New Sanctions Purpose: Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act

Asset Freeze Financial Prohibitions Prohibitions Canada has imposed targeted measures against foreign nationals who are, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, responsible for or complicit in gross violations of human rights; or are public officials or an associate of such an official, who are responsible for or complicit in acts of significant corruption,…

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Resolving the Political Crisis in DR Congo

Testimony at the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Ida Sawyer, Director, Central Africa Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, members of the subcommittee, thank you for the invitation to testify. I appreciate your ongoing and bipartisan interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is at…

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How Companies and Their Investors Pay Lip Service to UN Sanctions

by Enrico Carisch November 5, 2017 South Korean soldiers guarding the Panmunjom demilitarized zone  between South Korea and North Korea, to the rear. UN Security Council sanctions against entities doing business with North Korea have been selective. HENRIK ISHIHARA/CREATIVE COMMONS     If an investment, shareholding, credit or other financing tool benefits an enterprise or…

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An Open Source Protocol for Digital Sovereign Identity

  Ashley Brooke Taylor cooperative systems for a circular economy September 7, 2017 Blockchain holds the potential to be a powerful accounting system for many transactions taking place today. Most importantly it can be a tool to account for sustainability and impact investment, things that money has had trouble accounting for truly. The decentralization blockchain…

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Virtual currency offerings banned

By Wu Yiyao in Shanghai 2017-09-06 Initial coin offerings, raising funds through the launch of token-based virtual currencies, have been banned in China, according to an announcement made by several authorities on Monday. Analysts said that authorities move to ban ICOs is not surprising given that ICOs, with strong liquidity and great risk exposure, have…

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UK at centre of secret $3bn Azerbaijani money laundering and lobbying scheme

The Guardian   Exclusive: Leaked data reveals thousands of covert payments, including to European politicians and journalists Some of the money went towards an international lobbying operation to deflect criticism of Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, pictured with his wife Mehriban outside 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters Luke Harding, Caelainn Barr and Dina Nagapetyants Monday…

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Germany Questions Siemens on Equipment That Made It to Crimea

Wall Street Journal Two turbines that the corporation sold to Technopromexport for use in Russia were apparently instead shipped to Russian-occupied Crimea   Siemens filed a lawsuit in Moscow this week against Technopromexport, a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned Rostec State, after learning from what it called reliable sources that two turbines it had sold to…

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North Korea’s surprising, lucrative relationship with Africa

Washington Post   These giant statues of African dictators and monuments were built by North Korea View Photos Dozens of monuments throughout Africa were built by the Pyongyang-based Mansudae Overseas Project. By Kevin Sieff July 10 WINDHOEK, Namibia — Near the southern tip of Africa, 8,000 miles from Pyongyang, this capital city is an unlikely…

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