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Thursday, May 25, 2017

How Felix Sater — Former Mob-linked Hustler And Ex-Trump Adviser — Sought To ‘Protect’ Ukraine’s Nuclear Plants

The saga of Felix Sater — a twice-convicted one-time Mafia associate, real estate developer, sometime partner and former “senior adviser” to Donald Trump — continues to grow more complicated and bizarre. Details have now emerged of a second attempted diplomatic intervention by Sater, supposedly to prevent a possible nuclear power plant conflagration in Ukraine.

In a recent investigation for DC Report, (reprinted here by The National Memo), I explored a series of controversial financial transactions that involved Sater and another former Trump Organization associate named Daniel Ridloff, which involved accusations that the two men had absconded with nearly $43 million from the sale of an Ohio shopping mall to Neil Bush, son and brother of the former presidents.…

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5 Reminders Of How Dark It Is That Trump Is Cozying Up With The Murderous President Of The Philippines

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

On April 29, President Trump made a highly controversial phone call to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, an authoritarian strongman whose daily executions have become a hallmark of his brutal regime. Trump praised Duterte for his “unbelievable” success in the drug war and even extended an invitation to the White House.

Here are five reasons why Trump’s open admiration for Duterte speaks volumes.

1. Thousands have been killed as a result of a Duterte-endorsed anti-drug campaign.

According to an extensive Human Rights Watch report published six months into his presidency, “national police officers and unidentified ‘vigilantes’ have killed over 7,000 people,” targeting “suspected drug dealers and users… [as part of] a campaign of extrajudicial execution in impoverished areas of Manila and other urban areas.”

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