Showing posts with label Iran. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Iran. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Money Laundering Exposed As A Key Component Of The Housing Bubble's "All Cash" Bid




Money Laundering Exposed As A Key Component Of The Housing Bubble's "All Cash" Bid
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/10/2013 18:02 -0400
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-10/money-laundering-exposed-key-component-housing-bubbles-all-cash-bid

In August 2012, when isolating one of the various reasons for the latest housing bubble, we suggested that a primary catalyst for the price surge in the ultra-luxury housing segment and the seemingly endless supply of "all cash" buyers (standing at an unprecedented 60% of all buyers lately as reported by Goldman) is a very simple one: crime. Or rather, the use of US real estate as a means to launder illegal offshore-procured money. We also identified the one key permissive feature which allowed this: the National Association of Realtors' exemption from Anti-Money Laundering provisions. In other words, all a foreign oligarch - who may or may not have used chemical weapons in their past: all depends on how recently they took their picture with the Secretary of State - had to do to buy a $47 million Florida house, was to get the actual cash to the US. Well good thing there are private jets whose cargo is never checked.

This is how we framed the problem last August:

... a foreigner who may or may not have engaged in massive criminal activity and/or dealt with Iran, Afghanistan, or any other bogeyman du jour at some point in their past, and is using US real estate merely as a money-laundering front perhaps? Sadly, we will never know. Why? As explained before, it is all thanks to the National Association of Realtors - those wonderful people who bring you the existing home sales update every month (with a documented upward bias every single time) - which just so happens is the only organization that actively lobbied for and received an exemption from AML regulation compliance. In other words, unlike HSBC, the NAR is untouchable, even if it were to sell a triplex to Ahmedinejad on West 57th street.

As a reminder, here is where the NAR stands on the issue of its most generous clients possibly being some of the worst criminal known to man, courtesy of Elanus Capital:

Many of you reading this will undoubtedly have spent time in an international bank and been forced to sit through countless hours of “know your client” and AML training. Fascinating to note that the National Association of Realtors lobbied for and received a waiver from such regulation. That’s right, realtors actually went to the U.S. government and said: we want to be able to help foreign business oligarchs and other nefarious business people launder money through the real estate markets of the United States – and prevailed.

Here's their official position:

"NAR supports continued efforts to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism through the regulation of entities using a risk-based analysis. Any risk-based assessment would likely find very little risk of money laundering involving real estate agents or brokers. Regulations that would require real estate agents and brokers to adopt anti-money laundering programs may prove to be burdensome and unnecessary given the existing ML/TF regulations that already apply to United States financial institutions."

Hat’s off to the NAR – that is some serious doublespeak. My translation: We’ll support you as long as we don’t have to support you.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ottawa orders Canadian scientific journals not to publish Iranian articles


Ottawa orders Canadian scientific journals not to publish Iranian articles

Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:53PM GMT


The Canadian government has reportedly ordered the scientific journals of the country not to publish articles authored by Iranian researchers and scientists, Press TV has learnt.

Iranian academics, who had primarily received an acceptance from the journals, have received new messages that notified them of the journals' decision not to publish their work due to recent policies adopted by the Canadian government.

In a recent move, the Canadian Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research refused to publish an article by an Iranian assistant professor despite the earlier acceptance of the article.

The journal argued that it "will not be permitted to publish" the article as previously stated, citing the political and non-academic reasons. It said that Ottawa had closed down its mission in Tehran for what it called the “civil rights abuse of the citizens of Iran” and “the threat to the security of Canadian personnel and Israel.

On September 7, the Canadian government closed its embassy in Tehran and ordered Iranian diplomats to leave Canada within five days.

In a statement, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada views Iran “as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world,” adding that Iran “routinely threatens the existence of Israel.”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast censured Ottawa’s decision as undiplomatic and a move in line with the policies dictated by Israel.

“The hostile actions of the current racist Canadian government are in fact in line with the policies that are dictated by the Zionist regime (Israel) and the British government,” Mehmanparast said.

Pundits believe Canada’s move to sever diplomatic ties with Iran unveils Ottawa’s submissive attitude toward the Israeli regime.

“Canada’s abrupt move to sever all ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran manifestly springs from a strong Zionist sway which has permeated the political structure of the country,” Iranian academic Ismail Salami wrote in an op-ed published on Press TV website on September 11.

The analyst said that governed as a constitutional monarchy with British Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state, Canada could be viewed as a country “supporting colonizing regimes such as
Israel and seeking to isolate the peaceful nation of Iran.”

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Baird have time and again expressed unconditional support for Israel, and are widely believed for dancing to every tune of the Israeli regime.

AR/PKH/HJL


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Iran: Police announce more arrests around currency crisis



http://www.payvand.com/news/12/dec/1272.html
Iran: Police announce more arrests around currency crisis

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The Tehran Police force has announced that 88 "gold and foreign currency brokers" have been arrested, as disputes have intensified between the Iranian government and the Central Bank over handling the crisis in the currency and gold markets.

