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If the word "antitrust" has a dusty, old-fashioned feel, that's only to be expected - after all, the word has its origins in the late 19th C, when the first billionaire was created.

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That billionaire was #JohnDRockefeller, who formed a "trust" with his oil industry competitors, through which they all agreed to stop competing with one another so they could concentrate on extracting more from their workers and their customers.

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Democratic Capitalism - Marriage on the Rocks…
"In (the US) three people own more wealth than the bottom half of all Amercan society"
"A system ruled by greed and rigged against ordinary people"

It's OK To Be Angry About Capitalism…
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again the UK is a #Kleptocracy

people are starving & freezing to death, & the assets of the UK's people are being stripped for profit that goes to shareholders & fat cat bosses

remember, I deliver medicines to the elderly, sick, disabled & housebound - they're ALL struggling
the UK's fascist tory govt is CHOOSING to facilitate the extraction of profit to the top 10% rather than show *ANY CONSIDERATION WHATSOEVER* to the working population
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🔥There you have it—from an insider. Putin's war in Ukraine isn't about restoring Soviet or Russian glory. That's all instrumental to KLEPTOCRACY.

I don't know who's more grandiose—Putin w/ his propaganda or the West so eager to believe ideology drives Russia's murderous regime.
#Russian diplomat Bondarev resigns over #Ukraine, says the war is ONLY about #Putin's #kleptocracy staying in power:

"Those who conceived this war want only one thing—to remain in power forever, live in…palaces, sail on yachts…, enjoying unlimited power and complete impunity."
Talking about Putin's war as an ideological mission for Soviet or Russian glory makes for a good story. But it's not true. Worse, it feeds Putin's propaganda myths.

Let's stop using Russia's self-serving framing. Putin's war on Ukraine is genocide w/ ONE aim—kleptocratic power.
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The Government's proposals to tackle the tidal wave of dirty money flooding Britain, while not completely useless, will have limited impact in practice: it’s clear that the problem in the UK has largely been with enforcement, rather than the law itself.…
After years of nonsensical cuts, unless extra resources are channelled into the agencies tasked with pursuing unexplained wealth, it’s unlikely much which change. Otherwise they will keep being outgunned by deep-pocketed kleptocrats capable of funding expensive litigation.
The Economic Crime Act allows the government to convey the impression that it is “doing something” about the proceeds of #kleptocracy being laundered in the UK.

But as a response to corruption, focusing so heavily on unexplained wealth orders may well prove misdirected.
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We need the #EuropeanUnion and the #UnitedStates to open up all their registries of land and property to investigative reporters and researchers to be able to look up real estate owned by Putin and his cronies. #Ukraine
The Kremlin and its oligarchs source their lethal power from the obscurity of secret bank accounts and hidden real estate in the West. Unified and open registries of real estate across the EU and the US would considerably expose Russian kleptocrats (and not only) #Kleptocracy
It is high time to massively #OpenData in property registries, unify them, match them against lists of PEPs and their offshores, do #OSINT on the physical locations (as these people tend to cluster) and go back to the data to expose more. #transparency
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Intl community has a plan and #Libya has another plan...

Natl Election Commission announces peaceful closure of electoral centres due to candidacy of #Saif #Gaddafi and #KhalifaHaftar in Zawiya Gharyan Khoms Zliten

Now add Mislata Tajura & Tripoli

#Libya’s National Elections Commission rejects #Saif #Gaddafi candidacy... then immediately deletes the rejection on the Facebook page.

Testing the pulse?

#MENA #OilAndGas #Libyaoil #ليبيا
US State Dept SPOX, Samuel Warburg: There are problems with considering a #Saif #Gaddafi presidency due to his @IntlCrimCourt arrest warrants and the fact that he's still subject to US (OFAC) & Intl sanctions

#Kleptocracy #MENA #OilAndGas #Libyaoil #ليبيا
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March 2015 email: Flynn, along w retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, acted as matchmaker for Palantir & Eastdil Secured, a real estate investment banking firm owned by Wells Fargo.

