started with a bias? Palin's lawyer: Yes, your Honor.
 Palin's lawyer: The NYT was already under fire, sponsoring Shakespeare in the Park portraying Trump as Caesar, some advertisers were pulling out. So Bennet was back pedaling. Palin's lawyer: They resorted to framing, to pre-conceived notions.
This is a case of willful avoidance of the truth. He published the editorial without re-acquainting himself with what the Atlantic [he is or was affiliated with] published
 Palin's lawyer: Bennet has a narrative he wanted to tell and he didn't care what the fact checkers said. It's purposeful avoidance of truth. Bennet insisted on persisting with narrative even after corruption came out, he told CNN it didn't undercut the editorial
Palin's lawyer: Bennet was still insisting that the piece was justifiable. The international edition cut out the defamatory terms, but Ms. Cohen claimed it still conveyed the same message. So Bennet was engaged in political score-keeping
Palin lawyer: There were 3 to 4 other editorials ready that could have run that day. All of this could have been avoided. But this falls in line with Bennet's pre-determined narrative. There was recklessness. So the summary judgment motion should be denied.
Judge Rakoff: I'll give the defendant nine minutes, then I have to head up to my courtroom for a proceeding.
NYT's lawyer: This may have been negligence, but it is not defamation of a public figure.
Judge Rakoff tells the lawyer the history of "malapropism," promises an end of August ruling before Feb 2021 trial.
 The case is Palin v. The New York Times Company, 17-cv-4853-JSR (Rakoff)
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