Police officials reported today, December 30, that 88 people had been arrested for being engaged in the illegal and criminal handling of gold and foreign currencies, the Fars News Agency reports.

The detainees are charged with selling "fake gold coins, stealing money from their customers, and distributing counterfeit dollars and low-quality coins."

The possible distribution of $5 billion in counterfeit money was noted in Parliament in recent months.

The currency market has been highly volatile in Iran in the past several months, and the government previously had announced a number of arrests prior to this, also in connection with the fluctuations in the currency market.

Some MPs have accused the Ahmadinejad administration of deliberately keeping the foreign currency market in a state of fluctuation in order to make greater profit from the sale of state dollars.

The government has denied the allegations and blames the intensification of international sanctions for the steep fall in the national currency.

In first half of 2009, the dollar was traded in Iran at about 10,000 rials, but in the past year the exchange rate in the free market has risen to 35,000 rials.

EU and U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil and financial sector have reduced Iran's oil revenues by half, which has had a direct effect on Iran's foreign currency reserves.

... Payvand News - 12/30/12 ... --

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Israel and Iran hold 'positive' nuclear talks in Brussels



http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/05/israel-iran-brussels-nuclear-conference

Israel and Iran hold 'positive' nuclear talks in Brussels

Brussels conference could help pave way for full international conference on banning weapons of mass destruction in Middle East

Julian Borger, diplomatic editor
guardian.co.uk, Monday 5 November 2012 12.48 EST

The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, centre, is among those taking part in the talks. Photograph: AFP/Getty
Israeli and Iranian officials are taking part in a on nuclear proliferation meeting in Brussels on Monday, in the hope of paving the way for a full international conference in the next few months on banning nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East.

A handful of officials from both Israel and Iran are involved in the two-day event, ostensibly in their capacity as private citizens, in what was billed as an academic seminar.

But the delegations are led by senior officials and have the permission of their respective governments to take part in an informal discussion with representatives from about 10 Arab states, US officials and European moderators to explore the possibility of holding a UN-sponsored conference on establishing a WMD-free zone in the Middle East.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thank God These People Won't Succeed!!!



The attempt to cause chaos and war in the middle east continues.  These two videos are mind boggling.
Further verification of what Benjamin Fulford and others have been saying for months.

We know these people are being restrained by higher forces, as another timeline other than destruction is on the agenda for this year.  Still...the unmitigated audacity of these people and their complete disregard for human life is astounding. They don't even hide it anymore...they truly expect to get away with it all.











Monday, August 6, 2012

Standard Chartered bank 'in $250bn scheme with Iran'


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19155577

Standard Chartered bank 'in $250bn scheme with Iran'

Standard Chartered has been accused of undermining US sanctions against Iran

Standard Chartered bank illegally "schemed" with Iran to launder as much as $250bn (£161bn) for nearly a decade, a US regulator says.

The New York State Department of Financial Services said that the bank hid 60,000 secret transactions for "Iranian financial institutions" that were subject to US economic sanctions.

It labelled UK-based Standard Chartered a "rogue institution".

The bank has been threatened with having its US banking licence revoked.

The allegations are far larger than those involving HSBC, which was recently accused by the US Senate of failing to prevent money laundering from countries around the world including Mexico and Iran. It has set aside $700m to deal with any fines and penalties arising from those allegations.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Iran Sentences 4 To Death
In $2.6B Banking Fraud Case



Iran sentences 4 to death in $2.6B fraud case

By NASSER KARIMI | Associated Press – 2 hrs 34 mins ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian court has sentenced four people to death and given two more life sentences on charges linked to a $2.6 billion bank fraud described as the biggest financial scam in the country's history, an official said Monday.

The trial, which began in February, involved some of the country's largest financial institutions and raised uncomfortable questions about corruption at senior levels in Iran's tightly controlled economy.

But few specific details have been released, possibly to avoid exposing too much internal scandal while Iran's leaders seek to assure the country it can ride out tightening sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program.

Prosecutors have only referred to the linchpin defendant by a nickname and have provided just general information about his purported business empire. The main charges included using forged documents to get credit at one of Iran's top bank to purchase assets, including major state-owned companies.

The official IRNA news agency gave no names at all for most of the other defendants in the Revolutionary Court, which deals with cases involving security and organized crime. The report did not say when the verdicts were issued.

The report quoted state prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehei as saying a total of 39 defendants received sentences, including four death sentences, two life terms and the rest of up to 25 years in prison. He said officials including deputy ministers in the government were among those sentenced, but did not identify any of them.

The main defendant, referred to by a nickname "Amir Mansour Aria," was among those charged with a potential capital offense. In February, state TV said he was accused of being "corrupt on earth," an Iranian legal term that means that the defendant is an enemy of God, and which in practice is a catch-all term for a variety of offenses. The charge carries the death penalty.

Aria pleaded not guilty, but acknowledged that he has violated some laws, the Iranian media said.