Flynn & McChrystal & Palantir 👀
Eastdil Secured had been “working on organizational & technology improvements/reforms,” said Doug Philippone, the head of Palantir’s global defense program, in the email.
#Technocracy #autocracy #Trump #kleptocracy #bestfriends #irregularwarfare #Dystopia…
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In January, Gavin Williamson announced that our increasingly authoritarian Govt of philistines intends to cut University funding by 50% to performing & creative arts, media studies & archaeology, with further reductions sought in future years.…
Unlike our corrupt Government of liars, bankers, lobbyists & charlatans, Britain's cultural, communication & creative industries are genuinely world beating, & among the fastest growing sectors of our struggling economy.

It makes *zero* economic sense.

So why are they doing it?
The importance of communications & media in the lives of British citizens has never been greater, with an epidemic of disinformation & misleading, deeply polarizing, & ideological #propaganda passed off as news - much of it emanating from Downing Street via the billionaire press.
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Suddenly the anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration makes sense: it's sponsored by the "American Institute for Economic Research", a free-market think tank funded by billionaire climate-change denialist Charles Koch, who opposes business regulations.…
No surprise to see Farage, the IEA, Sikora & the rest of the free-marketeers who brought us Brexit & Trump tapping into this latest divisive income stream which is designed for the benefit of big businesses.

It's all so transparent now yet STILL most journalists won't touch it!
A handful of dangerous, greedy, powerful US Libertarian billionaires are fucking up our planet & its people.

These climate-change denialists gave us Brexit & Trump.

Just take a look at the irresponsible #disinformation they pump out all day, every day:…
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So, the UCP has given the contract for making 1.7 million masks for Alberta students to a multi-national form that won’t manufacture its share in Alberta, and a Red Deer firm whose owners donate to the UCP. #Incompetency #Kleptocracy #AbLeg #abpoli…
The minister says she “expedited” the contract (ie didn’t have an open tender process). That cut out companies like this one (which is producing masks for the City of Calgary) and many other Alberta companies who could have done the work. Image
Oh, and here’s the proof that the owner of IFR is a UCP donor ... Election Alberta disclosure form. If it was one of many Alberta firms that got the work, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But the only firm? And he gave to the Education minister, who was responsible for the contract. Image
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@UN Now daily flights to #Jordan but #KhalifaHaftar’s charters P4-BAA (4850C3) and P4-RMA (4850BE) spent 7-11th of March 2019 in Jordan *BEFORE* #Haftar’s 4 April coup on #Tripoli.

@IntlCrimCourt #OilAndGas #WarCrimes #LNA #Libyaoil #MENA #Libya #حفتر #ليبيا
@UN @IntlCrimCourt @trbrtc #Haftar normalizing relations with Israel has been slated since #KhalifaHaftar’s Falcon 900 charter (P4-RMA) flew OVER & INTO (with all that this implies) Israeli airspace on 4/4/18.

@avischarf #LNA #OilAndGas #MENA #Libyaoil #حفتر #ليبيا… Image
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My op-ed with General Petraeus in the @PostOpinions today. We must fight #kleptocracy and corruption overseas to protect America’s reputation abroad and Americans’ well-being at home.
Authoritarian regimes have weaponized corruption.

#Putin & other authoritarian rulers are using money to subvert the rule of law & remake foreign governments.

Even as they work to undermine our laws, they are attempting to benefit from the protections these laws provide.
#Congress must use its power to harden U.S. rule of law defenses & push back against these foreign adversaries. If we fail to take action at this pivotal moment, the consequences will be grave. A good place to start is with my bipartisan #TITLEAct.…
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#kleptocracy is a name we need to use more. Let's call the Trump admin what it is. Trump has proven NAMING someone or something has a lot of power. Witness Sen. Elizabeth Warren stumbling early in her race because Trump named her *Pocahontas.*

@TrickFreee @WillBenton1
Witness the power of the names, "Fake News." "Crooked Hillary," etc. You can't deny the power of *naming* our foe or the actions of our foe. #Kleptocracy isn't used enough-it isn't even a recognized hash tag when you type it into a tweet. Let's get it trending. #IndictTrump
#Kleptocracy Paul Erickson, a Republican political operative & boyfriend of accused Russian spy Maria Butina, was indicted in the federal court in SD on 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. #Erickson
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