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#SLAPPs 🧵: Deputy PM @DominicRaab is due to announce TODAY a consultation (open till 19 May) on proposals to address SLAPPs in the #UK, in order to prevent the misuse of laws to suppress acts of public participation 1/…
This goes further than the expected announcement for a 'call for evidence' that was rumoured a week ago, when Foreign Secretary @trussliz also reportedly "told government lawyers to “find literally any way” to crack down on #SLAPPs" 2/…
The proposals up for consultation are understood to range from strengthening legislation to introducing new court checks. Possible measures would enable courts to throw out #SLAPP claims earlier in proceedings & impose Civil Restraint Orders to stop repeated legal challenges. 3/
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Mukhtar Ablyazov, the Kazakh oligarch at the heart of one of #Kleptopia's great power struggles, has been arrested and charged in France in connection with the alleged looting of billions from the bank he used to own. He had just been granted asylum (1/3)…
The Kazakh regime (itself massively corrupt) says Ablyazov is a master criminal. He says he's a dissident being persecuted for challenging the dictator. A host of lawyers, spies and spin-doctors have joined the fight. (2/3)…
Ablyazov's story is one of the four interwoven tales I tell in Kleptopia. Here's an extract from the audiobook: the terrible night in Rome his wife and daughter were kidnapped… (3/3)
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The law is becoming a weapon in the US election.

That's what happens when kleptocracy starts to take hold.

Here's why.

Anyone who's witnessed elections in kleptocracies – places ruled through corruption, like Nigeria or Ukraine or Malaysia or Brazil – can tell you they become struggles to control the looting machine. But above all ... (2/15)…
... kleptocrats fighting elections are seeking, more even than retaining the power to loot, to keep the immunity from prosecution that comes with high public office.

Here I am with @FrankFigliuzzi1 and @SRuhle on @MSNBC discussing this point. (3/15)

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In the run up to the #USPresidentialElections2020 when the characters & stories seem more mind-boggling than ever, it can be difficult to discern...
'How the fuck did the world end up here'?

Some great answers/insight here #Kleptopia 👏📕
Uncivil & Outright Criminal Behaviour seems to have been normalised throughout societies everywhere;

- Politics
- Crony Capitalism
- Social Media
- Reality TV
... Even Sport 🧐

I've tried to get my head around it with the help of some good books & following smart journo's Image

To understand the rise of;
-Strongman leaders
-Shady financiers

& other maniacal actors worldwide, there's some good reading in the pics below & above👀

#politicains #bankers #crooks #spooks #crime #money #power Image
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Reading first few chapters of @tomburgis new book #Kleptopia (very good so far!)

On the story arc, Och-Ziff Hedge Fund mentioned & their bribery for contracts/mines/elections in Africa.

Saw some interesting connections to #FinCENFiles current story...

#PoliticsAndMoney ImageImage

Ziff brothers are the favourite financial bogey men of Putin/Kremlin.

#OchZiff referenced in 2016 #TrumpTower meeting challenging #Magninsky act championed by #Browder

Effectively Kremlin saying "Listen Don Junior, here's the dirt on Clinton for your Dad to use...(cont)" Image

"Hillary is funded by Ziff Bro's / Browder & they are the real crooks! They illegally bought shares in Gazprom as foreigners, failed to pay tax due in Russia & used elaborate offshore schemes to 'loot Russian assets'"

They then counter the $230m tax fraud #Magninsky story... Image
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