The indictment described Aria as head of the Aria Investment Development Co. It said the owners used "incorrect connections with executive and political elements" to accrue wealth.

"Dozens of instances of bribe payments to staff and managers of banks have taken place under various titles," it said.

Ejehei said the sentences are appealable. By law the convicted have 20 days to appeal.

Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his hardline rivals traded blows in their political power struggle. A court stripped one presidential ally of his job while officials in Ahmadinejad's government brought charges against the brother of one of his prominent critics, the speaker of parliament.

Ahmadinejad has faced more than a year of withering political attacks after challenging Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over the selection of the intelligence minister. Dozens of Ahmadinejad's allies have been arrested or driven from power by backers of Khamenei, and Ahmadinejad has been left severely weakened with less than a year left in his second and final term.

Ahmadinejad was once the favored son of Iran's theocracy, but his defiance of Khamenei was considered to be a rebellion against the supremacy of the clergy and the president's conservative allies turned on him. He still retains a following among Iran's working classes and rural poor who see the ruling clerics as aloof and out of touch.

In the latest twist, a court stripped one of Ahmadinejad's top appointees of his job after claims he was linked to the deaths of anti-government protesters, the IRNA news agency said.

The ruling against Saeed Mortazavi, head of Iran's social security organization, followed a suit filed by a group of anti-Ahmadinejad lawmakers.

In 2010, a parliamentary probe found Mortazavi — then chief Tehran prosecutor — responsible for the deaths by torture of at least three anti-government protesters who were in custody. Angry lawmakers in April threatened to impeach the country's labor minister, who appointed Mortazavi, over the case.

In a separate report, IRNA said Javad Larijani — the brother of both the country's parliament speaker and its powerful judiciary chief — came under investigation over allegations he illegally took control of protected land.

Tehran's chief prosecutor Alireza Avaei was quoted as saying that a court is studying the allegations. The claims were filed by the government agency in charge of natural resources.

The Larijani family are prominent critics of Ahmadinejad.

Larijani's brother Sadegh heads the judiciary and another brother, Ali, is parliament speaker. Javad leads the judiciary's human rights council. No date has been set for a hearing.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Open Letter From Some Colorado Jews:
U.S – Israel: Don’t Attack Iran





Posted at: http://goo.gl/6GQwc
May10, 2012

Dear Friends,

Support for a military attack on Iran is, plain and simple, support for mutually assured destruction,  not only for the State of Israel, but also for Israel’s Palestinian neighbors.

Any military escalation in an unstable Middle East is akin to throwing a lighted match onto a
powder keg. The consequences cannot be contained by any conventional strategy, and regional
diplomatic efforts will be set back decades.

This opinion is widely shared well outside peace activist circles. It has been heatedly expressed
by Major General Meir Dagan, former Israeli Mossad Director (2002 – 2011) who said,
“[Attacking iran] would mean regional war and in that case you would be giving Iran the best
possible reason to continue the nuclear program.” He adds it’s “the stupidest thing I ever heard.”

And US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta agrees. “The consequences [of military action]
could be that we would have an escalation … that would not only involve many lives, but could
consume the Middle East in confrontation and conflict we would regret.”

Clearer heads must prevail!

The nuclear arms race during the Cold War left the world with nuclear arsenals estimated by the
Stockholm international Peace Research Institute in 2009 at 23,000, which is 2000 times the total firepower used during WWII. In this regard, We agree with both the Obama administration and J-street, the staunchest pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby in the U.S. The world does NOT need another nuclear weapon ready state. However, a military strike sends precisely the opposite message.

To folks who believe America and Israel should and will hold the upper hand in the nuclear
balance of power indefinitely, you might want to think again. Perhaps, the most persuasive
argument to the rest of the world for nuclear non-proliferation would be good-faith reduction
in nuclear firepower among the current super-powers. That makes a whole lot more sense than
bombing an adversary to make sure they never build bombs.

Toward sustainable peace,

Elissa J. Tivona, Ph.D.
Office of International Initiatives,
Colorado State University*

Rob Prince
Lecturer, International Studies
University of Denver – Korbel School of International Studies

· – affiliations for identification purposes only.

Note: there are now a dozen signers; when the list is complete, the full list of names will be printed

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

American Fundamentalist Preachers - Marching Other People's Children Off to War

Jesus called this sort "whitened tombs full of dead men's bones". They appear holy and spout wonderful great moral teachings while selling condemnation and death of other human beings. Jesus was never about destroying humans. These men are.  

They think that if Armageddon starts in the Middle East they'll force God to send Jesus back. These are sick people. They have no love for Israeli or Iranian people.  Indeed, their interpretation of Bible scripture says 90% of Jews will have to be killed off in order for Jews to convert to Jesus. They never say that on TV, but they do at church. 


They are Christians who have become the useful idiots of Zionism.  They infect modern American politics with sanctimonious blood thirst. They seem to forget that the Good Samaritan, in the story told by Galilean sage, was a Palestinian. Samaria is what Jews call the area where the Palestinians live.