Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy welcomes Vladimir Putin-critic Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign and author of Red Notice.
Mr Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was declared “a threat to national security” for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies. His lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky testified against state officials and was subsequently arrested, jailed without trial, tortured and died in prison.
The subsequent American bi-partisan Magnitsky Act authorises the US government to sanction those who it sees as human rights offenders, freezing their assets, and ban them from entering the US.
Mr Browder made a presentation to Senators and TDS regarding a possible Irish/EU Magnitsky Act.
Bust Speakers by Sound Of Power – 20W bluetooth enabled marble composite amp speakers available in ‘St Vladimir’ Putin and Kim ‘Sunshine’ Jong-Un flavours, designed to work as a stereo set.
Limited to 100 pieces each, the No.1 and No.100 editions of St Vladimir sold at auction last month for €6500 and €4200 respectively. Early numbered Sunshine Kims start at a totalitarian €2,111.
“3D print shop in Rathmines ‘Putin’ Vlad on display”
“Saw this on the way home yesterday. Nice car sticker.”
Previously: Putin It Bluntly
You’re doing it wrong.
No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.
It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”
But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.
A Plea for Caution From Russia (Vladimir Putin, New York Times)
Garry Kasparov, now an opposition political figure in Russia, arrested during protests outside the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow within the last hour.
The all-girl punk group has been found guilty having “committed a serious breach of public order, motivated by religious hatred” and engaged in “provocative and insulting acts in a religious building”. They will be sentenced later today.
Pussy Riot Trial – Live (AFP)
Pic via Olaf Koens
Translation: What the hell is going on in Moscow?